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[[caption-width-right:350: [[http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/ccccity CCC City]], The City of Opportunities]]

->''"Follow me to a place where incredible feats are routine every hour or so.''
->''Where enchantment runs rampant, just wild through the streets. Open sesame, here we go!"''
-->-- Theme to ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', about Agrabah.

No need for AdventureTowns; all the excitement, glamour, outlandishness, and romance you could ever hope for just happens to be right in your own city. Unlike [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]] and [[BigApplesauce New York]], this city is usually [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed fictional]].

The place to go to get easy HeroInsurance, judging by the massive collateral damage they can sustain.

Taken to the logical extreme, you get BuildingOfAdventure or AcademyOfAdventure.

There may be a MagneticPlotDevice hidden somewhere around here. Try to find one. Alternatively, the reason for extraordinary happenings is the BigBad trying to TakeOverTheCity.

If regulars in the City of Adventure get annoyed with all the supernatural goings-on, then that's CityOfWeirdos.

See also GeographicFlexibility, NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands, and AliensInCardiff. Contrast NothingExcitingEverHappensHere. Best served with a heaping of LandOfOneCity or HubCity. May sometimes be accompanied by WhereTheHellIsSpringfield.

TheCity is bound to be this.

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* [[AffectionateParody Parodied]] / [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in an ad for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRMgptgPHLg Degree Deodorant]].
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* Academy City in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. The city is famous for grooming powerful power users, but it also has a dark side. The "questionable" research that's done at the city leads to many story arcs in the anime, and is enough to for a complete spin off: ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. They're under international law, which apparently explains why this is considered "legal" there. The city is also far ahead of the outside world in terms of technology, and they have to use this to their advantage in order to make sure more unruly Espers (and powerful) don't go on a {{rampage}}. This may also fall under AcademyOfAdventure as Academy City is made up of dozens of different schools.
* The beach town in ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', although it's ''because'' the protagonists live there that things keep happening.
* The importance of Karakura Town, a fictional district of Tokyo, to various spiritual entities in the anime ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is explained by an area of "high spiritual density" (a phenomenon which occurs more or less randomly across the world) coinciding with an area of high population. A notably high population of former Shinigami and other spiritually-attuned beings doesn't hurt, either.
** Seireitei in Soul Society might count as well.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamakura,_Kanagawa Kamakura]], a small beachside town some 50 km away from Tokyo, forms the setting for a few series:
** Most of the weirdness in ''Manga/ElfenLied'' takes place there;
** The main characters from ''UtaKata'' spend a lot of time at its beaches, only leaving the town for one ClassTrip to Hakone;
** The town's [[ShrinesAndTemples shrines, temples]] and local railway form the perfect backdrop for the drama in ''AoiHana'';
** Asumi from ''TwinSpica'' grows up at Kamakura's Yuigahama Beach, after surviving the space rocket crash there in which her mother got killed.
* Uminari City in the first two seasons of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. This trait was passed to Mid-Childa when the heroes officially joined TheFederation, but then again, it ''is'' the Capital World of TheMultiverse.
* The City from {{Blame}} is the epitome of this trope.
* ''KikisDeliveryService'' takes place in a really beautiful port city, which provides an appropriate amount of adventure for pre-teens. It's a case of ''pleasant {{dieselpunk}}''.
* ''{{Anime/FLCL}}'' takes place in Mabase, a town with a colossal building shaped like a clothing-iron that lets out an enormous amount of steam every now and again. The main character (Naota) is 12-years-old yet has a "girlfriend"/StalkerWithACrush who is in high school, and just about every adult he comes in contact with in the city are presented as childlike and looney. Despite this, he views his life as "boring". If this isn't odd enough, between the beginning and the end of the series, he meets an alien, is targeted by a secret organization, and grows a portal in his own head that creates lumps that eventually turn into giant mecha/plant/anything aliens that destroy most things in their path. Naota himself [[spoiler: temporarily turns into a god in the series climax, before letting out a super powerful being that could destroy the planet if it wanted to, but leaves for some reason]]. Despite everything that happened, he still refers to his life as "absolutely ordinary", said just before a robot with a tv-like head hangs his family laundry.
-->"Nothing ever happens here, it's all absolutely ordinary."
** It's also eventually revealed that [[spoiler: the giant iron is a device to be used by the series' villains (the ones responsible for all the killer robots running amok and imprisoning the aforementioned super powerful being) to iron out all human thought on Earth.]]
* Daten City of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikebukuro Ikebukuro]] in {{Durarara}}. Something is always happening whether it's a gang war, Slashers, or vending machines flying through the air.
* Fukuoka City in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', thanks to the machinations of two silly warring entities.
* Death City, NV, of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is not only the place where the Shibusen (or DWMA, if you're watching the dub) is located, it also holds the significance of being the place where Asura was trapped and, as such, is a commonly targeted place by whoever wants to set him free ([[spoiler:which Medusa eventually manages to do, indirectly]]). And while the students and their weapon partners have to travel around the world for their field assignments, holding the fort is also of utmost importance.
