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Denver is the largest city and the capital of Colorado. With a population of about 700,000 in one of the more sparsely populated regions of the country, it is also the largest city for 500 miles. It is nicknamed the "Mile High City", due to its elevation of 5,280 feet ([[CaptainObvious 1 mile]]) above sea level. It has sports teams in all four American major leagues, (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) as well as having teams in other sports (Soccer, Lacrosse, Arena Football, Rugby, a few minor league teams, and even serves as the home base of Furniture Row Racing, one of the few UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} teams based outside Charlotte, North Carolina; let's just say it's a sports obsessed town). The team with the biggest following is the NFL's Denver Broncos.

It is home to several universities, among them Metropolitan State University of Denver ("Metro State"), University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, and Regis University. The Molly Brown House, residence of one of the most famous Titanic survivors, is there.

Despite having a high level of local government corruption (police corruption was once ranked as highest in the US) and ranking second in the US for pollution, Denver is generally portrayed as clean and friendly. It is also often depicted as being next to the Rocky Mountains and being very cold and snowy, even though Denver is actually on the flat plains (though the mountains are still visible in the background[[note]]In pictures facing west, Denver has mountains; in pictures facing east, it might as well be in Kansas[[/note]]) and late spring through mid fall can be notoriously hot with arid and dry (albeit cold) winters being the norm.
!!Denver in fiction:
* ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' ventures there on occasion, and South Park itself is "[[HollywoodAtlas close enough]]" to Denver anyway.
** The real South Park is a large empty basin in the Colorado mountains, and another real-life South Park is right next door to Denver: a street in Littleton, Colorado.
** Although judging by the town's location, size, and other characteristics, it is more likely to be based on co-creator Trey Parker's hometown of Conifer, Colorado, which ''is'' a small exurb located just west of Denver.
** Conifer actually has been seen a couple of times in-show.
* The Creator/EddieMurphy film ''Imagine That'' was set here.
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Yeah....]]
* ''Film/WereTheMillers'' starts here before the main characters drive to Mexico.
* In some episodes of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' (set in nearby Boulder), the gang would come to Denver.
* It gets blown up in the novel ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears''. [[spoiler: Changed to UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} in the FilmOfTheBook]].
** As well as in ''Series/{{Jericho}}''.
* ''Film/AboutSchmidt''
* ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' (Jeff and Shirley are from there, and Greendale is implied to be located near Denver and/or Colorado Springs.)
* ''Series/LastManStanding''
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' sets several episodes here, as Mycah is a native of nearby Colorado Springs, and her MyGreatestFailure moment occurred in Denver.
* Denver is visited by Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''. The town has a privatized police force made up of cyborg [=PMCs=] due to being the headquarters of World Marshal Inc., of which Colorado Senator Steven Armstrong is a backer.
* At the start of ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, Denver is the capital of the United States, though it's eventually evacuated as it's impossible to keep secure.
** Denver also becomes the U.S. capital in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheDoorIntoSummer'' (after [[WorldWarIII The Six Weeks War]] devastates the Northeast) and Creator/MarvelComics' [[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse New Universe]] (after UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is trashed by a fight between two paranormals).
** Also the US Capital in ''[[VideoGame/{{Resistance}} Resistance 2]]'', after DC is trashed by the Chimera in the tie-in book ''The Gathering Storm''. The city is destroyed off-screen (and most of the government killed) late in the game.
* The ''Franchise/PerryMason'' TV movies of the 1980s and 1990s were set in Denver.
* Percy and friends have a run-in with Ares here in ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Lightning Thief]]''.
* It's implied that The Capitol of Panem, from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', is located in what was once Denver (the book describes the "Rocky Mountains", and the film series definitely evokes the "mountainous" feel).
* In ''Literature/TheDeathCure'', Thomas and co. visit Denver in search for a former WICKED scientist who can remove the mind-controlling chip from Thomas and Minho. It's also revealed to house the other surviving Gladers after WICKED released them.
* Depending on whether they count as works of fiction, Denver infamously became a darling of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories, after somebody came up with the idea that Denver's airport, on aerial photos, looks a bit like a swastika if you squint and believe in it really hard, as well as is decorated with UncannyValley-style murals, so it must obviously be an obvious secret NWO headquarters.
* In what is almost certainly a nod to the above theory, the final mission of ''VideoGame/SplinterCellBlacklist'' takes place in an ElaborateUndergroundBase beneath Denver International Airport called "Site F."
* The world map in ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' heavily suggests that Dr. Light's laboratory is located in Denver. The city itself is never seen, though Mega Man can visit Light Labs to obtain upgrades using bolts collected in-game. It is also unknown if certain levels in other titles like the opening stage of ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', the Robot Museum in ''[=MM7=]'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'', and the Towntown Stage in ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp'' are meant to represent various locations in Denver.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' episode "Denver Is Down" has BigBad Doc Terror sinking the entire city into an underground cavern, where he intends to [[UnwillingRoboticization turn the populace into]] {{cyborg}}s.
* It's off-handedly mentioned to be [[TheSiege under siege]] by the Soviet Army in Film/RedDawn1984. WebOriginal/RedDawnPlus20 expanded on this.
'''Shows based in Denver:'''
* The Creator/AnimalPlanet series ''Emergency Vets'' and its spinoff ''E-Vets Interns'' were shot at the city's Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.