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12th Aug '17 6:26:41 AM Gerusz
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' introduces a riot control tonfa - an electric tonfa resistant to lightsabers and delivering a painful electric shock. The stormtrooper wielding it obviously had training with it, handing Finn (wielding a lightsaber, but being completely untrained in melee combat) his ass easily.
31st Jul '17 8:03:16 PM MetalMax1991
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* On the same principle as His Majesty's "moth guns", but rather more serious, was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgley_OSS_.38 U.S. Navy Sedgley OSS .38/Sedgely Fist Gun]] of World War Two. It was a single-shot .38 Special caliber weapon, fired by a spring-loaded plunger-type "trigger" in ''front'' next to its (very short) barrel, that was riveted to the back of a heavy work glove. Both muzzle and plunger protruded about 1/2" beyond the knuckles when the wearer clenched his fist. Legend states that it was an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) brainstorm. In this case, legend is wrong. It was developed by the Naval Gun Factory for the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees. During the island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, Seabee heavy-equipment operators were vulnerable not only to enemy sniper fire, but also to "close assault" by enemy soldiers in an ambush attack. They kept weapons (.45 pistols, etc.) close to hand, but the Japanese soldiers, being no fools, adopted the tactic of jumping onto the bulldozer, etc., on the ''right'' side and grabbing the driver's gun hand to prevent him from shooting them. The HFD MK 1 was mounted accordingly on a ''left''-hand glove. When attacked, the Seabee simply punched his opponent in the face with his "free" hand- which depressed the plunger and fired a .38 slug right into the attacker's head. Messy, but very effective. Not least because it was basically ''i[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange mpossible to miss]]''.

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* On the same principle as His Majesty's "moth guns", but rather more serious, was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgley_OSS_.38 U.S. Navy Sedgley OSS .38/Sedgely Fist Gun]] of World War Two. It was a single-shot .38 Special caliber weapon, fired by a spring-loaded plunger-type "trigger" in ''front'' next to its (very short) barrel, that was riveted to the back of a heavy work glove. Both muzzle and plunger protruded about 1/2" beyond the knuckles when the wearer clenched his fist. Legend states that it was an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) brainstorm. In this case, legend is wrong. It was developed by the Naval Gun Factory for the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees. During the island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, Seabee heavy-equipment operators were vulnerable not only to enemy sniper fire, but also to "close assault" by enemy soldiers in an ambush attack. They kept weapons (.45 pistols, etc.) close to hand, but the Japanese soldiers, being no fools, adopted the tactic of jumping onto the bulldozer, etc., on the ''right'' side and grabbing the driver's gun hand to prevent him from shooting them. The HFD MK 1 Sedgley was mounted accordingly on a ''left''-hand glove. When attacked, the Seabee simply punched his opponent in the face with his "free" hand- which depressed the plunger and fired a .38 slug right into the attacker's head. Messy, but very effective. Not least because it was basically ''i[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange mpossible to miss]]''.
31st Jul '17 8:01:39 PM MetalMax1991
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* On the same principle as His Majesty's "moth guns", but rather more serious, was the U.S. Navy "Hand Firing Device MK 1" of World War Two. It was a single-shot .38 Special caliber weapon, fired by a spring-loaded plunger-type "trigger" in ''front'' next to its (very short) barrel, that was riveted to the back of a heavy work glove. Both muzzle and plunger protruded about 1/2" beyond the knuckles when the wearer clenched his fist. Legend states that it was an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) brainstorm. In this case, legend is wrong. It was developed by the Naval Gun Factory for the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees. During the island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, Seabee heavy-equipment operators were vulnerable not only to enemy sniper fire, but also to "close assault" by enemy soldiers in an ambush attack. They kept weapons (.45 pistols, etc.) close to hand, but the Japanese soldiers, being no fools, adopted the tactic of jumping onto the bulldozer, etc., on the ''right'' side and grabbing the driver's gun hand to prevent him from shooting them. The HFD MK 1 was mounted accordingly on a ''left''-hand glove. When attacked, the Seabee simply punched his opponent in the face with his "free" hand- which depressed the plunger and fired a .38 slug right into the attacker's head. Messy, but very effective. Not least because it was basically ''i[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange mpossible to miss]]''.

