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2nd Apr '16 8:55:21 AM GlassRain
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** The planet Krikkit in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' was surrounded by a thick fog such that they never saw outside their world. [[spoiler:This was done by the remnants of the supercomputer Hactar, making the Krikkiters into an OmnicidalManiac race once they saw the universe. He did this so they would use the universe-destroying bomb he had invented, thus fulfilling a duty he welched on long ago and geting rid of his long-standing guilt.]]

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** The planet Krikkit in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' was surrounded by a thick fog such that they never saw outside their world. [[spoiler:This was done by the remnants of the supercomputer Hactar, making the Krikkiters into an OmnicidalManiac race once they saw the universe. He did this so they would use the universe-destroying bomb he had invented, thus fulfilling a duty he welched welshed on long ago and geting getting rid of his long-standing guilt.]]



* If you only follow the first book, [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] would seem rather like this. The endless deadly desert surrounds Oz on all sides, isolating it rather nicely. Too bad later books place other magical kingdoms on the other side of a desert that seems rather more like a moat. Eventually, all the magic-users in Oz gather their power to put a wall of invisibility, thus more permanently sealing off Oz.

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* If you only follow the first book, [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] would seem rather like this. The endless deadly desert surrounds Oz on all sides, isolating it rather nicely. Too bad later books place other magical kingdoms on the other side of a desert that seems rather more like a moat. Eventually, all the magic-users in Oz gather their power to put up a wall of invisibility, thus more permanently sealing off Oz.



* The planet Saraksh in ''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers has an atmosphere with very high refraction, which leads its inhabitants to beleive that they live not on the outer surface of the globe, but on the inner one. They can see the surface around them curving upward, [[AlienSky as far as dense low clouds allow to see]]. The idea that they live on an outer surface ("mas-saraksh", "inside-out world") is well known, damned by all religions, commonly used [[ForeignCussWord as an expletive]], but gives surprisingly accurate results for plotting trajectories of [=ICBMs=]. Only insane believe in existence of other worlds, and a crash-landed alien is considered a mutant.

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* The planet Saraksh in ''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' by Creator/StrugatskyBrothers has an atmosphere with very high refraction, which leads its inhabitants to beleive believe that they live not on the outer surface of the globe, but on the inner one. They can see the surface around them curving upward, [[AlienSky as far as dense low clouds allow to see]]. The idea that they live on an outer surface ("mas-saraksh", "inside-out world") is well known, damned by all religions, commonly used [[ForeignCussWord as an expletive]], but gives surprisingly accurate results for plotting trajectories of [=ICBMs=]. Only insane believe in existence of other worlds, and a crash-landed alien is considered a mutant.



* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the "Punyverse" turned out to be surrounded by a giant solid sphere, the inhabitants mostly didn't know that and thought it was an endless void inhabited by "void ghosts" that occasionally attacked (it was really wild shots reflecting off the sphere). Also [[spoiler: their entire universe was artificial]]

