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23rd Jun '17 10:35:13 PM Geoduck
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22nd Jun '17 4:52:57 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'' features a native tribe in DarkestAfrica, ruled by a European ivory trader turned depraved cult leader.
20th Jun '17 12:11:31 PM Fauvelus
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* Adamstown, the one and only town in the remote Pitcairn Islands, a British territory in the Southern Pacific. In 1999, a UK police officer serving a temporary assignment in the Islands uncovered allegations of sexual abuse on the island teenage girls. It led to the arrestation of seven men (including the mayor) representing a third of the male population of the town, much to the protest of the overall population.
10th Jun '17 1:07:15 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Whateley Academy is literally in LovecraftCountry, since the closest town is ''the'' Dunwich. Only maybe half of Dunwich is in on the dark secrets, since the town has been gentrified.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Whateley Academy is literally in LovecraftCountry, since the closest town is ''the'' Dunwich. Only maybe half of Dunwich is in on the dark secrets, since the town has been gentrified.
6th Jun '17 2:05:28 PM bfunc
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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.

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* The murder of violent hooligan Ken McElroy [=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.
4th Jun '17 1:22:47 AM erforce
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%%%* ''{{Population 436}}''.
* In ''TheWickerMan'', the dark secret is a pagan cult that practices HumanSacrifice.

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%%%* ''{{Population ''Film/{{Population 436}}''.
* In ''TheWickerMan'', ''TheWickerMan1973'', the dark secret is a pagan cult that practices HumanSacrifice.
27th May '17 10:58:13 AM nombretomado
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%%%* Hedestad from ''[[MillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]''.

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%%%* Hedestad from ''[[MillenniumTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo]]''.
21st May '17 5:55:39 PM SantosLHalper
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->''"Goin' down to Innsmouth, gonna have myself a time\\
Fishy faces everywhere, degenerate folk without ambitions\\
Goin' down to Innsmouth gonna leave my woes behind\\
Eldritch gibbering day and night, people shouting "Ia Cthulhu!"\\
Headin' on down to Innsmouth, gonna see if I can't unwind\\
N'gai, n'gha'ghaa, bugg-shoggog, y'hah: Yog-Sothoth, Yog-Sothoth!\\
So come on down to Innsmouth and meet some friends of mine!"''
-->-- ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' spoof of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' theme song

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->''"Goin' down ->''"It's beginning to Innsmouth, gonna have myself look a time\\
Fishy faces everywhere, degenerate folk without ambitions\\
Goin' down
lot like fish-men\\
Everywhere I go;\\
From the minute I got
to Innsmouth gonna leave my woes behind\\
Eldritch gibbering day and night, people shouting "Ia Cthulhu!"\\
Headin' on down
town\\
And started
to Innsmouth, gonna see if look around\\
I can't unwind\\
N'gai, n'gha'ghaa, bugg-shoggog, y'hah: Yog-Sothoth, Yog-Sothoth!\\
So come on down to Innsmouth and meet some friends of mine!"''
thought these ill-bred people's gill-slits showed."''
-->-- ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'' spoof of the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' theme song
''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTHn2tHhcI It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fish-Men]]'', H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
21st May '17 9:57:42 AM naturalironist
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* In addition to the town of Twin Peaks (which carries over from the show), ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' also has Deer Meadows, where the policemen are secretly in league with drug dealers and the local trailer park contains a portal to AnotherDimension that people keep disappearing to.



