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Encyclopedia > Planet killer

In science fiction, a planet killer (also called a "planet buster" in some cases) is an entity, often a large spaceship or space station, expressly designed to destroy or render uninhabitable a planet. [1] The most famous planet killer is the Death Star from the Star Wars franchise, though many others have been seen on film or print. The science fiction series Babylon 5, Star Trek, Lexx, Farscape, Titan AE and Stargate SG-1, the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000, as well as the Starflight and Wing Commander computer games all have at least one such device. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... For other uses, see Death Star (disambiguation). ... This article is about the series. ... Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Lexx is a science fantasy TV series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the Lexx, the most powerful destructive force in the two universes from which the show takes its name. ... Farscape (1999–2003) is a science fiction television series, featuring a present-day astronaut who accidentally travels through a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy. ... Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated sci-fi space adventure movie from Fox Animation Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. ... See interstellar travel for travel between the stars. ... Wing Commander I title screen Wing Commander is a media franchise consisting of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...


The Star Wars Expanded Universe uses the term "superweapon" for such a device. Splinter of the Minds Eye, 1978 The Star Wars Expanded Universe (also known as the EU) encompasses all of the officially licensed, fictional background of the Star Wars universe, outside of the six feature films produced by George Lucas. ...

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To Kill a Planet

Science-fiction writers have devised many methods of destroying a planet; targeting it with a specially designed laser weapon, launching nuclear missiles at the surface until the radiation and heat levels render the planet's surface uninhabitable, or through the use of exotic energy weapons not covered by present-day physics. The defining criteria is that the weapon should, at least, destroy the planet's ecosystem and render the planet uninhabitable afterwards; a more thorough tactic is to physically destroy the planet itself. Different science-fiction writers have created many designs to fulfill both of these purposes. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ...


Most writers, working in a print medium and unable to match the visceral chill of a short film sequence of an obviously life-bearing blue marble world being turned into a brilliant fireball in less than a second, prefer to use slower methods of planet destruction, making up in pathos what they lack in instantaneous impact. Under such a constraint, planet destructions are often much slower affairs, taking minutes, hours, sometimes even days for the protagonists to act or simply reflect upon their fate. The classic exception to this rule is probably Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the print version of which destroys the Earth in three sentences: The Blue Marble is a famous photograph of Earth taken on 7 December 1972 by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft at a distance of about 45,000 km. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ...

There was a terrible ghastly silence.
There was a terrible ghastly noise.
There was a terrible ghastly silence.

When categorizing such apocalyptic instruments, one should note that several devices – Asimov's Electron Pump or the 27th century Tox Uthat (See Star Trek:TNG episode Captain's Holiday), to name a couple – operate not by destroying a planet, but by annihilating the star which it orbits. The absolute energies involved here can exceed that produced by the Death Star's blast, but they are generated indirectly. Finally, inventions like Egan's Ensemble mod are too esoteric to admit classification by energy output. Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American Jewish author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... The Gods Themselves is a 1972 science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov (ISBN 1061500534). ... The 27th century of the anno Domini (common) era will span the years 2601–2700 of the Gregorian calendar. ... Captains Holiday is the title of an episode from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Greg Egan (August 20, 1961, Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian computer programmer and science fiction author. ... Quarantine is also a novel by Jim Crace, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. ...


To Eat a Planet

Some writers (and comic book cartoonists) make stories about devices that convert planets into various products, often other machines (although the Monoliths in 2010: Odyssey Two turn Jupiter into a star). In the cult science fiction television series Lexx, the main characters pilot the eponymous Lexx battleship, "the most powerful destructive force in the two universes,” which first blows up planets with a powerful blast of energy, and then consumes the mass for fuel. The Doomsday Machine from Star Trek functions similarly. The Dragon Ball Z movie Return of Cooler features a space entity called the Big Gete Star, which consumes planets as fuel. 2010: Odyssey Two, is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke (January 1982) and also a motion picture (1984) by Peter Hyams entitled simply 2010, or sometimes 2010: The Year We Make Contact. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Lexx is a science fantasy TV series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the Lexx, the most powerful destructive force in the two universes from which the show takes its name. ... The Doomsday Machine is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... “DBZ” redirects here. ... Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors ) is the sixth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on March 7, 1992. ...


