History Main / LostSuperWeapon

8th Aug '16 12:25:48 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The titular Franchise/{{Halo}}s.
** The Reclaimer trilogy introduces the Composer, [[spoiler:which downloads organic matter and reconstruct them into mechanical Prometheans.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has lots of these, courtesy of the Forerunners:
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The titular Franchise/{{Halo}}s.
ringworlds, which kill all sentient life in the galaxy when fired at once.
** The Reclaimer trilogy introduces ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' features the Composer, [[spoiler:which downloads organic matter beings and reconstruct reconstructs them into mechanical Prometheans.]]Promethean Knights]]. Unlike most examples, it was not originally intended to be used as a weapon; even the "[[spoiler:turn people into robots]]" part was not part of its original purpose.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'': The titular Guardians, gigantic bird-like constructs buried in numerous worlds. Now they're all awakening from their 100,000-year-long slumber in order to police the galaxy again.
8th Jul '16 11:05:57 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/MacrossZero'' centers around a [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]] artifact known by the military as "AFOS" and by the native islanders as "the bird-man". The militaries of both sides believe it is a powerful weapon and wish to use it, while the islanders believe that the bird-man is an ancient deity whose awakening will trigger [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world.]] [[spoiler:The truth is a bit of both: the Protoculture did not want humanity to repeat their mistake of bringing war to the greater galaxy. The bird-man was an AmbiguousRobot they left behind whose job was to annihilate humanity if humans had not turned pacifistic by the time they achieved space travel. [[FromBadToWorse And it just got woken up in the middle of a World War.]]]]

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* ''Anime/MacrossZero'' centers around a [[{{Precursors}} Protoculture]] artifact known by the military UN as "AFOS" and by the native Mayan islanders as "the bird-man". The militaries of both sides the UN and Anti-UN believe it is a powerful weapon and wish to use it, while the islanders believe that the bird-man is an ancient deity whose awakening will trigger [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world.]] [[spoiler:The truth is a bit of both: the Protoculture did not want humanity to repeat their mistake of bringing war to the greater galaxy. The bird-man was an AmbiguousRobot they left behind whose job was to annihilate humanity if humans had not turned pacifistic by the time they achieved space travel. [[FromBadToWorse And it just got woken up in the middle of a World War.]]]]
21st Jun '16 5:45:11 PM LentilSandEater
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** [[FridgeLogic What did they make that sword out of, if it's turning to dust? Then again, 5000 years probably eliminates the possibility of Mayan metal weapons anyway.]]
14th Jun '16 10:12:23 PM Onlythrice
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has Liberty Prime, a giant robot originally built for the Anchorage Reclamation in 2072, but kept idle due to power supply difficulties. After the bombs fell, it stood forgotten in the Pentagon ruins until the Brotherhood of Steel arrived. They finally get it up and running for the battle to take back Project Purity from the Enclave. And then [[spoiler:blown up by a KillSat controlled by Enclave]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has Liberty Prime, a giant robot originally built for the Anchorage Reclamation in 2072, but kept idle due to power supply difficulties. After the bombs fell, it stood forgotten in the Pentagon ruins until the Brotherhood of Steel arrived. They finally get it up and running for the battle to take back Project Purity from the Enclave. And then [[spoiler:blown blown up by a KillSat controlled by Enclave]].Enclave. [[spoiler: They managed to rebuild it in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' in order to destroy The Institute, but it can potentially be hacked and turn on the Brotherhood depending on who the player wants to side with.]]
5th May '16 7:48:43 AM RogueJedi
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* TheArkOfTheCovenant in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a Grade A Lost Superweapon.
28th Mar '16 7:53:00 AM Morgenthaler
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Almost no matter what your level of military tech- javelin, arquebus, [[TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...

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Almost no matter what your level of military tech- javelin, arquebus, [[TheTerminator [[Film/TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...
29th Feb '16 6:11:35 PM Saber15
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* This was the original defining feature of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The golden age of technology was some 300 years ago and everything now is patched-up, dumbed-down versions of the stuff the Star League had but the Successor States have largely forgotten how to make.
** The Warships have gone back to being lost, after the Word of Blake Jihad concluded. Every faction still has a few, but all the facilities capable of building more were destroyed and nobody's bothered trying to rebuild them. Inside the game universe, it was considered too expensive and difficult to maintain the facilities and there weren't enough people with the skills necessary to do so anymore. Outside of the game universe, WordOfGod is that the developers considered them to be overpowered compared to everything else and therefore wanted them to no longer be a factor: the HumongousMecha the game was supposed to be centered around risked being metaphorically and [[DeathFromAbove literally]] overshadowed if Warships continued being built and used by everyone.

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* This was the original defining feature of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. The golden age of technology was some 300 years ago and everything now is patched-up, dumbed-down versions of the stuff the Star League had but the Successor States have largely forgotten how to make.
make. Later subverted [[ApocalypseNot as the Successor States slowly recovered]], putting them on par or beyond the Star league.
** The interstellar Warships have gone back to being lost, after the Word of Blake Jihad concluded. Every faction still has a few, but all the facilities capable of building more were destroyed and nobody's bothered trying to rebuild them. Inside the game universe, it was considered too expensive and difficult to maintain the facilities and there weren't enough people with the skills necessary to do so anymore. Outside of the game universe, WordOfGod is that the developers considered them to be overpowered compared to everything else and therefore wanted them to no longer be a factor: the HumongousMecha the game was supposed to be centered around risked being metaphorically and [[DeathFromAbove literally]] overshadowed if Warships continued being built and used by everyone.
17th Jan '16 3:01:59 PM nombretomado
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* Some stuff of Precursor origin in ''StarControlII'', most notably the Sa-Matra battleship -[[spoiler: that [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the Alliance fleet at the end of the war in the hands of the Ur-Quan]]- and the Utwig Bomb, able to destroy a planet. [[spoiler: You must use the latter to destroy the former]].

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* Some stuff of Precursor origin in ''StarControlII'', ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', most notably the Sa-Matra battleship -[[spoiler: that [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] the Alliance fleet at the end of the war in the hands of the Ur-Quan]]- and the Utwig Bomb, able to destroy a planet. [[spoiler: You must use the latter to destroy the former]].
30th Dec '15 11:53:25 PM jormis29
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* The Ark of the Covenant in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a Grade A Lost Superweapon.

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* The Ark of the Covenant TheArkOfTheCovenant in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is a Grade A Lost Superweapon.
19th Dec '15 3:56:48 PM nombretomado
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** In fact, this was [[DubNameChange Dr. Egg...er, Robotnik's]] shtick from about VideoGame/SonicAdventure to Sonic Unleashed (chronologically, about 1998-2008). Virtually every storyline had him digging up one deranged EldritchAbomination--or OneManArmy, in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Shadow's]] [[ShadowTheHedgehog case]]--or another. Of course, [[TheStarscream they all had their own agendas]], usually revenge on whoever imprisoned them in the first place.

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** In fact, this was [[DubNameChange Dr. Egg...er, Robotnik's]] shtick from about VideoGame/SonicAdventure to Sonic Unleashed (chronologically, about 1998-2008). Virtually every storyline had him digging up one deranged EldritchAbomination--or OneManArmy, in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Shadow's]] [[ShadowTheHedgehog [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog case]]--or another. Of course, [[TheStarscream they all had their own agendas]], usually revenge on whoever imprisoned them in the first place.
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