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27th Aug '16 2:26:03 PM DrY9K
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* Even merchandise isn't immune to this trope. For example, a plush toy of the Hunter from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' 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.
* The infamous Power Glove's original proof of concept, the Data Glove, functioned near perfectly and could do far more than the final product. The problem was the design was ''way'' to pricey to make than would be profitable, and the designers only had five months to reduce the price to reasonable levels, resulting in the flawed final product.

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* Even merchandise isn't immune to this trope. For example, a plush toy of the Hunter from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' ''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.
* The infamous Power Glove's original proof of concept, the Data Glove, functioned near perfectly and could do far more than the final product. The problem was the design was ''way'' to too pricey to make than would be profitable, and the designers only had five months to reduce the price to reasonable levels, resulting in the flawed final product.
14th Aug '16 1:03:11 PM RealSlimShadowen
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* The Saga Edition of StarWarsD20 featured a ship template called Advanced Prototype, which improved most of the stats of a base ship--but because it was a fine-tuned machine (again, more of a concept than an actual prototype), you would have to perform maintenance more regularly.



** Actually there are a number of prototypes in the Jihad era that are incredibly effective, and mount a number of high end "experimental" technologies that usually only show up on or two at a time on production models, at least until the Dark Age era, 70 years later. Due to the game's Battle Value system most of these units end up being wildly overpriced, but in a straight ton-for-ton comparison these prototypes are frequently more than a match for anything in full-scale production.

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** Actually there are There ''were'' a number of prototypes in the Jihad era that are incredibly effective, and mount a number of high end "experimental" technologies that usually only show up on or two at a time on production models, at least until the Dark Age era, 70 years later. Due to the game's Battle Value system most of these units end up being wildly overpriced, but in a straight ton-for-ton comparison these prototypes are frequently more than a match for anything in full-scale production.



** This trope is prevalent in ''Magic'' on a more "meta" level: The designers are constantly trying to make more balanced versions of older, overpowered cards. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3 Black Lotus]], the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=36 Moxen]], and the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=287 dual lands]] are among the game's many Super Prototypes.

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** This trope is prevalent in ''Magic'' on a more "meta" level: The designers are constantly trying to make more balanced versions of older, overpowered cards. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3 Black Lotus]], the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=36 Moxen]], and the original [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=287 dual lands]] are among the game's many Super Prototypes. (The flip side is also present, as the power level of creatures has in many ways been [[PowerCreepPowerSeep steadily increasing]], including creatures that are strictly better versions of older ones, making those early Magic creatures seem like [[FlawedPrototype flawed prototypes]].



* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', any prototype starts out one experience level ahead of a normal unit. This means that, with a Command Center and [[{{Cyborg}} Bioenhancement Center]], a prototype is Elite right off the rack. However, this is justified in the background material: Factions entrust their newest tech to their most experienced and effective troops and crews; the actual equipment is not significantly different from that given to subsequent units. Furthermore, prototypes take longer to build (unless the base has a Skunkworks), indicating the extra resources needed to work out the kinks. The actual equipment is probably not a prototype at all, but first-generation production.

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* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', any prototype starts out one experience level ahead of a normal unit. This means that, with a Command Center and [[{{Cyborg}} Bioenhancement Center]], a prototype is Elite right off the rack. However, this is justified in the background material: Factions entrust their newest tech to their most experienced and effective troops and crews; the actual equipment is not significantly different from that given to subsequent units. Furthermore, prototypes take longer to build (unless the base has a Skunkworks), Skunkworks facility), indicating the extra resources needed to work out the kinks. The actual equipment is probably not a prototype at all, but just first-generation production.production with a best-of-the-best crew.



** The "Loki" may have been destroyed, but during the "Fire in the Sky" Zerg mission multiple similar looking Battlecruiser's appear, which may be the mass produced version to the "Loki's" super prototype. There's also the Pride of Augustgrad which looks identical to the "Loki".

