History Main / MegaMawManeuver

27th Apr '17 6:44:03 AM Darth_Biomech
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While certainly an [[RuleOfCool interesting]] maneuver, it does pose several problems in RealLife. For one, its success hinges upon the maw ship being much larger and much faster than its victims. For another, the very real possibility of the target performing some desperate evasive action trying to get away would pose considerable danger. Sometimes {{Tractor Beam}}s are used to speed up the chase and/or [[JustifiedTrope explain away]] why the target isn't performing any evasive actions.

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While certainly an [[RuleOfCool interesting]] maneuver, it does pose several problems in RealLife. For one, its success hinges upon the maw ship being much larger and much faster than its victims. For another, the very real possibility of the target performing some desperate evasive action trying to get away would pose considerable danger. Sometimes {{Tractor Beam}}s are used to speed up the chase and/or [[JustifiedTrope explain away]] why the target isn't performing any evasive actions. \n And finally, if it happening in space, the bigger ship is a subject of the [[WeaponizedExhaust Kzinti Lesson]], if the smaller ship will turn their engines on while inside of the maw.
23rd Oct '16 5:08:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': The Gods' "parents", a collective of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, use their spaceship to engulf PLANET EARTH.
19th May '16 1:54:35 PM theNerdytimes
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19th May '16 1:54:22 PM theNerdytimes
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* Done in the Florian Triangle arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' by Thriller Bark, a massive pirate ship disguised as an island, to the Thousand Sunny. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Yes, in the world of One Piece, it is not only possible to pull this one off, but to do it while pretending to be an island.]]
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6th May '16 11:01:43 AM Jallen
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* As a parody to the above James Bond film ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' ''Videogame/FurFighters'' has a massive submarine that eats an aircraft carrier.
4th May '16 6:28:29 AM Berrenta
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18th Mar '16 5:57:13 AM Kalmbach
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* A hilarious variation could be the scene in ''Film/MarsAttacks'' where the US launches nukes, and the Martians deploy a tiny probe that sucks up the nukes into a balloon-like compartment, in which they explode harmlessly, the balloon probe containing everything. Then the Martians smoke the radioactive remains in some kind of space-bong.

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* A hilarious variation could be the scene in ''Film/MarsAttacks'' where the US launches nukes, and the Martians deploy a tiny probe that sucks up the nukes into a balloon-like compartment, in which they explode harmlessly, the balloon probe containing everything. Then the Martians smoke the radioactive remains in some kind of space-bong.space-bong that gives them HeliumSpeech.
24th Feb '16 9:55:37 AM StFan
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Compare: SwallowedWhole, which is this trope but with monsters.
Compare: DrivingIntoATruck, which is the opposite of this trope.

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Compare: SwallowedWhole, which is this trope but with monsters.monsters, and DrivingIntoATruck.
Compare: DrivingIntoATruck, which is the opposite of this trope.



** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': [[BigBad Ernst Stavro Blofeld]] has one of these, which he uses in {{False Flag Operation}}s to kidnap US and Soviet space capsules to start WW3 between them.
* The pirate spaceship from ''Film/SpaceTruckers''- again, a huge maw that swallowed smaller ships.

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** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': [[BigBad Ernst Stavro Blofeld]] has one of these, which he uses in {{False Flag Operation}}s to kidnap US and Soviet space capsules to start WW3 WorldWarIII between them.
* The pirate spaceship from ''Film/SpaceTruckers''- ''Film/SpaceTruckers'' -- again, a huge maw that swallowed swallows smaller ships.



** The opening scene of ''Film/ANewHope'' features the Tantive IV's engines and weapons being disabled by a Star Destroyer, leaving it helpless as Darth Vader's ship tractors the corvette into its massive carrier bay.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': As Rey and Fin are escaping in the ''Millennium Falcon'' the ship is suddenly overridden and a large transport engulfs the ship. They're certain it's the First Order but it's actually [[spoiler:Han Solo and Chewbacca]].

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** The opening scene of ''Film/ANewHope'' features the Tantive IV's ''Tantive IV''[='s=] engines and weapons being disabled by a Star Destroyer, leaving it helpless as Darth Vader's ship tractors the corvette into its massive carrier bay.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': As Rey and Fin Finn are escaping from Jakku in the ''Millennium Falcon'' Falcon'', the ship is suddenly overridden and a large transport engulfs the ship. it. They're certain it's they've been caught by the First Order Order, but it's actually [[spoiler:Han Solo and Chewbacca]].



* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': In ''The Deathlord of Ixia'', Lone Wolf's ship is "swallowed" by a huge sea vessel shaped like a giant fish, and dry-docked inside. Then Drakkarim Zombies board it and slaughter the crew.

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* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': In ''The Deathlord of Ixia'', Lone Wolf's ship is "swallowed" by a huge sea vessel shaped like a giant fish, and dry-docked inside. Then Zombie Drakkarim Zombies board it and slaughter the crew.



* Submarines are often equipped with these in the Litterature/RussalkaChronicles. They allow for a ship to recover equipment, buoys or debris without stopping. It's explicitly mention it's never used to recover people due to the risk of people [[CruelAndUnusualDeath slipping in between the "jaws" and being cut in two when it closes]]. The heroine is naturally saved in this fashion at one point (they didn't think there were any survivors).

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* Submarines are often equipped with these in the Litterature/RussalkaChronicles.''Litterature/RussalkaChronicles''. They allow for a ship to recover equipment, buoys or debris without stopping. It's explicitly mention it's never used to recover people due to the risk of people [[CruelAndUnusualDeath slipping in between the "jaws" and being cut in two when it closes]]. The heroine is naturally saved in this fashion at one point (they didn't think there were any survivors).



* The Series/{{Lexx}}, a giant bioengineered insect/planet-destroyer could literally eat ships, provided they were roughly the size of a space shuttle.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** The "Wisp" spaceship from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had a huge maw that swallowed Enterprise.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': the Planet Killer, a giant ship that destroyed planets. In an inversion, they deliberately flew a starship into its maw to destroy it from the inside out.
** Happened a couple times in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. One race had a starship so large that they simply beamed ''Voyager'' inside to capture them. This seems to be the primary assimilation tactic of the Borg Sphere, which tries to do it to ''Voyager'' twice (it succeeds in the finale, though it didn't stick).

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* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': The Series/{{Lexx}}, Lexx, a giant bioengineered insect/planet-destroyer could can literally eat ships, provided they were are roughly the size of a space shuttle.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The "Wisp" spaceship from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' had has a huge maw that swallowed Enterprise.swallows the ''Enterprise''.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': the Planet Killer, a giant ship that destroys planets. In an inversion, they deliberately flies a starship into its maw to destroy it from the inside out.
** Happens a couple times in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
*** One race has a starship so large that they simply beam ''Voyager'' inside to capture them.

** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': the Planet Killer, a giant ship that destroyed planets. *** In an inversion, they deliberately flew "Collective", a starship into its maw to destroy it from the Borg cube draws one of ''Voyager''[='s=] shuttles inside out.
** Happened
itself with a couple times in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. One race had a starship so large that they simply beamed ''Voyager'' tractor beam. When the crew wake up, they're inside to capture them. a vast chamber full of small spacecraft.
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This seems to be the primary assimilation tactic of the Borg Sphere, which tries to do it to ''Voyager'' twice (it succeeds in the finale, though it didn't doesn't stick).



* A ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' episode had a large sub pulling this to capture UEO transport subs.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Collective", a Borg cube draws one of Voyager's shuttles inside itself with a tractor beam. When the crew wake up, they're inside a vast chamber full of small spacecraft.

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* A ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' episode had has a large sub pulling this to capture UEO transport subs.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Collective", a Borg cube draws one of Voyager's shuttles inside itself with a tractor beam. When the crew wake up, they're inside a vast chamber full of small spacecraft.
subs.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has the air pirates harassing a Khan cargo plane. As the plane ducks into a cloud bank to try and hide, they fly right into the ''[[AirborneAircraftCarrier Iron Vulture]]'', the pirates' ship. It even has a mouth for such purposes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'':
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The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has the air pirates harassing a Khan cargo plane. As the plane ducks into a cloud bank to try and hide, they fly right into the ''[[AirborneAircraftCarrier Iron Vulture]]'', the pirates' ship. It even has a mouth for such purposes.
30th Dec '15 9:15:31 AM StarSword
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* ''ComicBook/SerenityLeavesOnTheWind'' duplicates the "barn swallow" maneuver from ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', this time with River manning the Firefly's controls to rescue Zoe from an Alliance supermax prison.
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