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->''"Where is [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Dudleyville]], J.R.?"'' '''-- Wrestling/JerryLawler'''
->''"I think it's out there past [[LampshadeHanging Parts Unknown]]."'' '''-- Wrestling/JimRoss'''

The standard [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestling]] ring introduction consists of four parts: hometown, height, weight, and name. However, there are some characters where one might not ''want'' to give a hometown; after all, if you have a [[WrestlingMonster quasi-mystical]], [[MadeOfIron made of iron]], {{badass}} loner, it would probably rob him of some of his mystique if he was from {{Joisey}}. The solution? Announce him as being "from Parts Unknown".

Parts Unknown, simply put, is wrestling speak for "we don't know where the hell this guy's from." However, it's taken on a life of its own in wrestling fandom, where it's become popular to depict Parts Unknown as a real place that's home to some very unreal personalities. Possibly as a result of this, most wrestling promoters have changed from using Parts Unknown to using more descriptive, though equally non-specific, hometowns.

This is also often used in video games, specifically {{Fighting Game}}s. This is probably due to the fact that nationality can often lead to preconceived notions about how a character should [[NationalStereotypes behave and look]]. Parts Unknown avoids this situation, especially with regards to certain characters who are ''[[NonspecificallyForeign not]]'' designed with any specific [[NationalStereotypes cultural/nationality]] tropes in mind, meaning that it is regularly applied to overtly mysterious, more fantastical characters. It's also regularly applied to [[FinalBoss final bosses]].

As an aside, when used ''too'' liberally amongst a series' characters, this arguably becomes [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief unrealistic]]. Afterall, most people (especially in a modern setting) ''do'' have a nationality and are aware of where they were born.
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!!'''Examples'''

[[AC: Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/TheOneManGang Akeem the African Dream (The One Man Gang)]] was from "Deepest DarkestAfrica".
* Similarly, Pierre Abernathy hails from the ''entire'' continent of Europe.
* When asked where Oil Trough, Texas was, Sucio Duth Mantel answered with a question to the effect of "Do you know where *insert Texas town here* is? *If answer is yes* It ain't nowhere near there!"
* [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing Kong]] in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} had a regular hometown (Tokyo, Japan)... but her weight was announced as "Weighing None of Your Damn Business".
* Leva Bates is from [[Film/{{Psycho}} the Bates Motel]].
** And when she's tag-teaming with Allison Danger as Regeneration X, they're from [[Series/DoctorWho Gallifrey, via the TARDIS]].
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Black Reign (Dustin Rhodes)]] is introduced as being from "the deepest darkest corner of his mind", as he has a SplitPersonality gimmick.
* Short-lived WCW wrestler Blackblood (Billy Jack Haynes under a mask) had "A Little Town in France" as his hometown. Short-lived because he sucked, and also because Jim Ross couldn't resist mocking that line ("A little town in... What is it, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Smallville]]?")
** Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'s induction of ''WCW The Great American Bash 1991'' (which was so awful it made the audience "WANT FLAIR!", the #1 {{heel}} in the company) notes this as being the worst hometown in the history of wrestling, ''sentences after'' saying exactly the same thing about Yellow Dog (Wrestling/BrianPillman in a mask)'s hometown, "the Kennel Club." It's hard to say which is actually more embarrassing.
* [[Characters/WCWInvasion Blitzkrieg]] was introduced as being from "The Cosmos".
* Former Wrestling/{{ECW}}[=/=]Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie came from [[WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine Pepperland]].
* Former [=WWE=] wrestler [[Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} The Boogeyman]] is announced as from "The Bottomless Pit".
* Wrestling/BrodusClay's newest Funkasarus gimmick has him billed from "Planet Funk."
* Monty Brown was billed from "The Animal Kingdom" or "The Serengeti".
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}'s Crossbones is from "Jerk Town, NJ."
* Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels is also announced as either from "Sin City" or "The City of Angels" (better known as Las Vegas and Los Angeles, respectively).
