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7th May '17 11:59:05 AM HawtDawg87
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* in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'', the two protagonists exemplify the Steamroller and the Sniper, respectively. Io Flemming is an adrenaline junkie, Jazz-obsessed BloodKnight whose job is to charge headfirst into a Zeon occupied debris field. Meanwhile, Darryl Lorentz is an amputee who starts the story in an obsolete and barely mobile Zaku-I manning a mounted cannon, and yet stays calm as a cucumber as he plays soothing pop music.

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*** In his last ever sortie (the penultimate episode of Season 2), he switches to a Steamroller style, disabling enemy MS (and one Halfbeaks-class ship) left and right.
**By the time season 2 comes around, Vidar [[spoiler:who is actually Gaelio Bauduin under a mask]] is a Plugger, using his Gundam's increased mobility [[spoiler:which, thanks to his newly installed AV Type E system, he can take full advantage of without any of the drawbacks]] (and sub-arm-mounted shields later on) to deflect and evade any and all enemy attacks. Hell, he gave Mikazuki a hard time while fighting him. When the boy who destroyed the mobile armor Hashmal singlehandedly can barely land a good hit on you, yep. You're pretty much an ace.
* in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'', the two protagonists exemplify the Steamroller and the Sniper, respectively. Io Flemming is an adrenaline junkie, Jazz-obsessed BloodKnight whose job is to charge headfirst into a Zeon occupied debris field. Meanwhile, Darryl Lorentz Daryl Lorenz is an amputee who starts the story in an obsolete and barely mobile Zaku-I Zaku II manning a mounted cannon, and yet stays calm as a cucumber as he plays soothing pop music.
4th May '17 2:59:14 PM RockRaider
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* Sally Skunk from ''Webcomic/SilentSillies'' is one in the "Mavericks and Mummies" story.
7th Apr '17 7:59:14 AM SullenFrog
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* Several of the ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}''s [[AMechByAnyOtherName Ryder]] pilots might qualify, but Asaga Oakrun is the only one explicitly referred to as an AcePilot in-universe. Shes the Steamroller type, piloting a Ryder that is basically [[WalkingArmory nothing but guns and a pair of swords]], and can easily take on anything that comes her way.
** Icari Isidolde is the Bushwhacker type, as her Ryder is a FragileSpeedster that excels at taking out enemy Ryders but cant do much against ships. She relies on her overwhelming speed and stealth capabilities to get in, cut her target to pieces, and get out before their friends can retaliate.
** Sola di Ryuvia is the Sniper type, and she has an actual sniper rifle as her weapon of choice. She can only make one shot per turn, but that one shot is usually strong enough to take out most mechs and seriously damage enemy capital ships if not destroy them outright.
** Kryska Stares is the Plugger type, as her primary role in battle is to [[PracticalTaunt provoke]] enemies into attacking her [[MightyGlacier slow and heavily-armoured Ryder]] instead of the more fragile members of your team. And since said Ryder is armed with battleship-grade weapons, she can give just as good as she gets.
1st Apr '17 1:01:36 AM Orangutanz
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* ''VideoGame/TitanFall and VideoGame/TitanFall2'': Pilots, who control the titular [[Main/MiniMecha Titans]], and are the Main/PlayerCharacter for every player. On foot, every wall becomes a flank route for them, and they fly by faster than you can set eyes on them. And then, armed with weaponry, become super soldiers overdosed on caffeine. And their skills onfoot do not compare to their skills in the cockpit of a Titan.

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* ''VideoGame/TitanFall and VideoGame/TitanFall2'': Pilots, who control the titular [[Main/MiniMecha Titans]], and are the Main/PlayerCharacter for every player.Main/PlayerCharacter. On foot, every wall becomes a flank route for them, and they fly by faster than you can set eyes on them. And then, armed with weaponry, become super soldiers overdosed on caffeine. And their skills onfoot do not compare to their skills in the cockpit of a Titan.
1st Apr '17 12:58:00 AM Orangutanz
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* ''VideoGame/TitanFall and VideoGame/TitanFall2'': Pilots, who control the titular [[Main/MiniMecha Titans]], and are the Main/PlayerCharacter for every player. On foot, every wall becomes a flank route for them, and they fly by faster than you can set eyes on them. And then, armed with weaponry, become super soldiers overdosed on caffeine. And their skills onfoot do not compare to their skills in the cockpit of a Titan.
29th Mar '17 8:19:13 AM Rotpar
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* In ''{{Literature/Banco}}'', Papillon teams up with a pilot named Carotte. He served in UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 by transporting spies in and out of German-occupied France, sometimes landing his plane with no other visual aid than torches at night. He's a masterful pilot and completely reckless, not afraid of BuzzingTheDeck for his amusement, able to land on sloped beaches with a wing trailing in the water, and finally sets down in the middle of a rough road when they're running low on fuel.
23rd Mar '17 1:59:10 AM Laevatein
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* ''Pluggers''--for want of a better term--are [[StoneWall defensive players]], who manage to stay calm and collected even under continuing attacks from bushwhackers or steamrollers. By continually dodging and deflecting enemy attacks, they can tie up otherwise dangerous foes in time-wasting sparring matches, and may even be able to sneak in the occasional counterattack.

