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->'''Dr. Hugo Sign''': Lynn, what is the one and only way to prevent being killed by the explosion of a nuclear weapon?\\
'''Lynn''': I dunno, don't be there when it goes off?\\
'''Dr. Sign''': Actually, that's exactly right.
-->-- From Creator/PaulRobinson's ''The Gatekeeper: The Gate Contracts''

A specific type of MacGuffin. It is a thing that is just really, really ''bad'' for children and other small, living things. It may destroy entire cities or countries with the press of a button, it may just wipe out all electronics or something. Either way, expect massive amounts of damage if it's ever used, hence why it's rarely done.

We are sure, though, that it is at least as powerful as the WaveMotionGun. It is found to be in the hands of the BigBad, or being sought out by the BigBad, or being assembled by the BigBad's minions.

In {{Anime}}, this is subject to the NuclearWeaponsTaboo, and will invariably be something that ''isn't'' a garden-variety present-day nuclear weapon. Many SpeculativeFictionSeries similarly use AppliedPhlebotinum in place of real weapons of mass destruction available today.

See also ArtifactOfDoom, ForgottenSuperweapon and WaveMotionGun. PersonOfMassDestruction is when this is applied to a character. If it only destroys certain things, it's a PhlebotinumBomb. If it's built into a famous real-world location, then it's a WeaponizedLandmark. In a fantasy setting, expect a FantasticNuke. If a measurement or value is given to its power, expect it to use HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure.

For more on a certain type, see AtomicHate or DeadlyGas.


* "N2 weapons" in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the "N2" part standing for "Non-Nuclear". Going by the concept notes for the show, they could be based either on pure nuclear fusion or on matter-antimatter reaction.
* "Vegatron bombs" in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. They are pretty much nukes with another name.
* [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Sweden's]] Surströmming.
* The various ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' series bring us "{{Colony Drop}}s", literally dropping space colonies into the earth or moon's surface, along with [[EnergyWeapons solar lasers]], rogue [[{{Nanomachines}} Nanotechnology]], ''purpose-built'' [[{{Nanomachines}} Nanotechnology]], [[EmpathicWeapon psychic weapons]], automated robots designed to kill all humans, and [[WaveMotionGun microwave-powered super lasers]].
** Bonus points to the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Psyco Gundam]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Destroy Gundam]] which are essentially mobile, 400 tonne tactical nukes, capable of killing entire cities and armies using only their raw fire power. Both of course, are also quite vulnerable to attack by single enemy craft.
* [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Fate]] has a few of it's Servants Noble Phantasms, weapons or deeds immortalized during their lifetimes, be this. The primary ones being [[WorldsStrongestMan Gilgamesh]]'s Ea, which can literally reduce the world to the state of Genesis and [[HumbleHero Karna]]'s Vasavi Shakti, which's mere summoning causes his surroundings to repeatedly boil, explode and erupt before he even fires the all-killing death blast that it is.
* The "Book of Darkness" in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''.
** On a (comparatively) lesser scale, the ''Arc-en-Ciel'' cannon, a starship-mounted directed-energy weapon which works by essentially causing a localized dimensional collapse; if performed in-atmosphere, ''especially'' if at surface-level, the resultant shockwaves can obliterate everything for hundreds of kilometers around.
** Reinforce and Agito in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' blur the line between "weapon" and [[PersonOfMassDestruction "person."]]
* The ''Ohmu'' and the God-Warrior's [[WaveMotionGun mouth laser]] in ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** The "Dimension Eater" introduced in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is a car-sized device that generates a ''planet''-sized NegativeSpaceWedgie that [[SphereOfDestruction eats anything in its path]].
** The Macross Cannon equipped on ''Macross'' and ''New Macross''-class ships ranks up there in firepower, usually being a OneHitKill on anything that gets shot by it. The original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' also featured the Grand Cannon, a truly gigantic beam weapon which, when fired at the Bodolza Fleet, took out a couple ''million'' ships in one shot. Too bad that was barely one-fifth of the armada surrounding Earth... and the remaining Zentraedi wasted no time in counter-attacking it to make sure it couldn't fire again.
* Don't forget the FLEIJA warheads from ''Anime/CodeGeass R2''.
** Developed by one Nina [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Einstein]] no less.
* [[Anime/GunBuster Buster Machine 3]], also known as the Black Hole Bomb. It's core uses the planet Jupiter and the entire thing is a significant fraction of the size of Earth. [[spoiler:It annihilates the Galactic Core and roughly half the Milky Way Galaxy.]]
* Pain from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was planning to [[spoiler:use the tailed beasts the Akatsuki were sealing away to create this.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has three of them: Pluton, Uranus and Poseidon.
** Pluton is a huge warship, said to be capable of destroying whole islands. It is hidden away somewhere, and Robin is the only person left who has the ability to awaken it. Its blueprints still exist, and even though they are meant to counteract the original Pluton, they can also be used to revive it without the Poneglyphs. [[spoiler: Its blueprints were in Franky's possession, but when he found out that Robin had no intention of awakening the weapon, he burned them, so as to prevent Spandam from reviving the weapon.]]
** Poseidon [[spoiler: is actually not a weapon in the traditional sense, but an ability. Poseidon was the name of a Mermaid Princess who lived during the Void Century, and had the power to control huge creatures known as Sea Kings. This ability came to be feared as a weapon, and all of Poseidon's descendants who had the same ability also inherited her name as a title. The current form of Poseidon is princess Shirahoshi.]]
** Uranus is the third and last Ancient Weapon. So far, the only thing we know about it is its name.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[MoreThanInfinite Bakusaiga]], Sesshoumaru's true sword. When it's revealed that Bakusaiga not only destroys what it's directly cut, but the blow then [[TheVirus automatically]] [[ChainReactionDestruction transfers]] to anything that comes into contact with the original victim, [[MasterOfIllusion Byakuya]] sets up a trap designed to kill Sesshoumaru. When Sesshoumaru points out a couple of {{youkai}} won't stop him, Byakuya reveals he knows and that's why he's enlisted an army of [[CrazyPrepared several thousand]]. Sesshoumaru destroys the entire army ''with a single swing'' of Bakusaiga.
