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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}} too many 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. Contrast [[ThePowerOfIndex Weapons Are Better]] tropes, which imply normal weapons are impossibly cool by themselves.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder:Anime and 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 ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. 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 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 ''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://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/90/9 weapon]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill of]] [[http://www.manga-access.com/manga/Y/Yu_Yu_Hakusho/chapter/90/11 choice]]
* [[Anime/GaoGaiGar CRUSHER... CONNECTO! GOLDION... CRUSHER!]]
* 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.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' gives us the panty gun and the stocking sword.
* 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.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Three words: [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/sergey25/Artwork2/ImageD.jpg Rocket Propelled Chainsaw.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1342 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]], ArmorPiercing, [[MagicBullets Heat Seeker]], [[KillItWithFire Incendiary]], and [[StuffBlowingUp Hi-Ex]]. Each of these can be combined with MoreDakka.
* Captain America'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 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 GreenLantern mythos; rings that make the user's imagination happen through their expression of the appropriate emotion.
* Green Arrow of DC and Hawkeye of Marvel both have a huge compliment of trick arrows.
* Just about any Asgardian weapon in the Marvel Comics universes. The most famous example being 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...
* 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.
* 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 {{Superman}}.
* 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.
* Batman, being a BadassNormal relies on a whole arsenal of Bat-themed weapons repurposed from other sources.
** Batarangs, based on boomerangs.
** Bat-shaped shuriken.
** The [[CoolCar Batmobile]], basically a tank stuffed into a rocket-powered car.
** Bat boat.
** Bat plane.
** His GrapplingGun has, over the years, become as much a weapon as a mode of transport.
** 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.
* 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.
* Lobo's trademark hook and chain, as well as his extraterrestrial [[MoreDakka arsenal]].
* Marvel Comics' super spy organization SHIELD utilizes [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Helicarriers]].
* Having traveled back in time from a [[FishOutOfTemporalWater far-distant future]], {{Cable}} has an arsenal of futuristic weapons at his disposal in modern times.
** As does [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} 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.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the fanfic ''ThoseLackingSpines,'' '''[[RunningGag Jeffiroth]]''' gets the coveted [[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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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.
*** Light-chucks? Bad. Ass. But not as badass as flaming sword-chuks.
** 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.
** 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 you know what I mean.
** 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/{{Krull}}'' has the Glaive, a telekinetic ninja star with retractable blades. The RealLife weapon of that name is a type of polearm.
* The infamous [[MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine 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.
** 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?
* Whatever the hell [[Creator/SamuelLJackson The Octopus]] was using at the end of [[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 {{Ghostbusters}}' proton packs, being man-portable "unlicensed nuclear accelerators" with the potential to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the world]] via CrossingTheStreams.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Detritus's "Piecemaker" crossbow in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. The Piecemaker is more or less a ballista held by a troll, which when it fired its regular bolts ''incinerated them due to friction with the air from the speed,'' creating a giant fireball of shrapnel that decimated ''buildings.'' Later, Detritus adopted tying a crap-ton of normal crossbow bolts tied together with some string, which snapped a few feet off the crossbow, 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 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.
* 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.)
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''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/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} has her Slayer Scythe, a multi-purpose super weapon that only the Slayer can use, and is basically Vampire kryptonite.
* 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 was just in a dream of his, but it was still impossibly cool.
* On ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Dothraki use wicked-looking sickle-swords. While [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khopesh similar weapons existed]] in the Bronze Age Near East, they were used by footsoldiers to get around an enemy's shield. They're not really appropriate for a culture whose warriors are all light cavalry, but they certainly look more exotic than a sabre or scimitar.
* Walter practically mentions the trope by name in reference to an anti gravity pistol in the series finale of ''{{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.
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[[folder:MMORPGs]]
* 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.
* GuildWars has "The Dreamer" a legenday bow that looks like a butterfly wing forged into a bow... And shoots ''Rainbow trailing unicorns''.
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[[folder:Multiple]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 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 alongide 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 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 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.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{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.
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* Just about ''every'' weapon in the ''VideoGame/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.
* 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.
* [[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 [[CoolSword cool]] {{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]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' 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/GearsOfWar 2'', it comes in a ''[[RuleOfCool solid gold]]'' variety.
* In the {{P|layStation3}}S3 game ''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/GodOfWar'' 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 were par for the course. The most impossibly cool weapons by far, though, were the gunhammer and gunlance. They were similar to the Gunblades of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', but even more impossible. The gunlance was essentially an eight foot long lance with a revolver cylinder built into the handguard and a barrel running along the underside of the blade. It shot whatever you stabbed. The gunhammer got rid of the barrel altogether - it was nothing but a giant cylinder and hammer assembly on a stick. You hit things with it and they got shot (after being crushed of course). Both were [[RuleOfCool awesome]].
