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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...
24th Sep '17 9:16:19 AM Eddy1215
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with doing work for Bender and leave the planet. At one point in the episode, Bender says the TropeName word-for-word.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with doing work for Bender and leave the planet. At one point in the episode, Bender says the TropeName trope name word-for-word.
24th Sep '17 9:12:13 AM Eddy1215
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with doing work for Bender and leave the planet.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with doing work for Bender and leave the planet. At one point in the episode, Bender says the TropeName word-for-word.
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."''
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