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* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo herself is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.

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* The characters on of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo herself is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Unordinary}}'': It soon becomes apparent that underneath the sunny plazas and candy-coloured hair the world is a rather awful place to live, with superpowers creating a class system where the low-tiers can be freely bullied by high-tiers. The authorities ignore social injustice, instead supporting the high-tiers, while mentally crippling the god-tiers to control them and, if Remi's speculations are correct, [[spoiler: assassinating the superheroes to preserve the existing status quo.]]


* ''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.]]




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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.]]


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->''"You can see your breath hanging in the air. You see homeless people, but you just don't care. It's a sea of smiles in which we'd be glad to drown."''
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' when the crew visit the aptly-named planet Hedonia. Rewind mentions that every outwardly pleasant civilization must have a less pleasant side, which he then sets out to find. As it turns out, Hedonia's actually pretty tame compared to the other examples he lists off-- though they are some of the galaxy's foremost suppliers of high-end weaponry.
** 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.
* A thief in ''ComicBook/TheUnwritten'' finds himself turned into a rabbit and transported into a magical ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''-like forest setting with other {{Talking Animal}}s. His life there consists of escape attempts and nervous breakdowns. [[spoiler: He eventually meets the author of the books in her fictional avatar as a young girl and tries to tear down her image of innocence and expose her as a middle-aged fraud desperately clinging to childhood innocence. She reveals she's rather well-adjusted, in fact, but that means keeping all her adult fears hidden in the world of her books.]] Mr. Rabbit learns the hard way what this means. He got out, and corrupts every world he touches ever since. The next place he ended up was a slightly less idealistic TalkingAnimal land and a lot more straight example of this trope, where he became an EvilOverlord in all but name, just his "subjects" (or at least the narrator) were too naive to notice. It's chilling to read the overly optimistic narration while as a reader understanding the horror of it all.
* A strip by Argentinian cartoonist Creator/{{Quino}} depicted a tourist first arriving to a foreign country, who is first delighted when he sees that ''everyone'' from the cab driver, hotel employees and people on the street are always singing a merry tune... until policemen, TheMenInBlack and government agents surround him suddenly, and menacingly observe that he is ''not'' singing.
* ''ComicBook/TheUnfunnies'', full on.
* The world ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' lives in. Sure, everyone has superpowers, and everything is incredibly awesome, but there seem to be no repercussions for challenging someone to a fight and beating them to death.
* Before Franchise/{{Superman}} and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' arrived on the scene, Metropolis was a ViceCity. It's a bright and shiny metropolis... that was being ruled by EvilOverlord VillainWithGoodPublicity ComicBook/LexLuthor.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Lex Luthor's discoveries, especially his solar battery, have apparently turned Metropolis into a place where pollution, waste, unemployment, homelessness... were no longer a concern. Then it was revealed that [[spoiler:the design of his solar battery was based on analyzing the corpse of baby Kal-El, whom he murdered himself.]]
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', when something gets to leveling a chunk of the city, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen calls it a typical day.
--->'''Jimmy:''' Okay, so. A something is tearing up Metropolis. Typical Wednesday for us, really...
** Some versions of Krypton (John Byrne's amongst them) describe Superman's home planet as a fantastically evolved society that has left war, disease, poverty, and even death way far behind... at the price of conformity, conceitedness and lack of physical contact.



* Woodbury in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. It promises salvation from the ZombieApocalypse but is ruled by the despotic Governor.
* Corona from ''[=Pk2=]'', the sequel of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', is an alien planet that managed to obtain a perfect balance between technology and nature and an incredibly high level of life. It is also a place where kids are raised in a flat-out abusing way, being a member of the government requires you to be emotionally stunned, and anyone that isn't 100% behind this is treated as a criminal. In fact, [[spoiler:Everett Ducklair]] is a fugitive from it.

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* Woodbury The real world in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. It promises salvation from ''ComicBook/GoddessMode'''s future is even more polluted and stratified than ours, but with the ZombieApocalypse but is ruled by the despotic Governor.
* Corona from ''[=Pk2=]'', the sequel of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', is an alien planet that managed to obtain a perfect balance between technology and nature and an incredibly high level of life. It is also a place where kids
Azoth AI running everything, most people are raised in a flat-out abusing way, being a member of the government requires you to be emotionally stunned, and anyone that isn't 100% behind this is treated as a criminal. In fact, [[spoiler:Everett Ducklair]] is a fugitive from it.constantly distracted.



* How Overman views the utopia he built on Earth-10 in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', disliking the fact that it was built on the brutal deaths of so many.

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* How Overman views "Legend", a story by Creator/WaltSimonson in the utopia he built on Earth-10 ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' anthology series, is set in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', disliking the fact distant future, in "a stainless steel city of light" where a woman is telling her child a bedtime story about how evil was banished from the world by the great warrior Batman. Then she starts crying, and we learn that it was built on the brutal deaths of so many.brightly-lit, peaceful city is a dictatorship with tanks and soldiers on every street.



* 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.
* "Legend", a story by Creator/WaltSimonson in the ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' anthology series, is set in the distant future, in "a stainless steel city of light" where a woman is telling her child a bedtime story about how evil was banished from the world by the great warrior Batman. Then she starts crying, and we learn that the brightly-lit, peaceful city is a dictatorship with tanks and soldiers on every street.

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* The real world How Overman views the utopia he built on Earth-10 in ''ComicBook/GoddessMode'''s future ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', disliking the fact that it was built on the brutal deaths of so many.
* Corona from ''[=Pk2=]'', the sequel of ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'',
is even more polluted an alien planet that managed to obtain a perfect balance between technology and stratified than ours, but with nature and an incredibly high level of life. It is also a place where kids are raised in a flat-out abusing way, being a member of the Azoth AI running everything, most government requires you to be emotionally stunned, and anyone that isn't 100% behind this is treated as a criminal. In fact, [[spoiler:Everett Ducklair]] is a fugitive from it.
* A strip by Argentinian cartoonist Creator/{{Quino}} depicted a tourist first arriving to a foreign country, who is first delighted when he sees that ''everyone'' from the cab driver, hotel employees and
people on the street are constantly distracted.
always singing a merry tune... until policemen, TheMenInBlack and government agents surround him suddenly, and menacingly observe that he is ''not'' singing.
* "Legend", The world ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' lives in. Sure, everyone has superpowers, and everything is incredibly awesome, but there seem to be no repercussions for challenging someone to a story by Creator/WaltSimonson in fight and beating them to death.
* Before Franchise/{{Superman}} and ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' arrived on
the ''ComicBook/BatmanBlackAndWhite'' anthology series, is set in the distant future, in "a stainless steel city of light" scene, Metropolis was a ViceCity. It's a bright and shiny metropolis... that was being ruled by EvilOverlord VillainWithGoodPublicity ComicBook/LexLuthor.
** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Lex Luthor's discoveries, especially his solar battery, have apparently turned Metropolis into a place
where pollution, waste, unemployment, homelessness... were no longer a woman concern. Then it was revealed that [[spoiler:the design of his solar battery was based on analyzing the corpse of baby Kal-El, whom he murdered himself.]]
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', when something gets to leveling a chunk of the city, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen calls it a typical day.
--->'''Jimmy:''' Okay, so. A something
is telling her child tearing up Metropolis. Typical Wednesday for us, really...
** Some versions of Krypton (John Byrne's amongst them) describe Superman's home planet as
a bedtime story fantastically evolved society that has left war, disease, poverty, and even death way far behind... at the price of conformity, conceitedness and lack of physical contact.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' when the crew visit the aptly-named planet Hedonia. Rewind mentions that every outwardly pleasant civilization must have a less pleasant side, which he then sets out to find. As it turns out, Hedonia's actually pretty tame compared to the other examples he lists off-- though they are some of the galaxy's foremost suppliers of high-end weaponry.
** 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 how evil was banished from what he did to Rodimus and the others, he resorts to brainwashing and murder to keep up the image that all is well.
* ''ComicBook/TheUnfunnies'', full on.
* A thief in ''ComicBook/TheUnwritten'' finds himself turned into a rabbit and transported into a magical ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''-like forest setting with other {{Talking Animal}}s. His life there consists of escape attempts and nervous breakdowns. [[spoiler: He eventually meets the author of the books in her fictional avatar as a young girl and tries to tear down her image of innocence and expose her as a middle-aged fraud desperately clinging to childhood innocence. She reveals she's rather well-adjusted, in fact, but that means keeping all her adult fears hidden in
the world of her books.]] Mr. Rabbit learns the hard way what this means. He got out, and corrupts every world he touches ever since. The next place he ended up was a slightly less idealistic TalkingAnimal land and a lot more straight example of this trope, where he became an EvilOverlord in all but name, just his "subjects" (or at least the narrator) were too naive to notice. It's chilling to read the overly optimistic narration while as a reader understanding the horror of it all.
* Woodbury in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''. It promises salvation from the ZombieApocalypse but is ruled
by the great warrior Batman. Then she starts crying, and we learn that the brightly-lit, peaceful city is a dictatorship with tanks and soldiers on every street.despotic Governor.



* ''WebVideo/ScootertrixTheAbridged'': Though LighterAndSofter than the examples above, it is still ruled by a ''very'' irresponsible Princess Celestia, who usually leaves her subjects to fend for themselves and recruits three school aged fillies to serve as her '''generals''' in a war between Equestria and two different evil empires closing in from both sides. Oh, and the series also deconstructs the idea of characters being aware of the fourth wall, by showing how mentally and emotionally draining it would be, knowing that their lives are nothing more then a show, that can be cancelled at anytime and having to live with the burden that if the general public found out, it could have devastating consequences to the world, and if they uses their fourth wall abilities too much, it could create {{plot hole}}s that ''will'' come back to bite them in unsee-able circumstances.



* ''WebVideo/ScootertrixTheAbridged'': Though LighterAndSofter than the examples above, it is still ruled by a ''very'' irresponsible Princess Celestia, who usually leaves her subjects to fend for themselves and recruits three school aged fillies to serve as her '''generals''' in a war between Equestria and two different evil empires closing in from both sides. Oh, and the series also deconstructs the idea of characters being aware of the fourth wall, by showing how mentally and emotionally draining it would be, knowing that their lives are nothing more then a show, that can be cancelled at anytime and having to live with the burden that if the general public found out, it could have devastating consequences to the world, and if they uses their fourth wall abilities too much, it could create {{plot hole}}s that ''will'' come back to bite them in unsee-able circumstances.

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* ''WebVideo/ScootertrixTheAbridged'': Though LighterAndSofter than the examples above, it is still ruled by a ''very'' irresponsible Princess Celestia, who usually leaves her subjects to fend for themselves and recruits three school aged fillies to serve as her '''generals''' in a war between Equestria and two different evil empires closing in from both sides. Oh, and the series also deconstructs the idea of characters being aware of the fourth wall, by showing how mentally and emotionally draining it would be, knowing that their lives are nothing more then a show, that can be cancelled at anytime and having to live with the burden that if the general public found out, it could have devastating consequences to the world, and if they uses their fourth wall abilities too much, it could create {{plot hole}}s that ''will'' come back to bite them in unsee-able circumstances.



