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15th Jan '17 8:10:41 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' has an {{invoked|trope}} example with the Meekrob device known as [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Project Domination]]. The other Meekrob were so offended by its existence that they imprisoned its [[MadScientist creator]] and sent it to drift in space so no one would find it.
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24th Dec '16 2:53:50 AM Tron80
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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite built by a war-mongering alien race several centuries ago.

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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** ''Comicbook/WarWorld'':
Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite built by a war-mongering alien race several centuries ago.ago.
** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': A mysterious instrument called the Harp's Devil that can steal someone else's powers and skills and transfer them to its owner was found hidden in an ancient buried city.
5th Dec '16 1:57:08 AM Tron80
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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite built by a war-mongering alien race several centuries ago.

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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite built by a war-mongering alien race several centuries ago.
5th Dec '16 1:56:36 AM Tron80
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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman and Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} have to destroy Warworld, a star-sized weapon-satellite built by a war-mongering alien race several centuries ago.
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23rd Oct '16 3:18:49 AM Elfkaiser
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* The Old Sentinel from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is a legendary ancient artifact/doomsday weapon that's based on Ekkunar for at least a thousand years, probably zillions according to Mellka. Originally thought to be just the stuff of stories, Rendain was able to find its location and decided to acquire it. The objective of '''The Sentinel''' mission is thus for the Battleborn to destroy the titular sentinel per the Eldrid Observatory's instructions as it was deemed better that it be dead than fall into Rendain's hands much to Mellka's dismay as she sees the Sentinel as a sort of childhood hero from the stories she heard about it.
17th Oct '16 2:37:59 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''StarWars'' expanded universe novels have [[spoiler:the entire solar system of Corellia, made of giant spaceships disguised as planets with the tiny station of Centerpoint being the control center. Said spaceships can attack with their giant repulsors/engines, and Centerpoint is able to warp gravity across the galaxy to decimate an entire alien fleet. Oh, and Centerpoint can also make stars go nova and cut off the Corellian system from access to hyperspace. It's indicated (though never attempted) that by using the planetary repulsors to boost Centerpoint's output, the station could cut the ''entire galaxy'' off from hyperspace, making it all but impossible to travel between star systems. Given how essential interstellar travel is in the ''Star Wars'' universe, this would be roughly equivalent to reverting Earth to the stone age at the press of a button.]] Subverted, in this instance, as there's reason to believe that ThePrecursors didn't originally build this particular LostTechnology to be used as weapons of war. [[spoiler:In part, it was designed to make sure a SealedEvilInACan stayed in its can.]]
** Other ''StarWars'' examples include the Sun Crusher (which was forgotten because it was built in a remote Imperial wormhole facility that was only known to three people outside the facility...only one of whom was still alive), the Katana Fleet (which was lost to hyperspace troubles) and the ''Lusankya'' [[spoiler:(an entire Super Star Destroyer buried beneath Coruscant to use as a prison)]]. It's never specified why the latter was forgotten, but the two theories offered in-universe are both horrifying: [[spoiler:that [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine]] was able to block everyone's memories of its burying through the Force, or that [[LeaveNoWitnesses he simply had all of the billions of witnesses killed]].]]
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*** The Eye of Palpatine, a largely autonomous superweapon predating the Death Star with the mission of destroying a colony of fugitive Jedi. It never completed its mission due to sabotage, and was forgotten by Rebels and Imperials alike (those that even knew about it in the first place) until mysterious forces cause its AI to suddenly awaken.
*** The Another Chance, an Alderaanian warship loaded with ''[[MoreDakka every weapon on the planet]]'' when Alderaan decided to disarm itself, and sent off into deep space where it would be virtually impossible to find.
*** PersonOfMassDestruction Irek Ismaren, a Dark Jedi with implants that allow him to control droids and computers. Virtually unknown even within the Emperor's inner circle until ''Children of the Jedi'', then disappears from galactic history ''again'' [[spoiler:until Luke encounters him again as Lord Nyax - 3 meters tall, wielding no less than 6 lightsabers permanently attached to his body.]]
* The ''LordOfTheRings'' is ''full'' of these. Indeed, the book is set against a backdrop of general technological decline. If you're going into battle wielding anything forged within the last 3000 years or so, you might as well run into an aeroplane propeller.

