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[[caption-width-right:350:This is the story of the [[HotBlooded Brave]] men and women[[note]] and robots![[/note]] who fight to save the human race!]]

-> ''I'll show you... the power of true courage!''
-->-- '''"Cyborg" Guy Shishioh'''

''King of Braves [=GaoGaiGar=]'' (''Yuusha-Oh [=GaoGaiGar=]'') started broadcast in 1997, as the final installment of the Takara/Sunrise ''BraveSeries''.

The series opens with the most patently awesome version of the Stork ''ever'' as a giant robot lion delivers a human-looking baby to an unsuspecting couple in the middle of a snowstorm, who name the baby Mamoru. Eight years later, in the far flung future of 2005, Mamoru is on a school trip to a garbage island in order to have demonstrated to him the importance of recycling, only to awaken a giant {{Robeast}}. He and his classmates are trapped on said robot, and all hope seems lost as the military bombards it with fighter jets, only to have them shot out of the sky. But what's this? A mysterious cyborg swoops in to save them, [[TransformationSequence then jumps into the giant robot lion from eight years ago, turning it into a large robot man.]] When this proves not enough to save the kids, he [[CombiningMecha fuses it with a bullet train, stealth bomber and drill tank]] and basically rips its heart out. Just as he's about to crush it however, Mamoru suddenly starts to glow green, wings of light spread from his back, and he flies towards the robot, begging the robot not to destroy the core.

Thus goes the first episode of ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'', an anime made in the aftermath of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' that continued the [[HotBlood hot-blooded]] spirit of its venerable "Braves" franchise, [[{{Reconstruction}} gleefully revisiting the old school]] SuperRobot style of [[RocketPunch brute-force attacks]] [[CallingYourAttacks while declaring each one by name,]] and [[RuleOfCool action driven by a pretty good plot.]] The first 25 episodes are MonsterOfTheWeek action - Someone gets made into a Zonder, they attack the city, GGG launch to fight it. It doesn't get old, though; new technologies and characters get introduced at a constant rate to keep it interesting and you get the occasional [[{{Foreshadowing}} glimpse of what's to come]]. Then, after the half-way point [[WhamEpisode all hell breaks loose]] and GGG have to try twice as hard as they were just to stay alive. Courage, friendship and sacrifice, it's everything a growing boy needs. Overall a very solid series. Lots of fun, made for kids without being overtly [[ViewersAreMorons "kiddy"]] and with some damn fine robot fights.

It proved so popular with the PeripheryDemographic that it received a DarkerAndEdgier {{OAV}} called ''Yuusha-Oh [=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL'', which elevated the sheer [[SerialEscalation Over-The-Top-itude]] several times over, as well as providing a lot more explicit (and occasionally very jarring) {{Fanservice}}. ''FINAL'' would later be edited into ''Yuusha-Oh [=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL Grand Glorious Gathering'', a thirteen-episode television version of ''FINAL'' made to strengthen the series' ties to sister-show ''{{Betterman}}'' and promote the upcoming next installment of the Brave Corps series, which would have been a sequel to ''FINAL''. Unfortunately by this time, interest in the franchise had waned significantly, and the sequel never came to pass. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMPTW7MGVqE Another sequel]], codenamed ''Project Z'', was also ultimately dropped due to said lack of interest. A petition to persuade Sunrise to rethink this decision can be found [[http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/gaogaigarprojectz here]]. During the summer of 2011, San Three created a pachinko machine called GaoGaiGar CR based on the original series.

Compare to ''{{Gunbuster}}'', ''{{Diebuster}}'', ''GGundam'' and ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', for more examples of [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Memetic Mutation COURAGE AND GUTS ]]
]]. Drop by ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' to see what the fuss was about. Be sure to also visit ''GoLion'' and ''VoltesV'' who could very much be [=GaoGaiGar=]'s spiritual grandparents.

Now also has an under construction [[Characters/GaoGaiGar character sheet]].
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'''This program provides examples of:'''

* AdultFear:
** Once Galeon started appearing again, Mamoru's foster parents were worried about Galeon coming back to Mamoru away, unable to stop him or keep their son.
** Invoked in #18, when the Zonders manage to brainwash all the Space Federation staff to the extent that Kotaro has to literally beat them off with a stick. ''Including Mamoru's own dad.''
* AIIsACrapshoot: The main heroes are brave and loyal all the way through, since they're based on trustworthy people or GGG had the sense to socialize with them ''before'' sticking them into combat machines, but both the Zonder Metal and the Sol Eleven are runaway programs.
* {{All There in the Manual}}: How did [[spoiler: Kaidou]] make it to Earth in the first place? How did the GGG members first meet? What happened between the first series and FINAL? A ton of stuff that isn't quite explained in the series is fleshed out in the various sourcebooks, mangas, and CD Dramas which came out in Japan. Naturally, none of it is available in English.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Twice: The Zonder that hacked into the base computer, and later the seven Primevals' raid on the Orbit Base.
* AllYourPowersCombined: [[spoiler:The Zonuda disabling all working mecha leads GGG to form [=GaoGaiGar=] by placing the minds of Chouryujin, Gekiryujin and Volfogg into the [=GaoMachines=].]]
* AnimalMotifs: Lions. Lots and lots of lions. Anywhere and everywhere possible. Guy's Greek zodaical sign is even Leo.
* AnimeHair: Mamoru and Guy. Seriously, just look at them!
* AnimeThemeSong: '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgeA3t29qnE GA GA GA, GA GA GA]]''', '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NysDKXqVhjY GAO GAI GAR!]]'''''
* ArcWords:
** "What overcomes regeneration is the power of destruction. It is the hope to a new zero, the challenge of infinite possibility."
** In the first series, "The Legacy of Cain," and its counterpart "The Curse left by Abel."
** And in FINAL it is "Together, with the Oath sworn through Courage!"
* AttackReflector: Protect Shade/Wall
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Contra Fall sounds incredibly badass. Unfortunately, it's just the name for a Zonderian strategy, not a character.
* BadAss: Everyone in the GGG who gets a name qualifies. One of the scientists shown in FINAL. He didn't get to do much in the OVA series, but during the interim manga, he's present when [=BioNet=] stages an attack on one of their research vessels. He and Mikoto make a run for the command bridge, but are attacked en route by [=BioNet=]'s freaky monster mooks. The thing charges them and, without even flinching, the scientist ''does a judo hip toss on it, slamming it into a bulkhead.'' He then urges Mikoto to get to the bridge while he, an [[BadassNormal unmodified human]], deals with the monster. Later on, he's shown to have done so ''and come out without a scratch on him.''
* {{BFS}}. Really, it's a Big Fucking Hammer, [[spoiler: ''two'', actually]], but the principle applies. Also, in a potential subversion, Guy's personal weapon is a small knife. Albeit a knife that becomes more powerful the stronger Guy's willpower is.
* BGMOverride: The [=GaoGaiGar=] combining theme gets spliced in between that of King J-Der in #42.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Hurting or threatening Mamoru is a wonderful way to get some super-cyborg fist rammed down your throat.
* BigDamnHeroes: Pretty much sums up Choryujin's whole personality. You can't really argue this point about someone who will [[spoiler: put themselves in the path of an apocalyptic asteroid, not to mention your opponent's FinishingMove, without a moment's hesitation.]]
