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22nd Apr '16 3:01:47 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': The [[Anime/{{Macross}} FAST Pack System]][=/=][[{{Anime/Robotech}} Super Veritech]] gives the [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie fighters]] improved maneuverability in space and increased weapon loadouts. There was also the Armored Valkrie/Veritech which added armor and a whole lotta missile launchers, but rendered the mecha unable to transform out of battloid mode until it was jettisoned.
** HilariousInHindsight but the former is actually ''TruthInTelevision'': the real life F-15C was designed to be compatible with the optional "[[FunWithAcronyms Fuel And Sensor Tactical]]" equipment which is actually a fancy name for auxiliary fuel tanks designed to reduce air drag and radar signature when compared to regular external fuel tanks at the expense of being non-removable without a ground crew. They originally wanted to pack navigational and infrared targeting systems into it as well but that was scrapped. What makes it count is that when Macross came out, the F-15 was still brand new so Creator/ShojiKawamori might have used it for inspiration.
** The VF-25 Messiah fixed that problem with Armored Pack in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', allowing it to transform into fighter and GERWALK modes while still using it. The VF-171's also wind up picking up special anti-Vajra modules late in the series run.
*** The Messiah does have three packs total, the Super Pack as well as the EW/ELINT version of Super Packs used to control several GHOST unmanned fighters, and the aforementioned Armored Packs. These Packs however, cannot be used within atmosphere and must be ejected prior to re-entry. They seem to be equipped with a "Smart" System allowing the Pack parts to coalesce into a single unit in low-orbit to be later retrieved when the [=VFs=] go back to outer space. This unfortunately also shows the limitation of the Pack system, as VF-25's main rival, VF-27 Lucifer has all its armament stored internally, giving it less ammo and total offensive capability overall, but gives it a Jack of All Trades trait, enhanced by its Cyborg-enhanced piloting system. Most importantly, it allows the pilot full range of offensive options even within atmosphere while the Messiah can only retaliate with its gunpod.
** Way back to the first Macross to take place chronologically in ''Anime/MacrossZero'', Roy's VF-1 is fitted with what seems to be the precursor to Armored Valkyrie. Instead of having missile launchers all over the place however, it is also fitted with Reactive Armor, the ballistics-defeating kind of armor used on modern day battle tanks. This allowed Roy to not only ambush the two main villains with Proto-Armored Valkyrie's massive missile arsenal, but also survive their team attack due to the reactive armor.
** In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' Fire Bomber eventually picked up booster units for the their custom fighters, enhancing their effect against the Protodeviln.

