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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the Insuricare offices are soul-crushingly drab, to better convey how much Bob Parr hates that job. Contrast that with the gorgeous jungle and RaygunGothic architecture of Syndrome's island to see how much Bob loves being a superhero. The Parr home, with its Googie architecture, falls somewhere in the middle since Bob doesn't appreciate his family until it's almost too late. And Mirage points out the link between the brilliant-but-unstable Syndrome and his chosen home:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the Insuricare offices are soul-crushingly drab, to better convey how much Bob Parr hates that job. Contrast that with the gorgeous jungle and RaygunGothic architecture of Syndrome's island to see how much Bob loves being a superhero. The Parr home, with its Googie architecture, falls somewhere in the middle since Bob doesn't appreciate his family until it's almost too late. And Mirage points out the link between the brilliant-but-unstable Syndrome and his [[VolcanoLair chosen home:home]]:


Note that the setting itself will not [[EmpathicEnvironment actively or supernaturally change]] unless the characters change it. Whether it's urban renewal to uplift or massive battle damage and craters depends on what the author wants. "Natural" changes such as the lights going dead or a fire breaking out do count towards this trope however.

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Note that the setting itself will not [[EmpathicEnvironment actively or supernaturally change]] unless the characters change it. Whether it's urban renewal to uplift or massive battle damage and craters depends on what the author wants. "Natural" changes such as the lights going dead or a fire breaking out do count towards this trope trope, however.



Related tropes are: FisherKing, GeniusLoci, and basically everything in {{Settings}}.

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Related tropes are: are FisherKing, GeniusLoci, and basically everything in {{Settings}}.



* Pretty common for the theatrics in ''Manga/DeathNote;'' a death always carries a grittier or grainier air, and some stuff glows more than it should (like open doors, police flood lights and windows).

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* Pretty common for the theatrics in ''Manga/DeathNote;'' a death always carries a grittier or grainier air, and some stuff glows more than it should (like open doors, police flood lights floodlights, and windows).






* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia's]] garden dream in Fanfic/Composure are so chock full of symbolism that it is harder to find a non-symbolic object than a symbolic one. Exemplified by the fact that there is not one, but three different interpretations for one fruit from one tree in one dream, all of which are different and could have drastic effects on the story's conclusion.In fact, the characters' different interpretations of what exactly the tree symbolizes is a plot point!

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princess Celestia's]] garden dream in Fanfic/Composure are is so chock full of symbolism that it is harder to find a non-symbolic object than a symbolic one. Exemplified by the fact that there is not one, but three different interpretations for one fruit from one tree in one dream, all of which are different and could have drastic effects on the story's conclusion. In fact, the characters' different interpretations of what exactly the tree symbolizes is a plot point!



** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock]] Takes place in a ruined school which was once a monastery. This symbolizes the loss of innocence and fall from grace that has happened in the war. From this vantage point, fields and parts of a ruined town are visible. The weather is rainy, as if to mourn the death and destruction wrought. The wether is initially overcast, but then gradually clears away as the young soldier's innocence and naivety are stripped away and gradually replaced with horrific awareness and then complicity in the crimes. The fields full of grain symbolize life and vitality in contrast to the death and emptiness of the soldiers.

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** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock]] Takes place in a ruined school which was once a monastery. This symbolizes the loss of innocence and fall from grace that has happened in the war. From this vantage point, fields and parts of a ruined town are visible. The weather is rainy, rainy as if to mourn the death and destruction wrought. The wether is initially overcast, but then gradually clears away as the young soldier's innocence and naivety are stripped away and gradually replaced with horrific awareness and then complicity in the crimes. The fields full of grain symbolize life and vitality in contrast to the death and emptiness of the soldiers.



** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel]] is another highly symbolic story about loss of innocence. Consider the author's usage of light, darkness, and color.

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** [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/88520/1/welcome-to-the-brothel/das-laufhaus Welcome To The Brothel]] is another highly symbolic story about the loss of innocence. Consider the author's usage of light, darkness, and color.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the Insuricare offices are soul-crushingly drab, to better convey how much Bob Parr hates that job. Contrast that with the gorgeous jungle and RaygunGothic architecture of Syndrome's island to see how much Bob loves being a superhero. The Parr home, with its Googie architecture, falls somewhere in the middle, since Bob doesn't appreciate his family until it's almost too late. And Mirage points out the link between the brilliant-but-unstable Syndrome and his chosen home:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the Insuricare offices are soul-crushingly drab, to better convey how much Bob Parr hates that job. Contrast that with the gorgeous jungle and RaygunGothic architecture of Syndrome's island to see how much Bob loves being a superhero. The Parr home, with its Googie architecture, falls somewhere in the middle, middle since Bob doesn't appreciate his family until it's almost too late. And Mirage points out the link between the brilliant-but-unstable Syndrome and his chosen home:



* The whole ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise. Rarely is there a setting that doesn't seem artificial and futuristic and coldly systematic or wastelandy or fascisty in some way in order to show how easily we could slip into the robo endtimes, or scenes that are similar to how humans will fight robots in the future. There are quite a few settings to choose from: Corporate megaliths, computer stores, cement and steel everywhere, hospitals, police stations, deserts, ghettos, construction equipment, factories, warehouses, video game arcades, robot shows, etcetera. Even [[spoiler:[[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Sarah's offscreen death by cancer]], most likely due to environmental reasons]] shows what living in a toxic, artificial world can do.

