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* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia,'' the first two main dungeons see you venturing into the ruined Incan city of Machu Picchu and then after traveling halfway across the ocean on the Incan ship of gold, visiting the Nazca lines, which are revealed to be [[AncientAstronauts a landing strip for the Moon Tribe's flying Sky Garden]] (never mind the fact that Machu Picchu and the Nazca lines are actually quite close to each other in Peru in reality, while they're on different ''continents'' in the game- [[AWizardDidIt the Comet did it]]).


Please see UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations, Myth/NativeAmericanMythology, Myth/AztecMythology and Myth/IncaMythology.

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Please see UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations, Myth/NativeAmericanMythology, Myth/AztecMythology Myth/AztecMythology, Myth/IncaMythology, and Myth/IncaMythology.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' features a sort of generic South American native culture that has a lot of aspects of this trope albeit VERY Mayan flavored. Including the sacrifices--though that's mostly the bad guy trying to do those, presumably to fuel his BloodMagic.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' features a sort of generic South American and Mesoamerican native culture that has a lot of aspects of this trope albeit VERY mixing Aztec and Mayan flavored.architecture with Incan clothing and a few names. Including the sacrifices--though that's mostly the bad guy trying to do those, presumably to fuel his BloodMagic. Notably it also features a practise of throwing gold down water bodies akin to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muisca Muisca]], making it a rare example of this culture being weaved into anything.

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* The first half of ''VideoGame/SeriousSam: The Second Encounter'' takes place during the Mayan age, while ''The First Encounter'' took place entirely in {{Ancient Egypt}}. The player gets to visit Palenque and Tenochtitlan, with the boss of the episode being the wind god Kukulkan aka Quetzalcoatl. While there are a few artistic liberties taken in the depiction, overall it's impressively accurate. Worth mentoning is that Kukulkan avoids two stereotypes: he is presented as a giant wind elemental spirit instead of a feathered serpent and the ingame bestiary explicitly says that he isn't evil or aligned with [[BigBad Mental's]] armies at all, instead he's simply doing his job as a guardian of a time portal and will even dissapear after beaten as a sign of respect for the player. There are also references to several deities (Ixchel) and real historic people (Montezuma).


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* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'': The Atlantean civilization partially has this aesthetic when it was added as a playable culture in ''The Titans'' expansion pack, for example their trading caravans use llamas. This is probably based on a theory that the Atlanteans were the first to reach the Americas and build colonies there.


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* The Mayan Pantheon was added to ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' in order to fill the role of a Mesoamerican culture. However they avert this trope by being faithful to the surviving records of real world Mayan mythology. Though worth mentioning is that one of the playable characters- the winged serpent god Kukulkan has an alternate costume referencing Quetzalcoatl, his more popularly depicted Aztec counterpart.


** In the plane of Alara, which has been splintered into different shards each lacking two of the colors of mana. Naya has Red, Green and White mana but no Blue or Black, resulting in a sunlit jungle world with no need for progress and ambition. Its inhabitants are content to worship giant beasts as gods, down to occasional HumanSacrifice, and are fairly hedonistic. They are deliberately modeled after the Aztec and these aspects of their culture, but as the world as a whole loss their drive for more complex civilizations and has in fact lost their former empires they also resemble the Maya in this regard.

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** In the plane of Alara, which has been splintered into different shards each lacking two of the colors of mana. Naya has Red, Green and White mana but no Blue or Black, resulting in a sunlit jungle world with no need for progress and ambition. Its inhabitants are content to worship giant beasts as gods, down to occasional HumanSacrifice, and are fairly hedonistic. They are deliberately modeled after the Aztec and these aspects of their culture, but as the world as a whole loss lost their drive for more complex civilizations and has in fact lost their former empires they also resemble the Maya in this regard.


** The treasure's backstory being an Aztec ramson paid to Cortes and then Cortes going back on his word and being cursed for it is actually much closer to the story of Pizarro, Atahualpa and the Room of Gold than anything that happened during the Conquest of Mexico. In fact, the Aztecs didn't even use gold as currency. Cortes had a long, mostly prosperous life after conquering the Aztecs (other than being barred from returning to Mexico) while Pizarro's pals were marred by infighting and assassinations, including Pizarro's own.

