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2nd Feb '18 11:46:24 PM Linda58
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* The device that gives anyone exposed to it exploding tumors.
* A weapon used for destroying Stargates. It can be used to maintain a wormhole indefinitely (Beyond the 38 minute limit), but doing so causes the gate on the other side to eventually overload and explode, taking most of the planet with it.

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* The device that gives anyone exposed to it exploding tumors.
tumors. We never actually learn what this one is supposed to do.
* A weapon used for destroying Stargates. It can be used to maintain a wormhole indefinitely (Beyond the 38 minute limit), but doing so causes the gate on the other side to eventually overload and explode, taking most of the planet with it. Given the abundance of Stargates and people who use them, this is actually a clever doomsday device used properly with no (known) nasty side-effects.



** The Attero Device, which was specifically tuned to Wraith hyperdrives to cause them to blow up during a jump throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, it had the nasty side effect of causing every active stargate to explode in a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-busting]] manner. To his credit, the labo where Janus had left it was hidden fairly well, and he put a note on it which indicated "Has nasty side effects", making the Attero Device the best documented Ancient device ever.

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** The Attero Device, which was specifically tuned to Wraith hyperdrives to cause them to blow up during a jump throughout the galaxy. Unfortunately, it had the nasty side effect of causing every active stargate to explode in a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-busting]] manner. To his credit, the labo lab where Janus had left it was hidden fairly well, and he put a note on it which indicated "Has nasty side effects", making the Attero Device the best documented Ancient device ever.ever. This one also wasn't accidentally turned on the Atlantis Crew, but by another race who knew full well what the side effects were and deemed them acceptable. ''They'' didn't use the Stargates afterall.


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** In all fairness, several of those hadn't happened yet so the Ancients couldn't be warned of the eventual problems they would cause. Several of them were also lost or forgotten about, which is another [[NeglectfulPrecursors trope]].
22nd Jan '18 7:37:37 AM trumpetmarietta
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* The worst thing about it is that, due to the aforementioned time machine, the Ancients were warned that Earth humans would one day visit Atlantis and the Pegasus Galaxy. They prepared accordingly, by programming a failsafe on Atlantis "submarine mode" (it resurfaces when the batteries that power its shield are empty), a hologram about the Wraith controlling the galaxy, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking lights that turn on when you arrive]], which was nice of them. It would have been nicer to, say take a few hours a destroy or at least document their explosive-tumors giving machines, leave a side-note about the Replicators, and a list of planets ''not'' to go to (because, you know, the Wraith control them) before they were ready. But, since most of the series' plots [[IdiotPlot wouldn't have happened then]]...

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* The worst thing about it is that, due to the aforementioned time machine, the Ancients were warned that Earth humans would one day visit Atlantis and the Pegasus Galaxy. They prepared accordingly, by programming a failsafe on Atlantis "submarine mode" (it resurfaces when the batteries that power its shield are empty), reach a critically low power level), a hologram about the Wraith controlling the galaxy, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking lights that turn on when you arrive]], which was nice of them. It would have been nicer to, say take a few hours a destroy or at least document their explosive-tumors giving machines, leave a side-note about the Replicators, and a list of planets ''not'' to go to (because, you know, the Wraith control them) before they were ready. But, since most of the series' plots [[IdiotPlot wouldn't have happened then]]...then]]
22nd Jan '18 7:35:02 AM trumpetmarietta
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** Well, they actually ''did'' do a pretty thorough job, but since the [[GreyGoo Replicators]] are called that way [[MeaningfulName for a reason]], the few who survived rebuilt the civilization. So it's kind of like throwing an Ebola-virus sample away and [[TooDumbToLive assuming nothing wrong will happen]]. To their credit, the war with the Wraith is implied to have been quite advanced by that point, so maybe they just didn't have the resources available for a proper cleaning.
* Project Arcturus, an attempt to build a super-powerful power source[[note:Specifically, an attempt to extract zero-point energy from our own spacetime.]] that turned out to be inherently unstable. Worse, while in operation, it inevitably emitted deadly hard radiation, plus absurd amounts of energy (and, of course, the device can't be turned off once it starts to overload). Killed everyone on the planet with its radiation, but they left it in place for future tinkerers to mess with (and eventually wound up exploding, destroying 5/6 of the solar system it was in).

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** Well, they actually ''did'' do a pretty thorough job, but since the [[GreyGoo Replicators]] are called that way [[MeaningfulName for a reason]], the few who survived rebuilt the civilization. So it's kind of like throwing an Ebola-virus Ebola virus sample away and [[TooDumbToLive assuming nothing wrong will happen]]. To their credit, the war with the Wraith is implied to have been quite advanced by that point, so maybe they just didn't have the resources available for a proper cleaning.
* Project Arcturus, an attempt to build a super-powerful power source[[note:Specifically, an attempt to extract source[[note]]Specifically, by extracting zero-point energy from our own spacetime.]] spacetime, rather than from an artificially created pocket universe ''à la'' the zero-point module.[[/note]] that turned out to be inherently unstable. unstable. Worse, while in operation, it inevitably emitted deadly hard radiation, plus absurd amounts of energy (and, of course, the device can't be turned off once it starts to overload). Killed everyone on the planet with its radiation, but they left it in place for future tinkerers to mess with (and eventually wound up exploding, destroying 5/6 of the solar system it was in).
22nd Jan '18 7:30:52 AM trumpetmarietta
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** Well, they actually did do a pretty thorough job, but since the [[GreyGoo Replicators]] are called that way [[MeaningfulName for a reason]], the few who survived rebuilt the civilization. So it's kind of like throwing an Ebola-virus sample away and [[TooDumbToLive assuming nothing wrong will happen]]. To their credit, the war with the Wraith is implied to have been quite advanced by that point, so maybe they just didn't have the resources available for a proper cleaning.
* Project Arcturus, an attempt to build a super-powerful power source that turned out to be highly unstable and that emitted unstoppable deadly radiation when in operation, plus exponentials amounts of energy (and, of course, the device can't be turned off once it starts to overcharge). Killed everyone on the planet with its radiation, but they left it in place for future tinkerers to mess with (and eventually wound up exploding, destroying 5/6 of the solar system it was in).

