Every action movie has one - a weapon so awesome you just can't forget it. Any Star Wars fan will remember the first time they saw a lightsaber on the big screen, and they've probably thought about what color lightsaber they would want if they were a Jedi. Signature weapons are one of the most fun things about big blockbuster films. Not everyone can identify with every hero and protagonist, but anyone can imagine themselves holding the hero's side arm.
Listing all of the best movie weapons would be impossible, but there are some that stick in our memories more than others. The coolest movie weapons have to fit a lot of criteria. They must be elegant, practical, and possess a mystique that will make potential enemies soil themselves in fear. These are some of the coolest signature weapons in movie history.
- Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
From: The Star Wars saga
Features: Lightsabers are dangerous energy beams powered by kyber crystals. The blade is made of hot plasma and can easily cut through most materials. Lightsabers are the tools of choice for both Jedi and Sith warriors, who are able to use them to deflect blaster fire.
Drawbacks: Lightsabers can be extremely difficult to handle for non-Force users. Their lack of counterweight makes them unwieldy, and the average person is as likely to chop off their own arms as to do the same to their opponent.Is this in your armory?
- Photo: Thor: The Dark World / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From: Marvel's Avengers saga, introduced in Thor
Features: Mjølnir is a magic hammer wielded by Thor, the Asgardian god of thunder. Mjølnir was smelted by Dwarven crafstmen at Nidavellir, and was imbued with a special enchantment that only allows the "worthy" to wield its power.
Drawbacks: Mjølnir can be choosy about whom it deems worthy, even abandoning Thor at times. If Mjølnir doesn't want you to pick it up, there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.Is this in your armory?
- Photo: Aliens / 20th Century Fox
From: The Alien saga
Features: This American-engineered device fires 24 mm caseless ammunition and is the standard-issue tool of the Colonial Marine Corps, packing enough firepower to shred a Xenomorph with relative ease.
Drawbacks: The M41A can be difficult to use in enclosed spaces, so a sneaky Xenomorph would have a good chance of taking you out regardless of its firepower.Is this in your armory?
- Photo: Monty Python and the Holy Grail / Cinema 5
From: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Features: The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is a sacred relic that functions in near-identical fashion to a normal hand grenade. One must pull out the pin, count to three (not five), and throw the device. The blast is powerful enough to take out the most dangerous foes - even the Rabbit of Caerbannog.
Drawbacks: The device will only function after counting to three, so it would be of little use to those without the ability to count.Is this in your armory?