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->''We'll go into the space over our future.''
->''We're looking for the place under the shining star.''
--> "Skill" - JAMProject

In the year 179 of the New Western Calendar, the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam One Year War]] breaks out between the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]] and the [[TheEmpire Principality]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam of Zeon]], but is halted when an object crashes to Earth, landing on South Atalia Island. An investigative team from the "Extra-Over Technological Investigative Institute" discovers the object is [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross an alien battleship]] with highly-advanced technology. Heeding the warnings of [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic Dr. Bian Zoldark]], the Federation secretly increases its military power, while hiding the evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life beyond the Earth. In the meantime, Bian utilizes "Extra-Over Technology" found on the ship to devise weapons capable of protecting the Earth from alien forces, should the planet become embroiled in conflict.

However, the economic troubles caused by the Federation's buildup sees the rise of many anti-Federation movements, such as the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Neo Zeon]], who have retreated to the asteroid Axis. In response, the Federation establishes special forces units, including the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Titans]] and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Organization of Zodiac]]. Other forces, like the [[GetterRobo Dinosaur Empire]] and [[MazingerZ Dr. Hell]] begin their plans for world domination, but are pushed back by the teams of MazingerZ, GetterRobo, and {{Raideen}}.

In the year 187, the battleship ''[[{{Gunbuster}} Excelion]]'' battles a force of "[[{{Gunbuster}} STMCs]]" (Space Terrible Monster Crowd) when they are suddenly attacked by another unknown alien fleet, codenamed the "[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Aerogaters]]"...

Thus begins the four-part saga of ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'', perhaps the best-known and most popular of all the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series. It also holds the distinction of introducing the music of Music/JAMProject into the franchise. This page is not enough to cover this series; as a result, there's a [[Recap/SuperRobotWarsAlpha recap summary]] for the fine details.
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!!Tropes associated with the ''Alpha'' series:
* AdaptationalBadass: [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]], after receiving the infamous "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Bright]] [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Slap]]".
* AfterTheEnd: In ''Alpha Gaiden'', after scenario 9, no less than three of them have occurred.
* ApocalypseHow: So many on so many levels. In ''Alpha 3'', there's no less than three "X-2" situations; in fact, [[EarnYourBadEnding achieving the bad ending]] of ''Alpha 3'' results in an "X-4" event.
* BackForTheFinale: Many of the series removed for ''Alpha Gaiden'' and ''Alpha 2'' (such as ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Raideen'' and ''{{Gunbuster}}'') return in ''Alpha 3''. Averted with the ''Alpha Gaiden''-only series; they never show up again, which makes sense given they come from a BadFuture-turned-alternate future and returned there.
* BadAss: Every single playable pilot in the games is one.
** BadassCrew: All the heroic factions, seperately
** BadassArmy: [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Londo Bell]], later renamed the "Alpha Numbers" beginning with ''Alpha 2''
* BehindTheBlack: This explanation is used in regards to the sudden appearance of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' in ''Alpha 3''; it essentially amounts to "Oh, Coordinators and the [=PLANT=]s have always been there: they just didn't get involved in any of the stuff that happened in the last three wars."
** The second half of the ''Raideen'' plot happens offscreen in-between ''Alpha Gaiden'' and ''Alpha 3'', explaining the absence of [[{{Raideen}} Akira Hibiki]] in ''Alpha 2''.
* BigBad
** ''Alpha'': [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Euzeth Gozzo]]]]
** ''Alpha Gaiden'': [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Magus]]]], though it turns out the FinalBoss is really [[spoiler:[[Characters/MasouKishin Shuu Shirakawa]], who was planning to take Magus' plan a step further]].
** ''Alpha 2'': [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Irui Gan Eden]]]]
** ''Alpha 3'': [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Keiser Ephes]]]]
* BiggerBad: While they aren't the biggest threat you face in-game, the STMC could count. Not only do they pre-date all the other enemies, [[spoiler:[[{{Precursors}} The First People]] built the Gan Eden systems specifically to combat against them]].
* BigBadWannabe: Due to the [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover nature of the series]], a number of villainous factions are clearly trying to bite ''way'' more than they can chew. They end up as quickly disposed-of fodder or [[UnwittingPawn puppets for the more capable villains]]. The best example is probably the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Mariemaia Army]] in ''Alpha Gaiden'', which gets crushed in the span of three scenarios, two of which are not mandatory.
