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->''"The double-ended laser sword. Now that is a '''seriously''' good way to cause major injuries to yourself. So you know anyone who dares to attempt to wield one of these suckers in battle is either incredibly good, or incredibly stupid. And if they were that stupid, they wouldn't be standing in front of you with all four limbs still attached."''
-->-- ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0166.html Episode 166]]

A weapon that is either impossible, unlikely, or impractical in RealLife, but in fiction is both existent and effective, RuleOfCool be thanked.

Usually made from two methods: the NinjaPirateZombieRobot method (take a bunch of cool weapons and mash them together, such as many examples of MixAndMatchWeapon), and the UpToEleven method (crank up the weapon's abilities).

Naturally, this often relies on ArtMajorPhysics.

The difference with ImprobableWeaponUser is that these are based on actual weapons, not non-weapon things used as weapons. A FlamingSword would count as an impossibly cool weapon. A [[Webcomic/PennyArcade cardboard tube]] would count as an improbable weapon.

A SubTrope of RuleOfCool.

A SuperTrope to:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* {{BFG}} (most examples of it, so let's save space by leaving them there)
* FlamingSword
* FreezeRay
* FuumaShuriken
* InstantChucks
* LaserBlade
* LightningGun
* MacrossMissileMassacre (in that a weapon fires [[{{Hammerspace}} more missiles than it should be able to hold]])
* MoreDakka (any weapon capable of it)
* MorphWeapon
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
* RayGun (especially [[LifeImitatesArt before the invention of the laser]])
* RocketPoweredWeapon
* SwissArmyWeapon
* ThisIsADrill
* WhipSword

A SisterTrope of AbnormalAmmo, CoolSword, ImprobableWeaponUser, OddlyShapedSword.

Compare CoolStarship, ImpossiblyCoolClothes, ScaryImpracticalArmor, and WeaponizedLandmark.

Compare/Contrast ThePowerOfIndex specifically the "(Weapon Name) Are Better" tropes (when normal weapons are impossibly cool by themselves).

Not to be confused with weapons that should {{overheat|ing}} but don't.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'''s Ten Commandments - a shape-shifting {{BFS}} with elemental powers.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'''s Ten Commandments - a shape-shifting BladeOnAStick with elemental powers.
* The [[EmpathicWeapon Devices]] of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Some of them speak in GratuitousEnglish. Some of them speak in GratuitousGerman. Most of them can [[SwissArmyWeapon switch from one kickass form to another]]. Most of them are {{Determinator}}s in their own right, demanding {{Deadly Upgrade}}s if they lose and even continuing to fight ''even after their owner loses consciousness''. All of them are human-sized versions of HumongousMecha weaponry that can, and do, take out HumongousMecha.
* An episode of ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' features the Zakos showing off an "ultra space universe bazooka cannon gatling triple double wonderful drill super missile rocket machine gun gun gun". It ended up ''actually'' impossibly cool, because it completely fell apart upon trying to use it.
* In ''Manga/KamenRiderSpirits'', Skull Rider uses a bizarre weapon that's a combination of brass knuckles & a shotgun. It has shells in it that go off when you punch something. No explanation is given for how he manages to keep them from blowing his own hands off.
* Rin from ''Anime/{{Mnemosyne}}'' uses a similar weapon a couple of times.
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Genkaku's double gatling-gun electric guitar. One of the creators even said in his blog that he isn't sure if it would even be possible in real life.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has the famous '''[[GIGA!!!! DRILL!!!! BREAKER!!!!]]''' - a [[ThisIsADrill drill]]-based FinishingMove that just keeps getting bigger, much like [[MetaMecha the title mecha itself]] - and when said mecha is [[spoiler:''63 billion light-years tall'']], that's a pretty big fucking drill.
* The goddamn rocket powered sledgehammer from ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''.
* A villain from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' had a delightful kusarigama variant that seemed to violate several laws of physics. The scythe head shot off of the haft, propelled by springs, gunpowder or black magic and then retracted so quickly that the scythe somehow beheaded or bisected anyone in between it and the haft.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Bui's [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/90?id=55647#9 weapon]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill of]] [[http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Yu-Yu-Hakusho/90?id=55647#11 choice]]
* The [[DropTheHammer Goldion Hammer]] of ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''. It's formed by Goldymarg, who can [[TransformingMecha turn into a tank]], turning into a giant fist holding an enormous golden mallet, which then [[CombiningMecha attaches to the titular Gaogaigar]]. The three-move combo that [[OncePerEpisode always follows on]] is: a giant nail made out of light is plunged into the enemy [[CallingYourAttacks ("Hammer Hell!")]]; the nail is removed, tearing out the enemy's core [[LargeHam ("Hammer Heaven!")]]; and finally the hammer hitting the enemy and [[DisappearsIntoLight turning them into tiny little motes of light]] [[RuleOfThree ("TURN INTO LIGHT!")]].
** GaoGaiGar FINAL manages to [[UpToEleven top that]], though. How? [[spoiler:The Goldion Crusher. An enormous energy hammer, made by [[CombiningMecha combining]] ''three'' spaceships, which are ''individually'' larger than GaoGaiGar. Its hammerhead is made of HardLight and [[GravityMaster localized gravitational shockwaves]], and [[SerialEscalation dwarfs the three ships' initial combined form in turn]]. It's so powerful that everyone aboard evacuated, except for Mikoto, who helped to operate it. It was built to [[CrazyPrepared assault enemies]] [[CallBack on the level of the Z-master]], and is so dangerous that it requires a two-key activation system, ''a la'' '''nuclear launches''', just to initiate the three ships' combination. And it was used to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome destroy an enemy mech that was essentially a sun]].]]
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has two guns, the latter of which is this trope personified. Known as "The Jackal", it's 39 cm or 16" long, 16 kg (or 35 pounds), and fires holy bullets that are powerful enough to [[StuffBlowingUp explode entire walls]]. A real gun like that would be too heavy for a human to lift, and the recoil would likely snap his or her arm; but Alucard is a vampire, so he has the strength for it.
** There are several weapons that can be carried and used by a single human in that weight class, I admit all of them are two handed weapons like medium MG's and multi-use anti-tank weapons (FN MAG can be fired while shouldered, it has a weight of 11.79kg empty, the ammo adds 4-5kg dependant on the belt length).
** Seras's ''shoulder mounted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome anti-zeppelin]] {{BFG}}.'' The doctor prescribed some 30mm [[WeaponOfChoice Harkonnen II]] goodness for those crazy {{Ghostapo}} mooks!
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Pictured above is [[BaldOfAwesome Ikkaku's]] [[SuperMode Bankai]], which turns his [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutou]] into that monstrosity of a weapon; all three blades give us one of the most creatively designed (and enormous) adaptations of a monk's spade seen in manga or anime.
** Most captains' bankais are this. For examples, Soi Fon's bankai turns her weapon into a huge stinger missile with amazing attack power, and Byakuya's bankai manifests as a thousand blades that appear out of nowhere, which then dissolve and proceed to attack the target from all conceivable directions.
* Killy from ''Manga/{{Blame}}'' has the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Graviton Beam Emitter]], which looks like a small gun...that has recoil of cannon and firepower of a '''DEATH STAR.''' Oh, and that's pretty much the only weapon he uses. Needless to say, destruction, to both the city he is traveling in and his arm, ensues.
** At it's lowest setting, the recoil causes Killy's arm to snap back while the projectile goes... well, we're not really sure what the range is, but nothing stops it until it reaches it. A full power shot causes Killy to go flying backward while things in front of him start blowing up. Also, Killy sometimes ''Overcharges'' the gun which, when fired, ''rips his arm off'' (though it's easily reattached).
* [[Manga/TriGun Vash's]] angel arm. Apparently a large break-open, six-shot, low-barrel revolver - and one of really rather underwhelming power when you consider the size - turns on command into a gigantic laser cannon ''with wings'' that can wipe entire cities off the face of the planet, or ''put a large crater in the moon'', in a single shot. Runs on ''life''.
** For that matter, the same series gave us Nicholas D. Wolfwood's "Punisher", a cross-shaped object wrapped in cloth which he claims is so heavy because it's "so full of mercy." It turns out that apparently Wolfwood considers "mercy" to be synonymous with "ammunition"; the Punisher is basically a (semi-)portable arsenal. One arm of the cross contains a rack of multiple [[CoolGuns/{{Handguns}} Colt 1911s]], the bottom portion contains a [[MoreDakka machine gun]], the other arm most likely contains ammo for the machine gun, and the top portion contains a missile launcher. Wolfwood's mentor, [[spoiler:Chapel the Evergreen]], has his own Punisher, which splits in half to form ''two'' machine guns.
** Other gun-based weapons in the show really make no sense. But who cares? They deliver.
* The minor villain Cho from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has a whole collection of strange swords, including one that is several feet long and so thin it can be waved around like some sort of razor-sharp ribbon (this is an actual type of weapon, called [[WhipSword Urumi]]).
** Cho shows that users of this weapon aren't instantly badass, though, as almost every strange weapon he pulls out is effortlessly beaten by Kenshin (only the Urumi poses any threat.)
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' gives us Panty's [[PunchPackingPistol pistol]] and Stocking's [[KatanasAreJustBetter swords]]. Scanty's {{revolvers|AreJustBetter}} and Kneesocks' [[SinisterScythe scythes]] aren't too far shabby, either. Neither is the [[spoiler:[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann heaven-piercing]] [[ThisIsADrill drill]] made of angelic lingerie]] from the final episode.
* The Escudo swords from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. They start off as impressive yet plausible, but Escudo weapons ''evolve''. The design of the hilts alter with each new iteration and the swords are duplicated in large form by the Mashin. And the final form of Fuu's sword is [[{{BFS}} longer than she is tall]] by a good foot and a half.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has Haruko's [[InstrumentOfMurder Model 4001 Rickenbacker bass guitar]], which doubles as a paddle, shotgun, rocket launcher, machine gun, '''satellite-bashing baseball bat''', and hoverboard. Naota later gets a Gibson Flying V [[spoiler:and later a Gibson EB-0]], whose awesomeness stems from ''[[spoiler:being powered by a solar system-busting SpacePirate]]''.
* From ''Manga/{{Buso Renkin}}'' we have Valkyrie's Skirt wielder Tsumura Tokiko.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has Grappler ships (including the ship of the title). Ships with arms. That tend to use giant, EVA-style knives. And similar melee weapons, including axes. And oversized handguns.
* ''Anime/MetalArmorDragonar'' features one of the strangest sniper weapons in any Real Robot anime series: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Caulking Gun]]. To elaborate, it fires a shell that penetrates HumongousMecha armor, then proceeds to inject a fast-hardening foam substance that damages computer systems, destroys circuit conductivity, and for the very unluckiest of victims, suffocates the pilots by filling the cockpit. Particularly effective since every robot in the series can fly, and is usually doing so.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has Lancia's [[EpicFlail giant flail]], which can utilize air currents to inflict more damage as well.
* Many of the characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' use weapons that look incredibly cool... until you start asking questions about how they'd work in reality. The creator, Hiroaki Samura, [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade on this]] with the "Samura's Weapon Shop!" feature, which explains all the weapons, including the ones that don't make any sense. Examples: two sickles connected by an expansible chain ("The chain fits into one of the scabbards, and can stretch out to about seven feet. Whether this is good for anything is another question entirely."), a blade with little curved hooks on both edges ("What the hell is this thing? Don't ask me."), and two blades so narrow they look like kitchen skewers ("To be perfectly honest, I wonder why he doesn't just use a normal sword..."). Later, the sadistic Shira, who's [[spoiler: had one hand cut off by Manji]], makes up for this by (warning: squicky) [[spoiler: ''sharpening the protruding bone'' and using ''that'' as a weapon.]] It works about as well as you might expect.
** Surprisingly, these examples work in real life: the chain-and-sickles is a variation of the traditional Japanese Kusari-gama, also used by Guilty Gear X's Axl (in the same two-sickle formation); the hooked blade can be justified by the additional damage caused by ripping action of the hooks upon cutting (the jagged edges of the wound heal slower), in the same fashion as soldiers who used to saw teeth into their bayonet blades; as for the narrow sword, almost all swords from the renaissance onwards were very thin, flexible blades, useful for only their stabbing action (they could only inflict superficial cuts, nothing like a medieval claymore).
** Other weapons are a sharpened handcuff but designed to cut necks on a chain and a L shaped piece of metal. Even the author was surprised to find they were real weapons, a flying guillotine and a blunt ax.
* In ''Manga/{{Jackals}}'', Nichol's weapon of choice is, er... well, completely fictional in design, resembling nothing so much as a grossly oversized [[Franchise/StarTrek bat'leth]]. He calls it "the Alligator", because of its jagged "teeth", colossal size, and ability to rip through human flesh like it ain't no thang.

