Created By: LOAD on April 25, 2011 Last Edited By: 69BookWorM69 on October 9, 2011
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Moody Mount

Mount hates to be ridden.

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He's the only horse we have left. His name is Earthquake, but we call him "Quake" for short. 'Cause that's what he makes all the stablehands do.

A horse, dragon, dinosaur, or other creature that is being used as a mount has a mind of its own. And doesn't like its rider. So it resists being saddled, doesn't take commands, tries and often succeeds in throwing the rider. Such animals are often black. They most likely started out fractious when being broken (indeed, broncos for rodeos are specially selected for the challenge they present), and this mount hasn't improved much with training. Don't expect bribes of food treats to work either; people foolish enough to offer a treat are likely to be bitten and/or kicked for their trouble.

If such an animal is well-known to be tempermental, expect its name to reflect this. Characters in the know (stable hands or bystanders with expertise in handling such animals) will advise against riding the animal. Despite having such a reputation, a specific person may get good responses from the animal, and be much marveled at for doing so.

Frequently Played for Laughs.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Charizard in the early Pokemon Anime.

Film
  • Disney's Melody Time segment "Pecos Bill". When Slue-Foot Sue tried to ride Bill's horse Widowmaker, he took her for quite a trip - all the way to the Moon.
  • Friar Tuck's donkey in Sword Of Sherwood Forest.
  • "Tornado" (the 2nd one) in The Mask of Zorro

Literature
  • Ichabod Crane's borrowed horse Gunpowder in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: "The animal he bestrode was a broken-down plow-horse, that had outlived almost everything but its viciousness."
  • About half the horses ridden by the heroes of Louis L'Amour novels (Westerns).
  • Stranger (ridden by The Hound) and Smiler (ridden by Theon) from A Song of Ice and Fire. Justified Trope since these are war mounts, trained for battle.
  • Discworld:
    • Moist von Ligwig rides one of these to another city to help save the postal system.
    • Lt. Blouse's horse in Monstrous Regiment.
    • And "You Bastard!" the camel in Pyramids.
  • Zeus, Theo's recalcitrant horse in the Fools' Guild Mysteries by Alan Gordon. Theo's little daughter Portia gets affectionate nuzzles, while everybody else risks life and limb just getting close to him, and even Theo has a touch-and-go relationship with him.
  • The Codex Alera gives us the Taurga, which try at every opportunity to dislodge, bite or kill their riders.

Live-Action TV

Music
  • "The Strawberry Roan"--"I'll bet all my money the man ain't alive, that can stay with that bronc 'till he makes his high dive."

Tabletop Games
  • In Dungeons & Dragons, there's an item known as the Obsidian Steed. If the rider is good-aligned, they must roll to control the beast or it goes to the Lower Planes and dumps them there.
  • Warhammer 40K: Juggernauts of Khorne
    • Giant metal rhinos serve as beasts of battle. Being creatures of the god of rage, they are 'very hard to break in, which makes their riders all the more feared.
    • Slaughterfiends are demonically-possessed machines that exist only to kill. Khornates make a point of trying to hitch a ride on ione, as such a feat vastly improves their status.

Video Games
  • Red Dead Redemption has a lot of unique and in some cases magical horses that must be "broken" before they can be ridden. And even a broken horse can still buck you off if you don't pay attention to the stamina meter.
  • The Elum in Abe's Oddysee is a grumbly cuss, but hopping on his back is the only way to progress through certain sections where the jumps are too broad for Abe alone.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes: Yosemite Sam's camel and his dragon in the medieval episode.
    Sam: Whoa, dragon, WHOA!!"
  • Goofy's mount in the Classic Disney Short "How to Ride a Horse".
  • There's a Pink Panther cartoon where he's trying to mount a horse who doesn't want to be ridden. Another has him as Paul Revere looking for a horse, and the only one available is on the British side.
  • ScrogeMcDuck had a horse like this in his youth.
  • Maximus from Tangled won't let Flynn Rider ride him. Perhaps it has something to do with him being the Captain of the Guard's horse and Flynn being a wanted criminal.

Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • April 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • April 26, 2011
    LordAaronus
    Sounds like Sapient Steed and The Snark Knight together.
  • April 26, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • April 26, 2011
    TBeholder
    @ Lord Aaronus: to be wilfully uncooperative it doesn't need to be quite sapient, just not car-like and in a bad mood, capricious. cowardly. or something. With Sapient Steed it's just more detailed since it can abuse the rider verbally or at least make gestures clearly intended to be rude.
  • April 26, 2011
    cathstuart
    Ichabod Crane's horse isn't too obedient in The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (some versions more than others)
  • April 26, 2011
    cathstuart
    (Ichabod Crane's horse's name is Gunpowder!)
  • April 26, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    another Discworld example, Lt. Blouse's horse in Monstrous Regiment.

