-> ''"Gravity displeases me, so I have removed it!"''
-->-- '''Merasmus''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

A special kind of attack a character uses when they're in space and realize something: with gravity, this week's villain is a total badass who can take out all of the heroes singlehandedly, but turn the gravity off, and all of a sudden he's a flailing ninny helplessly floating around in the air. It would seem that in this situation knowing eighty forms of martial arts isn't that useful a skill.

While ArtificialGravity is usually assumed in a science fiction setting, this trope can be a handy way of reminding the audience that yes, technically we aren't supposed to have any. Granted, this trope is almost always invoked deliberately, and is typically used by those who control the local spaceship as opposed to those who are trying to invade it. If this attack was anything except a gimmick, the viewers would [[FridgeLogic likely wonder]] why it isn't used more often considering how effective it is. Still, as gimmicks go, it's a pretty cool one. After all, where else can you see people fighting each other UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton style?

This technique is also a staple of {{Gravity Master}}s, who do not require the whole "being in space" to be able to pull it off. In this case, it's almost always an ability [[AntagonistAbilities exclusive to villains]], due to how [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] making your foes float uselessly in the air whenever you want (instead of situationally) is.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ochako Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has this as her power (called "Zero Gravity"). She can make people and objects helplessly float by simply touching them with her fingertips, removing the effects of gravity from them. A Twitter sketch from the author [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this by showing her curbstomping an arc's main threat through this.
* In one chapter of the ''Manga/AstroBoy'' manga, Astro is fighting a NighInvulnerable alien giant robot attempting to terraform an island on Earth to match his masters' home planet. He defeats the robot by reminding it that it needs to change gravity, too-- the robot alters the force of gravity on the island-- and ends up flung out into space.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Used in ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' comic. When a corrupted matrix-posessed decepticon leader enters the autobot ship in one of their shuttles and starts demolishing the autobots, one of the heroes turns off the gravity and opens the airlock, allowing a single harpoon shot to push the monster out into space.
* Variation in the classic 1970s ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story "Who took the Super out of Superman?" Clark has lost his powers, but finds himself as Clark Kent having to track down a gang. He brings along an anti-gravity device and handily takes them all down because as Superman he's experienced in zero gravity and they are not.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'', while performing a mission on an alien world, Navis tumbles off a cliff during a struggle with a native. They are saved from death by an anti-gravity field generated by the local plebothinium and she quickly overpowers her opponent since she is trained in zero-gravity fighting and he is not.
* At the conclusion of the second ComicBook/{{Thanos}} war, ComicBook/SpiderMan and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]] are wiping the floor with Thanos's henchmen. Thanos turns the tide by announcing "stage zero environment" and turning off the gravity.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': When the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Teknosaurs]] lure Shakara into a trap, he deactivates the ArtificialGravity on the ship to kill them one by one in a zero gravity frenzy.
* In their debut issue, the second team of [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men]] defeat the living island of Krakoa by freeing magnetism-controller Polaris from its clutches and combining their powers to supercharge her until she's able to cancel the force of gravity on the island, sending it into space.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', the crew take advantage of this when the ship suffers a malfunction that wipes out their artificial gravity systems and are being chased by Reavers. They rig the cargo doors on the belly of the ship to be partially open, luring the Reaver ship into docking at that point and boarding. The Reavers leap out into the cargo bay, but unexpectedly go from a ship with gravity to a ship without one, and their momentum leads to them flailing about helplessly in the cargo bay while the crew shoots them.
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', Harry has to participate into an underwater battle. He has read ''Literature/EndersGame''. Underwater is not quite the same as no-gravity, but someone who's "experienced" in the latter may successfully adapt quite a few tactics into the former, especially against an entirely unprepared opponent.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'': During Jim and Scroop's fight on the ''Legacy'', the gravity is turned off. [[spoiler:Since the ship is completely open-topped, Scroop goes flying out into space.]]

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Part of Rocket's plan of escaping the Kyln in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' involves disabling the artificial gravity everywhere in the prison ''but'' the watchtower in the center, which the heroes have broken into. Cue Kyln guards with rocket launchers flailing helplessly.
* ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. Drax's space station has artificial gravity due to rotation[[note]] even though this makes no sense in terms of its design[[/note]]. As the NASA shuttle with the Marines aboard is about to be lasered, Bond pushes a button that fires the station's thrusters and stops its rotation. The station goes to zero G and everybody floats into the air as Bond and his allies escape.
* In ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', Chancellor Gorkon's assassins start by firing a torpedo that disables the gravity on his ship. They can get around because they're wearing suits with magnetic boots; everyone else on the ship is considerably more impaired.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' during the scene on the deflector at one point Picard deactivates his magnetic boots in order to float over the heads of several borg.

