Tropes involved in bypassing Einstein's universal speed limit. See also Teleportation Tropes.
- Alcubierre Drive
An FTL drive that works by contracting space ahead of the ship and expanding it behind, moving in a "bubble" of warped space.
- Blind Jump
Making an FTL jump without knowing where you're going. This will probably end in disaster.
- Casual Interstellar Travel
When travel between the stars is easy, cheap, quick and convenient.
- Extradimensional Shortcut
Traveling faster than light by popping into a dimension where the laws of physics are more permissive.
- Faster-Than-Light Travel
Any situation where you can cover more distance than a light particle would in the same time.
- Hyperspeed Ambush
Using faster-than-light travel to take an enemy by surprise.
- Hyperspeed Escape
Using faster-than-light travel to escape from danger.
- Interstellar Weapon
You fire it and it hits a target in another solar system.
- Lightspeed Leapfrog
A space vessel is beaten to its destination by a more advanced one built and launched later.
- No Warping Zone
An area where you can't use FTL drives, typically in the immediate vicinity of a planet.
- Portal Network
You can travel long distances by a going through a complex system of linked portals.
- Psychic Starship Pilot
You need someone with psychic powers to pilot at faster-than-light speeds.
- Streaming Stars
Stars are seen streaking by to emphasize how fast a spaceship is going.
- Subspace Ansible
A device that can be used to instantly communicate with others of its sort, regardless of distance.
- Subspace or Hyperspace
Certain dimensions or forms of space that can do things impossible in regular space, such as having objects go faster than light.
- Another Dimension
Another universe, which is what subspace and hyperspace often end up being.
- Hyperspace Is a Scary Place
Hyperspace is drastically different from normal space, and is dangerous and terrifying to travel through.
- Hyperspace Lanes
Faster-than-light travel is restricted to certain system-to-system jumps or preexisting routes of travel.
- Another Dimension