Trivia / War Thunder

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  • Fan Nickname: Several exist.
    • Armor tanks - Russian fuel tanks, which are infamous for never catching fire when hit and thus effectively giving Russian ground vehicles extra armor.
      • Justified as even on real tanks with this feature (not just Russian ones) that take a hit to these tanks will only have to roll a few feet and be out of the flames. In other words... shooting the tanks is great for the pyrotechnics, but they won't do anything more than burn the paint.
    • The Beaufighter series of heavy fighters certainly earn the name of "Broken Fighter" since the four 20mm cannons on the aircraft will certainly make anyone regret taking it on in a head on pass. On top of that, the rear gunner is certainly capable of keeping enemy fighters off its back.
      • In China, they are "Baitfighters".
    • Two of the Bf 110's historical nicknames are "Meat on the Table" and "Goering's Folly".
    • The B-17 has one that's both well deserved, and historic... "Flying Fortress"s
      • FYI to the lone wolfs out there... do not... repeat... DO NOT take on a B-17 by yourself... you will have no less then 3-4 machine guns shooting at you no matter where you approach it from. On top of that, it's got a reputation for being tough to take down due to its endurance. So, without rockets, a cannon, or Improbable Aiming Skills, don't attack it by yourself.
      • Or just use the Trollcannon-equipped ME-410 U4. It was purpose built to ruin B-17s, and once it's at altitude it does the job well.
      • B6/R3 is a far more effective bomber remover than U4. For that matter nearly all fighters with 37mm cannons or with German 30mms can destroy a B-17 in a short burst. Me.410B6/R3 is notable because not only its twin 30mm MK 103 cannons easily chew through any plane in their sights, while not being as hard to aim as the 50mm cannon on U4, it also has a tanky damage model and rarely catches fire, so you don't need to fear eating a few Browning hits on your approach.
    • Derp Cannon - From World of Tanks ;practically any BFG that can be seen in-game. that are nonetheless fun to "derp around" with in casual gameplay has carried over to War Thunder. And it's been expanded to refer to fighter aircraft armed with 37 mm and larger guns that are seen as utterly impractical for dogfighting. The more oversized it is relative to the vehicle carrying it, the "derpier" it's considered to be. Especially if low rate of fire and (in aircraft-mounted Derp Guns) low velocity render it impractical to use. that are nonetheless fun to "derp around" with in casual gameplay has carried over to War Thunder, especially in reference to the KV-2 (the "King of Derp") with its 152 mm howitzer. And it's been expanded to refer to fighter aircraft armed with 37 mm and larger guns that are seen as utterly impractical for dogfighting.
    • The P-39 and P-63 series of Aira/Kingcobras are often just shortened to "Cobra", and their bite has earned them a fearsome reputation. Although it's not very accurate, one hit from its 37mm cannon will wreck your plane, or leave it crippled and an easy kill for someone else.
      • Historically accurate. Though American and British pilots disliked the "Iron Dog" P-39 for the unusual balance of its rear-mounted engine, Russian aviators who learned their trade in the notoriously-unstable I-153 and I-16 easily mastered the quirky handling of their Lend-Lease P-39s. They called it the "Dear Little Cobra" and often preferred it and the derivative P-63 over advanced Russian designs like the La-5 and Yak-7.
    • The F4U Corsair, during patch 1.29 was completely broken, having engine power and propeller stats many times what it should be; allowing it to easily dive at nearly 1000 Km/h; earning it nicknames such as "F4UFO", or "tooFast4U".
    • The Nakajima G8N1 Renzan Japanese heavy bomber is known as the "Death Star", thanks to its good bombload, ridiculous toughness, and its defensive armament of six 20 mm cannons and four 13.2 mm machine guns.
      • The B-17 has sometimes been called as this.
      • The Kawanishi H8K3 Japanese flying boat, with five 20 mm cannons and 5 7.7 mm machine guns, the "Floating Death Star".