* Three words: [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/sergey25/Artwork2/ImageD.jpg Rocket Propelled Chainsaw.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From [[http://www.superdickery.com/its-a-gun-frank-a-gun-that-shoots-swords/ this]] Website/{{Superdickery}} page: It's a gun, [[Comicbook/ThePunisher Frank]]. A gun that shoots swords.
* [[Comicbook/JudgeDredd The Lawgiver]], a pistol that has [[SwissArmyWeapon six different]] [[AbnormalAmmo types of ammunition]]: Standard, [[PinballProjectile Ricochet]], {{Armor Piercing|Attack}}, [[BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay Heat Seeker]], [[KillItWithFire Incendiary]], and [[StuffBlowingUp Hi-Ex]]. Each of these can be combined with MoreDakka.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's mighty shield. It's [[spoiler: almost]] indestructible, throwable, and ricochets off at all sorts of crazy angles to come back to cap after he throws it.
* Tony Stark's ComicBook/IronMan armor, and any derivatives thereof; War Machine, Iron Monger, Crimson Dynamo, et al.
* The various power rings of the color-coded emotional spectra in Franchise/GreenLantern mythos; rings that make the user's imagination happen through their expression of the appropriate emotion.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow of DC and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} of Marvel both have a huge compliment of {{trick arrow}}s.
* Just about any Asgardian weapon in the Marvel Comics universes. The most famous example being ComicBook/{{Thor}}'s Hammer {{Mjolnir}}; it can be thrown an comes back like a boomerang, only he (for the most part) can lift it, it shoots lightning...
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]]'s "Pym Particles" used to cause objects to grow and shrink at will by shunting matter into an AlternateDimension when shrinking an subject or accruing extra matter from that dimension when enlarging.
* Franchise/WonderWoman has weapons forged by Hephaestus, the god of blacksmiths. Most famous is her Golden Lasso; unbreakable and anyone bound by it must tell the truth. The other most famous of Wonder Woman's accoutrements are her bracelets, gifted by Zeus and nigh indestructible. She also wields the Sword of Hephaestus, which is sharp enough to split molecules and because it is magic, can kill Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'s skeleton is MadeOfIndestructium, including the 12" claws that pop out of his hands. They are mono-molecularly sharp, never dull, cut through anything and are indestructible.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, being a BadassNormal relies on a whole arsenal of Bat-themed weapons repurposed from other sources.
** Batman also finds creative uses for more conventional weapons like flash bangs, grenades, C4, smoke bombs, tear gas, etc. For instance, he once used C4 stuck to the back of a dumpster to launch it as a missile against Amazo.
* Take your pick of the Penguin's Swiss-army umbrellas: machine guns, knockout gas, hypno ray, personal helicopter. Or even the mundane sword stick, befitting a gentleman such as himself.
* Frequent Thor villains The Wrecking Crew have construction-themed weapons gifted to them by Loki (or because one of them was mistaken for Loki DependingOnTheWriter):
** Wrecker wields an indestructible crowbar with magical properties.
** Bulldozer has an armored metal helmet and fights by ramming his victims head-first.
** Piledriver fights with his over-sized pile-driving fists.
** Thunderball wields a huge demolition ball on a chain.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'s trademark hook and chain, as well as his extraterrestrial [[MoreDakka arsenal]].
* Having traveled back in time from a [[FishOutOfTemporalWater far-distant future]], ComicBook/{{Cable}} has an arsenal of futuristic weapons at his disposal in modern times.
** As does [[ComicBook/XMen Lucas Bishop]].
* Thanagarians have armor and weapons made from [[{{Magitek}} Nth Metal]] which allows them to fly, bestows all sorts of powers DependingOnTheWriter and is immune to magic.
* The Extransformer shield from ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''. It can fly, transform into a boomerang, stop individual time and has an extendable punch. A lot of new gadgets will be added as the series progresses.
* [[ComicBook/ThePunisher It's a gun, Frank.]] [[http://aboutheroes.com/meta/images/punisher_war_journal_12/Punisher%20Page2%2000000.jpg A gun that shoots swords]]
* A crossbow-taser was a favorite of Night Thrasher's step brother Bandit. Even more weird in that his own body generated the electricity for it.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the fanfic ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines,'' '''[[RunningGag Jeffiroth]]''' gets the coveted [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Masamune]] that Sephiroth wields. This is lampshaded.
-->Unfortunately, a seven-foot katana, while cool-looking and certainly intimidating, is just not all that practical for a battle. Jeffiroth was able to attack with it, mostly by spinning around in a circle with his arms stretched out and hoping it would nick Xaldin, Vexen or Lexaeus enough to make them give up their unceasing barrage of wind, ice, earth and stabbity-type attacks.
** It's even impractical for self-use.
-->Unfortunately, a seven-foot long katana, while badass and certainly intimidating, is just not all that practical for seppuku. What followed was a ten minute display of Jeffiroth trying in vain to impale himself on a sword that was taller than he was, in full view of his choir and Nobuo Uematsu.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' features ''[[ShoutOut Fuckslayer]]'', a demonic guitar with six necks wielded by Beelzebub. It's the very first guitar ever invented. Not only is it both a LightningGun and a rocket launcher, the music it makes is so loud that it can shake ''battleships'' apart.
** Jesus can create energy swords with his mouth - which is both this trope and a pretty cool [[TheBible biblical allusion]] to boot.
* Jason Shepard from ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'' has a few of these thanks to his knowledge of advanced Moon Kingdom science:
** His main weapon is a staff that increases kinetic energy. It also collapses to the size of a pepper spray can and remains ligt enough to clip onto his utility belt.
** His main range weapons are enhanced shuriken strong enough to slice through rocket-proof armor. They can also be set to explode if he needs extra firepower.
** On his wrists he wears a pair of grapple gauntlets that he can fire at will. The metal tips will form into either a claw or a barb depending on what he fires them at, so he can grapple onto just about anything. The gauntlets have been used to tear out the brains of enemy drones.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The [[LaserBlade lightsabers]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''. Most frequent users, such as the Jedi and Sith orders, are [[PhysicalGod basically gods]]. The fact that they're telepathic, telekinetic, precognitive, and generally enhanced is meant to justify their usage of a weapon that'll kill you if you bump into someone.
** [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]] has been known to use paired lightsabers connected by a cable from time to time.
** In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' Pre Vizsla wields the Darksaber, a [[BlackSwordsAreBetter black-bladed]], [[LaserBlade lightsaber]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] looted from the Jedi Temple centuries ago by one of his [[AncestralWeapon ancestors]].
** There's also the double-bladed lightsaber, wielded by such characters as Darth Maul and Exar Kun. Especially interesting because its impossibly cool even compared to other lightsabers. It's hard to use, ridiculously dangerous, and not very useful. But, because no one ever uses it, no one knows how to defend against it, so it's actually a superior weapon. Crazy.
** The Inquisitors of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' one-up that with ''spinning'' double sabers that also function as personal helicopters.
** And what's even more impossibly cool than an impossibly cool weapon? [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Cortosis_blade A weapon]] that ''disables'' that weapon.
** "Lightwhips" are introduced in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse; despite the name, they're not lightsaber-whips, they're electrified whips that can withstand a lightsaber's blade. Except for the ones that ''are'' lightsaber-whips. Confused yet?
** In ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', a boss uses lightsaber ''tonfa''.
** Also, the Death Star. Okay, [[MoralEventHorizon mass murder is not cool]], but it still looks impressive.
** The ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'' introduces the blastsword, signature weapon of the Adumari. It's pretty much what it sounds like.
--->'''Wes:''' So it's like a blaster you have to hit someone with. I have to have one.\\
'''Tycho:''' Don't give him a new kind of weapon! It would be like giving a lightsaber to a two-year-old!
** Chewbacca's "bowcaster," a cross between a laser gun and a ''crossbow.'' Or something like that. Looks really cool, and requires a bandoleer for some reason. It uses a magnetic field instead of a string to fire a metal slug at hypersonic speed like a Gauss Rifle, and adds ionized plasma gas for armor-piercing capability.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' introduces a riot control tonfa - an electric tonfa resistant to lightsabers and delivering a painful electric shock. The stormtrooper wielding it obviously had training with it, handing Finn (wielding a lightsaber, but being completely untrained in melee combat) his ass easily.
* ''Film/{{Krull}}'' has the Glaive, a telekinetic ninja star with retractable blades. The RealLife weapon of that name is a type of polearm.
* ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'': The infamous Flying Guillotine. Drop the basket on someone's head, pull the chain, and it's OffWithHisHead!
* ''Film/SororityRow'' has the villain using a lug wrench with innumerable blades jutting out of it.
* The ZF-1 from ''Film/TheFifthElement'' definitely qualifies, and doubles as a SwissArmyGun.
* The villain of ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'', the Tall Man, uses flying killer spheres to take out his enemies. They fly at you, stick into your head with twin blades that pop out, then they kill you by [[ThisIsADrill drilling into your brain]], with the blood exiting through a hole in the back. And then there's the Golden Spheres that have the aforementioned extras, ''additional buzz-saw blades'', ''[[FrickinLaserBeams LASERS]]'', and can either possess people ''or turn into them''.
*** There's also Reggie's four-barreled shotgun, which he made himself by putting together two flip-open dual-barreled hunting shotguns on the second movie, and [[IconicItem has continued using on all movies since]].
* Whatever the hell [[Creator/SamuelLJackson The Octopus]] was using at the end of [[Creator/FrankMiller Frank goddamn Miller's]] ''Film/TheSpirit''.
* Anything from Film/JamesBond, from his wristwatch/high-powered laser, to Oddjob's sharpened bowler hat which can be thrown like a disc and cut off heads.
* Most of the built-in weapons used during the Casa Cristo Classic in ''Film/SpeedRacer''.
* The alien weaponry in ''Film/{{District 9}}''. One of the less impressive ones is a cannon that fires a burst of compressed air. Which can knock a guy through a wall. [[BloodyHilarious It]] [[{{Gorn}} gets]] [[LudicrousGibs better]].
** Also, [[AbnormalAmmo pig gun]]. There aren't enough weapons that kill your opponent with a '''''goddamn pig'''''.
* It seems fitting that the director who gave us ''[[Film/IronMan the Iron Man movies]]'' made ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. The trailer shows Daniel Craig's character with an alien gauntlet attached to his wrist, and a holographic scope of sorts pops up; he aims it at an alien ship and takes it down. Then all the parts retract back into the gauntlet. The expression on the face of Creator/HarrisonFord's character is priceless. Especially since he is armed with only a six-gun.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', the discs are no longer neon Frisbees but awesome laser buzzsaw-chakrams that can be used in close-combat and can be thrown.
** And are still really something like process ID codes. Evidently, this is what happens when a video game designer's [[FisherKing running the system]].
* In Sylvester Stallone's vehicle ''Film/{{Cobra}}'', the director had [[ForTheEvulz the ultra-psychotic villain's]] [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/cobra/13.gif bizarre knife]] custom-made, as he wanted "a knife the audience would never forget". His wish became reality to such an extent that actual steel replicas of the knife are now being made - never mind that carrying and pulling out a knife with a giant, almost-double blade and a handle full of sharp spikes without the use of velcro would result in one's clothes being torn to shreds every time.
* ''Film/JonahHex'' has dual wielded crossbows that shot sticks of dynamite! And horse mounted [[GatlingGood gatling guns]]!
* Scarlett's crossbow from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. It has two bows, one on top of the other, like a double-barreled shotgun. It has ''four'' {{Laser Sight}}s. It has a hi-def camera to allow you to target specific body parts. Its arrows are somehow guided using the camera and onboard computers. The arrows also explode.
* The Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}' proton packs, being man-portable "unlicensed nuclear accelerators" with the potential to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the world]] via [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun crossing the streams]].
* In the Film/BladeTrilogy Blade has an extensive arsenal of custom weapons to dispense vampires with.
** An acid-etched silver-plated katana with a failsafe that cuts the hand off of anyone else who tries to use it.
** Shotguns modified to fire silver stakes at ballistic speeds.
** A retractable wrist dagger that dispenses an anti-coagulant which turns vampire blood explosive.
** Sunlight flash grenades and bombs that flood a small area with sunlight very quickly.
** The arch, a [=UV=] arc laser that puts out a beam hotter than the sun, and folds up to a convenient carrying size.
** In ''Trinity'' the Nightstalkers use smart guns with ultraviolet ammo and built in cameras so they can review fights after the fact.
** Also in ''Trinity'' Abigail Whistler uses a bow with a holographic sight and camera so she can blind fire her trick arrows around corners and do impossible bank shots.

