Quirky Town

And just wait 'til you see the townsfolk.

"This is Petalburg. The warm weather makes the locals laid-back and happy. Wow, and talk about unique personalities... Very... individualistic, to put it nicely. Or, not so nicely... Downright kooky..."

The town is small and filled with quirky, lovable characters. There is a strong sense of community. The audience is a little torn between wanting to live there, and being glad they live someplace else where not everyone knows your business.

This trope is very powerful, perhaps reflecting a desire to somehow make this place exist, even if only in fiction. The Disney Main Street is an example of the strength this trope has to force itself into something like reality.

Be careful, though, as it may have a dark secret underneath its quirky exterior.

For Quirky towns in TV series, they will typically begin with the arrival of some outsider authority figure, such as a sheriff, doctor or FBI agent, who will initially be baffled by the inhabitants, but soon will turn out to be every bit as quirky as they are.

On a smaller scale see Quirky Household. On a larger scale, see City of Weirdos. Generally free of Small Town Boredom, and anyone who says "Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here" either has lived there long enough that the eccentricity of their neighbors seems normal to them, or is just plain lying. Might also be a Cutesy Name Town.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Marie & Gali has Hubble Gali, populated by deceased scientists.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween Town is populated by monsters, skeletons and mad scientists who take scaring at their "job". The opening song is basically about quirky they are. "I am the one hiding under your bed" etc.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Big Fish: Tim Burton loves this trope: see the hidden town of Spectre in this film. Nobody wears shoes, they always know who is set to come into town before they do and everyone is extremely cheery and serene.
  • Groundhog Day: Phil is able to get himself in everyone's good graces by learning their habits and quirks over the repeated time loops.


  • Discworld : Ankh-Morpork has a Patrician who believes that mime performance is a capital offense, a post master general who breaks into his own building for fun, a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits for a City Watch, and those are just the civil servants.
  • Journey To Chaos: Roalt, capital of Ataidar, has some strange folks in it. The artists make their homes reflect whatever their style and medium might be, the warriors consider a giant snake sneaking in through the waterways as a boon of good fortune, and shenanigans regularly occur in places of worship, because the deities worshipped there are trickster gods.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Eureka is populated by eccentric super genuises whose inventions regularly go wrong. The sherrif is the Only Sane Man and in charge of dealing with all the fallout
  • Gilmore Girls: Stars Hollow, Connecticut. They hold wakes over a cat and are sticklers to tradition to the point of staying out in blizzards to reenact war scenes. They seem very close-nit and happy in spite of this.





    Video Games 
  • Half the fun of Animal Crossing is letting the player live in a Quirky Town. The villagers that move in have idiosyncratic personalities (For unexplained reasons, they like to wander around town and ask you what their catchphrases should be). Many of the in-game NP Cs have odd quirks to them as well. For example, the museum is run by an owl that talks a lot but is also terrified of the bugs you bring in as specimens.
  • Deadly Premonition:In Greenvale, some of the townsfolk are downright goofy, which just adds to the Mood Whiplash regarding the horrific murders you investigate.
  • Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay, a small out-of-the-way seaside town which is stuck in the past in a lot of ways, would be considered quirky even without the apocalyptic weather.
  • King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride: In Falderal, the china shop is run by a bull, the snake oil salesman literally has scales, and Archduke Fifi le Yip Yap is Mister Muffykins in Louis XIV attire. Be sure to take the Faux shop with a grain of salt.
  • Professor Layton: Basically every small village you come across and their puzzle loving inhabitants. St. Mystere in the first game and Folsense in the second. By the end of the game, you find St. Mystere's residents are all robots and Folsense is a product of hallucinogenic gas!
  • The Sims:
    • The Sims 2 has Strangetown, a town whose residents include aliens, a mad scientist couple, a man pregnant by aliens, and a serial killer.
    • The Sims 3 Supernatural has Moonlight Falls, a town consisting of witches, fairies, werewolves, and vampires.
    • Urbzville of The Urbz: Sims in the City is a reputation-driven town divided into 9 unique districts, each with differing subcultures.

    Web Comics 
  • City of Reality: for starters, their mayor is a bunny rabbit (actually, what looks like a living sock puppet of a bunny rabbit, and that's not just an art style!). Hawk even goes to great lengths in order to test how close it is to being a Town with a Dark Secret, thinking that secret is pent-up rage.
  • Life Sketch takes place in Hannah, Montana, where vampires, zombies and dragons are commonplace and nobody seems to bat an eye when people go out in public in full cosplay regalia.

    Western Animation 
  • Hey Arnold!'s Brooklyn-inspired neighborhood, which is (among other things) known for throwing tomatoes at the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • The Simpsons's Springfield. Everyone is dysfunctional and they have to face off against various foes over the course of the long series.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Ponyville. The first impression asocial city-girl Twilight Sparkle gets is "All the ponies in this town are crazy!" Considering that this is a town with a pony who will throw a party or sing a song for everyone who moves in, considers a bugbear attacking the city as hardly worthy of comment yet is horrified by a stampede of bunnies, and has an extremely lazy yet competent weather manager, she's not far off.
  • Gravity Falls: Sometimes it seems like the various monsters surrounding the town are more sane than the humans. There's s a reason why the town is so weird; The Society of the Blind Eye has been using Laser-Guided Amnesia so much that most of the people are brain-damaged.

    Real Life 
  • Salem, Massachusetts: Where there are more occult shops and people walking around in robes than Diagon Alley.
  • Residents of Austin, Texas, have made "Keep Austin Weird" their motto. While as a state capital it hardly qualifies as a "town", it should be noted that Austin is home to the University of Texas's main campus.
  • Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is definitely a quirky place. Victorian aesthetics, highly popular with artists, Pagans, and LGBT individuals. Its aerial map is a spider trail that loops wildly, but in spite of this, has almost no traffic lights. It also boasts the World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime.
  • Lawrence, Kansas. Not only is it a University town, but it also has a long history of oddball culture. It is not uncommon to see all walks of life represented on the street corners of Massachusetts Street (Mass Street to locals). Mentions of its colorful history abound, whether it is the hotel that has been shot at with a cannon and burned down twice, or Quantrill's Raid, or the long standing feuds with many other towns (Columbia, MO, Osceola, MO which is so extreme that the citizens of Osceola have said that they refuse to capitalize the name of the town or state, anywhere in Nebraska, or Manhattan, Kansas), or the atmosphere that in general makes this kinda like a real life Twin Peaks.