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4th Dec '16 5:23:04 PM tropower
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* This also happens in the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG various]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario Mario]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi RPGs]][[note]]This even includes VideoGame/SuperPaperMario, which is essentially a {{Metroidvania}} platformer game.[[/note]] is some form or another.

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* This also happens in the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG various]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario Mario]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi RPGs]][[note]]This even includes VideoGame/SuperPaperMario, which is essentially a {{Metroidvania}} platformer game.[[/note]] is in some form or another.
4th Dec '16 5:22:39 PM tropower
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* This also happens in the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG various]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario Mario]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi RPGs]][[note]]This even includes VideoGame/SuperPaperMario, which is essentially a {{Metroidvania}} platformer game.[[/note]] is some form or another.
1st Dec '16 10:11:41 AM darkabomination
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* The second ''VideoGame/AdventureTime'' computer game, ''Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!'', was a ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' parody featuring ''Adventure Time'' characters and based around clearing out the dungeon under Princess Bubblegum's palace.

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* The second ''VideoGame/AdventureTime'' computer game, ''Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW!'', was a somewhat tedious ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' parody clone featuring ''Adventure Time'' characters and based around clearing out the dungeon under Princess Bubblegum's palace.



The ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' series is all about this, especially the first two games which had very small overworlds thanks to the limited capacity of early computers. The mazes can be sadistic at times, and quite convoluted if you're unlucky enough not to draw up a map. In particular Solomon Shrine and the Tower of Darm are large enough to require half the game's admittedly short length to trek through. While the bosses can be hard and much LevelGrinding is required, early on you'll get magic items that let you heal up simply by standing still.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' series is all about this, especially the first two games which had very small overworlds thanks to the limited capacity of early computers. The mazes can be sadistic at times, and quite convoluted if you're unlucky enough not to draw up a map. In particular Solomon Shrine and the Tower of Darm are large enough to require half the game's admittedly short length to trek through. While the bosses can be hard and much LevelGrinding is required, early on you'll get magic items that let you heal up simply by standing still.
1st Dec '16 10:05:00 AM darkabomination
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* The first OVA of ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' has Akko, her friends Sucy and Lotte, and resident AlphaBitch Diana going into a dungeon as a test at their local WizardingSchool Luna Nova. The students have to traverse a series of dungeons while collecting rare treasures and dealing with monsters, they even fight a dragon.
-->'''Sucy''': [[LampshadeHanging It's like a crappy dungeon-crawler RPG]].


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The ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' series is all about this, especially the first two games which had very small overworlds thanks to the limited capacity of early computers. The mazes can be sadistic at times, and quite convoluted if you're unlucky enough not to draw up a map. In particular Solomon Shrine and the Tower of Darm are large enough to require half the game's admittedly short length to trek through. While the bosses can be hard and much LevelGrinding is required, early on you'll get magic items that let you heal up simply by standing still.
11th Nov '16 9:35:47 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* A few years ago, ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' ran a story where the local dwarves, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha,]] kidnap Aleta into their subterranean realm. Val and a group of companions have to pursue them into the dark tunnels, fighting weird monsters and finally discovering the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings vast underground city of the dwarves.]] The whole thing was very clearly meant as an affectionate homage to TabletopGames and this trope.

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* A few years ago, ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' ran a story where the local dwarves, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha,]] kidnap Aleta into their subterranean realm. Val and a group of companions have to pursue them into the dark tunnels, fighting weird monsters and finally discovering the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings vast underground city of the dwarves.]] The whole thing was very clearly meant as an affectionate homage to TabletopGames and this trope.



* Very common in SwordAndSorcery fiction:
** The Creator/LordDunsany story ''The Hoard of the Gibbelins'' is one of the earliest examples and is close to an UrExample of the genre.
** Common in ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' stories such as ''The Jewels in the Forest'' and ''Thieves House''

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* Very common in SwordAndSorcery fiction:
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The Creator/LordDunsany story ''The Hoard of the Gibbelins'' is one of the earliest examples and is close to an UrExample of the genre.
** * Common in ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' stories such as ''The Jewels in the Forest'' and ''Thieves House''



* A number of Ancient Greek heroes (Orpheus, [[{{Homer}} Odysseus]], Heracles) go into the Underworld, where they face challenges like from monsters (such as Cerberus), obstacles (such as the River Styx), and gods. It's as early as [[Literature/TheAeneid Rome]] that the scene starts getting [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. Perseus, who doesn't go into the literal Underworld, might be the straightest Ancient Greek version of this trope in the sense of "go underground, kill monsters, take their stuff."

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* A number of Ancient Greek heroes (Orpheus, [[{{Homer}} Odysseus]], Heracles) go into the Underworld, where they face challenges like from monsters (such as Cerberus), obstacles (such as the River Styx), and gods. It's as early as [[Literature/TheAeneid Rome]] that the scene starts getting [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. Perseus, who doesn't go into the literal Underworld, might be the straightest Ancient Greek version of this trope in the sense of "go underground, kill monsters, take their stuff."



