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7th May '16 11:07:16 PM Valandar
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* ''Film/TheFantasticFour'' by Roger Corman has one of the most extreme versions. After Doctor Doom fires a laser beam at New York City from Latveria, Johnny Storm has enough time to make a quick statement to the others about "I never could beat the laser in that video game!", catch UP TO the laser on its way over the ocean, follow the ballistic arc it traces, and then use a bolt of fire as a ''Main/BeamOWar'' to eventually stop it.
28th Apr '16 5:36:45 AM merotoker
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** ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' creator YoshiyukiTomino has commented, in later years, that he chose to use particle beam weapons over more realistic lasers for dramatic purposes, feeling that the invisibility and unerring accuracy of lasers would make for boring combat sequences.

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** ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' creator YoshiyukiTomino Creator/YoshiyukiTomino has commented, in later years, that he chose to use particle beam weapons over more realistic lasers for dramatic purposes, feeling that the invisibility and unerring accuracy of lasers would make for boring combat sequences.



* You'd think that a series like ''Manga/OnePiece'' would be void of any beams of the sort, but through [[LightIsNotGood the powers of one of]] [[TheGovernment The World Government's]] [[LightIsNotGood three Marine admirals]], and technology 500 years ahead of the current time, even pirates can face off against FrickinLaserBeams.

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* You'd think that a series like ''Manga/OnePiece'' would be void of any beams of the sort, but through [[LightIsNotGood the powers of one of]] [[TheGovernment The World Government's]] [[LightIsNotGood three Marine admirals]], and technology 500 years ahead of the current time, even pirates can face off against FrickinLaserBeams.these.



** The laser would have hit Kyon had Nagato not caught it. [[BadassAdorable Barehanded.]] ''[[FasterThanLightTravel After it was fired.]]'' '''''[[{{HSQ}} Twice.]]'''''

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** The laser would have hit Kyon had Nagato not caught it. [[BadassAdorable Barehanded.]] ''[[FasterThanLightTravel After it was fired.]]'' '''''[[{{HSQ}} '''''[[HolyShitQuotient Twice.]]'''''



* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins two]] [[FanFic/{{Frontier}} sequels]], this trope is in full effect (as to be expected with something involving ''Star Wars'') however the GARDIAN systems of the ''Mass Effect'' universe (being [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder]] [[MinovskyPhysics sci-fi]]) actually still act like lasers.

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* In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its [[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins two]] [[FanFic/{{Frontier}} sequels]], this trope is in full effect (as to be expected with something involving ''Star Wars'') however the GARDIAN systems of the ''Mass Effect'' universe (being [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder]] [[MinovskyPhysics sci-fi]]) actually still act like lasers.



* ''Film/AustinPowers'', the TropeNamer, though it doesn't actually feature an example of sharks with "Frickin Laser Beams" until the third movie. The second movie does have Dr. Evil threatening the world governments with his Moon-based "laser".

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* ''Film/AustinPowers'', the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, though it doesn't actually feature an example of sharks with "Frickin Laser Beams" until the third movie. The second movie does have Dr. Evil threatening the world governments with his Moon-based "laser".



** However, as portrayed through all Star Trek series, phasers are not actually lasers but phased particle beams (called nadions) that occasionally look like lasers. WordOfGod is that GeneRoddenberry realized shortly into TOS that people who saw the show in 20 years would say "Lasers don't do that" and retconned all weapons into phasers instead.

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** However, as portrayed through all Star Trek series, phasers are not actually lasers but phased particle beams (called nadions) that occasionally look like lasers. WordOfGod is that GeneRoddenberry Creator/GeneRoddenberry realized shortly into TOS that people who saw the show in 20 years would say "Lasers don't do that" and retconned all weapons into phasers instead.



* In ''Film/IronMan2'', one of Tony's new toys is [[spoiler:a Death Blossom-like spinning multi-laser thing.]]

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* In ''Film/IronMan2'', one of Tony's new toys is [[spoiler:a Death Blossom-like spinning multi-laser thing.]]thing]].



