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16th Jun '17 9:11:21 AM Vrahno
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* ''Animation/FantasticPlanet''. The titular planet turns out to be this.
14th Jun '17 7:01:46 PM thatother1dude
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* Subtly hinted at in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. The Land of Ooo appears to be a crazy fantasy world, but the opening credits and occasional references (along with WordOfGod) implies that it's actually AfterTheEnd. How all that magic suddenly started working is still anyone's guess.
** Confirmed in the Season 5 Premiere. A nuclear war caused mutagenic particles to spread, mutating all of the objects on Earth, and nearly driving humans to extinction. We also get to see an alternate timeline when the Mushroom Bomb was never detonated, and it appears to be mostly normal.

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* Subtly hinted at in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. The Land of Ooo appears to be a crazy fantasy world, but the opening credits and occasional references (along with WordOfGod) omnipresent wreckage implies that it's actually AfterTheEnd. How all Ooo being Earth becomes gradually more explicit over the earlier few seconds, and how it got that magic suddenly started working is still anyone's guess.
** Confirmed
way was eventually shown in the Season season 5 Premiere. premiere: A nuclear war caused mutagenic particles to spread, mutating all of the objects on Earth, and nearly driving humans to extinction. We also get to see an alternate timeline when the Mushroom Bomb was never detonated, and it appears to be mostly normal.extinction.
31st May '17 6:47:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a variation. The series takes place in a pre-industrial world, which makes it rather shocking when [[HumongousMecha mobile suits]] show up from the Moon. Partway into the series, it's hinted that some disaster (dubbed the Dark History) is the reason Earth is backwards while the Moon is advanced. The final act of the series is kicked off when we finally see what the Dark History was: all of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' universes made prior to ''Turn A'', including those not helmed by creator YoshiyukiTomino, [[WordOfGod who later said]] that the series was meant to put all of ''Gundam'' into a single timeline (hence the name, "Turn A", from the mathematical symbol meaning "all items in a set").

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* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has a variation. The series takes place in a pre-industrial world, which makes it rather shocking when [[HumongousMecha mobile suits]] show up from the Moon. Partway into the series, it's hinted that some disaster (dubbed the Dark History) is the reason Earth is backwards while the Moon is advanced. The final act of the series is kicked off when we finally see what the Dark History was: all of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' universes made prior to ''Turn A'', including those not helmed by creator YoshiyukiTomino, Creator/YoshiyukiTomino, [[WordOfGod who later said]] that the series was meant to put all of ''Gundam'' into a single timeline (hence the name, "Turn A", from the mathematical symbol meaning "all items in a set").
25th May '17 11:25:45 AM Awesomesauce210
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'''I love you, Dr. Zaius!'''\\

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'''I love you, Dr. Zaius!'''\\Zaius!'''
24th May '17 9:09:41 PM AthenaBlue
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* The last few episodes of ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' indicate that Brigadoon, which had appeared to be a different world, is Earth in the distant future.



* The 2003 anime of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' [[spoiler:reveals that it is set in an AlternateHistory of Earth, which also exists as we know it in a parallel universe. The two worlds were the same until their histories diverged when alchemy worked in one and didn't in the other, splitting them into two separate dimensions.]]
* In ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'', this is the FirstEpisodeSpoiler -- Ledo has rediscovered EarthThatWas, and the ice age that caused his ancestors to abandon it has ended, making it a [[SingleBiomePlanet water planet]]. The rest of the series is him adjusting to the situation.
* ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', when Hikaru and Misa find out that the planet they were transported to is Earth after a Zentradi attack.



* ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'', when Hikaru and Misa find out that the planet they were transported to is Earth after a Zentradi attack.
* Clow Country in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is the Tokyo from the Tokyo/X arc, just at a different point in time. This also counts as NiceJobBreakingItHero since the protagonists were at least partially responsible for what happened to it.
* Parodied in ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro and Natsumi get warped into a Desert of the Real by accident, and while searching for signs of civilisation, find it in the form of a familiar landmark in the series, the NPG Radio Tower - in ruins. [[spoiler:The untwist: they're NOT in the distant future, the tower was merely declared obsolete after the NPG company built a better one. And there's several other previously obsoleted towers in the immediate area, just to hammer the point home.]]



* Psyren, Volume 01 Chapter 005/006: The strange unnatural world that Ageha finds after being transported by a magical telephone call (no, really) is none other than a devastated Japan, as revealed by the crater-scarred face of Mt. Fuji.
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' the robotic aliens that pest the protagonists for most of the story turn out to be drones sent from Earth to [[spoiler:''harvest'' living organs]].

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* Psyren, ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'', Volume 01 Chapter 005/006: The strange unnatural world that Ageha finds after being transported by a magical telephone call (no, really) is none other than a devastated Japan, as revealed by the crater-scarred face of Mt. Fuji.
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' the robotic aliens that pest the protagonists for most Parodied in ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro and Natsumi get warped into a Desert of the story turn out Real by accident, and while searching for signs of civilisation, find it in the form of a familiar landmark in the series, the NPG Radio Tower - in ruins. [[spoiler:The untwist: they're NOT in the distant future, the tower was merely declared obsolete after the NPG company built a better one. And there's several other previously obsoleted towers in the immediate area, just to be drones sent from Earth to [[spoiler:''harvest'' living organs]].hammer the point home.]]



* The last few episodes of ''Anime/BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'' indicate that Brigadoon, which had appeared to be a different world, is Earth in the distant future.



* The 2003 anime of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' [[spoiler:reveals that it is set in an AlternateHistory of Earth, which also exists as we know it in a parallel universe. The two worlds were the same until their histories diverged when alchemy worked in one and didn't in the other, splitting them into two separate dimensions.]]
* In ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet,'' this is the FirstEpisodeSpoiler--Ledo has rediscovered EarthThatWas, and the ice age that caused his ancestors to abandon it has ended, making it a [[SingleBiomePlanet water planet]]. The rest of the series is him adjusting to the situation.

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* The 2003 anime of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' [[spoiler:reveals that it is set Clow Country in an AlternateHistory of Earth, which also exists as we know it in a parallel universe. The two worlds were the same until their histories diverged when alchemy worked in one and didn't in the other, splitting them into two separate dimensions.]]
* In ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet,'' this
''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is the FirstEpisodeSpoiler--Ledo has rediscovered EarthThatWas, and Tokyo from the ice age Tokyo/X arc, just at a different point in time. This also counts as NiceJobBreakingItHero since the protagonists were at least partially responsible for what happened to it.
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' the robotic aliens
that caused his ancestors to abandon it has ended, making it a [[SingleBiomePlanet water planet]]. The rest pest the protagonists for most of the series is him adjusting story turn out to the situation. be drones sent from Earth to [[spoiler:''harvest'' living organs]].



* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic ''The Glorious Dead'', the Doctor discovers that the planet Dhakan is in fact Earth with an altered history, after the discovery of St Paul's Cathedral.



* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic ''The Glorious Dead'', the Doctor discovers that the planet Dhakan is in fact Earth with an altered history, after the discovery of St. Paul's Cathedral.



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* ''Animation/FantasticPlanet''. The titular planet turns out to be this.



* ''Animation/FantasticPlanet''. The titular planet turns out to be this.



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* The original film ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' ends with the revelation that protagonist George Taylor is back home, which comes when he comes across the ruins of the Statue of Liberty, which acts as TheConstant. ([[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 The 2001 remake]], while treading the same ground, uses a quite different ending based on that of [[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes the original French SF novel]]; in the novel, one crewmember manages to return to Earth, but discovers that the Ape takeover also happened to Earth in the meantime, and takes off again.)
* ''World Without End'', the first sci-fi movie filmed in Technicolor [=CinemaScope=], told the story of a group of astronauts on a space mission who crash land on an unknown, Earth-like planet. They know it can't be Earth because there are no radio signals and the radiation count is too high. They learn the truth when they encounter a graveyard. In an interview, the film's director Ed Bernds said, "If anybody could sue anybody, I could sue Rod Serling for ''Planet of the Apes'', because they definitely used my ideas about space travel and time travel in making that picture."
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/LogansRun'', Logan and Jessica make it to the surface only to find the ruins of Washington, D.C. In the book, it was made very clear where they were to begin with -- Washington was not in ruins; it was not AfterTheEnd, but just in a Brave New World-like pleasure culture. This is why they wind up safe not on Earth but on a space station orbiting Mars.

