[[caption-width-right:350:''"I left my heart in San Francisco..."'']]

->''"Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word 'Frisco', which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars."''[[note]]Worth about $500 in today's money[[/note]]
-->-- [[CrazyAwesome His Imperial Majesty]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Emperor Norton I]], [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico]], 1872.

As a famously scenic city with a reputation for eccentricity, controversy, and singular history, San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area pop up fairly frequently in media, particularly visual media, which just love the city's iconic hills and eclectic architecture.

In almost any film or TV show, the cable cars will be made to seem almost everywhere, with the stock establishing shot a cable car cresting over a hill lined with Victorian houses while the Golden Gate bridge is framed in the background. Car chases are frequent in TV and film thanks to the hilly streets and neato views (often making a point of going down the famously-winding [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lombard_Street_%28San_Francisco%29 Lombard Street]].) The city is famous for its liberal politics, association with countercultural movements (the [[{{Beatnik}} beats]] and the [[NewAgeRetroHippie hippies]] followed on each other's heels in the mid-20th century), prominent gay population, longtime history as a hub for Chinese immigration, and its reputation for attracting colorful eccentrics who become tolerated or even celebrated in a way they probably wouldn't be anywhere else in America.

In reality, these conventions are all true, but only true to a degree. The cable cars only cover a small part of the city and are favorites of tourists but few locals; the streets are much too narrow and the terrain too varying for a really awesome car chase to happen anywhere but the freeways; and while droves of liberal activists, gays, and immigrants do call San Francisco home, there are as many less visible demographic groups as any other major city.

San Francisco's reputation as a home for misfits and oddballs started with its Gold Rush roots, when it essentially became a mining town that outgrew itself and where fortune-seekers could embrace the mythos of the west and live free of the more stolid conventions of the East or whatever other country they came from. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Norton I]], Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico (whose decree about a certain much-loathed nickname graces the top of the page) is today probably the most famous of all San Francisco eccentrics, but in his time he was just one of a menagerie of strange, self-made hero kooks.

Geographically, San Francisco is rather small for a city of its prominence, since it sits on the end of a peninsula and has no room to grow. The term "Bay Area" refers to the constellation of counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay and their related cities. Oakland, the city on the eastern shore of the Bay, has always been San Francisco's unofficial sister city, these days something of a troubled, hardscrabble town that nevertheless keeps alive the blue collar heritage that the city has lost a bit. Just to the north of Oakland is Berkeley, seat of the region's radical political reputation and home to one of its two most prestigious universities (UC Berkeley). The North Bay, on the other end of the world famous Golden Gate Bridge is characterized by the homes of the ultra rich and the sprawling "wine country" that produces most of California's most notable vintages. And in recent years the South Bay and the Peninsula have come into their own as the seat of Silicon Valley and the engine behind the region's enormous economic boom, driven by social media and software startups of all stripes. Many of those startups were founded by alumni of the Bay Area's other ultra-prestigious university, Stanford (located on the Peninsula).

San Francisco sits right on top of the San Andreas Fault, and there are numerous smaller (but no less dangerous) faults in the surrounding area; earthquakes are inevitable, and jaded long-term residents will often wave off a smaller one as an UnusuallyUninterestingSight. The largest earthquake in city history was the Great Quake of 1906, which killed over 3,000 people, destroyed most of the city due to the shaking and subsequent uncontrollable fires, and caused changes that still reverberate today [[note]]([[FriendlyNeighborhoodChinatown Chinatown]] was rebuilt further west in its present location, and many refugees were resettled in nearby small towns which contributed to their development as suburbs)[[/note]]; each year, bells are still rung on April 18th at 5:12 am to commemorate the disaster. The most recent quake to have a significant effect on the city was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Loma_Prieta_earthquake the Loma Prieta earthquake]][[note]](aka the "World Series Quake", since it happened at 5:04 pm, a half-hour before the scheduled start of [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's]]. This likely saved many lives because people left work early to watch the game and consequentially weren't caught in rush hour traffic when buildings and roads started collapsing; as it was, the quake caused 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries)[[/note]] of October 17, 1989. Having water on three sides makes the weather wildly unpredictable and generates the famous fog that rolls across half the city at any given time (the fog even has its own Twitter account. Really). Though not as large as other major metropolitan centers, San Francisco is a city of diverse and occasionally clashing neighborhoods, from the famous gay hub in the Castro to the always-trendy Mission District to the uber-rich perched on Nob Hill or the down and dirty poor in the Tenderloin. Some neighborhoods consist of only a few blocks but manage to create their own distinct flavor within that little world. And neighborhoods are often changing: [=SoMa=] (South of Market Area, Market being the city's most prominent street) used to be a grungy skid row but in recent decades has gentrified into a trendy business district (although, intriguingly, the area's vogue for BDSM-themed bars and shops remains...).