* Subversion: ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' 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...
** Given that Sheriff Buck actively recruits people with dark secrets so that he can manipulate them (and eventually steal their souls), Trinity could be described as a town where everybody has their own dark secret.
* In "Murdersville", an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', an entire town [[spoiler:conspires to offer outsiders the opportunity to stage a murder. The townsfolk will serve as alibis and help dispose of the remains afterwards, in return for a sizable sum of money. (The villagers who refuse to participate are kept locked up in ancient torture devices in the town museum.)]]
** ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' had "The Eagle's Nest" where a remote Scottish island was harbouring a dark secret. The island had been secretly taken over by Nazis at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and the monastery as being used to house the cryogenically frozen body of Adolf Hitler until such time as they could revive him.
* One of the centric themes/plot lines of ''Series/BatesMotel''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Subverted with Sunnydale. It's a sizable city instead of a small town. Instead of everyone being in on the dark secrets (the portal to Hell, the various demons and vampires that treat the place like a buffet and the buried [sometimes magical] treasures hidden in the right mausoleum), most of Sunnydale's citizens are hilariously [[WeirdnessCensor oblivious/in denial]] about the many, many mysterious deaths that occur there. The only humans in on it are various characters who tap into the dark powers of the place for their own ends, such as the BigBad of Season Three. The secret government lab under the college is the least exciting secret there was.
* The suburbs in ''Series/{{Chuck}} vs. the Suburbs''. It turns out that everyone in their cul-de-sac is an agent of Fulcrum, a criminal organization.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "House On Fire", has an entire town flip out on an orphaned boy due to rumors of BrotherSisterIncest. His RoaringRampageOfRevenge takes the form of KillItWithFire.
* Jon Stewart on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' mocked the "this town holds a Dark Secret" advertising for ''WolfLake'' by saying "Let's ask the werewolves! Maybe they know what the Dark Secret is."
* The made-for-TV-movie ''TheDisappearances'' has, among other things, a ghost-town with a secret. The sheer volume of red herrings presented eliminates the ability to accurately figure out what that secret ''is'', mind you, but it's most assuredly there.
* This is the essential plot of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', where the eponymous town is the site of a top-secret government research facility. The tagline for the first season was "Small town. Big Secrets." (Though it's portrayed as more of a QuirkyTown despite the DeathRay, runaway {{Nanomachines}} and other PhlebotinumOverload that happens on a regular basis.)
* ''Series/HappyTown'' tried very hard to be this to the point that they ended up making it fit the title while advertising heavily to be certain absolutely everyone knew it was a SarcasticTitle.
* 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 Creator/StephenKing.



* Morton Harwood in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/K9AndCompany''. Well, if cheerfully explaining to visiting reporters "They're a bit sensitive about that [devil-worship] around here. It's traditional, you see." counts as a secret...
* In case you were wondering about ''Series/LazyTown'', it has a dark secret of its own. In the old days before the active warriors came, [=LazyTown=] was lazy. No fitness, no healthy things, NO NOTHING. Every mayor until the active warriors came were part of the family of the "evil dude"(who was the last of his family to be mayor of [=LazyTown=] before the warriors put him in a prison & buried him deep underground.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. Royston Vasey has enough secrets to go around. The main one would probably be the "special stuff" sold by [[TheButcher town butcher]] Hilary Briss.
* The town of Maiden Creek in the ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' episode "Death on the Vine" has a secret regarding the death of a German farmer at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Phyrne Fisher steps into the middle of the secret when the farmer's son calls her in to investigate, only for her to find that he has been murdered by the time she arrives.
* The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Town" features a town full of Soviet spies.
* Storybrooke in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', in which nearly everyone is a FairyTale character brought into our world through a magic curse, though none of them remember. Though most of the inhabitants are decent people, the mayor is the Evil Queen from "Literature/SnowWhite" who frequently abuses her power through both mundane and magical means. Even after [[spoiler:the curse is lifted, everyone gets their memories back, and the Queen is deposed,]] Storybrooke still fits the trope as the citizens work together to keep outsiders from finding out who they are.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/RippingYarns'' episode "Whinfrey's Last Case". It turns out that all the inhabitants of the Cornish fishing village where agent Whinfrey takes his holiday in 1913 are in fact German spies. What's more, this turns out to be part of a conspiracy between the British and German Governments.
* One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' features the town of Pastoria, which traps wealthy travelers in the town, frames them for an absurd number of crimes, then convinces them to plea bargain and pay a large fine to the city instead of going to jail.
* In the ''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/{{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 Creator/StephenKing.
* The made-for-TV-movie ''TheDisappearances'' has, among other things, a ghost-town with a secret. The sheer volume of red herrings presented eliminates the ability to accurately figure out what that secret ''is'', mind you, but it's most assuredly there.
%%%* ''TheTwilightZone'': [[spoiler:Evergreen]]
%%%* ''TheXFiles''.
%%%* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' used this trope in "Small Town Steele," which cited the 1955 movie ''Bad Day at Black Rock''.
%%%* ''Series/KnightRider'' in the tellingly named "A Good Day at White Rock".
%%%* ''Series/TheATeam'' in the likewise tellingly named, "A Black Day At Bad Rock".
%%%* In the early 1990s, ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
%%%* The protagonists of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' find themselves in one repeatedly.
%%%* The reality show ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX'' used this to interesting effect.
* This is the essential plot of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', where the eponymous town is the site of a top-secret government research facility. The tagline for the first season was "Small town. Big Secrets." (Though it's portrayed as more of a QuirkyTown despite the DeathRay, runaway {{Nanomachines}} and other PhlebotinumOverload that happens on a regular basis.)



