[[caption-width-right:350:[[Series/{{Frasier}} "Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin'..."]]]]

->''Well, we spread the word through the underground''\\
''That we were the hottest new thing in town''\\
''A record guy came out to see us one day''\\
''And just like always, we didn't play''\\
''And it knocked him out--he said he loved our work''\\
''He said he loved our work but he wasn't sure if he could sell a record with nothing on it''\\
''I said, "Tell him we're from Seattle"''\\
''He advanced us two and a half million dollars''
-->-- '''Todd Snider''', "Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues"

A city situated on the Puget Sound's eastern bank in the [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest state of Washington]] and its surrounding metro area. Named for a 19th-century Duwamish tribal chief from the region who [[NewerThanTheyThink did not give an environmental speech often attributed to him]]. Home base of (or at least origin-point for) Microsoft, Creator/{{Nintendo}} of America, Creator/{{Valve|Software}}, Starbucks, Boeing[[note]]who have moved their headquarters to Chicago, but most of their production plants are located near Seattle, including the Everett plant, the world's largest building by volume[[/note]], Amazon and several other companies of note. The birthplace of {{Grunge}} music (Music/{{Nirvana}} in particular, despite not being from the city itself). Its landmarks include Pike Place Market[[note]]where the very first Starbucks - kinda - is located, which is still open for business and widely considered the ''real'' main tourist attraction, the Space Needle being little more than a giant tourist trap[[/note]], Pioneer Square (which pre-gentrification was the ''original'' Music/SkidRow), [[AlienGeometries the Experience Music Project]] (Or whatever [[IHaveManyNames its name is this week]][[note]]it's currently the Museum of Pop Culture, or [=MoPOP=] for short[[/note]]), a half-mile Monorail constructed for the 1962 World's Fair which exemplifies {{Zeerust}} to a tee, the [[UnderCity Seattle Underground]] (which was a partial inspiration for [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]]), and the Space Needle, also constructed for the World's Fair[[note]]it looks a lot bigger in pictures than in RealLife, due to the fact that it's usually photographed from Queen Anne Hill from an angle that makes it [[HitlerCam look taller than anything else in the skyline]], despite being relatively short and at least a mile north of downtown[[/note]]. Navigation and traffic in the area [[TheMaze are notoriously frustrating]], among the top ten worst in the country.

Seen as trendy and bohemian by many thanks to grunge and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Often used in fiction as a destination for a character being sent on a very long [[PutOnABus bus ride]].

In media, thanks to the cheaper filming costs, UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, British Columbia is often used as a stand-in for Seattle or for unidentified parts of the USA resembling Seattle, leading to the term "Seacouver" for such settings.

Contrary to its treatment of other media, Seattle remains one of the major hubs of video game development in America behind the LA/San Francisco/Silicon Valley region, possessing the aforementioned Nintendo and Valve software along with numerous other developers.

Until the 2014 [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Seahawks]] team and their "12th Man" fan-brigade finally broke the drought, the city trailed only UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} in being the ButtMonkey of the US sports world due to its spotty track record in regards to major league sports. (Five championships in the entire city's modern history[[note]]the Seahawks, the Seattle Sounders winning the MLS championship in 2016, two WNBA titles by the women's basketball team (the Seattle Storm), and one in 1980 by the NBA team that moved (Seattle Supersonics). The University of Washington Football team won between two and four national titles, depending on how one reckons such things. Back in the day, the Rainiers baseball team won a few Pacific Coast League pennants. Even further back, the long-defunct Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup in 1917[[/note]].) In recent years, the situation had been particularly grim, with even the once-powerful University of Washington Huskies NCAA football team [[SeasonalRot having the worst single season record in history]] and the Seattle [=SuperSonics=] NBA team being spirited away to ''Oklahoma City''. Not helping matters is the fact that the city is famous for [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]] [[note]]There are jokes about Seattle having a coffee stand on every corner. The truth is that a commercially-zoned area usually had two or three per ''block,'' and even many of the gas stations will have a coffee cart for the purpose of fueling up the drivers while the drivers fuel their cars. [[/note]], computers, grunge music, liberal or even radical left-wing politics[[note]]The Pacific Northwest used to be an IWW stronghold with the 1919 General Strike looked upon with a measure of pride. The WTO mess of 1999 is still a contentious matter, annual May Day parades have been known to make downtown grind to a halt, three Socialist newspapers are based here, and a race between a liberal Democrat career politician and a Socialist economics professor in the 2013 elections ended with the Socialist winning by a 1100-vote margin, becoming the first Socialist elected to American public office in a century. She was re-elected two years later by a more comfortable margin. This in contrast with America's [[CommieNazis usual attitude]] [[RedScare toward anything]] [[DirtyCommies resembling Socialism]][[/note]], and rain[[note]]Frankly, though, the rain isn't much worse in the city itself than it is on most the Eastern seaboard on average (the Eastside, being farther from the rain shadow of the Olympics and closer to the Cascades, actually gets more); the Olympic Peninsula (west of Seattle), on the other hand, is part of the wettest region in the continental United States (which stretches down from the peninsula to the northern part of the Oregon coast). It's the only area (outside of AK and HI) where yearly precipitation totals >100 inches (2,540 mm). Back to Seattle itself, in terms of inches of rainfall it actually trails cities like New York or Chicago, it just happens to be overcast and drizzly half the year.[[/note]], which are decidedly at odds with the interests of the typical sports fan. The sports fans who ''do'' call the area home responded to the aforementioned pirating of their NBA franchise by latching onto Seattle Sounders FC of the [[UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer MLS]], and making it one of the few teams in the league to regularly sell out the stadium. [=CenturyLink=] Field (formerly Qwest Field), the home stadium to the Sounders and Seahawks, was from 2007 to 2010 true to the city's rebellious spirit by being the only stadium in the NFL to serve neither Pepsi ''nor'' Coca-Cola beverages on its grounds, [[TakeAThirdOption having instead]] awarded its concession to the locally-based Jones Soda Company. The rights have since been granted to Coca-Cola, which definitely makes going to Sounders games a lot less fun.