* DavidWeber handles this particularly well, especially in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series (''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' InSpace, clearly acknowledged both by the author and in the series itself). There are multiple fights in the books where technologically inferior ship #1 sends out a radar pulse to try to find ship #2, which is received by ship #2 who then instantly triggers their laser weapon already targeted by their superior technology on ship #1, such that the return radar pulse is received by ship #1 immediately followed by the laser pulse which destroys them, because radar and lasers both travel at the same speed. Additionally, the primary weapons used by most [[SpaceNavy space navies]] is a "laserhead" missile that detonates near its target, with the nuclear explosion used to power dozens of powerful lasers that fire off in multiple directions. The missiles are designed to orient themselves prior to the detonation to aim the largest number of lasers at its target. Additionally, ships use turreted lasers for both offense (in the form of the powerful "grasers" [gamma-ray lasers] and the weaker lasers) and [[PointDefenseless point-defense]]. It's also pointed out that the sheer power carried by the grasers causes any matter they encounter to literally explode on contact, sending pieces flying as if from an artillery explosion, doing further damage to the ship and crew.

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* DavidWeber Creator/DavidWeber handles this particularly well, especially in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series (''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' InSpace, clearly acknowledged both by the author and in the series itself). There are multiple fights in the books where technologically inferior ship #1 sends out a radar pulse to try to find ship #2, which is received by ship #2 who then instantly triggers their laser weapon already targeted by their superior technology on ship #1, such that the return radar pulse is received by ship #1 immediately followed by the laser pulse which destroys them, because radar and lasers both travel at the same speed. Additionally, the primary weapons used by most [[SpaceNavy space navies]] is a "laserhead" missile that detonates near its target, with the nuclear explosion used to power dozens of powerful lasers that fire off in multiple directions. The missiles are designed to orient themselves prior to the detonation to aim the largest number of lasers at its target. Additionally, ships use turreted lasers for both offense (in the form of the powerful "grasers" [gamma-ray lasers] and the weaker lasers) and [[PointDefenseless point-defense]]. It's also pointed out that the sheer power carried by the grasers causes any matter they encounter to literally explode on contact, sending pieces flying as if from an artillery explosion, doing further damage to the ship and crew.



* In the [[AdaptationDisplacement obscure picture book]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', Shrek uses his microwave vision to cook a pheasant.

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* In the [[AdaptationDisplacement obscure picture book]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'', Shrek uses his microwave vision to cook a pheasant.



* In John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy, the ships of the Multinational Force use two types of [[PointDefenseless CIWS]] systems to defend against, well, anything: missiles, shells, aircraft, you name it. One of these are simply called "laser pods" (the other is [[MoreDakka MetalStorm]], a RealLife weapon system, by the way). Both of these are AI-targetted, which means that, with enough supplies, almost nothing gets through. Laser pods can be "tasked" to a specific enemy turret, which usually means that shells explode almost as soon as they leave the barrel. However, since no one in the 21st century uses standard shells on their warships, the primary use is to destroy incoming missiles. There simply aren't enough [=MetalStorm=] rounds or laser... whatever they need... to be able to fend off attacks by UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo-era warships for long. By the third novel, the laser pods have been exhausted, forcing the MF ships to be refitted with more primitive Vulcan autocannons. Interestingly, while the beams are invisible, a number of 40s-era US Navy officers call them {{Death Ray}}s, before a junior officer corrects them (he's been reading the ''Astounding'' magazine).

