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''Danball Senki'' is an PlayStationPortable RPG developed by Creator/Level5. Players assume the role of Ban, a young boy who is a fan of LBX, or Little Battler eXperience, a line of toys which are equal parts model kit and fully functioning robot. They are most commonly used to battle each other in miniature diorama arenas. One day, he is approached out of the blue by a mysterious female scientist who hands him an attache case containing a prototype LBX called "AX-00", which the scientist claims is "the key to saving the world". Unbeknownst to Ban, however, is the fact that the model is wanted by a mysterious group, and he soon finds himself being hunted by the group's masked agents.

An UpdatedRerelease titled ''Danball Senki Boost'' was released in 2011, followed by a further-updated Nintendo3DS port titled ''Danball Senki Baku Boost'' in 2012.

The sequel, ''Danball Senki W'', came for PSP and PlayStationVita in 2012. A Nintendo 3DS UpdatedRerelease has been announced, titled ''Danball Senki W Super Custom'' and scheduled for a July 2013 release.

The [[AnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]] already finished its run, as well the anime adaptation of ''Danball Senki W''.

A second sequel, titled ''Danball Senki Wars'', has been announced for the Nintendo 3DS. The anime adaptation of ''Wars'' already began in April 2013.

!!This series contains examples of:
* AceCustom: The norm for good players. Also LBX producers hire test players, for whom special models are produced.
* ActionGirl: Ami.
** DarkActionGirl: Mika.
* AllThereInTheManual: The toyline and add-on sets actually, for nearly every NamedWeapon.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Ryu.
* AnimeHair: In fine Level-5 tradition.
* AnimeOfTheGame
** Although, for both ''Danball Senki'' and ''Danball Senki W'', the anime came out before the game. It's been similar for ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'', where only the first game came out before its anime.
* ArcWords: "''Sekai o sukuu no kagi''"/"The key to saving the world."
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: An important quality of good LBX players. Ami, Ban, and Jin are prominent examples.
* BareYourMidriff: Saki.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and His LBX]]
* BrattyHalfPint: [[spoiler:The defending champion of [[TournamentArc Akihabara Kingdom.]] He's ''five'', and already TheChessmaster.]]
** Kojou Asuka in ''W''.
* CallingYourAttacks: By both the players and the remote controls.
* ChekhovsGunman: In the last episode of the first season, [[spoiler:we see flashbacks of Lex as a child with his younger sister. Let's just say she becomes very important in ''W''.]]
** ''W'' has Kojou Asuka mention that her LBX Vampire Cat was built by her brother Takeru, who only appears onscreen in ''Wars''.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[IAmNotLeftHanded Ban can do kung fu kicks with the AX-00 frame if disarmed.]] This is precisely how he gets through the first round at Artemis.
* CleavageWindow: [[TwoGuysAndAGirl The female member]] of the TerribleTrio. And invoked later on with a RidiculouslyHumanRobot... [[FanDisservice which cracks open to store the Metanus GX CPU.]]
* CoatHatMask: [[TerribleTrio The agents.]]
* CombiningMecha: Otacross' ZX [=LBXs=] unite to form the Perfect [=ZX3=].
** In ''Danball Senki W'', [[spoiler: after the first fight with Dr. Mummy's gigantic (compared to an LBX) anti-LBX "Killerdroid" called Wyvern, Prof. Yamano modifies Perseus, Elysion and Minerva, enabling them to combine into the anti-Killerdroid "Super LBX" Sigma Orbis.]]
* ConspicuousCG: The LBX battles in the anime are rendered with 3D models, while the characters are in 2D.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How Ban gains some of his most powerful allies, most noticeably [[spoiler:Kaidou Jin]].
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:Ban's father supposedly died in an airplane crash, but he is actually alive and being forced to work for the Innovators ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 not those ones]]), the group that wants Ban's AX-00.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The first time they use Odin involves having to send it well outside the handphone controllers' range, but Tiny Orbit has created the Sparkbload, a powerful system that can control an LBX miles away. It basically resembles ''a cockpit simulator''. They even launch Odin on a runway!
