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Chased by Angry Natives

Stock scene for the Adventurer Archaeologist and Evil Colonialist types, the Hollywood Natives are angry at the hero stealing their sacred idol and/or refusing to be their dinner. Expect there to be hilariously ineffectual thrown spears, hooting and jumping as he makes a clean getaway via plane, boat, car, or train.

Of course, this amounts to nothing so much as Mighty Whitey "preserving for posterity" the ancient sacred objects of a lesser culture to a place they'll be truly appreciated: a public museum. The natives on the other hand, usually prefer seeing it as "theft" or "desecration," and hence the pursuit.

Perhaps one of the most cliché things in these adventure movies. But hey, it sets the adventurous, peril dodging tone rather well.

If the villain sets them on the hero, it's Give Chase with Angry Natives. See also Captured by Cannibals.

Compare the Thundering Herd, a more comedic version.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Subverted in One Piece. The Straw Hat pirates think this is what happening, since they were attempting to make off with the Skypeian's gold. However, gold is absolutely worthless to Sky Islanders and the Straw Hats had just defeated their false god. They were, in fact, going to give the Straw Hats even more gold, in the form of a gold pillar. But the size of it and the fact it was covered made the pirates mistake it for a cannon and sent them scurrying.
    • However this is the case with Chopper. In the manga chapter and cover story (as well as the anime adaption of said cover story) Chopper IS chased by the very very native looking natives of Torino Kingdom (obese people wearing nothing but straw skirts), attacking with spears.....that get fired out of a cannon.
    • Don't forget what happened to Luffy in the anime rendition of the Amazon Lily arc.

Comic Books
  • This happened once or twice to Tintin
  • In the Excalibur story arc The Crosstime Caper, we get a few short vignettes of strange dimensions our heroes passed dimension-hopping, and one is a weird world where Europe was colonized by the Native Americans and is, essentially, the Wild West. We see them chased by angry warpainted British "braves" wearing bowler hats and swinging umbrellas.

Fan Fic

Film
  • Ace Ventura at the end of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls when the Wachatis and Wachootoos find out that the princess is not a virgin.
    • "They can tell that?"
    • The villain of the movie also has to get away from pissed-off natives when his plan to start a war between the two aforementioned tribes comes crashing down around his ears. He manages to get away, only to be cornered by a silverback gorilla with...amorous intentions.
  • Jackie Chan's movie Armour of God starts with our hero stealing a sword from a bunch of natives, during while the natives are worshiping the said sword. After being chased by the angry natives, he flies away with an ultralight aircraft, natives awed by this wonder start worshiping the flying thing.
    • Played with in the sequel, Operation Condor, sneaks in and goes for the big, expensive looking gems built into the natives' idol. Their witch doctor seems OK with it. He's quite displeased when he takes some of the water from the spring at the base of the idol, but even then he's willing to let it slide if he marries the chief's ugly daughter. Cue chase scene.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Doomsday, where the "natives" are Violent Glaswegians after a viral epidemic turns them into post apocalyptic survivors.
  • Happens to Jack Sparrow in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie. In fact, the image of him running away from them was one of the first things released about the movie, prompting many fans to wonder just what he's done this time. It was the refusing-to-be-dinner scenario, but with a twist: the natives believed Jack was a flesh-imprisoned god yearning to be set free.
  • The beginning of Peter Jackson's Braindead (known to American audiences as Dead Alive), in which angry natives from Skull Island (yes, that one) pursue a New Zealand zoo official as he makes off with the indigenous rat monkey. This is at least one case where it probably would have been for the best if the natives did catch their target.
  • The Disney Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has Ned Land following the "research trip" onto a nearby island, disturbing the local cannibals, which becomes really racist rather quickly as well as an outrage to all logic and logistics, but does allow Nemo a reason to point out the Nautilus' defenses.
  • Happens to Thugg Speedman in Tropic Thunder. Both in the Movie and in the Movie Within The Movie.
  • Kinda what happens in the middle of The Mummy Returns, though said natives are undead pygmies.
  • Not a literal native example, Shooter Gavin in Happy Gilmore gets chased by angry spectators after he steals the golden blazer when Happy manages to beat him.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness starts this way, with Kirk and Bones being chased by angry native Nibiruans after Kirk steals a sacred scroll (he's not really sure what it is).