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[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* The original film ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' ends with the revelation that protagonist George Taylor is back home, which comes when he comes across the ruins of the Statue of Liberty, which acts as TheConstant. ([[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 The 2001 remake]], while treading the same ground, uses a quite different ending based on that of [[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes the original French SF novel]]; [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the novel, one crewmember manages to return to Earth, but discovers that the Ape takeover also happened to Earth in the meantime, and takes off again.)
* ''World Without End'', the first sci-fi movie filmed in Technicolor [=CinemaScope=], told the story of a group of astronauts on a space mission who crash land on an unknown, Earth-like planet. They know it can't be Earth because there are no radio signals and the radiation count is too high. They learn the truth when they encounter a graveyard. In an interview, the film's director Ed Bernds said, "If anybody could sue anybody, I could sue Rod Serling for ''Planet of the Apes'', because they definitely used my ideas about space travel and time travel in making that picture."
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/LogansRun'', Logan and Jessica make it to the surface only to find the ruins of Washington, D.C. In the book, it was made very clear
''Film/DarkCity'', where they were the City is assumed to begin with -- Washington was not in ruins; it was not AfterTheEnd, but just in a Brave New World-like pleasure culture. This is why they wind up safe not be located on Earth for much of the film, but on a space station orbiting Mars.TheReveal shows that it's actually an simulated environment in space.



* Parodied in the mockumentary The Independent starring Jerry Stiller: one of the films Morty Fineman creates is entitled ''What Planet is This (Oh My God it's Earth)''.
* Combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in the Soviet film "Per Aspera ad Astra". The plot revolves around helping the planet Dessa to recover from a self-inflicted ecological disaster. In the end the film stops being sci-fi and becomes surrealistic, then ends with the note "All images of the dying world Dessa were filmed on Earth".
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/DarkCity'', where the City is assumed to be located on earth for much of the film, but TheReveal shows that it's actually an simulated environment in space.
* Similarly inverted in ''The Signal (2014)''

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* Parodied in the mockumentary The Independent ''The Independent'' starring Jerry Stiller: one of the films Morty Fineman creates is entitled ''What Planet is This (Oh My God it's Earth)''.
* In TheFilmOfTheBook ''Film/LogansRun'', Logan and Jessica make it to the surface only to find the ruins of Washington, D.C. In the book, it was made very clear where they were to begin with -- Washington was not in ruins; it was not AfterTheEnd, but just in a Brave New World-like pleasure culture. This is why they wind up safe not on Earth but on a space station orbiting Mars.
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Combined with BreakingTheFourthWall in the Soviet film "Per ''Per Aspera ad Astra".Astra''. The plot revolves around helping the planet Dessa to recover from a self-inflicted ecological disaster. In the end the film stops being sci-fi and becomes surrealistic, then ends with the note "All images of the dying world Dessa were filmed on Earth".
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/DarkCity'', where The original film ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' ends with the City revelation that protagonist George Taylor is assumed to be located on earth for much back home, which comes when he comes across the ruins of the film, but TheReveal shows Statue of Liberty, which acts as TheConstant. ([[Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001 The 2001 remake]], while treading the same ground, uses a quite different ending based on that it's actually an simulated environment of [[Literature/PlanetOfTheApes the original French SF novel]]; in space.
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the novel, one crewmember manages to return to Earth, but discovers that the Ape takeover also happened to Earth in the meantime, and takes off again.)
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Similarly inverted in ''The Signal (2014)''



* ''World Without End'', the first sci-fi movie filmed in Technicolor [=CinemaScope=], told the story of a group of astronauts on a space mission who crash land on an unknown, Earth-like planet. They know it can't be Earth because there are no radio signals and the radiation count is too high. They learn the truth when they encounter a graveyard. In an interview, the film's director Ed Bernds said, "If anybody could sue anybody, I could sue Rod Serling for ''Planet of the Apes'', because they definitely used my ideas about space travel and time travel in making that picture."



* ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'' is a slight subversion: instead of planets, you get Homes. Still an absolutely unexpected TearJerker.
* The short story ''The Hunters'' has an invasion by ferocious aliens who destroy the civilization of the planet. At the end it is revealed that the invaders are humans.
* ''The Nitrogen Fix'' by Creator/HalClement kicks this up a notch by making Earth ''actively uninhabitable'' to human beings (as in, survival domes and oxygen masks), and introducing an alien race that thrives in the new environment.
* In Grant Naylor's ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels (not the TV series), Lister is trapped on Garbage World, where humanity has dumped centuries' worth of its waste, for 30+ years. Early on, he finds the oil- and acid-rain-soaked, but still recognisable, shape of Mount Rushmore with its five presidents' heads (don't ask).
* In Creator/AndreNorton's Star Rangers, a decrepit patrol ship from a decaying human-dominated [[TheEmpire galactic empire]] finally breaks down for good far from the galactic core and its civilizations. The faraway fringe world on which our heroes are stranded seems almost too perfect to the human crew members, though...
* An odd variation in H. Beam Piperís ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen''. Hero Calvin Morrison assumes that heís been thrust forward in time to a post-apocalyptic Earth, until he sees the outline of a familiar mountain range, and realizes it shows no sign of strip-mining. Since the amount of erosion necessary to eliminate the evidence of manís work would also make the mountainís silhouette unrecognizable, this makes him realize that he must be in a parallel universe instead.
* Gary Paulsen's SF novel ''Literature/TheTransallSaga''.
* In Creator/MichaelMarshallSmith's typically {{Mind Screw}}y debut novel, ''Only Forward'', The City was mistaken by the protagonist for a parallel dimension but turns out to be a future Earth. TheConstant here is Nelson's Column.

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* ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'' is ''...And All the Stars a slight subversion: instead Stage'', by James Blish, makes an interesting use of planets, you get Homes. Still an absolutely unexpected TearJerker.
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this trope. The short story ''The Hunters'' has an invasion by ferocious aliens who destroy protagonists escape their Doomed Homeworld just before their sun (a big blue-white one) goes nova, and wander the civilization Galaxy looking for a replacement. Two previous tries turn out to be deathtraps, and just as they are running out of time and hope and everything, they stumble across a system with a little pipsqueak yellow star and decide it's their last chance. Yeah. [[spoiler:The twist on the planet. At twist is that they arrive in Predynastic Egypt and just miss the end it coronation of "Earth's first king". It is revealed very strongly implied that the invaders are humans.
* ''The Nitrogen Fix'' by Creator/HalClement kicks this up a notch by making Earth ''actively uninhabitable'' to human beings (as in, survival domes and oxygen masks), and introducing an alien race that thrives in the new environment.
* In Grant Naylor's ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels (not the TV series), Lister is trapped on Garbage World, where humanity has dumped centuries' worth of its waste, for 30+ years. Early on, he finds the oil- and acid-rain-soaked, but still recognisable, shape of Mount Rushmore with its five presidents' heads (don't ask).
* In Creator/AndreNorton's Star Rangers, a decrepit patrol ship from a decaying human-dominated [[TheEmpire galactic empire]] finally breaks down for good far from the galactic core and its civilizations. The faraway fringe world on which our heroes are stranded seems almost too perfect to
survivors fade quietly into the human crew members, though...
* An odd variation in H. Beam Piperís ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen''. Hero Calvin Morrison assumes that heís been thrust forward in time to a post-apocalyptic Earth, until he sees the outline of a familiar mountain range, and realizes it shows no sign of strip-mining. Since the amount of erosion necessary to eliminate the evidence of manís work would also make the mountainís silhouette unrecognizable, this makes him realize that he must be in a parallel universe instead.
* Gary Paulsen's SF novel ''Literature/TheTransallSaga''.
* In Creator/MichaelMarshallSmith's typically {{Mind Screw}}y debut novel, ''Only Forward'', The City was mistaken by the protagonist for a parallel dimension but turns out to be a future Earth. TheConstant here is Nelson's Column.
population.]]



