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27th Sep '16 2:36:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[{{Transformers}} Decepticons]], while they started out as being primarily aerial combatants (to contrast with the ground-pounding Autobots), like to take tank alt-forms when they're on the ground. Megatron himself has taken particularly awesome ones, in "Generation 2" and ''Armada''.

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* [[{{Transformers}} Decepticons]], ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Decepticons,
while they started out as being primarily aerial combatants (to contrast with the ground-pounding Autobots), like to take tank alt-forms when they're on the ground. Megatron himself has taken particularly awesome ones, in "Generation 2" and ''Armada''.
27th Sep '16 2:35:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AssociatedSpace'' has an opening scene involving "Mobile Siege Fortresses", gigantic hovertanks the size and shape of ancient Egyptian pyramids. Which Fatebane sabotages for comic effect.

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* ''AssociatedSpace'' ''Literature/AssociatedSpace'' has an opening scene involving "Mobile Siege Fortresses", gigantic hovertanks the size and shape of ancient Egyptian pyramids. Which Fatebane sabotages for comic effect.



* TheOnion: The sadly axed [[http://www.theonion.com/content/video/obama_axes_pentagon_plan_to_build Dragon Tank]].
* ShadowhunterPeril has Veronica, who can [[BagOfHolding telescope a tank out of her purse.]] She uses it for the most [[MundaneUtility mundane tasks,]] such as transportation down the street, or [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill killing a single demon.]] There are times when it comes in handy, though. Like the FinalBattle.

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* TheOnion: Website/TheOnion: The sadly axed [[http://www.theonion.com/content/video/obama_axes_pentagon_plan_to_build Dragon Tank]].
* ShadowhunterPeril Roleplay/ShadowhunterPeril has Veronica, who can [[BagOfHolding telescope a tank out of her purse.]] She uses it for the most [[MundaneUtility mundane tasks,]] such as transportation down the street, or [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill killing a single demon.]] There are times when it comes in handy, though. Like the FinalBattle.
20th Sep '16 8:51:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Franchise/DCUniverse's Haunted Tank. The first version involved a WorldWarII tank haunted by its commander's ancestor, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate General J.E.B Stuart]], as penance for supporting slavery. This naturally causes occasional friction in the crew, since the tank's gunner is black. The Haunted Tank recently reappeared in a Vertigo series set in modern Iraq. The general's new descendant is this Abrams tank's commander, who is descended from Stuart and one of his slaves.

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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Franchise/DCUniverse's Haunted Tank. The first version involved a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII tank haunted by its commander's ancestor, [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate General J.E.B Stuart]], as penance for supporting slavery. This naturally causes occasional friction in the crew, since the tank's gunner is black. The Haunted Tank recently reappeared in a Vertigo series set in modern Iraq. The general's new descendant is this Abrams tank's commander, who is descended from Stuart and one of his slaves.



** These were indeed briefly courted with all around the world in TheThirties, but quickly proved impractical. Only the Soviet T-35 had ever made it as far as WorldWarII, by which time it already was thoroughly obsolete and at the end of its life.

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** These were indeed briefly courted with all around the world in TheThirties, but quickly proved impractical. Only the Soviet T-35 had ever made it as far as WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, by which time it already was thoroughly obsolete and at the end of its life.



* As a WorldWarII game, ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' quite naturally features a goodly array of armor, tanks and otherwise. For the Germans, the Panther and the Tiger are, respectively, the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity Minus One]] and {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s. In a very nice piece of detail for an RTS, tanks have strong armor to the front and weaker armor to the sides and rear, and can move in reverse to keep their vulnerable rear armor pointed away from the enemy. Taking tanks down involves flanking, ambush tactics, and dedicated anti-tank weapons; this means that tanks attacking without infantry support ''will'' get chewed up by a competent opponent.

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* As a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII game, ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' quite naturally features a goodly array of armor, tanks and otherwise. For the Germans, the Panther and the Tiger are, respectively, the [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity Minus One]] and {{Infinity Plus One Sword}}s. In a very nice piece of detail for an RTS, tanks have strong armor to the front and weaker armor to the sides and rear, and can move in reverse to keep their vulnerable rear armor pointed away from the enemy. Taking tanks down involves flanking, ambush tactics, and dedicated anti-tank weapons; this means that tanks attacking without infantry support ''will'' get chewed up by a competent opponent.



