History Main / AllDesertsHaveCacti

22nd Apr '18 1:53:04 PM GojiBiscuits
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The ''entire family'' of Cactaceae is exclusive to the Americas in its native range -- yes, even in high-altitude and colder areas.[[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsalis_baccifera mistletoe cactus]] is the one exception: it can be found in Africa and Sri Lanka.[[/note]] You'll only see them elsewhere if they're invasive or purposely cultivated for their fruit or decoration (usually, the latter leads to the former; feral prickly pears descended from ones raised for fruit are a pretty common sight in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East). Of course, [[FantasyWorldMap fantasy worlds]] aren't restricted to real-world biomes so the range of cacti species available is up for grabs, but seeing them in the wild outside the western hemisphere is right out.

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The ''entire family'' of Cactaceae is exclusive to the Americas in its native range -- yes, even in high-altitude and colder areas.[[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsalis_baccifera mistletoe cactus]] is the one exception: it can be found in Africa and Sri Lanka.[[/note]] You'll only see them elsewhere if they're invasive they've been introduced by humans to the area, or purposely cultivated for their fruit or decoration (usually, the latter leads to the former; feral prickly pears descended from ones raised for fruit are a pretty common sight in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East). Of course, [[FantasyWorldMap fantasy worlds]] aren't restricted to real-world biomes so the range of cacti species available is up for grabs, but seeing them in the wild outside the western hemisphere is right out.
21st Apr '18 4:48:04 AM scooter
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* Invoked in ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III]]'': One of the indications of the instability of the Genesis planet is patchwork ecosystems in close proximity; a desert region next door to a lush jungle is visually signified not by expanses of sand but rocky terrain and tall cacti, which look eerily beautiful when snowed upon.
25th Mar '18 11:42:46 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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The ''entire family'' of Cactaceae is exclusive to the Americas in its native range -- yes, even in high-altitude and colder areas.[[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsalis_baccifera mistletoe cactus]] is the one exception: it can be found in Africa and Sri Lanka.[[/note]] You'll only see them elsewhere if they're invasive or purposely cultivated for their fruit or decoration (usually, the latter leads to the former; feral prickly pears descended from ones raised for fruit are a pretty common sight in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East). Of course, the range of cactus species available in [[FantasyWorldMap fantasy worlds]] is up for grabs, but seeing them in the wild outside the western hemisphere is right out.

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The ''entire family'' of Cactaceae is exclusive to the Americas in its native range -- yes, even in high-altitude and colder areas.[[note]]The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhipsalis_baccifera mistletoe cactus]] is the one exception: it can be found in Africa and Sri Lanka.[[/note]] You'll only see them elsewhere if they're invasive or purposely cultivated for their fruit or decoration (usually, the latter leads to the former; feral prickly pears descended from ones raised for fruit are a pretty common sight in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East). Of course, the range of cactus species available in [[FantasyWorldMap fantasy worlds]] aren't restricted to real-world biomes so the range of cacti species available is up for grabs, but seeing them in the wild outside the western hemisphere is right out.
13th Mar '18 6:04:10 PM TurtleTropes
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** The Desert Resort in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' features a new cactus Pokémon, Maractus, though Unova is at least based on someplace in North America, even if it's New York State.

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** The Desert Resort in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' features a new cactus Pokémon, Maractus, though Unova is at least based on someplace in North America, even if it's New York State. Ironically, Maractus actually can't survive in its homeplace, [[TooDumbToLive as it has no Ability whatsoever that prevents it from being hit by sandstorms]].
21st Jan '18 10:56:05 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' features the Spiky Snifits who look like saguaro cacti. You find them in the desert Teehee Valley. Other [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario games]] have the cactus enemy Pokey, who appears in just about every desert level. (Except World 2 of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''; Pokey wasn't in that game.) And the interesting thing? The whole cacti "project" started with the desert levels of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', which is practically a Marionized version of ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', a game with an ''Arabian'' theme.

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* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' features the Spiky Snifits who look like saguaro cacti. You find them in the desert Teehee Valley. Other [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario games]] have the cactus enemy Pokey, who appears in just about almost every desert level. (Except World level (World 2 of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''; ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' is a rare exception; Pokey wasn't in that game.) game). And the interesting thing? The whole cacti "project" started with the desert levels of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', which is practically a Marionized version of was adapted from ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', a game with an ''Arabian'' theme.



