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28th Aug '17 6:54:54 AM Valathreon
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* ''VideoGame/PlanetSide'' has the Vanu Sovereignty using the Magrider as their main battle tank. While it lacks the durability of the Prowler and Vanguard, its lack of treads allows the tank to strafe sideways, making them harder to hit at range.
21st May '17 7:18:31 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'' has an alien Hover Tank that can be acquired early in the game.

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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'' has an alien Hover Tank called "Destructor" that can be acquired early in the game.game. The Third Street Saints later get their own and [[TheSmartGuy Kinsie]] makes an upgraded on for the "Batteries Not Included" mission. Destructors are also used in the "Tank Mayhem" missions to cause as much property damage as possible in a set time limit.
16th Apr '17 5:41:49 PM Getta
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Powered by AppliedPhlebotinum, Hover Tanks are the go-to RuleOfCool war machine. They usually hover inexplicably only a few feet off the ground, often [[MidairBobbing bobbing slightly]]. Many may have a variety of AntiGravity drive, rather than air-powered thrust like real-world hovercraft. They may also [[TransformingVehicles turn from a hover tank to a normal tank and back again]], possibly in a similar way to HubcapHovercraft. Oddly enough, even when a Hover Tank ''can'' float/fly high off the ground, it's usually still built like a ground tank, with its turret and weapons all only covering the top of the vehicle.

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Powered by AppliedPhlebotinum, Hover Tanks are the go-to RuleOfCool war machine. They usually hover inexplicably only a few feet off the ground, often [[MidairBobbing bobbing slightly]]. Many may have a variety of AntiGravity drive, rather than air-powered thrust like real-world hovercraft. They may also [[TransformingVehicles [[TransformingVehicle turn from a hover tank to a normal tank and back again]], possibly in a similar way to HubcapHovercraft. Oddly enough, even when a Hover Tank ''can'' float/fly high off the ground, it's usually still built like a ground tank, with its turret and weapons all only covering the top of the vehicle.
16th Apr '17 5:35:19 PM Getta
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Powered by AppliedPhlebotinum, Hover Tanks are the go-to RuleOfCool war machine. They usually hover inexplicably only a few feet off the ground, often [[MidairBobbing bobbing slightly]]. Many may have a variety of AntiGravity drive, rather than air-powered thrust like real-world hovercraft. Oddly enough, even when a Hover Tank ''can'' float/fly high off the ground, it's usually still built like a ground tank, with its turret and weapons all only covering the top of the vehicle.

Hover Tanks would be utterly [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]] using real world technology, as they would burn a lot of fuel just to stay up and yet wouldn't clear most terrain obstacles. They would burn more fuel just counteracting recoil. The amount of armor and equipment they could carry would also be severely limited. Of course, all that usually [[HandWave doesn't matter]] in fiction, though some settings do restrict hovertanks to lighter designs. Though that still leaves the tank [[MissingBackblast ramming itself into the ground]] every time it fires.

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Powered by AppliedPhlebotinum, Hover Tanks are the go-to RuleOfCool war machine. They usually hover inexplicably only a few feet off the ground, often [[MidairBobbing bobbing slightly]]. Many may have a variety of AntiGravity drive, rather than air-powered thrust like real-world hovercraft. They may also [[TransformingVehicles turn from a hover tank to a normal tank and back again]], possibly in a similar way to HubcapHovercraft. Oddly enough, even when a Hover Tank ''can'' float/fly high off the ground, it's usually still built like a ground tank, with its turret and weapons all only covering the top of the vehicle.

Hover Tanks would be utterly [[AwesomeButImpractical impractical]] using real world technology, as they would burn a lot of fuel just to stay up and yet wouldn't clear most terrain obstacles. They would burn more fuel just for counteracting recoil. The amount of armor and equipment they could carry would also be severely limited. Of course, all that usually [[HandWave doesn't matter]] in fiction, though some settings do restrict hovertanks to lighter designs. Though that still leaves the tank [[MissingBackblast ramming itself into the ground]] every time it fires.
25th Feb '17 4:29:44 PM nombretomado
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* The "Air Balleles" (probably a corruption of Barrel, from the AlternateHistory name for tanks used in the works of Creator/HarryTurtledove) of ''TheFiveStarStories''. They are actually capable of genuine flight, but prefer to stay close to the ground and generally behave like real tanks to avoid enemy anti-air fire.

