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Indigenous people tend to be, well, poor. Indigenous people also have a tradition of war, [[BlatantLies unlike the rest of the world]]. So of course they're badasses. No matter what era you're in, if you live in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, or Australia, indigenous people will be badasses. Rarely seen in the rest of the world, though. The American version of the Badass Native has costuming and prop elements as well. Will often be [[MagicalNativeAmerican magical]]. Overlaps with NobleSavage or TheSavageIndian.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Tatanka of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is the best high school linebacker in America mainly because he's a whopping 6'10. He also wears his hair in a long braid and wears war paint the field.
* Sandman of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]] decided to run the titular EpicRace on foot, whereas everyone else has a horse, and routinely places in the upper echelon. [[spoiler: His Stand, [[ShoutOut In A]] [[MilesDavis Silent Way]], is the second in the series to weaponize {{Written Sound Effect}}s, and is just as deadly as [[Characters/JoJosBizarreAdventurePart4 Echoes]].]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/XMen'':
** James Proudstar a.k.a. Warpath from ''ComicBook/XForce'' is this, when written right. Recently, he has often been the {{Jobber}}.
** His brother John, a.k.a. Thunderbird, tried to be this trope as one of the early ComicBook/XMen, but his extreme temper (he was the resident hothead of a team that included ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'') led to him dying on his second mission.
* Franchise/TheDCU has the Super-Chief, whose [[AmplifierArtifact magical meteorite necklace]] gives him the "the [[SuperStrength strength of a thousand bears]], the [[SuperSpeed speed of a thousand running deer]], the [[SuperSenses keen senses of the wolf nation]], and [[InASingleBound the power in his legs to leap higher than the tallest trees in the forest]]"...but only for [[HourOfPower an hour]]. In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', [[spoiler:that last tidbit dooms the latest Super-Chief since his enemy has the power to manipulate time.]]
* Joshua Brand, the hero of ''ComicBook/ShamansTears''; chosen to be the champion of Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit of the Sioux.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Wind In His Hair in ''Film/DancesWithWolves''.
* Billy Bear in ''Film/{{Predator}}''.
* ''RedBlood'' has a whole tribe of them take on the mob.
* [[Film/SmokeSignals Victor Joseph]] subverts this trope; he has a "stoic face" to look badass.
* [[Franchise/StarWars The Fetts]], and by extension the [[SendInTheClones Clone Army]]. George Lucas probably chose Temuera Morrison to play Jango just to invoke this trope.
* The entire cast of ''{{Thunderheart}}''.
* ''Film/{{Transamerica}}'' has Toby talk about how his father's an Indian and a millionaire, only to learn that [[spoiler:his father's really a Jew for Jesus who wants to become a woman]].
* Hunter from ''[[Film/GingerSnaps Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning]]''.
* Mani from ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'', complete with martial arts.
* Gooch, a huge ex-con just released from prison at the beginning of ''Dance Me Outside'', is certainly playing up to this trope.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sherman Alexie likes to play with this trope:
** The title character in "The Toughest Indian In The World" plays it straight, but is gay.
** Victor Joseph deconstructs it: He has a "stoic" face which involves looking like you just killed a buffalo (because you don't want to look like you just killed a salmon), and he's best friends with [[BromanticFoil Thomas Builds-the-Fire, a gothic-looking storyteller who can't shut up]].
** Arnold in ''Literature/TheAbsolutelyTrueDiaryOfAPartTimeIndian'' is a MemeticBadass for a day. This despite being a nerd and excessive HoYay.
** In ''Literature/{{Flight}}'', Zits enters the body of a Sioux boy, and he tries to prevent Little Big Horn, [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct but...]] On the badass side of things, his father is compared to Arnold Schwarzenegger, he meets Crazy Horse, and he's in the most badass tribe in North America. He later meets his father, who is not a badass at all.
* Moon in ''Literature/AtPlayInTheFieldsOfTheLord''.
* The Fremen in the first three ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' novels.
* Uncas and Chingachgook from James Fenimore Cooper's ''Literature/LastOfTheMohicans''.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Joseph Listens-to-Wind. He's the NiceGuy on the Senior Council, sure-- but he can also [[BearsAreBadNews turn into a bear]] and go toe-to-toe with [[PhysicalGod demigod-level]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Also, the fact that he ''is'' on the Senior Council means he is one of the seven most powerful and skilled magicians in the world.
* In the ''Literature/TimeScout'' series, this is the general consensus on downtimers. Don't mess with them; they'll probably kill you. More specifically, the downtimers on-station, Skeeter's Mongolian family, and JackTheRipper.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had Tommy Oliver. Played with because he was raised white and it didn't come into play until late season three of MMPR (and was revisited during [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]]).
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'' has had the Apache and Comanche featured in episodes, demonstrating just how lethal and badass they were in real life.
