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** The two teams of ''Series/KaitouSentaiLupinrangerVsKeisatsuSentaiPatranger'' both use the Good Striker to form their mecha, which the Good Striker forms the majority of. In both combinations, it's the Red mecha that forms the head while the other two form the arms.
13th Dec '17 10:23:57 AM DragonRanger
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*** Despite this, when trying to figure out how to combine their Lions ''reliably'' in the next episode, Hunk [[SelfServingMemory unconvincingly claims to have formed the head]] the last time they did it successfully. Despite specifically having said "I'm a leg".
** Season 3 emphasizes how the Red Lion is the right hand of Voltron, with its assigned pilots being the faithful [[TheLancer Lancer]]s to their respective team leaders.

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*** Despite this, But in the next episode, when the Paladins are trying to figure out how to combine their Lions ''reliably'' in the next episode, ''reliably'', Hunk [[SelfServingMemory unconvincingly claims to have formed the head]] the last time they did it successfully. Despite specifically having said "I'm a leg".
** *** Season 3 emphasizes how the Red Lion is the right hand of Voltron, with its assigned pilots being the faithful [[TheLancer Lancer]]s to their respective team leaders.
13th Dec '17 10:21:58 AM DragonRanger
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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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** In the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' not only has the team hasn't figured leader forming the head of Voltron with the Black Lion, it highlights the symbolism of other team members forming Voltron's other parts:
*** Hunk is disappointed that his Yellow Lion is merely Voltron's leg, but he's assured that it's an important role that provides stability for the team. When the Paladins later celebrate forming Voltron for the first time, Hunk shouts "I'm a leg!", which becomes a RunningGag.
*** Despite this, when trying to figure
out how to combine at will, so they actually try stacking the lions on top of each other their Lions ''reliably'' in the position of their place on Voltron. next episode, Hunk [[SelfServingMemory unconvincingly claims to have formed the head]], despite head]] the last time they did it successfully. Despite specifically having said "I'm a leg".leg".
** Season 3 emphasizes how the Red Lion is the right hand of Voltron, with its assigned pilots being the faithful [[TheLancer Lancer]]s to their respective team leaders.



*** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'': The Isis Megazord/[=GaoKentaurus=] is a one-time combination where Red's Falcon mecha is used as the head and torso and his Lion is the legs. Other Rangers supplied only the arms.

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*** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'': The Isis Pegasus Megazord/[=GaoKentaurus=] is a one-time combination where Red's Falcon mecha is used as the head and torso and his Lion is the legs. Other Rangers supplied only the arms.
7th Dec '17 9:12:32 PM 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/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' (a one-time combination where non-Red mecha only made the arms), ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''/''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' (the 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!).
*** Zigzagged in other series, where another team member's mecha makes the bulk of the robot (as much as the previous examples), but the Red Ranger still steals head privileges by having their mecha on the top of the formation: ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''/''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''/''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', and a secondary robot in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''/''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''.
*** And outright subverted with a couple of secondary mecha, where one mecha makes the bulk of the robot but the Red Ranger (or nearest equivalent) does ''not'' take a position of prominence: In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', the SixthRanger's theme animal was the wolf, but his robot was formed mostly from an alligator mecha and the wolf mecha was only an arm. ''Mystic Force''/''Magiranger'' had a combination where the main component was made from a mecha that jointly belonged to the other four Rangers, and the Red Ranger's mecha only formed a set of wings. ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''/''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had two robots where the Rangers' mecha only made the arms, with the rest of the robot being an ''unpiloted'' mecha. Similarly, ''Jungle Fury''[='s=] Wolf Ranger/''Gekiranger''[='s GekiViolet=] only had a leg mecha; once the core three gained a second mecha he frequently fought alongside them by borrowing ''their'' original mecha with his own mech as a leg.

