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* In ''Theatre/MySisterEileen'' and its musical version ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth and Eileen are just handing over their first month's rent to [[{{Landlord}} Mr. Appopolous]] when a tremendous explosion is heard from underneath--it's blasting for a new subway. Appopolous tries to tell them that they'll get used to it, but the sisters say they want their money back. He tells them: "Listen--in New York you either live, A, over a subway, or, B, where they're building a subway, or C, you don't live in New York!" After he makes a bargain with them and leaves, Eileen tells Ruth that maybe they should have tried Cleveland first. They try to get some sleep on their all too stiff beds, but are repeatedly roused by impolite forms of city life, as well as further booms from below. It doesn't help that Ruth's bed is directly under the street lamp, with no window shade to block the light.

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* In ''Theatre/MySisterEileen'' and its musical version ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth and Eileen are just handing over their first month's rent to [[{{Landlord}} Mr. Appopolous]] Appopolous when a tremendous explosion is heard from underneath--it's blasting for a new subway. Appopolous tries to tell them that they'll get used to it, but the sisters say they want their money back. He tells them: "Listen--in New York you either live, A, over a subway, or, B, where they're building a subway, or C, you don't live in New York!" After he makes a bargain with them and leaves, Eileen tells Ruth that maybe they should have tried Cleveland first. They try to get some sleep on their all too stiff beds, but are repeatedly roused by impolite forms of city life, as well as further booms from below. It doesn't help that Ruth's bed is directly under the street lamp, with no window shade to block the light.





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-->'''Joe's Letter''': "Dear mom, I made it to [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]] safe and sou--\\
'''Mugger''': HEADS UP PIN-HEAD! ''[whack!]''\\
'''Joe''': Dear mom, I made it to New Yor--\\
'''Mugger #2''': HEADS UP PIN-HEAD! ''[whack!]''\\
'''Joe''': Dear mom--\\
'''Mugger #3''': HEADS UP PIN-HEAD!\\
'''Joe''': ...send money."

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-->'''Joe's Letter''': Letter:''' "Dear mom, I made it to [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]] safe and sou--\\
'''Mugger''':
sou--"\\
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HEADS UP PIN-HEAD! ''[whack!]''\\
'''Joe''': '''Joe:''' Dear mom, I made it to New Yor--\\
'''Mugger #2''': #2:''' HEADS UP PIN-HEAD! ''[whack!]''\\
'''Joe''': '''Joe:''' Dear mom--\\
'''Mugger #3''': #3:''' HEADS UP PIN-HEAD!\\
'''Joe''': ...'''Joe:''' ...send money."



* Benton Fraser in the pilot movie of ''Series/DueSouth'', except that--as befits the general theme of the show--some of it ends up coming out right in the end (e.g., the panhandler he "loans" $100 to returns it at the end of the episode).

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* Benton Fraser in the pilot movie of ''Series/DueSouth'', except that--as that -- as befits the general theme of the show--some of it ends up coming out right in the end (e.g., the panhandler he "loans" $100 to returns it at the end of the episode).



--> '''Cliff:''' Welcome to the big city.\\

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* The first thing the title character in ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'' (who starts off as a teenager in this version) saw when he arrived at [[ShiningCity Camelot]] is the execution of a magic user, and he was born having magic.

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* The first thing the title character in ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' (who starts off as a teenager in this version) saw when he arrived at [[ShiningCity Camelot]] is the execution of a magic user, and he was born having magic.



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* In one of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games, [[KidHero Lan]] travels from Electopia (read: Japan) to Netopia (which is pretty obviously a stand-in for America), and gets robbed the moment he steps off the plane. Then he gets robbed again. Then he has to go to the ghetto and fight a ScaryBlackMan [[SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear (using only the crappy chips he has left)]] to track down his stuff.

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In one of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games, [[KidHero Lan]] travels from Electopia (read: Japan) to Netopia (which is pretty obviously a stand-in for America), and gets robbed the moment he steps off the plane. Then he gets robbed again. Then he has to go to the ghetto and fight a ScaryBlackMan [[SoLongAndThanksForAllTheGear (using only the crappy chips he has left)]] to track down his stuff.



--> '''Chelsea:''' I've lived in New York City for three years and you wait 'til now to mug me?
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* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'':''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'':


[[BigApplesauce New York City]] is a popular venue for this.

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[[BigApplesauce [[TheBigRottenApple New York City]] is a popular venue for this.


