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->''"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...''"''
-->-- '''Goombella''', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''

The town is small and filled with [[EccentricTownsfolk quirky, lovable characters.]] There is [[CloseKnitCommunity 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 [[TownWithADarkSecret a dark secret]] underneath its quirky exterior.

On a smaller scale see QuirkyHousehold. On a larger scale, see CityOfWeirdos. Generally free of SmallTownBoredom, and anyone who says "NothingExcitingEverHappensHere" either has lived there long enough that the eccentricity of their neighbors seems normal to them, or [[BlatantLies is just plain lying]]. Might also be a CutesyNameTown.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''MariAndGali'' has Hubble Gali, populated by deceased scientists.
* TheStellarSix has a town made of a series of bazaars and shops, and everyone seems to not only get along extremely well, but most of the main cast have known everyone there since childhood, and everyone (for the most part) gets along.
* In one of the Manga/FullmetalAlchemist novels, Ed and Al arrived in a desert town named Wisteria where everything seems extremely happy and kind, and the main female character of the novel, Ruby, insists it's the greatest place ever. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to the brothers at first however, is that the poor of the village, at the behest of the mayor, are sold into slavery.]]
* The Bunny Mountain Shopping District in Anime/{{Tamako Market}}

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* The British comic ''Strangehaven''.
* The UndefeatableLittleVillage in ''{{Asterix}}''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The town in Federico Fellini's ''Film/{{Amarcord}}''. All the more poignant when you realize the town is in Fascist Italy in the 1930s, and {{World War II}} is just on the horizon...
* The street in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
** Tim Burton loves this trope: see the hidden town of Spectre in ''Film/BigFish''
** HalloweenTown in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' might count as a very, ''very'' quirky version of this trope.
* Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in ''Film/GroundhogDay''.
* The town in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Virgil, Texas in ''Film/TrueStories''
* Dirt in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Bogusville in Duncan Ball's ''Selby'' series.
* Centerburg, the setting of Robert [=McCloskey=]'s ''Homer Price'' and ''Centerburg Tales''.
* Lancre Town in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. In fact, the Kingdom of Lancre is small enough that most of the villages probably count as suburbs of a single Quirky Town.
* Remarkable of Lizzie K. Foley's ''Remarkable'', where everyone except our heroine Jane is remarkable in some way.

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* [[TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]].
* Dog River in ''Series/CornerGas''.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives''
* Portwenn in ''Series/DocMartin''.
* Stuckeyville, Ohio in ''Series/{{Ed}}''
* ''EerieIndiana'' perhaps goes a little beyond "quirky". John Astin, the original Gomez Addams, is one of the more ''normal'' residents.
* ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
* ''{{Everwood}}''
* [[GilmoreGirls Stars Hollow, Connecticut]]
* ''Series/GreenAcres''
* Loch Dubh in ''Series/HamishMacbeth''
* Men In Trees
* ''{{Newhart}}'', in which the town is simply "The Town" (NoNameGiven)
* Cicely, Alaska in ''NorthernExposure''
* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Pawnee, Indiana]].
* ''Series/PetticoatJunction''
* UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} in ''{{Portlandia}}''. Some of it is TruthInTelevision.
* Rome, Wisconsin of ''{{Picket Fences}}''
* Royston Vasey from ''{{The League of Gentlemen}}'' (version with added ''Nightmare Fuel'')
* ''TwinPeaks''
* Rutherford, Ohio from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''
* Port Niranda in ''RoundTheTwist''.
* Bluebell in ''Series/HartOfDixie''.
* Wellsville, um...somewhere... "Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete"
* Pontyberry, in ''Series/{{Stella|UK}}''

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TomLehrer has great fun parodying this in his song "My Home Town."

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[[folder: Podcasts ]]

* [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale]] fits this trope to a T, just with a lot more death and existential horror.


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[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''{{Adventures in Odyssey}}''
* ''FibberMcGeeAndMolly''
* ''The Great Gildersleeve''
* Lake Wobegon in ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''

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[[folder: Theater ]]

* River City, Iowa in ''TheMusicMan''.
* Mapleton, Ohio in several plays by Moss Hart.
* An unnamed Connecticut town in ''Ah, Wilderness!'' by Eugene O'Neill.
* Richard O'Brien was inspired to write ''[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow The Rocky Horror Show]]'' by his experiences living in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand, during the 1950s.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Half the fun of ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is letting you actually live in a QuirkyTown.
* Just try to name a town in ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' that's ''not'' this. Go on, we'll be waiting.
** Well, except the overpriced tourist town of Summers.
*** And Fourside, the big city.
*** And Moonside, the other big city.
** Saturn Valley totally counts, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has Tazmily Village, which is arguably a {{Deconstruction}}. It's a QuirkyTown because it's cut off from all other civilization. [[spoiler: When outsiders start showing up, it quickly becomes less quirky and a lot less idyllic.]]
* Greenvale in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition.'' Some of the townsfolk are downright ''goofy'', which just adds to the MoodWhiplash regarding the horrific murders you investigate.
* Falderal from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride''. The china shop is run by a bull, the snake oil salesman literally has scales, and Archduke Fifi le Yip Yap is MisterMuffykins in Louis XIV attire. Be sure to take the Faux shop with a grain of salt.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon''. The game is all about knowing people of the town and living there.
* Basically every small village you come across in ProfessorLayton and their puzzle loving inhabitants. St. Mystere in the first game and Folsense in the second.
** Though the idyllic little villages are far from it. By the end of the game, you find St. Mystere's residents [[spoiler:are all robots]] and Folsense [[spoiler:is a product of hallucinogenic gas]]!
* Thamasa in VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI.
* ''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

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Generictown in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* ''Webcomic/{{City of Reality}}'', full stop. 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 TownWithADarkSecret, thinking that secret is pent-up rage.
* ''LifeSketch'' takes place in [[PunnyName Hannah]], [[HannahMontana 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.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}''

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Calling WesternAnimation/SouthPark quirky is an understatement.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold's'' Brooklyn-inspired neighborhood, which is (among other things) known for throwing tomatoes at the British during the Revolutionary War. Aren't you jealous?
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', even though it's a neighborhood of a large city.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''s Springfield.
* Bluffington from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' has Elwood City, which is only ''slightly'' quirky.
* Ponyville from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. The first impression asocial city-girl Twilight Sparkle gets is "All the ponies in this town are ''crazy!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/NedsNewt'': Friendly Falls, the show's setting. That said, friendly as they might be, the inhabitants also tend to be a tad kooky.
* Dillydale in ''TheMrMenShow'' is as quirky as they come.
* The titular town in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' is as quirky as they come, and doubles as a TownWithADarkSecret.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Cassadega, UsefulNotes/{{Florida}}.
* Seaside, Florida. (''Film/TheTrumanShow'' was filmed there.)
* Hell, Florida itself is [[OnlyInFlorida often stereotyped]] as America's Quirky ''State''.
* Ditto for Vermont, often seen by those on the East Coast as ''Series/{{Portlandia}}'' stretched over a whole state.
* College towns in the United States. Other countries tend not to have these, as their universities were built in major cities.
* Salem, Massachusetts: Where there are more occult shops and people walking around in robes than Diagon Alley.
* Southport, Merseyside, United Kingdom: Pretty much this UpToEleven - and this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a local newspaper, and the subject of a TakeThat by a Mancunian newspaper.
* Residents of Austin, UsefulNotes/{{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. [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative 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 fueds 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.
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