* Detritus's "Piecemaker" crossbow in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Detritus is a troll, and so a crossbow scaled for him is more or less a ballista; its power was such that regular bolts were ''incinerated by air friction'', creating a giant fireball of shrapnel that decimated ''buildings.'' Later, Detritus started firing bundles of normal crossbow bolts tied together with some string, which broke apart immediately after firing, blotting out the sun. (The smaller bolts still caught fire.)
** Whenever Detritus pulls this out, everybody stands behind him. ''Everybody.'' Those who don't are Not Very Lucky.
** "When mister safety-catch is not on, mister cross-bow is not your friend."
** When first firing it at the testing range, it took out the target, the targets on either side of the target, the earth behind the target, the ground, and a passing bird that was directly ''above'' Detritus when he pulled the trigger.
* Also from Discworld, Death's scythe. In one novel, Bill Door makes a replacement which gets sharpened on an increasingly-fine array of strops, including linen, silk, cobwebs, and eventually ''sunlight''. It's so sharp that the edge glows faintly blue from air molecules bumping into it and getting cut in half.
** It's so sharp it ''cuts the words on the page'' in half
* The various war machines designed by Creator/LeonardoDaVinci {{expy}} [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Leonard da Quirm]] half-qualify. The reason why he is not allowed outside--and the entire plot of Discworld/MenAtArms--is that, since he is a genius, his weapons are quite often not impossible enough.
* Neal Asher's ''[[Literature/ThePolity Gridlinked]]'' introduces us to Tenkian weapons, named after their designer. They're mostly low-tech thrown weapons, but with an AI embedded into them to aid in aiming and targeting.
** [[TheDragon Main villain minion John Stanton]] gets a throwing knife that can be called up into his hand with a flick of his wrist; the character he gets it from says the AI will keep it from slicing his fingers off as he does so.
** The protagonist, Ian Cormac, has a shuriken that works on similar principles, but that can also expand up to 25cm across. (About the size of your average table saw blade.)
* Damoren, the revolver of Matt Hollis in Creator/RagnarokPublications' ''Literature/{{Valducan}}'' is a holy revolver with a swordblade [[KilledOffForReal which can kill demons permanently]] but which only fires silver ammunition. It can also choose ''not'' to fire when it's unhappy with its wielder.
* ''Literature/TheNightLand'' and ''Literature/AwakeInTheNightLand'' have the [[http://i.imgur.com/bai6cCd.jpg Diskos]]. They are tuned to the soul of their user and cannot be used by anybody else. On the top of that, they can selectively hurt only monsters and not humans.
* ''Literature/WizardsWarriorsAndYou'', in this series by R.L. Stine, among the weapons the titular Warrior can choose, one weapon is the Triple Crossbow. The Triple Crossbow is shaped like an upside down Mercedes symbol with 2 extra bolt slots pointing about 40 degrees away from the centre and can shoot bolts in 3 different directions as a mob control weapon. It should be an impractical weapon, but is actually one of the best choices for the Warrior and is a life-saver on many occasions.
* In Stuart Hopen's ''Warp Angel'', there are acid swords. The hilt projects a force field which contains and shapes a quantity of extremely corrosive acid into a "blade". This is an extremely dangerous weapon, capable of doing horrific damage to enemies and wielders alike.

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has the chakram, a {{precision guided|Boomerang}} [[RingsOfDeath frisbee of death]] that can defeat entire armies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakram It actually existed]], although it lacked the ability to cut through multiple people at the same time. Probably.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy has her Slayer Scythe, a multi-purpose super weapon that only the Slayer can use, and is basically Vampire kryptonite.
** There is also Olaf the Troll God's Hammer, said to contain his godly power. Buffy used it to pound a previously thought invulnerable godlike entity into submission.
* Series/{{Angel}}'s sleeve stakes and Wesley's arm [[BuffySpeak sword thingy]].
* [[Series/{{Farscape}} D'argo's Qualta Blade]] is a sword that works as a pulse rifle. Two weapons for the price of one!
* The Master's laser screwdriver from ''Series/DoctorWho''. The laser screwdriver is a deadlier form of the Doctor's sonic screwdriver and a weapon that shoots out a laser beam that kills instantly and can rapidly age victims whose DNA it possesses.
** Prior to this, he always used a [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrink ray]] called a Tissue Compression Eliminator. It didn't shrink you neatly, it ''compressed'' (that is, ''crushed)'' your tissues down to the size of a doll, so it was quite lethal, and left a teeny tiny corpse. Regrettably, the show never addressed the fact that the doll-corpses should have been very ''heavy...'' But, eh, so what? RuleOfCool.
* Series/{{House}} (yes, [[DrJerk that House]]) has a cane that transforms into an axe and a shotgun. Okay, it is just in a dream of his, but it is still impossibly cool.
* On ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Dothraki use a wicked-looking sickle-sword called an arakh. The sword's curved blade with sharpened outer edge is similar to other cavalry swords, though the sword itself looks more literally like a sickle, with a straight shaft that suddenly bends into a moon crescent blade part way up, making it look similar to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khopesh khopesh]].
* Walter practically mentions the trope by name in reference to an anti gravity pistol in the series finale of ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
-->'''Walter Bishop:''' If you shoot an Observer with this, they'll float away.\\
'''Peter Bishop:''' Why would we want them to float away?\\
'''Walter Bishop:''' Because it's cool.
* The natives of the fantasy dimension from season 2 of ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' do battle using bladed weapons that are essentially ''giant scissors''.

