A weapon is an item designed to inflict harm to another living creature. Almost any object can qualify as a weapon.

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Has the Bifrost ever been used as a weapon?

It was stated that the Bifrost has, at full power, enough power to destroy an entire planet, and we do see it wreaking havoc upon Jotunheim when Loki unleashes it against that realm during the first ...
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What happened to the Lassiter?

In Trash, the crew steals a very valuable, antique laser pistol known as the Lassiter. In The Message, Mal mentions that he's having difficulty selling it. MAL: It's like something out of a ...
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Are there any hyper-drive based Star Wars weapons?

Are there any hyper-drive based Star Wars weapons? I would think rather than fancy missiles, you would just want to send an inexpensive, weaponized hyperdrive to blow up an enemy ship. You would ...
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Are there planetary shields powerful enough to protect against a Death Star?

If whole planets can be shielded in Star Wars, then why couldn't a planet build a huge number of shield generators and protect itself against the Death Star's superlaser?
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How do Star Wars laser weapons work? [duplicate]

The primary form of weapon in the Star Wars universe is the laser gun. They're used on ships and as handheld blasters. Why do the lasers not travel at light speed? Light moves at light speed, and ...
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Is the bowcaster that Chewbacca uses in The Force Awakens the same one he used in the Original Trilogy?

In the Original Trilogy, Chewbacca's bowcaster seems pretty similar to a normal blaster, with the blast only affecting the person it hits. However, in The Force Awakens, his bowcaster seems much more ...
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What franchises are these weapons and objects from?

I think some have featured on a past post of mine ;)
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Why does it take Worf so long to “power up the photons”?

Towards the end of ST:TNG's Time's Arrow, Pt. 2, Captain Picard is stuck in 19th-century San Francisco, and the rest of the crew is on the Enterprise. Riker wants to go back in time with an away team ...
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Are the metal parts of Wonder Woman's costume affected by magnetism?

What are Wonder Woman's weapons made of? By weapons I mean the Bracelets, Sword, Tiara and the parts of her uniform that appear to be metal. I know they're all mystical in origin, so I'm trying to ...
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Short story about a super weapon, an Empire, rebels, love and friendship (not Star Wars!)

A man has created a Super Weapon for an empire. By pressing one button he can eliminate armies, thus the empire is undefeatable and he becomes a favorite of them. But, one day, another battle, before ...
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Why do snipers use blaster fire instead of bullets?

I wish to extend on this question in a more specific context: sniping. A professional sniper, whether as an assassin or in battlefield conditions, has several priorities: Strive for a 1 shot 1 kill ...
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Why does Finn [from Adventure-Time] have so many swords?

Coming from What franchises are these weapons from? I can't help but wonder.. Why does Finn have so many swords? Looking for the in-universe answer.
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What franchises are these weapons from?

The numbers refer to the weapon before them unless that weapon is last on the line. (Also if anyone has a more complete screenshot of the remaining weapons or of ones with cut off portions please ...
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How does the resistance of a substance being cut affect the handling of a lightsaber compared to an equal-sized sword?

When two lightsaber blades meet, or a lightsaber stops a blaster beam, physical force is transmitted back through the handle to the user. When cutting ordinary matter is any force transmitted to the ...
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How does handling a lightsaber (weight and momentum) compare with an equal-sized sword? [duplicate]

Potentially the balance of a lightsaber is very different from that of a sword. With a sword, the weight and momentum of the blade significantly affect the depth of the cut. When the lightsaber is ...
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Book with short stories, one about cars with weapons other about sports with war

I read these stories maybe 30 years ago so I am a bit fuzzy. I am sure there were other stories in the book and I thought for a while they were in "The Illustrated Man" but I checked and couldn't ...
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Why are bat'leths “swords”?

Bat'leths are generally referred to as swords. Bat'leth translates as "sword of honor". And, for example, Kahless's bat'leth is called the Sword of Kahless Yet here is a generic definition of ...
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How did Rick make a silencer out of a flashlight?

As you can see in this meme, in Season Three of The Walking Dead, Rick has a silencer built from a flashlight - it looks to be a maglite. How did he make this silencer? Note: The brass loops ...
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What happened to all the Cortosis metal, armor and weapons?

In 4,000 BBY, Cortosis was incredibly common, with street thugs having full Cortosis armor and weapons, as seen in the Knights of the Old Republic series. However, by the time of the Clone Wars, ...
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Why were the soldiers using a .50 caliber anti-matériel rifle to kill a single zombie?

In the Fear the Walking Dead episode Cobalt (S01E05), the soldiers in charge of our protagonists' neighborhood made a strange decision while outside the wire. After spotting a solitary zombie, they ...
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Do Stormtroopers ever use the sights of their E-11 blaster rifles?

This is an E-11 blaster rifle: It was standard issue for stormtroopers and makes many, many appearances in various Star Wars works. Recently, I noticed this: These guns have sights. I can't ...
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What are the established ways which can or cannot harm a Changeling?

Obviously Star Trek changelings are quite robust. I know the answers to some of these, but I'll just leave it to someone to provide a complete answer. To harm means to kill or to do damage to a ...
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What is the SFX process for phaser beam accuracy?

Inspired by this question about hand-held phaser grips and the lovely picture posted by Tritium21, I noticed that there seems to be a very deliberate direction to the line of fire of O'Brien's ...
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How “realistic” is the way of holding star trek phasers?

