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30th Jan '16 12:04:03 AM FordPrefect
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* Certain cites, such as Portland and Austin embrace well earned reputations as real life examples of this trope. For instance, many cities have flamboyant homeless transvestites who run for mayor. Only in Austin do they have a volunteer staff and campaign budget, a well reasoned multi-point running platform, participate seriously in public debates, and receive a small but noteworthy percentage of the vote.
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* Certain cites, such as Portland and Austin Austin, embrace well earned reputations as real life examples of this trope. For instance, many cities have flamboyant homeless transvestites who run for mayor. Only in Austin do they have a volunteer staff and campaign budget, a well reasoned multi-point running platform, participate seriously in public debates, and receive a small but noteworthy percentage of the vote.
30th Jan '16 12:00:56 AM FordPrefect
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** In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Miss Piggy go for a bike ride in London. A surprised girl exclaims that a bear is riding a bycicle (a RunningGag has Fozzy and Kermit being identical twins), but her father just nonchalantly corrects her that Kermit is a frog because "bears wear hats."
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** In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Miss Piggy go for a bike ride in London. A surprised girl exclaims that a bear is riding a bycicle bicycle (a RunningGag has Fozzy and Kermit being identical twins), but her father just nonchalantly corrects her that Kermit is a frog because "bears wear hats."
11th Jan '16 9:31:06 AM Sharlee
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* The {{Nightside}} is ''crawling'' with a FantasyKitchenSink full of weirdos, but only newcomers actually let themselves get distracted by the bizarre passersby because staring at people (or whatever) makes you look like an easy mark.
21st Nov '15 12:52:07 PM nighttrainfm
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* Oddly averted in Ankh-Morpork of the Literature/{{Discworld}}, mainly because anything that happens in the streets of the city counts as a spectator sport, and standing around watching interesting things is the public's favorite pastime and penetrating stares the city's chief export. So they only really notice strange things in as much as it's something interesting to watch for a few minutes before going on with their day. If it's worth watching for more than a few minutes 'Cut-me-own-throat' Dibbler will show up to sell his 'sausages inna bun!'. ** Played straight(er) in the Ramtop Mountains. According to ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', when people in Lancre are woken in the night by strange happenings, they say "Oh, it's just another bloody portent," then roll over and go back to sleep. When someone goes for a long walk ''without'' seeing anything spooky, he needs a stiff drink to settle his nerves.
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** Oddly averted in Ankh-Morpork of the Literature/{{Discworld}}, Ankh-Morpork, mainly because anything that happens in the streets of the city counts as a spectator sport, and standing around watching interesting things is the public's favorite pastime and penetrating stares the city's chief export. So they only really notice strange things in as much as it's something interesting to watch for a few minutes before going on with their day. If it's worth watching for more than a few minutes 'Cut-me-own-throat' Dibbler will show up to sell his 'sausages inna bun!'. ** Played straight(er) in the Ramtop Mountains. According to ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', when people in Lancre are woken in the night by strange happenings, they say "Oh, it's just another bloody portent," then roll over and go back to sleep. When someone goes for a long walk ''without'' seeing anything spooky, he needs a stiff drink to settle "unsteady his nerves.nerves".
9th Nov '15 3:41:25 PM margdean56
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* In ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'', Quagmire is one of the acknowledged weirdness capitals of the world, despite it's small size. It's full of ninja, witches, mad scientists (teaching at the public school openly!), superheroes, rat exterminators, and assorted other unusual individuals that make up a sizable minority of the populace.
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* In ''ComicBook/NinjaHighSchool'', Quagmire is one of the acknowledged weirdness capitals of the world, despite it's its small size. It's full of ninja, witches, mad scientists (teaching at the public school openly!), superheroes, rat exterminators, and assorted other unusual individuals that make up a sizable minority of the populace.
3rd Nov '15 9:56:55 AM Scorpion451
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* Certain cites, such as Portland and Austin embrace well earned reputations as real life examples of this trope. For instance, many cities have flamboyant homeless transvestites who run for mayor. Only in Austin do they have a volunteer staff and campaign budget, a well reasoned multi-point running platform, participate seriously in public debates, and receive a small but noteworthy percentage of the vote.
2nd Nov '15 3:19:16 PM Josef5678
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* Averted in the film ''{{Who}}'', where an agent returns from behind the IronCurtain with his face in a grotesque mask following an accident -- or is it an impostor? Anyway, the filmmakers took the actor onto the street (forget which city) and filmed genuine startled reactions of passersby to his mask.
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* Averted in the film ''{{Who}}'', where an agent returns from behind the IronCurtain UsefulNotes/IronCurtain with his face in a grotesque mask following an accident -- or is it an impostor? Anyway, the filmmakers took the actor onto the street (forget which city) and filmed genuine startled reactions of passersby to his mask.
1st Nov '15 6:51:29 PM Doug86
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* Occasionally invoked in various MarvelComics. While most folks will panic appropriately when a superhuman battle breaks out nearby, sometimes a jaded resident ignores the ruckus, or yells at the heroes to move their Quinjet and stop blocking the street. ** One particular variation is invoked ''extremely'' often in MarvelComics, particularly those written by StanLee: bystanders who exclaim [[SomeNuttyPublicityStunt "Ah, must be some publicity stunt!" or "They must be filming some nutty new sci-fi movie!"]] Curiously, in this variant, the populace seems to think the city is overflowing with publicists and filmmakers, not superheroes. Based on the sheer number of appearances, this might be StanLee's favorite trope. ** It didn't start with Stan, though. The "just a publicity stunt" trope, almost exactly like Stan used it, turns up in a 1942 ''WonderWoman'' story.
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* Occasionally invoked in various MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. While most folks will panic appropriately when a superhuman battle breaks out nearby, sometimes a jaded resident ignores the ruckus, or yells at the heroes to move their Quinjet and stop blocking the street. ** One particular variation is invoked ''extremely'' often in MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, particularly those written by StanLee: Creator/StanLee: bystanders who exclaim [[SomeNuttyPublicityStunt "Ah, must be some publicity stunt!" or "They must be filming some nutty new sci-fi movie!"]] Curiously, in this variant, the populace seems to think the city is overflowing with publicists and filmmakers, not superheroes. Based on the sheer number of appearances, this might be StanLee's Creator/StanLee's favorite trope. ** It didn't start with Stan, though. The "just a publicity stunt" trope, almost exactly like Stan used it, turns up in a 1942 ''WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' story.

