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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sym-Bionic_Titan_6568.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:No, you can't have one.]] An animated series created by GenndyTartakovsky, Paul Rudish and Brian Andrews for Creator/CartoonNetwork. A hybrid of [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school drama]] and giant robot battles, ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' follows the adventures of three beings from the planet Galaluna: Princess Ilana, her bodyguard Lance, and their RobotBuddy Octus. Escaping from their home from the advance of the powerful General Modula, they crash-land in Sherman, Illinois and pose as high school students. However, Modula's forces have followed in pursuit and now they must defend their new home from his many monsters with their mechs. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' was [[TooGoodToLast cancelled]] after its initial order of 20 episodes, ostensibly for not having a strong enough merchandising tie-in (animation that good needs a little more funding to maintain), though in actuality, was more of a contract dispute between Genndy and CN. The last three episodes were then shuffled to an early-morning slot on Saturday, which in itself, warned perceptive viewers that the network was trying to make the show disappear quietly. However, fans wised up when it suddenly vanished altogether from Cartoon Network. The fast cancellation of such an acclaimed series has since quickly led to [[http://www.facebook.com/SymBionicTitan a fan movement determined on getting the show renewed]]. Miraculously, the aforementioned movement seems to be heading somewhere. Creator/AdultSwim has apparently noticed the series has a following and decided to give it some love. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/09/26-1/toonami-expands-to-six-hours It is now airing]] on the revived Creator/{{Toonami}}, which means the show is getting the ColbertBump thanks to the show being aired in front of an older demographic that will better understand and appreciate the show and the tropes to which it's paying homage. And that's not even mentioning that, back in the days before its original cancellation, Toonami once hosted another [[MegasXLR Western animated love letter to giant robots]] beloved by older viewers that shares some notable similarities to this one, meaning that, in this new block, the show likely won't suffer from the NostalgiaFilter that many fans have on when it comes to modern CartoonNetwork programming. Light at the end of the tunnel for the fans? Definitely. [[Recap/SymbionicTitan Has a recap page.]] Not to be confused with that [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR other Cartoon Network show with giant robots.]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Or the other one.]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}} Or that other one.]] [[WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum Nor that similarly-named one on Adult Swim.]] [[Anime/TheBigO Or the other Adult Swim one.]] ---- !!Contains examples of: [[foldercontrol]] [[folder: A-E]] * AceCustom: Ilana's mech, Corus, is implied to be this since no others like it were ever shown. Lance uses a standard issue Manus armor with a slightly different color scheme; the CombiningMecha aspect probably isn't standard, though, since the King passed him a new model (his old one had been confiscated) before sending him off. * ActingForTwo: JohnDiMaggio as General Julius Steel and Ilana's father, the King of Galaluna. He keeps popping up as extras all over the place, along with TaraStrong. Of course, with their wide ranges and main character positions, this isn't really too surprising. * ActingUnnatural: In "Lessons in Love", Newton and Kimmy are about to kiss when Lance and Ilana burst in. Newton randomly shouts out the word "Parallelogram!" and extends his book pages forward towards Lance and Ilana, while Kimmy [[RushedInvertedReading opens her book upside down]]. * ActionBomb: Tashy 497, of the explodes when killed (or just when it dies) variety. * ActionGirl: Ilana. Not nearly as action-y as Lance, but she can still hold her own. ** Kristin (the Goth girl) was also revealed to be one in "Under the Three Moons" when shown practicing martial arts. * {{Adorkable}}: Jason, and Octus as Newton. * AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Galactic Guardian Group (G3 for short). ** AlliterativeName: Lance Lunis * AerisAndBob: Within Galaluna, Lance, Edward (Lance's father), and Arthur vs. Baron, Ilana, and Modula. * AllThereInTheScript: Several characters that are not called by name in the show have their names listed in the credits. This applies to most of the human cast and even some of the aliens. For instance, the Goth girl who likes Lance in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" is named Kristin, and the Mutraddi frog creature in "The Demon Within" is named Muculox. * AnAesop: Rather subtle by WesternAnimation standards, yet rather blunt by this show's standards. Episode 4 had a healthy-eating {{Aesop}}, but it focused less on "eating healthy" and more on "eating things that are edible." It also had a good minute's worth of Lance with an armful of fruit eating a nutritious breakfast for no other reason than to... show him eating a nutritious breakfast. ** Actually, the healthy eating message was more of a metaphor for the actual plot of the episode involving Lance's boredom with Earth life. The blandness of the food is Lance's boredom with Earth, but he later realizes that even though it's bland at first, it has qualities that are good for him in the long run. Kids will understand the health message, but older audiences will see the subtext. ** Episode 10, which is most remembered for the "[[{{Fanservice}} Booty Quake]]" scene, actually did deliver a rather subtle aesop where Octus all but told Kimmy she didn't need to act like a ditzy airhead just because society expects her to act that role. * AirborneAircraftCarrier: G3's headquarters. * [[AliensInCardiff Aliens In Sherman]] * AliensSpeakingEnglish: And if Octus' scans are right, they [[AllPlanetsAreEarthlike breathe similar gases, too]]. ** All of the Mutraddi (the intelligent ones anyway) speak English as well. ** If we think that the king ''explicity'' sent his daughter to ''that'' particular planet, we can consider that just because our planet is like Galaluna, he sent her to Earth. * AllGirlsWantBadBoys: One of the reasons all the girls at Sherman High are into Lance. Octus even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point when Lance is being swarmed by fangirls. --> Ilana: I don't get it. --> Octus: Dark hair, bedroom eyes, moody demeanor. I totally get it. * AluminumChristmasTrees: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-fu Fu-fu]] from "The Phantom Ninja" is real. * {{Animesque}}: It's Genndy Tartakovsky. If it wasn't, something is seriously wrong. In particular the art style owes a lot to OsamuTezuka. * AnimationBump: The show has always looked good, but some episodes are simply ''gorgeous'' with feature film-quality animation; a good example is "Escape From Galaluna." The entire episode is simply ''beautiful.'' * AppropriatedAppellation: The "Titan" part of the robot's name is added after it's referred to as one by the Earth media. * AutoErotica: The teens in episode 5 get as close to this trope as is possible on Cartoon Network. See GettingCrapPastTheRadar. * BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Octus]] is revived by the leader of G3. * BackToBackBadasses: Lance and Solomon in Episode 11. Not only is it awesome, it's a plot point, since Solomon should not know the martial art Lance uses. Ilana and Lance do this later in the same episode just before they get their watches back. * {{Badass}}: Ilana, Lance, and Octus all take this trope to great heights. Especially Lance. ** Modula, too. Solomon as of Episode 11 as well. * BadassBeard: The King of Galaluna. This is showcased in "Escape from Galaluna" when he's fighting the Mutraddi invaders alongside his soldiers. And when his gun breaks, he gets an even bigger one. ** Again, Modula, and his beard trumps the King's. * BadassLongcoat: Solomon. * BadassPrincess: Ilana. * BaddieFlattery: "...Good Foo-foo." * BareYourMidriff: Kimmy in the "Ballad of Scary Mary." ** Also Ilana's [=PJs=] in "Tashy 497". * BarrierWarrior: Ilana's Corus armor allows her to create force fields and the theme is carried over to her controlling the Titan's shield arm. * BatmanGambit: Solomon pulls one [[spoiler: to figure out how the Titan works.]] * BeautyEqualsGoodness: When [[spoiler:General Steel]] goes even crazier than before in episode 20, his features are noticeably more detailed and ugly; jagged teeth, wrinkles, liver spots on his hands... * BerserkButton: Don't try to hurt Lance or Ilana in front of Octus. In the episode "The Fortress of Deception", he reaches downright {{Terminator}} levels of single-mindedness when Lance and Ilana are kidnapped. Also, don't imply that he is JustAMachine. * BewareTheCuteOnes: Tashy 497. You will coo and squeal at him forever... at least until you remember he can take out an entire planet. * {{BFG}}: In flashbacks to the Mutradi invasion, the king is shown fighting along his troops with a standard issue rifle. The thing breaks in his hands, so a mook immediately passes him a bigger gun. [[MoreDakka Much dakka ensues.]] * {{BFS}}: Sym-Bionic Titan's sword, created out of the pilots' thoughts. * BigBad: Modula. * BigBadEnsemble: General Modula, General Steel, and Solomon, though Modula is really the only true BigBad in the trio. The Galactic Guardians aren't actually villains, and Steel is a WellIntentionedExtremist. And Solomon eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn and became a firm ally. * BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Octus in the finale, saving an outmatched Ilana and Lance and allowing an even more powerful Titan to be formed. The Titan then proceeds to do the same for G3 and General Steel.]] * BirdsOfAFeather: Ilana and Jason; Lance and Kristin. * BitingTheHandHumor: The first episode has a parody of the type of teen dramas usually found on half-sister network TheCW. "Tonight on the WC!" * BlatantLies: Octus has to "go to the bathroom" a lot. With his [[UnfortunateImplications brother and sister.]] Kimmy eventually gives up trying to get him to explain what he's really doing, but she's still not too happy about it. * BlobMonster: Episode 7. * BloodFromTheMouth: Lance has the minor injury version when being beaten by [=G3=]'s resident interrogator. * BodyguardCrush: Averted so far (probably due to their status as [[NotBloodSiblings "siblings"]]), but we do get occasional {{Ship Tease}}s and HeIsNotMyBoyfriend moments. ** Genndy has actually stated in [[http://www.awn.com/articles/article/genndy-tartakovsky-takes-giant-robots/page/1%2C1 an official interview]] that he intends to go for a non-romantic relationship with Lance and Ilana because he finds doing a friendship between male and female characters is more interesting and that having them fall in love would be too easy. As of ''The Ballad of Scary Mary'', alternate potential romantic interests have been introduced for Ilana and Lance. *** In said interview, Genndy stated that the relationship of Pazu and Sheeta of Hayao Miyazaki's CastleInTheSky served as inspiration for that of Lance and Ilana. To him this was a bond of mutual friendship with no romantic attractions involved. ** Ilana's former bodyguard Hobbs in ''Escape from Galaluna'' might qualify, as they both showed a mutual affection for each other. * BodyHorror: Xeexi forcing itself down people's throats. ** Ilana slowly transforming into a frog monster. * BondOneLiner: Modula gets one in "Under the Three Moons" after a henchcreature bet his own life that a monster would succeed. -->"You should have bet something else." * BreatherEpisode: ** Considering the preview for the [[WhamEpisode sixth episode]], "Roar of the White Dragon" may have been this. ** Episode 10 is also one as it is a teen romantic comedy set between the really sad episode 9 and a particularly violent and intense Episode 11. * BrownNote: ** The above-mentioned Blob Monster is vulnerable to certain frequencies, though Octus doesn't figure out the lethal sound until later on. ** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "I Am Octus" uses an ultrasonic signal to freeze humans in place. * BuffySpeak: During their first excursion to the mall, Ilana describes a particular couch as being "smooshy", with emphasis on the "oo". * ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Octus sometimes announces "Initiate Sym-Bionic Titan" before the combination sequence. * CallingYourAttacks: Though it's not necessary, Lance has on occasion called out a given weapon which the Titan created. * CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Octus ''and'' the Titan in episode 20. The new Titan is far more powerful and curbstomps three rather strong monsters that had G3 and General Steel completely outmatched. Lance even says Titan feels stronger than before.]] * CampGay: Todd, the male member of the dance committee duo, is a rather family friendly version of this. * CarFu: The way Lance drives his car. On scaffoldings, and getting big air on broken pavement. It's almost LeParkour with a car. ** Let's not forget he grinds the motherfucker on a crane. That shit is like Car ninjitsu. * CassandraTruth: In a flashback to his academy days, Lance was grabbed from bed and dumped in the hall in his underwear. The headmaster treats it as if Lance did this deliberately, despite the student body being well-aware of Baron's JerkAss behavior. ** Lance again in episode 16, when the king refuses to believe that there's an invasion on the way, and Lance is dismissed as a lunatic. Said invasion shows up not long after. * CastOfSnowflakes * TheCheerleader: More mean than stupid, but they don't exactly scream honor-roll material. * ChildSoldiers: The Academy is a military training facility which starts training future soldiers as children. To be fair, however, it is partially TruthInTelevision: most of them are teenagers, and military schools do exist for such ages. However, they also showed a row of children who looked even shorter, and, presumably, younger than Lance and Arthur -- who were already small and really young-looking to begin with. ** It's worth noting that the whole episode was a pretty big tribute to ''Ender's Game'', which is about a kid being trained to become a soldier. * CoatHatMask: Solomon * CombatPragmatist: Lance displays this during the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flash back episode]]. Outmatched by the traitorous instructor, he used a rock to block his sword, and runs him through with his. * CombiningMecha: Sym-Bionic Titan, formed when Corus, Manus, and Octus combine. Manus [[TelescopingRobot telescopes]] and forms the skeleton of the robot, Corus is situated at the literal heart of the robot, and Octus expands and then wraps tight around the frame defined by Manus, acting like the robot's "skin". * ConspicuousCGI: The Titan, though it surprisingly works. Some of the monsters, on the other hand... ** The Mutraddi in episode 16 get special mention, for being the most obvious to date. * ContinuityNod: ** The construction site in Episode 5 is the same place that was destroyed by the first MonsterOfTheWeek. ** And even before that, the giant effing crater in the middle of the city in Episode 2. ** G3 has a storeroom of alien objects, including the trio's spaceship and the remains of several monsters they killed in the previous episodes. ** In Episode 12, Kimmy is seen talking to her friend about the latest episode of ''Highschool Heights'', a ShowWithinAShow mentioned in the first episode. "He can't read?" The show is mentioned again in Episode 13, too. Apparently Ilana and Octus are both fans. ** In "Disenfranchised" we see that the legs of the giant Mecha-Hydra from way back in Episode 2 are in the exact same spot, and a park has even been built around them. The episode also has General Steel's spy questioning students about the events of "Showdown at Sherman High". ** In "Under the Three Moons," the mall is still being repaired from the destruction caused in Episode 2. ** In "The Steel Foe" Lance says that the H.M.E.R. is made of Mutraddi metal from the missile that was carrying Tashy. * ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted with the fire monster from the first episode; the characters react to the heat. * ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: Subverted. The pilot episode has the Titan destroy an entire section of the city against the first MonsterOfTheWeek. The following episode strongly implies that the cost of the damage was [[InferredHolocaust more than just financial]]...