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22nd May '17 1:34:16 PM RandomNumberReactor
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** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has Peacemaker, which shots an electric orb that also hits nearby targets that are nearby enough. It returns in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander third game]].

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** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has Peacemaker, which shots an electric orb that also hits nearby targets that are nearby enough.with electric arcs. It returns in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander third game]]. [[XtremeKoolLetterz Krimzon Guards]] are also equipped with guns which one function works as this, but only at short range.
22nd May '17 1:31:34 PM RandomNumberReactor
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** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has Peacemaker, which shots an electric orb that also hits nearby targets from original shot. It returns in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander third game]]

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** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has Peacemaker, which shots an electric orb that also hits nearby targets from original shot. that are nearby enough. It returns in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander third game]]game]].



* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' has Plasma Coil, shot of which arcs to nearby targets from whatever it hits, and its upgraded form, Plasma Storm, which sends a plasma orb that shocks everything as it travels until it dissipates. Moreover it is possible for some guns to buy for [[GlobalCurrencyException Platinum Bolts]] the Shock Mode for some weapons which adds an effect similar (albeit much weaker) to Plasma Coil to them.

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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' has Plasma Coil, shot of which arcs to nearby targets from whatever it hits, and its upgraded form, Plasma Storm, which sends a plasma orb that shocks everything as it travels until it dissipates. Moreover it is possible for some guns to buy for [[GlobalCurrencyException Platinum Bolts]] the Shock Mode for some weapons which adds an effect similar to Plasma Coil (albeit much weaker) to Plasma Coil to them.
16th May '17 8:56:35 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has electrolasers. However these are merely stunguns that don't need a wire.
** Electrolasers are actually in development, see Real Life.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has electrolasers. However these are merely stunguns that don't need a wire.
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wire. Electrolasers are actually in development, see Real Life.



* Not quite the same thing, but the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolaser electrolaser]] comes close.
** And made into a weapon care of the [[http://www.army.mil/article/82262/ U.S. Army]].
** The electrolaser design has the potential to scale right up. Making an ionised beam of air a significant length just by blasting away with a laser is possible, but currently impractical due to power requirements. On the other hand, the world of nonlinear optics brings up the phenomenon of 'light filamentation', a high intensity pulse of light that generates a long, thin trail of plasma. Possible applications suggested by the discoverers include triggering lightning discharges.

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* Not quite the same thing, but the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolaser electrolaser]] comes close.
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close. And made into a weapon care of the [[http://www.army.mil/article/82262/ U.S. Army]].
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Army]]. The electrolaser design has the potential to scale right up. Making an ionised beam of air a significant length just by blasting away with a laser is possible, but currently impractical due to power requirements. On the other hand, the world of nonlinear optics brings up the phenomenon of 'light filamentation', a high intensity pulse of light that generates a long, thin trail of plasma. Possible applications suggested by the discoverers include triggering lightning discharges.



* An electron beam that could be considered close to a lightning gun -- which would make every functioning vacuum tube in existence a little lightning factory.
** It ''can'' generate a lightning on shutdown, if the transferred charge cracks back through a path of conveniently ionized air.
** Relativistic electron beams self focus in air. This means that if combined with an electrolaser type system to aim them, you could make a long range and highly accurate lightning weapon that would also produce a hazardous amount of beta radiation (so you wouldn't want to hold one if you weren't very well armoured).

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* An electron beam that could be considered close to a lightning gun -- which would make every functioning vacuum tube in existence a little lightning factory.
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factory. It ''can'' generate a lightning on shutdown, if the transferred charge cracks back through a path of conveniently ionized air.
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air. Relativistic electron beams self focus in air. This means that if combined with an electrolaser type system to aim them, you could make a long range and highly accurate lightning weapon that would also produce a hazardous amount of beta radiation (so you wouldn't want to hold one if you weren't very well armoured).
16th May '17 8:55:18 AM LentilSandEater
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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has one, and it's been a ChekhovsGun. And he has used it (in conjunction with other devices) [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to call down lightning]]. It does need to generate static electricity to work, so it's not quite a straight example.

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* Gilgamesh Wulfenbach in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has one, and it's been a ChekhovsGun. And he has used it (in conjunction with other devices) [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to call down lightning]]. It does need to generate static electricity to work, so it's not quite a straight example.