More literal examples of eating a planet are seen in the 3D series Shadow Raiders, in which the Beast Planet (the main threat of the protagonists) is a virtually indestructible ball of black steel which can open to reveal a claw which pulls hapless worlds into its grasp, and in the various incarnations of Unicron in the Transformers multiverse. The comic book villain Galactus falls somewhere between the two foregoing categories, consuming - but not necessarily physically eating planets. Shadow Raiders was an animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment that aired from 1998 to 1999. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Galactus is a fictional character, a cosmic entity in the Marvel Universe. ...


An even more extreme example in this category could be the Star Wars' World Devastators, horrifying, nigh-indestructible weapons that literally eat through a planet, consuming all elements within to create massive mechanized armies within its hold, or with sufficient raw material and time, another World Devastator. Grey Goo is a term for a related idea, involving an all-consuming swarm of nanobots. Grey goo is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all living matter on Earth while building more of themselves (a scenario known as ecophagy). ...


To Blow a Planet Up

In order to completely disperse a planet, one must supply at the very least enough energy to overcome its gravitational binding energy. One can supply more than this, of course, to overcome inefficiencies or to make the planet's dispersion more spectacular. The king of brute-force planet destruction is the Death Star, whose energy output has been estimated to equal "the liberated energy of a small artificial sun" (STAR WARS novelization). Then again, the Veloxi Black Egg from Starflight could do the same thing in a package about fourteen quintillionths of the volume and mass, so in terms of power per mass the popular king may be relatively lacking. In The Forge of God, Greg Bear estimates it may take some two hundred million tons of matter converted to energy at the core of an Earth-sized planet in order to give its mass enough energy to achieve mutual escape velocity (where a large nuclear bomb may only convert a few grams of matter to energy.) Clearly this suggests interesting technology in doomsday ships whose mass is only a tiny fraction of that. The gravitational binding energy of an object is the amount of energy required to accelerate every component of that object to the escape velocity of every other component. ... See interstellar travel for travel between the stars. ... The Forge of God (1987) is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear that gives a convincing account of an alien attack on Earth accomplished through misdirection and the use of self-replicating von Neumann machines. ... Gregory Dale Bear (born August 20, 1951) is a science fiction author. ...


A weapon of this type is often referred to, in SciFi circles, as a "Planet Cracker," a term first coined by Diane Duane. Diane Duane (b. ...


Two complementary forms of planet-destroying bombs are used in the L. Ron Hubbard book Battlefield Earth, in which Johnnie Tyler finds a group of "planet buster" nuclear weapons and causes them to be teleported back to the home planet of the enemy Psychlo race, which destroys it in a nuclear fire. Later, based on information given by Terl, the Psychlo chief security agent for earth, humans mine a special material from space, that when teleported to a planet, turns it into a ball of frozen gaseous electricity. Thus one bomb turns a world into a molten hell and the other bomb turns a world into a frozen hell. Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was the creator of Dianetics, and founder of the Church of Scientology. ... For the film of the same name, see Battlefield Earth (film). ... Psychlo are the most prominent alien race in L. Ron Hubbards book Battlefield Earth. ...


