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1[[quoteright:350:[[Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tumblr_pxdqoh75ke1u8qdaho1_1280.jpg]]]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Koda: Both handsome and heroic, and with caveman strength to boot.]]²A sister trope to TarzanBoy and JunglePrincess.²²In a lot of media, even if cavemen aren't [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals Neanderthals]], they're usually depicted as ugly, hirsute and slouching. But there's a problem -- after all, BeautyEqualsGoodness, so if a caveman is supposed to be a non-comedic hero, the audience might have a tough time rooting for such an unattractive character.²²That's where the Handsome Heroic Caveman comes in. With the NubileSavage trope in play, this character is always well-groomed and never slouches, and their appearance mirrors the aesthetic ideal of the time when the work is created: usually an idealized inexplicably hairless body, well-done hair and a handsome/pretty face (expect men to have no facial hair or even stubble, and women to wear makeup and have their eyebrows on fleek). Sometimes there's an attempt at [[JustifiedTrope justifying]] their drastically different appearance in-universe by making the character "the first modern human". Expect {{Stripperriffic}} clothes on ''both'' female and male versions of this trope, of the FurBikini or LoinCloth variety.²²The Handsome Heroic Caveman usually lives in OneMillionBC or a LostWorld, and fights with enemy cavemen (who are always depicted as ugly and shaggy, or even as {{Frazetta M|an}}en), giant apes and [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology dinosaurs]]. A lot of times, the Handsome Heroic Caveman's love interest also gets the same treatment, as well.²²This type of character was quite popular in comic books and cartoons especially. Unlike TarzanBoy[=/=]JunglePrincess, the female version of this trope, while quite popular, never superseded the male version in popularity. As such, this is an AlwaysMale trope.²²Note: If a caveman or cavewoman just happens to have a NubileSavage appearance, but isn't any more heroic than their non-handsome peers, then it's just an example of NubileSavage and not this trope.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Genshi Shonen Ryu'' ("Ryu the Caveman") tells the story of a young adult that struggles to survive in a world ruled by dinosaurs (as you may expect, the series' BigBad is a one-eyed ''Tyrannosaurus rex'') and hostile rulers.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''Tor'', created by Joe Kubert and Norman Mauer, is probably one of the first examples of this trope. He was a [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan-esque]] caveman who fought apes and dinosaurs.²* ''Anthro'':²** The title character is a young caveman who looks very much like Tor and fights all kinds of real and fictional prehistoric beasts. He is described as "The First Boy", since he is supposedly the first Cro-Magnon human. His BettyAndVeronica girlfriends, Embra and Nima, who sometimes join Anthro on his adventures, are also Cro-Magnon (supposedly, they were born after Anthro) and follow this trope as well.²** ''Kong the Untamed'' is a direct descendant of Anthro. He is quite similar to his ancestor, both in adventures and looks, only he has blonde hair.²* ''ComicBook/{{Rahan}}'': A French take on this trope. With his tribe killed by an exploding volcano, Rahan was left to wander the prehistoric Earth. Even though he also fought dinosaurs and Neanderthals, his approach was often more intelligent than violent: he tried persuading other cavemen to cooperate and help each other, and also made a lot of useful inventions. Appearance-wise, he had long blonde hair and a chiseled body.²* ''ComicBook/TraggAndTheSkyGods'': The comic's two main characters, Tragg and Lorn, were the first modern humans on Earth, and looked drastically different from other cavemen. In a peculiar twist, it had a [[JustifiedTrope solid in-universe explanation]]: they were actually a result of AncientAliens tampering with caveman DNA. Tragg and Lorn fought a militaristic branch of the same AncientAliens who wanted to (of course!) conquer Earth.²* ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'': The main character, Meriem Cooper, is not an actual cavewoman (she's a modern woman who was transported back in time), but is forced to live a life of one. She has enhanced strength, speed and senses, and uses them to fight dinosaurs ({{justified}} since she traveled to the Cretaceous period, not the Stone Age). She has an idealized sexy body, which is appropriate given the comic's erotic undertones.²* ''Jungle Girl'', created by Frank Cho and Doug Murray, is this trope in all but name. She's a statuesque blonde woman who lives on a mysterious jungle island inhabited by dinosaurs, other prehistoric beasts, and cavemen. So it's basically a Prehistoric setting that doesn't acknowledge that it's Prehistoric.²* Creator/MarvelComics' ''Ka Zar'', while being a TarzanBoy type of character, bears a slight resemblance to this trope, owing to the Prehistoric feel of the LostWorld called Savage Land where he lives.