* Wrestling/{{SMW}}'s Rick Davis was billed from "P.O. Box 43."
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor's [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] is from "The Edge of Sanity."
* Damien Demento was from "The Outer Reaches of Your Mind."
* [[Characters/WWETagTeams Deuce and Domino]] were from "[[WrongSideOfTheTracks The Other Side of the Tracks]]".
* [[Wrestling/ScottHall The Diamond Studd (Scott Hall)]] was from "The Diamond Mine."
* [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas Dean Douglas (Shane Douglas)]] was from "The University of Higher Learning."
* Prior to his arrival in [=ECW=] in 1993, Wrestling/TommyDreamer wrestled in various independent leagues in the Northeast and was billed from Dreamland, USA. After coming to ECW, he relocated to Yonkers, NY, where he is still billed from to this day.
* One of the most infamous examples of WrestlingDoesntPay, Duke "The Dumpster" Droese was billed as hailing from "Mt. Trashmore, Florida."[[note]]This actually ''is'' a real place, and it's not even the only "Mount Trashmore", but it's just a huge landfill. Nobody lives there.[[/note]]
* Milo Beasley is from a dumpster near you.
* Wrestling/{{Glacier}} was billed in WCW from "Shorinji Temple, Fukuoka, Japan."[[note]]While Fukuoka, Japan is a real place, there is no Shorinji Temple there.[[/note]]
* CHIKARA's Gran Akuma is from "Afar, PA."
* While working for the Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX promotion, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs was announced as being from "The Dark Side Of A Broken Heart".
** At other times, he's been billed from "Goof City, USA."
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} doesn't even "have" a "hometown" listed for him on WWE's website.
** As [=Unibomb=] in SMW, he was billed from "The Land of the Giants."
** As Doomsday in the USWA, he was billed from "The Wastelands."
* [=LuFisto=] is from Montreal, Japan.
** In the same vein, while Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/{{Sabu}} were tag teaming in [=ECW=], Van Dam was often announced as being from Battle Creek, India; when he wasn't, Sabu was announced from Bombay, Michigan. Sabu had been billed from Bombay, ''India'' for years, so this was a bit of an in-joke.
** In a set of [=SHIMMER=] tapings, Ayako Hamada was announced as being from "Tokyo, Mexico".
** [[Wrestling/SamiZayn "The Generic Luchador" El Generico]] is sometimes billed from "Tijuana, Canada."
** Wrestling/JohnCena's stint as Juan Cena (in order so he could work house shows during a kayfabe suspension from WWE programming) has him listed as "West Newbarnia, Mexico".
* [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] was announced as being from the Boiler Room.
* Wrestling/{{Beulah McGillicutty}} was billed from "The Pages of ''Penthouse'' Magazine" for her {{Catfight}} match with Wrestling/{{Francine}} at ECW's August 26, 1995 show. She ''had'' posed for the magazine prior to her ECW career, though it's obviously not a "hometown."
* Wrestling/{{Meng}} was announced, by Michael Buffer no less, at ''WCW Uncensored 96'' as being from "Some Unknown Part of the Planet." However, at ''WCW Fall Brawl 95'', Buffer announced Meng as a member of Royalty from the South Pacific.
* [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes)]] was from "Diablo Canyon, CO."
* Wrestling/{{MsChif}} is from The Inferno.
* Gabby Gilbert is from ''Creator/{{VH1}} I Love the '80s''.
** Rainbow Bright have a combined weight of 100 bags of fun, a combined height of 100 feet of color and are from somewhere over the rainbow.
* [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Kyra was from "High Desert"]].
* Hack Myers was famously introduced throughout his career as from "Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft".
** So is ROH wrestler Sami Callahan.
* Wrestling/KevinNash was billed from [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz The Emerald City]] as part of his [[OldShame Oz]] [[TheGimmick gimmick]] in 1991 Wrestling/{{WCW}}. As Steele of the TagTeam the Master Blasters, he was billed from the Steel Mines.
