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19th Apr '16 4:13:46 PM Galacton
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PoweredArmor is nice, but also kind of clunky -- getting through narrow passages can be a pain, and getting out of it in a hurry 'cuz you need to go to the loo is quite troublesome as well. Wouldn't it be much nicer if you could just create a suit out of thin air -- or, alternately, out of whatever raw-materials happen to be handy -- whenever you need one? Well, if you've got PsychicPowers or FunctionalMagic, or just some really nifty gadgets, you can!

Can range in size from PoweredArmor to HumongousMecha. When used by villains, it's generally a form of OneWingedAngel. Note that we're not talking [[MacGyvering [=MacGyvered=]]] PoweredArmor here - rather, the armor is propelled and assembled by supernatural power of some sort, or {{teleport|ation}}ed in/assembled on the spot by {{Nanomachines}}. As a rule of thumb, if it takes more than a couple of minutes to assemble, it does not belong here.

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PoweredArmor is nice, but it's also kind of clunky -- clunky, takes time to put on and take off, and can make getting through narrow passages can be a pain, and quite difficult depending on it's size, plus getting out of it in a hurry 'cuz you need to go to the loo is quite troublesome as well.can be a real pain. Wouldn't it be much nicer if you could just create a suit out of thin air -- or, alternately, out of whatever raw-materials happen to be handy -- whenever you need one? Well, if you've got PsychicPowers or FunctionalMagic, or just some really nifty gadgets, you can!

Can range in size from PoweredArmor to HumongousMecha. When HumongousMecha and can also be used by villains, it's generally as a form type of OneWingedAngel.OneWingedAngel or SuperMode for the character in question. Note that we're not talking [[MacGyvering [=MacGyvered=]]] PoweredArmor here - rather, the armor is propelled and assembled by supernatural power of some sort, or {{teleport|ation}}ed in/assembled on the spot by {{Nanomachines}}. As a rule of thumb, if it takes more than a couple of minutes to assemble, it does not belong here.
26th Feb '16 3:35:30 PM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* The Robes from ''Anime/MaiOtome''. Once their receive authorisation from their Masters an Otome can summon their Robe within the space of a few seconds. The Five Columns don't even have to worry about authorisation.
* The Bio-Booster Armour from ''Manga/{{Guyver}}''. The live-action movies had them erupt from bumps on the protagonists neck from some form of {{Hammerspace}}. The anime and manga just directly summons it from {{Hammerspace}} with a mini SphereOfDestruction that vaporises any enemy foolish enough to get close to you while transforming.

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* The Robes from ''Anime/MaiOtome''. Once their receive authorisation authorization from their Masters an Otome can summon their Robe within the space of a few seconds. The Five Columns don't even have to worry about authorisation.
* The Bio-Booster Armour from ''Manga/{{Guyver}}''. The live-action movies had them erupt from bumps on the protagonists neck from some form of {{Hammerspace}}. The anime and manga just directly summons it from {{Hammerspace}} with a mini SphereOfDestruction that vaporises vaporizes any enemy foolish enough to get close to you while transforming.



* Lots of characters can do this in ''Manga/ZatchBell''. The strongest armour spell seen in the manga can even [[AdaptiveArmor shapeshift]] and grants ''[[JetPack jets]]''.

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* Lots of characters can do this in ''Manga/ZatchBell''. The strongest armour armor spell seen in the manga can even [[AdaptiveArmor shapeshift]] and grants ''[[JetPack jets]]''.



** [[Characters/XMen2000sMembers Armor]] can create magic armour around her body. (Well, DUH...) She would mockingly acknowledge the "duh" factor by wondering what if she called Wolverine, well, "Claw"... or "Stench"...

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** [[Characters/XMen2000sMembers Armor]] can create magic armour armor around her body. (Well, DUH...) She would mockingly acknowledge the "duh" factor by wondering what if she called Wolverine, well, "Claw"... or "Stench"...



** A lot of Tony's older model suits could do much the same -- stored in cases little larger than a briefcase (or, in some cases, actually in a briefcase) he could go from Tony to Iron Man in seconds. And he could even summon the armour from a distance, which would fly over to him before enrobing him.

