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Does interstellar stress have you down? Can't perform like you used to? Time for you to take a break. Time for you to treat yourself nice. Time for you to take a trip...to Flexor V. The only Delta resort in the Erogenous Zone. Open all solar time. Come to Flexor V. Because what happens on Flexor V, stays on Flexor V.
— Alien Adventure: The Adventure by John Freda
One of the many Planet of Hats
where the theme of this entire planet is to enjoy yourself. This usually means sandy beaches
and women in revealing outfits
. This can also qualify for a planet that is "paradise", for which it's so good that no one would want to leave. If that is the case, then it may double as a Lotus Eater Planet.
Expect either the Busman to take his Holiday
here or a Forced Prize Fight
to ensnare our heroes. If this planet gets angry when anyone tries to leave, it may be a Possessive Paradise
If you're looking for Treasure Planet
, then you probably just hit a few different letters on accident
Anime and Manga
- One Naruto Non-Serial Movie had a suspiciously Las Vegas-esque land that was under threat.
- The Hot Springs Planet from Outlaw Star was terraformed specifically to be a giant resort.
- Kiddy GiRL-AND has an entire planet that serve as a resort where only females are allowed, and the dress code is they all must wear swimsuits.
- Whiskey Peak was this in One Piece. They welcome with open arms any and all pirates, partying for an entire day when they land ashore. This is all a facade, for all of the inhabitants are bounty hunters for the crime syndicate Baroque Works.
- Lobo once landed on a similar planet. After a while he got bored so he hacked into the planet communication systems and sent a broadcast, declaring that within a short time he will start killing everyone in sight. He never did but the resulting hysteria created much more amusing violence than he could hope to himself.
- The DC Universe had the gamblers' world Ventura and Raggashoon◊ in the Omega Men story "Of Vice and Virtue".
- In French artist Philippe Druillet's early seventies art book/graphic novel Loane Sloane - Delirius takes place partly on the planet Delirius, "the planet of one hundred thousand pleasures", which is devoted to providing sex and other forms of debauchery to tourists from all over the universe. It is run by a wealthy, fat, Jabba-like slug of a governor who taxes those who would partake in the pleasures of Delirius.
- Star Wars has the Zeltrons, a species devoted to nothing but sex and pleasure. Accordingly their homeworld, Zeltros, is a pleasure planet.
- The 1980 Flash Gordon movie had Princess Aura try to tempt Flash into joining her for a tryst on her personal pleasure moon, Cytherea. "Cytherean" is a somewhat archaic adjective describing matters concerning Aphrodite, namely sex and pleasure (hence the name of the moon).
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- The beach planet Ursa Minor Beta (which is also home to the publishers of the eponymous Guide). It is mentioned that the planet's tourism bureau once ran an ad campaign with the slogan "when you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta, you are tired of life." And the galaxy's suicide rate quadrupled overnight.
- It also had the fabulously beautiful planet of Bethselamin, whose government grew so concerned by the cumulative erosion effects of billions of tourist visitors, that they passed a law whereby any net imbalance between what you eat and what you excrete while visiting that world is surgically removed before you are allowed to leave. Thus, it is vitally important to get a receipt each time you go to the bathroom there. In the TV version we get to see what happens to somebody who forgot. (His hand was amputated by power tools and replaced by a prosthetic).
- And of course, Magrathea will build planets specifically tailored for you. Want a planet made out of solid gold? What about one where everything's made of jello? The pebbles on the beaches are all precious jewels? Magrathea can build it.
- Kalgan, in the Foundation series. Unusually for this kind of planet, Kalgan manages to become a major political center, with the would-be Galactic Conqueror The Mule choosing it as his home base and, even after that ended, remaining a galactic power.
- The third Spaceforce book is set on Fantasia, the galaxy's greatest 'theme world' - an asteroid enclosed in an atmosphere shell and terraformed into a series of themed islands. It's supposed to be wholesome and educational family entertainment, banning alcohol and drugs so it's ironic that it turns out to be the source of the galaxy's latest and most dangerous illegal recreational drug.
- Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga
- Beta Colony has some elements of this, a warm planet (downright lethal outside of the habitats/caves in fact) where everyone walks around in sarongs and free love is the rule, but they are rather competent and not devoted to pleasure full time.
Indeed it is widely known as home to numerous centers of education, science, and technology. However it is also home to places where almost any sexual experience imaginable involving the consenting can be found. Sending someone to the former and finding out they have been nosing around the latter....
- And then there was Ryoval's on Jackson's Whole, where every sexual experience involving the unconsenting can be purchased for the right price.
- "Sanctuary" in Starship Troopers is essentially a planet used for soldiers' R&R.
- Hyperion deconstructs this trope with Maui-Covenant, a once-beautiful planet that has been much harmed by tourism.
- Star Trek
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- "Shore Leave". The episode takes place on a planet where aliens went for amusement and the Enterprise crew found danger and weirdness.
