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-> ''"It is the 31st century and mankind is once again at war.\\
The battlefields of the future are dominated by huge robotic war machines known as [=BattleMechs=].\\
Piloting these awesome weapons of war are men and women, the elite of the elite, knowing that each battle could be their last.\\
[[DramaticPause They are...]] [[TitleDrop Mech]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm76b8tzzWI Warriors."]]''
-->-- '''''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' Intro'''

One of the most popular spinoffs of the ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' franchise, the ''[=MechWarrior=]'' series puts the player in the cockpit of the GiantMecha that define the universe. With cutting edge graphics and fairly intense combat, these games probably brought more people into the universe than anything else. [[RealRobotGenre Battlemechs are handled like real weapons of wars]], [[WarIsHell pilots die pointlessly]], combat is brutal - entire torso sections and [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands arms are blasted out to disable weapons]], [[KneeCapping legs get shot out]] from underneath mechs, mechs explode from the inside from [[OverHeating overheating]] their [[GoingCritical fusion reactor]], and [[SnipingTheCockpit inside that armored cockpit you are just an unarmored and very squishy human]].

The first game, '''''[=MechWarrior=]''''', set roughly around 3025, placed you in the shoes of Gideon Braver Vandenburg, who is out to reclaim his birthright after his family was murdered. This game, published in 1989, is notable for featuring full three-dimensional gameplay (predating games like VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld), as well as crude squad [=AI=] (which would be refined in later games in the series). A version of it also exists on the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], just Mode 7 and sprite based.

The second game, '''''[=MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat=]''''' (1995), was set during the Refusal War in 3057 between Clan Wolf and Clan Jade Falcon. Five years have passed since a cease-fire between the Clans and the Inner Sphere, however, the circumstances have changed. The player is given the option to play as a young warrior on either side, rising rapidly in rank as you led the campaign against the opposing Clan. The expansion pack, ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'', followed after this conflict as the Draconis Combine attacks (you guessed it) Clan Ghost Bear. However, not all is as it seems. A standalone sequel, titled '''''[=MechWarrior=] 2: Mercenaries''''', places you as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an Inner Sphere mercenary]], giving you the choice of running your own unit or joining another one. It's technically a prequel to the other ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' games, as it covers events in the the previous decade. In-between the release of the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' and ''Mercenaries'' expansions, the Harmony Gold lawsuit over the Unseen and the following out of court settlement happened, causing those Mechs to be removed from all subsequent official games.

'''''[=MechWarrior 3=]''''' (1999) takes place three years after ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' and in the aftermath of Operation Bulldog (the setting of the first ''[[VideoGame/MechCommander MechCommander]]'') on the planet named [[BlatantLies Tranquil]], where a task force code-named Damocles is assigned to take down several major Clan installations while the newly-reformed Star League deals with the rest of the Clans (this is the Counterattack and Great Refusal arc). Due to a surprise attack, half of the Inner Sphere force is destroyed before it even makes landfall on the planet. However, the mission must go on. The expansion pack, ''Pirate's Moon'', feature a new campaign letting you play as either a raiding pirate or a member of the Eridani Light Horse, the mercenary unit deployed to stop said pirates.

The fourth game, '''''[=MechWarrior 4: Vengeance=]''''' (2000) is set during the [=FedCom=] Civil War. Taking place on the planet Kentares IV and its moon, the plot's premise is similar to that of the first game, albeit much more involved. You play as Ian Dresari, trying to regain your birthright after a cousin affiliated with House Steiner betrays you. The expansion pack, '''''Black Knight''''', continues Dresari's story as the [[TitleDrop Black Knight Legion]] arrives. A standalone expansion set around the same time, ''[[NamesTheSame Mercenaries]]'', puts the player in control of a Mechwarrior known only as "Spectre", [[CaptainObvious who, incidentally, is a mercenary]].

Early in 2010, '''''[=MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries=]''''' with the Clan and Inner Sphere Mech Paks were [[FreewareGames put online for free download]] by [=MekTek=], along with [=MekTek=]'s own in-house [=MekPak=], adding several dozen 'Mechs and weapons to the game. [=MekTek=] also made some modifications to the game itself, enhancing the HUD and 'Mech icons as well as making several Clan, IS and [=MekTek=] [=MekPak=] 'Mechs and weapons available in the Campaign mode. [[ExecutiveMeddling It was taken down due to legal issues]] due to the IP being transferred to a new owner, Piranha Games. If [=MekTek=] attempts to re-upload the free release, they will likely be sued.

''[=MechWarrior=] 4'' also made it to arcades as '''''[=BattleTech=]: Firestorm''''' for the Virtual World Tesla II pods. Earlier Virtual World ''[=BattleTech=]'' versions were unique to the pods, even having exclusive features like generator and coolant loop management, but missing others like jump jets. Later on they used a newer engine that would become the engine for ''MechWarrior 4: Vengeance'', switching to ''Mercenaries'' later on. Some of the fan-made 'Mechs created for this game like the ''Deimos'' would go on to become {{Canon Immigrant}}s for ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' itself.

A game trailer was shown in 2009 for a reboot of the series for the 5th game, in the vein of the first 4 games, set in 3015, but as time went on, the IP rights holder and game developers, Piranha Games - whose previous games include ''Videogame/DukeNukemForever'''s multiplayer, and ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames tie-in games]] - couldn't find a publisher for such a game and have since retooled the game into a free-to-play MMO: '''''[=MechWarrior=]: Online.''''' Initially taking place in the year 3049 (before the Clan invasion era) that will allegedly update storyline-wise each day after the the August 1 2012 release date (which will be August 1st, 3049 in game universe, with the Clan invasion having begun in June of 2014, and 13 Clan chassis (each with 4 variants and several optional variant omnipods) released, along side the current line up of IS mechs. [[http://mwomercs.com/ The website can be found here.]]

Additionally, unveiled at about the same time as ''Online'', Infinite Game Publishing, through their then dealing with Piranha Games, with ACRONYM Games and Roadhouse Interactive as developers, was '''''[=MechWarrior=] Tactics'''''. Running on the Unity engine to allow game play via the user's web browser, the game was designed as a 4 vs 4 'mech lance formation battles more in the vein of an interactive [=BattleTech=] table top game, with some changes. Players were to collect cards via "STAC Packs" for weapons and mechs with different manufacturer based abilities, and pilots with their own effects. However, the game has been in DevelopmentHell, and as of December 2013, had no development team working on it, and development of the game has stopped entirely, and has become VaporWare with IGP going out of business in November of 2014 without notice. (More details can be read on the Trivia Tab)

'''''[=MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries=]''''' was announced on December 2016 during [=MechCon=] 2016, and slated for 2018 release. The only thing known about it as of 2016 is that you play as a rookie mercenary in 3015 during the 3rd Succession War.

Also of note is ''VideoGame/{{MechAssault}}'', a simplified ThirdPersonShooter series set in the same universe, and ''Multiplayer [=BattleTech=]: Solaris'' and ''Multiplayer [=BattleTech=] 3025'', which were online multiplayer takes on the ''[=MechWarrior=]'' formula before ''[=NetMech=]'' (''[=MW2:31stCC=]''), ''[=MercNet=]'' (''[=MW2:Mercs=]'') and such became popular. Unfortunately, both titles have been entirely lost for years.

Fan made games and mods:
* '''''[[http://www.mechvm.org/ MechVM,]]''''' a program that allows the ''[=MW2=]'' games to run on modern systems. [[http://www.mech2.org/forum/index.php More info here.]]
* '''''[[http://www.mektek.net/projects/at1/promo Assault Tech 1: BattleTech,]]''''' a standalone game made by Mektek (the team who released ''[=MW4=]: Mercenaries'' for free) which has gameplay similar to ''[=MechWarrior 2=]'' with updated graphics and controls. (This is no longer active, as Mektek had stopped all of their projects to work on ''[[TabletopGame/HeavyGear Heavy Gear: Assault]].'')
* '''''[[http://www.mechlivinglegends.net MechWarrior: Living Legends]]''''' (MWLL), [[GameMod a total conversion multiplayer mod]] for ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} Warhead'', first released in 2009. Takes cues from all the ''[=MechWarrior=]'' games and is balanced for multiplayer (up to 16 versus 16) and objective based gameplay. First game to feature ''useful'', player-controlled [[TankGoodness tanks]], [[SpacePlane aerospace fighters]], [[PowerArmor Battle Armor]] and [[FutureCopter VTOLs]]. The final version of the mod, 0.7.1, was released on January 28th 2013 with no more planned updates, due to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal issues with the MechWarrior IP]].[[note]]MWLL had legal permission to make their game from Microsoft. But the [=MechWarrior=] IP is now effectively owned by Infinity Games Publishing/Piranha Games.[[/note]] The [[AuthorExistenceFailure development team was dismantled.]] The final version of the mod also made it [[FreewareGame fully compatible with the free Crysis Wars demo]], though a few servers will not allow demo players to join. After three years, it received an [[https://clanjadewolf.net/mwll/ unofficial "0.8" update]] made by fans and former playtesters, aimed at polishing, bugfixing, and balancing, with following updates adding new tanks, mechs, aircraft, and weapons.
* '''''[=BattleTech=] MUD''''', popular in the 1990s, a series of ASCII-graphics [=MUDs (MUCK, MUSH, MUSE, and MUX=] over the years) did real-time multiplayer combat.
* '''''Solaris Assault Tech''''', a [=UnrealEngine3=] game developed by [=MekTek=] which was going to focus on [[BloodSport Solaris Arena]] deathmatch.

For the ''[=MechWarrior=]'' tabletop roleplaying system, see ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. See also ''[=MetalTech: EarthSiege=][=/=]{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}'', a mecha series by Dynamix, the developers of the first ''[=MechWarrior=]'' game, and ''TabletopGame/HeavyGear'' videogame adaptations by Activision, the developers of the ''[=MechWarrior 2=]'' trilogy.