** Also? ''Mamoru'' in episode 40, bursting through the floor of the Main Order Room while riding Galeon to rescue the GGG bridge crew from the Ear and Nail Primevals. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the little guy, since he'd mostly been the TagAlongKid up until that point.
** Before ''either'' of those, the BigEntrance of [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn Soldat-J]]]] and his massive warship. They utterly ''dominate'' the first three Primevals (who had just [[spoiler: delivered a CurbStompBattle and NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on [=GaoGaiGar=]]]) and purifies two of them.
** Another few examples in ''FINAL'':
*** Near the end of episode 4, [[spoiler: the real]] Mamoru shows up while everyone's out of commission and allows Guy to perform Final Fusion. [[spoiler: [[TheWorfEffect It doesn't help much.]]]] In the very next episode, Soldat-J makes his triumphant return
* BOOMHeadshot: The first use of the Broken Magnum plows straight through EI-02's face, forcing it to take a moment to pull its head back together...''just'' in time to get socked right in the jaw!
** As seen in Kajetokun's "0ver 9000!" video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr3BeVDlP88 here]].
* BoringYetPractical: For a given definition of "boring" (and by that [[IncrediblyLamePun I don't mean]] [[ThisIsADrill Drill Knee]]), the [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning Broken Magnum]] runs on this. BECAUSE [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning it spins in two different directions]] (except [[spoiler: Genesic's version, which only uses the hand and spins one way]]), it can bore a hole through any Zonder, destroying its barrier in the process - and softening it up for a FinishingMove.
* [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Brought To You By The Letter G]] ''Every'' single official thing starts with G.
** A looser variation, everyone whose names starts with a P is on the wrong team.
*** Everyone except for Papillon Noir, that is.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: [=GGG=]. All of them.
* [[spoiler:ButNowIMustGo]]
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull. Equip, Fusion, Final Fusion, System Change, Symmetrical Docking, among others. The "Perfect Yell" version of the [[AnimeThemeSong main theme]] is basically the double full-version song featuring all the major examples of the trope in the series.
* CallingYourAttacks:
** ''HIKARI NI NAREEEE!!!!''
** '''[[IKnowMaddenKombat TITAN HEAD]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome DRIVER!!]]'''
** "HELL AND HEAVEN! Gemu giru gan go gufou! VITAS!"
* CelibateHero: When you're nothing but a head attached to a walking weapon, it's not like you have much of a choice. We ''do'' get subtle hints throughout the series that this is a bit of a problem for Guy and Mikoto.
** Subverted [[spoiler: After the main run of the series, both Guy and Mikoto become the same species, so it's pretty likely they made up for lost time.]]
* ChestBlaster: The Japanese Dragons' Chest Thriller and Warmer. The Chinese Dragons, though having chest controls for their Feng Dao Dan and Lai attacks, do not actually attack via their chests. The French Dragons have [[spoiler:ExplosiveOverclocking generators in theirs]] instead, which disqualifies them from the trope.
* ColonyDrop: Primeval ZX-06 - the brain satellite - tries to drop several asteroids on the Earth.
* CombatPragmatist: When you sucker-punch your enemy before he's had a chance to recover from ''putting his head back together'' (and in the first episode, no less), any claims to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fighting like a gentleman]] go right out the window.
** Hell, the fact that Guy [[strike: put]] ''launched'' his fist through EI-02's face in the first place pretty well sealed it. But, to be fair, he ''is'' fighting for the sake of the entire planet (and, in a way, ''all life in the universe''), so a fair bit of leeway ought to be given to his fighting style.
* CombiningMecha: Actually, as the combined mecha mostly act and are treated as separate entities than the combinees, maybe the mecha account for half the cast.
* ConspicuousCG: The morphing effects, Mirror Coating - the show was made before CG became commonplace.
** TropesAreNotBad: The morphing effects add to the alien/otherworldly nature of the Zonders
** UnintentionalPeriodPiece
* CuckooNest: ZX-06 tries to trap Gai in an illusion that the entire series to date was AllJustADream. It lasts for about a minute before he snaps out of it.
* CurbStompBattle: [=GaoGaiGar=] vs EI-14, Guy/Renais/[=GaoFighGar=] vs. Gimlet/Gimlet Empereur, [[spoiler: and on the flip side, the first 3 Primevals vs. [=GaoGaiGar=], which is then replaced by King J-Der wiping the floor with said Primevals with minimal effort.]])
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: About a third of the way through the series, it's revealed that the OnceAnEpisode FinishingMove Hell and Heaven puts too much strain on Guy to be used safely, and they start to use the Goldion Hammer instead, and Hell & Heaven is restricted to only the most desperate situations (in which case it [[SoLastSeason usually fails]].) In ''FINAL'', Hell and Heaven goes back to being the FinishingMove after episode 3, when [[spoiler: Goldymarg is destroyed by Repli-[=GaoGaiGar=].]]
** [[spoiler: Projectile X]] is also revealed to be one of these during [[spoiler: the final battle with EI-01.]] While giving the Braves the power to overcome and ultimately destroy [[spoiler: their (presumed to be, at the time) ultimate foe]], they knew very well that they had next-to-no-chance of surviving the use of it, leading to a powerful TearJerker moment after the battle.
* DeathIsCheap: To begin with, but less so as the series goes on. [[TearJerker Much less]].
* {{Determinator}}: Actually written into the bylaws of the Gutsy Geoid Guard. "Article 5, Section 120: ... Under no circumstances must a GGG member ever give up."
** Exemplified by [=ChoRyuJin=] MULTIPLE times. [[spoiler: Getting [=GaoGaiGar=] out of the Grand Nova, stopping the Dino-Killer Asteroid from hitting earth about 65 million years late, using himself to shield Tokyo University from a high-powered cannon shell, ''putting himself right in the path of Repli-[=GaoGaiGar=]'s Hell And Heaven'']]...yeah, like I said. Multiple times.
* DisappearsIntoLight: TropeNamer: '''HIKARI NI NAREEEE!!!!''')
** Subverted quite often, actually...usually the core gets ripped out for purification, leaving the hammer's target to survive while Robo-form makes the grand exit from reality. This doesn't apply if you're the BigBad at the time, however. Not by a ''long'' shot.
* DistressedDamsel: Hana, a ''lot''.
* DrillTank: [=DrillGao=].
** [=StraightGao=] and [=SpiralGao=] could also qualify, though they're more of mecha-moles than actual drill-tanks. They serve the same main purpose, though: To become GaoGaiGar's feet and be destroyed in combat.
* DropTheHammer: [=GaoGaiGar=] uses some of the biggest hammers ever in media.
** "Some of"? I'd like to see any other example of a hammer large enough '''''[[spoiler: TO CRUSH THE SUN.]]'''''
--> '''''LET'S BREAK STUFF!!'''''
*** Well, when you need to combine three spaceships, just to make the hilt, it's probably time to consider just how dead you want the target to become...
*** Also, considering that the Goldion Crusher was designed to be used with Ul-Tech Power, and instead got fed with Genesic Aura, it's area of destruction probably increased quite a bit.
* DynamicEntry: Two epic examples occur practically back-to-back in episodes 39/40. First, Soldato-J inadvertently saves Guy by ''riding a missile through a wall'' to fight the Arm and Eye Primevals. In the opening sequence of the very next episode, ''Mamoru'' bursts through the floor of the Main Order Room riding Galeon to rescue Mikoto and the GGG bridge crew from the Nail and Ear Primevals.
