Created By: Lavalyte on June 19, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCat on February 11, 2013
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Namedworld and Namedland

The simplest naming scheme in the world. Or land.

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A very, very popular naming scheme for many, many things.

Simply take an attribute and append "-land" or "-world" to it.


Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • Kree Homeworld, Skrull World and Mojo World.
  • DC Comics has Warworld, an artificial planet that can feasibly annihilate life on a globular scale if left unchecked. Naturally, it's usually under the command of Mongul.
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[[folder:Film]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
  • Everworld
  • Discworld
  • Flatland
  • The part of the continent where all the action takes place in The Wheel of Time is called the Westlands, or the Wetlands by the people of a neighboring desert. The same area, and alternately, the whole planet, is called Randland by fans.
  • Harry Harrison's To the Stars! Trilogy, which consists of Homeworld, Wheelworld, and Starworld.
  • Also his Deathworld series.
  • Mogworld
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Larry Niven seems to like to use place names as a humor element in his stories. Apparently people in his stories tend to name places after whatever first came to mind on seeing them. In addition to the Ringworld, his stories also feature planets named "Canyon", "Plateau", and "We Made It". Plateau's highest mountain is called "Mount Lookitthat".
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
  • Within the Ace Attorney series, there exists a theme park called Gatewater Land.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
  • Norse Mythology does this with the nine worlds as most of them end with the word "Heim" (translates as world, land, and sometimes home).
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[[folder:Video Games]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • Paranoia adventure Send in the Clones. The adventure is split up into 3 segments titled "Sewerworld", "Bureaucracyworld" and "Entertainmentworld". They take place in the Absurdly Spacious Sewers, contorted Alpha Complex bureaucracy and the HPD & Mind Control section of NBD sector, respectively.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
  • Erfworld
  • In Drowtales, "Chel'el'Sussoloth" literally translates to "city of light within darkness". It's located within a cave roughly the size of the island of Manhattan.
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Community Feedback Replies: 66
  • June 19, 2011
    Topazan
    Just unusually shaped worlds? If not:

  • June 19, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    Don't use trope as a placeholder world.

    This isn't about worlds of tropes.
  • June 19, 2011
    elwoz
    Maybe "Nounworld"?
  • June 19, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • June 19, 2011
    Ekuran
    ^^^Amusingly, Disc World would probably qualify for both that and this trope, wouldn't it?
  • June 20, 2011
    Hadashi
    I think this should also include "Planet of", "Land of", and "World of"
  • June 20, 2011
    Octagon8
    I would make "Namedworld" the main title and "Namedland" a redirect.
  • June 20, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Attributeworld? Traitworld?
  • June 20, 2011
    peccantis
    Wordworld? I'd suooprt Nounworld but then

    Literature

    wouldn't fit.
  • June 20, 2011
    Generality
    • Waterworld
    • The part of the continent where all the action takes place in The Wheel Of Time is called the Westlands, or the Wetlands by the people of a neighboring desert. The same area, and alternately, the whole planet, is called Randland by fans.
  • June 22, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Still looking for a pithy name.
  • June 22, 2011
    Aielyn
  • June 23, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Paranoia adventure Send in the Clones. The adventure is split up into 3 segments titled "Sewerworld", "Bureaucracyworld" and "Entertainmentworld". They take place in the Absurdly Spacious Sewers, contorted Alpha Complex bureaucracy and the HPD & Mind Control section of NBD sector, respectively.
  • June 23, 2011
    Genogenesis7
  • June 23, 2011
    Generality
    I vote for Nounland (Or Nounworld. Pick one and make the other a redirect).
  • June 23, 2011
    Duncan
    • Harry Harrison's To the Stars! Trilogy, which consists of Homeworld, Wheelworld, and Starworld.
    • Also his Deathworld series.
  • June 23, 2011
    tmarcl
    I'm assuming RL examples don't count? Such as England (Land of the Angles), and Finland (Land of the Finns)?
  • June 23, 2011
    fasti3ear
    Whateverworld and Whateverland to match tropes like Attack Of The Fifty Foot Whatever Hmm?
  • June 23, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^Also Greenland and Iceland.
  • June 24, 2011
    hevendor717
    Donkey Kong Land/Mario Land/Wario Land

    Mario World/Wario World/Donkey Kong Country

    Although it's more for the games than the lands themselves.
  • June 25, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Also under Real Life

    Disneyland, Disneyworld.
  • June 25, 2011
    Aielyn
    Some Australian theme parks, too - Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movieworld, Seaworld (I know, there's at least one outside Australia, too), White Water World, and Underwater World (not actually a theme park, that last one, more of a pseudo-themepark aquarium place).

    hevendor717 - those aren't really a case of this, as they're game names, they aren't the names of locations within the games. On the other hand, most place names within those games are examples - for instance, Super Mario World is set in Dinosaur Land, and Mario can also travel to Star World and Special World in that game.
  • June 25, 2011
    DaibhidC
    Personally, I wouldn't count RW countries named after the inhabitants (England, Finland, Scotland), but would if it's a descriptive term of some sort: Iceland is a Land of Ice, Vinland is a Land of Vines, and so on. Greenland's an interesting case; it means Land that is Green, obviously, but it isn't; most of it is covered in ice (and the remainder is to dry for ice, and is largely bare rock). According to The Saga of Erik the Red, Erik named it as a marketing ploy to encourage colonists.

    (Are there any non-Nordic examples of Descriptionland in RL?)

