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How like Real Life Earth is it?

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Proposed By:
bud0011 on Jan 6th 2014 at 12:02:15 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Oct 13th 2017 at 12:51:05 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

This proposal is open to be edited by everyone - author

The Earth, our home. Take all the most/all Writers Are Tropes, there is one that exists at the core: They are all on Earth. Though they may come from different countries and time periods, the are writing, first and foremost, for their Earthling readers.

The following is a scale, on how much has changed to the native planet of the characters, relative to Earth. On the one side, you have the Earth, exactly as it is at the time of the writing. On the other, the Earth changed in vastly different ways, even to the point it might as well be a different planet altogether. Bonus points if things are different in the Solar System and beyond.

  1. Exactly The Same: The Earth as it is in the present at the time of the writing. This would include a story set in the 19th century, if it was written at the time.
  2. Minor Changes: The Earth with minor political and/or physical changes. This could be in the future or past (time-travel or not), could be Alternate History or even a parallel world. A story set in 19th century, but written today could be this, even if Time Travel is some how involved.
  3. Major Changes: The Earth with major political, physical or even biological changes. Wars were not only changed, but may have never happened at all.
  4. Drastic Changes: The Earth has taken on drastic changes. Maybe the continents drifted differently, or even the story takes place on Pangaea (in the distant past) or Pangea Ultamita (in the distant future). Maybe the story takes place, for example, in the Earth Kingdom of Airbenderverse, in which our continents and theirs aren't linked through time. This may be a Earth In-Name-Only type of deal, as (within the universe) they could just call it something else.
  5. Not A Sphere: It is supposed to be Earth, but it is not a sphere. It may be a Flat World or something like that.
  6. Beyond The Earth: Changes expand beyond the Earth. It will still be in the Goldilocks Zone, but it may not be the 3rd planet in the system, or orbiting a different color star.
  7. Beyond The Solar System: Changes expand beyond the solar system, such as being in a different (part of the) galaxy.
  8. Earth Is Gone: The planet is no more (the ultimate change).

As a Super Trope and scale, there are a lot of examples that could fit better into one or more Sub-Trope instead of here.

  • If an example fits squarely into a Sub-Trope, and only that one, please leave it on that page.
  • If it fits into the Sub-Trope at that class, but also does so for another degree, listing it in the second degree is alright.
  • If it fits into two or more Sub Tropes of the same degree, list them here.
  • If it fits two or more degrees, list it at the bottom.

Compare and contrast Apocalypse How. Compare Sliding Scale of Like Reality Unless Noted.

Sub Tropes include: Alternate History, Never Was This Universe, and Constructed World (please keep examples there, if they fit better)

This doesn't include Single Biome Planets, though those biomes and climates are based on something found on Earth.

Compare Inexplicable Cultural Ties (AKA Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planet Development), which is about how the cultures (languages, technology, etc.) of alien planets are astoundingly similar to Earth.


Examples

Exactly The Same

  • The Earth as it is in the present at the time of the writing. This would include a story set in the 19th century, if it was written at the time.
  • If a planet is identical in all but the name (think Earth, but inverse of In-Name-Only), it could go here.

Film

  • In the Superman II, when the Kryptonian criminals first land, they mistakenly believe the plant to be called Houston. They are later corrected.

Video Games

Minor Changes

  • The Earth with minor political and/or physical changes. This could be in the future or past (time-travel or not), could be Alternate History or even a parallel world. A story set in 19th century, but written today could be this, even if Time Travel is some how involved.

Comic Books

  • This is the level for many continuities with fictional countries, such as those in the DC and Marvel multiverses.

Video Games

Major Changes

  • The Earth with major political, physical or even biological changes. Wars were not only changed, but may have never happened at all.