* ''Anime/RingingBell'' has a great example of this trope. The first half of the story starts out with a world where everything appears to be great and the [[SweetSheep sheep live happily]]. Then the Wolf King kills Chirin's mother. Things get progressively darker and darker until the DownerEnding of all {{Downer Ending}}s comes. [[spoiler: Chirin kills the wolf. Despite this, Chirin gets rejected by the other sheep, and lives a desolate life alone in the wilderness until he finally dies, having killed his only friend.]]

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* ''Anime/RingingBell'' has a great example of this trope. The first half of the story starts out with a ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' series and its MouseWorld. A world where everything appears to be great talking, singing clothed mice and the [[SweetSheep sheep other animals secretly live happily]]. Then among humans may sound adorable on the Wolf King kills Chirin's mother. Things get progressively darker and darker surface, until the DownerEnding of all {{Downer Ending}}s comes. [[spoiler: Chirin kills the wolf. Despite this, Chirin gets rejected by the other sheep, it is revealed they have their own equivalents to racism, wage slavery, gangs, protection rackets, government corruption and lives a desolate life alone in the wilderness until he finally dies, having killed his only friend.]]more.



* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' has a world with a glamorious looking Hollywood, and humanoid animals who work alongside humans in that Hollywood... as movie extras, and are often [[FantasticRacism discriminated]] against. The main protagonist learns this bitter truth the hard way.



* The Lego world presented in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a very bright, merry, and cheery place, with people complimenting each other and getting along well... except that there are a lot of posters and signs emphasizing obedience to President Business, any creativity is suppressed and destroyed (with everyone living their lives via instructions, with anyone who deviates being killed via melting), [[spoiler:and the world is heavily segregated]].
** The Systar 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.]]
* Thneedville in ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. Everything looks great, but all of it is manufactured, fresh air has to be bought, and right outside the wall is a dystopian wasteland.



* ''Anime/RingingBell'' has a great example of this trope. The first half of the story starts out with a world where everything appears to be great and the [[SweetSheep sheep live happily]]. Then the Wolf King kills Chirin's mother. Things get progressively darker and darker until the DownerEnding of all {{Downer Ending}}s comes. [[spoiler: Chirin kills the wolf. Despite this, Chirin gets rejected by the other sheep, and lives a desolate life alone in the wilderness until he finally dies, having killed his only friend.]]



* Thneedville in ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. Everything looks great, but all of it is manufactured, fresh air has to be bought, and right outside the wall is a dystopian wasteland.



* The Lego world presented in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is a very bright, merry, and cheery place, with people complimenting each other and getting along well... except that there are a lot of posters and signs emphasizing obedience to President Business, any creativity is suppressed and destroyed (with everyone living their lives via instructions, with anyone who deviates being killed via melting), [[spoiler:and the world is heavily segregated]].
** The Systar 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.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' series and its MouseWorld. A world where talking, singing clothed mice and other animals secretly live among humans may sound adorable on the surface, until it is revealed they have their own equivalents to racism, wage slavery, gangs, protection rackets, government corruption and more.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' has a world with a glamorious looking Hollywood, and humanoid animals who work alongside humans in that Hollywood... as movie extras, and are often [[FantasticRacism discriminated]] against. The main protagonist learns this bitter truth the hard way.



* In ''Film/RunningScared2006'', the home of the torturing, murdering pedo couple, decked out like a kindergarten playroom. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLrEUhuOZvs Video]]
%%* Any CityInABottle on film. ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Film/AeonFlux'', ''Film/TheIsland'', etc.
%%* Or other ''Film/{{Gattaca}}''-type setting: ''[[Film/AIArtificialIntelligence A.I.]]'', for instance.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where the whole world in which Truman Burbank lives is a giant television studio situated in Hollywood and he is the main character (and the only inhabitant who isn't an actor) in an incredibly epic reality show. He grew up in that world, which is portrayed like a mix of the modern age and a stereotypical 1950s American suburb, but is "''On air, unaware''" the whole time. He starts finding out when things begin to fall apart; first a floodlight falls from the sky, then he accidentally discovers a make-up room for the actors behind the doors of a fake elevator. Then he notices he can't leave his hometown, ever: all flights out are full, every bus out of town he tries to leave on breaks down, and when he tries to leave the city with his own car, the local nuclear power plant coincidentally has a ''meltdown'' and the whole area is sealed off. He finally manages to get out by sailing away and ''crashing into the horizon''.

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* In ''Film/RunningScared2006'', the home Most of the torturing, murdering pedo couple, decked out like a kindergarten playroom. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLrEUhuOZvs Video]]
%%* Any CityInABottle
films of Creator/TimBurton run on film. ''Film/LogansRun'', ''Film/AeonFlux'', ''Film/TheIsland'', etc.
%%* Or other ''Film/{{Gattaca}}''-type setting: ''[[Film/AIArtificialIntelligence A.I.]]'', for instance.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where
this in one form or another. ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' begins with a typical day of breakfast and a bike ride to the whole world in which Truman Burbank lives is a giant television studio situated in Hollywood shopping mall -- and ends with Pee-Wee's bicycle being stolen and his becoming so distraught that he is [[SanitySlippage slowly goes deranged]]. The Deetzes and their rich friends in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' think it would be fun to conduct a séance with the main character (and dead... and the only inhabitant fun suddenly stops when the ghosts they resurrect begin to crumble into dust before their eyes. ComicBook/TheJoker holds a parade in [[Film/Batman1989 downtown Gotham City]] to celebrate the town's 200th anniversary, showering 20 million dollars on the streets to lure the crowds in... so that he can gas them all to death. And in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', the neighbors who are so kind to Edward in the beginning turn violently on him once they suspect (incorrectly) that he's a burglar. And his version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' isn't an actor) exactly set in an incredibly epic reality show. He grew up in a proper Wonderland. This may be former Disney animator Burton's way of demonstrating that world, which is portrayed like "Disneyland" isn't all it's cracked up to be -- especially since his more realistic movies (''Film/BigFish'', for example) depict worlds that are neither wholly good nor wholly bad.
* Neo Seoul in ''Film/CloudAtlas'' has all the features: established early on as
a mix fantastically advanced metropolis complete with glittering spires and dazzlingly colorful interiors, it's also made abundantly clear that it runs on slave labor; most of the modern age menial work is performed by the genetically engineered Fabricant underclass, who are forbidden by law ''and'' religion to hold rights until the day of their Exaltation -- a lavish retirement ceremony in which they are allowed to become full citizens. [[spoiler: Of course, it's later revealed retired Fabricants are secretly executed and [[HumanResources recycled into cheap protein to feed the rest of the Fabricant population]].]] Plus, all the color and luxury is a stereotypical 1950s American suburb, hologram façade, and places like Papa Song's and Hae-Joo Chang's apartment are just bare concrete rooms, while outside the upper-class regions of the city, illegal marketplaces and Fabricant brothels flourish, and the flooded ruins of Old Seoul serve as a constant reminder that the metropolis is in very real danger of running itself into the ground.
* The Gotham City of ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' seems more prosperous and optimistic than the Gotham of the older ''Batman'' films,
but is "''On air, unaware''" we learn rather quickly that at the ground level crime is eating the streets whole time. He starts finding out when things begin to fall apart; first a floodlight falls from while the sky, then he accidentally discovers a make-up room for upper class just chooses to ignore it, wrapped up in their own success. The citizens of Gotham do care enough to take some action to rebuild their city, and thanks to the actors behind Bat himself corruption and crime are taking a beating and the doors of a fake elevator. Then he notices he can't leave his hometown, ever: all flights out are full, every bus out of town he tries to leave on breaks PoliceAreUseless mantra is cut down, and when he tries to leave EarnYourHappyEnding is in full effect.
** The [[Film/BatmanBegins first film]] of
the saga reveals that the League of Shadows are partly responsible for the current state of Gotham, having tried to destroy the city, which they perceived as a WretchedHive, using economic means. Which mostly just made it more wretched.
-->'''Rachel''': Look beyond your own pain, Bruce. This
city with his own car, is rotting. They talk about the local nuclear power plant coincidentally has a ''meltdown'' Depression like it's history and the whole area is sealed off. He finally manages to get out by sailing away and ''crashing into the horizon''.''it's not.''



* Coruscant in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. Although the films mostly show the glittering, affluent urban paradise of the top level, the ''Revenge of the Sith'' {{novelization}} mentions that the sublevels of the [[SingleBiomePlanet planet/city]] can be "worse than Nar Shaddaa," a notorious crime hub.
** This is established before the prequels, in the form of an essay [[FramingDevice written by]] an Imperial propaganda minister, who cheerfully describes the planet's technological wonders, mentions in passing that crime is being wiped out, and points out the ''magnanimity'' of the Emperor in granting aliens [[FantasticGhetto designated housing areas]] regularly patrolled by Stormtroopers, to better protect them from [[FantasticRacism any intolerant locals.]] Said author was [[BoomerangBigot a nonhuman himself]].
** [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Harry S. Plinkett]] also notes in [[http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-red-letter-medias-review-revenge-sith/ his review]] that daily life on Coruscant is busy, bright, and chipper, even when ''the most traumatic and horrific war to ever be fought'' in the galaxy is going on. Coruscant is filled with the Republic's ultra-wealthy and privileged elite, and emblematic of the decadent and corrupt society that was the Republic in its final days. And, Harry notes, it's ''still going strong'' after 20 years under Emperor Palpatine, whose most redeeming quality was, apparently, being smart enough not to shit where he ate.
** Canto Bight in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' is a gorgeous, glamorous casino world with classy galactic high rollers living it up at swanky parties. Of course thatís before you get to the [[spoiler:arms dealers selling weapons to both sides of the war, the child slavery, and the animal abuse]].
* The future setting in ''Film/ThePurge'' seems like a utopia, and actually, it almost ''is''. The only catch is, you have to be able to survive the 12-hour period once a year where the government lets the citizens do (almost) ''anything'' without any legal repercussions[[note]]what you ''can't'' do however is attack the government or its officials themselves (at least until the third sequel), or use weapons that would cause massive, uncontrolled harm (missiles, nuclear, etc.)[[/note]]. Of course, it's actually worse than that. If you survive being attacked by someone you thought you could trust, like the protagonists did, you'll never trust them again. It's also hinted that the biggest reason for this event is the government's way of [[TheSocialDarwinist weeding out the poor and the weak.]] Worst of all, the movie portrays humanity itself in a ''very'' grim way, showing that, if given the opportunity to commit murder and get away with it, [[HobbesWasRight most will take advantage of the opportunity, simply because they can.]]
** The sequel, however, downplays it, with a resistance that rises up against the Founding Fathers [[spoiler:who decided that not enough people were dying, so hired some death squads to {{kill the poor}}]].
* ''Film/HotFuzz'': "Statistically, Sandford, Gloucestershire is the SAFEST village in the country!" Tell that to the [[spoiler:castle crypt filled with the [[DisproportionateRetribution corpses of every minor nuisance]] to step foot in Sandford.]]
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has Miranda, a planet that was a failed attempt at creating a utopia by dosing the population with a chemical designed to curb their violent impulses with the ultimate aim of doing this to every world. The result is a ghost planet filled with abandoned buildings, the corpses of people who became so docile because of the aforementioned chemical that they laid down and died, and those who had the exact opposite reaction to the chemical, becoming the cannibalistic and psychopathically violent Reavers.



