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City in a Bottle

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One step beyond a Small, Secluded World, a community has been raised for generations inside of a bubble because of an Ancient Conspiracy and begins to think there is no outside world, that The City or The Village is the only remaining bastion of civilization. This will be disrupted when either an outsider comes into the community or one of the members of the community is required to leave it for some reason. This may cause the members of the shadowy government who know the truth to kill the interlopers, if they haven't gone native and/or died themselves.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Extremely common in the science fiction genre which inspired it, especially in the more cynical age since the 70s when it was popularized by Logan's Run. It nearly always takes place in a dystopian future, or at best a World Half Full where the outside world really is that bad, or a world where the people are brought up to believe the world is untenable outside, in order to control them. This little plot device is a prime source of Paranoia Fuel for innocent minds.
Often run by an Emperor Scientist who likes to produce Designer Babies and force everyone to wear identical pajamas. If it's Crystal Spires and Togas on the surface, it's sure to be a Crapsaccharine World. If the outside world has improved after mankind abandoned it, it's also a Green Aesop. If the rest of mankind went on without them, it may be a Cruel Twist Ending.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })A frequent subtrope is the Generation Ship, a huge slower-than-light vessel designed for journeys lasting multiple generations— in this case, with inhabitants who've either forgotten or don't know their destination.
Not to be confused with the Bottle City of Kandor, part of the Superman mythos: Kandor really is a literal city in a bottle (shrunken by an alien robot), but isn't part of this trope. For a community that knows about the outside, but just wants nothing to do with it, see Hidden Elf Village.
Often a Domed Hometown with a Wall Around the World which may or may not be doomed by its residents' collapsing infrastructure and the idiocy and forgetfulness of the sheeple. If the hero is banished for noting that the place is falling apart, compare Defector from Decadence, Ignored Expert. If the food supply is Made Of People, compare Town with a Dark Secret and/or Powered by a Forsaken Child.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })See also Escape from the Crazy Place. If you want to get really dark, the heroes may escape the Government Conspiracy only to find that the outside world really is barren and desolate. Possibly does double duty as an Underground City or Underwater City.
Compare Crapsaccharine World, Hidden Elf Village (especially if the inhabitants are Perfect Pacifist People), Lost World, Space Amish, and Space Elves (of the Proud Scholar Race Guy sort). Contrast The Outside World. See also Space Brasília.
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In Shin Megami Tensei IV, the residents of the Kingdom of East Mikado really do believe that there isn't anything outside—the thought never once occurs to anyone. They are so convinced East Mikado contains the entirety of humanity that a major character finds a novel set in France and immediately assumes it's a fictional country. It's not that they're super-ignorant: The Archangels, led by Gabriel, are deliberately subtly influencing the thoughts of the people of East Mikado in this way, treating the place much like a human ant farm.
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The underground hatch (and likely their old city of Beautopia) that Susan Strong and the Hyooman tribe live in starts out this way on Adventure Time.
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The titular hospital in Awful Hospital is this to the Nose and he can't imagine anything besides the hospital.
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Elizabeth Bear's Dust plays with the "stranded generation ship" version.
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The city of Palm Brinks in Dark Chronicle was cut off from the outside world by a giant stone wall, the only exits being the train station and main gate. This was actually done by the mayor to protect the citizens from the villain. He was after a mystical artifact called the Atlamillia (actually three jewels but the city has the red one), and he didn't want to destroy the city with the artifact floating around in there somewhere. The male hero, Max, has been carrying the jewel around for some time now, and no one noticed.
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In an in-Verse example, in the Mystery Case Files game Return to Ravenhearst, there's a map on the wall of Gwendolyn and Charlotte's home-schooling classroom that depicts nothing but an outline of England and Wales, with "Unknown" scrawled on the vague, fading-out edges of Scotland, Ireland, and the French coast. The only settlement on the map is Blackpool, nearest town to the Ravenhearst estate.
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Crysta in Terranigma.
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Might and Magic VII featured a bonus level in the form of a Temple in a Bottle.
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Brigadoon, the 1954 film based on the stage play, features a Scottish village which only appears every one hundred years and became isolated based a local pastor's prayer for a miracle to protect the villagers from change. The miracle is then jeopardized by Harry's wish to leave.
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In the Fine Structure story "Crushed Underground", a revolution overthrows the governor of such a city - until he reveals that the surface of earth outside the city really is uninhabitable.
