Created By: CaveCat on April 10, 2013 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on April 20, 2013
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Telephone Teleport

A character travels to another location via telephone.

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin, when a character needs to travel to where another person is calling him on the telephone from, he will just simply get there lickety-split by entering the receiver of the phone he's talking on, then coming out from the other receiver that the other character is calling from. Often played for Rule of Funny.

A common variation in cartoons is where characters making a Split-Screen Phone Call simply walk over to the other side of the screen.

Compare Reaching Between the Lines and Television Portal

Contrast Supernatural Phone, where a phone is used to use supernatural powers and other impossibly cool abilities.) The difference between this trope and Supernatural Phone is that in that trope it is the phone that is magical. In this trope, the phone is an ordinary telephone, it is the traveler who has the special ability.

Not to be confused with Electric Slide.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • DC Universe hero The Atom could shrink himself down to a size where he could travel along phone lines, propelled by soundwaves. He would leave a metronome ticking at his end of the phone to provide propulsion.
  • Doctor Solar is capable of travel like this.
  • The DC villainess Livewire can do this. Actually she can use any electrical wiring, but telephone wires count.
  • E-Man, as an Energy Being, also has this as an ability.

Film
  • The Matrix has a variation; the rebels use phones to jack their operatives into and out of the VR simulation.

Literature
  • Subverted in Good Omens when the demon in question had already entered Crowley's apartment the conventional way, ready to unleash the wrath of Hell on him. Crowley (also a demon) tricked him by darting into the phone line himself, prompting Hastur, his assailant, to follow him in a high-speed chase through a phone line. Crowley then turned around at the phone on the other end, raced back through the line to his own apartment, and reemerged just in time to hang up the phone, leaving Hastur trapped on an ansaphone tape.

Live-Action TV
  • In VR5 Sidney can transport herself and anyone anyone else into virtual reality by calling them up on the phone and slamming the receiver down on the outside of her modem. The callee has no memory of the event after she hangs up.
  • A few episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place had the wizards travel this way.

Tabletop Games
  • In In Nomine, an angel with the Ofanite of Jean attunement may travel as lightning along any suitable conductor, including telephone lines. They caused damage at their entry end exit points, though....
  • Champions supplement Enemies III. Due to an industrial accident Dr. Howie Reeves' body was changed into electricity. As a result he can teleport long distances along phone lines.
  • d20 Modern has the spell Wire Walk, which transports you to any telephone you call, as soon as it's answered.

Video Games
  • Ghost Trick has this as a game mechanic. The main character and other ghosts travel to different locales via telephone. For it to work somebody else has to be on the other end of the phone first.
  • In the third Simon the Sorcerer game, there are several phone booths placed around the city and the countryside that allow you to travel instantly from one booth to another.
  • Max gets this ability in Telltale Games's The Devil's Playhouse.

Western Animation
  • In Mr. Bogus, Ratty and Mole both travel to the wilderness where Bogus and Brattus are at, via use of this technique in the episode "Kung Fu Campout".
  • Variation in one episode of Jackie Chan Adventures when Uncle casts a spell over his landline to Jade's cell phone. Which Jackie promptly lampshades, wondering how Uncle can do that when, earlier in the episode, Jackie sent him a fax and Uncle thought the fax machine was possessed when it began printing on its own.
  • In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "A Fly in the Ointment" Dr. Nimnul invents a "modemizer" helmet that allows him to travel through telephone lines so he can escape after committing burglaries.
  • There was a Freakazoid! episode where the eponymous character traveled through a power line. Helped that he supposedly had the power of the entire Internet, which at the time the show was made was connected by phone modems.


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Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • April 10, 2013
    JonnyB
    The DC villainess Livewire can do this. Actually she can use any electrical wiring, but telephone wires count.
  • April 10, 2013
    JonnyB
    In some Looney Tunes cartoons, characters can reach through phones to punch or grab someone on the other end.
  • April 10, 2013
    KZN02
    Spongebob Squarepants: Spongebob attempts to karate chop Sandy via phone.
  • April 10, 2013
    morenohijazo
    • In the third Simon The Sorcerer game, there are several phone booths placed around the city and the countryside that allow you to travel instantly from one booth to another.
  • April 10, 2013
    StarSword
    Western Animation:
    • Variation in one episode of Jackie Chan Adventures when Uncle casts a spell over his landline to Jade's cell phone. Which Jackie promptly lampshades, wondering how Uncle can do that when, earlier in the episode, Jackie sent him a fax and Uncle thought the fax machine was possessed when it began printing on its own.
  • April 11, 2013
    Lavalyte
    Solar Man Of The Atom is capable of travel like this.
  • April 11, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Videogames
    • Ghost Trick: Has this as a game mechanic. The main character and other ghosts travel to different locales via telephone. For it to work somebody else has to be on the other end of the phone first.
  • April 11, 2013
    foxley
    DC Universe hero The Atom could shrink himself down to a size where he could travel along phone lines, propelled by soundwaves. He would leave a metronome ticking at his end of the phone to provide propulsion.
  • April 11, 2013
    Astaroth
    The Matrix has a variation; the rebels use phones to jack their operatives into and out of the VR simulation.
  • April 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    DC Universe hero The Atom could shrink himself down to a size where he could travel along phone lines, propelled by soundwaves. He would leave a metronome ticking at his end of the phone to provide propulsion.

