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''The time, place and circumstances of the narrative.''
!!Time Tropes
+ AbandonedArea
+ AlternateHistoryTropes
+ AlternateUniverse
+ AnimeSettings
+ AnotherDimension
+ ApocalypticIndex
+ BeachTropes
+ BuildingTropes
+ CelebrationTropes
+ CircusIndex
+ TheCity
+ EatingEstablishments
+ ElevatorTropes
+ FictionalCultureAndNationTropes
+ HollywoodAtlas
+ HollywoodHistory
+ HomeBase
+ HotelTropes
+ INeedAnIndexByMonday
+ MajorWorldCities
+ AMountainOfTropes
+ TheNationalIndex
+ NightlifeIndex
+ OtherworldTropes
+ PartyAtMyIndex
+ PunkPunk
+ SchoolTropes
+ SettingGimmicks
+ SmallTowns
+ SewerTropes
+ TheTower
+ TropesAtSea
+ TropesInSpace
+ TropesOfTheJungle
+ VideogameSettings
+ WeWillNotUseAnIndexInTheFuture
+ YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex

* AfterTheEnd \\
A catastrophe - manmade or natural - has [[ApocalypseHow wiped out a large portion of the human civilization and/or population]]. The survivors fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
** TheApunkalypse \\
Punks usher in the collapse of civilization; the apocalypse ushers in the age of the punks. It's all the same song and dance, and the punks are here to stay.
** CockroachesWillRuleTheEarth \\
Little vermin becames the dominant life form.
** RuinsOfTheModernAge \\
The Empire State Building is growing moss and most of its concrete is fading away.
** ScavengerWorld \\
The world has been ruined, and people rely on what they can salvage from the old world to survive.
* AlternativeCalendar \\
If the end of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII were used as an era, it would be the year 71 as of 2016.
* AnachronismStew \\
Is that man wearing a toga, wielding a [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]] and listening to an iPod?
* BigFatFuture \\
Obese is slim in 25 years.
* CassetteFuturism\\
The early digital era of the 20th century's last quarter extrapolated into the future. The grungier post-microchip, pre-[[EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture iPod]] successor to RaygunGothic.
* ChandlerAmericanTime\\
A nastier relative of GenteelInterbellumSetting
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar\\
Iron curtains, nukes and spies.
* TheDarkTimes \\
Between the dinosaurs and early human civilization there were dragons, wizards and evil beyond imagination.
* DayOfTheJackboot \\
War's over. We lost.
* DaysOfFuturePast \\
Middle Ages + Spaceships = ''StarWars''.
* TheDungAges \\
Happens during Dark Age Britain.
* DuringTheWar
** AlienInvasion \\
They don't come in peace.
** ArabIsraeliConflict
** BugWar \\
Humans vs. Insectoid Aliens.
** UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar \\
Operation Desert Storm (1990 - 1991).
** UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar \\
1950 - 1953
** TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar \\
The Sorcerors fight the Scientists.
** RobotWar \\
Robots [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turn against the creators]].
** UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar \\
1955 - 1975
** UsefulNotes/WorldWarI \\
1914 - 1918
** WorksSetInWorldWarII\\
1939 - 1945
* EarthIsYoung
* TheEdwardianEra \\
Between UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria's death and the outbreak of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, everybody's upper-class indulgent and foreshadows a lot.
* EnforcedTechnologyLevels \\
Only certain kinds of technology, or a certain level of technology, is allowed. By law, manmade or natural.
* FantasticNatureReserve \\
A zoo, wildlife reserve, or other home for supposedly extinct or mythical creatures.
* FantasyAmericana \\
Magic, fantastic creatures, and figures of folklore lie in the wilds of North America, just beyond the reaches of civilization.
* FeudalFuture \\
Sub-category of Days of Future Past.
* TheFuture \\
100 - 200 years into the future. Think of how every house in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' [[RaygunGothic looks]].
** TheFutureIsNoir\\
We do not use sufficient lighting in the future.
** StandardSciFiHistory\\
The Far Future, the Really Far Future of Space Opera.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting \\
Sometime between 1918 and 1939.
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy \\
Scoundrels, treasure, and swashbuckling adventure upon the high seas.
* HereThereWereDragons \\
Once upon a time, Kings had wizards as courtiers and knights slew dragons.
* UsefulNotes/HoleInFlag\\
When everybody got tired of the nukes and spies.
* JustBeforeTheEnd \\
We are a few days from extermination.
* JustOneSecondOutOfSync \\
A time out of place.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway \\
Far distant in space, time or both. They've probably never even heard of Earth.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy \\
Swords, kings and [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkienian]] lore.
* MedievalPrehistory \\
Pre-industrial human society set against a prehistoric backdrop.
* MedievalStasis \\
Technology hasn't changed since 1250.
* ModernStasis \\
4000 years later, still no [[IWantMyJetpack jetpack]].
* NextSundayAD \\
Just ahead of the present. That's why you haven't noticed the AlienInvasion.
* OneMillionBC \\
Hollywood Stone Age. All cavemen look Neanderthalish and live in harmony with dinosaurs.
* PlaceBeyondTime \\
A place out of time.
* PopularHistory \\
When movies set in 1968 look like they are set in 1968.
* PresentDay \\
When a show is set in the same year it is produced in.
* PresentDayPast \\
The city wouldn't let the production close down streets so our movie set five years ago is full of recent car models and billboards.
* RaygunGothic \\
Shiny spaceships, artistically designed rayguns, {{Tin Can Robot}}s, and jet packs, all done in an Art Deco style. The chief setting of futuristic stories from the the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
* UsefulNotes/TheSovietTwenties
* SpaceAgeStasis \\
You have the jetpacks, but they're the same as the ones made a thousand years ago.