* The sleepy English village of Little Stempington from ''Series/SuburbanShootout'' seems unbelievably clean, genteel and old-fashioned- until you find out that it stays that way because of gun-toting housewives threatening anyone who affronts their middle class values.
* Pretty much every small town the Winchesters visit in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. For some reason, it seems that you can't become a person of respect in your town without having committed some horrific act in the past.



* Jon Stewart on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' mocked the "this town holds a Dark Secret" advertising for ''WolfLake'' by saying "Let's ask the werewolves! Maybe they know what the Dark Secret is."
* Subversion: ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'' 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...
** Given that Sheriff Buck actively recruits people with dark secrets so that he can manipulate them (and eventually steal their souls), Trinity could be described as a town where everybody has their own dark secret.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Subverted with Sunnydale. It's a sizable city instead of a small town. Instead of everyone being in on the dark secrets (the portal to Hell, the various demons and vampires that treat the place like a buffet and the buried [sometimes magical] treasures hidden in the right mausoleum), most of Sunnydale's citizens are hilariously [[WeirdnessCensor oblivious/in denial]] about the many, many mysterious deaths that occur there. The only humans in on it are various characters who tap into the dark powers of the place for their own ends, such as the BigBad of Season Three. The secret government lab under the college is the least exciting secret there was.
* Pretty much every small town the Winchesters visit in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. For some reason, it seems that you can't become a person of respect in your town without having committed some horrific act in the past.



* In the ''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.
* The suburbs in ''Series/{{Chuck}} vs. the Suburbs''. It turns out that everyone in their cul-de-sac is an agent of Fulcrum, a criminal organization.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "House On Fire", has an entire town flip out on an orphaned boy due to rumors of BrotherSisterIncest. His RoaringRampageOfRevenge takes the form of KillItWithFire.
* In "Murdersville", an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', an entire town [[spoiler:conspires to offer outsiders the opportunity to stage a murder. The townsfolk will serve as alibis and help dispose of the remains afterwards, in return for a sizable sum of money. (The villagers who refuse to participate are kept locked up in ancient torture devices in the town museum.)]]
** ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' had "The Eagle's Nest" where a remote Scottish island was harbouring a dark secret. The island had been secretly taken over by Nazis at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and the monastery as being used to house the cryogenically frozen body of Adolf Hitler until such time as they could revive him.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. Royston Vasey has enough secrets to go around. The main one would probably be the "special stuff" sold by [[TheButcher town butcher]] Hilary Briss.
* The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Town" features a town full of Soviet spies.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/RippingYarns'' episode "Whinfrey's Last Case". It turns out that all the inhabitants of the Cornish fishing village where agent Whinfrey takes his holiday in 1913 are in fact German spies. What's more, this turns out to be part of a conspiracy between the British and German Governments.
* ''Series/HappyTown'' tried very hard to be this to the point that they ended up making it fit the title while advertising heavily to be certain absolutely everyone knew it was a SarcasticTitle.
* Morton Harwood in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/K9AndCompany''. Well, if cheerfully explaining to visiting reporters "They're a bit sensitive about that [devil-worship] around here. It's traditional, you see." counts as a secret...
* One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' features the town of Pastoria, which traps wealthy travelers in the town, frames them for an absurd number of crimes, then convinces them to plea bargain and pay a large fine to the city instead of going to jail.
* The sleepy English village of Little Stempington from ''Series/SuburbanShootout'' seems unbelievably clean, genteel and old-fashioned- until you find out that it stays that way because of gun-toting housewives threatening anyone who affronts their middle class values.

