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* Averted in the ''Franchise/StarFox'' franchise. Though ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' calls the Great Fox a Dreadnaught class heavy cruiser,, it's actually a low-level Battlestar that's less useful than the four Arwing [[SpaceFighter Space Fighters]] that it houses.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dreadnought}}'' is a game in which players all utilize gigantic ships to do battle with (the opening film gives perspective by having one of the smallest ships casually ram two star fighters to smithereens and none of the crew noticing it) but the [[TitleDrop Dreadnought]] class is the biggest and toughest ship type available, at the trade-off of being the slowest.


** Note that the name "Dreadnought" had been kicking around in royal navy for a few centuries before the ship that made it famous was built. Admiral Fisher (the driving force behind the Dreadnought innovation) reportedly spent a many sleepless nights trying to figure out which of the Nelson era ships to use since Nelson's flagship, the Victory, was (and is) still around and thus off the table. He settled on Dreadnought because it sounded apropriatly intimidating.
** Also worth mentioning is that the concept was originally Italian (having been elaborated by Italian naval engineering colonel Vittorio Cuniberti as early as 1893, and pushed for it for the Regina Elena-class), and that Japan and the United States both started on battleships that applied the Dreadnought principle (all main battery guns are the maximum caliber) before Dreadnought was laid down. Italy however did not try and build the ships as Cuniberti wanted, instead building them as pre-Dreadnoughts and allowing him to publish the concept in 1903, and Fisher pushed the ship builders (and comandeered guns and turrets intended for other ships) so Dreadnought was completed first. Had Italy actually built the ships first or Fisher not pushed, this trope could have been [[{{Narm}} The Righteous Regina Elena]] or [[{{Narm}} The Scary Satsuma]] [[note]]However Japan also ran out of money for Satsuma and had to complete her as a pre-dreadnought[[/note]]or the Super South Carolina.

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** Note that the name "Dreadnought" had been kicking around in royal navy for a few centuries before the ship that made it famous was built. Admiral Fisher (the driving force behind the Dreadnought innovation) reportedly spent a many sleepless nights trying to figure out which of the Nelson era ships to use since Nelson's flagship, the Victory, was (and is) still around and thus off the table. He settled on Dreadnought because it sounded apropriatly appropriately intimidating.
** Also worth mentioning is that the concept was originally Italian (having been elaborated by Italian naval engineering colonel Vittorio Cuniberti as early as 1893, and pushed for it for the Regina Elena-class), and that Japan and the United States both started on battleships that applied the Dreadnought principle (all main battery guns are the maximum caliber) before Dreadnought ''Dreadnought'' was laid down. Italy however did not try and build the ships as Cuniberti wanted, instead building them as pre-Dreadnoughts and allowing him to publish the concept in 1903, and Fisher pushed the ship builders (and comandeered guns and turrets intended for other ships) so Dreadnought was completed first. Had Italy actually built the ships first or Fisher not pushed, this trope could have been [[{{Narm}} The Righteous Regina Elena]] or [[{{Narm}} The Scary Satsuma]] [[note]]However Japan also ran out of money for Satsuma and had to complete her as a pre-dreadnought[[/note]]or the Super South Carolina. Or the Menacing Michigan, since USS ''Michigan'' was actually completed 2 months ahead of her "lead ship" USS ''South Carolina''.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarlinkBattleForAtlas'', Legion Dreadnoughts are large battleships that drop Primes onto planets to harvest Electrum for the Legion.


** In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', [[BigBad Shinzon]] and his Reman lackeys have built a new warbird called the ''[[SinisterScimitar Scimitar]]''. She boasts a crapton of firepower, primary ''and'' secondary DeflectorShields, and (unlike almost every other ship) she can fire her weapons with her InvisibilityCloak active, while at warp. Even the team-up of the ''Enterprise'' and two Romulan ''Valdore''-class warbirds isn't enough firepower to bring the ''Scimitar'' down. [[spoiler:It takes a HeroicSacrifice by Data to destroy her from the inside.]] Supplemental material confirms the ''Scimitar'' is a Dreadnought.

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** In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', [[BigBad Shinzon]] and his Reman lackeys have built a new warbird called the ''[[SinisterScimitar Scimitar]]''. She boasts a crapton of firepower, primary ''and'' secondary DeflectorShields, and (unlike almost every other ship) she can fire her weapons with her InvisibilityCloak active, while at warp. Even the team-up of the ''Enterprise'' and two Romulan ''Valdore''-class warbirds isn't enough firepower to bring the ''Scimitar'' down. [[spoiler:It takes a HeroicSacrifice by Data to destroy her from the inside.]] Supplemental material confirms the ''Scimitar'' is a Dreadnought. Expanded universe introduces other ''Scimitar''-class warbirds, but they're downscaled examples that lack the raw destructive potential of the original.

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** The problem with ''Nova''[='s=] heavy plasma cannons is their relatively low range. If they can get in range, then they can deliver pain to even Minbari ships, but humans learned very quickly that the Minbari pick them off long before they have a chance to get close.

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** In ''Pass of Fire'', Captain Reddy learns that [[spoiler:the League has at least 10 battleships of comparable strength to the ''Savoie'']].


** Also worth mentioning is that Japan and the United States both started on battleships that applied the Dreadnought principle (all main battery guns are the maximum caliber) before Dreadnought was laid down. Fisher however pushed the ship builders (and comandeered guns and turrets intended for other ships) so Dreadnought was completed first. Had he not, this trope could have been the [[{{Narm}} The Scary Satsuma]] [[note]]However Japan also ran out of money for Satsuma and had to complete her as a pre-dreadnought[[/note]]or the Super South Carolina.
** USS ''Mississippi'' was one of the aforementioned super Dreadnoughts and got the closet to the sci-fi version of the trope (sans being put into orbit). After WWII her rear turrets were removed and she became an experimental weapons platform, which included the fitting of both anti-ship and anti-air missiles. It was proposed to give the dreadnoughts, West Virginia, Maryland, and California similar refits for actual combat. As it was ''Mississippi'' was the closest we got to an unambiguous dreadnought having both missiles and guns. To wit, she retained some of her WWII AA point defenses, resulting in vessel with weapons capabilities strait out of ''Star Wars''.

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** Also worth mentioning is that the concept was originally Italian (having been elaborated by Italian naval engineering colonel Vittorio Cuniberti as early as 1893, and pushed for it for the Regina Elena-class), and that Japan and the United States both started on battleships that applied the Dreadnought principle (all main battery guns are the maximum caliber) before Dreadnought was laid down. Fisher Italy however did not try and build the ships as Cuniberti wanted, instead building them as pre-Dreadnoughts and allowing him to publish the concept in 1903, and Fisher pushed the ship builders (and comandeered guns and turrets intended for other ships) so Dreadnought was completed first. Had he not, Italy actually built the ships first or Fisher not pushed, this trope could have been the [[{{Narm}} The Righteous Regina Elena]] or [[{{Narm}} The Scary Satsuma]] [[note]]However Japan also ran out of money for Satsuma and had to complete her as a pre-dreadnought[[/note]]or the Super South Carolina.
** USS ''Mississippi'' was one of the aforementioned super Dreadnoughts and got the closet to the sci-fi version of the trope (sans being put into orbit). After WWII her rear turrets were removed and she became an experimental weapons platform, which included the fitting of both anti-ship and anti-air missiles. It was proposed to give the dreadnoughts, West Virginia, Maryland, and California similar refits for actual combat. As it was ''Mississippi'' was the closest we got to an unambiguous dreadnought having both missiles and guns. To wit, she retained some of her WWII AA point defenses, resulting in vessel with weapons capabilities strait straight out of ''Star Wars''.


** Subverted in that ''Dreadnought''s are "only" heavy cruisers, so while they are quite capable midsize warships they pale in comparison to most other ships in the setting, such as the ubiquitous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers.

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** Subverted in that ''Dreadnought''s are "only" heavy cruisers, cruisers (and outdated ones at that, having been old before the Clone Wars), so while they are quite capable midsize warships they pale in comparison to most other ships in the setting, such as the ubiquitous ''Imperial''-class Star Destroyers.

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* In ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' Dreadnoughts are one of the Capital class ships players are capable of flying. Despite being massive DPS machines optimised for siege warfare, they're actually in the lower tier of Capitals (along with their [[{{TheBattlestar}} battlestar]] counterparts, Carriers), being massively outweighed by the much larger Titans and Motherships, but are much less costly and easier to fly than the ''phenomenally'' expensive supercapitals.


** Notably defied in ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic''. Dreadnoughts are conspicuous by their absence, with typical Imperial Navy and Chaos ships being lumped into Escorts, Light Cruisers, Cruisers, Battlecruisers, the odd Grand Cruiser, and Battleships. Unique and extra-powerful ships, like Abbadon's ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet Killer]]'', could be considered Dreadnoughts, but are not referred to as such.

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** Notably defied in ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic''. Dreadnoughts are conspicuous by their absence, with typical Imperial Navy and Chaos ships being lumped into Escorts, Light Cruisers, Cruisers, Battlecruisers, the odd Grand Cruiser, and Battleships. Unique and extra-powerful ships, like Abbadon's ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Planet Killer]]'', could be considered Dreadnoughts, but are not referred to as such. Presumably because within the setting the word "dreadnought" is entirely synonymous with the WalkingTank mentioned above.


* ''VideoGame/JurassicWorldEvolution'': ''Dreadnoughtus'' (see RealLife, below) was added in a DLC pack. [[MeaningfulName Many references are made to the meaning of "dreadnought."]]

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* ''VideoGame/JurassicWorldEvolution'': ''Dreadnoughtus'' (see RealLife, below) was added in a DLC pack. [[MeaningfulName Many references are made to the meaning of "dreadnought."]]"]] As a sauropod, it's also [[NoSell flat-out immune]] to carnivore attacks, except for the ''Indominus rex''.


* With the introduction of naval units in the sequel, ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' features several nations boasting Dreadnoughts as the kingpins of their nautical arsenals. Interestingly, because they do not have an "all big guns" loadout like historical Dreadnoughts, they are much closer to Pre-Dreadnought battleships in practice. They do share a very appropriate weakness with their namesakes though, as while they are very, ''very'' good at ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore combat, they are almost helpless against air and submarine attacks. This makes escorts absolutely crucial to getting the most out of your Dreads.



* ''VideoGame/JurassicWorldEvolution'': ''Dreadnoughtus'' (see RealLife, below) was added in a DLC pack. [[MeaningfulName Many references are made to the meaning of "dreadnought."]]



* With the introduction of naval units in the sequel, ''VideoGame/BattalionWars'' features several nations boasting Dreadnoughts as the kingpins of their nautical arsenals. Interestingly, because they do not have an "all big guns" loadout like historical Dreadnoughts, they are much closer to Pre-Dreadnought battleships in practice. They do share a very appropriate weakness with their namesakes though, as while they are very, ''very'' good at ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore combat, they are almost helpless against air and submarine attacks. This makes escorts absolutely crucial to getting the most out of your Dreads.


** Ironically the term "Dreadnought" would later be used to denote ''obsolete'' battleships toward the end of the original use of the term. Dreadnoughts refers to strictly to a style of battleships built between 1900 and more or less the end of WWI. After the war, all battleships possessed some dreadnought characteristics, and with the retirement of most pre-dreadnought warships, the term fell out of use except to describe older vessels. Incidentally, there is [[LastOfHisKind there is only one example of this type of battleship left]] the USS Texas.

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** Ironically the term "Dreadnought" would later be used to denote ''obsolete'' battleships toward the end of the original use of the term. Dreadnoughts refers to strictly to a style of battleships built between 1900 and more or less the end of WWI. After the war, all battleships possessed some dreadnought characteristics, and with the retirement of most pre-dreadnought warships, the term fell out of use except to describe older vessels. Incidentally, there is [[LastOfHisKind there is only one example of this type of battleship left]] -- the USS Texas.''Texas''.



** USS ''Mississippi'' was one of the aforementioned super Dreadnoughts and got the closet to the sci-fi version of the trope (sans being put into orbit). After WWII her rear turrets were removed and she became an experimental weapons platform, which included the fitting of both anti-ship and anti-air missiles. It was proposed to give the dreadnoughts, West Virginia, Maryland, and California similar refits for actual combat. As it was ''Mississippi'' was the closest we got to an unambiguous dreadnought having both missiles and guns. To wit, she retained some of her WWII AA point defenses, resulting in vessel with weapons capabilities strait out of Star Wars.

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** USS ''Mississippi'' was one of the aforementioned super Dreadnoughts and got the closet to the sci-fi version of the trope (sans being put into orbit). After WWII her rear turrets were removed and she became an experimental weapons platform, which included the fitting of both anti-ship and anti-air missiles. It was proposed to give the dreadnoughts, West Virginia, Maryland, and California similar refits for actual combat. As it was ''Mississippi'' was the closest we got to an unambiguous dreadnought having both missiles and guns. To wit, she retained some of her WWII AA point defenses, resulting in vessel with weapons capabilities strait out of Star Wars.''Star Wars''.


** Ironically the term "Dreadnought" would later be used to denote ''obsolete'' battleships toward the end of the original use of the term. Dreadnoughts refers to strictly to a style of battleships built between 1900 and more or less the end of WWI. After the war, all battleships possessed some dreadnought characteristics, and with the retirement of most pre-dreadnought warships, the term fell out of use except to describe older vessels.

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** Ironically the term "Dreadnought" would later be used to denote ''obsolete'' battleships toward the end of the original use of the term. Dreadnoughts refers to strictly to a style of battleships built between 1900 and more or less the end of WWI. After the war, all battleships possessed some dreadnought characteristics, and with the retirement of most pre-dreadnought warships, the term fell out of use except to describe older vessels. Incidentally, there is [[LastOfHisKind there is only one example of this type of battleship left]] the USS Texas.

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