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18th Feb '18 12:30:51 PM darkemyst
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* One need not be human to be endangered by entering the forest of Kellwood in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', though most humans seen in it are summarily killed and eaten by the monsters therein and the fact that it is ''much'' larger than it looks on human maps would make it an easy place to become hopelessly lost.

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* One need not be human to be endangered by entering the forest of Kellwood in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', though most humans seen in it are summarily killed and eaten by the monsters therein and the fact that it is [[BiggerOnTheInside ''much'' larger larger]] than it looks on human maps or when flying over it or walking around it would make it an easy place to become hopelessly lost.lost.
* There are a number of human eating monsters in the forests of ''Webcomic/TheDreamwalkerChronicles'', and while some of the supernatural entities encountered are benevolent the one that attempts to help the main trio while they're in the woods ends up being killed himself.
16th Feb '18 11:06:39 PM Troperinik
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* In the HalloweenEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Kaeloo warns Stumpy not to go into the forest. Stumpy ignores her, finds a cemetery which for whatever reason was inside the forest, and ends up accidentally causing a ZombieApocalypse by raising the dead.
20th Jan '18 8:26:45 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Elon gives Myari this warning in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' after she's wandered into the dark, dangerous forest without him.
--> '''Elon:''' Why must you always put yourself at risk like this? We all know how dangerous the forest is!
* The staple and prevalent background scare in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent''. Enhanced by the fridge horror of the fact it's not just the woods outside the settlement walls -- it's the entire known world. If the scene showing the landscape during the train ride isn't a dead ringer for this trope, nothing is.
* One need not be human to be endangered by entering the forest of Kellwood in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', though most humans seen in it are summarily killed and eaten by the monsters therein and the fact that it is ''much'' larger than it looks on human maps would make it an easy place to become hopelessly lost.
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* One episode of ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel'' covers mysterious killings and disappearances in American and Canadian national parks. And suffice to say, don't go into the woods unless you want to end up like these people.



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* Elon gives Myari this warning in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' after she's wandered into the dark, dangerous forest without him.
--> '''Elon:''' Why must you always put yourself at risk like this? We all know how dangerous the forest is!
* The staple and prevalent background scare in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent''. Enhanced by the fridge horror of the fact it's not just the woods outside the settlement walls -- it's the entire known world. If the scene showing the landscape during the train ride isn't a dead ringer for this trope, nothing is.
* One need not be human to be endangered by entering the forest of Kellwood in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'', though most humans seen in it are summarily killed and eaten by the monsters therein and the fact that it is ''much'' larger than it looks on human maps would make it an easy place to become hopelessly lost.
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* One episode of ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel'' covers mysterious killings and disappearances in American and Canadian national parks. And suffice to say, don't go into the woods unless you want to end up like these people.
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5th Jan '18 9:41:50 PM nombretomado
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* The forest bordering ''InkCity'' is home to mindless ink monsters and other threats, and also holds the FourthWall. Assuming you make it that far, it's best just to leave the Wall alone... touching it leads to ''bad things''. The City's first major Event involved a large group of residents venturing into the woods only to discover exactly WHY that was such a bad idea.

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* The forest bordering ''InkCity'' ''Roleplay/InkCity'' is home to mindless ink monsters and other threats, and also holds the FourthWall. Assuming you make it that far, it's best just to leave the Wall alone... touching it leads to ''bad things''. The City's first major Event involved a large group of residents venturing into the woods only to discover exactly WHY that was such a bad idea.
19th Dec '17 9:39:51 PM SilverSupernova
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': It is extremely inadvisable to go into the Lost Woods unless you are a Kokiri child with a guardian fairy, if you don't you want to become one of the undead monsters that roam the forest.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': It is extremely inadvisable to go into the Lost Woods unless you are a Kokiri child with a guardian fairy, if you don't you want to become one of the undead monsters that roam the forest. Oddly, it's implied by Saria that she and Link used to play in the woods before he received his fairy. This may either be attributed to him being guided by Saria, or simply that he's the bearer of a portion of the Triforce.
6th Dec '17 1:50:02 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In the Agatha & Sam Gaiden sidestory of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' the title characters have to venture in the Drowning Woods at the base of Mt. Silver when Agatha's younger brother runs off on his own. Like the above example, it's also based on Aokigahara and infested with evil Ghost-types.
29th Oct '17 9:26:55 PM darkemyst
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The Forbidden Forest. The students are not allowed in for their own protection as the forest is host to a wide array of dangerous magical peoples and creatures, such as the [[ProudWarriorRace proud violent]] [[OurCentaursAreDifferent centaurs]] who consider the forest theirs to the exclusion of wizardkind and for whom "[[CategoryTraitor betrayals]]" like teaching human children are to be met with a [[PublicExecution painful execution]] and the [[ImAHumanitarian maneating]] [[GiantSpider Acromantula]].
5th Oct '17 11:40:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Indie game ''ThePath'' instructs you not to go into the woods, and because this is an adaptation of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, you know what's waiting there... but on the other hand, if you follow instructions and don't go in, nothing of note happens. So, even with a warning not to do it, and knowing what waits for you in there, you have no choice but to go in if you want a satisfying game-experience...

