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* Any tank or armored vehicle that rolls off the production line is always insufficiently armored for the present or perceived threats it will encounter on the front line. But at the same time, its speed and mobility are at peak efficiency. Consequently, Adding some additional armor protection on the vehicle will increase its survivability at the cost of some speed and mobility.

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* The Iron Doll in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIBelmontsRevenge'' is a massively armored slow-moving knight... until you knock him down to half health, he sheds the heavy armor, and starts leaping around with a spear. It's an odd kind of balance because with the armor he's the easiest of the four bosses, and without it he's the hardest of them.


* In [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]] during Link's final showdown with Ganondorf, he amazes everyone by showing off some kind of spinning back kick (to the jaw). Ganondorf muses that he never knew Link was that agile; Link reminds him he's not weighed down by his entire VideoGame/OcarinaOfTime arsenal (which he estimates at a hundred pounds) this time.

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* In [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]] during Link's final showdown with Ganondorf, he amazes everyone by showing off Link performs some kind of spinning back kick (to the Ganondorf's jaw). Ganondorf muses that he never knew Link could use his feet or was that agile; agile. Link then reminds him he's not weighed down by his entire ''entire VideoGame/OcarinaOfTime arsenal arsenal'' (which he estimates at a hundred pounds) this time.
-->''With all of those hindrances, Link was fast. Without them... Ganondorf [[OhCrap pushed the thought down.]]''


* In [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]] Link has one final showdown with Ganondorf, in which he surprises the king of evil with a kick to the jaw. Ganondorf muses that he never knew Link could move like that; Link reminds him that as they're fighting hand to hand, with no armor, he isn't being weighed down by his ''entire Ocarina of Time arsenal'' this time.

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* In [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]] Link has one during Link's final showdown with Ganondorf, in which he surprises the king amazes everyone by showing off some kind of evil with a spinning back kick to (to the jaw. jaw). Ganondorf muses that he never knew Link could move like that; was that agile; Link reminds him that as they're fighting hand to hand, with no armor, he isn't being he's not weighed down by his ''entire Ocarina of Time arsenal'' entire VideoGame/OcarinaOfTime arsenal (which he estimates at a hundred pounds) this time.



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* In [[https://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/s/legend-of-zelda-fan-fiction/the-legend-of-link-lucky-number-13/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]] Link has one final showdown with Ganondorf, in which he surprises the king of evil with a kick to the jaw. Ganondorf muses that he never knew Link could move like that; Link reminds him that as they're fighting hand to hand, with no armor, he isn't being weighed down by his ''entire Ocarina of Time arsenal'' this time.

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* A variant in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': Shed Armor, Gain Power. The pro hero 'Fat Gum' is able to absorb kinetic energy with his {{Kevlard}}. [[spoiler:The thing most people don't realize is he can release the energy stored in his fat, burning them off and turning him lean, and deliver them into one single devastating blow.]]


* ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'' has Kamen Rider Geiz's MidseasonUpgrade Geiz Revive Shippu trades the thick armor and enormous strength of Revive Goretsu for Super Speed so great that even being able to predict the future isn't enough to reliably dodge Geiz's attacks.

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* ** ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'' has Kamen Rider Geiz's MidseasonUpgrade Geiz Revive Shippu trades the thick armor and enormous strength of Revive Goretsu for Super Speed so great that even being able to predict the future isn't enough to reliably dodge Geiz's attacks.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderZiO'' has Kamen Rider Geiz's MidseasonUpgrade Geiz Revive Shippu trades the thick armor and enormous strength of Revive Goretsu for Super Speed so great that even being able to predict the future isn't enough to reliably dodge Geiz's attacks.


** It's first introduced when Goku and Krillin train with Master Roshi by wearing 50-100 pound turtle shells whilst doing menial labour. By taking them off their speed and power skyrocket, to the point where Krillin defeats an Orin Temple bully literally before he realizes it.
** The technique is brought back when Goku trains with God/Kami, having weighted armbands, boots and undershirt. Taking them off is a LetsGetDangerous moment for him, as he did when fighting Tien, Piccolo Jr. and Raditz. By the time Goku fights Frieza, he doesn't do this anymore, and King Kai pointing this out to Yamcha while [[CurbStompBattle Goku has his tail handed to him]] is a sign of how dire the situation is. It's also worth noting that Piccolo Jr. utilizes this as well for much longer than Goku.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when King Kai tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans--who he's here to prepare to fight--live on a planet with the same gravity as King Kai's world, thus Goku would not be getting a leg up by not wearing the weights.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Nouva Shenron discards his armor and his already impressive speed skyrockets.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', the titular character does this when one of his powerups causes his torso armour to break off.

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** It's first introduced when Goku and Krillin train with Master the Muten Roshi by wearing 50-100 pound turtle shells whilst doing menial labour. By taking them off their speed and power skyrocket, to the point where Krillin defeats an Orin Temple bully literally before he realizes it.
** The technique is brought back when Goku trains with God/Kami, God, having weighted armbands, boots and undershirt. Taking them off is a LetsGetDangerous moment for him, as he did when fighting Tien, Piccolo Jr.Tenshinhan, Piccolo. and Raditz. By the time Goku fights Frieza, Freeza, he doesn't do this anymore, and King Kai Kaiou pointing this out to Yamcha while [[CurbStompBattle Goku has his tail handed to him]] is a sign of how dire the situation is. It's also worth noting that Piccolo Jr. utilizes this as well for much longer than Goku.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when King Kai Kaiou tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai Kaiou tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans--who he's here to prepare to fight--live on a planet with the same gravity as King Kai's world, Kaiou's planet, thus Goku would not be getting a leg up by not wearing the weights.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Nouva Shenron Sixinglong discards his armor and his already impressive speed skyrockets.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', the titular character does this when one of his powerups causes his torso armour to break off.
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when King Kai tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans--who he's here to prepare to fight--use the same gear while training in even ''higher'' gravity.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Nouva Shenron discards his armor and his already impressive speed skyrockets.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' loves this trope:
** It's first introduced when Goku and Krillin train with Master Roshi by wearing 50-100 pound turtle shells whilst doing menial labour. By taking them off their speed and power skyrocket, to the point where Krillin defeats an Orin Temple bully literally before he realizes it.
** The technique is brought back when Goku trains with God/Kami, having weighted armbands, boots and undershirt. Taking them off is a LetsGetDangerous moment for him, as he did when fighting Tien, Piccolo Jr. and Raditz. By the time Goku fights Frieza, he doesn't do this anymore, and King Kai pointing this out to Yamcha while [[CurbStompBattle Goku has his tail handed to him]] is a sign of how dire the situation is. It's also worth noting that Piccolo Jr. utilizes this as well for much longer than Goku.
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In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when King Kai tells Goku to chase and catch his pet monkey to get acquainted to his home's gravity, which is much higher than that of Earth, Goku sheds his weighted training gear to better do so. After a while, King Kai tells him to put it back on, telling him that the other Saiyans--who he's here to prepare to fight--use fight--live on a planet with the same gear while training in even ''higher'' gravity.gravity as King Kai's world, thus Goku would not be getting a leg up by not wearing the weights.
* ** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', Nouva Shenron discards his armor and his already impressive speed skyrockets.skyrockets.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', the titular character does this when one of his powerups causes his torso armour to break off.


* Erza Scarlet of ''Manga/FairyTail'' is known for her "Equip Magic," which lets her [[HyperspaceArsenal summon weapons and armor out of thin air.]] She also has a {{Sarashi}} form with no armor that greatly boost her speed in exchange for almost no protection.

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* Erza Scarlet of ''Manga/FairyTail'' is known for her "Equip Magic," which lets her [[HyperspaceArsenal summon weapons and armor out of thin air.]] She also has a {{Sarashi}} form with no armor that greatly boost boosts her speed and attack power in exchange for almost no protection.protection (in this case, it's because she's focusing all her magic power into offense, and by the point she uses this her enemy has likely proven they can tear through her defensive armors anyways).


* This is basically how plate armor gradually disappeared from European battlefields during the 17th century thanks to the insoluble dilemma that increasing firearm effectiveness presented. In TheLateMiddleAges, you only needed relatively thin armor plates to make edged weapons and arrows glance off, especially if the steel was hardened and tempered. Full head-to-toe armor might weigh 45-60 pounds depending on the individual and their level of protection, which may sound like a lot but which is actually quite manageable. This changed as the guns which had been present in the 14th and 15th centuries started to get more powerful, more numerous, and more accurate over the course of the 16th century. In order to make armor proof against the more powerful arquebus and musket, you had to thicken the plates and add reinforcing pieces to the most vulnerable areas, so that the average weight of each armor component kept increasing over time. It got to the point where an armor that covered the entire body in bulletproof plates would simply be too heavy and taxing on the wearer's stamina to be practical, so they kept removing pieces bit by bit. The first type of armor to be abandoned was horse armor, since there was no way a horse could carry both its own armor and a heavily armored rider anymore. Next went the feet and calves, then the legs, then the arms, and pretty soon most cavalry were only wearing backplate, breastplate, open helmet, a left hand gauntlet that went up to the elbow, and a leather buff coat underneath. A buff coat could stop a sword cut or a bullet that had already spent its energy, so some soldiers took their chances with just that at the risk that a direct hit to somewhere without plate armor would kill them. They would also ditch their helmets and wear "secrets", metal skull caps small enough to fit under their hats, which were unlikely to stop a bullet but effective against sword blows. By the 18th century, armor heavy enough to stop most bullets was only being worn by sappers who worked close to the walls exposed to enemy fire, while cuirassiers' cuirasses could only be relied upon to deflect saber points and bayonets. In World War I, however, armor began being phased back in starting with helmets to protect against shrapnel, and advances in bulletproof materials have started swinging the pendulum back in the other direction.

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* This is basically how plate armor gradually disappeared from European battlefields during the 17th century thanks to the insoluble dilemma that increasing firearm effectiveness presented. In TheLateMiddleAges, you only needed relatively thin armor plates to make edged weapons and arrows glance off, especially if the steel was hardened and tempered. Full head-to-toe armor might weigh 45-60 pounds depending on the individual and their level of protection, which may sound like a lot but which is actually quite manageable. This changed as the guns which had been present in the 14th and 15th centuries started to get more powerful, more numerous, and more accurate over the course of the 16th century. In order to make armor proof against the more powerful arquebus and musket, you had to thicken the plates and add reinforcing pieces to the most vulnerable areas, so that the average weight of each armor component kept increasing over time. It got to the point where an armor that covered the entire body in bulletproof plates would simply be too heavy and taxing on the wearer's stamina to be practical, so they kept removing pieces bit by bit. The first type of armor to be abandoned was horse armor, since there was no way a horse could carry both its own armor and a heavily armored rider anymore. Next went armor for the feet and calves, then the rest of the legs, then the arms, and pretty soon most cavalry were only wearing backplate, breastplate, open open-faced helmet, a left hand gauntlet that went up to the elbow, elbow (the left hand was a common target for horsemen because it holds the bridle; the right hand was protected by the sword's basket hilt), and a thick leather buff coat underneath. A buff coat could stop a sword cut cut, or a long distance/ricocheted bullet that had already spent most of its energy, so some soldiers took their chances with just that a buff coat at the risk that a direct solid hit to somewhere without plate armor would might kill them. They would also ditch their helmets and wear "secrets", metal skull caps small enough to fit under their hats, which were unlikely to stop a bullet but effective against sword blows. By the 18th century, the only foot soldiers who wore armor heavy enough to stop most bullets was only being worn by were sappers who worked close to the walls exposed to enemy fire, fire during sieges, while cuirassiers' the cuirasses could only be relied upon to deflect saber points and bayonets. In World War I, however, armor began being phased back in starting with helmets of heavy cavalry were mainly designed to protect against shrapnel, bladed weapons such as sabers, bayonets, and advances in bulletproof materials have started swinging the pendulum back in the other direction.light lances. It took a long time after that for technology to make military body armor widespread and practical again.


->'''[[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]]''': Mei Ling, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] took her clothes off!\\

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->'''[[Franchise/MetalGear ->'''[[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]]''': Mei Ling, [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] took her clothes off!\\


*** In the vein of the Doolittle Raid above, this was basically the main tactic to keep damaged bombers in the air if you lost more than one engine. B-17's and B-24's were sturdy planes, but once that second engine sputtered out, that's when you start dumping the load: Extra bombs, guns, ammo, fuel, radios, oxygen tanks, bomb sights, ''wounded/dead crew members...''basically, anything that wasn't bolted down or vital to the operation of the aircraft or survival of the crew had to go ''now'' if you didn't want to stall out and have a nose-first meeting with the ground.

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*** In the vein of the Doolittle Raid above, this was basically the main tactic to keep damaged bombers in the air if you lost more than one engine. B-17's and B-24's were sturdy planes, but once that second engine sputtered out, that's when you start dumping the load: Extra bombs, guns, ammo, fuel, radios, oxygen tanks, bomb sights, ''wounded/dead crew members...''basically, anything that wasn't bolted down or vital to the operation of the aircraft or survival of the crew had to go ''now'' if you didn't want to stall out and have a nose-first meeting with the ground. Keep in mind that such bombers generally kept armor protection to a bare minimum to begin with; the amount of armor necessary to protect a heavy bomber would have rendered it useless as a bomber due to the extra weight.



* While not armor, this is the theory behind the use of drop tanks. They allow fighters (and the occasional light bomber) to carry additional fuel for extra range, then [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin drop them]] to decrease weight and drag for better speed and maneuverability.[[note]]Hopefully after the tanks are empty...[[/note]]

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* While not armor, this is the theory behind the use of drop tanks. They allow fighters (and the occasional light bomber) less often, bombers) to carry additional fuel for extra range, then [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin drop them]] to decrease weight and drag for better speed and maneuverability.[[note]]Hopefully after the tanks are empty...[[/note]]

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** As a matter of fact, a common disability claim for modern vets is back and knee problems due to how much gear they're required to carry, including the plate armor. Depending on their mission, soldiers have varying requirements of how much they're supposed to carry, although more experienced troops will keep additional optional gear to a minimum. While shedding armor improves mobility, it's the rare soldier that can outrun fragmentation from a bomb going off.

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