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** The novels have [[spoiler:the entire solar system of Corellia, made of giant spaceships disguised as planets with the tiny station of Centerpoint being the control center. Said spaceships can attack with their giant repulsors/engines, and Centerpoint is able to warp gravity across the galaxy to decimate an entire alien fleet. Oh, and Centerpoint can also make stars go nova and cut off the Corellian system from access to hyperspace. It's indicated (though never attempted) that by using the planetary repulsors to boost Centerpoint's output, the station could cut the ''entire galaxy'' off from hyperspace, making it all but impossible to travel between star systems. Given how essential interstellar travel is in the ''Star Wars'' universe, this would be roughly equivalent to reverting Earth to the stone age at the press of a button.]] Subverted, in this instance, as there's reason to believe that ThePrecursors didn't originally build this particular LostTechnology to be used as weapons of war. [[spoiler:In part, it was designed to make sure a SealedEvilInACan stayed in its can.]]

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** The novels have [[spoiler:the entire solar system of Corellia, made of giant spaceships disguised as planets with the tiny station of Centerpoint being the control center. Said spaceships can attack with their giant repulsors/engines, and Centerpoint is able to warp gravity across the galaxy to decimate an entire alien fleet. Oh, and Centerpoint can also make stars go nova and cut off the Corellian system from access to hyperspace. It's indicated (though never attempted) that by using the planetary repulsors to boost Centerpoint's output, the station could cut the ''entire galaxy'' off from hyperspace, making it all but impossible to travel between star systems. Given how essential interstellar travel is in the ''Star Wars'' universe, this would be roughly equivalent to reverting Earth to the stone age at the press of a button.]] Subverted, in this instance, as there's reason to believe that ThePrecursors the {{Precursors}} didn't originally build this particular LostTechnology to be used as weapons of war. [[spoiler:In part, it was designed to make sure a SealedEvilInACan stayed in its can.]]



* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', protagonists [[TheHero Jim Raynor]] and [[TheLancer Tychus Findlay]] are hired to recover several seemingly benign-well, relatively benign-[[ThePrecursors precursor]] artifacts for an interested party. As it turns out, the five artifacts are actually the [[spoiler: [[DismantledMacGuffin parts]] of device capable of killing all the zerg an entire region of the planet Char, and curing [[TheVirus zerg infestation]]]].

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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'', protagonists [[TheHero Jim Raynor]] and [[TheLancer Tychus Findlay]] are hired to recover several seemingly benign-well, relatively benign-[[ThePrecursors precursor]] benign-{{precursor|s}} artifacts for an interested party. As it turns out, the five artifacts are actually the [[spoiler: [[DismantledMacGuffin parts]] of device capable of killing all the zerg an entire region of the planet Char, and curing [[TheVirus zerg infestation]]]].


* Before the events of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', the [[OutsideContextProblem Irregular]] Enruy visited the 43rd floor of the Tower and left behind a "Thorn" (which looked something like a giant red pointy rock) that meant as a weapon to kill [[GodEmperor Jahad, the King of the Tower]], who has CompleteImmortality otherwise. Later, a lot of people put a lot of effort into finding the pieces of that Thorn so they can be put together again. It's been shown that possessing just one of those pieces gives the possessor the ability to enter SuperMode.

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* Before the events of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', the [[OutsideContextProblem Irregular]] Enruy visited the 43rd floor of the Tower and left behind a "Thorn" (which looked something like a giant red pointy rock) that was meant as a weapon to kill [[GodEmperor Jahad, the King of the Tower]], who has CompleteImmortality otherwise. Later, a lot of people put a lot of effort into finding the pieces of that Thorn so they can be put together again. It's been shown that possessing just one of those pieces gives the possessor the ability to enter SuperMode.


Almost no matter what your level of military tech- javelin, arquebus, [[Film/TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...

