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*** It’s also often used as an analogue for New York City, even more so than Metropolis, because it can also make use of TheBigRottenApple tropes. Most [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=37349&start=0 maps of Gotham City]] suggest it shares some aspects of New York’s geography, including a big body of water to the east and much of the action taking place on a large, inland island like Manhattan. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and its [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures tie-in comics]] like to play up the New York-style imagery as well (although it’s inconsistent on if Gotham actually is in New York state or its own “Gotham state”). As is sometimes said, “Metropolis is New York by day, and Gotham City is New York at night.”

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*** It’s also often used as an analogue for New York City, even more so than Metropolis, because it can also make use of TheBigRottenApple tropes. Most [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=37349&start=0 maps of Gotham City]] suggest it shares some aspects of New York’s geography, including a big body of water to the east and much of the action taking place on a large, inland island like Manhattan. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and its [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures tie-in comics]] like to play up the New York-style imagery as well (although it’s inconsistent on if Gotham actually is in New York state or its own “Gotham state”). As is sometimes said, “Metropolis is New York by day, and Gotham City is New York at night.” Given that New York City still exists in its own right in the DCU, Metropolis and Gotham are often placed as both being fairly close to New York (such as one of them being across the Hudson River in New Jersey and the other further east on Long Island).


** Duckburg is in “Calisota,” a Springfield of a state. Its location was unspecified in Creator/CarlBarks’ time; he would joke that it can’t be found on the map because it’s under the letter “A” in “U.S.A.” Creator/DonRosa gave it a specific location, in [[http://goofy313g.free.fr/calisota_online/maps/rosa.html the northern third of California]], which also happens to coincide with the proposed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Jefferson State of Jefferson]].

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** Duckburg is in “Calisota,” a Springfield of a state. Its location was unspecified in Creator/CarlBarks’ time; he would joke that it can’t be found on the map because it’s under the letter “A” in “U.S.A.” Creator/DonRosa gave it a specific location, in [[http://goofy313g.free.fr/calisota_online/maps/rosa.html the northern third of California]], which also happens to coincide with the proposed [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Jefferson org/wiki/Jefferson_(proposed_Pacific_state) State of Jefferson]].



* In the ''{{GI Joe}}'' comics, one of Cobra's bases is “a nice little town called Springfield,” a StepfordSuburbia TownWithADarkSecret somewhere in the United States. It’s become something of a RunningGag, especially given that since there are so many Springfields, there may be more than one with a Cobra base. For example:

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* In the ''{{GI ''Franchise/{{GI Joe}}'' comics, one of Cobra's bases is “a nice little town called Springfield,” a StepfordSuburbia TownWithADarkSecret somewhere in the United States. It’s become something of a RunningGag, especially given that since there are so many Springfields, there may be more than one with a Cobra base. For example:



* The geography of Franchise/TheDCUniverse and its fictional cities is vague and inconsistent at best, but some facts have been “officially” or quasi-officially established from time to time. DC's “house fanzine” from TheSeventies, ''Amazing World of DC Comics'', established some city locations, which were mostly followed in ''The Atlas of the DC Universe'', a supplement for the DC Heroes Roleplaying Game. Some of this information can be found categorized in [[http://www.karridian.net/dcatlas.html this website]]. What’s weird about the DC universe compared to the Marvel universe is how many fictional cities DC has; the ''JLA/Avengers'' miniseries suggests that this is because the DC Earth is physically larger.

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* The geography of Franchise/TheDCUniverse the Franchise/DCUniverse and its fictional cities is vague and inconsistent at best, but some facts have been “officially” "officially" or quasi-officially established from time to time. DC's “house fanzine” from TheSeventies, ''Amazing World of DC Comics'', established some city locations, which were mostly followed in ''The Atlas of the DC Universe'', a supplement for the DC Heroes Roleplaying Game. Some of this information can be found categorized in [[http://www.karridian.net/dcatlas.html this website]]. What’s What's weird about the DC universe compared to the Marvel universe is how many fictional cities DC has; the ''JLA/Avengers'' miniseries suggests that this is because the DC Earth is physically larger.



