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Questions tagged [weapon]

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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Do any aircraft use slugthrowers?

As described in this previous question, the Slugthrowers of Star Wars are almost on par with real world guns. Have slugthrowers been used on aircraft in Star Wars as weapons? For example, has an T-47 (...
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How do beam weapons pass through a stargate differently to Puddle Jumpers? [duplicate]

Forgive me, I'm a late bloomer with regards to the Stargate TV series (loved Universe when originally shown, but never watched SG1 or Atlantis, until now, thanks to streaming services have begun binge ...
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How do starship weapons work in Star Wars, in terms of recharge time and the cause of recharge time [duplicate]

This is definitely connected to my last question on "Recycling shields", so I'll definitely start this question close to the same as the last. So I was watching the Clone Wars Season 2 episode 16 ...
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Anime about a boy with a weapon in his wrist

I’m trying to find an anime I use to see about two years ago. It’s similar to Attack on Titan but different plot to a point. The story was that a kid gets this bracelet embedded in his wrist that ...
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Illegal aliens, the string and little fruit?

In “Illegal Aliens” the assasin’s weapon of choice is a string and a little fruit. My question is this: how does the assasin use the fruit/string combo or even what the little fruits name is, if it’s ...
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What was the state of the Hutt military?

While reading about the Hutt Cartel I read that the Cartel had an army and starship fleet: It maintained a personal military consisting of both an army and a starfleet. This got me thinking, What ...
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Why are personal weapons in Voyager larger than in other series?

Personal weapons in all other Star Trek series can kill or stun at various settings but are the size of cell phones or small pistols. Why are the ones on Voyager larger?
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Why are turbolasers called “lasers” when they appear to be scaled-up blasters?

Why do they call the "turbolasers" from Star Wars that? They aren't actually lasers, as you can see the blast of energy flying through space and it isn't going at the speed of light, yet they still ...
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Is it possible to construct a multi-colored double-bladed lightsaber?

I was just watching this video of some SW dueling at the 2015 World Fencing Championship, and wondered if it's actually possible in the SW universe to construct a multi-colored double-bladed ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy to feature a sentient weapon?

Similar to this question asking for magic sword examples, I was curious as to the first depiction of a sentient (independent feelings/thoughts) weapon? It doesn't need to necessarily be able to speak, ...
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How effective were rebel alliance cannons against armoured vehicles?

During the battle of Hoth, the rebels used the 1.4 FD P-Tower and DF.9 Turrets against imperial armour in order to destroy/neutralize them. From the sections of the battle that is seen in The Empire ...
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How feasible is a hyperdrive-based weapon? (Star Wars 8 spoiler) [duplicate]

After the battle in The Last Jedi when the ship activated its hyperdrive and tore through the Star Destroyer, I immediately began wondering why weapons weren't being made that utilized hyperdrives to ...
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Is there a general right to bear arms in the Federation?

In the TNG episode "The Most Toys", the Varon-T disruptor is specifically mentioned as being illegal in the Federation because of its particularly cruel method of killing. Singling out a specific ...
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Are there any non-Valyrian steel ancestral weapons other than dawn?

Some noble Houses have an ancestral weapon, usually a sword even if Celtigar's ancestor weapon is an axe. All of these ancestral weapons are made of Valyrian steel, except Dawn the ancestral weapon oh ...
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Which ancestral weapon is the oldest in The World of Ice and Fire (Planetos)?

Some House's proudly bear their ancestral weapon, usually a Valyrian steel made sword even if there are exceptions such as Dawn. Which one of these ancestral weapons is claimed to be the oldest?
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What sort of weapons do the Eminians employ?

In "A Taste of Armageddon," Kirk and company find that the Eminians are in a sort of "computer" war with the Vendikans. In the episode, Eminian weapons are displayed and used, but, unlike a Federation ...
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Book about a man who crashes on a planet and saves the princess with a magical weapon

Many years ago I bought a very cheap sci-fi/fantasy book. What I remember: I think the cover was kind of red. A guy/pilot crashed with his spaceship on an unknown planet - in a forest. He is hurt, ...
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Why did Snoke’s ship’s weapons arc like this?

As the the shots fired travel in what appears to be a parabolic trajectory, arcing “up”, then back “down” to hit their targets. But since in space there’s no up and down defined by a main ...
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Why don't they use dragonglass sword?

In Game of Thrones, dragonglass seems to be used as weapons against White Walkers. Sam finds an arrow head and other little obsidian object Jorah fights with dragonglass daggers Why don't they ...
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What is the difference between a torpedo and missile?

In Earth-speak, the main difference between a missile and a rocket is that the former is self-guided while the latter is generally unguided. A torpedo is considered to be an underwater missile and ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation in the 90s Iron Man cartoon as to why he can summon his special suits?

Tony Stark can summon his suits (and in the fighting video games where he appears, his weapons) that aren't nearby (i.e. you don't see him telling JARVIS to have them on standby or to follow him). Is ...
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Why is this character's hammer rounded? [closed]

made a comeback in last night's (S7E5) episode, and with him came his new war-hammer. We notice that the hammer is rounded, but wouldn't it be stronger/better if the end came to a point? I would ...
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Do Hand Phasers And/Or Disruptors Have An Auto-Target Feature?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, we see type 2 hand phasers used as the primary firearm used by most Starfleet officers, citizens of the federation, and basically anybody who could lay their hands (...
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Can anything reduce Sting's detection ability?

