This is a form of magic in either [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean]] or [[TheBigEasy New Orleanian]] flavors. Many practitioners call themselves priests or priestesses, and they almost always do have magical powers, [[HowUnscientific regardless of whether or not the supernatural exists or is even mentioned elsewhere in]] TheVerse[[note]]Ironically, Voodoo is more likely to be a hoax in explicitly supernatural settings[[/note]]. Sympathetic {{Voodoo Doll}}s (ie, [[RealityChangingMiniature what you do to them appears on the person they represent]]) are a classical trick, as is making [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]]. Other practitioners simply use [[FortuneTeller tarot cards or other divination tools]] and they always work, even if they have to rewrite reality to do it. {{Shrunken Head}}s may also be present.

What you ''don't'' see in the depiction of Hollywood Voodoo is anything resembling actual religious practice. The Christian elements of Voodoo are almost never shown, and the animistic elements are heavily stereotyped. The only deity ever mentioned is the death god Baron Samedi, and since EverybodyHatesHades, he's most often in an antagonist role of some sort. If he himself doesn't appear, male practitioners will dress like him by donning the famous tattered tuxedo, top hat, and skull makeup. Even if he's not a villain, it still leads to the mistaken idea that Vodou is centered around death and necromancy.

RealLife Vodou is a religion like any other; what Hollywood has is TheThemeParkVersion of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodoo_%28folk_magic%29 hoodoo]], the underlying folk magic system thereof. For more information, see {{Voudoun}}.

Not to be confused with VoodooShark, which is an explanation for a PlotHole that raises more questions than the hole itself. There's plenty of overlap though, especially if--as mentioned earlier--the setting otherwise lacks any kind of magic.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Keep the distinctive [[MarkOfTheBeast skin markings]] and dark [[BloodMagic sympathetic magic]]. Ditch the Japanese aesthetic and trademark characters. ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Hidan would belong in a HollywoodVoodoo movie, by accident or intent.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* MarvelComics had Brother Voodoo, a Haitian sorcerer who often collaborated with the titular ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange''.
* DCComics has the more modern character Empress, of ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', who directly addresses the misconceptions about the vodoun she learned from her grandmother.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse Custer seeks help from a Voodoo practitioner to get information out of his subconscious. While the ceremony is beginning, he comments on this trope, saying he thought the priest would be more like the James Bond example below. Immediately after he starts hallucinating and sees the priest as that character.
* Played for laughs in ''ComicBook/{{Horndog}}''. Voodoo spells are actually Music/FrankZappa and Music/WuTangClan lyrics.
* Averted in an issue of ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles''. Creator/GrantMorrison is well known for research on all his works, and he depicts a fairly realistic voodoo ritual, complete with fetish, idols, blood, candles and more of the stuff. Baron Samedi is shown and named, but he's just one of a lot of loa that the comic depicts.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', Papa Midnite is a voodoo practicioner, and has a couple of zombie servants. However, it shows him perforiming some nice representations of rituals, averting the trope.
* ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' villain Houngan combined Hollywood Voodoo with AppliedPhlebotinum, using an "electronic voodoo doll" as his primary weapon.
* Baron Sunday, an obscure ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' villain, was a crimelord who used {{Voodoo Doll}}s to assassinate his rivals.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The early sound film ''Film/WhiteZombie'' (1932) has a villain who uses voodoo to turn people into zombie slaves.
* Most zombie movies prior to ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' have this. Val Lewton's ''IWalkedWithAZombie'' is a notable quasi-subversion for making something like a good-faith baseline attempt to understand and depict the actual religion, tossing terms like "houngan" and "hounfort" into the conversation, and even - astonishingly, [[FairForItsDay for the time and milieu]] - deciding that [[spoiler: it's NOT a ReligionOfEvil, but merely a power around with which [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow one should not screw]].]] Still has zombies and voodoo dolls, though.
* ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow'' is a post-[[NightOfTheLivingDead Romero]] zombie movie that focuses exclusively on the voodoo element, detailing the use of a special Haitian drug that creates the zombie effect.
* The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' film series.
* Subverted in the movie ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', when Loki makes a voodoo doll and, well, here is the whole thing:
-->'''Loki:''' "I forgot my little voodoo doll."
