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A common Action Adventure Tropes. Often part of the Cannibal Tribe movie genre, but not limited to it.

The protagonists are captured by some primitives 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.

Examples of Tribal Carry include:

Anime & Manga

Comic Books

Fan Works

Films -- Animation

  • It occurs in Disney's version of Peter Pan, right after the Indians capture the Lost Boys.

Films -- Live-Action

  • In Avatar, Jake Sully & Grace Augustine are taken captive by the Na'vi, But not before being released after by Mo'at after but on one condition, that they must save her people, they both agree.
  • 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.
  • This happens in the George of the Jungle film.
  • In 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 Tribe genre. Examples that can be found on this Wiki:


  • Happens in one of the Spellsinger books, when the Ogres capture Jon-Tom and his friends.

Live-Action TV

  • Can be seen in the MacGyver episode "The Golden Triangle".

Video Games

Western Animation

  • In Wakfu, season 1 episode 15, 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).
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