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->''"What the f*** do I care about geography? All the bad guys attack Japan anyway, it's not like I'm going anywhere."''
-->-- '''Anime/SailorMoon''', ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'', "[[http://youtu.be/jMmRT9I9Ktk?t=58s Episode 5]]"

Are aliens landing in [=UFOs=]? They'll land in UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}}.

Is a giant alien monster attacking? [[TheTokyoFireball It's attacking Tokyo.]]

Is there a neighborhood full of world-class martial artists with [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower superhuman]] [[KungFuWizard powers]]? It's in [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Nerima-ku]].

A race of giant {{Eldritch Abomination}}s is planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt? [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Every single one of them will attack Tokyo]].[[note]]Well, technically it's Hakone, but they ''did'' rename it Tokyo-3, and the [[TokyoFireball real old Tokyo was pretty much underwater]] by that time.[[/note]] Oh, and guess where they store the agency to defeat them along with the HumongousMecha?

[[Anime/MazingerZ Is there a Mad Scientist born in Germany who wants to take the world with his army of giant mechas?]] His first -and favorite- target will be Tokyo.

Is there a magical gateway between worlds? It's in [[Anime/CodeGeass Tokyo]], sort of. Well, a few kilometres off the coast, anyway. Or smack dab [[Literature/{{GATE}} in the middle of Chuo Dori]].

Giant creatures from a world of data and crow warriors that can turn into jet planes? [[Anime/DigimonTamers Shinjuku's got]] [[Anime/{{Karas}} them too]].

Is there a mysterious gigantic cavern hidden just beneath the Earth's surface, wherein aliens once upon a time created all life on Earth? It's [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion in Hakone, at the end of the Odakyu Odawara Line]].

Is there [[Manga/TokyoMewMew a group of five girls]] [[Franchise/SailorMoon who each have the potential to fend off aliens who want to conquer the Earth]]? They go to neighbouring schools.

Is a [[Manga/SaintYoungMen prominent figure (or two) from religion or myth]] manifesting once more and living in the world of Men? They're in Japan.

An UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny? The Budokan's got front row seats.

Basically, [[TitleDrop Tokyo is the center of the universe]]. Well, either that or [[BigApplesauce New York City]].

This is not merely a {{Japanese Media Trope|s}} but a cliche. For some reason, Tokyo is not only a WeirdnessMagnet, but [[UpToEleven a superconductive multi-million-tesla]] WeirdnessMagnet rivaled only by [[{{Uberwald}} Transylvania]], [[LovecraftCountry New England]], and [[OnlyInFlorida Florida]]. It's expected that things will mostly take place in Japan, since the story is created by the Japanese, but it will usually always be Tokyo. The rest of Japan barely exists and the rest of the world might as well not be there at all, because this is the CityOfAdventure.

This may or may not be due to the fact that Tokyo is [[strike:Japan's]] the world's most populous metropolitan and urban area (one-quarter of Japan's population lives in the area, enough that the area is technically a province rather than a city) and most manga publishing houses and movie production firms are located there. Setting a story elsewhere often ''requires'' that the location be specifically relevant rather than chance. Many authors are also more familiar with Tokyo than other cities.

(Of course, if aliens did make contact in person, it's entirely plausible they might [[JustifiedTrope choose the most populous settlement on the planet]].)[[note]]Which [[FridgeLogic raises the question]] of why we never see them in Mexico City.[[/note]]

Cozy Okada, creator of the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, explains Tokyo as a setting by describing it as "a city playing out the cycle of destruction and rebirth", in the historical, political and economic sense.

Interestingly, this affects the characters within the area. Being from Tokyo often gives you a generic "default" personality compared to the usual regional stereotypes. You won't see ''their'' stereotype as obviously, unless the story takes place elsewhere in the country. If it ''is'' set away from Tokyo, the city's "normal" residents will instead be meek, overworked, and stuffy -- which just so happens to be the American stereotype of Japanese people in general.

