Created By: Magus on September 18, 2009
Troped

Earthquakes Cause Fissures

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Do we have this one?

When an earthquake strikes, it will create fissures into the depths of the earth in random locations, usually with a lot of people.

According to fiction, anyways. Seen It a Million Times.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • September 6, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • Superman (1978). Scenes of the destruction of the planet Krypton included earthquakes Kryptonquakes, with cracks opening up and many Kryptonians falling to their doom.
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When Dr. Elsa Schneider crosses the seal while holding the Grail, a mammoth earthquake hits and causes huge cracks to form in the cave. Dr. Schneider falls in, as does Indy later on (I think some Mooks fall in too).

    Tabletop RPG
    • Early Dungeons And Dragons. The Earthquake spell would cause cracks to open in the ground, causing creatures to fall in and be killed.
  • September 6, 2009
    foxley
    The film Earthquake.
  • September 7, 2009
    Magus
    Bump.
  • September 8, 2009
    Saintheart
    Film
  • September 8, 2009
    Lee M
    Justified in Crack in the World, where underground nuclear explosions inadvertently create the giant rift of the title, causing lots of Stock Footage earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • September 8, 2009
    Stormtroper
    The Quake spells in in Final Fantasy III, IV, and VIII. Oddly enough, in Final Fantasy VI the thing just creates an actual hole.
  • September 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The protagonist in Shogun gets a very powerful friend by saving him from such a fall during an earthquake
  • September 12, 2009
    Magus
    Bump.
  • September 12, 2009
    foxley
    Q is the mascot of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. According to his origin story, Q was a 26 year old human male who fell into a radioactive fissure in the Earth's crust during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. He eventually emerged from the fissure as an unaging furry blue "creature" with a shock of silver hair and was soon afterward taken in by a family in nearby San José.
  • September 12, 2009
    melloncollie
    Many instances in the Land Before Time movies.
  • September 12, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Real Life, Or So I Heard: In the Alaska earthquake of 1964 this apparently actually happened.
  • September 15, 2009
    Floria
    In Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, Dorothy is visiting California when a crack in the ground swallows her up during an earthquake, and she and her companions fall to the center of the earth. Fortunately, in the book this is a habitable place.
  • September 15, 2009
    RhymeBeat
    Averted In Pokemon Earthquake and Fissure are seperate moves.
  • September 15, 2009
    SweetMadness
    Oddly enough, in Final Fantasy VI the thing just creates an actual hole.

    You might be forgetting about the other earthquake that Kefka causes halfway through the game. There's a big montage of seismic faults and fissures opening up in the ground all over the place during the cutscene.
  • September 16, 2009
    arekuru
    Ducktales did this on more than one occasion, as I recall. Most notably, an earthquake kicked off a major plot arc when the fissure opened up under Scrooge's money bin (after he comically raced it home and tried to stop it) and all of his money fell deep inside the earth.

    I don't know about the current proposed title. What is the "used" supposed to mean? Caused? What about just Earthquakes Cause Fissures or even Earthquake Fissure?
  • September 20, 2009
    Magus
    Changed it. Think we have enough examples?

    Edit: Magic The Gathering has an Earthquake card that insinuates that it opens fissures.
  • October 3, 2009
    Magus
    Enough examples, anyone? Just want to make sure.
  • October 3, 2009
    Paradisca Corbasi
    • The Superman (1978) also has another example. When the missile hits California, it causes a quake which opens a fissure, which Lois Lane's car drops into.
    • {{2012}} is using this trope to the point of overkillage. All of LA fissures and refissures and that's just IN THE TRAILER.

  • October 3, 2009
    Iron Salticus
    In Pokemon Stadium, however, "Earthquake" does cause a fissure to appear - in fact, "Earthquake" and "Fissure" have exactly the same battle animation.
  • October 6, 2009
    Magus
    Bump again. Should I launch this?
  • October 15, 2009
    Magus
    I will launch soon without any objections.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=pg96i9d4oyo5yeltojww4bd1