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!!!''Anime/MazingerZ'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* PaperThinDisguise: Sigh. '''Dr. Hell'''. If you are making a cyborg looks right like [[spoiler:Prof. Yumi]], then why do you color his nails black when you know [[spoiler:Yumi's]] nails are not black? Did you think nobody would ever notice? Bad luck, because [[spoiler:Sayaka]] did. At least you didn't make that mistake again when you made cyborg looked right like [[spoiler: Kouji Kabuto or his mother.]]
* PeggySue: Both Kouji and Minerva-X become this in ''ShinMazingerZero''.
* PerpetualFrowner: Dr. Hell has mostly three default expressions: angry, worried and disappointed/frustrated. He seldom smiles (fortunately, since when he actually does so, it is a very creepy SlasherSmile).
* PervertRevengeMode: Sayaka took no kindly when she was spied in the anime series. One example happened in the the Mazinger vs Great General of Darkness movie, when Kouji walked into her when she was having a shower, and she slapped him.
** Subverted in the original manga. Kouji and Sayaka saw each other naked accidentally... and they just apologized each other calmly (blushing the whole time). It was especially funny because it was Sayaka the one walked into Kouji.
* PietaPlagiarism: Several times in the manga and in the anime series Kouji held Sayaka -or vice versa- in that position, usually when one of them lay unconscious on the ground. Actually the cover of one of the volumes features [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-75CXiW8Io_4/T_WWQUDC_LI/AAAAAAAAA8s/6vLcW8qtvVI/s1600/mazingerzvsdrhell.jpg a grim-looking Kouji holding a fainted Sayaka]].
* PowersInTheFirstEpisode: In the first episode Kouji finds a HumongousMecha in his grandfather's underground lab and is told it will be his power from that day on, and he can become a god or a devil with it.
* PreExplosionGlow: When Mazinger hits an enemy with its Photon Beams, the Mechanical Beast uses to glow before exploding (although sometimes it disintegrates).
* PrehistoricMonster: The BigBad of ''Anime/GodMazinger'' used armies of dinosaurs. Also, the Dragonosaurus -an EldritchAbomination from a {{Crossover}} movie featuring ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' ''[[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Robo G]]'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''- was told being a previously-thought-extinct prehistoric monster.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Mazinger-Z is black and silver with red and blue parts.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Mykene. Many of them were warriors highly proud of their skills and eager for testing them, and their {{Robeast}}s were made by grafting into the body of a HumongousMecha the brain of a soldier indoctrinated to fight and exterminate all non-Mykene civilizations.
* PowerArmor: In ''Manga/NewMazinger'' (one of the alternate manga continuities) the characters (including Kouji Kabuto) wore power armor.
* PowerCrystal
* PragmaticAdaptation: Several things were toned down in the anime of ''MazingerZ''. In the original story, Dr. Kabuto was pretty much another MadScientist with [[GoodScarsEvilScars his face scarred]] who had never met Dr. Hell. In the anime, he was a well-meaning, nice old man who shared a backstory with Hell and built Mazinger Z for defending the world (apparently this was later retconned into manga continuity, since in the ''GreatMazinger'' manga Kouji claimed Dr. Hell had killed his grandfather). However, Kouji was nicer and less exist -albeit a bigger pervert- in the manga, and Sayaka was a Type B {{Tsundere}} instead of a Type A, and their fights were worst in the anime. Many manga characters (such like Inspector Ankokuji, the twin sisters Loru and Lori or the Gamia assassin androids) and storylines never showed up in the anime, or their story was altered (such like Lorelei's story). Likewise, the anime came up with new characters (such like Professor Gordon and his daughter that modified Mazinger Z to be able to swim, or Viscount Pygman and Archduke Gorgon) developed some situations (such like Mazinger getting its MidSeasonUpgrade and other minor upgrades, or the birth of Boss Borot) and characters (such like the other scientists of the Institute, or Kouji and Sayaka's families) in a greater depth than the manga. On the whole it can be told it was an AdaptationDistillation.
* TheProfessor (Sayaka's father, Dr. Gennosuke Yumi. Also the trio composed of Sewashi, Nozori and Morimori. Dr. Kabuto is sometimes this, overlaping with MadScientist in the manga and ''Mazinkaiser''.)
* PsychoSupporter: Both Ashura and Brocken.
* PyrrhicVictory: After a long and hard battle, Kouji defeated Dr. Hell with Mazinger Z. However, the Mycene immediately attacks without giving any time to rest and he is unable to do anything to stop them. He's saved by Tetsuya and his Great Mazinger, who claims that Mazinger Z isn't needed anymore.
* PutOnABus: All ''MazingerZ'' characters were PutOnABus in the end of the series, except for Shiro, Boss and his gang -Nuke and Mucha-, that were secondary characters in the sequel.
** TheBusCameBack - BackForTheFinale: Several of them [[spoiler:-Kouji, Sayaka and Prof. Yumi-]] returned for the GrandFinale of ''Anime/GreatMazinger''.
* RadialAssKicking: Although the anime used a MonsterOfTheWeek approach most of time, in the original manga Dr. Hell was smart enough to send a lot Mechanical Beasts at once, and Kouji constantly found himself in the center of a ring of enemies. It also happened a lot in the movies (''Mazinger-Z vs Manga/{{Devilman}}'' and ''Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness'').
** In the first ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' Ova Mazinger-Z and ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' were surrounded by an army of Mechanical Beasts, and [[BashBrothers Kouji and Tetsuya]] fought them BackToBackBadasses style.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: A Kouji's favored tactic when he is battling flying fortress is ramming through them, destroying and blowing up so much as he is able before using one of Mazinger's stronger attacks to shoot the airship off the sky.
* RazorWings: Mazinger Z has the Scramble Cutter, an attack in which Kouji uses his Jet Scrambler's wings to slice into the enemy.
* RealityEnsues:
** In the first chapter/episode, Kouji did not thought that FallingIntoTheCockpit of a [[HumongousMecha huge, dangerous and powerful war machine]] that he has absolutely no idea of how handling was a bad idea. Needless to say, it was a bad idea. He trashed half city because he kept punching random buttons in order to figure out how driving the damned thing (bonus points for playing baseball with cars -with the driver inside- and smashing down a school), and when Sayaka showed up he almost cried because someone had come to save him. In the anime it was not SO bad, but he still: nearly got his head cut off by the cockpit glass shield; blew up his grandfather's manor and remodelated part of the landscape; and almost stomped Shiro -his little brother, who had warned him it was not a good idea- flat.
** It turns out that, when two HumongousMecha duel in a city, NoEndorHolocaust does not happens. Actually, buildings crumble down and cacht fire, and people dies. And the survivors tend to blame to whoever they can get their hands on. Including the heroes.
** Kouji and Sayaka were a BattleCouple whose BelligerentSexualTension made they were highly ineffectual in battle. TheDragon Baron Ashura exploited this in an episode where Kouji got badly injured because he got a ''serious'' fight with Sayaka and she refused to sortie.
** In episode 48 Boss cajoles Prof. Yumi assistants in building him a giant robot with scraps. He wanted a mecha was more powerful than Mazinger-Z itself. What he got instead was a {{Deconstruction}} of the HumongousMecha: Boss Borot is goofy-looking, slow, clumsy, heavy, breaks easily, if it falls over it takes ages to stand up again, it lacks awesome weapons (Boss asked if it would have a RocketPunch and Prof. Moremori's reply was along the lines of "Are you out of your mind? It is too fragile. The fist would shatter upon impact."), and it is largely useless to anything other than cannon fodder.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the Ota's manga, Count Brocken delivers an EPIC one to Dr. Hell. During the final battle Hell ordered Count Brocken go and battle Mazinger... in spite of Brocken was a normal-sized human and he had no weapons to take down a HumongousMecha! Brocken reluctantly agrees... but before leaving he tells EXACTLY what he thinks of Hell, calling him out on all his failures and flaws, blaming him for their defeats, bitterly stating he does not care his troops risk their lives everyday, and making very clear he served Hell out of gratitude -for saving his life- but he never wanted working for such an inept. Then he announces if he survives he will return to Germany before leaving to fight as Hell threw a fit. It was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Brocken.
* RedIsHeroic: Kouji wears a dark-red LatexSpaceSuit.
* RedShirt: In the last GoNagai manga arc, the Japanese army created the Mazinger army -a squad of mass-production Mazingers- to try and defeat BigBad Dr. Hell once and for all. Since the robots needed trained pilots, several new characters were introduced -like the blonde twins Lori and Loru. However, as Kouji was performing test flights with the [[MidSeasonUpgrade Jet Scrander]], Dr. Hell threw a ''massive'' attack involving several mobile fortresses and several dozens of [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]]. Main character, LoveInterest and BattleCouple Sayaka Yumi and the Mazinger army flew to meet the Hell's army. Only one of them survived, and you will never guess who. [[spoiler:Sayaka.]]
** Loru and Lori also showed up in Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}, repeating their RedShirt roles. They died in the first battle that they took active part in.
** RedShirtArmy
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: This is Dr. Hell's favorite trick. This is how he got himself his CoDragons. He found Brocken bleeding to death on the ground and turn him into a headless {{Cyborg}}. While exploring the underground mazes of Bardos he found two mummified bodies. One half of each body was crushed under rocks. So he sewed the intact halves together, relived it as a {{Cyborg}} with a mechanized brain and named it Ashura. And his {{Mook}}s? He -or his henchmen- killed people and he turned the corpses into cybernetic slaves programmed to serve him. Now you know what happened to all people died in the battles between Mazinger-Z and Hell's Mechanical Beasts.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Kouji JumpedAtTheCall in the original series. In the first timeline seen in ''ShinMazingerZero'', he refused the call and we got to see the outcome. It was not pretty (unless your definition of pretty includes the planet scorched away and the humanity wiped out [[spoiler:by Mazinger-Z]]).
* RelationshipUpgrade: The moment [[IdiotHero Kouji]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[{{Tsundere}} Sayaka]] become an item varies between adaptations, but in the GosakuOta alternate manga, it happened when [[FirstKiss they kissed]]ight before Kouji sortied to fight a hopeless battle against the Mykene Empire army.
* ReligiousRobot: [[spoiler:Erika]] was an android that had forgot her origins due to amnesia. She felt a huge emptiness inside her so her turned to Christianity to fill it. She always wore a cross and prayed fervently.
* RestrainingBolt: It was implied in the original series and outright shown in ''ShinMazingerZero'' that Mazinger Z has a RestrainingBolt: its pilot. If Mazinger has a pilot at its controls and restrains its power, it simply becomes a demon that destroys the world. ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' showed if the HumongousMecha is not controlled, it simply goes berserker and destroys all it meets. ''ShinMazingerZero'' elaborated further on this, showing that [[spoiler:if it is not piloted or it is piloted by someone who is dominated by negative emotions (sadness, hurt, fury, hatred, helplessness...), Mazinger-Z evolves into an EldritchAbomination and destroys the world.]]
** Minerva-X restraining bolt is her circuit partner located on her midsection. Without it, she would be unable to tell friend from enemy and would go berserk.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Hell's motivation to TakeOverTheWorld is having revenge on everybody who abused him or mocked him when he was young (or people he ''believes'' abused him and mocked him). Nevertheless, he was seventy-years old when the series begins, so everyone or most of them will have been deceased. Yet will he let that insignificant detail stop him? [[IncrediblyLamePun Hell]], no!
* RhinoRampage: [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]] Toros D7 resembled a mix between rhino and bull: it was four-legged, its body was armor-plated, and above its head it had a huge horn. It attacked charging at its adversary and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling it]] or goring it with its large horn.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Minerva-X was conceived by Dr. Kabuto to fight alongside Mazinger-Z since he whole-heartedly believed a man always must fight with a strong woman by his side (he was a big defender of the BattleCouple trope). Her role was devising a battle strategy to help and support Mazinger according information Mazinger's main computer sent. Okay. However, apparently Dr. Kabuto also thought she needed being capable to think independantly, act on her own and feel emotions to carry out her mission. Not only that, but also he programmed her to love Mazinger-Z (he REALLY was a big defender of the BattleCouple trope). This is reinforced in ''ShinMazingerZero'' where she feels happiness, uncertainness, worry, jealousy, doubt, despair (to the point of telling her "heart" was breaking in one ocassion), joy, and sometimes she even blushes.
** Dr. Hell sometimes crafted human-resembling robots to infiltrate in the [[HomeBase Institute]]. Obviously he would want they behaved like humans, so it was kind of justified. However [[spoiler:Erika forgot she was a robot,]] and she constantly prayed because she felt empty and soulless.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: This kind of scenes happened plenty in the trilogy. In ''Anime/MazingerZ'' many episodes ended up with the main characters -in their robots standing against the sunset still inside their robots or driving their {{Humongous Mecha}}s back to the [[HomeBase Institute]].
** One specific episode ended up with Kouji using Mazinger's hand to -''carefully''- pick Sayaka and she calmly sitting on the behemot's hand and happily talking to Kouji as Sun set after them.
** Another episode ended up with Kouji (inside Mazinger-Z) holding Sayaka (inside Aphrodite-A) [[PietaPlagiarism bridal style]] and walking together into the sunset.
** The ''Anime/GreatMazinger vs Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' ended up with Kouji and Duke gazing at the sunset together after the battle. Kouji even commented on it being a beautiful sunset.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Deconstructed in ''ShinMazingerZero''. Kouji and Minerva-X are locked into a GroundhogPeggySue loop. Both of them have RippleEffectProofMemory. However Kouji's memory is faulty, and he only remembers what happened in former timelines through dreams and sudden flashbacks, and they are so vague and so random -and seldom he has them when he needs them- that they are all but useless. On the other hand, Minerva remembers with utter clarity how they failed thousands of times in averting the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and how her beloved, her friends and the whole humanity died several thousands of times because she failed.
* {{Robeast}}: Dr. Hell's Kikaiju (Mechanical Beasts), Archduke Gorgon's Youkikaijuu and Mykene's Warrior Beasts (Sentoujuu).
* RobotGirl: The Gamia sisters, [[spoiler:Erika, Lorelei...]]
* RockBeatsLaser: ''Manga/NewMazinger'' definitely subverted the trope. At the beginning Mazinger easily defeats with a sword a bunch of mechas armed with laser blades, ray guns and missile launchers... However Mazinger later faced the whole Zard army. They not even used firearms. Mazinger was loaded with clusters of missiles. He easily annihilated them.
* RocketPunch: TropeNamer and TropeMaker. "[[{{Engrish}} Roketto Paaaanchi!]]". Anytime anyone says PANCHIE instead of Punch, it's a tribute to MazingerZ...and inexplicably makes said attack more powerful.
** Depending on the iteration, the arm would come back on its own, or Kouji would have to pick it up. The standard rocket punch is eventually upgraded to the Kyoukagata Rocket Punch ("Reinforced Rocket Punch"), consisting of identical fists with stronger armor. Mazinger Z possess a technique called Daisharin Rocket Punch ("Giant Swing Rocket Punch") in which it spins its arms rapidly, building up momentum before firing off both fists in standard Rocket Punch fashion. Mazinger Z also once used a technique called "Boomerang Fist", in which the rocket punch was attached to the upper arm with a retractable chain, and the "Iron Cutter", a Rocket Punch with blades extended on the sides of the forearms.
** Being a CombatPragmatist and quick-thinker, Kouji comes up with a ton of new uses on the fly... including pulling a GiantRobotHandsSaveLives once.
** A Mechanical Beast -Dian N4- was equipped with a Rocket Punch variant. Dian used its oversized, flying hands to grab, crush and lift things, or to deflect enemy fire. Another Kikaijuu, Genocyder F9, invoked the trope when it ripped its own arm off and hurled it at its target.
** UnbuiltTrope: The Mazinger's design also kept in mind several things later shows neglected: the mechanisms of launching AND retrieval were clearly visible, Mazinger was built to be able to use any of its weapons even though it was missing its arms (hence, Kouji was not hindered when a {{Robeast}} picked, disabled or shattered the Mazinger's fists, which happened so often like you would expect), and Prof. Yumi ensured there always was at least a pair of Mazinger's spare fists in the Institute to launch at Mazinger in case of Kouji needed them urgently.
** DeconstructedTrope: Ironically, the Trope Maker series also deconstructed the trope. In one episode, Boss cajoles Prof. Yumi's assistants to build him his own HumongousMecha (Boss Borot)... using junk. When he ''eagerly'' asked if Boss Borot will have a RocketPunch, Prof. Morimori's answer was: "Are you out of your mind? Your robot is made of SCRAP METAL. The fist would shatter upon impact."
** PowerFist: Mazinger-Z not only sported a RocketPunch, but in one episode extendable cutters were added to the forearms (the Iron Cutter). And in another episode, its fists got reinforced to make them sturdier.
** HandBlast: In one of the first episodes, Mazinger-Z shot missiles from its fingertips. This weapon was quickly ignored [[RocketPunch for obvious reasons]].
* RoleCalled: Named after the HumongousMecha that the main character pilots.
* RousseauWasRight: The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVevUM4RY5c Theme of Z]]" seems to think so. Kouji and his friends meet many people behave like jerks but deep down are not bad people, and BigBad Dr. Hell's reasons for being evil are he was TheWoobie when he was young. However, this series somehow manages mixing this trope with HumansAreBastards.
* RuleOfCool: GoNagai [[WordOfGod explicitly said]] that this is the reason ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (and as a result the SuperRobotGenre) is what it is. He DID his research about science and technology, but ultimately he did what he thought seemed cooler. Thus, we got a MadeOfIndestructium eighteen-meter-tall humanoid war machine [[spoiler:and EldritchAbomination]] created by a MadScientist, piloted from within, powered with AppliedPhlebotinum, equiped with [[RocketPunch punches can be thrown at the enemy]], [[EyeBeams optical weaponry]], [[BreathWeapon corrosive gusts of wind]] and [[ChestBlaster heat blasts]] capable to melt at seconds a monster made of metal, capable to [[IfItSwimsItFlies fly, swim]] and to withstand a nuclear blast and be dunked in magma for a short while, and [[MonsterOfTheWeek constantly fights]] robotical gladiators capable to [[ShockAndAwe shot lightning bolts]] and make 3-D mirages in thin air without a screen, flying medieval knights, whales loaded with nukes, three-headed dragons, giant crabs capable to set off earthquakes, TransformingMecha capable turning into giant landmines, {{Ninja}}s, archerians, snipers and humanoids capable fly at Match 6 speed. And that is without getting into the HomeBase equipped with a BeehiveBarrier, the zombie cyborg {{Mook}}s, the [[AbusivePrecursors ancient civilizations]] capable to [[LostTechnology build superweapons]], one of the CoDragons that is a half-tiger cyborg, or the SuperVillainLair that in reality is a humongous HumongousMecha disguised like an IslandBase.
* RuleOfThree: The Mazinger series used this trope over and again, starting with the fact of the original series formed a trilogy. The titular HumongousMecha is a CombiningMecha formed by three parts: Mazinger-Z, the Hover Pilder and the Jet Scrander. The Photon Atomic Power Research Institute is protected by three HumongousMecha: Mazinger-Z, Aphrodite-A and Boss Borot. Throughout the series three {{FemBot}}s show up: Aphrodite A, Minerva-X and Diana-A. Prof. Yumi is aided by three scientists (Profs. Morimori, Sewashi and Nossori). The Boss' gang is formed by three members: Boss, Nuke and Mucha. Dr. Hell never had more than three CoDragons at once, and several times he sent three-mecha teams to take down his enemies (Aeros B1, B2 and B3; Megaron P1, P2 and P3). Baron Ashura kidnapped three workers of the Institute in one episode (Kasuya, Kata and Yokoi). A Mechanical Beast could split in three parts could act and attack independiently...
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