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27th Nov '16 1:28:46 PM nombretomado
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* Charn from ''TheMagiciansNephew'', the {{prequel}} to ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. The civilization (and ''the entire universe in which it existed'') was destroyed by the Empress Jadis, who killed every single living organism just because she couldn't be queen. She kept herself preserved as SealedEvilInACan until two kids from another universe freed her from her slumber (they had been tempted by the SchmuckBait-laden mechanism used to awaken her). Then she hitched a ride with the kids back to their universe, and eventually to Narnia, where she became known as [[spoiler:the White Witch.]]

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* Charn from ''TheMagiciansNephew'', ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'', the {{prequel}} to ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. The civilization (and ''the entire universe in which it existed'') was destroyed by the Empress Jadis, who killed every single living organism just because she couldn't be queen. She kept herself preserved as SealedEvilInACan until two kids from another universe freed her from her slumber (they had been tempted by the SchmuckBait-laden mechanism used to awaken her). Then she hitched a ride with the kids back to their universe, and eventually to Narnia, where she became known as [[spoiler:the White Witch.]]
21st Nov '16 7:18:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Ba Sing Se, capital of the Earth Kingdom, was once the greatest city in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' world. But over time, thanks to EvilChancellor Long Feng and his SecretPolice, it has degenerated into an Orwellian dystopia where {{brainwashing}} abounds, poor people are kept in segregated neighborhoods, and people are forbidden to even mention the war that's been raging outside the city for a hundred years. And just when Long Feng was arrested and things were starting to look up, [[spoiler:Princess Azula of the Fire Nation infiltrated Ba Sing Se, got the SecretPolice on her side, and finally captured the city and the entire Earth Kingdom]]. Unusually for this trope, though, [[spoiler:Ba Sing Se was never actually destroyed. At the end of the series, it was retaken by the Earth Kingdom, and the SecretPolice was brought under heel]]. The final scene in the series has [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments the heroes relaxing in Iroh's tea shop in the city, while Aang and Katara kiss outside]].
* SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Though Republic City was founded as a symbol of peace and cooperation, and is perhaps the world's main center of technological advancement, it's also filled with both bending criminal syndicates and a large homeless population, and is run by unelected bureaucrats who aren't doing much with the unequal treatment of non-benders. These tensions eventually erupted into war, with the anti-bending Equalist terrorists managing to momentarily take control over the entire city. It's implied that Republic City has been working on its problems since then, with the introduction of actual elections, though crime and political corruption still are abundant.
** Sadly enough, it's revealed in season three that Ba Sing Se, despite its technological modernization, remains a wretched and segregated hive 70 years after the events of the original series, due to its selfish and tyrannical queen and her SecretPolice (the same organization as the original series's). When a band of anarchists [[spoiler:assassinate said queen and bring down the walls separating the different social classes, the entire city instantly dissolves into chaos]].

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* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Ba Sing Se, capital of the Earth Kingdom, was once the greatest city in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' world. But over time, thanks to EvilChancellor Long Feng and his SecretPolice, it has degenerated into an Orwellian dystopia where {{brainwashing}} abounds, poor people are kept in segregated neighborhoods, and people are forbidden to even mention the war that's been raging outside the city for a hundred years. And just when Long Feng was arrested and things were starting to look up, [[spoiler:Princess Azula of the Fire Nation infiltrated Ba Sing Se, got the SecretPolice on her side, and finally captured the city and the entire Earth Kingdom]]. Unusually for this trope, though, [[spoiler:Ba Sing Se was never actually destroyed. At the end of the series, it was retaken by the Earth Kingdom, and the SecretPolice was brought under heel]]. The final scene in the series has [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments the heroes relaxing in Iroh's tea shop in the city, while Aang and Katara kiss outside]].
* ** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Though Republic City was founded as a symbol of peace and cooperation, and is perhaps the world's main center of technological advancement, it's also filled with both bending criminal syndicates and a large homeless population, and is run by unelected bureaucrats who aren't doing much with the unequal treatment of non-benders. These tensions eventually erupted into war, with the anti-bending Equalist terrorists managing to momentarily take control over the entire city. It's implied that Republic City has been working on its problems since then, with the introduction of actual elections, though crime and political corruption still are abundant.
** Sadly enough, it's also revealed in season three of ''Korra'' that Ba Sing Se, despite its technological modernization, remains a wretched and segregated hive 70 years after the events of the original series, due to its selfish and tyrannical queen and her SecretPolice (the same organization as the original series's). When a band of anarchists [[spoiler:assassinate said queen and bring down the walls separating the different social classes, the entire city instantly dissolves into chaos]].
8th Nov '16 4:46:10 PM NealCruco
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* This is what ultimately ends up happening to the World of Mana in ''Anime/CrossAnge'' due to the hubris of its creator, Embryo, although he is the one who initiates its destruction when he decides to create a new world in his disgust with the present one. Its inhabitants are guilty of complacency and overdependence on Mana, as they by and large have no ability to think for themselves due to Mana's effects, leading them to immediately turn on Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi after they find out she is a norma, a race instinctively despised by them, in the first episode. By the time she encounters a few of them as the world is falling apart, they [[EntitledBastard angrily demand she help them]], which, after all the crap she has been through, including them earlier cheering for her public execution, she breathlessly rejects and scares off with a few gunshots, thus leaving them (not to mention her sister who also turned on her) to survive in the aftermath after Ange and her comrades save the world and are transported into the real earth to live in peace.