* TheTimeOfMyths \\
Ancient Myths (Bronze Age Greek, what-have-you) are not only real, they are mashed together into one time period.
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles \\
Between the 1960s and 1998 in Northern Ireland.
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast \\
Not a PeriodPiece, but not quite the present, either.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture \\
In the year 2016 everyone is a robot and speaks 10 languages.
* TheWarOnTerror \\
9/11 to the Present.
* TheWildWest \\
Every Spaghetti- and Western.
** DawnOfTheWildWest \\
Just before and the beginning of the WildWest.
** TwilightOfTheOldWest \\
The WildWest gradually gives way to the NewOldWest.
** NewOldWest \\
Cowboys Now.
** SpaceWestern \\
Cowboys in space.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen \\
The Age of Sail.

!!Space / Place
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer \\
Because sewers in real life are at least two meters high and have enough space to hold a castle.
* AcademyOfAdventure \\
In every class you learn to fly and shoot laser beams out of your eyes.
* {{Adminisphere}} \\
The back office that administers the organisation, and is likely to be out of touch with the sharp end of the business.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis\\
Exactly what it says on the tin. Often found in the darkest jungle. May overlap with CityOfGold.
* AdventureTowns \\
Travel between towns for new quests.
* AdventurersClub \\
When the globe-trotting hero isn't about his exciting business, he can relax at the club and swap stories with the like-minded.
* AirstripOne \\
Where TheEmpire strips a conquered nation of its identity and assigns it a number.
* AliensInCardiff \\
Unusually, the AlienInvasion has gone off the [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]-[[BigApplesauce New York]]-[[HollywoodCalifornia Los Angeles]]-[[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]] tourist route to land in Plymouth.
* AllGhoulsSchool \\
Faculty for the freaky and fanged.
* AmazingTechnicolorWorld \\
A colorful world.
* TheAmazon \\
The biggest jungle ever.
* AmusementPark \\
It's usually closed and happens during the night.
* AmusementParkOfDoom \\
No one has entered in ages and because of that, the place is riddled with [[DurableDeathTrap traps]] that kill you.
* AncientAfrica \\
Everyone in Africa has a bone in their nose and hair, dances around a bonfire, and lives in a straw hut.
* AncientTomb \\
Tombs, burial chambers, sepulchers, mausoleums, charnel houses, ossuaries, catacombs, crypts, sometimes even dungeons.
* {{Arcadia}} \\
Quiet life in the countryside.
* {{Area 51}} \\
A top secret research facility. In the desert.
* AsceticAesthetic\\
In this setting, less is more.
* AthleticArenaLevel\\
Football and Baseball and Hockey, OH MY! And all of them are trying to play at once.
* {{Atlantis}} \\
The perfect lost world.
* AtTheCrossroads \\
Where the paths of two fates cross.
* BadGuyBar \\
Everyone inside is a macho wrestler with an evil look on his face.
* {{Barsetshire}} \\
A bucolic, often English countryside in which tales of ordinary personal comedy and drama take place.
* BaseOnWheels \\
How is it possible to keep an entire city on wheels that can drive anywhere, even submerge? Beats me.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre \\
A marketplace in the Middle East. You'll find all sorts of this and that in there.
* BBCQuarry \\
The ISO Standard alien planet set, a disused or rented quarry, full of interestingly dull rocks and fascinatingly monotonous scenery, the perfect alien-landscape-on-a-budget.
* BeachTropes
* BeautifulVoid\\
Peaceful, but oddly empty.
* BedlamHouse \\
Asylum on steroids.
* BeneathTheEarth \\
People living under the crust. Their technology is primitive and they fear the outsiders.
* TheBermudaTriangle\\
Where planes and ships go to enter inter-dimensional rifts (maybe).
* BigApplesauce \\
Because New York is the only city aliens and monsters like to destroy.
* BigFancyCastle \\
Much like Big Fancy House, but with more towers. And secret passages. And dungeons.
* BigFancyHouse \\
A house on a hill. It's not dirty. It has more rooms than any other house around.
* BiggerOnTheInside \\
A building that looks small - possibly ridiculously small - but opens up into a giant mansion or other area.
* BigLabyrinthineBuilding \\
A huge building consisting of nothing but a maze.
* TheBigRottenApple \\
Where New York is a squalid decaying crime-ridden Hell on Earth.
* BigStore\\
The setting for a Long Con. It looks like a business now, but it'll be empty again next week.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}\\
Implausible, ridiculous, bizarre architecture.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors\\
The breeding ground of [[SadistTeacher Sadist Teachers]] and cutthroat battles for social dominance.
* BoomTown\\
Whoa, these guys build and breed fast.
* TheBridge\\
Where sci-fi guys go to [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone get to know each other]].
* BrightCastle \\
A beautiful fairy-tale castle.
* BubblyClouds \\
A world set in the clouds.
* BuildingOfAdventure\\
A single building is the setting.
* CaliforniaUniversity\\
When kids in a HighSchool drama get too old to be believable, expect most of them to go here.
* CampbellCountry\\
LovecraftCountry...in England!
* CanadaDoesNotExist\\
What do you do when you're ashamed to be shooting your show in Canada, but can't set it in America?
* ChezRestaurant\\
Expect snails, frog legs, temperamental chefs, and snotty waiters with [[FunnyForeigner funny accents]].
* CircleOfStandingStones\\
A ring of giant stones where important events often occur.
* CityInABottle\\
There has never been anything outside TheCity. Beyond its [[CrapsaccharineWorld well-policed]] walls is unknown darkness.
* CityOfGold\\
A country chock full of wealth and splendor.
* TheCityNarrows\\
Basically, your [[WrongSideOfTheTracks typical city slum]], but [[WretchedHive even more dangerous]].
