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12th Nov '16 11:19:23 AM Sharlee
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* ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'' uses SwirlyEnergyThingy imagery to illustrate Alex's journey into people's dreams. In this case, the colors of Swirl and the accompanying auditory effects foreshadow the nature of the dream: yelling and whites for a falling nightmare, fleshy pinks and moans for sexual anxiety, darkness and lightning for a boy's night terrors, and fire and explosions for WorldWarIII dread.
3rd Sep '16 3:24:54 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': at one point, one of these spit out a giant golden [[Franchise/StarWars TIE Fighter]] that was a boss.

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': at At one point, one of these spit out a giant golden [[Franchise/StarWars TIE Fighter]] that was a boss.



* The wormholes in ''EveOnline'' are the inverse of this, being understated translucent spheres in space that go 'blib' when you go through them. Irritatingly, this is quite possibly what a real wormhole might look like, ie, boring.

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* The wormholes in ''EveOnline'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' are the inverse of this, being understated translucent spheres in space that go 'blib' when you go through them. Irritatingly, this is quite possibly what a real wormhole might look like, ie, i.e., boring.
3rd Sep '16 3:19:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', a certain quest leads the player to encounter a [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Wretched Abyss]], a swirling, purple-ringed hole in space. This turns out to be [[spoiler:a manifestation of [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]], the Daedric Prince of the Unknown]]. Any [[OurDemonsAreDifferent daedric]] summon uses a portal that manifests as a Swirly Energy Thingy. Also, the portal to [[spoiler:Sovngarde located in Skuldafn]] is also a Swirly Energy Thingy. In ''Dawnguard'', the portal to [[spoiler:the Soul Cairn, the realm where all souls trapped in Black Soul Gems go after being used up]] is also a Swirly Energy Thingy.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', a certain quest leads the player to encounter a [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Wretched Abyss]], a swirling, purple-ringed hole in space. This turns out to be [[spoiler:a manifestation of [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]], the Daedric Prince of the Unknown]]. Any [[OurDemonsAreDifferent daedric]] summon uses a portal that manifests as a Swirly Energy Thingy. Also, the portal to [[spoiler:Sovngarde located in Skuldafn]] is also a Swirly Energy Thingy. In ''Dawnguard'', Thingy, as is the portal to [[spoiler:the Soul Cairn, the realm where all souls trapped in Black Soul Gems go after being used up]] is also a Swirly Energy Thingy.up,]] in ''Dawnguard''.



* The Jump Holes in ''{{Freelancer}}'' (essentially natural [[CoolGate Jump Gates]]) appear as swirling, red-and-blue SpaceClouds with white specks.
* The superportal from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode 2''

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* The Jump Holes in ''{{Freelancer}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' (essentially natural [[CoolGate Jump Gates]]) appear as swirling, red-and-blue SpaceClouds with white specks.
* The superportal from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode 2''



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* ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this in the form of [[Characters/HomestuckSprites Kernelsprites]], swirling orbs which can adopt the traits of the first two things they touch.

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* ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this in the form of [[Characters/HomestuckSprites Kernelsprites]], swirling orbs which can adopt the traits of the first two things they touch.



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28th Aug '16 9:03:13 AM erforce
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* ''Film/FantasticFour'' had this trope to a T, complete with surprise special effect of re-rolling your stats/DNA for you.

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* ''Film/FantasticFour'' ''Film/FantasticFour2005'' had this trope to a T, complete with surprise special effect of re-rolling your stats/DNA for you.
9th Aug '16 11:06:59 PM MadCat221
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* Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been swirlin' for the last few hundred years, though it's less of an energy thing and more of a gigantic tornado.

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* Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been swirlin' for the last few hundred years, though it's less of an energy thing and more of a gigantic tornado.cyclone storm three times the size of Earth.
31st Jul '16 12:11:18 PM DustSnitch
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* The pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} {{Superman}} story "Superman's Secret Afterlife!" had the hero being caught by a LifeEnergy sucking creature called a Helix in space, that looked like a miniature galaxy. It trapped him in [[LotusEaterMachine an illusion of his possible future life]] (with a little help from the PhantomZone Villains). Superman destroys it, appropriately enough, by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spinning it towards a nova]].
* The [[TheFlash Speed Force]], an energy field from which all speedsters draw their power, is described as one of these.

