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6th Jan '17 7:34:05 PM nombretomado
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* Played with against non-supernatural opponents in the Creator/RogerCorman film ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'': a croaky-voiced gangster (played by a young JackNicholson) notes the belief that the garlic he's rubbed his bullets with will poison the wounds-- kind of strange given what's known now about garlic...

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* Played with against non-supernatural opponents in the Creator/RogerCorman film ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'': a croaky-voiced gangster (played by a young JackNicholson) Creator/JackNicholson) notes the belief that the garlic he's rubbed his bullets with will poison the wounds-- kind of strange given what's known now about garlic...
12th Dec '16 3:33:50 PM DaibhidC
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*The anti-vampire kit in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Steam-Tech'' includes a revolver with a selection of silver bullets, lead bullets inscribed with crosses, hardwood bullets, and actual miniture stakes which can be fired with a blank cartridge. How well they work depends on the kind of vampire and the quality of the specific kit (in the accompanying vignette, an unfortunate vampire hunter discovers - among several other problems with his kit - that the stakes don't actually fit the gun, and tend to fall out).
6th Dec '16 6:40:23 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Fanfic/ThisTimeRound'' fic "Friendly Hopes", William Starr's shotgun contains a mix of lead, gold, silver, iron, hardwood, platinum and diamonds. He's not aware of anything with a vulnerability to platinum or diamonds, but you never know.
6th Dec '16 6:34:28 AM DaibhidC
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* In the Discworld novel ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', we encounter GenreSavvy vampyres who have trained themselves to resist holy symbols. However, at one point, a vampire is beheaded with a holy item created on the spur of the moment due to the powerful faith of the wielder.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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In the Discworld novel ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', 'Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', we encounter GenreSavvy vampyres who have trained themselves to resist holy symbols. However, at one point, a vampire is beheaded with a holy item created on the spur of the moment due to the powerful faith of the wielder.
** In ''Disceworld/FeetOfClay'', Vimes [[spoiler: claims to have used the vampire villain's "poisoned candles to weaken someone" trick against him. He knew the vampire would smell garlic before it had any effect, so tries holy water candles, "the water burns away, just leaves holiness. The vampire isn't entirely sure this could work, but the point is [[INeverSaidItWasPoison he looks at the candles before Vimes explains it]].]]






** The vampires of ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' are actually immune to the standard forms of vampire repellent thanks to their father having tried to mithridatize them from birth, and so can look at holy symbols all day, chow down garlic, bathe in holy water and feel no need to count how many grains of sand are thrown at them. [[spoiler:Backfires spectacularly when Granny Weatherwax messes with their heads, which removes their psychological immunity (they can see religious symbols everywhere due to their simple shapes... but are affected by them now)]].
3rd Dec '16 2:33:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Imperium also has special psych-out grenades that [[PowerNullifier negate]] the PsychicPowers of those who are hit. It is said they are made using a material that is created as waste by the life support system of the Golden Throne and emanates negative psychic energy. Yes, The Emperor's shit kills psykers. He's ''that'' {{Badass}}.

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** The Imperium also has special psych-out grenades that [[PowerNullifier negate]] the PsychicPowers of those who are hit. It is said they are made using a material that is created as waste by the life support system of the Golden Throne and emanates negative psychic energy. Yes, The Emperor's shit kills psykers. He's ''that'' {{Badass}}.badass.
28th Nov '16 7:34:03 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/LukeCage'', the title character is ImmuneToBullets, except for the Judas, which is a line of special bullets designed by Hammer Industries and engineered from salvaged Chitauri metals.

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* In ''Series/LukeCage'', the title character ''Series/LukeCage2016'', Luke Cage is ImmuneToBullets, except for the Judas, which is a line of special bullets designed by Hammer Industries and engineered from salvaged Chitauri metals.
18th Nov '16 8:39:29 PM SAMAS
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'': The New German Republic has discovered that hot uranium rounds prevent supernatural beings from [[HealingFactor regenerating]] or even healing damage.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'': The New German Republic has discovered that hot uranium uranium(ironically for the trope title, ''non''-depleted) rounds prevent supernatural beings from [[HealingFactor regenerating]] or even healing damage.
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', an Old West outlaw named Turnbull uses a futuristic device (obtained from a time pirate) to locate a vein of dwarf star alloy, the same material Ray used to build his ATOM suit. Turnbull discovers the material's explosive properties and starts building bullets with it. In addition to being explosive, the bullets also go right through Nate's ChromeChampion skin, as dwarf star alloy is incredibly dense.
12th Nov '16 1:12:43 PM StFan
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Hard to work with, [[VampiresHateGarlic but great against vampires]]. There's even a certain basis in reality for this - garlic contains [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allicin Allicin]], a potent anti-biotic and anti-fungal agent. Remember that the original vampire myths described them as [[LooksLikeOrlok plague carriers]] instead of [[ClassicalMovieVampire angsty nobility]] or [[OurVampiresAreDifferent teenage estrogen bait]].

