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->''"Come, friendly bombs, and fall on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slough Slough!]]''\\
''It isn't fit for humans now,''\\
''There isn't grass to graze a cow.''\\
''Swarm over, Death!"''
-->-- '''John Betjeman''', ''[[http://www-cdr.stanford.edu/intuition/Slough.html Slough]]''

There are a few places in this world that nobody ever wants to go to. Not that it's immediately dangerous, like {{Hell}}. But its reputation is so bad that being sent there is a CoolAndUnusualPunishment. The threat of sending someone there can function as a CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon threat. And willingly going there is an act of extreme bravery, insanity, and/or desperation. In a fantasy setting there is a good chance your character will go there, for whatever reason (most likely because of TheLawOfConservationOfDetail).

Of course, sometimes this is merely a throwaway gag. I mean, who would want to actually go there?

See also {{Hell}}, {{Room 101}}, MaximumFunChamber, IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace, ForbiddenZone, and DeathWorld. See also YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex and ReassignedToAntarctica.

!Examples by location:


!![[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]]
* It's said that New Jersey has the most toxic waste dumps per capita, while Washington D.C. has the most lawyers. The reason? [[EvilLawyerJoke New Jersey got to pick first]].
* It's also said that the most popular thing to do when visiting New Jersey is to ''leave''.
* Continuing that theme, why do all of the bridges over the Delaware and Hudson Rivers only have tolls on the Jersey side? Because no one would pay to get ''into'' New Jersey, but they'd gladly pay to leave.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Baron Zemo sends some of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's allies there (and says sending people there is a FateWorseThanDeath) during the ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' CrisisCrossover.
* Lampshaded in the lead-up to ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'':
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Jersey? What are we doing in Jersey? Except, of course, for breaking my rule of never setting foot in Jersey.
** When ComicBook/SpiderMan goes on live television to say that he's switching sides during Comicbook/CivilWar, he says that the prison that unregistered heroes are being sent to is in the Negative Zone, which is like New Jersey... but ''worse''.
** He gets in on this in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', too. After ending up in ''Brazil'' during a fight with Doc Ock (which involved Ock hijacking a plane), he hitches a ride on another plane, smuggles himself onto a third plane, and is finally woken up by baggage handlers. "Ugh! What's that smell? Oh, good, I made it to Jersey!"
* An issue of ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' involves [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] telling a group of kids a story about him fighting Thor. He's going on about how easily he was winning until he realizes that one of them is a Thor fan and the others are just hoping to pick on him. He quickly changes the story to Thor [[IAmNotLeftHanded simply feigning weakness]], and it ends with Herc getting punched across the sky. "I landed in a place the Gods forgot - ''New Jersey!''"
* Various media (such as ''The Atlas To The Franchise/DCUniverse'') make mention of [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] (and neighboring city [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Bludhaven]]) being located in New Jersey. Considering that both cities are pretty much ''the'' definition of WretchedHive in DC (or at least two of the strongest competitors for the title), it's no wonder than people think of them in terms of this trope (and anybody who is ''willing'' to live there to be as insane as the super-villains that call the place "home").
* ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'' is set in New Jersey, and Kamala herself will passionately defend the place, but during Loki's guest appearance in issue 12, he and the All-Mother engage in this (possibly with a shout-out to the ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' comic mentioned above):
-->'''All-Mother:''' You're being '''reassigned'''. For the time being.\\
'''Loki:''' You can't be serious. Reassigned '''where?'''\\
'''All-Mother:''' A corner of Midgard that has been too long neglected by the gods... '''New Jersey'''.\\
'''Loki:''' '''[[BigWHAT WHAT?!]]'''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/KingdomHeartsTheShortAndHonestVersion'', we had the rather brilliant BaitAndSwitchComparison below.
--> They arrive at [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas HALLOWEEN TOWN]], which looks similar Camden, New Jersey. The only difference is that one is a terrifying land made up of nightmares and horrors beyond imagination, and the other is HALLOWEEN TOWN.
* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'': In Episode 19, Norlock banishes [[ItMakesSenseInContext some hobos who are attacking him]] by throwing them through a portal which is supposed to send people to a hellish nightmare world but for some reason only sends them to Newark. He then shrugs and says that it's the same end result.

* The whole point of ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' movies - where else would someone get turned into a hideous radioactive mutant?
* ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'': "We will now use the power of the Continuum Transfunctioner to vanish you to Hoboken, New Jersey!" Ironically, nowadays Hoboken is the one place in New Jersey that New Yorkers don't look down on -- it's actually seen as quite a good place to live.
* An outtake from ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has Loki and Bartleby wonder why they never tried to leave Wisconsin (see below) before. Loki says it's because they were afraid God would send them someplace worse.
-->'''Bartleby:''' Where were we afraid he'd send us?\\
'''Loki:''' New Jersey.
* From ''Desperately Seeking Susan'':
-->"I thought you were dead."\\
"Just in New Jersey."
* [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle Harold and Kumar]] live in New Jersey (Hoboken, to be precise), but after accidentally taking a detour near the beginning:
-->'''Kumar:''' Now we're in Newark, of all places. We're probably gonna get shot.\\
'''Harold:''' Maybe it's not as bad as they say, ya know? [[TemptingFate Maybe it's all just a bunch of hype]]...
** And then they see two guys who Kumar describes as "a lame version of us" get the crap kicked out of them, prompting them to haul ass out of there.
* In ''Film/ThePurpleRoseOfCairo'', Gil Shepherd finds out from his agent that the character he plays [[ItMakesSenseInContext has walked off the screen to be with a moviegoer]]. Gil thinks it's physically impossible, to which his agent simply replies, "In New Jersey anything can happen."
* In the movie ''Fletch Lives'', the protagonist has to track down a toxic chemical that only a few companies make. When his editor starts to list the names of the companies, he tells him, "Look, just tell me the ones that aren't in New Jersey." (The film takes place in Louisiana.) As you might expect, there's only one, and that's the right one.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'' has this exchange:
-->"I got out of Bagdhad, I'm pretty sure I can get out of New Jersey."\\
[[Creator/SamuelLJackson "Others have tried and failed!"]]
* [[Creator/RussellCrowe Russell Crowe's]] character in ''Film/AmericanGangster'' warns a corrupt New York cop, "Everybody from New Jersey's crazy."

* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' jokes that UsefulNotes/RichardNixon left politics to live in a state of utter disgrace: New Jersey. (He was not making that up; Nixon actually lived out his last years in Park Ridge, New Jersey.)
* In one of Creator/DaveBarry's columns, he says scientists believe "at one time the earth was nothing but a bunch of slime and ooze, sort of like Bayonne, New Jersey."

[[folder:Live-Action TV ]]
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted insists that he has no problem moving to his fiancee's home in New Jersey. Cut to flashbacks showing Ted relentlessly bashing New Jersey, showing off his "I Hate New Jersey" T-shirt, and referring to the act of defecation as "[[UnusualEuphemism taking a New Jersey]]".
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'': Mike and Gloria are house hunting and Archie, wanting to get rid of Mike, keeps suggesting that he "Try Jersey":
-->'''Mike:''' I ''hate'' Jersey!\\
'''Archie:''' ''Everybody'' hates Jersey! But ''someone'' has to live there!
* On ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' Drew is amused to learn that Kate's boyfriend (who claims to be the devil) was born in Jersey, although this could also be a reference to urban legends of a monster called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil Jersey Devil]].
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'':
** The 1980s revival had jokes in least two episodes which explicitly compared the city of Newark to Hell.
** In an episode where the Devil shows up for a card game:
--->"What's the devil doing here in New Jersey?"\\
"What do you mean? I think he lives here!"
* In a message he recorded for the 30th anniversary of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, Creator/StephenColbert mentioned trying to fire missiles at New Jersey as one of his favorite memories of visiting the Intrepid.
* Played with in a ''Series/NightCourt'' episode where a crazy person who thought he was a space alien was brought before the bench:
-->'''Defendant:''' I can't stand this oxygen atmosphere! I need methane and ammonia!\\
'''Harry:''' Where's he from?\\
'''Bull:''' New Jersey, your honor.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' was originally going to be set in Newark, but network executives apparently found the idea of Michael Westen being exiled to New Jersey to be too depressing.
* On the mid-season finale of the final season of ''Series/MadMen'', Peggy and Julio (the son of the woman renting an apartment from Peggy) have this conversation:
-->'''Julio:''' I don't want to move to Newark!
-->'''Peggy:''' Nobody does.
* Subverted in the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "Want." A dancer at a strip club refuses her boss's suggestion that she transfer to a club in Jersey, with a disgusted tone that suggests this trope. But later, we find out that's where her ''mother'' lives: the implication is that the girl just didn't want to bring her unsavory work so close to home.

* The singer Music/{{Voltaire}} did a song about his childhood home state[[note]]He was born in Havana, Cuba[[/note]]... called "Bomb New Jersey." It's about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. His song "Hell in a Handbasket" has another jab at New Jersey, when he says he'd rather be dead and in Hell than "alive and kicking in Jersey anyday."
* Likewise, Music/LessThanJake has a song simply called "Never Going Back to New Jersey".
* The Music/WeirdAlYankovic song ''[[FrivolousLawsuit I'll Sue Ya]]'' features the line "I sued Delta Airlines cause they sold me a ticket to New Jersey. I went there, and it ''sucked''!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight For New York]]'':
-->'''Crow:''' Let's have one last fight. Winner take all.\\
'''D-Mob:''' And the loser?\\
'''Crow:''' Hell, I dunno. Loser goes to Jersey.
* One GameOver sequence in ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'' portrays the player as spending the rest of their existence as [[AndIMustScream a sentient and immobile hubcap]] discarded on the shoulder of the Jersey Turnpike.
* One of VideoGame/{{Gex}}'s quotes in a Rezopolis level: "So ''this'' is New Jersey."
* ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'' when covering the ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' franchise:
-->'''Narrator''': ...as you travel to a series of locations you should never ever skateboard in. Like... a foundry... an oil rig... a sewer... Area 51, and... ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking New Jersey!]]''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An issue of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' has Zeke heading somewhere 'devoid of humanity but where I can observe it'. Ethan questions: 'Jersey?'

