Created By: WragnaroqRMaggeddon on May 29, 2011 Last Edited By: Miss_Desperado on February 18, 2018
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Idiosyncratic Mecha Storage

(Formerly known as Mecha Idle Position) A mecha assumes a specific position when not being used.

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It's not a very bright idea to park your Humongous Mecha standing straight up. It's a pain to climb back up to the cockpit, it can get knocked over easily, plus it just looks a bit silly.

So, make it kneel or curl up into a ball. With the center of gravity lowered, the mecha is harder to knock over. With the height lowered, the mecha is easier to store and can't get in trouble for impeding overhead air traffic. The pilot has a shorter and (usually) easier climb back up to the cockpit. Unfortunately, parking the mecha like that makes it a larger target for dive-bombing birds.

See also Sleep-Mode Size, for when there's less mecha and more sleepies; and Retractable Weapon.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Inverted in Neon Genesis Evangelion, where standing up is the idle position for an Evangelion. It's justified in that it's stored in a huge cage, and the entry plug is inserted into the back via cranes.
  • In expanded Gundam works, because they generally operate in 0-G, the Zeon space colonists do not store their mobile suits standing upright on racks like their Earth-based Federation rivals and instead have them lying down, back-to-back, or strewn about all over the hanger because there is less of a concept of "up" without gravity.

Film
  • Star Wars Battle Droids are designed to be able to fold into a compact shape, with the legs folded and pulled up to the chest. This allows for convenient transport and storage.

Video Games
  • Vital Suits in Lost Planet have a specific "folded-up" mode, so the pilot can climb in and out easily.
  • The powered armour units in FEAR 2 crouch and open their cockpit when they're usable so the pilot can climb in, or stand up straight with a shield activated when they're in an automatic repair mode (which tends to be how you find unoccupied ones to hijack).
  • Starcraft II: Thors have a unique animation that plays when they get picked up by a dropship. They fold up into a more compact block hanging under the ship.
  • Plenty of mechs in Mass Effect series, such as geth armatures, LOKIs or YMIRs, assume a compact shape when not activated, making for easier transport.

Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • May 30, 2011
    MiVaTh
    All the VS in Lost Planet 1 and 2 have a specific "folded-up" mode, so the pilot can climb in and out easily.
  • May 30, 2011
    kuyanJ
    "Idol" in line 2 should be "Idle".
  • May 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    The powered armour units in FEAR 2 crouch and open their cockpit when they're usuable so the pilot can climb in, or stand up straight with a shield activated when they're in an automatic repair mode (which tends to be how you find unoccupied ones to hijack).
  • May 30, 2011
    Miragician
    Inverted in Neon Genesis Evangelion, where standing up is the idle position for an Evangelion. It's justified in that it's stored in a huge cage, and the entry plug is inserted into the back via cranes.
  • May 31, 2011
    TonyG
    Related to Sleep Mode Size.
  • June 3, 2011
    LeonardoFibonacci
    I would ditch "such as crouching" from the laconic. It's clear enough without it.
  • February 5, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Hey, why was this forgotten for so long? Add more hats and Just Launch It Already!
  • February 5, 2018
    Chabal2
    ^ Half the examples are ZC Es.

    • Starcraft II: Thors have a unique animation that plays when they get picked up by a dropship by folding up into a more compact block hanging under the ship.
  • February 5, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    (sheepish Thread Necromancer is sheepish) OK, I tweaked blue-links and left notes on the zero-context examples that I couldn't fix. The examples with proper context are numerous enough to qualify for hat-adding.

  • February 5, 2018
    KZN02
  • February 6, 2018
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Changed media section titles to All Caps and performed a colonectomy.
      • Corrected punctuation (added periods at the ends of sentences).
      • Namespaced work names. Warning: failing to do this this can result in suspension from editing.
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
  • February 6, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Namespacing! That's the jargon for what I was trying to do earlier to the links!
  • February 6, 2018
    Diask
    • Plenty of mechs in Mass Effect series, such as geth armatures, LOKIs or YMIRs, assume a compact shape when not activated, making for easier transport.
  • February 6, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Bump: Just a reminder that this necro'd draft is Up For Grabs.
  • February 8, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Five hats! YAY! I'mma prep this for launch!
  • February 8, 2018
    Berrenta
    Unlaunched per Crash Rescue Thread. Just because there are 5 hats does not mean it's ready, especially if there's a bomb placed.

    For the user that placed the bomb: explain why it's not ready.
  • February 9, 2018
    Larkmarn
    So my issue with the draft is the title sounds PSOC (unless the mecha is a perpetual motion machine, it has to have some idle position), but I think something along the lines of Idiosyncratic Mecha Storage would be a decently clear name.

    On top of that, the examples and description are both pretty poor overall. It's likely a relic of digging up a 7 year old draft; standards of the wiki have progressed pretty considerably.

    Anyhoo, have an example:
    • In expanded Gundam works, because they generally operate in 0-G, the Zeon space colonists do not store their mobile suits standing upright on racks like their Earth-based Federation rivals and instead have them lying down, back-to-back, or strewn about over the hanger because there is less of a concept of "up" without gravity.
  • February 9, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Oh, okay, Larkmarn. I wish you had said this earlier when you first placed the bomb, I'll be happy to change the title from Mecha Idle Position to Idiosyncratic Mecha Storage. I had no idea that the former title was a problem and now that that's been pointed out, I agree, your suggestion is clearer.
  • February 9, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Also, Larkmarn, I'd appreciate some help bringing the quality of the description and examples up to snuff, do you have more specific feedback, or do you want to improve the quality yourself? Just because I resurrected it doesn't mean I have the skills to single-handedly launch it - as Berrenta pointed out to me (thank you, Berrenta).

  • February 10, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Bump: Anyone wanna help polish this draft?

  • February 11, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Zero-context examples are currently commented out, as long as this is still a draft, should they be un-commented so that people can see them and provide more context?

  • February 12, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Bump.
  • February 13, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Hey, does anyone know where I can find a page listing up-to-date standards for trope drafts?
  • February 13, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
  • February 15, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Bump: If this is still not ready for launch, speak up.
  • February 18, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    Bump: I MIGHT launch this after I get some sleep. I don't know.
  • February 18, 2018
    Miss_Desperado
    I'm awake! Here's hoping this doesn't get un-launched again.
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