These are the inhabitants of Quirky Town
, a selection of several Stock Characters
. They're goofy, quirky
, friendly, and ultimately harmless. There will be one
"sane" people (protagonists included) and at least one sourpuss
and a Tall, Dark and Snarky
townsperson to complain about this idyllic place. And it is idyllic
. It would take a town of Stepford Smiler
clones to approach the non-existent level of crime and unemployment these towns have.
If they are related, they are a Quirky Household
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Anime & Manga
- The residents of Kinkan/Gold Crown Town in Princess Tutu, who are all unaware characters in a fairytale and are comprised of quirky people and anthropomorphic animals.
- In Nora Roberts' Nothern Lights the town Lunacy, high up in Alaska is inhabited with independent eccentric characters.
Live Action TV
- The Andy Griffith Show's Mayberry inhabitants.
- Corner Gas has the Canadian version.
- Everyone in Ed's hometown of Stuckyville.
- There are a few quirky townspeople in Eureka, including the cloned set of twins. (Or would that make then quatruplets?)
- The Gilmore Girls crew in Stars Hollow.
- On Newhart, pretty much everyone in Stratford, Vermont apart from Dick Loudon qualifies.
- The residents of Hooterville, in Petticoat Junction and (especially) Green Acres.
- Northern Exposure, with Rob Morrow playing the straight man to everybody else.
- Scrubs has an Eccentric Hospital Staff version.
- Pretty much the entire cast of Twin Peaks qualifies.
- Subverted in The League of Gentlemen, where the people of Royston Vasey are certainly eccentric, but very, very far from harmless.
- The inhabitants of Dibley, with the possible exception of the Vicar and David Horton.
- Pretty much everyone in Father Ted, up to the main characters. Only visitors from the mainland and (maybe) Ted don't count.
- The inhabitants of Elmo, Alaska in Men In Trees. Alaska is evidently a popular locale for this type of setting.
- This trope seems to gravitate toward Alaska, since we have the denizens of Cicely in Northern Exposure.
- The people of St. Olaf, Minnesota. We never actually see the town ourselves, but plenty of locals drop by Miami, and what they all manage to prove is that Rose seems to be the most clear-headed and intelligent person who ever lived there.
- The entertainingly kooky residents of Rome, Wisconsin in Picket Fences.
- Increasingly, and delightfully, kook-filled Pawnee, Indiana in Parks and Recreation.
- The people of Port Niranda in Round the Twist. The Gribble family are a nasty piece of work, though.
- Many of the people who wander into the store on Oddities are, um, oddities.
- The entire cast of the radio drama Adventures in Odyssey fit this trope to a T, and were probably influenced at least somewhat by shows like Andy Griffith.
- The population of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, in A Prairie Home Companion.
- Karl Pilkington of The Ricky Gervais Show et al told a series of stories about the people who lived around where he grew up that consistently amazed or bewildered Ricky and Steve. They included:
- Karl's own family: his mother, who made him stay home from school when it was very windy and used to shave the family cat so it would be easier to keep clean; his dad, a cheapskate and grocery thief who once removed a mentally challenged young man ("a Forrest Gump") from his taxi and left him in a wheelie bin; his brother, who impregnated many girls and was discharged from the army after driving a tank to the store to buy cigarettes; and two aunts: Auntie Nora, who once farted for five straight minutes and wanted her back yard astroturfed so she wouldn't have to take care of it, and "Uncle" Hazel, a lesbian with a haunted house.
- "Uncle Alf," a friend of Karl's dad who slept in an inflatable lifeboat and had two televisions, one of which had no sound and the other no picture, so he would tune them both to the same channel to watch something.
- Guys with nicknames like Jimmy the Hat and Tattoo Stan.
- A family that kept a horse in their living room.
- A family who used to babysit Karl and had "a cat that was dead violent." When they wanted to control Karl, they would get him to take a nap on the sofa and put the cat on his chest, and when he woke up he would be afraid to move.
- A woman who rode a three-wheeled bike with her husband in the basket. She was mean to him, so Karl's dad impersonated a policeman to scare her into leaving him alone.
- Two boys at school who both had abnormally big heads and webbed hands. (Karl explains that he grew up near a chemical plant.) They weren't related and didn't hang out together because that would be "too obvious."
- The mother of a friend of Karl's who was obsessed with cleanliness. When Karl would come over to play video games, rather than let him in, she would send him around to his friend's bedroom window and he would stand outside and look in.
- The Navy Lark has the UK armed forces as being populated solely by Eccentric Forces Personnel.
- In The Music Man, the townspeople of River City, Iowa all turn out to greet Harold Hill when he arrives, if only to make it known that the sourpuss type is their default.
- The animal townspeople in Animal Crossing.
- All of the inhabitants of St. Mystere in Professor Layton and the Curious Village. Not only do they have "unusual" personality quirks, they have an unhealthy obession with riddles. This is because they're all robots designed as part of a test to see who's worthy of getting the treasure and Flora.
- The entire supporting cast of Psychonauts qualifies. The campers were crazily developed considering how much screen time they got.
- Several towns in the Pokémon franchise, but the quirkiest are probably the denizens of Vientown in Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
- The monsters in Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas, as introduced in the opening song.
Child Monsters: Tender lumplings everywhere, life's no fun without a good scare
Parent Monsters: That's our job, but we're not mean, in our town of Halloween
- The Simpsons cast.
- And of course South Park, a town where one of the most normal residents has a talking piece of crap as a best friend.
- Ponyville in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The locals include a socially-awkward bookworm from the big city who's trying to learn how to make friends, a manic-depressive (mostly manic) baker who loves to throw parties and occasionally defies known physics, a melodramatic fashion designer who loves to make Gem-Encrusted Pimped Out Dresses, a painfully-shy animal lover who can stare down dragons and cockatrices when provoked, a hot-headed apple farmer with a Nice Hat and a huge extended family, and a boisterous stunt flier with rainbow-colored hair, and those are just the Mane characters.
Twilight Sparkle: "All the ponies in this town are crazy!"
- Gravity Falls, to be sure. There's ditzy waitress and Crazy Cat Lady Lazy Susan, comically-macho lumberjack Manly Dan Corduroy, and hillbilly Mad Scientist and self-declared "local kook" Old Man McGucket.