The Wild West
What's In A Name?
- The title The American West is sometimes used to indicate a less cinematic and legendary approach to the historical era.
- Calling it the Old West is also likely to indicate a little more respect and historical accuracy (at least compared to Wild West), but still with a touch of the mystique and legend.
- A setting that labels itself the Wild West is full-on theme park and legendry version. It's a land of Indians, grizzled prospectors, scenic bluffs, Conestoga wagons, tough, shotgun-toting pioneers and buxom, be-feathered dance-hall girls. Also home to very lucrative sugar glass and balsa-wood chair industries, judging by the number of bar brawls which occur during a single episode of a typical western series. Bad guys and anti-heroes wear black hats, good guys and sheriffs wear white hats, shootouts on Main Street occur with the frequency of at least one an hour, and everyone drinks sarsaparilla or whiskey.
- For a list of Tropes relevant to The Wild West, see The Western
- For a list of character types to populate the setting, see Western Characters
- Overlaps with the era of the American Civil War
Game and Story Use
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