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->'''Sally Sparrow:''' I love old things. They make me feel sad.
->'''Kathy Nightingale:''' What's good about feeling sad?
->'''Sally:''' [[TrueArtIsAngsty It's like happy for deep people]].
-->-- ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E10Blink Blink]]"

Abandoned places make good settings for fiction. Normally seen in fiction that evokes types of horror, the concept of a place just being ''abandoned'' makes an unnerving feeling in the viewer. It also creates suspense and increases the surprise when it turns out that the place isn't really abandoned. The use of abandoned places as an aesthetic aid, as it normally is, often overlaps with SceneryGorn. Depending on the state of the location, it may give a [[JustifiedTrope justified example]] of NoOSHACompliance, because, really, would you be bothered with health and safety in somewhere you've abandoned?

Sub-tropes:
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* AbandonedHospital
** AbandonedHospitalAwakening
* AbandonedLaboratory
* AbandonedMine
* AbandonedPlayground
* AbandonedWarehouse
* CobwebOfDisuse
* GhostCity
* GhostTown
* GhostPlanet
* GhostShip
* HauntedCastle
* HauntedHouse
* OldSchoolBuilding
* SinisterSubway
* UnexpectedlyAbandoned
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Also see NeverRecycleABuilding. BeautifulVoid is a related trope. Any of these can be UnexpectedlyAbandoned. See also BatScare, which is frequently used in abandoned areas. When a part of a city has been so abandoned that even the police won't go in, you have TheCityNarrows.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''SpiritedAway'' takes place in an abandoned amusement park that just so happens to feature a bridge to the Spirit World.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the Homestuck fan adventure ''Webcomic/AlabasterTheDoomedSession'', there is the OBSCENE complex, an ancient troll nursery, a labyrinth filled with traps, illusions and poisonous vapors. Also home to a serial killer.
* The beginning of ''[[FanFic/TheStalkingZukoSeries Not Stalking Zuko]]'' takes place in an abandoned soldiers home before going to Ember Island.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Camp Crystal Lake in ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films is an abandoned summer camp. Many have tried to reopen it, but those attempts always end in tragedy.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' segment "Harry Canyon". The meeting between Rudnick and the girl occurs on a bridge that has a sign: "Police Warning: Enter At [your own] Risk"
* In ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze]]'', the Turtles stumble across a buried, abandoned Subway Station that they quickly convert into their new lair. Said station was inspired by the Real life New York City "City Hall" Subway station, which was decommissioned in 1945.
* Interiors of an abandoned factory is turned into a supernatural cornfiled that eats tresspassers in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest''.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Frederik Pohl's novel ''Gateway'' was about, obviously, Gateway, an abandoned alien space port.
* The abandoned mall plays a semi-significant part in ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd''.
* The Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/IWillFearNoEvil'' portrays the future United States as being filled with "AA's," i.e. Abandoned Areas, which are [[TheCityNarrows lawless no-man's lands]] that one doesn't travel through except in an armored vehicle.
* An abandoned construction site features prominently in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
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[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* Wester Drumlins, an abandoned house in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink". In the episode, Sally Sparrow explores the house and discovers a message from 40 years earlier warning her to duck as well as an infestation of Weeping Angels.
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' has these too.
* The abandoned space station Empok Nor in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
* ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' is about what would happen to the Earth if people suddenly disappeared, and uses a lot of real abandoned places to illustrate how things will decay.
* The broken Ascension Point in ''Series/TheFades'' is located in an abandoned shopping centre.
* A trip to Spain on ''Series/TopGear'' finds entire towns empty thanks to Spain's devastated economy. They spend the night in a new, unused house and turn another town into a circuit course. The boys even find an abandoned ''international airport'' at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Real_Central_Airport Cuidad Real]], where they take advantage by racing their supercars down the now unused runway. The SceneryGorn aspect is surprisingly non-existent, since sadly everything was left when it was more or less new or unused.
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[[folder: TabletopRPG]]
* In ''Dark Conspiracy'', areas filled with otherplanar monsters are called "Demonground" and are avoided by humans.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. You don't want to go into areas rated Z security unless you're heavily armed, armored and in numbers.
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl'' has The Ruined Zoo. The Opening Cut Scene gives off a sufficiently creepy atmosphere, but then the Music that plays over the level are fast paced Pokemon themes. but when you revisit the area in the great maze, the track that plays is a somewhat creepy version of the ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' theme "Snowman".
* Several of the levels of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' and its subsequent episodes, including one in the abandoned part of a prison and one in an AbandonedHospital. The latter, incidentally, being modeled after Pripyat.
* ''[[ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4]]'' has two levels (a sniping mission and an escape mission) in Pripyat. They're really unnerving.
* The Space Colony ARK in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''ShadowTheHedgehog''.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'' you travel through Wraithmarsh which was once a pleasant little village before everybody was killed so one villager could become immortal. The surrounding marsh has recovered much of the village and it's populated by all manner of foul things. It also has many other examples like the heroes guild, the temple of Light/Shadows and the forsaken fortress.