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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the "Punyverse" turned out to be surrounded by a giant solid sphere, the inhabitants mostly didn't know that and thought it was an endless void inhabited by "void ghosts" that occasionally attacked (it was really wild shots reflecting off the sphere). Also [[spoiler: their entire universe was artificial]]artificial.]]
* A massive mountain range in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' between Sønheim and Ceannis, keeping their magic systems separate. The Sønheim embassy in Ceannis [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/homecoming-524/ has a big wall around it]] to replicate the effect.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': in "Escape from Phineas Tower", the titular tower traps Phineas and Ferb and their friends in a dome. To escape, they make the tower realize they have friends in multiple places, causing the tower to encase larger and larger areas into its dome, until eventually the dome ends up surrounding the entire milky way galaxy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': episode "Love Struck", Timmy wishes for the worlds population to be divided by gender, causing the Earth to be split up in a men's half and a woman's half, separated by a large wall circumnavigating the Earth at the poles.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': in "Escape from Phineas Tower", the titular tower traps Phineas and Ferb and their friends in a dome. To escape, they make the tower realize they have friends in multiple places, causing the tower to encase larger and larger areas into its dome, until eventually the dome ends up surrounding the entire milky way Milky Way galaxy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': episode in "Love Struck", Timmy wishes for the worlds world's population to be divided by gender, causing the Earth to be split up in a men's half and a woman's half, separated by a large wall circumnavigating the Earth at the poles.
5th Feb '16 8:15:15 AM DannWoolf
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* In ''VideoGame/{{TalesOfGraces}}'', the entire world of Ephinea is surrounded by the Aquasphere, an enormous bubble of water. The only thing that can been seen through the Aquasphere is Foselos, a ring of...actually, no one on Ephinea knows. [[spoiler: Foselos keeps the Aquasphere stable, and the reason there is an Aquasphere in the first place is to keep the people of Ephinea from seeing [[GhostPlanet Fodra.]]]] Notably, the trope is played with; while the Turtelz are somewhat curious as to what, exactly, Foselos is, only some people in the Amarcian Enclave seem to care about the Aquasphere, and it takes [[DitzyGenius Pascal]] messing around with a computer from the old Amarcian Enclave to even find the 'name' of the Aquasphere.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{TalesOfGraces}}'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'', the entire world of Ephinea is surrounded by the Aquasphere, an enormous bubble of water. The only thing that can been seen through the Aquasphere is Foselos, a ring of...actually, no one on Ephinea knows. [[spoiler: Foselos keeps the Aquasphere stable, and the reason there is an Aquasphere in the first place is to keep the people of Ephinea from seeing [[GhostPlanet Fodra.]]]] Notably, the trope is played with; while the Turtelz are somewhat curious as to what, exactly, Foselos is, only some people in the Amarcian Enclave seem to care about the Aquasphere, and it takes [[DitzyGenius Pascal]] messing around with a computer from the old Amarcian Enclave to even find the 'name' of the Aquasphere.
16th Jan '16 3:51:27 AM Anddrix
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** In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Wonko the Sane builds an inside-out house he calls "the Asylum" to fence in the rest of the world (he, naturally, lives "outside the Asylum", which is inside the house). He'd decided [[WorldGoneMad the entire world had gone insane]] when he came upon a pack of toothpicks with ''[[ViewersAreMorons instructions]]''.

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** In ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', Wonko the Sane builds an inside-out house he calls "the Asylum" to fence in the rest of the world (he, naturally, lives "outside the Asylum", which is inside the house). He'd decided [[WorldGoneMad the entire world had gone insane]] when he came upon a pack of toothpicks with ''[[ViewersAreMorons instructions]]''.''instructions''.
20th Dec '15 4:41:06 PM nombretomado
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* A literal example is the spherical Walls of the World from Creator/JRRTolkien's legendarium, which are only specifically described in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' although their existence is implied in ''TheSilmarillion''. The walls separate the world from the empty void of the Outer Dark, and are only pierced by a single Door of Night, created by the Valar to thrust [[BigBad Morgoth]] out until TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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* A literal example is the spherical Walls of the World from Creator/JRRTolkien's legendarium, which are only specifically described in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' although their existence is implied in ''TheSilmarillion''.''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. The walls separate the world from the empty void of the Outer Dark, and are only pierced by a single Door of Night, created by the Valar to thrust [[BigBad Morgoth]] out until TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
1st Nov '15 6:01:35 PM nombretomado
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* Tokyo Jupiter in ''RahXephon'', encasing Tokyo ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and looking like Jupiter]]).

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* Tokyo Jupiter in ''RahXephon'', ''Anime/RahXephon'', encasing Tokyo ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and looking like Jupiter]]).
15th Oct '15 4:31:40 PM MarqFJA
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* In Literature/TheQuran itself, there's a story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn Dhul-Qarnayn]] (Arabic for "The Two-Horned"[[note]]possibly alluding to a horned helmet that he wore?[[/note]]), who [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn#People_identified_with_Dhul-Qarnayn may or may not be the same as one of several historical figures]] (among whom are Alexander the Great and Cyrus the Great), being asked to protect a people from their enemy, the Ya'juj and the Ma'juj (maybe Gog and Magog). He does so by building an exceedingly tall wall entirely made of iron, with a massive iron gate that's difficult to open.

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* In Literature/TheQuran itself, there's a story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn Dhul-Qarnayn]] (Arabic for "The Two-Horned"[[note]]possibly alluding to a horned helmet that he wore?[[/note]]), who [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn#People_identified_with_Dhul-Qarnayn may or may not be the same as one of several historical figures]] (among whom are Alexander the Great and Cyrus the Great), being asked to protect a people from their enemy, the Ya'juj and the Ma'juj (maybe (Arabic names of Gog and Magog).Magog, but as peoples instead of individuals). He does so by building an exceedingly tall wall entirely made of iron, with a massive iron gate that's difficult to open.
15th Oct '15 4:30:16 PM MarqFJA
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* In Literature/TheQuran itself, there's a story of Iskandar Zulkarnaen (may or may not be the same as Alexander the Great) being asked to protect a people from their enemy, the Ya'juj and the Ma'juj (maybe Gog and Magog). He does so by building an exceedingly tall wall entirely made of iron, with a massive iron gate that's difficult to open.

