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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 Hollywood Natives and brought 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. Contrast Captive Push, where they can still walk. See also Captured by Cannibals. Often preceded by Caught in a Snare. May be followed by Stewed Alive, Cooking the Live Meal, or Human Sacrifice if they're unlucky. If they escape, they can expect to be Chased by Angry Natives.

Not to be confused with Bridal Carry.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Fairy Tail:
    • This is the fate awaiting Ichiya of Blue Pegasus after he's beaten and captured by some goons working for Oracion Seis.
    • In the omake "Fairy Tail Stone Age", which turns all the characters into cavemen, Natsu and Happy capture Lucy and carry her off this way.
  • Uncle from Another World: Upon his arrival to Granbahamal, Uncle was beaten senseless by three men who mistook him for an orc. When they realized he could speak human language, they tied him on a pole by his wrists and feet and carried away to sell him to a freak show.

    Comic Books 
  • The protagonists of De Cape et de Crocs undergo this treatment. However, as they are Funny Animals (a fox and a wolf), one even comments on how degrading the whole thing is.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic 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.
  • Rulah, Jungle Goddess: In "Death from Fangs of Stones" (Zoot Comics #8), Rulah is captured by the forces of the evil witch doctor Nisba and carried back to the Lost City of Tahoo this way.

    Comic Strips 
  • A cartoon Whitney 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!"

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    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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Call Me Bwana: When Matt's party finally reaches the Ekele, tribe members tie their ankles and wrists to logs to carry them into the village.
  • As specified above, this is a staple of the Cannibal Film genre. Examples that can be found on this Wiki:
  • Features on the poster for Carry On Up the Jungle.
  • The protagonists of the softcore porn movie The Perils of Gwendoline get this too, as shown in Diamanda Hagan's review.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: 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.
  • The two protagonists of the French movie Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (loosely based on Jules Verne's Tribulations of a Chinaman in China) get this treatment when they are caught by villagers in a part of Himalaya forbidden to foreigners.

  • Jack Blank: What the Varagog villagers do to Jack after he crashes the medical evacuation vehicle in their borough.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: Done to the Sixth Doctor in "The Mark of the Rani", although they weren't planning on eating him.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: In "Nobody's Fu", Jake falls victim to this after Chang captures him near the end of the episode.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • TaleSpin: Rebecca when captured by pygmies in "The Bigger They Are, the Louder They Oink".
  • 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.
  • In Wakfu season 1 episode "Moon Island", 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.


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Full Circle - Carrying Sandra

Sandra is captured by cavemen.

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