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* GreenLantern's hometown of Coast City is a [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed fictionalized version of San Diego]], but said to be near Santa Barbara some 50 miles away from Edwards Air Force Base.

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* GreenLantern's ComicBook/GreenLantern's hometown of Coast City is a [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed fictionalized version of San Diego]], but said to be near Santa Barbara some 50 miles away from Edwards Air Force Base.



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* Subverted in ''Series/Runaways2017''. Geoffrey and his former friend Darius are from South Central and were gangbangers in their youth, but the present-day neighborhood and its black community are shown to be thriving, showing Geoffrey's sheltered son Alex ([[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped as well as the audience]]) that South Central is not the WretchedHive it once was.


* Subverted in the remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap''. Hallie mentions that she lives in California. One of the other campers asks if she like, lives next door to a movie star or something. Hallie replies that she lives in Napa, which is in ''Northern'' California.

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* Subverted in the remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap''.''Film/{{The Parent Trap|1998}}''. Hallie mentions that she lives in California. One of the other campers asks if she like, lives next door to a movie star or something. Hallie replies that she lives in Napa, which is in ''Northern'' California.


* Capital City of the Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog franchise is based heavily on San Francisco, featuring streetcars, winding sloping roads, and an almost tropical climate.

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* Capital City of the Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog franchise is based heavily on San Francisco, featuring streetcars, winding sloping roads, and an almost tropical climate.


'''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco''': Anchor of the Bay Area, the second largest urban area in California. San Francisco itself is known for its extremely liberal politics, cable cars, high homosexual population, and its steep "stair streets" which make the perfect place for {{Hot Pursuit}}s (never mind that [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs doing that is a great way to smash your car's suspension]]). Obviously, TV pokes fun at this. Be on the lookout for the occasional subtrope: Marin County. {{Suburbia}}, San Francisco-style! Lots of hills, redwoods, hot tubs, fern bars, and aging hippies. It's worth noting that San Francisco is actually only the fourth largest city in California, but few non-residents even know this (after all, who cares about San Diego, the second largest city, and San Jose -- no one even knows the way to San Jose).

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'''UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco''': Anchor of the Bay Area, the second largest urban area in California. San Francisco itself is known for its extremely liberal politics, cable cars, [[{{Gayborhood}} high homosexual population, population]], and its steep "stair streets" which make the perfect place for {{Hot Pursuit}}s (never mind that [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs doing that is a great way to smash your car's suspension]]). Obviously, TV pokes fun at this. Be on the lookout for the occasional subtrope: Marin County. {{Suburbia}}, San Francisco-style! Lots of hills, redwoods, hot tubs, fern bars, and aging hippies. It's worth noting that San Francisco is actually only the fourth largest city in California, but few non-residents even know this (after all, who cares about San Diego, the second largest city, and San Jose -- no one even knows the way to San Jose).



Honorable Mention: '''Silicon Valley''' is a collection of suburbs near San Jose, about 50 kilometers southeast of San Francisco. Its representation has been growing in modern works due to the rising economic and cultural sway of the tech industry based there, but since most of the action happens indoors, often in garages or unassuming business parks, a work could be set in Silicon Valley but filmed anywhere. If one were to do outdoor scenes, the area's physical features are pretty similar to those of any central-to-southern California suburb: mostly flat and dry, frequently sunny, with the Bay to the northeast and only the Santa Cruz Mountains separating them from the Pacific Ocean. Most often, the real "action" of a story set in Silicon Valley is moved to nearby San Francisco (see: ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2''), something that real San Franciscans tend to have mixed feelings about given Silicon Valley's role in that city's gentrification.

