Alternate Landmark History
When works of fiction manifest a reason for landmarks to have been built as part of the story.
- The Doctor: "The stones. These stones are great big transmitters broadcasting a warning to everyone. Everywhere. To every time zone."River: "Stonehenge is transmitting. It's been transmitting for a while. So who heard?"- Doctor Who.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Outlaw Star: The beginning of the 21st episode, Grave of the Dragon (00:16-01:19), explains that Stonehenge is only one of many mysterious ruins, found on other worlds, that are believed to have been left by the same advanced alien civilization.
- Unhygenix from the Astérix comics is named responsible for Stonehenge (at least in the English translation).
- In the DC Universe, the pyramids are sometimes explained as creations of Hawkman's race, the Thanagarians.
- In the Marvel Comics Universe, the Sphinx is the original Time Travel ship used by Rama-Tut/Kang the Conqueror.
- The Umbrella Academy reveals that the Eiffel Tower is a deadly robot built by...zombie Gustave Eiffel.
- In Doctor Who, Stonehenge was built to cover Underhenge, which hides the Pandorica.
- The Empire State Building was being built as a hub for the Cult of Skaro to create a race of hybrid Daleks.
- Canary Wharf was constructed to be the hidden Torchwood HQ.
- Novel Eye Of Heaven tells us that the Moai were put there by Ancient Astronauts and are alien computers that run a Transmat network.
- In The Wedding of River Song Area 52, Stars and Stripes in tow, is inside... the Pyramids, built to hide everything. Namely, to contain the Doctor.
- Not to mention that in Day of The Moon Area 51 is implied to have been built to interrogate and contain the Doctor.
- In The Fires of Pompeii, the Pyrovile and Sybilline Sisterhood make Pompeii erupt from their Volcano Lair in order to turn all the puny residents into Pyrovile - creatures of solidified molten lava rock. We get to watch this with the Doctor from a nearby mountain as Everything's Cooler With Lava, and Amy is in it, too; but evil.
- The legend of the Black Spot, a sign that a Pirate was going to die/ be killed, is explained as given by a healer that is only released by highly reflective materials (seawater, for example) in The Curse of the Black Spot. With Pirate Girl Boarding Party and Hugh Bonneville.
- 'Dutch' (Scottish), ginger Amy is also Vincent van Gogh's muse.
- Agatha Christie's mysterious eleven-day disappearance is resolved somewhat as her being knocked unconscious by the drowning of a mutant-Reverend alien wasp called a Vespiform and the Doctor taking her into the TARDIS to be deposited ten days later, him previously knowing of her disappearance.
- But none of that really counts when you remember (or don't) that the Silence have been manipulating humans for years. Then you remember (or don't) that we're not even told why.
- In Aladdin, Aladdin and Jasmine fly the magic carpet to Egypt and a shocked stonemason breaks the nose off the Sphinx.
- In the first Alien vs. Predator film, the Aztec pyramids are implied to have been built for the Predators, who came as godlike beings to earth thousands of years ago, demanded human sacrifices, and gave humans advanced technologies (such as the one necessary to build said pyramids).
- In From Dusk Till Dawn, the ancient Mayan/Aztec temples were implied to be places where the blood-lust of vampires was appeased.
- In Hellboy II: The Golden Army the Giant's Causeway in the British Isles is shown to be a secret entrance to the Land of Faerie.
- In Hop the Moai statues on Easter Island (where all the bunnies are from) are the secret entrances to the Easter Bunny's whole operation.
- Promos for Ice Age 4: Continental Drift showed Scrat causing the continental drift, shifting Pangaea into the present landmasses.
- In Men in Black we find out that the observatory towers in New York's Flushing Meadow Park are really moored flying saucers.
- The third film in the series shows that the Statue of Liberty was constructed to conceal a giant neuralizer device.
- In National Treasure: Book of Secrets the ancient mythical city of Cíbola was hidden behind Mount Rushmore. Or rather Mount Rushmore was created to hide Cíbola.
- In The Prince of Egypt, Ramses and Moses race their chariots through the monument construction grounds, causing a worker to hack off the Sphinx's nose.
- Animated film Rise of the Guardians explains the Aurora Borealis phenomenon as a communication method between Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and others.
