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17th Sep '17 11:41:10 AM nombretomado
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No aversions or [[NotASubversion kinda-sorta subversions]] here. Take them to EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse instead.

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No aversions or [[NotASubversion [[Administrivia/NotASubversion kinda-sorta subversions]] here. Take them to EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse instead.
3rd Sep '17 7:54:02 PM TheD3rp
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* The primary motive of the Terran Cult in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' revolves around this trope. At one time Earth was the center of a massive colonial empire that spanned galaxies. However, Earth began to brutally exploit and repress the people of its colonies, which led to a bloody revolution. The colonies barely scraped by with a victory and Earth was left a hollow shell of its former self, becoming less and less significant as time passed by. The Terran Cult's plan is to use organized religion and terrorist actions in order to manipulate politics and history so that Earth is made the center of the Universe once again.

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* The primary motive of the Terran Cult in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' revolves around this trope. At one time Earth was the center of a massive colonial empire that spanned galaxies.a significant portion of the Milky Way. However, Earth began to brutally exploit and repress the people of its colonies, which led to a bloody revolution. The colonies barely scraped by with a victory and Earth was left a hollow shell of its former self, becoming less and less significant as time passed by. The Terran Cult's plan is to use organized religion and terrorist actions in order to manipulate politics and history so that Earth is made the center of the Universe once again.
11th Jul '17 5:04:27 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module "The Immortal Storm" (from ''way'' back in 1986, the first module to use Immortal Rules) the players' goal is to collect essences of Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell, traveling to five exotic locales among the universe for each. Or rather, ''four'' exotic locales, and a facsimile of Earth, which is described as "a dirty, primitive society" where no magic is usable. In fact, it's pretty much unknown; the natives in this version of Earth don't even have fantasy literature, but science fiction is popular, given their focus on technology. It's also something of AWorldHalfFull where "countries pursue an expensive
nuclear hobby, spending vast sums on the creation of atomic weapons, but never using them, all the while ignoring widespread needs of the people, such as food, shelter, the arts, and so forth." This is supposed to challenge the players, by giving them a place where most of their methods just don't work, but it wasn't exactly well-received. (The players are Immortal, Epic Level heroes, and it's rather undignified for such characters to negotiate with street gangs.)

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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module "The Immortal Storm" (from ''way'' back in 1986, the first module to use Immortal Rules) the players' goal is to collect essences of Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell, traveling to five exotic locales among the universe for each. Or rather, ''four'' exotic locales, and a facsimile of Earth, which is described as "a dirty, primitive society" where no magic is usable. In fact, it's pretty much unknown; the natives in this version of Earth don't even have fantasy literature, but science fiction is popular, given their focus on technology. It's also something of AWorldHalfFull where "countries pursue an expensive
expensive nuclear hobby, spending vast sums on the creation of atomic weapons, but never using them, all the while ignoring widespread needs of the people, such as food, shelter, the arts, and so forth." This is supposed to challenge the players, by giving them a place where most of their methods just don't work, but it wasn't exactly well-received. (The players are Immortal, Epic Level heroes, and it's rather undignified for such characters to negotiate with street gangs.)
11th Jul '17 5:03:36 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' module "The Immortal Storm" (from ''way'' back in 1986, the first module to use Immortal Rules) the players' goal is to collect essences of Sight, Sound, Touch, Taste, and Smell, traveling to five exotic locales among the universe for each. Or rather, ''four'' exotic locales, and a facsimile of Earth, which is described as "a dirty, primitive society" where no magic is usable. In fact, it's pretty much unknown; the natives in this version of Earth don't even have fantasy literature, but science fiction is popular, given their focus on technology. It's also something of AWorldHalfFull where "countries pursue an expensive
nuclear hobby, spending vast sums on the creation of atomic weapons, but never using them, all the while ignoring widespread needs of the people, such as food, shelter, the arts, and so forth." This is supposed to challenge the players, by giving them a place where most of their methods just don't work, but it wasn't exactly well-received. (The players are Immortal, Epic Level heroes, and it's rather undignified for such characters to negotiate with street gangs.)
4th Jul '17 8:49:16 PM SSJMagus
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Hekapoo refers to Earth as a "stinky dirt rock".

