Usually when people think of sci-fi they think of lazers, spaceships and photon torpedos (the last less often than the others).
But sci-fi is home to a number of great close combat weapons too.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best.
The Klingon ‘sword of honour’ is a prized weapon among their species. They are taught to use it as an extension of their bodies, with fluid motion and maximum force.
Using it is almost an art form.
Klingons have a number of similar weapons, but none so iconic as the bat’leth.
4 Adamantium Claws
Wolverine was outfitted with a full skeleton made of adamantium, one of -if not the- toughest metals in the world. As well as this he was kitted out with retractable claws that made for a powerful weapon.
The only downside is that every time he uses them, he has to pierce his skin to release them. Fortunately his mutant power of healing solves this, but you can only assume it still hurts.
A couple of other mutants got the same treatment, but none had quite such impreesiv claws as Logan.
Ratchets signature weapon has gone through a number of changes over the years but the basics stay the same.
It’s a tool he can use in every day mechanics and when it comes to battle, it’s not just a weighty club, it also allows the user to throw and retrieve it like a boomerang.
2 Black Rangers Axe
The Power Rangers are mostly known for their hand to hand martial arts and their giant robots.
But sometimes, they faced enemies that required something a little more heavy duty than their fists, but not so much overkill as the Megazord.
At these rare occassions they would pull out their weaponry. The Black Ranger by far had the best.
His battle-axe was not only a deadly melée weapon, but also could be flipped around to become a heavy duty machine gun.
The iconic weapon of the Jedi Knight.
Capable of being used in dance like sword fights or powerful emotion fuelled rage attacks, it can also deflect laser bolts and cut through anything.
As a bonus, any wounds inflicted are also cauterised, so no messy blood stains to clean up.
Lightsabers also reflect the individual, handmade by the user, coming in a choice of colours.