* [[Wrestling/BryanClarke The Nightstalker (Bryan Clarke)]] was from "Your Nightmares."
* [[Characters/{{WCWNWA}} Norman the Lunatic]] was from "State Hospital."
* Wrestling/MaxxPayne in [=WCW=] was billed from "The State of Euphoria."
* [[Wrestling/JohnCena The Prototype (John Cena)]] was originally from "Classified" before he moved to {{Area 51}}.
* Nikki Roxx and "Portuguese Princess" Ariel have a total combined weight of Awesome.
* [=SHIMMER=]'s Courtney Rush is from "[=Winning-Peg=], Manitoba, Canada."
* Wrestling/TitoSantana was from "Tocula, Mexico."[[note]]He's from Texas but WWE billed him from Mexico, though not from a real place in Mexico. He was supposed to be billed from Toluca, which ''does'' exist, but the name was garbled at some point and [[ThrowItIn they never bothered fixing it.]][[/note]]
* Shark Boy was first billed from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", as was [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Shark Girl]], before he moved to "The Deep Blue Sea."
* Short-lived WWE wrestler The Stalker (Wrestling/BarryWindham wearing camouflage) was billed from "the Environment."
* [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Stardust]] is billed from "The Stars of the Milky Way".
* [[Wrestling/AustinAries Austin Starr (Austin Aries)]] was from "TV Land."
* In his early days in Mid-South/UWF, Wrestling/{{Sting}} was billed as being from "Every Man's Nightmare". And his manager, [[Wrestling/EddieGilbert "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert]], was from "Every Woman's Dream", and the current independent tag team the Heartbreak Express are billed from there as well.
* At ''[=WWA=] Inception,'' Wrestling/DevonStorm ([=WCW=]'s Crowbar) was billed from "The Other Side of Sanity."
* Rachel Summerlyn and Jessica James are from the International House of ''Pain''cakes.
* Parts Unknown's most famous resident would have to be former [=WWE=] wrestler [[Wresting/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]].
* [=CHIKARA=]'s Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}} has been referred to by several people as "The Mayor of Parts Unknown".
* WWE wrestler Wrestling/TheUndertaker is something of a subversion, as he's always been announced from "Death Valley". While there is an actual town called Death Valley in California, the conspicuous lack of a state has always led fans to believe that this was just a Parts Unknown-style descriptive hometown. At one pre-''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} X-Seven'' press conference, 'Taker dropped all pretense, asking the crowd "What's up, hometown?" and noting that Death Valley was "just off of loop 610".[[note]]A reference to Interstate 610 in Houston, where the Undertaker (Mark Calaway) is from in real life.[[/note]] However, WWE has aired vignettes featuring The Undertaker which seem to take place in California's Mojave Desert, which would seem to back up the idea that Taker calls the real town of Death Valley home.
** He wasn't always announced as being from "Death Valley". During his "American Bad Ass" biker gimmick, he was announced as being from Houston.
* [[Wrestling/DavidHeath The Vampire Warrior[=/=]Gangrel]] and Wrestling/LunaVachon were from "The Other Side of Darkness."
* [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]] (the wrestler, not the musician) was from "Anywhere He Darn Well Pleases".
* Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie is billed from [[Music/TheMisfits "Spook City, USA."]]
* [[Characters/{{WWEInc}} Xavier Woods]] is billed as being from [[Franchise/PowerRangers Angel Grove, California]].
* Eric Young has done this in TNA a few times.
** After the breakup of Team Canada in 2006 caused him to become incredibly paranoid, he was billed as coming from "an undisclosed location".