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Almost no matter what your level of military tech- tech -- javelin, arquebus, [[Film/TheTerminator phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range]], quantum black hole, whatever - -- it's nowhere near as good as it was in your [[TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo great-great-granddad's day]]. In those days, men were real men, women were real women, and hideously powerful destructive forces were... better than this modern muck, with [[PowerGlows glowing]] [[InstantRunes runes]] and everything. This could be despite the [[SuperweaponSurprise apparent primitive nature]] of the society at the time. More rationally, it could also be [[AndManGrewProud the cause]] of the primitive nature of the society immediately following...


In any event, unlike its cousin the AncestralWeapon, the LostSuperweapon is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lost]], not just possessed by someone in secret. (For the latter, see SuperweaponSurprise.)

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In any event, unlike its cousin the AncestralWeapon, the LostSuperweapon is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lost]], not just possessed by someone in secret. (For the latter, see SuperweaponSurprise.)
) Also not to be confused with the similarly named but unrelated ForgottenSuperweapon, which is about anything useful that's possessed by a character and not used until later.


* Before the events of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', the [[OutsideContextProblem Irregular]] Enruy visited the 43rd floor of the Tower and left behind a "Thorn" (which looked something like a giant red pointy rock) that meant as a weapon to kill [[GodEmperor Jahad, the Kind of the Tower]], who for most purposes has CompleteImmortality. Later, a lot of people put a lot of effort into finding the pieces of that Thorn so they can be put together again. It's been shown that possessing just one of those pieces gives the possessor the ability to enter SuperMode.

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* Before the events of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', the [[OutsideContextProblem Irregular]] Enruy visited the 43rd floor of the Tower and left behind a "Thorn" (which looked something like a giant red pointy rock) that meant as a weapon to kill [[GodEmperor Jahad, the Kind King of the Tower]], who for most purposes has CompleteImmortality.CompleteImmortality otherwise. Later, a lot of people put a lot of effort into finding the pieces of that Thorn so they can be put together again. It's been shown that possessing just one of those pieces gives the possessor the ability to enter SuperMode.

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* Before the events of ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', the [[OutsideContextProblem Irregular]] Enruy visited the 43rd floor of the Tower and left behind a "Thorn" (which looked something like a giant red pointy rock) that meant as a weapon to kill [[GodEmperor Jahad, the Kind of the Tower]], who for most purposes has CompleteImmortality. Later, a lot of people put a lot of effort into finding the pieces of that Thorn so they can be put together again. It's been shown that possessing just one of those pieces gives the possessor the ability to enter SuperMode.


In any event, unlike its cousins the AncestralWeapon and ForgottenSuperweapon, the LostSuperweapon is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lost]], not just possessed by someone in secret. (For the latter, see SuperweaponSurprise.)

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In any event, unlike its cousins cousin the AncestralWeapon and ForgottenSuperweapon, AncestralWeapon, the LostSuperweapon is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin lost]], not just possessed by someone in secret. (For the latter, see SuperweaponSurprise.)


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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Divine Beasts and Guardians are advanced superweapons that were used to defeat Ganon thousands of years ago. They were lost until a hundred years ago the king of Hyrule had them excavated due to a prediction of Ganon's imminent return. Unfortunately for everyone involved, Ganon had learned how to gain control over them...

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' has the Dawnshards. We don't know exactly what they are or where they disappeared to, but some scattered references hint that they're what humanity used to destroy our first planet and Honor's visions imply that possessing them would give humanity a fighting chance against the PhysicalGod Odium.


* Hidden among the [[FloatingContinent Floating Isles]] in ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror'' is a colossal sunforge which can do things impossible with conventional [[FunctionalMagic sunforging]], such as creating [[MagicalAccessory sunucles]] of seemingly unlimited size or [[YinYangBomb sunforging darkstone]]. Only Daylen found the mastered the forge, and he speculates that the Floating Isles were created when someone used the colossal sunforge to accidentally make a FantasticNuke that shattered them.