* Like most things in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', deconstructed with Mitakihara, the elaborate, beautiful, somewhat-futuristic city full of places where witches roost and are hunted by magical girls. [[spoiler: Mitakihara is full of witches because witches are fallen magical girls, and wherever Kyubey goes, there'll be more of both in time.]]
* Morioh in Part 4 of ''JojosBizarreAdventure'', which comes with a large concentration of resident stand users (though part of that is because of Keicho creating new stand users with the Stand Arrow.) The heroes' actions even end up adding new landmarks and urban legends to the town.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* It is extremely common in solo SuperHero series for the hero to have a specific city that they are known to patrol as "their territory":
** Gotham City (Franchise/{{Batman}})
** Metropolis (Franchise/{{Superman}})
*** Metropolis is considered to be the single most adventure-riddled city in the DCU, even compared to all the other cities of adventure.
** Central City/Keystone City (TheFlash)
** Opal City (ComicBook/{{Starman}})
** Fawcett City/Fairfield ([[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]])
** Ivy Town (TheAtom)
** Blüdhaven ({{Nightwing}})
** Coast City (Hal Jordan's GreenLantern)
** Gateway City (Mr. Terrific / TheSpectre / WonderWoman for a time)
** Boston (WonderWoman)
*** ...or Washington DC at other times.
** Hub City (TheQuestion)
** Midway City/St. Roch ({{Hawkman}} / ComicBook/DoomPatrol)
** Sub Diego (Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} / Aquagirl)
** Star City/Seattle (GreenArrow)
** The Comicbook/TeenTitans' Titans Tower is generally accepted to be in the UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Bay.
*** Earlier on, it was on an island in New York's East River
** Middleton/Denver (MartianManhunter)
** Park City/Seattle (ComicBook/BlackCanary)
** El Paso (Jaime Reyes's Comicbook/BlueBeetle)
** Chicago (Ted Kord's Blue Beetle)
** Smallville (a *Town* of Adventure) (PreCrisis ComicBook/{{Superboy}})
** New York City (ComicBook/IronMan / Comicbook/FantasticFour / Comicbook/TheAvengers / Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}... specifically the fictional Empire State University)
*** Salem Center, Westchester County, just north of NYC (Home of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'s Mansion). They have since relocated to San Francisco, and now reside in Utopia, a rock floating on the ocean just off the US Pacific Coast.
*** Hell's Kitchen, NYC (Comicbook/{{Daredevil}})
*** Damn, let's just put "New York" (in a more general/historical sense) for 9 out of 10 Marvel characters and leave it at that, okay?
** Dakota (the city, not the state) - ComicBook/{{Static}}, ComicBook/{{Icon}}, Comicbook/{{Hardware}}, ComicBook/BloodSyndicate and other [[Creator/MilestoneComics Dakotaverse]] characters.
** Citrusville, FL (''Comicbook/ManThing'')
** Parodied in ''Comicbook/TheTick'' with "The City".
** Used straight in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' with Los Angeles, with a justification: after the kids [[spoiler: take out the Pride, there's a power vacuum and supervillains try to make their niche.]] But also deconstructed somewhat with regards to New York City, the City of Adventure for the rest of the Marvel Universe - superpowers are seen as something that mostly happens far away from our heroes; then they visit NYC and are awed at seeing superheroes in the streets, and one character comments "here, we're not so special".
** For some reason, Washington, D.C. was not this for CaptainAmerica.
*** It is this, however, for HawkAndDove.
* ComicBook/JudgeDredd's Mega-City-One from the British comic ''2000AD''. Which makes sense since it takes up the entire East Coast.
* Neopolis, the Science Hero ghetto that the police of ''TopTen'' patrol.
* Kurt Busiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity''; much of the plot hinges on subverting and lampshadehanging this very trope.
* The City in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', home to Spider Jerusalem and every vice there is.
* Bugtown, in Matt Howarth's various comics, including ThoseAnnoyingPostBrothers and SavageHenry. Notable for being infinite in size, and having such screwed-up laws of physics that entropy works in reverse--dead people inevitably come back to life after some time.
* Chicago from SavageDragon. Also, later in the series, there's ''God City''.
* Cynosure from ''Grimjack''. Perhaps justified since it was built at the center of the multiverse.
* Snap City in ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}''.
* UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity in the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' franchise.
* Madripoor in the Marvel Universe
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Municiberg, in the intro sequence in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Champion City in ''Film/MysteryMen''.
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' qualifies as a TropeCodifier.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* St Mary Mead, where Creator/AgathaChristie's [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates little old lady/amateur detective]] Literature/MissMarple lives. Given her advanced age, the events described in the books starring her must take place over the space of a few years, so it seems that mysterious murders occur in her village with alarming frequency.
