Created By: xavierlacastra on January 16, 2013 Last Edited By: chickenpie999 on January 19, 2014

Hybrid Robot

A mecha that shares charcteristics of both super robot and real robot.

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Examples could be Evangelion, Aura Battler Dunbine, Gunbuster, Five Star Stories, Brain Powered, Rah Xephon, Overman King Gainer and Zegapain. It is mecha that either consists of an army of super robots in a real robot type of setting or when you have numerous robots being used by the military but they have super robot type of origins. The term originated with Neon Genesis Evangelion however the first hybrid robot was technically "Aura Battler Dunbine". There are generally four types of hybrid robot.

Types of Hybrid Robot

Super Robot Army
  • An army of robots used by the military with super robot type abilities as well as a super robot type of power source. Usually series that feature these robots are in more of a real robot type of setting and deals more with human conflict.

Realistic Super Robot
  • A robot that has powers that abide to the laws of physics to a degree and contains parts that could actually appear in the real life robot however it is used like a super robot, a superhero, set in a sort of the monster of the week format where where the robot is fighting large masses of one type of monster each episode.

Militarized Super Robots
  • A group of robots used by the military or a corporation that is partially built by them but mainly contain super robot origins and abilities. An example of this is "Neon Genesis Evangelion".

  • This is a combination of the three others where a group of robots are partially built by the military but still contain super robot type origins and are in a real robot type of setting while they use both monster of the week formats. They fight against other militaries that are harboring large masses of giant monster that surround an even larger monster every episode. The reason why it is called "Gunzinger" is because it is thought of as a completely balance combination between real robots and super robots. Since Gundam is the first real robot and Mazinger is the first super robot all of the elements of both genres would be represented between the two of them so by combining their names you would be signaling that it is a combination between the two genres.


Anime and Manga
  • Super Robot Army

  • Realistic Super Robot
    • Gigantor originally incomplete Japanese WWII weapon, now controlled by the Ur Example Kid with a remote control and the Japanese Police to fight criminals.

  • Militarized Super Robots

Comic Books
  • Militarized Super Robots
    • In Iron Man, Tony Stark's "Thorbuster" armor uses mystical energy from the gods.

Western Animation
  • Super Robot Army

  • Militarized Super Robots
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • January 16, 2013
    Work titles: Namespaced (where possible), Wiki Worded, and italicized. Examples section changed to our standard style.

    The examples in the description should be moved down to the examples section.

    Also, several of the examples above are Zero Context Examples and need more information to be valid.
  • January 30, 2013
    Bumping this. This needs some better examples and a better format.
  • January 30, 2013
    There's a lot of other stuff on the other 'Hybrid Robot' page. Maybe just join them?
  • February 1, 2013
    I put Gundam in the Army section because it's incredibly borderline (Psychic Powers, Combining Mecha, Transforming Mecha and Impossibly Graceful Giant all being fairly common among ace mecha). If I'm misreading the trope (or if what we actually have is a Sliding Scale), feel free to correct me.
  • February 1, 2013
    This definitely needs a better description. Again:

    "It is mecha that either consists of an army of super robots in a real robot type of setting"
    A mecha which consists of an army of robots? Wut? Are they all glued together into one giant robot?

    "or when you have numerous robots being used by the military but they have super robot type of origins."
    I don't know what "super robot type of origins" are. Same applies to "super robot type of power source" and "super robot abilities" later on.

    The "four types" of "hybrid robot" (why this name? what does "hybrid" mean in this context?) seem to be four entirely different things.

    The entire "trope" seems to be the same thing as Real Robot Genre.
  • February 7, 2013
    This is not a sliding scale and is not the same thing as the real robot genre because real robots deal only with militaries and corporations but that is not the case for a hybrid robot. If it was the same thing as a real robot than you would be inferring that Gunbuster is a real robot when it is clearly both super robot and real robot. The word "hybrid" refers to the combination of super robot and real robot.
  • March 28, 2013
    The description of a "Realistic Super Robot" leads me to think it's just a Real Robot being used in monster of the week scenarios yet the examples like Gunbuster use of both real and super robots and Iron Man's Thorbuster says otherwise. Are there any exampeles that fit my interpretation, if there is I think it should be included. Maybe Tetsujin-28-go (Gigantor) could be included, he's used by Shotaro the police like a Super Robot but he was built as a WWIII Japanese military weapon.
  • March 28, 2013
    There's a couple of typos as Korodzik mentioned we can see where you are getting at with the examples however it should be more consistent. Super Robot Army: Agree with this, Super Robots used like Real Robots I think? So Mobile Suits in Gundam. Realistic Super Robot: Still not sure what you mean, I think this should be, real robots used like Super Robots (the opposite of the above)i.e. Tetsujin-28-go. Militarized Super Robots: Like Super Robot Army, but it still retains some features of Super Robot I suppose? Eva's have super robot origins, given production numbers and technical details like real robots but they still fight Kaijuu (giant monsters aka Angels) and retain many of their super robot abilities (Contrast from Gundam which although display super robot powers, they are still acknowledged as not being invincible and military hardware). Gunzinger: Needs an example of course, I'm not sure what this is, an amalgamation of all of the above? I think Gunbuster should be included under here instead.
  • January 19, 2014
    How would Dai Guard fit in? It's super robot that fights extra dimensional monsters but it replaces hot blooded super-hero pilots for office workers and it is set in a realistic (though comedic) urban environment.