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** One such example in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is the episode "The Return of the Archons", in which Kirk & co. beam down to a world, finding that the town they're in resembles an American 1900s-era town. They only find out later that the idyllic atmosphere they witness among the people they see is bought at the cost of an all-controlling computer regulating their behaviors for six thousand years.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has an idealistic setting with the bad guys falling before ThePowerOfFriendship or [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath inspiring speeches]], but the world it takes place in is pretty dark. Trained assassins are raised from childhood in villages run by other trained assassins and are hired out to anyone with enough money. The good guys are apathetic at best, the bad guys are all incredibly powerful, not only capable of but more than willing to kill anyone who looks at them funny for no reason other than because they can. The governments and agencies that are supposed to deal with this sort of thing are largely self-absorbed and not likely to put any real effort into pursuing anyone who tries to defect from their village (which seems to happen quite a lot), which is just as well because no one whose job it is to get rid of rogue ninjas is capable of defeating 14-year-olds, much less city destroying badasses. Finally, before the start of the series, said ninja villages were constantly embroiled in various wars against each other ([[CivilWar and themselves]]), with several major world wars and they always picked unaffiliated countries to stage their wars in, meaning lots of innocent people are caught in the crossfire. After the series starts, you've got villains who instigate a war because they were passed over for leadership of their home village, villains who are willing to destroy cities just to prove a point, villains who subjugate the souls of the dead and force them to fight against their loved ones, and the BigBad willing to plunge the entire world in LotusEaterMachine because [[TheLostLenore the girl he was in love with died]] and he willed to create a world in which this did not happen with while the BiggerBad just wants people to treat him like the god [[AGodAmI which he considers himself]]. Most importantly, there is FantasticRacism against the people who house the 9 most powerful beings in the world, who are "demonic" in the first place because of people treating them as nothing more than sources of power and as destruction-seeking monsters. The titular character lives his early life with this.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has an idealistic setting with the bad guys falling before ThePowerOfFriendship or [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath inspiring speeches]], but the world it takes place in is pretty dark. Trained assassins are raised from childhood in villages run by other trained assassins and are hired out to anyone with enough money. The good guys are apathetic at best, the bad guys are all incredibly powerful, not only capable of but more than willing to kill anyone who looks at them funny for no reason other than because they can. The governments and agencies that are supposed to deal with this sort of thing are largely self-absorbed and not likely to put any real effort into pursuing anyone who tries to defect from their village (which seems to happen quite a lot), which is just as well because no one whose job it is to get rid of rogue ninjas is capable of defeating 14-year-olds, much less city destroying badasses. Finally, before the start of the series, said ninja villages were constantly embroiled in various wars against each other ([[CivilWar and themselves]]), with several major world wars and they always picked unaffiliated countries to stage their wars in, meaning lots of innocent people are caught in the crossfire. After the series starts, you've got villains who instigate a war because they were passed over for leadership of their home village, villains who are willing to destroy cities just to prove a point, villains who subjugate the souls of the dead and force them to fight against their loved ones, and the BigBad willing to plunge the entire world in LotusEaterMachine because [[TheLostLenore the girl he was in love with died]] and he willed to create a world in which this did not happen with while the BiggerBad TheManBehindTheMan just wants people to treat him like the god [[AGodAmI which he considers himself]]. Most importantly, there is FantasticRacism against the people who house the 9 most powerful beings in the world, who are "demonic" in the first place because of people treating them as nothing more than sources of power and as destruction-seeking monsters. The titular character lives his early life with this.


* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': The kingdom of Hoshido is revealed to be this. Like in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates the game,]] Hoshido is a beautiful land with excess food and water that sets them in a perpetual golden age. However, it becomes quickly clear that Hoshido was made for Hoshidans, and anyone else, be them [[FantasticRacism tribals, shapechangers, non-humans, or ''especially'' Nohrians face heavy discrimination and violence.]]

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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': The kingdom of Hoshido is revealed to be this. Like in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates the game,]] Hoshido is a beautiful land with excess food and water that sets them in seems like a perpetual golden age. However, it becomes quickly clear that Hoshido was made for Hoshidans, and anyone else, be them [[FantasticRacism tribals, shapechangers, non-humans, or and ''especially'' Nohrians face heavy discrimination and violence.]]



* In true ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fashion, the backstory for ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' reveals that past-Equestria slowly became one do to the brutal war with the Zebra Nation, splitting the government between six ponies ''who had no experience in politics'', invention of mega spells equivalent to nuclear bombs [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to Fluttershy's well meaning efforts]]]], and the increasingly morally questionable actions Equestria had to resort to, up to and including [[BigBrotherIsWatching spying on it's citizens]] to make sure everyone is "[[StepfordSmiler happy]]" and [[MindRape getting into the heads of anyone who may be a threat]] in a desperate attempt to keep things together. It goes without saying, things just kept going FromBadToWorse.

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* In true ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fashion, the backstory for ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' reveals that past-Equestria slowly became one do to the brutal war with the Zebra Nation, splitting the government between six ponies ''who had no experience in politics'', invention of mega spells equivalent to nuclear bombs [[spoiler: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks to Fluttershy's well meaning efforts]]]], and the increasingly morally questionable actions Equestria had to resort to, up to and including [[BigBrotherIsWatching spying on it's its citizens]] to make sure everyone is "[[StepfordSmiler happy]]" and [[MindRape getting into the heads of anyone who may be a threat]] in a desperate attempt to keep things together. It goes without saying, things just kept going FromBadToWorse.



* ''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 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 world where everything appears to be great and the sheep live happily. Then, 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.]]



* ''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 its only inhabitant who isn't an actor) of an incredibly epic reality show. He grew up in that world, which is portrayed like a mix of the modern age and the stereotypical 1950s American suburban society, but is "''On air, unaware''" the whole time. He starts finding out when things begin to fall apart; first a flood light 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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* ''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 its the only inhabitant who isn't an actor) of in an incredibly epic reality show. He grew up in that world, which is portrayed like a mix of the modern age and the a stereotypical 1950s American suburban society, suburb, but is "''On air, unaware''" the whole time. He starts finding out when things begin to fall apart; first a flood light 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''.


** The arena of the 50th annual Hunger Games deliberately invokes this trope. At first, it appears to be a beautiful green meadow under a bright blue sky, with a mountain in the distance. But it turns out that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything in it is deadly.]] The water, fruit, and flowers are poisonous. All the cute animals are KillerRabbit[=s=], including man-eating carnivorous squirrels that attack in packs, butterflies with lethal stings, and flocks of flamingos with razor-sharp beaks. The "mountain" turns out to be a volcano when it erupts and kills a dozen tributes.

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** The arena of the 50th annual Hunger Games deliberately invokes this trope. At first, it appears to be a beautiful green meadow under a bright blue sky, with a mountain in the distance. But it turns out that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything in it is deadly.]] The sparkling river water, luscious fruit, and beautiful flowers are all poisonous. All the cute animals are KillerRabbit[=s=], including man-eating carnivorous squirrels that attack in packs, butterflies with lethal stings, and flocks of flamingos with razor-sharp beaks. The "mountain" turns out to be a volcano when it erupts and kills a dozen tributes.


