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17th Oct '17 2:03:15 AM Kadorhal
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*** In-universe, Master Gundam is classified by the Gundam Fight Committee as a MidSeasonUpgrade to the Kowloon ([[DubNameChange Haow]]) Gundam, even though the Kowloon Gundam was really Master Gundam in disguise.

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*** In-universe, Master Gundam is classified by the Gundam Fight Committee as a MidSeasonUpgrade mid-season upgrade to the Kowloon ([[DubNameChange Haow]]) Gundam, even though the Kowloon Gundam was really Master Gundam in disguise.



** And of course, there's ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', in which each of the six primary pilots gets a MidSeasonUpgrade. Played with a bit in that Heero and Zechs receive each others' eventual upgrades and then swap the next time they meet. Additionally, Trowa and Quatre's upgrades are little more than space mobility conversions for their original Gundams, though Trowa's upgrade does come with double the firepower of the original. Then comes ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', but since the Gundams are a RetCon rather than entirely new machines, the only actual upgrade is the Tallgeese III.

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** And of course, there's ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', in which each of the six primary pilots gets a MidSeasonUpgrade.mid-season upgrade. Played with a bit in that Heero and Zechs receive each others' eventual upgrades and then swap the next time they meet. Additionally, Trowa and Quatre's upgrades are little more than space mobility conversions for their original Gundams, though Trowa's upgrade does come with double the firepower of the original. Then comes ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', but since the Gundams are a RetCon rather than entirely new machines, the only actual upgrade is the Tallgeese III.



** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' might have all other Gundam series beat on this. The first season has new support systems for the Gundams towards the end of it, plus a SuperMode for each. Then, the second season features ''two'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C9WGVMG8l8 rounds of]] upgrades for the ''new'' Gundams (which technically invokes SoLastSeason, except brand-new mechs are the usual MidSeasonUpgrade for a Gundam series, so this kind of happens ''three or four times'' in 50 episodes).

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' might have all other Gundam series beat on this. The first season has new support systems for the Gundams towards the end of it, plus a SuperMode for each. Then, the second season features ''two'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C9WGVMG8l8 rounds of]] upgrades for the ''new'' Gundams (which technically invokes SoLastSeason, except brand-new mechs are the usual MidSeasonUpgrade mid-season upgrade for a Gundam series, so this kind of happens ''three or four times'' in 50 episodes).



** Being based on Gundam, ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden'' would hand out {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s at several different points in time, turning characters into mechas related to their archetypes. Ryuubi Gundam turned from the classic RX-78-2 into the Perfect Gundam, Shiba-I Sazabi evolved into the Nightingale, the list goes on.

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** Being based on Gundam, ''Toys/BBSenshiSangokuden'' would hand out {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s mid-season upgrades at several different points in time, turning characters into mechas related to their archetypes. Ryuubi Gundam turned from the classic RX-78-2 into the Perfect Gundam, Shiba-I Sazabi evolved into the Nightingale, the list goes on.



* Every ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series features a MidSeasonUpgrade, invariably the ability to summon some item that allows the use of a more powerful attack and is [[MerchandiseDriven conveniently available in toy form.]]
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' plays with this a bit. Miki realizes she's the only one who doesn't have her MidSeasonUpgrade yet, and spends an entire episode desperately trying to avert CantCatchUp.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' have the girls get the ''item'' they need for their MidSeasonUpgrade, but they don't get the actual upgrade until the 3/4ths mark; they needed a fourth and she was busy being in a TenMinuteRetirement until someone told her to GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, then they had to deal with a SecretTestOfCharacter.
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' took this to ridiculous heights: they get their first upgrade just after they get the team fully formed a few episodes in, then they get the required MidSeasonUpgrade, then they get another upgrade at the 3/4ths mark and a ''final'' one in the final episodes.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', plays with this as well. The first person to get a MidSeasonUpgrade? Iona, after her old powers get destroyed.

