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Genesis Effect
"Simply put: Genesis is life, from lifelessness."
Dr. Carol Marcus, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Sure, watching planets getting blow'd up is fun and all, but it takes a lot longer to create something than to destroy it. Sometimes, it's nice to see a world take shape, rather than become rubble.

This trope occurs whenever a planet is born.

Some form of this occurs in every religious Creation Myth. It's also fairly common in Science Fiction. Sometimes it's a naturally occurring event, sometimes someone just possesses the technology to make planets. Typically is used as a symbol for birth and renewal, usually with a hefty amount of Scenery Porn special effects thrown in for good measure, while the sheer amount of energy required can stretch Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

Due to the precarious nature of this trope, writers tend to avoid using it, even when it would be appropriate or interesting to do so.

Contrast Earth-Shattering Kaboom and Apocalypse How.

Not to be confused with "Blast Processing" on the other Genesis.

Examples:

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    Film 
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: The Genesis Device. Also the trope namer.
    • And due to the circumstances that it happened in, also becomes a case of Outrun the Fireball
    • The plot of the movie is driven by the fact that if the Genesis Device is aimed at a lifeless rock (or nebula), it will create a living, breathing planet... if aimed at a living, breathing planet, it'll erase it entirely and create a brand-new living, breathing planet. Which makes it a weapon of mass destruction as well as mass creation. Subverted; we later learn that Genesis doesn't work. Completely the opposite of its creators' intention, it's only a weapon of mass destruction.
      • This is why Dr. Marcus was adamant that there be "not so much as a microbe" on the target planet. The reasoning being: what would have happened on ancient Earth if a Sufficiently Advanced Alien race tried it out there, simply because all they saw in the water was a few little amoebas...
  • In Titan A.E., the Titan (a giant spaceship) can do this. It takes about seven days. Cale thinks his father programmed it to take that long as a joke.
  • The first part of the "Rite of Spring" segment from Fantasia.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • During the Doctor Who Christmas Special "The Runaway Bride", the Doctor takes Donna back in time to witness the formation of the Earth.
  • Red Dwarf: In the episode "Rimmerworld", Rimmer does this to a barren planet.

    Video Games 
  • It's almost as easy to create planets in the Space Empires games as it is to blow them up. So easy, in fact, that you can keep destroying and reforming planets if you don't like the atmosphere.
  • Planets in Master of Orion II can be constructed from asteroid belts or gas giants in already-colonized systems (tough luck with a system that only has asteroid belts or gas giants). They always turn out Barren-class. Since there's no way to terraform Toxic planets, it may be sometimes beneficial to blow up an enemy's Toxic colony with a Stellar Converter, conquer/colonize the neighboring planet, and rebuild the resulting asteroid belt into an improvable Barren world.
  • In Spore, there are a multitude of different tools for use in making worlds habitable. The easiest to use of these is the Staff of Life, which will instantly transform any planet into a lush paradise, but it only has 42 uses.
  • Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2
    • The Hungry Lumas will, if fed enough starbits or coins, actually transform into either a new planet or galaxy.
    • At the end of the first game, the universe seemingly collapses. The player is then Sucked into a bright tunnel where there is the sound of Babies crying. Rosalina arrives and announces that at this moment THOUSANDS of Lumas are being born.
  • In Ratchet & Clank, the Blargs led by Chairman Drek are trying to build themselves a new homeworld by looting everything they need from other planets across the galaxy. They need to do this because Chairman Drek himself polluted the previous world and intends to do it again for financial gains.

    Other 
  • There are a few professional 3D procedural world generation applications, some which render planet-birth to stunning real-time effect similar to Star Trek II.
  • Every religion or mythology ever has had its version of the Creation Myth.
  • The formation of the Earth in Real Life makes this literally older than dirt.

Fetus TerribleBirth TropesA Hero Is Born
Forging SceneCreation TropesHomemade Inventions
Flat WorldThis Index EarthGot The Whole World In My Hand
The Gambling AddictOlder Than DirtGenius Loci
Generation ShipsTropes in SpaceGravity Sucks

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