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15th Jun '16 7:09:19 PM DrY9K
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* Even merchandise isn't immune to this trope. For example, a plush toy of the Hunter from Franchise/HalfLife was made. Look up a picture of the Hunter, then look up the plush. Now, look up the more accurate and arguably more superior prototype of said plush.
11th Jun '16 3:45:31 AM Blazer
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* Averted in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. In Volume 2, Team RWBY battle a prototype of the Atlesian Paladin hijacked by Roman Torchwick. With a bit of difficulty, the girls triumph and wreck the machine. When Weiss boasts this to Winter in Volume 3, Winter dismisses this, stating that the actual production models wouldn't be so weak as to fall to a team of first year Hunters-in-training. Sure enough, when the Paladins are hijacked again by computer virus during the Battle of Beacon, two of them give Weiss, Nora, Ren and the entirety of Teams CFVY, FNKI, SSSN and BRNZ an incredibly hard time and it's only thanks to Ruby's victory on the lead Atlesian battlecruiser than spares them from a third.
9th Jun '16 9:24:51 AM Hadjorim
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However, a real-world concept that more closely resembles the super prototype is the ''experimental'' unit or "concept car," which is intended to test out new technology and its limits without ever being meant for mass production at all. As cost-effectiveness is less important, experimental units frequently ''do'' have superior performance to eventual mass production models. Military test pilots refer to this as "pushing the envelope" - the upper edge is height, the left edge is speed. Visualize this as the kind of envelope you mail somebody and you realize that particular area is [[IncrediblyLamePun where the postage gets canceled]]. This distinction is rarely made in fiction, however. [[note]]As an aside, often times in electronics, companies will ship out the most powerful unit first to show what the next gen is capable of. All subsequent models are usually lesser versions of that first release (which are usually production units that failed and are either run at lower performance or have parts chopped off), though occasionally when technology improves, they might make a revision to the design to make it even better.[[/note]]

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However, a A real-world concept that more closely resembles the super prototype is the ''experimental'' unit or "concept car," which is intended to test out new technology and its limits without ever being meant for mass production at all. As cost-effectiveness is less important, experimental units frequently ''do'' have superior performance to eventual mass production models. Military test pilots refer to this as "pushing the envelope" - the upper edge is height, the left edge is speed. Visualize this as the kind of envelope you mail somebody and you realize that particular area is [[IncrediblyLamePun where the postage gets canceled]]. This distinction is rarely made in fiction, however. [[note]]As an aside, often times in electronics, companies will ship out the most powerful unit first to show what the next gen is capable of. All subsequent models are usually lesser versions of that first release (which are usually production units that failed and are either run at lower performance or have parts chopped off), though occasionally when technology improves, they might make a revision to the design to make it even better.[[/note]]
2nd Jun '16 4:58:13 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' usually averts this, with the production models being built up from the prototype's capabilities. Even ''Anime/MacrossZero'' only uses FlawedPrototype in the form of the VF-0 Phoenix: despite having flight performance head-and-shoulders above conventional jet aircraft and even limited capability for ''underwater operation'', it's a maintenance-hog and the war's outbreak meant that the engineers couldn't wait until the intended space-capable reactor engines were completed so they simply slapped on the strongest airbreathing jet engine they could get their hands on and crossed their fingers.

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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' usually averts this, with the production models being built up from the prototype's capabilities. Even prequel ''Anime/MacrossZero'' only uses a FlawedPrototype in the form of the VF-0 Phoenix: despite having flight performance head-and-shoulders above conventional jet aircraft and even limited capability for ''underwater operation'', it's a maintenance-hog and the war's outbreak meant that the engineers couldn't wait until the intended space-capable reactor engines were completed so they simply slapped on the strongest airbreathing jet engine they could get their hands on and crossed their fingers.