* In ''Literature/TheCityOfEmber'', the city turns out to be ''underground'' on Earth. Human beings lived there for centuries; the idea was to protect them from nuclear war, but they lost the evacuation instructions years ago, and no one was around to tell them that the apocalypse was over and they could all go home now.
* In Christian Cantrell's "Containment", the protagonist lives in a colony on Venus, and is trying to solve various environmental problems [[spoiler: but it turns out the colony is actually on an apocalyptic wasteland Earth, and the problems he has been assigned are actually to make money for the colony / control the air supply]].
* ''Literature/DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire'' lives on this trope. It presents itself as a science fiction story about a military expedition to another planet, and is written in very scientific-sounding prose, but the story is actually about our planet only. Bonus Points for it being not just a fictional tale set on Earth, but a highly accurate (if deliberately misleading) account of an historical event that actually happened (the conquest of Peru by Spaniards in 1500s). In this case, it is only the reader who is fooled; the characters in the story all know full well what planet they're on. Hints are given to this fact throughout the story, though:
--> The sun, a yellow G-O star, hung hotly just above the towering mountains to the east.
* "Series/DoctorWho And The Hell Planet", a short story by Terrence Dicks in which the titular Hell Planet (full of volcanoes and dinos) turns out to be prehistoric Earth. ''The Completely Useless Encyclopedia'' [[DeadpanSnarker acerbically]] suggests it would have been a much better surprise to reveal it ''wasn't'' prehistoric Earth.
* Another Creator/LarryNiven example comes from his ''Literature/DracoTavern'' stories: the chirpsithtra remember a civilization they met millions of years ago, whose planet was undergoing geological upheaval, and a green blight was taking over the oceans, converting much of their atmosphere into oxygen. This killed them off in the end, but created the conditions necessary for us and (almost) everything else we know.



* A variation: Creator/LarryNiven's ''A World Out Of Time'' has a [[YearInsideHourOutside relativistic]] spaceship pilot trying to return to Earth millions of years after he set out, and since [[spoiler:the solar system has undergone extensive remodeling since he left]] and his computer has gone crazy, he can't ''tell'' whether it's Earth or not. And since the launching system he needs to get back up to ramscoop speed is long gone, he has to figure out which is true before he stops-- because once he does, he can't go anywhere ever again.
* Another Creator/LarryNiven example comes from his "Draco Tavern" stories: the chirpsithtra remember a civilisation they met millions of years ago, whose planet was undergoing geological upheaval, and a green blight was taking over the oceans, converting much of their atmosphere into oxygen. This killed them off in the end, but created the conditions necessary for us and (almost) everything else we know.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's unfinished story ''The Notion Club Papers'', a man learns to astrally project himself and so visit distant alien planets. After describing several of them, he then came across a world where he watched what looked like a teeming anthill spread disgustingly across a verdant countryside. He then realised it was Earth All Along, and he was watching a sped-up history of his own hometown of Oxford.

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* A variation: Creator/LarryNiven's ''A World Out Of Time'' has The children's novel ''Galax-Arena'' by Gillian Rubinstein is about children who are abducted by a [[YearInsideHourOutside relativistic]] spaceship pilot trying to return to Earth millions of years after he set out, man named Hythe and since [[spoiler:the solar system has undergone extensive remodeling since he left]] seemingly taken to another planet and forced to perform high risk acrobatics as entertainment for aliens. This scenario turns out to be a ruse designed to quash all hope of escape; the "alien" spectators are humans in disguise, the "planet" is a secret facility in the desert and the children are not entertainment, but lab rats.
* ''Literature/TheHelmsmanSaga''[='s=] first books contained some references and allusions implying it occurs in the very distant future. Then, in Book 8, the protagonist's ship is lost,
and his computer has gone crazy, he can't ''tell'' whether it's EscapePod lands on Earth or not. And since the launching system he needs to get back up to ramscoop speed is long gone, he has to figure out which is true before he stops-- because once he does, he can't go anywhere ever again.
* Another Creator/LarryNiven example comes from his "Draco Tavern" stories: the chirpsithtra remember a civilisation they met millions of years ago, whose planet was undergoing geological upheaval, and a green blight was taking over the oceans, converting much of their atmosphere into oxygen. This killed them off
in the end, but created the conditions necessary for us and (almost) everything else we know.
60s.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's unfinished ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'' is a slight subversion: instead of planets, you get Homes. Still an absolutely unexpected TearJerker.
* The short
story ''The Notion Club Papers'', a man learns to astrally project himself and so visit distant alien planets. After describing several Hunters'' has an invasion by ferocious aliens who destroy the civilization of them, he then came across a world where he watched what looked like a teeming anthill spread disgustingly across a verdant countryside. He then realised the planet. At the end it was Earth All Along, and he was watching a sped-up history of his own hometown of Oxford.is revealed that the invaders are humans.



* An odd variation in H. Beam Piperís ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen''. Hero Calvin Morrison assumes that heís been thrust forward in time to a post-apocalyptic Earth, until he sees the outline of a familiar mountain range, and realizes it shows no sign of strip-mining. Since the amount of erosion necessary to eliminate the evidence of manís work would also make the mountainís silhouette unrecognizable, this makes him realize that he must be in a parallel universe instead.
* "Merlin's Gun" by Creator/AlastairReynolds has a variation: it is obvious to the reader that part of the story takes place in our (long-abandoned) solar system, but the characters never realise where they are.
* ''The Nitrogen Fix'' by Creator/HalClement kicks this up a notch by making Earth ''actively uninhabitable'' to human beings (as in, survival domes and oxygen masks), and introducing an alien race that thrives in the new environment.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's unfinished story ''The Notion Club Papers'', a man learns to astrally project himself and so visit distant alien planets. After describing several of them, he then came across a world where he watched what looked like a teeming anthill spread disgustingly across a verdant countryside. He then realised it was Earth All Along, and he was watching a sped-up history of his own hometown of Oxford.
* In Creator/MichaelMarshallSmith's typically {{Mind Screw}}y debut novel, ''Only Forward'', The City was mistaken by the protagonist for a parallel dimension but turns out to be a future Earth. TheConstant here is Nelson's Column.
* Subverted in ''The Psalms of Isaak''. The world the series takes place in is AfterTheEnd, heavily uses {{magitek}} (some bits of which are recognizable analogues to present-day technology), and is heavily implied to be Earth. The fourth book reveals that the planet's name is Lasthome, and it's actually a LostColony of a spacefaring human civilization, presumably from Earth.
* In Grant Naylor's ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels (not the TV series), Lister is trapped on Garbage World, where humanity has dumped centuries' worth of its waste, for 30+ years. Early on, he finds the oil- and acid-rain-soaked, but still recognisable, shape of Mount Rushmore with its five presidents' heads (don't ask).



* In Christian Cantrell's "Containment", the protagonist lives in a colony on Venus, and is trying to solve various environmental problems [[spoiler: but it turns out the colony is actually on an apocalyptic wasteland Earth, and the problems he has been assigned are actually to make money for the colony / control the air supply]]
* In ''Literature/TheCityOfEmber'', the city turns out to be ''underground'' on Earth. Human beings lived there for centuries; the idea was to protect them from nuclear war, but they lost the evacuation instructions years ago, and no one was around to tell them that the apocalypse was over and they could all go home now.
* "Series/DoctorWho And The Hell Planet", a short story by Terrence Dicks in which the titular Hell Planet (full of volcanoes and dinos) turns out to be prehistoric Earth. ''The Completely Useless Encyclopedia'' [[DeadpanSnarker acerbically]] suggests it would have been a much better surprise to reveal it ''wasn't'' prehistoric Earth.
* ''Literature/TheHelmsmanSaga's'' first books contained some references and allusions implying it occurs in the very distant future. Then, in Book 8, the protagonist's ship is lost, and his EscapePod lands on Earth in the 60s.
* Surprisingly, Literature/SeptimusHeap. In one of the final scenes of the final book, ''Fyre'', Septimus writes the current date on the snow outside the House of Foryx. It reads: ''July 4, 12,004''.
** Implied earlier on, when they reference the the few remaining technological miracles from the "Days Of Beyond", which you can guess are supposed to be the present/not-as-far future.
* Subverted in ''The Psalms of Isaak''. The world the series takes place in is AfterTheEnd, heavily uses {{magitek}} (some bits of which are recognizable analogues to present-day technology), and is heavily implied to be Earth. The fourth book reveals that the planet's name is Lasthome, and it's actually a LostColony of a spacefaring human civilization, presumably from Earth.
* The children's novel ''Galax-Arena'' by Gillian Rubinstein is about children who are abducted by a man named Hythe and seemingly taken to another planet and forced to perform high risk acrobatics as entertainment for aliens. This scenario turns out to be a ruse designed to quash all hope of escape; the "alien" spectators are humans in disguise, the "planet" is a secret facility in the desert and the children are not entertainment, but lab rats.
* ''Literature/DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire'' lives on this trope. It presents itself as a science fiction story about a military expedition to another planet, and is written in very scientific-sounding prose, but the story is actually about our planet only. Bonus Points for it being not just a fictional tale set on Earth, but a highly accurate (if deliberately misleading) account of an historical event that actually happened (the conquest of Peru by Spaniards in 1500s). In this case, it is only the reader who is fooled; the characters in the story all know full well what planet they're on. Hints are given to this fact throughout the story, though:
--> The sun, a yellow G-O star, hung hotly just above the towering mountains to the east.
* "Merlin's Gun" by Creator/AlastairReynolds has a variation: it is obvious to the reader that part of the story takes place in our (long-abandoned) solar system, but the characters never realise where they are.