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On the photoshop website Worth1000, the word "Hell" is censored to...you guessed it!
* On WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, in the review of Action Comics #593 Linkara has to explain about the New Gods. When he describes Apokalips, this is what he says "... Apokalips, which is New Jersey." A text blurb appears on the screen apologizing for the joke.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/81481/contest-2.18.11-tourism-ads-undesirable-destinations-no-hell-or-mordor/260 "New Jersey: You'll never get the smell out"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Mz7kGVf0 In Epic Rap Battles of History]] Thomas Edison boasts that he is "so dope that I even make New Jersey look good".
* ''WebVideo/JonTron'' upon finding out that the Barbie Game Boy game was developed in Glenn Rock, New Jersey.
-->'''Jon''': No! Bad New Jersey! Bad state! GoToYourRoom!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "I, Roommate" had Fry responding to an advert for a "Suspiciously Fantastic Apartment". After Fry admitted that he gave up and couldn't see the catch, the estate agent revealed that technically, they were in New Jersey. Cut to Fry back at the office complaining that not one place he checked was even ''remotely'' liveable.
** In "Hell is Other Robots", the entrance to Robot Hell is in an abandoned amusement park in Atlantic City.
-->'''Leela:''' Who would've thought that Hell would actually exist? And that it would be in New Jersey?\\
'''Fry:''' Well, actually...
** When Zapp Brannigan destroys the DOOP space station headquarters in "Brannigan, Begin Again", they relocate to their old condemned HQ in Weehawken, New Jersey. Why they located it there in the first place is anyone's guess, but returning added insult to injury.
** [[TrashOfTheTitans Landfills were full! New Jersey was full!]]
** In a later post-revival episode, the gang gets sent back in the past to the time period of the founding fathers, just as they're drafting the constitution, and there's a scene where they decide that New Jersey will be the official joke state.
* In the movie version of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', the peach gets caught in a storm just as they are approaching New York, and the centipede yells out, "We'll wind up in Jersey!"
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' doesn't miss the chance of poking some jokes about the series taking place in New Jersey, mainly Jersey City, by comparing cities.
-->'''Jamie:''' There's always Hoboken.\\
'''Coop:''' Yeah, but that's ''Hoboken!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', one of the Rangers' semi-regular RoguesGallery has bought all of New Jersey. Gooseman's tone of voice when Doc relates this fact to him is one of disbelief that anyone with that amount of cash would choose to live there, much less own it. Something of an in-joke, as the series was produced in New York.
* In the U.S. Acres segments of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Orson the pig's overactive imagination is so powerful that when he reads a book, reality warps to look like whatever he's reading about. In one episode, he accidentally transports everyone to the surface of the Moon; one character, when asked where they are, responds, "Looks like New Jersey, except with more trees."
* In episode 7 of ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'', Randall gets hit by a bus, tearing him in half, with his top half stuck to the bus. Because Randall's a zombie, this kind of traumatic injury isn't all that serious, and he seems moderately annoyed at the inconvenience of the situation... until he realizes the bus is heading to New Jersey, at which point he lets out a BigNo.
* Proving that this trope has been around for a while, in ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', there is a part where Felix comes over a hill and sees a barren shell of a town surrounded by a deadly swamp, to which Felix says "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjJVut_LUlo Where are we, New Jersey?]]"
* A running gag in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is the horror of the Hoboken Zoo in North Jersey.
** In the episode "All Tied Up With a Boa" there is a news report of a snake escaping from the Hoboken Zoo. When the anchor points out the panicked people running in the background, the reporter says, "This has nothing to do with the snake, it's just Hoboken."
** One episode has the penguins actually arrive at the Hoboken Zoo, only to find that it's actually a pleasant place where everyone is nicer. {{Double Subver|sion}}ted when it turns out that the new zookeeper is a StepfordSmiler [[CreepyCleanliness obsessed with cleaning]] who has replaced all the animals with robots.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Law & Odor" Dudley describes [[MonsterOfTheWeek the Stink Bug's]] stench as "A hobo with an abscessed tooth driving a garbage truck in August in Atlantic City!" The "Atlantic City" part becomes a running gag throughout the episode.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has the Franchise/CareBears [[FantasticRacism ethnically cleansing]] Care-A-Lot by killing the Care Bear Cousins. Because of their actions, the Cloud-Keeper-In-The-Sky turns Care-A-Lot into New Jersey. It turns out to be a video reenactment on the history of New Jersey.
-->'''Cloud-Keeper-In-The-Sky:''' Care Bears, I have watched your actions with great displeasure.\\
'''Love-A-Lot Bear:''' But we've purified the land of Care-A-Lot.\\
'''Cloud-Keeper-In-The-Sky:''' For your dark and terrible deeds, I shall turn Care-A-Lot into a dark and terrible place; a Hell on Earth. I shall turn Care-A-Lot into... New Jersey.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'' episode where [[HumanoidAbomination the Super-Freaks]] are introduced, Nick Diamond says that to create them, "we had to break the laws of physics! And ''most'' of the laws of industrial New Jersey."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'', when the Tyrannos are on the brink of success, Quackpot (based on a Hadrosaurus) says he wants Florida. Genghis Rex tells him that he'll get what he deserves, at which Quackpot laments, "Not New Jersey! That's too small!"
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In the GrandFinale of the series, the DisneyVillainDeath of the Delightful Children from Down the Lane is rather undignified and takes place in New Jersey, apparently. Numbuh One is struggling with them on a roller coaster at a condemned, toilet-themed theme park (which gives you a good reason ''why'' the place was condemned), which climaxes when they pass under a sign that reads "Now Entering New Jersey", and the five villains plummet into a giant toilet.
* Jokes about New Jersey are common in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. For example, in one episode, the heroes are dealing with an EldritchAbomination that could consume the city:
-->'''Egon:''' First it will be all of Brooklyn, then all of New York, then all of New Jersey...\\
'''Venkman:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, what will we ever do without New Jersey?]]
* In ''It's a Jersey Thing,'' the residents of WesternAnimation/SouthPark mount a desperate defense against New Jersey [[FromBadToWorse spreading like a plague.]]
* Even ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' makes fun of New Jersey in "Same Old World". While Steven is showing Lapis Lazuli some of the sights near Beach City, they fly over "Jersey", which is full of smog-belching factories and traffic jams. Steven jokes "The people here seem to hate the Earth too", and a grumpy local throws a boot at Lapis for "flying through our airways".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Camden is at or near the top of the list for highest crime rate in the US, especially violent crime.
* New Jersey has more Superfund sites (basically sites so polluted with toxic chemicals they get designated as priority clean-up sites by the Environmental Protection Agency) than any other state. Keep in mind that New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state in the US by area.
* Lest you think nature is your refuge, South Jersey's [[LostWoods Pine Barrens]] (named so because the sandy and acidic soil is so nutrient-poor trying to farm here is futile) is eating the ruins of houses and include carnivorous plants. Also, it's prone to being on fire, which spread easily due to the kinds of trees that grow here: those that camp in the area are warned to be extra careful with campfires, as a negligent ember can set alight an underground vein of burnable material that has been known to cause ''bursts of flame coming from the ground''. Oh, and it's said to be home to the New Jersey Devil, making the ''New Jersey is Hell'' jokes more poignant.


* The Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker trio likes this joke.
** During the "A Fistful of Yen" sequence in ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', a captured CIA agent is defiant at [[BigBad Dr. Klahn's taunts]]... only to start screaming for mercy when he is to be... [[AC:taken to Detroit.]]
** ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': "It was a rough place - the seediest dive on the wharf. [[WretchedHive Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta.]] It was worse than Detroit."
** In ''Film/ScaryMovie4'' (made by one of the Zuckers), the major difference between Detroit pre- and post-alien invasion is the alien tripods in the skyline, the place is in chaos to begin with. Except that the skyline they show in both shots is actually [[CaliforniaDoubling San Diego]].
* ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}''. [[http://supergaydetroit.blogspot.com/2011/02/10-reasons-robocop-statue-is-bad-idea.html Then comes the people who want to put a RoboCop statue in the city...]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', when Sam and Dean Winchester need to meet with Lucifer in person in order to implement [[IdiotPlot their ill-advised plan]], they find the Devil and his entourage in Detroit.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' did a skit about words being removed from the dictionary and Detroit is one of those words.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Every game line in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has a signature city. Vampires have UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, mages have UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, changelings have UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}, and so on. [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]], standard-bearers of BlessedWithSuck? Detroit. The books explain it away as tying in with the themes of creation, something new rising from wreckage of old... and the [[WalkingWasteland Wasteland]] effect Prometheans inflict.

* Trope inversion while almost playing it straight in the Triangle Show musical ''Doomsdays of our Lives'' in the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZymHcm3bq4w Urban Slight]], where [[spoiler:the safe haven]] is found to be Detroit...because [[spoiler:it couldn't get any worse from the apocalypses]].
--> “I survive by eating rats! I have asphalt for a bed./But if I think carefully, it sure beats being dead!”
--> “There's chaos and destruction; that's why it may appear/that nothing ever happened here!”

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the horror movie-themed levels of ''VideoGame/{{Gex}}'', Gex will compare his surrounding to UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism videos (see Cleveland below) admit that, for all Cleveland's (many) downsides that make it a shithole, at least they're not Detroit.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/81481/contest-2.18.11-tourism-ads-undesirable-destinations-no-hell-or-mordor/140 "Cairo: at least it's not Detroit.]] [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/81481/contest-2.18.11-tourism-ads-undesirable-destinations-no-hell-ormordor/240 "Safer than Afghanistan (most of the time)"]]
* Matt of ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' brings this up during one LetsPlay.
-->'''Pat''': You're in Franchise/SilentHill! The shittiest town in America!\\
'''Matt''': I don't know... there's Detroit.\\
'''Pat''': Whoa, okay, hold on a second. Are you telling me that [[PsychologicalTormentZone Silent Hill]] is better than Detroit?\\
'''Matt''': Have you been to Detroit?\\
'''Pat''': I will... I will make, I will compromise that ''pre-Franchise/RoboCop'' Detroit is way worse than Silent Hill, but ''post-[=RoboCop=]'' Detroit way better than Silent Hill, if only for the fact that it has fucking ''[=RoboCop=]''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' found it on a list of the worst places in the universe when searching for an ArtifactOfDoom.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', when people already in Hell are killed, they simply revive unharmed somewhere else in Hell. After all, where are they going to go? Detroit?
** [[RunningGag Mexico City?]]
** This functions as a StealthPun since Hell is also a town in Michigan. Although it doesn't quite [[NonIndicativeName live up (down?) to the name]].
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', where it's the modern and shiny heart of the robot revolution. That is, the technological shift towards the greater use of robots, not a violent overthrow ''by'' robots.
** Although Soundwave ''does'' try that at one point.
** The Botcon script reading "Bee in the City" still had to get a dig in, however.
--> '''Narrator:''' Our story begins one morning in Detroit. Police sirens fill the cool morning air. This has nothing to do with our story, but it's Detroit.
* In the original series of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', Detroit is portrayed this way, being a decaying, dingy cesspit overrun by marauding bandits under the control of [[TheCaligula Napoleon Brie]], a Plutarkian agent who has been strip-mining the entire city to sell its resources back to Plutark. The only ones who don't shun Detroit are the titular Biker Mice, who have a fascination with the city due to its motorcycle connections.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': In one episode (where Philadelphia is shown in a positive light, sort of) where Numbuh Five tells the rest of the team where babies come from. Most of them are sickened or confused, but Numbuh One (who has a reputation for being a ProperlyParanoid ConspiracyTheorist) says, "Wait a second, [[DontBeRidiculous that's preposterous]]! Babies don't come from Detroit! They come from Philadelphia."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A lot of the city is okay (run down, perhaps, but okay). However, as of July 2013, the entire city of Detroit has become financially bankrupt. It's not a WretchedHive by any stretch of the imagination, but hundreds, if not thousands, of residents are moving out of the city due to it drowning in debt.
* Back in the 1980s, actual Detroiters could be seen wearing a T-shirt that read: "Welcome to Detroit. Where the weak are killed and eaten."
* "Detoilet" is a common derogatory nickname for the city.

