Adventures are one of the oldest of the genres. The adventure novel itself is also one of the earliest genres of novels. Adventure stories feature relatively flat characters who undergo risk and danger.

The most common format will have the hero meet a girl (or a boy, in more modern incarnations) after enduring several trials, be torn apart, and then reunited after more adventures. Morality is often very [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]], plots very linear. The {{Heroes}} are generally not formally involved in law enforcement but often find themselves battling evil and/or criminals while WalkingTheEarth. [[VigilanteMan Vigilantes]] are common.

Frequently overlaps with other genres such as the {{Picaresque}} Novel, HistoricalFiction, SpeculativeFiction, SeaStories and TheWestern.

In visual media, it is similar to the ActionSeries but with less emphasis on violence, fighting and car chases and more on exotic locations, exploration and puzzle solving. See also AdventureGame. Often overlaps with just about every single other genre out there.

* JungleOpera
* PlanetaryRomance
* {{Robinsonade}}
* {{Swashbuckler}}
* SwordAndSorcery
* TwoFistedTales

Alternatively, you might be looking for [[{{VideoGame/Adventure}} the Atari 2600 game]] or [[TabletopGame/{{Adventure}} the tabletop RPG]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan''
* ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''Manga/PlusAnima'': A bunch of kids that can transform into animals go out to see the world.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'' qualifies.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}''
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''
* ''Anime/MonsterRancher''


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''ComicBook/AceMcCoy''
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Typhon}}''


[[folder: Film ]]

* The ''Film/NationalTreasure'' series
* [[{{Tagline}} If adventure has a name... it must be]] ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. By the same token, ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' and any number of other imitators of ''Indiana Jones'' count too.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride''
* ''Franchise/StarWars'', overlapping with SpaceOpera.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Franchise/DocSavage was a series of books published during the pulp era, featuring a ScienceHero (and GeniusBruiser) who traveled the world seeking adventure and righting wrongs. He also carried a commission from the NYPD enabling him to act with official police authority.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'' and ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' by the aforementioned Creator/JulesVerne, overlapping with SpeculativeFiction.
* ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' and ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas.
* ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' and sequels by Creator/HRiderHaggard.
* ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' and ''Literature/{{Kidnapped}}'' by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson.
* ''TheHeadlessHorseman'' by Thomas Mayne Reid, overlapping with {{Horror}}.
* Literature/LagadinsLegacy by Jonathan Anthony and Samuel Inglis, is kind of a unique case, as it uses many Adventure tropes, but also includes elements of thriller and satire.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' by Creator/JRRTolkien, overlapping with {{Fantasy}}.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Conan]]'' stories, which like Tolkien also overlaps with fantasy, though his brand of fantasy is more [[HeroicFantasy Heroic]] LowFantasy, or sword and sorcery.
* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''; Dorothy meets not one, but ''three'' grown men who become her sidekicks while going through a myriad of adventures in order to get what they want most in their lives.
* ''Literature/{{Simplicissimus}}'', which is in fact the oldest adventure novel in the German language
* ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''
* Most of Creator/JamesFenimoreCooper's novels qualify. Many of them also belong to HistoricalFiction and belong to one of two genres he pioneered, the Frontier Novel ([[TheWestern proto-Western]]) and the [[SeaStories Sea Novel]]. ''[[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales The Pathfinder]]'' manages to be all three in one.
* ''Literature/AcrossAJadeSea''


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad''
* ''Series/BringEmBackAlive''
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
* ''Series/MacGyver''
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}''
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess''
* ''Series/YoungIndianaJones''
* ''Series/UnnaturalHistory''


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The 18th - century parts of ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''.
* ''Webcomic/ModernDayTreasureSeekers''
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Because the journey doesn't have to be horizontal, now does it?


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
* Hanna Barbera did a lot of these. Jonny Quest is mentioned above, and also they did WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian, WesternAnimation/ValleyOfTheDinosaurs, the cartoon segments from WesternAnimation/TheBananaSplits, and more.