* Laputa, from ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' has some sort of energy weapon built into it that was used by the original occupants to extort, threaten and ultimately punish earthbound civilisations. The BigBad claims that it was responsible for the destruction of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
* The Poor Man's Rose in ''Anime/HunterXHunter'' resembles a small nuclear bomb. [[spoiler: Netero uses it in a SuicideAttack in order to take down the Chimera Ant's leader Meruem, as well as two of his guards and his MoralityPet Komugi]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' comic, the Mandalorians [[spoiler:devastate a planet with good old-fashioned nuclear missiles]] four thousand years before the movies. Makes you wonder why the Death Star was even necessary.

[[folder:Fan Works]]

* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has the Concept Killing Spear, the single most dreaded weapon in all creation. Created by a ChildProdigy to kill Love itself, it has the ability to [[RetGone erase whoever it kills from creation]]. This is played for every bit the horror as one would expect: when she killed [[DivineParentage Cupid]] with it, everypony who existed because of Cupid was erased. This amounts to the single largest amount of destruction to the universe ever known until [[spoiler:Nightmare Eclipse repeatedly erasing an ''entire'' universe several thousand times]] finally surpassed it. That was the first and only time the weapon has ever been used. The deities took it and kept it stored in Strife's domain (one of the most dangerous locations in all creation) because even ''she'' (the Concept of ''Conflict itself'') believed it to be too dangerous to remain in the mortal world. [[spoiler:Rancor, while likely holding back, managed to mortally injure a fully powered Discord in one hit with it.]] It's so deadly that the only reason the Concepts didn't destroy it was [[spoiler:Destruction was dead and he was the only one capable of destroying it. Most of the time, the moment they can do so upon regaining his power in some way, they do.]]


[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' in that after discovering the fated Kragle, Lord Business plans to glue everything together on Taco Tuesday, rather than destroy anything. This is reinforced by the fact that [[ThePerfectionist he values perfection to the extreme, to the point where he doesn't believe in failure]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Just as a warm-up, The Genesis Device of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is capable of almost instantly {{terraform}}ing an entire planet. But if it used on a life-bearing planet, it would, as Spock points out, "Destroy such life in favor of its new matrix." The fact that the Genesis Planet (created by using the Device on a nebula) eventually catastrophically exploded doesn't help, either. The subsequent film revealed that the Genesis Device was a fundamentally-flawed technology due to its creator using highly unstable (and illegal) "proto-matter" to kick-start the device's matrix.
* And the trope is done to death in ''Franchise/StarWars''. First, both "[[ThatsNoMoon Death Stars]]" were capable of [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]]. The Marvel Star Wars comics, which began publishing shortly after the first movie, also featured the Empire coming up with new superweapons and predictably the rebellion discovering their existence and destroying them. Of particular note is the Tarkin, which was originally meant to be another Death Star, but Lucas forbade Marvel from using that since he was going to use the ''exact same thing'' in Return of the Jedi. And during the early '90s, many ''Star Wars'' ExpandedUniverse writers would use the "TheEmpire is building a new superweapon" plot gimmick so often that things quickly got out of hand (the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse was often referred to as the "Superweapon of the Month Club" during this time). The [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Sun Crusher and the Prototype Death Star]], the Eye of Palpatine, the Darksaber, [[ComicBook/DarkEmpire World Devastators and the Galaxy Gun]]... Kevin J. Anderson was the worst with this; every single adult ''Star Wars'' novel he wrote used one. Since Lucasfilm switched publishers to Del Rey, these ''mostly'' vanished (it was hilariously lampshaded by Han Solo in one ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel). With the Disney reboot, most of these have disappeared in the new canon, only for them to come up with new ones like Starkiller Base, which drained stars to fling the resultant energies across interstellar distances and wipe out planets.
* Nanomites from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' which come in city eating [[GreyGoo Green Goo]] form or in MadeOfIron / MindControl injections.
** ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' has the Project Zeus {{Kill Sat}}s, which are capable of dropping giant metal rods from orbit, causing all the damage of nukes but with none of the fallout. Made even more terrifying by the fact that they're ''theoretically possible in real life''.
* The Oxygen Destroyer in ''Film/Godzilla1954'' is one, capable of stripping creatures to the bone, even [[NighInvulnerability Godzilla]]. Daisuke Serizawa, it's inventor, is terrified of its potential as a weapon, and [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup destroys all his research on it]] before using it to stop Godzilla. Too bad he didn't know [[LongRunners this wouldn't be the last time]] Japan would be attacked by kaiju.

* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** Creator/TimothyZahn, who kickstarted the Bantam era of novels with ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and concluded it with the massive FixFic ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, had a quiet TakeThat when Mara Jade talked about how superweapons weren't Thrawn's style. He went for [[ThePlan more effective means of conquest]].
** And in in [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Destiny%27s_Way "Destiny's Way,"]] Creator/WalterJonWilliams basically had the most awesome man in the galaxy rant that [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Superweapon superweapon]]s are lame, and those that attempt to build them are beyond lame.
--->'''Han Solo''': ''What the Empire would have done was build a supercolossal Yuuzhan Vong-killing battle machine. They would have called it the Nova Colossus… Galaxy Destructor or the Nostril of Palpatine or something equally grandiose… And you know what would have happened? It wouldn't have worked. They'd forget to bolt down a metal plate over an access hatch leading to the main reactors, or some other mistake, and a hotshot enemy pilot would drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing up.''
** Centerpoint Station, a gravitational weapon that could basically do anything including blowing up stars (while remaining stationary itself; its gravity bursts could work through hyperspace). Used once in the Yuuzhan Vong War to [[spoiler:destroy a Vong fleet, along with half the Hapan fleet engaging them which gets wiped out as collateral damage]].
* Speaking of planet-crackers, no one can beat for exuberance the science-fiction writer Creator/EEDocSmith:
** In his ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, he went from massed fleets to a massive planet-sized sphere of antimatter to a literal "planet-cracker" -- two worlds, with opposed velocities, made inertialess and moved on opposite sides of a target world. When the inertialessness was cut off... the three planets went squish rather spectacularly. And [[TropeNamer from this]] we get the LensmanArmsRace. The ''very first sentence'' of the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series shows two galaxies colliding. (Though it turns out, one of them is ''ours'', and [[ScienceMarchesOn that's where all the planets came from]].)
