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29th Nov '16 11:31:44 AM BlackSunNocturne
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RealLife Vodou is a religion like any other; what Hollywood has is TheThemeParkVersion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodoo_%28folk_magic%29 hoodoo]], the underlying folk magic system thereof. For more information, see {{Voudoun}}.

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RealLife Vodou is a religion like any other; what Hollywood has is TheThemeParkVersion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodoo_%28folk_magic%29 hoodoo]], the underlying folk magic system thereof. For more information, see {{Voudoun}}.
UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}}.
15th Oct '16 1:38:03 AM BattleMaster
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* A voodoo cult is featured in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu''. They're of course all cannibals who worship the titular Great Old One and are killed by the police.
7th Oct '16 11:58:11 AM FranksGirl
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* The '70s series ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' has the episode ''Voodoo Doll'', an episode that has to be seen to be believed. The ''least'' of the episode's sins is confusing Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo. Add to that condescending, near-racist comments by the Hardys towards the religion, a white stuffy English professor who is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and obvious stage magic presented as the real thing...and, of course, all the Voodoo practitioners are evil. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.

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* The '70s series ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' has the episode ''Voodoo Doll'', an episode that has to be seen to be believed. The ''least'' of the episode's sins is confusing Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo. Add to that condescending, near-racist comments by the Hardys towards the religion, a white stuffy English British professor who is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), "authentic" Voodoo dolls, tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and obvious stage magic presented as the real thing...and, of course, all the Voodoo practitioners are evil.evil and practice human sacrifice. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.
7th Oct '16 11:52:23 AM FranksGirl
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* The '70s series ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' has the episode ''Voodoo Doll'', an episode that has to be seen to be believed. The ''least'' of the episode's sins is confusing Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo. Add to that condescending, near-racist comments by the Hardys towards the religion, a white stuffy English professor who is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and obvious stage magic presented as the real thing...and, of course, all the Voodoo practitioners are evil. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.
23rd Aug '16 1:46:13 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Compare GypsyCurse and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes with similar UnfortunateImplications.

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Compare GypsyCurse and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes with similar UnfortunateImplications.ethnic baggage.
31st Jul '16 11:57:13 AM nombretomado
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* MarvelComics had Brother Voodoo, a Haitian sorcerer who often collaborated with the titular ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange''.
* DCComics has the more modern character Empress, of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', who directly addresses the misconceptions about the vodoun she learned from her grandmother.

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics had Brother Voodoo, a Haitian sorcerer who often collaborated with the titular ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange''.
* DCComics Creator/DCComics has the more modern character Empress, of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', who directly addresses the misconceptions about the vodoun she learned from her grandmother.
10th Jul '16 6:19:27 PM foxley
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter Marie Laveau appears as full-blown villainess in the MarvelUniverse, where she actually possesses the full range of supernatural powers she claimed to have in RealLife.



** Featureed heavily, with the villains using a voodoo cult as part of their protection racket. The episode at least pays lip service to voudon being a genuine religion and that what the villains are doing is a perversion of it.

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** Featureed Featured heavily, with the villains using a voodoo cult as part of their protection racket. The episode at least pays lip service to voudon being a genuine religion and that what the villains are doing is a perversion of it.
28th May '16 10:23:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the PS1 video game adaptation of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's basic attack is to hold a glowing voodoo doll out at her enemies to defeat them for [[PowerCreepPowerSeep understandable gameplay balance reasons]].

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* In the PS1 [=PS1=] video game adaptation of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', Lilo's basic attack is to hold a glowing voodoo doll out at her enemies to defeat them for [[PowerCreepPowerSeep understandable gameplay balance reasons]].
25th May '16 8:40:46 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/HammerHouseOfHorror'': The fetish doll in the episode "Charlie Boy".
19th May '16 11:13:41 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zaggs]] this with the Sons of Samedi. While they milk the image for all it's worth, the Samedi are really just a [[TheCartel drug cartel]] using a Vooodoo gimmick for intimidation and most of their soldiers are stoner college kids only in the gang for the cheap drugs. Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], however, is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by various characters, uses a VoodooDoll in his boss fight that allows him to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around like a rag doll]] and [[RasputinianDeath keeps getting back up every time he's "killed"]], no matter how many times the Boss shoots him, and ultimately has to be beheaded with his own machete to make him stay dead. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane And whether his "powers" came from genuine mystical forces or are a result of a drug-induced hallucination is never explained.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zaggs]] zig-zags]] this with the Sons of Samedi. While they milk the image for all it's worth, the Samedi are really just a [[TheCartel drug cartel]] using a Vooodoo gimmick for intimidation and most of their soldiers are stoner college kids only in the gang for the cheap drugs. Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], however, is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by various characters, uses a VoodooDoll in his boss fight that allows him to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around like a rag doll]] and [[RasputinianDeath keeps getting back up every time he's "killed"]], no matter how many times the Boss shoots him, and ultimately has to be beheaded with his own machete to make him stay dead. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane And whether his "powers" came from genuine mystical forces or are a result of a drug-induced hallucination is never explained.]]
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