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31st Jul '17 5:22:35 PM tropower
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* The above is actually a call back to a previous Creator/{{Taito}} game, ''VideoGame/Metal Black'', which has a wave motion gun that can be charged by collection small power ups called newalones.
22nd Jul '17 6:24:22 PM Windows95Fan
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!!The Exemplifier is ready to fire in 3... 2...

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22nd Jul '17 5:20:14 PM CRBWildcat
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* Two of these show up in ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness''. The first is the [[Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon Idiot Gun,]] courtesy of Megas, and it lives up to its name [[spoiler: with no small thanks to Sagume Kishin]]. The second is Yuuka's Double Spark; it was already a powerful attack in its own right, but after she was scaled up to Megas's size, the resulting beam becomes large enough to be seen from space.
16th Jul '17 11:57:19 PM Averagemoe
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* 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.
16th Jul '17 11:56:37 PM Averagemoe
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* 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.
15th Jul '17 4:14:14 PM nombretomado
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* The so-called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_gun Sun gun]]" was a theoretical weapon first proposed in 1929. Later, during WorldWarII, ThoseWackyNazis tried to make it into a superweapon capable of burning cities or boiling oceans.

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* The so-called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_gun Sun gun]]" was a theoretical weapon first proposed in 1929. Later, during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, ThoseWackyNazis tried to make it into a superweapon capable of burning cities or boiling oceans.
9th Jul '17 1:06:00 AM AnotherDuck
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_YAL-1 Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Airbornelaserturret.jpg Look at the size of the friggin turret]]!

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* %%* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_YAL-1 Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Airbornelaserturret.jpg Look at the size of the friggin turret]]!



