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16th Jun '16 3:58:06 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''TenchiMuyo'' [=OVAverse=] [[spoiler:when fighting Z, Tenchi travels from Earth to Saturn within a fraction of a second. This is {{justified|Trope}} in that he is the ''being that made the three Goddesses that made the universe''.]]

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* In the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' [=OVAverse=] [[spoiler:when fighting Z, Tenchi travels from Earth to Saturn within a fraction of a second. This is {{justified|Trope}} in that he is the ''being that made the three Goddesses that made the universe''.]]
10th Jun '16 9:23:43 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (and its ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adaptation) uses the title spaceship's jump drive as a major plot point. The show actually demonstrated that if you had an FTL drive and could safely use it within a star system, you probably would, because even interplanetary distances can be inconveniently large. The SDF-1 travels from Earth to Pluto's orbit in minutes, but needs ''two years'' to get back to Earth using a gravity-assist technique through normal space. The latter is quite plausible, as the outer Solar System is ''big''[[note]]for comparison, the real life probe New Horizons was launched off of Earth at extremely high speeds and used a gravity slingshot around Jupiter, and it still took ''nine and a half years'' to reach Pluto[[/note]].

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** The original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (and its ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adaptation) uses the title spaceship's jump drive as a major plot point. The show point, and actually demonstrated that if you had an FTL drive and could safely use it within a star system, you probably would, because even interplanetary distances can be inconveniently large. The SDF-1 travels from Earth to Pluto's orbit in minutes, but needs ''two years'' to get back to Earth using a gravity-assist technique through normal space. The latter is quite plausible, as the outer Solar System is ''big''[[note]]for comparison, the real life probe New Horizons was launched off of Earth at extremely high speeds and used a gravity slingshot around Jupiter, and it still took ''nine and a half years'' to reach Pluto[[/note]].
10th Jun '16 9:22:46 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' uses its spaceship's jump drive as a major plot point.
** Also, Macross/Robotech demonstrates that if you had an FTL drive and could safely use it within a star system, you probably would, because even interplanetary distances can be inconveniently large. The SDF-1 travels from Earth to Pluto's orbit in minutes, but needs ''two years'' to get back to Earth using a gravity-assist technique through normal space. This is quite plausible, the outer Solar System is ''big''[[note]]for comparison, the real life probe New Horizons was launched off of Earth at extremely high speeds and used a gravity slingshot around Jupiter, and it still took ''nine and a half years'' to reach Pluto[[/note]].

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** The original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (and its ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adaptation)
uses its the title spaceship's jump drive as a major plot point.
** Also, Macross/Robotech demonstrates
point. The show actually demonstrated that if you had an FTL drive and could safely use it within a star system, you probably would, because even interplanetary distances can be inconveniently large. The SDF-1 travels from Earth to Pluto's orbit in minutes, but needs ''two years'' to get back to Earth using a gravity-assist technique through normal space. This The latter is quite plausible, as the outer Solar System is ''big''[[note]]for comparison, the real life probe New Horizons was launched off of Earth at extremely high speeds and used a gravity slingshot around Jupiter, and it still took ''nine and a half years'' to reach Pluto[[/note]].
6th Jun '16 12:40:12 PM HelloLamppost
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FasterThanLightTravel is a [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality necessary break]] from physics if you want to have a SpaceOpera. A more extreme version, found in Space Operas and other places, is CasualInterstellarTravel. A setting without Faster Than Light Travel involving a trip between planets, usually in a single star system, is an InterplanetaryVoyage.

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FasterThanLightTravel is generally considered a [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality necessary break]] from physics if you want to have a SpaceOpera. SpaceOpera (though this was much less true in TheGoldenAgeOfScienceFiction, when it could still be safely assumed that [[ScienceMarchesOn alien civilizations flourished as nearby as Mars, Venus, or even the Moon).]] A more extreme version, found in Space Operas and other places, is CasualInterstellarTravel. A setting without Faster Than Light Travel involving a trip between planets, usually in a single star system, is an InterplanetaryVoyage.
6th Jun '16 11:32:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Robots''-''Empire''-''{{Foundation}}'' universe used "hyper-atomic" jump drives which, though one could theoretically use them to cross the galaxy instantaneously, could not be targeted accurately without first determining your exact position in space and then carefully calculating the relative trajectory of your destination from astronomical observations and manuals. As sophisticated computers did not exist in the Asimov universe until the later Foundation novels, this often had to be done by hand and plotting a single jump could take more than a day depending on how many gravity wells were around your locale. Long trips required several jumps, and to travel from one end of the galaxy to another required dozens of jumps and over two months time, in order to guarantee safe passage. "Blind jumps", where ships jump without a set course or a vaguely defined one, are known to occur in desperate circumstances, but one runs the risk of jumping too close to a star or planet, or merely jumping and being stuck in [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] forever.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Robots''-''Empire''-''{{Foundation}}'' ''Robots''-''Empire''-''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' universe used "hyper-atomic" jump drives which, though one could theoretically use them to cross the galaxy instantaneously, could not be targeted accurately without first determining your exact position in space and then carefully calculating the relative trajectory of your destination from astronomical observations and manuals. As sophisticated computers did not exist in the Asimov universe until the later Foundation novels, this often had to be done by hand and plotting a single jump could take more than a day depending on how many gravity wells were around your locale. Long trips required several jumps, and to travel from one end of the galaxy to another required dozens of jumps and over two months time, in order to guarantee safe passage. "Blind jumps", where ships jump without a set course or a vaguely defined one, are known to occur in desperate circumstances, but one runs the risk of jumping too close to a star or planet, or merely jumping and being stuck in [[SubspaceOrHyperspace hyperspace]] forever.
2nd Jun '16 2:13:59 PM nombretomado
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* In HPLovecraft's ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' the Mi-Go are able to fly faster than light because Einstein is wrong (it was written in the 30s).

