History Literature / Bolo

6th Apr '16 7:36:01 PM SithkingZero
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* OhCrap: The Concordiat and the Melconians both have one in the initial stages of the final war. Initially, it's the Melconians who get this, as they underestimated ''exactly'' how advanced human weapons and technology is... only for the humans to get this back full force when they realize that the fleets of Melconians that they've been winning against are just border fleets, and the true, ponderous might of the main Melconian Fleets are just getting warmed up. Both sides' overreactions to this and their fear of the other makes the war far, far worse than it might otherwise have been.
2nd Nov '15 12:35:24 PM FF32
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* BadassArmy: Even just hearing of a Bolo being deployed is enough to make some soldiers [[BringMeMyBrownPants soil their shorts in fear]], especially if one doesn't have a Bolo equivalent of their own handy. Often Bolos are depicted as so overpowering that you wonder why humans still raise and deploy units of infantry and lesser armor at all. Even in the stories when they can be ''relatively'' easily hurt by smaller and cheaper enemy units, thus needing combined arms support to operate at peak efficiency, anything that manages to land a good shot on Bolo is virtually guaranteed to be destroyed by return fire.

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* BadassArmy: Even just hearing of a Bolo being deployed is enough to make some soldiers [[BringMeMyBrownPants [[BringMyBrownPants soil their shorts in fear]], especially if one doesn't have a Bolo equivalent of their own handy. Often Bolos are depicted as so overpowering that you wonder why humans still raise and deploy units of infantry and lesser armor at all. Even in the stories when they can be ''relatively'' easily hurt by smaller and cheaper enemy units, thus needing combined arms support to operate at peak efficiency, anything that manages to land a good shot on Bolo is virtually guaranteed to be destroyed by return fire.
22nd Jul '15 7:23:47 AM HiddenWindshield
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* BizarreAlienPsychology: In one story, the villains are a bunch of reptilian matriarchal BloodKnight aliens that are all about killing anything that have "Kill and Eat!" as a battle cry and will not accept any surrender... especially because apparently they have a very different way of thinking of people surrendering than humans. When the female main character of the book decides to be DefiantToTheEnd and keep on staring into the eyes of a taller alien when she approaches to kill her, the alien is puzzled because ''that'' pose (on your knees, raising your head) [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike means "please kill me" in her language]]... and sees it even odder for the alien that a female did such a thing. This confusion keeps the girl alive long enough for the hero and the Bolos to pull a StormingTheCastle.

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* BizarreAlienPsychology: In one story, the villains are a bunch of reptilian matriarchal BloodKnight aliens that are all about killing anything that have "Kill and Eat!" as a battle cry and will not accept any surrender... especially because apparently they have a very different way of thinking about the concept of people surrendering "surrender" than humans. When the female main character of the book decides to be DefiantToTheEnd and keep on staring into the eyes of a taller alien when she approaches to kill her, the alien is puzzled because ''that'' pose (on your knees, raising your head) [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike means "please kill me" in her language]]... and sees it even odder for the alien that a female did such a thing. This confusion keeps the girl alive long enough for the hero and the Bolos to pull a StormingTheCastle.
30th Jun '15 8:31:48 PM Specialist290
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Every documented case where a Bolo appeared to have turned rogue has thus far simply been the result of the Bolos obeying their mission directives in unanticipated ways, or of extensive battle damage impairing its functions (or both).

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Every documented case where a Bolo appeared to have turned rogue has thus far simply been the result of the Bolos obeying their mission directives in unanticipated ways, or of extensive battle damage impairing its their functions (or both).
30th Jun '15 8:31:33 PM Specialist290
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Every documented case where a Bolo appeared to have turned rogue has thus far simply been the result of the Bolos obeying their mission directives in unanticipated directions or of extensive battle damage impairing its functions (or both).

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Every documented case where a Bolo appeared to have turned rogue has thus far simply been the result of the Bolos obeying their mission directives in unanticipated directions ways, or of extensive battle damage impairing its functions (or both).
30th Jun '15 8:31:10 PM Specialist290
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. Every documented case where a Bolo appeared to have turned rogue has thus far simply been the result of the Bolos obeying their mission directives in unanticipated directions or of extensive battle damage impairing its functions (or both).






30th May '15 2:57:18 AM Malchus
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* WarIsHell: Even Bolos can be affected in the end, with a couple of units becoming so disillusioned with the Final War against the Melconians that they try to [[LoopholeAbuse rule-lawyer their way out of orders,]] demanding to exterminate all Melconian refugees down to the last one.

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* WarIsHell: Even Bolos can be affected in the end, with a couple of units becoming so disillusioned with the Final War against the Melconians that they try to [[LoopholeAbuse rule-lawyer their way out of orders,]] demanding to exterminate orders]] that demand the extermination of all Melconian refugees down to the last one.
19th May '15 10:34:56 PM Fulmir
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* HonorBeforeReason: Bolos picked up a bit of this. In Laumer's short story [[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1439133476/1439133476___2.htm "Field Test",]] the first self-aware Bolo makes a suicide charge OutOfTheInferno that causes the enemy to break and run. When asked why, they expected it to demonstrate some superhuman strategic acumen that its human commanders missed. They're awestruck by it's real reason: "For the honor of the regiment."[[note]]Specifically, the 20th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, a unit whose history dates back to the American Civil War, to which the Bolo was assigned[[/note]] This has since become the catch phrase of the Bolos.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Bolos picked up a bit of this. In Laumer's short story [[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1439133476/1439133476___2.htm "Field Test",]] the first self-aware Bolo makes a suicide charge OutOfTheInferno that causes the enemy to break and run. When asked why, they expected it to demonstrate some superhuman strategic acumen that its human commanders missed. They're awestruck by it's real reason: "For the honor of the regiment."[[note]]Specifically, the 20th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, a unit whose history dates back to the American Civil War, to which the Bolo was assigned[[/note]] assigned. It attacked because the unit had never before retreated and it determined that for it to do so would be dishonorable.[[/note]] This has since become the catch phrase of the Bolos.
30th Apr '15 9:01:25 AM Chronic5
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** But when the situation degrades far enough that it comes down to nukes, it comes down hard, with even infantry support weapons lobbing tactical nuclear weapons like there is no tomorrow, and [[MacrossMissileMassacre gigantic barrages of hypersonic nuclear missiles]] in Bolo battles.

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** But when the situation degrades far enough that it comes down to nukes, it comes down hard, with even infantry support weapons lobbing tactical nuclear weapons nukes like there is no tomorrow, and [[MacrossMissileMassacre gigantic barrages of hypersonic nuclear missiles]] in Bolo battles.
7th Apr '15 5:16:36 PM anthMan
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In one story, there's an attack on a human outpost where aliens invade at the site of a previous battle, and a [[RetiredBadass Bolo tank is a museum piece]] that ''literally breaks out of the museum that was built around it''. It attacks the aliens and even after suffering huge amounts of damage still manages to defeat the enemy..
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