In the rare cases Tokyo technically can't exist, you can substitute any of the main three locations that were historically capitals: Nara (most of the eighth century AD), Kyoto (from the end of the eighth century, officially to the 1860s), or Edo (Tokyo before it was renamed; the ''de facto'' capital from the 17th century onward). SF series set when Tokyo has ''already'' met [[TheTokyoFireball the logical outcome]] of this trope tend to name their new city after the old one, just with [[NewNeoCity some prefix or suffix to indicate it's not the original]]. [[note]]Tokyo-3, Neo-Tokyo, Tokyo Millennium...[[/note]]

This is also seen in many American media, particularly involving UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Entire books have been written on why fiction writers make Los Angeles a magnet for violence and natural disasters. A lot of shows (violent dramas and sitcoms alike) will be set in Los Angeles as an easy means of subverting CaliforniaDoubling. New York, meanwhile, is the other major center of the American television industry (dueling with Los Angeles for that role) and the undisputed center of the comic book industry; a frequent joke in comics is that New Yorkers (or residents of the city serving as an {{expy}} of New York) tend to be more used to superhero fighting than anyone else. UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} also show up in this role on occasion, though not to the same degree as those two cities. Likewise, in British media [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London Is The Centre Of The Universe]], and in Indian media it is Useful/{{Mumbai}}. Note that [[CanadaEh Canadians]] who refer to UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} as such, however, are being self-deprecatingly sarcastic (if they live in that area themselves) or just plain sarcastic (if they're from anywhere else in Canada).
Nineteenth and early twentieth century works of speculative fiction cast London or Paris in this role: H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' sets the alien invasion as primarily targeting London. Perfectly reasonable and accepted at a time when Britain and France were political and cultural superpowers.

The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (even if much of it is known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} adaptations]], ''[[{{Literature/NightWatch}} Night Watch]]'' etc.) in regard to Moscow, or Saint Petersburg, if it hasn't already taken the role of the Russian LovecraftCountry as it is wont to do. The decisive, climactic confrontation between the various factions of [[{{Literature/NightWatch}} the Others?]] It happens in Moscow. The location of FirstContact with a [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.