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* The Speed Force of ''TheFlash'' fame, an energy field from which all speedsters draw their power, is described as one of these.
* The pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} {{Superman}} ''{{Superman}}'' story "Superman's Secret Afterlife!" had the hero being caught by a LifeEnergy sucking creature called a Helix in space, that looked like a miniature galaxy. It trapped him in [[LotusEaterMachine an illusion of his possible future life]] (with a little help from the PhantomZone Villains). Superman destroys it, appropriately enough, by [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome spinning it towards a nova]].
* The [[TheFlash Speed Force]], an energy field from which all speedsters draw their power, is described as one of these.
nova]].



* The "time rip" in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' is this.



* The "time rip" in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheLangoliers'' is this.



* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a million of these over the course of its run. The other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series weren't above using them either.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', in particular, used this visual effect for the wormhole that the primary plot centered around.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is another big fan of this trope. Most notably, the Time Vortex through which the TARDIS travels, first featured in the 70s title sequence, and reborn in the new series for both the titles and occasionally within the series itself.
* The first two seasons of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' have this calling it the "Artifact" which may or may not have been the thing that caused both the Big Bang AND intelligence...
* A major plot point right through ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In fact, one of these kicked off the plot in the first place. Farscape wormholes usually just send you through space, but can do time as well. John has the distinction of being pretty much the only person who can predict when and where they will open, which paints a huge target on his back.



* A major plot point right through ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In fact, one of these kicked off the plot in the first place. Farscape wormholes usually just send you through space, but can do time as well. John has the distinction of being pretty much the only person who can predict when and where they will open, which paints a huge target on his back.
* The first two seasons of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' have this calling it the "Artifact" which may or may not have been the thing that caused both the Big Bang AND intelligence...
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is another big fan of this trope. Most notably, the Time Vortex through which the TARDIS travels, first featured in the 70s title sequence, and reborn in the new series for both the titles and occasionally within the series itself.

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* A major ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', in particular, used this visual effect for the wormhole that the primary plot point right through ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In fact, one centered around.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a million
of these kicked off over the plot in the first place. Farscape wormholes usually just send you through space, but can do time as well. John has the distinction course of being pretty much the only person who can predict when and where they will open, which paints a huge target on his back.
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its run. The first two seasons of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' have this calling it the "Artifact" which may or may not have been the thing that caused both the Big Bang AND intelligence...
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is another big fan of this trope. Most notably, the Time Vortex through which the TARDIS travels, first featured in the 70s title sequence, and reborn in the new
other ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series for both the titles and occasionally within the series itself.weren't above using them either.



* The Molecular Mixmaster from ''Pinball/DrDude''.



* The Molecular Mixmaster from ''Pinball/DrDude''.



* The Jump Holes in ''{{Freelancer}}'' (essentially natural [[CoolGate Jump Gates]]) appear as swirling, red-and-blue SpaceClouds with white specks.
* The [[FasterThanLightTravel jump points]] in the later installments of the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series are depicted, in video {{cutscene}}s, as opening into these, then reversing the effect after the ship has passed into {{hyperspace}}.



* The wormholes in EveOnline are the inverse of this, being understated translucent spheres in space that go 'blib' when you go through them. Irritatingly, this is quite possibly what a real wormhole might look like, ie, boring.

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* The wormholes in EveOnline ''EveOnline'' are the inverse of this, being understated translucent spheres in space that go 'blib' when you go through them. Irritatingly, this is quite possibly what a real wormhole might look like, ie, boring.boring.
* The Jump Holes in ''{{Freelancer}}'' (essentially natural [[CoolGate Jump Gates]]) appear as swirling, red-and-blue SpaceClouds with white specks.



* In ''VideoGame/MysteryOfMortlakeMansion'', these are located behind each PortalDoor, allowing travel between the real-world mansion and the "shadowy" version.