** The arena of the 50th annual Hunger Games deliberately invokes this trope. At first, it appears to be a beautiful green meadow under a bright blue sky, with a mountain in the distance. But it turns out that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything in it is deadly.]] The water, fruit, and flowers are poisonous. All the cute animals are KillerRabbit[=s=], including carnivorous squirrels, butterflies with lethal stings, and flamingos with razor-sharp beaks. The "mountain" turns out to be a volcano when it erupts and kills a dozen tributes.

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** The arena of the 50th annual Hunger Games deliberately invokes this trope. At first, it appears to be a beautiful green meadow under a bright blue sky, with a mountain in the distance. But it turns out that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything in it is deadly.]] The water, fruit, and flowers are poisonous. All the cute animals are KillerRabbit[=s=], including man-eating carnivorous squirrels, squirrels that attack in packs, butterflies with lethal stings, and flocks of flamingos with razor-sharp beaks. The "mountain" turns out to be a volcano when it erupts and kills a dozen tributes.


* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', The Capitol. Everyone there is happy, healthy, and lives a life of [[BreadAndCircuses luxury and decadence]]. The price for this utopia? The Districts, full of wage slaves who live in poverty, working themselves to death to provide for the Capitol.

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* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', The the Capitol. Everyone there is happy, healthy, and lives a life of [[BreadAndCircuses luxury and decadence]]. The price for this utopia? The twelve Districts, full of wage slaves who live in poverty, working themselves to death to provide for the Capitol.Capitol.
** The arena of the 50th annual Hunger Games deliberately invokes this trope. At first, it appears to be a beautiful green meadow under a bright blue sky, with a mountain in the distance. But it turns out that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything in it is deadly.]] The water, fruit, and flowers are poisonous. All the cute animals are KillerRabbit[=s=], including carnivorous squirrels, butterflies with lethal stings, and flamingos with razor-sharp beaks. The "mountain" turns out to be a volcano when it erupts and kills a dozen tributes.

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* ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarLostParadise'' has the city of Eden. Compared to other settlements trying to scrape by, Eden is the closest thing to civilization in the post-apocalyptic wastes; with plentiful food, clean drinking water, and even electricity, those who live within Eden's walls want for nothing. Unfortunately, Eden is run by some rather corrupt individuals (their official leader, a compassionate woman, is little more than a figure head) who are very picky about who they allow into the city. Anyone turned away is left with little choice but to continue wandering the wastes.


* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'' depicts Mistral as this. Between the fact that open misery draws the Grimm and {{The Mafia}}esque grip the ruling Families have on the kingdom, [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/posts/16385046/ Granny's city is crime infested in such a way that people can cover their eyes and pretend its (sic) clean.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The ''Fanfic/{{The Games We Play]]'' Play|TheGamerRWBY}}'' depicts Mistral as this. Between the fact that open misery draws the Grimm and {{The Mafia}}esque grip the ruling Families have on the kingdom, [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/posts/16385046/ Granny's city is crime infested in such a way that people can cover their eyes and pretend its (sic) clean.]]


* In the first chapter of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', a newsreporter claims that the Exchange program was a huge success and that the world hasn't changed much from the integration of monsters into society. It's interesting that all of the girls shown are [[LittleBitBeastly barely monstrous]]. The world's view on our protagonists is much, much harsher.

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* In the first chapter of ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', a newsreporter news reporter claims that the Exchange program was a huge success and that the world hasn't changed much from the integration of monsters into society. It's interesting that all of the girls shown are [[LittleBitBeastly barely monstrous]]. The world's view on of our protagonists is much, much harsher.



* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is a DoubleSubversion. Hinamizawa seems to be a TownWithADarkSecret, Watanagashi is presented as a FeteWorseThanDeath, Oyashiro-sama a ReligiousHorror, and the girls a ThemedHarem of {{yandere}} and CuteAndPsycho. Sure, the series is a PsychologicalHorror and every arc starts with happiness and fun and ends with horrors. However, the answer arcs (which are still creepy; Meakashi-hen, Shion's arc, may possibly be the most disturbing fragment of the series) show that [[spoiler:the people of Hinamizawa really are all good at heart (yes, even the {{Yakuza}} family we're initially led to suspect is behind everything, [[RedHerring they have]] '''[[RedHerring nothing]]''' [[RedHerring to do with the recent deaths and disappearances]]), Watanagashi's sordid roots have been seized upon to hide the opportunist BigBad's conspiracy, Oyashiro-sama is an adorable moeblob who suffered more than anyone else in the series (although Takano is a big ocntender), and the HatePlague isn't limited to the girls nor are they in themselves crazy. The last few arcs, where the Games Club forges [[TrueCompanions a stronger bond]] and resists the insanity, have them resort to nonlethal and sometimes even nonviolent tactics to protect the village and their friends. Oh, yeah, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding there's a happy ending]], and not only is the BigBad allowed to live in the end, she is even pardoned, as she has been manipualted, and it's strongly hinted that she has been functionally insane for some time.]]
* ''Manga/IkigamiTheUltimateLimit'' takes place is a time where Japan has extremely low crime rates and high prosperity and wealth. This is because of a system where students entering the first grade receive a vaccination. One in every one thousand of these contains a nano-capsule that will kill the recipient sometime between their 18th and 24th birthday, regardless of how they're lived their life up until now, in order to teach the people the value of life. And if anyone speaks out against it, they are deemed 'social miscreants' and get injected with the nano-capsule. Yeah.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is a DoubleSubversion. Hinamizawa seems to be a TownWithADarkSecret, Watanagashi is presented as a FeteWorseThanDeath, Oyashiro-sama a ReligiousHorror, and the girls a ThemedHarem of {{yandere}} and CuteAndPsycho. Sure, the series is a PsychologicalHorror and every arc starts with happiness and fun and ends with horrors. However, the answer arcs (which are still creepy; Meakashi-hen, Shion's arc, may possibly be the most disturbing fragment of the series) show that [[spoiler:the people of Hinamizawa really are all good at heart (yes, even the {{Yakuza}} family we're initially led to suspect is behind everything, [[RedHerring they have]] '''[[RedHerring nothing]]''' [[RedHerring to do with the recent deaths and disappearances]]), Watanagashi's sordid roots have been seized upon to hide the opportunist BigBad's conspiracy, Oyashiro-sama is an adorable moeblob who suffered more than anyone else in the series (although Takano is a big ocntender), contender), and the HatePlague isn't limited to the girls nor are they in themselves crazy. The last few arcs, where the Games Club forges [[TrueCompanions a stronger bond]] and resists the insanity, have them resort to nonlethal and sometimes even nonviolent tactics to protect the village and their friends. Oh, yeah, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding there's a happy ending]], and not only is the BigBad allowed to live in the end, she is even pardoned, as she has been manipualted, manipulated, and it's strongly hinted that she has been functionally insane for some time.]]
* ''Manga/IkigamiTheUltimateLimit'' takes place is a time where Japan has extremely low crime rates and high prosperity and wealth. This is because of a system where students entering the first grade receive a vaccination. One in every one thousand of these contains a nano-capsule that will kill the recipient sometime between their 18th and 24th birthday, regardless of how they're they've lived their life up until now, in order to teach the people the value of life. And if anyone speaks out against it, they are deemed 'social miscreants' and get injected with the nano-capsule. Yeah.



* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', the world looks relatively pleasant and bright on the outlook, but at the same time there are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very shady executives]] and [[MadScientist scientists]] who are more than willing to use extremely shady methods to achieve their goals, as well as {{serial killer}}s who use the [=VRMMO=]s to target and kill people in real life, and that's before factoring in the SAO Incident, which led more than 10,000 people trapped in the game for years.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' on the surface, seems like a typical, cutesy and sweet slice of life manga/anime about four girls in the "[[TitleDrop School Live]]" club, who inexplicably ''live'' in the school. Then at the very end of the first chapter/episode, we learn that [[spoiler: things only appear so sweet, because we were seeing things through Yuki's eyes, who had [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a break down before the series started and has became delusional.]] In reality, the series is about the girls holding up in school, because of a ''[[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]]'', while playing along with Yuki's delusions for her sake.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', the world looks relatively pleasant and bright on the outlook, but at the same time there are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very shady executives]] and [[MadScientist scientists]] who are more than willing to use extremely shady methods to achieve their goals, as well as {{serial killer}}s who use the [=VRMMO=]s to target and kill people in real life, and that's before factoring in the SAO Incident, which led more than 10,000 people being trapped in the game for years.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' on the surface, seems like a typical, cutesy and sweet slice of life slice-of-life manga/anime about four girls in the "[[TitleDrop School Live]]" club, who inexplicably ''live'' in the school. Then at the very end of the first chapter/episode, we learn that [[spoiler: things only appear so sweet, sweet because we were seeing things through Yuki's eyes, who had [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a break down breakdown before the series started and has became delusional.]] In reality, the series is about the girls holding being holed up in school, school because of a ''[[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]]'', while playing along with Yuki's delusions for her sake.]]



** Episode 69 has Marmolim. A planet inhabited by cute beady-eyed aliens with a penchant for magic. Sounds great - except for the fact that they've nearly been wiped out by Shroud, and are torn in a religious civil war between Christians and Maledict-worshipers.

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** Episode 69 has Marmolim. A planet inhabited by cute beady-eyed aliens with a penchant for magic. Sounds great - -- except for the fact that they've nearly been wiped out by Shroud, and are torn in a religious civil war between Christians and Maledict-worshipers.



* ''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', both the song, the original fic, and its many many spin-offs portrays the titular factory, as a cover up for a '''death camp''', where children who have failed their flight test are ''ground up'' for material to make rainbows, so they can [[ANaziByAnyOtherName eliminate weaker children and preserve Cloudstale's own idea of strength.]]

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* ''Fanfic/RainbowFactory'', both the song, the original fic, and its many many spin-offs portrays the titular factory, factory as a cover up cover-up for a '''death camp''', where children who have failed their flight test are ''ground up'' for material to make rainbows, so they can [[ANaziByAnyOtherName eliminate weaker children and preserve Cloudstale's own idea of strength.]]



* ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' is all about Queen Chrysalis' indictment for ''war crimes'' at the (RealLife) International Criminal Court in [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands The Hague]]. A B-plot meanwhile covers the Equestrian kingdom's efforts to stomp out the Changelings once and for all in her absence. The story soon starts dropping hints that a good portion of Equestrian society has been erected on a hotbed of horrific [[HoldYourHippogriffs crimes against sapiency]], with allusions being made to - among other things - UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars. Needless to say, it gets a ''bit'' dark and cynical at points.

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* ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' is all about Queen Chrysalis' indictment for ''war crimes'' at the (RealLife) International Criminal Court in [[UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands The Hague]]. A B-plot meanwhile covers the Equestrian kingdom's efforts to stomp out the Changelings once and for all in her absence. The story soon starts dropping hints that a good portion of Equestrian society has been erected on a hotbed of horrific [[HoldYourHippogriffs crimes against sapiency]], with allusions being made to - -- among other things - -- UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars. Needless to say, it gets a ''bit'' dark and cynical at points.



* ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' has Equestria ruled by the AxCrazy AffablyEvil evil MadGod Celestia, who's "teachings" turned her student into a cynical alcoholic mess, most of the ponies are either shallow and self serving or mentally unstable, there is a secret war being fought between {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that ponies are too ignorant to notice, FantasticRacism is rampant throughout the three species of ponies, [[DysfunctionJunction the entire cast live depressing lives]], and the various events of the series rarely end with any real resolution.

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* ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' has Equestria ruled by the AxCrazy AffablyEvil evil MadGod Celestia, who's whose "teachings" turned her student into a cynical alcoholic mess, most of the ponies are either shallow and self serving or mentally unstable, there is a secret war being fought between {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that ponies are too ignorant to notice, FantasticRacism is rampant throughout the three species of ponies, [[DysfunctionJunction the entire cast live depressing lives]], and the various events of the series rarely end with any real resolution.



* Pleasure Island from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is a perfect textbook example of this. The Coachman takes disobedient boys here to allow them to do anything at all that they want, including smoke cigars, drink beer or play pool, but eventually, they are turned into donkeys and sold off by the Coachman. (Of course, the fact that Pleasure Island is a gigantic carnival-world - and [[CircusOfFear not the wholesome kind of carnival]], either - should have tipped ''somebody'' off.)

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* Pleasure Island from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is a perfect textbook example of this. The Coachman takes disobedient boys here to allow them to do anything at all that they want, including smoke cigars, drink beer or play pool, but eventually, they are turned into donkeys and sold off by the Coachman. (Of course, the fact that Pleasure Island is a gigantic carnival-world - -- and [[CircusOfFear not the wholesome kind of carnival]], either - -- should have tipped ''somebody'' off.)



* Another Pixar film, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', features this on the ''Axiom'' space liner. What was meant to be a five-year cruise for Earthlings while the titular robots cleaned up the polluted planet instead turned into a perpetual cruise. Everyone has gotten so fat from living in microgravity while being pampered by robots that everyone is traveling on hoverchairs meant for the infirm - no one has actually walked in centuries. Even the entertainment consists of watching robots play golf at the driving range.

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* Another Pixar film, ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', features this on the ''Axiom'' space liner. What was meant to be a five-year cruise for Earthlings while the titular robots cleaned up the polluted planet instead turned into a perpetual cruise. Everyone has gotten so fat from living in microgravity while being pampered by robots that everyone is traveling on hoverchairs meant for the infirm - -- no one has actually walked in centuries. Even the entertainment consists of watching robots play golf at the driving range.



* 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 hire some death squads to {{kill the poor}}]].

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* 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]].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, 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 [[spoiler:who decided that not enough people were dying, so hire hired some death squads to {{kill the poor}}]].



* 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/{{Batman}} 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.

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* 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/{{Batman}} 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 United States in ''Film/HarrisonBergeron'', inspired by the short story of Creator/KurtVonnegut. A world where everyone is finally equal - by lobotomizing the overtly talented, if needed.

