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21st Mar '17 9:53:18 PM PhantomRider
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Kremzeek!" involved a highly specialized electricity eating spark creature, splitting into new copies of itself as it ate more and more current. The "annoying replicating electrical prankster" is a kids' show plot that really gets around. In the old ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage MutantNinja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, it's called ''The Big Zipp Attack,'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' it's "Zap Attack." ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the imagination to not name it after the creature: instead of something like ''"The Megawhatts Attack,"'' the critters are first encountered in ''Tourist Trap.'' (We find they're actually an alien race called Nosedeenians.) It's not as obligatory as the FantasticVoyagePlot, but watch enough cartoons and you'll know it by heart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Kremzeek!" involved a highly specialized electricity eating spark creature, splitting into new copies of itself as it ate more and more current. The current.
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"annoying replicating electrical prankster" story is actually a kids' show plot that really gets around. In the old ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage MutantNinja Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, it's called ''The Big Zipp Attack,'' Attack;'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' it's "Zap Attack." ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben ''Zap Attack. WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has the imagination to not name it after the creature: instead of something like ''"The Megawhatts Attack,"'' the critters are first encountered in ''Tourist Trap.'' (We find they're (Unusually, the Megawhatts go on to be a seldom-seen but established part of the setting. They're actually an alien race called Nosedeenians.Nosedeenians, and make a return appearance in which Ben and company had to ''save'' them from villains who were kidnapping and enslaving them as a power source. It also turns out there's an Omnitrix transformation based on them as well; Ben calls this form Buzzshock.) It's not as obligatory as the FantasticVoyagePlot, but watch enough cartoons and you'll know it by heart.
30th Jan '17 5:51:06 AM Vir
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* The [[BigBad D-Reaper]] from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is a very slow form of GreyGoo, breaking down inorganic matter and reconfigure it into its various agents once it emerges in the real world. It's depicted as a mass of ''red'' goo in the series because its actually super-heated to extreme temperatures by accelerating its particles [[YouFailPhysicsForever beyond the speed of light]].

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* The [[BigBad D-Reaper]] from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is a very slow form of GreyGoo, Grey Goo, breaking down inorganic matter and reconfigure it into its various agents once it emerges in the real world. It's depicted as a mass of ''red'' goo in the series because its actually super-heated to extreme temperatures by accelerating its particles [[YouFailPhysicsForever beyond the speed of light]].



* The EldritchAbomination Deus from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is upgraded from a simple biological weapon into a living mass of GreyGoo by the game's BigBad Krelian through nanomachines.

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* The EldritchAbomination Deus from ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' is upgraded from a simple biological weapon into a living mass of GreyGoo Grey Goo by the game's BigBad Krelian through nanomachines.



* A nuclear chain reaction could be considered a ''subatomic'' version of GreyGoo, in how it spreads from atom to atom, splitting each one so it ejects neutrons that split other atoms and thus perpetuate the process.
* Prionic brain diseases such as mad cow operate like GreyGoo for the nervous system, as abnormal proteins cause adjacent protein molecules to be reconfigured into more of the same.

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* A nuclear chain reaction could be considered a ''subatomic'' version of GreyGoo, Grey Goo, in how it spreads from atom to atom, splitting each one so it ejects neutrons that split other atoms and thus perpetuate the process.
* Prionic brain diseases such as mad cow operate like GreyGoo Grey Goo for the nervous system, as abnormal proteins cause adjacent protein molecules to be reconfigured into more of the same.
30th Jan '17 5:50:49 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' episode, ""Party Machine," an army of tiny multiplying aliens invade Earth, which Jenny and Brad defeat with a vacuum cleaner-like tool created by Dr. Wakeman to defeat them.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' episode, ""Party Machine," ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' episode "Party Machine", an army of tiny multiplying aliens invade Earth, which Jenny and Brad defeat with a vacuum cleaner-like tool created by Dr. Wakeman to defeat them.
20th Jan '17 7:54:24 AM Fighteer
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If you want to make swarm itself a sapient character (the same consciousness across all nanobots HiveMind style) and want a name that can be PlayedForLaughs, consider "Greyg."
8th Jan '17 3:15:36 PM skadooshbag
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If you want to me swarm itself a sapient character (the same consciousness across all nanobots HiveMind style) and want a name that can be PlayedForLaughs, consider "Greyg."

