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13th Jul '16 2:23:58 PM MarkWilder
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' likes to name torpedo types like this despite sometimes having an actual explanation for their payloads, but mostly the names just denote the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color of the torpedoes]]. There's:
** The standard Photon Torpedo ({{antimatter}}, white in the original series, blue in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', red in the subsequent movies, orange in the Next Generation onwards).
** The better Quantum Torpedoes (zero-point energy, blue-white).
** Polaron Torpedoes (purplish red).
** Plasma Torpedoes (red in the original series, green in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'').
** And probably a whole bunch of torpedoes used only once by lesser species and [[ForgottenPhlebotinum never seen again]].
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The Doctor threatens off some powerful aliens with Voyager's 'photonic cannon' in "Tinker, Tailor, Doctor, Spy". The weapon is entirely imaginary, as is his role as Voyager's "Emergency Command Hologram"[[note]]At the time. Partly ''because'' of the events of the episode, the Voyager crew decided to implement the ECH function for real.[[/note]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' likes to name is the TropeMaker. Generally, torpedo types are named like this despite sometimes having this, usually with the name being an [[MeaningfulName actual explanation for their payloads, but mostly payloads.]] In later shows though, [[{{Flanderization}} the names just denote name serves no purpose]] except [[RuleOfDrama adding dramatic flavor]] when the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color of characters [[CallingYourAttacks order for the torpedoes]]. weapon to be fired.]] There's:
** The standard Photon Torpedo ({{antimatter}}, white in Torpedo, so named because, being an {{antimatter}} weapon, it [[http://people.physics.anu.edu.au/~cms130/phys2013/antimatter/id11.htm releases gamma ray photons when it detonates.]]
** Plasma Torpedoes, which are a [[PlasmaCannon ball of plasma]] that are somehow [[VeryHighVelocityRounds fired at warp speed.]] Compared to
the original series, blue other torpedoes, this one is a WaveMotionGun, capable of completely destroying [[SpaceStation starbases]] and starships in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', red in one hit. It's drawbacks are the subsequent movies, orange in fact that it has a has a limited range, and due to power constraints, it cannot not be fired while the Next Generation onwards).
ship was cloaked.
** The better Quantum Torpedoes (zero-point energy, blue-white).
were introduced as a new kind of torpedo to replace the old photon torpedoes. however, [[InformedAbility they are functionally identical to photon torpedoes,]] with the only difference being [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience their color,]] and even then, only sometimes.
** Polaron Torpedoes (purplish red).
** Plasma Torpedoes (red in the original series, green in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'').
** And probably a whole bunch of torpedoes used only once by lesser species and [[ForgottenPhlebotinum never seen again]].
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The Doctor threatens off some powerful aliens with Voyager's 'photonic cannon' in "Tinker, Tailor, Doctor, Spy". The weapon is entirely imaginary, as is his role as Voyager's "Emergency Command Hologram"[[note]]At the time. Partly ''because'' of the events of the episode, the Voyager crew decided to implement the ECH function for real.[[/note]].
Torpedoes, like Quantum Torpedoes, are just differently colored photon torpedoes.
6th Jun '16 12:11:14 AM Malpercio
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** Explained as the charges containing a core of <bullet type> atoms in a suspended plasma state, which the blasters extract and form into a bolt which is then fired, while railguns simply fire the entire bullet.
21st May '16 9:12:22 AM erforce
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->"Fry, cover us buddy! You got the only wounded-up positron shooter!"

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->"Fry, ->''"Fry, cover us buddy! You got the only wounded-up positron shooter!"shooter!"''



* The proton torpedoes of ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' count as these.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars''
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The proton torpedoes of ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' ''Film/ANewHope'' count as these.



* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': Proton packs, which are "positron colliders" (or sometimes "unlicensed nuclear accelerators") that shoot particles from "neutrona wands".
* From the checklist Alex ran down in ''TheLastStarfighter'', Gunstars are apparently armed with a particle beam and proton bolts.
** In the novelization, Grig states the real names involve science too advanced to translate, so he uses the [[ShowWithinAShow game]] terms for the sake of convenience.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'': ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'': Proton packs, which are "positron colliders" (or sometimes "unlicensed nuclear accelerators") that shoot particles from "neutrona wands".
* From the checklist Alex ran down in ''TheLastStarfighter'', ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Gunstars are apparently armed with a particle beam and proton bolts.
** In the novelization, {{novelization}}, Grig states the real names involve science too advanced to translate, so he uses the [[ShowWithinAShow game]] terms for the sake of convenience.



* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' has the Tau Cannon (aka the Gauss Gun) and the Gluon Gun (aka the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Egon]]).

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' has the Tau Cannon (aka the Gauss Gun) and the Gluon Gun (aka the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Egon]]).
13th May '16 4:14:19 PM Screedle
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* ''Stellaris'' features such weapon names as Proton Torpedoes, Particle Lances, Tachyon Lances, and Quantum Missiles.

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* ''Stellaris'' ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' features such weapon names as Proton Torpedoes, Particle Lances, Tachyon Lances, and Quantum Missiles.
13th May '16 4:12:59 PM Screedle
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** ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' features such weapon names as Proton Torpedoes, Particle Lances, Tachyon Lances, and Quantum Missiles.

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** ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' * ''Stellaris'' features such weapon names as Proton Torpedoes, Particle Lances, Tachyon Lances, and Quantum Missiles.
13th May '16 4:12:32 PM Screedle
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** ''VideoGame/Stellaris'' features such weapon names as Proton Torpedoes, Particle Lances, Tachyon Lances, and Quantum Missiles.
12th May '16 8:15:16 AM Quanyails
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** The tools/weapons used by Probes and SCVs are Particle Beams and Fusion Cutters respectively.

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** The tools/weapons used by Probes and SCVs [=SCVs=] are Particle Beams and Fusion Cutters respectively.
10th Mar '16 12:51:44 PM MarqFJA
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Often, if the writers bother with [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] they will list such weapons as having yields in the kilo-gigaton range, making this a case of NuclearWeaponsTaboo.

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Often, if the writers bother with [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] they will list such weapons as having yields in the kilo-gigaton kilo/gigaton range, making this a case of NuclearWeaponsTaboo.
17th Sep '15 10:56:53 AM SSJMagus
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the Positron Rifle.[[note]]Note that in anything resembling atmosphere, a rifle that fired positrons would be a shoulder-mounted grenade. Further note that we did not say grenade LAUNCHER. The name may instead imply that it uses positrons internally, to (for example) generate gamma radiation.[[/note]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the Positron Rifle.[[note]]Note that in anything resembling atmosphere, a rifle that fired positrons would be a shoulder-mounted grenade. Further note that we did not say grenade LAUNCHER. Any positrons from such a "rifle" would begin explosively annihilating the electrons of the air as soon as they're released from whatever is containing them. The name may instead imply that it uses positrons internally, to (for example) generate gamma radiation.[[/note]]
21st Aug '15 9:36:08 AM MadCat221
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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' gave us "pulsar cannons." While pulsars aren't a subatomic particle, they're a type of neutron star, which does have "neutron" in its name. (The prospect of somebody shooting neutron stars at you is [[MadeOfExplodium also pretty frightening]].) The reimagined version stuck with good old atom bombs.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' gave us "pulsar cannons." While pulsars aren't a subatomic particle, they're a type of neutron star, which does have "neutron" in its name. (The prospect of somebody shooting neutron stars at you is [[MadeOfExplodium also pretty frightening]].) The reimagined version stuck with good old atom bombs.bombs and slug-thrower guns.
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