* Basin City, ''a.k.a.'' ComicBook/SinCity. It is in the West somewhere, considering it's located near a desert and was started as a ''boomtown''. There are also Western-style bars and strip clubs (Nancy often dresses as a cowgirl), and the term “cowboy” is thrown around sometimes. Country music is also popular there, apparently. The city seems based mostly on Las Vegas with elements of UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and LA thrown in for good measure.

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* Basin City, ''a.k.a.'' ComicBook/SinCity. It is in the West somewhere, considering it's located near a desert and was started as a ''boomtown''. There are also Western-style bars and strip clubs (Nancy often dresses as a cowgirl), and the term “cowboy” is thrown around sometimes. Country music CountryMusic is also popular there, apparently. The city seems based mostly on Las Vegas with elements of UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}}, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, and LA thrown in for good measure.


* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' started out set in France, as made obvious by the police officers wearing the kepi, Diabolik being sentenced to death with the [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]] (also used in other places, but to an Italian associated mostly with France) and mentions of Marseille. Then, as the authors had troubles documenting themselves in the pre-Internet days (the series is quite the LongRunner), the setting was {{Retcon}}ned in the fictional city of Clerville, capital of the country with the same name ([[AuthorSavingThrow that also include a small town named Marseille]]), with a number of other fictional or unnamed countries hosting a few stories (the most frequent are Benglait and Rennert, bordering with Clerville, and, in flashbacks, King’s Island, placed somewhere in the Indian Ocean with its exact location being explicitly off the maps) and, more rarely, Italian cities hosting special stories. The only thing that is known for sure is that Clerville is in Europe, as made explicit in 2002 when the country adopted the Euro.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' started out set in France, as made obvious by the police officers wearing the kepi, Diabolik being sentenced to death with the [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]] (also used in other places, but to an Italian associated mostly with France) and mentions of Marseille. Then, as the authors had troubles documenting themselves in the pre-Internet days (the series is quite the LongRunner), the setting was {{Retcon}}ned in the fictional city of Clerville, capital of the country with the same name ([[AuthorSavingThrow ([[AuthorsSavingThrow that also include a small town named Marseille]]), with a number of other fictional or unnamed countries hosting a few stories (the most frequent are Benglait and Rennert, bordering with Clerville, and, in flashbacks, King’s Island, placed somewhere in the Indian Ocean with its exact location being explicitly off the maps) and, more rarely, Italian cities hosting special stories. The only thing that is known for sure is that Clerville is in Europe, as made explicit in 2002 when the country adopted the Euro.

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** Riverdale is consistently close to [[ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Sabrina's]] hometown of Greendale, which itself is another example, but in a few stories is located near Salem, Massachusetts. Because... witches, see?

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** ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie'' has the cast flee town heading to the CDC in Pittsburgh, stopping on the way in Vermont. That most likely puts Riverdale in Maine or New Hampshire, in that continuity at least.

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*** The DC Heroes Role Playing Game used the basic coastline of the Providence, Rhode Island area and overlaid Gotham-specific landmarks like Stately Wayne Manor (on the analogue for Aquidneck Island) on it.


** Happy Harbor, Rhode Island was home to the original [[{{JLA}} Justice League of America's]] “Secret Sanctuary”. Later stories established this as a fact, but [[http://absorbascon.blogspot.com/2011/12/jla-hq-origin-of-happy-harbor.html as one blogger notes]], this isn't really supported by the original stories. The Secret Sanctuary is also in a mountain cave, [[TheMountainsOfIllinois a feature Rhode Island is not known for]].

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** Happy Harbor, Rhode Island was home to the original [[{{JLA}} Justice League of America's]] Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica's “Secret Sanctuary”. Later stories established this as a fact, but [[http://absorbascon.blogspot.com/2011/12/jla-hq-origin-of-happy-harbor.html as one blogger notes]], this isn't really supported by the original stories. The Secret Sanctuary is also in a mountain cave, [[TheMountainsOfIllinois a feature Rhode Island is not known for]].


