Created By: Glucharina on May 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Glucharina on December 18, 2011

Respectful Hunter

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The hunter who respects his prey. May even consider his prey sacred, but hunt it anyway, not forgetting to give eulogy or some other tribute to creature that will feed his family. Related to Apologetic Attacker.

Common trait for Noble Savage and savage in general.

Examples

Film
  • Avatar: Na'vi speaks to animals before finishing them.
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy: The Kalahari Bushmen are shown to use tranquilizers which put their prey to sleep instead of killing them, and like the Na'vi, apologize too and thank the prey before slaying.

Live-Action TV
  • Monty Python's Mosquito Hunters.
    Hank: Well, I've been a hunter all my life. I love animals. That's why I like to kill 'em. I wouldn't kill an animal I didn't like.
    ...
    Roy: The mosquito's a clever little bastard. You can track him for days and days until you really get to know him like a friend. He knows you're there, and you know he's there. It's a game of wits. You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him.

Real Life
  • The Aztec culture were beyond repectful hunters, they were also respectul harvesters
  • Same as Native Americans. Their view of world is that everything has a spirit. They must thank everything they kill for sustenance.
  • Japanese Shinto followers feel similarly, they believe there is a spirit in everything and you have to give offerings to the spirit of whatever you kill or use, plants and natural landmarks in particular but also animals.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 23, 2011
    Damr1990
    • the aztec culture were beyond repectful hunters, they were also respectul harvesters
  • May 23, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    The Gods Must Be Crazy: The Kalahari Bushmen are shown to use tranquilizers which put their prey to sleep instead of killing them, and like the Na'vi, apologize too and thank the prey before slaying.
  • May 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Monty Python's Mosquito Hunters.
      Hank: Well, I've been a hunter all my life. I love animals. That's why I like to kill 'em. I wouldn't kill an animal I didn't like.
      ...
      Roy: The mosquito's a clever little bastard. You can track him for days and days until you really get to know him like a friend. He knows you're there, and you know he's there. It's a game of wits. You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him.
  • May 24, 2011
    Rolf
    • Same as Native Americans. Their view of world is that everything has a spirit. They must thank everything they kill for sustenance.
  • May 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ Japanese Shinto followers feel similarly, they believe there is a spirit in everything and you have to give offerings to the spirit of whatever you kill or use, plants and natural landmarks in particular but also animals.
  • May 24, 2011
    Bisected8
    Generally engage in Thank Your Prey.
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    I feel like we probably have this covered by Noble Savage and Thank Your Prey.
  • May 25, 2011
    Glucharina
    I also think so. Did someone restore this post after I discarded it or I didn't discard it?
  • May 26, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    I restored it - I don't think it's covered by Noble Savage, because "hunter" isn't limited to "savage" characters. One might consider the hunter with a gun who aims for the head "respectful" and there are some modern hunters who pray over their kill out of respect.

    This may be covered by Thank Your Prey, though, but it's worth some debate.
  • May 26, 2011
    Damr1990
    it may also be a Proud Warrior Race Guy whose culture uses the hunting as a passager rite or that also apreciates the tenacity that their prays may offer

    • On one episode Samurai Jack, aku hired a group of hunters to take care of jack, but after all the effort they had to do to finally sorround him, they developed respect for his abilities, and when aku tried to claim him, they helped him to escape instead
    • on the Predator series, the predators uses their hunting as a passage rite, so when they come to eath they are always looking for a worthy pray, however, there have been some cases when the humans had shown themselves to be on par with them, they consider them worthy and even as part of their tribe
  • May 26, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The titular character of The Old Man And The Sea is a fisherman who spends a large amount of the novella monologing about how much respect he has for the fish he's trying to catch.
  • May 26, 2011
    Glucharina
    ^^ I mean it is Thank Your Pray. Though if you think otherwise - it is now your YKTTW
  • May 26, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Agreed. Can we re-discard or do you have something specific in mind ginseng?
  • June 5, 2011
    TBeholder
  • June 5, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Parodied (of course) on South Park with Jimbo & Ned, who are respectul of nature but that doesn't stop them from mowing down entire herds of deer with a flame thrower.
  • June 7, 2011
    TBeholder
    ^^^^ I don't see how the two are very different. It's sort of blurred concept either way.
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump

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