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12th Jul '17 8:43:46 AM kyojikasshu
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* In several ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, Optimus Prime is able to combine with his trailer, either turning him into [[CombiningMecha an even bigger robot,]] or giving him extra firepower. See also the Generation 1 version of Ultra Magnus, who the toy reveals to be a robot that looks just like Optimus Prime inside some ''very'' heavy-duty armor. This is actually shown and used in the Dreamwave comic.
** Once Dreamwave used this idea, Hasbro jumped onto it as well, with a number of white Optimus repaints named Ultra Magnus. The demand for a "real" Ultra Magnus brought about the creation of City Commander: a 3rd party add-on that serves as both trailer and armor for Classics Magnus. And later, matching repaints for Nemesis and Optimus Prime too.
** The company that made the City Commander also made [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/4/0/5/9/7/T2EKpaXk8aXXXXXXXX_12770321_1265409055.jpg two kits]] for the Energon[=/RoTF=] Bruticus mold that together provide two figures based on G1 Swindle and Blastoff that replace two of the existing limbs, and come with enough extra parts to make a modern take on the [[http://www.seibertron.com/images/toys/uploads/1273597175_ca2_t1_20100417_38.jpg G1 Bruticus.]]
** And believe it or not, Ultra Magnus himself became a MechaExpansionPack for Optimus in ''Car Robots/[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]''. However, it's a plot point that "Omega Prime" is under both their control at once: Ultra Magnus thinks he should be leader instead of his [[CainAndAbel brother]], but the Matrix of Leadership's full power must be unlocked by both together. When they become Omega Prime, this form even has its own voice actor, not Optimus's ''or'' Magnus's.
** ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' takes this a [[IncrediblyLamePun step]] further, with Jetfire transforming into a pair of legs in place of Optimus' trailer. Overload could also combine at the same time, turning into a huge pair of shoulder cannons. The second series, ''Transformers: Energon'', provides even more "Powerlinks". This is different from other combinations such as the Gestalts of Generation 1 in that one member of the link (the top half) is completely in control, while the lower half Autobot is effectively dormant. However, everyone had a 'top' and 'bottom' mode. Ironically, Optimus and Jetfire (who had the top-and-bottom combination in Armada) ''can't'' combine in their Energon forms.
** The next movie, ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', has Optimus combine with Jetfire again, with Jetfire turning into, basically, a jetpack.

