aka: Power Armor
Fast. Bulletproof. Sleek. And even solved the icing problem.
"A suit isn't a space suit - although it can serve as one. It is not primarily armor - although the Knights of the Round Table were not armored as well as we are... A suit is not a ship but it can fly, a little - on the other hand neither spaceships nor atmosphere craft can fight against a man in a suit except by saturation bombing of the area he is in."
The Knight in Shining Armor
's fashionable protective wear does well enough against swords and arrows, but what do you do when one has to face bullets, missiles, and Death Rays
- or worse, Big Creepy Crawlies
are invading your planet
? Power it up
, of course! Powered Armor
is a Sci Fi
version of the iconic medieval plate armor, frequently used by Space Marines
It's big, it's bulky, it's intimidating, and when you wear it you can wreak havoc on the battlefield. Powered Armor
typically amplifies the movements of its wearer, adding its strength to theirs in a sort of purely mechanical Synchronization
. As the page quote says, they also tend to be a self-contained environment, allowing the user to exist comfortably in space, underwater, or in other areas that would kill unprotected humans. They can often fly, at least for short distances
or via rocket-assisted jumps
. If this gives them good mobility and speed then the users often join the Lightning Bruiser
camp. And most importantly and as the name implies, the amplified sturdiness and strength allows the wearer to don thick slabs of armor rendering them at least highly resistant to small arms with little encumbrance or exertion.
In event of its failure to protect them, or other medical emergencies, many can retrieve the wearer to base for treatment. Some are capable of acting as Animated Armor
Some versions have other useful gadgets built in as well; too much of this can result in them becoming a sort of wearable Do-Anything Robot
. With crystals.
Of course, some suits of Powered Armor are explicitly made to be Adaptive Armor
capable of great versatility. If it does this with weapons
, then it's a wearable Swiss Army Weapon
; expect at least one of these to be an Arm Cannon
, or possibly a Power Fist
. Shoulders of Doom
(and in turn, Shoulder Cannons
) are almost mandatory. It usually is at least Immune to Bullets
or whatever else is used in Five Rounds Rapid
in the local 'verse; superior models may mount Deflector Shields
allowing it to tank
damage well above its apparent weight class. Some of these double as life support units, as is the case for the Man in the Machine
. Sadly, they can't remove their suits without risking death.
is distinct from Clothes Make the Superman
in that it is specifically designed for combat and is clearly armour rather than clothing. Distinct from Humongous Mecha
in that Powered Armor
is a suit worn on the body, while Humongous Mecha
are vehicles that are controlled, either from a cockpit or with some Unusual User Interface
. There are, however, the occasional mecha that sit on the line
between Humongous Mecha
and Powered Armor
. A really advanced set of powered armor will usually be made of Nano Machines
that make the hero into a Chrome Champion
. The change may even be Instant
If the armor cannot be removed, then it is a Clingy Costume
Note that unlike Humongous Mecha
, Powered Armor
actually could be useful, especially in urban battles where tanks (or four-story robots) would be limited in movement. There's also a number of different civilian uses for a suit that makes you strong enough to lift a car.
The usage of Powered Armor
in fiction is famous enough for That Other Wiki to have an article on the subject
(though its examples list makes it look more like a TV Tropes
page). Although the technical difficulties involved in making Powered Armor
are not to be underestimated, the US military is currently conducting experiments with equipment similar to power armor, perhaps making this a future Truth in Television
Compare Clothes Make the Superman
, Humongous Mecha
, Scary Impractical Armor
, Battle Ballgown
Not to be confused with Mini Mecha
, where despite the machine's size, the limbs are still fully mechanical. Nor with Meta Mecha
which is Powered Armor
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- Bubblegum Crisis, featuring both the Knight Sabers' "Hardsuits" and the bulkier Battlemover suits other factions use.
- In order to combat fully-cyborg individuals (like the protagonists), paramilitary organizations in Ghost in the Shell occasionally requisition Power Armour. They're exceedingly rare, however.
- Mazinger Z: In New Mazinger (one of the alternate manga continuities) several characters (including Kouji Kabuto) wore combat, powered armor.
- The Tekkamen from Tekkaman Blade appear to wear powered armor, but in fact become metallic life forms when they transform. However, the Sol Tekkaman units ("Teknosuits" in Teknoman) are actual powered armors.
- The Robes from Mai-Otome, although the designs are so non-armour-ish that they lean more heavily towards Clothes Make the Superman.
- Non-micronised Zentradi in Super Dimension Fortress Macross and its sequels wear Powered Armor the size of a Humongous Mecha. They kind of have to, given that they're the size of Humongous Mecha.
- Macross Frontier, gives us the Debut of the EX-Gear, a powered armour/exoskeleton (with built in Jet Pack and provision for a BFG) suit for use by VF pilots, granted it's not as well armored as some of the contemporaries (the waist, upper arms, and thighs are somewhat exposed, as poor michel found out...) but you must take into account thats its main function is to serve as a linkup/ejection system for the new line of Variable fighters.
- B-Ko from Project A-Ko breaks out a Stripperific mockery of one for her showdown with A-Ko... at least it would be a mockery if it did not enable her to fight a running battle with the Humongous Mecha-wrecking titular lead.
- Chao Lingshen claims the outfit she wore during the festival arc of Mahou Sensei Negima! was merely a somewhat upgraded version of a standard battlesuit from her homeland, but even without the built in time-travel device it straddled the line with Clothes Make the Superman.
- Bonta-Kun in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a Theme Park mascot converted into the cutest miniature death machine since Metal Slug by Sousuke Sagara. Oddly enough, he marketed it to various police forces around the world, with limited success.
- The Ranma ½ manga presents Do-chan (for dogi, a martial arts uniform, plus an affectionate suffix.) It is an ancient, sentient (and utterly perverted) suit of armor that looks like a puffy Chinese blouse, black leggings, and a yin-yang belt. It can move around independently, has limited senses (sight, hearing, and touch, at least) and can fight to defend itself. It will only accept a female owner, but those who wear it will find that their speed, power, and agility have been increased to match their own ultimate potential. Thus, when Akane wears it, she can punch enormous craters into asphalt, leap over buildings, and generally outclass Ranma to the point of utter humiliation.
- A more straight-up example is the Battle Armor which Gosunkugi purchased off a mail-order ad. It promises amazing strength and incredible combat skills for defeating one's foes... and it certainly delivers, except that it locks into place as soon as you put it on and only activates when said foe comes along. And then, you have a very limited time to defeat him before the suit self-destructs.
- One of the more bizarre powered armors comes from Kemeko Deluxe!. The titular Kemeko is a Super-Deformed, borderline Gonk-ish power suit that nonetheless provides its wearer, MM, with enhanced battle capabilities. MM herself wears a Latex Space Suit and has to have some form of hammerspace inside that thing - she's bigger than it is.
- Gantz gives the hunters particularly hypertech powered armour that provides superstrength, Roof Hopping jumping powers and apparently some kind of forcefield. In typical Gantz style the big black ball doesn't bother telling anybody these facts, or that the suits' protection does not extend to swords or lasers.
- As seen in the Osaka and Italy arcs, there is a bigger, tougher Gantz armor that's supposed to be superior to the regular suits. It's not sure if it can really hold up considering all of the users seen thus far are dead.
- The Gold Cloths in Saint Seiya certainly qualify. Although Bronze and Silver Cloths, as well as rival gods' distinctive suits of armor, can protect the wearer to a supernatural degree, the Zodiac-based Cloths of Athena's Gold Saints provide notable increases in strength, speed, and defensive power, far beyond any other Cloth, Scale, or Surplice. They can even survive absolute zero and being hit with earth-shattering attacks.
- Also, the anime presented a three-man squad called the Steel Saints, created by the Kido Foundation as assistants to the heroic Bronze Saints. Their "Cloths" are mechanical and crammed with gadgets that can emulate a Saint's supernatural abilities. They were Put on a Bus as soon as they could...
- In GaoGaiGar, Cyborg Guy has a suit of "Ultimate Armor". He graduates to "ID Armor" when he becomes an Evoluder. It's not clear whether the armor is enhancing his natural strength and speed, enabling it, or is just there to look cool. That said, the ID armor has one important part in it (the GaoBrace and Will Knife), and Evoluder Guy probably at least needs the ID Armor to pilot GaoFar and GaoFighGar.
- The Figures in Figure17 are a kind of sentient powered armor, and Hikaru is an accientally-created Artificial Human derived from a broken Figure, who can still revert to Figure form when necessary. The aliens D.D. and Oldina also use Figures to fight.
- Guyver: Bio-Boosted Armour, a manga from the late 80's, along with a one shot OVA from '86, a twelve part mini-series released by studio L.A. Heroes released from 89 to about 92-93 and also a twenty six episode series that expanded more on the manga than the twelve episode one, that was released in 2005 by FUNimation Studios. This series uses this concept to its fullest extent. It starts out with a high schooler named Sho Fukamchi walking in the woods near the school with his friend Tetsuro Segawa. There they hear and see the aftermath of a huge explosion and see something hurdling through the sky towards them. Sho picks it up to and points out that it's alien looking, when he all of sudden trips and smacks his face against it and it starts to encompass him. Later when Tetsuro is in immediate danger from a secret world government style organization known as Chronos, Sho clad in this "bio" metal armor then destroys the ones troubling Tetsuro. Afterward he seemingly regains consciousness while still in the armor and notes that it is DEFINITELY alien.
