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20th May '16 4:19:34 AM Omeganian
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** The Robot books zigzag it. For the [[Literature/TheCavesOfSteel first]] [[Literatures/TheNakedSun three]] [[Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn books]], Earth is an overpopulated slum for the fifty Spacer colonies, with heavy doses of FantasticRacism. However, as of ''Literature/RobotsAndEmpire'', there has been a new wave of colonization for the past two centuries, with the colonists all coming from Earth and playing this trope straight to a literally religious extent. Therefore, the antagonists decide that destroying Earth would be the perfect way to weaken the new colonies enough for Spacers to eliminate them easily... and the heroes allow them to go along with the plan, believing that playing this trope straight holds back humanity. Eventually, this leads to the situation described above.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "In a Good Cause...", two aliens from another race visit Earth, and are very surprised to learn it is the homeworld of humanity yet not a shrine world. While it ''is'' the center of the most powerful political unit, it's only one out of a hundred with not a dozen worlds total. Played straight at the end, when all of humanity unites into TheFederation, and Earth is apparently the capital.
30th Apr '16 8:53:20 AM TokoWH
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** I'd definitely watch a show set on the Harlem Globetrotters homeworld instead.
27th Mar '16 12:59:05 PM merotoker
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If, against all odds, it's just next on the list for an alien menace that has conquered hundreds of worlds before it, Earth will more often than not be [[UndefeatableLittleVillage that elusive last]] planet they needed to make their conquest of the (region, galaxy, universe) complete. And almost ''every'' time, it's Earth where a resistance to the aliens' evil ways will finally succeed, [[HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet no matter how improbable]].

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If, against all odds, it's just next on the list for an alien menace that has conquered hundreds of worlds before it, Earth will more often than not be [[UndefeatableLittleVillage that elusive last]] planet they needed to make their conquest of the (region, galaxy, universe) complete. And almost ''every'' time, it's Earth where a resistance to the aliens' evil ways will finally succeed, [[HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet [[JustForFun/HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet no matter how improbable]].



** In ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Earth houses the Entity, the "living light" that kickstarted life in EVERY universe, and that the Guardians claiming to be the universe's oldest living beings and that Earth is backwater was to cover this fact.]] This also helped explain an earlier bit of "Earth is awesome" canon: it's established that Earth is the most biodiverse planet in existence. Most DCU planets have a hundred or so different species, while Earth has millions. This [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] once we find out that [[spoiler:Earth is home to the creator of all life, which causes life on this planet to behave differently]].

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** In ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Earth houses the Entity, the "living light" that kickstarted life in EVERY universe, and that the Guardians claiming to be the universe's oldest living beings and that Earth is backwater was to cover this fact.]] fact]]. This also helped explain an earlier bit of "Earth is awesome" canon: it's established that Earth is the most biodiverse planet in existence. Most DCU planets have a hundred or so different species, while Earth has millions. This [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] once we find out that [[spoiler:Earth is home to the creator of all life, which causes life on this planet to behave differently]].



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' goes with this, with Earth beginning to be noticed, thanks to the persistent Asgardian interest in it, the perplexing number of Gods, the repulsion of the Chitauri invasion and the advent of the Avengers. And then there's the incipient emergence of mutants, likely imminent unveiling of TheMasquerade (some characters note that humanity is becoming steadily more accepting of the existence of the supernatural) and the rapid development of human technology. Furthermore, it transpires that some alien races, like the Kryptonians, who visited frequently, and the Kree, who have a sort of Ambassador in Mar-Vell, have been keeping an eye on humanity for a long time. And then, of course, there is the interest that the Phoenix has in it.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' goes with this, with Earth beginning to be noticed, thanks to the persistent Asgardian interest in it, the perplexing number of Gods, the repulsion of the Chitauri invasion and the advent of the Avengers. And then there's the incipient emergence of mutants, likely imminent unveiling of TheMasquerade the {{masquerade}} (some characters note that humanity is becoming steadily more accepting of the existence of the supernatural) and the rapid development of human technology. Furthermore, it transpires that some alien races, like the Kryptonians, who visited frequently, and the Kree, who have a sort of Ambassador in Mar-Vell, have been keeping an eye on humanity for a long time. And then, of course, there is the interest that the Phoenix has in it.



* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Earth is always where the MacGuffin are hidden. 12,000 years ago the Allspark crashed landed in what would eventually become the bottom of the Colorado River. 19,000 years ago six of the Seven Primes hid the Matrix of Leadership in tomb made of their very own bodies in what would be Petra. If the Decepticons got either these artifacts the galaxy would be doomed, first on the list being the Humans and Autobots. The third film also reveals that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a mission for the US to explore the remains of the ''Ark'', an Autobot ship that carried Sentinel Prime, [[spoiler: as well as the Pillars needed to create a Space Bridge large enough to bring Cybertron near Earth's orbit.]]

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* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Earth is always where the MacGuffin are hidden. 12,000 years ago the Allspark crashed landed in what would eventually become the bottom of the Colorado River. 19,000 years ago six of the Seven Primes hid the Matrix of Leadership in tomb made of their very own bodies in what would be Petra. If the Decepticons got either these artifacts the galaxy would be doomed, first on the list being the Humans and Autobots. The third film also reveals that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a mission for the US to explore the remains of the ''Ark'', an Autobot ship that carried Sentinel Prime, [[spoiler: as well as the Pillars needed to create a Space Bridge large enough to bring Cybertron near Earth's orbit.]]orbit]].



* Discussed in [[{{Music/TheOcean}} The Ocean]]'s Heliocentric album. "Ptolemy was Wrong" is even about Galileo's heresy in discovering that the Earth revolves around the sun.

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* Discussed in [[{{Music/TheOcean}} [[Music/TheOcean The Ocean]]'s Heliocentric album. "Ptolemy was Wrong" is even about Galileo's heresy in discovering that the Earth revolves around the sun.



* More or less literally true in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''. The Coming of the Rifts turned Earth into a [[strike: multi-dimensional]] [[{{Multiverse}} Megaversal]] focal point. Just about any place in the [[InsistentTerminology Megaverse]] can be reached from Earth, making it a very attractive target for just about every world conqueror/dimensional traveler. The reason it hasn't been taken over by alien forces yet is not due so much to scrappy humans as the fact that it's a [[CrapsackWorld very very very dangerous and unpredictable place]], and there are so many different groups vying for dominance that none have managed to come out on top yet.

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* More or less literally true in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''. The Coming of the Rifts turned Earth into a [[strike: multi-dimensional]] [[{{Multiverse}} [[TheMultiverse Megaversal]] focal point. Just about any place in the [[InsistentTerminology Megaverse]] can be reached from Earth, making it a very attractive target for just about every world conqueror/dimensional traveler. The reason it hasn't been taken over by alien forces yet is not due so much to scrappy humans as the fact that it's a [[CrapsackWorld very very very dangerous and unpredictable place]], and there are so many different groups vying for dominance that none have managed to come out on top yet.



** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Shepard's heroics have put their species at the top of the Reapers' hit list, so they focus on humans as soon as they arrive (after making short work of the batarians, who were basically in their way). Earth isn't the only "home-world" to fall, but it's where the game begins and ends - the Reapers even [[spoiler: move the Citadel there after capturing it.]]

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** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Shepard's heroics have put their species at the top of the Reapers' hit list, so they focus on humans as soon as they arrive (after making short work of the batarians, who were basically in their way). Earth isn't the only "home-world" to fall, but it's where the game begins and ends - the Reapers even [[spoiler: move the Citadel there after capturing it.]]it]].



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9th Feb '16 3:33:18 PM HighCrate
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*** He later tears strips off Gladiator during ''The Trial of Jean Grey'', because of his boneheaded decision to kidnap Teen Jean, pointing out - [[GenreSavvy perfectly accurately]] - that first, she is quite obviously a frightened teenage girl, ''not'' the Dark Phoenix, second, if she really was the Dark Phoenix, the knowledge that the Shiar killed her entire family would set her off and mean that she would kill everyone present, including Gladiator, and third, her friends will come after and they will tear through armies to get her back, because that's what humans (particularly mutants) have historically done. He is right on every count, with the O5, Kitty, X-23 and [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the Guardians of the Galaxy]] promptly taking on the entire Imperial Guard to get her back.

