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16th Aug '16 7:27:21 AM htuttle
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* The ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' series has many weapons that only cause stun damage so you can collect live aliens. The first game started the player off with the melee-only Stun Rod, which was of at best limited use aside from an occasional attack of opportunity, while the other side had a sort of TechnoBabble-powered flashbang fired from a small grenade launcher. ''Apocalypse'' addressed this by providing the taser-like Stun Grapple and Stun Gas grenades.
** The Stun Rod's ''Terror From The Deep'' equivalent, the Thermal Taser, is incredibly useful for one reason: Lobstermen, which are [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]], take full damage from the Taser. Since the only other weapon that does full or more damage to Lobstermen is the equally short-ranged [[{{Vibroweapon}} VibroBlade]] weapons, the Taser can be useful if you encounter Lobstermen before you've researched either the blades or the Thermal Shok Launcher.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' series has many weapons that only cause stun damage so you can collect live aliens. The [[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense first game game]] started the player off with the melee-only Stun Rod, which was of at best limited use aside from an occasional attack of opportunity, while the other side had a sort of TechnoBabble-powered flashbang fired from a small grenade launcher. ''Apocalypse'' ''[[VideoGame/XComApocalypse Apocalypse]]'' addressed this by providing the taser-like Stun Grapple and Stun Gas grenades.
** The Stun Rod's ''Terror ''[[VideoGame/XComTerrorFromTheDeep Terror From The Deep'' Deep]]'' equivalent, the Thermal Taser, is incredibly useful for one reason: Lobstermen, which are [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]], take full damage from the Taser. Since the only other weapon that does full or more damage to Lobstermen is the equally short-ranged [[{{Vibroweapon}} VibroBlade]] weapons, the Taser can be useful if you encounter Lobstermen before you've researched either the blades or the Thermal Shok Launcher.
5th Aug '16 2:46:25 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[spoiler:Stryker's men]] use these devices to knock out almost everyone on Xavier's property unconscious.
31st Jul '16 6:06:45 AM HamboneHFY
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* The Irbzrkian shock gun in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse'' is a less-lethal short range weapon designed to pacify humans. Humans being a species of insanely resilient deathworlders, it is emphatically ''not'' a less-lethal alternative when used on anybody else.
10th Jul '16 6:06:55 PM nombretomado
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** And if you liked that, you're gonna love the [[http://www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/ShockwaveLE.aspx Taser Shockwave]]. Call it what they will, I call it a Taser Claymore. (No, not [[{{Claymore}} that kind]], although that would also be awesome. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M18_Claymore_anti-personnel_mine This kind.]])

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** And if you liked that, you're gonna love the [[http://www.taser.com/products/law/Pages/ShockwaveLE.aspx Taser Shockwave]]. Call it what they will, I call it a Taser Claymore. (No, not [[{{Claymore}} [[Manga/{{Claymore}} that kind]], although that would also be awesome. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M18_Claymore_anti-personnel_mine This kind.]])
24th Apr '16 11:54:02 AM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Stupefy'' spell from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.

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* The ''Stupefy'' spell from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.''Literature/HarryPotter'' renders the target unconscious, and most victims are shown being magically revived with no side-effects. Taking multiple hits at once, however, is not advised, especially for older people - [[spoiler: Professor [=McGonagall=] needed a hospital stay after such an experience.]]
4th Apr '16 10:23:14 AM FGHIK
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** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The original series]] featured a ''stun setting'' (which would handily knock out any non-[[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien godlike]] humanoid) and a ''kill setting'' which would [[DisintegratorRay make things go away]] (unless, again, the target was just plain immune). "The Man Trap" and "The Conscience of the King" featured lethal settings that left a body, [[BloodlessCarnage with no visible damage, as per typical television standards of the time]]. Something similar may have featured in "What Are Little Girls Made Of", when an [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots android]] has a hole shot in it, revealing its electronic workings. Ironically, this is the first episode to show disintegration. On the other hand, phasers also could heat rocks (or heat coffee) as a story might allow, which might have involved a special ''toast'' setting unmentioned in the canon media.

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** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The original series]] featured a ''stun setting'' (which would handily knock out any non-[[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien godlike]] humanoid) and a ''kill setting'' which would [[DisintegratorRay make things go away]] (unless, again, the target was just plain immune). "The Man Trap" and "The Conscience of the King" featured lethal settings that left a body, [[BloodlessCarnage with no visible damage, as per typical television standards of the time]]. Something similar may have featured in "What Are Little Girls Made Of", when an [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots android]] has a hole shot in it, revealing its electronic workings. Ironically, this is the first episode to show disintegration. On the other hand, [[MundaneUtility phasers also could heat rocks (or heat coffee) coffee)]] as a story might allow, which might have involved a special ''toast'' setting unmentioned in the canon media.
6th Mar '16 1:31:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', the Aunts wield cattle-prods.

