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**When Steven and the Gems are [[spoiler:aboard the Roaming Eye using the [[FasterThanLightTravel gravity engine]] to rescue Greg from the human zoo]] this is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] to great effect: Steven is [[LudicrousSpeed pushed very hard into his seat and the Gems feel the inertia so much]] that their [[HardLight bodies]] ''phase out of the ship and extend a [[spoiler:few thousthand years]]''! Alternatively, it could be just Steven's SuperStrength and SuperToughness.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Dr Briefs tells Goku that the Capsule Corporation spaceship's ArtificialGravity machine is powered by the ship's momentum. Implying that some form of inertial dampening is in effect when the gravity machine is off. Vegeta is shown in a later version of the ship, training in high gravity while it's parked on Earth, throwing this concept out the window.


** Minbari and Centauri combine this with {{Reactionless Drive}}s. Their gravitic drives move ships around without thrusters and generate artificial gravity and Inertial dampening while they are at it. Humans have to use rotating ship sections which make ship quite cumbersome and provide weak point to shoot at. Narn in the other hand just strap themselves into their seats when going into action.
** However, Centauri fighters have either limited dampers or none at all. ''The Fall on Night'' mentions that Centauri pilots are willing to put their fighters on autopilot and risk blacking out from G-force if it gives them the optimum firing position.
** The key reason Earth Alliance agrees to join the new Interstellar Alliance is the promise of this technology. As a result, new human ships are now much faster and much more maneuverable. In fact, the new ''Warlock''-class destroyers (which use ArtificialGravity instead of rotating sections) are supposed to be a one-to-one match against the dreaded Minbari ''Sharlin''-class warcruisers.

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** Minbari and Centauri combine this with {{Reactionless Drive}}s. Their gravitic drives move ships around without thrusters and generate artificial gravity and Inertial dampening while they are at it. Humans have to Some rare human ships use rotating ship sections which make ship quite cumbersome and provide weak point to shoot at. at, hence their use being restricted to civilian luxury liners, ''Explorer''-class ships (that, being expected to stay away from their homeports for months or years at a time, ''need'' to simulate the gravity to preserve their crews' health), and the state-of-the-art ''Omega''-class destroyers (built after human engineers figured out how to properly armor the rotating sections). On older human ships and all Narn in vessels, on the other hand hand, the crew just strap themselves into their seats when going into action.
** However, Centauri technology being inferior to the Minbaris', their fighters have either limited dampers or none at all. ''The Fall on Night'' mentions that Centauri pilots are willing to put their fighters on autopilot and risk blacking out from G-force if it gives them the optimum firing position.
position, and their larger ships combine the artificial gravity with normal thrusters.
** The key reason Earth Alliance agrees to join the new Interstellar Alliance is the promise of this technology. As a result, new human ships are now much faster and much more maneuverable. In fact, the new ''Warlock''-class destroyers (which use ArtificialGravity instead of rotating sections) sections, among other technologies) are supposed to be a one-to-one match against the dreaded Minbari ''Sharlin''-class warcruisers.


* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film has Sulu as helmsman forgetting to turn InertialDampening off. It's PlayedForLaughs (Pike asks about the parking brake; Sulu realizes it's a joke but doesn't get the connection, and Spock asks if he disengaged the external inertial dampers). [[spoiler:And then you get a little MoodWhiplash, because ''Enterprise'' being late to the party is the reason it isn't one of the destroyed Federation saucers you see floating around at the destination...]]

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* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film has ''Film/StarTrek2009'': Sulu as helmsman forgetting to turn InertialDampening off. It's PlayedForLaughs (Pike asks about the parking brake; Sulu realizes it's a joke but doesn't get the connection, and Spock asks if he disengaged the external inertial dampers). [[spoiler:And then you get a little MoodWhiplash, because ''Enterprise'' being late to the party is the reason it isn't one of the destroyed Federation saucers you see floating around at the destination...]]

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* In the novelization of ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/TheLastJedi'', it's mentioned that inertial dampeners helped keep the First Order flagship ''Supremacy'' together for a time after the Resistance flagship ''Raddus'' slammed into it coming out of hyperspace, though ultimately they couldn't prevent its catastrophic destruction.


** There is also the time Sheppard intentionally accelerate an Ancient starship ''without'' the inertial dampers activated, because he is the only one who can fly the ship, but is being held hostage by Travelers, who want it for their own. He is sitting down, and being an Earth pilot is trained to take a few Gs. The Travelers, however, are standing up, and are all sent flying against walls.

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** There is also the time Sheppard intentionally accelerate accelerated an Ancient starship ''without'' the inertial dampers activated, because he is the only one who can fly the ship, but is being held hostage by Travelers, who want it for their own. He is sitting down, and being an Earth pilot is trained to take a few Gs. The Travelers, however, are standing up, and are all sent flying against walls.


* In ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' by Creator/JulesVerne, the projectile of the Columbiad space gun has "thick lining of leather fastened on springs of best steel", together with some sort of hydraulic system, meant to absorb the shock, thus providing a rather elaborate (and {{Egregious}} - no matter what precautions were taken, the acceleration would squash the astronauts) UrExample of this trope OlderThanRadio.