- At the end of The Rocketeer, Neville Sinclair steals the rocket pack but ends up crashing into the "HOLLYWOODLAND" sign and exploding, converting it into the now-famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign.
- In The Santa Clause the pole at the North Pole is a keypad stand, you need the correct code in order for the Sleigh to enter Santa HQ.
- In Starman, it's implied, though not explicitly stated, that the huge meteor crater in Arizona was built as some kind of alien spaceship landing site.
- In Stonehenge Apocalypse, Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids, and masses of other landmarks turn out to be hiding vital catalysts for the End of the World. All the pyramids-unravelling-and-becoming-volcanoes should be fair warning, however the film fails to mention by who or what, or why, any of it was built.
- The first Transformers live-action film reveals that Hoover Dam was actually a Sector 7 research facility that stored a lot of their finds, including the Allspark and Megatron.
- In the second live-action Transformers film, the Great Pyramid was built to hide the Sun Harvester which a corrupt Prime had brought to Earth.
- In 2012, the Ganges Dam in China was revealed to be hiding the construction of the Arks.
- In the Harry Potter franchise we are to assume, as Hogwarts is older than King's Cross Station, that the latter was built to hide the otherwise rather conspicuous method of transportation to and from the former.
- In the Stargate Verse, the pyramids of Giza were originally landing pads for Goa'uld motherships.
- In Animorphs one of the Pyramids of Giza was built over the Time Matrix.
- In Roman de Brut, in 1155, Wace illustrated his belief that Merlin had constructed Stonehenge with the assistance of a giant.
- In Kurt Vonnegut Jr's The Sirens of Titan various Earthly achievements are actually the result of psychic projection from the planet Tralfamadore; Salo, a stranded Tralfamadorian on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, watched these through his telescope, decoding human monuments like the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China as messages in his own language, like, "A replacement part is on the way."
- In Merlin, Stonehenge was built as a portal to the land of the dead.
- Tracker did this; Cole said visitors from Migar (probably Cirronians, since they were trying to hide the Doomsday Device from the Vardians) built the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge.
- In Wizards of Waverly Place, Rosie tells Justin that the Hollywood sign is there as a doorway to the Angel world (as are many other angel-related places on Earth, such as the Angel of the North).
- In the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction video game the Great Wall of China was built to hide part of an ancient Galvan artifact, the Potis Altaire.
- In the PC adventure game The Omega Stone, several famous landmarks (the Giza pyramids and Sphinx, Stonehenge, Chichen Itza and the Moai), along with yet-undiscovered ones at Bimini and in the Aegean, were constructed as part of a globe-spanning mechanism to destroy a comet that would impact the Earth one day. Stonehenge was also calibrated to come into alignment with certain celestial bodies just in time to warn future generations that the cometary strike was imminent.
- The upcoming game The Secret World centres itself around the concept that EVERY real world myth, urban legend, and conspiracy theory is, in fact, true and claims to have entire missions devoted to each of them. The tagline is "everything is true".
- Parodying National Treasure (see above), American Dad! reveals that the Lincoln Memorial was built to conceal the headquarters of the
IlluminatiIlluminutty, a peanut-based conspiracy surrounding George Washington Carver's total lack of responsibility for the invention of peanut butter.
- In the Looney Tunes short Louvre Come Back to Me, Pepe Le Pew (the skunk) visits the Parisian museum, and his trademark odour alters many famous works of art. He causes the arms to fall off of Venus de Milo.
- In The Real Ghostbusters, the Eiffel Tower turns out to be a Steam Punk ghost trap built by...not-a-zombie-at-all Gustave Eiffel.
- In one episode of The Simpsons set in the past, it is revealed that all the moai statues on Easter Island are busts of Lord Uglyface.
I keep telling you, I DON'T LOOK LIKE THAT! Do another!Yes, Lord Uglyface.
- The legend of Paul Bunyan says that the giant lumberjack's footprints formed Minnesota's famed 10,000 Lakes when they filled with water.
- Some Tall Tales credit Bunyan with digging the Grand Canyon and Puget Sound, as well.
- According to legend, where Stoodley Pike now stands there were once some cairns or standing stones in its place. If one of the stones was moved then strange lights were seen to play around the hill. It was also meant to be a medieval UFO tracking marker.
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