->''"In the farthest corner of Louisiana lies the nation's largest swamp -- a hidden world where nature rules... and man fights back."''
Debuting in August 2010, ''Swamp People'' is a [[TheHistoryChannel History Channel]] [[RealityTV Reality Show]] that details the life and times of various Cajun dwellers in different sectors of the Atchafalaya River Basin swamp in Louisiana during one specific and important time of the year for them: Alligator season. Using their own wits, experience, equipment and luck, the hunters are on a race to bag enough alligators to net themselves enough money for their yearly income and be rid of the beasts before the population explodes and threatens locals. But that's not to say that the show is all serious business. In between the hunting and history lessons, the swamp has its own share of side-stories, oddities, and other various activities.
Three separate seasons have aired so far, with the fourth one currently airing.
!!Provides examples of:
* BadAss: Pretty much everyone. You just get used to these people being able to haul half-ton alligators out of the water and wrestle with them on the end of a line.
-->"He'd have bit a normal man in half. And bent the hell out of a Cajun."
** Willy has twice killed alligators... with his pocket-knife.
* BerserkButton: Shown to happen often due to various circumstances against the hunters, from forgotten equipment, to a mess-up on the boat, to poachers.
* CatchPhrase / InsistentTerminology: "Quarter-sized kill spot."
** Troy's CatchPhrase is basically screaming "SHOOT 'IM, _____!" over and over the entire time he's got a gator on the line.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Most of the swampers are true believers in what they call "The Code Of The Swamp"... that if you can help your neighbors you will, if someone needs your help you give it to them, you don't infringe on another swamper's property, and you expect the same treatment in return. The show routinely shows them practicing what they preach (especially in the aftermath of the big storm), usually with a touch of ThinkNothingOfIt at the end.
** One of Troy's old friends dies, prompting the man's hunting partner to come to Troy for help filling the rest of his tags. Despite having just as many tags of his own left and only a few days left in the season, Troy almost immediately agrees.
* ContinuityNod: A given, since both seasons of the show correspond with two separate alligator seasons.
* DownerEnding: Various episodes end with one hunter or another not netting the required amount of alligators.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Leading from the Downer Ending mentioned above, often it has the depressed hunter at one of the local bars in their area.
* JackOfAllTrades: Besides alligators, some episodes have the hunters going out in other hunting trades, like hunting snakes, frogs, or wild boars.
* KilledOffForReal: On May 14 2012, Mitchell Guist, one of the locals at the swamp (Who with his brother Glenn, were regulars in Season 2 and 3) died in an accident. It is unknown how the rest of the season will proceed without him.
** After a (mostly) private period of mourning, Glenn has returned as Liz's newest partner.
* LetsGetDangerous: Though the shown has made it clear that alligator hunting is dangerous, special mention goes to one hunter, Terral Evans, who catches alligators...at night, and with his bare hands.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Since the Cajuns have resided in the swamp for more than a generation, it is natural. Examples include: Troy Landry & his son Jacob (Along with Troy's own father Pappy), Junior Edwards & his son Willie, "Trapper" Joe Lafond & his stepson Tommy, and R.J. Molinere Jr & his son Jay Paul.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Apart from the hunters, there is also the hunters' boat crew, families, etc.
* OutOfFocus: Some of the hunters get less attention in some seasons... likely because they just didn't have much remarkable happen to them, or they were taking it easy that season, or have decided to focus on other pursuits, and so on. Generally the show will add at least two new sets of hunters every season to compensate for this.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: It's doubtful that History Channel would be so eager to make a show about deer hunters. Since it's alligators most people aren't going to be all that bothered.
** They have actually done exactly that. The show Chasing Tail, about suburban deer hunters, now follows Swamp People.
* RetiredBadass: Glenn Guist apparently was one, not having hunted alligators in over eleven years. When he joins Liz so that he can get active again after his brother's death, he shows that the break hasn't dulled his skills much.
* RuleOfThree: [[spoiler:: After Junior Edwards injures Willie with a gunshot for the third time in as many seasons, Willie quits.]]
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Though some of the wives and friends of the hunters have been featured in the show, Liz Cavalier, Troy Landry's sharpshooter in Season 2 (Branching off on her own in Season 3), is the only female hunter in the show.
** Though it doesn't quite hold true, since Liz's new partner in season three is a woman as well.
** And in season four, Liz's partner is her daughter.
* SupremeChef: When making a wager with the Texans over who can get the bigger gator, the Texans offer up a rifle holster worth thousands of dollars and Troy offers to... cook up a dinner of alligator jambalaya. The Texans consider this an equitable bet.
* TheUnintelligible: As there are a wide variety of Cajun accents of varying thickness and styles, often spoken while motors are revving, gators are thrashing, and various other background noise, many of the speakers are subtitled despite speaking English.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Sometimes with the father-son hunting teams, but it is more apparent with "Trapper" Joe Lafond and his stepson Tommy.