* Hawk from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is this trope.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has John Black Wolf. He's the de facto leader/police of his reservation, and when a group of armed men come with the intention of murdering their children to start a race war, he beats the ''crap'' out of them with his bare hands and a knife for self-defense. And he doesn't kill a single one outright.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Litefoot
* Music/IronMaiden's song "Run to the Hills" has this, though it also outright says that the US Army won because of superior numbers.
-->We fought him hard, we fought him well. Out on the plains, we gave him hell!
-->But many came, too much for Cree. Oh will we ever be set free?
* Music/JohnnyCash's "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"
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[[folder:Oral Tradition]]
* Every NativeAmericanMythology has at least one. Modern versions have more.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MickieJames. (Powhatan from Virginia).
* Wrestling/{{Chief Wahoo McDaniel}}
* Wrestling/{{Tatanka}}
* Navajo Warrior
* Apache Bull Ramos
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has two extant tribes consisting mainly of American Indians in the present day. The Uktena are MagicalNativeAmerican, whereas the Wendigo are pretty much this trope down to the core. They're one of the major warriors tribes in what's already a ProudWarriorRace, were quite active in AIM in the Sixties, and still have a bit of grudge with the Europe-based tribes.
* The vampire tribes of [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Zendikar]] were designed with this trope in mind.
* This trope is taken advantage of by the Imperium in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' - with countless worlds within its galactic borders and varying conditions and technologies on them, there are some which are so harsh that the world's inhabitants will be at Stone Age technology. Having individuals who survive harsh conditions and prosper with little more than their own strength, they are commonly used as recruits for the [[SpaceMarine Adeptus Asartes]].
** The Eldar Exodites, the descendants of those who saw the terrible depravity and hedonism of the Eldar before The Fall, and fled to the uncivilized backwater worlds on the edge of their empire, places where they'd be forced to work hard to survive. Basically, they're [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Amish dinosaur-riding cowboy Wood Elves]] [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]]. They tend to keep to themselves, but they're more than capable of schooling anyone who is stupid enough to try and conquer their worlds. In one Black Library book, the Imperium launched an assault on one of the Exodite worlds, and while the Exodites lost eventually, the Imperium needed three [[SuperSoldier Space Marine]] legions to get the job done. Yes, you just read that right: not "chapters", but legions. ''Pre-Literature/HorusHeresy legions''.
* [[http://firedrake.org/roger/csarchive/universe/pilots/s_salawa.htm Soloha Salawa]], a celebrated Hopi AcePilot from ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gala from ''VideoGame/BurnCycle'' belongs to a [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorist cell]] of [[TheCracker computer-hacking]] Natives. In [[{{Cyberpunk}} the future]].
* Pictured above is Nightwolf, from the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series.
* Thunder Hawk from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is probably the single tallest playable character in the series ("probably" because Hugo doesn't have an official height and they've never been in the same game). Let's just say this affords him an intimidating presence).
* [[strike:Goku]] Soaring Eagle in ''Whomp 'Em''.
* [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct Chief Thunder]]
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Vulcan Raven]]. GeniusBruiser, Inuit Shaman, prefers to fight with a 20 mm rotary fighter cannon.
* Tommy from ''VideoGame/{{Prey}}''. Long hair, leather jacket, mechanic, first seen getting in a bar brawl with some rednecks before he takes on the alien horde. Also crosses over with MagicalNativeAmerican.
* Badu from ''VideoGame/SepterraCore''. He's actually an Underlost [[{{Mutants}} mutant]] from [[WorldShapes Shell 7]], and looks like a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} xenomorph]] with knives. He's one of the party's more effective fighters, taking the role of the MightyGlacier.
* Connor aka [[DoNotCallMePaul Ratohnhakéton]], the lead character in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', is the child of a British soldier and a Mohawk woman.
* Natan in ''[[VideoGame/ShadowHearts Shadow Hearts: From the New World]]''.
* [[http://firedrake.org/roger/csarchive/universe/pilots/s_salawa.htm Soloha Salawa]], a celebrated Hopi AcePilot from ''Crimson Skies''. He flies an [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090521181304/crimsonskies/images/d/d2/Plane_Coyote.jpg appropriately badass]] fighter plane.
* Tau and Atahua from [[VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden Battle Arena Toshinden 3]].
* Chief Scalpem from VideoGame/SunsetRiders. Despite his unfortunate sounding name, he is universally considered far harder than any other boss in the game, including the last boss. Flipping about the screen at breakneck speed and raining throwing knives on your posse, the level of difficulty in this fight is worthy of a BulletHell shooter. Even seasoned players end up burning at least one coin on this guy.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'''s John Redcorn double-subverts this. At first, he averts it, but when Big Mountain Fudgecake is introduced, he plays it straight until he realizes he can make more money with children's songs.
* John Thunder, the Native American member of the WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}.
* Jefferson Trueblood from ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies.''