[[hottip:* :However, a huge death toll would probably scare people away from a city where alien giants keep showing up on a regular basis, instead of their going on with their lives as if nothing happened. Except, the populace is showing signs of apprehension and trauma, and the military is suddenly ''everywhere''...]] ** In the finale, we actually SEE people inside of the buildings that are being blown up * CoolCar: Lance's new hobby in "Roar of the White Dragon". %%% %% Please do not add Crownings to the main page. Put it in the relevant subsection or on this works's YMMV/ page. %%% * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Galaluna appears to be this initially, but as the series progresses and we get more flashbacks, it has more of a British Regency flavor -- in terms of dress, at least; the architecture ''is'' pretty lofty. ** And the military uniforms have Napoleonic sensibilities. * CurbstompBattle: Pretty much any fight Lance has with jocks or criminals. ** And a literal example when it comes to the Titan's battle with Xeexi. ** The H.M.E.R's first fight. Given the Tokusatsu influences, this isn't a suprise. ** [[spoiler:H.M.E.R, G3, and Lance and Ilana all three suffer this at the hands of the three newested monsters Modula sent. H.M.E.R gets torn to pieces as well. The situation is completely reversed when the Titan CameBackStrong, making it strong enough to completely dominate all three monsters with no effort. In fact, it would appear they were ''playing'' with the first one to test out their new powers.]] * CutShort: And how. Given all the storylines which went unresolved (including a handful which came up in the finale alone) the series pretty much has an open ending with no closure short of [[SamuraiJack a feature film being created several years after the series ended]]. ** Fortunately, the recently revived Toonami segment of Adult Swim has picked the episodes back up, and a petition with a ''lot'' of supporters to begin making new episodes. * CuteMonsterGirl: Averted ''hard'' in Episode 13. * CutenessProximity: Lance is taken in by the RidiculouslyCuteCritter Tashy 497 even though he was suspicious of it before. * DanceOfRomance: [[spoiler:Between Kimmy and her ex-boyfriend, and Jason and Maribel, and Lance and Ilana (though it can be debatable that it was arguably more of a sibling/familial-like dance than a romantic one) in "Under the Three Moons."]] * DarkerAndEdgier: This is one of several new Creator/CartoonNetwork shows that has no problem using the word "death". Also, the first episode starts with Lance slaughtering a few dozen infantrymen and a tank or two before Ilana informs him the FacelessMooks he's been killing are humanoid. ** It's also this as a whole compared to Genndy Tartokovsky's previous works (except maybe ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', but those were MechaMooks). ** The fact that it airs in PrimeTime means that they can probably get away with a lot more since Cartoon Network is paying more attention to their PeripheryDemographic these days. ** Plus there was that opening scene in episode 6 with all the drowning people. ** [[spoiler: Episode 16 had Lance battling a traitor during the Invasion. At the final part of the battle he catches the traitor's sword with a ROCK then he [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice jams his own sword right into the traitor's gut]].]] ** [[spoiler: Episode 18 is where the show has a main character death, that of Octus.]] * DeadlyPrank: In "The Ballad of Scary Mary," Mary is never seen again after a group of classmates lure her into the woods to tar and feather her. [[spoiler:The trope is subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that Mary wasn't killed, but instead hit it off with a cute biker boy she met in the woods and ran off with him.]] * DeathWorld: If the local fauna is any indication, Mutrad is probably a huge one. * DefrostingIceQueen: Kimmy. And [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove in his own way]], Octus. * {{Determinator}}: When the H.M.E.R. is [[spoiler: smashed by an alien,]] general Steel doesn't give up. He gets out of the top and [[spoiler: ''shoots'' the alien monster. With a regular handgun.]] * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: The mystery leader of G3 not only brought Octus back to life but made him stronger, just in time for the finale.]] At best, a type 2. More likely a type 3. ** This would have been explained in Season 2, had the show not been ScrewedByTheNetwork. It was originally intended as {{Foreshadowing}}, but since we'll likely not see to what it was foreshadowing, it comes off as a DeusExMachina. * DiabolusExNihilo: The energy creature from episode 18 shows up with no explanation for its presence or what it even is. * DidntThinkThisThrough: In order to contain a mutated and violent Ilana, Octus traps her inside his shapeshifting armor. However, he failed to consider that it would allow her to attack his "head", and pretty much names the trope. * DisneyAcidSequence: When Lance begins studying for his driver's license, it devolves into one of these * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Ilana]] from "The Demon Within." * DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: The traitor during the invasion of the group's homeworld is stabbed through the gut by Lance and topples over the edge of a bridge to his death.]] * DistaffCounterpart: Lance meets what is pretty much a female version of himself at the Scary Mary party. * DistractedByTheSexy: Subverted when Kimmy attempts this to get Octus to do her math problems for her, but it fails. ** Although it seems to take effect during a conversation in Episode 13. * TheDitz: Invoked by Kimmy, who believes that she's stupid ''because'' she's the AlphaBitch. * DownerEnding: Episode 18. Though it's arguably just a Downer Episode altogether. Things certainly don't look too bright for [[spoiler: Lance and Ilana now that Octus is dead. Especially since they can't form Titan anymore.]] * DrivingTestSmashers: Lance has this problem during his driving test. * DumbMuscle: The school jocks aren't too bright, with Meat being the prime example. * [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth Obliterating Kaboom]]: Again, Tashy 497. * EarlyBirdCameo: "Tashy 497" has Modula visiting his monster development facility. One of the monsters he sees ends up as the next episode's MonsterOfTheWeek. * EldritchAbomination: Some of the monsters. Xeexi and The Shaman are two of the most obvious examples. ** Tashy 497 could be considered one, especially since its species are practically living supernovas. * ElegantGothicLolita: Ilana's fourth outfit (her second in the third episode). Oddly enough, her blonde hair really works well with it. ** She borders on it again for most of Episode 10. * ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Octus slips into this while watching ''[[ShowWithinAShow Animal Friends]]''. * TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The Shaman might not be so dead after all...]] * MrFanservice: Lance. * EvenTheGuysWantHim: Lance again. * EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Ilana is an alien princess sent into exile to Earth due to the Mutradi invasion. * ExecutiveMeddling: Of the "switch its time slot a lot" variety. * {{Expy}}: Baron bears a resemblance, in both personality and appearance, to Draco from the HarryPotter series ** Ilana's bodyguard in ''Escape from Galaluna'' is basically [[JonnyQuest Race Bannon]] ** And who could forget Jason, who looks exactly like Hiccup from WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon and Cody from ''TotalDramaIsland.'' ** Steve "Babyface" Stevens, the spy in "Disenfranchised," bears a remarkable resemblance to [[ArchieComics Archie]]. [[/folder]] [[folder: F-K]] * FaceHeelTurn: General Modula prior to the beginning of the series. * FailedASpotCheck: Scary Mary in the flashbacks in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" fails to notice the girls laughing at her as the popular guy asks her out, then fails to notice the guy doing the same moments later. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because unpopular Mary was clearly having the typical ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe reaction. * FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Subverted, the army is apparently using [[AKA47 what look like HK G36's]], though they don't help much against the mechs. Bank thieves likewise use machine guns. * FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: General Modula crushing a resistance fighter's neck with his fist. On Creator/CartoonNetwork, no less. They at least had a GoryDiscretionShot. ** They don't seem to have much of a problem with violently dispatching the monsters, either. In Episode 5 it shows Titan ripping off its limbs and punching a hole through it. ** And in Episode 15 they literally hack the monster to pieces with a scythe. ** Episode 16 has Lance [[spoiler: stabbing a traitor]] who we then see fall from an extremely tall bridge. Though it's partially cleaned up by the fact that the wound isn't shown and he falls in water, it's pretty clear what happened. ** Episode 17 has two. First the newly introduced MonsterOfTheWeek tears another monster to shreds and kills it by tearing its throat out. [[spoiler: The monster itself is killed by being literally beaten to death by the Titan, blood splattering all over it as it does so]] ** [[spoiler: Octus' death]] in Episode 18 is pretty brutal, what with being [[spoiler: electrocuted and drained of all his energy all while writhing in agony.]] ** The three monsters in Episode 20 are brutally dispatched [[spoiler:by the new improved Titan. The first one gets its leg severed and a spear driven down its throat. The second one gets an arm chopped off and sliced in half, and the final one is ambushed from behind and cut in half, its blood splattering all over Steel.]] * {{Fangirl}}: Lance has quite a few of them at Sherman High, and Ilana had at least three on Galaluna who loved her so much that they copied her hairstyle. * {{Fanservice}}: Ilana's UnlimitedWardrobe; any time Lance is shirtless. ** Kimmy's "little dance" for Octus qualifies as this. ** They seem to have a penchant for exposing Ilana's legs as well. There's actually a scene in episode three featuring both shirtless Lance and Ilana in short shorts. And then there's the episode full of chearleaders crawling around an air duct. ** Speaking of Ilana, at the end of "I Am Octus" her overalls have less material than Lance's shirt. ** Lance spends the first half of Episode 11 in nothing but his boxers. ** There's a lingering pan of Ilana when she shifts into her spacesuit in Episode 18. ** Episode 19 sees Ilana coming out of the shower in nothing but a towel * FireForgedFriends: The main reason Ilana and Lance are becoming friends is because of the war on their home planet of Galaluna. * FootFocus: "The Demon Within" has two shots focusing on Ilana's bare feet. ** "Tashy 497 also features a shot of her bare feet as she walks up to Tashy's cage. * FootPopping: Episode 10. After a study date, Kimmy does this when giving Octus a [[BigDamnKiss 'real' kiss]] before leaving. * {{Foreshadowing}}: In Episode 13, Octus says something to the effect of "Nothing stays dead today." At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Ilana's heart stops. In an almost literal moment of HeartIsAnAwesomePower, it starts again.]] * FragileSpeedster: Corus, Ilana's mech. ** The monster of episode 17 also counts. Its fast as lightning but so fragile [[spoiler: the Titan doesn't even need a weapon to kill it, it just beats it to death once it finally catches it.]] * FutureFoodIsArtificial: School lunches. Yes, the cliché is back. * GeneralRipper: General Steel has a "shoot first, ask questions never" policy with aliens. That this might not be the best policy to deal with alien threats can be seen in Episode 3. ** This may not be the right trope to file this under, but the fact that Solomon was willing to sacrifice probably millions of dollars in damage to their Helicarrier, the lives of his men, and even beat the living piss out of them himself is pretty goddamn committed. ** This is probably one of the ''most'' unrealistic parts of the show. Even as GeneralRipper types go, Steel would've already been removed for being dangerously ''psychotic''. * GeneralFailure: General Steel. He loses mostly every fight he's in, causes most of the property damage, and always goes 'NeverMyFault' whenever things screw up. * GeniusBruiser: Octus may be TheSmartGuy of the trio, but his robot body allows him to kick just as much ass as Ilana and Lance if push comes to shove. * GenreSavvy: Lance is fully aware that if they attempt to fight the first creature that Modula sent to Earth, it would give away their position, causing him to send more creatures after the fact, and refuses to fight it. Ilana talks him and Octus into it later, however. ** Xeexi may count as well, being much more subtle and intelligent than most bad guys. Unfortunately for him, he did not kill Lance.... * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/{{Sym-BionicTitan}} Has its own page]]. * GeekyTurnOn: Octus's reaction to the White Dragon's car is to remark how it makes his "circuits tingle." Lance responds, "Mine, too." * GilliganCut: In the first episode, when the gang try and introduce themselves without disguises. -->'''Ilana''': [''hiding in a cave''] If we're going to blend in with these Earthlings we'll need to know more about them. Perhaps we should go down there?\\ '''Octus''': Agreed.\\ [''Cut to the two aliens and one semi-transparent robot appearing before a lone woman in a darkened parking lot'']\\ '''Ilana''': Salutations.\\ [''{{beat}}'']\\ '''Woman''': ...AAAAAAAAAAAHH!\\ '''Lance''': [''back in the cave''] Well... that didn't work out so well. * GiveGeeksAChance: Kimmy's attraction to Octus. ** Possibly Ilana with Jason as well, although she's not particularly popular herself. * {{Gonk}}: High school has never looked so grotesque! ** Special mention goes to Arthur, Lance's roommate at the boarding school. ** Most of the background characters, and in certain cases they make note to highlight it, as with the cafeteria... person. * GrandFinale: Though probably not grand enough to match the creators' intentions, [[spoiler:Octus is revived, the last monsters were killed, and "Newton" may resolve his relationship.]] * GrievousHarmWithABody: The MonsterOfTheWeek in episode 5 has its arm ripped off by Titan as a weapon. * {{Goth}}: Kristin, who hung out with Lance in "The Ballad of Scary Mary". * GrossUpCloseUp: As mentioned above, the Cafeteria person, and done again in Episode 4 with the teacher. And in Episode 10 with the pimple-faced nerd. * {{Gundamjack}}: Lance hijacks a Manus suit in order to scare off a murderous Baron. Baron responded by doing the same. * HadTheSillyThingInReverse: in the flashback episode, Ilana and her bodyguard are able to tank-jack, but since the bodyguard was too wounded, Ilana had to drive the tank. The first thing she does at the controls is drive the tank in reverse. * HartmanHips: Being a suburban middle-aged woman, Barb has these in spades. ** Is it really that much of a surprise? Genndy has clearly utilized this trope before on a [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory certain kid genius's mom]]. ** Ironic since Hartman worked on that show alongside Genndy. * TheHeart: Ilana. She's even the Heart of the Titan. ** HeartIsAnAwesomePower in her case, because without it the Titan won't work. * HeelFaceTurn: While they're not outright evil, Ilana manages to get the cheerleaders to help fight back against a BlobMonster. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: When Ilana introduces their neighbor Barb to the family. -->'''Ilana:''' This is Lance.\\ '''Barb:''' Boyfriend?\\ '''Ilana:''' Brother.\\ '''Barb:''' ''Boo!'' ** Doubles as IncestIsRelative. ** Octus pulls a SheIsNotMyGirlfriend to Lance and Ilana when they start teasing him about Kimmy. In the same episode, Lance and Ilana are hanging out when a classmate of Lance's bumps into them and assumes Ilana is Lance's "lady." They both deny it, Lance saying Ilana is just a friend while Ilana simultaneously blurts out that Lance is her brother. * HenshinHero: All three of Titan's pilots. * HeroKiller: The Energy Cloud monster from episode 18. It's impervious to nearly everything they throw at it and is able to permently drain the energy out of electrical devices, meaning its dangerous to try and use their PoweredArmor or Octus against it for risk of losing them for good. [[spoiler:It becomes a ''literal'' HeroKiller by killing Octus at the end of the episode.]] It takes the G3's battleship firing everything its got at it and blowing up the space station it was in to kill the darn thing! * HeroesWantRedheads: Octus and Kimmy, though it's [[InvertedTrope Kimmy]] who's attracted to Octus first. * HeroInsurance: Specifically averted. The first use of the Titan is specifically mentioned as having caused ''$14 billion'' in damage, and the battle scars on the city are shown and played for drama. ** Also shown when in their second battle, they actively try to avoid causing damage to the area they're fighting in. Later episodes show them actively trying to move the fight away from inhabited areas before it starts. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Octus is killed by the energy cloud while trying to save Lance.]] * HesJustHiding: Out of universe, many people believe this of Lance's father. In universe, Lance agreed... at first. * HiddenDepths: ** Implied with Lance. --->'''Ilana:''' Why do you think my father chose somebody so...''strange?''\\ '''Octus:''' Maybe your father sees something in him that none of us do. ** General Modula seems to have more than just a working relationship with the king prior to whatever mishap led to him being left behind. ** After her many attempts to get out of working on math problems, Kimmy admits that she is well-aware of her status as AlphaBitch and TheDitz and is convinced that's why she's "stupid," and even breaks down crying in front of Octus. ** Octus himself is getting this treatment with his RidiculouslyHumanRobot status. * HiddenEyes: General Modula wears his brim low. * HighSchoolDance: The plot of "Under the Three Moons" revolves around the Sherman High's Homecoming Dance. * HippieChick: Ilana gives off this vibe, with all her talk of the heart, body, and mind as one. ** Partially subverted: She does have a problem with [[FutureFoodIsArtificial school lunches having only 1% meat content]], while the stereotypical hippie is, of course, a vegetarian. She ''is'' trying to provide healthier food for the school though, but anything would be healthier than what they had. ** She's also been seen to sport some pretty funky clothes, like the technicolor nightmare in Episode 5. * {{Hipster}}: The band Lance joins, Disenfranchised, in the episode of the same name, comes off as this. They kick Lance out of the band at the end of the episode because he's attracting too many mainstream fans. * HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Lance and Ilana seem to have this concern for Octus's relationship with Kimmy. * HowDoIShotWeb: No one, not even Octus, had any idea they had the Titan at first. They figure out how it works pretty fast, though. ** Shown in "Disenfranchised," Lance made a Kusarigama weapon construct for Titan, and when he did, Octus was shocked because he didn't know they could do so. It seems to imply that there is really no limit to the constructs Titan could create. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: In their HumongousMecha, Lance and Ilana are this trope, though they're not officially an item. Kimmy and Octus are a better fit since they're a canon couple. * HumanAliens * HumongousMecha: Sym-Bionic Titan * IdiotBall: The King. Should've listened to Lance, huh? [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that Lance's sullen behaviour and tendency to get into trouble at the Academy meant he was a constant disappointment to the King. By the time of the invasion, Lance had very little credibility with the King. * IgnoreTheFanservice[=/=]NotDistractedByTheSexy: Octus doesn't respond to Kimmy's attempts to seduce her way out of studying the way she'd hoped. Lance likewise is completely apathetic to the constant stream of poon that passes his way. Ilana counts, too, since she's seen Lance shirtless several times and is apparently not impressed. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Titan defeats the monster in Episode 6 [[spoiler: by impaling it on a gigantic spear]]. ** And then Lance does an encore in Episode 13. Bonus points because he does it WITH A FUCKING TRIDENT. ** [[spoiler: Octus is killed by the monster of episode 18 this way.]] * ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: ** The Titan robot is about at least several stories tall and must weigh quite a few tons, yet it can perform impressive feats of martial arts with no regard for the laws of physics. ** Subverted with the H.M.E.R. It's bulky, slow and needs a ridiculous amount of jets all over in to make simple maneuvers. * INeedToGoIronMyDog: By the time "Under the Three Moons", Kimmy is sick of Octus' constant "bathroom" excuses. * InferredHolocaust: Besides the huge amounts of property damage, the human casualties during the battles between the Titan and Mutraddi monsters in populated areas is downplayed, even though entire city blocks are casually wiped out every few seconds. * InnocentCohabitation: Subverted. The main reason Ilana, Lance and Octus all live in the same house together is due to their mission to blend in with Earthlings. They avoid arousing suspiscion by pretending to be a family. And so far, there has been no romantic interest amongst them to complicate things. * IronicJuxtaposition: Kimmy turns on her iPod and [[HappyDance happydances]] her way home to A Flock Of Seagulls, while the Titan fights the [=EMP=] monster in the background behind her. There are visual similarities between her motions, swinging off the streetlamps, and the Titan swinging the monster by its tail. * {{Irony}}: The final episode is called "A New Beginning" * JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Happens to Lance in "The Fortress of Deception." * JerkAss: The White Dragon, who harasses Lance over a tiny slight, hounds him even when the MonsterOfTheWeek is trying to kill them, and uses his gang to cheat in a street race by trying to get Lance to crash. ** Baron, Lance's rival in the Academy, who was also bad enough to try and kill him. Lance must be a psycho magnet. Baron even "killed" his own team during the war games just for a better shot at the top spot. * JerkJock: Ridiculously exaggerated versions appear in the first episode. Played straight with Baron, Lance's academy rival. * {{Kaiju}}: Pretty much all of the Mutraddi mega-beasts fit this trope. * KarmaHoudini: Baron. He tries to murder Lance because Lance might have ruined his chances of getting on the royal guard by beating him in the war games (which, admittedly, was Baron's surefire ticket to the guard, though his record probably could have carried him there). When Lance steals the Manus armor to try and scare him off, he takes another and they get into a mecha duel which up blows up a good chunk of the academy. [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections He's bailed out by his dad while Lance gets the blame.]] (He spent a short time in jail and it's implied his good reputation took a dive, but that's it.) * KidsAreCruel: They're so bad in Galaluna that they have no problem trying to murder their classmates with high-end weaponry. ** There's also the story of Scary Mary in "The Ballad of Scary Mary." * KillerRabbit: Tashy 497 is a cute little octopus creature that has the ability to destroy entire planets. * TheKlutz: Jason tends to fall down a lot. [[/folder]] [[folder: L-R]] * LatexSpaceSuit: The Galalunian space suits in "A Family Crisis". G3's suits aren't quite as form fitting, but are still much slimmer than a normal suit. * LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[DieHard Hans Gruber]] shows up in episode 4. * LeftForDead: Modula's main issue with the king is this, which lead to his FaceHeelTurn. The king genuinely thought he was dead, not that Modula cares. * LeftHanging: Due to the shows cancellation, we will never find out what G3's connections to Galaluna were, or who the mysterious figure was who [[spoiler: brought Octus back to life]] Not to mention Modula still ruling Galaluna and The King's unknown fate. * {{Letterbox}}: The whole series is presented in this format. * LightningBruiser: Octus * LimitedWardrobe: Averted with Ilana, who can't seem to stay in one outfit over a single episode, [[UnlimitedWardrobe much less between them]]. Played straight with Lance and Octus. ** Kimmy and her cheerleader friends also seem to be averting this trope, when they're not wearing their uniforms, of course. * LipstickAndLoadMontage: Ilana, Lance and Octus all go through this prior to the Homecoming Dance in "Under the Three Moons." * MagicSkirt: Ilana every couple of episodes, and the cheerleaders in episode 7. ** Averted by the AlphaBitch of said cheerleaders. Her skirt floats when they dive into a pool, so the viewers get an underwater PantyShot. The rest of the cheerleaders play it straight, though, despite being in the same situation. * MaleGaze: In episode 4 with the hot chicks. Twice inside of five minutes in episode 7; first with a quartet of cheerleaders, then with Ilana at her tryout for the squad. Then Kimmy in episode 10. ** Again in episode 13 with Ilana in mech form. * ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Solomon seems to be taking orders from a mysterious gauntlet-wearing figure.]] * MasterOfDisguise: Octus, using a holographic system, though he always seems to retain his overall cylindrical shape and hasn't changed into anything other than his two basic forms. His size is especially strange since we've seen him visibly change his actual form (into a ball). Episode 11 shows he ''could'' put more effort into it if he wanted. ** The Chameleon in episode 12 could shape-shift into absolutely anyone, at any size, even scaling up its impersonations. * TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Happens with Newton and Kimmy in "Under the Three Moons." [[spoiler: She breaks up with him because he's keeping secrets from her. It didn't help that he ditched her to fight a monster on Homecoming night.]] * MeaningfulName: Corus = Heart, Manus = Hand, Octus = Eye. * MightyGlacier: Manus, Lance's mech. * MindRape: Xeexi and The Shaman specialize in this. * MiniMecha: Lance's mech. * MoodWhiplash: The ending of episode 4, which suddenly segues from Lance happily serving food at the cafeteria, to Modula torturing the king for information on Titan. ** Earlier in the same episode, Lance is beating the piss out of some crooks, and next we have a shot of him showering with a huge grin on his face, and the whole breakfast scene with him being unnaturally cheerful. * MonsterOfTheWeek: The Mutraddi Beasts serve this role. * MoreDakka: General Steel seems to follow this philosophy, exemplified by H.M.E.R. and its [[SpentShellsShower literal rain of huge spent shells]]. * MrsRobinson: Barb sort of let herself in when the trio moved into their new home. She immediately starts flirting with "Mr. Lunis". * MultiArmedAndDangerous: The six-armed baddie in episode 6. * MundaneMadeAwesome: Barb opening a can of tuna fish for her dog. ** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Lance battling blob monsters with a pool net while wearing a mascot costume.]] * MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: Before getting crushed by the Titan, Xeexi manages to record their battle [[spoiler: and send said recording to his master, making Modula aware of the Titan's existence.]] * MysteriousPast: Ilana apparently knows little to nothing about Lance's past, which Lance isn't fond of bringing up. ** Though at this point his past is substantially less mysterious to we, the viewers. *** Although in the pilot she explicitly says to him, "I know about you AND your past", what Ilana thinks she knows is pretty much what her father knows -- a rather incomplete and slanted version of Lance's growing up years. * NameOfCain: In a recent episode, Ilana's cellmate introduces himself as Cain. Guess what happens. * NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Lance's father]], though they still gave him a proper funeral. ** Scary Mary, [[spoiler:although she was only PRESUMED dead]] * NeverSayDie: Strongly averted, at least most of the time; not only do characters mention death but the monsters create massive amounts of collateral damage and most likely causalities as well. Modula also has no problem offing mooks casually. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lance. ** In the second episode, he exposes their identities to Solomon in trying to deal with MonsterOfTheWeek. Not to mention attracting the attention of said monster in the first place by activating his mecha unnecessarily, due to his being overprotective of Ilana. ** In the fourth, his vigilante activities not only get him caught by the MonsterOfTheWeek, [[spoiler:but expose their secret weapon to Modula (who had thus far been baffled by the princess defeating his monsters).]] * NoEnding: The series never resolves the war on Galaluna or the confrontation with Modula. * NobodyPoops: Averted in episode 2 by the realtor, then immediately exaggerated by Octus, who asks what the realtor was doing in there (justified, since Octus is a robot). Subsequently played straight so far for the rest of the series. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Octus and Ilana are feeling bad about missing the dance in "Uhder Three Moons", they end up beating the Monster Of The Week to death with Titan's bare fists. * NoOntologicalInertia: When the MonsterOfTheWeek infects Ilana with a DNA-altering virus, killing said monster is sufficient for Ilana to revert to human form almost instantly. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Meat, the jock who keeps bothering Octus in episode 7. * NosyNeighbor: '''Barb.''' ''Dear Lord'', when she thinks the Lunis' have a new pet, she practically ''jumps'' on Mr. Lunis to find out what kind it is. ** Granted, this is ''Barb'' we're talking about. That was likely less her being nosy, and more like an excuse to practically jump on Mr. Lunis. ** And she has in every appearance so far walked straight into their house with no invitation. * NotADate: Lance and Ilana's date-like hangout in episode 10. ''They'' don't think it's a date, but the person who invited Lance to the concert sure thought it was. ** To be fair, it wasn't played out like a date at all. There was no awkward sexual tension or anything between them, and it really just seemed more like they were casually hanging out. * NotBloodSiblings: Ilana and Lance, who pretend to be siblings as a cover-up. * NotWearingTights: Ilana, Lance and Octus are essentially superheroes on Earth. They've got secret identities and special powers, and they fight monsters and save lives on a regular basis. The Titan robot itself seems to be considered a superhero by the general public, and Lance becomes the mysterious crime-fighting type as the Phantom Ninja. If they weren't wearing armor, they'd be wearing capes and masks for sure. * OhCrap: Mike Chan's reaction to the giant wave that nearly washes him off the road in "The White Dragon". ** The audience's reaction to the entirety of episode 6, particularly when the totem begins to glow [[spoiler: and reform itself]]. ** The Shaman himself gets one when he realizes [[spoiler:Lance and Ilana have overcome their fears and his nightmare powers are now completely useless.]] ** Xeexi just before he gets stomped. * OppositesAttract: Octus and Kimmy. * OrificeInvasion: Xeexi's method of mind control, which entails forcing itself down its terrified victim's throat. * OurWormholesAreDifferent: How they got to Earth. * ParentalAbandonment: Lance's father is supposedly dead and we never hear anything about his mother. Ilana's father is being held by Modula and we haven't heard about her mother, either, though she may have been at Lance's father's funeral. * {{Parkour}}: Lance pulls this off in episode two. * ParrotExposition: Modula doesn't appreciate a Mutradi scientist repeating all of his questions back to him. * PerpetualFrowner: Lance * PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Lance to Ilana, after the MonsterOfTheWeek is killed, and she seems to have died as a result of their mind-link being severed.]] * PoorCommunicationKills: The reason for Lance's and Ilana's "sibling" spat in episode 3. ** Also, episode 11 might have gone a lot better if a) G3 hadn't been so aggressive towards the team and b) if the team had answered their questions. ** [[spoiler: In the whole episode flashback to when Lance is at the Academy, he's bullied by [[{{Jerkass}} Baron]] relentlessly until he shows his skills off in a suicide scenario. Baron decides to [[MoralEventHorizon murder him]] with his two cronies following, and Lance is forced to get into a mech just to defend himself. Yet...he gets all the blame in the end since he didn't just ''speak out'', try to get out stealthfully, and when the King confronts him...he didn't even inform him of what happened.]] * {{Portmanteau}}: Symbiotic (two organisms living closely together) + Bionic (cyborgs) = "Sym-Bionic". * PoweredArmor: Ilana's Corus unit is closer to this than a mecha. * PowerTrio: Lance (Id/Body), Ilana (Superego/Heart), and Octus (Ego/Mind). ** Further, when they get into the local high school, they all end up as a different stereotype -- Lance is a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]], Ilana is a [[GranolaGirl flower girl]], and Octus is a {{nerd}}. * ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Because they're hiding out on Earth, the town they live in gets regularly attacked by giant monsters who destroy portions of the city (possibly killing hundreds if not thousands in the crossfire), but when Lance takes up vigilantism (which might make their visit a net positive for the city), he gets told to stop. Of course, Lance's actions resulted in a huge NiceJobBreakingItHero because he bit off more than he could chew, so Octus was arguably in the right to dissuade him. * PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Solomon unleashes a flurry of punches on Octus, both head and body blows. Naturally, Octus doesn't even flinch. * [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Drive Pink Cars]]: Chan from "Roar of the White Dragon." * {{Reconstruction}}: Of the HumongousMecha genre after ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''GundamWing'' deconstructed it. ** It can also be seen as playing with JapaneseMediaTropes in general. For example Tashy is all about [[PlayingWithATrope playing with the]] [[{{Mons}} Pet Monster]] trope. * RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: Lance and Ilana masquerade as brother and sister, with Octus as their father. * RidiculouslyCuteCritter / RuleOfCute: [[strike:Mushy]] [[strike:Tarax]] [[strike:497]] [[{{Squee}} Tashy 497.]] * RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The main theme of "I Am Octus". Throughout the episode we see Octus wondering how much is he a machine and how much humanity does he have, if the emotions he has are real or are they just some sort of automatized response. * TheRival: Baron didn't like Lance from the first moment he came to the academy. In his introductory episode alone, he tried to kill Lance after being bested only once. It remains to be seen if Baron will return later on in the series, but the odds are high in favor of it. * RoadsideWave: Happens to Lance and Ilana when they are hitchhiking in the rain in "The Steel Foe". * {{Robeast}}: The Mutraddi Mega-Beasts fill this role. * [[{{Robosexual}} Ro Yay]]: Octus in his human guises and several women. * RoofHopping: Lance in the second episode. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Ilana is willing to fight to protect humanity from the monsters out to get her, despite her bodyguards' advice to do otherwise. ** It apparently runs in the family. During "Escape from Galaluna", her father, ''the king'' picks up a {{BFG}} and fights on the front lines with regular soldiers. It's implied he's an even bigger {{Badass}} than Lance. When Lance defeats the fake king in Ilana's nightmare, he convinces Ilana it's a fake by saying there's no way he could have defeated him so easily in real life. * RushedInvertedReading: Kimmy does it in "Lessons in Love" when Lance and Ilanca interupt her and Newton when they were about to kiss. [[/folder]] [[folder: S-Z]] * SassyBlackWoman: Lance's driving instructor, who turns out to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pretty nice]]. * SceneryPorn: The show boasts some absolutely gorgeous background art. ** [[spoiler: Tashy 497's explosion leaves]] a beautiful new solar body; SceneryPorn that doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]]! * [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By The Merchandise]]: Or lack thereof. Creator/CartoonNetwork had to can the series after 20 episodes since no [[ProductPlacement toy manufacturers were stepping up to make toys from the show]] (a unfortunate side-effect of an economic recession) though ratings were doing well. Genndy has now moved onto working at Sony Pictures Animation to focus on the SamuraiJack feature. * SecretIdentity: Part of the heroes mission is to blend in with human society, after all. And then there's the HumongousMecha they're all piloting. * SexyBacklessOutfit: In "Under Three Moons", Ilana is seen briefly sporting a backless dress, much to her apparent discomfort. It's worth noting that Kimmy was the one who picked it out for her. * ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: The Chameleon pulls this in episode 12 to get the edge on Titan, exploiting Octus' relationship with Kimmy. Lance and Ilana talk him out of it. * ShapeshifterHammerspace: The Titan is able to form weapons merely by thought; Octus referred to it as a sort of MatterReplicator. * ShirtlessScene: Lance at night, and you can hear the fangirls from fifty miles away. * ShootingSuperman: General Steel's solution to everything is MoreDakka. It hasn't occurred to him yet that blowing stuff up doesn't work most of the time and/or makes things worse. * ShoutOut: The Abandoned Farm they stop at before heading in to space looks like CourageTheCowardlyDog's Farm. ** Ron Stoppable as the school's mascott voice. ** The first fight scene. The army's firepower does nothing to the monster, and then its first attack knocks the Titan flat on its arse against a building. Shades of Shinji's first fight in Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. ** Episode 11 shows some G3 built mechs that resemble the Zentraedi Battlepods from Robotech/Macross ** The monster in "Roar of the White Dragon" looks an awful lot like Clover from ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. ** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[{{Seinfeld}} 'Jerk Store']] . * SickeninglySweethearts: Judging from "Under the Three Moons", Newton and Kimmy seemed to be turning into this, with him calling her cheesy nicknames such as 'muffin cup' and 'honey bear'. * SignificantDoubleCasting: ''Very'' likely with the gauntlet man behind G3. In addition to a bunch of evidence already pointing towards this, [[spoiler:both he and Lance's dad are voiced by Richard [=McGonagle=].]] * SmugSnake: From episode 8, Baron. Never have you wanted to punch a character who only appears for one episode as much as you have this guy. ** Also Lance's [[spoiler: former superior officer]] who betrayed Galaluna to aid Modula's coup. He got his though. * SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Episode 10, which is basically a romantic teen comedy. Complete with the token battle sequence being set to an 80s pop ballad! ** Or "The Fast and the Furious". Lance getting his license, and a monster battle thrown in the last two minutes. *** More specifically, ''Tokyo Drift''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4-7qqi1WIs This has not gone unnoticed]]. * SoundtrackDissonance: The Titan's fight with the EMP Monster is to the tune of "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls * SpaceIsNoisy: So noisy in fact that the MonsterOfTheWeek can transmit an ultrasonic signal to Earth not only from space, but through the rift gate. ** It could have been broadcasting it as a radio signal. * SpaceWhaleAesop: Ilana's lectures about following the rules would make a good Aesop if she chose rational examples. Instead she references her string of bad luck (which was not her fault), goes nuts about following the rules, then has to break them to save the day. ** Then again, that could be the entire point. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: The credits of "Phantom Ninja" reveal that the alien enemy's odd name is actually spelled 'Xeexi', but the TV captions spell it as 'Xishi,' which has become the accepted spelling among fans. * SphereOfDestruction: The fight between the Titan and the monster in the first episode results in a spherical blast that wipes out an entire section of the city. * SpiritualSuccessor: To ''SamuraiJack''. ** Particularly the episode "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess" with very familiar themes and character archetypes. ** And could also be said to be one of ''Clone Wars''. Hell, it's almost like their badass love child. * SpoilerTitle: "Tashy 497". [[spoiler:It's the name of the nebula created after Mushy/Terax/497 exploded, being a combined name from the first three.]] * StaringKid: Octus gets one when he changes his holographic face to avoid recognition by the police. He tries to get his mom's attention, who tells him [[NotNowKid "not to stare."]] * StealthPun: The Spider Totem wields a train/chain. ** Also used in the first episode where Lance was revealed to be a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Corporal corporal.]] * StepfordSmiler: Kimmy. * SteppingStonesInTheSky: Lance manages this ''[[UpToEleven while driving a car]]'' in episode 5. ** It's done again in episode 16, when the bridge he and his opponent are on is blown up. * StoodUp: Octus starts every date with Kimmy, but the Rift Gate always causes him to have to bail or no-show on her. The last straw is when Octus promises --and fails to show-- the night of the Homecoming Dance, in "Under The Three Moons". * StupidSexyFlanders: Octus has one of these moments regarding Lance in "Phantom Ninja". When Ilana remarks that she doesn't get what the girls at school see in Lance, Octus replies: -->“Dark hair. Bedroom eyes. Moody demeanor. I totally get it.“ * StylisticSuck: ''[[ShowWithinAShow Animal Friends]]'', as well as the aforementioned parody of high school dramas. * SuperRobot: The show is an homage to the anime that define this trope, so naturally, the titular titan is one. * SurvivorGuilt: Lance in episode 18 [[spoiler: immediately after Octus' death -- because he fell behind and Octus only died because he returned to save Lance]]. * SwissArmyHero: Titan uses [[DoAnythingRobot Octus']] energy conversion with Lance's imagination to [[ShapeshifterWeapon make any melee weapon]] they need at the moment. To a lesser extent, the same is true of Ilana's imagination and defensive items. * TakeThat: At the CW and teenage high school drama shows. ** Doubles as BitingTheHandHumor since Time Warner, owner of Cartoon Network, owns half of the WC... er... TheCW. * TanksForNothing: General Steel's default response to a threat is to throw tanks at it. This never works, of course. * TarAndFeathers: "The Ballad of Scary Mary", although it was probably a substance like molasses rather than tar. * TechnologyPorn: Titan. * TeensAreMonsters: Everyone at the trio's high school are jerks. It takes twelve episodes for the three to have a conversation with someone that isn't filled with scorn. * ThatsNoMoon: In ''Tashy 497''. Modula's ship is shown landing on a DeathWorld where his {{Robeast}}s come from. During one of the establishing shots, a nearby mountain range suddenly opens its eyes as the ship flies past. * [[HeCleansUpNicely They Clean Up Nicely]]: We knew Ilana looked pretty in formal wear, but Lance (after giving the suit his own take) and Octus (after deciding to alter his shape a little) also do. * TitleDrop: Octus first refers to the trio's robotic warrior as the Sym-Bionic Titan after Ilana mentions that the media has dubbed it with the name. * ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The band Disenfranchised. * TimTaylorTechnology: In Episode 19, Lance attempts to revive [[spoiler: Octus]] by connecting him to the electrical systems of a motel for "more power." Later, he attempts to try the same strategy with the H.M.E.R.'s power source instead. * TooDumbToLive: General Steel. Aside from the fact that MoreDakka is his first and only solution to any given problem, his incompetence and ignorance of basic scientific precautions [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unleashed a deadly lightning storm]] [[BuffySpeak alien thing]] in episode 3. How he managed to get promoted so many times is anybody's guess. * TortureTechnician: 3G uses lets one loose on Lance in "Fortress of Deception". * TransformationIsAFreeAction: To be fair, it's portrayed as being almost instantaneous in real-time. * TransformationSequence: Ilana and Lance's mech suits as well as the Titan. * TransformationTrinket: The watches Ilana and Lance use to activate their armor. * TronLines: Titan has these. * {{Troperiffic}}: Obvious by the first episode alone. * TrueCompanions: By the end of the series the trio consider themselves as family. * UranusIsShowing: "Let me guess; you were trying to see Uranus, right?" * UnstoppableRage: Lance after [[spoiler: Octus' death]]. ** To explain: [[spoiler: He took over G3's ship and let loose everything in it had into the monster and the space station, vaporizing it completely. Even Solomon, who is just as BadAss as Lance is, knew it was a good idea to stay out of his way despite the fact his ship had just been hijacked.]] * VoluntaryShapeshifting: Octus, to the point where he can make small adjustments (relatively speaking) on the fly. ** The creature in episode 12 is seen walking through a crowd of people and randomly changing form as it goes. * WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: It's a given, really. * WaveMotionGun: Solomon's ship has one. It's even called the Wave Motion Cannon. The Titan has one, too. Very likely a ShoutOut, given the [[{{Animesque}} nature of the series.]] * WeHaveReserves: Modula and General Steel both have this attitude. * WellExcuseMePrincess: Between Ilana and Lance. * WhamEpisode: Episode 18, "A Crisis in the Family". * WhatCouldHaveBeen: Ilana's actual bodyguard being injured in the invasion meant Lance was the only ready choice. * WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Shaman of Fear." * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The end of episode 9, "Tashy 497". * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mike Chan's ''{{Stripperific}}'' girlfriend who [[TheVoiceless never spoke]] for some reason wasn't seen again in the end of the episode. ** After Hobbes is wounded during the Mutraddi invasion of Galalunia, he is taken away for medical treatment and is never seen again. ** [[spoiler:The mysterious man who Solomon reports to and later fixes Octus.]] ** [[spoiler: Lance's father.]] * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: It's apparently quite OK to tear apart the bad guys as long as they're the monstrous Mutradi, but Ilana immediately orders Lance to use non-lethal force once they discover that the humans look just like them (never mind that said humans were attacking them). Sure, their enemy may be monsters and easy enough to tell apart from natives, but it leads to FridgeLogic (and FridgeHorror) about the possible massacre that might've happened if they had landed on an equally innocent planet with inhabitants who look less than human/Galalunan. ** We find out later that they were sent to Earth specifically ''because'' they looked so much like Galalunans... but the masks the soldiers were wearing and their "shoot first, ask later" attitude didn't help. ** Episode 11 has them go all-out on G3 troopers. It's never stated that anyone was killed, though. *** Considering it showed them being directly hit with gunfire, blasted with missles, and having their jetpacks blown off mid-flight, it's probably safe to assume there were quite a lot. *** At the very least, the mechs at the end of the fight, prior to the use of Titan, back up in a very human fashion... only to be flattened by Titan. ** If we see it this way, more than not being humanoid, they are ''at war'' with the mutraddi, meanwhile the humans are innocent victims who get in the middle of the conflict. * WhatTheHellHero: Octus calls out Lance for his vigilante antics. Later, Ilana calls out Octus and Lance for trying to forge a driver's license. * WaveMotionGun: one is used in the first episode. It's even ''called'' a "Wave Motion Cannon." * WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Shadows of Youth" and "Escape from Galaluna", featuring Lance's academy days and the invasion of Galaluna, respectively. * WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: After some early misunderstandings, Lance and Ilana try their absolute best to minimise casualties during their run-ins with G3 and the US Army. * XMeetsY: One of Creator/AdultSwim's bumps described it as ''Anime/GoLion'' / ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' meets ''{{Kikaider}}'' meets ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' meets ''SamuraiJack'' meets [[RuleofCool HELL YEAH!]] ** Alternatively, ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -or ''Anime/MazingerZ''- meets ''Anime/{{Zambot3}}'' meets ''[[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Tetsujin 28-go]]''. ** The show has pretty much solidified itself as a cross between a John Hughes Highschool movie and traditional Mecha Anime. * YouAreInCommandNow: Modula kills his lead scientist after his latest Mutradi fails to work as intended. He then turns to a random computer tech, promotes him, and declares that the same will happen to him if the next monster fails. * YouHaveFailedMe: See above. He does it so casually, too. He zaps the guy to dust without getting out of his chair. ** Another alien meets this fate when his monster fails in to kill Ilana in episode 17, after betting his life on it. --> '''Modula:''' You should have bet something else. * YouMeanXmas: The Winter Harvest Festival seems to be Galaluna's version of Christmas. [[/folder]] ---- ''Engaging Sym Bionic Titan!''
