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20th Nov '17 12:03:04 PM FF32
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* The Candy Kingdom in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was contained entirely within its city walls, and had a population small enough to be protected by [[ActionDuo Finn and Jake]] and fit inside the castle's main hall. At the end of season five, there are subway trains with ads in multiple languages, a police force complete with helicopters and a jail, and has expanded outside the walls to the extent that the government collects taxes from Finn and Jake themselves, so live out in the plains.

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* The Candy Kingdom in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was contained entirely within its city walls, and had a population small enough to be protected by [[ActionDuo Finn and Jake]] and fit inside the castle's main hall. At the end of season five, there are subway trains with ads in multiple languages, a police force complete with helicopters and a jail, and has expanded outside the walls to the extent that the government collects taxes from Finn and Jake themselves, so who live out in the plains.
2nd Nov '17 8:21:15 PM LinTaylor
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* In the author's notes for ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', Creator/HarryTurtledove admits that he took a degree of ArtisticLicense for a scene where the Confederates look into Washington D.C. from atop a nearby hill and see buildings like the War Department and the White House.

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* In the author's notes for ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'', Creator/HarryTurtledove admits that he took a degree of ArtisticLicense for ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth'' has a scene where the Confederates look into Washington Confederate army can see the Long Bridge burning from across Washington, D.C. from atop a nearby hill and see buildings like while they're marching through the War Department and city; in the White House.historical notes at the end of the book, Creator/HarryTurtledove admits that this isn't possible, but "Geography occasionally has to bend just a little to serve the novelist's needs."


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* One of the early ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books mentions a parking lot at Wrigley Field that doesn't exist in reality. The licensed RPG specifically addresses both the trope itself and that specific error[[note]]Since the RPG is written from an InUniverse perspective, it's attributed to [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis Harry Dresden's casefiles]] rather than the original novels[[/note]] in a subheader named "Intentional Inaccuracies":
-->'''Text:''' One thing you might want to play with as a group is the idea of changing a piece of your city, making an intentional inaccuracy. This could be as simple as tossing in a convenient feature to make the city more manageable or make a location work out better (for example, perhaps your city’s baseball park suddenly acquires a huge parking lot where in reality it doesn’t have one)...\\
'''Margin Note from Harry:''' Oh, very funny. Twist that knife.
21st Oct '17 4:46:35 AM JVM
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is in Colorado. We hear it's a small redneck town, and it did show it more than ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' that it seemed to be so, but, nowadays, it has malls, supermarkets, baseball parks, TV studios, a "little future" time-travellers' district and several fast food chains, both fictional and real, not to mention a plastic surgeon (Tom's Rhinoplasty appears in a lot of background shots). Strangely enough, some locations, such as Stark's pond and Doctor Mephesto's lab, still exist. {{Fanon}} states that the South Park docks were built hastily over Stark's pond for the Halloween party.
** It was also usually portrayed as having only one police officer, Barbrady, early in the show. Later, when the plot required, they started using a police department of slightly less-inept cops in a nearby, apparently larger, city.
** Some things like the Wal-Mart are shown to be new additions - it could be [[FanWank thought that the town is expanding as time goes on in the show]] ([[StatusQuoIsGod while the kids have only advanced one grade in a decade, of course]]).

