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14th Sep '17 10:25:28 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The BambooTechnology battleship in ''Disney/Moana'' separates into several smaller warships of various kinds.

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* The BambooTechnology battleship in ''Disney/Moana'' ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' separates into several smaller warships of various kinds.
12th Sep '17 9:11:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Contra}} [[NintendoHard Hard]] [[PunnyName Corps]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmFCAdLWZnc one of the stages]] had your character(s) fight against [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot an aeroplane robot, a sea-urchin robot and a dolphin robot]] as the [[MiniBoss minibosses]]. After the three get their asses handed to them (and escape), they merge together to form [[SequentialBoss a large running robot, a robot bird, and a robot-tank hybrid respectively]] before attempting to merge one last time and [[StuffBlowingUp exploding spectacularly instead]]. The boss, is in fact similar to ''GunstarHeroes''' Seven Force.

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Contra}} [[NintendoHard Hard]] [[PunnyName Corps]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmFCAdLWZnc one of the stages]] had your character(s) fight against [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot an aeroplane robot, a sea-urchin robot and a dolphin robot]] as the [[MiniBoss minibosses]]. After the three get their asses handed to them (and escape), they merge together to form [[SequentialBoss a large running robot, a robot bird, and a robot-tank hybrid respectively]] before attempting to merge one last time and [[StuffBlowingUp exploding spectacularly instead]]. The boss, is in fact similar to ''GunstarHeroes''' ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' Seven Force.



* ''GroundControl 2'' has the alein race using bio-technology, allowing them to combine to form totally diffrent units.
* ''GanbareGoemon'' 3 had the Big Bad, Jurokubei, use a huge lion mech flanked by two small snake mechs, eventually the lion would become a torso with head and legs while the snakes became the arms, creating a giant samurai robot. It then glides up to Impact, drawing it's swords threateningly... then the incompetent cross-dressing second in command, Bismaru, flies in his nun-head escape pod and lands right on top of the enemy mech, offering no benefit at all and making it look plain ridicuous. Jurokubei is left wailing about how Bismaru ruined his big scene.

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* ''GroundControl ''VideoGame/GroundControl 2'' has the alein race using bio-technology, allowing them to combine to form totally diffrent units.
* ''GanbareGoemon'' ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' 3 had the Big Bad, Jurokubei, use a huge lion mech flanked by two small snake mechs, eventually the lion would become a torso with head and legs while the snakes became the arms, creating a giant samurai robot. It then glides up to Impact, drawing it's swords threateningly... then the incompetent cross-dressing second in command, Bismaru, flies in his nun-head escape pod and lands right on top of the enemy mech, offering no benefit at all and making it look plain ridicuous. Jurokubei is left wailing about how Bismaru ruined his big scene.
2nd Sep '17 3:51:07 PM nombretomado
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* This was the main gimmick of the {{Capcom}} ShootEmUp ''SideArms'': by picking a certain power-up, one player could combine their mecha with the other player's to form a more powerful mecha controlled by both.

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* This was the main gimmick of the {{Capcom}} Creator/{{Capcom}} ShootEmUp ''SideArms'': by picking a certain power-up, one player could combine their mecha with the other player's to form a more powerful mecha controlled by both.
2nd Sep '17 7:07:27 AM Doug86
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* The concept was parodied in an episode of ''{{Reboot}}'' when the characters piloting the individual animal-mechs (in this case, insects) first couldn't figure out how they were supposed to arrange themselves to form the giant robot, and then when they did, the resulting robot looked nothing at all like it had been formed from the components that made it up.

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* The concept was parodied in an episode of ''{{Reboot}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' when the characters piloting the individual animal-mechs (in this case, insects) first couldn't figure out how they were supposed to arrange themselves to form the giant robot, and then when they did, the resulting robot looked nothing at all like it had been formed from the components that made it up.
20th Jun '17 10:44:26 AM Piterpicher
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* The three magic totems in ''PawPawBears'' played this role.

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* The three magic totems in ''PawPawBears'' ''WesternAnimation/PawPawBears'' played this role.
13th Jun '17 12:41:03 PM Mullon
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* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', the Vaultron Force are a knockoff/parody of Voltron, except they're robot shoes that turn into a HumongousMecha, and since the shoes are piloted by leprechauns the "Humongous" Mecha is the size of an average person.
29th May '17 11:48:55 AM DouglasFir
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*** And then there's the Mecha Expansion Packs consisting of an elephant, a UFO, a T-Rex 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, a T-Rex 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.upgrade and the T-Rex that only appears in the movies. 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.
29th May '17 11:34:35 AM DouglasFir
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and therefore ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', of course. 40 years of the former and 20 years of the latter with 2-3 super robots per season mean everything's been covered. ''Everything.'' For the purpose of simplicity, ''Power Rangers'' terms will primarily be used here - ''Super Sentai'' has few cross-series terms like 'zord,' without which this becomes a lot harder to describe.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and therefore ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', of course. 40 40+ years of the former and 20 20+ years of the latter with 2-3 super robots per season mean everything's been covered. ''Everything.'' For the purpose of simplicity, ''Power Rangers'' terms will primarily be used here - ''Super Sentai'' has few cross-series terms like 'zord,' without which this becomes a lot harder to describe.



** 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.
*** 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.
*** ShurikenSentaiNinninger / PowerRangersNinjaSteel is unusually mismatched in its initial Zord confiugration: A humanoid robot, a dragon, a dog, a train/hoverboard thing, and a dump truck. PowerRangersNinjaSteel had it that were based on something from each rangers civilian life.

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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 Magiranger/Mystic Force has and Ninninger/Ninja Steel each had 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.\n*** 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.\n*** ShurikenSentaiNinninger / PowerRangersNinjaSteel is unusually mismatched in its initial Zord confiugration: A humanoid robot, a dragon, a dog, a train/hoverboard thing, and a dump truck. PowerRangersNinjaSteel had it that were based on something from each rangers civilian life.


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** Gets a bit silly in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' / ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''. The initial Megazord configuration is unusually mismatched, where the individual mecha components have ''no'' apparent overarching motif (a humanoid karate robot, a dump truck, a dragon, a train, and a dog). For ''Ninninger'', it was said to represent the "Cool Japan" movement (even though it used a ''European'' dragon), while ''Ninja Steel'' justified it by having each Zord based on something from each Ranger's civilian life.
*** And then there's the Mecha Expansion Packs consisting of an elephant, a UFO, a T-Rex 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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** A common variation is for a piece of an individual mecha to not actually become part of the Megazord but to become its weapon. For example, [=ZyuMammoth=]/Mastodon Dinozord's head becomes a shield, two of the Mega Voyager's vehicles partly form a shield and missile cannon, bits of the Chouriki Mobiles/Zeo Zords become interchangeable battle helmets, and so on.
11th May '17 2:27:41 PM StFan
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-->-- '''Scrapper''', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''

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-->-- '''Scrapper''', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''
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9th May '17 4:30:11 PM ObsequiousEscargot
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** They were preceded by the Predacons (Predaking) and the Seacons (Piranhacon). The Terrorcons (Abominus) and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Pretenders Monster Pretenders]] (Monstructor) may count, but they're more monster than animal.

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** They were preceded by the Predacons (Predaking) and the Seacons (Piranhacon). The Terrorcons (Abominus) and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Pretenders Monster Pretenders]] (Monstructor) may count, but they're more monster than animal. Soundwave's micro-cassette team of Beastbox (cassette/gorilla) and Squawktalk (cassette/parrot) who combine into the robot Squawkbox also counts.
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