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A common Action Adventure Trope. Often part of the Cannibal Film genre, but not limited to it.

The protagonists are captured by some natives and taken away to their village. Invariably, they will be taken away like mere game, arms and legs tied to a pole carried by a pair of tribesmen.

They are rarely gagged, though, so expect lots of grumbling about the discomfort or the whole humiliation of the thing.

A subtrope of Bound and Gagged. Often preceded by Caught in a Snare. Not to be confused with Bridal Carry.



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    Comic Books 
  • The protagonists of De cape et de crocs undergo this treatment. However, as they are Petting Zoo People (a fox and a wolf), one even comments on how degrading the whole thing is.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) issue #15: While inside a Daring Do book, Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle are tied on a stick (back-to-back) and carried this way by the Hamsters of Pygolia. On the other hand, Pinkie Pie is carried in a net, and Rarity on a palanquin.

    Comic Strips 
  • A cartoon Witney Darrow did for The New Yorker shows two kids watching as some policemen cart off a captured nogoodnik in this fashion. One of the kids proudly comments, "They don't mess around with Uncle Gus!"

    Fan Works 
  • In Travels Through Azeroth and Outland, a World of Warcraft fanfiction, Destron falls victim to this thanks to the Vilebranch trolls of the Hinterlands.
  • The wizzard Rincewind experiences this when he goes on an inadvertent vision quest with One-Man-Bucket's people in Howondaland. The Latoka Sioux are a proud people and you do not snigger at the Ladies' Sewing Circle, nor at being invited to take your partner for the Sun Dance. Rincewind meets Discworld's Red Indians in a way suspiciously similar to Richard Harris in A Man Called Horse, with a side-serving of Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man, in A.A. Pessimal's tale Rincewind Among the Redskins.

    Films — Animation 
  • It occurs in Disney's version of Peter Pan, right after the Indians capture the Lost Boys.
  • Surf's Up: Chicken Joe is tied to a pole and carried to the village of the savage penguins. Being The Stoner, he's completely oblivious to the fact they intend to eat him.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Avatar, Jake Sully and Grace Augustine are taken captive by the Na'vi. Mo'at releases them on the condition that they save her people.
  • In Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker and Co. when captured by the Ewoks — with the exception of C-3PO, who gets a comfortable palanquin chair since they believe he's a god.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Will Turner is brought into the village trussed to a pole like game. And Jack Sparrow spends a few minutes running away from the locals whilst tied to a rotisserie skewer.
  • All Tied Up. When Brian Hartley tries to escape from his three female captors, they bring him back by tying him to a wooden pole in this way and carrying him.
  • As specified above, this is a staple of the Cannibal Film genre. Examples that can be found on this Wiki:
  • The two protagonists of the French movie Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine get this treatment when they are caught by villagers in a part of Himalaya forbidden to foreigners.
  • The protagonists of the softcore porn movie The Perils of Gwendoline get this too, as shown in Diamanda Hagan's review.
  • Quest for Fire: The Ulam trio are carried into the Ivaka settlement this way. Ika and her mate are trussed up like this at the Kzamm camp.

  • Happens in one of the Spellsinger books, when the Ogres capture Jon-Tom and his friends.
  • In This Immortal, this is done to Conrad and Hasan when the Kouretes capture them and transport them to the Valley of the Sleep, their post-nuclear-fallout version of a refrigerator.
  • Jack Blank: What the Varagog villagers do to Jack after he crashes the medical evacuation vehicle in their borough.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Can be seen in the MacGyver episode "The Golden Triangle". Mac is carried back to the village like this after being captured by the drug producers.
  • The Goodies: After being captured by the huntsmen (who are all attractive young women) in "Snow White 2", the boys are carried back to the castle in this fashion.
  • Doctor Who: Done to the Sixth Doctor in "The Mark of the Rani", although they weren't planning on eating him.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Wakfu, season 1 episode 14, Yugo, Amalia and Evangelyne are captured by primitive Sadidas on a tropical island, and carried this way to their village. Cue an Homage to the classic King Kong sacrifice scene.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: The episode "Needle Point" has Kowalski, Private and Rico doing this to Skipper while trying to get him to the medical bay; being The Ace, Skipper somehow manages to escape while simultaneously substituting Julien for himself (made even funnier by the fact that Julien wasn't even nearby when the switch happened).
  • In Johnny Bravo, episode "The Sensitive Male", Johnny gets the last laugh by telling Sheldon's three girlfriends how he has been cheating on them with each other. They beat Sheldon up, put him in a Tribal Carry, and take him away.
  • Inspector Gadget gets this treatment in a jungle-based episode, from a Mad Scientist and his tamed tiger. As usual, Gadget is completely oblivious to the fact he's in any danger, thinking they just want to help.
  • The Tom and Jerry short "Sorry Safari" ends with Tom, his master and a rhino tied to a pole being carried by Jerry and an elephant.
  • TaleSpin: Rebecca when captured by pygmies in "The Bigger They Are, the Louder They Oink".
  • In Disenchantment, despite Dreamland being a Medieval European Fantasy kingdom, this is apparently their preferred way of transporting outsiders they don't like (as well as disobedient princesses).


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