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If you want to me make swarm itself a sapient character (the same consciousness across all nanobots HiveMind style) and want a name that can be PlayedForLaughs, consider "Greyg."
8th Jan '17 3:14:41 PM skadooshbag
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If you want to me swarm itself a sapient character (the same consciousness across all nanobots HiveMind style) and want a name that can be PlayedForLaughs, consider "Greyg."
31st Dec '16 3:04:48 AM DavidCowie
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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 leprechans, 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 leprechans, leprechauns, which promptly murder you."''
19th Dec '16 6:49:31 AM Cifer
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** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men. Unarmored Civilians however can at best hope to get off with third degree burns to their entire body.

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** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men. Unarmored Civilians however can at best hope to get off with third degree burns to their entire body. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing medical technology has made a few advances...]]
19th Dec '16 6:48:17 AM Cifer
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** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men.

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** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men. Unarmored Civilians however can at best hope to get off with third degree burns to their entire body.
12th Dec '16 5:17:44 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* The Replicators of ''Series/StargateSG1'' are this trope scaled up to lego size. When they eventually [[MechanicalEvolution evolved]] to silver goo, their diet changed from "any kind of metal" to "[[{{Unobtainium}} neutronium]] only", thus keeping the new model [[TooAwesomeToUse a rarity]].

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* The Replicators of ''Series/StargateSG1'' are this trope scaled up to lego Lego size. When they eventually [[MechanicalEvolution evolved]] to silver goo, their diet changed from "any kind of metal" to "[[{{Unobtainium}} neutronium]] only", thus keeping the new model [[TooAwesomeToUse a rarity]].



* The main villain of the second season of ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' worked on a bigger scale, commanding a legion of drones that could tear anything apart and convert it into more drones. [[spoiler:Eventually all mass in the universe is converted into drones.]]
* In the ''Tales of Tomorrow'' episode "Red Dust", space explorers who've just visited a once-populated world overrun by Red Goo discover the pink crystalline "dust" has infested their ship as well

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* The main villain of Mantrid in the second season of ''{{Series/Lexx}}'' worked on a bigger scale, commanding a legion of used Mantrid drones that could tear anything apart -- basically flying arms -- to systematically disassemble and convert it into more drones. [[spoiler:Eventually all mass matter in the universe is converted into drones.more Mantrid drones. By the end of the season, nearly three-quarters of the universe had been converted, and the remainder would have been finished off within a few days. [[spoiler:Kai tricks Mantrid into flying the sum-total of his drones directly to the center of the universe, precipitating a Big Crunch which destroyed that universe but ejected the Lexx and crew into the next one over.]]
* In the ''Tales of Tomorrow'' episode "Red Dust", space explorers who've just visited a once-populated world overrun by Red Goo discover the pink crystalline "dust" has infested their ship ship, as wellwell.



* In ''VideoGame/HostileWaters'', the "alien" antagonists have a [[strike: grey goo]] Disassembler cannon. It fires at a city and reduces it to mush. It's up to you to blow up the cooling radiators before it fires its third salvo and destroys Central, the world capital. Once you do that, the next shot blows it to hell and spreads disassemblers throughout their base.

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* In ''VideoGame/HostileWaters'', the "alien" antagonists have a [[strike: grey goo]] Disassembler cannon.cannon which fires nanites that are programmed to rip apart matter on a subatomic level. This avoids the usual grey goo problem of endless replication, as the nanites just run out of steam, while still producing similar destruction. It fires at a city and reduces it to mush. It's up to you to blow up the cooling radiators before it fires its third salvo and destroys Central, the world capital. Once you do that, the next shot blows it to hell and spreads disassemblers throughout their base.
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