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''Super Robot Wars L'' is the third entry in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series on the NintendoDS, preceded by ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK''. It was released on November 25, 2010. According to WordOfGod, the "L" stands for "Link".

The lineup of ''L'' was under some scrutiny following its announcement: the debut appearance of ''Rebuild of Evangelion'' raises questions on how its story can stir the plot, especially when "1.0: You Are (Not) Alone" and "2.0: You Can (Not) Advance" are only ''half'' of the ''Rebuild'' saga. The reappearance of certain series from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', ''W'', and ''K'' elicited many "[[LazyArtist expect loads of recycled sprites and pilot cut-in]]" responses, although it turned out many units had their animations updated to some degree. ''L'' also modified the controversial "Partner Battle" system from ''K'', making it more like traditional [=SRW=] squad mechanics.

Rumour has it Masami Obari of ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'' and ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' fame had a hand in the game's entry selection, which would explain why ''Iczer'' and ''Dancougar Nova'' made it in as debuts. Given Obari was busy putting up the final directing touches for the October 2010 release of the AnimatedAdaptation of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2]]'', this might not be such a coincidence.

!Series included in ''L'' are (debuting series in '''bold'''):
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* ''Anime/CombattlerV''
* '''''Anime/DancougarNova'''''
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu''
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]''
* '''''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Fight!! Iczer-One]]'''''
** '''''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Adventure! Iczer-3]]''''' (a.k.a. ''Iczer Reborn'')
* ''[[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Kotetsushin Jeeg]]''
* '''''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'''''
* '''''Anime/MacrossFrontier'''''
* ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''
** ''[[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Mazinkaiser vs. The Great General of Darkness]]''
* '''''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'''''
** '''''Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone'''''
** '''''Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance'''''
* ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar ''
** ''[[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Shinkon Gattai Godannar: Second Season]]''
* ''VoltesV''

Earthlings head to colonize space, but the journey's been tough for the past one hundred years: atomic war, strife against the [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Jama Kingdom]] and the lack of resources on Earth due to the space colonies seizing most of it. Around 15 years ago, the [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Second Impact]] occurred, to which forces such as the [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Darius Empire]], the [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Katou Organization]] and the [[Anime/DancougarNova Dancougar]] appeared. As a result, nations began increasing their military strength and indirectly affected those living in space.

5 years ago, humanity waged a long war with the [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Mimetic Beasts]] and although victory was achieved, tensions mounted following a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED terrorist incident that destroyed a space colony 3 years earlier]]. 2 years before the start of ''L'', humans on Earth and space colonists waged a deadly one-year war that lead to the Earth nations winning, but left their countries severely weakened from the fallout. Seeing a chance, [[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Dr. Hell's Mechanical Beast army]] attacks, leading to an uneasy Earth/space colony truce to fight against them. With Dr. Hell and his [[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Mycenae Empire]] allies defeated, peace returns; soon afterward, Darius mounts their full-scale assault and the seal preventing the Jama Kingdom from returning is broken. Now, visitors from beyond the Earth Sphere come into contact with humanity and a new battle begins.

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!!This game contains examples of the following:

* AdaptationExpansion: Scenario 37 includes the BigLippedAlligatorMoment of Kouichi and Emi meeting [[spoiler: alternate-reality versions of themselves]], but gives them an actual dialogue scene, which enforces their HeroOfAnotherStory status.
** The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Destiny Plan]] is expanded, it now involves seeking out those with [[SuperMode SEED factor]], as well as creating macronized soldiers using [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Zentraedi]] DNA obtained from the Frontier Fleet in order to bolster the Earth sphere's military against the many, many alien invaders out there.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: Both of [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Jack Smith]]'s attack animations are based on his very first appearance in the anime. The huge thing he tears out of the ground and then throws? One of Painkiller's discarded throwing knives, a fun reminder of NotDrawnToScale in this game, and something you'd never recognize based on its shape if you never saw the anime.
** In the manga version of Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron, the word "Arma" exclusively refers to the robots created by the Katou Organization based on the Machinas. However, in the anime version, the word "Arma" refers to all robots based on Machina technology, including the ones used by the Self Defense Force and the US Army, but the Katou Organization Armas never received a new name. Therefore, Katou Organization's Armas are simply called "Arma" in game.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold]] and [[Anime/DancougarNova Moon Will]]. So, it comes as no surprise that they [[VillainTeamUp join forces]] to KillAllHumans.
* AlasPoorVillain - Compared to his rather unceremonious death in his original series, [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Sting]]]] gets a fairly touching sendoff.
* AlienInvaders - [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu The Darius Empire]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold and her forces]].
* AlternateUniverse - Anime/MacrossFrontier, VoltesV and [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Iczer-3]] all come from one universe and end up somehow Folding into another, which is where all the other series take place. [[spoiler: The Machina from ''Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron'', as well as the game's [[OriginalGeneration original villain]], also hail from that same AlternateUniverse. ]]
** This leads to the one time where Combattler and Voltes are not friends (or at least know of each other's work) in the entire franchise. It also leads to some people in the game confusing the two robots for each other, which has happened in real life.
* ApocalypseHow - [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Second Impact]] is a Class-1.
** Second Impact's... well... impact, is significantly weaker, though, due to the more advanced technology level, as well as the existence of space colonies.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Break the World incident]] is a Class-0. Though once again, the damage is reduced thanks to the [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Quarter]] and various Super Robots destroying large portions of [[ColonyDrop Junius 7]]. It is also possible to defend all meteor breakers from the ZAFT deserters in the game, reducing the damage even further.
** The [[spoiler:[[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron destruction of Central]]]] caused the dimensional gateway it came through to [[LoadBearingBoss lose control]], and would have caused a Class X-5, destroying both universes, if it hadn't been stopped.
* AscendedExtra - Rebecca from Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu was a one-shot character in the anime, but in ''L'' she's somehow the subpilot of the Daichi Maryuu. Sadly, Kane still pilots the Tenkuu Maryuu all alone, but at least comes with SuperMovePortraitAttack this time.
** [=DaCosta=] from Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny gets a lot more screen time during the Eternal's attack animations, since Meyrin never becomes part of the Eternal's crew in this game.
* AssimilationPlot - [[spoiler: [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Grace O'Connor]] and [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Central]]'s]] respective plans.
* BGMOverride - In order to imitate ''Macross Frontier'''s final battle[[note]]Which was underscored by the "Nyan Nyan Service Medley", a seven-minute medley of almost all of Ranka and Sheryl's songs[[/note]], the finale stage plays a different ''Frontier'' song every turn, and these songs override your units' set [=BGMs=].
* BigBad - [[spoiler: Lude Gloria]]
* BroadStrokes - Even though L uses the anime version of Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron, the mass production Jinrais can be controlled by an AI like in the manga version, instead of being exclusively human-piloted. Also, the Katou Organization mooks look just like they did in the manga.
** Instead of being shot down and captured by the Minerva team while trying to save Auel's mother in Lodonia, Stella was shot down during the Battle of Crete, just like in Mizuho Takayama's manga adaptation of Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny.
* ButtMonkey: [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Igarashi Shinobu]] and the Special Self Defense Force fill the same role as the [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Nerima Red Dragon]] from [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW W]]. Not only do they get their ass kicked by the Katou Organization like in the original series, they also have to go up against [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion the Angels]] and [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Cthulhu]] in their puny Armas. Predictably, they are wiped out every single time.