-->[looks at Whitland]
-->'''Loki:''' "Wow. It really does look just like you. Maybe, if I believed enough..."
-->[pauses, then crushes voodoo doll of Whitland, who is terrified but unharmed]
-->'''Loki:''' [laughs] "I don't believe in voodoo."
-->[leaves]
-->'''Loki:''' [re-enters with a gun] "But I do believe in this."
-->[[[BoardToDeath shoots everyone]]]
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/LiveAndLetDie.'' Magic and Voodoo are central to the plot, in a film series where nothing else supernatural is even remotely mentioned. Most of it is faked and only used to keep the locals in line, but then you have Solitaire, who has a genuine VirginPower-based precognition, and Baron Samedi, who's implied to be more than an EnigmaticMinion who moonlights as a performer.
* ''Film/BluesBrothers2000.'' "Nassau's gone funky...". ''The Blues Brothers 2000'' does pretty much run on RuleOfFunny.
* ''Film/WeekendAtBerniesII'' reanimates the titular corpse (which, due to a glitch in the spell, only works when calypso music is playing) and eventually turns two mooks into a pair of goats.
* The MST3K film ''Film/ZombieNightmare''
* Pedro Cerrano in ''Film/MajorLeague'', as a relatively minor example. "Jobu" and the specific rituals shown in the film are fictional in Hollywood Voodoo style, but the film depicts voodoo as a religion, shows "voodoo magic" as a form of prayer, and has an accurate mention of Jesus being revered as part of Voodoo theology.
* ''Film/TheSkeletonKey,'' though they get bonus points for distinguishing between voodoo and hoodoo magic. A fairly creepy movie still, considering the occult subtext is not even revealed until halfway through the move. And no zombies or fortune-telling, [[spoiler: the villains are centuries-old hoodoo practitioners who use [[HermeticMagic precise rituals]] to [[BodySwap jump bodies]] (making them essentially immortal) and leave their victims trapped as senile catatonics in their old bodies.]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', although it's debatable whether this is actual voodoo or [[spoiler: the residual power of Calypso.]] She is also described as an ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obeah Obeah]]'' woman by ''Pintel''.
** Voodoo makes another appearance in ''On Stranger Tides'', used by Blackbeard.
* A central theme in ''Film/EvesBayou''. To the movie's credit, Hoodoo is pretty accurately portrayed (except for it being referred to as "Voodoo," though this might have been to avoid confusing audiences). In fact, the difference between Hollywood Voodoo and real hoodoo is {{Lampshaded}}; Mozelle sarcastically mentions "sticking pins into a doll" before saying that you can't kill someone with Voodoo, and she is Christian as many hoodoo rootworkers are. Elzora's method of [[spoiler:killing Eve's father is more accurate to hoodoo. It's worth mentioning that Mozelle herself never refers to her own practices as Voodoo, this is mainly Eve's assumption.]]
* ''Film/AngelHeart''. Although it was difficult to tell where the voodoo ended and the Satanism began.
* Mr. Oogie Boogie had a voodoo themed musical number in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* The titular villains in ''Film/TheBelievers'' are members of a voodoo cult; based on a book titled ''The Religion''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The kid-lit horror book ''Literature/ZombieQueen''.
* Parodied in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''. Discworld's magic has a tendency to make beliefs real, and enough people believing strongly enough can do just about anything. The voodoo works because the voodoo witch, Mrs. Gogol, believes it will... and then she makes the mistake of trying it on Granny Weatherwax, who knows ''all'' about belief and magic. She makes the spell backfire ... literally. Unlike most Hollywood Voodoo examples, "Baron Saturday" is characterized as ''dangerous'', but not evil.
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''White Darkness'' by David [=McIntee=] uses spelling as a distinguishing feature: American soldiers who don't know what they're talking about refer to "voodoo" and "zombies", native Haitans and the Doctor talk of "vodoun" and "zombi". Mind you, despite [=McIntee=] [[ShowTheirWork Showing His Work]] there's still an evil voudon priest who actually worships the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]...
** The Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The City of the Dead'' is set in New Orleans, and as the story deals heavily with magic and the occult, mentions of Voodoo practices are mentioned (and are on display in a few scenes). And unlike most TV/DoctorWho stories, there is no [[MagicFromTechnology scientific explanation]] for the sorcery on display, the magic is real and the Doctor at one point befriends a real magical being in a naiad.
