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* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'':
** Sansha's Nation ships all have numerous large knife blades sticking out from them for no apparent reason.
** Large Rogue Drone ships (that aren't stolen and repurposed Gallente hulls) have multiple antennae and claws. Some Rogue Drone Carriers also feature a glowing frontal maw.
** Sleeper Drones are generally much more StandardAlienSpaceship, but they also all have one or two claws.


* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': Of course the Klingon Bird of Prey, which debuted as the {{Villain}} Kruge's warship. Arguably this is where the trope originated. Compared to the more recent examples on this list, Kruge's Bird of Prey was actually rather tame, but it did have cool moving wings with disruptor cannons on the tips. Also, unlike most of the ships on this list, Kruge's ship was an actual physical model, not a CGI mashup.

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* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'': Of course the Klingon Bird of Prey, which debuted as the {{Villain}} villain Kruge's warship. Arguably this is where the trope originated. Compared to the more recent examples on this list, Kruge's Bird of Prey was actually rather tame, but it did have cool moving wings with disruptor cannons on the tips. Also, unlike most of the ships on this list, Kruge's ship was an actual physical model, not a CGI mashup.


* ''WesternAnimation/Transformers Prime'': The ''Nemesis'', base and flagship of the Decepticons, is a MileLongShip covered in spikes and jagged bits.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Transformers Prime'': ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': The ''Nemesis'', base and flagship of the Decepticons, is a MileLongShip covered in spikes and jagged bits.


The sci-fi equivalent of [[DastardlyWhiplash a guy wearing a black hat and twirling his mustache]]. Or rather, one thousand razor-sharp metallic mustaches twirling all at once with the energy of a thousand suns glowing beneath its armored plates.

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The sci-fi equivalent of [[DastardlyWhiplash a guy wearing a black hat and twirling his mustache]]. Or Or, rather, one thousand razor-sharp metallic mustaches twirling all at once with the energy of a thousand suns glowing beneath its armored plates.



Obviously if a spaceship is meant for atmospheric maneuvers too, it would make sense for it to be aerodynamic. This is not about that. Nor is it about dagger-shaped [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyers]]. No. This is about spaceships with way more than any practical numbers of sharp edges.

This trope describes a spaceship that ranges from a dart-like multi-pronged fighter to a gigantic armored Kraken brimming with blades, spikes, antennae, metallic claws and for good measure, a huge glowing maw at the front like some hellspawned sea creature. Unfortunately, this trope has becoming close to generic, and a new design trick when coming up with such vessels is to make them asymmetrical and thus slightly less conventional.

At first, this kind of starship design was a radical departure from what at the time was standard in film and TV, but with advancing technology, especially computer generated imaging, TV and movie spaceships became increasingly complicated as programmers could animate smaller and smaller individual segments. This has caused an explosion in the number of sharp edges and non-functional moving parts assigned to antagonist spaceship designs to the point where most people in fiction powerful enough to threaten a planet are seen flying around in giant metal squids with a hundred vicious claws and blades on every tentacle.

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Obviously if a spaceship is meant for atmospheric maneuvers maneuvers, too, it would make sense for it to be aerodynamic. This is not about that. Nor is it about dagger-shaped [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyers]]. No. This No, this is about spaceships with way more than any practical numbers of sharp edges.

This trope describes a spaceship that ranges from a dart-like multi-pronged fighter to a gigantic armored Kraken brimming with blades, spikes, antennae, metallic claws claws, and for good measure, measure a huge glowing maw at the front like some hellspawned sea creature. Unfortunately, this trope has becoming close to generic, and a new design trick when coming up with such vessels is to make them asymmetrical and thus slightly less conventional.

At first, this kind of starship design was a radical departure from what at the time was standard in film and TV, but with advancing technology, especially computer generated imaging, ComputerGeneratedImages, TV and movie spaceships became increasingly complicated as programmers could animate smaller and smaller individual segments. This has caused an explosion in the number of sharp edges and non-functional moving parts assigned to antagonist spaceship designs to the point where most people in fiction powerful enough to threaten a planet are seen flying around in giant metal squids with a hundred vicious claws and blades on every tentacle.



As a general rule, the spaceships become more squid/octopus-like as they grow in size and in the number of spikes and blades they possess. Often they possess a WaveMotionGun and for extra points, the ship has to radically and slowly transform its shape just to use it, giving the heroes enough time to disarm the superweapon.

