History Series / ManVsWild

15th Jan '16 12:38:43 PM Anddrix
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The series took some flak for orchestrating several of the "natural" or "random" happenings, and for implying that the main character roughs it for the duration of the show, while he has on occasion stayed in a hotel. Some of the more {{egregious}} offenses include Bear taming "wild" horses (actually trained horses brought in for the show) and having a crew member in a bear costume "attack" his campsite. The show has since opened each episode with a disclaimer to explain that not everything shown actually happened as depicted. Furthermore, starting around mid-Season 4, Bear & crew have pretty much given up on [[ViewersAreMorons hiding scripted events and signs of civilization]].

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The series took some flak for orchestrating several of the "natural" or "random" happenings, and for implying that the main character roughs it for the duration of the show, while he has on occasion stayed in a hotel. Some of the more {{egregious}} offenses include Bear taming "wild" horses (actually trained horses brought in for the show) and having a crew member in a bear costume "attack" his campsite. The show has since opened each episode with a disclaimer to explain that not everything shown actually happened as depicted. Furthermore, starting around mid-Season 4, Bear & crew have pretty much given up on [[ViewersAreMorons hiding scripted events and signs of civilization]].
civilization.
30th Sep '15 11:50:21 AM DeisTheAlcano
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The series is also compared to ''{{Survivorman}}'' and both were once considered DuelingShows... which is odd because they were ''both'' on DiscoveryChannel, and new episodes of one were usually only shown during the off-season of the other.

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The series is also compared to ''{{Survivorman}}'' ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'' and both were once considered DuelingShows... which is odd because they were ''both'' on DiscoveryChannel, and new episodes of one were usually only shown during the off-season of the other.
24th Sep '15 2:40:09 PM TokoWH
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* {{Kayfabe}}: It's pretty obvious that certain parts of the show are staged for certain scenarios[[note]]such as the infamous "wild horses"[[/note]] and there was even a note by one of the staff that most scenes take place not too far away from roads, and several accounts of Bear Grylls checking into hotels while filming. That said, it generally still manages to be entertaining despite this and still doesn't nullify some of the more badass things Bear has done, especially when there was genuine danger involved despite the controlled environment. It also does give out some genuine good survival advice... At least, when it's not giving out LethallyStupid advice for the sake of [[RuleOfDrama playing up drama during filming]].
26th Aug '15 8:23:09 PM phoenix
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* BeeAfraid: Bear has some trouble getting honey from a bee's nest in season 1.



* GoshHornet: Bear has some trouble getting honey from a bee's nest in season 1.
18th Jan '15 6:13:35 AM TheUnsquished
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* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Bear himself, what with his frequent ShirtlessScene[=s=] and all.
** Pantsless scenes too.



* OnceAnEpisode: ...Bear jumps out of a plane, climbs up or slides down something, and eats something digusting.

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* MrFanservice: Bear himself, what with his frequent ShirtlessScene[=s=] and all.
** Pantsless scenes too.
* OnceAnEpisode: ...Bear jumps out of a plane, climbs up or slides down something, and eats something digusting.disgusting.
3rd Aug '14 3:31:55 AM morenohijazo
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* {{Badass}}: Bear eats weird stuff in every episode, has climbed down a waterfall using a vine, can build anything ranging from traps to a hut designed to help him save water like if he was Angus Series/MacGyver, climbs like the fucking Spiderman, has gotten out of quicksand and other similar stuff several times and every once in a while he decides to do some push-ups like a man instead of reserving the energy for something else. And his past is pretty amazing too.

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* {{Badass}}: {{Badass}}:
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Bear eats weird stuff in every episode, has climbed down a waterfall using a vine, can build anything ranging from traps to a hut designed to help him save water like if he was Angus Series/MacGyver, climbs like the fucking Spiderman, has gotten out of quicksand and other similar stuff several times and every once in a while he decides to do some push-ups like a man instead of reserving the energy for something else. And his past is pretty amazing too.



