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1[[quoteright:350: [[Webcomic/{{Nebula}} https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/neb1_20.png]]]]께If you're wondering about "what if a group of things are shown as humans, what would they do", look no further than this trope. This is OlderThanDirt, as people since the beginning of time tended to assign personality and (usually humanoid) form to the phenomena of the world, usually because humans understood them better that way: this is the basis for many {{mytholog|y}}ies. Similarly, works with this trope are made because of the potential human perspective of the things that are personified, or at least the chance to see what they would say or how they would interact with the world.께Usually, the work will treat the personified characters like the things they originally were, only with them being able to talk to each other and act like humans. Sometimes, however, they might lampshade their "humanity" as something alien to them; among other things, they may question why or how they became humans (or why they got sapience or sentience to begin with), or lament about how lame humanity is, or how good being "humans" may be, etc. They may also sometimes get an equivalent of FurryReminder in that they hang a lampshade over what they originally are.께How they actually become personified is usually not addressed; however, some works may either [[HumanityEnsues show them turning into humans]], or have them question how they become humans in the first place, if not actively seeking answers for it. 께SubTrope of AnthropomorphicPersonification and MoeAnthropomorphism. Compare CuteMonsterGirl, which is when monsters or other inhuman beings resemble attractive human girls, NationsAsPeople, which is about the personifications of countries appearing in a work regardless of whether the cast is mostly personifications or not, AnimateInanimateObject, where inanimate objects are given life but not human form, and WorldOfFunnyAnimals, where the work takes place in a world where everyone is an animal with some amount of human traits. Those tropes and this one ''can'' overlap, though this trope is more about non-human objects and concepts being depicted as humans.께----!!Examples:께[[foldercontrol]]께[[folder:Anime & Manga]]* ''Anime/RobotGirlsZ'' is about girls who are moe anthropomorphisms of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' franchise's robots.* ''Anime/MiracleTrain'' stars six young men who are the personifications of stations of Japan's Oedo train line.* ''Manga/CellsAtWork'' (and by extension its {{spinoff}}s such as ''Manga/CellsAtWorkCodeBlack'') is about personifications of cells that make up our body, although it mostly focuses on the immune system. It also turns organs into places, like blood vessels as roads, or the stomach as a giant kitchen. It also employs MundaneMadeAwesome, like a mosquito bite being depicted as a mass alien abduction of red blood cells, or a viral infection as an outbreak of {{Plague Zombie}}s.* ''Manhwa/FlightHighSchool'' features military aircraft as high school students. The students share design motifs of the aircraft they were based on.* The ''Sega Hard Girls'' franchise is about Sega's consoles as girls. ''Anime/HisCooolSeHaGirls'' focuses on three of them going to an AcademyOfAdventure.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Audio Play]]* ''Come to Hoshizora Hall♪'' features a personified orchestra, coming to life because of the love and care their previous owner gave them and performing and transforming during the nighttime.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Comic Books]]* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', the main characters are "The Endless", a family of seven anthropomorphic personifications of universal concepts, around whom much of the series revolves. From eldest to youngest, they are Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium ([[GoMadFromTheRevelation formerly]] Delight). Also, various other gods, demigods, angels, fallen angels, demons and other creatures from diverse mythologies are represented in this comic book series by Creator/NeilGaiman.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Films -- Animation]]* The five main characters of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' are the personifications of the emotions of a little girl named Riley. Other human characters (and even a cat and a dog) are shown to have the same emotion characters operating inside their heads. Other, minor characters in the movie are personifications of other things in your mind, such as fears, dreams, memory, and more.* ''Film/OsmosisJones'' depicts the human body as a city and the various cells as its citizens. White blood cells, like the title character, are cops, while germs and viruses are criminals.* ''WesternAnimation/MyMoon'' centers around personifications of the Earth, Sun and Moon, and depicts daytime and nighttime on Earth as a LoveTriangle between the characters.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Literature]]* The titular ''Literature/AmericanGods''. The old gods are characters from old-world mythology and are a hit-or-miss with this trope, depending on their traditional domains, but they interact with the new gods, which are personifications of modern crazes (eg. media, technology).* The ''[[http://www.helloruby.com/ Hello Ruby]]'' series by Linda Luikas, meant to introduce young children to [[UsefulNotes/ProgrammingLanguage programming]] and computer science, features many real-world programming languages and software as typical storybook characters (humans, animals, {{Animate Inanimate Object}}s..). There's the eponymous Ruby, Robots (Android), Penguin (Linux), Django, Python, Foxes (UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox), Snow Leopard (Mac OS X Snow Leopard), Website/{{Scratch}} Cat, Julia, and many, ''many'' more.