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24th Aug '16 12:00:27 AM Tyrathius
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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': It's not entirely clear just by watching the show (or reading the comics) but WordOfGod is ''The Walking Dead'' is set in an alternate universe where [[Film/LivingDeadSeries George Romero's works]] never existed, and so the idea of zombies never entered mainstream culture, justifying the characters' initial GenreBlindness. That aside, the world seems to be more or less identical to our own before the apocalypse started.
18th Aug '16 2:50:27 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' as a whole is historical fiction with some science-fiction elements, mainly that there was a [[Main/ThePrecursors First Civilization]] which engineered humanity and, in the wake of their extinction, the Assassins and Templars emerged and have been at war ever since. That said, the general history of this world is virtually identical to the real-world with a few exceptions, such as the assassination targets in the first game--most of whom are real historical figures--dying in 1191 instead of when they actually did. Internally, this is reasoned by the Templars meddling with historical records to hide their actions (and the Assassins probably did the same) and by using a FramingDevice: you don't actually see history ''exactly'' as it happened for the most part, you're seeing the memories of an ancestor rendered as a computer simulation, which could mean some level of UnreliableNarrator is in effect. That said, outside of the assassinations, there are only a few major discrepancies such as the Boston Tea Party in [[AssassinsCreedIII the third game]] being a massive riot rather than being conducted in complete silence. As the series progresses, more and more historical characters really ''do'' die when they did in real-life, just under different circumstances (from ''Assassin's Creed III'' again, [[spoiler: Charles Lee is killed by player character Connor Kenway in Monmouth at the very end rather than dying of a fever in Philadelphia]], which can still be attributed to the altered historical records established by the FramingDevice). [[LampshadeHanging Most of the inaccuracies are]] [[SelfDeprecation addressed by the in-game encyclopedia]].
7th Aug '16 3:59:01 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' are remembered 500 years in the future, and it seems most things stayed the same without {{Creator/Bungie}}'s existence (or at least ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' and ''Halo'') in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe, ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/FullMetalJacket'', and ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' ''Film/KingKong'' are remembered 500 years in the future, and it seems most things that human history between 100,000 BCE and 2000 AD largely stayed the same without {{Creator/Bungie}}'s existence (or at least same, except that {{Creator/Bungie}} apparently never made games (so no ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' and ''Halo'') in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' universe.or ''Halo'' itself).
8th Apr '16 7:46:44 PM merotoker
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** Also, [[spoiler: later episodes reveal that the whole "invading for resources" thing was a bunch of bull. The real reason Brittania invaded was that the emperor wanted access to the witch's temple on one of Japan's smaller islands so he could complete the Ragnarok Connection.]]

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** Also, [[spoiler: later episodes reveal that the whole "invading for resources" thing was a bunch of bull. The real reason Brittania invaded was that the emperor wanted access to the witch's temple on one of Japan's smaller islands so he could complete the Ragnarok Connection.]]Connection]].



* Most comic book settings are like this, just with an incredibly extensive "noted" category. Superpowers, magic, alternate pantheons, the confirmed existence of the soul, contact with multiple alien races, and yet [[InSpiteOfANail everything else is the same as our world]].
** ''ComicBook/ExMachina'' played with this to great effect in its first issue: the series is centered on the only superhero in the world, who retired to become Mayor of NYC. Everything looks identical to our world until the WhamShot at the end of Issue #1 which shows [[spoiler:one of the Twin Towers still standing, with said superhero lamenting on not being able to save both.]]

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* Most comic book settings are like this, just with an incredibly extensive "noted" category. Superpowers, magic, alternate pantheons, the confirmed existence of the soul, contact with multiple alien races, and yet [[InSpiteOfANail everything else is the same as our world]].
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world]]. ''ComicBook/ExMachina'' played with this to great effect in its first issue: the series is centered on the only superhero in the world, who retired to become Mayor of NYC. Everything looks identical to our world until the WhamShot at the end of Issue #1 which shows [[spoiler:one of the Twin Towers still standing, with said superhero lamenting on not being able to save both.]]both]].






** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most of the Nazi leaders are killed in one swift, bloody attack, presumably ending WorldWarII earlier than it did in our world.]]

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** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most of the Nazi leaders are killed in one swift, bloody attack, presumably ending WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII earlier than it did in our world.]]world]].



* A more generous interpretation of DaleBrown's work involves this. After all, the setting has clear elements of AlternateHistory already, such as ''Wings of Fire'' predicting the deposing of [[UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi Gaddafi]] way before it actually happened.

