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22nd Aug '16 11:06:06 PM TheBigBopper
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* This is basically how plate armor gradually disappeared from European battlefields during the 17th century thanks to the insoluble dilemma that increasing firearm effectiveness presented. In TheLateMiddleAges, you only needed relatively thin armor plates to make edged weapons and arrows glance off, especially if the steel was hardened and tempered. Full head-to-toe armor might weigh 45-60 pounds depending on the individual and their level of protection, which may sound like a lot but which is actually quite manageable. This changed as the guns which had been present in the 14th and 15th centuries started to get more powerful, more numerous, and more accurate over the course of the 16th century. In order to make armor proof against the more powerful arquebus and musket, you had to thicken the plates and add reinforcing pieces to the most vulnerable areas, so that the average weight of each armor component kept increasing over time. It got to the point where an armor that covered the entire body in bulletproof plates would simply be too heavy and taxing on the wearer's stamina to be practical, so they kept removing pieces bit by bit. The first type of armor to be abandoned was horse armor, since there was no way a horse could carry both its own armor and a heavily armored rider anymore. Next went the feet and calves, then the legs, then the arms, and pretty soon most cavalry were only wearing backplate, breastplate, open helmet, a left hand gauntlet that went up to the elbow, and a leather buff coat underneath. A buff coat could stop a sword cut or a bullet that had already spent its energy, so some soldiers took their chances with just that at the risk that a direct hit to somewhere without plate armor would kill them. They would also ditch their helmets and wear "secrets", metal skull caps small enough to fit under their hats, which were unlikely to stop a bullet but effective against sword blows. By the 18th century, armor heavy enough to stop most bullets was only being worn by sappers who worked close to the walls exposed to enemy fire, while cuirassiers' cuirasses could only be relied upon to deflect saber points and bayonets. In World War I, however, armor began being phased back in starting with helmets to protect against shrapnel, and advances in bulletproof materials have started swinging the pendulum back in the other direction.
13th Aug '16 4:58:24 PM Perseus
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** Minior has the unique Shields Down ability, which starts it out with a thick layer of armor that gives it strong defenses and protection from status ailments. Once its health dips below half, the armor breaks apart, revealing its faster, more offensively oriented core.
1st Aug '16 11:54:46 AM gophergiggles
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* This is a favored tactic in ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django]]'' which put a de-facto level limit on armor by giving you running speed boosts with every level up, while stronger armor weighed more and reduced your running speed. Most players preferred having a base running speed ''faster than the Dash ability'' and would opt for ''no armor at all'' (until they found the Earthly Robe with it's 28 defense / 8 weight) in favor of being able to take extra hits.


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* Modern soldiers wear only as much gear as absolutely necessary due to this. Sure a full flak vest with bullet-proof plates will offer a lot of protection against small arms fire, but they're going to go for the much lighter anti-frag plates unless being shot at is likely, and no flak vest at all if [=IED=]s are unlikely, etc.
9th Jul '16 11:58:00 AM nombretomado
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* A variant in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'': During the Bohrok arc, the Toa discovered armor suits called "Exo-Toa" that boosted their durability and physical strength. However, they soon discovered this came at the cost of reduced elemental powers, and ended up shedding the armor in order to defeat the Bahrag queens.

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* A variant in ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'': ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': During the Bohrok arc, the Toa discovered armor suits called "Exo-Toa" that boosted their durability and physical strength. However, they soon discovered this came at the cost of reduced elemental powers, and ended up shedding the armor in order to defeat the Bahrag queens.
26th Jun '16 7:35:08 AM Thunderchin
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** Medal of Honor recipient [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Stein Tony Stein]], while storming enemy pillboxes at Iwo Jima (the weapon used for this feat is listed under RemovableTurretGun), removed his boots and helmet so he could move faster when running back for more ammo. He did this ''eight times'' total, carrying a wounded Marine back with him each time.
24th Jun '16 5:15:31 AM DarkStorm
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* In ''[[VideoGame/CursedTreasure Cursed Treasure 2]]'', there are several enemies and bosses who lose their armor when reduced to some fraction of their maximum health, greatly boosting their speed. The game calls this a "Final Rush".
21st May '16 3:02:59 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', when King Kai tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans-- who he's here to prepare to fight-- use the same gear while training in even ''higher'' gravity.

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* In ''Anime/DragonballZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when King Kai tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans-- who he's here to prepare to fight-- use the same gear while training in even ''higher'' gravity.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Nouva Shenron discards his armor and his already impressive speed skyrockets.
28th Apr '16 12:14:40 PM Mhazard
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* I. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBoodedOrphans'', Mikazuki shed Gumdam Barbatos' heavy armor and overclocks it in order to defeat Graze Ein.

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* I. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBoodedOrphans'', In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'', Mikazuki shed Gumdam Barbatos' heavy armor and overclocks it in order to defeat Graze Ein.
7th Apr '16 9:29:03 PM Mhazard
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* I. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBoodedOrphans'', Mikazuki shed Gumdam Barbatos' heavy armor and overclocks it in order to defeat Graze Ein.
1st Apr '16 1:11:51 AM thatother1dude
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OrderOfTheStick'': Elan hears that taking off heavy armor increases speed. Not understanding that clothing and light armor have no movement penalties, Elan concludes that he'll obtain maximum speed by [[FullFrontalAssault stripping completely naked]].

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/OrderOfTheStick'': ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Elan hears that taking off heavy armor increases speed. Not understanding that clothing and light armor have no movement penalties, Elan concludes that he'll obtain maximum speed by [[FullFrontalAssault stripping completely naked]].
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