Created By: Nocturna on June 5, 2011 Last Edited By: Nocturna on August 5, 2011
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Spinning Out of Here

Teleportation is achieved via spinning.

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Alternate title suggestions: I Made It Via Spinning, Spinning Exit, Tele Rotation


In fantasy and science fiction works, teleportation (in some sort of form) frequently appears as a common form of travel. Often, the person teleporting will trigger the teleportation by spinning in place. Alternatively, the entry into teleportation may not involve rotation, but the actual travel spins the traveler.

While a reason may sometimes be given for the spinning, it often occurs primarily because it looks (or sounds) cool or because spinning signals to the viewer that something is going to happen, thus avoiding catching the viewer off guard.

This is a sub-trope of Everything's Better With Spinning.

If the teleportation device itself spins (as opposed to the people spinning within the device, it's When Things Spin, Science Happens. The tropes are similar in that in both cases, the spinning occurs either to invoke Rule of Cool or to avoid confusing the audience.

Note that this trope can apply to all forms of magical transportation; teleportation is just its most common form.

Examples

Film
  • In Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Queen Sindel literally dances in a circle to teleport.
  • In The Mummy 2, Imhotep starts spinning and then turns into a whirlwind to travel.
  • Superman spins as he travels underground to rescue Lex Luthor in Superman The Movie.

Literature
  • In Harry Potter, Apparition is triggered by spinning in place. Travel by Floo sends the traveler spinning to their destination.
    • In the movie, transit by Portkey is depicted with the passengers whirling around the Portkey.
  • Merlin in The Once and Future King always spins around before he disappears in a cloud of smoke.
  • In Robert Sheckley's Prospector's Special, portals look like tiny whirlwinds.

Live-Action TV
  • In the opening Doctor Who sequences, the TARDIS spins as it flies through the Time Vortex, although the actual teleportation shown on-screen is just a fade-in fade-out with the trademark VWORP noise.

Video Games
  • In MOTHER the teleport spell is executed by having the character move around before he teleports; the better the player is at moving in a small circle, the more places he can teleport from. The second game (Mother 2/Earthbound) had several similar teleport spells, one of which required a straight line and one of which spun in a circle.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel, you activate teleport pads by spinning on them.
  • Teleport pads in first-generation Pokémon games spin you.
    • Travel to the Union Rooms in Diamond and Pearl also spins you.
    • Using the escape rope to get out of battle or the teleport attack makes the character spin quickly.
  • Several of the earlier Final Fantasy games show teleportation this way.
  • Jade has a move in Deception and Armageddon called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent. Khameleon borrows this move in Armageddon.
  • Occurs when you're teleported out a completed dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
  • Star Roads spin you in Super Mario World.
  • EarthBound allows you to spin in order to compress the running distance when teleporting.
  • Tekken's Yoshimitsu possesses a special in his Indian mediation stance allowing him to spin so fast (while sitting down) that he instantly warps on the other side of his opponent.
  • In Bomberman Tournament, each Karabon has its own special ability that can help Bomberman when exploring (some are passive, others need to be activated manually). Pommy (your first ally and a Captain Ersatz of Kirby and Pikachu) has the ability to transport Bomberman to any (major) town he's previously visited. Using this power causes Bomberman to spin rapidly before he's launched into the sky and lands in his intended destination.

Western Animation
  • In Code Lyoko, the teens rotate in the scanners before being transported to Lyoko.
  • In the Regular Show episode "Dizzy", when the characters spin around until they fall over, they are sent to a bizarre otherworld.