** Amazingly, ''Lensman'' is perhaps the ''least'' cosmically destructive series of novels he's ever written. The final book of the ''Literature/SkylarkSeries'' had explosions on a pan-galactic scale.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' books, the technologically superior alien Ax tends to look down on the kind of thing that passes for high technology among humans, and this includes the fact that the pinnacle of our destructive technology is the nuclear bomb rather than something more [[TechnoBabble technobabbly]], saying things like, "A fusion explosive? That's what that was? I assumed it was a small proton-shift weapon, at least." That's probably why he is so little affected by the NuclearWeaponsTaboo that he is capable of making the [[ShootTheDog moral compromise]] involved in threatening to use a nuclear weapon.
* Done realistically in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', where the weapon involved has infinite (or close enough to it) ammo, causes mass destruction (or would, if targeted the right way), and is not stoppable by any conventional means -- trying to stop it would cause ''more'' damage than just letting it hit. What is it? Metal-sheathed chunks of rock fired from Moon-based linear accelerators. When it hits, each chunk is equivalent to a 2-kiloton atomic weapon, but with no radiation, no lasting effects -- a Green Weapon of Mass Destruction. The Heroes, of course, aim the rocks to land near inhabited areas, but not directly on any cities -- save for Cheyenne Mountain, home of NORAD, which they pulverize by the end of the novel.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series, the eponymous Ringworld itself (or, more precisely, the shadow squares) can create a gas-laser using solar flares! That's right, a laser the size of a star!
* ''Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin weaponmachines Balance of Terror (BOT) and Sentinel]] as a major part of the plot. [[spoiler: Sentinel, once roused, could launch the Balance of Terror against whoever is responsible for any form of attack. In a world where almost everything is polluted, it would wipe out the world again.]]
* The Molecular Disruptor, or "Little Doctor," in Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame''. The MD releases a burst of energy that tears matter apart at the molecular level. At the same time, this process releases more of that same kind of energy, meaning that once it hits an object, that thing is utterly destroyed as the energy propagates throughout it. In deep space, it's relatively safe to use, as the energy dissipates over much of any distance, meaning it's unlikely to destroy more than one ship unless they're tightly packed together. Used on [[spoiler:a planet]], however...
* The planetoids from ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' by Creator/DavidWeber are armed with missiles that use warheads armed with everything from (super-powered) chemical explosives to gigaton-range antimatter devices. And they aren't even considered the real shipkillers, that honour falling to the gravitonic warhead, a micro-ish black hole generator. [[spoiler: Then, there is the gravitonic super-bomb, a weapon that kills everything within a light-second or so of its activation point and can cause a [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun supernova]] if activated close to a star. Oh yes, and one type of FTL drive can also nova a star if you're not careful.]]
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': At the state of technology in 1869, [[CoolShip the Nautilus]] is this: a submarine could easily destroy any ship in the sea without possibility of being pursued when it submerges in the sea. Nemo’s KickTheDog moment shows how terrible its destructive power really is.
* "Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer": the Bull is implied to be one, with the heroes anxious to move it as far away as possible from The Vitalizer.
* In ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'', we have the NOVA Nuclear Cluster. Admiral Whitcomb described it as a "Planet Killer", and it was originally to be used to even the odds against the Covenant in space battles. We get to see it used in ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', where one is enough to vaporize a fleet of hundreds, scorch half a planet, and ''shatter a moon''.
* In ''Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy'', we find The Alchemist. This deceptively small device (comparably sized to a normal combat missile) was built for the specific purpose of destroying a star (specifically, the host star of the world that used antimatter strikes on the homeworld of the device's creator). It does this by a clever combination of two bog-standard technologies in the setting. Upon learning what the accursed thing is and how it works, the hero remarks on just how insanely dangerous the scientist who created it is, and internally wonders how nobody ELSE has thought of this. He proceeds to use it himself shortly afterwards, on the lower power setting, which paradoxically is the one that causes the target to explode.
** The Planetbuster antimatter warheads themselves also qualify. A small number (less than 20) were used to wreck a planetary biosphere beyond hope of recovery, resulting in the death of anything more sophisticated than lichen.
* Any ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'' equipped with hellbores. A hellbore doesn't just allow it to destroy anything on the planet the Bolo is on. It can lay megatons per second force with pinpoint accuracy at interplanetary range.
* In Creator/TomKratman's ''Literature/{{Caliphate}}'':
** The eponymous Caliphate has hired several American scientists to create [[spoiler:the ultimate bioweapon]] to wipe out their enemies, without any concern for who else -- including themselves -- would be harmed [[spoiler:by an engineered virus that's 97% fatal -- and possibly mutilating the remaining 3%.]]
** In the backstory for the book, Islamic terrorists deployed nuclear weapons against the cities of several western countries, including the US and the UK. The three that detonated in the US[[note]]the other four targeting US cities failed to detonate due to poor maintenance[[/note]] were sufficient cause for the election of [[PresidentEvil President Buckman]], who later nuked almost all Islamic holy cities in retaliation for the various attacks on the US over the years.
* ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' has numerous very powerful weapons on board the [[CoolShip Nostalgia for Infinity]]. One could potentially shatter a planet. Volyova uses one of the smallest of the ship's weapons to threaten a planetary government, a "surface suppression element" that merely has a teratonne-yield nuclear warhead.
* Literature/RedMarsTrilogy has a number of startlingly effective attacks using things that were never intended to be weapons.
** What happens when you shop the counterweight off a SpaceElevator? Why, it falls down and wraps around the whole planet. Twice. Going at several kilometres per second at the end.
** An orbital laser that can just about cut a hole in a plastic greenhouse roof doesn't sound very threatening, but if those greenhouses are pressurised city domes on mars, the effects can be horrifying. Some domes are popped, suffocating the occupants, and others are pumped with oxygen, incinerating them.
** There's a boring old civilisation ending asteroid, too. That gets stopped pretty quickly by railgun launched nuclear weapons from the moon, which must be pretty scary in themselves.