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Honorable Mention: '''Silicon Valley''' is a collection of suburbs near in Santa Clara and southern San Mateo counties centered on the city of San Jose, about 50 kilometers southeast of San Francisco. Its representation has been growing in modern works due to the rising economic and cultural sway of the tech industry based there, but since most of the action happens indoors, often in garages or unassuming business parks, a work could be set in Silicon Valley but filmed anywhere. If one were to do outdoor scenes, the area's physical features are pretty similar to those of any central-to-southern California suburb: mostly flat and dry, frequently sunny, with the Bay to the northeast and only the Santa Cruz Mountains separating them from the Pacific Ocean. Most often, the real "action" of a story set in Silicon Valley is moved to nearby San Francisco (see: ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2''), something that real San Franciscans tend to have mixed feelings about given Silicon Valley's role in that city's gentrification.



** There is nothing even remotely tropical about San Francisco. It's a city where people leave their heat on year-round (especially in the summer) and nobody has air conditioning.

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** There is nothing even remotely tropical about San Francisco. It's a city where people leave their heat on year-round (especially (even in the summer) and nobody has air conditioning.conditioning. The city only experiences 21 days a year of temperatures over 80°F, and average summertime highs are usually in the high 60s.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is heavily built upon imagery from all of these regions. Los Santos is a dead ringer for LA, with East Los Santos standing for East LA and Ganton in particular based on Compton, Vinewood is a very obvious Hollywood reference, and the city of San Fierro is analogous to San Francisco. Oddly it also has Las Venturas, a stand-in for UsefulNotes/LasVegas (which is in Nevada, though close to the California border).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is heavily built upon imagery from all of these regions. Los Santos is a dead ringer for LA, with East Los Santos standing for East LA and Ganton in particular based on Compton, Vinewood is a very obvious Hollywood reference, and the city of San Fierro is analogous to San Francisco. Oddly Oddly, it also has Las Venturas, a stand-in for UsefulNotes/LasVegas (which is in Nevada, though close to the California border).



* Due to being in the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'', L.A. in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' isn't very nice...but superficially at least it is quite flashy.
* The first half of Fox Hunt is set in Los Angeles. However, it BookEnds in the final part of the game.

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* Due to being in the ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness World of Darkness]]'', L.A. in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' isn't very nice... but superficially superficially, at least least, it is quite flashy.
* The first half of Fox Hunt ''Fox Hunt'' is set in Los Angeles. However, it BookEnds in the final part of the game.
* ''VideoGame/CaliforniaSpeed'', an arcade racer by Creator/{{Atari}} from 1998, plays this to the hilt with courses set in exaggerated versions of real-life California locales and landmarks. Including a detour into Tijuana (in ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Baja]]'' California) on the San Diego level.


'''South Central''': Basically, [[{{Gangsterland}} Gangstaland]]. Made famous by movies like ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and the GangstaRap scene, South Central is forever known in the hearts of concerned parents and rap aficionados alike as a hellish battleground between rival GangBangers. Like some of the other HollywoodAtlas examples, South Central's plight [[TruthInTelevision really happened]]. Recently, the Los Angeles government tried to rename the neighborhood "South Los Angeles" due to the negative connotations associated with South Central. Seeing as how we're still calling it South Central, it didn't take. The two most well-represented 'hoods in South Central -- [[Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood in neither of which should you be a menace while drinking your juice]] -- are Watts (part of Los Angeles) and Compton (a suburb). Which one appears in a movie or TV show depends on whether it was made before or after the early '90s. Before the '90s it was Watts, as the race riots of 1965 were still in the audience's memory; after, it's Compton, thanks to the rap scene and the Rodney King riot. See also: East Los Angeles, a.k.a. the Eastside, a.k.a. South Central [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE WITH HISPANICS!]]]] Which, incidentally, is becoming increasingly true of South Central itself, due to immigration. On the rare chance that UsefulNotes/{{Oakland}} (located in Northern California, across the bay from San Francisco) shows up in movies and TV, expect it to play into many of the same tropes despite geographical and cultural differences.

