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16th Jul '17 5:38:46 PM nombretomado
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** ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'' has these. They are sort of "landships". To get an idea of the "landships", think of a WW2 battleship that goes overland like a tank.

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** ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'' has these. They are sort of "landships". To get an idea of the "landships", think of a WW2 [=WW2=] battleship that goes overland like a tank.



** Or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_II Tiger II (aka King Tiger)]], a [[UptoEleven Tiger tank on several jars of steroids]] with an even more powerful gun and sloped armor. However, as with many German WW2 tanks, mechanical problems were quite common and few were built as they appeared in the last year of the war.

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** Or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_II Tiger II (aka King Tiger)]], a [[UptoEleven Tiger tank on several jars of steroids]] with an even more powerful gun and sloped armor. However, as with many German WW2 [=WW2=] tanks, mechanical problems were quite common and few were built as they appeared in the last year of the war.



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34 T-34,]] the tank that broke the Nazi armies. It was built in 1940, and its appearance completely shocked the Third Reich, who did not think the Russians could design good tanks. The T-34 was cheap, fast, reliable, tough and very powerful. Its 76mm gun outclassed the 37mm and 50mm guns of early Panzers, whose shots would simply bounce off the T-34's sloped armor. The 1943 upgrade of an 85-millimeter gun allowed them to deal with upgunned Panzer IV variants, Panthers and Tigers. Although not the first tank ever to have sloping armor, it was the first to use it so well in its design that it became an obvious factor to its battlefield survivability, thus prompting the Germans to come up with what eventually was the Panther. Consequently, sloped armor became a standard feature on pretty much every tank post-WW2.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34 T-34,]] the tank that broke the Nazi armies. It was built in 1940, and its appearance completely shocked the Third Reich, who did not think the Russians could design good tanks. The T-34 was cheap, fast, reliable, tough and very powerful. Its 76mm gun outclassed the 37mm and 50mm guns of early Panzers, whose shots would simply bounce off the T-34's sloped armor. The 1943 upgrade of an 85-millimeter gun allowed them to deal with upgunned Panzer IV variants, Panthers and Tigers. Although not the first tank ever to have sloping armor, it was the first to use it so well in its design that it became an obvious factor to its battlefield survivability, thus prompting the Germans to come up with what eventually was the Panther. Consequently, sloped armor became a standard feature on pretty much every tank post-WW2.post-[=WW2=].



** The Matilda II has this distinction: it is the only British tank of WW2 that was in continual front-line service from September 1939 to August 1945.

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** The Matilda II has this distinction: it is the only British tank of WW2 [=WW2=] that was in continual front-line service from September 1939 to August 1945.
4th Jul '17 9:25:00 AM Jubileus57
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3rd Jul '17 1:55:08 PM Jubileus57
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* ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' has the heavy-hitting Tank class (as in, a Mii wearing a tank on it's ''head'').

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* ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' has the heavy-hitting Tank class (as in, a Mii Miis wearing a tank on it's ''head'').their ''heads'').
3rd Jul '17 1:54:16 PM Jubileus57
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* ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' has the heavy-hitting Tank class (as in, a Mii wearing a tank on it's ''head'').
* ''VideoGame/WiiPlay'' has a whole minigame, soberly named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Tanks]], made out of this trope (albeit in a miniature version).
27th Jun '17 7:18:06 AM xcountryguy
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Of course, the above paragraph refers to tanks around the size of today's main battle tanks. Sometimes that's not enough. [+[[BiggerIsBetter They need to be bigger!]] Big enough to crush the ''other tanks''! [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And carry loads of weapons!]] [[MultiTrackDrifting While racing donuts around them!]] No, we're not compensating for anything!+] And the armor is able to withstand Martian Death rays! And it has NBC protection! It's FLIPPING BUNKER ON TRACKS.Oh, and the wheels on the tracks are equipped with armored gun pods.

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Of course, the above paragraph refers to tanks around the size of today's main battle tanks. Sometimes that's not enough. [+[[BiggerIsBetter They need to be bigger!]] Big enough to crush the ''other tanks''! [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill And carry loads of weapons!]] [[MultiTrackDrifting While racing donuts around them!]] No, we're not compensating for anything!+] And the armor is able to withstand Martian Death rays! And it has NBC protection! It's a FLIPPING BUNKER ON TRACKS.TRACKS. Oh, and the wheels on the tracks are equipped with armored gun pods.pods.