* In ''VideoGame/MysteryOfMortlakeMansion'', these are located behind each PortalDoor, allowing travel between the real-world mansion and the "shadowy" version.



* The [[FasterThanLightTravel jump points]] in the later installments of the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series are depicted, in video {{cutscene}}s, as opening into these, then reversing the effect after the ship has passed into {{hyperspace}}.



* Regarding the Swirly Thingy over Norway, self-admitted MadScientist Tony Flaansas of Webcomic/RealLifeComics pointed out that it could also be a villain trying to hypnotize Norway. When asked if he had tried to hypnotize Norway, his response was "Of course not, that's silly. I tried to blow it up, but my missile failed."



* ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has this in the form of [[Characters/HomestuckSprites Kernelsprites]], swirling orbs which can adopt the traits of the first two things they touch.
* Regarding the Swirly Thingy over Norway, self-admitted MadScientist Tony Flaansas of ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' pointed out that it could also be a villain trying to hypnotize Norway. When asked if he had tried to hypnotize Norway, his response was "Of course not, that's silly. I tried to blow it up, but my missile failed."



* Makuta's floating swirl of {{LEGO}} parts and some other stuff in the early ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' on-line clips. Fans tend to call it "the Void", but that's most likely a misinterpretation of one of his lines. In fact, it's never cleared ''what'' it is, and it isn't represented in subsequent media. Could be where he kept his spare parts...



* Makuta's floating swirl of {{LEGO}} parts and some other stuff in the early ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' on-line clips. Fans tend to call it "the Void", but that's most likely a misinterpretation of one of his lines. In fact, it's never cleared ''what'' it is, and it isn't represented in subsequent media. Could be where he kept his spare parts...



* The Void from the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' continuity of ''SonicTheHedgehog''.
* Doc Terror's "Neutron Vortex" from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' episode "To Dare Dominion".
* When Megatron destabilizes history in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', a huge time-swirl starts spreading out into space with Earth at its center.



* The ''TransformersGeneration1'' two-part episode "Dinobot Island" featured various swirly energy time vortexes dropping historical animals, people, and objects into the present day.
* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princesses Luna and Celestia]] as powerful from their manes and tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} episode [[Recap/FuturamaS3E19RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell that Ends Well]], the Planet Express crew is sucked into the past by a Time Rift, a sort of red whirlpool in space caused by the interaction of radiation from a supernova and an exploding microwave oven.

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* The ''TransformersGeneration1'' two-part When Megatron destabilizes history in the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', a huge time-swirl starts spreading out into space with Earth at its center.
* Doc Terror's "Neutron Vortex" from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''
episode "Dinobot Island" featured various swirly energy time vortexes dropping historical animals, people, and objects into the present day.
* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princesses Luna and Celestia]] as powerful from their manes and tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.
"To Dare Dominion."
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} episode [[Recap/FuturamaS3E19RoswellThatEndsWell "[[Recap/FuturamaS3E19RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell that Ends Well]], Well]]", the Planet Express crew is sucked into the past by a Time Rift, a sort of red whirlpool in space caused by the interaction of radiation from a supernova and an exploding microwave oven.oven.
* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pin ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Princesses Luna and Celestia as powerful from their manes and tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' two-part episode "Dinobot Island" featured various swirly energy time vortexes dropping historical animals, people, and objects into the present day.
* The Void from the ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' continuity of ''SonicTheHedgehog''.
2nd Jul '16 10:38:36 AM nombretomado
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* Makuta's floating swirl of {{LEGO}} parts and some other stuff in the early ''{{BIONICLE}}'' on-line clips. Fans tend to call it "the Void", but that's most likely a misinterpretation of one of his lines. In fact, it's never cleared ''what'' it is, and it isn't represented in subsequent media. Could be where he kept his spare parts...