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** A lot of Tony's older model suits could do much the same -- stored in cases little larger than a briefcase (or, in some cases, actually in a briefcase) he could go from Tony to Iron Man in seconds. And he could even summon the armour armor from a distance, which would fly over to him before enrobing him.



** In [[Film/IronMan2 the second film]], Tony Stark has a suitcase that turns into a suit of armor, as a nod to the comics. However, it's more of an EmergencyWeapon, as it is significantly less powerful than the regular armour, and apparently only mounts the palm repulsors for weaponry. Still comes in very handy in a pinch.

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** In [[Film/IronMan2 the second film]], Tony Stark has a suitcase that turns into a suit of armor, as a nod to the comics. However, it's more of an EmergencyWeapon, as it is significantly less powerful than the regular armour, armor, and apparently only mounts the palm repulsors for weaponry. Still comes in very handy in a pinch.



* In the finale of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Admiral Janeway travels back in time to give ''Voyager'' this upgrade, allowing a set of nigh-invulnerable ablative armour to be instantly created around the ship. Its frequently referred by fans as "''[[FanNickname Voyager's Batmobile Armour]]''".

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* In the finale of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Admiral Janeway travels back in time to give ''Voyager'' this upgrade, allowing a set of nigh-invulnerable ablative armour armor to be instantly created around the ship. Its frequently referred by fans as "''[[FanNickname Voyager's Batmobile Armour]]''".



* Valkyrie Frames in ''Roleplay/BattleActionHaremHighschoolSideCharacterQuest'' can be materialised and dematerialised at will, so long as one is synched to a Valkyrie Core. Experienced users can summon the Frame instantly, while those who havenít been synched as long take a few seconds.

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* Valkyrie Frames in ''Roleplay/BattleActionHaremHighschoolSideCharacterQuest'' can be materialised materialized and dematerialised dematerialzied at will, so long as one is synched to a Valkyrie Core. Experienced users can summon the Frame instantly, while those who havenít been synched as long take a few seconds.



** There are a whole family of more general are more practical abilities, ranging from a humble kata to don your armour more swiftly to summoning and dismissing your suit of magical full-plate armour in an instant from anywhere in creation, or even just packing it away [[HammerSpace Elsewhere]].

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** There are a whole family of more general are more practical abilities, ranging from a humble kata to don your armour armor more swiftly to summoning and dismissing your suit of magical full-plate armour armor in an instant from anywhere in creation, or even just packing it away [[HammerSpace Elsewhere]].



* The Sentinel Class' Tech Armor from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' can be deployed instantly and provides extra sheilding. It also explodes to smack nearby enemies on their asses when it goes down.

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* The Sentinel Class' Tech Armor from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' can be deployed instantly and provides extra sheilding.shielding. It also explodes to smack nearby enemies on their asses when it goes down.



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', players were able to enchant rings with permanent daedric armor summoning spells. Depending on the value of the ring and the soul captured, you could have full instant armor, without the need for repairs since all you needed to do was remove the ring and put it back on to have a new set. Spells and other enchantments provided temporary versions of the same thing, which were subject to [[{{Mana}} magicka]] costs and the recharging of the enchanted item.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', players were able to enchant rings with permanent daedric Daedric armor summoning spells. Depending on the value of the ring and the soul captured, you could have full instant armor, without the need for repairs since all you needed to do was remove the ring and put it back on to have a new set. Spells and other enchantments provided temporary versions of the same thing, which were subject to [[{{Mana}} magicka]] costs and the recharging of the enchanted item.



* In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', GadgeteerGenius Nitrine has a suit of Mega Man-ish powered armor that collapses into the form of a belt-buckle. Usually works as a SuperMode with a 30-second time-limit due to enormous power-consumption, but if she gets her hands on an infinite powersource... watch out.

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* In ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', GadgeteerGenius Nitrine has a suit of Mega Man-ish powered armor that collapses into the form of a belt-buckle. Usually works as a SuperMode with a 30-second time-limit due to enormous power-consumption, but if she gets her hands on an infinite powersource...power source... watch out.



