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There's SpaceWestern for [[TheWildWest The West]] [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace In Space!]]]], and there's CattlePunk for The West meets SteamPunk. The Weird West is the sister trope, for when The West meets [[SupernaturalFiction the supernatural]].

The West is, if you think about it, a logical choice for this treatment. The frontier as a whole was traditionally viewed (and still is viewed, to some extent) as [[LiminalTime the meeting place of civilization and the unknown]]. The lawless setting also meant plenty of violent deaths and unfinished business, [[GhostlyGoals fuel for ghostly tales]]. The MagicalNativeAmerican cliché also tends to show up here, for obvious reasons. DaylightHorror and LightIsNotGood are common elements in these tales: in a region where the dry season resembles the ThirstyDesert trope, it is [[TheSacredDarkness shade that is sacred.]]

Weird West works often invoke horror tropes. Ghosts, zombies, vampires, and werewolves are common elements. Also expect to see some elements from Native American mythology such as the {{wendigo}}. The West also has its own [[OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious cryptids]] and urban legends, the most famous of them being the {{chupacabra}}. It is not unknown for an ongoing Western series to have an episode or two of weirdness, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane even an ambiguous one]].

See also: {{Samurai Cowboy}}s, SupernaturalFiction, AliensInCardiff. Compare SouthernGothic.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Part VII:Steel Ball Run of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Man%27s_Land_%28manga%29 No Man's Land]]'', an OELManga by Jason [=DeAngelis=], throws TheLegionsOfHell in TheWildWest, and TheHero is a [[TheGunslinger gunslinging]] [[DemonSlaying demon]] [[TheHunter hunter]]. How this works out, we can't tell however, as the series was [[{{Cancellation}} cancelled]] after the second book.
* ''Manga/EtCetera''. The Wild West [[XMeetsY meets]] Literature/JourneyToTheWest, complete with martial arts and Chinese Zodiac-inspired magic. Except that the "West" Mingyao is journeying to is ''[[{{Dissimile}} Hollywood]].''

