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20th Oct '17 7:52:45 PM Gamermaster
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* In Sergey Snegov's "The Men Like Gods", people use a device called "Tanev's annihilator", which can convert spacetime to matter and vice versa, ''as an engine''. While not initially being [[MildlyMilitary all that warlike]], they find the side effects of their favorite space drive [[SuperweaponSurprise quite useful]] later, when rather unfriendly aliens appear. The heroes go on to ''[[DefeatMeansFriendship befriending]]'' the crap out of said aliens, in the best [[LyricalNanoha Nanoha-style]], and then teaming up with them when the next bunch of the enemies arrived. THREE TIMES. Also, the Ramirs (ancient super-advanced civilization, which lives in the galactic core) utilise Roton Beam, which can be switched from "burn the planet" to "blow up the star" mode and has an interstellar range.

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* In Sergey Snegov's "The Men Like Gods", people use a device called "Tanev's annihilator", which can convert spacetime to matter and vice versa, ''as an engine''. While not initially being [[MildlyMilitary all that warlike]], they find the side effects of their favorite space drive [[SuperweaponSurprise quite useful]] later, when rather unfriendly aliens appear. The heroes go on to ''[[DefeatMeansFriendship befriending]]'' the crap out of said aliens, in the best [[LyricalNanoha [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha-style]], and then teaming up with them when the next bunch of the enemies arrived. THREE TIMES. Also, the Ramirs (ancient super-advanced civilization, which lives in the galactic core) utilise Roton Beam, which can be switched from "burn the planet" to "blow up the star" mode and has an interstellar range.
20th Oct '17 12:37:27 AM PaulA
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** In ''The Man-Kzin Wars'', the Terran system is defended from invaders by the Mercury Laser; it's a laser the size of the equator of the planet Mercury, and is capable of destroying ships as far out as the orbit of Neptune. It turns out that while a purpose-engineered Wave Motion Gun is fun in itself, [[SuperweaponSurprise lasers powerful enough to drive solar sails]] are just as grand.

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** In ''The Man-Kzin Wars'', ''Literature/ManKzinWars'', the Terran system is defended from invaders by the Mercury Laser; it's a laser the size of the equator of the planet Mercury, and is capable of destroying ships as far out as the orbit of Neptune. It turns out that while a purpose-engineered Wave Motion Gun is fun in itself, [[SuperweaponSurprise lasers powerful enough to drive solar sails]] are just as grand.



** The story "Madness Has Its Place" has as protagonists a former ARM agent and some allies who go to some lengths to arrange that one of them will be at the Mercury Laser station at all times, just in case it needs to be pointed at ... something. It's left somewhat ambiguous whether they actually got away with the plan or were ''allowed'' to get away with it, and whether the very existence of the Mercury Laser in the first place is a lucky happenstance or a matter of foresight on the part of like-minded people years ago.
** "The Soft Weapon" features a multi-function alien device that can, in one of its modes, convert matter into energy at a distance. It should be noted that this is a ''hand-held'' device.

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** The story "Madness Has Its Place" "Literature/MadnessHasItsPlace" has as protagonists a former ARM agent and some allies who go to some lengths to arrange that one of them will be at the Mercury Laser station at all times, just in case it needs to be pointed at ... something. It's left somewhat ambiguous whether they actually got away with the plan or were ''allowed'' to get away with it, and whether the very existence of the Mercury Laser in the first place is a lucky happenstance or a matter of foresight on the part of like-minded people years ago.
** "The Soft Weapon" "Literature/TheSoftWeapon" features a multi-function alien device that can, in one of its modes, convert matter into energy at a distance. It should be noted that this is a ''hand-held'' device.
14th Oct '17 5:59:33 PM BewilderedHerd
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* Most ''Franchise/DragonBall'' protagonists can, if they put their mind to it, unleash beam attacks of planet-shattering proportions. Even the early days had Roshi and Piccolo casually blowing up ''Earth's moon'' to stop a rampaging Oozaru, and characters get several thousand times stronger from there. By the Cell Saga, we had beam attacks that were [[DistantReactionShot visible from space]], with Vegeta's Final Flash being particularly spectacular.