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* In Margaret Atwood's ''TheHandmaidsTale'', ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'', the Aunts wield cattle-prods.



* AndreNorton's science fiction stories had stunners, pistol-like devices that rendered their victims unconscious.
* Zoe of MatthewReilly's ''Six Sacred Stones'' uses one to incapacitate guards at Stonehenge.
* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''TheStarsAreColdToys'', the Russian government has managed to develop one-shot paralyzers that become useless after discharging with no way to recharge the battery. Unlike the typical examples of this trope, the target remains fully conscious but is incapable of movement. It is proven to work on at least one other race. Interestingly, the paralyzer is made by a think tank specifically charged with reading/watching science fiction for ideas. Their other known invention is an ExplosiveLeash.

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* AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's science fiction stories had stunners, pistol-like devices that rendered their victims unconscious.
* Zoe of MatthewReilly's Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Six Sacred Stones'' uses one to incapacitate guards at Stonehenge.
* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''TheStarsAreColdToys'', Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'', the Russian government has managed to develop one-shot paralyzers that become useless after discharging with no way to recharge the battery. Unlike the typical examples of this trope, the target remains fully conscious but is incapable of movement. It is proven to work on at least one other race. Interestingly, the paralyzer is made by a think tank specifically charged with reading/watching science fiction for ideas. Their other known invention is an ExplosiveLeash.
5th Mar '16 9:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** To be fair, hitting a person while they run away with a taser (let alone a gun) isn't an easy perspective, and trying to take out a crook has a gun to a hostages head with something that makes them twitch a lot isn't the best of ideas. Also of note tasers aren't legal to own in New York.
5th Mar '16 9:45:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Space 1999}}'' used laser Stun guns, which were called this despite a highly visible KILL option on the weapon.

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* ''{{Space ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' used laser Stun guns, which were called this despite a highly visible KILL option on the weapon.



* For the most part, the ''LawAndOrder'' franchise pretends that stun guns don't exist, seeing as they would suck the drama out of chases and stand-offs.

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* For the most part, the ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' franchise pretends that stun guns don't exist, seeing as they would suck the drama out of chases and stand-offs.
3rd Mar '16 10:50:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TotalAnnihilation'' the Arm Spider unit is armed with a stunner, although this is more probably a weapon to disable ''technology''. The spin-off ''TotalAnnihilationKingdoms'' has magical stun weapons used by Aramonian Mage Archers and Verunan Lighthouses. Interestingly, the logo for the stun arrow is an arrow with a pair of magically glowing handcuffs wrapped around it.

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* In ''TotalAnnihilation'' ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' the Arm Spider unit is armed with a stunner, although this is more probably a weapon to disable ''technology''. The spin-off ''TotalAnnihilationKingdoms'' ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilationKingdoms'' has magical stun weapons used by Aramonian Mage Archers and Verunan Lighthouses. Interestingly, the logo for the stun arrow is an arrow with a pair of magically glowing handcuffs wrapped around it.



* In ''TheLydianOption'', the Tha'Latta carry long rods with tasers at the end to subdue unruly prisoners.

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* In ''TheLydianOption'', ''Webcomic/TheLydianOption'', the Tha'Latta carry long rods with tasers at the end to subdue unruly prisoners.



* ''GIJoe'', one of the granddaddies of FamilyFriendlyFirearms, actually showed this... only twice. Once when a character was hit by a laser during a training exercise (and failed to be actually ''stunned'', merely yelping in pain), and once during a closeup of a Joe setting the power slider on a pistol ''from'' "stun" to "max." ATeamFiring seemed to be their preferred form of less-lethal attack.
* The season 3 finale of ''{{Archer}}'' features "ion pulse" weapons that are supposed to be this. In a bit of a deconstruction, they actually stop your heart and affected persons need immediate defibrillation ("So... 'stun' may be a bit of a misnomer"). Naturally, this doesn't stop [[JerkAss Archer]] from shooting his co-workers with them anyway.

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* ''GIJoe'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', one of the granddaddies of FamilyFriendlyFirearms, actually showed this... only twice. Once when a character was hit by a laser during a training exercise (and failed to be actually ''stunned'', merely yelping in pain), and once during a closeup of a Joe setting the power slider on a pistol ''from'' "stun" to "max." ATeamFiring seemed to be their preferred form of less-lethal attack.
* The season 3 finale of ''{{Archer}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' features "ion pulse" weapons that are supposed to be this. In a bit of a deconstruction, they actually stop your heart and affected persons need immediate defibrillation ("So... 'stun' may be a bit of a misnomer"). Naturally, this doesn't stop [[JerkAss Archer]] from shooting his co-workers with them anyway.
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