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* Every ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series features a MidSeasonUpgrade, mid-season upgrade, invariably the ability to summon some item that allows the use of a more powerful attack and is [[MerchandiseDriven conveniently available in toy form.]]
** ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' plays with this a bit. Miki realizes she's the only one who doesn't have her MidSeasonUpgrade upgrade yet, and spends an entire episode desperately trying to avert CantCatchUp.
** ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' have the girls get the ''item'' they need for their MidSeasonUpgrade, upgrade, but they don't get the actual upgrade until the 3/4ths mark; they needed a fourth and she was busy being in a TenMinuteRetirement until someone told her to GetAHoldOfYourselfMan, then they had to deal with a SecretTestOfCharacter.
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' took this to ridiculous heights: they get their first upgrade just after they get the team fully formed a few episodes in, then they get the required MidSeasonUpgrade, upgrade, then they get another upgrade at the 3/4ths mark and a ''final'' one in the final episodes.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', plays with this as well. The first person to get a MidSeasonUpgrade? mid-season upgrade? Iona, after her old powers get destroyed.



* In ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}'', Jiron goes from the titular mech to the Walker Gallia. To note: this is ''the first'' MidSeasonUpgrade for the RealRobot genre.

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* In ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}'', Jiron goes from the titular mech to the Walker Gallia. To note: this is ''the first'' MidSeasonUpgrade mid-season upgrade for the RealRobot genre.
17th Oct '17 1:59:51 AM Kadorhal
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* In fact the term mid-season upgrade is used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' fanspeak, and happens in almost every ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series except for the original (which only had an upgrade for the first suit, not a replacement).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was the trope codifier, with Camille Bidan's Gundam Mk. II being traded midseason for the titular Zeta Gundam.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' has fun with this trope, giving protagonist Shiro what can only best be described as a "side-grade", with his damaged Ground-type Gundam being repaired into the "Ez-8", a kitbash using whatever spare parts were available that nonetheless outperformed it's original incarnation.
*** The antagonists' ''Apsalus'' mobile armor plays the trope straight and hard, getting ''two'' upgrade in the course of 12 episodes.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' was actually a LampshadeHanging of this trope, showing why one midseason upgrade never happened (the original plan was that the Alex was to be sent to Amuro for the final battle of the One Year War.)
*** However, in the novelization of the original Gundam, Amuro ''does'' get the strengthened G-3 Gundam (No, it can't use the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam God Finger]]) to replace the original RX-78-2.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' with the [=GP01=] getting an upgrade so it doesn't trashed in space (an integrated MechaExpansionPack which primarily adds additional thrusters for zero-gravity mobility,) and then getting [=GP03=] which comes with [[UpToEleven The Mother of All]] {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s (this time detachable.)

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* In fact the The term mid-season upgrade "mid-season upgrade" is used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' fanspeak, and happens in almost every ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fanspeak, and happens in almost every series except for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original original]] (which only had an upgrade for the first suit, not a replacement).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was the trope codifier, TropeCodifier, with Camille Kamille Bidan's Gundam Mk. II being traded midseason for upgraded mid-season into the titular eponymous Zeta Gundam.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' has fun with this trope, giving protagonist Shiro what can only best be described as a "side-grade", with his damaged Ground-type Gundam being repaired into the "Ez-8", a kitbash using whatever spare parts were available just trying to get the thing running again, that nonetheless slightly outperformed it's its original incarnation.
*** The antagonists' ''Apsalus'' mobile armor plays the trope straight and hard, getting ''two'' upgrade in over the course of 12 episodes.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' was actually a LampshadeHanging of this trope, showing why one midseason upgrade never happened (the the original plan was that the anime [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness never used this trope]] (the Gundam Alex was supposed to be sent given to Amuro for the final battle of the One Year War.)
*** However,
War, but Zeon commandos ultimately destroyed it before it could finish testing). Note though that only the actual anime lacked this trope; in the novelization of {{novelization}}, Amuro ''did'' upgrade to the original RX-78-3 "G-3" Gundam, Amuro ''does'' get a similar model to the strengthened G-3 Gundam (No, RX-78-2 with magnetic coating on its joints, among other upgrades to let it can't use keep up better with his heightening [[PsychicPowers Newtype reflexes]] (in the [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam God Finger]]) anime, they just apply said coating to replace the original RX-78-2.
his -2).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' with initially plays this the [=GP01=] getting an upgrade so it doesn't same way as ''08th MS Team'', where the [=GP01=], which is only designed for ground combat, gets trashed when Kou tries to use it in a space (an integrated MechaExpansionPack battle, and over the course of an episode or two it's repaired and [[MechaExpansionPack upgraded]] into the [=GP01-Fb=], which primarily adds additional thrusters for zero-gravity mobility,) mobility. Then it goes for a more traditional example, where both it and then getting [=GP03=] which comes with [[UpToEleven The Mother of All]] {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s (this time detachable.)the stolen [=GP02=] destroy each other in combat, and Kou moves on to the even better [=GP03=].