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* Most ''Franchise/DragonBall'' protagonists can, if they put their mind to it, unleash beam attacks of planet-shattering proportions. Even the early days had Roshi and Piccolo casually blowing up ''Earth's moon'' to stop a rampaging Oozaru, and characters get several thousand times stronger from there. By the Cell Saga, we had beam attacks that were [[DistantReactionShot visible from space]], with Vegeta's Final Flash being particularly spectacular.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA-WIynIzzs&t=8s that's the understatement of the century folks vegeta's final flash is insanely powerful its like the yamato's wave motion gun for all intents .
12th Oct '17 11:26:26 PM PaulA
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** In ''Ringworld's Children'', human starships are armed with a weapon called simply "The Anti-Matter Bullet"; guess what it fires.
** In ''Protector'', the Brennan-Monster destroys an entire fleet of Pak warships with something he calls the Finnagle Gun. It fires bowling-ball-sized pellets of pure neutronium.

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** In ''Ringworld's Children'', ''Literature/RingworldsChildren'', human starships are armed with a weapon called simply "The Anti-Matter Bullet"; guess what it fires.
** In ''Protector'', ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', the Brennan-Monster destroys an entire fleet of Pak warships with something he calls the Finnagle Finagle Gun. It fires bowling-ball-sized pellets of pure neutronium.



** And in his short story "The Warriors", a human colony ship uses [[WeaponizedExhaust a photon drive as its means of propulsion]]. When a Kzinti warship pulls up near them with hostile intentions, the crew has no idea what to do as [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas war and weapons haven't been seen on Earth for hundreds of years now]]. The captain has a [[ActualPacifist disturbingly sick idea]] and turns the ship so the engine faces the Kzinti ship and turns it on, which slices the Kzinti ship cleanly in two.
*** He explains that since he was trying to get away from the Kzin ship, he naturally pointed the drive in exactly the opposite direction: directly ''toward'' the Kzin ship. His crew are [[ActualPacifist still pretty squicked by it]], because there's considerable evidence he knew ''exactly'' what he was doing.

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** And in his short story In "The Warriors", a human colony ship uses [[WeaponizedExhaust a photon drive as its means of propulsion]]. When a Kzinti warship pulls up near them with hostile intentions, the crew has no idea what to do as [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas war and weapons haven't been seen on Earth for hundreds of years now]]. The captain has a [[ActualPacifist disturbingly sick idea]] and turns the ship so the engine faces the Kzinti ship and turns it on, which slices the Kzinti ship cleanly in two.
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two. He explains that since he was trying to get away from the Kzin ship, he naturally pointed the drive in exactly the opposite direction: directly ''toward'' the Kzin ship. His crew are [[ActualPacifist still pretty squicked by it]], because there's considerable evidence he knew ''exactly'' what he was doing.



*** The story "Madness Has Its Place" has as protagonists a former ARM agent and some allies who go to some lengths to arrange that one of them will be at the Mercury Laser station at all times, just in case it needs to be pointed at ... something. It's left somewhat ambiguous whether they actually got away with the plan or were ''allowed'' to get away with it, and whether the very existence of the Mercury Laser in the first place is a lucky happenstance or a matter of foresight on the part of like-minded people years ago.
** Let's not forget the Soft Weapon, which is an multi-function alien device that can, in one of its modes, convert matter into energy at a distance. It should be noted that this is a ''hand-held'' device.
** There's also the ''Wunderland Treatymaker'', based on an alien 'excavation tool', it creates two areas, one that suppresses the negative charge of electrons, and one that suppresses the positive charge of protons. [[HumansAreBastards The humans made an]] [[KillSat orbital version]]. After it was used, they renamed the planet '''Canyon''' after its defining feature.
** And the Literature/{{Ringworld}} itself is defended by a laser that is generated from artificially produced sunspots. It shoots a laser beam larger than Earth's moon. The kzin on the team comments, "With such a weapon I could boil the Earth to vapor."
* Another of Niven's novels (along with Jerry Pournelle) has some real-world realizable ones: The climactic battle of Literature/{{Footfall}} involves the Orion-drive powered ''Archangel Michael'' (see RealLife section below for a description of what the ''fuel'' for one of these suckers is like) that also drops 'spurt bombs' into the drive blasts to power them up. They fire beams of coherent x-rays. The aliens use landing vessels the size of an aircraft carrier, which are launched back up to orbit on launch lasers. That means they've got ''ground based'' lasers with hundreds of times the sustained energy output of the largest chemically powered rockets.

