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23rd May '16 8:47:18 AM Peteman
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* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).

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* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel). With the Disney reboot, most of these have disappeared in the new canon, only for them to come up with new ones like Starkiller Base, which drained stars to fling the resultant energies across interstellar distances and wipe out planets.
17th Mar '16 5:22:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheNightsDawnTrilogy'', we find The Alchemist. This deceptively small device (comparably sized to a normal combat missile) was built for the specific purpose of destroying a star (specifically, the host star of the world that used antimatter strikes on the homeworld of the device's creator). It does this by a clever combination of two bog-standard technologies in the setting. Upon learning what the accursed thing is and how it works, the hero remarks on just how insanely dangerous the scientist who created it is, and internally wonders how nobody ELSE has thought of this. He proceeds to use it himself shortly afterwards, on the lower power setting, which paradoxically is the one that causes the target to explode.

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* In ''TheNightsDawnTrilogy'', ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'', we find The Alchemist. This deceptively small device (comparably sized to a normal combat missile) was built for the specific purpose of destroying a star (specifically, the host star of the world that used antimatter strikes on the homeworld of the device's creator). It does this by a clever combination of two bog-standard technologies in the setting. Upon learning what the accursed thing is and how it works, the hero remarks on just how insanely dangerous the scientist who created it is, and internally wonders how nobody ELSE has thought of this. He proceeds to use it himself shortly afterwards, on the lower power setting, which paradoxically is the one that causes the target to explode.



* Being a military RTS, ActOfWar has the obligatory Tactical Weapon for each faction, going from nuclear cruise missiles to Nuclear Artillery; however, in an interesting twist, the game also adds Counter-tactical Weapons, which can protect your base and forces pretty well.
* Each race in ''EveOnline'' has its own flavor of Doomsday Device (the actual game term for the weapons class). When fired, they destroy pretty much any ship within 150 kilometers save for heavily armored battleships, which just barely survive.
** As a reference point, a single detonation of a Doomsday Device is canonically capable of extreme damage to a planet; that is, apocalyptic hellfire and brimstone on the targeted area, with a side effect of initiating the destruction of the planet's biosphere.
** The upcoming expansion pack "Dominion" is modifying the Doomsday Device of all four Titans: they are now going to be a focused-fire weapon. So as opposed to the area-of-effect destruction field, think [[Film/StarWars Death Star superlaser]].

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* Being a military RTS, ActOfWar ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' has the obligatory Tactical Weapon for each faction, going from nuclear cruise missiles to Nuclear Artillery; however, in an interesting twist, the game also adds Counter-tactical Weapons, which can protect your base and forces pretty well.
* Each race in ''EveOnline'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has its own flavor of Doomsday Device (the actual game term for the weapons class). When fired, they destroy pretty much any ship within 150 kilometers save for heavily armored battleships, which just barely survive.
** As a reference point, a single detonation of a Doomsday Device is canonically capable of extreme damage to a planet; that is, apocalyptic hellfire and brimstone on the targeted area, with a side effect of initiating the destruction of the planet's biosphere.
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survive. The upcoming expansion pack "Dominion" is modifying the Doomsday Device of all four Titans: they are now going to be a focused-fire weapon. So as opposed to the area-of-effect destruction field, think [[Film/StarWars Death Star superlaser]].



** One codex entry actually lists the various type of [=WMDs=] by tier. The most devastating tier is [[ColonyDrop asteroid bombardment]], since that doesn't just destroy a lot of stuff, but pretty much irrevocably destroys the world that it hits (not to mention being basically free). The least devastating tier is ecological alteration such that a dominant species loses dominance. The implication is that the civilized races are less worried about the overall damage inflicted, and more worried about the possibility of the (rare) habitable planets being made uninhabitable.
*** Not that surprising, given that the Council has signed off on the complete extermination of two intelligent species. The EncyclopediaExposita doesn't say much about the [=ABCs=] - [[NukeEm Atomic]], [[ThePlague Biological]] and [[DeadlyGas Chemical]] weapons. And given that the Turians are biologically incapable of contacting diseases from any other species but the bubble-boy Quarians, it makes you wonder how much of their peacekeeping was like the genophage.
*** Put in perspective, when the Council ''authorizes'' an extinction, they must believe that race's existence will have consequences as bad or worse than upper tier [=WMD=]'s.



* Along the veins of the Death Star, let's not forget ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'''s ''[[WaveMotionGun Behemoth]]'', a massive energy cannon with a ship wrapped around it that was designed to destroy the Kilrathi homeworld. Was only used once, and not on the Kilrathi.

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* Along the veins of the Death Star, let's not forget ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'''s ''[[WaveMotionGun Behemoth]]'', ''VideoGame/WingCommander'':
** ''III'' has [[WaveMotionGun The Behemoth]],
a massive energy cannon with a ship wrapped around it that was designed to destroy the Kilrathi homeworld. Was only used once, and not on the Kilrathi.