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** The "Loki" ''Loki'' may have been destroyed, but during the "Fire in the Sky" Zerg mission multiple similar looking Battlecruiser's appear, which may be the mass produced version to the "Loki's" ''Loki'''s super prototype. There's also the Pride ''Pride of Augustgrad Augustgrad'', and the ''Jackson's Revenge'' mercenary ship, both of which looks look identical to the "Loki".''Loki''; the implication is that ''Jackson's Revenge'' is an old ship retrofitted to be competitive on the modern battlefield, an AceCustom of sorts, and perhaps the ''Pride of Augustgrad'' and ''Loki'' were test beds for normalizing such upgrades for the production models fought in the Zerg campaign.
11th Aug '16 11:37:33 PM Jake
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* The demos for some games can fall in this category, showing graphical effects not present in the final product. One example was {{VideoGame/WatchDogs}}, with rain and lighting effects shown in its E3 trailer {{DummiedOut}} of the PC version.

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* The demos for some games can fall in this category, showing graphical effects not present in the final product. One example was {{VideoGame/WatchDogs}}, with rain and lighting effects shown in its E3 trailer {{DummiedOut}} of the PC version. Sometimes this is for sound technical reasons like causing performance problems on anything but a very specific combination of hardware or just using too much processor power for all but the most expensive kit to run acceptably, but sometimes ExecutiveMeddling plays a part; in the case of the aforementioned ''Watch Dogs'', it's been alleged that the game was downgraded at the insistence of Sony and/or Microsoft because they didn't want to hurt console sales by having the PC version look better, as modders have successfully patched these effects back in and found them to work fine even on mid-range hardware.
11th Aug '16 7:13:03 PM Malady
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* In ''Mad Skills'' by Walter Greatshell, coma patient Madeleine Grant is a testbed for an experimental brain surgery that uses leech brain cells to supercharge her mind to Singularity levels. [[spoiler:Actually, she's a prototype testbed for a ''lot'' of separate projects, qualifying as an ArtificialHuman to some degree; [[TomatoInTheMirror her body is the repurposed shell of a brain-dead pop star]], while her brain is entirely artificial and contains [[FakeMemories heavily-edited memories]] [[BrainUploading taken from an orphan girl who was quietly killed]], and ''that'' brain is what's upgraded with the Leech-Tron. The Leech-Tron also incorporates a wi-fi connection that allows subliminal commands and advertisements to be beamed directly into her brain, but the amount of brainpower she has available allows her to [[PhlebotinumRebel slip the leash]] by mid-book.]]

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* In ''Mad Skills'' ''Literature/MadSkills'' by Walter Greatshell, coma patient Madeleine Grant is a testbed for an experimental brain surgery that uses leech brain cells to supercharge her mind to Singularity levels. [[spoiler:Actually, she's a prototype testbed for a ''lot'' of separate projects, qualifying as an ArtificialHuman to some degree; [[TomatoInTheMirror her body is the repurposed shell of a brain-dead pop star]], while her brain is entirely artificial and contains [[FakeMemories heavily-edited memories]] [[BrainUploading taken from an orphan girl who was quietly killed]], and ''that'' brain is what's upgraded with the Leech-Tron. The Leech-Tron also incorporates a wi-fi connection that allows subliminal commands and advertisements to be beamed directly into her brain, but the amount of brainpower she has available allows her to [[PhlebotinumRebel slip the leash]] by mid-book.]]



* Mack Maloney's ''Wingman'' series makes liberal use of this trope, particularly in the case of Hawk Hunter, the titular Wingman. His main aircraft is arguably ''both'' a super prototype ''and'' an AceCustom, as he usually flies an F-16XL[[note]]only 2 were ever built[[/note]] which he has further modified with MoreDakka and advanced avionics. When circumstances force the Wingman to use a different type of aircraft for more than a chapter, he will generally take the time to similarly customize his new plane, often even transplanting the avionics from his F-16 into the aircraft.

