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Episode 2 of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990) shows the baddies pursuing the main characters in a convertible vehicle, a submarine/ship that becomes a quadruped robot at some point of the episode.

screenshot with Grandis Granva

This reminded me of later appearances such as the tank towards the end of Ghost in the Shell (1995), or in other media the "Metal Gear" weapons.

What is the inspiration for giant quadruped vehicle robots?

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    Are you interested in animation only? If not, I'll thow in these ones. – Mr Lister Jun 8 '19 at 7:46
  • Those work too, did not think about it – wip Jun 8 '19 at 11:18
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    Not quadruped, but in Greek Mythology Hephaestus built tripods that would walk to and from Mount Olympus... – Chronocidal Jun 10 '19 at 10:43

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