History Main / TownWithADarkSecret

28th Jan '16 10:32:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Taiji, a town located in Higashimuro District, Wakayama, Japan, conducts an ongoing dolphin hunt off its coast (as made well-known in the 2009 documentary film, TheCove). Mercury levels among its citizens are much higher than average as a result of the sale and consumption of dolphin meat in Taiji. The film depicts a cover-up orchestrated at all levels, from the fishermen themselves up to the town's mayor, revealing a town striving to hide its dark secret from the rest of the world.
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* Taiji, a town located in Higashimuro District, Wakayama, Japan, conducts an ongoing dolphin hunt off its coast (as made well-known in the 2009 documentary film, TheCove).Film/TheCove). Mercury levels among its citizens are much higher than average as a result of the sale and consumption of dolphin meat in Taiji. The film depicts a cover-up orchestrated at all levels, from the fishermen themselves up to the town's mayor, revealing a town striving to hide its dark secret from the rest of the world.
23rd Jan '16 9:56:50 AM nombretomado
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* Series/{{Haven}}, Maine - A small town that hosts various cursed individuals. The mysterious 'Troubles' have recently returned, causing the deadly powers of some citizens to reactivate with horrible consequences. Loosely based on (well, uses some names from) a novella by StephenKing.
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* Series/{{Haven}}, Maine - A small town that hosts various cursed individuals. The mysterious 'Troubles' have recently returned, causing the deadly powers of some citizens to reactivate with horrible consequences. Loosely based on (well, uses some names from) a novella by StephenKing.Creator/StephenKing.
20th Jan '16 12:25:23 PM ShamusAran
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* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' has Lakeside, a low level town in Freemarch that serves as one big shoutout to TheShadowOverInnsmouth, with Abyssal cultists instead of the Cult of Dagon. [[WholePlotReference Same difference]].
20th Jan '16 10:06:33 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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%%%* Summerisle from ''TheWickerMan''.
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%%%* Summerisle from ''TheWickerMan''.* In ''TheWickerMan'', the dark secret is a pagan cult that practices HumanSacrifice.
16th Jan '16 2:18:18 PM RavenWilder
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* Mount Weather from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' initially seems like the safest, friendliest, and most luxurious community on [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Earth, but Clarke can't help feeling like they're hiding something from her. [[HumanRessources Then she discovers where their medical "treatments" are coming from ...]]
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* Mount Weather from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' initially seems like the safest, friendliest, and most luxurious community on [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Earth, but Clarke can't help feeling like they're hiding something from her. [[HumanRessources [[HumanResources Then she discovers where their medical "treatments" are coming from ...]]
16th Jan '16 2:15:32 PM RavenWilder
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* Mount Weather from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' initially seems like the safest, friendliest, and most luxurious community on [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] Earth, but Clarke can't help feeling like they're hiding something from her. [[HumanRessources Then she discovers where their medical "treatments" are coming from ...]]
12th Jan '16 3:23:01 AM thatmadork
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** {{Inverted|Trope}} by the Institute. For their shadowy and sinister reputation, it certainly doesn't prepare the Sole Survivor to see [[spoiler:a sleek, shiny ''Star Trek''-esque utopia on the other side of the teleporter. Though this becomes {{ZigZagged|Trope}} when you see the shocking slave-like conditions the Synths live under plus the scientist's mental gymnastics to convince themselves that their creations aren't sentient when the Synths are based on your son's DNA. And then there's the fact that they're the ones creating all the Super Mutants roaming around on the surface...]]
27th Dec '15 9:39:58 AM thatmadork
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* The town of Covenant in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' will set off alarm bells in any remotely GenreSavvy player's head almost immediately, whether it's due to the concrete walls and guard towers on the outside or the clean pre-war houses and overly friendly people on the inside. [[spoiler:They're actually a bunch of paranoid psychos who have been kidnapping random passer-bys and performing gruesome torture experiments on them to see if they're synths. You can travel into the tunnels under the town and bring their cruel and insane operation to a close, but it will piss off everyone living in the town so you'll have to clear it out by force to resettle it, and as a final twist, if the girl you rescue from their clutches, Amelia Stockton, dies, you find a synth component on her body. There is a Railroad runner named Old Man Stockton, but whether Amelia is an innocent synth who was freed and adopted as his daughter, or an Institute plant to get information on the Railroad, is left ambiguous.]]
16th Dec '15 6:23:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''DogsInTheVineyard'', the [=PCs=] are sent by an {{Expy}} of the 19th-century Mormon church to [[WalkingTheEarth visit]] a series of towns. They have some simple duties, like healing people and delivering the mail, but the interesting ones (i.e. the ones you actually have game sessions for) are either headed for this trope or already there, and the [=PCs=] have to [[CleanUpTheTown fix it]] by any means necessary before it falls into full-blown demon-fueled Hate and Murder.
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* In ''DogsInTheVineyard'', ''TabletopGame/DogsInTheVineyard'', the [=PCs=] are sent by an {{Expy}} of the 19th-century Mormon church to [[WalkingTheEarth visit]] a series of towns. They have some simple duties, like healing people and delivering the mail, but the interesting ones (i.e. the ones you actually have game sessions for) are either headed for this trope or already there, and the [=PCs=] have to [[CleanUpTheTown fix it]] by any means necessary before it falls into full-blown demon-fueled Hate and Murder.
14th Nov '15 1:07:08 PM Prfnoff
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%%%* In the early 1990s, ''TwinPeaks''. %%%* The protagonists of ''{{Sliders}}'' find themselves in one repeatedly. %%%* The reality show ''MurderInSmallTownX'' used this to interesting effect.
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%%%* In the early 1990s, ''TwinPeaks''. ''Series/TwinPeaks''. %%%* The protagonists of ''{{Sliders}}'' ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' find themselves in one repeatedly. %%%* The reality show ''MurderInSmallTownX'' ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX'' used this to interesting effect.

* Subversion: ''AmericanGothic'' has Trinity, SC, a town whose dark secret is that its sheriff is the Devil Incarnate. But no one knows this fact at all (except [[SpiritAdvisor Merlyn]], it seems), while only the few who run afoul of Buck's wrath, dare to cross him, or refuse to obey him ever even discover what a MagnificentBastard he truly is. On the other hand, there are quite a lot of people in town keeping their own secrets: Dr. Crower, Gail, the coroner, the priest, Ben, Selena...
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* Subversion: ''AmericanGothic'' ''Series/AmericanGothic'' has Trinity, SC, a town whose dark secret is that its sheriff is the Devil Incarnate. But no one knows this fact at all (except [[SpiritAdvisor Merlyn]], it seems), while only the few who run afoul of Buck's wrath, dare to cross him, or refuse to obey him ever even discover what a MagnificentBastard he truly is. On the other hand, there are quite a lot of people in town keeping their own secrets: Dr. Crower, Gail, the coroner, the priest, Ben, Selena...

* In the ''{{Roswell}}'' episode "Harvest" (2nd season) the main characters travel to the suspicious town of Copper Summit, Arizona -- which turns out to be filled with their alien enemies.
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* In the ''{{Roswell}}'' ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' episode "Harvest" (2nd season) the main characters travel to the suspicious town of Copper Summit, Arizona -- which turns out to be filled with their alien enemies.

* Series/TwinPeaks. And how!
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