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A mecha pilot is someone who pilots a mecha or a giant robot. It is one of the moe attributes in the ACG subculture.
The mecha pilot is the person driving the mecha.
Broadly speaking, anyone who pilots a manned robot can be counted as a mecha pilot, but the ACGN subculture's definition is more in line with a person who pilots a military robot, which is mostly seen in machine warfare works. Such robot drivers are often soldiers at the same time (equivalent to the armored version of the robot, that is, replacing tanks, chariots, etc. with manned robots). This item mainly refers to this category.
- Some works of robot drivers are also called "pilots", "robot operators", etc., but the concepts are different and it is easy to confuse such names.
- "Engineer" can also be used to refer to the person who inspects, maintains, maintains, and repairs the robot, that is, the machine maintenance worker.
- "Robot operator" can also be used to refer to an operator who operates a (non-manned) robot through a remote control device.
- There is a certain blur between "Mecha" and robots. Depending on the mechanical settings, some robot drivers can also be called "Mecha soldiers."
Since there is no actual combat-oriented military manned robot in real life, the robot driver currently is a fictional occupation or belongs to the 2D realm, and it appears in works with a strong atmosphere of science fiction and fantasy.
Depending on the specific settings of the work, among the manned robots, there are also various control systems for operating the robots. Common ones are:
- Based on science and technology similar to reality, control is realized by sending and receiving control signals and feedback signals like robots. The power source is also a real energy source.
- Power is provided by special energy to achieve control.
- Providing power through magic to achieve control. In some works, it is required to engrave magic circles or magic lines.
- Manipulation achieved through direct neural connections. In some works, directly extract the nervous system of living people and implant them in robots.
- Manipulation achieved through psychic induction. It often requires a certain degree of adaptability between the driver and the robot. The higher the adaptability, the better the synchronization control performance with the robot.
- And many more.
Some robots themselves are living creatures, or have consciousness, or have high-intelligence AI. Fighting requires the cooperation of robots and pilots.
Depending on the setting of the work, there are robots piloted by a single person; there are also robots piloted by two or more people, which require a tacit understanding of cooperation and combat between the pilots.
Characters who are mecha pilots
- Amuro Ray, Char Aznable, etc. (Gundam series)
- Simon, Kamina, Yoko Littner, etc. (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
- Keith, Pidge, Hunk, Lance and Shiro (and briefly, Allura) (Voltron: Legendary Defender)
- D.Va (Overwatch)