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The Ku Klux Klan (KKK for short) are one of the most recognized and infamous paramilitary groups in the Western world and their extreme and xenophobic doctrines are widely seen as harmful/unacceptable in modern society. As such they are featured commonly as antagonists in medias fiction, and in almost all works they appear in are depicted as a source of fear or ridicule: sometimes they are both (since to depict them as heroic or even just not villainous would be subjected to tirade of controversies and denunciations in modern days).
In fiction Ku Klux Klan members, just like in real life, tend to wear the infamous white hooded robes and engage in burning crosses, lynching, hate-crimes, and other violent acts. It is worth mentioning that though the real life KKK are guilty of all of these things the stereotypes of the organization are actually not universal for the real life KKK (for example the white hoods were a fairly "new" development in the Klan's uniform and the group itself became very splintered over the years).
Serious Portrayals of KKK in Fiction
- Ku Klux Klan (Marvel) (this also introduced the KKK-inspired villain, Soul Strangler)
- Ku Klux Klan (DC)
- Ku Klux Klan (BlacKkKlansman)
KKK Parodies/Comedy in Fiction
Fictional Groups Clearly Inspired by KKK
- Quarrymen (Gargoyles)
- Order of the Raven (Bioshock Infinite)
- Nightriders (Blaze of Glory) <inspired by the Night Riders of Old West, who would go onto inspire the Klan>