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* In Christian Cantrell's "Containment", the protagonist lives in a colony on Venus, and is trying to solve various environmental problems [[spoiler: but it turns out the colony is actually on an apocalyptic wasteland Earth, and the problems he has been assigned are actually to make money for the colony / control the air supply]]
* In ''Literature/TheCityOfEmber'', the city turns out to be ''underground'' on Earth. Human beings lived there for centuries; the idea was to protect them from nuclear war, but they lost the evacuation instructions years ago, and no one was around to tell them that the apocalypse was over and they could all go home now.
* "Series/DoctorWho And The Hell Planet", a short story by Terrence Dicks in which the titular Hell Planet (full of volcanoes and dinos) turns out to be prehistoric Earth. ''The Completely Useless Encyclopedia'' [[DeadpanSnarker acerbically]] suggests it would have been a much better surprise to reveal it ''wasn't'' prehistoric Earth.
* ''Literature/TheHelmsmanSaga's'' first books contained some references and allusions implying it occurs in the very distant future. Then, in Book 8, the protagonist's ship is lost, and his EscapePod lands on Earth in the 60s.
* Surprisingly, Literature/SeptimusHeap.''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. In one of the final scenes of the final book, ''Fyre'', Septimus writes the current date on the snow outside the House of Foryx. It reads: ''July 4, 12,004''.
** Implied earlier on, when they reference the the few remaining technological miracles from the "Days Of of Beyond", which you can guess are supposed to be the present/not-as-far future.
* Subverted in ''The Psalms Shattered Sea Trilogy'' (by Joe Abercrombie of Isaak''. The world the series ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' fame]]) takes place in is AfterTheEnd, heavily uses {{magitek}} (some bits of a Viking-like society which are recognizable analogues to present-day technology), and is heavily implied to be Earth. The fourth book reveals that the planet's name is Lasthome, and it's actually a LostColony of a spacefaring human civilization, presumably from Earth.
* The children's novel ''Galax-Arena'' by Gillian Rubinstein is about children who are abducted by a man named Hythe and seemingly taken to another planet and forced to perform high risk acrobatics as entertainment for aliens. This scenario turns out to be a ruse designed to quash all hope of escape; the "alien" spectators are humans in disguise, the "planet" is a secret facility in the desert and the children are not entertainment, but lab rats.
* ''Literature/DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire'' lives on this trope. It presents itself as a science fiction story about a military expedition to another planet, and is written in very scientific-sounding prose, but the story
is actually about our planet only. Bonus Points for it being not just a fictional tale set on Earth, but a highly accurate (if deliberately misleading) account of an historical event that actually happened (the conquest of Peru by Spaniards in 1500s). In this case, it is only the reader who is fooled; the characters in the story all know full well what planet they're on. Hints far future Baltic Sea after a nuclear war, where Finland appears to have sunk. The fist clues are given to this fact throughout the story, though:
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geography matching too well, the names of elf ruins being corrupted versions of present day cities, and a tribeswoman wearing a circuit board as an amulet.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Star Rangers'', a decrepit patrol ship from a decaying human-dominated [[TheEmpire galactic empire]] finally breaks down for good far from the galactic core and its civilizations.
The sun, a yellow G-O star, hung hotly just above the towering mountains faraway fringe world on which our heroes are stranded seems almost too perfect to the east.
* "Merlin's Gun" by Creator/AlastairReynolds has a variation: it is obvious to the reader that part of the story takes place in our (long-abandoned) solar system, but the characters never realise where they are.
human crew members, though...



* The Shattered Sea Trilogy (by Joe Abercrombie of [[Literature/TheFirstLaw The First Law fame]]) takes place in a Viking like society which is actually in the far future Baltic Sea after a nuclear war, where Finland appears to have sunk. The fist clues are the geography matching too well, the names of elf ruins being corrupted versions of present day cities, and a tribeswoman wearing a circuit board as an amulet.
* ''...And All the Stars a Stage'', by James Blish, makes an interesting use of this trope. The protagonists escape their Doomed Homeworld just before their sun (a big blue-white one) goes nova, and wander the Galaxy looking for a replacement. Two previous tries turn out to be deathtraps, and just as they are running out of time and hope and everything, they stumble across a system with a little pipsqueak yellow star and decide it's their last chance. Yeah. [[spoiler:The twist on the twist is that they arrive in Predynastic Egypt and just miss the coronation of "Earth's first king". It is very strongly implied that the survivors fade quietly into the human population.]]

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* The Shattered Sea Trilogy (by Joe Abercrombie A variation: Creator/LarryNiven's ''A World Out Of Time'' has a [[YearInsideHourOutside relativistic]] spaceship pilot trying to return to Earth millions of [[Literature/TheFirstLaw The First Law fame]]) takes place in a Viking like society which is actually in the far future Baltic Sea years after a nuclear war, where Finland appears to have sunk. The fist clues are the geography matching too well, the names of elf ruins being corrupted versions of present day cities, he set out, and a tribeswoman wearing a circuit board as an amulet.
* ''...And All the Stars a Stage'', by James Blish, makes an interesting use of this trope. The protagonists escape their Doomed Homeworld just before their sun (a big blue-white one) goes nova, and wander the Galaxy looking for a replacement. Two previous tries turn out to be deathtraps, and just as they are running out of time and hope and everything, they stumble across a
since [[spoiler:the solar system with a little pipsqueak yellow star has undergone extensive remodeling since he left]] and decide his computer has gone crazy, he can't ''tell'' whether it's their last chance. Yeah. [[spoiler:The twist on Earth or not. And since the twist launching system he needs to get back up to ramscoop speed is that they arrive in Predynastic Egypt and just miss the coronation of "Earth's first king". It long gone, he has to figure out which is very strongly implied that the survivors fade quietly into the human population.]]true before he stops-- because once he does, he can't go anywhere ever again.



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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Mysterious Planet'' did feature the discovery (due to a Tube sign) that the planet the Doctor and Peri were on was actually Earth and it had been shoved half way across the galaxy.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet "The Mysterious Planet'' did feature Planet"]] features the discovery (due to a Tube sign) that the planet the Doctor and Peri were are on was is actually Earth and Earth, after it had been shoved half way halfway across the galaxy.



* In the ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' series ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban'', it is revealed that the planet Klin, the once-beautiful now-ravaged home of our protagonists, is Earth in the future, and they were sent to Earth through time rather than space.



* Played with in a fascinating way in the original StarTrek series, where the Enterprise encounters multiple duplicates of Earth that had apparently been duplicated at specific points in history. The specific case of the world of the Yangs and Kohms in "The Omega Glory" is mentioned below, but "Miri" and "Bread and Circuses" also feature similar planets. (Probably involved the Q Continuum, but they never really made a point of establishing where they came from onscreen.)