To Render a Planet Uninhabitable

For many plot purposes, it is sufficient to render a planet uninhabitable instead of completely destroying it. There are countless ways of accomplishing this, as it is usually enough to disrupt only one of the requirements for life. As examples, in Larry Niven's Known Space, the planet of the Grogs (a race who could exert mind-control) had a Bussard ramjet in orbit around the star. If necessary, it would fly into the star, and the ramjet "scoop" would disrupt the stellar magnetosphere, causing long term problems that would eventually end life on the planet. A more direct method of planetary extermination occurred in Catherine Asaro's Primary Inversion. Here, some of the atmosphere from a gas giant was siphoned onto the air of the planet, and its atmosphere was lit on fire. Anyone who could withstand the searing heat and following torrential downpour would find no oxygen left to breathe. In the comedy movie Spaceballs, the title species plots to steal all the air from the peaceful planet of Druidia. This plot is subsequently foiled by a Luke Skywalker/Han Solo type hero (Lone Starr) with help from a Chewbacca-like character (Barf). Ben Jeapes' novel The Xenocide Mission, the superweapon "Device Ultimate" is a series of boxes creating a powerful gravitational device that is placed in a small spacecraft and fired into a sun. This would cause the sun to become unstable, exploding the first 1% of the sun, and releasing enough radiation to kill all life in the star system, as well as disintegrating the first planet of the solar system. In Peter Hamilton's novel "Judas Unchained", the Prime Aliens use a device which induces a directed, high-intensity long-duration solar flare, which literally fries the surface of a planet. In addition to the Death Star from the Star Wars series, the Eclipse class Super Star Destroyer has a superlaser that, while not capable of completely destroying a planet like the Death Star, can crack the crust of planet to make it uninhabitable. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Known Space is the fictional setting of several science fiction novels and short stories written by author Larry Niven. ... Artists conception of a Bussard ramjet. ... Photo by Hugh Talman Catherine Asaro (born 1955) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. ... Primary Inversion is a science fiction novel in the Saga of the Skolian Empire by Catherine Asaro. ... General Name, symbol, number oxygen, O, 8 Chemical series nonmetals, chalcogens Group, period, block 16, 2, p Appearance colorless (gas) pale blue (liquid) Standard atomic weight 15. ... Bold text Spaceballs is a 1987 science fiction parody film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks. ... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... Han Solo is a character in the Star Wars universe. ... Lone Starr is a fictional character in Spaceballs by Mel Brooks. ... Chewbacca (or Chewie) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ... // Ben Jeapes 1965-present Early Life Ben was born in Belfast on the 14th of February 1965. ...


Less large scale efforts at making a planet uninhabitable include chemical, biological, and nuclear attack, as well as dusting the surface with radioactive dust (as in some of Isaac Asimov's short stories). In Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, the author also presents a version of water called "Ice 9" which is just like ordinary water except that it takes on a crystal form at room temperature. Ice 9 can also convert neighboring water molecules from their "wet" form into their crystalline form (in a similar way that some prions can influence other proteins by making them fold into different shapes, with the new shape also having this property). The result of contaminating even the smallest part of the water system on a planet like Earth would have disastrous consequences for all the liquid water on the entire planet, as effectively there is really only one body of water which is connected by rivers, seas, drains, groundwater reservoirs, and so on. A single chip of Ice-9 would be capable of rendering a planet uninhabitable to water-needing life such as just about every living thing on Earth. In Warhammer 40,000, a planet can be destroyed by a process called Exterminatus, in which a fleet's payload of one of 2 kinds of bombs is dropped onto the planets surface. Either Virus bombs, which unleash diseases that kill off everything leaving the worlds' atmosphere full of explosive gases, or Cyclonic torpedoes, which ignite the planet's atmosphere. These are usually used together on one planet, like the destruction of Isvaan III. Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), IPA: , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов) was a Russian-born American Jewish author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ... For the string game, see Cats cradle. ... For the bird called a prion, see Prion (bird) Prions - short for proteinaceous infectious particle - are infectious self-reproducing protein structures. ... Warhammer 40,000 (informally known as Warhammer 40K, WH40K, W40K or just 40K) is a science fantasy game produced by Games Workshop. ... The planet Dolumar IV is subjected to Exterminatus after a battle between the Imperium, the Tau, and the forces of Chaos. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ...


