I'm crap at descriptions, but since no one else is doing it...
So you've got a force capable of destroying vast amounts of people, land, and possibly the universe, and essentially have the ability to commit a war crime with the wave of a hand. It's just what any super villain or Omnicidal Maniac
could possibly want, and then some. There's just one catch...
It's contained by the most unstable thing in the universe. A person.
A Speculative Fiction
trope dating at least to World War II
and the bombing of Hiroshima (possibly even earlier), the Person of Mass Destruction is almost always a metaphor for real-world weapons — either subtly, not subtly
or somewhere in between. Often the result of trying to create a Super Soldier
. Can come with an Aesop
about the dangers of letting the metaphorical genie out of the bottle or to convey a Science Is Bad
message. Especially if female
, the Person of Mass Destruction is very likely to turn into The Woobie
or suffer a Super Power Meltdown
at some point.
See also Weapon of Mass Destruction
and Walking Wasteland
. Compare and contrast One-Man Army
, where the character doesn't have quite the same scale of power. May be treated as a Human Weapon
How's that look?
edited 6th May '13 8:33:29 AM by Discar