* In the ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' series ''Series/JikuuSenshiSpielban'', it is revealed that the planet Klin, the once-beautiful now-ravaged home of our protagonists, is Earth in the future, and they were sent to Earth through time rather than space.
* Played with in a fascinating way in the original StarTrek series, where the Enterprise encounters multiple duplicates of Earth that had apparently been duplicated at specific points in history. The specific case of the world of the Yangs and Kohms in "The Omega Glory" is mentioned below, but "Miri" and "Bread and Circuses" also feature similar planets. (Probably involved the Q Continuum, but they never really made a point of establishing where they came from onscreen.)



* A hybridization of this trope, the AdamAndEvePlot, and an ''anti-''Earth All Along occurs in the '70s BBC RadioDrama Earthsearch: The crew of the colony-ship Challenger tries to return to their home planet, Earth, to find it missing, and finally decides to settle on the new planet Paradise. Paradise is a lot like Earth, but it has saltwater oceans, and a heavily cratered moon. They eventually start referring to the planet as "their" Earth. There are a number of clues and red herrings -- the other planets in Earth's solar system have different names, but we're told that the planets were renamed centuries earlier, for example. Just in case you didn't work out the original "Earth" wasn't Earth at all, the sequel begins with a global flood.

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* The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama "Terror Firma" has the reveal that the setting of the story is a Dalek-conquered Earth.
* A hybridization of this trope, the AdamAndEvePlot, and an ''anti-''Earth All Along occurs in the '70s BBC RadioDrama Earthsearch: ''Radio/{{Earthsearch}}'': The crew of the colony-ship Challenger ''Challenger'' tries to return to their home planet, Earth, to find it missing, and finally decides to settle on the new planet Paradise. Paradise is a lot like Earth, but it has saltwater oceans, and a heavily cratered moon. They eventually start referring to the planet as "their" Earth. There are a number of clues and red herrings -- the other planets in Earth's solar system have different names, but we're told that the planets were renamed centuries earlier, for example. Just in case you didn't work out the original "Earth" wasn't Earth at all, the sequel begins with a global flood.



* The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama ''Terror Firma'' has the reveal that the setting of the story is a Dalek-conquered Earth.



* A similar case is with the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}''.The [[http://pandius.com/master-outer-world-colour.png global map of Mystara]] bears a suspicious resemblance to that of [[http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/pltec/sc152ma.html Earth 152 million years ago.]] (It also features a solar system with an additional planet instead of an asteroid belt. A planet named ''[[MeaningfulName Damocles]]''...)



* A similar case is with the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting of ''TabletopGame/{{Mystara}}''.The [[http://pandius.com/master-outer-world-colour.png global map of Mystara]] bears a suspicious resemblance to that of [[http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/pltec/sc152ma.html Earth 152 million years ago.]] (It also features a solar system with an additional planet instead of an asteroid belt. A planet named ''[[MeaningfulName Damocles]]''...)



* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'': Parodied by LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys, when they check out the map to see that the game map looks similar to Earth.
-->'''LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}:''' It was our world all along! FRIENDSHIP IS RUINED FOREVER!!!\\
'''LetsPlay/ProtonJon:''' ...Okay.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' 's bonus ending, Caim and his dragon chase the queen beast into another dimension, but that dimension happens to be modern-day Tokyo. It's still an alien dimension to Caim, and this is illustrated by the fact that Tokyo is entirely in black and white.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' 's bonus ending, Caim and his dragon chase the queen beast into another dimension, but that dimension happens to be modern-day Tokyo. It's still an alien dimension to Caim, and this is illustrated by the fact that Tokyo is entirely in black and white.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', it's revealed in one of the Sunken Scrolls that the world the Inklings and Octarians are fighting over is actually a post-apocalyptic Earth. 12,000 years ago, the sea levels rose dramatically and the human race was pushed to extinction. Marine invertebrates evolved and reclaimed the land, building their cities over the ruins of the old human ones. [[spoiler:They even uncover a fossil skeleton of a human being. [[TakeThatAudience Which just so happens]] [[http://i.imgur.com/b1HUyAn.jpg to still be clutching a Wii U.]]]]



* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'': Parodied by LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys, when they check out the map to see that the game map looks similar to Earth.
-->LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}: It was our world all along! FRIENDSHIP IS RUINED FOREVER!!!
-->LetsPlay/ProtonJon: ...Okay.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', it's revealed in one of the Sunken Scrolls that the world the Inklings and Octarians are fighting over is actually a post-apocalyptic Earth. 12,000 years ago, the sea levels rose dramatically and the human race was pushed to extinction. Marine invertebrates evolved and reclaimed the land, building their cities over the ruins of the old human ones. [[spoiler:They even uncover a fossil skeleton of a human being. [[TakeThatAudience Which just so happens]] [[http://i.imgur.com/b1HUyAn.jpg to still be clutching a Wii U.]]]]



* This is reversed in [[http://www.dawnoftimecomics.com/index.php Dawn of Time]]. At first it appears to take place in the past, with the addition of the [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology cavegirl-alongside-dinosaurs]] Flintstones device. However, as more of the world is shown through the story it's revealed that there are large cities, more advanced technology, and trading routes, showing that the world is more of an alternate universe. It's just Dawn who's incredibly primitive [[spoiler: and possibly not even human.]]

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* This is reversed in [[http://www.''[[http://www.dawnoftimecomics.com/index.php Dawn of Time]].Time]]''. At first it appears to take place in the past, with the addition of the [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology cavegirl-alongside-dinosaurs]] Flintstones device. However, as more of the world is shown through the story it's revealed that there are large cities, more advanced technology, and trading routes, showing that the world is more of an alternate universe. It's just Dawn who's incredibly primitive [[spoiler: and possibly not even human.]]



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' when he and Peggie find themselves on a planet inhabited by pigs. They find the ruins of the Coco Bongo.
-->'''Mask''': "It was Earth all along, [[LampshadeHanging don't you get it?]]"
** Made even funnier by how they all call the planet Earth throughout the episode, and the title itself is "When pigs ruled the Earth".



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* The punch-line of the first season of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was that it ''doubles'' as both a sequel '''and''' prequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': the primitive planet on which they found themselves was, indeed, Earth all along, millions of years in the past, and the entire series was set during the period of dormancy while the Autobots and Decepticons were unconscious in their crashed ships halfway through the first episode. However, all the characters were from long after the original series, winding up on prehistoric Earth due to time travel. There are some dead giveaways ([[spoiler:Stonehenge was made by aliens!]]), but enough red herrings to make them look like they aren't dead giveaways. [[spoiler:Speaking of red herrings, the second moon turns out to not be a moon at all.]] TheReveal is handled nicely, bringing the plot together for second and third seasons with episodes far more connected than those of the first.

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* The punch-line punchline of the first season of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was that it ''doubles'' as both a sequel '''and''' prequel to ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': the primitive planet on which they found themselves was, indeed, Earth all along, millions of years in the past, and the entire series was set during the period of dormancy while the Autobots and Decepticons were unconscious in their crashed ships halfway through the first episode. However, all the characters were from long after the original series, winding up on prehistoric Earth due to time travel. There are some dead giveaways ([[spoiler:Stonehenge was made by aliens!]]), but enough red herrings to make them look like they aren't dead giveaways. [[spoiler:Speaking of red herrings, the second moon turns out to not be a moon at all.]] TheReveal is handled nicely, bringing the plot together for second and third seasons with episodes far more connected than those of the first.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' when he and Peggie find themselves on a planet inhabited by pigs. They find the ruins of the Coco Bongo.
-->'''Mask''': "It was Earth all along, [[LampshadeHanging don't you get it?]]"
** Made even funnier by how they all call the planet Earth throughout the episode, and the title itself is "When pigs ruled the Earth"



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* The 2011 ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special ''Episode of Bardock'' shows that Goku's father Bardock survived his death at the hands of Freeza and was somehow blasted back into the distant past, waking up on Planet Vegeta back when it was called Planet Plant (and before it was inhabited by either the Saiyans or their enemies the Tsufuru). In addition to discovering that the ancient Plantians invented the liquid used in Freeza's {{Healing Vat}}s, [[spoiler:Bardock battles Freeza's ancestor Chilled and goes Super Saiyan, meaning ''he's'' the legendary Super Saiyan that drove Freeza to kill off the Saiyans.]] The [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Abridged]] version had a RunningGag where Bardock is on the verge of figuring out this incredibly obvious plot twist, only for something to interrupt and derail his train of thought -- and when he finally gets it, his anger at how stupid it is is what triggers his Super Saiyan transformation.



