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21st Jun '17 10:14:55 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Redguards fit this role out of the [[HumansAreWarriors races of Men]]. Of the races of Men, they typically have the greatest natural athleticism and a preference for lighter armors which allow them to keep this advantage (and are simply more practical in their desert homeland). They are, however, typically more "fragile" physically than [[HumansAreAverage Imperials]] or [[HornyVikings Nords]] and are certainly more "fragile" magically than the [[AntiMagic Bretons]]. Those who [[MasterSwordsman excel exceptionally in swordsmanship]], their favored cultural weapon, can add the punch of a GlassCannon as well, essentially making them 2/3 of a physical Lightning Bruiser.
20th Jun '17 7:47:43 PM Gargoyle_Kid
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The Fragile Speedster is fast. If you blink, he's not there anymore. He appears, strikes, and vanishes in the blink of an eye. Nine times out of ten, his occupation is a [[LoveableRogue thief]], a {{ninja}}, or some other type of TheSneakyGuy or [[TokenGirl a]] [[SheFu girl.]]

Still, being fast has its downsides -- what you gain in mobility, you lose in durability. After all, it's hard to keep up that kind of speed when your armor is weighing you down. As a result, the Fragile Speedster is often forced to rely on dodging abilities to avoid getting struck in the first place, and if he does take a hit, down he goes.

A Fragile Speedster often relies on HitAndRunTactics or ConfusionFu to gain an advantage over slower foes. He tends to have a [[SpeedBlitz quick attack speed]] (and thus possibly a [[DeathOfAThousandCuts high]] [[SpamAttack attack rate]]). If the character makes up for a lack of durability by using speed as a way of evading attacks, he may even function similarly to a StoneWall via a tactic referred to as being a "Blink Tank", although overlap with GlassCannon is more common.

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The Fragile Speedster is fast. If you blink, he's they're not there anymore. He appears, strikes, They appear, strike, and vanishes vanish in the blink of an eye. Nine times out of ten, his their occupation is a [[LoveableRogue thief]], a {{ninja}}, or some other type of TheSneakyGuy or [[TokenGirl a]] [[SheFu girl.]]

Still, being fast has its downsides -- what you gain in mobility, you lose in durability. After all, it's hard to keep up that kind of speed when your armor is weighing you down. As a result, the Fragile Speedster is often forced to rely on dodging abilities to avoid getting struck in the first place, and if he does they do take a hit, down he they goes.

A Fragile Speedster often relies on HitAndRunTactics or ConfusionFu to gain an advantage over slower foes. He tends They tend to have a [[SpeedBlitz quick attack speed]] (and thus possibly a [[DeathOfAThousandCuts high]] [[SpamAttack attack rate]]). If the character makes up for a lack of durability by using speed as a way of evading attacks, he they may even function similarly to a StoneWall via a tactic referred to as being a "Blink Tank", although overlap with GlassCannon is more common.
10th Jun '17 8:38:15 AM HighCrate
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** Italian UsefulNotes/WorldWarII warships were designed in a similar way, sacrificing armor for increased speed. [[GenreSavvy As they had seen what had happened to the British battlecruisers, they were designed for a completely different use]]: cruisers would engage the immediately smaller class of enemy warship of the French fleet, matching their speed to chase them down while using their superior firepower to sink them, while destroyers would use their superior speed to either make hit-and-run attacks on convoys in spite of the escorts or try and torpedo enemy battleships while dodging their counterfire that would have quickly crippled or killed a conventionally armored destroyer anyway ([[GenreSavvy battleships, on the other hand, were well armored, as their main job was still engaging enemy battleships]]). [[CripplingOverspecialization While theorically good enough to deal with the French fleet, the more aggressive, versatile and carried-supported Royal Navy was something the Italian Navy could not face]].
* Cruiser tanks. The "cruiser tank" was a British inter-war innovation: an armoured fighting vehicle which would perform the same tasks on land as cruisers at sea, namely scouting, outflanking, harassing the enemy and destroying his logistics. The British went MinMaxing on tanks: they developed [[MightyGlacier heavy, well-armoured but slow]] infantry tanks and fast, light cruiser tanks. Cruiser tanks were light, fast and had excellent range, but they had paper-thin armour and puny QF 2 lb (40 mm) "peashooter" cannon. They were on their own element on open terrain, such as desert, where they could fully employ their mobility, but suffered horribly at close terrain. In 1943 latest the British noticed their doctrine was flawed, and both were eventually replaced by the [[LightningBruiser main battle tank]]. The last cruiser tank, Cromwell, is often considered as the prototype for main battle tank.