** In ''Danball Senki W'', our heroes head to "A Country" ([[VideoGame/GuiltyGear not that one]]), which is ''totally not {{Eagleland}}''. And the city they land in is called N City, [[BigApplesauce and not like that other city starting with an N at all.]] Well, they do head off to China and Egypt later, but they touch down in Shang Pao and Cairu. Nothing to do with UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} and UsefulNotes/{{Cairo}} at ALL.
** In ''Danball Senki Wars'', LBX training academies send the kids on training missions also known as "War Time", with fictional nations named '''J'''ennock and '''R'''ossius. It's like they're not even trying by now.
* EnemyMine: During the final of Artemis, Jin asked for Ban's help to save [[spoiler:Haibara Yuuya]].
** In ''Wars'', [[spoiler:Rossius]] takes a big enough hit that its soldiers are reduced to ''political refugees'', forcing [[spoiler:Houjou Muraku's squad to join Jenock]].
* EvilKnockoff: Jin's LBX The Emperor to Ban's LBX Achilles.
* ExpressiveMask: The TerribleTrio seem to have them.
* {{Expy}}: Don't let anyone tell you that Ban '''doesn't''' remind them of [[VideoGame/InazumaEleven Endou.]]
** Not to mention Hanzou looks like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].
** Don't forget the TerribleTrio that resemble [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]].
** And Jin resembles [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Enzan]].
* ExtyYearsFromNow: The anime takes place in 2050. ''Danball Senki Wars'' begins another 6 years after that, enough time to change the world order.
* EyeCatch: Somewhat inconsistent as they switch from a closeup of Achilles in the dark to [[spoiler:a shot of Ban and [[MidSeasonUpgrade Odin]] together,]] in a well-lit backdrop instead.
* FakeCrossover: Ban teams up with [[VideoGame/InazumaEleven Endou]] to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skf1oDUgrw8 promote both their shows.]]
** If you look closely you can see a ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' poster on one of the buildings in one of the commercials.
* {{Feelies}}: The PSP game actually comes with an actual LBX model, made by Bandai.
** Level-5 are going all out, producing not only a model line, but an anime ''and'' a manga to go along with the game.
* FightingYourFriend: In the first anime, Ban with Sendou Daiki and Hanzo Gouda is pitted against Kazu and Ami, with Jin making up their number.
** Ban's and Hiro's teams are in the same Artemis preliminary group in ''W''.
* FinishingMove: All [=LBXs=] have at least one, called an Attack Function, though the characters themselves call them "Hissatsu Functions."
* FirstNameBasis: For the kids and even some of the adults.
* FlightStrengthHeart: The Otarangers boast that they have [[ThePowerOfLove the powers of love]], courage, and... curry.
* FriendlySniper: Most prominently Kazu's LBX.
** And of course, if you decide to give anyone else on your team's LBX a sniper rifle in the game.
* FullNameBasis: Opponents like to call each other with full names.
* GondorCallsForAid: [[spoiler:The Akihabara Hacker Corps, Yagami and his subordinates, and later Jin showed up to help with the siege at Tiny Orbit.]]
** In ''W'' we get ''two seasons' worth of characters'' returning for the final battle.
* HeelFaceTurn: Most opponents become allies later. [[spoiler:Jin and Yagami are the most prominent ones since they originally work for the Innovators.]]
* HollywoodHacking
* HoverMecha: LBX Queen, belonging to the token chick of Hanzou's posse.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: An LBX, which is essentially a six inch tall toy robot, can be tuned to perform an assassination when the target is several blocks away ''through a glass building''.
* LightningBruiser: Ban and Jin use this type of LBX. [[spoiler:Especially when they get Odin and Zenon.]]
** ''W'' adds the Perseus, Minerva, the improbable Vampire Cat and several others.
* LimitedWardrobe: A character wears the same outfit throughout the series.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:The defeat of Mizel Olegion in ''W'' causes the warheads in his flying fortress to start counting down.]]
** Invoked in ''Wars'' when [[spoiler:the damage to the Second World structure that sends Seredy Kreisler into the drink also causes Second World to crumble]].
* MacGuffin: Ban's AX-00. [[spoiler:Its core skeleton contains a mysterious item called the "Platinum Capsule", inside which is contained data on how to create a device called the "Eternal Cycler" that could theoretically produce infinite energy. Naturally, the Innovators getting their hands on it would be a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt very bad thing]].]]