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'''South Central''': Basically, [[{{Gangsterland}} Gangstaland]]. Made famous by movies like ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and the GangstaRap scene, South Central is forever known in the hearts of concerned parents and rap aficionados alike as a hellish battleground between rival GangBangers. Like some of the other HollywoodAtlas examples, South Central's plight [[TruthInTelevision really happened]]. Recently, the Los Angeles government tried to rename the neighborhood "South Los Angeles" due to the negative connotations associated with South Central. Seeing as how we're still calling it South Central, it didn't take. The two most well-represented 'hoods in South Central -- [[Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood in neither of which should you be a menace while drinking your juice]] -- are Watts (part of Los Angeles) and Compton (a suburb). Which one appears in a movie or TV show depends on whether it was made before or after the early '90s. Before the '90s it was Watts, as the race riots of 1965 were still in the audience's memory; after, it's Compton, thanks to the rap scene and the 1992 Rodney King riot.riots. See also: East Los Angeles, a.k.a. the Eastside, a.k.a. South Central [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE WITH HISPANICS!]]]] (And by Hispanic, we mean Mexican, because [[SmallReferencePools where else do Hispanics in California come from]]?) Which, incidentally, is becoming increasingly true of South Central itself, due to immigration. On the rare chance that UsefulNotes/{{Oakland}} (located in Northern California, across the bay from San Francisco) shows up in movies and TV, expect it to play into many of the same tropes despite geographical and cultural differences.


* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is heavily built upon imagery from all of these regions. Los Santos is a dead ringer for LA, with East Los Santos standing for East LA and Ganton in particular based on Compton, and Vinewood is a very obvious Hollywood reference. The city of San Fierro is analogous to San Francisco, while Las Venturas stands for UsefulNotes/LasVegas (which is actually in UsefulNotes/{{Nevada}}, but here is merged with California because hey, why not).

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' is heavily built upon imagery from all of these regions. Los Santos is a dead ringer for LA, with East Los Santos standing for East LA and Ganton in particular based on Compton, and Vinewood is a very obvious Hollywood reference. The reference, and the city of San Fierro is analogous to San Francisco, while Francisco. Oddly it also has Las Venturas stands Venturas, a stand-in for UsefulNotes/LasVegas (which is actually in UsefulNotes/{{Nevada}}, but here is merged with Nevada, though close to the California because hey, why not).border).


'''Orange County''': A vast stretch of {{Suburbia}} that makes up the southeastern part of the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County is known for its conservatism[[note]]Although [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump]] led to the Republicans suffering massive losses in this area in the 2016 and 2018 elections, so that may be changing.[[/note]], affluence, and perceived lack of culture. When Hollywood needs to depict (and subsequently deconstruct) "[[StepfordSuburbia boring, middle-class suburbia]]," it is often either set or filmed in Orange County. It is perhaps the only county to have both [[Series/TheOC a television show]] and a [[Film/OrangeCounty major film]] named after it. Or if it's not depicted like this, it's home to Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land. See also: the San Fernando Valley (aka "''The'' Valley", home of the ValleyGirl), often subjected to much the same stereotypes, though with more emphasis on the "middle" part of "upper-middle class".

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'''Orange County''': A vast stretch of {{Suburbia}} that makes up the southeastern part of the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County is known for its conservatism[[note]]Although [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump]] UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump led to the Republicans suffering massive losses in this area in the 2016 and 2018 elections, so that may be changing.[[/note]], affluence, and perceived lack of culture. When Hollywood needs to depict (and subsequently deconstruct) "[[StepfordSuburbia boring, middle-class suburbia]]," it is often either set or filmed in Orange County. It is perhaps the only county to have both [[Series/TheOC a television show]] and a [[Film/OrangeCounty major film]] named after it. Or if it's not depicted like this, it's home to Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land. See also: the San Fernando Valley (aka "''The'' Valley", home of the ValleyGirl), often subjected to much the same stereotypes, though with more emphasis on the "middle" part of "upper-middle class".


* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is set in San Francisco. Lots of witches, demons, and the like... one could argue that it's California's version of New Orleans. It was, however, clearly filmed in LA. Even the exterior for the manor obviously wasn't shot in SF. A house that, if it were actually in San Francisco, none of the character could even afford the property taxes on. While set in San Francisco it also failed to correspond to any of the standard San Francisco tropes, seemingly less out of aversion than out of a laziness to even stereotype (e.g. all of the characters own cars and drive everywhere despite living in a very dense urban environment where parking is at a premium).

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' is set in San Francisco. Lots of witches, demons, and the like... one could argue that it's California's version of New Orleans. It was, however, clearly filmed in LA. Even the exterior for the manor obviously wasn't shot in SF. A house that, if it were actually in San Francisco, none of the character could even afford the property taxes on. While set in San Francisco it also failed to correspond to any of the standard San Francisco tropes, seemingly less out of aversion than out of a laziness to even stereotype (e.g. all of the characters own cars and drive everywhere despite living in a very dense urban environment where parking is at a premium).


'''Orange County''': A vast stretch of {{Suburbia}} that makes up the southeastern part of the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County is known for its conservatism, affluence, and perceived lack of culture. When Hollywood needs to depict (and subsequently deconstruct) "[[StepfordSuburbia boring, middle-class suburbia]]," it is often either set or filmed in Orange County. It is perhaps the only county to have both [[Series/TheOC a television show]] and a [[Film/OrangeCounty major film]] named after it. Or if it's not depicted like this, it's home to Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land. See also: the San Fernando Valley (aka "''The'' Valley", home of the ValleyGirl), often subjected to much the same stereotypes, though with more emphasis on the "middle" part of "upper-middle class".

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'''Orange County''': A vast stretch of {{Suburbia}} that makes up the southeastern part of the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County is known for its conservatism, conservatism[[note]]Although [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump]] led to the Republicans suffering massive losses in this area in the 2016 and 2018 elections, so that may be changing.[[/note]], affluence, and perceived lack of culture. When Hollywood needs to depict (and subsequently deconstruct) "[[StepfordSuburbia boring, middle-class suburbia]]," it is often either set or filmed in Orange County. It is perhaps the only county to have both [[Series/TheOC a television show]] and a [[Film/OrangeCounty major film]] named after it. Or if it's not depicted like this, it's home to Ride/{{Disney|ThemeParks}}land. See also: the San Fernando Valley (aka "''The'' Valley", home of the ValleyGirl), often subjected to much the same stereotypes, though with more emphasis on the "middle" part of "upper-middle class".


'''Hollywood[=/=]UsefulNotes/LosAngeles''': The place where it all happens. If a major movie or TV show doesn't take place in the BigApplesauce, then it happens in Los Angeles, and if it happens in Los Angeles, it happens in Hollywood. In movies, it's a given that New York and Los Angeles ''must'' be the first two targets on any terrorists' or aliens' hit list. Used as a commentary on Hollywood, it's either the setting of {{Deconstruction}}ist work about [[HorribleHollywood how harsh the industry is]], or the setting of a fluffy comedy piece about how great it is. Either/or. As something of a side-trope, in RealLife, Los Angeles boasts some of the most affluent neighborhoods in North America. Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Holmby Hills form what is called the ''"Platinum Triangle"'' of adjoining wealthy communities. Yeah... If you have a series where dramatic conflict centers on purchasing crystal goblets or handblown glass flutes, chances are it takes place here. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills. Helpful tip, [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir should you be from West Philadelphia and you get in one little fight and your Mom gets scared; she could send you to live with your relatives here.]]