!![[BigApplesauce New York City]]

See also TheBigRottenApple.

* ''Film/GhostbustersII'' has Venkman [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu calling Vigo the Carpathian an idiot]] for choosing New York as the site of his rebirth.
* Any film set or created before Rudy Giuliani and the Disneyfication of Times Square casts New York City as a WretchedHive the protagonists must endure and/or escape from (e.g., ''Film/TheOutOfTowners'', ''Film/TheWiz'', ''Film/AmericanGangster''...).
* ''Film/MenInBlack'':
-->'''Jay:''' So the flying saucers were real and the World's Fair was just a coverup.\\
'''K:''' Why else would they hold it in Queens?
* Special credit must be given to future Manhattan in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', which has been walled off as a prison and turned over entirely to the dregs of society.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Creator/{{ESPN}} miniseries ''Series/TheBronxIsBurning'' centers around the turbulent 1977 season of the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} New York Yankees]] set against the backdrop of a New York in massive turmoil between the NYPD's hunt for [[SerialKiller the Son of Sam]], the city's financial turmoil and mass layoffs of municipal workers, and most of all the epidemic of arson that literally left the Bronx burning - the situation had grown so twisted that landlords frequently burned their own apartments to the ground to collect insurance because they can't turn a profit either selling [[note]]Property values had plummeted and no one was buying.[[/note]] or renting.[[note]]City rent controls plus really high property taxes meant owning an apartment building was a money-loser.[[/note]]
-->'''Howard Cosell:''' There it is, ladies and gentlemen, [[TitleDrop the Bronx is burning]]. (Said during Game 2 of the 1977 World Series when the telecast of the game cut to the neighborhood surronding Yankee Stadium and filmed a building on fire)
* Ted's fiancé in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' was very very bothered by the crime rate and how fast the city was.

* A Black47 song: "You got two choices mate: castration, or a one-way ticket to New York!"

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MacHall'' features a terrified country boy refusing to set foot in NYC for fear of [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2001-07-29 certain death]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer Simpson On UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity: "But Marge, [[TheBigRottenApple New York is a hellhole]]! And you know how I feel about hellholes!"
** It ends up subverted: Homer DOES have a miserable experience recovering his car, but the rest of the family have the time of their lives.


* W.C. Fields frequently referred to Philadelphia in seriously disparaging terms. The final punchline was his proposed epitaph: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." Might or might not be related to WC Fields, but some game show had a set of prizes based on this joke. First Place got a week in Philadelphia. Second place got two weeks.

* ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' was partly inspired by Creator/DavidLynch's stay in this city, which he claims that it left him with a sense of dread.

* Philly also comes in for a snarking in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. Jubal is sending his handyman, Duke, out on an errand that includes dropping off a car in Philadelphia, and Duke wants to spend the night there rather than come straight home once he's done. Jubal is shocked that anyone would willingly spend the night in Philly:
-->'''Jubal:''' What on earth is there to do at night in Philadelphia?\\
'''Duke:''' Plenty, if you know where to look.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Angela Martin from ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' hates Philadelphia.
-->'''Angela:''' In the Martin family, we like to say, "Looks like someone took the slow train from Philly." That's code for "check out the slut."
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' is this, period. Most of the jokes are directed at the characters, but it certainly doesn't let the town off easily either.
-->'''Dee:''' We're in a dark, scary alley in Philly, we might as well call it Rape Bar.
* After John [=McCain=] announced that he would "chase Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell," ''Series/TheDailyShow'' decided to have a correspondent file a report from the gates of hell... which are in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-7-2007/styx-and-stones Philadelphia[=/=]South Jersey]].
* In ''Series/BarneyMiller'', Fish once encountered a cult leader who claimed to be preparing his flock for an exodus to the planet Saturn.
-->'''Fish:''' Have you really been to Saturn?\\
'''Cult leader:''' I have.\\
'''Fish:''' Tell me, what's it like?\\
'''Cult leader:''' Heaven.\\
'''Fish:''' If that's Heaven, then Hell is..?\\
'''Cult leader:''' Philadelphia.

* The early Rodgers and Hart song "Any Old Place With You" (possibly):
-->''I'd go to hell for ya\\
Or Philadelphia,\\
Any old place with you.''

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Steve Jackson games once asked its readers to write in their submissions for "useless random tables." The results were published in ''Murphy's Rules''. One winning entry was for "dead character soul destination" (roll d4):
## Heaven
## Hell
## Purgatory
## Philadelphia

* In the short play ''The Philadelphia'', a character is said to be caught in "a Philadelphia" when everything goes the complete opposite of what you actually want, likened to actually being in Philadelphia.
** The play does this to other cities too... another character is caught in a Baltimore, which is "like death, without the advantages".
** On the other hand, the character in a Los Angeles is living large, taking the loss of his girlfriend and his job in stride - until the main character sucks him into his Philadelphia and he instantly becomes a nervous wreck.
* In the musical ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', John Adams laments:
--> "At a time in their lives when most men prosper, I am reduced to living in Philadelphia!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' takes a shot at Philly, too, it being Coop's go-to place to dispose of the giant monsters he had accidentally unleashed.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth has this to say:
-->'''Farnsworth:''' I'm sure [[ARareSentence nobody's ever said this before]], but I must get to Philadelphia as quickly as possible!


* [[Film/TheGodfather Mario Puzo's]] books have mobsters talk of being "sent to Siberia", meaning upstate New York prisons in general and Dannemora State Prison near Malone by the Canadian border in particular.

[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/HogansHeroes'' the Russian Front and Siberia is frequently used as a running gag, often by [[ManipulativeBastard Hogan]]. Justified as it was the German Soldiers running the prison camp were often threatened with being sent to the Russian Front, and the Germans were not doing very well on that front.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision - Russia (both Imperial and Soviet) did send [[TheGulag political prisoners]] there for a reason.
** But it should be remembered that for every prisoner the Czarist regime sent to Siberia annually, the Soviet Union sent 50 to 100, and forced them to live and work in far worse conditions, and suffer far higher death rates.
** WesternAnimation/YogiBear was afraid of this place for a reason.
** By and large Siberia isn't all that bad, and large part of it is actually very pleasant, if you are Russian and thus don't mind the winters. Southern Siberia is, in fact, one of the main Russian grain-producing regions, just like Canada's Prairie Provinces. Its main problem comes from being so unbelievably ''huge'', and sparsely populated, which leads to the large tracts of land where there's ''nothing''. If you end there with just the clothes on your back in the dead of the winter, then, yep, it might end not all that well. Otherwise, not so much.
** "Not minding the winters" entails a bit more than you might suspect. Southern Siberia ... for example, Novosibirsk ... can be quite pleasant in summer. However, even there, the average high temperature is below freezing five months out of the year (the average ''low'' temperature is below freezing ''seven'' months out of the year). In recorded history, the list of months in which the temperature has never dipped to freezing is: July. And the vast majority of Siberia is further north than Novosibirsk is (though, for obvious reasons, most of the large cities are either south of Novosibirsk or not ''much'' further north).


* Yakov Smirnoff: "In every country, there is a city everyone makes fun of. In United States, it is Cleveland. In Soviet Union, it is Cleveland."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' keeps ending up back in Cleveland, much to his chagrin.
* ''ComicBook/XMen:'' On seeing Krakoa (the Living Island) for the first time, Iceman quips that it could be Cleveland. After some rambling, he decides that yes, it definitely could be Cleveland.

* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fluffy pony]] group fic ''The Fall of Cleveland'' has a developer build a theme park for fluffy ponies (small, fluffy man-made life forms often kept as pets) in Cleveland, a plan approved by the mayor in a desperate attempt to make ''some'' money for the city. However, the developer has rigged the park to explode as part of a plan to make his creations, "fuzzy ponies", the only biotoy on the market. The story ends with a massive tidal wave of fluffy ponies overwhelming the park, a herd getting into the local nuclear power plant, and Lake Erie swallowing the city.

* In the second ''Literature/PercyJackson'' movie Luke had to go through the depths of Tartarus to find Kronos's tomb....and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking Cleveland]]
* In the plot of the John Candy movie ''Film/{{Delirious}}'' he plays a soap opera writer transported into his own show and can [[RewritingReality write out other people's words and actions]]. When one character (played by Robert Wagner, who Candy's character calls Robert Wagner in a NoFourthWall moment) becomes a nuisance he writes for them a hasty exit.
-->'''Robert Wagner:''' I have to go to... UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}. Jesus, I hate Cleveland!\\
'''John Candy:''' What are you doing here? I sent you to Cleveland!\\
'''Robert Wagner:''' I should kill you for that alone.
* At the beginning of ''Mr. Baseball'', over-the-hill ballplayer Jack Elliot gets told his team (The New York Yankees) has traded him, and that there was only one taker. He immediately asks with horror if they're sending him to Cleveland, and is visibly relieved when the manager says it's not Cleveland.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The pilot of ''Series/HotInCleveland'' refers to the city very negatively for the most part. The only reason the characters change their mind is because they're seen as attractive there, unlike in Los Angeles.
* It's mentioned a few times in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' that there's a Hellmouth in Cleveland.
* The Creator/DisneyChannel movie ''The Luck of the Irish'' ends with the bad guy being banished to the shores of Lake Erie, right by Cleveland.
* In ''Series/{{Maude}}'':
-->"I hope I didn't lose it in the wrong places!"\\
"When you lose that much weight there are no wrong places--except Cleveland."
* Used on a quick gag on ''Series/HogansHeroes'':
--> '''Kinchloe:''' ''(while checking [[CrazyPrepared various maps the Heroes have for planning]])'' ''Cleveland''? Why do we have a map of Cleveland? Is it in case we need to go in?
--> '''Col. Robert Hogan''': No. It's in case we need to ''escape from there!''
* Used as a riff in the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' presentation of ''War of the Colossal Beast'':
-->'''Scientist:''' There's no place in the civilized world for a creature that big.\\
'''Servo:''' ...So we're sending him to Cleveland.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the Infocom interactive fiction game ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'', there is a scene in Cleveland. They make fun of it even in the [=InvisiClues=]. ('How do I get out of Cleveland?' 'Millions of people ask this question every day!')