* BitterSweetEnding
** ''Alpha'' ends with [[spoiler:the Aerogaters defeated. Unfortunately for the [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha SRX Team]], they are arrested by the Federation and placed under house arrest for "having military secrets", as a result of Ingram Plisken being TheMole for the Aerogaters. Likewise, Viletta Vadim and Mai Kobayashi are arrested for having collaborated with them. Since Viletta reappears in ''Alpha 2'', it appears the government has cleared her of charges; similarly, the rest of the team returns for ''Alpha 3'', indicating they are free to return to duty]].
** In ''Alpha 2'', the Earth is unsealed, [[spoiler:but you cannot rescue Irui Gan Eden in the routes for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sanger Zonvolt]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ibis Douglas]]]]. However, this is {{retcon}}ned in ''Alpha 3'' thanks to [[spoiler:[[HesJustHiding she's just hiding]]]].
* BossRush
** The last scenario in ''Alpha'' consists of fighting [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Laodecia Judecca Gozzo]] with [[CombattlerV Oreana and 4 clones of Garuda]]]]. If you beat them, [[spoiler:Euzeth appears with Ingram in the Astranagant and four Laodecia clones in Zyfluds]]. However, the player [[spoiler:can convince Ingram [[HeelFaceTurn to fight on your side]]]].
** With the exception of the ones who were KilledOffForReal in ''Alpha'', every end-series boss from all of Universal Century Gundam ([[AndZoidberg and Kelly]]) show up to assist [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable]] and help him [[ColonyDrop drop Axis onto Earth]] in ''Alpha 2''. [[spoiler:If you convinced [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]], the game makes up for this by making you fight the [[BrainPowerd Reclaimers]] before Char]].
** In one route split for ''Alpha 3'', the Alpha Numbers fight against [[spoiler:[[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados and his three generals]]]]. Once they're defeated, [[spoiler:Muge ''revives'' [[GreatMazinger The Emperor of Darkness]], [[GetterRobo Emperor Gore]], [[KotetsuJeeg Emperor Ryuuma]], [[GreatMazinger the Grand Marshall of Hell]] and [[{{Gaiking}} Emperor Darius]]]]. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Ugh...]]
* BoringButPractical: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Sandrock and Gundam Deathscythe]] in ''Alpha Gaiden'' have only vulcan guns and their basic melee attack, so their fights tend to be "repetitive". However, these "melee" attacks have good reach, all-around good terrain rating, decent non-beam damage and require neither ammo nor energy, making them solid choices for most of the game.
** Bonus point in they gain quite a number of attack power with upgrades. In general, any weapons with a range of 4 and post-movement with an attack power of 2500 or higher are BoringButPractical.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Of course, there are the usual suspects from various series, plus some extras - for example, [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Katejina Loos]] is now this, while in the original she was simply crazy (and evil).
** Original character [[spoiler:Bullet]] in ''Alpha 2'' which encompasses most of the game.
** Original character [[spoiler:Touma]] in ''Alpha 3''. Unlike the above original character entry though this stint is only very brief.
* BreakTheCutie: Happens to ''plenty'' of people in the licensed properties - [[NeonGenesisEvangelion the Evangelion children]] and [[SpaceRunawayIdeon the crew of the Solo Ship]] perhaps being the standouts among the licensed folks. A lot of the originals don't catch a break, either.
** There are several times [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Kusuha Mizhua]] believes [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield]] has been KilledOffForReal]], and that's never a happy time for her (the worst is later on in the series, [[spoiler:when she mistakenly believes she ''hears his mental death-scream'', ala [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Tiffa Adill]]; that one ''nearly'' [[HeroicBSOD breaks her]]]])
** Half of Ibis' story (and, in a sense, her appeal) is nothing but taking a brick to her, over and over. She eventually recovers, but it's a long road.
* BreakoutCharacter: Sanger from ''Alpha Gaiden''. If side materials are anything to go by, [[GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]], which is a pretty good example in ''Alpha'' itself, going from normal, but not really important enough of a character in the first game, into one of the more developed figures to the plot and back-story of ''Alpha Gaiden''. He winds becoming the primary mentor to [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Touma Kanou]] in ''Alpha 3'' (since Tetsuya gives him his training schedule to fit his role as DrillSergeantNasty of the Alpha Numbers).