* An inversion in ''Literature/LuckyStarr and the Big Sun of Mercury'': Bigman Jones is in a fight with another man in the low gravity of Mercury, but someone turns the gravity ''up'' to Earth-normal at exactly the wrong moment, and Bigman's opponent is killed.
* In Creator/WarrenEllis's ''Ocean'', the protagonist uses not only antigravity but also inverted and perpendicular gravity.
* In the ''[[TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}} Blood of Kerensky]]'' trilogy, one of Phelan Kell's fights in his bloodname Trial turns out to be unarmed combat against an Elemental (a genetically engineered giant battle armor trooper). Since he gets to choose ''where'' to fight and they're in space at the time, he picks an empty hangar under zero-G conditions to level the playing field and ultimately wins by managing to cling to his opponent's back long enough to subdue him (while still collecting his share of bruises along the way).
* Sort of subverted in ''Literature/EndersGame''. The characters learn special tactics for fighting in zero gravity.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** In the novel ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', Harry uses a specialized form of earth magic to temporarily create this. His main goal is the extremely crushing, localized gravity that results when the spell ends. It works very well.
** In the earlier book ''Literature/SmallFavor'', [[LittleMissBadass Ivy the Archive]] traps [[FallenAngel Magog]] in a gravity- and friction-less sphere, leaving him floating helplessly above the ground. Being an [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] [[TheJuggernaut juggernaut]] is not much good when you can't touch the ground, as it turns out.
** Harry uses a similar tactic against [[spoiler: Cait Sith]] in Literature/ColdDays, when the latter rebounds from jumping on him, Harry uses that split second of simple physics to magically shove him out a window.
* In Creator/DanielKeysMoran's ''The Long Run'', Trent is being chased through [=PeaceForcer=] Heaven, a zero gravity environment in near earth orbit. Everybody is wearing velcro boots to get around. At one point he is chased into a large room by Melissa [=DuBois=]. He surprises her, and strands her in the center of the room far away from any handhold she can use to get to the door or any communication equipment. She is incredibly frustrated at being stuck, until he tells her to throw her clothes away in one direction which will (Newton's Third Law) push her gently in the other direction. She immediately starts stripping down, and Trent regretfully has to leave the room before she finishes the job.
* Inverted in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys Star Shadow]]''. When Colonel Danilov decides to take the Geometer scoutship back to Earth over Pyotr's objections, Danilov tries to fight him for it. Being a war vet and an experienced cosmonaut, trained in zero-g fighting, he forgets that the Geometer ship has ArtificialGravity and tries to fight as if he's in zero-g (he strikes and gently pushes off the floor to float to the ceiling). Pyotr, having gotten used to the Geometer ship, fights as if he's on solid ground and wins. Then Danilov's partner hits him with a StunGun.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]] is mostly set in a crashed, now-tipped-on-its-front spaceship where the Doctor and friends are trying to outrun what is effectively an army of Weeping Angels (the pseudo-moving statues that first appeared in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]) ''and'' deal with a crack in time that erases its victims. The Angels [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ultimately defeat themselves]] by draining the ship of all its power, causing the gravity to fail so they all fall into the crack and, as such, [[{{Retgone}} never existed in the first place]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]], the extra-universal entity House (no, not THAT Series/{{House}}) takes over the TARDIS, and begins toying with Rory and Amy; one such method of doing so involves turning off the ship's gravity relocator, turning many of the corridors into horrendously deep pits...
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' uses a variation of this trope. Rather than turning the ship's AntiGravity systems off, Mal and River trick a villain into going outside the ship into the Zero-G environment of outer space. One well-placed punch is enough to send him flying endlessly into space with no way of getting back.
* Referenced on the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Wormhole X-treme", when the show-within-a-show's producers are trying to scale back the special effects budget, and are stuck on a scene where the hero is supposed to become weightless and float past an alien guard. O'Neill, as their military advisor, asks [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim "Why doesn't he just... shoot him?"]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** An episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' deals with a character who comes from a planet with very little gravity who must get around in a wheelchair, because medical treatment to acclimate her to normal gravity would make it impossible for her to return to her homeworld for extended periods. In the climax, she's able to save a captured shuttle crew by turning off the gravity and kicking the hostage-takers' asses in zero-g.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' presents the opposite approach to this trope, in an episode where a dangerous alien is defeated by ''increasing'' the gravity over the deck plates it is walking on. This causes the reptilian biped to heave onto the floor and remain trapped there for a few seconds before it is shot to death.
* The same trick is used in an early ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode. A group of teenagers obsessed with killing all [[NietzscheWannabe Nietzscheans]] and Magog have taken over the bridge of the ''Andromeda Ascendant''. Harper has just finished building an android body for Rommie, the ship's avatar. Suddenly, everyone on the bridge collapses and is unable to move. Rommie (in all her naked glory) walks out on the bridge and explains to the teens that she is God aboard the ship and can adjust ArtificialGravity as she sees fit. The only ones who can move are Tyr (being a Nietzschean) and Dylan (half-HeavyWorlder).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the levitation spell can also be used against enemies. Without contact to the ground or anything in reach to grasp, they float more or less helplessly in midair.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has plenty of rules available determining the exact effects of zero-gee on virtually any aspect it can think of. The penalties applied generally means that anyone not used to moving in it will become a flailing pile of mess; ''Martial Arts'' even has a special zero-gee fighting style, complete with an in-universe cinematic equivalent where the practitioners replace their legs with extra arms to enhance their fighting capability.

