No healthy, adult cavewoman ever looked like this.note
"Three figures stepped into his line of vision. They were obviously female. They were
abundantly female. They were not wearing a great deal of clothing and seemed to be altogether too fresh-from-the-hairdressers for people who have just been paddling a large war canoe, but this is often the case with beautiful Amazonian warriors."
A young woman from prehistory or from an uncivilized clime depicted as
a ravishingly sexy bombshell (according to the standards of the audience who will be reading or watching the work) even when circumstances make that unlikely and/or her appearance wouldn't be considered attractive by her contemporaries.
The life of a savage can be pretty hard, what with all the dirt, parasites, lack of proper medicine, sanitation, nutrition, etc. It's not surprising that a good number of cavemen are nasty, brutish, and short. But their women more than make up for it
. Your average cavewoman has the body of a pinup model, with long legs, shapely hips, a flat stomach, thin arms, and an impressive set of bam-bams
, all nicely framed by a few scraps of animal hide
, regardless of the weather
. When she's dressed to impress, a Feather Boa Constrictor
is always a tasteful accessory. Her skin is clear and fresh; her teeth are perfect; her hair is no more than artfully tousled
. She has no body hair whatsoever and no cuts on her legs even though her only razor is a sharpened cowrie shell. And her features are accented in a way that only expertly applied modern cosmetics (rather than, say, clay and crushed berries) can achieve. It's enough to make you wonder why we crawled out of the Stone Age.
Like most Fanservice Costumes
this trope is often -- but not always -- female
. A man sporting the Nubile Savage look will be impressively muscled and garbed in a leopard-skin loincloth (or less). His hair will be wild
but not too
wild and his body hair will be confined to his face: no more than Perma Stubble
or perhaps a tastefully-short beard that still accentuates his jawline (you'd see messier facial hair on any modern college campus
). He will also have good teeth and neat, clean hands with trimmed fingernails, even though he swings from vines all day and has never
seen a dentist.
Of course, if you'll watch a National Geographic-type documentary, you'll quickly see that women in cultures removed from civilization, while often topless
, do not generally resemble Hollywood models.
In Comic Books
most caveman/amazon-themed superheroes
adopt this look.
The standard look for The Chief's Daughter
and Jungle Princess
. Less standard but still common for the Indian Maiden
. Will often be an Amazonian Beauty
Contrast National Geographic Nudity
. Compare with Frazetta Man
. See also Noble Savage
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- The advertising for the 8-bit game "Legend of the Amazon Women" attracted complaints for its double-page spreads of not-particularly-well drawn Nubile Savages. One letter wondered if the artist had misread the title of the game as "Leg End of the Amazon Women".
Anime & Manga
- In Jungle de Ikou!, the main character Natsumi can transform into the extremely busty Nubile Savage Mii by doing a Fanservice-y dance. Take one look at her, and you won't be surprised to learn that Mii is a goddess of fertility and reproduction.
- San from Princess Mononoke is quite pretty and well groomed for somebody Raised by Wolves, aside from the fact that her face is often smeared with blood. It may have something to do with the fact that the wolves that raised her are also magical Shinto demigods.
- This applies to both men and women in Wild Rock who all look far too perfect for the setting.
- Cavewoman might be the most exaggerated example, especially when drawn by creator Budd Root — he really has a thing for huge breasts. Even though she's not an actual cavewoman, she lived as one for most of her life and still manages to look hotter than most supermodels. Plus her body was "hardened" as a result of time traveling.
- The Savage Land in the Marvel Universe. The entire place. The ONLY reason for the existence of a tropical region in the middle of the Antarctic is so that residents and visitors can fit this trope.
- Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, created in the 1930s and the inspiration for Shanna, Jungle Girl and similar characters.
- In the Uplifted series it's played with and inverted. This is how Hanala initially seems to view Joachim Hoch. Seeing him as a male version of one, despite the fact that by Earth standards he is a well dressed, relatively educated, intelligent man.
- With Strings Attached has a whole village of these in the Hunter's world.
Films — Animated
- Tarzan, from the movie of the same name. He figured out shaving by himself.
- Pocahontas - The titular character is one of the more obvious examples of the trope, as she and her people are referred to as "savages". Pocahontas herself is depicted as a beautiful woman in her early 20's, and none of the other female members of her tribe are far behind her.