** Kusuha. Her example isn't quite as dramatic as Sanger's: she's a selectable protagonist from the start, whereas Sanger's character and ''Alpha Gaiden'' wasn't in the original development plan for the series, but she proved popular as an option in ''Alpha'' that Banpresto more or less felt compelled to make her the consistent choice in the sequels. And as a result, she has more merchandise focused around her than any other original or even the entire ''casts'' of some of the shows she shares games with.
* CallingYourAttacks
* CanonImmigrant: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Ratsel Feinschmecker]] is ''clearly'' a PaperThinDisguise for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Elzam von Branstein]], who made his debut in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' before his appearance in ''Alpha 2''. ''Alpha 3'' brings Ratsel's mecha from ''Original Generation 2''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Quite a few series vanish without explaination and never return. Sometimes this has an excuse (''Alpha Gaiden'' characters only exist in an alternate future, while the ''AuraBattlerDunbine'' and ''Characters/MasouKishin'' casts return to [[AnotherDimension Byston Well]]/[[BeneathTheEarth La Gias]], respectively, and just don't come back), but not always (the ''MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' and ''BrainPowerd'' characters simply vanish into the aether without comment). Most notably is ''GiantRobo'', who is set up to have a major role in later games but disappears and never mentioned again (Banpresto didn't have a choice, as the holder of the rights to Giant Robo changed after ''Alpha'', and it became too expensive to re-license it for sequels)). As a result, [[GiantRobo Big Fire]], a major villainous faction in ''Alpha'', inexplicably goes away.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Euzeth's plan to conquer the Earth in ''Alpha'']].
** This sums up a chunk of the route for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Cobray Gordon]] in ''Alpha 3'', specifically, [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Calico [=McCready=]]], who serves as TheRival for Cobray, hates him for being chosen by the "Originator" (Ingram) to succeed him. Cobray's biggest stigma is he thinks he can't escape Ingram's shadow]].
* CrapsackWorld: The split timeline in ''Alpha Gaiden'' - the fallout from the events of ''Alpha'' and attacks by underground forces nearly destroyed humanity and most of the Earth is reduced to a scorched wasteland. After humanity partially recovers, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX another war breaks out between the Earth and the colonies]], annihilating most of it again. In the primary timeline, the Solar System is torn by a number of successive wars, between {{Colony Drop}}s and various genocidal invaders successfully striking at major population centers across the globe. Some of the aliens opposing the Earth have suffered their own catastrophes, such as the loss of their homeworlds. At least the Alpha Numbers manage to fix most of the problems by ''Alpha 3'', including some of the invaders.
* CrutchCharacter: The Mazingers in ''Alpha Gaiden''. The way that they play with this trope is complicated.
** The ''Characters/MasouKishin'' cast from the same game. Early on, {{mook}}s are weak enough to be devastated by their MAP Attacks, particularly the Cybuster and Valsione, who have post-movement MAP Attacks, essentially making them some of the better characters. By late game, due to the low rate of upgrades for MAP Attacks and the expensive cost of upgrading weapons, a low supply of EN and a weak weapon set, these characters are less valuable in the final scenarios in contrast to their capabilities at the start.
* CulturalCrossReference: In an ''Alpha Gaiden'' {{Yonkoma}}, [[Characters/MasouKishin Presia Zenozakis]] wants to see what [[Anime/TurnAGundam Harry Ord]] really looks like and snatches his CoolShades...at which point he starts uncontrollably spraying the room with [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} optic blasts]] while shouting "Give them back!"
* CutsceneBoss: Neo Neros, the villain of GoShogun, is defeated by Kenta in a cutscene AirJoust during the canon's finale in Alpha 2. In terms of gameplay, the final "boss", or rather the final obstacle to completing the mission is [[AntiClimaxBoss a bunch of missiles you can one or two-shot]].
