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* ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' discusses this. Captain Marvel says that planets across the universe are handling the snap far worse than Earth, because Earth has multiple supers and galactic heroes are limited to pretty much her. They also hang a lampshade on how there were three Infinity Stones in [[BigApplesauce New York]] at the same time and multiple stones on Earth at different times, even before Thanos went gathering them.



*** 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.

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*** The thing with Zoidberg is that when they say he specializes in WeirdAlienBiology, BizarreAlienBiology, it's likely that human biology ''not'' being weird bizarre is why he's so terrible at it.


Sub-tropes are, of course, TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas. For nation or region specific examples, see CreatorProvincialism

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Sub-tropes are, of course, TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas. For nation or region specific examples, see CreatorProvincialism
CreatorProvincialism.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': Even though Heaven and Hell have an entire cosmos to fight over, they focus mainly on Earth and largely treat it as the pivotal battleground for reasons that are unclear to neutrals; Fury openly wonders at one point why they care about humanity so much. [[spoiler:The third game heavily implies they’re being manipulated into doing so by the Charred Council as a way of maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil; if they’re obsessing over one world, they can’t wreck everything else up with open warfare.]]


** This actually makes a roundabout sort of sense. The Doctor's race, the Time Lords, are {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s with serious socialization problems. Bizarre events do not happen on Gallifrey because the Time Lords are powerful enough to prevent them and the planet has defenses that are 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're quietly running the universe from their planet, only a select few knew of it as anything more than a legend. Hence someplace else has to be the centre of the action...

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** This actually makes a roundabout sort of sense. The Doctor's race, the Time Lords, are {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s with serious socialization problems. Bizarre events do not happen on Gallifrey because the Time Lords are powerful enough to prevent them and the planet has defenses that are 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're quietly running the universe from their planet, only a select few knew know of it as anything more than a legend. Hence someplace else has to be the centre of the action...


* ''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 of the revival, 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.

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* ''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 of the revival, no episode was set outside the Solar System. In the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio ''Doctor "Doctor Who And The Pirates'', 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.



** 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...

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** This actually makes a roundabout sort of sense. The Doctor's race, the Time Lords, are {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that had with serious socialization problems. Bizarre events did do not happen on Gallifrey because the Time Lords were are powerful enough to prevent them and the planet had has defenses that were are 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 they're quietly running the universe from their planet, only a select few knew of it as anything more than a legend. Hence someplace else had has to be the center centre of the action...



** ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is also guilty of this, usually having international-scaled disasters that could've killed millions of peoples (remember the Horoscope Incident? Its lethalness was the polar opposite of ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'').

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** ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is also guilty of this, usually having international-scaled disasters that could've killed millions of peoples people (remember the Horoscope Incident? Its lethalness was the polar opposite of ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'').


* 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.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "In a Good Cause...", two aliens "Literature/InAGoodCause": The alien ambassadors from another race visit Earth, and Diaboli are very surprised to learn it is the Earth, homeworld of humanity yet humanity, [[SubvertedTrope is not a shrine world. world]]. While it ''is'' is the center of the most powerful political unit, it's it only one controls a few worlds out of a the one hundred with not a dozen worlds total. that humanity has colonized. Played straight at by the end, when [[OneWorldOrder all of humanity unites into TheFederation, and Earth is apparently the capital.one government]].


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* ''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.
** ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' reveals ''why'' Earth is so special. [[spoiler:It formed around '''Unicron'''.]]

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* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Earth ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' demonstrates this perfectly. An intergalactic criminal is always where put on trial and given his sentence. When one of his experiments (626, AKA the MacGuffin are hidden. 12,000 years ago eponymous Stitch) escapes containment, the Allspark crashed landed galactic conference watches 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 awe as his torn-up ship that carried Sentinel Prime, [[spoiler: as well as the Pillars needed to create descends on 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
certain 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.
** ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' reveals ''why'' Earth is so special. [[spoiler:It formed around '''Unicron'''.]]
in a certain solar system.
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-->'''J:''' Yeah.
-->'''K:''' Same thing, except no Nazis.

