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29th Jun '16 12:15:57 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* The [[GatlingGood Gatling Laser]] weapon from the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series probably qualifies (especially the weapon in the third game). It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' has a laser [[MoreDakka minigun]], which is just a teeny bit overkill when you consider the normal laser rifle already has a high rate of fire.

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* The [[GatlingGood Gatling Laser]] weapon from the VideoGame/{{Fallout}} series probably qualifies (especially the weapon in the third game).game and its "Precision" variant and Vengence). It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** The Tri-Beam Laser Rifle of ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a downplayed version of this as it fires 3 beams as fast as a person can fire it but it's hard to find and harder to repair as it's quite flimsy and carried by tough foes such as Super Mutant Overlords and the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel chapter.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has the Laser RCW[[note]]'''Rapid''' '''C'''apacitor '''W'''eapon[[/note]]. It's a laser tommy gun that uses the same ammo as the Gatling Laser while simultaneously being cheaper, easier to find and repair, uses less ammo with it's Recycler mod, and requires less skill to use, making it a more viable weapon at the cost of less power.
Mr. Houses' Securitrons also have their own variant of the Gatling Laser to use on hostiles and undesirables trying to enter New Vegas.
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Similarly, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade'' has a laser [[MoreDakka minigun]], which is just a teeny bit overkill when you consider the normal laser rifle already has a high rate of fire.fire.
14th Jun '16 6:31:07 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Tachyon: The Fringe'' had one particular ship/weapon combo which embodied this - the [=GalSpan=] Phoenix heavy bomber, fitted with as many Deimos Heavy Lasers as it could muster. Five of those firing in unison, especially in linked fire, could fry any shield in one shot and breach the hull in three. And you still had your pick of missiles, chatter cannon, railgun etc for the other hardpoints.

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* ''Tachyon: The Fringe'' ''VideoGame/TachyonTheFringe'' had one particular ship/weapon combo which embodied this - the [=GalSpan=] Phoenix heavy bomber, fitted with as many Deimos Heavy Lasers as it could muster. Five of those firing in unison, especially in linked fire, could fry any shield in one shot and breach the hull in three. And you still had your pick of missiles, chatter cannon, railgun etc for the other hardpoints.
7th Jun '16 9:04:59 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and its follow-on series use this trope (in the forms of turret-spam and ships-with-[[WaveMotionGun WMG]]-spam) almost as much as they do the MacrossMissileMassacre - and when you have 100+ ships on each side each with 100+ turrets ...
** In the first series, most ship-to-ship combat consisted of laser spam when not using the WaveMotionGun - [[spoiler:and in [[WhamEpisode episode 27]], approximately 4.8 million Zentradi warships use their [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Guns]] on Earth's surface, with [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt predictable results]].]]

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and its follow-on series use ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' uses this trope (in the forms of turret-spam and ships-with-[[WaveMotionGun WMG]]-spam) almost as much as they do it does the MacrossMissileMassacre - and when you have 100+ ships on each side each with 100+ turrets ...
** In the first series, original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', most ship-to-ship combat consisted of laser spam when not using the WaveMotionGun - [[spoiler:and in [[WhamEpisode episode 27]], approximately 4.8 million Zentradi warships use their [[WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Guns]] on Earth's surface, with [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt predictable results]].]]
30th May '16 3:00:35 AM DonPiano
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** In X4 through X6, Zero has Giga Attacks that do this: the Rakukouha from X4 which launches projectiles in a half-circle, stoppable by walls, the Messenkou from X5 which is almost the same except from looking different and going through walls, and the Rekkouha from X6 which is Beam Spam in its truest sense, launching straight beams from above and below the screen.
20th May '16 12:37:14 PM nighttrainfm
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** Xemnas attacks his enemies with nearly infinite number of laser beams from all possible directions to the extent that it appears to be a giant dome of beams
** Ansem can also this.