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* A more generous interpretation of DaleBrown's Creator/DaleBrown's work involves this. After all, the setting has clear elements of AlternateHistory already, such as ''Wings of Fire'' predicting the deposing of [[UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi Gaddafi]] way before it actually happened.



* The ''EarthsChildren'' series, which purports to be about humanity and Neanderthals just before the last ice age. Nevertheless, it has Ayla display intermittent psychic powers and precognition, and Creb is so revered because ''he's'' got psychic powers as well; in one scene, he gives other Neanderthals a sacred drink, then guides their thoughts back to the earliest Neanderthal ancestor and then forward in time until they're mentally tracing their own family trees and finally has them finish when they get to themselves.

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* The ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series, which purports to be about humanity and Neanderthals just before the last ice age. Nevertheless, it has Ayla display intermittent psychic powers and precognition, and Creb is so revered because ''he's'' got psychic powers as well; in one scene, he gives other Neanderthals a sacred drink, then guides their thoughts back to the earliest Neanderthal ancestor and then forward in time until they're mentally tracing their own family trees and finally has them finish when they get to themselves.



* ''TheMightyBoosh'' is constantly referred to in-universe as taking place on a version of Earth in a parallel dimension. However, the only difference ever portrayed is that Britain uses the Euro as currency.
* Shows with magic are almost always this; magic is generally known to a small minority who [[TheMasquerade go out of their way to keep it secret]].

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* ''TheMightyBoosh'' ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'' is constantly referred to in-universe as taking place on a version of Earth in a parallel dimension. However, the only difference ever portrayed is that Britain uses the Euro as currency.
* Shows with magic are almost always this; magic is generally known to a small minority who [[TheMasquerade [[{{Masquerade}} go out of their way to keep it secret]].



* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly-subverted]] in ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'': At one point, you are asked whether the world is flat or round. If you answer "round," your teammates scold you for joking - [[TheReveal revealing]] that you've actually been on a flat world the whole time - and [[ButThouMust the promptor asks the question again]]. When you answer "flat," though, the promptor then [[TheReveal reveals]] that you had been lied to your whole life and that the supposedly flat plane you'd been living on was actually a closed-off portion of a round planet the whole time.

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* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly-subverted]] in ''VideoGame/CustomRobo'': At one point, you are asked whether the world is flat or round. If you answer "round," your teammates scold you for joking - [[TheReveal revealing]] that you've actually been on a flat world the whole time - and [[ButThouMust the promptor prompter asks the question again]]. When you answer "flat," though, the promptor prompter then [[TheReveal reveals]] that you had been lied to your whole life and that the supposedly flat plane you'd been living on was actually a closed-off portion of a round planet the whole time.



* There's some weirdness here with the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. According to canon sources, our world and the Fallout world split at the end of WorldWarTwo, with the first significant divergences beginning in the late 1950s, resulting in the microtransitor never being created while nuclear power was perfected. Fallout's world became a world of {{Zeerust}}, essentially what America thought 2050 would be like in 1950. Then the bombs dropped. This is just compounded by the fact that the games take place quite a bit AfterTheEnd.

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* There's some weirdness here with the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. According to canon sources, our world and the Fallout world split at the end of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, with the first significant divergences beginning in the late 1950s, resulting in the microtransitor never being created while nuclear power was perfected. Fallout's world became a world of {{Zeerust}}, essentially what America thought 2050 would be like in 1950. Then the bombs dropped. This is just compounded by the fact that the games take place quite a bit AfterTheEnd.



** The comic takes it a step further (to the point of silliness) by explaining that, in the ''Darths and Droids'' universe, the comic creators exist but are creating a screencap comic based upon ''HarryPotter'', complete with [[http://darthsanddroids.net/wandsandwarts/episodes/0050.html example page]]. This in turn features an explanation that in ''that'' universe, the creators are working on a comic based upon ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. [[RecursiveReality This continues for several iterations]].

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** The comic takes it a step further (to the point of silliness) by explaining that, in the ''Darths and Droids'' universe, the comic creators exist but are creating a screencap comic based upon ''HarryPotter'', ''Film/HarryPotter'', complete with [[http://darthsanddroids.net/wandsandwarts/episodes/0050.html example page]]. This in turn features an explanation that in ''that'' universe, the creators are working on a comic based upon ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. [[RecursiveReality This continues for several iterations]].
3rd Mar '16 12:15:20 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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** Also, nuclear weapons are significantly rarer in this universe, given wide scale military conflicts are much more common, without that pesky M.A.D. getting in the way.
3rd Mar '16 12:03:55 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' does a variation. The series is set on an alternate Earth, the proper name for which is Strangereal, where the continents and countries are, to say the least, [[http://acecombat.wikia.com/wiki/File:Strangereal_Project_Aces_Full_Map.png different.]] History is similar, but often times, events anywhere from Strangreal's 1995 to 2015 have [[FauxSymbolism obvious parallels]] to real history; Belka is blatantly UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and then UsefulNotes/WorldWarII style Germany, for example. Other nations have clearly visible similarities to the cultures and geography they are based on, e.g. : Characters from Estovakia or Yuktobania are easily mistaken for Russians / Eastern European nationalities. Many fighter planes featured in the series are real planes (licensed from their real-world manufacturers by the game developers, no less) but with twists; the SU-47 Berkut was built as a proof-of-concept machine. On Strangereal, the Berkut went to mass production and became a high-end fighter jet for several militaries before 1995.