* CityNoir\\
Like a city, except it's always dark and rainy, crime is everywhere, and the PoliceAreUseless (or [[PoliceBrutality even worse]]).
* CityOfAdventure\\
All the adventure and excitement you could possibly crave conveniently rolled up into a single city.
* CityOfCanals\\
A city where waterways are used as streets. Usually mirrors Venice.
* CityOfEverywhere\\
Lady Liberty's just a few blocks from the Louvre.
* CityOfSpies\\
City. With Spies. Get it?
* CityWithNoName\\
The writers were lazy when thinking about the location, or wanted it to be anywhere.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity\\
Tall walls of rock keeping you from your destination.
* ClockTower\\
The town clock, the one that everybody sets their clocks to. May be a [[CathedralClimax bell tower]] you [[ClimbingClimax have to ascend]].
* CloseKnitCommunity\\
Whether rural, urban, or suburban, a place where everyone knows each other and looks out for each other.
* CobwebJungle\\
A spooky, abandoned location where cobwebs are as thick as jungle undergrowth.
* {{Commune}}\\
A place where everybody lives together in a self-sustaining community. May or may not be part of a FreeLoveFuture, may or may not include the NewAgeRetroHippie.
* CompanyTown\\
A town created by a company for its employees, where they're the law for all practical purposes.
* ContainerMaze\\
A labyrinth of crates or containers in a warehouse, storeroom or dock.
* CoolAirship\\
An airship, but with lasers.
* CoolBoat\\
A boat, but with lasers.
* CoolGarage\\
A garage, but with lasers.
* CoolHouse\\
A house, but with [[RunningGag lasers]].
* CoolShip\\
Anything that's called a ship and has lasers.
* CoolStarship\\
A starship, but with even more lasers than usual.
* CoolestClubEver\\
So great, it's always packed.
* CorpseLand \\
A devastated location where no one has cleaned up the bodies of the fallen (and maybe never will).
* TheCouch\\
It's very soft, and is always center stage.
* CrappyCarnival\\
Like Disneyland, if Mickey was a grubby ConMan.
* CreepyBasement\\
Like a regular basement, but with more [[strike: lasers]] spiders.
* CreepyCathedral\\
The bells are haunting at midnight.
* CreepyCemetery\\
The place with the reputation for mass-producing the undead.
* CriminalConvention
* CrystalLandscape \\
A setting filled with or completely composed of crystals, gemstones and jewels.
* CultColony\\
An isolated group of religious settlers.
* CutAndPasteSuburb\\
Hey, I think I saw that house before. And that one too!
* CutesyNameTown
* UsefulNotes/{{Dacha}}\\
The Russian home away from home.
* DancesAndBalls\\
England between 1700 - 1900
* DangerousWorkplace\\
Drinking from the water cooler will burn down the building.
* DarkestAfrica\\
Tarzan and co. See also AncientAfrica above.
* DaycareNightmare\\
A daycare (US) or nursery school (UK) where you really wouldn't want to send your kids.
* DecadentCourt\\
The entourage of the leaders conduct warfare in an ostensibly polite and civilised social battlefield.
* DeathWorld\\
Watch out for that grass!
* DeepSouth\\
Rednecks, moonshiners, KKK and all that
* DenOfIniquity\\
Where the {{Mook}}s and Minions unwind.
* DerelictGraveyard\\
Ship graveyard
* DesertTropes
* [[DesertedIsland Desert Island]]\\
No one lives there. Good place to be marooned. Full of JungleJapes.
* DomedHometown \\
City in a dome. Underwater optional.
* DownInTheDumps\\
Is that a skyscraper of wrecked cars?
* DownLADrain \\
The LA storm drain system is used as the setting in a film/TV show, usually a car chase.
* DriveInTheater\\
Sit in your car and enjoy the show.
* DungeonBasedEconomy\\
Dungeon delving is the major local industry.
* DyingTown\\
Having lost its reason to exist, the town is largely shuttered and abandoned, home to only those who couldn't move elsewhere.
* EasilyConqueredWorld\\
[[WeHaveBecomeComplacent Nothing]] could ever [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs harm]] us.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase\\
A base that has a hangar, silo and laboratory.
* EldritchLocation\\
Because Euclidean designs are for morons!
* ElephantGraveyard\\
A secret place where elephants go to die.
* EnclosedSpace\\
Hope you don't have claustrophobia!
* EndlessCorridor\\
Keep walking forever.
* EvilTaintedThePlace\\
A location that has been corrupted forever because it was once home to an evil presence.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness\\
That tower that's larger than the mountains? Definitely not the Evil Overlord's lair!
* ExtranormalInstitute \\
Super-trope of all your schools for people with weird powers or abilities.
* ExtremelyDustyHome \\
A abandoned house with layer upon layer of dust and cobwebs.
* FanConvention\\
Places where fans gather to engage in their hobbies.
* FarSideIsland\\
A tiny island in the middle of nowhere housing a single palm tree.
* FatCamp \\
A summer camp where parents send overweight kids to diet and to get off their butts and go outside.
* FictionalCountry\\
See also FictionalCultureAndNationTropes
* TheFinalFrontier \\
Space as a frontier to explore, rather than a settled area.
* FloatingContinent \\
A floating chunk of land as an exotic locale.
* FlyoverCountry \\
The middle of America, where no one from New York or California seems to want to film.
* ForbiddenZone \\
A dangerous place no one wants to go (except the heroes, of course).
* FriendlyLocalChinatown \\
Sections of large American cities where Chinese culture can be found close at hand.
* GardenOfEvil \\
A place where most or all of the plants are poisonous, carnivorous, or otherwise dangerous.
* {{Gayborhood}} \\
A neighborhood where the population is predominantly openly LGBT in a city where most people aren't.