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** Italian UsefulNotes/WorldWarII warships were designed in a similar way, sacrificing armor for increased speed. [[GenreSavvy As they had seen what had happened to the British battlecruisers, they were designed for a completely different use]]: use: cruisers would engage the immediately smaller class of enemy warship of the French fleet, matching their speed to chase them down while using their superior firepower to sink them, while destroyers would use their superior speed to either make hit-and-run attacks on convoys in spite of the escorts or try and torpedo enemy battleships while dodging their counterfire that would have quickly crippled or killed a conventionally armored destroyer anyway ([[GenreSavvy battleships, (battleships, on the other hand, were well armored, as their main job was still engaging enemy battleships]]). battleships). [[CripplingOverspecialization While theorically theoretically good enough to deal with the French fleet, the more aggressive, versatile and carried-supported Royal Navy was something the Italian Navy could not face]].
* Cruiser tanks. The "cruiser tank" was a British inter-war innovation: an armoured armored fighting vehicle which would perform the same tasks on land as cruisers at sea, namely scouting, outflanking, harassing the enemy and destroying his logistics. The British went MinMaxing on tanks: they developed [[MightyGlacier heavy, well-armoured well-armored but slow]] slow infantry tanks and fast, light cruiser tanks. Cruiser tanks were light, fast and had excellent range, but they had paper-thin armour armor and puny QF 2 lb (40 mm) "peashooter" cannon. They were on their own element on open terrain, such as desert, where they could fully employ their mobility, but suffered horribly at close terrain. In 1943 latest the British noticed their doctrine was flawed, and both were eventually replaced by the [[LightningBruiser main battle tank]]. The last cruiser tank, Cromwell, is often considered as the prototype for main battle tank.
1st Jun '17 7:32:18 AM MattStriker
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** The british [=DeHavilland=] Mosquito was a light bomber designed from the ground up for speed. Built with an all-wooden airframe which was both lightweight and easy to manufacture (many Mosquito parts were made by small furniture or piano manufacturers throughout the UK rather than in specialized plants that were easier targets for air raids) and maintain, it was for a while the fastest aircraft in the RAF, beating out the famous Spitfire fighter in speed trials. It also had no defensive armament whatsoever and its wooden airframe was highly vulnerable to enemy fire. The Mosquito still had lower loss rates than any other RAF bomber in the war (and one of the lowest loss rates of bombers in the entire war, period) simply because it was an extremely hard target to catch. By the time defending fighters could be vectored in to intercept, the "Mossies" would already have finished their bombing runs and be racing back for home. It also excelled at stealthy low-altitude precision raids and as a target-marking "Pathfinder" aircraft for larger bomber formations. Later variants of the Mosquito would be equipped with steadily heavier armaments, culminating in the FB Mk. XVIII model, designed for hunting submarines and light surface ships and equipped with a ''57mm autoloading anti-tank cannon'', effectively crossing over into [[GlassCannon another trope altogether]].
29th May '17 12:06:41 PM tbszgr
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When targeted by enemy fire, most pilots begin to maneuver, twist and turn, and launch a volley of countermeasures to avoid the incoming projectiles; the Blackbird pilots instead responded by simply accelerating to a point that no aircraft could catch them, no shell could strike them, and no missile could go fast enough to challenge them. Having an especially low (for the time) radar cross section was just overkill. Of course, being an unarmed strategic scout that was not weighed down by weapons helped--it was built to do nothing but fly fast and take pictures[[note]]The SR-71 was originally designed to launch ''drones'', serving as a launch platform for early [=UAVs=], until it was realized that the SR-71 could go ''higher'' than the drones, fly ''faster'', and were much easier to recover.[[/note]], which meant it could specialize in its roles quite well.