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* Makuta's floating swirl of {{LEGO}} parts and some other stuff in the early ''{{BIONICLE}}'' ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' on-line clips. Fans tend to call it "the Void", but that's most likely a misinterpretation of one of his lines. In fact, it's never cleared ''what'' it is, and it isn't represented in subsequent media. Could be where he kept his spare parts...
26th May '16 2:57:14 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': at one point, one of these spit out a giant golden TIE-Fighter that was a boss.

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': at one point, one of these spit out a giant golden TIE-Fighter [[Franchise/StarWars TIE Fighter]] that was a boss.



** the portals from cookie clicker that were part of a mini-event.



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', there's a warp rift called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eye of Terror]], and it's roughly the size of a small spiral galaxy. It's technically an area of space where there realspace and [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace warpspace]] overlap, though that's just another way of saying that it's just [[NegativeSpaceWedgie where ''hell'' itself has spewed into reality]]. Although the Eye of Terror is the largest and most notorious, there are others: the Maelstrom, the Maw, the Storm of the Emperor's Wrath, the Screaming Vortex...you get the idea. In the Fifth Edition rulebook, during its description of the Orks, the book gives a (not-to-scale) map of a [[KillEmAll WAAAAGH!]] from beginning to end. One of the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie topographical anomalies]] on the map is literally titled [[FunetikAksent "Da Big Swirly Fing"]]
** In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', the chaos Mutalith Vortex Beast carries a smaller one around on its back. As you'd expect from something that spends so long close to one, the Vortex Beast looks [[OurMonstersAreWeird very, very weird.]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', there's a warp rift called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eye of Terror]], and it's roughly the size of a small spiral galaxy. It's technically an area of space where there realspace and [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace warpspace]] overlap, though that's just another way of saying that it's just [[NegativeSpaceWedgie where ''hell'' Hell itself has spewed into reality]]. Although the Eye of Terror is the largest and most notorious, there are others: the Maelstrom, the Maw, the Storm of the Emperor's Wrath, the Screaming Vortex... you get the idea. idea.
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In the Fifth Edition rulebook, during its description of the Orks, the book gives a (not-to-scale) map of a [[KillEmAll [[TheHorde WAAAAGH!]] from beginning to end. One of the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie topographical anomalies]] on the map is literally titled [[FunetikAksent "Da Big Swirly Fing"]]
** * In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', the chaos Mutalith Vortex Beast carries a smaller one around on its back. As you'd expect from something that spends so long close to one, the Vortex Beast looks [[OurMonstersAreWeird very, very weird.]]



* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick [[MyLittlePony:FriendshipIsMagic Princesses Luna and Celestia]] as powerful from their manes and tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.

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* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick [[MyLittlePony:FriendshipIsMagic [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Princesses Luna and Celestia]] as powerful from their manes and tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.respectively.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} episode [[Recap/FuturamaS3E19RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell that Ends Well]], the Planet Express crew is sucked into the past by a Time Rift, a sort of red whirlpool in space caused by the interaction of radiation from a supernova and an exploding microwave oven.



* There have been several spirals appearing all over the place such as these.

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* There have been several such energy spirals appearing all over the place such as these.world.
8th May '16 11:29:28 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has "Spiral Energy", the force of will of mankind made manifest, often depicted as and accompanied by swirling wind and glowing spirals. Power taking the form of a spiral swirl is used as something of a metaphor for mankind's development and determination to advance as well as a visual cue that [[HolyShitQuotient awesome crap is about to go down.]]

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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has "Spiral Energy", the force of will of mankind made manifest, often depicted as and accompanied by swirling wind and glowing spirals. Power taking the form of a spiral swirl is used as something of a metaphor for mankind's development and determination to advance as well as a visual cue that [[HolyShitQuotient awesome crap is about to go down.]]
26th Jan '16 3:45:53 PM AgentTasmania
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* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick Princesses Luna and Celestia as powerful from their manes and tals being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.

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* If their [[LargeAndInCharge stature]] didn't give it away, you could pick [[MyLittlePony:FriendshipIsMagic Princesses Luna and Celestia Celestia]] as powerful from their manes and tals tails being composed not of hair but of a nebula and an aurora respectively.
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