- "The Man Trap" had a throwaway reference to "Wrigley's Pleasure Planet" by Crewman Darnell. The planet itself has quite on lot of speculation on Trek's Fetish Fuel Page. There has been Fan Fic suggesting that it's the same planet as Risa (from Star Trek: The Next Generation), during an unfortunate flirtation with corporate sponsorship.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- The franchise firmly plants this trope in the planet Risa. Introduced in and seen at least once in every spin off since (except, for obvious reasons, Star Trek: Voyager). The German word "reise", which is pronounced exactly like Risa, means "vacation."
- Episode "Justice". The planet Rubicun III is a idealistic paradise with friendly inhabitants which up made up solely of blond haired blue eyed white people until the crew discovers its hidden dangers.
- Babylon 5
- The Mars city New Vegas is very heavily implied to be such a place, right down to the name.
- The characters in Crusade come across a destroyed planet that supplementary material describes as being one for aliens. It was also mentioned that there's a "Disney Planet".
- Battlestar Galactica
- The late-1970's Buck Rogers TV series had an episode titled "Vegas in Space". They re-used the sets and props from Carillon on Battlestar Galactica (Classic) (the shows were made by the same people).
- Doctor Who
- The planet Midnight, a planet made of beautiful gems and amazing sights, but deadly to anyone who touched its sunlight. Naturally, humanity built a resort there. And naturally for the Doctor, things go horribly wrong...
- The planet Argolis in "The Leisure Hive". The only facility on the planet is the eponymous hive; a high-end resort attracting tourists from across the galaxy.
- The Red Dwarf episode "Back to Reality" mentions The Planet of the Nymphomanics.
- Farscape. The crew of Moya are basically kicked off the ship by Pilot due to their constant bickering so they take a sojourn on LoMo, called a pleasure planet in-universe. As usual, they manage to get in trouble. The trope is deconstructed, since while it looks like this to visitors the system is based on murderous drug cartels and forced prostitution.
- Lexx had a couple of pleasure ships in separate episodes - the Seles Pleasure Transport and the Luvliner. Neither of them quite lived up to expectations, and predictably both of them got trashed. Season 3 had the planet Water, which could have been a pleasure planet if it hadn't been constantly at war with its neighbor Fire. Astonishingly enough, during a lull in hostilities Stanley Tweedle actually managed to get laid there, for the only time in the entire series.
- Classic Traveller game supplement 76 Patrons mentioned the "Imperial pleasure planets".
- Classic Traveller adventure Rescue on Galatea by Paranoia Press. The recreation world Garden Prime has a variety of amusements, including gambling, holographic hunting and meditation.
- GURPS Traveller supplement Planetary Survey 1: Kamsii. The planet Kamsii is a planetary theme park similar to Disneyland.
- Warhammer 40,000 calls these Garden Worlds.
- Worlds actually devoted to nothing but pleasure and excess are Daemon Worlds under the dominion of the Chaos God Slaanesh.
- Mongoose Publishing
- The Starship Troopers Role Playing Game had Zegama Beach, the most luxurious and decadent world in the Federation. Known for its endless coastlines of perfect beaches and crystal clear blue waters, it was the most popular vacation destination for wealthy Federation citizens.
- The Strontium Dog RPG.
- Fargo III is a holiday world lush with vegetation. The entire economy is based on resorts and hotels, with the planetary population employed by them.
- Bles was a pleasure world in the former Olol'Bian Empire. It was completely given over to enjoyment and self-expression. Unfortunately the Purity Party took control of the Empire and sandblasted the entire world, turning it into a Desert Planet.
- A bit more like "Pleasure Empire," but the Magistracy of Canopus in BattleTech is notorious for its pleasure circuses, including but not limited to a variety of sexual fantasies, available for a price. Amusingly, they are also renowned as the premier medical experts of the setting.
- Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters. One science fiction plot has a planet that's a tropical paradise vacation spot. Along with the usual activities it also has adult entertainment such as dance clubs, parties, gambling and even prostitution.
- SaGa Frontier has Baccarat.
- Smash TV has the Pleasure Domes, as does its Spiritual Successor Total Carnage. Notable in the TC version that when you unlock it, the dudes from Smash TV are still there.
- Freelancer has Planet Curaçao, Planet Baden-Baden, and to some degree, Planet Cambridge and the luxury cruisers Hawaii and Shetland.
- An entire class of planet in Wing Commander: Privateer. Pleasure planets will buy food, and almost any luxury goods (including legal ones like furs and pets, and illegal ones like drugs or slaves). The only products they produce are movies.
- Oolite has a few of these, according to the fluff, as well as an expansion pack that adds orbital casinos.
- Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger references the planet "Queela Quoola," which, in the local tongue, translates to something like "Planet of casual sex and cheap beer...."
- The Roman Emperors Tiberius, predecessor to the infamous Caligula, had the island of Capri reserved as his personal Pleasure Island.