- A downside of the armor is that they can't be permanently separated from their recognized user without the Remover. The user can "dequip" the armor at will when not needed and it's been demonstrated that a sufficient electrical jolt to the control metal can cause the armor to spontaneously dequip.The Removers have to be bonded to someone and though they don't kill the host, they do leave them naked and powerless in front of someone who wanted to strip their armor from them, probably a bad guy.
- Appleseed has two classes of Powered Armor: "Protectors", which are fairly standard suits; and "Landmates", which border on being Mini Mecha and suspend the wearer in the torso of the armor. The Landmates' main outer "Slave Arms" follow the movements of the arms of the pilot, placed in smaller, form-fitting armored gauntlets which dangle outside the main body.
- Steamboy has one of the least impressive examples of Powered Armor on this list. They're basically full-plate armor with steam backpacks (how they're not cooking with that setting, I'm not sure), showing immunity against small arms fire and not much else.
- Genesis Climber Mospeada/Robotech: The New Generation. The main Transforming Mecha of the show was a Motorcycle that turned into a Power Armor, it was even the 'Mospeada' of the original name.
- One interesting variation in Pokémon Special is what Koga wears during the Silph Co. siege. His armor is made out of his Pokemon. His Muk forms a shoulder and chest plate while his Golbat rests on his arm for a tonfa-like weapon. His other arm has an Ekans wrapped around it.
- Code Geass Alternate Continuity manga Suzaku of the Counterattack turns the Lancelot from a Humongous Mecha into a Kamen Rider-like costume that actually gets treated like a comic book superhero by the common folk.
- From Naruto, Akatsuki member Sasori is the prime example, hiding himself in a mobile and heavily armed puppet, we also have a version of this of the spiritual version in the form of Susano'o, which Sasuke Uchiha and Itachi Uchiha use.
- In its higher forms, Sasuke and Itachi's Susano'o falls more into Mini Mecha in their size and power. Same with Madara's in its 'complete' (full skin form) but it turns into a Humongous Mecha in his 'Perfect' Form.
- Similar to the Toph example below, Risho of YuYu Hakusho used earth to cover himself for battle, although it's not clear if it actually powered him or just lent more ferocity to his blows.
- The eponymous Infinite Stratos suits are powered armor that doesn't do much to actually armor the pilot's torso and head, instead enveloping it in some kind of force field. They are also of the Instant Armor variety, being summonable at will.
- Tokusatsu Deconstruction Zetman has Alfasz, who combats the Players. The suits wearer, Kouga Amagi purposefully modelled it on a Children's show hero, due to being bit of a Justice Freak.
- Academy City uses them in their military, as well as in their rescue divisions, in To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun.
- Many of the superheroes in Tiger & Bunny make use of some form of Powered Armor, most notably the two title characters.
- Tony Stark first built his powered armour in the Vietnamese jungle and has since made countless upgrades, redesigns and variants to stay ahead in the Powered Armour arms race with villains like Titanium Man and the Crimson Dynamo. To make matters worse, villains are constantly trying to steal his designs, and the first Spymaster succeeded. His sale of Tony's blueprints on the black market sparked the Armor Wars, a storyline in which Iron Man goes about attacking armored villains and heroes in a fit of paranoia over misuse of his inventions.
- His friend James Rhodes has used Stark armor many times, either taking up the Iron Man mantle while Tony was incapacitated or presumed dead, or working independently as War Machine.
- Doctor Doom. Contrary to its almost medieval-industrial revolution aesthetic, being covered in visible rivets and displaying no apparent electronics, it is actually a nuclear-powered, ultra-sophisticated walking tank that stands up next to Tony Stark's best designs. It makes him strong and tough enough to go toe-to-toe with the Thing, discharge an array of devastating energy attacks, enables him to fly and control his vast arsenal of external technological devices. (Some versions even have a device that renders him immune to direct assault by mutant powers, so Magneto's victory over him in a fight isn't as assured as it would be against Tony.) He can basically beat the tar out of any non-"cosmic" character short of the Hulk and Squirrel Girl.
- Doom also has on occasion created stronger variants of the armor, powered by draining some of the above-mentioned "cosmic" characters and thus rendering Doom's power almost as God-like as his ego. Since Doom is also a mage, he can use a combination of magic and science.
- In one notable issue of Mighty Avengers (just before Civil War) Doom and Iron Man go one-on-one after the rest of the Avengers were subdued by an army of Doombots and array of traps. Their suits are so well matched that it comes down to whose suit's battery can last longer. It's Doom's.
- Jubilee and several other depowered mutants started wearing Powered Armor to compensate for their lost abilities in the latest incarnation of the New Warriors.
- Batman in certain incarnations (most notably when Jean Paul Valley took on the role) beefed the suit into a virtual war machine not unlike Iron Man. (This was a sort of "Be careful what you wish for" to fans who wanted Batman to become more Punisher-like during the Dark Age). Batman Beyond had the same general concept, but the suit was more slender and less clunky looking than most.
- In Kingdom Come Batman needs an exoskeleton to move at all (thanks to the wounds from a life-time of crimefighting). His actual Batman costume is a Powered Armor. As is the Blue Beetle's and several other heroes.
- In The Dark Knight Returns, Batman uses powered armor (among other things) to fight Superman.
- Batman foe Mr. Freeze has to wear a sealed, temperature controlled suit to even survive in lukewarm environments, due to his cyrophilic physiology/disease/disorder/whatever. Many writers offset this by outfitting Freeze' suit with a powered exoskeleton capable of breaking a man in half.
- In Batman vs. Predator, Batman resorts to this in order to continue the fight while recovering from the asskicking the Predator gave him earlier on. Also uses sonar to beat the Predator's cloak.
- Steel, a.k.a. John Henry Irons.
- Lex Luthor has twice donned a suit of Powered Armor to fight Superman mano a mano: Once in the early '80s, quickly abandoned after Crisis on Infinite Earths; and once in the mid-'00s, during the run-up to Infinite Crisis, when temporal shenanigans were causing Lex to play out his pre-Crisis persona. On neither occasion did it last; he's just a more compelling villain without powers.
- Luthor also gains a sort of Powered Armor in Justice League. It increases his abilities, but its main purpose is to keep his Kryptonite-induced disease in check (shooting Kryptonite rays is just a bonus). The Luthor that shows up in various video games (particularly fighting games) also wears the armor.
- Brianna Diggers of Gold Digger uses a variety of Powered Armor, and even Gina has broken one out one or two times.
- Grendel-Prime of Matt Wagner's Grendel series combines Powered Armor with numerous cyborg parts, making him the apotheosis of Bad Ass in a universe where BadAssery is a requirement for survival.
- The Ninja Turtles from the year 2094 wore these during an arc in the Archie comic, based on action figure designs.
- Dan Dreiberg of Watchmen tried making a powered exoskeleton version of his costume. It didn't get past the prototype stage; the first (and only) time he wore it, it broke his arm.
- Hardware from Milestone Comics.
- The DCU's Rocket Red Brigade, who are basically the Powered Armor division of the Russian army. Originally, their armor was blocky and square; in recent years, they've shifted to a more streamlined, figure-fitting design.
- Supernaut of the Stark-backed Order uses a suit so big it practically qualifies as a miniature Humongous Mecha, with enough armament for a small army to boot. Supernaut's somewhat notable in that outside of his suit, he's a paraplegic.
- The Asgardian Destroyer is an unusual example, since it is, depending on your point of view, not an armor at all, or the very purest form of armor. It is not wearable, but rather sucks up the spirit of a sapient being that comes too close to it - it cannot operate on its own, although it quickly overrides the will of anyone who powers it. Unless that individual's will is strong enough. Anyway, it's more or less an armor that is powered by its 'wearer' instead of the other way around. It might be the most powerful armor in comics (well... apart from the Celestials' armor, but that might not be armor).
- In "Superman:3D", a substory of Final Crisis, Superman and Ultraman (his evil counterpart) are merged, together, with a 'thought robot' made out of 'divine metals' by Monitor Dax Novu to defeat the Dark Monitor, Mandrakk. This 'thought robot', basically a giant (really giant. It's giant in the World of Nil, where the Monitors live - which means that it is much, much, much bigger than a universe) mecha empowered by the dual spirits of the two supermen, meant for one single battle. It is super(of course)-adaptive, getting stronger in response to its opponents' strength.
- Darkhawk has his entire body replaced by a powered armor body.
- An interesting version appears in Okko—the Combat Bunraku are huge, wooden, and entirely analog, being controlled via series of ropes and pulleys by the "puppeteer" who sits in the chest cavity.
- Even Captain America got in on the armored action in the mid-90s, as he was forced to wear an armored version of his familiar red-white-and-blues due to the Super-Soldier Serum breaking down in his body and rendering him paralyzed. Naturally, it didn't take.
