Hated Hometown

"Sure, when I'm driving in my big Ferrari,
With some luscious rich chick as my pet,
Believe me,
How I'll miss this beautiful Twenty-seventh Street—
(Ladies and gentlemen, I assure you—)
I'll miss it every chance I get!"
Joe, Golden Boy, "Don't Forget 127th Street"

"Oh, so you're from Troperville? I'm going there next month, how is it?" "Hell on Earth."

When a character for whatever reason hates the place they grew up or were raised in. Maybe the people were jerks, maybe they disagreed philosophically, maybe they didn't like the smell. Whatever the reason, before or over the course of story they leave it, either to protect the townspeople's sorry asses or to get revenge, or because they were kicked out.

Small Town Boredom is a Sister Trope- this has a far more negative emotion involved and is often at a larger scale.

Compare Never Accepted in His Hometown, and contrast A Hero to His Hometown, although it is very possible someone could dislike his hometown and still be considered a hero there.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Code Geass: Lelouch to the Brittanian empire.
  • Naruto: Sasuke after learning the scarifices Itachi made and due to his unstable nature, swore to destroy Konoha. He seems to have gone against this after meeting a revived Itachi.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Nobody is proud of being a native of Satellite; both Jack Atlas and Rex Godwin lied for years about the fact that they were from it.

     Comic Books  

  • In Creature Tech, Dr. Ong hates Turlock, CA, because he thinks there's too many rednecks for his taste.

     Films — Animated  

  • Cody Maverick from Surf's Up: "Good-old Shriverpool. *razz* This place sucks, bro!"

     Films — Live-Action  

  • Star Wars:
    • Anakin Skywalker to Tatooine.
    • Luke Skywalker's not too keen on the place either.
      "Well, if there's a bright center to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from."
  • When Sweeney Todd agrees that "there's no place like London," his tone is acid. And when we learn what happened to him, we learn he has every reason to believe such.
  • Struck By Lightning: Carson despises his hometown, Clover.


  • Beethoven felt this way about Bonn, he left for Vienna the second time in 1792 and never returned.
  • Janis Joplin was known to feel this way about her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas.
  • Voltaire song "Bomb New Jersey". Also, the song "Hate Lives in a Small Town" is mostly about a Town with a Dark Secret, but the singer grew up in one and hates it; one verse mentions him being beaten up by football players for supposedly being gay, and he left as soon as he could for the big city.
  • Simon & Garfunkel's "My Little Town".

     Stand Up Comedy  

  • Whenever Natasha Leggero brings up her hometown of Rockford, Illinois, it is to feature this trope. She enjoys joking about how boring and backwards the place is and how glad she is to have left.

  • The Musical of Golden Boy has "Don't Forget 127th Street," a satirical ensemble number celebrating everything wrong about Harlem.

     Video Games  

  • Billy Candle from Call of Juarez hates his hometown (as well as everything from his crappy childhood, except his mother), but has to return to it in the beginning of the first game.
  • In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Keiss, upon visiting his home, reluctantly says "home sweet home... I guess." He's not on good terms with the local leader.
  • Issun from Ōkami refuses to even talk about Ponc'tan because he ran away after he failed to become a potential candidate for the role of Amaterasu's Celestial Envoy. Even after he did his best artistic works, his grandfather always demanded him more effort and was never satisfied. Issun never returns there, even after his grandfather regrets having motivated his escape, but does manage to become the chosen Celestial Envoy.

     Visual Novel  

  • Kazusa Touma from White Album 2 hates Japan, especially after being away from that country for five years. Not for a real dislike of the country, but because it's the place where she was forced to leave behind the man she loved.

     Web Original  

     Western Animation  

  • Challenge of the GoBots; Counter-X much prefers Earth to Gobotron, as there's very little use there for a robot like him who turns into a submarine. (Gobotron seems more like a giant space station than a terrestrial planet, and as a result, has no oceans.)
  • The Simpsons: Homer Simpson has sometimes expressed this feeling about Springfield. In "A Star is Torn":
    Homer: You [Lisa] and I are gonna write and sing our way out of this godforsaken hellhole.
    Marge: But your song said you liked Springfield.
    Homer: I wrote it about Shelbyville then changed the names.
  • In one episode of G.I. Joe, a group of the heroes are hacking their way through the jungle-like brush of a tropical island, and Gung-Ho keeps complaining.
    Flint: What's the matter, Gung-Ho? I thought this would remind you of home.
    Gung-Ho: It does! Now you know why I left!