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* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Several mechs such as the as the [[AntiAir Rifleman]] and [[LethalJokeCharacter Urbanmech]] are notable for being able to spin their torsos a full 360 degrees and aim their arms straight up or down.
* AceCustom: Customization is a major element of [=Mechwarrior=]'s gameplay. As such your 'Mech will quickly become one as you gain access to resources and technology. Your lance's/Star's 'Mechs too.
** This trope isn't restricted to your side. Named enemy Mechwarriors will often have 'Mechs with their own heavily customized loadouts.
** Can also be subverted, depending on the fortunes of the player. Battle damage combined with lack of proper replacement equipment[[note]]and, depending on the game, lack of usable ammo and/or funds to buy desired gear[[/note]] can result in 'Mechs that are technically customized, but only as a result of being forced to improvise loadouts with whatever equipment the player has on hand.
* AlphaStrike: Straight from ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', Alpha Strikes allow you to inflict massive damage at the cost of extreme heat build up depending on your weapons. The stock [[MeaningfulName Supernova]] of ''[=MechWarrior=] 3(: Pirate's Moon)'' is most notable in that an Alpha Strike instantly [[GoingCritical blows the 'mech up]]. The Alpha Strike typically has a dedicated button in most games.
** The introductory video of ''[=BattleTech=]: Firestorm'' makes note that the most devastating attack is firing your weapons all at once when they're all loaded and charged. Most of the time heat management is disabled for newer players so Alpha Strike away!
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: Streak short range missiles ''always'' hit their target in every game except for ''Mechwarrior Living Legends'' (where they are less accurate, but can be dumbfired). When first introduced in ''Mechwarrior Online'', they were also ''always'' hit the mech's center torso, the most vital component of a mech.
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The arenas of [[TheThunderdome Solaris VII]] tend to be this. As the match goes on, massive fireworks displays will light up the sky.
* ArtificialStupidity: Earlier [=MechWarrior=] games were somewhat infamous because of this. Enemies employed virtually no strategy, and were often downright idiotic; doing things such as walking into walls or directly into a large force of incoming mechs, despite the current status or role of the mech itself. Arguably the whole reason the single-player campaigns are playable at all. The player is always pitted against numerically superior forces, occasionally using even heavier Mechs than their own. If the AI pilots were capable of doing things like grouping weapons, targeting specific components, and smartly managing heat, they'd consistently wipe the floor with the player.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''4: Mercenaries'', when a lone Owens - a Light 'Mech - [[SuicidalOverconfidence charges straight for your lance]] in one Halloran V mission, where you may have a lance of Mediums and/or Heavies if you decided to complete the Eaton missions first (Or Assaults if you took a detour on Solaris). [[PlayerCharacter Specter]] is quite amused by this.
* AnyoneCanDie: A feature of the setting really, all of your lancemates have the potential to die on you if their 'Mech is destroyed in combat, even the ones you've had with you from the beginning.
* ArmoredCoffins: Averted in that most units are equipped with ejection systems.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: It's a giant robot game, this comes with the territory.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: A major element of the franchise and the [[TabletopGame/BattleTech tabletop game on which it is based]], individual components all have independent lifebars. Severe damage to a leg greatly will greatly hamper a 'mech's movement and many units become significantly less threatening once you learn their weapons layout and can [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands disable their best gun]] five seconds into a fight.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Is there anything about Giant Robots that isn't?
* BeamSpam: A very viable tactic.
* BehemothBattle: The games are about giant mechs with human pilots battling it out, based on the TabletopGame/BattleTech game. Received several sequels.
* {{BFG}}: Big guns are to be expected in a game about giant combat robots, but the ''AC-20'', ''Long-Tom artillery piece'' and Heavy Gauss Rifle are particular stand-outs.
* BigRedButton: In ''[=BattleTech=]: Firestorm'', one would start flashing once you lost a leg. Hitting it would self-destruct your 'mech with the intention of TakingYouWithMe.
* BoringYetPractical: Medium Lasers are this. Cheap, light weight, decent damage, and low heat generation, a very sizable list of 'Mechs carry these as secondary weapons along side harder hitting weapons. Mechs such as the Hunchback 4P variant, and the Nova Prime use Medium size lasers as their primary weapon, and carrying 8 and 12 of them in stock configurations respectively for very effective BeamSpam.
* CannonFodder: Basically any enemy that isn't another 'Mech or a DropShip. Tanks, aircraft, and infantry are only a threat where you get attacked by six or more of them at a time. This trope was notably averted in a couple of cases in [=MW4=] and completely averted in [=MW LL=].
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The different games colored lasers differently to differentiate them from one another. Typically, they were colored (red, green and blue) based on size, but in ''[=MechWarrior=] 4'', they were colored based on tech level. Confusingly, the color schemes change throughout each game. ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'', it's expansions, ''Living Legends'' and ''Online'''s Inner Sphere 'Mechs used red for Small Lasers, green for Medium Lasers and blue for Large Lasers and their variants. ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'' and it's ''Pirate's Moon'' expansion reversed the scale along with adding violet for Micro Lasers and yellow for Heavy Lasers. ''[=MechWarrior=] 4: Vengeance'', ''Black Knight'' and ''Mercenaries'' used red for all Inner Sphere lasers, green for all Clan (ER) lasers and blue for X-Pulse Lasers with [=MekTek=] bringing back the yellow Heavy Lasers and violet Micro Lasers.
** ShowingTheirWork: [[http://mwomercs.com/forums/topic/57051-laser-colors/ This thread]] offers an interesting explanation as to why [=PGI=] chose the colors they did for the lasers in ''[=MechWarrior=] Online'' along with the fact they're the colors used in ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' and ''Living Legends''.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: The lowly Machine Gun, the quintessential useless peashooter is, per unit of heat produced and ton of ammo consumed, the most efficient weapon. It does piddling damage by itself, but load up a ballistic Mech with [[MoreDakka nothing but machine guns]] and you make it into a very effective close-range brawler. Helped by the fact that machine guns, in most games, are the ''only'' weapon which fires continuously as long as the fire button is held down (all other weapons have a cooldown or reload timer of some sort). Lots of machine guns continuously firing can really rack up the DPS.
* DemBones: If an Atlas is in the game, expect the head to play up its skull-like appearance. The only [=MechWarrior=] that averts this somewhat was the early versions of ''Living Legend'''s Atlas - the original release had a glass bubble for a head, then a glass bubble with the outline of a skull, then in the last update, a [[SkeleBot9000 proper Atlas skull]].
* DependingOnTheWriter: Each installment had a different developer (Dynamix for the first game, Activision for ''[=MW2=]'' Trilogy, Zipper Interactive for ''[=MW3=]'' and its expansion, FASA Studio for the ''[=MW4=]'' games, Piranha Games for [=MWO=] and Wandering Samurai Studios for ''[=MWLL=]''), so while the basic gameplay remained the same, there are many minor and major differences between the games, and not just from real life technology generation leaps in-between their releases.
* DesignItYourselfEquipment: The [=MechLab=], as per the original tabletop game.
* EjectionSeat: In non-''Mercenaries'' games, ejecting is only useful for staring at a cool visual of the landscape instead of an explosion and a mission failed screen when someone blows you up. In ''Mercenaries'' games, ejecting lets you avoid a game over at the cost of your 'mech and all its equipment (usually avoided by reloading a savegame, but appreciated by the heavy role-players).
** More useful in ''Living Legends'', where ejecting deposits you a couple-dozen meters above the fight in a suit of jump-capable battle armor with some basic weapons. While the BA default armament isn't amazing, it's sometimes enough to finish off a crippled enemy. More significantly, it allows you a means to escape back to base and replace your 'Mech (or grab better BA weapons) without giving up a kill to the enemy pilot--killing a pilot in his machine grants a much larger reward than just destroying an empty 'Mech.
** You automatically eject in ''BattleTech: Firestorm'' (with an interesting wormhole effect), presumably due to the younger audience that the game is intended for and to justify the respawns.
* EnemyDetectingRadar: All the games have this in some form, allowing you to target enemies and see their weapons, health, etc...
* EveryBulletIsATracer: High explosive autocannons, .50 cal machineguns, artillery shells...
* ExplosiveOverclocking: Overriding automatic shutdowns and failing to manage manage your heat, or in some cases just firing all of your weapons at once, will start to rapidly apply damage to your mech's Torso, and may cause your 'Mech to explode. This is derived from the tabletop game where having your heat getting too high led to risks of ammo explosions, and then of a reactor overload.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Many of the asymmetrical 'Mechs such as the Cauldron-Born, and the Thor/Summoner with its low-slung left arm, high offset right arm, offset cockpit, and tubular shoulder-mounted missile battery are considered to be some of the coolest looking 'Mechs.
* FragileSpeedster: A common trait of Light 'Mechs, Lights in general tend to be fast, but cannot take heavy punishment.
* FireBreathingWeapon: Flamers. They do very little actual damage, but they heat up the enemy instead, forcing them to shut down.
* GravityScrew: A common trait of "space" or lunar themed missions.
* HitboxDissonance: Present in almost every game, primarily on battlemech cockpits. As the mechs were designed for a boardgame where hitboxes don't matter, the mechs with huge canopies would be ludicrously easy to [[SnipingTheCockpit cockpit snipe]], so the cockpit hitbox is traditionally only a small panel of glass directly in front of where the pilot would be sitting. Particularly glaring on mechs with side windows like the Raven or Catapult, which in most games can only be headshot from the front.
* HitScan: Pretty much all laser weapons are hit-scan.
* HoldTheLine: A common mission objective.
* HomingProjectile: Missiles, [=Streaks=], [=Long Range Missiles=], and the [=Arrow IV=] in particular.
* InformedEquipment: In the first two games, the technology wasn't advanced enough to show details for weapons of any kind on the 'Mech models. In ''3'' and ''4'', the graphics always depicted the stock weapons, regardless of what the 'Mech's actual configuration is. ''Living Legends'' and ''Online'' avert this.
* LeadTheTarget: Required when using any weapon except lasers and missiles that are fired after obtaining a lock, specially over great distances.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Pretty much any dedicated [=Long Range Missile=] LRM unit will fit this trope. The Developers of ''[=MWO=]'' have gone so far as to [[OneOfUs invoke it by name]].
* MadeOfExplodium: Buildings and vehicles in the games tend to explode with suspicious frequency, In [=MW3=], this included trees, radio towers, vehicles and pieces of scrap scattered about also fall into this category.
* MadLibsDialogue: [[FanNickname Betty]], the on-board computer in all the games, to varying degrees. In ''2'', she speaks with noticeable gaps in her speech: "Planet A Place... ambient temperature Exty degrees". ''3'', ''4'' and ''Online'' have relatively smooth voices, and a much more human voice. In ''Living Legends'', Betty had pauses in her speech "Base [ECHO].. [FIVE] Under Attack." "Right external [DAMAGED]"
* MightyGlacier: Assault 'Mechs generally fall onto this category when they aren't fast enough for another.
* MinMaxing: Where there is unit customization and player progression there will be {{Munchkin}}s, this may lead to CripplingOverspecialization if the player is not careful.
* MoreDakka: A standard for ballistic units.
* NonIndicativeName: In latter games, double heatsinks are rarely ever truly double for the sake of balance. In ''Living Legends'', double heatsinks are 200% efficient but the 10 fixed engine heatsinks are always singles. In ''Online'', only the fixed engine double heatsinks are 200% efficient, whereas those placed outside the engine are only 140% efficient.
* OhCrap: A common occurrence in cutscenes. Watch the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orhOvbfyyJw trailer]] for what would eventually become ''[=MechWarrior=] Online''. It appears that is ''exactly'' what the guy is thinking at 1:07. Possibly a CallBack to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm76b8tzzWI opening]] of ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'', where a similar thing happens at 1:40.
* PowerArmor: The Battle suited infantry that appear throughout the series.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: 3-Liner really. The power-up sequence from ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' has become iconic in it's own right, and has appeared in every game since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnscgQK7mUY
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: A feature of the setting, pretty much every nation in the Inner Shpere uses Mercenaries on a regular basis.
* RageHelm: The [[SeriesMascot Atlas]] and Banshee assault mechs are almost always portrayed with a Demonic or scary Death's-Head Skull motif around their heads/cockpits [[https://www.mechspecs.com/proxy.php?image=http%3A%2F%2Fi61.tinypic.com%2Fx6j3ls.jpg&hash=82eb1de43221a338472fd639b51ee541 Example]]
* RealRobotGenre: What this franchise is all about, one of the earliest examples in fact.
* ReportingNames: Clan 'Mechs have different designations in the Inner Sphere. For example, the "[[SeriesMascot Timber Wolf]]" is referred to by Inner Sphere soldiers as "Mad Cat", and the "Dire Wolf" becomes "Daishi". This leads to confusion when going from ''[=MechWarrior=] 2'' (which uses Clan names) to ''[=MechWarrior=] 3'', ''4'' or ''Living Legends'' (which use Inner Sphere names) and then ''back'' to ''[=MechWarrior=]: Online'' that started using Clan names again. Humorously, the special Clan Collections are referred to by their Inner Sphere names, named for the 'Mech you get along with the rest. This continued in further waves unless of course the 'Mech in question has just one name (the Shadow Cat for example).
** ''[=MechWarrior=] 2: Mercenaries'' is the most interesting that uses both instances, Instant Action, they're called by their original names as they had in the previous two games in the trilogy but in the campaign, the Clan units initially show up as "Unknown" but then starts using the Inner Sphere monikers after you've had your first taste with '''Ma'''rau'''d'''er '''Cat'''apult hybrids.
* RocketTagGameplay: ''[=BattleTech=]: Firestorm'' has much higher damage and 'Mech speed compared to ''[=MechWarrior=] 4: Mercenaries'' which it uses the engine of. If it's your first time playing, be prepared to see that respawning wormhole effect a lot.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Yet another feature of the setting. The Protaganists of both [=MechWarrior=] and [=MechWarrior 4 ''Vengance''=] fit this trope.
* ShowsDamage: The series uses this trope extensively:
** Type 2: 'Mechs start to emit smoke and sometimes even visible flames when they are heavily damaged.
** Type 3a: in ''[=MechWarrior 3=]'', 'Mechs show exposed wires when damage is focused on certain areas, and taking head damage can cause fractures on the cockpit glass along with a quite loud and surprising "*CHING*". ''[=MechWarrior 4=]'' uses scorch marks instead.
** Type 3b: Limbs (and in ''[=MechWarrior 4=]'', missile racks as well as various gun mounts) can be blown off entirely, leaving only twisted bits of metal and wiring hanging from the stump. Severed limbs are actually capable of crushing unlucky/oblivious Battle Armor players in ''Living legends''. The Uziel in ''Living Legends'' has its armored torso panels fall off when the armor is destroyed.
* SlidingScaleOfLinearityVsOpenness: The first game, ''[=MechWarrior=]'', is a type five, nearly a WideOpenSandbox. The two ''Mercenaries'' games are a type 4; you can choose different missions, and you sometimes have moral choices to make, but the game has a plot and requires you to do the plot to unlock certain Mechs in the marketplace. The rest of the series fit between a type 2 or 3, with a set progression, though they sometimes offer moral choices which may effect what missions you can do. ''Living Legends'' and ''Online'' have no scale, as they are exclusively multiplayer games.
* SnipingTheCockpit: Overlaps with AttackItsWeakPoint, Cockpit kills are exceptionally quick but difficult to pull off due to the tiny hitboxes and the mechs bobbing around.
* SomeDexterityRequired: As would be appropriate when operating a RealRobot, there are ''a lot'' of controls. Depending on the game, default controls can be very silly - ''Mechwarrior 4'' required most of the keyboard.
* TheSouthpaw: The vast majority of non-symmetrical mechs are 'right handed', wielding most of their firepower on their right arm or right torso, which effects everything from weapon convergence to cover. A small handful of mechs like the 75 ton 'Thanatos' are left-handed, carrying their largest weapon on their left side. Great for attacking from unexpected angles, but terrible for attacking with right-handed allies who only need to expose their right half around a corner to open fire.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Mechwarrior" is just one word, and the "W" is capitalized when used in titles. Also, the short-term for for [=BattleMech=] (or others such as [=OmniMech=], [=IndustrialMech=], etc.) is 'Mech with a quotation mark, not Mech.
* SpheroidDropship: A feature of the setting.
* StandardSciFiArmy: Another feature of the setting
* SubsystemDamage: See AttackItsWeakPoint above.
* TargetSpotter: TAG lasers and NARC missile beacons allow players to guide in allied missiles. In ''Living Legends'', the TAG is infrared and can only be seen in nightvision mode, can also be wielded by power armor, and is particularly useful for guiding in Arrow IV cruise missile from beyond visual range. Some games allow players to share radar; in ''Living Legends'', C3 computers share your radar with all allies within 1500 meters, while in ''Online'' all mechs can share info on whatever they currently have targeted so long as they are not being jammed by ECM.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Common, especially in the early games...
** Computer controled turrets are equipped with HitScan weapons and [[HomingProjectile Homing Projectiles]] that unerringly seek out your center torso.
** At maximum difficulty, AI accuracy was not affected by "cockpit shake" and they never "dumbfired" [=LRM=]'s. The AI will constantly nail you with long range weapons regardless of your moving speed.
** They can also detect you through cover and around corners, where as players are limited to line-of-sight.
** In most of the games, the AI will [[GangUpOnTheHuman target and close with the player]] even when the player's Mech is powered down, behind several terrain features, and crouched among trees. Even if the player's lancemates are blasting them apart.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: {{Alpha Strike}}s tend to kill anything they're focused on - [[ExplosiveOverclocking including occasionally the firing Mech, from excessive heat buildup]].
* UnbreakableWeapons:Subverted. Guns jam, take damage, ammo will cook off.
* VerticalMechaFins: In every game they appear, the ''Awesome'' and ''Mauler'' have massive slabs of titanium armor extending above their head. The ''Mauler'' compliments this with a second set of fins framing the cockpit that make up its huge missile rackets.
* VirtualPaperDoll: Starting with ''[=MW3=]'', players have been able to paint thier mechs as part of the customization process.

