->''"Why Earth of all places? It would have been nice if it decided to hibernate on Neptune or something."''
-->-- '''Kyon''', ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''

Earth is a WeirdnessMagnet for cosmically significant events.

Ancient interstellar evil [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]]? It's sealed on Earth.

Futuristic, star-spanning alliance with hundreds of member races? The capital is Earth. (ColonizedSolarSystem optional.)

Some alien or another, whether it's one ship or its entire race, crash-lands, with no possible means of control for where they end up? Earth. (More specifically, the United States. (More specifically, [[BigApplesauce Central Park]].))

Aliens invading some random planet for no adequately explained reason? Earth.

If, against all odds, it's just next on the list for an alien menace that has conquered hundreds of worlds before it, Earth will more often than not be [[UndefeatableLittleVillage that elusive last]] planet they needed to make their conquest of the region/galaxy/universe complete. And almost ''every'' time, it's Earth where a resistance to the aliens' evil ways will finally succeed, [[JustForFun/HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet no matter how improbable]].

Obviously, in a particularly extreme form of CreatorProvincialism, it's easier for [[MostWritersAreHuman Earthling writers]] to come up with sympathetic characters and situations when they're on the same planet as the viewers. But when a series has hundreds of worlds to choose from, it's amazing how often they go back to the same one.

It could be that the reason we don't hear about the invasions of other planets is that we weren't there, and we don't know about the baddies till they visit us. If that's the case, though, the universe must be teeming with ancient evils, reviving marauder races and professional invaders to the point where it's amazing any peaceful race has survived for more than five minutes.

On the other hand, maybe it's because HumansAreSpecial.

Of course, maybe ScienceFiction shows really ''do'' show aliens invading the planet Zog just as often as they do Earth. It's just that those shows are only aired on the planet Zog, where Earth is just one of the countless {{Insignificant Little Blue Planet}}s.

Both TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce taken to the MAX of the EXTREME. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This seemed to be the first place ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s Galaxia had trouble with, given that TheNineties anime [[AdaptationDistillation never goes too deeply]] into the original [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]'s premise of there being magical girls elsewhere in the galaxy aside from the [[HumanAliens ridiculously human]] [[SixthRanger alien Senshi]], but then [[ThrowawayCountry the other planets Galaxia has conquered]] are probably just to show us she's an [[RuleOfEscalatingThreat even bigger badass]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** In ''"Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan"'', Broly's father wants to turn Earth into the new Saiyan Homeworld. He doesn't use the planet that he previously took over because he says that Earth is the most beautiful planet in the cosmos, and doesn't take the invasion straight to Earth because he doesn't want it to become a desolate and battle scarred wasteland, which happened to said previously-conquered planet.
** Especially egregious in [[SealedEvilInACan Buu's]] case. Evil all-powerful djinn thingie goes on an interstellar rampage and kills three of the four most powerful guys in existence. The fourth barely manages to seal him up and hides him away on... Earth. Which seemingly was one of the few planets lucky enough not to be affected by his rampage and has nothing to do with any of this.
** Averted, however, by Freeza, who pays no special attention to Earth until being defeated on an entirely different planet by someone dumb enough to happen to mention in passing where he was from.
** A solitary mad scientist is able to create a bunch of androids whose powers dwarf that of Frieza and even the Super Saiyans of legend, which basically puts them among the most powerful beings in the universe. What planet did this mad scientist come from? Earth.
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -one of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' sequels- kind of subverted this. The Vegans had conquered many other planets before striking Earth. It is true Duke Fleed landed on Earth -from all places!- when he ran away from the Vegan troops, and the Vegans show a special interest for Earth, but that is because there are not so many habitable worlds ([[FridgeBrilliance which is utterly true!]]). Earth, Fleed and Vega had a similar atmosphere and environment, so Earth was the kind of planet they were searching for.

