11 of the Best Black Characters From Popular Sci-Fi and Horror Films

Science-fiction can take the average person to awesome unexplored worlds or strange dimensions with different life forms. It can introduce new species and new ideas about the universe we all share and visions of the future we would like to see and what we wouldn’t want for humanity. Surprisingly, sci-fi also is a great way to infuse a variety of people in these new and interesting stories that other genres fail to do. Black actors have gained great notoriety for their roles in these types of films.
The-Book-of-Eli-2010‘Book of Eli’ (2010)

This neo-Western takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a book is the most prized and sought-after object. Denzel Washington is the star and portrays Eli, the protector of the book. Washington’s intensity is what makes this film worthy of watching.

BillyDee‘Star Wars: Episode V — Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)  

Lando Calrissian aka Billy Dee Williams is the leader of Cloud City and a close friend to Han Solo. He was a vital role player in episode six when the Rebel Alliance launched a final attack on the Empire. Calrissian had nuance and a swagger that could not be replicated.

7 Replies to “11 of the Best Black Characters From Popular Sci-Fi and Horror Films”

  1. Kee from "Children of Men" made this list but Riddick couldn't make the cut? Riddick was the star of three sci fi movies and the characters has a lot of development. Do you even remember anything about Kee? She was more like a plot device if anything. I understand that your trying to create a gender balanced article but you could have added a better female character than this for example the Oracle (Matrix trilogy) or even one of Dr Who's Black female companions? Even "Blake's 7"'s Dayna Mellanby (an expert weaponsmith adn fighter) would have made a better choice.

  2. I kind of found that whole religious tone hurt the film. I mean most of the film is spent trying to find and/or hold onto the last bible? Seriously!?!

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