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Where FantasticRacism meets UrbanSegregation. The FantasticGhetto is a place where an undesirable racial minority is rounded up inside to keep them [[WrongSideOfTheTracks out of the majority's line of sight]].

Ghettoes are very much a case of TruthInTelevision: the term ''"(bor)ghetto''," Italian for, more or less, "little town", originally referred to the district in [[UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra City-State]] UsefulNotes/{{Venice}} where the Jews were supposed to live. Ironically, it has been asserted that the original Jewish ''ghettos'' were privileges, designed to protect Jews from unfriendly Gentile citizens, provided by the local rulers, including walls and locked gates which [[GoneHorriblyWrong were bitterly resented by the locals]]. Like all well-meaning attempts at segregation, the "special treatment" not only turned out to be not so special, but increased division and tension between communities.

As a form of racial segregation, whether deliberate or emergent, ghettos still exist to this day. Therefore the topic is usually approached with caution in fiction, usually from the FantasticRacism angle. However, it can also be implied by the UnfortunateImplications of having different races live in different areas (say, [[HiddenElfVillage all the elves living in a hidden woodland glade]]) with little or no mixing.

Not to be confused with SciFiGhetto, or the related term "{{Fantasy}} Ghetto," where the ''genre'' gets this treatment by the literary establishment.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty'', most Altans live in a slummy area of the city, called simply "the Altan district."
* In the [[TheEmpire Holy Britannian Empire]] of the ''Anime/CodeGeass'' universe, the "Concession" cities in the conquered "Area" colonies are usually split between the rich "Settlements" inhabited by Britannians, Honorary Britannians, and generally the rich and powerful, whilst the "Ghettos" are where the conquered "Numbers" (conquered subjects), terrorists, and other unsavoury groups are forced to reside. The Tokyo Concession in Area 11 (Japan) is the best example, being the setting for the majority of the series.
* The city of Kumersun in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf'' has an area surrounded by high wall, where live alchemists and other people, whose profession is considered “suspicious” by the Church. Dian is a local chronicler, collecting tales not yet censored by authorities and mediating in trade between inhabitants and outside world. She also happens to be [[spoiler: a giant bird, who took on human shape like Holo.]]
* Ceres in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'', a slum where the mongrels live.
* The world of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is mostly populated by humans, while other species live in specific home islands. Giants work occasionally for the World Government, and fishmen and merfolk are known to marry other species, but it's extremely rare to see races like longlegs or dwarves wandering among humans. Separation seems to emerge naturally due to FantasticRacism; the World Government doesn't enforce segregation but doesn't try to prevent it either.
** Living separated from humans on the sea floor is especially problematic for merfolk and fishmen. They don't ''need'' sunlight and oxygen, but they still yearn for it. However, the cruelty of humans makes them afraid of living above the surface.
* In ''Manga/{{Megalomania}}'', there are the slums where the demihumans, a bioengineered SlaveRace, live.
* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', the human race (Endras) used the [[PettingZooPeople Zoozians]] for hard labour and shipped all the ones who were too weak to work to an island in the middle of the sea so they'd be out of sight.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: The Eldians that were left outside the Walls were rounded up by the Marleyans, and thrown into internment camps. They live in abject poverty, with absolutely no rights, and are only permitted to step outside the designated Internment Zones with special permission. In the century since their internment, Marley has used propaganda to frame this as them showing "mercy" on the "Children of the Devil", and convinced the residents that the Eldians that escaped behind the Walls are the ones to blame for their suffering. In reality, the camps exist to maintain a captive population that can be turned into Titans during times of war. Libero Internment Zone is the main camp seen in the series, and was the home of both Grisha Yeager and the members of Marley's Warrior Unit]].
* The city of E-Rantel in ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'' has a DemiHuman District, which used to be a slum but was recently rebuilt.