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In The Forest of Hands and Teeth, set generations after a Zombie Apocalypse kills most of humanity, Mary lives in a town that is fenced in to keep the Unconsecrated (or zombies) out. It is revealed that pretty much all surviving towns are like this.
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Dragon Quest VII: A major supernatural cataclysm ripped the world AND its spirit apart, meaning the various island cities ripped apart from the former continents don't even remember that a few decades ago, there were others. For all they know, there has only been their island, the sea, the sky, and nothing else. The protagonist's job is to fix the screwed up problems that each island has developed so they can stitch their world back together.
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2005 film The Island. The last remnants of humanity hope to win a state-run lottery to be resettled on an island paradise. Actually, they are clones harvested for body parts by an unscrupulous corporation.
Of course, this film is an unacknowledged remake of Parts: The Clonus Horror which is about a colony of people who similarly hope to be resettled in a paradise known only to them as "America." And who are likewise clones raised to provide spare organs for the rich and powerful.
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The Orville episode “If the Stars Should Appear” has the crew encounter a huge bioship that has a giant ecosystem inside it with a single city and lots of farmland. The people believe that this are is the entire universe, created by their god. To believe otherwise is heresy, punishable by death. In fact, the leader admits there is a possibility their beliefs are wrong, but he doesn't want to cause a panic (and lose power). After getting to the bridge, the crew see a message left by the ship's captain, who reveals that the ship's journey was supposed to only last for a century, but a Negative Space Wedgie knocked out the engines, leaving the ship adrift for two millennia. The dome is also designed to open to simulate night but hasn't been opened in a long time. They open it to show the people the stars for the first time in their lives.
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Jiiha village in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, where Simon and Kamina hail from. Kamina steadfastly believes in the surface world, much to the dismay of the chief, who only believes its existence once Yoko and a Ganmen crash through the ceiling.
Adai village is an extreme example: they have so few resources that they can only maintain a population of 50, and must exile any excesses, chosen by lottery.
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Most of the Nordic countries, particularly Iceland have become this in Stand Still, Stay Silent after a ghastly Body Horror plague spread across the rest of the world. There's some in-universe speculation about whether any other small clusters of survivors are out there, but if they do exist then they might as well be on Mars, given the vast wasteland of shambling horrors (some of which used to be human) between them and the homelands of the viewpoint characters.
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The Outer Limits (1995): In "A New Life", approximately 40 young people who are tired of the rat race join a religious community in an isolated wooded area. It turns out that the 20 square mile area surrounding their village is part of a massive spaceship and that aliens intend to sell their descendants into slavery, after humanity's rebellious traits have been bred out of them.
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The Village: The film is about a village whose population lives in fear of creatures inhabiting the woods beyond it, referred to as "Those We Don't Speak Of". It is revealed that the village was founded in the late 1970s. Edward Walker, then a professor of American history at the University of Pennsylvania, approached other people he met at a grief counseling clinic, all suffering the crime-related death of loved ones. He asked them to join in creating a place where they would sustain themselves and be protected from any aspect of the outside world. They built Covington in the middle of a wildlife preserve purchased with Edward's family fortune. The head park ranger tells Kevin that the Walker Estate pays the government to keep the entire preserve a no-fly zone, while also funding the ranger corps who ensure no outside force disrupts the preserve.
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Alpha Complex in Paranoia. OK, so most people are aware that there is "an Outdoors", but all info on it is very heavily restricted, to the point that showing that you know that grass is green is grounds for execution.
Unless you're rank Green or above, of course.
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Doctor Who Magazine: Tickle Town in "Welcome to Tickle Town". Founder Tobias Tickle thought a nuclear war was inevitable and so sealed off his amusement park on its opening day - trapping the patrons - and teleported it deep underground. However, the war never happened.
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The human territory of Attack on Titan, sometimes referred to as "The Walled City" (it's actually the size of a small country and is ruled by a monarchy, but functions more or less like a city-state), is the only land that humans still control. The government is totally comfortable with sending unarmed, untrained citizens to "reclaim land from the Titans" in order to maintain a comfortable population density. Turns out to be all a lie, as there's people living outside the walls, in fact the Walls are a Vestigial Empire that decided to seclude itself from the outside world and specially from the superpower that dominates the continent.
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A Cracked article lists 6 isolated groups who had no idea that civilization existed.
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In the Æon Flux tie in comic The Herodotus File, it's revealed that the rulers of Bregna go to great lengths to prevent their citizens from learning that their city and its mortal enemy Monica were once the nation of Berognica, never mind anything about the world outside of the two walled cities.
