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21st Nov '15 5:58:58 PM jenmic
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* Residents of Dog River, Saskatchewan on ''Series/CornerGas'' often refer to (and drive to) "the city" but it's unclear whether it's Saskatoon or Regina they're going to. In some cases Regina is implied, but in one case Saskatoon is mentioned explicitly, i.e., "You went to Saskatoon for a morning swim?" The show also subverts the trope, often having a character declare emphatically that Dog River doesn't have an item that many sitcom towns tend to have for story convenience. For example, the above-mentioned "morning swim" comment was the result of Brent pretending that his case of pink eye was the result of taking a dip in an over-chlorinated pool, but Hank and Wanda point out that there's not a swimming pool anywhere in Dog River.
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* Residents of Dog River, Saskatchewan on ''Series/CornerGas'' often refer to (and drive to) "the city" but it's unclear whether it's Saskatoon or Regina they're going to. In some cases Regina is implied, but in one case Saskatoon Moose Jaw is mentioned explicitly, i.e., "You went to Saskatoon Moose Jaw for a morning swim?" The show also subverts the trope, often having a character declare emphatically that Dog River doesn't have an item that many sitcom towns tend to have for story convenience. For example, the above-mentioned "morning swim" comment was the result of Brent pretending that his case of pink eye was the result of taking a dip in an over-chlorinated pool, but Hank and Wanda point out that there's not a swimming pool anywhere in Dog River.
14th Nov '15 7:49:25 PM merotoker
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Removed item which doesn't have own page and led to something else
* The hills visible in the background of 20th-Century Hill Valley in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' are completely absent in the WildWest milieu of the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]], which is ostensibly set in the same town some hundred-odd years in the past.
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* The hills visible in the background of 20th-Century Hill Valley in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' are completely absent in the WildWest TheWildWest milieu of the [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]], which is ostensibly set in the same town some hundred-odd years in the past.

** {{Lampshaded}} in the episode "Buffy vs Dracula" when Riley wondered how he'd never noticed Sunnydale had its own gothic castle. In that case it's presumed that either Dracula teleported his own castle to Sunnydale, assuming residents wouldn't [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade notice or care]], or that the entire episode was caused by reality alteration due to [[spoiler:the retroactive creation of Buffy's sister Dawn]]. ** Also all {{Justified}} by [[spoiler:the Mayor of Sunnydale being a BigBad who built the town specifically to draw humans to the Hellmouth as [[AFeteWorseThanDeath food for demons]].]]
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** {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the episode "Buffy vs Dracula" when Riley wondered how he'd never noticed Sunnydale had its own gothic castle. In that case it's presumed that either Dracula teleported his own castle to Sunnydale, assuming residents wouldn't [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade notice or care]], or that the entire episode was caused by reality alteration due to [[spoiler:the retroactive creation of Buffy's sister Dawn]]. ** Also all {{Justified}} {{justified|Trope}} by [[spoiler:the Mayor of Sunnydale being a BigBad who built the town specifically to draw humans to the Hellmouth as [[AFeteWorseThanDeath food for demons]].]]demons]]]].

* The size of Rutherford in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' seemed to change between episodes. Sometimes it was implied to be a tiny {{college}} town and other times it seemed to be a decent-sized city.
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* The size of Rutherford in ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' seemed to change between episodes. Sometimes it was implied to be a tiny {{college}} college town and other times it seemed to be a decent-sized city.

* The Mushroom Kingdom in the ''SuperMarioBros'' series. Yeah, totally different in layout, features and just about everything in literally every single game and adaption, has possibly a more flexible geography situation than even Springfield in ''The Simpsons'', and more stuff than many series have in the entire universe. Heck, even the [[ChaosArchitecture interiors]] totally change per game.
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* The Mushroom Kingdom in the ''SuperMarioBros'' ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series. Yeah, totally different in layout, features and just about everything in literally every single game and adaption, has possibly a more flexible geography situation than even Springfield in ''The Simpsons'', and more stuff than many series have in the entire universe. Heck, even the [[ChaosArchitecture interiors]] totally change per game.

** The most egregrious example would have to be the sudden [[SchizoTech hydroelectric dam]], skyscraper construction site and deadly unguarded cliffs in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well".
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** The most egregrious egregious example would have to be the sudden [[SchizoTech hydroelectric dam]], skyscraper construction site and deadly unguarded cliffs in "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well".

* ''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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* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ''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.
2nd Nov '15 3:20:23 PM MyFinalEdits
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Pretty much a case of Word Cruft
** It was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was pretty much the only hot spot in town, but a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons.
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** It was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was pretty much the only hot spot in town, but a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons.

* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', where the parts of the game that were featured in the NES prequel remain pretty much the same, but much of the geography had considerably changed. Also, while the entirety of the setting had an explosion in the first game, ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' lets you return and continue exploring long after this event, to which nothing has changed (you can even go back and visit the final area in its entirety, though the last few rooms of it are a charred, blown-out wasteland).
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* Downplayed in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'', where the parts of the game that were featured in the NES prequel remain pretty much the same, but much of the geography had considerably changed. Also, while the entirety of the setting had an explosion in the first game, ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' lets you return and continue exploring long after this event, to which nothing has changed (you can even go back and visit the final area in its entirety, though the last few rooms of it are a charred, blown-out wasteland).
2nd Nov '15 3:19:29 PM MyFinalEdits
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* [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Sunnydale Sunnydale]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was described in the pilot as a "one Starbucks town" and turned out to have pretty much ''everything'' a Californian could possibly want;
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* [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Sunnydale Sunnydale]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was described in the pilot as a "one Starbucks town" and turned out to have pretty much ''everything'' a Californian could possibly want;want:

*** It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked.
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*** ** It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked.
2nd Nov '15 3:06:25 PM Kalaong
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** It has a bus station, a train station, an airport, and an entire waterfront district.
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** It has a bus station, a train station, an airport, and not just a beach but an entire waterfront district.
1st Nov '15 5:28:39 AM Kalaong
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* [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Sunnydale Sunnydale]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer' was described in the pilot as a "one Starbucks town" and turned out to have pretty much ''everything'' a Californian could possibly want;
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* [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Sunnydale Sunnydale]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer' ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was described in the pilot as a "one Starbucks town" and turned out to have pretty much ''everything'' a Californian could possibly want;
1st Nov '15 5:28:14 AM Kalaong
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** Also all {{Justified}} by [[spoiler:the Mayor of Sunnydale being a BigBad who built the town specifically to draw humans to the Hellmouth as food for demons.]]
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** Also all {{Justified}} by [[spoiler:the Mayor of Sunnydale being a BigBad who built the town specifically to draw humans to the Hellmouth as [[AFeteWorseThanDeath food for demons.demons]].]]
1st Nov '15 5:27:24 AM Kalaong
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* Sunnydale in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ** It started off being described as a "one Starbucks town" and gradually acquired more buildings, an entire waterfront district, airport, train station, zoo, dam, a community college and a [[CaliforniaUniversity campus of the University of California]]. ** It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked. ** Lampshaded in the episode "Buffy vs Dracula" when Riley wondered how he'd never noticed Sunnydale had its own gothic castle. In that case it's presumed that either Dracula teleported his own castle to Sunnydale, assuming residents wouldn't [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade notice or care]], or that the entire episode was caused by reality alteration due to [[spoiler:the retroactive creation of Buffy's sister Dawn]].
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* Sunnydale [[http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Sunnydale Sunnydale]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ** It started off being ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer' was described in the pilot as a "one Starbucks town" and gradually acquired more buildings, turned out to have pretty much ''everything'' a Californian could possibly want; ** It has a bus station, a train station, an airport, and an entire waterfront district, airport, train station, zoo, dam, a community college and a [[CaliforniaUniversity campus of the University of California]]. ** district. *** It also ''lost'' the entire beach/waterfront portions when the finale needed it to be landlocked. ** Lampshaded It was also stated in the pilot that the Bronze was pretty much the only hot spot in town, but a zoo, an ice rink, and an indoor mall all appeared in the first two seasons. ** 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 swimming pool. It's also within walking distance of a community college ''and'' a [[CaliforniaUniversity campus of the University of California]]. ** Just in passing, a reservoir and dam were shown, justifying how Buffy never complained about water shortages. ** {{Lampshaded}} in the episode "Buffy vs Dracula" when Riley wondered how he'd never noticed Sunnydale had its own gothic castle. In that case it's presumed that either Dracula teleported his own castle to Sunnydale, assuming residents wouldn't [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade notice or care]], or that the entire episode was caused by reality alteration due to [[spoiler:the retroactive creation of Buffy's sister Dawn]].Dawn]]. ** Also all {{Justified}} by [[spoiler:the Mayor of Sunnydale being a BigBad who built the town specifically to draw humans to the Hellmouth as food for demons.]]
23rd Oct '15 1:27:26 PM MyFinalEdits
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Indentation, again
* The Literature/{{Discworld}}. Ankh-Morpork is concisely plotted, but everywhere else can be pretty vague. Fortunately, any possible continuity errors were explained away in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' as alternate pasts from the badly-repaired fabric of history.
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* The Literature/{{Discworld}}. ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ** Ankh-Morpork is concisely plotted, but everywhere else can be pretty vague. Fortunately, any possible continuity errors were explained away in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' as alternate pasts from the badly-repaired fabric of history.
23rd Oct '15 12:36:57 PM BreadBull
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** ''Fairy Idol'' reveals Dimmsdale to be located in southern California, in an area east of Burbank but west of Death Valley. However, there is the fictional snow covered mountainous country of "Tibecuidore" that exists in Central America.
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** ''Fairy Idol'' reveals Dimmsdale to be located in southern California, in an area east of Burbank but west of Death Valley. However, there is the fictional snow covered mountainous country of "Tibecuidore" "Tibecuador" that exists in Central America.
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