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20th Nov '17 7:05:38 PM Kimera128
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' had psionic powers such as "duo-dimensional blade", which could cut through anything (ignored armor). In the 3rd Edition the power came back as "Deep Impact" (and "Unavoidable Strike" for the unarmed version). A ''few'' powers in 4e allowed you to strike against Reflex rather than AC (effectively ignoring armor) and would logically be devastating against anyone relying on heavy armor for protection.
17th Nov '17 3:29:06 PM RedScharlach
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* In ''Man of the Ice Garden'', Vuko Drakkainen, a visitor from future Earth to a primitive planet, uses a Nordland Aeronautics shinobi ken sword with monomolecular blade. He once made a swing at a "monster" and accidentally cut through the ceiling without even noticing until some of its parts fell down. He also accidently cut through the dog, which hit the ground [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe twice]].

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* In ''Man of the Ice Garden'', Vuko Drakkainen, a visitor from future Earth to a primitive planet, uses a Nordland Aeronautics shinobi ken sword with monomolecular blade. He once made a swing at a "monster" and accidentally cut through the ceiling without even noticing until some of its parts fell down. He also accidently accidentally cut through the dog, which hit the ground [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe twice]].



*** Harlequin units have a weapon called The Harlequin's Kiss, which is a hundred metre long monomolecular wire, delivered in a neat bundled package with a punch, at which point it unfurls, liquifies the target's internal organs, and then snaps back into the delivery device.

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*** Harlequin units have a weapon called The Harlequin's Kiss, which is a hundred metre long hundred-metre-long monomolecular wire, delivered in a neat bundled package with a punch, at which point it unfurls, liquifies the target's internal organs, and then snaps back into the delivery device.



* ''{{TabletopGame/Infinity}}'' has monofilament as an ammunition type that is issued almost exclusively to the elite troops of every army. They're not exactly common, but have a nasty effect: anything they hit, if it fails an armor roll, is [[OneHitKill instantly destroyed and removed from the table]], regardless of it's remaining [[HitPoints wounds or structure]]. This includes [[MiniMecha TAGs]], named characters, any {{One Man Army}} that might be around. It's {{hand wave}}d in the background as being stabilized through an EM field.

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* ''{{TabletopGame/Infinity}}'' has monofilament as an ammunition type that is issued almost exclusively to the elite troops of every army. They're not exactly common, but have a nasty effect: anything they hit, if it fails an armor roll, is [[OneHitKill instantly destroyed and removed from the table]], regardless of it's its remaining [[HitPoints wounds or structure]]. This includes [[MiniMecha TAGs]], named characters, any {{One Man Army}} that might be around. It's {{hand wave}}d in the background as being stabilized through an EM field.
19th Oct '17 11:29:07 PM PaulA
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* The variable sword used in the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Creator/LarryNiven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends. There's also Sinclair molecule chain, used as ramship tow cable, that's essentially the same thing with no stasis field.
** ''The Descent of Anansi'', also by Creator/LarryNiven features another monofilament cable where, in effect, a space shuttle is lowered to Earth on a cable. At one point one of the baddies drifts into the cable and realises that it is already inside the faceplate of his spacesuit by the time he notices anything.

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The variable sword used in the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Creator/LarryNiven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends. There's also Sinclair molecule chain, used as ramship tow cable, that's essentially the same thing with no stasis field.
** ''The Descent of Anansi'', also by Creator/LarryNiven Anansi'' features another monofilament cable where, in effect, a space shuttle is lowered to Earth on a cable. At one point one of the baddies drifts into the cable and realises that it is already inside the faceplate of his spacesuit by the time he notices anything.
22nd Sep '17 6:50:16 AM NativeJovian
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** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-314 SCP-314 ("Motion-Seeking Blade")]] The blade is described as "sharpened to a molecular level".
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-608 SCP-608 ("Fractal Tinsel").]] SCP-608 is a fractal with infinitely and progressively smaller branches radiating from it. Branches of monofilament size and smaller can slice through other substances at a molecular or even atomic level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1320 SCP-1320 ("Refractive Explorers").]] SCP-1320 have extremities that are sharpened to a thickness of a few dozen nanometers. They can use them to cut through solid objects at a molecular level.

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** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-314 SCP-314 ("Motion-Seeking Blade")]] The blade is described as "sharpened to a molecular level".
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-608 SCP-608 ("Fractal Tinsel").]] SCP-608 is a fractal with infinitely and progressively smaller branches radiating from it. Branches of monofilament size and smaller can slice through other substances at a molecular or even atomic level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1320 SCP-1320 ("Refractive Explorers").net/scp-183 SCP-183 ("Weaver").]] SCP-1320 have extremities SCP-183 is a biological entity that are sharpened to a thickness of a few dozen nanometers. They creates monofilament wires that can use them to cut through solid objects at anything up to and including body armor. It uses the wires to kill animals so it can consume them.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-314 SCP-314 ("Motion-Seeking Blade")]] The blade is described as "sharpened to
a molecular level.level".


