Absurdly Cool City
In fictional settings, authors often decide to make great cites for their work. In "classic" sci-fi the city served as a common trope to be used to represent whatever society that existed. Then, when animated, drawn or otherwise shown, a Design Student's Orgasm usually occurs.
This comes in two flavors, although "shiny and awesome" is prevalent unless the work is a set in a Crapsack World. This sort of city is often the capital of The Federation, The Alliance, The Empire, or The Republic. It's usually a City of Adventure.
- 1 Shiny and Awesome
- 2 Dark and Gritty
- 3 Both Shiny and Gritty
- 4 UNSORTED
Shiny and Awesome
Anime and Manga
- Vampire New York as seen in Daybreakers. While it's the exact opposite of "shiny", the sheer infrastructure of adapting the biggest city in the United States to Vampires gets it put in this category. Besides, Dark is shiny for vampires.
- Star Wars:
- Any city level from Ratchet & Clank. You'd think those guys were architects.
- Dentech City from Rockman EXE. The fact that Everything Is Online compounds this. And its virtual counterpart Navi City which is online.
- The Citadel from Mass Effect. It's a a giant space station. Just check out its page. It. Is. Awesome. Of course, it was made by crazy Robo-Cthulhu death farmers. But that's beside the point.
- "Ubiquitos", also known as 'The City' from Mirror's Edge. See also Ascetic Aesthetic and Scenery Porn.
- The titular Megatokyo.
- Cloudsdale from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, a hovering (and possibly mobile) city made almost entirely from clouds and rainbows and featuring a weather factory.
Dark and Gritty
- The eponymous Dark City is a Scenery Porn-tastic, German Expressionism-inspired, Always Night City in a Bottle.
- The city in Blade Runner, as depicted in fanart here.
- In RoboCop, OCP portrays Delta City as Shiny and Awesome, but, like every other product OCP makes...
- Star Wars:
- Ankh-Morpork from Discworld, though most of its dark has turned into grime and might occasionally become part of something served in a bun.
Both Shiny and Gritty
- Warhammer 40,000 has quite a lot. Eldar cities and the Dark Eldar capital of Commorgah are both very impressive (the former are Crystal Spires and Togas style cites housed inside Craftworlds, spacecrafts the size of small moons, the latter is a Dark Towers and Spikes style city located inside the Webway). Humans have numerous heavily populated worlds with impressive looking cities, but the grand price goes to Holy Terra, seat of the Imperium. The Imperial Palace alone covers most of what used to be Eurasia.
Shiny, Gritty, or both?
- The major cities of World of Warcraft: Silver Moon, Undercity, the Exodar, Dalaran and Shattrah.
- The titular City of Ember.
- New Mombasa from Halo 3.
- The Human City from The Matrix. It's a virtual merger of several real-world cities.
- Dinotopia's Waterfall City.
- In James and the Giant Peach, James tends to think of New York City this way.