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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The [[Anime/{{Macross}} [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross FAST Pack System]][=/=][[{{Anime/Robotech}} Super Veritech]] gives the [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie fighters]] improved maneuverability in space and increased weapon loadouts. There was also the Armored Valkrie/Veritech which added armor and a whole lotta missile launchers, but rendered the mecha unable to transform out of battloid mode until it was jettisoned.
** *** HilariousInHindsight but the former is actually ''TruthInTelevision'': the real life F-15C was designed to be compatible with the optional "[[FunWithAcronyms Fuel And Sensor Tactical]]" equipment which is actually a fancy name for auxiliary fuel tanks designed to reduce air drag and radar signature when compared to regular external fuel tanks at the expense of being non-removable without a ground crew. They originally wanted to pack navigational and infrared targeting systems into it as well but that was scrapped. What makes it count is that when Macross ''Macross'' came out, the F-15 was still brand new so Creator/ShojiKawamori might have used it for inspiration.
** The VF-25 Messiah fixed that the problem with the Armored Pack in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', allowing it to transform into fighter and GERWALK modes while still using it. The VF-171's also wind up picking up special anti-Vajra modules late in the series run.
*** The Messiah does have actually has three packs total, the Super Pack as well as Pack, the EW/ELINT version of Super Packs used to control several GHOST unmanned fighters, and the aforementioned Armored Packs. These Packs however, cannot be used within atmosphere and must be ejected prior to re-entry. They seem to be equipped with a "Smart" System allowing the Pack parts to coalesce into a single unit in low-orbit to be later retrieved when the [=VFs=] go back to outer space. This unfortunately also shows the limitation of the Pack system, as the VF-25's main rival, the VF-27 Lucifer Lucifer, has all its armament stored internally, giving it less ammo and total offensive capability overall, but gives it a Jack of All Trades trait, enhanced by its Cyborg-enhanced piloting system. Most importantly, it allows the pilot a full range of offensive options even within atmosphere while the Messiah can only retaliate with its gunpod.
** Way back to In ''Anime/MacrossZero'' (chronologically the first Macross to take place chronologically in ''Anime/MacrossZero'', series from an in-universe standpoint), Roy's VF-1 is fitted with what seems to be the precursor to Armored Valkyrie. Instead of having missile launchers all over the place however, it is also fitted with Reactive Armor, the ballistics-defeating kind of armor used on modern day battle tanks. This allowed Roy to not only ambush the two main villains with Proto-Armored Valkyrie's massive missile arsenal, but also survive their team attack due to the reactive armor.
** In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' 7}}'', Fire Bomber eventually picked up booster units for the their custom fighters, enhancing their effect against the Protodeviln.
10th Apr '16 4:52:20 AM Tron80
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* In ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', the titular mecha got the "Assault Galient", a combination of assault rifle and ShoulderCannon.
5th Apr '16 8:14:38 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', after [[EldritchAbomination Ramiel]] melted Unit-01's armor, the Evas got the L-Type Equipment: new, sturdier armor, and new, more dangerous weapons.
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2nd Apr '16 4:21:06 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' loves this trope so much, it married it. The Strike Gundam started the trend with its Striker Packs, including the main three.[[note]]Aile ("wing"), Sword, and Launcher.[[/note]] Several more MS pop up with follow the "flight[=/=]melee[=/=]gunner" set-up, including the Impulse Gundam's Silhouettes and ZAKU Warrior[=/=]Phantom's Wizard Packs from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. And that's not even factoring in all the ''other'' Strikers, Silhouettes, and Wizards that show up in side-media, or the mecha that don't quite fit the same dynamic, like the Dagger L and Windam[[note]]which have the Jet, Cannon, and nuclear missile Strikers[[/note]] and the Akatsuki.[[note]]which has its own custom flight and AttackDrone Strikers.[[/note]]

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' loves this trope so much, it married it. The Strike Gundam started the trend with its Striker Packs, including the main three.[[note]]Aile ("wing"), Sword, and Launcher. In the first series, the Aile pack only permitted Strike to fly in space, giving it rocket-assisted and sustained leaps on Earth, this was largely ignored in the second series.[[/note]] Several more MS pop up with follow the "flight[=/=]melee[=/=]gunner" set-up, including the Impulse Gundam's Silhouettes and ZAKU Warrior[=/=]Phantom's Wizard Packs from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. And that's not even factoring in all the ''other'' Strikers, Silhouettes, and Wizards that show up in side-media, or the mecha that don't quite fit the same dynamic, like the Dagger L and Windam[[note]]which have the Jet, Cannon, and nuclear missile Strikers[[/note]] and the Akatsuki.[[note]]which has its own custom flight and AttackDrone Strikers.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '16 2:59:19 PM WillKeaton
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' loves this trope so much, it married it. The Strike Gundam started the trend with its Striker Packs, including the main three[[note]]Aile ("wing"), Sword, and Launcher[[/note]]; several more MS pop up with follow the "flight[=/=]melee[=/=]gunner" set-up, including the Impulse Gundam's Silhouettes and ZAKU Warrior[=/=]Phantom's Wizard Packs from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. And that's not even factoring in all the ''other'' Strikers, Silhouettes, and Wizards that show up in side-media, or the mecha that don't quite fit the same dynamic, like the Dagger L and Windam[[note]]which have the Jet, Cannon, and nuclear missile Strikers[[/note]] and the Akatsuki[[note]]which has its own custom flight and AttackDrone Strikers[[/note]].

