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6th May '17 2:25:04 PM Quanyails
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* Gems and Gem monsters in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have gemstones for {{Heart Drive}}s and the rest of their bodies are made of light. They can still interact like corporeal beings, but whenever they're 'killed' their body [[NoBodyLeftBehind bursts into a cloud of light, leaving their gem behind]]--if left unbubbled, the gem will project a new body. Holo-Pearl is also capable of holding physical objects such as swords and umbrellas, and, when sent flying by an attack, rolls across the ground in a very solid manner. Despite this, she also displays visual glitching and, as her name indicates, is simply a projection from Pearl's gem. She simply has to be solid to serve as Pearl's sparring partner. Some time after the rebellion thousands of years ago, the Homeworld Gems developed weapons that can instantly destroy these hard light bodies. Fortunately for the heroes, these weapons are effectively glorified joy buzzers to organic beings like Steven.

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Gems and Gem monsters in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have gemstones for {{Heart Drive}}s and the rest of their bodies are made of light. They can still interact like corporeal beings, but whenever they're 'killed' their body [[NoBodyLeftBehind bursts into a cloud of light, leaving their gem behind]]--if left unbubbled, the gem will project a new body.
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Holo-Pearl is also capable of holding physical objects such as swords and umbrellas, and, when sent flying by an attack, rolls across the ground in a very solid manner. Despite this, she also displays visual glitching and, as her name indicates, is simply a projection from Pearl's gem. She simply has to be solid to serve as Pearl's sparring partner. partner.
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Some time after the rebellion thousands of years ago, the Homeworld Gems developed weapons that can instantly destroy these hard light bodies. Fortunately for the heroes, these weapons are effectively glorified joy buzzers to organic beings like Steven.
30th Apr '17 3:00:02 PM nombretomado
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* Appetite Energy from ''{{Toriko}}'' seems to work like this, as it involves using said energy to make solid constructs like forks, knives, spoons, a wolf head, a giant PacMan-esque ball, and demonic [[GuardianEntity Guardian Entities]].

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* Appetite Energy from ''{{Toriko}}'' ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' seems to work like this, as it involves using said energy to make solid constructs like forks, knives, spoons, a wolf head, a giant PacMan-esque ball, and demonic [[GuardianEntity Guardian Entities]].
28th Apr '17 8:36:45 PM Abodos
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** The stairs in the Temple of Time; also the bridges in the Twilight Realm as well as the bridge TO the Twilight Realm.



** The stairs in the Temple of Time in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''; also the bridges in the Twilight Realm as well as the bridge ''to'' the Twilight Realm.
** Ancient Sheikah {{Magitek}} frequently uses this in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. The Remote Bomb rune makes either square or round bombs depending on Link's needs that appear to be light constructs, and the fact that they are Hard Light rather than traditional combustible explosives explains why you can't use them to light fires. Guardian weapons and shields also employ this, having the sword blades, axe/spear/arrow heads, and shields go into and out of "combat mode". Lastly, the elevators into the [[MiniDungeon Shrines]] and the Monks waiting at the end are contained in Hard Light barriers.



** Making things even more confusing, in ''Metroid Fusion'', the power is indeed cut... ''while Samus is standing on one''. Oddly, she doesn't fall like you would anticipate. Apparently the future averts NoOSHACompliance. The Federation elevators may be technology that's different from but similar in superficial (read: game graphics) appearance to the Chozo elevators on Zebes.

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** Making things even more confusing, in ''Metroid Fusion'', ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', the power is indeed cut... ''while Samus is standing on one''. Oddly, she doesn't fall like you would anticipate. Apparently the future averts NoOSHACompliance. The Federation elevators may be technology that's different from but similar in superficial (read: game graphics) appearance to the Chozo elevators on Zebes.
26th Feb '17 1:31:37 PM Dwoem
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* White supremacist supervillain Purity from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can manifest "kinetically-charged" light that she uses for blasts and flight.
** The members of New Wave (who just happen to be a biologically-related family) all have variations on light and hard light manipulation as their superpower.
** The heroine Ursa Aurora can manifest hard light ''bears'' to fight for her.