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* In Literature/TheQuran itself, there's a story of Iskandar Zulkarnaen (may [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn Dhul-Qarnayn]] (Arabic for "The Two-Horned"[[note]]possibly alluding to a horned helmet that he wore?[[/note]]), who [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhul-Qarnayn#People_identified_with_Dhul-Qarnayn may or may not be the same as one of several historical figures]] (among whom are Alexander the Great) Great and Cyrus the Great), being asked to protect a people from their enemy, the Ya'juj and the Ma'juj (maybe Gog and Magog). He does so by building an exceedingly tall wall entirely made of iron, with a massive iron gate that's difficult to open.
11th Oct '15 4:34:00 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Duckman}}'' episode ''Exile in Guyville'' had a wall being built down the middle of America, dividing the sexes with Women on the East and Men on the West.

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* The ''{{Duckman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' episode ''Exile in Guyville'' had a wall being built down the middle of America, dividing the sexes with Women on the East and Men on the West.



* ''PhineasAndFerb'': in "Escape from Phineas Tower", the titular tower traps Phineas and Ferb and their friends in a dome. To escape, they make the tower realize they have friends in multiple places, causing the tower to encast larger and larger areas into its dome, untill eventually the dome ends up surrounding the entire milky way galaxy.

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* ''PhineasAndFerb'': ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': in "Escape from Phineas Tower", the titular tower traps Phineas and Ferb and their friends in a dome. To escape, they make the tower realize they have friends in multiple places, causing the tower to encast encase larger and larger areas into its dome, untill until eventually the dome ends up surrounding the entire milky way galaxy.
1st Sep '15 5:39:53 AM narm00
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' has a borderline case: crystal shells. Oh, it can have many thousands of portals... spread over the whole surface of a ''star system'', that is. It's not easy to find one without knowing where it is, and they don't always stand still forever. Thus the proper magic is the best way to locate a portal or even open temporary one -- for those who have it.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' has a borderline case: crystal shells. Oh, it can have many thousands of portals... spread over the whole surface of a ''star system'', that is. It's not easy to find one without knowing where it is, and they don't always stand still forever. Thus the proper magic is the best way to locate a portal or even open a temporary one -- for those who have it.



* [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Faxai-on-the-Caul]], the only [[TheEmpire Realm]] city on the Lunar-controlled island of the Caul, is surrounded by massive walls; not only are they a major reason the city hasn't fallen, they're also partially why the Realm wants to keep a presence there (as legends state they were made by a venerated figure). The lands beyond are largely unknown.
* Partially averted with the magical barriers that divide the setting of ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' in three smaller, spherical ones plus a bunch of much smaller territories that did not get included in them. Depending of where's someone those barriers take different forms -from a large, perpetual tempest but that allows to circumnavegate the (sub)world in the case of the human territories to terrain that repeats again and again in the case of some of those separated territories-.

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* [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Faxai-on-the-Caul]], ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Faxai-on-the-Caul, the only [[TheEmpire Realm]] city on the Lunar-controlled island of the Caul, is surrounded by massive walls; not only are they a major reason the city hasn't fallen, they're also partially why the Realm wants to keep a presence there (as legends state they were made by a venerated figure). The lands beyond are largely unknown.
* Partially averted with the magical barriers that divide the setting of ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' in three smaller, spherical ones plus a bunch of much smaller territories that did not get included in them. Depending of where's someone on someone's location, those barriers take different forms -from - from a large, perpetual tempest but that allows to circumnavegate circumnavigation of the (sub)world in the case of the human territories to terrain that repeats again and again in the case of some of those separated territories-.territories.
29th Aug '15 5:41:54 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Partially averted with the magical barriers that divide the setting of ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' in three smaller, spherical ones plus a bunch of much smaller territories that did not get included in them. Depending of where's someone those barriers take different forms -from a large, perpetual tempest but that allows to circumnavegate the (sub)world in the case of the human territories to terrain that repeats again and again in the case of some of those separated territories-.
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