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Suramar in World of Warcraft was protected from the Sundering by a magical barrier and has remained sealed away for 10,000 years since. The society forced back into the world by the Legion's arrival is ruled by a Deadly Decadent Court and severely addicted to mana.
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The underground city of Topeka in A Boy and His Dog is one of these, sheltering its genetically and culturally inbred populace from a post-apocalyptic world.
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Injustice 2 adds modernization to the old myth: Brainiac invented a form of non-euclidian digistruction so he could digitally compress stolen cities into head-sized data matrices with some pocket-dimension bullshit involved. Depending on who defeats Brainiac, the cities are restored, destroyed, or kept preserved, for good or evil.
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There is a slightly more conventional example in Fallout: New Vegas, Nellis Air Force Base with its population of explosive-loving Boomers. They trace their origins to Vault 34 and have a strict isolationist policy, enforced upon the outside world with artillery fire. The Boomers make everything they need inside the airbase, and only have one goal outside its walls. Unlike a Hidden Elf Village, they are pretty ignorant of the outside world. While they have gathered some intel through binoculars, they are surprised that the courier even speaks the same language when he or she drops by.
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The "Zoojacks" in Schlock Mercenary.
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Æon Flux could almost be a remake of Logan's Run. In 2011, a deadly pathogenic virus has killed 99% of the Earth's population, forcing the survivors to regroup and scatter across the Earth. 404 years later, in late 2415, all of the survivors inhabit Bregna, a walled futuristic city-state, which is ruled by a congress of scientists. Although Bregna is largely an idyllic place in the destroyed Earth, people routinely disappear and the population has nightmares. At the end of the film, a dirigible crashes into the city wall, breaking it down to reveal the surrounding land for the first time in centuries. It is lush and fertile, not a wasteland as they were taught.
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1984: Airstrip One is generally considered to be one of these. Opinions vary on what the rest of the world might hold.
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In Zeno Clash 2 the primitive, brutish 'world' of Zenozoik is discovered at a moment of revelation to be only a long-isolated fragment of a larger, far more technologically and socially advanced planet that has intentionally imprisoned the inhabitants there.
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Tokyo Jupiter in RahXephon.
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One of the few (perhaps the only) novels based on the Earthdawn game used this trope. A kaer, built to withstand the centuries-long invasion of the Horrors, is supposed to let its inhabitants out when the threat is over. However, thanks to a Horror that slipped inside before the kaer was sealed, something went wrong with the mechanism designed to tell the occupants it was time to leave, and the kaer's residents are slowly dying out in their needless confinement.
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In the early D&D module The Lost City, the few residents of the underground city who aren't drugged out of their minds by the evil priesthood are still convinced there's nothing but desert on the surface, and nothing but unbeatable monsters in the surrounding tunnels.
The shadow elves, when they finally found their way to the surface, found themselves in the midst of an uninhabitable wasteland (the Broken Lands). They concluded that the whole surface was like this, so returned to their underground realm, where they didn't learn of their mistake for centuries.
 City in a Bottle / int_6ac55ec7
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1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6ac55ec7
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1.0
 Dungeons & Dragons (Tabletop Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6ac55ec7
 City in a Bottle / int_6b685721
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_6b685721
comment
The Mole People, about a subterranean albino Sumerian race who disbelieved in the surface world.
 City in a Bottle / int_6b685721
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6b685721
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1.0
 The Mole People
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6b685721
 City in a Bottle / int_6c06c2eb
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_6c06c2eb
comment
Megazone23 does this with what the inhabitants believe to be Tokyo during The '80s; anyone who travels overseas is secretly brainwashed with memories of their "trip".
 City in a Bottle / int_6c06c2eb
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6c06c2eb
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1.0
 Megazone 23
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6c06c2eb
 City in a Bottle / int_6c1d09b3
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_6c1d09b3
comment
Vault 101 in Fallout 3. It and the other "Vaults" were constructed to shelter a human population safely underground in the event of a nuclear war. In theory, as radiation levels decreased the Vaults would open to the outside world and the survivors would rebuild civilization, but Vault 101 remained closed for two hundred years, and the Overseers tell the population that the surface is still inhabitable. Whether or not it remains a City in a Bottle depends on the player's decisions.note It wasn't always sealed, despite it being the main focus of the "experiment". There were several expeditions that gradually expanded the knowledge of the outside world (that and radroaches). Eventually, James brought the Lone Wanderer there to raise them in safety before he had to leave 19 years later.
