History Main / StatueofLiberty

9th Dec '14 3:01:03 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:300:Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...]]

'''The Statue of Liberty''' has become such a world-renowned icon that just by seeing it most people instantly realize either where the setting of a story is (New York) or that it involves America and its ideals in some way.

A gift from the people of France (to celebrate the parallel fights for freedom of Colonial America and Napoleonic France, and having helped each other many times) the statue sits on a pedestal on Liberty Island, located just off the coast of Manhattan. It is highly visible from Ellis Island, where [[AmericanDream immigrants to the United States]] used to be processed before entering the country.

Properly building and setting up the statue took years; it became a project that attracted national interest. Pieces such as the arm and head were exposed to the public before installation. Naturally, there was a big celebration upon its conclusion.

One of the Seven (manmade) Wonders of the World.

!Tropes it has evoked:
* AfterTheEnd: Often seen in these kind of works to show how Man's hubris is ultimately pointless... or give hope that humanity will rise again.
* AlternateLandmarkHistory
* AmericanDream
* BigApplesauce: Can't have UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity without it.
* CaptainErsatz: Many people mistake Columbia, the figure in the opening sequence of Columbia Pictures films, with her.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: [[SarcasmMode What do you mean, the FRENCH made it??]]
* {{Eagleland}}, either version.
* {{Expy}}: The statue has numerous smaller copies around the world, most famously the one in Las Vegas.
** The statue itself can be seen as a modern version of the [[UsefulNotes/SevenWondersOfTheWorld Colossus of Rhodes]]. The comparison is embraced by Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus", which now appears on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty (this is the poem which contains the famous "huddled masses" line). Incidentally, the Statue of Liberty has outlasted the original Colossus, [[BrieferThanTheyThink which stood for only 56 years]].
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Skinned Metal Babe]]: The statue was originally made of shining copper, but the weather changed it over the years. The public liked it that way so much they resisted attempts to restore it.
* HumongousMecha: If it's a WeaponisedLandmark, it tends to be this.
* LivingStatue: In many works, most notably ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]''. Or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].
* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in the original ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.
* WeaponizedLandmark: In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black II]]'' and other stories.
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[[caption-width-right:300:Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...]]

'''The Statue of Liberty''' has become such a world-renowned icon that just by seeing it most people instantly realize either where the setting of a story is (New York) or that it involves America and its ideals in some way.

A gift from the people of France (to celebrate the parallel fights for freedom of Colonial America and Napoleonic France, and having helped each other many times) the statue sits on a pedestal on Liberty Island, located just off the coast of Manhattan. It is highly visible from Ellis Island, where [[AmericanDream immigrants to the United States]] used to be processed before entering the country.

Properly building and setting up the statue took years; it became a project that attracted national interest. Pieces such as the arm and head were exposed to the public before installation. Naturally, there was a big celebration upon its conclusion.

One of the Seven (manmade) Wonders of the World.

!Tropes it has evoked:
* AfterTheEnd: Often seen in these kind of works to show how Man's hubris is ultimately pointless... or give hope that humanity will rise again.
* AlternateLandmarkHistory
* AmericanDream
* BigApplesauce: Can't have UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity without it.
* CaptainErsatz: Many people mistake Columbia, the figure in the opening sequence of Columbia Pictures films, with her.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: [[SarcasmMode What do you mean, the FRENCH made it??]]
* {{Eagleland}}, either version.
* {{Expy}}: The statue has numerous smaller copies around the world, most famously the one in Las Vegas.
** The statue itself can be seen as a modern version of the [[UsefulNotes/SevenWondersOfTheWorld Colossus of Rhodes]]. The comparison is embraced by Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus", which now appears on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty (this is the poem which contains the famous "huddled masses" line). Incidentally, the Statue of Liberty has outlasted the original Colossus, [[BrieferThanTheyThink which stood for only 56 years]].
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Green-Skinned Metal Babe]]: The statue was originally made of shining copper, but the weather changed it over the years. The public liked it that way so much they resisted attempts to restore it.
* HumongousMecha: If it's a WeaponisedLandmark, it tends to be this.
* LivingStatue: In many works, most notably ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]''. Or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].
* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in the original ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.
* WeaponizedLandmark: In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black II]]'' and other stories.
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19th Oct '14 3:39:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in the first ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movie. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.

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* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in the first ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movie.original ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968''. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.
10th Jul '14 3:53:28 PM Arlocke
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A gift from the people of France (to celebrate the parallel fights for freedom of Colonial America and Napoleonic France, and having helped each other many times) it is on Pedestal Island near Ellis Island, a small island off the coast of Manhattan, where [[AmericanDream immigrants to the United States]] used to be processed before entering the country.

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A gift from the people of France (to celebrate the parallel fights for freedom of Colonial America and Napoleonic France, and having helped each other many times) it is the statue sits on Pedestal Island near Ellis a pedestal on Liberty Island, a small island located just off the coast of Manhattan, Manhattan. It is highly visible from Ellis Island, where [[AmericanDream immigrants to the United States]] used to be processed before entering the country.
12th Jun '14 1:30:07 PM StFan
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* LivingStatue: In many works, most notably ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]''.
** Or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].

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* LivingStatue: In many works, most notably ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters II]]''.
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II]]''. Or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].
21st May '14 3:00:27 PM lakingsif
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* AlternateLandmarkHistory
13th Jul '13 12:35:00 PM JIKTV
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* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in ''PlanetOfTheApes''. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.

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* MonumentalDamage: The shock value of seeing it damaged or destroyed is enormous, most famously in ''PlanetOfTheApes''.the first ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' movie. It has even been "[[MonumentalTheft stolen]]" on occasion.
13th Jul '13 12:33:06 PM JIKTV
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* BigApplesauce: Can't have NewYorkCity without it.

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* BigApplesauce: Can't have NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity without it.
31st Mar '13 12:24:00 AM RavenWilder
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** Or [[RefugeInAudacity as a]] [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].

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** Or [[RefugeInAudacity as a]] a [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E05TheAngelsTakeManhattan Angel]].
27th Mar '13 10:01:53 PM Random888
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** The statue itself can been seen as a modern version of the [[UsefulNotes/SevenWondersOfTheWorld Colossus of Rhodes]]. The comparison is embraced by Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus", which now appears on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty (this is the poem which contains the famous "huddled masses" line). Incidentally, the Statue of Liberty has outlasted the original Colossus, [[BrieferThanTheyThink which stood for only 56 years]].

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** The statue itself can been be seen as a modern version of the [[UsefulNotes/SevenWondersOfTheWorld Colossus of Rhodes]]. The comparison is embraced by Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus", which now appears on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty (this is the poem which contains the famous "huddled masses" line). Incidentally, the Statue of Liberty has outlasted the original Colossus, [[BrieferThanTheyThink which stood for only 56 years]].
27th Mar '13 10:00:29 PM Random888
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** The statue itself can been seen as a modern version of the [[UsefulNotes/SevenWondersOfTheWorld Colossus of Rhodes]]. The comparison is embraced by Emma Lazarus's poem "The New Colossus", which now appears on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty (this is the poem which contains the famous "huddled masses" line). Incidentally, the Statue of Liberty has outlasted the original Colossus, [[BrieferThanTheyThink which stood for only 56 years]].
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