Created By: Westrim on September 7, 2010 Last Edited By: Westrim on August 22, 2011
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"Oh, so you're from troperville? I'm going there next month, how is it?" "Hell on Earth."

When a character for whatever reason hates the place they grew up or were raised in. Maybe the people were jerks, maybe they disagreed philosophically, maybe they didn't like the smell. Whatever the reason, before or over the course of story they leave it, either to protect the townspeople's sorry asses or to get revenge, or because they were kicked out.

Small Town Boredom is a Sister Trope- this has a far more negative emotion involved and is often at a larger scale.

Examples:
"A Star is Torn"
Homer: You [Lisa] and I are gonna write and sing our way out of this godforsaken hellhole.
Marge: But your song said you liked Springfield.
Homer: I wrote it about Shelbyville then changed the names.
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  • September 4, 2010
    Wheezy
    It's probably too close to Place Worse Than Death.
  • September 4, 2010
    Westrim
    That one is about places that are memetically bad. This is just subjective; everyone else may think its great and sing its praises, but the character glowers at the ground and mutters "whats so great about it?" And that trope is for real life places referred to in fiction, this one is not.
  • September 4, 2010
    randomsurfer
    "A Star is Torn"
    Homer: You [Lisa] and I are gonna write and sing our way out of this godforsaken hellhole.
    Marge: But your song said you liked Springfield.
    Homer: I wrote it about Shelbyville then changed the names.
    "You Only Move Twice"
    Homer: I'm gonna miss Springfield. This town's been awfully good to us.
    Bart: No, it hasn't, Dad. That's why we're leaving.
    Homer: Oh, yeah. pokes his head out the window So long, Stinktown!
  • September 5, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    ^ Does the Holy Grail example count, really? Camelot is silly, not hated. And it's not really Arthur's home town, is it?
  • September 5, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Cody Maverick from Surfs Up: "Good-old Shriverpool. *razz* This place sucks, bro!"
  • September 6, 2010
    Koveras
    Billy Candle from Call Of Juarez hates his hometown (as well as everything from his crappy childhood, except his mother), but has to return to it in the beginning of the first game.
  • September 7, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Ernest Hemingway allegedly called his hometown (Oak Park IL) "a place of broad lawns and narrow minds."
  • September 8, 2010
    EponymousKid
    In Top Ten, Jeff Smax is extremely embarrassed of his home dimension, the world of a fantasy setting. Partially this is because it's very backwards compared to the life he's gotten used to living in a modern-futuristic world, but also because of his shameful failure in his profession as a dragon slayer, a reminder of which (the handprint of the young princess whose life was lost due to his negligence) is etched permanently into his skin.
  • October 7, 2010
    EponymousKid
    bump
  • October 7, 2010
    Lightblade
    Elspeth Tirel, in Magic: the Gathering lore is said to come from "a plane of strife and darkness. When her planeswalker spark ignited, she left home and never looked back".
  • October 7, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    The Zeta Project: Ro feels this way about Hillsville, where her first foster family, the Morgans, live, due to the town's rigid conservatism conflicting with Ro's free-spirited ways. However, in the episode "Hicksville," Ro reconciles with the Morgans and comes to feel differently about the town after they protect her and Zeta from the NSA.
  • October 14, 2010
    EponymousKid
    blamp
  • April 24, 2011
    Westrim
    There's more than enough examples, but I figure I should revive it for a bit for some fresh checking over.
  • April 24, 2011
    TBeholder
    IIRC (whoever remembers better, correct me), in War Games the pair of teens playing "Global Thermonuclear War" got their city "nuked" one of the first without any strategical considerations, simply on the grounds of their annoyance with it.
  • April 24, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The poem I remember, I remember. by Phillip Larkin is about someone who felt that their hometown held them back. Although in the end it's subverted when the narrator admits that it would be the same wherever he was born.
    • In A Short History Of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson speculates that Slough's utter dullness inspired the inventer of radar to find something he could sell to the British government and hence have a reason to move to London.
  • April 25, 2011
    Koveras
    • Naota from FLCL doesn't exactly hate his hometown but finds it extremely boring and unsatisfying.
  • May 20, 2011
    Westrim
    Okay, one more checkup since it's been a month and I'll launch this.
  • May 20, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    NCIS it seems that Gibbs is not very fond of his hometown either.
  • May 20, 2011
    jaytee
    The Weakerthans (a power-pop band from Winnipeg) have a song called "One Great City," for which the refrain is simply "I Hate Winnipeg." It's actually half-subversion/half-played-straight. It gives several straight examples of residents proclaiming that they dislike the town, but the implication is that the singer is disappointed with them.
  • May 21, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    How exactly is this different from Small Town Boredom with a dash of Place Worse Than Death? I get that you can hate a hometown that's not a small rural town, but it seems to be the overwhelming majority.
  • May 21, 2011
    Westrim
    Only because more examples haven't been added.

  • June 1, 2011
    TBeholder
    Boredom may or may not be included, but this one is also appliable to bigger towns (Seattle in War Games) and whatnot, so Small Town Boredom is a subtrope.
  • August 22, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    What's with the "You Only Move Twice" entry?
  • August 22, 2011
    Tifforo
    In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Crystal Bearers, Keiss, upon visiting his home, reluctantly says "home sweet home... I guess." He's not on good terms with the local leader.
  • August 22, 2011
    Bisected8
  • August 22, 2011
    Westrim
    Editing for launch.
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