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* In John Birmingham's ''Literature/AxisOfTime'' trilogy, the ships of the Multinational Force use two types of [[PointDefenseless CIWS]] systems to defend against, well, anything: missiles, shells, aircraft, you name it. One of these are simply called "laser pods" (the other is [[MoreDakka MetalStorm]], a RealLife weapon system, by the way). Both of these are AI-targetted, which means that, with enough supplies, almost nothing gets through. Laser pods can be "tasked" to a specific enemy turret, which usually means that shells explode almost as soon as they leave the barrel. However, since no one in the 21st century uses standard shells on their warships, the primary use is to destroy incoming missiles. There simply aren't enough [=MetalStorm=] rounds or laser... whatever they need... to be able to fend off attacks by UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era warships for long. By the third novel, the laser pods have been exhausted, forcing the MF ships to be refitted with more primitive Vulcan autocannons. Interestingly, while the beams are invisible, a number of 40s-era US Navy officers call them {{Death Ray}}s, before a junior officer corrects them (he's been reading the ''Astounding'' magazine).



* Despite lasers not having been invented yet, the ''Literature/Lensman'' series actually has one of their more realistic depictions. Spaceships fight using intense beams of highly focussed light which must be held on target and cut through things that aren't protected by forcefields. Somewhat ironically, the most unrealistic part in this case is that the lasers travel too fast, hitting instantly even when at great distance or travelling faster than light.
* Lasers are depicted very realistically in Creator/IainMBanks Culture novels, although they have long since been rendered nearly obsolete and superseded by much more powerful weapons. This is something of a plot point in the first book ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'', in which a group of mercenaries attack an ancient temple which is, unknown to them, built mainly out of mirrors.

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* Despite lasers not having been invented yet, the ''Literature/Lensman'' series actually has one of their more realistic depictions. Spaceships fight using intense beams of highly focussed focused light which must be held on target and cut through things that aren't protected by forcefields. Somewhat ironically, the most unrealistic part in this case is that the lasers travel too fast, hitting instantly even when at great distance or travelling faster than light.
* Lasers are depicted very realistically in Creator/IainMBanks Culture Creator/IainBanks ''Literature/TheCulture'' novels, although they have long since been rendered nearly obsolete and superseded by much more powerful weapons. This is something of a plot point in the first book ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'', in which a group of mercenaries attack an ancient temple which is, unknown to them, built mainly out of mirrors.



** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2099 SCP-2099 ("Laser Shark Fetuses")]] are some deformed cycloptic baby sharks apparently engineered by Dr. Wondertainment to be demented kid's toy versions of the sharks of the TropeNamer.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2099 SCP-2099 ("Laser Shark Fetuses")]] are some deformed cycloptic baby sharks apparently engineered by Dr. Wondertainment to be demented kid's toy versions of the sharks of the TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}.



* One {{LEGO}} "Agents" set includes a villain with a bunch of [[ShoutOut sharks]] [[AustinPowers with lasers]] on their backs.

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* One {{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} "Agents" set includes a villain with a bunch of [[ShoutOut sharks]] [[AustinPowers [[Film/AustinPowers with lasers]] on their backs.



* ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}'' has lasers, which are slower than light and pulse, but are impossible to dodge -- on account of being in a TurnBasedStrategy game.
** ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}: Apocalypse'' has laser sniper rifle. Of vehicle weapons available early in the game, lasers are cheap, cause less collateral damage if miss and miss less to begin with than other variants.

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* ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}'' ''VideoGame/XCom'' has lasers, which are slower than light and pulse, but are impossible to dodge -- on account of being in a TurnBasedStrategy game.
** ''VideoGame/{{X-Com}}: ''VideoGame/XCom: Apocalypse'' has laser sniper rifle. Of vehicle weapons available early in the game, lasers are cheap, cause less collateral damage if miss and miss less to begin with than other variants.



* ''UFOAlienInvasion'' has laser weapons as well, being a fanmade love-letter to X-Com. They use Deuterium-Fluoride cartridges as "ammunition" and are realistically depicted as being limited by environmental factors like smoke, fire, and scattering effects, and are very accurate while having less stopping power than advanced kinetic, plasma, or particle beam weapons.

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* ''UFOAlienInvasion'' ''VideoGame/UFOAlienInvasion'' has laser weapons as well, being a fanmade love-letter to X-Com. They use Deuterium-Fluoride cartridges as "ammunition" and are realistically depicted as being limited by environmental factors like smoke, fire, and scattering effects, and are very accurate while having less stopping power than advanced kinetic, plasma, or particle beam weapons.



** ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' adds Shou Toramaru, whose entire ''theme'' seems to be FrickinLaserBeams. She uses her magic for such niceties as slow accelerating lasers, spinning laser crosses, ''lasers that curve in midair to hit you''...

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** ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' adds Shou Toramaru, whose entire ''theme'' seems to be FrickinLaserBeams.qualify. She uses her magic for such niceties as slow accelerating lasers, spinning laser crosses, ''lasers that curve in midair to hit you''...



* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' can gain a "laser" ability (slower than light, travels in tangible lumps rather than as a continuous beam); in the words of the ability description screen, "it [[ReflectingLaser bounces off walls]], too!".

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* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' can gain a "laser" ability (slower than light, travels in tangible lumps rather than as a continuous beam); in the words of the ability description screen, "it [[ReflectingLaser bounces off walls]], too!".



* There's an arcade ShootEmUp called ''{{Strikers 1945}}.'' As the title suggests, it ostensibly takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. You have a choice of six or so planes to fly against the ostensible Axis powers. Ostensibly because ''these are WWII-era planes in 1945 shooting FrickinLaserBeams at transforming HumongousMecha.''

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* There's an arcade ShootEmUp called ''{{Strikers 1945}}.'' As the title suggests, it ostensibly takes place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. You have a choice of six or so planes to fly against the ostensible Axis powers. Ostensibly because ''these are WWII-era planes in 1945 shooting FrickinLaserBeams these at transforming HumongousMecha.''



* Most bosses that aren't fire-based in ''SonicTheHedgehog'' video games are laser-based.

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* Most bosses that aren't fire-based in ''SonicTheHedgehog'' ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' video games are laser-based.



* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' - Kanetsugu Naoe eventually gains the ability to shoot chi beams from his {{Onmyodo}} cards.
* The Kha'ak in the VideoGame/{{X}} series use this as their only weapons. It makes it suicidal to attack the with a smaller ship or missiles. Apart from the Kha'ak, most weapons are plasma-casters of one form or another that shoot discrete bolts.

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* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' - Kanetsugu Naoe eventually gains the ability to shoot chi beams from his {{Onmyodo}} UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} cards.
* The Kha'ak in the VideoGame/{{X}} series use this as their only weapons. It makes it suicidal to attack the with a smaller ship or missiles. Apart from the Kha'ak, most weapons are plasma-casters of one form or another that shoot discrete bolts.



* The aptly named laser in ''VideoGame/{{DownWell}}''

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* The aptly named laser in ''VideoGame/{{DownWell}}''''VideoGame/{{DownWell}}''.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', a villain gloats that his EnergyWeapon allows him to attack the Flash because it (obviously) moves at light speed. Flash counters by noting that his advantage is being able to also ''react'' much faster than most people.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
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In an one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', a villain gloats that his EnergyWeapon allows him to attack the Flash because it (obviously) moves at light speed. Flash counters by noting that his advantage is being able to also ''react'' much faster than most people.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' the kids have FrickinLaserBeams as well, but they don't work like conventional lasers. Instead, when hit, the enemy would then be sucked up into the gun, into a little cartridge thing the kids could remove and place in something that looks like cold storage until the authorities come to take them away.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' the kids have FrickinLaserBeams these as well, but they don't work like conventional lasers. Instead, when hit, the enemy would then be sucked up into the gun, into a little cartridge thing the kids could remove and place in something that looks like cold storage until the authorities come to take them away.



