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26th Nov '16 1:55:06 PM merotoker
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** To be perfectly fair, the [=AE=]86 chassis is indeed impressive -- for a commuter's car; allied with the car's light weight and the high-revving fuel-injected twin cam engine, Takumi's specific version of the Trueno is a little marvel to drive on mountain roads -- and is not the only "el cheapo" car to win the favors of drivers: The Peugeot 106 GTI, the "sporty" version of your typical French women car, was voted second best handling car in the world (because they couldn't justify a cheap FW hatchback beating the Ferrari 355) by the crazy dudes at Series/TopGear (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK-hprvTNf8). When he drives Itsuki's Levin, which has the [=AE=]85 variant of the chassis (it lacks reinforced triangles, anti-roll bars, and a limited slip differential) powered by a single-cam carburated engine, Takumi remarks how dull and unreliable the car is. Later on, when he gets to drive a Subaru WRX STI Impreza, he is forced to acknowledge the difference between his souped up Trueno and a real race car.

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** To be perfectly fair, the [=AE=]86 chassis is indeed impressive -- for a commuter's car; allied with the car's light weight and the high-revving fuel-injected twin cam engine, Takumi's specific version of the Trueno is a little marvel to drive on mountain roads -- and is not the only "el cheapo" car to win the favors of drivers: The Peugeot 106 GTI, the "sporty" version of your typical French women car, was voted second best handling car in the world (because they couldn't justify a cheap FW hatchback beating the Ferrari 355) by the crazy dudes at Series/TopGear ''Series/TopGear'' (see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK-hprvTNf8). When he drives Itsuki's Levin, which has the [=AE=]85 variant of the chassis (it lacks reinforced triangles, anti-roll bars, and a limited slip differential) powered by a single-cam carburated engine, Takumi remarks how dull and unreliable the car is. Later on, when he gets to drive a Subaru WRX STI Impreza, he is forced to acknowledge the difference between his souped up Trueno and a real race car.



** Eventually though it turns out that even in its inactive form, Tessaiga is not useless: it might not be able to cut anything, but that dull, beat-up looking blade is [[NighInvulnerable nearly indestructible]] and works fine as a club. Hence, if attacked while in human form, Inuyasha can use it to hold out until sunrise and the return of his half-demon powers (which are required for the sword to turn into a much-more-useful {{BFS}}).

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** Eventually though it turns out that even in its inactive form, Tessaiga is not useless: it might not be able to cut anything, but that dull, beat-up looking blade is [[NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability nearly indestructible]] and works fine as a club. Hence, if attacked while in human form, Inuyasha can use it to hold out until sunrise and the return of his half-demon powers (which are required for the sword to turn into a much-more-useful {{BFS}}).



* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT-42 BT-42 Finnish Assault Gun]] used by Continuation High School in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm'' qualifies for this trope as well. Historically one of the most underwhelming tanks ever fielded in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo the second World War]], [[spoiler:it ran circles around the University Team's three [=M26 Pershings=] and took them all out with little effort.]]

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT-42 BT-42 Finnish Assault Gun]] used by Continuation High School in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm'' qualifies for this trope as well. Historically one of the most underwhelming tanks ever fielded in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the second World War]], [[spoiler:it ran circles around the University Team's three [=M26 Pershings=] and took them all out with little effort.]]effort]].



* In ''ComicBook/TheQuestion'', Vic Sage used to drive a beat-up VW Bug. With a Porsche engine. It would effortlessly outrun police cars.
** It is worth noting that Ferdinand Porsche ''himself'' was the founding engineer of VW - combinations of parts from both companies are frequent in RealLife.
* In ''Comicbook/IronMan Noir'', Pepper is surprised to find that the infamous Captain Namor's legendary ship, the ''Lady Dorma'', is a real beater. Stark assures her it's got more kick than you'd think. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the rust-bucket is actually a cover for the real ''Lady Dorma'', a small submarine stored in the cargo hold.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/TheQuestion'', Vic Sage used to drive a beat-up VW Bug. With a Porsche engine. It would effortlessly outrun police cars.
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cars. It is worth noting that Ferdinand Porsche ''himself'' was the founding engineer of VW - combinations of parts from both companies are frequent in RealLife.
* In ''Comicbook/IronMan Noir'', Pepper is surprised to find that the infamous Captain Namor's legendary ship, the ''Lady Dorma'', is a real beater. Stark assures her it's got more kick than you'd think. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the rust-bucket is actually a cover for the real ''Lady Dorma'', a small submarine stored in the cargo hold.]]hold]].



