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11th Sep '17 4:15:28 PM Doug86
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* ''ComicBook/TheFantasticFour'', at the beginning of their superhero career defeated a group of Skrull spies. Reed Richards brainwashed them into becoming cows and retaining that form for life. The milk from these cows affected a small dairy town named King's Crossing, causing the inhabitants to develop shapeshifting powers and become paranoid and insular. The Fantastic Four, via a girl Johnny Storm was dating, ended up investigating the town and neutralizing the threat.

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* ''ComicBook/TheFantasticFour'', The ComicBook/FantasticFour, at the beginning of their superhero career defeated a group of Skrull spies. Reed Richards brainwashed them into becoming cows and retaining that form for life. The milk from these cows affected a small dairy town named King's Crossing, causing the inhabitants to develop shapeshifting powers and become paranoid and insular. The Fantastic Four, via a girl Johnny Storm was dating, ended up investigating the town and neutralizing the threat.
7th Sep '17 2:21:03 AM PaulA
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-->-- ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fish-Men]]'', H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

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-->-- ''[[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fish-Men]]'', H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Fish-Men]]", ''Music/AVeryScarySolstice''
3rd Sep '17 10:18:52 PM StrixObscuro
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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]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}'' has Lakeside, a low level town in Freemarch that serves as one big shoutout ShoutOut to TheShadowOverInnsmouth, Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth, with Abyssal cultists instead of the Cult of Dagon. [[WholePlotReference Same difference]].


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* Played with in ''VideoGame/DarkElfHistoria'', where Terma Village's deep, dark secret ''isn't'' that they're sacrificing young women - they're completely open about that. The ''actual'' secret is that [[spoiler:the town elders are, in fact, gang-raping the young women, and the "sacrifices" are just an excuse to kill them afterwards so that they don't talk.]]
28th Aug '17 11:06:29 PM marcoasalazarm
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* The town of Omelas, from "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, must always [[spoiler:keep a mentally handicapped child locked in a dark basement, given only the barest amount of food to survive, without any kindness or affection given to that child for any reason whatsoever, for the moment anyone gives that child any sort of comfort at all, their entire "Utopian" society will collapse in that instant]]. The story is unclear whether [[spoiler:the child was born handicapped or has just broken from malnutrition, fear, and only a few moments of cruel human contact a day.]]

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* The town of Omelas, from "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, must always [[spoiler:keep a mentally handicapped child locked in a dark basement, given only the barest amount of food to survive, without any kindness or affection given to that child for any reason whatsoever, for the moment anyone gives that child any sort of comfort at all, their entire "Utopian" society will collapse in that instant]]. The story is unclear whether [[spoiler:the child was born handicapped or has just broken from malnutrition, fear, and only a few moments of cruel human contact a day.]]]] The Trope is ultimately played with in a meta context because the narrator, who had been singing the praises of Omelas as a MarySueTopia so far, is GenreSavvy enough to know that the reader is so used to this Trope that he cannot believe Omelas can be so perfect just because, so he drops the description [[spoiler:of the child and the unspeakable atrocities that are done to it]], and thus the reason why the titular people walk away ([[spoiler:they are the ones who cannot stomach such a hottible thing being done for the sake of the town being perfect, and prefer to take their chances finding happiness elsewhere]]) with a [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "here you go, the trope you were waiting for! A horrible flaw in the system! Are you happy now!? do you believe this town to be "realistic" enough now?]] flair.
28th Aug '17 8:46:06 PM PaulA
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* The town of Omelas, from ''Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas'' by UrsulaKLeGuin, must always [[spoiler: keep a mentally handicapped child locked in a dark basement, given only the barest amount of food to survive, without any kindness or affection given to that child for any reason whatsoever, for the moment anyone gives that child any sort of comfort at all, their entire "Utopian" society will collapse in that instant]]. The story is unclear whether [[spoiler:the child was born handicapped or has just broken from malnutrition, fear, and only a few moments of cruel human contact a day.]]

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* The town of Omelas, from ''Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas'' "Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas" by UrsulaKLeGuin, Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin, must always [[spoiler: keep [[spoiler:keep a mentally handicapped child locked in a dark basement, given only the barest amount of food to survive, without any kindness or affection given to that child for any reason whatsoever, for the moment anyone gives that child any sort of comfort at all, their entire "Utopian" society will collapse in that instant]]. The story is unclear whether [[spoiler:the child was born handicapped or has just broken from malnutrition, fear, and only a few moments of cruel human contact a day.]]
23rd Aug '17 7:46:56 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', the treatment of humans by the [[ScrewYouElves elves]] that [[MasterRace run things]] generally ranges from chattel to cattle. The third book, ''Elvenborn'', introduces the estates of House Prastaran... which handles things in a manner far closer to unusually egalitarian[=/=]idealized English squires[[note]](most human slaves capable of contemplating running away have to defeat enspelled collars and flee into the wilds; here they need merely give notice and their lordships will smuggle them out)[[/note]] and have to put considerable effort into stage-managing the visits of outsiders.

