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->''"You know, I hear tell they used to keelhaul traitors back in the day. I don't have a keel to haul you on, so..."''
-->-- '''Captain Mal Reynolds''', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "[[Recap/FireflyE09Ariel Ariel]]"

Throwing someone out a spaceship or space station's airlock without a suit, or as some universes call it, "spacing", or simply "airlocking", is a common method of killing someone in sci-fi works involving space travel. This one is usually reserved as a last-ditch effort to get rid of a bad guy, though certain [[TheCaptain Captains]] (especially SpacePirates) have been known to use this as a method of execution. By all accounts, getting exposed to the hard vacuum of space is not a pleasant way to die, and the effects of this on the body are covered in much more detail on the ExplosiveDecompression page. A somewhat crueler version involves giving the executed a spacesuit with enough air to let them last a while so they can fully appreciate their upcoming death.

An odd bit of HollywoodScience regarding getting Thrown Out the Airlock is that it always causes the victim to be violently "sucked" out into space (actually blown, as it's the atmospheric gasses leaving under pressure that pushes objects out, like how air blows out of a punctured tire from the pressure inside rather than sucked out by the lower pressure outside the tire). In RealLife, a pressure difference of a single atmosphere would not cause very much explosive force and would happen almost instantly rather than cause the [[ContinuousDecompression prolonged gale-force winds]] that seems to always happen in the movies. Granted, there would be a rather fast stream when the cover starts to open, but by the time it opens enough for someone to exit, the wind slows down (and the pressure drops). As airlocks are, in the vast majority of cases, intended for scenarios other than "jump out before the ship explodes", they will likely be designed to minimize air loss. This includes having air lock chambers as small as possible and some foolproof measures to ensure that both doors of the sluice will not open at once. Which means there's simply not enough air to have a long wind. Also, there's no reason to give any airlock a powerful instantly-opening door if it's not an evacuation exit or torpedo tube -- it's more likely to have the air slowly pumped out (or, more likely, pumped back into the ship) before opening. [[FridgeLogic We don't want those maintenance guys to drop crates every time they exit, right?]]

See TheCoconutEffect and RealityIsUnrealistic.
Appropriate, given that SpaceIsAnOcean, and parallels can be drawn with keelhauling or [[WalkThePlank walking the plank]]. Note that the loss of oxygen from the ship's system will never be a problem no matter how much you do it. May result in DramaticSpaceDrifting.

'''Since this is a DeathTrope, beware of spoilers.'''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In one episode of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Spike spaces a rogue [[spoiler:refrigerator]]. Notably, the HollywoodScience aspects of the trope were averted as the would-be spacee had to be physically kicked out of the ship when air movement proved insufficient to do the job.
** He also, as detailed on the ExplosiveDecompression page, jumps out himself in another episode.
* Benten of ''Anime/CyberCityOedo808'' tries this against the main bad guy of his [[ADayInTheLimelight focus episode]], who is a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. It doesn't work.
* This is what happened to [[spoiler:Kaoru's rival Louis]] in the backstory of ''Anime/MujinWakuseiSurvive''. Up to this day, the survivor [[spoiler:Kaoru]] isn't happy about it.
* In ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', a human who [[spoiler:bullied Rem, Vash, and Knives]] and tried to [[spoiler:kill the twins]] dies like this.
* Happens in the original Anime/{{Gaiking}} series, to the wife of [[AntiVillain an alien enemy]] some time before their daughter is [[spoiler:shot to death and he's brainwashed into becoming Darius's minion]].
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'', [[spoiler:whenever the Angel Halo fortress was hit]] in the GrandFinale, many of the [[spoiler:"physickers" inside of it (Newtypes [[PoweredByaForsakenChild acting as the "power batteries" for the Halo itself]])]] got thrown into space without spacesuits and died.
** Also, the "thrown into space in a spacesuit with a few days' worth of air" version was applied to [[spoiler:DarkActionGirl Fuala Griffon. She was rescued in the nick of time via orders of the local [[TheStarscream Starscream]], Tassilo Vargo, but [[AxCrazy her almost unexistant mental stability]] was fully gone by that point.]]
** In the backstory of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Canada's future Gundam Fighter Andrew Graham lost his wife Norma to decompression during an attack by SpacePirates lead by Russia's future Gundam Fighter, Argo Gulskii. [[spoiler:Though [[GentlemanThief Argo]] was actually trying to ''save'' her, but wasn't fast enough to do so; in the story proper, [[MyGreatestFailure he blames himself heavily]] for Norma's death.]]
* In the backstory of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', [[spoiler:[[NameOfCain Cain]]]] gets thrown out an airlock by his siblings. Not only does he survive being spaced, he (eventually) recovers from ''re-entering Earth's atmosphere''. ''From space''.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. "The Day the Soyokaze Vanished". The ship is haunted by the ghost of the previous captain, who killed himself out of grief when several members of his crew committed suicide by jumping out the airlock; he tries to make Captain Tylor follow suit.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** King Cold gets infuriated by one of his minions suggesting that Frieza didn't survive Namek's explosion and shatters a window to get the minion blown into space. The minion actually survives this.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', a revived Frieza does this to [[OnlySaneMan Tagoma]] after he suggests that he forget about getting revenge on Goku. He doesn't do this in the ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' version.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfTheBlueWolves'', a flashback shows that this is how [[spoiler:Leonard's younger brother]] died.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* As part of a plan to fight aliens with 'bring one back to life' über-technology, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ComicBook/XMen throws himself out an airlock into space and dies. Intentionally. Knowing he lacks (and will lack) access to his powers. That's how much of a badass he is.
* Mystek of the ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueTaskForce'' was ThrownOutTheAirlock due to a tag-team combo of ExecutiveMeddling and the resulting CreatorBreakdown. As writer Christopher Priest explains [[http://www.christopherpriest.com/hi.htm at his website]]:
--> We eventually introduced a character named Mystek, but I killed her off when her miniseries was not approved. Mystek was supposed to be a creator-owned character, developed under a first-look deal, and I was instructed to put her into JLTF to introduce her to the fans in preparation for her miniseries. Then there was no series, so I shoved her out an airlock in JLTF #32.
* In the ComicBook/MarvelStarWars series, one story has Darth Vader giving an admiral one of his famous [[YouHaveFailedMe performance reviews]] aboard the "Tarkin" (Death Star superlaser without the Death Star). He tells the admiral to go for a walk in the "fresh air." Later, a tech notices an airlock cycling all by itself. Vader: "Curious, no doubt a faulty mechanism!"
* In the ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Tintin]]'' story "[[Recap/TintinExplorersOnTheMoon Explorers on the Moon]]", Wolff commits suicide by airlock so the others have enough oxygen to make it back to Earth. It is also strongly implied that the corpse of villainous henchman Jorgen is left in space after he is shot dead in a struggle with Wolff.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} has the "give them just enough air" variation done to her by an intergalactic pack rat who wants to add her adamantium claws, Hellion's metal hands, and the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Richards kids]] to his collection. He sends her out in a spacesuit with an insufficient power and oxygen supply to retrieve the kids when they're accidentally spaced (the kids are protected by life support pods), fully intending for her to die from vacuum exposure so he could retrieve her claws afterwards. Just as he planned, the space suit (actually a device that projects an energy shield around her body to maintain oxygen and pressure) runs out of power once she reaches the kids, and in short order Laura succumbs to vacuum exposure. Unfortunately, he failed to account for Valeria's genius, Julian's telekinesis, and Laura's own HealingFactor. Laura is successfully rescued and quickly puts an end to his plot.
* Parodied in the first ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody "Star Blecch" In 1967. Kirk tries to solve the problems of the alien of the week by having him "accidently" slip on a banana peel out a porthole.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', during the part where the Yolkians find Jimmy's 'toaster', the one who delivered it to the King was 'spaced' because he entered the throne room unannounced.
* This is how Scroop kills Mr. Arrow in Disney's ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. Later, Jim kills Scroop the same way as revenge for Mr. Arrow's murder. Technically, it was into a black hole, as space in the ''Treasure Planet'' universe has air.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'', where the heavily damaged Decepticons were thrown out into space so that Astrotrain could...well, it was bad physics, but they needed to lose weight to reach Cybertron ''[[YouFailPhysicsForever even though they were already in space]]''. Naturally, being machines, this didn't immediately kill them, but it was implied that eventually their batteries would run dry or they'd drift into a sun. [[GodOfEvil Unicron]] had [[OneWingedAngel other plans]] for them.
