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25th Jun '16 6:37:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', Ginrai discovered a trailer approximately 1/3 of the way through the series, and learned to combine with it a couple of episodes later at a moment of [[DieOrFly dramatic need]]. A around the 2/3 point, he got his hands on the Godbomber, which allowed him to become even more super.

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* In ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'', Ginrai discovered a trailer approximately 1/3 of the way through the series, and learned to combine with it a couple of episodes later at a moment of [[DieOrFly dramatic need]]. A around the 2/3 point, he got his hands on the Godbomber, which allowed him to become even more super.
22nd Jun '16 7:17:28 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted with TigerAndBunny's [[SuperMode Good Luck Mode]], a modification Doc Saito added to Kotetsu and Barnaby's PoweredArmor in episode 5. What does it do, exactly? [[spoiler:Absolutely nothing. Except make them look cooler]].

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* Subverted with TigerAndBunny's ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s [[SuperMode Good Luck Mode]], a modification Doc Saito added to Kotetsu and Barnaby's PoweredArmor in episode 5. What does it do, exactly? [[spoiler:Absolutely nothing. Except make them look cooler]].
19th Jun '16 8:47:48 PM dangerdan97
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** They even manage to fit one of these into one of the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movies]]'', but not [[Anime/GundamF91 the other one]].

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** They even manage to fit one of these into one of the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movies]]'', [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movies]], but not [[Anime/GundamF91 [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 the other one]].
19th Jun '16 8:46:51 PM dangerdan97
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* In fact the term mid-season upgrade is used in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' fanspeak, and happens in every ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series except for the original (which only had an upgrade for the first suit, not a replacement) . It occured twice in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]''.
** The X-Divider was more of a downgrade in a sense that Garrod was unable to use the Sat Cannon. But it did turn him to a formidable pilot.
*** The original Sat Cannon was borderline useless anyway since it could only be used at night when the moon was out, Tiffa had to mentally activate it the first time for Garrod to be able to use it, it had a awkward firing position that rendered the Gundam helpless while firing, and it was pure barely controllable destructive force. The Double X corrected all but the night problem (it had Jamil's brainwave data taken from the first Gundam X so Garrod could arm the weapon on his own, it swung over the shoulders allowing the Gundam to do other things while charging, and it was easier to control the firing angle. Until then the Divider weapon was more effective at it could be fired anytime by anyone with the beams much easier to control. Also the Divider and Double X corrected the original GX's other weapon issues by having both a shield and a rifle (the first was a combination rifle shield thing which was a glaring weakness because both are generally needed to block and exchange fire in a Gundam dogfight), both of which were superior upgrades on their own.

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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) . It occured twice in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX replacement).
** ''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 X]]''.
** The X-Divider was more of
being repaired into the "Ez-8", a downgrade in a sense kitbash using whatever spare parts were available that Garrod was unable to use the Sat Cannon. But it did turn him to a formidable pilot.
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nonetheless outperformed it's original Sat Cannon was borderline useless anyway since it could only be used at night when incarnation.
*** The antagonists' ''Apsalus'' mobile armor plays
the moon was out, Tiffa had to mentally activate it trope straight and hard, getting ''two'' upgrade in the first time for Garrod to be able to use it, it had a awkward firing position that rendered the Gundam helpless while firing, and it was pure barely controllable destructive force. The Double X corrected all but the night problem (it had Jamil's brainwave data taken from the first Gundam X so Garrod could arm the weapon on his own, it swung over the shoulders allowing the Gundam to do other things while charging, and it was easier to control the firing angle. Until then the Divider weapon was more effective at it could be fired anytime by anyone with the beams much easier to control. Also the Divider and Double X corrected the original GX's other weapon issues by having both a shield and a rifle (the first was a combination rifle shield thing which was a glaring weakness because both are generally needed to block and exchange fire in a Gundam dogfight), both course of which were superior upgrades on their own.12 episodes.



** They even manage to fit one of these into a ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movie]]''!

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** ''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.)
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' is notable for having Judau upgrade to the machine very early on, not even a quarter of the way through the series. This is balanced out by getting improvements on the machine at two separate points, turning it into an AceCustom version.
** They even manage to fit one of these into a one of the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movie]]''!movies]]'', but not [[Anime/GundamF91 the other one]].