* Any variation of a shuriken that is [[FuumaShuriken larger than the user's own body]], especially the "pinwheel" types with a cross-grip in the middle. This kind of shuriken tends to [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang come back to the user]], often striking several foes at once.
* Any and all HumongousMecha. Tanks: acceptable, Walking Tanks: Possible, although with limited applications. Humanoid Tanks the size of skyscrapers: RuleOfCool.
* A sort of shovel-tipped longsword shows up in various places. It looks cool, but is totally useless as a real-world weapon: the broad point prevents stabbing attacks from doing much damage, and it throws off the balance, making slashing attacks difficult. Existed in real life, but as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executioner%27s_sword a very specific tool for execution]], not a weapon of war or for fighting.
** The greatswords in ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}''.
** Vyse's Dream Cutlass in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''.
** Some of the longswords in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
** Odin's sword in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
** In one of the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' novels, Lina and Gourry are attacked by a group of battle homunculi wielding executioner's swords. Presumably in a similar fashion to meat cleavers.

* Fans of Music/TheProtomen wield the most intimidating weapon of all time: The chamethrawer, a chainsaw with a flamethrower attached to it.
* Music/TheArrogantWorms ''Let There Be Guns'' gave us this description: ''"super-duper-automatic weapon with a CD-ROM drive, and a big old hard drive, and a big guitar amp so I can play {{BTO}}s..."'' And it's only a start of it, there's also mention of it shooting a little nerf rockets among other things.
* Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s second album, ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'' contains 2 examples:
* The "Crystal Laser Battle Axe" of the Astral Dwarves of Aberdeen.
* The Astral Hammer, "forged in the heart of the celestial fire" and "powered by lasers entwined in a star."
* If you're gonna hunt a "Turdy Point Buck" you'd best pack [[ICallItVera Betty Lou]]: A combination AK-57-Uzi-radar-laser-triple-barrel-double-scoped-heat-seakin'-shotgun.

* The Glave from ''Pinball/{{Krull}},'' a telekinetically-controlled throwing star with retractable blades.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' weapons fit this trope. The weakest weapon in the setting is a laser gun which can blow the arm clean off [[PunyEarthlings an unarmoured normal,]] and they just get {{bigger|IsBetter}}, [[SerialEscalation and more awesome from there.]] For instance, the Ork gun which fires Snotlings THROUGH HELL into the target's brain. Chainsaw swords (and chainsaw fists). Demon-powered swords. RazorFloss cannons. Weaponised cutting torches which can shoot through tank armour. Molecule-thick shuriken shooters. Guns which fire needles of frozen poison. And so forth. And let's not forget that virtually all of the setting's weapons have versions which can be mounted to HumongousMecha. And then, there's the Tyranids and their organic weapons systems...
** Don't forget the eponymous Bolter, which is basically a rapid-fire RPG in assault rifle form. Also comes in pistol size, to be wielded alongside the aforementioned chainsaw swords.
* The Valaes Tairn elves in TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} favour a double-bladed scimitar. Despite the inherent impracticality of this weapon, the Valaes Tairn pull it off, possibly because they're badass [[OurElvesAreBetter Elf]] {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s who will kill you if you point this out.
* Bauhaus [[XtremeKoolLetterz Jungle Kommandos]] from ''TabletopGame/WarZone'' Tabletop Wargame use [[{{BFG}} Big Freakin']] {{Gatling|Good}} [[SawedOffShotgun Shotguns]] with [[MoreDakka two sets of barrels]]. Whoever gets hit by THAT, is in a world of hurt.
* From ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' the double axe, the two-bladed sword, the spiked chain, and ''especially'' the dire flail.
* The artifact sword named Demonhealer from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Dungeon Fantasy'' doesn't have a blade so much as it has a hole in reality that happens to be in the shape of a blade.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a fascinating variety of impossible yet awesome weapons. These range from the comparatively mundane (daiklaves, which are {{BFS}}'s that would make Sephiroth jealous), to the slightly less plausible (the infinite jade chakram, which produces duplicates so you never have to actually throw it), to the straight-out absurd ([[ChainsawGood gyroscopic chakrams]], which are ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's shield as designed by [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash Williams]]). Any and all of this can be justified with magic. The kicker, however, is the Grand Goremaul. Imagine the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Megaton Hammer]] tripled in size. In order to wield it, you need to use as much magical power as it would take to nuke a city, and also have a Strength of at least 4-one step below human maximum.
* Several weapons in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' could count, but [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=227302 Worldslayer]] takes the cake. It's a sword that, on impact, '''[[ApocalypseHow destroys the world.]]'''
* ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' for D20, as the name might suggest, has so many weapons that a few of these end up appearing, including an entire section on weaponised yo-yos, a bladed staff with a circular saw at either end[[note]] well, most of the powered saw weapons in general, really[[/note]], and a cannon which fires circular saw blades. If someone even has one, clearly they have issues. And now is not a good time to discuss them.
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' artwork has a good share of them (many are swords), that double as {{Cool|ButInefficient}} [[CoolSword Sword]]s as well as BFS and require a good deal of ImplausibleFencingPowers to wield them. The ''Angelus'', gripped by [[CrystalDragonJesus Abel]], may be the best example being huge and ornamented with feathered wings.
* As a roleplay set in the world of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', ''Roleplay/Bay12RWBYRoleplay'' is full of these, including Maeve's [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Shadow Weave]] and Emeril's [[{{BFG}} Pan]][[BladeBelowTheShoulder th]][[WolverineClaws er]].

