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6th Dec '15 1:56:02 PM Kadorhal
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* Set in the Mojave, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] features Agaves, barrel cacti and prickly pears that will constitute 95% of the Courier's diet. No Saguaros, happily.
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* Set in the Mojave, [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' features Agaves, agaves, barrel cacti and prickly pears that will constitute 95% of the Courier's diet. No Saguaros, happily.

** Likewise Route 228 in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, featuring Cacnea's evolved form Cacturne. This despite Sinnoh being based of Hokkaido.
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** Likewise Route 228 in Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Diamond/Pearl/Platinum]]'', featuring Cacnea's evolved form Cacturne. This despite Sinnoh being based of Hokkaido.

* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' 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.)
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* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' ''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.)

** Rather impressively, though, the cacti only show up in levels with an "American" theme within the trilogy. Dry Canyon and Cliff Town are both based on areas ("Colorado" and "Mexico") which might be expected to have cacti, and Dino Mines is the Old West with dinosaurs (and cacti). Skeletos Badlands has cacti as well, but no clear effective location. The two desert levels which DO have a clear non-American location (Scorch and Desert Ruins) are cacti-free.
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** Rather impressively, though, the cacti only show up in levels with an "American" theme within the trilogy. Dry Canyon and Cliff Town are both based on areas ("Colorado" and "Mexico") which might be expected to have cacti, and Dino Mines is the Old West with dinosaurs (and cacti). Skeletos Badlands has cacti as well, but no clear effective location. The two desert levels which DO ''do'' have a clear non-American location (Scorch and Desert Ruins) are cacti-free.

*** There are Leevers in both,which are basically mobile, carnivorous cacti. They appear less cactus-like in some games, but the ones in ''Twilight Princess'' (also seen later in the spinoff ''Link's Crossbow Training'') 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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*** There are Leevers in both,which both, which are basically mobile, carnivorous cacti. They appear less cactus-like in some games, but the ones in ''Twilight Princess'' (also seen later in the spinoff ''Link's Crossbow Training'') are unmistakably evil prickly pears. Leevers are also found in the desert section of the original game, which is otherwise devoid of cacti.

* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' falls prey to this Trope, having big Saguaros...in the middle of Africa...
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' falls prey to this Trope, trope, having big Saguaros...Saguaros... in the middle of Africa...Africa.
5th Dec '15 3:57:06 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* One of Big Japan Pro Wrestling's signature GimmickMatches, The Scorpion Death Match, replaces the barbed wire used in the ''Piranha'' Death Match with cacti, for a more desert feel. This ignoring that deserts in Japan don't have cacti.[[/folder]]
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* One of Big Japan Pro Wrestling's signature GimmickMatches, The Scorpion Death Match, replaces the barbed wire used in the ''Piranha'' Death Match with cacti, for a more desert feel. This ignoring ignores that deserts in Japan don't have cacti.[[/folder]]
4th Oct '15 2:46:52 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* In the 3.5 Edition {{Sourcebook}}, ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Sandstorm]]'', describes everything about life in a desert environment. Cacti are obviously included, though the world ''could'' be based on American deserts. Two of the "monsters" listed in it are the Porcupine cacti ([[MadeOfExplodium they reproduce by exploding in a burst of pulp, seeds, and thorns at the slightest touch]]) and the Saguaro sentinels (basically Desert [[WhenTreesAttack Treants]], swapping trees for Cactui).
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* In the 3.5 Edition {{Sourcebook}}, ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Sandstorm]]'', describes everything about life in a desert environment. Cacti are obviously included, though the world ''could'' be based on American deserts. Two of the "monsters" listed in it are the Porcupine cacti ([[MadeOfExplodium they reproduce by exploding in a burst of pulp, seeds, and thorns at the slightest touch]]) and the Saguaro sentinels (basically Desert [[WhenTreesAttack Treants]], swapping trees for Cactui).Cacti).
4th Oct '15 2:41:49 PM BlackSunNocturne
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]] * In the 3.5 Edition {{Sourcebook}}, ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Sandstorm]]'', describes everything about life in a desert environment. Cacti are obviously included, though the world ''could'' be based on American deserts. Two of the "monsters" listed in it are the Porcupine cacti ([[MadeOfExplodium they reproduce by exploding in a burst of pulp, seeds, and thorns at the slightest touch]]) and the Saguaro sentinels (basically Desert [[WhenTreesAttack Treants]], swapping trees for Cactui). [[/folder]]
16th Aug '15 1:33:20 PM LordGro
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All this stuff about cacti being found as invasive species in deserts that are not on the American continent could be tangentially relevant, but is badly written und lacks organization. I'm moving it to the discussion page. Also, reality does not play with tropes, so real life does neither "play [tropes] straight" nor "avert" them.
* Played dead-straight by the transplantation of cactus species across the planet. The prickly-pear cactus, also known as the ''tzabar'' or sabra, has become known as emblematic of Israelis. It's native to southwestern North America, but don't go telling that to the hummus company. ** It's also a beloved plant for the Berbers in Morocco, who have a lengthy tale about how Allah gave it to them thousands of years ago so they could survive being lost in the desert by eating its fruit. [[SeriousBusiness Never mention]] in their presence that it was introduced by the Spanish just a few centuries ago. * After the 2004 tsunami, prickly pear cacti were found growing in southern India. * Cacti may often be found growing in Southeast Asia. The Pitaya fruit, also known as Dragonfruit, is native to Mexico but was popular in Vietnam and Thailand. * Incidentally, the deserts of America, Australia, and Africa all have their own unique range of desert flora found nowhere else on the planet. So you can even tell if they're doubling Australia for the Sahara if you know your plants. ** Unless they are invading plants. Nopales and agaves (both American in origin) have successfully colonized parts of Australia and the Mediterranean. ** Or transplants. Aloe plantations can be found in Australia. * Averted, of course, by Antarctica, the world's largest desert, which lacks cacti.
16th Aug '15 1:23:54 PM LordGro
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Please, the trope is when cacti appear in deserts where they do not grow in reality. It is *not* about cacti growing in areas where they grow in reality, even if they are not deserts.
* The opposite of this is also true. Cacti don't immediately imply desert. Prickly pears grow throughout a lot of the Midwest, up into Canada. There are lots of epiphytic jungle cacti. And then you have the Pereskias, better known as the rose or leaf cacti, which are non-succulent cacti with broad leaves. They are still exclusively native to the Americas (unless transplanted elsewhere), however. ** Prickly pears are also found across North Carolina, which at any point in the state is definitely not a desert (it's quite humid and gets plenty of precipitation). They're found in the grassy, undeveloped areas of the Outer Banks, into which locals will warn you not to wear sandals. ** Some cactus species grow tall and lush enough to form ''forests'', all on their own. Check out pictures of the smaller Galapagos Islands if you doubt this. ** Before the introduction of the Cactoblastis cactorum, the prickly pear was a SERIOUS feral plant in Australia. * It's quite possible to grow cacti in your own lawn or garden. They're low maintenance, and can deter intruders (and [[HilarityEnsues injure the unwary]]). Just watch where you walk barefoot. * It is also noted that there are indigenous cacti for places like New England that look like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_humifusa paddle cacti.]] * Cacti have been found growing in the Indiana Dunes State Park by Lake Michigan.

* Perhaps the most widespread habitat for modern cacti is ''indoors'', as they're quite popular all over the world as easy-to-care-for houseplants.
16th Aug '15 1:17:58 PM LordGro
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* In Robert E Howard's Red Nails, Conan the Cimmerian and Valeria travel across a "cactus-dotted plain" and spend the night in a ring of cacti for protection while adventuring in prehistoric Africa.
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* In Robert E Howard's Red Nails, Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/RedNails'', Conan the Cimmerian and Valeria travel across a "cactus-dotted plain" and spend the night in a ring of cacti for protection while adventuring in prehistoric Africa.
8th Aug '15 2:58:27 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''IriyaNoSoraUFONoNatsu'' uses the "all deserts are sandy wastelands" variation to portray Nevada, complete with a raging sandstorm.
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* ''IriyaNoSoraUFONoNatsu'' ''LightNovel/IriyaNoSoraUFONoNatsu'' uses the "all deserts are sandy wastelands" variation to portray Nevada, complete with a raging sandstorm.