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* ''StarWars'' expanded universe ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
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novels have [[spoiler:the entire solar system of Corellia, made of giant spaceships disguised as planets with the tiny station of Centerpoint being the control center. Said spaceships can attack with their giant repulsors/engines, and Centerpoint is able to warp gravity across the galaxy to decimate an entire alien fleet. Oh, and Centerpoint can also make stars go nova and cut off the Corellian system from access to hyperspace. It's indicated (though never attempted) that by using the planetary repulsors to boost Centerpoint's output, the station could cut the ''entire galaxy'' off from hyperspace, making it all but impossible to travel between star systems. Given how essential interstellar travel is in the ''Star Wars'' universe, this would be roughly equivalent to reverting Earth to the stone age at the press of a button.]] Subverted, in this instance, as there's reason to believe that ThePrecursors didn't originally build this particular LostTechnology to be used as weapons of war. [[spoiler:In part, it was designed to make sure a SealedEvilInACan stayed in its can.]]
** Other ''StarWars'' examples include the Sun Crusher (which was forgotten because it was built in a remote Imperial wormhole facility that was only known to three people outside the facility...only one of whom was still alive), the Katana Fleet (which was lost to hyperspace troubles) and the ''Lusankya'' [[spoiler:(an entire Super Star Destroyer buried beneath Coruscant to use as a prison)]]. It's never specified why the latter was forgotten, but the two theories offered in-universe are both horrifying: [[spoiler:that [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine]] was able to block everyone's memories of its burying through the Force, or that [[LeaveNoWitnesses he simply had all of the billions of witnesses killed]].]]
** More examples:
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The Eye of Palpatine, a largely autonomous superweapon predating the Death Star with the mission of destroying a colony of fugitive Jedi. It never completed its mission due to sabotage, and was forgotten by Rebels and Imperials alike (those that even knew about it in the first place) until mysterious forces cause its AI to suddenly awaken.
*** ** The Another Chance, an Alderaanian warship loaded with ''[[MoreDakka every weapon on the planet]]'' when Alderaan decided to disarm itself, and sent off into deep space where it would be virtually impossible to find.
*** ** PersonOfMassDestruction Irek Ismaren, a Dark Jedi with implants that allow him to control droids and computers. Virtually unknown even within the Emperor's inner circle until ''Children of the Jedi'', then disappears from galactic history ''again'' [[spoiler:until Luke encounters him again as Lord Nyax - 3 meters tall, wielding no less than 6 lightsabers permanently attached to his body.]]
* The ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is ''full'' of these. Indeed, the book is set against a backdrop of general technological decline. If you're going into battle wielding anything forged within the last 3000 years or so, you might as well run into an aeroplane propeller.



* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' universe is loaded with {{Phlebotinum}} left behind by [[{{Precursors}} ancient civilizations]], among them quite a few superweapons. Examples:

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* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' universe is loaded with {{Phlebotinum}} left behind by [[{{Precursors}} ancient civilizations]], among them quite a few superweapons. Examples:






* This trope practically litters ''{{Exalted}}'', with two major examples being the Five-Metal Shrike (a sentient warship from the First Age that is hinted to still soar the skies of Creation) and the Realm Defense Grid (an old superweapon which only one person has ever been able to master since the days the Solars ruled... and they ended up making that person Empress of the most powerful nation in the world once she was done with it).

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* This trope practically litters ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', with two major examples being the Five-Metal Shrike (a sentient warship from the First Age that is hinted to still soar the skies of Creation) and the Realm Defense Grid (an old superweapon which only one person has ever been able to master since the days the Solars ruled... and they ended up making that person Empress of the most powerful nation in the world once she was done with it).



* In ''[[StarCraft Starcraft II]]'', protagonists [[TheHero Jim Raynor]] and [[TheLancer Tychus Findlay]] are hired to recover several seemingly benign-well, relatively benign-[[ThePrecursors precursor]] artifacts for an interested party. As it turns out, the five artifacts are actually the [[spoiler: [[DismantledMacGuffin parts]] of device capable of killing all the zerg an entire region of the planet Char, and curing [[TheVirus zerg infestation]]]].

