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Aug
18
2014

TL;DR Top Ten List: Top 10 Favorite Sci-Fi Weapons!

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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!

Identity Disc from Tron

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).

  1. 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.

  2. Weirding Module ("Dune")

    Weirding Module from 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Lirpa ("Star Trek: The Original Series")

    Lirpa from Star Trek: TOS 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!

  5. 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).

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Comments

meaningless icon! Steelhorn's Vortex Hammer from 2000AD's A.B.C. Warriors. Seriously the best weapon ever! In anything! It damn well melds robots together! What's cooler than that!?
zakorath said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ka D'Argo's Qualta blade from Farscape. Convertible from a huge sword to a pulse rifle, awesome at both!
Disorderly said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Starblazers - Wave Motion Gun
Jovianshadow said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! If Wonder Woman's lasso made the list, then I would think you have to put Xena's chakram!!!
glittermonkey said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! My personal favorite is the glaive from Krull.
wahyagar said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Don't forget the Buffy's Slayer Scythe!
glittermonkey said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Vera, it is my very favourite gun
Quothe said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh! ♫ All the world is waiting for yooooouuu! And the power you posses. Stop a bullet cold! Make the Axis fold! Change our miiiiinds and change the woooorrrld! ♫ *ahem* Princess Diana of Themyscira has a ton of cool stuff (some you need mad 5k177z to use buuut): the Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, a tiara that makes a cool frisbee of doom, all made by Master Forger, the god Hephaestus! She's supposed to have cool earrings that, in the Golden Age allowed her to breathe in outer space, under the ocean and in the middle of a nerve gas attack. Dose the belt allow her to do the quick, multi-costume change? Yeah, you post girlfriend's pic and that's what you get. Seriously? Identity Disc? Really?
Robyn California said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! The monomolecular lasso from Johnny Mnemonic.
Jacob C said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! I put 9 of my favorite sci-fi weapons on a shirt. The 10th weapon is the person wearing the shirt. You can buy one if you want! http://bit.ly/1rZEZTu
mannyjasus said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! M41-A Pulse Rifle: http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/M41A_Pulse_Rifle Has there ever been a weapon which is more iconic for it's franchise (other than maybe the lightsabre and phasers) than this gun?
Doctor Loxley said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Zorg ZF-1 from The Fifth Element - You know, the one with the red button.
fotodudenz said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Does Iron Man's suit count as a hand weapon? Probably not, but Cap's shield definitely falls under one of my favorites.
Ghsdkgb said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Well my favorite scifi weapon is Malcolm Reynold's pistol. Though grenades would be on my list also.
ChiefTed said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Malcolm Reynold's pistol. Grenades would be right after that on my list
ChiefTed said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Second nomination for Vera. (Though it's not overly special in nature.)
CaptainPalapa said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Green Lantern's ring! It can do anything, and it's SHINY. Seriously, what else can hold a candle to THAT?
JenCat004 said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! River Tam's brain (Firefly)
jdetgen said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Zat'nik'tels from Stargate SG-1... or "zat" if you prefer. And for a specific weapon, Winona from Farscape :)
cleothemuse said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Also, Captain America's shield, as it is as much for offense as it is defense!
cleothemuse said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! Two weapons: The Phased Plasma Rifle in the 40-Watt Range from The Terminator And Ronon's Gun from Stargate: Atlantis
sholvah said this 121 days ago.
meaningless icon! My fave is the Ranger Pike from Babylon 5. "I'm not repressed anymore."
Moonstar said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! Some great contendors - I was thinking about the Glaive and the M1A1 as well. A few blatant misses - lightsaber and phaser have to be automatically on the list. Some too weird to suggest - Predator 2 laser frisbee anyone?! But for me it has to be a weapon, not just with a name, but with it's own name, so I could have gone for Mjolnir, but maybe a bit too big for me so I will take 'Winona'.
kevinmorice said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! I second Krull's Glaive, and add the Noisy Cricket from Men in Black.
Eric J. said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wonder Woman's lasso is definitely mightier than sword.
Balubal said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! @Doctor Loxley, I see your M41-A, and raise you an M56 Smartgun[0]. +1 for Vera. However, my personal favourite has to be The Moment[1], if for no other reason than the interface is hot! ;-) [0] http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/M56_Smartgun [1] http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/The_Moment
aspragg said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! The point of view gun from hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
moxxilla said this 120 days ago.
meaningless icon! Bat'leth
Aperture_drone said this 119 days ago.
meaningless icon! "BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!!!" He-Man's sword, obviously!
Dallior said this 119 days ago.
meaningless icon! Picard's negotiating skills and River Tam's brain(alternatively Mal's pistol)
Nickmista said this 115 days ago.

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