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22nd Apr '18 12:48:00 PM Angelus25
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* [[spoiler:Ego's]] plan in ''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]].

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* [[spoiler:Ego's]] plan in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' involves this: this, albeit in an organic fashion: he plans to make every planet in the universe an extension of him by way of implanting a device piece of him 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]].
17th Apr '18 4:48:55 PM SAMAS
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}} has the Assembly Ooze, runaway nano-fabrication units that thankfully do not grow uncontrollably (and only rarely make more of themselves), but instead turn everything they eat into whatever they were designed to make. They may seem harmless(unless you happen to be an Android or other robotic lifeform), or even beneficial, until one gets into your ship and tries to turn the engine into a pile of laser rifles.
9th Apr '18 11:45:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The creature in ''Film/TheThing1982'' and its [[Film/TheThing2011 2011 prequel]] is an organic version that gruesomely assimilates living tissue.

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* The creature eponymous monster in ''Film/TheThing1982'' and its [[Film/TheThing2011 2011 prequel]] is an organic version that gruesomely assimilates living tissue.
9th Apr '18 11:45:14 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The creature in ''Film/TheThing1982'' and its [[Film/TheThing2011 2011 prequel]] is an organic version that gruesomely assimilates living tissue.
25th Mar '18 11:07:57 AM nombretomado
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* Tiberium in the ''Franchise/CommandAndConquer'' universe can be seen a slow-acting example of it. It needs around half a century to engulf a significant portion of the Earth.

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* Tiberium in the ''Franchise/CommandAndConquer'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' universe can be seen a slow-acting example of it. It needs around half a century to engulf a significant portion of the Earth.
11th Feb '18 1:05:50 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/TheFourHorsemenUniverse'': The BountyHunter protagonist of the ShortStory "The Last Guardsman" is mortally wounded when his quarry wings him with a [[AbnormalAmmo grey goo bullet]] that eats him alive from the inside out.
* ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}'': Nanotechnology is common in the series and nanotech weapons easily combated. However the picotechnology mastered by scientists aboard the colony ship ''Intrepid'' is potentially very dangerous: the Intrepid Space Force under Tanis Richards successfully uses picobombs several times against opposing ships, but there are reports of people trying to replicate the weapons and getting entire planetary civilizations eaten for their troubles (or killed by OrbitalBombardment when the Orion Guard gets wind of the experiments, in the case of the birth family of Tanis's adopted daughter Sanavi).
24th Jan '18 7:17:12 PM FF32
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* [[Website/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-204 204]] is a downplayed example, as the cloud of nanomachines usually only [[EatingMachine destroys animals (including living people) to serve as fuel]]. But SCP-204 is still ranked at the highest threat level possible, probably because from organic matter to anything else is a quick jump.

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* [[Website/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://scp-wiki.Website/SCPFoundation:
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net/scp-204 204]] SCP-204]] is a downplayed example, as the cloud of nanomachines usually only [[EatingMachine destroys animals (including living people) to serve as fuel]]. But SCP-204 is still ranked at the highest threat level possible, probably because from organic matter to anything else is a quick jump.jump.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3049 SCP-3049]] is a gas oven that creates a entire miniature universe inside itself. In most cases, one planet within this universe will develop sentient life that then creates nanotechnology, eventually leading to a Grey Goo event that transforms the entire universe into [[spoiler:an apple pie in a glass dish]].
3rd Jan '18 11:09:59 AM KizunaTallis
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* In ''Fanfic/ProjectSunflower'', a meteor crashed into earth carrying a colony of alien nanomachines that consumes everything on the planet, forcing humanity to jumpstart the eponymous interdimensional portal project to find a new home.


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* A variation of this occurred in ''VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn'' - [[spoiler:a line of robotic soldiers that consumed biomass as fuel (supposed to only be in emergency situations) and could self-replicate was one day stricken with a glitch that made them ignore all commands and go rogue, and due to their highly advanced coding and the fact that the CEO of the company that created them [[LethallyStupid specifically told the engineers to not install a backdoor]], it was nigh-unstoppable and these rogue robotic soldiers consumed '''all organic life on the planet''' in less than two years. The title is derived from the in universe project meant to not only shut the rogue bots down, but to also bring life back to Earth through a highly advanced AI system.]]
18th Nov '17 10:01:11 PM SpacemanSpoof
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* The same idea on a much larger scale happens in ''VideoGame/StarControl2''. The Slylandro, a planet-bound race, purchase a space exploration probe from some interstellar traders. They can afford only one, so they set its "replication" priority extremely high, causing it to attempt to break down everything it encounters into component compounds to build new probes. By the beginning of the game's timeline the quadrant is already swarming with these things, and it's projected that they'll continue to grow exponentially until they devour the galaxy unless you find a way to stop them.
19th Oct '17 10:53:33 PM Mijin
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* Another nuclear physics example (though slightly stretching the idea of grey goo): a true vacuum. If our universe is a metastable false vacuum, then at any time a true vacuum could spontaneously appear, and expand out at the speed of light. It would turn everything it envelopes into new forms of matter (and of course destroy everything in the process). Right now we can't rule this out, and perhaps a true vacuum is heading towards us right now...
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