** In Comicbook/DoctorStrange stories, Doc can wander the streets of New York openly, in costume, because everyone takes him for a harmless quack. But when things get out of hand, characters will comment that they need to stop the [magical whatsit] soon, because even Greenwich Village is going to notice the [flaming headed monster/enormous dragon/giant rabbit].
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** In Comicbook/DoctorStrange ComicBook/DoctorStrange stories, Doc can wander the streets of New York openly, in costume, because everyone takes him for a harmless quack. But when things get out of hand, characters will comment that they need to stop the [magical whatsit] soon, because even Greenwich Village is going to notice the [flaming headed monster/enormous dragon/giant rabbit].

** During Walter Simonson's run on ''TheMightyThor'', there was a story arc where the hosts of Asgard were trapped on Earth for a few weeks, and spent the time hanging out in New York City.
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** During Walter Simonson's run on ''TheMightyThor'', ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', there was a story arc where the hosts of Asgard were trapped on Earth for a few weeks, and spent the time hanging out in New York City.

* There was a ''Comicbook/TheFlash'' comic book where he was [[RealWorldEpisode transported into 'our' universe]], but no one really noticed except for a FanBoy and his mom.
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* There was a ''Comicbook/TheFlash'' ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' comic book where he was [[RealWorldEpisode transported into 'our' universe]], but no one really noticed except for a FanBoy and his mom.