-->'''[[TagAlongKid Mamoru:]]''' [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet Fight me]], [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Primevals!]]
** Hell, Soldato-J's first appearance in the anime was a hell of a Dynamic Entry. The first 3 Primevals [[spoiler: stand over the tattered, defeated remains of the titular mecha]], seemingly invincible...and then a single volley of the J-Ark's lasers [[BoomHeadshot completely frags one of them.]] J even comments that said volley [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill may have been too much.]]
* ElementalPowers: The Dragon siblings all have [[RedOniBlueOni contrasting]] elemental powers.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: [[color:orange: THE POWER]]. Of course, [[OneWingedAngel the villain gets to use it too...]]]]
* {{Engrish}}: A fair bit used throughout the series, especially for the stock sequences and weapon summons/approval sequences. Swan and Mic do it as well, and there's one episode beginning, taking place in America, where the actors are all speaking very bad Engrish instead of Japanese.
** Now the ''written'' English is a different story. All technical information (like statistics) is written in English and is [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish surprisingly good]]. It's easier to use the Roman alphabet on digital screens than kana, as seen in ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion]]''. Words like "DANGER", "EMERGENCY", "READY", "GO", "STOP", etc. are easy to understand for the Japanese.
*** ...But, then we get stuff like the "'''[[/folder]]

[[folder: Ultra Technorogy Laboratory ]]
'''" in the eyecatches. (Hey, what's a SuperRobot show without {{Engrish}})
* EnthusiasmVersusStoicism: The show explicitly runs on the idea that "courage erases the first two letters from 'impossible'" and Gutsy Geoid Guard has "never give up" written into their bylaws, but no one's silly enough to allow a 30 meter tall robot run around Tokyo without a really good plan behind its actions.
** And then there's Hyoryu and Enryu's argument over which one of them would be better at guarding Mamoru in public, which sounds like a textbook example of the trope.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: ''"Broken Magnum!"'' ''"Hissatsu! Dai-kaiten Madan!"'' [=GaoGaiGar=] can also spin the Goldion Hammer to deflect attacks, sometimes.
** Though usually not as useful, Straight Drill and Spiral Drill are both basically a knee-thrust with a giant drill mounted on the knee-cap.
* EvilKnockoff: In one episode, a Zonder absorbs several spare [=GaoMachines=] and becomes an evil [[TheHero GaoGaiGar]].
* EvolutionaryLevels: Near the end of the series, the G-Stone supposedly turns both Guy and his girlfriend Mikoto to the "final evolution of humanity", called "Evoluders." Both their new powers are quite vaguely defined, in any case.
** At the end of FINAL, Guy was taken even further. [[spoiler: After performing Final Fusion between Genesic Galeon and the Genesic Machines to create Genesic GaoGaiGar, he became a Genesic Server, with circuits of white flashing across his body at regular intervals, leading to his eyes - every time a pulse traveled along his body into his eyes, the pupils would flash with a G symbol. And this actually was defined as being his link to Genesic's systems - when Guy activated one of the Gadget Tools onboard [=GadgetGao=] a pulse would flow out of his eyes and along his body just before the tool activated.]]
* ExpositoryThemeTune: And how...
* EvolvingCredits: Every few episodes of the original series they re-cut new characters and devices in. Even moreso in FINAL, where every episode has a slightly different opening.
* {{Expy}}: Pizza is a clear homage to ''[[{{Cyborg009}} Cyborg 002]]''.
** To drive the point home [[spoiler: his full designation is Soldato J 002]].
** One could also argue that Liner Gao is a shout-out to an older Braves series, ''Brave Express Might Gaine'', in which the ''entirety'' of the team could transform into trains, primarily Shinkansen-style ones. (Not surprising given the hero of the series was a 15-year-old train magnate billionaire.)
*** Not to mention that the robots look so much like Generation 1 {{Transformers}} they're often mistaken for Autobots by those not familiar with the series. For good reason, though about the only thing missing is the red insignia and the 5-tone transformation sound.
* {{Eyecatch}}: Combined perfectly with SchematizedProp, telling you anything and everything you could want to know (unless it's classified) about everything from Swan's mini-bus to the titular mecha to the Orbital Base...even a number of the villains! Carried over to ''FINAL'' as well.
* EyeScream: Guy finishes off Palparepa ''by ripping the Loud G-Stone out of his right eye socket''.
** [[spoiler: Actually, what happened was Guy slammed his G-Stone into Palparepa's Loud G-Stone, and MinovskyPhysics did the rest.]]
* FauxlosophicNarration: Taken to rather funny levels when in the middle of a battle it will pause to do this, explaining the battle moves over PowerUpMusic
* ForeignFanservice, {{Fanservice}}, MsFanservice (Swan White, the American member of GGG, starts to pick up a fanservice role around the same time the show matures. FINAL also has a good deal more fanservice than the regular series, with several of the female characters wearing skimpy clothing or being depicted nude-with-[[GodivaHair hair covering the good bits]] at various points. Not to mention the fact that one of the major antagonists of FINAL is ''very'' explicitly a dominatrix... It also had another bit of [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French]] ForeignFanservice in form of the (literally) hot Renais.
** And said dominatrix's treatment of Renais is high grade FetishFuel.
* FusionDance: "Symmetrical Docking!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Asides from the occasional [[GratuitousEnglish swearing in english]], there was also this one scene in Episode 23 where Liger actually gives his elder brother the finger whilst they [[AmusingInjuries argue with each other.]]
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The [[spoiler:Zonuda]] shows up practically out of thin air in the final episode with little foreshadowing. The "almost" is only there because the last OnTheNext hinted that the fight wasn't over just yet.
*** To say nothing of the fact it's made clear early on in flashbacks that Mikoto's parents were killed when Pasder crashed into her house and she was attacked by him and is mysteriously fine for no reason.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Zonder Metal was invented as a method to control negative emotions. After an accident, it became a device that fed off of negative emotions, turning the victim into a bio-technological lifeform in the shape of the source of their distress, or whatever vehicle/device they integrated into their form.
** To clarify, the victims seem to all be under considerable stress at the time that they're Zonderfied, and noticeably stress-free after getting Purified. (In one case, a grossly overweight man gets slimmed down in the process - none of the other victims had a stress source that was both internal and physical.)
* GrandFinale: Three, actually-two in the series, then one in FINAL.
** The show itself is one to the Brave Series.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Goldion Hammer! Safety Device RELIIIIIEVE!!" Also Gratuitous French, by Renais. The entirety of NASA speaks in heavily accented English. Mic Sounders the 13th, being a product of NASA, lapses into English quite often.
** In fact, Mic Sounders the 13th speaks english more frequently than he speaks japanese, at least during battles.
*** Inverted into GratuitousJapanese in the dub, where Mic Sounders' power-boosting song is changed into Japanese when he normally speaks exclusively in English.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Guy Can Breathe in Space]]: At least four characters were shown in space without having space suits to protect them with no problem. Then again, by FINAL, everyone who has survived is justified by having powers and abilities far beyond the human norm.
** Justified with Guy. He's a cyborg who doesn't need lungs. (He does, however, need air, and carries a limited supply just in case - it's enough to survive a few minutes in a vacuum.)
