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10th Sep '17 3:48:59 AM JackG
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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, with the lower regions marked only as "Weird Shit".

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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, RoomFullOfCrazy, with the lower regions vault marked only as "Weird Shit".
10th Sep '17 3:47:37 AM JackG
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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus''. A conspiracy nutter has a map of Area51 on his RoomfulOfCrazy, with the lower regions marked only as "Weird Shit".
9th Sep '17 4:03:05 PM VulgarBee
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* Skypiea's map in ''OnePiece'' had several symbols, including a ziggurat (marking the position of [[spoiler:Eldorado]]) and some devilish creature roaming through the land.

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* Skypiea's map in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' had several symbols, including a ziggurat (marking the position of [[spoiler:Eldorado]]) and some devilish creature roaming through the land.
7th Sep '17 5:19:06 PM Axelmania
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*WesternAnimation/WanderingWenda: the episode "The Disco Dragon of Detroit" has a "HERE BE DRAGONS" sign which Wenda opens (thinking it a decoy) to find an actual dragon behind it. The Duchess of Disco emerges from the "HERE BE DRESSING ROOMS" door beside it after asking if they opened the dragon door.
18th Aug '17 12:44:40 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Website/TheOnion'' article "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/midwest-discovered-between-east-west-coasts-1686 "Midwest" Discovered Between East, West Coasts]]" has a map of FlyoverCountry styled this way, complete with "Here there be tractor pulls".
31st Jul '17 1:24:42 PM gemmabeta2
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} VI'' dragons, sea serpents and compass roses will appear on unexplored areas of the map.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} VI'' dragons, sea serpents and compass roses will appear on unexplored areas of the map. And explored areas under the fog of war is rendered as monochrome line drawings of cities and terrain as found in old-fashioned maps.
17th Jul '17 1:23:25 PM Theriocephalus
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In old times, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task, due to the lack of advanced technology for exploration purposes. So, to fill great blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual and/or graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, cannibals and many other mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once, on the 16th-century [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt-Lenox_Globe Lenox Globe]] -- but is too cool to give up.

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In old times, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task, due to the lack of advanced technology for exploration purposes. So, to fill great blank areas on the maps, mapmakers used to include textual and/or graphic warnings of the dangers of going into uncharted territory. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, cannibals and many other mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once, on the 16th-century [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt-Lenox_Globe Lenox Globe]] -- Globe]], but is too cool to give up.



* The novelization for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has two scientists on the Genesis team, with rather warped senses of humor, create hypothetical maps of the proposed Genesis Planet with one region marked "Here There Be Dragons". By way of explanation, they ask what's the point in giving humanity a strange, new world to explore if there isn't some element of danger? No one's ever quite sure if they're joking or not (Genesis could be programed to create life forms, like plant life, but the main team hadn't coded in animals). While staying the Genesis cave later in the book, [[BrickJoke Saavik's internal monologue mentions her being fairly sure she saw some kind of large, flying reptile in the distance]].

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* The novelization for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 'Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' has two scientists on the Genesis team, with rather warped senses of humor, create hypothetical maps of the proposed Genesis Planet with one region marked "Here There Be Dragons". By way of explanation, they ask what's the point in giving humanity a strange, new world to explore if there isn't some element of danger? No one's ever quite sure if they're joking or not (Genesis could be programed to create life forms, like plant life, but the main team hadn't coded in animals). While staying the Genesis cave later in the book, [[BrickJoke Saavik's internal monologue mentions her being fairly sure she saw some kind of large, flying reptile in the distance]].



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': [[https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/harrypotter/images/f/f9/Wizarding_Schools_Map_LR.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20161210200610 The map showing the location of the world's wizarding schools]], styled after early world maps from the age of exploration, embraces this trope as part of the wizarding world's general old-time esthetic: besides the somewhat tentative geography (Antartica is barely outlined and North America's north-western corner is conspicuously missing), it features various creatures such as what appears to be an asian buffalo (somehow in North America), a rhino and long-legged pig-like creatures on the landmasses; a hippocampus, a mermaid and ships and sea serpents in the ocean; and ornate drawings of the actual schools marking their locations. In addition, there are elaborate illustrations of scenes from around the world filling in the empty corners of the paper around the map, similar to how many maps were rendered historically.



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22nd May '17 6:46:06 AM Theriocephalus
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* Parodied in Literature/{{Discworld}}, where tourists' maps of Anhk-Morpork are labelled "Here Be Dragons" to mark the location of the Sunshine Sanctuary For Sick Dragons, a veterinary hospital. The same phrase appears over the actual Sanctuary's entrance as grafitti.
** Elsewhere in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' we're told that cartographers sometimes got so carried away with drawing sea monsters that they forgot to put the boring countries and so on in at all.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Parodied in Literature/{{Discworld}}, where with how tourists' maps of Anhk-Morpork are labelled "Here Be Dragons" to mark the location of the Sunshine Sanctuary For Sick Dragons, a veterinary hospital. The same phrase appears over the actual Sanctuary's entrance as grafitti.
** Elsewhere in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Elsewhere, we're told that cartographers sometimes got so carried away with drawing sea monsters that they forgot to put the boring countries and so on in at all.



