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21st Apr '18 6:02:42 PM nombretomado
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** Most of the high level armors count. They tend to have pauldrons that raise higher then the PC's head (sometimes by almost a whole foot) and make the PC wearing it look twice wider then he is. And as the character moves in various ways, the shoulders often clip through the body in ways that should result in impromptu decapitation or brain surgery. An {{egregious}} example is the night elf female, who due to an unfortunate combat stance when wielding two handed axes, swords, or maces will spend most of the fight with their shoulder spikes embedded in their face.

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** Most of the high level armors count. They tend to have pauldrons that raise higher then the PC's head (sometimes by almost a whole foot) and make the PC wearing it look twice wider then he is. And as the character moves in various ways, the shoulders often clip through the body in ways that should result in impromptu decapitation or brain surgery. An {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example is the night elf female, who due to an unfortunate combat stance when wielding two handed axes, swords, or maces will spend most of the fight with their shoulder spikes embedded in their face.
12th Feb '18 12:58:17 PM DragonQuestZ
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12th Feb '18 8:15:24 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays with it. Mostly only the native styles (Glass, Bonemold, Dreugh, Indoril) play it straight, as each possess [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] and [[ShouldersOfDoom oversized shoulders]]. Trollbone armor also counts, while it is Nordic style – essentially, it’s just a pile of troll bones sewed to cloth underarmor and a troll skull atop. Local Chitin and Netch leather armor, on the other hand, may look somewhat menacing, but fairly practical, given the materials they made and that they are suited to harsh island environment. Western (i. e. Imperial) armors looks very much like real life plate armor examples; same to local Ebony armor. Even Daedric armor, while featuring extremely [[RageHelm scary facemasks]], don’t have common “impractical” features like subsequent games in the series would exaggerate.
** Daedric Armor from the later games - notably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]...
** Arguably, Falmer Armor as well. It can be more of less effective, depending on whether it's normal, Hardened or Heavy (the best, but also, well, the heaviest), but it always looks monstrous, and is covered in SpikesOfVillainy. In this case, however, it's a JustifiedTrope - the Falmer makes that armor from the only material they have access to, the Chitin of the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], which happens to be quite spiky. And the helmet makes you look like a monster because it's the ''hollowed-out head of a huge bug''.

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** Daedric armor typically qualifies throughout the series. It is [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] (forged from [[FantasyMetals ebony]] which has been imbued with Daedric souls), generally [[SpikesOfVillainy quite spiky]], and is almost always the heaviest armor available in each game. Other than the weight, the "impractical" aspects ultimately end up meaning very little in terms of gameplay. These aspects are especially exaggerated in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and '' Skyrim''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' plays with it. Mostly only the native styles (Glass, Bonemold, Dreugh, Indoril) play it straight, as each possess [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] and [[ShouldersOfDoom oversized shoulders]]. Trollbone armor also counts, while it is Nordic style – essentially, it’s just a pile of troll bones sewed to cloth underarmor and a troll skull atop. Local Chitin and Netch leather armor, on the other hand, may look somewhat menacing, but fairly practical, given the materials they made and that they are suited to harsh island environment. Western (i. e. Imperial) armors looks very much like real life plate armor examples; same to local Ebony armor. Even Daedric armor, while featuring extremely [[RageHelm scary facemasks]], don’t doesn’t have the common “impractical” features like subsequent games in the series would exaggerate.
** Daedric Armor from the later games - notably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]...
** Arguably,
Skyrim]]'', Falmer Armor as well.armor qualifies. It can be more of less effective, depending on whether it's normal, Hardened or Heavy (the best, but also, well, the heaviest), but it always looks monstrous, and is covered in SpikesOfVillainy. In this case, however, it's a JustifiedTrope - the Falmer makes that armor from the only material they have access to, the Chitin of the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Chaurus]], which happens to be quite spiky. And the helmet makes you look like a monster because it's the ''hollowed-out head of a huge bug''.
14th Jan '18 3:11:26 PM nombretomado
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* [[StatisticallySpeaking Given the interrogation bonus they give, and their non existent armor rating]], Death Squad uniforms from LiberalCrimeSquad are this, but since it's an ASCII game, it's hard to tell otherwise.