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'''Hollywood[=/=]UsefulNotes/LosAngeles''': The place where it all happens. If a major movie or TV show doesn't take place in the BigApplesauce, then it happens in Los Angeles, and if it happens in Los Angeles, it happens in Hollywood. In movies, it's a given that New York and Los Angeles ''must'' be the first two targets on any terrorists' or aliens' hit list. Used as a commentary on Hollywood, it's either the setting of {{Deconstruction}}ist work about [[HorribleHollywood how harsh the industry is]], or the setting of a fluffy comedy piece about how great it is. Either/or. As something of a side-trope, in RealLife, Los Angeles boasts some of the most affluent neighborhoods in North America. Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, and Holmby Hills form what is called the ''"Platinum Triangle"'' of adjoining wealthy communities. Yeah... If you have a series where dramatic conflict centers on purchasing crystal goblets or handblown glass flutes, chances are it takes place here. See ItCameFromBeverlyHills. Helpful tip, [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir should you be from West Philadelphia and you get in one little fight and fight, causing your Mom gets scared; to get scared, she could send you to live with your relatives here.]]


* Averted in ''Eight Is Enough'', which was set in a Sacramento suburb.
* While ''Just The Ten Of Us'' is set in Eureka.

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* Averted in ''Eight Is Enough'', ''Series/EightIsEnough'', which was set in a Sacramento suburb.
* While ''Just The Ten Of Us'' ''Series/JustTheTenOfUs'' is set in Eureka.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' was set in "Orchid Bay City", San Francisco with the serial number rubbed off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' was set in "Orchid Bay City", City," San Francisco with the serial number rubbed off.


'''South Central''': Basically, [[{{Gangsterland}} Gangstaland]]. Made famous by movies like ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and the GangstaRap scene, South Central is forever known in the hearts of concerned parents and rap aficionados alike as a hellish battleground between [[{{Gangbangers}} rival gangs]]. Like some of the other HollywoodAtlas examples, South Central's plight [[TruthInTelevision really happened]]. Recently, the Los Angeles government tried to rename the neighborhood "South Los Angeles" due to the negative connotations associated with South Central. Seeing as how we're still calling it South Central, it didn't take. The two most well-represented 'hoods in South Central are Watts (part of Los Angeles) and Compton (a suburb). Which one appears in a movie or TV show depends on whether it was made before or after the early '90s. Before the '90s it was Watts, as the race riots of 1965 were still in the audience's memory; after, it's Compton, thanks to the rap scene and the Rodney King riot. See also: East Los Angeles, a.k.a. the Eastside, a.k.a. South Central [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE WITH HISPANICS!]]]] Which, incidentally, is becoming increasingly true of South Central itself, due to immigration. On the rare chance that UsefulNotes/{{Oakland}} (located in Northern California, across the bay from San Francisco) shows up in movies and TV, expect it to play into many of the same tropes despite geographical and cultural differences.

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'''South Central''': Basically, [[{{Gangsterland}} Gangstaland]]. Made famous by movies like ''Film/BoyzNTheHood'' and the GangstaRap scene, South Central is forever known in the hearts of concerned parents and rap aficionados alike as a hellish battleground between [[{{Gangbangers}} rival gangs]].GangBangers. Like some of the other HollywoodAtlas examples, South Central's plight [[TruthInTelevision really happened]]. Recently, the Los Angeles government tried to rename the neighborhood "South Los Angeles" due to the negative connotations associated with South Central. Seeing as how we're still calling it South Central, it didn't take. The two most well-represented 'hoods in South Central -- [[Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood in neither of which should you be a menace while drinking your juice]] -- are Watts (part of Los Angeles) and Compton (a suburb). Which one appears in a movie or TV show depends on whether it was made before or after the early '90s. Before the '90s it was Watts, as the race riots of 1965 were still in the audience's memory; after, it's Compton, thanks to the rap scene and the Rodney King riot. See also: East Los Angeles, a.k.a. the Eastside, a.k.a. South Central [[AC: [[RecycledINSPACE WITH HISPANICS!]]]] Which, incidentally, is becoming increasingly true of South Central itself, due to immigration. On the rare chance that UsefulNotes/{{Oakland}} (located in Northern California, across the bay from San Francisco) shows up in movies and TV, expect it to play into many of the same tropes despite geographical and cultural differences.




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\n** The final issue of the original series' run subverts this, as the heroes visit Califurnia's state capital, "Stagcramento" (Earth-C's Sacramento).

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