* OlderThanRadio, despite the trope name: In 1884, English diplomat Spencer St. John published ''Hayti; or The Black Republic'', a highly negative and sensationalistic tome based loosely on his experiences in Haiti. According to St. John, Voodoo (or ''Vaudoux'' as he spells it) consists of sexual debauchery, black magic, raising the dead, ritualistic cannabalism, and blood sacrifice (both animal and human).
* In Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/CountZero'' there are entities in [[CyberSpace the matrix]] that appear to be loa, Legba appears most often but Baron Samedi as well, even riding certain deckers as "horses". [[spoiler: They're actually AIs, fragments of Literature/{{Neuromancer}} and Wintermute.]]
* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''[[Literature/DreamPark The California Voodoo Game]]'' isn't about voodoo (much). One suspects the title was chosen because more people have heard of "voodoo" than what it's ''actually'' about, or (for an in-universe reason) the game was given that title as a red herring to keep people who boned up on vodou and HollywoodVoodoo from gaining an "edge" due to out-of-character knowledge.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
** An episode set in New Orleans (after Hurricane Katrina) centered around the machinations of an evil voodoo priest. Brennan and Booth also recruited a houngan ("good" priest) to help them catch the villain. However, all the murders in the episode were accomplished by quite ordinary means. They do a quite good job of leaving [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane the belief and ambiguity]] there. Did Bones have issues remembering what happened because of the Voodoo spell, or the blow to the head?
** Another interesting aspect comes from Booth and Bones discussing Voodoo. While Booth, a practicing Christian, frequently insults Voodoo, Bones calls him out on the fact that he's being a {{Jerkass}} because of all the HijackedByJesus HollywoodVoodoo in media.
*** Indeed, when the topic of bringing people back from the dead come up, which Booth discusses as silly, Bones points out the Christian belief that Jesus came back to life after dying on the Cross.
--->'''Booth:''' ''Jesus was '''not''' a zombie!''
* In one episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Catalina's nephew practices something similar to voodoo, possibly [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santeria Santeria]].
* The ''Series/BloodTies'' episode "Bad Juju".
* Doubly subverted on ''Series/{{Castle}}'', as Rick actually talked to a practitioner about the religion, and she was portrayed as a normal, non-stereotypical person. When he saw her after writing the book he had gone to her to research, she was somewhat annoyed at the way he portrayed her religion (which, apparently, was more along the lines of traditional Hollywood Voodoo).
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', where the Petrelli brothers end up in Haiti and come across dolls tied to a tree. Nathan makes a sarcastic comment about Voodoo, to which Peter replies that they're not voodoo dolls, but are for some other ceremony. They aren't mentioned anywhere else in the episode, and Peter gave an uncharacteristic National Geographic-esque description. The writers must have felt obligated to mention Voodoo in an episode where they visit Haiti.
* The ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' episode "Parlour Floor Front" deals with this, though it's subverted in that the practitioner is ''easily'' the most sympathetic character in the episode and simply wants to live and let live, which stands in stark contrast to his JerkAss landlady.
* In a ''Series/SevenDays'' episode, a HollywoodVoodoo practitioner prays for a miracle that will save her friend from the electric chair. She's a little disappointed when that "miracle" turns out to be Frank. At the end of the episode, she recruits the help of the episode's BigBad's wife to save an innocent man's life and punish her husband in a voodoo ritual.
** Possibly an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]. While the Voodoo practitioner ''does'' have the stereotypical look, she's a good guy who seems to practice it more as a real religion, albeit an [[ReligionIsMagic oddly effective]] one. The episode keeps it ambiguous whether or not her "spells"/prayers actually do cause things to turn out alright or if Frank showing up et al. are just coincidences.
* A long-term viewing of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' franchise will tell you that ''someone'' in the writer's room has some hang-ups about Santeria. From a child killer on [[Series/LawAndOrder The Mothership]] who claims to hear the voice of a saint, to a ritualist on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' who's fingered for child sacrifice, to a fraudulent and murderous faith healer on ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', there isn't really a lot of positive portrayal of the faith.