* The very first tank battle took place at Villers-Bretonneaux in 1918. It involved a battle between 10 tanks on the British side (1 male Mark IV, 2 female Mark [=IVs=], 7 Whippets)[[note]]:In WorldWarI British parlance, a "female" tank was one armed solely with machine guns, while a "male" tank had cannons as its main armament[[/note]] and 3 German [=A7V=] Sturmpanzerwagens. None of them were very good tanks, yet the battle looked awesome, with both sides accquiting themselves quite well: the Germans lost their lead tank, [[ICallItVera Nixie]] (whose crew later stole her back), but knocked out 4 Whippets and forced the female Mark [=IVs=] to retreat, while the British and their Australian allies ultimately won the battle.

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* The very first tank battle took place at Villers-Bretonneaux in 1918. It involved a battle between 10 tanks on the British side (1 male Mark IV, 2 female Mark [=IVs=], 7 Whippets)[[note]]:In WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI British parlance, a "female" tank was one armed solely with machine guns, while a "male" tank had cannons as its main armament[[/note]] and 3 German [=A7V=] Sturmpanzerwagens. None of them were very good tanks, yet the battle looked awesome, with both sides accquiting themselves quite well: the Germans lost their lead tank, [[ICallItVera Nixie]] (whose crew later stole her back), but knocked out 4 Whippets and forced the female Mark [=IVs=] to retreat, while the British and their Australian allies ultimately won the battle.
17th Sep '16 12:08:25 PM megarotic
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* [[Webcomic/SixCommando 6-Commando]] features hulking supertanks known as Autonomous Armored Vehicles ([=AAVs=] or "Rumblers"). They have ArtificialIntelligence built in, making them fully autonomous SapientTanks. The ''Echo''-class is about six times the size of an M-1 Abrams, and weighs about 500 tons. The planned ''Victor''-class would be even larger, bringing them into [[BaseOnWheels Land Battleship]] territory.
8th Sep '16 11:07:11 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** There's also the Covenant Type-26 Assault Gun Carriage (and its Type-58 successor introduced in ''Halo 5''), known to laymen as the "Wraith". A big chubby purple thing with front armor over a foot thick (made of a polymer that human scientists previously thought was impossible), and instead of firing shells out of a barreled gun it launches huge "mortars" of superheated plasma capable (in the novels) of pretty much flash-vaporizing any poor sap that gets hit by it... and everyone within about 10 ft. of the poor sap as well. Thanks to being a hovercraft, as tanks go it turns on a dime, and like all Covenant ground vehicles it comes with a Boost function for brief bursts of speed, letting it escape trouble coming from behind or the side (as well as make for a [[CarFu very nasty surprise]] for enemy infantry trying to attack[=/=]board it from the front).

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** There's also the Covenant Type-26 Assault Gun Carriage (and its Type-58 successor introduced in ''Halo 5''), known to laymen as the "Wraith". A big chubby purple thing with front armor over a foot thick (made of a polymer that human scientists previously thought was impossible), and instead of firing shells out of a barreled gun it launches huge "mortars" of superheated plasma capable (in the novels) of pretty much flash-vaporizing any poor sap that gets hit by it... and everyone within about 10 ft. of the poor sap as well. Thanks to being a hovercraft, as tanks go it turns on a dime, and like all Covenant ground vehicles it comes with a Boost function for brief bursts of speed, letting it escape trouble coming from behind or the side (as well as make for giving a [[CarFu very nasty surprise]] for to enemy infantry trying to attack[=/=]board it from the front).
3rd Sep '16 5:18:49 PM DKN117
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** There's also the Covenant Type-26 Assault Gun Carriage (and its Type-58 successor introduced in ''Halo 5''), known to laymen as the "Wraith". A big chubby purple thing with front armor over a foot thick (made of a polymer that human scientists previously thought was impossible), and instead of firing shells out of a barreled gun it launches huge "mortars" of superheated plasma capable (in the novels) of pretty much flash-vaporizing any poor sap that gets hit by it... and everyone within about 10 ft. of the poor sap as well. And as tanks go, it turns on a dime.

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** There's also the Covenant Type-26 Assault Gun Carriage (and its Type-58 successor introduced in ''Halo 5''), known to laymen as the "Wraith". A big chubby purple thing with front armor over a foot thick (made of a polymer that human scientists previously thought was impossible), and instead of firing shells out of a barreled gun it launches huge "mortars" of superheated plasma capable (in the novels) of pretty much flash-vaporizing any poor sap that gets hit by it... and everyone within about 10 ft. of the poor sap as well. And Thanks to being a hovercraft, as tanks go, go it turns on a dime.dime, and like all Covenant ground vehicles it comes with a Boost function for brief bursts of speed, letting it escape trouble coming from behind or the side (as well as make for a [[CarFu very nasty surprise]] for enemy infantry trying to attack[=/=]board it from the front).
31st Aug '16 4:25:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* While this seems to be the case with the [[LizardFolk Race]] landcruisers in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series, they're no more (and probably less) advanced than modern-day tanks. However, they're monsters in the books' WorldWarTwo setting, compared to what the human "empire and not-empires" can put out. The shells are laser-- [[InsistentTerminology sorry]], [[CallARabbitASmeerp skelkwank-guided]] and can punch through any human armor. As mentioned by several characters on both sides, had the Race arrived only a generation later (as some of them wanted), the humans would've wiped the floor with them.