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As a general rule, the spaceships become more squid/octopus-like as they grow in size and in the number of spikes and blades they possess. Often they possess a WaveMotionGun WaveMotionGun, and for extra points, the ship has to radically and slowly transform its shape just to use it, giving the heroes enough time to disarm the superweapon.



* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': The BigBad's ship. This was probably intentional parody though. It was really big, and it looked like a sea urchin with engines and a giant ominous maw in front.

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* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': The BigBad's ship. This was probably intentional parody parody, though. It was really big, and it looked like a sea urchin with engines and a giant ominous maw in front.



* ''Film/StarTrek2009'': The ''Narada'', of course, arguably one of the biggest and most physically complicated examples. It ''used'' to be a simple mining vessel but getting Borg tech upgrades, an insane captain and a little while getting poked around by the Klingons all resulted in it looking like some kind of mix between a Lovecraftian squid and a whole warehouse's worth of knives.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The last two films, ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', had plenty of villainous ships like this. ''Insurrection'' featured a number of pointy horseshoe-crab style villain ships plus a giant, spiky weapon-ship that would strip life-supporting particles from the rings of an inhabited planet. ''Nemesis'' featured an oversized warbird with an insanely impractical (and very, very spiky) transformation sequence just to fire its main weapon.

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* ''Film/StarTrek2009'': The ''Narada'', of course, arguably one of the biggest and most physically complicated examples. It ''used'' to be a simple mining vessel vessel, but getting Borg tech upgrades, an insane captain and a little while getting poked around by the Klingons all resulted in it looking like some kind of mix between a Lovecraftian squid and a whole warehouse's worth of knives.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': The last two films, ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', had plenty of villainous ships like this. ''Insurrection'' featured a number of pointy horseshoe-crab style horseshoe crab–style villain ships plus a giant, spiky weapon-ship that would strip life-supporting particles from the rings of an inhabited planet. ''Nemesis'' featured an oversized warbird with an insanely impractical (and very, very spiky) transformation sequence just to fire its main weapon.



* General Zod's Black Zero in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is jagged, roughly squid-shaped and stands on three tentacle-like legs.

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* General Zod's Black Zero in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is jagged, roughly squid-shaped squid-shaped, and stands on three tentacle-like legs.



* In ''Literature/SingularitySky'', it's mentioned that most real space warships look like "a cubist's vision of a rabies virus crossed with a soft drink can" - as opposed to the New Republic's sleek-looking but inferior fleet.

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* In ''Literature/SingularitySky'', it's mentioned that most real space warships look like "a cubist's vision of a rabies virus crossed with a soft drink can" - -- as opposed to the New Republic's sleek-looking but inferior fleet.



** The Cylon raiders fit this, being sleek, slim unmanned vessels with two huge blade-like wings containing missiles and cannons. The red eye-stripe on the "cockpit" certainly helps with the image too. Their {{mother ship}}s, the Basestars, thankfully avert this trope despite simultaneously looking like starfish.
** The Cylon "homeworld" aka The Colony, is an absolutely ''massive'' spaceship gradually built around the craft of the original five Cylons. It resembles a giant octopus more than anything, with a spherical center with giant claws jutting out in every which direction. Since it's both spacebound and FTL-capable, aerodynamics presumably isn't much of an issue.

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** The Cylon raiders fit this, being sleek, slim unmanned vessels with two huge blade-like wings containing missiles and cannons. The red eye-stripe on the "cockpit" certainly helps with the image image, too. Their {{mother ship}}s, the Basestars, thankfully avert this trope despite simultaneously looking like starfish.
** The Cylon "homeworld" "homeworld," aka The Colony, is an absolutely ''massive'' spaceship gradually built around the craft of the original five Cylons. It resembles a giant octopus more than anything, with a spherical center with giant claws jutting out in every which direction. Since it's both spacebound and FTL-capable, aerodynamics presumably isn't much of an issue.



** The jet-black Peacekeeper Prowlers look like a cross between a dart and vicious black hornet, though the most often seen example of one in the series is a stolen fighter operated by the heroes.
** In "The Peacekeeper Wars", the horseshoe crab-like Scarran fighters, Strykers, and especially the Scarran Emperor's flagship, the sleek, silver ''Decimator'', which actually carried multiple nuclear warhead launchers in its forward spines.

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** The jet-black Peacekeeper Prowlers look like a cross between a dart and vicious black hornet, though the most often seen most-often-seen example of one in the series is a stolen fighter operated by the heroes.
** In "The Peacekeeper Wars", the horseshoe crab-like crab–like Scarran fighters, Strykers, and especially the Scarran Emperor's flagship, the sleek, silver ''Decimator'', which actually carried multiple nuclear warhead launchers in its forward spines.