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*** He later tears strips off Gladiator during ''The Trial of Jean Grey'', because of his boneheaded decision to kidnap Teen Jean, pointing out - [[GenreSavvy - perfectly accurately]] accurately - that first, she is quite obviously a frightened teenage girl, ''not'' the Dark Phoenix, second, if she really was the Dark Phoenix, the knowledge that the Shiar killed her entire family would set her off and mean that she would kill everyone present, including Gladiator, and third, her friends will come after and they will tear through armies to get her back, because that's what humans (particularly mutants) have historically done. He is right on every count, with the O5, Kitty, X-23 and [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the Guardians of the Galaxy]] promptly taking on the entire Imperial Guard to get her back.



** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' continues this tradition, with Earth having stores of Dark Energon, sleeping warriors, and, at one point, visitation from Ancient Cybertronians. However, there is a rather [[{{Deconstruction}} dark]] [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this: Earth is actually [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil Unicron]]'s dormant body.]]
*** It is also where the lost Iacon artifacts were ''all'' hidden.
**** That is because [[TheSeer Alpha]] [[GodWasMyCoPilot Trion]] ''[[ExploitedTrope deliberately]]'' [[ExploitedTrope sent them there]], having foreseen it would be an important battleground in the war to come [[GenreSavvy and wanting to give Optimus]] [[CrazyPrepared as much help as he might need]].
*** Megatron puts the conquest of Earth on equal priority with restoring Cybertron after learning the above, believing that the destinies of the two worlds have always been intertwined. To control one without controlling the other is to control nothing at all.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' continues this tradition, with Earth having stores of Dark Energon, sleeping warriors, and, at one point, visitation from Ancient Cybertronians. However, there is a rather [[{{Deconstruction}} dark]] [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this: Earth is actually [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil Unicron]]'s dormant body.]]
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]] It is also where the lost Iacon artifacts were ''all'' hidden.
**** That is because [[TheSeer Alpha]] [[GodWasMyCoPilot Trion]] ''[[ExploitedTrope deliberately]]'' [[ExploitedTrope sent them there]], having foreseen it would be an important battleground in the war to come [[GenreSavvy and wanting to give Optimus]] [[CrazyPrepared as much help as he might need]].
*** Megatron puts the conquest of Earth on equal priority with restoring Cybertron after learning the above, believing that the destinies of the two worlds have always been intertwined. To control one without controlling the other is to control nothing at all.
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14th Jan '16 9:04:30 AM JTRager
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* Discussed in [[{{Music/TheOcean}} The Ocean]]'s Heliocentric album. "Ptolemy was Wrong" is even about Galileo's heresy in discovering that the Earth revolves around the sun.
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15th Dec '15 3:12:49 AM jormis29
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* Parodied in a ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' scenario from White Dwarf magazine a long time ago. The aliens had learnt all they knew of us [[AliensStealCable from watching]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', and had come to the conclusion that the goal of all civilizations was to invade Earth. Preferably in the form of pepper-pot shaped robots who yell "EX-TER-MIN-ATE".

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* Parodied in a ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' scenario from White Dwarf ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine a long time ago. The aliens had learnt all they knew of us [[AliensStealCable from watching]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', and had come to the conclusion that the goal of all civilizations was to invade Earth. Preferably in the form of pepper-pot shaped robots who yell "EX-TER-MIN-ATE".
21st Nov '15 2:56:20 PM TheOutsider
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**** That is because [[TheSeer Alpha]] [[GodWasMyCoPilot Trion]] ''[[ExploitedTrope deliberately]]'' [[ExploitedTrope sent them there]], having foreseen it would be an important battleground in the war to come [[GenreSavvy and wanting to give Optimus]] [[CrazyPrepared as much help as he might need]].
23rd Oct '15 1:42:27 PM BreadBull
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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this when two alien spaceships land on Earth in quick succession and a news reporter remarks "Why does every spaceship land in the United States?"
15th Oct '15 7:08:13 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Earth is the physical center of the Terragen Bubble but otherwise little more than a historical landmark.

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* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Earth is the physical center of the Terragen Bubble (what with interstellar exploration being limited by lightspeed) but otherwise little more than a historical landmark.
13th Oct '15 6:00:40 PM merotoker
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** In ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Earth houses the Entity, the "living light" that kickstarted life in EVERY universe, and that the Guardians claiming to be the universe's oldest living beings and that Earth is backwater was to cover this fact.]] This also helped explain an earlier bit of "Earth is awesome" canon: it's established that Earth is the most biodiverse planet in existence. Most DCU planets have a hundred or so different species, while Earth has millions. This [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] once we find out that [[spoiler:Earth is home to the creator of all life, which causes life on this planet to behave differently.]]

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** In ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Earth houses the Entity, the "living light" that kickstarted life in EVERY universe, and that the Guardians claiming to be the universe's oldest living beings and that Earth is backwater was to cover this fact.]] This also helped explain an earlier bit of "Earth is awesome" canon: it's established that Earth is the most biodiverse planet in existence. Most DCU planets have a hundred or so different species, while Earth has millions. This [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] once we find out that [[spoiler:Earth is home to the creator of all life, which causes life on this planet to behave differently.]]differently]].



** Also to be taken into account is the truly obscene number of powerful gods and pantheons that call Earth home. [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]], for instance, just one god (though an extremely powerful one who's actually physically stronger than Thor), cuts loose and matches the Skrull Skyfather in single combat, when said Skyfather has, with his wife, enslaved countless thousands of pantheons and gods. And he's not even half as prominent as Thor.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''TheDefenders'':
-->'''SilverSurfer''': Why is it this world is always the one upon which the fate of everything hinges? Why do the miracles and nightmares always seem to come from here?

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** Also to be taken into account is the truly obscene number of powerful gods and pantheons that call Earth home. [[TheIncredibleHercules [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]], for instance, just one god (though an extremely powerful one who's actually physically stronger than Thor), cuts loose and matches the Skrull Skyfather in single combat, when said Skyfather has, with his wife, enslaved countless thousands of pantheons and gods. And he's not even half as prominent as Thor.
* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''TheDefenders'':
-->'''SilverSurfer''':
''Comicbook/TheDefenders'':
-->'''Comicbook/SilverSurfer''':
Why is it this world is always the one upon which the fate of everything hinges? Why do the miracles and nightmares always seem to come from here?



-->surely, under these conditions. Earth was still the largest, richest, most varied and populous planet in scattered humanity’s entire worm-hole nexus of explored space. Its dearth of good exit points in solar local space and governmental disunity left it militarily and strategically minor from the greater galactic point of view. But Earth still reigned, if it did not rule, culturally supreme. More war scarred than Barrayar, as technically advanced as Beta Colony, the end-point of all pilgrimages both religious and secular—in light of which,major embassies from every world that could afford one were collected here.

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-->surely, under these conditions. Earth was still the largest, richest, most varied and populous planet in scattered humanity’s entire worm-hole nexus of explored space. Its dearth of good exit points in solar local space and governmental disunity left it militarily and strategically minor from the greater galactic point of view. But Earth still reigned, if it did not rule, culturally supreme. More war scarred than Barrayar, as technically advanced as Beta Colony, the end-point of all pilgrimages both religious and secular—in light of which,major which, major embassies from every world that could afford one were collected here.



** Turns out that [[spoiler:The Final Five Cylons were fleeing from a devastated Earth to find the mythical Twelve Colonies.]] Ironic, eh?
** And the epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:that planet wasn't our Earth, but quite different planet of the same name. The Colonials and their Cylon allies finally find an unnamed planet that is, according to them, filled with more life than all the Twelve Colonies put together, and inexplicably also houses primitive ''Homo sapiens'' in one of its continents. They decide to call it Earth in memory of the dream they pursued for so long. Fast-forward 150,000 years and confirm that it's indeed our very own home planet, in case the continental shapes weren't a dead giveaway, already.]]

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** Turns out that [[spoiler:The Final Five Cylons were fleeing from a devastated Earth to find the mythical Twelve Colonies.]] Colonies]]. Ironic, eh?
** And the epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:that planet wasn't our Earth, but quite different planet of the same name. The Colonials and their Cylon allies finally find an unnamed planet that is, according to them, filled with more life than all the Twelve Colonies put together, and inexplicably also houses primitive ''Homo sapiens'' in one of its continents. They decide to call it Earth in memory of the dream they pursued for so long. Fast-forward 150,000 years and confirm that it's indeed our very own home planet, in case the continental shapes weren't a dead giveaway, already.]]already]].
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