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This is a form of magic in either [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean]], [[TheBigEasy New Orleanian]] or [[{{Bulungi}} West African]] 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. It may even be conflated with HollywoodSatanism in some egregious cases. 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. It doesn't help that the most [[PopCulturalOsmosis well-known]] cases relating to a voodoo priest or priestess are disasters [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation caused or predicted]] by the priest(ess).

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 UsefulNotes/{{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.

Compare GypsyCurse and IndianBurialGround, similar curse-related tropes with similar ethnic baggage. Also compare HollywoodSatanism.



[[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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics had Brother Voodoo, a Haitian sorcerer who often collaborated with the titular ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange''.
* Creator/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.
* {{Averted}} in ''ComicBook/TexWiller'' (whose writers are rightly known for [[ShownTheirWork extremely accurate research]]): aside for voodoo priests being able to actually raise zombies, voodoo rituals and practitioners are portrayed accurately, and we actually see mentioned the similar religion known as Santeria. Baron Samedi is mentioned by name, but they also make a point of stating he's just one of ''many'' loa, and the only reason he gets focused on is a story arc having an insane villain that believes himself to be him in a human body.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter Marie Laveau appears as full-blown villainess in the MarvelUniverse, where she actually possesses the full range of supernatural powers she claimed to have in RealLife.
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': In "The Magic Doll", the sorcerer of a visiting African king gives Iznogoud a clay doll which, when a hair from the intended target is placed in it, can be used to make the target experience whatever the doll experiences. The initial demonstrations simply involve tickling the doll (reducing the usual guinea pig, Wa'at Alahf, to helpless laughter), but Iznogoud wants to put one of the Caliph's hairs in the doll before smashing it. Unsurprisingly, when the doll is thrown high into the air and shatters on the ground during a squabble between Iznogoud and the sorcerer, it is wearing Iznogoud's own hair, and the luckless vizier ends up in a full body cast.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Mr. Oogie Boogie had a voodoo themed musical number in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* ''Disney/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]]".
* ''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 (not ''that'' UsefulNotes/{{baka}}) "bribable spirits" as opposed to a voodoo priest who would commune with the loa.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
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%% * The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' film series.
%% * The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' film ''Film/ZombieNightmare''
* 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/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' have this. Val Lewton's ''Film/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-[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Romero]] zombie movie that focuses exclusively on the voodoo element, detailing the use of a special Haitian drug that creates the zombie effect.
* 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."
-->'''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. At first all Queen Musette's powers seem to do is turn people's skin green and cause them to dance about stiffly to "calypso-funk" music (and temporarily lose their memory). But then we learn she can literally [[TakenForGranite turn people to stone]], as well as transform humans into rats.
* ''Film/WeekendAtBernies II'' 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.
* 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,'' uses voodoo and hoodoo as synonyms. In this film, hoodoo is all the power of suggestion--but said suggestions are so powerful that it the result is just magic.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** ''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 ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'', 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'': Subverted. Epiphany is seen taking part in a voodoo ritual where she douses herself with chicken blood, but her beliefs are shown to be pretty much harmless. The villain himself however is a [[HollywoodSatanism Hollywood Satanist]].
* The titular villains in ''Film/TheBelievers'' are members of a voodoo cult; based on a book titled ''The Religion''.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' plays a ''really'' mean prank on a voodoo priest in the movie's closing sequence. [[MuggingTheMonster He comes to regret it almost immediately.]]
* In ''Film/KingOfTheZombies'', Nazi agent Dr. Sangre running a voodoo cult on an isolated Caribbean island. He mostly interested in extracting information from a captured admiral via soul transference, but has also raised a small squad of zombies to act as muscle.

