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17th May '17 8:54:59 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has Blackreach, a giant cave the size of a small country, housing an abandoned Dwemer city. Dwemer ruins can also contain exits to similar but smaller caverns.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has Blackreach, a giant cave the size of a small country, housing an abandoned Dwemer city. ancient [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] city complex. This, as well as other Dwemer ruins can also contain exits to similar throughout Skyrim, have largely been taken over by the Falmer, a race of subterranean goblin-like creatures who were once the graceful Snow Elves but smaller caverns.were taken in and twisted by the Dwemer when their race was threatened by the invading [[HornyVikings Nords]].
25th Apr '17 6:06:59 AM blackdaggr
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* The Underneath in ''TabletopGame/{{MagiNation}}'' is home to a large city and fungus jungles.
24th Apr '17 1:22:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/forum/t-1091408/scp-2622 SCP-2622]] claims to be from a subterranean world straight out of pulp fiction, home to a civilization of MoleMen, [[LizardFolk evil reptilian people]], and [[LostWorld caverns full of prehistoric life]]. [[spoiler:He's making everything up.]]
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8th Apr '17 10:00:41 AM Xtifr
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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', humanity lives in underground complexes, as the surface air is cold and poisonous. [[spoiler:Or at least that's the official story.]]

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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', "Literature/TheMachineStops", humanity lives in underground complexes, as the surface air is cold and poisonous. [[spoiler:Or at least that's the official story.]]
29th Mar '17 3:04:45 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' parodies the tendency for comic book super villains to come from here with the Underminer at the end of the movie.
--> "I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!"
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%% * It's also the main realm of ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber The City of Ember]]''.

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%% * It's also the main realm of ''[[Literature/TheBooksOfEmber ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'': The City of Ember]]''.Ember is a [[spoiler:post-apocalyptic bunker the size of a city]] that was built inside a colossal natural cave. Leaving it or entering it involves a climb up or down steep natural tunnels and a trip down an underground river.



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* This is the main setting of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', where the bulk of Drow civilization consists of a handful of large subterranean city-states within large caverns in an extensive underworld, separated by large stretches of stony wilderness home to isolated outposts, degenerate Drow MoleMen, and the few Dwarf nations the Drow didn't wipe out.

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* This is the main setting of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', where the bulk of Drow civilization consists of a handful of large subterranean city-states within large caverns in an extensive underworld, separated by large stretches of stony wilderness home to isolated outposts, driders, degenerate Drow MoleMen, and the few Dwarf nations the Drow didn't wipe out.out. It was created alongside the [[FloatingContinent sky world]] during the first of two apocalyptic wars waged by ancient elves, and at least one section, the [[Myth/NorseMythology Nidavellir]], is open to the sky but filled with a sea of fog.
** There's also a second underworld under a different continent from the main one, ruled by its own Drow nation, Hel. It's not a nice place.



* Parodied by The Underminer at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': "I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!"



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Diamond Dogs from "A Dog and Pony Show", a group of subterranean-dwelling dog-men.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Diamond Dogs from "A "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show", Show]]", a group of subterranean-dwelling dog-men.subterranean dog-men who inhabit a labyrinthine system of tunnels and large caves.
12th Mar '17 1:49:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', the Mole Men live here with thir hideous steeds and the Trogloditic men. Fortunately for mankind, the Mole Men are relatively nice 18th Century Enlightenment-types

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* In ''MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', the Mole Men live here with thir hideous steeds and the Trogloditic men. Fortunately for mankind, the Mole Men are relatively nice 18th Century Enlightenment-types
6th Mar '17 4:24:01 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' has Vastnir, [[spoiler: A nightmarish place populated by various mutant cats, and enslaved normal cats. Run by fallen god Grizraz Hearteater.]]

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* ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' has Vastnir, [[spoiler: A a nightmarish place populated by various mutant cats, cats and enslaved normal cats. Run cats, run by fallen god Grizraz Hearteater.]]



** In ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'', it's called the Underdark, and both use it in more or less the same way--a very hostile environment filled with ancient evil races where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.

