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The Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. When people talk about ''the'' Rainforest, they invariably mean [[TheAmazon the tropical one]] in Brazil, but the Pacific temperate rainforest is the largest in the world by area, and stretches from northern California upwards to Alaska. There are also American tropical rainforests in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

This part of the HollywoodAtlas is home to [[TruthInTelevision magnificent forest scenery]], UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, [[TrappedByMountainLions mountain lions]], [[HereThereBeLions a couple other lions]], {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}}, log cabins, lumberjacks, and sad-eyed [[InjunCountry Native Americans]] delivering {{Green Aesop}}s. Oh, and [[CrazySurvivalist crazy people]] who live in shacks, write manifestos, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick send]] [[MadBomber letter bombs]]. Also expect to see [[NewAgeRetroHippie Hippies]]. Alternatively, we may get a beautifully forested small town, which turns out to be a CityOfAdventure, usually for the local {{Kid Hero}}es, who may subjected to a HorribleCampingTrip. (Note the "rain" part of "rainforest".) This area may also be a WildWilderness with very little contact to the outside world because the only city in this region Hollywood seems to know about is UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, home of the Space Needle and Starbucks.

As home to Microsoft and its founder Bill Gates, and with Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America down the block and to the left, the Seattle area is the 'cool' alternative location for tech people. Occasional recognition is given to Boeing. If Oregon ever gets a city, it will be UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, which is often stereotyped as being populated by {{hipster}}s and {{Granola Girl}}s. Funny thing is, despite Seattle being known as a tech city, Portland is a major center for computer manufacturing, with many Silicon Valley companies such as Intel moving their manufacturing north due to cheaper utilities, wages, and land prices. Another notable company in the area is Nike, whose world campus is in Beaverton, a suburb just west of Portland.

Whenever something is supposedly set in Washington, you can almost guarantee it is [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling.]] However, due to good union contracts it's becoming more common for it to be doubled in Oregon. This may change in the next few years as Washington State has recently passed tax breaks and other incentives for filmmakers, as well as the Canadian and American exchange rates and labor laws making the States an equally valid choice.

Also, beyond the Cascade Mountains, vast stretches of Central and Eastern Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are not in any way a rainforest (and the residents tend to be ''far'' more conservative politically.) Much of Eastern Oregon is desert or semi-arid, described by some as "the closest you can get to the Wild West and still have cable", while Eastern Washington is largely rolling plains similar to those in Idaho and the Midwest. The latter area is home to the majority of America's apple production, as well as the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, the largest dam in the United States (and at one point the largest dam in the world). Eastern Washington is home to the state's second-largest city, Spokane, whose suburb of Mead is home to Cyan, the developers behind Myst. Eastern BC includes the Okanagan Valley, a major orchard and winery region, as well as a few different mountain ranges.