* This has also been the job of military engineers since [[OlderThanDirt fortification was invented]]. One of the main ways to break down a wall, if you can do it, is to dig under the wall, burn the supports to the tunnels and let gravity do its job (it's more effective setting off a charge of gunpowder but works more or less the same). One of the most effective counters to that is to dig under that tunnel and do the same thing. If two tunnels run into each other they fight underground. Now do you see ''just one'' reason why TheEngineer is considered a {{Badass}} kind of soldier?

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* This has also been the job of military engineers since [[OlderThanDirt fortification was invented]]. One of the main ways to break down a wall, if you can do it, is to dig under the wall, burn the supports to the tunnels and let gravity do its job (it's more effective setting off a charge of gunpowder but works more or less the same). One of the most effective counters to that is to dig under that tunnel and do the same thing. If two tunnels run into each other they fight underground. Now do you see ''just one'' reason why TheEngineer is considered a {{Badass}} badass kind of soldier?
30th Oct '16 1:25:54 AM Mercy
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is probably, if not the TropeNamer, at least the TropeCodifier. "Killing evil and stealing its stuff" is the game's unofficial motto, after all.
* The equally venerable ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' features DungeonCrawling in the form of exploring derelict spaceships, asteroid-bases and so on.



* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' has the 100 Rooms of Doom dungeon.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is probably, if not the TropeNamer, at least the TropeCodifier. "Killing evil and stealing its stuff" is the game's unofficial motto, after all.
** And there is also the old TSR board game 'Dungeon', which literally is "Wander through the wizard's dungeon picking up treasure."
** Interesting to note is that when Gary Gygax started making fantasy rules for Chainmail, D&D's precursor, he moved the action from standard tabletop war game battlefields to underground dungeons so he could save time and money on designing maps.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' has the 100 Rooms of Doom dungeon.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is probably, if not the TropeNamer, at least the TropeCodifier. "Killing evil and stealing its stuff" is the game's unofficial motto, after all.
** And there is also the old
Old TSR board game 'Dungeon', ''TabletopGame/{{Dungeon}}'', which literally is "Wander through the wizard's dungeon picking up treasure."
** Interesting to note is that when Gary Gygax started making fantasy rules for Chainmail, D&D's precursor, he moved the action from standard tabletop war game battlefields to underground dungeons so he could save time and money on designing maps.
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* The equally venerable ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' features DungeonCrawling in the form of exploring derelict spaceships, asteroid-bases and so on.


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* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' has the 100 Rooms of Doom dungeon.
24th Jun '16 11:38:36 AM StFan
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has Nodoka doing this after she gets separated from everyone else during [[spoiler: the gateport incident]], and choosing her share of treasure like a professional [[MinMaxing MinMaxer]].

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Nodoka is doing this after she gets separated from everyone else during [[spoiler: the gateport incident]], and choosing her share of treasure like a professional [[MinMaxing MinMaxer]].



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* Done in ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' when Harry and the mane six enter [[spoiler: Trixie's]] castle to rescue Spike.

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* Done in ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' when Harry A few years ago, ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' ran a story where the local dwarves, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha,]] kidnap Aleta into their subterranean realm. Val and a group of companions have to pursue them into the mane six enter [[spoiler: Trixie's]] castle dark tunnels, fighting weird monsters and finally discovering the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings vast underground city of the dwarves.]] The whole thing was very clearly meant as an affectionate homage to rescue Spike.
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* In ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'', the second half of the movie is dedicated to Lupin & the gang exploring an ancient cave to find the treasure. DurableDeathtraps abound.

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* In ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'', Done in ''FanFic/TheDresdenFillies'' when Harry and the second half of the movie is dedicated mane six enter [[spoiler: Trixie's]] castle to Lupin & the gang exploring an ancient cave to find the treasure. DurableDeathtraps abound.
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* In ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'', the second half of the movie is dedicated to Lupin & the gang exploring an ancient cave to find the treasure. DurableDeathtraps abound.
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* Very common in ''SwordAndSorcery fiction'':

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** Common in Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser stories such as ''The Jewels in the Forest'' and ''Thieves House''
* There are some scenes reminiscent of this trope in ''{{Dracula}}'', although they omit the "and take the monster's stuff" step once the monster (Lucy) has been tracked to her underground crypt and dispatched. Later vampire novels have added other elements of this trope, like death-traps (''Salem's Lot'') and guardians to protect the sleeping undead.

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** Common in Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' stories such as ''The Jewels in the Forest'' and ''Thieves House''
* There are some scenes reminiscent of this trope in ''{{Dracula}}'', ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', although they omit the "and take the monster's stuff" step once the monster (Lucy) has been tracked to her underground crypt and dispatched. Later vampire novels have added other elements of this trope, like death-traps (''Salem's Lot'') and guardians to protect the sleeping undead.



* Seems to be given a knowing nod in the ''{{Dragaera}}'' story "The Desecrator", in which desecrator is the Dragaeran term for archaeologist, but the job has the typical fantasy cast of raiding ancient structures for treasure and having to fend off magical barriers.

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* Seems to be given a knowing nod in the ''{{Dragaera}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' story "The Desecrator", in which desecrator is the Dragaeran term for archaeologist, but the job has the typical fantasy cast of raiding ancient structures for treasure and having to fend off magical barriers.






