Created By: MarqFJA on September 30, 2010 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on October 4, 2010
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Mother Nature

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Gah! I can't find the launch button; must be the computer I'm currently using (I was forced to switch machines while my original one gets some much needed maintenance). Can someone please launch this in the meantime?

Tags: Seen It a Million Times, Needs a Better Description (Priority One), Rolling Updates, Up for Grabs.

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The arch-Nature Spirit of Earth... or whatever planet that is the story's setting. May or may not have a humanoid form (substitute "humanoid" with whatever species equivalent in non-terrestrail settings), but if it is, it's Always Female due to Mother Nature, Father Science.

Often an bona fide Physical God, if not outright one of the Powers That Be. Actually pissing her off is likely to result in Gaia's Vengeance.

Examples

Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • February 5, 2010
    Paradisca Corbasi
  • February 5, 2010
    SunnyV
    • I believe Avatar had this. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • February 5, 2010
    LeeM
    The Avatar example isn't anthropomorphic. Or Na'vimorphic.
  • February 5, 2010
    Aminatep
    The Gaia? We have Gaia's Vengeance and Gaia's Lament.
  • February 5, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    The Mother Nature commercial was for Imperial magarine. Mother Nature mistakes the margarine for her own butter; when informed that it is actually magarine, the line follows.

    Thanks, all you guys who corrected me -- my mind must have been wandering.
  • February 5, 2010
    Evalana
    Mother Nature (voiced by Phyllis Diller) appears in the Filmation Snow White sequel Happily Ever After.
  • February 5, 2010
    random surfer
    @Tannhaeuser: not Imperial, Chiffon. Imperial was the one where you ate a bite and got a crown.
  • February 5, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Right you are, Random Surfer. I was so eager to avoid saying Parkay that I stampeded myself into the other wrong answer. Here is the original commercial.
  • February 5, 2010
    MarqFJA
    LeeM: As stated in the OP (and now in boldface), Mother Nature does not have to be anthropomorphic (or "whatever its 'child' species is"-morphic).
  • February 5, 2010
    LeeM
    Ok, sorry, whatever.
  • February 5, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Oh, right, Tannhaeuser -- "You think it's butter -- but it's not! It's Chiffon!"
  • February 5, 2010
    elliequantifier
    Gaia from Captain Planet?
  • February 5, 2010
    duralict
    "combining it with Anthropomorphic Personification yields Mother Nature. (...) Additionally, not all depictions of "Mother Nature" are anthropomorphic

    I think you might be contradicting yourself in there. Anyway, if you take out the anthropomorphic part, it's just Nature Spirit again. Might be best to keep it to personifications, because we don't appear to already have that version.
  • February 6, 2010
    MarqFJA
    The first statement is a direct quote from the Nature Spirit article, included for the sake of completion; the second is an observation on my part. I am not contradicting myself; rather, I am pointing a contradiction between the aforementioned quote and observed fact(s).
  • February 6, 2010
    random surfer
    Gaia from the later Foundation novels could be considered Mother Nature - it's they collective minds of everything that is.
  • February 8, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Another "Gaia", this time from the Nasuverse - while this Gaia is normally indifferent to humankind, it is perfectly willing to massacre them - if not outright attempt to annihilate them - if that what it takes to stop them from wrecking the natural order of the planet.
  • February 8, 2010
    duralict
    Well, if the reason you made this YKTTW is because of a dead pot hole in an existing trope, wouldn't it be sensible to make the new trope consistent with the existing interpretation? Just sayin'.
  • February 9, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Redacted. YKTTW glitch.
  • September 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    A maternly Mother Nature is a recurring character on The Smurfs.
  • September 25, 2010
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • September 25, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • September 26, 2010
    MarqFJA
    How about we save the examples for after the trope is launched? We have enough, and priority goes to refining the description.

    It's brainstorming time, people! Even if you think your suggestion might be silly, post it. That's part of what brainstorming is.
  • September 29, 2010
    NativeJovian
    I think Mother Earth or Mother Nature is a splittable subtrope of Nature Spirit -- it doesn't have to be anthropomorphic, but it does have to be the spirit of the entire planet (or all of "nature", in settings that don't concern themselves with planets as such). Worth noting that it does frequently appear as a motherly figure. Compare Maiden Mother And Crone?

    Pissing her off usually results in Gaias Vengeance. And it is always "her", if it's at all anthropomorphic.
  • September 29, 2010
    Koveras
    Within Temptation's song "Mother Earth".
  • September 29, 2010
    akazilliadenaro
  • September 29, 2010
    henke37
    Dilbert has met her. She's a jerk.
  • September 29, 2010
    TwinBird
    God bless Mother Nature - she's a single woman, too.
    She'd just gone to Heaven, and she did what she had to do.
    She told every angel to rearrange the sky,
    So that each and every woman could find the perfect guy!
    --It's Raining Men, the Weather Girls.
  • September 29, 2010
    Ryusui
    One "storytime" episode of Care Bears cast Grams Bear in the role of Mother Nature.
  • September 29, 2010
    MarqFJA
    ... I think that what this YKTTW needs now is not more examples, but rather refining the description.
  • September 29, 2010
    MarqFJA
    (originally made by Native Jovian)

    It's a specific kind of Nature Spirit, one that represents an entire planet (if it's the kind of work where different planets come up), or "nature" as a whole. May or may not have a humanoid form (but if it is, it's Always Female).

    I think it's common enough to be splittable from Nature Spirit. I also think the confusion over the Anthropomorphic Personification thing is because it's not really clear whether Anthropomorphic Personifications have to be humanoid, or merely sentient. The page itself has mostly humanoid examples, but a few that aren't. Open question, really.

    EDIT: Fixed a typo for you. :)
  • September 29, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Judge Dredd once had to contend with a Mutant from the Cursed Earth with the power to regrow and control plantlife calling himself "Father Earth" who wanted to destroy Mega-City One in order to free the Earth from the tyranny of concrete and steel.
  • September 30, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Note: From here on out, you may add examples on your own if you're reasonably sure that they fit.
  • September 30, 2010
    randomsurfer
    All the humans in the Earths Children series worship some version of "the Earth Mother." Ayla is even mistaken for her at one point.
  • October 1, 2010
    Pinata
  • October 1, 2010
    MarqFJA
    <sigh> Nevermind. I assume the description is okay for launch?
  • October 1, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Actually, Terra was not generally the name used for the "Mother Nature" figure of Roman religion: "Tellus" {g. "Telluris"} was.
  • October 2, 2010
    NativeJovian
    ^^ Looks good to me. I'd launch it as Mother Nature and make Mother Earth a redirect, since they're both used pretty much exclusively for this trope.
  • October 3, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Okay. Launching in 24 hours, just to give time for anyone who has reservations/objections.
  • October 4, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Gah! I can't find the launch button; must be the computer I'm currently using (I was forced to switch machines while my original one gets some much needed maintenance). Can someone please launch this in the meantime?
  • October 4, 2010
    Pickly
    It should be in the lower right when you look at discussion replies. (Unless you remember where it is, and it hasn't just disappeared.)
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