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24th Feb '17 10:48:42 AM EthanLac
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* On the surface, ''VideoGame/TheBattleCats'' appears to be a fun and lighthearted, if [[WidgetSeries quirky]], romp through the world starring [[CuteKitten adorable Cats of all shapes and sizes]]... who eventually [[TakeOverTheWorld take over the entire world]], [[KillEmAll have a take-no-prisoners attitude towards enemies]], are shown to [[ImAHumanitarian eat their enemies in seveal instances]], [[HiveMind can work in perfect unison]], [[BadassAdorable can fight aliens and zombies with no trouble]], eventually [[TimeTravel conquer the past and future]]...
13th Feb '17 5:07:26 AM Temmere
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* The ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Nosedive" takes place in a world where people are obsessed with social media, and rate each other on their daily interactions. On the surface, this means that everyone is bright and cheerful with each other, but there are profound, genuinely disturbing implications to it all, including the fact that hiving a higher rating can get you ''preferential treatment from hospitals''. Needless to say, this breeds in (most) people a ruthless pursuit of those high ratings and can utterly destroy those unable to achieve them.

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* The ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Nosedive" takes place in a world where people are obsessed with social media, and rate each other on their daily interactions. On the surface, this means that everyone is bright and cheerful with each other, but there are profound, genuinely disturbing implications to it all, including the fact that hiving having a higher rating can get you ''preferential treatment from hospitals''. Needless to say, this breeds in (most) people a ruthless pursuit of those high ratings and can utterly destroy those unable to achieve them.
6th Feb '17 12:34:07 PM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': The kingdom of Hoshido is revealed to be this. Like in [[FireEmblemFates the game,]] Hoshido is a beautiful land with excess food and water that sets them in a purpetual golden age. However, it becomes quickly clear that Hoshido was made for Hoshidans, and anyone else, be them [[FantasticRacism tribals, shapechangers, non-humans, or ''especially'' Nohrians face heavy discrimination and violence.]]
5th Feb '17 5:05:55 PM Temmere
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* The ''Series/BlackMirror'' episode "Nosedive" takes place in a world where people are obsessed with social media, and rate each other on their daily interactions. On the surface, this means that everyone is bright and cheerful with each other, but there are profound, genuinely disturbing implications to it all, including the fact that hiving a higher rating can get you ''preferential treatment from hospitals''. Needless to say, this breeds in (most) people a ruthless pursuit of those high ratings and can utterly destroy those unable to achieve them.
5th Feb '17 1:12:45 PM Xtifr
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* ''A Ticket to Tranai'' by RobertSheckley. Tranai is a planet where everyone is happy: anyone can become its High President whenever one wishes [[spoiler:because anyone has the right to put a bullet through the current High President's head]], all wives are young, beautiful and loving [[spoiler:because they are kept in hibernation for most of the time, and when the husband dies, the still-young widow is free to enjoy his money]], there are no divorces [[spoiler:because it's legal to MurderTheHypotenuse]], there is no violence [[spoiler:because robberies are acceptable too, and, anyway, if you want, you can let out your feelings on your robot which is purposefully designed to be slow]] to put it short, it's the {{Utopia}} embodied!

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* ''A The short "A Ticket to Tranai'' Tranai" by RobertSheckley.Creator/RobertSheckley. Tranai is a planet where everyone is happy: anyone can become its High President whenever one wishes [[spoiler:because anyone has the right to put a bullet through the current High President's head]], all wives are young, beautiful and loving [[spoiler:because they are kept in hibernation for most of the time, and when the husband dies, the still-young widow is free to enjoy his money]], there are no divorces [[spoiler:because it's legal to MurderTheHypotenuse]], there is no violence [[spoiler:because robberies are acceptable too, and, anyway, if you want, you can let out your feelings on your robot which is purposefully designed to be slow]] to put it short, it's the {{Utopia}} embodied!
30th Jan '17 2:29:56 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.

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* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.
28th Jan '17 11:10:58 PM karategal
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* The future city of [[NewNeoCity San Angeles]] presented in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' looks just rosy. No crime, no war, everything is bright and shiny... Yeah, it's a real SugarBowl. Too bad sugar is banned by the government because it's bad for you. In fact, absolutely ''anything'' that might be the least bit harmful, offensive or disruptive to anybody is. No meat products, no alcoholic drinks, no contact sports, no swear words, no spicy food, no uneducational toys and no physical contact (up to and including sexual intercourse). In the words of the film's villain, it's like if [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Oceania]] was run by an evil [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]]. This namby-pamby, "oppressing you for your own good" society is why there's a [[DarkIsNotEvil gang of well-armed but actually pretty friendly hobos]] trying to avoid it all by scraping out a free living in the city's sewers. [[spoiler:In turn, the city's founder groomed the villain in cryosleep to exterminate undesirables like them, to keep his idea of a perfect society alive.]]

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* The future city of [[NewNeoCity San Angeles]] presented in ''Film/DemolitionMan'' looks just rosy. No crime, no war, everything is bright and shiny... Yeah, it's a real SugarBowl. Too bad sugar is banned by the government because it's bad for you. In fact, absolutely ''anything'' that might be the least bit harmful, offensive or disruptive to anybody is. No meat products, no alcoholic drinks, no contact sports, no swear words, no spicy food, no uneducational toys toys, and no physical contact (up to and including sexual intercourse). In the words of the film's villain, it's like if [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Oceania]] was run by an evil [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers]]. This namby-pamby, "oppressing you for your own good" society is why there's a [[DarkIsNotEvil gang of well-armed but actually pretty friendly hobos]] trying to avoid it all by scraping out a free living in the city's sewers. [[spoiler:In turn, the city's founder groomed the villain in cryosleep to exterminate undesirables like them, to keep his idea of a perfect society alive.]]



