'''Basic Trope''': A terrible setting to live.
* '''Straight''': The world is full of corruption, betrayal, despair, hopelessness and angst, and villains are often {{Karma Houdini}}s. And there is always a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking traffic jam]].
* '''Exaggerated''':
** ''Everyone'' in the universe, be they good, evil or neutral, endures intense suffering - [[HellOnEarth almost every waking moment consists of pure torment]].
** DeathWorld
** {{Mordor}}
* '''Downplayed''':
** The area where the setting takes place is know for violence and a low standard of living. However, characters note that there are better places in the world, and they're only in the worst part of it.
** WretchedHive in an otherwise benign setting.
* '''Justified''':
** The world is portrayed AfterTheEnd.
** The PowersThatBe in charge of the world [[GodIsEvil are monsters]].
** It's {{Hell}}
* '''Inverted''': SugarBowl.
* '''Subverted''': AWorldHalfFull.
* '''Double Subverted''': At the last moment, the writers YankTheDogsChain and snatch away the happy ending [[EarnYourHappyEnding the heroes had worked so hard for]] - Craptown ends up just as crappy as ever.
* '''Parodied''':
** Everyone is either an extreme {{Jerkass}} or a ButtMonkey.
** The RichBitch is in a suburb which has a few problems, but is [[AWorldHalfFull otherwise okay.]] She acts as though she's been put on HellOnEarth, because she was just given a compliment from a [[ChivalrousPervert gentleman]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': The heroes [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]], but then YankTheDogsChain leads it to be taken away. Then they discover a section of the world that's [[SugarBowl a great place to live]], until it turns out to be a CrapsaccharineWorld.
* '''Averted''': The world in question isn't a particularly good or bad place to live.
* '''Enforced''':
** The author is living in a real-life WretchedHive, which warped the worldviews that became the model for his fictional worlds.
** The author's a pessimist.
** The author is creating a horrible place [[{{Dystopia}} as a part of his sociopolitical commentary.]]
** The author knows that these kinds of worlds produce lots of conflict, and thus plot.
* '''Lampshaded''': [[{{Understatement}} "This place sucks."]]
* '''Invoked''': A villain declares that DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans and starts to work to turn the SugarBowl [[SugarApocalypse into a crapsack world]].
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': AliceAndBob immediately start working to make the world better.
* '''Discussed''': "Why does this place have to suck?"
* '''Conversed''': "Hey, 'realism' does not necessarily mean 'ugly hellhole full of crime.'"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Because life in the world is ''so'' terrible, many people fail to see the point in living and are DrivenToSuicide as a result. Those that aren't DrivenToSuicide simply end up loathing the world more, and are further entrenched in their hopelessness.
** The government running such a Hellhole find keeping everybody oppressed and miserable [[DystopiaisHard much harder than they thought]], with constant rebellions, strikes, and people just wanting happiness or just a square meal on the table.
** The horrible conditions of the world makes the tiniest glimmers of the most ephemeral happiness treasured beyond anything. The people of the world are driven to become [[TheHedonist hedonistic]], [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] {{Ubermensch}}es, caring little for what happens to other people or a world beyond saving, just so long as they can be happy for just one moment.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The heroes tries their hardest to make the world a better place, and after a long time of hardships [[EarnYourHappyEnding they actually do make it better]]... [[BittersweetEnding But not without great sacrifices and casualties]].
** Running a dystopian government would be hard if the place wasn't full of ApatheticCitizens who are only looking out for themselves.
** The world is such a terrible place ''because'' of people like that, thus creating an endless cycle. Some people realize this and become [[KnightInSourArmour Knights in Sour Armour]]. However they end up failing to the world a better place.
* '''Played For Laughs''': BlackComedy.
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