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%% * 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.
* ''Literature/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** 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]]...
** ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheCityOfTheDead 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 Series/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).
* 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.]]
** Beauvoir and his crew are Voudon believers, but nothing much is ever made of it. They explain their beliefs (which are in line with actual Voudon) when asked, but are otherwise quietly religious like pretty much anyone.
* The Creator/LarryNiven and Barnes collaboration ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'' 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.
* Despite the title, averted in ''Literature/ThatHoodooVoodooThatYouDo'' due to the amount of research into the cultural practices of the religion for the opening story. Ironically, voodoo only plays a role in a couple of other stories. Otherwise, the anthology has nothing to do with the religion.
* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' describes UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's "Reaganomics" as having been "based on the theory that the government could ''lower'' taxes while ''increasing'' spending and at the same time actually ''reduce'' the federal budget by sacrificing a ''live'' chicken by the light of a ''full'' moon. [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] charged that this amounted to 'voodoo economics,' which got him into hot water until he explained that what he meant to say was 'doo-doo economics.'"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': No actual Voodoo practicioners of any kind (Hollywood or otherwise) have shown up yet, but Harry has performed a ritual to summon Ulsharavas, an oracle spirit who serves Mama Erzulie, and bartered for information with her. Ulshavaras is portrayed as far more benevolent than most spiritual entities in the series, though she has a nasty streak (among other things, she consistently calls Harry a ''bokor'', or warlock).
* A voodoo cult is featured in ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu''. They're of course all cannibals who worship the titular Great Old One and are killed by the police.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
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%% * The ''Series/BloodTies'' episode "Bad Juju".
* ''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]].
* 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.
* The '70s series ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' has the episode ''Voodoo Doll'', an episode that has to be seen to be believed. The ''least'' of the episode's sins is confusing Haitian and New Orleans Voodoo. Add to that condescending, near-racist comments by the Hardys towards the religion, a white stuffy British professor who is somehow a Voodoo High Priest (with the Haitian Voodoo Priest stated to be his "protoge"), "authentic" Voodoo dolls, tarot cards called "Voodoo cards" (though their apparent accuracy is actually a MindScrew used by the villain to psych the Hardys out), and obvious stage magic presented as the real thing...and, of course, all the Voodoo practitioners are evil and practice human sacrifice. Though the episode does have one point in its favor: Baron Samedi is not mentioned at all, and during a fake Voodoo ceremony, the practitioners summon "Papa Legba" instead.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''. A long-term viewing of the 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 ''Series/S''. 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.
* ''Series/{{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 ''Series/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 ''Series/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 ''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.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'' episode "Walking Dead"
** Featured heavily, 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.
** It's alternatively played straight, subverted, and lampshaded. Mama Lorraine, the local voudon priestess, interrogates a man by pretending to be going into a trance/becoming possessed in order to scare him into revealing information... then goes back to normal. When the man is surprised, she comments that "voodoo is my religion. That was Saturday morning cartoon." In the case mentioned above, it's also noted that she considers the villains to be charlatans (rightly as it turns out).
** To some extent, TruthInTelevision; the villains were former members of the government of Duvalier, who did in fact like to associate himself with voodoo imagery for effect.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'': Danielle, a voodoo priestess, uses physical objects from the explorers to cause them sickness, creates zombies with her magic (who are [[TruthInTelevision cured of their trance with salt]]). (Meat and salt are traditional cures for zombies.)
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': The IMF indulge in some of this 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.
* Utterly averted, surprisingly enough, in an episode of ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''--Jack Marshak, resident CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, and knowledge-broker in all things occult, gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true UsefulNotes/{{Voudoun}} at all.
* On ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Gloria practices Santeria and helps the Latina prisoner with their problems. In season 3 there is a plot where Norma, a white prisoner, also begins practicing fake Santeria [[spoiler: after Gloria's spell to get rid of Vee worked in the 2nd season finale]] which angers Gloria.
* ''Series/HammerHouseOfHorror'': The fetish doll in the episode "Charlie Boy".

* ''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.

%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to the Discussion page. Please don't uncomment them or add them back unless you add enough information to show how they fit the trope.
%% * The music video for Music/{{Godsmack}}'s "Voodoo", based off of the film ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow''.
%% * Music/InsaneClownPosse's "Southwest Voodoo".
* Music/KingDiamond's song "Voodoo" is a TakeThat to people who believe that Hollywood Voodoo is ''actual'' voodoo.
* Sergio Mendes and Brazil '77 have [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDxJAnN7cAY a cheery number]] on their 1972 ''Primal Roots'' album called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomba_Gira Pomba Gira]]". It did get some airplay on pop radio stations, scarily enough....
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAV3bOJaQuY This]] was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babal%C3%BA-Ay%C3%A9 pretty strong stuff]] on the public airwaves, as well.
* And there's a band called "Salt for Zombies".