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* Everyone in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' agrees... but the transgenic animals just ''love'' the place.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mike Polk's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY Hastily Made]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM Cleveland Tourism]] videos admit that Cleveland is a shithole; however, as the second video puts it, "at least we're not Detroit!"
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY2dhZ30axY United 300]]'', a spoof trailer of both ''Film/ThreeHundred'' and ''Film/{{United 93}}'', Xerxes begs Leonidas not to destroy his terrorists just yet, because otherwise they'll be forced to land the plane in Ohio. Leonidas responds with "Then tonight, we dine in Cleveland!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Cosmo and Wanda get carried away by a tornado and end up in Cleveland (In which Cosmo mistakes it for [[Film/WizardOfOz the Land of Oz]]). Everything is grey and stormy, and there's a sign saying "Welcome to Cleveland. '''NOW GO HOME!'''"
* A one-shot gag on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had a bus coming to a fork in the road with one direction leading to Cleveland and the other heading to UsefulNotes/{{Cincinnati}}. The bus starts along the Cleveland road, backs onto the Cincinnati one, then heads back the way it came.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Forbes magazine rates it as the [[http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/11/americas-most-miserable-cities-business-beltway-miserable-cities.html most miserable city in the USA]]
* Ask a Steelers fan where the biggest shithole on Earth is. Most will say Cleveland.
* In the 1980s, Cleveland's image suffered due to their declining economy and a river so polluted that it actually caught fire. In an effort to promote tourism, West Palm Beach took out national advertisements that showed the two cities' skylines side by side, and asked businesses where they'd rather hold a convention. This outraged Cleveland leaders, and West Palm had to name Cleveland a sister city as apology.
* Isn't Cleveland one of those InherentlyFunnyWords?
* Cleveland has the semi-official nickname of ''The Mistake by the Lake.''
* The pollution in the nearby river is so bad that it has actually ''caught on fire.'' '''Thirteen Times'''.
* Baseball player Jay Johnstone once said in an interview that he drove through Cleveland one day, but it was closed. Needless to say, he was booed the next time he played there. From the 1960s until the early 1990s, many baseball players considered being traded to Cleveland the equivalent of being exiled to baseball's version of Siberia.
* Creator/{{ESPN}} once proclaimed Cleveland the most tortured sports city in America. Between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Indians]][[note]]Had a runner on 3rd in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the '97 World Series before losing in extra innings; Blew a 3-1 series lead in the 2007 ALCS; Last World Series win - 1948, and lost the 2016 World Series to the Chicago Cubs, who hadn't won the series since ''1908''[[/note]], the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Cavaliers]][[note]]The [[PointHairedBoss Ted Stepien era]], "The Shot", "The Decision", holds record for longest NBA losing streak at 26 games[[/note]], and ''especially'' the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Browns]][[note]]"The Drive", "The Fumble", "Red Right 88", having the whole team relocated to Baltimore and then winning some Super Bowls; Last NFL championship - 1964. Also, noticed how all three teams have plenty of [[TheTheTitle defeats that can be summed up with "The *"?]][[/note]], there's very little contest for that title. This ''may'' change with the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA Championship (breaking a 52 year title drought), but only time will tell.
* An artist in Milwaukee realized his studio was directly under the path of incoming passenger jets. So what did he do? He painted 'Welcome To Cleveland' in giant letters on the roof. Cue 40 years and counting of horrified travelers.


* From ''Film/SullivansTravels'':
-->'''[=LeBrand=]:''' It died in Pittsburgh.\\
'''Hadrian:''' Like a dog!\\
'''John L. Sullivan:''' Aw, what do they know?\\
'''Hadrian:''' They know what they like.\\
'''Sullivan:''' If they knew what they liked, they wouldn't live in Pittsburgh!
* In ''Film/FortyTwo'', being traded to Pittsburgh is used as a threat against some of the Dodgers.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', when asked why the networks aren't the showing the astronauts' broadcast:
--> "All the networks dumped us. One said we made putting a man on the moon about as exciting as a trip to Pittsburgh."
* And then, when you thought Western PA didn't have anything more to throw you in the face, it shows it can go downhill... Pittsburgh, bad? Picture Punxsutawney. In winter. In a very, very silly festival. And then, every time you awake is February 2nd. Such is Phil Connors' fate in ''Film/GroundhogDay''.
* In ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'', Pittsburgh is treated this way throughout the film. It is where the videodrome signal comes from, and "See you in Pittsburgh" is later used in lieu of the regular "SeeYouInHell".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Stephen Colbert on Pittsburgh, from ''Series/TheColbertReport'':
-->"I know God hates the [[PittsburghSteelers Steelers]] because he turned their hometown into Pittsburgh."
* It's a running joke on ''Film/GetSmart''.
--> '''KAOS Agent:''' We don't ''want'' Pittsburgh.\\
'''Max:''' That's funny, neither does Pennsylvania.
** Another one involves a retired bank robber who was deported... to Pittsburgh. "They really threw the book at him."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* From ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
-->'''Calvin:''' I wonder where we go when we die.\\
'''Hobbes:''' Pittsburgh?\\
'''Calvin:''' You mean if we're good or if we're bad?
* Minor example: when the topic of "vacationing by smell" came up in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' (the October 30, 2003 strip), one character suggested going to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh residents, to put it mildly, did not take it well. [[HypocriticalHumor They weren't exactly shy about taking shots at other places for their odor, though.]] (Two that were named specifically were Philly and Jersey; see above.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC "The Pitt", the city of Pittsburgh has become a radioactive and highly toxic center for slavery.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Jorgen Von Strangle lamented how Cosmo ended up stripping him from being a 4-star Fairy General down to 1 star because of his miraculous blunders. First, with the reasoning that he was making it cleaner, he sunk Atlantis.... ''nine times'', erupted Mt. Vesuvius and destroyed the prosperous civilization of Pompeii (to make it warmer), and improved upon the "gleaming utopia known as Xanadu" (and [[RefugeInAudacity all on the same day]]).
-->'''Cosmo:''' "I call it Pittsburgh!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy enters Pittsburgh through a magical porta-potty. The entire city is completely gray, Billy remarks that it looks unsanitary, even for a portable toilet, and to top it all off, he gets a tricycle there made out of pure evil.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Quite a bit of of ''Literature/TheRoad'''s film adaptation was shot in Pittsburgh.
* The steel mills on which the city grew up on in the early-to-mid 20th Century were also a [[PollutedWasteland major source of the pollution that hung over the city]] when they were running and the most visible [[DyingTown testament to the decline of the city's economy, via their closures,]] when the decline of US manufacturing jobs in the latter part of the 20th Century hit the Rust Belt especially hard. Nowadays it's much nicer and cleaner as the city has shifted to a service-oriented economy (there are no steel mills left in Pittsburgh), but it's easier to shed the grime and soot off the walls than it is to shed decades of negative perception.

!!UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} / Wisconsin

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers are based out of Milwaukee, and treated as something of a joke by other heroing teams (and Marvel's writers); the CrazyAwesome Squirrel Girl notwithstanding. The location is treated with the same reverence as the team.

* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', Metatron tells Bethany that God punished Bartleby and Loki for their crimes until the Rapture occured.
-->'''Bethany:''' Were they sent to hell?\\
'''Metatron:''' Worse. Wisconsin.

* The headline in ''OurDumbCentury'' "Creator/HarryHoudini Escapes From Wisconsin", about the famed magician's death.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/NewsRadio''
-->'''Beth:''' Hello Dave.\\
'''Bill:''' Hello employee! You look miserable and oppressed!\\
'''Beth:''' Oh I am! I can no longer take cab rides home from the office!\\
'''Bill:''' Excellent! That's good news to me. You see I'm from Wiscoooooonsin, where taxi cabs are feared and hunted for the delicious meat under their hoods!\\
'''Beth:''' Comedy?\\
'''Bill:''' Or Tragedy?\\
'''Both:''' You be the judge!
* Naturally being made in Minnesota, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is chock-full of Wisconsin bashing. For example, during the host segment for ''The Deadly Bees'', Brain Guy manages to trump two Observers who had come to take him home. After taking their brains, thus making them idiots, he decides that the ''absolute worst'' punishment he could give is to make them live in Wisconsin where they will work for a small dairy co-op, and be rabid ''Packers'' fans. During ''Clonus'', there's "This is probably the most interest ANYONE’S shown in Milwaukee."
** On more than one occasion, notably an extended riff in ''The Day the Earth Froze'' they completely destroyed the Minnesota-based ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''. To his credit, Kevin Murphy, Tom Servo's VA, does a credible impression of Garrison Keillor.
* An episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' had Bull asking Yakov Smirnoff why it was so bad living in the Soviet Union. Yakov tells him to close his eyes and imagine he is "standing in the middle of Milwaukee. No matter where you go, you will still be in the middle of Milwaukee. You could get in a car and drive a hundred miles, you will ''still'' be in the middle of Milwaukee. You could..." At which point Bull screams for Yakov to stop.
* While ESPN Brazil transmitted the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, a comedian acting as a guest commenter went on to bash Milwaukee every time a Bucks player appeared ("I studied in Nebraska, it's a cold hell-hole with nothing to do! Milwaukee is a similar disgrace, only ice and fat women!"). A few times he [[CriticalResearchFailure called it a state]] to make his case worse.

* The song/spoken word poetry "Deteriorata" reflects that "And whatever misfortune may be your lot, it can only be worse in Milwaukee."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A bonus video for ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' reveals that [[spoiler:[[BigBad Malachite]] was banished to a cafe in Wisconsin, forced to work as a barista there forever and is abused by the owner]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer, on learning that Springfield is the fattest city in America: "[[TakeThat In your face]], Milwaukee!"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "Lois, everyone has their sanctuary. Catholics have church, fat people have Wisconsin, and I have the Pawtucket Brewery!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Farnsworth declares that the crew is off to "the most romantic city on Earth!". Cut to Milwaukee, [[ButLiquorIsQuicker the birthplace of beer goggles]]. It would be a subversion if the idea wasn't being PlayedForLaughs.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Near the end of his career, original Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John "Dial-a-Quote" [=McKay=] incensed Packers fans by saying, among other things, "If a contest had 97 prizes, the 98th would be a trip to Green Bay".


