[-[[caption-width-right:300:And this doesn’t even include Springfield, IL.]]-]

->''"It's kind of a mystery, yes. But if you look at the clues, you should be able to figure it out."''
-->-- '''Lisa Simpson''' (being unusually cryptic), ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

The location of the city, state, region, or sometimes even the ''country'' in which a work is set is [[TheUnreveal never revealed]] or intentionally hidden.

It’s most often used as a RunningGag, but it can also be used in drama to create an atmosphere of mystery and uncertainty. Leaving a location unspecified can help it serve as a geographic AudienceSurrogate. It can serve to create a CityOfAdventure (if only because very few real locations have every possible thing to see and do). Other times, the writers simply [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail never see a reason to bring it up.]]

CreatorProvincialism and NoCommunitiesWereHarmed come into play if the location is vaguely based on a real place, but here the difference is that the creators can also [[GeographicFlexibility play fast and loose with the accuracy]]. Nevertheless, fans will still sometimes go to [[FanWank extensive effort]] to piece together clues and pin down the location, which usually just leads them to conclude that it’s set [[CaliforniaDoubling wherever it was filmed]].

The trope is [[TropeNamers named after]] Springfield, the hometown of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which even has its own JustForFun/SeparateSimpsonsGeographyThing. “Springfield” is one of the most common names for towns and cities in the United States, so the name serves as an indicator of an EverytownAmerica.

Compare CityWithNoName and FictionalProvince. Contrast NoCommunitiesWereHarmed and CanadaDoesNotExist, where the setting is based on a real-life location but never outright identified. The temporal version of this trope is AmbiguousTimePeriod.

* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/ComicBooks
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/{{Literature}}
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/LiveActionTV
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/VideoGames
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/WesternAnimation
** ''WhereTheHellIsSpringfield/TheSimpsons''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** ''Attack on Titan'' is implied to take place sometime in the future and mentions the Far East, so the geography is assumed to be the same as ours. However, the Walls officially have a combined radius of about 480 km, or larger [[http://kaeru-ranawa.tumblr.com/post/61869765522/browningtons-fisherpon-the-walls-from-attack than most European countries or American states.]] Chapter 86 seems to suggest [[spoiler:that NeverWasThisUniverse was in play all along]].
** Maps shown in the series are of [[spoiler:an upside-down horizontally-flipped version of Madagascar, which is named Paradis]]. The enemy [[spoiler:Kingdom of Marley is somewhere in Europe, with depictions of ghettos similar to the ones Jewish people were forced into during WWII. They also just finished a war with a country that seems to be the universe's equivalent of Turkey]].
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' is set in Wakabadai, an amalgam of various suburbs surrounding Tokyo on different sides. There is a real town by that name, but it's not anywhere particularly near Tokyo.
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' is set in a city that is supposedly somewhere in Japan. But it’s full of French signs, and some fans have noted that it looks like TheThemeParkVersion of London.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is heavy on WorldBuilding, but it’s still not clear where on Earth much of the action is taking place. None of the nations are named or specified, and cities have names like “East City” and “Ginger Town”.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' has Misora Town (or “Misora City”), which is claimed to be in the Kanto region of Japan (''i.e.'' near Tokyo). There is a real Misora Town, but that’s in Otsu, in the Kansai region.
* ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' and ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' are both set in Uminari City; all we know about it is that it’s somewhere on the coast of Japan. ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' places it somewhere in the Tokyo area.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is set in the town of Kinkan, which is translated to "Gold Crown" in the English dub. But nearly all the text in the series is in German. Only in the last episode did we see a clue as to its location, where a town map named the town "Goldkrone" -- German for [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord "Gold Crown"]]. This implies that it's either in Germany or a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic equivalent]]. It appears to be based on the real-life German town of Nördlingen.
* The town that ''Manga/DNAngel'' is set in is a strange case. All the characters have Japanese names and they seem to follow Japanese customs, but the town's architecture makes it look like a seaside European village. The anime added a character who claimed to be an exchange student from America, but otherwise countries aren't really mentioned. The audio commentary for the English dub has two of its voice actors asking, "Where is this set, anyway? France?"
* It's never revealed what country the jungle in ''Anime/HareGuu'' is in. It does have Indonesian flowers, bears, and orangutans, but the rest of the wildlife is totally bizarre.