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' loves this trope so much, it married it. The Strike Gundam started the trend with its Striker Packs, including the main three[[note]]Aile three.[[note]]Aile ("wing"), Sword, and Launcher[[/note]]; several Launcher.[[/note]] Several more MS pop up with follow the "flight[=/=]melee[=/=]gunner" set-up, including the Impulse Gundam's Silhouettes and ZAKU Warrior[=/=]Phantom's Wizard Packs from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. And that's not even factoring in all the ''other'' Strikers, Silhouettes, and Wizards that show up in side-media, or the mecha that don't quite fit the same dynamic, like the Dagger L and Windam[[note]]which have the Jet, Cannon, and nuclear missile Strikers[[/note]] and the Akatsuki[[note]]which Akatsuki.[[note]]which has its own custom flight and AttackDrone Strikers[[/note]].Strikers.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '16 2:58:20 PM WillKeaton
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** The (short) manga and model series ''Gundam F90'' has the eponymous Gundam, which is fairly orthodox except for the hardpoints spread about its body which allow it to equip a staggering variety of weapons and gear[[note]]a grand total of 26 forms, one for each letter of the alphabet, though only about 10 were ever detailed[[/note]]. In the manga, none of the actual packs are used; instead, for the FinalBattle the hero equips parts piecemeal from three different packs, to achieve a "Full Weapons" configuration.

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** The (short) manga and model series ''Gundam F90'' has the eponymous Gundam, which is fairly orthodox except for the hardpoints spread about its body which allow it to equip a staggering variety of weapons and gear[[note]]a gear.[[note]]A grand total of 26 forms, one for each letter of the alphabet, though only about 10 were ever detailed[[/note]]. detailed.[[/note]] In the manga, none of the actual packs are used; instead, for the FinalBattle the hero equips parts piecemeal from three different packs, to achieve a "Full Weapons" configuration.
29th Nov '15 12:14:01 PM MechWarrior
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Adding a flight mode to a previously land-bound machine is a favorite. Sometimes this add-on will be a separate vehicle that is piloted by another character, combining (pun originally accidental but we're keeping it) this with CombiningMecha. Since most {{Real Robot}}s are modular and reconfigurable to begin with (just like the expensive model kits they're hawking,) this is pretty much standard operating procedure for them.

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Adding a flight mode to a previously land-bound machine is a favorite. Sometimes this add-on will be a separate vehicle that is piloted by another character, combining (pun originally accidental but we're keeping it) this with CombiningMecha. Since most {{Real Robot}}s [[RealRobotGenre real robots]] are modular and reconfigurable to begin with (just like the expensive model kits they're hawking,) this is pretty much standard operating procedure for them.



** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is probably the originator of this trope: its Jet Scrander is basically a giant robot-sized jetpack, and it was created when [[BigBad Dr. Hell]] started creating more and more flying [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] to attack a Mazinger was helpless against aerial attacks. WordOfGod said that [[GoNagai he]] always intended for Mazinger flying, but he first he needed establishing the mecha was ''heavy'', so he whitheld the Jet Scrander until it was clear that Mazinger was not light.
** The other Mazingers had them, too. ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' introduced Great Booster, which was a separate jetpack which doubled as a ramming weapon. ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' had the Double, Marine and Drill Spazers, allowing the titular robo to fly, traverse the seas and burrow underground. ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', at least it's OAV version, had the Kaiser Scrander, which functioned the same way as Jet Scrander, though it also doubled as a ''boomerang''!. And finally ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' introduces an upgraded version of the Jet Scrander called the God Scrander that, in addition to flight, allows Mazinger to [[TransformingMecha transform]] into ''a giant RocketPunch''.

