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The Amazon

A huge rainforest, with big trees, plants all around, a bunch of insects and, of course, a river. That's the basic concept.

But, don't expect much more researching than this from the writers. The Amazon — be it the Amazon, an African Jungle, Vietnam or any other else — is always basically the same. If you're lucky, the writers won't put a lion in the middle of Peru's eastern side. Some really well worked settings will even include a native language. Again, if you're really lucky, it will be a real native language.

Featured in any other media than the movies, it normally contains a Green Aesop about preserving the rainforests. Another common features is that either it is depicted as if it were contained entirely within Brazil, or extends to places where it does not actually stretch to; like Lima, the northernmost parts of Colombia (Atlántico) and Venezuela, and sometimes even into central America.

Not to be confused with the women warriors, the Amazonian Beauty, or even a brigade of them. Or the website, for that matter.

For the videogame example, see Jungle Japes.

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Literature
  • The short story "Leiningen Versus the Ants". It was adapted several times, including the film The Naked Jungle and the "Trumbo's World" episode of MacGyver.
  • In Discworld book Eric, the title character and Rincewind travel to Discworld's equivalent of the Amazon, and encounter a Mayincatec tribe.

Live-Action TV
  • The Sentinel's backstory, full with black panthers and demeaning portrayals of the natives.
  • Kamen Rider Amazon, as the name suggests. The story is much like Tarzan, but with a Japanese baby and a Mayincatec artifact that lets him become an armored superhero.
  • MacGyver: In "Trumbo's World", Mac and a wildlife photographer friend must uncover the reason for the strange happenings in the Amazon rainforest. Then, in a story based on "Leiningen Versus the Ants", Mac helps a man in the Amazon jungle defend his plantation against billions of ants.

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Video Games
  • Amazon Trail
  • The Monsoon Jungle level in Wario Land 4, or the Awazon in Virtual Boy Wario Land.
  • Super Mario Fusion Revival: Deep in the Amazon River basin (World 2-S4: Rebel River), Marco Rossi found a contigent of Rebel Army forces. However, the only clear way to it is to first traverse a stretch of the Amazon infested with piranha. There is a giant piranha fish nearby with a taste for flesh; contact with it will prove fatal!

Western Animation
  • The South Park episode "Rainforest Schmainforest" features a parody of this, and the final Spoof Aesop is "stop the rain forest before it's too late".
  • The animated TV series Jana of the Jungle.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers, whenever they wanted to do a rainforest episode. Had the benefit of being fairly accurate with respect to native flora and fauna, and the drawback of being very condescending with respect to native peoples, partly because a show that represents the early 90's environmentalist craze wouldn't make sense without these accuracies.
  • The Venture Bros. episode "Dr. Guymn, Medicine Woman", featured an orangutan and circumcision among the native peoples. Both are, of course, characteristic of Australasia.
  • The Squad visits what is reasonably accurate depiction of the Amazon Basin in Exo Squad. Well, unless you count a horde of genetically-engineered green-skinned Half Human Hybrids...

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