*** Though considering the fact that many a few countries in Strangereal have superweapons than can probably destroy the world 10 times over, they must've realized that nukes just won't cut it anymore.



* The eponymous Franchise/{{Halo}}s 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.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The eponymous Franchise/{{Halo}}s 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.



** Don't forget the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' ones: Proton Collider(shout out, anyone?) and the Sigma Harmonizer for the Allies, a nuclear-powered magnetic vacuum imploder for the Soviet Union, and a Black, schoolgirl-powered psionic SphereOfDestruction for The Empire of the Rising Sun.
*** Not to mention Generals' repeated use of the term, whether the GLA stealing American weapons of mass destruction or the USA trying to stop their use.
** The Tiberium games also point out [=GDI's=] hypocrisy, in that they outlawed all nuclear weapons soon after they developed the ion cannon.
*** It's not necessarily ''entirely'' hypocritical: GDI didn't ''have'' the political clout to ban nuclear weapons until after the First Tiberian War -- and they didn't develop the ion cannon until late in TWI (also, enviromental concerns gradually become more and more important to GDI as Tiberium's negative effects became apparent, and since the ion cannon is cleaner than nukes...).
** While the ''in-game'' nukes are slap-on-the-wrist, the story of ''Red Alert'' treated nukes as this trope -- one Allied mission is about foiling a Soviet launch against major Allied cities and Stalin develops a 'sacrifice one Soviet army to nukes to kill several Allied armies' tactic that thankfully never gets implemented due to a lack of nukes.

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** Don't forget the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' ones: Proton Collider(shout out, anyone?) and the Sigma Harmonizer for the Allies, a nuclear-powered magnetic vacuum imploder for the Soviet Union, and a Black, schoolgirl-powered psionic SphereOfDestruction for The Empire of the Rising Sun.
*** Not to mention Generals' repeated use of the term, whether the GLA stealing American weapons of mass destruction or the USA trying to stop their use.
** The Tiberium games also point out [=GDI's=] hypocrisy, in that they outlawed all nuclear weapons soon after they developed the ion cannon.
*** It's not necessarily ''entirely'' hypocritical: GDI didn't ''have'' the political clout to ban nuclear weapons until after the First Tiberian War -- and they didn't develop the ion cannon until late in TWI (also, enviromental concerns gradually become more and more important to GDI as Tiberium's negative effects became apparent, and since the ion cannon is cleaner than nukes...).
** While the ''in-game'' nukes are slap-on-the-wrist, the story storyline of ''Red Alert'' the first ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' treated nukes as this trope -- one Allied mission is about foiling a Soviet launch against major Allied cities and Stalin develops a 'sacrifice one Soviet army to nukes to kill several Allied armies' tactic that thankfully never gets implemented due to a lack of nukes.nukes.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'': Proton Collider(shout out, anyone?) and the Sigma Harmonizer for the Allies, a nuclear-powered magnetic vacuum imploder for the Soviet Union, and a Black, schoolgirl-powered psionic SphereOfDestruction for The Empire of the Rising Sun.
11th Mar '16 1:51:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Just as a warm-up, The Genesis Device of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is capable of almost instantly {{terraform}}ing an entire planet. But if it used on a life-bearing planet, it would, as Spock points out, "Destroy such life in favor of its new matrix." The fact that the Genesis Planet (created by using the Device on a nebula) eventually catastrophically exploded doesn't help, either. The subsequent film revealed that the Genesis Device was a fundamentally-flawed technology due to its creator using highly unstable (and illegal) "proto-matter" to kick-start the device's matrix.
* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).
* Nanomites from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' which come in city eating [[GreyGoo Green Goo]] form or in MadeOfIron / MindControl injections.

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* Just as a warm-up, The Genesis Device of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is capable of almost instantly {{terraform}}ing an entire planet. But if it used on a life-bearing planet, it would, as Spock points out, "Destroy such life in favor of its new matrix." The fact that the Genesis Planet (created by using the Device on a nebula) eventually catastrophically exploded doesn't help, either. The subsequent film revealed that the Genesis Device was a fundamentally-flawed technology due to its creator using highly unstable (and illegal) "proto-matter" to kick-start the device's matrix.
* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).
* Nanomites from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' which come in city eating [[GreyGoo Green Goo]] form or in MadeOfIron / MindControl injections.
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* Just as a warm-up, The Genesis Device of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is capable of almost instantly {{terraform}}ing an entire planet. But if it used on a life-bearing planet, it would, as Spock points out, "Destroy such life in favor of its new matrix." The fact that the Genesis Planet (created by using the Device on a nebula) eventually catastrophically exploded doesn't help, either. The subsequent film revealed that the Genesis Device was a fundamentally-flawed technology due to its creator using highly unstable (and illegal) "proto-matter" to kick-start the device's matrix.
* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).
* Nanomites from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' which come in city eating [[GreyGoo Green Goo]] form or in MadeOfIron / MindControl injections.
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11th Mar '16 1:51:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** WordOfGod, though, says that ''Bionicle'''s "universe" usually equates to "known world" -- anything off the map wouldn't be affected.
** To be exact, the universe/known world is [[spoiler: [[WombLevel everything inside Mata Nui's body]]. He's a roughly ''planet''-sized robot.]]
11th Mar '16 1:50:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).

