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"When I want something or I'm afraid about something, I pray."
Jazmine DuBois

Jazmine DuBois is one of the two tritagonists (alongside Tom DuBois) of The Boondocks.

She is the biracial daughter of Tom and Sarah DuBois, who are black and white respectively. She is portrayed as a very sweet, naïve, and sincere little girl, in strong contrast to all the rude and cynical people who surround her; most prominently her neighbor and friend Huey Freeman. In the comics, her mixed racial ancestry fuels a great deal of her personal insecurities. However, this aspect of her personality is much less prominent in the animated series.

Personality

In the animated series, Jazmine is shown to be wide-eyed and emotional, sometimes to the point of being melodramatic. In fact, her first words on screen are "Terrorists have my daddy!", yelled at Huey after Tom failed to come home on time in "A Date with the Health Inspector". Overall though, Jazmine is a naive but benevolent and considerate person. Her childishness pervades her character, like in "A Huey Freeman Christmas", where she conflates Santa Claus and Jesus, or in "The Real", where she's shown to still believe in the tooth fairy. This is McGruder satirizing the unseen effects of parents' lies on their children (as well as a possible reference to Linus and the Great Pumpkin). However, she also explains that she believes in God and prays when she wants something or is afraid ("The Passion of Reverend Ruckus"). Her kindness is most often shown through her interactions with Huey. Despite his pessimistic and mean-spirited attitude, she remains supportive and friendly with him. She enthusiastically applauds for Huey's play "Black Jesus" (unlike Granddad and Riley, who both fall asleep) and assists him with a number of his schemes (like in "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus" and "Fried Chicken Flu"). She even compliments him on occasion, expressing faith in his intelligence even if no one else does.

Jazmine is sincere and a terrible liar. In "Or Die Trying", she is initially swayed by Grandad's notion that it's okay to lie sometimes but she begins to feel extremely guilty when they sneak into the movie theatre without paying. She gradually goes into full blown panic mode and even tries to give herself up to an officer. In "Thank You for Not Snitching", she attempts to casually extract information from Riley through conversation but is so awkward, Huey immediately figures out she's wired.

Jazmine is portrayed as an animal-lover. In the comics, she states that she aspires to be a veterinarian even though she's allergic to cats. It's also hinted at in "The Fundraiser" when she donates funds to PETA. She may also be vegetarian or vegan, given that she seems to believe "Fried chicken is murder".

Despite her sweetness, Jazmine can be argumentative. In "The Real", she gets upset with Huey for his apparent hypocrisy: "You can believe in secret agents and I can't believe in the tooth fairy? That's messed up, Huey!". She also snaps at him in "The Block is Hot" when he tries to discourage her from working with Ed Wuncler, claiming he just wants everyone to be miserable because he is. In the same episode, she stands her ground against Riley even as he tries to persuade her into selling lemonade to him for less than a dollar.

In the comics, Jazmine has trouble accepting the fact that she is biracial. She states that she resents racial categories and feels lonely about being the only mixed child in the neighborhood. Jazmine seems to have internalized European standards of beauty, as she often wishes her hair was straight instead of puffy. Her qualms are further exacerbated by her father's many attempts to straighten her hair and her mother's refusal to label her race. She always gets very offended when Huey insists that she is black and has an afro. In one strip, she even claims that it's a mean thing to say and that she has "good hair" that's just a little frizzy.

Relationships

Tom & Sarah DuBois


Huey Freeman

Jazmine is shown to be one of the few people who actually listen to and help Huey with his causes. Despite his poor initial treatment of Jazmine, Huey displays a general willingness to empathize with her, and tends to avoid being mean just for the sake of it. Most of the time, when he tears into her, it is his way of dealing with her ignorance and naïveté in what could be construed as an unnecessarily cruel way to try to enlighten her.

Though such attempts generally fail, he remains patient and tolerant. He also reveals visible concern for her during certain episodes such as "The Block is Hot," where he tries to make her feel better when Wuncler yells at her and when he campaigns for her release from under the near-child labor contract that she unknowingly signs with Ed Wuncler, Sr., and when he hands her his scarf at the end of the episode when she gets cold.

Although Huey is initially shown to be derisive of Jazmine's beliefs, his opinion of her improves markedly over the seasons, and by the end of season 3, she is most likely his only friend (by his self-admission). Jazmine is the only other person he allows in his home during "Fried Chicken Flu," other than Granddad and Riley.

Trivia

  • Jazmine's heritage: through her mother's side she has Irish, German, and Swedish ancestry; and through her father's side she has African-American, Cherokee, and Scottish ancestry.
  • Huey and Jazmine may be implied to have feelings for each other (more so for Jazmine towards Huey). Though Huey does not show much physical affection to anyone, not even to his family, he allows Jazmine to hug and cling to him without a fuss. We also don't see them interact with anybody else the way they interact with each other. There is still no canon romance between them.
    • Despite no canon romance, a lot of fans like to ship them together.
    • It might be implied that Jazmine does have a crush/feelings for Huey. This can be seen in Wingmen when Jazmine blushes while making fun of Huey after his return to Woodcrest.
      • However, this scene could be explained as her flushing from laughing at him.
  • Jazmine sold over 40,000 cups of lemonade while she was under under a near-child labor contract from Ed Wuncler, before Huey saved her and her stand burned down.
  • She enjoys Usher's music and Usher himself. She would actually prefer him to be her father over Tom as seen in "Tom, Sarah and Usher".
  • Jazmine only cursed once throughout the whole show.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

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