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6th Dec '17 4:00:06 AM Cryoclaste
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* The elevators in all the 2D ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' games. They're just a glowing platform in a tube, and if the power goes out or something, said platform just disappears.

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* The elevators in all the 2D ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. They're just a glowing platform in a tube, and if the power goes out or something, said platform just disappears.



** It's possible they're actually solid, and not just light, but merely glowy. ''MetroidPrime'' has clearly solid elevators.

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** It's possible they're actually solid, and not just light, but merely glowy. ''MetroidPrime'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' has clearly solid elevators.
28th Nov '17 4:16:12 AM nighttrainfm
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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.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' is the TropeNamer. TropeNamer.
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VirtualGhost Rimmer became tangible in Series 6 via a "hard light drive". In this case 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.



* The idea was [[TropeCodifier popularized]] by the holodeck of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', although they weren't responsible for the standard "hard light" HandWave. Strictly speaking, Star Trek holograms are not hard light as the physical part comes from the use of forcefields rather than being an intrinsic quality of the hologram. The EMH Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' often refers to himself (or fellow holograms) as "photons and forcefields" (as opposed to flesh and blood). Sentient holograms tended to refer to themselves and others as photonics.
** They even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in one episode. Neelix's [[OrganTheft lungs were stolen]] (... yeah) and the Doctor proposed that they be temporarily replaced with holographic lungs. As seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbut8Sp7jY4 this video]], when Tom Paris pointed out that it couldn't work, as light was intangible, the Doctor ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny slapped him]]''. Some holograms such as the doctor also had the ability to switch between solid and non-solid by deactivating the force field portion of their program separately to the hologram.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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The idea was [[TropeCodifier popularized]] by the holodeck of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', although they weren't responsible for the standard "hard light" HandWave. Strictly speaking, Star Trek holograms are not hard light as the physical part comes from the use of forcefields rather than being an intrinsic quality of the hologram. The EMH Doctor in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' often refers to himself (or fellow holograms) as "photons and forcefields" (as opposed to flesh and blood). Sentient holograms tended to refer to themselves and others as photonics.
** They even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in one episode. Neelix's [[OrganTheft lungs were stolen]] (... yeah) and the Doctor proposed that they be temporarily replaced with holographic lungs. As seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbut8Sp7jY4 this video]], when Tom Paris pointed out that it couldn't work, as light was intangible, the Doctor ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''[[Funny/StarTrekVoyager slapped him]]''. Some holograms such as the doctor also had the ability to switch between solid and non-solid by deactivating the force field portion of their program separately to the hologram.
21st Nov '17 2:07:16 PM CynicalBastardo
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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 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.

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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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era handgun, rifle, even. We also know that millions and millions of hard light [[spoiler: Ace Rimmers]] have died in the line of duty across countless dimensions.
12th Nov '17 4:43:23 AM Mukademaoh
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* Plasma the Light Demon God from ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'' is seemingly made of light, in spite of being solid enough to hit the heroes and being cut by Yaiba's sword.
* Yakumo's strongest Juuma from ''Manga/SazanEyes'' is [[MeaningfulName Guang Ya]] ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent "Light Fang"]]): incredible speed [[LightningBruiser combined with enough power to wreck through a whole quarter]] and a searing hot body and yet seems to be tangible and physical.
24th Oct '17 9:31:02 AM FlashRebel
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* ''GuildWars2'' has the Holosmith, the Engineer elite specialization added with ''Path of Fire'', that uses a Photon Forge to instantly create weapons, [[BeehiveBarrier shields]] and temporary ground modifications out of hard light.
16th Oct '17 11:40:08 AM ChronoLegion
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* Naturally, being an homage to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''Series/TheOrville'' has holodecks show up several times, although they haven't (yet) proved important to the plot. The AcePilot Gordon Malloy is a big fan of holo-recreation. His introductory scene has Ed walk into Gordon, dressed as a samurai, fighting an ogre in a Japanese village. Gordon even made sure to give the ogre a friendly personality. Another episode starts with Ed, Gordon, and John engage in a [[TheWildWest Wild West]] scenario, where they play as a trio of cowboys riding up to the lair of a bandito. Except Gordon has slightly modified the scenario, much to Ed and John's chagrin. Instead of a shootout, the bandito leader challenges the cowboys to a dance-off.
16th Oct '17 11:34:57 AM ChronoLegion
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** What usually doesn't get mentioned in canon material is the optical component. For example, two real characters can enter the holodeck, activate a program, and then walk far apart from one another. The holodeck adjusts air refraction to make them appear smaller to one another, as one would expect from being far away.
9th Oct '17 2:56:11 AM Neruzian
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** Technically nothing slightly about it; from a physics perspective there isn't really any difference between kinetic energy and heat. Lasers melt things because they fire photons at the target, which then smack into its atoms and transfer their (tiny) kinetic energy to said atoms, causing them to vibrate (bounce around) faster and with more force, which is heat. Things are hot because the atoms that make them up are vibrating more quickly than cold things and they keep bouncing off the atoms that make up you and transferring kinetic energy to them. Of course this is a long, long way from true {{Hard Light}}, but strictly speaking light is in fact an actual physical force.
5th Oct '17 7:50:01 AM selin1005
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** Lucio's skates are also told to be made of hard light in the Visual Source Book that comes with the Collector's Edition.
10th Sep '17 7:48:16 AM x_Dark_Magnus_x
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** And Tokyo scientists made a [[http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26463-ultrasound-makes-hologram-keyboard-touchyfeely.html holographic, touchable keyboard]].
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