 City in a Bottle / int_6c1d09b3
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6c1d09b3
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1.0
 Fallout 3 (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6c1d09b3
 City in a Bottle / int_6e907c1
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_6e907c1
comment
The Sandman features a literal case: the majestic city of Baghdad is sealed inside a bottle at the request of its king and given to Dream to take care of; this allows the city to continue forever in dreams, even when the city is war-torn and battered in reality.
 City in a Bottle / int_6e907c1
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6e907c1
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1.0
 The Sandman (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6e907c1
 City in a Bottle / int_6ec3ba16
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_6ec3ba16
comment
In an episode of Mutant X, some of the group accidentally enter a pocket dimension that had been set up to be an agrarian utopia. All references to the outside world had been erased, in the belief that human nature could be changed with a clean break from human history and all its violence.
 City in a Bottle / int_6ec3ba16
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_6ec3ba16
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1.0
 Mutant X
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_6ec3ba16
 City in a Bottle / int_70814599
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_70814599
comment
Stargate SG-1
One episode has the SG-1 team mind-swapped with some stored memories about working in a mine. Said mine was actually underneath a magnificent city and was used to keep said magnificent city running. But it was sold as a city in a bottle. They were told they kept it going or else the cold freezing air above the mine would kill them all. They thought that nothing else was above them. They thought that if they didn't work, they'd die, or at least, no longer get fed. It wasn't as bad as normal cities in bottles, but it was pretty bad.
In one episode, the stargate was inside a dome created by a force-field, and the atmosphere outside actually was toxic. The twist was that the computer controlling the dome was running out of power, and had to slowly shrink the dome and kill off some inhabitants (mind control through their neural links to make them walk outside) in order to save the rest. Eventually the humans were all evacuated to another planet.
SG-1 encountered a planet where the population was inside a greenhouse-like building. They were all hooked up to a Matrix-like simulation to preserve them indefinitely while their planet repaired itself from an extreme industrial disaster. The computer/caretaker that was also in charge of helping repair and maintain the outside environment kept telling them that it wasn't safe to leave yet, as it believed that they would simply destroy the environment yet again if set loose in the real world.
 City in a Bottle / int_70814599
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_70814599
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1.0
 Stargate SG-1
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_70814599
 City in a Bottle / int_753a01c0
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_753a01c0
comment
"The Allegory of the Cave" from Plato's The Republic uses such a society as a metaphor for the human soul and the philosopher.
 City in a Bottle / int_753a01c0
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_753a01c0
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1.0
 The Republic
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_753a01c0
 City in a Bottle / int_7668653a
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_7668653a
comment
Mass Effect 2 revealed that the Reapers themselves are kind of walking cities in bottles. Dialogue was removed that details the Reaper harvesting process. EDI states that the captive humans were being reduced to their basic components by being dissected down to the atomic level. The data from the process could then be uploaded into a Reaper's neural network, thus storing the knowledge and essence of the individual that was liquefied in the process. Harbinger indicates that being turned into a Reaper is a form of rebirth.
 City in a Bottle / int_7668653a
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_7668653a
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1.0
 Mass Effect 2 (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_7668653a
 City in a Bottle / int_7fb486bc
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_7fb486bc
comment
Koholint Island in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The citizens (except for Marin) believe there is nothing beyond the sea and don't understand the concept of "when" they came to the island. This is because the island is All Just a Dream.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has this in Kokiri Village, where the locals know little to nothing of what goes on outside the forest, and all believe that leaving will cause them to die.
Skyloft in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword qualifies — the civilization apparently consists of less than a thousand people, all of whom live on a few dozen floating islands in the sky. The land below is a complete mystery, believed to be overrun with hideous monsters, but an impenetrable cloud cover prevents anyone from even descending to it.
 City in a Bottle / int_7fb486bc
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_7fb486bc
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1.0
 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_7fb486bc
 City in a Bottle / int_8019a9f1
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8019a9f1
comment
The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Themyscira is a walled city which the inhabitants are warned not to stray from on an island that's been placed behind a magical barrier separating it from the dimension of the physical world, and where the ruling powers claim that humanity outside the barrier has been entirely killed off.
 City in a Bottle / int_8019a9f1
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8019a9f1
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1.0
 The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016) (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8019a9f1
 City in a Bottle / int_8369064f
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8369064f
comment
THX 1138 lived in one of these, until the very end.
