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Basic Trope: Illogically fast speeds with dangerous side effects.

  • Straight: A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel and its occupants experience physical deformation.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel, causing its occupants' bodies to explode, demolishing the ship entirely afterwards, and causing the creation of another universe from a wormhole at the spot.
    • A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel and creates a "sonic boom" that batters any nearby ships and planets.
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  • Downplayed: A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel and its occupants experience short-term memory loss.
  • Justified: Faster-Than-Light Travel is primitive at this point.
  • Inverted: It's slow speeds that are dangerous.
  • Subverted:
    • Captain Bob warns that going to Faster-Than-Light Travel is very dangerous, so he won't do it.
    • Captain Bob warns that going to Faster-Than-Light Travel is very dangerous, but they're desperate, so he does it, and nothing bad happens.
  • Double Subverted:
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  • Parodied: The ship goes from standstill to a gentle cruising speed ... but because its acceleration was still infinity, its occupants transform into various creatures against their will.
  • Zig-Zagged: The ship travels at such a speed that it mends all past injuries, erases minds, switches bodies, and gives its occupants ridiculous strength.
  • Averted:
    • Travel at such speeds has no negative effects.
    • There is no Faster-Than-Light Travel.
  • Enforced: "This Space Opera isn't dangerous enough. Let's put the characters in such a dangerous position through Faster-Than-Light Travel!"
  • Lampshaded: "What the hell kind of crap does that stuff?"
  • Invoked: Technology exists that can force a ship into such speeds.
  • Exploited: A ship that can handle faster speeds pursues this one to force Morton's Fork on its crew: surrender or accelerate to a speed where they risk being torn apart.
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  • Defied: "There's just that right point where you can travel so fast and not encounter adverse effects."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel and its occupants suffer Amusing Injuries.
  • Played for Horror: A ship enters Faster-Than-Light Travel and its occupants experience flat-out Body Horror, optionally reaching the level of a Painful Transformation.
  • Implied: A ship comes out of nowhere at rapid speed and its crew members are sending an SOS but having a hard time explaining the nature of their distress.

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