* Combine Wave Motion Gun with BeamSpam with RecursiveAmmo and you get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Excalibur Project Excalibur]], a theoretical X-ray laser KillSat powered by a [[NukeEm nuke going off]] that Edward Teller thought up for ballistic missile defense. Eventually folded into SDI, but never left the drawing board after disappointing preliminary tests with X-ray lasers.
** [[UpToEleven It is quite possible to combine multiple shaped charges or explosively formed penetrators, as well as bundles of xraser rods, in one nuclear package]]. NoKillLikeOverkill, indeed.
* Some space objects (dying supergiants or neutron stars colliding) can produce what is called a Gamma Ray Burst, basically two ''humongous'' lasers shooting out from opposite sides. The scary part? ''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed At least one star capable of producing a GRB is pointed at the Solar System, is extremely old, and may fire it off in the next 200,000 years]].''[[note]]Said star, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_104 WR 104]], may have ''already'' fired it off-- since gamma rays travel at the speed of light, the first we'd know is actually being hit by the thing. Fear not, however, as (a) it seems the thing may not actually be pointed at us and (b) it's unclear if that particular star could pull that off. Now, there ''are'' some [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_102 other]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_142 stars]] that are more likely to go GRB, may or may not be pointed at us, and are expected to die in a few thousand years. Sleep well.[[/note]] Talk about massive FrickinLaserBeams. Some scientists think that a gamma ray burst is what killed off the trilobites and their cousins and made way for the fish to dominate the seas.
** Excellent real-life example of what an unusually powerful GRB is capable of: [[http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/OhMyGodParticle/ the Oh-My-God particle]]. This is a proton with 300 [=EeV=] kinetic energy and speed 99.99999999999999999999951% of lightspeed (to quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "in a year-long race between light and the cosmic ray, the ray would fall behind only 46 nanometres") which in particle physics is simply unholy - energy equivalent to a ''baseball flying at 95 KPH''. '''''In a single subatomic particle'''''. "Oh-My-God" indeed.
*** To date, the most distant GRB ever detected was 13.14 ''billion light-years away'', making it not only the most distant GRB ever spotted, but also one of the most distant objects ''in the entire universe''. Now that's what you call a Wave Motion Gun.
** Gamma-ray bursts pales in comparison to quasars, as they're the brightest celestial objects in the universe, with the energy equivalent to the combined luminosity of up to ''hundreds of galaxies'' for a much longer time that a [=GRB=]. To give a perspective of how luminous they are, the first and nearest quasar to be detected ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3C_273 3C 273]]) looked like a totally harmless star in our night sky due to its sheer distance (at 2.4 ''billion light-years''), but if it is as close as Pollux (33 light years from the Earth), it would appear to be ''as bright as the Sun''.
* Roger Penrose theorised a particular kind of gravitational phenomenon... the "pp wave of death", a "gravitational plane wave exhibiting a strong nonscalar null curvature singularity, which propagates through an initially flat spacetime, progressively destroying the universe". A wave big enough to destroy the universe could never exist, but finite sized ones that could cause substantial damage might be created from certain kinds of black hole decay. These smaller waves were named "Thunderbolts".
** Basically, the wave propagates at lightspeed so you'll never see it coming and spaghettifies everything it touches much in the manner of a black hole. From its point of origin, it could conceivably reach out to the cosmic horizon 30 billion lightyears away. The size of the wavefront would be limited, but whether that means it would consume entire galaxies or 'only' be capable of obliterating every solar system it reached is something for the theoretical physicists to discuss.
* The A-10 Thunderbolt II carries the closest thing to a Wave Motion Gun that works right now - the GAU-8/A Avenger. Specifically, it's a [[GatlingGood 7 barreled rotary cannon]] that fires an [[MoreDakka INSANE]] amount of rounds (4200 per minute) and even appears to be a laser due to the amount of tracer rounds. The thing can [[NoKillLikeOverkill cut a TANK in half]] and has a recoil as strong as the plane's engines. The plane is literally built around the gun.
** Although the Warthog would have to get within spitting distance, and hit the tank from [[AttackItsWeakPoint above or behind]] to get through a Cold War-era tank's armor even with the Avenger cannon. Which gets dicey if the baddies brought halfway-decent AntiAir with them[[note]]Then again, you'd need a hell of a lot of Anti-air to bring a Warthog down.[[/note]]. Hence why the Warthog's ''primary'' method of attacking tanks would be to use [[BoringButPractical guided missiles or bombs.]] The Avenger made for a hell of a backup weapon though.
* Battleships from the Dreadnought era to the end of World War I had a reputation of being floating bringers of death, obviously because of their ridiculously large guns.
** {{Subverted}} by the ''Yamato''-class and ''Littorio''-class of WorldWarII: they had the firepower part right, being by far the most heavily armed warships of their theatres, but the ''Littorios'' tended to fire from too far without radars and never hit a target, and the one time the ''Yamato'' fired in anger, her guns were found to be ''too powerful'', as the shell would ''punch right through the enemy ships and explode harmlessly in the sea''.
*** To be fair, almost anything would punch straight through a lightly-armoured ship like an escort carrier (the USS ''Gambier Bay'' went down under ''Yamato'''s gunfire) when firing armor-piercing shells. Her heavy guns would no doubt have performed very well against heavy cruisers or other battleships.
* For the Eastern Front of WorldWarII, the [[RedsWithRockets Soviet]] 152 mm low-velocity howitzers qualified for this trope when used in against tanks. In 1941 the Soviets had the KV-2[[note]]For those who play ''Videogame/WorldOfTanks'', yes, it's the [[FanNickname derpgun]][[/note]], a version of their standard MightyGlacier KV-1 heavy tank, but with such a howitzer instead of an already effective high-velocity 76 mm, in order to kill ''bunkers'', which it did rather well. Obviously such a gun was a reliable OneHitKill on any tank in the world, especially the comparatively weak Panzers. [[AwesomeButImpractical Except that the required ginormous turret could not turn on anything but flat ground]], and the gun had ''two loaders'', all of which resulted in a very awkward vehicle that was quickly replaced by general-issue tanks. But is it a surprise that after studying the German [=StuGs=] and [[StartMyOwn deciding to build their own assault guuns]], the Soviets used it as a FixedForwardFacingWeapon? And even though technically it was always a fortifications buster, even [[NoKillLikeOverkill the basic 50 kg explosive shell easily tore off the turret]] a [[TheDreaded Tiger II]] with sheer explosive force - not to mention more appropriate rounds.
** It's also not exactly surprising that, when looking for a potential escalation of their late-UsefulNotes/ColdWar tank guns, the Soviets designed a [[RetroUpgrade 152 mm]] ''[[RetroUpgrade high-velocity]]'' [[RetroUpgrade tank gun]]. And with the [[TankGoodness T-14 Armata]], the RussiansWithRustingRockets are threatening to BreakOutTheMuseumPiece.

