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12th Jan '17 7:50:06 AM naturalironist
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* ''Film/{{Splash}}.'' Madison is supposed to be swimming around Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The problem is that she swims past coral reefs, and there are no coral reefs near Cape Cod since the water is too cold. Those scenes were actually filmed in UsefulNotes/TheBahamas.
2nd Jan '17 2:52:13 PM MagnusForce
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** The episode "The Deep South" had an electric eel in the ocean.
** The episode "Fun On a Bun" had ''Megatherium'' (giant ground sloth), ''Macrauchenia'' (long-necked and trunked ungulate), and ''Doedicurus'' (glyptodont) in a LostWorld in Europe. All three were native to South America.

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** The episode "The Deep South" had an electric eel in the ocean.
ocean. The same scene also showed a coelacanth (which is found in the Indian ocean), a leafy seadragon (from the Pacific), and a clownfish (Pacific again) despite the episode being set under the Atlantic.
** The episode "Fun On a Bun" had ''Smilodon'' (sabertooth cat), ''Megatherium'' (giant ground sloth), ''Macrauchenia'' (long-necked and trunked ungulate), and ''Doedicurus'' (glyptodont) (giant club-tailed armadillo) in a LostWorld in Europe. All three four were native to South America.America.
** Perhaps the most extreme example is ''penguins on Pluto''[[note]]In ''Futurama'', Pluto is portrayed basically as Antarctica as a planet. Yes, we do mean planet.[[/note]] in "The Birdbot Ice-catraz". And just to be clear, they were not an extraterrestrial penguin species, they're ordinary Earth penguins. Absolutely no explanation is given to it.
27th Dec '16 10:14:35 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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* While a common example of this trope (as shown in the page image) is of penguins far from the South Pole, there are, in fact, species of penguin that live in warmer climates in the Southern Hemisphere, such as the little blue penguin of Australia and the aptly-named African penguin.

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* While a common example of this trope (as shown in the page image) is of penguins far from the South Pole, there are, in fact, species of penguin that live in warmer climates in the Southern Hemisphere, such as the little blue penguin of Australia and the aptly-named African penguin. The Galapagos Penguin is equatorial, and even found wild in the Northern Hemisphere (albeit only just).
18th Dec '16 10:43:11 AM rjd1922
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* And there they are AGAIN again in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''! Now, it is true that some animals ranged farther into the eastern parts of North America in pre-colonial times, but come on, and that's not even touching on the moose. It leads one to think that the filmmakers have never even been to Virginia, given the spectacular ArtisticLicenseGeology of the landscape. Elk would have been more accurate if they were looking for something larger than a white-tail in Colonial times. There's also a large grizzly bear with cubs, even though there are only black bears in Virginia.

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* And there they are AGAIN again in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''! Now, it is true that some animals ranged farther into the eastern parts of North America in pre-colonial times, but come on, and that's not even touching on the moose. It leads one to think that the filmmakers have never even been to Virginia, given the spectacular ArtisticLicenseGeology ArtisticLicenseGeography of the landscape. Elk would have been more accurate if they were looking for something larger than a white-tail in Colonial times. There's also a large grizzly bear with cubs, even though there are only black bears in Virginia.
7th Dec '16 5:36:42 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' came oh-so-close to avoiding this trope... if only it wasn't for those leaf-cutting ants and anteaters, native to South America. Whoops. "I Just Can't Wait to be King" also features what appear to be spider monkeys (also South America), though it's the film's DisneyAcidSequence, so it's debatable how much this counts. The sequel also slips up by putting an exclusively rainforest-dwelling Okapi in the savanna… although it ''is'' an African species, just from the wrong part of Africa. And then there's the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' version of ''The Lion King,'' which for some reason, featured tigers living in what appears to be Africa. Though [[{{Deconstruction}} knowing]] ''[[RuleOfFunny Animaniacs]]'', this may have been a LampshadeHanging on the above instances. The ''Animaniacs'' version also apparently kept the leafcutter ants.
** Didn't even come close to avoiding it actually, meerkats (Timon's species) live only in Southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, while Mandrills (Rafiki's species) are restricted to an area of western Central Africa comprising Equatorial Guinea and parts of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.

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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' came oh-so-close to avoiding this trope... if only it wasn't for those leaf-cutting ants and anteaters, native to South America. Whoops. "I Just Can't Wait to be King" also features what appear to be spider monkeys (also South America), though it's the film's DisneyAcidSequence, so it's debatable how much this counts. The sequel also slips up by putting an exclusively rainforest-dwelling Okapi in the savanna… although it ''is'' an African species, just from the wrong part of Africa. And then there's the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' version of ''The Lion King,'' which for some reason, featured tigers living in what appears to be Africa. Though [[{{Deconstruction}} knowing]] ''[[RuleOfFunny Animaniacs]]'', this may have been a LampshadeHanging on the above instances. The ''Animaniacs'' version also apparently kept the leafcutter ants.
** Didn't even come close
ants. If you ''really'' want to avoiding it actually, split hairs, meerkats (Timon's species) live only in Southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, while Mandrills (Rafiki's species) are restricted to an area of western Central Africa comprising Equatorial Guinea and parts of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.
6th Dec '16 8:47:59 PM MattII
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** Didn't even come close to avoiding it actually, meerkats (Timon's species) live only in Southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, while Mandrills (Rafiki's species) are restricted to an area of western Central Africa comprising Equatorial Guinea and parts of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo.
6th Dec '16 8:27:04 PM MattII
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* There's a Hyundai commercial with a car driving past a lot of wild animals that are impressed by its look. Most of them are common North American forest species, but there's also prairie dogs (which don't belong in the woods), plus lemurs and an emu (which don't even belong on the same continent as the rest).