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* In ''[[StarCraft Starcraft II]]'', ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', protagonists [[TheHero Jim Raynor]] and [[TheLancer Tychus Findlay]] are hired to recover several seemingly benign-well, relatively benign-[[ThePrecursors precursor]] artifacts for an interested party. As it turns out, the five artifacts are actually the [[spoiler: [[DismantledMacGuffin parts]] of device capable of killing all the zerg an entire region of the planet Char, and curing [[TheVirus zerg infestation]]]].



** Deconstructed in MetroLastLight where Rangers are trawling the D-6 storage facilities for survival supplies, but all they can find are bioweapons stockpiles. Lo and behold, some of those bioweapons end up in the wrong hands and nearly cause a catastrophe.

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** * Deconstructed in MetroLastLight ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' where Rangers are trawling the D-6 storage facilities for survival supplies, but all they can find are bioweapons stockpiles. Lo and behold, some of those bioweapons end up in the wrong hands and nearly cause a catastrophe.
17th Oct '16 2:35:25 PM Morgenthaler
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* The [[{{precursors}} Iormunean]] [[PraetorianGuard Imperial Templar's]] blessed weapons from ''OpenBlue'' are [[SmiteEvil divine armaments]] enchanted with various elements and powers. Compared to the weapons of the present timeline, they're definitely superweapons.
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* The [[{{precursors}} Iormunean]] [[PraetorianGuard Imperial Templar's]] blessed weapons from ''OpenBlue'' are [[SmiteEvil divine armaments]] enchanted with various elements and powers. Compared to the weapons of the present timeline, they're definitely superweapons.
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17th Oct '16 2:35:04 PM Morgenthaler
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** The Sword of Ascanlon in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fares better [[spoiler: probably because it was made by alien technology]] and was used to cut out and contain the heart of an EldritchAbomination a thousand years before the series. Unfortunately, it (and the heart of said abomination) didn't stay lost.

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** * The Sword of Ascanlon in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' fares better [[spoiler: probably because it was made by alien technology]] and was used to cut out and contain the heart of an EldritchAbomination a thousand years before the series. Unfortunately, it (and the heart of said abomination) didn't stay lost.
17th Oct '16 2:33:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the early days of World War 2, Britain was in dire need of large caliber heavy artillery to defend against a cross channel invasion. However, because the production lines to make such weapons had been dismantled after World War 1, new weapons of the same type could take ''years'' to produce from scratch. Records indicated that a number of large railway guns had in fact returned home from WW1, but, despite their size, had been "lost" in the intervening years. In November 1939, a Lt Colonel was sent on a quest to locate the guns and after months of fruitless searching he noticed a large disused railway shed at a Royal Ordinance depot. Forcing the doors open he discovered no fewer than 20 9.2" railway guns and 12" railway howitzers along with three additional 14" [[NamedWeapons named railway guns]] (Boche-Buster, Scene-Shifter and Gladiator). These were all promptly reconditioned and [[http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/features/index6.shtml put back into service]].

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* In the early days of World War 2, Britain was in dire need of large caliber heavy artillery to defend against a cross channel invasion. However, because the production lines to make such weapons had been dismantled after World War 1, new weapons of the same type could take ''years'' to produce from scratch. Records indicated that a number of large railway guns had in fact returned home from WW1, UsefulNotes/WW1, but, despite their size, had been "lost" in the intervening years. In November 1939, a Lt Colonel was sent on a quest to locate the guns and after months of fruitless searching he noticed a large disused railway shed at a Royal Ordinance depot. Forcing the doors open he discovered no fewer than 20 9.2" railway guns and 12" railway howitzers along with three additional 14" [[NamedWeapons named railway guns]] (Boche-Buster, Scene-Shifter and Gladiator). These were all promptly reconditioned and [[http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/features/index6.shtml put back into service]].
1st Oct '16 8:00:15 PM TheKaizerreich
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** In usual ''[=40k=]'' fashion, the trope is taken UpToEleven with technology from the aptly named "Dark Age of Technology", which was really a GoldenAge for humanity. One novel describes the Adeptus Mechanicus (a machine-worshipping cult and one of the forces keeping the Imperium running) and their ancient space ships, with one of them hooking up to the ship's systems, which accidentially reactivates the equally ancient weapons on board. In short, in a setting where a small fleet of space ships can destroy entire planets, they still managed to bring this trope, since the weapon activated turned out to be a kind of temporal rift space torpedo, which then destroyed a massive Eldar ship (about the size of the moon) in a ''single shot''.
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