    Not sure where Ireland ("Land of the goddess Eriu") fits.
  • June 25, 2011
    Aielyn
    England fits it, too - literally, Land of the Angles (from which we also get Anglo-Saxon, which refers to the Angles from Angeln and the Saxons from Saxony).

    Not sure about Finland or Scotland, though.
  • June 27, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^Just as ironically, Iceland is actually pretty green most of the time.
  • June 28, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^ Greenland was the greenest thing the namers saw after weeks on ship. Besides when it was found the climate was warmer there.
  • July 1, 2011
    SharleeD
    So Greenland and Iceland could be included as real-life subversions of this trope?
  • July 1, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Iceland isn't supposed to mean "ice land," that's just a coincidence in English. It means "island."
  • July 1, 2011
    NerdaRena
    Someone suggested Wordworld, which is actually the title of a kids' show on PBS.
  • July 11, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Thingworld?
  • July 11, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
  • July 12, 2011
    Arivne
  • July 12, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Australia. Originally "Terra Australis", just meaning "Southern Land".
  • July 12, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    • Mogworld.
    • In Mario Party 2, the reward for the winner of the game was to rename the land after themselves, so it could be Mario Land, Luigi Land, etc.
  • July 13, 2011
    TheThirdSet
    Homestuck (no not the title... although...) We have 16 planets with rather simple names: Land of wind and shade, land of light and rain, land of heat and clockwork, land of frost and frogs, and so on.
  • July 15, 2011
    Goldenpelt
  • July 18, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    Kula World. (No relation...)
  • July 18, 2011
    Aielyn
    How about just going for a simplistic naming approach?

    Nounplace
  • July 24, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Going with Nounplace unless a better name comes up.
  • July 24, 2011
    AlexIDV
    The world of The Wheel Of Time, a fantasy book series by Robert Jordan, is commonly referred to by fans as Randland, named after the main character Rand al'Thor.
  • July 24, 2011
    YapoolSeijin
    Norse Mythology does this with the nine worlds as most of them end with the word "Heim" (translates as world, land, and sometimes home).
  • July 24, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^ we have one Adjective Place example already, how about Word Place?
  • December 26, 2011
    Lavalyte
    Word Place sounds good.
  • December 26, 2011
    Ryuuma
    In-univers Example: In Fairy Tail the "normal" world is called Earthland.
  • December 28, 2011
    GXMiter
    I support Genericland Naming.
  • December 28, 2011
    AFP
    The Chinese name for China, which transliterates (more or less) into English as "Zhong Guo", translates literally as "Central Country", being that it was located in the center of the world, from their point of view. Similarly, the cities of Beijing and Nanjing have names that mean "North Capital" and "South Capital" (Tokyo, by coincidence, means "East Capital" in Japanese).

    Also, the "-stan" suffix seen in many countries of central and southwestern Asia, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Khazikstan, means "Land" in Persian Farsi.
  • December 29, 2011
    Synchronicity
  • January 1, 2012
    Ryuuma
    ^^ The same is true for most of the three main islands of Japan, Kyushu (Nine districts), Honshu (Main (?) Districts) and Shikoku (Four Lands). They too call China Chugoku (Central Land).
  • January 1, 2012
    Lavalyte
    It's ironic that I'm having such a hard time finding the right name for this trope.
  • January 3, 2012
    Tuomas
    Iceland isn't supposed to mean "ice land," that's just a coincidence in English. It means "island."

    ^ This is not true. The original

    The original

    The original Norwegian name for Iceland, "Ísland", does mean "ice land". See here:

  • Btw, Finland is a valid example, since the country is named after the people ("land of the Finns"), not the other way around. Finns themselves use a different name for their country, though.
  • January 3, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    Carland and Spyland from Super Mario Brothers' Super Show.
  • January 3, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Would any of these count?

    Literature:
    • Larry Niven seems to like to use place names as a humor element in his stories. Apparently people in his stories tend to name places after whatever first came to mind on seeing them. In addition to the Ringworld, his stories also feature planets named "Canyon", "Plateau", and "We Made It". Plateau's highest mountain is called "Mount Lookitthat".

    Western Animation

    Webcomics:
    • In Drowtales, "Chel'el'Sussoloth" literally translates to "city of light within darkness". It's located within a cave roughly the size of the island of Manhattan.

    Real Life:
    • Earth.
  • February 10, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    This was a test link.
  • February 10, 2013
    StarSword
    EDIT: Never mind.
  • February 10, 2013
    acrobox
    what about Theme Land for a name
  • February 10, 2013
    LobsterMagnus
    Disneyland, Legoland, and many other Theme Parks.
  • February 10, 2013
    CaveCat
    Film - Animated

    Western Animation
    • The native homeland of the eponymous character of Mr Bogus is called Bogusland.
  • February 10, 2013
    MrRuano
    • The PBS animated series Word World, where everything's made out of words. Literally.
  • February 10, 2013
    X2X
    To clarify, both work titles named "Somethingland" or "Somethingworld" and places in fiction works with those suffixes count as examples?

    Comics
    • DC Comics has Warworld, an artificial planet that can feasibly annihilate life on a globular scale if left unchecked. Naturally, it's usually under the command of Mongul.

    Video Games
  • February 11, 2013
    Chabal2
    Hokuto No Ken has Godland, a country founded by fundamentalist ex-US military.
  • February 11, 2013
    m8e
    This one have been inactive for over a year. it got bumped when Septimus Heap tested a link bug.(The enter changes thing.)

    So it's up for grabs.
  • February 11, 2013
    TheHandle
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