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11th Aug '16 7:42:01 AM DesertDragon
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To Hollywood writers, the [[FlyoverCountry midwestern United States]] consists mainly of farms and towns of fewer than 10,000 people. The only cities of note are UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (Detroit's particularly popular for crime dramas, for [[WretchedHive obvious reasons]]). The cities of [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis]], [[UsefulNotes/StLouis St. Louis]], {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, Cincinnati, UsefulNotes/KansasCity, and UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} only appear if the writer feels like being different.[[note]]This might seem like a large list, but the odds of any ''one'' of these cities appearing in fiction are relatively slim. And for reasons known only to Hollywood, the city of Columbus, Ohio is never seen in media outside of college sports, despite being one of the largest and most affluent cities in the region.[[/note]] In the minds of most TV and film writers, the [[{{Arcadia}} idyllic culture]] of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' persists into the 21st century.

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To Hollywood writers, the [[FlyoverCountry midwestern United States]] consists mainly of farms and towns of fewer than 10,000 people. The only cities of note are UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (Detroit's particularly popular for crime dramas, for [[WretchedHive obvious reasons]]).UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}. The cities of [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis]], [[UsefulNotes/StLouis St. Louis]], {{UsefulNotes/Cleveland}}, UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, Cincinnati, UsefulNotes/KansasCity, and UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} only appear if the writer feels like being different.[[note]]This might seem like a large list, but the odds of any ''one'' of these cities appearing in fiction are relatively slim. And for reasons known only to Hollywood, the city of Columbus, Ohio is never seen in media outside of college sports, despite being one of the largest and most affluent cities in the region.[[/note]] In the minds of most TV and film writers, the [[{{Arcadia}} idyllic culture]] of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' persists into the 21st century.
6th Aug '16 10:00:34 AM nombretomado
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* In the DCUniverse, pretty much any presentation of Franchise/{{Superman}} (be it comics, movies, [[Series/{{Smallville}} live-action TV]], or in the DCAnimatedUniverse) is bound to depict Clark Kent's ([[ComicBook/KingdomCome only rarely]] [[DoomedHomeTown doomed]]) hometown of Smallville this way.

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* In the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, pretty much any presentation of Franchise/{{Superman}} (be it comics, movies, [[Series/{{Smallville}} live-action TV]], or in the DCAnimatedUniverse) is bound to depict Clark Kent's ([[ComicBook/KingdomCome only rarely]] [[DoomedHomeTown doomed]]) hometown of Smallville this way.
17th Jun '16 1:06:49 AM Doug86
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* Creator/JamesJones was born and raised in Robinson, Illinois (population 6,000) and wrote famously about WorldWarII (see ''From Here To Eternity'' and ''The Thin Red Line''), but he also wrote ''Some Came Running'', in which his hometown is [[TakeThat not portrayed very positively]].

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* Creator/JamesJones was born and raised in Robinson, Illinois (population 6,000) and wrote famously about WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (see ''From Here To Eternity'' and ''The Thin Red Line''), but he also wrote ''Some Came Running'', in which his hometown is [[TakeThat not portrayed very positively]].
18th May '16 2:55:14 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Dave of ''{{Newsradio}}'' is often mocked on for coming from Wisconsin:

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* Dave of ''{{Newsradio}}'' ''{{Series/NewsRadio}}'' is often mocked on for coming from Wisconsin:
16th May '16 4:19:23 AM kirara19
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* Hiromu Arakawa's new manga series ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' takes place in Hokkaido (considered the 'farming' prefecture in Japan), and is about farming.

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* Hiromu Arakawa's new manga series ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' takes place in Hokkaido (considered the 'farming' "farming" prefecture in Japan), and is about farming.
7th May '16 8:33:56 PM nombretomado
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** Another example is when Peter claimed the Sticks Downey character from ''HappyDays'' was "the only Negro in the state of Wisconsin." This, despite Milwaukee (where ''Happy Days'' took place) being over 40 percent African-American. Then again, this is probably more a shot at the lack of diversity on ''Happy Days'' than a shot at Wisconsin itself.

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** Another example is when Peter claimed the Sticks Downey character from ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' was "the only Negro in the state of Wisconsin." This, despite Milwaukee (where ''Happy Days'' took place) being over 40 percent African-American. Then again, this is probably more a shot at the lack of diversity on ''Happy Days'' than a shot at Wisconsin itself.
19th Mar '16 9:02:19 AM Hossmeister
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6th Feb '16 8:22:06 PM nombretomado
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* James of ''SpinCity'' is a naive Wisconsin farmboy who often refers to cheese, cows, and milk when speaking. One time, after getting conned once again he asks rhetorically if he has a sign on his chest that says that he's a simpleton and to take advantage of him before opening his jacket to reveal an "I Love Wisconsin" T-Shirt.

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* James of ''SpinCity'' ''Series/SpinCity'' is a naive Wisconsin farmboy who often refers to cheese, cows, and milk when speaking. One time, after getting conned once again he asks rhetorically if he has a sign on his chest that says that he's a simpleton and to take advantage of him before opening his jacket to reveal an "I Love Wisconsin" T-Shirt.



* Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd from ''{{Cheers}}'', native of Hanover, Indiana. He seems to take to the big city well enough. Though most references to his family paint them as stereotypical rubes, this is subverted in one episode when Woody reveals that they found the pretentious film Diane created about his life in Boston "derivative of Godard." (Fun fact: the character was named "Woody" before Woody Harrelson was cast.)

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* Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd from ''{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', native of Hanover, Indiana. He seems to take to the big city well enough. Though most references to his family paint them as stereotypical rubes, this is subverted in one episode when Woody reveals that they found the pretentious film Diane created about his life in Boston "derivative of Godard." (Fun fact: the character was named "Woody" before Woody Harrelson was cast.)



* Linda Zwordling from ''BetterOffTed''. Naturally, she jokes about staying in Wisconsin and majoring in Cheese sciences.
* Bailey from ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' is from the town Kettlecorn, Kansas.

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* Linda Zwordling from ''BetterOffTed''.''Series/BetterOffTed''. Naturally, she jokes about staying in Wisconsin and majoring in Cheese sciences.
* Bailey from ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' is from the town Kettlecorn, Kansas.
5th Feb '16 6:53:53 PM Prfnoff
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* ''The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!'' parodies this in its first musical, "Corn!", whose setting is [[Theatre/SouthPacific "Kansas in August."]] Big Willy sings of being so fond of farming that he's now "in love with a wonderful hoe."

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* ''The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!'' ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'' parodies this in its first musical, "Corn!", whose setting is [[Theatre/SouthPacific "Kansas in August."]] Big Willy sings of being so fond of farming that he's now "in love with a wonderful hoe."
5th Feb '16 6:54:00 AM Prfnoff
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* ''The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!'' parodies this in its first musical, "Corn!", whose setting is [[Theatre/SouthPacific "Kansas in August."]]

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* ''The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!'' parodies this in its first musical, "Corn!", whose setting is [[Theatre/SouthPacific "Kansas in August."]]
"]] Big Willy sings of being so fond of farming that he's now "in love with a wonderful hoe."
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