History Main / CryingIndian

26th Nov '16 10:10:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WaynesWorld 2'', Jim Morrison's Naked Indian Friend sheds tears on seeing the scattered trash left over from Waynestock. He cheers up, though, when he sees Wayne and Garth picking up the mess.

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* In ''WaynesWorld 2'', ''Film/WaynesWorld2'', Jim Morrison's Naked Indian Friend sheds tears on seeing the scattered trash left over from Waynestock. He cheers up, though, when he sees Wayne and Garth picking up the mess.
6th Aug '16 5:23:31 AM eroock
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-->''Somewhere, an Indian is crying.''

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-->''Somewhere, ->''"Somewhere, an Indian is crying.''
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4th Aug '16 1:44:46 PM luisedgarf
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For obvious reasons, this is exclusively an American trope, as the original ads were never used outside the States.
15th Jun '16 6:52:55 PM nombretomado
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* TelltaleGames have done this before, in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'':

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* TelltaleGames Creator/TelltaleGames have done this before, in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'':
26th Aug '15 7:50:02 PM nombretomado
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* From {{MST3K}}'s infamous take on ''Film/{{Mitchell}}'', there is a scene where Mitchell dumps what seems to be two ashtrays worth of cigarette butts on the ground.

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* From {{MST3K}}'s ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'''s infamous take on ''Film/{{Mitchell}}'', there is a scene where Mitchell dumps what seems to be two ashtrays worth of cigarette butts on the ground.



** ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' also referenced it during the film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''. An Indian contracts lycanthropy, and the early symptoms make him look like he's sobbing more than anything else:

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** ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''[=MST3K=]'' also referenced it during the film ''Film/{{Werewolf}}''. An Indian contracts lycanthropy, and the early symptoms make him look like he's sobbing more than anything else:
6th Aug '15 5:30:10 AM Prfnoff
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* The opening lyrics to the {{Eels}} song ''Mr. E's Beautiful Blues'';

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* The opening lyrics to the {{Eels}} Music/{{Eels}} song ''Mr. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues''; Blues":
25th Jun '15 3:56:24 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2008 ''KnightRider'' movie, [=KITT=] shows this picture when Mike throws some trash on his floorboard.

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* In the 2008 ''KnightRider'' ''Series/KnightRider'' movie, [=KITT=] shows this picture when Mike throws some trash on his floorboard.
11th Apr '15 7:06:59 PM NWolfman
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It's known as the "Crying Indian" ad, although it is called "People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It". At the time this was quite a powerful ad. Not subtle, but of the SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped variety.

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It's known as the "Crying Indian" ad, although it is called "People Start Pollution, People Can Stop It". At the time this was quite a powerful ad. Not subtle, but of the SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped variety.
hey, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped!
19th Mar '15 9:55:16 AM Willbyr
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* Inverted in ''{{Kingpin}}'', where a group of Native Americans drove by Ishmael and threw garbage at Ishmael's feet.

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* Inverted in ''{{Kingpin}}'', ''Film/{{Kingpin}}'', where a group of Native Americans drove by Ishmael and threw garbage at Ishmael's feet.



* In one ''{{Friends}}'' episode, the characters are stranded at a rest stop. Chandler throws his empty pack of cigarettes on the ground. When scolded, he replies, "I thought maybe if I littered, that crying Indian might come along and save us."

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* In one ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode, the characters are stranded at a rest stop. Chandler throws his empty pack of cigarettes on the ground. When scolded, he replies, "I thought maybe if I littered, that crying Indian might come along and save us."



* Mocked in ''{{Married With Children}}''. Al wants nothing to do with a Keep Chicago Green movement until he realizes that he's been put in a car pool with some beautiful young girls. Now he wants to make sure that keeps up, so he makes Keep Chicago Green commercials. At the end of one, he takes a fake tear out of his pocket and sticks it on his cheek

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* Mocked in ''{{Married With Children}}''.''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Al wants nothing to do with a Keep Chicago Green movement until he realizes that he's been put in a car pool with some beautiful young girls. Now he wants to make sure that keeps up, so he makes Keep Chicago Green commercials. At the end of one, he takes a fake tear out of his pocket and sticks it on his cheek



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[[folder:{{Stand Up Comedy}}]]
* {{Dave Chappelle}} recounts the story of his meeting with an American Indian man. Dave then proceeded to invoke this trope in order to prove he was who he said he was.

