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7th Nov '17 7:02:50 PM TropesForever
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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, 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.
PlutoIsExpendable. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with]] ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet''.
26th Sep '17 10:51:20 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* This trope was a favorite of Creator/CarlSagan. He [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] it in his books, in speeches, and in ''Series/CosmosASpacetimeOdyssey.'' He famously popularized the Pale Blue Dot photograph, which is now often shown with his famous quote:
-->''"Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."''

-->''"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds."''

-->''"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves."''

-->''"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."''

** That photo was and [[ScienceMarchesOn (so far)]] remains the farthest picture of Earth ever taken: (roughly) 3.7 billion miles out. It's worth noting that, as mind-boggling as that distance is, Voyager 1 wasn't even outside of the Heliosphere yet. In interstellar space it would take something like the Kepler space observatory to find us, and something even more advanced than that to indicate Earth has an atmosphere.
*** Of course, the tremendous racket we're making with radio waves might make it easier [[AliensStealCable if the observer is close enough.]]
*** Unfortunately the largest amount of receivable transmissions have mostly shut off since the end of the Cold War. That's right - humanity's greatest influence on the Universe was the early warning systems used to see if the End of the World was nigh.
* With the definition of [[http://www.businessinsider.com/r-new-map-shows-milky-way-lives-in-laniakea-galaxy-complex-2014-9 Supercluster Laniakea]], this can be taken UpToEleven with the definition of an insignificant little ''galaxy''!
* Creator/CarlSagan also pointed out, as a thought-experiment, that any advanced civilization looking for definite signs of life on Earth would first see a very definite anomaly concerning continual creation of methane in the earth's atmosphere. Granted it would all break down into simpler gases after a while. But something must be producing it. Simple biochemistry would suggest, to the hypothetical aliens, a life-form of some sort must be generating the continual detectable methane. Yes: evidence of life on earth to an outside observer would be the presence, by inference, of million upon million of farting cattle.
* Contrary to (modern) popular interpretation, the belief that the Earth is in the center of the universe was actually this, making this trope OlderThanDirt! According to ancient greek understanding of matter and cosmology, purer and lighter substances tended to "rise" from the center to the surface/edge of the universe, whilst heavier and impure matter coalesced in the center of the universe. To the ancients, that the Earth was in the center of the universe meant that it was...well let's just say that ancient greek philosophers were far less charitable than cosmologists today.
* 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.
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26th Sep '17 3:26:40 AM Jallen
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* Still think Earth is significant? [[http://www.anonews.co/mindboggling-the-universe/ These pictures may make cause the most ardent skeptic have doubts.]]
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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