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Hard to work with, [[VampiresHateGarlic but great against vampires]]. There's even a certain basis in reality for this - -- garlic contains [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allicin Allicin]], a potent anti-biotic and anti-fungal agent. Remember that the original vampire myths described them as [[LooksLikeOrlok plague carriers]] instead of [[ClassicalMovieVampire angsty nobility]] or [[OurVampiresAreDifferent teenage estrogen bait]].



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* In WarioLand 3 and 4, one of Wario's forms is to turn into a vampire upon being bitten by a bat. One of the ways to turn back is to touch a hanging string of garlic bulbs. Depending on the situation, this may be good or bad.

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* In WarioLand 3 ''VideoGame/WarioLand 3'' and 4, ''4'', one of Wario's forms is to turn into a vampire upon being bitten by a bat. One of the ways to turn back is to touch a hanging string of garlic bulbs. Depending on the situation, this may be good or bad.



* Weapons made from [[ReligionIsMagic religious relics]] or containing pieces of such are often used against supernatural foes, often in combination with special materials.

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* In at least some versions of the stories, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] are slain with an iron pike rather than a wooden stake, and/or iron filings may be placed under a child's bed to ward off vampires. In folklore, wood stakes and iron nails are used to pin the vampire in its coffin (and then other things can be done to the body). It then dies and decomposes (and isn't coming back).



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* In at least some versions of the stories, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] are slain with an iron pike rather than a wooden stake, and/or iron filings may be placed under a child's bed to ward off vampires.
** In folklore, wood stakes and iron nails are used to pin the vampire in its coffin (and then other things can be done to the body). It then dies and decomposes (and isn't coming back).



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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': once featured a CreepyChild that was really a boy that stopped aging and gained [[TheAgeless ageless]] immortality from the Lunar Astral Gate accident (which bombarded Earth with debris, killing most of its population and rendering it virtually uninhabitable). A stone from the incident was the only thing that could kill him, and Jet and Spike carved it into a bullet to use it.

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' once featured features a CreepyChild that was is really a boy that stopped aging and gained [[TheAgeless ageless]] immortality from the Lunar Astral Gate accident (which bombarded Earth with debris, killing most of its population and rendering it virtually uninhabitable). A stone from the incident was is the only thing that could can kill him, and Jet and Spike carved carve it into a bullet to use it.



* Franchise/{{Superman}}: [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]] is Franchise/{{Superman}}'s one true weakness (usually), so it's hardly surprising that it's been weaponized against him. The most spectacular being the occasionally mentioned K-Bomb, a Kryptonite tipped [[NukeEm nuclear bomb]].

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}: ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': [[KryptoniteFactor Kryptonite]] is Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Superman's one true weakness (usually), so it's hardly surprising that it's been weaponized against him. The most spectacular being the occasionally mentioned K-Bomb, a Kryptonite tipped Kryptonite-tipped [[NukeEm nuclear bomb]].



* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers:'' The Blue Marvel's last encounter with his arch-nemesis Evald Skorpion has the mad scientist shooting him with a bullet of neutronium - essentially raw proto-matter, and Blue Marvel's weakness.

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* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers:'' The Blue Marvel's last encounter with his arch-nemesis Evald Skorpion has the mad scientist shooting him with a bullet of neutronium - -- essentially raw proto-matter, and Blue Marvel's weakness.



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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The mission of the entire SG project was to exploit alien technology or hybridize it with conventional weaponry to defend the Earth.
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-->'''Maj. Carter:''' When equipped with shield frequency modulators and naquadah-enhanced warheads... yes sir.

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** Also in this category is the energy weapon the SGC develops in ''SG-1'' season 7 to kill [[BossInMookClothing Kull Warriors]]. Since Kull armor is, for all intents and purposes, invincible (one of them stepped on a claymore and [[TheJuggernaut didn't even break stride]]), they develop a weapon that disrupts the energy keeping the clone body alive. Since the Warriors' are rapid-grown clones with hyperaccelerated bodies to give them super-strength and durability, the only thing keeping them alive is the healing powers of a Goa'uld symbiote and ancient technology used to "imbue them with life" in the first place. Disrupting the latter kills them instantly. Also, since their body armor is very similar to kevlar, it can be pierced with a tranquilizer dart, which is how a Kull is captured at one point.

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** Also in this category is the energy weapon the SGC develops in ''SG-1'' season 7 to kill [[BossInMookClothing Kull Warriors]]. Since Kull armor is, for all intents and purposes, invincible (one of them stepped on a claymore and [[TheJuggernaut didn't even break stride]]), they develop a weapon that disrupts the energy keeping the clone body alive. Since the Warriors' are rapid-grown clones with hyperaccelerated bodies to give them super-strength and durability, the only thing keeping them alive is the healing powers of a Goa'uld symbiote and ancient technology used to "imbue them with life" in the first place. Disrupting the latter kills them instantly. Also, since their body armor is very similar to kevlar, it can be pierced with a tranquilizer dart, which is how attempted to capture a Kull is captured at one point.