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': "Nothing good comes from [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter the Earth]] anymore."
* In one episode of ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'', Mrs. Moroboshi wins the grand prize in a grocery's festival lottery -- an all-expenses paid vacation for two to Atami. Creator/AnimEigo's subtitles helpfully gloss that this is "equivalent to a trip to Odgensburg, New York."
* This is how Tomoya from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' perceives the town he grew up in, which is actually quite nice. This is more due to his DarkAndTroubledPast rather than the actual town. His opinion changes by the end of the series.
* Downplayed in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. Batou narrates that Berlin, Germany is the only city to have the "dubious honor" of having been bombed out in all four world wars, yet managed to rebuild after each time.

* British comedians of a certain age often speak this way about the Glasgow Empire, a venue notorious for giving acts very short shrift. Des O'Connor fainted on stage and Creator/MorecambeAndWise were booed off. Glasgow in general often gets this too.
* The late comedian Robin Harris often made jokes that calling Hell from Compton, CA was a Local call (as opposed to Long-Distance). The joke was adapted into the animated adaptation of ''Film/BebesKids'', with the titular kids' apartment building being the place: "''Try to phone Hell from here, it'd be a local call.''"
* Hoosier comedian Jim Gaffigan, after listing somewhat cliched boasts for residents of other states, said of his home state, "We're from Indiana and we're gonna move!"
* During one of his shows, Creator/JeffDunham got into an argument with Peanut over whether or not they were currently in Santa Ana, California, or in Hell.
* According to ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s incarnation of Joe Biden, Scranton, PA is the single worst place on earth. In fact, if you went down to the lowest circle of hell, you'd still be 45 minutes outside of Scranton.
* In the skit "Last Will and Temperament" by the Canadian radio comedy troupe, Radio/TheFrantics, the will ends with the deceased leaving "my entire estate of 10 million dollars to the people of Calgary so they can afford to move somewhere decent."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' spin-off comic ''The Dreaming'' had one ''very'' lost character lament:
-->''Hell...I'm in hell...''\\
'''Mad Hettie''': ''Nah, 's London. 's like Hell, but less crowded.''
* At one point the members of ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueEurope'' believe they are going to be relocated from London to Vienna. They universally regard this with horror and dismay.
* When Mockingbird is asked to rejoin the Avengers, she quietly whispers, "Please don't say West Coast Avengers. Please don't say West Coast Avengers..."

* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}''
-->'''English Bob:''' I thought that you were dead .\\
'''Little Bill Dagget:''' I heard that one myself, Bob. Hell, I even thought I was dead. Till I found out I was just in Nebraska.
* ''Film/InBruges'' regards the title city as a place worse than death.
-->"Maybe that's what Hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges."
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'': "Good morning Baltimore! There's the flasher that lives next door, there's the drunk on his barroom stool; they wish me luck on my way to school..." (Most Creator/JohnWaters films tends towards an affectionate mocking of his hometown, though.)
* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical:''
-->'''Polly Pry:''' You made it to Wyoming, right?\\
'''Packer:''' Yeah, but I would've been better off just letting those people catch me and kill me.\\
'''Polly Pry:''' Why?\\
'''Packer:''' You ever been to Wyoming? ''[cut to Packer in a lonely, barren wasteland]'' Heh-hello??
* Marty and Doc invoke this in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', faced with an alternate 1985 ruled by [[JerkAss Biff Tannen]].
-->'''Marty:''' It's like we're in Hell or something.\\
'''Doc:''' No, this is Hill Valley, though I can't imagine Hell being much worse
* In ''Film/DefendingYourLife,'' [[Creator/AlbertBrooks Daniel Miller]] asks if he's in Hell. His defender explains that there is no Hell, but he hears UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is getting pretty close.
* In ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Wayne and Garth use a backscreen that's flashing exotic locales to which the two make make fun of the stereotypes associated with those places. Then the backscreen flashes Delaware, and the two can't think of ''anything'' associated with Delaware.
* In ''Film/EasyA'', Olive's narration commenting on a character's punishment for contracting a venereal disease:
-->"Due to his 'condition,' Micah was sent on an extended visit to his grandparents in Palatka, Florida. And if there's one thing worse than chlamydia, it's Florida."
* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', Hoggle is terrified of being banished to the Bog of Eternal Stench. Unlike many of the other places on this list, the audience actually does get to see it. Perhaps fortunately, however, [[TakeOurWordForIt we don't get to smell it.]]
* In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', Johner half-seriously says that he'd rather face the Aliens then go to Earth.
* As James Gandolfini's character in ''Film/InTheLoop'' so eloquently said, while talking about WarIsHell: "This is the problem with civilians wanting to go to war. It's terrible, horrible, and once you've been there you never want to go again unless you absolutely fuckin' have to.... It's like [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys France]]."
* In the film ''Film/{{Disclosure}}'', Tom Sanders is offered a transfer to Austin, Texas. This is later described as similar to "a duck making a lateral move to 'à l'orange'", or in other words similar to being roasted and eaten.
* The [=LeQuint=] Dickey Mining Company in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is a mining company infamous for its cruel treatment of their slaves, such that Stephen, the head house slave of Candyland, considers being sold to them worse than being castrated, whipped to death, thrown to the Mandingos, or even ripped apart by Stonesipher's dogs. [[spoiler:Django narrowly avoids winding up there after the Candyland shootout]].
* Mr Barron from ''Film/{{MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren}}'' considers Florida to be this.
-->'''Mr. Barron''': I had to spend ''three weeks'' masquerading as a therapist in ''Florida''! Have you ever ''been'' to Florida?!
** Later on, he adds Wales to the list.
-->'''Mr. Barron''': I had to spend two- no, ''three'' days, in ''Wales'', pretending to look at birds!

* In ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' Arthur Dent says, "When I was little I used to have this nightmare about dying - all my school friends went to Heaven or Hell and I was sent to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southend-on-Sea Southend]]!"
* Much sport of the city of Milton Keynes is made in ''Literature/GoodOmens'', while [[AffablyEvil Crowley]] is particularly proud of his work with Manchester.
* The ultimate example may be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gehenna Gehenna]], an area near Jerusalem so unpleasant that it actually ''became the Hebrew word for Hell''. Any time Literature/TheBible refers to "Hell", it's probably been translated from "Gehenna". It's only referenced as such in the Bible because it used to be a place where refuse was burned, suggesting that sinners may as well wind up in the trash dump at death. It's not actually a bad place for any other reason; in modern Jerusalem it's actually a very pleasant little valley.
* [[Literature/TheBible "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"]] (John 1:46)
* The mock-atlas "Our Dumb World" by Website/TheOnion (which was created in Madison, Wisconsin) has a part entitled "Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Retards"
* There is a story by Creator/IsaacAsimov about a man being exiled, with his attorney insisting that the punishment is way too harsh. In the end, it is revealed that he is sent [[spoiler: from the perfectly controlled and conditioned underground cities of the Moon, to the eternally unstable surface of Earth.]]
* In the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', Agent Coffey threatens the prison guards with termination and transfer to North Dakota. When everything comes crashing down on him, Coffey is heavily demoted and transferred to North Dakota.
* ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'':
** Man spreads so rapidly as to conquer "the entire habitable Earth and Canada".
** It was the fool who founded "theology, philosophy, law, medicine and Chicago".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Many UsefulNotes/WorldWarII based series will have ThoseWackyNazis threatening to send a subordinate to "ze Eastern Front!"
** The threat was a running joke in ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
** In ''Series/AlloAllo'', many of the Nazi characters had a particular horror of being sent on covert missions to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bognor_Regis Bognor]]. And, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_V_of_the_United_Kingdom#Death Bugger Bognor]]!
** This has actual basis in real life. The Soviets treated captured prisoners much, much worse than the western powers (and that's [[LeaveNoSurvivors when they bothered to take prisoners at all]]), and the Eastern front was much more brutal in general. (This was in part because the Nazis were much worse to captured Soviets, as well, since their doctrine of racial superiority put them on a lower tier.) Also, the Germans weren't doing too well over there. Not only was the Soviet Union too large and too rugged a place to blitz like they did in the west, not only did they have to deal with the Soviet tactic of abandoning places to draw them in further, but they had to deal with the same thing that bogged down Napoleon: [[WeatherOfWar the dreaded Russian winter]]. And then, the Soviets started pushing back. [[ZergRush In numbers]]. From start to finish, the Eastern Front was an absolute nightmare for the Germans.
* One episode of the American ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' had as a Scene From A Hat "Versions of Hell without fire or brimstone". Greg presented it as driving eternally in Mississippi. They've also made jokes about Fresno and Seattle.
* [[Series/RedDwarf "What's death like?" "Ever been to Swindon?"]]
* John Betjeman wrote the poem "Slough" to trash its transformation into a dreary factory town, inviting bombs to obliterate it in the first stanza. This was one of the reasons the town was chosen as the setting for the original ''Series/TheOfficeUK.'' The DVD packaging includes the poem. David Brent also gives his [[ComicallyMissingThePoint analysis]] of the poem in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x1knZBDEQM series proper]].
* From ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
-->'''Spike:''' Am I in Hell?\\
'''Lorne:''' No, you're in Los Angeles, though a lot of people make that mistake.
* Creator/JossWhedon recycled the ''Angel'' joke in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':
-->'''Topher:''' Do you know where you are?
-->'''Priya:''' I'm in hell.
-->'''Topher:''' You're in Los Angeles. I can understand the mix-up.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'':
** Nina asks Annie if she wants to talk about her experience of Purgatory:
--->'''Nina:''' Annie. You were in purgatory.\\
'''Annie:''' Yeah, I know. But I've been to the Isle of Wight so [[TakeThat it's not really that much of a culture shock.]]
** After rescuing her from Purgatory, Mitchell tells Annie that they've moved to a home in Wales. Annie jokingly replies that she'd rather go back to Purgatory.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': [[SchoolForScheming The Academy]] is this to River.
* Inverted in the second season finale of ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', when the dim-witted and sheltered Tubbs, faced with the possibility of death, asks Edward, "Will heaven... be like Swansea?"
-->'''Edward:''' Yes, Tubbs. Only bigger.
* As police commissioner Burrell says of his city during ''Series/TheWire'': "It's Baltimore, gentlemen. The gods will not save you."
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unquiet Dead", the Doctor explains to Rose that he's landed in the wrong place and time, and she's so taken with being in the past that she keeps saying "I don't care". Then he says "It's Cardiff!" and she stops dead in shock. Later in the episode, the Doctor himself is disgusted that he's "gonna die in a dungeon! In ''Cardiff''!"
** Also appears at the beginning of the Fifth Doctor's tenure:
-->'''Tegan:''' What's a Zero Room, anyway? Doctor said something about non-interfaces.
-->'''Nyssa:''' I suppose it's some sort of neutral environment, an isolated space cut off form the rest of the universe.
-->'''Tegan:''' He should have told me that's what he wanted. I coulda shown him Brisbane.
* In one episode of Series/TheInbetweeners, Mr Gilbert threatens to sabotage Will's university prospects so that it's "Goodbye first-rate education, hello University of Lincoln."
-->'''Will:''' Now this was serious. I've been to Lincoln, and it's a shithole.

