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18th Apr '18 4:50:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* Spoofed in ''{{ComicStrip/Nodwick}}'', with the legend of the Henchmen's Graveyard, where old henchmen go to die, taking with them all the loot they can carry. [[spoiler:It turns out the Graveyard really does exist, but contains no loot -- the only henchman to ever die of natural causes died bankrupt.]]

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* Spoofed in ''{{ComicStrip/Nodwick}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', with the legend of the Henchmen's Graveyard, where old henchmen go to die, taking with them all the loot they can carry. [[spoiler:It turns out the Graveyard really does exist, but contains no loot -- the only henchman to ever die of natural causes died bankrupt.]]



* MGM's ''{{Tarzan}}'' talkies, features groups of greedy explorers attempt to locate the elephants' graveyard, on the fictional Mutia Escarpment, in search of its riches of ivory. In ''Film/TarzanAndHisMate'', Tarzan, who didn't know why the white men wanted to go to the graveyard, abandons them when he finds out, and then later actively intervenes against them when they push on.

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* MGM's ''{{Tarzan}}'' talkies, ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'': One of the early talkies features groups of greedy explorers attempt to locate the elephants' graveyard, on the fictional Mutia Escarpment, in search of its riches of ivory. In ''Film/TarzanAndHisMate'', Tarzan, who didn't know why the white men wanted to go to the graveyard, abandons them when he finds out, and then later actively intervenes against them when they push on.



* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' the Rotten Vale is an entire cavern of rotting bones(some {{Kaiju}}-sized) and the occasional corpse falling in from the Coral Highlands above. Eventually revealed to be where [[spoiler:Elder Dragons]] go to die.

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* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'': The Rotten Vale is an entire cavern of rotting bones(some bones (some {{Kaiju}}-sized) and the occasional corpse falling in from the Coral Highlands above. Eventually revealed to be where [[spoiler:Elder Dragons]] go to die.



18th Apr '18 4:45:42 PM Theriocephalus
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* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons got a few examples, not only elephant, but the idea is the same.

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* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons got ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a few examples, not only elephant, but including both literal elephant and more fantastic variations on the idea is the same.theme. Dragon graveyards are a particularly common variant.



** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard is the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.

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** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard is the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.
6th Apr '18 3:18:05 PM SAMAS
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* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' the Rotten Vale is eventually revealed to be where [[spoiler:Elder Dragons]] go to die.

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* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' the Rotten Vale is eventually an entire cavern of rotting bones(some {{Kaiju}}-sized) and the occasional corpse falling in from the Coral Highlands above. Eventually revealed to be where [[spoiler:Elder Dragons]] go to die.
5th Apr '18 8:11:50 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' the Rotten Vale is eventually revealed to be where [[spoiler:Elder Dragons]] go to die.
19th Mar '18 1:08:00 PM jamespolk
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* MGM's ''{{Tarzan}}'' talkies, features groups of greedy explorers attempt to locate the elephants' graveyard, on the fictional Mutia Escarpment, in search of its riches of ivory.

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* MGM's ''{{Tarzan}}'' talkies, features groups of greedy explorers attempt to locate the elephants' graveyard, on the fictional Mutia Escarpment, in search of its riches of ivory. In ''Film/TarzanAndHisMate'', Tarzan, who didn't know why the white men wanted to go to the graveyard, abandons them when he finds out, and then later actively intervenes against them when they push on.
3rd Dec '17 11:02:16 AM Ghilz
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It also makes a very impressive and gloomy set pieces, as your heroes walk in-between the giant skeletons. Besides the protagonists, of course, it's rare for any other living animals to be in such a place. If they are, however, expect nasty scavenging creatures, like vultures or hyenas.[[note]][[RealityIsUnrealistic Hyenas aren't actually scavengers.]][[/note]]