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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 in:
*** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'': The Isis Megazord/[=GaoKentaurus=] is a
one-time combination where non-Red Red's Falcon mecha is used as the head and torso and his Lion is the legs. Other Rangers supplied only made the arms), ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''/''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' (the legs, on ''both'' arms.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''/''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'': Red's Tyrannosaurus mecha makes up most of the Thundersaurus Megazord/Abarenoh, with Blue providing an arm, and Yellow giving the chestplate and helmet - and in an emergency, Yellow's mecha can be skipped!
*** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''/''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'': ''Both''
of the main teams' megazords), ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''/''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' (the arms), ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'' (the megazords have Red providing everything above the waist while Yellow and Blue are legs.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''/''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': The only parts of the Dino Charge Megazord/Kyoryuzin that Red don't provide are the arms.
*** For ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger''[='s=] Wild Tousai Dodeka King, non-Red Rangers make 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!).
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Zigzagged in other series, where another team member's mecha makes the bulk of the robot (as much as the previous examples), but the Red Ranger still steals head privileges by having their mecha on the top of the formation: ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''/''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''/''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', formation:
*** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''/''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'': Yellow forms the entire body, legs, and one arm of the Ninja Storm Megazord/Senpuujin, and Blue is the other arm, but Red is the head.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce''/''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'': Green forms nearly all of the Mystic Titan Megazord/[=MagiKing=], but Red slots into the center of the chest. All the other Rangers form are feet and shinguards (Blue), back and wings (Yellow),
and a secondary robot in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''/''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger''.
small part of the chestplate (Pink).
*** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''/''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': Black forms the main body and others form the arms and chestplate, while Red is the head.
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And outright subverted with a couple of secondary mecha, where one mecha makes the bulk of the robot but the Red Ranger (or nearest equivalent) does ''not'' take a position of prominence: prominence:
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In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', the SixthRanger's theme animal was the wolf, but his robot was formed mostly from an alligator mecha and the wolf mecha was only an arm. arm.
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''Mystic Force''/''Magiranger'' had a combination where the main component was made from a mecha that jointly belonged to the other four Rangers, and the Red Ranger's mecha only formed a set of wings. wings.
*** ''Jungle Fury''[='s=] Wolf Ranger/''Gekiranger''[='s GekiViolet=] only had a leg mech. The closest he got to his own mecha was by attaching his piece to the main team's combination and piloting it solo.
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''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''/''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had two robots where the Rangers' mecha only made the arms, with the rest of the robot being an ''unpiloted'' mecha. Similarly, ''Jungle Fury''[='s=] Wolf Ranger/''Gekiranger''[='s GekiViolet=] only had a leg mecha; once the core three gained a second mecha he frequently fought alongside them by borrowing ''their'' original mecha with his own mech as a leg.that didn't specifically belong to either Ranger.
7th Dec '17 8:33:14 PM DragonRanger
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*** And outright subverted with a couple of secondary mecha, where one mecha makes the bulk of the robot but the Red Ranger (or nearest equivalent) does ''not'' take a position of prominence: In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', the SixthRanger's theme animal was the wolf, but his robot was formed mostly from an alligator mecha and the wolf mecha was only an arm. ''Mystic Force''/''Magiranger'' had a combination where the main component was made from a mecha that jointly belonged to the other four Rangers, and the Red Ranger's mecha only formed a set of wings. ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''/''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had two robots where the Rangers' mecha only made the arms, with the rest of the robot being an ''unpiloted'' mecha.
*** Similarly, [=GekiViolet=] / Wolf Ranger (whose zord is the right leg) frequently "borrows" Red and Blue's original zords, allowing him to fight alongside the core three after they unlock their SuperMode and second megazord.

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*** And outright subverted with a couple of secondary mecha, where one mecha makes the bulk of the robot but the Red Ranger (or nearest equivalent) does ''not'' take a position of prominence: In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', the SixthRanger's theme animal was the wolf, but his robot was formed mostly from an alligator mecha and the wolf mecha was only an arm. ''Mystic Force''/''Magiranger'' had a combination where the main component was made from a mecha that jointly belonged to the other four Rangers, and the Red Ranger's mecha only formed a set of wings. ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''/''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had two robots where the Rangers' mecha only made the arms, with the rest of the robot being an ''unpiloted'' mecha.
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mecha. Similarly, [=GekiViolet=] / ''Jungle Fury''[='s=] Wolf Ranger (whose zord is the right leg) frequently "borrows" Red and Blue's original zords, allowing him to fight alongside Ranger/''Gekiranger''[='s GekiViolet=] only had a leg mecha; once the core three after they unlock their SuperMode and gained a second megazord. mecha he frequently fought alongside them by borrowing ''their'' original mecha with his own mech as a leg.



** Averted in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''/''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' with the second 5-piece combination ''Supertrain''/''Grand Liner'', with the Green Ranger forming the head and torso, though this was due to it being the middle car, which allowed for an easier transition when the cars split up to combine. The main Mecha of that series also has the Green Zord form the head.
** 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.

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** Averted in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''/''Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive'' with the second 5-piece combination ''Supertrain''/''Grand Liner'', Supertrain Megazord/Grand Liner, with the Green Ranger forming the head and torso, though this was due to it being the middle car, which allowed for an easier transition when the cars split up to combine. The main Mecha of that series also has Played straight with the Lightspeed Megazord/Victory Robo, where Red forms the torso (technically the Green Zord form mecha forms the head.
head there, but the transformation scheme and paint job make it look like it's part of the Red one).
** In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''/''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', and ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'' mecha have a standardized combination scheme where each mecha transforms into a specific body part (divided torso/arms/legs in ''Wild Force''/''Gaoranger'' and Force''/''Gaoranger'', torso/midsection/feet in ''Zyuohger'') ''Zyuohger'', and torso/limbs in ''Kyuranger'') 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.



** PlayedForLaughs when some ''Sentai'' characters guest star in ''[[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Kamen Rider Taisen]]''. The Series/ResshaSentaiToQger team shows up and form [=ToQ-Oh=] to aid the Kamen Riders, and Series/KamenRiderDenO moves to combine his CoolTrain with it. He docks it in the "head" position where the Red Ranger's mecha usually is, only for [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryu Red]] to show up as well, declare "No, that's wrong!", and literally ''ram'' Den-O out and take his spot; forcing Den-O to form the feet instead. Den-O spends the entire time complaining about why he has to be the feet.

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** PlayedForLaughs when some ''Sentai'' characters guest star in ''[[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Kamen Rider Taisen]]''. The Series/ResshaSentaiToQger team shows up and form forms [=ToQ-Oh=] to aid the Kamen Riders, and Series/KamenRiderDenO moves to combine his CoolTrain with it. He docks it in the "head" position where the Red Ranger's mecha usually is, only for [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryu Red]] to show up as well, declare "No, that's wrong!", and literally ''ram'' Den-O out and take his spot; forcing Den-O to form the feet instead. Den-O spends the entire time complaining about why he has to be the feet.
20th Nov '17 3:22:28 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''{{Transformers}}'' does this across all of its media.

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* ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' does this across all of its media.
14th Nov '17 8:23:38 PM Stealth
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** Prowl takes this role when he takes over the Constructicons following their defection from the Decepticons.
** Very bizarre example when [[spoiler: Prowl, pro team leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime steps 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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** Prowl takes this role when he takes over the Constructicons following their defection from the Decepticons.
** Very bizarre example when [[spoiler: Prowl, pro team leader of the Autobots after Optimus Prime steps 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]].]]]] He later takes this role in a more willing capacity when he takes over [[spoiler: the Constructicons following their defection from the Decepticons]].
23rd Sep '17 4:25:50 AM nighttrainfm
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*** Similarly, [=GekiViolet=] / Wolf Ranger (whose zord is the right leg) frequently "borrows" red and blue's zords, allowing him to fight alongside the others after they unlock their SuperMode and the accompanying new megazord.