* GeniusLoci \\
A place that is intelligent and often in control of itself or the things living in it.
* GeographicFlexibility \\
When the setting grows, shrinks, adds, and loses features as the plot demands.
* GhibliHills \\
Pristine, untouched wilderness, often within easy reach of civilization.
* GingerbreadHouse \\
A house or other building made of food, usually candy and sweets. Usually a fairy-tale setting.
* GhostTown \\
An abandoned town.
* GoodGuyBar \\
Where the heroes hang out after hours. Villains are welcome if they behave.
* TheGoodOldBritishComp \\
Modern British schools
* GrassIsGreener \\
An idealized place that a person desperately wishes to leave and go to.
* GreasySpoon \\
A roadside diner, often stuck perpetually in the American 1950's and serving anti-diet food.
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything \\
An absurdly large and well-stocked library.
* HackerCave \\
A room filled with an over-the-top mess of computers and monitors and other bits of geekery, where hackers somehow get work done.
* {{Halloweentown}} \\
A setting with a very stylized creepy, gothic, Halloween theme.
* HauntedCastle \\
A spooky castle where there be monsters.
* HauntedHeadquarters \\
A spooky place where there be monsters, and you're stuck living or working there.
* HauntedHouse \\
A spooky house where there be monsters.
* HedgeMaze \\
A maze made up hedgerows, usually found somewhere fancy and rich.
* TheHedgeOfThorns \\
A large bramble of nasty thorns, usually where faeries or evil sorcerers want to block your way.
* HellHotel \\
A creepy hotel where bad things happen.
* HellOfAHeaven \\
When Heaven sucks just for you.
* HereThereBeLions \\
A distinctive, two-peaked mountain feature near Vancouver, BC.
* HiddenElfVillage\\
A secret, safe place far from the eyes of those other meddling nations.
* HighSchool \\
School for teenagers, grades 9 (or 10) through 12.
* HolyGround \\
Not full of holes. Or divine coffee.
* HomeOfMonsters \\
Any place monsters call home, whether it be a lair, a whole dimension, a MonsterTown or IslandOfMystery.
* HospitalParadiso \\
A seemingly perfect hospital or other workplace. Often rejected by a hero who wishes to focus on the downtrodden instead of the kind of people who can afford to get help there.
* HouseOfBrokenMirrors \\
Where someone gone mad from loathing their appearance has smashed all their mirrors and left them.
* HungryJungle \\
Jungles are out to kill you.
* IcePalace \\
A castle made of ice or one that's completely frozen over.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace \\
A place with a sinister name.
* IncompetenceInc \\
An office culture where nothing of value gets done, and where it's a mystery how they stay in business.
* IndianBurialGround \\
A place where someone desecrated the graves of Native Americans by building something on it. Expect ghosts.
* IndustrialGhetto \\
A slum near or inside an industrial area, often made of scrap and filled with crime and pollution.
* InjunCountry\\
The North American lands filled with folks who were there before the settlers arrived.
** TheRez\\
The modern-day Hollywood version of the Indian Reservation.
* InnBetweenTheWorlds \\
A pub that connects to multiple worlds, where people of ''all'' types can relax and swap stories.
* InnOfNoReturn \\
An inn or hotel where the owners kill and then rob or eat their customers. Often a HellHotel.
* InnerCitySchool \\
An impoverished city school where the teachers have given up, and students are on the fast track to prison.
* InsideAComputerSystem \\
Inside a self-contained virtual world (unlike {{Cyberspace}}, in which locations correspond to the real world).
* InTheDoldrums \\
A featureless location, often an empty plane or void. More than just somewhere boring.
* IslandBase \\
A SupervillainLair on an isolated island.
* IslandOfMisfitEverything \\
A haven for the misfits, rejects and forlorn.
* IslandOfMystery \\
An island with any one of a number of unusual things on it.
* IsleOfGiantHorrors \\
An island inhabited by giant creatures.
* ItCameFromBeverlyHills \\
Takes place in Beverly Hills, California.
* TheKingdom \\
Where good monarchs reign. Usually small, pleasant, and an underdog against TheEmpire.
* KirksRock \\
A distinctive set of striated sandstone slabs, sharply-angled and pointed at their tops, conveniently located about 30 miles north of Hollywood.
* LadyLand \\
Where women rule, and men are either subservient or absent.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase \\
A secret base hidden under or in some famous landmark.
* LastFertileRegion \\
The last bit of nature and greenery in a wasteland dystopia.
* TheLavaCavesOfNewYork
* LayeredMetropolis \\
A city with multiple, vertically-separated levels, usually with the rich on top.
* LayeredWorld \\
A world with multiple dimensions, where locations in each dimension map to each other, creating "layers" of reality.
* LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub \\
Where mobsters hang out and plan crime.
* LethalEatery \\
A restaurant that violates health codes in staggering ways. Usually played for comedy.
* LevelAte \\
A VideoGame location made entirely of food.
* LighthousePoint
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday \\
A magical shop that appears out of nowhere to sell a MacGuffin and then disappears when it causes trouble.
* LocalHangout \\
Where the cast spends most of their time hanging out. Brits may use MyLocal (pub) instead.
* LockedInTheDungeon \\
A medieval-style underground prison / torture chamber.
* LocomotiveLevel \\
A VideoGame level that takes place on a train.
* TheLostWoods \\
A large, old-growth forest in which nature (and often magic) are supreme.
* LostWorld \\
A mysterious, isolated place not found on any maps where exotic adventures can occur.
* LovecraftCountry \\
A creepy, horror version of rural NewEngland, where {{Corrupt Hick}}s conspire with dark forces.
* LoversLedge \\
An outside window ledge where TheCasanova must hide to avoid being caught during InterruptedIntimacy.