* Almost done to Eve and WALL•E from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', though they manage to stay in the ship with the timely help from M-O. Of course given that they already were in space five minutes or so before, this would not have been lethal.
* Used at the end of a segment in ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', when Captain Sternn pulls a lever and sends Hanover Fiste out of a space station airlock. Fiste subsequently [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay catches fire in the vacuum of space]]. Or he might have [[ReentryScare burned up on reentry]], if you're feeling charitable. (WordOfGod is that it was supposed to be on atmospheric entry, but they ran out of money and couldn't make the planned bridge to the next segment. It was meant to show the way the Lohknar Fiste was holding affected the development of the planet that the next segment occurred on.)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanReturnOfTheCapedCrusaders'': The Joker, Penguin, and Riddler attempt to dispose of Catwoman by jettisoning her through the airlock on the space station.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' end with the xenomorph getting blown out a ship's airlock, while ''Film/{{Alien Resurrection}}'' goes the ExplosiveDecompression route.
* In ''Film/AlienResurrection'', the monster is not simply shoved bodily out of an airlock, but blown into the vacuum of space through a small broken port window. It was not pretty.
* In ''Film/EventHorizon'', Justin almost kills himself messily this way when the ship possesses him.
* Film/JamesBond does this to Hugo Drax after shooting him with a poison dart in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. It's the current page image.
* ''Film/AustinPowersTheSpyWhoShaggedMe''. Austin Powers ejects Mini-Me from a moonbase toilet into the void of space. He recovers just fine after Dr. Evil retrieves him.
* The Creator/SeanConnery movie ''Film/{{Outland}}'' features a doped-up asteroid miner doing this to himself in the opening minutes.
* A Martian tries to do this to Santa and the kids in ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians''; it doesn't work. Note that Santa escapes from the airlock ''[[ItsWhatIDo through the ventilation duct]].''
* There are ''three'' notable airlock scenes in ''Film/{{Sunshine}}''.
** In the first, Icarus Two has decoupled from Icarus One, wrenching the airlock open. There's only one spacesuit, and with no means of repressurizing the damaged airlock, they can't just send over more suits. [[spoiler:Capa]] (the person most critical to the mission) is placed inside the spacesuit while the others [[spoiler:wrap themselves in thermal insulation]]. With two men holding onto Capa's spacesuit, the door is opened ([[spoiler:manually by a crew member who has to stay behind]]) and the outrush of air blasts them in the direction of Icarus Two's airlock, which is twenty metres away. One crew member [[spoiler:strikes part of the spaceship and is knocked free of their grasp;]] the others survive.
** In the second incident, Capa is locked in Icarus Two's airlock by [[spoiler:mad Captain Pinbacker]]. Capa burns a hole in the inside door with an oxy torch (kept in the airlock as part of the EVA repair kit), then straps himself to the wall and fires the explosive bolts in the outside door. The force of the air inside the spaceship trying to escape through the small hole is enough to wrench the inside door off its hinges.
** Plus there's a ''third'' airlock incident not long after this. [[spoiler:Capa]] has just separated the payload from Icarus II and is making his way to the airlock when he trips in his heavy spacesuit. The boosters will fire in four minutes; he is able to get to his feet again, but the payload has already separated. He must leap from one airlock to the other and climb inside before the boosters fire.
* Happens to a couple of alien {{mooks}} in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', prompting Tony Shalhoub's character to mention that the door was a little sticky and he'd send a couple of his boys up with a can of WD-40. A few scenes later, he beams the RockMonster from a nearby planet up to the ship; the monster tears through the corridors before smashing through the hull, taking several more mooks with it.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' movie: Prefect and Dent stand in the Vogon airlock while klaxons sound, facing the standard giant, ominous-looking space door, waiting for it to open and send them to their doom. Nothing happens. Then a tiny and inconspicuous TrapDoor opens under them instead.
* General Grievous does this to ''himself'' in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', but in order to escape the Jedi (he can survive in space, and had a grappling hook that allowed him to reattach to the ship). Blast panels come down soon after to prevent others from getting blown out.
* In ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'', during the scene where Jack is reactivating the Command Module, we briefly glimpse a piece of paper over a panel in the cockpit, simply marked "NO!". When Lovell later asks him about this, Jack admits that he'd been getting "punchy" and put that on to keep himself from accidentally jettisoning the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) while the other two were still in it.
-->'''Jim:''' ''[deadpan]'' Good thinking.
** Incidentally, this was not something the film writers made up; it actually happened during the real life Apollo 13 mission (the note thing, not the jettisoning).
* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', HAL 9000 kills Frank Poole by maneuvering his space pod and using the gripper arms while he is on EVA to replace the AE-35 unit. David Bowman rushes out in another pod to rescue his fellow astronaut, but in his haste neglects to take a helmet for his pressure suit. When HAL refuses to open the pod bay doors so Bowman can reenter ''Discovery'', since Bowman lacks a helmet, he has to throw ''himself'' out of the airlock in order to regain entry into the spaceship. He is able to open the outer door of the airlock with the gripper arms, but the pod hatch does not mate with the door completely. Bowman blows the explosive bolts on the hatch, tucks down, and is blown into the airlock. In seconds, he is able to shut the outer door manually and repressurize the airlock. Although this scene is perfectly plausible, despite ExplosiveDecompression, Bowman inhales and holds his breath right before the hatch blows, which is the wrong thing to do. This may have been a mistake by actor Keir Dullea, however.
** Creator/ArthurCClarke reportedly said that if he had been on the set that day, he would have corrected this.
* Though not technically through an airlock, a [[RedShirt nameless female officer]] gets spaced through a hull breach in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''.
* This also happens to James T. Kirk at the beginning of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''. Of course, [[HesJustHiding he was just hiding in the Nexus]], and they brought him back to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a bridge on him]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', this happens again to several crewmembers, who are blown out of a hull breech... ''[[UpToEleven at warp.]]'' Not a nice way to go.
** Scotty does this to a GiantMook holding him at phaser point, blowing the hatch just as Harrison and Kirk come flying ''into'' the airlock wearing spacesuit jetpacks, narrowly missing him.
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' has several crew members sucked out of hull breaches made by Krall's swarm ships. [=McCoy=] and Spock also use this trick to remove the passengers of a swarm ship they commandeer. Twice. Then in the climax, Kirk kills Krall this way.
* In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', TheBridge takes a hit during the battle; one poor RedShirt gets spaced before a forcefield seals the breach.
* In ''Film/MenInBlack3'', Boris shoots the ceiling of the Moon prison Lunar Max to let his guards be blown out of the hole... along with [[KickTheDog the would-be girlfriend]] [[UngratefulBastard that freed him]].
* In the 1972 low-budget sci-fi film ''Doomsday Machine'', two crew members are killed this way by unlocking the airlock by accident (thanks to an [[NoOshaCompliance easily pressed button]]) during an attempted rape. They're not actually blown out into space, but remain in the airlock and die of suffocation, as well as bleeding from every orifice. Not a pretty way to go.
* In ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'', [[RobotBuddy TARS]] jokes about [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey doing this]] [[AIIsACrapshoot to the crew]]. [[spoiler:This winds up being Mann's ultimate fate, though he brings it on himself.]]
* ''Film/TheLastDaysOnMars'' (2013). The final ZombieInfectee is killed this way, when the last two survivors make it to orbit in the DropShip. A flashback shows that the hero nearly spaced himself during an attack of claustrophobia, only to be saved by the intervention of another crewmember.
* ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers'', albeit in the Earth's atmosphere rather than outer space. The aliens have been keeping two prisoners on board their FlyingSaucer, but dump them from high altitude in retaliation after one of their own has been killed.
* ''Film/Passengers2016'': Jim nearly does this to himself after he becomes depressed from being alone. Apparently, there's nothing to stop someone going into the airlock without putting on a space suit and opening it.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''. After the crew mutiny against Yondu, they gleefully throw his NumberOne into the airlock and jeer at him as he floats off into space. A RevealShot then shows a number of other Yondu loyalists drifting in space with him.
