Created By: halfmillennium on February 2, 2010

No Kind of Atmosphere

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Simply put, fiction where characters can pass between planet and space without having to contend with a burning hot atmosphere. Related to Batman Can Breathe in Space.

  • A stock ending for Sonic the Hedgehog games is for the character to fall to the planet after blowing up a space station. Sonic 2 shows Sonic actually fly to space on the outside of a ship. Sonic Adventure 2 partly corrects the astronomy by making it possible for characters to die if they hit the atmosphere (Eggman even uses it in an attempt to eliminate Sonic). However, the atmosphere's height varies according to how high the platforms above it are.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • July 12, 2009
    Does it count if the setting doesn't really follow logic and thus it's free to have all kinds of crazy stuff? Several works of fiction have a sort of 'space,' but are so far out that breathing in them is perfectly acceptable.

  • August 18, 2009
    That's Batman Can Breathe In Space, might overlap. Generally if a work takes that kind of liberty with space, it does this one. No Kind Of Atmosphere is where there's no heat layer between planet and space.
  • August 18, 2009
    Invisible Parachute?

    • Futurama, unusually for a comedy series, does this right: When Bender the robot falls to Earth from space, he's hot enough to instantly melt snow several meters away.
  • August 19, 2009
  • August 19, 2009
    Is this trope about characters entering or leaving a planet's atmosphere at high speed without suffering friction and (and possibly burning up) the way they would in Real Life? If so:

    • Flight of the Navigator. The ship flies up to the edge of the atmosphere and back down again at multi-Mach speed with no heat or friction effects. Justified because of its advanced technology.
  • August 19, 2009
    Simply put, yes. It's when it's possible to transition from planet to space without being cooked at least.
  • August 19, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Subversion: Mario Kart Wii's version of Rainbow Road is situated in orbit. When you fall off, you do get the "turn to giant fireball" effect, though it doesn't show you the damage done to the planet below.
  • August 19, 2009
    A plumber in a go-kart would never reach the surface. He'd just burn up to nothing.
  • August 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • February 2, 2010
    In one of the Interplanetary Spy books, The Monsters Of Dorna, the planet Dorna and it's moon are close enough that they share the same atmosphere. Of course, that just raises more questions.