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16th Feb '17 5:10:34 PM Twiddler
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* In the {{Neopets}} console game, ''The Darkest Faerie'', the village of Bogshot is located in a swamp that houses the Plague Serpent Kastraliss, a minion of the titular Darkest Faerie. Everyone in the village comes down with disease when the swamp is turned by the Darkest Faerie's magic.

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* In the {{Neopets}} console game, ''The Darkest Faerie'', ''VideoGame/NeopetsTheDarkestFaerie'', the village of Bogshot is located in a swamp that houses the Plague Serpent Kastraliss, a minion of the titular Darkest Faerie. Everyone in the village comes down with disease when the swamp is turned by the Darkest Faerie's magic.
15th Feb '17 7:56:36 PM ElSquibbonator
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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this: Swamps were long regarded as dangerous and unsanitary. They tend to attract a lot of insects, which can spread disease; the sodden terrain can make traversing them on foot difficult; many swamps are prone to heavy fog because of all the water, which can make it easy to get lost; and some swamps are also inhabited by dangerous animals, such as alligators. More realistic depictions will have swamps as [[NatureIsNotNice dangerous and unpleasant]] rather than outright evil. Expect lots of complaining about mud, leeches, and over-sized mosquitoes, and (in summer) the godawful humidity.

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There is an element of TruthInTelevision to this: Swamps were long regarded as dangerous and unsanitary. They tend to attract a lot of insects, which can spread disease; the sodden terrain can make traversing them on foot difficult; many swamps are prone to heavy fog because of all the water, which can make it easy to get lost; and some swamps are also inhabited by dangerous animals, such as alligators.[[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] and [[PiranhaProblem piranhas]]. More realistic depictions will have swamps as [[NatureIsNotNice dangerous and unpleasant]] rather than outright evil. Expect lots of complaining about mud, leeches, and over-sized mosquitoes, and (in summer) the godawful humidity.
4th Feb '17 4:31:20 PM Theriocephalus
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* While the actual swampland in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is never seen, the King of the Swamp Castle is suspiciously eager to get the hell out of there. So much that he's willing to marry his son to a hideous princess in order to get his hand on her huge... tracts of land.
** Later he also tries to adopt the princess by killing both his son and her father.
** It is also kind of played. The King tried building the castle atop the swamp just to show his friends that he can make a castle strong enough. It sank into the swamp. He built a second one. It sank into the swamp. Then he built a third one. That one burnt down, fell over and sank into the swamp. The he built a ''fourth'' one. That one stayed up. Unsurprisingly, he is kinda proud on the fourth castle's toughness.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance It's entirely possible]] that the only reason the fourth castle didn't sink into the swamp is because it's sitting on top of the sunken ruins of the previous three.

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* While the actual swampland in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' is never seen, the King of the Swamp Castle is suspiciously eager to get the hell out of there. So much that he's willing to marry his son to a hideous princess in order to get his hand on her huge... tracts of land.
** Later he also tries
land, and to later try to adopt the princess her by killing both his son and her father.
** It is also kind of played.played with. The King tried building the castle atop the swamp just to show his friends that he can make a castle strong enough. It sank into the swamp. He built a second one. It sank into the swamp. Then he built a third one. That one burnt down, fell over and sank into the swamp. The he built a ''fourth'' one. That one stayed up. Unsurprisingly, he is kinda proud on the fourth castle's toughness.
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toughness, although [[FridgeBrilliance It's it's entirely possible]] that the only reason the fourth castle didn't sink into the swamp is because it's sitting on top of the sunken ruins of the previous three.
2nd Feb '17 7:26:48 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': This is very much how most people see the Neck, an isthmus covered by a massive stretch of marshland filled with a maze of ever-changing stream channels, sandbars, stands of rotting trees, poisonous plants and flowers and seemingly solid stretches that will suck you down the moment you set foot on them. The inhabitants are just as hostile, the swamps teeming with lizard-lions ([[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles or alligators]]), venomous snakes and the crannogmen, who fight from ambush with poisoned arrows before melting back into the swamps to their homes built on floating, moving bases. The only way through the swamps is by a raised causeway, risking attack from the crannogmen if you’re on bad terms with them. Subverted for the crannogmen themselves, for whom the swamps are home and refuge, and the northmen, for whom the Neck and their crannogman allies guarantee never being invaded from the south.
1st Feb '17 12:22:01 AM DraconicPenguin
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the province of Hjaalmarch consists mainly of cold marshes containing aggressive Slaughterfish, venom-spitting {{giant spider}}s, the occasional [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], necromancers, vampires, and Draugr-infested tombs. [[BadNewsInAGoodWay On the bright side, this all keeps the bandit population down.]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the province hold of Hjaalmarch consists mainly of cold marshes containing aggressive Slaughterfish, venom-spitting {{giant spider}}s, the occasional [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], necromancers, vampires, and Draugr-infested tombs. [[BadNewsInAGoodWay On the bright side, this all keeps the bandit population down.]]
15th Jan '17 4:27:50 PM nombretomado
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* The second and third stage of the Valley of Defilement from ''DemonsSouls''. Lots of Goddamned Bats in the shape of gigantic insects, freaky mutants with disease literally pouring from their flesh, gigantic trolls that deal massive damage per hit and aborted fetuses. Did we mention that staying too long in the swamp poisons you? And that you are reduced to a crawl when you are in it? And that enemies, especially the aforementioned powerful ones, are not hindered by such a thing? Have fun.
* Dooms Mire from BrutalLegend. there's a grove of hanging-trees about midway through, so if people become lost they can commit suicide instead of drown or rot. Or get eaten by laser-shooting panthers.

