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13th Feb '17 6:56:40 AM morane
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An Ace Custom is a piece of technology--a HumongousMecha, SpaceFighter, a [[WeaponOfChoice particular weapon]],or similar-- which differs from the normal model because it has tweaks in order to better fit its user. Said users are typically {{Ace Pilot}}s, and their equipment is customized to their specifications--thus, ace custom. The extensiveness of this customization varies widely, from simply giving it a [[DistinctiveAppearances new paint job]] to actually having a completely unique machine built from scratch. Closely related to the SuperPrototype, an ace custom will usually be significantly more powerful than a standard model.

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An Ace Custom is a piece of technology--a HumongousMecha, SpaceFighter, a [[WeaponOfChoice particular weapon]],or similar-- which differs from the normal model because it has tweaks in order to better fit its user. Said users are typically {{Ace Pilot}}s, and their equipment is customized to their specifications--thus, ace custom. The extensiveness of this customization varies widely, from simply giving it a [[DistinctiveAppearances new paint job]] or NoseArt to actually having a completely unique machine built from scratch. Closely related to the SuperPrototype, an ace custom will usually be significantly more powerful than a standard model.
8th Jan '17 9:41:38 AM nombretomado
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* [[IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]: Played with. Warjacks themselves may begin to develop skills and personalities overtime, becoming an "ace", with the commander customizing it to better make use of its own skill.

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* [[IronKingdoms [[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]: Played with. Warjacks themselves may begin to develop skills and personalities overtime, becoming an "ace", with the commander customizing it to better make use of its own skill.
5th Jan '17 7:55:30 PM EmmaHarrow
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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' plays it several ways. Any weapon can be souped with a number of mods that are reflected with cosmetic changes. Legendary weapons are weapons with rare intrinsic modifiers than can't be crafted, which aren't reflected in appearance. However, some legendary weapons are actually regular weapons with legendary, one-of-a-kind mods that ''''do'''' change appearance, like Kremvh's tooth, a machete of eldritch nature with a misshapen blade that can be removed and added to another machete, even a legendary one, and Lorenzo's Artifact, a gamma gun with a unique muzzle piece. Then there are some legendary weapons that have a unique appearance, like Atom's Judgement, a super-sledge with several bottles of radioactive material rigged to the head. And then there are weapons like the silver machine gun, which is just a tommy gun with a one of a kind silver-finish.
22nd Dec '16 4:36:58 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' [[RuleOfThree has three kinds]] of this, depending on the faction that built it; Grineer Wraiths, Corpus Vandals, and Tenno Primes. Grineer and Vandal customs are limited to gifts for reaching certain point levels during events, making them LostForever if you fail to get them before the event ended, while Tenno customs require ItemCrafting.

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* ''Videogame/{{Warframe}}'' [[RuleOfThree has three kinds]] of this, depending on the faction that built it; Grineer Wraiths, Corpus Vandals, and Tenno Primes. Grineer and Vandal customs are limited to gifts for reaching certain point levels during events, making them LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent lost forever]] if you fail to get them before the event ended, while Tenno customs require ItemCrafting.
16th Nov '16 3:17:31 PM Kadorhal
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** Even the more-realistic ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' manages this, typically because of the realism. The normal mobile suits used by the good guys are made out of spare parts from the original series' Gundam, meaning repairs are difficult at best and simply trying to keep the things functioning results in custom units for each pilot. A particular example is Shiro's "[=Ez8=]" unit late in the series, which was a drastic overhaul of his Gundam in a nightmareish attempt to fix it after it got trashed, but nevertheless managed slightly better performance than the standard models because, with the removal of some fixed weapons, there was room to improve the performance of its reactor.
** Given a weird cross with MookMobile in the expanded universe material regarding Mobile Suit Gundam's Gelgoog. While built as a mass-production unit, it was also designed in close cooperation with several Zeon aces whose advice molded the suit's ergonomics and controls. The result was a monstrously effective suit in the hands of an ace, but one that novices and even regular pilots found overwhelming and impossible to use at anything like its full performance.
** Naturally, this shows up in abundance in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans.'' Most of Tekkadan's mobile suits are customized versions of captured enemy units, some of which were [[UpToEleven already customized to begin with]]. Of particular note is the [[WhatAPieceOfJunk Ryusei-Go]]; with its [[RealMenWearPink salmon-pink]] paint job and shark motif, the only way you'd be able to tell that it used to be a lowly mass-production [[MookMobile Graze]] is reading the engine's energy signature. For Gjallarhorn otherwise, they have the EB-05s Schwalbe Graze, which is a SuperPrototype itself in contrast to the standard EB-06 Graze. And then there is Graze Ein, which is [[spoiler: ''[[ManInTheMachine the pilot himself]]'' becoming ''the'' AceCustom.]]

