History Main / FrickinLaserbeams

17th Aug '17 6:27:20 PM secretfan14
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%%* There was one very, very real LASER (machine-)gun produced in the 1990s. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZM-87 ZM-87]], a blinding neodymium LASER weapon, intended to blind by burning out eyeball corneas and digital camera CCDs with a longer range (2+ km) than an actual bullet-firing machine-gun. Now, this type of weapon is precise and [[AwesomeYetPractical extremely effective at neutralizing hostiles]], yet entirely non-lethal as the beam is not powerful enough to damage vital organs, and blinded soldiers would be forced to surrender because they cannot aim a gun nor run away. It is for that reason that this kind of weapon is actually banned by a 1995 international convention on the laws of war. Yes, '''all''' sides in an [[WarIsHell armed conflict]] [[WeHaveReserves would rather have their soldiers die from gunshots than be blinded but alive]] - [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness it costs too much money to rehabilitate blinded personnel]] and [[LeaveNoSurvivors POWs]]... which makes one realize [[WarForFunAndProfit how]] ''[[WarForFunAndProfit sinister]]'' [[WarForFunAndProfit war is]].

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%%* There was one very, very real LASER (machine-)gun produced in the 1990s. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZM-87 ZM-87]], a blinding neodymium LASER weapon, intended to blind by burning out eyeball corneas and digital camera CCDs with a longer range (2+ km) than an actual bullet-firing machine-gun. Now, this type of weapon is precise and [[AwesomeYetPractical extremely effective at neutralizing hostiles]], hostiles, yet entirely non-lethal as the beam is not powerful enough to damage vital organs, and blinded soldiers would be forced to surrender because they cannot aim a gun nor run away. It is for that reason that this kind of weapon is actually banned by a 1995 international convention on the laws of war. Yes, '''all''' sides in an [[WarIsHell armed conflict]] [[WeHaveReserves would rather have their soldiers die from gunshots than be blinded but alive]] - [[YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness it costs too much money to rehabilitate blinded personnel]] and [[LeaveNoSurvivors POWs]]... which makes one realize [[WarForFunAndProfit how]] ''[[WarForFunAndProfit sinister]]'' [[WarForFunAndProfit war is]].
12th Aug '17 3:40:20 AM Arivne
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} 1973''/74 episode "The Shamon U", one of Dr. Shamon's devices is a giant laser that he uses to fuse space gold dust into gold meteors.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} 1973''/74 ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' 1973/74 episode "The Shamon U", one of Dr. Shamon's devices is a giant laser that he uses to fuse space gold dust into gold meteors. The beam clearly travels slower than the speed of light.
16th Jul '17 6:41:37 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Many enemies in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' have this trope combined with HighPressureBlood, and Isaac himself is able to use it as a [[DealWithTheDevil devil room]] item called Brimstone. The unlockable character Azazel has a much shorter version of this as one of his starting items. [[AntiFrustrationFeatures Thankfully, most enemies will not use it if they are off-screen]].
11th Jul '17 4:46:00 AM Arivne
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* ''Series/{{UFO}}''. The aliens have a laser weapon in their ships. It fires a bolt of energy that travels slow enough for the human eye to see it moving.
11th Jul '17 4:40:50 AM Arivne
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* Wiki/SCPFoundation
** [[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 {{Trope Namer|s}}.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2099 SCP-2099 ("Brain in a Jar")]]. SCP-2099 has invented 713 different types of laser gun, all of which he keeps in a bin labeled "713 different laser guns". He has also invented a pistol that fires out highly concentrated X-rays (i.e. an X-ray laser pistol) that is powered by two AA batteries and focused by a common quartz crystal.
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* Wiki/SCPFoundation
** [[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 {{Trope Namer|s}}.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2099 SCP-2099 ("Brain in a Jar")]]. SCP-2099 has invented 713 different types of laser gun, all of which he keeps in a bin labeled "713 different laser guns". He has also invented a pistol that fires out highly concentrated X-rays (i.e. an X-ray laser pistol) that is powered by two AA batteries and focused by a common quartz crystal.
3rd Jul '17 10:49:51 PM Yozzy
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* Even in a futuristic cyberpunk setting, TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} has few laser weapons, and they're both hard to come by and expensive. The two most common come in pistol and [=SMG=] casings, are "single action", and require batteries or an external power source to shoot. Their strength is that they can punch through armor at close range, consistently doing reasonable damage while defeating heavy armor. The downsides are, aside from the price and rarity mentioned earlier, that they require training to use these exotic weapons, do relatively middling damage (which might be moot since they punch through most armor), and the rules incorporate light diffraction and particulate matter disrupting the beam, making what might otherwise be a killshot into a nasty sunburn. The ''heavy laser'' can compensate for range and environment through sheer power.
3rd Jul '17 6:05:03 AM Prfnoff
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* Khrima in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' loves laser beams.
** [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20020520.html A little bit too much...]]
*** [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20060204.html make that ''far'' too much]]

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* Khrima in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' loves laser beams.
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beams [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20020520.html A a little bit too much...]]
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]] [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20060204.html make that ''far'' too much]]much]].
24th Jun '17 1:32:58 AM KhymChanur
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* Nita in the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has a spell that manifests as a hand-held terawatt linear particle accelerator. Yes, a frickin' ''magical'' particle beam rifle.



* VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar. (Yes, a description [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin seems superfluous]].)

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* VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar. (Yes, a description [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin seems superfluous]].)(̀ᴗ́)و ̑̑
14th May '17 10:49:55 AM shokoshu
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* Czech fairytale film [[https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schneewittchen_und_das_Geheimnis_der_Zwerge#Zwerge_und_Maschinen Snowy White]] has the dwarfs playing around with laser beams (and other cool technogizmos), proving even fairytales are better with lasers.
7th May '17 5:24:39 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* The Laser World of ''VideoGame/ClusterTruck'' is, naturally, this trope personified. Adding to this is the laser trucks option Twitch users can vote for, which would cause lasers to sprout out the behind of all trucks for a limited time.
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