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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.
2nd Jul '16 12:28:09 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The "Dimension Eater" in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is a car-sized device that generates a ''planet''-sized NegativeSpaceWedgie that [[SphereOfDestruction eats anything in its path]].
** The Macross Cannon equipped on ''Macross'' and ''New Macross''-class ships ranks up there in firepower, usually being a OneHitKill on anything that gets shot by it. The original series also featured the Grand Cannon, a truly gigantic beam weapon which, when fired at the Bodolza Fleet, took out a couple ''million'' ships in one shot. Too bad that was barely one-fifth of the armada surrounding Earth... and the remaining Zentraedi wasted no time in counter-attacking it to make sure it couldn't fire again.

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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The "Dimension Eater" introduced in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is a car-sized device that generates a ''planet''-sized NegativeSpaceWedgie that [[SphereOfDestruction eats anything in its path]].
** The Macross Cannon equipped on ''Macross'' and ''New Macross''-class ships ranks up there in firepower, usually being a OneHitKill on anything that gets shot by it. The original series ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' also featured the Grand Cannon, a truly gigantic beam weapon which, when fired at the Bodolza Fleet, took out a couple ''million'' ships in one shot. Too bad that was barely one-fifth of the armada surrounding Earth... and the remaining Zentraedi wasted no time in counter-attacking it to make sure it couldn't fire again.
7th Jun '16 11:46:20 AM Chabal2
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** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is ''slightly'' more grounded in reality: The Chinese have a single huge nuke that leaves radioactive fire in its wake, the GLA fire SCUD missiles a dozen at a time to create a big swamp of anthrax (that also kills vehicles, go figure), and the USA have the particle cannon, which sends a giant beam of science into the sky, bounces it off a satellite, and sends it back to the ground where it can be moved to attack specific targets or write insulting messages. Oh, and each faction can build ''however the hell many they want''.
6th Jun '16 11:19:42 AM Doug86
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** Harry Dresden has the dubious honor of holding the trigger to one. As Warden of Demonreach, he has the authority to release some of the most terrifying and horrendous EldritchAbominations in existence upon the world.

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** Harry Dresden has the dubious honor of holding the trigger to one. As Warden of Demonreach, he has the authority to release some of the most terrifying and horrendous EldritchAbominations {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in existence upon the world.
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]].
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