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* The United States in ''Film/HarrisonBergeron'', inspired by the short story of by Creator/KurtVonnegut. A world where everyone is finally equal - -- by lobotomizing the overtly talented, if needed.



* 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.

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* 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.



** What makes this type of dystopia especially scary is that it is ''perfectly realizable''. Huxley wrote his dystopia in 1931, when it felt like a distant horror: the [[TechnologyMarchesOn technological evolution]] has advanced it into TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. This prospect became so scary to Huxley himself that he wrote a warning pamphlet ''[[https://www.huxley.net/bnw-revisited/ Brave New World Revisited]]'' where he stated his book was intended to be a ''dystopia'' and warned about things evolving towards his nightmares. Huxley's dystopia has no invaders from outer space, no breaking of natural laws, no speculative technology - most of the things he saw as pure science fiction are everyday stuff today (2016).

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** What makes this type of dystopia especially scary is that it is ''perfectly realizable''. Huxley wrote his dystopia in 1931, when it felt like a distant horror: the [[TechnologyMarchesOn technological evolution]] has advanced it into TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. This prospect became so scary to Huxley himself that he wrote a warning pamphlet ''[[https://www.huxley.net/bnw-revisited/ Brave New World Revisited]]'' where he stated his book was intended to be a ''dystopia'' and warned about things evolving towards his nightmares. Huxley's dystopia has no invaders from outer space, no breaking of natural laws, no speculative technology - -- most of the things he saw as pure science fiction are everyday stuff today (2016).



* The world of the Kindar in the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'' starts here. It's a peaceful utopia where there is no overpopulation, hunger, homelessness, everyone's employed (there is an option for people to change careers, but it's seldom used), crime is so rare as to be a curiosity, violence is unheard of (even two year olds squabbling over a toy is a sign of ill-parenting), and everyone has PsychicPowers. Scratch the surface and we get widespread narcotic use (in the form of a ritual berry), the psychic powers are fading at earlier ages than ever (the protagonist thinks he's merely average when it turns out he's probably the most powerful psychic on the planet), everything is run by the Ol-Zhaan, the Ol-Zhaan run by a secret cabal in its ranks, and one ''huge'' Big Lie keeping all in place. [[spoiler: Raamo's recruitment was part of a BatmanGambit on D'ol Falla's part to atone for her actions as the grandmistress of the cabal, and once the Big Lie is uncovered, things start to heal up.]]

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* The world of the Kindar in the ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'' starts here. It's a peaceful utopia where there is no overpopulation, hunger, homelessness, everyone's employed (there is an option for people to change careers, but it's seldom used), crime is so rare as to be a curiosity, violence is unheard of (even two year olds two-year-olds squabbling over a toy is a sign of ill-parenting), bad parenting), and everyone has PsychicPowers. Scratch the surface and we get widespread narcotic use (in the form of a ritual berry), the psychic powers are fading at earlier ages than ever (the protagonist thinks he's merely average when it turns out he's probably the most powerful psychic on the planet), everything is run by the Ol-Zhaan, the Ol-Zhaan run by a secret cabal in its ranks, and one ''huge'' Big Lie keeping all in place. [[spoiler: Raamo's recruitment was part of a BatmanGambit on D'ol Falla's part to atone for her actions as the grandmistress of the cabal, and once the Big Lie is uncovered, things start to heal up.]]



* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas'' is like this - everyone is happy and rejoicing, and then you find out that all their happiness depends on [[spoiler: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild this one child being continuously, abjectly miserable.]] That child is kept hidden in a basement, starving. And every adult knows about it.]] [[TitleDrop The ones who walk away]] are those that can't bear the knowledge and leave, though it's hinted they're going to somewhere better.

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* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas'' is like this - -- everyone is happy and rejoicing, and then you find out that all their happiness depends on [[spoiler: [[PoweredByAForsakenChild this one child being continuously, abjectly miserable.]] That child is kept hidden in a basement, starving. And every adult knows about it.]] [[TitleDrop The ones who walk away]] are those that can't bear the knowledge and leave, though it's hinted they're going to somewhere better.



* Robert Silverberg's ''(TheWorldInside)''. Everyone lives in gargantuan apartment blocks ("urban monads" with names like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Megalopolis ChiPitts]]) and never goes out. The entire human race is obsessed with having as many children as possible - one protagonist is ashamed of having only four. It is seen as selfish (and therefore, criminal) to refuse sex to random strangers. And everyone is [[StepfordSmiler really, really happy all the time]]... because the ones who ''aren't'' happy are either lobotomized or dropped down the recycling chutes.

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* Robert Silverberg's ''(TheWorldInside)''. Everyone lives in gargantuan apartment blocks ("urban monads" with names like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Megalopolis ChiPitts]]) and never goes out. The entire human race is obsessed with having as many children as possible - -- one protagonist is ashamed of having only four. It is seen as selfish (and therefore, criminal) to refuse sex to random strangers. And everyone is [[StepfordSmiler really, really happy all the time]]... because the ones who ''aren't'' happy are either lobotomized or dropped down the recycling chutes.



* The short "A Ticket to Tranai" by Creator/RobertSheckley. Tranai is a planet where everyone is happy: anyone can become its High President whenever one wishes [[spoiler:because anyone has the right to put a bullet through the current High President's head]], all wives are young, beautiful and loving [[spoiler:because they are kept in hibernation for most of the time, and when the husband dies, the still-young widow is free to enjoy his money]], there are no divorces [[spoiler:because it's legal to MurderTheHypotenuse]], there is no violence [[spoiler:because robberies are acceptable too, and, anyway, if you want, you can let out your feelings on your robot which is purposefully designed to be slow]] to put it short, it's the {{Utopia}} embodied!

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* The short "A Ticket to Tranai" by Creator/RobertSheckley. Tranai is a planet where everyone is happy: anyone can become its High President whenever one wishes [[spoiler:because anyone has the right to put a bullet through the current High President's head]], all wives are young, beautiful and loving [[spoiler:because they are kept in hibernation for most of the time, and when the husband dies, the still-young widow is free to enjoy his money]], there are no divorces [[spoiler:because it's legal to MurderTheHypotenuse]], there is no violence [[spoiler:because robberies are acceptable too, and, anyway, if you want, you can let out your feelings on your robot which is purposefully designed to be slow]] to put it -- in short, it's the {{Utopia}} embodied!



* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' show us that the world of the rich is not nice: Tom is a cruel bully because he knows his GloryDays are in the past and he suspects (rightly enough) that no one respects him, Daisy is a StepfordSmiler, both of them are [[YourCheatingHeart adulterers]], alone and scared, and they have to deal with NouveauRiche delinquents like Gatsby himself - whose only defense is being less of a {{Jerkass}} than they are. And the scary part is that Gatsby world is RealLife world. How many of us wouldn't jump at the chance to be rich even knowing this?

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* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' show us that the world of the rich is not nice: Tom is a cruel bully because he knows his GloryDays are in the past and he suspects (rightly enough) that no one respects him, Daisy is a StepfordSmiler, both of them are [[YourCheatingHeart adulterers]], alone and scared, and they have to deal with NouveauRiche delinquents like Gatsby himself - -- whose only defense is being less of a {{Jerkass}} than they are. And the scary part is that Gatsby world is RealLife world. How many of us wouldn't jump at the chance to be rich even knowing this?