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* The ''{{Desperadoes}}'' comic book
* The DCU's ''Weird Western Tales'' starring ComicBook/JonahHex. Despite the title, Jonah Hex is only ''borderline'' weird, at least in his original and current ongoing series. The two Joe R. Lansdale miniseries and movie have plenty of WeirdWest stuff, though.
* While most of ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' is set in the present, the series has a very strong Weird West vibe, and the origin of the Saint of Killers is a pure example of the genre.
* DCComics GoldenAge character the Vigilante turned into this during the ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' "megaseries."
* Another DCComics character, El Diablo, was basically made of this.
* Magazine Enterprises had a supernatural Western character the Comicbook/GhostRider, who was later taken over by MarvelComics, renamed the Phantom Rider, made mundane, and eventually re-supernaturalized.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelZombies 5'' is a zombie western.
* ''ComicBook/TheSixthGun'' is a New Weird western comic book series. Six revolvers with magical powers, when placed into the lock of a special vault, cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and lets whoever did the wreckin' remake the world in his/ her image. The protagonists must keep them away from an undead confederate general, the remains of his unit, and a thief working for a shadowy organization.
* Italian comic book character ''{{Zagor}}'' often met vampires, werewolves, aliens, mad scientists and a number of other unusual creepy crawlies.
* Creator/DCComics ''The Justice Riders'' (Various Justice Leaguers reimagined in a Wild West setting.)
* The ''[[ComicBook/HackSlash Hack/Slash]]'' short comic "Home, Home on Derange".
* ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp'' is NewOldWest meets the WeirdWest.
* DougTenNapel's ''IronWest'' would just be plain old CattlePunk, except that it's implied that the Engines (and perhaps the robo-cowboys as well) weren't actually built by anyone.
* ''Comicbook/CowboysAndAliens'' and its film adaptation.
* The ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse one-shot ''Generation Hex'' was essentially this, combining the mutants of ComicBook/GenerationX with the Old West setting of the aforementioned ComicBook/JonahHex.
* ''ComicBook/PrettyDeadly'' by Creator/KellySueDeConnick and Emma Rios. It stars Deathface Ginny, the Daughter of Death.
* ''Texas Strangers'', which is essentially a Western story in a setting with magic and multiple fantasy races. Elves are the Native Americans, and Orcs come from Mexico; they and the humans of various stripes all use magic in their day-to-day lives.
* ''ComicBook/EastOfWest'' by Jonathan Hickman is this in spades. Cowboy versions of the four horsemen of the apocalypse bump shoulders with powerful witches from the Endless Nation of the Indians. Also, there are talking eyeballs and living lakes. Weird West indeed.
* ''Manifest Destiny'' is about Lewis and Clark meeting all kinds of (usually quite dangerous) weirdness on their expedition to the Pacific Northwest.
* ''ComicBook/RapunzelsRevenge'' is FracturedFairyTale of the ''Literature/{{Rapunzel}}'' story set in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of the Old West. All magical elements are retained, and expanded in the SteamPunk styled sequel.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'': Nothing explicitly supernatural happens, but it is strongly implied that the main character is not human.
* ''Film/PaleRider'' frequently associates the hero with Death, the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse.
* ''Billy the Kid vs Dracula'' and ''Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter'' (and, yes, these are real movies).
* 1959's ''Curse of the Undead'' features a vampire gunslinger, quite possibly the first example of such.
* The movie ''Greaser's Palace,'' a bizarre Christ allegory which features [[spoiler: supernatural resurrection.]]
* Some parts of ''Film/TheProphecy'' are reminiscent of this setting, as most of the story takes place in a barely populated Arizona town. The main characters go down a mine shaft that shows them visions and participate in an [[MagicalNativeAmerican Indian exorcism]].
* ''Film/UndeadOrAlive'' (2007) -- Western meets zombies
* ''Film/TheBurrowers'' (2008) -- Western meets subterranean ghouls
* ''Film/HighPlainsInvaders'' (2009) -- Western meets alien invaders
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' - Western meets Tarantino, Rodriguez and Vampires.
* ''Film/TheValleyOfGwangi'' - A living Allosaurus is unleashed and its up to cowboys to save the day.
* Third ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' film was supposed to be this when it was first envisioned.
* ''Film/BloodRayneIIDeliverance'' was a movie about vampires set in the old west. Also contained the ridiculous line, "[[ShowdownAtHighNoon Get out of town before ]][[IncrediblyLamePun high midnight]]."[[note]]"High Moon" would have made a ''much'' better pun... or at least a [[SoBadItsGood smarmier]] one, if you believe there's no such thing as a good pun.[[/note]]
* The famous surrealist Western ''Film/ElTopo,'' which features mole people.
* ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title should tip you off]].
* ''Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill'' - Zombies.
* ''Gun Town'' - Psycho cannibals.
* ''The Ghoul Goes West''. An unproduced Creator/EdWood film that would have starred Creator/BelaLugosi as {{Dracula}} [[RecycledInSpace in the Old West]].
* ''Film/NearDark'': A vampire coven roam the modern-day west looking for prey to kill and places to lay low.
* ''Film/{{Priest 2011}} is set in post apocalyptic-earth with vampires and has many of the trappings of the wild west genre.
* ''Film/DeadInTombstone'': A murdered gang leader is sent back to Earth by the Devil to extract vengeance on the gang members who betrayed him.
