Exaggerated: Despite its high performance, Armed Porte suffer from short operational time, so tanks and other vehicles remain as mainstray battle unit. One of notable Armed Porte is Troperion Beta, the Ace Custom refitted with improve sensors and fire-control system. The Armed Porte in general are more about instilling fear in the enemy, due to their theatricality.
Downplayed: The artificial muscle frame, neuro-link control, and Applied Phlebotinum Drive were derived from alien technology, and Armed Porte pilots are aided by a complex AI that can learn, adapt, and even make conversation to a degree. Nonetheless, Armed Portes are used and destroyed by both The Federation and The Empire in great numbers.
Justified: At early state of development, Armed Porte were just some experimental machines for artifical muscle frame and neuro-link control system which need humaoid shape for fully utilizing. It take decades of development that before the first combat-worthy Armed Porte can be built.
Armed Porte doesn't have any advantage over previous war vehicle. The Empire simply use them for psychological effect before razing the target with main force.
Once Troperion Alpha unlock the Applied Phlebotinum Drive's limiter, it gain abilities to distort time and space.
Double Subverted: not wanting to waste any potential firepower, La Résistance apply some modification to a captured Armed Porte. It turns out to be fearsome machine.
Parodied: The latest model Armed Porte comes with a stereo system and a turret ripped straight off of a tank for a hand that is absolutely impractical. It also tends to fall over a lot.
Zig Zagged: The Empire deployed the new and shiny Armed Porte, claimed to be an innovative machine that will change warfare forever, which turned out to be nothing but propaganda. La Résistance manage to capture some of these units and simply convert them as construction machines. Since Armed Porte work pretty well in construction, it became widespread. Eventually, The Kingdom improved Armed Porte and turned it into a truly awesome combat unit.
Despite writing a realistic miltary series, for Rule Of Cool or some other reason the writer wants to put mecha in it, but makes them as realistic as possible to keep with the general tone of the series.
Invoked: The Empire recognized that their war machines have a limit on where they're effective, but something more humanlike could fight in many more enviroments where tanks and planes wouldn't be as effective, so they begin blueprints for the Armed Porte.
The main character is an extreme Combat Pragmatist who is presented with a cool Humongous Mecha to use in battle, but explicitly refuses to use it because he knows that the humanoid shape is just for Rule Of Cool, and that nothing beats a good old-fashioned artillery strike or well-placed gunshot.
"No, sir, I will not authorize funding for this. This is a military unit, not an Asian cartoon. Come back to me when you've got something that can take Defilade position or hull-down stance behind something that doesn't happen to be a skyscraper. And by the way, where did you expect me to get the parts for these leg workings?"
Discussed: "Sure, the cost of an Armed Porte is equal to three M-2000 battle tanks. But as you see, three tanks stand no chance against a mech."
Conversed: "Huh? That mech throwing grenade? Do they even aware how hard it is to program such pattern data for Armed Porte?"
Deconstructed: The Armed Porte prove to be a waste of money to construct because they're so impractical in combat, being top-heavy, slow, and a large target.
Reconstructed: Eventually, these flaws are smoothed out, and the Armed Porte dominates the battlefield.