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* In HPLovecraft's Creator/HPLovecraft's ''The Whisperer in Darkness'' the Mi-Go are able to fly faster than light because Einstein is wrong (it was written in the 30s).
2nd Jun '16 1:28:56 PM Theriocephalus
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** Technobabble; exploiting the curvature of spacetime in some way to instantly move a ship from one location to another. Functionally, a ship using one does not travel faster than light; instead, they alter the distance that has to be traveled, generally to about zero. Sometimes called "fold drives" (from the analogy of folding a piece of paper to make two distant points adjacent). As the range is rarely unlimited the ship typically moves in a series of "jumps", needing some time to recharge or re-calibrate its engine between jumps, but the jump itself is generally instant making this technically the fastest method. Oddly enough this rarely uses TeleportationTropes excepting perhaps TeleFrag as those are personal tropes. Notably used in Franchise/{{Dune}}. See also OurWormholesAreDifferent and CoolGate for variants.
* Hyperdrives: [[SubspaceOrHyperspace Ship leaves local space and goes into another dimension where it can go faster]]. Usually called "X"space with X usually being "Hyper" or whatever the drive is called (so a Zerodrive takes you to Zerospace etc...).
** Technobabble; Since the ship can't travel faster than light, it enters AnotherDimension instead. Maybe the laws of physics are different so you ''can'' go faster than light there. Or perhaps hyperspace has [[AlienGeometries weird topography]] so that by traveling for a day there you can reenter the real universe thousands of light-years from where you started. Because travel still takes time it may take a trip in hyperspace exactly [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot as long as it needs to]] but is still not instant. [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Has decent odds of being a scary place]] with its own hazards to manage. Most notable example can be found in ''Franchise/StarWars'', though the picture above is actually only of entering hyperspace.

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** Technobabble; Technobabble: exploiting the curvature of spacetime in some way to instantly move a ship from one location to another. Functionally, a ship using one does not travel faster than light; instead, they alter the distance that has to be traveled, generally to about zero. Sometimes called "fold drives" (from the analogy of folding a piece of paper to make two distant points adjacent). As the range is rarely unlimited the ship typically moves in a series of "jumps", needing some time to recharge or re-calibrate its engine between jumps, but the jump itself is generally instant making this technically the fastest method. Oddly enough this rarely uses TeleportationTropes excepting perhaps TeleFrag TeleFrag, as those are personal tropes. Notably used in Franchise/{{Dune}}.''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. See also OurWormholesAreDifferent and CoolGate for variants.
* Hyperdrives: [[SubspaceOrHyperspace Ship leaves local space and goes into another dimension where it can go faster]]. Usually called "X"space "X"space, with X usually being "Hyper" or whatever the drive is called (so a Zerodrive takes you to Zerospace etc...).
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** Technobabble; Technobabble: Since the ship can't travel faster than light, it enters AnotherDimension instead. Maybe the laws of physics are different so you ''can'' go faster than light there. Or perhaps hyperspace has [[AlienGeometries weird topography]] so that by traveling for a day there you can reenter the real universe thousands of light-years from where you started. Because travel still takes time it may take a trip in hyperspace exactly [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot as long as it needs to]] but is still not instant. [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Has decent odds of being a scary place]] with its own hazards to manage. Most notable example can be found in ''Franchise/StarWars'', though the picture above is actually only of entering hyperspace.
30th May '16 7:26:57 PM AmbushBugbear
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* The nature and possession of the Ring Drive is one of the main plot concerns of the sci-fi comic ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}''. Humans didn't invent it, they copied it from a crashed alien ship. As a result, it's something of a BlackBox to anyone other than the race that created it, but it seems to be a mix of Warp and Jump drives, making many tiny jumps along a path in such a way that you still need to worry about navigational hazards or pursuit.
17th May '16 1:21:02 PM FernFromChtio
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Pouvoirpoint}}'' the ship Entreprise-2061 makes use of FTL jumps several times during the journey from Earth to Alpha Centauri, producing each time psychedelic effects and giving space sickness to the main character.
8th May '16 12:49:51 PM katrinahood
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', the Rockhopper, the Penguins' spaceship, has the ability to travel to distant planets in only a few minutes.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', the Rockhopper, the Penguins' spaceship, has the ability to travel to distant planets in only a few minutes.hours.
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