Home to the authors of the webcomic ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', who, as the above paragraph illustrates, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/2/8/ have difficulty understanding]] the TeamSpirit of sports.

Creator/BruceLee settled in Seattle and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. He is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Capitol Hill.

Is also the hometown of Music/SirMixALot[[note]]actually, Tacoma is[[/note]], whose song "Posse on Broadway" was based on Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

In addition to the monorail, Seattle is the hub of the largest passenger and automobile ferry fleet in the world[[note]]measured by number of vehicles carried[[/note]]. Its unique car ferries are almost always featured in media from Seattle. It's also home to the two longest floating bridges in the world: the 520 bridge, officially known as the [[OverlyLongName SR 520 Albert D. Rosellini Evergreen Point Floating Bridge]] (which replaced the original Evergreen Point Floating Bridge[[note]]itself officially known as the Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge from 1988 until its replacement[[/note]] in 2016) being the absolute longest at 7,710 ft (2,350 m), and the eastbound I-90 bridge, officially known as the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, being the second-longest at 6,620 ft (2,020 m). The I-90 bridge is actually two bridges colloquially grouped together; the westbound bridge is the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge, 5,811 ft (1,771 m) long, spanning Lake Washington to Mercer Island east of the city. The third-longest floating bridge, the Hood Canal bridge[[note]]officially William A. Bugge Bridge, and the longest floating bridge located in a saltwater tidal basin at (floating portion) 6,521 feet (1,988 m) (full length 7,869 feet (2,398 m))[[/note]], is around thirty miles northwest of the first two.

About half an hour to the south is the city of Tacoma (the "Tac" in [=SeaTac=], which is a geographic area as well as the nickname for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport). It used to be a fairly industrial town, infamous for the horrible "Tacoma Aroma" produced by the city's paper mills, but has undergone revitalization in recent years due to increased port traffic, various downtown renewal projects, and an influx of consumer dollars from troops stationed at the burgeoning Joint Base Lewis-[=McChord=], an Army/Air Force facility just to its south. Even the former site of the ASARCO smelting plant is being turned into luxury housing (why anyone would want to live over a former toxic waste site is another question). Its most famous son is arguably the one-eyed glass artist Dale Chihuly, whose works are all over the city (from Seattle's Benaroya Hall to one of the UsefulNotes/McDonalds). Unlike Seattle, Tacoma hosts no major league teams of its own, though the Mariners' triple-A affiliate (the Tacoma Rainiers) is regionally popular, and the Tacoma Dome (in addition to being an occasional Wrestling/{{WWE}} venue) has occasionally hosted Seattle's teams while their home venues were being renovated. Its other famous piece of architecture is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_High_School Stadium High School]], most famous for being where Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou was shot, and for looking like a castle. About 10 miles southeast of Tacoma is the smaller city of Puyallup, a local shibboleth (in case you're curious, the correct pronunciation is something like "Pew-AL-up.") The Puyallup Fair was recently renamed the Washington State Fair, to mixed reception, and regularly ranks among the ten largest fairs in the country.