** His [=Superhero=] gimmick Super Eric comes from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]], as did Wrestling/ChrisHero. The Skyscrapers[[note]]Originally Sid Vicious and Wrestling/DanSpivey. Sid suffered a collapsed lung during the Steiners-Skyscrapers match at ''Clash of the Champions IX'' in November 1989 as a result of Wrestling/ScottSteiner botching a fall-away slam. Mark Calaway was brought in from Memphis as Sid's replacement under the name "Mean" Mark Callous. That team fell apart when Spivey left before ''[=WrestleWar=] 90'' in February 1990, where the Skyscrapers were supposed to face Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors in a "UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} [[GimmickMatches Street Fight]]". Instead, Callous was teamed with "The Masked Skyscraper" ("Mean" Mike Enos). The LOD won, of course. Go to Spivey's page for the rest of the story.[[/note]] TagTeam was billed from there in 1989-1990.
** After splitting from [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]], Young was billed as coming from "Freedomland, USA". Once he's dropped the Super Eric gimmick, he started being billed as being from Nashville.
* Wrestling/DolphZiggler bills himself on his Twitter as being from [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Bikini Bottom]], Transylvania.
* Mad Man Pondo and Crazy Mary Dobson are from "The Realm of Pain!"
* CHIKARA's the Colony are from "The Ant Hill."
* [=ECW=]'s [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Dudley clan]] all came from Dudleyville. Bubba Ray and D'Von Dudley kept it for part of their WWE careers, leading to the quote at the top of the page.
** This was personalized for each member of the clan: Big Dick, for example, came from the "Twisted Steel section of Dudleyville".
* [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom The Dungeon of Doom]], of course.
** [[Wrestling/KevinSullivan "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan]] was from "The Iron Gates of Fate".
** [[Wrestling/JohnTenta The Shark (John Tenta)]] was originally from "Tsunami," before moving to "The Great Barrier Reef."[[note]]It exists, but, obviously, no one actually ''lives'' there.[[/note]]
** [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake The Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake)]] was from "The Land of Yin and Yang."
*** In the DOD vignette that introduced Wrestling/HughMorrus, Sullivan told [[Wrestlng/KingCurtisIaukea the Master]] that he was giving him "the man from the Isle of Nowhere," although Morrus was never actually billed from there. The Master also called Zodiac "the man from... ''the Zodiac!''", which confused the issue on that one as well.
* Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress were from "TheDarkSide."
* Wrestling/TheNastyBoys are from "Nastyville," of course.
* The short lived tag team New Breed (Chris Champion and Sean Royal) hailed from "The Future." They claimed that in the year 2002 robots were common and Dusty Rhodes was President of the United States, in case you were wondering whose idea this was.
* The WCW tag team [[Characters/{{WCWNWA}} The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion)]] were from "WCW Special Forces."
* CHIKARA's The Super Smash Brothers are from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros "The Mushroom Kingdom."]]
** Player Dos has been billed from "[[Franchise/MarvelUniverse The Marvel Universe]]."
* Prairie Wrestling Alliance has three examples:
** Andy Anderson "claims to be from anywhere but here" as do the Flat Liners Matt Burns and Asylum.
** Brandon Van Danielson is a cowboy who "hails from a One Horse Town."
** Priest is simply from "Parts Unknown."
* Subverted by Abriella of Amazonia, who doesn't live in the in an Amazonian Cave ''anymore'' and moved, if you must know, to Dickson Tennessee.
* Tasha Simone is from "The Darker Side of Evil" (or Dallas Texas).
* Jun Hado, who is billed from the "The Forbidden City, China", which is a {{subver|ted trope}}sion, as the forbidden city is part of Beijing.
* Techno Destructo is from beyond Venus, beyond Jupiter, and that's way past Uranus.

[[AC: Live Action TV]]
* Deconstructed in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Crabtree Mania". One of the wrestlers in a local stable is Vurugu from Parts Unknown, who dresses like the 1900s crowd would expect someone from DarkestAfrica to look. Once they learn that he's actually an African American from Indianapolis, Crabtree comments that "parts unknown" doesn't really make sense: since it's unlikely Vurugu left "parts unknown" on his own and turned up at Toronto railway station in his furs and bone necklace, someone would have had to explore these parts to find him, at which point they would become known.