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* On the same principle as His Majesty's "moth guns", but rather more serious, was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgley_OSS_.38 U.S. Navy "Hand Firing Device MK 1" Sedgley OSS .38/Sedgely Fist Gun]] of World War Two. It was a single-shot .38 Special caliber weapon, fired by a spring-loaded plunger-type "trigger" in ''front'' next to its (very short) barrel, that was riveted to the back of a heavy work glove. Both muzzle and plunger protruded about 1/2" beyond the knuckles when the wearer clenched his fist. Legend states that it was an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) brainstorm. In this case, legend is wrong. It was developed by the Naval Gun Factory for the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees. During the island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, Seabee heavy-equipment operators were vulnerable not only to enemy sniper fire, but also to "close assault" by enemy soldiers in an ambush attack. They kept weapons (.45 pistols, etc.) close to hand, but the Japanese soldiers, being no fools, adopted the tactic of jumping onto the bulldozer, etc., on the ''right'' side and grabbing the driver's gun hand to prevent him from shooting them. The HFD MK 1 was mounted accordingly on a ''left''-hand glove. When attacked, the Seabee simply punched his opponent in the face with his "free" hand- which depressed the plunger and fired a .38 slug right into the attacker's head. Messy, but very effective. Not least because it was basically ''i[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange mpossible to miss]]''.
19th Jun '17 7:00:11 AM NXTangl
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** When first firing it at the testing range, it took out the target, the earth behind the target, the ground, and a passing bird that was directly above Detritus when he pulled the trigger.

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** When first firing it at the testing range, it took out the target, the targets on either side of the target, the earth behind the target, the ground, and a passing bird that was directly above ''above'' Detritus when he pulled the trigger.


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* The various war machines designed by Creator/LeonardoDaVinci {{expy}} [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Leonard da Quirm]] half-qualify. The reason why he is not allowed outside--and the entire plot of Discworld/MenAtArms--is that, since he is a genius, his weapons are quite often not impossible enough.
19th Jun '17 6:34:03 AM NXTangl
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* Just about ''every'' weapon in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' universe is impossibly cool. The first ads for the games even showed how they just wouldn't work in real life. Of particular note is the RYNO series of weapons, which only get bigger and more ridiculous as the series goes on. All of them are considered PurposelyOverpowered and generally function as the InfinityPlusOneSword. The first RYNO shoots nine homing missiles. The RYNO II fires blue laser shots that instakill tanks. The RY3NO fires a swarm of homing energy rockets and can be upgraded into the RYNOCIRATOR, which simply reduces everyone around you to ash. The Harbinger (''Deadlocked'''s version of the RYNO) is basically a KillSat, with its upgrade (the SuperNova) being ''a rainbow-colored orbital bombardment''. The RYNO IV is a WaveMotionGun. The RYNO V fires [[MoreDakka a flurry of rockets]] and plays [[{{Fanfare}} the 1812 Overture]] while fired, [[CrazyAwesome with additional homing rockets fired at musically-appropriate points]].

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* Just about ''every'' weapon in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' universe is impossibly cool. The first ads for the games even showed how they just wouldn't work in real life. Of particular note is the RYNO series of weapons, which only get bigger and more ridiculous as the series goes on. All of them are considered PurposelyOverpowered and generally function as the InfinityPlusOneSword. The first RYNO shoots nine homing missiles. The RYNO II fires blue laser shots that instakill tanks. The RY3NO [=RY3NO=] fires a swarm of homing energy rockets and can be upgraded into the RYNOCIRATOR, which simply reduces everyone around you to ash. The Harbinger (''Deadlocked'''s version of the RYNO) is basically a KillSat, with its upgrade (the SuperNova) being ''a rainbow-colored orbital bombardment''. The RYNO IV is a WaveMotionGun. The RYNO V fires [[MoreDakka a flurry of rockets]] and plays [[{{Fanfare}} the 1812 Overture]] while fired, [[CrazyAwesome with additional homing rockets fired at musically-appropriate points]].