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** In ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}'', it's called the Underdark, and both use it in more or less the same way--a way -- a very hostile environment filled with ancient evil races where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou.



* The Skaven in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} have a vast "under-empire" centered under the ruins of Skavenblight, with tunnels stretching all over the continent.

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* The Skaven in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' have a vast "under-empire" centered under the ruins of Skavenblight, with tunnels stretching all over the continent.
4th Mar '17 11:34:13 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': The Dinosaur Empire, where evolved dinosaurs were forced to hide underground since Earth was being bathed by a type of cosmic radiation -the Getter rays- that was killing them.

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* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': The Dinosaur Empire, where evolved dinosaurs were forced to hide underground since Earth was being bathed by a type of cosmic radiation -the -- the Getter rays- rays -- that was killing them.



* Much deeper than the Morlocks lies Subterrannea, inhabited by yellow-skinned, weak-willed humanoids and ruled by various humans who've gone there over the centuries--most notably the Mole Man, a ComicBook/FantasticFour villain.

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* Much deeper than the Morlocks lies Subterrannea, inhabited by yellow-skinned, weak-willed humanoids and ruled by various humans who've gone there over the centuries--most centuries -- most notably the Mole Man, a ComicBook/FantasticFour villain.



* ''MyLittlePony'' has the Dell Dwellers from "Mish Mash Melee" and the Kingdom of the Lava Demons from "Quest of the Princess Ponies".

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* ''MyLittlePony'' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' has the Dell Dwellers from "Mish Mash Melee" and the Kingdom of the Lava Demons from "Quest of the Princess Ponies".



** In "Mercy Mission" R2 and 3PO end up wandering about the cave-system beneath the surface of planet Aleen. There they encountered the inhabitants, who were causing earthquakes, trying to seal the breach between them and the surface, because surface air was poisonous to them.
** In "Bounty" Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett's crew visited a planet, Quarzite, which was inhabitable only below the surface. At the time the two native species, the Belugans and Kages were engaged in a CivilWar.

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** In "Mercy Mission" Mission", R2 and 3PO end up wandering about the cave-system cave system beneath the surface of planet Aleen. There they encountered the inhabitants, who included tree-like humanoids and the frog-like fairy Orphne, were causing earthquakes, trying to seal the breach between them and the surface, because surface air was poisonous to them.
** In "Bounty" "Bounty", Asajj Ventress and Boba Fett's crew visited a planet, Quarzite, which was inhabitable only below the surface. At the time the two native species, the Belugans and Kages Kages, were engaged in a CivilWar.



* Deep caverns permeated by sulfur gases are one of the major refuges for Archaea: ancient prokaryotes that dominated the primordial Earth before oxygen levels rose in the atmosphere. A far cry from dinosaurs, but still a "lost world" ecosystem that persists underground, billions of years after being displaced from much of the planet's surface.

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* Deep caverns permeated by sulfur gases are one of the major refuges for Archaea: Archaea, ancient prokaryotes that dominated the primordial Earth before oxygen levels rose in the atmosphere. A far cry from dinosaurs, but still a "lost world" ecosystem that persists underground, billions of years after being displaced from much of the planet's surface.
4th Mar '17 11:29:00 AM Theriocephalus
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Not so lucky ones (who often want revenge) get gloom, fungus (often of [[FungusHumongous incredible size]] and [[MushroomMan possibly sentient]]) and lava [[ConvectionSchmonvection (which tends to somehow survivable)]]. Often based on the "Morlocks" in Creator/HGWells' book ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''. Particularly well-to-do ones will build an UndergroundCity instead.

Often found side-by-side in with the UndergroundLevel and AbsurdlySpaciousSewer. In mythology, folklore, and fantasy, this is typically where you'll find TheUnderworld. (Or [[{{Hell}} that other place.]]) The KingInTheMountain can also be found here, resting until his hour of need comes again. When there's a whole hidden social system living underground, in secret but fairly regular contact with the mundane surface population, that's a WainscotSociety. See also MouseWorld, which is basically this but on a smaller scale, and DugTooDeep.