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' which is located in Colorado. We Park County Colorado (nearby Middle Park and North Park are rarely mentioned) and is nearby Fairplay, Fort Collins, Greeley, and seems to be a suburb of Denver. While we often hear it's it described as a small "small redneck town, town". While the first few seasons stuck to a fairly limited set of in-town locations and it did show it more than ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' that it seemed were somewhat consistent (Stan lived directly across the tracks from Kenny, for example, and Chef nearby) as the animation improved, the town's layout became increasingly inconsistent, with new locations often appearing for single episodes, familiar ones being shifted around for episodic convenience, and even locations originally implied to be so, but, nowadays, outside town (Hell's Pass Hospital, the larger Park County Police Station) gradually appearing within it. Nowadays, it has malls, supermarkets, baseball parks, TV television studios, a "little future" time-travellers' district and several fast food chains, both fictional and real, not to mention a plastic surgeon (Tom's Rhinoplasty appears has been on Main Street since the Pilot) - all in a lot of background shots). Strangely enough, some locations, such as addition to the more eccentric Stark's pond Pond, the Cattle Ranch, and Doctor Dr. Mephesto's lab, still exist. {{Fanon}} states Genetic Engineering Ranch from the beginning, which are rarely seen today.
**A specific in-universe example is 'Main Street', containing buildings like Tom's Rhinoplasty and Photo Dojo, which are often seen in the background outside but rarely used in the show anymore. Distance shots often show only a single strip of familiar buildings, but modern scenes often show buildings on both sides of the street and cross-sections, and incidental locations are often suggested to be on the same strip of buildings.
**Perhaps the strangest example is
that the South Park docks were built hastily over Stark's pond for the Halloween party.
** It was also usually
first three seasons portrayed Officer Barbrady as having only one the town's lone police officer, Barbrady, early working out of a small station, but around the fourth season, he began to appear alongside other officers, and by the seventh season, we were introduced to a new, larger County Police Station shown among larger buildings and implied to be outside of town, while other episodes continued to feature Barbrady and his smaller local station. By the tenth season, Barbrady was sidelined almost completely, with Detective Yates and the Park County Station being increasingly shown as the town's main police force. By the sixteenth season, the Park County Police Station was now located in the show. Later, when middle of South Park itself, without larger buildings, and Barbrady was fired in season 19's "Naughty Ninjas". Although both stations co-existed for a few seasons, the plot required, they started using game uses Barbrady's station as a police department of slightly less-inept cops in a nearby, apparently larger, city.
** Some
Jail Room, suggesting it was built over.
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things like the Wal-Mart Wall-Mart are shown to be new additions - it could be [[FanWank thought that the town is expanding as time goes on in the show]] ([[StatusQuoIsGod while the kids have only advanced one grade in a decade, of course]]).course]]) As another strange example, Wall-Mart was indicated to have been built over familiar Stark's Pond, but was destroyed, and the Pond returned... but Wall-Mart appeared in another episode in-tact without comment. {{Fanon}} also states that the South Park Docks were built hastily over Stark's Pond for the Halloween party in season 3's "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery"
**The release of ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'' lead to an official layout featuring most of the show's more recurring locations (with a few exceptions) and even Matt and Trey admitted it was difficult to finally map everything out. All that said, the show has continued to alter its geography as sees fit, and even some iconic locations remained missing, and Main Street reduced to one strip of buildings by design, so it's likely more of an approximation.
18th Oct '17 11:42:09 AM Dvandemon
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* According to ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange'' in a 2017 issue, mystical locations in the past existed in multiple places at once. As time went by they settled on a static location, leading to an ancient temple ending up buried under Queens.
30th Sep '17 10:14:21 PM 64SuperNintendo
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3rd Aug '17 8:34:29 PM Kalaong
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** For a "one Starbucks town", there's a ''lot'' of local hot spots, even though it was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was the only hot spot in town; Buffy's mom moved to Sunnydale to work at an ''art gallery'', and a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. In Season 7 there are now several more nightclubs, once a SerialKiller starts stalking them.

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** For a "one Starbucks town", there's a ''lot'' of local hot spots, even though it was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was the only hot spot in town; Buffy's mom moved to Sunnydale to work at an ''art gallery'', and a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. In Season 7 there are now several more nightclubs, once a SerialKiller starts stalking them. Oh, and there's also a warehouse district. Not just a couple of warehouses, but an entire ''district'' that the functions as a de facto community for the town's nonhuman population.



** The PoliceAreUseless, of course, but most small towns don't have a police ''department'', just a sheriff. Sunnydale not only has enough [=LEOs=] to have multiple detectives, but also a fire department.
** The high school was described as typical of a small town, but turned out to have football and baseball fields, as well as an Olympic-size ''indoor'' swimming pool. It's also within walking distance of a community college ''and'' a [[CaliforniaUniversity campus of the University of California]].

