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13th Sep '17 12:26:09 AM thatmadork
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* Sylvania in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ruled for centuries by the Von Carstein bloodline, is considered [[TheDungAges remarkably backwards]] even by the standards of the [[CrapsackWorld Old World]]. It has many charming traditions, such as burying the dead face down so that if they start digging they won't be able to run ([[ZombieGait well, shamble]]) around the place. Not that it works, mind.

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* Sylvania in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ruled for centuries by the Von Carstein bloodline, is considered [[TheDungAges remarkably backwards]] even by the standards of the [[CrapsackWorld Old World]]. It Steeped in sinister magic and dark legend, it has many charming traditions, local traditions such as burying the dead face down so that if they start digging they won't be able to run ([[ZombieGait well, shamble]]) around the place. Not that it works, mind.works often, mind. Most peasants live in houses with boarded up windows and heavy doors adorned with strong locking bolts and charms and fetishes to dozens of gods.
** The province of Mousillon in Bretonnia is a dreary swampland where most of the people died in a plague years ago, and the survivors spend their days catching frogs and snails, tending to skinny goats, rebuilding their homes or grave robbing. A lot of the dead don't even need help getting out o the grave. The previous lord of Mousillon was murderously insane and never pulled up the visor of his helmet for some reason. The rest of Bretonnia has pretty much abandoned the place.
3rd Sep '17 10:14:58 AM Tightwire
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* The kingdom of Gilneas in ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of Warcraft Cataclysm]]''.

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* The kingdom of Gilneas in ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of Warcraft Cataclysm]]''. A sizeable number of its population have chosen to become Worgen to protect themselves from the invading zombies and Forsaken. And Silverpine Forest, the second place a Worgen will visit, is a similar pinewood paradise simply infested with wolves, bats, giant spiders, rogue Worgen and the invading Forsaken. It rains almost constantly, there's always a full moon, and everybody sounds like they're either nobility, or choking on a cockney.
** Tirisfal Glades to the north, starting zone of the Forsaken, isn't any better. While your enemies are more likely to be things that have been mutated by the Plague, there seems to be a mad scientist in every house, dwellings have a similar 18th century vibe, and the woods are no less creepy just because of the ToxicGreenGlow.
26th Jul '17 8:37:33 PM Pastykake
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Invented by Frederick Marryat (for a werewolf short story "The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains" in ''The Phantom Ship''; he also wrote ''Mr. Midshipman Easy''), Creator/BramStoker, and Creator/MaryShelley (though Shelley's novel explicitly takes place in Ingolstadt, Germany and Switzerland), codified by the Franchise/UniversalHorror movies of the 1930s and 1940s, and carried on into the 1950s and 60s by Film/HammerHorror. Often regarded as a bit kitsch nowadays and played for laughs, to the point of being an UndeadHorseTrope. Can also get you into [[UnfortunateImplications trouble]] now that there are a lot more Eastern European people in the English-speaking world. Of course, there's always LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, and SouthernGothic as alternatives.

''Überwald'' (spelled with an umlaut or as "Ueberwald" for those lacking a German keyboard), is [[TropeNamers named after]] the Literature/{{Discworld}} country; there is also an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Überwald Überwald]] region in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, located within the Odenwald region where the eponymous Frankenstein castle resides. A direct translation would be "Over Forest" or perhaps "[[WhenTreesAttack Super Woods]]", yet the word is a German translation of ''"Transylvania"'' (a.k.a. Transsylvania in some spellings), "trans silvania" being Latin for "beyond the forest". Since medieval times, Transylvania has been home to three major population groups - Romanians, Hungarians (Székely), and Germans ("Siebenbürgen Saxons"), and thus most towns and places come with a German, Hungarian and Romanian name attached. Originally, it belonged to UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}, up until World War I, and it had a lot of German settlers. In the treaty of Trianon it was transferred to UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} (the Hungarian name of Transylvania is ''Erdély'', coming from ''Erdő-elve'' meaning the same thing as the Latin; the Romanian is either the more traditional ''Ardeal'' or just ''Transilvania'').

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Invented by Frederick Marryat (for a werewolf short story "The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains" in ''The Phantom Ship''; he also wrote ''Mr. Midshipman Easy''), Creator/BramStoker, and Creator/MaryShelley (though Shelley's novel explicitly takes place in Ingolstadt, Germany and Switzerland), codified by the Franchise/UniversalHorror movies of the 1930s and 1940s, '40s, and carried on into the 1950s and 60s '60s by Film/HammerHorror. Often regarded as a bit kitsch nowadays and played for laughs, to the point of being an UndeadHorseTrope. Can also get you into [[UnfortunateImplications trouble]] now that there are a lot more Eastern European people in the English-speaking world. Of course, there's always LovecraftCountry, CampbellCountry, and SouthernGothic as alternatives.