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* The whole ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise. Rarely is there a setting that doesn't seem artificial and futuristic and coldly systematic or wastelandy wasteland=y or fascisty fascist-y in some way in order to show how easily we could slip into the robo endtimes, robo-endtimes or scenes that are similar to how humans will fight robots in the future. There are quite a few settings to choose from: Corporate megaliths, computer stores, cement and steel everywhere, hospitals, police stations, deserts, ghettos, construction equipment, factories, warehouses, video game arcades, robot shows, etcetera. Even [[spoiler:[[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Sarah's offscreen death by cancer]], most likely due to environmental reasons]] shows what living in a toxic, artificial world can do.



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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' put them on an uninviting alien space station to demonstrate the difficulty and frustrations with working with another culture. As a note, the Defiant was given a very utilitarian and minimalistic set-up to look like a Federation style war ship.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' scaled down all of the sets to show a small crew that were really out on their own.

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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' put them on an uninviting alien space station to demonstrate the difficulty and frustrations with working with another culture. As a note, the Defiant was given a very utilitarian and minimalistic set-up to look like a Federation style Federation-style war ship.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' scaled down scaled-down all of the sets to show a small crew that were really out on their own.



* Norman Jayden's ARI screen in VideoGame/HeavyRain changes from a peaceful, sunny meadow, to a sunset, to withering trees in a storm as [[spoiler: his brain deteriorates from ARI abuse]]

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* Norman Jayden's ARI screen in VideoGame/HeavyRain changes from a peaceful, sunny meadow, meadow to a sunset, sunset to withering trees in a storm as [[spoiler: his brain deteriorates from ARI abuse]]



** In 3, Dante's first battle with Vergil is on the top of the tower in the moonlight and rain. Its obvious since the sun isn't rising any time soon and the rain isn't stopping either, Dante won't be winning. Their 2nd fight is in a much grimmer and dingier area, because neither is going to win. Their final battle is completely climactic ([[OminousLatinChanting Orchestra and latin playing in the background too]]).

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** In 3, Dante's first battle with Vergil is on the top of the tower in the moonlight and rain. Its It's obvious since the sun isn't rising any time soon and the rain isn't stopping either, Dante won't be winning. Their 2nd fight is in a much grimmer and dingier area, area because neither is going to win. Their final battle is completely climactic ([[OminousLatinChanting Orchestra and latin Latin playing in the background too]]).



* All of the dungeons in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are reflections on how the characters see their reality [[spoiler:like Naoto's secret base representing her childish side, Yukiko's castle reflecting how she feels like a princess waiting to be rescued from her prison, Rise's strip club representing how she feels like she's being turned into a piece of meat, Kanji's bath house connected with his hidden sexual desires that have gone to a huge extreme, Kubo's game dungeon representing his growing madness and disconnect from reality in favor of illusion, Adachi's twisted realm, the liquor store being run down, Nanako's childish vision of heaven, Izanami's foggy world and even the hub area representing how all of the town's interest in the murders]]. The shadows even count, [[spoiler:representing various things in media]].

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* All of the dungeons in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' are reflections on how the characters see their reality [[spoiler:like Naoto's secret base representing her childish side, Yukiko's castle reflecting how she feels like a princess waiting to be rescued from her prison, Rise's strip club representing how she feels like she's being turned into a piece of meat, Kanji's bath house bathhouse connected with his hidden sexual desires that have gone to a huge extreme, Kubo's game dungeon representing his growing madness and disconnect from reality in favor of illusion, Adachi's twisted realm, the liquor store being run down, Nanako's childish vision of heaven, Izanami's foggy world and even the hub area representing how all of the town's interest in the murders]]. The shadows even count, [[spoiler:representing various things in media]].



* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', the heroes are transported to another dimension from a lush green park with a golden statue of Superman lifting up a globe, set to a blue sky. When Batman and Joker appear in the Regime world, it is within a grey, urban district near a silver statue of Superman standing atop the globe, all under a dusk-toned sky.

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* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', the heroes are transported to another dimension from a lush green park with a golden statue of Superman lifting up a globe, set to a blue sky. When Batman and Joker appear in the Regime world, it is within a grey, grey urban district near a silver statue of Superman standing atop the globe, all under a dusk-toned sky.



* Creator/BillSimmons said that with few exceptions, only cold weather cities applied for [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100129&sportCat=nfl officially tortured sports teams]]:

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* Creator/BillSimmons said that with few exceptions, only cold weather cold-weather cities applied for [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100129&sportCat=nfl officially tortured sports teams]]:

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* In business facilities where the architectural design makes everything look pretty much the same, written color-coded labels are used so employees can easily tell where everything is.


* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Nina's bedroom lamp is on to reflect the joy and warmth of her interaction with her father Erik. In contrast, Jean Grey's room is bathed in darkness because she's frightened by her apocalyptic "nightmare," and her emotional ties to her surrogate father [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles]] are based on their mutual struggles with telepathy.

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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Nina's bedroom lamp is on to reflect the joy and warmth of her interaction with her father Erik. In contrast, Jean Grey's room is bathed in darkness because she's frightened by her apocalyptic "nightmare," and her emotional ties to her surrogate father [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles]] Charles are based on their mutual struggles with telepathy.


* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Nina's bedroom lamp is on to reflect the joy and warmth of her interaction with her father Erik. In contrast, Jean Grey's room is bathed in darkness because she's frightened by her apocalyptic "nightmare," and her emotional ties to her surrogate father Charles are based on their mutual struggles with telepathy.

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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Nina's bedroom lamp is on to reflect the joy and warmth of her interaction with her father Erik. In contrast, Jean Grey's room is bathed in darkness because she's frightened by her apocalyptic "nightmare," and her emotional ties to her surrogate father Charles [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles]] are based on their mutual struggles with telepathy.


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[[caption-width-right:300: ''The'' mise en scène.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300: [[caption-width-right:350: ''The'' mise en scène.]]


* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there is background symbolism in the movie we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Madoka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[http://images.puella-magi.net/7/74/Blu_ray_mermaid_unicorn_ep_9.jpg?20110825104426 wind chimes of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid]]. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid, which is [[spoiler: symbolic of Sayaka as the mermaid and Kyouko as the unicorn - think of their witch forms. That the horn is pointed to the mermaid refers to Kyouko attacking Oktavia]].

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* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there is background symbolism in the movie we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Madoka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[http://images.puella-magi.net/7/74/Blu_ray_mermaid_unicorn_ep_9.jpg?20110825104426 wind chimes of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid]]. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid, which is [[spoiler: symbolic of Sayaka as the mermaid and Kyouko as the unicorn - think of their witch forms. That the horn is pointed to the mermaid refers to Kyouko attacking Oktavia]].


* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there is background symbolism in the movie we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Sayaka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[spoiler: a hanger of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid]].

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* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there is background symbolism in the movie we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Sayaka Madoka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[spoiler: a hanger [[http://images.puella-magi.net/7/74/Blu_ray_mermaid_unicorn_ep_9.jpg?20110825104426 wind chimes of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid. mermaid]]. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid]].mermaid, which is [[spoiler: symbolic of Sayaka as the mermaid and Kyouko as the unicorn - think of their witch forms. That the horn is pointed to the mermaid refers to Kyouko attacking Oktavia]].


* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMovie'', there is background symbolism we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Sayaka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[spoiler: a hanger of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid]].

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* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMovie'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', there is background symbolism in the movie we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Sayaka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[spoiler: a hanger of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid]].

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* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMovie'', there is background symbolism we didn't see in the Anime. In the alley scene where Sayaka and Kyouko are talking, you can see [[spoiler: a hanger of a unicorn and a hanger of a mermaid. The unicorn has its horn pointed to the mermaid]].


* BillSimmons said that with few exceptions, only cold weather cities applied for [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100129&sportCat=nfl officially tortured sports teams]]:

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* BillSimmons Creator/BillSimmons said that with few exceptions, only cold weather cities applied for [[http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100129&sportCat=nfl officially tortured sports teams]]:

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** The Battle of Hoth in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' comes with a heavy dose of SnowMeansDeath, as the Rebels narrowly effect a TacticalWithdrawal in the face of an Imperial assault on the frozen planet they have hidden out on.


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** The Original Trilogy employs an environmental contrast between the Good Guy and Bad Guy areas. Imperial ships and facilities are clean to the point of sterility, with everything being neatly polished and regimented, while Rebel ships and bases tend to be grungy examples of UsedFuture. One exception to this is Princess Leia's ship, the ''Tantine IV'' with it's clean white corridors, which only featured in the very start of the first film, and was overrun by Darth Vader's troops, symbolizing the Emperor's decision to dissolve the Imperial Senate, the last vestige of the Galactic Republic.


* Cleanliness: SinisterSubway, CrapsackWorld, CrystalSpiresAndTogas

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* Cleanliness: SinisterSubway, CrapsackWorld, CrystalSpiresAndTogasCrystalSpiresAndTogas, and of course CreepyCleanliness.


** This is actually taken to real issues when the superheroes switch haunts every now and then- not only are they both dealing with unfamiliar territory, but Batman complains that the smooth buildings of Metropolis have no catches for his grappling hooks or hiding places, while Superman's X-ray vision is impaired by lead in Gotham's older buildings. The crooks in both cities sure are caught by surprise though.

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** This is actually taken to real issues when the superheroes switch haunts every now and then- then -- not only are they both dealing with unfamiliar territory, but Batman complains that the smooth buildings of Metropolis have no catches for his grappling hooks or hiding places, while Superman's X-ray vision is impaired by lead in Gotham's older buildings. The crooks in both cities sure are caught by surprise though.

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