Just to the east of Lake Washington is "the Eastside", which covers Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Kirkland, Issaquah, Medina, and other assorted cities and towns. If you hear someone from this area mention the Eastside, this is what they're talking about--not Central and Eastern Washington, on the eastern side of the mountains.
!!Fiction set in or near Seattle:

* One of Creator/BillCosby's early comedy routines is about the city and its supposed lack of sun.

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* ComicBook/GreenArrow has spent much of his career based in Seattle.

* ''Battle in Seattle'': A film about the fascinating RealLife WTO Riots that engulfed the city in 1999. Filmed mostly in Vancouver. Mixed reactions.
* ''[[Creator/JohnWayne McQ]]''
* ''Film/TheParallaxView''
* ''Literature/TheRing'', surprisingly, was filmed in Seattle and the surrounding area, in particular a lot of the nature. As a result, there's some major SceneryPorn.
* ''Hype!'', a documentary about the grunge scene.
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', which suffers from a particularly egregious case of ArtisticLicenseGeography. (The pivotal scenes all occur in [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]], anyway.)
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' is supposedly set in Seattle (the opening shots show the Space Needle), but was actually filmed mostly in nearby Tacoma, most notably at the aforementioned castle-like Stadium High School.
* ''Film/TroubleInMind'': [[TheFutureIsNoir Future Noir]].
** Excellent use of the King Street Station and the streets under the Monorail.
* ''Series/RoseRed'' was filmed partially in downtown Seattle and partially in Tacoma.
* ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons''
* ''Film/SayAnything''
* ''Film/{{Singles}}''. Filmed in 1990, right before the Grunge explosion of the early '90s, but not released until 1992.
* ''Film/{{Chronicle}}''
* ''Film/DeathNote2017'', although it was actually [[CaliforniaDoubling shot]] in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}

* ''[[Literature/ClockworkCentury Boneshaker]]'' is set in a [[AlternateHistory version of Seattle]] in which the Klondike Rush [[SteamPunk occurred before the Civil War ended]], when Alaska still belonged to Russia...and [[AlienSpaceBats the accidental release of volcanic gases]] from Mount Rainier turn most of the population into [[ZombieApocalypse zombies]].
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' takes place in Forks, over on the Olympic Peninsula, but Bella does visit Seattle.
** ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', which started life as a ''Twilight'' fanfic, mainly takes place in Seattle.
* Elizabeth Anne Scarborough's "The Godmother". The author makes a point of stating in the forward that the novel takes place in an alternate universe version of Seattle, possibly to avoid being sued for libel; [[spoiler:in the novel, the entire City Council is corrupt and many members are pedophiles who have hamstrung the department of Social Services in order to create an environment where abused preteens have no choice but to run away, making them easy prey]].
* ''Literature/WheredYouGoBernadette'' parodies life in the Seattle neighborhood of Queen Anne, and [[TakeThat not very affectionately]].
* ''The Stranger'', a SophisticatedAsHell alt-weekly that boasts Pulitzer-prize winning journalism, ''SavageLove'' (Creator/DanSavage's sex column), and NSFW personal ads.
* Creator/BettyMacDonald's ''Literature/AnybodyCanDoAnything'' details life in Depression-era Seattle.
* The second book of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' features the appropriately cold Seattle. The heroes visit the Amazon HQ, run by the [[{{Pun}} actual Amazons]].
* ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'': Walt is from Seattle, where he lives with his mother.
* ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'' alternates between this general location and the Montana Native American reservation in Rayona's and Christine's stories.

