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* ''Webcomic/FabulandHousewives'' is a StepfordSuburbia with [[TastesLikeDiabetes extremly cute]] [[BuiltWithLego Lego]] {{Funny Animal}}s.

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* ''Webcomic/FabulandHousewives'' is a StepfordSuburbia with [[TastesLikeDiabetes extremly extremely cute]] [[BuiltWithLego Lego]] {{Funny Animal}}s.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler:Beforus]], if one reads between the lines of [[spoiler:Kankri]]'s HolierThanThou babbling, falls under this heading. Instead of [[spoiler:being killed, lowbloods and the defective are placed under the care of highbloods, which sounds very nice until one realises this is mandatory, and they are never permitted to do anything useful or fend for themselves. It's mentioned that Latula, who lacks a sense of smell but is otherwise healthy, would have had this happen, and would probably have preferred death]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler:Beforus]], if one reads between the lines of [[spoiler:Kankri]]'s HolierThanThou babbling, falls under this heading. Instead of [[spoiler:being killed, lowbloods and the defective are placed under the care of highbloods, which sounds very nice until one realises realizes this is mandatory, and they are never permitted to do anything useful or fend for themselves. It's mentioned that Latula, who lacks a sense of smell but is otherwise healthy, would have had this happen, and would probably have preferred death]].


* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' has Venus Five, a cutesy world, inhabited by adorable, sexually liberated aliens ... or so it seems, until the crew find out that every now and again [[AGlitchInTheMatrix the world bursts into fire, only for things to immediately go back to normal with no explanation]]. [[spoiler: They eventually find out that the world they see, is just a holographic projection, set up by the planet's rulers, to fool both outsiders and even most of the planet's population, and in reality, Venus Five is a hellish fire world, inhabited by grotesque aliens.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' has Venus Five, a cutesy world, inhabited by adorable, sexually liberated aliens ... or so it seems, until the crew find out that every now and again [[AGlitchInTheMatrix the world bursts into fire, only for things to immediately go back to normal with no explanation]]. [[spoiler: They eventually find out that the world they see, see is just a holographic projection, projection set up by the planet's rulers, rulers to fool both outsiders and even most of the planet's population, population and in reality, Venus Five is a hellish fire world, world inhabited by grotesque aliens.]]

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** The ''ComicBook/AgeOfXMan'' is this. Written at an intentional counterpoint to the classic comics dystopia, the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'', it was created by a former native of that reality, [[ComicBook/XMan Nate Grey]] (Cable's AOA counterpart), and Apocalypse's arch-enemy and opposite. Unfortunately, where the SocialDarwinist Apocalypse encourages chaos, Nate is a ControlFreak. So while everyone's a mutant and encouraged to achieve their highest potential, the world is peaceful, and the 'villains' are the X-Tracts, a bunch of hippies preaching free love, even at first glance, something is... off. It transpires that the world is ruled by the 'Guiding Principles', which ban all relationships and are enforced by disturbingly [[AffablyEvil cheerful and friendly]] secret policemen who treat it like an ordinary job. The slur "'grade'" (short for retrograde) is used for those who break the rules, and MindRape is casually used to erase their memories. Inhabitants get three strikes before they're {{unperson}}ed, [[MindRape mind-wiped]], and locked away.
*** Unusually, however, the better sides of it (the X-Men don't have to constantly fight to survive/be accepted, mutants don't face discrimination, and they're free of their obligation to live up to others' standards, allowed to be their best selves) are discussed towards the end and considered to have merit. And while the X-Men leave to return to the real world, Magneto stops to thank Nate for showing him a world that's completely the opposite the one he grew up in, before Nate sets about reforming it (no secret police, for starters), with the help of a copy of AOX!Magneto, making it more of a genuine utopia.


* Hope's Peak Academy in ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' was officially a government-funded private school whose goal was to raise hope for Japan's future, where students lived in harmony and were guaranteed success in life. However, the school's small pool of Ultimate students wasn't enough to keep the academy afloat, so they opened their doors to the public and began actively defrauding [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent reserve course students]] out of their parents' money with massive tuitions. Said students were also often bullied by the Ultimates [[spoiler: and one was manipulated into undergoing a surgical augmentation procedure by the school intended to make him a transhuman genius, which eradicated his old personality. The [[VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls third game]] reveals that the school's staff may have even been ''actively abusive'' toward their own students, including the [[WouldHurtAChild elementary branch]]. And this is all before The Tragedy even begins.]]
** The world in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' [[spoiler:is actually quite nice, and completely peaceful. So much so that people are bored out of their wits and willing to watch teenagers murder each other in the killing game as reality tv. A show which is on its ''53rd'' season. With the mastermind claiming that all of the students willingly signed up to be brainwashed into thinking they're someone else and put on TV.]]

