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21st Sep '17 6:27:00 AM Glowsquid
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* The plot of ''Blam! Machine Head'' starts after a programmer at the world's biggest manufacturer attempts to inject himself with nanomachines to remodel his physic, causing the nanomachines to go airbornes and kill anything not matching his DNA.
6th Sep '17 9:56:31 PM Theriocephalus
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** In Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's original novel, the ''full powered'' version of the eponymous Gundam can affect the area from Earth to Jupiter with the Moonlight Butterfly - that's '''over 600 million miles'''.

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** In Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's original novel, the ''full powered'' version of the eponymous Gundam can affect the area from Earth to Jupiter with the Moonlight Butterfly - -- that's '''over 600 million miles'''.



* In ''Literature/{{Prey}}'' by Artist/MichaelCrichton, the main plot is a Grey Goo experiment which has gone rogue and escaped containment. This one's ''slightly'' more innocuous in that it's partly biological and relies on ''E. coli'' bacteria to produce new nanobots rather than instantly dissolving anything it touches into more goo (it does seem to have some limited ability to "eat" silicon chips from integrated circuits). Of course, this really just means it needs to find a culture medium to grow ''E. coli'' in, and there are all these bags of moisture and nutrients wandering around ...

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* In ''Literature/{{Prey}}'' by Artist/MichaelCrichton, the main plot is a Grey Goo experiment which has gone rogue and escaped containment. This one's ''slightly'' more innocuous in that it's partly biological and relies on ''E. coli'' bacteria to produce new nanobots rather than instantly dissolving anything it touches into more goo (it does seem to have some limited ability to "eat" silicon chips from integrated circuits). Of course, this really just means it needs to find a culture medium to grow ''E. coli'' in, and there are all these bags of moisture and nutrients wandering around ...around...



* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', Grey Goo swarms are among the nastier surprises left behind by the [[AIIsACrapshoot TITANs]]. There are various types ranging from regular roving disassembler swarms covering much of EarthThatWas to the rather more...''artistic'' fractal bombs, which restructure matter into interesting fractal patterns as they spread (nobody is entirely sure ''why''. Presumably, their AI creators simply liked the look...). Their presence is basically the setting's primary GodzillaThreshold...if nanoswarms are involved, even the heroic factions will tend to break out the scorched-earth type weaponry, collateral damage be damned.
** And then there's "Creepers", swarms of floating black bubbles that are theorized to be ''femto''bots, if ordinary grey goo wasn't scary enough.

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* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', Grey Goo swarms are among the nastier surprises left behind by the [[AIIsACrapshoot TITANs]]. There are various types ranging from regular roving disassembler swarms covering much of EarthThatWas to the rather more... ''artistic'' fractal bombs, which restructure matter into interesting fractal patterns as they spread (nobody is entirely sure ''why''. Presumably, their AI creators simply liked the look...). Their presence is basically the setting's primary GodzillaThreshold... if nanoswarms are involved, even the heroic factions will tend to break out the scorched-earth type weaponry, collateral damage be damned.
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damned. And then there's "Creepers", swarms of floating black bubbles that are theorized to be ''femto''bots, if ordinary grey goo wasn't scary enough.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'': At least one (and quite possibly several) of the ancient civilizations made extensive use of nanotechnology, and feral, out-of-control nanobots remain common and widespread in the setting's present.
** The Iron Wind is a natural disaster (insofar as anything in the setting is truly "natural") that takes the form of vast red sandstorms filled with microscopic, airborne nanites. These nanites are badly malfunctioning (the corebook outright refers to them as insane) and chaotically reshape anything and everything they come across, landscape, machine and creature alike. Living beings caught in the Iron Wind are reshaped into [[BodyHorror writhing, malformed monsters]] and usually die soon afterwards, if they aren't outright disassembled.
** Much more harmless nanites are also fairly well integrated into the ecosystem. They fill similar niches to organic fungi and bacteria, and generally go beneath most people's notice.



* The last "secret" life form class on ''VideoGame/SimEarth'', [[MechanicalLifeforms robots]] (unlocked by [[NukeEm bombing a Nanotech-class city]], fittingly enough), are very well-suited for survival. By this, it means that they reproduce rapidly, they can live in any habitat - even the ocean - and thus can spread across the entire map with little effort, competing against organic life [[CurbStompBattle can't even be called a competition]], and - oh yeah. [[NighInvulnerability They're immune to disasters]], even ones activated by the player. [[AIIsACrapshoot All organic life on your planet will quickly go extinct when these guys show up]].

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* The last "secret" life form class on ''VideoGame/SimEarth'', [[MechanicalLifeforms robots]] (unlocked by [[NukeEm bombing a Nanotech-class city]], fittingly enough), are very well-suited for survival. By this, it means that they reproduce rapidly, they can live in any habitat - -- even the ocean - -- and thus can spread across the entire map with little effort, competing against organic life [[CurbStompBattle can't even be called a competition]], and - -- oh yeah. [[NighInvulnerability They're immune to disasters]], even ones activated by the player. [[AIIsACrapshoot All organic life on your planet will quickly go extinct when these guys show up]].