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sym-Bionic_Titan_6568.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:No, you can't have one.]] An animated series created by GenndyTartakovsky, Paul Rudish and Brian Andrews for Creator/CartoonNetwork. A hybrid of [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school drama]] and giant robot battles, ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' follows the adventures of three beings from the planet Galaluna: Princess Ilana, her bodyguard Lance, and their RobotBuddy Octus. Escaping from their home from the advance of the powerful General Modula, they crash-land in Sherman, Illinois and pose as high school students. However, Modula's forces have followed in pursuit and now they must defend their new home from his many monsters with their mechs. ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' was [[TooGoodToLast cancelled]] after its initial order of 20 episodes, ostensibly for not having a strong enough merchandising tie-in (animation that good needs a little more funding to maintain), though in actuality, was more of a contract dispute between Genndy and CN. The last three episodes were then shuffled to an early-morning slot on Saturday, which in itself, warned perceptive viewers that the network was trying to make the show disappear quietly. However, fans wised up when it suddenly vanished altogether from Cartoon Network. The fast cancellation of such an acclaimed series has since quickly led to [[http://www.facebook.com/SymBionicTitan a fan movement determined on getting the show renewed]]. Miraculously, the aforementioned movement seems to be heading somewhere. Creator/AdultSwim has apparently noticed the series has a following and decided to give it some love. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/09/26-1/toonami-expands-to-six-hours It is now airing]] on the revived Creator/{{Toonami}}, which means the show is getting the ColbertBump thanks to the show being aired in front of an older demographic that will better understand and appreciate the show and the tropes to which it's paying homage. And that's not even mentioning that, back in the days before its original cancellation, Toonami once hosted another [[MegasXLR Western animated love letter to giant robots]] beloved by older viewers that shares some notable similarities to this one, meaning that, in this new block, the show likely won't suffer from the NostalgiaFilter that many fans have on when it comes to modern CartoonNetwork programming. Light at the end of the tunnel for the fans? Definitely. [[Recap/SymbionicTitan Has a recap page.]] Not to be confused with that [[WesternAnimation/MegasXLR other Cartoon Network show with giant robots.]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Or the other one.]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}} Or that other one.]] [[WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum Nor that similarly-named one on Adult Swim.]] [[Anime/TheBigO Or the other Adult Swim one.]] ---- !!Contains examples of: [[foldercontrol]] [[folder: A-E]] * AceCustom: Ilana's mech, Corus, is implied to be this since no others like it were ever shown. Lance uses a standard issue Manus armor with a slightly different color scheme; the CombiningMecha aspect probably isn't standard, though, since the King passed him a new model (his old one had been confiscated) before sending him off. * ActingForTwo: JohnDiMaggio as General Julius Steel and Ilana's father, the King of Galaluna. He keeps popping up as extras all over the place, along with TaraStrong. Of course, with their wide ranges and main character positions, this isn't really too surprising. * ActingUnnatural: In "Lessons in Love", Newton and Kimmy are about to kiss when Lance and Ilana burst in. Newton randomly shouts out the word "Parallelogram!" and extends his book pages forward towards Lance and Ilana, while Kimmy [[RushedInvertedReading opens her book upside down]]. * ActionBomb: Tashy 497, of the explodes when killed (or just when it dies) variety. * ActionGirl: Ilana. Not nearly as action-y as Lance, but she can still hold her own. ** Kristin (the Goth girl) was also revealed to be one in "Under the Three Moons" when shown practicing martial arts. * {{Adorkable}}: Jason, and Octus as Newton. * AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Galactic Guardian Group (G3 for short). ** AlliterativeName: Lance Lunis * AerisAndBob: Within Galaluna, Lance, Edward (Lance's father), and Arthur vs. Baron, Ilana, and Modula. * AllThereInTheScript: Several characters that are not called by name in the show have their names listed in the credits. This applies to most of the human cast and even some of the aliens. For instance, the Goth girl who likes Lance in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" is named Kristin, and the Mutraddi frog creature in "The Demon Within" is named Muculox. * AnAesop: Rather subtle by WesternAnimation standards, yet rather blunt by this show's standards. Episode 4 had a healthy-eating {{Aesop}}, but it focused less on "eating healthy" and more on "eating things that are edible." It also had a good minute's worth of Lance with an armful of fruit eating a nutritious breakfast for no other reason than to... show him eating a nutritious breakfast. ** Actually, the healthy eating message was more of a metaphor for the actual plot of the episode involving Lance's boredom with Earth life. The blandness of the food is Lance's boredom with Earth, but he later realizes that even though it's bland at first, it has qualities that are good for him in the long run. Kids will understand the health message, but older audiences will see the subtext. ** Episode 10, which is most remembered for the "[[{{Fanservice}} Booty Quake]]" scene, actually did deliver a rather subtle aesop where Octus all but told Kimmy she didn't need to act like a ditzy airhead just because society expects her to act that role. * AirborneAircraftCarrier: G3's headquarters. * [[AliensInCardiff Aliens In Sherman]] * AliensSpeakingEnglish: And if Octus' scans are right, they [[AllPlanetsAreEarthlike breathe similar gases, too]]. ** All of the Mutraddi (the intelligent ones anyway) speak English as well. ** If we think that the king ''explicity'' sent his daughter to ''that'' particular planet, we can consider that just because our planet is like Galaluna, he sent her to Earth. * AllGirlsWantBadBoys: One of the reasons all the girls at Sherman High are into Lance. Octus even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it at one point when Lance is being swarmed by fangirls. --> Ilana: I don't get it. --> Octus: Dark hair, bedroom eyes, moody demeanor. I totally get it. * AluminumChristmasTrees: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-fu Fu-fu]] from "The Phantom Ninja" is real. * {{Animesque}}: It's Genndy Tartakovsky. If it wasn't, something is seriously wrong. In particular the art style owes a lot to OsamuTezuka. * AnimationBump: The show has always looked good, but some episodes are simply ''gorgeous'' with feature film-quality animation; a good example is "Escape From Galaluna." The entire episode is simply ''beautiful.'' * AppropriatedAppellation: The "Titan" part of the robot's name is added after it's referred to as one by the Earth media. * AutoErotica: The teens in episode 5 get as close to this trope as is possible on Cartoon Network. See GettingCrapPastTheRadar. * BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Octus]] is revived by the leader of G3. * BackToBackBadasses: Lance and Solomon in Episode 11. Not only is it awesome, it's a plot point, since Solomon should not know the martial art Lance uses. Ilana and Lance do this later in the same episode just before they get their watches back. * {{Badass}}: Ilana, Lance, and Octus all take this trope to great heights. Especially Lance. ** Modula, too. Solomon as of Episode 11 as well. * BadassBeard: The King of Galaluna. This is showcased in "Escape from Galaluna" when he's fighting the Mutraddi invaders alongside his soldiers. And when his gun breaks, he gets an even bigger one. ** Again, Modula, and his beard trumps the King's. * BadassLongcoat: Solomon. * BadassPrincess: Ilana. * BaddieFlattery: "...Good Foo-foo." * BareYourMidriff: Kimmy in the "Ballad of Scary Mary." ** Also Ilana's [=PJs=] in "Tashy 497". * BarrierWarrior: Ilana's Corus armor allows her to create force fields and the theme is carried over to her controlling the Titan's shield arm. * BatmanGambit: Solomon pulls one [[spoiler: to figure out how the Titan works.]] * BeautyEqualsGoodness: When [[spoiler:General Steel]] goes even crazier than before in episode 20, his features are noticeably more detailed and ugly; jagged teeth, wrinkles, liver spots on his hands... * BerserkButton: Don't try to hurt Lance or Ilana in front of Octus. In the episode "The Fortress of Deception", he reaches downright {{Terminator}} levels of single-mindedness when Lance and Ilana are kidnapped. Also, don't imply that he is JustAMachine. * BewareTheCuteOnes: Tashy 497. You will coo and squeal at him forever... at least until you remember he can take out an entire planet. * {{BFG}}: In flashbacks to the Mutradi invasion, the king is shown fighting along his troops with a standard issue rifle. The thing breaks in his hands, so a mook immediately passes him a bigger gun. [[MoreDakka Much dakka ensues.]] * {{BFS}}: Sym-Bionic Titan's sword, created out of the pilots' thoughts. * BigBad: Modula. * BigBadEnsemble: General Modula, General Steel, and Solomon, though Modula is really the only true BigBad in the trio. The Galactic Guardians aren't actually villains, and Steel is a WellIntentionedExtremist. And Solomon eventually pulled a HeelFaceTurn and became a firm ally. * BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Octus in the finale, saving an outmatched Ilana and Lance and allowing an even more powerful Titan to be formed. The Titan then proceeds to do the same for G3 and General Steel.]] * BirdsOfAFeather: Ilana and Jason; Lance and Kristin. * BitingTheHandHumor: The first episode has a parody of the type of teen dramas usually found on half-sister network TheCW. "Tonight on the WC!" * BlatantLies: Octus has to "go to the bathroom" a lot. With his [[UnfortunateImplications brother and sister.]] Kimmy eventually gives up trying to get him to explain what he's really doing, but she's still not too happy about it. * BlobMonster: Episode 7. * BloodFromTheMouth: Lance has the minor injury version when being beaten by [=G3=]'s resident interrogator. * BodyguardCrush: Averted so far (probably due to their status as [[NotBloodSiblings "siblings"]]), but we do get occasional {{Ship Tease}}s and HeIsNotMyBoyfriend moments. ** Genndy has actually stated in [[http://www.awn.com/articles/article/genndy-tartakovsky-takes-giant-robots/page/1%2C1 an official interview]] that he intends to go for a non-romantic relationship with Lance and Ilana because he finds doing a friendship between male and female characters is more interesting and that having them fall in love would be too easy. As of ''The Ballad of Scary Mary'', alternate potential romantic interests have been introduced for Ilana and Lance. *** In said interview, Genndy stated that the relationship of Pazu and Sheeta of Hayao Miyazaki's CastleInTheSky served as inspiration for that of Lance and Ilana. To him this was a bond of mutual friendship with no romantic attractions involved. ** Ilana's former bodyguard Hobbs in ''Escape from Galaluna'' might qualify, as they both showed a mutual affection for each other. * BodyHorror: Xeexi forcing itself down people's throats. ** Ilana slowly transforming into a frog monster. * BondOneLiner: Modula gets one in "Under the Three Moons" after a henchcreature bet his own life that a monster would succeed. -->"You should have bet something else." * BreatherEpisode: ** Considering the preview for the [[WhamEpisode sixth episode]], "Roar of the White Dragon" may have been this. ** Episode 10 is also one as it is a teen romantic comedy set between the really sad episode 9 and a particularly violent and intense Episode 11. * BrownNote: ** The above-mentioned Blob Monster is vulnerable to certain frequencies, though Octus doesn't figure out the lethal sound until later on. ** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "I Am Octus" uses an ultrasonic signal to freeze humans in place. * BuffySpeak: During their first excursion to the mall, Ilana describes a particular couch as being "smooshy", with emphasis on the "oo". * ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Octus sometimes announces "Initiate Sym-Bionic Titan" before the combination sequence. * CallingYourAttacks: Though it's not necessary, Lance has on occasion called out a given weapon which the Titan created. * CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:Octus ''and'' the Titan in episode 20. The new Titan is far more powerful and curbstomps three rather strong monsters that had G3 and General Steel completely outmatched. Lance even says Titan feels stronger than before.]] * CampGay: Todd, the male member of the dance committee duo, is a rather family friendly version of this. * CarFu: The way Lance drives his car. On scaffoldings, and getting big air on broken pavement. It's almost LeParkour with a car. ** Let's not forget he grinds the motherfucker on a crane. That shit is like Car ninjitsu. * CassandraTruth: In a flashback to his academy days, Lance was grabbed from bed and dumped in the hall in his underwear. The headmaster treats it as if Lance did this deliberately, despite the student body being well-aware of Baron's JerkAss behavior. ** Lance again in episode 16, when the king refuses to believe that there's an invasion on the way, and Lance is dismissed as a lunatic. Said invasion shows up not long after. * CastOfSnowflakes * TheCheerleader: More mean than stupid, but they don't exactly scream honor-roll material. * ChildSoldiers: The Academy is a military training facility which starts training future soldiers as children. To be fair, however, it is partially TruthInTelevision: most of them are teenagers, and military schools do exist for such ages. However, they also showed a row of children who looked even shorter, and, presumably, younger than Lance and Arthur -- who were already small and really young-looking to begin with. ** It's worth noting that the whole episode was a pretty big tribute to ''Ender's Game'', which is about a kid being trained to become a soldier. * CoatHatMask: Solomon * CombatPragmatist: Lance displays this during the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flash back episode]]. Outmatched by the traitorous instructor, he used a rock to block his sword, and runs him through with his. * CombiningMecha: Sym-Bionic Titan, formed when Corus, Manus, and Octus combine. Manus [[TelescopingRobot telescopes]] and forms the skeleton of the robot, Corus is situated at the literal heart of the robot, and Octus expands and then wraps tight around the frame defined by Manus, acting like the robot's "skin". * ConspicuousCGI: The Titan, though it surprisingly works. Some of the monsters, on the other hand... ** The Mutraddi in episode 16 get special mention, for being the most obvious to date. * ContinuityNod: ** The construction site in Episode 5 is the same place that was destroyed by the first MonsterOfTheWeek. ** And even before that, the giant effing crater in the middle of the city in Episode 2. ** G3 has a storeroom of alien objects, including the trio's spaceship and the remains of several monsters they killed in the previous episodes. ** In Episode 12, Kimmy is seen talking to her friend about the latest episode of ''Highschool Heights'', a ShowWithinAShow mentioned in the first episode. "He can't read?" The show is mentioned again in Episode 13, too. Apparently Ilana and Octus are both fans. ** In "Disenfranchised" we see that the legs of the giant Mecha-Hydra from way back in Episode 2 are in the exact same spot, and a park has even been built around them. The episode also has General Steel's spy questioning students about the events of "Showdown at Sherman High". ** In "Under the Three Moons," the mall is still being repaired from the destruction caused in Episode 2. ** In "The Steel Foe" Lance says that the H.M.E.R. is made of Mutraddi metal from the missile that was carrying Tashy. * ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted with the fire monster from the first episode; the characters react to the heat. * ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: Subverted. The pilot episode has the Titan destroy an entire section of the city against the first MonsterOfTheWeek. The following episode strongly implies that the cost of the damage was [[InferredHolocaust more than just financial]]...