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* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[JediAcademyTrilogy [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel).



** Creator/TimothyZahn, who kickstarted the Bantam era of novels with TheThrawnTrilogy and concluded it with the massive FixFic HandOfThrawn duology, had a quiet TakeThat when Mara Jade talked about how superweapons weren't Thrawn's style. He went for [[ThePlan more effective means of conquest]].

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** Creator/TimothyZahn, who kickstarted the Bantam era of novels with TheThrawnTrilogy ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and concluded it with the massive FixFic HandOfThrawn ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, had a quiet TakeThat when Mara Jade talked about how superweapons weren't Thrawn's style. He went for [[ThePlan more effective means of conquest]].
11th Mar '16 1:49:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comic, the Mandalorians [[spoiler: devastate a planet with good old-fashioned nuclear missles]] four thousand years before the movies. Makes you wonder why the Death Star was even necessary.
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** TimothyZahn, who kickstarted the Bantam era of novels with TheThrawnTrilogy and concluded it with the massive FixFic HandOfThrawn duology, had a quiet TakeThat when Mara Jade talked about how superweapons weren't Thrawn's style. He went for [[ThePlan more effective means of conquest]].
*** And in in [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Destiny%27s_Way "Destiny's Way,"]] Creator/WalterJonWilliams basically had the most awesome man in the galaxy rant that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Superweapon superweapon]]s are lame, and those that attempt to build them are beyond lame.
--->'''Han Solo''': ''What the Empire would have done was build a supercolossal Yuuzhan Vong-killing battle machine. They would have called it the Nova Colossus… Galaxy Destructor or the Nostril of Palpatine or something equally grandiose… And you know what would have happened? It wouldn't have worked. They'd forget to bolt down a metal plate over an access hatch leading to the main reactors, or some other mistake, and a hotshot enemy pilot would drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing up.''
** In the ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comic, the Mandalorians [[spoiler: devastate a planet with good old-fashioned nuclear missles]] four thousand years before the movies. Makes you wonder why the Death Star was even necessary.
** 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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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** Creator/TimothyZahn, who kickstarted the Bantam era of novels with TheThrawnTrilogy and concluded it with the massive FixFic HandOfThrawn duology, had a quiet TakeThat when Mara Jade talked about how superweapons weren't Thrawn's style. He went for [[ThePlan more effective means of conquest]].
** And in in [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Destiny%27s_Way "Destiny's Way,"]] Creator/WalterJonWilliams basically had the most awesome man in the galaxy rant that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Superweapon superweapon]]s are lame, and those that attempt to build them are beyond lame.
--->'''Han Solo''': ''What the Empire would have done was build a supercolossal Yuuzhan Vong-killing battle machine. They would have called it the Nova Colossus… Galaxy Destructor or the Nostril of Palpatine or something equally grandiose… And you know what would have happened? It wouldn't have worked. They'd forget to bolt down a metal plate over an access hatch leading to the main reactors, or some other mistake, and a hotshot enemy pilot would drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing up.''
** 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]].
11th Mar '16 1:46:32 AM Morgenthaler
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*** The Death Star blows straight through even the strongest planetary shield, and since it ''destroys'' a planet rather than merely devastates it, you can be assured that no matter what measures had been taken, anyone on the planet is dead.
*** According to expanded universe sources, standard starships could already devastate an entire planet that way (not destroy it physically but render the surface uninhabitable for life forms). The tactic is called Base Delta Zero and one Imperial-class Star Destroyer is enough to do it to one planet.
*** The problem is not devastating an entire planet, it's defeating the shields defending it: in ''The Empire Strikes Back'' we have a fleet of five Star Destroyers and a ''Star Dreadnought'' (like a Star Destroyer, only a pair of orders of magnitude bigger and more powerful) against a single half-completed Rebel base, and they don't even try orbital bombardment because, as stated by Vader's officers, its shield could deflect their bombardment. Planetary shields are ''a lot'' stronger... And the Death Star superlaser overwhelmed Alderaan's ''in less than a second'' and still had enough power to cause an EarthShatteringKaboom.
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* The Dakara Superweapon from ''Series/StargateSG1'', capable of disintegrating a lifeform of your choice by a giant wave that wraps around the planet. (The wave can be altered to target any lifeform while leaving others alone; for example, choosing between organic lifeforms and replicators.) In fact, it can even be used to delete life in the entire ''galaxy''.
** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.