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*** ** The story "Madness Has Its Place" has as protagonists a former ARM agent and some allies who go to some lengths to arrange that one of them will be at the Mercury Laser station at all times, just in case it needs to be pointed at ... something. It's left somewhat ambiguous whether they actually got away with the plan or were ''allowed'' to get away with it, and whether the very existence of the Mercury Laser in the first place is a lucky happenstance or a matter of foresight on the part of like-minded people years ago.
** Let's not forget the "The Soft Weapon, which is an Weapon" features a multi-function alien device that can, in one of its modes, convert matter into energy at a distance. It should be noted that this is a ''hand-held'' device.
** There's also the The ''Wunderland Treatymaker'', based on an alien 'excavation tool', it creates two areas, one that suppresses the negative charge of electrons, and one that suppresses the positive charge of protons. [[HumansAreBastards The humans made an]] [[KillSat orbital version]]. After it was used, they renamed the planet '''Canyon''' after its defining feature.
** And the The Literature/{{Ringworld}} itself is defended by a laser that is generated from artificially produced sunspots. It shoots a laser beam larger than Earth's moon. The kzin on the team comments, "With such a weapon I could boil the Earth to vapor."
* Another of Niven's novels (along with ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'' (by Niven and Jerry Pournelle) has some real-world realizable ones: The climactic battle of Literature/{{Footfall}} involves the Orion-drive powered ''Archangel Michael'' (see RealLife section below for a description of what the ''fuel'' for one of these suckers is like) that also drops 'spurt bombs' into the drive blasts to power them up. They fire beams of coherent x-rays. The aliens use landing vessels the size of an aircraft carrier, which are launched back up to orbit on launch lasers. That means they've got ''ground based'' lasers with hundreds of times the sustained energy output of the largest chemically powered rockets.
12th Oct '17 11:13:21 AM DarkDuel
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*** Wing Gundam's signature Buster Rifle happened to be a ''[[{{BFG}} handheld]]'' one of these. It's a beam cannon that kills ''space colonies'', but only has enough juice for three shots. Its successor Wing Gundam Zero wielded a ''Twin'' Buster Rifle that not only packed twice the firepower, but could be [[BifurcatedWeapon split into]] [[GunsAkimbo a pair of Buster Rifles]] and can be fired as many times as the pilot wants! The Twin Buster Rifle is so powerful, [[spoiler:that the recoil from firing it 3 times in a row is one of the primary causes of the destruction of the Wing Zero Custom]](though Wing Zero Custom had been badly damaged by its previous combat engagement against Nataku/Altron Custom, and was also taking heavy fire from enemy forces on the ground - both of which may have contributed).

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*** Wing Gundam's signature Buster Rifle happened to be a ''[[{{BFG}} handheld]]'' one of these. It's a beam cannon that kills ''space colonies'', but only has enough juice for three shots. Its successor Wing Gundam Zero wielded a ''Twin'' Buster Rifle that not only packed twice the firepower, but could be [[BifurcatedWeapon split into]] [[GunsAkimbo a pair of Buster Rifles]] and can be fired as many times as the pilot wants! The Twin Buster Rifle is so powerful, [[spoiler:that the recoil from firing it 3 times in a row is one of the primary causes of the destruction of the Wing Zero Custom]](though Custom(though Wing Zero Custom had been badly damaged by its previous combat engagement against Nataku/Altron Custom, and was also taking heavy fire from enemy forces on the ground - both of which may have contributed).contributed)]].
12th Oct '17 9:44:12 AM DarkDuel
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*** ''Gundam SEED'' spacecraft of the Archangel (Earth Alliance vessels; specifically, the Archangel and the Dominion) and Izumo (Orb vessels; the Kusanagi) class have a weapon known as the Lohengrin, which is quite close to being a Wave Motion Gun. It shoots a beam of ANTIMATTER at the target, although it's somewhat based in fact: It is a positron beam cannon, and positrons are a form of antimatter that have been proven to exist (they're electrons, but with a positive charge instead of the requisite negative charge). They have to be charged before use, which involves SuckingInLines. They're clearly based on the aforementioned ''Blue Noah'' version, up to the placement of the gun and charging animations. A long tradition, there!