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The game was released on 1989. It has role-playing elements, is a WideOpenSandbox, a DiegeticInterface not present in later games, all on a graphical engine that's barely more advanced than ''Videogame/{{Battlezone|1980}}''. The developer, Dynamix, integrated many of the features from the first game into their own mech series, [[{{VideoGame/Starsiege}} EarthSiege]]
* GuideDangIt: Good luck knowing where to start the story missions.
* TimedMission: you have five game-time years to finish the story.
* VectorGame: This game is one.
* WideOpenSandbox: One of the first games to do this.

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=] 2: 31st Century Combat]]
* {{AFGNCAAP}}: The original campaigns are notable in that absolutely no characterization for the player whatsoever is offered, not even gender.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Clan hierarchy, with different Clan definitions for asskicking.
* CannonFodder: Basically every non-Mech/[=DropShip=] enemy in the games; most die in a couple hits. The tanks in ''[=MW4:Mercenaries=]'' take it to the next level in that they almost never shoot at you; only in missions where you get attacked by dozens of them are they an actual threat.
* ClassicCheatCode: Naming yourself [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Calvin"]] in the Trial of Grievance (Instant Action) mode allows you to wear [[PoweredArmor Elemental]] Battle Armor , conversely, [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes "Hobbes"]] allows you to pilot the [[SpiderTank Tarantula]] and naming yourself "Enzo" allows you to pilot the Battlemaster IIC but [[DummiedOut doing so causes the game to crash to DOS then jump back to the shell]]. Name yourself [[TakeThatMe "Freebirthtoad"]] in Sibko registration and you can play all the missions.
* ConfusionFu: Ragnarok in ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'', who gets himself to the end of the Bloodname Trial and to TrueFinalBoss status through his unpredictable fighting style.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Jade Falcons have to duel one-on-one against the heavier Mechs while piloting the lighter one in the UrbanWarfare-styled arena, with one notable (but thankfully optional) example with you piloting a 30-ton Kit Fox against the 85-ton Warhawk, and that's after surviving the earlier fight against the 70-ton Summoner (which is mandatory). The Final Trial has you piloting a 20-ton Fire Moth (a light Mech that will blow up if someone so much as looked at it) pitted against the 85-ton Marauder IIC and the optional 100-ton Direwolf, but it is somewhat easier than the previous trial above due to the Fire Moth's speed, maneuverability and a 90' degree torso twist compared to the Kit Fox's 10'.
* DrillSergeantNasty: The un-named instructor from the in-game tutorial, with his endless repertoire of patronizing remarks and snide put-downs. Overlaps with DeadpanSnarker.
---> ''Congratulations, Cadet you have successfully demonstrated the ability to do what I tell you to. I like that. My dog does what I tell her to. I like my dog.''
* DomedHometown: In [=MW2=]'s Clan Wolf campaign, you are tasked to secure, and then defend, one of these on the vacuumless moon. It is fragile, so watch where you shoot.
* FragileSpeedster: The ''Fire Moth'', UpToEleven. No other Mech can reach its blinding speed. Even the second-speediest Mech in the game is, at best, half as fast as the Firemoth. Such speed comes at the price of also making it essentially useless in combat, as you need a big engine to get it anywhere close to its maximum speed and so end up with no tonnage left for armor. This 'Mech gets similar treatment in ''[=MechWarrior 4=]: Mercenaries'' ([=MekTek=] version), where it goes by it's Inner Sphere reporting name; the ''[[MeaningfulName Dasher]]''.
* GuiltBasedGaming: The quit button is labeled [[/folder]]

[[folder: FLEE TO WINDOWS ]]
. Clicking it opens a prompt titled [[/folder]]

* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: The training instructor from ''[=MechWarrior=] 2''. He calls the keyboard a "control console", but... It's a keyboard; he even names off a few of the keys, such as "Tab" and "F4".
* HonorBeforeReason: One of your CO's in ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' is angry enough that you defied his orders so you could carry out your mission that the next mission is him challenging you to one-on-one combat. The mission briefing even includes ''his'' CO ineffectually chewing him out for letting his ego get in the way of the mission.
* InterfaceScrew: your cameras go static if sensors on the Mech are damaged, though the rest of the HUD stays normal.
* LethalJokeCharacter: The Firemoth barely counts as target practice when encountered in missions, as the AI [[ArtificialStupidity uses it like any other Mech]], and any weapon at all will deplete its armor at alarming speed - when it doesn't kill it outright. However, it is frightfully effective when used by a competent player who can use its ridiculous speed and maneuverability to get in close, and unload multiple shots into [[AttackItsWeakPoint the enemy's back and/or legs]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTJmLcsAXXo Here's an excellent example]].
* LightningBruiser: Because of how jump jets work in the [=MW2=] games, any 'Mech equipped with them has the potential to be this. They are basically a near omni-directional NitroBoost, performing [[Anime/ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS VOTOMS]]-style maneuvers. The jets work the same way in ''[=Assault Tech 1: BattleTech=]'', and they are hilariously buggy - [=AT1=] simulates falling damage, so if you come down too hard you'll damage your legs and fall over, though sometimes it results in your mech sliding forward for all eternity at the speed you landed at, which may be 300kph. You can still fire and steer (sort of) while this is happening.
* MookHorrorShow: The intro cinematic for ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' features a scouting mech falling victim to a Ghost Bear ambush and getting ripped to shreds by the new Kodiak mech.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The plot of the ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' Expansion Pack's campaign, culminating when you ''level a city'' to punish an enemy clan.
* SchmuckBait: In the ''Blade Splint'' mission, there is an innocuous looking building that, upon closer inspection, has a description of "Don't shoot me". Doing so nukes the entire city, killing all units in the area, yourself included.
* SpiderTank: the Tarantula though due to technical limitations two of the 'Mechs's legs are in fact arms. Shooting the said "arms" off has no effect on the now-two-legged Tarantula's movement; and yet, only shooting one leg off causes the now-three-legged Tarantula to be unable to move. They haven't appeared in any later games.
* TrialByCombat: Standard method of advancement for clan pilots, see AsskickingEqualsAuthority above.
* TournamentArc: If you beat ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' without losing a single mission, you get to compete in a tournament to win the right to a blood name.
* UnwinnableByDesign: The final mission in ''Ghost Bear's Legacy'' requires you to jump jet inside an enemy dropship. Don't have jump jets equipped? Have fun restarting the mission.
* UpdatedRerelease: The ''Mechwarrior 2'' and its expansions, in addition to having specific versions for various 3D accelerator cards (many of which they were bundled with), were updated for Windows 95 with some improvements and then got another re-release in the form of ''Titanium Trilogy'', whose major changes to the original [=MW2=] were not well received.
* WolfpackBoss: Unlike the Jade Falcons in the David Versus Goliath example, the Wolves don't use such extreme tonnage disparity, instead putting you alone against Mech pairs on a relatively open arena.

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=] 2: Mercenaries]]
* DiscOneNuke: The dynamic salvage system allows you to salvage any 'Mech you can disable without doing excessively damaging (by SnipingTheCockpit, for example). It was occasionally possible to capture an Atlas in one of the early missions, dramatically snapping much of the combat challenge over a giant metal knee. Such a prize would be hard-won, though: you had to [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt kill]] said Atlas first, and unless you killed it with a [[BoomHeadshot headshot]] or by shooting off both its heavily armored legs, it would very likely be unsalvageable.
* GrandTheftPrototype: One of the story missions begins with you 'Mechjacking a 100-ton ''Kodiak'' assault 'mech from a Ghost Bear repair facility and smashing your way back to your Dropship.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The player's character leads/joins a squad of these.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Your Dropship pilot in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at9hxU864Fg opening cinematic]].
---> ''You are out of time! [[OnlyInItForTheMoney I'm not getting paid enough to die]]! Secure for orbital burn!''

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=] 3]]
* ArtificialStupidity: Enemies tend to ignore you if you are further away than 800 meters and they have no weapons that can shoot you. So, you can stack ER Large Lasers and snipe off 80-90% of the enemies without any risk. Almost boring.
* BigBad: Smoke Jaguar Galaxy Commander Brendon Corbett.
* CanonImmigrant: The entirety of this game's campaign could be argued as being canon after the Loren L. Coleman novel, ''Trial Under Fire'' was published, quoting most of the game word-for-word with some original dialogue and using the ''Pirate's Moon'' names of Connor Sinclair for the protagonist and Thomas Sorenson for the MFB intelligence officer.
* DieChairDie: Various neutral buildings, bridges, trees, and civilian vehicles can be destroyed. You can even blow gaping craters in ''the ground'' if you so desire, something that none of the other games have managed to recreate since.
* EnemyChatter: After the first mission, your Mobile Field Base uses data from the Clan communications center you just destroyed to break their radio encryption so for the rest of the game you get direct feed of their intentions, allowing you to anticipate traps and strategies. Sadly this is not carried over to ''Pirate's Moon''.
* HartmanHips: Epona Rhi, at least if her lancemate Alan Mattila is to be believed. Epona is not amused by the suggestion.
---> ''' Alan:''' Love you too, Epona, wide hips an' all!\\
'''Epona:''' ''What?!'' What did you say?
* GoombaStomp: The (in)famous "Death From Above", or ''DFA''. Nearly impossible to manage but results in hilarous physics-defying glitches and instant death to your enemies.
* InterfaceScrew: If you let your heat levels get too high, or take too much torso damage, this will happen.
** PPC (Particle Projection Cannon) shots also cause the cockpit HUD to distort; if enough [=PPCs=] hit you in a short time, the entire HUD can be effectively impossible to read.
* NintendoHard: The ''Pirate's Moon'' expansion pack is very much so. Even the pirate Mooks have access to to [[AceCustom advanced technology]] and 'Mechs like the [[BossInMookClothing Annihilator]] resulting in some unexpectedly tough fights.
** At least two missions in 3 result in a short-range duel with extremely nasty opponents; the first appearance of an Annihilator traps you in a small factory room with it, while the third-to-last mission features the only two salvageable Daishis in the game lurking inside a tiny space along with your mission objective.
* OffModel: The ''Black Hawk'' is depicted gameplay-wise as it's Clan version (Medium, 50 tons) but the model depicts the Inner Sphere ''Black Hawk-KU'' (Heavy, 60 tons), the House Kurita [=OmniMech=] adaptation of it. ''Trial Under Fire'' adds to the confusion in which the ''Black Hawk'' fought at the end of the first operation is written as the ''Black Hawk-KU''.
* OneManArmy: The epilogue notes that you and your single lance of Mechs (with the support crew) effectively managed to singlehandedly destroy the entire military infrastructure of Corbett's faction of the Smoke Jaguars. Just the four of you managed to pull off what an ''entire task force'' couldn't manage otherwise. This is played with, though, as a massive army of angry Clanners (who are chasing you down after obliterating the ''rest'' of your task force) are hot on your heels.
* ShootingGallery: In one of the missions you attack an enemy training facility that includes a HumongousMecha-scale version of this trope. It's possible to walk your lance into it without realizing it, then start shooting when you realize you're surrounded by 'enemy contacts.'
* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: The set-up for the single player campaign. Your initial drop insertion goes awry when [[DidntSeeThatComing Warship-class lasers]] on the surface shoot down your dropship. The first three operations see you linking up with other survivors of your force and completing your mission objectives; the fourth is about both completing the mission and finding a way offplanet as you attack the starport; the final operation is basically all about frantically searching for a way to escape the planet before enemy reinforcements arrive after the starport is empty.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Not ''intentionally'', but from a practical standpoint there was no point in the main campaign where you were going to deploy a Clan Ultra AC 20. You would face several enemy 'Mechs with them, and salvage them too, but it was extremely unlikely you would recover enough ''ammunition'' to ever make one useful for a whole mission. Over the course of a whole campaign you might end up with as little as three rounds recovered for the [=CUAC=] 20; if you were lucky, maybe as many as fifteen.