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' [[spoiler:Ebony Maw dies when Spider-Man, inspired by the ''Film/{{Alien}}'' examples above, smashes a hole through the hull of Maw’s ship so that he’s sucked out into space. Doctor Strange nearly suffers the same fate, but Spider-Man manages to catch him and drag him back inside while Iron Man seals the hull breach.]]

* The Motie miner encountered in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' does this with his passengers, for reasons which become an important plot point later on. There is a later variation when Horace Bury kills the Watchmakers by breaking their faceplate during the crossing to Lenin.
* In Creator/BenBova's ''Venus'', this is turned UpToEleven by [[spoiler:Captain Fuchs]], who [[spoiler:places rebelling crew members onboard a faulty escape pod and ejects it, leading to an extremely painful and messy ExplosiveDecompression]].
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga:
** In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Oser orders Miles and Co. thrown out of an airlock to eliminate them quickly, rather than let Miles have time to take over as he had before. It didn't work.
*** This happens to poor Miles ''again'' later in the same book, although the second time he had the advantage of a lifeboat.
** In ''Literature/FallingFree'', a character tries to commit suicide this way. Fortunately enough, her friend got there in time and jammed the airlock shut.
** At the end of ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', Ekaterin and her aunt are being held hostage in an airlock, partly to enable this threat and partly so Ekaterin can't get out and wreck the hostage-takers' plans ''again''.
* Used in Tom Godwin's short story "Literature/TheColdEquations". In this specific instance, contra the general rule above, the air lost due to the spacing would probably have been closely calculated [[spoiler:since the girl needs to be spaced or the ship won't make it to its destination]].
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein uses this in:
** ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', except that the airlock is for the city's pressure enclosure, not on a ship.
** ''Literature/RocketShipGalileo'': one of the heroes threatens to do this to a Nazi prisoner to get him to talk. He has to partially carry it out before the Nazi cracks.
** ''Literature/TheRollingStones'', but here it is a trope used by various family members when plotting and writing scripts for a successful commercial space opera serving as an income source for the family, the original scripts having been written by the Grandma character Hazel Meade Stone.
** ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', Lazarus Long tells a story of how he ended up staying years -- long enough for his babies to be grown men -- on a planet because the government confiscated his ship, and it took that long to make enough money to buy a replacement ship. Also, that planet is a ''slaver'' planet, where slavery and slave trading are legal, something Lazarus detests, badly. So, when he's about to leave, the Protector of Servants (the Chief Slave Overseer for the planetary government's slave management department) gets suspicious when Lazarus and his entire family decide to do a "pre-flight inspection" (before slaves are loaded), and tags along to the inspection, probably suspicious they might not pay all taxes owed before leaving. Lazarus takes off almost immediately after everyone is aboard, and jettisons anything and everything out of the ship that would indicate it was prepared to be used for carrying slaves. He also spaces the Protector of Servants. "Alive. He went that-a-way, eyes bugged out of his head and peeing blood. What did you expect me to do, kiss him?"
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In the ''Literature/BlackFleetCrisis'' trilogy, [[spoiler:the main villain is ejected into hyperspace after the slaves on his flagship mutiny. They send him in an escape pod, but without a method of reversion to realspace, the end result is the same]]. This was done on the premise that regular "spacing", or any other form of execution that the killer could think of for that matter, would be ''too quick''. The executioner [[spoiler:had been enslaved for decades by the villain in question and seen most of his comrades brutally murdered]], so it's no surprise that he wanted to get the most out of his revenge.
** ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce: Exile'' has, halfway through the book, a {{brainwashed}} space admiral open up all the doors on a ship that needed to be gotten rid of. All the airlocks and vents and everything. Everyone loses their air, except for the admiral, who is ensconced on the spare bridge. The insane admiral had done all this after overhearing some code words the Captain used (then killing him).
** A book in the ComicBook/XWingSeries has some of this trope used, when the big viewport at the bridge is breached. The blowing-wind effect happens, but there's also an automated system to seal the doors after a bit so that the rest of the ship can function in battle, usually with surviving officers commanding from the auxiliary bridge. In the case of this book, the people who didn't get blown into space try to leave by that door before it closes, find that the air blasts through much harder from that point, and get saved by Chewbacca holding it open and pulling them through.
** Played with when Grand Moff Tarkin hears that an officer has been spreading (partially true) rumors that Admiral Daala was sleeping with Moff for her position; he jettisons the officer into space in low orbit around the planet in a spacesuit and leaves the suit's comlink on so the rest of the ship can hear his final moments as he plunges into the atmosphere and burns up.
** A few times in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Nightmare Machine'', though it happens at a space station [[spoiler:and is a simulation anyway]].
** In ''Literature/HanSoloAtStarsEnd'', Han determines that one of the people on his ship is TheMole. The traitor flees, hoping to find a place on the ''Falcon'' where he can hole up... but stumbles into the airlock instead. Once he gets the information he needs (and the captive has tried to claim Solo's NotSoDifferent) and finds time to quip that it's just as well he stumbled into the airlock since he would've ended up there anyway, Han just hits the button. Since they're in {{hyperspace|IsAScaryPlace}}, his body is annihilated once he leaves the ''Falcon''[='=]s protective field.
* In the short story [[Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron "Blade Squadron"]] from the new Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Imperial Admiral Jhared Montferrat is [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduced]] ordering four smugglers he captured on the way to Endor spaced on his suspicion they might be Rebel spies.
* In ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', using this method of execution is rightly regarded as an unforgivable atrocity. [[SpacePirates Pirates]] do it regularly, of course (there is NO romanticisation of piracy in that universe). Slavers one-up them with ships designed to efficiently space ''every'' prisoner aboard in the event of boarding or mutiny. Just getting caught with such a ship — regardless of any evidence that it's ever actually carried slaves — is enough to be shot. A slaver ship's true purpose is impossible to hide from the inside, so if they're boarded and don't have a cargo of slaves they're assumed to have spaced them beforehand and as such are automatically guilty of mass-murder. In the book where this is stated, one slaver captain, while flying without a cargo, muses that it would be better to get caught with a full load of slaves; slaving will just get the whole crew life in prison, whereas being charged with mass-murder will get them all shot on the spot.
** A few of the "Good Guys" feel that spacing ''pirates'' is appropriate, as something of a retribution; the rest, however, feel these people are treading severely into KnightTemplar territory. One [[TheGoodCaptain captain]] in the series promises to kick a bunch of pirates out an airlock, and is met with ''horrified'' reactions until he clarifies that of course he'll shoot them first. The airlock is just a fittingly callous way of disposing of their worthless bodies; spacing is too cruel to inflict on ''anyone.''
*** Indeed, he considers putting a pulser dart in their heads an act of mercy that the pirates don't deserve. Granted, what the pirates had done to a pair of Manticoran merchants would be enough to make anyone want to show them the door.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin manages to use the trope despite being a fantasy setting (the cause of death here being [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou gravity]] rather than space exposure). One castle, built atop a huge mountain, has a door in the throne room that leads directly outside the walls. This is the door unwanted visitors exit through.
* Played straight in George R. R. Martin's sci-fi horror story ''Nightflyer''. Two passengers on the eponymous spaceship try to find out more about their mysterious and unseen captain by hacking into the ship's computer, only to have an OhCrap moment when they realise the corridor has just been sealed and the cargo-loading hatch above their heads is opening. As they're traveling at superlight speed, the resulting explosion rips them apart and causes major damage to the ship. The survivors correctly assume that this was no accident.
* ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Chasm City]]'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds. Two incompetent medics accused of causing the death of their captain are executed this way, with the air being slowly vented from the airlock to increase their suffering. Actually, it was the VillainProtagonist who murdered the captain, simply taking advantage of the men's carelessness.
* In the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, Boskone-affiliated pirates routinely space the crews and passengers of ships that resist capture. (Except for any [[AFateWorseThanDeath post-pubescent females]], of course.)
* The same spacing incident from the film also happens in the book version of ''2001: A Space Odyssey''. However, in the third sequel, ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries 3001: The Final Odyssey]]'', the body of Frank Poole (one of the spaced astronauts) is discovered floating in space. Thanks to the advanced technology of 3001, he is revived, making him of the few non-superpowered individuals to survive spacing.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'', the Gorn Hegemony is shown to practice this as a form of execution. The prisoner is entitled to an official trial, but that doesn't stop some commanders spacing traitors there and then. In the novel ''Seize the Fire'', the Gorn technologist S'syrixx is thrown out the airlock, having been found guilty of sabotage.
