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Now this trope, which is about vehicles going through hell, and coming out without any visual damage whatsoever, is a lot more common than this, I know, especially in older video games. I personally suspect that the name's not sayng what this trope is about is the biggest problem here. I have to admit, though, that I can't come up with a good name for this trope that covers it well enough.
Also, I've been having a strange lucky streak with TRS as of late. Huh
Several things need to be done with this trope. 1) The examples need to be crosswicked. There appear to be more than thirteen examples on the page. 2) Nasty trope namer effect, which does not excuse the Zero-Context Example for the trope namer in the examples section (I despise examples in the description because it encourages this sort of BS). 3) The big third paragraph can probably be dropped. I suspect that somebody slipped into essay mode on the main page. There's more than one reason for this, such as limited rendering/hitbox programming, essentially making it a cost cutting measure. 4) We need to decide oif the example in 3 counts for this, as do humorous versions.
I think the problem here is that it is a Universal Trope: in older video games it was not worth the effort to simulate damage as it would only clutter the clean lines of the vehicles, and even now damage usually doesn't look right (where it got hit and where the dents appear coincide weakly). In animation, deviating from set models is hard on the artists. In live-action, it's just expensive and can screw up continuity. So vehicles are damaged in plot-relevant ways (destroyed, made unusable, showing how powerful the opponent is, or tied to a repair montage later).
I think the name's fine, snappy and fairly descriptive. But maybe we should note the genres (police chases, mecha battles, racing games) where this tends to apply, and then note the aversions.
Alternative Titles: Not A Scratch On It
8th Jun '12 11:40:24 AM
Vote up names you like, vote down names you don't. Whether or not the title will actually be changed is determined with a different kind of crowner (the Single Proposition crowner). This one just collects and ranks alternative titles.