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18th Feb '16 3:14:50 PM Durison
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Triangulation", Starscream chances upon a small disc, which - when attached to his chest - spreads around his body, forming the titanic (and unstoppable) Apex Armor.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Triangulation", Starscream chances upon a small (by Cybertronian standards) disc, which - when attached to his chest - spreads around his body, forming the titanic (and unstoppable) Apex Armor.
3rd Feb '16 5:37:39 PM merotoker
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Can range in size from PoweredArmor to HumongousMecha. When used by villains, it's generally a form of OneWingedAngel. Note that we're not talking [[MacGyvering [=MacGyvered=]]] PoweredArmor here - rather, the armor is propelled and assembled by supernatural power of some sort, or [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleported]] in/assembled on the spot by {{Nanomachines}}. As a rule of thumb, if it takes more than a couple of minutes to assemble, it does not belong here.

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Can range in size from PoweredArmor to HumongousMecha. When used by villains, it's generally a form of OneWingedAngel. Note that we're not talking [[MacGyvering [=MacGyvered=]]] PoweredArmor here - rather, the armor is propelled and assembled by supernatural power of some sort, or [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleported]] {{teleport|ation}}ed in/assembled on the spot by {{Nanomachines}}. As a rule of thumb, if it takes more than a couple of minutes to assemble, it does not belong here.



* In ''Anime/SCryed'', the protagonist's Alter power [[EvolvingWeapon develops like this]], initially covering just his arm, but later progressing to the right half of his torso, then full body armor.

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* In ''Anime/SCryed'', ''[[Anime/SCryed s-CRY-ed]]'', the protagonist's Alter power [[EvolvingWeapon develops like this]], initially covering just his arm, but later progressing to the right half of his torso, then full body armor.



** Jack Rakan can summon arm and leg armor via his artifact. And seemingly move it telekinetically, as [[spoiler:he has lost his arms and legs before that.]]

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** Jack Rakan can summon arm and leg armor via his artifact. And seemingly move it telekinetically, as [[spoiler:he has lost his arms and legs before that.]]that]].



** Also, [[OldMaster Rayleigh]] describes Color of Armaments [[KiAttacks Haki]] as this, only [[InvisibleToNormals invisible]].

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** Also, [[OldMaster Rayleigh]] describes Color of Armaments [[KiAttacks [[KiManipilation Haki]] as this, only [[InvisibleToNormals invisible]].



* Jinchuriki gain this via their Chakra Cloaks in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', with Naruto taking it a step further with his [[GoldenSuperMode Biju Mode]] using Kurama's own tails as giant shields, all nine together are [[spoiler: strong enough to take a direct beam Bijudama from the fricken ''[[EldritchAbomination Ten-Tails]]'' without any damage.]] Uchiha such as Sasuke Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, and Itachi Uchiha gain instant armor with their [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Mangekyo Sharingan]], called Susano'o. Finally the Hyuga can make a instant armor dome called Kaiten by charging chakra from every pour from their body and spinning at high speed.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:Titan transformation]] is essentially a particularly bizarre and extreme version of this, [[spoiler:conjuring a colossal organic 'suit' around yourself out of thin air.]]

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* Jinchuriki gain this via their Chakra Cloaks in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', with Naruto taking it a step further with his [[GoldenSuperMode Biju Mode]] using Kurama's own tails as giant shields, all nine together are [[spoiler: strong enough to take a direct beam Bijudama from the fricken ''[[EldritchAbomination Ten-Tails]]'' without any damage.]] damage]]. Uchiha such as Sasuke Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, and Itachi Uchiha gain instant armor with their [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Mangekyo Sharingan]], called Susano'o. Finally the Hyuga can make a instant armor dome called Kaiten by charging chakra from every pour from their body and spinning at high speed.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:Titan transformation]] is essentially a particularly bizarre and extreme version of this, [[spoiler:conjuring a colossal organic 'suit' around yourself out of thin air.]]air]].



** ComicBook/{{Magneto}} of the Marvel Universe has been known to do this, from time to time, using his metal-control. Ranging from reconstructing his own broken armor from nearby junk, to forging himself into a gigantic steel titan! At one point, he disassembled his suit, sitting on a chair nearby, into sand-sized grains and re-formed it around himself, in seconds.

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** ComicBook/{{Magneto}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} of the Marvel Universe has been known to do this, from time to time, using his metal-control. Ranging from reconstructing his own broken armor from nearby junk, to forging himself into a gigantic steel titan! At one point, he disassembled his suit, sitting on a chair nearby, into sand-sized grains and re-formed it around himself, in seconds.