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* Indie game ''ThePath'' ''VideoGame/ThePath'' instructs you not to go into the woods, and because this is an adaptation of Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, you know what's waiting there... but on the other hand, if you follow instructions and don't go in, nothing of note happens. So, even with a warning not to do it, and knowing what waits for you in there, you have no choice but to go in if you want a satisfying game-experience...
29th Sep '17 3:51:45 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 preferring to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest isn't so bad... it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and animals fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of the pegasus ponies]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerfully civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest ''does'' contain a lot of genuine danger in the form of dangerous creatures such as [[OurManricoresAreSpinier manticores]], [[BasiliskAndCockatrice cockatrices]] and [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], as well as 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 believe. Zecora, meanwhile, lives quite happily in the forest.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preferring to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest isn't so bad... it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and animals fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of the pegasus ponies]]''; which clashes directly with the rest of the pony-ordered, cheerfully civilized Equestria. It is of note, though, that Everfree Forest ''does'' contain a lot of genuine danger in the form of dangerous creatures such as [[OurManricoresAreSpinier [[OurManticoresAreSpinier manticores]], [[BasiliskAndCockatrice cockatrices]] and [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], as well as 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 believe. Zecora, meanwhile, lives quite happily in the forest.



* During the Peloponnesian War, the Athenian general Demosthenes once led a group of [[MightyGlacier heavy infantry]] into hilly ground held by his light-armed enemies. Predictably, using the high ground to their advantage, the missile troops ripped the Athenians to shreds. Demosthenes's surviving men fled into a nearby forest hoping the light infantry would not follow them there. They did not. Instead, [[KillItWithFire they set it on fire.]]

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* During the Peloponnesian War, the Athenian general Demosthenes once led a group of [[MightyGlacier heavy infantry]] into hilly ground held by his light-armed enemies. Predictably, using the high ground to their advantage, the missile troops ripped the Athenians to shreds. Demosthenes's surviving men fled into a nearby forest hoping the light infantry would not follow them there. They did not. Instead, [[KillItWithFire they set it on fire.]]fire]].
29th Sep '17 3:51:05 PM Theriocephalus
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[[DownerEnding Rarely do movies of this flavor end happily]]; often with everyone ending up dead, though there may be a FinalGirl. This has almost gotten to the point at which such movies almost have [[ForegoneConclusion Foregone Conclusions]].

The {{horror}} equivalent of the HorribleCampingTrip, for a doomed wilderness expedition, see RiverOfInsanity, sometimes may overlap with WildWilderness at some point but with much darker overtones. Contrast TheLostWoods, which may even be hostile, but is not actively horrific. Subtrope of DeadlyRoadTrip. See also, SwampsAreEvil.

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[[DownerEnding Rarely do movies of this flavor end happily]]; often with everyone ending ends up dead, though although there may be a FinalGirl. This has almost gotten to the point at which such movies almost have [[ForegoneConclusion Foregone Conclusions]].

{{Foregone Conclusion}}s.

