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23rd Sep '17 6:26:36 AM Sonofstranger
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', we see Jack slicing through heavily-armored robots and mercenaries with ease, making it likely that the armorers of Aku's evil future make people's armor out of aluminum foil out of spite. Jack himself dons a full set of plate mail after the TimeSkip, and it gets disintegrated within the first minute of him facing the [[AmazonBrigade Daughters of Aku]].
20th Sep '17 4:30:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Lampshaded in the season 2 episode [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike "Stealth Strike"]], when Rex headbutts a Stormtrooper into submission, then comments that the Stormtrooper armor really does seem useless. The rule of thumb seems to be that practical armor (Kallus' ISB armor, Sabine's Mandalorian armor, Rex's Clone Wars armor) is far from useless, but the cheap, mass-produced armor the Stormtroopers wear is, as they're too expendable to waste decent armor on.

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** Lampshaded in the season 2 episode [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike "Stealth Strike"]], when Rex headbutts a Stormtrooper into submission, then comments that the Stormtrooper armor really does seem useless. The rule of thumb seems to be that practical armor (Kallus' ISB armor, Sabine's Mandalorian armor, Rex's Clone Wars armor) is far from useless, but the cheap, mass-produced armor the Stormtroopers wear is, as they're too expendable to waste decent armor on. Rex also says that his own first-generation armor is better than what later marks of clones were issued.
15th Sep '17 2:05:39 PM bluntblade
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** In ''Film/RogueOne'', Chirrut Îmwe manages to kick much Stormtrooper ass with ''[[SimpleStaff a staff]]''.

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** In ''Film/RogueOne'', Chirrut Îmwe manages to kick much Stormtrooper ass with ''[[SimpleStaff a staff]]''. On the other hand, it's shown deflecting the Stormtroopers' own rounds.
12th Sep '17 9:00:38 AM TheCuza
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* It can be argued that armour is useless in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' due to the way defenses are calculated. Each damage type has two defensive stats associated with it: a flat damage reduction which is applied first, and a percentage damage reduction which is applied second. Equipping ''anything'' in an armour slot gives the exact same increase to the flat reduction as anything else in the same slot. Heavier armour just increases the percentage reduction. The end result of this is that heavier armour will do better against [[{{BFS}} gigantic weapons that hit really hard]], but against anything smaller than a player character's body, all armour preforms more or less the same. Since wearing heavy armour requires you to put lots of levels into raising equipment load to avoid having your movement crippled, plus the general overpowered-ness of straight swords causing most players you meet to gravitate towards those, means that you're probably better off just putting on some rotten old rags that weigh next to nothing and spending those level-ups on something else.
10th Sep '17 3:58:48 AM AgentTasmania
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* In ''VideoGame/Paladins'' Fernando and Ash wear immense suits of armour that give them their huge tank health pools. The other frontlines have similar character design justifications for their health, such as being a stone-skinned giantess or an enormous tortoise.


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* Averted in [[Paladins]]. Fernando and Ash wear immense suits of armour that give them their huge tank health pools. The other frontlines have similar character design justifications for their health, such as being a stone-skinned giantess, an enormous tortoise, or a mech. Barrick has the least health of the frontlines due to his much smaller stature but his body armour gives him more than any non-frontline.
10th Sep '17 3:55:01 AM AgentTasmania
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* In ''VideoGame/Paladins'' Fernando and Ash wear immense suits of armour that give them their huge tank health pools. The other frontlines have similar character design justifications for their health, such as being a stone-skinned giantess or an enormous tortoise.
4th Sep '17 6:40:23 PM Peteman
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** This is both played straight and subverted. Ezra's energy slingshot seems to have no effect on Stormtrooper armor, but seemingly everything above a child's makeshift weapon takes them out. In one scene a trooper commented on his weapon being ineffective, and Ezra took him out by throwing fruit at him. Subverted hard in S2 when we see Sabine take two hits to the chest and face ([[AttackReflector by her own blasters no less]]) and is saved by her Mandalorian armor, and Kanan's shoulder armor saves him from losing an arm in the same fight. Subverted again in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E04TheLastBattle "The Last Battle"]] when the group are up against much better shots than they're used to, and Rex takes hits to his chest and head while Ezra takes a hit to the chest, both times being saved by their armor.

