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12th Jan '18 3:01:44 PM LaughingGiraffe
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* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale: not Night Vale itself (it's not a secret that the City Council is a bizarre gestalt entity and there are hooded figures in the dog park, after all) but their rival town of Desert Bluffs, which appears to be Night Vale's opposite in every way. It's always sunny! Everything is wonderful! And everyone worships a Smiling God...
5th Jan '18 4:52:04 AM kikiandlala
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* The town of Golgotha, from ''Literature/SixGunTarot'' has many, many dark secrets, from the vampire in the unmarked grave to the [[BrainInAJar head in a jar]] upstairs of the general store. And that's leaving aside the CosmicHorror from beyond time and space buried in the old silver mine.

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* The town of Golgotha, from ''Literature/SixGunTarot'' ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'' has many, many dark secrets, from the vampire in the unmarked grave to the [[BrainInAJar head in a jar]] upstairs of the general store. And that's leaving aside the CosmicHorror from beyond time and space buried in the old silver mine.
30th Dec '17 1:01:05 PM CountDorku
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* In ''VideoGame/SunlessSea'', given that you run into multiple islands with secret cannibal cults on them and at least two involved in a plan by a faction within the London government [[spoiler:to take over the entire Neath with an artificial star-god]], it's honestly kind of a relief to arrive at places like the Isle of Cats or Kingeater's Castle where stuff is at least sinister ''when you get there''.
26th Dec '17 5:21:07 AM MarkLungo
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'', this is the subject of the episode seed "A Friendly Little Town". Outrage (an international crime syndicate) takes over the rural village of Pleasant Valley because it's the only source of a material they need. They maintain a facade of normality for people who are passing through, but most of the residents live in fear of their conquerors—at least until two Crimestrikers show up to help the local [[LaResistance resistance]].



%%%* The town of Guellen in ''TheVisit''.

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%%%* The town of Guellen in ''TheVisit''.''Theater/TheVisit''.
14th Dec '17 7:27:58 PM MrSeyker
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The episode "Cutie Map", the gang finds a strange town in the middle of nowhere, where all the ponies have an "=" as their cutie mark, everyone acts ''disturbingly'' happy, and everyone has TheUnSmile. Pinkie Pie is noticeably creeped out. Turns out she had a reason to be, because [[spoiler: the BigBad of the episode had literally stolen everypony's cutie marks and magic (and hence personalities).]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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The episode "Cutie Map", the gang finds a strange town in the middle of nowhere, where all the ponies have an "=" as their cutie mark, everyone acts ''disturbingly'' happy, and everyone has TheUnSmile. Pinkie Pie is noticeably creeped out. Turns out she had a reason to be, because [[spoiler: the BigBad of the episode had literally stolen everypony's cutie marks and magic (and hence personalities).]]
** Season 7 finale "Shadow Play" introduces [[spoiler: an abandoned town called Hollow Shades, built on top of [[ReligionOfEvil an ancient worship temple called the Well of Shade.]] In that place, over a thousand years ago, the BigBad found an EldritchAbomination and made a DealWithTheDevil in exchange for power.
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9th Dec '17 11:19:34 AM Khazzadumm
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* Realistically, quite a number of towns around the world will, especially more isolated ones, have some sort of nasty secret (or secrets) which the denizens won't know about or would try not to know about, such as criminal activity, drug abuse, incest/raping, domestic violence etc.
1st Dec '17 6:45:33 PM WillBGood
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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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* [[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, history; one town finally apologized in ''2015''.



* The little town of Alcasser in Spain was the location of a gruesome and very mediatic kidnapping and murdering of three teen aged local girls in 1992. Due to the WildMassGuessing, media attention, and Satanic Panic overtones of the case, and many a private investigator, amateur or not, ghoulish individuals and paranormal researchers meddling in, the townsfolk adamantly and understandably ''refuse'' to talk to anybody who does even mention the crimes. Doubly so because the whole thing heavily damaged the town's image and economy for a while. To this day the locals are still rather distrustful of strangers, specially if they suspect they are into a tourism of that kind.