Literature
  • Used in the first Age of Fire book, as the starving dragon Auron flees from an angry fishing village after eating a child for nutrition. In a clever ploy, he leads them to another, more hostile dragon, and takes up the dragon's home after the fishermen kill the surprised drake.
  • Heimskringla in the "Saga of Saint Olaf" (13th century) relates how a party of Norwegians loots a sanctuary of the god Jomali in "Bjarmaland" on the White Sea Coast. When they rob the precious collar worn by the statue of Jomali, the Bjarmians are mysteriously alerted, leading to the Norwegians getting chased back to their ships by the locals and escaping by a hair's breadth.

Live-Action TV
  • In Star Trek: Voyager "Basics, Part II", a part of the marooned crew is chased by angry stone-agey aliens. This particular part of the crew getting chased, oddly enough, is led by Chakotay. The whole thing turned out to be a misunderstanding and the crew and the local residents eventually parted on amicable terms.

Newspaper Comics
  • Parodied in The Far Side where a rainforest tribesmen cuts the rope bridge sending pursuing suburbanites to their doom, the idol (a TV) and its curse were now his.

Pinball
  • Seen in the "Prime Directive" Mode of Stern Pinball's Star Trek, with Kirk and Spock being chased by a pack of angry native aliens.

Roleplay
  • In Dino Attack RPG, Dust and Zachary had to work together to escape angry TumTum tribesmen, since the former was a fugitive and the latter was helping him escape. This an interesting variation on the trope, since they could not afford to attack the natives, even in self-defense, or else risk forever losing their chances of gaining Achu's allegiance.

Video Games
  • This happens to Crash Bandicoot near the end of the Totem Hokum level in Crash Twinsanity.
  • The "natives" in this case aren't primitive, but the "Modern Warfare 2" level "The Hornet's Nest"'s ending probably counts too. Espescially since it features a surprising amount of rooftop-jumping for a FPS.
  • In LEGOLAND, Johnny Thunder is seen running away from a group of angry Islanders, most likely as a Shout-Out to the famous scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Referenced in a cutscene in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, with a swarm of angry zerg standing in for the "natives". Raynor has other plans, though.
    Tychus: (As spent shell casings on the ground begin rattling) "Uh, boys, the natives are gettin' restless..."

Web Comics
  • The Order of the Stick: Elan, Durkon, Daigo, Therkla and Lien are chased away by orc natives at various times.

Western Animation
  • Jonny Quest TOS had this at least twice:
    • A piece of animation in the closing credits, with two people in a hovercraft escaping a group of savages shaking their spears. Starts at about 1:45 here.
    • "Pursuit of the Po-Ho". As Race and the boys rescue Dr. Quest, the natives throw spears and pursue in their canoes. Watch it here, starting about 2:55.
  • This happens to the entire Griffin family in Family Guy, when the natives in the South American region where Chris is working as a missionary find out that he's a freshman. Cue the entire family being chased to their seaplane with the natives firing poison-tipped darts from blowguns. Just as the family takes off, Brian reveals that they had left behind Butt Monkey Meg... who then drops dead. She gets better.
  • The Angry Beavers: When the girl racoons shockingly realize that Daggett is not the Mighty Knothead they imagined, Both Dagget and his brother Norbert are chased down by the girl racoons.
    • The Girl Racoon Chieftain: "Bring me their teeth on a plate!"
  • The Super Friends story, "The River of Doom," has some scientists who inadvertently violated an Amazon tribe's burial ground and Wonder Woman and Rima have to save them, with some requisite chasing. However after the immediate crisis is resolved, the tribe is convinced by the heroes that it was all a misunderstanding and they agree to help the scientists in their research with no hard feelings.

Real Life
  • This happened to David Attenborough in his youth while filming in Papua New Guinea - in fact, while on camera. His response was to turn around and extend his hand to the chief with "How do you do?", upon which it turned out that the chief was Oxford-educated and his people had mistaken Attenborough for Prince Philip. No, really.


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