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** It's much more convenient for awakening the [[FightingSpirit offensive manifestation of your soul]] than [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure some bow and arrow]], after all.
17th Jun '17 5:38:43 PM NXTangl
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** GaoGaiGar FINAL manages to [[UpToEleven top that]], though. How? [[spoiler:The Goldion Crusher. An enormous energy hammer, made by [[CombiningMecha combining]] ''three'' spaceships, which are ''individually'' larger than GaoGaiGar. Its hammerhead is made of HardLight and [[GravityMaster localized gravitational shockwaves]], and [[SerialEscallation dwarfs the three ships' initial combined form in turn]]. It's so powerful that everyone aboard evacuated, except for Mikoto, who helped to operate it. It was built to [[CrazyPrepaired assault enemies]] [[CallBack on the level of the Z-master]], and is so dangerous that it requires a two-key activation system, ''a la'' '''nuclear launches''', just to initiate the three ships' combination. And it was used to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome destroy an enemy mech that was essentially a sun]].]]

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** GaoGaiGar FINAL manages to [[UpToEleven top that]], though. How? [[spoiler:The Goldion Crusher. An enormous energy hammer, made by [[CombiningMecha combining]] ''three'' spaceships, which are ''individually'' larger than GaoGaiGar. Its hammerhead is made of HardLight and [[GravityMaster localized gravitational shockwaves]], and [[SerialEscallation [[SerialEscalation dwarfs the three ships' initial combined form in turn]]. It's so powerful that everyone aboard evacuated, except for Mikoto, who helped to operate it. It was built to [[CrazyPrepaired [[CrazyPrepared assault enemies]] [[CallBack on the level of the Z-master]], and is so dangerous that it requires a two-key activation system, ''a la'' '''nuclear launches''', just to initiate the three ships' combination. And it was used to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome destroy an enemy mech that was essentially a sun]].]]
17th Jun '17 5:28:48 PM NXTangl
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** GaoGaiGar FINAL manages to [[UpToEleven top that]], though. How? [[spoiler:The Goldion Crusher. An enormous energy hammer, made by [[CombiningMecha combining]] ''three'' spaceships, which are ''individually'' larger than GaoGaiGar. Its hammerhead is made of HardLight and [[GravityMaster localized gravitational shockwaves]], and [[SerialEscallation dwarfs the three ships' initial combined form in turn]]. It's so powerful that everyone aboard evacuated, except for Mikoto, who helped to operate it. It was built to [[CrazyPrepaired assault enemies]] [[CallBack on the level of the Z-master]], and is so dangerous that it requires a two-key activation system, ''a la'' '''nuclear launches''', just to initiate the three ships' combination. And it was used to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome destroy an enemy mech that was essentially a sun]].]]
31st May '17 2:41:23 AM BlackTemplar
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* If you're gonna hunt a "Turdy Point Buck" you'd best pack [[ICallItVera Betty Lou]]: A combination AK-57-Uzi-radar-laser-triple-barrel-double-scoped-heat-seakin'-shotgun.
23rd Apr '17 3:06:48 PM nombretomado
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* Some weapons in the Franchise/TalesSeries qualify when they're not verging on ludicrous. Hubert's...weapon...thing in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' leaps to mind. It's a dual-bladed sword that can separate into two regular swords. [[GunsAkimbo And a pair of handguns]]. Which fire bullets made of magic. And it can also shoot arrows like a bow. No wonder it [[MemeticMutation gives the wielder]] [[{{Mondegreen}} INSTANT BALLS.]] Malik of the same game has a BOOMERANG SWORD. He throws it... and it flies back.

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* Some weapons in the Franchise/TalesSeries ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' qualify when they're not verging on ludicrous. Hubert's...weapon...thing in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' leaps to mind. It's a dual-bladed sword that can separate into two regular swords. [[GunsAkimbo And a pair of handguns]]. Which fire bullets made of magic. And it can also shoot arrows like a bow. No wonder it [[MemeticMutation gives the wielder]] [[{{Mondegreen}} INSTANT BALLS.]] Malik of the same game has a BOOMERANG SWORD. He throws it... and it flies back.
10th Apr '17 2:01:25 AM Shaid
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** [[BigBad Cinder]] is capable of transforming part of her clothing into twin swords that further transform into bow and arrows. She can switch between weapons in mid-jump.

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** Sun Wukong wields a staff that becomes two nunchaku, which are themselves ''four'' lever-action shotguns. Yes. He has gun-chucks.
** [[BigBad Cinder]] is capable of transforming part of her clothing into twin swords that further transform into bow and arrows. She can switch between weapons in mid-jump.
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