Created By: rlkitterman on February 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Catbert on August 8, 2013

Lost Explorer

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Also Lost Expedition. Many years ago, an explorer led an expedition into the wilderness. He has since vanished. Usually, some artifact of his turns up years later, leading the hero to try to find the missing explorer or expedition. This can be in the desert, the jungle, the sea, or Siberia. It can also be Recycled IN SPACE!, where there is a lost Cool Spaceship that vanished many years ago.

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  • February 27, 2011
    MarxIzalias
    This is often done in computer games. Chekhov MIA
  • February 27, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    a recurring throw away gag in Discworld is that there have been numerous expeditions in the UU Library to find the Lost Reading Room, or to find the Lost Expeditions who left in Search Of The Lost Reading Room, or to find The Lost Expeditions who left in search of The Lost Expeditions Who Left In Search Of The Lost Reading Room.
  • February 27, 2011
    Josech
    In Jules Vernes' book The Mysterious Island, Captain Nemo (from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea) is discovered to have been living on the island and secretly assisting the five newcomers who crashed there.
  • February 27, 2011
    AlexRandom
    In King Solomon's Mines, the protagonists (unlike in most adaptations) do not set out in order to discover the titular mines, but to find the lost brother of Sir Henry, who had set out to find them previously and never returned.

    In Up, Muntz plays this role.
  • February 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • February 28, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Professor Lidenbrock buys a runic manuscript and finds a coded note in it. When deciphered, it turns out to be instructions from the Icelandic alchemist Arne Saknussemm on how to make the title trip.
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. While traveling in the Amazon, Professor Challenger acquires the knapsack of a wandering artist named Maple White, who encountered and explored the title Lost World. Challenger uses native legends and artwork left in the knapsack to find the place, which he names Maple White Land in the artist's honor.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement Fragments of Fear, adventure "Valley of the Four Shrines". While an investigator is reading through a Cthulhu Mythos tome, one of the endpapers comes loose and several papers fall out. They turn out to be the journal of an explorer named Mannheim Dorffman and a map of his travels. The adventure involves the Investigators using them to travel to the title location.
  • February 28, 2011
    foxley
    In The Goodies episode "The Lost Tribe", the Goodies are hired by a young woman to find her father, who vanished years earlier while searching for the Lost Tribe of the Tribe of the Orinoco.
  • March 3, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Charles Munz of Up
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump. Anyone want this? Up For Grabs
  • February 18, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In a sketch on Monty Pythons Flying Circus John Cleese's character, a mountaineer, is planning an expidition to Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to locate the previous expidition to Mt. Kilimanjaro (led by his brother). Both brothers have double vision and think Mt. Kilimanjaro has twin peaks; the previous expidition's plan was to build a Rope Bridge between the two.
  • February 18, 2012
    foxley
    The Goodies: In "The Lost Tribe", the Goodies are hired by a young woman to find her father who disappeared while on an expeditition to locate the lost tribe of the Orinoco.
  • August 7, 2013
    InTheMirror
  • August 7, 2013
    Chabal2
  • August 7, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Films

    • One of the Mummy franchise movies depicted a valley of undead pygmys filled with lost expeditions from different eras and cultures.

    Comics

    • Don Rosa's The Treasure of the Ten Avatars featured a temple city with a number of Alexander the Great's soldiers armours laying about, having fallen prey to the deadly traps guarding the temple's treasures.
  • August 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Cannibal Holocaust: Explorers going to the Amazon never return, a follow-up expidition finds their film.
    • Beneath the Planet Of The Apes: NASA sends a ship to try to locate Taylor's ship from the first film. The ship lands on the same future-Earth as the first time.
  • August 7, 2013
    DAN004
    See also Apocalyptic Log which might hint as to their whereabouts and the last thing he did.
  • August 8, 2013
    CrypticMirror
    So are we doing anything with this?
  • August 8, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    It's eventually revealed in Hey Arnold that the reason Arnold is being raised by his grandparents is because his archeologist/humanitarian/explorer parents went on an expedition to bring medicine to a small village in the jungle somewhere and never made it home. Had the series continued the creators would have wanted to make another theatrical movie about Arnold and the gang finding them.

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