Created By: Beed28 on July 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Beed28 on November 4, 2012
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Voodoo Snowglobe

Shaking a snowglobe or miniture replica of a place or building causes an earthquake in that actual area

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So, you're exploring a castle, and you stumble upon a snowglobe containing a miniture replica of the castle you're in. But as you go to shake it, the room around you shakes as well. As you go to carry and walk it, you can feel the whole room move and sway. What's going on?

It turns out, that snowglobe is magical or cursed, and moving it affects the actual structure as well.

Subtrope of Reality Changing Miniature. Compare Voodoo Doll. May be a case of Recursive Reality depending on where the snowglobe is.

Examples:

Interactive Fiction
  • In For A Change, the tower at the centre of the world contains a scale model of the world in a glass case, and whatever happens to the model also happens to the world.

Film
  • Semi-obscure German "bizarre comedy" Texas by comedian Helge Schneider has a variation of this. In the showdown, some old guy appears with a suitcase, opens it and inside is a miniature set of the Old West town the movies takes place in. He shakes the suitcase and an eathquake occurs.

Literature
  • In an early Discworld novel, some people are traveling from one location to another inside a genie's magic lamp. Only one of them is still holding the lamp, and gives it an experimental shake, with predictable results.
    • From another Discworld novel, a scale replica of Great A'tuin is perceived to somehow be both a replica and the actual thing. No one touches it, just in case.

Tabletop Games
  • Subverted in John Rogers' d20 Modern story hour on ENWorld, "Drunk Southern Girls With Guns," the Player Characters, who are trapped at a truck stop by a snowstorm, have discovered a snowglobe that appears to be what the bad guys are after, which happens to be a perfect replica of the truck stop in general. One of them gives it a good shake. No earthquakes occur, but the snowstorm does increase in intensity, earning him a chewing-out by the others, who are all quite Genre Savvy.

Video Games
  • In Final Fantasy VII, inside the Temple of the Ancients, one of the rooms contains a miniture model of the temple, which is supposedly the Black Materia. Shaking the model causes the room to shake. It turns out the actual temple itself containing the model is the Black Materia.

Western Animation
  • The end of one Futurama episode ended with the crew in possession of a box containing their own universe. Bender shakes it, which causes a massive earthquake and even flinging the other characters into a wall.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 23, 2012
    BOFH
    Interactive Fiction
    • In For A Change, the tower at the centre of the world contains a scale model of the world in a glass case, and whatever happens to the model also happens to the world.
  • July 23, 2012
    elwoz
    May be a case of Recursive Reality depending on where the snowglobe is.
  • July 23, 2012
    PaulA
  • July 23, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    In John Rogers' D 20 Modern story hour on EN World, "Drunk Southern Girls With Guns," the Player Characters, who are trapped at a truck stop by a snow storm, have discovered a snowglobe that appears to be what the bad guys are after, which happens to be a perfect replica of the truck stop in general. One of them gives it a good shake. No earthquakes occur, but the snowstorm does increase in intensity, earning him a chewing-out by the others, who are all quite Genre Savvy.
  • July 25, 2012
    surgoshan
    For the futurama example, it's spelled 'possession'.

    • In an early Discworld novel, some people are traveling from one location to another inside a genie's magic lamp. Only one of them is still holding the lamp, and gives it an experimental shake, with predictable results.
  • October 15, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Semi-obscure German "bizarre comedy" Texas by comedian Helge Schneider has a variation of this. In the showdown, some old guy appears with a suitcase, opens it and inside is a miniature set of the Old West town the movies takes place in. He shakes the suitcase and an eathquake occurs.
  • October 15, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    I don't know that this is significant enough to split off from Reality Changing Miniature. Does the fact that it's a snowglobe rather than some other kind of model contribute to the situation enough to make a significant difference??
  • October 16, 2012
    Chabal2
    From another Discworld novel, a scale replica of Great A'tuin is perceived to somehow be both a replica and the actual thing. No one touches it, just in case.
  • October 16, 2012
    Beed28
    ^ ^ Well, I actually tried searching for it at first (by searching for snowglobe) to no avail, but then I haven't realised there was a similar trope. But the examples in that trope rarely relate to shaking anyway.

    Basicly, this trope here is about what happens if they were to simply shake it. Hence the snowglobe name.
  • October 22, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    There's nothing special about shaking it rather than poking it or something else. I was going to suggest examples from the SCP Foundation which, it turned out, were already listed on that page (and, yes, do indeed involve shaking).
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=8cvbsn8nb5q2ukwd46m3x84n&trope=DiscardedYKTTW