''Überwald'' (spelled with an umlaut or as "Ueberwald" for those lacking a German keyboard), is [[TropeNamers named after]] the Literature/{{Discworld}} country; there is also an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Überwald Überwald]] region in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}, located within the Odenwald region where the eponymous Frankenstein castle resides. A direct translation would be "Over Forest" or perhaps "[[WhenTreesAttack Super Woods]]", yet the word is a German translation of ''"Transylvania"'' (a.k.a. Transsylvania in some spellings), "trans silvania" being Latin for "beyond the forest". Since medieval times, Transylvania has been home to three major population groups - Romanians, Hungarians (Székely), and Germans ("Siebenbürgen Saxons"), and thus most towns and places come with a German, Hungarian Hungarian, and Romanian name attached. Originally, it belonged to UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}, up until World War I, and it had a lot of German settlers. In the treaty of Trianon it was transferred to UsefulNotes/{{Romania}} (the Hungarian name of Transylvania is ''Erdély'', coming from ''Erdő-elve'' meaning the same thing as the Latin; the Romanian is either the more traditional ''Ardeal'' or just ''Transilvania'').
7th Jul '17 2:18:05 AM Skagit
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* In ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' Geralt goes to Velen, a war torn region which has this trope in spades. Botched mad science experiments, [[TheFairFolk Godlings]], creepy forests, [[HotWitches an attractive village witch]], a [[WitchDoctor Pellar], superstitious peasants, a [[SwampsAreEvil cursed swamp]] ruled by [[TheWeirdSisters The Ladies of The Wood]], you name it. There isn't a Dracula expy, but there is a [[TheRedBaron Bloody Baron]]. The whole Witcher universe could be considered one giant Uberwald, but none embody so fully as Velen.

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* In ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' Geralt goes to Velen, a war torn region which has this trope in spades. Botched mad science experiments, [[TheFairFolk Godlings]], creepy forests, [[HotWitches [[HotWitch an attractive village witch]], a [[WitchDoctor Pellar], Pellar]], superstitious peasants, a [[SwampsAreEvil cursed swamp]] ruled by [[TheWeirdSisters The Ladies of The Wood]], you name it. There isn't a Dracula expy, but there is a [[TheRedBaron Bloody Baron]]. The whole Witcher universe could be considered one giant Uberwald, but none embody so fully as Velen.
7th Jul '17 2:16:21 AM Skagit
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* Music/{{Ghost}} is fond of this trope. The video for [[SignatureSong Square Hammer]] revolves around the band attending the premier of a [[ShowWithinAShow film]] shot on location in the real Translyvania with [[FaceOfTheBand Papa Emeritus]] taking the place of Dracula/Orlok.


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* In ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' Geralt goes to Velen, a war torn region which has this trope in spades. Botched mad science experiments, [[TheFairFolk Godlings]], creepy forests, [[HotWitches an attractive village witch]], a [[WitchDoctor Pellar], superstitious peasants, a [[SwampsAreEvil cursed swamp]] ruled by [[TheWeirdSisters The Ladies of The Wood]], you name it. There isn't a Dracula expy, but there is a [[TheRedBaron Bloody Baron]]. The whole Witcher universe could be considered one giant Uberwald, but none embody so fully as Velen.
4th Jul '17 9:50:33 PM schoi30
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* Episode "Who's Minding the Monster?" of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMysteries'' has the team traveling to this trope's version of Transylvania where the local population is scared for the roaming of the Frankenstein Monster, reason why they end up working as babysitters for the Draculas in the Frankenstein Castle (although the RealLife Frankenstein Castle is in Germany, mind you). Also Dracula's son is a werewolf, not a vampire, making this episode an example of Überwald, MonsterMash and CreepyFamily episode all together.

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* Episode "Who's Minding the Monster?" of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMysteries'' has the team traveling to this trope's version of Transylvania where the local population is scared for the roaming of the Frankenstein Monster, reason why they end up working as babysitters for the Draculas in the Frankenstein Castle (although the RealLife Frankenstein Castle is in Germany, mind you). Also [[ChocolateBaby Dracula's son is a werewolf, not a vampire, vampire]], making this episode an example of Überwald, MonsterMash and CreepyFamily episode all together.
4th Jul '17 9:47:25 PM schoi30
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-->'''Narrator''': Transylvania. In reality, a modern province of Romania. But thanks to [[SelfDepreciation lazy writing in this show]], a terrifying place populated by hunchback peasants and monsters!

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-->'''Narrator''': Transylvania. In reality, a modern province of Romania. But thanks to [[SelfDepreciation [[SelfDeprecation lazy writing in this show]], a terrifying place populated by hunchback peasants and monsters!
4th Jul '17 9:46:45 PM schoi30
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* In the 2015 version of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', Transylvania is portrayed this way in the episode "From Duck to Dawn". Lampshaded by TheNarrator.
-->'''Narrator''': Transylvania. In reality, a modern province of Romania. But thanks to [[SelfDepreciation lazy writing in this show]], a terrifying place populated by hunchback peasants and monsters!
3rd Jul '17 9:37:20 PM Skagit
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* Music/IronMaiden has an instrumental titled "Transylvania," the single's cover art depicts [[SeriesMascot Eddie]] with with a stake and mallet about to kill Dracula and a creepy castle with bats is in the background.
17th May '17 8:10:03 AM TNTiger
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* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'' World of Duel could certainly count as this. The opening screen also plays ''Deșteaptă-te, române'', if it weren't obvious already.
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