- Princess Kida from Atlantis The Lost Empire toes the line of this trope — the city of Atlantis is by no means a savage civilization, but then again, Kida herself has been alive since the Flood itself.
Films — Live-Action
- Katniss, from The Hunger Games, is rather tall and healthy-looking for someone who nearly died of starvation as a child and hunts and kills her own food to survive.
- Caveman had Barbara Bach as a cavewoman, while the cavemen tended to look like Ringo Starr. And they fight dinosaurs.
- Fur Bikini vehicle When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth had Victoria Vetri in the role, but she didn't just fight dinosaurs — she tamed them! Well, until it abandons her for no particular reason.
- In spite of the Flintstone Theming, Jane Krakowski as Betty Rubble, née O'Shale◊ from The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
- Used as a gag in Land of the Lost. The females of Chakah's species look like this (scantly clad, brown women).
- The Na'vi from Avatar. Their teeth are either white or slightly off-white, no one but Jake ever seems to get dirty, and their hair is pretty much perfect all the time. The Na'vi females do not always cover their National Geographic breasts. Count Neytiri, Princess of the Omaticaya Tribe, is the most famous among the female Na'vi.
- Kinda averted in the foreign language film (foreign to everybody) Quest for Fire (Hey, it's Ron Perlman!). Rae Dawn Chong and the other early homo sapiens were plenty nubile, but being covered in clay and occasionally mud and dirt and being placed in some pretty unpleasant situations meant that it wasn't really highlighted all that much.
- The National Lampoon's Stoned Age has not only the girl-next-door Fardart (Ali Larter), but also a tribe of Amazons ruled by Carol Alt playing Queen Fallopia.
- Though not scantily clad, Ayla the Cro-Magnon heroine of Jean Auel's Earths Children series fits this trope. Auel goes to great lengths to justify this — Ayla learns to brush her hair with a teasel pod, swims and bathes regularly, eats a varied diet, and even wears a leather band around her explicitly large and perky breasts. Also Deconstructed, since she grew up among Neanderthals and thinks of herself as ugly according to their standards of beauty.
- Eudena from H. G. Wells' The Idler wasn't scantily clad insomuch as completely free of clothing whatsoever.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Any pre-technological female in any book will qualify, though they frequently don't bother with the Fur Bikini. Men from the same civilizations are almost invariably described as ugly. Ditto Lin Carter.
- Barsoom isn't pre-technological, but it wouldn't be unfair to describe most of the planet as "savage" anyway. Both men and women there are almost invariably beautiful/handsome and as nearly naked as practicality allows (you've got to have a place to hang weapons and, for some occupations, tools from). There are only a handful of characters in the entire series who are described as "ugly", and even those are mostly just old (for a variety of reasons it's very rare on Barsoom for a person to reach the age of physical decrepitude, so most people there have never seen a person who actually physically appears old).
- Tarzan. Unlike the apes who raised him, he loved water, and swam and bathed regularly. When puberty hit, he taught himself to shave with a knife he found in his father's cabin. He taught himself to only shave the face while leaving his scalp alone, too.
- Rincewind of the Discworld series came into contact with a tribe of these after spending a very long time alone on a deserted island. Unfortunately, the long solitude and monotonous diet had left him a bit addled and had left a few of his desires severely crossed... he thought that the beautiful young women who wanted him to help them continue their bloodlines wanted to give him potatoes. It probably didn't help that Discworld wizards are required to be celibate; he already had half a lifetime's worth of experience suppressing his desires. And a fairly horrific memory of what happens when wizards do reproduce to give him a bit more impetus to keep those desires firmly fixated on innocuous root vegetables.
- Mowgli from The Jungle Books, especially as a young teenager in the second book. Looks more mature than his years because "hard exercise, the best of good eating, and baths whenever he felt in the least hot or dusty, had given him strength and growth far beyond his age". And he too doesn't bother with clothing at all when there are no humans around to make him.
- Stealing a page from Edgar Rice Burroughs (as did pretty much the entire book) the Gura males in Robert E. Howard's novel Almuric look like Neanderthals while the females look like fashion models.