* One ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' alternate dimension is a world where everything looks great, and there's a great big lottery which they enter. Wade wins. However, she may have wanted to read the fine print: [[spoiler:the lottery does give the winner anything you could ask for, but also requires you to give up your life shortly. It's a voluntary population-reduction program, and the real benefit is mainly to the next-of-kin.]]

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* One ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' alternate dimension is a world where everything looks great, and there's a great big lottery which they enter. Wade wins. However, she may have wanted to read the fine print: [[spoiler:the lottery does give the winner anything you could ask for, but also requires you to give up your life shortly.soon afterwards. It's a voluntary population-reduction program, and the real benefit is mainly to the next-of-kin.]]



** The episode "It's a Good Life" in [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 the original series]], from the Jerome Bixby story of the same name. Small town USA with everyone bright and happy about to celebrate the birthday of a 6-year-old boy with lots of presents and love. Until we find out that the 6-year-old boy (played by Billy Mumy of ''Series/LostInSpace'' and ''Series/BabylonFive'' fame) is a telepath who requires everyone to be bright and happy all the time, otherwise he kills them in rather horrible ways. Everyone constantly mumbles to themselves about how happy they are, otherwise they die. Or worse -- if they are people he loves, he might try to ''help'' them. He still tries to "help" them in the 2002 revival because he was never taught that this was wrong; everybody, including his own mother, hates and fears him because for this.

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** The episode "It's a Good Life" in [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 the original series]], from the Jerome Bixby story of the same name. Small town Smalltown USA with everyone bright and happy about to celebrate the birthday of a 6-year-old boy with lots of presents and love. Until we find out that the 6-year-old boy (played by Billy Mumy of ''Series/LostInSpace'' and ''Series/BabylonFive'' fame) is a telepath who requires everyone to be bright and happy all the time, otherwise he kills them in rather horrible ways. Everyone constantly mumbles to themselves about how happy they are, otherwise they die. Or worse -- if they are people he loves, he might try to ''help'' them. He still tries to "help" them in the 2002 revival because he was never taught that this was wrong; everybody, including his own mother, hates and fears him because for of this.



* 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 ability - the girls come back as priestesses, and the boys, [[AdultFear well, nobody really knows honestly what happens to them]].

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* 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 ability - abilities -- the girls come back as priestesses, and the boys, [[AdultFear well, nobody really knows honestly what happens to them]].



** In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' we see what Rapture looks like from a Little Sister's perspective. [[spoiler: Here, the dilapidated corridors are transformed into an eerily beautiful palace, decorated with heroic statues of Subject Delta's achievements and populated by elegantly-dressed men and women; there are also "angels" lying around the place, asleep in piles of rosebuds and surrounded by clouds of butterflies. However, activating the "gather" command while arround these angels briefly undoes the illusion, revealing that the supposed angel is the decaying corpse of a splicer: the rose petals are actually blood, and the butterflies are... well, flies. Worse still, the well-dressed men and women are really splicers employed by Sofia Lamb; now that they're being paid in ADAM, they're no longer interested in attacking you... [[JumpScare well, almost]]. Oh, and that curious sound of sleigh-bells ringing in the distance? In reality, that's the sound of Augustus Sinclair getting tortured.]] The soft, sad harp that plays throughout only underlies the whole situation.
** ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' brings out a much straightforward example in the form of Columbia. It's a beautiful SteamPunk city floating in the sky, equipped with lush parks, stately architecture, and a hell of a lot of advanced technology on display - complete with mechanical horses, casual airship travel, robotic replacement bodies, and superpower-inducing tonics. The people are all friendly, pious, and hold America's Founding Fathers in very high regard. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And if you win a raffle at the annual fair, the prize is the first throw in the stoning of an interracial couple.]] Soon you discover that the city is also a weapon of mass destruction that stopped taking orders from Washington long ago, and now wanders the world, attacking anything its controllers see as a threat to American interests. Then you explore the oppressive factories filled with exploited foreign laborers that keep Columbia afloat, and the shantytowns that host the Vox Populi, a well-intentioned resistance movement that wants to topple the Founders, the xenophobic, hyper-conservative plutocrats who rule the city. And ''then'' once the Vox start making gains, they quickly devolve into murderous BombThrowingAnarchists out to massacre everyone else.

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** In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' we see what Rapture looks like from a Little Sister's perspective. [[spoiler: Here, the dilapidated corridors are transformed into an eerily beautiful palace, decorated with heroic statues of Subject Delta's achievements and populated by elegantly-dressed men and women; there are also "angels" lying around the place, asleep in piles of rosebuds and surrounded by clouds of butterflies. However, activating the "gather" command while arround these angels briefly undoes the illusion, revealing that the supposed angel is the decaying corpse of a splicer: the rose petals are actually blood, and the butterflies are... well, flies. Worse still, the well-dressed men and women are really splicers employed by Sofia Lamb; now that they're being paid in ADAM, they're no longer interested in attacking you... [[JumpScare well, almost]]. Oh, and that curious sound of sleigh-bells ringing in the distance? In reality, that's the sound of Augustus Sinclair getting tortured.]] The soft, sad harp that plays throughout only underlies underlines the whole situation.
** ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' brings out a much straightforward example in the form of Columbia. It's a beautiful SteamPunk city floating in the sky, equipped with lush parks, stately architecture, and a hell of a lot of advanced technology on display - -- complete with mechanical horses, casual airship travel, robotic replacement bodies, and superpower-inducing tonics. The people are all friendly, pious, and hold America's Founding Fathers in very high regard. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick And if you win a raffle at the annual fair, the prize is the first throw in the stoning of an interracial couple.]] Soon you discover that the city is also a weapon of mass destruction that stopped taking orders from Washington long ago, and now wanders the world, attacking anything its controllers see as a threat to American interests. Then you explore the oppressive factories filled with exploited foreign laborers that keep Columbia afloat, and the shantytowns that host the Vox Populi, a well-intentioned resistance movement that wants to topple the Founders, the xenophobic, hyper-conservative plutocrats who rule the city. And ''then'' once the Vox start making gains, they quickly devolve into murderous BombThrowingAnarchists out to massacre everyone else.



* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' is in general a huge fan of the TownWithADarkSecret, but only one city can be considered crapsack: Folsense from ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''. This thriving town owed its massive prosperity to a gold mine owned by the Herzen family, but recently the miners found something else. They thought they could refine it into somthing valuable, except soon the residents started dropping like flies. People started leaving the city in droves, calling it "cursed" and attributing it to this mysterious new mineral.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'', but [[AdaptationDisplacement given its origins]], it should not come as a big surprise. The City of Lighthanzel has 3 layers of this. At first it looks like a good place to live in, bright, colorfull etc. then you learn about the slums and the class segregation but it's still not that bad. Then you learn people in the slums tend to go "missing", and there's a secret Bio Laboratory below the City.

