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A huge rainforest, with big trees, plants all around, a bunch of insects and, of course, a river (whose inhabitants include piranhas and electric eels). 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 is the most popular setting for a Green Aesop about preserving the rainforests. Another common feature is that it is either depicted as if it were contained entirely within Brazil, or extending 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 of Greek myth, the Amazonian Beauty, or even a brigade (or entire society) of them. Or the website, for that matter.

For the video game level equivalent, see Jungle Japes.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Rio 2 has Blu, Jewel, and their kids going to the Amazon after finding out a surviving wild flock of blue macaws might be living there.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Anaconda: Despite its authentic Portuguese cursing ("filho da..."), infamous for its upward waterfall — although it could be an optical illusion. However, the whole waterfall thing is a crock, just as in...
  • Moonraker: This 007 movie featured a "Brazilian" rainforest with a waterfall — despite the Amazon River, as any other plains river, being unable to have waterfalls — and a pre-Columbian building.
  • Dragonfly.
  • The Rundown/Welcome to the Jungle.
  • Tarzan should live in Darkest Africa, but sometimes appears in The Amazon instead.
  • Movies about The Vietnam War, such as Rambo and the war scene from Forrest Gump.
  • The Dancer Upstairs with John Malkovich extends the Amazon to Lima...
  • Two Brothers is set partly in the jungles of Cambodia.
  • At Play in the Fields of the Lord
  • Cannibal Ferox
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Loompaland, from the 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is in the Amazon. Because it has cacao beans. (Cacao trees are widely distributed from South America to Mexico — in fact chocolate was invented by the Aztecs — although the trope definition may encompass other rainforests.)
  • The Emerald Forest Is set where modern cities clash with native jungles.
  • Medicine Man is set in the Amazon basin, and is more accurate than many portrayals.
  • In Jungle, Yossi is separated from Kevin on their journey down the Tuichi River in Boliva and he spends three weeks lost in the Amazon rainforest. A very accurate portrayal (as might be expected given its source material) and shot with Colombia doubling for Bolivia.

  • 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 mutant superhero.
  • MacGyver (1985): 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 
  • The 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". Although subverted in that it takes place in Costa Rica as opposed to South America.
  • 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, partly because a show that represents the early 90's environmentalist craze wouldn't make sense without these accuracies, at the drawback of being very condescending towards native peoples
  • 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...
  • Inspector Gadget: In "The Amazon", Gadget has to travel into the Amazon jungle to rescue the scientist who installed his gadgets who has been kidnapped by MAD. Suffers from some seriously Misplaced Wildlife, as Gadget is hassled by an albino gorilla.
  • The main setting of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers.
  • The pilot episode of A Miss Mallard Myster, "Lost in the Amazon", involves a trek through the Rainforest.


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