 City in a Bottle / int_8369064f
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8369064f
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1.0
 THX 1138
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8369064f
 City in a Bottle / int_8447b3c1
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8447b3c1
comment
Thneedville in The Lorax is a lesser version — it hasn't been closed-off for hundreds of years, but it's been at least a generation, possibly longer, since anyone traveled beyond the walls. Also, the residents are aware that there's a world outside their town, but they don't know or care about what it's like, since they're perfectly happy where they are.
 City in a Bottle / int_8447b3c1
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8447b3c1
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1.0
 The Lorax
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8447b3c1
 City in a Bottle / int_84d455d4
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_84d455d4
comment
Paradigm City in The Big O is a Domed Hometown heavily implied to be a post-apocalyptic New York City whose citizens all simultaneously came down with a mysterious case of total amnesia forty years back. As far as anyone can tell until some foreigners show up to disabuse them of the notion, the entire rest of the world is an unpopulated wasteland.
 City in a Bottle / int_84d455d4
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_84d455d4
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1.0
 The Big O
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_84d455d4
 City in a Bottle / int_85919336
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_85919336
comment
In Gotham City Garage, Lex Luthor built a dome encircling Gotham City to protect it from the gangs of marauders roving around the wastelands... and to keep everyone controlled. Thirty-five years later, no local is certain that there's anything beyond the dome other than a dangerous desert.
 City in a Bottle / int_85919336
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_85919336
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1.0
 Gotham City Garage (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_85919336
 City in a Bottle / int_87fab81b
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_87fab81b
comment
High Sacristan, location of the Canticle Engine in Micah E. F. Martin's short story The Canticle, is the last city on Earth. Everything visible from its walls is desolate, endless dessert.
 City in a Bottle / int_87fab81b
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_87fab81b
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1.0
 The Canticle
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_87fab81b
 City in a Bottle / int_8b957d5d
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8b957d5d
comment
The planet Krikkit from Life, the Universe and Everything was originally one of these totally by accident. Well, maybe not totally by accident...
Worth noting that the Krikkiters' response when they did discover there was an outside universe was to decide, with chilling logic, that the truth must be restored by destroying it. ALL OF IT.
 City in a Bottle / int_8b957d5d
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8b957d5d
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1.0
 Life, the Universe and Everything
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8b957d5d
 City in a Bottle / int_8c87469c
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8c87469c
comment
Skyloft in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword qualifies — the civilization apparently consists of less than a thousand people, all of whom live on a few dozen floating islands in the sky. The land below is a complete mystery, believed to be overrun with hideous monsters, but an impenetrable cloud cover prevents anyone from even descending to it.
 City in a Bottle / int_8c87469c
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8c87469c
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1.0
 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8c87469c
 City in a Bottle / int_8d4e80a9
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8d4e80a9
comment
Each of the worlds in The World And Thorinn believes that it is the only world. In actuality, each is a carefully conserved sector under the surface of the Earth.
 City in a Bottle / int_8d4e80a9
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8d4e80a9
featureConfidence
1.0
 The World And Thorinn
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8d4e80a9
 City in a Bottle / int_8d5438b9
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8d5438b9
comment
In Christopher Priest's novel The Inverted World the inhabitants of the mobile city are told that they, originally colonists from Earth, are bottled in because of the harsh environment of their alien planet. Only the elites are allowed to go outside and know the real truth.
 City in a Bottle / int_8d5438b9
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8d5438b9
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1.0
 The Inverted World
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8d5438b9
 City in a Bottle / int_8d817ccb
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_8d817ccb
comment
In one of the final episodes of Lost, Jacob and the Man in Black's mother tells the Man in Black that the island is all there is, and that nothing exists beyond the sea.
 City in a Bottle / int_8d817ccb
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_8d817ccb
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1.0
 Lost
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_8d817ccb
 City in a Bottle / int_938e19ec
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_938e19ec
comment
Jim Henson's 1980s children's show Fraggle Rock:
Small creatures (Fraggles) living in a cave which exits to a mousehole in a tinker's shop (or a lighthouse, if you saw the UK version). One fraggle, "Uncle Traveling Matt," wanders the outside world, sending postcards which show great places of geography (and mundane, everyday objects) from an innocent's point of view.
The Gorgs who live on the side of the cave opposite the tinker's shop. These three creatures are so enormous that they believe themselves to be the only sentient beings in the Universe, and labor under the delusion that they are the Universe's supreme rulers.