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'' has a ton of these, with most of their impossibly cool status deriving from a combination of [[{{BFS}} size]] and ornateness. Some of the most notable ones are:
** Tahu's magma swords. He had a FlamingSword, but that got replaced by a ''pair'' of flaming broadswords that double as a surfboard.
** Onua Nuva's quake breakers. They are effectively a pair of chainsaws that can cut through rock and double as rollerblades.
** Nuju Metru's crystal spikes. [[http://biosector01.com/wiki/images/5/57/Ice_Spike_Movie.png Just look at 'em!]]
** About all the Piraka weapons, especially since they are multifunctional.
** Jaller's Sword a ''{{Flaming|Sword}} {{Laser|Sword}} blade'' that also comes with ''lightning''. Yes, ''A flaming lightning sword made of lasers''. Heck, every single weapon used by the Inika are basically "Lightning-infused [[PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo Plasma, Laser, or similar]]" Weapon that's dual wielded with a rapid-fire version of the regular Zamor Launcher used by the Piraka.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Just about ''every'' weapon in the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' universe is impossibly cool. The first ads for the games even showed how they just wouldn't work in real life. Of particular note is the RYNO series of weapons, which only get bigger and more ridiculous as the series goes on. All of them are considered PurposelyOverpowered and generally function as the InfinityPlusOneSword. The first RYNO shoots nine homing missiles. The RYNO II fires blue laser shots that instakill tanks. The [=RY3NO=] fires a swarm of homing energy rockets and can be upgraded into the RYNOCIRATOR, which simply reduces everyone around you to ash. The Harbinger (''Deadlocked'''s version of the RYNO) is basically a KillSat, with its upgrade (the SuperNova) being ''a rainbow-colored orbital bombardment''. The RYNO IV is a WaveMotionGun. The RYNO V fires [[MoreDakka a flurry of rockets]] and plays [[{{Fanfare}} the 1812 Overture]] while fired, [[CrazyAwesome with additional homing rockets fired at musically-appropriate points]].
* Gunblades in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' are a cross between {{BFG}}s, {{BFS}}s, and {{Vibroweapon}}s. Unlike most examples, the impossibility is acknowledged in-universe - it's so difficult to master that only the most dedicated soldiers can hope to use it. In-universe, it's speculated that the main character, Squall, uses it ''[[{{Determinator}} because]]'' it's so difficult to learn how.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' seems to be made of this trope, along with a reappearance of the aforementioned Gunblade, we're also introduced to [[DualWielding Twin]] {{Guns|Akimbo}} that combine into an [[BifurcatedWeapon Assault Rifle]], a Giant Folding BattleBoomerang, a [[DoubleWeapon Double-Ended]] [[BladeOnAStick Spear]] that breaks apart into a [[FightingWithChucks Three-Segmented Nunchaku]], and some sort of... Staff-{{Whip|ItGood}} [[ImprobableWeaponUser Fishing Pole]]... thing.
** This Gunblade is different from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'''s in that it transforms into a sword or gun, but not both at the same time. Also, it uses bullets instead of vibration when fired.
* [[VideoGame/TwoWorlds ''Two Worlds II'']]: about a third of the weapons that come with blades (as well as many of those that don't), with the second third consisting of almost [[GameBreaker game breaking]] ones, and the last third based strictly on actual historical weaponry. [[CaptainObvious It is, after all, a huge RPG set in a fantasy world.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has the Monado. A {{cool|Sword}} {{Laser Blade}}d {{BFS}} [[CombatClairvoyance Of Combat Clairvoyance]] [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement And Plot Advancement]]. Try to compete with THAT. Never mind that it's basically [[spoiler: the embodiment of the game's main antagonist -- the soul of the titan you live on and your planet's long-forgotten god]].
** * [[TeamPet Riki]] uses biters as his weapon of choice. They're essentially maces with heads in the shape of that of various animals, and he attacks by making the head bite enemies. While his starting one looks extremely silly, the later ones come in the shape of cool animals like lions and dragons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'':
** The game has the same weapon as the ''Film/{{Krull}}'' example above (with the same name) but increased to the size of a human torso. Throwing it (or launching it out of a massive slingshot) is apparently not a problem.
** Even more confusingly, Illidan's WeaponOfChoice, [[http://www.wowwiki.com/File:Illidan_and_Arthas_Redux.jpg the Twin Blades of Azzinoth]] are also called glaives, even though they're more like two curved swords attached to the opposite sides of the same hilt. He took them from a demon he killed. The glaives in question had the option of detaching into the two blades, but Illidan just prefers to use them like that all the time.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'': The Lancer, a Chainsaw-Machine Gun hybrid. For buyers of the Limited Edition of ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar2'', it comes in a ''[[RuleOfCool solid gold]]'' variety.
* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'':
** One of the playable characters, [[{{Yandere}} Kai]], had a HUGE crossbow that fired like a Gatling gun. It also had unlimited ammo and had arrows that could actually be guided directly into an enemy's skull from a kilometer away.
** The titular Heavenly Sword was also fairly cool, a pair of curvy ornate swords that could also be attached together into one big powerful two handed sword or strung out on chains and whipped around for ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}'' style long range attacks.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' is all about this trope. Serrated {{BFS}}s with teeth that fold into the blade when not being wielded, giant telescoping [[BladeOnAStick lances]], and giant collapsible crossbows that worked more like {{BFG}}s are par for the course. As if that wasn't enough, there are several weapon types that are this trope, as well. This includes Gunlances, lances with built-in shotguns that can fire enormous dragon-fire explosions, Switch Axes, large mechanical axes that can transform into giant swords, and Charge Blades, a sword-and-shield combo that can combine to form a humongous axe.
* ''VideoGame/PowerStone 2'' had the so called '3-way shotgun' and it's powered up version, the [[UpToEleven 5-way shotgun]]. [[RuleOfCool Of course.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' 'verse has many:
** In ''Devil May Cry 3'' you get Nevan, a frickin' electric guitar '''scythe''' that shoots out purple lightning and bats. And which used to be a massively hot [[HornyDevils succubus]]. And before that, Cerberus, a three-sectioned nunchaku made of ice.
** ''Devil May Cry 4'' has Pandora's Box, a demonic firearm manifesting as a {{briefcase|Blaster}} capable of {{morph|Weapon}}ing into a variety of heavy weapons. A [[NumberOfTheBeast crapload]] of forms and they're all awesome. Also Lucifer -- [[RealMenWearPink bright pink]] [[MadeOfExplodium exploding]] {{energy|Weapon}} [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice spears]], anyone?
** On the slightly more mundane (but still strange) front, we have the weapons of the Order: a sort of revved-up flame/vibro-sword for Alto Angelos (and Nero), and the equally insane ''rocket-powered lance'' wielded by the Bianco Angelo armor suits for jet-propelled lunges.
** ''Videogame/DMCDevilMayCry'' reworks Dante's Rebellion sword into a weapon with multiple forms. Its default form is still a sword, but it can turn into a set of shurikens and a scythe (for his angelic side), a pair of fists and a heavy axe (for his demonic side), and a GrapplingHookPistol (for both sides).
* In addition to chainswords, ''VideoGame/DotHackGu'' has Azure Kite's weird triple-bladed swords. They look like they'd be heard to handle with just two arms, but hey. Slightly justified by characters in ''.Hack'' being virtual avatars in a game being controlled by players at a computer. So the laws of physics and coordination need not necessarily apply. Further more Azure Kite himself is an A.I. in the system so they definitely don't apply to him.
* Literally almost every weapon in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'' is based around this trope. To wit:
** Your main melee/ranged weapon, the eponymous Painkiller, is essentially a horizontally held weed whacker that can be sent flying through enemy ranks, blades spinning. Secondary fire launches the spinning blade forward and then pulls it back, tethered to the gun by a beam of energy that also damages anything it touches.
** Your standard garden-variety shotgun, which cannot only freeze your enemies, but packs enough of a punch to [[RagdollPhysics send them flying into the air]].
** A gun that shoots yard-long wooden stakes through the air at high speeds, pinning enemies to walls by their limbs.
** A rocket launcher and minigun ''combined into the same weapon''.
** And lastly, the Electrodriver, a gun that shoots [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation shurikens and lightning]]. And even [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs shurikens which themselves shoot lightning.]]
* A tradition of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Swords]] of the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' franchise:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 7'' features Armads, Durandal, and Sol Katti (Armads being a gigantic thunder axe which causes tremors when it touches the ground, Durandal a gigantic sword of "sacred fire", and Sol Katti just a really long katana).
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 6'' has Eckesachs, Zephiel's [[MorphWeapon sword/trident]], which he uses just as a sword, in addition to the aforementioned Durandal and Armads.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius The Tellius canon]] features Ragnell and Alondite, a twin pair of holy {{BFS}}s once dual-wielded ''by a slim, petite LadyOfWar''.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the Omega Yato, otherwise known as the [[spoiler:Fire Emblem]], which you only get [[spoiler:near the end of the GoldenPath.]] It's a flaming chainsaw-sword fusion with the power to [[spoiler:kill a god, which you then proceed to do so with]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'': [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fantasy_Ball Fantasy Ball]]. Sole possible explanation for its existence: designed to weird the hell out of anyone in sight, thus compelling target to waive Agility bonus.
** The same game has a weapon called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin punch gun]].
** Some craftable weapons from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''; namely, the Railway Rifle. It's a steam-powered cannon that launches railway spikes with such force that a kill instantly dismembers and pins the affected limb to the nearest hard surface behind the target. And as an extra, firing the weapon produces a train whistle.
** And the Rock-It Launcher. Anything that can turn stuffed animals into insta-gibbing projectiles is automatically awesome.
** The earlier games had the Super Sledgehammer. A giant sledgehammer with a rocket built into the head. Start it swinging and press the button and foosh! It was capable of knocking someone down and sliding them literally a full city block.
** The Ballistic Fist from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a shotgun welded to the top of gauntlet, with a pressure pad as a trigger. It is also [[RuleOfCool the most damaging unarmed weapon in the game]].
*** Thanks to the Gun-Runner's Arsenal content pack, we now have the Ballistic Fist's big brother, named 'Two-Step Goodbye': killing shots implant a ''live grenade'' in the target.
* The Evoker from ''VideoGame/Persona3''. [[MundaneMadeAwesome It's basically a pistol]]. Except instead of using it to shoot people, you point it at your head and use it to summon the physical manifestation of your psyche.
** Strangely, this [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shooting yourself in the head]] [[RefugeInAudacity did not garner any controversy whatsoever.]] [[WidgetSeries Well...]]
** It's much more convenient for awakening the [[FightingSpirit offensive manifestation of your soul]] than [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure some bow and arrow]], after all.
* Most energy weapons in ''VideoGame/VirtualOn''. Homing beams, beam swords, homing beam swords, anti-ship cannons, heart shaped beams, circle beams, scythes-- anything is possible.
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare'' had a triple-barreled shotgun and a double-barreled revolver.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' also has a triple-barreled shotgun.
** The Mercenaries minigame in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' featured enemies that wielded ''[[ChainsawGood double-bladed chainsaws.]]'' That were '''[[IncendiaryExponent ON FIRE.]]'''
** ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'' does one better by giving you the Boneduster - a four-barreled shotgun. They also brought the Penetrator (a literal [[ThisIsADrill drill-gun]]) and the Flail-Gun (a gun that shoots two grenades chained together).
* Many weapons in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. The Soldier has a semi-auto rocket launcher, the Heavy has several [[GatlingGood 150-kilogram]] [[MoreDakka minigun]] that can kill in a second, the Medic has a chaingun that shoots blood-sapping syringes and a bizarre mix of a saw, a short sword, and a hypodermic needle, the Spy has a HandCannon with the Scout's mom on it, the Scout has a shotgun with enough kick to send his target and him flying ten feet, the Engineer has his turrets, the Pyro has an ax covered in barbed wire that instakills people on fire, an ax that has a superheated coil for a blade that atomizes opponents, and a flamethrower shaped like a dragon, the Demoman has a sticky bomb launcher with [[GameBreaker so much firepower, the programmers referred to them as "winbombs"]], and the Sniper has a [[RefugeInAudacity jar of piss that causes people to lose the will to live]].