* MacGuffinLocation \\
When the MacGuffin everyone is competing over is a place.
* MadScienceFair \\
A contest or convention involving mad scientists and their mad experiments.
* MageTower \\
TheTower where a wizard does his research (or plotting) above and away from the people. Often contains telescopes, orreries, [[InexplicableTreasureChests hidden artifacts]], [[SecretPath secret passages]], [[TomeOfEldritchLore tomes of eldritch lore]], etc.
* MagicalLibrary \\
A library of magic books, often itself enchanted and often safekeeping magical artifacts.
* MajorWorldCities \\
An index of the largest and most important real world cities used in fiction.
* MakeOutPoint \\
A secluded place, often with a good view, where teens go for AutoErotica. [[TerrorAtMakeoutPoint Bad things often happen there]].
* TheMall \\
A modern, indoor, shopping complex, peaking in TheEighties. Home of the ValleyGirl and the MallSanta.
* MaltShop \\
A popular teen LocalHangout in TheFifties where burgers, hot dogs, and malted milkshakes are served while the jukebox plays.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} \\
The Red Planet. Not (necessarily) the planet where communism rules.
* MartyrdomCulture \\
A culture that [[DeathSeeker glorifies death]] in the name of some cause or belief.
* MasqueradeBall \\
An [[DancesAndBalls elaborate, period dance]] where all the attendees wear masks. Duplicity often occurs.
* TheMaze
* MegaCity \\
A city with the size or population of a country.
* MerchantCity \\
A trade city, ruled or mostly populated by merchants, bankers, and traders.
* MercurialBase \\
A base on a planet close to a star that stays out of the sun by following the night around the planet.
* MetalPoorPlanet \\
A planet where the key ingredients for technological civilization are missing.
* MicroMonarchy \\
A modern, very tiny nation ruled by a royal family. Usually an eclectic mix of tradition and modernity.
* MiddleOfNowhereStreet \\
A very small location that is a WeirdnessMagnet, and no one outside notices or minds.
* MishmashMuseum \\
A museum with no apparent rhyme or reason to the ways its exhibits are laid out.
* MisplacedWildlife \\
A place where animals that don't belong are present, usually due to [[ArtisticLicenseBiology creator error]].
* MissingFloor \\
A secret floor in a multilevel building. Often skipped by the buttons in an elevator.
* MobileMaze \\
A maze which changes ([[GeniusLoci itself]]) to make it hard or impossible to escape.
* MoebiusNeighborhood \\
ConservationOfDetail applied to a TV neighborhood, usually to save budget on actors and sets.
* MonsterShapedMountain \\
A rocky terrain feature resembles, or is, a giant creature or portion thereof.
* MonsterTown \\
A town entirely populated by monsters. May have a twisted, alien culture or one NotSoDifferent from ours.
* MonumentalBattle \\
Dramatic battles always seem to take place around major landmarks.
* MonumentalView \\
A place with an impossible cool view (often of a landmark) that is way beyond the means of its owner.
* {{Mordor}} \\
A {{Shadowland}} where the {{Big Bad}}'s {{Fisher King}}-ness poisons the land and makes it utterly inhospitable and ObviouslyEvil.
* MuseumOfBoredom \\
A boring, often extremely niche museum in which (almost) none of the cast is interested.
* MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual \\
An awesomely eclectic museum with a collection of impossibly cool and downright ''bizarre'' stuff.
* MyLocal \\
A pub, where the main cast usually hangs out. A British-specific LocalHangout.
* MysteriousAntarctica \\
One of the last explored places on Earth's surface. Popular location of lost civilizations and [[ThoseWackyNazis hidden Nazi bases]].
* NativeAmericanCasino \\
All movie Indian reservations have casinos.
* NeoAfrica \\
{{Cyberpunk}} Africa, often with all the problems of today made worse by the technology of tomorrow.
* TheNeutralZone \\
Territory in between nations in a UsefulNotes/ColdWar that is off-limits to keep a war from restarting. Opposite of TruceZone.
* NeverLand
* NewNeighboursAsThePlotDemands \\
RememberTheNewGuy as applied to a small town setting.
* UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed \\
The geographic equivalent of a BlandNameProduct or CaptainErsatz.
* NoTellMotel \\
A sleazy motel that caters to a low-class clientele.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere
* NotSoSafeHarbor\\
A WretchedHive of seaside villainy.
* OceanPunk \\
Take your standard dystopian [[PunkPunk Punk setting]] and [[InstantIndexJustAddWater Just Add Water]].
* {{Office}} \\
Cubicle-land. Your standard white-collar workplace, where [[INeedAnIndexByMonday you'll need an index by Monday]].
* OldDarkHouse\\
The classic setting for TenLittleMurderVictims. A HauntedHouse without the actual haunting.
* OminousFloatingCastle
* OpiumDen \\
A 19th century drug house, often far more romanticized than modern equivalents. Associated mostly with the British Empire and China.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation \\
Every character has a direct connection or relationship with every other character.
* OneGenderSchool \\
Single-sex education. In [[YaoiGenre modern]] [[YuriGenre works]], expect SituationalSexuality.
* OneProductPlanet \\
For simplicity's sake, a planet in SF is only ever famous for a single good or service.
* OnlyLawFirmInTown \\
The law-firm at the center of a show [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment about a law-firm]].
* OnlyShopInTown \\
Small towns (or towns of any size in most VideoGames) only have a single store run by the town's ShopKeeper.
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica \\
A fictional United States in which democracy doesn't exist anymore.
* OrphanageOfFear
* OrphanageOfLove
* OutlawTown \\
A town run for the benefit of criminals or one entirely populated by criminals.
* TheOutsideWorld \\
Any place outside a place of confinement, isolation, or seclusion.