* In Creator/JackMcDevitt's ''Literature/InfinityBeach'', Solly tries to blow the Shroud out of the ''Hammersmith''[='=]s airlock, explaining that he SawItInAMovieOnce. But unlike in ''Film/{{Alien}}'', it doesn't work.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** In the fourth book, two Controllers are overheard saying [[BadBoss the Visser]] has been receiving some distant thought-speak messages (the same ones Cassie and Tobias have been hearing, which turns out to be Ax on the ocean floor), and had a Hork-Bajir thrown out the airlock for breaking his concentration.
** [[spoiler:The Visser's host]] Alloran is even worse. In ''The Andalite Chronicles'', he finds thousands of helpless hostless Yeerks in a transport they're sneaking up on. Alloran not only wants to space them, but tries to force rookie Elfangor to do it as a lesson in war. Elfangor refuses and the opportunity passes. Alloran's response? Forgo retrieving the Time Matrix in favor of hiding out for days morphing and demorphing watching the ship for the chance to do it again. And he very nearly gets his wish. He does make Elfangor toss a single Hork-Bajir out the airlock (albeit in atmosphere, not that it matters at their altitude). Elfangor himself spaces a starving Yeerk later (in stasis to spare it starving to death, but he does make sure to eject it close to a star...) [[spoiler:Finally, the newly promoted Visser Thirty-two (now in Alloran's head, ironically) is almost a victim of it when he tries to board Elfangor's ship, leaving the lot of them on a depowered vessel heading for a black hole.]]
** Actually happens at the end, where Jake orders the 17,000 Yeerks in the Yeerk Pool ship to be flushed. The act is given all of the full gravity and horror that it deserves.
* ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'': "I Fought the Claw and the Claw Won" starts with Greycoat about to be spaced and reflecting on how he ended up like that. [[spoiler:In the end, Melanie decides to indenture him to a brothel instead.]] And earlier in ''Literature/CaptiveOfTheRedVixen'', [[spoiler:Melanie]] almost seemed to mention spacing some of the psychopaths in her ship's original crew when she became captain.
* In the climax of ''The Memory of Sky'' -- A ''Literature/GreatShip'' novel -- Quest inadvertently activates the [[spoiler:HollowWorld's purge system]], extinguishing the EndlessDaytime as the world comes to end [[spoiler:by floor opening up to the vacuum of outer space. The purge is stopped, but not before entire TreeTopTown cities die and plunge to the floor of the world]].
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', it's stated that some inhabitants of the ship perform executions in this manner -- but the victims are tied to tethers so their bodies can be reeled back in afterwards, because the ship's resources are so precious that every corpse must be recycled.
* Features in a couple of Literature/{{Boojumverse}} stories. In "Boojum", Captain Song used this as punishment for a former crew member named James Brady. In "The Wreck of the ''Charles Dexter Ward''", this is the fate that Cynthia faces if she is unable to find a way to pay her oxygen tax (she's on a SpaceStation).
* ''Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy'': Someone used this method to kill themselves in Han's childhood.
* ''The Algebraist'', by Creator/IainBanks. A GalacticConqueror wants the cooperation of an alien species, so proceeds to space [[AndYourLittleDogToo hundreds of men, women and children]] from the human colony he's just conquered, [[AndIMustScream immobilised yet fully conscious]]. Unfortunately the aliens have BlueAndOrangeMorality so their response amounts to: "Yes, and what do this have to do with us?"

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': In order to save as much resources as possible, every execution in [[SpaceStation the Ark]] is done by "floating", or ejecting people into space without protection. And because on the Ark AllCrimesAreEqual, that happens a lot.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Several episodes mention that spacing is the preferred method of execution for treason and mutiny in the Earth Alliance military; one character is threatened with spacing after it is discovered that he [[spoiler:shot Garibaldi in the back]].
** When Sinclair was missing in a season one episode, Garibaldi noted that he was having maintenance search the outer hull because the station has enough gravity to keep a spaced corpse on the hull.
** A character in another episode is actually (hyper)spaced by Bester and another Psi-Cop.
** In the [[TheDocumentary reporter-visit episode]] "And Now For A Word," Dr. Franklin describes an incident when he was a kid where he and one of his friends were playing a game and the friend hid in an airlock. He was accidentally ejected and killed, and as a result, Franklin never laughs at jokes about putting people out of the airlock.
** A species who're into AlienAbduction also space their captives when Ivanova and Delenn catch up with them. Needless to say, the aliens quickly die for this atrocity.
** G'Kar's first aide, Ko'Dath, is offhandedly mentioned to have [[DroppedABridgeOnHim died in a freak airlock accident (off-screen, in between episodes)]] when her replacement arrives ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot her actress refused to return to the show due to the heavy makeup demanded by Narns causing her problems]]). G'Kar's tone indicates that he suspected foul play, but it's not confirmed.
** The Card Game turned this one-note joke into a card called "Airlock mishap", which deals 2 damage to every ambassador's aide in the game. Notably, it's [[KilledOffForReal instantly fatal]] for all the starting aides except Ivanova, and can be a real pain if said Aide isn't in your [[CharacterShield inner circle]] yet.
** In a CrowningMomentOfFunny from the season four episode "The Illusion of Truth", Sheridan calls Ivanova on threatening to space a nosy [=EarthGov=] reporter. His objection wasn't to the threat, but that she didn't mention that the reporter was to be stripped naked before being spaced, in order to save his clothes for use on a station that's short on supplies due to a trade embargo.
** Another CMOF: when Sheridan spaces a teddy bear, which is later encountered by Keffer.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' turned the word "airlock" into a verb. This is the standard method of execution, usually employed to deal with Cylons and suspected Cylon collaborators. Laura Roslin is often referred to as [[FanNickname "Madame Airlock"]] because of her fondness for this method of dealing with undesirables. More recently, [[spoiler:Cally Tyrol]] was murdered by a Cylon in this fashion.
** Often, it is not the airlock that is used, but Galactica's launch tubes — usually used for launching the ship's Vipers. [[JustifiedTrope Which justifies the long tube with a quick-opening door at the end.]]
** Additionally, Cally and Chief Tyrol have to airlock ''themselves'' in order to be rescued by a Raptor when escaping from a faulty airlock.
** Col. Tigh ''volunteers'' to be airlocked simply to put the screws to D'Anna's plan to coerce the [[spoiler:Final Five Cylons]] out of hiding. Thankfully, ColonelBadass doesn't take the threatened "express ride into the vacuum," but an [[FacelessMooks inconsequential Colonial pilot]] does -- tossed out into space, ironically, by D'Anna.
** Another variation, seen in [[spoiler:"Blood On The Scales"]], is to have the person or persons killed while in the launch tube, which would then be opened. Execution and burial, all in one.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
** Another take on this trope has an airlock tunnel between two spacecraft being torn loose as one vessel suddenly blasts off, killing those inside. This happens in the episodes "Space Fall" and "Gold".
** In "Warlord", Servalan leaves a [[StickyBomb magnetic bomb]] in the airlock of Warlord Zukan's spacecraft. Zukan sends in his aide to remove it, blowing him out the airlock the moment he detaches the bomb from the metal wall. Unfortunately, the bomb explodes at that point, fatally crippling the spacecraft, so the warlord dies anyway.
** In "Orbit", Avon tries to airlock Vila when they're both stuck on an escape pod that [[ColdEquation needs to lose a lot of weight quickly to avoid crashing]]. Things get... pretty dark before an alternative solution is found.
* ''Series/DarkMatter'':
** It happens to [[spoiler:Two]] in "Episode Ten". [[spoiler:She survives, and does it to Wexler in the next episode.]]
** Pre-amnesia, after Three discovered Five stowing away, he was about to do this to her. Six stopped him, and he claimed he wasn't actually going to go through with it.
** In "But First, We Save the Galaxy", this happens to an android [[spoiler:by his own hand]] to get rid of a bomb that had been hidden in his body.