[[folder: Comics]]
* In ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'', [[{{Mutants}} mutant]] populations in [[CrapsackWorld New Britain]] are not allowed to hold any jobs (apart from bounty hunting) or live amongst normal humans, instead living in their own trashed ghettos, the most prominent one located in Milton Keynes.
* This shows up during Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/WildCATs'', when the team visits Khera, where it turns out the Kherubim-Daemonite war ended centuries ago everywhere except Earth. Khera is ruled by the wealthy and technologically advanced Kherubim while the planet's indigenous population, a race of {{Sizeshifter}}s from which [[TheBigGuy Maul]] descended, has been displaced into underground cities, and Daemonite civilians living on Khera are confined to a low-tech ghetto. Having one Daemonite ancestor is enough to get Voodoo, a Kherubim-human hybrid like her teammates, forced into the ghetto.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' is about an entire city where superheroes were relocated after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. There are separate slums for various other science beings like robots and vampires, and a throwaway line mentions {{Kaiju}} being confined to a tiny island.
* The ComicBook/XMen family of books have given us multiple takes on the idea of a mutant ghetto, from concentration camps ([[http://marvel.wikia.com/Neverland Neverland]]), to reservations (the grounds of Xavier's school during the ''[[http://marvel.wikia.com/198 198]]'' series), to isolationist compounds ([[http://marvel.wikia.com/Utopia_%28X-Men_Base%29 Utopia]]), to ethnic neighborhoods ([[http://marvel.wikia.com/Mutant_Town Mutant Town/District X]]), to national "homelands" ([[http://marvel.wikia.com/Genosha Genosha]]).
* Both Marvel and DC have had periods where their respective versions of {{Atlantis}} were destroyed, leaving Atlanteans as refugees living in various aquatic shanty towns.
* ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'': Volume III implies that these exist for aliens from Venus as "[[ComicStrip/DanDare Treens Out]]" can be seen written in graffiti a couple of times.
* In ''ComicBook/TransformersTransTech'', Axiom Nexus has nine ''Offworlder Zones'' that house interdimensional refugees.
* In ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones'', New York has designated areas for the the Proximan alien refugees where humans aren't allowed.
** The title comes from ''The Hoop'', a floating, hoop-shaped conurbation full of unemployed humans and Proximan that's tethered to Manhattan.

* In ''Fanfic/{{Hemostuck}}'', the seadwelling trolls get forced into the ghetto 'round the docks, and some of the worse-off end up living in what passes for the local sewers.
* In ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'', once the [[KnightTemplar Templars]] gained control over Caleston, they quickly moved all the alien population into the Red Light district. They don't bother patrolling inside anymore, and the situation quickly descended into mass anarchy and partying.
* In ''FanFic/TalesOfTheCanterlotDeportationAgency'', the "temporary human settlement camp" (aka New Cynosure) where the trans-dimensional humans are kept qualifies. The Princesses recognize that there are peaceful humans who either arrived by accident or found their deliberate method only worked in one direction. Those incursions were granted two square kilometers carved out of a wild zone, and there they live, work, and make any friends they can. They can even recreate technology as long as it works cleanly. But... it's isolated from pony territory, there are guards, the entire thing is covered by a shield, and outside the border there's a monster-infested wilderness.
** However, one option for some of the violent incursions is an underground prison. (Ben doesn't ask about the rest).

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* The plot of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movie was basically driven by the local FeudalOverlord turning Shrek's swamp-home into a ghetto for fairy-tale creatures and the like, and Shrek objecting rather violently to this - not so much because he's against ghettoization, but because he's against ghettoization in ''his'' back yard.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The eponymous ''Film/{{District 9}}'' is a ghetto [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything in South Africa]] for insectoid aliens whose ship crashlands on Earth.
* Toon Town in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* In the film of ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', children are not permitted in Vulgaria, so parents have to hide their kids in the sewers.