** In Invisible War, there are also "nanite swells" - clouds of nanobots whose origin isn't entirely clear, but which present a serious environmental hazard and are responsible for the poor health of people forced to live outside protected cities. It's never made entirely clear if these are actually self-replicating or just the remains of weapons or experiments used during TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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** In Invisible War, there are also "nanite swells" - -- clouds of nanobots whose origin isn't entirely clear, but which present a serious environmental hazard and are responsible for the poor health of people forced to live outside protected cities. It's never made entirely clear if these are actually self-replicating or just the remains of weapons or experiments used during TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
3rd Aug '17 9:11:55 AM MicoolTNT
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* [[spoiler:''Literature/DeltoraQuest'']] has a literal grey goo flood final XanatosGambit IfICantHaveYouNobodyCan result of the Shadow Lord's plans. It was designed to kill everything on the continent.

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* [[spoiler:''Literature/DeltoraQuest'']] In ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'', [[spoiler: the Shadow Lord has a literal grey goo flood flood set up as a final XanatosGambit IfICantHaveYouNobodyCan result of the Shadow Lord's plans. XanatosGambit.]] It was designed to [[spoiler: kill everything on the continent.continent,]] but [[spoiler: the Shadow Lord didn't count on [[SpannerInTheWorks dragons]].]]
29th Jul '17 1:00:57 PM zarpaulus
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** And then there's "Creepers", swarms of floating black bubbles that are theorized to be ''femto''bots, if ordinary grey goo wasn't scary enough.
26th Jun '17 9:29:34 PM Nulono
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is the final fate of Earth in ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimal''.
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25th Jun '17 1:46:52 PM Robertroper
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->''"Imagine you meet a magical leprechaun. For a bargain price, he offers to fix up the your house and add an extra room. So you take him home, and he proceeds to eat your house and shit out a hundred and forty more leprechauns, which promptly murder you."''

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->''"Imagine you meet a magical leprechaun. For a bargain price, he offers to fix up the your house and add an extra room. So you take him home, and he proceeds to eat your house and shit out a hundred and forty more leprechauns, which promptly murder you."''
13th Jun '17 9:58:50 PM jtierney50
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* [[spoiler:Ego's]] plan in ''Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' involves this: he plans to make every planet in the universe an extension of him by way of implanting a device on each planet that, when activated, creates a giant blue blob that eats everything in its path. Although we don't see much of what it does besides "consume things", we can assume that it assimilates everything it touches into [[spoiler:Ego]].

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* [[spoiler:Ego's]] plan in ''Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' involves this: he plans to make every planet in the universe an extension of him by way of implanting a device on each planet that, when activated, creates a giant blue blob that eats everything in its path. Although we don't see much of what it does besides "consume things", we can assume that it assimilates everything it touches into [[spoiler:Ego]].
13th Jun '17 9:58:38 PM jtierney50
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* [[spoiler:Ego's]] plan in ''Film/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' involves this: he plans to make every planet in the universe an extension of him by way of implanting a device on each planet that, when activated, creates a giant blue blob that eats everything in its path. Although we don't see much of what it does besides "consume things", we can assume that it assimilates everything it touches into [[spoiler:Ego]].
16th May '17 12:15:11 PM DaveE
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* One issue of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' claimed that the reason [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed has never tried to market]] the unstable molecules the team's suits are made out of is that if a careless person gets ahold of the stuff and pokes it the wrong way with an electron microscope, it starts destabilizing all surrounding matter into an ever-expanding blob of goo.

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* One issue of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' claimed that the reason [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed has never tried to market]] the unstable molecules the team's suits are made out of is that if a careless person gets ahold of the stuff and pokes it the wrong way with an electron microscope, it starts destabilizing all surrounding matter into an ever-expanding blob of goo. Naturally in that issue [[BodyHorror someone careless got ahold of the stuff]].
9th May '17 6:42:34 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* A more harmless, benevolent version of Gray Goo involves theoretical space exploration. It's believed that once we acquire the right technology, we'll be able to create interstellar probes out of nanobots. Once they land on a planet they'll convert as much matter needed into ten more nanobots and fire them out into space.

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* A more harmless, benevolent version of Gray Goo involves theoretical space exploration. It's believed that once we acquire the right technology, we'll be able to create interstellar probes out of nanobots. Once they land on a planet they'll convert as much matter needed into ten more nanobots and fire them out into space. However, others have speculated that such a system would devolve into a straight version of this trope given time (Carl Sagan argued that if they were viable this would already have happened); in fact swarms of so-called Von Neumann probes are an entire subgenre of this trope, including the deliberately malicious version often referred to as Berserkers.
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