[[caption-width-right:350:San Antonio, Texas during Christmas.]]

In fictional settings authors often decide to make great cities for their work. In "classic" sci-fi the city served as a common trope to be used to represent whatever society that existed. They, when animated, drawn or otherwise shown a DesignStudentsOrgasm usually occurs. This comes in two flavors and is often the capital of TheFederation, TheAlliance, TheEmpire, or TheRepublic. Is usually a CityOfAdventure.
!!Shiny and Awesome
* Dresediel Lex from ''Literature/TwoSerpentsRise''. Floating skyscrapers, giant black-glass pyramids for office buildings, zombie street cleaners, and goddesses hovering over every poker game.
* Vampire New York as seen in ''Film/DayBreakers''. While it's the exact opposite of "shiny", the sheer infrastructure of adapting the biggest city in the world to Vampires gets it put in this category. Besides, Dark ''is'' shiny [[HumansThroughAlienEyes for vampires.]]
* Themyscira of Franchise/WonderWoman. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Themyscira-floating.jpg Just take a look.]]
* As seen above, [[Franchise/StarWars Coruscant]] is a planet. It's so large they needed an entire [[AllThereInTheManual subsidiary guide just to explain how it worked.]]
* The titular Webcomic/MegaTokyo.
* New Domino City from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* Metru Nui from Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}.
* Any city level from ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''. You'd think those guys were architects.
* Metropolis from Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* Dentech City from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. The fact that EverythingIsOnline compounds this. And its virtual counterpart Navi City which '''is''' online.
* Trantor from the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series. It covers all the planet, it's the capital of the galactic empire, and continues many kilometers underground.
* The Citadel from ''Franchise/MassEffect''. It's [[RuleOfCool a giant space station.]] Just [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Citadel check out its page]]. It is awesome. [[spoiler: Of course it was made by crazy Robo-Cthulu death farmers. But that's beside the point.]]
** Although it's getting beat up on at the time by Reapers, future Vancouver looks pretty impressive, as does the the asari city on Thessia. Illium, which you get an aerial car chase through in ''Lair of the Shadowbroker'' is similarly scenery-porn-tastic.
* Mitakihara City from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* Sternbild City, a three-leveled city decorated with several Statue-of-Liberty-sized monuments from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is also a nice example.
* Atlantis from ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Crystal Spires]] on hyperdrives.
** Our city is a submersible and can fly between galaxies. What does ''yours'' do?
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Canterlot, the capital city impossibly perched on a steep mountain.
** Cloudsdale, a hovering (and possibly mobile) city made almost entirely from clouds and rainbows and featuring a weather factory.
** The Crystal Empire, whose crystal street layout is actually an enormous accumulator array to collect love and camaraderie from the city's inhabitants and feed it into the city's central spire to be weaponized against evildoers.
* Minbari cities such as Yedor and Tuzanor from ''Series/BabylonFive''. In fact, the planet is rich in ginormous crystals, so much so that they carve entire cities out of these crystals. [[http://babylon5.wikia.com/wiki/File:Minbar_01.JPG Just take a look.]]
* Zaofu in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', a city made entirely of metal. The city is made to look like a congregation of Lotus flowers, that stay open in the day, but are closed by night.
* Most cities in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' could count, although most of the Martian cities are in various states of decline, but New York takes the cake. It's in many ways the same as our universe's New York in 1938, only with even more money thrown into it and enough sky traffic to make it feel like [[Franchise/StarWars Coruscant]].

!! Dark and Gritty
* Gotham City from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', epically [[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand post-earthquake]] when the city looks like a mash up of the 1930s, Gothic London and a Modern city.
* Ankh-Morpork from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', though most of its dark has turned into grime and might occasionally become part of something served in a bun.
* The eponymous ''Film/DarkCity'' [[AlwaysNight (set only at night)]] is a SceneryPorn-tastic, GermanExpressionism-inspired, AlwaysNight CityInABottle.
* [[CityWithNoName The City]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series.
* New Krobuzon from Creator/ChinaMieville's ''[[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas Lag]]'' trilogy.