** Later, [[spoiler:Portia and Marcus]] eject every prisoner being held on a transport into space, as they're useless to them.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'': In the episode "USS Callister", Daly threw [[spoiler:a digital copy of Walton's son Tommy out the airlock to break Walton's spirit]] and force him to comply with Daly's orders.
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' this apparently happened to Datak's romantic rival. "Accidentally" of course.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the classic story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]], short-lived companion Katarina spaces herself as a HeroicSacrifice to kill the homicidal psychopath who's holding her hostage.
** In the classic story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E2PlanetOfEvil "Planet of Evil"]], one of the cliffhangers has the Doctor and Sarah in the process of being conveyed out the airlock by one of the spaceship officers, who thinks the Doctor and Sarah are responsibe for the story's high body count. Another murder happens at that point, but even then they only escape death because someone has the decency to run back and stop the process.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]]: The Doctor only takes Adam Mitchell home after he royally screws up, but Adam says "Blimey. I thought you were gonna chuck me out of an airlock." Not that the TARDIS has one, as it can generate an atmosphere in vacuum — the Doctor and their companions are frequently shown looking out into space.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]]: The [[DemonicPossession possessed]] Toby kills Scooti by telekinetically blowing out a window, causing her to be sucked into space.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E742 "42"]]: [[spoiler:Captain [=McDonnell=] opens the airlock ''deliberately'' to send her and her possessed husband [[RedemptionEqualsDeath into space]].]] It was something of a TearJerker.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]: [[spoiler:After the Hostess realizes that Sky has been possessed by the unseen entity, she grabs her, opens the door and [[HeroicSacrifice lets the truck's safety system throw them both into the vacuum]]. Note that the door was the one that leads to the cockpit (which has been torn apart from the rest of the truck earlier), hence the lack of airlock. The actual exit door (which has an airlock) is located at the back of the truck.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]: River Song throws ''herself'' out of an airlock with intent to land in the TARDIS, to whose occupants she has just given the coordinates via TimeyWimeyBall. Don't worry, the TARDIS has the capability to create an "air corridor".
*** The worrying part is that she is trusting her life to the Doctor eventually finding her message - which he does, ''12,000 years later''. One of the nice things about the TimeyWimeyBall is that it is never too late for a retroactive BigDamnHeroes moment.
** The ActionPrologue of [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"]] takes this UpToEleven, with the airlock disintegrating around the Doctor, who them has to catch and put on a spacesuit [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace while both are falling towards the planet's surface]]. He succeeds (of course) but puts his helmet on backwards in the rush.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"]], the pirate Solomon did this to the crew of a Silurian ark he came across. All several thousand of them.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E3UnderTheLake "Under the Lake"]]: An underwater example -- Moran's ghost kills [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Pritchard]], who'd just come back from a scuba trip looking for the missing power cell from the spaceship, by opening the airlock again.
* ''Series/TheExpanse'':
** The Belter Mateo, who's been screwed over by the Martians, launches his nephew out in an EVA suit before he takes his ship on a suicide attack against them.
** Miller nearly suffers this at the hands of Dawes' minions, though Olivia rescues him.
** Johnson does this with a belligerent OPA faction leader who's refusing to follow his orders.
* ''Series/{{Extant}}'': Kryger does this to his hallucination, who unfortunately appears as his deceased mother.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had a kamikaze baddie that could magnetically attach herself to metal, and guide some NegativeSpaceWedgie missile. At the end of the episode, after she escapes her cage and attaches herself to a wall, Crighton nonchalantly informs her that she attached herself ''to an airlock'', and a detachable one to boot. Moments later, the airlock itself is thrown out, taking her with it.
** D'Argo is accidentally spaced when he is ejected from Moya in "They've Got a Secret", however due to his Luxan physiology, he survives. Over the course of the series, most of Moya's crew (save Aeryn, Zhaan and Sikozu) find themselves spaced (unintentionally or intentionally), but all survive with little if any ill effects. Most notably, during the "Look at the Princess" trilogy Crichton spaces himself without any form of spacesuit or protection in a desperate attempt to escape a doomed spacecraft, and is able to survive for more than a minute before he is able to get himself on board a nearby craft. The only ill effects are frostbite-like symptoms that are virtually shrugged off a few scenes later.
** Noranti, in "I Shrink Therefore I Am", goes so far as to whip up a special compound that allows her to hang around in space, comatose, for several [[{{Microts}} arns]] without any ill effects.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** In the episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE09Ariel}} Ariel]]", Mal almost does this to Jayne for ratting Simon and River out to the Feds on Ariel for the reward money. Jayne fearfully states that this "ain't no way for a man to die," and though Jayne wanted both of the Tams off the ship for a variety of reasons, as Mal vehemently points out during the confrontation, "[[AFatherToHisMen you turn on any of my crew, you turn on me!]]"
--->'''Mal:''' I hear tell they used to keelhaul traitors back in the day. I don't have a keel to haul you on, so...
** Mal threatens to do this to Simon in "[[{{Recap/FireflyE01Serenity}} Serenity]]" if he fails to save Kaylee, who is laid up with a nasty gunshot wound after being accidentally shot by the Fed trying to bring Simon in, since Simon had refused to treat her unless Mal got them away from the Feds:
---> '''Simon:''' What about us?
---> '''Mal:''' Kaylee comes through, you and your sister get off at Whitefall.
---> '''Simon:''' If she ''doesn't'' come through?
---> '''Mal:''' Well, then you're gettin' off a mite sooner.
** In the ''Serenity'' tabletop RPG, getting thrown out an airlock [[ChunkySalsaRule is instant death]].
* Done by a doctor in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', to a patient [[{{Anvilicious}} whose bank account he's finished sucking dry even though there was nothing wrong with her in the first place.]]
* ''Series/OtherSpace'' plays this card several times in the first few episodes: the whole crew at first, then the various accused alien infiltrators.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In the episode "The Voyage Home", an astronaut jettisons one of his crew members because he thinks that the guy turned into a monstrous alien in front of him.
* ''Series/{{Quark}}''. When an [[AIIsACrapshoot computer goes insane and tries to kill the crew]], Quark disconnects the computer and throws it out the garbage chute. The episode ends with the computer floating through space singing "Born Free".
* In ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'': ''End of Eternity'', this is how the villain of the week is dispatched. The airlock was on the Moon rather than in space, and the villain's final resting place is glossed over: given his HealingFactor, it could be an AndIMustScream situation.
* Almost happens to Harlan in the second episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** In the episode "Tangent", Jack O'Neill and Teal'c have to do this to themselves (ie. leave their ship without suits) in order to be evacuated to another ship with a Ring Transporter. They [[RealityIsUnrealistic survive unharmed]].
*** In "Prometheus", Jack and Teal'c use this method on the eponymous ship to get rid of the [[spoiler:Goa'uld-infested Colonel Simmons]].
*** In a low-atmosphere example, SG-1 used a ring transporter to beam out a Kull warrior hey couldn't stop otherwise. His death was presumably messy.
*** "Company of Thieves", Vala does this to a Lucian Alliance goon who was about to kill Samantha Carter, albeit without an airlock: She uses a damaged Asgard transporter to beam him into space, albeit not on purpose - they didn't know where the goon had been transported to until they looked out the window.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
*** In the episode "Travelers", Larrin threatens to drop Sheppard out of Hangar Bay, going as far as opening the doors, leaving him standing on a force shield. Though she doesn't actually voice the threat beyond saying "Don't worry. You're safe as long as the force shield doesn't malfunction, and that almost never happens." Her crew previously state they assume she blew the last man who disappointed her out into space, though this could simply be posturing.
*** This is one of the ways [[spoiler:the Wraith virus controlling the Daedalus]] likes to kill people in the episode "The Intruder". It spaces an unfortunate Red Shirt, and tries to do the same to [=McKay=] and Sheppard, leading to an amusing OhCrap moment before they realize that they are protected by a force field.
*** Also done to Niam in "Progeny". Since Asurans don't need to breathe, it doesn't actually kill him, but he's left floating in high orbit around the planet.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' examples:
** ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'':
*** In "Cold Front", Silik spaces himself (his BizarreAlienBiology allows him to survive in a vacuum for short periods) and almost takes Archer with him.
