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"Behold the glory, behold the wonder
what we have made shall not be torn asunder
Such vast achievement, scroll and papyrus
beneath the gaze of Isis and Osiris.
And the majesty, where the heavens smile.
Jewel of history shining by the Nile!"
— Marketplace lyrics from Joseph: King of Dreams

Ah, Egypt! Vast country of sand, history, wonder and mystery, cut through by the nourishing course of the Nile. Land of the original God-Emperors, the Pharaohs, who raised pyramids and sphinxes to say "Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair".

Venturing through this country, O Bold Troper, you will likely find merchants from faraway lands, wily thieves, ill-tempered camels, and olive-skinned topless seductresses with braided wigs and kohl-painted eyes. Also home to fanatical bald priests in lapis collars and leopard-skin robes, who usually wind up being turned into mummies after calling down the wrath of the gods upon their heads (usually for getting involved with the aforementioned beautiful olive-skinned kohl-painted seductresses in some way). Wretched loincloth-wearing slaves labour to build pyramids in the scorching sun beneath the whips of merciless overseers... despite the fact that the great monuments were actually built by paid labourers with their own guilds.

Very rarely will it be acknowledged that "Ancient Egypt" spanned nearly 4,000 years. By the time of the New Kingdom era (starting around 1570 BC, and the Golden Age of Ancient Egypt that most resembles the fictional depictions), monuments like the pyramids were already considered ancient, having been built over a thousand years earlier.

Often considered a culture so exotically different (especially in the field of architecture) to Western and Eastern civilizations alike that some theorize outside inspiration. Ancient Egypt has frequently been packaged for export. If you're interested, consult Sally MacDonald's Consuming Ancient Egypt. This correlates with the fact Ancient Egypt has been the subject of American Cyclic National Fascination on two separate occasions: The Roaring '20s and The '70s.

See also Build Like an Egyptian and Pyramid Power. If Ancient Egypt is the object of Small Reference Pools, then you have Egypt Is Still Ancient.

For actual Ancient Egypt, see Ancient Egyptian History.

See also Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, two other famous civilizations that have significant overlap with Ancient Egypt, especially in the Ptolemaic era, and Cleopatra in particular always appears in stories set around this period. Also Ancient Persia, one of its many occupiers.

Popular tropes from this time period are:

  • Adaptational Modesty: Pretty much every depiction of Ancient Egypt downplays the prevalence of casual nudity. The lower classes went topless, and yes, this included the women. Upper-class women wore dresses, but they didn't always cover the breasts. Slaves and laborers typically went nude, as did children prior to puberty.
  • Anachronism Stew: The first contemporary use of the term "Pharaoh" was 1210 BCE and was used for Merneptah, thirteenth son and successor of Ramses the Great. Multiple works use the term for monarchs who came before Merneptah, including his own father.
    • This is far from the only anachronism that's common in fictional depictions of Ancient Egypt. Since the New Kingdom era was arguably the high point of Ancient Egypt (certainly it was in terms of military power and geographical extent) and included most of the best-known "Pharaohs,"note  all of the earlier eras will often end up looking like the New Kingdom. Though aside from the Old Kingdom (since that's when the pyramids were built), most of the earlier eras are less likely to get depicted at all.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Often attributed to this time period, even though history and science have both marched well beyond believing in them. What you see in Stargate SG-1 is just similar, though.
  • Brother–Sister Incest:
    • With a religious reason (or possibly excuse). The Pharaoh's family was supposed to be descended from Ra, the chief deity of Egypt (most of the time). Thus keeping it in the family meant less human blood to dilute the divine heritage. This was also employed by some dynasties that were not of the native populace, for instance the Ptolemaic dynasty, who were ethnically Greek and related to Alexander the Great.
    • Another theory suggests that marriages between siblings and half-siblings were about money. These marriages made sure that family riches couldn't be shared or claimed by outsiders.
    • Yet another that the terms "brother" and "sister" used between married couples were actually terms of endearment (akin to "darling"), and incestuous marriages were mostly in royal and very rich families.
  • Cool Crown: Some of the coolest ever.
  • Curse of the Pharaoh: Their tombs are always cursed for some reason.
  • Dated History: Although slavery existed in Ancient Egypt note , it is generally accepted by modern historians that its crowning achievement, the Great Pyramid of Giza, was not built by slave labour, but by the equivalent of paid contractors who were mostly skilled workers (the equivalent, because the pay took the form of food and other supplies). Money was just getting started as a concept and coins didn't come into common use until Cleopatra's time.). Interestingly, actual slave duties in Egypt were rather simple. Slaves were mostly used as cooks, maids, brewers, nannies, gardeners, stable hands, field hands, etc.
    • There was a period in history, particularly during the time between the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt and deciphering the hieroglyphics, but later on as well, even well into the 20th century, when Egypt was widely considered to be the actual cradle of most if not all civilizations. It was partly due to the fact that nobody had the slightest clue what the hieroglyphics said, what the pyramids or The Sphinx were for, nor anybody knew anything about the gods, the mummies or pretty much anything Egyptian that we take for granted nowadays. All that people saw was gigantic buildings and tombs left behind by a mysterious civilization, possibly well above the 19th century Europeans in terms of technological advancement. note  In a scientific frenzy dubbed as "Egyptomania", lots of historians and archeologists maintained that the Greeks and Romans owed all of their knowledge to the Ancient Egyptians. It wasn't until much later that people started to analyze these assumptions critically, coming to the conclusion that, while undoubtedly advanced for its time, Ancient Egypt was no Atlantis of the sands and its direct impact on the classical European civilizations of Greece and Rome, while important, was limited. The indirect impact was much larger, but was filtered through several other peoples between the heyday of ancient Egyptian civilization (in the mid-to-late second millennium BCE) and the rise of Greek civilization about seven hundred years later. A prime example of this is writing: the Greek alphabet (and therefore the Latin alphabet, since the latter derives from the former) is a descendant of Egyptian hieroglyphs, but only distantly: the hieroglyphs were at first used to write a Semitic language by having the Egyptian logographic characters stand for Semitic consonants;note  a different group of Semites then simplified the heiroglyphs but kept the sound associations to make the Phoenician abjad (consonantal alphabet), which the Greeks then modified (using some Semitic-only consonant letters to represent vowels)note  to create their alphabet. The Etruscans then modified the Greek alphabet to fit their language, and when the nearby Romans started to write Latin, they modified the Etruscan script to create the Latin alphabet we know today.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Whether it be historical-fiction or fiction-fiction, ancient Egyptians are almost always portrayed barefoot. This is partially Truth in Television. Egyptians did in fact invent very practical and cheap straw sandals; cheap enough that even commoners could afford them. But Egypt largely being a dust bowl meant that they were only used on blisteringly hot days. Even nobility and royalty more often had no use for them and largely went barefoot. It wasn't until when the Romans showed up that footwear became strongly encouraged among the middle and upper classes.note 
  • Egyptian Mythology: Ancient Egyptians worshipped quite a few deities.
  • Eye of Horus Means Egypt: Where the Eye Of Horus is being used to symbolize that something's Egyptian.
  • Egypt Is Still Ancient: Media portrays modern day Egypt as if it's still the New Kingdom period, with nary a hint of Islamic influence.
  • Guyliner: Eyeliner was considered androgynous and both men and women wore it to make their eyes look bigger. And because it was made out of a substance that repelled flies. And because the stuff reduced the glare from the sun. A group of pyramid workers even organized a strike to get more make-up as eye protection.
  • Historical In-Joke: Comedies set in Ancient Egypt often have a scene in which one of the protagonists knocks the Great Sphinx's nose off, leaving it in the form we know today. (Alternately, a myth has it that one of Napoleon's cannons blew it off.) However, the nose is documented to have been firmly attached at the time of the Arab invasion of Egypt in the seventh century AD (and detached by the time any Revolutionary Frenchmen got there). Late Medieval Arab historians wrote that a Muslim fanatic (whose identity varies from one telling to the next) knocked it off about six hundred years after the Arab conquest — and then was hanged by the Sultan for vandalism. (While being hanged for vandalism might normally seem like Disproportionate Retribution, most archaeologists and historians feel it to be entirely justified.) Simple exposure to the elements also could have done away with the Sphinx's nose. The entire structure has been slowly crumbling for the past 2,000 years and some ancient attempts at restoration have accentuated the damage over time.
  • The Mummy: Shambling corpses wrapped in bandages.
  • The Nepharious Pharaoh: An evil pharaoh.
  • Pyramid Power: Pyramids possessing unique power or secrets, or harboring something that does.
  • The Queen's Latin: Much like their Greek and Roman counterparts, it's rare to find any fictional work that has the Egyptians speak with their period-appropriate accents which means that English (usually RP) or any other accent is used for Translation Convention between the characters instead.
  • Walk Like an Egyptian: A stance or style of walking meant to resemble ancient Egyptian murals.