* The Gotham City of ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' seems more prosperous and optimistic than the Gotham of the older ''Batman'' films, but we learn rather quickly that at the ground level crime is eating the streets whole while the upper class just chooses to ignore it, wrapped up in their own success. The citizens of Gotham do care enough to take some action to rebuild their city, and thanks to the Bat himself corruption and crime are taking a beating and the PoliceAreUseless mantra is cut down, and EarnYourHappyEnding is in full effect.
** The [[Film/BatmanBegins first film]] of the saga reveals that the League of Shadows are partly responsible for the current state of Gotham, having tried to destroy the city, which they perceived as a WretchedHive, using economic means. Which mostly just made it more wretched.
-->'''Rachel''': Look beyond your own pain, Bruce. This city is rotting. They talk about the Depression like it's history and ''it's not.''
* Most of the films of Creator/TimBurton run on this in one form or another. ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' begins with a typical day of breakfast and a bike ride to the shopping mall-- and ends with Pee-Wee's bicycle being stolen and his becoming so distraught that he [[SanitySlippage slowly goes deranged]]. The Deetzes and their rich friends in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' think it would be fun to conduct a séance with the dead... and the fun suddenly stops when the ghosts they resurrect begin to crumble into dust before their eyes. ComicBook/TheJoker holds a parade in [[Film/Batman1989 downtown Gotham City]] to celebrate the town's 200th anniversary, showering 20 million dollars on the streets to lure the crowds in... so that he can gas them all to death. And in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', the neighbors who are so kind to Edward in the beginning turn violently on him once they suspect (incorrectly) that he's a burglar. And his version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' isn't exactly set in a proper Wonderland. This may be former Disney animator Burton's way of demonstrating that "Disneyland" isn't all it's cracked up to be -- especially since his more realistic movies (''Film/BigFish'', for example) depict worlds that are neither wholly good nor wholly bad.
* The city from ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' is well-maintained and prosperous on the top, but the entity maintaining that façade is the proletariat living underground.

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* The Gotham City of ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' seems more prosperous and optimistic than Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' features the Gotham United States of the older ''Batman'' films, but we learn rather quickly that at the ground level crime is eating the streets whole while the upper class just chooses to ignore it, wrapped up in their own success. The citizens of Gotham do care enough to take some action to rebuild their city, and thanks to the Bat himself corruption and crime are taking a beating and the PoliceAreUseless mantra is cut down, and EarnYourHappyEnding is in full effect.
** The [[Film/BatmanBegins first film]] of the saga reveals that the League of Shadows are partly responsible for the current state of Gotham, having tried to destroy the city,
Auradon, which they perceived as a WretchedHive, using economic means. Which mostly just made it more wretched.
-->'''Rachel''': Look beyond your own pain, Bruce. This city
is rotting. They talk about a world settled by the Depression like it's history and ''it's not.''
* Most of the films of Creator/TimBurton run on this in one form or another. ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' begins with a typical day of breakfast and a bike ride to the shopping mall-- and ends with Pee-Wee's bicycle being stolen and his becoming so distraught that he [[SanitySlippage slowly goes deranged]]. The Deetzes
Disney Heroes and their rich friends in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' think offspring ([[HighSchoolAU all teenagers]]). On the surface, it would be fun to conduct is a séance 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 dead... 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]].
* ''Film/GoliathAwaits'': The community surviving inside the air pockets of the sunken ship ''Goliath'' has a certain amount of luxuries and is miraculous in its mere existence. But it also has a somewhat dictatorial system, a certain amount of lies told too its people
and the fun suddenly stops when the ghosts they resurrect begin to crumble into dust before their eyes. ComicBook/TheJoker holds a parade in [[Film/Batman1989 downtown Gotham City]] to celebrate the town's 200th anniversary, showering 20 million dollars on the streets to lure the crowds in... so constant threat that he can gas them all to death. And in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'', one day the neighbors who are so kind to Edward water might break in the beginning turn violently on him once they suspect (incorrectly) that he's a burglar. And his version of ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' isn't exactly set in a proper Wonderland. This may be former Disney animator Burton's way of demonstrating that "Disneyland" isn't all it's cracked up to be -- especially since his more realistic movies (''Film/BigFish'', for example) depict worlds that are neither wholly good nor wholly bad.
* The city from ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' is well-maintained
and prosperous on the top, but the entity maintaining that façade is the proletariat living underground.kill them.



* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' director Creator/BrianDePalma deliberately made Chicago crime lord Al Capone's surroundings very lavish and sumptuous:
-->"My image of ''The Untouchables'' is that corruption looks great. It's like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. It's clean. It's big. Everything runs smoothly. The problem is all the oppressed people are in some camp somewhere and nobody ever sees them. So the world of Chicago is a slick world. A world that's run by money and corruption and it looks '''fabulous'''."
* The Finnish science fiction film ''Ruusujen aika'' (''Time of the Roses''). The future Finland of 2012 where class differences have been eliminated, diseases eradicated, wars are history, everyone is finally [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement chemically happy]], the world is ruled by scientists and civil servants instead of politicians -- and under the surface everything is ''horribly'' wrong.

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* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' director Creator/BrianDePalma deliberately made Chicago crime lord Al Capone's surroundings very lavish and sumptuous:
-->"My image of ''The Untouchables''
''Film/HotFuzz'': "Statistically, Sandford, Gloucestershire is the SAFEST village in the country!" Tell that corruption looks great. It's like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. It's clean. It's big. Everything runs smoothly. The problem is all to the oppressed people are in some camp somewhere and nobody ever sees them. So [[spoiler:castle crypt filled with the world [[DisproportionateRetribution corpses of Chicago is a slick world. A world that's run by money and corruption and it looks '''fabulous'''."
* The Finnish science fiction film ''Ruusujen aika'' (''Time of the Roses''). The future Finland of 2012 where class differences have been eliminated, diseases eradicated, wars are history, everyone is finally [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement chemically happy]], the world is ruled by scientists and civil servants instead of politicians -- and under the surface everything is ''horribly'' wrong.
every minor nuisance]] to step foot in Sandford.]]



* Neo Seoul in ''Film/CloudAtlas'' has all the features: established early on as a fantastically advanced metropolis complete with glittering spires and dazzlingly colorful interiors, it's also made abundantly clear that it runs on slave labor; most of the menial work is performed by the genetically engineered Fabricant underclass, who are forbidden by law ''and'' religion to hold rights until the day of their Exaltation -- a lavish retirement ceremony in which they are allowed to become full citizens. [[spoiler: Of course, it's later revealed retired Fabricants are secretly executed and [[HumanResources recycled into cheap protein to feed the rest of the Fabricant population]].]] Plus, all the color and luxury is a hologram façade, and places like Papa Song's and Hae-Joo Chang's apartment are just bare concrete rooms, while outside the upper-class regions of the city, illegal marketplaces and Fabricant brothels flourish, and the flooded ruins of Old Seoul serve as a constant reminder that the metropolis is in very real danger of running itself into the ground.
* Eden Parish in ''Film/TheSacrament'' initially comes off as a self-sustained utopia where people can live together regardless of the race or background. It's only until later that we find out that the people aren't allowed to leave, and those that disobey the rules are severely punished.

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* Neo Seoul in ''Film/CloudAtlas'' has all The city from ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' is well-maintained and prosperous on the features: established early on top, but the entity maintaining that façade is the proletariat living underground.
* In ''Film/ParadiseBeach'', Thailand is at first presented (both visually and in dialogues)
as a fantastically advanced metropolis complete with glittering spires and dazzlingly colorful interiors, it's also made abundantly sunny haven full of beautiful beaches, mansions, cafes & night clubs, which contrasts the gray & rainy France from the prologue. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that it runs on slave labor; most of the menial work is performed by the genetically engineered Fabricant underclass, who protagonists are forbidden by law ''and'' religion to hold rights until the day of their Exaltation -- a lavish retirement ceremony stuck in which they are allowed to become a dangerous hellhole full citizens. [[spoiler: Of course, it's later revealed retired Fabricants are secretly of murders, shootouts and corrupt police. Indeed, Thai beaches don't seem like such a nice place after we see people get brutally executed and [[HumanResources recycled into cheap protein to feed the rest of the Fabricant population]].]] Plus, all the color and luxury is a hologram façade, and places like Papa Song's and Hae-Joo Chang's apartment are just bare concrete rooms, while outside the upper-class regions of the city, illegal marketplaces and Fabricant brothels flourish, and the flooded ruins of Old Seoul serve as a constant reminder that the metropolis is in very real danger of running itself into the ground.
* Eden Parish in ''Film/TheSacrament'' initially comes off as a self-sustained utopia where people can live together regardless of the race or background. It's only until later that we find out that the people aren't allowed to leave, and those that disobey the rules are severely punished.
there.



* Summerisle in ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' may count as this, as it is not as peaceful and joyous as it seems to be.

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* Summerisle The future setting in ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' may count as this, as it is not as peaceful and joyous as it ''Film/ThePurge'' seems like a utopia, and actually, it almost ''is''. The only catch is, you have to be.be able to survive the 12-hour period once a year where the government lets the citizens do (almost) ''anything'' without any legal repercussions[[note]]what you ''can't'' do however is attack the government or its officials themselves (at least until the third sequel), or use weapons that would cause massive, uncontrolled harm (missiles, nuclear, etc.)[[/note]]. Of course, it's actually worse than that. If you survive being attacked by someone you thought you could trust, like the protagonists did, you'll never trust them again. It's also hinted that the biggest reason for this event is the government's way of [[TheSocialDarwinist weeding out the poor and the weak.]] Worst of all, the movie portrays humanity itself in a ''very'' grim way, showing that, if given the opportunity to commit murder and get away with it, [[HobbesWasRight most will take advantage of the opportunity, simply because they can.]]
** The sequel, however, downplays it, with a resistance that rises up against the Founding Fathers [[spoiler:who decided that not enough people were dying, so hired some death squads to {{kill the poor}}]].
* In ''Film/RunningScared2006'', the home of the torturing, murdering pedo couple, decked out like a kindergarten playroom. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLrEUhuOZvs Video]]
* Eden Parish in ''Film/TheSacrament'' initially comes off as a self-sustained utopia where people can live together regardless of the race or background. It's only until later that we find out that the people aren't allowed to leave, and those that disobey the rules are severely punished.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has Miranda, a planet that was a failed attempt at creating a utopia by dosing the population with a chemical designed to curb their violent impulses with the ultimate aim of doing this to every world. The result is a ghost planet filled with abandoned buildings, the corpses of people who became so docile because of the aforementioned chemical that they laid down and died, and those who had the exact opposite reaction to the chemical, becoming the cannibalistic and psychopathically violent Reavers.



* 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]].
* In ''Film/ParadiseBeach'', Thailand is at first presented (both visually and in dialogues) as a colorful sunny haven full of beautiful beaches, mansions, cafes & night clubs, which contrasts the gray & rainy France from the prologue. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that the protagonists are stuck in a dangerous hellhole full of murders, shootouts and corrupt police. Indeed, Thai beaches don't seem like such a nice place after we see people get brutally executed there.
* ''Film/GoliathAwaits'': The community surviving inside the air pockets of the sunken ship ''Goliath'' has a certain amount of luxuries and is miraculous in its mere existence. But it also has a somewhat dictatorial system, a certain amount of lies told too its people and the constant threat that one day the water might break in and kill them.

