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19th Aug '16 9:56:19 AM Azek
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* Final level of VideoGame/TheWonderful101 features astronomically gigantic Unite Ultra Platinum -- a combining mecha made up from [[spoiler: Platinum Robo (itself humongous mecha the size of a city) and ''200'' of hijacked enemy mechs -- Gah-Goojins]].
17th Aug '16 1:53:36 AM Qem95
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* In the 7th instalment of Metal Slug, you have to fight The Union. It starts off as a giant tank; until the front dissembles itself, making a 2 tanks. Then the top of the other tank flies off, making 2 tanks and a jet. Sooner than later, however, the 2 tanks fuse. And it ends off with the jet flying back on. Then they unfuse back into the 2 tanks and the jet. It keeps on happening until every part of the start tank is destroyed.
25th Jul '16 1:14:04 AM Ryulong
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*** Parodied in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' when the Origami, in their emblem forms, attempt to "combine" by stacking one on top of the other. The formation isn't very effective.

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*** Parodied in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' when the Origami, in their emblem forms, attempt to "combine" by stacking one on top of the other. The formation isn't very effective. A limited release of the toy robot later comes with extra parts to recreate this scene.
25th Jul '16 1:12:15 AM Ryulong
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*** And then there's the Mecha Expansion Packs consisting of an elephant, a UFO, and a shark-themed submarine that turns into a surfer. And don't get us started on the SixthRanger's [[Main/NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja robot that rides a bison-themed ATV]]. And then there's the giant lion castle for the mid-season upgrade. At least the end-of-series six-piece mecha has thematically linked parts representing {{TheFourGods}}...except for the panda and the black carp for the other two members of the team.

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*** And then there's the Mecha Expansion Packs consisting of an elephant, a UFO, and a shark-themed submarine that turns into a surfer. And don't get us started on the SixthRanger's [[Main/NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja robot that rides a bison-themed ATV]]. And then there's the giant lion castle for the mid-season upgrade. At least the end-of-series six-piece mecha has thematically linked parts representing {{TheFourGods}}...TheFourGods...except for the panda and the black carp for the other two members of the team.
25th Jul '16 1:11:55 AM Ryulong
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*** And then there's the MechaExpansionPacks consisting of an elephant, a UFO, and a shark-themed submarine that turns into a surfer. And don't get us started on the SixthRanger's [[Main/NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja robot that rides a bison-themed ATV]]. And then there's the giant lion castle for the mid-season upgrade. At least the end-of-series six-piece mecha has thematically linked parts representing {{TheFourGods}}...except for the panda and the black carp for the other two members of the team.

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*** And then there's the MechaExpansionPacks Mecha Expansion Packs consisting of an elephant, a UFO, and a shark-themed submarine that turns into a surfer. And don't get us started on the SixthRanger's [[Main/NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja robot that rides a bison-themed ATV]]. And then there's the giant lion castle for the mid-season upgrade. At least the end-of-series six-piece mecha has thematically linked parts representing {{TheFourGods}}...except for the panda and the black carp for the other two members of the team.
25th Jul '16 1:11:26 AM Ryulong
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** Mix and Match? Time Force again. There's the speedy Mode Blue, the strong Mode Red, and the too-expensive-to-CGI-often Jet Mode, all with the same components. Also, Mystic Force has a dragon formation and a Megazord formation. The first two Megazords also had a tank mode and a robot mode. Gets a bit ridiculous in Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger, where the individual mecha components have ''no'' apparent overarching motif (a humanoid karate robot, a dump truck, a European dragon, a train, and a dog are said to represent the "Cool Japan" movement) and the combined Megazord has an alternate dragon mode on top of that.

