Created By: Schol-R-LEA on June 19, 2014 Last Edited By: Schol-R-LEA on June 22, 2014
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Ultimate Nullifier

A unique weapon which can erase a target from existence.

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An Ultimate Nullifier is a unique Weapon of Mass Destruction (or in some cases, a Person of Mass Destruction) with the power to completely destroy a target: no saving throw, no take-backs, the target is just gone. At the very least, it completely disintegrates the victim. In extreme cases, it destroys the victims soul as well as body. In really extreme cases, it can erase them from time completely, such that they never existed in the first place.

I'm not sure if there is a version of this trope under a different name already. If not, it could be too rare to trope, though it does come up fairly often IME. Mainly a Comic Books trope, though it shows up in Science Fiction and Fantasy as well.

Examples:

Marvel Comics: the proposed Trope Namer is, of course, Galactus' Ultimate Nullifier, a weapon which in the wrong hands could threaten all existence.

Whateley Universe: Tennyo is bound to an ancient weapon designed to destroy Great Old Ones. Her 'death strike' can completed destroy virtually any target she chooses, both physically and spiritually, to the point that even the sub-atomic particles they are composed of disintegrate over a short period of time.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 19, 2014
    Arivne
    The last sentence in the 1st paragraph can Pot Hole to Ret Conjuration, but this is not the same as or covered by Ret Conjuration.

    Ret Conjuration is limited to changing the past, but the 1st and 2nd forms of this (destroy body, destroy body and soul) do not involve altering the past at all.
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Damage body = Disintegrator Ray
  • June 20, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • Phasers set to maximum in the Star Trek The Original Series, when fired at a target caused that target to become suffused with luminous energy for a few seconds, then fade away to nothingness. Mighty powerful for a handheld weapon.
    • A "Veron-T disruptor" from Star Trek The Next Generation could completely disintegrate a grown woman, but it takes many seconds to transpire, causing much agony to the victim in the meantime.
  • June 21, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ Both of those examples are already on Disintegrator Ray.
  • June 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ so this means this is well covered?
  • June 21, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Oh, well, if we have that Trope already established, then ... foo.

    Without some "zero-izer beam" in the mix, then all I can think of is:

    Western Animation
    • Super Secret Secret Squirrel was able to stop the villainous Quark from wrecking landmarks by reading the definition of "quark" in a dictionary: "A theoretical sub-atomic particle ..." Once Quark learned that his existence was doubtful, he began disappearing piecemeal until there was nothing left.

    Film Animated
    • The malicious bowler hat DORIS from Disney's Meet The Robinsons poofs out of existence once Lewis returns from rectifying the future, and declares to the hovering hat: "And I'm not inventing you!"
  • June 21, 2014
    dalek955
    ^Those are both Puff Of Logic.
  • June 21, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Well, damn and double-foo. This is covered. Completely. Nose to tail locked down eight ways to Sunday. Therefore, Motion to Discard.
  • June 22, 2014
    Arivne
    Do we have something that covers the other part of the OP: "In extreme cases, it destroys the victims soul as well as body."?
  • June 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ We have Soul Cutting Blade, but not sure if that's close.

    Speaking of it, do we have a trope about a concept that "even souls may die"?
  • June 22, 2014
    Paradisesnake
  • June 22, 2014
    DAN004
    So I think this is sufficiently covered. :P
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