Works that are set in this time period include:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Ancient Egypt is the origin of a few of the major characters, the Millennium artifacts, and the children's trading card game.
  • The classic Shoujo manga Ouke no Monshou has a girl named Carol Reed thrown back in time, reaching Ancient Egypt.
  • The title character from Kimba the White Lion has an ancestry that traces back to Ancient Egypt.
  • While she has not appeared in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers, Word of God is that the personification of Ancient Egypt was the mother of the present-day personification of Egypt.
  • The story of Im: Great Priest Imhotep is based on Ancient Egyptian history and mythology, with fictional versions of the High Priest Imhotep and Pharaoh Djoser being the protagonist and antagonist respectively.
  • Aoi Horus no Hitomi by Chie Inudoh centers on Hatshepsut's life and struggles as the female pharaoh in the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom.

    Comic Books 
  • A few villains from Marvel Comics have their origins here:
    • Apocalypse was born in Aqaba thousands of years ago and taken in by a desert tribe with rather harsh Social Darwinist beliefs. It was also here that he (of course) picked up technology from Marvel's resident Ancient Astronauts, the Celestials.
    • Kang, Conqueror from the Future, spent a good deal of time in ancient Egypt as pharaoh Rama-Tut. In fact, he went back specifically in an attempt to recruit Apocalypse.
    • The Sphinx was a court wizard to Rameses II until he was fired after a certain Hebrew mystic showed him up. Then he wandered into the desert and found a magic stone that made him immortal.
    • The Living Mummy is more of an Anti-Hero.
    • Marvel's pre-Fantastic Four giant monster stories featured at least two stories about giant, alien mummies getting revived in the present day and causing havoc.
  • A number of DC Comics' characters have their origin here: Blue Beetle, Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Ibis the Invincible, the old wizard Shazam,note  Black Adam...
    • As the Post-Crisis Amazons no longer had a fleet of air craft and a robust aeronautical engineering group in Wonder Woman (1987) Diana got her invisible plane from the animal headed Lansinarians who used to hang out in Ancient Egypt and be mistaken for gods.
  • Albert Einstein: Time Mason: Albert is sent to Ancient Egypt in one story to stop a thieving Nazi. Both he and the Nazi are captured by guards at the Gate of Duat, and brought before Cleopatra as prisoners.
  • Asterix and Cleopatra.
  • The Belgian comic Papyrus, which also spawned an Animated Adaptation.
  • The Abrafaxe have an adventure during the Amarna period, where they meet Queen Nefertiti (Mosaik No. 234-254).
  • The eight-part series Sur les Terres d'Horus ("In the lands of Horus") by Isabelle Dethan, as well as its spin-off Khéti, fils du Nil ("Kheti, son of the Nile") are set during the reign of Ramses II. The main series deals with the investigation of various crimes that lead to a major conspiracy.
  • The country Stygia of Red Sonja is ancient Egypt in all but name, from the pyramids to the fashions to the slave labor.

