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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.
17th Nov '16 4:43:42 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Some of the movie versions of the below mentioned ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' take the already present horror of the Grimpen Mire and turn it UpToEleven. The 2002 version ''[[AdaptationExpansion starts]]'' with it as a careless policeman chasing after [[spoiler: Selden the SerialKiller]] is engulfed by it ''on screen''; in the end [[spoiler: Holmes ''barely'' escapes dying there thanks to Watson's BigDamnHeroes, while Stapleton aka the BigBad is shot in the head by Watson as he's being swallowed.]]


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* ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' has the Grimpen Mire, easily one of the most unpleasant and horrifying places in the whole ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' series. One false step onto what's believed to be solid ground, and the victim's to his or her waist in a slimy bog that sucks him or her under like quicksand. [[spoiler: It's rather karmic that the BigBad ends up swallowed into it.]]
31st Oct '16 3:27:34 PM Theriocephalus
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* While the Black Marshes from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are not necessarily evil, they are populated by [[LizardFolk Argonians]] who, despite being friendly and benevolent, are fiercely territorial and will never let the Empire rule them.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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While the Black Marshes from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are Marsh in the southeast of Tamriel is not necessarily evil, they are it is populated by [[LizardFolk Argonians]] who, despite being friendly and benevolent, are fiercely territorial and will never let the Empire rule them.



** 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s "Point Lookout" DLC takes you to the titular coastal village in Maryland, which turns out to be LovecraftCountry. The terrain is a maze of dead trees, and is full of not only Ghouls, Mirelurks and killer Robots, but deformed, inbred Swampfolk [[DemonicSpiders who automatically dole out 35 points of damage regardless of what armor you're wearing]]. Even before the [[ApocalypseHow Great War]], Point Lookout was a miserable place - there was a "pint-sized killer" on the loose, detainment camps for Chinese-Americans, a cult centered around a TomeOfEldritchLore, and the natives were friendly enough to take an axe to a downed Air Force pilot stuck in a tree by his parachute. Two hundred years of nuclear runoff just put the icing on the cake.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has a large swamp in the southeast corner of the map, inhabited by a bevy of [[DemonicSpiders deadly mutated creatures]] such as Mirelurk Killclaws, Albino Mirelurk Hunters, Mirelurk Deep Kings, a Mirelurk Queen, and a Super Mutant Behemoth.

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** In [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]], ''[[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.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** ''VideoGame/Fallout3'''s
"Point Lookout" DLC takes you to the titular coastal village in Maryland, which turns out to be LovecraftCountry. The terrain is a maze of dead trees, and is full of not only Ghouls, Mirelurks and killer Robots, but deformed, inbred Swampfolk [[DemonicSpiders who automatically dole out 35 points of damage regardless of what armor you're wearing]]. Even before the [[ApocalypseHow Great War]], Point Lookout was a miserable place - there was a "pint-sized killer" on the loose, detainment camps for Chinese-Americans, a cult centered around a TomeOfEldritchLore, and the natives were friendly enough to take an axe to a downed Air Force pilot stuck in a tree by his parachute. Two hundred years of nuclear runoff just put the icing on the cake.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' has a large swamp in the southeast corner of the map, inhabited by a bevy of [[DemonicSpiders deadly mutated creatures]] such as Mirelurk Killclaws, Albino Mirelurk Hunters, Mirelurk Deep Kings, a Mirelurk Queen, and a Super Mutant Behemoth.



* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': Marshes and swamps fit this trope to a T when they generate as an evil biome. Aside from the syndrome-causing clouds and rains present in all evil biomes, [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpies]] and packs of vicious beak dogs infest evil marshes, while grimelings, humanoid clumps of weeds and muck, are found in any evil wetland alongside [[YouDirtyRat demon rats]] and swarms of blood gnats.

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':
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Marshes and swamps fit this trope to a T when they generate as an evil biome. Aside from the syndrome-causing clouds and rains present in all evil biomes, [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpies]] and packs of vicious beak dogs infest evil marshes, while grimelings, humanoid clumps of weeds and muck, are found in any evil wetland alongside [[YouDirtyRat demon rats]] and swarms of blood gnats.
30th Oct '16 7:24:48 PM wolftickets1969
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has a large swamp in the southeast corner of the map, inhabited by a bevy of [[DemonicSpiders deadly mutated creatures]] such as Mirelurk Killclaws, Albino Mirelurk Hunters, Mirelurk Deep Kings, a Mirelurk Queen, and a Super Mutant Behemoth.
28th Oct '16 3:21:37 PM GoblinCipher
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* In ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', the swampy Doldrums broadcast a LotusEaterMachine effect that saps the intruder of all drive and motivation. If you don't have a neighborhood Watchdog to wake you back up, you're basically doomed.







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* As in the Literature example, above, the Doldrums in ''WesternAnimation/ThePhantomTollbooth'' reduce your motivation to zero and your mind to mush. The animated Lethargians, the inhabitants of the Doldrums, are pure NightmareFuel.



28th Oct '16 3:16:59 PM GoblinCipher
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* The Muddletop Moors in ''Literature/SpellSinger'' is similar to The Swamp of Sadness from TheNeverEndingStory. As the entire place is filled with sentient mushrooms, in which being immobile are [[AndIMustScream bored to the point of suicidally depressed]] the aura of depression and boredom is so strong that anyone who enters just stops giving a crap to the point where they just lie around immobile until they die of boredom. Though those with strong wills or lack of emotions can survive easily there.

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* The Muddletop Moors in ''Literature/SpellSinger'' ''Literature/{{Spellinger}}'' is similar to The Swamp of Sadness from TheNeverEndingStory. As the The entire place is filled with sentient mushrooms, in which mushrooms which, being immobile immobile, are [[AndIMustScream bored to the point of suicidally depressed]] the depression]]. The aura of depression and boredom is so strong that anyone who enters just stops giving a crap to the point where they just lie lies around immobile until they die starve to death ... nourishing the mushrooms, naturally. The ''only'' thing that saves Jon-Tom's party is [[spoiler: his offworlder's knowledge of boredom. Though those with strong wills or lack of emotions can survive easily there.basic psychoanalysis.]]
8th Oct '16 5:45:07 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''SlenderFortress'' contains a large marshland entitled "Swamp" housing a very angry [[{{Shrek}} Shrek]].

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* ''SlenderFortress'' contains a large marshland entitled "Swamp" housing a very angry [[{{Shrek}} Shrek]].Franchise/{{Shrek}}.
19th Aug '16 9:55:34 PM SinNanna
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* "Cajun Hell" by Music/ExodusBand combines this with HillbillyHorrors.
12th Aug '16 1:38:38 PM Thepenguinking2
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* A notable aversion: If you were a slave in the antebellum South, the swamps of Florida were home to [[LaResistance the Seminoles]]. Of course, this could also qualify as an exploitation, since nobody would venture into Seminole territory because SwampsAreEvil.

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* A notable aversion: If you were a slave in the antebellum South, the swamps of Florida were home to [[LaResistance the Seminoles]]. Of course, this could also qualify as an exploitation, since nobody would venture into Seminole territory because SwampsAreEvil.swamps are evil.
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