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*** Similarly, [=GekiViolet=] / Wolf Ranger (whose zord is the right leg) frequently "borrows" red Red and blue's Blue's original zords, allowing him to fight alongside the others core three after they unlock their SuperMode and the accompanying new second megazord.
23rd Sep '17 4:25:13 AM nighttrainfm
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*** Similarly, [=GekiViolet=] / Wolf Ranger (whose zord is the right leg) frequently "borrows" red and blue's zords, allowing him to fight alongside the others after they unlock their SuperMode and the accompanying new megazord.
2nd May '17 2:35:51 PM WillKeaton
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* Played with in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. SupportingLeader Kamina makes Simon's Ganmen the (second) head. All along, Kamina had been setting Simon up to be a true hero. However, as Kamina was still the leader at this point, his ganmen forms everything ''but'' the head of the combined ganmen, has its own head on its torso, and the combined ganmen has his trademark sunglasses on both faces.\\
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Simon, TheHero, takes the head position in his mini-mech, while the torso is taken by his [[TheLancer Lancer]], whoever that is at the time. In larger combinations, when Lagann takes over a larger mech such as the Dai-Gunzen or the Cathedral Terra, his original mech is always located within the head of the resulting gigantic mech.

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* Played with in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. SupportingLeader Kamina makes Simon's Ganmen the (second) head. All along, Kamina had been setting Simon up to be a true hero. However, as Kamina was still the leader at this point, his ganmen forms everything ''but'' the head of the combined ganmen, has its own head on its torso, and the combined ganmen has his trademark sunglasses on both faces.\\
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Simon, TheHero, takes the head position in his mini-mech, while the torso is taken by his [[TheLancer Lancer]], whoever that is at the time. In larger combinations, when Lagann takes over a larger mech such as the Dai-Gunzen or the Cathedral Terra, his original mech is always located within the head of the resulting gigantic mech.



* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' goes all over the place with this trope in its {{Fusion Dance}}s - [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Omegamon]], the first identifiable example, has a unique head unrelated to its components, as does [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Susanoomon]]. On the opposite end of the spectrum, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Imperialdramon]]'s head is pretty distinctly based on that of V-mon, the BondCreature of TheHero; its contemporaries Silphymon and Shakkoumon are both of the unique head variety. The big CombiningMecha example, ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', is also all over the place - on most of Shoutmon's CombiningMecha forms, the head is a unique one which sometimes comes from Shoutmon but is not obviously connected to him design-wise[[note]][=X3=]'s head resembles no one but Omegamon who is already dead, while [=X5=]'s head can be seen as part of Sparrowmon when separate.[[/note]]; on others, like Shoutmon DX, he is distinctly the head.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' goes all over the place with this trope in its {{Fusion Dance}}s - [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Omegamon]], the first identifiable example, has a unique head unrelated to its components, as does [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Susanoomon]]. On the opposite end of the spectrum, [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Imperialdramon]]'s head is pretty distinctly based on that of V-mon, the BondCreature of TheHero; its contemporaries Silphymon and Shakkoumon are both of the unique head variety. The big CombiningMecha example, ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', is also all over the place - on most of Shoutmon's CombiningMecha forms, the head is a unique one which sometimes comes from Shoutmon but is not obviously connected to him design-wise[[note]][=X3=]'s design-wise;[[note]][=X3=]'s head resembles no one but Omegamon who is already dead, while [=X5=]'s head can be seen as part of Sparrowmon when separate.[[/note]]; [[/note]] on others, like Shoutmon DX, he is distinctly the head.



* Parodied in a back-up feature in ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}''. The series creator, Johanen Vasquez, fought beligerent fans. The fans joined together in a grotesque humanoid version of this trope with the leader forming the ass instead of the head.

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* Parodied in a back-up feature in ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}''. ''Comicbook/{{Squee}}'' The series creator, Johanen Vasquez, fought beligerent fans. The fans joined together in a grotesque humanoid version of this trope with the leader forming the ass instead of the head.
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