This trope is a type of CreatorProvincialism. Contrast AliensInCardiff.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' sees [[TheTokyoFireball the destruction of Tokyo]] within the first few seconds of the prologue. Neo-Tokyo is constructed adjacent to the God-sized crater. By the end of the movie, Neo-Tokyo is also toast. They can't seem to catch a break.
* In ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie R.O.D.]]'', a British-backed plot to take over the world is kicked off--in Tokyo.
* Enforced in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Tokyo (Tokyo-1) is 100 meters underwater even before the series starts. Tokyo-2 is built in Nagano as the center of government, and is promptly ignored for the rest of the series; meanwhile Tokyo-3 was built in Hakone [[spoiler:as a combat-ready fortress city over the previously discovered ruins of the Black Moon of Lilith, one of the two seeds of life the Angels are looking for, resulting in 13 out of 15 Angel fights being fought there]]. There are comparatively few incidents in other places. The Jet Alone test was in a different city, and the SEELE council discusses attacks on NERV facilities on other continents, but the audience just doesn't see those because the main characters aren't involved.
* Despite appearances, it is subverted in the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''):
** For start with, the Headquarters of the good guys are not in Tokyo (two of them are nearby [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji]] [in between the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi], and the third one is on the shore [probably in Shizuoka again, since its capital is a port city]). Therefore, the enemy feels not compelled to exclusively target and attack Tokyo. A lot of Japanese cities are destroyed, ships are sunk in ocean, and often Mazinger Z needed fighting in open sea (and in one chapter of one of the manga alternate continuities, it got deployed in another country).
** In the ''Mazinger Z versus Great General of Darkness movie'', the Mykene struck New York, London and Moscow ''before'' striking Tokyo. Its ''Mazinkaiser'' version adds Egypt.
** The subversion gets enforced in the ''Grendizer'' since [[AlienInvasion the Vegan army]] attacked many countries, not only Japan.
* The various ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series manage to avoid this trope, as they mostly take place in Okayama... with the exception of the aptly named ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo''. The first movie also features a reality-warping alien menace using TimeTravel to attack the protagonist's mother while she was on a school trip to Tokyo. Presumably, it couldn't resist the chance to [[MonumentalDamage wreck Tokyo Tower]] along the way.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Japan is swiftly taken over and destroyed by a foreign army, and then rebuilt as [[PleaseSelectNewCityName "Area 11"]]. Tokyo is naturally the center of government, and indeed pretty much any major fighting. Japan itself is still the center of the conflict between TheEmpire and the natives (who are treated as second-class citizens there, if they're ''lucky'').
** Regardless, Ashford Academy is ''definitely'' the center of the universe. Not only does half the major cast go to school there, but every time the war comes to the city itself, the Academy is a crucial strategic point for one reason or another. In one episode of R2, a major diplomatic conference is held in the ''school gymnasium''. A basketball hoop hanging in the background silently makes a mockery of the entire scene.
*** This is more because [[spoiler:most of the city's major governmental and administrative buildings got blown up by their equivalent of a nuke]] than an inexplicable attraction to the school itself.
*** That and Lelouch picked the location on purpose because of the memories it held, and because it served as a nice place to say goodbye to the one person on Earth who still cared about him (that wasn't already on his side). And because the foremost expert in massive destructive glowing spheres is hiding in its basement, and he wants to kidnap her. Er, that's not as evil as it sounds at first glance.
* Semi-justified for the first half of ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' when it was just Pixy Misa as the antagonist (given that she was specifically brought forth to be Sammy's rival), but it seems sort of silly how Sammy only has to act within Tokyo to affect the universal balance.
* Played straight in ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'', in which almost everything we see happens in Tokyo... despite the infection having spread everywhere else in the world. Understandable, though, as it's very much a character-driven story, and all of our protagonists are from the same titular high school.
* ''Nazca'' centers around several Tokyo {{Ordinary High School Student}}s who discover that they're {{reincarnation}}s of major figures in the Incan civil war from the 16th century - and, of course, have to resume the battle.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', one of the two magical "gates" that are connected to the disappearance of the sky and the appearance of Contractors (and the one that is being actively researched after its South American counterpart disappeared under an impregnable energy shield) is located in, you guessed it, Tokyo.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** The immensely powerful supernatural enemies of the Senshi almost never seem to attack anywhere but one tiny area in the Minato ward of Tokyo which the Senshi can all reach in a few minutes by running. Also, in the [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas idyllic future]] ruled over by the main character, guess where her seat of government is?
** As always there are a few exceptions. In the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] Sailor V is stated (and shown in her origin story episode) to have spent some time fighting monsters in England while ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' has her defeat a villain in Greece (by accident; she got on the wrong plane) and China.
** It's highly implied that other nefarious plots are going on around the world undisturbed. Each of the four Generals from the original plot line are designated as in charge of an area of the world. It's when Sailor Moon and her posse start unraveling their plans in Asia that more and more effort is focused on that area and getting rid of the trouble makers.
* The battle for the fate of the entire planet in ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' occurs in Tokyo. Not only that, but of the 14 people (seven on each side) destined to determine the fate of the world, 12 are Japanese, one is half-Japanese, and one is an artificial construct made from the brain of a Japanese girl.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} apparently loves this. Just see how Tokyo Tower is treated... as the ultimate showdown arena in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[spoiler: Clow Kingdom, WhereItAllBegan]]? An alternate Tokyo, AfterTheEnd.
* In ''Manga/HyperPolice'', Tokyo is [[TheTokyoFireball wasted]], almost uninhabitable thanks to organized crime and monsters. There, the center of the world is Osaka.
* Justified in ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys'', as the Bloody New Year's Eve begins in Tokyo deliberately for this very reason. Also lampshaded as the whole series of events was supposed to start in Tokyo but the [[spoiler:little kids]] making the plot [[GenreSavvy said]] that you can't have it start in Tokyo [[YouCantThwartStageOne because it will be over too quickly]], and thus [[ThrowawayCountry have several other places like Los Angeles and London be attacked first.]] It has to [[GrandFinale end]] in Tokyo.
* In ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'', Tokyo is more or less the literal epicenter for the destruction of the world.
* In the ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' movie, ''Bonds of Fire'', the heroes attempt to stop their enemy from seizing five elemental shrines that would give them untold spiritual power. Naturally, given that the heroes are junior high school age, all the shrines are in downtown Tokyo.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' takes place in "Mega-Tokyo," built on the ruins of the original Tokyo after it was leveled by an earthquake.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has its first arc located entirely in Tokyo and its surrounding area. Ryuk drops the notebook there despite writing its instructions in English on the off chance that it lands somewhere in the American or European world, L determines the location of Kira by broadcasting exclusively in the Kanto region of Japan (it contains the Greater Tokyo Area), and the headquarters is built somewhere in the region. It only decides to leave the area the minute Mello shows up and takes Sayu hostage, holding her somewhere in LA. However, there is always SOMEONE that's part of the major investigation still hanging around in Tokyo.
* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' Tokyo has been completely destroyed in one of the lasts wars and the entire national administration has been moved to Fukuoka or, in other incarnations, to Shinhama, an amalgamaion of Osaka and Kobe.[[note]]Creator/MasamuneShirow [[CreatorProvincialism is himself from Kobe]].[[/note]]
* Justified in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' where the villainous organisation runs on a worldwide scale and the fact that their screw-ups '''only''' seem to happen in two close districts of Tokyo, ''specially'' the fictional Beika ward, only serves to make TheDragon suspicious. However, there are several non-Black Organization cases that take place ''outside'' of Tokyo. i.e, the ''Naniwa Serial Murder'' case takes place in the Naniwa ward of Osaka City (where Heiji Hattori is from), the whole seventh movie happens in Kyoto, the Spider Mansion case takes place in Tottori (where the author is from) and a case that has [[spoiler: Takagi as a kidnapping victim]] starts in Tokyo but finishes in [[spoiler: Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido]]. Some cases even happen ''outside'' of Japan itself, including New York and London.
* As mentioned above, most of the most powerful martial artists in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' congregate in Nerima.