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* In ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', the treatment of humans by the [[ScrewYouElves elves]] that [[MasterRace run things]] generally ranges from chattel to cattle. The third book, ''Elvenborn'', ''Literature/{{Elvenborn}}'', introduces the estates of House Prastaran... which handles things in a manner far closer to unusually egalitarian[=/=]idealized English squires[[note]](most human slaves capable of contemplating running away have to defeat enspelled collars and flee into the wilds; here they need merely give notice and their lordships will smuggle them out)[[/note]] and have to put considerable effort into stage-managing the visits of outsiders.
15th Aug '17 11:22:11 PM Schismatism
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* Venice, Florida, in the ''Literature/JasonWood'' series, finds itself overrun with werewolves who have replaced key inhabitants, once the titular protagonist drives them into hiding. They take the opportunity to replace all the 'Crywolf' devices with ones which don't work to reveal them. [[spoiler:It also manages to attract a Mirrorkiller.]]
6th Aug '17 1:47:04 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''SilentHill'', a small town founded by cultists and harboring a very twisted DarkWorld. ''SilentHillHomecoming'' introduces another TWADS, Shepherd's Glen, this time with extra [[VirginSacrifice child sacrifices]].\\

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* ''SilentHill'', ''Franchise/SilentHill'', a small town founded by cultists and harboring a very twisted DarkWorld. ''SilentHillHomecoming'' ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'' introduces another TWADS, Shepherd's Glen, this time with extra [[VirginSacrifice child sacrifices]].\\



* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' having inherited the setting from ''SilentHill'' proper.

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* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' having inherited the setting from ''SilentHill'' ''Franchise/SilentHill'' proper.
5th Aug '17 12:06:07 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Subverted with the human city of Kellwood which has a magically enhanced WeirdnessCensor and a city-wide {{Glamour}}s to prevent the humans from noticing anything off with their monster infested city which rests on the edge of a [[TheLostWoods forest]] that is much, ''much'' BiggerOnTheInside and filled with kingdoms of demons and TheFairFolk. It doesn't work on everyone and seeing something shocking enough can break the glamour for some. The city's Animal Control is actually a city funded CreatureHunterOrganization.

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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Subverted with the human city of Kellwood which has a magically enhanced WeirdnessCensor and a city-wide {{Glamour}}s {{Glamour}} to prevent the humans from noticing anything off with their monster infested city which rests on the edge of a [[TheLostWoods forest]] that is much, ''much'' BiggerOnTheInside and filled with kingdoms of demons and TheFairFolk. It doesn't work on everyone and seeing something shocking enough can break the glamour for some.an individual permanently. The city's Animal Control is actually a city funded CreatureHunterOrganization.
5th Aug '17 12:02:50 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Subverted with the human city of Kellwood which has a magically enhanced WeirdnessCensor and a city-wide {{Glamour}}s to prevent the humans from noticing anything off with their monster infested city which rests on the edge of a [[TheLostWoods forest]] that is much, ''much'' BiggerOnTheInside and filled with kingdoms of demons and TheFairFolk. It doesn't work on everyone and seeing something shocking enough can break the glamour for some. The city's Animal Control is actually a city funded CreatureHunterOrganization.
* In ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'', it turns out that before moving above ground, [[spoiler: the Hollow's government was responsible for a ''lot'' of shady dealings, including cruel experiments performed on its prisoners. Even now with the government no longer holding influence, some are hell bent on making sure its history remains buried forever.]]



* ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'': The original [[CthulhuMythos Innsmouth]], an early example of this trope, was a decaying hovel of mutants and secret cults. In ''Shadowgirls'', however, its modern-day incarnation appears to be a perfectly ordinary coastal town. But don't let appearances fool you: [[spoiler: the Esoteric Order of Dagon still controls most of the government and Deep Ones lurk off the coast]].



* In ''Webcomic/LovecraftIsMissing'', Tough Luck, Oklahoma is revealed to [[spoiler: have its own Cthulhu cult that meets secretly in an old barn]].



* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' having inherited the setting from ''SilentHill'' proper.



* In ''Webcomic/LovecraftIsMissing'', Tough Luck, Oklahoma is revealed to [[spoiler: have its own Cthulhu cult that meets secretly in an old barn]].



* ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'': The original [[CthulhuMythos Innsmouth]], an early example of this trope, was a decaying hovel of mutants and secret cults. In ''Shadowgirls'', however, its modern-day incarnation appears to be a perfectly ordinary coastal town. But don't let appearances fool you: [[spoiler: the Esoteric Order of Dagon still controls most of the government and Deep Ones lurk off the coast]].
* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' having inherited the setting from ''SilentHill'' proper.



* In ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'', it turns out that before moving above ground, [[spoiler: the Hollow's government was responsible for a ''lot'' of shady dealings, including cruel experiments performed on its prisoners. Even now with the government no longer holding influence, some are hell bent on making sure its history remains buried forever.]]
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