    • 2-OP, the the Ironic Nickname for the notoriously underpowered Po-2 biplane.
    • Battleship-17, Beton-17 - The series of B-17 bombers owes these nicknames to their massively rugged damage models in most patches. In Patch 1.43, bomber damage models and gunner accuracy were nerfed, causing them to be Armored Coffins.
    • Bussian Rias - No need to explain.
    • Cannoncat - The F8F-1B Bearcat, which is armed with four 20mm AN/M3 cannons. Also called Beercan and Spacecat.
    • Cranberry - The English Electric Canberra and its transatlantic variant, the Martin B-57 Canberra.
      • A second cannon armed variant is known as the "Cannonberra"
    • The unconventional XP-55 Ascender features a pusher propeller mounted at the rear rather then a standard front mounted one. In War Thunder it is also known as the "Ass-ender".
      • This was actually a historical nickname for the XP-55.
    • Another nickname lifted from World of Tanks is the Doom Turtle, bestowed to the massive T95.
    • The Hs 129-B3 ground-attack aircraft, which has the 75mm Bordkanone, is called "Duck" and "Panzerquacker" due to the color and shape of its nose.
    • Easy Mode - The IS-2, for being ridiculously good at its tier.
    • Fiddles - Machine guns. 0.50 Browning machine guns, however, are often referred to as Freedom Lasers thanks to both some of their tracer rounds looking like a laser lightshow and their good damage.
    • With the unusual shape of the Ho-229, it has earned nicknames like Flying Dorito (itself an actual nickname of the A-12 Avenger) and Batwing.
    • Fridge Launcher - The Yak-9T, which destroys tanks in tank battles.
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    • A meme arising from a GIF where a Zero's wings survive intact after slicing the wings of a PBY-5 Catalina has resulted to the former being called Glorious Nippon Steel.
    • Gunshipping - This is what bomber pilots do when they dive down to low altitudes and use their defensive armament to their advantage, or when two opposing bomber pilots use their turret guns only to try and shoot each other down.
    • Helicopter - The Kawasaki Ki-10 reserve plane, which can climb vertically without stalling. Demonstrated in this video.
      • The plane will now descend if it reaches 1 km/h.
    • Hisparkle - The 20 mm Hispano cannons used by British planes. This nickname was coined due to the fact that the cannons "sparkle" a lot.
    • Hitlerbolt - The German P-47. The Russian one is called Stalinbolt.
    • The infamous in-game fragility of the Wellington led to its nickname of "Jelly Welly." Its geodesic frame has been given some justice through changes in the DM mechanic.
    • The KV-2, with its ginormous 152-mm howitzer that can deliver one-hit kills and for being a really huge tank, has earned the nickname of "King of Derp," which is lifted from World of Tanks. And there's its other less famous nickname, the "Tower of Stalin", referencing its extremely tall turret.
    • LaLa - The La-5 and La-7, which had unusually good flight models.
      • The Tupolev Tu-2 bombers are called TuTus.
    • Land Battleship - refers to the Soviet T-35 heavy tank, which has five turrets.
    • The SU-100Y AKA "The Boxtank" carried it's famous World of Tanks nickname over to War Thunder as well.
    • Mothership - TB-3, which in real life was actually used for the Zveno project, a parasite fighter concept by the Soviet Union during the 1930s.
    • Noobfire - Spitfire fighter, most models of which are (in)famous for having no obvious weak points in the game. The Spitfire Mk IX (especially the premium one in the US tree) is nicknamed Spacefire.
    • Nuclear Holocaust Shell - A common name for American tanks mounting 90 mm M3 gun (mainly M26 Pershing) loaded with M82 armor-piercing capped ballistic cap (APCBC) shell. Containing 199.59 grams Explosive D, it has tremendous power to explode any kind of tank at its BR in a single penetration hit.
      • Even the infamous Soviet IS-2 with 122 mm D-25T loaded with BR-471B armor-piercing high explosive ballistic cap (APHEBC) has only 156 grams (A-IX-2) of explosive weight.
