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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.
- 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 more generically Small Towns Are Evil, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Off the Page and into Life is set in Pageson, a vaguely Southern but never-actually-plotted-on-the-map small town, where there's nothing for the local teens to do but get on each other's nerves and cause trouble. Most of the cast can't stand Pageson, but due to circumstances (natural disasters, the economy, the fact that they're reincarnations of literary characters and a Mad God is messing with things to keep them where they are...), no one ever leaves.
- 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!