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Emperor Gore and Queen Himika near the halfway point of Alpha 2. Even after their defeat, the Yamada and Dinosaur Empires continue on, absorbed by the Mycene Empire. Himika's followers also prioritize AvengingTheVillain, and in Sanger's route intend to use the Machine Cells to restore their kingdom.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The Angels and Mass Production Type Evangelions]], [[spoiler:[[OriginalGeneration Euzeth's Black Judecca, Magus' Aurgelmir, Shu's Neo Granzon]]]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Gym Ghingham's Turn X Gundam]], [[GreatMazinger The Emperor of Darkness]], [[{{Daitarn 3}} Don Zauser]], [[{{Gaiking}} Emperor Darius]], [[BrainPowerd Baron Maximillian's Hyper Baronz]], [[spoiler:Irui Gan Eden]], [[GaoGaiGar The Z-Master, The 11 Lords of Sol]], [[KotetsuJeeg Emperor Ryuuma]], [[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados]], [[{{Macross 7}} Geppernitch]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit 01 fused with the Tree of Life]] (effectively '''GOD'''), [[spoiler:[[OriginalGeneration Ruach Gan Eden]] and Keiser Ephes]]
** Honorary mention goes to [[GiantRobo Alberto the Shockwave]], who, though he could not defeat Cthulhu, battled him to a standstill while ''on foot''.
* DifficultySpike: From battling [[spoiler:Turn-X]] onwards in ''Alpha Gaiden''.
* DummiedOut: The SRX, [=RyuKoOh=]/[=KoRyuOh=], [[GetterRobo Texas Mack]] and a few other units are in the files of ''Alpha Gaiden'', and are usable if you cheat in the game.
* DynamicDifficulty: The ''Alpha'' series introduces the "Skill Point" system, acquired by achieving optional objectives in scenarios. Your ability to obtain these Skill Points decides whether the next scenario will net you the easy, normal or hard version of the stage. Beginning with ''Alpha Gaiden'', getting enough Skill Points will unlock secrets, but also influences which [[MultipleEndings ending route]] you will take. Although earlier games do not tell the player what the Skill Point objectives are, ''Alpha 2'' listed the optional objectives alongside the primary objectives.
* ElsewhereFic: ''Alpha Gaiden'' features these after a fashion, with two separate manga side-stories detailing what happens to those left behind when the Alpha Numbers get sent to the BadFuture. One centers on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Peacecraft]] and characters from series that were in ''Alpha Gaiden'', while another focuses on Shinji, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka Soryu Langley]] and others from ''Alpha'' but didn't return for the sequels.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler:Bullet in ''Alpha 2'']]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shu in ''Alpha Gaiden'', Char in ''Alpha 2'']]
* FixFic: Amongst other things, the ''Alpha'' series fixes the many tragedies of the various Universal Century Gundam series and averts the KillEmAll endings of ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'' and ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]''. [[spoiler:However, the Ideon "Be Invoked" KillEmAll can still be triggered by accessing the bad ending route in ''Alpha 3'']].
* FragileSpeedster: Most real robots, but particularly the variable fighters of ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', who will likely die in one, at most two hits, but have enormous mobility stats.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Starting in ''Alpha 2'' (which was one of the first [=SRW=] titles to include "[[SuperMovePortraitAttack pilot cut-ins]]"), virtually every major female pilot... except Ibis.
* HannibalLecture: What many of the major villains of the RealRobot series will do when they are confronted. It never works.
* HeelFaceTurn: Too many to list, but the one that stands out is possibly the [[spoiler:[[SpaceRunawayIdeon Ide]], which give up its quest to wipe out all life from the galaxy and even sends the Alpha Numbers back to Earth]].
** HeelFaceDoorSlam: Kukuru unfortunately gets killed off just on the verge of making one in Alpha 2, but the ''biggest'' one in these games comes at the tail end of Alpha 1 if you choose to make peace with [[MobileSuitGundam Kycillia Zabi]]. Although she can't do much to help take the edge off of the remaining conflicts, she does at least pledge to do what she can and her Zeon faction will keep from causing trouble. Shortly thereafter though, [[MobileSuitVictoryGundam Angel Halo]] activates and, in a show of power, leaves the entire population of Side 3 braindead.
* HeroicBSOD: Happens a fair bit, both to the licensed characters and to some of the originals. Of course, all of the [[HotBlooded hot blood]] on the team tends to help people recover.
** Shinji, the Master Of [=BSODs=] himself, is a major cast member for ''Alpha'' and ''Alpha 3'', and is kind of the poster child for an SRW setting making this better.
** Kusuha runs close to this a few times in the series, when she has good reason to think [[spoiler:that Bullet has been [[KilledOffForReal flat-out killed]]]]. She doesn't ''completely'' shut down, but she's very badly affected; it's more "Heroically Spitting Stack Errors" than a full [=BSOD=].
** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Seolla Schweizer]] in ''Alpha 2'' is badly affected by [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Arado Balanga]] and his HeelFaceTurn to the Alpha Numbers, wavering between this and [[UnstoppableRage murderous rage]] for him even daring to betray the Titans. He eventually brings her around with the help of some of the ''Gundam'' cast, however.
** Sanger, of all people, can suffer from this if you get one of the "middle" endings in ''Alpha 2'', [[spoiler:where it isn't clear that Irui survived]].
%%* [[HumongousMecha Humongous]] [[CombiningMecha Combining]] and/or [[TransformingMecha Transforming]] [[RealRobot Real]] and {{Super Robot}}s
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[spoiler:Char's rationalization for dropping Axis onto Earth]] was pretty insane in the source material, but in ''Alpha 2'', the plan is repeated with practically no changes in a world where humanity is simultaneously hammered by joint invasion forces of three alien worlds, the [[GreatMazinger Mycene Empire]] ([[spoiler:which, in fact, immediately takes advantage of the havoc caused by Char]]) and a number of other [[ApocalypseHow extinction-level threats]]. This is left for players to wonder how destroying most of human civilization is going to help them survive, considering these circumstances.
* LethalJokeItem: ''Alpha'' has the equippable part "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Tem Ray's Circuit]]", which drastically reduces unit stats, but if the mecha is destroyed, it will cost only ''10 credits'' to repair (in other words, the part turns it into another [[JokeCharacter Boss]] [[MazingerZ Borot]]). If you want a real menace, put it on something like the Evangelion Unit 01 along with another part to lessen the penalty, then send Shinji on a suicide attack. Paying only 10 instead of its usual repair cost of 40000 makes using the "[[TheBerserker Berserk Unit 01]]" sound like a practical strategy, not to mention the Berserk Evangelion is considered an enemy unit, thus killing it nets you a neat bundle of credits as well.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Alpha 3'' still has the ''largest cast'' of characters in any [=SRW=] to date.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Thanks for stopping the STMC in ''Alpha'', only now the shockwave from the blast used to kill them is headed towards Earth and will destroy us all in ''Alpha Gaiden''.
** To be fair, that is the lesser of two evils, considering the STMC practically wins anything through sheer attrition.
** FromBadToWorse: Turns out the STMC you fought in ''Alpha'' were only a small fraction of them. You have to fight their main force in ''Alpha 3''.
* NintendoHard: ''Alpha Gaiden''
** Which itself is easy in comparison to getting [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Tiffa Adil and the G-Bits]] in the game. Scenario 15 alone will make you pull your hair out because of how many times you're going to reset the game in order to get those 6 kills in 3 turns with [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]]; the ''substantial'' power boost they give to the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Double X]] makes them worth the effort.
* NonEntityGeneral: Only mentioned during the final bonus scenario in ''Alpha 3'' and most likely a joke. When someone mentions the "player" and confuses Cobray, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ryusei Date]] explains it's [[PaintingTheMedium the strategist who keeps watching them from "that monitor"]].
* OlderAndWiser: The cast of the previous games in the sequels, notably the SRX Team, Getter team, Evangelion pilots and various Gundam protagonists. A small portion of them have also become {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s, but this being [=SRW=], they get over it.
** Tetsuya is a REALLY good example of the latter, as a result of ''Alpha Gaiden''.
* OncePerEpisode: The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory GP-02A Physalis]] getting hijacked and needed to be taken back. Doesn't happen in Alpha 3 though.
* OriginalGeneration: Aside from the game-specific originals, characters from ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Masou Kishin: The Lord of Elemental]]'', ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', ''Super Hero Sakusen'', ''SuperRobotSpirits'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4'' reappear for the ''Alpha'' series.
** The series was particularly notable in ''SRW'' for being the first to really have a substantial "mythology" of its Originals, separate from all of the crossover series, and sufficiently developed to the point that they felt like their own thing. ''Alpha 1'' in particular was likely the catalyst for ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation]]'' as it came to be.
* PetTheDog: In ''Alpha 3'', [[spoiler:after defeating the copy of the Unit 01 in the final scenario of ''The End of Evangelion'' plot, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] tells his son he actually wanted to comfort him, but never had courage to open up. Before he dies, he finally tells Shinji he's glad to see his son grow into such a strong man]].