* The 2011 ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special ''Episode of Bardock'' shows that Goku's father Bardock survived his death at the hands of Freeza and was somehow blasted back into the distant past, waking up on Planet Vegeta back when it was called Planet Plant (and before it was inhabited by either the Saiyans or their enemies the Tsufuru). In addition to discovering that the ancient Plantians invented the liquid used in Freeza's {{Healing Vat}}s, [[spoiler:Bardock battles Freeza's ancestor Chilled and goes Super Saiyan, meaning ''he's'' the legendary Super Saiyan that drove Freeza to kill off the Saiyans.]] The [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Abridged]] version had a RunningGag where Bardock is on the verge of figuring out this incredibly obvious plot twist, only for something to interrupt and derail his train of thought -- and when he finally gets it, his anger at how stupid it is is what triggers his Super Saiyan transformation.



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* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'': The audience is led to believe [[spoiler: the spaceship has been drifting in space, but it is revealed at the very end that they had crash landed on the destination planet hundreds of years ago. If they had ejected themselves and the rest of the passengers at the beginning, they would have been saved.]]

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* ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'': The audience ''ComicBook/{{Elseworld}}'' mini-series/graphic novel ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' ends with a twist: Krypton is led to believe [[spoiler: actually a far future Earth, a utopia created by Jor-L's famous ancestor Lex Luthor, who founded it [[StableTimeLoop after defeating]] the spaceship has been drifting in space, but it is revealed at the very end that they had crash landed on the destination planet hundreds Comrade of years ago. If they had ejected themselves and the rest of the passengers at the beginning, they would have been saved.]]Steel (see TemporalParadox).



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* The ''{{Elseworld}}'' mini-series/graphic novel ''Red Son'' ends with a twist: Krypton is actually a far future Earth, a utopia created by Jor-L's famous ancestor Lex Luthor, who founded it [[StableTimeLoop after defeating]] the Comrade of Steel (see TemporalParadox).

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* The ''{{Elseworld}}'' mini-series/graphic ''Magazine/TwoThousandAD'' short story ''The Last Hurrah of the Platinum Horde'', by Creator/AlanMoore, has a gang of space age barbarian warriors deciding to leave their home planet and set off in a straight line across the universe raping, pillaging and killing everything in their path. It turns out that the universe is curved, and they end up coming back to their homeworld from the opposite direction and inadvertently sacking it.
* Done in the 1968 ''Captain Future''
novel ''Red Son'' ends with ''Planets in Peril'' by Creator/EdmondHamilton. The protagonist goes to help a twist: Krypton human looking race in a dying universe (a short time away from being reborn in a new Big Bang), impersonating an ancient hero of that race. In the end, it is revealed that the universe is actually a far future Earth, a utopia created by Jor-L's famous ancestor Lex Luthor, who founded it [[StableTimeLoop after defeating]] our own some 20 billion years in the Comrade future. What was the ancient hero's name? '''Kaffr'''!
* The early Creator/ArthurCClarke short story "Encounter in the Dawn" depicts FirstContact between a technologically advanced galaxy-spanning empire and a primitive caveman tribe on a backwater planet. The description
of Steel (see TemporalParadox).the explorers is humans in the StandardSciFiSetting, however when the survey team is recalled, it is revealed that the cavemen they interacted with would eventually found the city of Babylon.



* The ''2000AD'' short story ''The Last Hurrah of the Platinum Horde'', by Creator/AlanMoore, has a gang of space age barbarian warriors deciding to leave their home planet and set off in a straight line across the universe raping, pillaging and killing everything in their path. It turns out that the universe is curved, and they end up coming back to their homeworld from the opposite direction and inadvertently sacking it.
* The early Creator/ArthurCClarke short story "Encounter in the Dawn" depicts FirstContact between a technologically advanced galaxy-spanning empire and a primitive caveman tribe on a backwater planet. The description of the explorers is humans in the StandardSciFiSetting, however when the survey team is recalled, it is revealed that the cavemen they interacted with would eventually found the city of Babylon.
* Done in the 1968 novel Captain Future novel "Planets in Peril" by Creator/EdmondHamilton. The protagonist goes to help a human looking race in a dying universe (a short time away from being reborn in a new Big Bang), impersonating an ancient hero of that race. In the end, it is revealed that the universe is actually our own some 20 billion years in the future. What was the ancient hero's name? '''Kaffr'''!



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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[WordOfGod Mark Rosewater]] says the initial planning for the ''Mirrodin Besieged'' block would have had the first set be ''New Phyrexia'' (rather than that being the last set in the block), with clues to eventually reveal that the plane they were on was Mirrodin. Instead they decided to chronicle the plane turning into New Phyrexia, and do a marketing HopeSpot that perhaps the last set in the block would be "Mirrodin Pure".



* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[WordOfGod Mark Rosewater]] says the initial planning for the ''Mirrodin Besieged'' block would have had the first set be ''New Phyrexia'' (rather than that being the last set in the block), with clues to eventually reveal that the plane they were on was Mirrodin. Instead they decided to chronicle the plane turning into New Phyrexia, and do a marketing HopeSpot that perhaps the last set in the block would be "Mirrodin Pure".



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* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' in that while the setting is on Earth, the enemy alien invaders realize that Earth was ''their'' birth planet (which they call Origin). But they don't realize this until ''after'' they hit it with an AlphaStrike.
* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''; upon discovering the ruins of Samos's house partway through the game, Jak says, "This horrible place... is our world!"



* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade''; upon discovering the ruins of Samos's house partway through the game, Jak says, "This horrible place... is our world!"
* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' in that while the setting is on Earth, the enemy alien invaders realize that Earth was ''their'' birth planet (which they call Origin). But they don't realize this until ''after'' they hit it with an AlphaStrike.



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* The ending of ''LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' implies this; while the souls of humanity are travelling to the New World, we catch glimpses of what seems to be our solar system, along with a few distinctive geographical features of Earth. Lightning steps off a modern train into what looks like the French countryside, with French signs and 21st century cars. WordOfGod has stated that this is up to player interpretation, as it does create a few problems (such as the New World having no history).



* The ending of ''LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' implies this; while the souls of humanity are travelling to the New World, we catch glimpses of what seems to be our solar system, along with a few distinctive geographical features of Earth. Lightning steps off a modern train into what looks like the French countryside, with French signs and 21st century cars. WordOfGod has stated that this is up to player interpretation, as it does create a few problems (such as the New World having no history).



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* [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Into_the_Great_Unknown A non-canonical comic]] based on ''Franchise/StarWars'' has the Millennium Falcon crash on a distant planet; Han is killed by the natives. Years later, the Falcon's wreck and Han's corpse are discovered by the famous archeologist... Franchise/IndianaJones. Who was trying to discover the Sasquatch, previously known as Chewbacca.



* [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Into_the_Great_Unknown A non-canonical comic]] based on ''Franchise/StarWars'' has the ''Millennium Falcon'' crash on a distant planet; Han is killed by the natives. Years later, the ''Falcon''[='s=] wreck and Han's corpse are discovered by the famous archeologist... Franchise/IndianaJones. Who was trying to discover the Sasquatch, previously known as Chewbacca.



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* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' eventually implied that the strip was set AfterTheEnd complete with a cache of books from our time including Literature/TheBible.
* In ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy,'' the titular character is on a visit to the planet Troglodonia, home of the Space Cavemen. One cave has a mural on its wall that depicts a visual history. It starts with a caveman, progresses through history (a gladiator, a car, etc.) before concluding with a mushroom cloud and another caveman.
-->'''Space-Caveman:''' Maybe planet older than we thought.
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* Stephen Vincent Benét's short story ''By the Waters of Babylon'' (1937) is this trope: the narrator, the son of a priest who is "immune" to a certain kind of metal that can kill everyone else in his tribe, narrates in such a way that you think he is a member of a primitive tribe that may or may not possess magic of some kind. By the end it is clear that [[spoiler: while there may be magic involved (specifically the flashback sequence), they most definitely are in the future, close to [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The holy metal spoken of is most likely radioactive, and the narrator, like his father, has inherited his radioactive immunity. The "Babylon" in the title is a ShoutOut to the town of that name on Long Island.]]
* The world of ''The Runestaff'' by Creator/MichaelMoorcock, is Earth in a distant future, where all technology is lost.