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' is set in the fictional Awayuki Town, somewhere in Japan. We're shown that the town appears to be on a small island connected to the main part of Japan by a bridge, but it's hard to tell much else.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' features [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]]. All that can be determined of its location is that it's likely somewhere in the Kanto region of Japan (so somewhere near Tokyo).
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': Daten City and neighboring Oten City are equally vague. The setting itself is an {{Americasia}}, so while we see several {{Eagleland}} references, Daten City also has parts that look just like a Tokyo suburb.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' is mostly set in Domino City, which is almost definitely somewhere in Japan. Some speculate that it’s a [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed fictitious Tokyo]]. ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' takes place in Heartland City, and all we know about it is that it’s somewhere ''else'' in Japan.
* Most of the race locations in ''Manga/InitialD'' are actual mountains, but Akina is a notable exception. It’s somewhere in Gunma and looks kinda-sorta like the real-life Haruna; beyond that, details are sketchy at best. The closest settlement is “S City”, which doesn’t help. The course in the manga also doesn’t match the Haruna course in the video games.
* ''Manga/UmiNoMisaki'' is set on what is for all intents and purposes a fictional small island in the vicinity of Okinawa.
* Mitakihara, in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', is one of the stranger examples of this trope: there's a lot of very recognizable architecture, but it puts the series setting in thirteen different cities on four different continents. [[note]]UsefulNotes/{{Dubai}}, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Taipei, Shanghai, UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}, Frankfurt, UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}}, Curitiba, Shinzuku, Milan, Cologne, Moscow, and Yokohama.[[/note]]
* ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' is supposedly set in Japan; everyone follows Japanese customs, eats Japanese food, and uses Japanese currency. But the town is modeled after Colmar, a town in Alsace – a region of France with a strong German influence, so there are both French and German influences in the show as well (like the German-style Christmas market). And the military rations shown in Episode 3 include things like raisin walnut, marshmallow fudge, and ''panna cotta'', which the RealLife UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce is unlikely to provide.
* Much of the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'' media is set in or around three fictional Japanese cities: [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Misaki]], [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fuyuki]], and [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Mifune]]. Fuyuki is a coastal city modeled after Kobe, while Misaki lies further inland, near Tokyo. Beyond that, we know nothing about where they might be.
* Most of ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' takes place in a city that explicitly borrows architectural elements from such locations as Stockholm, Visby, Lisboa, Naples, and Paris. It is implied to be located in Northern Europe, and the inhabitants seem to be a mix of European and East Asian phenotypes with no hint of racial segregation or discrimination. WordOfGod holds that Kiriko is basicaly a "Stockholm-in-a-world-without-WWII" with some other influences thrown in. [[Creator/HayaoMiyazaki Miya]][[FanNickname -sensei]] says that most of it is based on his notes and sketches from the time he visited Creator/AstridLindgren to discuss possible adaptation of ''Literature/PippiLongstocking''. The talks fell through,[[note]]The first Lindgren work to be adapted by Creator/StudioGhibli is the ''Literature/RonjaTheRobbersDaughter'' filmed by his son Creator/GoroMiyazaki some thirty years later.[[/note]] but the materials he obtained on the trip went into the movie.
* Part of ''Anime/YourName'' is set in Itomori, a fictional town in Gifu Prefecture, Japan that is based on the real-world Hida City, but is also next to a lake based on Lake Suwa in not that near Nagano Prefecture. Given Shinkai's pendant for RealPlaceBackground, [[http://en.rocketnews24.com/2017/07/12/real-life-location-of-your-names-anime-only-lake-discovered-still-holds-a-beautiful-surprise/ fans have tried to determine its location]], but in RealLife there is only a swamp where it should be.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'': The city is never named, but depicted as a medium-sized American Midwest town with snowy winters, a university, and a large and diverse LGBT community. Maps included as title pages in some of the collections show a surprising number of streets named after famous lesbians. Author Alison Bechdel has said that the look and character of the city is very loosely based on Minneapolis.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' never makes any direct mention of where it's set, and Calvin and Hobbes themselves aren’t quite sure. PlayedForLaughs when Calvin is daydreaming during geography class, and Ms. Wormwood asks him what state he lives in. Calvin replies “denial”. Ms. Wormwood states she can't argue with that.
-->“If I remember my atlas, we live in a big, purple country.”\\
“And our house is by the giant letter ‘E’ in the word ‘States’.”