* In Franchise/TheDCU, Earth is not only the target of most of the weirdness and disasters, it's also ''literally'' the center of TheMultiverse. So much so that the parallel universes in the multiverse are consistently referred to as "Earths", i.e. Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-S, etc., even by characters who aren't from Earth, and the battle to decide the fate of the multiverse is referred to as the ''Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and decided almost entirely by beings from their universe's version of Earth.
** Expanding on that "center of the multiverse" comment: it's what holds the multiverse together. Destroy New Earth (home of the main DC continuity) and it starts a chain reaction that will inevitably destroy all of existence. Imperiex tried to take advantage of this in ''Comicbook/OurWorldsAtWar'' in order to induce a new Big Bang. Needless to say, he failed.
** Just to drive home the point even more, Earth is the only planet the Monitor even tries to save across the whole multiverse.
** In fact, Earth 51 being destroyed was what kicked off ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis''.
** Averted somewhat in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' titles, where most of the non-Earthling Lanterns consider Earth to be a primitive backwater planet. The planet Oa also happens to be the physical center of the universe.
** Justified by the later CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!'' The alien alliance planning to take over Earth discussed amongst themselves that the reason our otherwise InsignificantLittleBluePlanet is The Center of the Universe is because [[HumansAreSpecial humans are more genetically varied than any of them are]]. Specifically, [[MetaOrigin some humans have the genetic code to develop a wide variety of superpowers]].
** In ''Comicbook/BlackestNight'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Earth houses the Entity, the "living light" that kickstarted life in EVERY universe, and that the Guardians claiming to be the universe's oldest living beings and that Earth is backwater was to cover this fact]]. This also helped explain an earlier bit of "Earth is awesome" canon: it's established that Earth is the most biodiverse planet in existence. Most DCU planets have a hundred or so different species, while Earth has millions. This [[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] once we find out that [[spoiler:Earth is home to the creator of all life, which causes life on this planet to behave differently]].
* In ''Comicbook/MarvelZombies'' the zombie Galacti (don't ask) manage to destroy every planet in the ''universe'' without significant incident between one issue and the next. When they get back to Earth, they face resistance and the plot changes direction significantly. Justified in that it was said that the inhabitants had forty years to plan a defense if the zombies ever came back. Another thing to remember is that by this time some of the zombies were losing their hunger as [[spoiler:Spider-Man and Luke Cage are the first to help the humans]].
* Justified in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse; the reason so many aliens come to Earth is because a space warp in our solar system is a major Hyperspace nexus. And yes, the Marvel Universe IS filled with alien conquerors and space empires.
** Averted in recent {{Crisis Crossover}}s set in the cosmic side in that the alien empires and conquerors are too busy warring over each other to care about Earth. The only time the events happening in space impacted on Earth resulted in an EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion. The threadbare state of the rest of the universe after the result of [[ComicBook/{{Annihilation}} three]] [[Comicbook/WarOfKings consecutive wars]] [[Comicbook/TheThanosImperative along with an invasion from]] {{Eldritch Abomination}}s has little to no bearing on the events happening on Earth.
** In ''Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Peter Quill's father, Emperor J'Son of Spartax, argues for the destruction of Earth for this very reason. He points out that in a short span of a single generation, humans have managed to defeat Comicbook/{{Thanos}}, the Phoenix Force and even Comicbook/{{Galactus}}, all on multiple occasions, each of whom had been responsible for the destruction of countless other worlds. He then suggests that should humans ever leave Earth and begin visiting other worlds, it would lead to untold cosmic disasters.
*** He later tears strips off Gladiator during ''The Trial of Jean Grey'', because of his boneheaded decision to kidnap Teen Jean, pointing out - perfectly accurately - that first, she is quite obviously a frightened teenage girl, ''not'' the Dark Phoenix, second, if she really was the Dark Phoenix, the knowledge that the Shiar killed her entire family would set her off and mean that she would kill everyone present, including Gladiator, and third, her friends will come after and they will tear through armies to get her back, because that's what humans (particularly mutants) have historically done. He is right on every count, with the O5, Kitty, X-23 and [[Comicbook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the Guardians of the Galaxy]] promptly taking on the entire Imperial Guard to get her back.
** The Builders also wonder why so many great powers and entities have come to call Earth home and, following their invasion and the events of ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'', Earth is now something of a player on the intergalactic stage - or, at least, the Avengers are, being described by one young girls as 'heroes, gods', with an official Avengers presence being established in space.
** Also to be taken into account is the truly obscene number of powerful gods and pantheons that call Earth home. [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]], for instance, just one god (though an extremely powerful one who's actually physically stronger than Thor), cuts loose and matches the Skrull Skyfather in single combat, when said Skyfather has, with his wife, enslaved countless thousands of pantheons and gods. And he's not even half as prominent as Thor.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Comicbook/TheDefenders'':
-->'''Comicbook/SilverSurfer''': Why is it this world is always the one upon which the fate of everything hinges? Why do the miracles and nightmares always seem to come from here?
* Played with in ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. On one hand, we never see any of the Endless interact with anything that doesn't have its roots in Earth or humanity. On the other hand, Death implies that they are, at the same time, performing the same function to all sentient life in the universe, and CainAndAbel state outright that the story of the first murder predates humanity and that they (as well as Eve, who is implied to be the story of the first mother) weren't/aren't at all human barring through the lens of who they're interacting with. This would make the entire ''comic'' a meta example of AFormYouAreComfortableWith because we as readers would naturally empathise better with (or be at all able to understand) humano-centric stories.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', out of all the places mentioned in passing, the Earth ends up being [[spoiler:the flashpoint for the Alicorn-Draconequus War.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' goes with this, with Earth beginning to be noticed, thanks to the persistent Asgardian interest in it, the perplexing number of Gods, the repulsion of the Chitauri invasion and the advent of the Avengers. And then there's the incipient emergence of mutants, likely imminent unveiling of the {{masquerade}} (some characters note that humanity is becoming steadily more accepting of the existence of the supernatural) and the rapid development of human technology. Furthermore, it transpires that some alien races, like the Kryptonians, who visited frequently, and the Kree, who have a sort of Ambassador in Mar-Vell, have been keeping an eye on humanity for a long time. And then, of course, there is the interest that the Phoenix has in it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Earth is always where the MacGuffin are hidden. 12,000 years ago the Allspark crashed landed in what would eventually become the bottom of the Colorado River. 19,000 years ago six of the Seven Primes hid the Matrix of Leadership in tomb made of their very own bodies in what would be Petra. If the Decepticons got either these artifacts the galaxy would be doomed, first on the list being the Humans and Autobots. The third film also reveals that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a mission for the US to explore the remains of the ''Ark'', an Autobot ship that carried Sentinel Prime, [[spoiler: as well as the Pillars needed to create a Space Bridge large enough to bring Cybertron near Earth's orbit]].
** Lampshaded and defied by Lockdown in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', where he complains that every planet he goes to the inhabitants think their planet is the center of the universe. The same movie also reveals that the Quintessons attempted to terraform Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs. Of course, it's possible Earth is just one of ''many'' planets where they tried that.
* In ''Film/TheFifthElement'', the SealedEvilInACan pops out every 5000 years to attack Earth. Justified in that an Ancient alien race hid a weapon there capable of destroying said evil, which would also have allowed the evil to wipe out all life in creation. That of course [[YouKeepUsingThatWord begs the question]] of why Earth was chosen in the first place.
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', a supposedly unstoppable race of alien invaders that has conquered dozens of worlds meets its match in Creator/WillSmith, Creator/JeffGoldblum and a laptop computer. This is repeated in ''Film/IndependenceDayResurgence'', and, at the end, [[spoiler:the Sphere asks humanity to lead the galaxy-wide rebellion against the Harvesters]].
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' casts Earth as an intergalactic neutral zone, making it ''the'' hub for galactic travel, intrigue and fugitives.
-->'''K:''' Ever seen the movie ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''?
-->'''J:''' Yeah.
-->'''K:''' Same thing, except no Nazis.
** This handily explains just why TheMenInBlack enforce the {{masquerade}} on humanity specifically: can't risk the neutral zone stop being neutral.
** "There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!"
* There isn't any Earth in ''Franchise/StarWars'', but there is the Human homeworld and galactic capital Coruscant, pretty much the Earth-analog. It is officially the center of the Universe, with its galactic coordinates 0.0.0. Probably inspired by the RealLife NASA coordinate system that uses Earth as the center point, though more justified in Coruscant's case considering the planet is actually quite close to the galactic core. A year on Coruscant is 368 days, each day is divided into 24 hours, and these time measurements are used as the standard throughout the galaxy. Averted in that Coruscant is not depicted, or even named, in the original trilogy. All of the action takes place on other planets or in space. It is not until the prequels that Coruscant becomes a significant part of the storyline, and even then much of the action happens elsewhere. Also somewhat averted in that early on in the Republic's history, there was competition between Coruscant and Alsakan (another prominent planet at the time) as to which would be the dominant world in the Galactic Republic, with Coruscant eventually prevailing.
** A disproportionate amount of Star Wars' plot, including [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] stories, also happens to take place on Tatooine despite Luke's remark that "If there is a bright center to the universe you are the planet that is farthest from". [[spoiler:This may be because Tatooine is actually the original homeworld of humans in the galaxy where Star Wars takes place. This means Tatooine is the true Earth-analog.]]
* Like the various TV series, the Franchise/StarTrek films do this as well.
** ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' - strange alien cloud that can destroy anything in its path is headed straight for Earth and turns out to be originally a space probe sent by NASA
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' - strange alien probe that can knock out a starship's power is headed straight for Earth because it hasn't received a call from whales for a couple hundred years.

* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'': The original novel had a tidy explanation for the invaders' choosing Earth - Mars was dying and Earth was the only planet the Martians could reach - but the TV and film adaptations leave that part out. Possibly because we now know for all intents and purposes, Mars is dead.
* Out of the ten Territories in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', three of them are Earth. Though recent vague statements by Saint Dane suggest that more than the three Earths (and [[spoiler:Ibara and Veelox]]) might be connected. To elaborate, the three Earths are just Earth in different periods of time. Since [[spoiler:Ibara and Veelox are the same territory in the same way the three Earths are the same territory in different periods of time]], it can be assumed that Earth and [[spoiler:Ibara/Veelox]] count as single territories. Saint Dane just targeted the territories in different periods of time.
* In the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/GloryRoad'', Earth is not the center of the universe. In fact, it is considered a slum. Earth does, however, happen to have many "gates" which makes it a transportation hub for a lot of planets.
* Creator/HPLovecraft
** In the Franchise/CthulhuMythos the primary reason that so many [[SealedEvilInACan sealed evils]] are concentrated on Earth or otherwise here is precisely because they are ''not'' concentrated on Earth. There's just so damned many of them that Earth ends up having its fair share of octopoid elder gods as a matter of normal statistical distribution.
** In ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'', young Whateley's diary states that the alien intelligences are interested in Earth as an element in their long-range plans. Organic life, on the other hand, is considered an obstruction, and their real plans can get started once they erase all life on Earth and take it out of three-dimensional space.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' seems to completely avert this at first - Earth is a backwater world almost nobody even notices. When it gets destroyed, even Ford Prefect, who lived on it for ''fifteen years'' can't bring himself to give a damn. Then it turns out to have been the galaxy's most powerful super-computer. The trope gets played more or less straight from there on.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the main front of the Yeerk invasion is on Earth, though in several books we see evidence of invasions of other planets in progress, such as the aquatic planet of Leera and the Garatron people. Played straight in ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', where [[spoiler:After Crayak tricks Ellimist into jumping out of Z-space into the event horizon of a Black Hole, resulting in the Ellimist becoming basically a god. The first time he fights Crayak in this form, it takes place in our Solar System, and Crayak is targeting Earth]]. Additionally, the Time Matrix, the most powerful weapon in the Galaxy created by the Ellimist himself, was sealed away on Earth. When it was uncovered by the Skrit Na in ''The Andalite Chronicles'', it was resealed by Elfangor later on [[spoiler:at the construction site where he met the Animorphs]].
** Although, to be fair, it was the middle of a large forest when he left it there. Damn you, California logging companies!
** The main reason the Yeerks are focused on Earth is that it's a perfect world for their needs (lots of [[PuppeteerParasite hosts]] who are highly adaptable).
** Andalites who have spent time there do recognize the incredible diversity and quantity of life that exists on Earth. For instance: Earth has approximately 10,000 species of bird. The Andalite home world has 3.
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' Series plays with this. Earth is the home world, the richest planet in all of space, with the capital of Solarian League in Old Chicago. However the economics are stratified; the poor, who don't officially exist, live in ghettos as bad as anywhere. The technology hasn't really progressed in centuries, and really the eldest colonies like Beowulf have been the hubs of innovation and economy since the 'final war' well over a millennium ago. Their political position is now also in threat due to hundreds of years of believing they were impossible to ever be threatened.
* Subverted in Creator/DianeDuane's ''[[Literature/YoungWizards High Wizardry]]'': When Dairine Callahan magically transports herself to the galactic equivalent of [[BigApplesauce Grand Central Station]], she asks a passing "alien" what planet she's on. "Earth," it replies. "Oh. Well, what do other people call it?" "Oh, a whole lot of silly things. There's a directory over there." And then lampshaded and played straight simultaneously in ''Wizards at War'' when Kit tells Carmela that the reason Earth has so many UFO sightings is because humans are convinced they're the center of the universe, but it's not like alien species have so much time to waste kidnapping humans, and Carmela replies that the alien abductions are actually just because Earth is the only planet to have chocolate. There's a logical reason, but the aliens just ''happen'' to love chocolate so much they go thousands of lightyears for it?
* Almost averted in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' series. The first book, ''Nine Princes in Amber'', reveals that Earth is but one of many Shadows of the one true world of Amber, significant mainly because Prince Corwin of Amber was exiled there. By the end of the series, however, it seems like half the royal house of Amber keeps a second home on Earth. Those were really only the ones who were specifically sent there to keep an eye on Corwin, though -- the rest carved out their own private kingdoms. It is also explained away that anyone who is even tangentially involved in Amber casts Shadows as well, meaning that Corwin's long presence would have disrupted nearby Shadows and perhaps increased that "version" of Earth's importance over other Earths.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower,'' the eponymous tower is the proverbial axle around which the ''entire multiverse'' turns. In [[AfterTheEnd Roland's version]] of Earth it manifests as a tower, but in ours, it appears as a rose in a vacant lot. [[BigApplesauce Guess where]] the lot is located.
* It DEFINITELY is in Literature/TheBible. Depending on your beliefs, this means in RealLife too.
* In ''Literature/LegendsOfDune'', Earth used to be the capital of the Old Empire for many millennia before the Time of [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. Even after [[AIIsACrapshoot Omnius's]] coup, Earth is considered to be the core Synchronized World. The [[LaResistance League of Nobles]], however, is based on the outskirts of the former Empire, and their capital is Salusa Secundus. After the rebels [[NukeEm nuke]] Earth, Corrin becomes the center of the Synchronized Worlds. Then the machines are defeated, and the Imperium is formed, making Salusa Secundus the center of the universe. House Tantor nukes Salusa Secundus, and the Corrinos make Kaitain the new center, followed by Arrakis when Paul takes over.
* In ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' and sequels, the wizards have an entire non-magical universe to study. Once a planet with actual oceans and stuff emerges, they pretty much lose interest in the rest of it. Especially when it acquires people. (There may be other lifeforms on other planets. The wizards have never asked.)
* ''Literature/TimeScout'': {{Time Portal}}s only ever open on the surface of the Earth.
* Averted in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' universe: the little we hear about Earth suggests that a major Ice Age has turned it into a backwater.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series both averts this trope and plays it straight:
** The original trilogy averts this trope. Not only Earth's location is no longer known to mankind, few even bother thinking about the concept of the origin planet of mankind.
** The sequels play this straight: the protagonists believe that Earth houses the [[spoiler:Second Foundation]] (and have a [[JustifiedTrope reason to believe so]]) and start a quest to find the forgotten home planet of mankind. While their original hypothesis turns out incorrect, Earth (or rather, its Moon) is revealed to actually be of great importance, being the home of TheChessMaster [[spoiler:R. Daneel Olivaw]].
*** While the sequels revolve around the search for Earth, this trope is still averted since the only reason said Chess Master is there is precisely because it's a good place to hide because no-one knows about it.
** The Robot books zigzag it. For the [[Literature/TheCavesOfSteel first]] [[Literatures/TheNakedSun three]] [[Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn books]], Earth is an overpopulated slum for the fifty Spacer colonies, with heavy doses of FantasticRacism. However, as of ''Literature/RobotsAndEmpire'', there has been a new wave of colonization for the past two centuries, with the colonists all coming from Earth and playing this trope straight to a literally religious extent. Therefore, the antagonists decide that destroying Earth would be the perfect way to weaken the new colonies enough for Spacers to eliminate them easily... and the heroes allow them to go along with the plan, believing that playing this trope straight holds back humanity. Eventually, this leads to the situation described above.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "In a Good Cause...", two aliens from another race visit Earth, and are very surprised to learn it is the homeworld of humanity yet not a shrine world. While it ''is'' the center of the most powerful political unit, it's only one out of a hundred with not a dozen worlds total. Played straight at the end, when all of humanity unites into TheFederation, and Earth is apparently the capital.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. As Miles puts it:
-->''Old, romantic, historic Earth, the big blue marble itself. Miles had always expected to travel here someday, although not, surely, under these conditions. Earth was still the largest, richest, most varied and populous planet in scattered humanity’s entire worm-hole nexus of explored space. Its dearth of good exit points in solar local space and governmental disunity left it militarily and strategically minor from the greater galactic point of view. But Earth still reigned, if it did not rule, culturally supreme. More war scarred than Barrayar, as technically advanced as Beta Colony, the end-point of all pilgrimages both religious and secular--in light of which, major embassies from every world that could afford one were collected here.''
* Largely averted in the ''SpinwardFringe'' series. Earth appears to be by far the most technologically advanced and militarily powerful world, with none of the constantly warring governments and corporations even thinking about daring to attack it. However, it's almost completely isolated itself from the rest of the galaxy and none of the events of the series take place anywhere near it.
* Averted in Creator/OlegDivov's ''Trail of the Zombie'' trilogy, where a character reveals near the end of the last book that aliens think of Earth as a garbage dump and turn their noses every time they pass by. The only reason they took him is because he called out to them with his powerful PsychicPowers. Even he's about to stop coming back, as his life is now on his new planet.
* Averted in Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Literature/WolfishNature'' duology, where the "wolves" reveal that none of the galactic powers could give a damn about a backward place like Earth. Sure, Earth's biotech sciences are more advanced than he'd assumed, but it's nothing compared to what TheEmpire has. The only reason the "wolves" even came is because Earth is their home (they were abducted by aliens 400 years ago to serve as mercenaries in a war).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Why on Earth would the capital of the Federation be... er, Earth? ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', depending on your point of view, either {{justifie|dTrope}}s this or [[HandWave waves it away]] by saying that other species were out there first, but [[HumansAreDiplomats humans were the diplomats]] of the galaxy and formed the heart of the Federation -- that without {{humans|AreSpecial}}, it would have taken much longer or might never have happened at all. It is also noteworthy that, while the Federation is based on Earth, several presidents have been non-human.
** The theory that humans are the diplomats of the galaxy can be seen as FridgeBrilliance, considering how every other race is portrayed as a PlanetOfHats, meaning humans would be the only ones with practice overcoming cultural differences.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' when a Klingon refers to TheFederation as a "'homo sapiens only' club". Quark the Ferengi expresses many similar sentiments in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' too.
** While all the 'protagonist' ships are have a primarily human crew, other Starfleet ships have been shown and mentioned that are crewed exclusively by aliens, such as several mentions of Vulcan-crewed ones. In one series of novels, the USS Titan, commanded by Riker, is said to have approximately 15% human crew.
*** Justified in at least one case with mention made of a Starfleet ship crewed entirely by [[StarfishAliens Horta]]. Not many other life forms could really expect to survive in the conditions on board.
** Federation star charts are apparently based on this trope as well. Earth is located in Sector 001. Of course, this is a ''Federation'' identification, with Starfleet headquarters and most primary Federation facilities on Earth.
*** We are never told exactly how big a "sector" is, but it is at least tens of light years based on several episodes[[note]]It contains Wolf 359 and 40 Eridani A, which are just under 20 light years apart[[/note]]. 001 could well contain many other species' homeworlds as well.
** With Canonicity of the Prime universe up in the air for now, many sources have come around to explain such apparent inconsistencies. ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has Sector 001 referred to as the "Vulcan Sector", and it contains not only Vulcan and Earth, but Andoria as well. Still played straight in that the dividing line between Alpha and Beta quadrants runs EXACTLY through Earth's solar system. One mission also involves escorting a Vulcan, not Federation, medical transport, which shares design similarities to the Vulcan ships seen in the Enterprise era. This would suggest that private or noncombat starships have been independently built by individual member worlds of the Federation from the beginning, which helps to explain a lot.
** There is at least a brief subversion to this with the Dominion War where Deep Space Nine and the wormhole take over the "center of the universe" position. While the Dominion would love to take Earth, the wormhole and the region around it is far more important real estate. Even Sisko would rather see Deep Space Nine and the wormhole taken back before Earth.
** The Dominion, and to a greater extent the Borg, tend to describe conquering Earth to be the same thing as conquering the Federation. While, as stated above, [[HumansAreWarriors Federation/Starfleet headquarters]] is on Earth, they seem to consider all the other territory in the Federation, and any opposition they might put forth, to be negligible.
** This bit of logic is especially weak, since humans are shown as having ''far'' more colony worlds than any other Federation race (possibly more than all of them combined). Even if Earth were obliterated, there would still be vast numbers of humans spread out across Federation space and beyond, and Starfleet with its starships and starbases would still exist. Indeed, it is stated repeatedly over the series that interstellar colonization is part of a grand survival strategy for the human race. Thus the trope is played very straight in that ''Earth'' itself is somehow special, not just humanity.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' practically defines the trope. Every time there's a rift, a cosmic vortex, a long-dead race returning to conquer, an evil galactic bureaucracy whose schemes require a planet-sized sacrifice, ''anything'', it happens to Earth. The 2005 revival is a particular offender: At last count, seven different alien menaces have suffered some kind of catastrophe and, needing a planet on which to convalesce or just crash-land, chose Earth for no adequately explained reason -- or they just "fell through time and space" and landed there by coincidence. (Including the Daleks. ''Three times''.) [[spoiler:At least in series 5 this is likely due to the fact that falling through time and space actually meant falling through the cracks in time and space caused by the explosion of the TARDIS on Earth in the penultimate episode.]] During the first series, no episode was set outside the Solar System. In the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio ''Doctor Who And The Pirates'', the Doctor rattles off (to the tune of "I am the very model of a modern Major General") a list of planets he's saved, and Earth is every third entry.
** It should be noted that the Doctor himself is a gargantuan WeirdnessMagnet, and that his fondness of Earth may be what draws a lot of stuff here. And several aliens display a variant on the InsignificantLittleBluePlanet attitude, in that Earth is invaded/chosen to be blown up/whatever because no one else would miss it.
** This tendency got a brief LampshadeHanging in the fourth series finale. As the Doctor is interrupted while saving worlds left and right from interdimensional doom...
--->'''The Doctor''': [[{{Technobabble}} We've lost the magnetron]]! And there's only one planet left...oh (''laughs'')...guess which one.
