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5th Oct '17 1:43:22 PM Benthelame
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' subverts this trope. Rather than disperse across the earth as God instructed, mankind wanted to stay together and build a city to dwell in. They included plans to build a tower that reached not only the stars but heaven itself. Naturally this didn't sit too well with God and he put the kibosh on these plans by confusing the language of mankind (which until that point had only consisted of a single language , universally understood and spoken by everyone.)
-->'''Genesis 11:4-8:''' They said, “Come, let us build a city for ourselves, and a tower whose top will reach into the heavens, and let us make a [famous] name for ourselves, so that we will not be scattered [into separate groups] and be dispersed over the surface of the entire earth [as the Lord instructed].” 5 Now the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) go down and there confuse and mix up their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the surface of the entire earth; and they stopped building the city.
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23rd Sep '17 5:51:50 PM HalcyonDayz
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* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': The Gourmet Tower, a massive tower filled with gorumet eateries, so big it has [[UpToEleven Airships to bring people to the higher floors of the tower!]]

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* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': The Gourmet Tower, a massive tower filled with gorumet gourmet eateries, so big it has [[UpToEleven Airships to bring people to the higher floors of the tower!]]



* The Ziggurat in ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}'', which is directly compared to the Tower of Babel. The project director shoots this down by saying that tye Tower was intended to mock God, whereas the Zigurat is (ostensibly) to glorify him.

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* The Ziggurat in ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}'', which is directly compared to the Tower of Babel. The project director shoots this down by saying that tye the Tower was intended to mock God, whereas the Zigurat is (ostensibly) to glorify him.



* While its height is never mentioned, the model for Barad-dûr (Sauron's fortress) in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies would be over a kilometer high if scaled up to full human scale. Arguably justified since it takes a literal [[OurAngelsAreDifferent divine being]] to keep it together and [[LoadBearingBoss it promptly toppled over after he died]]. [[note]][[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]] indicates that it's a kilometer ''and a half'' high[[/note]].

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* While its height is never mentioned, the model for Barad-dûr (Sauron's fortress) in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies would be over a kilometer high if scaled up to full human scale. Arguably justified since it takes a literal [[OurAngelsAreDifferent divine being]] to keep it together and [[LoadBearingBoss it promptly toppled over after he died]]. [[note]][[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]] indicates that it's a kilometer ''and a half'' high[[/note]].



* Sharn, the City of Towers in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. It's towers average at around 2km tall with some of the tallests having half to a full a kilometre more. Above them is a flying district of rich people called the Skyway. The city's three dimensional nature means most of the transit takes place with flying vehicules such as Soarsleds and Skybarges.

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* Sharn, the City of Towers in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}''. It's towers average at around 2km 2 km tall with some of the tallests tallest having half to a full a kilometre more. Above them is a flying district of rich people called the Skyway. The city's three dimensional nature means most of the transit takes place with flying vehicules such as Soarsleds and Skybarges.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': The tower called Heaven-On-High in Othard. It actually disppears into the clouds.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'': The tower called Heaven-On-High in Othard. It actually disppears disappears into the clouds.
5th Sep '17 1:58:57 PM Xtifr
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* The Cylinder from K. W. Jeter's Farewell Horizontal. A specific size isn't given, but most of humanity lives inside (or on) it, and most of the habitable area is well above the cloud layer.

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* The Cylinder from K. W. Jeter's Farewell Horizontal.Creator/KWJeter's ''Farewell Horizontal''. A specific size isn't given, but most of humanity lives inside (or on) it, and most of the habitable area is well above the cloud layer.
26th Aug '17 5:52:57 PM nombretomado
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* The eponymous ArTonelico actually reaches out into space. All of humanity lives on it or one of two similar towers, since they're the only things tall enough to reach over [[AfterTheEnd the cloud Sea of Death enveloping the entirety of Ar Ciel.]]

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* The eponymous ArTonelico [[VideoGame/ExaPico Ar tonelico]] actually reaches out into space. All of humanity lives on it or one of two similar towers, since they're the only things tall enough to reach over [[AfterTheEnd the cloud Sea of Death enveloping the entirety of Ar Ciel.]]
10th Aug '17 9:28:44 AM GentlemensDame883
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* The mysterious tower in ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays'' is so tall it surpasses clouds and mountains. Built in Hokkaido, it is visible from Tokyo on a clear day.
5th Aug '17 11:39:35 AM dvorak
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* The Ziggurat in ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}, which is directly compared to the Tower of Babel. The project director shoots this down by saying that tye Tower was intended to mock God, whereas the Zigurat is (ostensibly) to glorify him.

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* The Ziggurat in ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}, ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}'', which is directly compared to the Tower of Babel. The project director shoots this down by saying that tye Tower was intended to mock God, whereas the Zigurat is (ostensibly) to glorify him.
5th Aug '17 11:39:04 AM dvorak
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* The Ziggurat in ''Anime/{{Metropolis}}, which is directly compared to the Tower of Babel. The project director shoots this down by saying that tye Tower was intended to mock God, whereas the Zigurat is (ostensibly) to glorify him.
28th Jul '17 10:26:37 AM Yozzy
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* Arthur C. Clarke's ''3001'' contains four towers that reach from the earth to geostationary orbit. Which means they're about ''36 thousand kilometers'' tall--nearly three times the diameter of the planet itself--and several kilometers in diameter. "Seriously tall" doesn't begin to describe it. The engineering problem of actually making something that big and not collapsing under their own weight was solved by constructing them largely from diamond, which was harvested from space (huge amounts of it was ejected from Jupiter in ''2010'').
** They also double as [[SpaceElevator space elevators]], and link up to a single ring structure at geostationary orbit that completely circles the world to form a massive spaceport. It was unfinished even a thousand years in the future, and Frank Poole ([[BackFromTheDead who was recovered and revived]] at this point) privately doubted that it ever could be finished.

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* Arthur C. Clarke's ''3001'' ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001]]'' contains four towers that reach from the earth to geostationary orbit. Which means they're about ''36 thousand kilometers'' tall--nearly three times the diameter of the planet itself--and several kilometers in diameter. "Seriously tall" doesn't begin to describe it. The engineering problem of actually making something that big and not collapsing under their own weight was solved by constructing them largely from diamond, which was harvested from space (huge amounts of it was ejected from Jupiter in ''2010'').
** They also double as [[SpaceElevator space elevators]], elevators]] and people [[SkyscraperCity lived in every floor to create vertical communities]]. They also link up to a single ring structure at geostationary orbit that completely circles the world to form a massive spaceport. It was unfinished even a thousand years in the future, and Frank Poole ([[BackFromTheDead who was recovered and revived]] at this point) privately doubted that it ever could be finished.
21st Jul '17 9:55:18 AM UMDP
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** Another non-hive example is the starscrapers of Extremis Six which housed the population of the mining world. They were toppled by Chaos Titans using Sonic weapons killing billions.
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