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17th May '17 7:40:19 PM PsychoGecko
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** Occurs with videogame consoles where the prototype or launch models have features that are then scaled back on later versions, usually for cost reasons. The first PS3 consoles includes backwards compatibility, but subsequent units lost this feature. Or how the first Xbox 360s featured internal hard drives, whereas later ones required a customer to spend more than $100 to buy their own separate Xbox hard drive.
12th May '17 11:34:16 PM Jormungar
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A question that often comes up is ''why'' the super prototype is so, well, ''super'' compared to the production model. The typical reason given is that the production model is far cheaper or easier to make in large numbers. Except that this defeats the whole purpose of a ''prototype'' - something built to test the capabilities of the final product and correct any flaws before mass production begins, meaning you want your test unit to be as similar to your production unit as possible. As such, real-life prototypes are frequently indistinguishable from standard models. Mostly, this is just a case of letting TheHero be [[UniquenessValue that much more awesome than everyone else]].

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A question that often comes up is ''why'' why the super prototype is so, well, ''super'' super compared to the production model. The typical reason given is that the production model is far cheaper or easier to make in large numbers. Except that this defeats the whole purpose of a ''prototype'' - something built to test the capabilities of the final product and correct any flaws before mass production begins, meaning you want your test unit to be as similar to your production unit as possible. As such, real-life prototypes are frequently indistinguishable from standard models. Mostly, this is just a case of letting TheHero be [[UniquenessValue that much more awesome than everyone else]].
3rd May '17 3:17:00 PM SpockHeavy
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** The trope is directly subverted in the terms of the [[WaveMotionGun Moonstone Cannon]]. When you encounter the prototype, it's terrifyingly powerful. The Delphinus has the PRODUCTION Model of the weapon. It's easily several times as powerful as the "Test Cannon".
27th Apr '17 4:37:28 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The one-of-a-kind [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun WWII Japanese]] ''super'' destroyer "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyer_Shimakaze_(1942) Shimakaze]]", armed with ''15 torpedo tubes'', speed of 42 knots, and 6 5-inch guns. Being the most powerful destroyer in the world was useless against the air attack that sank her in 1944.

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* The one-of-a-kind [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun WWII Japanese]] ''super'' destroyer "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyer_Shimakaze_(1942) Shimakaze]]", armed with ''15 torpedo tubes'', speed of 42 knots, tubes'' and 6 5-inch guns.guns plus a top speed of 42 knots thanks to an experimental engine. Being the most powerful destroyer in the world was useless against the air attack that sank her in 1944.
27th Apr '17 4:34:00 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The one-of-a-kind [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun WWII Japanese]] ''super'' destroyer "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyer_Shimakaze_(1942) Shimakaze]]", armed with ''15 torpedo tubes'', speed of 42 knots, and 6 5-inch guns. Being the most powerful destroyer in the world was useless against the air attack that sank her in 1944.
14th Apr '17 12:17:30 PM AFP
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** One major advantage the ''Enterprise'' did have over conventionally-powered ships was that her nuclear power plant could not only move her very quickly (the ''Iowa'' class battleships were the only surface ships in the fleet that could match her speed for any distance, as ships benefit from the SquareCubeLaw), but could also do so for a ''very'' long time, as the fuel capacity for her nuclear reactors was measured in decades. Even though similarly-sized conventional carriers could keep pace with her, they still had to stop to take on more fuel, while ''Enterprise'' could dedicate the extra carrying capacity to carry more fuel and munitions for her air wing.

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** One major advantage the ''Enterprise'' did have over conventionally-powered ships was that her nuclear power plant could not only move her very quickly (the ''Iowa'' class battleships were the only conventionally-powered surface ships in the fleet that could match her speed for any distance, as ships benefit from the SquareCubeLaw), but could also do so for a ''very'' long time, as the fuel capacity for her nuclear reactors was measured in decades. Even though similarly-sized conventional carriers could keep pace with her, they still had to stop to take on more fuel, while ''Enterprise'' could dedicate the extra carrying capacity to carry more fuel and munitions for her air wing.
14th Apr '17 12:12:43 PM AFP
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** One major advantage the ''Enterprise'' did have over conventionally-powered ships was that her nuclear power plant could not only move her very quickly (the ''Iowa'' class battleships were the only surface ships in the fleet that could match her speed for any distance, as ships benefit from the SquareCubeLaw), but could also do so for a ''very'' long time, as the fuel capacity for her nuclear reactors was measured in decades. Even though similarly-sized conventional carriers could keep pace with her, they still had to stop to take on more fuel, while ''Enterprise'' could dedicate the extra carrying capacity to carry more fuel and munitions for her air wing.
6th Apr '17 5:23:39 AM Flame
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has the Yomotsuheguri and Forbidden Ringo lockseeds, which were both created at an early stage of research of the Helheim forest. They are vastly more powerful than most other lockseeds, but using them kills the user. Both serve as GodzillaThreshold of sort at some point of time.


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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': The prototype gashats are more powerful than the regular ones if used correctly, but have unfortunate side effects. What exactly it's supposed to mean is not specified besides them being said to 'ruin the user's body'.
3rd Mar '17 6:45:07 AM Jhonny
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* USS Lexington (CV-2) and her sister Saratoga had numerous features that many other aircraft carriers wouldn't see for decades to come. Most notably they featured an enclosed "hurricane" bow that reduced wind interference during flight operations. Another first was the placement of the smokestack directly behind the island, a feature that her successor, the Uss Ranger, didn't replicate. They also bolstered more flight deck space than any of America's other wartime carriers.

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* USS Lexington (CV-2) and her sister Saratoga had numerous features that many other aircraft carriers wouldn't see for decades to come. Most notably they featured an enclosed "hurricane" bow that reduced wind interference during flight operations. Another first was the placement of the smokestack directly behind the island, a feature that her successor, the Uss USS Ranger, didn't replicate. They also bolstered more flight deck space than any of America's other wartime carriers.
2nd Mar '17 9:40:49 PM Caps-luna
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* USS Lexington (CV-2) and her sister Saratoga had numerous features that many other aircraft carriers wouldn't see for decades to come. Most notably they featured an enclosed "hurricane" bow that reduced wind interference during flight operations. Another first was the placement of the smokestack directly behind the island, a feature that her successor, the Uss Ranger, didn't replicate. They also bolstered more flight deck space than any of America's other wartime carriers.
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