* Music/ElectricSix's "Escape From Ohio" is all about the horror of finding yourself stranded in Ohio. They ''do'' also include [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to a couple of bands who happen to come from there though ("Except for [[Music/GuidedByVoices GBV]] and Music/{{Devo}}, nothing seems to redeem Ohio").
* According to John Denver, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REE2sTJTf0s "Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio, is like being nowhere at all."]] And speaking of GettingCrapPastTheRadar, "be thankful next time you get weighed... so wive and wet wive..."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A common RunningGag in the ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comics is the titular cat's constant attempts to send his [[ViewerGenderConfusion nephew]] Nermal to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

* A Canadian millionaire in ''Radio/TheFrantics'' sketch "Last Will And Temperament" left his estate to the people of Calgary so they could afford to move somewhere decent.

* Mel Brooks's original opening for the musical version of ''Film/TheProducers'' was Max Bialystock's horrible spoof of Oklahoma, titled "Hey Nebraska". The entire song was essentially this. Lyrics include "Oh, what a terrible morning/Oh what a terrible night,/Things in the state of Nebraska/Never will ever go right" and "Hey, Nebraska- You suck!"
* London, according to ''Theatre/SweeneyTodd'':
-->There's a hole in the world like a great black pit\\
and the vermin of the world inhabit it\\
and its morals aren't worth what a pig can spit\\
and it goes by the name of London.
* Often seen in farces with do-it-yourself-dialogue in the script along the lines of: "I shall put a curse on the lot of them, and doom them to live in [unpopular town or state]".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': "You should be grateful, I could've sent you to Hoedown Town. It's awful. The music, the dancing! Oh my!"
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': "Solstheim? A terrible place, I've heard. There's a boat from Khuul, if you have any reason to go."
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': "That's the old passage to Ravenholm. We don´t go there anymore." This isn't so much a joke, but rather serious commentary about the living conditions of Ravenholm. The player will later find out that the whole city has been completely overrun by Headcrab Zombies, and that nobody actually can live there anymore.
** The [[EldritchLocation Combine Overworld]] is considered this, if not the [[AnotherDimension entire dimension]] it exists in. Both citizens and soldiers are threatened with "[[ReassignedToAntarctica Permanant Off-World Reassignment]]". Humans need [[MalevolentMutilation invasive medical procedures]] to even survive the transfer, while [[SuperSoldier Combine Soldiers]] have already had them. When soldiers in [[HellholePrison Nova Prospekt]] are told to kill or capture [[OneManArmy Gordon Freeman]] or be transferred to the Overworld, they [[AttackAttackAttack relentlessly attack into his defensive position]] until every soldier in the sector is killed.
* The entire ''world'' in ''VisualNovel/SwanSong''.
* Occasional mention is made in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' of Promethea, which is said to be the only known planet where life is even more miserable than on Pandora, and Pandora is pretty damn bad...
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': It's hinted at through the radio that the city is on the verge of complete chaos. Poor Dean Frantz has had his car stolen five times in as many weeks.
* Omega station, built on the core of a mined out asteroid, has this kind of reputation in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The place is a WretchedHive taken UpToEleven where there is no law enforcement, no government, mercenary gangs run amok, [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil batarian slavers can wrangle victims out in the open]], Collectors routinely abduct "interesting and rare specimens" for experimentation, bartenders poison [[FantasticRacism people of a certain species]], short lived but sentient people are treated as vermin with "cleaners" advertising themselves, burlesque acts are implied to involve on stage [[BestialityIsDepraved taming of beasts]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ardat]] [[DeathBySex Yakshi]] can openly hunt for [[OutWithABang prey]], and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking newbie storekeepers are forced to sell high by well established competition.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Nonspecific, but combines with FateWorseThanDeath in ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'' as the ultimate fate of [[spoiler: Harold [=DuVase=]]].
-->"Wherever he doesn't want to be... that's always where he'll go."
* In ''{{Webcomic/Overside}}'', Surya: a frozen wasteland where criminals and dissidents are exiled.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1393082/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-45/ Black Dog is told his pilot, if lucky, is in the rings of Saturn, and if not -- Edinburgh.]]
* Creator/BrianClevinger's [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2001/08/16/interlude-00-hes-a-fighter-not-a-webcomic-artist/ opinion of Alabama]] from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' - [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/03/30/episode-401-civility-before-hostility/ it's hell]]. There's also an in-universe one in Corneria.
-->'''Princess Sara:''' Well, the poll only had two choices: '''One''', be ruled over by [[TheCaligula King Steve]] forever, '''two''', get a sword through your head. We lost '''52%''' of participants.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}'' they are discussing the source of the zombie invasion of [[ShowWithinAShow the movie theater]].
-->'''Franklyn:''' So what if the projector is opening a portal to hell, or, uh, whatever.\\
'''Tease:''' Hollywood?
* ''Webcomic/LightAndDark:'' New Hadden, the main setting of the comic, has a bad reputation for being a hellhole run by a corrupt mayor, where crime rates are high and gangs run amuck.
* ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'': The suck that is deployment to Twentynine Palms has apparently reached memetic levels within the Marine Corps. However, according to the author's dispassionate analysis, Camp Lejeune is actually ''worse''. While Lejeune is just as hot and the surroundings just as inhospitable as Twentynine Palms, the heat at Twentynine Palms is dry, and Twentynine Palms is within a couple of hours' drive from both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Lejeune is stuck in the swampy ass-end of North Carolina nowhere and the humidity is murderous.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/visiting_gore_calls_pennsylvania_a Visiting Gore Calls Pennsylvania 'A Hellhole']]
* The Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell does this with Luton.
-->'''BOFH:''' Well, coverage in the third world is always a bit dodgy...\\
'''PFY:''' Really? Where did you go, Luton?\\
'''BOFH:''' Luton, Hull and Glasgow. A package hole-iday\\
'''PFY:''' You didn't drink the water, did you?\\
'''BOFH:''' Hell no, my interpreter warned me about that!
* The Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl Anniversary Brawl]] begins with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic singing an ode to Chicago, (Oh what an adequate morning!) loaded with {{Take That}}s to Chicago that make it sound like this.
-->"Corruption's as high as an elephant's eye... and the meters cost $74.25..." ''(Rob Walker is shown angrily kicking a parking meter)''
** Malachite, who was banished to a Starbucks {{Expy}} after being defeated in the third year anniversary of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/forums/topic/81481/contest-2.18.11-tourism-ads-undesirable-destinations-no-hell-or-mordor/0 This forum]] is full of this trope. Some specific examples listed above. [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_170_14-tourism-ads-destinations-nobody-wants-to-visit/ 14 of them]] were selected by Website/{{Cracked}}.
* According to {{LetsPlay/Helloween4545}}: [[RunningGag Swindon]].
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "mini-golf", Strong Bad gets an email signed from "Somebody No-one Cares About in Iowa", to which Strong Bad quips "Also known as, everyone in Iowa."
* Creator/RoosterTeeth's Burnie Burns [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iSAkF1CKJ4 apparently feels this way about Houston]] (which is just a freeway away from the company's headquarters in Austin).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "A Room with a Moose," Zim threatens to send the entire class into the titular room with a moose, a dimension that simply consists of a white plane with a giant moose graphically munching on walnuts, which apparently is worse than both a dimension of pure dookie and one of pure itching.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Fry wakes up from a second cryo-stasis and finds himself in what appears to be a post-apolcaliptic Earth in the year 4000. Turns out he was only frozen four days and he was really UsefulNotes/LosAngeles in his own time period. When he tries explaining that there were ruins and children with guns, Leela replies "Yeah, it's Los Angeles".
** And Utah gets it in the episode "Mars University".
--->'''Fry:''' I'm impressed. In my time we had no idea Mars had a university.\\
'''Professor Farnsworth''': That's because then Mars was a uninhabitable wasteland, much like Utah. But unlike Utah, Mars was eventually made livable when the university was founded in 2636.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In "Meatballs or Consequences", TheGrimReaper brings the Warner siblings to the bleak and ominous Land of the Dead.
-->'''Dot:''' Are we dead...\\
'''Yakko:''' ...Or is this Ohio?
* A ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Satan's Waitin'" from ''The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie'' involved Yosemite Sam going to {{Hell}}.
-->'''Sam:''' It's powerful hot here. Is this Dallas?\\
'''Satan:''' No, but you're close.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark:''
** When Cartman and the boys go to visit his grandmother they pass a sign that says "Now leaving Colorful Colorado," on a mountain background with a rainbow. The scenery changes abruptly to a gray sky and fields of wheat and a new sign reads "You are now in NEBRASKA. ...Sorry."
** There's also an episode where Kenny gets hit by a bus, but doesn't die, instead ending up carried under the bus all the way to Mexico. In the next episode, Kenny manages to call his friends, and when he describes the place he wound up (i.e. drinking the water gives you bloody diarrhea), they're convinced Kenny is in Hell. In the same episode, Jesus decides to punish Cartman by sending him to a place "worse" than Hell. [[BrickJoke Guess where?]]
** And:
--->'''Mr. Garrison:''' And where are you from, Damien?\\
'''Damien:''' The seventh layer of hell!\\
'''Mr. Garrison:''' Ooooh, that's exciting, my mother was from Alabama.
** When going to the Worldwide Recorder Concert in Arkansas, the sign when they entered declared "Yes, we ''are'' a state!".
* In one of the episodes of the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' TV show, two teams of engineers are competing, and the losing team will be transferred to Albany, NY -- which is shown as being incredibly cold on ''the first day of summer''. When the episode's BigBad -- no, not the boss but the rival team's leader -- is decapitated, her head comments "Well, better this than Albany."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode, Homer travels to Winnipeg, Canada, and the road sign on approaching the city proclaims "We were born here. What's your excuse?"
** And in the episode where they move to Cypress Creek:
--->'''Scorpio:''' By the way, Homer, what's your least favourite country? Italy or France?\\
'''Homer:''' France.\\
'''Scorpio''' Heh heh, nobody ever says Italy.