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Our CountryMouse character is young, idealistic, innocent, naive, you name it -- and it's their first time in the big city. How to show that? Why, by him or her being confronted with any combination of pickpocketing, prostitution and generally upsetting behaviour, of course.

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Our CountryMouse character is young, idealistic, innocent, naive, you name it -- and it--and it's their first time in the big city. How to show that? Why, by him or her being confronted with any combination of pickpocketing, prostitution and generally upsetting behaviour, of course.


* The BatmanColdOpen of ''Film/{{Batman}}'' establishes Gotham City as a WretchedHive by showing a hapless tourist family getting accosted by beggars, prostitutes, and finally, a pair of armed robbers.

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* The BatmanColdOpen of ''Film/{{Batman}}'' ''Film/Batman1989'' establishes Gotham City as a WretchedHive by showing a hapless tourist family getting accosted by beggars, prostitutes, and finally, a pair of armed robbers.



* In ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', Luke is established to be a somewhat naive farmhand with no "street smarts" yet. His first time in Mos Eisley almost gets him killed by a pair of goons in the cantina who were looking for an easy mark to pick on. Too bad they didn't know Luke had a retired Jedi Knight along with him.

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* In ''Film/StarWars: ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', Luke is established to be a somewhat naive farmhand with no "street smarts" yet. His first time in Mos Eisley almost gets him killed by a pair of goons in the cantina who were looking for an easy mark to pick on. Too bad they didn't know Luke had a retired Jedi Knight along with him.


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--> '''Nick:''' Okay, tell me if this story sounds familiar. Naive little hick with good grades and big ideas decides "Hey look at me, I'm gonna move to Zootopia! Where predators and prey live in harmony and sing Kumbaya!" Only to find, whoopsie, we don't all get along. And that dream of becoming a big city cop? Double whoopsie. she's a meter maid. And whoopsie number three-sy, no one cares about her or her dreams. And soon enough those dreams die and our bunny sinks into emotional and literal squalor living in a box under a bridge until finally she has no choice but to go back home with that cute fuzzy-wuzzy little tail between her legs to become... You're from Bunnyburrow, is that what you said? So how about a carrot farmer. That sound about right?

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--> '''Nick:''' -->'''Nick:''' Okay, tell me if this story sounds familiar. Naive little hick with good grades and big ideas decides "Hey look at me, I'm gonna move to Zootopia! Where predators and prey live in harmony and sing Kumbaya!" Only to find, whoopsie, we don't all get along. And that dream of becoming a big city cop? Double whoopsie. she's a meter maid. And whoopsie number three-sy, no one cares about her or her dreams. And soon enough those dreams die and our bunny sinks into emotional and literal squalor living in a box under a bridge until finally she has no choice but to go back home with that cute fuzzy-wuzzy little tail between her legs to become... You're from Bunnyburrow, is that what you said? So how about a carrot farmer. That sound about right?
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'''Joe''': Dear mom, I made it to New Yor-\\

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-->"Sure, I went to New York to be an overnight sensation
-->More than a face, I was a winning combination
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-->'Cause I was tripped, raped, and robbed before I left Penn Station!"

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--> '''Chelsea''': I've lived in New York City for three years and you wait 'til now to mug me?

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-->'''Homer:''' And then the Film/{{CHUD}}s [[NoodleIncident came at me]].

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Our CountryMouse character is young, idealistic, innocent, naive, you name it - and it's their first time in the big city. How to show that? Why, by him or her being confronted with any combination of pickpocketing, prostitution and generally upsetting behaviour, of course.

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Our CountryMouse character is young, idealistic, innocent, naive, you name it - -- and it's their first time in the big city. How to show that? Why, by him or her being confronted with any combination of pickpocketing, prostitution and generally upsetting behaviour, of course.


* Many versions of ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', both in the comics and in TV and movies, depict Clark Kent's arrival in Metropolis as being a little overwhelming (at least initially) for the small town Kansas-raised protagonist, who is often portrayed as being shocked by the city residents' apathy, which stands in stark contrast to the attitudes of his neighbors back in Smallville, Kansas. However, Clark inevitably gets over the shock pretty quickly.
** In Creator/GeoffJohns's ''Secret Origin'', he bumps into a woman while looking at the skyscrapers. He tries to apologise, but the woman just snaps that people in Metropolis [[{{Foreshadowing}} don't go around staring into the sky]]...

