"Beware, beware the Blight of Benin. Where one came out, fifty went in."
When not a run of Jungle Japes
, the jungle is a harsh and hostile place, frequently deadly for its denizens, but even more ferocious to outsiders no matter what gear they bring with them
. This jungle is treated as a semi-sentient entity; a soup of consciousness
composed of the ferocity of its native life and climate. And it hungers
. It devours sane minds with its stifling and claustrophobic atmosphere, infecting all who enter with a slow, creeping madness in an effort to make them its own. This same climate breeds fetid decay and disease, which likewise infests the body. On top of this, the marvels of modern technology count for nothing
. The humidity of the jungle devours advanced technology in a trice. Keeping anything working is a constant, day-to-day struggle to keep up with the jungle's ruination, which further wears at the sanity and morale of any who try it.
The only way out is to die or go mad. Here, you can't imagine there's a world beyond the jungle. The jungle boils everything down to its rawest, most savage form.
God help you if you have to fight a war
here, which isn't unknown
. Compare Darkest Africa
. Also tends to be full of Big Creepy-Crawlies
See also Don't Go in the Woods
. Closely related to River of Insanity
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Live Action TV
- The Hill from Kiss Wood. Now with exploding plants.
- The "Devil's Island" table of Balls of Steel is filled with erupting volcanos, cannibalistic natives, deadly spiders, and giant scorpions.
- BIONICLE has the "Forest of Blades", where soldiers have been captured and fused together with the trees, with their weapons jutting out.
- Dawn of War: Dark Crusade has a map where the description is from the notes of a Commissar Caern, recording the final words of a trooper prior to his execution for treason, along the lines of "I can't take it anymore! This jungle's going to eat us alive!"
- Dxun as portrayed in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Mass Effect has a few of these, including Zorya and Pragia.
- Gran Pulse in Final Fantasy XIII has a variety of climates, but fits the spirit of the trope.
- Shellshock 2 skirts this. It's about a zombie plague outbreak in the middle of The Vietnam War, so there are certainly a lot of nasty things lurking in the jungle, but it isn't really the jungle's fault. All the unpleasant stuff is ultimately of human origin, including the zombie plague.
- The jungles of the Rook Islands in Far Cry 3 are surreal, colorful and teeming with flora, fauna and fungi, to say nothing of the Ruthless Modern Pirates and Private Military Contractors. It's almost as if the islands themselves are trying to bring insanity and/or death upon those who set foot on them.
- Truth in Television, or at least perception: a Japanese WWII veteran, interviewed in The World at War, claimed that Allied troops had far more fear of the south east Asian jungles than Japanese troops did.
- Considering what happened at Ramree Island, the Japanese should have felt the same way.
- Filming of Predator seems to have been a little like this.
- Many of the early Amazonian explorers seem to have experienced this—hideous fungal infections, hostile natives, trouble finding anything to eat, and everything else trying to eat them. A well-known (if now under siege) anthropological theory is that the Amazon is a "wet desert", in which civilization can never arise, and which dissolves the underpinnings of civilizations that try to migrate there.
- Hence subverted; remnants of a flourishing civilization have been found in the Amazon, hinting even that much of the "wilderness" was in fact cultivated and kept under check for centuries. The diseases brought by the Europeans destroyed it before a single Westerner could witness any of it.
- While technically rainforests, not jungles, big chunks of north-eastern Australia are like this.
- Australian troops also fought in the Hungry Jungle in WW 2, along the Kokoda Track. They later took what they learned there and brought it to the Vietnam War, where they terrorised the Viet Cong.
- Jonestown, Guyana is a prime example of this, where the Peoples Temple cult established an agricultural community under the leadership of Jim Jones. The malevolence of the place as a result of the events that happened there is pretty well-established, considering the mass suicide and murder that took place following Congressman Leo Ryan's visit, but several survivors attest to the fact that there was a particularly ominous thunderstorm there, the likes of which no one had ever seen, during the Congressman's visit.