* In ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'' somehow a bunch of aliens observing planet Earth from the moon are all reincarnated in or just outside of Tokyo. Of all of planet Earth, Tokyo is the place they observed most often from their space station as well. Similarly, ''Nazca'' involves a bunch of Incan warriors who were all reincarnated in Tokyo of all places.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is set in Edo. But... Edo is an old name of Tokyo.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' The aliens have the ability to teleport anywhere at any time, but they always go to Tokyo, almost always within walking distance of where the Mew Mews are. This is mainly because the power source they are looking for, Mew Aqua, just happens to all be in Tokyo.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen''. The characters are all reincarnated heroes from the ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', yet they all live in Tokyo instead of, say, China.
* In ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Transformers: Car Robots]]'', the Autobot base is in Tokyo, and Fortress Maximus is buried in some ruins under the city. The majority of episodes also take place in Tokyo. In the English dub, it was changed to Metro City, apparently an American city.
* ''Manga/SilentMobius'' takes place in a CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain version of Tokyo infested with man-eating monsters from another dimension. The city was also the site of a failed attempt to solve the world's pollution problem using a particle accelerator and large-scale magic in the backstory.
* Played around with in ''Anime/RahXephon''. Tokyo is cut off from the rest of the world, and the protagonist grows up there, thinking that it's essentially the last/only civilization on Earth. But then he leaves Tokyo and finds out the truth, and atypically, Tokyo is where the "villains" are coming ''from'' rather than attacking. On the other hand, as is typical, while there is a multi-national Federation, it seems to be run from Japan.
* Lampshaded in ''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mikarun_x/v01/c004/19.html Mikarun x]]'' as the commander wonders why all 9 of the aliens who tried to invade the earth attacked Japan.
* ''Manga/WanganMidnight'', as the title implies, is centered exclusively on the Tokyo highway system other than a minor showdown in Osaka and a couple brief trips to Hakone. The main hero, Akio, almost never leaves the city and never shows any interest in racing anywhere else.
* In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', Taiki and friends are lured to a Hunt outside of Japan where a powerful Digimon, Volcdramon, resides; this causes Taiki to believe that Digimon outbreaks are happening all around the world. However, Taiki's old friend Kiriha reappears to help subdue Volcdramon, and, before leaving, he tells Taiki that Japan is the most important of places when dealing with Digimon.
* The heroine of ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' is a regular 10-year-old girl who lives in the Greater Tokyo Area. No one tries to get her to go anywhere else, even though she's fighting an alien organization that's trying to overrun the earth. The villains come to ''her''. Indeed, [[VillainBall said organization seems to be a]] ''[[VillainBall little]]'' [[VillainBall too focused on mopping up escapees from their last conquest]] when they could win by default by keeping a low profile.
* Beautifully played with in ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''. The events of the manga take place in Tokyo, but the ''hunters'' soon find out that the same is happening in Osaka. And in Rome. And basically that there is one "Gantz" in any major city all over the world. When the [[spoiler: AlienInvasion starts]], the citizens of Tokyo have barely the time to find out that New York and other cities in the USA [[spoiler: have been attacked, before being attacked themselves]].
* The titular ''Literature/{{Gate}}'' naturally opens in Tokyo, triggering war with a MagicalLand.
* Subverted with ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. The three protagonists live and attend school in Tokyo, and it's on a field trip to TokyoTower when they suddenly drop through the floor to the other world where most of the series takes place.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', obviously. The first large-scale Ghoul organization, an Invincible [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigator]], a MadScientist, and the only known cases of a HalfHumanHybrid in existence all just happen to live in Tokyo. Vague mentions are given to events in China and Germany, but there is little information about the situations outside of Tokyo.
* Played straight and subverted in the ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' story as a whole. The original story starts in Tokyo, even featuring the National Library as the place where Miaka and Yui find the magical book that sweeps them into its story... but the parts of the prequel ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden'' that take place in Japan itself do '''not''' happen in Tokyo but in the city of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morioka Morioka]], the capital of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iwate_Prefecture Iwate]] prefecture. [[spoiler: And in the original series, Miaka's older brother Keisuke and his best friend Tetsuya travel to Morioka to get more into on what happened there.]]
* Generally played straight in sports anime featuring teams that aren't from Tokyo, since the preliminary matches take place in their cities/prefectures (Shizuoka City in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''; Kamakura in ''Manga/SlamDunk'', etc.), but as the National Tournaments begin the teams must travel to Tokyo so they can play against other teams from all around Japan.
** In the specific case of ''Manga/SlamDunk'', since the anime was CutShort right before the Nationals, it completely averts the trope. Sakuragi, Kiyota and Maki go to Nagoya in an episode, and in another Hikoichi is back to his native Osaka, but the TV series finishes riiiiight as the teams are getting ready to leave Kamakura and go to Tokyo.
* Completely averted in the ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' OAV. Three of them take place in Kyoto, and the last one happens in Kamakura; it's rather symbolic, since both cities were capitals of Japan at different times in history.
* Similarly to the aversion of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the events of ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' happen in the [[Creator/PAWorks authors']] [[CreatorProvincialism home prefecture of Toyama]], mainly around the iconic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurobe_Dam Kurobe Dam]].
* As the title implies, ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8'' takes place in the Tokyo area. At the end of the first episode a magnitude 8 earthquake occurs.
* Recent anime, manga and light novel aversions:
** ''Anime/{{Hanasaku Iroha}}'' is set in Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture at the end of the [[UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail Hokuriku Shinkansen]].
** Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu (Iriya's sky, Summer of UFO) is set in various fictitious places based on Yamanashi Prefecture.
** ''Manga/{{Working}}'' is set in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture and the center of the Tohoku region.
** ''[[Anime/GingaEKickoff Ginga E Kickoff!!]]'', one of the few animes to be broadcast on NHK[[note]]Like most NHK animes, it was first broadcast on NHK BS and NHK-ETV, then aired on NHK General TV[[/note]] in recent years, is set in an unnamed small town in Japan, as well as in Barcelona, Spain.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' averts it by having ACROSS try to take over [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed F City, F Prefecture]] (basically Fukuoka with fewer phonetics).
* Averted in the classic 1956 manga ''Manga/TheRowsOfCherryTrees'', since the story is explicitely said to be set in Osaka.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'''s [[{{Kaiju}} Biomega]] were the creation of a Japanese MadScientist, so it's logical that most of their activity would be centered around that area. ''Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire'' plays with the trope a bit; a series of Biomega attacks occur all over the world (Hong Kong, Singapore, Madagascar, Australia, and Chile among them) in a short time span, but when [[spoiler:an ''island''-sized Biomega]] appears, guess where it's headed?
-->'''Task Force ULTRA {{Mook|s}}:''' Tokyo is within its projected landfall.\\
'''General Brooks:''' [-[[LampshadeHanging Of course it is.]]-]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Played with. The main characters' base is located in Tokyo, and most of battles happen there... but the Angels also attack other countries and the pilots often have to fight in other places such like the USA West Coast or Canada.
* ''FanFic/HybridTheory'' is a MegaCrossover of anime, manga and games, most of which are set in Tokyo.
** All of Book I either takes place in Tokyo or is about people who are (soon to be) headed there, as the primary cross of the section is ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf[=/=]Manga/SailorMoon''
** Book II has a massive planetary tear occur directly above the city.
** Played with in Book III. For most of it, the city itself isn't mentioned, with all the action either taking place elsewhere or inside the enclosed space of the Pillars of Heaven, until the action in those towers spills out into the streets. That said, the Pillars have been built in Tokyo rather than the New York of their [[Manga/{{Guyver}} original timeline]].
* ''FanFic/UltimatePowerRangers'' {{justifie|dTrope}}s this by having Angel Grove - the main city and Tokyo equivalent - be at the center of nearly all of Earth's leylines. Tokyo itself also appears under similar circumstances, as well as a few other locales.
* In ''Fanfic/AHistoryOfMagic'', it took Kyubey 2000 years to see it, but he eventually realized that Japan as a whole had more magical potential than the rest of the world, and that Japanese girls adapt more easily to becoming Puella Magi. He even suggested to another Incubator that their quota would eventually be filled by a Japanese Magi. [[spoiler: Which leads directly to the events of ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.]]
* ''FanFic/YinAndYangSeries'': Averted during the third fic: the members of the Romama Platoon are scattered all around the world. It may border AliensInCardiff in the case of Lupapa, given she ended up in the Amazon Rain forest.

