Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on October 21, 2011 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on February 27, 2012
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It Happens In America First

Occurences involving outer space involve America before and/or more than other countries.

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"[Hypothetical alien spaceships] are heavily armed and likely to first target the United States, owing to the country's unequalled array of monuments and buildings that would look awesome exploding."
- Scott Feschuk, from this satirical Maclean's article.

If there's some occurence involving outer space, it happens in America first.

Of course, there is some justification for this idea; the US does have a reputation for being the country with the most thorough space program, the one most inclined to send satellites into space; well, now that the Soviet Union has collapsed; so it perhaps does make sense for aliens, whether aggressive or innocent, to send themselves and/or items to the US.

In practice, of course, it's obviously because writers of popular culture, especially movies, tend to be American, and the US has more people in it to sell popular entertainment to than the average European country.

Big Applesauce is a subtrope. Compare with Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe, its Japanese counterpart.

Often leads to America Saves the Day.

EDITED IN: Bumping to see how many hats this has...
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • October 21, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    Don't we already have this?
  • October 21, 2011
    lulzipents
    Isn't this the same as [[Creator Provincialism]]?
  • October 21, 2011
    TwinBird
    I know we have this somewhere... but whether we do or not, I'm not sure it's splittable from Creator Provincialism.
  • October 29, 2011
    Konoka
  • October 29, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    This is also true about the Zombie Apocalypse in a lot of cases.
  • October 29, 2011
    TwinBird
    Bit dialoguey.
  • October 30, 2011
    Arivne
    This is currently the next to last paragraph in Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe.

    "This is also seen in many American media, particularly involving Los Angeles. Entire books have been written on why fiction writers make Los Angeles a magnet for violence and natural disasters. Sometimes San Francisco. New York sometimes, especially in Marvel Comics (sometimes lampshaded that New Yorkers tend to be more used to superhero fighting than anyone else). These cities also share many similar traits with Tokyo. See Big Applesauce."

    Film
  • November 3, 2011
    fulltimeD
    I know you probably didn't mean this, but the Soviet Union sent the first satellites into space. Maybe a bad example to list in the description.

    Besides, this does appear to be covered by Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe and Creator Provincialism.
  • November 7, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ that's demonstrating how those cities are also center of the universe. There's nothing different about it.
  • November 10, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ Tokyo Is The Centre Of The Universe is Japan-centric Creator Provincialism. If Japan-centric varities get their own trope, so should US-centric varieties.
  • November 13, 2011
    ladygem
    Big Applesauce is a sub trope of this.
  • November 15, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Will mention @ ladygem
  • November 17, 2011
    Rytex
    In {{Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series}}, Bandit Keith seems to think that everything started in America... IN AMERICA!
  • November 17, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    So... bandit Keith thinks it in America, or are you just paraphrasing his/her repetition? @ Rytex
  • November 18, 2011
    Rytex
    Both.
  • November 18, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ... which was the reason for your wording in your reply?
  • November 19, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    NVM, had it clarified via PM.
  • November 19, 2011
    mtlwriterguy
    I think there's something already like this. And consider, it's not a new development. In H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the Martians invaded Great Britain first, presumably because it was the unchallenged global superpower of the time.
  • November 19, 2011
    mtlwriterguy
    I'd call this "Space Belongs to America." I actually tried to parody this trope once, by having the aliens land on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, instead of on the White House Lawn as they are supposed to. The American president can't stand the humiliation and prepares to invade.
  • November 20, 2011
    fulltimeD
    I hardly think we need a Japanese-specific variant of every possible trope on this wiki. Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe can apply to any city.
  • November 21, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ If that's the case, then it has a very poorly chosen name.

    And poorly chosen description, too... it seems at least Japan-centric.
  • November 21, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Many tropes on this wiki have Japanese-centric sounding names but aren't Japanese-media exclusive.
  • November 21, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Just like "Bob and Alice" are Anglo-sounding names but don't have to represent Anglo-speaking characters when used to illustrate a trope
  • November 21, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ The point isn't about it sounding Japanese-centric but why it sounds Japanese-centric.

    In any case, I'll make a trope talk thread for it.
  • November 21, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
  • November 22, 2011
    Arivne
    @mtlwriterguy: In the future, please don't respond to someone else's post by editing your reply into it, because this puts your name on the post. Instead, add a new comment and refer to the post you're responding to by starting off with a series of carets (^), one for each post above yours the original is.

    ^ x 19: mtlwriterguy added the following to my War Of The Worlds post above:

    "(Yes, but remember that that was based on H.G. Wells' BRITISH book, where the aliens landed in Britain first. World powers change, but superpower thinking doesn't. When Brazil becomes the global superpower, the aliens will all land in Brasilia and Sao Paolo first.)"

  • November 24, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I didn't see mtl's name appear in white in someone else's comment.

    But yeah, editing someone else's comment should generally be a no-no.
  • December 4, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Often leads to America Saves The Day.

  • December 4, 2011
    Sackett
    I like the Space Belongs To America name, and expand it to how whenever there is something space related, America is usually an important part of the plot. (Need a rocket to get the heroes into space? Go visit NASA! They always have old space rockets just lying around for the taking.)
  • December 4, 2011
    Statalyzer
    We already have this.
  • December 4, 2011
    Statalyzer
    We already have this.
  • December 4, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Be more specific, Statalyzer. Repeating something does not count as proving it.
  • December 5, 2011
    Statalyzer
    I didn't repeat it, TV Trope double posts a lot even though I only "send comment" once. It's already proven earlier in this thread. Look at Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe again. There are exapmles there that are not Tokyo - all instances of the a creator having stuff happen in his home country first are the same trope in action.
  • December 5, 2011
    Statalyzer
    I didn't repeat it, TV Trope double posts a lot even though I only "send comment" once. It's already proven earlier in this thread. Look at Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe again. There are exapmles there that are not Tokyo - all instances of the a creator having stuff happen in his home country first are the same trope in action.
  • December 5, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Tokyo Is The Centre Of The Universe having non-Tokyo examples doesn't mean they belong there. Tropes are known for being subject to misuse. Also, people in this thread seem to generally be saying that it really is supposed to be Japan-specific.
  • December 5, 2011
    crazysamaritan
    The thread makes it sound like Tokyo suffered from supertrope aversion. So we should have a couple levels of Creator Provincialism, right? "Occurs in creator's small town", "occurs in their favorite big city", "occurs in their favorite country"? With a nod that "occurs in their favorite world" would be a trope, if humans had colonized other planets?

    This would be a subtrope of "occurs in their favourite country", the American version, right?
  • December 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • February 26, 2012
    AgProv
    But they still put the crop circles in British fields first. Which is odd, considering the relative size of corn fields in Britain and North America. Why Twitter in ours when they can Facebook in North Dakota?
  • February 27, 2012
    Rognik
    Subverted in Doctor Who. He nearly always hits London, and in the reboot, that's canonically first contact was made. But for all the wonders in the world, and the rare times he lands on foreign worlds, there's usually a pleasant British soul to greet them. A handful of episodes involve Americans, or any other nationality.
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