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* Many versions of ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', both in the comics and in TV and movies, depict Clark Kent's arrival in Metropolis as being a little overwhelming (at least initially) for the small town Kansas-raised protagonist, who is often portrayed as being shocked by the city residents' apathy, which stands in stark contrast to the attitudes of his neighbors back in Smallville, Kansas. However, Clark inevitably gets over the shock pretty quickly.
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quickly. In Creator/GeoffJohns's ''Secret Origin'', he bumps into a woman while looking at the skyscrapers. He tries to apologise, but the woman just snaps that people in Metropolis [[{{Foreshadowing}} don't go around staring into the sky]]...




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* When Tailchaser from ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' visits Firsthome, the cat equivalent of a large city and the ancestral home of cats, he come across a lot of pushy felines.



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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall's]] first impression of [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Esthar]].

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* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall's]] ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Squall's first impression of [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Esthar]].


* In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E5DancinHomer Dancin' Homer]]", the first thing Homer sees when coming to Capital City is an old lady being robbed on the sidewalk.

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* ** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E5DancinHomer Dancin' Homer]]", the first thing Homer sees when coming to Capital City is an old lady being robbed on the sidewalk.


* In ''My Sister Eileen'' and its musical version ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth and Eileen are just handing over their first month's rent to [[{{Landlord}} Mr. Appopolous]] when a tremendous explosion is heard from underneath--it's blasting for a new subway. Appopolous tries to tell them that they'll get used to it, but the sisters say they want their money back. He tells them: "Listen--in New York you either live, A, over a subway, or, B, where they're building a subway, or C, you don't live in New York!" After he makes a bargain with them and leaves, Eileen tells Ruth that maybe they should have tried Cleveland first. They try to get some sleep on their all too stiff beds, but are repeatedly roused by impolite forms of city life, as well as further booms from below. It doesn't help that Ruth's bed is directly under the street lamp, with no window shade to block the light.

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* In ''My Sister Eileen'' ''Theatre/MySisterEileen'' and its musical version ''Theatre/WonderfulTown'', Ruth and Eileen are just handing over their first month's rent to [[{{Landlord}} Mr. Appopolous]] when a tremendous explosion is heard from underneath--it's blasting for a new subway. Appopolous tries to tell them that they'll get used to it, but the sisters say they want their money back. He tells them: "Listen--in New York you either live, A, over a subway, or, B, where they're building a subway, or C, you don't live in New York!" After he makes a bargain with them and leaves, Eileen tells Ruth that maybe they should have tried Cleveland first. They try to get some sleep on their all too stiff beds, but are repeatedly roused by impolite forms of city life, as well as further booms from below. It doesn't help that Ruth's bed is directly under the street lamp, with no window shade to block the light.


** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', Lu Tze says the first thing that happened to him in Ankh-Morpork was he "learned an important lesson on the value of material goods" when some people took it upon themselves to "welcome" him to the city in this way.

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** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', Lu Tze says the first thing that happened to him in Ankh-Morpork was he "learned an important learned "a valuable lesson on in the value ridiculousness of material goods" things" when some people took it upon themselves to "welcome" him to the city in this way.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s première episode is aptly named, "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E1WelcomeToRepublicCity Welcome to Republic City]]". In it, Korra, who has spent her life sheltered in a compound in in the South Pole, goes to the bustling Republic City, only to learn that it's not all it's cracked up to be. She is literally "fresh off the boat". (Though true to form, it's not her that gets traumatized; instead she ends up in a police station getting the concept of vigilantism-as-crime explained to her).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s première episode is aptly named, "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E1WelcomeToRepublicCity Welcome to Republic City]]". In it, Korra, who has spent her life sheltered in a compound in in the South Pole, goes to the bustling Republic City, only to learn that it's not all it's cracked up to be. She is literally "fresh off the boat". (Though true to form, it's not her that gets traumatized; instead she ends up in a police station getting the concept of vigilantism-as-crime explained to her).


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** In GeoffJohns's ''Secret Origin'', he bumps into a woman while looking at the skyscrapers. He tries to apologise, but the woman just snaps that people in Metropolis [[{{Foreshadowing}} don't go around staring into the sky]]...

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** In GeoffJohns's Creator/GeoffJohns's ''Secret Origin'', he bumps into a woman while looking at the skyscrapers. He tries to apologise, but the woman just snaps that people in Metropolis [[{{Foreshadowing}} don't go around staring into the sky]]...

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