Another example of this is shown in the Halo novels, in which the Covenant are shown "glassing" Reach, in other words, bombarding it with so much plasma that the surface actually melted and cooled into glass, rendering all life vaporized and the planet useless. Similarly, in David Weber's Honorverse novels standard shipboard weaponry normally used for space battles possess so much firepower that it could easily render any planet uninhabitable. Its sole use for this, however, shocked the Humanity so much that special convention was created to prevent such occurrences -- the Eridani Edict. Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... Orbital bombardment is the act of attacking a planet, moon or other such object from orbit, in the sense of not being suborbital like an ICBM. The Soviet Union has had a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System deployed from 1968-1983. ... Honor Harrington from Honor Among Enemies cover, by David Mattingly. ... Map of the Honorverse. ... The Eridani Edict is a fictional military convention and rule of war featured in the Honor Harrington series of novels by David Weber. ...


Planet killers in fiction

Babylon 5

  • Babylon 5: The Lost Tales - Centauri Superweapons, hinted at by a dream sequence set 30 years into the future that Sheridan experiences. While only NYC is destroyed in the scene, its implied that all of Earth gets wiped out.
  • Shadow Planet Killer
  • Vorlon Planet Killer
  • Mass Drivers used by the Centauri against the Narn homeworld in the episode The Long, Twilight Struggle

A Shadow Planet Killer is a fictional machine from the Babylon 5 television show and films, which was used to destroy planetary ecosystems. ... The Vorlons are a fictional alien race in the Babylon 5 universe. ... The Long, Twilight Struggle is an episode from the second season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. ...

Halo

  • Covenant warships (Plasma bombardment destroys the planet's biosphere; known as glassing)
  • UNSC NOVA Bomb(a group of nukes clustered around a core that forces the explosions together)

The Halo installations themselves only kill sentient life, leaving planets and their biospheres, as well as any creature without sufficient biomass to support the flood otherwise intact. The Flood is a fictional parasitic alien life form in the Halo video game series. ...


Lexx

  • Mantrid Drones
  • The Lexx
  • His Divine Shadow's Capital Ship - Destroys the Brunnen-G homeworld using a large scale version of the "Black Pack" weapon often seen in the LEXX series.

Mantrid before his transference into a computer, accompanied by two drone arms Mantrid is the maniacal computer/human/insect being who dominated the second series of LEXX. When he was alive, he was the mightiest of His Divine Shadows Bio-Viziers (though remaining in rivalry with his teacher, Brizon... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lexx. ...

Stargate SG-1

  • Anubis's Ancient weapon that charges a Stargate powerfully enough that it explodes and the resulting explosion can destroy a U.S state with the fallout spreading all over the world within a matter of days.
  • Naqahdah-enhanced nuclear weapon
  • A stargate that is dialed out to another stargate which some where near by a black hole like P3W-451 causes the sun to become destablized and go supernova.
  • Anubis's mothership, powered with the Eye of Ra as well as four other "eyes", in "Full Circle"
  • The stargate on P3W-451 is orbiting a black hole; in-bound wormholes become altered by the gravitational influence of the black hole and, in turn, can wreak havoc on the dialer's side.
  • The Dakara Superweapon in the Temple of Dakara can return all matter in its range to its base state, it is not powerfull enough to destroy entire planets.
  • The Asgard managed to destroy Orilla by causing Orilla's sun to become a balck hole.
  • The Ori Priors can turn planets into Point Singularities (Black Holes) to power their supergates, and have done so twice thus far.
  • The Replicators have eaten an entire planet and converted everything on it into replicator blocks.

How do you do? ... The Ancients, also known as the Alterans and Lanteans, sometimes calling themselves Anqueetas in their language, are a humanoid race in the fictional Stargate universe. ... A typical depiction of a Milky Way Stargate Stargate is one name for a class of fictional devices which allow instantaneous travel between places. ... The fictional Stargate setting contains a number of elements and other compounds unique to it, as well as fictional properties for real elements and compounds. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 kilometers (11 mi) above the hypocenter A nuclear weapon derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions of fusion or fission. ... For other uses, see Supernova (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Egyptian god. ... Full Circle (Part 1 of 3) is the Season 6 finale episode of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. ... Dakara Superweapon being activated. ...

