A resident MadScientist, DarkLord or EvilSorcerer is seeking WorldDomination, but first he has to practice small scale. How about his hometown? Or maybe the nearest city? Some of the time, most of the plot happens in his small-scale practice, making him an insignificant, yet amusing, force. Sometimes he succeeds and becomes a very serious threat to the world.

Can result in a MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot situation for the good guys.

The {{Trope Namer|s}} is the song "Es zittern die morschen Knochen" ("The Decayed Bones Tremble") by Hans Baumann (1914–1988). Strangely enough, he wrote it in 1932 when he was still a member of the Catholic youth organization ''Neudeutschland'' (New Germany). The following year, he became a member of the Nazi party and the song was sung by the Hitler Youth and other party organizations, and in 1935 it became the official song of the ''Deutsche Arbeitsfront'' (German Labour Front), the Nazi trade union surrogate. The line in question came in two versions, about one-third of songbooks preferring ''Denn heute gehört uns Deutschland und morgen die ganze Welt'' ("For today Germany belongs to us and tomorrow the entire world") and two-thirds the slightly less controversial ''Denn heute da hört uns Deutschland und morgen die ganze Welt'' ("For today Germany listens to us and tomorrow the entire world"). The trope has, unsurprisingly, often been [[WrongfullyAttributed misattributed]] to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
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!!Examples:

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* An ad by Creator/StanFreberg for Sunsweet Pitted Prunes. "Today the pits, tomorrow the wrinkles!"

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* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', Il Palazzo wants to conquer the city today, the Earth tomorrow!

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* The villain in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' says, "The front pages today, tomorrow the world!"
* ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther The Pink Panther Strikes Again]]'': After Dreyfus destroys the U.N. building:
-->'''Charles Dreyfus:''' Today, the U.N. building. Tomorrow, who knows?
* Mr. Freeze said this ("First... Gotham... then... the world!") in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* In ''Film/TheRocketeer'', the alleged Trope Namer appears at the end of a Nazi propaganda film demonstrating their plans for the rocket pack. Oddly enough, it depicts an invasion of ''America,'' not ''Europe'', although it may be hinting that Germany would have already taken over Europe. It helps that the phrase, in German, reads, "Heute Europa, Morgen die Welt".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' movie "The Rumor Weed", the titular weed says, "Today Bumblyburg, tomorrow the world," but she's attributing it to [[BattleButler Alfred]], whom she's rumoring about.
* {{Tagline}} for the 1972 movie ''Film/{{Frogs}}'': "Today the Pond... Tomorrow the World!"
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'': A variation on this is spoken by the Chief Blue Meanie: "Let us not forget that heaven is blue... TOMORROW THE WORLD!!!"
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheJetsons Jetsons: The Movie]]'', Mr. Spacely says, "Today Spacely Sprockets, tomorrow the universe!"
* In ''Film/{{The Borrowers|1997}}'', Ocious Potter sets his sights awfully high for a lawyer.
* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', the bad guy announces his plan to "annihilate Angel Grove, and then, the universe!"
* Franz Leibkind in ''Film/TheProducers'', at the opening of "Springtime For Hitler": "Today Broadway, tomorrow.." (makes a globe-shaped gesture with his hands.)

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* One of {{The Illuminati}}'s creeds in the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy is "Heute die Welt, Morgens das Sonnensystem" (today the world, tomorrow the solar system).
* A character in ''Secret Valley'' once exclaimed "Today Secret Valley, tomorrow '''''the world!'''''"
* When the wizards get DrunkWithPower in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', one of them shouts, "Today the city, tomorrow the world!" Carding then calculates that this means "on Friday the universe!" and Speltzer reflects that this will leave the weekend free.
* The {{Tagline}} for ''Literature/{{Bunnicula}}'' was, "Today, vegetables... tomorrow, the world!"
* When a member of a "community-of-the-future" called TomorrowTown is revealed to have been plotting to use a MasterComputer to take over the country, the protagonist quips, "The day after tomorrow, the world?"