* In [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik stories]], Paperinik's car: it's the same AllegedCar he uses as DonaldDuck, only Gyro tricked her out, and now it not only works but is faster, tougher, has multiple gadgets, can change licence plate by pressing a button and colour by pointing the right item to it, and ''fly''.

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* In [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik stories]], Paperinik's car: it's the same AllegedCar [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Car]] he uses as DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, only Gyro tricked her out, and now it not only works but is faster, tougher, has multiple gadgets, can change licence plate by pressing a button and colour by pointing the right item to it, and ''fly''.



* There are several examples on ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':

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* There are several examples on in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':



*** In the sequel, Mater is [[MistakenForSpies mistaken for a spy]] and equiped with holographic disguises, rocket boosters and hidden weapons. He also shows remarkable knowledge of [[AllegedCar lemons]], which comes in handy as the bad guys are Gremlins, Pacers and the like. [[spoiler:He even figures out the identity of the BigBad all by himself, and pulls a BatmanGambit on him. And even after he gets most of the gear removed at the end of the film, he is allowed to keep the rocket boosters... which are fast enough for him to keep pace with ''[=McQueen=]''.]]

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*** In the sequel, Mater is [[MistakenForSpies mistaken for a spy]] and equiped equipped with holographic disguises, rocket boosters and hidden weapons. He also shows remarkable knowledge of [[AllegedCar lemons]], which comes in handy as the bad guys are Gremlins, Pacers and the like. [[spoiler:He even figures out the identity of the BigBad all by himself, and pulls a BatmanGambit on him. And even after he gets most of the gear removed at the end of the film, he is allowed to keep the rocket boosters... which are fast enough for him to keep pace with ''[=McQueen=]''.]]



* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is the TropeNamer, from Luke's line about the ''[[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]]''.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, from Luke's line about the ''[[CoolStarship Millennium Falcon]]''.



-->'''Doc:''' The way I see it, if you're gonna built a time machine into a car, [[RuleOfCool why not do it]] [[CoolCar with some style]]!

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-->'''Doc:''' The way I see it, if you're gonna built build a time machine into a car, [[RuleOfCool why not do it]] [[CoolCar with some style]]!



* The Pillar of Autumn from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a large frigate, but actually carries concealed weapons, reinforced armour, and a prototype MAC (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon). To emphasize, she's of the ''Halcyon'' class: long overdue for retirement, and the ''Pillar'' is more beat-up than most. Then again, the ''Halcyon''-class was built to last. You really couldn't ask for a better platform for your top-class reactors and new weapons. Plus its junky appearance makes it the perfect cover for a squad of SuperSoldiers.

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* The Pillar of Autumn from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a large frigate, but actually carries concealed weapons, reinforced armour, and a prototype MAC (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon). To emphasize, she's of the ''Halcyon'' class: long overdue for retirement, and the ''Pillar'' is more beat-up than most. Then again, the ''Halcyon''-class was built to last. You really couldn't ask for a better platform for your top-class reactors and new weapons. Plus its junky appearance makes it the perfect cover for a squad of SuperSoldiers.{{Super Soldier}}s.



** This was common among smuggling vessels in general. The last thing you want out of your ultra-high-perfomance blockade runner is for it to ''look'' like an ultra-high-performance blockade runner and draw immediate attention from every Imperial ship who sees it. Though some smugglers went in the opposition direction by flying fancy luxury yachts in order to give the impression that they're too rich to be hauling cargo at all, let alone illegal cargo.

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** This was common among smuggling vessels in general. The last thing you want out of your ultra-high-perfomance ultra-high-performance blockade runner is for it to ''look'' like an ultra-high-performance blockade runner and draw immediate attention from every Imperial ship who sees it. Though some smugglers went in the opposition direction by flying fancy luxury yachts in order to give the impression that they're too rich to be hauling cargo at all, let alone illegal cargo.



* Pops up in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books from time to time, in the form of "Q-ships" - slow, unarmored cargo-ships modified into stealth warships, designed either to surprise enemy commerce-raiders, or to trick pirates. They'll still LOOK big, heavy, clumsy and harmless - but their abundant cargo-space means that they can carry enough missiles and heavy energy-weapons to match a Heavy Cruiser, not to mention fitting them with military-grade engines and shielding. (They still, however, tend to be MUCH more delicate than a dedicated warship of their size, and thus have to rely on deception to get in a jaw-shattering sucker-punch.) The finest example, however, show up in ''War of Honor'' - a pair of smallish merchantmen named 'Pirate's Bane' and 'Ambushcade', often mocked for how little they resemble their names due to being old and beat-up, covered in flaky paint, and just generally sad-looking even compared to ORDINARY cargo-ships. But in truth, they more than live up to their names - seeing as they are the only two privately-owned Q-ships in the lawless reaches of Silesia, commanded by a Manticoran admiral-in-exile, and crewed by a dangerously disciplined RagtagBandOfMisfits who consider the money they make on high-priority shipping secondary to the opportunity to blast a few overconfident pirates out of the sky. Even their flaky paint is part of a deliberate deception - it's actually military-grade nanite paint, enabling them to change the appearance of their ship regularly in order to keep the pirates from getting wise. In an offscreen CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[spoiler: Pirate's Bane manages to destroy a Havenite Destroyer - FAR above the weight-class of the undisciplined, lightly-armed pirates they usually tangle with - though not without serious damage and loss of life.]]

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* Pops up in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books from time to time, in the form of "Q-ships" - slow, unarmored cargo-ships modified into stealth warships, designed either to surprise enemy commerce-raiders, or to trick pirates. They'll still LOOK big, heavy, clumsy and harmless - but their abundant cargo-space means that they can carry enough missiles and heavy energy-weapons to match a Heavy Cruiser, not to mention fitting them with military-grade engines and shielding. (They still, however, tend to be MUCH more delicate than a dedicated warship of their size, and thus have to rely on deception to get in a jaw-shattering sucker-punch.) The finest example, however, show up in ''War of Honor'' - a pair of smallish merchantmen named 'Pirate's Bane' and 'Ambushcade', often mocked for how little they resemble their names due to being old and beat-up, covered in flaky paint, and just generally sad-looking even compared to ORDINARY cargo-ships. But in truth, they more than live up to their names - seeing as they are the only two privately-owned Q-ships in the lawless reaches of Silesia, commanded by a Manticoran admiral-in-exile, and crewed by a dangerously disciplined RagtagBandOfMisfits who consider the money they make on high-priority shipping secondary to the opportunity to blast a few overconfident pirates out of the sky. Even their flaky paint is part of a deliberate deception - it's actually military-grade nanite paint, enabling them to change the appearance of their ship regularly in order to keep the pirates from getting wise. In an offscreen CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[spoiler: Pirate's Bane manages to destroy a Havenite Destroyer - FAR above the weight-class of the undisciplined, lightly-armed pirates they usually tangle with - though not without serious damage and loss of life.]]life]].



* In ''Addie Pray,'' the novel on which the movie ''Movies/PaperMoon'' was based, Long Boy Pray had to swap his fancy ride for a beat-up old truck to escape pursuers who were looking for his car. He then had that truck modified and souped-up enough to outrun anything on the road, all the while keeping its decrepit outward appearance.

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* In ''Addie Pray,'' the novel on which the movie ''Movies/PaperMoon'' ''Film/PaperMoon'' was based, Long Boy Pray had to swap his fancy ride for a beat-up old truck to escape pursuers who were looking for his car. He then had that truck modified and souped-up enough to outrun anything on the road, all the while keeping its decrepit outward appearance.



** Their battlecruiser flagship, the Hyperion, has been in service since the first game and it shows. Some of the Raiders make jabs at the Hyperion's shabby appearance occasionally. Nonetheless, the Hyperion performs even ''better'' than the latest fancy Battlecruisers [[spoiler:because the Protoss Crystal growing in the ship's lab is borderline sentient and helps the ship by providing it with extra power.]] It was also an AceCustom to begin with back in the original game.

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** Their battlecruiser flagship, the Hyperion, has been in service since the first game and it shows. Some of the Raiders make jabs at the Hyperion's shabby appearance occasionally. Nonetheless, the Hyperion performs even ''better'' than the latest fancy Battlecruisers [[spoiler:because the Protoss Crystal growing in the ship's lab is borderline sentient and helps the ship by providing it with extra power.]] power]]. It was also an AceCustom to begin with back in the original game.



* Teladi ships in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series tend toward this trope; in particular, their capital ships, which appear to have been put together almost entirely from spare parts. However, [[NighInvulnerable they tend to be extremely heavy on the defense]]. A number of Pirate variants of normal ships also fit.
* The ''Albion Skunk'' of ''Videogame/XRebirth'' has seen better days, with it being salvaged from a junkyard with numerous important bits missing. The ship is actually a SuperPrototype and shows it once refurbished - the only reason it never entered production by the time of ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Albion Prelude]]'' was due to the outrageous per-unit cost. No ship can keep up with the ''Skunk'' once it engages its [[NitroBoost afterburners]] and it carries shielding and firepower far in excess of normal {{Space Fighter}}s
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Shepard has to defend the ''Normandy'' from an inspecting Alliance Admiral who believs it to be an overdesigned, overfunded, waste of Alliance resources that could have been used to build a ''proper'' ship. Shepard has to point out that the ''Normandy's'' stealth-drive allows them to drop infiltration teams, perform reconnaissance and it can run faster than any other ship in the fleet. Basically... every reason ''why'' it's a CoolStarship! This is actually justified in the conversation; the Admiral is thinking in terms of a stand-up fight, and the Normandy cost as much as a Heavy Cruiser (complete with fighter escort) while having only a tiny fraction of the firepower and survivability.

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* Teladi ships in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series tend toward this trope; in particular, their capital ships, which appear to have been put together almost entirely from spare parts. However, [[NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability they tend to be extremely heavy on the defense]]. A number of Pirate variants of normal ships also fit.
* The ''Albion Skunk'' of ''Videogame/XRebirth'' has seen better days, with it being salvaged from a junkyard with numerous important bits missing. The ship is actually a SuperPrototype and shows it once refurbished - the only reason it never entered production by the time of ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Albion Prelude]]'' was due to the outrageous per-unit cost. No ship can keep up with the ''Skunk'' once it engages its [[NitroBoost afterburners]] and it carries shielding and firepower far in excess of normal {{Space Fighter}}s
Fighter}}s.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Shepard has to defend the ''Normandy'' from an inspecting Alliance Admiral who believs believes it to be an overdesigned, overfunded, waste of Alliance resources that could have been used to build a ''proper'' ship. Shepard has to point out that the ''Normandy's'' stealth-drive allows them to drop infiltration teams, perform reconnaissance and it can run faster than any other ship in the fleet. Basically... every reason ''why'' it's a CoolStarship! This is actually justified in the conversation; the Admiral is thinking in terms of a stand-up fight, and the Normandy cost as much as a Heavy Cruiser (complete with fighter escort) while having only a tiny fraction of the firepower and survivability.



* In RealLife these are known as "sleeper cars" or "sleepers" ("Q-cars" if you live in [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} the UK]]). Some owners go [[UpToEleven all-out]] in making their high-powered, tuned street racer or drag car look like TheAllegedCar. Old, American [[TheSixties Muscle]] [[TheSeventies cars]] are popular due to their [[BadassNormal base performance]], ready availability of performance parts, and tendency to be stereotyped as [[MightyGlacier slow]], [[MadeOfIron heavy]], [[TheAllegedCar rusted-out]] [[TheDukesOfHazzard redneck rockets]] only driven by [[DeepSouth hillbillies]] and [[WhenIWasYourAge old]] [[GrumpyOldMan geezers]] trying [[NostalgiaFilter to emulate]] the GoodOldWays, though [[ThePreciousPreciousCar cars]] [[MidlifeCrisisCar from]] [[ImprobablyCoolCar all]] [[RiceBurner nations]] [[CoolCar and]] [[TheAllegedCar all]] [[LowerClassLout walks]] [[EverybodyOwnsAFord of]] [[PimpedOutCar life]] have been given the sleeper treatment. There's even an [[{{Subculture}} entire subculture]] devoted to them. You can read more about them with [[https://www.google.com/search?q=sleeper+cars a quick Google search]] and TheOtherWiki has an article about them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_%28car%29 here]]. The sleeper {{Subculture}} is so vast that two distinct [[{{Subculture}} sub-subcultures]] have emerged.

