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21st May '17 2:10:56 PM Zaptech
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* In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark (in his IronMan suit) gets matched up against a tank. The tank was able to accurately knock him out of the sky with a shell, and scuff up his armor (there's a deleted scene that showed how bad the damage was). Iron Man stands right back up, looks at the tank, fires a dinky missile at it, and walks away. [[YouAreAlreadyDead Said tank then explodes]].[[note]]The missile flew down the tanks gun and, presumably, through the open breach and set off the ammo rack[[/note]]
** [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] confirms that the missile did penetrate a weak spot on the tank and set off the ammo. Also, if you look closely, the tank doesn't actually knock down Iron Man with its main gun- rather it does it with an [[https://czarmarvel.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/iron-man-tank-anti-aircraft-gun.png anti-aircraft gun]] [[https://czarmarvel.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/iron-man-tank-anti-aircraft-gun-3.png mounted on the side]] of the turret. This makes sense when you remember that, in the scene right after this, Iron Man's armor receives noticeable damage after an F-22 scores three or so hits with its 20mm cannon. An actual tank shell would've pulped him. [[LightningBruiser Iron Man is]] [[ImmuneToBullets very tough,]] [[CurbStompCushion but not invincible]].

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* In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark (in his IronMan suit) gets matched up against a tank. The tank was able to accurately knock him out of the sky with a shell, and scuff up his armor (there's a deleted scene that showed how bad the damage was). Iron Man stands right back up, looks at the tank, fires a dinky missile at it, and walks away. [[YouAreAlreadyDead Said tank then explodes]].[[note]]The missile flew down the tanks gun and, presumably, through the open breach and set off the ammo rack[[/note]]
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[[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] confirms that the missile did penetrate a weak spot on the tank and set off the ammo. Also, if you look closely, the tank doesn't actually knock down Iron Man with its main gun- rather it does it with an [[https://czarmarvel.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/iron-man-tank-anti-aircraft-gun.png anti-aircraft gun]] [[https://czarmarvel.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/iron-man-tank-anti-aircraft-gun-3.png mounted on the side]] of the turret. This makes sense when you remember that, in the scene right after this, Iron Man's armor receives noticeable damage after an F-22 scores three or so hits with its 20mm cannon. An actual tank shell would've pulped him. [[LightningBruiser Iron Man is]] [[ImmuneToBullets very tough,]] [[CurbStompCushion but not invincible]]. ammo.
21st May '17 2:08:14 PM Zaptech
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** Truth to be told, to date M1 MBT doesn't have a proper antipersonnel HE-Frag shell, the ones officially designated as such are more of an afterthought, being a somewhat tuned HEAT round, or a honest-to-God Napoleonic-era throwback: the cannister shot. Unfortunately, modern tanks are ill-suited to feeding zombies the old-fashioned whiffs of grapeshot ''[[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte le petit caporal]]''-style.
16th May '17 7:30:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''UniverseAtWar'' plays this trope several different ways:

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* ''UniverseAtWar'' ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'' plays this trope several different ways:
9th May '17 6:13:11 PM Killerweinerdog
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* ''Anime/{{Gasaraki}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4b-haPATmI features a squad of mechs single-handily destroying an entire regiment of Main Battle Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles in open desert combat]]... [[MookHorrorShow Mostly from the perspective of the tank and IFV crews]] as they try to deal with a major OutsideContextProblem in the form of HumongousMecha that can run faster than they can traverse their turrets.