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* 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 (later known as The Godfather) had previously done rough versions of the Shango gimmick in the independents as the [=Soultaker=] and Baron Samedi.
** Shango is one of the most important deities in Voodoo and other African faiths, but [[CriticalResearchFailure he doesn't remotely resemble what the WWF version]]. Papa Shango is shown with skull face paint and top hat, just like [[SmallReferencePools Baron Samed]]i, but authentic portrayals of him show him as an African king who [[AnAxeToGrind with a lightning axe]] and is often compared to the Norse God Thor.
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}}'s Big Bad Mama. Can't beat a wrestler? Make her dance herself into exhaustion.
* ''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]]). After a bit of Roxxi gyrating and "purple mist", she soon had nothing to do with Voodoo either.
* Wrestling/BookerT would dabble in some Hoodoo magic after he drew the ire of Wrestling/TheUndertaker on Thursday Night Smackdown. Unfortunately, he got scared and ran off before the results of the bokor's spell could take effect, [[MagicFeather meaning he now thought he could beat the Undertaker]] but really had nothing but confidence [[ForegoneConclusion and still lost]].
* GLOW's SpiritualSuccessor ''{{Wrestlicious}}'' had another such practitioner called White Magic.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''
** Averted. 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.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''' TabletopGame/FreedomCity universe has the supervillain 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 Myth/GreekMythology and ComicBook/TheMightyThor does Myth/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 ''TabletopGame/{{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 cinematic elements do slip in, however.
** There are villainous characters who use Hollywood Voodoo elements, but they are explicitly described as using black magic dressed up with a few vaguely understood African religious trappings, and it is made abundantly clear that their magic has absolutely nothing to do with the Voodoo faith, or any other African religion for that matter.
* The pirates sourcebook for ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'' is also pretty meticulous about doing its homework on voodoo.
* In ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'', one of the leaders of the Free State of Orleans (or as close as that WretchedHive has to leaders) is Marie Laveau, who is immortal and eternally youthful and defends the country from foreign reprisals for its {{Pirate}} economy with her zombi army.
* The Blindwater Congregation in the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' is a loose military alliance comprised mostly of [[BeastMan alligator-men]] worshipping and using what appears to be a fairly bloody version of the classic Hollywood Voodoo; filled with dead zombie-like thralls, Loa-like gods and many, MANY candles everywhere. Slightly subverted in that references to Christianity does exist in the faction (though the equivalent faith has nothing to do with the Gatormen in the first place), through shrines that seem remarkably Abrahamic in style and design.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%% The following {{Zero Context Example}}s have been commented out and copied to the Discussion page. Please don't uncomment them or add them back unless you add enough information to show how they fit the trope.
%% * Pretty much the central theme in ''VideoGame/{{Shadowman}}''.
* 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/BlissStageLoveIsYourWeapon''
** Invoked 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.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] this with the Sons of Samedi. While they milk the image for all it's worth, the Samedi are really just a [[TheCartel drug cartel]] with [[GangOfHats a Vodou shtick]], mostly made up of college kids in the gang for cheap drugs. Mr. Sunshine, the Samedi's [[TheDragon second-in-command]], however, is referred to as a "WitchDoctor" by various characters, uses a VoodooDoll in his boss fight to [[MindOverMatter toss the protagonist around like a rag doll]] and [[RasputinianDeath keeps getting back up every time he's "killed"]], no matter how many times the Boss shoots him, and ultimately has to be beheaded with his own machete to make him stay dead. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane And whether his "powers" came from genuine mystical forces or are a result of a drug-induced hallucination is never explained.]]
* 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 ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' 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.
** This could be Handwaved by the fact that Voodoo is not mentioned in the game, so the witch doctor might actually be practicing a different religion that resembles Hollywood Voodoo.
** The short story indicates the Witch Doctors commune with the spirits of the dead in a ghostly realm they call the "Unformed Land" and are able to call them forth to animate their zombies. Witch Doctors are respected spiritual leaders in their culture. In-game the Witch Doctor often mentions the spirits have told him about events or other characters.
* ''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.
* In the [=PlayStation=] 1 and Windows PC video game adaptation of ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', titled ''VideoGame/LiloAndStitch: Trouble in Paradise'', Lilo's basic attack is to hold a glowing voodoo doll out at her enemies to defeat them for [[PowerCreepPowerSeep understandable gameplay balance reasons]].

* 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 [[Creator/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 ''Webcomic/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!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
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%% * This is a plot point late in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' story "Just in Case".
* ''WesternAnimation/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 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.
* ''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 ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
* ''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. Unlike most voodooiennes in fiction, Zecora is never portrayed as evil or self-serving. [[CreepyGood Creepy, yes. Incomprehensible, yes. Strange, yes. Evil, no]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "To Save a Squirrel", Squidward tries to torture [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick with two voodoo dolls in their likenesses, then gets frustrated when they don't work.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[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.