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', "The Green Death": "Today Llanfairfach, tomorrow the world."
** In "Mind Warp" we have '''{{BRIAN BLESSED}}''' exclaim, "Today prudence shall be our watch word, tomorrow we shall soak the land in blood!"
** DoubleSubversion in "Robin of Sherwood". The Sheriff boasts that after Nottingham he'll take...Darby! Then Lincoln. Clara Oswald suggests [[Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen Worksop]] next, but he [[EvilIsHammy eventually gets to the rest of world]].
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': PlayedForLaughs when Graham Garden goes DrunkWithPower in "Radio Goodies".
-->'''Graham:''' Today...the post office...tomorrow...''[[EvilIsHammy the worrrld]].''
* Also done by Graham Garden in the British SketchComedy show ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgjtewM_c9w&feature=related Broaden Your Mind]]''. A scientist with a noted German accent is on TV describing a disease.
-->'''Scientist:''' Turgonitis is just another of the new and exciting diseases developed here at the British institute of Applied Science and Technology and [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not Germ Warfare]]. Today, turgonitis...tomorrow, the world!
* A character in ''Secret Valley'' once exclaimed, "Today Secret Valley, tomorrow, ''the world!''"
* Said by Freddy when he decides to cause a nuclear war in the ''Series/FreddysNightmares'' episode "The End of the World".
-->'''Freddy:''' Today Springwood, tomorrow the world!

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* Music/TheRamones' song "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World"
* Appears in the Music/DireStraits song ''Ride across the river''
-->And we sing as we march with our flags unfurled / Today in the mountains, tomorrow the world.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Linus once spent a morning building a crowd of snowmen so that he could declare from an upstairs window, "Today, the neighborhood, tomorrow the world!"

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* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers'':
-->'''Bud:''' "Today the golf course, tomorrow the parking lot!"

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* [[{{Pun}} Incredibly Lame Pun]] version on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', upon learning that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler spent part of his childhood in [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]]:
-->"Today Liverpool, tomorrow [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirral_Peninsula the Wirral]]!"

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* In ''Theatre/TheResistibleRiseOfArturoUi'', which is a ''roman à clef'' about Hitler's rise to power, but set in {{Gangsterland}} Chicago, Ui (Hitler) gives a NewEraSpeech at the end that alludes to the Hitler quote. It's all about how he's now "protecting" Chicago and Cicero (Germany and Austria) and now he plans to "protect" other cities across the country as well TakeOverTheWorld). One translation/adaptation of the speech actually concludes something like "Philadelphia (one of the cities on his list) today, the world tomorrow!"

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'' : "Today your PC, tomorrow the world !"
* The Rat King in ''[[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTurtlesInTime Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time]]'' says, "Today the sewers..."
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople: Strong Badia the Free'', after Strong Bad conquers Strong Sad's Bleak House, the former proceeds to crow, "Today, Blecch House; tomorrow, the world!", but doesn't quite finish when Strong Sad interrupts to ask if he can at least be Strong Bad's cultural advisor.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
** The Nostalgia Critic says something to this effect while listing the reasons for invading Molassia in ''{{Kickassia}}''.
** On his "Top 11 [[VillainSong Villain Songs]]" review, as he compares the goose-stepping hyenas in [[Disney/TheLionKing "Be Prepared"]] to a Nuremberg rally, a film clip of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler appears with the subtitle "Today: Pride Rock; tomorrow: the world!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': The ''Daily Planet'' crew is watching Livewire on TV, bragging about how she controls all the media like TV, phones, Internet, radio...
-->'''Perry White:''' Typical. Today the airwaves...
-->'''Lois Lane:''' ...Tomorrow the world.
* Voltar from ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'' has said, "Today the neighborhood, tomorrow the world!", ''at least'' in the episode "Full Throttle".
* Dr. Doofenshmirtz from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' sometimes says, "Today the Tri-State Area, tomorrow the world!"
* Duke Inghorn in the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': "Today Dunwyn, tomorrow the world!", just before realizing that the Gummi Berry Juice gives super strength to a human for just one minute.
* Negaduck from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': "Today St. Canard, tomorrow the world! IAlwaysWantedToSayThat."
* Mojo Jojo when he was the host in ''Cartoon Cartoon Fridays'': "Today, Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, tomorrow, the world!"
* Don Karnage from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* Queen Chrysalis in season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' uses a variation:
-->'''Chrysalis:''' First, we take Canterlot. And then, all of Equestria!
* In Creator/WaltDisney's WWII-era propaganda short, "Disney/EducationForDeath", the Nazi teacher is heard yelling, "''Heute gehört uns Deutschland – morgen, die ganze Welt!''", which the narrator loosely translates as, "Today we own Germany, tomorrow the whole world!"
* Dr. Robotnik from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'': "Today, Mobius. Tomorrow....[[LargeHam THE UNIVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRSE!!!!!!!!!]]
* In the "Spud Dud" short on ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'', the sapient potato's first utterance is, "Today the potato field, tomorrow the world!"
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