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* ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' is in general a huge fan of the TownWithADarkSecret, but only one city can be considered crapsack: Folsense from ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''. This thriving town owed its massive prosperity to a gold mine owned by the Herzen family, but recently the miners found something else. They thought they could refine it into somthing something valuable, except soon the residents started dropping like flies. People started leaving the city in droves, calling it "cursed" and attributing it to this mysterious new mineral.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'', but [[AdaptationDisplacement given its origins]], it should not come as a big surprise. The City of Lighthanzel has 3 layers of this. At first it looks like a good place to live in, bright, colorfull etc. colorful, etc., then you learn about the slums and the class segregation but it's still not that bad. Then you learn people in the slums tend to go "missing", and there's a secret Bio Laboratory below the City.



** While ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is the most upbeat and optimistic game in the series. It's still a murder mystery revolving around the party confronting people's inner demons, and the town the game takes place in turns more nightmarish near the end [[spoiler: and the Protagonist's 8 year-old cousin is kidnapped and ''killed'' (fortunately, she [[BackFromTheDead can get better.]])]]

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** While ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is the most upbeat and optimistic game in the series. It's still a murder mystery revolving around the party confronting people's inner demons, and the town the game takes place in turns more nightmarish near the end [[spoiler: and the Protagonist's 8 year-old 8-year-old cousin is kidnapped and ''killed'' (fortunately, she [[BackFromTheDead can get better.]])]]



** The interesting thing about Gensoukyou is that it goes both ways - yes, it's a place built for youkai to flourish, but it's one of the last places they ''can'' exist. If they prey on the local humans too much they face retribution, and the youkai and deities are dependent on Gensoukyou's humans since they're [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly some of the last people who believe in the supernatural]]. Plus, the aforementioned shrine maiden is a BarrierMaiden whose death would cause Gensoukyou to collapse, forcing everyone to engage in nonlethal {{Danmaku}} duels to settle disputes, because otherwise she could abuse her privileged status. A final kicker is that a lot of the resident youkai and deities are used to ruling their own kingdoms and domains, but are now rubbing shoulders in an isolated valley, leading to {{Gambit Pileup}}s and other friction.

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** The interesting thing about Gensoukyou is that it goes both ways - -- yes, it's a place built for youkai to flourish, but it's one of the last places they ''can'' exist. If they prey on the local humans too much they face retribution, and the youkai and deities are dependent on Gensoukyou's humans since they're [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly some of the last people who believe in the supernatural]]. Plus, the aforementioned shrine maiden is a BarrierMaiden whose death would cause Gensoukyou to collapse, forcing everyone to engage in nonlethal {{Danmaku}} duels to settle disputes, because otherwise she could abuse her privileged status. A final kicker is that a lot of the resident youkai and deities are used to ruling their own kingdoms and domains, but are now rubbing shoulders in an isolated valley, leading to {{Gambit Pileup}}s and other friction.



* Quel'thalas, homeland of the Blood Elves, is very much this in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', particularly its capital of Silvermoon. At first glance it's a scenic, calming area, filled with wonderful magic - slightly marred by the massive scar of undead blight through the centre, but beautiful all the same - but exploring in more depth quickly reveals unsettling details such as drunks passed out in the street, an anti-establishment rally quashed by mind control, and a hidden sweatshop under the tailoring trainer's building.

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* Quel'thalas, homeland of the Blood Elves, is very much this in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', particularly its capital of Silvermoon. At first glance it's a scenic, calming area, filled with wonderful magic - -- slightly marred by the massive scar of undead blight through the centre, but beautiful all the same - -- but exploring in more depth quickly reveals unsettling details such as drunks passed out in the street, an anti-establishment rally quashed by mind control, and a hidden sweatshop under the tailoring trainer's building.



** There is Paradiso, the shining [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine gold and marble]] {{Heaven}}-{{Expy}}. In fact, in the mythos of ''Bayonetta'' its even referred to as the 'World of Light' (as opposed to the {{Hell}}-expy Inferno as the 'World of Darkness', and the human world known as the 'World of Chaos') but LightIsNotGood is in full effect here. The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] are actually monstrosities that look more like [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] just under their gold and pearly shells, and outright despise humanity wanting nothing more than to wage a war on the Trinity of Realities so that they can wipe out both the Infernal Demons and all of humanity, so that only Paradiso remains.
** In the first game there's Vigrid, a well-protected and secretive old world European city financed and owned by the Ithavoll Group, which is stationed on a tiny metropolitan man-made island called the Isla Del Sol. Just a few minutes in the city and Bayonetta already notices the guards in Vigrid are carrying assault rifles, and its later discovered that [[spoiler:the CEO of the Ithavoll Group is [[BigBad Father Balder]], last of the Lumen Sages who plans on resurrecting the Creator-God Jubileus in order to unmake the world to recreate it as something "better"]]. [[AllThereInTheManual The artbook]] goes into further detail, where it turns out all the poor and homeless of Vigrid used to be middle or upper class, but found out about the corruption or [[spoiler:Balder's plan]] and protested against it.

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** There is Paradiso, the shining [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine gold and marble]] {{Heaven}}-{{Expy}}. In fact, in the mythos of ''Bayonetta'' its it's even referred to as the 'World of Light' (as opposed to the {{Hell}}-expy Inferno as the 'World of Darkness', and the human world known as the 'World of Chaos') but LightIsNotGood is in full effect here. The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] are actually monstrosities that look more like [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] just under their gold and pearly shells, and outright despise humanity wanting nothing more than to wage a war on the Trinity of Realities so that they can wipe out both the Infernal Demons and all of humanity, so that only Paradiso remains.
** In the first game there's Vigrid, a well-protected and secretive old world European city financed and owned by the Ithavoll Group, which is stationed on a tiny metropolitan man-made island called the Isla Del Sol. Just a few minutes in the city and Bayonetta already notices the guards in Vigrid are carrying assault rifles, and its it's later discovered that [[spoiler:the CEO of the Ithavoll Group is [[BigBad Father Balder]], last of the Lumen Sages who plans on resurrecting the Creator-God Jubileus in order to unmake the world to recreate it as something "better"]]. [[AllThereInTheManual The artbook]] goes into further detail, where it turns out all the poor and homeless of Vigrid used to be middle or upper class, but found out about the corruption or [[spoiler:Balder's plan]] and protested against it.



* While the land of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''[='s=] Eorzea is effectively a WorldHalfFull as it heals from The Calamity brought about from the end of 1.0, it seems that the Twelveswood is the better off of the bunch compared to the rampant corruption of Ul'dah and the rampant piracy of Limsa Lominsa - low crime, few beastmen problems, plentiful resources... until you dig deeper and realize that's only because the Gridanians have to be at the beck and call of The Elements, who take ObstructiveBureaucrat to an art form as they act in such a way that it's baffling to normal people - the Gridanians have to uphold a certain set of laws (which includes the death penalty for any kind of poaching) and healers have to ask permission to ''heal'' people - one mission has you trying to save a Ala Mhigan who was wounded. You approach a doctor from the same place, who refuses because she didn't want to upset the Elements and when you approach a healer from the town you're in, her response is essentially "They don't like them, they never like them, too bad, so sad."