** It's actually subverted on SVU. The actual practitioners are portrayed as normal people, who insist that the murder goes against everything their religion stands for. The detectives (eventually) listen, and start looking for other possibilities. Their ADA is even hesitant about getting the search warrant because of the religious grounds. The murderer was actually a pedophile (and didn't actually practice Santeria) hoping to disguise it as a ritualistic killing.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Catspaw". Sylvia holds a tiny figure of the ''Enterprise'' over a candle, and the ship in orbit heats up dangerously.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Fresh Bones" features basically a voodoo war of revenge. [[spoiler: They have a clever subversion to the usual ReligionOfEvil aspect of HollywoodVoodoo when we find out that the only one using it to harm people is a greedy American.]]
* The villain of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' episode "Murder on Voodoo Island" is an evil witch doctor of this kind.
* ''{{Wiseguy}}''. Two factions struggling for control of a Carribean island try to influence ArmsDealer Mel Profitt with voodoo, though in that case it's because they [[YourMindMakesItReal know he believes in that sort of thing]]; apart from one use of hypnosis, no-one's shown to have any special powers.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' had an episode titled "Mojo Rising" featuring a Haitian community (who strangely all talked with American accents) which revolved around a local Voodoo church. The writers clearly had done quite a bit of research (there are a lot of accurate terms), but it did have rival voodoo practitioners casting curses on each other and the police station on the receiving end of a voodoo curse (which turned out to mostly be [[spoiler: a whole lot of grass seed, which started growing after the fire alarm was set off]]
* Parodied in the ''ILoveLucy'' episode where Little Ricky is born. Ricky is dressed up as a voodoo guy for his show at the club and doesn't want to take time to change before rushing to the hospital, thus freaking out the nurses.
* Also listed above in comics, Baron Sunday appeared in an episode of ''LoisAndClark''. He was a copter pilot who was framed for drug smuggling thanks to one of Clark Kent's early bylines(Clark was deceived by the real smugglers into believing that the pilot was guilty). He had apparently learned voodoo while on the run from the law, and now used that magic to get revenge on Clark.
* Given the cliche nature of voodoo in Hollywood, critics mocked the 1989 TV series ''AManCalledHawk'' for trotting out its use in its first season. The series folded two episodes later. [[spoiler: This may have led to the world's first instance of Jumping the Voodoo Shark.]]
* In the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' episode "Voodoo", a witch doctor arrives on the island and uses {{Voodoo Doll}}s to take control of the castaways (and turn the Professor into a zombie).
* Hoodoo is used by the Winchesters from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' from time to time in their cases.
** In ''Mannequin 3: The Reckoning'', wherein a spirit is anchored to a kidney she donated to her sister, Sam mentions hoodoo as a stopgap measure for dealing with the ghost.
* Probably one of the most offensive examples of this trope was in ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''. Firstly, the main Voodoo practitioner was a con-man using the religion to manipulate his followers. Secondly, the followers were portrayed as so naive that they literally could not tell that the con man was using fireworks (despite living in 20th-century America), until David pointed it out to him, and believed the small explosions he created to be magical in nature. Finally, and probably worst, a doctor who deceptively pretended to be a Voodoo practitioner to manipulate the people into letting her perform medical treatment on them WITHOUT THEIR INFORMED CONSENT, effectively doing EXACTLY WHAT THE CON MAN WAS DOING, was portrayed as completely justified.
* Features heavily in the ''Series/MacGyver'' episode "Walking Dead", with the villains using a voodoo cult as part of their protection racket. The episode at least pays lip service to voudon being a genuine religion and that what the villains are doing is a perversion of it.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': Danielle, a voodoo priestess, uses physical objects from the explorers to cause them sickness, creates zombies with her magic (who are cured of their trance with salt).
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': The IMF indulge in some Hollywood Voodoo as part of their plan to cause a falling out among the bad guys in "Bayou". Their voodoo is meant to be fake, of course, but their ritual does convince someone who is supposed to be a genuine believer.
* Papa Legba is shown in Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven along with historical voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. In this depiction, he has more in common with Baron Samedi, however.
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' has the titular character use a voodoo doll against a foe with a BodySurf ability. It worked because the magic targeted his soul rather than the body.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The music video for Music/{{Godsmack}}'s "Voodoo", based off of the film ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow''.