* ''{{Rifts}}'': The New German Republic has discovered that hot uranium rounds prevent supernatural beings from [[HealingFactor regenerating]] or even healing damage.

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* ''{{Rifts}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'': The New German Republic has discovered that hot uranium rounds prevent supernatural beings from [[HealingFactor regenerating]] or even healing damage.



* ''NobodyScores'': one of the characters acquires a hunk of Kryptonite and goes to sell it to Lex Luthor. Superman takes them out from long range with a traditional sniper rifle of his own [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption before they even spot him]].

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* ''NobodyScores'': ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'': one of the characters acquires a hunk of Kryptonite and goes to sell it to Lex Luthor. Superman takes them out from long range with a traditional sniper rifle of his own [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption before they even spot him]].



* In TabletopGame/NewVindicators, the Nephilim are children of fallen angels and men, with the power to channel hellfire for all kinds of super powers. However, they are vulnerable to a specific type of tektite, called mithral. More than one character has made mithral into weapons, such as nunchaku, as there are groups that specifically hunt Nephilim.

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* In TabletopGame/NewVindicators, ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators'', the Nephilim are children of fallen angels and men, with the power to channel hellfire for all kinds of super powers. However, they are vulnerable to a specific type of tektite, called mithral. More than one character has made mithral into weapons, such as nunchaku, as there are groups that specifically hunt Nephilim.
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* ''Literature/FateZero'': Emiya Kiritsugu's custom "Origin Bullets" were filled with his own powdered bones, which contains Kiritsugu's dual Origins (base 'orientations' of an individual) of 'Binding' and 'Severing'. A magus uses magecraft to defend against the bullet? The Origins are forced directly onto his [[FunctionalMagic Magic Circuits]], overloading them and ripping them apart.

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''Literature/FateZero'': Emiya Kiritsugu's custom "Origin Bullets" were filled with his own powdered bones, which contains Kiritsugu's dual Origins (base 'orientations' of an individual) of 'Binding' and 'Severing'. A magus uses magecraft to defend against the bullet? The Origins are forced directly onto his [[FunctionalMagic Magic Circuits]], overloading them and ripping them apart.



* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' featured Caster shells. Although the exact terminology fluctuated slightly depending on who was doing the talking (and who was dubbing/subtitling the episode), it all boiled down to "big ass guns that fired bullets which exploded into magical spells." The guns themselves were rare, but the more simple Caster rounds were relatively easy to find; when Gene needed to get the ''really'' good ones to take on the BigBad he needed to track down the trio of semi-ageless techno-sorcerers that made them in the first place.
** And there's a reason the more powerful ones are hard to find: [[spoiler: [[CastFromHitPoints they're powered by the wielder's life force]] since there isn't a ready supply of Mana that strong]]

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* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' featured Caster shells. Although the exact terminology fluctuated slightly depending on who was doing the talking (and who was dubbing/subtitling the episode), it all boiled down to "big ass guns that fired bullets which exploded into magical spells." The guns themselves were rare, but the more simple Caster rounds were relatively easy to find; when Gene needed to get the ''really'' good ones to take on the BigBad he needed to track down the trio of semi-ageless techno-sorcerers that made them in the first place.
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* {{Superman}}: in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Kryptonians could only be harmed by three things: other Kryptonians, kryptonite, and magic. So if you don't have any green rocks handy, get that Billy Batson kid to shout "ComicBook/{{Shazam}}" near him.
** This is PlayedWith in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', with Superman accidentally cutting his finger while admiring ComicBook/WonderWoman's magic sword. [[spoiler: Possibly intended as foreshadowing for his later battle with Captain Marvel.]]
* To take down ComicBook/BlackAdam, a bullet was made from a piece of the Rock of Eternity

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* {{Superman}}: ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'': in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Kryptonians could only be harmed by three things: other Kryptonians, kryptonite, and magic. So if you don't have any green rocks handy, get that Billy Batson kid to shout "ComicBook/{{Shazam}}" near him.
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him. This is PlayedWith in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', with Superman accidentally cutting his finger while admiring ComicBook/WonderWoman's magic sword. [[spoiler: Possibly [[spoiler:Possibly intended as foreshadowing for his later battle with Captain Marvel.]]
* To take down ComicBook/BlackAdam, a bullet was made from a piece of the Rock of Eternity
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** Anything under rules with DR x/Magic (Damage Resistance of x points negated by Magic) will have a certain number of damage points deducted from any incoming non-magical attack. In extreme cases, a RedshirtArmy's worth of mundane arrows will be unable to harm a monster. On the other hand, one PlayerCharacter using a magical bow to negate the resistance can defeat the same monster using the same arrows.
*** It's also possible for a monster to have damage reduction that can only be overcome by a weapon that is both magical AND has some other property. Unenchanted silver weapons will take down lycanthropes, but a vampire will just laugh it off unless it's both magic AND silver.
** Earlier editions had numerous monsters flat-out immune to nonmagical weapons, or even magical ones below a certain threshold. The ability to hurt such otherwise "invulnerable" creatures was a major factor of what made magical weapons, even a lowly +1 sword, special.