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** The treasure's backstory being an Aztec ramson ransom paid to Cortes and then Cortes going back on his word and being cursed for it is actually much closer to the story of Pizarro, Atahualpa and the Room of Gold than anything that happened during the Conquest of Mexico. In fact, the Aztecs didn't even use gold as currency. Cortes had a long, mostly prosperous life after conquering the Aztecs (other than being barred from returning to Mexico) while Pizarro's pals were marred by infighting and assassinations, including Pizarro's own.



* The SealedEvilInACan in VideoGame/{{Shivers}} originated from an unspecified ancient Central American civilization.

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* The SealedEvilInACan in VideoGame/{{Shivers}} ''VideoGame/{{Shivers}}'' originated from an unspecified ancient Central American civilization.



* Videogame/Wizard101 has Azteca, which was [[RealitySubtext appropriately enough]], released in [[MayanDoomsday late 2012]].

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* Videogame/Wizard101 ''Videogame/Wizard101'' has Azteca, which was [[RealitySubtext appropriately enough]], released in [[MayanDoomsday late 2012]].


* Mayincatec is the general aesthetic for trolls in ''Series/Warcraft''and ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft''. Different types of trolls emphasize different Mesoamerican influences.

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* Mayincatec is the general aesthetic for trolls in ''Series/Warcraft''and ''VideoGame/WorldofWarcraft''.''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Different types of trolls emphasize different Mesoamerican influences.


* Episode 3 of ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective" happens somehwere in a South America covered in gold and being invaded by conquistadores.

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* Episode 3 of ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective" ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'' happens somehwere in a South America covered in gold and being invaded by conquistadores.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the leaders of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] follow the Maya/Aztec variant, [[GodGuise impersonating]] or replacing certain Mayan and Aztec gods - their King going by Kukulkan (a god who fits the concept of the Feathered Serpent deity that was shared with the Aztecs, in the latter as Quetzalcoatl, so it could be an InUniverse case of IHaveManyNames). Of course, as BloodMagic using vampires native to South and Central America, the sacrifices are only to be expected. And while Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl didn't generally ask for human sacrifice, it's implied that the Red Court's leaders - who were extremely bloodthirsty - usurped the pre-existing gods, [[GodsNeedAPrayerBadly exploiting the universe's rules on divinity to do so]].

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' the leaders of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court]] follow the Maya/Aztec variant, [[GodGuise impersonating]] or replacing certain Mayan and Aztec gods - their King going by Kukulkan (a god who fits the concept of the Feathered Serpent deity that was shared with the Aztecs, in the latter as Quetzalcoatl, so it could be an InUniverse case of IHaveManyNames). Of course, as BloodMagic using vampires native to South and Central America, the sacrifices are only to be expected. And while Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl didn't generally ask for human sacrifice, it's implied that the Red Court's leaders - who were extremely bloodthirsty - usurped the pre-existing gods, [[GodsNeedAPrayerBadly [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly exploiting the universe's rules on divinity to do so]].


* The [[TempleOfDoom Mystic Ruins]] and [[FloatingContinent Angel Island]] in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The ancient Knuckles Clan are based on the ancient Mayans and some are named after Central and South American locations. Sega paid a few developers around $250,000 ''each'' to go down to Mexico and base Mystic Ruin after the Mayan temples.

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* The [[TempleOfDoom Mystic Ruins]] and [[FloatingContinent Angel Island]] in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. The ancient Knuckles Clan are based on the ancient Mayans and some are named after Central and South American locations. Sega paid a few developers around $250,000 ''each'' to go down to Mexico and base Mystic Ruin after the Mayan temples.


* The closest to a real life example of a Mayincatec culture is probably the rarely discussed Tarascan Empire in Western Mexico, a long-time enemy of the Aztecs. The Tarascans (who even today call themselves ''P'urhépecha'' or "Newcomers") speak a language isolate, were the first in Mesoamerica to work copper and bronze, and made ceramics with apparent Andean stylistic influences. It's been suspected for a long time that they descend from pre-Inca South American peoples that sailed to Mexico from what is now Colombia and Ecuador.