* CharClone - [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Neo Roanoke]], [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Brera Stern]] and [[spoiler: [[Anime/DancougarNova Eida]]]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches - Since ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' isn't complete yet, it's plot ends with [[spoiler:Kaworu telling SEELE that this "distorted" world isn't theirs, so the defeated 8th Angel is the last one]].
* DayInTheLimelight- Unlike most Gundam Wing entries in SRW, in L the Gundam pilots actually don't join up for quite a while in game, and instead Zechs is the character who's with Lotus from almost the beginning of the game giving him some refreshing focus for a change where he's either a villain until late game or overshadowed by Heero.
* DemonicInvaders - [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg The Jama Kingdom]], though it later turns out they're actually [[AlienInvasion Alien Invaders]].
* [[DemotedtoExtra Demoted to Extra]] - Isn't it sad, [[spoiler: [[Anime/RebuildofEvangelion Mari, Kaworu]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Auel]]]]?
** Pretty much the entire [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Iczer-3]] cast other than the Iczers, Nagisa, and Neos Gold herself.
* DualWielding - Straybird's Pheasant Cutter, in addition to many other units: Shoulder Slicers, Iczer-3 and Atros' twin light sabers, Linebarrel's two swords, [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Verdant's]] quad wield, Tsubaki-Hime's dual wielding chainsaws
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion The Angels]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold and Neos Gold]], [[Anime/DancougarNova Moon Will's Original Dancouga]], [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Proist's King Darius the 18th]], [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Susanoh]], [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Central]], [[spoiler: [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Grace O'Connor as the Vajra Queen]]]] and [[spoiler: [[OriginalGeneration Lude Gloria's Galtdeus]]]].
* DuelBoss - The last showdown with Iczer-2. You get a GameOver if anyone but Iczer-1 attacks her, which alongside her strong stats, make her ThatOneBoss as until Iczer-1 builds up some Will, Iczer-2 can OHKO her if she doesn't miss.
* EasilyOverheardConversation: Unlike the anime, the WillTheyOrWontThey scene between Hayase and Kizaki prior to their plot's final battle has a whole crowd of eavesdroppers.
* ElementalPunch - Rushbird's Lightning Fist
* EvolvingWeapon - Like the machines in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'' and the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Gunleon]], the Rushbird gains new attacks and abilities as the game progresses
* {{Expy}}
** The Rushbird's attacks are exactly like [[Manga/HadesProjectZeorymer Zeorymer]], as well as Alice being an Expy of Miku, aka RobotGirl [[spoiler: capable of channeling interdimensional energy into said mecha.]] The only main difference here is Nagumo isn't a [[{{Jerkass}} humongous bastard]] like [[DesignatedHero Masato.]]
** Dr. Graife, the scientist who designed Rushbird, also has some character design similarities to [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]].
* FixFic - Again like Z and K, SEED Destiny gets a much better treatment in L: for starters, [[spoiler:the deaths of Shinn's family gets re-written]]. Also, [[spoiler:the Archangel does not interfere with the Minerva's battles and Athrun does not defect]]. To top it off, [[spoiler:during Operation Angel Down, due to the Archangel lending a hand against [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Iczer One's]] enemies, Captain Talia Gladys assists in faking the sinking of the Archangel]].
** The changes made to SEED Destiny in this game are quite unusual for Super Robot Wars. Most of the time the changes they make are limited to [[KarmaHoudini killing characters who should have been killed in canon]], [[SparedByTheAdaptation saving characters the audience likes]], [[AdaptationDistillation condensing stories so that they all fit in the game]], and [[CharacterDevelopment making reasonable changes to the characters through interaction with characters from other series]]. They went far beyond that with Gundam SEED Destiny in L. Essentially, they rewrote the entire second half of the plot.
*** Which is somewhat hilarious, seeing as how Bandai is Banpresto's ''parent company'', meaning the rewrites likely were approved by the same people who released the original series.
** In addition, [[spoiler:[[Anime/MacrossFrontier Michael]], [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Ken]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Atros]] and [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Soubi]]]] all can be saved from their canon deaths. Interestingly enough, you can also save [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Stella and Rey]]]], but to keep [[spoiler:Stella]], you have to go along on a route split. Otherwise, [[spoiler:she still lives]], but gets DemotedToExtra and is no longer playable.
*** However, [[spoiler:Michael's]] case is interesting in that it takes into account the "Max Kills" cheat code that often gets made for these games. As rescuing [[spoiler:Michael]] is a classic "X character must get Y kills on stage Z" secret, using the "Max Kills" cheat actually ''backfires'' because [[spoiler:Michael's]] kill count does not increase, even if [[spoiler:he]] kills the number of enemies needed to prevent [[spoiler:his]] death.
*** This becomes a problem in replays even if you don't cheat, since kill counts carry over. Eventually if you like using [[spoiler:him]] you're forced to start over because of this... unless you cheat to pull the kill count down in time for the secret flags to be set.
* GameBreakingBug - Only one, but already quite infamous: the "Iczer Bug" makes you ''permanently'' lose Nagisa as Iczer Robo's co-pilot if you get a game over while Iczer-1 is combined.