* An episode that broadcast in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.
** JakeGyllenhaal appeared on an episode, as well, accompanying Bear through mountains of Iceland.

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* ** An episode that broadcast broadcasted in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.
** JakeGyllenhaal appeared on an episode, as well, accompanying Bear through mountains of Iceland. He also did it well, considering he apparently has fear of heights.



* DuelingShows: as mentioned, with {{Survivorman}}.

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* DuelingShows: as As mentioned, with {{Survivorman}}.



* ShirtlessScene: on a fairly frequent basis (perhaps not quite once an episode, but close). Pantsless almost as often.
* StyrofoamRocks: most of the show. Admittedly, being targeted primarily at adolescents, it has not particularly strained for realism during its conception stage, but it ended up [[{{Kayfabe}} being promoted as "the real thing"]], with many of its fans [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it to be one]] - even after the media started publishing leaked stories of Grylls "surviving" in five-star hotels, "constructing" rafts and [[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/tv-radio/bear-grilled-over-toughness/comments-e6frf9ho-1226128378659 equipment]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1020498/Bear-V-Mears-BBC-survival-expert-says-Channel-4-rival-just-showman.html pre-made by actual survival experts]], capturing "wild" horses ([[SpecialEffectsFailure with horseshoes]]), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-470155/How-Bear-Grylls-Born-Survivor-roughed--hotels.html using special effects to add drama to the footage, and much more]]. Some time after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpSlpvb1is a real volcanologist busted one of the show's most notorious episodes]], revealing some of the trickery [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmhNA7JME4 - such as using charcoal, lighting and lighter fluid to create the "dangerous lava" within walking distance of a tourist parking spot]] - the network started adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the show. The most derided episodes, such as the one with the fake lava, are now sometimes omitted in the show's reruns.

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* ShirtlessScene: on On a fairly frequent basis (perhaps not quite once an episode, but close). Pantsless almost as often.
* StyrofoamRocks: most Most of the show. Admittedly, being targeted primarily at adolescents, it has not particularly strained for realism during its conception stage, but it ended up [[{{Kayfabe}} being promoted as "the real thing"]], with many of its fans [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it to be one]] - even after the media started publishing leaked stories of Grylls "surviving" in five-star hotels, "constructing" rafts and [[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/tv-radio/bear-grilled-over-toughness/comments-e6frf9ho-1226128378659 equipment]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1020498/Bear-V-Mears-BBC-survival-expert-says-Channel-4-rival-just-showman.html pre-made by actual survival experts]], capturing "wild" horses ([[SpecialEffectsFailure with horseshoes]]), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-470155/How-Bear-Grylls-Born-Survivor-roughed--hotels.html using special effects to add drama to the footage, and much more]]. Some time after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpSlpvb1is a real volcanologist busted one of the show's most notorious episodes]], revealing some of the trickery [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmhNA7JME4 - such as using charcoal, lighting and lighter fluid to create the "dangerous lava" within walking distance of a tourist parking spot]] - the network started adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the show. The most derided episodes, such as the one with the fake lava, are now sometimes omitted in the show's reruns.



* TelevisionGeography: again, much of the show (though it will usually be only obvious to those somehow familiar with the locations). During an "urban jungle" special, Grylls explored the sewers in "an abandoned Eastern European settlement" (which was actually a disused section of an otherwise normally operating shipyard in Poland), walking through them for a few minutes and eventually "finding civilization", as he emerged in the middle of a street... which happens to be located in another Polish town, about 20 km away.

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* TelevisionGeography: again, Again, much of the show (though it will usually be only obvious to those somehow familiar with the locations). During an "urban jungle" special, Grylls explored the sewers in "an abandoned Eastern European settlement" (which was actually a disused section of an otherwise normally operating shipyard in Poland), walking through them for a few minutes and eventually "finding civilization", as he emerged in the middle of a street... which happens to be located in another Polish town, about 20 km away.
3rd Aug '14 3:23:42 AM morenohijazo
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!!This TV show contains examples Of:

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!!This TV show contains examples Of:of:



* TheAmazon: and other isolated locales.