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* Hidden among the [[FloatingContinent Floating Isles]] in ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror'' is a colossal sunforge which can do things impossible with conventional [[FunctionalMagic sunforging]], such as creating [[MagicalAccessory sunucles]] of seemingly unlimited size or [[YinYangBomb sunforging darkstone]]. Only Daylen found the mastered the forge, and he speculates that the Floating Isles were created when someone used the colossal sunforge it to accidentally make a FantasticNuke that shattered them.

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* Hidden among the [[FloatingContinent Floating Isles]] in ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror'' is a colossal sunforge which can do things impossible with conventional [[FunctionalMagic sunforging]], such as creating [[MagicalAccessory sunucles]] of seemingly unlimited size or [[YinYangBomb sunforging darkstone]]. Only Daylen found the mastered the forge, and he speculates that the Floating Isles were created when someone used the colossal sunforge to accidentally make a FantasticNuke that shattered them.


* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth'', where the mythical magical superweapon (the "Eye of Mahan"), once found, turns out to not do anything at all.

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* Subverted in In ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth'', where one of the mythical magical superweapon (the artifacts to find is the "Eye of Mahan"), once found, turns Mahan", created by a wizard for an ancient king. Although supposed to "take out to not do anything entire legions of men", it didn't stop the kingdom from falling. It's also a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: for all its fame, it simply doesn't work at all. all, and probably never did. (You can pick it up as a weapon, but it does literally nothing.)


** The title device in ''The Tar-Aiym Krang'', which uses an entire planet as its power source and creates [[{{Technobabble}} Swartzchild discontinuities]]... ahem, miniature black holes that utterly annihilate anything they touch.

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** The title device in ''The Tar-Aiym Krang'', which uses an entire planet as its power source and creates [[{{Technobabble}} Swartzchild Schwarzschild discontinuities]]... ahem, miniature black holes that utterly annihilate anything they touch.



* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', there was the Supernova Bomb. Invented by the supercomputer Hactar at the behest of the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax, it was a junction box which would make every sun in the universe go supernova simultaneously. Hactar purposefully made it faulty because he calculated that there wasn't a conceivable consequence resulting from not setting it off which could be worse than the known consequences of setting it off, so... The Armorfiends disagreed, before destroying him and then, fortunately for everybody else, themselves. [[spoiler: Hactar managed to survive in a reduced form, and many millenia later had the Omnicidal people of Krikkit rebuild the bomb before planting it on Arthur Dent, who very narrowly avoided setting it off.]]

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* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', there was the Supernova Bomb. Invented by the supercomputer Hactar at the behest of the Silastic Armorfiends of Striterax, it was a junction box which would make every sun in the universe go supernova simultaneously. Hactar purposefully made it faulty because he calculated that there wasn't a conceivable consequence resulting from not setting it off which could be worse than the known consequences of setting it off, so... The Armorfiends disagreed, before destroying him and then, fortunately for everybody else, themselves. [[spoiler: Hactar managed to survive in a reduced form, and many millenia millennia later had the Omnicidal people of Krikkit rebuild the bomb before planting it on Arthur Dent, who very narrowly avoided setting it off.]]

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* ''ComicBook/StarTrekEarlyVoyages'': In "Thanatos" and "Nemesis", Commander Kaaj leads a covert mission to the Temazi homeworld in order to obtain the ancient and extremely powerful weapons left there by AncientAstronauts several millennia earlier. He hopes to regain the honor and glory that he lost when Captain Pike destroyed the Pharos siteworld in "The Fires of Pharos". The Federation learns of Kaaj's plan, though they are unaware of his specific involvement, and sends Pike, Spock and Dr. Boyce, disguised as Temazi, to prevent him from obtaining the weapons. The Klingon High Council sends a fleet of battlecruisers to the Temazi homeworld as Kaaj is a renegade and they believe that he intends to use the weapons against them.

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