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!!This region in fiction:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Creator/MarvelComics'' version of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' was set in and around Portland. To be precise, the spaceship that brought the Transformers to Earth crashed near "Mount Saint [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Hilary]]".
* Creator/GregRucka's ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' is also.
* And Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Scarlet''.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow, during the Mike Grell era.
* Charles Burns's graphic novel ''ComicBook/BlackHole'' takes place in Seattle during the 1970s.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BennyAndJoon'' is set and shot in Spokane.
* ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons'' manages to include Bigfoot, Seattle, ''and'' the end of a HorribleCampingTrip.
* The ''Film/FreeWilly'' movies (at least the parts set on land)
* ''Film/TheGoonies'', set in Astoria, Oregon
* ''Film/McCabeAndMrsMiller'', a [[{{Deconstruction}} revisionist]] [[TheWestern Western]] set in a small mining town in the Cascades.
* The exteriors for ''Film/PracticalMagic'' were filmed on Whidbey Island in northern Puget Sound- though this is in a much less rainforest-y area than areas further south and west. The same area was used for a justifiably forgotten TV movie called ''Cry For the Children''.
* Portland seems to be mainly used as {{Wangst}} and in Gus Van Sant films.
* ''Film/DantesPeak'', set in a fictional small town in Washington's North Cascades (but shot in [[CaliforniaDoubling Idaho]]).
* The remake of ''TheWickerMan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' is set in Ashland, Oregon, due to Laika, the animation company that made it being based in Portland (well, Hillsboro, but same difference), and them wanting to have it set in Oregon while still making Miss Spinx and Miss Forcible's backstory of being former actresses semi-plausible (Ashland is the host for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
* ''Film/{{Singles}}'' is a movie released in 1992 that shamelessly surfs on the grunge trend that was all the rage that year; fittingly, it is set in Seattle.
** It could be argued that this film helped to inspire the grunge trend, as it was largely unknown outside of Seattle before the film came out.
* ''TheRing'' (the Americana remake and its sequel) is set in the Northwest and was shot around Seattle, the Puget Sound, and Astoria, Oregon. The creepy blue quality to the light, unsettling fog and broken down barns are all part of the local color.
* While no location is given in the film, ''WhatTheBleepDoWeKnow'' was filmed in and around Portland, and makes fairly extensive use of the MAX (the local light rail) and the Baghdad movie theatre.
* ''Film/JustBeforeDawn''
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': although never stated, seems to be set in Tacoma--the high school is definitely Stadium High and most of the neighborhood scenes were shot around the town.
** Actually it's clearly supposed to be in Seattle. The opening shot features the skyline (complete with easily recognizable [[{{Zeerust}} Space Needle]]). Other landmarks include the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Fremont Troll]], and Gas Works park, though that's made up as a paintball park for some reason. Tacoma seems to double for Seattle in a lot of the more generic locations.
* ''Film/AnimalHouse'' was shot in Eugene, Oregon on the U of O campus, although it seems to take place somewhere in Pennsylvania.
* Most of ''Film/KindergartenCop'' takes place in Astoria where Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher.
* ''Film/NoRetreatNoSurrender'' takes place in Seattle and also the location of Bruce Lee's grave.
* ''Film/{{Antitrust}}'' takes place largely in Portland. Fitting, since the inspiration for the film's villain is also located in the Pacific Northwest.
* ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'': much of the film takes place in Oregon and the Puget Sound area of Washington.
* ''Foxfire'' with AngelinaJolie was filmed in SW Portland, and SET in Portland because it was [[TheThemeParkVersion purportedly full of lesbians and wangsty teenagers]] in TheNineties.
* ''Film/DeadMan'': set somewhere in Washington (the Makah village at the end of the film indicates the Olympic Peninsula)
* The setting of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Beautiful sweeping vistas of the Olympic Peninsula - before switching back to sparkly vamps.
** Incidentally, Forks, Washington is getting fantastic tourist revenue thanks to the movies.
* ''Film/MyOwnPrivateIdaho'' and ''Film/DrugstoreCowboy'' feature Portland, Oregon prominently, most notably TheCityNarrows. Parts of downtown Portland were considered rather gruff before it became [[{{Portlandia}} so closely associated]] with TheNineties {{Hipster}} culture.
* ''Are We There Yet?'' and the sequel ''Are We Done Yet?''.
* The forests of [[ReturnOfTheJedi Endor]] are in Humboldt County, California.
** Likewise, ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'' was filmed in Humboldt County, set in the fictional city of Cedar Creek (actually Ferndale, CA). The infected monkey is released in the same forest that Luke and Leia rode speeders in.
* The scenes that were supposedly set in Japan for ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'' were filmed on the Oregon coast.
* ''Film/MyNameIsBruce'' is set in the fictional southern Oregon town of Goldlick, as well as actually being filmed in southern Oregon (Creator/BruceCampbell lives in the southern Oregon town of Jacksonville).
* Film/TheParallaxView, which starts in Seattle (with an assassination at the Space Needle) and continues around the Washington State area.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is set in the town of Forks, Washington. Although Forks is a real place, the first movie filmed the Forks scenes in Oregon and the subsequent movies filmed the Forks scenes in Vancouver, both of which are at least in the right region.
* ''Literature/ThePostman''
* Barbara Kingsolver's novel ''Pigs in Heaven'' has the main character move from Tucson to Seattle. She finds the local climate impossibly rainy. "This isn't a city, it's a carwash!"
* Most of the ''MercyThompson'' series takes place in the Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington. The second ''Alpha & Omega'' novel is set in Seattle and does a good job.
*** Patricia Briggs was living in the Tri-Cities when she started writing the series.
* BeverlyCleary's RamonaQuimby books are all set in Portland.
* Some of Michael Slade's [=RCMP=] thrillers take place in Vancouver. Many of its characters have spent time hunting or backpacking in British Columbia.
* The ''{{Emberverse}}'' book series by S.M. Stirling features the PNW and Willamette Valley as central setting locations. The green and verdant landscape is mentioned as being a boon to the residents.
