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* In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark (in his IronMan suit) gets matched up against a tank. The tank was able to accurately knock him out of the sky with a shell, and scuff up his armor (there's a deleted scene that showed how bad the damage was). Iron Man stands right back up, looks at the tank, fires a dinky missile at it, and walks away. [[YouAreAlreadyDead Said tank then explodes]]. [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] confirms that the missile did penetrate a weak spot on the tank and set off the ammo.

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* In ''Film/IronMan1'', Tony Stark (in his IronMan Iron-Man suit) gets matched up against a tank. The tank was able to accurately knock him out of the sky with a shell, and scuff up his armor (there's a deleted scene that showed how bad the damage was). Iron Man stands right back up, looks at the tank, fires a dinky missile at it, and walks away. [[YouAreAlreadyDead Said tank then explodes]]. [[AllThereInTheManual The novelization]] confirms that the missile did penetrate a weak spot on the tank and set off the ammo.


When tanks are ''not'' useless, and are, in fact, quite awesome, then it's TankGoodness. If the things being destroyed are called "tanks" but aren't or the depiction of tanks is incorrect, then it's TanksButNoTanks. A subtrope of ArmorIsUseless. Compare TheWorfEffect, RedShirt, and FiveRoundsRapid. Contrast MechaMooks, when it's the HumongousMecha that are getting crushed. For the helicopter version of this trope, see HellishCopter.

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When tanks are ''not'' useless, and are, in fact, quite awesome, then it's TankGoodness. If the things being destroyed are called "tanks" but aren't or the depiction of tanks is incorrect, then it's TanksButNoTanks. A subtrope SubTrope of ArmorIsUseless. Compare TheWorfEffect, RedShirt, and FiveRoundsRapid. Contrast MechaMooks, when it's the HumongousMecha that are getting crushed. For the helicopter version of this trope, see HellishCopter.


[[caption-width-right:300:[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Told you we shoulda made that left at Albuquerque!]][[note]]Due to Merkavas having their engines in the front, right behind the very massive glacis armor, they are ''very'' nose-heavy.[[/note]]]]

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**But also justified as well. If a mech launches a melee attack on a tank (translation, attempts to step on it), the tank is nearly always destroyed if the attack hit. Tanks take 2x damage from melee attacks and only have one internal spot, so destruction is nearly always assured.


* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': The Imperial Guard being the most "normal" and vehicle-heavy of all armies, they tend to suffer a WorfEffect in many an army codex. One unfortunate tank was seen to stop firing after being hit with a Tau railgun even though there were only two holes in the tank's sides... and the crew having been ''liquefied and sucked out'' by the hypervelocity round's passage.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Imperial Guard being the most "normal" and vehicle-heavy of all armies, they tend to suffer a WorfEffect in many an army codex. One unfortunate tank was seen to stop firing after being hit with a Tau railgun even though there were only two holes in the tank's sides... and the crew having been ''liquefied and sucked out'' by the hypervelocity round's passage.


Main/BattleTanks are a crucial part of modern armed forces. They combine the mobility and speed of motor-vehicles with the killing-power of artillery, and can also help infantry assault entrenched defensive positions. Modern tanks are all but invulnerable to the crude and improvised weapons used by most partisans and rebels, making them invaluable in the extermination of such groups. All in all, a properly-used and handled tank of a sufficiently modern model can be a formidable weapon.

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Main/BattleTanks Main Battle Tanks are a crucial part of modern armed forces. They combine the mobility and speed of motor-vehicles with the killing-power of artillery, and can also help infantry assault entrenched defensive positions. Modern tanks are all but invulnerable to the crude and improvised weapons used by most partisans and rebels, making them invaluable in the extermination of such groups. All in all, a properly-used and handled tank of a sufficiently modern model can be a formidable weapon.


Main Battle Tanks are a crucial part of modern armed forces. They combine the mobility and speed of motor-vehicles with the killing-power of artillery, and can also help infantry assault entrenched defensive positions. Modern tanks are all but invulnerable to the crude and improvised weapons used by most partisans and rebels, making them invaluable in the extermination of such groups. All in all, a properly-used and handled tank of a sufficiently modern model can be a formidable weapon.

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Main Battle Tanks Main/BattleTanks are a crucial part of modern armed forces. They combine the mobility and speed of motor-vehicles with the killing-power of artillery, and can also help infantry assault entrenched defensive positions. Modern tanks are all but invulnerable to the crude and improvised weapons used by most partisans and rebels, making them invaluable in the extermination of such groups. All in all, a properly-used and handled tank of a sufficiently modern model can be a formidable weapon.


** Zakus are unsurprisingly enough shown to go down against tanks that are less then one 1/5th of their size, though this mostly tells more about their status as {{Mooks}} then the ability of the tanks.

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** Zakus are unsurprisingly enough shown to go down against tanks that are less then one 1/5th of their size, though this mostly tells more about their status as {{Mooks}} then the ability of the tanks.


* Subverted in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', where during the infamous [[GambitPileup Emperor Rescue Mission]] the extremely light forces, with which Mishalu Ha Lonn took off to Both, meant that [[WithThisHerring she had to rely on tanks]] to carry the day against three times hore HumongousMecha than she had at hand. The subversion lies in that while the tanks were clearly inferior to the Mortar Headds, and they were [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed almost to a man]], they ''did'' held the line until the [[GunshipRescue reinforcements arrived]], and the enemy ace [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides]].

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* Subverted in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', where during the infamous [[GambitPileup Emperor Rescue Mission]] the extremely light forces, with which Mishalu Ha Lonn took off to Both, meant that [[WithThisHerring she had to rely on tanks]] to carry the day against three times hore more HumongousMecha than she had at hand. The subversion lies in that while the tanks were clearly inferior to the Mortar Headds, and they were [[HeroicSacrifice destroyed almost to a man]], they ''did'' held the line until the [[GunshipRescue reinforcements arrived]], and the enemy ace [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides]].


* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''Manga/StrikeWitches''. In a setting where Magical girls in the 1940's using magic-tech to fight supernatural aliens that regenerate and shoot laser beams: conventional tanks in the series various stories are faced with a complicated situation. In the series its shown that simple Neruoi infantry and conventional Neruoi armor are able to be engaged and destroyed with reasonable, relatively even footing by the various tanks of the time period, barring the use of large wave tactics, and even than, while difficult, victory could still not be completely insurmountable, even factoring in considerable casualties at worst. However, it's also shown that larger and more powerful Neruoi can completely destroy conventional tanks with ease, and even conventional, mid-sized air and ground units that make use of beam weapons can cut through the armor of M4 Sherman's, Tiger I's and Panzer IV's like a hot knife through butter. And supposing that what small umber of weaker Neuroi infantry that make use of [[DeathOfAThousandCuts weaker beam weapons could feasibly melt the armor of such tanks giving a short amount of time]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .... which would likely not be a desirable fate]] [[NightmareFuel for the poor crew's of such tanks to endure]]. Ultimately, while not utterly useless against Neruoi by any Stretch of the imagination, they are still facing a foe with comparably better weapons and more resilient attrition rates by at least a few steps, not even factoring the distinct nuances of Neruoi warfare.

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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in ''Manga/StrikeWitches''. In a setting where Magical girls in the 1940's using magic-tech to fight supernatural aliens that regenerate and shoot laser beams: conventional tanks in the series various stories are faced with a complicated situation. In the series its shown that simple Neruoi Neuroi infantry and conventional Neruoi Neuroi armor are able to be engaged and destroyed with reasonable, relatively even footing by the various tanks of the time period, barring the use of large wave tactics, and even than, while difficult, victory could still not be completely insurmountable, even factoring in considerable casualties at worst. However, it's also shown that larger and more powerful Neruoi Neuroi can completely destroy conventional tanks with ease, and even conventional, mid-sized air and ground units that make use of beam weapons can cut through the armor of M4 Sherman's, Tiger I's and Panzer IV's like a hot knife through butter. And supposing that what small umber of weaker Neuroi infantry that make use of [[DeathOfAThousandCuts weaker beam weapons could feasibly melt the armor of such tanks giving a short amount of time]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .... which would likely not be a desirable fate]] [[NightmareFuel for the poor crew's of such tanks to endure]]. Ultimately, while not utterly useless against Neruoi Neuroi by any Stretch of the imagination, they are still facing a foe with comparably better weapons and more resilient attrition rates by at least a few steps, not even factoring the distinct nuances of Neruoi Neuroi warfare.


* Averted in ''Fanfic/CodeGeassLelouchOfBritannia''. Like in the source material, tanks are clearly inferior to [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]]. But in his under-equipped unit that Lelouch commands in North Africa, where he has to make up for limited supply of Knightmares by supplementing them with tanks he pulled out of storage, he's able to use good tactics to make up for their inferior mobility. And even physics-defying Knightmare Frames go down after being hit by [[{{BFG}} 140mm railgun]] shells.

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* Averted in ''Fanfic/CodeGeassLelouchOfBritannia''. Like in the source material, tanks are clearly inferior to [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]]. But in his under-equipped unit that Lelouch commands in North Africa, where he has to make up for limited supply of Knightmares by supplementing them with tanks he pulled out of storage, he's able to use good tactics to make up for their inferior mobility. And even physics-defying Knightmare Frames go down after being hit by [[{{BFG}} [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter 140mm railgun]] shells.


* Franchise/{{Gundam}}: Depending on the series, this can swing one way or the other. In more "realistic" shows like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', this is played straight. Justified a bit more in some of the more fantastical versions like ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', where each mech is practically an army unto itself.
** On the other hand, [[AllThereInTheManual official Universal Century history guides]] do [[InformedAbility state that]] most of the land battles were fought and won ''[[TankGoodness by tanks]]'', [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] being only a useful addition mainly used as a force-multiplying mobile units. Given Gundam's love of {{Super Prototype}}s, most of the tanks' uselessness in the actual anime could probably be explained by the ConservationOfNinjutsu.

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* Franchise/{{Gundam}}: Depending on the series, this can swing one way or the other. In more "realistic" shows like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' this is averted, while more fantastical series' played it straight. Justified a bit more in some of the more fantastical versions like ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', where each mech is practically an army unto itself.
** On the other hand, [[AllThereInTheManual official Universal Century history guides]] do [[InformedAbility state that]] most of the land battles were fought and won ''[[TankGoodness by tanks]]'', [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] being only a useful addition mainly used as a force-multiplying mobile units. Given Gundam's love of {{Super Prototype}}s, most of the tanks' uselessness in the actual anime could probably be explained by the ConservationOfNinjutsu.ConservationOfNinjutsu(i.e.: the tanks only go down so fast because they are {{Mooks}}).


* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Good Neighbor", [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ItMakesSenseInContext Squidward's house goes on a rampage after its security system malfunctions.]] The police send in a tank, only for the house to easily catch the shell and smash the tank.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Good Neighbor", [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ItMakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext Squidward's house goes on a rampage after its security system malfunctions.]] The police send in a tank, only for the house to easily catch the shell and smash the tank.


* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[Main.ZigZagged ZigZagged]] in Strike Witches. In a setting where Magical girls in the 1940's using magic-tech to fight supernatural aliens that regenerate and shoot laser beams: conventional tanks in the series various stories are faced with a complicated situation. In the series its shown that simple Neruoi infantry and conventional Neruoi armor are able to be engaged and destroyed with reasonable, relatively even footing by the various tanks of the time period, barring the use of large wave tactics, and even than, while difficult, victory could still not be completely insurmountable, even factoring in considerable casualties at worst. However, it's also shown that larger and more powerful Neruoi can completely destroy conventional tanks with ease, and even conventional, mid-sized air and ground units that make use of beam weapons can cut through the armor of M4 Sherman's, Tiger I's and Panzer IV's like a hot knife through butter. And supposing that what small umber of weaker Neuroi infantry that make use of [[DeathOfAThousandCuts weaker beam weapons could feasibly melt the armor of such tanks giving a short amount of time]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .... which would likely not be a desirable fate]] [[NightmareFuel for the poor crew's of such tanks to endure]]. Ultimately, while not utterly useless against Neruoi by any Stretch of the imagination, they are still facing a foe with comparably better weapons and more resilient attrition rates by at least a few steps, not even factoring the distinct nuances of Neruoi warfare.

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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[Main.ZigZagged ZigZagged]] [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged]] in Strike Witches.''Manga/StrikeWitches''. In a setting where Magical girls in the 1940's using magic-tech to fight supernatural aliens that regenerate and shoot laser beams: conventional tanks in the series various stories are faced with a complicated situation. In the series its shown that simple Neruoi infantry and conventional Neruoi armor are able to be engaged and destroyed with reasonable, relatively even footing by the various tanks of the time period, barring the use of large wave tactics, and even than, while difficult, victory could still not be completely insurmountable, even factoring in considerable casualties at worst. However, it's also shown that larger and more powerful Neruoi can completely destroy conventional tanks with ease, and even conventional, mid-sized air and ground units that make use of beam weapons can cut through the armor of M4 Sherman's, Tiger I's and Panzer IV's like a hot knife through butter. And supposing that what small umber of weaker Neuroi infantry that make use of [[DeathOfAThousandCuts weaker beam weapons could feasibly melt the armor of such tanks giving a short amount of time]][[CruelAndUnusualDeath .... which would likely not be a desirable fate]] [[NightmareFuel for the poor crew's of such tanks to endure]]. Ultimately, while not utterly useless against Neruoi by any Stretch of the imagination, they are still facing a foe with comparably better weapons and more resilient attrition rates by at least a few steps, not even factoring the distinct nuances of Neruoi warfare.

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