* Trantor in several Creator/IsaacAsimov stories, which is in fact a city covering the entire surface of a planet. (Timothy Zahn would later adapt this idea to the planet Coruscant in the ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse; it would later appear in the prequels.) A 47th century New York City is used to the same effect in his novel ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel''. Such a world city is known as an Ecumenopolis.
* River Heights and Bayport in the ''Literature/NancyDrew'' and ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' books. FridgeLogic makes their high crime rates plausible; they were created in the 20's, and were suburbs of Chicago and New York, respectively, so it could be assumed that there's a large influence from the mafia.
* Popular in fantasy settings. Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar from his Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser stories is probably the archetype, but its parody Ankh-Morpork from the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels is [[WeirdAlEffect now much better known]].
** One of Leiber's short stories specifically links Lankhmar with its historical inspiration, Alexandria.
* Hogboro in several stories by Creator/DanielPinkwater. In ''Alan Mendelssohn, Boy from Mars'', Alan and Leonard remark on their luck finding that one of the dozen places in the world listed as suitable for interplanar contact is right in Hogboro (though tracking down the exact spot proves troublesome). The next closest spot on the list is in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories, Canada.
* Chicago in Literature/TheDresdenFiles. Justified being due to a confluence of magical leylines in the area and the fact that Chicago is a travel hub in the real world so that draws at least some members of the magical community through there as well. In addition, by later books it's clear that a lot of the action is going on in Chicago because that's where Harry himself happens to live.
** In addition, averted in the seventh book when it becomes apparent that there are some ''really important'' things going on elsewhere that Harry and the reader don't find out about until later.
* Chicago in WearingTheCape and its sequels: Chicago is the post-Event Metropolis of the Wearing the Cape setting, with good reason; Atlas and the Sentinels created the template for superheroes and superhero teams, and with the Sentinels and the Guardians teams, the city has more superheroes per capita than any other city. Chicago is also the center of the Villain-Rap culture, which means the place is crawling with street-villains and fashion-villains. The Sentinels' reputation is also creating a problem, in that supervillain-terrorists and thrill-villains who want to make their reputations may target them and the city they protect (it has been noted that Chicago was the only freshwater port to get a godzilla attack).
* The fictional English town of Blackbury in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy''. It's also the location of The Store in the ''Literature/NomesTrilogy''. Blackbury originally appeared in some of Terry's short stories for the kids' page of the ''Bucks Free Press''.
* The Sprawl, in Creator/WilliamGibson's SprawlTrilogy. Officially known as Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis (BAMA), it is essentially one huge megapolis covering most of the east coast of the USA.
** Larry Niven did something similar to California.
* Thousands of British juvenile adventure novels were published by the pulp presses, and an overwhelming number - somewhere in the hundreds - were set in Calgary. It may be because the writers wanted to show exciting things like cowboys and Indians, ranches, mountain climbers, and hunting (popular subjects of American juvenile literature) but in an Empire setting, and Calgary fit the bill. Many of these books were also translated into German.
* The titular city “at the center of time” in Edward Bryant's ''Cinnabar''
* FactionParadox has what is possibly the largest one of this ever commited to literature, barring none: the City of the Saved, a ''[[UpToEleven galaxy-sized]]'', '''''[[GeniusLoci sentient]]''''' ecumenopolis situated at the edge of time itself, before the point of collapse of the current Universe and the beginning of the next. Every human to ever live, [[HalfHumanHybrid every hybrid in between]], and most fictional characters ever to exist. Consists of WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs and a double serving of CrazyAwesome...
** And the much darker [[EldritchLocation Eleven-Day Empire]]. [[TemporalParadox Having your entire history rewritten in a whim]] counts as an adventure, [[SarcasmMode right]]?
** In point of fact, the {{multiverse}} (properly '''The Omniverse''') of the {{tabletop game}} ''[[{{The Chronicles Of Fate}} Chaos]]'' can beat that…it features Terra City, also known as The Infinite City or The City That Dwarfs Universes. [[{{exactly what it says on the tin}} It's much larger than even whole universes]]. You see, ''[[{{The Chronicles Of Fate}} Chaos]]'' actually takes place in a vast omniverse (kind of like the infamous “Tommy Westphall” super-reality, but [[{{up to eleven}} much, much bigger]]. In fact, it even ''contains'' the Tommy Westphall-verse as only one of its [[TheMultiverse countless multiverses]].) And Terra City is the ''capital'' of the whole shebang. It's got plenty of portals called “[[{{Captain Ersatz}} Placegates]]” that link it to other, lesser multiversal crossroads cities (which they call Prime Cities, with Terra City being the “Prime of Primes”), places such as [[{{Planescape}} Sigil]], [[{{Grimjack}} Cynosure]], and yes, even [[{{Faction Paradox}} The City of the Saved]].
