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27th Jul '16 4:24:41 AM Andyroid
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* Wellington Wells, the fictional English town which is the setting for ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Whatever the [[NoodleIncident Very Bad Thing]] was that happened during World War II in [[AlternateHistory this world's timeline]], it was so awful everyone tried to forget it through a combination of Orwellian tyranny and censorship and abuse of a FantasticDrug called Joy to [[HappinessIsMandatory keep up everyone's spirits]].

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* Wellington Wells, the fictional English town which is the setting for ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Whatever the [[NoodleIncident Very Bad Thing]] was that happened during World War II in [[AlternateHistory this world's timeline]], it was so awful everyone tried to forget it through a combination of Orwellian tyranny and censorship and abuse of a FantasticDrug called Joy to [[HappinessIsMandatory keep up everyone's spirits]]. Unfortunately, now Wellington Wells has two dark secrets: the Very Bad Thing, and the fact that [[FalseUtopia their seemingly-perfect civilization is on the verge of collapse]].
26th Jul '16 7:09:44 PM Andyroid
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* Wellington Wells, the fictional English town which is the setting for ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Actually probably counts as a SubvertedTrope, as the people of Wellington Wells don't ''really'' have a dirty secret, and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial they certainly didn't do a Very Bad Thing during the war]], right? Nah, of course not, so just chill out and [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul take your Joy]]! I mean, you're not a ''[[DefectorFromDecadence Downer]]'', are you? Well, are you!?... Oh God, you ''are''! Quick, [[BigBrotherIsWatching someone call the police!]]

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* Wellington Wells, the fictional English town which is the setting for ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Actually probably counts as a SubvertedTrope, as Whatever the people of Wellington Wells don't ''really'' have a dirty secret, and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial they certainly didn't do a [[NoodleIncident Very Bad Thing Thing]] was that happened during the war]], right? Nah, World War II in [[AlternateHistory this world's timeline]], it was so awful everyone tried to forget it through a combination of course not, so just chill out Orwellian tyranny and [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul take your Joy]]! I mean, you're not censorship and abuse of a ''[[DefectorFromDecadence Downer]]'', are you? Well, are you!?... Oh God, you ''are''! Quick, [[BigBrotherIsWatching someone call the police!]] FantasticDrug called Joy to [[HappinessIsMandatory keep up everyone's spirits]].
21st Jul '16 1:21:56 PM Cpt489
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* The murder of violent hooligan Ken McElroy in [[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article24591469.html Skidmore, Missouri]] happened in broad daylight and must have been witnessed by dozens of people, but for decades no one in town has said a word to authorities or reporters about who killed him..

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* The murder of violent hooligan Ken McElroy in [[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article24591469.html Skidmore, Missouri]] happened in broad daylight on Main Street and must have been witnessed by dozens of people, but for decades no one in town has said a word to authorities or reporters about who killed him..him.
21st Jul '16 1:21:33 PM Cpt489
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* The murder of violent hooligan Ken McElroy in [[http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/crime/article24591469.html Skidmore, Missouri]] happened in broad daylight and must have been witnessed by dozens of people, but for decades no one in town has said a word to authorities or reporters about who killed him..
21st Jul '16 4:23:34 AM Qube
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', there's a minor town you have to visit after a merchant's daughter disappears there. The Church has a book dedicated to "the Deep Ones", and people say things like "the Brethren don't take kindly to strangers. I'd leave before they find out you're here." If you spend the night in the inn after asking questions, [[spoiler:you wake up in the middle of the night to find yourself under attack by some cultist, then can find your way into the underground to discover that the shopkeepers daughter is about to be sacrificed for an unknown reason. A demonic summoning, perhaps?]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', there's a minor town you have to visit after a merchant's daughter disappears there. The Church has a book dedicated to "the Deep Ones", and people say things like "the Brethren don't take kindly to strangers. I'd leave before they find out you're here." If you spend the night in the inn after asking questions, [[spoiler:you wake up in the middle of the night to find yourself under attack by some cultist, then can find your way into the underground to discover that the shopkeepers daughter is about to be sacrificed for an unknown reason. A demonic summoning, perhaps?]]Not even unknown ''daedric'' reasons, the "Deep Ones" are something else entirely.]]
16th Jul '16 4:56:42 AM WillBGood
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* The John Carpenter film ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'' features the surreal, warped town of Hobb's End, which may or may not be the fictional creation of horror writer Sutter Cane. Features of the town change and rearrange themselves, the residents are monsters in disguise, and the LastSaneMan ends up [[spoiler:taking shelter in a movie theater where the events of the film are playing out on the screen, as the world burns down around him.]]