** For Lisa Simpson, any university (and that is '''ANY''' university) that is not Ivy League is seen as an example of this. The very thought of the possibility that only Brown University will accept her if she doesn't aces a random test drives her to cheat on the episode "''Lisa Gets An "A"''".
** In another episode, Marge stared in a musical version of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' with a song that said some pretty bad things about New Orleans. This caused an outcry from quite a few actual citizens of that city, so much that Bart's chalkboard gag in an episode a few weeks later read "I will not defame New Orleans."
** At the end of [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E19KillTheAlligatorAndRun "Kill The Alligator and Run"]], the Simpsons are [[PersonaNonGrata banned from ever returning to Florida]]. In the final scene of the episode, Marge is standing next to a map of the United States, with 48 of the states crossed off, leaving North Dakota and Arizona as the only remaining states where they haven't been banned from yet. Bart gives good reasons why they should never go there in the first place, and she crosses them off too.
** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS29E17LisaGetsTheBlues "Lisa Gets The Blues"]], Marge plans a family vacation to Gainsville, Florida. After immediate protesting by the family, the first thing she notices when buying plane tickets is that going there only cost $19. Getting out costs $999, much to Marge's annoyance. The airport employee consoles Homer after learning where they're going. Homer then incites a riot onboard the plane, because nobody else wanted to go there either. This results in the plane landing in New Orleans instead.
* According to the film ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', the main form of punishment for a monster is permanent banishment to the human world, though, given that the monsters believe that [[HumansAreCthulhu humans, especially children, are deadly]], this is justifiable.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' had Mooslevania, a place so bad that people would vacation there because afterwards any other place seemed like a vacation. It was also the subject of a territorial dispute between the US and Canada; Canada said it was part of the US, while the US said it was a part of Canada. Mooslevania almost became a real place thanks to a nationwide campaign. However, it was cut short due to the visit to Washington D.C. coinciding with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': In the episode "Dan Vs. Burgerphile", the local Burgerphile manager Jeff is terrified of the prospect of being sent back to Maryland.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In the episode "The Most Interesting Man in the World", Peter gets smarter from visiting America's smartest cities, so his family [[WeWantOurJerkBack turns him back to normal]] by sending him to America's dumbest city: Tucson, Arizona. There, the people are giggling, snaggletoothed dolts who beat each other up, their philharmonic consists of wet t-shirt contests with chocolate milk, and the movie ''{{Film/Battleship}}'' is still playing in theaters. (and apparently wasn't the first time Creator/SethMacFarlane [[https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2014/04/14/seth-macfarlane-and-his-peculiar-distaste-for-tucson took shots at Tucson]])
** In the episode "Into Harmony's Way", Peter and Quagmire go on tour as a singing duo; the first place they go to is New York, but it turns out to be a thin painting of New York over the road, with Delaware on the other side. The sign outside the state reads, "Sorry we had to trick you. This is how we get visitors."
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses]]. A RunningGag is Star dreading being sent there for causing trouble.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision:
** There is actually a Hell in Norway, though it just means "Cave." ''"Helvete"'' is Norwegian for "Hell".[[note]] While [[BilingualBonus in French "Helvète" means "Swiss"]]. [[/note]]
** There is also a Hell, UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}}. According to the story, after the first few names were rejected, their postmaster declared, "You can name it Hell if you want to!" They took him up on it. Both regularly [[http://i.imgur.com/4Qf7MEE.jpg freeze over]].
** Also, there's a Hell on the island of Grand Cayman. Considering that the island is in the Caribbean (and has the typical climate/terrain you'd expect) it's a fitting name for a large expanse of warped, pitted, ugly, sharp-edged black limestone formations.
** The Netherlands has a town called Helmond, which translated literally into English is Hellmouth. The real meaning has nothing to do with hell however, as explained [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmond on The Other Wiki]].
** Scariest of all is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door_to_Hell Door to Hell]] in Turkmenistan, a natural gas fire that has been burning since 1971.
* There is a place named ''Lapin Helvetti'' ([[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Hell of Lapland]]) in Kolari, Finland. [[spoiler:It is an incredibly beautiful caldera lake.]]
** The name ''Kolari'' itself, while meaning "colliery", can mean [[IDontLiketheSoundofThatPlace automobile accident]] in colloquial Finnish.
** ''Just like the Poles have Tartars, [[GrimUpNorth the Swedes have Finns]]'' - a German proverb from the 30 Years War.
* In Scottish humour, New Towns like Livingston are memetically boring and dreich, whilst former industrial towns such as Kelty and Wishaw are (not without justification, thanks to [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher Thatcher]] [[NeverLiveItDown closing down the pits]]) considered miniature Detroits with more general shittiness. Other targets are "the ring" of council estates around Edinburgh, [[ViolentGlaswegian all Glasgow (which itself is lost in its own legend)]], and Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens at nighttime.
* In England, the Hackney area of London has this reputation due to the crime in the area (in particular stabbings). However, it has gotten better in recent years.
* Britain has a reputation for this. It seems that everyone outside of London thinks the town they live in qualifies. When a book called ''Fifty Crap Towns'' was published, with copious reasons for its selections, people wrote in and complained. ''Because their home town wasn't in it''. The publishers obliged with a sequel, ''Fifty More Crap Towns''.
* Every British town and city has its less desirable areas. Londoners are not alone in pointing to Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Manchester has Wythenshawe, described as "the largest council estate in Europe". Wythenshawe and Hattersley were founded as out-of-town suburbs for working-class people with jobs to go to. Which worked fine as long as there ''were'' jobs to commute to. Take away the jobs and leave a residue of people who didn't have much to begin with and now have even less - and you get poverty ghettoes. The local joke is that no buses actually stop in Wythenshawe. They just slow down a little and you throw yourself out.
* Truth In Television: One of J. Edgar Hoover's ... idiosyncrasies ... was sending FBI agents who displeased him to New Orleans, a city he hated. Seeing as he was a well known racist, you can probably imagine why he'd think that.
* Particular scorn was heaped upon it by H.L. Mencken: "All other mammals would succumb quickly to what man endures without damage. Consider, for example, the life of a soldier in the front line--or the life of anyone in Mississippi." Indeed, the phrase "sold down the river" refers to slaves in northern slave states being sold to Mississippi farms, a terrible fate due to the much harsher conditions down there. Today the phrase is still used to mean "betrayed."
* Twain said about Cincinnati, "When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it's always twenty years behind the times."
* In Argentina, during the first half of the 20th century, capital punishment was imprisonment in the infamous Ushuaia prison, in Tierra del Fuego, a frozen hell in the middle of nowhere in the most southern point of America. There were even not many guards, as it was understood that anyone so crazy as to escape would survive a couple of days, at best. A lot of them tried, anyway, with unsurprising results. Considering the kind of inmates [[FateWorseThanDeath you would share your cell with]], I'd have ventured into the frozen woods without second thoughts too.
* In [[SoCalization California]] the cities of Salinas, Bakersfield and Fresno have this reputation, mostly spread by residents themselves.
** In the northern half of the Golden State, Yuba City, though less well known, also has image problems - partly because of its place as the hometown of the 1970s serial ax murderer Juan Corona, and also because the "Rand [=McNally=] Places Rated" quality-of-life ranking in 1985 placed the city 330th and last among U.S. cities.
** The Inland Empire[[note]]basically, the area around Riverside and San Bernardino in California[[/note]] is generally the butt of jokes in the Southwest and is usually viewed as a disgusting shithole full of meth labs, [[LowerClassLout desert bros]], sky-blackening pollution (among the highest in the country), foreclosed homes, wannabe gangbangers, sociopathic cops, and just about everything else you can imagine.
* In Mesa County in Colorado, Clifton is this, and it is routinely mocked. And sometimes Fruita.
** For many Coloradans, the only excuse for being in Pueblo is if you're driving through it on your way to or from New Mexico.
** When the community of Reunion was created, some residents lobbied for the development to get its own postmark. Why? Because otherwise their letters would be stamped "Commerce City," a Denver suburb notorious for crime, industrial decay, and general urban misery.
* The dirty secret among Rhode Island expats: They know the state's population is made up of horrible, contemptuous people, especially as you get close to I-95. Problem is, most people don't even know Rhode Island exists, which makes Jersey comparisons difficult to swing. Within the state itself, Woonsocket, Central Falls, and Pawtucket all have particularly terrible reputations.
** Central Falls is also incredibly notorious for these reasons: It's 1.3 square miles, and a population of (by the 2014 census) 19,328 (meaning it's more densely populated than ''Boston''; it has rampant gang and violence issues (in 2015/2016 there was a ''shoot-out'' in one the city over someone being short-changed on marijuana); It also has the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility, which is a ''maximum security prison'', right in the middle of the city.
* Uryupinsk, [[UsefulNotes/OtherRussianTownsAndCities Volgograd Oblast]] has a reputation of a memetically boring hicksville in Russia, mostly in the [[InherentlyFunnyWords name]]. It has a uniquely undignified sound to it. Kolyma and Magadan, on the other hand, are genuinely notorious for being the central hubs of prison camps in USSR.
* In [[UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}} Greater Vancouver]], Surrey has this reputation; when people get more specific they usually paint it as being populated by hicks and/or trailer trash and petty criminals. (It ''is'' the car-theft capital of British Columbia.) Being the largest suburb by a good margin, it's sort of like the local equivalent of New Jersey. There's also [[TheCityNarrows the Downtown Eastside]], which has a reputation more along the lines of "if you go here you will die (or at least get mugged)" than mere lack of class.
* Minnesotans think of the northernmost part of Minneapolis as a gang-ridden, violent hellhole. The light rail ends at Target Field, and to most natives, that's where the city ends. That this is more or less the truth doesn't make this any less the trope. To a lesser extent (largely due to size), people unfamiliar with the city consider it dangerous to go on Lake Street after dark. This is mostly due to xenophobia (it's a very Mexican part of town).
* Marylanders are weird about this in regards to Baltimore. It is, after all, a city that is nearly as corrupt as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Got]][[WretchedHive ham]] but with no RichIdiotWithNoDayJob to help against that. There are only a few "safe" parts of town and gang violence is a regular occurrence. But Marylanders do generally love their city and its charm (it's even nicknamed Charm City). Yes, Baltimore is a horrible city, but it's our horrible city! That said, it has improved - somewhat - from the days when it was both the murder ''and'' STD capital of the United States. Now they have a football team. A ''winning'' football team.
* Among Wisconsinites, Waukesha, if not the entirety of Waukesha County, is quickly gaining a reputation as 'Wisconsin's Alabama', which manages to actually slam two places at once.
* Pennsylvania is sometimes described as being "Philadelphia at one end, Pittsburgh at the other, and Alabama in the middle." (Or Mississippi, or Kentucky, or whichever state is ''your'' AcceptableTarget.)