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* ''Anime/{{Gasaraki}}'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4b-haPATmI features a squad of mechs single-handily destroying an entire regiment of Main Battle Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles in open desert combat]]... [[MookHorrorShow Mostly from the perspective of the tank and IFV crews]] as they try to deal with a major OutsideContextProblem in the form of HumongousMecha that can run faster than they can traverse their turrets.turrets, though it also didn't help that the regiment commander seemed to get his tactics from the back of a cereal box.
11th Mar '17 1:31:31 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' has the Cattank. It ''does'' kind of look like a cat if you squint a bit. And, it very definitely has treads. And, it does get to be kind of fitted for battle in the [[AfterTheEnd Silent World]] (in the most cheapskate way imaginable). But, it's far closer to being a [[TheAllegedCar clapped-out RV modified for comms jobs behind the lines]] than it is an actual, you know, [[TankGoodness troll-ready tank]].
8th Mar '17 11:26:45 AM nombretomado
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** In ''MechWarrior 4'', tanks are absolute joke enemies - the die in a couple hits from almost any weapon, and while some of them have powerful weapons, [[ArtificialStupidity they almost never fire them]]. The trope is [[TankGoodness thankfully averted]] in ''MechWarrior Living Legends'', where heavy tanks like the [[MightyGlacier Demolisher]] can rip any battlemech to pieces with glee, and light tanks can drive ([[MultiTrackDrifting or drift]]) in circles around the more sluggish mechs.

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** In ''MechWarrior ''[=MechWarrior=] 4'', tanks are absolute joke enemies - the die in a couple hits from almost any weapon, and while some of them have powerful weapons, [[ArtificialStupidity they almost never fire them]]. The trope is [[TankGoodness thankfully averted]] in ''MechWarrior ''[=MechWarrior=] Living Legends'', where heavy tanks like the [[MightyGlacier Demolisher]] can rip any battlemech to pieces with glee, and light tanks can drive ([[MultiTrackDrifting or drift]]) in circles around the more sluggish mechs.
3rd Jan '17 8:52:15 AM Khathi
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** Scorpion light armored fighting vehicles (which, technically, aren't stated to be tanks) show up on the planet Mobius Beta in ''Shadow of Freedom'', and are mainly used to disperse protesters and assault LaResistance positions with their 35-mm grav guns. However, when caught in the open by rebels with off-world anti-tank weaponry, they easily go down from a single shot. To be fair, though, it is a typical "neobarb" planet, whose level of technology is far behind the galactic standard (though it's implied that those Scorpions are imports from the better-off League planet as well).

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** Scorpion light armored fighting vehicles (which, technically, aren't stated to be tanks) show up on the planet Mobius Beta in ''Shadow of Freedom'', and are mainly used to disperse protesters and assault LaResistance positions with their 35-mm grav guns. However, when caught in the open by rebels with off-world anti-tank weaponry, they easily go down from a single shot. To be fair, though, it It is a typical "neobarb" planet, whose level of technology is far behind the galactic standard (though it's implied later revealed that those although Scorpions are imports from Solarian issue vehicles, they're [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier more along the better-off League planet as well).lines of IFVs/light tanks]], and aren't designed to withstand the bona-fide antitank weapons.
15th Dec '16 6:09:05 PM Rhodes7
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* When the heroes of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' rebel against the US Government, the restored Tsar (yes, that's a thing) gives them... 100 WWII surplus T-34s. This is perfect, the heroes say, because the T-34 is super-reliable (hah!) and the purpose of tanks isn't to fight head on but to raid the enemy's supply chain and rear areas. However, no tanks on any side are ever mentioned as making a difference in the war.
22nd Sep '16 5:54:57 AM TheSaintOfAllTropers
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**However, this soon gets DoubleSubverted when you consider the cost. Quoting from memory from Maximum Tech: "5,000 Battle Value will buy you roughly a lance of 'Mechs, but it will also buy you about 120 platoons of foot rifle infantry." In any system that uses BV to determine fighting strength and ensure that the game remains balanced, a ZergRush from a dozen GlassCannon hovercraft will kill a lance of 'Mechs, even after years of nerfing by FASA, and the same 120 platoons of infantry can simply overwhelm the 'Mechs with their massed firepower. WeHaveReserves!
10th Aug '16 4:38:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Enemy tanks are relatively easy to take out in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games, while when piloting a tank the player can generally smash through just about anything.
** Note that the essence of this trope is averted, however. Tanks are used by both sides, and the only reason they're so easy to take out, is that Master Chief keeps commandeering them...Or, he uses the Real Life tactic of 'Rocket Launcher'.
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