Star Trek

  • Genesis Device (a terraforming project; not really a weapon but if used against an existing biosphere it will destroy it in favor of a new one)
  • Species 8472 starships
  • The Doomsday Machine
  • Krenim temporal incursion ship
  • Planetcracker weapons and sunkiller bombs (Diane Duane's novels)
  • Reman warbird Scimitar.
  • Son'a collector (intended to strip radiation surrounding a planet thus rendering it uninhabitable)
  • The Crystalline Entity that would feed by stripping planets of all organic life.
  • The Xindi superweapon
  • The Fleet of Romulan and Cardassian Starships that destroyed the Founder's homeworld in Star Trek Deep Space Nine (although this was merely orbital bombardment by a fleet of ships, not a single superweapon)
  • Tox Uthat (A weapon from the future that would stop all fusion operations in a sun)
  • Trilithium torpedo (designed to target a star to induce a supernova, destroying all planets within that star's system.)

In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Genesis Device was an experimental terraforming device. ... Species 8472 is a fictional advanced race in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager that inhabits the realm of fluidic space. ... The Doomsday Machine is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Diane Duane (b. ... The Reman Warbird Scimitar was a very powerful starship in the Star Trek universe that appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe the Crystalline Entity is an enormous spacefaring life-form. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Romulans are a fictional alien species in the Star Trek universe related to Vulcans. ... This article is about the Star Trek universe. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Supernova (disambiguation). ...

Star Wars

In George Lucas Star Wars saga, Centerpoint Station is an ancient space station that was capable of moving entire planets with its tractor beams and eons ago was used to move the planets Corellia, Drall, Selonia and possibly Talus and Tralus to their current location. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Galaxy Gun was a fictional superweapon from the Star Wars universe. ... The mass shadow generator is a MacGuffin-like superweapon mentioned in the computer game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ... Diagram of the Sun Crusher The Sun Crusher is a prototype superweapon from the Star Wars universe. ... World Devastators In the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe, World Devastators were gigantic machines with strong tractor beams attached to them, employed by Emperor Palpatines clones. ... For other uses, see Death Star (disambiguation). ... The Ravager is a fictional spaceship that features in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, released by Obsidian Entertainment in 2004. ... Darth Nihilus is a fictional character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, introduced in the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. ... Orbital bombardment is the act of attacking a planet, moon or other such object from orbit, in the sense of not being suborbital like an ICBM. It is most often encountered in fiction. ...

Warhammer 40,000

Abaddon the Despoiler In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000 and Battlefleet Gothic, Abaddon the Despoiler is Warmaster of Chaos, captain of the Black Legion and is rumoured to be the clone-progeny of Warmaster Horus and at one time, his most favoured son. ... The Nightbringer, one of the Ctan In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the Ctan (also called Star Gods; in fact, Ctan is said to translate as Star God. The word can be pronounced in various ways - Ka-tan, kuh-tarn, say-tan, si-tan or... It has been suggested that Necron Monolith be merged into this article or section. ... In the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe, Tyranids are a locust-like swarm of aliens which come in many shapes and sizes. ... The Imperium of Man is a fictional galactic empire that contains the vast majority of humanity in the forty-first millennium, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe created by Games Workshop. ... The planet Dolumar IV is subjected to Exterminatus after a battle between the Imperium, the Tau, and the forces of Chaos. ... This article is about biological infectious particles. ... Blackstone Fortress In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the Blackstone Fortresses were originally created as weapons in the first war against the Ctan, and were known to the ancient Eldar as the Talismans of Vaul. ... Blackstone Fortress In the fictional universe of Warhammer 40,000, the Blackstone Fortresses were originally created as weapons in the first war against the Ctan, and were known to the ancient Eldar as the Talismans of Vaul. ...