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=] 4: Vengeance]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Gamespy had a number of articles about the background of the characters, explaining things like why Ian was sent away from home. The site has shut down years ago, but Website/WaybackMachine [[http://web.archive.org/web/20041211135521/http://archive.gamespy.com/legacy/articles/mech4mates_a.shtm still]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050410063659/http://archive.gamespy.com/legacy/articles/mech4mates2_a.shtm has]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050410065435/http://archive.gamespy.com/legacy/articles/mech4mates3_a.shtm copies]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20041211141150/http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/september00/mech4mates4/ archived]].
* ArtificialStupidity: Your lancemates never use repair bays - only MFB's. At least one ''Black Knight'' mission with no time limit allowed you to circumvent this by ordering them to shut down... and then using your Mech to ''push them in''.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The opening missions of ''[=MechWarrior=] 4'' take place on a lunar surface, in near-perfect vacuum. Heat is not an issue apparently because SpaceIsCold. Realistically, a vacuum environment would probably be the ''worst possible place'' for a heat sink to operate. While it is true that ''[=Battletech=]'' heat sinks function very differently from ''modern'' heat sinks, the mechanism they are said to use to cool 'Mechs would still function extremely inefficiently in vacuum.
* EnemyChatter: A not insignificant portion of the plot between missions is delivered via intercepted communications between named Steiner characters, courtesy of Steiner encryption codes the player's forces pulled out of the lunar communications facility destroyed in the very first mission. Amusingly enough, MissionControl mentions during a briefing two missions before the end of the campaign that Steiner forces finally wised up to their long-range comms being intercepted and are employing countermeasures, which is why there are no more for the rest of the game (not that there are many left alive by that point anyway, the game's subtitle being what it is).
* ExplodingBarrels: Fuel tanks, APU's, and Drop Ships deal significant damage and overheat nearby targets when they explode. 'Mechs also do this when they get destroyed.
* CassandraTruth: Nobody in Steiner command listens to [[TheDragon Vanda Castro]], even though she's the [[OnlySaneMan only one]] who is giving sound tactical advice and not grossly underestimating the threat posed by the player. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the player and their operations officer after Operation 5-1.
* {{Determinator}}: The Mechwarrior Guard Captain from the intro movie of ''[=MechWarrior 4: Vengeance=]'', when he sees why no-one has been answering his radio calls:
-->'''Pilot:''' Any receiving unit. [[DoomedProtagonist I have contact with main enemy force inside central courtyard]]. [[HeroicSacrifice I will delay them here as long as I can]].
** Ironically, that is said by a RedShirt...
* ChargedAttack: Bombast lasers, with the complication that they "fizzle" if charged too long.
* DeadpanSnarker: Casey Nolan from the ''Vengeance'' campaign is a bit of one, as well is the player character in ''Black Knight''. These two engage is some SnarktoSnarkCombat in the latter campaign when Casey shows up [[spoiler:as a boss]].
---> '''Casey''': Punch out now and I'll give you a job... scrubbing toilets.
---> '''Eric [=McClair=]'''[[labelnote:*]]Callsign: Black Knight[[/labelnote]]: Thanks. I'll pass.
* EyeBeams: The ''Cyclops'' has an energy hardpoint in it's which allows you to shoot frickin' laser beams out of it's eye!
* FaceHeelTurn: Thrust upon [[spoiler: Ian Dresari and his team]] to set up the ''Black Knight'' expansion pack.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At one point, Casey starts telling you a joke which starts "a man walks into a bar with a penguin under one arm, and a three foot long salami under the other". He never gets to complete it, but most likely, it's a variant of the RealLife LiteralGenie joke about three wishes... now, [[BiggerIsBetterInBed what would a man have asked]] to get that salami instead?
* GoingCritical: Unlike other games in the franchise 'Mechs in [=MW4=] always go critical when their center torso is destroyed. The explosion is fairly small, but very damaging. You can still salvage some of them, though.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: The track named "Mystic" has this in the first 52 seconds.
* InescapableAmbush: The final mission in of the single-play campaign is a nasty one. After going through two lances of Heavy and Assault mechs and an active [=DropShip=], you're presented with an UnskippableCutscene that always leaves you [[spoiler:by yourself, facing away from William's Daishi in your possibly-badly-damaged 'Mech. Making it worse, he's at his long optimal range and has a direct shot at you the instant the cutscene is over]]. Hope you didn't bring a 'Mech geared for close-range fighting. If the fight were more equitable it would be a lot less of a pain, though this is partly excused by its being a BossFight.
* MultipleEndings: You can choose between two penultimate missions, which influences which ending you get. The Black Knight events happen [[spoiler: if you do not save your sister.]]
* NoCanonForTheWicked: Seemingly averted, as the ''Black Knight'' expansion is premised on Ian having left his sister to die and taken the throne for himself at the conclusion of the original game. Zig-zagged in the expanded universe, where his subsequent characterization as a tyrant is said to be Steiner propaganda.
* POVSequel: In the ''Black Knight'' expansion pack you are up against [[spoiler:Ian Dresari, the Player Character from ''Vengeance'']]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The protagonist is from a royal family and is seeking to restore legal rule to his planet (and the final battle is with his cousin). After one of his missions, a lancemate actually says:
-->I guess you're not one of those royals who let the rest of us do the heavy lifting.
* SadisticChoice: There's one near the end of the ''Vengence'' campaign. [[spoiler:You can either save your sister or leave her to die in order to raid a weapons cache to help in the final battle]]. The choice you make [[MultipleEndings determines the ending]]. [[spoiler:It's actually not much of a choice. The weapons cache is very well defended, so if you have enough equipment to capture it, you probably don't need what's in it anyway.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Some of the mission briefings tend towards this.
* ShoutOut: A mecha fighting a sea ship called ''Thunderchild''? [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds Sounds familiar]]...
* SmugSnake: Almost all of the Steiner command staff fit this trope, but especially William Dresari.
* SpecialEffectBranding: Appears in a very specific variation, which features technology from both the Inner Sphere and the invading Clans. Inner Sphere lasers fire red energy beams, but in spite of using identical technology (albeit extended to longer ranges), Clan laser beams are bright green. This makes it very easy to tell what kind of loadout an opponent is using based on what color of laser you see flashing past your cockpit viewscreen. This extends into their [[BeamSpam pulse laser]] technology, where you can also find red Inner Sphere-origin pulse lasers, green Clan-made ones, and Inner Sphere-built experimental blue 'X-pulse' weapons. The advent of the Mektek Mekpaks includes the amber-orange Clan-designed heavy laser to the mix. This breaks down to the primary colors, red and blue, being Inner Sphere technology, while the secondary colors, green and orange, denote Clan technology. Averted in the other games, in which comparable Clan and Inner Sphere weaponry are visually identical, as both use red-green-blue lasers, with blue being the most powerful.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Taking care of your lancemates in the fourth game helps you get a slight edge in later missions. Additionally, the penultimate mission offers you the chance to rescue your sister, allowing her to assume the Kentares throne instead of you.
* WhatAnIdiot: Roland decides to restore order on Kentares 4 by ordering large-scale massacres of civilians who may or may not be involved in resistance to the Steiner occupation. Anyone who knows anything about [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Kentares_Massacre the planet's history]] should know that this is the ''worst possible decision'' he could have made to quell the unrest, something that [[OnlySaneMan Vanda Castro]] [[LampshadeHanging explicitly tells him]].

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=] 4: Mercenaries]]
* AllianceMeter: Shows the player's approval ratings with the Steiner and Davion factions, though in most cases it ends up being irrelevant to the player's ultimate choice of faction. Notably, the game has both an Alliance Meter and a Karma Meter (see below).
* AllThereInTheManual: The backstory for ''Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries''. It's set during the Fedcom Civil War, a sprawling event with a lot of fronts that the player is only briefly acquainted with. Without some knowledge of the background, a lot of characters' movements won't seem to make a lot of sense (especially Victor Davion's insistence on not leading the charge against Katrina). It helps that Spectre is a consummate mercenary most of the time; he's [[CatchPhrase here for the payday, not the politics]] which lets the player skip over the fluff. Perhaps the most important thing that's missing: who the "good guy" is (hint: Katrina [[WouldHurtAChild assassinated a child]] [[SelfMadeOrphan and her own mother]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen for her throne]] and also the paramour of her brother, the rightful heir, [[EvilIsPetty just to spite him]]).
* AnnouncerChatter: Duncan Fisher, the voice of Solaris VII. The [=Living Legends=] team was able to get the original voice actor, George Ledoux, to reprise the role for the introduction of the Solaris Arena game mode in patch 0.5.0.
* ArchEnemy: Burr's Black Cobras may take this role in opposition to your company, depending on how you interact with them. Destroying Lieutenant Dunman's lance in the Industry Raid mission on Halloran V leads to Dragonfly attacking you during the last Halloran V mission. This culminates in a firefight with Colonel Burr on Wernke, which will see you grossly outnumbered and possibly outgunned.
* {{BFG}}: In the [=MekTek=] version of ''4: Mercenaries'', you can mount a railgun on certain assault 'mechs. Said railgun is apparently '''very''' large in comparison to literally everything else in a [=BattleMech=]'s potential arsenal, as it is not only the heaviest and hardest-hitting weapon in the game, but also the one that takes the most slots by itself. The only 'mechs who can mount this monster of a gun have the designated hardpoint so large and lightly armored, [[AwesomeButImpractical it's pretty easy to destroy]].
* BittersweetEnding: All three endings reference the impending Word of Blake jihad, the first shots of which will be fired within months of the game's conclusion. Additionally, the Steiner path endings force the player to choose between serving their chosen cause at the cost of abandoning their unit, or remaining with their unit but giving up on the plan to rescue Katrina (rendering the unit's sacrifices in the previous campaign moot).
* CombatPragmatist: During the New Exford arc, you have the option to engage the Clan invasion force in a Trial of Possession, pitting his mechs against theirs in a fair fight for the fate of the planet. ''Or'', he can [[SchmuckBait call them up, agree to the Trial]], and then attack the night before it's scheduled to go off, catching half of their pilots in the barracks. (For bonus points, load up on a long-ranged weapon and announce your presence by ''destroying'' their barracks.)
* CanonImmigrant: [=MekTek's=] 40-ton ''Arctic Wolf'', as and 85-ton ''Deimos'', were later made part of canon ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''.
* ContinueYourMissionDammit: MissionControl will start bleeping in on the comms when you're not completing your objectives or in combat with any enemy units for an extended amount of time. Will happen often when you're taking the time to push your shutdown lancemates to repair stations [[ArtificialStupidity they don't know how to use]].
** Duncan Fisher will pretty much call you a pussy if you try this in any of the Solaris matches.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: In-universe, Duncan Fisher refers to the player character as one.
* FactionSpecificEndings: One each for the Steiner and Davion factions, plus a third ending in which the player and his unit strike off on their own.
* FinalDeath: While your lancemates will ''usually'' eject safely if their 'mechs are destroyed, occasionally this trope is invoked, forcing you to hire a replacement pilot.
* ItsPersonal:
** [[MissionControl Castle]] has it out bad for Clanners, and sounds quite vindictive during the New Exford campaign. Understandable seeing as they orphaned her in the 3050 invasion and also reduced her nation, the Free Rasalhague Republic, to a pitiful handful of worlds. She also flips her lid if you take the leading star colonel as bondsman.
** Burr's Black Cobras can develop into an ItsPersonal enemy for the player's unit, depending on the actions of the player in the first mission in which they are encountered. If the player chooses to destroy the Black Cobra lance in that mission, subsequent missions against them will be characterized by the Cobras' desire for revenge,[[note]]and their bringing extra mechs to the fight[[/note]] with the final battle between the two companies being described as "settling this grudge match once and for all." Averted, however, if the player chooses to simply complete the objectives in the original mission and allow both sides to withdraw - to the point that the final battle against the Cobras is preceded by an InfoDump from Castle, describing them as if the player had never encountered them before.
** The player's lancemates will sometimes express disgust and/or "KillEmAll" attitudes towards different enemy factions.
** The player character himself will sometimes express such feelings in certain missions depending on the player's choice of sponsor unit:
*** If sponsored by the Kell Hounds, during the "Backstab" mission on New Exford, the player will tell the Jade Falcon commander, "We're hounds - Kell Hounds. And you're trespassing on ''our'' territory," in place of the generic dialogue used if the player is sponsored by another unit.
*** If sponsored by the Gray Death Legion, during the Steiner branch of the Hesperus II campaign the player will repeatedly claim to hate the Davion forces for their massacre of the Legion units on the planet, at one point even stating he would do a Steiner mission "for half salvage and a thank you note."
* KarmaMeter: Shows ratings for "Nobility" and "Infamy", influenced by both choice of mission[[note]]e.g.: fighting the Jade Falcons in an agreed upon Trial of Possession vs. ambushing them the night before[[/note]] and within-mission choices.[[note]]whether or not allied units survived, whether the player allowed defeated enemies to withdraw vs. wiping them out, etc.[[/note]] Certain missions will only be available if the player has high levels of one or the other - the Styk mission "Honor Guard", for example, requiring high levels of nobility, while "Assassination" on the same planet requires high levels of infamy. Note that while sometimes affected by the same events in game, each rating is distinct, meaning the player can have high levels of both at the same time.
* LargeHam: Duncan Fisher if you hadn't already guessed.
* LeaveNoWitnesses: An optional objective for some missions.
--->'''Castle''': Pretty bloodthirsty stuff.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The opening and ending videos for ''[=MW4=]: Mercs'' implies that the entire game is a series of stories told by an older Spectre some time after the Word of Blake Jihad. Helps to explain all the canon discrepancies.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: With all the expansion packs installed, ''[=MechWarrior=] 4: Mercenaries'' has over ''100'' individual 'Mechs.
* PsychoForHire: Duncan Burke, Potentially you.
* PowerCreep: Many of the 'Mechs in the [=MekTek=] expansion packs are outright superior to the vanilla mechs in firepower, slots, speed, or other characteristics such as electronics.
* StealthBasedMission: One each for the Steiner and Davion factions, performing reconnaissance on the enemy's R and D facilities.
--->'''Castle''': Take a fast 'Mech and present a minimum profile - you won't be fighting your way through this one.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: It doesn't matter how much of a powerhouse your or your lancemates' current 'Mechs are, enemy Light Mechs will still gun for you.
** Or if they are outnumbered, like in the first Halloran V mission where a lone Owens Light 'Mech charges your full lance. Of course, [[PlayerCharacter Spectre]] is amused.
---> Spectre: ''[[TooDumbToLive Spunky little fella]], [[DeadpanSnarker isn't he]]?''
* TakingYouWithMe:
** Players sometimes attempt to [[SuicideAttack selfdestruct adjacent to an enemy to inflict significant damage]]. In ''[=MechWarrior=] 4: Vengeance'', there was even a weapon, that when triggered, produces a more devastating explosion.
* VendorTrash: In Mechwarrior 4 Mercenaries, you often can scrape up and repair a lot of enemy mechs you trashed off the battlefield. Even though they'll probably need extensive repairs, they'll still net quite a sum on the market when you sell them, offsetting the money expended for repairs. And you should: too many unused mechs in your lineup adds up to a lot of excess upkeep expenditures for them, and they're usually mechs outclassed by your current lineup anyway. You can often net more money from a mission with a hefty salvage haul than the contractor agreed to pay you for mission success (first dibs on salvage rights being a way to pay for merc services without actually paying). [[PlayerCharacter Spectre]] and [[MissionControl Castle]] often quote about the lucrative prospect of salvage.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Invoked in a number of ways.
** A completely optional mission has the player escorting trapped peace delegates to safety, despite the fact that they are unable to pay for your services.
** In the initial encounter with Burr's Black Cobras, the player has the option of allowing the opposing 'Mechs to withdraw peacefully once the other objectives are complete.
** Some missions have optional objectives of protecting allied units or defending secondary targets from attack. In at least one instance, the unit in question will return as TheCavalry in a subsequent mission if saved by the player.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** The optional objectives for some missions include killing any escaping vehicles - armed or otherwise - or even [[LeaveNoWitnesses destroying any inhabited buildings.]]
** On a couple of occasions, the player has the choice between taking a "nobility" mission and an "infamy" mission:
*** Instead of fighting Jade Falcon forces in a Trial of Possession, the player can agree to the trial but ambush the Jade Falcons the night before. The ambush mission even gives the player the option of killing nearly half of the defending 'Mech pilots in their barracks.
*** The player can choose to perform a series of assassinations rather than stand guard at a peace conference. News reports after the mission imply the region is likely to descend into chaos [[YouBastard as a result of the player's actions.]]
** In the first encounter with the Black Cobras, the player can choose to wipe out the defending lance, setting up the intense hatred between the two mercenary units.