- Sonic the Hedgehog's Rotor Walrus has taken up wearing Powered Armor when he decided to return to active duty.
- In Sonic The Comic Robotnik wears War-Armour to battle Brutus which has a distinctive green and purple colour scheme, much like the battle-suit worn by super-villain, Lex Luthor, it also has a hose-like weapon that sprays liquid nitrogen which alows Robotnik to destroy Brutus.
- In the Firefly fanfic Forward, the Hands of Blue wear blue bodysuits underneath their normal suits that turn out to be a "low profile" suit of powered armor. It allows them to resist bullets and crossbow bolts, as well as allowing them to move with surprising speed and to hit extremely hard. With these suits, they are fast enough and strong enough that even River proves unable to match them in hand-to-hand combat. Fortunately, they aren't invincible, but it takes a lot of abuse to bring one down, unless you're Kaylee. Kaylee just squishes them with a power loader.
- In Spirit Of Redemption the quarians and geth have made War Machine battle suits for the quarians to wear.
- Iron Man is unique in that it shows the trials and tribulations that would logically have to go with actually creating and testing such a device. The sound of Tony Stark screaming in terror as his suit(s) malfunction at inopportune moments almost becomes a Running Gag. To say nothing of the disastrous North Korean, Iranian, and the cringe-inducing Hammer Tech tests in the second film.
- The Deconstruction goes further in Iron Man 3, showing what happens when a PTSD-burdened, sleep-deprived Tony Stark attempts to rapidly prototype dozens of different designs.
- The Alien franchise:
- Aliens, albeit that the powered armor in question was more or less an Improvised Weapon as Ripley was using a heavy cargo loader which looked a lot like powered armor. It gave her enough protection to avoid some of the Alien Queen's attacks and augmented her physical strength so she could go toe-to-toe with something about ten feet tall. "Get away from her, you BITCH!!!"
- The video game Alien Vs Predator gave us a military version nicknamed Alice. It looks like the aforementioned loader with some weapons strapped on and according to the manual, it could take on an infantry platoon or lightly armored vehicles.
- Avatar, by the same director as Aliens, has AMP suits, which are made in both utilitarian and military models.
- The (sized more like Mini Mecha) combat suits of the humans from The Matrix: Revolutions that carried big guns but provided very little protection. Word of God has said this is because the Sentinels could easily tear through any armor they put up, making it more efficient to simply leave them unarmored. It has been shown in Animatrix that the armored suits go down just as easily as their descendants, but prolong the suffering of the pilot.
- In Batman & Robin Mr. Freeze wears a powered armor that allows him to toss people around. The suit was, of course, powered by diamonds.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra features the "Delta-6 Accelerator suit", a powered armour that allows the wearer to outrun cars, leap over speeding commuter trains in a single bound, dodge missiles and climb buildings like a hyperactive monkey. Oh yes, and it's armed (quite literally) with an on-board Gatling gun and mini-missile launcher. They're used in a single scene by the two newest recruits; the story goes that the script was originally for a HALO movie or rip-off and that scene is an artifact.
- In the grand tradition of Aliens, a suit of prawn Powered Armour serves as Chekhov's Gun in District 9.
- The Tuxedo could be considered a form of Powered Armor, as it enhances the wearer's reflexes, strength, and speed. In fact, the tuxedo mostly functions on its own with the wearer only required to select a particular action from the list. In the film, Jackie Chan's character can't fight. It's the tuxedo that does all the fighting, although in the typical Jackie Chan fashion. The final fight involves a battle between Jackie Chan's character (in a super-powered tux) and the Big Bad (who managed to get one too). Somehow, though, the Big Bad is much more proficient with the tux than "Jimmy", even though "Jimmy" has been walking around in it for most of the film, while the Big Bad put it on literally two minutes before the fight. It could be justified because the Big Bad is wearing the original "superspy" suit, while Jimmy's could have been an inferior version.
- The aliens in Independence Day use biological suits, but are still weak enough that Will Smith can knock one out with his bare fist.
- The third Starship Troopers film, unlike the two prior installments of the film series, does include prototype/early run suits of Marauder Powered Armor, although almost as a b-plot, and they only get 5, maybe 10 minutes of action on screen. It was, however, awesome, and long overdue.
- Development of this is finished near the end of Duumvirate. The people wearing it are already genetically engineered superhumans. The combination tends to work well.
- Starship Troopers codified the concept, building off E. E. “Doc” Smith's Lensman series.
- Harry Harrison's Bill The Galactic Hero spared barely a paragraph to mock Heinlein's armored soldiers, showing what happens when one tries to land in a swamp... thus proving he has no concept of what Heinlein's creations can do; as a self-contained environment, the soldier inside won't care if he's fully submerged. Hell, in the first chapter of the book the character realizes he's about to land in a river, which he avoids doing only because it'll cost him precious seconds to get out.
- Dominant Species by Michael E. Marks centered on a Marine Rapid Assault Team in powered armor; the depiction took a serious (rather than fantasy) approach to the depiction of powered armor capabilities and vulnerabilities.
- The "living-brain" Martians in H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds came very close; their war-machines straddle the line between this trope and Humongous Mecha. They also had smaller non-combat work-machines into which they strapped themselves.
- The powered suits in Diane Duane and Peter Morwood's Space Cops books.
- From John Ringo:
- The marines in David Weber's In Fury Born uses powered armor, as do the marines of Honor Harrington. Interestingly enough, we never see fights between forces equipped with Powered Armor in the Honorverse, only between the armored troopers and non-armored enemy forces. And at least one book included an example of what happens when you try to steathily land on top of a building in a heavy Power Armor suit. While they are portrayed as Nigh Invulnerable in this setting (at least against infantry), there has been at least one example of them being defeated by regular squishy unarmored personnel who catch them by surprise (and use a BFG).
- Although present in Weber's and Ringo's Prince Roger series, they don't see a lot of use in the earlier books due to limited power and the environment of the Death World the titular prince's bodyguard unit is stranded on is exceedingly hostile to advanced electronics.
- The titular armor from John Steakley's Bug War novel, Armor.
- Joe Haldeman's classic, The Forever War, although in this case the suits had little armour.
- From The Tin Man onwards, some of Dale Brown's books have featured the eponymous armours. They are noted as being resistant to bullets and eventually having limited jumpjet capability and railguns, but vulnerable to knives and missiles.
- In C.J. Cherryh's Alliance/Union science fiction series, the Earth Company Marines (and, presumably, their Union equivalents) wear Powered Armor. The only really detailed description is in Rimrunners where ex-Marine Bet Yeager, late of the carrier Africa, has to repair and recondition a pair of suits and then teach a neophyte to use it.
- Odd subversion in Peter F. Hamilton's Fallen Dragon: Skin suits are largely biological suits powered by the wearer's blood.
- The skin suits also have Adaptive Armor features like using reserve supplies to provide the wearer with a Healing Factor, reconfiguring itself on-the-fly to provide enhanced protection against different types of damage or even accomplishing simple tasks without the host.
- Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga novels, set in a different timeline to Fallen Dragon, feature much more capable non-biological powered armour. These suits, worn by conscript soldiers in a war against a genocidal alien Hive Mind, are super-strong and protected by force fields, while also sporting plasma rifles, kinetic missiles, tactical nukes and other heavy-duty firepower. Even so, they tend to get slaughtered in a pitched battle with the aliens, who outnumber them several million to one.
- Space and combat suits in the Perry Rhodan universe tend to come with basic comm gear, flight capability and some kind of force field for protection at a minimum; additional sensors, life support, fairly sophisticated built-in computers, and stealth features like invisibility are also found more often than not. Perhaps ironically, one thing that these suits are not primarily intended to function as is actual body armor; that's what the force field is for. Likewise, weapons tend to be external (and frequently hand-held) rather than integrated into the suit.
- In the Vorkosigan Saga, Miles ("Mr. Naismith") Vorkosigan was too short to use the average powered armor suits of his universe, but acquired a "petite" size in his first mercenary venture. He had to have the techs adapt the plumbing to fit, though, as it was originally for a female. Later in his career he's worn powered armor so often that the equipment's left a mark on his forehead.
- In Iain Banks' The Culture novels, powered, intelligent armor features in Matter and The Hydrogen Sonata. These armor suits are pretty nifty even by the Culture's high-tech standards, providing impressive protection, massive physical strength and a significant degree of AI autonomy.
- And as a protagonist in the short story Descent in The State of the Art, and as a device to protect the wearer in a high-gee hazardous environment populated with super-strong Starfish Aliens in Excession. The latter is technically a glorified spacesuit, but anything that provides super strength of and plenty of damage resistance can easily be used for military purposes.
- In Use of Weapons the protagonist also wears powered armour/spacesuit at one stage, which he requisitioned from the Culture (though he very pointedly does not want a sentient suit). At one point he turns up his suit's strength in order to lift a large stone object but has to be very careful that he's in the correct stable and braced position.
- In Ian Douglas's Heritage/Legacy/Inheritance trilogies, the USMC has these. They start out as glorified spacesuits and end up being a combination starfighter/power armor/drop pod with enough features to make the Mjolnir VI look like a Model T.
