A Human Weapon
is someone who has been converted by military forces into a weapon for the purpose of warfare. The methods can range anywhere from Genetic Engineering
to Exposure to nuclear or atomic energy
, but the key result is that this person is now capable of mass destruction
Most of the time the people who made the Human into a Human Weapon
will not give them much sympathy, treating "it
" as an object rather than a person. This is often due to shame of having to turn their own against their enemies, Fantastic Racism
, or because they now see it
as nothing more than a weapon, a tool for murder. Or just typical Mad Scientist
ethics. Expect All of the Other Reindeer
or Bullying a Dragon
to happen. These types of people
are easy to make into Woobies
as a result.
Compare Tyke Bomb
where the Human Weapon
is designed and bred from the start to be this and Person of Mass Destruction
where someone has the power to destroy the world without direct military help. Also see I Am Not a Gun
for when they decide themselves to not be used as a weapon. Compare/Contrast Super Soldier
where the Human Weapon
is treated as a human being (though there is some overlap if said Soldier works for an unethical army). Also see Living Weapon
. Not to be confused with Grievous Harm with a Body
or Equippable Ally
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Anime and Manga
- The Contractors from Darker Than Black are coldly logical sociopaths with super powers. While not all their powers are directly destructive, and most can't kill more than a handful of people at once, their unique outlook make them perfectly suited to being controlled by the government and other organizations. Evening Primrose is a group of Contractors who are fighting back, due to finding out that the humans are planning to erase all Contractors from existence.
- The otome from Mai-Otome are a direct WMD analogy, and therefore fit perfectly with Person of Mass Destruction as well. Not only can they not unleash their full powers without a master's approval, but if the otome dies, so does their master, which does help bring life-and-death decisions a bit closer to home.
- A variety of people in the A Certain Magical Index verse.
- The level 5 espers get this to varying degrees. Accelerator, Kakine, and Mugino are the big ones. Kakine and Mugino are the leaders of powerful black ops groups, where they serve in the "blaster" role. Accelerator is in many ways literally treated as a weapon, especially once he needs a special device to use his powers, which his superiors can turn off remotely if they don't like what he's doing.
- The Sisters project started as an attempt to clone a level 5 (Mikoto Misaka) for this purpose. When that didn't work, it was recycled into the Radio Noise project, which created a Hive Mind of 20,000 espers for use as a military. That was scrapped as well, and the project turned into Level Grinding fodder for Accelerator, so that he could become a more effective weapon.
- Eve in Black Cat was meant to be this until our heroes saved her.
- The same with her Expy Golden Darkness in To Love RU. Her conflict between being a weapon and a person is one of the main plots in the (restarted after Creator Break Down) version To Love-Ru: Darkness.
- The "Codes" of Code:Breaker are people of mass destruction under the control of EDEN and protect Japan; the "Re-Codes" are Terrorists Without a Cause led, ironically, by the Aloof Older Brother of the Jerk Ass Facade character. People in both groups were abused because of their powers, and now feel useful and free, respectively.
- Several examples in the Lyrical Nanoha series such as the Combat Cyborgs of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S created by Jail Scaglietti, the Dark King Ixpellia of Striker S Sound Stage X who is depicted as more of a Puppet King that her kingdom used to create an endless supply of zombies cyborgs, and the Eclipse Drivers of Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force that were created by the Vandein Corporation through often fatal human experiments involving the Eclipse Virus. How evil a group is tends to be based on whether they treat their Super Soldiers as mere weapons, or as adopted family members.
- The eponymous character of Saikano, or: Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, or: She, the Ultimate Weapon.
- The Gundam metaseries often has the evil side doing this in an attempt to gain superior pilots. The degree of overlap with plain old Super Soldier varies by series. The Universal Century has most of the Cyber-Newtypes that get created (although there are a rare few people who undergo the process willingly), with the Ple clones being the most extreme, being so thoroughly brainwashed that they see themselves as living weapons who must obey their master in all things. The Cosmic Era also has the Extended, who are often referred to as "biological CPUs" for their mobile suits rather than people, and are literally classified as "equipment" rather than "personnel". Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Astray introduces a whole slew of other characters who are either brainwashed, biologically augmented, and/or cloned for military service.
- Dr. Manhattan is treated as the ultimate nuclear deterrent and anti-nuclear weapon by the US government of Watchmen. He decides to go play god in another galaxy before things go that far.
- In the first issue of Ultimates 2, after Captain America single-handedly frees hostages in the Middle East; the world is worried that the US government might start using the Ultimates in politically-motivated conflicts. Gee, ya think?
- The Dark Knight Returns has Superman being nothing but an icon who reports directly to the President, who gives him orders that include waging a one-man war in a Banana Republic, stopping the nuclear strike that follows (he fails), and assassinating Batman, all of which he does without question. This is otherwise Averted with Superman though.
- The enhanced humans in Uber are manufactured and deployed as heavy weapons; they're even classed as "tanks" or "battleships" according to their power level.
- A key plot element in The Boys is the decades-long attempt of a Mega Corp. to make the US Armed Forces deploy superhumans as weapons.
- In Iron Man 3, the AIM organization infects people with the Extremis nano-virus for this very purpose. Sometimes, it's taken to a literal extreme as some subjects reject Extremis and violently explode in a ball of energy, turning into human bombs.
- The protagonists and Yatsu in the Tetsuo: The Iron Man sequels.
- The Asha'man in The Wheel of Time are trained this way, to use their channeling for hugely destructive purposes, because of a dire need to get powerful soldiers in time for the Last Battle, but also because the price of their power drastically shortens their lifespan. Rand's instruction to the man placed in charge of the Black Tower is, "Make them weapons." He later changes his mind, sending in a messenger to tell them, "We're not weapons. We're men." This has its part in causing them to rally around him.
Live Action TV
- In Dark Angel, Max and the other X-5s were treated as though they were biological warbots rather than people.
- River Tam in Firefly was engineered to kill people on order. Subverted because the crew of the Serenity seem to treat her rather well.
- Played Straight in Serenity. The Operative activated her programming and she started a massacre so that he can find her.
- In Babylon 5, Vorlons used telepaths for their war with the Shadows. Most of the telepaths were of "regular" "read thoughts, cause headache" kind, and their only combat use was to disrupt the link Shadow battleships had with their pilots. However, (at least) one telepath, Lyta Alexander, was upgraded Up to Eleven and became the equivalent of a Doomsday Device. Thankfully, we never learn what exactly they were capable of.
- Irisa of Defiance is something like this, but the exact implications are not revealed in the first season finale.
You must become. Irisa:
Become what? Girl:
- Season 2 expands on this. While Irisa is extremely dangerous thanks to the nanotech in her body, her true purpose is to act as a Wetware CPU for the Kaziri, enabling it destroy and reshape the planet.
- Warhammer 40,000 has Eversor Assassins, essentially a human weapon of mass destruction massively modified with augmetics and drug injection systems. They're kept in stasis at all times, and are mentally programmed with various targets for their next mission. Once activated, they will attempt to kill their assigned targets, but will also kill every living thing they see along the way, exploding upon death. Even once their mission is over, they won't stop looking for things to kill until their handlers show up and shut them down with a code word.