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* The little town of Alcasser in Spain was the location of a gruesome and very mediatic highly-covered kidnapping and murdering murder of three teen aged teenaged local girls in 1992. Due to the WildMassGuessing, media attention, and Satanic Panic overtones of the case, and many a private investigator, amateur investigators (amateur or not, not), ghoulish individuals and paranormal researchers meddling in, were drawn to the town. The townsfolk adamantly and understandably ''refuse'' to talk to anybody who does even mention mentions the crimes. Doubly so because the whole thing heavily damaged the town's image and economy for a while. To this day the locals are still rather distrustful of strangers, specially if they suspect they are into a tourism of that kind.atrocity tourism.
1st Dec '17 6:38:10 PM WillBGood
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the heroes were unlucky enough to encounter a town called Lupisberg, which had ''three'' dark secrets. The first one was, the inhabitants were vampires. The second one was, the vampires inhabiting the town were feuding with ''another'' clan of vampires (not that the other clan was any better, mind you). The third secret was, ''both'' clans of vampires had taken over the town from the original residents, who were ''werewolves'', and imprisoned them under the town. After the heroes released the werewolves who were dead set on taking their town back, the heroes were smart enough to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere high-tail it out of there.]]

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the heroes were unlucky enough to encounter a town called Lupisberg, Lupusville, which had ''three'' dark secrets. The first one was, the inhabitants were vampires. The second one was, the vampires inhabiting the town were feuding with ''another'' clan of vampires (not that the other clan was any better, mind you). The third secret was, ''both'' clans of vampires had taken over the town from the original residents, who were ''werewolves'', and imprisoned them under the town. After the heroes released the werewolves who were dead set on taking their town back, the heroes were smart enough to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere high-tail it out of there.]]
30th Nov '17 3:24:21 AM BigLenny
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* ''VisualNovel/ChoicesStoriesYouPlay'' has Westchester, the primary setting of one of its stories titled ''VisualNovel/ItLivesInTheWoods''. It has a history of cults, witch trials, massacres, and unexplained coma cases attributed to a local supernatural entity named Redfield.
15th Nov '17 11:31:30 PM MurrayTheBlue
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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.

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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 (Hinzelman) [[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. It turns out the Hinzelman kills anyone who figures it out, including one of the father of one of the residents. When the chief of police figures it out, he is horrified and promptly kills Hinzelman to stop the cycle.



* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Mat and the Band run across the town [[spoiler: Hinderstap]], where the people are zombies who go apeshit every night and kill each other, but wake up in their beds the next morning regardless.

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Mat and the Band run across the town [[spoiler: Hinderstap]], where the people are zombies who go apeshit every night and kill each other, but wake up in their beds the next morning regardless. However, two things set them apart from most of the other entries on this list
** The townsfolk don't actually know what is going on exactly. They know they all seem to black out at the same time every night, experience horrific nightmares, then wake up in their beds, and their is some sort of damage done to the town. This happens regardless of whether they leave the town or commit suicide. They always wake up in their beds, and anyone who stays the night in the town (or dies their) will suffer the same thing. The villagers have a pretty good idea of what is going on, but not exactly, and try to soldier on as best they can.
** The villagers actively try to prevent the fate from happening to anyone else by keeping people from staying in the town's limits overnight. They are not remotely malicious, just basically trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop, and bitter about it.



* ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. The charming little town is [[DoomMagnet plagued by a million and one various threats]], but the wave of psychotic meteor freaks brought about by the first meteor shower is closest to this trope. Most people know that there is something wrong with the meteor rocks and many witnessed its effects on people, but a lot of them seem to live in denial or blame it on the [=LuthorCorp=] experiments.

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* ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. The charming little town is [[DoomMagnet plagued by a million and one various threats]], but the wave of psychotic meteor freaks brought about by the first meteor shower is closest to this trope. Most people know that there is something wrong with the meteor rocks and many witnessed its effects on people, but a lot of them seem to live in denial or blame it on the [=LuthorCorp=] experiments. However, the biggest secret of the town is actually quite benevolent: There is basically a PhysicalGod in the form of a teenage Clark, who is doing his damndest to protect the town from the other secrets overrunning it. He's stays incognito, because well he's really insecure.
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