- The protagonist of Gary Gibson's Stealing Light has some sort of Latex Space Suit Instant Armour Powered Armour she stole from some aliens. If they knoew about it, they'd want it back. Alas, it's implanted in place of one of her lungs (at least).
- The novel Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds features powered armor suits that can fly to a planet's surface and back to orbit, extrude powerful weapons, withstand heavy damage and change their shape; oddly, they aren't mentioned in later books, even if they would be useful.
- They're mentioned as being exceedingly rare and powerful by one character in that novel. Chasm City is largely empty of serious high-tech of that kind. Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap don't contain any infantry combat of note. Similar armor is, however, used in Reynolds' novella Diamond Dogs, when a group of characters uses it to gain entry to a hostile alien structure.
- The Diamond Age has "Hoplites", military combat exoskeletons that seem to take the place of infantry and tanks in serious warfare. Some models are notable in that they allow the wearers to go Roof Hopping.
- The Stormlight Archive has Shardplate, Lost-Magitek powered armor. It magically fits itself to any wearer, and in addition to being extremely tough (it's the only armour that a Shardblade doesn't cut straight through like water) and increasing the wearer's strength, also increases speed. If it gets damaged, it can regrow itself if it is supplied with stormlight.
- The Eternads of Robert Buettner's Jason Wander and Orphan's Legacy series.
- Max Barry's Machine Man makes use of this when Carl the security guard needs an exo-suit to hold up his titanium sledgehammer arms.
- E. E. “Doc” Smith's Lensman series is probably the Ur Example. Galactic Patrol, the first Lensman book to be published, ends with the hero wearing a super-tough high tech suit of armor which, despite having a built-in inertialess drive, was not actually powered. True powered armor first appeared in Children of the Lens, serialized in Astounding magazine in 1947 and published in book form in 1954; the powered armor was a Lensman Arms Race outgrowth of the series's earlier armor suits.
- Confederate Marines in the Confederation of Valor series use a low-key version of this. Like all their tech, the armor has to balance the benefits of powered armor with being light and flexible enough not to impede movement if the enemy uses EMP to knock out the electronics.
- In the Magic: The Gathering book The Thran, the Halcyte Guard get a form of powered armor: they're lighter and tougher than conventional armor, mold themselves to fit the wearer, and the helmets even have a magical form of radio communication. The only real downside is that they're just as vulnerable to their own weapons as conventional armor is, and their swords can already slice through metal as if it were butter.
- Used in Tom Kratman's Caliphate, although not in the traditional sense. The suit itself is more of an armored exoskeleton, but the ones worn by the Suited Heavy Infantry can have armor added to them to increase their protection, or reduced to enhance speed and endurance. It's explicitly pointed out when they're introduced that they do not make the wearer invulnerable, just that the user requires more effort to kill.
- All You Need Is Kill refers to its powered armor as "Jackets." They're the only way that humans can really fight the alien Mimics at close range, due to their toxic biology and hardiness.
- In The Hoplite by Robert Reed, the marines sent out to pillage the surrounding territory use a suit of high-tech powered armor, with a railgun in one arm and control systems to call in drone and artillery strikes.
- In John C. Wright's The Hermetic Millennia, the Knights Hopsitaliar wear these.
Live Action TV
- The Daleks from Doctor Who are basically evil lumps of flesh encased in salt-shaker-shaped personal tanks that function the same way Powered Armor does for humanoids.
- The Cybermen, both the original and the Alternate Universe version in the new series, were originally designed as a suit to increase the vitality and lifespan of the wearer.
- On Stargate Atlantis, the Lost Tribe faction of the Asgard wear humanoid-shaped power armor suits that provide them with mobility, protect them from hazardous environments, and come equipped with blasters and built-in energy shields. They're also conveniently designed to automatically adjust to the wearer, so other races that aren't bigger than the armor's maximum size can wear them.
- This is extremely convenient, given that that all the Asgard we have seen are half the size of the average human, and as they are a race of clones, we can reasonably presume that their stature is pretty uniform.
- Intimidation probably has something to do with it. Admit it, you'd be half as afraid of someone wearing armor half your size than someone who is larger. Also, if it came to hand-to-hand combat, a smaller power armor would probably be at a disadvantage.
- If a Metal Hero isn't a Hollywood Cyborg or Ridiculously Human Robot, he's a guy in a suit of Powered Armor out to Save The World.
- The same goes for most man-made Kamen Riders, with the prime example being IXA, and the earliest being G3.
- Kamen Rider G3, Kamen Rider G4, G3-Mild and V1 in Kamen Rider Agito are the earliest examples. Some tie-ins include Kamen Riders G2 and G1 with more similarity to Kamen Rider Kuuga.
- All of the Rider Gears from Kamen Rider 555, especially Delta which can be used by normal humans but it's powers are addictive.
- Kamen Rider IXA is an interesting example as it actually goes through research and development. The version used by Otoya, Yuri and Jiro in 1986 is a prototype prone to overheating while this problem is fixed in the 2008 version used by Nago.
- Kamen Rider Birth is similar as you get the actual Birth armour and Proto-Birth it's slightly weaker prototype.
- Kamen Rider Fourze, Kamen Rider Meteor and Kamen Rider Nadeshiko.
- "The Suit" in Super Force. In the first episode, an advanced spacesuit serves this purpose, though by the climax, they've switched to a purpose-built urban assault system based on the space suit.
- M.A.N.T.I.S.. Being paraplegic, the dude required the suit even to walk, let alone be a superhero.
- Black Scorpion villain Slapshot also uses such a suit for similar reasons.
- The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg
- A Villain Of The Week develops an exoskeletal suit that allows him to move as fast as The Flash. Then his control chip gets damaged. Cue the "bug on its back" sight.
- Ever since it first appeared in Power Rangers in Space, the Battlizer power-up has usually been a staple upgrade for the Red Ranger and occasionally other Rangers in Power Rangers. Of course, the source of their Powered Armor varies by series.
- Warhammer 40000 loves Powered Armor. Every species from the Super Soldier (maybe human) Space Marines to the not-quite-as-evil-as-everyone-else Tau Empire to the Church Militant (definitely human) Sisters of Battle to the Spikes of Villainy-loving Chaos Space Marines turned evil(er) to the Space Fungi Orkz will wear these into battle. However, this armour is generally reserved for the elite forces of the species. Naturally, being Warhammer 40000, the less-fortunate tend to be Cannon Fodder.
- Also naturally, being Warhammer 40000, Powered Armour is merely where it begins, with more extreme versions for everyone. Space Marines have Terminator armour equipped with personal teleporters and weapons including-but-not-limited-to arm-mounted gatling guns and giants hammers that spark lightning with every hit, Tau have suits armed with missile launchers and a pair of enourmous railguns, Chaos Marines have suits fused to their wearer that spontaneously spawns any desired weapon and even its ammunition, while Orkz prefer to simply stick on lotsa pointy bits and give it More Dakka. The Grey Knights even get Powered Armor for their Terminator Powered Armor in the form of the Dreadknight suit.
- Worth mentioning about the Tau Empire is that their standard power armour makes their soldiers about as big, strong and resilient as your average human dude. Albeit a bit more bulletproof. And their big suits are actually Mini Mecha.
- Spyrers are ordinary humans (from the Spyre, natch, of Necromunda's Hive Primus) who use Powered Armor to achieve Clothes Make The Super Man, and it's hinted that their ancient, possibly alien suits are actually The Symbiote, as they literally grow stronger and more powerful as the wearer gets more used to them. These are unusual artefacts belonging to noble families rather than standard military gear, however.
- The Eldar have an interesting variation, Exarch armor doesn't make the wearer stronger or faster, but instead gives him or her access to the skills and memories of previous wearers of the suit. The Phoenix Lords operate on the same principle.
- While you wouldn't expect it, Warhammer Fantasy has Chaos Armor, which acts like magically-powered armor, rivaled only by the Dwarven Gromil armor (which is also enchanted) and the Empire's full plate armor.
- WARMACHINE features military commanders wearing technomagical suits called Warcaster Armor. Additionally, the empire of Khador reserves valuable robot cyberbrains for only their largest war robots, with the role of light armor being filled by soldiers sturdy enough to wear Man O' War suits. There's even a soldier wearing this bulky powered armor on horseback.
- And the horse gets its own powered armor to compensate.
- Rackham's AT-43 features suits of powered armor for nearly every army (including Space Gorillas).
- Rifts sings "The Girl is Mine" with Warhammer every Saturday on the subject. It also enjoys playing with the trope to a degree usually not seen. Many units that one might classify as powered armor from their size, like the Triax Ulti-Max and Coalition States Terror Trooper, are in fact very small piloted combat robots instead of worn suits, while some worn suits such as the Glitterboy are simply so powerful as to intrude on combat robot territory. The Lunar Colony's VRDS system takes it Up to Eleven by allowing one to wear a combat robot like it was power armor.
- The books even state (at least for the Terror Trooper) that such suits blur the line between Power Armor (Rifts doesn't use the -ed) and Giant Robots. The defining characteristic seems to be that Power Armor is one man, while Giant Robots need a crew of 2-5.