*** And another lampshade is hung in "The Empty Child"- The Doctor laughs about how you can barely go a week without bumping into Earth. Rose notes that it's every time they run out of milk.
** In "Planet of the Ood", they're in the year 4126, and Earth is at the centre of a massive multi-galactic empire.
** In the new series, the Doctor says he finds humans fascinating because their adaptability lets them survive right up to the end of time. Other races either see humans as major adversaries, or find present day Earth to be a convenient backwater planet that is populated by a less advanced and easy to manipulate species.
** This actually makes a roundabout sort of sense. The Doctor's race, the Time Lords, are {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that had serious socialization problems. Bizarre events did not happen on Gallifrey because the Time Lords were powerful enough to prevent them and the planet had defenses that were virtually impenetrable to anyone trying to get in without Time Lord assistance. Until the Time War, they were pretty much unassailable. So even though they were quietly running the universe from their planet, only a select few knew of it as anything more than a legend. Hence someplace else had to be the center of the action...
** Lampshaded first in "The War Games". As the Doctor is called to task for flouting the PrimeDirective, the Time Lords banish him to 20th century Earth, which he admits "seems more vulnerable than others".
** Lampshaded in "Spearhead from Space" when Liz Shaw asks why earth is more likely to be attacked now. TheBrigadier tells her they've been sending out probes that draw attention to them.
** Lampshaded again in "Horror of Fang Rock" when a Rutan claims Earth is in a good strategic position. This would explain many of the other invasions.
** Earth literally seems to be a central position in "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho030SeasonsOfFear Seasons of Fear]]", where Earth's central position would enable the [[spoiler:Nimon]] to invade millions of worlds.
** In "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho105TheCondemned The Condemned]]" it's mentioned that because Earth is a high-risk planet the Shinus Government gives out high insurance for working there.
** In "The Trial of a Time Lord" season, it' pretty much revealed to whole reason for the trial was to prevent The Doctor from finding out that the Time Lord High Council had moved (yes moved) the Earth and renamed it Ravalox because someone managed to steal data from the Matrix and bring it to Earth.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Ditto. Even more precisely, Cardiff is the center of the universe. Partially {{justified|Trope}}, since the show is set close to a rift, one end of which is fixed on Earth while the other is apparently floating randomly through space-time. While not every alien in the show comes through the rift, it seems to act as a generalized, naturally-occurring WeirdnessMagnet.
* ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is also guilty of this, usually having international-scaled disasters that could've killed millions of peoples (remember the Horoscope Incident? It's lethalness was the polar opposite of ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'').
* Just about every single season of ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Early seasons at least, give lip service to Earth being an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet but it doesn't really work. Justified at times, as often the threats are earth-based.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' also fits this trope to an almost absurd degree. The Earth is long since lost, but there are no alien species; every character is descended from Earth, one way or another (human, robot, Cat, GELF, hologram...).
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''; rather than ''coming'' from Earth, the entire cast is busily trying to get there.
** Maybe... [[spoiler:"This has all happened before, and it will all happen again..."]]
** Turns out that [[spoiler:The Final Five Cylons were fleeing from a devastated Earth to find the mythical Twelve Colonies]]. Ironic, eh?
** And the epilogue reveals that [[spoiler:that planet wasn't our Earth, but quite different planet of the same name. The Colonials and their Cylon allies finally find an unnamed planet that is, according to them, filled with more life than all the Twelve Colonies put together, and inexplicably also houses primitive ''Homo sapiens'' in one of its continents. They decide to call it Earth in memory of the dream they pursued for so long. Fast-forward 150,000 years and confirm that it's indeed our very own home planet, in case the continental shapes weren't a dead giveaway, already]].
* Series/{{Ultraman}} and all his successors keep coming to Earth. To be fair, the Ultramen are basically Japanese Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s. It can be assumed there are thousands of other Ultramen patrolling the rest of the universe.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse has several occurrences of this trope:
** The Goa'uld found Earth's native population, abducted, and enslaved them. Furthermore, much of ''Series/StargateSG1'' deals with Earth trying to defend itself from the Goa'uld coming back.
** The trope is lampshaded in "Deadman Switch":
---> '''[[PunchClockVillain Aris Boch]]:''' Contrary to popular human belief, the Earth is ''not'' the center of the universe.
** According to ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the city was built on Earth before the Ancients left for the Pegasus Galaxy. Likewise, the Wraith are interested in getting to Earth since it would be a richer feeding ground than any that they know about.
** In ''Series/StargateUniverse'' the point of origin for dialing into ''Destiny'' is not the local stargate's but Earth's. It is actually kind of justified in that Earth is the homeworld of the Ancients, who built Atlantis and ''Destiny''. Humanity is descended from the Ancients, so that is the reason why we are on the same planet.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (at least before the finale of Season Five, a season which had various other continuity errors as well). While HumansAreSpecial, Earth is an utterly unimportant backwater first overrun by the Magog and then conquered by the Nietzscheans.
* {{Averted|Trope}} pretty hard in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Only Crichton cared about Earth. All the other aliens just wanted to go home, too. Of course, the Scarrans did try to invade Earth once through a wormhole ([[spoiler:after Crichton inadvertently let them know that the plant they need to remain intelligent grows wild there]]), but after Crichton collapsed the wormhole, they settled for trying to conquer the rest of the galaxy. Also, Scorpius threatened to invade Earth, but said that the journey there would take decades, and he was only doing this to try and get John to cooperate with him. If anything, their ship, ''Moya,'' was the central WeirdnessMagnet of the universe.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the Greatest Treasure in the Universe is located, you guessed it, on Earth.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' plays with a variation of this. Earth is NOT the center of the universe, but, at least for the duration of the show, a space station built by Earth and crewed by Earth humans is. In fact, the DistantFinale has the station be decomissioned and blown up after it stops being the center of the universe, which has been moved to Minbar.
* ''Series/TattooedTeenageAlienFightersFromBeverlyHills'': Earth is the nexus of a network of portals that would make universal domination a lot easier for Emperor Gorganus. It's established in the first episode of the series Gorganus won't explode Earth because the portal network would be destroyed as well.