* Played realistically in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where Durotar is the only desert region in the game with cacti. Silithus and Tanaris are just sand dunes, while the Barrens and Desolace (before the Cataclysm) are more like savannahs.
** Tanaris does have Thistleshrub Valley in one corner of the zone, which is a large cacti jungle, but that's TruthInTelevision, as the RealLife section can attest to. Also, Uldum, which is an Egypt analog, doesn't have a single cactus in it's entirity, averting this trope yet again.

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* Played realistically in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where Durotar is the only desert region in the game with cacti. Silithus and Tanaris are just sand dunes, while the Barrens and Desolace (before the Cataclysm) are more like savannahs.
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savannahs. Tanaris does have Thistleshrub Valley in one corner of the zone, which is a large cacti jungle, but that's TruthInTelevision, as the RealLife section can attest to. Also, Uldum, which is an Egypt analog, doesn't have a single cactus in it's entirity, averting this trope yet again.



* Possibly averted in all of the ''VideoGame/{{Mount and Blade}}'' games. No cacti are seen throughout the desert areas. However, the isometric travel map has very little detail, so there may actually be cacti there, just not visible or in any of the combat environments.

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* Possibly averted Averted in all of the ''VideoGame/{{Mount and Blade}}'' ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' games. No cacti are seen throughout the desert areas. However, the isometric travel map has very little detail, so there may actually be cacti there, just not visible or in any of the combat environments.



* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has an unusual variation: Stinging Cacti, which are a bit like if a geneticist spliced Electric Eel genes into a cactus plant. The catch is they only appear in the ''Arctic'' sections of the game... [[TruthInTelevision which]] ''[[TruthInTelevision are]]'' [[TruthInTelevision deserts]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' 2}}'':
** The game
has an unusual variation: Stinging Cacti, which are a bit like if a geneticist spliced Electric Eel genes into a cactus plant. The catch is they only appear in the ''Arctic'' sections of the game... [[TruthInTelevision which]] ''[[TruthInTelevision are]]'' [[TruthInTelevision deserts]].
21st Jan '18 9:02:30 AM MyFinalEdits
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* Route 111 in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald]]'' includes a desert and is the only place you can find a Cacnea, despite Hoenn being a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Japanese island of Kyushu.
** Likewise Route 228 in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond/Pearl/Platinum]]'', featuring Cacnea's evolved form Cacturne. This despite Sinnoh being based of Hokkaido.
*** Then again, having designed the Pokémon before the routes, where ''else'' could they have placed them, which would be at least [[FridgeLogic somewhat logical]] to the player?

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Route 111 in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald]]'' includes a desert and is the only place you can find a Cacnea, despite Hoenn being a FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Japanese island of Kyushu.
** Likewise Route 228 in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond/Pearl/Platinum]]'', featuring Cacnea's evolved form Cacturne. This despite Sinnoh being based of Hokkaido.
*** Then again, having designed the Pokémon before the routes, where ''else'' could they have placed them, which would be at least [[FridgeLogic somewhat logical]] to the player?
Hokkaido.



** Strangely averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness''; Orre doesn't have cacti, even though it's based on Arizona where it would be appropriate.



* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''. Love it or hate it, there are cacti in enemy battles in the desert. These are only one-armed, though.
** The Gerudo Desert in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is notable for being cactus-free.
*** There are Leevers in both, which are basically mobile, carnivorous cacti. They appear less cactus-like in some games, but the ones in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' (also seen later in the spinoff ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'') are unmistakably evil prickly pears. Leevers are also found in the desert section of the original game, which is otherwise devoid of cacti.
*** The version of Gerudo Desert from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' has saguaro-style cactuses.
*** Note, though, that ''Zelda'', along with many fantasy games, gets a pass on the geographically-incorrect part since [[HandWave it's not set in the real world]] and therefore can have any type of biome it wants as a backdrop.