** Oh, and we can't forget the Magella Attack, a tank with a turret(Magella Top) that can detach and become a flying hovercraft.[[spoiler:that can only fly for less than 5 minutes and often find the Magella Bottom destroyed by enemy fire since it was unprotected and with minimal armament with its 3 barrel 30mm gatlings and crash for running out of fuel]]
*** Or wielded as an [[ArmorPiercingAttack anti-armor]] [[{{BFG}} cannon]] by a mobile suit.[[spoiler:what can you do with the ones that crashed other than this?]]
*** Zeon also rigged together wrecked Zakus and Magella Botton chassis to form the Zaku Tank. Sometimes just used as a construction machine, sometimes as an actual fighting vehicle.
** Don't forget the good'o Type 61, with its double 150/155mm cannons, got its own CrowningMomentOfAwesome in MS Igloo 2, King of Ground battles.
*** In fact, despite the shows' natural focus on the titular HumongousMecha, and their impact for the space battles, up to 80% of all ''land'' battles [[BoringButPractical were won by the good ol'61]], even if that fact [[AllThereInTheManual gets pretty seldom mentioned]]. This is in part because the ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' anime itself depicts about 3.5 out of the 12 months of the One Year War, and the last two months of the war were fought mostly in space. The majority of the ground combat had already happened. Even the most important land battle depicted in the anime, Operation Odessa, focuses almost entirely on the Gundam while ignoring the ''six thousand'' Type 61 tanks that were the bulk of the ground forces' firepower.

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** Oh, and we can't forget the Magella Attack, a tank with a turret(Magella turret (Magella Top) that can detach and become a flying hovercraft.[[spoiler:that can only fly for less than 5 minutes and often find the Magella Bottom destroyed by enemy fire since it was unprotected and with minimal armament with its 3 barrel 30mm gatlings and crash for running out of fuel]]
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Or wielded as an [[ArmorPiercingAttack anti-armor]] [[{{BFG}} cannon]] by a mobile suit.[[spoiler:what can you do with the ones that crashed other than this?]]
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Zeon also rigged together wrecked Zakus and Magella Botton chassis to form the Zaku Tank. Sometimes just used as a construction machine, sometimes as an actual fighting vehicle.
** Don't forget the good'o good ol' Type 61, with its double 150/155mm cannons, got its own CrowningMomentOfAwesome in MS Igloo 2, King of Ground battles.
*** In fact, despite the shows' natural focus on the titular HumongousMecha, and their impact for the space battles, up to 80% of all ''land'' battles [[BoringButPractical were won by the good ol'61]], ol' 61]], even if that fact [[AllThereInTheManual gets pretty seldom mentioned]]. This is in part because the ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' anime itself depicts about 3.5 out of the 12 months of the One Year War, and the last two months of the war were fought mostly in space. The majority of the ground combat had already happened. Even the most important land battle depicted in the anime, Operation Odessa, focuses almost entirely on the Gundam while ignoring the ''six thousand'' Type 61 tanks that were the bulk of the ground forces' firepower.



* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' has a number of tanks. Too bad [[spoiler: none of them can stand up to one guy and his handgun... ]]

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* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' has a number of tanks. Too bad [[spoiler: none [[spoiler:none of them can stand up to one guy and his handgun... ]]



* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is all about high-school girls who drive tanks, in particular those made during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The school team consists of a Panzer IV, a Pz.38(t), M3 Lee, a [=StuG-III=], and [[TheAllegedCar Type 89 I-Go]]. Other schools have Churchills, Matildas, Shermans, Tigers, Panzer III, T-34/76, T-34-85, IS-2, KV-2, Elefant, [=JagdTiger=], Panther, and [[spoiler: Kuromorimine takes the cake with a goddamned Maus]]. There's a reason why it's popularly called ''[[FanNickname World of Tanks: The Anime]]''.

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* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is all about high-school girls who drive tanks, in particular those made during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The school team consists of a Panzer IV, a Pz.38(t), M3 Lee, a [=StuG-III=], and [[TheAllegedCar Type 89 I-Go]]. Other schools have Churchills, Matildas, Shermans, Tigers, Panzer III, T-34/76, T-34-85, IS-2, KV-2, Elefant, [=JagdTiger=], Panther, and [[spoiler: Kuromorimine [[spoiler:Kuromorimine takes the cake with a goddamned Maus]]. There's a reason why it's popularly called ''[[FanNickname World of Tanks: The Anime]]''.



* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, they have largely been replaced by PoweredArmor, but they do turn up from time to time. One plotline in ''Shadow of Freedom'' revolves around a planetary government's PraetorianGuard using tanks to put down protests and riots, and the local [[LaResistance resistance movement's]] escalating efforts to counter them. The tanks prove to be vulnerable to dedicated Anti Armor weaponry, which the rebels have limited supplies of, [[spoiler: and a substantial number of them are destroyed when a truck bomb flattens a parking garage they were staged in to provide cover from the aforementioned anti armor weaponry.]] Another time, in ''Echoes Of Honor'', [[spoiler:a large-scale POW camp breakout was made possible by the external help [[GunshipRescue in the assault shuttle]]]] capturing the camp's armor park first, and handing out the available tanks to the rebels, before any PoweredArmor-equipped defender ever had a chance to suit up.

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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, they have largely been replaced by PoweredArmor, but they do turn up from time to time. One plotline in ''Shadow of Freedom'' revolves around a planetary government's PraetorianGuard using tanks to put down protests and riots, and the local [[LaResistance resistance movement's]] escalating efforts to counter them. The tanks prove to be vulnerable to dedicated Anti Armor weaponry, which the rebels have limited supplies of, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and a substantial number of them are destroyed when a truck bomb flattens a parking garage they were staged in to provide cover from the aforementioned anti armor weaponry.]] Another time, in ''Echoes Of Honor'', [[spoiler:a large-scale POW camp breakout was made possible by the external help [[GunshipRescue in the assault shuttle]]]] capturing the camp's armor park first, and handing out the available tanks to the rebels, before any PoweredArmor-equipped defender ever had a chance to suit up.



* [[Series/TheWalkingDead Mitch Dolgen]] uses an old Patton tank against the prison [[spoiler: but it's destroyed during the fight.]]

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* [[Series/TheWalkingDead Mitch Dolgen]] uses an old Patton tank against the prison [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but it's destroyed during the fight.]]



* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has the Mark IV Warbot, designed by R&D in hopes of replacing the ''entire Armed Forces''. While NighInvulnerable to conventional firepower, it can be disabled by attacking its bot brain [[spoiler: (including an overzealous scrubot with a steel scrub brush, and an inferiority complex due to a barometer falling off)]], or flat-out destroyed by [[StarWars firing into a thermal exhaust port]]. At one point, another Alpha Complex captures one and renames it the [=OGREbot=] (a ShoutOut to the Steve Jackson game).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has the Mark IV Warbot, designed by R&D in hopes of replacing the ''entire Armed Forces''. While NighInvulnerable to conventional firepower, it can be disabled by attacking its bot brain [[spoiler: (including [[spoiler:(including an overzealous scrubot with a steel scrub brush, and an inferiority complex due to a barometer falling off)]], or flat-out destroyed by [[StarWars firing into a thermal exhaust port]]. At one point, another Alpha Complex captures one and renames it the [=OGREbot=] (a ShoutOut to the Steve Jackson game).



* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', the Erebonian Imperial Army has recently developed the brand-new Achtzehn heavy battle tanks. Naturally, near the end of the game, [[spoiler: said tanks turn out to be [[TanksForNothing easily destroyed]] by the Noble Alliance's brand-new [[HumongousMecha Panzer Soldats.]]]] However, one month later when the second game begins, the army has managed to recover from the shock and developed tactics to deal with them, and it turns out the Achtzehn tanks and even [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece their older-model light tanks]] do present a serious fighting force against those machines, which turn out to be {{Fragile Speedster}}s in comparison to tank firepower. It also helps that the Imperial Army maneuvers to hold its battles on wide open fields, instead of the [[UrbanWarfare narrow city streets]] in the first game which was to their detriment.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', the Erebonian Imperial Army has recently developed the brand-new Achtzehn heavy battle tanks. Naturally, near the end of the game, [[spoiler: said [[spoiler:said tanks turn out to be [[TanksForNothing easily destroyed]] by the Noble Alliance's brand-new [[HumongousMecha Panzer Soldats.]]]] However, one month later when the second game begins, the army has managed to recover from the shock and developed tactics to deal with them, and it turns out the Achtzehn tanks and even [[BreakOutTheMuseumPiece their older-model light tanks]] do present a serious fighting force against those machines, which turn out to be {{Fragile Speedster}}s in comparison to tank firepower. It also helps that the Imperial Army maneuvers to hold its battles on wide open fields, instead of the [[UrbanWarfare narrow city streets]] in the first game which was to their detriment.