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* Mack Maloney's ''Wingman'' ''Literature/{{Wingman}}'' series makes liberal use of this trope, particularly in the case of Hawk Hunter, the titular Wingman. His main aircraft is arguably ''both'' a super prototype ''and'' an AceCustom, as he usually flies an F-16XL[[note]]only 2 were ever built[[/note]] which he has further modified with MoreDakka and advanced avionics. When circumstances force the Wingman to use a different type of aircraft for more than a chapter, he will generally take the time to similarly customize his new plane, often even transplanting the avionics from his F-16 into the aircraft.
10th Aug '16 2:58:49 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Spartan-[=IIs=] of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' serve as this to the Spartan-[=IIIs=] and [=IVs=]. The [=IIs=] tend to be larger, stronger, and just more naturally talented overall, due being subject to a much more stringent selection criteria than their successors. On top of all that, their [[PoweredArmor MJOLNIR armor]] is far better than the [=III=]'s SPI armor (though ''not'' the [=IV=]'s [=GEN2=] MJOLNIR). On the other hand, the [=IIs=] were also much more costly to produce and equip, and the process of augmenting them had a much higher failure rate than with the [=IIIs=] and [=IVs=], making them much fewer in numbers and much less expendable. ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' gives a good example of this trope, where Jorge, TheBigGuy of Noble Team and its only Spartan-II, towers above his Spartan-III squadmates and effortlessly carries a giant machine gun that the others would be greatly slowed down by.
** The [=IVs=] are superior in both equipment quality and numbers compared to both the [=IIIs=] and [=IIs=]. However, while the former ''are'' highly-skilled volunteers drawn from the best veterans and recruits, the latter were both trained to be the perfect soldiers from ''[[TheSpartanWay childhood]]''; this difference manifests itself most clearly in the somewhat unprofessional demeanor of some of the [=IVs=]. WordOfGod has also stated that the [=IVs=]' physical augmentations are inferior to those of their predecessors.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The Spartan-[=IIs=] of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' serve as are this to the Spartan-[=IIIs=] and [=IVs=]. The [=IIs=] tend to be larger, stronger, and just more naturally talented overall, due being subject to a much more stringent selection criteria than their successors. On top of all that, their [[PoweredArmor MJOLNIR armor]] is far better than the [=III=]'s SPI armor (though ''not'' the [=IV=]'s [=GEN2=] MJOLNIR). On the other hand, the [=IIs=] were also much more costly to produce and equip, and the process of augmenting them had a much higher failure rate than with the [=IIIs=] and [=IVs=], making them much fewer in numbers and much less expendable. ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' gives a good example of this trope, where Jorge, TheBigGuy of Noble Team and its only Spartan-II, towers above his Spartan-III squadmates and effortlessly carries a giant machine gun that the others would be greatly slowed down by.
** The [=IVs=] are superior in both equipment quality and numbers compared to both the [=IIIs=] their [=III=] and [=IIs=]. [=II=] predecessors. However, while the former [=IVs=] ''are'' highly-skilled volunteers drawn from the best veterans and recruits, the latter [=IIIs=] and [=IIs=] were both trained to be the perfect soldiers from ''[[TheSpartanWay childhood]]''; this difference manifests itself most clearly in the somewhat unprofessional demeanor of some comparatively lesser skill and professionalism of the [=IVs=]. WordOfGod has also stated that the [=IVs=]' physical augmentations are inferior to those of their predecessors.



** There's also the [[http://www.halopedia.org/HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL_Mark_I_Prototype_Armor_Defense_System HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL Mark I]] PoweredArmor, which was this to the [[http://www.halopedia.org/HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL_Mark_IX_Armor_Defense_System Mark IX "Mantis"]] MiniMecha. Whereas the Mark I had flight, rockets, chainguns, mines, a bubble shield, and ''a nuclear self-destruct system'', the Mantis only has a chaingun, a rocket launcher, and standard DeflectorShields; the latter's still a force to be reckoned with, though.

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** There's also the [[http://www.halopedia.org/HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL_Mark_I_Prototype_Armor_Defense_System HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL Mark I]] PoweredArmor, which was this to the [[http://www.halopedia.org/HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL_Mark_IX_Armor_Defense_System Mark IX "Mantis"]] MiniMecha. Whereas the Mark I had flight, rockets, chainguns, mines, a bubble shield, and ''a nuclear self-destruct system'', the Mantis usually only has a chaingun, a rocket launcher, and standard DeflectorShields; the latter's still a force to be reckoned with, though.
3rd Aug '16 10:47:15 AM morenohijazo
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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.

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* Even merchandise isn't immune to this trope. For example, a plush toy of the Hunter from Franchise/HalfLife ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' 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.
30th Jul '16 9:41:49 PM spectertv
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*** The [=GuAIZ=] prototype mounted the same weaponry as both the Freedom and the Justice, but was scaled back to the basics for the production model because it was incredibly expensive to maintain. The production models were massively scaled back because, at the time, it was near the closing moments of the war and the standard weaponry was deemed good enough (and it was, as the GuAIZ was one of the most powerful production mobile suits to be used during the war). Unfortunately both suffered a case of SoLastSeason when the new ZAKU Warriors proved to be superior and cheaper.