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** Anything under rules with DR x/Magic (Damage Resistance of x points negated by Magic) will have a certain number of damage points deducted from any incoming non-magical attack. In extreme cases, a RedshirtArmy's worth of mundane arrows will be unable to harm a monster. On the other hand, one PlayerCharacter using a magical bow to negate the resistance can defeat the same monster using the same arrows.
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arrows. It's also possible for a monster to have damage reduction that can only be overcome by a weapon that is both magical AND has some other property. Unenchanted silver weapons will take down lycanthropes, but a vampire will just laugh it off unless it's both magic AND silver.
** Earlier editions had numerous monsters flat-out immune to nonmagical non-magical weapons, or even magical ones below a certain threshold. The ability to hurt such otherwise "invulnerable" creatures was a major factor of what made magical weapons, even a lowly +1 sword, special.special.
** Whatever the edition, incorporeal creatures can only be wounded at all with a magical weapon. From 3.0 and further, ordinary magical weapon have only 50% of hurting an incorporeal being, unless they have specifically the "ghost touch" enchantment.



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* The ''Dawnguard'' DLC for ''{{Skyrim}}'' adds fire, lightning and ice-imbued ''crossbow bolts''. Y'know, for when those vampires just don't die fast enough.

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* ''TwoKinds'': the most efficient way to take down one of the series [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Evil Towers of Ominousness]] is to shoot the tower's core with a magic-imbued arrow.

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* ''TwoKinds'': ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'': the most efficient way to take down one of the series [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Evil Towers of Ominousness]] is to shoot the tower's core with a magic-imbued arrow.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', the bullets needed are gold. ''Twenty-four [[{{Pun}} carat]] gold.''

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* During the climax of ''Film/MyBestFriendIsAVampire'', a VampireHunter armed with silver bullets (played by Creator/DavidWarner) shoots the head vampire Modoc (played by ReneAuberjonois). The latter falls, apparently dead. In a minute, though, he gets up to the surprised protagonist and shocked hunter. When asked by the protagonist (an inexperienced vampire) why a silver bullet didn't kill him, Modoc reminds him that silver is for werewolves.

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* During the climax of ''Film/MyBestFriendIsAVampire'', a VampireHunter armed with silver bullets (played by Creator/DavidWarner) shoots the head vampire Modoc (played by ReneAuberjonois).Creator/ReneAuberjonois). The latter falls, apparently dead. In a minute, though, he gets up to the surprised protagonist and shocked hunter. When asked by the protagonist (an inexperienced vampire) why a silver bullet didn't kill him, Modoc reminds him that silver is for werewolves.



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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': there are rules for coating any weapon with "alchemical" silver. This applies a penalty to using the weapon so many players will carry a silver coated sidearm. Magical weapons typically don't need coating.

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** There are also spells from the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' that confer temporarily alchemical silver properties to ordinary weapons or to natural attacks.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', the bullets needed are gold. ''Twenty-four [[IncrediblyLamePun carat]] gold.''
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch: A werewolf is shown running from some kind of hunter and gets shot. The werewolf then claims "Only a silver bullet can kill a werewolf!". The hunter then proceeds to shoot the werewolf into a bloody pulp with a chain gun, light the mess on fire, snort the ashes, crap it out on a toilet and get processed in a sewage plant. Cut to 3 kids playing some sort of tabletop game, with the game master reading from the book and saying: "It says it's STILL not dead!"

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* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch: A werewolf is shown running from some kind of hunter and gets shot. The werewolf then claims "Only a silver bullet can kill a werewolf!". werewolf!" The hunter then proceeds to shoot the werewolf into a bloody pulp with a chain gun, light the mess on fire, snort the ashes, crap it out on a toilet and get processed in a sewage plant. Cut to 3 kids playing some sort of tabletop game, with the game master reading from the book and saying: "It says it's STILL not dead!"



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* Paralleled on occasion in some weapons against Superman developed from the spectograph of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rao_(comics) Rao]] ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krypton_(comics) Krypton's]] red sun) which takes away his powers until he is again exposed to solar rays.
** Notoriously used by the Soviet Union in Frank Miller's classic, ''[[Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns]]'' [[note]]in which Superman took his devotion to ''Truth, Justice and the American Way'' to include enforcing US Policy abroad.[[/note]] who had tempered a high-yield nuke to do as much ecological damage as possible. Effects included a hemisphere covering EMP and a dust cloud that blocked out the sun in very literal nuclear "winter" way. Since Superman was trying to intercept and redirect the ICBM, it almost kills him because he is left with almost no exposure to his solar power source (he somehow drains energy from some plants to get back on his feet, but is still noted to be operating well below his peak power weeks later).