* ThePowerOfRock: Naturally, ''{{Macross 7}}'' in ''Alpha 3'', but also [[GaoGaiGar Mic Sounders the 13th]] in the same game.
** JAM Project; ''Alpha 3'' notches this UpToEleven by having [[spoiler:the theme song of the game, "Gong", depower the FinalBoss, led by [[{{Macross 7}} Basara Nekki]] and a recording of [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Lynn Minmay]]]].
* TheProphecy: In Alpha 2, Jeeg's Bronze Bell foretells of a malevolent force that will unify the subterranean forces of the [[GetterRobo Dinosau Empire]], [[SteelJeeg Yamada Kingdom]], and [[GreatMazinger Mycene Empire]]. The Emperor of Darkness appears to fit the bill and goes on to be one of the final bosses in the game... though Alpha 3 reveals that everyone jumped to conclusions and the prophecy actually spoke of Emperor Ryuma instead.
* PurposefullyOverpowered: Certain late-game mecha, notably the SRX in ''Alpha''. Three sets of Spirit Commands ([[spoiler:later four, with the addition of Mai]]), a powerful set of weapons, even by SuperRobot standards, and a CombinationAttack accessible in the final scenario that can potentially OneHitKill the FinalBoss.
** {{Mazinkaiser}} in ''Alpha Gaiden'' is far more powerful than the rest of the team, including the [[GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo]], thanks to high HP/EN, good mobility (comparable to some Gundams) and armor rating, alongside a great set of weapons, augumented with "Mazinpower" and can use its attacks right off the bat [[note]]To put in perspective, Shin Getter requires 140 Will to use Stone Sunshine; Mazinkaiser has no Will requirements for Fire Blaster. By the time the Shin Getter hits 140 Will, the Mazinkaiser will have dealt more damage than the Getter[[/note]]. Of course, this being ''[[NintendoHard Alpha Gaiden]]'', it's actually a godsend rather than it ruining the game.
** [[spoiler:Sanger and the Thrudgelmir]] from the same game: good attacks rivaling those of the Mazingers, comparable stats to the Mazinkaiser, and a set of abilities that make it almost invulnerable. [[spoiler: Note that it's only playable in the last two scenarios of the game, and despite its set up, the Thrudgelmir cannot win the scenarios alone]].
* RecurringBoss: You'll be continually plagued by the forces of the Mycene Empire and the Dinosaur Empire until you blow them up for good in ''Alpha 2''. Also resident PsychoForHire [[MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]] holds the distinction of being the ''only'' enemy to show up in all four games and ''still'' live until he is finally KilledOffForReal in ''Alpha 3''.
** Dr. Hell is also one: he reappears in ''Alpha 2'' and ''Alpha 3'' as the Grand Marshall Of Hell.
** [[{{Dancougar}} Shapiro Keats]], who ''always'' [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat survives that]].
** While they aren't quite as strong as true boss units, even in their final mecha, you'll have to fight [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Jerid Messa]], [[CombatMechaXabungle Timp and Kid Hola]] again, reflecting their status as persistent nemeses in their original anime storylines.
* RoadCone: Between ''Alpha 2'' and ''Alpha 3'', parts of the story change between the various protagonists. What's more, each protagonist in ''Alpha 3'' is linked to a protagonist in ''Alpha 2'' (the exception is Kusuha, due to her link being ShapedLikeItself). In other words, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Selena Recital]] is linked to Ibis, Touma to Sanger and Cobray to Arado.
* {{Robeast}}: [[MazingerZ Mechanical Beasts]], Warrior Beasts, Fossil Beasts, Slave Beasts, Beast Fighters, Mecha Soldiers, [[SteelJeeg Haniwa Genjin]], Mechasauruses, [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Zonders]] and the Angels.
* SavedForTheSequel: Compared to the SuperRobotWarsZ games, the Alpha games often didn't tie up every loose plot thread at the end of the first games, to help serve as a SequelHook. For instance, Alpha 1 only covers the first half of CombattlerV, with its second season being saved for Alpha 3.