- Traveller had "Battle Dress" armor, which was pretty much an Iron Man suit for every G.I. in the Imperial forces. Besides its protective function, the powered armor was the only way to handle the recoil and backblast from the awesome FGMP-15.
- FGMP-14. FGMP-15 was the model with the anti-grav recoil module, which meant you *didn't* have to wear Battle Dress to wield it. However, the FGMP-15 costs almost as much as an FGMP-14 and Battle Dress put together.(though the cost of the avionics suite that went into the Battle dress dwarfed the cost of the FGMP - it made economic sense to run a xray lazer or two as point defense )
- While Battletech is best known for its 'Mechs, there's also Powered Armor down there, ranging from simple suits worn by special-forces troopers, to one-ton monsters capable of taking down a 'Mech in teams and withstanding their weaponry, to two-ton four-legged machines more piloted than worn, with enough firepower to shame an infantry company.
- The Clan genetics program has culminated in the birth of huge humans to pilot their massive Powered Armor; the Elementals. Even one outside of the likewise-named armor can dismember an armored opponent with their bare hands, and the massive brutes top seven or even eight feet tall. Elemental armor fits above into the 'one-ton monster' variety, a sizable fraction being the pilot itself.
- Much like the larger Battlemechs, the powered armour technology is even present in the civilian market throughout the Inner Sphere, with uses ranging from police and rescue work to forklift truck analogues (which was presented as a clear homage to Aliens).
- Given Exalted's attitude towards the Rule Of Cool (namely, if the concept exists and is sufficiently awesome, put it in the game), it should come as no surprise that there are many, many examples of this to be found in Creation.
- They're called Warstriders. The Abyssals call them Bonestriders. Which they make IN A CA- in the Underworld. WITH A BOX OF SCR- With spare body parts.
- Warstriders are arguably closer to a Mini Mecha. There is also powered armor, from Gunzosha (which can even be worn by mortals, at the cost of a mere half their lifespan) to Celestial Battle Armor (which is as tough as Superheavy Plate armor, far less restrictive, and can usually fly).
- Cyberpunk 2020 introduced an entire subclass of Solo called 'PA Trooper' who's only reason for existence was using various heavily-armed suits of Powered Armor. The supplement 'Maximum Metal' was mostly devoted to their design.
- Although Mekton primarily focuses on Humongous Mecha, the scaling rules provide two different power levels for powered armor - the smaller Human Scale (which are light powered suits on the Iron Man - Bubblegum Crisis axis) and larger Roadstriker Scale (which are slightly larger and bulkier, on a rough size and mass scale with a large motorcycle to a light truck).
- Pretty much every side in Cthulhu Tech is a big fan of powered armour. Of course, how dangerous they are is entirely dependent on what they're up against. They're basically invincible to infantry level firepower, requiring specialist anti-armour weapons to scratch, while carrying guns which can kill a normal human/Migou/Deep One with a single shot. On the other hand, up against anything larger, they're the Glass Cannon, who tend to get crippled if they get hit at all.
- Genius The Transgression lists this as one possible product of the defensive Prostasia axiom (although you have to use the travel axiom Skafoi to make it fly and the weapons axiom Katastrofi to give it weaponry).
- And the Exelixi axiom for super-strength... a good suit tends to be an expensive investment for a veteran Genius. But oh so worth it.
- Powered Armor characters are common in Champions. One of the most powerful human villains in the official game universe is Doctor Destroyer, who wears a suit of powered armor that lets him take out (spelled "kill") whole teams of superheroes.
- A fair number of powered armor suits survived the Last War in 'Deadlands: Hell on Earth.' The trick isn't so much finding one as getting it to work for more than fifteen minutes in the Scavenger World left After the End.
- GURPS: Ultra-Tech has a slew of them. The most powerful is the TL12 "Warsuit" which, just for starters, is armored with layers hyper dense regenerating metal alloy and multiplies an ordinary person's strength 25 times over. There's also the clever "Exo-Field Belt" which is Powered Armor made out of nothing but forcefields.
- Mutants & Masterminds: while the Device power can be used to represent anything from the hammer Mjolnir to a Green Lantern Ring, the battlesuit is one of the coolest uses. (Especially since there are no restrictions on what you can give a battlesuit save the points available, meaning that it's not impossible to build a suit that lets you warp time.)
- To expand, there are two types of device. Those you can remove with a disarm check (weapons) and those you can only remove from someone only when he's unconscious. This include powered armors.
- It is technically possible to do this in Shadowrun by combining multiple levels of Mobility Upgrade, Strength Upgrade, and Hydraulic Jacks on a suit of milspec or modern Samurai armor, but your GM will not be pleased.
- The d20 Modern supplement D20 Future features Powered Armor in a few different forms. The standard version is a fairly basic version, providing a sealed, protected environment and enabling flight, but not giving the wearer any offensive abilities. Blurring the line with Mini Mecha, the Mecha chapter includes rules for Large size Mechs (roughly 9-11 feet tall) that act more like the Marauder suits from Starship Troopers; they grant the wearer a sizable Strength bonus (+8 for the smallest, when a normal human's absolute maximum is 18) and serve as mounting brackets for heavy armor, shielding, and weapons too heavy for a normal human to wield (such as .50 caliber chainguns and rocket launchers), with options for sealed environments, flight capability, and other neat doodads.
- The Golden Armour from Bionicle, although it's more of a fantasty variant than most of the science fiction examples on this page. It has the power to incinerate Antidermis, including all the Kraata inside Rahkshi, and permanently transfers the Kraata's powers to the user. The Toa Nuva's Adaptive Armor also develops different characteristics to enhance the wearer's performance depending on the environment.
- There's also the Exo-Toa which, as the name suggests, are an exo-skeleton armour for a Toa. If needs be they can function independently making them robots as well as Power Armour.
- Master Chief's MJOLNIR armor is one of the most well-known video game examples. A fusion-powered, energy-shielded suit of death that makes the operator so powerful that he can flip tanks over with little effort. It is literally too much for a normal human to take, which is why only SPARTAN II soldiers, who are biologically and cybernetically enhanced to post-human levels, can don the suits.
- Halo also has the Arbiter, who wears power armor that's functionally the same as Master Chief's, but with a cloaking device and the added bonus of being a legendary religious artifact. Minus the artifact status, every other Elite in the series wears armor pretty much identical to it; ironically, the Arbiter suit is an antiquated relic in comparison to the more modern Covenant standard-issue suits.
- In addition to the SPARTAN-II's Mjolnir Mrk. IV-VI armor suits, Halo features SPI (Semi-Powered Infiltration) armor worn by SPARTAN-III's and arguably the Cyclops Exoskeleton (though that's designed more for repair and heavy utility work than combat).
- The manual for Halo: Reach implies that combat Scarabs are not so much vehicles piloted by a Lekgolo worm colony (as fans previously assumed) as a huge Lekgolo worm colony in a similarly massive suit of Powered Armor. For some idea of the scale here, the combat Scarab is adapted from a form of fully-mechanical mobile mining platform. They also normally carry a complement of more normally-sized infantry to protect against boarding attempts and man mounted guns.
- The Halo Legends short Prototype shows us another one: the HRUNTING/YGGDRASIL Mark I Prototype Armor Defense System, a weapon so powerful that it made a normal soldier amount to an entire battalion. Before it could be mass-produced, however, the UNSC ordered its destruction to prevent it from falling into enemy hands, as the research station was being overrun; the guy assigned to do it took out a couple hundred Covenant soldiers, as well as a few fliers and tanks before he activated the self-destruct, which in itself resulted in a nuclear explosion visible from orbit.
- Forerunners wore suits of armor for their entire lives, which, among other things, gave them virtual immortality, their own personal AI (or Ancilla), and took away the need to sleep. Warriors wore a varient known as "Combat Skin": in Combat Evolved, 343 Guilty Spark claims that Chief's MJOLNIR would rate Class 2 on the Combat Skin power-scale, and recommended he switch to Class 12 or higher.
- Metroid's Samus Aran is the other quintessential example.
- ...And the Galactic Federation Marines probably got the idea from her.
- Samus's suit itself is essentially a modified (for humansnote ) version of a Chozo warrior's armour. Of course, being a race of Actual Pacifist aliens, Samus is the only Chozo (by adoption, of course) to take up the mantle for hundreds of years.
- Tribes has everyone wearing a suit of Powered Armor, complete with Jet Pack. They come in three sizes: light/scout, medium/assault, and heavy/juggernaut. They can be further customized with a variety of packs that draw from the armor's energy supply (or in the case of the energy pack, give increased recharge rate), such as a shield pack, repair pack, cloaking pack, or sensor jammer pack.
- Planetside has the MAX (Mechanized Assault eXoskeleton) suits. They're extremely powerful and well armored, but slow (until you activate the sprint mechanism, disabling your weaponry), turn slowly, and they can only carry one weapon.
- Turrican's protagonist wears the eponymous suit, which has plenty of weapons and a spiky ball mode not too much unlike Samus Aran's.