* Despite a popular misconception, not all of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films were set in Tokyo, although it was by far the most important city to the series. A good example is ''Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth'', in which Nagoya is destroyed early on, with Yokohama (on the other side of Tokyo Bay) as the site of the final showdown between Godzilla, Mothra, and Battra. In the opening scenes of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Godzilla even leaves Japan completely and attacks Hong Kong instead. The American versions of Film/{{Godzilla|1998}} and Film/KingKong, as well as many others, take place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], the American counterpart to Tokyo. That being said, in [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack GMKG:GMAOA]], a general asks "Couldn't he [Godzilla] pick on some other country?" Which causes everyone else to laugh.
* In the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-featured ''Film/InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'', saving Tokyo is apparently equivalent to saving the world. Interestingly, when a big shield is built around the city, the aliens hurl themselves through it in a mad attempt to get through, rather than fly to another city.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' at first appears to be doing things differently, given that the action taken place entirely in Johannesburg. But, of course, the guy who drove the project is South African.
* Subverted in ''Film/PacificRim''. The {{Kaiju}} Onibaba does attack Tokyo, but it's only the latest in a string of attacks on various Pacific cities. The first city hit was San Francisco. The second was Manila. The third was Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The film itself shows an attempted attack on Anchorage, Alaska, and most of the film takes place in Hong Kong.