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* In ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' by Creator/JulesVerne, the projectile of the Columbiad space gun has "thick lining of leather fastened on springs of best steel", together with some sort of hydraulic system, meant to absorb the shock, thus providing a rather elaborate (and {{Egregious}} JustForFun/{{Egregious}} - no matter what precautions were taken, the acceleration would squash the astronauts) UrExample of this trope OlderThanRadio.


* Averted in ''Anime/StarshipOperators''. All the crews need to strap themselves in before acceleration, and acceleration ranges to at most around 10g for some ships. [[spoiler:Played a bit straight later when Amaterasu fights 5 Kingdom ships. Shinon devise a plan to quickly turn the ship to fire on enemies, and generate this effect by using its own warp drive to create gravity field that will protect its crew. It does protect its crew, but results in several decks wrecked, antimatter container being cracked, and several other massive damages on the ship. Quite a suicide tactic, actually]].

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* Averted in ''Anime/StarshipOperators''. All the crews need to strap themselves in before acceleration, and acceleration ranges to at most around 10g for some ships. [[spoiler:Played a bit straight later when Amaterasu fights 5 Kingdom ships. Shinon devise devises a plan to quickly turn the ship to fire on enemies, and generate this effect by using its own warp drive to create gravity field that will protect its crew. It does protect its crew, but results in several decks wrecked, antimatter container being cracked, and several other massive damages on the ship. Quite a suicide tactic, actually]].



* Used better than most in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Redemption Ark]]'' as both a means of speeding up the usual slower-than-light starships (achieving this by accelerating at 1g for years at a time) and [[spoiler: attempting to travel faster than light]]. Unfortunately for the crews, these inertial dampers effect ''all'' matter within the field - ship, crew, crew's blood - making it almost a requirement that ships either keep part of the ship outside the field for the crew to live in (under all 10 Gs worth of acceleration) or going the whole hog and putting everybody in cryostasis, though one character with full-body cybernetics is able to stay up and about. [[spoiler: The FTL, on the other hand, is even worse, being nigh-impossible to get working, and an accident can get you ''edited out of existence''. This is implied to have happened to most of the species that tried to do it.]]

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* Used better than most in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Redemption Ark]]'' as both a means of speeding up the usual slower-than-light starships (achieving this by accelerating at 1g for years at a time) and [[spoiler: attempting [[spoiler:attempting to travel faster than light]]. Unfortunately for the crews, these inertial dampers effect ''all'' matter within the field - ship, crew, crew's blood - making it almost a requirement that ships either keep part of the ship outside the field for the crew to live in (under all 10 Gs worth of acceleration) or going the whole hog and putting everybody in cryostasis, though one character with full-body cybernetics is able to stay up and about. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The FTL, on the other hand, is even worse, being nigh-impossible to get working, and an accident can get you ''edited out of existence''. This is implied to have happened to most of the species that tried to do it.]]



* ''Literature/{{Endymion}}'' plays with this in the most {{Squick}}y way possible. A ship is developed that can go at extreme speeds without the use of the, now lost, hyperspace gates. As a result the acceleration kills the pilot and copilot instantly then collects their liquefied remains in a little dish to be rebuilt later. [[spoiler: The whole thing is a lie, but knowledge of this trope is why people buy it]].

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* ''Literature/{{Endymion}}'' plays with this in the most {{Squick}}y way possible. A ship is developed that can go at extreme speeds without the use of the, now lost, hyperspace gates. As a result the acceleration kills the pilot and copilot instantly then collects their liquefied remains in a little dish to be rebuilt later. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The whole thing is a lie, but knowledge of this trope is why people buy it]].


* In ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' by Creator/JulesVerne, the projectile of the Columbiad space gun has "thick lining of leather fastened on springs of best steel", together with some sort of hydraulic system, meant to absorb the shock, thus providing a rather elaborate (and {{Egregious}}) UrExample of this trope OlderThanRadio.

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* In ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' by Creator/JulesVerne, the projectile of the Columbiad space gun has "thick lining of leather fastened on springs of best steel", together with some sort of hydraulic system, meant to absorb the shock, thus providing a rather elaborate (and {{Egregious}}) {{Egregious}} - no matter what precautions were taken, the acceleration would squash the astronauts) UrExample of this trope OlderThanRadio.

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* In ''[[Literature/ArtemisFowl Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception]]'' a supersonic [=LEP=] shuttle that's filled with foam and it's crew have to wear spacesuits with controls inside them.


* The EscapePod from ''WesternAnimation/StephenUniverse'' fills with breathable liquid as a defense mechanism, likely for this purpose.

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* The EscapePod from ''WesternAnimation/StephenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' fills with breathable liquid as a defense mechanism, likely for this purpose.

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* The EscapePod from ''WesternAnimation/StephenUniverse'' fills with breathable liquid as a defense mechanism, likely for this purpose.

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* The TimeMachine in the ''Film/BillAndTed'' franchise must have something like this as it materialises in the sky and slams into the ground without breaking the legs of its standing passengers.

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