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Hope's Peak Academy in ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' in was officially a government-funded private school whose goal was to raise hope for Japan's future, where students lived in harmony and were guaranteed success in life. However, the school's small pool of Ultimate students wasn't enough to keep the academy afloat, so they opened their doors to the public and began actively defrauding [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent reserve course students]] out of their parents' money with massive tuitions. Said students were also often bullied by the Ultimates [[spoiler: and one was manipulated into undergoing a surgical augmentation procedure by the school intended to make him a transhuman genius, which eradicated his old personality. The [[VideoGame/AbsoluteDespairGirls third game]] GaidenGame ''VideoGame/DanganronpaAnotherEpisodeUltraDespairGirls'' reveals that the school's staff may have even been ''actively abusive'' toward their own students, including the [[WouldHurtAChild elementary branch]]. And this is all before The Tragedy even begins.]]
** The world in ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony'' [[spoiler:is actually quite nice, and completely peaceful. So much so that people are bored out of their wits and willing to watch teenagers murder each other in the killing game as reality tv. A show which is on its ''53rd'' season. With the mastermind claiming that all of the students willingly signed up to be brainwashed into thinking they're someone else and put on TV.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TwelveForever'': Endless Island, at first glance, seems to be the perfect paradise: it's bright, colorful, the residents are (mostly) friendly, and you can basically have anything you want. However, as we discover later on in the series, [[spoiler:the longer someone stays in the world, the more warped their body and mind become, until they forget about any life they had before the island. Todd and Esther spend five days in a row there and end up fun-loving, rambling wrecks (with the former suffering serious PowerIncontinence), and Elmer, who's lived there for ''decades'', has long since become a shell of his former self.]]


Contrast with SugarBowl, the (usually) non-ironic version of this trope. Compare and contrast VileVillainSaccharineShow and the similar UncannyVillage wherein a world becomes a perfectly ordinary SugarBowl if its horrifying villain were removed, whereas a Crapsaccharine World is fundamentally rotten to the core. The two can overlap, however, if the villain is bad enough to make their world look good in comparison. Contrast PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, FauxtivationalPoster, and AWorldHalfFull, where it looks like a CrapsackWorld, but it ''can'' get better. HappinessIsMandatory can be this, but often fails to create even a pleasant veneer over things.

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Contrast with SugarBowl, the (usually) non-ironic version of this trope. Compare and contrast VileVillainSaccharineShow and the similar UncannyVillage wherein a world becomes a perfectly ordinary SugarBowl if its horrifying villain were removed, whereas a Crapsaccharine World is fundamentally rotten to the core. The two can overlap, however, if the villain is bad enough to make their world look good in comparison. Contrast PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, FauxtivationalPoster, and AWorldHalfFull, where it looks like a CrapsackWorld, but it ''can'' get better.better, and HeelFaceTown, where the town (or city) is a ShiningCity which was reconstructed from a Crapsaccharine World. HappinessIsMandatory can be this, but often fails to create even a pleasant veneer over things.

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* The real world in ''ComicBook/GoddessMode'''s future is even more polluted and stratified than ours, but with the Azoth AI running everything, most people are constantly distracted.


* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the city of Townsville. It's frequently shown to be a friendly big city with people that are willing to help, but it's always attacked by monsters and is inhabited by all sorts of criminals and villains. TheMovie {{Prequel}} reveals that Townsville was actually MUCH WORSE then it is now, a straight-up crime-ridden CrapsackWorld until the Professor created the girls and they became its resident superheroes.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the city of Townsville. It's frequently shown to be a friendly big city with people that are willing to help, but it's always attacked by monsters and is inhabited by all sorts of criminals and villains. TheMovie {{Prequel}} reveals that Townsville was actually MUCH WORSE much worse then it is now, a straight-up crime-ridden CrapsackWorld until the Professor created the girls and they became its resident superheroes.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': On the one hand, Elmore is a colorful world filled with cartoon characters animated in different styles where the impossible is possible. On the other hand, Elmore is pretty much an exaggerated take on 21st century American society, where the education system is a joke, TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed (often because of The Wattersons' antics), crime is freely committed by anyone and everyone and the PoliceAreUseless, and the jerkass and Idiot Ball get tossed around with surprising frequency. The only differences between this and the real world is that ToonPhysics enhances all of these problems and there's a surprising amount of BlackComedyCannibalism (since most of the people in Elmore are based on food products, like Banana Joe, Sarah G. Lato, Anton the slice of toast, and the town's police force).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': On the one hand, Elmore is a colorful world filled with cartoon characters animated in different styles where the impossible is possible. On the other hand, Elmore is pretty much an exaggerated take on 21st century American society, where the education system is a joke, TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed (often because of The Wattersons' antics), crime is freely committed by anyone and everyone and the PoliceAreUseless, and the jerkass and Idiot Ball get tossed around with surprising frequency. The only differences between this and the real world is that ToonPhysics enhances all of these problems and there's a surprising amount of BlackComedyCannibalism [[SapientEatSapient certain characters getting eaten]] (since most of the people in Elmore are based on food products, like Banana Joe, Sarah G. Lato, Anton the slice of toast, and the town's police force).


Compare with FalseUtopia, when one of the main points of the story is the contrast of how perfect the world looks and how imperfect it truly is, TownWithADarkSecret, PeaceAndLoveIncorporated, LightIsNotGood, StepfordSuburbia, and TechnoDystopia. Often involves FridgeHorror, SugarApocalypse, GrotesqueCute, and {{Glurge}}. A Type B cynical portrayal of ThePromisedLand that isn't a used-up and barren wasteland is likely to be one of these.