    I know Golden Age comics are silly but... for some reason this strikes as particularly ridiculous.

    A common variation in cartoons is where characters making a Split Screen Phone Call simply walk over to the other side of the screen.
  • April 11, 2013
    StarSword
    "I know Golden Age comics are silly but... for some reason this strikes as particularly ridiculous."

    Probably because phones don't literally transmit sound waves.

    I think I read that Superman had that power at some point as well (I think it was when they made the first TV show; he also gained the ability to type super-fast among other things).
  • April 11, 2013
    johnnycache
    Tabletop Games
    • in In Nomine, an angel with the Ofanite of Jean attunement may travel as lightning along any suitable conductor, including telephone lines. They caused damage at their entry end exit points, though....
  • April 11, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    One cartoon version is when someone yells into a phone so loudly that their lips and mouth briefly protrude from the speaker at the other end.
  • April 11, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    We already have Reaching Between The Lines, which could perhaps use a better name.
  • April 12, 2013
    Arivne
    Yes, Reaching Between The Lines covers part of this YKTTW (sending part of the body through a phone line for humorous purposes).

    However, it doesn't cover using telephones as a long range transportation device, so I suggest changing this YKTTW to specifically exclude Reaching Between The Lines examples (any examples that fit better on that page should be moved there).

    Tabletop Games
    • Champions supplement Enemies III. Due to an industrial accident Dr. Howie Reeves' body was changed into electricity. As a result he can teleport long distances along phone lines.
  • April 12, 2013
    StarSword
    I think "covers part of a YKTTW" would be the very definition of a subtrope.
  • April 12, 2013
    StarSword
    crap; triple post (my connection's messed up ATM)
  • April 12, 2013
    StarSword

  • April 12, 2013
    KZN02
    Not to be confused with Electric Slide?
  • April 12, 2013
    Surenity
    In the Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers episode "A Fly in the Ointment" Dr. Nimnul invents a "modemizer" helmet that allows him to travel through telephone lines so he can escape after committing burglaries.
  • April 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    With Superman it wasn't a "power" as such, he just used the telephone lines as a convenient path on which to race across town, like a very fast squirrel, before he developed the ability to fly. He specifies that he jumps over the joins at the telephone poles themselves so as not to electrocute himself, as (according to him) that's how the birds who perch on the wires keep from killing themselves.

    I suppose you could say he had the "power" to not fall off them, and to not cause them to snap.
  • April 13, 2013
    SharleeD
    Literature:

    • Subverted in Good Omens when a demon tries to enter Crowley's apartment by slipping in through the phone line, only to find itself trapped on an ansaphone tape.
  • April 14, 2013
    Stratadrake
    "Travelling" doesn't quite sound right to me. What about just Telephone Teleport?
  • April 14, 2013
    henke37
  • April 14, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In VR5 Sidney can transport herself and anyone else into virtual reality by calling them up on the phone and slamming the receiver down on the outside of her modem. The callee has no memory of the event after she hangs up.
  • April 16, 2013
    robinjohnson
  • April 16, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    In the Good Omens example, the demon in question had already entered Crowley's apartment the conventional way, ready to unleash the wrath of Hell on him. Crowley (also a demon) tricked him by darting into the phone line himself, prompting Hastur, his assailant, to follow him in a high-speed chase through a phone line. Crowley then turned around at the phone on the other end, raced back through the line to his own apartment, and reemerged just in time to hang up the phone, leaving Hastur trapped on the tape as mentioned.
  • April 16, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^ If you need more than two ^s, it's better to @username or @postnumber your reply.
  • April 16, 2013
    capsaicinfinity
    Thanks, Stratadrake. I removed them, as it's pretty unambiguous which post prompted my reply.
  • April 17, 2013
    arromdee
    E-Man, as an Energy Being, also has this as an ability.
  • April 17, 2013
    xanderiskander
    The Kimpossible example is Supernatural Phone since it's the phone that has the ability to take you somewhere not the person. Telephone Teleport is when someone travels through the phone lines and appears out of the receiver of the other end of the phone their calling. The difference between this and Supernatural Phone should be noted in the description.

    I think the name is fine the way it is now btw. Although I actually like Telephone Travel better.
  • April 17, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    Tabletop Games:

    • D 20 Modern has the spell Wire Walk, which transports you to any telephone you call, as soon as it's answered.
  • April 18, 2013
    morenohijazo
    ^^ I would rather say this is a subtrope.
  • April 18, 2013
    JoeG
    The difference between this trope and Supernatural Phone is that in that trope it is the phone that is magical. In this trope, the phone is an ordinary telephone, it is the traveler who has the special ability.
  • April 18, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    I remember an episode of Freakazoid! where the eponymous character traveled through a power line. Don't remember which one it was, though. Helped that he supposedly had the power of the entire Internet, which at the time the show was made was connected by phone modems.
  • April 18, 2013
    Achyfi
    Max gets this ability in Telltale Games's The Devil's Playhouse.
  • April 18, 2013
    xanderiskander
    @morenohijazo: I was saying that an example (that is now removed) belonged on Supernatural Phone. They're not the same trope.

    @Achyfi: Can you be more specific? How does he get the ability? How is it used? Zero Context Examples are bad.
  • April 19, 2013
    thewriter
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