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* In The titular town in ''Series/TwinPeaks'' is a quaint and charming town with an outsized number of dark secrets. Canadian drug and prostitution ring involving the ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' episode "Harvest" (2nd season) the main characters travel to the town's high schoolers? Check. Series of suspicious deaths? Check. Extremely shady plots among the town's business leaders? Check. Woods with a portal to AnotherDimension occupied by demons who possess people? Check.
* The lovely Virginian
town of Copper Summit, Arizona -- [[Series/VampireDiaries Mystic Falls]] is a wonderful place to live, with frequent town festivals and friendly locals. The only danger is the frequent "animal attacks", which turns out to be filled with their alien enemies.
* The suburbs in ''Series/{{Chuck}} vs. the Suburbs''. It turns out that everyone in their cul-de-sac is an agent of Fulcrum, a criminal organization.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "House On Fire", has an entire town flip out on an orphaned boy due to rumors of BrotherSisterIncest. His RoaringRampageOfRevenge takes the form of KillItWithFire.
* In "Murdersville", an episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'', an entire town [[spoiler:conspires to offer outsiders the opportunity to stage a murder. The townsfolk will serve as alibis and help dispose of the remains afterwards, in return for a sizable sum of money. (The villagers who refuse to participate are kept locked up in ancient torture devices in the town museum.)]]
** ''Series/TheNewAvengers'' had "The Eagle's Nest" where a remote Scottish island was harbouring a dark secret. The island had been secretly taken over
certainly aren't excuses contrived by Nazis at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, its Council and the monastery as being used town's founding families to house the cryogenically frozen body of Adolf Hitler until such time as they could revive him.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. Royston Vasey has enough secrets to go around. The main one would probably be the "special stuff" sold by [[TheButcher town butcher]] Hilary Briss.
* The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' episode "The Town" features a town full of Soviet spies.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Series/RippingYarns'' episode "Whinfrey's Last Case". It turns out that all the inhabitants of the Cornish fishing village where agent Whinfrey takes his holiday in 1913 are in fact German spies. What's more, this turns out to be part of a conspiracy between the British and German Governments.
* ''Series/HappyTown'' tried very hard to be this to the point that they ended up making it fit the title while advertising heavily to be certain absolutely everyone knew it was a SarcasticTitle.
* Morton Harwood in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/K9AndCompany''. Well, if cheerfully explaining to visiting reporters "They're a bit sensitive about that [devil-worship] around here. It's traditional, you see." counts as a secret...
* One episode of ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' features the town of Pastoria, which traps wealthy travelers in the town, frames them for an absurd number of crimes, then convinces them to plea bargain and pay a large fine to the city instead of going to jail.
* The sleepy English village of Little Stempington from ''Series/SuburbanShootout'' seems unbelievably clean, genteel and old-fashioned- until you find out that it stays that way because of gun-toting housewives threatening anyone who affronts their middle class values.
conceal its recurring vampire problem.



* Storybrooke in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', in which nearly everyone is a FairyTale character brought into our world through a magic curse, though none of them remember. Though most of the inhabitants are decent people, the mayor is the Evil Queen from "Literature/SnowWhite" who frequently abuses her power through both mundane and magical means. Even after [[spoiler:the curse is lifted, everyone gets their memories back, and the Queen is deposed,]] Storybrooke still fits the trope as the citizens work together to keep outsiders from finding out who they are.
* One of the centric themes/plot lines of ''Series/BatesMotel''.
* In case you were wondering about ''Series/LazyTown'', it has a dark secret of its own. In the old days before the active warriors came, [=LazyTown=] was lazy. No fitness, no healthy things, NO NOTHING. Every mayor until the active warriors came were part of the family of the "evil dude"(who was the last of his family to be mayor of [=LazyTown=] before the warriors put him in a prison & buried him deep underground.
* The town of Maiden Creek in the ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' episode "Death on the Vine" has a secret regarding the death of a German farmer at the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Phyrne Fisher steps into the middle of the secret when the farmer's son calls her in to investigate, only for her to find that he has been murdered by the time she arrives.
* The lovely Virginian town of [[Series/VampireDiaries Mystic Falls]] is a wonderful place to live, with frequent town festivals and friendly locals. The only danger is the frequent "animal attacks", which certainly aren't excuses contrived by its Council and the town's founding families to conceal its recurring vampire problem.


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%%%* ''TheTwilightZone'': [[spoiler:Evergreen]]
%%%* ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' used this trope in "Small Town Steele," which cited the 1955 movie ''Bad Day at Black Rock''.
%%%* ''Series/KnightRider'' in the tellingly named "A Good Day at White Rock".
%%%* ''Series/TheATeam'' in the likewise tellingly named, "A Black Day At Bad Rock".
%%%* In the early 1990s, ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
%%%* The protagonists of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' find themselves in one repeatedly.
%%%* The reality show ''Series/MurderInSmallTownX'' used this to interesting effect.
14th May '17 12:33:55 PM Geoduck
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* Author Creator/StephenKing calls this "The Peculiar Little Town" and has confessed that he has a weakness for writing stories of this type (among them ''Children of the Corn'', ''Rainy Season'' and ''You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band'').

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* Author Creator/StephenKing calls this "The Peculiar Little Town" and has confessed that he has a weakness for writing stories of this type (among them ''Children of the Corn'', ''Franchise/ChildrenOfTheCorn'', ''Rainy Season'' and ''You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band'').
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