 City in a Bottle / int_938e19ec
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_938e19ec
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1.0
 Fraggle Rock
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_938e19ec
 City in a Bottle / int_9453927b
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_9453927b
comment
Judoh in Heat Guy J. People are not allowed to leave the city, and there is not even trade with other city-states. This is because people are mistrustful of other people because apparently humanity came close to nuking itself to death when it utilized the technology of the resident Superior Species.
 City in a Bottle / int_9453927b
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_9453927b
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1.0
 Heat Guy J
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_9453927b
 City in a Bottle / int_985ddbb1
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_985ddbb1
comment
In Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden the American Sunbelt region is similar to the Pleasantville example above. For some reason, it never occurred to any of these people to go visit the Gundam X crew up in Canada or the Combat Mecha Xabungle guys across the sea.
 City in a Bottle / int_985ddbb1
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_985ddbb1
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1.0
 Super Robot Wars Alpha (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_985ddbb1
 City in a Bottle / int_995158f0
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_995158f0
comment
Nancy Farmer's The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, set in futuristic Zimbabwe, includes an area cordoned off - much like in The Village - where the people chose, generations ago, to live apart from the modern world, and where they have turned into a shamanistic backwards tribe that believes in boogey men and kills certain unwanted babies (specifically twins - or, rather, one of the twins, the girl if it's a split-gender pair).
 City in a Bottle / int_995158f0
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_995158f0
featureConfidence
1.0
 The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_995158f0
 City in a Bottle / int_9994a14f
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_9994a14f
comment
In WALL•E, the directive to keep the Axiom from going back to Earth doesn't necessarily force humanity to forget life on Earth; it just happens all on its own.
 City in a Bottle / int_9994a14f
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_9994a14f
featureConfidence
1.0
 WALL•E
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_9994a14f
 City in a Bottle / int_9a7088bc
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_9a7088bc
comment
Star Trek: The Original Series
The episode "For The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" featured this on a generation ship.
In "Spock's Brain", Captain Kirk has entered the Underground City and asks one of the beautiful but childlike inhabitants where they are. She just responds in confusion, "This place is here!" With the exception of men used for servants and procreation whom they lure from the surface when needed, they don't require anything else as the city provides it all.
 City in a Bottle / int_9a7088bc
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_9a7088bc
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1.0
 Star Trek: The Original Series
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_9a7088bc
 City in a Bottle / int_9acdda28
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_9acdda28
comment
Cowslip's warren in Watership Down. The rabbits there are fed and protected from predators by farmers who lives nearby, but the humans don't do this out of the goodness of their hearts; The undergrowth is littered with snares. The rabbits are too comfortable in such a sheltered life, so they to deny any knowledge of the snares and the friends taken by them.
 City in a Bottle / int_9acdda28
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_9acdda28
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1.0
 Watership Down
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_9acdda28
 City in a Bottle / int_9d25491c
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_9d25491c
comment
Pandorum is set on a Generation Ship, primarily due to Space Madness and Laser-Guided Amnesia.
 City in a Bottle / int_9d25491c
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_9d25491c
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1.0
 Pandorum
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_9d25491c
 City in a Bottle / int_a09b76a
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_a09b76a
comment
The plot of The Thirteenth Floor involves a simulation of the early 20th century city that only extends to the city limits.
 City in a Bottle / int_a09b76a
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_a09b76a
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1.0
 The Thirteenth Floor
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_a09b76a
 City in a Bottle / int_a2e4f356
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_a2e4f356
comment
Legends of the Dead Earth: In Robin Annual #5, the inhabitants of the Generation Ship Gotham believe that it is the sum total of the universe.
 City in a Bottle / int_a2e4f356
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_a2e4f356
featureConfidence
1.0
 Legends of the Dead Earth (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_a2e4f356
 City in a Bottle / int_a59b5e9d
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_a59b5e9d
comment
The Community from The Giver, has existed for long enough that no one has any concrete knowledge of the world outside it (known as "Elsewhere"), except the Receiver of Memory. An interesting example as it was intended for their own good, and the ones who Know The Truth carry the burden of knowing every memory ever held by mankind, including the bad and painful ones.
 City in a Bottle / int_a59b5e9d
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_a59b5e9d
featureConfidence
1.0
 The Giver
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_a59b5e9d
 City in a Bottle / int_ace263fa
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_ace263fa
comment
Deltora Quest 2 features Lief, Barda and Jasmine attempting to collect three pieces of a magic pipe. One piece was being held on a literally bubble-enclosed island, citizens of said island banishing the part of their group who told the truth and acknowledged the past. What brings down the bubble is Jasmine's insistence on telling the truth, rocking the faith of the one sorcerer still left alive on the island.