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  • The most important sources:
    • Herodotus spends a lot of time talking about Egypt in The Histories.
    • It also figures prominently in The Bible. In The Book Of Genesis, Joseph ends up there after his brothers sell him to some Egyptian traders. He works his way up from slavery to prime minister. In The Book Of Exodus, another pharaoh has conquered and enslaved the Israelites, and Moses has to get him to let them go free. Elsewhere, Egypt is referred to, though often as a nation of godless heathens right along with the Canaanites, Assyrians, and other non-Yaweh-worshipping peoples, because of Values Dissonance.
  • In the third book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy there are parts set in Ptolemaic Egypt. They're backstory bits of Bartimaeus with his long dead, and much cared for, master...Ptolemy.
  • The River God and its sequels by Wilbur Smith supposedly based in Egypt 1780 BCE, and follows a slave eunuch with magical powers.
  • The Kane Chronicles takes place in the present day but with Egyptian gods.
  • The Queen of the Damned novel by Anne Rice reveals Kemet (Ancient Egypt) to be birthplace (undeathplace?) of the original vampire, Akasha, the titular queen, although Akasha herself is not originally Egyptian. A good chunk of Maharet's story takes place in Kemet or around it.
    • She also wrote The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned, in which Ramses the Great and Cleopatra have both been made immortal.
  • In The Red Tent, Dinah starts a new life in Egypt with her mother-in-law after her husband is killed by her brothers.
  • The Discworld novel Pyramids sends up Ancient Egypt to way past eleven. Terry Pratchett creates a country where building pyramids is all and everything and which is up to 3,000 years behind the rest of the Discworld. It takes a gifted Assassin to bring it all crumbling down.
  • "Imprisoned With the Pharaohs", a supposedly true story, ghostwritten by H. P. Lovecraft, is Indiana Jones (its "author" Harry Houdini) on a bad acid trip.
  • Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie.
  • The Royal Diaries series has a book about Cleopatra VII that takes place mostly in Egypt.
  • Pharaoh by Bolesław Prus
  • Uarda a now-dated romance set in the reign of Rameses II.
  • A God Against The Gods and its sequels by Alan Drury, about Akhenaten, his family, and their attempt to institute the worship of one God, Aten, the Sun Disk.
  • The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder has a group of children enchanted by the Land of the Pharaohs, pulling out every trope they can think of in a mix of imaginative play and attempts at re-creating actual artifacts and situations.
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile is set here, obviously.
  • Esther Friesner's Princesses of Myth series takes a turn here with a duology focusing on Queen Nefertiti as a young woman. The books are called Sphinx's Princess and Sphinx's Queen.
  • The Lost Queen of Egypt by Lucile Morrison, with exquisitely stylized illustrations by Franz Geritz, returns to the fascinating 18th Dynasty and Akhenaten's family. Inspired by the famous golden throne of Tutankhaten which shows Akhenaten's daughter Ankhsenpaaten as a cheerful and lively girl, pouring perfume to anoint her mate, Morrison wrote the third princess as an athletic tomboy who ultimately found a way to survive. She also tells the story of the funerary mural for Meketaten, with its naturalistic postures.note 
  • In the Harry Potter series, it's mentioned that Ancient Egyptian wizards liked to put curses on their tombs to mutilate Muggle grave robbers. Ron's brother Bill works in Egypt as a "curse-breaker," which is apparently the wizarding equivalent of being an Adventurer Archaeologist.
  • Egypt of the New Kingdom era, more precisely the beginning of the 18th Dynasty, is constantly referred to in the Bronze Age series Gods and Warriors, and the penultimate book, The Crocodile Tomb, takes place there. The Second Intermediate Period and the Hyksos are vaguely referred to when it's mentioned the Perao (Pharaoh) drove away eastern foreigners with the help of the bronze provided by Koronos a few years earlier. The Egyptian gods are called by their Ancient Egyptian names instead of their modern versions which are derived from Greek versions.
  • In Soulmate, Hannah's second incarnation, Ha-nahkt, lived in Ancient Egypt in an unspecified time period, with a flashback revealing some of her life and her death in that time. In this lifetime she was a priestess dedicated to the goddess Isis.

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  • Michael Jackson's music video for "Remember the Time" is set in Ancient Egypt at the court of the Pharaoh.
  • Nile, obviously.
  • "Tutankhamen", "The Pharaoh Sails to Orion", and "Sahara" by Nightwish
  • "King Tut" by Steve Martin, produced during the "Tut-mania" of the 1970s when Tutankamen's treasures went on tour.
  • Earth, Wind & Fire used a lot of Egyptian themeology in their album covers, stage sets and stage costumes.
  • The artwork of Iron Maiden's album Powerslave is an obvious homage to this period of time, complete with Pharaoh Eddie. And so is the title track.
    • The Egyptian theme carried over to their stage set for the ensuing tour. It can be seen in their concert video, "Live After Death". The stage set was re-created for their 2008 Somewhere Back In Time tour (which coincided with the DVD release of "Live After Death") and can be seen in the documentary, ""Flight 666".
  • Dio's "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", also covered by Doro Pesch.
    • Dio's stage set for the Last In Line tour had an Egyptian theme, to tie in with the song. It can be seen in the concert video, "A Special From The Spectrum".
  • Pink Floyd's The Nile Song from Meddle.
  • Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Egyptian Reggae and Abdul and Cleopatra.
  • The Bangles, Walk like An Egyptian.
  • Both Richman and the Bangles, for those with long memories, were drawing on music hall act of the 1930's, Wilson, Keppel and Betty.
  • And there is Giuseppe Verdi's 19th century opera set in ancient Egypt, Aida.
  • "Spirits Of Ancient Egypt", by Wings.
  • "Valley Of The Kings" by Blue Murder, led by John Sykes of Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy fame.
  • Sun Ra built this trope into an entire concept. He claimed to have been born on Saturn and been abducted by aliens to come to Earth and spread a message of universal brotherhood so that mankind could be transported to another and better place in space. He mixed Ancient Egypt mythology and imagery with space concepts in his work and laid the foundations for the Afro-futurism movement in music.
  • The utterly bizarre (and weirdly erotic, especially for 1963) "Egyptian Shumba" by the Tammys, Lou Christie's backup singers. If this did not exist, it would have been necessary to invent it.note 
Nautilus Pompilius: Nautilus has a song about Very Loosely Based on a True Story Tutankhamun.

