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13th May '16 6:52:12 AM AndyLA
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* ''VideoGames/TeamFortress2'' - the (playable) cast features 8 men from the Theme Park Versions of America, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union. The ninth, the Pyro, is a FeaturelessProtagonist.

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* ''VideoGames/TeamFortress2'' - the (playable) cast features 8 men from the Theme Park Versions of America, France, Germany, Scotland and the Soviet Union. The ninth, the Pyro, is a FeaturelessProtagonist.FeaturelessProtagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFury 2'' and its expansion ''Special'', Andy Bogard's stge is set in Italy for some reason (he is an American McNinja, after all). The fight takes place on a boat that seems to be running through the channels of Venice, passing by the Coliseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.



* When ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' go to Japan, they dine in a Theme Park Version restaurant of the ''United States'' called Americatown, complete with sarcastic waiters dressed as cowboys that state that they don't know anything as a result of America's educational system and also work in producing poor quality cars and inferior electronics.
** In almost any episode where the Simpsons leave Springfield, their destination is the Theme Park Version. Notable examples include France, Australia, and New York City, but the standout is Capital City, the state capital of The Simpsons unnamed state that functions as a combined Theme Park Version of New York and Los Angeles, meant to invoke classic The Big City tropes.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where the kids ask Jimbo, who fought in Vietnam, about some info for a school report. Jimbo literally gives a theme park version and the kids get a F.

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* When ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E23ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo go to Japan, Japan]], they dine in a Theme Park Version restaurant of the ''United States'' called Americatown, complete with sarcastic waiters dressed as cowboys that state that they don't know anything as a result of America's educational system and also work in producing poor quality cars and inferior electronics.
---> '''Homer:''' ''(genuinely amused)'' [[SarcasmBlind Oh, they got our number!]]
** In almost any episode where the Simpsons leave Springfield, their destination is the Theme Park Version. Notable examples include France, Australia, and New York City, but the standout is Capital City, the state capital of The Simpsons Simpsons' unnamed state that functions as a combined Theme Park Version of New York and Los Angeles, meant to invoke classic The Big City tropes.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' where the kids ask Jimbo, who fought in Vietnam, about some info for a school report. Jimbo literally gives a theme park version and the kids get a an F.
3rd May '16 12:12:33 AM mlsmithca
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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, DidNotDoTheResearch, SmallReferencePools, WereStillRelevantDammit, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.

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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, DidNotDoTheResearch, SmallReferencePools, WereStillRelevantDammit, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.
2nd May '16 3:41:05 PM MsChibi
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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, DidNotDoTheResearch, SmallReferencePools, WereStillRelvenatDammit, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.

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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, DidNotDoTheResearch, SmallReferencePools, WereStillRelvenatDammit, WereStillRelevantDammit, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.
2nd May '16 3:40:42 PM MsChibi
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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.

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Compare with AdaptationDecay, AdaptationDistillation, {{Flanderization}}, LostInImitation, DidNotDoTheResearch, SmallReferencePools, WereStillRelvenatDammit, CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, and PopculturalOsmosis; contrast with PragmaticAdaptation. Theme parks themselves have their own Theme Park Version -- SouvenirLand.
12th Apr '16 9:53:01 AM chopshop
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* Examined in the short story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. In it, the African-American narrator's daughter is a pretentious Black Panther wannabe who claims to have reconnected with her African heritage, but is clearly just parroting the Theme Park Version of African culture without actually understanding anything.
12th Apr '16 7:09:43 AM dotchan
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* ''VideoGames/TeamFortress2'' - the (playable) cast features 8 men from the Theme Park Versions of America, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union. The ninth, the Pyro, is a FeaturelessProtagonist.



** And then there's Disney's California-themed park...in California. It was not well received.



** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek.

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** In an interesting inversion, the word "Xmas" for Christmas is often wrongfully accused of being this trope. The assumption is that the X is used to remove any implications of {{Jesus}} from the holiday. In fact, it comes from the fact that X is the first letter in Jesus' title (Χριστός or Christos) in Greek. (And, if you really want to be pedantic, Christmas originated as a pagan holiday that was HijackedByJesus because most of the non-Christian world had some sort of winter festival and the Christians figured they may as well join the party.)
18th Mar '16 12:14:22 PM ironicusername
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* In the "Old Days" festival in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', apparently only four things happened in the 1970's: hippies, flower power, Afros, and disco.
18th Mar '16 5:28:58 AM drwhom
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* Most of history, especially what you're taught in high school. It would take the whole school year to get a non-Theme Park version of one war, especially complex events such as the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar. Likewise, certain national histories are often taught in a closed-off hermetic fashion without reference to geopolitical tensions and other environmental and sociological changes, while also giving an impression of continuity between old regimes and modern times.

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* Most of history, especially what you're taught in high school. It would take the whole school year to get a non-Theme Park version of one war, especially complex events such as the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar. Likewise, certain national histories are often taught in a closed-off hermetic fashion without reference to geopolitical tensions and other environmental and sociological changes, while also giving an impression of continuity between old regimes and modern times. This intersects with the tendency to present an [[PropagandaPiece official version]] of national history; for example, classes in US history can resemble advertisements for the US progressive movement.
21st Feb '16 6:13:45 PM FF32
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* This is likely a jab at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_Two_Zero Bravo Two Zero]] and the minor fad for SAS veterans writing [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory highly embellished]] or [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie flat-out bogus]] memoirs.

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* ** This is likely a jab at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bravo_Two_Zero Bravo Two Zero]] and the minor fad for SAS veterans writing [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory highly embellished]] or [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie flat-out bogus]] memoirs.
18th Jan '16 2:07:21 AM JulianLapostat
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* Propaganda films, in general, are designed precisely not to educate but to stir up opinions. One famous example is Creator/FrankCapra's ''Why We Fight'' series of U.S. "Informational" films during World War II, which essentially depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a real-life [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]] with trimmed ends while the Allied peoples were all AlwaysLawfulGood -- even UsefulNotes/JosephStalin (never mind that Stalin committed just as many atrocities as (or even more atrocities than) Hitler). Notably, Capra saved a lot of time by just translating Nazi propaganda films into English to make them look scary. Needless to say, the series drew fire for being less than accurate -- one reviewer, a Polish-American, denounced the series as "a conglomeration of patriotic exhortation, crackpot geopolitical theorizing, and historical mischief making," that the series deliberately falsified the facts to justify the Allied cause. This reviewer was particularly incensed by the depiction in the series of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, that the Poles were seen as woeful failures while the Soviets that later invaded were seen not as Nazi allies but as guiltless saviors who only invaded Poland to stop the Nazi advance.

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* Propaganda films, in general, are designed precisely not to educate but to stir up opinions. One famous example is Creator/FrankCapra's ''Why We Fight'' series of U.S. "Informational" films during World War II, which essentially depicts UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a real-life [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]] with trimmed ends while the Allied peoples were all AlwaysLawfulGood -- even UsefulNotes/JosephStalin (never mind that Stalin committed just as many Stalin's own atrocities as (or even more atrocities than) Hitler).before the war). Notably, Capra saved a lot of time by just translating Nazi propaganda films into English to make them look scary. Needless to say, the series drew fire for being less than accurate -- one reviewer, a Polish-American, denounced the series as "a conglomeration of patriotic exhortation, crackpot geopolitical theorizing, and historical mischief making," that the series deliberately falsified the facts to justify the Allied cause. This reviewer was particularly incensed by the depiction in the series of the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, that the Poles were seen as woeful failures while the Soviets that later invaded were seen not as Nazi allies fellow invaders but as guiltless saviors who only invaded Poland to stop the Nazi advance.
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