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* The Creator/DisneyChannel Original Movie ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' features Coruscant in the United States of Auradon, which is a world settled by ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. Although the Disney Heroes and their offspring ([[HighSchoolAU all teenagers]]). On films mostly show 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 glittering, affluent urban paradise of the Lost, top level, the ''Revenge of the Sith'' {{novelization}} mentions that the sublevels of the [[SingleBiomePlanet planet/city]] can be "worse than Nar Shaddaa," a notorious crime hub.
** This is established before the prequels, in the form of an essay [[FramingDevice written by]] an Imperial propaganda minister, who cheerfully describes the planet's technological wonders, mentions in passing that crime is being wiped out,
and deprives points out the ''magnanimity'' of the Emperor in granting aliens [[FantasticGhetto designated housing areas]] regularly patrolled by Stormtroopers, to better protect them of basic human rights, including decent food and modern technology, as well as from [[FantasticRacism shunning the children]] for the crime of [[SinsOfOurFathers being related to the criminals]]. Their own residents are any intolerant locals.]] Said author was [[BoomerangBigot a nonhuman himself]].
** [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Harry S. Plinkett]] also notes in [[http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-red-letter-medias-review-revenge-sith/ his review]] that daily life on Coruscant is busy, bright, and chipper,
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 when ''the most traumatic and leaving horrific war to ever be fought'' in the rest behind to starve, does nothing but fuel a cycle that causes abused children [[ThenLetMeBeEvil to embrace villainy]].
* In ''Film/ParadiseBeach'', Thailand
galaxy is at first presented (both visually going on. Coruscant is filled with the Republic's ultra-wealthy and in dialogues) as a colorful sunny haven full privileged elite, and emblematic of beautiful beaches, mansions, cafes & night clubs, which contrasts the gray & rainy France from the prologue. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that the protagonists are stuck in a dangerous hellhole full of murders, shootouts decadent and corrupt police. Indeed, Thai beaches don't seem like such a nice place society that was the Republic in its final days. And, Harry notes, it's ''still going strong'' after we see people 20 years under Emperor Palpatine, whose most redeeming quality was, apparently, being smart enough not to shit where he ate.
** Canto Bight in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' is a gorgeous, glamorous casino world with classy galactic high rollers living it up at swanky parties. Of course thatís before you
get brutally executed there.
* ''Film/GoliathAwaits'': The community surviving inside
to the air pockets [[spoiler:arms dealers selling weapons to both sides of the sunken ship ''Goliath'' has a certain amount of luxuries and is miraculous in its mere existence. But it also has a somewhat dictatorial system, a certain amount of lies told too its people war, the child slavery, and the constant threat animal abuse]].
* The Finnish science fiction film ''Ruusujen aika'' (''Time of the Roses''). The future Finland of 2012 where class differences have been eliminated, diseases eradicated, wars are history, everyone is finally [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement chemically happy]], the world is ruled by scientists and civil servants instead of politicians -- and under the surface everything is ''horribly'' wrong.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', where the whole world in which Truman Burbank lives is a giant television studio situated in Hollywood and he is the main character (and the only inhabitant who isn't an actor) in an incredibly epic reality show. He grew up in
that one day world, which is portrayed like a mix of the water might break in modern age and kill them.a stereotypical 1950s American suburb, but is "''On air, unaware''" the whole time. He starts finding out when things begin to fall apart; first a floodlight falls from the sky, then he accidentally discovers a make-up room for the actors behind the doors of a fake elevator. Then he notices he can't leave his hometown, ever: all flights out are full, every bus out of town he tries to leave on breaks down, and when he tries to leave the city with his own car, the local nuclear power plant coincidentally has a ''meltdown'' and the whole area is sealed off. He finally manages to get out by sailing away and ''crashing into the horizon''.
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'' director Creator/BrianDePalma deliberately made Chicago crime lord Al Capone's surroundings very lavish and sumptuous:
-->"My image of ''The Untouchables'' is that corruption looks great. It's like UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. It's clean. It's big. Everything runs smoothly. The problem is all the oppressed people are in some camp somewhere and nobody ever sees them. So the world of Chicago is a slick world. A world that's run by money and corruption and it looks '''fabulous'''."
* Summerisle in ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' may count as this, as it is not as peaceful and joyous as it seems to be.



* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' counts, despite being set in the literal ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]''. You are a fairy, living off of the imagination you inspire in others, and doing courtly fairy things and adventuring in a dream world. Except the modern world is so poisonous to fae that you can literally die of boredom waiting in line at the bank, and all the best ways to stave this off will slowly drive you crazy.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The First Age was a CrystalSpiresAndTogas paradise filled to the brim with life-improving {{Magitek}} and ruled over by three hundred divinely empowered god-kings [[MarySue singled out for just how awesome and special they are]]. Only said god kings are hard-wired to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity become more unstable as they become older and more incredibly powerful]]. After a thousand years, they're willing to do anything for amusement and to prove their excellence, from starting wars for fun to creating life to capricious and random murder. And although they don't admit it, most of them don't consider ordinary mortals to be real people and are more than willing to expend them in country-sized art projects, personal wars or horrific experiments. The flying city of Tzatli is a particularly clear example. On the surface, it's a wonder of technology even by First Age standards and its citizens lead luxurious lives envied by mortals everywhere else. In practice, however, its Exalted god-queen and her secret police strictly regulate every aspect of life to keep up the appearance of a perfect, ideal city. Slack off during your work shift, arrive too late for family time or argue too loudly over dinner, and you'll be hauled away to an unknown fate while a new set of citizens is sat down to your still-warm meal.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** There is nothing inherently wrong with Lorwyn. The plane itself is a perfectly nice place; not all of [[MasterRace its]] [[SuperiorSpecies citizens]] [[TheFairFolk are]], though. Oh, and don't stick around there when the Aurora comes (every fifty years or so), because it turns into [[DarkWorld Shadowmoor]], [[EverythingTryingToKillYou where you don't]] [[DeathWorld want to end up]].
** Ravnica counts while you're at it. It looks like an okay place to live, then you realize everyone is trying to kill you, rob you, kill you, steal your identity, [[OverlyLongGag kill you]], and generally screw you over. Even the "good" people. [[YourSoulIsMine And you don't get any rest after death.]]
** Kaladesh is little better. Praised for following the GrimDark ''Battle for Zendikar'' and ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' blocks (both defined by grim struggle against EldritchAbomination hordes and, in Innistrad's case, the world itself going mad), Kaladesh is brightly colored with strong themes of invention, discovery, and progress. It is also home to a brutally thorough Consulate that restricts what ideas are allowed in polite society and a vast network of renegade cells dedicated to fighting consulate tyranny. Oh, and Tezzeret, TheDragon to Magic's current BigBad, seems to be running the show.
** Amonkhet is mostly vast desert populated by undead, exactly the kind of blasted hellscape the Gatewatch expected a plane ruled and created by Nicol Bolas would look like. Then they find the city of Naktamun, a beautiful place where benevolent gods watch over the populace and mummies perform all the labour, allowing the mortals to devote their time to training and preparing for their glorious God-Pharaoh's return. [[spoiler:Amonkhet is arguably the most nightmarish plane seen so far. Nicol Bolas ''corrupted'' the plane by killing and corrupting its resident gods so that they would raise a population of unwitting mortals for him to harvest as superpowered mummy warriors. The entire place is one giant PeopleFarm.]]



* The Dreamlands in ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' are a magical, mystical land which you can visit through dreams, populated by plenty of mystical creatures, with [[BenevolentMageRuler benevolent all-powerful mage Queens]] ruling near-perfect utopias and living peacefully side-by-side... and the reason for this is because this place actually is a LotusEaterMachine created by the servants of a cosmic force MadeOfEvil: the Queens and their servants are a race of {{Hope Bringer}}s they trapped here to prevent them from interfering while they freely corrupt the ''real'' world. And while the Queens have recently defeated their wardens and taken control of the Dreamlands, allowing them to send some of their servants back outside, the LotusEaterMachine's influence is still present, gradually warping and modifying the memory of its visitors until they forget their life in the real world, convinced they have always been here. And that's not even getting in the fact some of the natives who ''know'' their world isn't real are trying to escape by using dark magic to play {{Body Snatcher}}s with humans...
* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' features a possible future for crossovers where [[TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful Princesses]] have successfully destroyed [[TheDarkSide the All-Consuming Darkness]], resulting in a bright and shiny world where there is no evil and people are nice and friendly... except that's because the Light has now gone full KnightTemplar and eradicates anything remotely evil or bad. The people are so nice because they are utterly terrified they will be eradicated if they show even the slightest hint of being mean.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': The First Age was a CrystalSpiresAndTogas paradise filled to the brim with life-improving {{Magitek}} and ruled over by three hundred divinely empowered god-kings [[MarySue singled out for just how awesome and special they are]]. Only said god kings are hard-wired to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity become more unstable as they become older and more incredibly powerful]]. After a thousand years, they're willing to do anything for amusement and to prove their excellence, from starting wars for fun to creating life to capricious and random murder. And although they don't admit it, most of them don't consider ordinary mortals to be real people and are more than willing to expend them in country-sized art projects, personal wars or horrific experiments. The flying city of Tzatli is a particularly clear example. On the surface, it's a wonder of technology even by First Age standards and its citizens lead luxurious lives envied by mortals everywhere else. In practice, however, its Exalted god-queen and her secret police strictly regulate every aspect of life to keep up the appearance of a perfect, ideal city. Slack off during your work shift, arrive too late for family time or argue too loudly over dinner, and you'll be hauled away to an unknown fate while a new set of citizens is sat down to your still-warm meal.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** There is nothing inherently wrong with Lorwyn. The plane itself is a perfectly nice place; not all of [[MasterRace its]] [[SuperiorSpecies citizens]] [[TheFairFolk are]], though. Oh, and don't stick around there when the Aurora comes (every fifty years or so), because it turns into [[DarkWorld Shadowmoor]], [[EverythingTryingToKillYou where you don't]] [[DeathWorld want to end up]].
** Ravnica counts while you're at it. It looks like an okay place to live, then you realize everyone is trying to kill you, rob you, kill you, steal your identity, [[OverlyLongGag kill you]], and generally screw you over. Even the "good" people. [[YourSoulIsMine And you don't get any rest after death.]]
** Kaladesh is little better. Praised for following the GrimDark ''Battle for Zendikar'' and ''Shadows Over Innistrad'' blocks (both defined by grim struggle against EldritchAbomination hordes and, in Innistrad's case, the world itself going mad), Kaladesh is brightly colored with strong themes of invention, discovery, and progress. It is also home to a brutally thorough Consulate that restricts what ideas are allowed in polite society and a vast network of renegade cells dedicated to fighting consulate tyranny. Oh, and Tezzeret, TheDragon to Magic's current BigBad, seems to be running the show.
** Amonkhet is mostly vast desert populated by undead, exactly the kind of blasted hellscape the Gatewatch expected a plane ruled and created by Nicol Bolas would look like. Then they find the city of Naktamun, a beautiful place where benevolent gods watch over the populace and mummies perform all the labour, allowing the mortals to devote their time to training and preparing for their glorious God-Pharaoh's return. [[spoiler:Amonkhet is arguably the most nightmarish plane seen so far. Nicol Bolas ''corrupted'' the plane by killing and corrupting its resident gods so that they would raise a population of unwitting mortals for him to harvest as superpowered mummy warriors. The entire place is one giant PeopleFarm.]]
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' counts, despite being set in the literal ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]''. You are a fairy, living off of the imagination you inspire in others, and doing courtly fairy things and adventuring in a dream world. Except the modern world is so poisonous to fae that you can literally die of boredom waiting in line at the bank, and all the best ways to stave this off will slowly drive you crazy.



