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5th Sep '16 12:16:34 AM DeadSkunk
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* HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild: Most of the characters (even those in the alternate timelines) acknowledge that the cannon timeline is worth returning to because it is in some way significantly better to that alternate one. Scorpius, however, clearly sees his original timeline as the "real" one, with the alternate timelines as mistakes to be "fixed". He makes the following distinction which, once you've already made a few time jumps, starts to seem a little shaky:
--> '''Scorpio:''' "I was able to ask for help because I was in an alternate reality. We aren't. We're in the past."
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7th Aug '16 6:10:16 PM nombretomado
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** In ''InfiniteCrisis'', the Superman of Earth 2 said they allowed the JLA to refer to themselves as Earth 1 out of politeness.

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** In ''InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', the Superman of Earth 2 said they allowed the JLA to refer to themselves as Earth 1 out of politeness.



** In TheDCU, the main earth being called New Earth (and the real one) was justified in the fact that it forms the fulcrum/nexus of all the other Earths.

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** In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, the main earth being called New Earth (and the real one) was justified in the fact that it forms the fulcrum/nexus of all the other Earths.
31st Jul '16 2:45:28 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Also, Archchancellor Ridcully, while heading out to battle elves (with [[MillionToOneChance million-to-one odds]]), is told that, because of the whole multiverse thing, for every one Ridcully that survives the fight, 999,999 other Ridcullys will die. He responds, "Yes, but I'm not bothered about those other buggers. They can look after themselves."
** In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and especially the sequels, the wizards consider the Disc is the real world and "Roundworld" is an oddity that sits on a shelf in Rincewind's office. They respect that the inhabitants of Roundworld might see this differently, though.

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** Also, Archchancellor Ridcully, while heading out to battle elves (with [[MillionToOneChance million-to-one odds]]), is told that, because of the whole multiverse thing, for every one Ridcully that survives the fight, 999,999 other Ridcullys will die. He responds, "Yes, but I'm not bothered about those other buggers. They can look after themselves."
" He's mostly just bitter they didn't invite him to their weddings, thanks to a disastrous earlier attempt to explain the concept to him.
** In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and especially the sequels, the wizards consider the Disc is the real world and "Roundworld" is an oddity that sits on a shelf in Rincewind's office. They respect that the inhabitants of Roundworld might see this differently, though. Plus, somewhere on Roundworld there's an author named "Terry Pratchett" with a neat idea for a story...
10th Jul '16 5:03:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' also encounters this where characters will refer to our reality as the "real world", even by those from the other dimension of ChalkZone. Which [[FridgeLogic slightly implies]] that because the characters from ChalkZone are made of chalk they're not real.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' also encounters this where characters will refer to our reality as the "real world", even by those from the other dimension of ChalkZone. [=ChalkZone=]. Which [[FridgeLogic slightly implies]] that because the characters from ChalkZone [=ChalkZone=] are made of chalk they're not real.
9th Jul '16 9:03:40 PM Trevorg2000
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* Early in ''Literature/BraveSto‎ry: New Traveler'', after the protagonist has wandered into his fantasy land he meets a young girl who says "Travelers only come from ''the real world''". That's a downer.

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* Early in ''Literature/BraveSto‎ry: ''Literature/BraveStory: New Traveler'', after the protagonist has wandered into his fantasy land he meets a young girl who says "Travelers only come from ''the real world''". That's a downer.
9th Jun '16 12:12:36 PM ThatBitterTase
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* The plot of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' involves the world being transformed overnight into a world similar to fantasy games played by the kids who opened a magic book, with the changes seeming to revolve around fulfilling their desires. The main conflict of the story involves the question of which reality is "real", and which one should remain.

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* The plot of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' involves the world being transformed overnight into a world similar to fantasy games played by the kids who opened a magic book, with the changes seeming to revolve around fulfilling their desires. The main conflict of the story involves the question of which reality is "real", and which one should remain. The main character is very insistent that his original world is the "real" world, but notably dodges answering every time he's asked to prove it.
3rd Jun '16 7:33:09 AM ThatBitterTase
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** Sister series ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' and its ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' sequels reject the trope entirely - ''all'' worlds are equally reality. Even The World from ''Franchise/DotHack'' (which is explicitly digital) is treated as though it's real.
5th May '16 3:38:43 PM Materioptikon
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** Shockingly, there might actually be a good reason for this, [[spoiler: as Magicus Mundus is actually a giant pocket dimension (on Mars), and it's implied that Fate's old boss may have created it, along with it's inhabitants, meaning that it might not be exactly as "real" as people think it is.]]

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** Shockingly, there might actually be a good reason for this, [[spoiler: as Magicus Mundus is actually a giant pocket dimension (on Mars), and it's implied that Fate's old boss may have created it, along with it's its inhabitants, meaning that it might not be exactly as "real" as people think it is.]]



** In the JLA "Red King" story arc, the villainous Red King has access to ''six billion'' alternate Earths (one for every human soul) and they are identical ''except for his own actions''. So he uses these "free second chances" to try every possible course of action, finds out which ones work for him, then obliterates the "failed" realities. In short order, he's become wealthy, influential, and has every super-power imaginable - all at the cost of reducing six billion universes to ''four''. Including killing six billion versions of ''himself'' (who didn't count because they were "losers").

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** In the JLA "Red King" story arc, the villainous Red King has access to ''six billion'' alternate Earths (one for every human soul) and they are identical ''except for his own actions''. So he uses these "free second chances" to try every possible course of action, finds out which ones work for him, then obliterates the "failed" realities. In short order, he's become wealthy, influential, and has every super-power imaginable - all at the cost of reducing six billion universes to ''four''. Including killing six billion versions of ''himself'' (who didn't count because they were "losers"). A seriously ticked Doctor Destiny likened it to threatening all of space and time to win a bet at the track.
26th Apr '16 3:53:46 PM BreadBull
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' also encounters this where characters will refer to our reality as the "real world", even by those from the other dimension of ChalkZone. Which [[FridgeLogic slightly implies]] that because the characters from ChalkZone are made of chalk they're not real.
12th Dec '15 1:33:22 AM CassandraLeo
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* Characters in Creator/PhilipKDick novels are so frequently finding that they live in a world that is simulated or otherwise not entirely real that he may as well be the TropeCodifier.
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