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** Even the more-realistic ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' manages this, typically because of the realism. The normal mobile suits used by the good guys are made out of spare parts from the original series' Gundam, meaning repairs are difficult at best and simply trying to keep the things functioning results in custom units for each pilot. A particular example is Shiro's "[=Ez8=]" unit late in the series, which was a drastic overhaul of his Gundam in a nightmareish attempt to fix it after it got trashed, but nevertheless managed slightly better performance than the standard models because, with the removal of some fixed weapons, there was room to improve the performance of its reactor.
reactor. Then there's Karen's "GM Head" Gundam, made because the original head was knocked off in an ambush and the easiest way to get it back into the fight was sticking a spare head from a ground-type GM onto it.
** Given a weird cross with MookMobile in the expanded universe material regarding Mobile Suit Gundam's the original anime's Gelgoog. While built as a mass-production unit, it was also designed in close cooperation with several Zeon aces whose advice molded the suit's ergonomics and controls. The result was a mobile suit that was monstrously effective suit in the hands of an ace, but one that which novices and even regular pilots found overwhelming and impossible to use at anything like its full performance.
** Naturally, this shows up in abundance in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans.'' Most of Tekkadan's mobile suits are customized versions of captured enemy units, some of which were [[UpToEleven already customized to begin with]]. Of particular note is the [[WhatAPieceOfJunk Ryusei-Go]]; with its [[RealMenWearPink salmon-pink]] paint job and shark motif, the only way you'd be able to tell that it used to be a lowly mass-production [[MookMobile Graze]] is reading the engine's energy signature. For Gjallarhorn otherwise, they have the EB-05s Schwalbe Graze, which is a SuperPrototype itself in contrast to the standard EB-06 Graze. And then there is Graze Ein, which is [[spoiler: ''[[ManInTheMachine the pilot himself]]'' becoming ''the'' AceCustom.Ace Custom.]]



** In some of the games, particularly ''Infinity'', you can do this yourself with various parts you can customize your plane with, and occasional paint jobs from random drops.

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** In some of the games, particularly ''Infinity'', you can do this yourself with various parts you can customize your plane with, and occasional paint jobs from random drops. There are likewise special planes, frequently modeled after those flown by notable characters from previous games or noteworthy paint schemes from the real world, which usually have higher base performance than the standard version alongside the unique paint scheme and more space for custom parts to make it even better.



* Jetstream Sam from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRising'', being the only (mostly) human enemy in the game, not only has a custom blade [[AppliedPhlebotinum that can cut through nanomachine-based armor]], but also a mechanical sheath for it that ejects the blade at high speeds, allowing him to draw (and, by extension, strike) fast enough to match the speed of the near completely robotic Winds of Destruction. He barely even needs it to [[JustForPun disarm]] Raiden at the beginning of the game.

