Simulated Urban Combat Area
Or SUCA for short. A Simulated Urban Combat Area is a very realistic simulation of an urban area, complete with realistic signage, buildings and other stuff like that. Good place for tricking the audience. It can also be used for espionage training. Truth in Television, as some military bases do make use of these as part of their training courses.
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Anime and Manga
- The second Expendables movie has the heroes bivouac in one of these in Eastern Europe while tracking down the Sang, then get ambushed by them the following morning.
- After X-Men: The Last Stand's past prologue, the X-Men are fighting an off-screen enemy (a Sentinel) in a burned-out urban wasteland. After Wolverine and Colossus take it down with a Fastball Special, the Danger Room is deactivated and the session ends.
- The "rent-a-terrorists" of Erewhon in Role of Honour have an area of houses called The Charnel, which is used as a training ground against anti-terrorist attacks.
- A training place for KGB spies and saboteurs, with mock-ups of many areas of the West, is the source of the climax of The Bourne Ultimatum.
- The New Jedi Order novel Star By Star featured two facilities of this sort. One was built for the YVH-class droids, and was accurate down to the "pedestrians" (actually weapons techs, who knew the droid wouldn't target them) - and absolutely no challenge whatsoever for the YVH. The other was designed to train voxyn and included not just buildings and walkways but (nonfunctional) vehicles, aircraft, and even a wrecked AT-AT, along with a sizable slave population to play the "residents".
- Alex Rider is trained in a Scorpia SUCA in the Alex Rider book Scorpia.
- The Jack Higgins novel Confessional starts with an IRA terrorist being captured during an attempt to plant a bomb. He then kills his captors, only for it to be revealed he's a KGB assassin in a simulation of an Irish village.
- There are a couple of these in CHERUB, including an SAS training facility near the campus, and an American version where a group of the kids are part of the Red Team against American military personnel.
- The third book of The Hunger Games trilogy features Katniss training for the invasion of the Capitol in one of these called the Block in District 13
Live Action TV
- The JAG episode "Force Recon", filmed on location at Camp Pendelton.
- Although it's another training place for spies, Alias features a mock-up of a US town in Russia.
- Star Trek and its holodeck, which can recreate any environment, features this trope. Such as with Voyager trying to get the hunt-happy Hirogen to use a SUCA.
- Warhammer 40,000: One of the Tau codexes has an Ordo Xenos Inquisitor making a diplomatic visit to a Tau world. The Tau dignitary coincidentally leads him past a training area full of drilling Fire Warriors that just happens to bear great resemblance to a gutted Imperial city, with mock-up burned and wrecked vehicles that look suspiciously like Imperial Guard tanks.
- One encounter in the Paranoia adventure "Paranoid Clones in Savory Vulture Stew" takes place in a military training course like this, designed to simulate an ambush. The PCs are not informed there will be an ambush.
- American Dad!, with Stan's job at the CIA, features this. Witty comments are graded.
- In the Galaxy Rangers episode "Supertroopers," Shane was spending a lot of time in one of these, avoiding his hostile fellow Supertroopers. It was because he was spending so much time there that he avoided getting dosed with the Psycho Serum Wheiner circulated in the barracks.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold had a Batman Cold Open where he was training the Outsiders this way.
- On Invader Zim, Zim can apparently pull this off with holograms, as seen in "GIR Goes Crazy and Stuff." It includes a holographic Dib that uses Hulk Speak.
- The British Army maintains a whole mocked-up small town for training soldiers in urban combat. Nicknamed "Toytown" by generations of Toms, it has gone through three distinct incarnations in its lifecycle. It began as a simulation of the sort of small German town in which the British Army of the Rhine might expect to be fighting the Russians. The buildings took a corresponding amount of damage as intensive training was given in knocking holes in walls to move under cover, planting mines, booby traps and IED's, and generally blowing things up. It became equally important to train troops in low-intensity patrolling and fighting, so it took on a more Northern Irish aspect over time. Most recently, it was given makeover as a vaguely Middle Eastern town, complete with mock-mosque.
- The S.A.S. maintains a smaller but more detailed training area, known as "the killing house", at its Hereford base.