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* There's a Hyundai commercial with a car driving past a lot of wild animals that are impressed by its look. Most of them are common North American forest species, but there's also prairie dogs (which don't belong in the woods), plus lemurs and an emu (which don't even belong on the same continent as the rest).rest, or each other).
6th Dec '16 7:07:51 PM Wooboo
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* While a common example of this trope (as shown in the page image) is of penguins far from the South Pole, there are, in fact, species of penguin that live in warmer climates in the Southern Hemisphere, such as the little blue penguin of Australia and the aptly-named African penguin.
1st Dec '16 5:07:36 PM Kadorhal
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* Kyrat from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a lesser offender, with its location a bit more explicit (based on Nepal and set somewhere in the Himalayas) and almost all of its wildlife is indeed native to that area. There are a few mistakes, however: the "demon fish", for instance, based on goliath tigerfish that are native to Africa (and thus would have fit right in to ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' if that game had any predatory wildlife). Mayalan tapirs, likewise, exist closer to Southeast Asia - interestingly, there was exactly one of them in ''Far Cry 3'' as a rare animal. Then there's the mugger crocodiles, which actually are native around that area, but are almost exclusive to lower altitudes than you'll usually find them in the game.

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* Kyrat from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a lesser offender, with its location a bit more explicit (based on Nepal and set somewhere in the Himalayas) and almost all of its wildlife is indeed native to that area. There are a few mistakes, however: the "demon fish", for instance, is based on goliath tigerfish that are native to Africa (and thus would have fit right in to ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' if that game had any predatory wildlife). Mayalan tapirs, likewise, exist closer to Southeast Asia - interestingly, there was exactly one of them in ''Far Cry 3'' as a rare animal. Then there's the mugger crocodiles, which actually are native around that area, but are almost exclusive to lower altitudes than you'll usually find them in the game.



-->'''Belkar''': I once fought 1d10 dire camels in a swamp. No joke.

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-->'''Belkar''': I once fought 1d10 1d3 dire camels in a swamp. No joke.
1st Dec '16 4:52:32 PM Kadorhal
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* The Rook Islands' location in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' are left vague (it's said to be somewhere in borders of the Indian and Pacific oceans), but the animals on the islands are obviously not supposed to live together (i.e. tigers live in Asia, cassowaries live in Australia and New Guinea).
** {{Justified|Trope}} by the pirates, who use the islands as staging areas for their trade in exotic animals. The animals aren't all native to the islands; they were brought there and escaped.

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* The Rook Islands' location in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' are left vague (it's said to be somewhere in borders of the Indian and Pacific oceans), but the animals on the islands are obviously not supposed to live together (i.e. tigers live in Asia, cassowaries live in Australia and New Guinea).
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Guinea). {{Justified|Trope}} by the pirates, who use the islands as staging areas for their trade in exotic animals. The animals aren't all native to the islands; they were brought there and escaped.escaped.
* Kyrat from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a lesser offender, with its location a bit more explicit (based on Nepal and set somewhere in the Himalayas) and almost all of its wildlife is indeed native to that area. There are a few mistakes, however: the "demon fish", for instance, based on goliath tigerfish that are native to Africa (and thus would have fit right in to ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' if that game had any predatory wildlife). Mayalan tapirs, likewise, exist closer to Southeast Asia - interestingly, there was exactly one of them in ''Far Cry 3'' as a rare animal. Then there's the mugger crocodiles, which actually are native around that area, but are almost exclusive to lower altitudes than you'll usually find them in the game.



* The ''VideoGame/JediKnight'' series did this. Sand People appear on all sorts of planets, for...''[[EpilepticTrees some]]'' reason. Speaking of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Shadows of the Empire'' has you on Hoth, fighting wampas, and then on to a mountainous arid world...fighting wampas. Wampas which [[PaletteSwap were there long enough to evolve into brown fur]].

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* The ''VideoGame/JediKnight'' series did this. Sand People appear on all sorts of planets, for...''[[EpilepticTrees some]]'' reason. Speaking of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Shadows of the Empire'' ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' has you on Hoth, fighting wampas, and then on to a the mountainous arid world...world of Gall... fighting wampas. Wampas which [[PaletteSwap were there long enough to evolve into to have brown fur]].
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