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30th Nov '16 3:05:40 AM Tron80
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* ''Comicbook/WarWorld'': The titular weapon-satellite is equipped with macro-laser beams powerful enough to obliterate planets and destroy Franchise/{{Superman}} and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}.
24th Nov '16 11:46:44 AM nombretomado
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For those keeping score, the title of this trope comes from an otherwise unrelated line in the first ''AustinPowers'' movie ("I want [[WeaponizedAnimal sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads!]]" - and when they appear on the third movie, they are realistic lasers instead of a RayGun). For ''really frickin '''big''''' laser beams, see WaveMotionGun. For real handguns {{Bowdlerise}}d into energy guns, see FamilyFriendlyFirearms. If it's RaygunGothic, it's probably a DeathRay. When such weapons are used [[SpamAttack excessively]], see BeamSpam. And when they track their target like missiles, see HomingLasers. Often overlaps with HandBlast for the user's convenience.

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For those keeping score, the title of this trope comes from an otherwise unrelated line in the first ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/{{Austin Powers|International Man of Mystery}}'' movie ("I want [[WeaponizedAnimal sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads!]]" - and when they appear on the third movie, they are realistic lasers instead of a RayGun). For ''really frickin '''big''''' laser beams, see WaveMotionGun. For real handguns {{Bowdlerise}}d into energy guns, see FamilyFriendlyFirearms. If it's RaygunGothic, it's probably a DeathRay. When such weapons are used [[SpamAttack excessively]], see BeamSpam. And when they track their target like missiles, see HomingLasers. Often overlaps with HandBlast for the user's convenience.
19th Nov '16 12:23:38 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/LexLuthor's underwater base was armed with high-intensity lasers designed by Lex to be powerful enough to cut through Franchise/{{Superman}}'s skin.
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27th Oct '16 4:42:35 AM __Vano
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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. Being able to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience who is firing and where]] definitely helps, too, for which the shots can be ColorCodedForYourConvenience. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.

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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. Being able to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience who is firing and where]] definitely helps, too, is yet another plus, for which the shots can be ColorCodedForYourConvenience. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.
15th Oct '16 4:14:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}''. Not only are the blasts of the Visitors' sidearms slow enough to dodge, if you're in good shape you could probably ''outrun'' them.

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* ''Series/{{V}}''.''Series/{{V 1983}}''. Not only are the blasts of the Visitors' sidearms slow enough to dodge, if you're in good shape you could probably ''outrun'' them.
30th Sep '16 9:41:53 PM __Vano
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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.

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Most of the complaints about laser weapons not behaving like real lasers are because their primary function in TV are not to be [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic depictions]] of how real energy-based weapons would work. They are merely [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms stand-ins for "real" guns]] to appease {{media watchdog}}s, to establish a show as [[CallARabbitASmeerp being futuristic]], or simply applying the RuleOfCool. Being able to [[RuleOfPerception show the audience who is firing and where]] definitely helps, too, for which the shots can be ColorCodedForYourConvenience. In fact, the usual "laser bolts" effect looks a lot more like machine gun fire using tracer bullets (which was even colored according to nation, as in ''Franchise/StarWars'') and early writers' UsefulNotes/WorldWarII experiences may have inspired the effect.
29th Sep '16 3:05:19 PM DustSnitch
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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'', being a ''Star Wars'' game, has the slower-than-light "blaster bolts" we've come to expect. However, it at the same time subverts this trope: sniper rifles and some vehicle-mounted weapons utilize a beam that travels at the speed of light. In the case of the vehicles' beam cannons, it can even be swept across an enemy front For Massive Damage.

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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'', being a ''Star Wars'' game, has the slower-than-light "blaster bolts" we've come to expect. However, it at the same time subverts this trope: sniper rifles and some vehicle-mounted weapons utilize a beam that travels at the speed of light. In the case of the vehicles' beam cannons, it can even be swept across an enemy front For Massive Damage.ForMassiveDamage.


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* Lasers in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015'', in ''Star Wars'' tradition, are brilliantly visible for all to see and far slower than light. Specifically, the laser bolts from Chewbacca's bowcaster are so slow that a person can step aside and dodge one as it heads for them.
26th Sep '16 11:19:50 AM FordPrefect
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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 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.

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* Despite lasers not having been invented yet, the ''Literature/Lensman'' ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series actually has one of their more realistic depictions. Spaceships fight using intense beams of highly 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.
26th Sep '16 11:19:03 AM FordPrefect
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* 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 [[Film/TheLastStarfighter Death Blossom-like Blossom-like]] spinning multi-laser thing]].
26th Sep '16 11:17:00 AM FordPrefect
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** ...which was a complete simplification of the Sandman's Gun in the book, which was (rather than anything to with lasers) was a heavy pistol with six selectable specialized shells in a revolver-like cylinder. Including the so-called "homer" round, which could curve to follow the target. The film retained the muzzle flash, though.

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** ...which was a complete simplification of the Sandman's Gun in the book, which was (rather than anything to do with lasers) was a heavy pistol with six selectable specialized shells in a revolver-like cylinder. Including the so-called "homer" round, which could curve to follow the target. The film retained the muzzle flash, though.
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