** Not so much justified with Hyuuma, being able to survive only wearing his standard uniform and a helmet. He doesn't wear a full space suit. Only the helmet.
* HairColors: Somewhat justified with Guy. He ''is'' a cyborg, after all. And Mamoru is an alien.
** Definitely justified with Guy. [[spoiler: After he becomes human again,]] his hair color reverts to brown.
* HealingShiv: ''"ERASER HEAD! XL!"'' And in a reversal, the Gatling and Bolting Drivers are offensive takes on what was introduced as an extremely versatile support tool, the Dividing Driver.
** Slight mix-up here. In-universe, the Bolting Driver was the original, and the Dividing Driver's derived from its data.
* HeroicBSOD: After everything that happens in the first 5 episodes of ''FINAL'', including [[spoiler:having to destroy Mamoru and Galeon, finding Cain in league with the enemy, [=GaoFighGar=]'s destruction, being turned into a mind-controlled puppet for the enemy, annihilating the duplicates of the Robo Corps against his will, and nearly killing his sweetheart with a duplicate Goldion Hammer]], Gai's reaction is pretty understandable...
** Subverted with Mamoru partway through the series. You'd think that having his ability to sense and purify Zonders being useless against the Primevals would be a huge downer for him, but his reasoning and reaction to it in his classroom comes off more as ''relief'', even though he'd still like to be able to help his GGG friends. [[spoiler: Galeon and Cain take care of that problem a few episodes later.]]
*** Of course, then a few episodes later, he finds out what we already knew from the very beginning: that he's not human. Screws him up somewhat worse for a while, until he decides that, regardless of what he is, he's gonna protect the people important to him. From that point on, I would '''''not''''' recommend ever trying anything to piss that kid off. ''Especially'' if it involves Hana.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Guy delivers an EPIC one in the final battle against the Machine Kings:
-->'''Guy''': Hey [[WorthyOpponent Pizza]]! '''[[DropTheHammer HIKARI]] [[FinishingMove NI]] [[DisappearsIntoLight NARE!!!]]'''
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: This happened prior to the series to the people of the Purple Planet. The Zonder Metal was originally intended as an anti-depressant and stress-reliever. And it would've worked, if they hadn't made it sentient too.
** Done again in FINAL episode 8. To both sides, even. First, the Sol Masters are beaten up thoroughly. This causes Pisa Sol to use all its energy to create hundreds of replicants of the Sol Masters. However, doing this weakens Pisa Sol's defense, allowing Guy to go in with and obliterate the sun with the Goldion Crusher... Which in turn causes the universe to start collapsing, trapping the heroes in an alternate universe with no escape...
** Done more personally to Palparepa during the events of FINAL, when he tries to take down the titular mecha with a bio-tech computer virus...only to find out that Guy's Evoluder powers enable him to ''rewrite'' said virus and infect him right back.
* HotBlooded: All of them... ''All of them.''
** At the beginning of ''FINAL'', we are introduced to hotblood king Koutarou Taiga's replacement as GGG chief, Yaginuma. He existed so that Taiga could make a dramatic return at the appropriate moment while still having someone to approve [=GaoFighGar=]'s Final Fusion and Goldion Hammer, but... did they have to make him slow, quiet, understated and analyzing? The contrast is genuinely shocking.
*** Still, you gotta admit, slow and cool-blooded as he was, you can't help but like the guy.
*** Also a slight TakeThat to the average section chief staple figure in the average Japanese company.
* HotWings: King J-Der.
* IconicLogo: The [[http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/clubs/1/19188m.jpg "GGG"]], logo of GGG and of the Gutsy Geoid/Galaxy Guard. It even precedes the intro for every episode, accompanied by a shock cord.
* InconsistentDub: Pinchernone's laugh [[note]] BREEEEE vs a rapidfire HAHAHAHAH[[/note]], the amount of vocoding used by the Mecha members, and pronunciation of names [[note]] GaoGaiGar is often pronounced GaoGai"Ger"[[/note]] vary between episodes in the English dub.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Kotaro Taiga has a golf club that he calls the [[TigerWoods Taiga]][[{{Golf}} Wood]], triple entendre anyone
* ItsPersonal: Technically it was personal from before the beginning of the series, after [[spoiler:EI-01 slammed into the shuttle Guy was piloting, nearly killed him, and did kill his girlfriend's family]]. Forty-eight episodes later, the [[TheManBehindTheMan force behind the Zonders]] has been destroyed ... and ''then'' [[spoiler:his girlfriend became the next evolution of Zonder-esque machine life-form]].
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* TheJuggernaut: Goldymarg.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Pretty much every robot (and several villains) has one, including Guy, Renais, Mamoru, Arma, and Soldat J.
* LensmanArmsRace: Linked with the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil. As the Zonders got progressively more powerful over the course of the series, 3G started busting out bigger and flashier tech to counter them. This gets taken to its logical conclusion in FINAL with the debut of [[spoiler: the Goldion Crusher, a weapon specifically designed to kill planet-sized enemies like the BigBad of the TV series.]]
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: in #23, when Mic Sounders 13th's BigDamnHeroes moment... [[EpicFail isn't]].
* LightningBruiser: In their many depictations in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', the GaoGaiGar mecha tend to be very hard-hitting, heavily-armored, and yet capable of evading attacks better than the typical FlyingBrick Super Robots.
* MaamShock: Male version. Guy wasn't keen on Mamoru calling him "''oji-san''" ("Mister") in the first episode, citing that he's only 21. [[note]] [[JapaneseHonorifics -san, 'Mister', implies age and authority. -kun, Guy's preferred honorific, is more casual, and used for boys, young men, and the like.]][[/note]] Mamoru settles on "''Guy-nii-chan''" ("Big brother Guy", lit.).
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: Inverted in the second half of the series when the seven most powerful villains show up to challenge the heroes. The fan translation of the series even refers to them as the "Magnificent 7 Machine World Primevals".
* ManlyTears: At the end of the TV series, as [[spoiler: Mamoru and Galeon leave Earth, presumably to stop the 11 Sol Masters in ''FINAL'']], Hyuuma's salute cannot hide these.
* MeaningfulName: Guy Shishioh means "Triumph/Victorious" and "Lion King" respectively. Soldato means "Soldier." Mikoto means 'command' or 'prince, and can be read as 'inochi', meaning 'life'.
** Interestingly enough, episode 48, the one where Mikoto is turned into the New Machine Species, Zonuda, is actually named 'Inochi'...
** And, as his father points out late in the series, Mamoru means "to protect".
** All the dragon siblings' names mean "{{Elemental Power|s}} + Dragon."
*** And the dragon-gods' names, "Super Dragon God" ([=ChouRyuJin=]), "Attacking Dragon God" ([=GekiRyuJin=]), "Phantom Dragon God" ([=GenRyuJin=]), "Mighty Dragon God" ([=GouRyuJin=]) and finally "Heavenly Dragon Goddess" ([=TenRyuJin=]).
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Over and over and over. Koutarou Taiga kicks it off in the first episode with the iconic line, "With courage, even 1% becomes 100%!"
** Let's face it. There's no "odds of success" for GGG. If they have any chance in hell of victory, victory's guaranteed.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Good work hoarding all the Primeval cores, Soldat-J, even with GGG on your side. Not like the enemy only needs to hit you hard enough just to take them all back in one fell swoop...
* {{NINJA}}: Volfogg. That is all.
