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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.
8th Mar '17 3:00:26 PM Ryulong
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when JJ Venture's team spoofed ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' with the "Ventronic." Complete with the "I form the " exclamations. The combined form had ''two'' heads, the one formed from JJ's robot, and the "left arm" clown head, shaped in a way to be recognizable and comfortable to their mentally handicapped friend Ned. Instead of just putting the clown head on top, they wound up with a stubby, useless arm, not too dissimilar to JJ himself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', when JJ Venture's team spoofed ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' with the "Ventronic." Complete with the "I form the " exclamations. The combined form had ''two'' heads, the one formed from JJ's robot, and the "left arm" clown head, shaped in a way to be recognizable and comfortable to their Sally Impossible's mentally handicapped friend cousin Ned. Instead of just putting the clown head on top, they wound up with a stubby, useless arm, not too dissimilar to JJ himself.
8th Mar '17 2:58:09 PM Ryulong
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** PlayedForLaughs when some ''Sentai'' characters guest star in ''[[Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai Kamen Rider Taisen]]''. The Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger show 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/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger show 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.
10th Feb '17 5:22:56 AM dutchguy1986
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** 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.

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** 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.
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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