Created By: Kaoy on May 5, 2012 Last Edited By: Kaoy on May 5, 2012

Established Fact

Just accept it, its not going away anytime soon.

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Do We Have This One?? I did a few minutes of searching and couldn't find what I was looking for.

Basically, in a series, there is some that would be impossible, highly unlikely, or utterly insignificant in the real world, but it is something that is established as a fact and an important part of the story. For instance, the dream the members of Beck all see, or the telekinetic abilities a couple characters have in {{20thCenturyBoys}}. This may or may not count more fantastical comics, like X-Men, where everyone and their brother has powers, though I think this one trope should focus on stories that are trying to be more realistic.

If we have this one, anyone can feel free to launch it into oblivion. If not, it is up for grabs.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • May 5, 2012
    Sounds more like you're describing the fantastic element of a fictional fantasy story set on earth. That could cover most superhero stories where people are aware of and accept the existence of superheroes, like the Justice League or the Avengers. It is also what drives the premise of speculative fiction like "District 9",(There's aliens in South Africa!) "Alien Nation"(There's aliens in L.A.!) ,but surprisingly not B-Movie "Alien from L.A."(there's an underground civilization beneath L.A. that no one knows about).

    The name established fact might be confusing. "Established fantastic element" might be more appropriate, or something like "X in plain sight" or "Our world, new rule" or "the world we know + X".
  • May 5, 2012
    I think that this is just an in-universe instance of begging the question.
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  • May 5, 2012
    I think this is Anthropic Principle: "For any given story, there exist basic elements that are required for the story itself to happen; there would be no story otherwise."