The {{horror}} equivalent of the HorribleCampingTrip, HorribleCampingTrip; for a doomed wilderness expedition, see RiverOfInsanity, RiverOfInsanity; sometimes may overlap with WildWilderness at some point but with much darker overtones. Contrast See also TheLostWoods, for when forests are portrayed as enchanted, mysterious and full of strange things, which may even be hostile, but is or may not actively horrific.overlap with this trope. Subtrope of DeadlyRoadTrip. See also, also SwampsAreEvil.



* Many stories feature a WickedStepmother[=/=]AbusiveParents sending their children specifically to ''the woods'' to die, whether of starvation or in hopes they'll be eaten. Though in some tales, such as [[Film/{{Morozko}} Jack Frost,]] the woods [[SubvertedTrope actually hide more benevolent/neutral creatures who help the protagonists.]]
** This is explicitly the theme of the old (early-1900's) play, "Babes In The Wood", with a wicked relative leaving the children to die in the woods so the relative can inherit the children's estate. In the original, the children die and the birds come and cover them with leaves. After the appeal of this light tragedy wore off, there were many subverted versions made where the children survive somehow.

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* Many stories feature a WickedStepmother[=/=]AbusiveParents WickedStepmother and/or AbusiveParents sending their children specifically to ''the woods'' the woods to die, whether of starvation or in hopes they'll be eaten. Though However, in some tales, tales such as [[Film/{{Morozko}} Jack Frost,]] Frost]], the woods [[SubvertedTrope actually hide more benevolent/neutral creatures who help the protagonists.]]
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protagonists]]. This is explicitly the theme of the old (early-1900's) play, "Babes In The Wood", with a wicked relative leaving the children to die in the woods so the that said relative can inherit the children's estate. In the original, the children die and the birds come and cover them with leaves. After the appeal of this light tragedy wore off, there were many subverted versions made where the children survive somehow.



** 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 pursue 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) [[{{Treants}} 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 pursue anything they perceive as a threat if there are no Ents around to herd them.



* A recurring theme in the works of Creator/AlgernonBlackwood.

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--> The sentence had barely left her mouth when [[WhenTreesAttack a bunch of vines wrapped themselves around Zak and pulled him into the air.]]

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--> The sentence had barely left her mouth when [[WhenTreesAttack a bunch of vines wrapped themselves around Zak and pulled him into the air.]]air]].



* The staple and prevalent background scare in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent''. Enhanced by the fridge horror of the fact it's not just the woods outside the settlement walls- It's the entire known world. If the scene showing the landscape during the train ride isn't a dead ringer for this trope, nothing is.

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* The staple and prevalent background scare in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent''. Enhanced by the fridge horror of the fact it's not just the woods outside the settlement walls- It's walls -- it's the entire known world. If the scene showing the landscape during the train ride isn't a dead ringer for this trope, nothing is.



* In one scene of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' Maurice accidentally takes the wrong turn in a forest, heading down a ominous looking path rather than the brighter looking path. It's not long before his horse gets spooked and runs away, leaving him to be pursued by hungry wolves.
** Later, after leaving the Beast's castle when frightened and rushing into the woods, Belle encounters the same wolves who would've killed her had the Beast not shown up to save her.

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* In one scene of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' Maurice accidentally takes the wrong turn in a forest, heading down a ominous looking path rather than the brighter looking path. It's not long before his horse gets spooked and runs away, leaving him to be pursued by hungry wolves.
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wolves. Later, after leaving the Beast's castle when frightened and rushing into the woods, Belle encounters the same wolves who would've killed her had the Beast not shown up to save her.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preferring to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest isn't so badů it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and animals fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of the Pegasus ponies]]''; 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 and [[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 believe. Zecora, meanwhile, lives quite happily in the forest.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The ponies of Equestria treat the Everfree Forest as an EldritchLocation, looking at it with fear, and preferring to avoid it when possible. Turns out, the forest isn't so badů bad... it just happens to be an EldritchLocation '''for them only''', because ''the plants and animals fend by themselves without pony aid, and the weather is not [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows under the control of the Pegasus pegasus ponies]]''; 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 ''does'' contain a lot of genuine danger in the form of dangerous creatures, creatures such as manticores [[OurManricoresAreSpinier manticores]], [[BasiliskAndCockatrice cockatrices]] and [[BearsAreBadNews Ursas]], other as well as 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 believe. Zecora, meanwhile, lives quite happily in the forest.
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