Created By: doorhandle on March 16, 2011 Last Edited By: kentdyson88 on June 22, 2011

Spaceships are for the Weak!

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In any given Space Opera setting, it's generally agreed the protagonists will need a Cool Ship or even just the Alleged Spaceship, in order to properly get from Planetville to Planet Eris to the Single-Biome Planet and back again, while stopping over at the Planet of Hats for a nice Feldora.

Not this guy.

Through whatever Hand Waved method, the character or thing described by this trope can Skip from Earth to Alpha-Centuri with the greatest of ease, not even needing a Spaceship to get from planet A to B. Naturally, this trope is related to Batman Can Breathe in Space, Causal Intersteller Travel and Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale, although this is a given as most characters capable of this have won the Superpower Lottery anyway.

People that use Open-air Spacecraft, or Teleporters And Transporters to travel through space DO NOT apply for this trope. People that fly into space on their own power, or after being launched, without a spaceship, DO.

Examples include:

Needs more Examples.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • March 16, 2011
    Glucharina
    In Stargate Verse ships are common, but only one of the most advanced race ever was able to build Stargate which allow you to travel between planet without ships. And in Stargate Universe there is race so advanced they didn't even need hyperspace or warp or whatever to drop shuttle in another galaxy.
  • March 16, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Similarly, the Iconians and their gateways in Star Trek
  • March 17, 2011
    Arivne
    ^ ^^ If I understand the OP correctly, this is about characters or creatures that can travel through space under their own power, without any outside help. Not technology that allows characters to do so.

    Comic Books

    Tabletop Games
    • Champions supplement The Circle and M.E.T.E. Elt (one of the aliens at M.E.T.E.) can travel through space using faster-than-light travel.
      • In fact, any Champions character with Flight, FTL Travel and appropriate Life Support can do it.
    • Call Of Cthulhu. Byakhee are capable of interstellar travel, and Mi-go can travel between planets (and possibly between stars as well).
  • March 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • March 17, 2011
    DaibhidC
  • March 19, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    • Lobo doesn't exactly do without a spaceship but still touches his trope as his vehicle is open-topped (basically a large rocket with motorbike seat and handles)
    • The heralds of Galactus
  • March 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • March 19, 2011
    doorhandle

    Lobo touches, but doesnt meet this trope. He can just breath in space, he still needs spacecraft to get around.

    Personifications would count, if they actually fly though space and don't, say, teleport.

    As Arivne said, this is about characters who can travel in space under their own power, or at least without using portals or teleportation. Like the Mario example, a race who got around the universe by being shot out of cannons would still count, while ones that got around using a portal network or spacecraft would not.

    im iffy, erring on yes, if the character uses Powered Armor to tear about the cosmos. Mecha count as spaceships for the purposes of this trope.

  • March 20, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • April 7, 2011
    doorhandle
    Living Ships ARE ships and would not count because ships are for the WEAK!, to put it in my terms. So, the Q and Cosmozoans would count, as would a Space Whale if it wasn't also a Living Ship, but Gomtuu would not,

    Might point out the similaity between the tropes though.
  • April 7, 2011
    Speedball
    In Top Ten, Commisioner Ultima is a superhuman able to shift between alternate realities at will, so she's able to show up in any precinct she wants without having to go through the huge airport-like transfer stations everyone else does.
  • April 17, 2011
    doorhandle
    Hmmm, not sure if that counts, since that is alternate-relaity travel rather than alternate universe travel, and thus might not count....

    Maybe.
  • April 19, 2011
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • The Herculoids episode "Sarko the Arkman". When the title villain kidnaps Igoo, Dorno and Tundro, Zok flies through space to another planet by flapping his wings.
  • June 20, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV

    Tabletop Games
    • The space traveling monsters in several scenarios: Cosmic Cloud, Mind Monster, Moray Eel of Space, Space Amoeba, Space Dragons and Sun Snakes.
  • June 21, 2011
    RandomChaos
    One Early draft of Darth Vader.
  • June 21, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen.
  • June 21, 2011
    c0ry
    I would recommend renaming this trope to something like "Dont Need No Ship" because this trope, from the description, is not about those who disparage others for using spaceships.
  • June 22, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=j8vbntovoe8g1vlnro16kp5g