* Nathan Explosion of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' is only half native american, bit he fits the trope none the less
* Injun Joe the Superchief from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Wagon Heels".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Tecumseh, Manuelito, Roman Nose...Take your pick, honestly.
* Just about anybody in AIM ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Movement American Indian Movement]]).
* In the 30s, Josef Goebbels, possibly motivated by Karl May novels, declared the Sioux to be Aryans. Pure Aryans, in fact. (The Japanese were also thought to be a "Honorary Aryan people due to their bravery".) The Sioux response was to join the U.S. military, where they could hopefully kill Nazis.
* Indigenous people join the military much more frequently than the majority culture.
--> ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-X07ITPf8 My People]]'' ''have fought for this land / Here and across the sea''
--> ''Their shadows cast on sacred ground / For all eternity.''
* Ernest E. Evans, Commanding Officer of the ''USS Johnston''. Half Cherokee and a quarter Creek, he vowed upon taking command of his ship that he would never run from the enemy. He fulfilled that vow on Oct 25, 1944, when his task force, Taffy 3, found itself up against a fleet of Japanese battleships, led by none other than the ''Yamato'' (the largest, most heavily-armed battleship ever built), with nothing larger than an escort carrier. He ordered ''Johnston'' to turn and charge the enemy line, managing to get close enough for a torpedo attack which blew the bow off a Japanese cruiser, causing another to stop and lend assistance, thereby taking both of them out of the fight. The little tin can took a savage beating afterward (helped by the fact that it was ''too small'' for effective use of the ''Yamato'''s massive guns, as they were designed pierce battleship armor before exploding; against an unarmored destroyer they passed through one side of the hull and out the other without setting off the fuse), but Evans stayed in command right up to the very end, eventually going down with the ship. He received the Medal of Honor.
* Hongi Heka, and Te Rauparaha, of New Zealand, Maori chieftains in the early 19th century, who were heavily involved in the Musket wars. Hongi Heka pioneered the use of muskets in Maori warfare, leading to the situation where the Maori, those who survived, were well prepared to take on the British in this matter. Hongi Heka also, in between fighting wars, found time to contribute to writing the first Maori-English dictionary. Te Rauparaha was called the Napoleon of New Zealand because of the large amount of land he conquered.
** The British and New Zealand settlers had a real tough time trying to take away Maori lands because of the experience of the Musket Wars, which not only prepared the Maori for modern warfare (all the more amazing because just forty years earlier they were a Stone Age society), but with that also came some inspired innovations, like the modification of the traditional pa (fortified village) that came with trenches and bunkers. Gate Pa was famous because the British shelled the crap out of the place, but inflicted virtually no casualties on the bunkered Maori, so when the British marched in thinking they'd obliterated them, the defenders just burst out of their trap doors and gunned them down.
* Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, who was the first Maori to win a Victoria Cross (sadly posthumous), in [=WWII=]. To quote: "On 26/27 March 1943 during the action at Tobaga Gap, Tunisia, Second Lieutenant Ngarimu, who was commanding a platoon in a vital hill feature strongly held by the enemy, led his men straight up the face of the hill and was first on the crest. He personally destroyed two machine-gun posts and owing to his inspired leadership several counter-attacks were beaten off during the night. He was twice wounded but refused to leave his men. By morning when only two of his platoon remained unwounded, reinforcements arrived. When the next counter-attack was launched, however, Second Lieutenant Ngarimu was killed."
* Joe Medicine Crow (Crow) was the last Indian to become a war-chief -- did so in WWII. There are four things one must do (including counting coup, disarming the enemy, leading a successful war party, and taking horses from the enemy) and he did all of them.
* Spc. Lori Piestewa (Hopi), the first Native American woman to be killed in combat overseas. When the Pentagon presented us with a Rambo-like fantasy built around the capture and (partly staged according to the BBC) rescue of [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome Pfc. Jessica Lynch]], Lynch herself went before the House Committee on Oversight to reveal that not only was much of the story false, but that Piestewa was the real hero. Driving in the same convoy as Lynch, she had picked her up when her vehicle broke down in the middle of an ambush. She drove through a hail of gunfire, crashed into a tractor-trailer and was subsequently shot in the head. Truly a Native Badass.
* Several Mapuche chieftains during the War of Arauco were this, but special mentions go to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lautaro Lautaro]] (Valdivia's ex-aid, who escaped from captivity and then became the leader of the Mapuche via teaching them how to fight the Conquistadores), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caupolic%C3%A1n Caupolicán]] (doubling as WorldsStrongestMan according to his myth, and ultimately ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvarino_%28Mapuche%29 Galvarino]] (HotBlooded HandicappedBadass).
* Buffalo Calf Road Woman, who fought in the Battle of the Rosebud (or The Fight Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, as it is called by the Cheyenne, named after she rode back on her horse to save him after other retreated), fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn, and was credited with knocking Custer off his horse during Custer's Last Stand by the Cheyenne tribe.
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