* White supremacist supervillain Purity from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can manifest "kinetically-charged" light that she uses for blasts and flight.
** The members of New Wave (who just happen to be a biologically-related family) all have variations on light and hard light manipulation as their superpower.
** The heroine Ursa Aurora can manifest hard light ''bears'' to fight for her.
21st Feb '17 5:38:30 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a prequel, ''CrisisCore'', in which Shinra has training programs that are essentially holograms. What makes that this Trope is that the holograms can completely imitate the physical qualities of the object. For example, Sephiroth's sword will actually cut you, even though it's not the real Sephiroth. Also, somehow, it creates its own arid desert.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a prequel, ''CrisisCore'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', in which Shinra has training programs that are essentially holograms. What makes that this Trope is that the holograms can completely imitate the physical qualities of the object. For example, Sephiroth's sword will actually cut you, even though it's not the real Sephiroth. Also, somehow, it creates its own arid desert.
16th Jan '17 1:19:49 PM ErebusElysium
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* The armor and sword conjured by the Amulet in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' are made of condensed daylight, making them especially effective against Trolls.
2nd Jan '17 1:17:35 PM DustSnitch
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* As described in ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'' by Creator/CSLewis, the sunrise that coincides with the Second Coming produces a light that's more solid than the thin ghosts that inhabit hell, tearing them to pieces.
-->''"The light, like solid blocks, intolerable of edge and weight, came thundering upon my head."''
26th Dec '16 5:45:01 PM PaulA
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* The animated ''WesternAnimation/FlashGordon'' had one episode on a floating city that made liberal use of hard light projectors.

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* The animated ''WesternAnimation/FlashGordon'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'' had one episode on a floating city that made liberal use of hard light projectors.
9th Oct '16 1:47:58 PM MarkLungo
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** However it's been seen since that "virtually indestructible", as Legion described hard light, is an extremely generous description. [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer]] and [[spoiler: Howard Rimmer]], both hard light holograms, were killed by a shot to the light bee in Series 7 and 10, respectively. The first one with a WWII-era hand-gun, even. We also know that millions and millions of hard light [[spoiler: Ace Rimmers]] have died in the line of duty across countless dimensions.

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** However it's been seen since that "virtually indestructible", as Legion described hard light, is an extremely generous description. [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer]] and [[spoiler: Howard Rimmer]], both hard light holograms, were killed by a shot to the light bee in Series 7 and 10, respectively. The first one with a WWII-era hand-gun, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era handgun, even. We also know that millions and millions of hard light [[spoiler: Ace Rimmers]] have died in the line of duty across countless dimensions.
9th Oct '16 1:20:48 PM Smegerama
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' is the TropeNamer. VirtualGhost Rimmer became tangible in Series 6 via a "hard light drive". In this case the hard light drive is not only better than his old soft light drive but better than regular life itself, since it makes him more or less indestructible (though still able to feel pain) ''and'' immune to aging -- well, aside from the human aging of actor Chris Barrie. Downside: extremely power intensive, so it cannot be done indefinitely.
** However it's been seen since that "virtually indestructible", as Legion described hard light, is an extremely generous description. [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer]] and [[spoiler: Howard Rimmer]], both hard light holograms, were killed by a shot to the light bee in Series 7 and 10, respectively. The first one with a WWII-era hand-gun, even. We also know that millions and millions of hard light [[spoiler: Ace Rimmers]] have died in the line of duty across countless dimensions.
** In the episode 'Demons and Angels,' an evil copy of the pre-hard light Rimmer uses holo-whip to attack Lister. Presumably this is an early incarnation of the technology that eventually became hard light several centuries later.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'' is the TropeNamer. In the later seasons, VirtualGhost Rimmer became tangible in Series 6 via a "hard light drive". In this case the hard light drive is not only better than his old soft light drive but better than regular life itself, since it makes him more or less indestructible (though still able to feel pain) ''and'' immune to aging -- well, aside from the human aging of actor Chris Barrie. Downside: extremely power intensive, so it cannot be done indefinitely.
** However it's been seen since that "virtually indestructible", as Legion described hard light, is an extremely generous description. [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer]] and [[spoiler: Howard Rimmer]], both hard light holograms, were killed by a shot to the light bee in Series 7 and 10, respectively. The first one with a WWII-era hand-gun, even. We also know that millions and millions of hard light [[spoiler: Ace Rimmers]] have died in the line of duty across countless dimensions.
** In the episode 'Demons and Angels,' an evil copy of the pre-hard light Rimmer uses holo-whip to attack Lister. Presumably this is an early incarnation of the technology that eventually became hard light several centuries later.
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