  • The Twilight Histories episode “City of Pyramids” takes place in a world where Egypt was the only civilization to survive the Bronze Age Collapse. 12,000 years later, not much has changed. Well, apart from the new ice age and all that.
    • “May His Kay Endure Forever” takes place in a world where a warrior pharaoh spread Egypt’s empire from Ethiopia to the Pillars of Hercules. You are sent to investigate his vast underground necropolis.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Tomb Kings of Warhammer are an exaggeration of this. The liche-priests told the pharaohs that they knew how to prepare bodies for life after death, ensuring them a heavenly afterlife. Unfortunately, it turns out they were only capable of raising them as mummies. Now the Tomb Kings war with each other, as every one of them still thinks himself the rightful king of Khemri with a bunch of related usurpers to eliminate.
  • Magic: The Gathering had plans for an ancient Egypt inspired plane for decades, and finally achieved it in Amonkhet. Uniquely, it is mostly focused on a fictional Egypt as a living culture rather than as the Precursors. Until Hour of Devastation rolled along and it became an Old Testament disaster movie.
  • Several tabletop roleplaying systems, including (inevitably) GURPS, have supplements or setting books for Ancient Egypt or some very thinly disguised imitation thereof.
  • Any proper Dungeons & Dragons setting needs an Egypt-based area so the heroes can meet mummies.
    • The Forgotten Realms has Mulhorand as an Ancient Egypt-based locale.
    • D&D's gothic horror setting Ravenloft has one too, which might seem odd compared to most of the setting's 19th's century European vibe, except that you just can't do a comprehensive gothic horror setting without mummies.
  • Nyambe: Based on sub-Saharan Africa, doesn't deal with the Egyptian-themed civilization directly, but makes it clear that yes, there is a fantasy Egypt-type nation in the northeastern part of the continent. As Nyambe is an independent d20 game clearly designed to be fit into the Forgotten Realms's fantasy Earth, the Egypt-themed nation in question would presumably be Mulhorand.