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. Rank 1, Dark Star, wields a LIGHTSABER DRAGON. [[spoiler: He does not get a chance to use it before he gets punched through the {{groin|Attack}} shortly after revealing it]].
** And then in the sequel, the tutorial boss uses a revolver that ''revolves revolver cylinders.''
** It'd probably be easier to name characters in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' who ''don't'' use impossibly cool weapons. The final five-ranked assassins in the first game come at you with a portable brain-powered earthquake generator, a magic show, a WaveMotionGun disguised as a shopping cart, the aforementioned lightsaber dragon, and...a wooden baseball bat. And the assassin who totes that last one is by far the [[AxCrazy deadliest]] [[BloodKnight of the]] [[PsychoForHire bunch]].
** The sequel carries on the tradition, even moreso than the first game, with the aforementioned revolving revolver (wielded along with a triple-bladed buster sword,) a boom box/rocket launcher that transforms into a giant pair of robot arms, a flamethrower axe, a pair of sniper rifles/scythes, a double beam katana/recorder that shoots deadly bubbles, a pair of guns that shoot money, a giant football-themed robot, an improved, upgraded version of the first game's brain-powered quake-maker, and a backpack covered in waldoes, most of them with lightsabers on the end. It even delivers on the lightsaber dragon from the first game somewhat with a beam naginata that summons giant laser dragons.
** There's also the Peony, a beam katana that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything grows in length with the user's fighting spirit]], until it's longer than Travis is tall.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Some games gave Bowser Jr. [[SentientVehicle Junior]] [[WeaponizedCar Clown]] [[CoolCar Car]], a bowl-shaped vehicle with a propeller on the bottom and [[SwissArmyWeapon more weapons inside of it than could feasibly fit]].
** Bowser himself in Videogame/SuperMarioRPG gets armed with a Chain Chomp, i.e a living flail that can bite enemies painfully.
* ''VideoGame/{{God of War|Series}}''. Swords. On retractable chains! [[FlamingSword That CATCH FIRE when you fling them around!]] And Kratos dual-wields them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has, well, nearly every damn weapon of the game.
** To list, normal handguns and shotguns, a demonic katana, a whip that's actually a snake demon, a pair of claws that can switch between fire and lightning modes, ice skates, rocket launcher tonfa, laser pistols, gun-chucks, a lightsaber, and rings which turn into every angelic weapon in the game. Did we mention that those guns, shotguns, bazookas and laser pistols come in sets of four, are all wielded at the same time and that two of each set are attached to the ''heels''?
** ''VideoGame/Bayonetta2'' adds plant based double whips (Alruna), demonic scythe that shoots it's own blades (Chernobog), gigantic thunder hammer (Takemikazuchi), living bow that shoots poisonous bugs (Kafka), bellows that shoot out streams of ice or fire (Undine) and a Chain-Chomp on a flail.
* The XADA Destroyer from ''VideoGame/{{Implosion}}'' shoots stationary spinning discs with lasers that can kill all but the strongest monsters who wander into their radius, but ignore your [=WarMech=]. It's so powerful its ammo is limited to three shots. Runner-up would be the Singularity Gun, which shoots ''black holes'' and is limited to 8 shots. Earning enough badges unlocks the unlimited versions of these weapons.
* Hayden's Glaive from ''VideoGame/DarkSector'', you can even use the UsefulNotes/{{P|laystation3}}S3 motion control to use it sometimes. (Though it's damn hard.)
** The weapon makes a return in the game's SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', along with a whole class of similarly behaving weapons.
* Kaptain K Rool's blunderbuss in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest''. It can fire cannonballs, sure, but it can also... suck in objects, fire spiky mines, fire mines that bounce across the screen, fire mines that rotate and fly around, sometimes in pairs, fire barrels that rotate and fly around, be used as a sort of engine, fire gasses that freeze Kongs in place, reverse the controls and slow them down, and it even manages to turn K Rool invisible.
* Parodied by ''many'' ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' weapons, most blatantly with the Ridiculously Overelaborate Ninja Weapon, which grants a +15% chance of landing a critical hit, and a ''+200%'' chance of fumbling.
-->Well, it's definitely a weapon of some sort. It consists of four long blades, three wooden poles, six steel chains, and an assortment of spikes. You have absolutely no idea how to use it, but it looks totally badass.
* ''{{VideoGame/Mass Effect 2}}'s'' [[Franchise/MassEffect M-490 Blackstorm]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a black-hole gun]].
** And if you thought that was impressive, try swinging around a pseudo-nuclear cannon that can cause a mushroom cloud on impact and [[spoiler: take down minor Reapers in one shot]]. That's the M-920 Cain, for you.
** Not to be outdone, the heavy weapons in the sequel are pretty impressive: aside from [[StuffBlowingUp the triumphant return]] of the M-920 Cain, there's the Geth Spitfire ([[GatlingGood a rotary plasma gun]]), the Reaper Blackstar (basically the Blackstorm, [[UpToEleven but as built by]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Reapers]]), and the M-560 Hydra (which shoots [[MacrossMissileMassacre eight rockets at once]]).
** There's also something of an arms race in ''Mass Effect 3'''s sniper rifle category. The second game's M-98 Widow [[{{BFG}} anti-materiel sniper rifle]] is only the start. Upgrades include a semi-automatic Widow, the Geth Javelin, which shoots "beams" of red-hot molten iron, and the M-90 Indra, which shoots ordinary bullets but is [[MoreDakka fully automatic]] (the only full-auto sniper rifle in the game, in fact). Then {{D|ownloadableContent}}LC came around and things went a little crazy: ''Resurgence'' brought the Kishock Harpoon Launcher, which sometimes [[OneHitKO instantly kills]] humanoid enemies on a headshot regardless of damage, then ''Rebellion'' featured the Krysae sniper rifle, which fires ''explosive bullets'', and finally ''Retaliation'' dropped in the Collector Sniper Rifle, which has modest performance but [[BottomlessMagazines automatically regenerates ammo]].
* In ''VideoGame/VirtualOn'', Temjin has a beam rifle that doubles as a beam sword.
* The Javelin from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' is a pneumatic spear gun. As if shooting mutated corpses with spears wasn't already cool enough, its alternative fire mode causes the last spear you fired to emit an electrical storm. Powerful, and useful for mopping up many smaller, weaker necromorphs such as The Pack. Even more awesome than that, once you upgrade the Javelin sufficiently enough, its alt fire mode now causes the spear to EXPLODE after the electrical charge in it runs out.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' has a plethora of guns that, at best, simply should not work as well as they do and, at worst, violate the laws of physics. Some prime examples include a shotgun that ''fires rockets'' and several special weapons that replenish their own ammo supply from nothing.
** In the first game, the basic Psycho enemy uses a handweapon that is basically an axe with a circular saw for a blade. Dr. Ned from the first DLC also uses it.
** Torgue guns, all of them shoots explosive rounds. This includes: pistols, assualt rifles, shotguns, [=SMGs=] and even sniper rifles. The Assault on Dragon Keep DLC ups the ante with the SWORDSPLOSION!!! shotgun, which fires swords that explode. Into three smaller swords. Which also explode. Even better if you manage to get the coveted 'Casual' prefix, which causes the gun to shoot ''three'' swords that explode into '''nine smaller swords that then also explode''', carpeting the battlefield in explosions, or, even better, detonating right in the face of the enemy you originally shot at, making it a nearly OneHitKill on all but the most badass. It's one of most powerful weapons in the game.
** Tediore guns, which EXPLODE if you throw them, has [=SMGs=] that shoots like a bouncing betty. Even better, Tediore rocket launchers go blasting off when they're empty, thus becoming rockets themselves!
** Jakobs' more... eccentric... weaponry includes shotgun revolvers, an assault rifle that's essentially a poor man's sniper rifle, a sniper rifle that fires six bullets like a shotgun, and a shotgun that fires electric tornadoes.
** Hyperion guns, GOLDEN guns with a futuristic design, loads bullets mechanically and increases accuracy the more you fire.
** Vladof, high priest of the Church of MoreDakka, gives us their special rotating [[GatlingGood gatling-style]] barrel for pistols, assault rifles and sniper rifles. Unsurprisingly, Vladof guns with these have an extremely high rate of fire (only beat out by Jakobs, though that's because none of them are full-auto and can shoot as fast as you can mash the fire button). Their sniper rifles have the fire rate of an assault rifle with no accuracy loss, and are only held back from being total killing machines by the sniper rifle's comparatively small ammo pool. Heck, their more pedestrian variant of assault rifle muzzle has two barrels, unlike any other manufacturer.
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'' is full of these. Every weapon the Cabalists can use is one, notably ones that shoot bees or tentacles. The Hunters get more conventional firearms, but even they can play with a rifle that fires electrified spinning sawblades that explode.
* ''VideoGame/JetForceGemini'' gives each of your characters their own ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill tri-rocket launcher]]'' [[DiscOneNuke relatively early in the game.]]
* Damn near everything in the ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series is one of these. Among them are a gun that shoots land mines that shoot up and shoot out a ring of shrapnel at roughly knee-height, a gun that launches energy helices that carbonize foes and cause them to explode seconds later, and the cerebral bore, which fires an orb that embeds itself in your enemy's head. Then it starts digging. Then it blows up.
** On that note, the [[HighPressureBlood Cerebral Bore]], plus nearly half of the VideoGame/{{Turok}} series' other weapons. Remember the ''minimum'' of three barrels per rocket launcher? The landmines specifically designed to amputate at the shin? The electrified shotgun that can put the same bullets through a single target six times over? The rocket-propelled sledgehammer? The precision-guided boomerang ''chainsaw''? That gun that desiccates enemies and leaves behind jerky? The sticky, radioactive flares that slowly microwave people?
* Many weapons in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', though [[WarriorPrince Jarvan IV's]] lance takes the [[IncrediblyLamePun crown]]. It is a giant lance that can [[SwissArmyWeapon launch its head]] at a target point where it [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice falls from the sky]] and deploys a banner of [[TheFederation Demacia]], raising the courage of his allies. It can also extend to about the range of a frickin' arrow in order to impale all enemies in front of him and break their armor. If this connects with his flag, it [[GrapplingHookGun pulls him]] to the flag and flips the enemies in his path into the air.
** Another League example: Jayce's [[SwissArmyWeapon hammer]], his own invention, which transforms back and forth between a melee hammer and a ranged energy cannon, with abilities to match. A lot of League is like this, though, from [[TheSheriff Caitlyn's]] home-made [[{{BFG}} sniper rifle]], to [[TheAtoner Riven's]] [[{{BFS}} massive]], [[LimitBreak broken]] sword.
* An UpToEleven example: the [=FarSight=] from ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', an alien laser rifle. OneHitKill, unlimited penetration and equipped with a scope that can ''see through walls and doors and automatically track people.'' You literally just have to sit back and pull the trigger. The only downside is that the firing rate is very slow.
** The [[SwissArmyGun RCP-120]], [[BottomlessMagazines which has a magazine of 120 bullets]], [[MoreDakka an insane firing rate]] and ''comes with its own cloaking device''. Yes, you can also use it to become invisible.
** There's also the [[MorphWeapon laptop gun]], itself a 50 shot assault rifle. But you can also throw it at a nearby wall, where it'll set itself up as a [[SentryGun sentry turret]] and kill your enemies for you.
* The melee weapons in the UsefulNotes/XBox/[[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PS3]] ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' games mostly avert this since they are inspired from real weapons in the first place (apart from one or two BFS). Except the Vigoorian Flail: a pair of chained sickles used like a nunchaku, that would be far too dangerous to use in RealLife. There is also the Plasma Saber Mk. II, a high frequency electrified sword (although gameplay-wise it's every bit identical to the True Dragon Sword). And of course, being a {{Ninja}} game, the projectile weapons are mostly this, from explosive kunai to FuumaShuriken, let alone a gatling spear gun and a portable cannon.