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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-608 SCP-608 ("Fractal Tinsel").]] SCP-608 is a fractal with infinitely and progressively smaller branches radiating from it. Branches of monofilament size and smaller can slice through other substances at a molecular or even atomic level.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1320 SCP-1320 ("Refractive Explorers").]] SCP-1320 have extremities that are sharpened to a thickness of a few dozen nanometers. They can use them to cut through solid objects at a molecular level.
17th Sep '17 7:25:45 PM Azaram
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** In a couple of the ''Literature/RingWorld'' novels, one of the 'strings' that held the shadow squares that provided a day/night cycle to the Ringworld had been broken and eventually fell to the surface, where it was described as a foggy cloud that minced anything that touched it. One of the main characters is decapitated ([[HeGotBetter It's ok, he had a spare head, as well as spare parts in storage]]) when the natives found the end spool and strung some of the wire up as a trap.

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** In a couple of the ''Literature/RingWorld'' novels, one of the 'strings' that held the shadow squares that provided a day/night cycle to the Ringworld had been broken and eventually fell to the surface, where it was described as a foggy cloud that minced anything that touched it. One of the main characters is decapitated ([[HeGotBetter It's ok, semi-decapitated (lost one of his two heads, but he had a spare head, as well as spare parts spares in storage]]) storage) when the natives found the end spool and strung some of the wire up as a trap.
17th Sep '17 7:11:55 PM Azaram
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* The variable sword used in the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Creator/LarryNiven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends.

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* The variable sword used in the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories of Creator/LarryNiven is a length of monomolecular wire held straight by a projected stasis field. There's a little red ball at the end of the wire so the wielder can tell where the otherwise invisible "blade" ends. There's also Sinclair molecule chain, used as ramship tow cable, that's essentially the same thing with no stasis field.


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** In a couple of the ''Literature/RingWorld'' novels, one of the 'strings' that held the shadow squares that provided a day/night cycle to the Ringworld had been broken and eventually fell to the surface, where it was described as a foggy cloud that minced anything that touched it. One of the main characters is decapitated ([[HeGotBetter It's ok, he had a spare head, as well as spare parts in storage]]) when the natives found the end spool and strung some of the wire up as a trap.
17th Sep '17 6:05:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Fountains Of Paradise'' by ArthurCClarke has something very similar to this, but, [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Clarke being Clarke, it is depicted in a manner closer to scientific reality]] than most examples on this page. Construction of a SpaceElevator becomes a realistic possibility after the development of a process to manufacture a "pseudo-one-dimensional diamond crystal" a few microns thick in continuous lengths, forming invisible fibres of enormous tensile strength. Its main application is as a tension member (of course), not as a weapon, though much attention is given to the handling difficulties and dangers of such a material. Its sharpness is also reasonably realistic--it is extremely sharp, but not [[AbsurdlySharpBlade absurdly so]]--it can easily cause severe wounds through mere inattention to handling, but to deliberately cut down a tree with it takes a couple of minutes, and the length of time it takes to cut through a metal fastening with it is an important element at one point in the story.

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* ''The Fountains Of Paradise'' by ArthurCClarke Creator/ArthurCClarke has something very similar to this, but, [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Clarke being Clarke, it is depicted in a manner closer to scientific reality]] than most examples on this page. Construction of a SpaceElevator becomes a realistic possibility after the development of a process to manufacture a "pseudo-one-dimensional diamond crystal" a few microns thick in continuous lengths, forming invisible fibres of enormous tensile strength. Its main application is as a tension member (of course), not as a weapon, though much attention is given to the handling difficulties and dangers of such a material. Its sharpness is also reasonably realistic--it is extremely sharp, but not [[AbsurdlySharpBlade absurdly so]]--it can easily cause severe wounds through mere inattention to handling, but to deliberately cut down a tree with it takes a couple of minutes, and the length of time it takes to cut through a metal fastening with it is an important element at one point in the story.
23rd Aug '17 11:03:41 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' features a monomolecular blade (which shatters when swung against a villain gifted with luck manipulation).

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* ** ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' features a monomolecular blade (which shatters when swung against a villain gifted with luck manipulation).
23rd Aug '17 11:03:28 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' by Terry Pratchett features a monomolecular blade (which shatters when swung against a villain gifted with luck manipulation).
** They came up again in his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series - both Death's scythe and sword have edges one molecule thick. Thinner, in fact - they glow blue because of the energy released when they cut the air apart.

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* ''Literature/TheDarkSideOfTheSun'' by Terry Pratchett features a monomolecular blade (which shatters when swung against a villain gifted with luck manipulation).
** They came up again in his In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series - series, both Death's scythe and sword have edges one molecule thick. Thinner, in fact - -- they glow blue because of the energy released when they cut the air apart.
23rd Aug '17 11:02:39 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/TheShipWho The City Who Fought]]'' by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey and Creator/SMStirling, Joat lays a trap using monomolecular wire. The effects are messy.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheShipWho The City Who Fought]]'' ''Literature/TheCityWhoFought'' by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey and Creator/SMStirling, Joat lays a trap using monomolecular wire. The effects are messy.
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