** His newest armour, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man%27s_armor#Bleeding_Edge_Armor Bleeding Edge Armour]], is stored in its entirety within his body.

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** His newest armour, the [[http://en.The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man%27s_armor#Bleeding_Edge_Armor Bleeding Edge Armour]], is stored in its entirety within his body.



* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[TheDragon General Hercules Beetle]], the Changeling's military leader, was genetically enhanced by Bio-alchemy to allow him to create an organic armor over his forelegs that can withstand nearly any attack. [[spoiler:His OneWingedAngel form is ''covered'' in it, rendering him NighInvulnerable, though it's quite taxing on his mana reserves.]]

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[TheDragon General Hercules Beetle]], the Changeling's military leader, was genetically enhanced by Bio-alchemy to allow him to create an organic armor over his forelegs that can withstand nearly any attack. [[spoiler:His OneWingedAngel form is ''covered'' in it, rendering him NighInvulnerable, NighInvulnerability, though it's quite taxing on his mana reserves.]]



** As part of Stark's continuing upgrades to his armor, this type shows up in ''Film/TheAvengers'' -- except that not only does in store in a cupboard, it is fully capable of ''flying itself to him'' and assembling itself around him autonomously. How long does this take, you might ask? [[DestinationDefenestration Less time than it takes to hit the ground falling off of Stark Tower]] ([[NotTheFallThatKillsYou barely]]).

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** As part of Stark's continuing upgrades to his armor, this type shows up in ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' -- except that not only does in store can it be stored in a cupboard, it is fully capable of ''flying itself to him'' and assembling itself around him autonomously. How long does this take, you might ask? [[DestinationDefenestration Less time than it takes to hit the ground falling off of Stark Tower]] ([[NotTheFallThatKillsYou barely]]).






* One of the powers wielded by the shape-shifter Alex Mercer in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is the ability to create a heavy, insectoid-looking armor out of available biomass. Completely covering, and can be sprung out in less than a second... it [[MightyGlacier slightly reduces his speed and agility but makes him]] ''[[MightyGlacier much]]'' [[MightyGlacier tougher]].
** Or, if you prefer, you can deploy it through a several-seconds long TransformationSequence.

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* One of the powers wielded by the shape-shifter Alex Mercer in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' is the ability to create a heavy, insectoid-looking armor out of available biomass. Completely covering, and can be sprung out in less than a second... it [[MightyGlacier slightly reduces his speed and agility but makes him]] ''[[MightyGlacier much]]'' [[MightyGlacier tougher]].
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tougher]]. Or, if you prefer, you can deploy it through a several-seconds long TransformationSequence.



** in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler:Ventus's armor protects Sora from the darkness when Sora's heart falls asleep. Unfortunately, the armor itself is corrupted (although Sora is fine).]]

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** in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', [[spoiler:Ventus's armor protects Sora from the darkness when Sora's heart falls asleep. Unfortunately, the armor itself is corrupted (although Sora is fine).]]fine)]].



* Producing InstantArmor is the main function of Biometals in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series. ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' does something similar from ''X4'' onwards at the start of every stage.