** ''Wars'' has the Parasite Keys, a secret code in three parts to enter what could be considered the administration level of Second World.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Lex [[KillAndReplace assassinates Kaidou Yoshimitsu and replaces him with an android]].]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: All main characters get one, or two in Kazu's case.
** Ban technically gets two as well, if you count AX-00. And in the game's re-release, ''Boost'', he also gets [[spoiler:Epsilon]].
** ''Wars'' expands on this by passing the older {{Ace Custom}}s to other squad captains, eventually upgrading the whole platoon.
* MillionMookMarch: Actually just 25,000 [=LBXs=], in the siege of Tiny Orbit.
** ''W'' repeats this feat in the siege of our heroes' home base [[spoiler:alleged to be Detector's base by the government, and masterminded by Omega Dyne]].
* MoodWhiplash: Two instances: [[spoiler:after Ban's victory in the Artemis final, and after the successful defense against the siege of Tiny Orbit]].
* MyLittlePanzer: LBX definitely won't be approved as children's toys in the real world (not with live ammo, anyway[[note]]as mentioned previously, there are actual model kits available[[/note]]). [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the series when it's stated that LBX toys have been banned for sale in the past until the creation of fortified cardboard due to injuries and other accidents.
* [[NeverTrustATrailer Never Trust an Opening]]: The game's opening movie shows what seems to be a relatively light-hearted, standard RealRobot anime... until the very end, where you see that the robots that you've assumed are several feet tall are actually around ''six inches'' tall.
** All those people in the shadows seen in the first opening of ''W''? They never appear!
* NinjaMaid: The theme of the LBX used by Akihabara's Hacker Corps.
* OpeningNarration:
--> ''"The year is 2046. The invention of fortified cardboard material, able to withstand any shock and retain its shape, would revolutionise the shipping industry - but the humble cardboard box itself would see a new use, as an arena for the children's battling hobby robots or [=LBXs=]. These battles would later be known as -- Danball Senki!"''
* {{Otaku}}: Ban and co. first encounter one of them in Artemis, and then a whole group in Akihabara Tournament.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* RapidFireTyping: On both computer keyboards and the cellphone-like remote controls.
* RealityEnsues: The premise involves the invention of the fortified cardboard, making your run-of-the-mill {{Mons}} battle possible by preventing real injury to children.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Not an LBX, but a model intended to show off the [[MacGuffin Metanus GX CPU]], with enough power to decrypt the Platinum Capsule. [[spoiler:Counts as {{Foreshadowing}}, as a different one replaces Kaidou Yoshimitsu later.]]
* RuleOfThree: All over the place. LBX players tend to wind up in 3-man teams, with Ban, Ami and Kazu the most prominent one. ''Danball Senki Wars'' has LBX academies which require 3 tournament victories to qualify for enrollment.
* SayMyName: Players call their LBX's names when deploying them.
* SerialEscalation: What the LBX can do just gets crazier as the series progresses, repeatedly breaking in-series technological limits.
* SeriousBusiness: The LBX toys, apparently. The business is SO serious that at one point [[spoiler:Ban and his friends are asked by the brother of the CEO of a major LBX manufacturer to help him stop an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Japan, which is ALSO being carried out by an LBX]].
* ShoutOut:
** Political assassinations are carried out by someone called [[Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal Jackal.]]
** [[ToylessToylineCharacter LBXs Titan and Ortega]] resemble the Anime/TurnAGundam (and having tank treads references the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Guntank]]) and [[Franchise/SilentHill Pyramid Head]] respectively.
** LBX Odin's FinishingMove, Gungnir. Not only is it the right name for the Norse god's weapon, but it involves pulling its BattleAura [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann into the shape of a drill, which grows longer, then wider, then charges into the enemy.]]
** By the last episode, LBX Odin, with a flight form and double beam javelin, gains a beam shield. All these items have appeared several times in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise.
*** Odin's Jet Striker attack function uses its flight mode as a [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming weapon]] just like the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam's Waverider Crash]].
** Otacross can craft his own Music/{{Vocaloid}}s.
** Just the name ''Danball Senki [[Series/KamenRiderDouble W]]''. If that's not enough, there's a ''W'' logo that mimics the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' one, two colors down the middle and everything.
