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7th Aug '17 5:02:59 AM MarqFJA
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Mini Mecha are machines too big or complex to be considered PoweredArmor but not quite ''humongous'' enough to fit in the other category. A telltale sign you have a Mini Mecha instead of PoweredArmor is the presence of a physical cockpit, typically small and exposed. PoweredArmor is "worn", meaning that all or most limbs of it cover and move with the wearer's limbs. If the user has to use commands or controls to control the limbs or movement, they can be described as a "pilot" or "driver", and then you have a Mini Mecha on your hands.

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Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha are machines too big or complex to be considered PoweredArmor but not quite ''humongous'' enough to fit in the other category. A telltale sign you have a Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha instead of PoweredArmor is the presence of a physical cockpit, typically small and exposed. PoweredArmor is "worn", meaning that all or most limbs of it cover and move with the wearer's limbs. If the user has to use commands or controls to control the limbs or movement, they can be described as a "pilot" or "driver", and then you have a Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha on your hands.



* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' has multiple powered armor types, a few borderline examples (the Motorslaves and Mackie's MADOX-type battlesuit), and two Mini Mechas (the "D.D." and GD-42 "Genki" Battlemovers).

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* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' has multiple powered armor types, a few borderline examples (the Motorslaves and Mackie's MADOX-type battlesuit), and two Mini Mechas Mini-Mechas (the "D.D." and GD-42 "Genki" Battlemovers).



* Most of the Knightmare Frames used in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' count more as Mini Mecha than HumongousMecha. After all, the cockpits take up a considerable amount of space, and jut out of the back of the devices quite noticeably, doubling as rocket-boosted escape pods. Those derived from Rakshata's Guren design feature smaller, more compact cockpits, though they still noticeably protrude. A few of the later Knightmare Frames - those derived from the Gawain (6.5m tall, as opposed to the 4m to 5m everything else) - dwarf most KMFs, but are still much smaller than most humongous mecha, and are the least common design.

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* Most of the Knightmare Frames used in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' count more as Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha than HumongousMecha. After all, the cockpits take up a considerable amount of space, and jut out of the back of the devices quite noticeably, doubling as rocket-boosted escape pods. Those derived from Rakshata's Guren design feature smaller, more compact cockpits, though they still noticeably protrude. A few of the later Knightmare Frames - those derived from the Gawain (6.5m tall, as opposed to the 4m to 5m everything else) - dwarf most KMFs, but are still much smaller than most humongous mecha, and are the least common design.



* The Sonic Divers from ''Anime/SkyGirls'' falls somewhere between PoweredArmor and Mini Mecha; the machine's legs move with the pilot's, but the arms are controlled with a pair of joysticks.
** It is also TransformingMecha (from "G" Flight Mode to "A" Walker Mode, so it makes a Transformable Mini Mecha).

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* The Sonic Divers from ''Anime/SkyGirls'' falls somewhere between PoweredArmor and Mini Mecha; Mini-Mecha; the machine's legs move with the pilot's, but the arms are controlled with a pair of joysticks.
** It is also TransformingMecha (from "G" Flight Mode to "A" Walker Mode, so it makes a Transformable Mini Mecha).Mini-Mecha).



* Creator/MarvelComics ''Spitfire and the Troubleshooters'' (later ''Codename: Spitfire'') featured a mini mecha known as the MAX.

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* Creator/MarvelComics ''Spitfire and the Troubleshooters'' (later ''Codename: Spitfire'') featured a mini mecha Mini-Mecha known as the MAX.



** Tau Battlesuits are the smallest of ''40k'''s Mini Mecha, and range in size from just large enough to count more accurately as PoweredArmor, to large enough to fit their pilots in the suits' chests. Since they are so much smaller compared to the other Dreadnoughts, the tabletop rules count Battlesuits as infantry rather than walker vehicles. The new [=XV104=] "Riptide" model is a [[{{Mecha}} much bigger]] example than the other XV suits.

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** Tau Battlesuits are the smallest of ''40k'''s Mini Mecha, Mini-Mecha, and range in size from just large enough to count more accurately as PoweredArmor, to large enough to fit their pilots in the suits' chests. Since they are so much smaller compared to the other Dreadnoughts, the tabletop rules count Battlesuits as infantry rather than walker vehicles. The new [=XV104=] "Riptide" model is a [[{{Mecha}} much bigger]] example than the other XV suits.



* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has a mini mecha used by the players and some baddies known as A.G.W.S. They are amount 4-6 meters tall.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has a mini mecha Mini-Mecha used by the players and some baddies known as A.G.W.S. They are amount 4-6 meters tall.



* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' is set in a world where Mini Mecha called Trotmobiles have become as ubiquitous as cars.

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* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' is set in a world where Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha called Trotmobiles have become as ubiquitous as cars.



%%** The game's SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', gives mini mechas to several major characters.

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%%** The game's SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', gives mini mechas Mini-Mechas to several major characters.



* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' got into the act in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' with Mini Mecha piloted by Tails and Eggman, and later allowed [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog Shadow]] to use similar vehicles.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' got into the act in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' with Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha piloted by Tails and Eggman, and later allowed [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog Shadow]] to use similar vehicles.



* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' and ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' have a couple missions where Jak gets to pilot a Mini Mecha.

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* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' and ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' have a couple missions where Jak gets to pilot a Mini Mecha.Mini-Mecha.



* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'''s: Elite Powered Armor, despite the name, are actually all mini mechas.

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* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'''s: Elite Powered Armor, despite the name, are actually all mini mechas.Mini-Mechas.



* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', The champion Rumble pilots a machine like this, which he build himself using junk and scrap parts. It's a bit of a walking armory, equipped with a flamethrower, a harpoon launcher, a mace and a rocket launcher, but excessive use of its weaponry causes it to overheat. Interesting to note is that in this case it's a literal mini mecha due to it being built to fit [[OurGnomesAreWeirder yordles]], who are very small.

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* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', The champion Rumble pilots a machine like this, which he build himself using junk and scrap parts. It's a bit of a walking armory, equipped with a flamethrower, a harpoon launcher, a mace and a rocket launcher, but excessive use of its weaponry causes it to overheat. Interesting to note is that in this case it's a literal mini mecha Mini-Mecha due to it being built to fit [[OurGnomesAreWeirder yordles]], who are very small.



* The rank-and-file Armours used in UsefulNotes/WW1-esque ''Operator'' straddle the Mini Mecha/PoweredArmor line in much the same way as the Iron Monger- the pilot's head sticks out the top in a helmet structure, while the rest of their body sits in a cramped cockpit that takes up most of the [fairly bulky] torso.

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* The rank-and-file Armours used in UsefulNotes/WW1-esque ''Operator'' straddle the Mini Mecha/PoweredArmor Mini-Mecha[=/=]PoweredArmor line in much the same way as the Iron Monger- the pilot's head sticks out the top in a helmet structure, while the rest of their body sits in a cramped cockpit that takes up most of the [fairly bulky] torso.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the [[CoolCar Batmobile]] actually morphs into a Mini Mecha (and a plane, and a boat, and a submarine...).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the [[CoolCar Batmobile]] actually morphs into a Mini Mecha Mini-Mecha (and a plane, and a boat, and a submarine...).



* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' featured mini mechas called boxoids; robots that were used in futuristic boxing.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'' featured mini mechas Mini-Mechas called boxoids; robots that were used in futuristic boxing.
6th Aug '17 12:45:11 AM Piterpicher
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** The FanFilm ''StarWarsDownunder'' spoofs this with the AT-BT (All Terrain Bouncing Transport, or "[[HoppingMachine Roo-Bot]]").