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* HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys gave us the MadeForTVMovie ''Hercules in the Underworld'', which was inspired by the story of Hercules' twelfth labour (see Mythology below).
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Awakening" has Angel and his friends travel to hidden subterraean caverns to find a mythical sword, the only thing that can kill the [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]] Beast, who had [[TheNightThatNeverEnds blocked out the sun]]. [[spoiler: The find the sword, kill the Beast and bring daylight back - unfortunatly, it's AllJustADream to give Angel a moment of perfect happiness and make him lose his soul]].

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* HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' gave us the MadeForTVMovie ''Hercules in the Underworld'', which was inspired by the story of Hercules' twelfth labour (see Mythology below).
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "Awakening" has Angel and his friends travel to hidden subterraean caverns to find a mythical sword, the only thing that can kill the [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]] Beast, who had [[TheNightThatNeverEnds blocked out the sun]]. [[spoiler: The find the sword, kill the Beast and bring daylight back - -- unfortunatly, it's AllJustADream to give Angel a moment of perfect happiness and make him lose his soul]].






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* A few years ago, ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' ran a story where the local dwarves, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha,]] kidnap Aleta into their subterranean realm. Val and a group of companions have to pursue them into the dark tunnels, fighting weird monsters and finally discovering the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings vast underground city of the dwarves.]] The whole thing was very clearly meant as an affectionate homage to TabletopGames and this trope.
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* A few years ago, ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' ran a story where the local dwarves, the [[Myth/CelticMythology Tuatha,]] kidnap Aleta into their subterranean realm. Val and a group of companions have to pursue them into the dark tunnels, fighting weird monsters and finally discovering the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings vast underground city of the dwarves.]] The whole thing was very clearly meant as an affectionate homage to TabletopGames and this trope.
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* ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' allows for this style of play (alongside many others), and has had many dungeon-based adventures published for its three editions over its thirty-odd year existence. The original Warhammer wargame can be used to stage underground battles between adventurers and monsters too, and this was very much a popular use for it in its early days.

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* ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' allows for this style of play (alongside many others), and has had many dungeon-based adventures published for its three editions over its thirty-odd year existence. The original Warhammer wargame can be used to stage underground battles between adventurers and monsters too, and this was very much a popular use for it in its early days.






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* ''MasterOfTheMonsterLair'' features this -- with a dungeon you make yourself -- along with a deconstruction of some of the assumptions usually implicit to this premise; having a dungeon near your town is considered ''desirable'', as it acts as a tourist attraction, lures monsters out of the wilderness where they pose more of a danger to ordinary people, and the items monsters hoard in dungeons can be quite valuable. In this game and ''MyWorldMyWay'', which is an [[IntercontinuityCrossover otherwise unconnected game that takes place in the same world]], "Dungeon Maker" is a respected profession.

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* ''MasterOfTheMonsterLair'' ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'' features this -- with a dungeon you make yourself -- along with a deconstruction of some of the assumptions usually implicit to this premise; having a dungeon near your town is considered ''desirable'', as it acts as a tourist attraction, lures monsters out of the wilderness where they pose more of a danger to ordinary people, and the items monsters hoard in dungeons can be quite valuable. In this game and ''MyWorldMyWay'', ''VideoGame/MyWorldMyWay'', which is an [[IntercontinuityCrossover otherwise unconnected game that takes place in the same world]], "Dungeon Maker" is a respected profession.



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* ReBoot has one of these during the episode ''Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsors''. 66 floors of RPG references and parodies.
* Parodied in the Dragon Pig episode in the Season 2 of ''Wakfu''. The Dragon Pig's lair is built like a typical RPG-dungeon, giving [[IdiotHero Tristepin]] an edge due to being [[GenreSavvy "the only one of us with experience from dungeon crawls"]].

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* ReBoot ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has one of these during the episode ''Wizards, Warriors, And A Word From Our Sponsors''. 66 floors of RPG references and parodies.
* Parodied in the Dragon Pig episode "The Dragon Pig" in the Season 2 of ''Wakfu''.''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''. The Dragon Pig's lair is built like a typical RPG-dungeon, giving [[IdiotHero Tristepin]] an edge due to being [[GenreSavvy "the only one of us with experience from dungeon crawls"]].






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17th Apr '16 2:34:14 PM Psychopompos007
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** The core of the ''Skyrim'' mod ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' consists in the exploration of a BonusDungeon to find an ancient weapon, while fighting the monsters inside.

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** The core of the ''Skyrim'' mod ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' consists in the exploration of a BonusDungeon loosely inspired by ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' to find an ancient weapon, sword forged in a special metal, while fighting the monsters inside.
17th Apr '16 2:31:16 PM Psychopompos007
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** The core of the ''Skyrim'' mod ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' consists in the exploration of a BonusDungeon to find an ancient weapon, while fighting the monsters inside.
11th Apr '16 11:02:37 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ScenesFromAMultiverse'': The basis of the immensely popular Dungeon Divers storyline, ''SFAM’''s longest ongoing plot to date.
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