** They even manage to fit one of these into one of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movies]], but not [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 the other one]].
*** Kamille of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and Amuro in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' are notable for designing their own upgrades.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam The V2 Gundam]] is a straight example of this, even though the protagonist would occasionally pilot the previous model or even an enemy unit.

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** They even manage to fit one of these into one of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movies]], but not [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 movies, the other one]].
*** Kamille of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and Amuro in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' are
Nu Gundam ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]''. This example is notable for designing their own upgrades.
in that, much like Kamille's Zeta Gundam, Amuro designed this upgrade himself.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam The V2 Gundam]] is a straight example of this, even though the protagonist would still occasionally pilot the previous model or even an enemy unit.
6th Sep '17 9:26:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Beetleborgs}} Metallix,'' the Beetleborgs get the ability to combine their new powers with their [[SoLastSeason old ones]] from ''Big Bad Beetleborgs,'' making the Mega Spectra Beetleborgs.

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* In ''{{Beetleborgs}} Metallix,'' ''Series/BeetleborgsMetallix,'' the Beetleborgs get the ability to combine their new powers with their [[SoLastSeason old ones]] from ''Big Bad Beetleborgs,'' making the Mega Spectra Beetleborgs.
7th Aug '17 8:26:06 PM comicwriter
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* In ''Film/BlackPanther'', T'Challa gets a new suit that uses NanoMachines to act as a suit of InstantArmor.
* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' sees Spider-Man donning a new high-tech suit that's inspired by his Iron Spider armor from the comics.
24th Jun '17 10:40:56 PM RangerJackWalker
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*** Ray Le Creuset pulls several [=ZAFT=] grunt suits before finally getting a proper Gundam in the finale in the form of the Providence.

