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8th Aug '16 8:33:58 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Subverted in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''. The Egypt episode ''does'' use several of the Egypt cliches (starting with pyramids and treasures from AncientEgypt, as [[spoiler: Lunlun is "partnered" with a GentlemanThief]]), but the one in Morocco has a somewhat more realistic ambientation while recreating an old Moroccan village ([[spoiler: which is the hometown of Lunlun's friend Sayid, who has been living in England with his grandfather Scharo ''and'' is the reason why she's in Africa in the first place]]) and two or three local traditions [[spoiler: like a traditional race that Sayid must participate in to be properly accepted by the villagers.]]

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* Subverted in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun''. ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'' has two episodes that toy with the trope:
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The Egypt episode ''does'' use uses several of the Egypt cliches (starting with pyramids and treasures from AncientEgypt, as [[spoiler: Lunlun is "partnered" with a GentlemanThief]]), but the one in GentlemanThief]])
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Morocco two parter subverts this since it has a somewhat more realistic ambientation while recreating worldbuilding. It recreates an old Moroccan village ([[spoiler: which is the hometown of Lunlun's friend Sayid, who has been living in England with his grandfather Scharo ''and'' is the reason why she's in Africa in the first place]]) and two or three local traditions like [[spoiler: like a traditional race that Sayid must participate in to be properly accepted by the villagers.]]
31st Jul '16 7:54:36 PM MsChibi
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* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', back when Earl and Joy were married, they saw a commercial for some nonprofit trying to help children in Africa. They decide to make a FakeCharity to get money for themselves, but only ever got one "donor." Earl had given up on it after a while (even before getting divorced and starting The List), but found that Joy was still running the scam years later. She even mentioned taking a picture of [[ChocolateBaby Earl Jr.]] looking all sad with flies on him, telling the "donor" that he was a boy named Mbungo, whom the "donor" was helping to go to school.
30th Jul '16 11:25:57 PM CH4S
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It may be noted that in many modern stories, quite a bit of finagling or [[HandWave handwaving]] is required to get the "traditional" level of isolation, bringing it into DiscreditedTrope territory. On the other hand, the old stories resonate strongly, and traditional ways of life still hold sway, enough that subversions are frequently effective; the hero can still be surprised when the chief of the village lets him use the (generator-powered) satellite phone. And while most sub-Saharan African countries became free of European colonialism in the 1960s (or the 1970s at the latest), [[TwoDecadesBehind it took Westerners a long time to start thinking of them as modern societies roughly on par with those in the Americas, Europe and Asia]].

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It may be noted that in many modern stories, quite a bit of finagling or [[HandWave handwaving]] is required to get the "traditional" level of isolation, bringing it into DiscreditedTrope territory. On the other hand, the old stories resonate strongly, and traditional ways of life still hold sway, enough that subversions are frequently effective; the hero can still be surprised when the chief of the village lets him use the (generator-powered) (generator-powered, or if set in the present, [[SchizoTech solar powered]]) satellite phone. And while most sub-Saharan African countries became free of European colonialism in the 1960s (or the 1970s at the latest), [[TwoDecadesBehind it took Westerners a long time to start thinking of them as modern societies roughly on par with those in the Americas, Europe and Asia]].
9th Jun '16 11:03:49 AM Doug86
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* ''Jane and the Lost City'', sent during WorldWarII, plays with this trope a bit by introducing a jungle tribe led by the "Leopard Queen" - a scantily-clad African woman who speaks perfect English, and with the proper "colonial" accent to boot.

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* ''Jane and the Lost City'', sent during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, plays with this trope a bit by introducing a jungle tribe led by the "Leopard Queen" - a scantily-clad African woman who speaks perfect English, and with the proper "colonial" accent to boot.
16th May '16 2:45:24 PM DaibhidC
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* Darkest Howondaland, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', is very often a parody of this trope. It was revealed, in a postscript to Creator/TerryPratchett's posthumously published novel ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', that Terry had at least an outline for a novel that would have explored Howondaland to the same level of detail that he gave to Australia in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Its working title was ''The Dark Incontinent''. Some possible fragments of this book, descriptions of people and places, were released in the recent ''Complete Discworld Atlas'', which gives the name "Dark Incontinent" to a large swathe of Klatch believed to comprise several kingdoms besides Howondaland. It is described as largely unexplored (except, as the RunningGag concerning exploration on the Disc has it, by local people who don't count) although there appears to be a white settlement in S'Belinde called Smithville, presumably after Howondaland Smith, Balrog Hunter.

