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** In-game, the concept of the Customizable HQ is this for the characters; prior to 4th edition all special characters required your opponent's explicit permission to use and you were encouraged to use the generic HQ to build someone to represent you on the battlefield. 7th Edition is trying to return to this trend by giving a lot more customization to the generic =[HQs=] and restricting some of the utility of named characters. Emphasis on ''trying'', as a lot of the options are just flat out better than others, leaving players [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome to just choose the best loadout possible]], which isn't exactly hard to find.

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** In-game, the concept of the Customizable HQ is this for the characters; prior to 4th edition all special characters required your opponent's explicit permission to use and you were encouraged to use the generic HQ to build someone to represent you on the battlefield. 7th Edition is trying to return to this trend by giving a lot more customization to the generic =[HQs=] [=HQs=] and restricting some of the utility of named characters. Emphasis on ''trying'', as a lot of the options are just flat out better than others, leaving players [[ComplacentGamingSyndrome to just choose the best loadout possible]], which isn't exactly hard to find.

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If an Ace Custom was made commercially-available, it'll become a LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition.

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* Overlaps with LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Many automakers will offer special editions of some of their performance or luxury vehicles. Options exclusive to these vehicles can include special badging and paint jobs, performance upgrades, and matching accessory items. The latter can range from specially branded clothing and luggage, to special tools and spares for track use, to access to exclusive racing schools and track day experiences. Additionally, the vehicle may be individually numbered, particularly if the manufacturer announces a specific figure for how many of such vehicles will be made.

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** ''Anime/GundamEvolve'': All three Karaba pilots in episode 9 ("MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam") have individually tweaked versions of the venerable Zeta Gundam:
*** White Unicorn (likely Amuro Ray) pilots a MSZ-006-3A Zeta Gundam III A Type. Its only visible differences between it and Kamille's Zeta are Amuro's personal emblem and a color scheme associated with him.
*** Grey Wolf's MSZ-006-3B Zeta Gundam III B Type is in a yellow color (much to the pilot's chagrin), has additional airfoils, and a [[{{BFG}} giant beam gun]].
*** Red Snake's MSZ-006-P2/3C Zeta Gundam III P2 Type is easily the most unique. It has completely redesigned armor with a spikey motif, a bright red color scheme, and a custom cockpit making it a MoCapMecha.


Usually mentions the simple sense that such modifications, while ostensibly improvements, would add too much cost and complication to mass produce while the Ace is much less inclined to care about such things. May still be shown to have suffered on reliability or simply be considered unsafe if they're regularly pushing design limits.

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Usually mentions it is mentioned the simple sense that such modifications, while ostensibly improvements, would add too much cost and complication to mass produce while the Ace is much less inclined to care about such things. May still be shown to have suffered on reliability or simply be considered unsafe if they're regularly pushing design limits.


An Ace Custom is a piece of technology--a HumongousMecha, SpaceFighter, a [[WeaponOfChoice particular weapon]], or similar-- which differs from the normal model because it has tweaks in order to better fit its user. Said users are typically {{Ace Pilot}}s, and their equipment is customized to their specifications--thus, ace custom. The extensiveness of this customization varies widely, from simply giving it a [[DistinctiveAppearances new paint job]] or NoseArt to actually having a completely unique machine built from scratch. Closely related to the SuperPrototype, an ace custom will usually be significantly more powerful than a standard model.

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An Ace Custom is a piece of technology--a HumongousMecha, SpaceFighter, a [[WeaponOfChoice particular weapon]], or similar-- which differs from the normal model because it has tweaks in order to better fit its user. Said The users are typically {{Ace Pilot}}s, and their equipment is customized to their specifications--thus, ace custom. The extensiveness of this customization varies widely, from simply giving it a [[DistinctiveAppearances new paint job]] or NoseArt to actually having a completely unique machine built from scratch. Closely related to the SuperPrototype, an ace custom will usually be significantly more powerful than a standard model.

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** The [=MechLab=] also shows up in ''VideoGame/{{Battletech}}'', working in much the same way. The FinalBoss of the game also uses a slightly modified stock [[spoiler:King Crab]].


** A villainous example of this is General Hakeev's ship, the ''Khnail'', a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration D'Deridex]]'' Romulan warbird. When you first see it, it's a normal ''D'Deridex''. The second time you run into it, it looks like your usual player Ace Custom with a few Borg gear. The third time, you find out that he's outfitted his entire ship, inside and out, with Borg technology that it no longer looks like a ''D'Deridex'', it looks like the ''[[Film/StarTrek Narada]]''. You scrap his ship during this third encounter and when you run into him again during a later mission, he's back to a normal ''D'Deridex''.

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** A villainous example of this is General Hakeev's ship, the ''Khnail'', a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration D'Deridex]]'' Romulan warbird. When you first see it, it's a normal ''D'Deridex''. The second time you run into it, it looks like your usual player Ace Custom with a few Borg gear. The third time, you find out that he's outfitted his entire ship, inside and out, with Borg technology that it no longer looks like a ''D'Deridex'', it looks like the ''[[Film/StarTrek ''[[Film/StarTrek2009 Narada]]''. You scrap his ship during this third encounter and when you run into him again during a later mission, he's back to a normal ''D'Deridex''.


** Finally, the Tenno have another type of AceCustom, at least in regards to Warframes, known as Umbra, who are as powerful, if not better versions of the Primes. [[spoiler:In fact, this is a subversion, being not only a SuperPrototype kind, but heavily hinted to be the ''[[TomatoInTheMirror original users]]'' instead of only their armor.]] Thanks to this, they also have an unique "autopilot" mode.

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** Finally, the Tenno have another type of AceCustom, at least in regards to Warframes, known as Umbra, who are as powerful, powerful as, if not better versions of than, the Primes. [[spoiler:In fact, this is a subversion, being not only a SuperPrototype kind, but heavily hinted to be the ''[[TomatoInTheMirror original users]]'' instead of only their armor.]] Thanks to this, they also have an unique "autopilot" mode.


** Finally, the dev's have hinted at a fourth type of AceCustom, at least in regards to Warframes, known as Umbra. Anything besides the name, though, is currently speculation.

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** Finally, the dev's Tenno have hinted at a fourth another type of AceCustom, at least in regards to Warframes, known as Umbra. Anything besides Umbra, who are as powerful, if not better versions of the name, though, Primes. [[spoiler:In fact, this is currently speculation.a subversion, being not only a SuperPrototype kind, but heavily hinted to be the ''[[TomatoInTheMirror original users]]'' instead of only their armor.]] Thanks to this, they also have an unique "autopilot" mode.

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** The page image is actually a subversion; though it's given a fancy head ornament, Lelouch's first Knightmare is a standard rank-and-file Knightmare due his only above average piloting skills compared to the ''real'' ace of his forces. It's just given a distinctive look so that his army ''knows'' he's there fighting alongside them, per his philosophy.

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** With her recent promotion to Kommandant, Sorscha Kratikoff has gotten an Ace Custom suit of Man-O-War armor designed for her generally more mobile combat style and slighter frame than the standard pilot. The model looks somewhat odd unless you realize the MOW armor is really a mini-mecha and not simply a suit of steam powered armor.

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* ''VideoGame/MobileSuitGundamSideStory0079RiseFromTheAshes'': Technically, all the White Dingo units are superficially ace customs, as they are painted in the White Dingoes custom color scheme of dark gray-on-gray. However, their performance is no better than a standard production model. However, their version of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword GM Sniper Custom II]] does have additional modifications to the base model, specifically Vulcan gun pods not seen on other versions. The only completely uncustomized machine used by the White Dingoes is their support unit, the Bloodhound.

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** ''Anime/GundamWing'' had ''many'' custom mobile suits, most notably the titular Gundams piloted by the protagonists, but those were all custom from the ground up, and not specifically this trope. The original Tallgeese was an [[InvertedTrope inversion]], it was stated to be the original mobile suit, but high end specs and boosters capable of putting 15 Gs on its pilot made it expensive and strenuous to pilot, so it was modified down into the more economical Leo mobile suits that provide cannon fodder for most of the series. Later models would play the trope straight, with the Tallgeese II being a custom mobile suit for Treize Kushrenada, and the Tallgeese Flugel being a custom version for Zechs Merquise


** The Millennium Falcon doesn't look like a whole lot, but due to both Han's piloting skills and the special modifications begun by its previous owner Lando Calrissian and continued by Han and Chewie, it is considered the fastest ship in the galaxy. It's also ''far'' more heavily-armed than average, considering that its stock model is classified as a light freighter (albeit one specifically designed for easy modification for many different roles), not a fighter. That doesn't stop it from occasionally acting up as TheAllegedCar would, as the often-improvised enhancements can be quite tempermental.

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** The Millennium Falcon doesn't look like a whole lot, but due to both Han's piloting skills and the special modifications begun made by its previous owner Lando Calrissian and continued by Han and Chewie, it is considered the fastest ship in the galaxy. It's also ''far'' more heavily-armed than average, considering that its stock model is classified as a light freighter (albeit one specifically designed for easy modification for many different roles), not a fighter. That WordOfGod is that ''every'' owner of the Falcon has done this, but that doesn't stop it from occasionally acting up as TheAllegedCar would, as the often-improvised enhancements can be quite tempermental.



** And then of course there are the custom lightsabers, most notably [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul's]] two-bladed saber and [[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren's]] lightsaber with the laser crossguard, although the latter is actually a result of using substandard materials in its creation (notably a cracked and therefore unstable Kyber crystal), not that it stops Ren from being able to utilize the 'defect' as a feature in his combat style.

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** And then of course there are the custom lightsabers, lightsabers[[note]]In the old ExpandedUniverse, ''all'' lightsabers were custom-made to suit the owner, [[Literature/AnimalFarm but some were more custom than others]][[/note]], most notably [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul's]] two-bladed saber and [[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren's]] lightsaber with the laser crossguard, although the latter is actually a result of using substandard materials in its creation (notably a cracked and therefore unstable Kyber crystal), not that it stops Ren from being able to utilize the 'defect' as a feature in his combat style.

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