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6th Aug '16 10:38:10 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', attacking while cloaked would cause your cloak to disappear, although ceasing your attack makes it reappear. This has obvious gameplay balance advantages, of course.
** The cloaking Elites were often terrifyingly effective. They did leave a ripple in the air behind them, and flashy weapons like the energy sword were still clearly visible, resulting in strange fights where a seemingly magical sword would swish its way through the air and slaughter a bunch of the squishy humans you were fighting alongside.
** The Active Camouflage in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' partially drops while the user is moving.
** Subverted in the webseries ''Halo4ForwardUntoDawn''. When an Elite cloaks, it's completely invisible.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', attacking ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''
** Attacking
while cloaked would will cause your cloak to disappear, although ceasing your attack makes it reappear. This has obvious Obviously, this is for gameplay balance advantages, of course.
reasons.
** The cloaking Elites were often As terrifyingly effective. They did leave a effective as cloaked Elites can be, they can be spotted by the ripple they leave in the air behind them, and flashy weapons like the energy sword were still clearly visible, resulting in strange fights where a seemingly magical sword would swish its way through the air and slaughter a bunch of the squishy humans you were fighting alongside.
air, which becomes more more visible if they're moving.
** The Active Camouflage in games from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' onward partially drops while the user is moving.
** Subverted in the webseries ''Halo4ForwardUntoDawn''. When an Elite cloaks, it's completely invisible.
moving.
26th Jul '16 7:09:10 AM Medinoc
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** It's been said that while the B-2 has a very stealthy signature most of the time, as soon as the bomb-doors open, it shows up on radar the same size as the B-52.

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** It's been said that while the B-2 has a very stealthy signature most of the time, as soon as the bomb-doors open, it shows up on radar the same size as the B-52. For the target however, "as soon as the bomb-doors open" means it ''is'' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck about to receive 40,000 pounds of ordnance]] and it's too late to do anything about it.
21st Jul '16 1:49:31 PM Medinoc
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* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Duty Calls'', the inability of a psyker to prevent this is what lets Cain survive long enough for Jurgen's return. (And the cover story is that it was let him kill his assassin.)

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* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Duty Calls'', the inability of a psyker assassin to prevent this is what lets Cain survive long enough for Jurgen's [[AntiMagic Jurgen]]'s return. (And the cover story is that it the flicker was what let him kill his assassin.assailant.)
12th Jul '16 1:42:40 AM jormis29
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* In ''EternalDarkness'', a vampire-zombie-critter-thing with invisibility magic has this trait, which, combined with its complete lack of strategic ability, makes it pretty easy to defeat even without casting the Reveal Invisible spell.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'', the Recon soldiers use a very noisy cloaking device. It must be stowed away in order to use any other item, and stops working when you climb a ladder or fall from a good height. The actual blinkery happens when the cloaker is struck with EMP: the cloaking continues, albeit with bright flashes of ultraviolet and static. Or, if a cloaking squad leader forgets to stash his perfectly visible [[RobotBuddy helper drone]].

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* In ''EternalDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', a vampire-zombie-critter-thing with invisibility magic has this trait, which, combined with its complete lack of strategic ability, makes it pretty easy to defeat even without casting the Reveal Invisible spell.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} Battlefield 2142]]'', ''VideoGame/Battlefield2142'', the Recon soldiers use a very noisy cloaking device. It must be stowed away in order to use any other item, and stops working when you climb a ladder or fall from a good height. The actual blinkery happens when the cloaker is struck with EMP: {{EMP}}: the cloaking continues, albeit with bright flashes of ultraviolet and static. Or, if a cloaking squad leader forgets to stash his perfectly visible [[RobotBuddy helper drone]].
9th Jun '16 7:41:17 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''SamuraiJack'' with an ultra-powerful robot that has a cloaking device that activates only [[FightUnscene whenever it is kicking ass]].

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* Inverted in ''SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' with an ultra-powerful robot that has a cloaking device that activates only [[FightUnscene whenever it is kicking ass]].
11th Apr '16 3:03:03 PM Willbyr
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* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' {{Spinoff}} ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' has an episode where [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kiriko shows her stuff]]. She changes into a skintight battlesuit with a cloaking device, which seems to do the traveling blink right after every pirate she kills. This very nicely shows how much blood she's managed to get herself covered in, and just how damn scary her scowling face looks.

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* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' {{Spinoff}} ''TenchiMuyoGXP'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'' has an episode where [[BewareTheNiceOnes Kiriko shows her stuff]]. She changes into a skintight battlesuit with a cloaking device, which seems to do the traveling blink right after every pirate she kills. This very nicely shows how much blood she's managed to get herself covered in, and just how damn scary her scowling face looks.
27th Mar '16 11:03:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Id Monster from ''ForbiddenPlanet'' gets an early - and truly badass - blink [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k97JZHTCVbM during its climactic attack]].

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* The Id Monster from ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' gets an early - and truly badass - blink [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k97JZHTCVbM during its climactic attack]].
24th Mar '16 1:02:14 PM SSJMagus
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** Not to mention that if the bomb or missile being launched isn't ''also'' a stealthed design, it will show up clear as day on enemy radar once revealed.

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** Not to mention that if the bomb or missile being launched isn't ''also'' a stealthed design, it will show up clear as day on enemy radar once revealed. In the case of a bomb, this isn't very significant because when dropped it'll be no more than a few seconds away from hitting its target anyway. Missiles on the other hand can be fired from dozens or in some cases even hundreds of miles away, making it far more important. As a result, stealthy missiles have also been designed; this of course has the downside of making a weapon that is by definition single-use a lot more expensive.
24th Mar '16 12:56:50 PM SSJMagus
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* Cloaking devices in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work on the same principle: you have to decloak, if only for a moment, if you want to open fire. Similarly, the Jem'Hadar on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' have a biological invisibility power which seems to deactivate when they attack. If they're capable of staying invisible while they strangle you, we never saw it.

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* Cloaking devices in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' work on the same principle: you have to decloak, if only for a moment, if you want to open fire. Similarly, the Jem'Hadar on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' have a biological invisibility power which seems to deactivate when they attack. If they're capable of staying invisible while they strangle you, you (or slit your throat with one of the bladed weapons they favor), we never saw it.



** Subverted also in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' with the ''Scimitar'', which can fire while cloaked; there's a whole scene devoted to Picard figuring out how to counteract this.

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** Subverted also in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' with the ''Scimitar'', which can fire while cloaked; cloaked (the technology from Chang's Bird-of-Prey was no longer viable in the 24th century because [[TechnologyMarchesOn sensors were better and could detect such a ship even when cloaked]]; in ''Nemesis'' the Remans had finally found a way to recreate the same effect with a modern cloaking device); there's a whole scene devoted to Picard figuring out how to counteract this.
25th Jan '16 11:32:32 AM TomS98
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*In ''VideoGame/{{Star Trek Online}}'', there are some ships that come with an enhanced battle cloak. While it is active, the ship is invisible, but has the standard shields offline effect and a modified weapons offline effect that allows the use of torpedoes and mines. Firing a torpedo or mine weapon while it is active briefly drops the invisibility.
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