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2nd Jun '18 7:03:01 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Interestingly, the WaveMotionGun was not treated as something invincible: at the end of the first season, Desslar's one was reflected back at him, and in the second season we have three different incidents of Wave-Motion Guns utterly failing in their job (first was the Comet Empire's vanguard fleet flagship firing her Magna Flame Cannon while inside Saturn's ring, only for the energy beam to explode against the rings' particles, giving Earth's fleet the time to reach their weapons' range and annihilate the vanguard fleet; then the Earth Defense Force fired ALL their Wave Motion Guns at the Empire's comet fortress, but failed to do any damage; third was the ''Yamato'' finding herself attacked again by Desslar and charging the gun, only for Desslar to mine the space before the muzzle and get a good laugh as the ''Yamato'' couldn't fire without being destroyed by her own weapon).

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Interestingly, the WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Gun was not treated as something invincible: at the end of the first season, Desslar's one was reflected back at him, and in the second season we have three different incidents of Wave-Motion Guns utterly failing in their job (first was the Comet Empire's vanguard fleet flagship firing her Magna Flame Cannon while inside Saturn's ring, only for the energy beam to explode against the rings' particles, giving Earth's fleet the time to reach their weapons' range and annihilate the vanguard fleet; then the Earth Defense Force fired ALL their Wave Motion Guns at the Empire's comet fortress, but failed to do any damage; third was the ''Yamato'' finding herself attacked again by Desslar and charging the gun, only for Desslar to mine the space before the muzzle and get a good laugh as the ''Yamato'' couldn't fire without being destroyed by her own weapon).



*** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Vajra]] from ''Frontier'' are giant sized InsectoidAliens, most of which carry a biological WaveMotionGun.
*** In fact, fighter-scale craft with [[WaveMotionGun Converging Beam Weapons]] have been around [[http://www.macross2.net/m3/macrossdyrl/golg-gants-charts.htm since the original series]].

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*** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Vajra]] from ''Frontier'' are giant sized InsectoidAliens, most of which carry a biological WaveMotionGun.
Wave Motion Gun.
*** In fact, fighter-scale craft with [[WaveMotionGun Converging Beam Weapons]] Weapons have been around [[http://www.macross2.net/m3/macrossdyrl/golg-gants-charts.htm since the original series]].



** More or less, any mage that has the title of "Ace" (Nanoha was already an Ace in the first season) or above have their own versions of the WaveMotionGun.

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** More or less, any mage that has the title of "Ace" (Nanoha was already an Ace in the first season) or above have their own versions of the WaveMotionGun.Wave Motion Gun.



* The flagship of the Iron Tribe's fleet is equipped with one of these in ''Anime/HeroicAge''. It can destroy and ignite entire planets, causing massive shockwave damage to nearby units. The Az-Azoth fleet commanded by Nilval Nephew also has specialized "core" units that apparently serve no other purpose than to be enormous space-based cannons. Bellcross's rarely used mouth-beam attack also qualifies, as does Artemia's more powerful beam attacks. Finally, [[spoiler:the Argonaut has the capability to shift into an enormous gun form, firing a WaveMotionGun aptly named the "Star Blaster".]]

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* The flagship of the Iron Tribe's fleet is equipped with one of these in ''Anime/HeroicAge''. It can destroy and ignite entire planets, causing massive shockwave damage to nearby units. The Az-Azoth fleet commanded by Nilval Nephew also has specialized "core" units that apparently serve no other purpose than to be enormous space-based cannons. Bellcross's rarely used mouth-beam attack also qualifies, as does Artemia's more powerful beam attacks. Finally, [[spoiler:the Argonaut has the capability to shift into an enormous gun form, firing a WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Gun aptly named the "Star Blaster".]]



* Sure people know the [[WaveMotionGun planet-busting weapons]] of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies and perhaps the now non-canon books or comics. But long before the Death Star, the galaxy had the mighty turbo-laser. One of the DK info books mentions how powerful some of the Star Wars weapons were. When put to max power, the laser cannon on an X-Wing becomes a kiloton class weapon, while proton torpedoes and concussion missiles are 4 times more powerful than that. But the turbo-laser on a Star Destroyer clocks in as a whopping megaton class weapon, with power equalling the Hellbores of ''Literature/{{Bolo}}''.

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* Sure people know the [[WaveMotionGun [[PlanetKiller planet-busting weapons]] of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies and perhaps the now non-canon books or comics. But long before the Death Star, the galaxy had the mighty turbo-laser. One of the DK info books mentions how powerful some of the Star Wars weapons were. When put to max power, the laser cannon on an X-Wing becomes a kiloton class weapon, while proton torpedoes and concussion missiles are 4 times more powerful than that. But the turbo-laser on a Star Destroyer clocks in as a whopping megaton class weapon, with power equalling the Hellbores of ''Literature/{{Bolo}}''.