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* The John Carpenter film ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'' features the surreal, warped town of Hobb's End, which may or may not be the fictional creation of horror writer Sutter Cane. Features of the town change and rearrange themselves, the residents are monsters in disguise, and the LastSaneMan OnlySaneMan ends up [[spoiler:taking shelter in a movie theater where the events of the film are playing out on the screen, as the world burns down around him.]]
10th Jul '16 5:59:42 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Not a ''town'' exactly, but the Chateau de l'Hiver from ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc'' qualifies. It's the seemingly-normal headquarters of the protagonist's employers, but it's full of weird stuff that doesn't seem to add up. The employers are also very cagey about their true goals and how they got the castle. Other inhabitants who aren't in on the secret (or are they?) harbor many suspicions and theories about their employers. [[spoiler:It turns out the FOIL judges swindled the castle from its former owners, but more pressingly, they're using it to store the prized possessions of the FOIL members -- who are murdered when their tenure is up.]]
* The [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Holiday Star]] seems like a lovely dream of a fairytale land with a little town where everyone's friendly and accommodating. ...but it wouldn't be on this page if that was all there was to it. [[spoiler: It's ruled by a spirit who traps visitors there, forcing dreamers to starve to death and [[AssimilationPlot be absorbed into him]], then sort of puppet them around to greet and talk to the newest batch of visitors.]]
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* Not a ''town'' exactly, but the Chateau de l'Hiver from ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc'' qualifies. It's the seemingly-normal headquarters of the protagonist's employers, but it's full of weird stuff that doesn't seem to add up. The employers are also very cagey about their true goals and how they got the castle. Other inhabitants who aren't in on the secret (or are they?) harbor many suspicions and theories about their employers. [[spoiler:It turns out the FOIL judges swindled the castle from its former owners, but more pressingly, they're using it to store the prized possessions of the FOIL members -- who are murdered when their tenure is up.]]
* The [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Holiday Star]] seems like a lovely dream of a fairytale land with a little town where everyone's friendly and accommodating. ...but it wouldn't be on this page if that was all there was to it. [[spoiler: It's ruled by a spirit who traps visitors there, forcing dreamers to starve to death and [[AssimilationPlot be absorbed into him]], then sort of puppet them around to greet and talk to the newest batch of visitors.]]
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27th Jun '16 11:33:54 PM thatmadork
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* Wellington Wells, the fictional English town which is the setting for ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew''. Actually probably counts as a SubvertedTrope, as the people of Wellington Wells don't ''really'' have a dirty secret, and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial they certainly didn't do a Very Bad Thing during the war]], right? Nah, of course not, so just chill out and [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul take your Joy]]! I mean, you're not a ''[[DefectorFromDecadence Downer]]'', are you? Well, are you!?... Oh God, you ''are''! Quick, [[BigBrotherIsWatching someone call the police!]]
17th Jun '16 4:15:22 PM zarpaulus
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* Lakeside in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', which also seems to be [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Lake Wobegon]] with the SerialNumbersFiledOff.

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* Lakeside in ''Literature/AmericanGods'', which also seems to be [[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion Lake Wobegon]] with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. Though the only living resident who knows the secret is one old man [[spoiler: who's actually a Germanic tribal deity who made a deal with the town's founders. In exchange for ensuring Laketown's prosperity he kills one child every winter.]] The other residents weren't told by their ancestors who made the pact and chalk the disappearances up to runaways or custodial disputes.
17th May '16 10:35:20 PM TairaMai
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundown_town Sundown Towns]]: Towns where "those people" would be driven out "after sunset". TheSixties and the Civil Rights movement drove a lot of these towns to change and the more rabid elements went underground. However many cities had this status at one point in their history, one town finally apologized in ''2015''.
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