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* While the land of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''[='s=] Eorzea is effectively a WorldHalfFull as it heals from The Calamity brought about from the end of 1.0, it seems that the Twelveswood is the better off of the bunch compared to the rampant corruption of Ul'dah and the rampant piracy of Limsa Lominsa - -- low crime, few beastmen problems, plentiful resources... until you dig deeper and realize that's only because the Gridanians have to be at the beck and call of The Elements, who take ObstructiveBureaucrat to an art form as they act in such a way that it's baffling to normal people - -- the Gridanians have to uphold a certain set of laws (which includes the death penalty for any kind of poaching) and healers have to ask permission to ''heal'' people - -- one mission has you trying to save a an Ala Mhigan who was wounded. You approach a doctor from the same place, who refuses because she didn't want to upset the Elements and when you approach a healer from the town you're in, her response is essentially "They don't like them, they never like them, too bad, so sad."



* ''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''.

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* ''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''.



* Heaven in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The Eternal City is filled with temples, covered with jewels from a thousand worlds, and all designed to praise the almighty God, made to wonder the angels with it's beauty. The humans, however, get to live in slums as serfs, constantly living in fear of offending the insane God who is to blind to see [[MugglesDoItBetter that humanity is on the brink of destroying them]]. The city itself, as noted by several characters, has many cracks and structural problems below the jewels and artificial beauty.

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* Heaven in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar''. The Eternal City is filled with temples, covered with jewels from a thousand worlds, and all designed to praise the almighty God, made to wonder dazzle the angels with it's its beauty. The humans, however, get to live in slums as serfs, constantly living in fear of offending the insane God who is to too blind to see [[MugglesDoItBetter that humanity is on the brink of destroying them]]. The city itself, as noted by several characters, has many cracks and structural problems below the jewels and artificial beauty.



** Gets both barrels in Episode 47, where [[spoiler: Desert Bluffs finally takes over all of Night Vale.]] The episode is hosted by Kevin and a representative of [=StrexCorp=], who are both happy, cheerful, and friendly, and want to celebrate the recent decision by awarding ''everyone'' with a big company picnic! Even those who don't work for [=StrexCorp=], because now ''everyone'' works for [=StrexCorp=]! And when you get there, you ''must'' make sure to check in with the Picnic Overseers - y'know, the friendly chaps with the gas masks and night sticks - and take care not to touch the electrified "volleyball nets" that keep you in there. And everyone's going to stay at the picnic now, "until the work is complete."

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** Gets both barrels in Episode 47, where [[spoiler: Desert Bluffs finally takes over all of Night Vale.]] The episode is hosted by Kevin and a representative of [=StrexCorp=], who are both happy, cheerful, and friendly, and want to celebrate the recent decision by awarding ''everyone'' with a big company picnic! Even those who don't work for [=StrexCorp=], because now ''everyone'' works for [=StrexCorp=]! And when you get there, you ''must'' make sure to check in with the Picnic Overseers - -- y'know, the friendly chaps with the gas masks and night sticks - -- and take care not to touch the electrified "volleyball nets" that keep you in there. And everyone's going to stay at the picnic now, "until the work is complete."



* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' plays in a beautiful and vivacious world of felt, covering the cruelty and evil of some of the world's inhabitants.

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* ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' plays takes place in a beautiful and vivacious world of felt, covering the cruelty and evil of some of the world's inhabitants.



** 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.

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** 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/{{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.

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* ''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 present-day Earth with a thousand years of technological advancement.



* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The fantasy type world in the adventure that Morty makes seems at first glance to be a stereotypical medieval fantasy / fairy-tale world. Until [[spoiler: Morty gets nearly raped by a friendly Jellybean, who turns out to be the King of the country - and has been using his position to sexually assault countless children.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The fantasy type world in the adventure that Morty makes seems at first glance to be a stereotypical medieval fantasy / fairy-tale fantasy[=/=]fairy-tale world. Until [[spoiler: Morty gets nearly raped by a friendly Jellybean, who turns out to be the King of the country - -- and has been using his position to sexually assault countless children.]]



** The Citadel of Ricks. On the surface, it's a highly-advanced space station where the Ricks and Mortys of the multiverse can live and work without fear of their many enemies, featuring CrystalSpiresAndTogas-style cities, lush farmland, deep forests, and all the amazing technologies that Ricks could conceive. Unfortunately, Ricks being Ricks, it's also immensely dysfunctional: Mortys are on the bottom rung of the Citadel hierarchy, and are only considered valid if they remain partnered with Ricks; those who lose their Ricks and can't earn a new one through the Citadel's AssimilationAcademy are segregated to [[FantasticGhetto Mortytown]], a cesspool of urban decay, drug addiction and organized crime. The police force is violent and [[DirtyCop usually on the take]], and the "sensitivity training" undergone isn't enough to stop bigotry against Mortys - even by [[BoomerangBigot Morty officers]]. Meanwhile, despite having the same genius intellect as the others, many Ricks are forced to work menial jobs with no opportunities for promotion, and thanks to the government's strict regulation of portal technology, they are never allowed to leave the Citadel. Finally, the Citadel is ruled by a corrupt, hypocritical oligarchy fully prepared to kill or enslave more individualistic Ricks if they don't toe the line... [[spoiler: Up until our Rick killed all of them... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only to end up creating the political conditions that allowed Evil Morty to take control of the Citadel]].]]

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** The Citadel of Ricks. On the surface, it's a highly-advanced space station where the Ricks and Mortys of the multiverse can live and work without fear of their many enemies, featuring CrystalSpiresAndTogas-style cities, lush farmland, deep forests, and all the amazing technologies that Ricks could conceive. Unfortunately, Ricks being Ricks, it's also immensely dysfunctional: Mortys are on the bottom rung of the Citadel hierarchy, and are only considered valid if they remain partnered with Ricks; those who lose their Ricks and can't earn a new one through the Citadel's AssimilationAcademy are segregated to [[FantasticGhetto Mortytown]], a cesspool of urban decay, drug addiction and organized crime. The police force is violent and [[DirtyCop usually on the take]], and the "sensitivity training" undergone isn't enough to stop bigotry against Mortys - -- even by [[BoomerangBigot Morty officers]]. Meanwhile, despite having the same genius intellect as the others, many Ricks are forced to work menial jobs with no opportunities for promotion, and thanks to the government's strict regulation of portal technology, they are never allowed to leave the Citadel. Finally, the Citadel is ruled by a corrupt, hypocritical oligarchy fully prepared to kill or enslave more individualistic Ricks if they don't toe the line... [[spoiler: Up until our Rick killed all of them... [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only to end up creating the political conditions that allowed Evil Morty to take control of the Citadel]].]]


* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw4LstqkNcw Natsumi Step!]]'' is a cute, relaxing flash video about a girl on an adventure in a magical place, where she meets cute animals has a lot of fun. She seems to have suffered some heartbreak and depression in the past, but that's all better now, and she gets a [[BlatantLies happy ending]]! But there's something... [[http://koshiandoh.com/flash-gallery01/natsumi-step/naki.swf off]] about it. [[spoiler:She kills her boyfriend, possibly with a crowbar, then kills herself. She's in purgatory, and is on her way to Hell at the end of the video. "Natsumi Step!" is meant as "Natsumi stepping" down a train station platform and killing herself.]]
* Website/{{Facebook}}, given how many people treat it as SeriousBusiness. Parents and grandparents watch your every move, and companies are sure to go straight to facebook to see if you are worthy of hiring.