** When you upgrade the Lunar Staff fully, on each end of the staff are maces that flail about on a chain.
** What makes the whole thing even ''more'' impossibly cool is that some of the weapons were invented before the technology behind them even existed. The description lampshades said fact.
* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros The Dark Cannon]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' features Ea, The Sword Of Rupture, Gilgamesh´s [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning drill]][[CoolSword sword]] and the single most powerful weapon in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, which comes from it´s ability to rotate so fast that it literally breaks the world around it apart, destroying anything in the vague direction it´s pointed at, including [[EarthShatteringKaboom the world itself if it´s given enough time to charge]]. Even at an absolutely minimum of it´s power it can easily overpower Saber´s Excalibur, [[TheWorfEffect the supposedly strongest sword]]. On top of all that,[[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/typemoon/images/3/3f/Ea.png/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/106?cb=20130607093800 it looks fucking awesome.]]
* Neo Cortex's ray gun from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
* The titled protagonist of ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'' has different types of boomerangs.
* Bentley's CoolChair from ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', which can fire rockets and has a jetpack.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterGirlQuest'' has the Angel Halo, an incredibly black sword that's created from 666 fallen angels and their figures are still on the blade in rather painful poses. Extremely eye-catching and evil looking. The only reason TheHero's using it is [[TechnicalPacifist because it seals and reduces monsters' power upon defeat rather than killing them.]]
* Most of the weapons from the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series. Hell, ALL OF THEM.
** [[SubvertedTrope Excluding]] [[ScrappyWeapon Top Spin]]. Nobody likes Top Spin. Until you need it to beat the final boss, anyway. [[DoubleSubversion Except in]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smash 4]], where it works properly and is as deadly as the others.
** Zero's Z-Saber may be a simple LaserBlade, but then you see it turning into an electric blade or an ice blade for his moves.
** [[TheAce Acid Ace]] from ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce 3'' wields a RayGun with a built in LaserBlade, which can also shoot a bunch of other attacks at you.
* The cast of ''VideoGame/{{Mana Khemia|AlchemistsOfAlRevis}}'' use weapons that range from [[CoolSword cool]] to downright [[ImprobableWeaponUser improbable]], among them Nikki's [[DropTheHammer giant hammer]] [[EpicFlail with retractable dual flails for a head]], [[ThisIsADrill electric drill claws]] for Pamela's [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear possessed teddy]], and Flay's [[SwissArmyWeapon shuriken-launching mechsword]]. The sequel adds Enna's PowerFist and Et's bladed hula hoop, complete with [[BifurcatedWeapon dual]] and bow forms.
* Some weapons in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' qualify when they're not verging on ludicrous. Hubert's...weapon...thing in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' leaps to mind. It's a dual-bladed sword that can separate into two regular swords. [[GunsAkimbo And a pair of handguns]]. Which fire bullets made of magic. And it can also shoot arrows like a bow. No wonder it [[MemeticMutation gives the wielder]] [[{{Mondegreen}} INSTANT BALLS.]] Malik of the same game has a BOOMERANG SWORD. He throws it... and it flies back.
** Hubert is slightly explained by it being a custom weapon he personally designed to be over the top to give off the image as a bad ass military warrior to inspire fear in his enemies and morale in his subordinates. It was actually based off a weapon from his universe's equivalent of Batman. He spent years training himself to become proficient and make it an effective weapon. In other words he was intentionally invoking this trope and struggled hard to make it work.
** ''Videogame/TalesOfVesperia''
*** Yeager weirlds a ''shotgun scythe.''
*** Raven's weapon of choice is slightly less "cool", but it's a bow that can fold up into a short sword for close combat.
** Marta from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' the sequel wields a ring with a pair of blades poking out of it, or a ring with three blades poking out of it. Which apparently spin without a motor, which would realistically render this weapon even more useless than it already it. Not that that stops her from extremely long combos in melee and cutting down foes left and right.
* ''Videogame/MadWorld'': The main character, Jack Cayman, HAS A CHAINSAW FOR AN ARM.
** A boss in the same game, Von Twirlenkller, has air turbines for arms. Your argument is invalid.
** The spiritual successor to the game, ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', has an even more insane selection of weapons. This includes lightsabers on all limbs, a mechanical snowflake that contains freezing tracking missiles, and a whip that transforms into a spiky club.
* ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' gives us Jetstream Sam and his High-frequency Katana which can be shot out of its hilt like a bullet for insane quick-draws.
** There's also L'Étranger, a spear made out of interconnected robot arms that doubles as a whip and Bloodlust, a pair of giant machetes that both Sundowner and Raiden [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon wield like a pair of giant scissors thanks to an additonal mechanical arm attached to their wrist.]] There's even a chainsaw axe that's SO BIG, that the person wielding it had his body attached to a giant robot just so he could use it.
** [=LQ-84i=] uses a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] on a ''whip'', which is evidently capable of [[AbsurdlySharpBlade cutting through a whole building]].
* ''Videogame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' has waaaay too many to list, what with the massive amounts of weaponry that is either a reference, amusingly weird, or both. But some examples are a dagger that looks more like a metal bush, because the blade branches and branches until every tip's a single atom sharp, and thus stabs a zillion times each thrust, a seriously big pole with six axe blades, three on each end stacked vertically, making for something like a macahuitl made of axes, a double-chainaxe with two running edges at the front, which sometimes swings itself at foes for an extra blow, and a quadruple razor sword, like a giant's shaving tool which you swing around without the plastic clutter, "for when you really, really, really, really need to be sure". That's just the ''start'', by the way.
* ''VideoGame/SunsetOverdrive'' includes a bowling ball launcher, vinyl record gun, toy helicopters with pistols attached to them, and teddy bears strapped with dynamite as part of your arsenal.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' features the {{Samurai}} BonusBoss known as Sir Alonne, who wields a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] [[{{BFS}} as long as he is tall]] (and he's way larger than the PlayerCharacter). This katana has the distinction of being a classical depiction of a ''zanbato'', combining an extra large handle and a lengthy blade, which makes it only practical for two-handing it. On top of that, it can power itself with Abyss magic by [[BloodMagic absorbing the blood]] of [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice whoever it pierces]].
* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' has a few of these. One of which is a pistol-sized, automatic crossbow that fires silent bolts from a helical magazine. Another, offered as part of a {{DLC}}, created by resident lunatic [[BloodKnight Hurk]] is a hand-held version of a harpoon gun normally mounted on the bows of whaling ships. Yet another is...a humble chunk of meat. When thrown, said chunk of meat [[TheBeastmaster nearly instantly summons nasty predators to kill enemies for you]].
* ''{{VideoGame/Bloodborne}}'' has these in the form of trick weapons, which are psuedo-realistic [[MorphWeapon Morph Weapons]]. The players' arsenal includes [[BifurcatedWeapon a shortsword that splits into two daggers]], a [[SwordCane sword cane]] that changes to a [[WhipSword whip sword]], a foldable scythe where the blade detaches to work as a curved sword, and more.
* Honda Tadakatsu from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wields a drill-tipped spear almost as tall as he is as his primary weapon. It can later be upgraded to have three separate drill tips. Mori Motonari uses a giant ring-blade that can separate into two curved swords. Chosokabe Motochika uses a giant anchor-flail that can be detached and swung around on a chain and is frequently on fire. And then there's Tachibana Muneshige, who dual-wields ''chainsaws''.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series typically has some weird weapons and [[LethalJokeItem Lethal Joke Items]] thrown in, but ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' just goes nuts with this. Notable examples include the Abduction Gun, which produces an UFO-style light beam to suck enemies into the sky, the Singularity Gun, which fires black holes, and the famous Dubstep Gun, which shoots [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin weaponized dubstep music]].
* [[AntiHero Sol Badguy]]'s sword in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': ''Xrd'', the "Junkyard Dog Mk. III", looks like a giant gas lighter, has a small motor built into the grip, and apparently loads incendiary shells that imbue the sword with fire elemental attacks. [[spoiler:It's just a protective casing for Sol's trusty old Fireseal sword, which slides back and opens up like a dragon's maw and then unleashes the blade's monstrous power on his hapless opponent during his Instant Kill.]]
* Ragna The Bloodedge's sword in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', the Blood-Scythe, looks more like a slab of metal in the shape of a cleaver than a sword, it has a cylinder and a trigger which makes the blade slide forth along an extender, turning it into a BladeOnAStick, and from that form it can fold back the blade and produce an energy scythe. It also [[YourSoulIsMine eats the soul]] of anyone slashed with it.
** It should also be noted that while cool weapons abound in the game's 'verse, most of them are sorted into a two categories; [[{{Magitek}} Ars Armagus]] and [[EvilWeapon Nox Nyctores]]. The Blood Scythe is neither... In fact, considering the [[GroundhogDayLoop time loops]] that have resulted in Ragna inheriting the weapon from his future, time-displaced self, the weapon's existence itself is a paradox.
* Many of the swords in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Either they're [[{{BFS}} ridiculously huge]], they look like they were designed by [[http://www.kitrae.net/fantasy/ Kit Rae]] in collaboration with Fred Flintstone and a Taos jeweler, or both. TruthInTelevision: It should be noted that Kit Rae's fantasy weapons are for display purposes only.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has "The Dreamer" a legenday bow that looks like a butterfly wing forged into a bow... And shoots ''Rainbow trailing unicorns''.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' is a general parody of the ZombieApocalypse genre in general, with incredible superweapons that shouldn't be capable of mowing through zombies, let alone function off Macguyvered scrap. Examples include (but are not limited to) lightsabers, ''working megabusters'', beer hats, chainsaw motorcycles, chainsaw ''daggers'', flaming fireball-throwing scythes, steamroller motorcycles, fireworks skewer launchers, Elemental staves (powered by ''batteries'' and ''traffic lights''), dildo launchers, angry robot bears with [=LMGs=], candy cane crossbows, zombie slingshot trucks, and ''THE FUCKING PAVEMENT'' (with some PowerArmor).
* The ''VideoGame/RussianOverkill'' mod for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'' has giving you these as it's modus operandi. Also counts as AwesomeYetImpractical, because saying some of these are portable nuke launchers, and that you can easily kill youself with them without God Mode on, is, in no way, hyperbole.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': This urban fantasy-meets-sci-fi show focuses on the training of "hunters" to protect civilisation from the monsters that go bump in the night. Almost all of the combat-capable characters have weapons that masquerade as one thing, before [[MorphWeapon transforming]] into something else. Many of the weapons have [[SwissArmyWeapon two or three]] different kind of transformations.