Various games

  • Heartless (Kingdom Hearts series) (Actually a race of creatures that devour, not only the hearts of men, but also of worlds, thus destroying them)
  • Mycon Deep children (Star Control 2)
  • The Omega System (Xenosaga)
  • Apocalypse-class Interplanetary Missiles (Starcraft)
  • Atmospheric deprivation missiles (Homeworld)
  • Black Sun (Supreme Commander)
  • In HALO: First Strike, a human weapon known as the NOVA bomb is mentioned. It is described as being made up of multiple thermal nuclear warheads with a central core of material that boosts its yield to a sufficient amount to destroy a planet and anything in the vicinity of that planet. In HALO: Ghosts of Onyx, the weapon is detonated on board a covenant ship orbiting a covenant world. The planet suffered damage sufficient to render it uninhabitable and the explosion also destroyed a covenant fleet.
  • Lunatic Pandora (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Mechanoid motherships (Rifts)
  • Meteor (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Protoss Warships (Starcraft)
  • Shivan Juggernaut Sathanas (Descent: FreeSpace)
  • Shivan Super Destroyer Lucifer (Descent: FreeSpace)
  • Star Generator (Space Quest 1)
  • Stellar Converter (Master of Orion II)
  • TCS Behemoth and the Temblor Bomb (Wing Commander)
  • Terror Star, a parody of the Death Star from Galactic Civilizations
  • The "Iron Helix" (used to destroy Calliope if you fail the mission)
  • The "Nova Bomb" in X-COM: Interceptor - this was a missile carried on fighters which, rather than being used against a planet directly, was fired at the star inside the system. It disrupted the nuclear fusion and caused it to go nova, obliterating everything in the system. The technology was considered so dangerous the scientific community asked for all knowledge of the bomb to be stricken from records so it would not fall into the wrong hands.
  • The "Weak nuclear force decoupler" from Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64)
  • The space colony ARK's Eclipse Cannon from Sonic Adventure 2 and Shadow the Hedgehog
  • The Utwig Bomb (Star Control 2)
  • The Alphacore (Omega Boost)
  • The Ancient Planetary Bombardment Platforms (Homeworld 2)
  • The Biologic Space Labs research station in Metroid Fusion (Game Boy Advance) is equipped with a self-destruct system capable of destroying a planet within its blast radius. In addition, the planet Zebes was equipped with a planetary self-destruct mechanism in Super Metroid (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • The Black Egg and Mulligan artifacts (Starflight)
  • The Crest of Annihilation (Star Ocean: The Second Story) (this device completely obliterates a planet, but it is allegedly powerful enough to wipe out the entire known universe)
  • The Galactic Implosion Device (Total Annihilation)
  • The 'PlanetBuster Maximus' in the video game Ratchet and Clank, a skyscraper-sized bomb "capable of reducing an entire planet to subatomic particles". There was another device named 'The DePlanetizer', referred to as "The most powerful laser ever invented". It consisted of a giant football field-sized platform with a large rotating laser cannon on the bottom and a giant red button on the top. It served as an arena during the final fight with Chairman Drek.
  • The Ragnarok space station (Mega Man Zero)
  • The trih xeem in the Marathon Trilogy. Name literally means, "early nova."
  • The Void (Super Paper Mario) (this consumes worlds completely, leaving bleak, endless white plains in their place)
  • Vegnagun in (Final Fantasy X-2)

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Various films, television and radio programmes, and comic books