** Also [[spoiler: crawler tanks used against the Fire Nation.]]

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** Also [[spoiler: crawler [[spoiler:crawler tanks used against the Fire Nation.]]
24th Jun '17 5:23:30 PM veronchung27
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* ''VideoGame/Metal Gear'':
** A tank appeared as a boss in [[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'']].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Vulcan Raven uses a tank during his first boss fight, and the fact that Snake is able to destroy it on his own in direct combat is considered in-universe to be quite the feat. The Metal Gears themselves have also been described as giant walking tanks.

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* ''VideoGame/Metal Gear'':
''VideoGame/MetalGear'':
**The [[HumongousMecha Metal Gears themselves]] have been described as giant walking tanks.
** A tank appeared as a boss in [[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'']].
''VideoGame/MetalGear1''.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Vulcan Raven uses a tank during his first boss fight, and the fact that Snake is able to destroy it on his own in direct combat is considered in-universe to be quite the feat. The Metal Gears themselves have also been described as giant walking tanks.
24th Jun '17 5:20:01 PM veronchung27
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** A tank appeared as a boss in [[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' Metal Gear]].

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** A tank appeared as a boss in [[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' Metal Gear]].[[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'']].



** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3Snake Eater'' has the Shagohod, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot rocket-propelled nuclear-capable tank]].

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3Snake Eater'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has the Shagohod, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot rocket-propelled nuclear-capable tank]].
24th Jun '17 5:17:14 PM veronchung27
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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Vulcan Raven uses a tank during his first boss fight, and the fact that Snake is able to destroy it on his own in direct combat is considered in-universe to be quite the feat. The Metal Gears themselves have also been described as giant walking tanks.
** The tank also appeared as a boss in the first MSX ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
** ''Snake Eater'' has the Shagohod, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot rocket-propelled nuclear-capable tank]].

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* *''VideoGame/Metal Gear'':
** A tank appeared as a boss in [[''VideoGame/MetalGear1'' Metal Gear]].
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In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Vulcan Raven uses a tank during his first boss fight, and the fact that Snake is able to destroy it on his own in direct combat is considered in-universe to be quite the feat. The Metal Gears themselves have also been described as giant walking tanks.
** The tank also appeared as a boss in the first MSX ''VideoGame/MetalGear''.
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''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3Snake Eater'' has the Shagohod, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot rocket-propelled nuclear-capable tank]].
21st Jun '17 7:38:45 PM onyhow
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* The M26 Pershing, the ancestor of M47, M47, M48, and M60 was only introduced in the last year of world war 2, but is well remembered. Like the 76mm Sherman, it was delayed by Obstructive Bureaucrats who tried to reduce the gun caliber among other things. When it was finally seen in battle it was superior to the Tiger 1 and Panther. Like the Tiger it used a repurposed anti-aircraft gun but improvements made its gun closer to the Tiger 2 gun.

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* The M26 Pershing, the ancestor of M47, M47, M48, and M60 was only introduced in the last year of world war 2, but is well remembered. Like the 76mm Sherman, it was delayed by Obstructive Bureaucrats who tried to reduce the gun caliber among other things. When it was finally seen in battle it was superior to the Tiger 1 and Panther. Like the Tiger it used a repurposed anti-aircraft gun but improvements made its gun closer to the Tiger 2 gun. It does have reliability problem, however, partly due to the engine essentially being M4's engine being used on a tank 10 ton heavier, which eventually results in its service in the Korean War being cut short and replaced by M4 and M46 instead.
16th Jun '17 9:46:22 AM NoSpoilerz
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** It's also [[StealthyColossus reallly quiet]] compared to the loud as hell diesels in most tanks. Iraq War veterans have made mention of insurgents waiting for a convoy to rumble past, jumping up to ambush it - and then getting ambushed in turn by the Abrams tanks silently stalking behind the convoy.

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** It's also [[StealthyColossus reallly really quiet]] compared to the loud as hell diesels in most tanks. Iraq War veterans have made mention of insurgents waiting for a convoy to rumble past, jumping up to ambush it - and then getting ambushed in turn by the Abrams tanks silently stalking behind the convoy.
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