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It also makes a very impressive and gloomy set pieces, as your heroes walk in-between the giant skeletons. Besides the protagonists, of course, it's rare for any other living animals to be in such a place. If they are, however, expect nasty scavenging creatures, like vultures or hyenas.[[note]][[RealityIsUnrealistic Hyenas aren't actually scavengers.]][[/note]]
hyenas.
2nd Dec '17 11:14:24 AM Theriocephalus
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* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' with the Secret Chipmunk Burial Grounds. And the secret Elephant playgrounds, the secret elephant arial grounds, and probably a few others.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'':
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Parodied in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' with a pair of researchers coming across the coveted Secret Chipmunk Burial Grounds. And Grounds, a large pile of tiny bones.
** Parodied ''again'', somewhat differently, with
the secret Elephant elephant playgrounds, the secret elephant arial grounds, and probably a few others.
2nd Dec '17 11:07:18 AM Theriocephalus
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* One episode of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' revolved around it.

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* A classic joke with many variations where elephants, when they know it's time to die, will make a long trip through various perioulous terrain (Mountains, jungles, fording rivers, and so on) all die at the same spot. The punchline is that the trip itself is the reason for the elephant's dying.

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* A classic joke with many variations where elephants, when they know it's time to die, will make a long trip through various perioulous terrain (Mountains, (mountains, jungles, fording rivers, and so on) all die at the same spot. The punchline is that the trip itself is the reason for the elephant's elephants dying.
22nd Sep '17 12:06:03 PM Theriocephalus
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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes (more like a retirement community than a graveyard), perhaps also causing this myth.

Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]

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The origin of the trope is not certain. While elephants do not "look" for a place to die, during periods of famine, they will gather around sources of food and water, and water during periods of famine, and, as those get depleted, die there. It is also noted that older elephants whose teeth have worn out seek out soft water plants and eventually die near watering holes (more like a retirement community than a graveyard), perhaps also causing this myth.

Another possible reason is that elephants (and CreepyCrows) are the only non-hominids to have shown death rituals. Elephants recognize elephant skeletons for what they are, and will rub the bones with their trunks. Elephants unrelated to the deceased have been noted to visit the graves. They also sometimes treat ''human'' bodies and skeletons with odd respect. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence#Death_ritual an article on this.]]
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** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.

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** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in is the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.
22nd Sep '17 12:04:01 PM Theriocephalus
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*** Pluton, the third layer of the Lower Outer Plane called The Grey Waste, has the Hill of Bone. When a nightmare (an NeutralEvil planar horse) gets old, it comes to the Hill of Bone to die and leave its bones there. When seen from above, the Hill looks like a huge equine skeleton that's ''moving''.

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*** Pluton, the third layer of the Lower Outer Plane called The the Grey Waste, has the Hill of Bone. When a nightmare (an NeutralEvil planar horse) gets old, it comes to the Hill of Bone to die and leave its bones there. When seen from above, the Hill looks like a huge equine skeleton that's ''moving''.



** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has dragon graveyards. "Adventurers" sometimes try to get there since in addition to bones and teeth it contains whatever treasure stuck in the scales, was swallowed or donated. Of course, those are also sacred places of the dragons' death god guarded by his priests -- if you thought "normal" dragons are bad enough... And one is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano, can only be reached from the air and is guarded by undead dragons.

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has dragon graveyards. "Adventurers" sometimes try to get there since in addition to bones and teeth it contains whatever treasure stuck in the scales, was swallowed or donated. Of course, those are also sacred places of the dragons' death god guarded by his priests -- if you thought "normal" dragons are bad enough... And and one is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano, can only be reached from the air and is guarded by undead dragons.dragons.
** Another dragon graveyard, used specifically by blue dragons, is described in the ''Sandstorm'' sourcebook. It is a hidden desert cave that blue wyrms from throughout the world unaccountably head to when their time comes to die. It is often sought out by adventurers looking for treasure, but none of them ever come away with more than a few bits of bone or horn or scale -- the real treasure of the graveyard in the enormous amount of electrical energy the lighting-breathing dragons leave behind when they die.
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