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->''"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.\\
Time to die."''
-->-- '''Roy Batty''', ''Film/BladeRunner''

Tannhäuser (pronounced TUNN-hoiz-er) was a German poet and Minnesänger whose poetry dates from 1245 to 1265 A.D. Outside his poetry, practically nothing is known of the historical Tannhäuser. In the 1400s, legend sprung up that he discovered the underground home of the goddess Venus, then sought atonement from the Pope for having worshiped her. Music/RichardWagner's three-act opera ''[[Theatre/{{Tannhaeuser}} Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg]]'' popularized this legend in the modern era.

The SciFi film ''Film/BladeRunner'' gave a brief ShoutOut to Tannhäuser: Roy Batty mentions the TannhauserGate in his climactic speech (shown above). He pronounced it "Tann-houz-er"[[note]]which is how it would be pronounced without the umlaut, which is how it's often (mis)spelled[[/note]] but who gives a flip. What the gate exactly is has not been revealed. It became a [[MemeticMutation meme]] to science fiction geeks anyway.

[[StockShoutOuts References to the Gate crop up repeatedly]] in other SF media as a ShoutOut to ''Film/BladeRunner''. References to the original Tannhäuser are [[OlderThanTheyThink somewhat less common]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', the battleship ''Minerva'''s WaveMotionGun is named ''Tannhäuser''.
** Given that the ''Archangel'''s WaveMotionGun based on the exact same technology is named ''Lohengrin'', this is probably [[OlderThanTheyThink a reference to Wagner]]. Moreso since the ''Archangel'' was built and introduced long prior to the ''Minerva''.
*** Definitely given that several of the Minerva's other weapon systems are named for Wagnerian Operas (Tristain [Beam Cannons], Isolde [Artillery] and Parsifail [Type of Missile])
** There is also an episode named "Lohengrin Gate", which focuses on an [[TheFederation Earth Alliance]] base in a mountainous valley that uses an emplaced version of the Lohengrin to guard the one entrance.
* ''Anime/GunBuster'' has several pseudo-science and history shorts that detail the background of the series' universe. One of them concerns a physicist called Tanhauser who won the Nobel 5 years in a row for completely changing astrophysics. The "Tanhauser gate" appears to be what is currently known as a "wormhole's throat".
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', [[TheStoic V]] uses a Spell Card called Tannhauser Gate. For bonus SciFi points, it sets up the summon for the [[{{Antimatter}} Xyz Monster]] [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Number_9%3A_Canopy_Star_-_Dyson_Sphere Number 9:]] Canopy Star - DysonSphere.

* A Christmas issue of ''{{Deadpool}}'' ends with the villain (dressed as Santa) trying to sway Deadpool from killing him by reciting Roy Batty's final lines. Deadpool knows enough about pop culture that the attempt just makes him angry and he kills the guy anyway.
** Unless some inter-company theft occurred, this one was actually from DC's ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' comics.
-->'''Narration''': "But a ''Film/BladeRunner'' fan was this miserable heel / And Rutger's great speech from the end he did steal!"
* The second ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' book includes a riff on the speech.

* In ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', Creator/KurtRussell's character is a veteran of the Battle of Tannhauser Gate. This and several other details were meant to tie ''Soldier'' into the same [[TheVerse 'verse]] as ''Blade Runner''. (The screenwriter, Creator/DavidWebbPeoples, was a co-writer of ''Blade Runner''.) Apparently, it is a physical barrier or a jump gate as big as a planet.
* Used by Owen Wilson as the titular character in ''Film/DrillbitTaylor''.
* ''Film/HunterPrey'': The crew of the Aurora says it that it has just cleared the Tannhäuser Gate before it arrives at the planet.

* In ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', Wowbagger gives the original quote while ranting about [[WhoWantsToLiveForever how much he wants to die]]. It was one of his favourite movies.
* A rather more subtle instance, but ''Literature/MortalEngines'', in its UsedFuture setting, has a mountain range the divides Central and East Asia called the Tannhäuser Mountains. The only break in the mountains is an armoured wall-fortress of Batmunkh Gompa. The climactic battles of the book, and the trigger for most of the political events of the rest of the series, take place on or around this metaphorical 'gate'.
* In ''Evening's Empires'' by [=Paul MacAuley=], Tannhauser Gate is a location in the asteroid belt which the protagonist is trying to reach. [[Literature/{{Foundation}} Trantor]] was his last port of call. Combined with the [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey black monoliths]] everywhere, it would appear that the original settlers of the belt were a bunch of geeks.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' features symbiotic slugs that preserve memories from long-dead races. One of them, just before dying, gives a speech about "The things I've seen" that is strongly reminiscent of Batty's speech.
* Joel [=McHale=] on ''Series/TheSoup'' used this trope to make fun of Nancy Grace's Swift Justice on the 1/28/2011 episode.

* The song Tannhauser Gate by Fightstar is meant as a shout out to ''Blade Runner''.
* In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBz46xC5t7E Everything's Better with Muppets]]" by Spray, the list of things that could be improved by Muppets includes "C-beams glitter by the Tannhauser Gate, quite good, I understand".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the [[FantasyWorldMap space fantasy maps]] of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} references to the Tannhauser Gates are stuck in.
** Most famously the Cadian Gate, the only safe route out of the Eye of Terror and the site of the biggest and most horrendous space battles in existence.
* The various ''TabletopGame/HeavyGear'' franchise elements use what seems to be an elaboration of the Bladerunner version as their interstellar drive. Heavily traveled routes have stations that open the gate (which is cheaper) and larger ships have their own equipment for opening the gates (which is more flexible, and essential on exploration or military vessels).
* In ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'', it's an [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Tannhauser_Gate interstellar gate]] that changes monsters' levels.

* A level in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'', spelled "Tenhauser Gate".
* In the classic ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' [[GameMod total conversion]] ''The Gate'', the final level of episode 3, "Red Planet Blues," is named "Tanheuser Gate".
* In ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'', one fellow is out at night looking at constellations, and "Tannhauser Gate" is one of them.
* There is an Orbis [[SpaceStation Starport]] in ''Videogame/EliteDangerous'' by the name of Tannhauser Gate in the Aztlan system.

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Antimony is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=180 briefly seen]] reading a [[FictionalDocument book]] named ''Tannhauser Gate''.
* ''Webcomic/TheNoob'' riffs on Batty's final speech [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=6 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' strip [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0548.html 548,]] General Grievous' FinalSpeech quotes Roy Batty's, including the line about Tannhäuser Gate, more or less verbatim.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' has a duplication/clone of Phil (in the episode with the Deadly Duplicator) give a parody of Batty's speech as he's being shoved into a woodchipper.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' Season 4 episode "Self-Assisted Suicide" throws a portion in during 21's SeenItAll speech.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the castle Neuschwanstein in Germany (the real life Disney castle) the rooms are designed around Wagner's operas. There is an huge ornately carved doorway leading to the Tannhäuser themed room. Quite possibly the closest RealLife Tannhauser Gate in existence.