²* ''ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}'', created by Creator/JackKirby, is a twist on this trope. Instead of being "the first human" at the beginning of history, he is ''the last human'' (specifically, "The Last Boy on Earth") [[AfterTheEnd after history's end]]. Likewise, his appearance and constant fights with beastmen and monsters are very reminiscent of this trope, making this comic an unusual amalgamation of post-apocalyptic and prehistoric adventure genres.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* Guy from ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' looks like a modern teenage boy in a caveman outfit, in contrast to the titular family who are cartoonish cavemen. Justified in that he's supposed to be a more "evolved" human than the Croods.²* Creator/RalphBakshi directed the animated feature ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce'', which centers on AnIcePerson Nekron expanding his frozen domain ever southward toward Firekeep. The hero is Larn, who's a blond TarzanBoy, right down to the loincloth and WalkingShirtlessScene. He's aided greatly by Darkwolf, a mysterious warrior also attired in loincloth, bare chiseled chest and wolf's hide as a headpiece. Not surprising, as their character designer is Creator/FrankFrazetta himself. While Larn fools around with the DamselInDistress, Darkwolf engages Nekron ''mano a mano''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]²* Tumak, the hero of ''Film/OneMillionBC'', is clean-shaven, doesn't have much body hair, and is generally [[{{bishounen}} kind of pretty]].²** In the 1966 remake, the much better-remembered ''Film/OneMillionYearsBC'', Tumak is still implausibly well-groomed, but he now has a BadassBeard and a fair amount of chest hair - both of which were quite fashionably in the '60s. Tumak's love interest, Loana, is also ''easily'' the most iconic NubileSavage in fiction, being essentially just a '60s bombshell in a FurBikini.²* Downplayed in ''Film/QuestForFire'', where the heroic Naoh is as [[BarbarianLonghair hairy]], unkempt, and rugged as you'd realistically expect a Neanderthal to be, but he's played by Creator/EverettMcGill so he has killer cheekbones. He looks kind of like [[Music/TheAllmanBrothers Gregg Allman]].²* The title character of ''Film/{{Eegah}}'' becomes this once they [[SheCleansUpNicely shave off his beard]], though he's ill-suited to the modern world and ends up [[NonMaliciousMonster causing a lot of trouble, even if he doesn't mean to.]]²* D'Leh from ''Film/TenThousandBC'' is a handsome young caveman from the Yagahl tribe with a neat beard and [[DreadlockWarrior dreadlocks]], played by Creator/StevenStrait, who embarks on a quest to save his people who were taken captive by foreign raiders. His name is even an anagram of the German word "Held", for "Hero". His mentor Tik-Tik is an older version, played by Creator/CliffCurtis.²* ''Film/TeenageCaveman'' stars Creator/RobertVaughn as a smooth-chested, clean-shaven cave-dweller. Tenuously justified because he's supposed to be, well, a teenager - although [[DawsonCasting Vaughn was about 26 at the time]].²* Played dead straight in ''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'', starring a clean-shaven Creator/RebBrown with a blond '80s perm.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* Koda on ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''. His hairiness is confined solely to his long, messy head hair; otherwise he's muscular, hairless, tall, and handsome, reflecting his brave and selfless character, above that of his contemporaries (as with all Power Rangers).²* ''Series/TheLostWorld2001'' features a Handsome HeroAntagonist Caveman, Achille. The son of the Plateau tribe's chief, Achille is mistrustful of the {{bold explorer}}s - except for [[GreatWhiteHunter Lord Roxton]], whose hunting skills and non-interventionist attitude he appreciates - but he's clearly a decent guy, quite handsome, and not entirely in the wrong. His entire tribe are generally pretty devoid of facial hair and body hair.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', Kino is a blonde {{bishounen}} caveman, and love interest for the NubileSavage chief, Ayla.²* Takkar from ''VideoGame/FarCryPrimal'' is a handsome tall AmbiguouslyBrown caveman with BarbarianLonghair, a BadassBeard, and the BadassBaritone voice of Creator/EliasToufexis. You can only see what he looks like in the character portrait, since this game is a FirstPersonShooter, but Takkar is clearly heroic, fighting to defend his people the Wenja from the [[CannibalTribe Udam]] and [[KillItWithFire Izila]] tribes.²* The ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'' series is about two cavemen who goes to rescue some [[NubileSavage beauty cavegirls]] from other cavemen tribes. Both characters got their faces shaven, have muscles, wear loincloths and have [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue (Joe) and green (Mac) hair]] compared to the Cro-Magnon enemies they have to fight, which seems to be the standard of their world.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMightor'': The eponymous character was a prehistoric superhero with an idealized [[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]-ish physique. He is the OlderAlterEgo for teenage caveman Tor (no relation to the comic book character Tor), who, along with his his girlfriend Sheera, also fit this trope.²[[/folder]]²----

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