Created By: Frank75 on January 21, 2010

Savage Piercings

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An older trope, maybe even Dead Horse Trope.

Let's say, there's a hero from the western world meeting a tribe of savages somewhere in Africa, or another part of the world far from western civilization. How do we depict that these people are savages?

By showing that they're pierced. Before piercing became mainstream in The '90s, in the western world it was common only among certain subcultures. Except for the accepted form: Earrings (women only). And that's why, someone wearing rings through his or her nose (or lips, or belly buttons, or nipples, or naughty bits) must be a savage. Bonus points if we aren't talking about metal rings, but pieces of wood, or worse, bones. And these bones often (especially in comics and animation) will more look like the standard doggie bones, know what I mean. Implying that these savages aren't even sophisticated enough to use tools. (In reality, stone age humans did that.)

Examples needed!
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • January 21, 2010
    most Darkest Africa works have guys with bones through their noses. The most recent example I can think of is in Pirates Of The Caribbean, when Jack is caught by these guys. Another is that one tribe that have these huge wooden disks inserted into their lower lip for whatever reason (anyone know the one I'm talking about?) Finally, Trolls in the War Craft universe have bone piercings (they're mostly Jamaican-accented, So Yeah).
  • January 21, 2010
    Well, this is kind of Truth In Television, since many real tribes use various forms of body modification as part of their culture.
  • January 21, 2010
    The Pocket
    300, anyone?
  • January 21, 2010
    random surfer
    Sideshow Mel from The Simpsons has a bone in his hair, I guess to suggest savagery but not make the Animated Actor get an actual piercing.
  • January 21, 2010
    Avatar had a tribe of Na'vi with bones through their nose.
  • January 25, 2010
  • February 23, 2010
    In Apocalypto most of the tribesmen and women had piercings of some description. There were wooden and jade studs, as well as more complicated, ornate pieces.