* ''Film/JonahHex'': After being brought back from the dead, but leaving part of his soul behind, Jonah acquired the ability to, as long as he maintains physical contact with the corpse, temporarily resurrect and communicate with the dead, bringing the corpse physically and mentally back to its condition prior to death.
* The original script for ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' set the supernatural shenanigans in the Wild West, but ExecutiveMeddling updated it to modern day to be more relatable to the audience. Vestiges of the western setting can still be seen, such as Jack riding off into the sunset after the battle is won.
* The ''{{Film/Dead Lands}}'' of the titular film are a forbidden, cursed place inhabited by ghosts.
* ''Film/BoneTomahawk'' has a CannibalClan of proto-humans as the villains.
* ''Grim Prairie Tales'' fits this to a tee.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Creator/RobertEHoward's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard_bibliography#Weird_West Weird West stories]].
* "Ghost Town At Sundown" from ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'' series.
* Cormac [=McCarthy=]'s novel ''Literature/BloodMeridian, Or the Evening Redness in the West,'', which repeatedly suggests that [[spoiler: the Judge]] is a supernatural being.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series is a sort of western (more so in the first book than in later installments) with elements of fantasy and science fiction. It has demons and magic as well as technology left over from before [[AfterTheEnd the world moved on]].
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker Alvin Maker]]'' stories are all about this.
* Lots and lots of stories by Joe R. Lansdale. Even some of his stories that ''aren't'' weird west still [[Film/BubbaHoTep borrow elements.]]
* Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/AgeOfSteam''
* Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Literature/JonShannow'' trilogy. An AfterTheEnd setting where most of humanity has access to civil war era technology, but which also has half-beast mutants, devil worshiping sorcerers and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot gun wielding lizardmen from the past of another dimension invaded by Atlantis]].
* Creator/EmmaBull's ''Territory'' is a {{Weird West}} exploration of the Tombstone mythos, and the events surrounding the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's short stories about "Mad Amos" Malone, a giant MountainMan with a vast knowledge of all things arcane and mysterious who battles assorted dragons, ghosts, and other occult goings-on in the Old West.
* Gemma Files' ''Literature/TheHexslingerSeries'', a post-Civil War trilogy about fallen preacher turned sorcerer Ash Rook, his sharpshooting {{Badass}} [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] [[StraightGay boyfriend]] Chess Pargeter, and the hell they unleash on the West when Rook makes a deal with [[spoiler: a fallen Mayan goddess]] to get the one thing his magic can't give him: [[spoiler: a way to save him and Chess from killing each other when Chess's magic awakes as well, since magicians can't co-exist or cooperate in this universe without sooner or later destroying each other]].
* ''Literature/UnicornWestern'', with its presence of magic and unicorns.
* Creator/HideyukiKikuchi's ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' light-novel series is heavily Western-based, even taking place in what is known as "The Frontier".
* Appalachia rather than the West, but Creator/ManlyWadeWellman's ''Literature/SilverJohn'' stories are if not this trope, related.
* ''Literature/SheepsClothing'' is a vampire story set in the United States territories in 1874.
* Mike Resnick's ''Buntline Special'' and its sequels pit SteamPunk science against Indian magic.
* Although it's somewhat subtle, ''Literature/TheWillBeDone'' takes place in a western-style setting, along with sorcerers and [[ReligionIsMagic magical priests]] (No, they don't get along).
* ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'': Given Creator/BrandonSanderson and his extensive use of MagicAIsMagicA, this series straddles the line between this and CattlePunk. It's in a WildWest setting with use of magic, but said magic is highly tied into the development of new technologies such as DepletedPhlebotinumShells. Weapons reach to the advancement of dynamite, revolvers and bolt-action rifles, and transportation technology has advanced to the point of making TraintopBattle scenarios feasible, but one such battle includes someone grabbing dynamite and [[GoodThingYouCanHeal blowing it up in his own hand]].
* ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'' is set in a version of the West where AllMythsAreTrue, and many strange and supernatural things are drawn to the town of Golgotha, Nevada.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The television adaptation of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', beyond blatant western references right from the start, is a western story at heart with WesternCharacters. [[TheGunslinger Gunslingers]] Rick Grimes and Shane Walsh, YoungGun Carl Grimes, {{Hunter Trapper}}s Daryl and Merle Dixon, WastelandElder The Governor, the list goes on.
* Some episodes of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr''.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' featured Sam and Dean going back to the Old West to hunt down a Phoenix.
** Not only that but the whole series of supernatural is a neo-weird western
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "A Town Called Mercy" features the Doctor, Amy and Rory dealing with what is essentially a Franchise/{{Terminator}} [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal tormenting the titular town]] in the American old West.
* On TheElectricCompany, at least two {{Western}} parodies are this: the "galloping saddle" and "My Name is Kathy" sketches.
* Xbox is reviving the setting of the ''Deadlands'' RPG (see Tabletop Games, below) for a new live-action TV series.


