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Basic Trope: Earth just isn't important in the grand scheme of things.

  • Straight: In galactic politics, Earth is seen as the planetary equivalent of a backwater hick town at best.
  • Exaggerated: Earth is scheduled for demolition because no one in galactic politics would notice.
  • Downplayed: Earth is not more important or entitled than any other planet. While the earth hasn't connected to the greater galaxy yet, should it do so it would be treated like any other species, no more or less.
  • Justified:
    • Earth is just one insignificant planet amongst millions and has not contributed anything.
    • There are countless planets. Few of them have real importance, so its unlikely our planet is that important. Alternatively, EVERY planet is insignificant.
    • The rest of galactic civilization is technologically more advanced than Earth, and Earth has only just ventured far out enough into space to make first contact. Therefore, it hasn't had chance to be of much influence and is also dismissed as backwards and unsophisticated.
  • Inverted: Earth Is the Center of the Universe.
  • Subverted: Earth is just one planet amongst millions, until they discover this is where the Precursors buried their planet busting superweapon.
  • Double Subverted: Turns out, they put these on countless worlds because they could mass produce them.
  • Parodied:
    • After thwarting an Alien Invasion, creating a galactic empire, and becoming the precursors for various other species, Earth is still thought of as inconsequential.
    • It turns out every planet with sentient life thinks they're the useless, insignificant layabouts. Delegates at the Galactic UN like to play Misery Poker to figure out which one's the most backwater in between meetings.
    • The aliens only consider Earth unimportant because all the media it sends out into space keeps saying they are. This also turns out to be the reason they call its inhabitants "Earthlings" and "apes".
  • Zig Zagged: (continued from Double Subverted) Then it turns out the one on Earth is the Super Prototype that puts the rest to shame.
  • Averted: Earth is a major player (if not the most important because Humans Are Special).
  • Enforced: Well, we picked a galaxy where the Fermi Paradox has it full of interesting aliens. We could make humans super-dee-duper, but then the aliens would be little more than talking animals.
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  • Lampshaded: "Earth? That hick planet?"
  • Invoked: The human delegate in the Galactic UN likes to open his addresses by reminding everyone else he's from a simple backwater planet, much to the collective groans of every other species.
  • Exploited: Humans use their reputation as insignificant to get others to underestimate them.
  • Defied: Humanity knew before exploring space for life we would need to have a very respectable resume to stack up against other species (even friendly ones) so we bootstrap the planet into Crystal Spires and Togas well before setting out.
  • Discussed: "Geez, the core world aliens are such elitist snobs. Well, if you can't join 'em, I guess we can form a Confederacy of Independent Systems with the other "backwater" planets, maybe even make a droid army! That'll show 'em!"
  • Conversed: "Y'know, every alien on TV is either out to kill us or sneer at us about being backward savages. It's like we're Space Indians and they're Space Europeans come to colonize."
  • Implied: A Galactic UN meeting has tables for representatives of different solar systems, but there isn't a seat for Earth.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Earth being insignificant makes humanity feel less than special, to the point we retreat into ourselves and don't leave the solar system.
    • Supremacist elements decide to put Earth on the galactic radar by any means necessary, including force if need be.
  • Reconstructed:
    • ... only to come back out a few centuries later with something we can really be proud of, and make a name for ourselves in galactic culture.
    • Humans don't like being overlooked- so we collectively work extremely hard on our technology, our military capacity, our interplanetary alliances and more, until eventually we're hands-down one of the biggest powers in the galaxy.
    • Earth's insignifance in the vast cosmic scale actually means that it is very important to certain individuals... exlied nobles, escaped criminals, beings with secrets to hide. After all, who would ever bother to look for X on this insignificant world? And over time, more and more beings come to hide items or themselves onto Earth, resulting in Earth becoming an impressively important world home to many lost secrets and truths and the various otherworlders willing to protect their secret hidey hole.
  • Played For Laughs: "Your planet is an insignificant little blue dot." "Which justifies eating an entire cake."
  • Played For Drama: Humans eventually realize just how violent and barbaric as well as unimportant and backwards they are compared to all alien civilizations. Aliens put effort into helping humans advance but that fails miserably so humans agree to let aliens exterminate them because they deserve it and to make room for alien civilizations who would make better use of Earth's resources.


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