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14th Dec '17 9:17:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'': The granthu, a titanic crustacean that lives deep beneath the sea to the west of the main setting. It's big enough that a good-sized city, Joira, has been built on, in and beneath its carapace. The FishPeople who inhabit it, who speak about the granthu like humans speak about the Earth, are firmly of the belief that the beast is not unique, and that there are more out there bearing their own cities on their backs.
26th Nov '17 4:10:15 PM Averagemoe
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* Videogame/Pirate101 has Maruzame castle. The game being set in a WorldInTheSky, it's a flying turtle, but it still only appears when summoned.
27th Oct '17 12:40:56 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings'', Levitated Ruin is set entirely in an [[GiantFlyer aerial version of this trope]]. The stage is a flock of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc_(mythology) Rukhs]] in flight (though reimagined as manta rays), each carrying a roughly block-sized chunk of civilization on its back. Sonic travels from one Rukh to another through catapults, launchers, flying djinn that continue to inhabit the ruins, and well-timed leaps.
20th Oct '17 10:38:03 PM Theriocephalus
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* It's actually not that uncommon for arrangements of this kind to form among sea life, especially when barnacles are involved. Barnacles will readily colonize any hard surface they can find, including sea animals of sufficient size. The best-known example would be the barnacles that settle on whales, anchoring themselves in the sea mammals' thick skin in an arrangement that benefits the barnacles (who gain regular access to food-rich water as the whales follow krill and plankton blooms) and doesn't much affect the whale one way or the other. Right and bowhead whales in particular are known to develop sizable barnacle "reefs" dotting their heads and jaws. In turn, these barnacle clusters provide home and refuge for other animals, including crustaceans known as whale lice, resulting in tiny floating ecosystems carried on the backs (or, well, faces) of much, much larger creatures.
** Other barnacle species create similar colonies on the bodies of other sea animals -- including, yes, sea turtles, whose shells often become colonized by barnacle reefs of their own.
** The buoy barnacles of the genus ''Dosima'' are an unusual case of this: rather than settling a hard surface like other barnacles, they secrete a foam-like, buoyant float for themselves and spend their lives adrift in the open ocean. It is far from uncommon for multiple such buoys to merge together in a single large floater shared by multiple barnacles, resulting in a little living island that can often provide a home for multiple other organisms, ranging from seaweeds to worms to shrimp to even other barnacle species.
11th Sep '17 11:26:39 AM PistolsAtDawn
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If [[Film/ThisIslandEarth Earth]] is one of these, there's a [[GravityIsAHarshMistress good chance]] it's TurtlesAllTheWayDown.

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If [[Film/ThisIslandEarth Earth]] is one of these, there's a [[GravityIsAHarshMistress good chance]] it's TurtlesAllTheWayDown.
TurtlesAllTheWayDown. If it's a ''dead'' turtle, it's a GiantCorpseWorld.
21st Aug '17 12:03:35 PM CosmicFerret
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* Happens in the first of the 1990s ''{{Gamera}}'' movies.

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* %%* Happens in the first of the 1990s ''{{Gamera}}'' movies.''Film/GameraGuardianOfTheUniverse''.
14th Aug '17 11:23:21 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Pokedex}}'', Torterra are mentioned to have been mistaken for islands before when they grow large enough and hibernate. [[spoiler:It turns out that Sinnoh itself is a Torterra.]]
* ''Doctor Who'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10323365/1/Monster-Island ''Monster Island'']] has an island called Monster Island which turns out to be a shapeshifting alien monster, one of the Volmiy-Shapebeasts.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Pokedex}}'', Torterra are mentioned to have been mistaken for islands before when they grow large enough and hibernate. They usually get mistaken for hills or other parts of the landscape, but they are also noted to be naturally buoyant and good swimmers, and as such it's common for a sleeping Torterra adrift at sea to be mistaken for an island. [[spoiler:It turns out that Sinnoh itself is a Torterra.Torterra of tremendous size.]]
* The ''Doctor Who'' fanfic [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10323365/1/Monster-Island ''Monster Island'']] Monster Island]]'' has an island called Monster Island which turns out to be a shapeshifting alien monster, one of the Volmiy-Shapebeasts.



* Taken to extremes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': the Great A'tuin the star turtle carries four less-giant elephants on its back, who in turn carry the Discworld itself on their backs, and swims through space. A Turtle Planet, if you like.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Taken to extremes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': the with Great A'tuin the A'tuin, a space-traveling star turtle that carries four less-giant elephants on its back, who in turn carry the Discworld itself on their backs, and swims through space.backs. A Turtle Planet, if you like.



* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Aspidochelone as a high level monster; absolutely massive whales, often more than 500ft across, with rocky hides, they spend most of their lives hibernating between periods of ravenous hunger where they'll consume so much sea life - from schools of fish to giant sea monsters to ships - that they'll devastate the ecosystem for leagues around. While they sleep, dense jungle develops on their back.

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* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Aspidochelone as a high level monster; absolutely massive whales, often more than 500ft across, with rocky hides, they spend most of their lives hibernating between periods of ravenous hunger where they'll consume so much sea life - -- from schools of fish to giant sea monsters to ships - -- that they'll devastate the ecosystem for leagues around. While they sleep, dense jungle develops on their back.



* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/{{Pokedex}} This fanfic]] posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" Turtwig evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/{{Pokedex}} This fanfic]] posits that ''Sinnoh'' Turtwig itself is one huge Torterra.just a large turtle with a leafy twig growing on its head, Grotle is a man-sized with two bushes growing on its back, and Torterra is an enormous turtle whose shell bears a full-sized tree and a trio of spikes reminiscent of mountains.
5th Aug '17 6:32:42 AM Sniccups
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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/Pokedex This fanfic]] posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/Pokedex [[Fanfic/{{Pokedex}} This fanfic]] posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.
5th Aug '17 6:27:39 AM Sniccups
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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/Pokedex This fanfic] ]posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/Pokedex This fanfic] ]posits fanfic]] posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.
5th Aug '17 6:25:51 AM Sniccups
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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', the "Turtwig" evolutionary family (Torterra especially) is based on the world-on-a-turtle mythology. [[Fanfic/Pokedex This fanfic] ]posits that ''Sinnoh'' is one huge Torterra.
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