*** [[Series/{{Smallville}} The eponymous TV series]] suggests that Metropolis is the closest big city to Smallville. In fact, the series admirably resigns itself to implausibility and places both Smallville and Metropolis in central Kansas, regardless of how absurd that is. Smallville is covered in forests, mountains and lakes, while the real Kansas is famously flat and featureless. And Metropolis dwarfs Kansas's largest city, Wichita, by at least an order of magnitude, probably two.

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*** [[Series/{{Smallville}} The eponymous TV series]] suggests that Metropolis is the closest big city to Smallville. In fact, the series admirably resigns itself to implausibility and places both Smallville and Metropolis in central Kansas, regardless of how absurd that is. Smallville is covered in forests, mountains and lakes, while the real Kansas is famously flat and featureless. And Metropolis dwarfs Kansas's largest city, Wichita, by at least an order of magnitude, probably two. [[note]]It also has a waterfront and docks, even though Kansas is completely landlocked, but that's probably just be the Missouri River.[[/note]]


*** In the comic strip ''The World’s Greatest Superheroes'' (which ran from 1979-1982), Metropolis is unequivocally located in [[http://comicbookcartography.posthaven.com/the-east-coast-according-to-dc-1978-sunday-co in Delaware]]. Subsequently, this location was codified in the ''Atlas'' and in the ''JSA vs. Kobra'' miniseries.

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*** In the comic strip ''The World’s Greatest Superheroes'' (which ran from 1979-1982), Metropolis is unequivocally located in [[http://comicbookcartography.posthaven.com/the-east-coast-according-to-dc-1978-sunday-co in Delaware]]. Subsequently, this location was codified in the ''Atlas'' and in the ''JSA vs. Kobra'' miniseries.



*** It’s also often used as an analogue for New York City, even more so than Metropolis, because it can also make use of TheBigRottenApple tropes. Many Most [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=37349&start=0 maps of Gotham City]] suggest it shares some aspects of New York’s geography, including a big body of water to the east and much of the action taking place on a large, inland island like Manhattan. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and its [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures tie-in comics]] like to play up the New York-style imagery as well (although it’s inconsistent on if Gotham actually is in New York state or its own “Gotham state”). As is sometimes said, “Metropolis is New York by day, and Gotham City is New York at night.”

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*** It’s also often used as an analogue for New York City, even more so than Metropolis, because it can also make use of TheBigRottenApple tropes. Many Most [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=37349&start=0 maps of Gotham City]] suggest it shares some aspects of New York’s geography, including a big body of water to the east and much of the action taking place on a large, inland island like Manhattan. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and its [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures tie-in comics]] like to play up the New York-style imagery as well (although it’s inconsistent on if Gotham actually is in New York state or its own “Gotham state”). As is sometimes said, “Metropolis is New York by day, and Gotham City is New York at night.”


* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but a lack of research left readers outside of Europe with a location that felt more like a town from the comic's country of origin than anywhere in Main/NewEngland, with residents who all behave like Italians with British names and love the sport of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]] rather than UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} or UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball. Traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]] rather than the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens instead of Homeland Security. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.

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* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but a lack of research left readers outside of Europe with a location that felt more like a town from the comic's country of origin than anywhere in Main/NewEngland, with residents who all behave like Italians with British names and love the sport of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]] rather than UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} or UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball. Traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]] rather than the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices]], org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices MUTCD]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens instead of Homeland Security. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.


* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but a case of DidNotDoTheReseach left readers outside of Europe with a location that still felt more like a town from the comic's country of origin than anywhere in Main/NewEngland, with residents who all behave like Italians with British names and love the sport of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]] rather than UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} or UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball. Traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]] rather than the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens instead of Homeland Security. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.

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* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but a case lack of DidNotDoTheReseach research left readers outside of Europe with a location that still felt more like a town from the comic's country of origin than anywhere in Main/NewEngland, with residents who all behave like Italians with British names and love the sport of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]] rather than UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} or UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball. Traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]] rather than the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens instead of Homeland Security. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.


* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but this left us with something looking like a big American city with people who all behave like Italians (or at least as if they’re from elsewhere in Europe). Most of the characters’ names are British, the biggest sport is [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]], traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.

