Top 10 Iconic Super Hero Weapons– Geek Culture Countdown Podcast!
On this episode, the Geek Culture Countdown is armed and ready to bring you the Top 10 Iconic Super Hero Weapons. These terrific tools are symbols of justice, used for throwing, slinging, swinging, and stopping crime, feared by villains everywhere.
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This week, we are armed and ready to bring you the Top 10 Iconic Super Hero Weapons. These terrific tools are symbols of justice, used for throwing, slinging, swinging, and stopping crime. Recognizable in shape, color, and function, these weapons are feared by villains everywhere for their power and presence.
Listen along to find out which of your favorite Super Hero Weapons made it into our awesome arsenal. Let’s get started!
10. Judge Dredd’s Lawgiver
The Lawgiver is the official weapon used by the street judges in 2000 AD comics, most famously used by Judge Dredd to police the crime of Mega-City One. The Lawgiver is a handgun that can only be operated by its designated owner by way of scanning the palm print of the user, and it will explode in the hands of an unauthorized user.
The gun is capable of firing numerous types of rounds, including armor piercing bullets, heatseeking missiles, incendiary ammo, and rubber-coated metal bullets that can bounce off of surfaces at devastating speeds. The Lawgiver is considered one of the ultimate smart guns.
9. Spider-Man’s Webshooters
Peter Parker is more than just a wall-crawling, butt-kicking, teenager. He’s a certified genius and brilliant inventor. People often forget that Peter Parker invented his signature web-shooters all on his own. They work like bracelets that activate by double tapping the button that rests in the middle of his palm.
Not only that, but he created brilliant methods to activate different types of webs. Different types of button presses can activate Ice Webbing, Acid Webbing, Taser Webbing, Flame Webbing, Sonic Disruptor Webbing (for those pesky symbiotes), and much more.
8. Hellboy’s Samaritan
The Good Samaritan gun is primarily known from Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy films, though it somewhat resembles weapons that the character used in the comics. It is an oversized revolver named for the bible story of the Good Samaritan, which Hellboy was familiar with due to his religious upbringing.
It is equipped with custom bullets that can penetrate just about any substance, and is supernaturally durable, partially constructed from blessed silver, church bell metal, and wood from the True Cross. The bullets are made from folkloric components that can take down vampires, werewolves, and more as Hellboy fights for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
7. Lantern Rings
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Even Black and White! Ultraviolet. Phantom. These are the Rings of the Emotional Spectrum in DC Comics. The Green Lantern Ring is certainly the most well-known. Throughout the DC Universe, the Green Lantern Ring is acknowledged as one of the most powerful weapons.
Those who wield a Green Lantern Ring can do near anything with willpower from creating powerful energy constructs, to translating any language, to flying, to healing incurable diseases (shout out to Simon Baz). Since it’s based on the willpower of the wielder, it seems that the possibilities with the ring are endless, especially if there’s a Blue Lantern around giving it that positive boost of hope.
Whosoever holds this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor! This mighty uru mallet has a large grey head and a leather-wrapped handle, inspired by Norse myths of Thor’s hammer. It was forged by Dwarven blacksmiths on Nidavellir and has the God Tempest, a sentient cosmic storm also known as the Mother of Thunder, trapped within.
Mjolnir has been wielded by many, and there have been many imitations and recreations of the legendary hammer. Its inscription has even changed before, when Jane Foster took it up as the Mighty Thor. Apart from channeling Thor’s thunderous powers, Mjolnir can detect illusions, change trajectory mid-flight, and can even project images.
5. Iron Man’s Armor
Tony Stark is one of the most intelligent people in the Marvel Universe. His technological innovations have both doomed and saved the day more than once. One of his greatest and most important innovations is the Iron Man armor itself. Over the years, Iron Man has made modifications to his armor that allow him an unknown amount of technological advantages.
He’s had Hulkbuster armor capable of taking out the Hulk, nanotech armor that literally waits in his bloodstream until he activates it, endosym armor based off of the biology of symbiotes like Venom that doesn’t even require electric energy, and more. His armor is even capable of storing his own consciousness.
4. The Infinity Gauntlet
This golden gauntlet was designed to hold the six Infinity Stones (formerly known as Infinity Gems and Soul Gems), allowing the wearer to do virtually anything. Without the gems, it is little more than a fancy glove, but when all the stones are assembled, the wielder can control time, space, reality, power, mind, and soul.
Thanos most famously utilized this to snap away half of all life in the universe, becoming nigh-omnipotent, overshadowing the powers of Eternity, the Watcher, Kronos, and the Celestials- the only beings whose power is greater than the gauntlet are God Emperor Doom and the Living Tribunal. Tony Stark and Reed Richards are among the first humans to wear the completed gauntlet, although Stark was the first to actually use its power. The Infinity Gauntlet, however powerful, cannot be used to destroy itself.
3. Wonder Woman’s Lasso
Princess Diana of Themyscira is bound by her loyalty to her friends. Nothing bonds a person to the truth quite like Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth, or more recently, the Golden Perfect. The Lasso of Truth is a divine artifact held by the Amazons for countless generations. The lasso can be used offensively, defensively, and interestingly enough, even medically. It’s cleared minds and bodies from mind control or toxins.
More than anything, the lasso forces everyone to face their truth, and guides Wonder Woman towards truth. The lasso can be used to connect the minds of those who hold it and create true compassion and understanding. As a weapon, it’s terrifyingly powerful. And in Wonder Woman’s hands, it’s more than just a weapon, it’s a force for good.
It’s part bat, part boomerang, all awesome. Though they are actually more similar to shuriken than boomerangs, these winged weapons are a staple of Batman’s arsenal, and appear in just about every iteration of the Caped Crusader’s adventures in television and film. This iconic weapon first appeared in Detective Comics #31, published in 1939.
They are a ranged projectile often used to knock guns out of criminals’ hands and to pin clothing to walls while Batman closes the distance. There are also several varieties of batarangs, including explosive, magnetic, electrical, flash-bang, and saw-toothed batarangs.
1. Captain America’s Shield
Its simple design makes it easily recognizable. It stands for freedom and true good. What more can be said about the most iconic weapon of all time? Captain America’s shield is made out of more than just vibranium, the practically indestructible metal material found in Wakanda. It’s made out of an ideal: the ideal of truth and service for the greater good. The star in the middle is like a beacon of light that most heroes look to for their moral compass. Steve Rogers has become the moral compass for countless heroes.
Captain America is Frank Castle’s hero, and as tough and trigger happy as the Punisher is, he will never fight with Cap. In fact, Captain America has tried to get him to fight multiple times, but the Punisher will never punch back. Cap’s shield, able to ricochet off of walls with perfect precision, is the very symbol of Cap himself.
However, Cap’s shield is more defensive than most weapons on this list. Not every weapon is made for destruction. His is specifically made for protection, and the protection of his ideals.
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