** That said, there are some hints that it’s in Creator/BillWatterson’s hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland. [[https://thecomicninja.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/calvin-and-hobbes-sliiiiide-large.jpg This strip]] clearly shows the Great Lakes when Calvin imagines he’s climbed up to outer space, and a splash panel from a Sunday strip with GROSS had a sign next to their treehouse reading “Beware: falling buckeyes!”, a reference to Ohio’s nickname of “the Buckeye State”.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' never explicitly stated its setting, but the few clues given suggest either Minnesota (where Charles Schulz grew up), Northern California (where he spent the last four decades of his life), or a combination of the two. Since it hardly ever snows in most parts of Northern California, Minnesota is probably the answer.
** Lampshaded in one strip from April 1995, when Rerun says that marbles-playing bully Joe Agate is “the best player this side of the Mississippi.”
-->'''Lucy:''' Which side of the Mississippi are we on?\\
'''Rerun:''' I don't have the slightest idea.
** The strip never brought up the name of the town, but it's been mentioned in other ''Peanuts'' material on at least two occasions: the 1963 book ''Security is a Thumb and a Blanket'' calls the town “Pinetree Corners”, while the 2002 TV special ''Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales'' lists it as “Sparkyville, USA”.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'s location is never specified in the comics, though according to the animated special ''Garfield Goes Hollywood'', it's Muncie, Indiana, Jim Davis' hometown.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' is never precisely clear on where it’s set, but a number of references suggest that it’s somewhere in central Ohio (although Jeremy does state that he was born in Nebraska). The strip is drawn by Jim Borgman, a chief cartoonist for the ''Cincinnati Enquirer'', which is in southern Ohio.
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has hinted that the town in which the Fox family lives is called Hillsdale (''e.g.'', a Hillsdale Mall in an early strip, H's on the school team's uniforms, ''etc.''), but besides an address in the first strip, no specifics are given. Peter and Roger are fans of Northeastern sports teams (like the Boston Red Sox, Washington Redskins, and Chicago Bulls), but even that doesn’t necessarily place them in the Northeast.
* At least one early strip in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' said the strip took place in Stephan Pastis’ hometown of Albany, California, which is near San Francisco. However, this is never mentioned again, and a later series shows the characters needing to take a cross-country bus trip to San Francisco.
* ComicStrip/DickTracy's adventures take place in an unnamed analogue of Chicago (based on the presence of Capone counterpart Big Boy). Interestingly, the 1990 Creator/WarrenBeatty [[Film/DickTracy film adaptation]] never revealed the city's name (the characters just called it “the city”), but many film critics automatically assumed it was Chicago.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' takes place in a city that was unnamed for decades – until 2009, when Curtis and Barry play hooky to watch Obama’s inauguration in Washington. They travel there by city bus, proving that they live in UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}.
* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'': When first seen, Camp Swampy had palm trees and was definitely not in Alaska. That's about all we have, except the palm trees aren't there anymore, and it now snows there.

[[folder:Eastern European Animation]]
* ''Animation/InvestigationHeldByKolobki'' is an interesting example. Originally, the city the story takes place in was called “Ensk”, a Russian catch-all term for a small provincial town meaning "City ''n''". The sequel shorts and video games, though, have established it as Berdichev, UsefulNotes/{{Ukraine}}, which moves it into "[[AliensInCardiff Wacky Detectives in Berdichev]]" territory.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' goes back and forth on this. An earlier episode revealed it to be near Yellowstone National Park (''i.e.'' Montana or Wyoming). A later episode {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when the weather reporter simply calls the nearest county “that unnamed county that’s next to us.”
* Its very ambiguous where Amestris is in AlternateUniverseFic ''FanFic/ImGivingYouANightCall''. Countries like the U.S. and Japan exist separately, and Amestris is further implied to have been created post-WWII [[spoiler: based off [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Edward the 1st's]] stories of the actual Amestris]].
* ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'' takes place in the fictional town of Oriyama, which neighbours the equally fictional town of Tsukimiya. Add another equally fictional town, [[FanFic/PrettyCureHeavyMetal Isuten]], and you have the Tri-Cities. The author is still not sure where exactly they’re located.
* We don’t know where exactly ''FanFic/CellarSecrets'' is set, but we can assume it’s in America (the [[CreatorProvincialism author’s home country]]), based on little details like the house having a basement and characters having middle names. But we don’t know exactly where in America they live.