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-->'''K:''' Ever seen the movie ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''?
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Same thing, except no Nazis.



* ''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.
** ''Film/TransformersTheLastKnight'' reveals ''why'' Earth is so special. [[spoiler:It formed around '''Unicron'''.]]



* ''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 of the revival, 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.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Why on 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 would is an utterly unimportant backwater first overrun by the capital Magog and then conquered by the Nietzscheans.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' plays with a variation of this. Earth is NOT the center
of the Federation be... er, Earth? ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', depending on your point universe, but, at least for the duration of view, either {{justifie|dTrope}}s this or [[HandWave waves it away]] the show, a space station built by saying that other species were out there first, but [[HumansAreDiplomats Earth and crewed by Earth humans were is. In fact, the diplomats]] DistantFinale has the station be decommissioned and blown up after it stops being the center of the galaxy and formed universe, which has been moved to Minbar.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''; rather than ''coming'' from Earth,
the heart of the Federation -- that without {{humans|AreSpecial}}, it would have taken much longer or might never have entire cast is busily trying to get there.
** Maybe... [[spoiler:"This has all
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",
before, and it contains not only Vulcan and 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 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 quite different planet 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, name. The Colonials and any opposition they might put forth, their Cylon allies finally find an unnamed planet that is, according to be negligible.
** This bit of logic is especially weak, since humans are shown as having ''far''
them, filled with more colony worlds than any other Federation race (possibly more life than all the Twelve Colonies put together, and inexplicably also houses primitive ''Homo sapiens'' in one of them combined). Even if its continents. They decide to call it Earth were obliterated, there would still be vast numbers in memory of humans spread out across Federation space the dream they pursued for so long. Fast-forward 150,000 years and beyond, and Starfleet with its starships and starbases would still exist. Indeed, it is stated repeatedly over the series confirm that interstellar colonization is part of a grand survival strategy for the human race. Thus the trope is played it's indeed our very straight own home planet, in that ''Earth'' itself is somehow special, not just humanity.
case the continental shapes weren't a dead giveaway, already]].
* ''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 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 of the revival, no episode was set outside the Solar System. In the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''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.



** This tendency got a brief LampshadeHanging in the 2009 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, one of at least four Great and Bountiful Human Empires.



** 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.

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** Lampshaded first in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games".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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace "Spearhead from Space" 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock "Horror of Fang Rock" 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.
invasions.



* ''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}}'').

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* ** And another lampshade is hung in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E3PlanetOfTheOod "Planet of the Ood"]], they're in the year 4126, and Earth is at the centre of a massive multi-galactic empire, one of at least four Great and Bountiful Human Empires.
** This tendency got a brief LampshadeHanging in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]. 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.
** 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.
**
''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 Its lethalness was the polar opposite of ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'').''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'').
* {{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.



* 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:

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* 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 ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' has several occurrences of this trope:



---> '''[[PunchClockVillain Aris Boch]]:''' Contrary to popular human belief, the Earth is ''not'' the center of the universe.

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---> '''[[PunchClockVillain --->'''[[PunchClockVillain Aris Boch]]:''' Contrary to popular human belief, the Earth is ''not'' the center of the universe.



* 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.