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* In several The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series, Optimus Prime is able to combine with his trailer, either turning him into [[CombiningMecha an even bigger robot,]] or giving him extra firepower. See also the Generation 1 version of franchise:
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Ultra Magnus, who debuted in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'', was the first example, as his toy reveals to be was a robot that looks just like recolored Optimus Prime inside some ''very'' heavy-duty armor. This is actually shown and used cab with a transforming car-carrier trailer that became armor for the smaller robot. Although he was not depicted in this manner in the cartoon or original comics (simply transforming from truck to combined robot), the [[ComicBook/TransformersGenerationOne Dreamwave comic.
** Once Dreamwave used this idea, Hasbro jumped onto it as well, with a number of white
comics]] brought the concept into the fiction proper. Many subsequent G1 Ultra Magnus toys have just been Optimus repaints named Prime recolors without the additional trailer, and the lack of a "proper" Magnus for many years helped drive the third-party market to create their own trailer add-ons, most notably the "City Commander" set for Classics Ultra Magnus. The demand for a "real" expansion pack aspect is averted with the ''Titanium'', MP-22 ''Masterpiece'', and ''Combiner Wars'' toys, although ''Combiner Wars'' Ultra Magnus brought about adds a new wrinkle from the creation IDW comics, as "Ultra Magnus" is actually a LegacyCharacter, and the figure is essentially PoweredArmor for the diminutive Minimus Ambus.
** Beginning with Powermaster Optimus Prime, many versions
of City Commander: a 3rd party add-on that serves the Autobot leader have been depicted as both combining with his trailer and armor for Classics Magnus. And later, matching repaints for Nemesis and Optimus to create a larger robot and/or give him additional firepower. Powermaster Prime too.
** The company that made
only appeared animated in commercials, though, and as a live-action mock-up in the City Commander also made [[http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/4/0/5/9/7/T2EKpaXk8aXXXXXXXX_12770321_1265409055.jpg two kits]] host segments for the Energon[=/RoTF=] Bruticus mold that together provide two figures based on G1 Swindle and Blastoff that replace two repackaged episodes of the existing limbs, and come original cartoon in the short-lived "season 5". His ''Anime/TransformersMasterforce'' counterpart, God Ginrai, included a second trailer which, when not combined with enough extra parts to make Super Ginrai, could function as a modern take on semi-autonomous drone named Godbomber.
** The [[Anime/TransformersHeadmasters Japanese Headmasters]] could be considered this as well, as
the [[http://www.seibertron.com/images/toys/uploads/1273597175_ca2_t1_20100417_38.jpg G1 Bruticus.]]
smaller "head" robots were the sentient components which combined with the larger non-sentient "transtector" bodies.
** And believe it or not, Ultra Magnus himself became a MechaExpansionPack for Optimus in ''Car Robots/[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots in Disguise]]''. However, it's a plot point that "Omega Prime" is under both their control at once: Ultra Magnus thinks he should be leader instead of his [[CainAndAbel brother]], but the Matrix of Leadership's full power must be unlocked by both together. When they become Omega Prime, this form even has its own voice actor, not Optimus's ''or'' Magnus's.
** The Anime/UnicronTrilogy heavily featured Transformers combining for power enhancements.
*** The whole plot of
''Anime/TransformersArmada'' takes this a [[IncrediblyLamePun step]] further, centered around the Minicons, who by combining with larger Transformers (referred to as "bulks" by the Minicons) could unlock special powers and weapons. In addition, Optimus Prime could not only combine with his trailer again, but he could also instead combine with Jetfire transforming into a pair to create the flight-capable Jet Optimus. And either of legs in place of Optimus' trailer. Prime's combined forms could additionally combine with Overload could also combine at the same time, turning into to give him a [[BFG huge pair of shoulder cannons. cannons]].
*** ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' featured more "Powerlinking", taken to a new level. Unlike previous multi-Transformer [[CombiningMecha gestalts]] which were typically composed of five or six individual Transformers (although there were a few of those in this series as well), ''Energon'' featured Autobots combining in pairs, with the Autobot forming the top half being in full control, leaving the "bottom" Autobot essentially dormant. Optimus Prime could not combine in this manner in the series, although he had his own team of drone vehicles that could combine with him to form a super mode; Wing Saber could also separate into limb components to combine with Optimus in this manner. Prime could also combine with Omega Supreme (who himself was essentially a Headmaster in the Japanese style, with the tiny Omega robot controlling the larger body). There ''was'' a Powerlinx Optimus Prime toy released that could combine with other Powerlinx Autobots, though he never showed this ability in the anime (and due to Powerlinx Optimus being smaller, his combined form with the much larger Jetfire toy is... awkward, to say the least).
*** ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' once again had Optimus Prime able to combine with his trailer, and he could also combine with Leobreaker, although this time the latter only formed a new arm for Optimus. Leobreaker's EvilCountepart, Nemesis Breaker, could do the same for Megatron.
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The second series, ''Transformers: Energon'', provides even more "Powerlinks". This is different from other combinations such as the Gestalts of Generation 1 in that one member of the link (the top half) is completely in control, while the lower half Autobot is effectively dormant. However, everyone had a 'top' and 'bottom' mode. Ironically, Optimus and Jetfire (who had the top-and-bottom combination in Armada) ''can't'' combine in their Energon forms.
** The next
live-action movie, ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'', has Optimus combine with Jetfire again, with Jetfire turning into, basically, a jetpack.
16th Jun '17 2:56:09 PM NXTangl
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** The Symmetrical Dockers all got pairs of thruster packs on their shoulders to maneuver in space during the second half of the show's run.
** Speaking of FINAL, Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=]'s counterpart to [=StealthGao=], known as [[MeaningfulName GadgetGao]], took the form of an enormous mechanical bird. While it itself did not count as an expansion pack since (like the [=StealthGao=] series) its jet engines formed [=GaoGaiGar=]'s forearms, it could detach its head and sections of its neck which would then transform into "Gadget Tools", including the Bolting Driver (a SuperPrototype of both the Dividing and Gatling Drivers), a Will Knife sized for Genesic's hands, and a pair of claw-like gloves that were used during [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Hell]] [[YinYangBomb and]] [[FinishingMove Heaven]]. And let's not forget [[spoiler:the [[DropTheHammer Goldion]] [[UpToEleven Crusher]], an energy mallet that dwarfed Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=], which was made of ''three'' GGG space-ships and controlled by Mikoto (who was hooked up to it) and Goldymarg's Super-AI.]]
1st Jun '17 8:43:51 AM MagiMecha
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*** The Overhang Pack of the original V Gundam and the AceCustom V Gundam Hexa is also this, as it gives the Gundam extra boosters as well as two powerful beam cannons for long-range assault. Attached to a regular Core Fighter, the Overhang Pack turns it into a Core Booster.
30th May '17 12:33:48 PM matteste
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** The Arios' GN Archer, which is both a MechaExpansionPack ''and'' a TransformingMecha. Also strange in that they only combine in jet mode. Think Dreadwing from ''{{Transformers}}''.

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** The Arios' GN Archer, which is both a MechaExpansionPack ''and'' a TransformingMecha. Also strange They remain linked during regular flight and separate during combat in that they only combine in jet mode. Think Dreadwing from ''{{Transformers}}''.order to conserve on the GN Archers particle tanks.
7th May '17 8:29:05 PM ImaginaryMetroid
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* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', being a CombiningMecha themed Digimon, has this. Generally the base form is [=Shoutmon X3=], he gains a sword in [=Shoutmon X4=] by combining with Starmon + Pickmons, adds speed due to centaur feet plus cannons in [=Shoutmon X4B=] by combining with Belzeebumon, adds a shield with a huge cape for [=Shoutmon X4K=] by combining with Knightmon and [=PawnChessmons=], adds a spear for [=Shoutmon X4S=] by combining with Spadamon, and finally gains jet packs, a blaster, a shield, and a power increase for [=Shoutmon X5=] by combining with Sparrowmon. Let's not even go to the combination beyond X5...

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* Shoutmon from ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', being a CombiningMecha themed Digimon, has this. Generally the base form is [=Shoutmon X3=], he gains a sword in [=Shoutmon X4=] by combining with Starmon + Pickmons, adds speed due to centaur feet plus cannons in [=Shoutmon X4B=] by combining with Belzeebumon, adds a shield with a huge cape for [=Shoutmon X4K=] by combining with Knightmon and [=PawnChessmons=], adds a spear for [=Shoutmon X4S=] by combining with Spadamon, and finally gains jet packs, a blaster, a shield, and a power increase for [=Shoutmon X5=] by combining with Sparrowmon. Let's not even go to the combination beyond X5...
5th Mar '17 3:03:33 PM StFan
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* FutureCardBuddyfight has [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Card_Burn Ultimate Card Burn]], a CombiningMecha Made of [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Burn Card Burn]] and [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Serpent two]] [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Rhino other]] monsters. A few sets later, [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Wyvern another card]] was released which combines with Ultimate Card Burn to give him [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Card_Burn,_%22D-Wing%22 a flight pack.]]

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* FutureCardBuddyfight ''Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight'' has [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Card_Burn Ultimate Card Burn]], a CombiningMecha Made of [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Burn Card Burn]] and [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Serpent two]] [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Rhino other]] monsters. A few sets later, [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Card_Wyvern another card]] was released which combines with Ultimate Card Burn to give him [[http://buddyfight.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimate_Card_Burn,_%22D-Wing%22 a flight pack.]]
5th Mar '17 3:02:47 PM StFan
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** In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', Fire Bomber eventually picked up booster units for their custom fighters, enhancing their effect against the Protodeviln.

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** In ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', ''Anime/Macross7'', Fire Bomber eventually picked up booster units for their custom fighters, enhancing their effect against the Protodeviln.



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1st Mar '17 7:53:12 PM Kuruni
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* Numerous ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series use this mechanic when a SixthRanger joins up. The very first was Super Live Robo of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', which combined the initial robot Live Robo and the robot of [[ThreePlusTwo the new guys]], Live Boxer. One of the early series to do this was ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger.''

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* Numerous ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series use this mechanic when a SixthRanger joins up. The very first was Super Live Robo of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', which combined the initial robot Live Robo and the robot of [[ThreePlusTwo the new guys]], Live Boxer. One of the early series to do this was ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger.''
1st Mar '17 9:17:06 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Numerous ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series use this mechanic when a SixthRanger joins up. The very first was Super Live Robo of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', which combined the initial robot Live Robo and the robot of [[ThreePlusTwo the new guys]], Live Boxer.
** In the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the Dragonzord could either be combined with the Mammoth, Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Triceratops Zords to make a new humanoid machine, or truer to the trope, combine with the completed Megazord as an extra weapons pack (this wasn't often used because the Zyutei Daizyujin (Mega Dragonzord) costume was extremely cumbersome). The Falconzord from the third season could also combine with the Ninja Megazord as a jetpack, or the Shogun Megazord as a set of chest-mounted guns.

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* Numerous ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series use this mechanic when a SixthRanger joins up. The very first was Super Live Robo of ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'', which combined the initial robot Live Robo and the robot of [[ThreePlusTwo the new guys]], Live Boxer.
Boxer. One of the early series to do this was ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger.''
** In the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the Dragonzord could either be combined with the Mammoth, Saber-Toothed Tiger, and Triceratops Zords to make a new humanoid machine, or truer to the trope, combine with the completed Megazord as an extra weapons pack (this wasn't often used because the Zyutei Daizyujin (Mega Dragonzord) costume was extremely cumbersome). The Falconzord from the third season could also combine with the Ninja Megazord as a jetpack, or the Shogun Megazord as a set of chest-mounted guns. '''Ultimate''' Daizyujin (Ultrazord) was used once in ''Zyuranger'' to eliminate Great Satan, but used repeatedly in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers through the remainder of season 1 (the majority of the "Zyu2" footage).
21st Feb '17 7:12:47 PM BattleMaster
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', as with everything else. Coop shoves Megas' hands and feet up four of the S Force's "Zorps'" butts, and slaps the bird Zorp on his back. It's called "the most foul attempt at military strategy [one S Force member] had ever seen".

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', as with everything else. Coop [[AssShove shoves Megas' hands and feet up four of the S Force's "Zorps'" butts, butts]], and slaps the bird Zorp on his back. It's called "the most foul attempt at military strategy [one S Force member] had ever seen".
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