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*** ''Gundam SEED'' spacecraft of the Archangel (Earth Alliance vessels; specifically, the Archangel and the Dominion) and Izumo (Orb vessels; the Kusanagi) class have a weapon known as the Lohengrin, which is quite close to being a Wave Motion Gun. The Archangel-class has two of these, one in each leg. Insanely, the Izumo-class has FOUR, with two mounted to each side of the stern sections of its hull. It shoots a beam of ANTIMATTER at the target, although it's somewhat based in fact: It is a positron beam cannon, and positrons are a form of antimatter that have been proven to exist (they're electrons, but with a positive charge instead of the requisite negative charge). They have to be charged before use, which involves SuckingInLines. They're clearly based on the aforementioned ''Blue Noah'' version, up to the placement of the gun and charging animations. A long tradition, there!
12th Oct '17 9:42:34 AM DarkDuel
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*** Wing Gundam's signature Buster Rifle happened to be a ''[[{{BFG}} handheld]]'' one of these. It's a beam cannon that kills ''space colonies'', but only has enough juice for three shots. Its successor Wing Gundam Zero wielded a ''Twin'' Buster Rifle that not only packed twice the firepower, but could be [[BifurcatedWeapon split into]] [[GunsAkimbo a pair of Buster Rifles]] and can be fired as many times as the pilot wants! The Twin Buster Rifle is so powerful, [[spoiler:that the recoil from firing it 3 times in a row is one of the primary causes of the destruction of the Wing Zero Custom]].

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*** Wing Gundam's signature Buster Rifle happened to be a ''[[{{BFG}} handheld]]'' one of these. It's a beam cannon that kills ''space colonies'', but only has enough juice for three shots. Its successor Wing Gundam Zero wielded a ''Twin'' Buster Rifle that not only packed twice the firepower, but could be [[BifurcatedWeapon split into]] [[GunsAkimbo a pair of Buster Rifles]] and can be fired as many times as the pilot wants! The Twin Buster Rifle is so powerful, [[spoiler:that the recoil from firing it 3 times in a row is one of the primary causes of the destruction of the Wing Zero Custom]].Custom]](though Wing Zero Custom had been badly damaged by its previous combat engagement against Nataku/Altron Custom, and was also taking heavy fire from enemy forces on the ground - both of which may have contributed).
9th Oct '17 2:27:49 AM SebastianGray
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** Some of the [[GodzillaThreshold Ordinatus]] [[MilitaryMashupMachine war machines]] take this form. The basic concept of the Ordinatus is "Alright, this sort of weapon works best against what we're facing, and we're gonna need ''a whole fucking lot'' of it", and when the sort of weapon needed is plasma for armor, or sonic weaponry against fortifications, among other possibilities, the end result is one of these. The plasma one (Ordinatus Armageddon) fired globs of plasma large enough to melt Imperial Titans, and the sound-based one (Ordinatus Mars) liquefied an entire fortress in a couple shots. Of course, some others take [[DrillTank different]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre forms]] if the problem isn't best solved with a continent-scorching gun.
8th Oct '17 11:46:32 AM Lopiny
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** Some of the [[GodzillaThreshold Ordinatus]] [[MilitaryMashupMachine war machines]] take this form. The basic concept of the Ordinatus is "Alright, this sort of weapon works best against what we're facing, and we're gonna need ''a whole fucking lot'' of it", and when the sort of weapon needed is plasma for armor, or sonic weaponry against fortifications, among other possibilities, the end result is one of these. The plasma one (Ordinatus Armageddon) fired globs of plasma large enough to melt Imperial Titans, and the sound-based one (Ordinatus Mars) liquefied an entire fortress in a couple shots. Of course, some others take [[DrillTank different]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre forms]] if the problem isn't best solved with a continent-scorching gun.
3rd Oct '17 10:54:03 AM Malady
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* ''{{Suppression}}'' brings us the Doomsday Crush Cannon. [[http://suppressioncomic.com/?p=162 It must be seen to be believed.]]

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* ''{{Suppression}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Suppression}}'' brings us the Doomsday Crush Cannon. [[http://suppressioncomic.com/?p=162 It must be seen to be believed.]]
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