If you're thinking of moving to San Francisco, whether for work or because you really like the city, be prepared to pay out the nose for rent. San Francisco rent is infamously [[https://smartasset.com/mortgage/what-is-the-cost-of-living-in-san-francisco some of the most expensive in the country]]; $4,500 a month for a standard two-bedroom apartment isn't just costly, it's the ''average'' rent in the city. There's even a [[http://fortune.com/2016/03/28/man-lives-in-box-san-francisco/ case]] of someone paying $500 a month to live in a box. Inside a living room. Not helping this is the rise of tech startups in the area that require prospective employees to move to San Francisco to work, which has become something of a meme amongst critics of Silicon Valley tech culture.

Though less frequently a trope, San Francisco is also particularly known for its large homeless population, which shows up primarily when a creator [[ShownTheirWork showed their work]] and generally has a point to make with it. Another uncomfortable and little-discussed fact is that the Golden Gate Bridge is the second-most frequent site of suicides ''in the world.''

And please don't forget your heart ([[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration or your head]]) when you leave.
!!San Francisco in the media:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' is nominally set in San Francisco.

[[folder: Comedy]]
* The recording of Creator/EddieIzzard's ''Dress to Kill'' was at the Orpheum in San Francisco, and includes a good bit riffing on San Francisco, "Frisco," cable cars, the fog...basically everything in the lead section.
* In Creator/BillCosby's "Driving in San Francisco", he talks about San Francisco having "the worst hills in the world to build a city around or in or on."
--> ''You get up to the top, and the car's still going up! And you say, "Where's the land, for crying out loud?"''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/XMen currently call San Francisco home, and have invited the few remaining mutants to settle there.
* Since their last revival, the Comicbook/TeenTitans have lived in San Francisco.
* So does ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer, as it turns out. Her actions have put an end to magic, vampires are a known threat but if she or anyone else kills one that doesn't actively harm humans it will trigger a war, and she currently works for Kennedy as a bodyguard.
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} moved to San Francisco after decades of watching over the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel's]] first PostCrisis origin was set in San Francisco in Roy Thomas' ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning''.
* During the Creator/JohnByrne run, ComicBook/WonderWoman operated out of Gateway City, which was pretty much San Francisco in all but name.