[[folder:Light Novels]]
* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is probably one of the more justified examples. Given that Japan and it's immediate surrounds represents a major percentage of the Japanese population, Burst Linkers are heavily concentrated there. Okinawa on the other hand has only three, and one of them was from Tokyo originally.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. Of course a [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] decides to travel overseas to the Ikebukuro of Tokyo in search for her missing head! Where else could it possibly have gone?
** It's actually a JustifiedTrope in this one. Celtics clarifies that she can sense her head is in Ikebukuro, just not WHERE in Ikebukuro it is.
* Averted in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', which takes place in the city that is technically unnamed, but clearly is [[CreatorProvincialism the author's]] [[WriteWhatYouKnow hometown]] of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nishinomiya Nishinomiya]] (located in Hyougo, part of the Kansai region). What's interesting, it also avoids the KansaiRegionalAccent, despite the city sitting right between Kobe and Osaka.

* ''Literature/DemonCityShinjuku'' -- an evil genius summons demons to destroy the world. Guess where they start.
* The ''original'' CyberpunkWithAChanceOfRain, Creator/WilliamGibson's ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', starts in Chiba City, which is nowadays just one of the satellites of Greater Tokyo.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The various ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series; the ones that take place on Earth, anyway.
** Carried over to ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', just replace "Tokyo" with "the Greater Los Angeles Area" (or "Angel Grove" in the case of the original series). Even the seasons filmed in New Zealand still take place in the GLA. Justified in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' since Corinth is [[BackFromTheBrink the only city left on Earth]].
** Averted at first in ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' since Baranoia is performing a worldwide-scale invasion of Earth, but then played straight when Japan provides too much resistance to go unnoticed.
** Justified in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', since Japan is the "Golden Land," the place the Zyudenryu were created by Torin and the only place they would gather naturally. Not only that, but [[spoiler:it is also a nexus point to the Afterlife]]. But averted in the first scenes of the season opener, which had individual rangers fending off attacks in places like America and Europe.
* Most ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series are implied or stated to take place in the Greater Tokyo Area.
** Played Straight in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', which takes place in the Minato Ward (as the Tokyo Tower is often on screen).
** ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'' doesn't suffer from the budget limitations of the TV shows, and as a result has a more international scope. The opening story arc takes place in New York City, and features a very diverse cast.
** Played with in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. Justified, since the main source of Helheim Forest comes from a Japanese city. Exploited by [[MegaCorp Yggdrasil]], who built their base of operations there. And [[spoiler:double subverted near the end, in which Helheim spreads to ''more'' than just Japan, but the only ones who can actually ''do'' anything are stuck in Japan fighting their own battles]].
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', though a significant number of episodes take place in other areas of Japan with a few outside the country, and even in space! This trope is lampshaded in one episode of ''Series/UltramanGaia'', in which the main character Gamu, after analysing the trajectory of an incoming alien invader, remarks that it's headed directly towards Tokyo. Captain Tsutsumi replies with an exasperated, "What? Again?"
* ''Series/KanpaiSenshiAfterV'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when Pink states that monsters and supervillains seem to only ever attack Japan, and then asks why they don't attack America instead.