** Similarly, in ''Fanfic/KiryuuinChronicles'', we can assume that the fic takes place in America; Rye is community somewhere in New York, and [[spoiler: Satsuki's father, Soichiro]] lives there, although other details suggest that the story itself (or most of it) takes place somewhere in the Midwest.
* Quartz, TX from ''Fanfic/InTheEyeOfTheBeholder'' is said to be located somewhere between Houston and Galveston, with part of the QIB visiting Houston at one point to visit a con.
* In the expanded ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, Rimwards Howondaland is an {{Expy}} of UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica, but a version taken UpToEleven, based on scattered hints dropped in canon, and pushing what everybody ''thinks'' they know about [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra South Africa]] and [[AmoralAfrikaner White South Africans]] all the way off the scale. [[note]]Well, Creator/TerryPratchett gave Australia this treatment...[[/note]]. The city of Piemberg was imported for this purpose from the black farces of Creator/TomSharpe and given a Discworld twist or two, largely as a rural backwater place for characters to come from. WordOfGod says that the author didn't properly do the research, so that in some tales Piemberg is in Natal, or a Natal-like place, and in some it's in the Transvaal, or a Transvaal-like place. The Drakensberg Mountains shift around a lot, too. Piemberg is best thought of as a shifting Brigadoon for all the South African clichés to find a home in. [[Film/{{Zulu}} Lawkes Drain]] is fairly nearby, for instance...

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' takes place in a generic [[OopNorth Northern English town]], though when Wallace gets post, the address can be briefly seen as “62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan.” Other hints also suggest a Lancashire setting; though ironically (given the counties' infamous rivalry) Peter Sallis' voice acting gives Wallace a Yorkshire accent.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' is set on a farm in [[OopNorth Northern England]], which could be pretty much anywhere. ([[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] claims it's in Yorkshire.)
* Most Creator/{{Pixar}} movies are set in undetermined locations (the only big exceptions being ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', which are set in the Pacific, with the former going to Australia, and the latter to California; and ''Westernanimation/InsideOut'', which deals with a Minnesota girl moving to San Francisco):
** The ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' movies are set in “the Tri-County area”, as seen on newspaper vending machines, TV ads for Al’s Toy Barn, the local airport, and [[BrandX WebTuraMaps]]. Some of the architecture suggests a Southern California setting, albeit a rather provincial, suburban one; Simi Valley is a good bet.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is set in Metroville, which is in an undetermined location, and much of the action takes place on Nomanisan Island, a tropical volcanic island in another undetermined location. We do know, though, that Violet’s middle school is based on Brad Bird’s high school in Corvallis, Oregon.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' is set in Radiator Springs, which is clearly located somewhere in the southwestern U.S. near I-40 and Route 66, but its exact location and state are never explained.
** In ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the setting is never specified, but the arid landscape and mention of a rainy season heavily implies it is either in Texas, the American Southwest, or Southern California.
* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Christmas short ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'', one family has a family tradition of baking a cookie in the shape of Norway. Arendelle, however, was previously implied to be the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Norway. Anna also has lines implying that Arendelle is literally just that town surrounding the castle. The special makes it ambiguous whether Arendelle is a city-state or a country and if it is, just ''where'' does it take place (in Norway, nearby Norway, etc). To make it more confusing, the {{novelization}} has the family baking a cookie of Arendelle, implying that Norway doesn't exist.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/Se7en'' takes place in an unnamed American city. Some take it to be Seattle due to much of the film taking place on rainy days. WordOfGod, on the other hand, calls the film Andrew Kevin Walker's "love letter to New York City."
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' takes place in a generic StepfordSuburbia in an unspecified location, although it was filmed in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}.
* ''Film/MillersCrossing'' takes place in an unnamed American city during TheRoaringTwenties.
* ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' takes place in an unnamed city, with no hints as to where it is located.
* The state represented by Senator Jefferson Smith in ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' is not named, even though (or more likely ''because'') its two senators, the governor, and the boss of its political machine are all central characters.
* The opening voiceover of Creator/DannyBoyle's ''Film/ShallowGrave'' states that "this could be any city."
