15 movie weapons every hero (or villian) should have

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Wolverine's Adamantium Claws
Wolverine's Adamantium Claws

These weapons range from the nondescript, plain to… mostly metallic looking objects. They can all cause some devastating pain to whoever is on the receiving end of their painful output as well.

1. Mjolnir (Thor)

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”- The Allfather, Odin

There are a couple of origins for this mythical hammer, as this is about movie weapons… we’ll use the origins that relates to the movie version. Forged out of the Asgardian metal “uru” and a dying star by Dwarven blacksmiths… the forging of the hammer is apparently so intense it destroys the star itself and nearly Earth itself. Mjolnir is an incredibly versatile weapon. Besides being able to channel Thor’s natural elemental powers (storms, lightning, earthquakes) and allowing Thor to fly, the hammer is able to seek and return to Thor no matter where he is, traveling thousands of miles or even realms to find its way back to Thor. It’s also a tremendous defensive weapon as it can absorb or deflect pretty much any kind of energy. Best thing about it: pretty much only Thor can use it due to a “worthiness enchantment” on the weapon, allowing only a few other users deemed worthy (such as Odin) to wield it. Good luck lifting this thing.

2. Good Samaritan (Hellboy)

Listen, Sammy, I’m not a very good shot, but the Samaritan here uses really big bullets. So what do you say we work this out in a nice, peaceful…?” – Hellboy

Like many other weapons on the list, the Good Samaritan is on here simply because it is a really big badass looking gun. The revolver fires four larger caliber bullets, including the unique Whoppers, custom made explosive shells that contain white oak, holy water, garlic and silver shavings. These ingredients all possess powers from folklore to stop the kind of monsters (vampires, werewolves) that Hellboy faces. The weapon itself is also highly resistible to many kinds of damage, due to it being made from many materials linked to holy imagery – such as the True Cross and old church bells.

3. The Noisy Cricket (Man in Black)

I feel like ima break this damn thing!” —Agent J

A classic case of not judging a book by its cover, the petite firearm packs one hell of a punch, propelling the shooter back quite a few feet when fired. Initially annoyed when he is handed the weapon, Agent J only understands the potential destruction this little thing can cause when he is forced to fire it.

4. Proton Pack (Ghostbusters)

“There’s something very important I forgot to tell you! Don’t cross the streams… It would be bad… Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” – Egon Spengler

Who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters! This is what they used. Designed by Dr. Egon Spengler, the Proton Pack is a particle accelerator system that can be worn on the back of the user. It fires a charged particle beam from the proton gun, polarizes the negatively charged energy of a ghost, allowing it to be held in the stream and thus, vulnerable to capture. The proton packs, with their colourful streams of energy, are just as iconic as the movie’s Ectomobile. Just remember, as Dr. Egon would say… “A proton pack is not a toy.”

5. Lightsaber (Star Wars)

“This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter—but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Has there been a more popular weapon in collective geek memory? Probably not. Since its inception, we’ve seen various more incarnations such as Darth Maul’s dual bladed version and Anakin wielding two at a time while fighting the villainous Count Dooku. There’ve been red, green, blue, yellow, even purple ones. What makes the lightsaber still so desirable after all these years? As Obi-Wan explained, the exclusivity of a saber, tied to two conflicting orders in addition to the skill and grace needed to handle one still make these laser bladed weapons pretty darn awesome in the eyes of geeks everywhere. And with the recent news that scientists may have actually figured out a way to make lightsabers possible in the real world, geeks everywhere should probably head to Toys R’ Us, get a partner and start rigorous Jedi training right away.

6. The Shield (Captain America)

Vibranium. It’s stronger than steel and a third the weight. It’s completely vibration absorbent.” – Howard Stark

Pretty much indestructible, Cap’s shield is able to take a heavy beating due to the presence of Vibranium, the fictional metal that is able absorbs kinetic energy. And if it is unable to absorb a blow, possibly due to excess energy, it usually reflects that excess away. The discus like shape of the shield, when combined with Cap’s superhuman physical abilities, allow the shield to be thrown in a plethora of ways and angles, making it just as effective an offensive weapon as it is a defensive one.

Plus, that lone star in the middle… it just looks really good!