* True, it's not strictly a city. But the mythical "Bear Country" where the main characters live in the ''BerenstainBears'' series of picture books by Jan and Stan Berenstain almost certainly qualifies, as it is ostensibly an isolated rural community but features many familiar trappings of urban and suburban life (such as a shopping mall) as well as more nostalgic and fanciful settings, like a dank swamp home to roving teenage hooligans and a woman suspected of being a witch. And Bear Country ''never'' gets boring for Brother and Sister (although, to be sure, when you're a child and are just seeing many things for the first time, it's awfully hard to get bored).
* Deepdene in the Literature/DarkTouch novels. The portal to hell in one house doesn't help. Either deamons are coming through it or get drawn to it.
* The London depicted in ''RiversOfLondon'' fulfils this role whether it wants to or not.
* This is kind of the main idea behind the ''{{Quentaris}}'' books and the one thing they have in common. (They're not even all by the same author.)
* In the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' the titular city is like this. Gangs of [[BioAugmentation bio-augmented]] crazies rule the streets, hunting [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant rats]] is a common way to make money, and [[spoiler:it's about to be hit by a ZombieApocalypse]].
* {{Nightside}}, the secret city within London.
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* The town of Smallville in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. The [[MagneticPlotDevice explanation]] for the large number of unusual occurrences is the presence of a significant amount of [[GreenRocks Kryptonite]] in the area, which in this case causes humans in its presence to gain powers varying from individual to individual.
* Eerie, Indiana, ''Eerie, Indiana'', [[TheMusicMan Eerie]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Indiana]]...
* ''EerieIndiana'' [[note]] Not the same one as above[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'s'' San Francisco
** And ''Series/{{Charmed}}'s'' San Francisco, though sometimes for no reason whatsoever.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'s'' Las Vegas
** And obviously ''CSINewYork''s New York and ''CSIMiami'''s Miami.
** Played with in one episode when a Vegas-based rapper claimed it was "the new New York". A certain New York rapper took offense, and a "beef" started.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'''s Toronto, with a serial killer for every day of the year.
** Same with ''Series/BloodTies'', with monsters taking place of serial killers.
* Cabot Cove in ''MurderSheWrote.'' They do get Jessica out and about regularly, but there are still an ''awful lot'' of murders in her small hometown -- it's a wonder there's anyone left. After Sheriff Tupper left, his replacement in Cabot Cove (an ex-New Yorker) [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this.
* Despite all the AdventureTowns the Doctor often visits, aliens in ''Series/DoctorWho'' like to invade 20th and 21st century Earth from the Home Counties, usually London.
** After two consecutive ''Doctor Who'' Christmas Specials bring AlienInvaders to London, the residents turn GenreSavvy and make sure to leave the city at Christmas time.
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Cardiff is located on an inter-dimensional rift, which results in plenty of weird things ending up there.
* The town of Sunnydale in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', being set upon a "Hellmouth", is very much a town of this sort. The Hellmouth is described as a portal which leaks mystical energy, both drawing demons towards it and affecting things in supernatural ways: e.g., a girl becomes invisible because she feels invisible, and later we see various kinds of MadScience that might not work elsewhere. Thus, there is [[MagneticPlotDevice an automatic answer]] for so many supernatural things all occurring in this one town. The town [[GeographicFlexibility transformed at need]] so that in one episode it was small enough to be taken over by a dozen bikers and in others it became a major University town with international sea and air hubs. At the end of Season 3, Xander jokes about this, asking "Why do people still move here?" Turns out [[spoiler:people usually stay the hell away from Hellmouths, but the Mayor was actually [[MyGrandsonMyself a hundred-year-old wizard]] who created Sunnydale as a smorgasbord for demons. After the Scoobies blow him up, the town gradually shrinks, ultimately depopulating completely by the final episode in which it falls into a sinkhole.]]
** Los Angeles from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is a more conventional example. Demons [[JustifiedTrope obviously]] like living in the same town as the OccultLawFirm - and Doyle or Cordelia's visions served to explain why Angel usually dealt with them.
* In ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', GenreBlind terrorists always make a point of attacking UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, despite the fact that it is the one city in America that has the indestructible Jack Bauer in it.
** In the seventh season, they finally wise up and attack Washington, D.C. But their timing really sucks...
*** And again in the eighth season, when they attack New York [[{{Retirony}} on the day Jack plans to leave for L.A.]]
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' usually follows this trope, with the occasional side trip. To date: [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers An]][[Series/PowerRangersZeo gel]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Gro]][[Series/PowerRangersInSpace ve]], [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Terra Venture]], [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Mariner Bay]], [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Silver Hills]], [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Turtle Cove]], [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Blue Bay Harbor]], [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Reefside]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Newtech City]], [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Briarwood]], [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Ocean Bluff]], [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Corinth]], [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Panorama City]], and [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Harwood County]].
** Subverted in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', where the characters are based in San Angeles, but travel [[CaliforniaDoubling all over the world]].