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** Xemnas attacks his enemies with nearly infinite number of can not only summon handheld [[LaserBlade laser beams from all possible directions to the extent that it appears to be blades]], but regularly uses them as projectiles. For his last-ditch attack in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', he surrounds Sora and Riku with a giant dome of beams
** Ansem can also this.
laser beams and then unleashes them all at once.
13th May '16 9:01:08 AM thatother1dude
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** Tien used one of these against Semi-Perfect Cell to keep him from absorbing 18. While it only stalled him for a short amount of time it's still considered one of Tien's Moments of Awesome.
5th May '16 2:35:54 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi:

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* VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi:VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry:
15th Apr '16 3:47:04 PM Morgenthaler
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* The 'gigawatt lasers' of Joe Haldeman's TheForeverWar count as about one each, given that even the early models are capable of hitting at least 20 targets a second. 300 years later that was up to about 1000 targets a second.

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* The 'gigawatt lasers' of Joe Haldeman's TheForeverWar ''Literature/TheForeverWar'' count as about one each, given that even the early models are capable of hitting at least 20 targets a second. 300 years later that was up to about 1000 targets a second.



* In the ''Empire From the Ashes'' series by DavidWeber, there is a class of planetoid armed ONLY with heavy energy guns (essentially directed black holes). 4,000km diameter planetoid battleship with pretty much the entire surface covered with them? Just add targets. [[spoiler: They have 16 of these things and STILL nearly get overrun. They have to resort to [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova-ing the system.]] Good thing it wasn't Earth, eh?]]

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* In the ''Empire From the Ashes'' series by DavidWeber, Creator/DavidWeber, there is a class of planetoid armed ONLY with heavy energy guns (essentially directed black holes). 4,000km diameter planetoid battleship with pretty much the entire surface covered with them? Just add targets. [[spoiler: They have 16 of these things and STILL nearly get overrun. They have to resort to [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova-ing the system.]] Good thing it wasn't Earth, eh?]]
11th Apr '16 3:16:35 PM Willbyr
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' - Aside from {{Roboteching}}, Magic Missiles also have the tendency to suddenly shoot in straight lines when locked on.
* Attenborough Cortitch of ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'', the gunner of the many [[CoolShip Cool Ships]] throughout the series, lives for this kind of stuff. So much so that his FanNickname became Beamspam [[{{Gonk}} McMuppet]].

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' - Aside from {{Roboteching}}, Magic Missiles also have the tendency to suddenly shoot in straight lines when locked on.
* Attenborough Cortitch of ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]'', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the gunner of the many [[CoolShip Cool Ships]] {{Cool Ship}}s throughout the series, lives for this kind of stuff. So much so that his FanNickname became Beamspam [[{{Gonk}} McMuppet]].
7th Apr '16 11:23:35 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** [[CripplingOverspecialization Due to the Tau's utter ineptitude at melee]] (both in-game and in-universe), one would think that they'd be screwed if the enemy gets to close to them. However, 6th edition added the ''Overwatch'' rule, which means a unit being assaulted can fire off quick, if somewhat inaccurate, snapshots at their attackers, meaning Assault troops have to overcome this danger with some form of mobility, protection, sheer numbers, or some combination of all. This was compounded when the Tau codex got an update which allows nearby Tau units to use their Overwatch for a turn to assist another unit with their own, meaning that if you're playing against a skilled Tau Commander, he's probably quietly hoping you attempt to send a squad or two towards close-combat, while setting up a kill-box that gives him a bunch of free BeamSpam attacks each turn.

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*** [[CripplingOverspecialization Due to the Tau's utter ineptitude at melee]] (both in-game and in-universe), one would think that they'd be screwed if the enemy gets to too close to them. However, 6th edition added the ''Overwatch'' rule, which means a unit being assaulted can fire off quick, if somewhat inaccurate, snapshots at their attackers, meaning Assault troops have to overcome this danger with some form of mobility, protection, sheer numbers, or some combination of all. This was compounded when the Tau codex got an update which allows nearby Tau units to use their Overwatch for a turn to assist another unit with their own, meaning that if you're playing against a skilled Tau Commander, he's probably quietly hoping you attempt to send a squad or two towards close-combat, while setting up a kill-box that gives him a bunch of free BeamSpam attacks each turn.
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