[[hottip:* :However, a huge death toll would probably scare people away from a city where alien giants keep showing up on a regular basis, instead of their going on with their lives as if nothing happened. Except, the populace is showing signs of apprehension and trauma, and the military is suddenly ''everywhere''...]] ** In the finale, we actually SEE people inside of the buildings that are being blown up * CoolCar: Lance's new hobby in "Roar of the White Dragon". %%% %% Please do not add Crownings to the main page. Put it in the relevant subsection or on this works's YMMV/ page. %%% * CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Galaluna appears to be this initially, but as the series progresses and we get more flashbacks, it has more of a British Regency flavor -- in terms of dress, at least; the architecture ''is'' pretty lofty. ** And the military uniforms have Napoleonic sensibilities. * CurbstompBattle: Pretty much any fight Lance has with jocks or criminals. ** And a literal example when it comes to the Titan's battle with Xeexi. ** The H.M.E.R's first fight. Given the Tokusatsu influences, this isn't a suprise. ** [[spoiler:H.M.E.R, G3, and Lance and Ilana all three suffer this at the hands of the three newested monsters Modula sent. H.M.E.R gets torn to pieces as well. The situation is completely reversed when the Titan CameBackStrong, making it strong enough to completely dominate all three monsters with no effort. In fact, it would appear they were ''playing'' with the first one to test out their new powers.]] * CutShort: And how. Given all the storylines which went unresolved (including a handful which came up in the finale alone) the series pretty much has an open ending with no closure short of [[SamuraiJack a feature film being created several years after the series ended]]. ** Fortunately, the recently revived Toonami segment of Adult Swim has picked the episodes back up, and a petition with a ''lot'' of supporters to begin making new episodes. * CuteMonsterGirl: Averted ''hard'' in Episode 13. * CutenessProximity: Lance is taken in by the RidiculouslyCuteCritter Tashy 497 even though he was suspicious of it before. * DanceOfRomance: [[spoiler:Between Kimmy and her ex-boyfriend, and Jason and Maribel, and Lance and Ilana (though it can be debatable that it was arguably more of a sibling/familial-like dance than a romantic one) in "Under the Three Moons."]] * DarkerAndEdgier: This is one of several new Creator/CartoonNetwork shows that has no problem using the word "death". Also, the first episode starts with Lance slaughtering a few dozen infantrymen and a tank or two before Ilana informs him the FacelessMooks he's been killing are humanoid. ** It's also this as a whole compared to Genndy Tartokovsky's previous works (except maybe ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', but those were MechaMooks). ** The fact that it airs in PrimeTime means that they can probably get away with a lot more since Cartoon Network is paying more attention to their PeripheryDemographic these days. ** Plus there was that opening scene in episode 6 with all the drowning people. ** [[spoiler: Episode 16 had Lance battling a traitor during the Invasion. At the final part of the battle he catches the traitor's sword with a ROCK then he [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice jams his own sword right into the traitor's gut]].]] ** [[spoiler: Episode 18 is where the show has a main character death, that of Octus.]] * DeadlyPrank: In "The Ballad of Scary Mary," Mary is never seen again after a group of classmates lure her into the woods to tar and feather her. [[spoiler:The trope is subverted at the end of the episode, when it's revealed that Mary wasn't killed, but instead hit it off with a cute biker boy she met in the woods and ran off with him.]] * DeathWorld: If the local fauna is any indication, Mutrad is probably a huge one. * DefrostingIceQueen: Kimmy. And [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove in his own way]], Octus. * {{Determinator}}: When the H.M.E.R. is [[spoiler: smashed by an alien,]] general Steel doesn't give up. He gets out of the top and [[spoiler: ''shoots'' the alien monster. With a regular handgun.]] * DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: The mystery leader of G3 not only brought Octus back to life but made him stronger, just in time for the finale.]] At best, a type 2. More likely a type 3. ** This would have been explained in Season 2, had the show not been ScrewedByTheNetwork. It was originally intended as {{Foreshadowing}}, but since we'll likely not see to what it was foreshadowing, it comes off as a DeusExMachina. * DiabolusExNihilo: The energy creature from episode 18 shows up with no explanation for its presence or what it even is. * DidntThinkThisThrough: In order to contain a mutated and violent Ilana, Octus traps her inside his shapeshifting armor. However, he failed to consider that it would allow her to attack his "head", and pretty much names the trope. * DisneyAcidSequence: When Lance begins studying for his driver's license, it devolves into one of these * DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Ilana]] from "The Demon Within." * DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: The traitor during the invasion of the group's homeworld is stabbed through the gut by Lance and topples over the edge of a bridge to his death.]] * DistaffCounterpart: Lance meets what is pretty much a female version of himself at the Scary Mary party. * DistractedByTheSexy: Subverted when Kimmy attempts this to get Octus to do her math problems for her, but it fails. ** Although it seems to take effect during a conversation in Episode 13. * TheDitz: Invoked by Kimmy, who believes that she's stupid ''because'' she's the AlphaBitch. * DownerEnding: Episode 18. Though it's arguably just a Downer Episode altogether. Things certainly don't look too bright for [[spoiler: Lance and Ilana now that Octus is dead. Especially since they can't form Titan anymore.]] * DrivingTestSmashers: Lance has this problem during his driving test. * DumbMuscle: The school jocks aren't too bright, with Meat being the prime example. * [[EarthShatteringKaboom Earth Obliterating Kaboom]]: Again, Tashy 497. * EarlyBirdCameo: "Tashy 497" has Modula visiting his monster development facility. One of the monsters he sees ends up as the next episode's MonsterOfTheWeek. * EldritchAbomination: Some of the monsters. Xeexi and The Shaman are two of the most obvious examples. ** Tashy 497 could be considered one, especially since its species are practically living supernovas. * ElegantGothicLolita: Ilana's fourth outfit (her second in the third episode). Oddly enough, her blonde hair really works well with it. ** She borders on it again for most of Episode 10. * ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Octus slips into this while watching ''[[ShowWithinAShow Animal Friends]]''. * TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The Shaman might not be so dead after all...]] * MrFanservice: Lance. * EvenTheGuysWantHim: Lance again. * EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Ilana is an alien princess sent into exile to Earth due to the Mutradi invasion. * ExecutiveMeddling: Of the "switch its time slot a lot" variety. * {{Expy}}: Baron bears a resemblance, in both personality and appearance, to Draco from the HarryPotter series ** Ilana's bodyguard in ''Escape from Galaluna'' is basically [[JonnyQuest Race Bannon]] ** And who could forget Jason, who looks exactly like Hiccup from WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon and Cody from ''TotalDramaIsland.'' ** Steve "Babyface" Stevens, the spy in "Disenfranchised," bears a remarkable resemblance to [[ArchieComics Archie]]. [[/folder]] [[folder: F-K]] * FaceHeelTurn: General Modula prior to the beginning of the series. * FailedASpotCheck: Scary Mary in the flashbacks in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" fails to notice the girls laughing at her as the popular guy asks her out, then fails to notice the guy doing the same moments later. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because unpopular Mary was clearly having the typical ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe reaction. * FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Subverted, the army is apparently using [[AKA47 what look like HK G36's]], though they don't help much against the mechs. Bank thieves likewise use machine guns. * FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: General Modula crushing a resistance fighter's neck with his fist. On Creator/CartoonNetwork, no less. They at least had a GoryDiscretionShot. ** They don't seem to have much of a problem with violently dispatching the monsters, either. In Episode 5 it shows Titan ripping off its limbs and punching a hole through it. ** And in Episode 15 they literally hack the monster to pieces with a scythe. ** Episode 16 has Lance [[spoiler: stabbing a traitor]] who we then see fall from an extremely tall bridge. Though it's partially cleaned up by the fact that the wound isn't shown and he falls in water, it's pretty clear what happened. ** Episode 17 has two. First the newly introduced MonsterOfTheWeek tears another monster to shreds and kills it by tearing its throat out. [[spoiler: The monster itself is killed by being literally beaten to death by the Titan, blood splattering all over it as it does so]] ** [[spoiler: Octus' death]] in Episode 18 is pretty brutal, what with being [[spoiler: electrocuted and drained of all his energy all while writhing in agony.]] ** The three monsters in Episode 20 are brutally dispatched [[spoiler:by the new improved Titan. The first one gets its leg severed and a spear driven down its throat. The second one gets an arm chopped off and sliced in half, and the final one is ambushed from behind and cut in half, its blood splattering all over Steel.]] * {{Fangirl}}: Lance has quite a few of them at Sherman High, and Ilana had at least three on Galaluna who loved her so much that they copied her hairstyle. * {{Fanservice}}: Ilana's UnlimitedWardrobe; any time Lance is shirtless. ** Kimmy's "little dance" for Octus qualifies as this. ** They seem to have a penchant for exposing Ilana's legs as well. There's actually a scene in episode three featuring both shirtless Lance and Ilana in short shorts. And then there's the episode full of chearleaders crawling around an air duct. ** Speaking of Ilana, at the end of "I Am Octus" her overalls have less material than Lance's shirt. ** Lance spends the first half of Episode 11 in nothing but his boxers. ** There's a lingering pan of Ilana when she shifts into her spacesuit in Episode 18. ** Episode 19 sees Ilana coming out of the shower in nothing but a towel * FireForgedFriends: The main reason Ilana and Lance are becoming friends is because of the war on their home planet of Galaluna. * FootFocus: "The Demon Within" has two shots focusing on Ilana's bare feet. ** "Tashy 497 also features a shot of her bare feet as she walks up to Tashy's cage. * FootPopping: Episode 10. After a study date, Kimmy does this when giving Octus a [[BigDamnKiss 'real' kiss]] before leaving. * {{Foreshadowing}}: In Episode 13, Octus says something to the effect of "Nothing stays dead today." At the end of the episode, [[spoiler:Ilana's heart stops. In an almost literal moment of HeartIsAnAwesomePower, it starts again.]] * FragileSpeedster: Corus, Ilana's mech. ** The monster of episode 17 also counts. Its fast as lightning but so fragile [[spoiler: the Titan doesn't even need a weapon to kill it, it just beats it to death once it finally catches it.]] * FutureFoodIsArtificial: School lunches. Yes, the cliché is back. * GeneralRipper: General Steel has a "shoot first, ask questions never" policy with aliens. That this might not be the best policy to deal with alien threats can be seen in Episode 3. ** This may not be the right trope to file this under, but the fact that Solomon was willing to sacrifice probably millions of dollars in damage to their Helicarrier, the lives of his men, and even beat the living piss out of them himself is pretty goddamn committed. ** This is probably one of the ''most'' unrealistic parts of the show. Even as GeneralRipper types go, Steel would've already been removed for being dangerously ''psychotic''. * GeneralFailure: General Steel. He loses mostly every fight he's in, causes most of the property damage, and always goes 'NeverMyFault' whenever things screw up. * GeniusBruiser: Octus may be TheSmartGuy of the trio, but his robot body allows him to kick just as much ass as Ilana and Lance if push comes to shove. * GenreSavvy: Lance is fully aware that if they attempt to fight the first creature that Modula sent to Earth, it would give away their position, causing him to send more creatures after the fact, and refuses to fight it. Ilana talks him and Octus into it later, however. ** Xeexi may count as well, being much more subtle and intelligent than most bad guys. Unfortunately for him, he did not kill Lance.... * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/{{Sym-BionicTitan}} Has its own page]]. * GeekyTurnOn: Octus's reaction to the White Dragon's car is to remark how it makes his "circuits tingle." Lance responds, "Mine, too." * GilliganCut: In the first episode, when the gang try and introduce themselves without disguises. -->'''Ilana''': [''hiding in a cave''] If we're going to blend in with these Earthlings we'll need to know more about them. Perhaps we should go down there?\\ '''Octus''': Agreed.\\ [''Cut to the two aliens and one semi-transparent robot appearing before a lone woman in a darkened parking lot'']\\ '''Ilana''': Salutations.\\ [''{{beat}}'']\\ '''Woman''': ...AAAAAAAAAAAHH!\\ '''Lance''': [''back in the cave''] Well... that didn't work out so well. * GiveGeeksAChance: Kimmy's attraction to Octus. ** Possibly Ilana with Jason as well, although she's not particularly popular herself. * {{Gonk}}: High school has never looked so grotesque! ** Special mention goes to Arthur, Lance's roommate at the boarding school. ** Most of the background characters, and in certain cases they make note to highlight it, as with the cafeteria... person. * GrandFinale: Though probably not grand enough to match the creators' intentions, [[spoiler:Octus is revived, the last monsters were killed, and "Newton" may resolve his relationship.]] * GrievousHarmWithABody: The MonsterOfTheWeek in episode 5 has its arm ripped off by Titan as a weapon. * {{Goth}}: Kristin, who hung out with Lance in "The Ballad of Scary Mary". * GrossUpCloseUp: As mentioned above, the Cafeteria person, and done again in Episode 4 with the teacher. And in Episode 10 with the pimple-faced nerd. * {{Gundamjack}}: Lance hijacks a Manus suit in order to scare off a murderous Baron. Baron responded by doing the same. * HadTheSillyThingInReverse: in the flashback episode, Ilana and her bodyguard are able to tank-jack, but since the bodyguard was too wounded, Ilana had to drive the tank. The first thing she does at the controls is drive the tank in reverse. * HartmanHips: Being a suburban middle-aged woman, Barb has these in spades. ** Is it really that much of a surprise? Genndy has clearly utilized this trope before on a [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory certain kid genius's mom]]. ** Ironic since Hartman worked on that show alongside Genndy. * TheHeart: Ilana. She's even the Heart of the Titan. ** HeartIsAnAwesomePower in her case, because without it the Titan won't work. * HeelFaceTurn: While they're not outright evil, Ilana manages to get the cheerleaders to help fight back against a BlobMonster. * HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: When Ilana introduces their neighbor Barb to the family. -->'''Ilana:''' This is Lance.\\ '''Barb:''' Boyfriend?\\ '''Ilana:''' Brother.\\ '''Barb:''' ''Boo!'' ** Doubles as IncestIsRelative. ** Octus pulls a SheIsNotMyGirlfriend to Lance and Ilana when they start teasing him about Kimmy. In the same episode, Lance and Ilana are hanging out when a classmate of Lance's bumps into them and assumes Ilana is Lance's "lady." They both deny it, Lance saying Ilana is just a friend while Ilana simultaneously blurts out that Lance is her brother. * HenshinHero: All three of Titan's pilots. * HeroKiller: The Energy Cloud monster from episode 18. It's impervious to nearly everything they throw at it and is able to permently drain the energy out of electrical devices, meaning its dangerous to try and use their PoweredArmor or Octus against it for risk of losing them for good. [[spoiler:It becomes a ''literal'' HeroKiller by killing Octus at the end of the episode.]] It takes the G3's battleship firing everything its got at it and blowing up the space station it was in to kill the darn thing! * HeroesWantRedheads: Octus and Kimmy, though it's [[InvertedTrope Kimmy]] who's attracted to Octus first. * HeroInsurance: Specifically averted. The first use of the Titan is specifically mentioned as having caused ''$14 billion'' in damage, and the battle scars on the city are shown and played for drama. ** Also shown when in their second battle, they actively try to avoid causing damage to the area they're fighting in. Later episodes show them actively trying to move the fight away from inhabited areas before it starts. * HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Octus is killed by the energy cloud while trying to save Lance.]] * HesJustHiding: Out of universe, many people believe this of Lance's father. In universe, Lance agreed... at first. * HiddenDepths: ** Implied with Lance. --->'''Ilana:''' Why do you think my father chose somebody so...''strange?''\\ '''Octus:''' Maybe your father sees something in him that none of us do. ** General Modula seems to have more than just a working relationship with the king prior to whatever mishap led to him being left behind. ** After her many attempts to get out of working on math problems, Kimmy admits that she is well-aware of her status as AlphaBitch and TheDitz and is convinced that's why she's "stupid," and even breaks down crying in front of Octus. ** Octus himself is getting this treatment with his RidiculouslyHumanRobot status. * HiddenEyes: General Modula wears his brim low. * HighSchoolDance: The plot of "Under the Three Moons" revolves around the Sherman High's Homecoming Dance. * HippieChick: Ilana gives off this vibe, with all her talk of the heart, body, and mind as one. ** Partially subverted: She does have a problem with [[FutureFoodIsArtificial school lunches having only 1% meat content]], while the stereotypical hippie is, of course, a vegetarian. She ''is'' trying to provide healthier food for the school though, but anything would be healthier than what they had. ** She's also been seen to sport some pretty funky clothes, like the technicolor nightmare in Episode 5. * {{Hipster}}: The band Lance joins, Disenfranchised, in the episode of the same name, comes off as this. They kick Lance out of the band at the end of the episode because he's attracting too many mainstream fans. * HotSkittyOnWailordAction: Lance and Ilana seem to have this concern for Octus's relationship with Kimmy. * HowDoIShotWeb: No one, not even Octus, had any idea they had the Titan at first. They figure out how it works pretty fast, though. ** Shown in "Disenfranchised," Lance made a Kusarigama weapon construct for Titan, and when he did, Octus was shocked because he didn't know they could do so. It seems to imply that there is really no limit to the constructs Titan could create. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: In their HumongousMecha, Lance and Ilana are this trope, though they're not officially an item. Kimmy and Octus are a better fit since they're a canon couple. * HumanAliens * HumongousMecha: Sym-Bionic Titan * IdiotBall: The King. Should've listened to Lance, huh? [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that Lance's sullen behaviour and tendency to get into trouble at the Academy meant he was a constant disappointment to the King. By the time of the invasion, Lance had very little credibility with the King. * IgnoreTheFanservice[=/=]NotDistractedByTheSexy: Octus doesn't respond to Kimmy's attempts to seduce her way out of studying the way she'd hoped. Lance likewise is completely apathetic to the constant stream of poon that passes his way. Ilana counts, too, since she's seen Lance shirtless several times and is apparently not impressed. * ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Titan defeats the monster in Episode 6 [[spoiler: by impaling it on a gigantic spear]]. ** And then Lance does an encore in Episode 13. Bonus points because he does it WITH A FUCKING TRIDENT. ** [[spoiler: Octus is killed by the monster of episode 18 this way.]] * ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: ** The Titan robot is about at least several stories tall and must weigh quite a few tons, yet it can perform impressive feats of martial arts with no regard for the laws of physics. ** Subverted with the H.M.E.R. It's bulky, slow and needs a ridiculous amount of jets all over in to make simple maneuvers. * INeedToGoIronMyDog: By the time "Under the Three Moons", Kimmy is sick of Octus' constant "bathroom" excuses. * InferredHolocaust: Besides the huge amounts of property damage, the human casualties during the battles between the Titan and Mutraddi monsters in populated areas is downplayed, even though entire city blocks are casually wiped out every few seconds. * InnocentCohabitation: Subverted. The main reason Ilana, Lance and Octus all live in the same house together is due to their mission to blend in with Earthlings. They avoid arousing suspiscion by pretending to be a family. And so far, there has been no romantic interest amongst them to complicate things. * IronicJuxtaposition: Kimmy turns on her iPod and [[HappyDance happydances]] her way home to A Flock Of Seagulls, while the Titan fights the [=EMP=] monster in the background behind her. There are visual similarities between her motions, swinging off the streetlamps, and the Titan swinging the monster by its tail. * {{Irony}}: The final episode is called "A New Beginning" * JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Happens to Lance in "The Fortress of Deception." * JerkAss: The White Dragon, who harasses Lance over a tiny slight, hounds him even when the MonsterOfTheWeek is trying to kill them, and uses his gang to cheat in a street race by trying to get Lance to crash. ** Baron, Lance's rival in the Academy, who was also bad enough to try and kill him. Lance must be a psycho magnet. Baron even "killed" his own team during the war games just for a better shot at the top spot. * JerkJock: Ridiculously exaggerated versions appear in the first episode. Played straight with Baron, Lance's academy rival. * {{Kaiju}}: Pretty much all of the Mutraddi mega-beasts fit this trope. * KarmaHoudini: Baron. He tries to murder Lance because Lance might have ruined his chances of getting on the royal guard by beating him in the war games (which, admittedly, was Baron's surefire ticket to the guard, though his record probably could have carried him there). When Lance steals the Manus armor to try and scare him off, he takes another and they get into a mecha duel which up blows up a good chunk of the academy. [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections He's bailed out by his dad while Lance gets the blame.]] (He spent a short time in jail and it's implied his good reputation took a dive, but that's it.) * KidsAreCruel: They're so bad in Galaluna that they have no problem trying to murder their classmates with high-end weaponry. ** There's also the story of Scary Mary in "The Ballad of Scary Mary." * KillerRabbit: Tashy 497 is a cute little octopus creature that has the ability to destroy entire planets. * TheKlutz: Jason tends to fall down a lot. [[/folder]] [[folder: L-R]] * LatexSpaceSuit: The Galalunian space suits in "A Family Crisis". G3's suits aren't quite as form fitting, but are still much slimmer than a normal suit. * LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[DieHard Hans Gruber]] shows up in episode 4. * LeftForDead: Modula's main issue with the king is this, which lead to his FaceHeelTurn. The king genuinely thought he was dead, not that Modula cares. * LeftHanging: Due to the shows cancellation, we will never find out what G3's connections to Galaluna were, or who the mysterious figure was who [[spoiler: brought Octus back to life]] Not to mention Modula still ruling Galaluna and The King's unknown fate. * {{Letterbox}}: The whole series is presented in this format. * LightningBruiser: Octus * LimitedWardrobe: Averted with Ilana, who can't seem to stay in one outfit over a single episode, [[UnlimitedWardrobe much less between them]]. Played straight with Lance and Octus. ** Kimmy and her cheerleader friends also seem to be averting this trope, when they're not wearing their uniforms, of course. * LipstickAndLoadMontage: Ilana, Lance and Octus all go through this prior to the Homecoming Dance in "Under the Three Moons." * MagicSkirt: Ilana every couple of episodes, and the cheerleaders in episode 7. ** Averted by the AlphaBitch of said cheerleaders. Her skirt floats when they dive into a pool, so the viewers get an underwater PantyShot. The rest of the cheerleaders play it straight, though, despite being in the same situation. * MaleGaze: In episode 4 with the hot chicks. Twice inside of five minutes in episode 7; first with a quartet of cheerleaders, then with Ilana at her tryout for the squad. Then Kimmy in episode 10. ** Again in episode 13 with Ilana in mech form. * ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Solomon seems to be taking orders from a mysterious gauntlet-wearing figure.]] * MasterOfDisguise: Octus, using a holographic system, though he always seems to retain his overall cylindrical shape and hasn't changed into anything other than his two basic forms. His size is especially strange since we've seen him visibly change his actual form (into a ball). Episode 11 shows he ''could'' put more effort into it if he wanted. ** The Chameleon in episode 12 could shape-shift into absolutely anyone, at any size, even scaling up its impersonations. * TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Happens with Newton and Kimmy in "Under the Three Moons." [[spoiler: She breaks up with him because he's keeping secrets from her. It didn't help that he ditched her to fight a monster on Homecoming night.]] * MeaningfulName: Corus = Heart, Manus = Hand, Octus = Eye. * MightyGlacier: Manus, Lance's mech. * MindRape: Xeexi and The Shaman specialize in this. * MiniMecha: Lance's mech. * MoodWhiplash: The ending of episode 4, which suddenly segues from Lance happily serving food at the cafeteria, to Modula torturing the king for information on Titan. ** Earlier in the same episode, Lance is beating the piss out of some crooks, and next we have a shot of him showering with a huge grin on his face, and the whole breakfast scene with him being unnaturally cheerful. * MonsterOfTheWeek: The Mutraddi Beasts serve this role. * MoreDakka: General Steel seems to follow this philosophy, exemplified by H.M.E.R. and its [[SpentShellsShower literal rain of huge spent shells]]. * MrsRobinson: Barb sort of let herself in when the trio moved into their new home. She immediately starts flirting with "Mr. Lunis". * MultiArmedAndDangerous: The six-armed baddie in episode 6. * MundaneMadeAwesome: Barb opening a can of tuna fish for her dog. ** [[ItMakesSenseInContext Lance battling blob monsters with a pool net while wearing a mascot costume.]] * MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: Before getting crushed by the Titan, Xeexi manages to record their battle [[spoiler: and send said recording to his master, making Modula aware of the Titan's existence.]] * MysteriousPast: Ilana apparently knows little to nothing about Lance's past, which Lance isn't fond of bringing up. ** Though at this point his past is substantially less mysterious to we, the viewers. *** Although in the pilot she explicitly says to him, "I know about you AND your past", what Ilana thinks she knows is pretty much what her father knows -- a rather incomplete and slanted version of Lance's growing up years. * NameOfCain: In a recent episode, Ilana's cellmate introduces himself as Cain. Guess what happens. * NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Lance's father]], though they still gave him a proper funeral. ** Scary Mary, [[spoiler:although she was only PRESUMED dead]] * NeverSayDie: Strongly averted, at least most of the time; not only do characters mention death but the monsters create massive amounts of collateral damage and most likely causalities as well. Modula also has no problem offing mooks casually. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Lance. ** In the second episode, he exposes their identities to Solomon in trying to deal with MonsterOfTheWeek. Not to mention attracting the attention of said monster in the first place by activating his mecha unnecessarily, due to his being overprotective of Ilana. ** In the fourth, his vigilante activities not only get him caught by the MonsterOfTheWeek, [[spoiler:but expose their secret weapon to Modula (who had thus far been baffled by the princess defeating his monsters).]] * NoEnding: The series never resolves the war on Galaluna or the confrontation with Modula. * NobodyPoops: Averted in episode 2 by the realtor, then immediately exaggerated by Octus, who asks what the realtor was doing in there (justified, since Octus is a robot). Subsequently played straight so far for the rest of the series. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Octus and Ilana are feeling bad about missing the dance in "Uhder Three Moons", they end up beating the Monster Of The Week to death with Titan's bare fists. * NoOntologicalInertia: When the MonsterOfTheWeek infects Ilana with a DNA-altering virus, killing said monster is sufficient for Ilana to revert to human form almost instantly. * NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Meat, the jock who keeps bothering Octus in episode 7. * NosyNeighbor: '''Barb.''' ''Dear Lord'', when she thinks the Lunis' have a new pet, she practically ''jumps'' on Mr. Lunis to find out what kind it is. ** Granted, this is ''Barb'' we're talking about. That was likely less her being nosy, and more like an excuse to practically jump on Mr. Lunis. ** And she has in every appearance so far walked straight into their house with no invitation. * NotADate: Lance and Ilana's date-like hangout in episode 10. ''They'' don't think it's a date, but the person who invited Lance to the concert sure thought it was. ** To be fair, it wasn't played out like a date at all. There was no awkward sexual tension or anything between them, and it really just seemed more like they were casually hanging out. * NotBloodSiblings: Ilana and Lance, who pretend to be siblings as a cover-up. * NotWearingTights: Ilana, Lance and Octus are essentially superheroes on Earth. They've got secret identities and special powers, and they fight monsters and save lives on a regular basis. The Titan robot itself seems to be considered a superhero by the general public, and Lance becomes the mysterious crime-fighting type as the Phantom Ninja. If they weren't wearing armor, they'd be wearing capes and masks for sure. * OhCrap: Mike Chan's reaction to the giant wave that nearly washes him off the road in "The White Dragon". ** The audience's reaction to the entirety of episode 6, particularly when the totem begins to glow [[spoiler: and reform itself]]. ** The Shaman himself gets one when he realizes [[spoiler:Lance and Ilana have overcome their fears and his nightmare powers are now completely useless.]] ** Xeexi just before he gets stomped. * OppositesAttract: Octus and Kimmy. * OrificeInvasion: Xeexi's method of mind control, which entails forcing itself down its terrified victim's throat. * OurWormholesAreDifferent: How they got to Earth. * ParentalAbandonment: Lance's father is supposedly dead and we never hear anything about his mother. Ilana's father is being held by Modula and we haven't heard about her mother, either, though she may have been at Lance's father's funeral. * {{Parkour}}: Lance pulls this off in episode two. * ParrotExposition: Modula doesn't appreciate a Mutradi scientist repeating all of his questions back to him. * PerpetualFrowner: Lance * PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Lance to Ilana, after the MonsterOfTheWeek is killed, and she seems to have died as a result of their mind-link being severed.]] * PoorCommunicationKills: The reason for Lance's and Ilana's "sibling" spat in episode 3. ** Also, episode 11 might have gone a lot better if a) G3 hadn't been so aggressive towards the team and b) if the team had answered their questions. ** [[spoiler: In the whole episode flashback to when Lance is at the Academy, he's bullied by [[{{Jerkass}} Baron]] relentlessly until he shows his skills off in a suicide scenario. Baron decides to [[MoralEventHorizon murder him]] with his two cronies following, and Lance is forced to get into a mech just to defend himself. Yet...he gets all the blame in the end since he didn't just ''speak out'', try to get out stealthfully, and when the King confronts him...he didn't even inform him of what happened.]] * {{Portmanteau}}: Symbiotic (two organisms living closely together) + Bionic (cyborgs) = "Sym-Bionic". * PoweredArmor: Ilana's Corus unit is closer to this than a mecha. * PowerTrio: Lance (Id/Body), Ilana (Superego/Heart), and Octus (Ego/Mind). ** Further, when they get into the local high school, they all end up as a different stereotype -- Lance is a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]], Ilana is a [[GranolaGirl flower girl]], and Octus is a {{nerd}}. * ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Because they're hiding out on Earth, the town they live in gets regularly attacked by giant monsters who destroy portions of the city (possibly killing hundreds if not thousands in the crossfire), but when Lance takes up vigilantism (which might make their visit a net positive for the city), he gets told to stop. Of course, Lance's actions resulted in a huge NiceJobBreakingItHero because he bit off more than he could chew, so Octus was arguably in the right to dissuade him. * PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Solomon unleashes a flurry of punches on Octus, both head and body blows. Naturally, Octus doesn't even flinch. * [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Drive Pink Cars]]: Chan from "Roar of the White Dragon." * {{Reconstruction}}: Of the HumongousMecha genre after ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''GundamWing'' deconstructed it. ** It can also be seen as playing with JapaneseMediaTropes in general. For example Tashy is all about [[PlayingWithATrope playing with the]] [[{{Mons}} Pet Monster]] trope. * RelativelyFlimsyExcuse: Lance and Ilana masquerade as brother and sister, with Octus as their father. * RidiculouslyCuteCritter / RuleOfCute: [[strike:Mushy]] [[strike:Tarax]] [[strike:497]] [[{{Squee}} Tashy 497.]] * RidiculouslyHumanRobot: The main theme of "I Am Octus". Throughout the episode we see Octus wondering how much is he a machine and how much humanity does he have, if the emotions he has are real or are they just some sort of automatized response. * TheRival: Baron didn't like Lance from the first moment he came to the academy. In his introductory episode alone, he tried to kill Lance after being bested only once. It remains to be seen if Baron will return later on in the series, but the odds are high in favor of it. * RoadsideWave: Happens to Lance and Ilana when they are hitchhiking in the rain in "The Steel Foe". * {{Robeast}}: The Mutraddi Mega-Beasts fill this role. * [[{{Robosexual}} Ro Yay]]: Octus in his human guises and several women. * RoofHopping: Lance in the second episode. * RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Ilana is willing to fight to protect humanity from the monsters out to get her, despite her bodyguards' advice to do otherwise. ** It apparently runs in the family. During "Escape from Galaluna", her father, ''the king'' picks up a {{BFG}} and fights on the front lines with regular soldiers. It's implied he's an even bigger {{Badass}} than Lance. When Lance defeats the fake king in Ilana's nightmare, he convinces Ilana it's a fake by saying there's no way he could have defeated him so easily in real life. * RushedInvertedReading: Kimmy does it in "Lessons in Love" when Lance and Ilanca interupt her and Newton when they were about to kiss. [[/folder]] [[folder: S-Z]] * SassyBlackWoman: Lance's driving instructor, who turns out to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pretty nice]]. * SceneryPorn: The show boasts some absolutely gorgeous background art. ** [[spoiler: Tashy 497's explosion leaves]] a beautiful new solar body; SceneryPorn that doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]]! * [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed By The Merchandise]]: Or lack thereof. Creator/CartoonNetwork had to can the series after 20 episodes since no [[ProductPlacement toy manufacturers were stepping up to make toys from the show]] (a unfortunate side-effect of an economic recession) though ratings were doing well. Genndy has now moved onto working at Sony Pictures Animation to focus on the SamuraiJack feature. * SecretIdentity: Part of the heroes mission is to blend in with human society, after all. And then there's the HumongousMecha they're all piloting. * SexyBacklessOutfit: In "Under Three Moons", Ilana is seen briefly sporting a backless dress, much to her apparent discomfort. It's worth noting that Kimmy was the one who picked it out for her. * ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: The Chameleon pulls this in episode 12 to get the edge on Titan, exploiting Octus' relationship with Kimmy. Lance and Ilana talk him out of it. * ShapeshifterHammerspace: The Titan is able to form weapons merely by thought; Octus