A common weapon in Real Robot Genre
and other SF, but not necessarry used by the mecha themselves, as there are sometimes hand-held versions. They work much like real pile drivers, but rather then operating continuosly (for example, hydraulicaly), they typicaly work with a one-shot chemical charge driving the metal stake, complete with Spent Shells Shower
and a revolver
Pile bunkers are are sometimes build into a special gauntlet
for mecha or humans. Often, like This Is a Drill
, justified by the need to penetrate mecha armor.
The spike returns to it's original position after each "shot" (how is not always apparent). Also, Pile Bunkers firing mechanism must be made from incredibly strong materials, or it will explode every time the spike strikes the target, like a gun with jammed barrel. Or, alternatively, won't be able to penetrate tough enough target.
Guns that fire the spike away should go in the nailgun
Anime and Manga
- Cyan Pile uses one in Accel World.
- They feature prominently in Armored Trooper VOTOMS and it's spinoff, Armor hunter Mellowlink. The protagonist of the later especially likes to finish off his oponents withe pile bunker attachment on his AT-rifle. The punch of VOTOMS mecha also works on this principle.
- Dai-Guards Knot Buster and Knot Punisher.
- Char's Rafale Revive Custom II from Infinite Stratos has a gauntlet version.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion Sachiel, the very first Angel encountered, has one in its palms (when retracted, the spikes extend from the Angel's elbows). It pierces right through the protagonist's mecha's eye, in a very painful-looking way.
- Zoids CP-08 Pile Bunker, used by Rev Rapter and Iguan.
- In The Big O: the eponymous mecha has them.
- Tsukihime's Ciel Seventh Holy Scripture and Melty Blood's Riesbyfe Stridberg True Apocrypha conceptual weapons are magical examples.