* In ''ElfQuest'', [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ02/DisplayOQ02.html?page=10 cacti provide the Wolfriders with an emergency water supply]] during their desperate desert journey. Possibly justified because it takes place on an Earthlike planet with almost-identical flora and fauna.
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* In ''ElfQuest'', ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ02/DisplayOQ02.html?page=10 cacti provide the Wolfriders with an emergency water supply]] during their desperate desert journey. Possibly justified because it takes place on an Earthlike planet with almost-identical flora and fauna.

* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's brother Spike is always portrayed sitting under a two-armed saguaro cactus. He actually has a house inside a hollowed-out cactus. Although he lives in Needles, CA, that's too far north for saguaros.
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* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy's brother Spike is always portrayed sitting under a two-armed saguaro cactus. He actually has a house inside a hollowed-out cactus. Although he lives in Needles, CA, that's too far north for saguaros.

* Gobi's Valley in ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' includes these, despite being ancient Egyptian themed and named after (a camel named after) a desert in Asia.
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* Gobi's Valley in ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' includes these, despite being ancient Egyptian themed and named after (a camel named after) a desert in Asia.

* Set in the Mojave, [VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] features Agaves, barrel cacti and prickly pears that will constitute 95% of the Courier's diet. No Saguaros, happily.
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* Set in the Mojave, [VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] features Agaves, barrel cacti and prickly pears that will constitute 95% of the Courier's diet. No Saguaros, happily.

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

* In ''TeamBuddies'', you are sure to find cacti (and possibly pyramids) in all the desert levels.
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* In ''TeamBuddies'', ''VideoGame/TeamBuddies'', you are sure to find cacti (and possibly pyramids) in all the desert levels.

* ''FarCry 2'' falls prey to this Trope, having big Saguaros...in the middle of Africa...
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* ''FarCry 2'' ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' falls prey to this Trope, having big Saguaros...in the middle of Africa...

* ''RollerCoasterTycoon'' had Saguaro cacti available in the scenery window no matter where you go, allowing you to place them in the Arctic if you so choose. But more to the point, an Egypt-themed premade scenario also had some sitting around. Possibly justified in that it's quite literally TheThemeParkVersion, and a cactus will grow just as well in a fake Egypt as a fake Wild West. Nobody really ever said they were real, live cacti either.
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* ''RollerCoasterTycoon'' ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon'' had Saguaro cacti available in the scenery window no matter where you go, allowing you to place them in the Arctic if you so choose. But more to the point, an Egypt-themed premade scenario also had some sitting around. Possibly justified in that it's quite literally TheThemeParkVersion, and a cactus will grow just as well in a fake Egypt as a fake Wild West. Nobody really ever said they were real, live cacti either.

* ''FreddiFish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch'' takes place in the Old West, so of course it has loads of cacti.
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* ''FreddiFish ''VideoGame/FreddiFish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch'' takes place in the Old West, so of course it has loads of cacti.

* Wally, of ''WallyAndOsborne'', [[http://wallyandosborne.com/2005/12/02/cowboys-sunset has made snow ones in Antarctica while imitating a cowboy.]]
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* Wally, of ''WallyAndOsborne'', ''Webcomic/WallyAndOsborne'', [[http://wallyandosborne.com/2005/12/02/cowboys-sunset has made snow ones in Antarctica while imitating a cowboy.]]

* Justified in ''TheMagicSchoolBus'', because they actually go to an American desert.
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* Justified in ''TheMagicSchoolBus'', ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'', because they actually go to an American desert.
5th Aug '15 11:58:02 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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cleaning Captain Obvious trope sinkhole use, project thread here
* It's quite possible to grow cacti in your own lawn or garden. [[CaptainObvious They're low maintenance]], and can deter intruders (and [[HilarityEnsues injure the unwary]]). Just watch where you walk barefoot.
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* It's quite possible to grow cacti in your own lawn or garden. [[CaptainObvious They're low maintenance]], maintenance, and can deter intruders (and [[HilarityEnsues injure the unwary]]). Just watch where you walk barefoot.
24th May '15 6:15:01 AM AgentTasmania
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* Set in the Mojave, [VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas]] features Agaves, barrel cacti and prickly pears that will constitute 95% of the Courier's diet. No Saguaros, happily.
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