This is a list of fictional towns, villages and cities organized by each city's medium. This list should include only well-referenced, notable examples of fictional towns, cities, settlements and villages that are integral to a work of fiction and substantively depicted therein.
A fictional American city that is the home of Batman, and the principal setting for all Batman comics, films, and other adaptations. Generally portrayed as a dark, crime-ridden locale, writer/artist Frank Miller has described Gotham City as New York City at night. It was originally strongly inspired by Trenton, Ontario's history, location, atmosphere, and various architectural styles, and has since incorporated elements from New York City, Detroit, Pittsburgh, London and Chicago. Anton Furst's designs of Gotham for Tim Burton's Batman (1989) have been influential on subsequent portrayals: he set out to "make Gotham City the ugliest and bleakest metropolis imaginable."
A fictional town in the American midwest (often placed in Kansas) that is the hometown of Superman, where he landed on earth as an infant and was raised under an ordinary human identity in a small, idyllic farming community. Comics and adapted media that portray Superman's origin typically show his growing up in Smallville (such as Superman (1978)), and the adult Superman also returns to visit. Smallville debuted in comics as the setting for Superboy (originally the identity of Superman as a youth, later made into a separate character) but was first mentioned in The Adventures of Superman radio show. The television series Smallville broadcast from 2001 to 2011.
Zion is a fictional city in The Matrix films. It is the last humancity on the planetEarth after a cataclysmic nuclear war between humankind and sentient Machines, which resulted in artificial lifeforms dominating the world.
Cabot Cove, Maine, is the small, fictional fishing village in which Jessica Fletcher lives in the television series Murder, She Wrote. Many episodes of Murder, She Wrote used Cabot Cove as a location because the show's producers were contractually obliged to deliver five Cabot Cove episodes a year. Despite the town's population of 3,560, Cabot Cove became notable as a place where a large number of murders took place. The New York Times calculated that almost 2% of Cabot Cove's residents died during the show's run. More visitors to Cabot Cove died than residents.
Cabot Cove is named after the town's founder, Winfred Cabot. Perhaps setting the stage for the town's reputation for murders, Cabot was killed in a murder-suicide situation with his wife Hepzibah. It has an architectural heritage of Victorian houses. Given the village's rich history, coastal location and close proximity to eastern U.S. cities, Cabot Cove was transformed from a small, sleepy fishing village to a tourist destination for the people coming from New York.
Sunnydale, California is the fictional setting for the U.S. television drama Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Series creator Joss Whedon conceived the town as a representation of a generic California city, as well as a narrative parody of the all-too-serene towns typical in traditional horror movies.
Sunnydale is located on a "Hellmouth"; a portal "between this reality and the next", and convergence point of mystical energies.
Springfield is the fictional town in which the AmericananimatedsitcomThe Simpsons is set. A mid-sized town in an undetermined state of the United States, Springfield acts as a complete universe in which characters can explore the issues faced by modern society. The geography of the town and its surroundings are flexible, changing to address whatever an episode’s plot calls for. Springfield's location is impossible to determine; the show is deliberately evasive on the subject, providing contradictory clues and impossible information about an actual geographic location.
Hogsmeade Village is the only settlement in Britain inhabited solely by magical beings, and is located to the northwest of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was founded by medieval wizard Hengist of Woodcroft. Much of Hogsmeade's architecture reflects its medieval origin; the village is known for its leaning medieval houses. Hogsmeade primarily consists of a single thoroughfare, called High Street, on which most shops and other magical venues reside.
Middlemarch is a fictional town in 19th century England circa 1832. It is the setting for George Eliot's 1872 novel. A small town in New Zealand bears the same name, possibly because the wife of a 19th-century surveyor was reading the novel at the time settlements were being catalogued.
Vice City, as depicted in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, is set in 1986, a reference to 1980s Miami, Vice City is specifically indicated to be located within the state of Florida, while Vice City was suggested to exist alongside Miami in Grand Theft Auto III.