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=]: Online]]
* AchievementSystem: The game has an internal achievement system that gives varying rewards from C-Bills, GXP or even a special title that will show up when targeted. The {{UsefulNotes/Steam}} release shares some of the achievements but are typically the really challenging ones such as scoring a PyrrhicVictory.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Each 'Mech got its own short story that demonstrates how badass it can be with the right pilot.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Players can grind for "C-Bills" (using a selection of Trial 'Mechs, which cannot be customized and change from time to time), or spend real-world money to acquire 'Mechs in-game. An Atlas might cost 9.7 million C-Bills - requiring more than sixty ten-minute matches worth of grinding for an experienced player to buy - but you can instead spend about $20 worth of "Mech Credits" (MC) to acquire it instantly. Early in open beta, players running any sort of advanced technology could ''lose money'' if they lost a match and then fully repaired and reloaded their 'Mech, unless they were a [[PreOrderBonus Founder]] or paid real money for "Premium time". That infelicitous system has since been removed, and now even the most miserable performance in a match will always make the player ''some'' money. There is also now a "Cadet Bonus" fountain of C-Bills in the first 25 games, quickly giving new players enough in-game Monopoly money to buy ''something'' of their own.
** The "Hero" 'Mechs - with a unique configuration and paint job, which can only be purchased with real money - have caused a lot of "pay2win" accusations. The Hero 'Mechs are meant to be balanced to prevent them from having any real advantage over standard variants, and this is the case for most of them; only a few of the more than thirty Heroes available as of mid-late 2014 are actually the "winningest" variant of their 'Mech model.
** There are advanced (read: better) versions of each consumable that, initially, could only be bought with MC. They were balanced by preventing premium consumables from being equipped alongside other consumables of the same type. The free versions can also be grindingly upgraded to be equal to the premium versions.
** The fact that additional 'Mech Bays could only be bought with MC, however, did play this trope straight, Especially considering that the default four is not anywhere enough to allow players to get the most out of the game.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]], somewhat: The Community Warfare (CW) mode now allows players to aquire 'Mech Bays, and eventually MC, by playing in CW matches. Additionaly, [[http://mwomercs.com/tournaments events]] are held occasionally whereby players can win small amounts of MC, a 'Mech bay, or even a 'Mech plus a Bay to put it in, just by performing well enough in enough matches.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Battletech.
* AlwaysAccurateAttack: Streak SRM missiles are guaranteed to hit their target provided nothing gets in the way, engaging in some ridiculous RoboTeching to hit their mark.
* AscendedMeme: A fanart of an ''[=UrbanMech=]'' with a top hat and a monocle has made its way into the game as a cockpit item. [[http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e146/_VaporTrail_/Urbie_zps8052ea91.png bobblehead]] with a tophat and a cigar.
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Many [[MinMaxing Min-Maxed]] builds end up falling into this catagory due to CripplingOverspecialization
** Severely underpowered engine? Minimal heatsinks? Virtually no armor? limited ammo? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmzlJasuxvI&list=UUmxv6LmrmYXZxX0mt-cNQiA Who cares]] when you're throwing out [[MacrossMissileMassacre 100 missiles per trigger-pull]]?
* BeamSpam: A perfectly viable tactic and the whole idea of ''Laser Vomit'' builds. The Black Hawk Prime is probably the most ridiculous stock example with ''twelve'' energy hardpoints all mounting ER Medium Lasers resulting in yellow beams of death. Of course you can take these lasers off for other weapons or put these arms on other Black Hawk variants with the omnipod system.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The cockpit is essentially a 3d box around the view camera. This is especially glaring on Atlas, which should have a ''tiny'' window based on the exterior model, but the interior view gives you an enormous glass window.
* BribingYourWayToVictory:
** Originally, players started out with no C-bills and had to either cough up cash to buy a mech or use a selection of (usually terrible) 'Trial' mechs that cannot be customized. An update later added a 'Cadet Bonus' that gave significant C-bill bonuses for the first 25 matches, giving players enough cash to buy a heavy mech.
** New mechs are often launched as timed exclusives; pay X dollars, get the mech now plus some bonuses. Free-to-play players usually have to wait upwards of a month before the mechs can be acquired with C-bills.
** Single-use support modules have more powerful versions that can only be purchased using the premium currency. For example, players can buy Cool Shots to cool down their mech, but only weaker versions can be bought with C-bills. The weaker versions ''can'' be upgraded to be as potent as the premium versions, but it requires an enormous expenditure of valuable General Experience Points.
* ChargedAttack: The Gauss rifle requires a short charge up time before it can fire. If it's held for too long then the charge resets though it's convenient if you want to save the shot for later instead.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The battle on ''Terra Therma'' [[FanNickname AKA ''Mordor'']] takes place in and around an erupting volcano. Fighting on the platform suspended above the caldera isn't all that much hotter than anywhere else in the map but lord help you should you actually fall in.
* FakeLongevity: Attaining all the chassis skill bonuses requires the player to 'master' three different variants by completing all 8 of their basic bonus skills. Skills can only be purchased on mechs the player owns, so it is necessary to buy three nearly identical mechs with slightly different loadouts to get the most out of the chassis. It's not too bad on the cheap light mechs, but a nightmarish [[MoneyGrinding C-bill grind]] for both Clan and Assault Mechs.
** Removed by the implementation of the "Skill Tree" system. A player may now buy any variant of any chassis and skill it out completely, either with chassis-specific XP earned by using the 'mech or General XP earned by using any 'mech the player owns. The only barrier is the C-bill cost for converting XP to Skill Points.
* GlassCannon
** The [=JagerMech=], can pack [[MoreDakka more firepower]] than most assault mechs but it comes at the expense of tissue-paper armor, a wide profile for easy torso shots and an [[MadeOfExplodium XL Engine]].
** The [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Awesome]] also suffers from this to a lesser extent, it is a ranged fire-support 'Mech that can carry a staggering amount of ordinance but it is slow and prone to overheating, with a profile like a barn-door which often leads to it getting focused down and picked apart. One build in particular, called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Thor's Hammer"]], was loaded with several ER PPCs that could potentially [[OneHitKill blow the enemy's cockpit off in one volley]] at the cost of having to shutdown from overheating often. Unfortunately, doing this leaves the 'Mech quite defenseless in close-range combat...
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The Atlas originally had glowing eyes, but due to the way the game rendered light sources, they became visible clear across the map even through fog. The effect was later removed, leaving it with mere reflective red glass for the cockpit..
* GoForTheEye: How you go about SnipingTheCockpit on an Atlas.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Standard Inner Sphere battlemech color is an olive drab green, while Clans are painted shiny gunmetal grey with olive stripes. However, alternate colors can be purchased to make your Atlas say, neon pink, yellow, and green with a flame paintjob.
* InformedEquipment: Like ''Living Legends'', the appearance of a battlemech changes based on what weapons are equipped. However, the implementation is sometimes goofy. In the early days, the game was pretty bad about scaling, leading to the popular Catapult-K2 firing gauss rifle slugs from machine gun barrels. Mechs have a limited number of missile tubes even if they can fit more; the Atlas can fit 3x [=LRM-15=] launchers, but can only fire 30 missiles at once, forcing it to quickly reload the tubes and automatically fire off the last 15. Most ridiculously, a Raven variant with a NARC beacon (which counts as a missile hardpoint) can be loaded with an LRM 20 in that slot, letting it fire twenty missiles. . . [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZpdMU5mfxE one at a time through it's sole launch tube.]]
* LethalJokeCharacter: The ''Urban Mech'' or [[FanNickname ''Urbie'']] is a comically slow Light 'Mech that looks like a walking trash can and packs the firepower of 'Mech twice it's size. Naturally it is a [[SoBadItsGood cult favorite]].
* LethalLavaLand: The afore mentioned ''Terra Therma''.
* LightningBruiser: Marauder IIC. This battlemech, being a Clan modification of the original Marauder mech, can be equipped with Clan Fusion Extra-Light Reactor (which provides an excellent mobility for a 85-tonn walking tank without great disadvantages in survivalability) and armed with Clantech weapons (which are lighter than Inner Sphere counterparts).
** [[BearsAreBadNews Kodiak]] [[MoreDakka KDK-3]]. It is also powered by Clan Extra-Light Fusion Reactor and can be armed with four ultra-autocannons. Compared with a Dire Wolf, a Kodiak is faster and more maneuvrable.
* MeaningfulName: Inverted by the background material for ''[=MechWarrior=] Online''. While all of the [=BattleMechs=] use the same names that they were given in the original tabletop game, the short stories that accompanied some of them were based off of what the 'Mech in question was named after.
** In the story for the ''[[http://mwomercs.com/news/2012/06/272-battlemech-12-stalker Stalker]]'', the protagonist's lancemates say things like [[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} "You can pay us back by moving, don't stand there" and "Get us out of here, Stalker!"]]
** The ''[[http://mwomercs.com/news/2012/10/479-battlemech-17-highlander Highlander]]'' entry had the protagonist's lance being decimated by a ''Highlander'' piloted, naturally, by a BraveScot. Bonus points because she broadcast [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipes]] over the enemy lance's comms.
** The ''[[http://mwomercs.com/news/2013/06/685-battlemech-quickdraw Quickdraw]]'' story is basically a stereotypical SpaghettiWestern. [[RecycledInSpace With BattleMechs]].
* ObviousBeta: General consensus among Closed Beta Testers was that [=MechWarrior Online=] wasn't ready to officially launch when it did. Promised features like Community Warfare and more game modes (along with all of the revealed 'Mechs so far) were not yet implemented at the time.
* ObviousRulePatch: A couple of differences from the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' rules and previous games
** Double Heatsinks are nerfed so that only the ones automatically included with the engine (up to 10 in a 250+ rated engine) gain double the cooling effect. All other heatsinks, whether they're installed in the spare slots in a 275 or larger engine or elsewhere on a mech, have somewhat less cooling. While still more effective than single heatsinks, this reduces the chance of out of control BeamSpam, or even some munition based builds, such as missiles.
** Inner Sphere [=LRMs=] do not arm within a minimum range of 180m. Clan [=LRMs=] use a ramp up damage mechanic, doing reduced damage to targets within 180m. This prevents them from being used as pseudo-SRM pods, instead of their intended role of medium to long range fire support.
* PowerCreep: The first series of battlemechs haven't aged well, particularly the 'Dragon' and 'Awesome', which are absolutely gigantic for their tonnage[[note]]The Awesome however, has since been improved to have a smaller frame, less wide side torsos, and better weapon placement[[/note]] Clan omnimechs, which came out a year after release can quite handily curb-stomp Inner Sphere mechs of equivalent tonnage. However, Clan upgraded battlemechs ("IIC") take the cake for power creep, having all the benefits of a Clan Omnimech with basically none of the downsides: While they lose the modular components, they can be fully customized unlike omnimechs. The 'Jenner IIC' can mount a whopping ''six'' Clan SRM-6 launchers which will quite handily allow it to out-AlphaStrike assault mechs; the standard Jenner doesn't get half the firepower and is far more squish thanks to inferior Inner Sphere XL engines.
* PyrrhicVictory: There's an achievement of this name for having your team win with one 'mech left on the team, ''all'' players on that team will get the achievement even if they're not the one pulling it off.
* RealMenWearPink: The "Heavy Metal" Hero 'Mech from default camo pattern is hot pink. In-universe it's the iconic 'mech of a female pilot.
* RevenueEnhancingDevices: ''Online'' will have cosmetic items that can only be purchased with Mech Credits (bought with real money), such as bobbleheads in your cockpit. [[AceCustom "Hero" Mechs]], unique Mechs from the boardgame and expanded universe (such as the [[http://i.imgur.com/uNRUO.jpg Yen-Lo-Wang Centurion]]) have unique paintjobs and loadouts, and can only be bought with Mech Credits.
* RunningGag: Hula girls became this based on the 2009 trailer, in which a hula girl statuette was visible in the cockpit of the protaganist's 'Mech.
* SceneryPorn: The Tourmaline Desert map features black, crystalline growths about the map while the center is dominated by a giant arc of metal - part of a long-since crashed dropship and is probably the most visually striking map in the game at this time. The Viridian Bog map features lush trees, lilly pads, and map-traversing insectoid carapace that all dwarf the 'Mechs that fight in it
* SituationalDamageAttack: Flamers and Machine Guns do [[ScratchDamage very little damage]] against armored targets. However hits on exposed Internal Structure do substantially more damage and and have an increased % Chance to disable critical equipment, or cause an ammo explosion.
** Advanced Tactical Missiles do damage in three stages, each missile doing 3 damage at relatively close range, then stepping down to 2 and then 1 damage each as the range increases. This is a somewhat kludgy adaptation from the source material, in which the launchers could be loaded with different types of missiles, each with its own optimal range and damage profile- something impossible to do under MWO's current engine.
* UrbanWarfare: ''River City'' and ''Crimson Straits'' both fulfill this trope while still featuring a few open areas for longer-ranged builds to shine. Befitting the name, this is where the Urbanmech ''really'' becomes a LethalJokeCharacter.

