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[[caption-width-right:263:[-Well, technically, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Mage-God-Prince]] in [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} Stuttgart]], but close enough. [[note]]And [[EnforcedTrope he does eventually end up]] in [[BigApplesauce Manhattan]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin itself]] at the climax.]][[/note]]-]

A Mage in Manhattan situation is where an evil character from a MagicalLand enters our own with the intent of causing destruction. Hilarity ensues. VillainsBlendInBetter, but they ''do'' still want to TakeOverTheWorld, so such an appearance has a tendency to [[TheUnmasquedWorld blast any masquerade to pieces]].

When the "Mage" first arrives in "Manhattan", you can expect MuggingTheMonster to ensue. If it ''works'' though, expect that MugglesDoItBetter.

[[Film/MaidInManhattan Not involving J-Lo in any way]], unless she's playing the person doing it. Compare WelcomeToTheRealWorld, RefugeeFromTVLand, and AliensInCardiff (if they land in a less spectacular city). Usually involves SaveBothWorlds. Not to be confused with UrbanFantasy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. Happened at least once a season, and once in reverse with [[Anime/DigimonSavers Kurata]].
* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer!'' has an EvilOverlord from a MagicalLand fleeing to modern day Tokyo after being nearly defeated by the local hero. There he finds his magic powers don't work as they used to and ends up taking a job at a fast-food joint to make ends meet. He still intends to TakeOverTheWorld, though he's actually [[GoingNative more worried about getting a promotion]] for the time being.
* ''Anime/ReCreators'': The premise features fictional characters from several works of different genres entering the real world to meet their creators.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Inverted in Bill Willingham's ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', in which fairy tale characters have fled from their magical homelands, which were conquered by the evil Adversary, to the mundane world, with most settling in New York. [[spoiler:Eventually played straight when the Adversary sends the witch Baba Yaga leading an army of wooden soldiers to New York to conquer Fabletown.]] The Mundies never notice, because they think they are marching young Republicans.
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** Villainess the Queen of Fables is the WickedStepmother from ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. The twist is that in the DCU, (a [[{{Grimmification}} bloodier version of]]) the events of the fairytale [[AllMythsAreTrue actually happened]], but then Snow White used a magic book to RetGone the whole thing into fiction, so the Queen is also a sort of SealedEvilInACan. When the magic book is reopened, the Queen takes over Manhattan and becomes convinced that WonderWoman is Snow White.
** There is Brother Grimm, King of Eastwind, who antagonizes ComicBook/TheFlash and lusts after Flash's wife, Linda Park West. He has similar powers to the Queen of Fables, and can somehow detect and attack someone who is using SuperSpeed, making him a tough foe for Flash to face.
* ComicBook/RedSonja's enemy, the evil wizard Kulan Gath, attempted to conquer Creator/MarvelComics version of New York City in an issue of ''Marvel Team-Up'' in the 1970s. Spider-Man and Red Sonja (in Mary Jane Watson's body) managed to drive him back. He tried again in 2007, brainwashing the population and remaking the city as a bronze-age nightmare.
* In Creator/DonRosa's [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story ''The Quest for Kalevala'', the witch Louhi and the sea monster Iku-Turso from [[Literature/TheKalevala Finnish mythology]] wreak havoc in 20th century Helsinki.
* The whole premise of ''ComicBook/Marvel1985'' is Marvel villains showing up in the real world.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'' features this, but with a twist: The powerful, magical and tellingly socipathic Changeling HiveQueen Chrysalis ''is brought'' to the modern-day Netherlands so she would stand trial for her various crimes back home. The fic details the attempts of her defence to set her free.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': As seen in the page image, TricksterGod [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] forces the people of Stuttgart, Germany to [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before him]].
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'': In the climax, Strange and Kaecilius have a magical duel in the city.
* Queen Narissa from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''.
* Evil Lyn from ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse''.
* Borderline example in ''Film/MirrorMask'': [[spoiler: The Princess does escape to the real world for a while, but the destruction she causes is limited to "eating chips and snogging boys and smoking and everything." Her own world, however, faces TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* In the SoBadItsGood ''[[Film/TheBeastmaster Beastmaster II: Through the Portal of Time]],'' EvilOverlord Arklon finds his way into 1980s Los Angeles and proceeds to live it up.
* In the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie, Koopa zips over to our universe with an army of Goombas armed with [[EvolutionaryLevels Devo guns]] to chimpify some locals and take back "their" world.
* Shiwan Khan in ''Film/TheShadow''.
* Gargamel in ''Film/TheSmurfs''.
* {{Dracula}} himself in ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite''.
* The Wizard is a bit of a non-evil (or at least neutral-ish) example in ''Film/JustVisiting''
* ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' has the immortal Kane waking up from centuries of slumber and using his magic in New York City.
* In ''Film/LastActionHero'', Benedict uses the magic ticket to leave his movie and enter the real world. He realizes that outside of movies bad guys can win and plans to take over the world by releasing villains from various horror films. Luckily the heroes stop him.
* In the climax of ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', Dave and Horvath have a magical duel in New York City.
* At the end of ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'', Chuck De Nomolos travels back from the 27th century to kill Bill and Ted at The Battle of The Bands competition when his robot assassin's fail. He even broadcasts himself on every [=TV=] channel in the world.