** Justified in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', as Terra Venture and Corinth are the only cities in at ''least'' a hundred-mile radius - Terra Venture is a traveling space colony and there's nothing outside the city but the empty expanse of space; while Corinth is ''the only city left on earth'', the rest of the planet being a bombed-out wasteland.
** Also justified in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''; the demons limit their attacks to Mariner Bay because the city was built on the site of their old temple and they want it back.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/KamenRider'' work on the same principle, but the events of both series apparently happen in the ''exact same'' (unnamed) ''city'' every single year. An avid fan will quickly be able to spot reused locations, and come to pity the people who live there.
** This city [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse could as well be Tokyo]], given the appearances of the Tokyo Dome (which actually sponsors some of the tokusatsu series by Toei) in some of them, among a few other hints.
*** Except for the one time where [[Series/KamenRiderDouble it was specifically named Futo]] which was just Tokyo with a bunch of windmills added everywhere. The TV Asahi building (the channel that airs the shows) was reappropriated as the TV Futo building.
* The city of Cascade in ''Series/TheSentinel''. Ebola virus threats? Uranium smuggling? Yakuza gang wars? Paramilitary terrorists taking whole buildings hostage? Just another day in Cascade.
* "Seacouver" in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', especially when Duncan is there. When he's in Paris, guess where trouble happens.
* Lampshaded in the ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' TV series, set in the fictional Missisippi town of Sparta. "I should join the Marines...I'd see less dead bodies."
* In ''BigWolfOnCampus'', Pleasantville is beset by an astonishing number of bizarre supernatural occurrences; a few of them are connected to the heroes, but mainly it's just a place where weird things happen.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' justifies this trope by having the station be a crossroads for many different space-faring races.
* Averted in ''Series/LieToMe'', as UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is just too small.
* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Wherever]] ''PushingDaisies'' takes place seems to attract really, ''really'' odd murders.
* ''[[MadanSenkiRyukendo Ryukendo]]'''s city of Akebono is a hot spot for the Power Spot located conveniently beneath the city.
* [[Series/BurnNotice Miami, Florida]] seems to have an awful lot of violent criminals, con men, and, well, ''spies''. And commandos. And drug dealers. And high end top secret government contractors.
** And a rather alarmingly high number of active [[Series/{{Dexter}} serial killers.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': the titular Deep Space Nine space station near the independent planet of Bajor acts as this espeically as the nearby [[spoiler: wormhole]] provides a PlotMagnet to attract others to a space station.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/SecretService'' is set entirely in Washington D.C., which is apparently just filled with secret agents, Soviet spies, and shootouts between the two.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Every setting for the TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons game has at least one of these.
** The Free City of Greyhawk in TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} is one of the very first.
** Waterdeep and Baldur's Gate from the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms. Waterdeep was significant enough to get its own sourcebook.
*** [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Neverwinter]] too, in 2011. Gloomwrought, Hestavar, and the City of Brass all have extensive write-ups as well.
** TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'s got two! Sharn, the City of Towers, and Stormreach, outpost of Xen'drik. Sharn is the main one, though.
** Sigil of ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' fame, being the foremost crossroads of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' multiverse.
** TSR did an entire box set on the city of Huzuz for the {{Al-Qadim}} setting.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' Roleplaying Game has the city of Absalom.
* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' produced several guides to real world cities, with details of the nasties there.
* The ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' tends towards one signature city per game line -- UsefulNotes/NewOrleans for ''[[TabletopGame/VampiretheRequiem Vampire]]'', UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} for ''[[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken Werewolf]]'', UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} for ''[[TabletopGame/MagetheAwakening Mage]]'', UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} for ''[[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]]'', UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} for ''[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]]'', UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} for ''[[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunter]]'', and UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity for ''[[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Geist]]''. There's also an independent book for Chicago that covers plot hooks for mortals, as well as laying out the politics of the local "big three" (vampires, werewolves, and mages).
** Fan game ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' does the same thing, with UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} as its city of choice.
** ''[[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse Mummy]]'' has two, one in the USA and one international - UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and Rio de Janeiro. Apparently, future NWOD games will have a similar setup.
* The titular city of TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}} is a continent-sized version of this combined with the Industrial type of {{Mordor}}, filled with crazy mutants and monsters in a constant state of chaos.
* The city of The Edge in the island nation of Al-Amarja is the setting for all the weirdness in ''TabletopGame/OverTheEdge''.
* Ravnica, of the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' multi-verse, is not quite a straight example, as it's a city that covers its entire world.
** It now fits better with the presence of the headquarters of the Infinite Consortium, essentially a multi-planar organization, and several other planeswalkers living there incognito.
* Monte Cook's ''TabletopGame/{{Ptolus}}'', a setting revolving entirely around the titular city (and, incidentally, one of the fattest roleplaying books ever published, at 672 pages).