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*** Ray Rau Le Creuset pulls several [=ZAFT=] grunt suits before finally getting a proper Gundam in the finale in the form of the Providence.
24th Jun '17 10:39:41 PM RangerJackWalker
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' gets pretty absurd with this. Literally every single named pilot that isn't dead by Midseason gets one. Protagonist/Antagonist Shinn goes from Impulse to Destiny and Protagonist/Antagonist Kira goes from Freedom (itself a MidSeasonUpgrade from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'') to the Strike Freedom. Athrun goes from Saviour to Infinite Justice, Cagalli goes from Strike Rouge to Akatsuki and then gives it to Neo which in itself a upgrade to the grunt Windam he had previous. Andy goes from a Murasame to Gaia even though he only fights a grand total of one battle with each of them. Luna and Rey go from grunts to Gundam, and even Yzak and Dearka upgrade from grunts to better grunts. It's almost as if the skill of the named pilots is only because they keep getting bigger and better machines.
*** Possibly subverted with the Infinite Justice, however. It more or less is just the original Justice with an increase in performances. Seriously, compare their attack vids in Super Robot Wars. Nearly identical.
*** In some case, when the protagonist has a mid season upgrade while his current Gundam was already powerful, his old Gundam will be the upgrade for a supporting character. That's how Luna gets hers. ''FanFic/TheTypicalGundamSEEDDestiny'' pointed out that's she's even more useless after this.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' gets pretty absurd with this. Literally every single named pilot that isn't dead by Midseason gets one. Protagonist/Antagonist Shinn goes from Impulse to Destiny and Protagonist/Antagonist Kira goes from Freedom (itself a MidSeasonUpgrade from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'') SEED]]'' and its sequel [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED Destiny]] has several of these with almost every notable character getting an eventual upgrade.
*** Kira starts with the Strike and Athrun starts with Aegis. Both are destroyed at the half way mark of the series in a showdown between the two. Both of them get upgrades soon after in the form of the Freedom and Justice when Lacus helps Kira steal the Freedom and Athrun is given the Justice to go after it.
*** In Destiny, Kira keeps the Freedom but because of the peace treaty that limited use of certain technologies by the Earth Alliance and [=ZAFT=], it is still the most powerful suit on the battlefield until Shinn exploits Kira's reluctance to kill and successfully destroys it. Kira then upgrades
to the Strike Freedom. Freedom that allows him to be the biggest threat once again. Athrun goes from initially has the Saviour to Infinite Justice, Cagalli goes from Strike Rouge to Akatsuki and then gives it to Neo which in itself a upgrade is inferior to the grunt Windam he had previous. Andy goes from a Murasame to Gaia even though he only fights a grand total of one battle with each of them. Luna and Rey go from grunts to Gundam, and even Yzak and Dearka upgrade from grunts to better grunts. It's almost as if Justice which was destroyed at the skill end of the named pilots last series. The Saviour is only because they keep getting bigger and better machines.
*** Possibly subverted with
destroyed around the half way mark but Athrun doesn't get his upgrade, the Infinite Justice, however. It more or less is just the original Justice with an increase in performances. Seriously, compare their attack vids in Super Robot Wars. Nearly identical.
until much later and spends a lot of time out of commission. Initially, the Legend was intended for him but this did not play out as he defects from [=ZAFT=].
*** In some case, Mu La Flaga initially pilots a measly space bound and switches to a Skygrasper when they return to Earth. When the protagonist has Strike is rebuilt, he keeps it. Similarly, Cagalli pilots a mid season upgrade while his current Skygrasper in occasion but upgrades to the Strike Rouge. In the sequel, Cagalli gets a much better suit, the Akatsuki but she doesn't pilot it fire long before passing it to Neo Roanoke who initially piloted a Mobeius Zero and Windam [[spoiler:and is actually Mu La Flaga.]]
*** Ray Le Creuset pulls several [=ZAFT=] grunt suits before finally getting a proper
Gundam was already powerful, his old Gundam will be in the upgrade for a supporting character. That's how finale in the form of the Providence.
*** Shinn starts with the Impulse and upgrades to the titular Destiny and the former is handed down to
Luna gets hers. ''FanFic/TheTypicalGundamSEEDDestiny'' pointed out that's she's even more useless after this.who had only a grunt [=ZAKU=]. Rey also upgrades from a [=ZAKU=] to the Legend Gundam.
13th Jun '17 5:39:34 PM drac0blade
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TookALevelInBadass coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the titular mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TookALevelInBadass coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.
12th Jun '17 6:01:10 PM drac0blade
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** In the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the Valkyries had two upgrade options -- the first being the sort-of-crappy missile armor that locks them in Battroid mode, and the second being, when the higher-ups decided Valkyries didn't carry enough missiles already, the actually good Super Packs, which also function as space mobility upgrades for the Valkyrie.

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** In the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the Valkyries had two upgrade options -- the first being the sort-of-crappy missile armor that locks them in Battroid mode, and the second being, when the higher-ups decided Valkyries didn't carry enough missiles already, the actually good Super Packs, which also function as space mobility upgrades for the Valkyrie.''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'':
12th Jun '17 5:51:30 PM drac0blade
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential [[TookALevelInBadass coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.
12th Jun '17 5:21:50 PM drac0blade
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** [[''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn'']] doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.

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** [[''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn'']] Unicorn]]'' doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade ''at all'', something that hasn't happened since the first series. While the mobile suit does get stronger, it's either through a MechaExpansionPack in the form of a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance and two massive boosters, or pilot Banagher upgrading its SuperMode by [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential coming into his Newtype powers.]] The Unicorn itself is exactly the same mecha from beginning to end.
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