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9th Jun '17 7:11:08 AM HasturHasturHastur
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It's much easier when you have a valuable skill... but this is [[KnightErrant a different trope]]. You can get away with just walking the earth in settings with sufficiently strong traditions of SacredHospitality, though -- like Homeric Greece (obviously), the Muslim world (where hospitality is a religious obligation), the Balkans if you're not from next door, and [[SweetHomeAlabama the American South]] or [[TheWildWest Old West]]. Some Walkers, however, have some skills like craftsmanship that they utilize to make a trade/earn a living while traveling, like {{hobo}}s. Some occupations such as cobbler and tinker are traditionally nomadic because you would use up your customer base in a location and have to move on to the next only to circle back when your first customers had worn out their shoes or pots.

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It's much easier when you have a valuable skill... but this is [[KnightErrant a different trope]]. You can get away with just walking the earth in settings with sufficiently strong traditions of SacredHospitality, though -- like Homeric Greece (obviously), the Muslim world (where hospitality is a religious obligation), the Balkans if you're not from next door, and [[SweetHomeAlabama the American South]] or [[TheWildWest Old West]]. Some Walkers, however, have some skills like craftsmanship that they utilize to make a trade/earn a living while traveling, like {{hobo}}s. Some occupations such as cobbler and tinker are traditionally nomadic because you would use up your customer base in a location and have to move on to the next only to circle back when your first customers had worn out their shoes or pots.
pots. The music business also sees a lot of these; touring musicians get at least a taste of this life, and those who want more work can always find it outside of their bands as fill-in musicians, tour managers, techs, and other "road jobs".
9th Jun '17 6:45:17 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* [[Music/DecrepitBirth Bill Robinson]] has been voluntarily homeless for over twenty years and lives off the grid in a hut that he built himself. Touring serves as a way of wandering.

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* [[Music/DecrepitBirth Bill Robinson]] has been voluntarily homeless for over twenty years and years, lives off the grid in a hut that he built himself. himself, and financially sustains himself through a mix of farming and band income. Touring serves as a way of wandering.wandering.
* This is essentially how [[Music/TheFaceless Ken Sorceron]] lives. The vast majority of his time is spent touring, be it as a musician (primarily Abigail Williams and The Faceless, as well as the various bands that he fills in for) or as a touring soundman, merch assistant, or tech, and his time at home is usually spent either writing and recording or doing mixing and mastering work for extra cash. This is part of the reason why so many people enter and exit his projects and why Abigail Williams is literally just him, Jeff Wilson, and anyone who can make that current tour, as not everyone can handle his road warrior lifestyle.
1st Jun '17 8:08:43 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's blind singer Rhysling, composer of the song "Literature/TheGreenHillsOfEarth" in the short story of the same name. Until the accident that blinded him, he had been a spaceship engineer; after the accident, he took advantage of the informal custom that a spacer could have one free trip home, using it to wander at will all over the solar system. His most famous character, Lazarus Long, spends centuries wandering the galaxy. His wanderings are fueled both by boredom, and by needing to move on from a community before the locals start to suspect his immortality.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
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blind singer Rhysling, composer of the song "Literature/TheGreenHillsOfEarth" in the short story of the same name. "Literature/TheGreenHillsOfEarth". Until the accident that blinded him, he had been a spaceship engineer; after the accident, he took advantage of the informal custom that a spacer could have one free trip home, using it to wander at will all over the solar system. system.
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His most famous character, Lazarus Long, spends centuries wandering the galaxy. His wanderings are fueled both by boredom, and by needing to move on from a community before the locals start to suspect his immortality.
21st May '17 12:54:02 PM nombretomado
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* The Journal of the Walk and The Journal of Aframos Longjourney from TheWanderersLibrary (in fact, Longjourney is a title specifically given to someone who walks the earth).

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* The Journal of the Walk and The Journal of Aframos Longjourney from TheWanderersLibrary ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' (in fact, Longjourney is a title specifically given to someone who walks the earth).
17th May '17 4:02:02 AM Cryoclaste
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%%* [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad in The Super Mario Bros Super Show.

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%%* [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]], Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad in The Super Mario Bros Super Show.
6th May '17 3:45:14 AM CaptainMar-Vell92
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* Creator/AdultSwim's ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' is a parody; he ''thinks'' he's doing this, but while he's got the "travelling the Earth with no job or home" part down, what he does is the furthest thing from helping.