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* While this seems to be the case with the [[LizardFolk Race]] landcruisers in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series, they're no more (and probably less) advanced than modern-day tanks. However, they're monsters in the books' WorldWarTwo setting, compared to what the human "empire and not-empires" can put out. The shells are laser-- [[InsistentTerminology sorry]], [[CallARabbitASmeerp skelkwank-guided]] and can punch through any human armor. As mentioned by several characters on both sides, had the Race arrived only a generation later (as some of them wanted), the humans would've wiped the floor with them.
30th Aug '16 1:24:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[PolesWithPoleaxes Polish]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_TPzN1s9FQ PL-01]] concept tank. Stealthy like the Armata, but also equipped with [[RobotBuddy an unmanned turret]] to maximize crew survivability. [[Webcomic/{{Polandball}} Poland cannot into space]], but [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology it can certainly make its war machines absolutely]] BadAss.

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* The [[PolesWithPoleaxes [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_TPzN1s9FQ PL-01]] concept tank. Stealthy like the Armata, but also equipped with [[RobotBuddy an unmanned turret]] to maximize crew survivability. [[Webcomic/{{Polandball}} Poland cannot into space]], but [[TheAestheticsOfTechnology it can certainly make its war machines absolutely]] BadAss.
29th Aug '16 11:15:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* There's a good case for TruthInTelevision with this trope. Even though a single tank may not be a rampaging fortress of badassery in itself without combined arms support, it doesn't mean that they're not cool. The [[YanksWithTanks M1A2 Abrams]], [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Leopard 2A6]], [[BritsWithBattleships Challenger 2]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Merkava Mk.4]], [[RussiansWithRustingRockets T-90]],[[ChineseWithChopperSupport Type-99]], [[UsefulNotes/PakistanisWithPanters Khalid]], [[GaulsWithGrenades Leclerc]] and several others are all examples of RealLife tanks that are pretty damn cool and fairly badass. Plus, they don't suffer from the CripplingOverspecialization of fictional tanks (though most of them fall somewhere separate of the others in terms of speed, armour, firepower, and cost (the hidden factor!), ensuring [[CosmeticallyDifferentSides no two nation's tanks are exactly alike]]). Most of them also have the neat feature of being totally modular - swapping the entire engine, suspension, armor plates, etc is easier and faster than actually repairing the components.

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* There's a good case for TruthInTelevision with this trope. Even though a single tank may not be a rampaging fortress of badassery in itself without combined arms support, it doesn't mean that they're not cool. The [[YanksWithTanks M1A2 Abrams]], [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Leopard 2A6]], [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Challenger 2]], [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Merkava Mk.4]], [[RussiansWithRustingRockets T-90]],[[ChineseWithChopperSupport [[UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets T-90]],[[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport Type-99]], [[UsefulNotes/PakistanisWithPanters Khalid]], [[GaulsWithGrenades [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades Leclerc]] and several others are all examples of RealLife tanks that are pretty damn cool and fairly badass. Plus, they don't suffer from the CripplingOverspecialization of fictional tanks (though most of them fall somewhere separate of the others in terms of speed, armour, firepower, and cost (the hidden factor!), ensuring [[CosmeticallyDifferentSides no two nation's tanks are exactly alike]]). Most of them also have the neat feature of being totally modular - swapping the entire engine, suspension, armor plates, etc is easier and faster than actually repairing the components.
28th Aug '16 11:54:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* The anthem of the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons WWII German tank korps]], ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awehbFe3P3U Panzerlied,]]'' which is so good the tune and lyrics have been adapted by the Chilean, Italian, and even ''French'' militaries, and (unofficially), by [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht modern German Army]]. Famously featured in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge.''

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* The anthem of the [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons WWII German tank korps]], ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awehbFe3P3U Panzerlied,]]'' which is so good the tune and lyrics have been adapted by the Chilean, Italian, and even ''French'' militaries, and (unofficially), by [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht modern German Army]]. Famously featured in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge.''
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