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9th May '16 3:21:19 PM libertydude
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* ''Film/{{Welp}}'' involves a Belgian Cub Scout troop going into French woods, where one of the Scouts begins to suspect a [[WildChild feral boy]] is stalking them. He's right to a degree, [[FromBadToWorse but it's actually a whole lot worse...]]
13th Apr '16 2:09:15 PM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'', the title character gets lost in the forests of LovecraftCountry.

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* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'', ''Literature/TheGirlWhoLovedTomGordon'', the title character gets lost in the forests of LovecraftCountry.
7th Apr '16 1:31:28 PM Theriocephalus
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* In some parts of Northern California and Southern, hiking off-trail is ill advised as you may stumble into a drug cartel operation (usually pot) and/or their booby traps. Or you might just stumble across somebody who already did... Members of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service take these warnings ''very'' seriously.

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* In some parts of Northern California and Southern, California, hiking off-trail is ill advised as you may stumble into a drug cartel operation (usually pot) and/or their booby traps. Or you might just stumble across somebody who already did... Members of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service take these warnings ''very'' seriously.



* In a similar vein, the Alaskan Tundra is very deceptive. What looks like a perfectly flat area may be full of animals, EverythingTryingToKillYou. Many a hiker has had the misfortune to stumble upon an invisible bear.
* One word: Siberia. Miles and miles and miles of endless forests in all directions. Also consider this: it has the world's largest population of wolves, bears, wolverines, lynxes, boars, possibly remains of failed soviet experiments and only gods know what else. Oh and should I mention that it's also the coldest place on Earth outside of Antarctica?

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* In a similar vein, the Alaskan Tundra is very deceptive. What looks like a perfectly flat area may be full of animals, EverythingTryingToKillYou. Many a hiker has had the misfortune to stumble upon an invisible bear.
* One word: Siberia. Miles and miles and miles of endless forests in all directions. Also consider this: it has the world's largest population of wolves, bears, wolverines, lynxes, boars, possibly remains of failed soviet experiments boars and only gods know what else. Oh Oh, and should I mention that it's also the coldest place on Earth outside of Antarctica? Antarctica.
7th Apr '16 1:28:59 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Website/TheOnion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/article/report-leading-cause-death-still-venturing-beyond--52615 Report: Leading Cause Of Death Still Venturing Beyond The Pines]], disregarding this trope and venturing into the forest--whether by losing your way on a foggy night, [[TooDumbToLive looking for a shortcut despite repeated warnings not to]], or just waking up in the middle of the night and heading straight for the forest--turns out to be the leading cause of death among Americans.

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* In ''Website/TheOnion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/article/report-leading-cause-death-still-venturing-beyond--52615 Report: Leading Cause Of Death Still Venturing Beyond The Pines]], disregarding this trope and venturing into the forest--whether by losing your way on a foggy night, [[TooDumbToLive [[GenreBlind looking for a shortcut despite repeated warnings not to]], or just waking up in the middle of the night and heading straight for the forest--turns out to be the leading cause of death among Americans.Americans.
-->"The report, which analyzed the nation’s mortality data from the past decade, found that wandering past the tree line and entering the shadowy depths that lie therein results in approximately 650,000 deaths each year."
7th Apr '16 1:19:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Website/TheOnion'' article [[http://www.theonion.com/article/report-leading-cause-death-still-venturing-beyond--52615 Report: Leading Cause Of Death Still Venturing Beyond The Pines]], disregarding this trope and venturing into the forest--whether by losing your way on a foggy night, [[TooDumbToLive looking for a shortcut despite repeated warnings not to]], or just waking up in the middle of the night and heading straight for the forest--turns out to be the leading cause of death among Americans.
19th Mar '16 3:58:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* The aptly-named Ghostwood Forest around the town of TwinPeaks, which contains a portal to the hellish Black Lodge, and is creeping with vaguely-defined evil and [[OminousOwl terrifying demonic owls]].

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* The aptly-named Ghostwood Forest around the town of TwinPeaks, ''Series/TwinPeaks'', which contains a portal to the hellish Black Lodge, and is creeping with vaguely-defined evil and [[OminousOwl terrifying demonic owls]].
13th Mar '16 2:15:09 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preffering to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest is not so bad… it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and trees fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of Pegasi]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerfully civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest DOES have some genuinely dangerous creatures, such as manticores or [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], other assorted nasty stuff like Poison Joke, a plant which causes humorous afflictions on those who come in contact with it based on its own warped sense of humor, and tends to offer some exotic new danger every time it's visited. it's just not as unnatural as the ponies make you believe.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preffering to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest is not so bad… it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and trees fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of Pegasi]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerfully civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest DOES have some genuinely dangerous creatures, such as manticores or [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], other assorted nasty stuff like Poison Joke, Joke -- a plant which causes humorous afflictions on those who come in contact with it based on its own warped sense of humor, humor -- and tends to offer some exotic new danger every time it's visited. it's It's just not as unnatural as the ponies make you believe.
1st Mar '16 5:39:26 PM benda
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* During Russia's Time of Troubles, the invading Polish Army was searching the countryside in pursuit of Tsar Michael I of Russia when they learned that he was hiding in a particular monastery in the woods. A local named Ivan Susanin offered a Polish detachment to guide them there, but being a supporter of Michael, instead took them so deep into the woods that none (not even Susanin) came out alive.