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** The FanFilm ''StarWarsDownunder'' ''WebVideo/StarWarsDownunder'' spoofs this with the AT-BT (All Terrain Bouncing Transport, or "[[HoppingMachine Roo-Bot]]").
1st Aug '17 4:31:34 AM nighttrainfm
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* Obidiah Stane's powersuit in ''Film/IronMan1'', the Iron Monger, blurs the line between Mini-Mecha and PoweredArmor. It is very humanoid but much too large for his limbs to extend far out from the cockpit inside the torso. In fact, because it has a literal helmet structure, it's not a stretch to say that Iron Monger is powered armor from the neck up, and the rest is mini-mecha.
** The Hulkbuster Armor from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' takes a small que from the Iron Monger, but appears to fit around Tony's base armor much like the piloting aspect of the TA's from Gasaraki. What puts it more into this trope than PoweredArmor is the fact that its limbs are fully mechanical - the Hulk tore the suit's left arm off, but Tony wasn't maimed by that at all, and was able to easily attach a replacement arm.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
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Obidiah Stane's powersuit in ''Film/IronMan1'', the Iron Monger, blurs the line between Mini-Mecha and PoweredArmor. It is very humanoid but much too large for his limbs to extend far out from the cockpit inside the torso. In fact, because it has a literal helmet structure, it's not a stretch to say that Iron Monger is powered armor from the neck up, and the rest is mini-mecha.
** The Hulkbuster Armor from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' takes a small que cue from the Iron Monger, but appears to fit around Tony's base armor much like the piloting aspect of the TA's from Gasaraki. What puts it more into this trope than PoweredArmor is the fact that its limbs are fully mechanical - the Hulk tore the suit's left arm off, but Tony wasn't maimed by that at all, and was able to easily attach a replacement arm.
23rd Jul '17 10:31:18 PM Gatordragon24
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* Ruckus from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a small goblin who fights in a mech suit of his own creation named Bolt. Bolt is armed with miniguns, a forcefield, thrusters, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers the soul of a dead king who begrudgingly aids Ruckus in battle]].

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* Ruckus from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a small goblin who fights in a repurposed mining mech suit of his own creation named Bolt. Bolt is armed with miniguns, a forcefield, forcefields, thrusters, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers is powered by a crystal that houses a mysterious spirit. Said spirit uses the soul of a dead king who mech as his body and begrudgingly aids Ruckus in battle]].battle.
11th Jul '17 4:27:18 PM MarqFJA
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* The [[http://www.megabots.com/ MegaBots]] team are currently trying to turn MiniMecha fighting into a sport, with the current prototype being piloted by two and having two paintball-shooting cannons. They even issued a challenge to the creator of the above Kuratas to fight it out, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8mheM2Hrg what was accepted]].

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* The [[http://www.megabots.com/ MegaBots]] team are currently trying to turn MiniMecha fighting into a sport, with the current prototype being piloted by two and having two paintball-shooting cannons. They even issued a challenge to the creator of the above Kuratas to fight it out, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8mheM2Hrg what which was accepted]].
10th Jul '17 5:28:06 PM RustyBill
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* A common EVA-grade spacesuit (i.e. one you would use to exit the craft outside of an emergency) requires roughly half an hour to put together all the pieces and triple-check all the seems. The Soviets decided that a way to speed that up would be to use a hinged back-pack as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVsDa_bkXjU&t=1m23s an entry DOOR]].

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* A common EVA-grade spacesuit (i.e. one you would use to exit the craft outside of an emergency) requires roughly half an hour to put together all the pieces and triple-check all the seems.seams. The Soviets decided that a way to speed that up would be to use a hinged back-pack as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVsDa_bkXjU&t=1m23s an entry DOOR]].
10th Jul '17 5:13:56 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansomUnderground'', Calvin of the Nerds terrorizes the Grotto Mall arcade with a [[Film/{{Aliens}} Power Loader]] replica he ordered through the mail. He can't be hurt while he's inside the mecha, so you'll need to bust it up to force him out.
1st Jul '17 11:45:21 PM MaxwellDaring
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* Any Tactical Armoured Gear [[FunWithAcronyms (TAG)]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Infinity}}'' that isn't piloted remotely will have a fairly small cockpit. Most of them, like the [[http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/catalogo/280565-0438-azul.jpg Iguana]], have the pilot's arms poking through the armour, using motion-capture to move the TAG's arms.

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* Any Tactical Armoured Gear [[FunWithAcronyms (TAG)]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Infinity}}'' that isn't piloted remotely will have a fairly small cockpit. Most of them, like the [[http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/catalogo/280565-0438-azul.jpg [[https://store.corvusbelli.com/products/nomads/280565-0438-iguana-squadron Iguana]], have the pilot's arms poking through the armour, using motion-capture to move the TAG's arms.
23rd Jun '17 10:55:47 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* In ''VideoGame/{{ARMS}}'', Mechanica is the only playable character not to possess the eponymous power, instead piloting a mini-mecha that replicates their function.
6th Jun '17 9:24:47 AM DaibhidC
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* The Knights in ''WesternAnimation/TheDeep'' are probably closer to this than PoweredArmour - they have a clear cockpit, and have armoured "sleeves" ''and'' mech-arms (which are controlled by the sleeves, but it's still not the same as the pilot's arms going inside them).
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