50 greatest fictional weapons of all time

Wizard Magazine has just published its list of the 50 greatest fictional weapons of all time. From the site:

Imagine a world without lightsabers—where, instead, every big Star Wars finale consists of a 10-minute slap fight. Thank the maker we’ll never have to witness such a spectacle, because magical and impossibly high-tech weapons are staples of nearly all of our favorite entertainments! To pick just the 50 best, we spent weeks whittling down a massive list of our favorite pain-inflicting instruments of all time—from magic swords to laser guns to pointy balls. To make this list, however, there were a few rules: The weapon must be wieldable (that means the Death Star didn’t make the cut) and it can’t be something you can just run out and buy.

After a quick review, the list seems pretty solid. Lightsabers, good. Plasma Grenades, good. The Spread Gun from Contra, even better. But I was a bit flummoxed by their choice for #1: The Green Lantern's ring.

Wha..?  Seriously? But I have to admit, they made a pretty good case:

Feared by those who live in shadow…respected across the universe by those who live in the light…really cool even to morally on-the-fence types… The Power Ring of the Green Lantern Corps is the greatest fantasy weapon of all time! It provides you a uniform and any energy construct your mind can possibly imagine, limited only by your willpower. Lonely? You can even talk to it because it’s like OnStar for your finger. You have to charge it every so often, but that’s of little consequence—we’re ready to take the oath, swear off yellow forever and slip this baby on.

Bravo, Wizard. Bravo. But I still think lightsabers are cooler.


Look out...Ring Power!