* The ''Literature/NorthwestFront'' series of books takes place (mainly) in the Pacific Northwest as white nationalists try to separate and establish their Northwest American Republic....by terrorism.
* The ''Wildwood'' series by Colin Meloy (yes [[Music/TheDecemberists That]] Colin Meloy) is a young adult fantasy that sets an entire fantasy land in the wild woods near Portland.
* The prime setting of ''ImagineSomeday'' a fictional city in Oregon that's somewhat like Portland. The characters also visit the Cascades at one point.
* In ''Metatropolis'' the eco-anarchist city of Cascadiopolis is hidden among the trees and basalt flats.
* ''Literature/AStudyInMoonlight'' is all set in Western Washington. Most of "Tamanous of the Brackenwoods" takes place in a fictional small town in the Olympic Peninsula rainforest country, not far from Forks.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
* ''TwinPeaks''
* The ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Man in the Bear", which for some reason included a StockFootage shot of Yosemite (they must have been walking ''really'' far).
* NowhereMan - filmed entirely in/around Portland, though the various episodes were actually set in cities all over the country.
* ''DeadLikeMe'' - Set in Seattle, but quite obviously filmed in Vancouver.
* ''Series/TheSentinel'' is set in the fictional city of Cascade, a stand-in for Seattle.
* ''Series/AlmostLive'', a sketch comedy show that ran from 1984-1999 in the timeslot before ''SaturdayNightLive'', was produced and shot in Seattle, and featured skits which, in addition to lampooning (and helping codify) all the area stereotypes, regularly involved local current events and celebrities. Often the trivia of choice to determine if someone's a 'true' Washingtonian is to quiz them about their knowledge of this show.
** Likewise BillNyeTheScienceGuy was shot in and around Seattle, and is practically a child-friendly SpinOff.
* ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' - Though the fictional city of Briarwood suggests that it is either in Northern California or Oregon, it was filmed in New Zealand
* ''{{Frasier}}'' is set in Seattle, but filmed entirely in LA, except for one special on-location episode.
* ''Series/ICarly''
* ''Series/JohnDoe''
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had a scene showing Ben being born in the forests just outside of Portland.... only problem being that the trees and foliage in the scene are obviously(and hilariously) tropical.
* ''DarkAngel'' is set in cyberpunk-esque Seattle TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture after an EMP burst destroys the US economy.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' is set in [[UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} "Seacouver"]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' filmed its first five seasons in Vancouver, though it played host to a variety of different places, including Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington just in the first season. The pilot is set in the fictional town of Bellefleur, Oregon. They switched filming to L.A. after season five, and this becomes almost glaringly obvious in season seven, when Mulder and Scully return to Bellefleur to follow up on their first case. The pilot is drizzly, rainy, and ominous. The entirety of "Requiem" is sunny and more inviting.
* Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''PerfectCouples'' is set in Portland, Oregon, although this is not mentioned on-screen often.
* One episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' ("Seth") was set north of Seattle. Also, the episode "Nightwalkers" was set in a small, coastal Oregon town.
* ''{{Portlandia}}'' is, obviously, set in Portland.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' is set and filmed in and around Portland.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' filmed its second, third and fourth seasons in Portland but [[CaliforniaDoubling set them in Boston]]. Starting in season five, the show will take place in Portland.
* ''Series/KyleXY'' is filmed in Vancouver, BC and while their exact town remains unnamed it seems to be close enough for frequent and casual trips to the University of Washington in Seattle, which is established as many alumni of the GovernmentConspiracy having started as students there.
* ''Series/{{MacGyver}}'' had the episode "Log Jam", featuring Mac investigating the Northwest logging industry to discover... the {{Yakuza}}.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'s default campaign setting is Seattle and surrounding areas.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''AlanWake''. The developers wanted to create a convincing Washington landscape, so [[ShownTheirWork they took literally THOUSANDS of photographs of the land]], not to mention architecture styles. As a result, the game had very little concept art.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' is set in the fictional city of Greenvale, Washington. (Based on the landscape, it's up somewhere in the Cascades.) Many characters mention visiting Seattle as well.
* ''WorldInConflict'' Much of the story and game play, while sometimes set in Europe with the EU, and in New York, is set in Washington. [[spoiler:In 1989, The Soviet Union invades Seattle using a lot of cargo vessels as a front. Their invasion is turned around at the fictional city of Pine Valley. (just northeast of Astoria, Oregon). A counterattack on Seattle (with an appearance by the Space Needle) causes the Soviets to retreat from the US mainland.]]
* The first mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' takes place in a futuristic version of Vancouver [[spoiler: as it is being attacked by the Reapers]].
* The starting village of Arroyo in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' is located roughly in the vicinity of Medford, Oregon, and most of the game takes place in northern California.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' live in the Seattle area, and spend a lot of time in the forest.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John lives in Maple Valley, Washington (near [[StealthPun Pipe Lake]]).
* [[http://theoatmeal.com/blog/seattle_weather This strip]] from TheOatmeal.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', in the episode dealing with Native Americans with big feet.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is set in a weird part of Oregon. (Or ya know, the ''weirder'' part anyway).
* [[WordOfGod Matt Groening]] [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/matt-groening-reveals-the-location-of-the-real-springfield-60583379/?no-ist= once said that]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Springfield]] was [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield actually]] set in Oregon, [[CreatorProvincialism his home state]]. Then again, [[TeasingCreator Matt]] [[TrollingCreator Groening]] said this, and there have been many deliberate contradictions throughout ''The Simpsons'', including an episode where Bart and Homer had to plan a long road trip to get to Oregon ([[SelfDeprecation where they accidentally destroyed Groening's birth home]]).
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