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Spinning out of Here
In fantasy and science fiction works, teleportation (in some sort of form) frequently appears as a common form of travel. Often, the person teleporting will trigger the teleportation by spinning in place. Alternatively, the entry into teleportation may not involve rotation, but the actual travel spins the traveler.

While a reason may sometimes be given for the spinning, it often occurs primarily because it looks (or sounds) cool or because spinning signals to the viewer that something is going to happen, thus avoiding catching the viewer off guard.

This is a sub-trope of Everything's Better with Spinning.

If the teleportation device itself spins (as opposed to the people spinning within the device), it's When Things Spin, Science Happens. The tropes are similar in that in both cases, the spinning occurs either to invoke Rule of Cool or to avoid confusing the audience.

Note that this trope can apply to all forms of magical transportation; teleportation is just its most common form.

Examples

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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In Harry Potter, Apparition is triggered by spinning in place. Travel by Floo sends the traveler spinning to their destination. In the movie, transit by Portkey is depicted with the passengers whirling around the Portkey.
  • Merlin in The Once and Future King always spins around before he disappears in a cloud of smoke.
  • In Robert Sheckley's Prospector's Special, portals look like tiny whirlwinds.
  • In the German pulp series Professor Zamorra, the demon lord Asmodis traditionally teleports by invoking the spell and spinning in place, pulling any 'passengers' he may have along with him. This seems to be mainly a personal quirk since other teleportation techniques and technologies in the series generally don't require this (though movement in general is a necessary component for at least some, making being tied up tightly enough still an issue for the would-be teleporter).

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    Western Animation 
  • In Code Lyoko, the teens rotate in the scanners before being transported to Lyoko.
  • In the Regular Show episode "Dizzy", when the characters spin around until they fall over, they are sent to a bizarre otherworld.
  • The Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes is probably the Trope Codifier for non-teleportation methods, spinning itself into a whirlwind to travel.
  • Peter of Family Guy tried to travel back in time by spinning on the spot. He ended up getting dizzy and breaking his father-in-law's glass table.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, the Toiletnator spins when he makes an exit... but that's because he's "flushing himself" down a toilet.

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