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13th Oct '17 12:58:26 AM PaulA
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* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]'' isn't about voodoo (much). One suspects the title was chosen because more people have heard of "voodoo" than what it's ''actually'' about, or (for an in-universe reason) the game was given that title as a red herring to keep people who boned up on vodou and HollywoodVoodoo from gaining an "edge" due to out-of-character knowledge.

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* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]'' ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'' isn't about voodoo (much). One suspects the title was chosen because more people have heard of "voodoo" than what it's ''actually'' about, or (for an in-universe reason) the game was given that title as a red herring to keep people who boned up on vodou and HollywoodVoodoo from gaining an "edge" due to out-of-character knowledge.
2nd Sep '17 1:04:49 PM HalcyonDayz
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%% * The MST3K film ''Film/ZombieNightmare''

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%% * The MST3K ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' film ''Film/ZombieNightmare''
1st Sep '17 6:54:47 AM Morgenthaler
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What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god Baron Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will dress like him by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well-known]] cases relating to a voodoo priest or priestess are disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess).

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What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. It may even be conflated with HollywoodSatanism in some egregious cases. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god Baron Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will dress like him by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well-known]] cases relating to a voodoo priest or priestess are disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess).
16th Aug '17 12:23:23 AM RisefromYourGrave
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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=] [=PlayStation=] 1 and Windows PC video game adaptation of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', titled ''Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise'', Lilo's basic attack is to hold a glowing voodoo doll out at her enemies to defeat them for [[PowerCreepPowerSeep understandable gameplay balance reasons]].
4th Aug '17 4:07:28 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Utterly averted, surprisingly enough, in an episode of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''--Jack Marshak, resident CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, and knowledge-broker in all things occult, gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of {{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true {{Voudoun}} at all.

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* Utterly averted, surprisingly enough, in an episode of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''--Jack Marshak, resident CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, and knowledge-broker in all things occult, gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of {{Voudoun}} UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true {{Voudoun}} UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} at all.
15th Jul '17 9:59:52 PM Skagit
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** Shango is one of the most important deities in Voodoo and other African faiths, but [[CriticalResearchFailure he doesn't remotely resemble what the WWF version]]. Papa Shango is shown with skull face paint and top hat, just like [[SmallReferencePools Baron Samed]]i, but authentic portrayals of him show him as an African king who [[AnAxeToGrind with a lightning axe]] and is often compared to the Norse God Thor.
8th Jul '17 4:05:02 PM nombretomado
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* The "Come Swing From My Branches" arc of ''SkinHorse'' features a New Orleans Voodoo priest [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=46869&name=skinhorse who insists]] that the doll thing is actually hoodoo and zombies are victims of TTX poisoning. While talking to a reanimated abomination of science. Eventually, he decides that he can do the whole "respect the dead" thing by being gentlemanly to the cute zombie girl.

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* The "Come Swing From My Branches" arc of ''SkinHorse'' ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' features a New Orleans Voodoo priest [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=46869&name=skinhorse who insists]] that the doll thing is actually hoodoo and zombies are victims of TTX poisoning. While talking to a reanimated abomination of science. Eventually, he decides that he can do the whole "respect the dead" thing by being gentlemanly to the cute zombie girl.
30th Jun '17 1:02:49 PM Vir
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What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god Baron Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will dress like him by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn' help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well known]] cases relating to a Voodoo Priest or Priestess are Disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess)

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What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god Baron Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will dress like him by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy. It doesn' doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well known]] well-known]] cases relating to a Voodoo Priest voodoo priest or Priestess priestess are Disasters disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess)
priest(ess).
7th Jun '17 4:54:21 AM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the recurring character Zecora, a zebra who's pretty obviously a "voodoo-lady". Speaks with a quasi-Caribbean accent, has various loa-style masks about her home (deep in the spooky marshy forest, of course), and practices low-grade magics and illusions, as well as becoming the local apothecary. Quasi-subversion of the normal trope though, in that it's not "real magic" (which in the pony-verse you need to be a unicorn to do) but rather practiced rituals, tricks and herbal concoctions. Unlike most voodooiennes in fiction, Zecora is never portrayed as evil or self-serving. Creepy, yes. Incomprehensible, yes. Strange, yes. Evil, no.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the recurring character Zecora, a zebra who's pretty obviously a "voodoo-lady". Speaks with a quasi-Caribbean accent, has various loa-style masks about her home (deep in the spooky marshy forest, of course), and practices low-grade magics and illusions, as well as becoming the local apothecary. Quasi-subversion of the normal trope though, in that it's not "real magic" (which in the pony-verse you need to be a unicorn to do) but rather practiced rituals, tricks and herbal concoctions. Unlike most voodooiennes in fiction, Zecora is never portrayed as evil or self-serving. [[CreepyGood Creepy, yes. Incomprehensible, yes. Strange, yes. Evil, no.no]].
27th May '17 10:09:27 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' [[ZigZaggedTrope 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 Vodou gimmick for intimidation and most of their soldiers are stoner college kids only in the gang for 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-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 with [[GangOfHats a Vodou gimmick for intimidation and most shtick]], mostly made up of their soldiers are stoner college kids only in the gang for 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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