[[folder:[=MechWarrior=]: Living Legends]]
* AnachronismStew: The game revolves around an Inner Sphere vs. Clan conflict, yet features [=BattleMechs=] and vehicles that did not enter production until after the Clan Invasion ended. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the developers weren't trying to establish canon. The level of technology is around the same level as the late 3060's [=FedCom=] Civil War era, with the most recent mech being the ''Solitaire'' (3064) and the most recent weapon being the Improved Heavy Gauss Rifle (3065).
* AntiAir: The Huitzilopitchli and Partisan tanks. Both spew out hundreds of pounds of ammo every second when firing at enemy aerospace assets. They're needed to protect your team from enemy bombers if your doesn't have anybody piloting air superiority fighters. The Rifleman in has superior twist capabilties in addition to all of its variants carrying anti-air weapons - shotguns, autocannons, pulse lasers, and light gauss rifles.
* AntiInfantry: Rotary autocannons, autocannons, LBX shotguns, machine guns, and short ranged missile launchers are capable of turning battlearmor to a fine red mist. Most of these weapons are also amazingly good AntiAir, which makes the anti-air tanks [[InstantDeathRadius mobile battlearmor blenders]].
* AntiVehicle: Rotary [=Autocannon/5s=] have a damage multiplier against tanks, allowing them to rip through the normally incredibly heavy armor in no time at all.
* AsteroidThicket: "Extremity" as the map (which is actually just a large asteroid) rotates around, hundreds of large, rotating asteroids come into view. A work-in-progress community map actually takes place in an asteroid field, with only aerospace and Battle Armor being usable.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Long Tom artillery piece, which is one of the heaviest weapons in the game, and you need to be damn good to hit anything further than 300m away with it, When you ''do'' hit targets though, they will ''feel'' it. The ''Living Legends'' version of the Long Tom can one-shot ''any'' medium or lighter Mech with a direct hit, but it has an extremely long reload time, only one vehicle mounts it, and the design of the gun makes it impossible to hit anything closer than 400 meters away unless the Long Tom tank is parked on a hill.
* DiegeticInterface: All of the games have this to an extent (the HUD being part of the pilot's neurohelmet), but ''Living Legends'' expands on the idea.
** The Battle Armor HUD is a DiegeticInterface, with the visor being both the view into the world and the HUD. All of the HUD is integrated into it, such as the radar and weapons display. If the battle armor takes damage just to its armor, the visor begins to (permanently) crack. Breaking through the armor and hitting the player inside directly causes blood and harjel to splattered onto the visor, obscuring your vision. When near death, the visor plasters warnings and circuit diagrams onto the sides of the screen, and will display a notice on the side of the screen when it begins dispensing [[RegeneratingHealth morphine]]. Taking EMP damage will temporarily disable the visor and obscure the player's view in a hail of static
** The [[http://www.mechlivinglegends.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mwll-mechhud-concept01.jpg new mech HUD]] is designed to look more like a military aircraft HUD, and to appear more in-universe, rather than being a mass of bright blue and green HUD elements.
** The [[http://www.mechlivinglegends.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mwll-tankhud-concept01.jpg new tank HUD]] is designed to look like the player is actually looking through a viewport in the turret or through a periscope. All the HUD elements are designed to look like actual displays, ala-''[[{{VideoGame/Starsiege}} EarthSiege]]''.
* AutoDoc: Battle Armor has a self-healing system, which seals the suit and injects morphine into the player.
* BackFromTheDead: Meta. ''Living Legends'' development was picked up again by a different team and released a new version in 2016, three years after the last official version.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: You suffer no adverse effects when your cockpit or Battle Armor is breached on "[[SpaceZone Extremity]]".
* {{BFG}}: The Long Tom Artillery Piece makes every other weapon in the series pale in comparison; it is mounted on a single, specialized tank that carries no other weapons, but it is capable of smiting mechs from across the map. For the scale, the cannon is longer than most mechs are tall, and the recoil compensator is about the same size as a suit of PoweredArmor. The Thumper is the Long Tom's smaller brother, trading raw firepower for a straighter trajectory, a faster refire rate, and a more mobile firing platform on top a Rommel chassis.
* BlindedByTheLight: The Warhammer has a very large spotlight mounted on the shoulder, which is effective at blinding enemies using the nightvision overlay.
* BubblegloopSwamp: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Marshes]]. Large mounts of silt and mud covered in trees, murky water full of reeds, and fireflies (And yes, we mean ACTUAL fireflies, not the 'Mech) ''everywhere''.
* BuildLikeAnEgyptian: "Sandblasted" is dotted with large stone pyramids with partial gold covers, hieroglyphics, and a giant laser beacon on the top. The map is also dotted with obelisks and ancient homes. "Oasis" is an alternate take on Sandblasted, featuring additional erosion, vegetation, and a river running through the valley of the dead.
* CameraAbuse: Battle Armor gets a hefty dose of this in ''Living Legends''. Taking EMP damage from a nearby [[GoingCritical critical explosion]] or from a [[LightningGun PPC]] causes the HUD to vanish and causes the visor to get filled with vision-obscuring static. Taking damage to your health causes the visor to crack. Further damage causes suit sealing agent and blood to splatter onto the visor, which eventually fade away. Visor cracks however, cannot be fixed.
* CaptainObvious: [[http://forum.mechlivinglegends.net/index.php/topic,16982.msg305002.html#msg305002 Early versions]] of TC_Inferno in had signs helpfully pointing out things like '''LAVA IS HOT. DO NOT WALK INTO LAVA''', signs saying '''DO NOT TAXI INTO WALL''' on the runway as well as '''LAVA IS HOT. DO NOT FLY INTO LAVA.'''
* CarFu: A bug in version 0.3.0 caused the Harasser hovercraft to weigh several hundred tons, allowing the [[FragileSpeedster tiny, annoying, and agile hovercraft]] to punt around 80 ton Demolisher tanks like they were toys. While it was fixed relatively quickly, ramming is an effective way to deal with enemy tanks. The Hephaestus hovercraft is particularly good at wedging its nose under Oro tanks, which prevents the Oro from firing back. Demolishers can plow most other vehicles out of the way. Aircraft are particularly effective at ramming tanks, which in 0.5.0 would cause the tanks to go [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EPAybB_CpQ&t=40s flying 200+ meters, spinning wildly]]. Ramming enemy aircraft will usually [[OneHitKill instantly destroy both aircraft]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Lasers, if you fire them while out of coolant and at the heat red-line. In laser-boating aircraft such as the Sulla "A", it's commonly said that its ammo is its armor.
* ComebackMechanic: Version 0.7.0 introduced heavy scaling on points and cash. When a player in a light mech shoots at a player in an assault mech, the light player will get a huge bonus to their C-Bill reward and rank-up points. If the player in the assault mech fires back, he will receive a penalty to the regular c-bill reward and rank-up points. The system was put in place to stop the [[UnstableEquilibrium curb-stomp battles]] that often occurred in earlier versions. Now, if a player brings out an Assault Mech very early in the game (from banking with other players), he is essentially shooting himself in the foot - crippling his cash rewards and rank-up points.
* CosmeticallyDifferentSides: "Mixtech" matches (the default mode) in ''Living Legends'' allows the Inner Sphere forces and Clan forces to use any asset, regardless of origin. Averted with "Puretech" matches, which limits each team to using only that side's assets - for example, the Clan team cannot use the Long Tom, while the Inner Sphere cannot use the Clanner's (usually) superior end-game assault units, which results in puretech having a very different playstyle.
* CutShort: ''Living Legends'''s final content release [[http://www.mechlivinglegends.net/2013-01/mechwarrior-living-legends-final-release-0-7-0/ came with]] [[http://forum.mechlivinglegends.net/index.php/topic,18950.0.html several]] [[http://forum.mechlivinglegends.net/index.php/topic,18955.0.html documents]] showing what never made it into the game due to [[ExecutiveMeddling legal issues]] - dozens of assets such as the Marauder and alternate battlearmor, the much-anticipated [[DesignItYourselfEquipment Mechlab]], a full soundtrack, dozens of maps, alternate gamemodes, etc. Even more depressingly, some of the assets such as battlearmor were almost totally finished and only needed some XML work to get them in-game. [[AvertedTrope However]], a separate team restarted work on it a few years later, releasing new updates in 2016 and 2017 featuring new tanks, mechs, and weapons.
* DamageIsFire: Rear torsos will smoke and burn when critically damaged. Overheating will also cause large heat distortions to appear behind the mech as it tries to shed excess heat.
* DevelopmentGag: Early versions of TC_Inferno had big signs in the aircraft hangar spawn rooms telling players '''[[http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5569625/bloopah/ScreenShot0385.jpg DO NOT TAXI INTO WALL]]''' - at the time, the aircraft hangar spawned aerospace fighters facing towards a wall, meaning players had to taxi out, then turn towards the runway to take off. [[TooDumbToLive Most alpha testers would simply mash the throttle to max then plow into the wall at 400kph]]. Unfortunately, the signs didn't make it into the final version of the map.
* DualModeUnit: The Long Tom Artillery Tank in ''Living Legends'' must be deployed in order to fire its [[DeathFromAbove 30 ton high explosive cannon]], which can smite an enemy mech (and [[OneHitKill instagib light mechs]]) from almost two kilometers away if the pilot has a TargetSpotter aiding them.
* DummiedOut: The two transport VTOLs - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNlfRLq6EBQ the Karnov and Anhur]] - exist in-game but cannot be bought normally, due to their massive size and unfinished (and very buggy) state. They have independently controlled turrets for battlearmor players, [[GunshipRescue allowing it to function like a gunship]], multiple battlearmor can ride in the back, and it was originally intended to be able to airlift vehicles in the back. The only way to get the Karnov or Anhur is to load up a map with either of the transports pre-placed.
* FanSequel: ''[=MechWarrior: Living Legends=]'', a ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' [[GameMod mod]], made when it appeared that there wouldn't be any more ''[=MechWarrior=]'' games. It combines most of the better parts from previous official ''[=MechWarrior=]'' games, and introduces player-usable tanks, powered armor and aircraft.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Mr. Bubbles is a [[{{HumongousMecha}} one hundred ton bipedal tank]] with ''three'' ten ton [[{{GatlingGood}} rotary autocannons]] which can shred ''anything'' in the game in seconds.
* FreewareGames: The game now comes bundled with the free ''Crysis Wars'' multiplayer demo, allowing anyone to pick up the game and play; previously, it was compatible only with the retail version.
* FragileSpeedster:
** The Sparrowhawk aerospace fighter which is one of the fastest and most maneuverable asset in the game. It has so little armor, that if you try to run over a battlearmor at max speed, you will both explode. Other vehicles don't even take damage from doing the same thing.
** Battle Armor. While it's actually quite slow, it's ''extremely'' maneuverable, and can jink around under a Mech's legs, hiding from its fire as the Battle Armor proceeds to [[Comicbook/{{Doom}} RIP AND TEAR]] at the mech's legs. They ''need'' to do this, in order to not die instantly from weapons fire.
** The Black Lanner. It's a Medium Mech with the appropriate amount of firepower, yet it is capable of outrunning every ground asset in the game except for the Owens and Solitaire. Because of this, and because it has so much electronics packed in, [[SquishyWizard it has about the same armor as an Owens]].
** The Solitaire Light Mech is capable of 151kph standard, and it's capable of mounting [[SprintShoes MASC]] to increase its top speed to ''216kph''. It is also the most lightly armored asset in the game - the entire Mech has less armor than a Daishi's ''arm''. It [[GlassCannon makes up for its lack of armor with a very big gun]].
* FunWithAcronyms: The CRAP, Close Range Assault Puma - a variant of the Puma which has loads of heavy lasers.