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' does a variation. The series is set on an alternate Earth, the proper name for which is Strangereal, where the continents and countries are, to say the least, [[http://acecombat.[[http://vignette4.wikia.com/wiki/File:Strangereal_Project_Aces_Full_Map.png nocookie.net/acecombat/images/4/43/Strangereal_world_old.jpg different.]] History is similar, but often times, events anywhere from Strangreal's 1995 to 2015 have [[FauxSymbolism obvious parallels]] to real history; Belka is blatantly UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and then UsefulNotes/WorldWarII style Germany, for example. Other nations have clearly visible similarities to the cultures and geography they are based on, e.g. : Characters from Estovakia or Yuktobania are easily mistaken for Russians / Eastern European nationalities. Many fighter planes featured in the series are real planes (licensed from their real-world manufacturers by the game developers, no less) but with twists; the SU-47 Berkut was built as a proof-of-concept machine. On Strangereal, the Berkut went to mass production and became a high-end fighter jet for several militaries before 1995.
22nd Feb '16 12:37:32 PM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/ContagionMonochrome'' takes place in the Roanoke town and the surroundings, derived from [[AlternateHistory a Roanoke colony that grew and flourished as opposed to simply disappearing like it did]] in RealLife. Aside from that, the setting pre-zombies is identical to our world.
17th Jan '16 3:09:59 PM drbreakfast
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* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most of the Nazi leaders are killed in one swift, bloody attack, presumably ending WorldWarII earlier than it did in our world.]]

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino sets most of his movies in a world he describes as "Realer than Real"; ''almost'' everything is just like ours, but the films themselves spell out the subtle differences.
** ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': in 1859 a freed slave [[spoiler:violently murders almost every employee of one of the biggest plantations in America, then blows up said plantation for good measure]] with absolutely no visible repercussions in the present day.
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''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most of the Nazi leaders are killed in one swift, bloody attack, presumably ending WorldWarII earlier than it did in our world.]]]]
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' is a crime thriller with some unspecified but obviously supernatural item in a briefcase which absolutely nobody questions the existence of. What is this mystical item, why does everyone already know what it is, and does this have any larger ramifications in the "Realer Than Real" universe? We'll never know.
** ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' and ''Film/KillBill'' don't take place in the same continuity as the above, but they do exist ''as movies'' there, meaning that world has its own Quentin Tarantino who is either much less prolific or made different movies in the time that ours made his.



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8th Jan '16 7:30:41 AM MagBas
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** Creator/DCComics avert this more than Creator/MarvelComics, since in DC not only are most of the stories set in entirely fictional cities, unlike Marvel they are more willing to follow their own history (e.g. In Marvel, in the 2000's UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush was President, as in RealLife; in DC, the President was ''ComicBook/LexLuthor'', before he was impeached halfway through his first-term on the grounds of trying to kill Superman--or rather, getting caught doing it). Both follow a (rough) history similar to Earth, but DC makes a decision to divert that Marvel does not.
4th Jan '16 2:34:50 PM nombretomado
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** The comic takes it a step further (to the point of silliness) by explaining that, in the ''Darths and Droids'' universe, the comic creators exist but are creating a screencap comic based upon ''HarryPotter'', complete with [[http://darthsanddroids.net/wandsandwarts/episodes/0050.html example page]]. This in turn features an explanation that in ''that'' universe, the creators are working on a comic based upon ''TheSoundOfMusic''. [[RecursiveReality This continues for several iterations]].

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** The comic takes it a step further (to the point of silliness) by explaining that, in the ''Darths and Droids'' universe, the comic creators exist but are creating a screencap comic based upon ''HarryPotter'', complete with [[http://darthsanddroids.net/wandsandwarts/episodes/0050.html example page]]. This in turn features an explanation that in ''that'' universe, the creators are working on a comic based upon ''TheSoundOfMusic''.''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. [[RecursiveReality This continues for several iterations]].
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