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* TheAmazon: and And other isolated locales.



* CelebrityStar: An episode that broadcast in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.
** JakeGyllenhaal will appear on an episode, as well.

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* CelebrityStar: CelebrityStar:
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An episode that broadcast in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.
** JakeGyllenhaal will appear appeared on an episode, as well.well, accompanying Bear through mountains of Iceland.



* HiddenBadass: the ''cameraman''. Not only does he do everything that Grylls does, not only does he usually do it first, but he often does it ''multiple times'', to capture footage from different POVs and angles. ''And'' he does it while lugging a camera behind and worrying about getting good shots all the time.

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* HiddenBadass: the The ''cameraman''. Not only does he do everything that Grylls does, not only does he usually do it first, but he often does it ''multiple times'', to capture footage from different POVs and angles. ''And'' he does it while lugging a camera behind and worrying about getting good shots all the time.
25th Jan '14 1:27:24 PM Silverblade2
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* TheAmazon - and other isolated locales.

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* TheAmazon - TheAmazon: and other isolated locales.



* {{Badass}} - Bear eats weird stuff in every episode, has climbed down a waterfall using a vine, can build anything ranging from traps to a hut designed to help him save water like if he was Angus Series/MacGyver, climbs like the fucking Spiderman, has gotten out of quicksand and other similar stuff several times and every once in a while he decides to do some push-ups like a man instead of reserving the energy for something else. And his past is pretty amazing too.

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* {{Badass}} - {{Badass}}: Bear eats weird stuff in every episode, has climbed down a waterfall using a vine, can build anything ranging from traps to a hut designed to help him save water like if he was Angus Series/MacGyver, climbs like the fucking Spiderman, has gotten out of quicksand and other similar stuff several times and every once in a while he decides to do some push-ups like a man instead of reserving the energy for something else. And his past is pretty amazing too.



* CelebrityStar - An episode that broadcast in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.

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* CelebrityStar - CelebrityStar: An episode that broadcast in between Seasons 3 and 4 featured ''Will Ferrell'' accompanying Bear through mountains of Sweden. And he was surprisingly competent.



* DuelingShows - as mentioned, with {{Survivorman}}.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait - Bear himself, what with his frequent ShirtlessScene[=s=] and all.

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* DuelingShows - DuelingShows: as mentioned, with {{Survivorman}}.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait - EstrogenBrigadeBait: Bear himself, what with his frequent ShirtlessScene[=s=] and all.



* FollowTheLeader - Count the number of shows with an "X Vs Y" naming motif, since ''Man Vs. Wild'' debuted. The show itself is considered by some to be this to ''Survivorman''.
* GoshHornet - Bear has some trouble getting honey from a bee's nest in season 1.

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* FollowTheLeader - FollowTheLeader: Count the number of shows with an "X Vs Y" naming motif, since ''Man Vs. Wild'' debuted. The show itself is considered by some to be this to ''Survivorman''.
* GoshHornet - GoshHornet: Bear has some trouble getting honey from a bee's nest in season 1.



* LeParkour - Bear mentions that the French military is now using parkour as a technique for traversing rough terrain quickly, but for what Bear himself looks like when he tries it, see UnnecessaryCombatRoll.
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe - Bear regularly employs a real-life version of this trope; he pauses at some point in the episode just to explain to the viewers how particularly dangerous a certain course of action would be, often with a story about someone who was killed trying that exact same thing. Then he does precisely that, followed by his crew. To date, he is not dead.

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* LeParkour - LeParkour: Bear mentions that the French military is now using parkour as a technique for traversing rough terrain quickly, but for what Bear himself looks like when he tries it, see UnnecessaryCombatRoll.
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe - LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe: Bear regularly employs a real-life version of this trope; he pauses at some point in the episode just to explain to the viewers how particularly dangerous a certain course of action would be, often with a story about someone who was killed trying that exact same thing. Then he does precisely that, followed by his crew. To date, he is not dead.