- Half-Life's Gordon Freeman has his HEV suit, which features "high impact electro-reactive armor" (read: goes rigid when hit), and gets an actuator upgrade (read: powered sprint function) in Half-Life 2. It was originally designed for combat situations, but the expense of the suit made it unfeasible to implement, so it was instead adapted for handling things in hazardous environments. When it's called on for a combat role, however, it's still a suit of reactive armor.
- Opposing Force reveals that while the US Military didn't adopt the suit itself, they adapted the reactive armor aspect, in the form of the Powered Combat Vest.
- StarCraft has several types, most of them Terran. The only reason the Terran infantry stands a chance against the Zerg is that they're in that armor that makes a regular human about as strong as a Hydralisk (and just as large); the guns also help, letting them draw first blood against Zerglings. Protoss Zealots get powered armor as well, but theirs is more geared around a plasma shield and cybernetics than actual armor. It makes the Zealots capable of killing 3 or 4 enemies each when properly used.
- Section 8 has players using Powered Armor - which allows them to 'burn in', that is, rain themselves from 15000 feet in the air to the ground. In ten seconds. Among other things.
- Metal Gear Solid. Although in the original the Cyborg Ninja was a cyborg instead of a guy in a Powered Armor, in the sequel it is this way.
- And how does ex-president George Sears AKA Solidus Snake stay limber despite premature aging? Power Armor.
- His Arsenal Tengu goons wore something similar, just without the tentacles and with a gas mask.
- The Beauty and the Beast unit in number 4 counts, too as well as the form fitting suits worn by the Frogs that allow them to leap over 2 meter walls in a single bound.
- One brief rail shooter scene in MGS4's South America features actual powered armor mooks. They don't show up anywhere else.
- Snake himself uses powered armor in Metal Gear Solid 4: his OctoCamo suit augments his prematurely aged muscles, allowing him to operated as if he were a man of a much younger age. Without it, he finds it difficult to even stand.
- In Revengeance, Raiden's original combat augmentations were externalized in a bodysuit (a la Gray Fox) while he used a more humanlike body to facilitate bodyguard duty.
- Fallout has power armor, and its sequel Fallout 2 has an advanced model powered by a portable fusion generator.
- The third installment, despite Bethesda's tendency to feature unrealistic armor , has a tuned down Powered Armor, even though they're still following the original design.
- And now the Fallout 3 modding community has made mods to add the Crysis Nanosuit and Warhammer 40k Power Armor.
- Fallout New Vegas sees the return of truly effective power armor, with the dispensing of damage resistance (multiplicative) and implementation of damage thresholds (additive). As well as the return of the above advanced model suit (now known as Remnant Armor).
- STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl has a full Exoskeleton armor near the end of the game.
- Or a couple hours in, with the most recent release in the franchise.
- Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura had Steampunk Powered Armor. The best powered armor in the game is being worn by a character who was sent out from his desert-located Hidden Elf Village to locate a water crystal and who is now being refused permission to rejoin the community because he's changed too much. The dev team is definitely referencing their previous works.
- One must question what the powered armor-user thought would happen when he decided to become a technologist (as using steampunk powered armor heavily implies he's become) considering that the universe operates on Magic Versus Science logic and the Hidden Elf Village is a community of master mages.
- Killzone and Killzone2 give us the Heavy Assault troops (Abbreviated to just "Heavies" in the second game) who wear big bulky Faceless suits of powered armour, often carry some of the heavy hitting weaponry, and soak up tonnes of punishment before finally dying (especially in the second game).
- Shining Force's Guntz is a Steam-Powered Armor-dillo.
- Super Robot Wars J and W are unique for the series, in that they also feature series' that use Powered Armor as well as Humongous Mecha, namely Detonator Orgun and the abovementioned Tekkaman Blade.
- But before that, a couple of little-known games called Hero Senki and Super Hero Sakusen combined Tokusatsu heroes like Kamen Rider and Ultraman with Gundam pilots wearing Powered Armor versions of their Mobile Suits, though in Super Hero Sakusen it was implied that the Gundams and original mechs were full-size. Don't think about it too hard.
- Hero Senki also featured the first appearance of one of Banpresto's most wide-ranging original mecha, the Gespenst, in Powered Armor form. It later got upgraded to a Humongous Mecha in Super Robot Wars 4.
- Earthworm Jim has the Ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit, which not only mutates Jim to a strangely large size, but allows him to wage war against various intergalactic nasties. While it's made to be Powered Armor, with a foot-long mutant earthworm sitting in the collar it borders on mecha territory.
- Mass Effect has this, to an extent. Regular armor is still powered, but it can be upgraded with a more powerful exoskeleton that increases melee damage. (Especially noticable if they already had something that boosts melee attacks, like the assault training talent.)
- Mass Effect 3 has the multiplayer N7 Destroyer, who wears a "T5-V Battlesuit". This includes a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher, a Shockwave Stomp and a "Devastator Mode" that increases fire rate and weapon damage at the cost of turning you into a Mighty Glacier. The turian DLC characters wear armor similar to Garrus - except with a Jet Pack function.
- Crysis pretty much centers on a the deployment, uses and functionality of a semi-realistic, 2020's Power Armor suit. This "Nano-muscle suit" or Nanosuit is designed like a materials scientist's wet dream, with a reactive fabric that can, in turn, make the user bulletproof, super-fast with enhanced reflexes and dexterity, super-strong (and by that we mean "bring-a-whole-house-down-with-but-your-fists" strong), or invisible. It also includes a large suite of sensors, scanners, emitters and recording equipment, and a medical system that can bring the user back from the brink of death in a few seconds. It's as close to being Superman as one is likely to get in this century. The only problem is, just like today, the power source. Exertion of any of the four suit functions drains power very quickly (especially the cloak, which increases power drain with movement speed). The capacitor banks recharge quickly, but there are significant intervals of vulnerability, especially outside of Armor mode.
- US Army Intelligence also seems to thinks that the larger alien machines, the flying Scouts and gigantic Hunters, are actually a sort of powered "exosuit" for the rather feeble, jellyfish-like Aliens. In Crysis 2 this is made clearer, as the main enemies are mollusk-like alien organisms granted rigidity and legs via an advanced robot exoskeleton.
- The Nanosuit 2 in the sequel takes this trope and kicks it into orbit. The suit is more of a symbiote that can fully integrate with the user on a molecular level, growing its nanofabric into wounds and replacing vital functions, essentially keeping a corpse not only alive, but in combat capacity far beyond that of a normal soldier. It also features an advanced AI that can link up with your brain and save a copy of your personality if you actually kick the bucket. All of the previous functionality is ported over and improved as well.
- The best (and most expensive) form of armor tech in any turn-based X-COM game is generally this. Flying Armor, Magnetic Ion Armor, X-COM Armor (sic) all apply. The first two even give you unlimited flying, allowing for much more freedom in moving around the battlefield. Sadly, these suits do nothing against any of the game's Demonic Spiders.
- Except for Chryssalids, which can't attack you if you're on air. Advisable not to hover too near them in any case.
- X-COM Armor in Apocalypse is not in fact powered, but simply extremely light. Marsec Armor on the other hand...
- Note that this the opposite of how powered armor worked in the first game: The Power Suit (the penultimate armor in the first game) consists of thick armor plating and a power source that just restores normal mobility and strength to the user. With nothing but heavy armor plates and a sealed environment, this is just about as basic as powered armor gets. The Flying Suit is the same design with flight capacity.
- Spiritual Successor UFO After Blank has two varieties of powered armor in the first game. Human powered armor is the standard version of this trope, but since it was in prototyping before the alien invasion, it has several drawbacks, most notably the fact that the user cannot run. However, carrying capacity is vastly increased, and the powered armor is the only way to use deployable weapon turrets. On the other side of the equation is the Reticulan bio-armor, which doesn't enhance statistics, but actually acts as a symbiotic armor layer (some of which can project a personal shield) powered by, well, whatever a symbiotic armor layer eats.
- Man-Bot in the Freedom Force series wears a powered exoskeleton that feeds off his energy generation power and bleeds off excesses. He can't take the armour off or his power starts killing people.
- Positron in City of Heroes has much the same deal, until recently his armour was the only thing stopping him from going boom.
- A functional suit of Magitek power armor (complete with Arm Cannon) is an easter egg in the Baldur's Gate series. As a decoded note in Baldur's Gate says "ALWAYS keep the pantaloons!".
- In Alone In The Dark 3 (which takes place in the Wild West) the final boss fights you wearing a 19th century power armor suit (which even has an Arm Cannon).
- The Riot Guards in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay fall somewhere between Powered Armor and Mini Mecha, being soldiers wearing robotic suits similar to a compact version of the Aliens Power Loader example.
- R.E.V.6.s from F.E.A.R. Though it's actually more along the lines of a Mini Mecha in design. The sequels allow the player to hijack powered armor and wreak havoc on the enemy.
- Magitek Armor in Final Fantasy VI also treads the line between Humongous Mecha and Powered Armor.
- In Keith Courage In Alpha Zones, the Nova Suit is depicted as this in the manual's comic, however, in the original Mashin Eiyuden Wataru anime, it was a Humongous Mecha.