* Subverted/Defied in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. [[KnifeNut Lariska]] is aware of this trope, so when she is assigned to kill a [[GravityMaster Toa of Gravity]], she first spends quite some time using levitation disks to practice fighting/assassination/both in zero-g conditions.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many [[MindOverMatter biotic abilities]] from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' have this effect, including Lift (replaced by Pull second game onwards), [[UnrealisticBlackHole Singularity]], Lift Grenade, and Slam, the latter combining this trope with its inversion by lifting foes then suddenly increasing gravity to make them fall hard enough to kill.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'': A rare case of the antagonist using this ''on himself''. The hero, a GravityMaster, pins him to an asteroid that's heading for Earth and leaves him to die. Fortunately for him, the villain was TheSmartGuy of his team and [[http://books.google.com/books?id=89fxlVBylfEC&pg=PA8&dq=electromagnetism+%22stronger+than+gravity%22&hl=en&ei=DXHtTbeiL8TDgQfA0rXYCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=electromagnetism%20%22stronger%20than%20gravity%22&f=false an electrokinetic]].
* ''Literature/PayMeBug'':
** Part of the drill for repelling boarders on the ''Fool's Errand'' is to switch the gravity on and off at predetermined intervals. Since the boarders wouldn't know the schedule, they wouldn't be prepared for the sudden shifts.
** A more mundane example is that, because the ''Fool's Errand'' uses older gravity technology, they can't have the artificial gravity on at all while they're [[FasterThanLightTravel in tach]]. Well, they ''can'', but it's dangerous.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': One of Graviton's tactics.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', [[EvilCounterpart Negaduck]] negates the SuperStrength of the duck-turned-dinosaur [[DumbMuscle Stegmutt]] by putting him in a chamber with no gravity in it. Justified since Stegmutt can't even figure out how to fight a villain on his own.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Love and Rockets", when the Planet Express ship's central computer goes crazy, it shuts off both the gravity and the oxygen on the ship to prevent Fry and Leela from thwarting her.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' features a fight between Mister Terrific and Franchise/TheFlash who's had a FreakyFridayFlip with ComicBook/LexLuthor. As Mister Terrific's only superpower is that he's really smart, this proves problematic, and he evens the fights by turning off the Watchtower's ArtificialGravity. Flash Luthor is non-plussed, and uses his SuperSpeed to turn his arms into propellers. Mr. Terrific responds by turning the ArtificialGravity back ''on'', causing Flash Luthor to plummet painfully to the ground, getting knocked out in the process.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim pulls this on Monkey Fist and his army of monkey ninjas while on a space station.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'': In "The Jihad", Kirk and Spock join a team of alien specialists to retrieve The Soul of Skor, an artifact stolen from an avian race called the Skor, to prevent the Skor from attacking the galaxy in retribution. A Skor member, Tchar, turns out to be TheMole, having stolen the Soul to bring about a Skor jihad. He then shut off the gravity in the temple, believing that, as a flyer, this would give him an edge over the others in combat. Unfortunately for him...
-->'''Kirk:''' Spock, how long since you worked out in null-gravity combat exercises?\\
'''Spock:''' Last week, with you, Captain. ''[cue OhCrap look on Tchar's face]''
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS2E2CargoOfDoom "Cargo of Doom"]], Cad Bane uses this trick to help even the odds in a fight against Anakin, Ahsoka and their clone troopers.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]]: Sabine and Chopper shut off the gravity on an Imperial transport to trip up the stormtroopers on board.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike "Stealth Strike"]]: Chopper turns off the gravity in the control room for the [[NoWarpingZone Interdictor's]] gravity wells as a distraction while he sabotages them -- without telling Ezra what he's about to do.
* The Autobots shut off the gravity in their ship to give themselves a fighting chance when they first battled Megatron in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.