*** {{The Movie}}s both subvert this, and then play it straight. The Tornado Pack is noted to be AwesomeButImpractical, itself the FlawedPrototype to Alto's [[MidSeasonUpgrade YF-29 Durandal]], which pretty much confirmed to be the most advanced fighter craft in the Macross-verse to date. Even then, it's bright red color scheme is noted to be because of it's status as a prototype, and not [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority the other reason.]]

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*** {{The Movie}}s both subvert this, and then play it straight. The Tornado Pack is noted to be AwesomeButImpractical, itself the FlawedPrototype to Alto's [[MidSeasonUpgrade YF-29 Durandal]], which pretty much confirmed to be the most advanced fighter craft in the Macross-verse to at that date. Even then, it's its bright red color scheme is noted to be because of it's its status as a prototype, and not [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority the other reason.]]
21st May '16 6:43:27 PM Doug86
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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel Final Frontier (no relation to the fifth movie), it was revealed that the ''Enterprise'' was the prototype for the Constitution class line. It was deliberately overbuilt, explaining how Kirk (and Scotty) could constantly push it past its design limits. Constitution ships-of-the-line were economized, resulting in them being more delicate ships.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel Final Frontier ''Final Frontier'' (no relation to the fifth movie), it was revealed that the ''Enterprise'' was the prototype for the Constitution class line. It was deliberately overbuilt, explaining how Kirk (and Scotty) could constantly push it past its design limits. Constitution ships-of-the-line were economized, resulting in them being more delicate ships.



* In Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde, the potion responsible for separating Jekyll and Hyde only worked because of an unspecified impurity in one of the ingredients. When Jekyll/Hyde ran out of the one contaminated batch, it didn't work anymore.

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* In Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDoctorJekyllAndMrHyde, ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', the potion responsible for separating Jekyll and Hyde only worked because of an unspecified impurity in one of the ingredients. When Jekyll/Hyde ran out of the one contaminated batch, it didn't work anymore.
20th May '16 9:58:42 AM Jhonny
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** The British [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Passenger_Train Advanced Passenger Train]] holds several records that have yet to be broken by regular trains on British Rails. It was plagued with trying to do too many things at once and ultimately killed by politicians who had expected it too early (meaning it was rushed to market before it was ready) and then complained of its "greenness". Some of the patents, notably that for active tilting were later sold to Italy and used to develop a new class of Pendolino tilting trains that have been sold - to Great Britain among others.
19th May '16 2:32:03 AM himmelicht
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* As a general rule of thumb, there are two types of prototypes: concepts that barely work, and just demonstrate what the finished product could be; and stuff that has more buttons and features and flashing lights than you can imagine, and is prohibitively expensive or complicated to make on a wide scale. Super Prototypes are the latter category.



* As a general rule of thumb, there are two types of prototypes: concepts that barely work, and just demonstrate what the finished product could be; and stuff that has more buttons and features and flashing lights than you can imagine, and is prohibitively expensive or complicated to make on a wide scale. Super Prototypes are the latter category.
13th May '16 1:42:22 PM comicwriter
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* Steve's nearly-indestructible shield in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. When Steve asks why it isn't standard issue for normal soldiers, Howard Stark says it's because the metal used to make it is nearly impossible to get a hold of.

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* Steve's nearly-indestructible shield in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. When Steve he asks why it isn't standard issue for normal soldiers, Howard Stark says it's because the metal used to make it is nearly impossible too rare to get a hold of.produce more copies.
13th May '16 1:38:42 PM comicwriter
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* Steve's nearly-indestructible shield in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. When Steve asks why it isn't standard issue for normal soldiers, Howard Stark says it's because the metal used to make it is nearly impossible to get a hold of.
28th Apr '16 3:53:11 PM EricNeoMatrix
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* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Tsali himself was this to the Tsali Endoskeletons. It's later revealed to be a JustifiedTrope - the endoskeletons were built in the last days of the Demon-Seedrian War, with the Seedrians nearly wiped out and scraping together anything to slow the Demons down.
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