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Davy Crockett was a man born in 1786, and went on to live a full life in both war and politics. He served in the Creek Indian War, then was elected to the Tennessee state legislature, and eventually to the House of Representatives. There, he opposed many of the bills by UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson, particularly the Indian Removal Act, resulting in the end of his political career. As a result he left for [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texas]], where he died in the battle of the Alamo in 1836.

That's more or less the Cliff Notes version of his life, and it was embedded in American popular culture. He exploits [[MemeticBadass became exaggerated beyond what he did]], including claims that he killed a bear at age three.

The most famous interpretation of him probably came from a five-part serial on the ''[[Series/WaltDisneyPresents Disneyland]]'' television program, which created quite the fad when it aired. In fact, the original serial was only in three parts, the success convinced them to make the remaining two parts. The serial was rereleased as two {{Compilation Movie}}s, ''Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier'' and ''Davy Crockett and the River Pirates''. The two movies have been released on DVD, and the serial was released unedited as part of the ''WaltDisney Treasures'' line.
The Disney version proved ''insanely'' popular in the early [[TheFifties 1950s]] USA, with Davy Crockett [[TheMerch merchandise]] greatly in demand among kids, and is arguably the first modern children's media cultural phenomenon of its type. In terms of crazes it would only succumb to science fiction media derived from the SpaceRace.
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!! The Disney version contains the following tropes:
* {{Badass}}: Crockett, naturally.
* BeamMeUpScotty: Many of the speeches and sayings attributed to Crockett, including his "Not Yours To Give" speech and his claim about his father licking every man in Kentucky, are now considered apocryphal at best.
* BearsAreBadNews
* BolivianArmyEnding: Or at least that is the most popular version of the story, although their is a fair amount of witness testimony indicating that Crockett (and a few other defenders of the Alamo) were captured alive only to be murdered on the orders of the Mexican commander.
* CompilationMovie: As noted above.
* CoolClearWater
* DawnOfTheWildWest
* DoNotCallMePaul: He usually preferred to be called "David".
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Mike Fink becomes friends with Crockett after he beats them in a river race.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Davy's is killing a bear with a knife.
* ForegoneConclusion: When you find out he's going to the Alamo, you know what's going to happen.
* HeroicSacrifice: As history dictates.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Davy and Georgie.
* ICallItVera: Davy calls his gun Bessie.
* LargeHam: How Mike Fink is portrayed in the series.
* MemeticBadass: Crockett
* MountainMan
* NiceHat: Davy's coonskin cap, of course.
* NobleSavage: The series' portrayal of Native Americans.
* PointyHairedBoss: Major Norton.
* TheRedStapler: Davy's Coonskin Cap.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The alligators.
* ShirtlessScene: Georgie gets one.
* TallTale: Davy Crockett has become accrued with legends that sometimes stray into Tall Tale territory.
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