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Compare with FalseUtopia, when one of the main points of the story is the contrast of how perfect the world looks and how imperfect it truly is, TownWithADarkSecret, PeaceAndLoveIncorporated, LightIsNotGood, StepfordSuburbia, and TechnoDystopia. Often involves FridgeHorror, SugarApocalypse, GrotesqueCute, and {{Glurge}}.{{Glurge}} as well as SunshineNoir. A Type B cynical portrayal of ThePromisedLand that isn't a used-up and barren wasteland is likely to be one of these.


* Before Franchise/{{Superman}} and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' arrived on the scene, Metropolis was a Crapsaccharine City. It's a bright and shiny metropolis... that was being ruled by EvilOverlord VillainWithGoodPublicity ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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* Before Franchise/{{Superman}} and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' arrived on the scene, Metropolis was a Crapsaccharine City.ViceCity. It's a bright and shiny metropolis... that was being ruled by EvilOverlord VillainWithGoodPublicity ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Amphibia}}'': The setting is in a bright colorful world with talking frogs in it. But the rest of the world is full of dangerous creatures that are a threat to the frogs and Anne. [[BigCreepyCrawlies Giant bugs]], [[DireBeast huge snakes]], [[ManEatingPlant killer plants]] and more.


* The Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' features the United States of Auradon, which is a world settled by the Disney Heroes and their offspring ([[HighSchoolAU all teenagers]]). On the surface, it is a pleasant place filled with {{Crowd Song}}s and other general goodness. In reality, Auradon is a PoliceState with a strong BlackAndWhiteMorality that banishes [[AllCrimesAreEqual all criminals]] (such as the Disney Villains) to the Isle of the Lost, and deprives them of basic human rights, including decent food and modern technology, as well as [[FantasticRacism shunning the children]] for the crime of [[SinsOfOurFathers being related to the criminals]]. The second film has [[AntiVillain Uma]] outright decrying Auradon's crimes below a goody-facade, citing how only selecting a few children to a better life and leaving the rest behind to starve, does nothing but fuel a cycle that causes abused children [[ThenLetMeBeEvil to embrace villainy]].

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* The Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' features the United States of Auradon, which is a world settled by the Disney Heroes and their offspring ([[HighSchoolAU all teenagers]]). On the surface, it is a pleasant place filled with {{Crowd Song}}s and other general goodness. In reality, Auradon is a PoliceState with a strong BlackAndWhiteMorality that banishes [[AllCrimesAreEqual all criminals]] (such as the Disney Villains) to the Isle of the Lost, and deprives them of basic human rights, including decent food and modern technology, as well as [[FantasticRacism shunning the children]] for the crime of [[SinsOfOurFathers being related to the criminals]]. Their own residents are even subjected to extreme sexism[[labelnote:*]]females can only become DamselInDistress {{Princess Classic}}s[[/labelnote]]. The second film has [[AntiVillain Uma]] outright decrying Auradon's crimes below a goody-facade, citing how only selecting a few children to a better life and leaving the rest behind to starve, does nothing but fuel a cycle that causes abused children [[ThenLetMeBeEvil to embrace villainy]].


See also CityInABottle, where CrystalSpiresAndTogas meets GovernmentConspiracy, SoiledCityOnAHill, which can be a former ShiningCity that retains its shiny exterior even though its heart has become corrupt and rotten, and ViceCity, a city whose have already been overrun by criminals and other serious issues under its face value of being a ShiningCity. UrbanSegregation can result in this if the viewer is initially shown only the utopian parts of the setting. A child-oriented AdventureFriendlyWorld or a CityOfAdventure is prone to being this.

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See also CityInABottle, where CrystalSpiresAndTogas meets GovernmentConspiracy, SoiledCityOnAHill, which can be a former ShiningCity that retains its shiny exterior even though its heart has become corrupt and rotten, and ViceCity, a city whose have already been overrun by criminals and other serious issues under its face value of being a ShiningCity. UrbanSegregation can result in this if the viewer is initially shown only the utopian parts of the setting. A child-oriented AdventureFriendlyWorld or a CityOfAdventure is prone to being this.
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** The Lost Light becomes one after Getaway's mutiny. After exiling Rodimus, Megatron, and their supporters Getaway puts the quest back on track, ending the [[TakeYourTime silly diversions]] that distracted the crew from their mission, and no one wants for anything. However, as the crew learns more about what he did to Rodimus and the others, he resorts to brainwashing and murder to keep up the image that all is well.

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** The Sistar System in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie2TheSecondPart'' is even brighter and more pastel, being based on a preteen girl's toys and tastes, complete with AnthropomorphicFood, LevelAte style ''arms and armor'', and glitter everywhere. They're also ruled by a queen with a mysterious plan who sings songs about how she's MostDefinitelyNotAVillain, and have apparently mass [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] techniques that turn the population into a zombielike horde. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted, as the place is a genuine SugarBowl that's [[PoorCommunicationKills really bad at conveying that]], and everyone was just very enthusiastically happy.]]

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