[[folder: Manhwa ]]

* ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'': The American West, except with zombies and demons.


[[folder: Music ]]

* To this genre belongs the song ''Fear and Anguish'', of {{Music/Voltaire}}'s country album: ''Hate Lives in a Small Town''. It's about the effect strange ocurrences start having over a town with a ContinuityNod regarding a song of the same album.
* Ghoultown fit this trope to a tee, with a horrorpunk/rockabilly country sound, and plenty of songs about undead gunslingers and ghoulish curses. They even stretched into comic book territory briefly with a story about a vampire-cowboy.
* Murder By Death have at least their entire album Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?, which is "about the Devil wiping a small town off the map." Portions of Red of Tooth and Claw may qualify as well.
* Volbeat's ''Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies'' is a ConceptAlbum that is solidly Western but also contains Lovecraftian elements. This is best exemplified by the songs "Dead But Rising," and "Nameless One."


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' is an unabashed example of this trope, to the point that it actively ''uses the term Weird West'' to describe its setting.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' features a lawless American West, mostly free from Coalition control (save Northern Texas and Iowa) but host to a whole mess of other troubles. It's all a self-respecting cowpoke or injun can do to take up arms and clear out all the scum - [[FantasyKitchenSink cyborg prospectors, dinosaurs, lowlife banditos, cactus men, red skinned desert spirits...]] Speaking of, Mexico is pretty much completely overrun by vampires.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf]]: The Wild West''
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} The Good, the Bad & the Munchkin]]''
* ''{{Malifaux}}'' combines Weird Western elements with SteamPunk and GothicHorror.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The largely forgotten FirstPersonShooter ''VideoGame/{{Darkwatch}}: Curse of the West'' was about an outlaw-turned-vampire named Jericho Cross, who was hired by the titular organization to track down the vampire lord who turned him. It featured, among other things, a HellishHorse named Shadow that served as Jericho's steed.
* ''[[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare Undead Nightmare]],'' an expansion pack for ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption,'' focuses around the (normal) Western frontier getting overrun with a zombie invasion.
** Though otherwise averted in the main game, the optional sidequest "I Know You" features a mysterious stranger who seems to know [[PlayerCharacter Marston]] even though he doesn't remember ever meeting him. The quest's climax heavily implies this man is some sort of supernatural being, as he's shown to be ImmuneToBullets and your final confrontation with him [[spoiler: takes place at the site of Marston's future grave]]. Players have interpreted him as {{God}}, {{Satan}}, or even {{Death}}, but his true identity is ultimately left [[AngelUnaware ambiguous]].
* The ''WildArms'' series has a Western-like setting, but includes fantasy and sci-fi elements such as [[FunctionalMagic spellcasting]] and robots.
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark3'' is set in a GhostTown in Mojave desert populated by [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot undead cowboys and outlaws]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Pirate 101}}'' has a world known as Cool Ranch. The setting is western featuring pirates[[note]]This actually makes sense when you stop and think about it. Most outlaws could be looked at as pirates with horse instead of ships and that they robbed trains, coaches, and banks instead of merchant vessels[[/note]], PettingZooPeople[[note]]They make up most of the Spiral's population, having humans populate it would make it [[MakesSenseInContext seem even stranger]][[/note]], and Hoodoo[[note]]It umm... it comes with the pirate theme... okay, you can have that this one is weird even in context[[/note]].
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': One of the time periods featured in the game is the Wild West... overrun with appropriately-themed zombies such as cowboys, gold prospectors, saloon pianists, rodeo bulls, and... chicken wranglers.
* ''VideoGame/HardWest'' is set in a grim western frontier beset by [[OurDemonsAreDifferent gun-toting demons]], an inexplicable force driving people to madness, ancient curses, and a [[LouisCypher dark-suited stranger]] [[DealWithTheDevil offering wealth and power to those down on their luck]].

[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Many of the residents of Hell in ''{{Webcomic/Zoophobia}}'' are western-themed. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin That's right]], there are demons and other entities with cowboy hats, boots, guns and saloon dresses. Who can square dance.
* ''{{Crowfeathers}}''
* ''TheGunsOfShadowValley'' where the wild west is full of superheroes.
* ''NextTownOver'' has elements of this as well as CattlePunk
* ''[[Webcomic/TheDreadful The Dreadful]]'', which is a cuter than average take, starting with CuteMonsterGirl protagonist Kit.
* ''Webcomic/ZombieRanch'' is more of a [[NewOldWest Weird New West]], though so far the supernatural elements all seem to be limited to zombies or the products of their existence.
* ''{{Webcomic/Plume}}'' has magical artifacts and beings in Wild West setting.
* ''Webcomic/SixGunMage'' - as the title would suggest.
* ''Webcomic/{{Back}}'' is the typical "desperado gains KidSidekick and fights corrupt lawmen" Western, albeit one where the desperado is a omnicidal zombie, the KidSidekick is a witch-in-training, and the corrupt lawmen have been deformed by the will of their insane king.

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://johnsu.deviantart.com/art/Western-Brave-119313170 Behold]] the brave Lawrence Brecker and his... uh... hoverhorse thingy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkDrIacHJM The Backwater Gospel]] is about what happens when [[TheGrimReaper a creepy undertaker]] shows up in a fearful frontier town under the thrall of a {{sinister|Minister}} [[TheFundamentalist fire and brimstone pastor]] (hint: it doesn't end well).


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode, Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/GreenLantern, and Franchise/WonderWoman were sent back in time to the wild west, teamed up with ComicBook/JonahHex, and encountered, among other things, a laser gun that split into six smaller parts, android exoskeletons, and [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs robot dinosaurs.]] (Someone had been messing with time travel and had messed up the TimeyWimeyBall.)
** Earlier in TheDCAU's timeline, ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had an episode about Batman trying to unravel one of Comicbook/RasAlGhul's plots by investigating its roots in the Old West, when Jonah Hex (who was also in the Justice Leage Unlimited episode) ran afoul of Ra's' son.
* ''[[WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa]]''