referred to it as a sort of MatterReplicator. * ShirtlessScene: Lance at night, and you can hear the fangirls from fifty miles away. * ShootingSuperman: General Steel's solution to everything is MoreDakka. It hasn't occurred to him yet that blowing stuff up doesn't work most of the time and/or makes things worse. * ShoutOut: The Abandoned Farm they stop at before heading in to space looks like CourageTheCowardlyDog's Farm. ** Ron Stoppable as the school's mascott voice. ** The first fight scene. The army's firepower does nothing to the monster, and then its first attack knocks the Titan flat on its arse against a building. Shades of Shinji's first fight in Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion. ** Episode 11 shows some G3 built mechs that resemble the Zentraedi Battlepods from Robotech/Macross ** The monster in "Roar of the White Dragon" looks an awful lot like Clover from ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''. ** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[{{Seinfeld}} 'Jerk Store']] . * SickeninglySweethearts: Judging from "Under the Three Moons", Newton and Kimmy seemed to be turning into this, with him calling her cheesy nicknames such as 'muffin cup' and 'honey bear'. * SignificantDoubleCasting: ''Very'' likely with the gauntlet man behind G3. In addition to a bunch of evidence already pointing towards this, [[spoiler:both he and Lance's dad are voiced by Richard [=McGonagle=].]] * SmugSnake: From episode 8, Baron. Never have you wanted to punch a character who only appears for one episode as much as you have this guy. ** Also Lance's [[spoiler: former superior officer]] who betrayed Galaluna to aid Modula's coup. He got his though. * SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Episode 10, which is basically a romantic teen comedy. Complete with the token battle sequence being set to an 80s pop ballad! ** Or "The Fast and the Furious". Lance getting his license, and a monster battle thrown in the last two minutes. *** More specifically, ''Tokyo Drift''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4-7qqi1WIs This has not gone unnoticed]]. * SoundtrackDissonance: The Titan's fight with the EMP Monster is to the tune of "Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls * SpaceIsNoisy: So noisy in fact that the MonsterOfTheWeek can transmit an ultrasonic signal to Earth not only from space, but through the rift gate. ** It could have been broadcasting it as a radio signal. * SpaceWhaleAesop: Ilana's lectures about following the rules would make a good Aesop if she chose rational examples. Instead she references her string of bad luck (which was not her fault), goes nuts about following the rules, then has to break them to save the day. ** Then again, that could be the entire point. * SpellMyNameWithAnS: The credits of "Phantom Ninja" reveal that the alien enemy's odd name is actually spelled 'Xeexi', but the TV captions spell it as 'Xishi,' which has become the accepted spelling among fans. * SphereOfDestruction: The fight between the Titan and the monster in the first episode results in a spherical blast that wipes out an entire section of the city. * SpiritualSuccessor: To ''SamuraiJack''. ** Particularly the episode "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess" with very familiar themes and character archetypes. ** And could also be said to be one of ''Clone Wars''. Hell, it's almost like their badass love child. * SpoilerTitle: "Tashy 497". [[spoiler:It's the name of the nebula created after Mushy/Terax/497 exploded, being a combined name from the first three.]] * StaringKid: Octus gets one when he changes his holographic face to avoid recognition by the police. He tries to get his mom's attention, who tells him [[NotNowKid "not to stare."]] * StealthPun: The Spider Totem wields a train/chain. ** Also used in the first episode where Lance was revealed to be a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Corporal corporal.]] * StepfordSmiler: Kimmy. * SteppingStonesInTheSky: Lance manages this ''[[UpToEleven while driving a car]]'' in episode 5. ** It's done again in episode 16, when the bridge he and his opponent are on is blown up. * StoodUp: Octus starts every date with Kimmy, but the Rift Gate always causes him to have to bail or no-show on her. The last straw is when Octus promises --and fails to show-- the night of the Homecoming Dance, in "Under The Three Moons". * StupidSexyFlanders: Octus has one of these moments regarding Lance in "Phantom Ninja". When Ilana remarks that she doesn't get what the girls at school see in Lance, Octus replies: -->“Dark hair. Bedroom eyes. Moody demeanor. I totally get it.“ * StylisticSuck: ''[[ShowWithinAShow Animal Friends]]'', as well as the aforementioned parody of high school dramas. * SuperRobot: The show is an homage to the anime that define this trope, so naturally, the titular titan is one. * SurvivorGuilt: Lance in episode 18 [[spoiler: immediately after Octus' death -- because he fell behind and Octus only died because he returned to save Lance]]. * SwissArmyHero: Titan uses [[DoAnythingRobot Octus']] energy conversion with Lance's imagination to [[ShapeshifterWeapon make any melee weapon]] they need at the moment. To a lesser extent, the same is true of Ilana's imagination and defensive items. * TakeThat: At the CW and teenage high school drama shows. ** Doubles as BitingTheHandHumor since Time Warner, owner of Cartoon Network, owns half of the WC... er... TheCW. * TanksForNothing: General Steel's default response to a threat is to throw tanks at it. This never works, of course. * TarAndFeathers: "The Ballad of Scary Mary", although it was probably a substance like molasses rather than tar. * TechnologyPorn: Titan. * TeensAreMonsters: Everyone at the trio's high school are jerks. It takes twelve episodes for the three to have a conversation with someone that isn't filled with scorn. * ThatsNoMoon: In ''Tashy 497''. Modula's ship is shown landing on a DeathWorld where his {{Robeast}}s come from. During one of the establishing shots, a nearby mountain range suddenly opens its eyes as the ship flies past. * [[HeCleansUpNicely They Clean Up Nicely]]: We knew Ilana looked pretty in formal wear, but Lance (after giving the suit his own take) and Octus (after deciding to alter his shape a little) also do. * TitleDrop: Octus first refers to the trio's robotic warrior as the Sym-Bionic Titan after Ilana mentions that the media has dubbed it with the name. * ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: The band Disenfranchised. * TimTaylorTechnology: In Episode 19, Lance attempts to revive [[spoiler: Octus]] by connecting him to the electrical systems of a motel for "more power." Later, he attempts to try the same strategy with the H.M.E.R.'s power source instead. * TooDumbToLive: General Steel. Aside from the fact that MoreDakka is his first and only solution to any given problem, his incompetence and ignorance of basic scientific precautions [[NiceJobBreakingItHero unleashed a deadly lightning storm]] [[BuffySpeak alien thing]] in episode 3. How he managed to get promoted so many times is anybody's guess. * TortureTechnician: 3G uses lets one loose on Lance in "Fortress of Deception". * TransformationIsAFreeAction: To be fair, it's portrayed as being almost instantaneous in real-time. * TransformationSequence: Ilana and Lance's mech suits as well as the Titan. * TransformationTrinket: The watches Ilana and Lance use to activate their armor. * TronLines: Titan has these. * {{Troperiffic}}: Obvious by the first episode alone. * TrueCompanions: By the end of the series the trio consider themselves as family. * UranusIsShowing: "Let me guess; you were trying to see Uranus, right?" * UnstoppableRage: Lance after [[spoiler: Octus' death]]. ** To explain: [[spoiler: He took over G3's ship and let loose everything in it had into the monster and the space station, vaporizing it completely. Even Solomon, who is just as BadAss as Lance is, knew it was a good idea to stay out of his way despite the fact his ship had just been hijacked.]] * VoluntaryShapeshifting: Octus, to the point where he can make small adjustments (relatively speaking) on the fly. ** The creature in episode 12 is seen walking through a crowd of people and randomly changing form as it goes. * WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: It's a given, really. * WaveMotionGun: Solomon's ship has one. It's even called the Wave Motion Cannon. The Titan has one, too. Very likely a ShoutOut, given the [[{{Animesque}} nature of the series.]] * WeHaveReserves: Modula and General Steel both have this attitude. * WellExcuseMePrincess: Between Ilana and Lance. * WhamEpisode: Episode 18, "A Crisis in the Family". * WhatCouldHaveBeen: Ilana's actual bodyguard being injured in the invasion meant Lance was the only ready choice. * WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Shaman of Fear." * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: The end of episode 9, "Tashy 497". * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Mike Chan's ''{{Stripperific}}'' girlfriend who [[TheVoiceless never spoke]] for some reason wasn't seen again in the end of the episode. ** After Hobbes is wounded during the Mutraddi invasion of Galalunia, he is taken away for medical treatment and is never seen again. ** [[spoiler:The mysterious man who Solomon reports to and later fixes Octus.]] ** [[spoiler: Lance's father.]] * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: It's apparently quite OK to tear apart the bad guys as long as they're the monstrous Mutradi, but Ilana immediately orders Lance to use non-lethal force once they discover that the humans look just like them (never mind that said humans were attacking them). Sure, their enemy may be monsters and easy enough to tell apart from natives, but it leads to FridgeLogic (and FridgeHorror) about the possible massacre that might've happened if they had landed on an equally innocent planet with inhabitants who look less than human/Galalunan. ** We find out later that they were sent to Earth specifically ''because'' they looked so much like Galalunans... but the masks the soldiers were wearing and their "shoot first, ask later" attitude didn't help. ** Episode 11 has them go all-out on G3 troopers. It's never stated that anyone was killed, though. *** Considering it showed them being directly hit with gunfire, blasted with missles, and having their jetpacks blown off mid-flight, it's probably safe to assume there were quite a lot. *** At the very least, the mechs at the end of the fight, prior to the use of Titan, back up in a very human fashion... only to be flattened by Titan. ** If we see it this way, more than not being humanoid, they are ''at war'' with the mutraddi, meanwhile the humans are innocent victims who get in the middle of the conflict. * WhatTheHellHero: Octus calls out Lance for his vigilante antics. Later, Ilana calls out Octus and Lance for trying to forge a driver's license. * WaveMotionGun: one is used in the first episode. It's even ''called'' a "Wave Motion Cannon." * WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Shadows of Youth" and "Escape from Galaluna", featuring Lance's academy days and the invasion of Galaluna, respectively. * WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: After some early misunderstandings, Lance and Ilana try their absolute best to minimise casualties during their run-ins with G3 and the US Army. * XMeetsY: One of Creator/AdultSwim's bumps described it as ''Anime/GoLion'' / ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' meets ''{{Kikaider}}'' meets ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'' meets ''SamuraiJack'' meets [[RuleofCool HELL YEAH!]] ** Alternatively, ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -or ''Anime/MazingerZ''- meets ''Anime/{{Zambot3}}'' meets ''[[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Tetsujin 28-go]]''. ** The show has pretty much solidified itself as a cross between a John Hughes Highschool movie and traditional Mecha Anime. * YouAreInCommandNow: Modula kills his lead scientist after his latest Mutradi fails to work as intended. He then turns to a random computer tech, promotes him, and declares that the same will happen to him if the next monster fails. * YouHaveFailedMe: See above. He does it so casually, too. He zaps the guy to dust without getting out of his chair. ** Another alien meets this fate when his monster fails in to kill Ilana in episode 17, after betting his life on it. --> '''Modula:''' You should have bet something else. * YouMeanXmas: The Winter Harvest Festival seems to be Galaluna's version of Christmas. [[/folder]] ---- ''Engaging Sym Bionic Titan!''[[redirect:WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan]]
3rd Feb '13 8:08:14 AM EarlOfSandvich
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Miraculously, the aforementioned movement seems to be heading somewhere. AdultSwim has apparently noticed the series has a following and decided to give it some love. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/09/26-1/toonami-expands-to-six-hours It is now airing]] on the revived Creator/{{Toonami}}, which means the show is getting the ColbertBump thanks to the show being aired in front of an older demographic that will better understand and appreciate the show and the tropes to which it's paying homage. And that's not even mentioning that, back in the days before its original cancellation, Toonami once hosted another [[MegasXLR Western animated love letter to giant robots]] beloved by older viewers that shares some notable similarities to this one, meaning that, in this new block, the show likely won't suffer from the NostalgiaFilter that many fans have on when it comes to modern CartoonNetwork programming. Light at the end of the tunnel for the fans? Definitely.
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Miraculously, the aforementioned movement seems to be heading somewhere. AdultSwim Creator/AdultSwim has apparently noticed the series has a following and decided to give it some love. [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2012/09/26-1/toonami-expands-to-six-hours It is now airing]] on the revived Creator/{{Toonami}}, which means the show is getting the ColbertBump thanks to the show being aired in front of an older demographic that will better understand and appreciate the show and the tropes to which it's paying homage. And that's not even mentioning that, back in the days before its original cancellation, Toonami once hosted another [[MegasXLR Western animated love letter to giant robots]] beloved by older viewers that shares some notable similarities to this one, meaning that, in this new block, the show likely won't suffer from the NostalgiaFilter that many fans have on when it comes to modern CartoonNetwork programming. Light at the end of the tunnel for the fans? Definitely.
28th Jan '13 5:35:41 PM Willbyr
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* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: The Titan robot is about at least several stories tall and must weigh quite a few tons, yet it can perform impressive feats of martial arts with no regard for the laws of physics.
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* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: The Titan robot is about at least several stories tall and must weigh quite a few tons, yet it can perform impressive feats of martial arts with no regard for the laws of physics.
27th Jan '13 2:58:52 AM Alvin
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** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[{Seinfeld} 'Jerk Store']] .
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** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[{Seinfeld} [[{{Seinfeld}} 'Jerk Store']] .
27th Jan '13 2:55:49 AM Alvin
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** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[Seinfeld 'Jerk Store']] .
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27th Jan '13 2:49:25 AM Alvin
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** In "Under the Three Moons", the mall where our heroes shop for Homecoming Dance outfits has a [[Seinfeld 'Jerk Store']] .
26th Jan '13 8:39:04 PM JamesShade
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** [[spoiler: In the whole episode flashback to when Lance is at the Academy, he's bullied by [[TheScrappy Baron]] relentlessly until he shows his skills off in a suicide scenario. Baron decides to [[MoralEventHorizon murder him]] with his two cronies following, and Lance is forced to get into a mech just to defend himself. Yet...he gets all the blame in the end since he didn't just ''speak out'', try to get out stealthfully, and when the King confronts him...he didn't even inform him of what happened.]]
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** [[spoiler: In the whole episode flashback to when Lance is at the Academy, he's bullied by [[TheScrappy [[{{Jerkass}} Baron]] relentlessly until he shows his skills off in a suicide scenario. Baron decides to [[MoralEventHorizon murder him]] with his two cronies following, and Lance is forced to get into a mech just to defend himself. Yet...he gets all the blame in the end since he didn't just ''speak out'', try to get out stealthfully, and when the King confronts him...he didn't even inform him of what happened.]]
25th Jan '13 12:02:20 PM spoonofevil
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** After Hobbes is wounded during the Mutraddi invasion of Galalunia, he is taken away for medical treatment and is never seen again.
25th Jan '13 12:00:13 PM spoonofevil
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* InferredHolocaust: Besides the huge amounts of property damage, the human casualties during the battles between the Titan and Mutraddi monsters in populated areas is downplayed, even though entire city blocks are casually wiped out every few seconds.
14th Jan '13 12:26:30 AM KevinW
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* {{Hipster}}: The band Lance joins, Disenfranchised, in the episode of the same name, comes off as this. They kick Lance out of the band at the end of the episode because he's attracting too many mainstream fans.

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