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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw4LstqkNcw Natsumi Step!]]'' is a cute, relaxing flash video about a girl on an adventure in a magical place, where she meets cute animals has a lot of fun. She seems to have suffered some heartbreak and depression in the past, but that's all better now, and she gets a [[BlatantLies happy ending]]! But there's something... [[http://koshiandoh.com/flash-gallery01/natsumi-step/naki.swf off]] about it. [[spoiler:She kills [[spoiler:If you're familiar with Japanese culture, you can see that there are many, many symbolisms of death hidden throughout the video. The actual story is that Natsumi killed her boyfriend, possibly boyfriend with a crowbar, then kills herself.committed suicide. She's in purgatory, and is on her way to Hell at the end of the video. "Natsumi Step!" is meant as "Natsumi stepping" down a train station platform and killing herself.]]
* Website/{{Facebook}}, given how many people treat it as SeriousBusiness. Parents and grandparents watch your every move, and companies are sure to go straight to facebook Facebook to see if you are worthy of hiring.

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** ''Legion'' brings us Suramar, a beautiful and tranquil city that has preserved the high culture of the [[TheEmpire Kaldorei Empire]] for ten thousand years. Except then you learn that the nightborne elves of Suramar are basically hostages in their own city, being [[TerminallyDependentSociety dependent on the Nightwell for survival]], and any dissent is punishable by exile (which leads to mana starvation and eventual [[FateWorseThanDeath withering]]), plus the nobility is decadent and corrupt, the secret police is everywhere, and worst of all, the ruler has allied with the Burning Legion and is sacrificing her own citizens to fuel the demons' war machine.


** Part of the show's DeconstructiveParody of the MagicalGirl genre is that Star's homeworld of Mewni is not the shining kingdom it appears to be. Star is a MagicalGirl Princess who's been given too much power and freedom at too young an age and more than once terrorized her own people by accident. Her family rules over a beautiful, pastel-color-schemed CrapsackWorld styled after Medieval Europe, in that all of the people outside of nobility and the Royal family [[TheDungAges live in total squalor]] and the political structure is based heavily on MightMakesRight. To top it off, her family's history [[WrittenByTheWinners isn't exactly clean either]]--the hordes of monsters they keep out of the kingdom [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters have very legitimate reasons to resent them]].
** Later seasons expand upon how bad things are, revealing that not only are Mewmen blatantly [[FantasticRacism racist]] toward the aforementioned monsters, said racism is a ''heavy'' case of DoubleStandard-- several inhabitants or allies of the kingdom, such as [[OurDemonsAreDifferent the Demons from Lucitor]], the Pigeon Kingdom, the Poney Head or the Magical High Commission are very blatantly as non-human and scary-looking as the monsters, but still get classified separately (and as such spared from most of the racism) on the sole basis they are either [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rich]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections have been allies for generations]] or happen to have an important rank in the hierarchy. Eclipsa, the "Queen of Darkness" hailed as the BlackSheep of the royal family, turns out to have been a rather nice (if a bit selfish) woman whose sole crime was to leave a husband she hated for a monster she fell in love with- and said husband then [[spoiler:had her half-monster daughter [[{{Unperson}} erased from the records]] before handing her over to be raised by an abusive robot mother while he replaced her with a peasant girl, just because he refused to have someone half-monster inherit the throne.]]
* ''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 GenreSavvy enough to foresee this:
-->"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."

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** Part of the show's DeconstructiveParody of the MagicalGirl genre is that Star's homeworld of Mewni is not the shining kingdom it appears to be. Star is a MagicalGirl Princess who's been given too much power and freedom at too young an age and more than once terrorized her own people by accident. Her family rules over a beautiful, pastel-color-schemed CrapsackWorld kingdom styled after Medieval Europe, in that all of the people outside of nobility and the Royal family [[TheDungAges live in total squalor]] and the political structure is based heavily on MightMakesRight. To top it off, her family's history [[WrittenByTheWinners isn't exactly clean either]]--the hordes of monsters they keep out of the kingdom [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters have very legitimate reasons to resent them]].
** Later seasons expand upon how bad things are, revealing that not only are Mewmen blatantly [[FantasticRacism racist]] toward the aforementioned monsters, said racism is a ''heavy'' case of DoubleStandard-- several inhabitants or allies of the kingdom, such as [[OurDemonsAreDifferent the Demons from Lucitor]], the Underworld]], the Pigeon Kingdom, the Poney Head Pony Heads or the Magical High Commission are very blatantly as non-human and scary-looking as the monsters, but still get classified separately (and as such spared from most of the racism) on the sole basis they are either [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rich]], [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections have been allies for generations]] or happen to have an important rank in the hierarchy. Eclipsa, the "Queen of Darkness" hailed as the BlackSheep of the royal family, turns out to have been a rather nice (if a bit selfish) woman whose sole crime was to leave a husband she hated for a monster she fell in love with- and said husband then [[spoiler:had her half-monster daughter [[{{Unperson}} erased from the records]] before handing her over to be raised by an abusive robot mother while he replaced her with a peasant girl, just because he refused to have someone half-monster inherit the throne.]]
* ''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 GenreSavvy savvy enough to foresee this:
-->"Do -->'''Dipper:''' Do you see what's happening here? 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."


* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality", Mabel turns out to be trapped in Mabeland, [[SugarBowl a colorful and cutesy alternate dimension]] that seems like paradise and can provide visitors with anything they want. It's [[GildedCage actually a trap]] by BigBad Bill Cipher to keep the Pines twins out of his hair while he takes over the world. Plus [[spoiler: everything is secretly made out of bugs and creepy stuff.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality", Reality," Mabel turns out to be trapped a willing prisoner in a LotusEaterMachine called Mabeland, [[SugarBowl a colorful and cutesy alternate dimension]] that seems like paradise and can provide visitors with where anything they want. It's [[GildedCage she wants magically appears. Of course, this place was still made by [[BewareTheSillyOnes Bill Cipher]], and if someone actually a trap]] by BigBad Bill Cipher to keep the Pines twins out questions Mabeland too harshly, its denizens [[TheWormThatWalks turn into piles of his hair while he takes over the world. Plus [[spoiler: everything is secretly made out of bugs bugs]] and creepy stuff.]]start getting violent. [[TheSmartGuy Dipper]], at least, was GenreSavvy enough to foresee this:
-->"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."

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* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' is done in Sanrio's usual cutesy chibi style, but doesn't shy away from how stressful Retsuko's life is and how much working under [[MeanBoss Director Ton]] sucks.


* [[http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/top-of-content-image/kids-cook-master.jpg This illustration by Ben Dreyfuss]] turned up in an article in ''Mother Jones'': for now, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment never mind what the article was about]], just let that picture sink in.

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* %%* [[http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/top-of-content-image/kids-cook-master.jpg This illustration by Ben Dreyfuss]] turned up in an article in ''Mother Jones'': for now, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment never mind what the article was about]], just let that picture sink in.

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