!! Uncategorized
* The titular Film/{{Metropolis}}. It borrows from Creator/HGWells ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' and has a shiny Art Deco city on top and a gritty worker's city under the earth.
* [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Minas Tirith]].
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Asgard]].
* And the major cities of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Silver Moon, Undercity, the Exodar, Dalaran and Shattrah.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has quite a lot. Eldar cities and the Dark Eldar capital of Commorgah are both very impressive (the former are CrystalSpiresAndTogas style cites housed inside Craftworlds, spacecrafts the size of small moons, the latter is a [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Dark Towers and Spikes]] style city located inside the Webway). Humans have numerous heavily populated worlds with impressive looking cities, but the grand price goes to Holy Terra, seat of the Imperium. The Imperial Palace alone covers most of what used to be Eurasia.
%% * ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber The City Of Ember]]''.
* New Mombasa from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', particularly in ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', where it feels legitimately futuristic.
* The Human City from ''Film/TheMatrix''. It's a virtual merger of several real-world cities.
* The city in ''Film/BladeRunner'' is certainly '''Dark and Gritty''', as depicted in fanart. [[http://site.jacobcharlesdietz.com/the-work/gallery-3/2019-post-alley here]] .
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinotopia Dinotopia]]'''s [[http://dinotopia.wikia.com/wiki/Waterfall_City Waterfall City]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'': [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=5 Chel'el'sussoloth]], [[MeaningfulName literally means]] "City of light in the darkness". For LonelyRichKid Ariel, it's a fantasy world beyond her wildest dreams, to {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Lirel, it's a WretchedHive that also has CrystalSpiresAndTogas... perfect for having AHellOfATime.
* Sharn from ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. Literal mile-high towers, floating islands, and flying taxis, starting at a WretchedHive down in the undercity and progressing to lavish estates built on magically solidified clouds up at the top.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Futurama_-_The_Future.jpg New New York]] actually finds itself suffering from a garbage ''shortage'', while they dump their radioactive sewage directly into [[http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/File:OldNY.jpg Old New York]] and the sewers below, the later of which now look like [[http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/File:Mutantvillage.jpg this]] because of a civilisation of mutants (who [[FantasticRacism are required to live there by law]]).
* In ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', James tends to think of New York City this way.
* In ''Franchise/RoboCop'', OCP ''portrays'' Delta City as '''Shiny and Awesome''', but, like every other product OCP makes...
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Stratos Stratos City]]: CrystalSpiresAndTogas for everyone! ([[FantasticRacism Except Troglodytes.]])
** [[TheFederation Starfleet's]] own capital, [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/San_Francisco San Francisco]] (the actual capital city of the Federation is Paris, but San Francisco was seen quite a bit more, and at times played host to non-Starfleet governmental functions).
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Aldera_City.JPG Aldera]].
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cloud_City Cloud City]], which was allegedly inspired by Stratos City.
** "[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mos_Eisley Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.]]"
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Theed Theed]], which could have been inspired by Waterfall City.
** [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Level_1313]] The darker side of Coruscant, probably even worse than Mos Eisley.
* ''Stargate'': The Ancients, Great City Ships (notably Atlantis).
* RealLife, more or less:
** [[http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g295424-Dubai.html Dubai]].
** [[http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/modernmaterialist/2009/05/flickr_lowerManhattan_eight_double.jpg New York City]].
** [[http://www.higbank.com/images/higbank/sedeHongKong2004.jpg Hong Kong]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seoul Seoul]]. Just whoa.
** San Antonio, Texas (the page image).
** Modern/Greater Lisbon, Portugal. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Expo16.jpg Parque]] [[http://www3.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/staff/pfreire/paulo/Lisboa_este.jpg das]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Lisboa_-_Expo98_-_Vista_Geral.jpg Nações]], [[http://imagens.casa.sapo.pt/imoveis/640x480/Escritorio-Venda-Arrendamento-Lisboa-Sao-Mamede-Marques-de-Pombal.47938790.jpg Amoreira]], [[http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/1049132.jpg Praça Marquês de Pombal]]. (Not to be confused with [[http://www3.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/staff/pfreire/paulo/Lisboa_Comercio.jpg old]], [[http://www3.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/staff/pfreire/paulo/Lisboa_jeronimos.jpg Royal]] [[http://www3.mpifr-bonn.mpg.de/staff/pfreire/paulo/Lisboa_torre_de_belem.jpg Lisbon]].)
* "''Ubiquitos''" (mostly known as 'The City') from ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''. See also AsceticAesthetic and SceneryPorn.
* [[TableTopGame/MagicTheGathering Ravnica]], a true megalopolis in that the entire world is a city.