* The Dreamlands in ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' are a magical, mystical land which you can visit through dreams, populated by plenty of mystical creatures, with [[BenevolentMageRuler benevolent all-powerful mage Queens]] ruling near-perfect utopias and living peacefully side-by-side... and the reason for this is because this place actually is a LotusEaterMachine created by the servants of a cosmic force MadeOfEvil: the Queens and their servants are a race of {{Hope Bringer}}s they trapped here to prevent them from interfering while they freely corrupt the ''real'' world. And while the Queens have recently defeated their wardens and taken control of the Dreamlands, allowing them to send some of their servants back outside, the LotusEaterMachine's influence is still present, gradually warping and modifying the memory of its visitors until they forget their life in the real world, convinced they have always been here. And that's not even getting in the fact some of the natives who ''know'' their world isn't real are trying to escape by using dark magic to play {{Body Snatcher}}s with humans...
* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' features a possible future for crossovers where [[TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful Princesses]] have successfully destroyed [[TheDarkSide the All-Consuming Darkness]], resulting in a bright and shiny world where there is no evil and people are nice and friendly... except that's because the Light has now gone full KnightTemplar and eradicates anything remotely evil or bad. The people are so nice because they are utterly terrified they will be eradicated if they show even the slightest hint of being mean.



* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' seems like the idyllic setting of your typical harem comedy. Then you peel back the bright colors and learn some of the deeper layers, which include charming topics like depression, domestic abuse, self-harm, alienation, and suicide. And then there's the gradual, apparent breakdown of reality and numerous horrifying encounters. [[spoiler: All of which are revealed to be the result of Monika manipulating the game's code, because she (and any president of the Literatue club) [[GoMadFromRevelation knows they're all in a video game]]. One where she doesn't have her own route, and she's a {{yandere}} [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou for the player.]]]]



* ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'' seems like the idyllic setting of your typical harem comedy. Then you peel back the bright colors and learn some of the deeper layers, which include charming topics like depression, domestic abuse, self-harm, alienation, and suicide. And then there's the gradual, apparent breakdown of reality and numerous horrifying encounters. [[spoiler: All of which are revealed to be the result of Monika manipulating the game's code, because she (and any president of the Literatue club) [[GoMadFromRevelation knows they're all in a video game]]. One where she doesn't have her own route, and she's a {{yandere}} [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou for the player.]]]]



* ''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.]]



* ''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.]]



%%* Parodied in [[http://www.boltcity.com/copper/copper_021_happy.htm this]] ''Copper'' comic. (Former Trope Image)
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. A cute, quirky world of FunnyAnimal characters... where fangs are more powerful than ideals and savage instinct triumphs over reason and empathy. By the world's local ethos (its ok to kill as long as you eat it) ethnic cleansing could just be another name for a BBQ. Perhaps even worse, a RippedFromTheHeadlines storyline reveals that there is an organization dedicated to opposing this -- [=WikiBeaks=], which publishes confidential data that has the potential to cause the predators some serious harm: They post [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2011/kk0204.html which species are targeted, confidential hunting areas, that sort of thing]]. Sounds nice? Too bad they are being ''directly persecuted by the government''. That's right, if you're a prey species, there's nothing out there to protect you, and the only effective organization that even tries is acting ''illegally''.
* 4U City in the recent ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' dimension-hopping arc TRIES to be this... It's referred to as a 'Utopia', and everybody is mandatorily happy -- any sign of unhappiness results in being immediately pumped full of 'Happy drugs', while any serious departure from the accepted happiness-standard gets you thrown down the 'Judgement Chute', never to be seen again. However, despite this, it fails MISERABLY at looking like a utopia at first glance, because it's ''always raining''.
** Also, the "Dimension of Lame", whose inhabitants are so pacifist that they embrace the invading demons and readily offer to sacrifice the one person who has any chance of saving them, all in the name of preventing more bloodshed.
* ''Webcomic/FabulandHousewives'' is a StepfordSuburbia with [[TastesLikeDiabetes extremely cute]] [[BuiltWithLego Lego]] {{Funny Animal}}s.

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%%* Parodied in [[http://www.boltcity.com/copper/copper_021_happy.htm this]] ''Copper'' comic. (Former Trope Image)
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. A cute, quirky world of FunnyAnimal characters... where fangs are more powerful than ideals and savage instinct triumphs over reason and empathy. By ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'' starts off as a cute story about a girl at a magic school. Then the world's local ethos (its ok to kill as long as you eat it) ethnic cleansing could just be another name for a BBQ. Perhaps even worse, a RippedFromTheHeadlines storyline reveals that there oppressive caste system is an organization dedicated to opposing this -- [=WikiBeaks=], which publishes confidential data that has the potential to cause the predators some serious harm: They post [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2011/kk0204.html which species are targeted, confidential hunting areas, that sort of thing]]. Sounds nice? Too bad they are being ''directly persecuted by the government''. That's right, if you're a prey species, there's nothing out there to protect you, revealed, and the only effective organization ghastly dismemberments, and the women forced into domestic servitude, and the brutal war thatís been waging for years between two sides that even tries is acting ''illegally''.
* 4U City in the recent ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' dimension-hopping arc TRIES to be this... It's referred to as a 'Utopia', and everybody is mandatorily happy -- any sign of unhappiness results in being immediately pumped full of 'Happy drugs', while any serious departure from the accepted happiness-standard gets you thrown down the 'Judgement Chute', never to be seen again. However, despite this, it fails MISERABLY at looking like a utopia at first glance, because it's ''always raining''.
** Also, the "Dimension of Lame", whose inhabitants
are so pacifist that they embrace the invading demons and readily offer to sacrifice the one person who has any chance both guilty of saving them, all in the name of preventing more bloodshed.
* ''Webcomic/FabulandHousewives'' is a StepfordSuburbia with [[TastesLikeDiabetes extremely cute]] [[BuiltWithLego Lego]] {{Funny Animal}}s.
war crimes.



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



* ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': While the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Empire of Blood]] is ObviouslyEvil and Elan is just too happy to be with his father to notice, this trope is played straight within small sections of the empire. For example, Elan plays in a child's ball pit, only for the comic's wide angled shot shows that there are several skeletons at the bottom.



* While ''Webcomic/HoovesOfDeath'' has a adorable visual style that takes cues from later generations of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony]], it's still a bloody world full of zombies and danger, and shows early on it won't pull any punches. [[ArtStyleDissonance While still looking adorable]].
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. A cute, quirky world of FunnyAnimal characters... where fangs are more powerful than ideals and savage instinct triumphs over reason and empathy. By the world's local ethos (its ok to kill as long as you eat it) ethnic cleansing could just be another name for a BBQ. Perhaps even worse, a RippedFromTheHeadlines storyline reveals that there is an organization dedicated to opposing this -- [=WikiBeaks=], which publishes confidential data that has the potential to cause the predators some serious harm: They post [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2011/kk0204.html which species are targeted, confidential hunting areas, that sort of thing]]. Sounds nice? Too bad they are being ''directly persecuted by the government''. That's right, if you're a prey species, there's nothing out there to protect you, and the only effective organization that even tries is acting ''illegally''.



* ''Webcomic/{{Snarlbear}}'': "If you happen to like lurid hell holes, this place is a magical wonderland"



* In ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'', despite all the bright colors and friendly characters in Sparklecare Hospital, it's a really messed-up place with some sick minds on the staff, as well as disturbing diseases and treatments.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'', despite all ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': While the bright colors [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Empire of Blood]] is ObviouslyEvil and friendly characters in Sparklecare Hospital, it's a really messed-up place Elan is just too happy to be with some sick minds on his father to notice, this trope is played straight within small sections of the staff, as well as disturbing diseases and treatments.empire. For example, Elan plays in a child's ball pit, only for the comic's wide angled shot shows that there are several skeletons at the bottom.



* While ''Webcomic/HoovesOfDeath'' has a adorable visual style that takes cues from later generations of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony]], it's still a bloody world full of zombies and danger, and shows early on it won't pull any punches. [[ArtStyleDissonance While still looking adorable]].
* ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'' starts off as a cute story about a girl at a magic school. Then the oppressive caste system is revealed, and the ghastly dismemberments, and the women forced into domestic servitude, and the brutal war thatís been waging for years between two sides that are both guilty of war crimes.