* The city of Springwood in ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' wanders all over the country as the series goes on. [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 The first movie]] is set in an unnamed Los Angeles suburb, but as ContinuityCreep sets in with each sequel, the setting picks up the name Springwood and enough backstory to turn into a TownWithADarkSecret. The [[Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare sixth film's]] opening finally puts Springwood squarely on a U.S. map – in Ohio. ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' suggests that it’s near Camp Crystal Lake (which is in central New Jersey), but WordOfGod clarified that the movie just didn’t show how long it took Jason to get to Springwood.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films tend not to be consistent with Gotham’s location (the city is supposed to be an analogue for [[TheBigRottenApple the dark side of New York]], in contrast to the more idealistic Metropolis):
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' never hides the fact that the first two films were shot in Chicago, with prominent landmarks like the Wrigley Building visible, but there the location of its Gotham City is apparently fantasy, given that its license plates state that it's located in Gotham State. The map of Gotham is the same one from ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand'', which puts the city on a group of fictional islands in New Jersey’s Great Bay. The final film throws New York and Pittsburgh into the mix as well.
** ''Film/BatmanForever'' hangs a {{lampshade|hanging}} on Gotham’s ambiguous geography by giving it landmarks associated with different real-world cities, like the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge. Some ''Batman'' continuities give Gotham a “Statue of Justice” or "Queen of Freedom" instead.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' takes this a step further by placing Gotham quite literally across a bay from Metropolis (in the comics, they're a short drive away, but not ''that'' close). ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'' has papers saying Gotham is in [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]], and WordOfGod says Metropolis is a federal district in Delaware.
* ''Film/{{Payback}}'' is set in some city during [[AnachronismStew some decade]]. The architecture, clothing, furniture, and phones all make its city difficult to place both in location and time.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'' had cars with generic “USA” license plates, but it's implied to be set near or around Dallas-Fort Worth: the boat Peter, Joanna and Lawrence fish in has a Texas registration number (with Texas state shape), the place where Lawrence mentions he's helping build a new [=McDonald=]'s is an actual Dallas suburb, Las Colinas (where many big companies have operations), the “channel 39” Joanna mentions at the restaurant is an actual Dallas station (for many years it aired lots of Westerns; now it's the Telemundo station); and the fact that both ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' and ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' are also made by Creator/MikeJudge and are both also set in Texas.
* The ''[[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' film series is all over the place. Sam Witwicky lives in a place called Mission City, which in the first film was 22 miles from the Hoover Dam, putting it somewhere in Nevada or Arizona. Its final battle sequence, though, was very obviously [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in downtown Los Angeles]] (with some bits in Detroit as well). Sam also goes to college somewhere far enough from Mission City that he has to fly there, although ExecutiveMeddling necessitated this one – since the second film also shows his mother’s [[WackyFratboyHijinx marijuana-fueled escapades around campus]], several colleges forbade Creator/MichaelBay from identifying the place.
* Zigzagged in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies. Originally, there was no need to name Indy’s home town (although the maps showed it was somewhere in New England) or the college where he taught, and neither is given a name in the films. Novelizations and video games, however, do both, as the author found writing a novelization difficult without doing so. The town was named Bedford and put in Connecticut, and the school was named Marshall College after Frank Marshall, a collaborator of Creator/StevenSpielberg and producer on all four films. It did, though, conflict with the video game ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'', which called the school “Barnett College” – fans [[FanWank theorize]] that Indy teaches at more than one school.
* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' takes place in Beaumont. Many viewers assume it’s meant to be Beaumont, Texas, but dialogue references (''e.g.'', being within driving distance of Chicago) place it somewhere in the Midwest. The stage version lampshades this (see Theater below).
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', the kingdom's location is never given; however, it is clearly set in the real world, as various globes and maps can be seen around Ella's house. Influence was drawn from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and France is also nearby, or at the very least, Ella is fluent in French.
* ''Film/TheDouble'' takes place in a dystopian city, but the time and location are both unclear. The actors are predominantly white and speak English with American accents, but there is a noticeable number of British accents as well. In one scene, Simon uses a Japanese coin to play a Japanese song on a jukebox. Another scene features a lounge band playing a song referencing Iwo Jima.
* ''Film/NoEscape'' went to great lengths to make the setting as vague as possible, other than it being somewhere in Southeast Asia. Despite being filmed in Thailand, no Thai is spoken or seen written. The police officers’ shields have a modified Khmer script, and dialogue is a mix of several languages. This was done because the setting is not shown in a good light, and they didn't want to offend their audience.
* The cult favorite slasher film ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' is known to take place in Upstate New York, made evident by the natural scenery of the camp’s location and the New York accents and dialogue of several characters, who obviously live in the New York City area and would logically head upstate for summer camp. However, it's unclear exactly where upstate the camp is.