* ThePampas \\
The endless grasslands of South America, and home of the gauchos. Very common in LatinAmericanLiterature, specially ArgentineLiterature
* ParkingGarage\\
Nothing good ever happens in a parking garage.
* PatchworkWorld \\
A world assembled from multiple other worlds or sources. If done haphazardly, may result in a PatchworkMap.
* PenalColony \\
A remote land to exile criminals to to make sure they can't escape (in theory). Populated only by crooks & guards. Sometimes used to dump off the poor and other undesirables too.
* UsefulNotes/ThePentagon
* PeopleZoo \\
An alien zoo containing humans and other intelligent life as part of the exhibits.
* PhoneBooth \\
An outdoor booth intended to give privacy to people using public pay telephones. Obsoleted by more space-efficient boothless pay-phones in the 80s & 90s and later by cellphones.
* PhysicalHeaven\\
Heaven on Earth... literally.
* PlaceOfPower
* PlanetEngland \\
A series that starts in a small, named region of a greater world will use that name for the greater world once you are introduced to it.
* PlanetOfCopyhats \\
Writers use the quirks of a single character as the [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] for their entire people. (e.g. When you visit the drunk guy's homeland, everyone else is an alcoholic too.)
* PlanetOfHats \\
All alien or foreign cultures are homogenous, and a single stereotype or quirk applies to everyone from that place.
* PleasurePlanet \\
An entire planet is dedicated to being a perfect leisure spot. May or may not [[PossessiveParadise be a trap]].
* PollutedWasteland \\
A land destroyed by pollution. SF and modern equivalent of {{Mordor}}, but don't expect [[NoOntologicalInertia quick fixes]].
* PortTown\\
A city by the sea.
* PossessiveParadise\\
A paradise setting with an unfortunate tendency towards the yandere.
* {{Premiseville}} \\
The name of the place [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin establishes the premise of the setting]].
* {{Prison}}
** TheAlcatraz \\
A high-security prison where there's lava instead of the ocean and the guards are huge robots.
** CardboardPrison \\
A prison that is way too easy to escape, so that villains can be reused.
** EpiphanicPrison \\
To exit: Have epiphany.
** POWCamp \\
Populated by soldiers captured on the field of battle by their enemies.
** TailorMadePrison \\
A prison made specially to hold an individual a normal prison cannot. Frequently fails anyway.
* PrivatelyOwnedSociety \\
Everything is owned by individuals, nothing is run by the government (at least not effectively). [[MarySuetopia Expect]] [[MarySuetopia Straw]].
* ThePromisedLand \\
The place that promises to be ''better'' than where we are. Where the GrassIsGreener.
* QuirkyTown \\
A small town filled with quirky and adorable characters.
* RailroadToHorizon \\
A railroad disappearing into the distance is used as a metaphor for the journey ahead.
* RedLightDistrict \\
The part of town where all the brothels, bars, and other places of seedy night-time enjoyment can be found.
* TheRez \\
Reservations. Communities where Native Americans were herded by settlers and the government.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute \\
When a route is usually never used because it's just too difficult and/or there are other, easier ways.
* RiverOfInsanity \\
People who go on a journey down a river into the unknown will not make it back unchanged.
* RunawayHideaway \\
[[CaptainObvious Where]] TheRunaway [[CaptainObvious hides]].
* SapientShip \\
Your spaceship has a mind of its own and often flies itself.
* ScavengedPunk \\
People rely on junk and other "found" technology rather than manufacturing their own, either due to it being AfterTheEnd or due to living the shadow of human society.
* ScenicRoute \\
SceneryPorn while traveling.
* SeaStories \\
Any story taking place with the ocean as its primary setting.
* SecretGovernmentWarehouse \\
Where the government hides all the stuff the people are better off not knowing about.
* SecretShop \\
A shop whose business model somehow revolves around having great stuff and telling next to no one about it.
* SecretUndergroundPassage
* SelfInflictedHell \\
A character suffers in the afterlife only because they believe they deserve it.
* SetBehindTheScenes \\
Hollywood, but not Hollywood.
* SettingAsACharacter \\
The setting is as important a driver of the story as any character but is not truly an intelligent person in its own right like a SapientShip or GeniusLoci.
* SettlingTheFrontier\\
Can serve as either a setting for a story or as a {{Plot}}.
* SeverelySpecializedStore\\
We sell ''one'' thing, and one thing only.
* ShapedLikeWhatItSells \\
A shop's storefront or whole building is shaped to advertise the product it sells.
* ShatteredWorld \\
A planet broken into pieces and floating in space / the void but still inhabited.
* TheShangriLa \\
A paradise high up in the mountains.
* ShiningCity \\
The greatest and most beautiful city in the world. The home of righteousness, justice, and civilization.
* SimulatedUrbanCombatArea
* SinisterSubway \\
The {{Absurdly Spacious Sewer}}'s more realistic and spooky counterpart.
* SmallSecludedWorld\\
It may be safe here, but there's got to be a bigger world out there, beyond the [[WallAroundTheWorld walls]]...
* SkyscraperCity \\
In the future, skyscrapers will be ''tall''. An entire city of {{Star Scraper}}s.
* SmallTownBoredom
* SmallTownRivalry \\
Two small towns close by, but that hate each other intensely.
* SmartHouse \\
A CoolHouse with a built-in AI. [[AIIsACrapshoot Hope luck is on your side.]]
* SmokyGentlemensClub \\
Where stereotypical rich men hang out away from wives, servants, and other common people.
* SoapboxSquare \\
A public park or square where rabble-rousers can make impassioned speeches to cheering or booing crowds.
* SoiledCityOnAHill \\
The ruins of a failed ShiningCity.