* A ''Time Team'' story from ''3-2-1 Contact'' appears to be set in the distant past, but at the end [[spoiler: bulldozers show up]] the Time Team realizes that they are actually [[spoiler: in the present, in the middle of the Brazilian rain forest]].
* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series is seemingly a medieval Fantasy setting with the usual FiveRaces, but it's revealed pretty early on to be an AfterTheEnd future.
* The final book of ''Literature/TheDarkAngelTrilogy'' revealed that the setting, a fantastical alien world with month-long days, was Luna, terraformed ages ago. Earth's was incinerated in a global nuclear holocaust, and Luna had a civilization collapse to medieval fantasy levels.

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* A ''Time Team'' story from ''3-2-1 Contact'' appears to be set in the distant past, but at the end [[spoiler: bulldozers show up]] the Time Team realizes that they are actually [[spoiler: in the present, in the middle The ''Ardneh Sequence'' by Fred Saberhagen, made up of the Brazilian rain forest]].
* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series
''Literature/EmpireOfTheEast'' and ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series, is seemingly a medieval Fantasy setting with fantasy set more than 50,000 years AfterTheEnd. Magic exists and the usual FiveRaces, but it's revealed pretty early on to be an AfterTheEnd future.
* The final book of ''Literature/TheDarkAngelTrilogy'' revealed that the setting, a fantastical alien world with month-long days, was Luna, terraformed ages ago. Earth's was incinerated in a global
nuclear holocaust, and Luna had a civilization collapse to medieval fantasy levels.weapons that caused TheEnd have transformed into demons.



* It's subtly hinted several times that the setting of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is our planet [[AfterTheEnd after not one but two world-changing catastrophes]].

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* It's subtly hinted several times Stephen Vincent Benét's short story ''By the Waters of Babylon'' (1937) is this trope: the narrator, the son of a priest who is "immune" to a certain kind of metal that can kill everyone else in his tribe, narrates in such a way that you think he is a member of a primitive tribe that may or may not possess magic of some kind. By the end it is clear that [[spoiler:while there may be magic involved (specifically the flashback sequence), they most definitely are in the future, close to [[BigApplesauce New York]]. The holy metal spoken of is most likely radioactive, and the narrator, like his father, has inherited his radioactive immunity. The "Babylon" in the title is a ShoutOut to the town of that name on Long Island.]]
* The final book of ''Literature/TheDarkAngelTrilogy'' revealed
that the setting of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is our planet [[AfterTheEnd after not one but two world-changing catastrophes]].setting, a fantastical alien world with month-long days, was Luna, terraformed ages ago. Earth's was incinerated in a global nuclear holocaust, and Luna had a civilization collapse to medieval fantasy levels.



* A variation occurs in ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archive]]'', in which a portal to another universe leads to a frozen, atmosphere-less planet with a sky of red stars. While the protagonists naturally assume this is some alien world, it turns out it's what's left of an alternate Earth in which the Nazis summoned an EldritchAbomination. It's nearly done eating that universe, and it's looking for a fresh buffet...
* The "Ardneh Sequence" by Fred Saberhagen, made up of the ''Literature/EmpireOfTheEast'' series and the ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series, is fantasy set more than 50,000 years AfterTheEnd. Magic exists and the nuclear weapons that caused TheEnd have transformed into demons.

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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'': A variation variant occurs in ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The ''The Atrocity Archive]]'', Archive'', in which a portal to another universe leads to a frozen, atmosphere-less planet with a sky of red stars. While the protagonists naturally assume this is some alien world, it turns out it's what's left of an alternate Earth in which the Nazis summoned an EldritchAbomination. It's nearly done eating that universe, and it's looking for a fresh buffet...
* The "Ardneh Sequence" world of ''The Runestaff'', by Fred Saberhagen, made up Creator/MichaelMoorcock, is Earth in a distant future, where all technology is lost.
* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series is seemingly a medieval Fantasy setting with the usual FiveRaces, but it's revealed pretty early on to be an AfterTheEnd future.
* A ''Time Team'' story from ''3-2-1 Contact'' appears to be set in the distant past, but at the end [[spoiler: bulldozers show up]] the Time Team realizes that they are actually [[spoiler: in the present, in the middle
of the ''Literature/EmpireOfTheEast'' series and the ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' series, is fantasy set more than 50,000 years AfterTheEnd. Magic exists and the nuclear weapons Brazilian rain forest]].
* It's subtly hinted several times
that caused TheEnd have transformed into demons.the setting of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is our planet [[AfterTheEnd after not one but two world-changing catastrophes]].



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* ''Series/LandOfTheLost'': Not Earth, but a similar situation; an advanced, civilized Sleestak arrives in the Land of the Lost by TimeTravel, only to discover that the primitive Sleestaks aren't from his past, they're from his ''future'', AfterTheEnd.
* The planet Omega-IV in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Omega Glory" is a bizarre case. The "[[EagleLand Yang]]" and the "[[DirtyCommunist Kohm]]" tribes are all that's left of their civilization after a UsefulNotes/ColdWar turned nuclear, and the resemblance to Earth comes to a head when the tattered, ancient American flag and U.S. Constitution put in appearances that leave the heroes stunned. But it's all the setup for a massive [[TheUnreveal unreveal]]. While a deleted scene would have suggested that the inhabitants are the human descendants of a LostColony, the mysteries are never resolved onscreen and Omega-IV is apparently just an alien planet that coincidentally reinvented America, the Soviet Union, China and the Cold War. (There were at least two other worlds in Original Trek that had cultures identical to Earth --five, if you count the Space Nazis who were explicitly given that information by an Earthman, the Space Gangsters who got it from an Earth book, and the Space Indians whose ancestors were actually from Earth.)

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* ''Series/LandOfTheLost'': Not Earth, but a similar situation; an advanced, civilized Sleestak arrives in the Land of the Lost by TimeTravel, only to discover that the primitive Sleestaks aren't from his past, they're from his ''future'', AfterTheEnd.
* The planet Omega-IV in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Omega Glory" is a bizarre case. The "[[EagleLand Yang]]" and the "[[DirtyCommunist Kohm]]" tribes are all that's left of their civilization after a UsefulNotes/ColdWar turned nuclear, and the resemblance to Earth comes to a head when the tattered, ancient American flag and U.S. Constitution put in appearances that leave the heroes stunned. But it's all the setup for a massive [[TheUnreveal unreveal]]. While a deleted scene would have suggested that the inhabitants are the human descendants of a LostColony, the mysteries are never resolved onscreen and Omega-IV is apparently just an alien planet that coincidentally reinvented America, the Soviet Union, China and the Cold War. (There were at least two other worlds in Original Trek that had cultures identical to Earth --five, if you count the Space Nazis who were explicitly given that information by an Earthman, the Space Gangsters who got it from an Earth book, and the Space Indians whose ancestors were actually from Earth.)
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* ''Series/LandOfTheLost'': Not Earth, but a similar situation; an advanced, civilized Sleestak arrives in the Land of the Lost by TimeTravel, only to discover that the primitive Sleestaks aren't from his past, they're from his ''future'', AfterTheEnd.
* The planet Omega-IV in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Omega Glory" is a bizarre case. The "[[EagleLand Yang]]" and the "[[DirtyCommunist Kohm]]" tribes are all that's left of their civilization after a UsefulNotes/ColdWar turned nuclear, and the resemblance to Earth comes to a head when the tattered, ancient American flag and U.S. Constitution put in appearances that leave the heroes stunned. But it's all the setup for a massive [[TheUnreveal unreveal]]. While a deleted scene would have suggested that the inhabitants are the human descendants of a LostColony, the mysteries are never resolved onscreen and Omega-IV is apparently just an alien planet that coincidentally reinvented America, the Soviet Union, China and the Cold War. (There were at least two other worlds in Original Trek that had cultures identical to Earth --five, if you count the Space Nazis who were explicitly given that information by an Earthman, the Space Gangsters who got it from an Earth book, and the Space Indians whose ancestors were actually from Earth.)



