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8th Sep '16 5:26:48 PM donotlookatdiagram
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* In deserts and other arid regions of southern Africa there is a family of succulent spiny plants called Euphorbia; that look suspiciously similar to Cacti but are ''not'' related to cacti ''at all''. The two families independently evolved multiple similar forms to adapt to similar niches (barrel-shaped forms, saguaro-shaped forms, ocotillo-shaped forms, etc.)

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* In deserts and other arid regions of southern Africa there is a are plants of the genus Euphorbia, in the family of succulent spiny plants called Euphorbia; Euphorbiaceae, that look suspiciously similar to Cacti but are ''not'' related to cacti ''at all''.all''. They are more closely related to poinsettias than cacti. The two families independently evolved multiple similar forms to adapt to similar niches (barrel-shaped forms, saguaro-shaped forms, ocotillo-shaped forms, etc.)
7th Sep '16 10:11:15 PM Prfnoff
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* The Famicom PlatformGame ''Time Zone'' has cacti in its Wild West zone. Some of them are anthropomorphic and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill you]].
14th Aug '16 5:19:24 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', an entire mission (one of the game's longest in fact) is set in a desert and features not one cactus.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', 3}}''; an entire mission (one of the game's longest in fact) is set in a desert and features not one cactus.cactus. That said, it's an ''alien'' desert.
** Also averted in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', where Requiem's deserts are shown to be cactus-less, probably because Requiem is an artificial world built by ancient aliens.
2nd Aug '16 8:15:05 PM Kirb-Star
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**Emphasis on planet. The pyramid shown in that planet is most likely from another world given how it's a spaceship in disguise.
28th Jul '16 11:40:54 PM merotoker
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* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Mimi's crest is found inside the flower topping a gigantic cactus in the middle of a desert. How gigantic is this cactus? It's as tall as a cruise liner is long. In this case, it's {{justified}} due to being in [[{{Cyberspace}} the digital world]].

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* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Mimi's crest is found inside the flower topping a gigantic cactus in the middle of a desert. How gigantic is this cactus? It's as tall as a cruise liner is long. In this case, it's {{justified}} {{justified|Trope}} due to being in [[{{Cyberspace}} the digital world]].



* In ''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.
** Realistically, they pass through both sandy dunes and rocky flats during their journey, and the cacti only grow in the latter.

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* In ''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.
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fauna. Realistically, they pass through both sandy dunes and rocky flats during their journey, and the cacti only grow in the latter.



* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' and ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' featured cacti growing in ''jungles''.
** On the other hand, the only cactus native to the Old World, the epiphytic Mistletoe Cactus, is found in rainforests of Africa and Madagascar, having been introduced there via migratory birds.

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* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' and ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' featured cacti growing in ''jungles''.
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''jungles''. On the other hand, the only cactus native to the Old World, the epiphytic Mistletoe Cactus, is found in rainforests of Africa and Madagascar, having been introduced there via migratory birds.



* Averted and lampshaded in the 2007 movie ''Film/WildHogs''.

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* %%* Averted and lampshaded in the 2007 movie ''Film/WildHogs''.



* ''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.
* In the original ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'', there were cacti all over the desert levels. Some of them would even shake themselves to get the soot off if you used your flame attack on them.
** 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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* ''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.)
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) 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.
* In the original ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'', ''VideoGame/{{Spyro the Dragon|1998}}'', there were cacti all over the desert levels. Some of them would even shake themselves to get the soot off if you used your flame attack on them.
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them. 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.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has examples this, it features a desert where you must deflate cacti with your sorcerer's ring to restock your water supply periodically. Also cactus monsters live in it.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has examples this, it features a desert where you must deflate cacti with your sorcerer's ring to restock your water supply periodically. Also cactus monsters live in it.



* No matter where you deploy for UFO recovery in the world in ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}'', as long as you touch down in desert, you ''will'' see cacti and pyramids when you disembark from the Skyranger.

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* No matter where you deploy for UFO recovery in the world in ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}'', ''VideoGame/XCom'', as long as you touch down in desert, you ''will'' see cacti and pyramids when you disembark from the Skyranger.



* 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}} ''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]].



* Most maps in ''VideoGame/CarnivoresTriassic'' contain one variation or another of prickly pear and occasionally saguaro, sometimes in surreal color schemes, though they're not very common. [[HandWaved Justified]] in the game taking place on an alien planet, not on prehistoric Earth.

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* Most maps in ''VideoGame/CarnivoresTriassic'' contain one variation or another of prickly pear and occasionally saguaro, sometimes in surreal color schemes, though they're not very common. [[HandWaved [[HandWave Justified]] in the game taking place on an alien planet, not on prehistoric Earth.
25th Jul '16 1:26:48 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/BraveHeroYuusha'': The desert map has cacti and the Racket Cactus monsters.
11th May '16 4:30:32 AM Andyroid
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* Calico Desert in ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' not only has cacti (complete with Cactus Fruit you can harvest and sell back in town), but in the same place as palm trees.
22nd Apr '16 11:20:36 PM DesertDragon
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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 the New World (New Jersey and New York).

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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 the North America, even if it's New World (New Jersey and New York).York State.
16th Apr '16 1:21:06 PM StarformDCX
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* Both ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' and ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' have Arabian, Gobi, and Sahara deserts full of cacti.

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* Both ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresI'' and ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' have Arabian, Gobi, and Sahara deserts full of cacti.
16th Apr '16 1:20:24 PM StarformDCX
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* Both ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires1'' and ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires2'' have Arabian, Gobi, and Sahara deserts full of cacti.

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* Both ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires1'' ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' and ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires2'' ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' have Arabian, Gobi, and Sahara deserts full of cacti.
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