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Website: SpaceBattles.com

"SB is involved. It's already Gone Horribly Wrong"
SpaceBattles user SapphireFox, on a new RP

SpaceBattles.com, often known as "SpaceBattles" or simply "SB", is a message board dedicated to all things science fiction-related. While far from the largest community on the Internet, it's still extremely active with some 13,000 active members.

It has three major sub-forums:

  • SpaceBattles General: A subforum based around random stuff involving sci-fi and video games. Includes a general discussion forum, a forum about games in general, a Role-Playing Game forum and a tech support forum.
  • SpaceBattles Creative: A sub-forum involving creative enterprises undertaken by members of the forum. Includes a fanfiction section, and rather less popular Art/Animation and Original Fiction sections. It also has a rival Role Playing Game forum. The two didn't use to get along, but it's gotten better over time.
  • SpaceBattles Debates: A sub-forum dedicated to debates. Includes a section for versus debates involving fictitious parties, a section dedicated to actual militaries and equipment and a forum dedicated to news and Real Life.

Compare with StarDestroyer.net, a site with a similar (original) premise to the Debates sub-forum that it had a rivalry with for a while.

Not to be confused with an actual Space Battle (though it certainly loves them)


This website provides examples of:

  • Alien Space Bats : BROB (Bastard Random Omnipotent Being) is the universally acceptable term for crossover ideas and versus debate that are mostly implausible and hard to organically come about.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: An entire sub-forum dedicated to it, divided into fiction and non-fiction sections.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • These sometimes occur within the Vs Debates forum, often causing a response awarding the Vlad Tepes Award to the original poster.
    • The basis of the "One At Sufficient Velocity" meme. The meme basically goes like this: How many X does it take to defeat Y? Simple: One, if it's moving fast enough, AKA at sufficient velocity. People use this to argue that yes, you could destroy a Star Destroyer with a Furby, assuming that it was moving, say, at near the speed of light.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: Is very proud of its reputation and ability to deconstruct all fandom tropes.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A number of users are... very... dedicated fans of their favourite works, but even they occasionally meet others who carry Fan Wank to levels disturbing even for them.
  • Fan Fic: Has an entire subsection dedicated to them, and hosts a few notable fics. For example: Nobody Dies, Witch Quest, Sleeping with the Girls, Renegade, A Hero, Friends of a Solar Empire, Magica Madoka Veneficus Puella, Finishing The Fight, and No Gods, Only Guns.
  • Gun Nut: A disturbingly high ratio of posters, so much so that it often leads to the very next trope.
  • Gun Porn: Conversation regarding any kind of firepower tends to get very detailed, and very intense about their usage and scenarios they can be used in.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite many users' love for Combat Pragmatism and There Is No Kill Like Overkill, the site often chooses the morally palatable option over the pragmatic but distasteful one and abhors characters and factions that do otherwise.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: Likes to accuse various factions of "incompetently" using their abilities or technology and suggesting better alternatives, though various posters try to argue otherwise. It's gotten to the point that "competence" has become something of a slur, as arguments are usually intense, forcing the moderators to intervene.
  • More Dakka: An alternative to the "Nuke 'em" trope seen below.
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Club
  • Nuke 'em: One of Space Battle's catchphrases is the classic "Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure."
  • Only Sane Man: at least a handful of users see the site as this in relation the the rest of the Internet
    • Not So Different: On the other hand, the forums can be just as insane, or even worse, as the rest of the Internet at times, despite what the users say.
  • Playby Post Games: What the Role-Playing Games take the form of. An example is Sieg Zeon
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Has a very large number of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans.
  • Roleplaying Games: A subforum and a sub-subforum dedicated to different versions of this. Including the "BROB" forum, which has had adversarial relations with the other roleplay forum in the past.
  • Running Gag: SB has its own memes, like:
    • "Vlad Tepes Award for Excellence" — To anyone inadvertently suggesting a fight that turns out to be a Curb-Stomp Battle. note 
    • "Perfectly Reasonable X Calculations"note  invoked
    • "How many X to defeat/destroy Y? One, at sufficient velocity"note 
    • "Hard Men doing Hard Things (while Hard)"note 
    • "Swarm Award for Fail"note 
    • "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!!"note 
    • Ryuugi's tendency to never finish a fic he starts.
    • Ever since Silencio started, a number of Worm fics have included mentions of mimes and SHIPPING CHART IA FTHAGN.
  • Self-Deprecation: As some of the quotes demonstrate, some members are entirely aware of the site's shortcomings.
  • Show Within a Show: Sometimes, a fanfic thread will pick up non-canon stories written by readers. The posters usually refer to them as "Omakes".
    Are you writing fanfiction of my fanfiction - INSIDE OF MY ACTUAL FIC? Is this actually happening?
    Todeswind, upon finding two Omakes in his story God's Eye (The Dresden Files/Stargate SG-1)
  • Spin-Offspring:
    • After one too many crackdowns and censures on the Role-Playing Game board, some members decided to Start My Own at Questionable Questing for content that veers much closer to the line than would be accepted at SB.
    • Due to some unpleasantness regarding an admin being 'retired', Sufficient Velocity was spun-off, with many threads cloned or moved. Acted as an alpha site when SB reached capacity, then the users which had evacuated shuffled back when its problems were resolved at the eleventh hour.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The usual response when someone asks about the Shadow Cabal.
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Creative Writing is viewed by some as a cesspite because, while it is probably the largest attractor of inbound traffic, it also has on-again, off-again issues with NSFW content.

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