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16th Apr '16 11:54:50 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/PhoenixInShadow'', the protagonists go to explore a region that's been turned dark and twisted by a LeakingCanOfEvil, and unexpectedly find that at its heart there is an area that's seemingly immune to the evil and is occupied by an apparently utopian community which has developed without any outside contact for centuries. They're certain there must be some catch, and they turn out to be right.
7th Apr '16 5:52:07 PM AtticusOmundson
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->''"Technically, Utopia shouldn't have much use for a detention facility... but if you do business as long as I have... well, you learn to pick a brand name from the writin' on the wall."''
-->-- '''Augustus Sinclair''', ''VideoGame/BioShock2''
3rd Apr '16 7:07:15 PM bobwolf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': The titular city purports to be a place where animals now live in harmony and anyone can become anything. Actually living there makes one realize how deeply the AnimalJingoism still runs.
20th Feb '16 9:01:07 AM Dechstreme
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** Dressrosa, despite being ruled by Donquixote Doflamingo, seems like a fantastic place to live, with good food, wealthy people, gladiator fights, and LivingToys. Said toys were originally humans now enslaved by a Devil Fruit user on Doflamingo's payroll, and the gladiators in the Colosseum are prisoners who are forced to fight until they die. One such prisoner describes Dressrosa as a place where everything that would make the kingdom look bad is simply swept under the rug. When the plot causes Doflamingo's control of the island to unravel and he's forced to KillEmAll, he tries to guilt trip Luffy for ruining the peace, to which Luffy points out that the "peace" was nothing more than a facade.

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** Dressrosa, despite being ruled by Donquixote Doflamingo, seems like a fantastic place to live, with good food, wealthy people, gladiator fights, and LivingToys. Said toys were originally humans now enslaved by a Devil Fruit user on Doflamingo's payroll, and the gladiators in the Colosseum are prisoners who are forced to fight until they die. One such prisoner describes Dressrosa as a place where everything that would make the kingdom look bad is simply swept under the rug. When the plot causes Doflamingo's control of the island to unravel and he's forced he decides to KillEmAll, he tries to guilt trip Luffy for ruining the peace, to which Luffy points out that the "peace" was nothing more than a facade.
7th Jan '16 6:36:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/RobertSheckley's short story "A Ticket to Tranai" tells of a human colony that is touted as a utopia for humanity as it really is. The protagonist goes there (it's a very remote planet) and, at first, he starts believing it to be perfect. He gets a good job, marries a beautiful woman, and lives in a nice house, all without paying any taxes. Then he starts discovering the problems with the world. First of all, instead of paying taxes, the government has legalized mugging. Muggers wearing white masks are tax collectors. And yes, muggers kill people as well, although that's a small percentage of cases. He also finds out that it's common for men to keep their wives in a PocketDimension of sorts, while they're at work, since all housework is done by robots, and they don't want women to be bored alone (they're in stasis while in there). The protagonist finds that wrong and refuses to keep his own wife in stasis. One day, he comes home to find another man with his wife. They explain that she has grown resentful of him refusing to keep her in stasis (women of Tranai actually ''want'' to do that and to, eventually, inherit everything from their husbands, who die much earlier than they) and has hooked up with a guy she met once. Upset, the protagonist offers her a divorce, but her lover explains that there are no divorces on Tranai before taking out his gun. The protagonist barely manages to escape the planet alive. He then spends his days drinking in a bar, telling everyone how great Tranai is.