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', Hekapoo refers to Earth as a "stinky dirt rock". And Star herself was originally sent by her parents to Earth because it was considered expendable; if she caused devastation there with her [[IneptMage uncontrolled magic]] that had a tendency to [[PlayingWithFire set things on fire]] even when she wasn't trying to and even if the objects weren't actually flammable...well better Earth than their own planet.
10th Jun '17 12:28:16 AM Az_Tech341
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The opposite of EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse. Seems if not the above, then the main action is set on another civilized planet, and Earth is either radioactive, lost, forgotten, generally meaningless, or outright nonexistent in the work's setting. It's not on any cosmic EvilOverlord's [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over]] list, nor is it covered in any Milky Way Geography classes.

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The opposite of EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse. Seems Seems, if not the above, then the main action is set on another civilized planet, and Earth is either radioactive, lost, forgotten, generally meaningless, or outright nonexistent in the work's setting.setting of the work. It's not on any cosmic EvilOverlord's [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over]] list, nor is it covered in any Milky Way Geography classes.



See also: EarthThatWas, EarthThatUsedToBeBetter and ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway. PunyEarthlings usually goes hand-in-hand with this, for obvious reasons. Earth is also no longer the only planet subject to this -- compare PlutoIsExpendable.

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See also: EarthThatWas, EarthThatUsedToBeBetter EarthThatUsedToBeBetter, and ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway. PunyEarthlings usually goes hand-in-hand with this, for obvious reasons. Earth is also no longer the only planet subject to this -- compare PlutoIsExpendable.
10th Jun '17 12:25:04 AM Az_Tech341
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[[caption-width-right:180:[[Creator/CarlSagan Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.]]]]

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24th May '17 8:40:54 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* This is the core of one of the possible explanations for the UsefulNotes/FermiParadox, which asks why we haven't been contacted any advanced alien civilizations. Earth is so small, underdeveloped, and unimportant, and the universe itself is so vast, old, and huge, that we're simply not worth their time. A civilization that is millions of years ahead of us in technology would probably view us as we view bacteria. When you consider [[TimeAbyss we see space not as it is but as it was in the distant past thanks to the finite speed of light]], and add to that how much technology could advance over millions of years, this theory does seem to have some weight to it.
19th May '17 1:06:27 PM Bense
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* The existence of Earth is also considered dubious in E. C. Tubb's nearly endless ''Dumarest of Terra'' series, chronicling the Earth-born hero's attempt to find his home planet. The final stories make clear that a fan theory is in fact {{Canon}}: [[spoiler:Earth is the [[BigBad Cyclan]] base planet.]]

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* The existence of Earth is also considered dubious in E. C. Tubb's nearly endless ''Dumarest of Terra'' ''Literature/DumarestOfTerra'' series, chronicling the Earth-born hero's attempt to find his home planet. The final stories make clear that a fan theory is in fact {{Canon}}: [[spoiler:Earth is the [[BigBad Cyclan]] base planet.]]
14th May '17 4:58:32 PM nombretomado
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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} either plays this straight or inverts it depending on which faction is in play. To the humans, Earth is Holy Terra, the holy of holies, the motherworld, and home of the God-Emperor. Pilgrims spend lifetimes waiting in line to land on its sacred soil. However, for those not of the Imperium, Holy Terra is only important because of its importance to the Imperium; if it weren't so critical to enemy morale, no one would care. As it is, it's probable that the Necrons and Orks don't care anyway (because they're too mysterious and too stupid, respectively). (The Tyrannids, however, are homing in on Earth specifically because they're drawn by the Astronomican. In [=WH40k=], it sucks to be significant.)
* In {{Traveller}} when they first meet the Terrans think EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and the Vilani think that Earth is an Insignificant Little Blue Planet. After they spend two hundred years arguing the point it is finally agreed that EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse because after all [[HumansAreWarriors Terrans are warriors]], and AsskickingEqualsAuthority.

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* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' either plays this straight or inverts it depending on which faction is in play. To the humans, Earth is Holy Terra, the holy of holies, the motherworld, and home of the God-Emperor. Pilgrims spend lifetimes waiting in line to land on its sacred soil. However, for those not of the Imperium, Holy Terra is only important because of its importance to the Imperium; if it weren't so critical to enemy morale, no one would care. As it is, it's probable that the Necrons and Orks don't care anyway (because they're too mysterious and too stupid, respectively). (The Tyrannids, however, are homing in on Earth specifically because they're drawn by the Astronomican. In [=WH40k=], it sucks to be significant.)
* In {{Traveller}} ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' when they first meet the Terrans think EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and the Vilani think that Earth is an Insignificant Little Blue Planet. After they spend two hundred years arguing the point it is finally agreed that EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse because after all [[HumansAreWarriors Terrans are warriors]], and AsskickingEqualsAuthority.
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