** And a particularly unusual one is done by Saxifrage Russell, a quietly spoken, nerdy terraforming scientist. In [[spoiler: revenge against the police who torture him, ultimately leaving him brain damaged]] he releases some terraforming biota that increase the oxygen level of the atomsphere a little faster than expected, and plants a lot of carefully engineered seeds which germinate after a fire in some soil rich in metals and oxidising chemicals. The [[spoiler: prison]] is then hit with an incendiary weapon which ''sets the ground on fire'' in a raging inferno that torches thousands of square miles of wilderness, and then sprouts an impenetrable thicket of thorn trees. BewareTheQuietOnes, indeed.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': The reader is never explicitly told what weapons the Demons fought with during the civil war that ended their domination of the world, but given just how screwed up Vulp Vora (which used to be the heart of their empire) is currently, it's probable that they access to weapons equivalent to nuclear bombs. An entire desert of Vulp Vora has been blasted into glass.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' underlines how dragons, when used tactically, are weapons of mass destruction. OK, so they're not planet busters in and of themselves and they have animal minds of their own so can be a little bit... [[StubbornMule unpredictable]]. But, three dragons who rather like you and (mostly) do as you suggest vs four large, converging armies (who don't like you at all) combined with a very rude, stonkingly massive BigFancyCastle blocking progress? [[KillItWithFire Problems]], [[CurbStompBattle you say]]? In the "not as awesome as dragons" stakes, however, is the rather more mundane alternative: wildfire. A conventional enough weapon, this: take napalm, cross it with GreekFire, add a little supernatural va-va-voom and some good, solid strategical placement. With enough of it, you can say goodbye to besieging problems... and, hello to a massive clean-up bill.
* Several show up in various places in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
** In ''Literature/DeadBeat'', the Red Court attack a hospital that contains a large number of injured Wardens with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin Sarin gas,]] which ''is'' legally classed as a WeaponOfMassDestruction. The next paragraph shows why, when it mentions that the gas wiped out not just the hospital, but most of the city the hospital was in.
** Harry Dresden has the dubious honor of holding the trigger to one. As Warden of Demonreach, he has the authority to release some of the most terrifying and horrendous {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in existence upon the world.
* Goliath, the eponymous superweapon in the third ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' book, is the cause of TheTunguskaEvent. [[spoiler:...Possibly. It's a massive electromagnetic generator, and Tesla intends to use it on Berlin, but scientist Barlow believes he was delusional and the actual meteorite that caused the Tunguska blast is found in Tesla's possession, meaning that either 1. it was a monumental coincidence (as was the sky changing color in his second test) and he hid the evidence or 2. the device really summoned a nickel-iron asteroid. We'll never know, since Alek killed Tesla and the device was destroyed]].
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'': Nuclear weapons may be banned by interstellar law, but the invasion by the Honored Matres brings with them a far worse weapon. Originally simply called "The Weapon", the missiles get termed "Obliterators" in later novels, and they more than live up to the name. Just a handful of these missiles can set the atmosphere of a planet on fire and burn anything on the surface to slag. It's never stated exactly what the mechanism is that these missiles use, only that they are heat-based.
* The Deplorable Word in ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' is somewhere between this and PersonOfMassDestruction: it's a word which, "if spoken with the proper ceremonies", will kill every living thing in Jadis's world, except the one who speaks it. Jadis learnt and eventually used it in the backstory, during a power struggle with her sister.
* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the most dreaded weapon in Kel arsenal is the treshold winnower, which essentially boils everyone within its range alive.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** The Dakara Superweapon, capable of disintegrating a lifeform of your choice by a giant wave that wraps around the planet. (The wave can be altered to target any lifeform while leaving others alone; for example, choosing between organic lifeforms and replicators.) In fact, it can even be used to delete life in the entire ''galaxy''.
** Carter used a gate to force [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun a star to go nova]], wiping out the entire star system.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** The "Attero" device disables faster-than-light travel for the series's Big Bads, destroying the ships as they attempt it. The downside is the device makes stargates explode. Mid-season six of ''SG-1'' revealed that a stargate explodes with enough force to annihilate a planet, and the device does this passively to the ones in an entire galaxy.
** Then there's Project Arcturus, a failed Ancient Manhattan Project that uses the principles of a ZPM on a larger, less controlled scale to power a great big energy cannon. Throw in the fact that the power source itself is uncontrollable and ends up overloading. When [=McKay=] tries to get it working, he ends up blowing up most of a stellar system.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has wormholes. As the MadeForTVMovie conclusively proves, they're not so much a "weapon" as they are the interstellar equivalent of shaking an etch-a-sketch.
-->'''John''': Wormhole weapons do not make [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower peace]]. Wormhole weapons...don't even make ''war''. They make total destruction. Annihilation. Armageddon.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': The Cardassian-built, Maquis-captured/modified ATR-4107 'Dreadnought', a self-guided strategic missile armed with a 2000 kilo matter/antimatter charge (enough to destroy a small moon like Phobos or Deimos, or make a [[ApocalypseHow Class 1-2]] mess of a planetary surface) with its own defensive weaponry and a highly sophisticated computer system capable of adapting to any circumstance. Unfortunately, it was pulled into the Delta Quadrant along with ''Voyager'', and headed towards the first inhabited planet fitting its target profile... Then there's the long-range tactical armor unit the crew encounter in "Warhead", which is so intelligent it's not only programmed, it's also fed with propaganda on its ruthless and hostile "enemy". Plus, the Krenim temporal weapon-ship in "Year of Hell", which can erase a species from ever having ''existed'', and nine Species 8472 bioships linking up to destroy an entire Borg planet in "Scorpion".
* Of course, in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', the Nova Bomb takes the place of nuclear weapons today, since in ''Andromeda'' the ability to destroy an entire city is common to the point of being pedestrian. So, Nova Bombs, an antigravity device which removes the gravitational bonds keeping a sun together, so they take the place of the moral problems with nuclear bombs. There have been episodes where they tried to use it on the Worldship (but a godlike creature absorbed most of it and the worldship survived), a moral dilemma where a superior Admiral asks for use of a Nova Bomb without giving the reason why, a grave threat where a drift entirely of children wants to use Nova Bombs to destroy Nietzschian systems, and an episode where they have to sneak in and destroy a warlord's Voltarium factory (in other words, a uranium enrichment facility).
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has the "planet killers", used by both Shadows and Vorlons (interesting, since the latter were frequently grouped with the "good guys"). The mass drivers used by the Centauri might fall into this category, too.
** Not only are the Mass Drivers classed as Weapons of Mass Destruction, their use in the manner shown is also ''explicitly illegal''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has had a fair few of these over the years.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]" had the Doomsday Weapon, a city-sized weapon capable of sending stars nova (according to the novelisation, it would fire vast quantities of antimatter at its target at a million times lightspeed). It turned out to be more damaging to its own planet, though; even on standby, its power system emitted enough radiation to poison the planet's soil and atmosphere.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" had the Validium statue, which was capable of wiping out entire Cybermen warfleets.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]" had the Hand of Omega, which could rewire stars, and was used to vaporise an entire solar system.