* ''Film/CarryOnCowboy'' is set in a town called Stodge City somewhere in TheWildWest. They seem to get telegrams from UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC very quickly, but the LovableRogue cowboy says that he's from UsefulNotes/{{Texas}} and he's been wandering the roads for ten days. Furthermore, although Stodge City is firmly in TheWildWest, Washington looks like it’s in TheSixties.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' and ''Film/ShockTreatment'' are both set in a town called Denton – 18 towns in America have that name. In ''Rocky Horror'', Janet is seen reading the ''Cleveland Plain Dealer'', which suggests that it’s Denton, Ohio (confirmed by the ''Rocky Horror Scrapbook''). But ''Shock Treatment'' tried to throw that out of whack by filming it in Denton, Texas (but due to a writers’ strike, they had to film in England instead). ''Shock Treatment''’s OpeningNarration also refers to it as “[[EverytownAmerica a town not far from yours.]]”
* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' is set in UsefulNotes/LasVegas, but the flashbacks of the main characters refer to their previous city as "back home" without specifying its name.
* ''Film/RoadHouse'' takes place in the Midwest town of Jasper, which is "just outside Kansas City". However, nobody specifies whether it's Kansas City, Kansas, or Kansas City, Missouri, but most people assume it's the latter.
* In ''Film/WhipIt'', Bodeen, Texas is clearly within driving distance of Austin, but other than that its precise location and geography are left ambiguous.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Franchise/TheMuppets'':
** Kermit's swamp, initially in an undisclosed location in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', is revealed to be in Florida during ''The Muppets at Walt Disney World'', and then ''Film/KermitsSwampYears'' puts it in Mississippi, not far from Creator/JimHenson's birthplace. That seems to have stuck, with Denise commenting that his state tree is magnolia in ''Series/TheMuppets'' episode "The Ex Factor".
** The locations of the Muppet Theatre in ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and KMUP Studios in ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' are never revealed in the original series either, since what exists beyond the show isn't relevant. (The deliberately ConspicuousCGI of the [=MuppetVision=] studio in ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' arguably isn't intended to ''have'' a realspace location.) ''Film/ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie'' establishes the Muppet Theatre is in a city with a park, a bank, and, for some reason, [[Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas Whos]], but doesn't name it (even the Official Historical Landmark certificate just says "the City"). ''Film/TheMuppets'' makes it part of Muppet Studios in Hollywood.

* In the Focus on the Family radio show ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'', the location of Odyssey is never actually revealed (naturally, neither is Campbell County). It’s implied to exist somewhere in the American Midwest. At some points, it’s explicitly stated to be in Ohio, but other mentions contradict this (such as a claim that it was a month’s wagon journey from Virginia). [[http://www.aiowiki.com/wiki/Odyssey The wiki still maintains it to be in Ohio.]]
* Centerville, the hometown of the title characters in ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily'', is in an unnamed state. The fact that many episodes that aired during the winter months reference heavy snowfall implies that it is north of the Mason-Dixon Line, but that's as much as can be easily inferred.

* The location of the nameless city in which ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' is set is a complete mystery. All that can be inferred (though the presence of Senator Fipp) is that it is in the U.S.
* ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'' is implied to be set in the U.S., but beyond that, it’s unclear exactly where. Consensus suggests that it’s Alabama, though; it’s near the coast (but not close enough), on the track of a hurricane that destroys Pensacola, within driving distance of Georgia, and of course mentioned in the “Alabama song”. But at the same time, there’s also a mention of Alaskan miners coming down the unspecified coast, which implies California.
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' takes place, according to WordOfGod, “in an outer-outer borough of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.”
* As explained by this exchange in ''Theatre/{{Footloose}}'':
--> “What he means is that he’s moving to [[EverytownAmerica some little hick town]] that nobody's ever heard of.”\\
“Hey! People have heard of it!”\\
“Oh, yeah? What's the name of it?”\\
“You can find it on any map.”\\
“What's the name of it?”\\
“Folks are flocking there from all over.”\\
“''What's the ''name'' of it?''”\\
“Beaumont?! Where the hell is Beaumont?!”
* ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss'': While the Glengarry Islands and a few other (fictional) locations sold by the firm are in Florida, it is never revealed where their current focus, "Rio Rancho," is. There ''is'' a real Rio Rancho in New Mexico, and land there has actually become much more valuable since the play was written.
* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': The West End version does this. Despite specifying where Augustus, Veruca and Violet are from (Bavaria, England and California, respectively), Mike is said to come from "Suburbia". The Broadway adaptation fixes this problem, stating instead that Mike is from Idaho, though the onstage background during his introduction still suggests he lives in an EverytownAmerica.
* ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'': It is never mentioned where the railyard the musical takes place in is set, despite the fact that competitors from numerous different countries around the world take place in the championship races. It would make sense if it was set in the country of performance- England for the West End production, America for the Broadway production, Germany for the Bochum production, etc- but there are already national trains representing the wide majority of those countries, including the three mentioned previously. To partially remedy this issue, many fans have settled on the idea that it is set in the (entirely fictional) Apollo-Victoria railyard, commonly referred to as 'the AV', which was named after the original West End theatre that Starlight Express took place in.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Kadath in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth'' is either somewhere north of Britain or in an alternate dimension. Evidence tends to point to the latter, apart from the fact that to get to Kadath you have to keep going north.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': WordOfGod as well as dialogue in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' and ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit of Justice]]'' places the localized version in an alternative universe Los Angeles [[ThinlyVeiledDubCountryChange where there's an abundance of Japanese culture in American.]] This earned it the FanNickname, “Japanifornia”, [[ApprovalOfGod which the head localizer has expressed she likes]]. The original is just set in an unnamed Japanese city.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is set in "Free Country, USA". Not even the characters really know where it is (apparently, it's in "Place"). The only map of the place showed the continental U.S. as a free-floating continent, with Free Country in the exact center (so presumably Nebraska). And in ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', even locations within Free Country move around freely. That said, CreatorProvincialism puts Free Country somewhere on the East Coast (radio stations begin with "W", and they're within driving distance of a Hardee's restaurant). This confluence could easily place Free Country in rural Illinois, Indiana, or western Ohio.
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': Vivi, Arthur and Lewis are from a town called Tempo that is somewhere in the vast state of Texas.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is set in a town with haunted woods, a pharmaceutical research facility, a warehouse district, a pirate bar and various other locales useful for the plot or action scenes. It is eventually revealed, through a series of hints in art and dialogue, to be Cumberland, Maryland (and later lampshaded in the AltText).
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' and Gillitie Wood are located somewhere in the UK (apparently in CampbellCountry). So far, only two further clues to their location have been given: the nearby Annan Waters (a real river in Scotland), and a letter from Kat (whose contents imply that the Court is ''not'' in Scotland).
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is set in the aptly-named suburb of Generictown. It has not yet been specified what city Generictown is a suburb ''of''. It is adjacent to Pitcheresk Forest, with a mountain range beyond that, including Mount Generic (which is notable for having a hole in its peak, thanks to events in one storyline).
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' is set within Babylon Gardens, a suburban neighborhood somewhere in the United States; the exact location is not specified and has even been [[TheUnReveal un-revealed]], although the author has stated that the main characters’ home was based upon a former residence of his in North Carolina.
* ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive''’s Moperville is in an undisclosed location somewhere in the US. At one point, in order to avoid revealing the location when Sarah is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-08-22 trying to search obituary records]], the State abbreviation is replaced with asterisks. Fans have established that Moperville is most likely [[spoiler:based on Naperville, Illinois, at least according to [[http://elgoonishshive.wikia.com/wiki/Moperville the wiki]]]].
* The location of the city in ''Webcomic/TheLettersoftheDevil'' is never specified. See also CityWithNoName.
* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'' is set somewhere in Minnesota. Eli Parker tried to avoid revealing its exact location for a long time, but eventually, a conversation came up which would have been too awkward to write without the characters mentioning the town’s name. It wound up being set in Garen, Minnesota, a real-life GhostTown.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' is set in an undisclosed location. They’re presumably Japanese, but if so, [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010704c why do they celebrate the Fourth of July?]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' originally played this trope straight and left locations ambiguous, but Creator/AndrewHussie did an about-face and gave all the heroes’ homes exact coordinates, which puts three of them in various parts of the U.S. and one in the South Pacific. Only Dave’s location is kind of ambiguous; he’s near Houston somewhere, but Hussie hadn’t drawn the city to look like Houston.
* In ''Webcomic/BloodStain'', Dr. Stein's house is known to be in a city by the Mediterranean Sea. Said city is dubbed “God-knows-where” in lieu of an actual place name. In chapter three, the protagonist is shown an envelope with the house’s address, showing that the city is literally named “Godknowswhere”.