*** The Seekers employ a new handler for the kids, who calls himself [[Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra Cobra]]. Speaking of which, our heroes' group is absorbed into a larger organisation called [[Series/{{NCIS}} NICS]].
*** Hiro psyches himself up in an early battle by visualising the LBX Invit as a ''kaijin'' from ''Senshiman''... which looked suspiciously like the [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Molech Imagin.]] [[WritingAroundTrademarks But TOTALLY isn't.]]
*** A runaway subway car in [[BigApplesauce "N City"]] [[Film/SpiderMan2 is slowed down with spiderwebs.]]
*** #25 is overflowing with these as we enter not-Akihabara. There's a [[Manga/GetterRobo Shin Getter]] on a shelf, and we see a cosplayer dressed as a purple recolor of [[Anime/RoninWarriors Ryo]]. There's also this girl who writes in a "Never-Forgive-You-Notebook", read in Japanese as "Yurusenai-[[Manga/DeathNote desu Note]]." And what looks like ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' costumes -- [[{{Squick}} on big hairy men.]]
*** The Paradise satellite is controlled by twin [=AIs=] named [[Literature/TheBible Adam and Eve]], which show up as [[Film/{{Tron}} floating 3D geometric shapes.]]
*** The kids get color-coded flight suits when they head up to space, looking like something out of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
*** One of [[spoiler:Achilles D9's]] attack functions, the Sword Bits, shares the same name and function with [[Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer 00 Qan[T]'s]] AttackDrone weapons.
** ''Wars'' has a TerribleTrio doing a CombinationAttack that basically screams [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Jet Stream Attack.]]
*** The Jenock girls platoon does an AngelsPose in #18, backlit and everything.
* SingleStrokeBattle: After warming up on taking out the first TerribleTrio Deqoo, Ban does this to the remaining two.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}''. Or ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''
* StalkerWithACrush: Mika is often seen following Gouda and/or taking pictures of him.
* SuperMode: V-mode for Achilles, Extreme Mode for Odin, and Alternative Mode for Zenon. [[spoiler:Also, there's Psycho Scanning Mode for Judge, Seraphic Mode for Lucifer and Inferno Mode for Ifreet.]]
** In ''W'', we have Knight Mode for Elysion, Burning Mode for Minerva, and Strike Mode for Perseus. [[spoiler:Additionally, we have Demonic Mode for Achilles Deed and Giga Voltaic Mode for Zeus.]]
** ''Wars'' has a more straightforward one with the Dot Blastriser, which ''actually unfolds and sprouts blades''.
* TalkToTheFist: How Jin wins some of his battles in Akihabara Kingdom.
* ThemeNaming: Most of the [[AceCustom prominent LBXs]] are named after figures in mythology, mostly Greek.
* TournamentArc: Three of them in the first season. Ban has to win them to access various information and {{plot coupon}}s.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Not all the [=LBXs=] make it into the model kit line, but they lampshade it by having some familiar looking weapons (Gekkoumaru's sword and Perfect ZX-3's combo weapon) in weapon add-on sets. Yagami Eiji's LBX General gets delayed to being released with the ''W'' toyline despite getting a couple of scenes in season 1.
* WaveMotionGun: Often functions as FinishingMove. Hakaioh even has one built into its chest [[spoiler:and Hakaioh Zettou has ''two'']].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Riko and Hanzou.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Gouda and Sendou are jr. high schoolers.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: When Ban together with Ami and Kazu first tries to rescue [[spoiler:Professor Yamano]], the bad guys simply move the target to a new location.

!! Tropes in ''Danball Senki W'':
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Adam and Eve [=AIs=] in ''W''. After the real bad guys go down, they realize they're next and seize control of the KillSat. [[spoiler:Even worse, after they're taken down they leave a 'child' behind, ''Mizel''.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: The LBX Olegion in ''W'' has Achilles, Odin, Hakai-Oh and Hunter's {{finishing move}}s. [[spoiler:Mizel Olegion can go into the same {{super mode}}s that Elysion, Perseus and Minerva have.]]
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Foreigners speak perfect Japanese in ''W''.
* BaitAndSwitch: ''W'' #36. You fully expect the Elysion and Perseus to [[TakingYouWithMe go down with the]] [[SuicideAttack Suicide Bomber]] [=LBXs=], especially with the debut of Ban and Hiro's new mechs around the corner. Instead, Kaidou Jin and Haibara Yuuya sweep in for the save.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: ''Inverted'' in ''W''. [[spoiler:The Odin is taken over by Mizel, forcing our heroes to fight it.]]