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* ''Pluggers''--for want of a better term--are [[StoneWall defensive players]], who manage to stay calm and collected even under continuing attacks from bushwhackers or steamrollers. By continually dodging and deflecting enemy attacks, they can tie up otherwise dangerous foes in time-wasting sparring matches, and may even be able to sneak in the occasional counterattack.
counterattack. In fiction, this style is typically the province of secondary characters, but there are occasional leads who fit the profile (such as ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' hero Uso Evin).
22nd Mar '17 4:09:23 PM CountDorku
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* The ''Warbirds'' RPG is focused on the player characters being mercenary fighter pilots in a setting where that role is analogous to "rock star who shoots people". Bluntly, if you're not an ace pilot, you're probably an NPC.

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* The ''Warbirds'' RPG is focused on the player characters being mercenary fighter pilots in a setting where that role is analogous to "rock star who shoots people". Bluntly, if you're not an ace a skilled pilot, you're probably an NPC.NPC. In the Guild, anyone with ten dogfighting kills is a "dogfight ace", while ten strafing kills is a "strafing ace"; there are certain plane upgrades you can only take if you've reached this status, and some require you to have fifty in one category (an "Elite Ace") - you get free plane upgrades as your killcount rises, although if it gets shot down you need to start over or drop a lot of money on getting your kite back up to scratch.
18th Mar '17 1:53:05 PM CountDorku
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* In ''TabletopGame/XWingMiniatures'', virtually every single ship has at least one named pilot with unique or at least uncommon talents and a Pilot Skill of 7 or above - people like Luke Skywalker, [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wes Janson, Corran Horn]], [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Juno Eclipse]] and Boba Fett, have Pilot Skill 8. The Aces among Aces, however, are those with Pilot Skill 9. There are only nine characters with Pilot Skill 9: Darth Vader (TIE Advanced), Soontir Fel (TIE Interceptor), "Quickfire" (TIE/SF), Han Solo (YT-1300), Wedge Antilles (X-Wing), one version of Poe Dameron (T-70 X-Wing), Talonbane Cobra (Kihraxz Fighter), Dengar (Jumpmaster 5000), and Fenn Rau (Protectorate Starfighter). Amusingly enough, since Pilot Skill is used for ActionInitiative, this means that unless he's up against one of the others mentioned, Han is virtually guaranteed to [[MemeticMutation shoot first]]. In terms of the piloting styles, jouster lists lean towards Steamrollers (flying right down the opponent's throat and shooting them to death) with the occasional Sniper, arc-dodger lists favour Bushwhackers (jinking around enemy fire arcs and refusing to take a hit in return), and turret lists like big, durable Pluggers (soaking up arc-dodger damage output while shooting their guns in all directions).

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* In ''TabletopGame/XWingMiniatures'', virtually every single ship has at least one named pilot with unique or at least uncommon talents and a Pilot Skill of 7 or above - people like Luke Skywalker, [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Wes Janson, Corran Horn]], [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Juno Eclipse]] and Boba Fett, have Pilot Skill 8. The Aces among Aces, however, are those with Pilot Skill 9. There are only nine characters with Pilot Skill 9: Darth Vader (TIE Advanced), Soontir Fel (TIE Interceptor), "Quickfire" "Quickdraw" (TIE/SF), Han Solo (YT-1300), (YT-1300 - and has two cards with different talents), Wedge Antilles (X-Wing), one version of Poe Dameron (T-70 X-Wing), Talonbane Cobra (Kihraxz Fighter), Dengar (Jumpmaster 5000), and Fenn Rau (Protectorate Starfighter). Amusingly enough, since Pilot Skill is used for ActionInitiative, this means that unless he's up against one of the others mentioned, Han is virtually guaranteed to [[MemeticMutation shoot first]]. In terms of the piloting styles, jouster lists lean towards Steamrollers (flying right down the opponent's throat and shooting them to death) with the occasional Sniper, rip enemy ships apart as quickly as possible, arc-dodger lists favour Bushwhackers (jinking around to evade enemy lines of fire arcs and refusing to take a hit in return), [[CherryTapping slowly wear down enemies who can't actually respond]], and turret lists like big, durable Pluggers (soaking who can soak up arc-dodger arc-dodgers' low damage output while shooting their guns and don't really care much about fire arcs. Most of the above aces are Steamrollers who specialise in all directions).dealing lots of damage quickly (Vader, Poe, Quickdraw, Dengar, Talonbane Cobra and Wedge); Han is a Plugger with some useful tricks first and foremost, Soontir is a Bushwhacker, and Fenn Rau can either fight like a Bushwhacker or Steamroller depending on how you fly him (although Bushwhacking with him tends to keep the pressure off his GlassCannon ship).
* The ''Warbirds'' RPG is focused on the player characters being mercenary fighter pilots in a setting where that role is analogous to "rock star who shoots people". Bluntly, if you're not an ace pilot, you're probably an NPC.
11th Mar '17 6:06:45 AM EDP
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* Lord Richard Quackett from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse is implied to be one, having flown in WorldWarI-as a balloon buster (see below in the Real Life section) and lived to tell.
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