* The Finnish science fiction film ''Ruusujen aika'' (''Time of the Roses''). The future Finland of 2012 where class differences have been eliminated, diseases eradicated, wars are history, everyone is finally [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement chemically happy]], the world is ruled by scientists and civil servants instead of politicians - and under the surface everything is ''horribly'' wrong.

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* The Finnish science fiction film ''Ruusujen aika'' (''Time of the Roses''). The future Finland of 2012 where class differences have been eliminated, diseases eradicated, wars are history, everyone is finally [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement chemically happy]], the world is ruled by scientists and civil servants instead of politicians - -- and under the surface everything is ''horribly'' wrong.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the city of Qarth. It seems like a ShiningCity were everything is beautiful and its people are courteous and civilized. Beneath the shiny exterior lies an economy built on slavery and politics dominated by a bureaucracy impassible to those without inside knowledge, poisoned wine and assassins. And the city's AncientTradition, the warlocks? They invite people to their headquarters so their leadership can feed on their {{life energy}}.
** Several of the Free Cities qualify. Lys is a tropical island paradise nestled in the warm waters of the Summer Sea. The Dragonlords of Valyria created "Lys the Lovely" to be a pleasure resort with beautiful climate, good wine & beautiful people. So where's the crap in this ? Those beautiful people are sex slaves, kidnapped en masse by pirates,corsairs & slave merchants from all over the world. Lys's fortunes & fame rests upon being a massive whorehouse of beautiful slaves.
** Volantis as well. Proudest & oldest daughter of Old Valyria, rich, mighty & boasting of magnificent structures like the Long Bridge & the Black Walls. But the crap is becoming very noticeable through the cracks, as any astute observer can spot the city's decay as discontentment rises among the slaves (the overwhelming majority of the city's population) & the corrupt warhawk administrators try to pacify the situation with heads mounted on pikes.
** King's Landing itself is a pigsty as everyone agrees, but the Royal Court appeared to be a wonderful world of courtly romance, glamour, balls & tourneys from Sansa's viewpoint. At the beginning at least. Until the crap utterly overwhelms the saccharine.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the city of Qarth. It seems like a ShiningCity were everything is beautiful and its people are courteous and civilized. Beneath the shiny exterior lies an economy built on slavery and politics dominated by a bureaucracy impassible to those without inside knowledge, poisoned wine wine, and assassins. And the city's AncientTradition, the warlocks? They invite people to their headquarters so their leadership can feed on their {{life energy}}.
** Several of the Free Cities qualify. Lys is a tropical island paradise nestled in the warm waters of the Summer Sea. The Dragonlords of Valyria created "Lys the Lovely" to be a pleasure resort with beautiful climate, good wine & wine, and beautiful people. So where's the crap in this ? this? Those beautiful people are sex slaves, kidnapped en masse by pirates,corsairs & pirates, corsairs, and slave merchants from all over the world. Lys's fortunes & and fame rests upon being a massive whorehouse of beautiful slaves.
** Volantis as well. Proudest & and oldest daughter of Old Valyria, rich, mighty & mighty, and boasting of magnificent structures like the Long Bridge & and the Black Walls. But the crap is becoming very noticeable through the cracks, as any astute observer can spot the city's decay as discontentment rises among the slaves (the overwhelming majority of the city's population) & and the corrupt warhawk administrators try to pacify the situation with heads mounted on pikes.
** King's Landing itself is a pigsty as everyone agrees, but the Royal Court appeared to be a wonderful world of courtly romance, glamour, balls & balls, and tourneys from Sansa's viewpoint. At the beginning at least. Until the crap utterly overwhelms the saccharine.
28th Jan '17 1:33:10 AM MagBas
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* The community of Meyerites in ''Series/ThePath'' could be viewed as this. It seems all NewAgeRetroHippie or GranolaGirl organic vegetarians devoted to love, trust and "The Light", dedicated to helping all who are in need, long-skirted flower-bedecked marijuana-smoking women, psychedelic ceremonial drugs, problems solved through therapeutic dialogue -- and then you find out that [[spoiler: the leader ''pro tem'' is an overambitious alcoholic who can't keep his hands off female novices, runs the community into huge debt with his real estate purchases -- and is concealing the fact that the real leader didn't give him nearly the authority he assumes... because he is not off on a retreat writing more sacred text but dying in a remote sanctuary.]]
28th Jan '17 1:25:58 AM MagBas
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* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' has this trope in spades. The main cloud the bears live on is spick and span. However, Rainshine Meadows was dilapidated until the bears got to it, and let's not get started on Grizzle's cloud.
* Though ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' proper isn't as dark as some fanworks make it out to be, theirs is still a capitalist society sporting crime, significant class differences, racism and an abundance of both capital E evils and raw selfishness that clearly do not add up to the kind of utopia initially presented.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' also did something similar, replacing the more fantasy setting for a modern one with rather more mature and cynical themes alongside the occasional FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.
27th Jan '17 11:32:15 PM CaptEquinox
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* The community of Meyerites in ''Series/ThePath'' could be viewed as this. It seems all NewAgeRetroHippie or GranolaGirl organic vegetarians devoted to love, trust and "The Light", dedicated to helping all who are in need, long-skirted flower-bedecked marijuana-smoking women, psychedelic ceremonial drugs, problems solved through therapeutic dialogue -- and then you find out that [[spoiler: the leader ''pro tem'' is an overambitious alcoholic who can't keep his hands off female novices, runs the community into huge debt with his real estate purchases -- and is concealing the fact that the real leader didn't give him nearly the authority he assumes... because he is not off on a retreat writing more sacred text but dying in a remote sanctuary.]]
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