** Also his Sol Master counterpart in FINAL.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Also Volfogg.
** Taken to literal extremes when paired against his Zonderian rival in the first saga, Penchinon. Volfogg: Robot Ninja. Penchinon: Pirate Zombie.
*** The Zonder in general can be thought of as a kind of Zombie-robots... however that works.
* NobuyukiHiyama: Guy (Where do you think he gets the '''Yuusha-Oh''' title from?)
* NoOntologicalInertia: The mechanization of earth immediately reverses itself after Z-Master is destroyed.
** Once Pisa Sol is destroyed in FINAL, everything it created vanishes as well, including all of the other Masters Of Sol, Repli-Earth, [[spoiler: Repli-Papillion]], and '''the entire universe''' it was currently residing in.
* NotSoDifferent: Episode 7 opens with the GGG staff and their counterparts in the Zonder top tier basically having the exact same discussion.
* OminousLatinChanting: Genesic Hell and Heaven.
** Partially subverted: If you listen close to the song, the "latin" is actually just "Hell and Heaven" over and over.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: 'Final Fusion Approved!'
** TheStinger: '[[SomedayThisWillComeInHandy THIS]] will be the key to victory!'
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: When the Primevals use a portal to send an asteroid that could ''mimic'' the one that killed the dinosaurs, [[spoiler:Chouryujin's HeroicSacrifice cause him to push the asteroid back up the portal and ''back in time'', so that it DOES kill the dinosaurs.]]
* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo
* PowerCrystal: G-Stones actually convert positive emotions, most notably courage, into energy. The J-Jewel, being a replicated version of the G-Stone, probably works similarly.
** Zonder Metal counts too: it converts stress and other negative emotions into energy.
* PowerGlows: [[DisappearsIntoLight ''"HIKARI NI NAREEEE!!"'']]
--> '''Guy:''' [[YinYangBomb Gemu giru gan go gufo... VIIIIITAAAAAS!]]
* PowerOfFriendship: The final battle of ''FINAL'', with the "all G-Stones are one" routine.
** The series finale [[spoiler:with the [=GaoMachines=] driven by the minds of Chouryujin, Gekiryujin and Volfogg and ''then'' used to form [=GaoGaiGar=] also counts]].
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: It's what turns Guy and Mikoto into Evoluders]].
* PowerOfRock: The entire identity of Mic Sounders the 13th.
** Also Percurio, who fights with the Power Of Big Band.
* {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}: Soldat J.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision]] GratuitousEnglish [[PrecisionFStrike F Strike]]: Yes, they did this in a children's anime with Swan and Mike.
* ThePsychoRangers: The 11 Planetary Lords of Sol.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: GAO! GAI/FAI! GAAAAAARRRR!!!!
** In FINAL, the Goldion Crusher's "Hikari ni Nare" is delivered like this. Like everything else, HotBlooded and epic. It nearly devolves in {{angrish}} towards the end: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcfvCTrQjeI#t=53s "HIKARIII... NIII... NAAAAAAAAREEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGH"]]
** Also in ''FINAL'', near the end of Guy's [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat down]] against Palparepa, the former combines this with OminousLatinChanting, shouting the Hell and Heaven chant one word at a time, and [[PunctuatedPounding every word was timed perfectly with a punch connecting with Palparepa]], finally ending with him putting his hands together and finishing the move normally. "HotBlooded" isn't enough to describe this.
--->'''Guy''': '''GEMU!''' *punches with right fist* '''GIRU!''' *punches with left, both fists now crackling with energy* '''GAN!''' *right fist again, now glowing red* '''GO!''' *left fist, now glowing yellow* '''GUFO!''' *smashes Palparepa's face in with a right* *smashes his hands together, and finishes the move properly* '''VITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!!'''
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Yes, the J-Phoenix is technically covering the J-Ark in a flame when doing so (basically burning its Generating Armor), but it doesn't change the fact that the technique was essentially just ramming them.
** Also Hell and Heaven to a degree, since it's basically just smashing into an opponent fists-first.
** [=DaiKaiTen-DaiMadan=] also falls under this category, since it's basically just Big Volfogg putting on a full-strength Mirror Coating and then charging through an opponent.
** Hyuuma has a bad habit of resorting to this tactic way too quickly after the Primevals show up. The first time he wants to go for it, he's cut off by [[spoiler: the series' ultimate HesBack moment, aka the triumphant return of the Mobile Unit]], while the second time....it just plain doesn't work.
** This + ExplosiveOverclocking + Volfogg's [[spoiler: avoided HeroicSacrifice]] = How [[spoiler: the Multidimensional Super-Intelligence Submarine [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome took out Penchinon]]]].
* {{Reconstruction}}: Deliberately made as a statement in opposition to ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
* RecurringRiff: [[AnimeThemeSong Yuusha-Oh Tanjou]] is the backbone of the FINAL soundtrack. Everything else is a remix from the original series.
** And then there's the famous Tower Bridge Riff, straight from Power of Desire.
* RedOniBlueOni: [=EnRyu=] and [=HyoRyu=]; Mamoru and Ikumi/Alma; Gai and Soldato-J.
** Mamoru and Guy to Ikumi/Alma and Soldato-J is ironic, since the ones who glow red are the Blue Onis while the ones who glow green are the ones who should be the Red Onis.
* RedHeadedHero: Guy. To the extreme. The intro song even calls it a "red mane". Because, you know, [[AnimalMotif lions]].
* RedShirtArmy: The Mic Sounders brigade exists mainly to be brutally destroyed. Several times. Funnily enough, the only one of them that is red is part of the main cast [[spoiler:and is the only one to make it to the end.]].
* {{Robeast}}s: Zonder Robos, and a number of the Earth-bound Primevals.
* RobotHair: The Genesic GaoGaiGar has big red hair of the synthetic variety. Galeon himself's [[MechanicalLifeforms normal form is a Lion]] with a mechanical mane facsimile.
* RocketPunch: Broken Magnum and Phantom - what would a {{reconstruction}} be without one?
* RuleOfCool: But only if it doesn't conflict with logical consistency.
* RunningGag: Several, such as [=EnRyu=] never being able to land properly.
** Anytime Hana's walking that oversized dog of hers, shit happens.
* SchematizedProp: One free in every {{Eyecatch}}.
** 2, actually...one on either end of the commercial break. They're all different, too!
** The FINAL ones, taking the LensmanArmsRace into reasonable consideration, start reading a bit more exasperated towards the end. [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale The poor cataloger has no idea what to make of Genesic GaoGaiGar.]]
* SharedUniverse: Strangely enough, the RealRobot horror series ''{{Betterman}}'' takes place in the same universe as ''{{GaoGaiGar}}''.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: Liver is the first of the Magnificent 7 Primeval's to be purified.
** Inverted in Final. The heroes push themselves to the limit to destroy the other Sol Masters knowing full well that they'd be revived by Pisa Sol, but it turns out it was all a BatmanGambit to make Pisa Sol use up her energy, leaving her vulnerable to [[DropTheHammer Goldion Crusher.]]
* ShoutOut
** Several to ''Series/UltraSeven''. Ayame's custom phone is Dan Moroboshi's Ultra Eye henshin device, the scene in Episode 48 where [[spoiler:Hana reveals to the class that Mamoru is the green-haired boy]] is almost line-for-line from ''Ultra Seven'''s final episode, as is [[spoiler:Kaidou]]'s conversation with Hana in Episode 3 of FINAL.
