The way AMAT is being used (and I can't argue with this usage), it seems that it refers to any time many or all of the audience's real world myths are shown to be literally true (or at least based on truth) in the story's universe.
This might be a vast fantasy world that's behind The Masquerade
, like in Harry Potter or Dresden Files.
It could be an openly fantastic world, like D&D, where Zeus, Thor, and Ma'at have to share space in the afterlife when they aren't busy battling demons or faeries.
It could be a universe where Sufficiently Advanced Aliens
visited in the distant past and inspired all the stories, like in Stargate.
They're still the same trope; from the audience's perspective, all the audience's myths are true in the story's universe.
Now is that sufficiently identical to Fantasy Kitchen Sink
to merge them? We may have to cut some examples — like Stargate — as being not FKS. Personally I'm okay with that; since "all your gods are references to one alien or another" is one of the most common versions of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens
, I don't see much need to have a second trope for that version.
edited 9th Dec '12 7:55:49 AM by Escher