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** Mix and Match? Time Force again. There's the speedy Mode Blue, the strong Mode Red, and the too-expensive-to-CGI-often Jet Mode, all with the same components. Also, Mystic Force has a dragon formation and a Megazord formation. The first two Megazords also had a tank mode and a robot mode. Gets a bit ridiculous in Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger, where the individual mecha components have ''no'' apparent overarching motif (a humanoid karate robot, a dump truck, a European ''European'' dragon, a train, and a dog are said to represent the "Cool Japan" movement) and the combined Megazord has an alternate dragon mode on top of that.that.
*** And then there's the MechaExpansionPacks consisting of an elephant, a UFO, and a shark-themed submarine that turns into a surfer. And don't get us started on the SixthRanger's [[Main/NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy ninja robot that rides a bison-themed ATV]]. And then there's the giant lion castle for the mid-season upgrade. At least the end-of-series six-piece mecha has thematically linked parts representing {{TheFourGods}}...except for the panda and the black carp for the other two members of the team.
25th Jul '16 1:01:47 AM Ryulong
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** Group of humanoid robots to giant robot? This is perhaps the least-seen scheme, but it happens. The Shogun Zords/Ginat Beast Generals were all humanoid and formed the Shogun Megazord/Muteki Daishogun, and the Turbo Rescuezords/Victory Rescue Vehicles were like Franchise/{{Transformers}} (vehicle-to-humanoid transformation) as well as being able to make Rescue Megazord/VRV Robo. [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Super Zeo Megazord]]/[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger OhBlocker]] and [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Titan Megazord]]/[[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger MagiKing]] even managed to have completely symmetrical formations rather than the Voltron-style one-on-each-side. You may choose to count the times Megazords combine into bigger Megazords, but it's rare for it to ''truly'' work that way (instead, the two Megazords' component Zords can recombine and make a larger formation.)

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** Group of humanoid robots to giant robot? This is perhaps the least-seen scheme, but it happens. The Shogun Zords/Ginat Zords/Giant Beast Generals were all humanoid and formed the Shogun Megazord/Muteki Daishogun, and the Turbo Rescuezords/Victory Rescue Vehicles were like Franchise/{{Transformers}} (vehicle-to-humanoid transformation) as well as being able to make Rescue Megazord/VRV Robo. [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Super Zeo Megazord]]/[[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger OhBlocker]] and [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Titan Megazord]]/[[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger MagiKing]] even managed to have completely symmetrical formations rather than the Voltron-style one-on-each-side. You may choose to count the times Megazords combine into bigger Megazords, but it's rare for it to ''truly'' work that way (instead, the two Megazords' component Zords can recombine and make a larger formation.)



** Group of vehicles to bigger vehicle? Rare, but a ''few'' Megazords have a vehicle mode as well as a robot mode. If the components are themselves vehicles, you get five Time Jets becoming the Time Force Megazord Jet Mode, or Operation Overdrive's Battle Fleet Carrier (whose components only exist in StockFootage, sadly.)

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** Group of vehicles to bigger vehicle? Rare, but a ''few'' Megazords have a vehicle mode as well as a robot mode. If the components are themselves vehicles, you get five Time Jets becoming the Time Force Megazord Jet Mode, or Operation Overdrive's Battle Fleet Carrier (whose components only exist in StockFootage, sadly.)sadly).
25th Jul '16 1:00:20 AM Ryulong
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** To expand, the first Sentai, ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', and its successor, ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', never had mechas; both featured team vehicles, but they did not have giant monsters to fight in an equally giant robot. It was on the third Sentai, ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', that the series had a mecha (an idea taken from the Japanese tokusatsu SpiderMan), and even that mecha wasn't a combining mecha. It was only until ''[[Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan Sun Vulcan]]'' did they introduced the combining mecha idea. And even then, it was usually two or three machines combining - the ''eleventh'' series, ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman,'' was the first to give each member a personal robot that shared his or her theme. "Great Five" was so named because it was the first robot to actually be made from five components.
** The most common system is: each of the five Rangers has a Zord corresponding to whatever the series' general "theme" is. They combine into a humanoid Megazord, which handles the fighting for the early parts of the season when the villain decides to MakeMyMonsterGrow. Then SixthRanger comes with his MechaExpansionPack which doubles the power of the ensemble. However, the variety of Zords mean there's no combining scheme we haven't seen.

