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23rd Apr '18 6:23:57 AM KillerClowns
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* This is the visual cue in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' for a battleship carrying a spinal mount weapon or, in ''Apocalypse'', a titan. The exact designs vary from archetype to archetype -- the reptilians and mammalians have the most conventional application of this, while the molluscoid "prongs" are shaped like tentacles -- but it's always there as a shorthand for "this ship is carrying a weapon that will devastate your capital ships and static defenses".
4th Feb '18 9:50:54 PM NXTangl
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** Because a railgun needs far more instantaneous power output than most storage systems can supply, they usually need to warm up before a shot--either by charging a capacitor bank or spinning a carbon-fiber flywheel to high speeds--although this probably won't produce any light show at the tuning-fork end. They also tend to produce a massive muzzle flash of sparks due to the high voltages and the incredibly fast wear of all the materials involved. Some railguns even fire plasma instead of metal slugs. In other words, railguns pretty much ''are'' wave-motion tuning forks.
27th Dec '17 12:35:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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In real life, [[MagneticWeapons magnetic acceleration weapons]] (railguns) have this kind of structure internally, but we sadly have to disqualify them from this page because they don't explicitly showcase said structure in a dramatic fashion; they wrap up their tuning forks in big bulky gun barrels so the prongs aren't torn apart by the massive forces involved. For example, a theoretical design called a "plasma armature railgun" might be able to generate what appears to be a plasma beam rather than a solid projectile. Most fictional weapons with this design do away with projectiles entirely and discharge energy directly; as the energy inside the fork arcs and sparks, this is also a common design for a LightningGun.

It's also TruthInTelevision for nitrogen lasers, which excite the nitrogen in the air in order to amplify ambient light into about 200 randomly occurring powerful laser bursts per minute, which make a pretty impressive rapid fire pulse laser.







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* Nitrogen lasers excite the nitrogen in the air in order to amplify ambient light into about 200 randomly occurring powerful laser bursts per minute, which make a pretty impressive rapid fire pulse laser.
14th Dec '17 5:31:18 PM ErikModi
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* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', the main guns of the Vorlon ships have exactly this kind of devices as their main weapons. The beam is formed in middle of four "prongs".

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* In ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'', the main guns of the Vorlon ships have exactly this kind of devices as their main weapons. The beam is formed in middle of four "prongs"."prongs", overlapping with ConvergingStreamWeapon.
26th Oct '17 9:11:05 AM xcountryguy
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* The Federation ''Dreadnought''-class battleship USS ''Vengeance'' in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' mounts a pair of these which deploy from a retractable mount on the forward hull. [[spoiler: They are used to target the USS ''Enterprise.'' However, they fail to fire due to Scotty sabotaging the ''Vengeance'''s computer.]]

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* The Federation ''Dreadnought''-class battleship USS ''Vengeance'' in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' mounts a pair of these which deploy from a retractable mount on the forward hull. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They are used to target the USS ''Enterprise.'' However, they fail to fire due to Scotty sabotaging the ''Vengeance'''s computer.]]
24th Sep '17 8:56:19 AM JimmyC
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* Zarya's Particle Cannon from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. Winston's Tesla Cannon has a shape similar to a tuning fork, but has a much shorter range compared to other weapons of this trope.
9th Aug '17 11:18:52 AM kefkakrazy
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* Megatron's first transmetal form in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has him equipped with a two-pronged arm cannon. That glows purple.

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* Megatron's first transmetal form in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has him equipped with a two-pronged arm cannon. That glows purple. The clamplike prongs, however, are more akin to a hand than anything else and are occasionally used as such when he's not blasting things.
2nd Apr '17 4:09:40 PM nombretomado
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* The Van and Aerotank (and presumably the dumbed out Van Leader) enemies in PhantasyStarII have a variation on this: the large, vertical "slab" in front rotates 90 degrees, opens sideways, a crackling of energy is seen inside, and it launches an energy blast.

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* The Van and Aerotank (and presumably the dumbed out Van Leader) enemies in PhantasyStarII ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' have a variation on this: the large, vertical "slab" in front rotates 90 degrees, opens sideways, a crackling of energy is seen inside, and it launches an energy blast.
7th Mar '17 5:28:54 PM Jokubas
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* At the end of the second season of the ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' anime, [[spoiler:Therestina Kihara]] opens a giant lance-like weapon to reveal it as one of these, consisting of eight prongs with electricity dancing between them. The weapon was built to imitate Mikoto Misaka's natural railgun superpower, ultimately firing a powerful energy beam from the center.
20th Nov '16 8:07:39 PM Getta
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Compare BreathWeapon, its sort-of "organic" counterpart.
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