Created By: Smeagol17 on October 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Smeagol17 on November 4, 2012
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Pile Bunker

A pile driver - like melee weapon.

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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 mechanism.

Pile bunkers are are sometimes build into a special gauntlet or arm 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 category.

Examples:

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.

Video Games Visual novels
  • Tsukihime's Ciel Seventh Holy Scripture and Melty Blood's Riesbyfe Stridberg True Apocrypha conceptual weapons are magical examples.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • October 21, 2012
    dvorak
    One of Barret's Arm Cannon attachments in Final Fantasy VII.
  • October 21, 2012
    KZN02
    Hey wait, didn't I make this ykttw before?
  • October 22, 2012
    Smeagol17
    I am new to yktt, so never looked on them before. But I think it is strange that there is no article about such iconic weapon. And not only on tvtropes, there is very little on the internen as a whole, too.
  • October 22, 2012
    Chabal2
  • October 22, 2012
    SuperMobian
  • October 22, 2012
    Smeagol17
    Also, what are some ideas for an image. There is good one of a handheld version (fist of google search pile bunker, and a good deviant-art for mecha there (need to ask for permission)), but is there a more iconic image?
  • October 22, 2012
    SuperMobian
    How about Slug Gunner from Metal Slug 5 for the image?
  • October 23, 2012
    DracMonster
    There was a "Weaponized Jackhammer" YKTTW but I can't find it, guess it got discarded.
  • October 23, 2012
    StarSword
    Does the Railway Rifle in Fallout 3 count? Or is that too small?
  • October 23, 2012
    Smeagol17
    The point is not in the size, but the ones that separate and throw the spike shouldnt count. I think they should go to the nailgun. Of course, there are some that can do both..
  • October 23, 2012
    KZN02
    ^^^ I made that trope, but it was discarded due to not being notable enough or something. I wish you better luck on this.
  • October 25, 2012
    Smeagol17
    How about some hats?
  • October 25, 2012
    KZN02
  • October 25, 2012
    Smeagol17
    ^Thanks
  • October 26, 2012
    Smeagol17
    Sorry for double tags. Was trying to remove it.
  • October 29, 2012
    Smeagol17
    How about some more hats?
  • November 1, 2012
    TheHandle
    Neon Genesis Evangelion has one in the very first encounter. It pierces right through the protagonist's mecha's eye, in a very painful-looking way.
  • November 2, 2012
    Smeagol17
    ^Thank you, I completly forgot.
  • November 3, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Is this a preexisting term? Because otherwise Weaponised Jackhammer would probably be more intuitive.
  • November 4, 2012
    Smeagol17
    ^Yes, it is the most popular name for such weapon in fiction, when it is named at all.
  • November 4, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    Okay, great. I'll add an hat, then. :)

    (Weaponised Jackhammer would still be good to have as a redirect, though.)
  • November 4, 2012
    Smeagol17
    ^Thanks, I will try.
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