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* Averted ''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 ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' (at ''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 before the finale one case with mention made of Season Five, a season which had various Starfleet ship crewed entirely by [[StarfishAliens Horta]]. Not many other continuity errors life forms could really expect to survive in the conditions on board.
** Federation star charts are apparently based on this trope
as well). While HumansAreSpecial, well. Earth is an utterly unimportant backwater first overrun by the Magog and then conquered by the Nietzscheans.
* {{Averted|Trope}} pretty hard
located in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Only Crichton cared about Earth. All the other aliens just wanted to go home, too. Sector 001. Of course, the Scarrans did try to invade Earth once through this is a wormhole ([[spoiler:after Crichton inadvertently let them know that the plant they need to remain intelligent grows wild there]]), ''Federation'' identification, with Starfleet headquarters and most primary Federation facilities on Earth.
*** We are never told exactly how big a "sector" is,
but after Crichton collapsed the wormhole, they settled for trying to conquer the rest 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 galaxy. Also, Scorpius threatened Prime universe up in the air for now, many sources have come around to invade explain such apparent inconsistencies. ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has Sector 001 referred to as the "Vulcan Sector", and it contains not only Vulcan and Earth, but said Andoria as well. Still played straight in that the journey 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 take decades, still be vast numbers of humans spread out across Federation space and he was only doing this to try beyond, and get John to cooperate Starfleet with him. If anything, their ship, ''Moya,'' was its starships and starbases would still exist. Indeed, it is stated repeatedly over the central WeirdnessMagnet series that interstellar colonization is part 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 grand survival strategy for the duration of human race. Thus 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.trope is played very straight in that ''Earth'' itself is somehow special, not just humanity.



* 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.



* ''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.

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* In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor explains that Midgard is at the center of the Nine Realms of Yggdrasil and the focal point of the 5000-year alignment of the realms is on Earth - specifically, it's in Greenwich, which is why at the peak of the alignment they get AliensInCardiff.


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

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


** In addition, Earth is also the keystone of several mystical dimensions, such as the Nevernever and Yggdrassil.



* ''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...

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* ''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, series of the revival, 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.
it. 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 tendency got a brief LampshadeHanging in the fourth 2009 series finale. As the Doctor is interrupted while saving worlds left and right from interdimensional doom...



** 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.

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** 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
empire, one 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 at least four Great and easy to manipulate species.Bountiful Human Empires.



** 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.

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** Lampshaded in "Spearhead from Space" when Liz Shaw asks why earth Earth is more likely to be attacked now. TheBrigadier tells her they've been sending out probes that draw attention to them.



** 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.

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** In "The Trial of a Time Lord" season, it' it's pretty much revealed to the whole reason for the trial was to prevent The 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.


*** And that superfuel- Ore-13- ended up attracting both human and alien villains to kickstart the ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]'' event and the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse.

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*** And that superfuel- Ore-13- ended up attracting both human and alien villains to kickstart the ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]'' event and the Franchise/HasbroComicUniverse.ComicBook/HasbroComicUniverse.


* 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.]]

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* 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 [[VideoGame/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.]]


** Justified for PowerRangersSPD as "Earth has become a haven to all manner of species who come from the furthest reaches of the galaxy to live in peace". So while not the center, its reputation has made it a center for the universe.
** On the other hand, certain series such as [[PowerRangersInSpace In Space]] or [[PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]] have Earth in a much smaller role or not used at all thanks to its more cosmic focus.

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** Justified for PowerRangersSPD ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' as "Earth has become a haven to all manner of species who come from the furthest reaches of the galaxy to live in peace". So while not the center, its reputation has made it a center for the universe.
** On the other hand, certain series such as [[PowerRangersInSpace [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]] or [[PowerRangersLostGalaxy [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]] have Earth in a much smaller role or not used at all thanks to its more cosmic focus.


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]].)

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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, either [[BigApplesauce Central Park]].Park]] or [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse the Budokan]].)



Both TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce taken to the MAX of the EXTREME. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas. For nation or region specific examples, see CreatorProvincialism

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Both Sub-tropes are, of course, TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse and BigApplesauce taken to the MAX of the EXTREME.BigApplesauce. For subversions and aversions, see InsignificantLittleBluePlanet and EarthThatWas. For nation or region specific examples, see CreatorProvincialism


* 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.

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* 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 raises the question]] of question as to why Earth was chosen in the first place.



** 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.]]

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** 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.]]

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