[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the monsters duke it out with a giant robot on the Golden Gate Bridge, eventually toppling it.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'' takes place in San Fransokyo, a city that combines elements of San Francisco and Tokyo, complete with streetcars and a slightly altered version of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' takes place inside the head of a girl (Riley) who has recently moved to San Fransisco; landmarks show up occasionally but are never given a big role in the plot. E.g. the Golden Gate Bridge can be seen while Riley and her parents drive into the city the first time, and Lombard Street is used as part of an establishing shot before focusing on the emotions of a bus driver stuck in traffic (all variations on Anger, fittingly enough).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/ATripDownMarketStreet'' is a 13-minute 1906 film that documents exactly that, a trip down Market Street on a cable car. It is notable for being photographed approximately three weeks before the earthquake and fire that wrecked every building shown in the movie.
* The chase scene from the film ''Film/TheRock'' is one of the best examples of a car pursuit in that city. This might be the best example, because it includes nearly every San Francisco and chase scene stereotype in the span of a few minutes. Obscene wealth (it's a Ferrari chasing a Hummer), the CampGay Hummer owner and hairstylist, a bottled water truck playing the role of a FruitCart, a crashing cable car, a wheelchair race, talking on a cell while driving and a hipster on a dirtbike. Yay!
* ''Film/{{Bullitt}}'' has perhaps the archetypal example and one of the first movie chase scenes to be filmed at real speed and on-location, rather than having the [[{{Undercrank}} film sped up]] and [[DrivingADesk rear-projected]].
* Parodied in the Music/BarbraStreisand comedy ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'' With a SheetOfGlass scene (and a handful other tropes) thrown in for good measure.
* Another comedic version climaxes the Goldie Hawn-Chevy Chase vehicle ''Film/FoulPlay''. ("Far out!")
* ''Freebie and the Bean'' has a chase scene that ends with a car flying off the (now-demolished) Embarcadero Freeway and landing in the apartment bedroom of an elderly couple.
* Parodied in the ''Film/StarskyAndHutch'' movie, where doing this wrecks the car. This scene was probably meant as a parody of ''Film/{{Bullitt}}''.
* Perhaps the only thing filmmakers love to do more than a San Francisco car chase is to destroy the Golden Gate Bridge, as giant monsters, crashing spaceships, supervillains, and natural disasters frequently topple (or at least bust up) the famed span on film. It's worth noting that the 75 year old structure is remarkably sturdy in real life, still considered seismically stable even on its diamond anniversary in 2012.[[note]]The Bay Bridge is far more rarely portrayed in films, being not as pretty as the Golden Gate, but it actually did have a section of the upper deck fall down during the 1989 earthquake. It can be seen in ''Film/TheGraduate'', where Benjamin is famously driving the wrong way.[[/note]]
* ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' is set and partially filmed here. The cablecars can be seen here, and [[CaliforniaDoubling prominent San Francisco landmarks double for the Tower's exterior and lobby]].
* The silly-ass ''Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'', a 1965 comedy staring Vincent Price, has possibly the longest, silliest ([[DrivingADesk rear-projected]]) car chase ever down San Francisco's Lombard Street -- part on location, part green screen, as the antagonists and protagonists switch between on cars, trollies, and even a boat on wheels. Vincent Price makes a great show of looking carsick through it.
* The first two Herbie movies (''Film/TheLoveBug'' and ''Film/HerbieRidesAgain'') take place in San Francisco.
* Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'' is set in San Francisco, while ''Film/TheBirds'' has its opening scenes there. The latter almost had an ending with homicidal birds lining the Golden Gate Bridge.
* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry'' and its sequels were filmed on location in San Francisco, with many prominent landmarks visible, also including the portrayal of the SFPD.
* [=SkyNet's=] home base in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' and ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' was located in San Francisco.
* ''Film/AViewToAKill'' was mostly set here.
* ''Film/ThePresidio'' is set in here and the film opens with a car chase, complete with cars hurtling through the air down that hill.
* ''Film/TheConversation'', with the opening scene taking place in Union Square.
* The first remake of ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978''.
* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' is set in San Francisco and its outlying communities.
* ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' is set in Chinatown.
* ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness''
