YMMV: War Thunder

  • Demonic Spider: Japanese fighters can be this if you're not careful, as they tend to be both fast AND agile. Unfortunately, they pay for it by being lightly armored.
    • In the Meta Game, though, Japanese planes which aren't the Zero are regarded as a joke thanks to typically being underpowered for their rank. Most infamously, the Zero appears at rank 7, which means it's competing with much more advanced fighters, such as the American Hellcat (notable for being developed specifically to counter the Zero) and the English Typhoon.
    • The planes that have big guns on a fast, manoeuvrable platform, aka the Yak-9T, Yak-9K, P-39 Airacobra and P-69 Kingcobra.
  • The Bearcats. At tier IV they outclimb mostly everything else of their tier, and then proceed to Bn Z everyone to death.
    • The Beaufighter Mark VIc and Mark X. There are no planes at Rank 4-7 that can even come close to rivaling their speed, durability, handling, and firepower. Also known as "Brokenfighter".
    • The T-50. Stupidly fast, and the same armor as the next rank up medium tank. It's only weak spot is the back of the turret.. and you're not going to see that if he's shooting at you.
    • Are you playing tanks in Tier 1, at BR 1.5-2.0 ? ENJOY facing near-invulnerable T-34's which kill or cripple you in one hit.
    • Patch 1.43 has people crying foul over the newly introduced F7F Tigercat which has been accused of being an American UFO.
    • With patch 1.45, the T-50 has some worthy competition. The M3 Lee, despite being fairly large, can actually move at a good clip, and it can shrug off alot of hits at its tier. It also has all of it's guns working, and as a result can potentially (if the player is good enough) engage two targets at once. In a Jingles video, it was said that about the only thing at that rating that can beat an M3, is another M3, or a lucky T-50.
    • The Tiger I H. At it's battle rating, almost nothing comes close to sufficiently damaging it, or having armor as comparable. It's closest rival, the Soviet IS-1, is a Glass Cannon compared to it.
    • With the introduction of American tanks, the M4A3E2 76(w) is this to German tanks of the same battle rating. Its turret is impossible to penetrate, and its frontal hull armor is almost as good with the only weakness being the tiny machine gun port. In addition, the the M4A3E2 76(w) also gets APCR ammunition, which has enough penetration to punch through German tanks at nearly any range regardless of how well the tank is angled.
  • Dueling Games: Wargaming's World of Tanks and its derivatives World Of Warplanes and World of Warships. Most players coming from World of Warplanes feel that War Thunder is a superior title as the aircraft feel both fast and agile. Also, the release trees for War Thunder are not only larger then World of Warplanes, but includes aircraft types that World Of Warplanes has decided to leave out (such as Bombers).
    • In turn War Thunder ground forces leave out player controlled artillery in favor of player controlled mobile AA guns. Light tanks and AA can call in artillery support against immobilized targets (such as heavy tanks with their engines damaged.)
    • Probably even more directly with HiTech Creations' Aces High. The rivalry between the fanbases is...bitter...to say the least (see below).
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Aces High. War Thunder players attack Aces High for being primitive and outdated, while Aces High fans return the favor by accusing War Thunder of focusing on arcade gameplay and graphics at the expense of a realistic flight model.
    • Not to mention Worldof Tanks / World Of Warplanes
    • There's even one within the game itself, and it can require some high grade fire-resistant suits to bring it up in the forums. Towit, here's the breakdown...
      • Arcade Players: prefer getting into combat quickly, and enjoy having the ingame helpers to make life easier. Not too big on much of the realism, but certainly enjoy the game the most. They're also the player base with the largest populace.
      • Realistic Players: Slightly less populace then the arcade, but like the added challenge of not having the lead (aircraft) or elevation (tanks) indicators that Arcade players enjoy.
      • Simulator Players: The Serious Business players that usually have the most skill, but the smallest player base. While the majority of these players have the skill, some of them have the loudest mouths of the entire War Thunder Player Base. Some of them even began a low-scale revolt when Gaijin refused to answer their complaints about the abundance of bomber pilots in Simulator Battles.
  • Fan Nickname: Several exist. But 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".
    • The B-17 has one that's both well deserved, and historic... "Flying Fortress"
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 top-tier Japanese heavy bomber is known as the "Death Star", thanks to its good bombload, ridiculous toughness, and its defensive armament of six 20mm cannons and four 13.2 mm machine guns.
    • 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. This may change with the arrival of patch 1.45 though.
    • Cannoncat - The F8F-1B Bearcat, which is armed with four 20mm AN/M3 cannons.
    • 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.
    • Hisparkle - The 20 mm Hispano cannons used by British planes. This nickname was coined due to the fact that the cannons "sparkle" (not registering damage despite hits) a lot.
    • Lala - The La-5 and La-7, which had unusually good flight models.
    • Noobfire - Spitfire fighter, most models of which are (in)famous for having no obvious weak points in the game. Also nicknamed Spacefire by many.
    • OP-190 - A nickname used by people who accuse the Fw-190 (especially the A4) to be OP due to its extremely heavy firepower.
    • Pedobears - 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.
    • Rapeboat - H6K floatplane bomber, boasting massive armament and durability for its tier. Also, Banana (thanks to its shape).
    • 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.
    • Spgahetti shooter - Italian fighters armed with .50-cal Breda SAFAT machine guns that can barely hit anything.
    • Stalinwood - The general nickname for Russian planes (historically many had wooden construction), often with implication of massive durability.
    • UFO - Any plane accused of having unrealistically good flight model.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Some of War Thunders Creator Provincialism can actually be explained fairly easily when one looks into the history behind the aircraft involved. Throughout World War II, the USSR Air Force was effectively playing catch-up to the German Luftwaffe, as most of their 'experienced' pilots will killed or wounded in the opening days of Operation Barbarosa, and along with them, the best fighters the Soviets had at the time. When the fighters are paired up historically, even in Arcade mode the German aircraft are clearly superior to the Soviet ones. However, on the other side of the world, from December 1941 to 1943, the US Navy was also fighting a desperate war with its clearly outclassed fighter, the Wildcat. However, even against the vastly superior Zero, the Wildcat was able to hold its own quite well, ultimately buying the time the Navy needed to get sufficient numbers of Hellcats to the fleet. How is this possible? Easy, the quality of the pilots that flew the aircraft are vastly different. Normally, it takes months of practice and combat exposure to figure out how best to use an aircraft against another aircraft. However, players have the luxury of being able to do the exact same thing, in a few hours. On the outside, a La GG-3 doing well might be chalked up to the game being made by Russians. However, closer examination will show that if a La GG is doing well, it's because the player has figured out how to actually use it, and is putting his hard learned lessons to the test. After all, a great player in a bad plane will still beat a bad player in a great plane. Every. Single. Time.
  • Game Breaker: The introduction of Patch 1.37 has led to the rise of an infamous cheese tactic called "The Yer-2 Base Bomb Rush". The reasons for this is that the Yer-2, a twin-engine Medium Bomber, has an ordnance capacity of 5000kg which can be reloaded in 40 seconds and is the largest of all the bombers in the game. And due to the fact that the Airfield has a damage capacity of 15 Tons (13607.8kg), the Yer-2 only needs to make three passes. As a result, there have been numerous complaints of Arcade Matches ending in less than two minutes due to 3 or more players making a suicide rush for the enemy airfield while flying in the Yer-2. It's not as bad now, as you have to kill all three minibases before you can damage the air field. Still, Yer-2's can be hard to catch.
    • Many players consider getting their pilots killed is a bit of this due to the damage models being so realistic. What many of these players fail to realize is that only a handful of the aircraft in the game (IL-2 series, P-47s, anything Grumman made, etc) actually had cockpit armor. In 1944, the only way to ensure a cannon shell didn't turn your insides into your outsides was to constantly look around you, and not put yourself in a position to give the other pilot a chance to hit your cockpit. While there are cases where the game can sometimes throw an error and kill the pilot when the wing tip gets hit, these cases are rare, and in the heat of combat, most players don't even pay attention to how they killed the other guy... just so long as they did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Gaijin was forced to cancel the "Divine Wind" Special Event (Scheduled for 10/21/2013) due to a Suicide Bomber Attack in Volgograd which occurred on the very same day. A Very Tragic Incidence that is both Coincidental and Ironic.
  • Internet Backdraft: The new system, introduced in Patch 1.37 , has really caused a significant amount of negative fallout among players who were comfortable with the old system. Instead of 20 Ranks, you have 5 Ranks. And because there are only 5 Ranks, matchmaking is considered to be adversely affected because Reserve Aircraft (previously Rank 0-1, now Rank 1) will now find themselves at the mercy of opposition that was ranked very high in the old system such as A6M2s (previously Rank 6-7, now Rank 2) and P-39s (previously Rank 6-7, now Rank 2).
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Two tanks spawned into an indestructible building.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Air Raid Sirens in general. The Ju-87 "Stuka" dive siren in particular. Grinding that plane is very painful.
    • And then there's the radio chatter. I mean, come on, who wouldn't be annoyed by voices stating the obvious every few seconds when critically damaged.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Germany's Sub-Branch of Italian Fighters is considered garbage due to the pitiful Breda-SAFAT Machine Guns they're armed with.
    • The German He111 bombers. The first one is alright. The other ones... let's say they are more like flying targets than anything else.
    • The Wellington. Fragile, poor defenses, doesn't climb well...
    • Early Japanese bombers are also light on the bombload.