** The city is built around SealedEvilInACan and on top of multiple layers of SealedEvilInACan, and (mostly unrelatedly) is home to several men who are, or can at least get away with claiming to be, emperor. The evil is leaking, the cans have become something of a tourist industry, and the political tensions are on the rise. Yes, there are some explanations.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} has TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}}, a warband setting that takes place in the titular City of Adventure and puts [[BlackAndGreyMorality its]] [[CrapsackWorld own]] [[GallowsHumor unique]] [[LowFantasy perspective]] on it. The city was levelled by a meteorite of Warpstone, a substance that has tremendous value for magical experiments and is a vital ingredient in the Philosopher's Stone- that is, an alchemical concoction that can change "base" metals into pure gold. So, naturally, the city is swarming with violent, opportunistic mercenaries and treasure hunters. Of course, Warpstone is also ToxicPhlebotinum, or perhaps PsychoSerum would be a better descriptor, as it causes physical, mental and spiritual corruption. So, naturally, the city is also teeming with all manner of horrific monsters...
* Similar to the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} example above, TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} has ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'', its equivalent of Mordheim. Taking place on the [[SingleBiomePlanet Hive World]] of the same name, it's justified in that, like all Hive Worlds, the actual planet has been polluted so terribly by eons of industrial production that humans now live in tremendous ant-hive like buildings that serve as the new equivalent of ''continents''.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' Universe, Millennium City gets far more superhuman action than you would expect for Detroit Redux. Partly justified due to its The City Of The Future meme.
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'s Seattle Metroplex.
* Arkham in ''TabletopGame/ArkhamHorror''. Home to a number of cults, the infamous [[CthulhuMythos Miskatonic University]], and far too many eldritch secrets. Most of the expansions add to the madness and make Arkham home to things like a cursed museum exhibit or the only attempted performance of a BrownNote play. A few involve mysteries outside of Arkham and add AdventureTowns to the game.
* One sample scale for map-drawing on ''TabletopGame/OnMightyThews'', presumably because of places like Lankhmar.
* ''SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'': As befitting a superhero setting, the environment decks Megalopolis and Rook City portray expy locations of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] respectively, each with their own hazards and pitfalls for everyone. Megalopolis is a straightforward bright city that at the worst suffers the occasional alien invasion while Rook City is a gloomy locale stagnating under mob rule, corrupt police officers, and plague rats.
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* Paragon City, Rhode Island in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''.
** And the Rogue Isles in ''City of Villains''.
* Sigil of ''Planescape'' fame, being the foremost crossroads of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' multiverse.
* ShinMegamiTensei's ''Persona'' series has Mikage-cho in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', Sumaru City in ''{{Persona 2}}'', Port Island in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and Inaba in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
** MegaTen in general seems to love this trope, mainly due to it's UrbanFantasy stylings. In fact, many of the games take place in [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]] (or [[AfterTheEnd what's left of it anyway]]). Games that don't take place in a city are the exception rather than the norm.
* Roma in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood''.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'' in Stormreach.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series consistently gives us three of this kind of city since the first game: Liberty City (an {{expy}} of New York City), San Andreas (an expy of California and Nevada), and Vice City (an expy of Miami). ''[=GTA=] 2'' also gives us "Anywhere, USA", though it's [[SequelDisplacement almost forgotten]].
* Befitting that its borrows a lot from VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto (as listed directly above), {{Crackdown}} takes place in 'Pacific City', and seems to be either inspired by, or borrows the idea of a multi-island approach, for geography.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanChaos'' takes place in Union City.
* South Town is a focal point for events in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' series, and also gets a mention in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series. Appears to be quite a multicultural place, possibily justifying how so many people there master several martial arts from around the world.
* The first two ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' games are set in a City of Adventure built around a labyrinth or dungeon; the third features a port town as your base of operations.
* VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm from the eponymous series.
* The city of Kirkwall in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* The town of Fuyuki in both ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]'' and ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]''
* In {{Academagia}}, [[http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd512/Tom_Kraan/Academagia/UCMFinal.png Mineta]] is one of the largest and most important cities in [[WorldintheSky Elumia]]; as well as the home to "The Academy of Magic of Mineta", more commonly called "[[TitleDrop Academagia]]". The game includes many potential events and adventures set in and around Mineta.
* Stilwater in ''SaintsRow'' happens to be a city full of opportunities and if Stilwater didn't had enough opportunities alone, the new bigger city of Steelport is gonna have a lot more than that of Stilwater.
* Clint City in UrbanRivals most certainly qualifies. It has gangs, vampires, aliens, robots, pirates...
* The city of Hekseville in ''GravityRush''. There's always something going on...
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* ''Webcomic/{{Opplopolis}}'' starts with a mysterious man assigning Carla Tumblemas the task of going into the city of Opplopolis to uncover the meaning of the word "[[MacGuffin marvedyne]]". All of the ensuing action takes place there.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'''s eponymous boarding school.
* ''TemplarArizona'' the comic is about this kind of city.