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* Combine Wave Motion Gun with BeamSpam with RecursiveAmmo and you get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Excalibur Project Excalibur]], a theoretical X-ray laser KillSat powered by a [[NukeEm nuke going off]] that Edward Teller thought up for ballistic missile defense. Eventually folded into SDI, but never left the drawing board after disappointing preliminary tests with X-ray lasers.
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lasers. [[UpToEleven It is quite possible to combine multiple shaped charges or explosively formed penetrators, as well as bundles of xraser rods, in one nuclear package]]. NoKillLikeOverkill, indeed.
* Some space objects (dying supergiants or neutron stars colliding) can produce what is called a Gamma Ray Burst, basically two ''humongous'' lasers shooting out from opposite sides. The scary part? ''[[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed sides.
**
At least one star capable of producing a GRB is pointed at the Solar System, is extremely old, and may fire it off in the next 200,000 years]].''[[note]]Said years.[[note]]Said star, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_104 WR 104]], may have ''already'' fired it off-- since gamma rays travel at the speed of light, the first we'd know is actually being hit by the thing. Fear not, however, as (a) it seems the thing may not actually be pointed at us and (b) it's unclear if that particular star could pull that off. Now, there ''are'' some [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_102 other]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WR_142 stars]] that are more likely to go GRB, may or may not be pointed at us, and are expected to die in a few thousand years. Sleep well.[[/note]] Talk about massive FrickinLaserBeams. Some scientists think that a gamma ray burst is what killed off the trilobites and their cousins and made way for the fish to dominate the seas.
** Excellent real-life example of what an unusually powerful GRB is capable of: [[http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/OhMyGodParticle/ the Oh-My-God particle]]. This is a proton with 300 [=EeV=] kinetic energy and speed 99.99999999999999999999951% of lightspeed (to quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "in a year-long race between light and the cosmic ray, the ray would fall behind only 46 nanometres") which in particle physics is simply unholy - energy equivalent to a ''baseball baseball flying at 95 KPH''. '''''In KPH. ''In a single subatomic particle'''''.particle''. "Oh-My-God" indeed.
*** ** To date, the most distant GRB ever detected was 13.14 ''billion light-years away'', making it not only the most distant GRB ever spotted, but also one of the most distant objects ''in the entire universe''. Now that's what you call a Wave Motion Gun.
** Gamma-ray bursts pales in comparison to quasars, as they're the brightest celestial objects in the universe, with the energy equivalent to the combined luminosity of up to ''hundreds of galaxies'' for a much longer time that a [=GRB=]. To give a perspective of how luminous they are, the first and nearest quasar to be detected ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3C_273 3C 273]]) looked like a totally harmless star in our night sky due to its sheer distance (at 2.4 ''billion light-years''), but if it is as close as Pollux (33 light years from the Earth), it would appear to be ''as bright as the Sun''.
* Roger Penrose theorised a particular kind of gravitational phenomenon... the "pp wave of death", a "gravitational plane wave exhibiting a strong nonscalar null curvature singularity, which propagates through an initially flat spacetime, progressively destroying the universe". A wave big enough to destroy the universe could never exist, but finite sized ones that could cause substantial damage might be created from certain kinds of black hole decay. These smaller waves were named "Thunderbolts".
**
"Thunderbolts". Basically, the wave propagates at lightspeed so you'll never see it coming and spaghettifies everything it touches much in the manner of a black hole. From its point of origin, it could conceivably reach out to the cosmic horizon 30 billion lightyears away. The size of the wavefront would be limited, but whether that means it would consume entire galaxies or 'only' be capable of obliterating every solar system it reached is something for the theoretical physicists to discuss.
* The A-10 Thunderbolt II carries the closest thing to a Wave Motion Gun that works right now - the GAU-8/A Avenger. Specifically, it's a [[GatlingGood 7 barreled rotary cannon]] that fires an [[MoreDakka INSANE]] amount of rounds (4200 per minute) and even appears to be a laser due to the amount of tracer rounds. The thing can [[NoKillLikeOverkill cut a TANK in half]] and has a recoil as strong as the plane's engines. The plane is literally built around the gun.
** Although the Warthog would have to get within spitting distance, and hit the tank from [[AttackItsWeakPoint above or behind]] to get through a Cold War-era tank's armor even with the Avenger cannon. Which gets dicey if the baddies brought halfway-decent AntiAir with them[[note]]Then again, you'd need a hell of a lot of Anti-air to bring a Warthog down.[[/note]]. Hence why the Warthog's ''primary'' method of attacking tanks would be to use [[BoringButPractical guided missiles or bombs.]] The Avenger made for a hell of a backup weapon though.
* Battleships from the Dreadnought era to the end of World War I had a reputation of being floating bringers of death, obviously because of their ridiculously large guns.
** {{Subverted}} by the ''Yamato''-class and ''Littorio''-class of WorldWarII: they had the firepower part right, being by far the most heavily armed warships of their theatres, but the ''Littorios'' tended to fire from too far without radars and never hit a target, and the one time the ''Yamato'' fired in anger, her guns were found to be ''too powerful'', as the shell would ''punch right through the enemy ships and explode harmlessly in the sea''.
*** To be fair, almost anything would punch straight through a lightly-armoured ship like an escort carrier (the USS ''Gambier Bay'' went down under ''Yamato'''s gunfire) when firing armor-piercing shells. Her heavy guns would no doubt have performed very well against heavy cruisers or other battleships.
* For the Eastern Front of WorldWarII, the [[RedsWithRockets Soviet]] 152 mm low-velocity howitzers qualified for this trope when used in against tanks. In 1941 the Soviets had the KV-2[[note]]For those who play ''Videogame/WorldOfTanks'', yes, it's the [[FanNickname derpgun]][[/note]], a version of their standard MightyGlacier KV-1 heavy tank, but with such a howitzer instead of an already effective high-velocity 76 mm, in order to kill ''bunkers'', which it did rather well. Obviously such a gun was a reliable OneHitKill on any tank in the world, especially the comparatively weak Panzers. [[AwesomeButImpractical Except that the required ginormous turret could not turn on anything but flat ground]], and the gun had ''two loaders'', all of which resulted in a very awkward vehicle that was quickly replaced by general-issue tanks. But is it a surprise that after studying the German [=StuGs=] and [[StartMyOwn deciding to build their own assault guuns]], the Soviets used it as a FixedForwardFacingWeapon? And even though technically it was always a fortifications buster, even [[NoKillLikeOverkill the basic 50 kg explosive shell easily tore off the turret]] a [[TheDreaded Tiger II]] with sheer explosive force - not to mention more appropriate rounds.
** It's also not exactly surprising that, when looking for a potential escalation of their late-UsefulNotes/ColdWar tank guns, the Soviets designed a [[RetroUpgrade 152 mm]] ''[[RetroUpgrade high-velocity]]'' [[RetroUpgrade tank gun]]. And with the [[TankGoodness T-14 Armata]], the RussiansWithRustingRockets are threatening to BreakOutTheMuseumPiece.
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8th Jul '17 5:55:06 PM nombretomado
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** Excellent real-life example of what an unusually powerful GRB is capable of: [[http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/OhMyGodParticle/ the Oh-My-God particle]]. This is a proton with 300 [=EeV=] kinetic energy and speed 99.99999999999999999999951% of lightspeed (to quote TheOtherWiki: "in a year-long race between light and the cosmic ray, the ray would fall behind only 46 nanometres") which in particle physics is simply unholy - energy equivalent to a ''baseball flying at 95 KPH''. '''''In a single subatomic particle'''''. "Oh-My-God" indeed.