* SinCity is a very dark variation of this trope. Marv beats people into bloody messes in bars and the people around him keep drinking, a ninja assassin can kill a man in an alley while citizens walk by (as seen in the background of the short story ''Blues Eyes''), and shoot outs are not entirely uncommon due to the WretchedHive nature of the city.
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* SinCity ''ComicBook/SinCity'' is a very dark variation of this trope. Marv beats people into bloody messes in bars and the people around him keep drinking, a ninja assassin can kill a man in an alley while citizens walk by (as seen in the background of the short story ''Blues Eyes''), and shoot outs are not entirely uncommon due to the WretchedHive nature of the city.

* A running gag in ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' is Miss Piggy, spying on Kermit and enraged by what she sees, taking her frustrations out on nearby architecture. Kermit looks round in surprise (without seeing her), but whoever he's talking to just says "Eh, New York." ** In ''TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Miss Piggy go for a bike ride in London. A surprised girl exclaims that a bear is riding a bycicle (a RunningGag has Fozzy and Kermit being identical twins), but her father just nonchalantly corrects her that Kermit is a frog because "bears wear hats."
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* A running gag in ''TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' is Miss Piggy, spying on Kermit and enraged by what she sees, taking her frustrations out on nearby architecture. Kermit looks round in surprise (without seeing her), but whoever he's talking to just says "Eh, New York." ** In ''TheGreatMuppetCaper'', ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', Kermit and Miss Piggy go for a bike ride in London. A surprised girl exclaims that a bear is riding a bycicle (a RunningGag has Fozzy and Kermit being identical twins), but her father just nonchalantly corrects her that Kermit is a frog because "bears wear hats."

* In ''{{Enchanted}}'', a Disney Princess (complete with singing animal friends, a big poofy ball-gown and an obsession with True Love's Kiss) is transported from her animated world of trolls and wicked stepmothers into the middle of Times Square. The reactions of Manhattanites fall into two categories: they either believe that she is some sort of performance artist or assume she is severely psychotic. This is especially evident in her first Real World interaction (for example, when a little person on the street curtly tells her to move out of the way, she mistakes him for Grumpy from Snow White; later that day she has her crown stolen by a homeless person).
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* In ''{{Enchanted}}'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', a Disney Princess (complete with singing animal friends, a big poofy ball-gown and an obsession with True Love's Kiss) is transported from her animated world of trolls and wicked stepmothers into the middle of Times Square. The reactions of Manhattanites fall into two categories: they either believe that she is some sort of performance artist or assume she is severely psychotic. This is especially evident in her first Real World interaction (for example, when a little person on the street curtly tells her to move out of the way, she mistakes him for Grumpy from Snow White; later that day she has her crown stolen by a homeless person).

* This is a recurring motif in SpiderRobinson's fiction: in the novel ''Night of Power'', the hero is surprised that he and his wife -- he white and covered in blood, she black and completely bald -- actually attract stares in a UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity video arcade. The two characters in the short story "Half an Oaf" attract absolutely ''no'' attention in Times Square at midnight, even though one is a twelve-year-old boy with a fake mustache and the other is the upper half of an extremely fat man.
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* This is a recurring motif in SpiderRobinson's Creator/SpiderRobinson's fiction: in the novel ''Night of Power'', the hero is surprised that he and his wife -- he white and covered in blood, she black and completely bald -- actually attract stares in a UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity video arcade. The two characters in the short story "Half an Oaf" attract absolutely ''no'' attention in Times Square at midnight, even though one is a twelve-year-old boy with a fake mustache and the other is the upper half of an extremely fat man.

* DavidLetterman once did a sketch where he filled a coffee shop in Times Square with 35 men in Spider-Man costumes. Crowds walking by failed to react.
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* DavidLetterman Creator/DavidLetterman once did a sketch where he filled a coffee shop in Times Square with 35 men in Spider-Man costumes. Crowds walking by failed to react.

