History Main / LeaderFormsTheHead

1st Nov '16 3:47:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* This trope dates back to ''Manga/GetterRobo'', the first CombiningMecha, where each of the Getter Machines' combined forms were controlled primarily by the pilot of the upper body. Getter-1, the form belonging to group leader [[HotBlooded Ryouma]] [[{{Badass}} Nagare]], was the most commonly used form.

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* This trope dates back to ''Manga/GetterRobo'', the first CombiningMecha, where each of the Getter Machines' combined forms were controlled primarily by the pilot of the upper body. Getter-1, the form belonging to group leader [[HotBlooded Ryouma]] [[{{Badass}} Ryouma Nagare]], was the most commonly used form.
9th Sep '16 10:04:58 AM DragonRanger
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** In extreme situations, the red mech makes up almost the entire mecha by itself, making the others seem purely cosmetic. This happens in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''/''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' (the other mecha make only the legs on ''both'' of the main teams' megazords), ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''/''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' (the arms), and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''/''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' (one arm, chestplate, and helmet - and in an emergency, the helmet/chestplate mecha can be skipped!).

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** In extreme situations, the red mech makes up almost the entire mecha by itself, making the others seem purely cosmetic. This happens in ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' (a one-time combination where non-Red mecha only made the arms), ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''/''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' (the other mecha make only the legs legs, on ''both'' of the main teams' megazords), ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''/''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' (the arms), ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' (the legs, and unlike previous examples each individual Ranger only gets to make ''part'' of a limb instead of the whole thing), and ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''/''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' (one arm, chestplate, and helmet - and in an emergency, the helmet/chestplate mecha can be skipped!).



** Played with in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''/''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'': While Red does form the head and body of the megazord, it's not at all obvious. It has two formations color-coded Red Mode and Blue Mode, and the combinations show ''those'' colors rather than the colors of the individual Rangers.



*** Both shows also have a late-series robot where the Red Ranger takes more than his share of the combination: ''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' has a centaur-like megazord formed using one of the Red Ranger's mecha as the head and torso and an enlarged version of another as the legs, leaving the Blue and White Rangers to provide the arms while Black and Yellow help pilot but don't actually contribute to the combination. In ''Zyuohger'', Red gets a massive mecha that forms a torso and arms (with one of the SixthRanger's mecha hidden inside) while the other eight mecha are pooled together to form the legs - that means each Ranger provides one-quarter of a single leg, with the SixthRanger getting one-quarter each of ''both'' legs and the remaining two mecha ''also'' belong to Red.
16th Aug '16 4:43:25 PM DragonRanger
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** In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' and ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', mecha have a standardized combination scheme where each mecha transforms into a specific body part (divided torso/arms/legs in ''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' and torso/midsection/feet in ''Zyuohger'') and can be freely exchanged with other mecha of the same part. Aside from the mecha of the {{Sixth Ranger}}s, all the "torso" pieces belong to the Red Rangers, while the other Rangers hold other parts. ''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' also has a case where a centaur-like megazord was formed using one of the Red Ranger's mecha as the head and torso and an enlarged version of another as the legs, leaving only the arms made up of mecha that weren't his.

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** In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' and ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', mecha have a standardized combination scheme where each mecha transforms into a specific body part (divided torso/arms/legs in ''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' and torso/midsection/feet in ''Zyuohger'') and can be freely exchanged with other mecha of the same part. Aside from the mecha of the {{Sixth Ranger}}s, all the "torso" pieces belong to the Red Rangers, while the other Rangers hold other parts. parts.
*** Both shows also have a late-series robot where the Red Ranger takes more than his share of the combination:
''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' also has a case where a centaur-like megazord was formed using one of the Red Ranger's mecha as the head and torso and an enlarged version of another as the legs, leaving only the Blue and White Rangers to provide the arms made up of while Black and Yellow help pilot but don't actually contribute to the combination. In ''Zyuohger'', Red gets a massive mecha that weren't his.forms a torso and arms (with one of the SixthRanger's mecha hidden inside) while the other eight mecha are pooled together to form the legs - that means each Ranger provides one-quarter of a single leg, with the SixthRanger getting one-quarter each of ''both'' legs and the remaining two mecha ''also'' belong to Red.



** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' has a unique variation, as its main robot is a MetaMecha with a cockpit "throne" set in the chest that the Red mecha sits in. However, other mecha can sit in the throne instead in other combinations, in which case the Red mecha becomes an arm; one of these alternate formations features the ''Blue'' mecha front-and-center and the others are {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s.

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** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''/''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel'' has a unique variation, as its main robot is a MetaMecha with a cockpit "throne" set in the chest that the Red mecha sits in. However, other mecha can sit in the throne instead in other combinations, in which case the Red mecha becomes an arm; one of these alternate formations features the ''Blue'' mecha front-and-center and the others are {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s.
3rd Jul '16 2:08:31 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', the head of the eponymous SuperRobot is formed with the Brain Scrambler 2, piloted by the second-in-command, [[TheObiWan Antauri]]. [[TheHero Chiro]] instead pilots the Torso Tank 1, which serves as the "heart" of the robot, as it's the main center of operations and is connected to all of the other combining vehicles.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', the head of the eponymous SuperRobot is formed with the Brain Scrambler 2, piloted by the second-in-command, [[TheObiWan Antauri]].Antauri. [[TheHero Chiro]] instead pilots the Torso Tank 1, which serves as the "heart" of the robot, as it's the main center of operations and is connected to all of the other combining vehicles.
30th Jun '16 8:01:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', of the two known Toa Kaita combo-configurations (Akamai and Wairuha, both made up of three individual Toa), Akamai's Kanohi mask is that of Tahu, the leader of the group (Tahu's true head actually ends up on his hands). Wairuha's mask, however, is Lewa's, who is just about the bottom of the command chain, but his Kanohi was the most generic-looking, thus the most suitable for a combo model. As a subversion, in the storyline, these aren't really the masks of Tahu and Lewa specifically, nor are they a Kanohi Hau and a Kanohi Miru in general, but other types of masks that happen to look like a Hau and a Miru -- out of sheer necessity, as the designers only had these pieces to work with. They're actually called Kanohi Aki and Rua, respectively. But as a DoubleSubversion (for Wairuha, at least), a special edition chromed Rua was at one point made available for purchase... and it used the mold of a Kanohi Hau, Tahu's mask type!

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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', of the two known Toa Kaita combo-configurations (Akamai and Wairuha, both made up of three individual Toa), Akamai's Kanohi mask is that of Tahu, the leader of the group (Tahu's true head actually ends up on his hands). Wairuha's mask, however, is Lewa's, who is just about the bottom of the command chain, but his Kanohi was the most generic-looking, thus the most suitable for a combo model. As a subversion, in the storyline, these aren't really the masks of Tahu and Lewa specifically, nor are they a Kanohi Hau and a Kanohi Miru in general, but other types of masks that happen to look like a Hau and a Miru -- out of sheer necessity, as the designers only had these pieces to work with. They're actually called Kanohi Aki and Rua, respectively. But as a DoubleSubversion (for Wairuha, at least), a special edition chromed Rua was at one point made available for purchase... and it used the mold of a Kanohi Hau, Tahu's mask type!
20th Jun '16 10:33:40 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* This trope dates back to ''Manga/GetterRobo'', the first CombiningMecha, where each of the Getter Machines' combined forms were controlled primarily by the pilot of the upper body. Getter-1, the form belonging to group leader [[HotBlooded Ryouma]] [[BadAss Nagare]], was the most commonly used form.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' [[TropeCodifier codified]] this for USA audiences along with many other CombiningMecha tropes; its TransformationSequence (played, of course, OnceAnEpisode) comes with a voice-over of the team leader ordering each step of the process, ending with "...AND I'LL FORM THE HEAD!"

