While researching weapons for my stories, I often revisit the 80's when Hollywood was all about ass-kicking action heroes and the occasional sci-fi and space fantasy movie. Sometimes the characters in these movies are known for their signature weapon, and sometimes that weapon goes on to become a classic and just a big character as the hero or villain wielding it. Some weapons, although not born from science fiction, are used in a science fiction context. For instance, the Terminator introduced the laser-sighted .45 to moviegoers in the first film back in 1984, so I'll give it a pass because that laser scope was super-cool. Here is my Top Ten list of weapons that I've loved since my childhood in no particular order. Although, I'll say that the Phaser is my least favorite of the bunch. But it gets its spot at the top of the list because it's undeniably iconic. I may even still have a replica from the early 80's somewhere packed away.
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THE LIGHTSABER - is the signature weapon of the Jedi Order and their Sith counterparts, both of whom can use them for melee combat, or to deflect blaster bolts. The lightsaber first appeared in the original 1977 film A New Hope and has since appeared in every Star Wars movie, with at least one lightsaber duel occurring in each main film installments.
STAR TREK - Phasers were the most common and standard directed energy weapon in the arsenal of Starfleet and several other powers. Most phasers were classified as particle weapons and fire nadion particle beams.
ALIENS - The Armat M41A Pulse Rifle - is an American-made pulse-action assault rifle chambered for 10×24mm Caseless ammunition. It was notably employed by the United States Colonial Marine Corps and the United States Army as their primary infantry weapon during the late 22nd century. Through its use with the USCM, it saw regular use in various engagements with the Xenomorph and Yautja species.
PREDATOR - The Plasmacaster, also known as the Plasma Cannon, Laser Cannon, or Shoulder Cannon, is a Yautja long-range energy projector weapon with automatic targeting capabilities. Capable of firing armor-penetrating plasma bolts at distant targets, it is arguably the most devastating and technologically advanced offensive tool at the Yautja's disposal.
ROBOCOP - The main weapon used by RoboCop is the "Auto 9". This is a Beretta m93R machine pistol which was heavily modified for the film, featuring a longer barrel with an enormous compensator/flash hider shaped like a casket, plastic grips, and a taller rear sight to match the raised front sight.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - The main weapon the USPF issues to Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is a MAC-10 fitted with a rifle scope that is mounted onto a sound suppressor.
TRON - Identity Discs (or Light Discs) are the most fundamental piece of equipment to programs in both the Game Grid and in the Tron system. They contain all that a program is, in the form of a detachable glowing disc normally worn on the upper back. Everything seen, heard, or otherwise experienced is recorded on the wearer's disc.
KRULL -The Glaive is a mystical five-pointed weapon used by Colwyn in Krull. Colywn is told by Ynyr that it is his only hope to defeat the Beast and rescue Lyssa. It is an ancient symbol, used by the Kings of Krull on a necklace worn by Colwyn's father. The Glaive can cut through solid substances, disperse energy blasts with ease and is shown to be able to kill Slayers in one stroke.
THE TERMINATOR - The Terminator acquired a number of firearms, including the AMT Hardballer longslide variant equipped with a laser sight, while robbing a pawnshop clerk.
GHOSTBUSTERS - The proton pack, designed by Dr. Egon Spengler, is a man-portable particle accelerator system that is used to create a charged particle beam—composed of protons—that is fired by the proton gun (also referred to as the "neutrona wand"). Described in the first movie as a "positron collider", it functions by colliding high-energy positrons to generate its proton beam. The beam allows a Ghostbuster to contain and hold "negatively charged ectoplasmic entities".
That's my list for now. I hope it brought back some memories for you. If I missed something, share your list as well.
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