* SolidClouds \\
Clouds that you can walk or even build on top of. Commonly seen in FluffyCloudHeaven.
* SoulSuckingRetailJob \\
StockParody of UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} and other big box retailers.
* SouthernGothic \\
Creepy, gothic LovecraftCountry in the DeepSouth.
* SouvenirLand \\
A disappointing, cheap ThemePark that tries (and fails) to ride on the coattails of A-list parks like [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]].
* SpaceAmish \\
A space colony that gives up use of advanced technology after making the initial trip.
* SpaceBrasilia\\
Everything looks like identical whitewashed concrete towers with the same odd angles.
* SpaceCadetAcademy\\
The Sci-Fi equivalent of a WizardingSchool.
* SpaceStation
* SpySchool
* StandardRoyalCourt \\
An explanation of the structure of a typical fictional royal court.
* StarScraper \\
A sky scraper taller than modern technology can build.
* SteelMill \\
Lots of large machinery, fiery furnaces, molten metal and heavy objects falling from heights. Often a SmokeAndSparksFactory.
* StepfordSuburbia \\
When the CutAndPasteSuburb meets the TownWithADarkSecret and everyone has a {{Stepford Smile|r}}.
* StrawmanU \\
College stereotypes. You're either a hedonistic liberal la-la-land or a fascist and higher-stakes redux of all the worst, bullying cliques of HighSchool.
* StuckAtTheAirportPlot\\
The characters are SnowedIn or otherwise unable to leave a transportation hub/terminal
* {{Subculture}} \\
Notes on the more prevalent American subcultures.
* SubStory \\
A story that takes place on a submarine (not a minor plot in a larger work).
* {{Suburbia}} \\
Useful notes on the sprawling residential areas surrounding larger US cities, post WWII.
* SuckECheeses \\
A StockParody of TheEighties wave of family restaurants with arcades and animatronic puppet shows, most of which were pretty run-down by TheNineties.
* SuddenlySignificantCity \\
A real-world city becomes significantly more important in the story. (e.g. UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} becomes capital of Earth.)
* SummerCampy \\
Summer Camp PlayedForLaughs.
* SuperheroSchool \\
Where kids with superpowers go to learn to be superheroes (and maybe math and stuff).
* SupervillainLair \\
The cliche, surprisingly elaborate facility in which a supervillain plots and prepares for their villainy.
* SwampsAreEvil \\
Swamps are out to kill you.
* SweetHomeAlabama \\
When the {{Deep South}}'s and the {{Good Ol Boy}}'s better sides are played up.
* ThatNostalgiaShow \\
Our world, as you remember it, 20-50 years ago.
* ThemeParkLandscape \\
The land of all-natural rollercoasters and water slides.
* ThirstyDesert \\
Deserts are out to kill you.
* TidallyLockedPlanet \\
Natural satellite where one side always faces the body it orbits and the other always faces away.
* ThrivingGhostTown \\
Cities in [=RPGs=] and other VideoGames have impossibly low populations.
* TokyoTower \\
A broadcast tower in Tokyo that is the single most unlucky landmark in all of Japanese media.
* TortureCellar \\
The room in which unspeakable things are done to captives. Modern equivalent of LockedInTheDungeon.
* TownWithADarkSecret \\
Everyone in town is in on some terrible secret that the hero is not.
* TrailerParkTornadoMagnet \\
Trailer parks have a reputation for attracting tornadoes due to the disproportionate damage they receive.
* TravelingLandmass \\
Makes it kind of hard to find on maps. May serve as a BaseOnWheels.
* TreasureRoom \\
Here there be dragons! [[DeathByMaterialism Expect difficulty leaving with it.]]
* TreehouseOfFun \\
A popular hang out for a kid's closest friends.
* TreeTopTown \\
When adults make an entire town out of [[TreehouseOfFun Treehouses of Fun]]. [[NoOSHACompliance Don't expect safety railings]].
* TrophyRoom \\
Where a character keeps mementos of their greatest adventures.
** ShrineToSelf \\
When a narcissist takes this trope UpToEleven.
** SuperheroTrophyShelf \\
When a superhero takes this trope UpToEleven in a different way.
* TruceZone \\
Neutral ground between two hostile nations where their peoples are encouraged to mingle to help warm relations and build a future peace. Opposite of TheNeutralZone.
* TunnelNetwork
* TurtleIsland \\
A turtle, whale, or other creature big enough and old enough to support a mobile ecosystem on its back.
* UncannyAtmosphere \\
Some vague sense of ''wrongness'' in an area sets the heroes on edge.
* UncannyVillage \\
A seemingly idyllic small town isn't quite what it appears on the surface. The townsfolk may or may not be in on it.
* UndefeatableLittleVillage \\
A small, close-knit community manages somehow to repeatedly repel an enemy power far more massive than it.
* {{Undercity}} \\
A city that suffered some calamity has been built-over and forgotten -- but it's still there.
* UndergroundCity \\
A city BeneathTheEarth which may have been buried, built by non-humans, and/or as a bunker to survive the apocalypse.
* UnderwaterBase \\
An underwater SupervillainLair.
* UnholyGround \\
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* UnitedEurope \\
Europe is one, united superpower, acting as a single unit.
* UnnecessarilyLargeInterior \\
Buildings with impractically high ceilings and cavernous rooms. Architectural RuleOfCool.
* UrbanHellscape \\
A look TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, where the city is infested with violent criminals, and the police are either too ineffectual to stop them or can only do so by being that much more brutal.
* UrbanSegregation \\
Cities in fiction are very neatly divided between rich parts and poor parts with little patchwork or mixing.
* {{Veganopia}} \\
Peaceful societies don't eat meat.
* VestigialEmpire \\
The corrupt, declining remnant of a once mighty empire.