    • OP-190 - A nickname used by people who accuse the Fw-190 (especially the A4) to be overpowered due to its extremely heavy firepower and its low battle ratting. While the A-4 got its BR bumped up, it is still best to avoid head-ons with this plane.
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly - The PBJ-1H attacker of the US Navy, basically a B-25 with a 75mm cannon.
    • Pedobears/Kindergarten Stabbers - A very common name for experienced players who deliberately play at low tiers to hunt newbies with their high player and in-game crew experience.
    • Bombers are called pinatas due to being ludicrously easy to kill.
    • Rapeboat - H6K floatplane bomber, boasting massive armament and durability for its tier. Also, Banana (thanks to its shape).
    • Due to the speed of the P-51D Mustang, it has been called "Runstang."
    • The F-82E is pretty much two P-51s glued together earing it the nickname "Twinstang"
      • Said plane also features a unique gunpod to increase it's firepower. Mounting it grants you 8 additional M3 12.7 machineguns on top of the 6 M3's it already owns making a total of 14 M3's all mounted together at the center. Because of this it is known as the "Doom pod".
    • The Sea Meteor, containing major improvements over its predecessor jet, is called Sea Jesus.note 
    • Sealclubbing, often shortened to just "clubbing" - Winning effortlessly, either because your opponents are inept or, more likely, because you fly/drive whatever is the most powerful and overwhelming in the current patch.
    • During Patch 1.41, bombers were incredibly tough and gunners were really accurate, which led to abuse by many players. To combat this, the Sky Police was formed. In Simulator Battles, these guys will kill any bomber pilot they see in the match, friendly or not.
    • Bomber pilots are derisively called "spacebar warriors" due to the fact that they only need to press spacebar to drop bombs.
    • The PBY-5 Catalina (and the Sunderland Mk.IIIa added in v1.57) have been nicknamed "Skywhale," thanks to their shape.
    • Spaced armor - Exploiting a Leeroy Jenkins type player on your team (or less commonly, a teammate who willingly sacrifices himself because his tank is for whatever reason unsuited to the current battle situationnote ) by using him as a Human Shield.
      • Sometimes works at low tiers since the introduction of the Matilda Infantry Tank. Just like in World of Tanks, it has insane amounts of armor for its rank, and can take more hits than other tanks that are lower ranked than it is. Ergo, it's not uncommon for players trying to grind through the thing to get the repair kit unlocked to act as a riot shield when advancing on a capture point. This is especially the case if their gun is knocked out as taking the point will give them a place to repair, but the zone is crawling with enemies. Basically, they go in, take the hits, meanwhile their team hopefully shoots the guys infesting the zone... hoping that none of them are Matildas as well.
    • Spaghetti shooter - Italian fighters armed with .50-cal Breda SAFAT machine guns that can barely hit anything.
    • Stalinwood - The general nickname for the material used on Russian planes due to their perceived insane toughness.
    • Stock Syndrome - A condition where a stock plane or tank has laughable performance compared to its upgraded counterpart. It becomes painful in higher tiers where you have to endure long grinds just to get a single modification of that vehicle.
    • Sushi - A pun on the name of the Mitsubishi J8M/Ki-200 Shusui, which is derived from the Me-163 Komet.
    • Tiffy - The Hawker Typhoon.
    • UFO - Any plane accused of having an unrealistically good flight model.
    • Wehraboo - A derisive term derived from Wehrmacht and weeaboo; a German fan who thinks every German vehicle was the absolute best in the war.
      • In the same vein, "Freedumbs" is used against those who think anything built by the USA curb-stomps everything it looks at.
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  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Gaijin slapped a 500 GE price tag for flag decals because of some players abusing flag decals to offend nationalities or religions. There are some who think the reason behind this decision is because of Russian and Ukrainian players team-killing each other on the sight of their flags.
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