* Several in New Crobuzon on ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' for pretty much any non-human sentient species.
* The Dipple on the planet Korwar in Creator/AndreNorton's science fiction stories. It was filled with war refugees no one wanted to deal with.
* The ''Literature/WildCards'' novels have Jokertown, the only place where Jokers (the 9 percent of the people who contract the Wild Card Virus who don't die or become normal-looking superhumans) don't have to be self conscious about their disfiguring mutations.
* ''Literature/TheOrphansTales'' has Shadukiam city, where magical beings are either locked in separated areas on the outskirts (genies, one-legged) or forced to wear distinctive clothes (Yi). The local MadOracle (who actually pretends to be mad to scare off wealthy idiots) chose to reside in the shadow of the shiny basilica, chained to dirty wall, because it’s where those in need appear. Citizens prefer to have them all where they can’t dirty their beautiful city.
* In the Literature/HarryPotter books, there is a werewolf ghetto, which Lupin visits in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'' to tell them to StopBeingStereotypical.
* In the old ''Franchise/StarWars'' expanded universe, non-humans on the Imperial capital world of Coruscant were relocated to a section of the CityPlanet officially called the "Alien Protection Zone," and colloquially known as the "Invisible Sector" or "Invisec." The locals are frequently harassed by stormtroopers, and in the ComicBook/XWingSeries novel ''Wedge's Gamble'', [[spoiler:{{General|Ripper}} Evir Derricote is kidnapping its denizens as test subjects to perfect his Krytos virus]]
* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Ankh-Morpork has a dwarf neighbourhood around Cable Street, and a troll neighbourhood around Quarry Lane. [[FantasticRacism People like "Mayonnaise" Quirke]] sometimes refer to the dwarf district as "Tinytown". ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' reveals that the goblin district is a shantytown outside the city walls.
* In Holly Black's ''Literature/{{The Coldest Girl in Coldtown}}'' vampires are trapped in ghettos called Coldtowns. Humans go into the Coldtowns to party.
* In the ''Literature/DredChronicles'', the lawless PrisonShip setting is divided into various gang territories. Most prisoners aboard Perdition are human, but those who are aliens keep to themselves in their own isolated section of the ship, both avoiding other prisoners and being avoided themselves.
* ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'':
** There are mage-only neighbourhoods that are designed to look like ghettos so that {{Muggles}} will leave them alone, in a deliberate exploitation of this trope.
** There's also a tower block that's controlled by vampires. The human residents give them blood in exchange for them keeping the area free from criminals.
* The ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' novels are largely set in the Unnatural Quarter, a slum district in an unspecified American city that's been zoned for habitation by the MonsterMash of non-humans unleashed by the Big Uneasy.
* ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' has the Enchanted Forest Trailer Park, which is filled with trailer trash elves.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[Creator/Channel4 E4's]] series ''The Aliens'' has a similar set up to ''Film/District9'' with alien refugees living in a slum called Troy behind a gigantic concrete wall. They get let out during the day for work release though.
* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'': The Wertham Estate can be seen as an inversion of this trope. It was a normal borough of London until a [[LightningCanDoAnything mysterious storm]] gave [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent a lot of the residents superpowers]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] and [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trolls]] often get this treatment. Notable examples include Orkland in the Bay Area; Yomi Island in Japan, serving as an internment camp for all Japanese metahumans, before being abandoned and left to the {{Wendigo}} and other [[TheVirus HMHVV]] infectees; and the Seattle Underground, settled by Orks and Trolls following anti-metahuman pogroms.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' the Imperial Starport on each planet is a distinct place with it's own laws. This is less because of FantasticRacism and more an application of the policy of compromise between Imperial hegemony and local autonomy.
* Some progressive worlds in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' allow mutants to live in miserable ghettos to serve as slave labor for the Imperium's factories, with only occasional pogroms to keep the numbers manageable. Other planets simply burn their mutants at the stake with the other heretics.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Alienages in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' universe are ghettos for the City Elves. The "protective" aspect is brought up in a codex entry in the first game, in that it's ''technically'' legal to live outside them but elves who do nearly always end up being driven back in by their violently bigoted neighbors.
* The Magical Ghetto in ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' is where TheEmpire of Azadi keeps the non-human citizens of Marcuria permanently locked in. Azadi claims it's for their own protection. It doesn't stop them from scouring non-humans' houses in search of illegal goods and blocking supplies of medicines and food to the ghetto.
** Anyone who uses magic is put in the ghetto, even if he or she is human. Roper Klacks, a human alchemist, is found there, despite the fact that alchemists don't have any natural magic abilities.
* Between ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II'' and ''III'', the orcs were confined to internment camps scattered across Lordaeron after being defeated in the Second War.
