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(Formerly known as Mecha Idle Position) A mecha assumes a specific position when not being used.

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Proposed By:
WragnaroqRMaggeddon on May 29th 2011 at 7:15:00 PM
Last Edited By:
Miss_Desperado on Feb 18th 2018 at 8:51:47 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

It's not a very bright idea to park your Humongous Mecha standing straight up. It's a pain to climb back up to the cockpit, it can get knocked over easily, plus it just looks a bit silly.

So, make it kneel or curl up into a ball. With the center of gravity lowered, the mecha is harder to knock over. With the height lowered, the mecha is easier to store and can't get in trouble for impeding overhead air traffic. The pilot has a shorter and (usually) easier climb back up to the cockpit. Unfortunately, parking the mecha like that makes it a larger target for dive-bombing birds.

See also Sleep-Mode Size, for when there's less mecha and more sleepies; and Retractable Weapon.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

  • Inverted in Neon Genesis Evangelion, where standing up is the idle position for an Evangelion. It's justified in that it's stored in a huge cage, and the entry plug is inserted into the back via cranes.
  • In expanded Gundam works, because they generally operate in 0-G, the Zeon space colonists do not store their mobile suits standing upright on racks like their Earth-based Federation rivals and instead have them lying down, back-to-back, or strewn about all over the hanger because there is less of a concept of "up" without gravity.

Film

  • Star Wars Battle Droids are designed to be able to fold into a compact shape, with the legs folded and pulled up to the chest. This allows for convenient transport and storage.

Video Games

  • Vital Suits in Lost Planet have a specific "folded-up" mode, so the pilot can climb in and out easily.
  • The powered armour units in FEAR 2 crouch and open their cockpit when they're usable so the pilot can climb in, or stand up straight with a shield activated when they're in an automatic repair mode (which tends to be how you find unoccupied ones to hijack).
  • Starcraft II: Thors have a unique animation that plays when they get picked up by a dropship. They fold up into a more compact block hanging under the ship.
  • Plenty of mechs in Mass Effect series, such as geth armatures, LOKIs or YMIRs, assume a compact shape when not activated, making for easier transport.

Feedback: 27 replies

May 30th 2011 at 1:54:31 AM

All the VS in Lost Planet 1 and 2 have a specific "folded-up" mode, so the pilot can climb in and out easily.

May 30th 2011 at 2:35:28 AM

"Idol" in line 2 should be "Idle".

May 30th 2011 at 12:27:25 PM

The powered armour units in FEAR 2 crouch and open their cockpit when they're usuable so the pilot can climb in, or stand up straight with a shield activated when they're in an automatic repair mode (which tends to be how you find unoccupied ones to hijack).

May 30th 2011 at 11:35:48 PM

Inverted in Neon Genesis Evangelion, where standing up is the idle position for an Evangelion. It's justified in that it's stored in a huge cage, and the entry plug is inserted into the back via cranes.

Jun 3rd 2011 at 7:57:56 PM

I would ditch "such as crouching" from the laconic. It's clear enough without it.

Feb 5th 2018 at 3:43:29 PM

Hey, why was this forgotten for so long? Add more hats and Just Launch It Already!

Feb 5th 2018 at 5:23:37 PM

^ Half the examples are ZC Es.

  • Starcraft II: Thors have a unique animation that plays when they get picked up by a dropship by folding up into a more compact block hanging under the ship.

Feb 5th 2018 at 5:50:27 PM

(sheepish Thread Necromancer is sheepish) OK, I tweaked blue-links and left notes on the zero-context examples that I couldn't fix. The examples with proper context are numerous enough to qualify for hat-adding.

Feb 6th 2018 at 1:42:16 AM

  • Examples section
    • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
    • Changed media section titles to All Caps and performed a colonectomy.
    • Corrected punctuation (added periods at the ends of sentences).
    • Namespaced work names. Warning: failing to do this this can result in suspension from editing.
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.

Feb 6th 2018 at 8:50:34 AM

Namespacing! That's the jargon for what I was trying to do earlier to the links!

Feb 6th 2018 at 9:45:39 AM

  • Plenty of mechs in Mass Effect series, such as geth armatures, LOKIs or YMIRs, assume a compact shape when not activated, making for easier transport.

Feb 6th 2018 at 7:07:00 PM

Bump: Just a reminder that this necro'd draft is Up For Grabs.

Feb 8th 2018 at 10:39:50 AM

Five hats! YAY! I'mma prep this for launch!

Feb 8th 2018 at 3:19:37 PM

Unlaunched per Crash Rescue Thread. Just because there are 5 hats does not mean it's ready, especially if there's a bomb placed.

For the user that placed the bomb: explain why it's not ready.

Feb 9th 2018 at 6:12:51 AM

So my issue with the draft is the title sounds PSOC (unless the mecha is a perpetual motion machine, it has to have some idle position), but I think something along the lines of Idiosyncratic Mecha Storage would be a decently clear name.

On top of that, the examples and description are both pretty poor overall. It's likely a relic of digging up a 7 year old draft; standards of the wiki have progressed pretty considerably.

Anyhoo, have an example:

  • In expanded Gundam works, because they generally operate in 0-G, the Zeon space colonists do not store their mobile suits standing upright on racks like their Earth-based Federation rivals and instead have them lying down, back-to-back, or strewn about over the hanger because there is less of a concept of "up" without gravity.

Feb 9th 2018 at 4:54:55 PM

Oh, okay, Larkmarn. I wish you had said this earlier when you first placed the bomb, I'll be happy to change the title from Mecha Idle Position to Idiosyncratic Mecha Storage. I had no idea that the former title was a problem and now that that's been pointed out, I agree, your suggestion is clearer.

Feb 9th 2018 at 5:01:54 PM

Also, Larkmarn, I'd appreciate some help bringing the quality of the description and examples up to snuff, do you have more specific feedback, or do you want to improve the quality yourself? Just because I resurrected it doesn't mean I have the skills to single-handedly launch it - as Berrenta pointed out to me (thank you, Berrenta).

Feb 10th 2018 at 12:43:21 PM

Bump: Anyone wanna help polish this draft?

Feb 11th 2018 at 9:41:07 AM

Zero-context examples are currently commented out, as long as this is still a draft, should they be un-commented so that people can see them and provide more context?

Feb 13th 2018 at 8:52:04 AM

Hey, does anyone know where I can find a page listing up-to-date standards for trope drafts?

Feb 15th 2018 at 7:11:38 PM

Bump: If this is still not ready for launch, speak up.

Feb 18th 2018 at 12:11:38 AM

Bump: I MIGHT launch this after I get some sleep. I don't know.

Feb 18th 2018 at 8:51:47 AM

I'm awake! Here's hoping this doesn't get un-launched again.

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