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26th Apr '16 11:40:30 AM Nargrakhan
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.stuff (a byproduct from decades of nuclear power plant use).
26th Apr '16 11:37:58 AM Nargrakhan
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after [[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-nuclear-plutonium-idUSKCN0WO0R5 Japan periodically ships weapons grade plutonium to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.United States for destruction]], largely to keep China and Korea less grumbly about the Japanese stockpiling ''50 TONS'' of the stuff.
8th Apr '16 8:46:53 AM JOKER_G
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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six.

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** They could probably pull it off in a literal sense too. While Japan constitutionally prohibits nuclear weapons, they have all the materials, expertise and industry to make one, possibly developing a fusion bomb inside a few ''months''. For comparison, the US took 12 years to develop a deployable fusion weapon, and China "only" took about six. However, after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it is doubted.
11th Mar '16 4:33:45 PM tk421SW
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' at Scotland's Castle Wyvern were dismissed by the Viking invaders as intimidating stauary and legends ... then came to life at sunset and drove off the attackers. Unfortunately it didn't last, because gargoyles sleep [[TakenForGranite petrified in stone]] by day, and the Vikings were able to shatter most of the clan two days later, ransack the castle and enslave all the humans inside. Which led to the survivors going after the Vikings to wreck bloody revenge, which led to the series premise.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' at Scotland's Castle Wyvern were dismissed by the Viking invaders as intimidating stauary and legends ... then came to life at sunset and drove off the attackers. Unfortunately it didn't last, because gargoyles sleep [[TakenForGranite petrified in stone]] by day, and the Vikings were able to shatter most of the clan two days later, ransack the castle and enslave all the humans inside. Which led to the survivors going after the Vikings to wreck wreak bloody revenge, which led to the series premise.
5th Mar '16 3:12:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's sci-fi novels ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' and ''Star Shadow'', the Geometers are an advanced, altruistic civilization that has no weapons whatsoever, having supposedly outgrown warfare long ago. However, their many advanced tools ''can'' and frequently ''are'' used as weapons. They are a subversion inasmuch as they [[spoiler:use the "tools" aggressively without much provocation upon first encounter, the [[PlanetOfHats theme]] of that civilisation being UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]

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* In Sergey Lukyanenko's sci-fi novels Creator/SergeyLukyanenko:
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''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' and ''Star Shadow'', the Geometers are an advanced, altruistic civilization that has no weapons whatsoever, having supposedly outgrown warfare long ago. However, their many advanced tools ''can'' and frequently ''are'' used as weapons. They are a subversion inasmuch as they [[spoiler:use the "tools" aggressively without much provocation upon first encounter, the [[PlanetOfHats theme]] of that civilisation being UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]



** In ''[[LineOfDelirium Shadows of Dreams]]'', a powerful alien battleship arrives to a small human colony at relativistic speeds, thinking that the [[GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]] is still on. The Psilons invade and quickly subdue the colonists, waving off their feeble attempts at resistance. The protagonist finds one of the four bunkers used for planetary defense (the other three were destroyed by the Psilons during the initial bombing run) and manages to kill several Psilons in PoweredArmor. Just as the rest of the colonists are about to be executed (the Psilons don't keep prisoners and only enslave those who have shown they can kill them), they offhandedly kill a member of the primitive indiginous race. Suddenly, a large number of the natives shows up and ''slices the battleship in half'' with a combined directed microwave attack. It was previously mentioned that anyone who slights a native can be fried to a crisp using their biological ability to emit directed microwaves. It's just that nobody thought that they could do that to a massive warship.

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** In ''[[LineOfDelirium ''[[Literature/LineOfDelirium Shadows of Dreams]]'', a powerful alien battleship arrives to a small human colony at relativistic speeds, thinking that the [[GreatOffscreenWar Vague War]] is still on. The Psilons invade and quickly subdue the colonists, waving off their feeble attempts at resistance. The protagonist finds one of the four bunkers used for planetary defense (the other three were destroyed by the Psilons during the initial bombing run) and manages to kill several Psilons in PoweredArmor. Just as the rest of the colonists are about to be executed (the Psilons don't keep prisoners and only enslave those who have shown they can kill them), they offhandedly kill a member of the primitive indiginous race. Suddenly, a large number of the natives shows up and ''slices the battleship in half'' with a combined directed microwave attack. It was previously mentioned that anyone who slights a native can be fried to a crisp using their biological ability to emit directed microwaves. It's just that nobody thought that they could do that to a massive warship.
17th Feb '16 3:43:41 PM DarkHunter
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* Any planet in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. Come what may, an Asgard starship can probably put a pretty big dent in it. Until the fifth season of ''Series/StargateSG1'', at least.

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* Any planet in the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' under the Protected Planets Treaty. Come what may, an The Goa'uld don't attack those (usually technologically primitive) planets because if they do, the Asgard starship can probably put a pretty big dent in it. Until will show up and kick their asses. O'Neill asks the fifth season obvious question: if the Asgard are capable of ''Series/StargateSG1'', at least.so easily outfighting the Goa'uld, why haven't they overthrown the System Lords? Answer: [[spoiler:the Asgard are way too busy fighting the Replicators in their own galaxy, and cannot spare more than a handful of ships for defending the Protected Planets. The Goa'uld don't know this, which is good, because if they really attacked in earnest, the Asgard don't have the forces to stop them.]]
15th Feb '16 1:56:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Go ahead. Attack Costa Rica. [[RoyalWe WE]] DARE YOU.
15th Feb '16 1:54:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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*** The last of which was busted by Series/MythBusters. However, they were able to use the mirrors to completely disorient everyone on the boat (for testing purposes, "everyone" meant Jamie), leaving any hypothetical soldiers on the boat completely defenseless against arrow attacks.
**** The problem with this busting is that other people have also tested it, and it works. At least, it works on unmanned rowboats on cloudless days.
17th Jan '16 5:43:16 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarControl'', the Chenjesu contacted Earth for help in an impending interstellar war because of our industrial capacity as well as our ability to be another bunch of warm bodies; they were pleasantly surprised to find out we also had a gigantic stockpile of unused nuclear weapons in our "peace vaults", hence the name of the subtrope.

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* In ''StarControl'', ''VideoGame/StarControl'', the Chenjesu contacted Earth for help in an impending interstellar war because of our industrial capacity as well as our ability to be another bunch of warm bodies; they were pleasantly surprised to find out we also had a gigantic stockpile of unused nuclear weapons in our "peace vaults", hence the name of the subtrope.
6th Jan '16 12:05:07 PM lilynoir
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In the ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/CatchYourBreath'' Kei, the protagonist, is a [[spoiler:jinchuuriki]], and that fact rarely bodes well for her opponents.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/CatchYourBreath'' Kei, the protagonist, is a [[spoiler:jinchuuriki]], and that fact rarely bodes well for her opponents.
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