For centuries, science fiction writers have looked to the future and wondered, “how do we destroy it?” From lightsabers to photon torpedoes, we’ve put together the ultimate arsenal of reality-warping weapons in order to compare which is the most powerful sci-fi weapon in the universe.
Scifi-Weapons.com crunched the numbers to compare real life weapons with the destructive power of their science fiction counterparts. We worked with physicists and engineers on this infographic, which breaks down iconic weapons and their energy of devastation in joules, an energy measurement of "work done." In some cases, we drew data from source material or compared the weapons to real-life versions. In others, we attempted to calculate energy requirements for destruction shown in movies and TV shows. And in the case of reality-warping, fantastic weapons from the limits of our imagination, we drew help from theoretical physics.