** Gunlances were eventually expanded into their own weapon class, and now handle differently from lances. Now they can actually shoot at a distance (and don't use ammunition to boot!)and unleash [[KamehameHadoken wyvern's fire]], an explosion that can break shields, knock over gargantuan beasts, and just about break the weapon itself in the process.
* ''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.
* 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 justfied by characters in Dot Hack being virtual avatars in a game being controlled by players at a computer. So the laws of physics and coordination need not necessrily 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 ''{{Painkiller}}'' is based around this trope. To wit:
** Your main [[strike:melee]] melee/ranged weapon, the eponymous Painkiller, is essentially a horizontally held weed whacker that can be sent flying through enemy ranks, blades spinning.
** 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 ''VideoGame/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/{{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/{{Persona 3}}''. [[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...]]
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''. 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''?
* Hayden's Glaive from ''VideoGame/DarkSector'', you can even use the {{P|laystation3}}S3 motion control to use it sometimes. (Though it's damn hard.)
* Kaptain K Rool's blunderbuss in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 2''. 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, such as the Ridiculously Overelaborate Ninja Weapon and the Ridiculously Huge Sword.
* ''{{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]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens 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 {{DLC}} 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 EXPLODES if you throw it, has shotguns that shoot electric tornadoes and [=SMGs=] that shoots like a bouncing betty.
** Hyperion guns, GOLDEN guns with a futuristic design, loads bullets mechanically and increases accuracy the more you fire.
* ''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.
* 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.
* An UpToEleven example: the Farsight from ''VideoGame/PerfectDark.'' 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 [[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.
* The melee weapons in the XBox/[[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 canon.
* [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros The Dark Cannon]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' features Ea, Gilgameshīs [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning drill]][[CoolSword sword]] and the single most powerful weapon in the {{Nasuverse}}, which comes from itīs ability to rotate so fast that it literally breaks the world around it apart, destroying anything in the vague direction itīs pointed at, including [[EarthShatteringKaboom the world itself if itīs given enough time to charge]]. Even at an absolutely minimum of itīs power it can easily overpower Saberīs Excalibur, [[TheWorfEffect the supposedly strongest sword]]. On top of all that,[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090730170003/typemoon/images/a/af/W._Ea.jpg it looks fucking awesome.]]
* The Blue Shell from the ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series (sometimes averted).
* Neo Cortex's ray gun from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
* The titled protagonist of ''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 ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series. Hell, ALL OF THEM.
** Except for Top Spin. Nobody likes Top Spin. Until you need it to beat the final boss, anyway.
** [[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 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.]]
** 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 proficent and make it an effective weapon. In other words he was intentionally invoking this trope and struggled hard to make it work.
** ''TalesOfVesperia'': Shotgun. Scythe.
* ''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.]]
** [=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.
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* [[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, [[GrimFandango Manny Calavera's]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking head,]] you name it.
* [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/316 'Manly Guys']] has an action figure with a big gun that shoots handguns that shoots deep fried beer cans.
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* 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]]
* The character Ruby from the RoosterTeeth animation ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' wields a sniper rifle that [[MorphWeapon transforms]] into a combination gun and scythe, using the recoil to add more power to her scythe swings.
** Blake has a sword that's also a gun that can be wielded at the end of a long ribbon, turning it into a sword-gun-flail.
** And Yang has bracelets that turn into [[PowerFist gauntlet mounted]] [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter shotguns.]] Plus, the guy she fights has a rocket launcher which fires [[MacrossMissileMassacre six rockets at once,]] [[ButWaitTheresMore AND]] [[BatterUp transforms into a giant bat.]]
** Basically, the show is well on track to making it easier to list the characters who ''don't'' have ridiculously awesome weapons. So far that's pretty much just Weiss (who "simply" has a rapier with a revolver chamber that casts magic), and Jaune (who has a sword and collapsible shield...).
* Special Effect Artist, Freddie Wong made use of this in his video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6CXAaI1OAo Huge Guns]]
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* ''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.
* The Arborians' [[FreezeRay ice arrows]] in Creator/{{Filmation}}'s ''WesternAnimation/FlashGordon'' (which turned out to be very handy for putting out a forest fire in one episode). Meanwhile, [[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 used a handheld gun that shot mattresses. Entire mattresses.
* Most of the weapons on ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' look like they were designed by Kit Rae.
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* TruthInTelevision: 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. [[IncrediblyLamePun 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.
* 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.
* Henry VIII had a giant, triple-barrelled "gun mace" that he supposedly stalked the 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]]
* 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 minature 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 U.S. Navy "Hand Firing Device MK 1" 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 HFD MK 1 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 ''impossible to miss''.
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