* The climactic end battle from ''[[Literature/YoungWizards So You Want to Be a Wizard]]''. The [[{{Satan}} Lone Power]] comes to New York and tries to turn it evil. When they try to stop It, It [[spoiler: puts out the Sun.]] It helps that they have the canonical copy of reality in book form as their weapon.
* OlderThanTelevision: Occurs in Chapter 8 of the early TimeTravel children's novel ''Literature/TheStoryOfTheAmulet'' (1902) by Creator/ENesbit: A queen from ancient Babylon (who doesn't have magical powers, though they do exist in the novel) ends up in "modern" (1900s) London.
* A lift of this occurs in the ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' prequel, ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' when the wicked Jadis (a.k.a. the White Witch) invades London (of roughly the same time period as ''The Story of the Amulet''). Or at least she tries. Magic is inherent to a dimension here, and so she has no power in our world, but does have SuperStrength. She threatens to invade our world in ''The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'', but that's a clear bluff.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's modern fantasies usually involve some version of this, with the monster usually being one of the [[TheFairFolk Unseleighe Sidhe]] (Dark Court Elves). Most representative of this trope is ''Mad Maudlin'', in which Aerune, self-styled Lord of Death and Pain, tries to open a Nexus to [[MagicalLand Underhill]] in Central Park and a Sidhe driven mad by the presence of cold iron turns into a literal [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mary_(folklore) Bloody Mary]], murdering people left and right.
* The climax of ''Blood & Iron'' by Elizabeth Bear.
* TheFairFolk in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld II: The Globe'' and the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Auditors]] in ''The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch''. Both set to slow down human progress so that we can't create a colony ship before the world becomes a giant snowball again.
* A large part of the series ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'': Loki's dream is to use Senna's powers to transport himself and the other gods back to this world to escape from Ka Anor. Given gods like Huitzilopoctli, who eats ''thousands of human hearts in a sitting,'' horror may ensue. Of course, this is [[spoiler: inverted with Senna's ''own'' plan -- to conquer Everworld by bringing modern humans there with guns and other weapons]].
* In ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' evil wizards travel back and forth between [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trondheim Trondheim]] and [[MulticulturalAlienPlanet Aldra]]. In the 3rd book our heroes are going to Trondheim too.
* Queen Redd arrives on Earth in ''Literature/SeeingRedd'', the sequel to ''Literature/TheLookingGlassWars''.
* Bluebeard (Caster) from ''LightNovel/FateZero'', so much so that the supervisor temporarily put the war on hold and offered a reward of an extra command seal to whoever killed him. Then he summoned a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant monster]] [[TheWormThatWalks made of slugs]] and the JSDF called in some F-15Js'. [[spoiler:One gets eaten by supersonic tentacles, the other gets hijacked by an epic hero summoned from beyond the grave, and proceeds to have an aerial dogfight against another epic hero flying a magitech airplane.]] Somehow TheMasquerade survived.
* At first, the alien needle monsters in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' only appear in abandoned areas of a single Arkansas city, but right as the main characters are trying to figure out how to deal with them, a swarm takes over the heavily-populated center of the city and blows the problem into an internationally-known incident.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': The first nine kingdoms are all typical fairy tale places, while the legendary "Tenth Kingdom" is New York.
* In the famous Czech fairy tale TV series ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' (1979-81) (Western Germany title: "Arabella, die Märchenbraut", Eastern Germany title: "Die schöne Arabella und der Zauberer"), not only do characters and villains [[RefugeeFromTVLand from the Fairy Tale reality enter the Real World]] and spread chaos there with their magic and strange ways, the sorcerous villains even take modern inventions (and ideas), like cars, back into their own reality which runs on [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality fairy tale tropes]], install themselves as new rulers, and start a reign of tyranny by banning, on pain of death, all things magical, including [[FantasticRacism racism against non-human "magical" races]]. With hilarious results.
* ''Series/AceLightning'', although the villains in question come from a video game rather than a fantasy dimension.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has an example in the [[EvilCounterpart "Evil Enchantress" clone of Paige]] from the S4 episode, appropriately titled "Paige from the Past."
* Subverted on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer.'' One would ''assume'' this is why [[PhysicalGod Glory]] came to this world from her original Hell dimension, but actually she's been exiled and just wants to return home. Though, this ''would'' probably [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy this and many other worlds]] in the process...
* ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'': In the second season, the Mage (yes, that's literally his name) decides that Wendimoor is no longer worth his time, and decides to take over our world instead.
* The sorceress Morgaine and her son Mordred from [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]] arrive here from their MagicalLand in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Battlefield". ("Battlefield" takes place entirely in the countryside, though, rather the city.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the climax of ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe 2'', the villain [[spoiler: Jet Black]] escapes from Movie Land with the power of the Rainbow Oscars, resulting in a final showdown at an awards ceremony. Subverted in that [[spoiler:Jet Black was from the real world in the first place]].
* Inverted and played literally in ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline''. The Mage class's backstory starts her off being chased down by evil acolytes in Brooklyn, leading to Central Park, where the Mage eventually finds her way into the world that the game takes place in.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Extremely commonplace in the first book of ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'', with evil Dark Overlord Clonar and his various brainwashed minions crossing over from Creturia to Earth in order to conquer it.
* The base premise of [[http://sooniwillrule.blogspot.com/ this blog]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Debatably, King Koopa from ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''. His intent wasn't to destroy Brooklyn, though. Just simply conquer it.
* Semi interestingly done in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase,'' where the evil character who enters the 'real world' is a computer virus. Who then chases the characters into another game, and then proceeds to cause havoc in each level of the video game world.
* Though it featured dimension hopping villains quite prominently, it was never more so than in the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', when a super sized Cedric invades Heatherfield with the intent of conquering earth. TheMasquerade was preserved, mostly, through the use of some [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers.