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->''"Synchronize...''
->''Combine...!''
->'''''GO!''' Aquarion!"''

This is a tale about a group of teenagers with PsychicPowers piloting an [[DeusSexMachina orgasm-powered]] {{Super Robot|Genre}} to fight evil Shadow Angels from [[{{Atlantis}} Atlandia]] who [[ToServeMan feed on human lifeforce]]...

...but that's a little too far on the simple side of things. Let's try again.

[[{{Backstory}} Twelve thousand years ago]] there was a great war between humans and Shadow Angels; the humans won, in no small part thanks to Apollonius, an Angel who turned against his own people [[DefectingForLove out of love for Celiane, a human woman]], and the Angels [[SealedEvilInACan became dormant under the South Pole]].

Flash forward to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Eleven years after a catastrophe known as the Great Incident ravaged Earth and gifted a few young people with PsychicPowers, the Shadow Angels awaken, and start harvesting humans all around the world. Ordinary militaries are unable to stop them, and it's up to the aforementioned young people (referred to as "Element Users") to stop the Angels, using an ancient Atlandian weapon: the Aquarion, a HumongousMecha which [[CombiningMecha is the combination]] of three different flying machines called Vectors (causing the three pilots to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything join their souls and spiritual bodies into one]]).

As soon as the Aquarion pilots first engage the Shadow Angels, however, they promptly get their asses handed to them, and crash-land near the place where two Element Users were investigating rumors of a possible reincarnation of Apollonius. The supposed reincarnation, Apollo, [[FallingIntoTheCockpit climbs into the robot]] and pilots it to a first victory against the Shadow Angels, losing his TrueCompanions to them in the process. He then joins DEAVA, the organization which handles the Aquarion and Element Users, in the hopes of finding his friends and bringing them back.

The series was created by ShojiKawamori, the designer of [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross the Valkyrie]] and the [[Anime/EurekaSeven Nirvash typeZero]] amongst other mecha, and was animated by Studio {{Creator/Satelight}}. Hence why the titular robot looks so awesome.

A two-part OVA (entitled ''Wings of Betrayal'' and ''Wings of Glory'', respectively), was released after the series, taking place in an alternate timeline.

A movie, ''Wings of Genesis'', was also released. It recycled the plot and footage of the OVA and a few other goodies. Released with the movie was a comedic short film featuring the characters from the original series.

A sequel began airing in January 2012. Entitled ''Anime/AquarionEvol'', it takes place [[ArcNumber 12,000 years]] after the first series, chronicling a battle against new enemies from another dimension.
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AccidentalKiss
* AnAesop: Every single one of Fudou's lessons. [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs They're all on crack as well]].
** It gets to the point that even people like Sirius, Sophia, and Jerome have ''no clue'' about what Fudou's getting at. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Apollo at one point.
-->'''Apollo''': "Even if a spring is never discovered, it still continues to flow... whatever that means."
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Tsugumi was constantly shunned by friends and family [[BlessedWithSuck because of her powers]] before coming to Daeva.
* AllYourPowersCombined: The individual powers of whatever Element Users that merged can be drawn upon by Aquarion, which can result in some powerful and/or crafty {{Combination Attack}}s.
* AlmostKiss
* AloofBigBrother: Sirius.
* AnimeThemeSong: Some of Music/YokoKanno's finest work.
* ArmiesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Aww, poor Futaba. Oh, and Glen, too.]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Aquarion uses this on Futaba.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: [[spoiler:Solar Aquarion]] creating additional mass from within itself sounds like this [[ShownTheirWork but it's based on the mahima]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhi siddhi.]]
* ArtShift: Used as a MindScrew by Futaba.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Most notably in the Gattai sequences and when an incapacitated Element User is teleported out.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Apollo and Silvia, although the sexual tension really surfaces when the belligerence starts to die down.
* BetterThanSex: Basically when they describe how it feels when they merge ships.
* {{BFG}}: PSG Cannon.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Reika dresses the part, complete with another girl crushing on her. It doesn't make her any less desirable to the guys, though. [[spoiler: On the other hand, Sirius is the partial reincarnation of a ''woman'', so his attraction to her probably has more layers to it.]]
* BifurcatedWeapon: Moroha's [[HumongousMecha mech]], Cherubim Iskuron. Literally. As in, his mech literally splits into two (not evenly down the center but close) and either of them can chase different targets.
* BigBad: Touma.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Sirius and Silvia. While the most basic case of the trope is evident and perfectly justifiable (given that [[ParentalAbandonment their parents are dead]]), there is also strong subtext of the more [[BrotherSisterIncest sexual]] interpretation, mostly from Silvia's end. Silvia seems to justify her feelings by [[ReincarnationRomance insisting that Sirius is the reincarnation of Apollonius]], but in fact it is revealed that [[spoiler:they are in fact split halves of the reincarnated soul of Celiane, and thus long to be reunited on a fundamental level.]]
** Doesn't make it any less creepy that she has a giant stuffed doll of him on her bed.
* {{Bishonen}}: Touma, Apollonius, and Sirius.
** Kind of-sort of "justified" in Sirius' case, what with being [[spoiler:one half of a two-person reincarnation of a woman.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Shadow Angels are beaten and the world is saved, but Apollo and Sirius are forced into a HeroicSacrifice and won't return for 12,000 years, leaving Silvia all alone.]]
* BiTheWay: Tsugumi.
* BlessedWithSuck: Tsugumi can create explosions when her pulse reaches its peak, and has probably the strongest raw power of all the Element Users; unfortunately, she's really bad at controlling her emotions, so whenever she gets excited or anxious things around her tend to go [[StuffBlowingUp KABOOM]]. It's heavily implied that because of this she was [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunned by her family and friends]].
** Reika's powers are based on bad luck.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:Glen, due to genetic experimentation by the military with Futaba's extracted feather, becomes a mindless SuperSoldier. He breaks free of it at Reika's urging, only to enact a kamikaze HeroicSacrifice about five minutes later.]]
* BrownNote: The MonsterOfTheWeek for episode 7 is so beautiful it causes the Aquarion pilots to experience supreme jealousy and start fighting amongst themselves.
** It is also a case of AlienGeometries, because it appears as an "impossible" polyhedron.
* TheBrute: Angel Moroha. You'd think from the first opening the brute would be the masked gorilla-dinosaur.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Apollo to Silvia at the finale.]]
* ButtMonkey: Jean-Jerome. Never right about anything.
* CallingYourAttacks: "''INFINITY PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANCH!''"
* CannonFodder: Cherubim Blumebatts, although it is somewhat subverted as they easily destroy military vehicles.
* CaptainErsatz: The Aquarion itself uses a transformation scheme almost identical to ''Manga/GetterRobo''.
* CatchPhrase: Sirius' "How disgraceful...", Gen's "Special training!", and Reika's "How unfortunate..."
* CharacterDevelopment: Really good one.
* CharClone: Sirius de Alisia fits the bill for this one.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Silvia to Sirius. Otoha to Touma. Needless to say, they don't enjoy it when their men show affection to someone other than them. [[spoiler:At least Silvia grows out of it with time. Otoha... doesn't. No, really. She never gets over it, and then Silvia kills her. [[CurbStompBattle In one blow]].]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Not only do the Element Users each have uniquely-colored [[LatexSpaceSuit pilot suits]], but when a teleport change is done the replacement Element actually leaves their clothing behind and materializes in the empty suit of the last pilot, said suit then magically changing color to match the new wearer.
** Yes, this does mean that the pilot being replaced comes out at mission control completely naked. Invariably results in BarbieDollAnatomy.
* CombiningMecha: The titular Aquarion. In three different ways, depending on which of the three vectors forms the body.
* CosmicPlaything: Reika, who is really, ''really'' unlucky, and tends to avoid human contact whenever possible to prevent her bad luck from "rubbing off" on those close to her. Pretty much exists to FreakOut and get swapped with someone else.
* {{Cosplay}}: Played completely serious. Fed up with the Element Users constantly playing the blame game, Fudou gets the idea (from Sirius' words, no less) to have each member portray another Element User, assuming their appearance and personality. HilarityEnsues from the matches (Apollo and Sirius, Silvia and Reika, Pierre and Chloe, Jun and Tsugumi; while it would seem that Sophia and Fudou have swapped, it turns out that [[spoiler:Fudou has been impersonating Rena ''the entire time'']]), but there's a method to his madness. By seeing through the eyes of their comrades, each Element User [[BeYourself is able to accept who they are]], as well as appreciate the unique traits that their comrades bring to the table, understanding that together, any trio can compensate for the shortcomings of the individual units.
** The same episode shows that Jun is an {{Otaku}} who regularly attends Anime and Cosplay conventions.
* CuteBruiser: Silvia.
* [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Dark-Skinned]] RedHeadedHero: Apollo, [[XMarksTheHero with matching scars to boot]]!
* DoesntLikeGuns: Sirius, as evidenced by this quote from Episode 23:
--> "I'm disappointed in you [[spoiler: Glenn]]... attacking with such a crude gun."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the first half of episode 8, many characters discuss with each other what it's like to [[CombiningMecha unite]] with one's partners.
** Just listen to Silvia during the uniting in the first episode.
* DodgeTheBullet: Cherubim Lune.
* TheDragon: Otoha.
* DreamWeaver: Titania.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Gen Fudou on occasions during his [[CatchPhrase "Special Training!"]]
* ElegantGothicLolita: Rena, who always wear such an outfit, and who is also [[spoiler:a vampire]].
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: You know that [[http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/31589/ triangle]] that flashes whenever the Aquarion gets a new attack? The very last one of the series reads "-AQUARION FINAL EPISODE- I HOPE TO BE CONTINUED."
* TheEndOrIsIt: After Pierre deals with his addiction problem, Jun is shown displaying the same symptoms, and even caps off the OnTheNext dialogue with an anguished scream. [[SubvertedTrope nothing of the sort happens in the next episode or ever again]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Silvia.
* ExtraEyes: Otoha. Usually obscured by her [[InTheHood hood]], but they become more prevalent whenever she's greatly incensed.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Sirius]] near the end of the anime. Complete with a snazzy EvilCostumeSwitch.
* {{Fanservice}}: Plenty of {{shower scene}}s, {{shirtless scene}}s, {{Gainaxing}}, and MaleGaze. Pretty much every major Element User plays Fanservicer at some point in the series.
** Touma being a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart White-Haired Pretty Boy]] ''and'' an out-an-out member of the Yaoi club falls straight under this.
** In universe example: Jun has a robotic doll that has multiple sets of fanservicey clothes.
* FearfulSymmetry: Mirror Aquarion.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Played with ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments gloriously]]'' in the "Cosplay of the Soul" episode.
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* GiantEqualsInvincible: Regular cherubim soldiers are not affected by military weapons.
** Cherubim Graave takes in a step further with the addition of PoweredArmor.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Fudou has a scar running vertically up his right eye, while Apollo has a [[XMarksTheHero X-shaped scar]] on his right cheek.
* HairDecorations: Tsugumi.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Sirius and Silvia.]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Kurt and Chloe.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Black Mirror," in all but name. It's kind of funny to watch a 20-story robot startle.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Sirius' rapier. Where does he hide it? [[AssShove Up his ass?]] Actually... don't answer that last one.
* HatePlague[=/=]MindRape[=/=]YourMindMakesItReal: The Shadow Angels are just as likely to resort to psychological warfare as they are to bring the battle directly to DEAVA.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Again, Sirius]].
** [[spoiler:Touma, too, if his HeelRealization thanks to Silvia in the GrandFinale is anything to attest to.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Apollo and Baron in the {{Backstory}}.
* HopelessSuitor: Otoha, TheDragon to Touma, is [[JustForPun head-over-wings]] for him and her loyalty ''[[UndyingLoyalty knows no bounds]]'' for [[SingleTargetSexuality the one man she loves]]. In spite of her ''awareness'' as this role given Touma and Apollonius' history, [[PingPongNaivete Otoha pinballs between depression over knowing there will never be a true place in Touma's heart for her and haughty arrogance that she'll be the one to win his affections.]]
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: The Mongie even to the point of [[spoiler:consuming Aquarion, although thanks to Rena it reforms from a tree]].
* HotParents: From what we can see of Sirius and Silvia's mother and father, they fit the bill. Also, [[spoiler:Apollonius and Celiane, given that they started the Royal Family's lineage in the first place.]]
* HotTeacher: Sophia.
** And ''she'' seems to have eyes for Fudou...
* HumongousMecha
* IceCreamKoan: Gen Fudou's primary method of instruction. They somehow teach the pilots important lessons, but that doesn't stop anybody from noting that they rarely make sense.
* INeedYouStronger: The Shadow Angels are trying to return Solar Wing back to his full strength so that they can use him for the ritual to resurrect and ultimately save their DyingRace.
* ItsAllMyFault: Reika blames herself for Glenn falling into a coma.
** Not to mention when anything bad happens when she's around.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite being the possible {{reincarnation}} of LeeroyJenkins and having his fair share of {{jerkass}} moments towards the other Element Users (then again, most of them ostracized him to varying degrees over the course of the series), Apollo has made it clear that his friends are the most important friends to him. In fact, [[spoiler:when Touma offers an EquivalentExchange to sacrifice Silvia and Sirius in order to return the recently-killed Baron back to life, Apollo ''vehemently refuses''. That's right; he denied himself the return of his ''best friend'' to save his new TrueCompanions.]]
* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Apollo kisses Silvia before his HeroicSacrifice.]]
* LastMinuteHookup: Pierre finally wins over Chloe... just in time for the Shadow Angels' last stand.
* LatexPerfection: Gen Fudou manages to pull an ''epic'' one in "cosplay of the soul," by disguising himself of someone who is half his size.
* LimitedWardrobe
* LoveDodecahedron: It was a trainwreck waiting to happen. From the beginning of the series, Sirius, Reika, and Glen seem to be in a LoveTriangle (albeit a friendly one), [[spoiler:one that's put on hold when Glen is put in a coma]]. Sirius and Reika [[UnresolvedSexualTension have some chemistry together]], but Reika is usually reluctant due to confidence issues and the fears that [[CosmicPlaything her bad luck]] will rub off on anyone who gets too close to her. It gets tricky to keep score from there on.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: One particular cherubim that uses an invisibility cloak fires off salvos of these. Hardly surprising, given [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross the creator's previous work]].
* MeaningfulName: "Vectors." Now, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs whether they make sense to sane minds is a different issue]].
** This is actually referencing vectors in math and physics. If the vectors aren't moving in a similar nature, the overall force and direction of said force is diminished. Isn't this similar to the point of the Vectors themselves? If the pilots are moving in different directions, the merging is marred.
* {{Meganekko}}: Tsugumi.
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* MultinationalTeam: The Element Users.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Rena. Suitably enough, we later discover that [[spoiler:she's a vampire]].
* NerdGlasses: Jun, natch.
* TheNoseKnows: Apollo has an inhumanly keen sense of smell, capable of detecting... well, pretty much anything the plot calls for, really. Implicitly {{hand wave}}d as being the result of his harsh upbringing, but the scope of his ability is so truly ludicrous that it might be more plausible to attribute it to his Element Powers.
** To put this in context, he regularly figures things out through his sense of smell ''while piloting Aquarion''. That's right, he can smell things on the battlefield from inside his cockpit. Usually from several hundred feet away.
** He can also smell [[ArtisticLicensePhysics lasers]].
* NotSoDifferent: The battle between humanity and the Shadow Angels seems to bring out the worst in both...
** Which is ironic, given the FantasticRacism present throughout the series.
* OffModel: Quite a bit of it in "Mischief Without Malice."
* OldMaster: [[spoiler:Gen Fudou, if only [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld on a technicality]]]].
* OminousLatinChanting: A staple of the soundtrack, especially in scenes focusing on the Shadow Angels in their headquarters.
* OnlySaneMan: There are times when Jerome seems to be the only one acting like the battle against the Shadow Angels is a war to stop the genocide and consumption of mankind instead of a chance to sling metaphors.
** However, the tradeoff is that he veers into WellIntentionedExtremist territory, best shown with [[spoiler:the killing of Futaba and the genetic experimentation on Glen by the military that (temporarily) turns him into a [[{{Brainwashed}} mindless puppet]]]].
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Sort of. If you get technical, the ''datenshi'' are only angels in that they apply a pun. Their kanji doesn't actually use "angel."
* ParentalAbandonment: We don't get to see the parents of any of the Element Users, and it's implied that they all either died in the Great Incident or were harvested by the Shadow Angels.
* PermaStubble: Fudou.
* PowerEchoes: The Shadow Angels. With a few notable exceptions, their mouths don't move when they're speaking, suggesting [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic communication]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Usually how the protagonists win their battles, until later in the series it's superseded by...
* ThePowerOfLove: Though they have also won battles with the power of jealousy, the power of bad luck, and the power of hunger.
* PowerOfTrust: Usually played straight. [[spoiler:Sadly subverted during the start of Sirius' FaceHeelTurn, where Reika is ''horrified'' to discover that Sirius has the blood of Shadow Angels in him (plus the feathers) and withdraws her hand, shunning Sirius and prompting him to fully cross over to the enemy's side.]]
* PsychicPowers
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Gen Fudou]] and [[spoiler:Rena]]; all Shadow Angels, being technically ageless, also qualify.
* RedOniBlueOni: Apollo and Sirius.
* RedShirtArmy: The United Nations army, who last all of five seconds against the Shadow Angels.
* {{Reincarnation}}: An important theme of the Anime. At first it seems that Silvia is the reincarnation of Celiane and Apollo is Apollonius', but the reality is much, ''much'' more complicated and a spoiler of gigantic proportions.
* ReincarnationRomance
* {{Rewrite}}: The sequel did this to the the show. [[spoiler:In ''Genesis'', when the show was being planned out, Kawamori wanted to include Apollon, but he was rebuffed by the staff of ''Genesis'', who told him that such a plot twist would only take away from the love story between Silvia and Apollo, and so the plot was scrapped and the Shadow Angel dog Pollon was erased from the series, ultimately erasing the character completely for the [=OADs=]. Then when it came time to create ''EVOL'' none of the original ''Genesis'' staff besides Kawamori was on the project and when Ohkada saw the notes for Pollon she easily convinced Kawamori into including him into the show. In other words if you finish the series and come to the conclusion that Apollo is Apollonius you're correct; if you watch the sequel and come to the conclusion that Apollo is Pollon you're still correct.]]
* RocketPunch: Solar Aquarion's Infinity Punch has the spirit of this trope, except it never actually detaches. Instead, it has an ''infinite'' number of extendable arm segments [[TelescopingRobot packed inside each other]].
** Played right in ''Wings of Glory'', when [[spoiler:all the segments fly on their own and defreeze Earth]].
* RuleOfCool: A lot of the attacks, sometimes crossing over into MundaneMadeAwesome.
* SacrificialLamb: Glen, whose entire purpose in the series boils down to 1. piloting Vector Sol to the battlefield so Apollo can [[FallingIntoTheCockpit fall into its cockpit]] and 2. getting put in a coma so Reika can have someone to angst over.
** [[spoiler:Well, that and being the first successful guinea pig for the military's super-soldier program...]]
* {{Schoolgirl Lesbian|s}}: Tsugumi has a clear-as-day (if unreciprocated) crush on Reika.
* ShoutOut: Three jets that can transform into different configuration's of robot's depending on who's jet is leading? Sounds A LOT like ''Manga/GetterRobo'' had some influence on the mecha design.
** "Angels" buried beneath Antarctica, an [[NoodleIncident incident]] ravaging the Earth, and Young people piloting highly-empathic mecha are all reminiscent of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* SinisterGeometry: Antichthon.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler:After her vampiric nature is discovered, Rena begins to take a more active role in battle.]]
* SpiderTank: In the second to last episode of ''Aquarion'' we find out that [[spoiler:the Assault Type Aquarion can assume an "Armageddon Formation" where all three vectors combine into a six-legged mech with the PSG cannon mounted on the top.]]
* SplashDamage: Moroha repeatedly hits Aquarion while Aquarion is defending from the attacks, but the entire Aquarion gets damage from the attacks that were directed on the arms.
* StarCrossedLovers: Apollonius and Celiane.
** [[spoiler:Apollo and Silvia in the GrandFinale.]]
* StartXToStopX: In episode 21, Sirius declares that "the reason I fight is to create a world free of fighting, where beauty prevails."
* StrictlyFormula: Not all the time, but quite a few episodes play something like this: There is some conflict between the kids, then Fudou shows up with some kind of seemingly absurd lesson or exercise that no one can figure out. Then the angels attack some random city and the trio departs to fight them. They get their asses kicked at first until mid-battle epiphany about the meaning of the earlier lesson. They defeat the cherubim, unfortunately the harvesting ships manage to get away. But at least the team learned some valuable lesson and can now work better. Till the next [[AesopAmnesia episode that is...]]
* SuperRobotGenre
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Debuted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' and returns in the sequel. The final game replaces it with [[Anime/AquarionEvol the sequel]] in the first half, but the second half brings the 2 side-by-side.
** It also appears in ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode R'', as the token {{Super Robot|Genre}} series, alongside 5 other ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' shows.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The Gospel version of the main theme played in the last episode. In fact, it's so good and there's so much English in it that it's more like GratuitousJapanese.
* [[SwissArmyHero Swiss Army Mecha]]: Depending on the configuration of the Vectors, [[MultiformBalance Aquarion can assume different forms]]. The main ones are Sol (GoodOldFisticuffs), Luna (TheStraightAndArrowPath), and Mars (ILikeSwords and PlayingWithFire), although circumstances have forced the team to improvise on occasion.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Fudou and Pierre.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Teleport Change, which can exchange the pilots of the Vectors with someone who's back at the base.
* TelescopingRobot: Again, Aquarion Sol's Infinity Punch.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Whenever AKINO starts singing, you can be sure the next couple of minutes are going to be ''awesome''.
** Sometimes causes SoundtrackDissonance, especially in the earlier episodes where "Sousei No Aquarion" was the main theme. Something just seems a little off about playing a heartfelt song proclaiming undying love while ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome dribbling a Humongous Mecha into orbit like a soccer ball!]]''
* ThemeTuneCameo: [[spoiler:The final name appearing in an attack card in the series is "The Day The World Began" (''"Sekai no Hajimari no Hi"'' in Japanese) - the very first line of the theme song.]]
* ThisAndThat: In episode 8 Tsugumi and Jun ask Reika and Pierre respectively for advice on their first [[CombiningMecha union]], and the other two naturally assume they're asking for advice on ThisAndThat (although, seeing how the "union" works, they might as well have...).
* TrialBalloonQuestion
* TrueCompanions: The Element Users, and especially important for Apollo, who puts friendship before everything else. Rena [[spoiler:is a ReallySevenHundredYearsOld vampire?]] Who cares, she's my friend. Sirius and Silvia [[spoiler:are [[HalfHumanHybrid part-Shadow Angel]]?]] Who cares, they're my friends. And so on and so forth.
** This is also important to Fudou, who gets mightily pissed [[spoiler:when Apollo destroys the shield protecting Daeva from the Datenshi in an effort to save Baron. He gets pissed at everyone criticizing Apollo for doing this, going so far as to say anyone who abandons his/her friends has no place in Daeva.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Silvia. She does get better as time goes on.
* TwinTelepathy: Kurt and Chloe.
** The twin monsters Kumba and Nikumba also do this with their core.
* WarriorPoet: Sirius, whenever he's not in battle or training, spends his time picking roses in his garden and spouting poetry.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Every single training regimen Gen Fudou puts the Element Users through.
** Which also leads to some moments of HilarityEnsues in some episodes, such as "Cosplay of the Soul"...
*** Arguably Pierre's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment of Funny]].
*** ''Definitely'' Pierre's [=CMOF=]. He had his fellow Element Users down to a science.
* WeaponOfChoice: Sirius wields a rapier, adding to his composed and foppish air, while Apollo (on the few occasions he is seen with a sword) uses a broad-bladed scimitar more appropriate to his wild, feral personality.
* WhatTheHellHero: Reika delivers one to Apollo upon discovering that [[spoiler:he knew about Sirius' status as a half-Shadow Angel and didn't tell anyone.]] The fact that Apollo didn't fret over such a major detail shows how loyal he is to his TrueCompanions.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Touma, the Shadow Angels' leader who is blessed with dashing good looks and [[ManipulativeBastard equally wicked stratagems for dealing with our heroes]]. The less-bishie Glen subverts this.
* WingedHumanoid: A variation with the Shadow Angels. Most of them aren't human or possess vaguely humanoid shapes. The few that are (such as Touma and Otoha, among others) have wings in odd places; Touma's hair is made out of feathers, while Otoha's wings are her arms (much like that of a harpy or Siren) and she can play them not unlike how one would strum on a harp or lyre. Apollonius seems to be the sole exception that plays this trope straight.
* WomanScorned: Touma, despite being male, is precisely this after being dumped by Apollonius in favour of Celiane.
* YaoiGuys: Touma and Apollonius in the {{backstory}}.
** You could also consider Jun possibly in this category as well. In the episode where he inquires Pierre about merging, they have a [[{{Fanservice}} yaoi moment]], and in the following episode, Pierre's dream of a harem has all of the female pilots plus [[AttractiveBentGender Jun in female clothes]] all fawning over him.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Surprisingly avoided for the most part. Few of the characters have have wild HairColors, the oddest example coming from the twins (Kurt and Chloe), who have blue hair, and Futaba, who sports green hair braided in a ponytail.
** [[JustifiedTrope Then again]], Futaba is a [[WingedHumanoid Shadow Angel]].
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