* CityOfReality
* The city of Cwcville in the infamous {{Sonichu}} attempts to be follow this trope within the comic's pages, though the [[PsychopathicManchild author's]] canonical descriptions of the laws and government in the city outside the comics have made it sound more like a fascist [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]-like {{Dystopia}}.
* ''LastRes0rt'' has its reality show in its very own space station built expressly for this purpose; it houses the show, the arena, and everything else you need for a world-class tourist resort to house and host all the spectators coming to watch.
** And in fact, there IS a named city built into the space station, known as the City of... [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2009/09/work-play-and-die-where-you-live/ Wonder.]] Since we're talking about a city manufactured into the space station, it's not that surprising of a name.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has the "pleasantly innocuous hamlet" of Generictown, which has become a City of Adventure purely because Bob the WeirdnessMagnet lives there. Presumably, it would quiet down again if he moved, but he shows no signs of doing so.
* Whatever unnamed city the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' crew lives in seems to have an unusually large number of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[TalkingAnimal talking animals]], [[MadScientist mad scientists]], [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]], [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], [[CIAEvilFBIGood FBI agents]], and [[DemonicPossession demonic possessions]], not to mention some really ''weird'' stuff.
* In ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'', the characters wander around the city of New Edo, searching for mercenary work. All of the adventures so far have occurred without them leaving the same city.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' events take place mostly in Moperville. With all the HumanoidAliens, HalfHumanHybrid, {{shapeshifting}}, FunctionalMagic and MadScience. When [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-01-20 a news reporter wanted to investigate]] a story of "evil monkey" rampaging in a public school, her boss, Ed, shot the idea down:
--> '''Ed''': A public school in ''Moperville'', where the local newspaper is sold in neighboring towns with all the regard of a ''tabloid''. We've got a reputation to protect! We can only report on ''confirmed'' monsters, like ''Mega Hogs'', or ''Bigfoot''!
--> '''Carol''': Ed, I ''grew up'' in Moperville. ''Weird stuff'' happens here...
** Later revealed to be a (mostly) [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] example. As it turns out, [[spoiler: someone has been increasing the magical energy that exists in Moperville.]] Because of this, magical beings and whatnot found themselves (and are still finding themselves) being drawn to the town, without realizing it. And by the look of things, it's supposed to get worse soon.
* Tackleford from ''ScaryGoRound'' and ''BadMachinery''
* The Ruhr Area from ''Webcomic/UnionOfHeroes'' consists of more than one city so "Cities of Adventure" is more to the point here.
* ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' has Nettropolis, a city evolved from the Internet and populated by [[DigitalAvatar digital avatars]].
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''. Among other things, {{Magical Girl}}s and {{Ninja}} exist, zombies invade on a semi-frequent basis, video game companies like Creator/{{Sony}} and Creator/{{Sega}} are in league with {{Satan}} and employ [[PsychoForHire psychotic mercenaries]] to enforce their edicts, the Tokyo police department ride around in HumongousMecha, and {{Kaiju}} insurance is a bitch to get.
* [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDoctorMcNinja Cumberland, Maryland.]] Inhabited by {{Mcninja}}, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Danish ninja-hunter actors from]] TheEighties, [[TimeTravel Timetravelling]] Mayors, Zombies and [[WorldOfBadass Badasses all over the place.]]
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* Picture on top: {{CCC}} City, the 'City of Opportunities' in [[http://vinnieveritas.com/flash/ccc/ the popular flash video series]], in which literally every day in and around the city (so large it renders maps pointless) involves countless adventures of many different levels.
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* Metro City, the titular city of the MetroCityChronicles.
* TheTown
* [[Creator/HPLovecraft Dunwich, New Hampshire,]] only a couple miles from [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse.
** Also, Boston and New York City. Whenever one of the characters goes to either place, something happens.
** As well as Los Angeles, since that's where Phase now lives when she's not at school.
* Mayfield in ''Literature/TheDescendants.'' It's somewhere in Virginia.
** Inside the city itself, a healthy amount of the action takes place in or around Westinghall Plaza.
* Welcome to Denfair City, New Jersey. Home of ''TheImpossibleMan''.
* The {{Transformers}} fan club fiction has [[TransformersTransTech Axiom Nexus]].
* Grand Lake City, in "LegionOfNothing", seems to count.
* [[TheQuestportChronicles Questport]] is a village, rather than a city, but has enough adventure and oddness for a city a dozen times its size.
* [[{{Literature/Worm}} Brockton Bay]], hometown of our {{Villain Protagonist}}s the Undersiders. %%Go Go Wiki Magic
* [[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Achievement City]] is not really a city ''per se'',[[note]]It is a ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}: Xbox 360 Edition'' world whose "Downtown" district consists of just [[TheMonolith one stone skyscraper with no windows and only one main floor]] and a few small houses.[[/note]] but it is the home of the majority of the Creator/{{Achievement Hunter}}s' LetsPlay competitions.