* Although most of ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' features flashbacks set in New Orleans and Paris, the FrameStory is set in San Francisco. The SceneryPorn is a little more creative than most, if for no other reason that that it emphasizes the less famous (but far more widely used) Bay Bridge rather than the Golden Gate.
* Mike Myers' ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'' is set largely in San Francisco. They even manage to fit in a tour of Alcatraz.
* Frank has to travel to San Francisco where he'd been poisoned in ''Film/{{DOA}}''. Lots of running through crowded streets and traffic, of course.
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' was set and mostly filmed here.
* ''Film/JaggedEdge'', ''Film/BasicInstinct'' and ''Film/{{Jade}}'', all written by Joe Ezterhaus.
* Two of ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies: ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'' and ''Film/ShadowOfTheThinMan''. ''After the Thin Man'' includes a view of the city from Telegraph Hill and ''Shadow of the Thin Man'' has Nick and Nora driving across the then-new Bay Bridge.
* ''Film/{{Milk}}'', the 2008 biopic, and ''Film/TheTimesOfHarveyMilk'', the 1984 documentary, both about gay rights activist and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, and also about how Castro Street turned into the first {{Gayborhood}}.
* ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''.
* ''Film/FortyEightHours'' and the sequel ''Another 48 Hours''.
* The last parts of ''Film/TheBookOfEli''.
* ''Film/TheRoom''. We know it's set here because we're shown StockFootage of San Francisco [[ViewersAreGoldfish every 5 minutes.]]
* ''Film/ElectricDreams''.
* The second half of ''Film/TheSocialNetwork''.
* ''Film/PiratesOfSiliconValley''
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''
* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''
* ''Film/{{Flubber}}'' - filmed largely in San Jose.
* ''Film/DarkPassage''
* Decades before the disaster films of the 70s, the 1936 film ''Film/{{San Francisco|1936}}'' film tells the story of rival saloon owners, a singer and the 1906 earthquake. The scenes during and after the earthquake are still terrifying to watch today.
* ''Film/TheCheapDetective''
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries''
* ''Film/TheLadyFromShanghai''
* ''Film/TheGame''
* The middle third of ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' is set here, as Ursula is a member of the city's upper class. George rescues a parasailor who had gotten entangled in the Bay Bridge.
* ''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses'' is set here and in nearby San Mateo.
* In the 2014 version of ''Film/{{Godzilla|2014}}'' the big guy comes ashore in San Francisco, destroys most of the city, and of course wrecks the bridge. The unmade ''Volcano Monsters'' cannibalization of ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'' was to be set in SF.
** This is in continuing a fine tradition of monsters destroying San Franscisco and especially the Golden Gate Bridge, starting with Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea in 1955, in which a giant octopus crushes the Golden Gate in its clutches.
** The Natals destroy the Golden Gate in ''Film/BattleInOuterSpace'' with a "space torpedo" in a rather impressive effects shot.
** A much less prestigious giant monster film, ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus'', features a scene in which the shark leaps up and takes a bit out of the bridge. Because sharks love eating metal, apparently.
** San Francisco was one of the first sites of a Kaiju attack in ''Film/PacificRim'', with the bridge being destroyed. In the ExpandedUniverse, Oakland's bay becomes a dumping ground for Kaiju skeletons.
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetofTheApes'' is largely set in the city and features the obligatory disaster scene as the apes rampage across the bridge in an attempt to escape into the wilds of Marin beyond. There's relatively little damage to the structure, though.
** Non-monster movies get in on the action too: in ''Film/TheCore'', the bridge melts under the intense heat of super sunlight (don't ask). In X-MenTheLastStand, Magneto levitates the bridge over to Alcatraz (dick move). In the StarTrek franchise the Federation has always been headquartered in San Francisco, so the 2009 and 2013 films feature a bit of future SF urban destruction (though the first film is refreshingly light on it, and both movies pass up the opportunity to destroy the iconic span).
* ''Film/HomewardBoundIILostInSanFrancisco'', as the title indicates.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'': Alice mentions that her plane would fly above San Francisco. Although we do not get to see it, she did mention she spotted no signs of life in all the cities in the North American West Coast she passed.
%%* ''{{Film/Maxie}}''
* ''Film/AntMan'' takes place largely in San Francisco.
* ''Film/FriscoJenny'' is a 1930s film set in the early 1900s San Francisco. The protagonist witnesses the tragic 1906 earthquake that destroyed almost all of the city.
* ''Film/WomanOnTheRun'' is basically a FilmNoir tour of the city during the 1950s.