* ''TheHerculoids''. Used by Zok (from his [[EyeBeams eyes]] and tail), by one of the title characters in the episode "The Gladiators of Kyanite" (in the form of a laser spear), and by the title opponents in "Laser Lancers".
* ''TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''

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* ''TheHerculoids''.''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Used by Zok (from his [[EyeBeams eyes]] and tail), by one of the title characters in the episode "The Gladiators of Kyanite" (in the form of a laser spear), and by the title opponents in "Laser Lancers".
* ''TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''
19th Apr '16 6:13:02 AM Tron80
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* The Avaloni army in ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'' is equipped with beam weapons. In chapter 76, a [[WaveMotionGun positron cannon]] was used against Asuka's HumongousMecha. It was capable of shooting down a war mecha strong enough to tank nukes.
18th Apr '16 7:10:56 PM EryliaStarheart
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[[caption-width-right:300:If you see it coming, it's probably not travelling at light speed.[[note]]And since it disperses enough of its ambient energy to be visible even in clear atmosphere, it'll be ineffective even at astonishingly close ranges. No wonder that in this setting, characters that are [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy actually capable of wielding a blaster to deadly effect]] seem to be even rarer than Jedi.[[/note]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:If you see it coming, it's probably not travelling at light speed.[[note]]And since it disperses enough of its ambient energy to be visible even in clear atmosphere, it'll be ineffective even at astonishingly close ranges. No wonder that in this setting, characters that are [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy [[ImprobableAimingSkills actually capable of wielding a blaster to deadly effect]] seem to be [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy even rarer than Jedi.[[/note]] ]][[/note]] ]]
18th Apr '16 7:09:23 PM EryliaStarheart
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[[caption-width-right:300:[- Not a laser...-] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[- Not [[caption-width-right:300:If you see it coming, it's probably not travelling at light speed.[[note]]And since it disperses enough of its ambient energy to be visible even in clear atmosphere, it'll be ineffective even at astonishingly close ranges. No wonder that in this setting, characters that are [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy actually capable of wielding a laser...-] blaster to deadly effect]] seem to be even rarer than Jedi.[[/note]] ]]
18th Apr '16 10:04:02 AM FordPrefect
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', laser pistols are common, and so reflective armor is also common. The laser pistols also come in different colors (to match security clearance levels). In the first edition, higher-clearance reflec armor was multi-colored, to represent all the colors of laser that it protected against; the second edition switched to single-color reflec armor (which also protected against all lower clearances). The editors' explanation was "yes, we know physics does not work this way in real life, but this is simpler".
* In one of the SplatBooks for ''Car Wars'', lasers were described as being too useless as energy weapons due to anti-laser armour in the military... which isn't as useful on a car. There were anti-laser types of armour, although those typically cost more at the least.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', laser pistols are common, and so reflective armor is also common. The laser pistols also come in different colors (to match security clearance levels). In the first edition, higher-clearance reflec armor was multi-colored, to represent all the colors of laser that it protected against; the second edition switched to single-color reflec armor (which also protected against all lower clearances). The editors' explanation was "yes, we know [[ArtisticLicensePhysics physics does not work this way in real life, life]], but this is simpler".
* In one of the SplatBooks {{Splat}} Books for ''Car Wars'', lasers were described as being too useless as energy weapons due to anti-laser armour in the military... which isn't as useful on a car. There were anti-laser types of armour, although those typically cost more at the least.
10th Apr '16 2:18:01 AM MemeHater
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* The aptly named laser in ''VideoGame/{{DownWell}}''
7th Apr '16 5:46:09 AM Tron80
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* In ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', the BigBad's troops and HumongousMecha are armed with laser weapons.
5th Apr '16 1:56:55 PM Valaraukar
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* There is a chapter in ''[[Literature/TheKaneChronicles The Serpent's Shadow]]'' by Creator/RickRiordan which is an [[InvokedTrope invocation]] of this trope, appropriately titled ''"Cows with Freaking Laser Beams"'', [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed in which there is]] indeed [[ItMakesSenseInContext a giant magic angry bull with a laser beam hot enough to melt stone, powered by the personification of the sun.]]
29th Mar '16 10:25:50 AM Mhazard
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** Completely averted in Post-Disaster of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', since the Ahab Wave and Nanolaminate Armor rendered beam weaponry useless, everyone uses [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter kinetic weapons]] instead, there's no beam weaponry at all.
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