** Don't forget the Durandal, which has beam weaponry capable of [[spoiler:wiping out an entire fleet of Gnosis within seconds]]. And then there is [[RobotGirl KOS-MOS]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction herself]], who's pretty much a walking WaveMotionGun. Her most powerful attack, the [[BeamSpam X-Buster]], was one of the only few that got an in-battle video sequence in Episode I.

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** Don't forget the Durandal, which has beam weaponry capable of [[spoiler:wiping out an entire fleet of Gnosis within seconds]]. And then there is [[RobotGirl KOS-MOS]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction herself]], who's pretty much a walking WaveMotionGun.Wave Motion Gun. Her most powerful attack, the [[BeamSpam X-Buster]], was one of the only few that got an in-battle video sequence in Episode I.



** Smash Bros has ''a lot'' of [[WaveMotionGun WMGs]]. [[KamehameHadouken Lucario's Aura Storm, Mario's Mario Finale]], Ho-oh's Sacred Fire, Deoxys's Hyper Beam, Red's Triple Finish, Mii Gunner's Full Blast...

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** Smash Bros has ''a lot'' of [[WaveMotionGun WMGs]].[=WMGs=]. [[KamehameHadouken Lucario's Aura Storm, Mario's Mario Finale]], Ho-oh's Sacred Fire, Deoxys's Hyper Beam, Red's Triple Finish, Mii Gunner's Full Blast...



* ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Frontier: Elite II]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Frontier: First Encounters]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Elite: Dangerous]]'' have the Plasma Accelerator, a WaveMotionGun that comes in two sizes, [[{{BFG}} Small]] and [[UpToEleven Large]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Frontier: Elite II]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Frontier: First Encounters]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Elite: Dangerous]]'' have the Plasma Accelerator, a WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Gun that comes in two sizes, [[{{BFG}} Small]] and [[UpToEleven Large]].



* The final part of the game before the FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' has the player travel up the inside of a WaveMotionGun on Brevon's ship and having to hide in safe spots while it fires (taking the full blast is easily a OneHitKill.)

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* The final part of the game before the FinalBoss in ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' has the player travel up the inside of a WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Gun on Brevon's ship and having to hide in safe spots while it fires (taking the full blast is easily a OneHitKill.)



* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' pulls out the WaveMotionGun, ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Yamato]]'' and all, in the first episode of the show. Later, it pulls out the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' gun, too.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' pulls out [[TropeNamer the WaveMotionGun, Wave Motion Gun]], ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Yamato]]'' and all, in the first episode of the show. Later, it pulls out the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' gun, too.



* Rose Quartz's laser light cannons from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', which are shaped like giant roses and fire a beam of light shaped like a beautiful dancing women, but which are incredibly destructive, nonetheless. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it turns out that the enemies' more advanced Gem ships can shrug them off no problem, and that said ship has an even ''more'' powerful WaveMotionGun of their own.]]

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* Rose Quartz's laser light cannons from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', which are shaped like giant roses and fire a beam of light shaped like a beautiful dancing women, but which are incredibly destructive, nonetheless. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, it turns out that the enemies' more advanced Gem ships can shrug them off no problem, and that said ship has an even ''more'' powerful WaveMotionGun Wave Motion Gun of their own.]]
8th May '18 6:30:15 AM AirofMystery
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** ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the prequel ''Film/RogueOne'' have the Death Star's Superlaser, which is capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom reducing a planet to debris]] in mere seconds. Though the first Death Star only used it to destroy planets, the second was refined to be able to fire on capital ships.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[SerialEscalation tops the Death Star]] with the Starkiller. Built within an ice planet, it's a weapon of such scale that the cannon is nearly the size of the entire Death Star. It can drain the entire mass of a star and convert it into multiple beams that can destroy an entire star system from across the galaxy.

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** ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/RogueOne'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the prequel ''Film/RogueOne'' have all feature the Death Star's Superlaser, which Star (in the case of ''Return'', a second one). The Death Star is a space station roughly the size of a small moon, [[ParanoiaFuel capable of traveling anywhere in the galaxy]], featuring a superlaser that [[EarthShatteringKaboom reducing a planet to debris]] blows up planets]] (or in mere seconds. Though the second Death Star's case, blows up capital ships ''and'' planets). ''Rogue One'' and its supplementary materials particularly play off the [[FantasticNuke nuclear weapon]] metaphor: it was first conceived as part of an arms race during a war, and on the lowest "only destroy a city" level, it leaves a giant mushroom cloud. The first Death Star only used it to destroy planets, is famously weak in [[AchillesHeel a tiny thermal exhaust port at the second was refined to be able to fire on capital ships.
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[SerialEscalation tops the Death Star]] with the Starkiller. Built within ''Its'' Superlaser is embedded inside an ice planet, it's a weapon of such scale that the cannon is nearly several times the size of the entire Death Star. It can drain drains the entire mass of a nearby star and convert converts it into multiple beams that can destroy an entire star system from across on the galaxy.other side of the galaxy. The Death Star showing up in your system would be bad news, but with the Starkiller, [[ParanoiaFuel you wouldn't even get that warning]].
7th Apr '18 5:07:28 PM captainspycrab
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Subnautica}}'' the game's story is kicked off by your ship being shot down by one of these, and further driven by your efforts to turn it off so you can leave without being shot a second time.
3rd Apr '18 8:26:27 PM Volcatharsis
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' has one in the form of [[spoiler: Mobile Armor Hashmal, an ancient AI-controlled mobile armor and a relic from Calamity War, it attacks mobile suits in proximity indiscriminately]].

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' [[spoiler:''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' has one in the form of [[spoiler: Mobile Armor Hashmal, an ancient AI-controlled mobile armor and a relic from the Calamity War, it attacks mobile suits in proximity indiscriminately]].



* Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}: Agathoth creates a weapon that, just from a test fire, turns an entire mountain into a smoldering wasteland. It's so powerful, it uses an energy source previously thought to be infinite, and completely drains it.

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* Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}: ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'': Agathoth creates a weapon that, just from a test fire, turns an entire mountain into a smoldering wasteland. It's so powerful, it uses an energy source previously thought to be infinite, and completely drains it.
1st Apr '18 7:31:07 PM DKN117
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** The Scarab is equipped with a Wave Motion Gun, which can be found by the player in plasma-rifle-size form as a ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' EasterEgg, and is mounted on the "Beammaster" variant of the Grunt Goblin in Warzone Firefight.

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** The Scarab is equipped with a Wave Motion Gun, which can be found by the player in plasma-rifle-size form as a ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' EasterEgg, and is mounted on the "Beammaster" variant of the Grunt Goblin in Warzone Firefight. Notable in that the Scarab's gun was originally conceived for heavy excavation, until somebody in the Covenant realized that the huge stream of plasma meant to melt through and vaporize rock & ore could just as easily do the same to enemy vehicles and fortifications.
16th Mar '18 1:44:43 PM Yolk
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** The oldest example in the series dates back to the very first movie; non-canon though it is, its villain El Drago had consumed the Scream-Scream Fruit, which gave him the ability to [[MakeMeWannaShout project beams of energy from his mouth using his vocal chords.]]
15th Mar '18 12:31:40 AM TravisLanceHawkins
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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' tops the Death Star with the Starkiller. Built within an ice planet, it's a weapon of such scale that the cannon is nearly the size of the entire Death Star. It can drain the entire mass of a star and convert it into multiple beams that can destroy an entire star system from across the galaxy.

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** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[SerialEscalation tops the Death Star Star]] with the Starkiller. Built within an ice planet, it's a weapon of such scale that the cannon is nearly the size of the entire Death Star. It can drain the entire mass of a star and convert it into multiple beams that can destroy an entire star system from across the galaxy.
12th Mar '18 7:39:55 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': By creating two vertical hoops on his arms, [[KiManipulation Kai]] can fire a massive beam of natural energy.
12th Mar '18 6:53:50 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': By creating two vertical hoops on his arms, [[KiManipulation Kai]] can fire a massive beam of natural energy.
22nd Feb '18 7:32:18 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RogueGalaxy'', the Dorgenark carries a double-barreled Wave Motion Gun on the front--called, simply, 'The Big Guns'. According to an NPC, they can take out a small planet, and the one time they're used in-game, they live up to the hype, taking out an endgame-sized enemy ''in a single hit.'' It should be noted that, humorously, the guns are fired by pressing the helm of the ship like honking a car horn.

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* In ''RogueGalaxy'', ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'', the Dorgenark carries a double-barreled Wave Motion Gun on the front--called, simply, 'The Big Guns'. According to an NPC, they can take out a small planet, and the one time they're used in-game, they live up to the hype, taking out an endgame-sized enemy ''in a single hit.'' It should be noted that, humorously, the guns are fired by pressing the helm of the ship like honking a car horn.
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