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* Darkest Howondaland, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', is very often a parody of this trope. It was revealed, in a postscript to Creator/TerryPratchett's posthumously published novel ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', that Terry had at least an outline for a novel that would have explored Howondaland to the same level of detail that he gave to Australia in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Its working title was ''The Dark Incontinent''. Some possible fragments of this book, descriptions of people and places, were released in the recent ''Complete Discworld Atlas'', which gives the name "Dark Incontinent" to a large swathe of Klatch the Klatchian continent believed to comprise several kingdoms besides Howondaland. It is described as largely unexplored (except, as the RunningGag concerning exploration on the Disc has it, by local people who don't count) although there appears to be a white settlement in S'Belinde called Smithville, presumably after Howondaland Smith, Balrog Hunter.
16th May '16 2:44:39 PM DaibhidC
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* Darkest Howondaland, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', is very often a parody of this trope.



* It was revealed, in a postscript to Creator/TerryPratchett's posthumously published novel ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', that Terry had at least an outline for a novel that would have explored "Howondaland" to the same level of detail that he gave to Australia in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Its working title was ''The Dark Incontinent''. Some possible fragments of this book, descriptions of people and places, were released in the recent ''Complete Discworld Atlas''. The character of Howondaland Smith, Balgrog Hunter, for instance, is clearly depicted as a White Howondalandian.

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* Darkest Howondaland, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', is very often a parody of this trope. It was revealed, in a postscript to Creator/TerryPratchett's posthumously published novel ''Discworld/TheShepherdsCrown'', that Terry had at least an outline for a novel that would have explored "Howondaland" Howondaland to the same level of detail that he gave to Australia in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Its working title was ''The Dark Incontinent''. Some possible fragments of this book, descriptions of people and places, were released in the recent ''Complete Discworld Atlas''. The character Atlas'', which gives the name "Dark Incontinent" to a large swathe of Klatch believed to comprise several kingdoms besides Howondaland. It is described as largely unexplored (except, as the RunningGag concerning exploration on the Disc has it, by local people who don't count) although there appears to be a white settlement in S'Belinde called Smithville, presumably after Howondaland Smith, Balgrog Hunter, for instance, is clearly depicted as a White Howondalandian. Balrog Hunter.
12th May '16 2:02:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/RedEars'': Strips set in Africa will generally present it as a mysterious continent filled with tribal chiefs (possibly cannibals), exotic women, and dangerous jungles.
29th Apr '16 4:47:49 PM KimiFW
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* Mazuri in ''SonicUnleashed'' gives a very African vibe.

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* Mazuri in ''SonicUnleashed'' ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' gives a very African vibe.



* Both ''VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' and its sequel has nods to this trope in some of its event descriptions. The main reason being that they take place ''during'' the 19th and early 20th centuries, and have has one of their major themes the European imperialism of the period... including the colonisation of Africa.
** From the same company, ''EuropaUniversalis'' (taking place from late Middle Age to Napoleonic times) has Africa as mostly uncolonizable/unconquerable/untraversable wilderness. What usable provinces are there are on or near coastlines (with some exceptions: Nile valley, horn of Africa, West African subsaharan kingdoms), usually have the Tropical modifier (increasing non-native troop attrition significantly), and occupied either by technologically backwards nations (compared to Europe or the Middle-East, anyway) or by very powerful, numerous and hostile natives, [[ChasedByAngryNatives making colonization very difficult]].

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* Both ''VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' and its sequel has nods to this trope in some of its event descriptions. The main reason being that they take place ''during'' the 19th and early 20th centuries, and have has one of their major themes the European imperialism of the period... including the colonisation of Africa.
** From the same company, ''EuropaUniversalis'' ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' (taking place from late Middle Age to Napoleonic times) has Africa as mostly uncolonizable/unconquerable/untraversable wilderness. What usable provinces are there are on or near coastlines (with some exceptions: Nile valley, horn of Africa, West African subsaharan kingdoms), usually have the Tropical modifier (increasing non-native troop attrition significantly), and occupied either by technologically backwards nations (compared to Europe or the Middle-East, anyway) or by very powerful, numerous and hostile natives, [[ChasedByAngryNatives making colonization very difficult]].
29th Apr '16 4:45:44 PM KimiFW
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* ''FarCry 2'' takes place in a fictional African country called Leboa-Seko, which is populated almost exclusively by people who want you dead.

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* ''FarCry ''VideoGame/FarCry 2'' takes place in a fictional African country called Leboa-Seko, which is populated almost exclusively by people who want you dead.
19th Mar '16 2:11:11 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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When Africa is not being used as a LostWorld, it's the next best thing: mysterious and dangerous, but populated with outcroppings and ties to the modern world. This balance of civilization just within reach and ''terra incognita'' a mere wrong turn away gives the "Dark Continent" a unique position. "Adventure in your own back yard" takes on a new meaning if one's back yard hosts the occasional elephant stampede.

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When Africa is not being used as a LostWorld, it's the next best thing: mysterious and dangerous, but populated with outcroppings and ties to the modern world. This balance of civilization just within reach and ''terra incognita'' a mere wrong turn away gives the "Dark Continent" a unique position. "Adventure in your own back yard" backyard" takes on a new meaning if one's back yard backyard hosts the occasional elephant stampede.
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