Created By: OpMegs on October 6, 2007


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Spawned as a sidenote from Airborne Aircraft Carrier.

This thing is an inter-service nightmare. The general premise seems to be "hey, these things are awesome, but what if we put them TOGETHER?" Ironically, this isn't limited to fiction, as many have actually been prototyped by the world's militaries.

Examples include:

  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier (obviously)
  • Land Battleship: This is essentially what it sounds like. A massive rolling fortress with cannons and weapons galore. May be a hovercraft or have wheels or tank treads.
- Mobile Suit Gundam loves these, often sticking them in almost every sub-continuity. Perhaps the most unique were the Zanscare Empire's, which were literally battleships built on top of equally massive motorcycle chassis. - The Fatboy from Supreme Commander isn't just a land battleship, but a rolling factory to boot. Similarly, the Cybran frigates actually deploy spider legs when coming onto beaches, allowing them to attack amphibiously. - Truth In Fiction pops up as the British actually created and fielded some rudimentary Land Battleships in WW2, but found them far too impractical to justify the cost. The Nazis also created at least one working prototype and designed several even more enormous ones, before the end of the war stopped that line of development. - Dai-Gunzann/Dai-Gurren in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is both a Humongous Mecha and a Land Battleship...literally. It's a battleship hull with a Humongous Mecha body built into the middle that allows it to walk across land. Ironically, it requires special adjustments to even think about crossing water.
  • Submersible Carrier
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED had several of these serving to launch both aerial and amphibious mobile suits - Supreme Commander has the Atlantis-class submersible carrier for the UEF - Macross Zero had the Auerstadt as the Anti-UN forces home base, launching both variable fighters and transforming mini-sub OCTOS. - Tuatha de Danaan from Full Metal Panic! - Again, prototyped during both World War I and II by the British, French, Americans, Germans, and other powers.
  • Amphibious tanks aren't just tanks that can travel in water, but often are entirely submersible until they surface on the beach.
- The Fatboy from Supreme Commander is also this. Ditto the Cybran Monkeylord spiderbot. - Cobra had a couple, including the most notable being the Hammerhead which was not only a submersible tank, but a submersible carrier for its own mini-fleet of smaller vehicles.
  • The submersible jet fighter which can perform as well underwater as in the sky.
- Gold Digger gave the villainous Night Flight an entire wing of these. - G.I. Joe had the S.H.A.R.K. aircraft
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • October 6, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Although Japan actually built a number of actual, functional submersible aircraft carriers, with the fighters to go with them. Each one carried three planes.
  • October 6, 2007
    How could you forget Uchuu Senkan Yamato?
  • October 6, 2007
    Ah, for the days when I was young and naive, devouring Tom Swift and his Triphibian Atomicar.
  • October 6, 2007
    Humongous Mecha themselves could be considered a subtype of the land battleship. Also, aircraft carriers may be a successful Military Machine Mashup, being a combination of an airbase and a ship. Mobile unit producers show up several times in real-time strategy games: both GDI and Nod had mobile war factories in the Tiberian Sun expansion pack; the Protoss had two in Starcraft; and this is how most games implement aircraft carriers. Finally, would the various mammoth tanks in Command And Conquer games qualify as land battleships?

  • October 6, 2007
    I don't think mammoth tanks count. They're a couple of times the size of a regular tank (An M1 Abrams weighs 61 tons), but from on high that's still comparing small to dinky, and they handle just like heavier versions of ordinary tanks. A Nazi Maus (188 tons) raised eyebrows but wasn't fundamentally different.

    What might count are the surprisingly rare gaming equivalents of true gargants, such as the never-built Nazi Ratte and Monster tanks (1800 to 2500 tons) or a weaponized bucket-wheel excavator (13000 FUCKING TONS). Even these aren't mash-ups of anything in particular, just plain old freaky.
  • October 6, 2007
  • October 7, 2007
    Well, the land battleship generally performs like what it sounds like. A battleship on land. The Maus, Ratte, and Monster are mainly given as examples of the concept being built towards, suggesting it's not just passing fancy. Though admittedly, there's probably a fine line between Uber Heavy Tank and Land Battleship. It's just tonnage and number of guns. Speaking of which, would the Imperium's Baneblade ultra-heavy tanks in Warhammer40000 count? The standard one has eleven individual weapons and is the size of a house.

    Also, I dunno if Humongous Mecha count as a Land Battleship sub-type. Though they could be seen as a mashup of infantry soldiers and tanks.