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3rd Apr '17 2:32:59 AM PaulA
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Subverted when the legendary Storm King returns from the dead bearing his LegendaryWeapon, only to have Simon Voltaire NoSell its effects. Voltaire points out that he's one of the intellectual descendents of the Spark who created the weapon in the first place, and has the benefit of two hundred years spent studying the operating principles of the weapon, improving on the design, and developing countermeasures.
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28th Mar '17 7:00:57 PM nombretomado
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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'' ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' are [[SmiteEvil divine armaments]] enchanted with various elements and powers. Compared to the weapons of the present timeline, they're definitely superweapons.
26th Mar '17 4:16:05 AM Doug86
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** ''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.

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** ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'': A mysterious instrument called the Harp's Devil Devil's Harp that can steal someone else's powers and skills and transfer them to its owner was found hidden in an ancient buried city.
6th Mar '17 11:06:34 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has the Numidium, a [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] HumongousMecha of [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] origin. In the series' backstory, [[GodEmperor Emperor Tiber Septim]] was given the Numidium by the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]] of Morrowind in exchange for special privileges as a VoluntaryVassal. Septim used it to [[CurbStompBattle great effect]] in conquering the rest of Tamriel. After Septim began using the Numidium in ways not intended, one of his agents who helped him gain control over it destroys it, sending its power source outside of the mortal realm. ''Daggerfall'''s main quest has the player coming into possession of the control rod and power source for the reconstructed Numidium, and then deciding which of several competing factions gets to have the weapon.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has PhysicalGod BigBad Dagoth Ur discovering the blueprints for the Numidium and using them to construct his own mecha, Akulakhan, to be powered by the [[CosmicKeystone still-beating heart]] of the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] Lorkhan. (Which is what the Dwemer originally planned to use to power the Numidium.)
** In general for the series, any Dwemer technology can qualify. They were by far the most scientifically advanced race on Nirn and learned how to bend the laws of nature and physics to [[RagnarokProofing make their creations last]]. Even thousands of years after their disappearance (believed to be related to their use of the aforementioned Heart of Lorkhan), intrepid scholars can use the abandoned Dwemer tech to accomplish feats no one else can match. Perhaps most impressively, the Dwemer were able to create a machine capable of reading the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]] without subjecting the user to the nasty side effects of blindness and madness.
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]].]]
** More examples:
*** 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.
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