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26th Jan '17 8:01:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* It doesn't show up in-game (missiles are fired from and land on the same planet), but these were used in in {{Starcraft}}'s backstory: the planet Korhal was nuked by a thousand Apocalypse-class nuclear missiles fired from the planet Tarsonis. Nuclear weaponry on such a scale was banned after that, so the in-game ones are much, much smaller.

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* It doesn't show up in-game (missiles are fired from and land on the same planet), but these were used in in {{Starcraft}}'s VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'s backstory: the planet Korhal was nuked by a thousand Apocalypse-class nuclear missiles fired from the planet Tarsonis. Nuclear weaponry on such a scale was banned after that, so the in-game ones are much, much smaller.
21st Jan '17 4:51:00 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''[[Series/{{Farscape}} Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars]]'' a [[spoiler:a black hole weapon that could destroy a whole galaxy]] is deployed.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we learn that keeping the Bifrost open too long will destroy any world it's currently connected to. Odin however refuses to use it as a weapon of war. ''Loki'' on the other hand...

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* In ''[[Series/{{Farscape}} Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars]]'' Wars]]'', a [[spoiler:a black [[spoiler:black hole weapon that could destroy a whole galaxy]] is deployed.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', we learn that keeping the Bifrost open too long will destroy any world it's currently connected to. Odin however refuses to use it as a weapon of war. ''Loki'' ''Loki'', on the other hand...
8th Jan '17 10:44:04 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheLastStarfighter''. Xur launches ''meteors'' at the Starfighter base.

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* ''TheLastStarfighter''.''Film/TheLastStarfighter''. Xur launches ''meteors'' at the Starfighter base.
19th Oct '16 3:20:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster is fond of this trope, most prominently in his ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series, which features a wide assortment of {{Lost Superweapon}}s left scattered around the cosmos by various {{Precursors}}. The two greatest examples show up in the GrandFinale, ''Flinx Transcendent'', and include a weapons platform whose WaveMotionGun fires through [[SubspaceOrHyperspace subspace]] across galaxies, and an even bigger superweapon whose power source ''is'' a galaxy (indeed, multiple galaxies).
* In ArthurCClarke's ''Sunstorm'', the eponymous event is caused by a planetoid hurled across the galaxy.
* Creator/CharlesStross' [[TheEschatonSeries Iron Sunrise]] features guided, {{ramscoop}}-powered missiles designed to deter interplanetary invasions. If a planet is attacked, the missiles accelerate up to near-lightspeed and (eventually) hit the invaders' home planet.

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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster is fond of this trope, most prominently in his ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series, which features a wide assortment of {{Lost Superweapon}}s left scattered around the cosmos by various {{Precursors}}. The two greatest examples show up in the GrandFinale, ''Flinx Transcendent'', and include a weapons platform whose WaveMotionGun fires through [[SubspaceOrHyperspace subspace]] across galaxies, and an even bigger superweapon whose power source ''is'' a galaxy (indeed, multiple galaxies).
* In ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Sunstorm'', the eponymous event is caused by a planetoid hurled across the galaxy.
* Creator/CharlesStross' [[TheEschatonSeries Iron Sunrise]] ''Literature/IronSunrise'' features guided, {{ramscoop}}-powered missiles designed to deter interplanetary invasions. If a planet is attacked, the missiles accelerate up to near-lightspeed and (eventually) hit the invaders' home planet.



* Colin Kapp wrote at least two of these. In ''Patterns of Chaos'', a technique for predicting the future let aliens in the Andromeda Galaxy ''seven hundred million years ago'' send sublight missiles at spots in our galaxy a few centuries from now with pinpoint accuracy, impacting close enough to the people they wanted to kill that a ''hand grenade'' would've done the job -- but they ''still'' sent [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet killers]]. And then there was the Chaos Weapon, in the book of the same title, a WaveMotionGun kept in another ''universe'', which devoured entire stars for fuel.

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* Colin Kapp wrote at least two of these. In ''Patterns of Chaos'', ''Literature/PatternsOfChaos'', a technique for predicting the future let aliens in the Andromeda Galaxy ''seven hundred million years ago'' send sublight missiles at spots in our galaxy a few centuries from now with pinpoint accuracy, impacting close enough to the people they wanted to kill that a ''hand grenade'' would've done the job -- but they ''still'' sent [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet killers]]. And then there was the Chaos Weapon, in the book of the same title, a WaveMotionGun kept in another ''universe'', which devoured entire stars for fuel.