** Lampooned in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]], in which alien gangsters in disguise manage to gain control of the Western nuclear arsenal [[spoiler:in order to reduce Earth to radioactive rubble]] simply by threatening Earth with a [[spoiler:(non-existent)]] alien battle fleet armed with "Massive Weapons of Destruction".
** This trope is taken to its logical extreme by [[MadScientist Davros]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]: [[spoiler: his planet-sized Dalek starship, The Crucible, is equipped with a "Reality Bomb", essentially a jumbo-sized, ''planet-powered'' disintegrator that can cancel out nuclear cohesion, reducing matter to nothing. One blast from it can propagate throughout the entire Universe, wiping out everything but the Crucible itself. And by setting it off next to [[OurWormholesAreDifferent The Medusa Cascade]] the blast would spread throughout TheMultiverse, wiping out ''everything'' that could possibly exist, ''ever'', leaving the [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]] as the only [[AbsoluteXenophobe things left in existence]]]].
** In [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], the weapon the Doctor used to end the Time War was one of these called the Moment, also known as the Galaxy Eater, developed by Gallifrey's Ancients. [[spoiler:It was so powerful that it became sentient and developed a consience so the Time Lords never dared use it because how do you use a weapon of mass destruction that can pass judgement on you? It took the form of the Bad Wolf to try and persuade the Doctor '''not''' to use it, because it didn't want to kill the children still on Gallifrey during the War.]]
* A somewhat tongue-in-cheek example, Gaius Baltar of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' tends to cause a lot of destruction every time he gets laid. [[http://wiki.frakr.com/en/Baltar%27s_schlong WikiFrakr]] refers to this phenomenon as [[BiggusDickus "Baltar's Schlong."]]
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'':
** Shown in the season 2 finale, the Minoan Trident (also known as Poseidon's Trident), which when stabbed into the ground three times opens the fault lines below. Among other things, it's capable of triggering volcanoes, even ''super''volcanoes. In fact, it's even referred to as "The ''first'' WeaponOfMassDestruction."
** There's also, from the season 3 finale, the tile from the British House of Commons that absorbed the full concentrated [[ThePowerOfHate power of hate]] of the ''entire Nazi regime''. When hooked up to a bomb, it creates an explosion large enough to [[spoiler: destroy the entire Warehouse]] requiring a ResetButton being hit the following season.
* The ''Series/{{MANTIS}}'' series proper is kicked off by an biological agent created by the hero, Miles Hawkins, for the government that ended up in the hands of a former business partner, Solomon Box, who'd bribed someone and intended to sell it to North Korea.

[[folder:Religion / Mythology]]
* In Myth/HinduMythology, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmastra Brahmastra]] is essentially a nuclear bomb, a weapon that can destroy an entire army, can kill anything from Brahma's creation (i.e. anything) and causes massive environmental damage in a huge area. There's even a second version that's four-squared times as powerful, which never gets used; at one point, Arjuna and Ashwatthama attack each other using the four-square-as-powerful version. They're forced to retract their attacks, because if the weapons collided it would ''destroy the entire universe''.
* Within the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) TheArkOfTheCovenant is described as having powers that could classify it as a weapon of mass destruction.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abaddon the Despoiler's]] flagship is called the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin Planet Killer]]. He also has the remaining two [[CoolShip Blackstone fortresses]], which he has subverted to the will of Chaos, and which he once used (when he had more of them) to send a star nova, destroying everything in the system. In fact, most races have their own [=WMDs=]; the Imperium have the Exterminatus doctrine - and god bless you if that only means kinetic or thermonuclear orbital bombardment. They also have a flesh-eating supervirus as well as weapons that [[EarthShatteringKaboom destabilize a planet's core]]. The [[OmnicidalManiac Necrons]] revel in destroying all life on a planet, down to and including bacteria; no-one knows how, though. The Tyranids do something similar, but instead of destroying all life on a planet, they simply consume it while assimilating useful genetic traits, leaving a dried-up ball of rock behind.
** In fact, there are so many ways of utterly ruining a good planet in the 40K world, it's a wonder they've got any ''left''.
*** Because stray Orks can land on just about anything with a basic atmosphere and turn it into an Orky biosphere. Of course, they often do the same to existing biosphere, so their biosphere is a biological weapon, with individual Orks simply conscious servants of it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': High Tech actually lists specific stats for the original weapon of mass destruction, "Little Boy" itself is given specific stats.
** ''GURPS'': Spaceships has the Azrael (Angel of Death). It's basically a giant sentient missile carrying a bunch of smaller missiles. At full speed the impact of the Azrael is equal to '''42 million megatons''' of TNT (the same as what killed the dinosaurs). The thirty smaller missiles are "just" equal to 700 megatons each. Better yet, this design uses zero superscience, making it one of the ''weakest'' planet killer ships you can design.
* Blade / Flying Buffalo has produced an extension set for the Nuclear War / Escalation / Proliferation series of games called 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'. However, these are the classical (non-trope) [=WMD=]s, and there is one event card that has you try to find a nuclear warhead in the card hand of an opponent.
* The Sword of Creation (also known as the Realm Defense Grid) from ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. Capable of targeted environmental destruction (using effects such as rains of iron needles or walls of fire) from a scale of anywhere between 10 square miles and all of Creation. Also enhances the spells of those using it, and can control the Warmanses of the Blessed Isle. Typically used to defend Creation from [[TheFairFolk the Raksha]], although the Scarlet Empress was able to use it to establish one of the most powerful empires in history. When used by anyone other than a circle of Solar sorcerers, has severe geomantic side effects (i.e. causes natural disasters across Creation).
** On further development, it's been revealed that the Dirigible Engine Daystar (IE: the Sun) is in reality an autonomous God-Artifact that takes the form of a spherical airship sheathed in intense Solar fire. It was explicitly designed as a defensive Weapon of Mass Destruction, keeping Wyld Behemoths, Unshaped Fae, emergent Primordials, and other things outside Creation. One brash Solar wanted to fire the sun's primary weapon into Creation during the Primordial War, only to have the Unconquered Sun explain that he was utterly unwilling to reveal to the general populace that they were living under the barrel of a gun.