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* ''{{Nightlife}}'': a hematologist creates a "prison cell" for a vampire by strategically positioning ultraviolet lamps.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'':In his original comic book appearances, ComicBook/{{Blade}} used knives made from the hardest teak wood against Dracula and pals.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'':In ''ComicBook/{{Blade}}'': In his original comic book appearances, ComicBook/{{Blade}} used knives made from the hardest teak wood against Dracula and pals.

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* Myth/NorseMythology: only mistletoe could harm Balder; everything else in the Nine Worlds had promised not to hurt him, because Balder was [[{{Bishonen}} just so damn pretty]]. (The mistletoe probably would have promised too, but Frigga forgot to ask it.) MagnificentBastard Loki simply could not resist the opportunity this presented...



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* Myth/NorseMythology: only mistletoe can harm Balder; everything else in the Nine Worlds has promised not to hurt him, because Balder is [[{{Bishonen}} just so damn pretty]]. (The mistletoe probably would have promised too, but Frigga forgot to ask it.) MagnificentBastard Loki simply cannot resist the opportunity this presented...

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* The titular character of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' fights most demonic creatures using a big honking gun (forged from a church bell, no less) with ammunition comprising of glass bullets filled with ''"holy water, clover leaf, silver shavings, white oak... the works.".''

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* The titular character of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' fights most demonic creatures using a big honking gun (forged from a church bell, no less) with ammunition comprising of glass bullets filled with ''"holy water, clover leaf, silver shavings, white oak... the works.".''
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-->"Like many barmen, Igor kept a club under the bar to deal with those little upsets that occurred around closing time... Igor's weapon of choice was a little different. It was tipped with silver (for werewolves), hung with garlic (for vampires) and wrapped around with a strip of blanket (for bogeymen). For everyone else, the fact that it was two feet of solid bog-oak usually sufficed."

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-->"Like --->''Like many barmen, Igor kept a club under the bar to deal with those little upsets that occurred around closing time... Igor's weapon of choice was a little different. It was tipped with silver (for werewolves), hung with garlic (for vampires) and wrapped around with a strip of blanket (for bogeymen). For everyone else, the fact that it was two feet of solid bog-oak usually sufficed."''



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "Greater Than the Sum" introduced a "multivector weapon" designed to use everything against the Borg that had ever been somewhat effective. Then the Borg got ahold of it before it could be used against them--and did what they always do--they adapted.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': "Greater Than the Sum" introduced introduces a "multivector weapon" designed to use everything against the Borg that had ever been somewhat effective. Then the Borg got get ahold of it before it could be used against them--and did them -- and do what they always do--they adapted.do -- they adapte.



* In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Reserved For The Cat]]'', the heroine carries a revolver loaded with two ColdIron bullets, two {{Silver Bullet}}s, and two Blessed Lead bullets, plus extra ammo of all three types. It's anyone's guess which type offed the mystical BigBad at the end of the novel.

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* ''Literature/ElementalMasters'':
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In ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters Reserved For The Cat]]'', ''Reserved for the Cat'', the heroine carries a revolver loaded with two ColdIron bullets, two {{Silver Bullet}}s, and two Blessed Lead bullets, plus extra ammo of all three types. It's anyone's guess which type offed the mystical BigBad at the end of the novel.



* In Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre, the tempomancer threatens to shoot [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]] with a tranquiliser dart loaded with garlic oil, citric acid and holy water. [[NoKillLikeOverkill With a crucifix motif]].

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* In Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre, ''Literature/TheGoodTheBadAndTheMediochre'', the tempomancer threatens to shoot [[{{Dhampyr}} Dhampinella]] with a tranquiliser dart loaded with garlic oil, citric acid and holy water. [[NoKillLikeOverkill With a crucifix motif]].



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': the hunters have to improvise a variety of weapons to kill a variety of creatures. The hunter's arsenal makes use of most of the above, ''except'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent garlic]]. The most frequent example is their use of shotgun shells loaded with rock salt against ghosts. Ghosts cannot act on iron, and are killed when their remains are salted and burned. Bobby's saferoom is walled with Iron treated with rock salt. Holy weapons can be found with holy water, which cannot be crossed by demons, or holy ''oil'', which cannot be crossed by ''angels''. This has even been weaponized into a [[Funny/{{Supernatural}} molotov cocktail]]. And when all else fails, there's a magical gun and knife that kill ''everything''. [[spoiler: [[ContractualBossImmunity Except when they don't]].]]