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* This is what ultimately ends up happening to the World of Mana in ''Anime/CrossAnge'' due to the hubris of its creator, Embryo, although he is the one who initiates its destruction when he decides to create a new world in his disgust with the present one. Its inhabitants are guilty of complacency and overdependence on Mana, as they by and large have no ability to think for themselves due to Mana's effects, leading them to immediately turn on Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi after they find out she is a norma, a race instinctively despised by them, in the first episode. By the time she encounters a few of them as the world is falling apart, they [[EntitledBastard angrily demand she help them]], which, after all the crap *bleep* she has been through, including them earlier cheering for her public execution, she breathlessly rejects and scares off with a few gunshots, thus leaving them (not to mention her sister who also turned on her) to survive in the aftermath after Ange and her comrades save the world and are transported into the real earth to live in peace.



** Interestingly, ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' seems to imply that the vast majority of the city actually survived as a functional society for as long as several years after the events of the first game. Most of Rapture [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying simply didn't give a damn]], being largely populated by ApatheticCitizens only caring about their own interests and keeping the BreadAndCircuses going. Some even [[WarForFunAndProfit find their fortune selling]] [[MechaMooks security systems]] and personal bodyguards to deal with the splicer problem spilling over from the nasty business in [[TheCityNarrows THAT part of Rapture]] and catering to [[GlamorousWartimeSinger those seeking distraction]].

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** Interestingly, ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' seems to imply that the vast majority of the city actually survived as a functional society for as long as several years after the events of the first game. Most of Rapture [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying simply didn't give a damn]], *bleep*]], being largely populated by ApatheticCitizens only caring about their own interests and keeping the BreadAndCircuses going. Some even [[WarForFunAndProfit find their fortune selling]] [[MechaMooks security systems]] and personal bodyguards to deal with the splicer problem spilling over from the nasty business in [[TheCityNarrows THAT part of Rapture]] and catering to [[GlamorousWartimeSinger those seeking distraction]].



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayocean Bayocean, Oregon]], founded in 1906, was envisioned to be "the Atlantic City of the West", with a hotel, a dance hall, and numerous homes, but due to concerns with crossing treacherous Tillamook Bay, a jetty was built to calm the bay's waters. Unfortunately, [[GaiasVengeance this attempt to control Mother Nature backfired]], and the changed bay current began eating away at the sand beneath the city, causing it to slowly fall into the sea. By 1960 it had completely disappeared.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayocean Bayocean, Oregon]], founded in 1906, was envisioned to be "the Atlantic City of the West", with a hotel, a dance hall, and numerous homes, but due to concerns with crossing treacherous Tillamook Bay, a jetty was built to calm the bay's waters. Unfortunately, [[GaiasVengeance this attempt to control Mother Nature backfired]], backfired]] (two jettys were needed for a proper solution, and the town could only afford one), and the changed bay current began eating away at the sand beneath the city, causing it to slowly fall into the sea. By 1960 it had completely disappeared.From 1932 to 1971, the town slowly fell into the sea, starting with the huge indoor swimming pool and ending with a garage. Nothing but a plaque marks the spot now.
15th Oct '16 12:41:32 AM FordPrefect
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* The low-lying Dutch city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeftinghe Saeftinghe]] was a prosperous trading center from the 14th to the 16th century until much of the land surrounding it was lost to a disasterous flood in 1570. The city itself was abandoned in 1584 when, during the Dutch War for Independence, Dutch soldiers were forced to destroy the dike that protected Saeftinghe resulting in its sinking into the marshy bogs of the Schelde River. In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeftinghe_legend Dutch folklore]], Saeftinghe was an ornately rich but avaricious city that ultimately paid for its greed by sinking into the salty marshlands after being cursed by a merman for refusing to set his captured mermaid wife free.

