In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.
With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.
Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:
Top 10 Favorite Sci-Fi Weapons!
Note: We're leaving off Phasers and Lightsabers because those two are just a given. And we're sticking to hand weapons (so no Photon Torpedoes or the Death Star's superlaser).
- Identity Disc ("Tron")
Imagine having something you carry with you at all times that holds all your personal information: your ID, your insurance info, your calendar, and so on. Oh, you mean you already have one of those and it's called your smartphone, wallet, and/or purse? Now imagine using those things to defend yourself and attack your opponents. That's really what the Identity Disc is in "Tron," if you think about it. We still love it though, and the amount of time spent trying to get a Frisbee to stay on our backs when we were children is incalculable.
- Weirding Module ("Dune")
Ok, so we're talking the David Lynch movie version here, obviously. It's a love it or hate it sort of film, but there sure were some interesting things in it. Our favorite was the Weirding Module: a weapon that converts words into sonic blasts. That's a pretty sweet idea, especially when the hero's name creates the most powerful blast! Again, this led to some obsessive childhood behavior, but somehow yelling our names at people to destroy them with our LEGOs only made mom mad. Our second favorite interesting thing was, of course, Sting's weirdo underwear.
- Lawgiver ("2000 AD")
The Lawgiver is the precursor to almost every shooting-type video game we play, in a way. It lets the Judge owning it select from a variety of different ammo options, just like video games let you switch between different weapons on the fly. And because such a powerful weapon would be dangerous to fall into the hands of someone other than the Judge it was issued to, all Lawgivers are programmed to recognize the hand print of said Judge. Anyone else tries to fire it and it explodes! Awesome.
- Lirpa ("Star Trek: The Original Series")
A traditional Vulcan weapon, the Lirpa has the not-unique feature of being able to remove parts of William Shatner's uniform top. It's got a curved blade on one end (for circular slicing) and a weighted club on the other (for smashing). So, you can cut and stab and bash anyone you want during the kal-if-fee. It's also a great tool in the kitchen. Pon farr-tacular!
- Lasso of Truth ("Wonder Woman")
We picked the Lasso of Truth to be on this list because it is a non-lethal weapon, which is nice for a change. It holds people tight, sure, but it also makes them tell the truth (which is sort of fitting because of Wonder Woman creator's role in the popularity of the polygraph). It's like a big ol' hug of justice. And hugs, really, are the best weapons of all.
And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 6-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-5?
Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Favorite Sci-Fi Weapons!
Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).