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[[caption-width-right:350:[[DontGoIntoTheWoods Pretty sure I shouldn't be going in here...]]]]

To film, comic book, literature and TV show writers, the wilderness is untamed and unknowable where big adventures happen and few humans see. The big wilderness is mostly associated with the western coastline of America like [[TheOtherRainforest Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington]] where miles of forest still exist in pristine beauty; the same applies to British Columbia, which makes up the Canadian portion of TheOtherRainforest. It can also cover places like Germany's Black Forest, the many moors of England, like 90% of Russia, or any creepy, looming, or deep woodland in the world.

The Wild Wilderness is anything that pertains to big forests, mountains, empty meadows and other land untouched by the hand of man while it also has adventure, some spookiness/mysterious happenings, and/or events unseen by the rest of the world, or at least the general populace. For a good example, Erin takes a stroll in the DeepSouth woodlands to search for the source of a mysterious glow she sees every night out her window. She finds and ends up fighting off swamp pirates, saving an ArtifactOfDoom, fending off poisonous reptiles, and escaping back to the safety of home, all without anyone in her town noticing what's going on in those same woodlands.

In RealLife this is partly possible in only some of the listed locales as deep woodlands [[DontGoInTheWoods where no one can see what goes on]]; but in some works of fiction where there are modern or future settings it seems as if the world has had all of it's woodlands magically transformed into untouched wilderness. If it takes place in a fantasy or alien world, it's HandWaved to be uninhabited.

Even if this is not the case in reality; as anyone looking at Google Maps on satellite view can plainly see, population is sporadic and very well spread out. It's very difficult to get lost in the wilderness without running into a road or human settlement, outside of a few famously remote locales such as Alaska or Siberia. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up to interpretation as it can be quite disillusioning to watch the camera pan back on the DVD extras and realize [[ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam there's a strip mine]] right behind the "lush wilderness" in your favorite adventure film.

May overlap with RiverOfInsanity and may lead to TheGreatestStoryNeverTold but is not related to HorribleCampingTrip in anyway. {{Uberwald}} is likely to be right on the doorstep, and may add some supernatural nastiness to the setting.

Compare GhibliHills, which is mostly wild but contains much more chance of {{random encounter}}s with various inhabitants and their settlements; and {{Arcadia}} which is a "natural" rural area populated by shepherds or peasants. Not to be confused with TheLostWoods, which is the fantastic / video game variant. WhenTreesAttack the protagonist, it probably falls under ''that'' trope.



* ''Disney/BrotherBear'': It takes place in some wild and rocky mountains where no outsider (including the invading Europeans) notice.
** The presence of things like mammoths might imply those Europeans won't be coming for another few thousand years.
* The forest in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' .
* ''Film/UpTheCreek'': The whole movie takes place on a river in the middle of the wilderness, the adventures they have there kind of fit this trope.

* ''Literature/MercyThompson'': Its mentioned as the wilds of Montana or Washington State's Tri-city Outskirts in the Mercy Universe.
* ''Literature/JaneYellowrock'': Louisiana's swamps serve this trope nicely.
* ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'': Somehow the Red Bull runs through all of England without being seen by every town in the way.
** It's suggested that the town of Hagsgate, the last town before Haggard's castle, saw the Bull hunting the unicorns but said nothing for fear it would stop and they wouldn't be able to see unicorns again.
* A fae boy is found in one, in ''Literature/AnEncounterAndAnOffer''.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight In The Forest Of The Night]]'', features a literal urban jungle created in London, not to mention the rest of the world, when trees appear out of nowhere.
* ''NorthernExposure'': The whole story is set in a wilderness region of Alaska.
* ''TwinPeaks'': Twin Peaks is somewhere in Washington State, creepy even in RealLife.

* A radio episode of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' featured an attempt by Mr. Conklin to borrow Mrs. Davis's house trailer and go fishing on an isolated lake, deep in the wilderness. The name of the lake, and the title of the episode? "Oo Oo Me Me Tocoludi Gucci Moo Moo." It's the local Indians' word for "blue."

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''AlanWake'': The whole setting is a wild woodland with an old mine, a creepy town, and a dark secret...it fits.
* ''SilentHill'': The 4th game has spots of this, but then again it IS SilentHill...
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'': The setting is in a creepy TwinPeaks-esque town called Greenvale which happens to be nestled in some creepy woods.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' had an episode about Louisianan that had touches of this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': Too many episodes to list!
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'': Again, too many episodes to list, but often both the original series and the 1990's ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' has it in spades.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': One or two episodes at least.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': A main focus in Gravity Falls is the forest with strange creatures such as gnomes, manotaurs, and gremloblins.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'': The whole series is about a forest that is occupied by the mysterious Beast.