 City in a Bottle / int_ace263fa
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_ace263fa
featureConfidence
1.0
 Deltora Quest
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_ace263fa
 City in a Bottle / int_ae050a9f
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_ae050a9f
comment
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has this in Kokiri Village, where the locals know little to nothing of what goes on outside the forest, and all believe that leaving will cause them to die.
 City in a Bottle / int_ae050a9f
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_ae050a9f
featureConfidence
1.0
 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Videogame
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_ae050a9f
 City in a Bottle / int_b00aafbe
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_b00aafbe
comment
In the Malibu Comics' Ultraverse continuity, the Fire People were an offshoot of humanity that lived in a hidden community Beneath the Earth for so long that the "world of light and air" was considered a myth.
 City in a Bottle / int_b00aafbe
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_b00aafbe
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1.0
 The Ultraverse (Comic Book)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_b00aafbe
 City in a Bottle / int_b2653c12
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_b2653c12
comment
Maraposza Street, also known as "the dreaming street", in Abarat.
 City in a Bottle / int_b2653c12
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_b2653c12
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1.0
 Abarat
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_b2653c12
 City in a Bottle / int_b50b548
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_b50b548
comment
A non-scifi example in Black Sigil, where Bel Lenora voluntarily sealed itself off from the rest of the world then forgot that the rest of the world existed.
 City in a Bottle / int_b50b548
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_b50b548
featureConfidence
1.0
 Black Sigil (Video Game)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_b50b548
 City in a Bottle / int_babfc48
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_babfc48
comment
The third book of the Gormenghast trilogy, Titus Alone is about Titus exploring the world outside of Gormenghast. As Gormenghast is a crumbling medieval castle, he is shocked when he discovers a city of skyscrapers.
 City in a Bottle / int_babfc48
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_babfc48
featureConfidence
1.0
 Gormenghast
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_babfc48
 City in a Bottle / int_bd310eaa
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_bd310eaa
comment
In El Goonish Shive, the "Fantasy Wasteland" storyline starts with Grace starting out from "underground Dwarven Ruins" which are a parody of Fallout's vaults.
 City in a Bottle / int_bd310eaa
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_bd310eaa
featureConfidence
1.0
 El Goonish Shive (Webcomic)
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_bd310eaa
 City in a Bottle / int_c3bbb7f7
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_c3bbb7f7
comment
Turned on its head in the dystopian Sci-Fi movie Dark City (1998). Everyone in the city is subtly programmed to believe that there is an "outside" to their monstrous city (which is locked in everlasting night time), the beautiful sun-lit Shell Beach. Everyone is utterly certain they know the way to Shell Beach, but if someone actually tries to find it, the only train that supposedly goes to Shell Beach never stops at any train station, all roads going there simply go in circles or end in front of walls or canals, and in the end, Shell Beach was only an illusion. In reality, the city is all there is, a huge edifice drifting in the darkness of outer space, created and controlled by The Strangers, aliens who abducted humans from... some other place no-one can remember anymore, because The Strangers control their memories.
 City in a Bottle / int_c3bbb7f7
featureApplicability
1.0
 City in a Bottle / int_c3bbb7f7
featureConfidence
1.0
 Sci-Fi
hasFeature
City in a Bottle / int_c3bbb7f7
 City in a Bottle / int_c7946019
type
City in a Bottle
 City in a Bottle / int_c7946019
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In the underground world in Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, the existence of 'the surface' is a legend, a myth - after all, how could it even be possible for a place to have no roof?
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Again, Logan's Run.
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Pleasantville. Here the people in the TV show actually do know there are other people - it just never occurred to them they can leave and see them...
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The D'ni, as seen in the Myst novel The Book of Ti'ana, are a strange example. The central hub of D'ni culture is indeed located underground, tunelling deep and wide in all directions. But they also have access to special books which can transport them to a theoretically infinite number of Ages, many of which are outdoorsy. But when Atrus and his team are building upwards through disused tunnels, they still encounter resistance from politicians who believe that, in their homeworld, the "Surface" is an impossibility!