* FutureCopter: The DummiedOut transport [=VTOL=] craft in ''Living Legends'', the Karnov and Anhur. They feature rotating (like on an [=V22=] Osprey) jet turbines. Averted with the other [=VTOL=] craft, which have been modified from their more plain helicopter design from the boardgame to having a centrally mounted jet turbine.
* GlassCannon
** The Hollander II; it caries one huge gun which makes up the the entirety of the right torso; However, the mech is prone to having its sides cored out due to its asymmetrical design and armor configuration
** The Loki, which is a very powerful, very squishy heavy mech. Most variants are also susceptible to melting their own armor off thanks the Clanner trademark tactic of mounting effectively no heatsinks on mechs multiple energy weapons.
** The Mauler, the king of long range trading and point blank faceblasting, spends just about all of its tonnage on its weapons, leaving most variants comically underarmored compared to other assault mechs.
** [[PoweredArmor Battle Armor]]. They die from a pair of medium lasers, from being run over by tanks or from [[WeaksauceWeakness running into a tree too fast]]. However, they have a ''huge'' amount of firepower when fully loaded up with C8 grenades, a Heavy Micro Laser or [=AC/2=] and a PPC.
* GravityScrew:
** "Extremity". The gravity there is around 25% of normal gravity, causing Mechs and tanks to be extremely floaty. Battle Armor can zip through the sky, rolling around crazily. The map also breaks the impact prediction mechanism on Long Tom artillery and Firebombs (they use "normal" gravity in their impact predictions), so you have to eyeball your shots.
*** In user-made (typically for racing) maps, mappers can set custom gravity zones in certain areas; so one area might have 5x gravity, while another area might have ''negative'' gravity. Or the mapper can set up gravity spheres [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kItPiKUl6Co to place mechs in orbit around each other.]]
* HeroicRROD: Continuing to build up heat from firing all your weapons or running in ''Living Legends'' will cause your mech to literally ''melt'' from heat - the arms will often be the first thing to fall off, but it's also possible for running mechs to explosively leg themselves and face-plant into the ground. If you ''continue'' to ignore your arms falling off, and the computer screeching about heat, your reactor will explode, instantly killing you.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: The game makes a distinction between camouflage, and paint. Camouflage are all reasonable patterns (i.e. jungle, arctic, blue-and-aquamarine underwater camo), but there are a number of comical eye-searingly bright paint patterns, such as neon pink and neon green zig-zag stripes, solid Pepto-Bismol pink, or dazzle camouflage. The original secret developer camos - now integrated into the paint menu as proper universal paint options - were all conspicuous, though they now pale in comparison to some of the newer options; "sbaros" covered the Warhammer in blue-and-black hexagons, and "tiger" gave the Bushwacker and Black Lanner tiger stripes.
* HighPressureBlood: Cockpit kills cause it to explode in a shower of blood the size of a small tank. This has been lovingly dubbed by some of the community as a 'slushie kill', in which the blood is said to be replaced by a large, make-believe red slushie.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: Aerospace fighters and [=VTOLs=] in ''Living Legends'' can fly underwater just as well as they fly in the sky.
* InSeriesNickname: Some mechs in ''Living Legends'' were given nicknames by the developers, such as the Bushwacker "[[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks Warthog]]" variant, which carries twin [[GatlingGood RAC/5 Gatling guns]], or the Mad Cat MKII "Beatstick", which carries a pair of [[ShortRangeShotgun LBX/20 shotguns]] and jump jets.
* InstantDeathRadius: Anti-air units carry copious amounts of dakka-spewing weapons, the vast majority of which are capable of killing battlearmor players with a single hit or a short burst at close or mid-range. Ironically, the safest place to be when fighting an anti-air unit is to be ''right next to it'', as they generally have trouble aiming down.
* JackOfAllStats: The Rommel main battle tank is a 65 ton generalist, carrying a wide assortment of weapons, on a well armored and fairly agile platform. Its main downside is that it is often outgunned by mechs of comparable tonnage, and has abysmal turret depression.
* JumpJetPack: Mechs can mount standard Jump Jets, or Improved Jumpjets, both of which provide jumping capability with regenerating fuel. Standard jets have ''enormous'' vertical impulse, but very little fuel and poor vectoring characteristics. Improved Jump Jets have less raw power and weigh more, but carry more fuel and regenerate quicker, and have superior thrust vectoring capability, allowing mechs jump into and out of cover. Battlearmor have a jump pack that allows them to jump around mech firing arcs and gain the high ground.
* LethalJokeCharacter:
** Battle Armor have paper armor and are (fairly) slow, but will utterly tear Mechs apart if left alone. Most players can easily kill them with a PPC blast to the feet or by hosing them down with machine guns, but if the Battle Armor gets on top of your Mech, you're doomed unless you can smash your Mech into a nearby wall or have a teammate blast him off. If you can't, the Battle Armor player can hose down your cockpit or rear torso armor (which is made of paper) with his guns without a fear in the world of getting killed or knocked off.
** The Sparrowhawk used to be a joke vehicle, but after the flight model was changed to make heavier aircraft less maneuverable, the Sparrowhawk effectively TookALevelInBadass. If a Sparrowhawk gets on your tail when you're in a [[MightyGlacier Shiva]] or a [[JackOfAllTrades Sulla]], you have ''no hope'' of escaping from the Sparrowhawk as it pounds your engines into dust.
** The normally-useless Harasser, which can vary from mildly annoying to frighteningly lethal, depending on who's driving.
** The Bushwacker Prime, which was an infamously bad medium mech. It's big, every single weapon on it has a completely different firing characteristic so Alpha Striking is nearly impossible, the individual weapons are weak (It can easily be overpowered by one of the ''starting'' light mechs), and it's ''expensive''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvk_1aVQAuc In a scrim]], both teams took only Bushy Primes. Within 2 minutes, most of the Bushwackers were down to only using their Large Laser and a pair of machineguns, as it carries a pathetic amount of spare ammo for its autocannon. The [[StoneWall mission timer ran out before the teams could kill each other.]] After being crap for 90% of the game's history, it was finally buffed up in the 0.7.0 final update (mostly from the AC/10 being buffed)
** The AC/10 and UAC/10 ballistic weapons. It used to be likened to hitting the enemy with a wet noodle; by the time you started dealing appreciable damage to the enemy, the gun would overheat and prevent any further firing. The weapon is ''heavily'' affected by lag, and the projectile requires you to lead your shots ''and'' lag-shoot. The 0.7.0 final update significantly increased its damage, making it a frightening weapon to fight.
* LethalLavaLand: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Inferno]]. Rocky terrain, large lava flows sliding down mountains, distant volcanic explosions, a smoky atmosphere, and extreme heat which causes mechs to overheat easily.
* LightningBruiser:
** The Corsair medium aerospace fighter carries an impressive amount of firepower (such as dual light gauss rifles or twin firebombs), is well armored, has an odd silhouette which makes firing at it awkward, and it is flat out the ''fastest'' asset in the game, with a top speed of 450kph, even faster than the [[FragileSpeedster Sparrowhawk]] scout plane.
** The Bushwacker medium mech is fast (86kph), is the most well armored medium mech, has a narrow silhouette which makes it hard to hit, and carries a huge amount of firepower which is scattered across the entire mech, making it difficult to strip it of its powerful weapons. It's the Inner Sphere's most versatile combat unit, as has a loadout for almost everyone's taste, and is exceptionally cheap for its power.
** By far the most terrifying mech in ''Living Legends'' is the Fafnir "Foxtrot" variant. It's one of the most armored asset in the game, carries a pair of Ultra [=Autocannon/20s=], and ''[[FireBreathingWeapon ten flamers]]''. Normally, you could just shoot a brawler Fafnir from afar and laugh at as it [[MightyGlacier slowly waddles towards you]]. But not this one, no. This one mounts [[SprintShoes MASC]], capable of propelling it to 75kph to sprint up to enemies and start blasting and melting them. Thankfully, it's [[OverHeating as much of a danger to itself as it is to the enemy team]].
** The Rommel main battle tank. Most variants can reach 90kph on level ground - just slightly slower than most medium mechs - while carrying the firepower and armor of a heavy. A few, like the Delta variant with its LBX20 shotgun and SRM-6 missile rack can cripple, if not kill, assault mechs, and possess surprising combat endurance.
* LightningGun: ''Living Legends'' adds the infantry-sized Manpack Particle Projector Cannon, and the Heavy Particle Projector Cannon. The manpack PPC, exclusive to battlearmor, deals moderate/heavy damage, but has some [[RecoilBoost pretty extreme recoil]] and only about 70% of the range of a standard PPC. The Heavy PPC, exclusive to the Inner Sphere, does roughly twice the damage of a standard PPC with a larger splash radius with surprisingly moderate overheating risk, but fires slower and loses some range.
* MagneticWeapons: ''Living Legends'' features the standard complement of the Gauss Rifle, Heavy Gauss Rifle, and Light Gauss Rifle, but tosses a few new ones into the mix. The Improved Heavy Gauss Rifle boosts the range and removes the damage dropoff of the Heavy Gauss, but carries less ammo and does marginally less damage. The Clan's Hyper-Assault Gauss Rifle, available in classes of 20, 30, and 40, is a ultra-high velocity rapid fire brawling gauss rifle with extreme burst damage but mediocre sustained damage due to its high jam rate. This is a translation of the fact the number next to a HAG model represents how many shots it can fire before the capacitor has to recharge, meaning HAG 40s can fire 40 successive shots before having to recharge which translates into a jam in this game.
* MetaMecha: Present in ''Living Legends'', though it's for [[RuleOfFun gameplay]]. When a pilot ejects from his mech, he goes flying into the sky in a full suit of PoweredArmor (although it spawns without any "armor"). However, when you look at the cockpit of a mech, the pilot is simply wearing a jumpsuit and [[CoolHelmet Neurohelmet]].
* MoreDakka:
** The handheld AC/2 in ''Living Legends'' is best described as a bullet hose. While it's extremely accurate on the first shot, it has a ridiculously fast fire rate and ''insane'' amounts of recoil. When an AC/2 Battle Armor confronts another Battle Armor, the most common response is to hold down the left mouse button and run at them, and hope the odd bullet actually manages to hit them.
** AntiAir works on the principle that flinging out [[SpamAttack several tons of lead a minute]] is the best way to deal with enemies. The Huitzilopotchli tank has four Ultra AC/2s, and two Ultra AC/5s; standing next to one while it holds down mouse1 at anything flying is deafening - and you can see a solid waterfall of spent bullet casings streaming from the weapons. [[GatlingGood Rotary autocannon]] boats like the Partisan, Rifleman, Avatar, and Fafnir are even more preferable when you want to drown the enemy in bullets.
* MultitrackDrifting: The Chevalier wheeled tank can drift.
* NoseArt:
** The [[http://wiki.mechlivinglegends.net/images/thumb/6/6d/Sparrowhawk.jpg/800px-Sparrowhawk.jpg Sparrowhawk]] has a shark mouth and triangular eyes painted on each side of the catamaran-like fuselage. The rest of the craft has dark red stripes.
** The Uziel in ''Living Legends'' has a special variant of the "red" solid color camo that gives it teeth and eyes on its protruding cockpit.
* OilSlick: An amusing bug in ''Living Legends''. The Chevalier light tank is prone to being flipped over by weapons laying on the ground - if you're on flat ground as a Battlearmor and see a Chevalier bearing down on you, [[ThrowAwayGuns simply hurl your Bear Autocannon into the path of the Chevy's wheels]], and watch in amazement as the 30 ton tank's wheels ricochet into the air as it hits the gun laying on the ground, sending the tank into a roll that leaves it helpless for a few seconds.
* OpposingCombatPhilosophies: In general, Inner Sphere mechs can be summed up as "[[MightyGlacier big dumb bricks of armor]]", while Clan mechs go [[FragileSpeedster full speed]] [[GlassCannon and weaponry]]. The Inner Sphere is well suited to taking a base and sitting on their ass in it, while the Clan is geared for kiting in open terrain.
