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- "You know what we need? A TIE fighter with tank-treads."
"Oh, good grief."
"We'll call it... the TIE crawler."
"Let's call it the Century Tank."
"Ooh, I like that. Why Century Tank?"
"Because it's the dumbest idea in a century."
- ―Santhe Corporation industrialists
TIE crawlers, or Century tanks, were TIE fighter cockpits mounted between two tank-treads. They retained the features of a TIE fighter: no shielding, light armor, filled with weak points in structural integrity; in addition, they removed the one strategic advantage of TIE fighters, i.e., their maneuverability. At least they stuck a big turbolaser on it, so they could blow things up... if they survived. TIE crawlers made for great target practice. On rough terrain, the weak point between the cockpit and tread sometimes snapped, leaving the crawler helpless. Sometimes they went haywire and began somersaulting.