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* Jetstream Sam from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRising'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', being the only (mostly) human enemy in the game, not only has a custom blade [[AppliedPhlebotinum that can cut through nanomachine-based armor]], armor]],[[note]]His sword is noted in particular to be one of the best high-frequency blades in existence at the time of the game, specifically because it's been converted from an existing, high-quality sword, rather than the sort of mass-produced things that Raiden in the prologue or the various other mooks across the game use[[/note]] but also a mechanical sheath for it that ejects the blade at high speeds, allowing him to draw (and, by extension, strike) fast enough to match the speed of the near completely robotic Winds of Destruction. He barely even needs it to [[JustForPun disarm]] Raiden at the beginning of the game.
13th Oct '16 1:36:52 PM CountDorku
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* This is one of two reasons why Title upgrades exist in ''TabletopGame/XWingMiniatures''. Any Title card with a dot (marking a unique upgrade rather than one you can bring multiple copies of) represents a ship that's been customised by its owner. Rules-wise you don't have to equip the Title to the named pilot, and on the tiny number of ships with multiple unique Titles you can even do weird stuff like have Boba Fett and Emon Azzameen show up flying each other's Firesprays, but the modifications are generally associated with the pilot they're thematically linked to - ''Andrasta'' ties into its pilot's bomb-heavy focus, while Poe Dameron's ''Black One'' combos with both his squadron leader status and the barrel rolls his astromech, BB-8, lets him do.
13th Oct '16 3:47:05 AM Morbuss
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' introduces gear seen in the original trilogy that is in either an unmodified or base form, or things that have never been seen before. The TIE Advanced prototype, used by Inquisitors, as well as Vader's TIE Advanced x1; the TIE Bomber and Interceptor, Ezra's hybrid saber-blaster, the Inquisitor Lightsaber (a spinning saberstaff), and the prototype B-Wing fighter.
** Its previous series, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' introduced a new lightsaber to the mix - the Darksaber: a black cored saber modelled after a katana, complete with diagonal edge and flattened blade.
1st Sep '16 2:06:45 PM EDP
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* Admirals on both sides in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' get ace custom flagships, which tend to be slightly more powerful than their factions' regular fleet ships and serve as Ships of the Line in their {{Standard Sci Fi Fleet}}s.

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* Admirals Played with in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': admirals on both sides in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' get ace custom flagships, which tend to be slightly more powerful than their factions' regular fleet ships and serve as Ships of the Line in their {{Standard Sci Fi Fleet}}s.Fleet}}s, but where Imperial flagships are indeed one-off ships [[SuperPrototype that often include new technology]] (through a few models have indeed a limited production), Alliance ones are mass-produced battleships of models made specifically for the job, with only the ''Triglav'' and the ''Leda II'' being unique due being [[SuperPrototype the first ones of new advanced classes that end up never being mass-produced]].
11th Aug '16 9:04:33 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', the TSAB's mooks use relatively standardized Storage Devices (spear-like ones for the melee-oriented Belkan style and staves for the range-oriented Mid-Childian style), but their elites are granted much rarer [[EmpathicWeapon Intelligent Devices]] with more sophisticated AIs and forms tailored to their areas of specialization.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', the TSAB's mooks use relatively standardized Storage Devices (spear-like ones for the melee-oriented Belkan style and staves for the range-oriented Mid-Childian style), but their elites are granted much rarer [[EmpathicWeapon Intelligent Devices]] with more sophisticated AIs and forms tailored to their areas of specialization.
26th Jul '16 10:09:59 AM Willbyr
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* The main girls of ''InfiniteStratos'' have their [[PoweredArmor IS Suits]] customized to their fighting style, but they sometimes border on limited-production models, or outright {{Super Prototype}}s (Houki's ''Akatsubaki'' being the latter). Only Charlotte's ''Rafale Revive Custom II'' qualifies squarely for the trope, as it is based on a technically obsolete, 2nd-generation frame (everyone else's suits are 3rd-generation); she has added several modifications (such as being able to dual-wield guns and being able to store and summon more weapons) and had it repainted orange (in contrast to the green on the frame which it was based on), which comes as a great surprise to her opponents (much like her true gender initially being a secret).

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* The main girls of ''InfiniteStratos'' ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' have their [[PoweredArmor IS Suits]] customized to their fighting style, but they sometimes border on limited-production models, or outright {{Super Prototype}}s (Houki's ''Akatsubaki'' being the latter). Only Charlotte's ''Rafale Revive Custom II'' qualifies squarely for the trope, as it is based on a technically obsolete, 2nd-generation frame (everyone else's suits are 3rd-generation); she has added several modifications (such as being able to dual-wield guns and being able to store and summon more weapons) and had it repainted orange (in contrast to the green on the frame which it was based on), which comes as a great surprise to her opponents (much like her true gender initially being a secret).
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