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22nd Sep '16 7:09:23 PM ZimFan89
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** ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' has the Project Zeus {{Kill Sat}}s, which are capable of dropping giant metal rods from orbit, causing all the damage of nukes but with none of the fallout. Made even more terrifying by the fact that they're ''theoretically possible in real life''.
11th Sep '16 10:14:50 PM PaulA
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* The Molecular Disruptor, or "Little Doctor," in OrsonScottCard's ''EndersGame''. The MD releases a burst of energy that tears matter apart at the molecular level. At the same time, this process releases more of that same kind of energy, meaning that once it hits an object, that thing is utterly destroyed as the energy propagates throughout it. In deep space, it's relatively safe to use, as the energy dissipates over much of any distance, meaning it's unlikely to destroy more than one ship unless they're tightly packed together. Used on [[spoiler:a planet]], however...

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* The Molecular Disruptor, or "Little Doctor," in OrsonScottCard's ''EndersGame''.Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame''. The MD releases a burst of energy that tears matter apart at the molecular level. At the same time, this process releases more of that same kind of energy, meaning that once it hits an object, that thing is utterly destroyed as the energy propagates throughout it. In deep space, it's relatively safe to use, as the energy dissipates over much of any distance, meaning it's unlikely to destroy more than one ship unless they're tightly packed together. Used on [[spoiler:a planet]], however...
6th Sep '16 8:39:01 AM Ghostninja109
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* Deifacted Nethicite in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is essentially [[FantasticNuke the magical equivalent of nuclear weapons]], with one instance in the prologue levelling an entire city and [[NuclearNasty mutating all life in the surrounding region]]. A second use later on wipes out a fleet of airships. Even an artificial scaled-down version is able to trigger a [[DeflectorShields Paling]] over a large portion of [[FirstTown Rabanastre]] while obliterating a small fleet docked in the area. Turns out that [[spoiler:the local JerkassGods give the stuff to whoever they can use as a puppet ruler]].
3rd Sep '16 10:32:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[MoreThanInfinite Bakusaiga]], Sesshoumaru's true sword. When it's revealed that Bakusaiga not only destroys what it's directly cut, but the blow then [[TheVirus automatically]] [[ChainReactionDestruction transfers]] to anything that comes into contact with the original victim, [[MasterOfIllusion Byakuya]] sets up a trap designed to kill Sesshoumaru. When Sesshoumaru points out a couple of {{youkai}} won't stop him, Byakuya reveals he [[GenreSavvy knows]] and that's why he's enlisted an army of [[CrazyPrepared several thousand]]. Sesshoumaru destroys the entire army ''with a single swing'' of Bakusaiga.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[MoreThanInfinite Bakusaiga]], Sesshoumaru's true sword. When it's revealed that Bakusaiga not only destroys what it's directly cut, but the blow then [[TheVirus automatically]] [[ChainReactionDestruction transfers]] to anything that comes into contact with the original victim, [[MasterOfIllusion Byakuya]] sets up a trap designed to kill Sesshoumaru. When Sesshoumaru points out a couple of {{youkai}} won't stop him, Byakuya reveals he [[GenreSavvy knows]] knows and that's why he's enlisted an army of [[CrazyPrepared several thousand]]. Sesshoumaru destroys the entire army ''with a single swing'' of Bakusaiga.
30th Aug '16 11:45:45 AM Willbyr
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* Pain from ''{{Naruto}}'' was planning to [[spoiler:use the tailed beasts the Akatsuki were sealing away to create this.]]
* ''OnePiece'' has three of them: Pluton, Uranus and Poseidon.

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* Pain from ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was planning to [[spoiler:use the tailed beasts the Akatsuki were sealing away to create this.]]
* ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' has three of them: Pluton, Uranus and Poseidon.
12th Aug '16 2:04:42 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', we have the NOVA Nuclear Cluster. Admiral Whitcomb described it as a "Planet Killer", and was originally to be used to even the odds against the Covenant in space battles.

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* In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', we have the NOVA Nuclear Cluster. Admiral Whitcomb described it as a "Planet Killer", and was originally to be used to even the odds against the Covenant in space battles. We get to see it used in ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', where one is enough to vaporize a fleet of hundreds, scorch half a planet, and ''shatter a moon''.



** The eponymous Halos will, if all seven are activated, wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy by releasing energy waves that target the nervous systems of any sufficiently-complex lifeforms in range. The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] built them in order to starve [[TheVirus the Flood]] out of existence, and wiped out most life thousands of years prior to the games. Unfortunately, the Forerunners had kept some Flood in a safe place on at least two Halos for study.
** The Halo-verse has a handful of other [=WMDs=] as well. The humans have thermonuclear warheads that can range up to 60-80 megatons in yield, mainly used for ship-to-ship combat, as well as the prototype 'NOVA' warhead that basically takes nine very-high-yield fusion explosions, sets them off simultaneously, and briefly compresses them to "neutron-star density" to provide a 100-fold boost, resulting in a blast capable of scorching and lethally irradiating an entire Earth-sized planet and ''shattering'' its moon. The UNSC also use [[MagneticWeapons coilguns]] as their main anti-ship armaments, and the 600-ton (3,000 for the big geosync defense platforms), relativistic-velocity slugs can cause asteroid-level devastation if they hit a planet. The Covenant, meanwhile, don't have any flashy 'big boom' weapons, but they can - and have - use their fleets to carry out orbital plasma bombardment of planets which can render a world uninhabitable (when they're particularly thorough, the planet's atmosphere ''boils off'').