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Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • June 5, 2011
    KZN02
    Part of Teleport Cloak?
  • June 5, 2011
    Nocturna
    No, I don't think so. The two could overlap, but Teleport Cloak specifically refers to a cloak being used as a device for teleportation, whereas Spinning Out of Here refers to instances where characters consistently spin as some part of teleportation-type travel.
  • June 7, 2011
    Nocturna
    Is this viable? Or Too Rare To Trope?
  • June 7, 2011
    arromdee
    In Mother the teleport spell is executed by having the character move around before he teleports; the better the player is at moving in a small circle, the more places he can teleport from. The second game (Mother 2/Earthbound) had several similar teleport spells, one of which required a straight line and one of which spun in a circle.
  • June 7, 2011
    Ryusui
    • In the Regular Show episode "Dizzy", spinning around until you fall over sends you to a bizarre otherworld.
  • June 8, 2011
    zero24
    In Super Mario Galaxy 2 you activate teleport pads by spinning on them.
  • June 11, 2011
    Nocturna
    Is there anything that needs to be done to get this ready to publish? Is the description lacking somehow? Does it just need more examples? Something else?
  • June 12, 2011
    X2X
    ^^ The same applies for the original Super Mario Galaxy as well.
  • June 13, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Teleport pads in the first generation of Pokemon games also spin you.

    Should we split "you spin to activate the transport" and "the transport spins you"?
  • June 13, 2011
    TooBah
    In Half Life 2, Dr. Kliener's teleportation device involves the enclosure (several metal rings) around you spinning frantically, even though you don't actually spin yourself. Does that count?
  • June 13, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Several of the earlier Final Fantasy games showed teleportation this way.
  • June 13, 2011
    cosmiclucky
    'I Made It Via Spinning'? I don't know, just tossing crap out there.

    Going to Union Rooms in Diamond and Pearl spun you, too.
  • June 13, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^^^@TooBah: I think that example would more properly belong under When Things Spin, Science Happens, which is a trope about mechanical/scientific devices being depicted with spinning parts (even when they don't necessarily need said spinning bits).
  • June 13, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^^^^^I was considering splitting the categories, but figured I'd wait and see how many examples I got first. If people think that enough examples of both types have accumulated to justify splitting the examples, I will.
  • June 14, 2011
    Techhead
    Isn't this just be X Meets Y with Everythings Better With Spinning and Teleportation?
  • June 14, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^Yes, it pretty much is. Hence why Everything's Better With Spinning is listed as a parent trope.
  • June 15, 2011
    Grug
    • Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat does this.
    • In Pokemon, using the teleport attack or escape rope out of battle will make the character spin quickly.
  • June 16, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^Could I have a bit more detail on the Mortal Kombat example, please?
  • June 18, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    • A Narmtastic version shows up in Mortal Kombat Annihilation. Rather than having anything remotely mystical going on, we literally see Queen Sindel dancing in a circle to teleport.
  • June 18, 2011
    Rolf
  • June 19, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    • The special effects for the transporter in Star Trek 2009 look quite "swirly". The teleported persons themselves don't spin, though.
  • June 20, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^This trope is about the people themselves spinning. Thanks for trying, though!
  • June 22, 2011
    hawthorn
    Austin Powers 2 has people spinning as they enter the time tunnel.

    Also, a very subtle example from The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul - Thor can travel between dimensions by rotating his hammer a billionth of a billionth of a degree. It's implied that this causes a tiny break in reality that he can slip through. It's not spinning, but the rotation is necessary.
  • June 22, 2011
    X2X
    A few corrections to address.

    1. You missed the example of Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat.
    2. Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is the second live-action movie of the series.
    3. Also, that particular example will probably need to be touched up a bit, as Narm is only accepted on the Darth Wiki.
  • June 22, 2011
    Nocturna
    @X 2 X:

    1. I didn't miss the example. I was (and still am) waiting for more description. I have never played the games, so I don't know which type (spinning to activate or spinning while traveling) he does. I also prefer to put up a little more description than just "X does this."
    2. Ah. Okay. I guess I didn't pay quite enough attention to the description; I'd assumed it was an anime version (like the Final Fantasy movies), and, being unsure what to classify those under, stuck it under Video Games and hoped someone would correct me if necessary. Which you did. So, thank you.
    3. I'll edit it.
  • June 23, 2011
    X2X
    Actually, looking back, Kung Lao doesn't count. He has a Spin Attack and he can teleport by dropping into the ground and reappearing on the other side of his opponent, but the two abilities are mutually exclusive in all of his appearances to date.

