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The BFG (short for Big Fucking Gun_) is a fictional plasma weapon featured in a wide range of first-person shooter video games, most notably in the Doom and "_Quake": series. Since making its first appearance in 1993, the weapon has spawned a number of reiterations in other games under the fan given nickname "Big Fucking Gun," as well as a growing collection of fan-made replicas modeled after the original design. In the Doom motion picture, characters say the initialism stands for "Bio Force Gun."


The weapon made its first appearance in the 1993 first person shooter game Doom, which was designed by Tom Hall. In the game, the BFG or BFG9000 is described as a high-energy weapon that fires balls of green plasma. The weapon has the capability to clear entire rooms of enemies and a direct hit would usually be an instant kill. The BFG is considered to be strongest weapon in the entire game.

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The weapon has since appeared in other id Software titles such as Doom 64, Doom 3, Doom RPG, Quake 2, and Quake 3.


On August 6th, 2002, Urban Dictionary user Mad Walrus submitted an entry regarding the BFG[1].

TOP DEFINITION bfg Stands for 'Big Fucking Gun'. A powerful weapon in the Doom and Quake series. "Gots my BFG set on 'toastifry.." by Mad Walrus August 06, 2002 1 156

The weapon also made an appearance in the 2005 Doom film where it's called the Bio Force Gun version 3.14. In addition, TV Tropes has an entry regarding the BFG which describes the trope as a personal artillery used by an individual (usually the main hero) which acts as a symbol of power. When held, it is often used to escalate the action where the character acts as a one man army[2]. The BFG has often become subject to top video game weapon lists be several sites such The Escapist[3], 30 Plus Gamer[4], Shack News[5], Games Radar[6], WatchMojo[7] and IGN[8].

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This one scene in the 2005 Doom movie introduces the BFG, under the name Bio Force Gun version 3.14. It is first shown floating in midair over its stand in a containment cell. Sarge (played by Dwayne Johnson) then enters the cell while saying "Big Fucking Gun" under his breath. This references the original name for which BFG stood for. The scene is recognized as one of the more redeeming and comedic qualities of the movie, which has been bashed and criticized by fans of the original games.

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The spike in 2012 is related to the release of the remastered version of Doom titled Doom 3: BFG Edition.

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