- The Command & Conquer universe features several examples of powered armor:
- Most of the units from Tiberian Sun and Tiberium Wars, particularly the GDI Commando and Zone Trooper units from Tiberium Wars.
- Soviet Tesla Troopers from Red Alert 2 and 3.
- With the most recent expansion pack in the series, Cryo Legionnaires as well. Their suits are noted as making tesla troopers' look downright primitive, and give them vastly increased speed and the ability to walk on water in addition to the usual protection.
- There is also Desolators, who's suit doubles as life support for their unlucky pilots.
- These show up as the top armour in the RPG Wasteland; only five suits are available late in the game (for a party that can max at seven), until you reach The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
- According to what is All There in the Manual, the Alto Angelo enemies from Devil May Cry 4 are what happens when demon-ascended members of the Order of the Sword use the Bianco Angelo Animated Armor suits as Powered Armor, although this does not fully explain the different capabilities of the former. Then again, demons and magic.
- Arcana Heart: One of Mei-Fang's supers has her pulling out a Powered Armor from... somewhere and shoulder-tackling her opponent while wearing it. If Mei-Fang has enough for a second super attack, she could then follow it up with a blast from its shoulder canon.
- Rush turns into several variants in the Mega Man series. In 6, One confers a Power Fist, while the other flies. In 7, the Super Mega Man form splits the difference, granting a Rocket Punch and short jet boosts. Treble can also do this for Bass, though his is primarily a flight mode. It's debatable whether Mega Man X's various armors are powered, thought the Ultimate Armor from Command Mission almost certainly is.
- Mega Man ZX: The Biometals? The Biometal envelops the Chosen Ones with a Powered-Armor based on the previous character the Model was based on. Of course, this is a topic of contention among several fans.
- Depending if you consider it powered or not, Bioshock's Big Daddies wear armored diving suits. The game does state that they require certain circuit boards (R-34s) to run properly, that and the drill needs fuel, as well as the helmet lights. Obviously the power has to come from somewhere, and it certainly doesn't come from the guy inside...
- Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if the squishy goodness in the centre of the Big Daddy was all hopped up on Lightning Plasmids...
- In Star Wars: Jedi Outcast Galak Fyyar wears a huge battle suit with lightsaber-resisting cortosis, shield generator and other toys. There's also the Shadowtroopers, dark Jedi also clad in lightsaber-resistant armor. Not that this poses a problem for Kyle Katarn.
- Jedi Academy adds Hazard Troopers, who are typically armed with one of the game's two BFGs, armored enough to take multiple lightsaber strikes, and can smack the player away if they get too close.
- Well, they didn't so much add them as bring them from the first game, Dark Forces, where the main mission of the game is to destroy the factory making the armor for droid Dark Troopers, but the final stage is power armor for the General in charge.
- In City of Heroes this is pretty much the entire idea behind the Technology origin, and the Arachnos Wolfspider Archetype has powers based around giant suits of armor.
- Some enemies start building up robotic armor as well, especially the Longbow and Arachnos soldiers (though the former eventually drop the armor and get superpowers instead.)
- In Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, all members of the hazard team wear highly advanced armor with shielding and regenerative capabilities, as well as lots of fancy electronics. When you pause the game, you can see a diagram of the armor that they use.
- In Sword of the Stars, human ground assault teams (which are not shown in-game, but appear in a splash/loading screen) are supposed to use this. The actual game doesn't even have ground combat, just boarding actions and orbital bombardment.
- One of the ground troop technologies available in the Master Of Orion series.
- Syphon Filter 2 had the Emergency Defense Squad from the Bio Lab Escape level who can only be killed by explosions. Chance and Rhoemer (in a flashback in part 3) both wore Nigh Invulnerable high-impact kevlar armor. Ditto for Anton Girdeux in the first game.
- System Shock 2 has a notable example in that although the powered armor is the best armor, it - surprise! Requires power and will prove no protection when the power runs out, until it's recharged again. And in the later levels of the game, you can go a very long time without finding a recharge station...
- The Sacred Armour of Antiriad (from the old ZX Spectrum game of the same name). Naturally, it is an Anti-Rad suit with a "gravity displacer" and a "pulsar beam" launcher.
- HACS (Heavy Armour Combat Suits) that the terrorists use in Razing Storm generally serve to be the game's Giant Mooks.
- The protagonist, Marines and heavy Skaarj of Unreal II The Awakening are wearing various forms of power armor.
- Amusingly, in Kingdom Hearts 358 Days Over 2, there is a Palette Swap of the Guard Armor, called exactly... you guessed it... Powered Armor!
- The Power Suit in Power Blade is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The sequel has several specialized power armors such as the Newt Suit and Rocket Suit.
- The NES game Shatterhand also has a power armor powerup.
- The Ragnarok Online 3rd job Mechanic can get a set of powered armor.
- The Silencers from Crusader have a kind of powered armor as their uniform. The armor itself doesn't (apparently) increase strength or speed, but it can mount a dizzying array of technological devices, including wide-spectrum vision, targeting sensors, personal shielding (against weaponry and hard radiation), and also apparently comes with a backpack of holding standard. Oh, and it's apparently made of polonium, which (among other things) is ridiculously radioactive.
- In the Dead Space games, everyone wears a form of powered exoskeleton called RiG (Resource Integration Gear) that serves to monitor health and personal resources, and manages communications and interfacing with other machines and computer systems. On top of the standard RiGs, the games' protagonists usually wear an enclosed suit of armor, complete with Collapsible Helmet. These suits have specific profession-based designs (Soldier, Engineer, Archaeologist, Miner, etc), but regardless of the individual model, they are all vacuum-enabled with an oxygen supply, zero-gravity boots and thrusters and have incorporated armor & weapons management systems. So even a lowly systems engineer has a chance in the unlikely event of a Space Zombie Apocalypse.
- Relatively late in Silent Storm, you gain access to Mecha Panzers, developed by Nazi scientists. They're as ridiculous as they sound, and if you want to finish the game, you'll need all of them you can get.
- Prominently featured in Conduit 2. Players can also customize their armor loadouts for different attribute buffs.
- In Time Crisis 4 there are suits that allow the mooks within to remain mobile whìle firing rotary guns.
- Time Shift had a pretty nice suit, a bit like The Master Chief's, except you didn't need to be superhuman to use it, but still made you stronger, faster, provided shields, in addition to providing the power to slowdown time, stop time and reverse it (like 10 seconds).
- Featured prominently in Vanquish, which basically allows the user to go Crazy Awesome. Comes with a shapeshifting gun!
- The Demonica in Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey is designed to withstand the environment of the Schwartzwelt, a place innately hostile to humanity. It increases in power as its user progresses, and early on acquires the Demon Summoning Program, allowing them to control creatures of eldritch power. The only catch is that there are no on-board weapons - you have to carry an issued gun and knife.
- World of Warcraft has several versions which straddle the line between this and Mini Mecha, such as Goblin Shredder and Gnome Pounder. In addition, the Gan'arg demons and some creations of the Scourge employ powered exoskeletons though they're more of a Hollywood Cyborg and Frankenstein's Monster respectively.
- The idea of powered-armor-wearing shooter heroes is directly ridiculed in Duke Nukem Forever. Duke is offered some oddly familiar power armor but turns it down on the grounds that "power armor is for pussies". In fairness, since Duke can kick an alien's head off, rip open metal doors with his bare hands and survive weapon damage using the power of his ego, he hardly needs it.
- Arguably, almost all armour in every RPG where characters receive bonuses other than protection (such as increase to attributes such as strength and agility)from their equipment is this. Naturally, this depends on whether items are actually enhanced or enchanted to provide benefits or it's a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation and the bonus provided is purely mechanical.
- Aleste Gaiden puts protagonist Ray Waizen in a suit of high-speed combat armor which can jump 30 meters In a Single Bound and comes equipped with twin gravitational-energy swords.
- A number of armors in Knights of the Old Republic are described as powered in Flavor Text.
- In Star Wars The Old Republic Bounty Hunters and Troopers utilize power armor to protect themselves, and also allows them to become a mobile artillery. Sith Juggernauts and Jedi Guardians also make use of such an armor, but since they are close combat specialists, it's more for their protection than anything else.
- ESWAT has the I.C.E. suit, worn by police officers who graduate to the E.S.W.A.T. level.
- The A.N.T from Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT, when used by a human (it was intended as a Humongous Mecha for alien ants).
- Ysengrin from Gunnerkrigg Court. His wooden arms aren't Artificial Limbs, but part of magically-powered shapeshifting armor. Made of wood. Surrounding a pathetically wizened and balding wolf.
- Girl Genius: This suit, while not armored, certainly does all the other things that power armor is supposed to do.
- In Schlock Mercenary, Tagon's Toughs (and some other military/mercenary groups) all wear powered clothing, which can deflect small arms fire, increase strength, offer emergency life support, and fly. And that's just their knocking-around uniform; their big hard-shelled field combat armors improve on all those abilities multiple times over and add huge shoulder-mounted cannons to boot. (Though that's the latest stage in a zigzag process; the low-profile suits were a strict upgrade from the original bulky hardshelled suits.)