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* The second and third stage of the Valley of Defilement from ''DemonsSouls''.''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. Lots of Goddamned Bats in the shape of gigantic insects, freaky mutants with disease literally pouring from their flesh, gigantic trolls that deal massive damage per hit and aborted fetuses. Did we mention that staying too long in the swamp poisons you? And that you are reduced to a crawl when you are in it? And that enemies, especially the aforementioned powerful ones, are not hindered by such a thing? Have fun.
* Dooms Mire from BrutalLegend.''VideoGame/BrutalLegend''. there's a grove of hanging-trees about midway through, so if people become lost they can commit suicide instead of drown or rot. Or get eaten by laser-shooting panthers.



* Splot in VideoGame/{{Bug}}! Oh dear god, [[ThatOneLevel Splot]]. The water [[SuperDrowningSkills instantly killed Bug]]- never mind MercyInvincibility, you still die. There were many [[DeathCourse unforgiving sections]] (bubble jumping comes to mind). Enemies were either [[GoddamnedBats annoying]] ([[{{Fartillery}} farting]] stink bugs, swamp flies, mozzies) or [[DemonicSpiders dangerous]] (frogs, ''literal'' [[ShockAndAwe lightning bugs]], [[MoreDakka machine-gunner]] snails MadeOfIron).

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* Splot in VideoGame/{{Bug}}! ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' Oh dear god, [[ThatOneLevel Splot]]. The water [[SuperDrowningSkills instantly killed Bug]]- never mind MercyInvincibility, you still die. There were many [[DeathCourse unforgiving sections]] (bubble jumping comes to mind). Enemies were either [[GoddamnedBats annoying]] ([[{{Fartillery}} farting]] stink bugs, swamp flies, mozzies) or [[DemonicSpiders dangerous]] (frogs, ''literal'' [[ShockAndAwe lightning bugs]], [[MoreDakka machine-gunner]] snails MadeOfIron).
1st Jan '17 9:36:13 AM voidgod
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** Zangarmarsh on the other hand, subverts this trope. It has plenty of creatures trying to kill you, but the zone's main threat is the Naga draining the marsh.
5th Dec '16 6:39:14 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", [[EvilSorcerer Tsotha]] got his EyeOfNewt from a swamp.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", [[EvilSorcerer Tsotha]] got his EyeOfNewt from a swamp.
28th Nov '16 9:26:58 AM crazysamaritan
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In fiction, swamps are often portrayed as godforsaken places that no man enters willingly. When they aren't infested with undead horrors, they hide tribes of hideous frog-, [[LizardFolk lizard-]], or [[FishPeople fish-men]] (or possibly [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot fishlizardfrogmen]]) who slink from their half-sunken temples to grasp the unwary with their cold hands and drag them beneath the still black water. At the very least, they are the home of poisonous snakes and strange, incurable diseases. Often, there are ancient curses that cause travelers to become lost and wander the swamps forever. [[WillOTheWisp Will o' the Wisps]] (also called corpse candles and GhostLights) lead the unwary into quickbogs to die. For extra horror, people who get lost in the swamp may themselves [[TragicMonster become one of the monsters]] infesting it. Swamps are also a popular home for [[WickedWitch witches]], [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo ladies]], families of inbred {{cannibal|Tribe}}s, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]], and other unsavoury types.

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In fiction, swamps are often portrayed as godforsaken places that no man enters willingly. When they aren't infested with undead horrors, they hide tribes of hideous frog-, [[LizardFolk lizard-]], or [[FishPeople fish-men]] (or possibly [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot fishlizardfrogmen]]) who slink from their half-sunken temples to grasp the unwary with their cold hands and drag them beneath the still black water. At the very least, they are the home of poisonous snakes and strange, incurable diseases. Often, there are ancient curses that cause travelers to become lost and wander the swamps forever. [[WillOTheWisp Will o' the Wisps]] A WillOTheWisp (also called corpse candles and GhostLights) candles) may lead the unwary into quickbogs to die. For extra horror, people who get lost in the swamp may themselves [[TragicMonster become one of the monsters]] infesting it. Swamps are also a popular home for [[WickedWitch witches]], [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo ladies]], families of inbred {{cannibal|Tribe}}s, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]], and other unsavoury types.
28th Nov '16 3:05:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/IkMikLoreland'': Huiverhuizen ("Chillinghouse"), one of the lands visited by Mik, is a creepy swamp.
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