* Every single area in ''ZorkNemesis'' probably fits. Each area besides the first has only one inhabitant, all of whom have been driven insane by the solitude and the Nemesis.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}'' games are set in Pripyat.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' IS this trope.
* LÚ Monde, in which all of ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' takes place.
* Everywhere you can visit except the [[UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground tube stations]] in ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon''. Includes [[AbandonedWarehouse warehouses]] and [[GhostCity cityscapes]]. In the late game, a depot is set up in an aboveground courtyard, but even that's expected to be temporary.
* ''VideoGame/LastWindow'': The 4th floor of Cape West apartments [[spoiler:was left abandoned for 13 years, left to look like a ghost hotel rather than apartments when the rest of the apartment complex was converted.]]
* Most of ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' takes place in an abandoned research facility. [[spoiler: This is also true of the first game.]]
* Nearly all of the areas you explore in ''FragileDreams'' are Abandoned Areas, since the game takes place AfterTheEnd.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioFusionRevival'' has World 4-F1: Dead Air. An abandoned, decrepit airport that has been sucked into the realm of Di Yu, the Chinese hell. Wandering souls and zombies are rampant here. A crying girl is found somewhere in the airport...or is it a girl?
* Most of the ''VideoGame/{{Condemned}}'' series takes place in a variety of different abandoned buildings.
* ''VideoGame/StarStable'' has an abandoned farm not far from the starting stables. It's not creepy or anything; it's just...kinda dull.
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[[folder: WebComics]]
* In ''{{Project 0}}'' [[AbandonedWarehouse Owen's lives in a hangar]] by the [[DownInTheDumps Machine Graveyard]] which is a super massive [[HailFirePeaks abandoned airfield / junkyard fusion.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', the Court is ''far'' larger than its population necessitates, leading to huge areas that seem completely abandoned. Whether these areas truly are abandoned is another question entirely.
* In ''BirdBoy'', [[http://bird-boy.com/comic/volume-1-page-15/ Bali falls into one]].
* In {{Roza}} [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2008-02-04 while chasing a thief]].
* In ''Webcomic/ThePresident'' several place of the fictional country of RiaveÚ are often turned in [[http://president.webcomic.ws/comics/133 a battle field ]], and since abandoned place are preferred it turn out to stay abandoned once targeted.
* In ''{{Shifters}}'' there are several examples of this trope. Many sections of The Undercity (beneath the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MegaCity MegaCity]] where the comic is set , which also qualify as the subtrope [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GhostCity Ghost Cities]], as well as anywhere effected by the "Nuclear Incident" that gave rise to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MegaCity MegaCities]] themselves.
* The Basement in ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'' features numerous examples of this.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TheChroniclesOfTaras'' begins its second act in a ravaged, underground mall from the 1950s.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-470 SCP-470]], an abandoned building that connects to every indoor abandoned location, including places that aren't on Earth or even from our reality.
* http://www.deadmalls.com/ documents abandoned, dead, and dying shopping malls.
** On that note, remember [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oMtdXaqBx4 that fun mall chase scene]] from TheBluesBrothers? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjNzvRs_Egg This]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrlmgevnXHU is]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re0gdSuDDa8 that]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0gAZAS1Dmg mall]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=495MDPJqXag 30+]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcGeQJbhrV0 years]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdizjkPEhuI later]]. SceneryGorn doesn't even begin to describe it.
* ''Literature/TheSickLand'' is a giant example of this trope.
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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Several of Walt Disney World's theme park projects were scuttled due to external factors, and instead of dismantling the sites for good, the corporation often chose to vacate without removing the original architecture. As a result, the various sites have become favored sites for urban explorers to discover and document:
** "Discovery Island", a small inlet just across the river from the Magic Kingdom, opened in 1974 and housed a wide selection of exotic animals and birds. When the animals were moved to Animal Kingdom in 1999, the island was shuttered, and sits abandoned and overgrown with various plant species. It has also been [[http://shaneperez.blogspot.ca/2009/12/discovery-island.html rumored]] that the park was closed because the water around the island was contaminated with ''brain-eating amoeba''.
** The [[http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2011/09/abandoned-disney-part-1.html Pop Century Resort Hotel]] spent more than a decade being unused and unfinished after construction on the project was halted due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The site was eventually completed and opened as the Art of Animation Resort in 2012.
** WDW's original waterpark, "River Country". Most of the attractions centered around a beach on the shores of Bay Lake and there was only one treated swimming pool in the park. Due to competition from the much larger parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, as well as a Florida Law requiring water parks to use filtered water, the park shut down in 2001 and hasn't been touched since then, making for an unusual blight in the middle of Walt Disney World's spectacle. The shower building and ticket booth are used by the neighboring Fort Wilderness campground, and only a fence separates guests from the stagnant upstream plunge pool. As of this writing, one of the bing.com birds-eye views clearly shows a lone inner-tube floating near the barrier separating the lagoon from the virtually sanded-over Kiddie Cove area.