** Inner Sphere equipment is a mixture of [[TheWorkhorse simple, tried-and-true mechs and weaponry]], mixed in with advanced but situational specialist equipment such as the Long Tom Artillery Piece or Heavy Gauss Rifle. A Spheroid mech will always be slower than a comparable Clanner mech and typically with worse firepower, but mounts ''much'' more armor. Sphereoid mechs are skewed towards carrying balanced generalist loadouts, and their equipment runs cool with good endurance.
** Clan Equipment uses top-of-the-line advanced but often functionally plain weapons. Everything is a front line combatant; even their artillery units carry direct fire weaponry. Clan mechs typically eschew armor in favor of more dakka and a bigger engine for faster movement. Clan mechs are usually focused into a specific niche, having significantly more pure single weapon spam mechs, and their equipment runs ''hot'' with spare ammo capacity and heat endurance as an afterthought.
* PaletteSwap: The battlearmor's Heavy Micro Laser is a battlearmor Small Laser with a yellow glow instead of red.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Battlearmor in ''Living Legends'' die in a [[GlassCannon couple shots]] from most mech-sized weapons, so they rely on getting as close as physically possible to enemy mechs and tanks. If a battlearmor manages to latch himself onto the head of an enemy mech or tank, the mech is almost totally helpless unless he gets a buddy to shoot the annoying battlearmor off, or if the mech fires all of his splash-damage weapons while pressing his face into a large wall.
* RegeneratingHealth: Battle Armor in ''Living Legends'' will slowly regenerate their health and armor when not in combat courtesy of their AutoDoc, to compensate for them being so easy to kill with any Mech weapons.
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction: It doesn't matter how big your mech or aircraft is in ''Living Legends'', the mech/aircraft hangar can "build" one in about ten seconds.
* RoboTeching: Arrow IV missiles have a range far greater than their [[HomingProjectile max lock-on range]], making laser guidance a very effective tool. However, the laser guidance has a range of 1 kilometer, and the missiles ignore the guidance until they are within that 1 kilometer bubble, at which point they will swerve (sometimes 90 degrees) to try to hit the target.
* RocketTagGameplay: Early versions of ''Living Legends'' had battlemechs and tanks killing each other with alarming speed; a Heavy Gauss slug could OneHitKill any light mech and cripple anything else, for example. Version 0.3 buffed all land vehicles to have more armor to increase the duration of fights. [[SpacePlane Aerospace Fighters]], however, were frequently capable of instagibbing each other with LB-X shotguns and Heavy Gauss Rifles, and was only partially alleviated in the [[ScrewedByTheLawyers final update]] with the infamous Shiva "E" being [[{{Nerf}} gimped]] and other variants being tweaked for more tradition dogfights rather than rocket-tag.
* SceneryPorn: Take a look... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWq-aTCYUYM TC_Altay]], for example, has large snowcapped mountains in the distance, with most of the fighting takes place on the shoreline of a tropical continent. The water is crystal clear, full of fish and coral reefs, there's a full day-night cycle (with the sun cresting over the ocean), bases are extremely detailed (including the underwater habitat), and a small river runs through the map, which leads to a series of waterfalls which can create rainbows. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce6EVhEXfAo&t=1m TC_RingOfFire]]
* ShiftingSandLand: "Sandblasted", complete with fake Egyptian pyramids, fake ruins, lots of sand dunes, and a very light sandstorm. "Deathvalley" has lots of sand, but it has no dunes, being more rocky.
* ShootTheHostage: The ultimate goal of every [[PoweredArmor Battlearmor]] player in ''Living Legends'' is to get the enemy team to shoot each other in the face, in an attempt to dislodge the battlearmor from their mech. Bonus points if they fire [[DeathFromAbove Arrow IV missiles]], [[MacrossMissileMassacre MRMs]], [[LightningGun Clan ERPPCs]] and end up ''killing'' the mech that the battlearmor is riding.
* ShortRangeShotgun: Averted by low caliber LB-X Autocannons in ''Living Legends''. The LB-X/10 has a relatively tight spread up to 500 meters, and the LB-X/2 and LB-X/5 have nearly no spread at all (since they're basically buckshot for killing ''jet fighters'') Played very, very straight with the LB-X/20, however, which is useless beyond about 200 meters, but utterly lethal within it.
* ShoutOut: See ClassicCheatCode. Billboards [[TopGear Larsen Biscuits]] appear in ''Living Legends'' Solaris Arena maps.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech: The handheld AC/2, Flamer, and [[LightningGun Manpack PPC]] in ''Living Legends'' have no visible iron sights of any kind. Averted by the handheld Small Laser and Heavy Micro Laser, which have a simple set of open iron sights on the top of the gun.
* SniperPistol: The handheld AC/2 is a bullet hose with a range of about 3 feet when [[MoreDakka fully automatic]]. It's also the single most accurate ballistic weapon in the entire game when fired semi-automatic.
* SpaceIsCold: "Extremity" is the coldest level in the game when the sun is set; a chilly -150 Celsius. During the day, when the sun is blaring overhead, it's somewhere around 250 Celsius.
* SpacePlane: Aerospace fighters. Because they have fusion engines, they do not need air in order to get thrust, and thus work perfectly fine on maps like "[[SpaceZone Extremity]]". The Donar [=VTOL=] works the same way. However, the Hawkmoth [=VTOL=] works [[GameplayAndStorySegregation perfectly fine on "Extremity" despite having an internal combustion engine]].
* SpaceZone: "Extremity" takes place on a large asteroid, with very little gravity (something like a tenth of normal), massive heat variations as the asteroid rotates into the shade and in direct sunlight (Day time? Enjoy watching your arms melt off next time you AlphaStrike!), annoying amounts of [[PostProcessingVideoEffects bloom]] during the day and absolutely pitch black nights, and malicious terrain, all of which combine to make it an extremely different combat experience.
* SplashDamage: In ''Living Legends'', particle projector cannons, missiles, and the Long Tom Artillery Piece all have splash damage. PPC splash damage mostly just [[InterfaceScrew screws with electronics]], while Long Toms are capable of killing several enemies at the same time with its massive damage and splash radius.
* SplashDamageAbuse: Splash damage in ''Living Legends'' goes through walls. With most weapons' small splash radius, it's normally a non-issue, but don't expect that thin metal scaffolding roof to protect you from a Long Tom artillery shell.
* SprintShoes: Myomer Accelerator Signal Circuitry, or MASC, in ''Living Legends'' functions much like sprint shoes. If a mech has MASC, the pilot can hold down the MASC button to dramatically increase the running speed of the mech, at the cost of building up tremendous amounts of heat. [=MekTek's=] version of ''[=MW4=]: Mercenaries'' plans to eventually add in [=MASC=], though their version will carry the risk of [[HeroicRROD catastrophic leg damage if used for too long]].
* SquishyWizard: The Loki. Several of the variants carry devastating long range or close range firepower, it's fast, and most of the variants carry plenty of radar equipment. It's also [[GlassCannon pathetically armored]], causing it to die very quickly when focused on.
* StickyBomb: All of the Battle Armor grenades are of the sticky variety, which can stick to ''anything'' they touch. If you're feeling especially sadistic, you can stick a NARC missile beacon onto an enemy Battle Armor and watch the [[HomingProjectile missiles rain in straight on his head]].
* StoneWall: A number of mechs have variants the eschew the typical extra-light fusion reactor for the heavier but more durable standard reactor, such as the Atlas 'D' and Warhammer 'Prime'. They trade firepower and E-War capability in exchange for incredible durability and dirt cheap prices; you can buy a 75 ton Warhammer Prime before you can buy a 55 ton Bushwacker with the XL engine. In Ye Olde days, buggy damage resistance values caused the fast and poorly armed Hephaestus hovercraft to have the effective armor of a tank twice its weight.
* TacticalRockPaperScissors:
** Tanks beat Mechs in urban areas, Tanks, and AntiAir.
** Aerospace beats Tanks, Mechs, and Aerospace.
** VTOL craft beats Aerospace, Battle Armor, and VTOL.
** AntiAir beats Aerospace, VTOL, and Battle Armor.
** Battle Armor beats Battle Armor, Tanks, and large Mechs.
** Mechs, depending on the loadout, beat AntiAir, Mechs, Tanks, and some Aerospace.
* TankGoodness: ''Living Legends'' has tanks become ''awesome'' death machines. While they may not be as fast or maneuverable or adaptable as a mech, they mount truly absurd amounts of armor and big guns. '''Very''' big guns. A pair of [[MightyGlacier Demolisher]] tanks is a truly terrifying sight, especially if they're sitting at the entrance of a base you need to capture. Light tanks like the Chevalier and Harasser are hilariously maneuverable, and they can both ''[[MultiTrackDrifting do powerslides]]''.
* TechDemoGame: ''Living Legends'' required an ''obscenely'' powerful computer when it came out, one that would shame even the ridiculously powerful ''Videogame/{{Crysis}}'' rigs, due to the huge and detailed maps, high-poly characters and assets, and lots of explosions and other effects. Later patches ''significantly'' improved the optimization (along with the switch to the much more optimized ''Crysis Wars'' engine), allowing even cheap(ish) gaming computers to run it.
* TurbineBlender: Battle Armor trying to ride on a Hawkmoth will die almost immediately if they fall into the turbine, though they are perfectly fine if the Hawkmoth is stationary on the ground.
* UndergroundLevel: Thunder Rift. Most of the edges of the level are completely covered and full of stalactites and stalagmites, raining chipped rocks. The center of the level opens to a rift in the cavern's roof, where water comes splashing down in waterfalls.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Players in ''Living Legends'' can pilot almost any military vehicle they can see (asides from the [=DropShips=]) - a player can go from being in a suit of battlearmor to the cockpit of an aerospace fighter to the armored hull of an Oro to the cockpit of a Mad Cat.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Can hit ''Living Legends'' pretty hard, especially on certain maps in Team Solaris Arena. Because players start off in light assets and have to work their way up (via kills, assists, and objectives) to heavier assets in each round, getting an early lead can lead to a crushing advantage; this primarily happens in Team Solaris Arena and [[GladiatorGames Solaris Arena]]. This can reach the point where one team is stomping in [[LightningBruiser Mad Cats]] and [[MightyGlacier Fafnirs]], while the other team is still scrambling around in [[MasterOfNone Uziels]] and [[FragileSpeedster Owens]]. Terrain Control can automatically balance itself out, because the team that are now stomping around in assault mechs will be unable to capture bases or respond to attacks because they are too slow, allowing the loosing team to catch up (and often win).
** The curb-stomp battles have mostly nullified by the introduction of a ComebackMechanic (see above) in version 0.7.0, which gives more cash and point bonuses to players in lighter assets when fighting heaver assets.
* UrbanWarfare: There are several community-made city maps, where combat is close and brutal, which allows Battle Armor to go from being annoying little bastards to demonic death machines.
* WeaponizedTeleportation: [[GoodBadBugs Sort of]]. It's possible to kill Battle Armor by [[ThrowAwayGuns throwing your gun at them at close range]] - the weapon will spawn ''inside'' the Battle Armor, instantly killing him in a shower of [[LudicrousGibs gibs]]. Of course, when said Battle Armor dies, his dropped weapon will on rare occasions, spawn inside ''[[LaserGuidedKarma you]]'', if you're close enough.
* TheWorkhorse: The Warhammer Prime, Catapult Prime, and Atlas D are centuries old designs still in service in the Inner Sphere. While they get outgunned and outran by their more modern counterparts, their archaic Standard Reactor and basic weapons make them ''exceptionally'' cheap - they cost about as much as mechs 20 tons lighter - and durable.
* ZergRush: Battle Armor in ''Living Legends'' sometimes works on this principle. Because they are only worth 1 ticket in ticket-based game modes, or a piddly amount of points in point based game modes, they often try to drown the enemy in a sea of their own dead bodies, by repeatedly flinging themselves at the enemy while tossing as many grenades at them as possible.
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