* Music/KingDiamond's song "Voodoo" is a TakeThat to people who believe that Hollywood Voodoo is ''actual'' voodoo.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse's "Southwest Voodoo"
* Despite the name, Music/BigBadVoodooDaddy has nothing to do with voodoo, Hollywood or otherwise.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}}'s Big Bad Mama.
** The SpiritualSuccessor ''{{Wrestlicious}}'' had one called White Magic.
* The [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] briefly played host to Papa Shango, a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling vodoun]] who used his voodoo curses against his opponents, causing matches to be thrown out when his opponents' boots caught fire and they started projectile vomiting.
** Charles Wright had previously done rough versions of the Shango gimmick in the independents as the [=Soultaker=] and Baron Samedi.
* ''Wrestling/{{TNA}}'' had "The Voodoo Queen" Roxxi Laveaux, who was inserted into the [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} Voodoo Kin Mafia]]. Previous to her entry, the group had absolutely nothing to do with Voodoo (or Mafia; the name was just a dig at [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]]'s [[FunWithAcronyms initials]]).
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''. There is a Legacy of mages who raise zombies and have a strongly vodoun bent. However, they name themselves the Bokor, and base themselves almost entirely around the aspect of the religion [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokor of the same name]].
** ''Mage's'' "Magical Traditions" introduces Southern Conjure as a legitimate "flavor" upon which to hang your character's actions. It's fairly respectful, well researched, and differentiates between voudon and hoodoo, although it offers a special merit called "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" that basically turns any mage into a walking, talking Fate Arcana magnet.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has the Bata'a, an umbrella-term for Mages who practice Vodou-based magic. For a long time it was the largest independent Craft in the world (ie, not part of the Traditions), before joining the shamanic Dreamspeakers.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' generally averts the trope by featuring the Loa as one of the pantheons and elaborating on their influences. While the signature character of Brigitte de la Croix does raise zombies and drive a hearse, it's not because she practices voudon, but because her dad's Baron Samedi. And her rival is a daughter of Erzulie who plays the ''hell'' out of the "love goddess" imagery.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'''s domain of Souragne is built out of this trope. Voodoo also turns up in [[TabletopGame/MasqueOfTheRedDeath Gothic Earth's]] version of Haiti and New Orleans.
* ''MutantsAndMasterminds''' FreedomCity universe has the super villain Baron Samedi, who mixes this with Witch Doctor. On the other hand, they also have a teen superheroine who gets her powers from a loa of the sea. WordOfGod [[http://stevekenson.com/2005/08/13/freedom-city-annotated/ is that]] Siren and Samedi are supposed to give Voodoo the same treatment as WonderWoman does GreekMythology and TheMightyThor does NorseMythology. (So a certain amount of inaccuracy is arguably part of the homage.)
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has the Samedi, a bloodline of Vampires who are either (depending on your interpretation) descended from the actual Baron Samedi or a Vampire who [[BecomingTheMask thought he was]].
** There are also the Serpents of Light, the Sabbat antitribu of the Followers of Set (who consider them heretics for denying Sutekh), who have their own Vodou-based BloodMagic paths and worship Damballah.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' sourcebook ''GURPS Voodoo: The Shadow War'', players can create [[RitualMagic ritual adepts]] who use either Voodoo trappings or [[HermeticMagic Hermetic rituals]] to channel subtle magical effects and command spirit beings. The Shadow War mentioned in the title is between the Hermetic Orders, an AncientConspiracy who secretly control the western world, and the Voodoo Lodges who have begun to fight back and subvert their authority, with both sides also having to deal with dark adepts, their evil spirit allies, and their [[EldritchAbomination Dark Masters]].
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' has some Voodoo spells, including dolls, contacting/summoning loa and spirits, hexes, protection, and ''Create Zombi'' (distinguished from Create [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]]). But, like all magic in [=CoC=] they cost the caster [[SanitySlippage SAN]].
* The ''{{Deadlands}}'' sourcebook featuring [[ReligionIsMagic Voodoo-based mystics]] actually is pretty faithful to the reality. It's even established that they typically need "conjure bags" to perform their magic, and they're better at keeping zombies from rising in the first place than rising them. A few of the more cinimatic elements do slip in, however.