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* ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''. Love it or hate it, ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'',
there are cacti in enemy battles in the desert. These are only one-armed, though.
** The Gerudo Desert in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is notable for being cactus-free.
*** There are
cactus-free, though Leevers (leech-like creatures) look similar to cacti in both, which are basically mobile, carnivorous cacti. They appear less cactus-like in some games, but the ones in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' (also seen later in latter game (this also applies to the spinoff ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'') are unmistakably evil prickly pears. Leevers are also found in the desert section of the original game, which is otherwise devoid of cacti.
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''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'').
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The version of Gerudo Desert from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' has saguaro-style cactuses.
*** Note, though, that ''Zelda'', along with many fantasy games, gets a pass on the geographically-incorrect part since [[HandWave it's not set in the real world]] and therefore can have any type of biome it wants as a backdrop.
cactuses.



* Another notable aversion: the desert regions of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are mostly, if not entirely, cactus-free. Appropriate, as the desert regions are all in Elona, the local analogue of north Africa.
** Though at the same time, there aren't really any Succulents, which ''are'' native to Africa and Arabia. (Such as the famous Aloe Vera)



** Emphasis on planet. The pyramid shown in that planet is most likely from another world given how it's a spaceship in disguise.



* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', despite being set in a fantasy world, is guilty of two deserts with cacti in the battle scenery in the first game. The America-equivalent continents don't get explored until the second game, and the deserts on those use battle scenery that ''doesn't have cacti''. Whoops.
** This is actually more of an aversion, as it disregards the trope quite nicely.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', despite being set in a fantasy world, is guilty of has two deserts with cacti in the battle scenery in the first game. The America-equivalent continents don't get explored until the second game, and the deserts on those use battle scenery that ''doesn't have cacti''. Whoops.\n** This is actually more of an aversion, as it disregards the trope quite nicely.



* The opening stage of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'', a desert, had tall ''mechanical'' saguaro cacti that fired spikes and round barrel cacti that rolled about and shot bombs.
** In ''Zero 3'', Glacier le Cactank is an aversion. If you haven't guessed it yet by his name, he's AnIcePerson. His territory is a ''snowy'' region.

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* The opening stage of ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2'', a desert, had tall ''mechanical'' saguaro cacti that fired spikes and round barrel cacti that rolled about and shot bombs.
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bombs. In ''Zero 3'', Glacier le Cactank is an aversion. If you haven't guessed it yet by his name, he's AnIcePerson. His territory is a ''snowy'' region.
4th Jan '18 10:49:55 PM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has is a desert level, and there ''are'' saguaro cacti. However, the level ''is'' based off the Arizona Desert, so it fits.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' has is a desert level, and there ''are'' saguaro cacti. However, the level ''is'' based off the Arizona Desert, so it fits.
20th Nov '17 3:44:12 PM TSBasilisk
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* Another notable aversion: the desert region of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are mostly, if not entirely, cactus-free. Appropriate, as the desert regions are all in Elona, the local analogue of north Africa.

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* Another notable aversion: the desert region regions of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are mostly, if not entirely, cactus-free. Appropriate, as the desert regions are all in Elona, the local analogue of north Africa.


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* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' introduces cacti in a very odd manner. Prickly pear cacti appear in the Maguuma Wastes as a harvestable plant. Choya, sentient plant creatures based on cacti, also appear... in Elona, where there are no regular cacti plants.
4th Sep '17 1:09:32 PM Sharlee
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' episode "Koala Balloon", the brothers cut up a prickly pear cactus to hydrate the [[MisplacedWildlife equally out-of=-place]] young koala they find in the Outback desert. Excusable in that prickly pear is an invasive species in Australia, although the Kratts don't comment on this.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' episode "Koala Balloon", the brothers cut up a prickly pear cactus to hydrate the [[MisplacedWildlife equally out-of=-place]] out-of-place]] young koala they find lost in the Outback desert. Excusable in that prickly pear is an invasive species in Australia, although the Kratts don't comment on this.
4th Sep '17 1:09:00 PM Sharlee
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' episode "Koala Balloon", the brothers cut up a prickly pear cactus to hydrate the [[MisplacedWildlife equally out-of=-place]] young koala they find in the Outback desert. Excusable in that prickly pear is an invasive species in Australia, although the Kratts don't comment on this.
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