* SecretCharacter
** ''Alpha'': [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Cecily Fairchild]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Elpeo Puru]], Ingram with the Astranagant, [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Millia Faryna Jenius]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Puru Two]], [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Quess Paraya]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Sara Zabiarov]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Touji Suzuhara with the Evangelion Unit 03]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]], Haman, Levi Tolar/Mai Kobayashi and a[[MazingerZ Powered Mazinger Z instead of the Mazinkaiser]]]]
** ''Alpha Gaiden'': [[spoiler:[[{{Xabungle}} Elche (as a pilot) with the Blackalley]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Gaven Gooney with the Gaven Custom Borjanon]], [[GetterRobo a powered-up Getter Robo G or Shin Getter Robo,]], [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Hi-Nu Gundam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Puru Two with Haman's Qubeley]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Full Armored ZZ Gundam]] (along with a large number of other potential [[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile Suits and Variable Fighters]], like the GP-02A Physalis, [[{{Xabungle}} Tron]] and Sanger]]
** ''Alpha 2'': [[spoiler:[[GoShogun Bundol's Battleship (with Bundle, Kadonar, Kernagurl as sub-pilots)]], [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Berga Dalas (with Dorel Ronah as the pilot)]], [[{{Daimos}} Richter]], [[VoltesV Heinel]], Shigu (With Radora as the pilot), [[GetterRobo Musashi]] (survives but as a co-pilot of the Lady Command), [[GaoGaiGar Pizza]], The Reclaimers, [[GaoGaiGar Star Gaogaigar]], Haman, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam Ver. Katoki]], Full Armored ZZ Gundam, [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam X2]], [[BrainPowered Quincy, Jonathan, and Sheila]], and [[KotetsuJeeg Takeru]]. You can also get various mobile suits (most notably the Hi Nu Gundam and the [[MobileSuitGundam CharsCounterattack Nu Gundam Heavy Weapons System (HWS)]], but also two [[MobileSuitGundamZZ Mass Production Qubeley Type-IIs]]).]]
** ''Alpha 3'': [[spoiler:Irui Gan Eden, provided you achieved enough Skill Points, Nu Gundam HWS and Hi-Nu Gundam, [[GetterRobo Black Getter]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quin Mantha and four miscellaneous Mobile Suits]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Yzak Joule with the Duel and Dearka Elsman with the Buster]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Neue Ziel, Val Varo, Gerbera Tetra]] and the [=GP-O2A=] Physalis, several [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Variable Fighters and the Konig Monster]]]]
* SequelEscalation
* ShutUpHannibal: Uncountable, but the best one has got to be the [[spoiler:final scenario to ''The End of Evangelion'' story, where Shinji not only rejects the intended AssimilationPlot, but also Gendo, asserting he's his own person]]. In fact, the entire scenario is a MASSIVE invoking of this trope, seeing as how the Alpha Numbers are so HotBlooded, [[spoiler:it prevents them from turning into LCL]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Not as much as it might seem at first sight, due to a number of characters surviving as secrets that aren't treated as canon in the sequels. For example, [[spoiler:Musashi]] does not survive in ''Alpha 2'', even though you can save him on certain routes.
** Possibly due to the One Year War getting interrupted, a lot of the Zeon aces from ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', ''MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' and ''Stardust Memory'' appear in Neo-Zeon's forces. However, as the Haman Route in ''Alpha 2'' is rendered CanonDiscontinuity in ''Alpha 3'', they are all KilledOffForReal.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In ''Alpha Gaiden'', most of the spotlight goes to Tetsuya, who is useable for most of the game, the first character playable post-TimeSkip, has plenty of voiced dialogue rivaling [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] and has a lot of scenarios that places him on center stage. By the end of the game, he is basically the most developed character in the entire cast.
* StationaryBoss: Shu, as usual. The first time you fight him in ''Alpha Gaiden'' however, he will actually move if you don't attack him for a while.
* SuspiciousVideoGameGenerosity: Scenario 36 of ''Alpha Gaiden'' is noted by players to be one of the best points in the game. [[spoiler:You get the Mazinkaiser, Shin Getter Robo, R-1 Custom, Gundam X and Gundam Double X (alongside the G-Bits, if you get the requirements), the "HPHGCP" part and two free units that give you tons of blue stones for the Bazaar]]. The game's DifficultySpike starts to go wild from that point on.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:Euzeth]] in ''Alpha''; [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Shiva Gozzo]]]] also pulls this off in ''Alpha 3'', although the one he usurped was only a mask for the real BigBad in the first place.
