Science fiction movies are among the favorites of movie buffs. Such movies are very engaging because they explore various human conditions and involve philosophical ideas that allow viewers to think out of the box. Aside from the element of philosophy, among the many other things that make sci-fi movies big hits are the technologies that they introduce. Inherent to this movie genre are robots, time travel machines and weapons that are not just plain cool or shiny but also have the capacity to take down villains, sometimes better than the superheroes themselves. Here are 25 of the most famous fictional weapons known to man:
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The Alpha-Omega Bomb (Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
In the movie “Planet of the Apes,” folks virtually wiped out the entire human civilization through a nuclear war. In the sequel of this movie entitled “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” a device called the alpha-omega bomb was introduced as something which, according to Taylor, has the capacity to “burn the entire planet to a cinder.”
“Hand” Grenade (Death Zone 2000)
In the movie “Death Zone 2000” which stars David Carraline, famous racer Frankenstein plans to win the Transcontinental Road Race and kill the President with the help of the “hand grenade,” a device built into his fake hand, as he shakes hand with him.
The SOL Satellite (Akira)
This famous fictional weapon was first introduced in the movie entitled “Akira.” In the movie, crazy kids in Neo-Tokyo began to exhibit intense psionic abilities, threatening the city. The government used the SOL Satellite to gain the upper hand in its battle against the kids by firing this orbital weapon at them.
Gristle Gun (eXistenZ)
This bizarre gun was introduced by director David Croneborg in the movie eXistenZ. Knwn for being much weirder than the pistol in the movie Videdrome, this little weapon was constructed by the character of Jude Law out of discarded Chinese food. It looks silly but has the capacity to shoot down ill-mannered waiters.
Sonic Shot Gun (Minority Report)
This sonic shot gun was featured in the Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg film “Minority Report.” This fictional weapon does nt offer anything special except for its “sonic” feature, which is known for its sweet sound effects, as well as for its unique survival motion when reloading.
Mini-Nuke (Starship Troopers)
The mini nuke is like an updated version of rocket-propelled grenades, only that it is far more powerful. It is a handy little device that is strong enough to take down a mountain in just one shot. It is smaller than a rocket-propelled grenade but it is twice as powerful.
The Noisy Cricket (Men in Black)
This fictional weapon from the Men in Black movie came out of an arcade machine. It was wielded by Agent J of Will Smith and looks pretty much like a stunner. The Noisy Cricket is capable of blowing a hold through a wall with just a single shot. It is so powerful that it can throw the user through the wall too if he isn’t careful.
Head Bomb (Total Recall)
This head bomb was introduced in the movie Total Recall which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. When the actor made an entrance in this movie, he disguised himself as a gigantic, red-headed woman. In terms of power, the mask was very convincing throughout the movie but it started to malfunction towards the end.
Seismic Charge (Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones)
This memorable little sucker from the movie Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones was introduced when Jango Fett sought to take out Obi-Wan Kenobi in an asteroid field. This weapon has the ability to slice asteroids while producing a sound that brings forth shock waves.
Identity Disc (Tron)
This disc in the movie Tron comes in the form of a Frisbee and has the ability to bounce off walls and turn every little thing it comes to contact with into a pile of corrupted data particles. This weapon is so powerful because it contains every last piece of information about people.
L.O.O.K.E.R. Gun (Looker)
The Light Ocular Oriented Kinetic Emotive Responses Gun was first introduced in the 1981 science fiction movie entitled Looker. Unlike other pistols, this gun does not fire bullets. Instead, it fires pulses of light to its target, creating an impressive illusion of invisibility to the advantage of the user.
Monomolecular Wire (Johnny Mnemonic)
Though monomolecular wire is not inherently a unique concept in the world of science fiction, in the movie Johnny Mnemonic, it is. In the movie, this weapon comes in the form of a think diamond molecules chain that has unbreakable bonds. It is so powerful that it can be used either as a whip or as a garrote.
The Auto 9 (RoboCop)
This weapon is a specially designed leg holster that allows the user to keep it neatly tucked away in his leg when he does not need it. The Auto 9 has the ability to fire in three round shots and is convenient to use either when battling against rude corporate executives or street criminals.
Proton Pack (Ghostbusters)
Classified in the movie as unlicensed nuclear accelerators, the proton pack is one of the best fictional weapons introduced in science fiction movies, especially when it comes to getting rid of ghosts. In the movie, this weapon was one of the reasons why the Ghostbusters were able to rise above Slimer and the rest of the villains.
Thermal Detonator (Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi)
This thermal detonator that was introduced in the movie Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi is a weapon that is powerful enough to rescue Han Solo from Jabba. It features a very sleek and simple design that no one would probably think what it is capable of actually doing.
Deckard’s Gun (Blade Runner)
In the movie Blade Runner, Detective Deckard used this gun both as a rifle and a pistol. Its construction is so special that it looks pretty cool on the outside no one would think that it is capable of taking down villains with just a single shot. In Blade Runner, this gun actually took down the bunch of Replicants in the middle of a rainstorm.
Phaser (Star Trek)
This fictional weapon was first introduced in the movie Star Trek. This handheld weapon does not resemble those pingy sounding handguns seen in the reboot of J.J. Abrams. It is in the likes of the weapons used in First Contact and Wrath of Khan, which is capable of shooting down the bad boys in split seconds.
Smart-Disc (Predator 2)
This smart disc weapon in the movie Predator 2 looks like the coolest boomerang of the galaxy. It is basically a razor-shaped Frisbee that the user can control through in-helmet sensors. Another cool thing about this weapon is that it has the ability to go back to its owner no matter how far it was thrown.
Genesis Device (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
In the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this weapon was built to help and not harm people. It was intended to build the world through its terra-forming technology which has the ability to create planets, rocks and many other forms of life. The only disadvantage of this weapon is that when it is thrown somewhere where life already exists, something bad happens.
M41A Pulse Rifle (Aliens)
The M41A Pulse Rifle is a pulse-action, air-cooled, automatic assault rifle chambered for 10×24mm Caseless ammunition. This is a weapon you do not take with you to the shooting range.
Death Star (Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope)
The object of undeniable fear and terror, the Death Star is portrayed as a gargantuan weapon with the capability to blow up planets.
Weirding Module (Dune)
The weirding odile is a technologically advanced device that has the ability to convert certain sounds into blasts of energy.
ARC Gun (District 9)
If you are familiar with the movie District 9, then you have seen the awesome carnage this weapon is capable of inflicting.
The signature weapon of the 1983 movie Krull, the Glaive is a combination of a throwing star and boomerang and has many enchanted abilities.
Lightsaber (Star Wars)
The king (and coolest) of all fictional weapons, the lightsaber has a long and intricate history within the Star Wars saga. Able to cut through pretty much anything; this civilized weapon is as powerful as they come.