This is a Stock Phrase
used at the closing of series/film/work/franchise, where you had to fight tooth and nail to Earn Your Happy Ending
Usually this trope is quoted at the summit of a spectacular view, overlooking the metropolis in question to the glow of a brilliant golden sunset/sunrise.
The hero/heroine muses over the journey that took the cast from the begining to their final triumph; all the laughter, tears, joys and heartaches. And with a warm smile says/muses/shouts:
"I Love This Town!"
as a summation of joy and satisfaction for the adventure he or she just had.
Almost never used ironically, this trope is invariably a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
that closes off the current chapter in a saga.
Not to be confused with the Bon Jovi
song of the same-name.
See also Man of the City
, for the character most likely to come to this conclusion.
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Anime and Manga
- Misaka Mikoto, the eponymous heroine of the hit Action Anime A Certain Scientific Railgun has just waded through a Machiavalean conspiracy of scientific callousness to help a former rival rescue a band of comatose orphans from a life as guinea pigs and lab rats. She warmly muses over a heartwarming sunset that it was all worth it for the laughter, love and friendship made amongst the way, and quotes this as a summation of her happiness living in Academy City.
- Winston Zeddemore, covered in the molten-marshmallow remains of Gozer the Gozerian in the finale of Ghostbusters, shouts this trope on the top of his lungs, summing up the awesome time we had watching this kickass movie.
- The landmark Film Noir Sweet Smell of Success has Burt Lancaster's J.J. Hunsecker remarking "I love this dirty, dirty town."
- At the end of The 15 Keys story Nightfall, Zach says this himself after flashbacking on what he has been through in the past two years. He also said it in one chapter of The 15 Keys Rising when Minnie asked why he does not leave.