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* The low-lying Dutch city of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeftinghe Saeftinghe]] was a prosperous trading center from the 14th to the 16th century until much of the land surrounding it was lost to a disasterous disastrous flood in 1570. The city itself was abandoned in 1584 when, during the Dutch War for Independence, Dutch soldiers were forced to destroy the dike that protected Saeftinghe resulting in its sinking into the marshy bogs of the Schelde River. In [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeftinghe_legend Dutch folklore]], Saeftinghe was an ornately rich but avaricious city that ultimately paid for its greed by sinking into the salty marshlands after being cursed by a merman for refusing to set his captured mermaid wife free.
16th Sep '16 8:56:55 PM 1kanna
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* The Allagin Empire of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is revealed to be this. Once a technologically advanced society with a literal {{Crystal Spire|sAndToga}}, its emperor made a DealWithTheDeveil in a bid for more power, causing him to seal Bahamut into [[ThatsNoMoon Dalamud]] and use him to power said crystal spire to fulfill his end of the bargain, the attempt created a massive earthquake that wiped most of them out. The Fractal Continuum museum in their artifical FloatingContinent of Azys Lla (the only other place of Allagin origin besides Dalamud that survived their fall) highlights their arrogance and Azys Lla itslef highlights ho far they'd fallen before the Earthquake hit.

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* The Allagin Empire of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is revealed to be this. Once a technologically advanced society with a literal {{Crystal Spire|sAndToga}}, [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Crystal Spire]], its emperor made a DealWithTheDeveil DealWithTheDevil in a bid for more power, causing him to seal Bahamut into [[ThatsNoMoon Dalamud]] and use him to power said crystal spire to fulfill his end of the bargain, the attempt created a massive earthquake that wiped most of them out. The Fractal Continuum museum in their artifical FloatingContinent of Azys Lla (the only other place of Allagin origin besides Dalamud that survived their fall) highlights their arrogance and Azys Lla itslef itself highlights ho how far they'd fallen before the Earthquake hit.
10th Sep '16 9:03:43 PM WillBGood
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* The Emerald City in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''. Even in ''Literature/TheWizardOfOz'' it has shades of this--although the people aren't unhappy or corrupt, the Wizard in charge is a phony playing the whole city for fools (and the city ''isn't even really emerald''; the Wizard just makes everyone wear emerald-colored glasses so they think it is). But like everything else in Oz, the depiction is even worse in ''Wicked.'' Booze-soaked nightclubs, whores on every corner, chamberpot contents in the street, the Unionist church's {{KnightTemplar}}s running unchecked, and a brute posing as a wizard cheerfully exploiting all of it to keep in power.

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* The Emerald City in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''. Even in ''Literature/TheWizardOfOz'' it has shades of this--although the people aren't unhappy or corrupt, the Wizard in charge is a phony playing the whole city for fools (and the city ''isn't even really emerald''; the Wizard just makes everyone wear emerald-colored glasses so they think it is). But like everything else in Oz, the depiction is even worse in ''Wicked.'' Booze-soaked nightclubs, whores on every corner, chamberpot contents in the street, the Unionist church's {{KnightTemplar}}s {{Knight Templar}}s running unchecked, and a brute posing as a wizard cheerfully exploiting all of it to keep in power.
19th Jul '16 11:37:45 AM Lawman592
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Often, the Soiled City was once a ShiningCity or {{Utopia}} but, [[HumansAreBastards humans being who they are]], it fell victim to arrogance and [[SevenDeadlySins moral degeneration]]. In fact, before destruction, the Soiled City can still look like a Shining City even though its [[CrapsaccharineWorld gleaming exterior is really concealing the rot and vileness within]].