* ''Roleplay/MahouMUSH'' is set in Tokyo. While plotlines occasionally lead to trips out of the city for one purpose or other, any theme that isn't based in Tokyo in its canon will, of necessity, be adapted to be set in Tokyo for in-game purposes. This also means that, naturally, a disproportionately large number of magical events and organizations end up occurring in or focused on Tokyo, so as to come within the sphere of influence of the player characters.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The lesser known RPG TabletopGame/{{AMMO}} has Kyoto as the starting place of a transdimensional demonic invasion, source of mystic emission that empower magic users everywhere, and base of the heroic army that fights invaders. The Kyoto Tower is the physical place where things gone wild (not to be confused with the TokyoTower).
* In ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', Hong Kong is the center of the Universe.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The vast majority of ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games take place in or around Tokyo (or a similar city), with the place being a central magnet for mythological/religious figures from all around the world, including God and Lucifer themselves. This is the franchise that managed to set [[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiImagine an entire MMORPG]] in Tokyo.
** In fact, it's a ''requirement'' for any numbered entry in the mainline series to be set in Tokyo; this is why ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' had its name changed from ''Shin Megami Tensei IV'', since it is set in MysteriousAntarctica (with the ''actual VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' being the one set in Tokyo).
** A special mention must go to ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', which ''literally'' turned Tokyo into the Center Of The Universe.
** Justified in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' as the events all occur when the area within the Yamanote Train Line (the busiest part of Metropolitan Tokyo) is locked down completely, trapping everyone inside waiting for the apocalypse. It's another thing entirely that the apocalypse in question would be ''[[FauxSymbolism more familiar to Christians than most Japanese]]''. For one thing, God apparently decided to relocate New Jerusalem to Japan.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', [[spoiler: Tokyo - and six other cities - are the only places to withstand the original alien attack/deletion of the universe thanks to a powerful stream of magic running through the country. By time the climax comes around, Tokyo is literally all that's left]].
** While most ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' games are set in fictional cities/towns, ''VideoGame/Persona5'' takes place right in the heart of Tokyo, [[spoiler:the true BigBad having chosen the city for the site of its "game"]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' is about illegal highway street racing in Tokyo. Averted in ''Drift'' titles as none of the touge races took place in Tokyo.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', though Tokyo technically isn't in the game, Celadon City and Saffron City are said to be modeled after two areas of Tokyo. The majority of the Team Rocket plot in the games (plus two official Gyms and one unofficial Gym) take place in those cities. Mix that with the fact that 90% of the population of Kanto lives in those two cities (with all the other cities being puny), and you can tell that there is a certain love for Tokyo shown.
* In ''VideoGame/RobotAlchemicDrive'', most of the action takes place in a rather generic Japanese city. The first time you go to Tokyo sees you taking down a Godzilla knock off that has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the plot.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', the entire game takes place in Shibuya, Tokyo. Even more importance due to the fact that God, er, the Composer, er, [[spoiler:Joshua]] chooses it as the site for a modern-day Sodom and Gemorrah. However, it is implied that other cities have their own Composers.
* Three of the first four ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games are set in a SteamPunk 1920s Tokyo. Justified in that Tokyo has one of the biggest concentrations of spiritual energy in the world, making it a magnet for people and demons alike.
* Tokyo is one of the cities you can attack in ''VideoGame/CrushCrumbleAndChomp''
* Lampshaded in the [=PeTI=] DLC for ''{{VideoGame/Portal 2}}'':
--> '''Alternate Cave Johnson''': ''Hello, test subject. Just a heads-up that our research into stopping all the'' ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' ''attacks on U.S. soil has been postponed indefinitely. Turns out it doesn't matter where you hatch a nest full of Godzillas, they just make a beeline straight for Tokyo. *chuckles* Shoulda seen those things go. Anyway, crisis averted. Now everybody grab a dustpan and a broom, we gotta get rid of all these egg shells before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows up.''
* Averted in ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. The game takes place in a {{dystopia}}n version of East Asia... but the three game stages located in Japan are NOT in Tokyo, but in the [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji]] area (Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures): Kanae's stage is supposed to feature the ruins of an old military base near Fuji (probably based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fuji_Maneuver_Area East Fuji Maneuver Area]]), Akatsuki's is at the entry to the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara Aokigahara forest]], and Fritz's is the top of Mount Fuji itself.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' somewhat justifies this. [[spoiler:''Phantasy Star Online 2'', a super-hit action MMORPG, is all the rage in Japan due to it being included in every copy of the country's state-of-the-art operating system, ESC-A. It's also secretly a InterdimensionalTravelDevice that allows Earthlings to interact with beings in another dimension; namely, the dimension that the PlayerCharacter exists in. So when the player travels to Earth through ''[=PSO2=]'', there aren't really any other places for him/her to end up. Although he/she could have shown up anywhere else, the end user of the computer that was hosting the game client just so happened to be living in Tokyo.]]
* The setting of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', Inkopolis, is heavily based on Tokyo. The HubLevel of the game, Inkopolis Plaza, is based on the Shibuya district of the city, with many neon signs typical of the place, and the center for battling, Inkopolis Tower, is based on the similar Tokyo Tower. [[spoiler:As the game takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth where rising sea levels killed all terrestrial life and allowed marine invertebrates to evolve, it's possible that Inkopolis really is Tokyo.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''; there is a Cataclysm Division in Tokyo specifically dedicated to handling this kind of stuff. Their duties includes scheduling catastrophes in advance, issuing permits for zombies and Martians to conduct their invasions, preventing non-registered attacks on Tokyo, then cleaning up the mess later.
** To the point where, when the zombie invasion comes a week early, the police issue them a ticket and tell them that the invasion is ''next'' week; come back later.
** Then there was the part where two guys blow up city hall for the lulz. This pisses off the zombies, as the police explains "there's a ten year waiting list for the permit to blow it up".
* Heavily lampshaded in the [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990321 Mecha Easter Bunny]] arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance.'' The titular killer cyborg is programmed to kill Bun-bun (to appease Santa's desire for vengeance), deliver Easter Eggs (because Bun-bun killed the real Easter Bunny), and destroy Tokyo (because otherwise it can't be called "Mecha"). The destruction of Tokyo happens off-panel and is never referenced again.
* ''Webcomic/OkashinaOkashi'' starts with an anomaly hitting Tokyo Tower and pulling a group of teenagers into another universe. The main character is GenreSavvy and has deliberately dressed in a SailorFuku just in case something like that actually happens.
* Parodied by ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics''. Unwinder consults an online quiz to determine which anime series he'd like. Question #3 reads:
-->'''If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'''\\
A futuristic Tokyo under a dome\\
A demon-infested wasteland that serves as a metaphor for modern-day Tokyo\\
A sort of "Neo-Tokyo" in space
* Wonderella, a nondescript Sentai fighter, and an expy of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] argue about this trope in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': when killer aliens plot to invade Earth, Expy!Doctor insists on going to London to warn about it, Wonderella insists they go to New York instead, and the Sentai fighter insists that they should go to Tokyo instead, comparing the threats each respective city got. [[spoiler: And by the way, the aliens targeted ''Antarctica''.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the titular ''Music/TheUltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'', it all began when Ol' Godzilla was hoppin' around Tokyo City like a big playground...