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** Excellent real-life example of what an unusually powerful GRB is capable of: [[http://www.fourmilab.ch/documents/OhMyGodParticle/ the Oh-My-God particle]]. This is a proton with 300 [=EeV=] kinetic energy and speed 99.99999999999999999999951% of lightspeed (to quote TheOtherWiki: Wiki/TheOtherWiki: "in a year-long race between light and the cosmic ray, the ray would fall behind only 46 nanometres") which in particle physics is simply unholy - energy equivalent to a ''baseball flying at 95 KPH''. '''''In a single subatomic particle'''''. "Oh-My-God" indeed.
8th Jul '17 3:22:48 PM tomandtish
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*''Characters/LooneyTunes'' gave us Marvin the Martian, who decided he was going to destroy earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator. Fortunately Bugs was there to stop him. "There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom".
26th Jun '17 11:05:11 PM DarthWalrus
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** Although the Warthog would have to get within spitting distance, and hit the tank from [[AttackItsWeakPoint above or behind]] to get through a Cold War-era tank's armor even with the Avenger cannon. Which gets dicey if the baddies brought halfway-decent AntiAir with them. Hence why the Warthog's ''primary'' method of attacking tanks would be to use [[BoringButPractical guided missiles or bombs.]] The Avenger made for a hell of a backup weapon though.

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** Although the Warthog would have to get within spitting distance, and hit the tank from [[AttackItsWeakPoint above or behind]] to get through a Cold War-era tank's armor even with the Avenger cannon. Which gets dicey if the baddies brought halfway-decent AntiAir with them.them[[note]]Then again, you'd need a hell of a lot of Anti-air to bring a Warthog down.[[/note]]. Hence why the Warthog's ''primary'' method of attacking tanks would be to use [[BoringButPractical guided missiles or bombs.]] The Avenger made for a hell of a backup weapon though.
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