* Discussed in [[Music/TheOcean The Ocean]]'s Heliocentric album. "Ptolemy was Wrong" is even about Galileo's heresy in discovering that the Earth revolves around the sun.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Parodied in a ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' scenario from ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' magazine a long time ago. The aliens had learnt all they knew of us [[AliensStealCable from watching]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', and had come to the conclusion that the goal of all civilizations was to invade Earth. Preferably in the form of pepper-pot shaped robots who yell "EX-TER-MIN-ATE".
* In the default setting for the {{Animesque}} ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'', Earth is the center of the universe because all other cultures are fascinated with its cultural diversity.
** Plus, it has the Galaxy's richest deposits of precious zinc oxide.
*** And, like, you can get like two hundred pairs of designer jeans for one lousy fusion generator! Like, ''used'', even!
** Also, humanity is known to be the coolest race in the galaxy.
* Played semi-straight and justified in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Earth/Terra is the psychic beacon known as the Astronomicon, necessary for faster-than-light travel by providing a "landmark" in [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]]. If the Astronomicon didn't exist, then all ships wishing to travel through the Warp would be eaten by daemons (or worse), rather than there being just a slight chance of such horrors occurring. Terra is also the capital world of the Imperium of Mankind, the single biggest political and military force in the galaxy. Terra is also notably the site of the final and most crucial stage of the Literature/HorusHeresy, and ever since has been the most heavily fortified world in the entire Imperium - between the combined forces on Terra, Mars, and Titan, as well as the GodEmperor's personal psychic might, it's virtually impossible to take over Terra, ever.
** However it is only important to humans, as other factions don't require the Astronomicon for FTL travel, utilizing other methods, or particularly care about Terra and its supposed holiness.
*** However the Astronomicon is said to be a massive psychic magnet for the Tyranids, the extragalactic hivemind coming to devour the raw biomass of The Milky Way. In addition, the failed plan of the God Emperor of Mankind to tap into the Eldar webway in order to remove mankind's dependence on traveling through [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Hell Itself]], has left a weakspot in the barrier between the Warp and Realspace, held shut only by the Crippled Emperor's mind.
*** It's also hinted, especially via Tyrannid fluff, that while Earth may be the most important world in the galaxy, [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet the universe as a whole is a lot bigger]] - the light-years long hive fleets capable of consuming entire systems may only be the first probing fingers of an organism the size of galaxies which has already consumed far large and more powerful empires. The Earth seems important to humans, but to others it's just a small part of their next snack.
*** Because of this, the galactic map looks extremely lopsided, with the segmentums surrounding the Segmentum Solar rather small - relatively speaking - due to Sol's position in one spiral arm, and the ones to the galactic east utterly enormous.
*** Nothing surprising. Every big state that has both the civilizational center and the frontier has its core administrative units tiny (compare the states of New England) and its frontier units large (compare Texas or Alaska). Russia is an even better example than the USA: Krasnoyarsk Krai and Yakutia are WAY larger than Moscow Oblast.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' -- Earth is indeed pretty much the spatial center of the known universe because it's the planet mankind started out from and there are [[AbsentAliens no other known intelligent species]] in the setting, but most of the important political and military action has moved elsewhere centuries ago and the governments of the Successor States have their seats on their own capital worlds.
** However whoever controls Earth tends to be the most powerful faction.
** To elaborate, Terra is the most industrialized planet in the Btech Universe, aka the Inner Sphere. To paraphrase one of the books, "Hesperus II is one of the most important manufacturing worlds in the Inner Sphere, by virtue of being home to the massive Star League era Battlemech Factory, Hesperus Industries, which supplies 40% of the Battlemechs to the Lyran Military. Terra was home to literally dozens of comparable facilities." The only reason whoever controls Terra doesn't conquer everyone else is manpower/resources. Terra has been strip-mined for every resource centuries ago, as have most habitable worlds nearby, and being the center of a fragmented galaxy, and having the 5 biggest nations all have territorial interests in the area, the core worlds are among the most heavily war-torn. And that's saying something in a galaxy that has had less than a century of peace in the last 800 years.
* You'd think that ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' would avoid this easily, being a fantasy RPG, but no. Two of the oldest D&D game-settings, Mystara and Oerth (get it?), have each been described as "parallel Earths", and the top-selling ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' was named that because it'd supposedly been visited by medieval Earth folk, giving rise to our own legends of magic, dragons, unicorns and so on. A spin-off of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' product line was called Gothic Earth, from which one of the domains of the Land of Mists was derived. Several major NPC wizards from the early Greyhawk/Oerth products made a habit of visiting Earth, and when it became necessary to hide the Mace of St. Cuthbert from hostile forces, it was sent off-world and concealed in London's British Museum. The last one ties into legends that St Cuthbert was a mortal from "another reality" - the GeniusBonus being that Cuthburt of Lindisfarne was a real British saint.
* The TabletopGame/StarDrive setting has Earth (or the Sol System) at more or less the geographic center of Known Space. Humans branched out in all directions from there.
* More or less literally true in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}''. The Coming of the Rifts turned Earth into a [[strike: multi-dimensional]] [[TheMultiverse Megaversal]] focal point. Just about any place in the [[InsistentTerminology Megaverse]] can be reached from Earth, making it a very attractive target for just about every world conqueror/dimensional traveler. The reason it hasn't been taken over by alien forces yet is not due so much to scrappy humans as the fact that it's a [[CrapsackWorld very very very dangerous and unpredictable place]], and there are so many different groups vying for dominance that none have managed to come out on top yet.
* Interestingly used in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' TCG, it is explained that there's a multiverse consisting in several planes (read: universes), in each plane there is a maximum of one planet able to sustain life, that planet serves as "earth" for this trope's purposes. This ''was'' played straight for the first part of Magic's history, in which it was established that multiple planes existed, but almost all blocks were set on the same one, called Dominaria. Mirrodin was the first block not set there since Homelands, seven years earlier, and several pre-Homelands blocks were set on Dominaria as well. Some non-Dominaria worlds were seen in the meantime, but they were rarely the center of the action or the home worlds of the main characters.
* Subverted in ''TabletopGame/FleetsThePleiadConflict''. Earth is currently the center of human civilization by virtue of being the oldest and most developed world, but the resource- and planet-rich Pleiades are likely to overtake it soon.

* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series is absolutely riddled with this trope, as most of the games include [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover quite a few series]] where this sort of thing is going on, all at once - so it's not unusual to have six or seven different alien species invading Earth at the same time. Justified in the [[SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration OG series]] [[spoiler: Shu Shirakawa reveals in ''Second Original Generation" that his [[GravityMaster gravity warping]] HumongousMecha had, without his knowledge, been generating a Singularity (an alteration of space-time probability within the universe) which was causing these coincidences to occur more often. He cancels the effect at the same time he drops this bombshell, but acknowledges it's probably too late for it to change anything.]]
* Played with in both ''VideoGame/ColonyWars'' and ''VideoGame/ProjectSylpheed'', where Earth is only the center of the universe because it says so, with colonists beginning to chafe under arbitrary rule by the inhabitants of [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet a random dirtball whose genuine relevance in the modern age is questionable at best]].
* Seems to be implied in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', where Earth isn't the center of the universe... yet. Humanity has been on the galactic stage for a far shorter time than anyone else - less than thirty years - but as the game opens, they're already a major political force, poised to get a representative on the ruling Council in short order. Races that have been at it for far longer without any of the success cannot believe humanity's sheer aptitude for politics. Reaction is split pretty evenly between bitterness and awe, but it's clear that the galaxy has simply never seen a race this intent on running things before.
** However, the reason for the drive for colonization was because the Earth was once badly overpopulated and polluted, and they needed to in order to prevent the Earth form become EarthThatWas.
** In the actual game there's a total of one mission in the entire game taking place in our solar system; yet the only body you land on is the Moon. It's the quest you have to take in order to open your specialization talents (e.g., a Soldier can become either a Commando or a Shock Trooper).
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Shepard's heroics have put their species at the top of the Reapers' hit list, so they focus on humans as soon as they arrive (after making short work of the batarians, who were basically in their way). Earth isn't the only "home-world" to fall, but it's where the game begins and ends - the Reapers even [[spoiler: move the Citadel there after capturing it]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}:'' Earth at first seems to be an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet for the Tasen to hide on, until they realize that it's [[spoiler:the birthplace of all life they know]].
* Rather justified in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. The Forerunners intended for humans to inherit their technology and accordingly programmed all their facilities to recognize all humans (and only humans) to have full system access. It's also the reason the portal to the primary hub of the Halo network is located in East Africa, right in the region inhabited by early hominids during the time it was build.
* Earth doesn't exist in the ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' series, but there, Azeroth is the center of the universe. Only one other planet has ever been visited in the games, and it's a ShatteredWorld, torn apart as a side effect of one of the [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed many conflicts Azeroth has withstood]] ''just within the past generation''. But we know that many other worlds exist, and every named one is a ThrowawayCountry. Argus and probably Xoroth were conquered by the Burning Legion, K'aresh was conquered by a different kind of demon, we're told that the Titans have created or remodeled countless worlds as a matter of course and the Burning Legion in turn has destroyed countless, the Old Gods are imprisoned on Azeroth and have some kind of influence on Draenor as well... but the intelligent life on Azeroth has survived attacks by ''all'' of the above and more.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion''. Where players start is random, but the star-system at the center of the galaxy is always the titular Orion.
* The D'ni from the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' games could have linking-book access to virtually ''any'' sort of world their writers could dream up, with no regard for distances and little even for the laws of physics. Guess which planet they decided to settle down on (well, in) and found their capital city.
* Averted in the ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'', where Earth was [[LostColony cut off]] from the PortalNetwork for 700 years. However, even after it is reconnected and shows [[HumanityIsAdvanced its technological might]] it remains as something of a backwater, both plot wise and gameplay wise as it requires a long journey due to the player's jumpdrive inability to lock onto Terran trans-orbital accelerators. The Earth State, obviously, regards it as the center of the universe and jealously guards it after a [[HopelessWar hopeless]] RobotWar that caused said lost colony status, and have built a RingworldPlanet around the equator, which gets nuked in ''X3: Albion Prelude'', kicking off a GuiltFreeExterminationWar against the ''other'' human lost colony, the Argon Federation, which is a major player in politics.