7. Golden Gun (The Man With The Golden Gun – James Bond)

A duel between titans… my golden gun against your Walther PPK.” – Francisco Scaramanga

Francisco Scaramanga was without a doubt, a very scary dude. Never afraid to take a life, Scaramanga did most of his killing with his unique one bullet only golden gun. Firing a customized 23-cara bullet, the gun could also be broken down into various pieces, enabling it to be disguised as a pen or a cuff link, amongst many other items. How could you avoid death, when you couldn’t even see it coming?

8. Power Loader (Aliens)

“I can drive that loader. I have a Class-2 rating.” – Ellen Ripley

The Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader, commonly referred to as the Power Loader, is an exoskeleton – basically, a mechanized suit, built and used for lifting very heavy objects through the use of two hydraulic claws that can hold and subsequently move such targets. Despite the fact that the Power Loader was never meant for combat purposes, Ellen Ripley, in sheer desperation, commandeers the Power Loader against a Xenomorph Queen during the events of “Aliens”. The result: a knock down, drag out brawl that would make WWE proud. Now… all together now, “Get away from her, you bitch!”

9. Telephoto Rifle (The Jackal)

That mother-f***** is state of the art!” – Ian Lamont

What happens when you combine a sports reporter’s camera rig with a sniper rifle? The telephoto rifle. Ian Lamont, an arms dealer played by Jack Black, gives Bruce Willis’ Jackal, an assassin, one of the crazy guns ever seen on a screen. Able to be controlled by cell phone, laptop and even aimed by a throwback Atari-like joystick, the gun even fires ultra explosive rounds made from depleted uranium, which just screams of pure overkill. Its only problem? The accuracy, as Lamont would find out thru an impromptu test.

10. Adamantium Claws (Wolverine)

“I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.” – James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine

Snikt. That sound is the foreboding of a killing machine about to go to work. Wolverine’s claws, laced with the near indestructible metal, adamantium, will make quick work of an opponent’s flesh faster than a sushi chef can churn out a California roll. They also stab pretty well. In addition to possessing what is pretty much the world’s sharpest bunch of knives on his hands, Wolverine has an extensive knowledge of martial arts and body pressure points from years of living off his increased lifespan and travels, making him an extremely dangerous opponent in close combat.

11. Bullwhip (Indiana Jones)

Throw me the idol. No time to argue! Throw me idol, I’ll throw you the whip!” – Satipo

It’s kind of hilarious that an item used primarily for very kinky behaviour in bedrooms and dungeons all over the world is on this list, but you have to hand it to Spielberg and Harrison Ford for making said item look cool thru four movies. And in retrospect, it’s perfect for Indy. With just one swing of his arm, Indy can save someone, snatch a gun out of somebody else’s hands, trip someone or simply, cross a chasm. Perfect for a budding archaeologist.

12..44 Magnum (Dirty Harry)

But, being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

The magnum packs quite a punch on its own. However, when combined with Clint Eastwood’s stone cold mug, monologuing out loud about how he might or might not have another bullet in the chamber and how he’s going to pull the trigger on you to find out… well, it becomes a terrifying proposition. It’s since become quite possibly the most quoted line about a weapon in a movie and as a testament to the power of Eastwood’s popularity, it even led to a sales spike of the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver during the film’s theatrical run.

13. Death Star (Star Wars)

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. […] That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

In terms of sheer body count, the Death Star is unparalleled in that category, having destroyed an entire planet, Alderaan, with a single beam. Sure, it’s pretty damn slow. They’re also really hard to defend as both Death Stars were destroyed and it takes the entire on board crew of the Death Star to even fire a shot but, when you need to commit planet wide genocide… the Death Star’s your only option.

14. Zorg ZF-1 (Fifth Element)

Voila! The ZF-1. It’s light. Handle’s adjustable for easy carrying, good for righties and lefties. Breaks down into four parts, undetectable by x-ray, ideal for quick, discreet interventions. A word on firepower. Titanium recharger, three thousand round clip with bursts of three to three hundred, and with the Replay button – another Zorg invention – it’s even easier.” – Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

Viola, indeed. This is a gun that has literally everything – a rocket launcher, poison arrow launcher, machine gun, net launcher, flamethrower and a freeze ray. What else would you need?

15. Hattori Hanzo Sword (Kill Bill)

I am finished doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I’ve created, “something that kills people.” And in that purpose, I was a success. I’ve done this because, philosophically, I am sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut.” – Hattori Hanzo

Yeah. Pretty much what he said. O-Ren Ishii found out the hard way when the Bride cut her head clean off.