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* The "Air Balleles" (probably a corruption of Barrel, from the AlternateHistory name for tanks used in the works of Creator/HarryTurtledove) of ''TheFiveStarStories''.''Manga/TheFiveStarStories''. They are actually capable of genuine flight, but prefer to stay close to the ground and generally behave like real tanks to avoid enemy anti-air fire.
1st Jan '17 5:35:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The N64 game ''BattleTanx'' had hover tanks called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hover Tanks]], which were basically Abrams with turbines and a flat bottom. Though a bit squirrely to control, they could strafe sideways while firing, float over mines without problems, and pick up an impressive amount of speed for ramming other players.

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* The N64 game ''BattleTanx'' ''VideoGame/BattleTanx'' had hover tanks called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Hover Tanks]], which were basically Abrams with turbines and a flat bottom. Though a bit squirrely to control, they could strafe sideways while firing, float over mines without problems, and pick up an impressive amount of speed for ramming other players.
3rd Dec '16 4:37:54 AM TomWalpertac2
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* ''Literature/EmpireOfAshes'': The climactic battle of the first book in this trilogy has both the Mutineers under Anu with medium tanks and the Loyalists under Horus with heavy tanks. The tank on tank action ends about as well as one might imagine.
14th Nov '16 10:13:12 AM BattleMaster
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* The hovercraft from ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', which are unique in that they actually use air-cushion based lift, like real-world hovercraft. True to form, they're fast and zip over water with ease; on the other hand, they're lightweights compared to many conventional tanks, limited to fairly open terrain, can only safely move at full speed while traveling in a fairly straight line, and can be easily and rudely grounded by a single lucky shot. That said, their speed gives them a decent chance against Mechs in open combat, while other tanks usually need an ambush. While most hovercraft do have air skirts, some use vectored thrust to stay afloat rather than using skirts, making them look much more like a regular hover tank, such as the Hephaestus or the Epona.

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* The hovercraft from ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', which are unique in that they actually use air-cushion based lift, like real-world hovercraft. True to form, they're fast and zip over water with ease; on the other hand, they're lightweights compared to many conventional tanks, limited to fairly open terrain, can only safely move at full speed while traveling in a fairly straight line, and can be [[FragileSpeedster easily and rudely grounded by a single lucky shot.shot]]. That said, their speed gives them a decent chance against Mechs in open combat, while other tanks usually need an ambush. While most hovercraft do have air skirts, some use vectored thrust to stay afloat rather than using skirts, making them look much more like a regular hover tank, such as the Hephaestus or the Epona.
12th Nov '16 10:29:31 PM direguy
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* ''TabletopGame/HeavyGear'' has Hovertanks as one the main units of the Colonial Expeditionary Force. It hovers by using a turbo fan, but it has jump jets that allow it to jump over obstacles. The CEF arm their tanks with particle cannons which are powerful enough to punch holes through mechs.
12th Aug '16 4:42:06 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In VideoGame/{{Halo}}, the Covenant have the Wraith, a large, bulbous mortar tank that hovers close to the ground and fires massive blasts of plasma. While they have the ability to strafe and are well-armored, they have low clearance and move slowly due to the weight of their armor.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' features the Revenant, similar in design to the Wraith except that it moves much faster at the cost of power and armor.
** ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' features the Marauder, which is sort of a Brute version of the Revenant.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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In VideoGame/{{Halo}}, all games, the Covenant have the Wraith, a large, bulbous mortar tank that hovers close to the ground and fires massive blasts of plasma. While they have the ability to strafe and are well-armored, they have low clearance and move slowly due to the weight of their armor.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' features the Covenant Revenant, similar in design to the Wraith except that it moves much faster at the cost of power and armor.
** ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' features the Banished Marauder, which is sort of a Brute version of the Revenant.
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