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13th Dec '17 7:39:10 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional SuperPrototype or AceCustom, AceCustom may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
13th Dec '17 7:38:34 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality one-off units]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality one-off units]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
10th Dec '17 7:58:03 PM Kuruni
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off]] [[QualityOverQuantity units]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off]] [[QualityOverQuantity high-quality one-off units]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
10th Dec '17 2:25:39 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], one-off]] [[QualityOverQuantity units]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
10th Dec '17 2:16:49 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass produced units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass produced mass]] [[ZergRush produced]] [[WeHaveReserves units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
10th Dec '17 2:14:36 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically [[MookMobile mass produced units units]] designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
9th Dec '17 8:44:28 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality expensive]], [[PowerEqualsRarity high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
9th Dec '17 8:42:53 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[ConservationOfNinjutsu high-quality one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[QuantityVsQuality high-quality]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu high-quality one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
9th Dec '17 8:35:50 AM EternalNothingness
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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional SuperPrototype or AceCustom may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.

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Real robots are what happens when HumongousMecha and MilitaryScienceFiction collide; they're mecha that are treated just like any other weapon of war. Unlike the SuperRobot, real robots are typically mass produced units designed and built by governments and large corporations, rather than something designed and built by (or for) a single person -- though the occasional [[ConservationOfNinjutsu high-quality one-off mecha]], such as a SuperPrototype or AceCustom AceCustom, may be an exception. While real robots might be the dominant weapon of the setting, they frequently appear alongside other forms of combat vehicle (like the CoolTank, CoolPlane, and SpaceFighter) rather than replacing them entirely. In other words, instead of being the be-all and end-all of a conflict, real robots are simply another cog in the war machine. As such, Real Robots tend to look plainer than their Super Robot predecessors. Simple and/or drab colors, heads that are either [[TheBlank blank]], [[CyberCyclops cycloptic]], or resemble a [[GasMaskMooks gas mask]] are common, if the mech has a head at all -- the general humanoid form is more likely to be relaxed, if not thrown out entirely. Indeed, in many settings, Real Robots look more like {{Walking Tank}}s than giant soldiers.
29th Nov '17 8:12:56 PM livestockgeorge
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* In a sense, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' played around with real robot genre tropes for a while, before subverting everything and deconstructing [[MechaShow humongous mecha shows]] in general. The Evangelions are barely-functional prototypes that never really get improved upon, and constructing them isn't just expensive, it's bankrupting multiple nations. In one way, the Evas are more realistic than almost everything else on this page, because their power requirements require them to operate on a tether, and firing a mech-sized ray-gun requires turning off power to ''most of Japan.'' Moreover, the psychological effects of being a child soldier are depicted in grim realism, as opposed to any Gundam show, where the kid pilot is usually one of the better-adjusted ones.
** Then, of course, all of this realism gets subverted when you find out, over the course of the series, that [[spoiler: they generate an energy shield that can only be generated by a ''soul'']], that they [[spoiler: are actually giant human-angel hybrids, for which the armor is more of a restraint and control system that still doesn't prevent them from going berserk]], and that the [[spoiler: aformentioned soul usually has to be from the pilot's mother,]] among many other revelations that push the show way out the other end of SuperRobotGenre and into {{deconstruction}} territory, if not CosmicHorrorStory.

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* In a sense, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' played around with real robot genre tropes for a while, before subverting everything and deconstructing [[MechaShow humongous mecha shows]] in general. The Evangelions are barely-functional prototypes that never really get improved upon, and constructing them isn't just expensive, it's bankrupting multiple nations. nations, but they're kept around because nothing else works. In one way, terms of energy-consumption, the Evas are more realistic than almost everything anything else on this page, because their operating on a tether and being a fairly large drain on the power requirements require them to operate on a tether, and firing grid. Firing a mech-sized ray-gun requires turning off power to ''most of Japan.'' Japan'' for several minutes, and aiming it is extremely difficult. Moreover, the traumatic psychological effects of being a child soldier soldier[[note]]with existing issues[[/note]] are depicted in grim realism, as opposed to any Gundam show, where the kid pilot is usually one whole point of the better-adjusted ones.
show. Compare any ''Gundam'' series with a plucky, well-adjusted teen protagonist...
** Then, of course, all of this realism gets subverted when you find out, over the course of the series, that [[spoiler: they the Evas generate an energy shield that can only be generated by a ''soul'']], that they [[spoiler: are actually giant human-angel hybrids, for which the armor is more of a restraint and control system that still doesn't prevent them from going berserk]], and that the [[spoiler: aformentioned soul usually has to be from the pilot's mother,]] among many other revelations that push the show way out the other end of SuperRobotGenre and into {{deconstruction}} territory, if not CosmicHorrorStory.
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