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** ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is probably the originator codifier of this trope: its Jet Scrander is basically a giant robot-sized jetpack, and it was created when [[BigBad Dr. Hell]] started creating more and more flying [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] to attack a Beasts]], as Mazinger was helpless against aerial attacks. WordOfGod said that [[GoNagai [[Creator/GoNagai he]] always intended for Mazinger flying, to fly, but he first he needed establishing the mecha to establish that Mazinger was ''heavy'', so he whitheld withheld the Jet Scrander until it was clear that Mazinger the mecha was not light.
** The other Mazingers had them, too. ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' introduced Great Booster, which was a separate jetpack which doubled as a ramming weapon. ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' had the Double, Marine and Drill Spazers, allowing the titular robo to fly, traverse the seas and burrow underground. ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', or at least it's OAV version, had the Kaiser Scrander, which functioned the same way as Jet Scrander, though it also doubled as a ''boomerang''!. And finally ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' introduces an upgraded version of the Jet Scrander called the God Scrander that, in addition to flight, allows Mazinger to [[TransformingMecha transform]] into ''a giant RocketPunch''.



** HilariousInHindsight but the former is actually ''TruthInTelevision'': the real life F-15C was designed to be compatible with the optional "[[FunWithAcronyms Fuel And Sensor Tactical]]" equipment which is actually a fancy name for auxiliary fuel tanks designed to reduce air drag and radar signature when compared to regular external fuel tanks at the expense of being non-removable without a ground crew. They originally wanted to pack navigational and infrared targeting systems into it as well but that was scrapped. What makes it count is that when Macross came out, the F-15 was still brand new so ShojiKawamori might have used it for inspiration.

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** HilariousInHindsight but the former is actually ''TruthInTelevision'': the real life F-15C was designed to be compatible with the optional "[[FunWithAcronyms Fuel And Sensor Tactical]]" equipment which is actually a fancy name for auxiliary fuel tanks designed to reduce air drag and radar signature when compared to regular external fuel tanks at the expense of being non-removable without a ground crew. They originally wanted to pack navigational and infrared targeting systems into it as well but that was scrapped. What makes it count is that when Macross came out, the F-15 was still brand new so ShojiKawamori Creator/ShojiKawamori might have used it for inspiration.



* ''GurrenLagann''

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* ''GurrenLagann''''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''



* ''TabletopGame/Mekton'' has "Command Armor," which can fit any system in the game, and "Boosterpacks," which are specifically for extra speed. Both systems have a "balance modifier" that subtracts from the mecha's statistics, and can be balanced out with vernier motors and other such systems.

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* ''TabletopGame/Mekton'' ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' has "Command Armor," which can fit any system in the game, and "Boosterpacks," which are specifically for extra speed. Both systems have a "balance modifier" that subtracts from the mecha's statistics, and can be balanced out with vernier motors and other such systems.



* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' is fond of busting this out whenever possible (including the ''Gundam'' and ''Evangelion'' examples above as well as many more from the mecha animes that take part). Examples in OriginalGeneration mechs include the Huckebein Boxer frame from ''Alpha'', the various Excellence frames from ''R'', and the G-Thundergate in ''Original Generation Gaiden''.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' is fond of busting this out whenever possible (including the ''Gundam'' and ''Evangelion'' examples above as well as many more from the mecha animes anime that take part). Examples in OriginalGeneration mechs include the Huckebein Boxer frame from ''Alpha'', the various Excellence frames from ''R'', and the G-Thundergate in ''Original Generation Gaiden''.



* ''AssaultSuitsValken'' had three [[UnexpectedGameplayChange shooter levels]] where the player's mecha is outfitted with a rocket pack.

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* ''AssaultSuitsValken'' ''VideoGame/AssaultSuitsValken'' had three [[UnexpectedGameplayChange shooter levels]] where the player's mecha is outfitted with a rocket pack.



* In several ''{{Transformers}}'' series, Optimus Prime is able to combine with his trailer, either turning him into [[CombiningMecha an even bigger robot,]] or giving him extra firepower. See also the Generation 1 version of Ultra Magnus, who the toy reveals to be a robot that looks just like Optimus Prime inside some ''very'' heavy-duty armor. This is actually shown and used in the Dreamwave comic.