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* While ''Webcomic/HoovesOfDeath'' has 4U City in the recent ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' dimension-hopping arc TRIES to be this... It's referred to as a adorable visual style that takes cues 'Utopia', and everybody is mandatorily happy -- any sign of unhappiness results in being immediately pumped full of 'Happy drugs', while any serious departure from later generations of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony]], the accepted happiness-standard gets you thrown down the 'Judgement Chute', never to be seen again. However, despite this, it fails MISERABLY at looking like a utopia at first glance, because it's still a bloody world full of zombies and danger, and shows early on it won't pull any punches. [[ArtStyleDissonance While still looking adorable]].
* ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'' starts off as a cute story about a girl at a magic school. Then
''always raining''.
** Also,
the oppressive caste system is revealed, and the ghastly dismemberments, and the women forced into domestic servitude, and the brutal war thatís been waging for years between two sides "Dimension of Lame", whose inhabitants are so pacifist that are both guilty they embrace the invading demons and readily offer to sacrifice the one person who has any chance of war crimes.saving them, all in the name of preventing more bloodshed.
* ''Webcomic/{{Snarlbear}}'': "If you happen to like lurid hell holes, this place is a magical wonderland"
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'', despite all the bright colors and friendly characters in Sparklecare Hospital, it's a really messed-up place with some sick minds on the staff, as well as disturbing diseases and treatments.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three in-universe examples:
** The ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Bart Zone" a parody of the aforementioned ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode.
--->'''Jasper:''' Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Boy, I'm getting mighty sick of this. ''(pop! Jasper is transformed into a dog with his head on it)'' Woof! Woof!
** Also, in the "Treehouse of Horror V" story "Time And Punishment", when Homer returns from the past to find that Flanders is ruler of the world. And people who aren't happy under his rule are at risk of a full frontal lobotomy.
*** Parodied during the same story, when Homer creates a world where The Simpsons are rich, Patty and Selma are dead, Bart and Lisa are well-behaved, but no one knows what a doughnut is, making Homer conclude it's this. Subverted in that they're called "rain", but Homer ran off before he could find that out.
** Subverted also in "Hungry Are the Damned", part of the very first ''Treehouse of Horror''. The family is abducted by Rigelian aliens (Kang and Kodos in their first appearance) who [[GildedCage want them to be happy all the time]], cooking them gourmet foods and providing them with free entertainment. Lisa suspects that this might be BreadAndCircuses and uncovers evidence that the Rigelians are actually [[ToServeMan making the Simpsons fat so that they will be delicious to eat]] -- but it all turns out to be a misunderstanding. And the Rigelians are so offended at Lisa's prejudice and ingratitude that they return the family to Earth and tell them that they missed their chance at paradise.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was like this until season 5 came along, and at that point it just became a textbook example of a CrapsackWorld.
** In season 19, the town, in a [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC frenzy]], decided to gentrify Kenny's neighborhood, turning it into [=SoDoSoPa=], with fancy lofts and restaurants and a slick ad campaign. The town however becomes an overpriced cesspool of PC excess. PC frat boys bully everybody for any random FelonyMisdemeanor, and homeless people are abused by the police, while the residents ignore it while claiming to be "enlightened". [[spoiler: Of course it later turns out that living ads are pushing PC and gentrification in a bid to price humanity out of existence]].
--> '''Nathan''':"What is PC but a verbal form of gentrification? Spruce everything up, get rid of all the ugliness and create a false sense of paradise."
* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo herself is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': a [[StepfordSuburbia seemingly nice]] suburban town full of depressed, miserable, and extremely disturbed souls trying their damnedest to appear wholesome and normal. Seasons 1 and 2 played it for laughs. Season 3... not [[TearJerker so]] [[HiddenDepths much]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', the planet of the Giggle Pies, the cute things that come in Invader-Os cereal already mentioned in SugarApocalypse.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the world of the future looks exactly as we envisioned; flying cars, jetpacks, lasers and a cure to everything. Except that everybody's too poor to afford anything, war is fought on a bigger scale than ever, and everything everywhere is run by idiots. As the creators put it, it's present-day Earth with a thousand years of technological advancement.
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** One episode has several of the characters end up in an AlternateUniverse which was almost exactly like UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} {{Superhero}} comics the Green Lantern used to read as a child. On first glance, the world looked like a stereotypical wholesome and child-friendly '50s superhero setting. Upon closer inspection, the world turned out to be [[spoiler:a post-nuclear war landscape whose survivors were forced to live in a psychic {{Masquerade}} generated by the mutated KidSidekick of the original heroes of that world]].
*** There are other hints of the slightly crappy nature coming through as well, in the form of NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: Hawkgirl doesn't take too kindly to having the only other female superhero suggest they make cookies for the menfolk, and Green Lantern doesn't know how to take a white superhero calling him "[[YouAreACreditToYourRace a credit to [his] people]]."
** At a cursory glance, [[RepressiveButEfficient the world]] the Justice Lords created might look like this. All the super villains are caught, Gotham City is actually ''clean'', and crime has been so thoroughly eradicated that police are reduced to settling disputes over restaurant bills. The saccharine side of things is really paper-thin, as it's no secret that the reason for all of this was because the League went KnightTemplar on the world and took to ruling it with an iron fist as the Justice Lords.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three in-universe examples:
** The ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Bart Zone" a parody of
''WesternAnimation/TwelveForever'': Endless Island, at first glance, seems to be the aforementioned ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode.
--->'''Jasper:''' Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Boy, I'm getting mighty sick of this. ''(pop! Jasper is transformed into a dog with his head on it)'' Woof! Woof!
** Also, in the "Treehouse of Horror V" story "Time And Punishment", when Homer returns from the past to find that Flanders is ruler of the world. And people who aren't happy under his rule are at risk of a full frontal lobotomy.
*** Parodied during the same story, when Homer creates a world where The Simpsons are rich, Patty and Selma are dead, Bart and Lisa are well-behaved, but no one knows what a doughnut is, making Homer conclude
perfect paradise: it's this. Subverted in that they're called "rain", but Homer ran off before he could find that out.
** Subverted also in "Hungry Are the Damned", part of the very first ''Treehouse of Horror''. The family is abducted by Rigelian aliens (Kang and Kodos in their first appearance) who [[GildedCage want them to be happy all the time]], cooking them gourmet foods and providing them with free entertainment. Lisa suspects that this might be BreadAndCircuses and uncovers evidence that the Rigelians are actually [[ToServeMan making the Simpsons fat so that they will be delicious to eat]] -- but it all turns out to be a misunderstanding. And the Rigelians are so offended at Lisa's prejudice and ingratitude that they return the family to Earth and tell them that they missed their chance at paradise.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was like this until season 5 came along, and at that point it just became a textbook example of a CrapsackWorld.
** In season 19, the town, in a [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC frenzy]], decided to gentrify Kenny's neighborhood, turning it into [=SoDoSoPa=], with fancy lofts and restaurants and a slick ad campaign. The town however becomes an overpriced cesspool of PC excess. PC frat boys bully everybody for any random FelonyMisdemeanor, and homeless people are abused by the police, while
bright, colorful, the residents ignore it while claiming to be "enlightened". [[spoiler: Of course it later turns out that living ads are pushing PC (mostly) friendly, and gentrification in a bid to price humanity out of existence]].
--> '''Nathan''':"What is PC but a verbal form of gentrification? Spruce everything up, get rid of all the ugliness and create a false sense of paradise."
* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice,
you can basically have almost anything you want, 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 are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo herself is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': a [[StepfordSuburbia seemingly nice]] suburban town full of depressed, miserable, and extremely disturbed souls trying their damnedest to appear wholesome and normal. Seasons 1 and 2 played it for laughs. Season 3... not [[TearJerker so]] [[HiddenDepths much]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', the planet of the Giggle Pies, the cute things that come in Invader-Os cereal already mentioned in SugarApocalypse.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the world of the future looks exactly as we envisioned; flying cars, jetpacks, lasers and a cure to everything. Except that everybody's too poor to afford anything, war is fought on a bigger scale than ever, and everything everywhere is run by idiots. As the creators put it, it's present-day Earth with a thousand years of technological advancement.
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** One episode has several of the characters
end up in an AlternateUniverse which was almost exactly like UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} {{Superhero}} comics fun-loving, rambling wrecks (with the Green Lantern used to read as a child. On first glance, the world looked like a stereotypical wholesome former suffering serious PowerIncontinence), and child-friendly '50s superhero setting. Upon closer inspection, the world turned out to be [[spoiler:a post-nuclear war landscape whose survivors were forced to live in a psychic {{Masquerade}} generated by the mutated KidSidekick of the original heroes of that world]].
*** There are other hints of the slightly crappy nature coming through as well, in the form of NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: Hawkgirl doesn't take too kindly to having the only other female superhero suggest they make cookies
Elmer, who's lived there for the menfolk, and Green Lantern doesn't know how to take a white superhero calling him "[[YouAreACreditToYourRace a credit to [his] people]]."
** At a cursory glance, [[RepressiveButEfficient the world]] the Justice Lords created might look like this. All the super villains are caught, Gotham City is actually ''clean'', and crime
''decades'', has been so thoroughly eradicated that police are reduced to settling disputes over restaurant bills. The saccharine side long since become a shell of things is really paper-thin, as it's no secret that the reason for all of this was because the League went KnightTemplar on the world and took to ruling it with an iron fist as the Justice Lords.his former self.]]



* ''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 [[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).
** And that's not even getting into how the ''the entire universe is sentient'' and can remove whatever it deems a "mistake" and banish it to [[EldritchLocation the Void]] forever.
* ''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. And that's not even getting into the FantasticRacism that the toads have over the frogs (and possibly other amphibians as well).



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'' this is quite deliberately employed as the premiere's opening minutes treat the viewer to a gorgeous aerial EpicTrackingShot of a ShiningCity, the {{Catfolk}} kingdom of Thundera, while a soothing narrator tells of the kingdom's "peace and prosperity" and its ruler's "just heart." Less than a minute after the narrator finishes speaking, the camera {{tilt}}s downward from a bright, painterly city vista to dark, miserable slums where "Alley Cats" are violently beating a hapless [[{{Dogfaces}} Dog]].
* 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', Detroit Deluxe is a state-of-the-art, clean, efficient, and nearly-crime free metropolis ran by CorruptCorporateExecutive Abraham Kane. The price of admission to live in Detroit Deluxe is the revocation of one's personal liberties. Old Detroit is the [[InvertedTrope exact opposite]], with many Motorcitizens, including the Burners, being defectors to Kane's regime.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'' this is quite deliberately employed as The future that Scrooge [=McDuck=] visits in the premiere's opening minutes treat ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "Duck to the viewer Future" looks [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny and technologically advanced]] at first glance, but his nemesis Magica [=DeSpell=] managed to a gorgeous aerial EpicTrackingShot steal his Number One Dime in his absence, eventually [[TakeOverTheCity assuming complete control over every aspect of a ShiningCity, life in Duckburg]]. The triplets now work for Magica as {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and everyone else who works for Magica-[=McDuck=] Enterprises has to turn all of their earnings over to ''her'' on "pay day", making it even harder for them to afford the {{Catfolk}} kingdom of Thundera, while a soothing narrator tells [[RidiculousFutureInflation outrageous prices being charged for basic services]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', the planet
of the kingdom's "peace and prosperity" and its ruler's "just heart." Less than a minute after Giggle Pies, the narrator finishes speaking, the camera {{tilt}}s downward from a bright, painterly city vista to dark, miserable slums where "Alley Cats" are violently beating a hapless [[{{Dogfaces}} Dog]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', the city of Townsville. It's frequently shown to be a friendly big city with people
cute things 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', Detroit Deluxe is a state-of-the-art, clean, efficient, and nearly-crime free metropolis ran by CorruptCorporateExecutive Abraham Kane. The price of admission to live
come in Detroit Deluxe is the revocation of one's personal liberties. Old Detroit is the [[InvertedTrope exact opposite]], with many Motorcitizens, including the Burners, being defectors to Kane's regime.Invader-Os cereal already mentioned in SugarApocalypse.



* Bacchus' paradise in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Paradise Smurfed" is an example of this. A globe from an Atlas statue breaks through a wall and reveals a dark castle in which a chef is given a menu for preparing "souffle a la Smurf". Fortunately, this ends up being AllJustADream.

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* Bacchus' paradise in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Paradise Smurfed" is an example ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the world of this. A globe from an Atlas statue breaks through a wall the future looks exactly as we envisioned; flying cars, jetpacks, lasers and reveals a dark castle cure to everything. Except that everybody's too poor to afford anything, war is fought on a bigger scale than ever, and everything everywhere is run by idiots. As the creators put it, it's present-day Earth with a thousand years of technological advancement.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality," Mabel turns out to be a willing prisoner
in which a chef is given LotusEaterMachine called Mabeland, [[SugarBowl a menu for preparing "souffle a la Smurf". Fortunately, colorful and cutesy alternate dimension]] where anything she wants magically appears. Of course, this ends place was still made by [[BewareTheSillyOnes Bill Cipher]], and if someone actually questions Mabeland too harshly, its denizens [[TheWormThatWalks turn into piles of bugs]] and start getting violent. [[TheSmartGuy Dipper]], at least, was savvy enough to foresee this:
-->'''Dipper:''' Do you see what's happening here?! Don't forget this world was created by ''Bill.'' That punch is probably blood! And that glitter rain is probably ground
up being AllJustADream.bones, or babies, or something.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Green Eggs and Ham|2019}}'': It's the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss full of quirkily bloodthirsty beasts, dangerously whimsical architecture, charmingly stupid or mischievous citizenry, and an almost Kafka-esque fixation on inane trivium.



* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** One episode has several of the characters end up in an AlternateUniverse which was almost exactly like UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} {{Superhero}} comics the Green Lantern used to read as a child. On first glance, the world looked like a stereotypical wholesome and child-friendly '50s superhero setting. Upon closer inspection, the world turned out to be [[spoiler:a post-nuclear war landscape whose survivors were forced to live in a psychic {{Masquerade}} generated by the mutated KidSidekick of the original heroes of that world]].
*** There are other hints of the slightly crappy nature coming through as well, in the form of NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe: Hawkgirl doesn't take too kindly to having the only other female superhero suggest they make cookies for the menfolk, and Green Lantern doesn't know how to take a white superhero calling him "[[YouAreACreditToYourRace a credit to [his] people]]."
** At a cursory glance, [[RepressiveButEfficient the world]] the Justice Lords created might look like this. All the super villains are caught, Gotham City is actually ''clean'', and crime has been so thoroughly eradicated that police are reduced to settling disputes over restaurant bills. The saccharine side of things is really paper-thin, as it's no secret that the reason for all of this was because the League went KnightTemplar on the world and took to ruling it with an iron fist as the Justice Lords.
* The characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' live on a planet named Smileyland. It's a beautiful setting where everything seems nice, you can have almost anything you want, and there are flowers everywhere. The trouble is, Smileyland is inhabited by the cast, who are all insane in some way or the other (Mr. Cat is AxCrazy, and Kaeloo herself is [[AmbiguousDisorder implied to be schizophrenic]], for example.) In fact, a RunningGag on the show is to mention the ongoing economic crisis. Episode 94 showed the true cynicism of Smileyland.
* On the surface, Pure Heart Valley of ''WesternAnimation/MaoMaoHeroesOfPureHeart'' seems like your typical Sugar Bowl, with bright vivid colors and ridiculously cute inhabitants. But they are ruled by an egotistical yet (mostly) ineffectual King who gladly abuses his power for petty reasons, they're constantly swindled and scammed by a group of foxes, and ever since Mao Mao accidentally crashed his aerocycle into the Ruby Pure Heart, the barrier protecting them from the outside world has disappeared and they are constantly being attacked by Sky Pirates and horrible monsters.



* ''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 [[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).
** And that's not even getting into how the ''the entire universe is sentient'' and can remove whatever it deems a "mistake" and banish it to [[EldritchLocation the Void]] forever.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': On the one hand, Elmore ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': a [[StepfordSuburbia seemingly nice]] suburban town full of depressed, miserable, and extremely disturbed souls trying their damnedest to appear wholesome and normal. Seasons 1 and 2 played it for laughs. Season 3... not [[TearJerker so]] [[HiddenDepths much]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'', Detroit Deluxe
is a colorful state-of-the-art, clean, efficient, and nearly-crime free metropolis ran by CorruptCorporateExecutive Abraham Kane. The price of admission to live in Detroit Deluxe is the revocation of one's personal liberties. Old Detroit is the [[InvertedTrope exact opposite]], with many Motorcitizens, including the Burners, being defectors to Kane's regime.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Downplayed. While Equestria is largely a SugarBowl, the
world as a whole has a few features of this. While the heroes always win in the end, there seems to be some sort of villain conquering the place (not the standard fare), [[VileVillainSaccharineShow genuine evil world conquering sorcerers, magic-eating demonic centaurs, sociopathic children, and embodiment of chaos]]. In fact, if the ponies aren't in harmony, then evil icy embodiments of hate show up, feed on the hatred, and freeze the place to death. Not only that, but there is also the Everfree Forest, an untamable woodland EldritchLocation filled with cartoon characters animated dangerous monsters. And then, if Klugetown is any implication, a lot of the places outside Equestria are in different styles dissaray and filled with crime. Granted, it's still a world of happiness and sunshine, and the villain attacks and scary stuff only happen occasionally.
** A more obvious example is Starlight Glimmer's old village. It appears to be a place
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 is happy and the PoliceAreUseless, and the jerkass and Idiot Ball get tossed around peaceful with surprising frequency. The only differences between this no fights, but it is actually a cult where everyone is stripped of their individuality, and, if new residents refuse, they are locked in a room and conditioned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'',
the real world is that ToonPhysics enhances all city of these problems and there's Townsville. It's frequently shown to be a surprising amount of [[SapientEatSapient certain characters getting eaten]] (since most of the friendly big city with people in Elmore that are based on food products, like Banana Joe, Sarah G. Lato, Anton 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 slice of toast, Professor created the girls and the town's police force).
** And that's not even getting into how the ''the entire universe is sentient'' and can remove whatever it deems a "mistake" and banish it to [[EldritchLocation the Void]] forever.
they became its resident superheroes.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three in-universe examples:
** The ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "The Bart Zone" a parody of the aforementioned ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode.
--->'''Jasper:''' Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Boy, I'm getting mighty sick of this. ''(pop! Jasper is transformed into a dog with his head on it)'' Woof! Woof!
** Also, in the "Treehouse of Horror V" story "Time And Punishment", when Homer returns from the past to find that Flanders is ruler of the world. And people who aren't happy under his rule are at risk of a full frontal lobotomy.
*** Parodied during the same story, when Homer creates a world where The Simpsons are rich, Patty and Selma are dead, Bart and Lisa are well-behaved, but no one knows what a doughnut is, making Homer conclude it's this. Subverted in that they're called "rain", but Homer ran off before he could find that out.
** Subverted also in "Hungry Are the Damned", part of the very first ''Treehouse of Horror''. The family is abducted by Rigelian aliens (Kang and Kodos in their first appearance) who [[GildedCage want them to be happy all the time]], cooking them gourmet foods and providing them with free entertainment. Lisa suspects that this might be BreadAndCircuses and uncovers evidence that the Rigelians are actually [[ToServeMan making the Simpsons fat so that they will be delicious to eat]] -- but it all turns out to be a misunderstanding. And the Rigelians are so offended at Lisa's prejudice and ingratitude that they return the family to Earth and tell them that they missed their chance at paradise.
* Bacchus' paradise in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Paradise Smurfed" is an example of this. A globe from an Atlas statue breaks through a wall and reveals a dark castle in which a chef is given a menu for preparing "souffle a la Smurf". Fortunately, this ends up being AllJustADream.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was like this until Season 5 came along, and at that point it just became a textbook example of a CrapsackWorld.
** In Season 19, the town, in a [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC frenzy]], decided to gentrify Kenny's neighborhood, turning it into [=SoDoSoPa=], with fancy lofts and restaurants and a slick ad campaign. The town however becomes an overpriced cesspool of PC excess. PC frat boys bully everybody for any random FelonyMisdemeanor, and homeless people are abused by the police, while the residents ignore it while claiming to be "enlightened". [[spoiler: Of course it later turns out that living ads are pushing PC and gentrification in a bid to price humanity out of existence]].
--> '''Nathan''':"What is PC but a verbal form of gentrification? Spruce everything up, get rid of all the ugliness and create a false sense of paradise."



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality," Mabel turns out to be a willing prisoner in a LotusEaterMachine called Mabeland, [[SugarBowl a colorful and cutesy alternate dimension]] where anything she wants magically appears. Of course, this place was still made by [[BewareTheSillyOnes Bill Cipher]], and if someone actually questions Mabeland too harshly, its denizens [[TheWormThatWalks turn into piles of bugs]] and start getting violent. [[TheSmartGuy Dipper]], at least, was savvy enough to foresee this:
-->'''Dipper:''' Do you see what's happening here?! Don't forget this world was created by ''Bill.'' That punch is probably blood! And that glitter rain is probably ground up bones, or babies, or something.
* The future that Scrooge [=McDuck=] visits in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "Duck to the Future" looks [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny and technologically advanced]] at first glance, but his nemesis Magica [=DeSpell=] managed to steal his Number One Dime in his absence, eventually [[TakeOverTheCity assuming complete control over every aspect of life in Duckburg]]. The triplets now work for Magica as {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and everyone else who works for Magica-[=McDuck=] Enterprises has to turn all of their earnings over to ''her'' on "pay day", making it even harder for them to afford the [[RidiculousFutureInflation outrageous prices being charged for basic services]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality," Mabel turns out ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'' this is quite deliberately employed as the premiere's opening minutes treat the viewer to be a willing prisoner in gorgeous aerial EpicTrackingShot of a LotusEaterMachine called Mabeland, [[SugarBowl ShiningCity, the {{Catfolk}} kingdom of Thundera, while a colorful soothing narrator tells of the kingdom's "peace and cutesy alternate dimension]] prosperity" and its ruler's "just heart." Less than a minute after the narrator finishes speaking, the camera {{tilt}}s downward from a bright, painterly city vista to dark, miserable slums where anything she wants magically appears. Of course, this place was still made by [[BewareTheSillyOnes Bill Cipher]], and if someone actually questions Mabeland too harshly, its denizens [[TheWormThatWalks turn into piles of bugs]] and start getting violent. [[TheSmartGuy Dipper]], at least, was savvy enough to foresee this:
-->'''Dipper:''' Do you see what's happening here?! Don't forget this world was created by ''Bill.'' That punch is probably blood! And that glitter rain is probably ground up bones, or babies, or something.
* The future that Scrooge [=McDuck=] visits in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "Duck to the Future" looks [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny and technologically advanced]] at first glance, but his nemesis Magica [=DeSpell=] managed to steal his Number One Dime in his absence, eventually [[TakeOverTheCity assuming complete control over every aspect of life in Duckburg]]. The triplets now work for Magica as {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, and everyone else who works for Magica-[=McDuck=] Enterprises has to turn all of their earnings over to ''her'' on "pay day", making it even harder for them to afford the [[RidiculousFutureInflation outrageous prices being charged for basic services]].
"Alley Cats" are violently beating a hapless [[{{Dogfaces}} Dog]].



* ''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. And that's not even getting into the FantasticRacism that the toads have over the frogs (and possibly other amphibians as well).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Downplayed. While Equestria is largely a SugarBowl, the world as a whole has a few features of this. While the heroes always win in the end, there seems to be some sort of villain conquering the place (not the standard fare), [[VileVillainSaccharineShow genuine evil world conquering sorcerers, magic-eating demonic centaurs, sociopathic children, and embodiment of chaos]]. In fact, if the ponies aren't in harmony, then evil icy embodiments of hate show up, feed on the hatred, and freeze the place to death. Not only that, but there is also the Everfree Forest, an untamable woodland EldritchLocation filled with dangerous monsters. And then, if Klugetown is any implication, a lot of the places outside Equestria are in dissaray and filled with crime. Granted, it's still a world of happiness and sunshine, and the villain attacks and scary stuff only happen occasionally.
** A more obvious example is Starlight Glimmer's old village. It appears to be a place where everyone is happy and peaceful with no fights, but it is actually a cult where everyone is stripped of their individuality, and, if new residents refuse, they are locked in a room and conditioned.
* ''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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Green Eggs and Ham|2019}}'': It's the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss full of quirkily bloodthirsty beasts, dangerously whimsical architecture, charmingly stupid or mischievous citizenry, and an almost Kafka-esque fixation on inane trivium.
* On the surface, Pure Heart Valley of ''WesternAnimation/MaoMaoHeroesOfPureHeart'' seems like your typical Sugar Bowl, with bright vivid colors and ridiculously cute inhabitants. But they are ruled by an egotistical yet (mostly) ineffectual King who gladly abuses his power for petty reasons, they're constantly swindled and scammed by a group of foxes, and ever since Mao Mao accidentally crashed his aerocycle into the Ruby Pure Heart, the barrier protecting them from the outside world has disappeared and they are constantly being attacked by Sky Pirates and horrible monsters.

