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  • Angel & Faith: Faith name-drops the Trope Namer when she and Angel investigate such places, including a demon bar where Harmony is stripping. Faith looks on in envy.
    Those are so fake.
  • Aztek: Vanity City. It's explicitly stated to be worse than Gotham. It is hinted that most of its buildings have Alien Geometries that increase violent tendencies in their inhabitants. The town turned its resident superhero from Captain Patriotic to a '90s Anti-Hero.
  • Batman:
    • Gotham City. Comic writer and editor Dennis O'Neil has described Gotham as "Manhattan below Fourteenth Street on the coldest night in November" — only year-round, and on the scale of a city. (For context, recall what a Wretched Hive New York was in the early 1990s, when O'Neil wrote that.)
      • In the New 52 continuity, Gotham's miserable state is partly due to the influence of the Court of Owls, a secret society that relies on Gotham being a Wretched Hive to maintain their power. They are devoting all of their resources and risking their own secrecy to getting rid of Bruce and his associates because Bruce's work as Batman and as Bruce Wayne might actually make Gotham a better place.
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    • Even worse was Bludhaven, the focus of Nightwing, a city 30 miles out of Gotham that seemed to pick up all the filth that Gotham was too saturated to hold. Eventually it got nuked during Infinite Crisis.
  • Coryana, an island nation that serves as the setting for the first arc of Batwoman (Rebirth), is one of these, and has even been described using the full Star Wars quote by the writers.
  • Supervillainess Bomb Queen rules over a city where she has outlawed superheroes and crime is more or less part of daily life.
  • New Hong Kong, in Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire. It has one Law Drone, but since New Hong Kong has no laws, it spends a lot of time meditating up on a tower. New Hong Kong may have only one law ("There shall be no laws on New Hong Kong") but it has a great many customs, and the populace enforce them so effectively that it's actually quite peaceful — in the same sense that Ankh-Mopork is peaceful under the Thieves' Guild. Or as the residents of New Hong Kong put it: "There are no laws here. That doesn't mean that there aren't rules". Some of these customs include Everyone Is Armed and the New Hong Kong Wake, which involves drugging your dead friend/relative's killer with Truth Serum to get him to confess then leaving him to die of an overdose.
  • Dark Horse Comics Comics' Greatest World setting had two:
    • Arcadia, the setting for X (Dark Horse Comics) and Ghost. Arcadia is an orderly, smoothly run machine of a city. This is a world of shadow, danger, and bloody retribution. It is a city of corrupt officials and organized crime. The policemen who are not on the take are criminals in their own right.
    • Steel Harbor, the setting for Barb Wire. The city was based on a combination of Detroit and Watts during the period of their 1960s riots, only in the comic the violence is between superpowered gangs fighting for turf.
  • Copperhead: The Bastion out past the last vestige of civilization is a loose settlement/fortress composed entirely of criminals that have been exiled from everywhere else.
  • Doctor Who Magazine: In "The Cornucopia Caper", the Doctor visits Cornucopia, an entire planet ruled by an alliance of different criminal guilds.
  • Snowtown in Fell is described as a "feral city" where nearly all infrastructure has fallen apart.
  • The island of Kaloo in the South Pacific visited by Indy in The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #23. Marcus summarises the place to Indy thusly:
    "There's a mosquito-infested jungle island in the South Pacific called Kaloo. The Dutch had an outpost there but gave it up as dead loss. It was then taken over by an island drifter and a bunch of drunken sailors."
  • The planet Garnet, aka Hellhole. So bad that the local Green Lantern, Jack T. Chance, still uses lethal force (just not through the ring since they're programmed to not do that).
  • Cynosure from Grim Jack, where all the dimensions meet. In many dimensions you need to hire a bodyguard/private cop or a whole private army. Or just be a total badass.
  • Mega-City One from Judge Dredd is permanently suffering from criminals with military-grade weaponry. One might be able to go so far as to say EVERY Mega-City is one of these. note 
  • Legion of Super-Heroes gives us Rimbor, the homeworld of Legionnaire Ultra Boy. Yes, the planet is a Wretched Hive.
  • In The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, the town Dawson evolves into one during the height of the gold fever. The local mounties keep far away from the town, citing that: "There's only twenty of us!" Don Rosa makes a disclaimer in his foreword that the real Dawson City was in fact remarkably peaceful and law-abiding place for a town founded in the Gold Rush thanks to the efforts of the Mounted Police, and that apart from the name the town in the stories is based on its counterpart on the United States' side of the border, Skagway, which in contrast lacked any kind of law enforcement.
  • Lucky Luke: Several Far West towns (notably Fenton Town) that Luke usually brings back to the law.
  • Shareen in Pathfinder: Worldscape is the capital city of an alternate dimension populated by killers, fighters and thieves from all over the multiverse, usually the worst of the worst make their home here and they prey on the weaker all the time. The only reason it isn't a completely lawless state is because its governed by a Decadent Court who is just as bad as their subjects and the local faith is a repressive Religion of Evil that takes its job very seriously in rooting out heresy and the guilty are forced to fight in the arena.
  • The Question: Hub City, which can legitimately claim to be worse than Gotham and Bludhaven put together.
  • Sin City. If the name was no indication, the fact that it was based on the worst parts of Las Vegas, LA, New York, and Chicago should fill you in.
  • Downlode in Sinister Dexter is one that covers most of Central Europe.
  • 1980's British science fiction comic Starblazer:
    • Issue 194 "Cabel and the She Warrior". The planet Netherworld is populated by thieves, murders, sadists, terrorists, arsonists and the infamous Vytronian Slavers.
    • Issue 208 "Planet of the Dead". The planet Vegas Prime's entire surface was covered in all manner of vice dens and it is home to various criminals both petty and serious. Law enforcement is thin on the ground and murder is commonplace.
  • Madripoor is one of the X-Men's choices when they need a Wretched Hive. Marvel's version of Singapore — sort of — how much it fits the Trope tends to ebb and flow. It certainly did in the past, being a haven for pirates and other outlaws, and in the present day it can vary depending on who's in charge. Regardless of who's in charge, the place does not extradite criminals, and seedier parts of it are thick with crime and lawless activities.