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* [[StatisticallySpeaking Given the interrogation bonus they give, and their non existent armor rating]], Death Squad uniforms from LiberalCrimeSquad ''VideoGame/LiberalCrimeSquad'' are this, but since it's an ASCII game, it's hard to tell otherwise.
7th Dec '17 4:08:30 PM nombretomado
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* War from ''{{Darksiders}}'' has armor so ridiculously elaborate, it takes Yahtzee the ''entire second page'' of his [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/7071-Extra-Punctuation-Darksiders.2 Extra Punctuation]] article to describe in detail.

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* War from ''{{Darksiders}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' has armor so ridiculously elaborate, it takes Yahtzee the ''entire second page'' of his [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/7071-Extra-Punctuation-Darksiders.2 Extra Punctuation]] article to describe in detail.
11th Nov '17 7:02:32 PM direguy
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** Malekith the Witch King of the Dark Elves wears one with SpikesOfVillainy. He however needs his armor to keep himself alive as he is covered in burn scars from head to toe, and its the source of his magical powers.
11th Nov '17 12:34:10 PM Sannom
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** Fittingly, supplementary material has revealed that the two aforementioned armors were made by the same person. It's also very much implied that Al's armor is a novelty item meant to be used as an ornamen, and the same is probably true of Barry's armor.

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** Fittingly, supplementary material has revealed that the two aforementioned armors were made by the same person. It's also very much implied that Al's armor is a novelty item meant to be used as an ornamen, ornament, and the same is probably true of Barry's armor.
11th Nov '17 12:33:35 PM Sannom
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** Fittingly, supplementary material has revealed that the two aforementioned armors were made by the same person. It's also very much implied that Al's armor is a novelty item meant to be used as an ornamen, and the same is probably true of Barry's armor.
7th Sep '17 9:43:45 PM Dragos_Drakkar
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** Daedric Armor from the later games - notably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]... Funnily enough, wearing full Daedric armor looks demonic enough that the Vigilants of Stendarr will attack on sight, thinking you ARE a Daedra.

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** Daedric Armor from the later games - notably ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. It's the strongest armor in the game as well as the heaviest, and gives you a +10 bonus to Intimidation-rolls if you wear a full set - because, well, you look TERRIFYING, all covered with spikes and glowing red bits and chitinous demonic armor forged from demon-hearts and ebony. What isn't addressed in gameplay-terms is that all those glowing red bits should utterly ruin your Stealth-abilities (though the armor's weight will give you a penalty there all by itself), and the spikes should leave you with more holes than a sieve every time you do an UnnecessaryCombatRoll. I mean, just [[http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Daedric_Armor_%28Skyrim%29 LOOK at this thing]]... Funnily enough, wearing full Daedric armor looks demonic enough that the Vigilants of Stendarr will attack on sight, thinking you ARE a Daedra.
27th Aug '17 11:42:43 AM __Vano
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** Raider and Super Mutant armors fit this trope to a T. They are made mostly from stuff like old tires, leather and the occasional scrap metal; as such, they provide very little protection but significant intimidation factor. ''The Pitt'' DLC adds the [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110709193503/fallout/images/a/a4/Fo3TP_Tribal_T45D_Power_Armor.png Tribal Power Armor]] which is both scary AND practical. The ''Broken Steel'' DLC's Hellfire Armor ups the ante one degree more as it's both scary, practical AND cool.

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** Raider and Super Mutant armors fit this trope to a T. They are made mostly from stuff like old tires, leather and the occasional scrap metal; as such, they provide very little protection but significant intimidation factor. ''The Pitt'' DLC adds the [[http://images3.[[http://fallout.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110709193503/fallout/images/a/a4/Fo3TP_Tribal_T45D_Power_Armor.png com/wiki/Tribal_power_armor Tribal Power Armor]] which is both scary AND practical. The ''Broken Steel'' DLC's Hellfire Armor ups the ante one degree more as it's both scary, practical AND cool.
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