Coolest Science Fiction Weapons
Science fiction thrives on badass hand-held weapons. Preferably ones firing energy, plasma, or explosive projectiles. See the coolest ones here.
The light saber has come to epitomize what a great science fiction weapon ought to be: visually striking, deadly, versatile, arcane, and instantly recognizable. What makes the light saber so cool is its power and exclusive status. A light saber can cut through blast doors like butter and deflect laser blasts, but this weapon is only reserved for Jedi and Sith of exceptional skill. The fact that an arcane weapon -- essentially a sword -- can still have use in a universe of blasters and deathstars, makes us feel great about the triumph of human skill over technology.
The Noisy Cricket from Men in Black is the ultimate tongue-in-cheek science fiction weapon. This little gun is given to Jay as he and Kay suit up in pursuit of an the alien fugitive bug. Upset at the gun's diminutive scale, Jay quickly gains a new appreciating for the Cricket after he fires it at a truck, causing a dynamite-sized explosion. Underestimate this cool little gun at your own peril.
The Type-I Energy Sword from the Halo games is the closest rival to the lightsaber when it comes to science fiction melee weapons. The sword was originally employed by Covenant Sangheili Elites in their attack on UNCS forces. It consists of metallic hilt protracting a magnetically stabilized blade of super-heated plasma. The sword's ability to cut through Spartan armor made its wielder lethal at close range but vulnerable at a distance, hence most Elites who used it also equipped a cloak.
The original StarTrek phaser, and all the variations that it spawned in the later series are all classics. Sure, phasers look a little gay nowadays in relation some of bigger and badder weapons imagined by Hollywood, but who doesn't see the appeal of the being able to instantly stun or vaporize your target with TV remote? The phaser's awesome power, firing effect, and deceptively innocent shape make it an instant classic.
The Gravity Hammer, first introduced in Halo 2, is a two-handed energy melee weapon used by Jiralhanae Brutes. The Hammer fires off a kinetic pulse when swung that sends out a gravity shockwave capable of knocking opponents down or launching them high into the air. The Gravity Hammer is powerful enough to be used against vehicles, crushing them with a direct hit or sending them off target with splash damage.
With so many weapons on this list prizing versatility above other features I am simply shocked this beauty has not made the list already. With it firing both plasma shots and smart bullets in both semi auto and auto settings, a DNA lockout and shock system, the ability to be fire remotely or automatically on a given target up to and including being capable of being used as an anti artillery weapon this sidearm was all tool needed for your standard high guard soldier. With the ability to extend into a full staff for close combat, or billy club it thats your preference, a grappling/zip line easy attachment, built in flashlight, a taser and an overload setting. The only thing this handy dew-dad hasn't show a capacity to do is whip of a 5 course meal and all that in just about the sleekest sexiest looking sci-if weapon I have yet to see. In a size so compact you could carry as many as 6 of these bad boys on you and no one would ever know without a full search. Oh did I mention it can follow voice commands as well?
The ARC Gun from District 9 is about as cool as alien rifles get. It fires a protonic energy blast that turns the target into a superheated cloud of blood and gore. An indirect hit can cause terrible burns and dismemberment. The ARC Gun is coded with a biometric safety, only allowing it to fire in the hands of a Prawn, or in the exceptional case of Wikus, District 9's mutant protagonist.
The Halo Spartan Laser was first introduced in Halo 3 as a one-shot kill anti-vehicle or anti-personal weapon. Something akin to a portable death ray, the Laser fires a devastating, focused, high-energy beam capable of obliterating cars, planes, tanks, turrets, and anyone unlucky enough to cross its wake. The Laser's only weakness is it long charge up time, which should give any self-preserving opponent pause.
The Lancer, a medium-ranged assault rifle from the Gear of War series, is notorious for its chainsaw bayonet, which will soak your screen is pool of gore as it cuts through a Locust's head. Gratuitously violent? Sure, but it's also completely badass and guaranteed to give any rage-filled suburban adolescence a hard-on. The Lancer holds between 550 to 650 rounds.
As part melee-weapon, part plasma cannon, the Star Gate Jaffa staff perfectly blends the arcane with the technologically advanced -- always an admirable combination for a science fiction weapon. The weapon first appeared in the 1994 Stargate film, wielded by Ra's forces to subjugate the natives. The Jaffa Staff can be used as a blunt instrument in close quarters, but its coolest feature is the mechanical tip, which protracts to fire a single shot of plasma. A direct impact with a Jaffa Staff blast likely means death, with glancing blows resulting in severe burns.
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- Hand-held weapons only. No tanks, turrets, or spaceships.
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