* The pirates sourcebook for ''AllFleshMustBeEaten'' is also pretty meticulous about doing its homework on voodoo.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* A central theme in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games. "Voodoo" is just the game term for any form of magic or supernatural act, and is not treated as inherently good or evil. The main [[MrExposition expository figure]] of the series is the "Voodoo Lady", who deals mostly in divination and is never seen to use malicious spells on anyone (though she may well [[ChessMaster have arranged for others]] to use them). BigBad [=LeChuck=] is apparently a practitioner as well, having used voodoo dolls on occasion and notably being able to bring himself BackFromTheDead at will. Even the main character has created voodoo devices and cast spells on his own.
* Averted in the first ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' game, which features extensive exposition on actual, real-life voodoo and its history.
** Although they somewhat shot themselves in the foot on the issue when the owner of the historical voodoo museum, who gives a lot of exposition about the religious and historical context of voodoo [[spoiler: turns out to be an evil cultist after all, whose leader is possessed by the spirit of a dead voodoo priestess]]. [[AdHominem Not that that makes his information any less accurate.]]
* Pretty much the central theme in ''{{Shadowman}}''.
* Invoked in BlissStageLoveIsYourWeapon by the appearance of Keenan Caine's [=ANIMa=], the Chevalier Delacroix.
** Keenan himself [[DidTheResearch actually knows better,]] and identifies with the positive aspects of the Baron Samedi.
* A minor mission chain in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' has Tommy being gradually [[MindManipulation zombified]] by a voodoo priestess crime boss.
* Mr. Sunshine in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' has a VoodooDoll that allows him to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around like a rag doll]] and makes him temporarily [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]]. After he's beaten, a cutscene follows in which he [[RasputinianDeath keeps getting up again]], no matter how many bullets the protagonist pumps into him, until he/she finally gives up and chops his head off with his own machete.
** This is also a case of MaybeMagicMaybeMundane, as the Sons of Samedi are known for using drugs to make people believe their voodoo magic is the real deal, and at least once before the Boss had been drugged by them, so there's no telling if he was legit magic or just making the boss think he was killing an immortal person or flinging him about.
* Montezuma, a voodoo priest who can be hired as a henchman in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius''. His description reads: 'To the outsider, the principles and rituals of voodoo seem dark and sinister, but generally they are not. In the case of Montezuma, however, they certainly are.'
* The villainous Prawlers in ''DarkReign 2'' have a Voodoon for a healing unit and as an ultimate weapon they can summon Baron Samedi - a hulking demon-like brute. The "actual" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Samedi Baron Samedi]] is supposed to look something like [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QfButEJFC9o/UA_4PUznDGI/AAAAAAAAKdM/EEIm7dF8_b8/s1600/baron_samedi_by_domigorgon.jpg this]] and is a relatively benign, if highly hedonistic, unrestrained, lustful and foul-mouthed entity that overwatches the transition of souls to the otherworld and sometimes cures and protects the living.
* Gabriel Tosh in ''[[StarCraft StarCraft II]]'' is even capable of creating and using a working voodoo doll. Well, ''working'' in that it affected [[CrowningMomentOfFunny someone]]. Just not the right person.
** He's also [[AWizardDidIt psychic]]. For all we know, this was actually a way of getting around the neural inhibitors he has. The [[WordOfGod lore]] comments that Spectres, which is what Tosh is, tend to be eccentric and carry totems that they believe enhance their power, though they may nothing about actual voodoo.
* The trolls in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' practice a voodoo-type religion, referring to their gods as the loa. One of them shows up in the pre-Cataclysm quest chain to retake the Echo Isles, and is -- of course -- named Bwonsamdi.
** ''Stay away from da voodoo...''
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Witch Doctor class is quite clearly this trope played straight: they can summon walls of zombies, conjure poisonous frogs and scare monsters with a giant ghostly totem.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromStMarys'' offers Mrs Desai, which fans tend to call "the voodoo lady." Her voodoo potion involves throwing ingredients into a cauldron in the chemistry lab.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* At one point, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' had a voodoo doll as a throwaway joke. When trying to figure out how to get rid of it, Gabe and Tycho settled on burning it. Cue the [[JohnRomero victim]] walking down a sunny street whistling a merry tune...and then "MY FLESH!"
