"Somewhere in the multiverse
, there is a world I call 'Earth Prime
'. Every Earth is a variation of this one, the original—and once I destroy it
, all reality will follow."
is a weird thing. Depending on the genre of the work, it can mean a dozen different things. But most sci-fi has a pretty clear definition of what a "Multiverse" is. For every decision someone makes, the universe diverges into several parallel dimensions, one for every possible choice. As such, there are a nearly infinite number of universes where every conceivable version of you (or the lack thereof) exists.
This is a problem for Omnicidal Maniacs
. How can one possibly destroy all of reality if, somewhere, there is another
reality where they fail? The answer is to find Earth Prime: If you find and destroy the original
universe that all others diverged from, you can retroactively destroy all of them
Related to Expendable Alternate Universe
. Compare Cosmic Keystone
and No Ontological Inertia
. Of course, there are Time Travel Paradoxes
and Logic Bombs
abound in this theory, so it definitely requires some Willing Suspension of Disbelief
. Theoretically, the very act of doing that, would simply create ANOTHER infinite number of possibilities. Therefore, destroying everything should
: May be some spoilers ahead.
- In the movie Turtles Forever, when the Utrom Shredder realizes that there are literally hundreds of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles across the multiverse, he decides to destroy them all by defeating the versions from Turtle Prime; that is, those from the first issue of the original Mirage comic.
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths has Owlman, who wants to use the QED on Earth Prime, thus wiping out all life.
- Present in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Vogon Jeltz, tasked with demolishing the Earth, is deemed unsuccessful by his superiors because he only demolished one Earth, whereas in fact there are millions of others still existing in alternate universes. At the end of Mostly Harmless, he finally succeeds in eliminating every single one.
- In Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry, Fionavar is a fantasy version of this; one world that all other ones spring from and depend on.
- As of 52, the DC Comics multiverse hinges on "New Earth" - not just a specific universe, but a specific planet in that universe (note that "Earth Prime" refers to another universe altogether that's like ours, where superheroes don't exist outside of comics). This becomes a plot point shortly afterward in Sinestro Corps War, where Sinestro wants to conquer Earth for this very reason.
- In The Chronicles of Amber, this is what makes Amber so special - it's the primal reality which defines the cosmos.
- William Shatner's Quest For Tomorrow series introduces this concept in the last novel prior to the reboot. In fact, the main characters' goal is to reboot their reality by altering the result of a coin flip in the prime reality. Unfortunately, Shatner abandons the series two books after the reboot.
- Sonic the Hedgehog has Mobius Prime, which all other parallel worlds (called Zones) are based off. Interestingly, despite the franchise starting with video games, Mobius Prime is the comic's Zone and not the one of the games.