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* In RealLife these are known as "sleeper cars" or "sleepers" ("Q-cars" if you live in [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} the UK]]). Some owners go [[UpToEleven all-out]] in making their high-powered, tuned street racer or drag car look like TheAllegedCar. Old, American [[TheSixties Muscle]] [[TheSeventies cars]] are popular due to their [[BadassNormal base performance]], ready availability of performance parts, and tendency to be stereotyped as [[MightyGlacier slow]], [[MadeOfIron heavy]], [[TheAllegedCar rusted-out]] [[TheDukesOfHazzard [[Series/TheDukesOfHazzard redneck rockets]] only driven by [[DeepSouth hillbillies]] and [[WhenIWasYourAge old]] [[GrumpyOldMan geezers]] trying [[NostalgiaFilter to emulate]] the GoodOldWays, though [[ThePreciousPreciousCar cars]] [[MidlifeCrisisCar from]] [[ImprobablyCoolCar all]] [[RiceBurner nations]] [[CoolCar and]] [[TheAllegedCar all]] [[LowerClassLout walks]] [[EverybodyOwnsAFord of]] [[PimpedOutCar life]] have been given the sleeper treatment. There's even an [[{{Subculture}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Subcultures}} entire subculture]] devoted to them. You can read more about them with [[https://www.google.com/search?q=sleeper+cars a quick Google search]] and TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has an article about them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_%28car%29 here]]. The sleeper {{Subculture}} UsefulNotes/{{Subculture|s}} is so vast that two distinct [[{{Subculture}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Subcultures}} sub-subcultures]] have emerged.



** Thanks to size standardizations in computers, there are some people who enjoy taking an old looking beige box from the mid-late 90s and putting modern, high-end components just to mess with people when they show up at a gathering. Some PC gamers also build sleeper PCs to deter thieves.

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** Thanks to size standardizations in computers, there are some people who enjoy taking an old looking beige box from the mid-late 90s and putting modern, high-end components just to mess with people when they show up at a gathering. Some PC gamers also build sleeper PCs [=PCs=] to deter thieves.



** Toyota pickups are this in general. The exterior takes a beating, [[TonkaTough but the innards will run until Doomsday with a little maintenance]]. See the above mention of {{Series/TopGear}}'s epic attempts - and failure - to destroy a Toyota Hilux truck. Unfortunately, that durability makes them very popular with third-world insurgencies.

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** Toyota pickups are this in general. The exterior takes a beating, [[TonkaTough but the innards will run until Doomsday with a little maintenance]]. See the above mention of {{Series/TopGear}}'s ''Series/TopGear'''s epic attempts - and failure - to destroy a Toyota Hilux truck. Unfortunately, that durability makes them very popular with third-world insurgencies.



** Tens of thousands of American trucks were provided for the Soviet Union during WW2. These were far better than home-produced vehicles and enabled the Soviets to focus their industry on making tanks and things. While the supply ended after August 1945, it is a known fact that the supply and transport train behind any Russian invasion of western Europe, even well into the 1970's, would have largely been running on American largesse. Wartime lease-lend trucks are still seen working in many parts of the former USSR.

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** Tens of thousands of American trucks were provided for the Soviet Union during WW2.UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2. These were far better than home-produced vehicles and enabled the Soviets to focus their industry on making tanks and things. While the supply ended after August 1945, it is a known fact that the supply and transport train behind any Russian invasion of western Europe, even well into the 1970's, would have largely been running on American largesse. Wartime lease-lend trucks are still seen working in many parts of the former USSR.