    And "You Bastard!" the camel in Pyramids.

    non-Discworld: Friar Tuck's donkey in Sword Of Sherwood Forest
  • April 26, 2011
    Scooter007
    "Tornado" (the 2nd one) in The Mask Of Zorro
  • April 26, 2011
    SKJAM
    Music:
    • "The Strawberry Roan"--"I'll bet all my money the man ain't alive, that can stay with that bronc 'till he makes his high dive."

    Tabletop Games:

    • In Dungeons And Dragons, there's an item known as the Obsidian Steed. If the rider is good-aligned, they must roll to control the beast or it goes to the Lower Planes and dumps them there.
  • April 26, 2011
    RodrigoVega
    Charizard in the early Pokemon Anime.
  • April 26, 2011
    Rolf
    in real life donkey can be this. not always though.
  • April 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Also in Real Life: this is where the Other Stock Phrase "Stubborn as a mule" comes from.
  • April 27, 2011
    TonyG
    • There's a Pink Panther cartoon where he's trying to mount a horse who doesn't want to be ridden. Another has him as Paul Revere looking for a horse, and the only one available is on the British side.
    • Maximus from Tangled won't let Flynn Rider ride him. Perhaps it has something to do with him being the Captain of the Guard's horse and Flynn being a wanted criminal.
    • Goofy's mount in the Classic Disney Short "How to Ride a Horse".
  • October 4, 2011
    LOAD
    Bump
  • October 4, 2011
    TooBah
    To add to randomsurfer's example, Yosimite Sam's dragon in the midieval episode.
    Sam: Whoa, dragon, WHOA!!"
  • October 4, 2011
    TooBah
    Also, the Codex Alera gives us the Taurga, which try at every opportunity to dislodge, bite or kill their riders.
  • October 4, 2011
    Chabal2
    Warhammer 40 K: Juggernauts of Khorne are giant metal rhinos serving as Beasts Of Battle. Being creatures of the god of rage, they are 'very hard to break in, which makes their riders all the more feared.
    • Slaughterfiends are demonically-possessed machines that exist only to kill. Khornates make a point of trying to hitch a ride on ione, as such a feat vastly improves their status.

  • October 5, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Disney's Melody Time segment "Pecos Bill". When Slue-Foot Sue tried to ride Bill's horse Widowmaker, he took her for quite a trip - all the way to the Moon.
  • October 6, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Literature: Zeus, Theo's recalcitrant horse in the Fools' Guild Mysteries by Alan Gordon.

    I think sometimes the beast in question has a reputation (among stable hands and others who might know), and sometimes only some people get good responses from the animal. In Zeus' case, Theo's little daughter Portia gets affectionate nuzzles, while everybody else risks life and limb just getting close to him, and even Theo has a touch-and-go relationship with him.
  • October 7, 2011
    Andygal
    anybody that rides horses on a regular basis has probably run into at least one of these.
  • October 7, 2011
    LOAD
    Can't be launched without a better description and more examples
  • October 7, 2011
    UglyShirts
    Video Games:
    • Red Dead Redemption has a lot of unique and in some cases magical horses that must be "broken" before they can be ridden. And even a broken horse can still buck you off if you don't pay attention to the stamina meter.
    • The Elum in Abe's Oddysee is a grumbly cuss, but hopping on his back is the only way to progress through certain sections where the jumps are too broad for Abe alone.
  • October 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Don't these beasts have generally dire names to tip off their natures? "Widowmaker" and "Tornado" cited above, or "Diablo", or some such.
  • October 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
  • October 8, 2011
    TBTabby
    In Freefall, Sam tries to ride Polly the emu to escape from an angry mob, but she refuses. He gets her to run by pulling off one of his facial tentacles and putting it on a stick.
  • October 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Invoked in some Made for TV Movie I saw years and years ago. A boy and his bull, which was being raised for the rodeo bullriding circuit.
  • October 8, 2011
    henke37
  • October 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Found a picture; I wanted something with some riding tackle (in this case, a head stall) to visually differentiate this from an untrained horse. What do you lot think?
  • October 9, 2011
    peccantis
    ^doesn't show the trope at all imo, and why is this different from Horsing Around?
  • October 9, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Film - Live Action:
    • In Candleshoe, Priory (David Niven) rides a horse that is rather difficult to control. It eventually gallops off in mid conversation with Priory on it. It's not clear whether this is really a case of a Moody Mount, or if Priory is just that bad at horsemanship.
      Lady St. Edmund: the Colonel's new horse must be even more spirited than Satan was.

    Film - Western Animation:

  • October 9, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Rashomon: The court officer claims that the bandit was thrown by the horse he stole from the samurai--the bandit maintains that he fell out of the saddle because he was weakened by poisoned water.
  • October 9, 2011
    LOAD
    ^^^ Horsing Around is specific to horses. This is a trope for anything that can be ridden. Horsing Around could be a subtrope
  • October 9, 2011
    peccantis
  • October 9, 2011
    LOAD
    ^No. Horsing Around is a subtrope of this. Horsing Around is But More Specific. And while Tropes Are Flexible, this is distinct enough to be it's own. You can't but Velociraptors in Horsing Around.

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