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* ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' eventually implied that the strip was set AfterTheEnd complete with a cache of books from our time including Literature/TheBible.
* In ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy,'' the titular character is on a visit to the planet Troglodonia, home of the Space Cavemen. One cave has a mural on its wall that depicts a visual history. It starts with a caveman, progresses through history (a gladiator, a car, etc.) before concluding with a mushroom cloud and another caveman.
-->'''Space-Caveman:''' Maybe planet older than we thought.
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* The Konami arcade game ''Gaiapolis'' starts out looking like an alternate reality but reveals itself pretty late in the game to be an AfterTheEnd. TheReveal location? A massive graveyard watched over by mysterious robots.



* After defeating the God King in ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'' and sitting through the credits, the Warrior accidentally triggers a holographic map of the world and its literally shattered moon. At first, the landmasses aren't instantly recognizable, but after a while Australia, Eurasia, and Africa rotate into view.
* ''VideoGame/LunarSilverStarStory'' seems to keep this aspect in the background and players barely notice it as the issue never comes up in the story proper. The planet Lunar is actually the moon of the Blue Star, the celestial object that is seen in the sky. According to legend, the Blue Star is where the Goddess Althena transplanted Lunar's residents from. It is mentioned that Lunar had to be terraformed by Althena. It doesn't take much to notice that the Blue Star is not a star but a blue planet. The most visible continents on the planet resemble Africa and Europe. Alex and the adventurers do visit the Frontier which appears as Lunar did pre-terraforming, which looks like the surface of the Moon.



* At the end of ''Scrapland'' the titular Scrapland is revealed to be the Earth during the BigBad's AsYouKnow speech.



* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' is set in a Steampunk universe featuring PettingZooPeople who live on [[WorldInTheSky floating islands in the sky]]. Half way through the game however Human looking characters from the ancient world begin to show up. Eventually after traveling to (what's left of) the surface it's revealed that the game is set on far future Earth after Humanity went extinct in WorldWarIII. The Petting Zoo People and Floating Islands are the result of sentient supercomputers trying to reset life on the planet.



* At the end of ''Scrapland'' the titular Scrapland is revealed to be the Earth during the BigBad's AsYouKnow speech.
* The Konami arcade game ''Gaiapolis'' starts out looking like an alternate reality but reveals itself pretty late in the game to be an AfterTheEnd. TheReveal location? A massive graveyard watched over by mysterious robots.



* After defeating the God King in ''InfinityBlade'' and sitting through the credits, the Warrior accidentally triggers a holographic map of the world and its literally shattered moon. At first, the landmasses aren't instantly recognizable, but after a while Australia, Eurasia, and Africa rotate into view.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' is set in a Steampunk universe featuring PettingZooPeople who live on [[WorldInTheSky floating islands in the sky]]. Half way through the game however Human looking characters from the ancient world begin to show up. Eventually after traveling to (what's left of) the surface it's revealed that the game is set on far future Earth after Humanity went extinct in WorldWarIII. The Petting Zoo People and Floating Islands are the result of sentient supercomputers trying to reset life on the planet.
* ''VideoGame/LunarSilverStarStory'' seems to keep this aspect in the background and players barely notice it as the issue never comes up in the story proper. The planet Lunar is actually the moon of the Blue Star, the celestial object that is seen in the sky. According to legend, the Blue Star is where the Goddess Althena transplanted Lunar's residents from. It is mentioned that Lunar had to be terraformed by Althena. It doesn't take much to notice that the Blue Star is not a star but a blue planet. The most visible continents on the planet resemble Africa and Europe. Alex and the adventurers do visit the Frontier which appears as Lunar did pre-terraforming, which looks like the surface of the Moon.


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* In the 2011 ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Episode of Bardock]]'', Bardock somehow survives the destruction of the Planet Vegeta and lands on the Planet Plant whose peaceful inhabitants are being harassed by space pirates led by [[IdenticalGrandson Lord Chilled]]. [[spoiler: Absolutely no one was surprised when it turned out to be a primitive Planet Vegeta and Lord Chilled was the ancestor of Frieza. For extra bonus points, Bardock somehow became the first Super Saiyan and [[StableTimeLoop recursively started the legend that haunted Frieza]]!]] The [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Abridged]] version made Bardock being unable to figure out the fairly obvious twist a RunningGag!

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* In the The 2011 ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Episode ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' special ''Episode of Bardock]]'', Bardock'' shows that Goku's father Bardock survived his death at the hands of Freeza and was somehow survives blasted back into the destruction of the distant past, waking up on Planet Vegeta and lands on the back when it was called Planet Plant whose peaceful inhabitants are being harassed by space pirates led by [[IdenticalGrandson Lord Chilled]]. [[spoiler: Absolutely no one (and before it was surprised when it turned out to be a primitive Planet Vegeta and Lord Chilled was inhabited by either the Saiyans or their enemies the Tsufuru). In addition to discovering that the ancient Plantians invented the liquid used in Freeza's {{Healing Vat}}s, [[spoiler:Bardock battles Freeza's ancestor of Frieza. For extra bonus points, Bardock somehow became Chilled and goes Super Saiyan, meaning ''he's'' the first legendary Super Saiyan and [[StableTimeLoop recursively started the legend that haunted Frieza]]!]] drove Freeza to kill off the Saiyans.]] The [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged Abridged]] version made had a RunningGag where Bardock being unable to figure is on the verge of figuring out the fairly this incredibly obvious twist a RunningGag!plot twist, only for something to interrupt and derail his train of thought -- and when he finally gets it, his anger at how stupid it is is what triggers his Super Saiyan transformation.
13th May '17 9:59:51 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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''Film/TheVillage'' appears to be set in a rural 19th century village. Beyond the woods surrounding the village, however, is present-day America; the village was founded by people who wanted to recreate 19th century society, and their children don't know what year it really is.

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* ''Film/TheVillage'' appears to be set in a rural 19th century village. Beyond the woods surrounding the village, however, is present-day America; the village was founded by people who wanted to recreate 19th century society, and their children don't know what year it really is.



* The Shattered Sea Trilogy (by Joe Abercrombie of [[Literature/TheFirstLaw The First Law fame) takes place in a Viking like society which is actually in the far future Baltic Sea after a nuclear war, where Finland appears to have sunk. The fist clues are the geography matching too well, the names of elf ruins being corrupted versions of present day cities, and a tribeswoman wearing a circuit board as an amulet.

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* The Shattered Sea Trilogy (by Joe Abercrombie of [[Literature/TheFirstLaw The First Law fame) fame]]) takes place in a Viking like society which is actually in the far future Baltic Sea after a nuclear war, where Finland appears to have sunk. The fist clues are the geography matching too well, the names of elf ruins being corrupted versions of present day cities, and a tribeswoman wearing a circuit board as an amulet.
6th May '17 11:39:05 AM mistking666
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* In "Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy", by Creator/BrandonSanderson, it is revealed to be Earth in the third book when [[spoiler:Harmony is formed by the fusion of Ruin and Preservation, Harmony reveals that based upon his old knowledge of ancient religions, the planet has been misaligned and improperly placed. The planet is moved back into it's original position, undoing the destructive effects of being so close to the Sun, and the returning climate reveals that is was, indeed, Earth with its landmasses rearranged by the Lord Ruler.]]
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* Played with in a fascinating way in the original StarTrek series, where the Enterprise encounters multiple duplicates of Earth that had apparently been duplicated at specific points in history. (Probably involved the Q Continuum, but they never really made a point of establishing where they came from onscreen.)

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* Played with in a fascinating way in the original StarTrek series, where the Enterprise encounters multiple duplicates of Earth that had apparently been duplicated at specific points in history. The specific case of the world of the Yangs and Kohms in "The Omega Glory" is mentioned below, but "Miri" and "Bread and Circuses" also feature similar planets. (Probably involved the Q Continuum, but they never really made a point of establishing where they came from onscreen.)
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