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24th May '16 7:04:33 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''{{Anime/Voltron}}'' was, for a time, the best-known example in America. It was an amalgamation of two fairly obscure (in Japan) and completely unrelated shows, ''Anime/GoLion'' (Lion Voltron) and ''Anime/DairuggerXV'' (Vehicle Voltron), along with "The New Adventures of Voltron", which were a few Lion Voltron episodes produced by Toei especially for the American market.

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* ''{{Anime/Voltron}}'' ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' was, for a time, the best-known example in America. It was an amalgamation of two fairly obscure (in Japan) and completely unrelated shows, ''Anime/GoLion'' (Lion Voltron) and ''Anime/DairuggerXV'' (Vehicle Voltron), along with "The New Adventures of Voltron", which were a few Lion Voltron episodes produced by Toei especially for the American market.



** First there's Captain Blue's mecha, ''Six Majin''. It's about as big as {{Voltron}}, and towers over city buildings.

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** First there's Captain Blue's mecha, ''Six Majin''. It's about as big as {{Voltron}}, Anime/{{Voltron}}, and towers over city buildings.
17th May '16 5:24:19 PM Wuz
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** Chromehounds. Just as much, if not more customizable, with the major difference between it and the Armored Core series being about 300 MPH. Loved/hated because of its speed, it places mecha combat in a more realistic (all things being relative) setting, keeping the focus on blowing stuff up while changing the game from "fly fast and ShootEverythingThatMoves" to a more tactical game. Squads that fail to utilize the different role types and don't have an effective commander quickly find themselves scrap metal.

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** Chromehounds. ''VideoGame/{{Chromehounds}}''. Just as much, if not more customizable, with the major difference between it and the Armored Core ''Armored Core'' series being about 300 MPH. Loved/hated because of its speed, it places mecha combat in a more realistic (all things being relative) setting, keeping the focus on blowing stuff up while changing the game from "fly fast and ShootEverythingThatMoves" to a more tactical game. Squads that fail to utilize the different role types and don't have an effective commander quickly find themselves scrap metal.
14th May '16 1:35:20 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': In addition to the bio-mechanical canonical Evangelions, this story features two new Evas: Unit-A and Unit-08.
4th May '16 12:24:29 AM TARINunit9
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Mecha themselves usually divided between the "SuperRobotGenre" and the "RealRobotGenre", the distinction typically being where they belong on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, though there are as many different kinds of ''settings'' for mecha as there are genres.

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Mecha themselves usually divided between the "SuperRobotGenre" and the "RealRobotGenre", the distinction typically being where they belong on the MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness, though there are as many different kinds of ''settings'' for mecha as there are genres.
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30th Apr '16 9:49:43 AM TokoWH
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* Parodied occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.

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* Parodied occasionally In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter, being a boy genius, has several of this, with his personal favorite usually being comedically shorter than the others that have popped up on the show, likely because Dexter himself is short in ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' stature. His rival Mandark has his own as well, and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.he once made one for Deedee, which [[DestructiveSavior went about as well as expected]]. When Dexter went to Japan, it [[AffectionateParody poked fun at Japan's love for this trope]] by having Dexter try to impress some of the kids at the school he went to with his own, only to reveal they ''also'' had their own mechas as well... As well as their ''school teacher'' having one too, which she uses to scold them with.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' once had an episode where the Professor made the girls one after seeing how dangerous their missions can get. The girls, being {{Flying Brick}}s already, spent most of the episode ignoring it, much to the Professor's dismay... Until they eventually encountered a {{Kaiju}} they couldn't beat on their own, and thus had to break it out to fight it. Unfortunately, being {{Destructive Savior}}s already, the fight ends up demolishing near all the city in the process and, as a result, the townsfolk demand the girls never touch the thing again.
26th Apr '16 8:04:43 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' features not only the Evangelions from canon but also the Jet Alone, which [[spoiler:reappears in the FinalBattle, piloted by one of the main characters.]]
22nd Apr '16 1:08:15 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (one of the main shows [[{{Macekre}} incorporated]] into ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') features some of the earliest transforming mecha, with the Valkyrie jet/space fighters that could turn into humanoid robots and a hybrid semihumanoid/semijet ("gerwalk") form. The Macross itself was a huge spaceship that could rearrange itself into a pointlessly humanoid configuration.
** When SDF-1 performed a Hyperspace Fold at the beginning of the show, its fold drive mysteriously disappeared along with a chunk of other machinery and major powerlines. So, the whole point of the transformation was to reconnect [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]] to the power supply, with the humanoid form being more coincidence than anything else. This, however, was completely ignored in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', with "Macross" type spaceships always transforming into some pointless humanoid form to fire their main gun. ''RuleOfCool'' all the way.

