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* [[http://xkcd.com/865/ This]] page of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' jokes about how [=IPv6=] is perfect in that the nanobots will only be able to devour about half the planet before they run out of addresses.
** [[https://xkcd.com/1242/ Another comic on "Scary Names"]] noted "Grey Goo" might not sound scary, but is something as terrifying as "Bird flu" and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_core "Demon core"]].

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[[http://xkcd.com/865/ This]] page of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' jokes about how [=IPv6=] is perfect in that the nanobots will only be able to devour about half the planet before they run out of addresses.
** [[https://xkcd.com/1242/ Another comic on "Scary Names"]] noted "Grey Goo" might not sound scary, but is something as terrifying as "Bird flu" and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_core "Demon core"]].core."]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:Technically, this is more like a Grey Swarm of Locusts, but...whatever.]]


* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' mentions it as a possible weapon if the commonly-used "makers" are reprogrammed. The standard MO for handling a "grey goo" scenario is to release "blue goo" (disassembler nanites that degrade matter -- all matter -- to the point where Grey G can't make more nanites out of it, and then destroy the Grey Goo nanites) to contain the grey goo and restrict its damage to a small area. One brief mention is made of someone who lost his legs because he decided to (and succeeded) shut off the grey goo instead of releasing the blue goo.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' mentions it as a possible weapon if the commonly-used "makers" are reprogrammed. The standard MO for handling a "grey goo" scenario is to release "blue goo" (disassembler nanites that degrade matter -- all matter -- to the point where Grey G can't make more nanites out of it, and then destroy the Grey Goo nanites) to contain the grey goo and restrict its damage to a small area. One brief mention is made of someone who lost his legs because he decided to (and succeeded) shut off the grey goo instead of releasing the blue goo. [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished He's then fired for violating protocol and ends up homeless.]]


** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men. Unarmored Civilians however can at best hope to get off with third degree burns to their entire body. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing medical technology has made a few advances...]]

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** The comic does point out one of the biggest weaknesses of nanobots: Extreme heat. Even when they have evolved plasma shielding, any reasonably dangerously dangerous level of heat will overwhelm any defenses the nanites have and cause their inner workings to warp and fail. If a gravitic-enabled AI isn't around to help, it's common to bust out the plasma weapons on wide spread to handle hostile swarms. For bonus points, most PowerArmor in the setting can handle fire without too much difficulty, so you don't even have to worry about your own men. Unarmored Civilians however can at best hope to get off with third degree burns to their entire body. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good thing medical technology has made a few advances...]]


** On that note, cancer itself. It's a cell that refuses to stop dividing, and the errors that led to the situation cascade, resulting in an ever-growing mass of aberrant tissue that eventually sucks all the nutrients from the body. It can even spread to other body parts, in a process called "metastasis." Of course, the patient usually dies before their whole body is transformed into mutant cells.

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** On that note, cancer [[TheTopicOfCancer cancer]] itself. It's a cell that refuses to stop dividing, and the errors that led to the situation cascade, resulting in an ever-growing mass ever-growing-and worse, ever-changing, making it devilishly hard to treat-mass of aberrant tissue that eventually sucks all the nutrients from the body. It can even spread to other body parts, in a process called "metastasis." Of course, the patient usually dies before their whole body is transformed into mutant cells.

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** On that note, cancer itself. It's a cell that refuses to stop dividing, and the errors that led to the situation cascade, resulting in an ever-growing mass of aberrant tissue that eventually sucks all the nutrients from the body. It can even spread to other body parts, in a process called "metastasis." Of course, the patient usually dies before their whole body is transformed into mutant cells.


* The culture fluid from ''Anime/DragonBallZBioBroly'' multiplies when it absorbs a person, the stronger, the better. After absorbing Bio-Broly it expands to cover the whole island but luckily sweater turns it to stone.

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* The culture fluid from ''Anime/DragonBallZBioBroly'' multiplies when it absorbs a person, the stronger, the better. After absorbing Bio-Broly it expands to cover the whole island but luckily sweater seawater turns it to stone.