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
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hunters have to improvise a variety of weapons to kill a variety of creatures. The hunter's arsenal makes use of most of the above, ''except'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent garlic]]. The most frequent example is their use of shotgun shells loaded with rock salt against ghosts. Ghosts cannot act on iron, and are killed when their remains are salted and burned. Bobby's saferoom is walled with Iron treated with rock salt. Holy weapons can be found with holy water, which cannot be crossed by demons, or holy ''oil'', which cannot be crossed by ''angels''. This has even been weaponized into a [[Funny/{{Supernatural}} molotov cocktail]]. And when all else fails, there's a magical gun and knife that kill ''everything''. [[spoiler: [[ContractualBossImmunity Except when they don't]].]]



** The general method seems to be - if it's a demon, apply holy water followed by magic knife or exorcism (if you have time). If not, apply iron, silver, and liberal amounts of salt (often loaded into shotguns) and fire. All that said, the one thing that seems to have been capable of taking down anything a hunter faces (with a few exceptions) is relatively mundane - [[OffWithHisHead beheading.]] It's the only way to kill a vampire (aside from the [[TooAwesomeToUse Colt]]). Okami are susceptible to being run through a wood chipper. Wood chippers pretty much trump...everything. Presumably, they would work on a fair amount of monsters but the Okami is the only one ever shown in the show.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': this may be the only explanation for heroes with assault rifles being able to take anything down at all. Unfortunately this works the other way, too, as mooks and bosses of a high enough level can worry heroes protected by magical forces, power armour, and the like with [[MundaneSolution ordinary guns]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': includes a plethora of monsters with varying types of damage reduction, such as werecreatures, demons, fey and others, which often results in adventurers carrying around extensive collections of weapons ("No, we need a ''silver'' magical weapon that does piercing damage, not a cold iron one!"). Both melee weapons and ammunition for projectiles are often made from these special materials.

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** The general method seems to be - -- if it's a demon, apply holy water followed by magic knife or exorcism (if you have time). If not, apply iron, silver, and liberal amounts of salt (often loaded into shotguns) and fire. All that said, the one thing that seems to have been capable of taking down anything a hunter faces (with a few exceptions) is relatively mundane - [[OffWithHisHead beheading.]] It's the only way to kill a vampire (aside from the [[TooAwesomeToUse Colt]]). Okami are susceptible to being run through a wood chipper. Wood chippers pretty much trump...everything. Presumably, they would work on a fair amount of monsters but the Okami is the only one ever shown in the show.

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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': this may be the only explanation for heroes with assault rifles being able to take anything down at all. Unfortunately this works the other way, too, as mooks and bosses of a high enough level can worry heroes protected by magical forces, power armour, and the like with [[MundaneSolution ordinary guns]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' includes a plethora of monsters with varying types of damage reduction, such as werecreatures, demons, fey and others, which often results in adventurers carrying around extensive collections of weapons ("No, we need a ''silver'' magical weapon that does piercing damage, not a cold iron one!"). Both melee weapons and ammunition for projectiles are often made from these special materials.



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* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'': This may be the only explanation for heroes with assault rifles being able to take anything down at all. Unfortunately this works the other way, too, as mooks and bosses of a high enough level can worry heroes protected by magical forces, power armor, and the like with [[MundaneSolution ordinary guns]].



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* ''ParallelDementia'': Fall and other Nightmare hunters use blessed weapons (to combat demons), obsidian (for angels), garlic (for undead), iron (for fey), amethyst (for spawn), and silver (for therians) to combat the various types of Nightmares.
** On at least one occasion, Fall is given specially made ammunition incorporating all of these at once, because she's about to head into an extremely tense situation and standard operating procedure (using a test clip loaded with one of each kind of ammo, in a specific order, so that you can switch to full clips of the appropriate variety when you find the one that works) would be dangerously time-consuming.

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* The legendary Usenet poster 'Gharlane of Eddore' once proposed a design for a Standard Generic Monster Load, which was:

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* ''ParallelDementia'': ''Webcomic/ParallelDementia'': Fall and other Nightmare hunters use blessed weapons (to combat demons), obsidian (for angels), garlic (for undead), iron (for fey), amethyst (for spawn), and silver (for therians) to combat the various types of Nightmares.
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Nightmares. On at least one occasion, Fall is given specially made ammunition incorporating all of these at once, because she's about to head into an extremely tense situation and standard operating procedure (using a test clip loaded with one of each kind of ammo, in a specific order, so that you can switch to full clips of the appropriate variety when you find the one that works) would be dangerously time-consuming.

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* The legendary Usenet poster 'Gharlane "Gharlane of Eddore' Eddore" once proposed a design for a Standard Generic Monster Load, which was:



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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, Master of Magnetism is often faced with plastic or composite weapons, and was locked in a "plastic prison" on more than one occasion.
** In the original animated series a Sentinel boasts about how its plastic coating stops Magneto's powers... Magneto's response is an annoyed "You fools, this whole ''ship'' is my ''weapon!'' and promptly throws the huge generators nearby through the Sentinels.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, Master of Magnetism is often faced with plastic or composite weapons, and was locked in a "plastic prison" on more than one occasion.
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occasion. In the original animated series a Sentinel boasts about how its plastic coating stops Magneto's powers... Magneto's response is an annoyed "You fools, this whole ''ship'' is my ''weapon!'' and promptly throws the huge generators nearby through the Sentinels.