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*** The [=GuAIZ=] prototype mounted the same weaponry as both the Freedom and the Justice, but was scaled back to the basics for the production model because it was incredibly expensive to maintain. The production models were massively scaled back because, at the time, it was near the closing moments of the war and the standard weaponry was deemed good enough (and it was, as the GuAIZ [=GuAIZ=] was one of the most powerful production mobile suits to be used during the war). Unfortunately both suffered a case of SoLastSeason when the new ZAKU Warriors proved to be superior and cheaper.



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is very much this case, particularly with the Gundams of Celestial Being, and the more specialized units of the Earth Sphere Federation's A-Laws, and Innovade allies. Each of the main Gundams have a specific role, such as Sniper, Melee, High Mobility, or Fire Support [[spoiler: Which secretly hides it's real purpose, as a judge, jury, and executioner for those who betray Celestial Being's ideals with a system that shuts down rogue Gundams systems]]. Several side story visual novels and mangas also detail the prototypes to the Gundams of the anime, and MechaExpansionPacks that were never seen in the show, due to their limited purposes.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is very much this case, particularly with the Gundams of Celestial Being, and the more specialized units of the Earth Sphere Federation's A-Laws, and Innovade allies. Each of the main Gundams have a specific role, such as Sniper, Melee, High Mobility, or Fire Support [[spoiler: Which secretly hides it's real purpose, as a judge, jury, and executioner for those who betray Celestial Being's ideals with a system that shuts down rogue Gundams systems]]. Several side story visual novels and mangas also detail the prototypes to the Gundams of the anime, and MechaExpansionPacks [[MechaExpansionPack Mecha Expansion Packs]] that were never seen in the show, due to their limited purposes.
26th Jul '16 5:58:44 AM Mhazard
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*** The V08-1228 Grimgerde is one of the nine Valkyrie Mobile Suits developed by Gjallarhorn in Pre-Calamity War, Grimgerde serves as the prototype of the mass produced Graze as well as the Graze Swords carried by Carta Issue. Piloted by masked man [[CharClone Montag]], he assists Tekkadan to overthrow the current leader of Gjallarhorn.

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*** The V08-1228 Grimgerde is one of the nine Valkyrie Mobile Suits developed by Gjallarhorn in Pre-Calamity War, Grimgerde serves as the prototype of the mass produced Graze as well as the Graze Swords carried by Carta Issue. Piloted by masked man [[CharClone Montag]], he assists Tekkadan to overthrow in overthrowing the current leader of Gjallarhorn.Gjallarhorn.
*** The Gundam Frames units, unlike the traditions, are 72 limited production units featuring twin Ahab Reactors.
16th Jul '16 2:36:49 PM Godzillawolf
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* The infamous Power Glove's original proof of concept, the Data Glove, functioned near perfectly and could do far more than the final product. The problem was the design was ''way'' to pricey to make than would be profitable, and the designers only had five months to reduce the price to reasonable levels, resulting in the flawed final product.
11th Jul '16 12:26:42 PM Nazetrime
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* The setting of ''Literature/{{Noob}}'' has the Empire's elite troops consist of an extreme case of MagicallyIneptFighter called neomancers: a special injection cuts them off from the world's magic system in exchange of what amounts to BioAugmentation. It's known from the start that the ijection contains genetic material from various beings that one could expect to find in a fantasy AdventureFriendlyWorld. The third novel reveals that mix is technically cells from Tabris, an entirely artificial super-being that was so powerful that the world's {{Physical God}}s considered it a treat and requested his destruction in exchange of a very big favor. The neomancers are individually extremely weak by comparision to Tabris.

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* The setting of ''Literature/{{Noob}}'' has the Empire's elite troops consist of an extreme case of MagicallyIneptFighter called neomancers: a special injection cuts them off from the world's magic system in exchange of what amounts to BioAugmentation. It's known from the start that the ijection contains genetic material from various beings that one could expect to find in a fantasy AdventureFriendlyWorld. The third novel reveals that mix is technically cells from Tabris, an entirely artificial super-being that was so powerful that the world's {{Physical God}}s considered it a treat and requested his destruction in exchange of a very big favor. The neomancers are individually extremely weak by comparision comparison to Tabris.
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