What's The Best Sci- Fi Weapon In the Universe?

Sunday, 07 February 2016 - 12:42PM
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Sunday, 07 February 2016 - 12:42PM
What's The Best Sci- Fi Weapon In the Universe?
Question: What's the best sci-fi weapon in the universe?

The answer may surprise you.

With the help of physicists and engineers, FatWallet measured the energy of emitted by the most devastating and iconic weapons in joules, a measurement used by scientists to determine "work done." They then created a handy infographic of all the data they compiled, in order of least effective to most effective.

Let's start at the bottom.


Sci-Fi Weapons Infographic
Coming in at dead last is the F-Ray gun from Futurama. Though full of nuclear power, giving its user the ability to see through anything, its potential as a weapon is pretty much limited to popping balloons and blimps. Not a surprise, given that its creator is a complete idiot.

Though not technically "sci-fi" itself, the bone used in 2001: Space Odyssey actually manages to outrank a fair share of other, cooler weapons, like the sonic gun from Minority Report. FatWallet explains that, using the ideal swing of a Major League Baseball Player as a point of comparison, it was determined that an ape could get 1,270 joules of devastation from one well- aimed swing of his bone.

Sci-Fi Weapons Infographic
The next group of weapons are all handheld, but vary widely in destructive force. On one end, there's weapons like the LAPD blaster from "Blade Runner," the M41A pulse rifle from "Aliens," and the Auto 9 from "Robocop." All of these weapons used real-world guns as their bases, which means they basically have the same destructive force in joules as a standard handgun. Lame.

But, on the other end, things finally start to get good in terms of annihilation potential. Han Solo's blaster and the BFG 900 from Doom deliver a few million joules of energy each - enough energy to blow the doors off a starship or take out a few blocks of NYC.

The important thing to remember about robots, cyborgs, and mech suits is that size doesn't matter. The most destructive weapon in this group is Gort from "The Day the Earth Stood Still," coming in at a measly nine feet, but a whopping 170 million joules. Even bigger monsters such as the Tripod from "War of the Worlds," the AT-ATs from "The Empire Strikes Back," and the Iron Giant all fall short of 100 million joules--not even close to Gort's destructive potential.

Sci-Fi Weapons Infographic

Sadly, the coolest looking weapons are not always the most effective. The Smart Disk from "Predator 2," a flying remote-controlled blade that can slice through a herd of cows in a few seconds, only clocks in at 5,000 joules. The ZORG ZF-1 from "The Fifth Element" combines a bunch of weapons into one, including a machine gun, rocket launcher, poison arrow launcher, and freeze ray. Even when taking the feature that would yield the most energetically destructive output--the freeze ray--it would only garner about 32,400 joules. 

Sci-Fi Weapons Infographic

The coveted top of the list is littered with machines dreamt up to end the world. The Mega Maid from "Spaceballs" supposedly sucks all the air out of a planet, while the Portal Gun from "Portal" *might* work by creating singularities on an energy level comparable to that of a small stellar black hole (we're still not sure). The Death Star from the very first "Star Wars" can blow up an Earth-sized planet, but the universe-to universe missile from Futurama can take out an entire universe. So what weapon has the honor of being at the top of this list?

The Top Sci-Fi Weapons
The Top Sci-Fi Weapons Created By:   Fat Wallet

The reality bomb from Doctor Who undoes the bond between all the atoms in the universe, much like the Big Rip theory in real life. This theory hypothesizes that the all the matter in the universe - from stars and galaxies to atoms and subatomic particles- is progressively torn apart by the expansion of the universe. The only difference between the Big Rip and the reality bomb is how fast it works. Robert Caldwell, theoretical physicist at Dartmouth, estimates that the Big Rip could pull the atoms of the universe apart in 22 billion years. But, by magnifying the amount of dark energy in the universe by 1014, the reality bomb works within the length of one episode of Doctor Who, roughly 58 minutes.

This infographic was created before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, so we don't know where the Starkiller Base fits in. And, of course, there's always the potential for even more deadly and destructive weapons than the reality bomb to hit our screens in the near future. We cant wait to see what insane contraption ends up on top of the next list.
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