** You can visit some of these camps in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' -- one is in ruins and occupied by bandits, another has been reclaimed as the Horde's main outpost in the Arathi Highlands. Then in the ''Cataclysm'' expansion, the [[TyrantTakesTheHelm newly-promoted Warchief Garrosh]] confines Orgrimmar's troll and goblin populations to a cramped stretch of canyon, a situation made even worse when the goblins decided to drill for oil in the only water source.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Chireiden ~ Subterranean Animism'' takes place in the Underground, home to a population of banished {{youkai}} like a plague-manipulating ''[[GiantSpider tsuchigumo]]'' or [[MindOverManners mind-reading]] ''satori'', whose powers made them shunned and despised even by other youkai. There's also a lot of oni found there too, but oddly enough the oni relocated later and voluntarily, after getting fed up with humans resorting to trickery to defeat them. True to [[CrapsaccharineWorld the nature]] of ''Touhou'', the Underground's denizens seem far more content amongst their fellow exiles than they were before.
** Oddly enough the trope gets flipped around when you look at [[FantasyKitchenSink Gensokyo]] proper, where it's the ''humans'' who are confined to a single settlement, the imaginatively-named Human Village. There aren't any youkai soldiers or anything making sure the humans stay put there, it's just that there's an understanding that any humans encountered outside this village at night are [[ImAHumanitarian fair game.]] Humans who live outside its borders tend to be people like [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] or [[WitchClassic Marisa Kirisame]], who have repeatedly proven that they can handle themselves.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the city of Windhelm segregates Dark Elves into the Grey Quarter, since the government of the city isn't too big on non-Nords, and Dark Elves and Nords don't get along. And they ''still'' get better treatment than the [[LizardFolk Argonians]], who are locked outside the city walls and forced to live on the docks as woefully underpaid manual laborers and killed on sight if they try to enter the city proper.
* Likewise, in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'', nonhumans are confined to dank slums on the west end of the city.
* Taris in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has ''two''. Nonhumans are ghettoed in the middle levels of the CityPlanet, while criminals are punished by exile to the planet surface, which is infested with [[TheVirus rakghouls]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', the natural inhabitants of Rabanastre have been forced by TheEmpire to live in what used to be the sewers of the city, while the wealthy and imperial citizenry take everything above the surface.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Miserere}}'', the aliens and [[HalfHumanHybrid human-alien hybrids]] have to live in the sewers to escape persecution from humans.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' the situation for augmented humans has gotten so bad that, in Prague at least, Augs have to live in the crappiest part of town and go through police checkpoints to get anywhere. And they're the lucky ones, the unlucky ones get shipped off to [[PenalColony Golem City]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Attempted in the backstory of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', when humans attempted to relocate Faunus to the isle of Menagerie. The two sides eventually went to war and the end result allowed Faunus to live among humans, and while there's no institutionalized racism, there is still a lot of bad blood between the two groups.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Disenchanted}}'', Vermintown has Bogside, where the Boggarts live.
* In ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'', the carriers of the zombie plague live apart from healthy people in barracks infested with rats and roaches.
* The Avalons in ''WebComic/SkinDeep'' are basically [[HiddenElfVillage hidden elf villages]] where mythological creatures walk around openly. They range from remote villages like Wonderland, to single shops like the Southwest Missouri Avalon, to concealed neighborhoods like the Liverpool Avalon (which is housed in the empty shell of a huge warehouse.)
-->'''Jim:''' Most "abandoned" buildings aren't really abandoned. We use them for shops and meeting places and the like. We keep 'em run down so they don't attract attention.
* ''Webcomic/BeTheSeaDwellerLowblood'': In the troll (half)-CityPlanet on Surrogia, where you’re allowed to live in is dictated by [[FantasticCasteSystem your blood color]]. This means that, while the goldbloods and jadeblods have very good living conditions, the blue- and violetbloods get the slums, while seadwellers live in abject poverty in the slums’ slums.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Mutants (except for Leela, who pretends to be an alien) are legally required to live in the sewers underground. This changes in the season 6 episode (also the 100th episode) "The Mutants Are Revolting."
** Also, after the [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Native Martians]] sold their entire planet's surface to humans they were required to live underground. This is resolved when they discover that the single bead their ancestors sold the planet for was in fact a colossal diamond worth a ''lot'' of money, at which point they promptly dump Mars and just buy a new planet and pretend it's sacred to them.
** New New York also has ''Little Bitaly'' and ''Little Neptune'', ethnic areas for robots and Neptunian aliens respectively, although these are more along the lines of immigrant neighborhoods in the last century than anything.
* ''TheSimpsons'':
** In ''Treehouse of Horror XXI'', Lisa and Edmund run away to Dracula-la Land, a vampire neighbourhood inhabited by vampires [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover from different TV shows and movies]].
** In ''Holidays of Future Passed'', Bart drives by Film/{{District 9}}, then goes by District 10, a more upscale neighbourhood filled with Prawns.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "Goobacks" has the eponymous goobacks ([[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything people from the future who go to the past to work for decreased wages to send money to their families]] via CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit, so named because the time travel process leaves them CoveredInGunge) settle in their own part of town, quickly nicknamed "Little Future".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode, ''[[Recap/RickAndMortyS3E7TheRicklantisMixup The Ricklantis Mixup]]'', the Citadel of Ricks has ''Mortytown''. It's a ghetto full of alternate versions of Morty that have no Rick.