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VICTORIANLONDON

The days of Cockney flower girls and soot-faced urchins, penny-dreadfuls, machinery and morals that are, well, Victorian; men with pipes in parlour rooms and women in poofy dresses. And I know the pea soup makes it difficult, but please — mind your step in Whitechapel...

Fortunately, if you're in trouble (and the situation is suitably intriguing), Holmes might give you a discount, especially if there is a hint that Professor Moriarty is involved. More mundane matters can be referred to the bobbies of Scotland Yard — and no, being maimed by machinery in the workplace doesn't count. Job prospects are a bit thin since the Industrial Revolution, and chimney-sweeping, workhouses, and factories aren't so bad (even when run by bitter old misers). Would you rather be in the poorhouse?

Be wary also of wispy men with capes and strangely pointy teeth, cultists and convicts, mad and mercurial scientists, boarding schools, wide-eyed waifs and suspect meat pies. Of course, the strange man you saw might just be your secret uncle's best friend's sister's former roommate's dog.

A trope that is disturbingly accurate at times. The Victorian Era also happened in the rest of the country, of course, but as we all know Britain Is Only London. Also the de facto default setting for Steam Punk stories.

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Comic Books
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • From Hell, based on Jack the Ripper.
  • French comics Basil and Victoria (and the cartoon adaptation, renamed Orson and Olivia).
  • French comics Professor Bell, by Joann Sfar.
  • Predator Nemesis. Ex-British Army Captain Soames is enlisted by Mycroft Holmes and the Diogenes Club to investigate a grisly massacre in an opium den, the killer being identified as "Rakshasa" by the sole survivor. The killer is the same Predator Soames encountered in India years before. Sherlock Holmes is mentioned (Soames is enlisted mainly because Sherlock is "out of the country at the moment", and it's implied that Mycroft is aware of Soames previous encounter) as well as Jack the Ripper, whom is initially thought to be the culprit by Soames, and is strongly implied by Mycroft to have been killed by the Diogenes Club, but the details of his identity and his exact fate are kept secret from the public.

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  • The cello rock band Rasputina uses imagery from this period in their songs, and their website even claims that the band was created in 1891.

Radio
  • Radio comedy series Bleak Expectations parodies this trope up one side of the workhouse and down the other.

Tabletop Games
  • One of the domains of Ravenloft, the city of Paridon, aptly enough for a gothjc setting, is Victorian London, including a Jack the Ripper Expy.
    • The Ravenloft: Gothic Earth setting is entirely set in the Victorian Era, and centres on London.
  • The appropriately-titled Victoriana RPG, from Cubicle 7 Games, uses this setting (with a few fantasy modifications) as a jumping-off point.

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alternative title(s): Dickensian London
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