*** Also, the sun knows several varieties of kung fu, one of which was invented by a Kung Fu master explicitly for it.
* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D]]'' 2nd Edition's ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' setting had the Witchlight Marauders, essentially artificial engineered bioweapons, 500 feet long, which, when dropped onto a planetary surface, would grow, divide, and literally eat the entire planet down to bedrock if not killed off.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has the [[LostSuperweapon WarShips]], which are ''enormous'', heavily armed ships with the capability to jump up to 30 light years every two weeks. In the ''[[Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse Twilight of the Clans]]'' series, a [[BigBad Clan Smoke Jaguar]] [=WarShip=] opens fire on the city of Edo in retaliation for a prison-break, killing one million inhabitants instantly. The [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant entire Inner Sphere]] then proceeds to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge kill every Jaguar warrior they can find]]. Once they reach the Jaguar homeworld, use their Warship's [[MagneticWeapons Gauss Rifle]] and [[LightningGun Particle Projector Cannon]] to [[CurbStompBattle completely destroy several battalions of Jaguar warriors]] as they gather for an attack on the Sphere's ground forces.
** The [[MachineCult Word of Blake]] uses artificial viruses and nuclear bombs - both banned by ''all'' the nations after the horrors of the [[ForeverWar Succession Wars]] - in their attacks against manufacturing centers and population centers. Naturally, the rest of the Inner Sphere respond in-kind, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge by nuking every Wobbie facility they can find.]]
* One ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' mission involves the [=PCs=] stumbling across an [[LostSuperweapon Old Reckoning]] antimatter bomb capable of destroying the entire Complex at one go, then trying to keep it away from ''two'' groups of people insane enough to actually use it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Being a military RTS, ''VideoGame/ActOfWar'' has the obligatory Tactical Weapon for each faction, going from nuclear cruise missiles to Nuclear Artillery; however, in an interesting twist, the game also adds Counter-tactical Weapons, which can protect your base and forces pretty well.
* Each race in ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has its own flavor of Doomsday Device (the actual game term for the weapons class). When fired, they destroy pretty much any ship within 150 kilometers save for heavily armored battleships, which just barely survive. The upcoming expansion pack "Dominion" is modifying the Doomsday Device of all four Titans: they are now going to be a focused-fire weapon. So as opposed to the area-of-effect destruction field, think [[Film/StarWars Death Star superlaser]].
* The galactic federation of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has an interesting definition for "weapon of mass destruction" -- a WMD is defined as a weapon that causes "environmental alteration" if used on a planetary surface. So a bomb that simply blew an enormous crater in the landscape would not be a WMD, but one that kicked up enough dust or water vapor to cause nuclear winter would be. So would things like asteroid impacts, self-replicating nanite plagues, etc.
* ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' has Low Orbit Atmosphere Deprivation Weapon, which, even though its effect is not described in-game, burns out the atmosphere of the planet.
** Described? No. [[DoomedHometown Shown? Yes.]]
* The Mako Cannon from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* "Vegnagun" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. The game's BadEnding is it destroying Spira.
* Deifacted Nethicite in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is essentially [[FantasticNuke the magical equivalent of nuclear weapons]], with one instance in the prologue levelling an entire city and [[NuclearNasty mutating all life in the surrounding region]]. A second use later on wipes out a fleet of airships. Even an artificial scaled-down version is able to trigger a [[DeflectorShields Paling]] over a large portion of [[FirstTown Rabanastre]] while obliterating a small fleet docked in the area. Turns out that [[spoiler:the local JerkassGods give the stuff to whoever they can use as a puppet ruler]].
* The Gigas in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' in general, and Zelos in particular, as it can devastate entire continents in a matter of minutes.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'':
** ''III'' has [[WaveMotionGun The Behemoth]], a massive energy cannon with a ship wrapped around it that was designed to destroy the Kilrathi homeworld. Was only used once, and not on the Kilrathi.
** There was also the Temblor Bomb, designed with a similar use in mind. It seems having Creator/MarkHamill play the lead meant they had to plagiarize ''Film/ANewHope'' wholesale; at least they did it well.
** From the same game, the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] had their own WMD, a particularly nasty bioweapon that rendered Locanda IV entirely uninhabitable for centuries.
** Secret Missions had you trying to destroy the Sivar, essentially a colony destroying Dreadnaught that the Kilrathi will use to enslave humanity.
** And in [=WC4=], the [=GenSelect=] device, biological warfare {{nanomachines}} that kill off up to 90 percent of the population of the targeted planet.
** And on the [[Literature/WingCommander literary WC front]], in the novel ''Fleet Action'' by William Forstchen, Sirius (a colony of Earth) is rendered uninhabitable by especially "dirty" thermonuclear bombs. Earth itself was fated to get this as well, but thanks to a BigDamnHeroes rescue, it gets off lightly with having major defense cities wiped off the face of the planet by "ordinary" antimatter bombardment.
* Most of ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening'' revolves around finding the parts of what the player believes to be a Weapon Of Mass Destruction. In a twist at the last minute, it's revealed to [[spoiler: only be the ''activation key'' for the actual Weapon Of Mass Destruction -- some harmless and unassuming aliens that the player has seen throughout the game, which turn out to be the dormant form of bioengineered supersoldiers.]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Drakengard}}'' series focuses on [[ArtifactOfDoom Eldritch Artifacts]] that turn humans into [[PersonOfMassDestruction people of mass destruction]]:
** The Seeds of Resurrection in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. The hierarch Verdelet seems to think they cause all of humanity, if worthy, to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. It's a pity he didn't consider that statement [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt metaphorically]].
** However, when they are used correctly, they can create Dovahkiin. [[spoiler:Nowe]] gets turned into one in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard2}}'', thanks to Legna guiding Inuart at using the seed as a forge correctly in Drakengard Ending A. In the other endings, it... doesn't pan out.
** ''VideoGame/{{Nier}}'' involved Emil as the result of decades of magical research on children, combined with about 1300 years of detachment from the outside world. The end result of Emil the gorgon merging with his sister, the Ultimate Weapon? [[spoiler:The perfect mini-antimatter bomb]].
** Finally, the nightmare that started it all is revealed to be [[spoiler:a flower]] in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard3}}''. This little device prevents its wearer from dying, at the cost of their sanity and eventual mutation into a [[EldritchAbomination Mother Grotesquerie]]. Which explains why the psychopathic main character is hell-bent on killing her sisters - [[spoiler:she's trying to prevent them from eventually causing the end of the world]].