* ViceCity \\
A crime-ridden urban setting that has not quite yet declined into WretchedHive status. The default setting used in most WideOpenSandbox games.
* VideoArcade
* VillainWorld
* VolcanoLair \\
A SupervillainLair in a (usually inactive) volcano. Saves time digging. [[CollapsingLair Beware victory.]]
* WackyHomeroom \\
A HighSchool comedy setting, focused on a class of eccentrics who share an arbitrarily assigned homeroom.
* TheWarRoom \\
Hollywood's version of a command and control center. Rarely well-lit.
* WatchingAVideoGame \\
When movie heroes are forced to navigate a PlatformGame environment, such as a DeathCourse.
* WaterIsAir \\
Underwater shows ignore water resistance.
* {{Whitehall}} \\
Where British shows about government agencies and politics take place.
* TheWhiteHouse \\
Home and office of the President of the United States.
* WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame \\
Hollywood gay bars, where everything is cooler and more stylish, and stereotypes are taken UpToEleven.
* WhiteVoidRoom \\
A ''white'' featureless location, often an empty plane or void. Sometimes just meant to look futuristic.
* WildWilderness \\
The untouched wilderness is a place of adventure and is treated as almost another world.
* WizardingSchool \\
Where kids with magical talent go to learn to cast spells (and maybe math and stuff).
* WorldInTheSky \\
All civilization is sky-based.
* WretchedHive \\
A lawless land, populated almost entirely with cutthroats and other scum.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks \\
The bad places to be in a setting with UrbanSegregation.
* YeOldeNuclearSilo \\
In the future, abandoned nuclear silos are ready-made {{Elaborate Underground Base}}s.
* YouthCenter \\
Places for kids with little parental supervision to play that's safer and more wholesome than the streets.

!!Dimensions / Universes
* AlienSpaceBats
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AlternateWorldMap \\
When an RPG has alternate worlds.
* BizarroUniverse
* BloodyBowelsOfHell
* ConstructedWorld
* {{Cyberspace}}
* DarkWorld
* DreamLand
* {{Elseworld}}
* FireAndBrimstoneHell \\
The Common Hell
* FluffyCloudHeaven
* ForWantOfANail
* GiantFood
* {{Heaven}}
* {{Hell}}
* HellIsWar: \\
Hell is dedicated to the aspects of war
* IronicHell
* LandOfFaerie
* MagicalLand
* MentalWorld
* TheMetaverse
* MirrorUniverse
* MouseWorld
* TheMultiverse
* OnlyOneAfterlife
* PhantomZone
* PlaceBeyondTime
* PlatonicCave
* PocketDimension
* RolePlayingGameVerse
* RetroUniverse
* RPGMechanicsVerse
* SpiritWorld
* TheUnderworld
* {{Wackyland}}
* WarriorHeaven \\
Where [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys]] go when they die.
* WorldOfChaos
* WorldOfHam \\
Where a simple conversation is spoken in ALL CAPS and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis PUNCTUATED! FOR! EMPHASIS!]]

!!Other / Multiple
* AdventureFriendlyWorld
* CaliforniaDoubling
* CasualTimeTravel
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}
* CrapsackWorld
** CrapsaccharineWorld
** CrapsackOnlyByComparison
** {{Dystopia}}
** DystopiaIsHard
** GaiasLament
** AWorldHalfFull
** WretchedHive
* CultureChopSuey
* DesolationShot
* DividedStatesOfAmerica
* DoublingForLondon
* EarthDrift
* {{Egopolis}}
* EmotionsVsStoicism
* EnvironmentalSymbolism
* EveryoneIsASuper
* ExoticBackdropSetting
* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica
* ExpandedUniverse
* ExpansionPackWorld
* FallenStatesOfAmerica
* FalseUtopia
* FantasyCounterpartCulture
* FisherKing
* FisherKingdom
* GodIsInept
* {{Gotterdammerung}}
* HellOnEarth
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica
* LegionOfLostSouls
* LocationSong
* LostColony
* MarySuetopia
* {{Matriarchy}}
* MetroSpecificUnderworld
* MundaneDogmatic
* NeverRecycleABuilding
* NewAge
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* TheOutsideWorld
* PastRightNow \\
When something very much like the past is found in present day, either recreated or preserved.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath
* PlanetOfHats
* {{Planetville}}
* [[RecycledInSPACE Recycled IN SPACE!]] \\
An existing story is given a new setting.
* RTPStylePeriodPieceLocationShooting \\
When you take archive footage and make it like your characters were doing stuff in the exact moment the footage was being filmed.
* SchizoTech
* ScienceDestroysMagic
* {{Shadowland}}
* SharedUniverse
* SingleBiomePlanet \\
A desert planet, ice planet, ocean planet.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty
* SmallSecludedWorld
* SomewhereSong
* SpookySilentLibrary
* StandardFantasySetting
* StandardSciFiSetting
* StandardSuperheroSetting
* SugarBowl \\
A bright, colorful, happy world.
* TelevisionGeography
* TerminallyDependentSociety
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives
* TheUnmasquedWorld
* {{Utopia}}
* TheVerse
* WainscotSociety\\
The setting may look like our world to most of its inhabitants -- but there's a whole secondary society in hiding.
* WeWillUseLasersInTheFuture\\
Setting where FrickinLaserBeams are portrayed as superior to kinetic weapons.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield
* TheWonderland
* WorldGoneMad
* WorldOfBadass \\
''Everyone'' is a badass.
* WorldOfHam \\
''Everyone'' is a LargeHam.
* TheWorldAsMyth
* WorldOfPun
* WorldOfSymbolism
* WorldOfWeirdness
* WorldShapes
** DysonSphere
** FlatWorld
** HollowWorld
** RingWorldPlanet
* YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex