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From the fact that they are powerful (similar to a cannon) yet are easily breakable (similar to glass).
- (especially roleplaying games, board games, video games) A character or unit with strong offensive power but weak defensive capabilities.
- 2018 December 9, Drachinifel, 21:35 from the start, in The Drydock - Episode 019, archived from the original on 10 September 2022:
- Now, both sides had built up their fleet quite extensively with very fast, kind of glass cannon-type destroyers and cruisers in the run-up to the war, buuut the French fleet, at the beginning of World War II, was very definitely - below capital ships, was very definitely a fleet of glass cannons, whereas the Italians, although they had their own share of them, had a number of pretty good designs, like the Zara-class heavy cruisers, so, in destroyers and cruisers, I think the Italians definitely have a qualitative advantage, at least for a good portion of their ships […]
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:glass cannon.
- (gaming): tank