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** The eponymous Halos will, if all seven are activated, wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy by releasing energy waves that target the nervous systems of any sufficiently-complex lifeforms in range. The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] built them in order to starve [[TheVirus the Flood]] out of existence, and wiped out most life thousands of were forced to fire them 100,000 years prior to the games. Unfortunately, the Forerunners had kept some Flood in a number of safe place on at least two Halos places for study.
** The Halo-verse ''Halo''verse has a handful of other [=WMDs=] as well. The humans have thermonuclear warheads that can range up to 60-80 megatons in yield, mainly used for ship-to-ship combat, as well as the prototype 'NOVA' warhead that basically takes nine very-high-yield fusion explosions, sets them off simultaneously, and briefly compresses them to "neutron-star density" to provide a 100-fold boost, resulting in a blast capable of scorching and lethally irradiating an entire Earth-sized planet and ''shattering'' its moon. The UNSC also use [[MagneticWeapons coilguns]] as their main anti-ship armaments, and the 600-ton (3,000 for the big geosync defense platforms), relativistic-velocity slugs can cause asteroid-level devastation if they hit a planet. The Covenant, meanwhile, don't have any flashy 'big boom' weapons, but they can - and have - use their fleets to carry out orbital plasma bombardment of planets which can render a world uninhabitable (when they're particularly thorough, the planet's atmosphere ''boils off'').
10th Aug '16 9:28:52 PM Juicesir
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** Centerpoint Station, a gravitational weapon that could basically do anything including blowing up stars (while remaining stationary itself; its gravity bursts could work through hyperspace). Used once in the Yuuzhan Vong War to [[spoiler::destroy a Vong fleet, along with half the Hapan fleet engaging them which gets wiped out as collateral damage]].

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** Centerpoint Station, a gravitational weapon that could basically do anything including blowing up stars (while remaining stationary itself; its gravity bursts could work through hyperspace). Used once in the Yuuzhan Vong War to [[spoiler::destroy [[spoiler:destroy a Vong fleet, along with half the Hapan fleet engaging them which gets wiped out as collateral damage]].
30th Jul '16 1:03:16 PM nombretomado
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* The planetoids from ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' by DavidWeber are armed with missiles that use warheads armed with everything from (super-powered) chemical explosives to gigaton-range antimatter devices. And they aren't even considered the real shipkillers, that honour falling to the gravitonic warhead, a micro-ish black hole generator. [[spoiler: Then, there is the gravitonic super-bomb, a weapon that kills everything within a light-second or so of its activation point and can cause a [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova]] if activated close to a star. Oh yes, and one type of FTL drive can also nova a star if you're not careful.]]

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* The planetoids from ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' by DavidWeber Creator/DavidWeber are armed with missiles that use warheads armed with everything from (super-powered) chemical explosives to gigaton-range antimatter devices. And they aren't even considered the real shipkillers, that honour falling to the gravitonic warhead, a micro-ish black hole generator. [[spoiler: Then, there is the gravitonic super-bomb, a weapon that kills everything within a light-second or so of its activation point and can cause a [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova]] if activated close to a star. Oh yes, and one type of FTL drive can also nova a star if you're not careful.]]
22nd Jul '16 4:38:35 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' underlines how dragons, when used tactically, are weapons of mass destruction. OK, so they're not planet busters in and of themselves and they have animal minds of their own so can be a bit... unpredictable. But, three dragons that like you and (mostly) do as you suggest vs four large, converging armies who don't like you and a stonking BigFancyCastle? [[KillItWithFire Problems]], [[CurbStompBattle you say]]? In the "not as awesome as dragons" stakes, however, is the rather more mundane alternative: wildfire. A conventional enough weapon, this: take napalm, cross it with GreekFire, add a little supernatural va-va-voom and some good, solid strategical placement. With enough of it, you can say goodbye to besieging problems... and, hello to a massive clean-up bill.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' underlines how dragons, when used tactically, are weapons of mass destruction. OK, so they're not planet busters in and of themselves and they have animal minds of their own so can be a little bit... unpredictable. [[StubbornMule unpredictable]]. But, three dragons that who rather like you and (mostly) do as you suggest vs four large, converging armies who (who don't like you and at all) combined with a stonking BigFancyCastle? very rude, stonkingly massive BigFancyCastle blocking progress? [[KillItWithFire Problems]], [[CurbStompBattle you say]]? In the "not as awesome as dragons" stakes, however, is the rather more mundane alternative: wildfire. A conventional enough weapon, this: take napalm, cross it with GreekFire, add a little supernatural va-va-voom and some good, solid strategical placement. With enough of it, you can say goodbye to besieging problems... and, hello to a massive clean-up bill.
2nd Jul '16 12:20:10 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', the Mask of Life (which is alive and sentient) is primarily intended to revive the Great Spirit Mata Nui, but it has a failsafe should the universe ever collapse into decay, plague, war, etc. Said failsafe is the absorption of all life in the universe, a la the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' from the video games of the same name. However, while Halos have an activation sequence necessary, this does not. And there's only one needed, so it's arguable that it is even more powerful.

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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the Mask of Life (which is alive and sentient) is primarily intended to revive the Great Spirit Mata Nui, but it has a failsafe should the universe ever collapse into decay, plague, war, etc. Said failsafe is the absorption of all life in the universe, a la the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' from the video games of the same name. However, while Halos have an activation sequence necessary, this does not. And there's only one needed, so it's arguable that it is even more powerful.
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