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** To expand, the first Sentai, ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', and its successor, ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'', never had mechas; both featured team vehicles, but they did not have giant monsters to fight in an equally giant robot. It was on the third Sentai, Sentai (dubbed a ''Super'' Sentai), ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', that the series had a mecha (an idea taken from the Japanese tokusatsu SpiderMan), ''Series/SpiderManJapan''), and even that mecha wasn't a combining mecha. It was only until ''[[Series/TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan Sun Vulcan]]'' did that they introduced the combining mecha idea. And even then, it was usually two or three machines combining - the combining. The ''eleventh'' Super Sentai series, ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman,'' ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', was the first to give each member a personal robot that shared his or her theme. "Great Five" was so named because it was the first robot to actually be made from five components.
** The most common system is: each of the five Rangers has a Zord corresponding to whatever the series' general "theme" is. They combine into a humanoid Megazord, which handles the fighting for the early parts of the season when the villain decides to MakeMyMonsterGrow. Then SixthRanger comes with his TransformingMecha (or own separate set of Combining Mecha) which becomes a MechaExpansionPack which doubles the power of the ensemble. However, the variety of Zords mean there's no combining scheme we haven't seen.
17th Jul '16 4:29:09 AM jormis29
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* Anubian in ''{{Huntik}}'' is a [[{{mons}} monster]] that acts like a CombiningMecha. Five flying bug-eyeball-things combine with a torso to create the creature.

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* Anubian in ''{{Huntik}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Huntik}}'' is a [[{{mons}} monster]] that acts like a CombiningMecha. Five flying bug-eyeball-things combine with a torso to create the creature.
13th Jul '16 11:09:29 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Vandread}}'': A different merged form for each girl's Dread fighter when joined with Hibiki's Vanguard mecha, plus one big gestalt robot with all four. Usually the combinations were [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphors for sex]], with Hibiki's robot merging with a female's fighter and the sum being greater than the parts. The operators would sit in positions indicative of the relationships. [[spoiler: However, for the final form involving a male, three women, a malfunctioning robot, and an alien lifeform (praxis) all lumped together, perhaps the writers dodged the orgy metaphor and went with something like friends working together to save the day.]]

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* ''{{Vandread}}'': ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'': A different merged form for each girl's Dread fighter when joined with Hibiki's Vanguard mecha, plus one big gestalt robot with all four. Usually the combinations were [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphors for sex]], with Hibiki's robot merging with a female's fighter and the sum being greater than the parts. The operators would sit in positions indicative of the relationships. [[spoiler: However, for the final form involving a male, three women, a malfunctioning robot, and an alien lifeform (praxis) all lumped together, perhaps the writers dodged the orgy metaphor and went with something like friends working together to save the day.]]



* In '' SonicX'', Dr. Eggman has creations called Bang, [=BaBang=], and [=BaBaBang=] (admittedly, he had trouble coming up with the names) that combine into two forms, the [=EggFort=] 2 ([[ShoutOut which bears a suspicious resemblance to the]] [[Franchise/StarTrek Starship Enterprise]]), and the HumongousMecha E-99, the Egg Emperor (or Eggsterminator in the dub). Additionally, his [[MechaMooks robot henchmen]] Decoe and Bocoe had a few combination features of their own (although the one featured in episode 48 was pure fantasy, and the monster they were facing off with [[DisneyDeath appropriately reacted when its expectations were crushed]]).

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* In '' SonicX'', ''Anime/SonicX'', Dr. Eggman has creations called Bang, [=BaBang=], and [=BaBaBang=] (admittedly, he had trouble coming up with the names) that combine into two forms, the [=EggFort=] 2 ([[ShoutOut which bears a suspicious resemblance to the]] [[Franchise/StarTrek Starship Enterprise]]), and the HumongousMecha E-99, the Egg Emperor (or Eggsterminator in the dub). Additionally, his [[MechaMooks robot henchmen]] Decoe and Bocoe had a few combination features of their own (although the one featured in episode 48 was pure fantasy, and the monster they were facing off with [[DisneyDeath appropriately reacted when its expectations were crushed]]).
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