Created By: korpse_man on June 11, 2012 Last Edited By: korpse_man on December 30, 2012

Healed by the hostile villagers

Villagers give reluctant aid to the hero, whilst he begins to care and understand their way of life.

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The Hero is wounded and is unable to care for himself due to the nature of his wounds. He stumbles upon or is taken to a safe haven, by down to earth peasants. They have every reason not to help him, perhaps he is a member of an opposing army. But the main reason is that he is an ‘Outsider’ who will bring doom upon the village. Common humanity wins out and they take care of him.

Due to the nature of his wounds or the elements, the protagonist remains in the village for some time and begins to be drawn into their way of life and probably finds love there too. He will no doubt be drawn into some local plight and will later have to fight to defend his new found home.


Examples:

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  • The Last Samurai: Captain Algren is captured by the samurai army and is taken to their camp. Over the course of a winter he begins to understand their ways and means and takes up their cause. Whilst romancing a the wife of a samurai he had slain.
  • Witness After a shootout with Corrupt cops, Detective John Book is cared for by the Amish community, whilst there he falls in love with an Amish widow and adapts to the Amish lifestyle.
  • Lt John Dunbar of Dances with Wolves was taken in by Sioux, many of whom disliked and distrusted him at first.
  • The central premise of Doc Hollywood.
  • To Wong Fu Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • The book Clan of the Cave Bear. A wounded, near death, orphan 5 year old Cro Magnon girl is taken in by a clan of Neandertals, even though they suspect nothing good will come of it.
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[[folder:TV series]]
  • Luke Macahan in How The West Was Won is helped by the pacifistic Simonites, until trouble comes looking for him and he has to leave.

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  • After the final battle of Ace Combat Zero, the Final Boss of the game, your own ex-wingman Pixy, is nursed back to health by the Belkan villagers whom he (and his allies) bombed earlier. It is during his stay there that he begins to reassess his views that caused his Face–Heel Turn in the first place.
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Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • June 11, 2012
    randomsurfer
    The book Clan Of The Cave Bear is basically this as its entire plot. A wounded, near death, orphan 5 year old Cro Magnon girl is taken in by a clan of Neandertals, even though they suspect nothing good will come of it.
  • June 12, 2012
    qe2eqe
    If looming death were a wound, this happens in Avatar. It didn't happen in an orignal episode of Star Trek, because kirk had amnesia and the locals thought he was a god. Also, for the reverse where a hero adopts a local, (spoiler) in Eureka Seven (tv) Eureka is carrying out genocide per orders, but when three children survive the attack that kills their parents, Eureka adopts them. Also, Loki from Thor (film).
  • June 12, 2012
    NimmerStill
    To Wong Fu Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar and Doc Hollywood (how does that not have a page?) are versions of this.
  • June 12, 2012
    Koveras
    • After the final battle of Ace Combat Zero, the Final Boss of the game, your own ex-wingman Pixy, is nursed back to health by the Belkan villagers whom he (and his allies) bombed earlier. It is during his stay there that he begins to reassess his views that caused his Face Heel Turn in the first place.
  • June 13, 2012
    korpse_man
    Do people it might be worthwhile adding or stating that another version is where the character has broken down and is waiting for repairs, like Disneys Cars or Doc Hollywood?
  • June 14, 2012
    TrustBen
    Lt John Dunbar of Dances With Wolves was taken in by Sioux, many of whom disliked and distrusted him at first.
  • June 14, 2012
    Sheora
    ^^I think if you just add that in as an example, it will be self explanatory.
  • June 25, 2012
    kjnoren
    I think the title is poorly chosen, and implies a too strong antagonism, far more than simple distrust or differing cultures. I think Healed By Ambivalent Villagers would fit well.

    TV series:
    • Luke Macahan in How The West Was Won is helped by the pacifistic Simonites, until trouble comes looking for him and he has to leave.
  • June 25, 2012
    NimmerStill
    How about just "Healed by the Villagers"?

    There's some connection to Going Native too, though it stops short of that, and Mighty Whitey, depending on who changes more to accommodate who.
  • June 28, 2012
    korpse_man
    Yeah hostile is a bit too strong. Healed By The Reluctant Villagers ?
  • December 30, 2012
    ricjac
    The early parts of Centennial comes to mind.
  • December 30, 2012
    ricjac
    Nimmer Still: Your title suggestion is way better than the original proposal.
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