08:13:08 PM Jul 24th 2013
- Invader Zim: The Skool Facility that Zim attends is just like the metropolis he also lives in, modern, technological, and fair on the exterior, but cruel, mean, evil, fascist and totalitarian from within.
02:59:21 AM Jun 19th 2013
Ever saw the video "The Second Time" by Kim Wilde? Someone accurate described it in three words as "Vanilla Mad Max"...This Trope? Another?
12:08:04 PM Apr 10th 2012
Doesn't this trope describe distopias when the main character or viewer meets people who like the distopia before becoming informed about it?
02:02:44 PM Feb 1st 2012
As of this posting, there is a literature entry for The Great Gatsby that reads like this: "The Great Gatsby show us that the world of the rich is not nice: Tom is a cruel bully because he knows his Glory Days are in the past and he suspects (rightly enough) that no one respects him, Daisy is a Stepford Smiler, both of them are infidel, alone and scared and they have to deal with noveau rich delinquents like Gatsby himself, and his only defence is being Jerk Asses themselves against people like Gatsby. And the scary part is that Gatsby world is Real Life world. How many of us wouldn’t jump at the chance to be rich even knowing this?" I've added the emphasis on the part that strikes me as not only an oblique reference to Real Life that apparently doesn't belong here, but just flat out wrong: Sure, most rich people in the States may (or may not, IDK) live in an ugly society like what the book describes. Over here in Romania they've always been a lot worse, but what do we care? If I'd be rich, I'd have if anything more choices for whom to hang out with, and the "high society" may get stuffed at its discretion. I might have trouble maintaining my fortune without them, but there are other ways. Otherwise the book is a straight example, though, with my limited understanding of it it does seem like Gatsby is force-feeding himself all that misery because he's being a dumbass.
02:52:36 AM Jun 9th 2011
I think there should not be a real life section for Crapsaccharine World, just like Crapsack World and Complete Monster. Crapsaccharine World is basically a subtrope of Crapsack World, and one requirement of Crapsack World is that the horribleness of the world should be clear to all the viewers. Since we live INSIDE real life and not the outside, our perspectives would be highly subjective, and people might start arguments about whether a certain place is a Crapsaccharine World or not.
09:15:11 PM May 14th 2011
The Medved anecdote doesn't fit the trope; some kid greening out (in a pretty unconvincing manner — blue and orange? Srsly?) instead of getting a more pleasant high is not a sugarbowl world with an underlying evil or whathaveyou. The "Navigators of drug-induced psychedelic experiences" entry is pretty tenuous too, but at least some of them are experiencing their 'saccharine world' before their trip goes bad.
06:54:55 AM Apr 14th 2011
Oops. I accidentally used the same image that this page has on Happiness Is Mandatory. :P I even edited it myself, not realising that someone else already took those exact same panels from Copper for this page... And then I followed a link to this page on Happiness Is Mandatory, and saw it. :P I personally think the image fits Happiness Is Mandatory a bit better...
05:54:39 AM Mar 28th 2011
I'm sure the guy who added Japan meant something like this: In Darker and Edgier Japanese works, Japan can look like this, giving foreigners an unjust representation of the country.
08:35:49 AM Oct 17th 2010
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An entry on the main page said:
- Sweden as depicted in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy certainly fits.
03:40:33 AM Jul 25th 2010
I'm not too familiar with Pokémon, but to my understanding, the CENTRAL PREMISE is basically as follows: Humans can and frequently do use special devices to capture and instantaneously brainwash various intelligent creatures. Creatures so brainwashed make loyal and obedient companions, but commonly are stored away most of the time and only released to fight each other for sport. Have I got that right? I ask because if that IS right, it seems kinda odd that that part went unmentioned.
07:01:39 PM Aug 17th 2010
Yeah, that's right. And even worse is that it looks like the only people who care are the villains of the upcoming V gen games. And if you look carefully at the Pokémon world, there is evidence that there is some kind of dictatorship in power, and that there has been recent war. Platinum's entry for Togekiss says that Togekiss do not appear in times of strife, and that they have not been appearing recently. Cyrus says in Platinum that he wants to eliminate war and strife, which means he has been in it and has experienced it, or seen the aftermath of it. Health care is suspiciously free, but you never meet anyone who complains about government taxes that would be needed to keep the centers alive. The animé suggests that all nurses and police officers (outside of Interpol) are the result of either cloning or inbreeding. Team Rocket is extremely powerful, and it only takes a 10-year-old boy to fell TR. Clearly, the poké government must be corrupt to allow this. Finally, cities and towns are quite small, and no one talks about anything other than pokémon, and people keep their doors unlocked at night, despite all the pokémon and criminals that are out to get you. This place isn't some utopian paradise. This is a terrible place obsessed with Bread and Circuses of Pokémon, completely ignoring anything else.
05:47:14 PM Apr 18th 2010
As funny as the picture really is, Majora's Mask doesn't fit the trope at all. The world is instantly shown to be a horrible place as soon as you start the game, with the impending apocalypse and forced transformations and all. It doesn't look cheesy or happy at all. The picture doesn't even make sense at all.
11:16:14 PM Apr 30th 2016
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- Cabot Cove in Murder, She Wrote seems like a cozy costal town, but during the show's run, it had 274 of its 3,500 residents murdered. That's a murder rate of 149 per 100,000, higher than all but one city in real life.