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* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'': The "6000-degree magnesium burn" of "high-heat 105mm sabot rounds" fired from an AC-130 gunship allowed the US military to hurt the marauding Decepticons in the movie (it's not much, but it worked rather better than normal bullets). Discarding-sabot rounds being neither hot, magnesium-laden or used by AC-130s, this has little to do with military practice or actual physics, though it is implied that weapons technology in the movie-verse is different because many human technological advancements came from studying Megatron's body.

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* ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'': ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'''':
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The "6000-degree magnesium burn" of "high-heat 105mm sabot rounds" fired from an AC-130 gunship allowed the US military to hurt the marauding Decepticons in the movie (it's not much, but it worked works rather better than normal bullets). Discarding-sabot rounds being neither hot, magnesium-laden or used by AC-130s, this has little to do with military practice or actual physics, though it is implied that weapons technology in the movie-verse is different because many human technological advancements came from studying Megatron's body.



* {{Literature/HammersSlammers}}: there's all sorts of strange weapons and ammo. One example is the "osmium penetrator" used by some of the other merc companies. These weapons take a rod of osmium, put behind it roughly a liter of propellant, and force it down a diamond-coated barrel to flechette thickness. It emerges as an osmium needle well capable of getting through tank armor, though it has little effect on personnel (the needle just blasts through people as if they weren't there, and since it doesn't splash, it just makes a very small hole). And powerguns, that fire ''bolts of energy'' from polyurethane wafers as ammo.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Kincaid at one point uses Dragonsbreath shotgun rounds to turn his disposable shotguns into flamethrowers. This inspires Harry to read up on ''other'' unusual shotgun rounds, including flares.

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* {{Literature/HammersSlammers}}: ''Literature/HammersSlammers'': there's all sorts of strange weapons and ammo. One example is the "osmium penetrator" used by some of the other merc companies. These weapons take a rod of osmium, put behind it roughly a liter of propellant, and force it down a diamond-coated barrel to flechette thickness. It emerges as an osmium needle well capable of getting through tank armor, though it has little effect on personnel (the needle just blasts through people as if they weren't there, and since it doesn't splash, it just makes a very small hole). And powerguns, that fire ''bolts of energy'' from polyurethane wafers as ammo.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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Kincaid at one point uses Dragonsbreath shotgun rounds to turn his disposable shotguns into flamethrowers. This inspires Harry to read up on ''other'' unusual shotgun rounds, including flares.



* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'', most of the stuff mentioned above is useless against vampires (in fact, they deliberately let {{Muggles}} think it works). Even silver doesn't kill them, though being shot with a SilverBullet hurts like hell. What's deadly against a vampire? Vodka. Luckily most of the novels take place in Russia, where [[VodkaDrunkenski vodka is everywhere]].

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch'', most of the stuff mentioned above is useless against vampires (in fact, they deliberately let {{Muggles}} think it works). Even silver doesn't kill them, though being shot with a SilverBullet hurts like hell. What's deadly against a vampire? Vodka. Luckily most of the novels take place in Russia, where [[VodkaDrunkenski vodka is everywhere]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': UNIT's final appearance in the old version, following an absence of some years, it was shown that they had got tired of facing ImmuneToBullets menaces and developed special bullets to even the playing field. These included teflon-coated armour-piercing rounds for robots and Daleks ("A non-stick bullet?" the Doctor muses[[note]]Teflon-coated rounds are a real thing, but the teflon has nothing to do with the actual armor-piercing capabitilies. It is there to protect the barrel of the gun, as armor-piercing rounds are made of very hard metals and would quickly wear out a barrel when scraping against it.[[/note]]), high-explosive rounds for Yetis, [[WeaksauceWeakness gold-tipped bullets for Cybermen]], and {{silver bullet}}s just in case. [[spoiler:The silver bullets turn out to be very useful.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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UNIT's final appearance in the old version, following an absence of some years, it was is shown that they had got tired of facing ImmuneToBullets menaces and developed special bullets to even the playing field. These included include teflon-coated armour-piercing armor-piercing rounds for robots and Daleks ("A non-stick bullet?" the Doctor muses[[note]]Teflon-coated rounds are a real thing, but the teflon has nothing to do with the actual armor-piercing capabitilies.capabilities. It is there to protect the barrel of the gun, as armor-piercing rounds are made of very hard metals and would quickly wear out a barrel when scraping against it.[[/note]]), high-explosive rounds for Yetis, [[WeaksauceWeakness gold-tipped bullets for Cybermen]], and {{silver bullet}}s just in case. [[spoiler:The silver bullets turn out to be very useful.]]