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The Dakara Superweapon from ''Series/StargateSG1'', Superweapon, capable of disintegrating a lifeform of your choice by a giant wave that wraps around the planet. (The wave can be altered to target any lifeform while leaving others alone; for example, choosing between organic lifeforms and replicators.) In fact, it can even be used to delete life in the entire ''galaxy''.
** In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.
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** The "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.
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** More recently, in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.

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** More recently, in In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.
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** "Silver Nemesis" had the Validium statue which was capable of wiping out entire Cybermen warfleets.
** "Remembrance of the Daleks" had "''The hand of Omega''" which could rewire stars, and was used to vaporise an entire solar system.

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** "Silver Nemesis" had the Validium statue statue, which was capable of wiping out entire Cybermen warfleets.
** "Remembrance of the Daleks" had "''The hand the Hand of Omega''" Omega, which could rewire stars, and was used to vaporise an entire solar system.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], the weapon the Doctor used to end the Time War was one of these called the Moment, also known as the Galaxy Eater, developed by Gallifrey's Ancients. [[spoiler:It was so powerful that it became sentient and developed a consience so the Time Lords never dared use it because how do use a weapon of mass destruction that can pass judgement on you? It took the form of the Bad Wolf to try and persuade the Doctor '''not''' to use it, because it didn't want to kill the children still on Gallifrey during the War.]]

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], the weapon the Doctor used to end the Time War was one of these called the Moment, also known as the Galaxy Eater, developed by Gallifrey's Ancients. [[spoiler:It was so powerful that it became sentient and developed a consience so the Time Lords never dared use it because how do you use a weapon of mass destruction that can pass judgement on you? It took the form of the Bad Wolf to try and persuade the Doctor '''not''' to use it, because it didn't want to kill the children still on Gallifrey during the War.]]



* The Sword of Creation (also known as the Realm Defense Grid) from ''{{Exalted}}''. Capable of targeted environmental destruction (using effects such as rains of iron needles or walls of fire) from a scale of anywhere between 10 square miles and all of Creation. Also enhances the spells of those using it, and can control the Warmanses of the Blessed Isle. Typically used to defend Creation from [[TheFairFolk the Raksha]], although the Scarlet Empress was able to use it to establish one of the most powerful empires in history. When used by anyone other than a circle of Solar sorcerers, has severe geomantic side effects (i.e. causes natural disasters across Creation).

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* The Sword of Creation (also known as the Realm Defense Grid) from ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Capable of targeted environmental destruction (using effects such as rains of iron needles or walls of fire) from a scale of anywhere between 10 square miles and all of Creation. Also enhances the spells of those using it, and can control the Warmanses of the Blessed Isle. Typically used to defend Creation from [[TheFairFolk the Raksha]], although the Scarlet Empress was able to use it to establish one of the most powerful empires in history. When used by anyone other than a circle of Solar sorcerers, has severe geomantic side effects (i.e. causes natural disasters across Creation).



* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' has the [[LostSuperweapon WarShips]], which are ''enormous'', heavily armed ships with the capability to jump up to 30 light years every two weeks. In the ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse Twilight of the Clans]]'' series, a [[BigBad Clan Smoke Jaguar]] [=WarShip=] opens fire on the city of Edo in retaliation for a prison-break, killing one million inhabitants instantly. The [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant entire Inner Sphere]] then proceeds to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge kill every Jaguar warrior they can find]]. Once they reach the Jaguar homeworld, use their Warship's [[MagneticWeapons Gauss Rifle]] and [[LightningGun Particle Projector Cannon]] to [[CurbStompBattle completely destroy several battalions of Jaguar warriors]] as they gather for an attack on the Sphere's ground forces.

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* ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has the [[LostSuperweapon WarShips]], which are ''enormous'', heavily armed ships with the capability to jump up to 30 light years every two weeks. In the ''[[BattleTechExpandedUniverse Twilight of the Clans]]'' series, a [[BigBad Clan Smoke Jaguar]] [=WarShip=] opens fire on the city of Edo in retaliation for a prison-break, killing one million inhabitants instantly. The [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant entire Inner Sphere]] then proceeds to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge kill every Jaguar warrior they can find]]. Once they reach the Jaguar homeworld, use their Warship's [[MagneticWeapons Gauss Rifle]] and [[LightningGun Particle Projector Cannon]] to [[CurbStompBattle completely destroy several battalions of Jaguar warriors]] as they gather for an attack on the Sphere's ground forces.
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