** "[[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/disney-blunder/ Treasure Island]]", built in the Bahamas and intended to be a major tourist attraction. The site was scuttled when attempts to re-dredge the site after the area around the island became shallow failed, and they simply packed up and left the site to be pillaged by vandals.
* [[http://home.f01.itscom.net/spiral/research.html Haikyo refer to "ruins" in Japanese]], specifically, ruins and abandonments from the modern era. Some of the haikyo are a relic of the Japanese Economic Bubble, which, during the 1980s, led to an era of growth, and companies expanded and built in the hopes of capitalising on the profit, but since the bubble burst, the financial strains of these projects meant that they were no longer viable. Demolishing these facilities were also costly, so they are just left behind to be reclaimed by mother nature. There are other haikyo in Japan arising from the end of a mining era; once newer resources and mechanisms were developed, the need for older mines and factories disappeared. 'Haikyoing' is the act of exploring these old ruins, and is something of a popular hobby in Japan, although as with most urban exploration endeavors, a degree of risk is present, whether it be laws, structural stability and the like.
** A somewhat unusual example is the Tama Hills Recreation Area, a former munitions factory and arsenal used by the Japanese during WorldWarII which was cleaned out, mostly-torn-down, and turned into a golf course and campground for the US military. While it is certainly not abandoned (it's quite popular as a weekend getaway), bits and pieces of its former life remain, in the form of overgrown smokestacks, concrete walls and bunkers, and abandoned buildings scattered around.
* High on the list of places urban explorers visit. The legality and safety of such is debatable, as abandoned buildings tend to be still privately owned and covered in pigeon poo, syringes, or both.
* Pripyat, Ukraine, a worker town for the Chernobyl Power Plant about eighty miles from Kiev, and evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster. It's more or less a perfectly preserved Soviet ghost town. You can actually visit it under supervision, but you wouldn't want to live there. The picture on this page is from the amusement park in Pripyat.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]], evacuated due to a massive underground coal fire, which has been described as "the real-life ''SilentHill''".
** In a similar vein is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma Picher, Oklahoma]] (and Treece, Kansas, just across the border).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcja8UBtXdk The Six Flags park in New Orleans]] after Hurricane Katrina. It was scheduled to be torn down on January 2011, but those plans have since fallen through, so it still stands today, empty and creepy as fuck.
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCyWF-MncrE lost theme park]]" Splendid China, in Kissimmee, Florida, which went out of business in 2003, is now an "attraction" for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh1b8Eso2Vk local skateboarders who brave potential arrests for trespassing]] in order to skate in the abandoned park.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_mall Dead malls]] are a subversion of this. A dead mall is a mall in which huge majority of the store spaces are unoccupied and there are very few patrons (if any), but the mall is technically open for business. One of the most extreme versions of this is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_South_China_Mall New South China Mall]]--it's one of the largest malls in the entire world, with 2300 store spaces and amusement park-like attractions such as a roller coaster and a replica of UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}...yet less than 20 store spaces are in use and patronage is abysmal to the point where photos of it give the impression that the mall is closed for good.
** However, some so-called "dead malls" play it straight in that they legitimately ''are'' abandoned. The UrExample is Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois. After only a decade and a half in business, the mall closed and a year later it was used for the Mall chase scene in ''TheBluesBrothers'', and then it was left to rot for 33 years before finally being demolished in 2012. Despite a police station being built across the street, it was a very high crime area and the site of several rapes and even a murder, which sealed its fate of never being reopened.
* The Ambassador Hotel In Los Angeles (notorious for being the location of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination), despite enjoying a very active afterlife as a movie set for various films and TV shows, still steadily decayed for two decades to the point where spores grew through the floor and carpets. Ironically, its final role was a younger version of itself in the Day-in-the-life movie {{Bobby}}, even as it was being demolished.
* [[http://www.forgottenoh.com/ Forgotten Ohio]] is filled with pictures of abandoned locales within the state of Ohio that the author has paid visits to. They run the gamut from factories, warehouses, and schools to ghost towns, drive-in theaters, and weird houses. Unsurprisingly, these places usually come with ghost legends.
* Varosha, a quarter of Famagusta on the island of Cyprus. Formerly one of the top resorts in the world, it remained in Turkish hands following Turkey's 1974 invasion of the island, but a UN resolution forbids them from populating it. Only the Turkish military and UN officials are allowed in, and it is tightly guarded, so unlike most abandoned places it's relatively untouched by urban explorers and vandals.
* The Fair Company department store in the small town of Union Springs, Alabama. The owners retired in 1992 and, unable to find someone to take over the store, just closed it one summer day, leaving all the merchandise inside. More than 20 years later, it's still abandoned, with [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/flint-hill/2148999120/ everything inside completely intact]].
* Frequently, when a farmer moves off their land, their neighbors will buy them out to extend their crop yield, but do nothing with the buildings left behind.
* More than a [[http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Abandoned_and_Disused_Stations dozen New York City subway stations]] have been left unused or abandoned, due to the city either being unwilling to maintain the station, concerns about lengthening or altering the track, or simply switching lines and leaving the (still-operational) station to rot.
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