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Playing With / Nature Is Not Nice

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Basic Trope: Nature is cruel and/or uncaring.

  • Played Straight: The Trope Forest is a dangerous place filled with hostile animals, dangerous plants, and seems to reject humanity outright.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The Trope Forest is so dangerous that absolutely no one visits if they don't have to, and happens to be just one of several extremely dangerous locations in close proximity. It's also actively malevolent.
    • The Trope Forest, on top of already being dangerous, even looks like a skull or other symbol of danger from the sky or on a map.
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    • The Trope Forest is nothing but scary.
  • Downplayed: The Trope Forest is depicted as a place that can be harsh for the unprepared, but isn't especially dangerous compared to other places.
  • Justified:
  • Subverted: After hearing stories of the dangers of the Trope Forest, Alice and Bob find that in reality the Trope Forest is a relaxing and safe place to be.
  • Double Subverted: ...But that's a superficial impression; the reality is quite different.
  • Parodied: Merely stepping into the outdoors will cause a rush of animals and plants to come at you, with Everything Trying to Kill You.
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  • Zig-Zagged: Some parts of the Trope Forest are more hazardous than others.
  • Averted:
    • The Trope Forest is portrayed as neither especially safe nor especially dangerous.
    • The Trope Forest is outright idyllic in character.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "So much for a relaxing getaway in the woods!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob actively try to search for the Trope Forest's dark side, and end up finding it.
  • Exploited: Alice and Bob purposely trick their enemies into heading into the Trope Forest in hopes that the assorted natural hazards will kill them.
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  • Defied: Travellers give the Trope Forest's wildlife no reason whatsoever, conscious or not, to harm them.
  • Discussed: "You know, real forests aren't all sweetness and light like in children's movies, they can be very dangerous places to be."
  • Conversed: "Why do these shows always have characters get screwed around whenever they go on vacation?"
  • Implied: Alice and Bob go into the Trope Forest. We don't see what happened to them therein, but when they get out, they are badly injured and barely speak except to agree, "Let Us Never Speak of This Again."
  • Deconstructed: The Trope Forest is cut down after one child goes missing. Many animals lose their habitat in consequence, and biodiversity plummets.
  • Reconstructed: Upon realizing the error of cutting down the Trope Forest, an environmental restoration project is started to restore it, and afterwards everyone is taught that despite the dangers lurking within the Trope Forest, it still occupies an important role in nature.
  • Played for Laughs: The Trope Forest's reputation is really part of an elaborate prank on Alice and Bob, with even the animals being in on it.
  • Played for Drama: Alice and Bob get lost in the Trope Forest and struggle to survive.
  • Untwisted: After all the other places they've been to with dangerous reputations turning out to not live up to the hype, Alice and Bob expect the Trope Forest to be more of the same, only to be sorely mistaken.

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