** Ruby custom-designed her weapon, which is carried, folded up, on her back. It unfolds into an enormous combat scythe that simultaneously functions as a high-impact sniper rifle. She is naturally gifted at speed and often uses the rifle's recoil as a speed tactic in battle. She's stated to be one of only two known capable scythe/rifle wielders (the other being her uncle and mentor, Qrow), as this weapon is stated to be the most dangerous weapon of all.
** Blake's swords transform into a gun that can be wielded at the end of a long ribbon. The weapon is therefore an elaborate sword-gun-flail combination. She's fought the villain, Roman, with this weapon, while he wields a walking stick that functions as both a staff weapon and a rifle.
** Yang's bracelets transform into [[PowerFist gauntlet mounted]] [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotguns]]. One of her opponents, Junior, has wielded a rocket launcher that fires [[MacrossMissileMassacre six rockets]] at once and which can also transform into a [[BatterUp giant bat]]. Another opponent, Neo, wielded a pretty sun parasol that can deflect Yang's shotgun blasts and which is really a cane sword in disguise.
** Sun Wukong wields a staff that becomes two nunchaku, which are themselves ''four'' lever-action shotguns. Yes. He has gun-chucks.
** [[BigBad Cinder]] is capable of transforming part of her clothing into twin swords that further transform into bow and arrows. She can switch between weapons in mid-jump.
** Rooster Teeth actually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this with a t-shirt showing off a great deal of the series' weapons framed around the phrase "It's also a gun", essentially pointing out that virtually every weapon here also doubles as a gun.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'': Sword-chucks, yo!
* The [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=38&issue=5 chainsaw nunchucks]] of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* In "Tokyo Delta Jetlag D," the in-universe anime/manga series from ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'', main character Jaded Lament uses the Katagun, a katana that shoots bullets in the shape of the blade. Check it out (and some entertaining {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing of anime/manga tropes) [[http://tallcomics.com/?id=31 here]].
* The [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20070714.html 'black rose']] a plasma flamethrower from ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' that often explodes into a mass of plasma and radioactive shrapnel.
* Inevitable in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' with its volatile combination of ItemCrafting and young protagonists; their weapons are often created by fusing together actual weapons with whatever random shit they find lying around, frequently leading to some awesomely ridiculous arsenals. Examples include the Wrinklefucker (a sledgehammer with spring-loaded electric irons attached to the head that can launch the user into the air), the Caledscratch (a broken {{BFS}} that has the ability to reverse its own timeline to a point when it was whole, and back again), the Thorns of Oglogoth (a pair of knitting needles that can harness the powers of the [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]]), and the Pop-a-Matic Vrillyhoo (a combination of TWO [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Sword]]s).
** There's also the concept of innocuous doubles (originating in ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth''); weapons that exist as other, more harmless objects until they're ready to be wielded. Keys become handguns, a sextant becomes a sniper rifle, a typewriter becomes a [[VisualPun Chicago Typewriter]], etc, and most prominently [[TeamMom Kanaya's]] weapon of choice: a tube of lipstick that transforms into a ''chainsaw''.
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' features Death's scythe, which can transform into anything. ANYTHING. Anti-tank rockets, F-16s, nuclear bombs, [[VideoGame/GrimFandango Manny Calavera's]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking head,]] you name it.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' has [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/316 an action figure]] with a big gun that shoots handguns that shoots deep fried beer cans.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Check out [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16983_11-most-retarded-fictional-weapons.html this]] Website/{{Cracked}}.com article for their picks of the most impossibly cool fictional weapons that would be retarded in real life.
** And [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19702_7-awesomely-insane-guns-people-actually-used.html here]] you can find the Seven Most Awesomely Insane Guns People Actually Used.
** Collumnist [[CrazyAwesome Robert Brockway]] has on two separate occasions, invented the Taserchucks (two tasers attached by a bungee cord) and the Octoshotsword(a shotgun made of swords that for some reason also has a bayonet).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDlif8Km4S4 Dubstep Guns]]
* Special Effect Artist, Freddie Wong made use of this in his video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6CXAaI1OAo Huge Guns]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'s'' Blazing Sword, an indestructible blade the size of a good-size ''building,'' wielded by a giant robot for hacking apart other giant robots. A solid object, but re-created out of PureEnergy every time it's needed. Despite the name, it is ''not'' a FlamingSword.
* Creator/{{Filmation}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'':
** The Arborians' [[FreezeRay ice arrows]] (which turned out to be very handy for putting out a forest fire in one episode).
** [[EvilOverlord Ming]] himself was fond of using a FlamingSword in combat.
* The title weapon from ''WesternAnimation/GaltarAndTheGoldenLance,'' an enchanted weapon of prophecy that can only be wielded by a [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]], it can split into two smaller blades and shoots powerful energy zaps.
* The Star Sword and the Power Sword from ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}},'' which ''would'' join to form the even more awesome Power Star if they weren't wielded by the hero and the villain respectively. Used for shooting energy beams more often than as actual swords.
* The Sword of Plundarr from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''. Two curved jagged blades, each attached to the opposite side of a little tiny handle. Mumm-ra mostly used it to create giant whirlwinds of fire. Naturally, it shrank down to the handle when he wasn't using it.
* Muscle Man's sport's equipment from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* The [[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor KND]] have a wide array of [[BambooTechnology 2x4 Tech]] weapons built out of seemingly random objects (such as hair-dryers, or gumball machines) yet prove to be surprisingly effective. Though sometimes subverted as said weapons occasionally break or come out of the wielder's hand depending on who the KND Operative is fighting. In one episode, Numbuh Four uses a handheld gun that shoots mattresses. Entire mattresses.
** One of the most notable subversions is from "Operation: T.R.I.C.Y.C.L.E.": the "K-Strike", a giant ketchup bottle that fires [[WaveMotionGun a massive beam of ketchup]] from their moon base down to Earth. Unfortunately it had no effect on the giant, evil tricycle that they were trying to destroy- one KND pilot points this out:
--->'''KND Pilot:''' The ketchup had no effect! And uh... d'you mind telling me who thought ''ketchup'' would do anything anyway?
* Most of the weapons on ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' look like they were designed by Kit Rae.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* AR-15-mounted crossbows, which are probably best used for stealthy sentry kills. The fact that there's still space for an underslung grenade launcher makes it even cooler.
* In real life, Hira Shuriken (Ninja stars) are like this. They were rarely used to directly kill people, instead being used as a distraction which ''looked like it would kill you'' used by ninjas who were fleeing. Obviously people would get slowed down by trying to dodge these weapons which looked deadly, not knowing that the thrower probably couldn't even throw them with accuracy. Example: A ninja is trying to get inside a building with guard on the door. The ninja throws a shuriken at a group bushes/small trees, making a sound that the guard mistakes for someone running in the bushes, possibly a ninja! The guard goes to investigate, while ninja sneaks in. Sounds like a scenario from a stealth videogame.
** Sometimes it's about distractions within distractions. A ninja might throw several shuriken at once, missing several times, scoring only a scratch with another with only one direct hit (which isn't even deadly itself). The missed shots and direct hit were simply to distract the target from the poisoned blade that barely nicked them, but will probably kill them in less than an hour.
*** And they become a little less impossibly cool (or more... YMMV) when you learn what the poison was. The most easy-to-obtain toxic material when you're out on an infiltration mission for days... they used their own faeces to poison the shurikens.
** They were often referred to as the "invisible swordsman" due to those who got hit by it (usually from cover) thinking they got slashed by an unseen swordsman.
* [[http://flutterknife.tumblr.com/post/947644730/sword-pistol Japanese Officer's]][[SwordAndGun sword/pistol]] MixAndMatchWeapon: [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana Katana]] with a Nambu taisho 14 8mm pistol as the hilt. It's quite literally "Impossibly" as the pistol made the sword useless and vice versa, not to mention Japanese pistol designs having placed so much emphasis on safety discipline '''on part of their users''' that by late WWII they had been more dangerous to their users than the enemy.
* The Nazis had a thing for building large guns; in the latter part of the Italian invasion, the Allies' airforce spent half their time looking for two artillery pieces so large they could only be moved by train. Which meant that the two guns could only be moved where there was track laid.
** Railway-mounted artillery was common (well, relatively common -- they were ''expensive'') during World War I. Here, the slower pace of trench warfare mitigated the inconvenience of the weapon; building railway spurs and big pits for the guns to recoil in was annoying, but hardly unusual by the standards of contemporary combat engineering. Even in World War II the guns' sheer ''size'', and concomitant range and firepower, was useful for siege work, such as attacking bunkers and reinforced harbors. But once the Allies were moving in on Europe, their size and lack of speed made them easy targets for airstrikes.
* Most HiddenWeapons that actually try to be hidden or hide-able versions of a conventional weapon have to sacrifice much of their parents' lethality, durability and/or versatility. There's a reason most infantry still carry their battle rifles instead of wearing them in their helmets or body armor.
* The Apache Revolver (named for a Parisian street gang, not the Native American tribe) deserves honorable mention. It's basically a pistol with a set of brass knuckles in place of a normal grip, sometimes with a knife blade attached as well. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on "impossibly" here; the examples we have mostly used infamously inaccurate pepperbox gun components, but at least they were deadly in a close-up altercation.
* Henry VIII had a giant, triple-barrelled "gun mace" that he supposedly stalked the streets of London at night with. No, seriously [[http://www.royalarmouries.org/what-we-do/publications/what-we-do/publications/new-publications/single-image/1211]]
** I don't know about stalking the streets but Henry was an enthusiast for gadgets, he actually funded an early attempt at visual reconnaissance using giant mirrors. Needless to say it didn't work.
* Another British king had a weapon that was impossibly cool, or impossibly ridiculous depending on how you view it. Purdy, a gun manufacturer known for making high-quality birding and hunting shotguns for wealthy clients, presented King George V with a pair of fully-functional and detailed miniature double-barreled guns in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee. The guns were 1/6 the size of a regular double-barreled gun and [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N6VktaZmQ2k/TVbL4IqPYVI/AAAAAAAAAXE/x2rHm0Mhsg4/s400/IMG_0943.JPG can fit on a person's hand]], coming with their own functional ammunition. King George reportedly liked to "hunt" moths with the guns, but eventually had to give it up as [[TooAwesomeToUse "the cartridges were too damn expensive"]].
* On the same principle as His Majesty's "moth guns", but rather more serious, was the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedgley_OSS_.38 U.S. Navy Sedgley OSS .38/Sedgely Fist Gun]] of World War Two. It was a single-shot .38 Special caliber weapon, fired by a spring-loaded plunger-type "trigger" in ''front'' next to its (very short) barrel, that was riveted to the back of a heavy work glove. Both muzzle and plunger protruded about 1/2" beyond the knuckles when the wearer clenched his fist. Legend states that it was an Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) brainstorm. In this case, legend is wrong. It was developed by the Naval Gun Factory for the Naval Construction Battalions, the Seabees. During the island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, Seabee heavy-equipment operators were vulnerable not only to enemy sniper fire, but also to "close assault" by enemy soldiers in an ambush attack. They kept weapons (.45 pistols, etc.) close to hand, but the Japanese soldiers, being no fools, adopted the tactic of jumping onto the bulldozer, etc., on the ''right'' side and grabbing the driver's gun hand to prevent him from shooting them. The Sedgley was mounted accordingly on a ''left''-hand glove. When attacked, the Seabee simply punched his opponent in the face with his "free" hand- which depressed the plunger and fired a .38 slug right into the attacker's head. Messy, but very effective. Not least because it was basically ''i[[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange mpossible to miss]]''.
* Chiappa Firearms has recently come out with the Triple Crown and Triple Threat line of [[http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/weapons/triple-barrel-shotgun.asp triple-barreled shotguns]].
* The [[http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_438561 Elgin Cutlass Pistol]] was issued to the U.S. Navy in 1837. Only 150 were made (the company went out of business shortly afterward).