*** In "Regeneration", Archer spaces two Borgified Tarkaleans when Malcom's security team cannot kill them with phasers.
*** At one point in the Xindi arc, a prisoner refuses to take Captain Archer's threats seriously, so Archer sticks him in the airlock and starts venting out the air. He makes a convincing enough show that the prisoner gives in; we're left to wonder how far Archer might have gone otherwise.
*** In the alternate-timeline episode "Twilight", TheBridge itself gets shot off during the climactic battle, and the entire bridge crew get spaced.
*** Also during the Xindi arc, during the battle in "Azati Prime", ''Enterprise'' suffers multiple hull breaches, one of which shows three redshirts getting blown into space.
*** Archer spaces himself in one episode to escape a space station that is moments away from emptying its stores of deadly viruses into the ventilation system. He's beamed onto the ship moments after clearing the airlock and materializes [[SpaceIsCold half-frozen]].
*** [[HeterosexualLifePartners Trip and Malcolm]] also space themselves once to escape a Romulan drone ship that they're trapped on. Fortunately, they're both wearing space suits, so they survive long enough for ''Enterprise'' to beam them back.
*** The evil MirrorUniverse Archer threatens to space T'Pol if she betrays him -- in that case there's no doubt he would carry out his threat.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'':
*** The above scene from ''Enterprise'' hits many of the same notes as one in "Equinox, Part II", with Captain Janeway as the increasingly obsessive interrogator, and a room open to alien attacks as the airlock. The big difference is that Janeway ''doesn't'' back down--Chakotay intervenes to save the prisoner. This scene earned Janeway a "Madame Airlock" reputation well before Roslin.
*** Early, on, the Kazon, after stealing a working transporter from ''Voyager'', [[TeleFrag use it to space two rival Kazon leaders]]. The ''Voyager'' crew initially assume they just can't use it correctly until Neelix identifies the pair.
*** One of the many TheyKilledKennyAgain incidents to befall Harry Kim involves him getting blown out into space while trying to fix a hull breach. He gets replaced by an alternate universe self and keeps on trucking.
*** In "Rise" the VillainOfTheWeek gets thrown out of a SpaceElevator which is so high up in the ionosphere it counts as this trope.
*** In the "Scorpion" two-parter, Chakotay tries to vent the Borg into space after Seven of Nine hijacks control of the deflector array to create a portal into fluidic space. It works on all but Seven, who manages to brace herself until the pressure equalizes. Thanks to her implants, she can carry on in a vacuum.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'':
*** In "Covenant", Gul Dukat spaces a follower who's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness become inconvenient]], though he only opens the airlock a crack so she'll suffocate.
*** Kira threatens to space Quark "if I ever get my hands on that little troll!" in one second season episode.
*** In "The Nagus", Quark is nearly thrown out an airlock by [[CharacterizationMarchesOn his brother Rom]].
*** In "Defiant", Will Riker [[spoiler:actually Thomas Riker]] tells Sisko that Dr. Crusher practically pushed him out an airlock in order to get him to go on shore leave.
*** In "Afterimage," Garak nearly spaces himself during an acute attack of {{claustrophobia}}.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'':
*** In the episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E11Contagion "Contagion"]], it is reported that eighteen people were killed when the ''Yamato's'' computer shut down the force field in an open shuttle bay. It turns out they were just dying early to avoid the rush.
*** In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E2TheNakedNow "The Naked Now"]], the crew of the ''Tsiolkovsky'' do this to themselves after a virus affects their reasoning and they blow an emergency hatch. It's a SoundOnlyDeath in that case, heard by the horrified bridge crew of the ''Enterprise'' over the comm system.
*** In Lore's first appearance in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E12Datalore "Datalore"]], he is defeated when Data throws him onto a cargo transporter and Wesley beams him into space. Being an android, Lore survives the experience.
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDiscovery Discovery]]'':
*** Seems to be standard execution method for treasons in Mirror Universe's Terran Empire, done through the transporter. You get to see their frightful body slowly go blue as breath frozen into icicles. Brrrrrr.
* In a dramatization of "The Cold Equations" (see above), the '80's revival of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' remained faithful to the story.

* Ford and Arthur in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. They survive the airlock toss out of the Vogon ship thanks to the Infinite Improbability Drive, in a surreal scene involving MovingBuildings, detached limbs, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]], and an infinite number of [[MonkeysOnATypewriter monkeys using an infinite number of typewriters]] (which naturally results in a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] script). It's kind of hard to explain.
** Which is probably why the [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy film]] replaced it with a less "odd" scene involving sofas.
** However, the BBC [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy television adaptation]], despite its much smaller budget, portrayed the scene much closer to the original. (As did the [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy novel]].)

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' Adventure 1 "The Kinunir". In the scenario "The Lost Ship", the title starship's {{AI}} became paranoid and evacuated the ship to vacuum, killing the crew and blowing their bodies into space. The {{PC}}'s can find several bodies near a small asteroid.
* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' this is what happens to you when you piss off the Guilders.
* The Imperial Navy of ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' prescribes this as a punishment for many, many offenses.
** Actually averted in one of the Ciaphas Cain books, however, at least in terms of the Hollywood Science aspects. Cain is exposed to hard vacuum, but there's no rushing gale, he's not ejected, and he has a few seconds to reach a saviour pod.
* The ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' board games make reference to this. In particular, the [[DarkerAndEdgier Pegasus Expansion]] introduces the execution mechanic that can be accessed from the Pegasus' airlocks for the times where brigging someone doesn't feel sufficient. Presumably, Cylon players that reveal themselves (an action that deals damage to the human players and lands the Cylon on the Ressurection ship) also make a trip through the airlock if they don't die directly during their attack.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''
** Some of the background fiction in the rulebook has a reference to using the airlock to ShootTheDog — but if you're going to stop someone from infecting others with [[TheVirus the Exsurgent virus]], well, hard vacuum is grimly convenient.
** In the starting adventure included in the "quick start" PDF there's a point where the [=PCs=] have to jump out an airlock, vacsuits optional. Game effect, some [[SanitySlippage stress points]] when they download into their next morphs.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Teridax teleports Miserix, Helryx, Hafu, Kapura, Tuyet, Artahka, Brutaka, and Axonn out into space. Fortunately, [[BlowYouAway Lewa]] managed to interfere with the process and get himself teleported too, so he could create a large air bubble so that everyone could breathe.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' game ''7 Days A Skeptic'', this is how crewmember Adam meets his end. A hatch for an escape pod is opened where there's no escape pod. Thanks to there being NoOSHACompliance on the ship, Adam is blown into space. [[PressXToNotDie You get blown out too unless you quickly close the door.]]
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' throws an alien out an airlock, blatantly spoofing the scene from ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
** Before that, the dead bodies of the Panther King and Berri get thrown out of the airlock, too. Professor Von Cripplesac is tossed out of it as well — ironically, it was his design.
* Once they get their hands on jump pad-less transporters, [[TeleFrag teleporting people]] into space becomes the favored punishment by [[AIIsACrapshoot rampant AIs]] in the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series, which can happen to the player in the ''Infinity'' level "Foe Hammer".
** The player does this to a pair of Pfhor Enforcers in one level of the GameMod ''Tempus Irae'', only to get thrown into space by an explosion shortly afterwards.
** Another third-party scenario had an airlock that sucked the player out and killed them by ExplosiveDecompression.
* The player can toss just about anything out the airlock in the game ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}} 3'', from random trash you don't want lying around to living creatures. Sometimes the latter will accidentally throw ''itself'' out the airlock by crawling inside and pressing the button, thus proving that artificial life is ''not'' the same as artificial intelligence.
* Used to interesting effect in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', where the chaotic first level features space pirates and federation troopers being blown out of damaged airlocks and holes in the ship (there's a bonus for getting the blast doors down in time to save one trooper). Samus also ends up being shot out of an airlock, then manages to get back inside through another.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Outcast]]'', on the Cairn installation, the player can depressurize an entire hangar bay, blowing at least five poor bastards out with gale-force speed.
** Later on, on the Doomgiver, there are 3 full hangars packed with pilots and stormtroopers that you can send flying into space. Of course, you can also do it to yourself — by accident.
* In ''VideoGame/LiveALive'', you can do this to yourself in [[TheFuture Cube's chapter]] and get a GameOver. [[spoiler:It also almost happens (by accident) in the story, after a crew member goes [[{{Yandere}} insane.]]]]