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** This is both played straight and subverted. Ezra's energy slingshot seems to have no effect on Stormtrooper armor, but seemingly everything above a child's makeshift weapon takes them out. In one scene a trooper commented on his weapon being ineffective, and Ezra took him out by throwing fruit at him. Subverted hard in S2 when we see Sabine take two hits to the chest and face ([[AttackReflector by her own blasters no less]]) and is saved by her Mandalorian armor, and Kanan's shoulder armor saves him from losing an arm in the same fight. Subverted again in [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E04TheLastBattle "The Last Battle"]] when the group are up against much better shots than they're used to, and Rex takes hits to his chest and head while Ezra takes a hit to the chest, both times being saved by their armor.
3rd Sep '17 12:22:42 PM Peteman
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** [[AvertedTrope Averted, so hard]], with Orange Lantern, who wears high grade body armor under his Ring-generated armor, which wound up saving his life. He also [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Robin and Kid Flash have Kevlar incorporated in their costumes, and later convinces Kaldur to wear Ocean Master's armor in battle after he claimed it as spoils of war, and arranged for Artemis and Zatanna to acquire proper armor of their own. And Kon, despite the whole "near-invulnerable kryptonian" thing, received a set of armor with Nth metal in the Paragon timeline, increasing his durability and allowing him the power of flight. In Renegade, Kon has Apokolipitian armor despite being [[spoiler: full Kryptonian.]] On top of all that, when stealth goes out the window, one of the first thing OL usually does is cover the entire team in Construct-armor. So far only [[VoluntaryShapeshifting M'gann]] is the only one he hasn't convinced to wear extra plating in the field, and that's more of her powerset not being suitable for it than anything else.

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted, so hard]], Averted]], with Orange Lantern, who wears high grade body armor under his Ring-generated armor, which wound up saving his life. He also [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that Robin and Kid Flash have Kevlar incorporated in their costumes, and later convinces Kaldur to wear Ocean Master's armor in battle after he claimed it as spoils of war, and arranged for Artemis and Zatanna to acquire proper armor of their own. And Kon, despite the whole "near-invulnerable kryptonian" thing, received a set of armor with Nth metal in the Paragon timeline, increasing his durability and allowing him the power of flight. In Renegade, Kon has Apokolipitian armor despite being [[spoiler: full Kryptonian.]] On top of all that, when stealth goes out the window, one of the first thing OL usually does is cover the entire team in Construct-armor. So far only [[VoluntaryShapeshifting M'gann]] is the only one he hasn't convinced to wear extra plating in the field, and that's more of her powerset not being suitable for it than anything else.
29th Aug '17 9:19:58 AM CosmicFerret
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* ''Franchise/MetalGear Online'' lets you customize your player characters, where you have the option of giving him/her combat armor or helmets, but these are merely aesthetic accessories, and have no effect on how much damage you take. You still take as much damage as shirtless male characters or bikini-clad female characters.

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear Online'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearOnline'' lets you customize your player characters, where you have the option of giving him/her combat armor or helmets, but these are merely aesthetic accessories, and have no effect on how much damage you take. You still take as much damage as shirtless male characters or bikini-clad female characters.
20th Aug '17 6:59:51 PM Hobbie
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** Played with when it comes to player Warframes. Most have pitiful to moderate armor values and don't need any higher, as the primary defenses of most Warframes are shields. Not so for [[TheJuggernaut Rhino]], [[GoodOldFisticuffs Atlas]], and [[TheBerserker Valkyr]]. Rhino's [[CompleteInvulnerability Iron Skin]] multiplies his existing armor value which is already high and adds it as a layer of extra health, Atlas's power strength increases proportionally to his armor level, and Valkyr's armor without mods or powers is a flat 600. Compare that to Excalibur, the poster-boy, at 225.

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** Played with when it comes to player Warframes. Most have pitiful to moderate armor values and don't need any higher, as the primary defenses of most Warframes are shields. Not so for [[TheJuggernaut Rhino]], [[GoodOldFisticuffs Atlas]], and [[TheBerserker Valkyr]]. Rhino's [[CompleteInvulnerability [[InstantArmor Iron Skin]] multiplies his existing armor value which is already high and adds it as a layer of extra health, Atlas's power strength increases proportionally to his armor level, and Valkyr's armor without mods or powers is a flat 600. Compare that to Excalibur, the poster-boy, at 225.
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