* In ''WebComic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Earth's problem is that its solar system is right ''next'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100327.html to the capital world of the local space empire]], leaving us smack in the middle of a vast nation we're not even aware of.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': It's so subtle that it can be missed, but it's there. When the Vargas arrive to Universe 18, ''the very first thing'' they do is checking Earth. The reason? It seems to be a magnet for the most powerful warriors across many different universes. Six different universes (3, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 18) had at least one of its members coming from Earth.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* It became such a problem in the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' that various authors started complaining about it.
* Played somewhat straight early on in the backstory of ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'', due to its origins as a fan-made expansion pack for the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' games. Since reality is shaped and created by the collective conscious and unconscious beliefs of humankind, Earth is in a very real sense the central, most important place in the universe. Later in the game story, however, Earth is repeatedly devastated and eventually effectively [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed]] and becomes an uninhabited backwater system, even for humans.
* In ''Literature/DominionAndDuchy'' it looks like Earth is extremely minor, but then its discovered that Earth was the source of the extremely nasty Imperium of Humanity that was engaged in a universe-wide war.
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' Earth is the physical center of the Terragen Bubble (what with interstellar exploration being limited by lightspeed) but otherwise little more than a historical landmark.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The reason for so many aliens coming to Earth in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is the show's MacGuffin: the Omnitrix. However, the film "Secret of the Omnitrix" suggests another reason: the majority of aliens within the universe [[ToServeMan find humans quite tasty]].
* Even though interstellar travel is commonplace and it's known that there are colonies and settlements throughout the galaxy, the Earth is still treated as the whole world in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. When it's conquered and/or destroyed, the characters treat it as if the whole universe has ended, such as in "In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela", when Leela's shown an image of Earth exploding, she laments that she and Zapp are "the last humans left in the Universe," despite knowing, for instance, that Amy Wong's parents and others live on Mars.
** Dr Zoidberg allegedly doesn't know anything about humans because he "specializes" in ''alien'' biology. "Alien" meaning anything from the bazillions of other populated planets that aren't Earth. This is especially bizarre considering Zoidberg is himself an alien from the planet Decapod, so humans should be aliens to him.
*** The thing with Zoidberg is that when they say he specializes in WeirdAlienBiology, it's likely that human biology ''not'' being weird is why he's so terrible at it.
** ''Futurama'' often plays with this. While Earth itself and humanity in general are treated as special and significant, Earth's ''government'' is generally depicted as the future version of [[UsefulNotes/FascistItaly fascist Italy]]: a miniscule nigh-dictatorial power that declares war on entities that can't fight back and runs with its tail between its legs when confronted by anything stronger than the local SpaceJews.
* Lots in the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon. Zix shows up there, with no reason as to why. The most glaring example is when Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad are all aboard the same ship headed for Earth. When they suddenly decide to set up the Legion, they put HQ on Earth - with ''no'' explanation as to the original reason they were headed there. Presumably Earth really is the centre of the universe, or at least a really popular place for fortune-seekers.
** In the original version and some others, the Legion's financier, R.J. Brande, had his corporate headquarters on Earth and believed by most to be a native.
** While most world's have a single Legion member due to their powers being native abilities and Legion having a rule against power duplication, a disproportionate are from Earth since humans seem to have more power inducing accidents.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' demonstrates this perfectly. An intergalactic criminal is put on trial and given his sentence. When one of his experiments (626, AKA the eponymous Stitch) escapes containment, the galactic conference watches in awe as his torn-up ship descends on a certain planet in a certain solar system.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this when two alien spaceships land on Earth in quick succession and a news reporter remarks "Why does every spaceship land in the United States?"
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', under any and all possible circumstances, will land on Earth looking for [[MacGuffin whatever drives the plot at that point]]. If they aren't on Earth, they're back home on Cybertron. Sure, they go other places too, but anywhere else is just a pit stop, Earth is the only other planet they stay on.
** Subverted and ''then'' played straight in [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries the comics from IDW]]. Earth is just another planet where the Autobots are trying to protect the native populace from the Decepticons without being caught...but the discovery of a super-energy source brings notable Transformers from both sides, including the leaders of both factions, to Earth, the standard protocols being skipped over entirely.
*** However, the super energy source is only present because Earth was one of many planets the Decepticon Shockwave seeded a few thousand years ago. Earth wasn't supposed to be unique in having this energy source, it's just that Shockwave only got to make his follow-up trip to stabilize it to Earth before getting rudely interrupted by the Dynobots.
*** And then a later comic suggested that, no, Earth really ''is'' important, since a {{Macguffin}} landed here, and Shockwave knew that all along. To say nothing of the fact that 'bots from both factions decide to travel to Earth for no readily established reason.
*** And that superfuel- Ore-13- ended up attracting both human and alien villains to kickstart the ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]'' event and the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse.
** Also partially subverted in ''Anime/TransformersCybertron''. While the first Cyber Planet Key and the Omega Lock were on Earth, the majority of the series was spent planet-hopping trying to get the rest of the Cyber Planet Keys together and save Cybertron.
** This was toyed around with in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', as the Maximals and Predacons don't know what planet they crash landed on. Yeah Megatron was aiming for Earth, but there are two moons. Dinobot defects thanks to this. [[spoiler:Actually, they got the right place. But not the right time. Oops!]]
*** [[spoiler:Actually the plot was to travel to some point in the past and off Optimus Prime while in stasis lock. It would have went off without a hitch had it not been for Optimus Primal and the fact that the Vok were messing around in Earth's primordial past.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' continues this tradition, with Earth having stores of Dark Energon, sleeping warriors, and, at one point, visitation from Ancient Cybertronians. However, there is a rather [[{{Deconstruction}} dark]] [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this: Earth is actually [[spoiler: [[GodOfEvil Unicron]]'s dormant body.]] It is also where the lost Iacon artifacts were ''all'' hidden. Megatron eventually puts the conquest of Earth on equal priority with restoring Cybertron, believing that this is proof that the destinies of the two worlds have always been intertwined. To control one without controlling the other is to control nothing at all.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Earth is the centre of the ''visible'' universe. This is not a reflection of its cosmic status, however. It's just the point the observation is being done ''from''. Beyond the visible universe is just too far to see, limited by speed of light. Confusingly, despite the universe being ~13 billion years old the observable universe has a radius closer to ~45 billion light years and the radius of the actual universe is even bigger. Something to do with how the expansion of space-time isn't limited by the speed of light. It's a consequence of Hubble's Law, that the further two bodies in the expanding universe are from each other the faster they are moving away from each other (or, more precisely, the faster the amount space in between them is expanding). The horizon of the observable universe is the distance at which that point in space is moving away from us faster than the speed of light, so that no light originating beyond that point can ever reach us.
* The official system of galactic coordinates used by NASA uses the Sun as its centre point.
* Are the planetary systems beyond our own ''called'' planetary systems or stellar systems? Nope, they're most often called ''solar'' systems, after Sol. Similar to how moons are named after ''the'' Moon. This is actually a consequence of neither the Sun nor the Moon having been named. Even the terms Sol and Luna just mean the Sun and the Moon in Latin. Calling other bodies solar systems is just as valid as calling them sun systems or calling their closest stellar neighbor a sun.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocentric_model literal interpretation]] of this trope was the accepted scientific view of the universe up until the 16th century, when people started thinking [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliocentrism the Sun was the centre of the universe]], and that was discredited over time when people started realizing that the stars were also suns in their own right and no star had a privileged position, about the 20th century or so, and after ''that'' we had better telescopes that let us see that many of the structures we called nebulae were actually other galaxies, so even our own Milky Way isn't such a privileged place in particular. Note that this is not as egocentric as it sounds and is often made out to be. In the old geocentric cosmology, gravity pointed to the center of the universe and there only. Earth was the "off-scourings of creation," at the _bottom_ of the universe, sort of like a cellar or dungeon.
* Then there's the really bad joke that "if the universe is infinite in all directions, then I am the center of the universe". Once upon a time, a king asked a wise man to tell him where the center of the world was. The wise man pointed to a spot on the floor and said, "It's right here. If you don't believe me, go ahead and measure it."
* There is an entire subset of astronomers that actually use this as a valid explanation for everything they can. Be it the lack of quasars in a large radius around us, or the fact that the galaxy is contracting inward, they jump to the conclusion it must be we're in a special spot. Of course, [[SubvertedTrope then other astronomers come up with more logical explanations]], often the "point of observation" effect mentioned above. One theory even posited that we were the center of the universe, until another proposed that ''everything'' was. This may have an interesting message.
* Quick, name every planet in the universe known to have sentient life. Done already? The operative words of course being, once again, "known to be" -- and then specifically known as such ''by'' all of one single species among the diverse inhabitants of said planet, at that. Of course, [[MostWritersAreHuman most humans being human]]...