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24th Jun '18 2:03:32 PM merotoker
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What A Piece of Junk is a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion of TheAllegedCar, where it ''looks'' like a clunker, but ''performs'' like a CoolCar, likely through much work turning into an AceCustom. This is a vehicle that looks like it will fall apart if you go faster than twenty miles an hour. Your friends won't ride in it for fear of it spontaneously combusting. Well, your eyes are deceiving you: get into it and watch it blast past the competition. It is much, much better than it looks.

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What A Piece of Junk is a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion {{subver|tedTrope}}sion of TheAllegedCar, where it ''looks'' like a clunker, but ''performs'' like a CoolCar, likely through much work turning into an AceCustom. This is a vehicle that looks like it will fall apart if you go faster than twenty miles an hour. Your friends won't ride in it for fear of it spontaneously combusting. Well, your eyes are deceiving you: get into it and watch it blast past the competition. It is much, much better than it looks.



** In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', [[spoiler:the Falcon gets called "piece of junk" once again, by Kylo Ren this time around, during the battle of Crait as it shows up and wreaks havoc on the First Order's TIE fighters.]]

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** In ''Film/TheLastJedi'', [[spoiler:the Falcon gets called "piece of junk" once again, by Kylo Ren this time around, during the battle of Crait as it shows up and wreaks havoc on the First Order's TIE fighters.]]fighters]].



* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', the USS ''Stingray'' is a barely-functional WorldWarTwo-era diesel sub, taken out of retirement to be pitted against the modern US nuclear navy in a war game. Ironically, it's the rust bucket's old design that ends up helping the protagonists trick the USS ''Orlando'' (a nuclear sub) into thinking that the ''Stingray'' is just a fishing boat (the crew of the ''Orlando'' weren't told that their enemy is a diesel sub, and the bad weather at night makes the ''Stingray''[='s=] profile seem like a surface vessel). During the climax, [[spoiler:Dodge surfaces the ''Stingray'' to allow her to move faster, while the ''Orlando''[='s=] temporary commander stupidly does the same, even though such an action would actually ''slow down'' a modern sub]].

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* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', the USS ''Stingray'' is a barely-functional WorldWarTwo-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era diesel sub, taken out of retirement to be pitted against the modern US nuclear navy in a war game. Ironically, it's the rust bucket's old design that ends up helping the protagonists trick the USS ''Orlando'' (a nuclear sub) into thinking that the ''Stingray'' is just a fishing boat (the crew of the ''Orlando'' weren't told that their enemy is a diesel sub, and the bad weather at night makes the ''Stingray''[='s=] profile seem like a surface vessel). During the climax, [[spoiler:Dodge surfaces the ''Stingray'' to allow her to move faster, while the ''Orlando''[='s=] temporary commander stupidly does the same, even though such an action would actually ''slow down'' a modern sub]].



* The UNSC ''Pillar of Autumn'' from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a slightly large cruiser in a war in which it takes more than 3:1 odds in their favor for the UNSC to win a space battle. She's actually a reactivated derelict that the UNSC [[SuperPrototype tricked out]], with concealed weapons, reinforced armor, a prototype heavy magnetic cannon, quarters for ''all active [[SuperSoldier SPARTANS]]'', experimental reactors, and multiple combat AI. The ''Autumn'', like all ''Halcyon''-class cruisers, was retired before the Human-Covenant war because they were too over-engineered to be worth their operating costs. If this was the premise of a science fiction show prop, it would have been almost too formulaic to run, but because the ''[[HaloCombatEvolved Autumn]]'' is [[DoomedByCanon doomed by canon]], it's more a case of [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could have been]].

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* The UNSC ''Pillar of Autumn'' from ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' looks like nothing more than a slightly large cruiser in a war in which it takes more than 3:1 odds in their favor for the UNSC to win a space battle. She's actually a reactivated derelict that the UNSC [[SuperPrototype tricked out]], with concealed weapons, reinforced armor, a prototype heavy magnetic cannon, quarters for ''all active [[SuperSoldier SPARTANS]]'', experimental reactors, and multiple combat AI. The ''Autumn'', like all ''Halcyon''-class cruisers, was retired before the Human-Covenant war because they were too over-engineered to be worth their operating costs. If this was the premise of a science fiction show prop, it would have been almost too formulaic to run, but because the ''[[HaloCombatEvolved ''[[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved Autumn]]'' is [[DoomedByCanon doomed by canon]], it's more a case of [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could have been]].



* PrivateEye Literature/MikeHammer has his "heap", but at one stage it's mentioned that there's a Cadillac engine under the hood.

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* PrivateEye Private Eye Literature/MikeHammer has his "heap", but at one stage it's mentioned that there's a Cadillac engine under the hood.



* In Creator/BanjoPaterson's poem ''The Man From Snowy River'', the title character rides an apparent [[TheAllegedSteed Alleged Steed]] described as "a small and weedy beast", but it turns out to be the only non-feral horse in the area that doesn't balk at mountains and keeps its footing in the scrubland.
** Parodied with "Snowy", the pony in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', who is actually a TricksterGod in disguise, and at one point climbs up a vertical cliff, and then ''upside down'' across the overhang.

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* In Creator/BanjoPaterson's poem ''The Man From Snowy River'', the title character rides an apparent [[TheAllegedSteed Alleged Steed]] described as "a small and weedy beast", but it turns out to be the only non-feral horse in the area that doesn't balk at mountains and keeps its footing in the scrubland.
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scrubland. Parodied with "Snowy", the pony in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', who is actually a TricksterGod in disguise, and at one point climbs up a vertical cliff, and then ''upside down'' across the overhang.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''40000}}'':



** A lot of Imperial stuff behaves like this as well. The workhorse of the Imperial Guard, the boxy, primitive-looking Leman Russ, doesn't look like much, but one of them probably could take out an entire column of real life MBTs, despite the implication that it's even implied that it's actually based off of an ancient agricultural tractor design. Space Marine tanks tend to be more sophisticated, as they are used in far fewer numbers by elite forces.

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** A lot of Imperial stuff behaves like this as well. The workhorse of the Imperial Guard, the boxy, primitive-looking Leman Russ, doesn't look like much, but one of them probably could take out an entire column of real life MBTs, [=MBTs=], despite the implication that it's even implied that it's actually based off of an ancient agricultural tractor design. Space Marine tanks tend to be more sophisticated, as they are used in far fewer numbers by elite forces.



* ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''

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* ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'':



* The [[BrandX Chrysalis Highwayman]] of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' starts out as a {{Zeerust}} (emphasis on "rust") [[TheAllegedCar alleged car]] that sits on 4 cinderblocks in a junkyard in [[WretchedHive the Den]] and won't go anywhere until you find the necessary spare parts and cough up the money to repair it. When you do, you get an amazing machine that can take on [[AfterTheEnd New]] [[TheWasteland California]] and carry your party around the map much faster. It's powered by EnergyWeapons ammo and you can find upgrades for fuel consumption, speed and [[{{Hammerspace}} trunk space]]. No matter what, it still looks like a bucket of rust. Its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jxn1sqAQ-c theme]] is impossibly [[AwesomeMusic/{{Fallout}} cool]] too.

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* The [[BrandX Chrysalis Highwayman]] of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' starts out as a {{Zeerust}} (emphasis on "rust") [[TheAllegedCar alleged car]] that sits on 4 cinderblocks in a junkyard in [[WretchedHive the Den]] and won't go anywhere until you find the necessary spare parts and cough up the money to repair it. When you do, you get an amazing machine that can take on [[AfterTheEnd New]] [[TheWasteland New California]] and carry your party around the map much faster. It's powered by EnergyWeapons {{Energy Weapon}}s ammo and you can find upgrades for fuel consumption, speed and [[{{Hammerspace}} trunk space]]. No matter what, it still looks like a bucket of rust. Its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jxn1sqAQ-c theme]] is impossibly [[AwesomeMusic/{{Fallout}} cool]] too.
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*** Some in the rat look scene even [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the fact that their [[{{Retraux}} faux rust buckets]] look like they were found [[DownInTheDumps in a junkyard]] from a UsedFuture by [[BambooTechnology giving]] [[ScavengedPunk them]] [[{{Retraux}} a]] [[ScavengerWorld post]]-[[TheApunkalypse apocalyptic]] [[PostApunkalypticArmor theme]].

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*** Some in the rat look scene even [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] {{lampshade|Hanging}} the fact that their [[{{Retraux}} faux rust buckets]] look like they were found [[DownInTheDumps in a junkyard]] from a UsedFuture by [[BambooTechnology giving]] [[ScavengedPunk them]] [[{{Retraux}} a]] [[ScavengerWorld post]]-[[TheApunkalypse apocalyptic]] [[PostApunkalypticArmor theme]].



* Secondhand reports indicate that no less a vehicle than ''the'' AllegedCar, the infamous Trabant, could be upgraded to take a modern lightweight engine. Because the Trabbi's [[MadeOfPlasticine duraplast]] bodywork and steel frame chassis behind it are so lightweight, its cornering and power-to-weight ratios would thus be good enough to take on some modern sports cars--''and win''. From Wiki/TheOtherWiki:

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* Secondhand reports indicate that no less a vehicle than ''the'' AllegedCar, the infamous Trabant, could be upgraded to take a modern lightweight engine. Because the Trabbi's [[MadeOfPlasticine duraplast]] bodywork and steel frame chassis behind it are so lightweight, its cornering and power-to-weight ratios would thus be good enough to take on some modern sports cars--''and win''. From Wiki/TheOtherWiki:[[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]:



** Years ago, the German police souped upo Volkswagen beetles with Porsche motors. Quite a nasty surprise for 'stoplight racers'.

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** Years ago, the German police souped upo up Volkswagen beetles with Porsche motors. Quite a nasty surprise for 'stoplight racers'.
17th Jun '18 2:00:00 PM MadCat221
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What A Piece of Junk is a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion of TheAllegedCar, where it ''looks'' like a clunker, but ''performs'' like a CoolCar. This is a vehicle that looks like it will fall apart if you go faster than twenty miles an hour. Your friends won't ride in it for fear of it spontaneously combusting. Well, your eyes are deceiving you: get into it and watch it blast past the competition. It is much, much better than it looks.

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What A Piece of Junk is a {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion of TheAllegedCar, where it ''looks'' like a clunker, but ''performs'' like a CoolCar.CoolCar, likely through much work turning into an AceCustom. This is a vehicle that looks like it will fall apart if you go faster than twenty miles an hour. Your friends won't ride in it for fear of it spontaneously combusting. Well, your eyes are deceiving you: get into it and watch it blast past the competition. It is much, much better than it looks.
26th May '18 4:34:53 PM MJTrooper
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** ''Film{{Solo}}'' reveals the ''Millennium Falcon'' did look like a top-of-the-line starship at first, until Han Solo's misadventures caused it to become the hunk of junk it is today.

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** ''Film{{Solo}}'' ''Film/{{Solo}}'' reveals the ''Millennium Falcon'' did look like a top-of-the-line starship at first, until Han Solo's misadventures caused it to become the hunk of junk it is today.
26th May '18 4:34:21 PM MJTrooper
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** ''Film{{Solo}}'' reveals the ''Millennium Falcon'' did look like a top-of-the-line starship at first, until Han Solo's misadventures caused it to become the hunk of junk it is today.
21st May '18 9:18:01 PM darkemyst
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* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'': The first Redbird looked like an old boxy poorly maintained beater until a button was pushed on the dash and it shifted panels and glass around to resemble an angular sports car, and in both modes it was bulletproof and plenty fast with great handling and many of the same gadgets as the Batmobile. The second one looks like a commercially available sports car in "civilian" mode, and strongly resembles a Porsche.
22nd Apr '18 5:17:46 PM Commander_Ysenir
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* The [[BrandX Chrysalis Highwayman]] of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' starts out as a {{Zeerust}} (emphasis on "rust") [[TheAllegedCar alleged car]] that sits on 4 cinderblocks in a junkyard in [[WretchedHive the Den]] and won't go anywhere until you find the necessary spare parts and cough up the money to repair it. When you do, you get an amazing machine that can take on [[AfterTheEnd New]] [[TheWasteland California]] and carry your party around the map much faster. It's powered by EnergyWeapons ammo and you can find upgrades for fuel consumption, speed and [[{{Hammerspace}} trunk space]]. No matter what, it still looks like a bucket of rust. Its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jxn1sqAQ-c theme]] is impossibly [[AwesomeMusic/{{Fallout}} cool]] too.
16th Apr '18 8:20:40 AM DukeofFinland
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* ''Initial D's'' sequel, ''Manga/MFGhost'' continues this tradition, but this time with [=AE86's=] successor car, Toyota 86. Despite being considered antiquated compared to the tech filled, sequential transmisson, >500 horsepower supercars it's going up against, Kanata is able to make most of his 180 horsepower thanks to 86's lightweight and his unique driving style.
14th Apr '18 10:44:48 AM Schismatism
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''TabletopGames/{{Shadowrun}}'' by some enterprising players, who will take that beat-up old van and turn it into a mobile fortress, usually without bothering to give it a paint job. The rules specifically encourage getting a rigger to add enough equipment to make [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]] jealous, from spike strips to a shock security system.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''TabletopGames/{{Shadowrun}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' by some enterprising players, who will take that beat-up old van and turn it into a mobile fortress, usually without bothering to give it a paint job. The rules specifically encourage getting a rigger to add enough equipment to make [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]] jealous, from spike strips to a shock security system.
14th Apr '18 10:42:38 AM Schismatism
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''TabletopGames/{{Shadowrun}}'' by some enterprising players, who will take that beat-up old van and turn it into a mobile fortress, usually without bothering to give it a paint job. The rules specifically encourage getting a rigger to add enough equipment to make [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]] jealous, from spike strips to a shock security system.
13th Apr '18 12:30:44 AM TheCuza
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had an RV along these lines, called the Rust Bucket. Which turns out to be filled with all kinds of advanced alien technology.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' had ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' has Grandpa Max's beat-up old clunker of an RV along these lines, called RV, "affectionately" known as the Rust Bucket. Which turns Rustbucket. Of course, Grandpa is actually a retired member of the setting's [[TheMenInBlack MIB]]-equivalent, so the Rustbucket is secretly tricked out to be filled with all kinds of advanced alien technology.weaponry and gadgets.
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