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
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''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (one of the main shows [[{{Macekre}} incorporated]] into ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') features some of the earliest transforming mecha, with the Valkyrie jet/space fighters that could turn into humanoid robots and a hybrid semihumanoid/semijet ("gerwalk") form. form, which have gone on to become an iconic franchise staple.
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The original Macross itself was a huge spaceship that could rearrange itself into a pointlessly humanoid configuration.
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configuration; this is because when SDF-1 performed a Hyperspace Fold at the beginning of the show, its fold drive mysteriously disappeared along with a chunk of other machinery and major powerlines. So, the whole point of the transformation was to reconnect the [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]] to the power supply, with the humanoid form being more coincidence than anything else. This, however, was completely ignored in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', with "Macross" type spaceships always transforming into some pointless humanoid form to fire their main gun. ''RuleOfCool'' all the way.



** Worth noting that the Humongous Mecha built in this series were specifically built because the Zentraedi they were fighting were giants; the Valkyries and Destroids were built so that humans could fight them on an even playing field. Of course, the Zentraedi have their own mecha, which despite technically being MiniMecha still manage to somewhat tower over the human mecha.

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** Worth noting that the Humongous Mecha built in this series were originally built specifically built because the Zentraedi they were fighting were giants; the Valkyries and Destroids were built so that are what allow humans could to fight them Zentraedi on an even playing field. Of course, the Zentraedi have their own mecha, which despite technically being MiniMecha still manage to somewhat tower over the human mecha.
16th Apr '16 2:47:47 PM DaibhidC
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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had TRAZE-R, a thirty-foot high robot Dick Tracy that fought an enemy robot to the death. Like everything else about ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', TRAZE-R was [[CloudCuckoolander absolutely bugnuts insane]].

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* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had TRAZE-R, a thirty-foot high robot Dick Tracy that fought an enemy robot to the death. Like everything else about Locher-period ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', TRAZE-R was [[CloudCuckoolander absolutely bugnuts insane]].
13th Apr '16 11:33:51 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' has the usual type that are commonly used by Mooks and supporting characters known as Ovid. Then there is the TransformingMecha versions known as Vox. Only [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]] can pilot them (symbolized by the Memoria marking their Vox gives them) and they are controlled more by telepathy than actual controls (which is good for the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent lead who doesn't even have a scooter licence). Unfortunately [[spoiler: the Vox are actually the "bridge" between the normal reality and an EldritchLocation influenced by human thoughts and feelings. If something goes wrong, the prettiest ApocalypseHow is the result.]]
11th Apr '16 9:45:57 AM Willbyr
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** Probably worth noting that Anime/{{Gunbuster}} and Anime/{{Diebuster}} were made by the same [[Creator/StudioGainax studio]] as [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]. In fact the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was probably partly to upstage the Diebuster, which in turn upstaged every other Humongous Mecha that came before (except those from VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} prequel novel,[[note]]released in 2003, a year before Diebuster,[[/note]] that is).

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** Probably worth noting that Anime/{{Gunbuster}} ''Gunbuster'' and Anime/{{Diebuster}} ''Diebuster'' were made by the same [[Creator/StudioGainax studio]] as [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann ''[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]. Lagann]]''. In fact the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was probably partly to upstage the Diebuster, which in turn upstaged every other Humongous Mecha that came before (except those from VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}} ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' prequel novel,[[note]]released in 2003, a year before Diebuster,[[/note]] that is).



* The VisualNovel ''{{Demonbane}}'' feature both mundane ''Destroyer Robot'' and {{Magitek}}-based ''Deus Machina''. While the eponymous Demonbane is 50 meters tall, the form it take in prequel novel, ''Gunshin Kyoshuu Demonbane'' ([[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/demonbane-HUGE_9947.jpg War God Demonbane]]) is '''''the''' largest mecha in fiction'', so big that actually destroys the universe it was in and ''collides with the neighboring ones''. The final form, Elder God Demonbane, while not as large, has an ability known as ''Athleta Aeternum'' which allows it to summon itselves from all infinite universes, including those from realities that shouldn't exist. [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] gets rid of the Gunshin Kyoshuu by altering the timeline of the multiverse, removing it from existence. She still keeps losing to Elder God form in their eternal fighting.

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* The VisualNovel ''{{Demonbane}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' feature both mundane ''Destroyer Robot'' and {{Magitek}}-based ''Deus Machina''. While the eponymous Demonbane is 50 meters tall, the form it take in prequel novel, ''Gunshin Kyoshuu Demonbane'' ([[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/demonbane-HUGE_9947.jpg War God Demonbane]]) is '''''the''' largest mecha in fiction'', so big that actually destroys the universe it was in and ''collides with the neighboring ones''. The final form, Elder God Demonbane, while not as large, has an ability known as ''Athleta Aeternum'' which allows it to summon itselves from all infinite universes, including those from realities that shouldn't exist. [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] gets rid of the Gunshin Kyoshuu by altering the timeline of the multiverse, removing it from existence. She still keeps losing to Elder God form in their eternal fighting.
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