** A few to ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' too:
*** The MonsterOfTheWeek in Episode 14 is a [[MobileSuitGundam Zaku]]. See also: CurbStompBattle.
*** Take a look at [=GaoGaiGar=]. It's clear to see its design was based off of a Gundam. No wonder [=GaoGaiGar=] curbstomped the Zaku.
*** Also, the fact that Creator/KunioOkawara, the Lead Mechanical Designer for most Gundam-series, designed GaoGaiGar and pretty much anything else, explains the Real Robot-ish designs and transformation sequences (no parts disappearing or showing up from out of nowhere).
** Pizza's long nose and love of the sky is a shout-out to [[Manga/{{Cyborg009}} Cyborg 002]]. He also resembles [[FatalFury Terry Bogard]] in human form and the [[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]] symbol in Zonder form. Also, see ActorAllusion.
** #25 has a pair of Zonder ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Angels]]'', with appropriately nightmarish attacks.
** #38 has Guy slip into a LotusEaterMachine, in a sequence involving ''Evangelion''-worthy visuals and audio.
** One of the Zonders, specifically the EvilKnockoff of [=GaoGaiGar=], uses the [[MazingerZ Big Swing]] RocketPunch.
** Gai's civilian garb in #24 is that of Hayato Ichimonji[=/=]Series/KamenRider 2, right down to the henshin belt buckle.
** Also in the 14.5 scenario during the video game {{Blockaded Numbers}}, Gai's outfit is that of Ichiro from [[{{Kikaider}} Kikaider 01]].
** At the start of ''FINAL'' one of Mamoru's friends can be seen on the bow of his parents boat shouting [[{{Titanic}} DiCaprio!]]
** Mamoru [[spoiler:and Kaito]] owe their evil-detecting-reactive-hair to ''GeGeGeNoKitaro''.
** King J-der's fingers are anti-meson cannons. This is the exact same type of weapon used by the Martians in the 1953 film version of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* SomethingPerson: Cyborg Guy, Evoluder Guy.
** This probably isn't a true case of SomethingPerson, as the character's name is Gai, pronounced about the same as 'Guy'. Thus, if his name had been Bob, it would have been Cyborg Bob. The fact that his name happens to be a synonym (and homonym) for "man" is a coincidence.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: The Zonders start out threatening to destroy city hall and move upwards from there; by the show's halfway mark 3G is warding off TheTokyoFireball nearly every episode. The Primevals up the stakes yet again by threatening large-scale climate change, meteor impacts, and similar ApocalypseHow nastiness before being one-upped once and for all by the Sol Masters and their plan to regenerate the Trinary Solar System by destroying our universe.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: In the first episode. Filling landfills with excessive trash will cause Zonders to create a monster out of them! [[FelonyMisdemeanor And throwing out perfectly serviceable microwave ovens and fridges give it destructive microwave and freezing attacks!]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Rune/Renee/Renais - more due to the difference between languages than anything.
** On one occasion, the subbed version has Pasder's name translated to "Pasta". Must be a kind of joke, considering that he was talking with Pizza at that time.
** Guy/Gai. Also, [=GaoFighGar=]/[=GaoFaiGar=]
* [[{{Spoiler Opening}} Spoiler Closing]]: The ending theme song to the TV series actually foreshadows [[spoiler: Mamorou's leaving Earth at the end of the series. There's even an image of him and Ghaleon on an alien world which must take place after the end of the series since he has his pendent, and the sequence ends with a shot of his parents waiting for him to come home.]]
** There's a retroactive spoiler of sorts in the second version of the opening, as well. Thankfully, you won't realise it's always been there until [[spoiler:around the final battle]], and even then, it's pretty minor. [[spoiler:During the first opening, the part where they're singing about the G-Stone uses the word "mamoru"[[note]]protect[[/note]], which is the name of a character. During the second opening, the part describing the G-Stone no longer uses Mamoru's name... but instead uses "[[MissingMom kizuna]]"[[note]]bond[[/note]].]] See the FridgeBrilliance page for more info.
* StealthHiBye: Volfogg is fond of these. The fact he's a friggin' GIANT ROBOT and is able to pull them off is a testament of how mindblowingly awesome he is.
* StockFootage: A lot, but used intelligently for once. You really start to suspect [[spoiler: Mic's]] motives when he's going through GGG's Zonder footage, for example.
** On the other hand, one episode has [=ChoRyuJin=] fire more than 10 Eraser Heads. We don't have to see them all, though, but watching the same animation 5 times in an episode... it gets old.
*** FreezeFrameBonus: Actually, if you look closely you'll see that the Eraser Heads get progressively larger as the episode goes on. He starts with the standard ES-99 and by the end he's firing an ES-[[UpToEleven 9999]].
** Fusion, Final Fusion, System Change, Symmetrical Docking and Sanmiitai all have their own stock-footage as well.
** Just about every single attack ever used, even by some of the bad-guys.
* SuperMode: Actually, Hyper Mode in Cyborg Guy's case. One tug of the battery-canisters on either side of his head and BAM, 3 minutes of high-octane ass-kicking. Demonstrated numerous times to be able to work on [=GaoGaiGar=] as well, especially at the end of FINAL, when we find out, via a split-second showing, that Genesic's "hair" is actually a few ''million'' of those same canisters.
** Similarly, the G-Stone and J-Jewel can activate each others' Super Modes, demonstrated in ''FINAL'' with J and Renais.
* SuperRobot: By the end of FINAL, about half the cast are robots. Hyoryu, Enryu, Volfogg, Mic Sounders, Rairyu, Fuuryu, Soldat-J (Cyborg, but close enough), Renais (also a cyborg), Galeon, Guy, Koryu, Anryu, GunGlue, GunDober (albeit not having a single line throughout the entire series).
** Guy may disqualify, since he's an Evoluder, and not a Cyborg any longer.
* TechnologyPorn: Where do we start? It's a highly epic toy commercial, so all the robots are made of this. On top of that, the Narrator also lovingly describes how every one of the Hero's devices operate.
* {{Technopath}}: [[spoiler: Guy, after he becomes an Evoluder]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: The 31 Primevals.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "GA-GA-GA GA-GA-GA GAOGAIGAR!" Also, "Saikyou Yuusha Robo Gundan" for the rest of the team.
** FINAL had Saikyou Yuusha Robo Gundan ''Ladies'' for the... well... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LQrCSbfGGo Ladies]]
** And lest we forget, the show plays the trope far straighter than anything has a right to: when Mic Sounders sings "Power of Desire," [[ThePowerOfRock every robot in the main cast within earshot gets a powerup]]. No, really.
*** Well, except when he's using it to [[spoiler: help out Repli-Mamoru by knocking out Swan/Raiga/Stallion or riffing it out on the Tower Bridge to destroy Pericurio.]]
** There's also "Yuuki aru Tatakai", which is pretty much the signal for the heroes to unleash hell (with the expectation that they won't survive it). Most notably used when [[spoiler: Projectile X powers up everyone for a final showdown with Pasder]] and in ''FINAL'' [[spoiler: during Genesic Gaogaigar's NoHoldsBarredBeatDown of Palparepa]].
** When ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xa-hCJdx0I Final Fusion]]'' starts playing, evil is about to be assbeaten by the '''POWER OF COURAGE!!!'''