Drastic Changes

  • The Earth has taken on drastic changes. Maybe the continents drifted differently, or even the story takes place on Pangaea (in the distant past) or Pangea Ultamita (in the distant future). Maybe the story takes place, for example, in the Earth Kingdom of Airbenderverse, in which our continents and theirs aren't linked through time. This may be a Earth In-Name-Only type of deal, as (within the universe) they could just call it something else.

Video Games

  • Majority of the Ace Combat games which take place in the Strangereal universe.

Western Animation

  • The Earth of Avatar: The Last Airbender is drastically different in terms of continent placement, with a landmass at each of the poles, and the Earth Kingdom being vast, possibly bigger than our Eurasia. There's no equivalent for the Americas, Australia, etc. And if the Harmonic Convergence episodes are any indication, they are in an entirely different star system, doubling this as Class X.

Not A Sphere

Literature

Beyond The Earth

  • Changes expand beyond the Earth. It will still be in the Goldilocks Zone, but it may not be the 3rd planet in the system, or orbiting a different color star.

Beyond The Solar System

  • Changes expand beyond the solar system, such as being in a different (part of the) galaxy.

Earth Is Gone

  • The planet is no more (the ultimate change).

Film - Animated

  • In Titan A.E., the Drej destroy the Earth in the 31st Century. It is unknown (at least to me) how the Earth was at the time, but how Bob will probably be different.

To Be Sorted

Anime and Manga

  • Code Geass takes place in an alternate history Earth, where all the continents are the same, but the political map is vastly different.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist also takes place in an alternate history Earth, where all the continents are the same, but the political map is vastly different, at least in the first anime.

Feedback: 33 replies

Jan 6th 2014 at 12:27:33 PM

I like this scale.

Edited out some typos.

Needs A Better Title, Needs A Better Description.

I suppose you should explain the trope better on the main description, as well as edit the degrees so that they make clear that the planet doesn't need to actually be Earth. (Instead of saying "The Earth has taken on drastic chenges", say "The planet is drastically different from The Earth").

Jan 6th 2014 at 12:34:45 PM

The new name might follow the "Sliding Scale Of X" pattern.

Jan 6th 2014 at 1:29:07 PM

Er, why is Avatar in there? That's a full-on Constructed World. It's not Earth. Earthbenders bend earth, not Earth.

Jan 6th 2014 at 3:05:58 PM

I don't believe the planet was ever actually called a name, and I was not trying to imply they were bending the planet. I was comparing it to our earth, looking for Fantasy Equilivents.

Jan 7th 2014 at 1:57:50 AM

Corrected multiple spelling and capitalization errors, including a lot of Significant Capitals and Earth being spelled "earth". Namespaced and italicized some work titles. Blue Linked Real Life and Alternate History, de-Red Linked Earth Kingdom.

Jan 7th 2014 at 3:39:17 PM

@Arivne: thank you, very, very much

Jan 7th 2014 at 3:55:03 PM

Alternate History, Never Was This Universe, and Constructed World would all be subtropes, I suppose. And most examples would probably go there too.

Jan 7th 2014 at 10:28:14 PM

Sorry, Sliding Scale Of Turn Realism turns out not to be related by that much...

Jan 8th 2014 at 12:59:38 AM

Compare Inexplicable Cultural Ties (AKA Hodgkins Law Of Parallel Planet Development), which is about how the cultures (languages, technology, etc.) of alien planets are astoundingly similar to Earth.

This would fit under Class 2.

Jan 9th 2014 at 6:23:38 PM

I've also been trying to come up with some kind of guidelines of what goes into this page, and what could be best left to a subtrope.


as a supertrope and scale, there are a lot of examples that could fit better into one or more subtrope as

  • if an example fits squarely into a subtrope, and only that one, please leave it on that page.
  • if it fits into the subtrope at that class, but also does so for another degree, listing it in the second degree is alright.
  • if it fits into two or more subtropes of the same degree, list them here.
  • if it fits two or more degrees, list it at the bottom

Also, should the scale be distributed among the points, instead of all grouped at the top?