  • "Mega-maid" from the Movie Spaceballs. A transformation of Spaceball One, capable of sucking the air from an entire planet and thus making it inhabitable.
  • Buster Machine III, aka the Black Hole Bomb in Gunbuster uses the mass of a gas giant planet (specifically, Jupiter) to create a black hole which ultimately destroys the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
  • Chronicles of Riddick the Necromongers take converts with them, then execute their "Final Protocol", a series of energy waves that destroy the planet
  • Galactus (Marvel Universe)
  • Gamilon planet bombs from Space Battleship Yamato
  • Hydra-Cannon
  • Big Venus (The Big O)
  • Serpentera featured in Power Rangers.
  • Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four destroys planets 4 days after his arrival
  • The Pirate Planet in Doctor Who
  • Unicron (Transformers: The Movie)
  • Vogon Constructor Fleet Ships (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) (appear in all adaptations of the series)
  • Erdammeru the Void-Hound (DC Comics)
  • A bomb made of 9th-dimensional matter in Supernova
  • In Getter Robo Armageddon, the protagonists manage to create a massive Getter Beam Tomahawk powerful enough to slice through planets. Likewise, in some Getter Robo manga, an entire fleet of impossibly enormous Getter Emperors exist. These super-mecha are so large, they create their own gravity field that can actually shatter planets as they pass.
  • In Vandread, A special variant of harvest ship can destroy planets that are not needed by Earth anymore.
  • In the Eek! The Cat episode Eek vs. The Flying Saucers, aliens called Zoltarians threaten to blow up the earth using a death ray powered by Eek's 300 pound girlfriend, Annabelle, and want to do so because Earth "obstructs our view of Uranus."
  • In the Exosquad episode A Night Before Doomsday an antimatter bomb capable of destroying all life on earth is revealed and its activation by the Neosapien leader Phaeton dying of Automutation Syndrome is prevented in the episode Abandon Hope.
  • In the Futurama episode "I Dated a Robot," Fry blows up a planet with a planet blowing-up machine.
  • In the British sci-fi series The Tomorrow People, an alien race known as the Thargons have a weapon known as a "Ripper Ray" which is allegedly capable of destroying a planet.
  • In the cartoon Invader Zim, the Planet Jackers tried to feed the Earth to their sun to keep it from going out.
  • In the Kurt Russell film 'Soldier' one portable explosive device nicknamed 'Planet Killers' is used, devastating the planet.
  • In the Roger Corman film Battle Beyond the Stars, the evil Sador's mothership has a planet killing superweapon which seems to have the effect of superheating the core of the planet causing a delayed explosion where it incinerates from the inside/out.
  • In the TV series Earth Final Conflict, the Jaridians have a planet killer and have destroyed thousands of Taelon occupied planets including their homeworld. The video archive of all the planets destroyed one after another is seen by William Boone but at the time he doesn't understand what it is until the circumstances are explained to him later by Da'an
  • Later, Buster Machine #7 and #19 work in tandem to destroy an Earth-sized life form and a black hole which it carries in tow.
  • Likewise in Gunbuster's sequel series: Diebuster, the android Buster Machine #7 splits the moon Titan in half.
  • Point singularity weapons, nova bombs, Maximm charges, kinetic missiles (rare case) in Andromeda
  • Project DESTINY in The Core
  • Serlena's ship is seen making vengeful blasts on searched planets, causing an icy one to shatter and another to implode. Men in Black II
  • Several attacks used in the manga/anime Dragonball such as the Death Ball technique as used by Freeza to destroy Planet Vegeta, are capable of destroying a planet.
  • The Displacement Engine in Farscape
  • The Hand of Omega in Doctor Who
  • The Super Robot Mazinkaiser is said to be capable of blasting a hole right down to a planet's core with a full-powered Fire Blaster.
  • The Vok second Moon (Beast Wars) (could only destroy energon-rich worlds)
  • The Warworld (DC Comics)
  • The Wave motion gun from Space Battleship Yamato (a.k.a. Star Blazers in the U.S.)
  • The Annihilatrix from Frisky Dingo
  • The Beast Planet (Shadow Raiders)
  • The Desiccator in Dark Reign
  • The Doomsday Machine (Dr. Strangelove)
  • The Drej Mothership (Titan A.E.)
  • The Ideon Sword (capable of slicing a planet in half) and the Ideon Gun (capable of cutting large swaths of destruction encompassing thousands of ships and celestial bodies) from Space Runaway Ideon. In addition, when ultimately destroyed, the resulting force caused by the detonation of its power source could potentially destroy the universe.
  • The Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator In the classic Bugs Bunny short Haredevil Hare in 1948. Marvin Martian wanted to use it to blow up Earth because, as he said, "It obstructs my view of Venus" (although in reality, Earth and Venus almost never come into complete alignment with Mars). The explosive was in the form of a small red stick of Dynamite that was screwed into a large telescope-like machine.
  • The Planet and System Killers in Gall Force

