On Friday, Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete' hits theaters, which tell of the story of a man named Machete whose weapon of choice is, yep, machetes!

You know, we kind of like a guy who puts his own signature style on a weapon. Anyone can pick up a gun. Not everyone can go around killing people with machetes and live too long to tell about it.

So, in honor of 'Machete,' we put together a list of other on-screen weapons that involve a little more creativity than your average hand gun.

On Friday, Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete' hits theaters, which tell of the story of a man named Machete whose weapon of choice is, yep, machetes!

You know, we kind of like a guy who puts his own signature style on a weapon. Anyone can pick up a gun. Not everyone can go around killing people with machetes and live too long to tell about it.

So, in honor of 'Machete,' we put together a list of other on-screen weapons that involve a little more creativity than your average hand gun.

Lightsaber
A more elegant weapon from a more civilized time. When these words were spoken by Alec Guinness in 1977's 'Star Wars,' I dreamt of a time when we might actually get to witness this "more civilized time" that he spoke of on-screen. (Little did we know that a more civilized time involved Jar Jar Binks.) Regardless, the lightsaber is the preferred weapon of the Jedi Knights, and comes in an assortment of colors -- just like Flavor Ice. Also they're not as clumsy or random as blaster -- which, when you thinking about it, really would explain why stormtroopers can never seem to hit their targets.


Light Cycle

Who needs a gun when the vehicle that you happen to drive leaves an energy beam wall in its wake? Oh, also, it's really fast. Imagine the next time you're being chased by criminals on the 405. Little do the criminals know that they have just messed with the wrong user. They're going to be quite surprised when, out of nowhere, there's a big blue energy wall right in front of them. One warning: They've never really been tested outside of 'Tron''s ENCOM mainframe. Also of use when your retaining wall collapses and a contractor is too expensive.

Captive Bolt Pistol
If you're ever pulled over in the middle of nowhere and someone wants to put a weird hose-looking thing against your forehead, please, please do not let them. If 'No Country for Old Men' taught us anything, it's that if this sort of weapon can kill a cow, well, it can certainly take down a human being, too. And that just proves how dangerous Anton Chigurh really was: He didn't need a gun that actually fired bullets at a distant target. No, he preferred one in which he had to be standing right next to the victim.

Proton Pack
Never cross the streams. How powerful is a proton pack? As Egon Spengler said, "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light." And, as we know, that's bad. Look, the Ghostbusters needed something with a little more kick, considering they were battling the supernatural. A typical Saturday night special isn't going to do too much against the likes of Gozer the Gozerian. To defeat ancient demons, a person is going to need something that's capable of total protonic reversal.

Ceti Eel
You probably know these better as the little ear creatures that were inserted by Khan into Chekov and Terrell in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.' What better weapon than the ability to turn your enemy into your unwilling ally and spy? Just let this little guy crawl through the ear into the victim's brain and boom: Your former enemy is now open to any possible suggestion that you may have. Sure, the Ceti Eels can cause such madness in its host that eventually the host may just choose to kill himself, as opposed to following a direct order. Well, guns have been known to backfire, as well. There are plenty more Ceti Eels to go around and they don't cost nearly as much. (Note: Traveling to Ceti Alpha V to obtain a Ceti Eel is expensive and dangerous.)


Web-Shooters

Back before 2002's 'Spider-Man,' starring Tobey Maguire, the wall crawler's web-shooters were not organic. In the comic, cartoon and old live-action television show, Peter Parker actually put his nerd skills to work and built his web-shooters himself -- a trusty little gadget used to swing himself from rooftop to rooftop and to subdue criminals. (Come to think of it, the idea that a high school kid -- no matter how great of a student he might have been -- could just invent fully functioning web-shooters seems more unlikely than a radioactive spider giving a person super strength and the ability to clime walls.)

'Kill Bill' Bride Sword
Sure, it's still just a sword, but by the end of both 'Kill Bill' movies, it does seem quite magical. In fact, it makes one almost want this sword over a lightsaber (almost). There are a couple of caveats: It would appear that some pretty intense training and choreography work is needed to perfect use of this sword. Also, there's a chance that this sword is only effective if the song 'Battle Without Honor or Humanity' by Tomoyasu Hotei is playing in the background.

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