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->''"Go beyond the impossible and kick reason to the curb! That's how Team Gurren rolls!"''
-->-- '''Kamina''', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
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"[[ThisCannotBe That's impossible!]]"

No, no it's not. This trope is for actions and events that defy the limits set within a series. In RealLife they just wouldn't work, but the rules of fiction (i.e., whatever the author laid down when constructing it) are somewhat... [[TheoryofNarrativeCausality looser]]. Someone who, for instance, gains the power [[{{Flight}} to fly]] when no one else can is not this trope; that is AppliedPhlebotinum or FunctionalMagic or some other trope defining the character's power. LikeRealityUnlessOtherwiseNoted is a good thing to keep in mind when adding examples; aspects of the fictional reality not covered by the author's rules are covered by real life. For the example to count it has to be '''impossible''' according to the internal logic of the story.

In short, whenever someone "touches the untouchable" or "breaks the unbreakable", they are going Beyond The Impossible. [[note]]Row, row, fight the power![[/note]]

This could be done by the CrazyAwesome, who ignores the rules, or the IdiotHero, who doesn't know them. Thus, going beyond the impossible can be AchievementsInIgnorance. Just as easily, it could be a calculated endeavor by AwesomeByAnalysis trying to break the rules. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible These are just examples, there could be others.]] Often times, one will cry out HowIsThatEvenPossible after seeing such a thing.

Distinct from UpToEleven in two respects. 1.) There is no 'topping' involved; topping the previous maximum is not necessarily the motivation. 2.) The action is ''literally'' impossible instead of being one step higher than the current best. For example: Alice punches Bob and he steps back from the force. UpToEleven, Alice punches Bob [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom across the room]]. Beyond The Impossible, Alice punches Bob ''backwards in time''. The former is just a stronger punch while the latter has nothing to do with strength.

If you're looking for the old definition, "a series tops itself over and over," go to SerialEscalation.

This trope is about events, not the characters involved in them. Do not confuse with RuleOfCool (where the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is stretched because the example is cool), CrazyAwesome (which is characters that are effective because [[CrazyEnoughToWork they may be the only ones crazy enough to try]]), nor badass, which has a multitude of meanings.

For someone who fails at something in an extreme way, see EpicFail. If someone scores a 12 out of ten or a negative score or anything like that then you'll want BrokeTheRatingScale or FMinusMinus.

Compare the various ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes, which are more about breaking ''social'' rules than ''physical'' ones.

A violation of InternalConsistency and will not exist in stories with NegativeContinuity because a story needs strong internal consistency and continuity in order for either to be broken. WrongContextMagic is a subtrope where characters pull out magic abilities that don't fit into the local rules. Contrast MagicAIsMagicA, when even supernatural elements have rules that cannot be broken.

Named for one translation (of many) of one of [[CrazyAwesome Kamina]]'s (many, many) {{Catch Phrase}}s from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.


* BeyondTheImpossible/AnimeAndManga
* BeyondTheImpossible/ComicBooks
* BeyondTheImpossible/{{Fanfic}}
* BeyondTheImpossible/{{Film}}
* BeyondTheImpossible/{{Literature}}
* BeyondTheImpossible/LiveActionTV
* BeyondTheImpossible/MusicAndSoundEffects
* BeyondTheImpossible/TabletopGame
* BeyondTheImpossible/VideoGames
* BeyondTheImpossible/VisualNovels
* BeyondTheImpossible/WebComics
* BeyondTheImpossible/WebOriginal
* BeyondTheImpossible/WesternAnimation

* The Dos Equis ads featuring Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld lists many impossible accomplishments. This trope is the whole point of the character.
** He gave a pep talk so inspiring both teams won.
** He tells us that he can slam a revolving door.
** He can also speak French in Russian.
** He's a LoverNotAFighter, [[OxymoronicBeing but he's also a fighter]], so don't get any ideas.
** He once parallel parked a train.
** He is forbidden from walking through cemeteries, because of that one time where he raised the dead.
** His sense of taste is so refined that to him, nothing TastesLikeChicken; not even chicken.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050401 ate a pizza]] ''before'' it arrived. He has "friends high up in the delivery business".
* ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'',
** This is a universe grounded in real-life physics, has the Humbler, a Hummer BlandNameProduct that is implied to '''have a bigger gravitational mass than Earth'''.
** Jason the omninerd wants to go back in time by exceeding the speed of light. How? [[DrivesLikeCrazy By asking his brother Peter, of course.]]
--> '''Jason:''' I've seen how you drive on the freeway.
--> '''Peter:''' You're talking ''nine'' digit numbers. I've only flirted with ''four''.
** FYI, land speed records are firmly set in the three-digit range using specially designed rocket-propelled vehicles. Peter breaks 1,000 in a ''station wagon''.
* ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'':
** If the General has a headache and Sergeant Snorkel '''ORDERS''' you to fire a cannon quietly, then you ''fire'' it quietly.
** Beetle is slower than everyone else even when parachuting down from a plane.
** Lt. Fuzz is so reluctant to jump to parachute down that he stays hanging on a cloud.
** On one occasion, Beetle and Sarge have followed a road that goes nowhere and are in fact standing on air a little beyond a cliff.
** Among the geographical features that were at one time featured regularly, there's a particular river that's so fickle and constantly changing its course that the soldiers have to make an effort to avoid it when setting up their tent in one strip. They think they're safe when they reach higher ground, but the river follows them anyway because it doesn't know water can't run uphill.
** Killer peeks through a knothole at some women at a swimming pool. Next, people are wondering how he managed to get his head stuck on the other side of the hole, which is just the size of his neck (his neck being drawn as very thin as usually). When someone says it's impossible, Beetle says that "''he's'' impossible."

* Some [[YourMom Yo Mama]] jokes have a punchline where the subject is fat/ugly/stupid enough to violate real life logic. For example:
--> Yo momma is so fat, she jumped in the air and got stuck!
--> Yo momma is so ugly, when she looks in the mirror, her reflection ducks!
* The ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts'' are built around Chuck doing things that are impossible, like dividing by zero or [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus expecting the Spanish Inquisition]] or counting to infinity twice in the time it took him to build the log cabin he was born in right after causing the big bang with a roundhouse kick... Oh and God owes him five bucks.

* In Eugene Ionesco's play ''The Lesson'', The Student nonchalantly mentions having memorized the answers to an infinite amount of multiplication questions, [[VoodooShark to explain how she can multiply ten-digit numbers when she doesn't know how to count past 17]].

* At one point in the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' comics and books, Jaller sets Mantax [[ManOnFire ablaze]] ''[[WaterIsAir on the ocean floor]]''. ElementalRockPaperScissors is important in the series so its {{Hand Wave}}d with the [[AWizardDidIt Wizard Did It]] rule; he has power over fire, and if he wants fire underwater, ''he can do that'' (not easily, but still...). Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Greg on an online Q&A when he pointed out that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic possible to have fire underwater.]] It just takes either certain chemicals or a lot of energy.