* While we're on the subject of aircraft, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish Fairey Swordfish]] looks like something out of UsefulNotes/WW1, but actually served with the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] throughout WW2. During that time, it managed to score some major successes, the most famous of which was crippling the German battleship ''Bismarck.''

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* While we're on the subject of aircraft, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish Fairey Swordfish]] looks like something out of UsefulNotes/WW1, UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}W1, but actually served with the [[BritsWithBattleships [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] throughout WW2.UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2. During that time, it managed to score some major successes, the most famous of which was crippling the German battleship ''Bismarck.''
17th Oct '16 2:51:41 PM Morgenthaler
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* While we're on the subject of aircraft, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish Fairey Swordfish]] looks like something out of WW1, but actually served with the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] throughout WW2. During that time, it managed to score some major successes, the most famous of which was crippling the German battleship ''Bismarck.''

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* While we're on the subject of aircraft, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish Fairey Swordfish]] looks like something out of WW1, UsefulNotes/WW1, but actually served with the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] throughout WW2. During that time, it managed to score some major successes, the most famous of which was crippling the German battleship ''Bismarck.''
12th Oct '16 2:27:46 PM DracMonster
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* In ''Webcomic/GhostsAmongTheWildFlowers'', when Julia shows Victoria the airship she just purchased, Victoria initially lambasts it as an old junkheap.
-->'''Julia:''' Haunted? Ha-ha very funny...
-->'''Victoria:''' I'm serious, dang ol' rickety run-down boat must be chock full of ghosts... and I can't imagine it being worth more than the dirt it stands on.
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-->'''Victoria:''' When do you suppose we set off?
-->'''Julia:''' Once you're done insulting it...
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BT-42 BT-42 Finnish Assault Gun]] used by Continuation High School in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzerDerFilm'' qualifies for this trope as well. Historically one of the most underwhelming tanks ever fielded in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo the second World War]], [[spoiler:it ran circles around the University Team's three [=M26 Pershings=] and took them all out with little effort.]]
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* While we're on the subject of aircraft, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish Fairey Swordfish]] looks like something out of WW1, but actually served with the [[BritsWithBattleships Royal Navy]] throughout WW2. During that time, it managed to score some major successes, the most famous of which was crippling the German battleship ''Bismarck.''
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** The Admiral is proven [[TearJerker tragically right]] in the DownerBeginning of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''…but the Normandy's Cerberus-built successor, despite being only 50% larger than the original, [[CurbStompBattle eats cruisers for breakfast]] (''especially'' if she's given all the required modifications to survive the assault on the Collector base).

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** The Admiral is proven [[TearJerker tragically right]] right in the DownerBeginning of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''…but the Normandy's Cerberus-built successor, despite being only 50% larger than the original, [[CurbStompBattle eats cruisers for breakfast]] (''especially'' if she's given all the required modifications to survive the assault on the Collector base).
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* Just about everything sporting the Olive Green drab of the Soviet Army in ''WorldOfTanks'' is this, with fully visible rivets, welding seams and paint chipping on most vehicles. It makes sense with some vehicles, particularly ones that made it into production (in particular, the T-34 and its kin, as well as the KV-1 and IS-2), but with the ones that ''[[UpToEleven never left the drawing board]]'', not so much. It belies the fact that the Soviet tanks are generally excellent brawlers, compared to the clean German, almost fashionable French, and freakishly huge American tanks.

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* Just about everything sporting the Olive Green drab of the Soviet Army in ''WorldOfTanks'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfTanks'' is this, with fully visible rivets, welding seams and paint chipping on most vehicles. It makes sense with some vehicles, particularly ones that made it into production (in particular, the T-34 and its kin, as well as the KV-1 and IS-2), but with the ones that ''[[UpToEleven never left the drawing board]]'', not so much. It belies the fact that the Soviet tanks are generally excellent brawlers, compared to the clean German, almost fashionable French, and freakishly huge American tanks.
23rd Aug '16 1:39:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Pillar of Autumn from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a large frigate, but actually carries concealed weapons, reinforced armour, and a prototype MAC (Magnetic, Accelerator Cannon).
** To emphasize, she's of the ''Halcyon'' class: long overdue for retirement, and the ''Pillar'' is more beat-up than most, but then again ''Halcyons'' are BuiltToLast. You really couldn't ask for a better platform for your top-class reactors and new weapons. Plus its junky appearance makes it the perfect cover for a squad of SuperSoldiers.