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has several examples, like Hellfire rounds, shells filled with a mutagenic acid that causes a near-instant and very painful death to anybody unfortunate enough to get hit by one, Dragonfire shells, which explode in a burst of superheated gas and Kraken bolts, which contain cores made of ThunderboltIron.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has several examples, like Hellfire rounds, shells filled with a mutagenic acid that causes a near-instant and very painful death to anybody unfortunate enough to get hit by one, Dragonfire shells, which explode in a burst of superheated gas and Kraken bolts, which contain cores made of ThunderboltIron.



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* ''{{Singularity}}'': is powered up with the time-warping abilities of "Element 99." Some of the weapons have special abilities because of this (like a sniper rifle that slows down time so you can shoot a moving target) but for most, it just makes their bullets hit harder.

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* ''{{Singularity}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Singularity}}'': is powered up with the time-warping abilities of "Element 99." 99". Some of the weapons have special abilities because of this (like a sniper rifle that slows down time so you can shoot a moving target) but for most, it just makes their bullets hit harder.



* In ''StarCraft'', the "U-238 Shells" upgrade swaps out the standard Terran Marine rifle round for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one made from depleted uranium]]. This increases Marines' attack range by 25%.

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* In ''StarCraft'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', the "U-238 Shells" upgrade swaps out the standard Terran Marine rifle round for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one made from depleted uranium]]. This increases Marines' attack range by 25%.



* In ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'' the ultimate anti-alien weapons are anti-alien toxins and anti-alien gas. The former requires a special pistol and has to be upgraded twice to be effective against advanced forms, the latter is discovered fairly late, but can be used in grenades and missiles for existing launchers. Both completely bypass aliens' force field shields and pose almost no threat whatsoever to allied forces in the event of psionic attack. With those the last missions are a breeze. You still need conventional weapons, explosives or rayguns to disable alien structures, though. Good thing you can borrow them from dead aliens.
** Equally, it takes multiple disruptor blasts or devastator missiles to take down ''your'' troopers at that stage, thanks to your NighInvulnerable disruption armour and stolen shield technology... and then the aliens bust out ''their'' enzyme guns, which shoot target-seeking organic 'missiles' loaded with nasty stuff that can melt through your super-armour in seconds. They may still be stopped by shields, but the moment you see them on the field, you take notice.

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* In ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'' the ''VideoGame/XComApocalypse'':
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ultimate anti-alien weapons are anti-alien toxins and anti-alien gas. The former requires a special pistol and has to be upgraded twice to be effective against advanced forms, the latter is discovered fairly late, but can be used in grenades and missiles for existing launchers. Both completely bypass aliens' force field shields and pose almost no threat whatsoever to allied forces in the event of psionic attack. With those the last missions are a breeze. You still need conventional weapons, explosives or rayguns to disable alien structures, though. Good thing you can borrow them from dead aliens.
** Equally, it takes multiple disruptor blasts or devastator missiles to take down ''your'' troopers at that stage, thanks to your NighInvulnerable disruption armour armor and stolen shield technology... and then the aliens bust out ''their'' enzyme guns, which shoot target-seeking organic 'missiles' "missiles" loaded with nasty stuff that can melt through your super-armour super-armor in seconds. They may still be stopped by shields, but the moment you see them on the field, you take notice.



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* Jack Yaeger's gun in ''TheMercuryMen'' fires bullets made of solid light, apparently the only thing that can kill the Mercury men.

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* Jack Yaeger's gun in ''TheMercuryMen'' ''WebVideo/TheMercuryMen'' fires bullets made of solid light, apparently the only thing that can kill the Mercury men.

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** Also in this category is the energy weapon the SGC develops in ''SG-1'' season 7 to kill [[BossInMookClothing Kull Warriors]]. Since Kull armor is, for all intents and purposes, invincible (one of them stepped on a claymore and [[TheJuggernaut didn't even break stride]]), they develop a weapon that disrupts the energy keeping the clone body alive. Since the Warriors' are rapid-grown clones with hyperaccelerated bodies to give them super-strength and durability, the only thing keeping them alive is the healing powers of a Goa'uld symbiote and ancient technology used to "imbue them with life" in the first place. Disrupting the latter kills them instantly.

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** Also in this category is the energy weapon the SGC develops in ''SG-1'' season 7 to kill [[BossInMookClothing Kull Warriors]]. Since Kull armor is, for all intents and purposes, invincible (one of them stepped on a claymore and [[TheJuggernaut didn't even break stride]]), they develop a weapon that disrupts the energy keeping the clone body alive. Since the Warriors' are rapid-grown clones with hyperaccelerated bodies to give them super-strength and durability, the only thing keeping them alive is the healing powers of a Goa'uld symbiote and ancient technology used to "imbue them with life" in the first place. Disrupting the latter kills them instantly. Also, since their body armor is very similar to kevlar, it can be pierced with a tranquilizer dart, which is how a Kull is captured at one point.
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