* San Francisco is the primary setting for the first and third books of Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/BridgeTrilogy'', ''Literature/VirtualLight'' and ''Literature/AllTomorrowsParties'' (the second book, ''Literature/{{Idoru}}'', takes place mostly in Tokyo). The city is depicted as struggling to recover from a massive earthquake (a lot like it was in real life in the early 90s, when the first book was being written), and much of the action takes place in a shantytown constructed on the ruins of the Bay Bridge (from which the trilogy gets its name).
* San Francisco and the nearby area is the primary setting for ''Literature/TheFireRose'' by Mercedes Lackey, the climax of which occurs during the morning of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake 1906 earthquake]].
* ''Literature/LittleBrother'' is set in San Francisco after a hypothetical terrorist attack on the Bay Bridge.
* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', most of the characters live in San Francisco. It later turns out that the Dark Elders have turned Alcatraz into a prison for monsters that they plan to release on the city as the first step in their campaign to take over the world.
* The city and its surrounding Bay Area feature a lot in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' and ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' as the home of various main characters and villains.
** Annabeth has her home here, though she prefers to live in Camp Half-Blood as she dislikes her adoptive mother.
** Mount Orthys' (the home of the Titans) American counterpart is Mount Tamalpais, which is not quite in SF, but still within the Bay Area.
** Kampê holds her prisoners in Alcatraz.
** Camp Jupiter is located behind a hillside. Considering how the camp is even larger than its Greek counterpart (complete with a river that simply vanishes into the mortal territory, and a ''town'' populated by retired demigods/legacies), it must take quite a lot of Mist to cover it. Meanwhile, new recruits are initially held in the Wolf House, located a bit to the north in Sonoma.
** Enceladus holds Piper's dad hostage in Mount Diablo, e.g. "Mount Devil".
* San Francisco is the setting of ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
* Marcia Muller's series of private-eye stories about Sharon [=McCone=] is mainly set in San Francisco, although some individual novels head out to other parts of California or the USA.
* The novel ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong'' (and its [[AdaptationDisplacement better-known]] [[TheMusical Broadway]] and [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] adaptations) is about Chinese-Americans in San Francisco.
* ''Literature/ChildOfTheOwl'' is set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
* The novelization of ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' written by Keith R.A. DeCandido has San Francisco the ground zero for the [[ZombieApocalypse Global T-Virus Pandemic]] after Umbrella fails to eradicate the small number of infected there.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The series ''Series/CrazyLikeAFox'' was set here, the better for the show's trademark car chases.
* The TV western ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' is set during a Gold Rush-era San Francisco.
* The Series/MythBusters call this city home.
** As did ''Series/BattleBots'', when it existed.
* An episode of The Evidence had a murderer attempt to kill someone by sabotaging their brakes so they would fail on one of San Francisco's steep hills. The sabotaged car ends up ploughing into the detectives' car.
* Series/{{Monk}} lives here. But when he goes outside [[TelevisionGeography it's usually in]] UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.
* The city's Presidio district is the future site of [[Franchise/StarTrek Starfleet Command HQ, Starfleet Academy, and many other Starfleet things]]. (Hence the moment in the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 film]] where a falling Romulan machine almost wipes out the Golden Gate Bridge.)
** During TheSixties, the Presidio was still a working military base (though so low security you could drive through it). It's since become a park managed by a national trust, making it almost impossible that Starfleet could ever build there now.
** In a crowning stroke of irony, there is one famous company that owns a significant amount of property there today: Lucasfilm.
* The '70s police series ''Series/TheStreetsOfSanFrancisco'' was set and filmed in the city.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is set, but clearly not filmed, in San Francisco. Almost every episode begins with SceneryPorn of the city. The manor exteriors are in LA.
* ''Series/NashBridges'' also took extensive advantage of filming in San Francisco, including museums, piers, and enough landmarks to deeply satisfy viewers who live in the city. The show's production was headquartered on Treasure Island and brought $2 million of business to San Francisco per episode.
* In the final episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Frasier is offered a TV gig in San Francisco, but is at first hesitant. His agent tries to persuade him by implying the advantage of being a straight man in a city where, supposedly, so many men are... not interested in women.
* ''Series/FullHouse'' is based here in the area surrounding Alamo Square park.
** As is ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' (coincidentally created by two ''Full House'' producers).
* Another Disney Channel original series, ''Series/ANTFarm'', which, like ''That's So Raven'', has a black teen girl as the main character, also takes place in San Francisco.
* The final episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' lands Atlantis in the ocean just off San Francisco; the series ends with the cast relaxing on a balcony with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* ''HumanTarget'' takes place (mostly) in San Francisco, although it's [[CaliforniaDoubling filmed in]] [[StargateCity Vancouver]].
* One season of Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Series/TheRealWorld'' was set in San Francisco. It featured, among others, an aspiring comic artist named Creator/JuddWinick....
* The first season of ''Series/TopChef'' was set in San Francisco.
* ''Series/{{Trauma}}'' was set and filmed in San Francisco.
* ''Series/{{Phyllis}}'', a SpinOff of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* ''Series/TooCloseForComfort''.
* ''Series/EliStone'' called The City home.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie TV movie]] was set in San Francisco, though it was filmed in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}''.
* ''Series/KindredTheEmbraced''.
* ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}''.
* Creator/AaronSpelling's '80s drama ''Hotel'' was set in San Francisco, a change from the [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]] setting of the novel and film it was adapted from.
* A LateArrivalSpoiler in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is the time Lily broke her and Marshall's engagement in a panic and ran off to San Francisco for three months. References to San Francisco in this context occur from time-to-time in the show, for example: Lily ([[AllWomenAreLustful who is notoriously lustful]]) mentions that it was the longest stretch of time she had ever gone without sex, driving her crazy to the point where, when one of San Francisco's famously frequent earthquakes occurred, she got off on the vibrations.
* ''Series/McMillanAndWife''
* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'' is set here (though, as with many others, filmed in Vancouver).
* ''MidnightCaller''
* The Creator/{{HBO}} series ''Series/SiliconValley'' takes place in well, Silicon Valley, specifically Palo Alto.
* ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'': San Francisco is the capital of the Japanese Pacific States, a country carved out of the former western U.S. and Canada after the Axis won World War II. The city has seen an influx of Japanese citizens and culture in the alternate 1962 it is set in.