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* The Pillar of Autumn from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a large frigate, but actually carries concealed weapons, reinforced armour, and a prototype MAC (Magnetic, (Magnetic Accelerator Cannon).
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Cannon). To emphasize, she's of the ''Halcyon'' class: long overdue for retirement, and the ''Pillar'' is more beat-up than most, but then again ''Halcyons'' are BuiltToLast.most. Then again, the ''Halcyon''-class was built to last. You really couldn't ask for a better platform for your top-class reactors and new weapons. Plus its junky appearance makes it the perfect cover for a squad of SuperSoldiers.
12th Aug '16 4:37:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In RealLife these are known as "sleeper cars" or "sleepers" ("Q-cars" if you live in [[{{Britain}} the UK]]). Some owners go [[UpToEleven all-out]] in making their high-powered, tuned street racer or drag car look like TheAllegedCar. Old, American [[TheSixties Muscle]] [[TheSeventies cars]] are popular due to their [[BadassNormal base performance]], ready availability of performance parts, and tendency to be stereotyped as [[MightyGlacier slow]], [[MadeOfIron heavy]], [[TheAllegedCar rusted-out]] [[TheDukesOfHazzard redneck rockets]] only driven by [[DeepSouth hillbillies]] and [[WhenIWasYourAge old]] [[GrumpyOldMan geezers]] trying [[NostalgiaFilter to emulate]] the GoodOldWays, though [[ThePreciousPreciousCar cars]] [[MidlifeCrisisCar from]] [[ImprobablyCoolCar all]] [[RiceBurner nations]] [[CoolCar and]] [[TheAllegedCar all]] [[LowerClassLout walks]] [[EverybodyOwnsAFord of]] [[PimpedOutCar life]] have been given the sleeper treatment. There's even an [[{{Subculture}} entire subculture]] devoted to them. You can read more about them with [[https://www.google.com/search?q=sleeper+cars a quick Google search]] and TheOtherWiki has an article about them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_%28car%29 here]]. The sleeper {{Subculture}} is so vast that two distinct [[{{Subculture}} sub-subcultures]] have emerged.

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* In RealLife these are known as "sleeper cars" or "sleepers" ("Q-cars" if you live in [[{{Britain}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} the UK]]). Some owners go [[UpToEleven all-out]] in making their high-powered, tuned street racer or drag car look like TheAllegedCar. Old, American [[TheSixties Muscle]] [[TheSeventies cars]] are popular due to their [[BadassNormal base performance]], ready availability of performance parts, and tendency to be stereotyped as [[MightyGlacier slow]], [[MadeOfIron heavy]], [[TheAllegedCar rusted-out]] [[TheDukesOfHazzard redneck rockets]] only driven by [[DeepSouth hillbillies]] and [[WhenIWasYourAge old]] [[GrumpyOldMan geezers]] trying [[NostalgiaFilter to emulate]] the GoodOldWays, though [[ThePreciousPreciousCar cars]] [[MidlifeCrisisCar from]] [[ImprobablyCoolCar all]] [[RiceBurner nations]] [[CoolCar and]] [[TheAllegedCar all]] [[LowerClassLout walks]] [[EverybodyOwnsAFord of]] [[PimpedOutCar life]] have been given the sleeper treatment. There's even an [[{{Subculture}} entire subculture]] devoted to them. You can read more about them with [[https://www.google.com/search?q=sleeper+cars a quick Google search]] and TheOtherWiki has an article about them [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeper_%28car%29 here]]. The sleeper {{Subculture}} is so vast that two distinct [[{{Subculture}} sub-subcultures]] have emerged.
19th Jul '16 4:04:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Project 0}}'' Aatu prides himself on his [[http://centralcitytower.blogspot.com/2010/03/machine-introduction-buggy.html buggy]], even though Owen is quick to make fun of it.

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* In ''{{Project ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' Aatu prides himself on his [[http://centralcitytower.blogspot.com/2010/03/machine-introduction-buggy.html buggy]], even though Owen is quick to make fun of it.
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