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* Creator/RobertSheckley's short story "A Ticket to Tranai" tells of a human colony that is touted as a utopia for humanity as it really is. The protagonist goes there (it's a very remote planet) and, at first, he starts believing it to be perfect. He gets a good job, marries a beautiful woman, and lives in a nice house, all without paying any taxes. Then he starts discovering the problems with the world. First of all, instead of paying taxes, the government has legalized mugging. Muggers wearing white black masks are tax collectors. And yes, muggers kill people as well, although that's a small percentage of cases. He finds that the Tranai officials are easygoing and don't want to change much. The reason? Any citizen can express his disapproval with an official by pressing a button in a special booth... which blows up a medallion that each official must wear. Additionally, any official can shoot any suspected murderer (by definition, anyone who has killed at least one but less than ten people) without arrest or trial. He also finds out that it's common for men to keep their wives in a PocketDimension of sorts, while they're at work, since all housework is done by robots, and they don't want women to be bored alone (they're in stasis while in there). The protagonist finds that wrong and refuses to keep his own wife in stasis. One day, he comes home to find another man with his wife. They explain that she has grown resentful of him refusing to keep her in stasis (women of Tranai actually ''want'' to do that and to, eventually, inherit everything from their husbands, who die much earlier than they) they; the idea is that men and women want different things: men only want to deal with their wives at certain times and for their wives to always remain young, women want to avoid the routine and the housework, see only the highlights of the marriage, and become young widows to start enjoying life) and has hooked up with a guy she met once. Upset, the protagonist offers her a divorce, but her lover explains that there are no divorces on Tranai before taking out his gun. The protagonist barely manages to escape the planet alive. He then spends his days drinking in a bar, telling everyone how great Tranai is.is, keeping his new wife as a house slave, and working to disenfranchise women.
3rd Jan '16 8:55:04 AM Doug86
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* The world of ''HappyTreeFriends'' is beautiful, colorful, and inhabited by cute little creatures. It would be perfect if they didn't [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath die so gruesomely]] in every single episode...

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* The world of ''HappyTreeFriends'' ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' is beautiful, colorful, and inhabited by cute little creatures. It would be perfect if they didn't [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath die so gruesomely]] in every single episode...
28th Dec '15 3:19:59 PM Anddrix
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* DoctorDoom has created Latveria, among other False Utopias, through the years. He often makes his people trust and worship him, even though he is an outright dictator. Note that he does try to bring peace, but with force.

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* DoctorDoom Doctor Doom has created Latveria, among other False Utopias, through the years. He often makes his people trust and worship him, even though he is an outright dictator. Note that he does try to bring peace, but with force.
25th Dec '15 4:40:23 PM nombretomado
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** Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter got blasted to an alternate world which everything seems nice, and its filled with some SilverAge type superheroes and supervillains. But it is all an illusion created by a mutant kid who gained his powers from a nuclear war which happened a long time ago.

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** Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkgirl, and Martian Manhunter got blasted to an alternate world which everything seems nice, and its filled with some SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] type superheroes and supervillains. But it is all an illusion created by a mutant kid who gained his powers from a nuclear war which happened a long time ago.
24th Nov '15 8:22:50 AM FordPrefect
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* Alpha Complex, of TableTopGame/{{Paranoia}} fame, is an absolute utopia. Any rumors of secretive societies or mutants who run things are treasonous slander. Any tale of Friend Computer being an insane, idiotic machine hacked at will by mysterious "Ultraviolet" citizens is pure vile enemy propaganda. Claims that fully 85% of the population exist in a drug-induced haze are simple demonstrably false. The casualty rate for troubleshooters does not exceed 89.238%. All food in Alpha Complex is real food. Please report to Room101 for Brain Scrub, Happy Fun Time Bubbly Medication, Much Joy Orange Chocolate Salmon Nutrient Paste, and a nice massage.

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* Alpha Complex, of TableTopGame/{{Paranoia}} fame, is an absolute utopia. Any rumors of secretive societies or mutants who run things are treasonous slander. Any tale of Friend Computer being an insane, idiotic machine hacked at will by mysterious "Ultraviolet" citizens is pure vile enemy propaganda. Claims that fully 85% of the population exist in a drug-induced haze are simple simply demonstrably false. The casualty rate for troubleshooters Troubleshooters [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial does not exceed 89.238%.238%]]. All food in Alpha Complex is real food. Please report to Room101 for Brain Scrub, Happy Fun Time Bubbly Medication, Much Joy Orange Chocolate Salmon Nutrient Paste, and a nice massage.
24th Nov '15 8:21:59 AM FordPrefect
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** A season later, he goes back there, and it has become a CrapsackWorld. Most of the population is dead due to a deadly virus, and the rest are stuck in ''traffic'' for many years. *** An example of "The Extremist Was Right" - the Cat Nuns had talked about this, and their reasons for using humans were the exact same reasons humans use animals (though if you're studying disease in humans, it's much more effective to study it in humans rather than rats. So again, the Cats were right.)

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** A season later, he goes back there, and it has become a CrapsackWorld. Most of the population is dead due to a deadly virus, and the rest are stuck in ''traffic'' for many years. *** An example of "The Extremist Was Right" - TheExtremistWasRight-- the Cat Nuns had talked about this, and their reasons for using humans were the exact same reasons humans use animals (though if you're studying disease in humans, it's much more effective to study it in humans rather than rats. So again, the Cats were right.)
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