* ''Series/DarkAngel'': [[VancouverDoubling Filmed in Vancouver]].
* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': Filmed in Vancouver.
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'': Mentioned by George Greary in Season 2 that all major cities in the American West Coast, including Seattle, was bombed in order to eradicate the growing hordes of infected.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' actor Armin Shimerman remarked that his character's home planet, a [[SwampsAreEvil soggy mudball]] called Ferenginar, "looks a little like Seattle on a bad day". It even has a Space Needle (the "Tower of Commerce").
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Filmed in Los Angeles except for the 100th episode, which was actually filmed in Seattle. And the episode gets as much mileage out of Seattle landmarks as it can, including Niles getting a fish thrown at him in Pike Place Market and Frasier getting trapped on the Monorail on the way to the Space Needle.
** The view of the Space Needle out of Frasier's apartment doesn't exist. [[MonumentalView There's no such apartment]] with that view.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy''
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'': at one point it's outright called "Seacouver".
* ''Series/ICarly''
* ''Series/IZombie''
* ''Series/TheKilling''
* ''Series/KyleXY'': [[RunningGag Filmed in Vancouver]].
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': Filmed in Vancouver.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'': Filmed in Vancouver.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Vancouver doubles for ''Kansas'', but one episode was set in the Seattle docks.
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': [[OverlyLongGag Filmed in Vancouver]].
* ''Series/TwinPeaks''
* ''Series/JohnDoe'', filmed in Vancouver, to the point that the Website/TelevisionWithoutPity recapper just kept calling the city "Seacouver".
* ''Series/AlmostLive'': [[SubvertedTrope Actually filmed in Seattle]].
** Also ''Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy'', who got his start on the above. Also actually filmed in Seattle.
* The second of the ''[[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak]]'' TV movies was set in Seattle, and several scenes were actually filmed there.
* The 1968-70 {{Western}} ''Here Come The Brides''. Its theme song was "Seattle", a tribute to the city, and Perry Como's version became a Top 40 hit.
* Some boats features on ''Series/DeadliestCatch'' are homeported in Seattle, such as Sig Hansen's ''Northwestern'' and Keith Colburn's ''Wizard.'' For the captains and crew alike, big football games involving the Seattle Mariners are also SeriousBusiness.
* It's AfterTheEnd, so it looks much different, but a portion of ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'' was set in Seattle 3000 years in the future, indicated by the presence of The Space Needle in the pilot.

* Music/AliceInChains
* Music/BlueScholars
* Music/NekoCase (Tacoma--her song "Thrice All American" is about how lovably awful Tacoma is)
* Music/BingCrosby (born in Tacoma, raised in Spokane)
* Music/DeathCabForCutie (Bellingham)
* The Gits (formed in Ohio but got famous in Seattle)
* Music/GreenRiver
* Harvey Danger (best known for "Flagpole Sitta")
* Music/{{Heart}}
* Music/JimiHendrix--born in Seattle, got famous in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Britain first]], buried in Renton. Has a statue in Capitol Hill and a park named after him.
* Music/QuincyJones
* [[Music/CourtneyLove Hole]]
* Music/JeffLoomis (originally from Wisconsin, later moved to Seattle and got famous there with Nevermore)
* Music/{{Macklemore}} (several of his songs mention Seattle)
* Music/TheMelvins
* Music/MetalChurch (originally from [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco the Bay Area]], relocated to Seattle to avoid Music/{{Metallica}} drummer Lars Ulrich trying to join their band)
* Music/ModestMouse (Issaquah)
* Music/{{Mudhoney}}
* Music/{{Nevermore}}
* Music/{{Nirvana}} (Aberdeen and Olympia)
* Rockin' Robin Roberts and the Fabulous Wailers (Tacoma)
* Music/PearlJam
* Music/ThePresidentsOfTheUnitedStatesOfAmerica
* Music/{{Queensryche}} (Bellevue)
* Music/BobRivers
* Music/SirMixALot (Tacoma)
* Music/SleaterKinney (Olympia; their name comes from Sleater-Kinney Road, which crosses Interstate 5 at Exit 108, near Lacey)
* Music/{{Soundgarden}} (Tacoma)
* Tad
* Music/YoungFreshFellows

* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' includes a premade setting, the Seattle of Tomorrow.
* ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'' also uses Seattle as a sample setting, as all the tech firms provide good cover for [[DeusEstMachina the God-Machine]]. There's also a good glimpse of the city's history... seeing as the God-Machine performed an experiment that created splinter timelines set at various points.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Features Seattle and most of south Puget Sound as a walled-off metroplex. Considering its central location between several nations and status as a transportation hub between North America and Asia, it is treated as the setting's "home base".
** WordOfGod has it that Seattle was singled out by all the (UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}-based) game designers because, at the time (1980s), it wasn't sufficiently prominent in pop culture to constitute a trope of its own; thus, they could freely [[AssPull make stuff up]] about the area without most of their game's audience catching on. They were aiming for AliensInCardiff, not realizing how grunge and various movies and TV series would elevate the city's prominence in the near future. Ironically, Jordan Weisman (the lead designer on the original ''Shadowrun'') would later move to Seattle, in part because of Microsoft acquiring FASA, and later engage in game studio serial entrepreneurship.