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* During Russia's Time of Troubles, the invading Polish Army was searching the countryside in pursuit of Tsar Michael I of Russia when they learned that he was hiding in a particular monastery in the woods. A local named Ivan Susanin offered a Polish detachment to guide them there, but being a supporter of Michael, instead took them so deep into the woods that none (not even Susanin) came out alive. (Actually, while Susanin is a historical figure, the wood story is most probably fiction.)
29th Feb '16 10:30:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* In "Literature/HanselAndGretel", a people-eating witch waits in the woods.

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* In "Literature/HanselAndGretel", ''Literature/HanselAndGretel'', a people-eating witch waits in the woods.



** Fangorn Forest had a pretty bad reputation, probably due to the Ents' (a race of ultimately benevolent, though still dangerous, tree-people) proclivity for taking down anything that might be a threat. Even Aragorn was wary of it. It's mostly due to the Huorns, trees that have woken up or Ents that have almost turned into trees (the process seems to go both ways). They aren't very intelligent, but they can move - as fast as bullet train if needed - and aggressively pursuit anything they perceive as threat if there are no Ents around to herd them.

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** Fangorn Forest had a pretty bad reputation, probably due to the Ents' (a race of ultimately benevolent, though still dangerous, tree-people) proclivity for taking down anything that might be a threat. Even Aragorn was wary of it. It's mostly due to the Huorns, trees that have woken up or Ents that have almost turned into trees (the process seems to go both ways). They aren't very intelligent, but they can move - as fast as bullet train if needed - and aggressively pursuit pursue anything they perceive as threat if there are no Ents around to herd them.



** The woods of Brethil in "[[Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin The Children of Hurin]] are dangerous due to the large band of outlaws, the Gaurwaith (Sindarin for Wolf-Men). When he joins them Turin makes the wood dangerous for orcs by turning the outlaws into LaResistance.

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** The woods of Brethil in "[[Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin The Children of Hurin]] ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'' are dangerous due to the large band of outlaws, the Gaurwaith (Sindarin for Wolf-Men). When he joins them Turin makes the wood dangerous for orcs by turning the outlaws into LaResistance.
29th Feb '16 10:26:33 PM Theriocephalus
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** [[WhenTreesAttack Old Man Willow]]
*** Who is part of the Old Forest, which is intelligent and actively hostile, as a result of being one of the last survivors (along with Mirkwood and Fangorn) of the old-growth forests that once covered most of the continent.

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** [[WhenTreesAttack The Old Man Willow]]
*** Who is part
Forest on the borders of the Old Forest, Shire, which is intelligent and actively hostile, as a result of being one of the last survivors (along with Mirkwood and Fangorn) of the old-growth forests that once covered most of the continent.continent, the rest having largely been destroyed by Sauron's armies during the Second Age. It's full of thorny bushes that let people deeper into the forest but close up when they try to leave, it's actively tried to expand into settled land in the past, and in its depths waits [[WhenTreesAttack Old Man Willow]]...



* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation; looking at it with fear, and preffering to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest is not so bad… it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and trees fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of Pegasi]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerful civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest DOES have some dangerous creatures, such as manticores, and other assorted nasty stuff like Poison Joke, which although not lethal or painful, can really mess up your day; it's just not as dangerous as the ponies make you believe.
** [[EpilepticTrees This makes one wonder if the EldritchLocation here isn't Equestria itself…]]
** One exception is Zecora who lives in the forest.

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* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation; EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preffering to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest is not so bad… it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and trees fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of Pegasi]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerful cheerfully civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest DOES have some genuinely dangerous creatures, such as manticores, and manticores or [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], other assorted nasty stuff like Poison Joke, a plant which although not lethal or painful, can really mess up your day; causes humorous afflictions on those who come in contact with it based on its own warped sense of humor, and tends to offer some exotic new danger every time it's visited. it's just not as dangerous unnatural as the ponies make you believe.
** [[EpilepticTrees This makes one wonder if the EldritchLocation here isn't Equestria itself…]]
**
One exception is would be that Zecora who lives quite happily in the forest.
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