I've never fired a weapon but the design of Star Trek Phasers looks a little bit strange and uncomfortable to me (not the rifles though). If we account for the no recoil effect of particle weapons ...
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What is the maximum range of a type 2 phaser?

I was checking memory alpha and was not able to determine the maximum range of a handheld 'type 2' phaser. What is the canon based answer regarding how far a class 2 hand phaser can be effectively ...
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Why doesn't Jayne use Vera in Serenity's climax?

During the climax of Serenity, why doesn't Jayne use Vera? It seems to be the most powerful weapon on Serenity and Jayne claims that it's his favorite gun. The crew seems to have enough time to ...
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Does Professor Shonku's pistol, Annihillin, have a limited number of shots?

How many times can Professor Shonku fire the Annihillin, a pistol that sends enemies to other dimensions, at once? Is there a limit?
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Is it possible for blasters to explode?

Are there any examples in canon or Legends of a blaster backfiring or exploding due to impact or enemy fire? Since some blasters use tibanna gas to increase their damage output, is it possible that ...
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Do Lightsabers actually draw Blaster bolts towards themselves thereby making it easier for Jedi to redirect them?

Do lightsabers draw Blaster bolts toward their blade, thereby easing the Jedi's task of redirecting them against the enemy? Or do the Jedi redirect the bolts toward the lightsabers? If the answer is ...
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How are Star Wars blasters properly reloaded/charged/etc.?

I've been looking into the inner workings of blaster weapons primarily using Wookieepedia. While most of it I understand, I still can't figure out how many rounds a gun would fire before needing the ...
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When and why did the shape of Captain America's shield change?

In his first appearances, Captain America's shield is an elongated triangle with three peaks at the top: Joe Simon's first sketch of Captain America Cover of Captain America issue #1, 1941 ...
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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Do non-Elven blades damage the Nazgûl despite being destroyed?

As I understand it (correct me if this is wrong) swords not crafted by elves are destroyed upon striking a Nazgûl- but do they do any damage to him (it?) in the process?
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Did “The World Set Free” inspire the creation of nuclear weapons?

I recently discovered that the term "atomic bomb" was from the H. G. Wells novel "The World Set Free". Although not the intention of the novel, did it inadvertently inspire the creation of such ...
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Why don't survivors in the Walking Dead use spears?

In the Walking Dead, a wide variety of both ranged and melee weapons are shown to be used. Drawbacks of either are noted and sometimes influence the plot (guns running out of bullets, risking bites ...
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Is there any evidence to support the popular belief that Elves prefer bows to other weapons?

Judging by the LotR movies, and even by Legolas' actions in the books of The Lord of the Rings, it seems that Elves use bows and arrows far more often than any other weapons. But in The Silmarillion, ...
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Why does Serenity have a cannon in “Serenity”?

In Firefly (episode: train job), Mal gets in a bar fight because he was a Browncoat. He gets thrown out of the bar, and the gang he was fighting follows him. They were about to kill him when Wash ...
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Book where a device allows crowds to be used as weapons

I am trying to track down a book where a device, like a mind control device, allows crowds to be controlled or used as weapons. The device allows the user to channel the crowds energy or emotional ...
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Hypometric Weapons in the Revelation Space Universe

The hypometric weapon shows up in Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series. Its effect is to delete all matter in some sphere, aimed by the operator. The name "hypometric" is tantalizing, ...
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Oliver Queen's Bow

It is stated on the Arrow Wiki that the bow which Oliver uses has several modifications and that "The new Oneida Kestrel Compound Bow has a device that allows him to pull arrow hook by an ...
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How strong / sharp is Celestial Bronze

In the Percy Jackson universe how Strong/Sharp is celestial bronze compared to mortal weapons? And is there a in universe example?
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Did the dwarves in The Hobbit carry non-magical weapons before they got to The Lonely Mountain?

In Tolkien's book The Hobbit, is there any direct indication that the dwarves carried or used any weapons such as swords or axes before they found Orcrist, Glamdring and Sting? Or for that matter, at ...
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Title and author of early 50s story about ray guns versus bang sound of gun or hammer

Trying to identify a science fiction short story I read in the early 50s. The essence of the plot was that silent ray guns were not effective against the aliens but the bang of an old fashioned gun ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

In Game of Thrones on TV, is Arya's sword Needle portrayed faithfully to the books? And would it be classified as a shortsword?
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What werewolf hunter uses this equipment (crossbow and hat)?

Science Fiction Stack Exchange and some other Stack Exchange sites are currently running a game called the "Winter bash" where users can earn "hats", overlay images they can add to their user avatar. ...
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How do Projectile and Las weapons work on shields in Dune?

I'm reading through Dune right now and I'm a bit confused on the specifics of the weaponry in the book. It never seems to go into great detail and it makes some of the action scenes a bit hard to ...
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What is the weapon that Yondu wields in Guardians of the Galaxy?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu is seen using a floating arrow as a weapon which he controls by whistling. This arrow is shown to be extremely powerful as it kills a whole squad of soldiers, ...
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What work of science-fiction first introduced the concept of “Glassing” or Alpha-Striking a planet?

From the Halo Wiki: The term glassing, also known as plasma bombardment, is used to refer to the act by which Covenant ships bombard a planet from orbit using heavy plasma weaponry. This ...
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Would putting a grenade down the barrel of the tank really blow up the cockpit? [closed]

In The Walking Dead, S4E8: Too Far Gone, Daryl takes a grenade and tosses it down the barrel of a tank. After a few seconds when you hear it bouncing around, some people abandon the cockpit and then ...