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** Well, they actually did ''did'' do a pretty thorough job, but since the [[GreyGoo Replicators]] are called that way [[MeaningfulName for a reason]], the few who survived rebuilt the civilization. So it's kind of like throwing an Ebola-virus sample away and [[TooDumbToLive assuming nothing wrong will happen]]. To their credit, the war with the Wraith is implied to have been quite advanced by that point, so maybe they just didn't have the resources available for a proper cleaning.
* Project Arcturus, an attempt to build a super-powerful power source source[[note:Specifically, an attempt to extract zero-point energy from our own spacetime.]] that turned out to be highly unstable and that emitted unstoppable deadly radiation when inherently unstable. Worse, while in operation, it inevitably emitted deadly hard radiation, plus exponentials absurd amounts of energy (and, of course, the device can't be turned off once it starts to overcharge).overload). Killed everyone on the planet with its radiation, but they left it in place for future tinkerers to mess with (and eventually wound up exploding, destroying 5/6 of the solar system it was in).
5th Jan '18 5:15:10 AM Andyroid
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** He now has a cabinet labeled ''Surplus Doomsday Devices'' which is full of more doomsday devices, including ''another'' Sphere-O-Boom.

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** He now In "Bender's Big Score", Farnsworth has a cabinet labeled ''Surplus Doomsday Devices'' which is full of more doomsday devices, including ''another'' Sphere-O-Boom.
3rd Jan '18 4:53:44 PM JoeMerl
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* ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' has the Deplorable Word which, once spoken, will eliminate all life in the universe other than the speaker. Its pointlessness is sort of the point. Fittingly, the one person that uses it did it due to her ItsAllAboutMe attitude in order to stop a rebellion against her tyrannical rule.

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* ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' has the Deplorable Word which, once spoken, will eliminate all life in the universe world other than the speaker. Its pointlessness is sort of the point. Fittingly, the one person point--the fact that uses it did it due [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis the White Witch]] was willing to kill ''everyone'' in her world rather than lose a war to her ItsAllAboutMe attitude in order sister proves that she [[ItsAllAboutMe literally sees everyone as means to stop a rebellion against her tyrannical rule.end]].
29th Dec '17 4:43:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Professor Farnsworth's hobby is basically making spare {{doomsday device}}s in the same way old women knit sweaters.
** He even has a sentimental favorite. The Sphere-O-Boom.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
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Professor Farnsworth's hobby is basically making spare {{doomsday device}}s in the same way old women knit sweaters.
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sweaters. He even has a sentimental favorite. The favorite: the Sphere-O-Boom.
26th Dec '17 5:17:25 PM nombretomado
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** Centerpoint Station, a massive space station with the power to both move and destroy celestial bodies. Built by a ancient race called the Celestials, it doesn't seem to serve a purpose besides being a handy superweapon for the plot. [[spoiler:Until FateOfTheJedi revealed it SealedEvilInACan... Or rather, it was effectively a gun pointed at the Can that was supposed to go off should the Sealed Evil escape. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Too bad the heroes blew it up in the previous story arc]].]]

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** Centerpoint Station, a massive space station with the power to both move and destroy celestial bodies. Built by a ancient race called the Celestials, it doesn't seem to serve a purpose besides being a handy superweapon for the plot. [[spoiler:Until FateOfTheJedi ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' revealed it SealedEvilInACan... Or rather, it was effectively a gun pointed at the Can that was supposed to go off should the Sealed Evil escape. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Too bad the heroes blew it up in the previous story arc]].]]
26th Dec '17 7:37:24 AM Woodrobin
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* Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' novels and short stories have one of these in the distant background, a device which supposedly ended the "Slaver Wars" and left fragmentary populations of survivors to survive into the distant future.

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* Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' novels and short stories have one of these in the distant background, a device which supposedly ended the "Slaver Wars" and left fragmentary populations of survivors to survive into the distant future. It was [[spoiler:a telepathic suicide bomb. It forced every sentient being susceptible to telepathic contact in the entire galaxy to kill themselves.]]
26th Dec '17 7:33:06 AM Woodrobin
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* The [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Ultimate Nullifier]] is a device that can disintegrate anything (and sometimes more than that, depending on the continuity)--up to and including the entire universe. It's been used to stand off Galactus, but it's not at all clear why the thing exists in the first place, or why it's kept in Galactus' starbase. It's actually [[spoiler:a part of Galactus himself.]]

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* The [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Ultimate Nullifier]] is a device that can disintegrate nullify anything (and sometimes more than that, depending on the continuity)--up (not just disintegrate, but remove from existence entirely and even retroactively . . . after it's used, it's target isn't, and never was)--up to and including the entire universe.universe. It only has two limitations: the user has to fully perceive and understand the target (easier for a rock than a person, let alone a galaxy), and unless the user is an Abstract Entity or otherwise beyond mortal limitations, the user is nullified as well. It's been used to stand off Galactus, but it's not at all clear why the thing exists in the first place, or why it's kept in Galactus' starbase. It's actually [[spoiler:a part of Galactus himself.]]
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