* CrazyPrepared: The assassination plot in ''W''. [[spoiler: After the main signal router LBX is destroyed by Ban and Hiro, it turns out there is yet another back up one. Also the assassin avoids being found by putting dummy signal transmitters all over the stadium where he's working.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: The Icarus Zero and Icarus Force appear in teasers for the {{Crossover}} movie with ''Inazuma Eleven'', well before their in-show debut. Once the movie starts screening, new teasers with [[spoiler:Odin [=MK2=] and Achilles D9]] come out.
* EquippableAlly: LBX Icarus Zero and Icarus Force.
* EvolvingCredits: Done with the third OP of ''W'' to add [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn Kirito, Mizel and his HumongousMecha]].
* GrandTheftPrototype: The primary plot device for ''W''. [[spoiler:Achilles Deed and the O-Legion in particular.]]
* HoverBoard: Riding Saucers, [[NonIndicativeName which don't resemble saucers.]]
* {{Nerf}}: In ''Danball Senki W'', the {{Super Mode}}s that you can give your [=LBXes=] in the form of Mode Chips are greatly nerfed from the first game; each super mode only gives one stat buff or special ability while it's active.
* NoSocialSkills: ''W'' has one-shot character Gojou, who has to input his words into his LBX to make it Siri his speech for him. [[spoiler:Turns out later on he's a BadassBaritone.]]
* OldHeroNewPals: Advertised as thus from the first episode onward, with Hiro and Ran in the OP and everything, and apparently enforced with Kazu and Ami PutOnABus, [[spoiler:then finally subverted as TheBusCameBack with ''everyone'']].
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: TheManBehindTheMan [[spoiler:Alferd Gardyne]]'s StartOfDarkness was when his father, a top politician, protested the manipulation of the country's wealth by a mere handful of its population... were they by any chance the 1%?
* SequelGoesForeign: ''Danball Senki W'' sends Ban and our new heroes Hiro and Ran overseas, starting with... [[{{Eagleland}} "A Country."]]
* TrainingFromHell: Invoked in ''W'' for Ban, Hiro and Ran, who would've breezed right through it... ''except they have to do it together, or redo from the top.''
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: The action tends to return to our heroes' home town despite going global in ''W''. And it's renamed Tokio City here, [[spoiler:which makes more sense when ''W'' leads up to a [[TheTokyoFireball Tokyo Fireball]].]]
* TrainJob: ''W'' episode 12 has a maglev train heisted by a gang with custom Hakai-Oh [=LBXs=].
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The threat escalates to a level that NothingIsTheSameAnymore, laying the groundwork for the following season.
* WeaponisedExhaust: ''W'' #37. More of an ambushified exhaust, as Minerva Kai lures enemy [=LBXs=] around the back of the Duck Shuttle, where they are promptly fried.
* WhamEpisode: Starting from #31 of ''W'', we learn that [[spoiler:Detector was really Yamano Junichiro in a massive CreatorBacklash, Hiro's MissingMom is found, our heroes THINK Dr. Mummy is really Lex BackFromTheDead, and worst of all, TheManBehindTheMan makes his move, killing the supposed BigBad, the head of Omega Dyne, and is revealed to be TheStarscream to the American president, using the name of Detector for a FalseFlagOperation!]]
** ''W'' #37. [[spoiler:Dr Mummy was NOT Lex, but his sister Hiyama Mami the whole time.]]
* WholeCostumeReference: Save for the hair, doesn't Cobra remind you of [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel?]]

!!Tropes in ''Danball Senki Wars'':
* ActionPrologue
* AluminiumChristmasTrees: The fact that Toujou Rikuya [[spoiler:is getting special protection, not just for housing a MacGuffin in his LBX but for being the prime minister's son. RealLife countries with mandatory military service will sometimes allow a whole platoon an easier time if the sons of politicians are conjugated in them, earning the term "white horse platoon."]]
* AppropriatedAppelation: Bandit is the rather appropriate name given to the unaligned platoon seemingly out to bring down all other platoons. [[spoiler:Their real name? Ezeldarm.]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: [[AmazonBrigade Jenock Platoon Squad 4]] has this covered.