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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. And that's not even getting into the FantasticRacism that the toads have over the frogs (and possibly other amphibians as well).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Downplayed. While Equestria is largely a SugarBowl, the world as a whole has a few features of this. While the heroes always win in the end, there seems to be some sort of villain conquering the place (not the standard fare), [[VileVillainSaccharineShow genuine evil world conquering sorcerers, magic-eating demonic centaurs, sociopathic children, and embodiment of chaos]]. In fact, if the ponies aren't in harmony, then evil icy embodiments of hate show up, feed on the hatred, and freeze the place to death. Not only that, but there is also the Everfree Forest, an untamable woodland EldritchLocation filled with dangerous monsters. And then, if Klugetown is any implication, a lot of the places outside Equestria are in dissaray and filled with crime. Granted, it's still a world of happiness and sunshine, and the villain attacks and scary stuff only happen occasionally.
** A more obvious example is Starlight Glimmer's old village. It appears to be a place where everyone is happy and peaceful with no fights, but it is actually a cult where everyone is stripped of their individuality, and, if new residents refuse, they are locked in a room and conditioned.
* ''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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Green Eggs and Ham|2019}}'': It's the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss full of quirkily bloodthirsty beasts, dangerously whimsical architecture, charmingly stupid or mischievous citizenry, and an almost Kafka-esque fixation on inane trivium.
* On the surface, Pure Heart Valley of ''WesternAnimation/MaoMaoHeroesOfPureHeart'' seems like your typical Sugar Bowl, with bright vivid colors and ridiculously cute inhabitants. But they are ruled by an egotistical yet (mostly) ineffectual King who gladly abuses his power for petty reasons, they're constantly swindled and scammed by a group of foxes, and ever since Mao Mao accidentally crashed his aerocycle into the Ruby Pure Heart, the barrier protecting them from the outside world has disappeared and they are constantly being attacked by Sky Pirates and horrible monsters.

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* ''Film/GoliathAwaits'': The community surviving inside the air pockets of the sunken ship ''Goliath'' has a certain amount of luxuries and is miraculous in its mere existence. But it also has a somewhat dictatorial system, a certain amount of lies told too its people and the constant threat that one day the water might break in and kill them.


** There is nothing inherently wrong with Lorwyn. The plane itself is a perfectly nice place; not all of [[MasterRace its]] [[OurElvesAreBetter citizens]] [[TheFairFolk are]], though. Oh, and don't stick around there when the Aurora comes (every fifty years or so), because it turns into [[DarkWorld Shadowmoor]], [[EverythingTryingToKillYou where you don't]] [[DeathWorld want to end up]].

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** There is nothing inherently wrong with Lorwyn. The plane itself is a perfectly nice place; not all of [[MasterRace its]] [[OurElvesAreBetter [[SuperiorSpecies citizens]] [[TheFairFolk are]], though. Oh, and don't stick around there when the Aurora comes (every fifty years or so), because it turns into [[DarkWorld Shadowmoor]], [[EverythingTryingToKillYou where you don't]] [[DeathWorld want to end up]].


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': While Equestria is largely a SugarBowl, the world as a whole has a few features of this. While the heroes always win in the end, there seems to be some sort of villain conquering the place (not the standard fare), [[VileVillainSaccharineShow genuine evil world conquering sorcerers, magic-eating demonic centaurs, sociopathic children, and embodiment of chaos]]. In fact, if the ponies aren't in harmony, then evil icy embodiments of hate show up, feed on the hatred, and freeze the place to death. Not only that, but there is also the Everfree Forest, an untamable woodland EldritchLocation filled with dangerous monsters. And then, if Klugetown is any implication, a lot of the places outside Equestria are in dissaray and filled with crime.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Downplayed. While Equestria is largely a SugarBowl, the world as a whole has a few features of this. While the heroes always win in the end, there seems to be some sort of villain conquering the place (not the standard fare), [[VileVillainSaccharineShow genuine evil world conquering sorcerers, magic-eating demonic centaurs, sociopathic children, and embodiment of chaos]]. In fact, if the ponies aren't in harmony, then evil icy embodiments of hate show up, feed on the hatred, and freeze the place to death. Not only that, but there is also the Everfree Forest, an untamable woodland EldritchLocation filled with dangerous monsters. And then, if Klugetown is any implication, a lot of the places outside Equestria are in dissaray and filled with crime. Granted, it's still a world of happiness and sunshine, and the villain attacks and scary stuff only happen occasionally.


* The [[Music/TheMonkees Monkees]] song ''Pleasant Valley Sunday'' illustrates life in an ObsessivelyNormal town or neighborhood, leading the musicians to express frustration at being stuck in such a stultifying location.

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* The [[Music/TheMonkees Monkees]] song ''Pleasant Valley Sunday'' illustrates life in an ObsessivelyNormal town or neighborhood, leading the musicians to express frustration at being stuck in such a stultifying location.


** "Look Who's PurgingNow" depicts a world full of friendly CatFolk who Rick quickly twigs to, nominally, a working world of sustained peace with an annual outburst of crime and violence immediately and directly compared to the film ''Film/ThePurge''. He claims to have seen it a few times before. That said, in addition to the obvious, it all turns out to be orchestrated by an insulated rich cabal who are cool with this system as long as it doesn't touch them. [[spoiler:They end up being messily slaughtered, leaving a just-Purged society uncertain what to do. The distractable Rick drops a few words about how to make society work, leaving them to start arguing, getting the knives out and [[HereWeGoAgain suddenly thinking, maybe they should have a night to let it all out...]]]]

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** "Look Who's PurgingNow" Purging Now" depicts a world full of friendly CatFolk who Rick quickly twigs to, nominally, a working world of sustained peace with an annual outburst of crime and violence immediately and directly compared to the film ''Film/ThePurge''. He claims to have seen it a few times before. That said, in addition to the obvious, it all turns out to be orchestrated by an insulated rich cabal who are cool with this system as long as it doesn't touch them. [[spoiler:They end up being messily slaughtered, leaving a just-Purged society uncertain what to do. The distractable Rick drops a few words about how to make society work, leaving them to start arguing, getting the knives out and [[HereWeGoAgain suddenly thinking, maybe they should have a night to let it all out...]]]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Tamberlane}}'': The Silver Sage islands are a fairly peaceful place and seem to have a good standard of living but as the comic goes on we see that it is steeped in nationalism, xenophobia and a great dislike of "desenting" ideas, to the point that they talk about going "abroad" like it's going into Hell itself.

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* ''Webcomic/AnecdoteOfError'' starts off as a cute story about a girl at a magic school. Then the oppressive caste system is revealed, and the ghastly dismemberments, and the women forced into domestic servitude, and the brutal war thatís been waging for years between two sides that are both guilty of war crimes.


* Bretonnia in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. A bucolic feudal kingdom with idyllic countryside, Disney-esque castles, knights in shining armour and princesses in colourful dresses, Bretonnia looks like heaven on earth compared to the grim and less romanticised Empire to the immediate east. Bretonnia is also home to an almost unbelievably oppressive and brutal feudal system where the vast majority of the population toil away in practically inescapable poverty, the nobility are meanwhile regarded as infallible and control almost every single aspect of their lives, knights can kill serfs for pretty much any reason they feel like (such as daring to lay eyes on their prized Pegasus), and the local religion is a cult dedicated to a "Lady of the Lake" who is more a Lovecraftian horror than an Arthurian legend and also known for kidnapping small children with magical abilities -- the girls come back as priestesses, and the boys, [[AdultFear well, nobody really knows what happens to them]].

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* Bretonnia in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Bretonnia.
A bucolic feudal kingdom with idyllic countryside, Disney-esque castles, knights in shining armour and princesses in colourful dresses, Bretonnia looks like heaven on earth compared to the grim and less romanticised Empire to the immediate east. Bretonnia is also home to an almost unbelievably oppressive and brutal feudal system where the vast majority of the population toil away in practically inescapable poverty, the nobility are meanwhile regarded as infallible and control almost every single aspect of their lives, knights can kill serfs for pretty much any reason they feel like (such as daring to lay eyes on their prized Pegasus), and the local religion is a cult dedicated to a "Lady of the Lake" who is more a Lovecraftian horror than an Arthurian legend and also known for kidnapping small children with magical abilities -- the girls come back as priestesses, and the boys, [[AdultFear well, nobody really knows what happens to them]].them]].
** Ind. It is a land of exotic spices, legendary treasures, fertile fields, great palaces, golden temples, beautiful art and deeply spiritual people. However the disparity between fabulously wealthy rulers and poor commoners rivals that of Bretonnia, people live in constant fear of their myriad deities and everyday life is dictated by almost impenetrable system of rituals and taboos which means that the outsiders are at constant risk of being executed for unwittingly committing a sacrilege, that is if they don't fall prey to numerous [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom temple of doom]] style cults beforehand. The jungles of Ind besides the expected [[HungryJungle bizarre flora and fauna]] also harbor scores of tiger-headed beastman who are just as likely to defend a human village from attackers as raze it to the ground. And on top of that the area is frequently raided by the ogres from the north and the dark elves from the sea.


* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' features an possible future for crossovers where [[TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful Princesses]] have successfully destroyed [[TheDarkSide the All-Consuming Darkness]], resulting in a bright and shiny world where there is no evil and people are nice and friendly... except that's because the Light has now gone full KnightTemplar and eradicates anything remotely evil or bad. The people are so nice because they are utterly terrified they will be eradicated if they show even the slightest hint of being mean.

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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' features an a possible future for crossovers where [[TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful Princesses]] have successfully destroyed [[TheDarkSide the All-Consuming Darkness]], resulting in a bright and shiny world where there is no evil and people are nice and friendly... except that's because the Light has now gone full KnightTemplar and eradicates anything remotely evil or bad. The people are so nice because they are utterly terrified they will be eradicated if they show even the slightest hint of being mean.

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** "Look Who's PurgingNow" depicts a world full of friendly CatFolk who Rick quickly twigs to, nominally, a working world of sustained peace with an annual outburst of crime and violence immediately and directly compared to the film ''Film/ThePurge''. He claims to have seen it a few times before. That said, in addition to the obvious, it all turns out to be orchestrated by an insulated rich cabal who are cool with this system as long as it doesn't touch them. [[spoiler:They end up being messily slaughtered, leaving a just-Purged society uncertain what to do. The distractable Rick drops a few words about how to make society work, leaving them to start arguing, getting the knives out and [[HereWeGoAgain suddenly thinking, maybe they should have a night to let it all out...]]]]

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