** Subverted in ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'': The Machine faction, on the brink of defeat, decides to build a giant rocket that's three times as tall as the surrounding skyscrapers, covered in religious symbols, and pointed at the moon - as in, ''the only place where humans could possibly exist after they were wiped out on Earth''. Guess what's in it. [[spoiler:Then it turns out it's a GenerationShip built to flee the planet and restart Machine civilization somewhere else]]. Phew!
* The ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series uses pseudonuclear weapons a ''lot''. The weapons explode in massive fireballs, but are never explicitly said to be nuclear.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' features Stonehenge, a battery of hypervelocity cannons designed to destroy near-Earth asteroids. When fired near the Earth's surface as an area-effect antiaircraft weapon, the rounds from Stonehenge come streaking in horizontally and create large spherical blue-white fireballs, as if they were nuclear warheads set on a time delay fuse rather than solid projectiles. In one mission, you are called on to intercept and destroy a barrage of cruise missiles. The last (damnably evasive) cruise missile explodes in a massive fireball when you kill it. As it comes onto the map, the AWACS guiding you say "looks like a regular warhead, but keep your distance", which all but explicitly says that it's nuclear tipped.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has "burst missiles" fired from very large submarines of the Yuktobanian Navy. These missiles function almost exactly like MIRV missiles from real life, coming down out of the sky, breaking into several independent warheads, and carpeting a large area with fireballs. There is no mushroom cloud, but the explosions behave more like a nuke than like any other real-world weapon. There is also a nuclear satellite explicitly equipped with a MIRV nuclear warhead.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'''s final boss is a fighter which has, among other weapons, missile that appear to be tipped with a small subcritical nuclear bomb -- you want to give those a very wide berth.
*** Also, during that game, the Belkans set off seven bombs on their territory that ''are'' explicitly nuclear, complete with mushroom clouds, to delay advancing enemy forces. This is only seen during [[CutScene cut scenes]]. This event is also mentioned in ''Ace Combat 5''.
** Strangereal doesn't seem to have nuclear proliferation; thus, when someone says the word "nuke," often after "Belkan," you know it's going to be even worse than the faux-nukes you've been dodging thus far, especially considering that if the Belkans ''dropped seven of them on themselves,'' who knows what ''else'' they'll do with them?
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'' features a WMD never used, but explicitly stated to need a 'catalyst' to be shipped in from elsewhere as well as having the capability of wiping out a large city. Also, there's the cruise missiles used by the Agaion (a flying aircraft carrier) and Chandelier (a gigantic railgun). The weapon of mass destruction was stated to be a chemical weapon, probably nerve gas.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombatXSkiesOfDeception'' has the Shock Wave Ballistic Missile on the Gleipnir that creates a massive shockwave strong enough that [[InterfaceScrew your view shakes no matter how far your plane's from it]], as well as its weaker cousin the Long range Shock Wave Missile on the player-usable Fenrir. A biochemical agent is also used by the enemy during mission 7C.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'', in keeping with its more realistic setting, gives us a bit of a downgraded version in the "Trinity Warhead". It's basically a non-nuclear nuke: all the power with none of the fallout.
* In the ''VideoGame/RType'' series, the Bydo were originally designed as Weapons of Mass Destruction. Unfortunately for 26th century humans, they ran out of control and were shunted to an odd section of space, only to come back ''earlier'' in time (R-Type is so confusing) and assault humanity in a pre-emptive attack. Humans of the 24th century retaliated with Force weapons, which were created with Bydo DNA, and at the end of each game, the Force weapons become Weapons of Mass Destruction in and of themselves. Particularly at the end of R-Type Final, when the Force weapon [[spoiler:is destroyed to make the final boss vulnerable, and then ''everything explodes'']].
* The Cannon Seed in ''[[DolledUpInstallment Galaxian³]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' ups the ante with the Galactic Implosion Device, a bomb used by the remnants of the Core in the expansion pack in an attempt to ''destroy the entire frickin' galaxy'' (except themselves) and then repopulate the reconstituted dead stars and planets.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The eponymous Halos will, if all seven are activated, wipe out all sentient life in the galaxy by releasing energy waves that target the nervous systems of any sufficiently-complex lifeforms in range. The [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]] built them in order to starve [[TheVirus the Flood]] out of existence, and were forced to fire them 100,000 years prior to the games. Unfortunately, the Forerunners had kept some Flood a number of safe places for study.
** The ''Halo''verse has a handful of other [=WMDs=] as well. The humans have thermonuclear warheads that can range up to 60-80 megatons in yield, mainly used for ship-to-ship combat, as well as the prototype 'NOVA' warhead that basically takes nine very-high-yield fusion explosions, sets them off simultaneously, and briefly compresses them to "neutron-star density" to provide a 100-fold boost, resulting in a blast capable of scorching and lethally irradiating an entire Earth-sized planet and ''shattering'' its moon. The UNSC also use [[MagneticWeapons coilguns]] as their main anti-ship armaments, and the 600-ton (3,000 for the big geosync defense platforms), relativistic-velocity slugs can cause asteroid-level devastation if they hit a planet. The Covenant, meanwhile, don't have any flashy 'big boom' weapons, but they can - and have - use their fleets to carry out orbital plasma bombardment of planets which can render a world uninhabitable (when they're particularly thorough, the planet's atmosphere ''boils off'').
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' loves bizarre [=WMDs=]. Nod typically uses nuclear weapons ([[SlapOnTheWristNuke typically of the gameplay-balanced variety]]), GDI loves its [[KillSat Ion Cannon]], the Allies have Weather Control, etc.
** A major plot point of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' game was the Liquid Tiberium Bomb, a Nod WMD that was all a part of Kane's EvilPlan. As in Nod couldn't actually detonate it by themselves and needed [[spoiler: GDI to hit Temple Prime with the Ion Cannon to set it off and summon the Scrin.]]
** While the ''in-game'' nukes are slap-on-the-wrist, the storyline of the first ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' treated nukes as this trope -- one Allied mission is about foiling a Soviet launch against major Allied cities and Stalin develops a 'sacrifice one Soviet army to nukes to kill several Allied armies' tactic that thankfully never gets implemented due to a lack of nukes.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'': Proton Collider(shout out, anyone?) and the Sigma Harmonizer for the Allies, Vacuum Imploder for the Soviet Union, and a [[PoweredByAForsakenChild schoolgirl-clone-powered]] psionic SphereOfDestruction for The Empire of the Rising Sun.
** ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' is ''slightly'' more grounded in reality: The Chinese have a single huge nuke that leaves radioactive fire in its wake, the GLA fire Scud missiles a dozen at a time to create a big swamp of anthrax (that also kills vehicles, go figure), and the USA have the particle cannon, which sends a giant beam of science into the sky, bounces it off a satellite, and sends it back to the ground where it can be moved to attack specific targets or write insulting messages. Oh, and each faction can build ''however the hell many they want''.
* ''Nuclear Strike'' gives us Shiva's Dagger, a Soviet super nuke that if launched and detonated in the atmosphere would wipe out the human race. As well as a successful bid to set off a nuke in Pyonyang and blame South Korea.
* The Mana Cannon of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* The Wings of Light in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''.
* The Forgotten Shrine of Zaude in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. [[spoiler:Or so [[BigBad Alexei]] thinks...]]
* The [[KillSat Eclipse Cannon]] in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' (sure are a lot of cannons on this list).
* [[Videogame/MegaManX4 Final Weapon]] and [[Videogame/MegaManZero Ragnarok]], although they also belong to [[KillSat another trope]].
** [[spoiler:Zero, a ''hero'' himself]], is a weapon of mass destruction. [[spoiler:Luckily, he doesn't want to be one...]]
* The Planet Buster missile of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', although it doesn't live up to its name, can still do enough damage that using one is an atrocity that will get most of the other sides very upset with you.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Radiation cascade, Black Hole generator, and Burning Wrath/Matter Storm]] [[AllBlueEntry from]] ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar''.
* Quite a few of these show up in mecha form in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games. Quite a few of them can vaporize whole galaxies while they are at it.
* Arguably, the Spire in ''VideoGame/FableII''. It's said that the Archon who commissioned its construction made a wish for the current world to be destroyed so that a new, purer one could take its place. The result: Seconds after a light bloomed in the Spire, a massive blast destroyed the Old Kingdom.
* ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations 2'' has the Terror Star, an obvious ''ShoutOut'' to the [[Film/StarWars Death Star]] with far more firepower, enough in fact that it blows up stars and all the planets around them when fired. Researching Terror Stars is an excellent way to get the rest of the galaxy very suspicious of your intentions, even if they are your allies.
* The Stellar Converter in ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2''. It's a WaveMotionGun powerful enough to destroy planets and turn them into asteroid belts. It's slightly underwhelming in actual battles -- while it is the most damaging weapon in the game being able to deal 400 points of damage in one shot while bypassing shields, there are ships tough enough to withstand a hit from it.
* There are alot of destructive weapons in the ''VideoGame/BloonsTowerDefense'' series(along with nearly all games made by Creator/NinjaKiwi), but currently none can compare to the Temple of the Monkey God. To put it in perspective, it has the ability to sacrifice any player-made towers in its former radious when upgrade & varies in power[[labelnote:*]]The traditional maxed sacrifice being 1 Arctic Wind, 1 Tempest Tornado Wizard, 3 Big Ones, 1 Bloon Liquifier & 1 High Energy Beacon or MIB: Call to Arms. Optionally, 1 Technological Terror can be added as well[[/labelnote]] Because of this, its popping power varies, from being weaker then a Sun God to being [[CurbStompBattle more then capable of destroying entire armies of bloons]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'', the mage's council accidentally created a working simulacrum of the world--magically linked to the real world. For example, touching a spot on the simulacrum causes the corresponding real-world location to be completely crushed.
* ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork'': [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2006/05/minions-10-doomsday-machine.html A Doomsday Machine]]
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'': The Tower of Babel was used by the Anarchists to destroy isolated Texan platoons and despite being a sky-scraper sized maser cannon couldn't really qualify as a WeaponOfMassDestruction [[spoiler: until they used it to take out Texas' anti-missile defenses and nuked Austin]].
* No Weapons Of Mass Destruction are used in ''Webcomic/RankAmateur'' until the Freedom War, when the Imperium drops fusion-boosted nuclear bombs on the cities of the rebel-sympathetic colony of Avalon. With the Imperium having crossed the GodzillaThreshold, the rebels authorise the ''Red Ochre'' to drop two antimatter/matter guided missiles on Orca 5, a colony which the Imperium spammed GELF manufacturing plants on to create clone armies.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This has become a huge meme on Website/YouTube. It started with the popular ''Film/{{Downfall}}'' parodies, and more specifically, a series of videos in which Hitler uses his "Pencil of Doom" (literally a pencil that he can use to cause damage simply by ''throwing it against a table''). Since then, numerous other characters in and even outside Downfall have been given their own bizarre superweapons capable of doing just as great (if not worse) damage as the Pencil of Doom, all contained in everyday objects such as bottles, pistols, forks, ect. Considering that such weapons are in the possession of so many people ranging from ruthless dictators to generals to U-Boat sailors, it's a wonder they haven't completely destroyed their world.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'' has [[OlympusMons The Ultimates]], monsters so powerful and hard-to-control that their replication is ''illegal'' even to replicate. They include [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/tormanshee.htm a fetus monster that can mind-rape you as easily as editing a computer,]] [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/hestermoan.htm a Nuckleavee-type creature that spreads disease and wiped out its creators so thoroughly that even their name is unknown]], and [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/mothneaser.htm a skyscraper-sized pillar of flesh with more methods of]] BloodyMurder [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/mothneaser.htm than you can shake a stick at]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the Mask of Life (which is alive and sentient) is primarily intended to revive the Great Spirit Mata Nui, but it has a failsafe should the universe ever collapse into decay, plague, war, etc. Said failsafe is the absorption of all life in the universe, a la the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' from the video games of the same name. However, while Halos have an activation sequence necessary, this does not. And there's only one needed, so it's arguable that it is even more powerful.
* Omega Supreme from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is an example that's actually been called a WMD multiple times by '''BOTH''' sides.
* Spirit based weapons from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''; the one Varrick made on accident had enough power to blow a hole through a nearby hill, the fully operational one Kuvira built was strong enough to ''melt'' a similarly sized hill, and [[spoiler: when mounted on a HumongousMecha, she is able to wipe out the entire United Republic Navy with only a few shots. And when it overloads... PhlebotinumOverload's trope picture shows you what happens.]]