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'' represents the first time the cartoon-verse Titans have to deal with a villain from Japan, so a superhero showdown in Tokyo is the natural end result.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Applies to other countries, too: American or Russian television, for example, firmly believe that everything can happen in their respective "two capitals" (NY and LA, Moscow and St. Petersburg), the only exception being a necessitated somewhere in the middle of nowhere like Dorothy's Kansas, which may or may not get an actual geographic location, one likely never to be dwelled upon again. UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} especially has this [[BigApplesauce big time]].
* Long story short, most countries center their fiction on the country's capital city, specially when it takes place in an urban area: [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} French]] fiction usually takes place in UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, German fiction in Berlin, Spanish fiction in Madrid, [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Italian]] fiction in UsefulNotes/{{Rome}}, etc.
** Except American fiction is rarely set in DC, the ''actual'' capital, unless its plot centers around national politics.
** Not as present in countries with a strong history of federalism instead of centralism (except the US obviously, which ''is'' very federalistic/decentralized, but BigApplesauce still persists). [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] fiction in particular, referring to the point above, is quite frequently ''not'' set in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} - if it is set in Germany, it depends very much on [[CreatorProvincialism where exactly the writer comes from]]. Many crime fiction novels (one of the most popular genres in the entertainment sector of German media) are set in small towns, in fact. On the other hand, ''foreign'' media which is set (in part) in Germany will most likely only show Berlin.
** Likewise in Indian Media the location differs by the Language Medium in which the story is set in. For example in Hindi films the location of choice is UsefulNotes/{{Mumbai}} but in Tamil language Media the location of choice is Chennai/Madras whereas in Bengali Media/films it is Calcutta/Kolkatta but the location still differs if the plot demands it.
** UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} suffers heavily from this trope, since it was the political and cultural center of the [[UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} Korean]] [[UsefulNotes/{{North Korea}} peninsula]] for centuries and now houses one fifth of the entire population, which if you include the metropolitan area houses half of the country's population.