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27th Jun '16 11:21:24 PM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'' takes place in a fictional town in 1960's England where everyone is subject to GovernmentDrugEnforcement: anyone who doesn't regularly take a drug called Joy becomes a "Downer" and is [[BigBrotherIsWatching hunted down by the police]]. The given reason for this is supposedly [[AlternateHistory Britain being invaded by the Nazis during World War II]] and the desperate people of Britain doing [[NoodleIncident "A Very Bad Thing"]] in response to drive off the German invasion - whatever they did, they were so horrified by it that they resorted to self-inflicted GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul just to avoid societal collapse.
22nd Jun '16 1:12:08 AM Morgenthaler
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This is a TownWithADarkSecret, with the added twist that the Dark Secret is hidden in this "idyllic" neighbourhood. The Trope Namer is, of course ''TheStepfordWives'', a thoroughly creepifying book about such a town.

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This is a TownWithADarkSecret, with the added twist that the Dark Secret is hidden in this "idyllic" neighbourhood. The Trope Namer is, of course ''TheStepfordWives'', ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'', a thoroughly creepifying book about such a town.



* [[MeaningfulName Moralton]] in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''. For all the DaveyAndGoliath stylings, it is a place filled with self-hating, hypocritical, abusive {{Jerkass}}es that seem dead set on crushing the naive and hopelessly optimistic protagonist. And that's when said protagonist isn't wreaking carnage because he takes the bad advice of his authority figures to extreme and unfortunate ends.

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* [[MeaningfulName Moralton]] in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''. For all the DaveyAndGoliath WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath stylings, it is a place filled with self-hating, hypocritical, abusive {{Jerkass}}es that seem dead set on crushing the naive and hopelessly optimistic protagonist. And that's when said protagonist isn't wreaking carnage because he takes the bad advice of his authority figures to extreme and unfortunate ends.
4th Jun '16 7:37:06 PM gewunomox
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* Living on {{XTC}}'s "Respectable Street":

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* Living on {{XTC}}'s Music/{{XTC}}'s "Respectable Street":
12th May '16 10:36:07 AM Pichu-kun
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* The Music/MelanieMartinez ConceptAlbum ''Cry Baby'' takes place in a pastel 1950s-styled universe. Cry Baby lives in a suburban area with her drug using brother, alcoholic mother, and distant, cheating father. It gets worse as time goes on. Cry Baby ends up heartbroken several time, [[OnePersonBirthdayParty no one comes to her birthday]], she ends up kidnapped and possibly raped, [[spoiler:she has to kill her kidnapper]], and she undergoes a [[SanitySlippage mental breakdown]] as a result. Her mother also [[spoiler:kills her husband, his mistress, and possibly her brother]].
5th May '16 2:45:48 PM aye_amber
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* [The] ArcadeFire's third album, ''The Suburbs'', is a ConceptAlbum which focuses on, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the suburbs]]. It takes a somewhat nuanced view of the subject ([[TheFaceOfTheBand Win Butler]] is on record as saying that it's a letter "''from''" the suburbs, not for them or against them), but the Stepford form is definitely visible (particularly "Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains").

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* [The] ArcadeFire's Music/ArcadeFire's third album, ''The Suburbs'', is a ConceptAlbum which focuses on, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the suburbs]]. It takes a somewhat nuanced view of the subject ([[TheFaceOfTheBand Win Butler]] is on record as saying that it's a letter "''from''" the suburbs, not for them or against them), but the Stepford form is definitely visible (particularly "Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains").
3rd May '16 2:42:53 PM aye_amber
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* "No Birds" by PublicImageLtd

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* "No Birds" by PublicImageLtdMusic/PublicImageLtd.
8th Apr '16 4:30:55 PM Jarl
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* ''Blog/ScarfolkCouncil'' gives us Scarfolk, a small English town [[GroundhogDayLoop trapped in the 1970s]] which is StepfordSuburbia except that YouCanPanicNow. Got to keep those infant terrorists and undead foreigners out!
20th Feb '16 7:51:21 PM WillBGood
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** This applies to much of suburban America in it's pre-war days, where people were being killed in everything from government experiments, to malfunctioning factory robots, to ''taste-testing soda''. Chinese Americans were also being rounded up and imprisoned after the Sino-American war began in 2066, and fears of Communism and sabotage led to the Unites States becoming a police state in everything but name.
* Although most of the human characters in the first ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' game fit comfortable into the StepfordSmiler trope, Santa Modesta is set in a pleasant 1950s suburbia... in which everyone has various psychological hang-ups seething just underneath the surface.

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** This applies to much of suburban America in it's its pre-war days, where people were being killed in everything from government experiments, to malfunctioning factory robots, to ''taste-testing soda''. Chinese Americans were also being rounded up and imprisoned after the Sino-American war began in 2066, and fears of Communism and sabotage led to the Unites States becoming a police state in everything but name.
* Although most of the human characters in the first ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' game fit comfortable comfortably into the StepfordSmiler trope, Santa Modesta is set in a pleasant 1950s suburbia... in which everyone has various psychological hang-ups seething just underneath the surface.
28th Jan '16 10:18:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Darien, Connecticut: filming location for ''RevolutionaryRoad'', both ''StepfordWives'' films, and the basis for the book and film ''Gentlemen's Agreement''.

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* Darien, Connecticut: filming location for ''RevolutionaryRoad'', ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'', both ''StepfordWives'' ''Film/StepfordWives'' films, and the basis for the book and film ''Gentlemen's Agreement''.
9th Jan '16 10:31:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* The 2016 Marvel event ''ComicBook/AvengersStandoff'' is centred around "Pleasant Hills". This seemingly-idyllic suburb is hiding something so nasty it brings together two Avengers teams (who aren't on the best of terms) to contain it.

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* The 2016 Marvel event ''ComicBook/AvengersStandoff'' is centred around "Pleasant Hills". This seemingly-idyllic suburb is hiding something so nasty it brings together two multiple Avengers teams (who aren't on the best of terms) to contain it.
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