    However, Jade has a move in Deception and Armageddon called Vanishing Winds where she spins around a cloud of green smoke and reappears behind her opponent. Khameleon borrows this move in Armageddon.
  • June 23, 2011
    JonnyB
    Not exactly teleportation, but in The Mummy 2, Imhotep starts spinning and then turns into a whirlwind to travel.
  • June 23, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^ That actually works for this trope too. I've been contemplating if there's some way to make it clearer in the description that this is really about travel-by-applied-phlebotinum (be it magic or sci-fi) and not strictly teleportation. I used the term teleportation because it's the most common form and it allows for more concision in writing, as English doesn't exactly have a term for what I was thinking of.
  • June 23, 2011
    Nocturna
    Any opinions on the title?

    Also, any suggestions for a page image?
  • June 23, 2011
    Rolf
  • June 23, 2011
    Nocturna
    ^I'm trying to avoid "teleportation" in the title because the trope is about more than just strict teleportation. And Spinning Poof instantly sent my mind to "gay guy twirling"--probably because I just read a YKTTW about gay characters, but still.

    I'm adding Spinning Exit to the list of possible names.

    Thanks!
  • June 23, 2011
    matthewabel
    Superman does this in Superman The Movie when he goes below ground to find Lex Luthor.
  • June 26, 2011
    Nocturna
    Do you think I should put "Spinning Teleportation" as a redirect?
  • July 2, 2011
    Nocturna
    Anyone have any comments or critiques? Anything that needs to be added? Any suggestions for spiffing up the description?
  • July 2, 2011
    X2X
    If you want to add Spinning Teleportation as a redirect just so that the idea of the trope is clearer, then I say go ahead. Otherwise (beside basic proofreading, if you haven't already done so), I'd say that the trope is fine as is (I don't know what you could add to the description, but I think that it gets the point across).
  • July 2, 2011
    ElodieHiras
    In Pokémon, using teleport/dig outside of battles will bring you back to the last pokémon center you visited... And you spin while doing so.
  • July 2, 2011
    X2X
    Actually, ElodieHiras' example made me think of two more examples.

    Video Games
    • Tekken's Yoshimitsu possesses a special in his Indian mediation stance allowing him to spin so fast (while sitting down) that he instantly warps on the other side of his opponent.
    • In Bomberman Tournament, each Karabon has its own special ability that can help Bomberman when exploring (some are passive, others need to be activated manually). Pommy (your first ally and a Captain Ersatz of Kirby and Pikachu) has the ability to transport Bomberman to any (major) town he's previously visited. Using this power causes Bomberman to spin rapidly before he's launched into the sky and lands in his intended destination.
  • July 5, 2011
    Arospace
    Tele Rotation, if you're still looking for a title? I've seen this before but I can't remember any specifics right now.
  • July 6, 2011
    Medinoc
  • July 6, 2011
    Nocturna
    Any opinions on what the title should be?
  • July 16, 2011
    Aminatep
    In Robert Sheckley's Prospector's Special, portals look like tiny whirlwinds.
  • July 16, 2011
    henke37
    • Earthbound allows you to spin in order to compress the running distance when teleporting.
  • July 16, 2011
    X2X
  • July 16, 2011
    Falterfire
    In the opening Doctor Who sequences, the TARDIS spins as it flies through the Time Vortex, although the actual teleportation shown on-screen is just a fade-in fade-out with the trademark VWORP noise.
  • July 20, 2011
    Nocturna
    I will be away from the internet for the next two weeks. This is not Up For Grabs, and please, No Launching. I'll add any updates and/or launch (if appropriate) when I get back.
  • August 4, 2011
    Nocturna
    I'm back.
  • August 4, 2011
    X2X
    This YKTTW looks like it's ready to be launched. You missed two of my examples (the Tekken and Bomberman Tournament ones), but other than that, I think everything's in order.
  • August 5, 2011
    Nocturna
    Whoops. Fixed that.

    Unless there's any objections, I'll launch this sometime tomorrow.
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