Who needs legs?
Most Humongous Mecha
are quite similar to humans (really big metal humans that is
) or the occasional supernatural being like a centaur
or an animal like a lion
. This is a given in many mecha genres and makes a certain amount of sense as most of the time humans or Space Elves
are piloting them.
These Mecha do not do that
, instead of say a Transforming Mecha
that is both a humanoid and a spaceship but only some of the time these vehicles sacrifice some of the human silhouette such as vestigial or altogether missing legs in order to fly in space.
On the ground a hover mecha
would be much like a Hover Tank
except with arms and possibly a torso and a head or in the air they would resemble a helicopter (or a harrier jet) with arms.
See also: Walking Tank
, Spider Tank
, Chicken Walker
, Hover Skates
, Hover Tank
, and Fog Feet
Anime and Manga
- A few examples from the Gundam:
- Mobile Suit Gundam: the MSN-02 Zeong is a legless mecha who has giant rocket boosters in lieu of legs because they weren't finished building it yet. The Dom from the same series function as a Hover Tank thanks to its large boosters on its legs allowing it to hover at high speed.
- The Tragos and Olifant units from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing are similar, though the Tragos achieves this using an add-on that completely covers its legs.
- In Code Geass, Jeremiah Gottwald is given a modded Knightmare called the Siegfried, which has no arms or legs but instead packs a whole load of guns. It's later rebuilt as an extension for a modded Sutherland, making it also a Meta Mecha.
- Classic Traveller
- Book 8 Robots. It was possible to build a robot with no legs that moved using Anti Gravity and had weapons.
- Merchants & Merchandise by Paranoia Press. The AIR Security Robot SR-15FG has no legs: it moves by Anti Gravity propulsion. It has a RAM grenade launcher and a FGMP-15 fusion gun.
- Dungeons & Dragons adventure S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. The police robots◊ aboard the ship have no legs and move via Anti Gravity units. They had a built-in laser pistol, grenade launcher, paralysis pistol and tractor/pressor beams.
- Warhammer 40,000 has the Necron Destroyers, which replace the legs of a Necron Immortal or Necron Lord with a hovering platform and arm them with heavier weapons.
- They also use Tomb Spyders, floating mechanical spiders.
- E-101 Beta after his upgrade.
- Some of the enemies and bosses from Gunbird and the Strikers 1945
- Some Humongous Mecha Simulation Games like Armored Core and Front Mission have this as one option of locomotion.
- Robots in Space Rangers 2's planetary battles can be put on an "acroplane"-type chassis, resulting in this.
- The Flybot type in BaseWars for the NES.
- Kashiwagi, the first of Impact's opponents in Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon.
- The Praetorian boss from Epic Battle Fantasy 4.
- The YAT-99 enemies from Final Fantasy X are floating gun platforms, paired with armless robots that use kicks.
- Many mecha in Super Robot Wars. Also, any unit equipped with the "Tesla Drive" part in Super Robot Wars Original Generation will hover, as the In-Universe explanation states the Tesla Drive allows flight and hovering capabilities.
- The Alt Eisen Riese in Original Generation plays with this. The Riese becomes so heavy after tuning it into a Mid-Season Upgrade the mechanical designer discovers it couldn't take a step, let alone move. To remedy this, a Tesla Drive is installed; while it normally allows flight, the Riese's weight is so significant, it can only hover off the ground.
- Chrome Hounds and M.A.V. Modular Assault Vehicle (a Fan Sequel) feature wheeled, tracked, and hover (as in, skirted hovercraft) "legs" for the Humongous Mecha, which offer different advantages over legs - Hover and wheeled propulsion is very fast but fragile compared to the bipedal (in both man-walker and Chicken Walker form) and quadrupedal legs, while tracked is very durable but cannot carry quite as much weight as a quadrupedal.