* Music/ArcticMonkeys' song "Fake Tales of San Francisco" from their debut ''Music/WhateverPeopleSayIAmThatsWhatImNot'' is about a Sheffield guy pretending to be from San Francisco to impress his friends at a bar, while the narrator looks at him with disdain.
* Music/Train has an album called "Save Me, San Francisco" and the title track is an ode to the city.
* Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" has been described as "the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s" and is credited with a large number of people moving to the city in that decade.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The music video for "I Disappear" by Music/{{Metallica}} (who live in the Bay Area) includes a scene of James Hetfield fleeing a large shockwave in a black muscle car.
* Train's song "Save Me, San Francisco:"
-->''Every day so caffeinated,\\
I wish they were Golden Gated.\\
Fillmore couldn't feel more miles away.\\
So wrap me up, return to sender.\\
Let's forget this five-year bender.\\
Take me to my City by the Bay!\\
I never knew all that I had,\\
Now Alcatraz don't sound so bad,\\
At least they have a hella fine merlot.\\
If I could wish upon a star,\\
I would hitch a cable car,\\
To the place that I can always call my own.''
* And who could forget Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" music video with the local hula group performing a hula they made specifically for the song.
* The Music/CabCalloway song "San Francisco Fan", a song about a dancer named Fan who takes a bullet for her gambling boyfriend, set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush.

* ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' has the player as a movie director shooting an action film in San Francisco.

* Creator/AllenGinsberg's "Literature/{{Howl}}" has bits of San Francisco in the setting, and the city was home to Howl's famous first performance.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The main setting for R. Talsorian's ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}}'' is Night City, a thinly-veiled pastiche of San Francisco with a little bit of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles thrown in and a generous helping of ''Film/BladeRunner'' visual imagery.
** Iron Crown's ''Cyberspace'' is set in a futurized version of actual San Francisco circa 2090.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', Alpha Complex is a post-apocalyptic San Francisco with a dome over it. (There are lots of other similar Complexes, but the others usually only get an occasional passing mention.)
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' uses San Francisco as a sample city, drawing on its bohemian history. Likewise, a number of books for the WorldOfDarkness make note that San Francisco's [[GeniusLoci city father]] looks a hell of a lot like Emperor Norton.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A large number of racing games feature San Francisco as well, though in those games, it usually makes sense that the streets are empty, since they've been closed off for a race.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' features a parody of San Francisco called San Fierro (the mission that brings you there alongside CrazyAwesome hippie The Truth is titled "If You're Going To San Fierro"). Although there are examples of the famous stairway streets, the whole city is quite small, and they are few and far between. Other famous parts of San Francisco, including the thick fog and the twisting road on the steep hill, are thrown in for good measure. Lombard Street makes an appearance as "Windy Windy Windy Windy Street," and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transamerica_Pyramid Transamerica Building]] (the tallest in the city) as the "Big Pointy Building" -- both decent enough descriptions.
** The city is quite small in real-life as well; it's only about seven miles on each side...and many parts of that are generally considered to be "the middle of nowhere".
* A disproportionate number of UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast videogames featured San Francisco (or locations heavily based on it):
** ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi''
** Metropolis Street Racer
** ''San Francisco Rush 2049''
** ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' - Mainly the "City Escape" "[[TotallyRadical Radical Highway]]" and "Mission Street" levels. The developers were Creator/SonicTeam USA (later Sega Studio USA), who were based in San Francisco at that time.
*** Interestingly, the two driving stages in the game are "Highway 101" and "Highway 280". Although these are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_101_in_California actual]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_280_(California) highway names]][[note]]Any developer on the team that didn't live in the city probably spent a lot of time on one of these two highways[[/note]], the stages themselves don't resemble the highways they're named after.
** ''Super Runabout: San Francisco''
* The ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush'' series of {{Driving Game}}s is two-thirds ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It also has ''spectators''. Who scream in terror when a racer careens out of control at them, and it's possible to jump the entire length of Lombard Street.
* This is one of the cities available for destruction in ''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp''.
* ''VideoGame/DriverSanFrancisco''
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: The Run'' starts out in San Francisco, complete with high-speed hijinks down the hills in a 500hp car.
* The VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/CauseOfDeath'' is set primarily in San Francisco.
* One of the second ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' game's locales is "Bay City", which is essentially an {{Expy}} of this city. As the game is set in 1969, the area is full of hippies and hippie culture.
* One of the tracks in ''Mario Kart 8'' is a combination of San Francisco and New York City, complete with steep streets and cable cars.
* The VideoGame/NancyDrew PC game ''Message In A Haunted Mansion'' took place in San Francisco. Though it didn't make much use of the scenery (being something of a BottleEpisode that only took place in one location,) it did involve the infamous 1906 earthquake in part of the backstory.
* The finale of ''VideoGame/{{Ingress}}''[='=]s #13MAGNUS arc was set in San Francisco, at the Cupid's Span. Not just San Francisco on the in-game maps, [[AlternateRealityGame real-life San Francisco as well]].
* The first mission of the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' expansion ''Yuri's Revenge'' takes place in a post-WorldWarThree San Francisco, both for the Allies and Soviets. The time machine to be used to stop Yuri's Psychic Dominator catastrophe is just south of the [[MonumentalDamage already-destroyed Golden Gate Bridge]], and it is used to go back in time to the start of the war depicted in the original ''Red Alert 2'', just in time to see the Soviets destroy it.
* Creator/{{Jaleco}}'s UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''Cisco Heat'' is a RacingGame set on the streets of San Francisco and surrounding areas.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pepsiman}}'', part of the first stage has Pepsiman is skateboarding downhill on what looks like Hyde Street. (Yes, it's possible to jump over the cable cars.)
* ''Top Landing'' has the San Francisco International Airport, also known as SFO, as one of the eight available landing stages. It should be noted that SFO is not actually on San Francisco soil, but rather about five miles south of city limits. (Specifically, it lies in the neighboring San Mateo County on unincorporated land near Millbrae.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Homefront}}'': The final level has the American Resistance and the might of the [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks U.S. military: Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome working]] [[WeAreStrugglingTogether together]] to assault the [[NorthKoreansWithNodongs Korean People's Army]] headquarters there - which they made the city the capital of the [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica New Korean Federation of Occupied America]].
* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'' takes place in the Bay Area.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Unreality}}''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/ArrowAndAce'' is set in a modern San Francisco... if it was half destroyed by an earthquake in 1955.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in the form of a Troy [=McClure=] movie entitled ''Goodtime Slim, Uncle Doobie, and the Great Frisco Freakout''.
** "There's more than one way to get high!"
** Also on ''The Simpsons'': when they're [[spoiler: escaping from Alcatraz by swimming,]] Lisa says "Swim to San Francisco!" Homer responds with the classic line: "I'm not made of money! We'll swim for Oakland!" From the episode "Bart-Mangled Banner", written by John Frink; No evidence so far to suggest he lived in the Bay Area, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', is based in the Chinatown neighborhood and the city gets front row seats to some of the magical activities of the main characters and vilians. It almost gets destroyed in the a couple of episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' features a big battle in San Francisco, complete with car chase (sort of; Ginormica uses cars to skate down the streets) and a MonumentalBattle on the Golden Gate bridge.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Shego and Senor Senior, Junior go to San Francisco to steal [[McGuffin the last intact copy of the Tome of Treachery]]. Shego ends up fighting Kim, and both Junior and Ron have trouble finding a parking space. (Locals can assure you that parking is [[ParkingProblems truly miserable]]. Bike, if you're up for the hills, or use the public transportation.)
* While animated series are usually set to fictional cities or towns, ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}}'' both take place in San Francisco.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Smug Alert!" ripped into the city for its obsession with hybrid cars. The reduction of ''smog'' from their cars was causing a massive cloud of ''[[IncrediblyLamePun smug]]'' to ravage the western U.S.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'': San Fran is about to be destroyed.
* The WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon "[[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Donald's Diary]]" is set in a '50s-modern style SF.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Cruise Cat" begins in San Francisco, which is where the cruise ship departs from. As the ship heads out to sea, it is clearly seen passing below the Golden Gate Bridge.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "Barbary Coast Bunny", with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, is set in Gold Rush-era SF.
* One episode of WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo takes place in SF. The villain was supposedly the ghost of an inmate who died trying to escape Alcatraz.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' is set in the Bay Area while the eponymous three bears live in one of the forests east of Oakland.
->During the Mexican-American War, San Francisco was peacefully captured with no fighting, struggling or casualties. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Then everyone went out for beer to celebrate.]]