Does it hurt to be shot by phaser?

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  1. Shat Happens

    Shat Happens Captain Captain

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    We only see phasers on stun (and the person being shot instantly faints to uncounsciousness) or desintegrate (where they, well, desintegrate). I remember Terrell and Kruge's gunner screaming.
     
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  2. Finn

    Finn Bad Batch of TrekBBS Admiral

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    Depends on the plot, like your post kinda suggests it :bolian:
     
  3. ED-209

    ED-209 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I should imagine you wake up with a splitting headache after being stunned, vaporised is probably extremely painful but over so quick you barely know it's happened.
     
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  4. Laura Cynthia Chambers

    Laura Cynthia Chambers Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    If a taser does, I imagine a phaser could. Starfleet phasers might have settings that hurt less, depending on who you're shooting at, given the more enlightened Humans we supposedly become.
     
  5. Vger23

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    Phasers have also been frequently shown burning a hole through people.
     
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  6. TREK_GOD_1

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    In "The Man Trap," Crater did not faint from the Phaser setting Kirk used; Crater was in a sort of dazed / drunken state:

    CRATER: "Ooh! I feel strange."
    KIRK: "Just stunned. You'll be able to think in a minute."
     
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  7. F. King Daniel

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    If it didn't, they'd be a sleep aid.
     
  8. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Just don't try to quickdraw yourself in the mirror (unlike Jon Arbuckle in my Garfield/TNG crossover fic)
     
  9. hbquikcomjamesl

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    There's a canonical answer, in DS9:"Profit and Loss"

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  10. Jinn

    Jinn Mistress of the Chaotic Energies Rear Admiral

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    Just watched episode 5 of season 4 of Discovery and Burnham says her phase is set to stun, "but it still won't feel good."
     
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  11. Unimatrix Q

    Unimatrix Q Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Wonder why being shot by a Varon-T Disruptor apparently hurt so much more than being vaporized by a Phaser or other disruptors, so that the weapon became banned?

    The Vaporization process doesn't last much longer than what happened to Kruge's gunner and just a short moment longer than a TNG Handphaser.
     
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  12. Kor

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    As Kivas Fajo described the Varon-T disruptor, "It's vicious. It tears a body apart, inside out, and very slowly too by your phaser standards. It's tortuous. A very, very painful death" (as transcribed at chakoteya.net). Comparing the scene to other disintegrations, it does seem take a longer amount of time from the moment when Fajo pulls the trigger until the victim disappears.

    Kor
     
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  13. fireproof78

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    It's not the time; it's the mileage. It's designed to inflict pain as you are being disintegrated. Not just kill you; hurt you as you die. Cruelty in handheld form.
     
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    It starts by giving you ingrown toenails, and it only gets worse from there!
     
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  15. shapeshifter

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    I would liken pain from a phaser hit on a scale of 1 and up as a 1 being... a 9 volt battery just to get your attention, to a disintegration. (Capt. Terral)

    In between I think they would feel like increasingly strong electric jolts. Highest I have felt is 110 so I can imagine 240 - 480 - 960 as voltages I would not want to :censored: around with.
     
  16. Mister Spock

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    I'm sure it smarts a bit.
     
  17. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

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    Maybe.
     
  18. at Quark's

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    True, but we'll have to take into account that Quark is a whiny little creature. Moreover, he was trying to get a rub from Natina at that point (and possibly more).

    That said, these phasers deliver an energy blast to your body so it probably really isn't a pleasant felling, even on low settings.
     
  19. fireproof78

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    This topic reminds me of Down Periscope:
     
  20. 137th Gebirg

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    I suspect that, as far as Fed weapons are concerned, the "kinetic stun" that Kirk used to blast the Klingon guards 20 feet in the air on Genesis in TSFS would probably hurt more than any other kind of stun. As for kill settings, who knows? Has anyone ever canonically survived being shot by "kill" to say "that REALLY fucking hurt!!"? :D
     
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