* If you manage to find the Comm Satellite secret level of ''VideoGame/QuakeII'', you'll notice a threshold with danger markings at the beginning of the level. Beyond the threshold is [[SchmuckBait a stash of goodies placed conveniently near an opened airlock]]. Do the math.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}} 2: The Tribes'', [[MalevolentArchitecture automatic airlock doors]] are a deathtrap that the Space Tribe must avoid.
* In the 1990s ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator'' PC game, Marine players had to beat the Queen by airlocking her.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Aria's batarian bodyguard threatens to "toss your sorry ass out the nearest airlock" if you forget who's ''really'' in charge on Omega (hint: it's Aria).
** During Jacob's romance, he points out that "one-nighting the Commander is a good way to get airlocked". [[spoiler:Which brings into question the fact that by the third game, he hooks up with someone else regardless of said romance.]] He also suggests doing this to Legion rather than activating [[MindHive them.]]
** Happens to [[spoiler:Shepard]] at the start of the second game when [[spoiler:the ''Normandy'' SR-1 is destroyed]].
** This is how [[spoiler:the Collectors are finally purged from the Normandy during the attack]], and it is brought up as an option if something goes wrong while opening Grunt's pod.
** Non-living being example, Shepherd can jettison a compacted garbage cube in Zaeed's quarters.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', when Javik learns of Legion, he settles for nothing less than having it spaced. He also threatens Joker with this when the latter insists the former call himself [[AscendedMeme "Prothy the Prothean."]] Suffice to say, it quickly [[MemeticMutation became a meme]] for Javik to throw anything he doesn't like out the airlock.
** At one point in the ''Citadel'' DLC, Shepard gets in on the act as well. While caught in a trap, (s)he can make a series of increasingly colorful threats to the villains, culminating in, "Then, I'm going to take both your heads and space them out the airlock!" If Javik is in your party at the time, he'll mutter, "Finally!"
** Also in ''Citadel'', Shepard and Javik find themselves guest-starring in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Blasto 7]]''. Javik eventually gets fed up with Blasto's actor being ThePrimaDonna.
--->'''Javik:''' Where is the airlock so I may throw you out of it!?\\
'''Director:''' We don't have a prop for that!
** In the penultimate mission, Cerberus attempts to vent the hangar that Shepard's squad is assaulting. EDI ensures otherwise, provided you find and reach the correct console before [[NonStandardGameover the invisible timer runs out]].
* In ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure 2'', on the Emerald Moon, you can trick one of the Franco guards inside the base into following you into the airlock, then put on your space suit, which automatically opens the outer door. Bye-bye, Franco guard.
* In the in-game tutorial for ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', you are required to space a number of Borg drones by teleporting them into a corridor that is open to space, though safely on the other side of an atmospheric ForceField from where you are standing.
* The first level of the Episode IV room of ''VideoGame/LEGOStarWars'' gives players the opportunity to space as many Imperials as you have time for during a level replay.
* Mentioned in ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVTheNextMutation''. When Roger asks why the Eureka's captaincy is vacant, Droole mentions that the last captain had an "unfortunate accident" in the airlock. The nonchalant way it's written and the snarky attitude of the crew more than imply that Droole, Flo, and Cliffy arranged the "accident."
** It's also possible for Roger Wilco to throw himself out of the airlock by "accident."
--> [[HaveANiceDeath "Nice move, Ace. Really spectacular."]]
* In episode 4 of ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'', "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective", [[spoiler:Craig]] (played by [[spoiler:The Cheat]]) is disposed of in this way. Due to the cheap production of the film and the fact that this scene is shot in Strong Bad's basement, [[spoiler:Craig]] is simply kicked into a dryer which is covered in aluminum foil to look like an airlock.
* In the ''Star Wars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' games, in levels set in a space environment (such as on a spacecraft), throwing someone out a window will break the window, space them, cause the ever-so-popular "gale-force winds" that will blow out anybody too close (except yourself), and then a safety door will slam down and cut off the wind.
* Played with in ''Videogame/{{Xenosaga}}'' at the beginning. You have no way of dealing damage to the gnosis, and the only way to get through a particular room, is to get up on a safe ledge, and open the airlock, but only enough to blow air out. This blows a bunch of explosive crates towards it, as well as the gnosis. The crates explode, destroying the gnosis, and then you hit the button again to shut the airlock doors so you can continue on.
* A variation occurs in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', where Sonic is trapped in a pod and ejected from the ARK. [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat We see him plummet towards Earth before exploding.]] [[spoiler:Of course, he survives and comes back just in time to fight Shadow for the second time.]]
** Can also accidentally happen to Tails in one level set on the ARK: if the explosive packs on an airlock are hit with homing missiles, ExplosiveDecompression ensues, and Tails can get blown out into space if he wanders to close to the hole he just made.
* This is the whole point of the Flash game ''[[http://www.foddy.net/Evacuation.html Evacuation]]''. The airlocks are color-coded, so you have to devise a plan that will vent the aliens without losing too many crew (either to space or the hungry aliens).
* In ''VideoGame/BulletStorm'', Gray does this to a captured bounty hunter in the very first scene of the game.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', Jorge throws Noble Six out an airlock of a Covenant corvette just before the slipspace portal bomb goes off, sending Jorge, the corvette, and most of a Covenant supercarrier to oblivion. Except in this case, Jorge did it to ''save'' Six (who is wearing vacuum-sealed armor, after all).
** In one of the later stages in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', you can do this to Covenant who are trying to enter a space station through an airlock.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': [[spoiler:At the end, [[TheHero Chell]] wins the fight with Wheatley by opening one portal directly under him and the other one ''[[CrazyAwesome on the surface of the Moon]]'', blowing out everything that isn't nailed down, including the Portal Gun, Wheatley, and herself. After they end up hanging on the Wheatley's cable, [=GLaDOS=] reaches her mechanical claw in, knocks Wheatley into space, and, surprisingly, pulls Chell back, then seals the portal.]] Interestingly, it also completely justifies the "long wind" issue, as it had ''the entire Earth atmosphere'' to equalize.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' allows a variant on this; in some sections of the Sprawl that are being renovated, the reinforced glass is replaced by a breakable variety; shooting those panels will depressurize the room and drag any necromorphs out with it. Players must be quick to hit the emergency release, or they will get blown out as well.
** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'': This is how Isaac deals with the Regenerator necromorphs this time around: while being in space doesn't kill a necromorph, they're aren't much of a threat if they're stranded in a vacuum with no way to maneuver.
** This also is Isaac Clarke's Level 3 Super in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'', where he shoots the airlock and sends his opponents into space, letting him take them out easily in an {{homage}} to ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}''.
* A common way of disposing of bodies in ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'', because it's probably one of the safest methods of killing.
* ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies'' has this as a gameplay mechanic. Your ships can recover escape pods and incorporate the survivors into their crew pool (assuming it's below maximum). However, given you are literally enslaving these people, not all of them will be cooperative. Thus, there's a certain chance that the survivor will be spaced for being unruly, which goes down as you add points to your crew skill.
* One of the space station levels in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'' has an airlock door that periodically opens and closes, which is a {{callback}} to the chopper level in the NES version of ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonII''.
* In ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', opening airlocks behind boarding enemies is a popular way of dealing with them. Realistically, there is no wind that blows them out (although it takes a few seconds to vent any room that doesn't open directly to space), but the suffocation is pretty lethal.
* The third game in the ''VideoGame/DontEscape'' series has the player character awakening to a countdown where you'll be ejected into space if you don't stop it. [[spoiler:It was set in place by the player, albeit with the crystal controlling you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'''s Mile High Club bonus level, the airliner suffers a hull breach, sucking out several tangos.
* Near the end of level 3 in ''VideoGame/MDK2'', Doctor Hawkins has to push the lever which opens the airlock on the other side of the large room, promptly blowing all air out and him as well if he doesn't make use of that newly found magnet. Even after making magnetic boots, he's still in danger of suffocating if he doesn't make a spacesuit ([[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace out of a fishbowl]]).

* In ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' an old man is shoved out of an airlock, of an airship, by the heroes, for being annoying.
* In a ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/interstellar-bouncer/ strip]] the captain orders a prisoner's execution in this manner. A crew member obliges in a bit too literal sense, attempting to actually throw the prisoner out.