- Tessa and the rest of her squad of super soldiers in S.S.D.D are field-testing experimental powered armor that is controlled using Nano Machine implants as of the current arc (which is backstory), she has been seen using the armor in other story arcs that take place later (from her perspective).
- Piffany gets a suit at one point, as an Aliens Shout Out.
- Abigail Primrose in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! owns a suit of Bubblegum Crisis-styled Powered Armor capable of flying into space. It was given to her by space dragons.
- In Sluggy Freelance the 4U City military initially seemed to be using Giant Robots, but these were later revealed as being this trope.
- In Tales of the Questor, the newest member of Quentyn's party is a knightless squire with a sort-of-borrowed, sort-of-stolen suit of armor. Magical, self-propelled armor.
- The squirrels at Sequential Art built a set of suits (along with a Mini Mecha for 4mb3r) after the giant bug incident.
- Coga Suro: Steve's second Super Suit [and possibly the third] works like this; in the sequel, Zero-Saviour wears a Robot Girl that turns into a Kamen Rider-esque suit of Power Armour.
- The Bulls from My Lifeat War wear bulky, primitive power armor. They even have power cables to power them.
- The End features Fiah Guardian armor, which is apparently powerful enough to contend with armed spacecraft.
- In Bob and George, Dr. Wily suits up to face Megaman.
- In Pulse, Superhero School students Annie "Pulse" Chang and Tabitha "Bolt" Greene use their natural electrical charge to power Instant Armor with Deflector Shields that allow them to fly and make them car-lifting strong for up to an hour.
- Spinnerette has Mecha Maid, who in her civilian identity, is wheelchair bound.
- Slick in Waterworks wears a diving suit which also happens to have an assortment of special equipment, such as the ability to teleport from one pool to another, Hammerspace, or being able to see in various bands of the electromagnetic spectrum.
- One of the most persistent complaints about the short-lived The Avengers United They Stand TV series was the decision to give most of the Avengers garish suits of battle armor that they wore over their existing costumes. Given the emphasis on the show's toyline, this was almost certainly an attempt at making the heroes more "toyetic".
- As in the comic book continuity, Lex Luthor occasionally donned a Kryptonite-powered battlesuit in the Justice League franchise. Possibly as a friendly Shout Out to Iron Man, it was originally intended to slow the effects of a terminal heart condition (ironically the result of constantly carrying around a piece of Kryptonite).
- Also ironically, it packed Kryptonite rays up the wazoo, making it quite appropriate for battling Superman.
- Granny May from Word Girl has one. In addition, one episode involved the Evil Genius Dr. Two-Brains building one.
- The Earth Corps scientists from Inhumanoids wore Powered Armor designed for subterranean exploration.
- Gargoyles loved this trope:
- Xanatos had several versions: His standard suit which resembled a crimson gargoyle, the bulky iron gargoyle suit that he used to fight Oberon, and a sort of skeletized armor that basically consisted only of a chestplate, powered gauntlets, and a rocket pack.
- Dingo from The Pack in the same series opted for Powered Armor rather than cybernetic upgrades or genetic manipulation like his fellow Pack members.
- The three modern Hunters are also briefly seen using their own variety of Powered Armour.
- Demona had powered armor in the first act of "The Reckoning".
- Subverted in "Leader of the Pack": Coyote appears to be Xanatos in yet another suit of powered armor, but it turned out to be a robot.
- Transformers has a few varieties. The simplest are the exo-suits worn by Spike and Daniel in Generation 1—these are modified space suits that confer protection and limited transformation ability. Headmasters and Targetmasters in the American continuity are more advanced forms, which grant improved protection and firepower as well as full transformation abilities, effectively making them one with their partners. In addition, the Autobot Pretenders in Masterforce can summon powered armour as an intermediate form between their Human and Transformers forms.
- The suit from Batman Beyond originally served as an aid to keep the older Bruce Wayne in decent fighting condition, before his heart gave out. The suit was certainly sleeker then most Powered Armors, protective yet still retained a certain fabric-like dexterity. Bruce later showed a more "Iron Man"-like suit he had designed years earlier, which was more powerful and had heavier armor, but also put a lot of strain on the wearer. Of course Bruce later got to wear the suit to help Terry in a jam.
- In The Batman, everyone's favorite vigilante dons a power suit similar to the larger one from Batman Beyond in order to tangle with Bane. It allows him to survive, but that's about it. He later dons a different suit to battle a Mind Controlled Superman, although it doesn't help much aside from providing a distraction.
- Kim Possible:
- One of the episodes of the first season had Kim Possible obtaining a power armor that got powered up by the user's stress level. Ironically, despite all the good things that came with the armor, Kim defeated Shego much easier without the armor...
- She later gets a battle suit. Among its features are: defensive shields, self-repair, the ability to capture and redirect energy beams and a physical boost sufficient to let her clumsy boyfriend become a star quarterback.
- Exo Squad has the "Exo Frames", usually called "E-Frames", which are somewhere straddling the line between Powered Armor and Mini Mecha, in addition to the occasional Giant Mecha (one of the Terran examples even has a hangar bay for launching E-Frames) and the lighter Powered Armor worn by the Jump Troopers.
- The Monarch and his Deaths-Head Panoply from The Venture Brothers. Subverted in that it isn't actually powered. Its just a solid, unmoving suit that fires missiles and rockets about. He can't even move his arms. However this is due to design flaws that haven't been worked out yet.
- In "Gangland", an episode of The Spectacular Spider Man, Silvermane shows off his powered armor, which inexplicably doesn't cover his face. It's the kind of powered armor that hums and whirs with every movement, and the noise tips Spidey off about how to defeat him.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 villains Baxter Stockman and Darius Dun use these when they want to get offensive. The Shredder also takes to these when he wants a power boost, although, given his Utrom-y nature, those may actually count as Humongous Mecha.
- Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command established that Star Command spacesuits were power armor. Would've justified the toy's clunky appearance... except the animation style made the suit sleeker.
- Gizmoduck of DuckTales and Darkwing Duck fame wore Powered Armor that was almost reminiscent of Inspector Gadget, with mechanical arms and gadgets coming out of every panel. In the 2010 Darkwing Duck comic series, Gosalyn controlled the Gizmoduck suit for a while, since it responded to her Catch Phrase.
- GI Joe Renegades features this courtesy of M.A.R.S. Industries. Warning! May cause bouts of Unstoppable Rage.
- In the later seasons of A Real American Hero, Cobra Commander got his own battle suit after being transformed back into a human.
- In the Phineas And Ferb episode "The Beak", the titular brothers build a suit that was half this, half mecha (since it required the two of them to pilot it).
- In the Wallace & Gromit short "The Wrong Trousers", Wallace buys a pair of ex-NASA techno-trousers. Hilarity Ensues.
- Cybron from Skysurfer Strike Force.
- Carl Nesmith aka Captain Nemesis from the Ben 10 series.
- Baxter Stockman of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Although it looked kinda like Shredder's armor somehow.
- The CGI spin-off series of the Starship Troopers film series, Roughnecks Starship Troopers Chronicles does feature powered armour, unlike the first two films. The troopers' standard suits are powered and provide some degree of strength enhancement, and they also use larger, more mecha-like suits called Marauders, typically 1-2 per squad of troopers. The Marauders are highly impressive until their limited battery life expires, at which point the occupant becomes "canned lunchmeat".
- Believe it or not, it's coming, and getting increasingly advanced. Utah-based company Sarcos has already developed a functional powered exoskeleton called "XOS" that increases the strength of the wearer significantly. As one person put it, "From enough grace to gently play ball, to enough super-power to load a missile on an aircraft". And indeed, from the footage, it seems surprisingly mobile. The main problems being that A) Currently, it doesn't have the covering to act as armor, but they fully intend to add an outer shell when the kinks are worked out. And B) they're still working out how to power it as a self-contained unit. The scary part? Sarcos has been bought up by a defense contractor called Raytheon, meaning we may be seeing elite soldiers in these things by the 2020s. Indeed, the US Army already field tested it in 2009, and by 2010 Raytheon had developed an improved version named XOS 2, which can be seen in action here.
- According to Scientific American, Raytheon plans to introduce a tethered version of their suit for operational logistics and loading/unloading in 2015, and an untethered version 3-5 years after that. The logistical problem with the untethered suit is building in a power supply that won't run out in less than an hour. But with recent advances in battery technology, that shouldn't be an issue for much longer.
- As of 2013, several tech companies and research organisations have developed working exoskeletons for medical and emergency applications - some are already in use by patients, and one woman has even used a robo-suit to run the London Marathon.
- A one man project armor that while not fire proof could have potential use for fighting forest fires. Or the vengeful, hellfire-fueled ghost of Smokey the Bear.
- Atmospheric Diving Suits, especially the more modern ones, could be seen as a type of Powered Armour.
- A Japanese company named Cyberdyne introduced a powered exoskeleton named HAL (it's like they're trying to bring about the end of mankind). It's already being rolled out to hospitals across Japan to help treat paralysis. See for yourself.
- The US military model HULC has graduated from testing to production, still no arms though, but has the added bonus of being useful for spinal cord injury sufferers.