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* Creator/AdultSwim's ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' is a parody; he ''thinks'' he's doing this, the noble, philosophical wandering hero, but while he's got the "travelling the Earth with no job or home" part down, what he does is the furthest thing from helping.
25th Apr '17 6:36:24 PM ChaoticNovelist
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There have been few walking the earth shows lately; the trope lay fallow until fall 2005, when a walking the earth show entitled ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' premiered.

This trope is a very American one and is quite common in older [[TheWestern westerns]]. As far as big TV producing nations go, The U.S. of A. has the geography best suited to this form of adventure. Australia also has the tradition of the Walkabout, where young men would wander the land for months as a spiritual journey. However, this trope is by no means exclusive to the U.S. and Australia; a common case in point of this is the British franchise ''Series/DoctorWho''.[[note]]Then again, this trope is largely made possible due to the fact that the protagonist isn't limited to the ''Earth,'' and takes his magical fully-stocked mansion with him.[[/note]]

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There have been few walking the earth shows lately; the trope lay fallow until fall 2005, when a walking the earth show entitled ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' premiered.

This trope is a very American one and is quite common in older [[TheWestern westerns]]. As far as big TV producing nations go, The U.S. of A. has the geography best suited to this form of adventure. Australia also has the tradition of the Walkabout, where young men would wander the land for months as a spiritual journey. However, this trope is by no means exclusive to occurs in other countries as well, such as the {{ronin}} stories of Japan and the Chivalric Cycles of Europe and the U.S. and Australia; a common case in point of this is the British franchise ''Series/DoctorWho''.[[note]]Then again, this trope is largely made possible due to the fact that the protagonist isn't limited to the ''Earth,'' and takes his magical fully-stocked mansion with him.[[/note]]
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The cast of RPG-trope specific also engaged in walking the earth, as especially pointed out via the amazing GhibliHills landscapes in the ending credits of the first movie. If the game is any indication, it's a-okay to wander the world alone at the age of ten!
%%** [[{{Mons}} While carrying around superpowered monsters capable of breathing fire, flying, generating enough electricity to power a small town, et cetera]]. When there's a free TraumaInn in nearly every town. And remember that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture just about every region is analogous to a part of Japan.]] ([[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite except the one based off]] [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY and the one based on France]]) Note: the exception is Pallet Town.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The cast
''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Lots of RPG-trope specific also engaged in walking the earth, pokemon trainers, some as especially pointed out via the amazing GhibliHills landscapes young as ten and others older, walk through regions and between regions to find new pokemon for their teams, challenge other trainers, and collect badges to compete in the ending credits region's tournament. There are lots of the first movie. If the game is any indication, it's a-okay to wander the world alone at the age of ten!
%%** [[{{Mons}} While carrying around superpowered monsters capable of breathing fire, flying, generating enough electricity to power a small town, et cetera]]. When there's a free TraumaInn in nearly every town. And remember
Pokémon Centers that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture just about every region act as both an inn and a hospital to make this more practical. Ash's group is analogous to a part of Japan.]] ([[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite except generally portrayed as better off than the one based off]] [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Team Rocket trio because they spend their money on food and the one based on France]]) Note: the exception is Pallet Town.tents instead of evil schemes and robots.
12th Apr '17 10:20:48 PM kingvideogames
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* The interplanetary version is essentially what Kosmo ends up doing to rebuild his robot girlfriend in ''VideoGame/LoveYouToBits''.
8th Apr '17 6:00:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Rifts}}'' has dozens of characters who walk the Earth, but the most famous is Erin Tarn. An adventurer and historian, she has travelled across a large chunk of the Earth, and thanks to the eponymous Rifts, has been to at least one alien dimension. Almost every Rifts book has a section where she talks about either her own personal experiences there, or the experiences of a traveller who's been there who she interviewed.

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* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has dozens of characters who walk the Earth, but the most famous is Erin Tarn. An adventurer and historian, she has travelled across a large chunk of the Earth, and thanks to the eponymous Rifts, has been to at least one alien dimension. Almost every Rifts book has a section where she talks about either her own personal experiences there, or the experiences of a traveller who's been there who she interviewed.
6th Apr '17 5:33:18 PM SpocktorWho
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** In season five, Castiel goes Walking the Earth searching for [[{{God}} his Father]], in the hopes that He will help them stop the Apocalypse. He disappears for days at a time in this quest, apparently checking anywhere he thinks God might be [[note]][[MemeticMutation He's not on any flatbread.]][[/note]]. Since he's an angel who can fly and is NighInvulnerable, he may have been searching ''[[UpToEleven space]]'', too.
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