* [[TheBigApplesauce New York]] as depicted in ''Series/NightCourt'', in one episode a man who believed he was from Venus appeared, and the orderlies from the mental hospital who came to collect him only remarked that it was a little early in the year for that particular delusion.
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* [[TheBigApplesauce [[BigApplesauce New York]] as depicted in ''Series/NightCourt'', in one episode a man who believed he was from Venus appeared, and the orderlies from the mental hospital who came to collect him only remarked that it was a little early in the year for that particular delusion.

* StarTrekVoyager: Lampshaded by Tuvok in the episode Future's End (where the crew ends up sent back in time to 1996). They carefully prepare contemporary clothing as to not attract too much attention. Then, upon arriving in San Francisco and seeing the people there, Tuvok says "We could have worn our Starfleet uniforms. I doubt anybody would have noticed."
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* StarTrekVoyager: ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Lampshaded by Tuvok in the episode Future's End (where the crew ends up sent back in time to 1996). They carefully prepare contemporary clothing as to not attract too much attention. Then, upon arriving in San Francisco and seeing the people there, Tuvok says "We could have worn our Starfleet uniforms. I doubt anybody would have noticed."

* Having started its life as a GTA clone, the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series starts off this way and progressively turns it UpToEleven as the series continues. Gang wars between teleporting rollerbladers and maniacs riding [=VTOLs=] and wielding mind-controlling squids and giant purple dildos? Just another Tuesday in Steelport.
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* * Having started its life as a GTA clone, the ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series starts off this way and progressively turns it UpToEleven as the series continues. Gang wars between teleporting rollerbladers and maniacs riding [=VTOLs=] and wielding mind-controlling squids and giant purple dildos? Just another Tuesday in Steelport.

* [[{{Persona2}} Sumaru City]]. Dear God, Sumaru City. It does not get any worse than a city where rumors ''become'' reality. * The nameless isolated town in ''{{Pathologic}}'' has some pretty quirky and secretive inhabitants. This counts even without that whole, well, you know... [[SarcasmMode minor distraction]] in the form of that mysterious [[JustBeforeTheEnd apocalyptic]] [[IncurableCoughOfDeath plague crisis that's going on]].
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* [[{{Persona2}} [[VideoGame/{{Persona2}} Sumaru City]]. Dear God, Sumaru City. It does not get any worse than a city where rumors ''become'' reality. * The nameless isolated town in ''{{Pathologic}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' has some pretty quirky and secretive inhabitants. This counts even without that whole, well, you know... [[SarcasmMode minor distraction]] in the form of that mysterious [[JustBeforeTheEnd apocalyptic]] [[IncurableCoughOfDeath plague crisis that's going on]].

* In TheMadScientistWars, Xyon City. Not surprising when 60% of the citizens are mad scientists, and a good chunk of the rest are latents, henchmen, constructs and normal people from Mad families. Weird sights are so commonplace as to be more annoying than interesting.
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* In TheMadScientistWars, FanFic/TheMadScientistWars, Xyon City. Not surprising when 60% of the citizens are mad scientists, and a good chunk of the rest are latents, henchmen, constructs and normal people from Mad families. Weird sights are so commonplace as to be more annoying than interesting.
1st Nov '15 1:23:33 PM tytoman
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* This becomes a problem in ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when Liz tries to get out of jury duty. Before her voting registration was updated, she could easily get dismissed by showing up dressed as [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia]] and [[ObfuscatingInsanity acting like a delusional cosplayer]]. When she tries the same act in New York, it doesn't work at all because the other jurors are just as strange or worse.
4th Oct '15 8:26:11 PM Willbyr
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* Implied in one episode of ''{{Sanctuary}}'' when Henry and more importantly for this trope, the Big Guy were unavailable. They were at Comic-con.
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* Implied in one episode of ''{{Sanctuary}}'' ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' when Henry and more importantly for this trope, the Big Guy were unavailable. They were at Comic-con.
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