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* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but this a case of DidNotDoTheReseach left us readers outside of Europe with something looking a location that still felt more like a big American city town from the comic's country of origin than anywhere in Main/NewEngland, with people residents who all behave like Italians (or at least as if they’re from elsewhere in Europe). Most of the characters’ with British names are British, and love the biggest sport is of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]], traffic soccer]] rather than UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} or UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball. Traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]], Convention]] rather than the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_on_Uniform_Traffic_Control_Devices]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens.aliens instead of Homeland Security. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries.


** Central City, home of TheFlash (Barry Allen), and Keystone City, home of [[TheFlash The “Original” and the third Flash]], Jay Garrick and Wally West:

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** Central City, home of TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash (Barry Allen), and Keystone City, home of [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash The “Original” and the third Flash]], Jay Garrick and Wally West:


* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but this left us with something looking like a big American city with people who all behave like Italians (or at least as if they’re from elsewhere in Europe). Most of the characters’ names are British, the biggest sport is [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries. Currency can be either American dollars or Euros.

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* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has Heatherfield. It was apparently meant to be somewhere on the U.S. East Coast, but this left us with something looking like a big American city with people who all behave like Italians (or at least as if they’re from elsewhere in Europe). Most of the characters’ names are British, the biggest sport is [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame soccer]], traffic signs follow the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Convention_on_Road_Signs_and_Signals Vienna Convention]], and the police will contact Interpol to deal with illegal aliens. But at the same time, you do see most signage in English, Halloween is a popular celebration, the school sometimes flies the Stars and Stripes, the currency is the American dollar, and France and Italy are both treated explicitly as foreign countries. Currency can be either American dollars or Euros.countries.



* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' started out set in France, as made obvious by the police officers wearing the kepi, Diabolik being sentenced to death with the [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]] (also used in other places, but to an Italian associated mostly with France) and mentions of Marseille. Then, as the authors had troubles documenting themselves in the pre-Internet days (the series is quite the LongRunner), the setting was {{Retcon}}ned in the fictional city of Clerville, capital of the country with the same name, with a number of other fictional or unnamed countries hosting a few stories (the most frequent are Benglait and Rennert, bordering with Clerville, and, in flashbacks, King’s Island, placed somewhere in the Indian Ocean with its exact location being explicitly off the maps) and, more rarely, Italian cities hosting special stories. The only thing that is known for sure is that Clerville is in Europe, as made explicit in 2002 when the country adopted the Euro.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' started out set in France, as made obvious by the police officers wearing the kepi, Diabolik being sentenced to death with the [[OffWithHisHead guillotine]] (also used in other places, but to an Italian associated mostly with France) and mentions of Marseille. Then, as the authors had troubles documenting themselves in the pre-Internet days (the series is quite the LongRunner), the setting was {{Retcon}}ned in the fictional city of Clerville, capital of the country with the same name, name ([[AuthorSavingThrow that also include a small town named Marseille]]), with a number of other fictional or unnamed countries hosting a few stories (the most frequent are Benglait and Rennert, bordering with Clerville, and, in flashbacks, King’s Island, placed somewhere in the Indian Ocean with its exact location being explicitly off the maps) and, more rarely, Italian cities hosting special stories. The only thing that is known for sure is that Clerville is in Europe, as made explicit in 2002 when the country adopted the Euro.


*** New York City is another inspiration, given its reputation as the BigApplesauce. The 1978 movie and its sequels made this explicit. However, Franchise/TheDCU does contain its own separate New York.

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*** New York City is another inspiration, given its reputation as the BigApplesauce.BigApplesauce (DC was also headquartered there until a move to Burbank in 2016). The 1978 movie and its sequels made this explicit. However, Franchise/TheDCU does contain its own separate New York.



*** Chicago has gained currency as an inspiration city after ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was filmed there and showcased the city rather extensively.

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*** Chicago has gained currency as an inspiration city after ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was filmed there and showcased the city rather extensively. Batman writer Neal Adams added that the Windy City's mafia history and predominance of alleys (which are rare in NYC) helps.

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