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* WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfLuna has the city of Steelhenge instead of Stonehenge...oooh.
* The TV series ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has the Titans Tower in "Jump City", at least according to the comic adaptation ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo''; the team's hometown was never named in the cartoon. Meanwhile, "Steel City" is the location of Titans East.
* The City... of Townsville in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** And the Town... of Citysville [[spoiler: is a Deconstruction.]]
** Perhaps surprisingly, the name isn't fictional; there is a city named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townsville Townsville]] in Queensland, Australia.
* St. Canard in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and the comics it's based on, many of Uncle Scrooge's adventures take place "[[EarWorm here in...Duckburg!]]"
* Heatherfield in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} W.I.T.C.H.]]'' (it's where all the portals are, and it's where all the Guardians live.)
* The Middle of Nowhere in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' seems to be some sort of nexus for "creepy stuff", to the point where it takes obvious danger to get anyone but Courage to take notice. Talking animals, aliens, deities, and supernatural entities (not to mention Courage's [[FunnyAnimal own sapience]] [[SpeechImpairedAnimal and abilities]]) are all treated as normal until the big pointy teeth come out.
* Springfield in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a deliberate parody of this. At one point Our Favorite Family suddenly notices that they live across the street from an expensive mansion that [[GeographicFlexibility wasn't there before]] and was created for that episode so that George Bush could move in.
** Capital City is one of these in some early episodes. In "Dancin' Homer", it's even given its own theme song (sung by Tony Bennett, no less) which overtly invokes the trope in its lyrics.
*** Subverted in which the family travels abroad on occasion, and being them the Simpsons, wherever they go, hijinks follow.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has Amity Park, a town with ghost/occult-related names for obvious reasons.
* Megakat City, of ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''.
* Porkbelly in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''.
* Cape Suzette in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* Single Town in ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' is set entirely in Orchid Bay, an FictionalCounterpart of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. This is a JustifiedTrope because Juniper is [[BlessedWithSuck magically prevented from leaving the city]] as long as she's the Te Xuan Ze.
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'''s town of Terlawk. Lampshaded in "Upholstered Peril".
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': The [[CityWithNoName unnamed]] yet [[GeographicFlexibility strangely familiar]] hometown of the Rescue Rangers.
* The "city-planet" of Acmetropolis in ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed''.
* UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', which seems to have had a reasonable population of supervillains even before the Transformers came along. Some of it can be explained by being the centerpoint of the robotic revolution created by Isaac Sumdac.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' movie, Agrabah was a fairly normal Middle Eastern city (with a vizier problem). In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' it became a full-on City of Adventure, with {{Evil Sorcerer}}s, [[SadlyMythtaken Sekhmet ripoffs]], and [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons giant flying snakes]] attacking seemingly every week.
** {{Lampshaded}} in one episode where Aladdin is running from a giant floating eyeball and Iago tries to explain to him that he's only dreaming by pointing out how absurd their situation is. Aladdin merely shrugs and says, "Stranger things have happened."
* ''RollBots'': Flip City provides adventure for all its citizens simply because the roads are all autobahns designed by an extreme sport enthusiast for robots that turn into high-speed spheres.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Colorado. It can all be summed up in one quote...
-->'''Reporter''': "And so just weeks after the devastating attack of mutant genetic creatures, zombies and Thanksgiving turkeys, the town of South Park has managed to rebuild itself once again-" ''(sees giant robotic Music/BarbraStreisand destroying the town)'' "Oh, Goddamn it, not again!"
* Acme Acres in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' felt like this (when the Toonsters weren't traveling around the world and beyond). Having Wackyland next door to Acme Acres certainly helps.
* Miseryville on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. But what do you expect from a town that's [[strike:practically]] in {{Hell}}?
* Danville in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Besides the titular characters' physics-defying daily projects, there's a city wide organization of animal secret agents who go undercover as pets, a league of evil scientists and girl scouts who [[MeritBadgesForEverything get patches]] for ''wrestling alligators''.
* Middleton, home of WesternAnimation/KimPossible, was full of {{Supervillain}}s.
* New New York, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. The takes place many years in the future where aliens and RidiculouslyHumanRobots are commonplace.
* Stormalong Harbor in ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''
* Republic City in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* The Bay Area in ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}}''. More specifically in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, from the looks of it, but only the term "Bay Area" is ever used.
* Quahog, RI, in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Langley Falls, VA, in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* The poor city of Retroville in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' goes through a lot of stuff such as a giant plant-teachers, deadly nanobots, giant roaming toys, impending meteors, alien abductions, city-wide hypnosis, the population gets shrunk, pants attack, alien invasions (at least thrice), sentient fast food restaurants, temporary super heroes, super villains, megalomaniac dictators... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero all caused]] by [[ChildProdigy Jimmy of course]].
* in ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'', Umi City has its fair share of adventure as well.
* Nice and Friendly Corners from ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest''.
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