Though most of the political opposition to tunneling to the surface has less to do with a belief in its impossibility, and more to do with a belief that D'ni has nothing to gain by going to the surface (they can write linking books for any surface resource they need) and much to lose (if there are hostile dwellers on the surface they may follow the D'ni back down the tunnel and sack the city.)
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The One State in We.
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In Divergent, the people of Chicago, having resided there for eight generations believe that Chicago is the last remaining bastion of humanity, and that what lies beyond the outer gates is desolate wasteland. Averted in Allegiant, when it's revealed that not only does Chicago is not the only bastion, the US government still exists, albeit as a Fallen States of America. Half of the US population is dead, but other peoples still exist in other cities, some of which were also formerly used for experiments to produce more GP population. In fact, Tris' mother, Natalie was a refugee from one of those cities: Milwaukee.
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Dimension X: In episode thirty-one, an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's "Universe", it is generally believed that the Ship, which is a sphere, 25 kilometers wide and with 100 levels, is the sum total of the universe. Even asking what is beyond the Ship is considered heresy and typically leads to the culprit being fed into the converter.
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Logan's Run, the Trope Codifier. In the year 2274, the remnants of human civilization live in a sealed city contained beneath a cluster of geodesic domes, a utopia run by a computer that takes care of all aspects of life, including reproduction. The citizens live a hedonistic life but, to prevent overpopulation, everyone must undergo the rite of "Carrousel" when they reach the age of 30. There, they are killed under the guise of being "renewed.” When Logan and escape the dome, they discover that they have been lied to and that life exists outside the dome, and that it is possible to live past 30.
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Earthsearch: This BBC Radio Drama has the protagonists encounter another ship like their own with the 'colony that's forgotten they're on a spaceship' version. The locals are panicked by the sight of their spacesuits, assuming they are monsters. A Reasonable Authority Figure takes them into custody, but when they reveal they're searching for Earth has them sentenced to death by hanging, the fate of anyone who suggests the Earth is a real place instead of the afterlife it's assumed to be. Fortunately they're rescued by the Underpeople, inhabitants of another colony on the spaceship, who mention that any attempt to show the Earth Worshippers outer space causes them to Go Mad from the Revelation or just accuse the Underpeople of creating illusions to deceive them. Incidentally, the author James Follett also wrote a prequel novel Earthsearch: Mindwarp based on this concept, in which the protagonists of an Underground City go in search of the dreaded Outdoors.
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The village of Johnny "Goodboy" Tyler in Battlefield Earth originally believed they were the last people left on Earth.
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In Across the Universe by Beth Revis, the remainder of humanity is riding aboard a single, city-sized spaceship to their new home planet. The trip will take generations, so the important people have been cryogenically frozen while the rest are ruled by Eldest and his protege, Elder.
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Custom Robo for the Gamecube eventually reveals that you've been living in a domed city and your "flat world" was actually the last habitable area of a ruined round planet. Rahu destroyed most of the planet, with nothing left outside but a handful of ruins and the Z-Syndicate's base surrounded by floating abyss and storms.
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The majority of worlds in the Kingdom Hearts series, with most of the exceptions being worlds whose very purpose is linked to the multiplicity of worlds. At most, there's youth speculation about the existence of other worlds.
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The 1981 made-for-TV movie Goliath Awaits features a British ocean liner sunken by a U-Boat in 1938 a la the Lusitania, which was partially saved and transformed into an underwater version of this by a genius inventor/Chief Engineer played by Christopher Lee. Generations have grown up, and some people don't want to return to the outer world when a crew finds them 43 years later.
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This is a perfectly legitimate strategy in Dwarf Fortress, and in fact was used on a regular basis in the 2d version-which has been described as a Nintendo Hard, single-player version of Korean Starcraft. In 40d it was much less necessary for the experienced player-due to 40d being ridiculously easy-but it is back, to a certain degree, in the 31 series. Depending on your supplies, it is perfectly possible to survive for a hundred in-game years (consider that at 50 FPS a season will take two to three hours) off incest, kittens, and Plump Helmets.
Some players generate worlds with no surviving civilizations to embark with this trope invoked. Embarking to an isolated island a simpler method. In either case, after the first wave of immigrants, there will be no contact with the outside world, or evidence that it exists.
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The 1973 Canadian production The Starlost featured a generation ship where disaster had killed the crew, while the passengers had lost the knowledge that they were indeed aboard a ship. Not to mention the disaster had altered the ship's course to collide with a star. The premise was interesting, but Harlan Ellison was disappointed enough with the end results to affix his Cordwainer Bird pseudonym to it.
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