Jan 9th 2014 at 7:06:23 PM

Class 5. It is supposed to be Earth, but it is not a sphere. It may be a Flat World or something like that. Example: The Silmarillion.

Jan 9th 2014 at 7:09:41 PM

Asking permission of the starter to edit the basic description, add an in-detail elaboration of what changes go to what category.

Jan 10th 2014 at 4:55:27 AM

@aurora369: permission granted. :)

@DAN 004: Sorry, misread your statement. If no one fixes it before I get out of work, I will take care of it when I get home.

Edit: I fixed it. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Jan 15th 2014 at 6:02:44 PM

so, good to go? need more examples? I honestly don't know how long to wait...

Jan 16th 2014 at 1:48:34 AM

^ Not always, dude. That covers more things than just Earth.

Jan 16th 2014 at 2:15:20 AM

Exactly, why would anything here look out of place there?

Jan 23rd 2014 at 11:33:08 AM

In universe on the Star Trek franchise they have a planetary classification system. "M-Type Planet" is Earthlike, and that's the ones they visit most often. "L-Type" is barely habitable by humanoides.

The Superman Earth-1 example seems chairsy. It takes place on modern day Earth, why wouldn't it be identical to Earth? (Anyway, that's from Superman II isn't it?)

Jan 23rd 2014 at 7:15:25 PM

@randomsurfer: whats does chairsy mean in this context?

Jan 23rd 2014 at 7:55:31 PM

^ Refer to People Sit On Chairs. "Chairsy" means "inconsequential/shallow".

Jan 23rd 2014 at 11:26:43 PM

^Exactly. Looking at it again I think the entire Earth-1 section, assuming the story is set on Earth and not "a planet identical to but not Earth," is Chairs.

EDIT: On second thought, given that this is a Sliding Scale type trope, Level 1 would be necessary to list but no examples are needed.

Jan 23rd 2014 at 11:33:05 PM

Class 4 - Majority of the Ace Combat games where it takes place in the Strangereal universe.

Class 1 - A few other Ace Combat games like Assault Horizons and Joint Assault.

Class 2 - Ace Combat Infinity.

Jan 23rd 2014 at 11:42:26 PM

Many of these Sliding Scale tropes have one end of the scale flagged with No Examples Please, as being a case of People Sit On Chairs. I think you should do that with Level 1 - a work set on modern or historical Earth is Chairs.

Jan 24th 2014 at 5:53:20 PM

I don't know if the name needs to be changed.

Jan 24th 2014 at 7:28:28 PM

^ is it easy to remove a tag?


also, thank you for the explanations.
also also, should the other point be anti-chairsy? such as with Star Wars?

Jun 5th 2015 at 10:26:40 PM

Another bump since it's been a year now.

Jun 6th 2015 at 4:35:52 AM

  • Capitalized the title.
  • De-capitalized (Our Home, Most/All, Beyond, Criminals).
  • Changed "Star System" to "Solar System".
  • Changed * to # to number a list.
  • Changed "Class #'s" to descriptive names as per Type Labels Are Not Examples.
  • Deleted the redundant "Example: The Silmarillion." from the Description.
  • Blue Linked (supertrope, subtrope x5).
  • Capitalized the first word in sentences.
  • Capitalized (earth).
  • Examples section

Jun 6th 2015 at 4:39:12 AM

The Silmarillion and all of the Ace Combat examples are Zero Context Examples and need more specific information to explain how they're this trope.

Oct 12th 2017 at 7:07:08 PM

Fictional Earth is the trope that cover this. Putting in a bomb.

Oct 13th 2017 at 12:51:05 AM

Good thing I launched it recently, I guess. If it was still sitting in the salvage list, this scale could have more relevance. I actually wouldn't really mind this scale, but it seems to overlap with already existing ones, particularly Sliding Scale Of Like Reality Unless Noted.

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