Map Tropes

Maps and charts are ways of depicting the layout of an area onto a sheet of paper (or other surface) to help prevent people from getting lost.

They also manifest in fiction in a variety of ways and serve a variety of purposes:


Maps in general

  • Space-Filling Empire
    Maps are drawn with a small number of superstates for easier political relations.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic
    Maps provide a vivid illustration of the scope of a looming or ongoing disaster.
  • Travel Montage
    Travel between multiple locations, with maps used during the cuts to represent distances traveled.
  • Treasure Map
    X marks the spot after you take fifty paces east of that palm tree between the rocks!
  • World Tour
    Characters travel to multiple destinations, with maps used to identify the location.

Maps in Video Games

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