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapgunForHire'': The first sign that a species isn't welcome in the Gallimaufry station's sector is their entire embassy aboard the station getting ejected into space through its airlock-roof. It also seems to be the local SufficientlyAdvancedAlien's preferred execution method when he doesn't just disintegrate the offender.
* The Gazelles in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' do this to [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/11/14/could-this-be-the-end/ Nin Wah]] in the most inconsiderate, irresponsible, JerkAss way possible. After she's convicted (of not paying a hotel bill), it turns out they can't afford to lock her up due to budget cuts and instead sentence her to 15 minutes of community service. Which happens to involve cleaning up ''outside'' the space station, ''without'' a spacesuit (also due to budget cuts). Hey, they had to pay for Frank's party somehow; the guy got promoted last week!
* Cap'n Crosby from ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' is known to threaten people with this. [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1030263/page-113-and-this-is-why-you-dont-cross-the-capn/ And he'll do it, too]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' parodies "The Cold Equations" (mentioned above) in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=39493 this week]] of strips.
* Quentyn gets tossed into space in one ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00084.html strip]]. But due to his low-profile spacesuit, he survives.
** Another arc rips apart the premise of "The Cold Equations"; fortunately, Quentyn happened to be passing by and saved the girl before she asphyxiated. So she was able to testify at the shipping company's trial.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Petey dumps a bunch of {{Space Marine}}s out of an airlock that wasn't there until he boarded the ship. (He didn't just cut a hole; he "installed" a complete airlock.) But the marines are all wearing PoweredArmor, so they should be able to reach one of the other ships nearby. It's also what LOTA threatens to do if the Toughs get too close to his memory banks (he's justified; he found out they had a backup plan to assassinate him just in case).
* In one of the fillers for ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', the misconceptions about throwing people out the airlock were addressed, apparently spacing is a slow and painful way to die and they just stay in the airlock until poked with a stick, though if you have a window in the airlock, you can [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20090515.html watch them WRIGGLE!!]]
* Happens several times in ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'', but since all but one of the crew can easily survive in hard vacuum, it's usually PlayedForLaughs.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Occasionally happens to characters in ''Literature/ChakonaSpace''. Though in at least one story, the appropriately named [[http://www.chakatsden.com/chakat/Stories/TOFC-18.html Briar Patch]], the "victims" were genetically engineered to survive in vacuum [[spoiler:(the pirates whose space suits they cut open, not so much)]].
* Cortana in ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief'' was [[spoiler:thrown into the centre of an alien sun after a gay alien that looks suspiciously like the creator of the show's chin raped and ate her friends Travis and Todd]].
* Literature/TheJournalEntries subvert this with a Pendorian sculptor using her final life support layer to allow her to walk around on an airless moon of a gas giant completely naked.
* Happens frequently in ''WebAnimation/SpaceTree''. Usually to [[ButtMonkey Allon]].
* A gentle example in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' when [[spoiler:Xiù Chang]] does this to [[spoiler:Zane]] without letting him notice that they're not in space, it's just night-time and they're hovering above a river.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Half-happened on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', where Cree is tricked into going into a trash-disposal pod before getting locked in and shot out.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'': The Primes attempt to flush Alice and Zeke out of an airlock in "Titanium Chef". Their plan backfires and they end up being cast into space instead.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'':
-->'''Almighty Tallest Purple:''' And we all remember how [Zim] messed up Operation: Impending Doom I, am I right?\\
'''Irken among the public:''' I don't.\\
'''Almighty Tallest Purple:''' SEIZE THAT GUY, AND um... throw him out the airlock!\\
''[Two Irken guards in jetpacks jump out and then [[GoryDiscretionShot a shriek of terror is heard together with the sounds of a hatch opening and violent wind]]]''\\
'''Almighty Tallest Purple:''' That was the ''wrong guy'' but... [[BlofeldPloy that's okay]]! I think everyone gets the point!
* Lex Luthor does this to Grodd in the next-to-last episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''. As far as last words go, "You twisted pink rabble of a hominid, I'm not done with you! I'll get out of this and when I do...!" are some of the better ones.
-->'''Luthor:''' Goodbye, Grodd. It could have gone the other way.\\
'''Grodd:''' It really could have, couldn't it?\\
'''Luthor:''' No, but why speak ill of the dead? ''[opens airlock]''
** While Flash is fighting a mook in a spacesuit, the latter opens the airlock sending them both out into space. The mook pulls himself back in with a safety line, but Flash would have died if not for Green Lantern.
* Happens rather accidentally to either Jeebs or his brother (Or both?) in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''.
* Used in a ''Franchise/StarWars'' parody on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', when Vader gets rid of [[TheScrappy Jar Jar]] this way: "If this is the escape, then where the pod?"
** Unfortunately for Vader, [[spoiler:Jar Jar comes back as Force Ghost, and now Vader can't shut him up]].
* Done on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in which Homer accidentally jettisons the two presidential candidates out of Kang and Kodos' ship.
** And deliberately when Bart and Homer's rocket (full of Earth's most irritating people) wasn't flying into the sun fast enough.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS2E2CargoOfDoom "Cargo of Doom"]], Cad Bane threatens to do this to Ahsoka to get Anakin to open a holocron. When the airlock does open, it features the typical gale-force winds, and Ahsoka is almost sucked out.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E12RebelResolve "Rebel Resolve"]]: Chopper exfiltrates himself from an Imperial cruiser by opening a nearby hatch (one ''without'' an airlock) and letting himself get sucked out where the ''Ghost'' is waiting to recover him. Chopper's fine because he's a droid. The nearby squad of stormtroopers that got sucked out with him? Not so much.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E04BrothersOfTheBrokenHorn "Brothers of the Broken Horn"]]: Azmorigan threatens to do this to Ezra and Hondo, via a conveyor belt that flings people out of a hangar forcefield. One of his guards gets subjected to it instead. Hondo nearly gets thrown out, but Ezra saves him with the Force.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E06BloodSisters "Blood Sisters"]]: Chopper gets sucked into space when Ketsu shoots out the hatch of Sabine's stolen shuttle. He takes the opportunity to sabotage her weapons array.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E17TheForgottenDroid "The Forgotten Droid"]]: Chopper gets rid of the stormtroopers on the Imperial freighter by luring them into the cargo bay and jettisoning it.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E01TheHolocronsOfFate "The Holocrons of Fate"]]: [[spoiler:Darth Maul]] attempts to kill Kanan by blowing him out of an airlock unawares. [[MomentOfAwesome Kanan manages to make it back inside within a minute.]]
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E17DoubleAgentDroid "Double Agent Droid"]]:
*** An Imperial-controlled Chopper attempts to kill the crew by opening the forward hatch of the ''Ghost''[='s=] cargo bay. They just barely manage to hang on before Hera uses the manual override to close it.
*** While AP-5 is attempting to bypass security protocols on the outer hull, Chopper flies out and shoves him off, causing him to drift uncontrollably. Like Chopper, he's fine. In fact, he was starting to enjoy it before the ''Ghost'' came back for him.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]]: [[spoiler:Kallus]] deliberately [[IShallTauntYou goads]] Governor Pryce into ordering him thrown out an airlock, which gives him the perfect opportunity to escape the ''Chimaera'' by getting him off the bridge, and he proceeds to overpower his guards and leave in an escape pod, which is picked up by the ''Ghost'' before their departure.
* Happens in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E23BackToTheMoon Back to the Moon]]". Sardonyx uses her hammer to smash the fused Ruby Squad out of the moon base airlock, unfortunately taking Steven with them.
* How Optimus Prime defeats a heavily damaged Megatron in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. It should be noted that Megatron was thrown out while ''entering the Earth's atmosphere,'' and ''that'' is quite hazardous to the health of even a Cybertronian. It takes Allspark energy to fully restore him in the first season finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Brock is nearly blown into space without a space suit when a space station hatch opens--being Brock he survives, but coughs up something big.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': Lord Dominator does this to her Mooks [[YouHaveFailedMe when they disappoint her.]]
* The fate of TheMole in the ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'' episode "Red and Blue", RewardedAsATraitorDeserves.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': This is how [[spoiler: Evil Morty]] disposes of dozens of other Ricks and Mortys, dead or alive, once [[spoiler: he becomes President of the Citadel]].