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Video Game: Armored Core: All as One
Armored Core: All as One is an RPG by Kamotz. In his own words, it’s an attempt at combining the fast-paced mecha combat of the Armored Core series with the political intrigue and social interaction of Code Geass. So far, the protagonists, Irregulars (ace pilots with carte-blanche to kick ass) working for the agency Collared, are taking part in a seemingly-standard mission on the island of Madagascar when things go horribly wrong…

Armored Core: All as One can be found here
Tropes appearing in this RPG are:
  • Arm Cannon: A couple of Armored Cores feature weapons of this type, like Carmine's Pain Killer. The MorTar is a back-mounted cannon, though it does have an arm-mounted flamethrower and collapsible spinning chainsaw shield.
  • Battle Theme Music: Seth's is Tip of the Spear from the Halo: Reach soundtrack, according to Storymasterb.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Lance pulls this and appears to save the USS Tungsten from two enemy Irregulars... while demanding payment. Yeah.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Several Armored Cores feature this, primarily the ones using laser blades like the White Glint and the Final Excalibur.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Put your hand up if you ever imagined someone like Seth or Beatrice piloting a mecha. Exactly. According to Word of God, we'll be seeing just how bitter this trait makes Normals whenever they see Irregulars being paid vast amounts of cash for services they only perform better due to 'techno-nonsense'.
  • Code Name: All of the main characters have one. This is Justified due to the fact that they're effectively soldiers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lance's White Glint vs. two enemy Irregulars rapidly descends into this in Lance's favor. Considering the two were a pair of Fragile Speedsters with hardly any missile-defense, it's no wonder.
  • Doomed Hometown: Alistair’s village was razed to the ground by a rogue Irregular when he was younger.
  • Dual Wielding:
    • Seth’s Final Excalibur in Luin configuration dual-wields vibro-swords.
    • Most (if not every) current-generation Armored Core wields a weapon in either hand...and on on either side of their back, and support weapons on their shoulders. This should probably be called Sextuple Wielding
  • Expy:
    • The Final Excalibur in Luin configuration is quite similar to Suzaku Kururugi’s Lancelot in Code Geass. Word of God states that this is fully intentional.
    • Lance is essentially Dexter Morgan meets Michael Westen with just a pinch of Ziva David.
  • A Friend in Need: Victoria gives as much of her mission profits as possible to aid charities.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • The Final Excalibur primarily. Let it hit you and you'll feel it for the next week, but hit it back and you can take it to pieces pretty easily. This is partly why Seth is so determined to keep it from harm.
    • Most lightweights are either Glass Cannons or Fragile Speedsters or both, though the degrees of which vary.
    • The Valkyria Redtail and Zashiki-warashi are a bit more balanced in that regard and can take a bit more damage.
  • Hope Spot: Practically parodied by the sequence of Alistair getting no less than three in a row, two of which are crushed. First Theo reveals he has a satellite phone and can contact Beatrice... but she and the others can't return due to fighting their own battle. Then the Tungsten hails Serra, who offers the White Glint as help... only to reveal Lance wants payment. And when that gets sorted... it turns out Serra (and thus the White Glint) are ninety miles away. Fortunately, it's fast enough to make the journey in three-point-two minutes.
  • Humongous Mecha: According to Word of God, something like this may eventually appear…
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • The MorTar, mounted on Carmine’s Pain Killer. This thing fires balls of flaming tar, for crying out loud!
    • The Pain Killer exemplifies this trope, with its main weapons being the MorTar back-mounted cannon, an arm-mounted flamethrower, and a collapsable spinning chainsaw shield. Aside from a (large-calibur) backup pistol, its only other weapon is a multi-tool cutting torch!
  • Inter-Service Rivalry: Quite a few Normals are bitter about the Irregulars, who get paid in the millions simply due to their AMS compatibility allowing them to pilot Armored Cores more effectively. The Irregulars as a whole don't really look down on the Normals, however, making this one-sided.
  • Laser Blade: A fairly common weapon, though not of the lightsaber type with a constant blade. Rather these laser blades are switched on for short periods of cutting, then switched off for power conservation.
  • Latex Space Suit: As per the inspiration, every single pilot seems to be wearing spandex when piloting their Armored Cores.
  • Light Is Not Good:
    • Despite his primarily-white Armored Core and pilot's suit, sociopath Lance Donovan can hardly be considered a "good guy."
    • He just has standards.
    • Though even he admits he doesn't know what those standards are exactly. But he'll let you know when he figures that out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The White Glint is the primary example, but most medium-weight Armored Cores would qualify, as they're pretty fast, but able to take fire better than lightweights like the Final Excalibur.
  • Mini-Mecha: The Armored Cores themselves qualify, as they’re on about the same scale as Knightmare Frames in Code Geass.
  • Really Gets Around: Lance, again, in spades. Though it's essentially part of his "cover" to try and appear "normal." Most of his relationships fail spectacularly because he cannot connect to anyone emotionally.
  • Real Robot: All the Armored Cores are this. The only real candidates to exit the genre are the Irregulars, and only due to the application of the AMS. The Normals play this very straight.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After his partner is killed and his machine's arm is sliced off, the other Irregular attacking the Tungsten beats a very hasty retreat.
  • Shout-Out: The Final Excalibur's weapons mostly have code designations named for the Knights of the Round Table. In addition, one of Seth's past missions was Operation 'Dawn Hammer'. Alistair has a tattoo of Skeith on his back.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Lance, pilot of the White Glint. He just appears normal.
  • Spread Shot: The theme of the Final Excalibur’s Gae Bulg configuration, either using shrapnel weaponry like frag grenades, or weapons which fire a lot of ammo at once, like the shrapnel cannon.
  • Theme Naming: Seth Miles, Victoria Abel and Alistair Cain, named after three sons of Adam and Eve. Also, Seth’s Final Excalibur configurations are named after mythical spears: Luin, Gungnir, Gae Bulg and Trishula.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted. Seth throws one of the Excalibur's vibro-swords knowing full well it won't hit, but it will force the enemy to stop firing and dodge while he draws a back-up weapon and readies for an attack.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Alistair is terrified of facing enemy Armored Cores personally due to his experiences at his Doomed Hometown with renegade Irregulars.

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