Created By: Gojirob on December 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Gojirob on December 17, 2012


Earth's very suddenly got another planet in orbit

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This is not When Worlds Collide, which is to say, a planet or celestial object colliding with Earth on its natural or manipulated normal travels. Someone, usually hostile, decides to poke physics in the eye and teleport an entire planet into our usually highly visible orbit. Destruction ensues, big-time, as once poked, physics starts in with the gravity shifts on several levels. Its usually not the brightest move, even without using Fridge Logic. Previously considered naming it Nibiruportation, for the planet of myth, conspiracy, and doomsday theorists lore.

1 - Transformers G1 and Dark Of The Moon both have the Decepticons do this, with Megatron blocking Optimus by way of the fate of Cybertron if he tries to send it back. G1 Optimus saves both; Movie Optimus makes a harsh choice.

2 - Marvel's Rom Spaceknight has this as the Dire Wraiths' ultimate invasion plan; which ironically gives Rom and X-Men's Forge the opportunity to banish the vast majority of Wraiths in the universe to Limbo, so great plan that.

3 - The Event has this as the season, and possibly, the series' finale, which really makes one question whether the alien leader, whose chosen Earth name means wisdom, has any sophia to speak of.
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  • December 8, 2012
    Needs a different title, I'd never heard of this nibiru nonsense until now. How is this different from When Worlds Collide? Just that the planet was teleported? (I'm not familiar with any of the examples and can't tell from reading them.)

    EDIT: Wait, When Worlds Collide is a work, not a trope!
  • December 8, 2012
    You never heard of it equals it being nonsense? As to the rest, it could be a subtrope of WWC, but most of those seem to involve a planet's slower movement towards Earth.
  • December 8, 2012
    ^No but after I googled it, it sure sounded like nonsense. But I meant I'm probably not the only one that will have no clue what the title meant.

    Anyway, we dont seem to have a trope about teleporting an entire planet. You might generalize this a bit more. if we do have a trope about planets colliding, the "threat to earth" part could probably be put in there.

    EDIT: Wait, Mass Teleportation covers teleporting a planet. But I actually can't find one about two planets colliding. Colony Drop is a generalized one about any large object hitting earth, but maybe a planet could stand as its own page.
  • December 8, 2012
    Well, the story in and of itself *is* nonsense, perhaps the purest nonsense imaginable. I myself didn't know of it till it came into play on Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated, but apparently it is an existing legend and plays into all that 12/21/12 stuff. You raised a valid point. Sorry to take it the wrong way. I think - maybe - I had in mind that because it is a nonsense legend (unless of course it happens, in which case All Tropes Are Settled), and the idea of another planet in orbit not being instantly lethal is also iffy, it might be good to invoke the idea of Nibiru. That said, I can't claim that it was entirely on my mind.

    This does seem to fit into a few others, but again, this particular instance is both unique and yet not unknown.

    If Nibiru is a bit obscure, then maybe we could go with "Planetportation"?
  • December 8, 2012
    Bruce Almighty: Bruce decides to use his newfound omnipotence to bring the moon closer to earth so as to make his outdoor dinner more romantic. The next day, he sees the news about the massive tidal wave that resulted.
  • December 8, 2012
    I think you mean Colony Drop instead of When Worlds Collide.
  • December 9, 2012
    If this gets widened to include all kinds of planets teleporting around, there's the second episode of Doom, which states in it's epilogue that the whole Mars moon of Deimos is hanging above hell itself, however it got there. (Ok, so it's actualy a moon and no planet ;))
  • December 9, 2012
    Fritz Leiber's The Wanderer has a planet suddenly appear near Earth out of hyperspace and wreak havok with physics (and destroy the moon). The premise and title are playing off the fact that the word "planet" comes from the ancient Greek for "wanderer".
  • December 17, 2012
    In the Grand Finale of Smallville Darkseid teleports his home planet into the Solar system and then moves it slowly towards Earth.
  • December 17, 2012
    Alien Sky inevitably results.

    • Inverted in Doctor Who episode "The Stolen Earth", where the Earth is teleported to a different region of space along with 26 other planets.
    • This is the basic premise of Another Earth, though the presence of a second Earth has surprisingly little influence on the plot.
  • December 17, 2012
    • Homestuck uses this in a spoileriffic fashion. In "[S] Cascade", Jade ascends to god tier, and uses her power as Witch of Space to shrink the four planets (and the planet-sized Battlefield) from her Medium, and she transports them to a new universe. Later, Caliborn's home planet is pulled into a black hole and deposited in his version of the Medium. Even later, Caliborn finds out his home planet had been transported once before, as it originated in another universe entirely.