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15th May '17 3:31:48 PM Amahn
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* In ''{{Dragonball}}'', the gravity from King Kai's miniature planet, which manages to be at 10 times the gravity as on Earth despite its size, doesn't affect anything unless it gets within a few hundred feet, then you immediately get pulled toward it. To be fair, that ''is'' in the afterlife, so there's no reason the physical laws would be the same, or even exist.

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* In ''{{Dragonball}}'', the gravity from King Kai's miniature planet, which manages to be at 10 times the gravity as on Earth despite its size, doesn't affect anything unless it gets within a few hundred feet, then you immediately get pulled toward it. To be fair, that ''is'' in the afterlife, so there's no reason the physical laws would be the same, or even exist.[[note]]As [[https://what-if.xkcd.com/68/ this]] WhatIf article illustrates. Small but dense objects (like King Kai's planet) do display "odd" gravity near their surface due to gravity being a function of mass and distance squared to the mass's center. No, their gravity wouldn't "turn off" a short distance away, but there would be a sever gravitational gradient and tidal forces present.[[/note]]
15th May '17 3:21:38 PM Amahn
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*** This is in fact plausible TruthInTelevision (assuming FTL travel can be considered truth). A ship flying into the star system would not exit warp in a stable orbit (of either the star or any of its planets). Significant delta-v would need to be applied to match orbital velocities, and thus the ship would continue along straight non-orbital paths. Also considering the fact the ship unexpectedly dropped out of faster-than-light travel, FridgeLogic implies it could still have significant carry-over momentum that would allow it to close the Moon-To-Earth distance much faster than the 2-3 days Apollo Astronauts took.
20th Apr '17 8:59:30 PM LBHills
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Obviously not TruthInTelevision. Gravity is what allows stable orbits to exist -- without gravity, Earth would just fly away from the Sun (disregarding for a minute that without gravity, both would fail to form in the first place). Even increasing gravity, until a certain point, would not cause an orbiting body to fall onto the planet, but would simply shift it to a different orbit.

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Obviously not TruthInTelevision. Gravity is what allows stable orbits to exist -- without gravity, Earth would just fly away from the Sun (disregarding for a minute that without gravity, both would fail to form never have formed in the first place). Even increasing gravity, until a certain point, would not cause an orbiting body to fall onto the planet, but would simply shift it to a different orbit.
9th Apr '17 9:33:54 AM nombretomado
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* As in the Film examples, Star Destroyers in the ''Star Wars {{Rogue Squadron}}'' series are prone to make sudden vertical 90-degree turns as soon as they're critically damaged; Rogue Leaders who aren't careful during the Battle of Endor will suddenly find the Star Destroyer they'd disabled [[YetAnotherStupidDeath swooping forward to crash into them]].

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* As in the Film examples, Star Destroyers in the ''Star Wars {{Rogue Squadron}}'' VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' series are prone to make sudden vertical 90-degree turns as soon as they're critically damaged; Rogue Leaders who aren't careful during the Battle of Endor will suddenly find the Star Destroyer they'd disabled [[YetAnotherStupidDeath swooping forward to crash into them]].
15th Mar '17 11:42:06 PM Xtifr
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* Actually averted in the ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''Vector Prime'', where the weird gravity device used by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] to ColonyDrop Sernpidal's moon onto the planet does not cause a "sucking" effect, but instead the moon's orbit decays more or less realistically every time it passes over the device. Not that there's anything realistic about a superweapon that produces a gravitational force greater than a planet's.
* Deconstructed in RobertAHeinleinís ''Starman Jones'':

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* Actually averted in the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novel ''Vector Prime'', where the weird gravity device used by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Yuuzhan Vong]] to ColonyDrop Sernpidal's moon onto the planet does not cause a "sucking" effect, but instead the moon's orbit decays more or less realistically every time it passes over the device. Not that there's anything realistic about a superweapon that produces a gravitational force greater than a planet's.
* Deconstructed in RobertAHeinleinís ''Starman Jones'':Creator/RobertAHeinleinís ''Literature/StarmanJones'':



* In ''[[SkylarkSeries The Skylark of Space]]'', [=DuQuesne's=] ship is caught in the pull of a dead star. Notably it induces a sickening sensation of ''falling'' even though the characters are now used to freefall.

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* In ''[[SkylarkSeries ''[[Literature/SkylarkSeries The Skylark of Space]]'', [=DuQuesne's=] ship is caught in the pull of a dead star. Notably it induces a sickening sensation of ''falling'' even though the characters are now used to freefall.
25th Oct '16 4:37:15 PM BlueGuy
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* In the finale of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: Battle Tendency'', a volcanic eruption sends [[spoiler:Kars and Joseph]] hurtling upward into space. The latter falls back down to Earth, but the slight velocity increase from a vent of gas sent the former ''hurtling into infinite space''.

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* In the finale of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure: Battle Tendency'', ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', a volcanic eruption sends [[spoiler:Kars and Joseph]] hurtling upward into space. The latter falls back down to Earth, but the slight velocity increase from a vent of gas sent the former ''hurtling into infinite space''.
12th Sep '16 5:25:24 AM Blazer
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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
** One power players gain access to is the Gravity Well, a Science ability that allows players to create the titular spacial distortion, allowing them to pull enemies in. Since it's drawn from one's Auxiliary power level, the higher the power level, the stronger the pull. This is perfect for players to pull enemies in then nail them with either Beam: Fire at Will/Cannon: Scatter Volley and Torpedo: Spread.
** Romulan ships, as they run on artificial singularities, have this effect when their ships are destroyed - their ships are pulled into their own overloading cores and anyone caught near them will be pulled in, then pushed away by the core's resulting explosion.
29th Aug '16 1:22:00 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', Pelican dropships are shown dropping like a stone the second they are released from the spaceship suspending them above the surface of the planet below. Justified in that the spaceship itself is actually using its own systems to propel the Pelicans a bit; in fact, the Pelicans don't fall - they drift along until they engage their own propulsion. A more extreme mechanism is used for the ODST drop pods - they aren't dropped, they're literally shot out of the ship.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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Pelican dropships are shown dropping like a stone the second they are released from the spaceship suspending them above the surface of the planet below. Justified in that the spaceship itself is actually using its own systems to propel the Pelicans a bit; in fact, the Pelicans don't fall - they drift along until they engage their own propulsion. A more extreme mechanism is used for the ODST drop pods - they aren't dropped, they're literally shot out of the ship.ship.
** In ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', two of the power weapons you can requisition in the "Warzone" multiplayer mode are the "Void's Tear", a plasma pistol with special overcharge shots that can suck in and tear apart even tanks, and the T-50δ, a beam rifle which creates an unstable gravimetric vortex at wherever it fires at.
27th Aug '16 8:43:53 PM Kishou
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** Also almost said word for word by Norbert when they get trapped underground and eventually reach the Earth's Core. ("Sometimes... Gravity stinks.") When they're on the core itself, they're flat and baritone, and when they're off they're stretched out and higher pitched.
11th Aug '16 10:48:18 AM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Averted; there is no "gravity suction" on the nukes Apocalypse shoots beyond the Earth's atmosphere, but this runs into a different kind of artistic license. The null-gravity effect experienced by astronauts is about moving ''around the world,'' not moving ''up far enough''.
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