* And on the topic of Pennsylvania, there's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania#Mine_fire Centralia, PA]], (alleged) inspiration for ''Franchise/SilentHill'', which has had an underground fire burning since ''1962''. Due to this, the majority of the town was abandoned by 1984, after Congress voted to give residents $42 million in aid for relocation. This even caused a neighboring town to need evacuation once the fire spread far enough.
* The town of Corby in Northamptonshire has achieved memetic status as this locally, partly because it combines the worst aspects of Milton Keynes[[note]]hideous 1960s {{Zeerust}} architecture that wouldn't look out of place in a live-action version of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''[[/note]] and any large town OopNorth[[note]]largest industry and sole ''raison d'etre'' for the entire city has gone to the wall so it's work in UsefulNotes/McDonalds, draw the dole until you're 65 or become a gangbanger[[/note]], but also because a lot of its residential property is built on land contaminated with toxic waste.
* UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} and UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}} have hated one-another for ''centuries'', so it should come as little surprise that, if you ask a person from either state, each ones' citizens view the other state as a [[HellOnEarth hellhole]], a [[WarIsHell warzone]], or a [[PoisonIsEvil toxic waste dump]]. No city bears the brunt of this more squarely than Toledo, and the state to which the city belongs is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment conspicuously absent]] from this entry for a reason. These two states' animosity stems from a long and bitter border dispute over a section of land called the Toledo Strip. Michigan (then only a territory) actually went so far as to ''declare war'' on Ohio over it. Ultimately, the folks in D.C. gave the Toledo Strip to Ohio, but the ''real'' loser of this war was Wisconsin because the Upper Peninsula was given to Michigan as "consolation" (At the time, Michiganders '''still''' felt they'd gotten the lousy end of the deal but that's because the Upper Peninsula's vast mineral wealth at that time remained undiscovered. And to this day, some Yoopers '''still''' want to become the 51st State and call themselves Superior, probably with Marquette as their capital).
* In UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}}, at least from the end of UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution to the 90s, the Marias Islands were the Mexican equivalent of Siberia or Alcatraz, since it was (then) a desolated wasteland and most prisoners were (then) forced to work. Ironically, being sent to the Marias Islands right now is, for many prisoners, almost a gift, since the Mexican government took many years to change its nefarious reputation and now it has become a model, almost jail-less prison, when the prisoners can live with their families just like when they were free in continental Mexico.
* Mexico's Northern States and '''very especially''' Ciudad Juarez. Not only are those states the most violent and dangerous of the country (due to drug-trafficking), the ValuesDissonance between those states with the rest of Mexico is so high, many outsiders prefer to return to their places of origin, that's it, ''if you can even survive living in those cities first.''
* In a less serious level, telling someone in Mexico to go to la chingada (vete a la chingada) is the equivalent of telling someone "Go fuck yourself". However, there happens to be a villa in Mexico named "La Chingada", so being told to go there may not be so bad...
* Connecticut has Hartford, Waterbury, and Bridgeport, all of which are viewed as the state's answer to the Rust Belt, being former industrial hotbeds that later became crime-ridden, impoverished wastelands full of houses one step away from being condemned, storefronts comprised entirely of shoddy bodegas, liquor stores, bail bondsmen, and payday loan centers, and the rotting shells of former factories. They have lessened their horrible status in recent years, and compared to other rust belt states they benefit from the nearby hedge funds, but they in general are the rougher parts of the state.
* Wisconsin in general has a distaste of Illinois, calling residents "Flatlanders" (Wisconsin is more hilly than most of Illinois) and "[=FIBs=]" ([[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Illinois [=Bastard/Bitch=]). People from Illinois call Wisconsinites "Cheeseheads" (Wisconsin is famous for its dairy production), which [[InsultBackfire hilariously backfired]] when they took to the name, including making hats of foam to look like cheese. The fact that the oldest rivalry in the NFL ([=Bears/Packers=]) is between the two states' teams doesn't really help matters much.
* Speaking of Illinois, the multi-faceted rivalry between {{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} and the rest of the state causes this on both sides. Chicagoans see the rest of the state as a [[DownOnTheFarm corn-filled barren wasteland]], aside from college towns like Normal/Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Carbondale, that's completely irrelevant and filled with rednecks [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking who vote Republican]]. The rest of the state sees Chicago as a [[GangsterLand crime-ridden hellhole]] filled with political corruption that takes the rest of the state's money, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking votes Democratic.]]
* Worcester, a rather unattractive industrial city with a bewildering highway system, is frequently described as "the armpit of Massachusetts." Revere ("Reveeeah"), just north of Boston, and Holyoke, just north of Springfield on the Connecticut River, also come in for a lot of abuse. (Revere has a "Jersey Shore"-like reputation; Holyoke is another depressed industrial city which has lost most of its industry and half its population. Holyoke actually has a whole AbandonedWarehouse ''neighborhood''.)
* Mass has lots of these. There's Lynn ("Lynn, Lynn, city of sin, you never go out the way you came in."), best known for its serious gang issues, Fitchburg, which was once a reasonably okay mill city but is now a depressing melange of dilapidated houses, abandoned mill buildings, and dwindling storefronts, Chicopee, which is essentially Holyoke-lite, Pittsfield, which is a little slice of the more decrepit areas of northeastern NY, Greenfield, which takes all the trashiness of Western Mass' nastier rural areas (Athol, Orange, Millers Falls, etc.) and magnifies it... yeah, that's not even the tip of the iceberg.
** Athol gets bonus points for actually being the Athol of Massachusetts.
** When H.P. Lovecraft wrote about decaying, degenerate rural New England towns home to [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], he was inspired by a visit to Athol. With sky-high unemployment, widespread poverty (most of the jobs that are available don't pay worth a damn anyways), rampant commercial vacancies, and rates of alcoholism, child abuse, domestic violence, and teen pregnancy that are well above the state average, it's not hard to see where the inspiration came from. While it's not ''quite'' as bad as it once was, it's still a pretty miserable place.
* For Iowa, Sioux City and Waterloo have this reputation.
* Nevada, a state known for little else other than Vegas, is this in general. Even residents joke about how awful the state is. The rural areas are extremely popular for meth production, as police simply can't get there or don't know it exists, and unemployment is consistently high. However, in the state itself, Battle Mountain definitely has the reputation as 'The Armpit of America'. [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112800704_pf.html This Washington Post article]] even names it as such.
* Naples, Italy, is considered to be this by many Italians (including Neapolitans). And if you think crime and corruption are not enough, the city also sits between a couple of very dangerous (currently dormant) volcanoes, including Mt. Vesuvius.
* For the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, either Portsmouth or the parts of Norfolk immediately surrounding NOB.
* El Paso, UsefulNotes/{{Texas}}, is roundly mocked by just about everyone in south Texas and New Mexico. Unlike [[EverythingsBigInTexas the rest of Texas]], which you can at least mock affectionately, El Paso is the gutter end of both states. (A typical joke is that Texas tried to [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack sell it back to Mexico]] ''and were refused''.) The fact that it's directly adjacent to Juarez, above, helps not at all.
* Neighboring Tacoma, Washington seemed to garner this reputation in Seattle. Things were worse in the past, and arguably more justified, with the city's numerous paper mills contributing to the infamous 'aroma from Tacoma'.
* In Sydney, Australia, the entire western half is considered shady, beyond Parramatta, Redfern is also considered unsafe.
* Philip Sheridan, a Union general in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, said, "If I owned Hell and Texas, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell."
* In India, being sent to the North Eastern states of the country (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram) is generally considered a [[ReassignedToAntarctica punishment posting]] by anyone who isn't from there. However, in an aversion of the usual reasons why (such as poverty - which is a problem, or violence - terrorism and separatist movements are a ''huge'' pain in the ass over there), the main reason no one wants to go there is the weather, climate and an unrepentantly hostile array of flora and fauna.
** With things such as [[BigCreepyCrawlies spiders the size of a human palm,]] [[NightmareFuel or leeches,]] or the [[IncurableCoughOfDeath diseases]], or the man-eaters in the jungles and....well, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou you get the idea]] - it's a [[HungryJungle tropical rainforest]] and the massive Brahmaputra River flowing through it has it's own array of lethal things in it.
** Really, it'd be easier to list out the stuff that ''isn't'' lethal. Tourism, however, remains high, since (for some reason) foreign tourists ''love'' the unspoiled wilderness of the region. [[FunnyForeigner And then they wonder why the locals look at them funny.]]
** The people of the North East, in contrast, [[BoisterousBruiser are some of the friendliest and industrious in the whole country.]] And known for being some of the most legendarily ferocious warriors to ever exist. [[HadToBeSharp Considering the land, one isn't really that surprised.]]
* In Brazil, the most widespread targets are Brasília (the capital, thus filled with corrupt politicians), and many a Northern state given living in the middle of TheAmazon is not very attractive (a widespread joke is that [[EskimosArentReal the state of Acre doesn't exist]], and a comedian said that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rond%C3%B4nia Rondônia]] has so many ugly people the Devil must have left some of his offspring there).
* Amongst Australians, Tasmania is stereotyped as a hotbed for incest. Amongst Tasmanians, that stereotype is narrowed down to the city of Launceston.
* A joke in Germany which pokes fun at the fact that current standard German is closest to the Hannover dialect goes "If you want to learn pure and correct German, you should go to Hannover. ({{beat}}) But then you'd be in Hannover."
* One of the complaints many Germans have with regards to UsefulNotes/DeutscheBahn is the fact that its Intercity-Express high speed trains stop "too often" and most cities below a certain size or touristic value are often treated to this. Probably the only cities for which this is averted are Munich, Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin - the four cities above one million inhabitants in Germany. But don't get someone from Düsseldorf started on Cologne, or someone from not-Bavaria started on Munich or... Suffice it to say GermanHumor is full of jokes at the expense of other cities and regions.
** One of the cities that gets this the most is Wolfsburg. Firstly because the city is basically the Volkswagen factory and nothing else and secondly because ICE drivers regularily forget to stop there. In 2011 it happened four times in the span of a few months.
** Cologne is often regarded as the worst city of Germany. Not only does it look inherently dirty, its inhabitants tend to be pretty rude. It also has one of the (if not ''the'') ugliest cathedrals of Europe.