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* Producing InstantArmor this is the main function of Biometals in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series. ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' does something similar from ''X4'' onwards at the start of every stage.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo II}}'', 7 out of the 210 skills in the game are an example of this. Only the Druid, Necromancer, Assassin, and Sorceress can use any of them. All of them, except for the sorceress, who has access to 4 of the skills, can only use 1 of them.
** In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''' the Wizard has three different types to choose from: ice, lightning or [[PureEnergy arcane]]. These are at least as offensive as they are defensive, either damaging or in some way weakening attackers.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Diablo II}}'', 7 out of the 210 skills in the game are an example of this. Only the Druid, Necromancer, Assassin, and Sorceress can use any of them. All of them, except for the sorceress, who has access to 4 of the skills, can only use 1 of them.
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them. In ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''' the Wizard has three different types to choose from: ice, lightning or [[PureEnergy arcane]]. These are at least as offensive as they are defensive, either damaging or in some way weakening attackers.
18th Dec '15 1:22:47 PM Temporary14
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' the cultists that are responsible for killing the Emperor are able to conjure their custom weapons and armor from thin air by way of magic. The equipment immediately fades upon their death. Very clever, since it allows for the spawning of {{Mooks}} who provides a real challenge, while leaving nothing worth looting behind. The player can learn similar spells (which work the same way but conjure a different type of armor), and with the spell customization system, even design a spell that summons a full set of plate armor, sword, and shield with the press of a single button.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' the cultists that are responsible for killing the Emperor are able to conjure their custom weapons and armor from thin air by way of magic. The equipment immediately fades upon their death. Very clever, (A clever setup, since it allows for the spawning of {{Mooks}} who provides provide a real challenge, while leaving nothing worth looting behind. behind.) The player can learn similar spells (which work the same way but conjure a different type of armor), and with the spell customization system, even design a spell that summons a full set of plate armor, sword, and shield with the press of a single button.
18th Dec '15 1:21:13 PM Temporary14
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', players were still able to enchant rings with permanent daedric armor summoning spells. Depending on the value of the ring and the soul captured, you could have full instant armor, without the need for repairs since all you needed to do was remove the ring and put it back on to have a new set.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' the cultists that are responsible for killing the Emperor are able to conjure Daedric weapons and armor from thin air by way of magic. The equipment immediately fades upon their death. Very clever, since it allows for the spawning of {{Mooks}} who provides a real challenge, while leaving nothing worth looting behind...
*** The player can learn these spells, and with the spell customization system, even design a spell that summons a full set of plate mail, sword, and shield with single button press.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', players were still able to enchant rings with permanent daedric armor summoning spells. Depending on the value of the ring and the soul captured, you could have full instant armor, without the need for repairs since all you needed to do was remove the ring and put it back on to have a new set.
set. Spells and other enchantments provided temporary versions of the same thing, which were subject to [[{{Mana}} magicka]] costs and the recharging of the enchanted item.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' the cultists that are responsible for killing the Emperor are able to conjure Daedric their custom weapons and armor from thin air by way of magic. The equipment immediately fades upon their death. Very clever, since it allows for the spawning of {{Mooks}} who provides a real challenge, while leaving nothing worth looting behind...
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behind. The player can learn these spells, similar spells (which work the same way but conjure a different type of armor), and with the spell customization system, even design a spell that summons a full set of plate mail, armor, sword, and shield with the press of a single button press.button.
19th Nov '15 1:35:04 PM HighCrate
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* The highest power of the "Stone Armor" powerset in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is "Granite Armor", which surrounds the hero completely with an impenetrable granite suit -- making them [[MightyGlacier nearly invulnerable, but also really slow]]. Its popularity has led to the general wisdom that Stone Tankers shouldn't waste too much time designing their costumes -- nobody's gonna see them anyway.

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* The highest power of the "Stone Armor" powerset in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is "Granite Armor", which surrounds the hero completely with an impenetrable granite suit -- suit, making them [[MightyGlacier nearly invulnerable, but also really slow]]. slow. Its popularity has led to the general wisdom that Stone Tankers shouldn't waste too much time designing their costumes -- costumes: nobody's gonna see them anyway.
18th Oct '15 7:38:25 AM Anddrix
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} of the Marvel Universe has been known to do this, from time to time, using his metal-control. Ranging from reconstructing his own broken armor from nearby junk, to forging himself into a gigantic steel titan! At one point, he disassembled his suit, sitting on a chair nearby, into sand-sized grains and re-formed it around himself, in seconds.

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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} of the Marvel Universe has been known to do this, from time to time, using his metal-control. Ranging from reconstructing his own broken armor from nearby junk, to forging himself into a gigantic steel titan! At one point, he disassembled his suit, sitting on a chair nearby, into sand-sized grains and re-formed it around himself, in seconds.
8th Sep '15 4:01:05 PM HighCrate
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** In fact, most of the recent ''Elder Scrolls'' games have included Summoning Spells for creating weapons and armor out of the thin air. Powerful, but temporary.
8th Sep '15 3:59:37 PM HighCrate
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** It is noted that the more {{Stripperiffic}} the Barrier Jackets are, the less protection is given. [[DarkMagicalGirl Fate's]] Sonic Form Barrier Jackets do precisely ''nothing'' in the way of protection, they just enhance her speed. As Signum comments, if Fate gets hit, she'll die.
*** The many various {{Fragile Speedster}}s would like to point out that it's a case of "if" she gets hit.
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