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* The closest to a real life example of a Mayincatec culture is probably the rarely discussed Tarascan Empire in Western Mexico, a long-time traditional enemy of the Aztecs. The Tarascans (who even today to this day call themselves ''P'urhépecha'' ''P'urhépecha'', or "Newcomers") speak a language isolate, were the first in Mesoamerica to work copper and bronze, and made ceramics with apparent Andean stylistic influences. It's been suspected for a long time that they descend from pre-Inca South American peoples that sailed to Mexico from what is now Colombia and Ecuador.


* The ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' comic adaptation opens with Indy being offered as a sacrifice to (and turned down by) "the Aztec god of war, Tenochtitlan" (although it turns out to be AllJustADream). Tenochtitlan was actually the ''capital city'' of the most warlike group of the Aztec Empire, the Mexica; its site is the oldest part of Mexico City. The Mexica's patron deity and the god of war, was Huitzilopochtli.

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* The ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' comic adaptation opens with Indy being offered as a sacrifice to (and ([[NotWorthKilling and turned down by) by]]) "the Aztec god of war, Tenochtitlan" (although it turns out to be AllJustADream). Tenochtitlan was actually the ''capital city'' of the most warlike group of the Aztec Empire, the Mexica; its site is the oldest part of Mexico City. The Mexica's patron deity and the god of war, was Huitzilopochtli.


* The [[TempleOfDoom Mystic Ruins]] and [[FloatingContinent Angel Island]] in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Some of the characters are even named after Central and South American locations. Sega paid a few developers around $250,000 ''each'' to go down to Mexico and base Mystic Ruin after the Mayan temples.

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* The [[TempleOfDoom Mystic Ruins]] and [[FloatingContinent Angel Island]] in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Some of The ancient Knuckles Clan are based on the characters ancient Mayans and some are even named after Central and South American locations. Sega paid a few developers around $250,000 ''each'' to go down to Mexico and base Mystic Ruin after the Mayan temples.


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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus''', where the author has somewhat [[ShownHisWork Shown His Work]] in researching the Native American cultures, specifically Mesoamerican and Caribbean ones. He then postulates what would happen if [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Columbus]] never sailed West (the Tlaxcalans, even more bloodthirsty but much more progressive than the Aztecs, [[spoiler: would rise to power, conquer their continent and then cross into Europe to TakeOverTheWorld]]). Except that the Tlaxcalans were nowhere near as bloodthirsty, war-loving or expansionist as the Mexica, the main ethnic group of the Aztec Empire.

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus''', where the author has somewhat [[ShownHisWork [[ShownTheirWork Shown His Work]] in researching the Native American cultures, specifically Mesoamerican and Caribbean ones. He then postulates what would happen if [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Columbus]] never sailed West (the Tlaxcalans, even more bloodthirsty but much more progressive than the Aztecs, [[spoiler: would rise to power, conquer their continent and then cross into Europe to TakeOverTheWorld]]). Except that the Tlaxcalans were nowhere near as bloodthirsty, war-loving or expansionist as the Mexica, the main ethnic group of the Aztec Empire.


* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus''', where the author has somewhat ShownHisWork in researching the Native American cultures, specifically Mesoamerican and Caribbean ones. He then postulates what would happen if [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Columbus]] never sailed West (the Tlaxcalans, even more bloodthirsty but much more progressive than the Aztecs, [[spoiler: would rise to power, conquer their continent and then cross into Europe to TakeOverTheWorld]]). Except that the Tlaxcalans were nowhere near as bloodthirsty, war-loving or expansionist as the Mexica, the main ethnic group of the Aztec Empire.

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus''', where the author has somewhat ShownHisWork [[ShownHisWork Shown His Work]] in researching the Native American cultures, specifically Mesoamerican and Caribbean ones. He then postulates what would happen if [[UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus Columbus]] never sailed West (the Tlaxcalans, even more bloodthirsty but much more progressive than the Aztecs, [[spoiler: would rise to power, conquer their continent and then cross into Europe to TakeOverTheWorld]]). Except that the Tlaxcalans were nowhere near as bloodthirsty, war-loving or expansionist as the Mexica, the main ethnic group of the Aztec Empire.

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