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When targeted by enemy fire, most pilots begin to maneuver, twist and turn, and launch a volley of countermeasures to avoid the incoming projectiles; the Blackbird pilots instead responded by simply accelerating to a point that no aircraft could catch them, no shell could strike them, and no missile could go fast enough to challenge them. Having an especially low (for the time) radar cross section was just overkill. Of course, being an unarmed strategic scout that was not weighed down by weapons helped--it was built to do nothing but fly fast and take pictures[[note]]The SR-71 was originally designed to launch ''drones'', serving as a launch platform for early [=UAVs=], until it was realized that the SR-71 could go ''higher'' than the drones, fly ''faster'', and were much easier to recover.[[/note]], which meant it could specialize in its roles quite well. There could have been an interceptor based on the A-12 (a slightly earlier version of the SR-71). Three prototypes were built and 93 were ordered by the Air Force, unfortunately at the time the Vietnam War ate up so much money that the order was never fulfilled.
28th May '17 3:23:55 PM nombretomado
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* WarhammerFantasy: Skinks. They're among the fastest infantry in the game, with a move score of 6 and initiative 4... but their toughness score is so low even elves consider them fragile. Ranked-up units tend to be used for flanking enemies, while the skirmishers tend to run around picking off war machines and chariots in a hail of poisonous blowdarts.

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* WarhammerFantasy: TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy: Skinks. They're among the fastest infantry in the game, with a move score of 6 and initiative 4... but their toughness score is so low even elves consider them fragile. Ranked-up units tend to be used for flanking enemies, while the skirmishers tend to run around picking off war machines and chariots in a hail of poisonous blowdarts.
14th May '17 9:32:26 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' has a number of these:

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has a number of these:
9th May '17 6:13:12 PM HighCrate
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Often overlaps with GlassCannon, creating an archetype that's fast and powerful but can't take a hit. Contrast MightyGlacier, who sacrifices speed for durability and power. Heavy characters can sometimes turn into Fragile Speedsters via ShedArmorGainSpeed. Contrast the LightningBruiser, who is fast and powerful without any loss to durability.

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Often overlaps with GlassCannon, creating an archetype that's fast and powerful but can't take a hit. Contrast MightyGlacier, who sacrifices speed for durability and power.strength. Heavy characters can sometimes turn into Fragile Speedsters via ShedArmorGainSpeed. Contrast the LightningBruiser, who is fast and powerful without any loss to durability.
9th May '17 5:08:27 PM flameclaw0x7
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Often overlaps with GlassCannon, creating an archetype that's fast and powerful but can't take a hit. Contrast MightyGlacier, who sacrifices speed for power. Heavy characters can sometimes turn into Fragile Speedsters via ShedArmorGainSpeed. Contrast the LightningBruiser, who is fast and powerful without any loss to durability.

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Often overlaps with GlassCannon, creating an archetype that's fast and powerful but can't take a hit. Contrast MightyGlacier, who sacrifices speed for durability and power. Heavy characters can sometimes turn into Fragile Speedsters via ShedArmorGainSpeed. Contrast the LightningBruiser, who is fast and powerful without any loss to durability.
5th May '17 3:35:38 PM TwoToTango
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** The same could be said for Thoroughbreds and Greyhounds. Both are the fastest examples of their species, reaching speeds averaging around 40 mph. Pretty outrageous for a horse or dog. However, that speed is usually accomplished in conjunction with skin like tissue paper and bones like a bird's. Just ask anyone who's owned ether of these animals, and they will give you lists of examples of their porcelain-like fragility.

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** The same could be said for Thoroughbreds and Greyhounds. Both are the fastest examples of their species, reaching speeds averaging around 40 mph. Pretty outrageous for a horse or dog. However, that speed is usually accomplished in conjunction with skin like tissue paper and bones like a bird's. Just ask anyone who's owned ether either of these animals, and they will give you lists of examples of their porcelain-like fragility.
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