Can cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt -- specifically, Type 3a or 4 on ApocalypseHow.

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Can cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt -- specifically, Type 3a or 4 on ApocalypseHow.
ApocalypseHow -- and is very often considered a {{Superweapon}} as a result.


* ''WebAnimation/GenLock'': The Union mainly rely on [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotechnology]] to quickly destroy organic matter in their path - neither humans, animals or plants are exempt from this. [[spoiler: It's due to this that The Vanguard spent the next four years on the defense prior to the use of the titular technology.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/GenLock'': The Union mainly rely on [[{{Nanomachines}} nanotechnology]] to quickly destroy organic matter in their path - neither humans, animals or plants are exempt from this. [[spoiler: It's due to this that The Vanguard spent the next four years on the defense prior to the use of the titular technology.technology. [[spoiler: Doctor Weller eventually figures out a way to disrupt the nanotech swarms by mimicking the signals that Union troops and symapathizers use to mark themselves as being friendly, which effectively turns the tide of the war from a slow retreat to a stalemate.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02537.htm points out]] that if robots have human desires as their sole and singular goal, as well as the ability to reproduce, then what you wind up with isn't too far off from grey goo.
-->'''Dr. Bowman:''' Good news if you're a human. Bad news if you're anything else.


Compare BlobMonster. For the RealTimeStrategy game about (and playing as!) the grey goo, see ''VideoGame/GreyGoo2015''.

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Compare BlobMonster.BlobMonster and CloneByConversion. For the RealTimeStrategy game about (and playing as!) the grey goo, see ''VideoGame/GreyGoo2015''.


** [[BlobMonster Sergeant Schlock]] has been mistaken for grey goo a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-03-31 couple]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-06-12 times]]. And to be fair, they're not that far off.

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** [[BlobMonster Sergeant Schlock]] has been mistaken for grey goo a [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-03-31 couple]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-06-12 times]]. And to be fair, they're not that far off.off, and when pitted in a who-eats-who duel against the actual stuff he was evenly matched.


* In ''[[Literature/TheLongEarth The Long Cosmos]], one of the parallel Earths has been entirely devastated by a matter replicator run amok. The matter replicator was originally supposed to absorb enough vegetable matter to produce a book of the complete works of Shakespeare, but once a glitch caused it to produce another replicator just like it... which in turn produced other replicators. It did not help that the replicator owner, who was only concerned with spreading the knowledge of Shakespeare across the parallel Earths, completely failed to anticipate the dangers of a rogue self-replicating machine let loose on a planet.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheLongEarth The Long Cosmos]], Cosmos]]'', one of the parallel Earths has been entirely devastated by a matter replicator run amok. The matter replicator was originally supposed to absorb enough vegetable matter to produce a book of the complete works of Shakespeare, but once a glitch caused it to produce another replicator just like it... which in turn produced other replicators. It did not help that the replicator owner, who was only concerned with spreading the knowledge of Shakespeare across the parallel Earths, completely failed to anticipate the dangers of a rogue self-replicating machine let loose on a planet.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheLongEarth The Long Cosmos]], one of the parallel Earths has been entirely devastated by a matter replicator run amok. The matter replicator was originally supposed to absorb enough vegetable matter to produce a book of the complete works of Shakespeare, but once a glitch caused it to produce another replicator just like it... which in turn produced other replicators. It did not help that the replicator owner, who was only concerned with spreading the knowledge of Shakespeare across the parallel Earths, completely failed to anticipate the dangers of a rogue self-replicating machine let loose on a planet.


* The music video for "Nanobots" by ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' involves swarms of little yellow robots [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turning against their creators]] and taking over the world before turning it into one big yellow robot.

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* The music video for "Nanobots" by ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' involves swarms of little yellow robots [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters turning against their creators]] and taking over the world before turning it into one big yellow robot. [[spoiler:The song is a metaphor for parenthood, with the nanobots representing children.]]

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