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3rd Jan '18 2:37:17 AM Cryoclaste
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* The [[JakAndDaxter Jak and Daxter]] series has Haven City, a sprawling metropolis believed to be the last surviving city on the planet. It's heavily polluted, in a severe state of disrepair, and has a mafia that actively works with the city's [[TheEmpire evil government]]. By the time of Jak II, it's been under siege for hundreds of years, and the citizenry is impoverished and downtrodden due to the war and the Baron's tyrannical rule. On top of that, the government has secretly worked out a deal with their supposed enemy, the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Metal Heads]], to supply them with eco in exchange for attacking the city just enough to [[MonsterProtectionRacket justify its continued rule.]] Did we mention that the Baron has a plan to destroy the Metal Heads that would [[TakingYouWithMe also destroy the entire universe?]]

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* The [[JakAndDaxter Jak and Daxter]] ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series has Haven City, a sprawling metropolis believed to be the last surviving city on the planet. It's heavily polluted, in a severe state of disrepair, and has a mafia that actively works with the city's [[TheEmpire evil government]]. By the time of Jak II, it's been under siege for hundreds of years, and the citizenry is impoverished and downtrodden due to the war and the Baron's tyrannical rule. On top of that, the government has secretly worked out a deal with their supposed enemy, the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Metal Heads]], to supply them with eco in exchange for attacking the city just enough to [[MonsterProtectionRacket justify its continued rule.]] Did we mention that the Baron has a plan to destroy the Metal Heads that would [[TakingYouWithMe also destroy the entire universe?]]
28th Dec '17 2:18:38 PM DocWildNole
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* Played absolutely straight in ''{{Series/Gotham}}'', it's even lampshaded by Carmine Falcone: "The sun never shines in Gotham."
28th Nov '17 6:13:40 PM nombretomado
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If our story takes place in the future, it will be a CyberPunk {{dystopia}} full of hideous dark {{Star Scraper}}s (symbolizing class oppression) and other signs of [[BadFuture a future gone wrong]]. If it takes place in the past, the City Noir of choice will probably either be [[LondonTown industrial revolution-era London]] or a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy counterpart]] version of it. Facsimiles of cities like New York and Chicago during the Great Depression might alternately pop up, although for American audiences they may well be shot through the NostalgiaFilter.

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If our story takes place in the future, it will be a CyberPunk {{dystopia}} full of hideous dark {{Star Scraper}}s (symbolizing class oppression) and other signs of [[BadFuture a future gone wrong]]. If it takes place in the past, the City Noir of choice will probably either be [[LondonTown [[UsefulNotes/{{London}} industrial revolution-era London]] or a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantasy counterpart]] version of it. Facsimiles of cities like New York and Chicago during the Great Depression might alternately pop up, although for American audiences they may well be shot through the NostalgiaFilter.
13th Nov '17 8:51:45 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* The CityWithNoName from ''VideoGame/{{Blackout}}'' shows off the trope from quite a few angles across its four different {{Hub Level}}s: the pretty, but somewhat surreal Uptown, the shady and dirty Downtown, the worn Docks where every building is crooked, and the oppressive Suburbs in pristine concrete.
28th Oct '17 4:36:28 AM jormis29
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* The Spierig brothers love this trope:

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* The Spierig brothers Creator/TheSpierigBrothers love this trope:
29th Sep '17 4:38:03 PM Saveelich
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* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Creator/TimBurton's vision of VictorianLondon definitely fits the trope. Polluted streets and alleys, sewers with steam coming from them, dirty houses and dirtier rooms. The city is full of evil and corrupted people, including rapists, child abusers, serial killers turning people into cannibals, and so on and so forth. It's all visually very dark, as is usual in Tim Burton's works.

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* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Creator/TimBurton's vision of VictorianLondon definitely fits the trope. Polluted streets and alleys, sewers with steam coming from them, dirty houses and dirtier rooms. The city is full of evil and corrupted people, including rapists, child abusers, serial killers turning people into cannibals, meat, and so on and so forth. It's all visually very dark, as is usual in Tim Burton's works.
17th Sep '17 10:57:35 AM nombretomado
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** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.

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** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs [[UsefulNotes/TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.
17th Sep '17 4:33:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mega City One in ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'', a spinoff of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''. It's not really an example in its parent series since Dredd is one of the super-cops actually running the city, but ''Simping'''s protagonist Jack Point is a hardboiled detective who navigates the strange underworld of MC-1 and happens to dress like a clown.
15th Sep '17 7:32:28 AM MasterNecromancer
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** Moscow fits the trope perfectly, both in works like S. Lukyanenko's Watch tetralogy and in RealLife. The climate is dark and cold for nine months and blisteringly hot for the remaining three, the architecture consists mostly of drab Commie-era concrete towers with some neo-gothic Stalinist skyscrappers added downtown and a lot of squalid 'khrushevka' apartment houses in the outskirts, the citizens are apathetic, the {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s are flamboyant jerks and the psychological athmosphere of the place was nasty enough even before the global financial crisis, and now it's downright unbearable.
** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some colour to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.

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** Moscow fits the trope perfectly, both in works like S. Lukyanenko's Watch tetralogy and in RealLife. The climate is dark and cold for nine months and blisteringly hot for the remaining three, the architecture consists mostly of drab Commie-era concrete towers with some neo-gothic Stalinist skyscrappers skyscrapers added downtown and a lot of squalid 'khrushevka' apartment houses in the outskirts, the citizens are apathetic, the {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s are flamboyant jerks and the psychological athmosphere atmosphere of the place was nasty enough even before the global financial crisis, and now it's downright unbearable.
** Moscow, however, has nothing on [[TheCityFormerlyKnownAs the second capital of Russia]], which has been a CityNoir for ''centuries'' -- before the term was even conceived -- probably ever since its inception. Even the classical writers of Russian literature would agree: Creator/FyodorDostoevsky himself famously called Saint-Petersburg the "City of the Half-Mad" in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', while Creator/NikolaiGogol devoted an entire short story describing how gloomy and dark it was. And there's a good reason for that: [[TheNightThatNeverEnds on average, there are only two hundred days in the year that are rainy and only fifty that are sunny]], and the weather and life conditions were (and are) so unbearable that most of the peasants who constructed the city died and became the city's foundations. The (beautiful, mind you) famous baroque architecture of the city does not help either: [[InvokedTrope knowing full well that the place where Saint-Petersburg stood was naturally very gloomy]], they chose to use bright, pastel tones like yellow and cyan to add some colour color to the city, which, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, [[GoneHorriblyWrong made it look like a giant insane asylum]]. Saint-Petersburg also became famous for its rampant crime during TheNineties, and albeit the power of TheMafiya waned after Putin's ascension, the atmosphere of the city still reeks of criminality. In short, it is the ''quintessential'' CityNoir, with all of its main characteristics with the sole exception of huge skyscrapers -- and even that is only because it is built on a [[SwampsAreEvil swamp]] and would not support high buildings. Nevertheless, they found out how to build skyscrapers in St. Pete; one district, the Okhta Center, became extremely controversial for being butt-ugly and visible from the entire city due to its height.
25th Aug '17 6:17:18 PM nombretomado
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* It would seem that many [[TheNewRussia Post-Soviet Russian]] metropolises embody the trope.

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* It would seem that many [[TheNewRussia [[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Post-Soviet Russian]] metropolises embody the trope.
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