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* {{Dave Chappelle}} Creator/DaveChappelle recounts the story of his meeting with an American Indian man. Dave then proceeded to invoke this trope in order to prove he was who he said he was.



[[folder:{{Video Games}}]]
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', there's a taunka (imagine an anthropomorphic bison) in a village in the Borean Tundra named Iron Eyes. His quest text includes describing a "single tear" running down his face. The quest he gives? Cleaning up the debris gnomes have left scattered around the geyser fields.

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there's a taunka (imagine an anthropomorphic bison) in a village in the Borean Tundra named Iron Eyes. His quest text includes describing a "single tear" running down his face. The quest he gives? Cleaning up the debris gnomes have left scattered around the geyser fields.



[[folder:{{Webcomics}}]]
* ''BobAndGeorge''. Megaman throws away a projectile, and Tomahawk Man sheds a single tear. Then Tomahawk Man goes to pick it up, and it turns out to be the one weapon he's weak against, so it kills him.

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* ''BobAndGeorge''.''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge''. Megaman throws away a projectile, and Tomahawk Man sheds a single tear. Then Tomahawk Man goes to pick it up, and it turns out to be the one weapon he's weak against, so it kills him.



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* Directly parodied in the 200th episode of ''TheSimpsons'', "Trash of the Titans," in which, as Springfield moves five miles away to a new location, a Duff beer can is discarded at the foot of an Indian. The Indian stares at the litter, then at the camera, and sheds a tear. Another Indian comes up from behind him and warns, "Do yourself a favor: Don't turn around." The camera pans to Springfield's former location, [[TrashOfTheTitans now covered with all the trash Homer buried underground.]] The first Indian screams, and the second one lectures, "I ''told'' you not to turn around."

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* Directly parodied in the 200th episode of ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Trash of the Titans," in which, as Springfield moves five miles away to a new location, a Duff beer can is discarded at the foot of an Indian. The Indian stares at the litter, then at the camera, and sheds a tear. Another Indian comes up from behind him and warns, "Do yourself a favor: Don't turn around." The camera pans to Springfield's former location, [[TrashOfTheTitans now covered with all the trash Homer buried underground.]] The first Indian screams, and the second one lectures, "I ''told'' you not to turn around."



* Ceviche from ''{{Chowder}}'' has done this multiple times. While these were most likely not a direct parody, it's still worth mentioning.

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* Ceviche from ''{{Chowder}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' has done this multiple times. While these were most likely not a direct parody, it's still worth mentioning.



* ''KingOfTheHill'': In "The Arrow Head", Bill cries a single tear when comparing the government taking Hank's land to the government taking the Indians' land. [[HypocriticalHumor Right before he finishes his beer can and tosses it to the ground]].
* Parodied in a ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' episode by Apache Chief.

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* ''KingOfTheHill'': ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': In "The Arrow Head", Bill cries a single tear when comparing the government taking Hank's land to the government taking the Indians' land. [[HypocriticalHumor Right before he finishes his beer can and tosses it to the ground]].
* Parodied in a ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' episode by Apache Chief.



* Parodied in the ''PepperAnn'' episode "Dances With Ignorance," in order to show Pepper's [[{{Stereotype}} cluelessness]] about that part of her own heritage.
* In a ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode where they try to pass themselves off as an endangered species, a propaganda ad is shown with Brain looking over the city of Pittsburgh and shedding a tear.

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* Parodied in the ''PepperAnn'' ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode "Dances With Ignorance," in order to show Pepper's [[{{Stereotype}} cluelessness]] about that part of her own heritage.
* In a ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode where they try to pass themselves off as an endangered species, a propaganda ad is shown with Brain looking over the city of Pittsburgh and shedding a tear.
18th Feb '15 6:17:12 PM SirTiki
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But these days, with the overuse of the MagicalNativeAmerican trope (not to mention that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Eyes_Cody the actor]] portraying him was [[PassFail Italian-American]]), this ad has become a [[StockParodies Stock Parody]]. Thus while some still believe in the message, it's hard to resist a good joke from it.

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[[SeinfeldIsUnfunny But these days, days]], with the overuse of the MagicalNativeAmerican trope (not to mention that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Eyes_Cody the actor]] portraying him was [[PassFail Italian-American]]), this ad has become a [[StockParodies Stock Parody]]. Thus while some still believe in the message, it's hard to resist a good joke from it.
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