** This scene is more like a variant of KillSat than a LightningGun - calling down lightning from an existing storm by building a massive positive charge at the desired target sites, using a remote control for massive machines built into the city. [[RuleOfCool Awesome, though.]] The later use of his hand-held scepter is closer to the "classic" LightningGun.
** [[MadScientist Agatha, Tarvek, and Othar]] have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121123 improved]] Gil's gun. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 Immensely.]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121219 Impressively.]]

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** This scene is more like a variant of KillSat than a LightningGun - calling down lightning from an existing storm by building a massive positive charge at the desired target sites, using a remote control for massive machines built into the city. [[RuleOfCool Awesome, though.]] The later use of his hand-held scepter is closer to the "classic" LightningGun.
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LightningGun. [[MadScientist Agatha, Tarvek, and Othar]] have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121123 improved]] Gil's gun. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121126 Immensely.]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20121219 Impressively.]]
16th May '17 8:52:06 AM LentilSandEater
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* Found in ''Quake'', in the [[VideoGame/QuakeI first]], [[VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena third]] and [[VideoGame/QuakeIV fourth]] games.

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* Found in ''Quake'', in the [[VideoGame/QuakeI first]], [[VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena third]] and [[VideoGame/QuakeIV fourth]] games. It fires a sustained blast of lightning for pretty good damage. It's not the most powerful gun out there but it's a lot of fun.
13th May '17 1:55:55 PM RandomNumberReactor
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** ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' has Peacemaker, which shots an electric orb that also hits nearby targets from original shot. It returns in [[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander third game]]


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* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' has Plasma Coil, shot of which arcs to nearby targets from whatever it hits, and its upgraded form, Plasma Storm, which sends a plasma orb that shocks everything as it travels until it dissipates. Moreover it is possible for some guns to buy for [[GlobalCurrencyException Platinum Bolts]] the Shock Mode for some weapons which adds an effect similar (albeit much weaker) to Plasma Coil to them.
6th Apr '17 7:46:41 AM Theharbo
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When this is an actual gun, it can be regarded as a [[RuleOfCool cooler]] version of the basic RayGun or flamethrower. No matter how outlandish the idea is, adding Nikola Tesla as (or the inspiration for) the creator will [[TeslaTechTimeline immediately suspend any disbelief a reader may have]]

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When this is an actual gun, it can be regarded as a [[RuleOfCool cooler]] version of the basic RayGun or flamethrower. No matter how outlandish the idea is, adding Nikola Tesla UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla as (or the (the inspiration for) the creator will [[TeslaTechTimeline immediately suspend any disbelief a reader may have]]
6th Apr '17 7:46:11 AM Theharbo
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When this is an actual gun, it can be regarded as a [[RuleOfCool cooler]] version of the basic RayGun or flamethrower.

Science shows like Mythbusters and others have explored the possibility. The general consensus is that it's possible in a couple of ways, but requires so many conditions/complications that the idea of creating a practical one is practically zero.

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When this is an actual gun, it can be regarded as a [[RuleOfCool cooler]] version of the basic RayGun or flamethrower.

flamethrower. No matter how outlandish the idea is, adding Nikola Tesla as (or the inspiration for) the creator will [[TeslaTechTimeline immediately suspend any disbelief a reader may have]]

Science shows like Mythbusters and others have explored the possibility. The general consensus is that it's possible in a couple of ways, but requires so many conditions/complications that the idea of creating a practical one is practically zero.
zero.
2nd Apr '17 9:27:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Painkiller}}'' features the famous [=ElectroDriver=], a gun that shoots lightning ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot and]]'' shuriken. It also has a tertiary fire mode that shoots shurikens which ''themselves'' shoot lightning.

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* ''{{Painkiller}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' features the famous [=ElectroDriver=], a gun that shoots lightning ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot and]]'' shuriken. It also has a tertiary fire mode that shoots shurikens which ''themselves'' shoot lightning.
28th Mar '17 6:56:31 PM Kooshmeister
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfJonnyQuest'': In "Warlord of the Sky," villain Dragna's {{Mooks}} carry rifles that fire bolts of electricity. This is in addition to them being able to [[ShockAndAwe electrocute people by touch]].
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