The nefarious Dr. Dino, a fearsome TyrannosaurusRex that spent eras [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in ice]] hundreds of miles beneath ground level and gained massive scientific intelligence through exposure to radiation from the planet's core, is hard at work with his evil scheme in his secret lab at the center of the Earth. He knows his people are long extinct, but he plans to undo that: he's installing a heat-powered, super-strong revolution motor in the center of the planet. When he finally switches it on, it will force the Earth's rotation to stop and reverse direction, thereby rewinding time to the Cretaceous period where the dinosaurs reigned supreme! [[EvilLaugh Mwahahaha...]]

[[FridgeLogic ...wait,]] ''[[BigWhat WHAT?]]''

It doesn't take a physics major (although it doesn't hurt to be one) to realize that Dr. Dino's scheme has no reason whatsoever to work as planned, even if his [[BuffySpeak planetary rotation motor thingamajig]] does. We just so happen to measure time by the rotations and revolutions of the Earth; modifying the latter would almost certainly do absolutely nothing to alter the former (excluding the principle of relativity, of course, but that works very differently). Expecting it to do so is akin to pouring more mercury into a thermometer and expecting the room to get warmer as a direct result.

And yet, this appears to be a fairly common misconception across many different works. How many times in fiction has someone slowed down, sped up, or (most commonly) rewound time simply by altering the Earth's rotation accordingly, as if the planet were attached by the poles to the Master Clock of the Universe?

A subtrope of ArtisticLicensePhysics and ArtisticLicenseAstronomy.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In one episode of ''Anime/FireBall'', Gedächtnis claims Drossel is powerful enough to reverse the rotation of the planet and turn back time.


[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* In one chapter of ''The New Adventures of WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Perry the Platypus is warned that Dr. Doofenshmirtz might be planning to reverse the rotation of the Earth to change history. Considering his overall incompetence and the fact that his previous attempts to manipulate the Earth’s rotation failed to work out as planned, this scheme would be doomed to failure even if we put aside the fact that it makes no scientific sense.
* In ''Death to Invisobill'', a ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfiction, Vlad Plasmius uses an army of beings flying in the opposite direction to the planet’s rotation to stop time. This is only the first step in a plan to reverse Earth’s rotation and erase certain characters from existence.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The first ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie is well-known (and well mocked) for including this toward the end of the movie. Superman flies around the earth at absurd speed, and somehow this seems reverse the earth's spin and turn back time. Fans have rightly pointed out for years that this makes ''no sense whatsoever''. However, according to WordOfGod, the scene [[AllThereInTheManual was misunderstood]]: it wasn't this trope at all. Superman was actually flying so fast that he went ''faster than light'', thus going backwards in time as per the rules of special relativity. The earth's rotation reversed because, from Superman's (and the viewer's) perspective, time was flowing backwards and we were watching it in reverse.
** This was also in the original director's cut of ''Superman II''.
*** Meaning if Donner hadn't been fired, Superman would have used it [[OverusedSciFiSillyScience twice in two movies.]]
** In a series of advertisements with Superman and Jerry Seinfeld hanging out together, Superman suggested doing this to keep Jerry's stereo from being destroyed by a mugger. Jerry asked him not to, saying that doing that seems to take the meaning out of everything they do together.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the HGWells short story "The Man Who Could Work Miracles", the protagonist, Fotheringay, realizes that all of his wishes come true. To gain more time, he wishes that the Earth to stop rotating, which causes all objects on Earth being hurled off the ground without control, destroying everything. Fotheringay survives because he wished he'd land safe, and seeing the destruction, he commands a return to the time before he had his power.
* One segment of the short poem, "11:53:33", refers to this trope:
-->we sat on the frozen
-->school merry-go-round
-->slowly spinning under the
-->idea that if we turn
-->opposite of the Earth’s rotation
-->we’ll stop time and stare
-->at the stars, your hand
-->innocently and barely touching
-->my own, and the morning
-->will only come when we
-->decide the sun may rise


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* MightyMorphinPowerRangers had this a couple times, though since we see it from the perspective of the villains' base on the moon, it's unclear if the Earth rotating backwards is the cause of the time-reversal, or an effect. Though [[AWizardDidIt it was magically-induced]] both times, so...
* In one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', the twins gain super powers by making a wish on a shooting star. After they find being superheroes is more trouble than it’s worth, they decide to reverse the rotation of the planet to go back in time to the point they made their wish. Unfortunately, they go too far into the past. [[spoiler:In the end, their adventures turn out to have probably [[AllJustADream been a dream]].]]


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Calvin of ''CalvinAndHobbes'' did this as part of a Stupendous Man fantasy once, striking the Earth at a low angle to turn it backwards a full rotation so it'd be Saturday instead of Sunday, [[MundaneUtility thereby giving himself an extra day to shirk off his homework.]]


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Depressingly subverted in a ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic in reference to the Superman example.
-->[[ If you were still alive,]] you'd probably wish Superman had paid more attention in physics class.
* [[ This]] Webcomic/{{XKCD}} comic gets about as close to this trope as realistically possible, which isn't very much.
* [[ This]] Troll Science comic claims that it would be simple to halt the rotation of the earth, stopping time and allowing people to live forever.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In one of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'''s Quailman imagine spots, the villain plans to eliminate weekends by speeding up the rotation of the Earth. Quailman uses his machine to slow down the Earth's rotation to add a third day to the weekend, which he calls "Funday". Ironically, speeding up the Earth's rotation would realistically ''increase'' the number of days in a week, because it would make the days shorter without affecting the year. Maybe Doug fell asleep through astronomy class.
* One villain in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' tried this-- by ''flying rapidly around the planet with a high-class airplane'', no less.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "That Darn Katz!", when Earth's rotation is first stopped, then restarted in the opposite direction, but this has no effect on time.
* Stan does this in an ImagineSpot in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Occured in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' when Eric and Trevor were trapped in a super fast CoolCar that eventually got stuck in reverse.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', the Earth is hit by an asteroid that two aliens are using to play a game, causing it to spin much faster than normal in its usual direction, sending Courage, Eustace, and Muriel 1000 years into the future. At the end of the episode, it gets hit by the Asteroid again and spins really fast in reverse, sending them back to the present. This one also seems to require SpaceFriction, since if anything caused the Earth to start spinning faster, it would keep spinning at that same speed until something else made it slow down, per Newton's First Law of Motion.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', Captain Hero manages to turn back time this way, despite being in a wheelchair and paralyzed from the neck down. The Superman example is explicitly referenced.