* OnceAnEpisode - ...Bear jumps out of a plane, climbs up or slides down something, and eats something digusting.
* RealityIsUnrealistic - Evidently, when he's not desperately trying to survive in the godforsaken regions of the planet, Bear is a ''vegetarian''.

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* OnceAnEpisode - ...OnceAnEpisode: ...Bear jumps out of a plane, climbs up or slides down something, and eats something digusting.
* RealityIsUnrealistic - RealityIsUnrealistic: Evidently, when he's not desperately trying to survive in the godforsaken regions of the planet, Bear is a ''vegetarian''.



* ShirtlessScene - on a fairly frequent basis (perhaps not quite once an episode, but close). Pantsless almost as often.

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* ShirtlessScene - ShirtlessScene: on a fairly frequent basis (perhaps not quite once an episode, but close). Pantsless almost as often.
9th Jan '14 8:45:33 AM case
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* StyrofoamRocks: most of the show. Admittedly, being targeted primarily at adolescents, it has not particularly strained for realism during its conception stage, but it ended up being promoted as "the real thing", with many of its fans [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it to be one]] - even after the media started publishing leaked stories of Grylls "surviving" in five-star hotels, "constructing" rafts and [[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/tv-radio/bear-grilled-over-toughness/comments-e6frf9ho-1226128378659 equipment]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1020498/Bear-V-Mears-BBC-survival-expert-says-Channel-4-rival-just-showman.html pre-made by actual survival experts]], capturing "wild" horses ([[SpecialEffectsFailure with horseshoes]]), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-470155/How-Bear-Grylls-Born-Survivor-roughed--hotels.html using special effects to add drama to the footage, and much more]]. Some time after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpSlpvb1is a real volcanologist busted one of the show's most notorious episodes]], revealing some of the trickery [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmhNA7JME4 - such as using charcoal, lighting and lighter fluid to create the "dangerous lava" within walking distance of a tourist parking spot]] - the network started adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the show. The most derided episodes, such as the one with the fake lava, are now sometimes omitted in the show's reruns.

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* StyrofoamRocks: most of the show. Admittedly, being targeted primarily at adolescents, it has not particularly strained for realism during its conception stage, but it ended up [[{{Kayfabe}} being promoted as "the real thing", thing"]], with many of its fans [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve believing it to be one]] - even after the media started publishing leaked stories of Grylls "surviving" in five-star hotels, "constructing" rafts and [[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/tv-radio/bear-grilled-over-toughness/comments-e6frf9ho-1226128378659 equipment]] [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1020498/Bear-V-Mears-BBC-survival-expert-says-Channel-4-rival-just-showman.html pre-made by actual survival experts]], capturing "wild" horses ([[SpecialEffectsFailure with horseshoes]]), [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-470155/How-Bear-Grylls-Born-Survivor-roughed--hotels.html using special effects to add drama to the footage, and much more]]. Some time after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UpSlpvb1is a real volcanologist busted one of the show's most notorious episodes]], revealing some of the trickery [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmhNA7JME4 - such as using charcoal, lighting and lighter fluid to create the "dangerous lava" within walking distance of a tourist parking spot]] - the network started adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the show. The most derided episodes, such as the one with the fake lava, are now sometimes omitted in the show's reruns.
9th Jan '14 8:44:05 AM case
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** Of course, ever since the show was revealed to be largely staged (the "wild" locations are often just off the road, and the crew does help him and share their supplies, so he's in no real danger), one realizes that he's just breaking his ethics to make better [=TV=].
*** Not every vegetarian is one because of ethical reasons.

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** Of course, ever since the show was revealed to be largely staged (the "wild" locations are often just off the road, and the crew does help him and share their supplies, so he's in no real danger), one realizes that he's just breaking his ethics (or perhaps merely his diet regimen, preference, etc) to make better [=TV=].
*** Not every vegetarian is one because of ethical reasons.
[=TV=].
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