* BreatherEpisode: #24. After busting out two new mechs and the threat of Bandit escalating, we get an episode about a DesignatedGirlFight.
* [[spoiler:TheButlerDidIt]]: Literally! [[spoiler:Gendo's butler Ayabe was a mole for the bad guys the whole time!]]
* CallBack: All over the place, from the mention of Artemis, Sendou Daiki's sister and a book left behind by Yamano Junichiro to [[spoiler:Kaidou Jin appearing in person]].
* ChildSoldiers: The children are being trained to battle in a simulation of the real world, complete with each country's resources reflected in each army's backing. [[spoiler:TheReveal just formalises this.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: In principle, if not appearance.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The title can translate as "Cardboard War Chronicles Wars." Let that sink in for a moment.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: [[spoiler:Sena Arata's first use of the Dot Blastriser G Ext FinishingMove can ''sink the ship they were meant to be boarding.'']] Like, WHOA.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Kamui Daimon's underground training facility. Like RealLife military ones, each can be ''up to 10km wide''.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: #9 does this to clear up a MistakenForSpies moment.
* MechaExpansionPack: The Dot Phoenix addon for Dot Blastriser.
* MetaMecha: The Riding Armor add-on for [=LBXs=].
* MilitarySchool: Prep school-looking establishments now train aspiring LBX players for full-blown combat.
* NewTransferStudent: Arata and Hikaru from the beginning.
* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: Brought up as a plot point. [[spoiler:The so-called [[SuperMode Overload]] removes the ninety percent barrier and has the potential to ''cause brain damage'' with overuse.]]
* [[spoiler:PoweredByAForsakenChild]]: The true nature of Second World. [[spoiler:It has to be plugged into the brain of its own creator, Professor Mito.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: An almost literal version in #14 when Houjou Muraku and his squad are reassigned to a frozen wasteland after a bad mission. Then subverted as he gets KickedUpstairs.
* RefugeInAudacity: [[spoiler:Bandit, outed as the Ezeldarm platoon, which cannot be disbanded as Seredy Kreisler justifies their existence as an equivalent to subversive terrorist cells in the real world. Also he'd blow the secret of Second World worldwide if they did anything to him.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: Thanks to a mandatory media blackout, nobody even brings up the massive World Savers terrorist group until #30.
* {{Retraux}}: The entire island housing Kamui Daimon Academy has been built in the style of '60s Japan, supposedly influenced by the period of national growth and development. Even the [=TVs=] are black and white, by god.
* RunningGag: [[DrillSergeantNasty Instructor]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Saruta]] walking into Jenock mission control whenever he wants, despite having no affiliation to any platoon.
* TheSquad: Jenock Platoon consists of several 4-man teams.
* ThemeNaming: Jenock Platoon Squad 2 has [[TheFourGods two guys named for Byakko (Taiga and Rinko), one guy named Seiryu and their leader, Gendo (for Genbu).]]
* TimedMission: The entire premise of ''War Time'', with the subversion that all units are merely frozen on time-out and UnPaused the next day. Even with War Time extended to 2 hours, this can still happen.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Two members of Jenock Squad 3 are still in the OP after ''being dropped from the team and replaced, TWICE.''
* WhamEpisode: #17-18. [[spoiler:All those training missions are NOT preparing our heroes to protect the world, but ''actual CombatByChampion battles deciding real world politics.'' And Kaidou Jin is revealed to be fielding a platoon of his own, explaining the connection needed to get Kojou Asuka's brother involved.]]
** #30. Seredy Kreisler [[spoiler:is not only [[OlderThanTheyLook really 90 years old]], but he AND Gendo's butler Ayabe are with the World Savers terrorist group, aiming to crack open Second World and take the secrets to real world politics for themselves, all under the guise of freeing the Kamui Daimon students from the real world conspiracy.]]
** #33. [[spoiler:Seredy Kreisler, seemingly defeated when they sink his flying fortress in Second World, mobilises troops ''in the real world'' to occupy the whole island.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:After uniting the MacGuffin, Seredy Kreisler takes the LBX Phantom and destroys the Guruzeon.]]
* ZergRush: Used as ''an actual tactic'' in #25.