- A sci-fi equivalent occurs and is lampshaded in Anne McCaffrey's "Planet Pirate" series. In one of the books Sassinak talks about a fanservice-heavy movie series about a gorgeous Action Girl that she watched as a kid and mentions that now that she's older, she thinks it's rather unlikely that a girl who was raised as a slave in a mining colony would grow up to have the body of a supermodel, or that said girl could climb up a sheer cliff in the buff and reach the top looking like she'd just come back from the spa.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who
- "Jungle warrior woman" companion Leela. Although after her first episode, she's living in the TARDIS, which presumably offers better sanitation and hygiene facilities. Not quite fitting the trope, as she was a descendant of a survey team that had degenerated. They also had some technological access.
- More obscurely, Nanina from wiped Hartnell serial "The Savages."
- Averted in "An Unearthly Child".
- It could be argued that the kangs from "Paradise Towers" are an urban jungle example, though better dressed.
- Star Trek
- Spock and McCoy meet one of these in "All Our Yesterdays". It turns out she's from the planet's future, and was exiled to the distant past via a time machine by a dictator.
- The series penchant for Green Skinned Space Babes and various Anvillicious messages about tolerance led to quite a few of these, but a notable one is in "The Paradise Syndrome", where Kirk gets Amnesia and is believed to be divine by a group of Native Americans In Space. He is promptly married to The Chief's Daughter, Miramanee, who plays this role to a T.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Beer Bad", a cursed batch of beer turns a bunch of frat boys into cavemen, with crooked teeth, heavy brow ridges, plenty of extra hair - and Buffy, who had plenty to drink, looks like Buffy with sexy-unkempt hair (though Xander cut her off sooner than the others).
- Most women (but mostly the Amazons) in Hercules The Legendary Journeys and its spinoff, Xena: Warrior Princess, which were just about equal parts Camp and Fanservice.
- In the Farscape season 1 episode "Jeremiah Crichton," Crichton is forced to seek shelter on a planet where technology refuses to function after being accidentally left behind when Moya enters an unintentional StarBurst. The planet's entire population, male and female alike, consist of this. The Grandier (the local chieftain) is no older than his late-40s and still in his prime, and there's not a bit of chest or leg hair to be seen. It's the "civilized" Crichton, of all people, who is the only one wearing facial hair, an epic Beard of Sorrow. Justified because the people of the planet are descendants of a technologically advanced culture deliberately marooned there by the Hynerian Empire, and when the energy field suppressing their technology is deactivated they show no trouble getting the complex machinery back online.
- The classic Was (Not Was) music video for "Walk The Dinosaur" features four such women dancing to the song.
- Katy Perry sometimes takes on this appearance. For example, the jungle queen costume she wore while singing "Roar" on Saturday Night Live.
- Space 1889 illustrations of Hill Martian men and women sometimes fall into this trope combining it with Green-Skinned Space Babe and Desert Punk. The of Steppelords of Mars, though, makes it clear that wasting water for washing is a crime and a taboo but there is not trace of this in the illustrations.
- Krystal from the Star Fox series, for her first appearance in Star Fox Adventures. She lived on the dinosaur-laden planet of Sauria for her entire life until Fox showed up, and the place doesn't have much in the way of civilization to speak of. In spite of all that, Fox was smitten with Krystal the instant he laid eyes on her. Starting with Assault, after she joined the Star Fox team, Krystal's outfit was appropriately updated to be more inline with the futuristic style of the Star Fox universe.
- Ayla, in Chrono Trigger. Despite living in a grass hut, being The Big Guy of all the playable characters, and having the most rudimentary grasp of spoken words, she has curled blonde hair that's perfectly styled, coupled with Boobs of Steel. Ayla's boyfriend Kino is also pretty, well-groomed and clean shaven..
- You can play one in Fallout 2. Many characters find the fact that you are a "tribal" quite attractive.
- Mariana Mamba, the first super-agent you rile up in Evil Genius is one of these, being the "tamed" last of her Amazon tribe and everything. Even her special power is an exotic allure that dramatically drains the Loyalty stat of any nearby minions.
- Waking Cloud from Fallout: New Vegas. Her physique is especially impressive considering that she has given birth to three children.
- In 1992 game Ugh! cavemen are about as broad-shouldered as they are tall. Cavewomen are much taller and have perfect chest/waist/hip proportions. See here◊ (they are sitting).
- Nidalee from League of Legends dresses like this in her default skin.