History Main / CryingIndian

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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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* 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.
10th Jan '15 4:09:58 AM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Servo:''' Somewhere, an Indian is crying.

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-->'''Servo:''' -->'''Crow:''' Somewhere, an Indian is crying.
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