** Done gorgeously with "[[http://www.esnips.com/doc/79996767-8c09-4150-9a86-07c535c235e4/21-Dividing-Driver Dividing Driver]]" during the last episode of FINAL.
** There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uzud3ZZkzs J]] for when Soldat-J uses J-Phoenix in FINAL.
* ThemeNaming: Pasder, Polonaise, Pizza, Primada, Pinchernone, Pagliaccio, Palparepa, Pillnus, Pia Decem, Palus Abel, Pei La Cain, Pisa Sol, Percurio, P-Vater, Polturn, Puranus, Ptulone. In fact, there's exactly one character whose name starts with "P" that isn't a member of a villainous team.
** What about Papillon? ('''note:''' that's the one)
*** True...[[spoiler: she ''is'' only around from the 3rd episode on due to the actions of the villains.]] '''''Hmmmmm...'''''
*** There were 2, actually. Let's not forget background support maid-mecha Piggy.
** Also, note the names of many of the good guys: Guy '''Shishioh''', '''Leo''' Shishioh and his brother '''Liger''', Kotaro '''Taiga''', etc...
*** Swan White and Stallion White. A swan is a bird and a stallion is another term for a mount (typically a horse).
*** The Brave Robots also count. Enryu, Hyoryu, Fuuryu, Rairyu, Koryu and Anryu's names mean ''(Element) Dragon''. Wolfogg's name is derived from the word "Wolf" and the word "fog". Mic Sounders... Well, Mic's the only one who doesn't qualify for this, as his name doesn't contain an animal.
* TheVirus: The mere presence of Zonders, Zonder Metal, Zonderians, or Primevils slowly turns nearby organic lifeforms into Zonders, due to their emission of Elementary Particle ZO.
* TitleScream: [[/folder]]

[[folder: Bokura no Yuusha-Oh... ]]
'''''GAO GAI GAAAAAR!!!'''''
* TokyoTower: Pasder and the 4 Machine Kings hang out under here.
* [[TookALevelInBadass Took About 50 Levels In Badass]]: ''Mamoru'' of all people. At the start of the series this '''''grade-school kid''''' only has the power to purify Zonder Cores. By the end, he's not only strong enough to purify Primeval Cores as well, but take on Primevals ''directly'', and was putting up a good fight against Zonuda with Galeon's help. And then, of course, he tops it all off in ''FINAL'' by taking on [[spoiler: Pe la Cain]] and handing him his ass on a platter. [[spoiler: Considering the [=PasQ=]-Machine's replicants are of equal strength, I guess the fact that he's capable of piloting the titular mecha counts too. Too bad his replicant was turned evil and thus had to be squashed by Guy. Oh well!]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Mic's gear gets shown off during one of the {{eyecatch}}es, and his hoverboard is labeled the "Gusty Galaxy Guard" version... in episode 30, two episodes before the Galaxy Guard are introduced and even before the WhamEpisode that could make you think the Geoid Guard gets completely annihilated. Interestingly, this was printed ''in English'' originally, so it's a little hard to know just how many people picked up on the spoiler in the original broadcast.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: [[AvertedTrope Not even close.]] The G-Energy tornado that [=GaiGar=] (yellow for [=GaoFar=] in ''FINAL'') generates at the beginning of the Final Fusion sequence is made to serve as a defense against outside interference. In the very first Final Fusion sequence, the Zonder Beast immediately tries to stop the transformation, thus justifying the tornado. Later enemies, particularly [=EI-15=], showed that it wasn't a ''perfect'' defense; if one can get through it, the titular mecha is a sitting duck. Add in the fact that performing Final Fusion ''at all'' requires authorization from the [=GGG=] command center, and it's about as far from a free action as you get.
** That said, transforming often ''is'' a free action for the other mecha.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: ''Everyone''. Braves, villains, minor side characters, ''everyone''.
* TransformationSequence: At least two per robot, including combination sequences - ''Guy included''.
* TransformingMecha: Over a third the regular cast could be mistaken for [[{{Transformers}} Autobots]]; which makes sense considering the franchise was made by the same people, and they even recycled a couple of designs from it throughout the various ''Braves'' series.
* TrashTheSet: The 31 Primevals destroying the [=GGG's=] old base in minutes.
* UnderwaterBase: The Gutsy Geoid Guard's headquarters is the underwater "Harbor Reef Base" located [[spoiler:underneath the Japan Aeronautics headquarters.]] Later, [[spoiler:after the 31 Primevals trash both the Aeronautics headquarters and the base with their attacks]], they relocate to an orbital space station base and become the multi-national Gutsy Galaxy Guard.
* UpToEleven: Both [[CombiningMecha combining]] and [[TransformingMecha transforming]] are taken UpToEleven in this series. Main character Guy [[CombiningMecha combines]] with a mecha lion to [[TransformingMecha transform]] into a [[HumongousMecha humanoid robot]], which then [[CombiningMecha combines]] with the three [[MechaExpansionPack GaoMachines]] to become the titular mecha, which can also [[CombiningMecha combine]] with another [[TransformingMecha transforming]] mecha to get a huge fist and a [[DropTheHammer bigass hammer]]. Not to mention all the other [[MechaExpansionPack expansions]]: the Dividing Driver, Pliers, the MidSeasonUpgrade [[MerchandiseDriven which grants space flight and the power-boosting Phantom Rings...]]
* WeaponizedLandmark: The Primevals end up possessing and [[TransformingMecha transforming]] the Great Wall of China, the Sphinx and several moai to do battle with the heroes. [[spoiler: Later on, we see Weaponized ''Planetoids'' when they possess ''the moons of Jupiter''.]]
* WeCanRebuildHim: Guy and Renais.
** Well, Renais' rebuilding was done unnecessarily, against her will, by a criminal arms-merchant {{megacorp}}oration. Her dad just fixed their screwups as best he could, and even then he couldn't correct everything without killing her, thus her heat problems.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Whenever the Zonders didn't have a specific target, they always seem to attack wherever Hana happens to be at the time, even if it's miles away from anyone else.
** Might not be as accidental as folks think. The Zonderians eventually come to know that Mamoru is a major threat to them. If they were aware of their [[PuppyLove relationship]], she'd pretty much have a bulls-eye on her. This may go into {{Fanon}} territory, however, as the Pasder's Zonderian council never talks about her directly.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** [[spoiler: The Zonderians just want to relieve everybody's stress by turning them into machines, which can't feel stress, albeit who can't feel anything else as well.]]
** [[spoiler: Likewise, the 11 Masters of Sol from FINAL are just trying to rebuild the Trinary Solar System after it was destroyed by the Zonderians. It just so happens that they're using the rest of the universe as construction material.]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 31, [[spoiler:"Goodbye [=GutsyGeoidGuard=]"]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway / ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman:
** Although they did find use for [=DrillGao=] and [=StealthGao=] regularly (as armaments for [=GaiGar=]), finding a use for [=LinerGao=] was usually an obvious attempt to make it useful outside of being [=GaoGaiGar's=] shoulders. The Pliers also fit, in that their specific ability of being able to pull apart [[NegativeSpaceWedgie dimensional disturbances]] wasn't exactly helpful when there weren't dimensional disturbances to pull apart... at least they managed to be helpful in using Goldion Hammer before Goldymarg was built. By the end of the series, though, they show what they're good for. Building stuff quickly, and disassembling a barrage of missiles headed towards the Orbit Base.