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* In several ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, Optimus Prime is able to combine with his trailer, either turning him into [[CombiningMecha an even bigger robot,]] or giving him extra firepower. See also the Generation 1 version of Ultra Magnus, who the toy reveals to be a robot that looks just like Optimus Prime inside some ''very'' heavy-duty armor. This is actually shown and used in the Dreamwave comic.



** ''TransformersArmada'' takes this a [[IncrediblyLamePun step]] further, with Jetfire transforming into a pair of legs in place of Optimus' trailer. Overload could also combine at the same time, turning into a huge pair of shoulder cannons. The second series, ''Transformers: Energon'', provides even more "Powerlinks". This is different from other combinations such as the Gestalts of Generation 1 in that one member of the link (the top half) is completely in control, while the lower half Autobot is effectively dormant. However, everyone had a 'top' and 'bottom' mode. Ironically, Optimus and Jetfire (who had the top-and-bottom combination in Armada) ''can't'' combine in their Energon forms.

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** ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' takes this a [[IncrediblyLamePun step]] further, with Jetfire transforming into a pair of legs in place of Optimus' trailer. Overload could also combine at the same time, turning into a huge pair of shoulder cannons. The second series, ''Transformers: Energon'', provides even more "Powerlinks". This is different from other combinations such as the Gestalts of Generation 1 in that one member of the link (the top half) is completely in control, while the lower half Autobot is effectively dormant. However, everyone had a 'top' and 'bottom' mode. Ironically, Optimus and Jetfire (who had the top-and-bottom combination in Armada) ''can't'' combine in their Energon forms.



** ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has Optimus finally get a trailer. It's both a mobile armory and a flight pack. And it's awesome.

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** ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' has Optimus finally get a trailer. It's both a mobile armory and a flight pack. And it's awesome.
14th Nov '15 5:35:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': The [[Anime/{{Macross}} FAST Pack System]][=/=][[{{Robotech}} Super Veritech]] gives the [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie fighters]] improved maneuverability in space and increased weapon loadouts. There was also the Armored Valkrie/Veritech which added armor and a whole lotta missile launchers, but rendered the mecha unable to transform out of battloid mode until it was jettisoned.

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': The [[Anime/{{Macross}} FAST Pack System]][=/=][[{{Robotech}} System]][=/=][[{{Anime/Robotech}} Super Veritech]] gives the [[TransformingMecha Valkyrie fighters]] improved maneuverability in space and increased weapon loadouts. There was also the Armored Valkrie/Veritech which added armor and a whole lotta missile launchers, but rendered the mecha unable to transform out of battloid mode until it was jettisoned.
14th Nov '15 11:16:51 AM nombretomado
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* Part of the whole point behind the "Hecatonchires" system in the ''{{Appleseed}}'' Manga. With it, a cyborg can have several attachments hooked up directly to his body, and control them as easily as his own arms and legs. Reportedly, a 'Borg with the system could run an entire Aircraft Carrier by himself.

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* Part of the whole point behind the "Hecatonchires" system in the ''{{Appleseed}}'' Manga.''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' manga. With it, a cyborg can have several attachments hooked up directly to his body, and control them as easily as his own arms and legs. Reportedly, a 'Borg with the system could run an entire Aircraft Carrier by himself.
7th Nov '15 4:10:32 PM nombretomado
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** ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' also gave us the G-type equipment used by Unit-01 during the sniper battle against Ramiel, which consists of an advanced fold-down targeting scope that covers the eva's eyes and a radar antenna array, all mounted on the right [[VerticalMechaFins shoulder fin]].

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** ''RebuildOfEvangelion'' ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' also gave us the G-type equipment used by Unit-01 during the sniper battle against Ramiel, which consists of an advanced fold-down targeting scope that covers the eva's eyes and a radar antenna array, all mounted on the right [[VerticalMechaFins shoulder fin]].
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