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23rd Jul '16 1:32:43 PM nombretomado
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Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like BigBrother's evil Goodyear Blimp.

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Zeppelins aren't just the fastest way to indicate that you've found yourself in an AlternateUniverse setting, they're quite often a striking symbol of dystopia. Like SpySatellites, Zeppelins can be used to survey the populace, [[PowerPerversionPotential only hundreds of times cheaper and more effectively,]] with next to unlimited endurance[[note]]Provided they do not encounter a storm, which would deprive them of solar power or cause them to use up fuel reserves to keep up with the winds[[/note]]. They are also much more visible than a satellite, obviously, often leading to their use as a PropagandaMachine, acting like BigBrother's [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]'s evil Goodyear Blimp.
14th Jul '16 2:17:42 PM Neakal
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* This trope is heavily downplayed in ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle''. Establishing shots of the Nazi-occupied New York occasionally contains zeppelins in the distant skyline. However, the show prefers to use Concorde aircraft (which were invented couple decades early in the series' timeline compared to ours) with its distinctive sonic boom to convey the "this is an alternate universe" feeling.
11th Jul '16 8:48:00 AM Prfnoff
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* In the World War II game ''TheSaboteur'', Nazi zeppelins act like helicopters from GTA. It is worth mentioning that these airships [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzzYrW_ZWKQ can be shot down in a fiery inferno.]]

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* In the World War II game ''TheSaboteur'', ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'', Nazi zeppelins act like helicopters from GTA. It is worth mentioning that these airships [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzzYrW_ZWKQ can be shot down in a fiery inferno.]]



* An airship features in ''Damnation'', for perhaps longer than it should as the folks from ''{{Unskippable}}'' point out:

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* An airship features in ''Damnation'', ''VideoGame/{{Damnation}}'', for perhaps longer than it should as the folks from ''{{Unskippable}}'' point out:



* ''ShadowOfTheBeast''

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* ''ShadowOfTheBeast''''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheBeast'', despite its high-fantasy theme, has airships floating across the sky for no clear reason.
25th Jun '16 11:31:41 AM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded and parodied in ''AHDotComTheSeries'' due to its playing with AlternateHistory tropes. The very first episode features a timeline full of airships, and the entire crew seems to have an obsession with them bordering on a fetish. Also appears in later episodes, for example the WholePlotReference ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Sealions on an Airship]]''.

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* Lampshaded and parodied in ''AHDotComTheSeries'' ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' due to its playing with AlternateHistory tropes. The very first episode features a timeline full of airships, and the entire crew seems to have an obsession with them bordering on a fetish. Also appears in later episodes, for example the WholePlotReference ''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Sealions on an Airship]]''.
18th Jun '16 5:28:56 PM FGHIK
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Strictly speaking, the name 'zeppelin' strictly refers only to [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships with a rigid external frame, a propulsion and steering mechanism,]] and no anxiety that users will be put off by the name. Dirigibles and blimps still qualify for the trope. Alternate universe [[PlaneSpotting plane-spotters,]] take note.

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Strictly speaking, the name 'zeppelin' strictly refers only to [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships with a rigid external frame, a propulsion and steering mechanism,]] ([[BrandNameTakeover though it originally referred specifically to airships made by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin]]) and no anxiety that users will be put off by the name. Dirigibles and blimps still qualify for the trope. Alternate universe [[PlaneSpotting plane-spotters,]] take note.
15th Jun '16 12:28:58 PM Nerrin
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* ''[[http://www.dangerpatrol.com Danger Patrol]]'' is centered around [[CityOfAdventure Rocket City]] on Mars, where gargantuan "Magna-Zeppelins" are a common sight shipping large cargoes across the massive city. It's a PlanetaryRomance setting that plays up {{Zeerust}} for all it's worth.
30th May '16 3:05:43 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The Ancient Decepticons from TransformersCybertron can combine into these (shattering combination records for the franchise in the process).

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* The Ancient Decepticons from TransformersCybertron Anime/TransformersCybertron can combine into these (shattering combination records for the franchise in the process).
17th May '16 7:59:12 PM Fireblood
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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not "more" or "less" evolved technology, what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, or some other economic factor.

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It is important to note that the presence of [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} airships]] doesn't imply that the technology of the AlternateUniverse is inferior. Just like with biological evolution, Zeppelins are not [[TechnologyLevels "more" or "less" evolved technology, technology]], what's used is whatever is the best available fit for the niche. It could just as well be that Zeppelins in the AlternateHistory were better able to suit the situation than airplanes were, say if there was a [[CrapsackWorld massive resource shortage]] that demanded efficiency and payload over speed, or some other economic factor.
27th Feb '16 10:48:44 AM Atomic_Bear
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So by filling up Earth 2 with bulbous aircraft rather than hovercars or spaceships, you are suggesting a world that is of a similar time period to our own, but just happened to follow a different technological route. It also helps that they have lots of DieselPunk and SteamPunk cred and are sufficiently olde-worlde to be used in fantasy stories too. [[RuleOfCool They are also cool]].

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So by filling up Earth 2 with bulbous aircraft rather than hovercars or spaceships, you are suggesting a world that is of a similar time period to our own, but just happened to follow a different technological route. It also helps that they have lots of DieselPunk and SteamPunk cred and are sufficiently olde-worlde to be used in fantasy stories too. [[RuleOfCool They are also cool]].
cool]]. In fact, when used in a fantasy setting, you're more likely to encounter a thriving airship industry than ''automobiles or railroads'' which are clearly [[BoringButPractical too mundane for such a setting no matter how useful]].
18th Feb '16 2:16:57 AM DaibhidC
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*In the ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' {{Elseworld}} ''Age of Wonder'', set around the dawn of the 20th century, Lex Luthor travels in increasingly elaborate airships.
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