** The Pliers manage to escape this trope entirely when [[spoiler: they're upgraded to the ultimate construction force, the Carpenters. Even get their own [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoA]] when they charge headlong into a massive missile barrage and, almost nonchalantly, disassemble each and every one.]]
*** [[spoiler: The Carpenters]] also get a {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}} when [[spoiler: they rebuild the city after Gai and Mikoto/[[TheCorruption Zonuda]]'s battle in the final episode of ''{{GaoGaiGar}}''.]]
** This is the pretty much the best description Mic's Cosmo Robo mode has.
* WorldOfBadass
* WorldOfHam: It's a classic-style super robot anime. It's a wonder the footage doesn't have [[ChewingTheScenery tooth marks]].
* YinYangBomb: The Green Planet's "two powers into one" spell, built into [=GaoGaiGar=] as Hell and Heaven. Also [[spoiler:Cho Ryu Jin's FINAL attack]].
* YouShallNotPass: Probably one of the most ridiculous examples in all of fiction, when the Dimension Pliers block Pizza's attack in episode 27, taking a beating but allowing GaoGaiGar to penetrate the Contra Fall in the process.
* ZettaiRyouiki: With white socks (see above picture). And on Swan White.

!! Tropes in [=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL:
* ActionGirl: Rune Cardiff Shishioh.
* BattleInTheRain: FINAL #2, [[spoiler:Gai in [=GaoFiGar=] vs Mamoru in the old [=GaoGaiGar=]. Or so it seemed.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The way FINAL ends certainly qualifies. Despite having defeated the 11 Soul Masters and destroyed the Pas-Q Machine, thus saving our universe, the heroes are trapped where the Repli-Trinary Solar System was, and they can only send Mamoru and Arma back to Earth to reunite with their families and friends. And even if GGG were to find a way back to our solar system, they have already been banished from it by the UN. In other words, no matter what happens next, the heroes have lost.
** Except the very last frames shows that there might still be hope left. The last thing we get to see in FINAL is nothing less than the Galeoria Comet, that sent them to the Repli-Trinary Solar System in the first place. And as we learned in the beginning of FINAL, the Galeoria Comet passes Earth once every 8 years. So there is still hope for the heroic GGG, if they can survive for those 8 years.
*** A bit of GuideDangIt would show that they may not have even had to wait anywhere near ''that'' long: one of Genesic's abilities that was never shown is called the Galeoria Road. Most speculation on it is that it emulates the dimension-travelling power of the Galeoria Comet, meaning that the key to their salvation is already at hand.
* BookEnd: In the first episode, EI-02 takes a Broken Magnum to the head, and regenerates, just to take a punch right in the jaw. In the last episode of FINAL, Palparepa takes a Broken Magnum at point-blank range, right in the head, and regenerates, just in time to get a socked right in the jaw.
** In fact, this also happens during the battle against Zonuda.
*** The entire final battle between Genesic GaoGaiGar and Palparepa Prajna is almost identical to the battle between GaoGaiGar and Zonuda. At least the part after a bright explosion of light and a silhouette of GaoGaiGar with rocks floating upwards. The dialogue is changed, though.
* ChekhovsGun: Of all things, the ''Tiger Wood''.
* ContinuityNod: The [=GaoGaiGar=] vs. Palparepa match at the end of FINAL was basically a big throwback to the last fight of the original series ([[spoiler:the one against Zonuda]]). Except for the "punching the enemy during regeneration" bit, that relates to ''the very first episode''.
* DarkestHour: FINAL episodes 4/5. 3G has been laid low by Palparepa's chemical nanomachines and manipulated into shutting down the Brave Robo Corps. Arma and Renais have been defeated by the Sol Masters, but Guy and [=GaoFighGar=] have been utterly ''curbstomped'' by Palparepa; [=GaoFighGar=] has been reduced to scrap metal, and Guy appears to be dead. All hope seems completely lost... and then Mamoru comes back, Renais finds Soldato-J, the J-Ark flies again, and the story begins to pull itself back from the DespairEventHorizon.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Renais is French, and is very hot... well, literally and figuratively. Look but don't touch--her skin temperature runs hot enough to burn on contact.
** The French Dragons are the only female robots in the series, making them Hot by default
** Also subverted from the very beginning - Swan White, GGG's resident MsFanservice, is American.
* FirstChurchOfMecha: Rather fitting in that Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=] is also referred to as the God of Destruction. Rightly so, too.
** Fitting its title, the final battle in FINAL sees Genesic's Protect Shade pretty busted up. In fact, all the damage dealt to Genesic is on the Protect side, while the Broken side remains unscathed, even when Genesic is hurled into a building.
* AGodAmI: Palparepa in ''FINAL''.
* HesBack: Episode 6 of FINAL completely undoes Gai's HeroicBSOD, topping his triumphant return off with him, now in control of Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=] (aka ''The God Of Destruction''), ending the episode by handing the Sol Masters nothing short of a '''''DEATH SENTENCE.'''''
** BigDamnHeroes + this trope = Episode 34. [[spoiler: After being put practically into stasis from their battle with EI-01 and having their base annihilated by the first 3 Primevals, Volfogg, [=HyoRyu=], [=EnRyu=], Goldymarg, and the King of Braves himself all come roaring back and show the new {{Big Bad}}s that messing with the Gutsy Galaxy Guard was a HUGE mistake.]]
* HopeSpot: Episodes 31 and 46, the start of ''FINAL'' episode 5, and then [[spoiler: subverted back and forth like a ping-pong ball a few times in]] ''FINAL'' episode 8.
* MoodWhiplash: Thanks to the replacement for Kotaro being this old bugger who takes his own time over the Final Fusion commands.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: With Palparepa towards the end of ''FINAL'':
-->'''Palparepa:''' Total victory... this is the right of God.\\
'''Guy:''' I'll show you... '''THE POWER OF TRUE COURAGE!'''\\
[=Genesic GaoGaiGar=] stands and powers up to excessive levels.\\
'''Palparepa:''' Go ahead and show me!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=] is refered to as "the God of Destruction". Of course he's one of the good guys, but that is certainly not the name of something most people want to mess with.
* PostScriptSeason ''[=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL''. Actually good, unlike most.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Guy and Palparepa are fond of throwing these at each other in FINAL. Palparepa is particularly fond of mocking Guy for his mortality and claiming that "lesser beings" like humans can never match immortals like himself. After hearing this for half the series, Guy finally makes his rebuttal in the midst of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in episode 8:
-->'''Guy:''' The reason you tried to seal off GGG...! The reason you couldn't come close to the G-Crystal...! The reason you isolated [=GaoFighGar=]...! The reason you didn't come to directly attack our Earth...! ''It's all because you feared us!'' The G-Stone's power can only grow and surpass the power of the Loud G-Stone! '''''This is the energy BORN FROM COURAGE!!'''''
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: In FINAL. Apparently, it requires a whole universe worth of dark matter to rebuild one solar system.
* SuperPrototype: Genesic (I.E. Original) [=GaoGaiGar=] is more powerful than [=GaoGaiGar=] and [=GaoFighGar=]. Could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that Earth's technology wasn't quite advanced enough to fully replicate the Green Planet's [=GaoMachines=].
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-->''[[TheEnd This is the end of the tale of the brave king who transcends fate...]]''
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