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Often, the Soiled City was once a ShiningCity or {{Utopia}} but, [[HumansAreBastards humans being who they are]], it fell victim to arrogance and [[SevenDeadlySins moral degeneration]]. In fact, before destruction, the Soiled City can still look like a Shining City even though its [[CrapsaccharineWorld gleaming exterior is really concealing the rot and vileness within]].
19th Jul '16 11:37:12 AM Lawman592
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Often, the Soiled City was once a ShiningCity or {{Utopia}} but, [[HumansAreBastards humans being who they are]], it fell victim to arrogance and [[SevenDeadlySins moral degeneration]]. In fact, before destruction, the Soiled City can still look like a ShiningCity even though by then it's really nothing more than a whited sepulcher with a [[CrapsaccharineWorld shiny gleaming exterior concealing the rot and vileness within]].

Almost always a WretchedHive. Can also be a CityNoir. The opposite or (as mentioned previously) the corrupted version of the ShiningCity. This trope often overlaps with LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair and is used as AnAesop. The ShadowLand of {{Arcadia}} and the GhibliHills; many a FarmBoy who went expecting the Shining City was lucky to escape with his life, if at all.

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Often, the Soiled City was once a ShiningCity or {{Utopia}} but, [[HumansAreBastards humans being who they are]], it fell victim to arrogance and [[SevenDeadlySins moral degeneration]]. In fact, before destruction, the Soiled City can still look like a ShiningCity Shining City even though by then it's really nothing more than a whited sepulcher with a its [[CrapsaccharineWorld shiny gleaming exterior is really concealing the rot and vileness within]].

Almost always a WretchedHive. Can also be a CityNoir. The opposite or (as mentioned previously) the corrupted version of the ShiningCity.Shining City. This trope often overlaps with LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair and is used as AnAesop. The ShadowLand of {{Arcadia}} and the GhibliHills; many a FarmBoy who went expecting the Shining City was lucky to escape with his life, if at all.
17th Jul '16 12:50:38 PM nombretomado
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* Texas City, CA in ''Film/BreakerBreaker''. An abandoned mining town re-incorporated by what the film, at first, seemed to hint was a band of traveling gypsies (but later just turned them in to 70's-style corrupt hicks), and funded by bootlegging and hijacking 18-wheelers. Gets destroyed in the end by a band of vengeful truckers responding to a distress call on behalf of the film's hero, [[ChuckNorris JD]].

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* Texas City, CA in ''Film/BreakerBreaker''. An abandoned mining town re-incorporated by what the film, at first, seemed to hint was a band of traveling gypsies (but later just turned them in to 70's-style corrupt hicks), and funded by bootlegging and hijacking 18-wheelers. Gets destroyed in the end by a band of vengeful truckers responding to a distress call on behalf of the film's hero, [[ChuckNorris [[Creator/ChuckNorris JD]].
17th Jul '16 12:53:57 AM Chabal2
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* The ancient Eldar of Warhammer 40,000 both embody and subvert this trope. Their glittering, technologically dazzling civilization once dominated the galaxy, but their descent into jaded excess and hedonism led directly to the birth of the Chaos God Slaanesh and their near-obliteration during the Fall. The heartlands of the civilization are now the warp-tainted hellholes known as the Crone Worlds, swallowed up by the Eye of Terror that the Fall ripped into the fabric of realspace. However, the one part of pre-fall Eldar civilization that survived and prospered was the dark city of Comorragh - the Eldar's worst den of vice, iniquity and depravity. It survived because it was safely concealed from prying eyes in a pocket universe between the dimensions, and is now the home base for the Dark Eldar, who continue to celebrate and indulge in the kind of vileness that brought their civilization low in the first place.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': The ancient Eldar of Warhammer 40,000 both embody and subvert this trope. Their glittering, technologically dazzling civilization once dominated the galaxy, but their descent into jaded excess and hedonism led directly to the birth of the Chaos God Slaanesh and their near-obliteration during the Fall. The heartlands of the civilization are now the warp-tainted hellholes known as the Crone Worlds, swallowed up by the Eye of Terror that the Fall ripped into the fabric of realspace. However, the one part of pre-fall Eldar civilization that survived and prospered was the dark city of Comorragh - the Eldar's worst den of vice, iniquity and depravity. It survived because it was safely concealed from prying eyes in a pocket universe between the dimensions, and is now the home base for the Dark Eldar, who continue to celebrate and indulge in the kind of vileness that brought their civilization low in the first place. [[MeaningfulName And if you still don't get it]], Commorragh used to have a sister city named Satom.
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