'''Basic Trope''': A weapon or attack that is said to be incredibly powerful, but never seriously damages anything stronger than a {{Mook}}.
* '''Straight''': The [[CoolStarship Tropestar 5000]] fires its [[WaveMotionGun main gun]] at [[TheBrute General Torg]]'s ship, but only [[ScratchDamage deals minimal damage to it]].
* '''Exaggerated''': The Tropestar 5000's main gun has never scored a kill, not even against Mooks.
* '''Downplayed''': The Tropestar 5000 fires its main gun at General Torg's ship, resulting in a large explosion and cries of NoOneCouldSurviveThat, but Torg survives just fine, although a number of his {{Red Shirt}}s are killed.
* '''Justified''':
** The Evil Empire can only afford so many AceCustom ships with powerful force fields, so it gives them only to its generals and top officials.
** [[TheMole Someone]] leaked the gun's plans to General Torg, allowing him to modify his DeflectorShields to stop the attack.
* '''Inverted''': The Tropestar's guns never work against small mass-produced fighters, but always OneHitKill any ship with a named character on it.
* '''Subverted''': Torg [[EvilGloating gloats]] to the Tropestar about how his new ship is invulnerable to their weapons. But TheCaptain reveals that he's upgraded the Tropestar's weapons, and takes out Torg's ship in a single hit.
* '''Double Subverted''': But Torg's ship [[HealingFactor reforms from the debris]].
* '''Parodied''': The Tropestar's main gun fails to kill a normal, unarmoured person. At point-blank range.
** The only purpose of the WaveMotionGun is to throw up completely harmless clouds of dust. Everyone is still surprised whenever this happens.
* '''Zig Zagged''': No effect at first, and Torg gloats. Later in the fight his ship suddenly explodes due to delayed effect. However Torg himself survives unharmed...
* '''Averted''': The Tropestar's guns are fairly effective against a wide range of targets.
* '''Enforced''': "There's no drama in destroying the enemy in a single shot. Make his shields stronger or something to prove how powerful the Evil Empire is!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Let me guess... we didn't even scratch the paint?"
* '''Invoked''': The Tropestar has a big gun that only produces a harmless but showy explosion to serve as a nonlethal deterrent.
* '''Exploited''': Rather than trying to ZergRush the Tropestar, the Evil Empire sends only a few well-armoured ships against them, secure in the knowledge that the heroes' weapons are completely ineffective against them.
* '''Defied''': The crew of the Tropestar are constantly buying, discovering or upgrading their weapons to prevent this sort of thing from happening.
* '''Discussed''': "Why would they keep using the main gun again and again if they know it's not going to work? Why not try something different, like [[MoreDakka a lot of weaker attacks]]?"
* '''Conversed''': "I'll just go get some popcorn while they fire that stupid crappy gun. It's not like it ever does anything plot-relevant, they just stand around congratulating themselves and then the baddy pops right up again acting smug."
* '''Deconstructed''': The fact that the enemy ship is completely unaffected by their best shot [[CurbStompBattle shows how outmatched the heros are]], [[ShaggyDogStory and that all their efforts were for naught.]]
* '''Reconstructed''': General Torg's ship [[StoneWall is insanely tough, but also has minimal firepower as a direct result of this.]] As such, it's a race to find something that CAN put the ship down, as the heroes had previously been over-reliant on their superweapon.
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