** [[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.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is an interesting case. Out of the main five, Domon is the only one who plays this trope straight. The others get {{Super Mode}}s.
*** 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.
*** The more recent manga adaptation ends up giving the rest of the main five upgrades. And they're ''still'' just as stereotypical as you can get.



**It occured twice in ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'':
*** The X-Divider was more of a downgrade in a sense that Garrod was unable to use the Sat Cannon. But it did turn him to a formidable pilot.
*** The original Sat Cannon was borderline useless anyway since it could only be used at night when the moon was out, Tiffa had to mentally activate it the first time for Garrod to be able to use it, it had a awkward firing position that rendered the Gundam helpless while firing, and it was pure barely controllable destructive force. The Double X corrected all but the night problem (it had Jamil's brainwave data taken from the first Gundam X so Garrod could arm the weapon on his own, it swung over the shoulders allowing the Gundam to do other things while charging, and it was easier to control the firing angle. Until then the Divider weapon was more effective at it could be fired anytime by anyone with the beams much easier to control. Also the Divider and Double X corrected the original GX's other weapon issues by having both a shield and a rifle (the first was a combination rifle shield thing which was a glaring weakness because both are generally needed to block and exchange fire in a Gundam dogfight), both of which were superior upgrades on their own.
** While not a full-fledged replacement, the ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' having its "limiter" removed, which gives it even more ways to destroy things and activate its deadliest weapon: The Moonlight Butterfly.
** ''[[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.



** ''[[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.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' is notable for having Judau upgrade to the machine very early on, not even a quarter of the way through the series. This is balanced out by getting improvements on the machine at two separate points, turning it into an AceCustom version.
** [[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.



** ''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.)
** The ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' having its "limiter" removed, which gives it even more ways to destroy things and activate its deadliest weapon: The Moonlight Butterfly.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is an interesting case. Out of the main five, Domon is the only one who plays this trope straight. The others get {{Super Mode}}s.
*** 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.
*** The more recent manga adaptation ends up giving the rest of the main five upgrades. And they're ''still'' just as stereotypical as you can get.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' with the [=GP01=] getting an upgrade so it [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]] doesn't trashed in space (an integrated MechaExpansionPack which primarily adds additional thrusters for zero-gravity mobility,) have the titular Gundam upgrade until the last two episodes, and then getting [=GP03=] which comes it's nothing more than a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance attached to it with [[UpToEleven The Mother of All]] {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s (this time detachable.)
** The ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' having
two massive boosters strapped on its "limiter" removed, which gives it rear. Despite being considered a "Full Armor" upgrade in universe, no actual armor is added to the machine. It does however get to use its upgraded Super Mode in the last episode, [[AttackDrone using its shields (with twin gatlings attached) as funnels]] and [[spoiler: an even more ways to destroy things ridiculous final form with the psycoframe crystallized, giving it ridiculous super speed and activate its deadliest weapon: The Moonlight Butterfly.
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is an interesting case. Out of
the main five, Domon is the only one who plays this trope straight. The others get {{Super Mode}}s.
ability to shut down an entire squad of non-psyco equipped mobile suits with just a hand wave]].
*** In-universe, Master Gundam is classified by the Gundam Fight Committee as a MidSeasonUpgrade Happens to both Marida and later Riddhe when they go from their [[AceCustom ace mobile suits]] to the Kowloon ([[DubNameChange Haow]]) Gundam , even Banshee. However, Riddhe gets to piloted the updated form called Banshee Norn which adds a revolving launcher to its beam magnum, a specialized shield that doubles as an auxiliary thruster and a powerful beam weapon. More psycoframes are also added on its back which, when in Destroy Mode, forms a lion's mane. [[spoiler: And just like the Unicorn, it also gets an awakened super mode at the end, though not the Kowloon Gundam was really Master Gundam in disguise.
*** The more recent manga adaptation ends up giving the rest of the main five upgrades. And they're ''still'' just as stereotypical as you can get.
crystallized version.]]



** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]] doesn't have the titular Gundam upgrade until the last two episodes, and it's nothing more than a ridiculous amount of heavy ordinance attached to it with two massive boosters strapped on its rear. Despite being considered a "Full Armor" upgrade in universe, no actual armor is added to the machine. It does however get to use its upgraded Super Mode in the last episode, [[AttackDrone using its shields (with twin gatlings attached) as funnels]] and [[spoiler: an even more ridiculous final form with the psycoframe crystallized, giving it ridiculous super speed and the ability to shut down an entire squad of non-psyco equipped mobile suits with just a hand wave]].
*** Happens to both Marida and later Riddhe when they go from their [[AceCustom ace mobile suits]] to the Banshee. However, Riddhe gets to piloted the updated form called Banshee Norn which adds a revolving launcher to its beam magnum, a specialized shield that doubles as an auxiliary thruster and a powerful beam weapon. More psycoframes are also added on its back which, when in Destroy Mode, forms a lion's mane. [[spoiler: And just like the Unicorn, it also gets an awakened super mode at the end, though not the crystallized version.]]
4th Jun '16 2:35:08 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* The titular mecha in ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine'' is replaced midway through the show by the new Aura Battler Billbine (as a gift, no less).

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* The titular mecha in ''Anime/AuraBattlerDunbine'' is replaced midway through the show by the new Aura Battler Billbine (as a gift, no less). It's also a textbook early example of the hand-me-downs variation, predating ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' by 3 years, with Dunbine becoming Marvel Frozen's mecha.
1st Jun '16 9:41:36 AM Willbyr
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* Every ''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.]]

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* Every ''PrettyCure'' ''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.]]
28th May '16 7:31:51 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Chachamaru in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' gains one of these after her GadgeteerGenius creator [[MadScientist Hakase]] gathered the observed battle-data of the [[SchoolFestival previous arc]]. Among a few new weapons and a speed upgrade, one major aesthetic improvement has her concealing her mechanical joints with softer, more realistic skin. She still has a set of [[UnusualEars antenna ears]] on her head, so its not hard to figure out she's a robot.

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* Chachamaru in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' gains one of these after her GadgeteerGenius creator [[MadScientist Hakase]] gathered the observed battle-data of the [[SchoolFestival previous arc]]. Among a few new weapons and a speed upgrade, one major aesthetic improvement has her concealing her mechanical joints with softer, more realistic skin. She still has a set of [[UnusualEars antenna ears]] on her head, so its not hard to figure out she's a robot.
26th Apr '16 6:02:00 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': After [[EldritchAbomination Ramiel]] melted Unit-01's armor, the [[HumongousMecha Evas]] got the L-Type Equipment: new, sturdier armor, and new, more dangerous weapons. After the first battle against Israfel, Unit-01 got a WaveMotionGun and Unit-02 a chain-axe.
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* The Max Spark in ''UltramanMax''.

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* The Max Spark in ''UltramanMax''.''Series/UltramanMax''.
10th Apr '16 4:27:05 AM erforce
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* Late into ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 1944: Counter Attack]]'', your {{Attack Drone}}s get swapped out with more advanced drones that shoot lasers. ''Laser drones in WorldWarII.''

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* Late into ''[[VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo 1944: Counter Attack]]'', your {{Attack Drone}}s get swapped out with more advanced drones that shoot lasers. ''Laser drones in WorldWarII.World War II.''



* Happens to Jehuty in ''Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner'' when the Zero Shift program finally settles in, transforming it into Jehuty Ver. 2, which turns its fin-like Wisps into full-on attack drones that shoot and slash with Jehuty and an auto-shield that blocks anything short of a Burst Attack

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* Happens to Jehuty in ''Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner'' ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEndersThe2ndRunner'' when the Zero Shift program finally settles in, transforming it into Jehuty Ver. 2, which turns its fin-like Wisps into full-on attack drones that shoot and slash with Jehuty and an auto-shield that blocks anything short of a Burst Attack
10th Apr '16 4:20:08 AM Tron80
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* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Galient got "Assault Galient", a combination of assault rifle and ShoulderCanon.

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* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': Galient got "Assault Galient", a combination of assault rifle and ShoulderCanon.ShoulderCannon.
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