* The novelization for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has two scientists on the Genesis team, with rather warped senses of humor, create hypothetical maps of the proposed Genesis Planet with one region marked "Here There Be Dragons." By way of explanation, they ask what's the point in giving humanity a strange, new world to explore if there isn't some element of danger? No one's ever quite sure if they're joking or not (Genesis could be programed to create life forms, like plant life, but the main team hadn't coded in animals). While staying the Genesis cave later in the book, [[BrickJoke Saavik's internal monologue mentions her being fairly sure she saw some kind of large, flying reptile in the distance.]]
* From TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s ''[[Literature/NightLords Throne of Lies]]'' audiodrama, the Navigator Octavia is guiding the ship through an uncharted region of warpspace with the shields easily deflecting the ample lightweight creatures there. Then they get the attention of a huge predator capable of swallowing the ship whole, the sort of thing that maps would mark with this trope. When Octavia realizes they can't outrun it, she tells the captain to make an emergency translation back into realspace.

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* The novelization for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has two scientists on the Genesis team, with rather warped senses of humor, create hypothetical maps of the proposed Genesis Planet with one region marked "Here There Be Dragons." Dragons". By way of explanation, they ask what's the point in giving humanity a strange, new world to explore if there isn't some element of danger? No one's ever quite sure if they're joking or not (Genesis could be programed to create life forms, like plant life, but the main team hadn't coded in animals). While staying the Genesis cave later in the book, [[BrickJoke Saavik's internal monologue mentions her being fairly sure she saw some kind of large, flying reptile in the distance.]]
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* From TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s ''[[Literature/NightLords Throne of Lies]]'' audiodrama, the Navigator Octavia is guiding the ship through an uncharted region of warpspace with the shields easily deflecting the ample lightweight creatures there. Then they get the attention of a huge predator capable of swallowing the ship whole, the sort of thing that maps would mark with this trope. When Octavia realizes they can't outrun it, she tells the captain to make an emergency translation back into realspace.



* ''MinerVGA'' will display "Here Be Dragons" if you try to go off the left or right edges of the playable area. Yes, even if you do it underground.
** FridgeBrilliance: don't dragons live in ''caves''?

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* ''MinerVGA'' will display "Here Be Dragons" if you try to go off the left or right edges of the playable area. Yes, even if you do it underground.
** FridgeBrilliance:
underground. But then again, [[FridgeBrilliance don't dragons live in ''caves''?in]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance caves]]''?



* ''VideoGame/BattlefleetGothicArmada'': The opening cinematic starts with a shot of a star map featuring illustrations of numerous space monsters between the various star systems and sectors, including a serpent, a kraken-like beast, and a monstrous leviathan. Considering what kind of universe 40k is, these are likely realistic depictions of very real dangers in those areas of space.

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* ''VideoGame/BattlefleetGothicArmada'': The opening cinematic starts with a shot of a star map featuring illustrations of numerous space monsters between the various star systems and sectors, including a serpent, a kraken-like beast, and a monstrous leviathan. Considering what kind of universe 40k ''40k'' is, these are likely realistic depictions of very real dangers in those areas of space.
22nd May '17 6:39:00 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Endtown}}'' maps of the post-apocalyptic surface world are a bit... [[http://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2009/04/23 inadequate.]] As in, they're literally nothing but a north arrow and "here be dragons".

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Endtown}}'' maps of the post-apocalyptic surface world are a bit... [[http://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2009/04/23 inadequate.]] inadequate]]. As in, they're literally nothing but a north arrow and "here be dragons".



* While maps like these ''did'' exist, they were more for the entertainment value for any who would buy them. Maps used in actual navigation were largely devoid of artistic license.
** In other cases, the phrase "Here be dragons" was used a a general placeholder for "unknown territory," and is thought to originate with komodo dragons, stories of which were known in East Asia, and the same stories likely migrated West over time. In ancient history, Roman and Medieval cartographers instead used the phrase [[DarkestAfrica "Here be Lions."]]

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* While maps like these ''did'' exist, they were more for the entertainment value for any who would buy them. Maps used in actual navigation were largely devoid of artistic license.
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license. In other cases, the phrase "Here be dragons" was used a a general placeholder for "unknown territory," territory", and is thought to originate with komodo dragons, stories of which were known in East Asia, and the same stories likely migrated West over time. In ancient history, Roman and Medieval cartographers instead used the phrase [[DarkestAfrica "Here be Lions."]]Lions"]].
9th May '17 11:45:15 PM Yozzy
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* From TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'s ''[[Literature/NightLords Throne of Lies]]'' audiodrama, the Navigator Octavia is guiding the ship through an uncharted region of warpspace with the shields easily deflecting the ample lightweight creatures there. Then they get the attention of a huge predator capable of swallowing the ship whole, the sort of thing that maps would mark with this trope. When Octavia realizes they can't outrun it, she tells the captain to make an emergency translation back into realspace.


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** In the verse of [=40K=], there are plenty of anomalies and navigational hazards popping up across the galaxy. [[GhostShip Ghost ships, Space Hulks]], [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Warp Storms and Rifts]], [[LostAtSea areas beyond the Astronomicon]], nomadic black holes...
** An Ork map describing the known space around a particular area included the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Eye of Terror]], which was unexplored, and was simply called "Da Big Swirly Fing".


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* While maps like these ''did'' exist, they were more for the entertainment value for any who would buy them. Maps used in actual navigation were largely devoid of artistic license.
** In other cases, the phrase "Here be dragons" was used a a general placeholder for "unknown territory," and is thought to originate with komodo dragons, stories of which were known in East Asia, and the same stories likely migrated West over time. In ancient history, Roman and Medieval cartographers instead used the phrase [[DarkestAfrica "Here be Lions."]]
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