We recently got an estimate on how far Sting can detect enemies, which got me wondering if that would be a constant distance regardless of the environment. Is there any material or magic that is ...
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Weapons that glow when the enemy is near. Are there precedents before Tolkien?

In Tolkien's works are notorious elvish blades like Sting that glow when there are orcs or goblins nearby. Although Tolkien's work is profoundly original as a whole, the author himself always ...
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Can goblins or orcs see the light Sting gives off?

In LOTR, the sword Sting glows whenever goblins or orcs are nearby enough, and in the movies, it can get pretty bright. Can they see this light? If so, has it ever given the wielder away?
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Why did the Elves only create 3 blades that could glow blue?

So there are only 3 blades that can glow blue when enemies are close: Orcrist (Thorin), Glamdring (Gandalf), Sting (Bilbo/Frodo) being the work of Elvish smiths in the Elder Days these swords shone ...
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Has there ever been a “light” weapon other than the lightsaber? [duplicate]

Has there ever been a human-usable "light" weapon other than the lightsaber? For this question I am not interested in weapons that resemble swords, double ended or not. I've seen plenty of them, and ...
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If PPGs don't penetrate metal, why didn't people use armour in Babylon 5?

Phased Plasma Guns (PPGs) are used on ships because they won't penetrate ship hulls. Based on what I've seen, there doesn't seem to be much use of body armour, (metal or otherwise). In a setting ...
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Where did the concept of lasers being futuristic weapons come from?

So I have been seeing a lot of movies that take place in the future and a lot of them (such as Star Wars) use laser based weapons. Where did this come from and why intense beams of light used in a ...
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Was there ever a villan who collected Spider-man's discarded webbing or stole his cartridges/webshooters?

I feel like enough of Spider-man's enemies have had enough of a background in chemistry and technology to have been able to analyse and replicate spider-man's spider webs. Especially if they stole his ...
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What happened to Aragorn's Ranger sword?

In the films, Aragon uses his Ranger Sword during the events of the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. He used it during the battle at Weathertop, Balin's Tomb, Amon Hen, Warg Attack, and the ...
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Is there a difference between Narsil and Anduril?

In the movies, we see Elendil in the Prologue of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring holding the Narsil. When Elendil died at the hands of the dark lord Sauron, Narsil was broken at the ...
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What sci-fi series used an alien weapon that disabled the ship when fired?

I vaguely remember a sci-fi series that had a spaceship that used an alien weapon. When this weapon was used it caused the ship (computer?) to power down for a minute or so and so they were ...
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What is this sword that Gandalf's horse was carrying?

When Gandalf arrives in Isengard, and takes off his hat to greet Saruman, there is a sword attached to the saddle of his horse, as highlighted in the picture. What is this sword? I don't think it's ...
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What is the first known work of science fiction to feature a ray gun?

Where in known science fiction—in written, broadcast, or performed form—did the concept of a handheld gun that specifically fired a ray (i.e. not lightning, not a flash of light, etc.) first appear? ...
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What kind of hand grenade was used in Rogue One?

In Rogue One (movie) in several scenes a hand grenade is used by the Death Troopers. I can't provide clips as it is not on YouTube as far as I know. But the question is what kind of grenade was used?...
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Kinetic Energy Weapons in Revelation Space [closed]

In Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space, the lighthugger Nostalgia for Infinity used a kinetic energy weapon to destroy the northern pole of a planet There was -- where previously there had been ...
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Poisoned weapons in Middle-earth

Poisoned weapons in Middle-earth are normally connected with the evil powers, since the orcs are regularly reported to shot poisoned arrows. But I can remember some cases, when non-evil people are ...
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How do the ventral cannons on the Resurgent work?

I heard that the ventral cannons on the Resurgent are powered by the Force, but how does that work without a host to control them? I know that Kyber Crystals are Force-sensitive, so are they powered ...
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How powerful were the Fremen projectile weapons?

Projectile weapons are mentioned as being used by the Fremen in Dune: ...in spite of its unfamiliar shape--a projectile weapon.....a chorus of spring-clicks from the basin. Projectiles whined off ...
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Was Ned Stark using Ice during his fight against Jaime Lannister?

I saw a good reddit thread saying Ned Stark might not be carrying a huge sword as it might attract attention. Do we know if he was definitely using Ice? Alternatively, do we have any reason not to ...
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How is the WESTAR-34 blaster pistol (used by Jango Fett) powered?

Jango Fett is armed with twin WESTAR-34 blaster pistols: These weapons are quite small and I don't see any place to insert a power source. Other weapons do require a power source. For example, ...
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How does gunplay work in Westworld?

How do hosts shoot at guests without inflicting any injury? From what we've seen so far, when a guest is shot a poof of smoke bounces off their vest, as if something hit them. (The host didn't ...
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Could you destroy the Death Star by having a ship come out of hyperspace in the middle of it?

So the Death Star is huge, right? Would it be possible to coordinate a hyperdrive to come out of hyperspace in the middle of the Death Star? Maybe a small ship wouldn't be enough to destroy it, but ...
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Why are Deku Sticks so damaging to enemies?

In the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the two primary weapons you receive early on are the Kokiri Sword and the Deku Stick. Though they are wooden, Deku sticks are notably more damaging against ...
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Help me find the name of a 1980's sci fi tv show

All I remember is that the good guys in the show had a primary weapon that they would fire if they had enough time to charge it and fire it (it is not Robotech). I don't think it was an animated show....
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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. ...