[[AC: Video games]]
* The ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul]]'' series employs this a fair bit, which is quite odd considering the (heightened) [[MagicRealism real world]] setting and detailed bios provided for most characters. Examples include Algol, Edgemaster and Zasalamel. Although arguably these three represent characters from very ancient civilizations, with [[MysteriousPast mysterious pasts]], so are trickier to categorize.
** It's odder when this is applied to characters like Tira and ZWEI, who were both born within the same time-frame as their series contempories, although ZWEI's design and fighting-style (using a summoned werewolf) is arguably a shift into more of a [[HighFantasy fantasy-type]] character, perhaps explaining the need for this trope.
** Viola takes the cake. Her official bio is especially whimsical, listing her birthplace as "a place of roses and lilies" and her blood type as "twisted strings of red and blue", which is in stark contrast to the more factual bios of the rest of the cast.
* The ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series uses this less often, as it heavily relies on national stereotypes when designing characters. This is usually restricted to boss characters. M. Bison (Vega), Gill, and Seth are good examples.
** Other non-boss examples include the bizarre, enigmatic [[ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma Q]] of ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Street Fighter III 3rd Strike]]'' fame, and platinum blonde KidFromTheFuture Ingrid. Both characters probably justify use of this, with each having a character shtick heavily revolving around a sense of [[AmbiguouslyHuman other-wordly]] mystery.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' series has a handful of examples, although most characters avoid this as they are (for the most part) [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to global legendary creatures. Examples that play this straight include Donovan, who has a Buddhist priest vibe but who's birthplace is simply listed as "unknown" and B.B. Hood, who's bio at least narrows her birthplace down to somewhere in "Northern Europe".
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 6]]'' introduces us to Zafina, an exotic beauty who used to be listed as being "Indian" on the official English site. However, she's now listed as of "unknown" origin. Perhaps this was required due to her overall look being a [[CultureChopSuey cultural mish-mash]]; with an Indian fighting style, make-up and skin coloring, elements of ''American'' Indian costume design and a storyline that hints at ancient Egyptian origins.
** WordOfGod has now clarified that she is "probably Egyptian", though is apparently reluctant to be more definite than that.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' is ''[[IncrediblyLamePun king]]'' of this. A large ''chunk'' of the characters in the series have "unknown" listed against their birthplaces. ''26'' out of the 90 (non-powered/cloned) total characters have "unknown" listed under birthplace on the [[WordOfGod official site.]] This is most likely because the series contains a blend of fairly conventional, global warriors (Mai, Terry, Billy, Robert, etc.), who are all assigned a nationality, alongside a large selection of far more "colourful" fighters (Ash, Foxy, Kula, Botan, Magaki, Saiki, etc.) who's off-the-wall designs require the use of this.
* In the handheld ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, Pokémon that are snagged in [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Orre]] are stated to come from "a distant land".
** Veilstone's Myth from ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' describes an encounter with a Pokémon that disappears to a "place beyond seeing". One fan interpretation of this is that the Pokémon in question was [[EldritchAbomination Giratina]], especially considering that Veilstone City is close to Turnback Cave (which houses a portal to [[EldritchLocation the Distortion World]]).
** There have been some variants of this in other games. For instance, in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', a Keldeo you can get via event is slated to come from "Lovely Place".
* In some {{wrestling game}}s, the player can choose to invoke this. It's possible to play it straight, or to give it a variant, such as "Your Darkest Fears" and "Wherever (S)He Wants".
* ''VideoGame/ProWrestling'' lists the Amazon's nationality as "? ? ?"
* In the same vein as ''Street Fighter'', this is mostly averted in the similarly stereotype-drenched ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series. Most hail from real countries, although King Hippo and Mr. Dream hail from fictional places. The only ones who fit this are Rick & Nick Bruiser, whose home country is listed as "? ? ?"

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Raging Bender" when Bender's opponent is introduced during a Ultimate Robot Fighting League match:
---> Ring Announcer: "From, and made of, parts unknown, The Clearcutter!"
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