* Theo from ''VideoGame/{{Celeste}}'' hails from Seattle.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' has its opening act set in Seattle.
* ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'': The first and last missions take place in Seattle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}} 2'' takes place in nearby Bellevue, as seen on the map screen.
** According to [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Phantasmagoria2/Update%206/index.html Paul Mitri]], who portrayed [[EnsembleDarkhorse Trevor Barnes]], production companies briefly considered Seattle to be "Hollywood North"...[[BrickJoke until they discovered Vancouver]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', the opening levels take place in a Seattle/Vancouver hybrid megacity, where the two grew so large they sprawled into each other.
* The "Gold Edition" ExpansionPack for ''[[VideoGame/RailroadTycoon Railroad Tycoon 2]]'' features a rather unique scenario where the player must build a metro transit system inside Seattle. Even without the expansion, the standard campaign of ''[=RT2=]'' has an early scenario where the player must build a transcontinental railway across the western United States, of which one route option ([[NintendoHard the hardest one]]) involves connecting Seattle with Minneapolis. The city also shows up on North American maps in general.
* ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' is essentially developer Sucker Punch's love letter to their hometown of the Seattle/Bellevue area.
* As per the tabletop game above, most (but not all) ''VideoGame/{{Shadowrun}}''-licensed video games are set there, including ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns''.
* The ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' games from ''2'' up to ''4'' had [[ShownTheirWork mildly]]-fictionalized circuits of the center of the city. One prominent feature of the circuits was the Kingdome, a circular indoor sports arena, which had been recently demolished in 2000 for what is now known as [[UsefulNotes/{{AmericanFootball}} CenturyLink Field]]. The exclusion of the Seattle circuits from ''5'' was due to the Kingdome being featured in the earlier games.
* In ''VideoGame/ZakMcKracken'', the title character is working on a tabloid article about a two-headed squirrel which lives in Seattle. The [=SeaTac=] airport and Mt. Rainier are also featured.

* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie''
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''
* ''Webcomic/PvP'': The characters in the comic relocated to Seattle at the same time as their creator, Scott Kurtz. He now works out of the ''Penny Arcade'' offices.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John Egbert and Jane Crocker both live in one of Seattle's suburbs. (21605 Fir DR, Maple Valley, to be precise, [[ShownTheirWork which is an actual location]].) [[DoomedHometown Not that it matters]].

* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'': According to the mods, the students of v5 will be from a school in Seattle.
* Season 2 of ''WebVideo/VideoGameHighSchool'' reveals the campus is located in Seattle (specifically, at the street address of WesternAnimation/{{the Simpsons}}).

* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': The city is never named, but per WordOfGod it's an amalgam of Seattle, UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, and UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. [[FridgeHorror Arnold's house is underneath]] [[ChaosArchitecture the Alaskan Way Viaduct]].
* Appears briefly in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie''.
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Springfield]] itself is an amalgam of several urban areas throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle; Portland, Oregon (where Creator/MattGroening grew up); and Olympia, Washington (where he went to school). On one instance, a letter addressed to the Simpsons had the state abbreviation "NT", which WordOfGod claimed stood for "North Tacoma".
** In "Homer the Clown", Krusty gives a list of inherently funny place names, including Walla Walla, Cucamonga, and [[OddNameOut Seattle]].
** Krusty himself is (vaguely) based on longtime television host and Seattle icon JP Patches.
* Appears in an ''[[WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow Itchy & Scratchy]]'' short. Itchy saws the top off the Space Needle, and it gets [[EyeScream stuck in Scratchy's eye]].
* A setting for one episode of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''. Features a sequence set at a "Space Needle" that was evidently animated by someone who had the structure described to them third-hand over a bad telephone connection.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1]]'' is nominally set in Seattle, although the backdrops are completely unchanged from the earlier seasons when the show was set on the Jersey Shore. One promo refers to the setting as "Seattle and/or New Jersey".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Though the show is not set in Seattle (it's set in the Tri-State Area), the city is mentioned more than any other U.S. city, and at the end of "The Chronicles of Meap", the credits were played beneath a "promo" for ''Meapless in Seattle''--which was originally not going to be actually made, but it was.
* Part of the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "Pinky's P.O.V." takes place in the Emerald City, complete with grunge rock, "Buckstars Coffee", and constant rain.
-->'''Pinky''': Look Brain! I think I saw the sun for just a moment!
-->'''Brain''': No, that was just a yellowish cloud.
* RickAndMorty takes place in a suburb of Seattle, you can frequently the space needle and a scene in Season Three's ''[[Recap/RickAndMortyS3E2RickmancingTheStone Rickmancing the Stone]]'' takes place in a post-apocalyptic downtown third avenue.