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* This trope dates back to ''Manga/GetterRobo'', the first CombiningMecha, where each of the Getter Machines' combined forms were controlled primarily by the pilot of the upper body. Getter-1, the form belonging to group leader [[HotBlooded Ryouma]] [[BadAss [[{{Badass}} Nagare]], was the most commonly used form.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' [[TropeCodifier codified]] this for USA audiences along with many other CombiningMecha tropes; its TransformationSequence (played, of course, OnceAnEpisode) comes with a voice-over of the team leader ordering each step of the process, ending with "...AND I'LL FORM THE HEAD!"HEAD!" (Naturally, this was also played straight in the shows ''Voltron'' was adapted from, ''Anime/GoLion'' and ''Anime/DairuggerXV''.)



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12th Jun '16 10:46:26 AM thatother1dude
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->[[color:pink:Y'all can]] [[KickChick do the treading]]\\
[[color:turquoise:Swing]] [[LaserBlade energy machete]]\\
[[CombiningMecha If combinationís ready,]]\\
'''[[BlingOfWar I'll]] [[color:gold:form the head!]]'''

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->[[color:pink:Y'all can]] [[KickChick ->''Y'all can do the treading]]\\
[[color:turquoise:Swing]] [[LaserBlade
treading \\
Swing
energy machete]]\\
[[CombiningMecha
machete \\
If combinationís ready,]]\\
'''[[BlingOfWar I'll]] [[color:gold:form
ready, \\
'''I'll form
the head!]]'''head!'''''
12th Jun '16 12:12:15 AM thatother1dude
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** In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', the team hasn't figured out how to combine at will, so they actually try stacking the lions on top of each other in the position of their place on Voltron. Hunk [[SelfServingMemory unconvincingly claims to have formed the head]], despite specifically having said "I'm a leg".
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8th Jun '16 11:14:30 PM BattleMaster
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** In Sentai parody episode "The Bad Guy", the "S-Force Super Ultra Dimensional Magno Extreme Robotoid Power Zorp" is equal parts Voltron (combining) and Franchise/SuperSentai (theme), with the Red Falcon at the head. Later, Coop literally forms a new mecha by sliding/smashing Megas' limbs into their robots and slapping the bird on his back. When in fights, it becomes noticeable how uncomfortable it would be to be in a limb. The actual episode's bad guy finds this treatment disrespectful to his nemeses, and of course loves it.

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** In Sentai parody episode "The Bad Guy", the "S-Force Super Ultra Dimensional Magno Extreme Robotoid Power Zorp" is equal parts Voltron (combining) and Franchise/SuperSentai (theme), with the Red Falcon at the head. Later, Coop literally forms a new mecha by sliding/smashing Megas' limbs into their robots and slapping the bird on his back. When in fights, it becomes noticeable [[AssShove how uncomfortable uncomfortable]] it would be to be in a limb. The actual episode's bad guy finds this treatment disrespectful to his nemeses, and of course loves it.
8th Jun '16 11:12:28 PM BattleMaster
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** Very bizarre example when [[spoiler: Prowl, pro team leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime steps down, is [[BrainwashedAndCrazy cerebro-shelled]] by the Insecticon Bombshell and forced to act as the head of ''Devastator'', who had been believed permanently out of action ever since the Constructicons' former leader Scrapper was [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene executed by humans after he had surrendered while injured]].]]

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** Very bizarre example when [[spoiler: Prowl, pro team leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime steps down, down (Bumblebee was allegedly in charge, but everyone followed Prowl's orders over his), is [[BrainwashedAndCrazy cerebro-shelled]] by the Insecticon Bombshell and forced to act as the head of ''Devastator'', who had been believed permanently out of action ever since the Constructicons' former leader Scrapper was [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene executed by humans after he had surrendered while injured]].]]
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