* ThemeNaming: Obviously, the "[[FanNickname Space Jews]]" of the [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ze Balmary]] [[TheEmpire Empire]]. A much more subtle one is theme naming of [[spoiler:Ingram and his clones. Their real names correspond to their numbers and the respective letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Ingram, the first clone, is "Aleph"; Villeta, the second, is "Bet" Vadim; Cobray, the sixteenth, is "Ayin"]].
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Goes into overdrive in Alpha 3 with the concept of "Apocalypsis", a galaxy-wide force of destruction exploited by [[spoiler: Keisar Ephes]].
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Shu]] in ''Alpha Gaiden''
* UnwittingPawn: [[{{Daimos}} Exalted Ruler Olban]] is manipulated by [[VoltesV Emperor Zu Zambojil]] and the [[{{Gaiking}} Dark Horror Army]]. Mind you, the latter two intend to use his race as shock troops to weaken the Earth's defenders, then enslave or exterminate them. Meanwhile, the [[KotetsuJeeg Jama Kingdom]] end up as pawns of the Mycene Empire.
* VillainTeamUp
** ''Alpha'': The Aerogaters, the [[CombattlerV Campbellians]], the [[VoltesV Bozanians]], the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare Empire]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] and Shapiro Keats. To some extent, the Principality of Zeon and Dr. Hell.
** ''Alpha Gaiden'': The Mycene Empire and the Dinosaur Empire, the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Frost Brothers]] and Gym Ghingham
** ''Alpha 2'': [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Neo Zeon]] and the [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Jupiter Empire]], the Zonders and the [[{{Daitarn 3}} Meganoids]], the [[{{Daimos}} Balmians]] with the Bozanians and the Dark Horror Army.
** ''Alpha 3'': The Campbellians, Bozanians and the [[{{Dancougar}} Muge Empire]]
* VillainousValor: A few examples; besides the obvious suspects among NobleDemon opponents and redeemable villains, a number of stalwartly evil characters, including the Great General of Darkness, [[GetterRobo General Bat]] and [[KotetsuJeeg Queen Himika]] deliberately sacrifice themselves to ensure a victory for their side.
* WakeupBoss: There's at least one in every game.
** Alpha has the Dragonsaurus from the crossover movie between [[GetterRobo Getter Robo G]], GreatMazinger, and [[UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]], fought on stage 12 of the South Ataria route. Underwater and with 28000 HP and large HP-regen (30%, so in this case ''8400 health a turn''), it hits like a truck and can be exceptionally difficult to damage.
** Alpha Gaiden has [[spoiler: Shu and the Granzon/Neo Granzon]] early in the game, but later on you fight Gym in the Turn X, which sets the trend that late-game bosses will spam healing spirits repeatedly and killing them will be multi-turn affairs.
** Alpha 2 has the [[CrossboneGundam Death Gale]] unit. Without proper planning, attacks from them can be devastating since the accuracy of Gigi's attacks is increased because of Rosemary providing a supporting PLA attack (which will also eat up any support defenses you're trying to use). The Tortuga's high health, armor, strong counterattacks, and multiple ranks in Support Defend also mean he'll be intercepting any attacks you send Gigi or Rosemary's way first too.
** Alpha 3 has Ephesus Gozzo's Hemrodr and Ace Gozzo's Devariim, fought on stage 14. The Devariim has several MAPs (all post-movement) at its disposal and it's not very hard to shoot down... but heaven help you if you let its morale get too high and let it take an action. The Hemrodr has a MAP of its own with a long and wide firing range that limits the number of units that can attack it safely, along with HP Regen to take the edge off the damage you DO inflict to it.
* WhamEpisode: In ''Alpha Gaiden'', this comes around post-scenarios 9 and 10, where up until this point, the game seemed to be about a conflict with the Titans [[spoiler:until Shu appears, announces they are in an alternate timeline and the only way to solve it is by using millions as a sacrifice. When he's defeated, he teleports Londo Bell to a BadFuture where the Earth is a barren wasteland]].
* WhatIf: The ''Alpha'' series basically poses this versus the ''Classic'' series, in regards to Divine Crusaders' leader Bian Zoldark being listened to instead of being ignored.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: When you're fighting Shu for the first time in ''Alpha Gaiden'', he accuses your characters of cowardice if you wait 5 turns before attacking him.
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->''We'll go into the space over our future.''
->''We're looking for the place under the shining star.''
->''We'll try to sing a song for our new world.''