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Various novels and written sources

  • The Inhibitor machines from Alastair Reynolds' Inhibitor series of novels, were capable of consuming worlds over time to convert to copies of themselves, or to create weapons capable of utilising stars to destroy planets e.g. venting stellar core material in a collimated beam to burn away planetary crusts. In the same series, the "Greenfly" machines, developed by humans as terraformers, instead go rogue and start eating planets by reducing them to their atoms and rebuilding them into more such machines, as well as numerous domes filled with vegetation.
  • Spacer nuclear reaction intensifier (Robots and Empire)
  • Stephen Baxter's Moonseed: a virus-like microscopic object (or substance made from it) that transforms substances into more copies of itself - and thus consumes Venus and then the Earth by doing so. (Baxter has also employed geomagnetic storms (see Sunstorm) and larger universal constructors (see Evolution) as planet killers.)
  • The Neutronium Alchemist (Peter F. Hamilton's The Night's Dawn Trilogy)
  • At least five methods in E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman saga: "super-atomic bombs"; a "nutcracker", consisting of crushing a planet between two others; a "negasphere," an antimatter planet; "Nth space planets" from other dimensions can be used to ram planets or even create supernovas - there was even the worrying possibility that these could cause the Big Crunch in zero time; and a "sunbeam", a way of concentrating most of a sun's energy output into a narrow beam -- this one a defensive-only weapon against nutcrackers and negaspheres.
  • Device Ultimate in The Xenocide Mission
  • In Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of the seven suns, the ongoing war between the Faeros, and Hydrogues see entire suns having there cores frozen.
  • In Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, the MD (Molecular Disruption) Device, or "Doctor Device", generates a field inside which it is impossible for atoms to coexist in a molecule. The field propagates in a chain reaction, so it basically destroys all matter until it reaches pure space. This was intended for ship to ship combat, but was eventually used to destroy an entire planet.
  • In E. E. Smith's Skylark of Space series various planet-killers are used or discussed. Throwing planets and moons out of orbit, incredibly high-yield atomic or copper bombs, near-instantaneous dematerialization of physical objects and the teleporting of close to fifty billion stars in order to wipe out a Galaxy-wide alien civilization are all used.
  • In L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth a device is created which, when activated, causes all matter it touches to break down into its constituent molecules. This device was used on a moon, which was consumed faster than ships based on that moon could launch.
  • Nova Bombs (Starship Troopers)
  • Relativistic projectiles (Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski's The Killing Star)
  • The Electron Pump (Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves)
  • The Dahak-class battle station (David Weber's Heirs of Empire trilogy)
  • The Supernova (Matthew Reilly's Temple)

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Shadow Planet Killer (1018 words)
The planet killer was scanned by a probe sent inside the cloud by a Whitestar commanded by a man named Ericsson.
The planet killer causes the target planet's core to decrease in temperature, the atmosphere to become poisonous to humanoid life, and filled with particulate matter due to volcanic eruptions.
Daltron 7 was attacked by the planet killer, and scanned by the Excalibur shortly afterward.
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In science fiction, a planet killer (also called a "planet buster" in some Sci-Fi circles) is an entity, often a large spaceship, expressly designed to destroy or render uninhabitable a planet.
The most famous planet killer is the Death Star from the Star Wars franchise, though many others have been seen on film or print.
Science-fiction writers have devised many methods of destroying a planet; blasting it with a specially designed laser weapon, launching nuclear missiles at the surface until the radiation and heat sterilises the planet, or through the use of exotic energy weapons not covered by present-day physics.
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