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  • Age of Empires I has Egyptians as a playable faction and uses the Egyptian campaign as an extended tutorial. They have powerful chariots, but limited late-game units.
  • Age of Mythology has Egyptians as a playable faction, using cheap but weak soldiers, a variety of units based on Egyptian myths, and a Pharoah who can speed up worker unit tasks.
  • Animal Crossing
    • Egyptian inspired furniture and clothing can be obtained in most of the games of the series.
    • Ankha, a snooty cat villager, has a design heavily inspired by Cleopatra, right down to having a house that resembles the inside of a pyramid. Her species is also a reference to the fact that Egyptians worshipped cats. Her English name is based on "ankh", which is s hieroglyphic character that means "life", her Japanese name is "Nairu", which is a reference to the river Nile, her Italian, Korean and Spanish names reference Cleopatra, and lastly her French name is "Neferti", which is derived from Queen Nefertiti.
    • Lucky, a lazy dog villager, is a Bandage Mummy who has had an Egyptian themed house in all of the games he has appeared in (except in New Horizons, in which is themed after a graveyard).
  • Assassin's Creed Origins is set in Ptolemaic Egypt, during the reign of Cleopatra VII. It's much more recent and modern than most examples, though the spirit and aesthetic remain especially in the non-Greco Roman areas such as Siwa where the setting is more akin to the pre-Prolemaic period.
  • Big Karnak, like the title implies, is set in the ancient Egyptian city of Karnak, where you're a pharaoh warrior out to save your abducted brides from rogue Egyptian gods. Osiris serves as the final boss, by the way.
  • In the City-Building Series:
  • On of the common playable factions in the Civilization series are the Egyptians, who generally speaking hew to the ancient parts of history. For instance, in Civilization 5, their unique unit is a superior version of the war chariot, their unique building is a burial tomb (provides faith and happiness, but is worth a lot of gold if an enemy captures it), and their unique power is to build Wonders faster.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped has four levels set in Ancient Egypt: Tomb Time, Sphynxinator, Tomb Wader, and Bug Lite. The fourth warp station is Ancient Egyptian-themed too. The levels feature many stereotypical traits like sphinx decorations, deadly traps like spears and crushing objects, and hieroglyphic drawings in the walls.
  • An Egyptian Tale is set entirely in ancient Egypt. The player controls an Egyptian Princess who must avenge her father's death after the Pharaoh is killed by an evil cult who wants to rule the entire kingdom. It's a Beat 'em Up game that's really, really shallow on plot.
  • Empire Earth II: Art of Supremacy: The first campaign is set in Egypt around the end of the 6th dynasty. While there are no animated mummies, one level features starving peasants so desperate for food they break into the tombs and haul out the preserved corpses to feed on them.
  • The first world of Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time takes place here. Appropriately enough almost all the zombies are mummies, and specialized zombies include stone slab workers, a zombie based on Ra that steals sun, another based on Anubis that creates tombstones, a Pharaoh with a heavily armored sarcophagus, and modern pyramid explorers carrying deadly torches.
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles has the Sandopolis Zone, which is Ancient Egypt ON A FLOATING ISLAND!
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, as could be expected, with several Egyptian gods featured as characters.
  • Most desert worlds in the Super Mario Bros. series are based on Egyptian imagery; the first world of Super Mario Land is even explicitly based on real-life Egypt. The first major subversion comes in Super Mario Odyssey's Sand Kingdom. The most Egyptian things are a Sphynx and some mummy enemies, but the rest is based on Mexican and Mayincatec theming, with a step pyramid taking prominence and an Olmec-statue god serving as the boss.
  • Waxworks (1992) features a level set in a mazelike pyramid, chock full of booby traps, hostile guards, and snakes and a crocodile.
  • Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? goes through history chronologically. The first level is set in Ancient Egypt, circa 1490 BC. After the Book of the Dead is stolen by Carmen's thief, it's up to you to mummify Queen Hatshepsut's recently-deceased husband.

  • Deities has an arc set in Ancient Egypt where Chaos and Law/Order discuss the building of the pyramids.
  • In El Goonish Shive, a flashback of a golem takes place in Ancient Egypt.

    Web Original 
  • Repeatedly lampshaded in Atop the Fourth Wall. Linkara points out all the traps and tricks and concludes that it's a death trap. Now when it appears, a picture of the pyramids appears with the Imperial March from Star Wars accompanying it.
  • The eighth Chrono Hustle story is set in Ancient Egypt. Jack meets Imhotep.
  • The French edutainment Confession Cam parody web-series Confessions d'Histoire has an episode about Cleopatra VII and the end of Ptolemaic Egypt. Once she dies, she's surprised that Anubis comes to seek her soul, as she believed she would face Greek or Roman gods. About the latter, Anubis reminds her that she's Queen of Egypt. Also, Horus was supposed to come but he's on a day off, hence Anubis replacing him.

    Western Animation 
  • Papyrus, a French/Canadian animated series adapted from the aforementioned Belgian comic book of the same name.
  • Certain episodes and sketches on Histeria!, of course.
  • French animated series La Princesse du Nil (lit. Princess of the Nile) is about Ancient Egypt. It is specifically set during the 19th dynasty, during the reign of Ramses II, during Nefertari's time as Great Royal Wife.
  • Mummies Alive! has many flashbacks to the lives of the characters in Ancient Egypt.
  • The fourth episode of Il était une fois... focuses on early civilizations, including Ancient Egypt.
  • The people of Egyxos originally lived in Ancient Egypt, before finding a new home on a new planet.

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  • The Green-Eyed Sniper is a webcomic set in a parallel universe, where Ancient Egypt has influenced the rest of the world for a very long time period. All commercial and public signs are written both in hieroglyphs and in English. Several people, such as Sekhmet (see the characters' page for The Green-Eyed Sniper), carry Egyptian names.

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Mummy zombies, sun-stealing zombies modeled after Ra, and pharaoh zombies in coffins of Egypt.

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