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** The PoliceAreUseless, of course, but most small towns don't have a police ''department'', just a sheriff. Sunnydale not only has enough [=LEOs=] to have multiple detectives, but also a fire department.
department. With ''multiple'' fire engines.
** The high school was described as typical of a small town, but turned out to have football and baseball fields, as well as an Olympic-size ''indoor'' swimming pool. It's also within walking distance of a community college ''and'' a [[CaliforniaUniversity campus of the University of California]]. Both with enough dormitories that one or two fell into disuse and became ''vampire dens.''
3rd Aug '17 8:30:19 PM Kalaong
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** It has a bus station, a train station, an airport, and not just a beach but an entire waterfront district. It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked.
** It was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was the only hot spot in town, but a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. In Season 7 there are now several more nightclubs, once a SerialKiller starts stalking them.

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** For a "one Starbucks town", there's a ''lot'' of local hot spots, even though it was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was the only hot spot in town; Buffy's mom moved to Sunnydale to work at an ''art gallery'', and a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. In Season 7 there are now several more nightclubs, once a SerialKiller starts stalking them.
** It's a small town that's also an Atlanta-class ''transportation hub;''
It has a bus station, a train station, an airport, and not just a beach but an entire waterfront district. It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked.
** It was The PoliceAreUseless, of course, but most small towns don't have a police ''department'', just a sheriff. Sunnydale not only has enough [=LEOs=] to have multiple detectives, but also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was the only hot spot in town, but a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. In Season 7 there are now several more nightclubs, once a SerialKiller starts stalking them.fire department.



** Just in passing, a reservoir and dam were shown, justifying how Buffy never complained about water shortages.

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** Just in passing, a reservoir and dam were shown, justifying how Buffy never complained about water shortages. This is a big one, as anyone who's ever lived in California will admit.
** It even has a '''military base.''' Y'know, for when the Scoobies need to steal a rocket launcher.
** Most obviously, the town has ''43'' churches and '''twelve''' Gothic cemeteries.
8th Jun '17 1:13:19 AM RacattackForce
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* Ponyville in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' seems to acquire a system of gem-loaded caves, a really big mountain, a large cliff, and who knows how much other stuff when the episode calls for it.

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* Ponyville in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', despite being a small hamlet bordering an expansive forest, seems to acquire a system of gem-loaded caves, a really big mountain, a large cliff, and who knows how much other stuff when the episode calls for it.



* The Candy Kingdom in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was contained entirely within its city walls, and had a population small enough to be protected by [[ActionDuo Finn and Jake]] and fit inside the castle's main hall. At the end of season five, there are subway trains with ads in multiple languages, a police force complete with helicopters and a jail, and has expanded outside the walls to the extent that the government collects taxes from Finn and Jake themselves.

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* The Candy Kingdom in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' was contained entirely within its city walls, and had a population small enough to be protected by [[ActionDuo Finn and Jake]] and fit inside the castle's main hall. At the end of season five, there are subway trains with ads in multiple languages, a police force complete with helicopters and a jail, and has expanded outside the walls to the extent that the government collects taxes from Finn and Jake themselves.themselves, so live out in the plains.
30th May '17 12:38:47 PM Rebu
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in Crystal Cove, which actually exists in southern California. It's on Pacific Coast Highway (state highway 1) south-southeast of Los Angeles proper.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in Crystal Cove, which actually exists in southern California. It's on Pacific Coast Highway (state highway 1) south-southeast of Los Angeles proper. It does not have monsters or a talking dog. Probably.
30th May '17 12:29:20 PM Rebu
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' didn't do too badly; the titular town's geography remained stable, as did Metropolis. But it still cropped up from time to time; the Smallville Luthorcorp plant seemed to grow an entire research wing (on a waste treatment plant) and Metropolis was sometimes so close to Smallville you could see it from a not very tall windmill and sometimes far enough away even SuperSpeed took a while to get you there.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' , Kansas, didn't do too badly; the titular town's geography remained stable, as did Metropolis. But it still cropped up from time to time; the Smallville Luthorcorp plant seemed to grow an entire research wing (on a waste treatment plant) and Metropolis was sometimes so close to Smallville you could see it from a not very tall windmill and sometimes far enough away even SuperSpeed took a while to get you there. Also, Metropolis had a waterfront, even though Kansas is completely landlocked.
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