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Basic Trope: Tanks are useless.

  • Straight: Tanks are sent in to dispatch a giant monster. They do no noticeable damage and are destroyed afterwards by the giant monster.
  • Exaggerated: Tanks are sent in to dispatch a common thief armed only with a pistol. The thief blows them all up effortlessly using his pistol before the tanks can fire a shot or run him over.
  • Downplayed: The tanks are destroyed, but only after a long battle where they did damage the monster.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Tanks are sent in to dispatch a giant monster, and their shots seem to cause the monster to bleed...
  • Double Subverted: ...but it turns out that the monster is actually turning red and is physically unharmed, simply enraged by the tank shots. The monster then lets loose a gigantic fireball that completely melts the entire tank division.
  • Parodied: The tanks are often laughed before and after the tanks' defeat.
  • Zig Zagged: Tanks are sent in to dispatch a giant monster, and while they kill the monster, an even bigger monster appears and destroys those tanks without a hitch. More tanks are sent in, and they finally kill the bigger monster. But then they face another monster from outer space that destroys those tank reinforcements with ease.
  • Averted:
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    • No tanks appear.
    • Tanks are as useful as they should be.
  • Enforced: "Tanks are vastly overrated, so let's show how useless they can be!"
  • Lampshaded: "The tanks should have killed the monster, right?"
  • Invoked: The monsters wear metal armor under their skins to absorb the tank shots.
  • Exploited: Enemy forces manage to sucker the other side into wasting money on tanks, knowing that they are completely useless.
  • Defied: "Let's use the tanks with the most powerful cannons on that monster."
  • Discussed: "No, sending tanks in is a terrible idea, their armor does nothing."
  • Conversed: "Every single tank we've seen so far has been blown up. How does the army even have any left to send in?"
  • Deconstructed: Due to how useless tanks are, military commanders either stop using them or try to improve their performance to actually become useful.
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  • Reconstructed: Acme is handling the improvements.

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