* {{Stephen Baxter}}'s ''[[Literature/XeeleeSequence Vacuum Diagrams]]'' contains an ICBM equivalent.
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, there's Centerpoint Station. Built by the mysterious Celestials tens of thousands of years ago, it has the power to move and collapse stars across the galaxy, among other functions.

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* {{Stephen Baxter}}'s StephenBaxter's ''[[Literature/XeeleeSequence Vacuum Diagrams]]'' contains an ICBM equivalent.
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, there's Centerpoint Station. Built by the mysterious Celestials tens of thousands of years ago, it has the power to move and collapse stars across the galaxy, among other functions.



* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[{{Worldwar}} Homeward Bound]]'', after the FTL-capable ''Commodore Perry'' shows up in the orbit of Home (the Race's homeworld) in a clear case of GunboatDiplomacy, the Race warns humans that they may have the advantage of speed (the Race doesn't expect to develop FTL-travel for at least 70 more years, now that they know it's possible), but the Race can still build ships capable of accelerating to 50% of the speed of light. Those ships can be launched to impact Earth with their great speed, causing an extinction-level event. While humans claims that they might be able to intercept the relativistic missiles, the Race representatives state that they wouldn't be able to stop them all.

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* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''[[{{Worldwar}} ''[[Literature/{{Worldwar}} Homeward Bound]]'', after the FTL-capable ''Commodore Perry'' shows up in the orbit of Home (the Race's homeworld) in a clear case of GunboatDiplomacy, the Race warns humans that they may have the advantage of speed (the Race doesn't expect to develop FTL-travel for at least 70 more years, now that they know it's possible), but the Race can still build ships capable of accelerating to 50% of the speed of light. Those ships can be launched to impact Earth with their great speed, causing an extinction-level event. While humans claims that they might be able to intercept the relativistic missiles, the Race representatives state that they wouldn't be able to stop them all.
23rd Aug '16 2:43:43 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** And of course, the titular Halos are capable of wiping out all sentient life in the galaxy when fired in unison.

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** And of course, In ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'', the titular Halos produced at the Greater Ark are capable textbook examples of wiping this, as they have a max range of hundreds of thousands of light-years; Omega Halo is able to wipe out all sentient life in the an entire satellite galaxy when fired in unison.with just one shot.


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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The titular ringworlds are capable of wiping out all sentient life in the galaxy when fired in unison.
6th Aug '16 8:54:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** It's mentioned briefly in ''VideoGame/GhostsOfOnyx'' that the UNSC is capable of sending nukes through slipspace. It's not actually a useful tactic, though; human slipdrives are far too inaccurate (they'll send you to the right system, but that's as accurate as they get), and nukes fired through slipspace are super-easy to detect (and therefore to counter).

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** It's mentioned briefly in ''VideoGame/GhostsOfOnyx'' ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'' that the UNSC is capable of sending nukes through slipspace. It's not actually a useful tactic, though; human slipdrives are far too inaccurate (they'll send you to the right system, but that's as accurate as they get), and nukes fired through slipspace are super-easy to detect (and therefore to counter).
6th Aug '16 8:54:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', it's mentioned briefly in Ghosts of Onyx that the UNSC can send nukes through slipspace.
** Of course, given that human slipdrives are far from being accurate (they'll send you to the right system, but that's as accurate as they get).

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', it's ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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13th Jul '16 5:59:37 PM TheRoguePenguin
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** The Daleks' Reality Bomb which would have wipe out the entire whole of creation.

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** The Daleks' Reality Bomb Bomb, which would have wipe out destroyed all matter in every single universe permanently, save for the entire whole of creation.nebula it was fired from.
12th Jun '16 12:47:32 PM vovan1
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* Sergey Snegov's "Humans as Gods" have two types of interstellar weapons: Galaxians-created Biological Radiation Weapons, which fire non-dissipating beams of anti-organic radiation, capable of insta-killing anything living, and Ramirs-created Roton Beam, which can blow up the stars.
20th May '16 2:08:37 PM Doug86
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* The Genesis Wave in the StarTrekNovelVerse. Based on the genesis device from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', the weapon fires a reality-warping wave of energy programmed to {{Terraform}} worlds in its path - to make them resemble the homeworld of the aliens who built it. Launched from an AsteroidThicket, it destroys/reforms several planets in the ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheGenesisWave Genesis Wave]]'' series.

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* The Genesis Wave in the StarTrekNovelVerse.Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. Based on the genesis device from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', the weapon fires a reality-warping wave of energy programmed to {{Terraform}} worlds in its path - to make them resemble the homeworld of the aliens who built it. Launched from an AsteroidThicket, it destroys/reforms several planets in the ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheGenesisWave Genesis Wave]]'' series.
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