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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How many swords made of Valyrian Steel are there at the end of Season 6? [duplicate]

There are many swords made of Valyrian steel. Can anybody throw light on how many are there in total in the known world?
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How big were the proton bombs in The Empire Strikes Back?

The Imperial forces used proton bombs in an attempt to root out the Millenium Falcon in the Anoat asteroid fields in The Empire Strikes Back. How big were they?
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Why don't more vampires in the Buffyverse use guns?

What's the in-universe explanation for why more vampires in the Buffyverse don't use guns? Darla does in the first season and here and there, we see vampires use guns. But most seem to eschew them. ...
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At what speed is the Star Killer “plasma blast” moving? [duplicate]

The The Force Awakens we presented with the First Order and their new and improved Death Star the Star Killer base. We are told that is the size of planet and drains the energy required from a star ...
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Why does no one take a fallen enemy's sword to sell it in Game of thrones?

Different characters say more than once that a sword forged in a castle is a pretty expensive thing. But nobody, even a totally broke person would loot a defeated enemy to take his weapon and sell it. ...
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When did Sazh Learn How to Use Guns?

Anyone who has played Final Fantasy 13 should know the iconic character Sazh! Sazh is an African-American main character of the Final fantasy 13 universe and is very proficient with his guns. He is ...
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Why do the Guardians of the Galaxy have Captain America's shield?

In Issue 22 of Guardians of the Galaxy, we see that the Guardians have what appears to be Captain America's shield in their homeship. It probably isn't the real thing, given that Captain America ...
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In 'Shadow of the Colossus' what is Wander's sword made from?

In the video game 'Shadow of the Colossus' the character you play, Wander is trying to revive his lover. Once he brings her to the temple and places her body onto the altar, a demon says he can revive ...
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How much would Rick's bag of guns weigh?

In the first season of The Walking Dead, Rick ransacks his Sheriff's station, fills a bag with guns, carries it to Atlanta, drops it, leaves it behind, then goes back for it. Here's how he describes ...
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Why is Raiden's Muramasa able to cut through anything?

I know Raiden (from 'Metal Gear Revengeance') has a sword that can cut through anything but I wanted to know what the underlying justification was for this ability? What technology allows his blade ...
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Why are Jedi obsessed with lightsabers? [duplicate]

In the movie A New Hope we see Obi-Wan training Luke to use the lightsaber of his father. HAN: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. Blasters are ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the demise of the Type 1 phaser?

The minuscule Type 1 phaser (or "cricket") seemed to be the weapon of choice for Starfleet personnel in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was almost never seen in later seasons, ...
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Can all proton weapons penetrate shields? Why?

There are at least two instances where proton weapons have penetrated military shields specifically because they are proton weapons: Separatist proton cannons blanketing the skies of Ryloth in anti-...
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Will Ezra's lightsaber revolutionize dueling?

Ezra's lightsaber (pictued below) features a gun attachment that can be single-handedly fired while the lightsaber is activated. The energy bolt cannot be deflected back at the firer. Regarding the ...
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Are Roland's revolvers single-action or double-action?

In Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, the main protagonist, Roland, carries a pair of ancient revolvers. Perhaps because King admittedly knows nothing about guns, the descriptions of the guns' ...
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Was warp technology ever used as a weapon? [duplicate]

In any Star Trek canon, was warp technology ever used to intentionally damage something? According to physics as we know it, the ability to deliver a payload (even a relatively small one) at ...
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Can a lightsaber block a disruptor rifle bolt?

Since disruptor rifles are basically laser rifles, I'd imagine they fire some sort of proton beam instead of plasmified gas like regular blasters. Since the generally accepted theory is that ...
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In general, are blasters more powerful in The Force Awakens?

Watching The Force Awakens, it seems like blaster technology has noticeably improved. Many blasters seem to create small explosions capable of affecting multiple targets at a time. Am I wrong, or did ...
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What happens to lasers in space battles?

In space battles, there are many missed shots. What happens to the lasers when they fly off into space? Do they eventually just fizzle out, or do they continue on forever? You would think that ...
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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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In Legends, was there ever a third Death Star?

Of course, there are a lot of similarities and echos between The Force Awakens and previous (movie) canon. What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?” In ...
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What was the weapon that this Stormtrooper used when he fought Finn? [duplicate]

I thought it was odd that a Stormtrooper would be running around a battlefield, dodging blaster fire, with what amounts to a gigantic futuristic sword. When we first see him, I don't think he even has ...
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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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What was the first SciFi story with kinetic space based weapons on Earth?

While it's well-known that Arthur C. Clarke developed the idea of geostationary satellites, it seems far less known that another SciFi author, Jerry Pournelle, developed the idea of kinetic orbital ...
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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 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 ...