* Tailsteak intentionally avoids giving a precise location for the setting of ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'', though occasional hints are provided. One common theory is that it might have been set in [[Webcomic/OneOverZero Portland.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ClassicAlice'' is set in Valeton; all we know about its location is that it’s “somewhere in New England”. Based on the leak of Alice and Andrew’s phone numbers, we know that Alice is from Connecticut and Andrew is from Long Island.
* In ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'', Net.ropolis floats from state to state. It has its own senator for this reason.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is mostly set in Brockton Bay, which is on the Atlantic Coast, driving distance from Boston; fanfics have placed it in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and even New Jersey. Brockton Bay replacing Portsmouth, NH is popular.
* ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', written by ''Worm''’s author, takes place in Jacob’s Bell, Canada, but the exact location is left ambiguous.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''’s eponymous town is known to be somewhere in the deserts of the American Southwest (and by WordOfGod ''not'' in Texas), but beyond that the location is uncertain. The fact that local grocery store is a Ralph’s suggests that it might be in southeastern California, although the fact that the town’s natives have never seen mountains complicates the issue, as most of the candidate locations are actually quite hilly.
* ''Roleplay/YouHaveBecomeYourAvatar'' {{parodie|dtrope}}s the trope; Marcie!Joshua purchases a map that has every city labeled "Springfield".
* The early episodes of ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia''’s ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'' are inconsistent regarding where Mr. Plinkett's house is. It would switch between Teaneck, New Jersey (setting of ''Mr. Plinkett Reviews'') and Milwaukee, Wisconsin ({{real| life}} location of [=RedLetterMedia=]). After the fan theory of there being two different Plinketts, they settled on Milwaukee.
* ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries takes place in Cheap Town, which has various contradicting elements to its locale that makes it impossible to pinpoint, such as Australian-style wall outlets and snow during Christmastime.
* ''Literature/{{TOT}}'' mostly takes place in a subdivision called Green Water, and it's implied the characters live somewhere out in the country, given that the police force is small and consists of deputies. However, no one ever says what county, city, or even what ''state'' the story is located in.
* In ''WebVideo/TwelveHundredGhosts'' Scrooge apparently lives in England, America, Japan, and Canada all at the same time, and in different time periods.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Naturally, in RealLife many cities in the same or different regions can share the same name. Sometimes this was deliberate, where one city is named after another; sometimes they might just refer to common geographic features which recur frequently; or multiple cities are [[{{Egopolis}} named after the same person or entity]].
** UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat was one of the most prolific such people; not only were eight cities in his former empire named Alexandria (including the modern Egyptian city of Alexandria), several other cities of that name have popped up around the world, including two in Canada, three in Australia, and nineteen in the United States.
** Over fifty places in the United States are named after the UsefulNotes/MarquisDeLafayette, a key figure in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution. As a rule, any location named "Lafayette", "Fayette", or "Fayetteville" will have been named in his honor.
* Website/NotAlwaysRight gives us [[http://notalwaysright.com/location-is-clearly-not-your-vocation/3361 a caller]] who lives in Springfield and can’t seem to tell what state she’s in herself.
* Some real-life places are undefined as well, likely because they’re a part of legend:
** Polynesian culture, as a result of being spread around several distant Pacific islands, tended to refer to TheOldCountry in this way. [[UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}} Hawaiian mythology]], for instance, refers to “Kahiki”, which is often interpreted to be Tahiti, but can theoretically mean anywhere in Polynesia that isn’t Hawaii. The Maori concept of “Hawaiki” is similar (and may or may not refer to Hawaii). Recent DNA and linguistic studies have suggested that Taiwan could be the original Polynesian homeland.
** Aztlán, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztl%C3%A1n the ancestral home of the Aztec people]], is in an undefined location; the descriptions of the place seem to contradict each other. The only thing everyone agrees on is that it was somewhere north of where Mexico City is today.
** The Garden of Eden from the ''Literature/BookOfGenesis''. [[https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/secrets/garden-of-eden/1003102/3446874 Could it have been a (semi-)real place]]? It's possible. All we know is that its location was ''somewhere'' between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and there are two more rivers mentioned that have no modern equivalent. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers, though, are real, and would put the location "somewhere in the Fertile Crescent," or modern-day Iraq, Syria, Iran, Jordan, or Turkey.
* UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground has a fake station called “Ashfield West”, which has no particular location and is served by no particular line. It’s technically used for training purposes.