* WesternAnimation/Transformers Prime: The ''Nemesis'', base and flagship of the Decepticons, is a MileLongShip covered in spikes and jagged bits.

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* WesternAnimation/Transformers Prime: ''WesternAnimation/Transformers Prime'': The ''Nemesis'', base and flagship of the Decepticons, is a MileLongShip covered in spikes and jagged bits.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Her Imperious Condescension, the supreme ruler of the trolls, has a starship shaped like the prongs of a trident. The resemblance is deliberate, because she also [[ProngsOfPoseidon uses a trident as her weapon of choice]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Her Imperious Condescension, the supreme ruler of the trolls, troll empire, known in her human guise as Betty Crocker (yes, that one), has a starship shaped like the prongs of a trident. The resemblance is deliberate, because she also [[ProngsOfPoseidon uses a trident as her weapon of choice]]. She eventually rebrands the Betty Crocker logo into the same trident, and the human race, unaware of its true significance, just assumes it's a fork.

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* General Zod's Black Zero in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' is jagged, roughly squid-shaped and stands on three tentacle-like legs.


* ''Videogame/Wing Commander'' series: [[ProudWarriorRace Kilrathi]] fighters often have asymmetrical designs which incorporate claw or fang-like curves and points in order to make them more intimidating.

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* ''Videogame/Wing Commander'' ''Videogame/WingCommander'' series: [[ProudWarriorRace Kilrathi]] fighters often have asymmetrical designs which incorporate claw or fang-like curves and points in order to make them more intimidating.


* ''Videogame/Wing Commander'' series: [[ProudWarriorrce Kilrathi]] fighters often have asymmetrical designs which incorporate claw or fang-like curves and points in order to make them more intimidating.

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* ''Videogame/Wing Commander'' series: [[ProudWarriorrce [[ProudWarriorRace Kilrathi]] fighters often have asymmetrical designs which incorporate claw or fang-like curves and points in order to make them more intimidating.

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* ''Videogame/Wing Commander'' series: [[ProudWarriorrce Kilrathi]] fighters often have asymmetrical designs which incorporate claw or fang-like curves and points in order to make them more intimidating.

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* In ''Literature/SingularitySky'', it's mentioned that most real space warships look like "a cubist's vision of a rabies virus crossed with a soft drink can" - as opposed to the New Republic's sleek-looking but inferior fleet.
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Obviously if a spaceship is meant for atmospheric maneuvers too, it would make sense for it to be aerodynamic. This is not about that. Nor is it about dagger-shaped Star Destroyers. No. This is about spaceships with way more than any practical numbers of sharp edges.

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Obviously if a spaceship is meant for atmospheric maneuvers too, it would make sense for it to be aerodynamic. This is not about that. Nor is it about dagger-shaped [[Franchise/StarWars Star Destroyers.Destroyers]]. No. This is about spaceships with way more than any practical numbers of sharp edges.


The sci-fi equivalent of a guy wearing a black hat and twirling his mustache. Or rather, one thousand razor-sharp metallic mustaches twirling all at once with the energy of a thousand suns glowing beneath its armored plates.

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The sci-fi equivalent of [[DastardlyWhiplash a guy wearing a black hat and twirling his mustache.mustache]]. Or rather, one thousand razor-sharp metallic mustaches twirling all at once with the energy of a thousand suns glowing beneath its armored plates.


* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': The Cylon raiders fit this, being sleek, slim unmanned vessels with two huge blade-like wings containing missiles and cannons. The red eye-stripe on the "cockpit" certainly helps with the image too. Their {{mother ship}}s, the Basestars, thankfully avert this trope despite simultaneously looking like starfish.

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The Cylon raiders fit this, being sleek, slim unmanned vessels with two huge blade-like wings containing missiles and cannons. The red eye-stripe on the "cockpit" certainly helps with the image too. Their {{mother ship}}s, the Basestars, thankfully avert this trope despite simultaneously looking like starfish.starfish.
** The Cylon "homeworld" aka The Colony, is an absolutely ''massive'' spaceship gradually built around the craft of the original five Cylons. It resembles a giant octopus more than anything, with a spherical center with giant claws jutting out in every which direction. Since it's both spacebound and FTL-capable, aerodynamics presumably isn't much of an issue.

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