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Myths & Religion]]* Myth/ClassicalMythology: ** The twelve Olympian gods and the numerous minor gods all represent a specific concept (be it an abstract concept or a natural phenomenon). Ares/Mars represents [[WarGod war]], Aphrodite/Venus represents [[LoveGoddess love]], Hades/Pluto represents the dead, Poseidon/Neptune represents the sea, Dionysus/Bacchus represents wine, etc. In the case of minor gods, their name often literally is the Greek/Latin word for the concept their represent: Nike/Victoria means "victory", Thanatos/Mors means "death", Eros/Cupid means "desire", etc.** Even deeper are the primordial gods and Titans who represents much bigger concepts; such as Erebus ("darkness") and Gaia ("earth"). Compare the sun titan Helios and sun god Apollo. [[/folder]]께[[folder:Music]]* ''Music/{{Tsukiuta}}'' is the months of the year as idols. There's a boy and a girl for each month. Their parent agency, Music/{{Tsukipro}}, has groups based on the elements (fire, earth, air, water) and on birthstones, also including a group that's a bunch of personifications of Glico brand sweets.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Toys]]* ''Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls'' personifies the solar system as a diverse group of women who wear roller blades, though the physical planets still exist.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Video Games]]* ''VideoGame/FoodFantasy'' is a mobile game in which you summon personified food called Food Souls to battle Fallen Angels and manage restaurants. The Food Souls are said to be spirits that inhabited the food, and have very human-like appearances. Foods from around the world are personified.* ''VideoGame/KanColle'' is a game where you as an [[NonEntityGeneral Admiral]] gather and organize "fleet girls" (''kanmusu''), warships that take form of girls, in a war against horrors of the sea, called the "Abyssal Fleet". Specifically, the fleet girls personify ships that took part in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and bring with them the characteristics and history of each ship in question. At first the ships are taken from the Imperial Japanese Navy, but later updates give us ships from Germany and Italy, and even later ones give us ships from the Allies' side as well.* ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu'' has you as a time-traveling sage gathering various Japanese swords and give them life and human forms - [[{{Bishounen}} as pretty boys]], that is. Specifically, they're the swords used by various historical Japanese figures, such as Okita Souji or Oda Nobunaga, and brings with them characteristics and history of each swords in question (along with their former owners). Unlike [=KanColle=] above (both this and that game are made by {{DMM}}), this game explains how they came to be. * ''VideoGame/WarshipGirls'' is pretty much the Chinese's [[FollowTheLeader response]] to Kantai Collection above, as it also features personified UsefulNotes/WorldWarII warships, in form of girls. The difference is that they featured ships of multiple countries right off the bat as opposed to just the IJN.* The cast of the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series consists of personifications of game consoles, videogame companies and videogame franchises. Villains also often personify some videogame-related concept, such as digital piracy. This isn't present for all sides of the console wars, however: the PC nation has none due to there being so solid console for PC gaming (the closest they've got to one is the [[Anime/HyperdimensionNeptunia anime universe's]] Setag), while mobile gaming is presented as something everyone does rather than an aspect of who anyone is.* ''VideoGame/DiscoElysium'' does this with the PlayerCharacter's skills. As skill points are invested into the skills, they start manifesting as voices inside his head and essentially become party members in their own right, chiming in with advice, their own opinions, conflicting desires, and even personal sidequests as you encounter different situations. You banter back and forth with them throughout the game, even stopping in mid-conversation with other people to hear them out or argue with them. Interestingly, skills can also become too strong if too many points are invested in them. What begins as advice can eventually become a compulsion, restricting what dialogue options you can choose in certain circumstances or just becoming overbearingly loud compared to the other skills.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Visual Novels]]* In ''VisualNovel/HerTearsWereMyLight'', all the characters are the {{Moe Personification}}s of aspects of the universe, namely time, space, and the void. They all have the forms of young women who have powers related to what they personify.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Web Animation]]* ''WebAnimation/{{Grej}}'', like WebVideo/{{Jreg}} below, have a cast who personify political ideologies. Rather than the main characters being extremist ideologies, [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou they]] [[TheSocialDarwinist are]] [[ItsAllAboutMe so]] [[TheAssimilator extreme]] they can't be put on a political compass. Their enemies are the Realists, who personify different realist ideas.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Webcomics]]* ''Webcomic/{{Grayling}}'' features the Elementals as its main characters, who embody abstract or physical ideals such as death and fire.* ''Webcomic/{{Sins}}'' has anthropomorphic personifications of the SevenDeadlySins as its protagonists, with personifications of the SevenHeavenlyVirtues, [[TarotMotifs the Tarot]], vices, fates, etc. as supporting characters.* ''Webcomic/{{Deities}}'' is about the personifications of Death, Fate, Time, Love, Chaos, Law/Order, Nature and God and how they interact with the world around them.* ''Webcomic/PlanetaryMoe'' is a comedic SliceOfLife comic about the personifications of various celestial bodies interacting with each other. They have the appearance of attractive young humans, and have pseudonyms that they use when visiting Earth. [[MindScrew Yes, even Earth themself.]]* ''Webcomic/AfganisuTan'' explains the history of the relationships between the nations of Central Asia by personifying them as [[MoeAnthropomorphism cute little girls]]. The contrast between the playful antics of the characters and the somber explanations of what historical event it represents is striking.* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' is a comedy that centers around the personifications of the Scandinavian countries interacting with each other, with less frequent appearances from other countries.* (Pictured above) ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'' is a story about the personifications of the solar system, who act out various space phenomena- Earth gets into other planets' personal space and asks them intrusive questions, Sun is in charge because everyone is intimidated by him, etc. They're all shown as {{Monstrous Humanoid}}s who [[TheBlank lack faces]] and who are nearly immortal unless killed.* ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' uses anthropomorphic personifications of various nations across the world as the main characters, using typical stereotypes to create the exaggerated personalities.* ''Webcomic/{{Periodus}}'' is about the personifications of four elements on the periodic table living together in one house.* ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'' is about the personifications of the three biggest video game companies, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, with their antics riffing on the interactions between the companies. Personifications of smaller companies like Namco and EA also appear, though they aren't as focused on.* Most of the transdimensional aliens from ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' are "conceptoids," who are an embodiment of, well, a concept. Chip, for example, is a SoulSuckingRetailJob represented by a nervous young man wearing a Starbucks uniform, with a cup of coffee [[SurrealSymbolicHeads for a head]]. Another, Maggie, is quite literally ''infestation itself'', which manifests as a CuteWitch and a vast, sentient maggot colony at different points in the story.* ''Webcomic/{{Stellarscape}}'': The cast prominently features anthropomorphized versions of stars, with the protagonist being the brightest star in the Orion constellation, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rigel Rigel]]. The CharacterBlog also confirms that side characters included anthropomorphized planets, but they never featured in the comic.[[/folder]]께[[folder:Web Original]]* ''WebVideo/{{Jreg}}'' videos usually deal with personifications of different political ideologies from all across the political spectrum. The "Centricide" series [[DirtyCommies has]] [[ThoseWackyNazis the]] [[BombThrowingAnarchists four]] [[PrivatelyOwnedSociety extremes]] of the political compass [[EnemyMine put aside their differences]] to fight off a group of centrist ideologies, as their leader Jreg regards them as an example of the GoldenMeanFallacy and getting in the way of progress.* ''Roleplay/{{Personifications}}'' is a roleplay about the personifications of the Seven Heavenly Virtues and the Seven Deadly Sins interacting with each other. While they are mostly immortal, they can be killed and a new entity personifying that thing will come into existence. Personifications of things other than virtues and sins also exist in that universe, such as Money and Love.* ''WebOriginal/{{Fandomstuck}}'' takes this to a new level: it's a largely tumblr-driven SharedUniverse that revolves around the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personifications]] of various fandoms that have sprung up around popular tv shows, books, animes, and webcomics -- including but not limited to Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers, Series/{{Supernatural}}, Series/{{Sherlock}}, Series/DoctorWho, Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica, etc...* ''[[https://cioccolatodorima.deviantart.com/gallery/53910007/IE-KUN My Senior, IE-kun]]'' is an independent "Office slapstick comedy about a silly [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer Senior]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera_(web_browser) and]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safari_(web_browser) his]] [[UsefulNotes/MozillaFireFox competent]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome juniors]]".[[note]]Everything will be fine if you just ignore that Opera actually came out before IE[[/note]]* Earth-Chan, which is a bunch of comics where the solar system (plus a black hole) is depicted as cute anime girls.* Before Earth-chan came to fruition, there was a huge fandom around "[=JupitEarth=]", also known as the Milky Way Fandom, which also personified planets. In September 2012, Jupiter blocked an asteroid collision from Earth; Tumblr users humorously started shipping the two, and then it quickly spiraled into a full-on ''fanfiction'' about [[https://bloggish.tumblr.com/post/31427372462/enchantedtulip-sir-pimp-master-arthur personified characters of Jupiter and Earth]] in a relationship. It wasn't long before other fanartists started making ships and characters dedicated to other celestial objects (Earth x Mars, or [[PortmanteauCoupleName Marth]], not to be confused with the Franchise/FireEmblem character, also gained some traction thanks to the fandom popping up a month after the Curiosity rover's landing), and the fandom got so big so fast it even inspired [[https://www.dailydot.com/culture/earth-jupiter-slash-ship-pairing-relationship/ an article from the Daily Dot]].[[/folder]]께[[folder:Western Animation]]* The ''What A Cartoon!''-era ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Dimwit Dexter" uses this inside his brain.* The ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMax'' episode "Journey to the Center of My Sister" has this in Zoe's body, with a clean-up crew in her stomach and a nightclub in her heart.* ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois la Vie'' (''Once Upon a Time... Life'') is an education animated series about the human body, with most of the characters being personification of white cells, red cells, microbes, virus, nutrients, and "workers" inside the cells themselves. They do look like the UniversalAdaptorCast of the other series in the franchise, and we do also see the humans whose activities lead to whatever drama happens inside their bodies.[[/folder]]----

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