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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.
16th Jul '16 6:14:17 PM SSJMagus
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** The ''Millennium Falcon's'' status as a POJ has been lampshaded a number of times within the Star Wars EU. In the ''Corellian Trilogy'', Lando points out that the ''Falcon'' is actually 110% safe because Han isn't going to let his wife and children travel in anything less than that, and that some of the apparent damage is faked like painted-on rust. The real reason Han has been dodging the ship's yearly inspections, is that he doesn't want the authorities to find out that he never removed the ship's illegal weaponry.

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** The ''Millennium Falcon's'' status as a POJ has been lampshaded a number of times within the Star Wars EU. In the ''Corellian Trilogy'', Lando points out that the ''Falcon'' is actually 110% safe because Han isn't going to let his wife and children travel in anything less than that, and that some of the apparent damage is faked like painted-on rust. The real reason Han has been dodging the ship's yearly inspections, is that he doesn't want the authorities to find out that he never removed the ship's illegal weaponry. Or various other illegal smuggling gear, like fake ID transponders.
** 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.



** Sisko's own starship is the ''USS Defiant'', an experimental prototype warship. It never went into full production because its designers overloaded its small, maneuverable hull [[note]]the SFX team were really bad at keeping her on-screen size consistent, but canonically she's only about as long as one of the Enterprise-D's warp nacelles[[/note]] with too much weaponry and overpowered engines, meaning the ship would lose integrity at full throttle. The [=DS9=] crew is skeptical about flying a defective model, but its firepower is what they need at this point in the war. (It helps that Sisko and [[MrFixit Chief O'Brien]] manage to fix most of its egregious defects.)

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** Sisko's own starship is the ''USS Defiant'', an experimental prototype warship. It never went into full production because its designers overloaded its small, maneuverable hull [[note]]the SFX team were really bad at keeping her on-screen size consistent, but canonically she's only about as long as one of the Enterprise-D's warp nacelles[[/note]] with too much weaponry and overpowered engines, meaning the ship would lose integrity at full throttle. This was because the ''Defiant'' was designed to fight [[TheDreaded the Borg]], and had no idea how much firepower would actually be needed to take down a Borg Cube. So they crammed everything that could physically fit into the ship, with the intention of building them by the dozens for swarm attacks...but then the project was cancelled before its very severe design flaws could be dealt with. The [=DS9=] crew is skeptical about flying a defective model, but its firepower is what they need at this point in the war. (It helps that Sisko and [[MrFixit Chief O'Brien]] manage to fix most of its egregious defects.defects, resulting in Starfleet putting the ''Defiant'' class back into production for use in the Dominion War.)



* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu-95 Tupolev Tu-95]]''' "[[ReportingNames Bear]]" strategic bomber was introduced in 1956. Because it was a propeller plane, it was considered to be outdated and slow by the west. However, it turned out to be incredibly fast for a propeller plane. [[CoolPlane More information here.]]

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* The '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu-95 Tupolev Tu-95]]''' "[[ReportingNames Bear]]" strategic bomber was introduced in 1956. Because it was a propeller plane, it was considered to be outdated and slow by the west. However, it turned out to be incredibly fast for a propeller plane.plane, as well as ludicrous endurance and a very large bomb load. As such it remains in frontline service ''sixty years later''. [[CoolPlane More information here.]]
8th Jul '16 1:14:43 AM AgProv
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** 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.
26th Jun '16 2:21:17 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Music/TheBeachBoys' "No-Go Showboat" inverts this trope. It may be "a wild custom that wins every show", but "everybody takes [it], even old Ford woodies" and it's "even shut down by the ice cream truck".
25th Jun '16 11:30:34 AM nombretomado
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* The [[AHDotComTheSeries MES]] ''[[AHDotComTheSeries AH.com]]''. It looks pretty broken down thanks to years of ramshackle repairs by a skeleton crew, but with an AI to even up the balance, it can still kick arse.

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* The [[AHDotComTheSeries [[Script/AHDotComTheSeries MES]] ''[[AHDotComTheSeries ''[[Script/AHDotComTheSeries AH.com]]''. It looks pretty broken down thanks to years of ramshackle repairs by a skeleton crew, but with an AI to even up the balance, it can still kick arse.
15th Jun '16 12:43:56 AM Doug86
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* In [[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 [[DisneyDucksComicUniverse [[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''.
19th May '16 5:25:28 PM erforce
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* The used car that Ray parks in front of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}' headquarters... complete with a list of repairs that it needed: "suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end... new rings, mufflers, a little wiring..." Eventually, it gets pimped out into [[CoolCar Ecto-1]].

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* The used car that Ray parks in front of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}' Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}' headquarters... complete with a list of repairs that it needed: "suspension work and shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear end... new rings, mufflers, a little wiring..." Eventually, it gets pimped out into [[CoolCar Ecto-1]].
6th May '16 5:21:21 AM foxley
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Parker}} The Outfit]]'', Parker visits a mechanic who specialises in supplying cars to the underworld. One of the vehicles he shows Parker is a Volkswagen Bug that he has been modifying into a getaway car, with a souped-up engine, reinforced chassis, ballast to allow it to corner properly, etc. The one problem he is having is that he cannot make it sound like a VW. Later in the novel, the reader gets to see the car in action, and he has solved the sound problem, at least at low speed.
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