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' had Gwynn make a voodoo doll of Riff in an attempt to gain revenge on him; she quickly threw it in a cupboard when Zoe came into the room, with the result that Riff immediately threw himself into a cupboard.
* The "Come Swing From My Branches" arc of ''SkinHorse'' features a New Orleans Voodoo priest [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=46869&name=skinhorse who insists]] that the doll thing is actually hoodoo and zombies are victims of TTX poisoning. While talking to a reanimated abomination of science. Eventually, he decides that he can do the whole "respect the dead" thing by being gentlemanly to the cute zombie girl.
-->'''Remy:''' I was ''supposed'' to donate these body parts to ''science''...\\
'''Unity:''' I'm science!
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''ThePJs'' features Haiti Lady, a practicing Voodoo priestess.
** Of course, the extent of her powers varies from episode to episode. They work fine for throwaway gags, but not for anything plot-relevant. The most believable curse, at least to the other residents, is giving Sanchez (a lifelong smoker) cancer of the larynx.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' had Super Secret Squirrel battle a Voodoo-practicing goat who has made dolls of Super and The Chief to control them. Morocco Mole finds the dolls and starts playing with them. HilarityEnsues.
* ''LiloAndStitch'': Lilo makes Voodoo dolls of the other girls and dunks them in pickle juice, [[CloudCuckooLander blithely explaining that]] "[[BewareTheNiceOnes my friends need to be punished]]".
** In the ([[TheProblemWithLicensedGames very mediocre]]) PS1 video game adaptation, Lilo's basic attack is to hold a glowing voodoo doll out at her enemies to defeat them for [[PowerCreepPowerSeep understandable gameplay balance reasons]].
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' uses plenty of this, to enhance its [[TheBigEasy N'Awlins]] setting. Just watch Dr. Facilier's VillainSong "Friends on the Other Side" and you'll see how "voodoo" means the same as "magic" to Disney. Though, really, it's ''[[DisneyAcidSequence Disney]]''. [[RuleOfCool Everything is going to be magical, with or without the voodoo.]]
** What's interesting is that the villain seems to have ''some'' grounding in Hoo-Doo ritual, whereas his good opposite is just a generic "Fairy Godmother".
*** By his behaviour, he seems to be a bokor (a sort of professional DealWithTheDevil middle man) dealing with baka "bribable spirits" as opposed to a voodoo priest who would commune with the loa.
** There's also a slight AuthorsSavingThrow in one line of the song..."I got Voodoo, I got Hoodoo, I got things I ain't even tried...", implying that Facilier isn't committed to one tradition, but uses whatever will bring him power.
*** When he mentions "hoodoo", he summons a ''white'' chicken, which is a case of ArtisticLicenseReligion. White chickens have absolutely no magical connotation in hoodoo whatsoever; it's the ''black'' ones that you have to worry about.
** As an interesting turn of events, the directors wanted to avoid using real voodoo symbols for fear of upsetting real practitioners ''and'' summoning bad spirits.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' had an episode where Timmy wished up "Yoo Doo" dolls that could control anyone. Needless to say, HilarityEnsues!
* [[MadScientist Heloise]] tries a scientific variation of this on an episode of ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* This is a plot point late in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' story "Just in Case".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the recurring character Zecora, a zebra who's pretty obviously a "voodoo-lady". Speaks with a quasi-Caribbean accent, has various loa-style masks about her home (deep in the spooky marshy forest, of course), and practices low-grade magics and illusions, as well as becoming the local apothecary. Quasi-subversion of the normal trope though, in that it's not "real magic" (which in the pony-verse you need to be a unicorn to do) but rather practiced rituals, tricks and herbal concoctions.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Laveau Marie Laveau]] of Louisiana (often the inspiration for a lot of HollywoodVoodoo stories) subverted this trope by being a real life practitioner, but also [[ExploitedTrope exploiting it]] by encouraging the locals to think she had an arsenal of powers and jinxes. In reality, she was most likely using [[SnakeOilSalesman local superstitions]] to curry favours and influence New Orleans' wealthy folk.
* There are some places in New Orleans and Haiti that sell "{{Voodoo Doll}}s" to ignorant tourists.
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