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Not so lucky ones (who often want revenge) revenge on whoever forced them to live here) get gloom, fungus (often of [[FungusHumongous incredible size]] and [[MushroomMan possibly sentient]]) and lava [[ConvectionSchmonvection (which tends to somehow survivable)]]. Often based on the "Morlocks" in Creator/HGWells' book ''Literature/TheTimeMachine''. Particularly well-to-do ones will build an UndergroundCity instead.

Often found side-by-side in with the UndergroundLevel and AbsurdlySpaciousSewer. In mythology, folklore, and fantasy, this is typically where you'll find TheUnderworld. (Or [[{{Hell}} that other place.]]) In ScienceFiction and PulpFiction settings, this will often be home to the MoleMen, as well as dinosaurs in any eventual lost worlds. In fantasy, expect instead to find [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]], [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblins]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter dark elves]] making their homes down here. The KingInTheMountain can also be found here, resting until his hour of need comes again. When there's a whole hidden social system living underground, in secret but fairly regular contact with the mundane surface population, that's a WainscotSociety. See also MouseWorld, which is basically this but on a smaller scale, and DugTooDeep.
3rd Mar '17 11:57:35 PM Theriocephalus
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Those who live BeneathTheEarth are often exiles from the World Above. They fled either to create a new home for themselves, or to harbor their grudge for revenge (depending on how well they did). Alternately, they may have fled to escape [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of Their World As They Knew It.]] If they had better technology or more resources, they might have built an ElaborateUndergroundBase or even an UndergroundCity; but if they don't they have to make do with simple caves and tunnels.

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Those who live BeneathTheEarth Beneath the Earth are often exiles from the World Above. They fled either to create a new home for themselves, or to harbor their grudge for revenge (depending on how well they did). Alternately, they may have fled to escape [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of Their World As They Knew It.]] If they had better technology or more resources, they might have built an ElaborateUndergroundBase or even an UndergroundCity; but if they don't they have to make do with simple caves and tunnels.



Go a few kilometers deeper, and the Earth's crust is filled with spacious caverns. The really lucky BeneathTheEarth dwellers will have a LostWorld thing going, with tropical flora and fauna in abundance (although occasionally with monsters like [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]]).

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Go a few kilometers deeper, and the Earth's crust is filled with spacious caverns. The really lucky BeneathTheEarth underground dwellers will have a LostWorld thing going, with tropical flora and fauna in abundance (although occasionally with monsters like [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]]).



** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' didn't have an underworld that spanned the entire setting, but one of the islands in the Mists was built on taking this trope to its most horrible conclusion--Bluetspur, home of the mind flayers.
*** Also, the Arak lived in a BeneathTheEarth environment before the Shadow Rift appeared, while the domain of Timor relocated to lie underneath that of Paridon.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' didn't have an underworld that spanned the entire setting, but one of the islands in the Mists was built on taking this trope to its most horrible conclusion--Bluetspur, conclusion -- Bluetspur, home of the mind flayers.
*** Also, the Arak lived in a BeneathTheEarth Beneath the Earth environment before the Shadow Rift appeared, while the domain of Timor relocated to lie underneath that of Paridon.



* The Sierra adventure game ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage'' has no less than four separate worlds BeneathTheEarth, each one nested inside the other. In the outermost world, being banished to The Lands Below is a form of capital punishment.

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* The Sierra adventure game ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage'' has no less than four separate worlds BeneathTheEarth, Beneath the Earth, each one nested inside the other. In the outermost world, being banished to The the Lands Below is a form of capital punishment.



* ''VideoGame/VividConceptions'': BeneathTheEarth is where the miniature Bantam civilization dwelled before dinosaurs even existed, and where the game takes place.

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* ''VideoGame/VividConceptions'': BeneathTheEarth Beneath the Earth is where the miniature Bantam civilization dwelled before dinosaurs even existed, and where the game takes place.
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