# If a planet gained too many moons could the tidal forces of those moons rip the planet apart?

Or would the planet just be subject to extremely intense tidal forces instead?

First way: Tidal force is the gradient of the gravitational attraction. Gravitational force goes like $$F_g \propto \frac{M}{r^2}$$ and the tidal force thus as $$F_t \propto \frac{M}{r^3}$$. For a moon and its planet the mutual distance is the same. And as the planet has the higher mass, the tidal forces of the planet would be higher on the moon than the one of the moon onto the planet. Materials are not that different that it plays a major role here. So before a moon destroys a planet, the planet destroys the moon (or you mis-named the two in the first place, calling the planet the moon and vice versa). This may happen for moons within the Roche limit of a planet.