** It gets reset if you lost Nagisa prior to Iczer's departure from the party once she returns.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: During the final battle of the Anime/MacrossFrontier storyline, Brera tells Alto to aim at the Vajra Queen's head, so they can free her from [[spoiler: Grace O'Connor]]'s control without killing her. The two then perform a CombinationAttack on the Queen, and the battle animation shows that all of their attacks are directed towards the head.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: At the end of the Anime/MacrossFrontier finale, Alto and Brera unlock their 90-second long CombinationAttack. However, it gets concluded with Alto pulling out what appears to be the sniper rifle of Michael's Valkyrie and shooting the enemy down one last time. [[spoiler:Even if Michael gets saved (and thus still holds on to his Valkyrie's rifle), Alto will still mysteriously draw it at the end of the attack.]]
** One of [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Daiya]]'s battle quotes against [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar mimetic beasts]] has him saying that he'll clean up all the mimetic beasts before the final battle with the Darius Army. He says this even when fighting mimetic beasts on stage 35, which takes place ''after'' said final battle.
** The end of the [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion three Eva units]]' combination attack shows them running out of internal power. While this does happen after they use it for the first time, they never actually run out of power after subsequent uses. This makes sense from a gameplay perspective: the attack would be worthless if it takes all three Evas out of the fight after a single use.
* GeckoEnding: How the game resolves the issue of ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'''s arc.
* GlassCannon - Surprisingly enough, [[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Boss Borot]] is this rather than a ([[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal]]) JokeCharacter. Also, the [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar G Gunner and Core Gunner]].
** The Variable Fighters from Anime/MacrossFrontier gain the Reaction Warhead, and eventually, the Micro Dimension Eater Warhead, after certain points in the storyline. Turning them into this.
* HarsherinHindsight: Everyone was annoyed that Rebuild 2.0's ending was cut, with the fans complaining they wanted badass god powered Shinji. Then 3.0 came out [[spoiler:revealing that god powered Shinji is a bad thing, and the near 3rd Impact wasn't something that could be easily written off.]] People suspect the staff had advance notice on this.
* HeroicBSOD - [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Go]] gets hit with a mild one, but still maintains an active presence on the team as a pilot instructor and representative for [=LOTUS=], particularly during [[spoiler:Operation Angel Down]].
* HeroicSacrifice - [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gilbert Durandal]] kamikazes the damaged and crashing Messiah in order to kill [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Neos Gold]].]]
* HesBack -
** Not a case with characters, but with ''mecha'': [[spoiler: the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Duel Gundam Assault Shroud and the Buster Gundam]] make their return as secret units]]. Also, for the first time since ''Destiny'', you get to name the team you're on.
** SomethingWeForgot: However, [[spoiler:Duel Gundam AS' beam rifle is missing its grenade launcher attachment]], for no explained reason.
** This trope is played straight with a few characters: [[spoiler:Hilde and Sally from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'']]. After both having been absent in W, there were quite a few happy to see [[spoiler:Hilde's black Taurus alongside Duo and Sally helping out behind scenes]] after having been out of action since ''Alpha 3''.
* HotbloodedSideburns - [[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Kouji Kabuto]], [[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]], [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Hiroshi Shiba and Kenji Kusanagi]].
* IdolSinger - [[Anime/DancougarNova Eida]], [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Sheryl Nome, Ranka Lee]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Meer Campbell and Lacus Clyne]]. Amusingly, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gilbert Durandal]] tries to use at least three of them in his plans.
* INeverToldYouMyName - Subverted, just like in the anime, [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Kouichi]] loudly announces himself as Hayase Kouichi, the hero of justice, during his first fight with the Katou Organization, but then acts surprised at Emi and Satoru knowing his name. Made more funny in this game, though, since in the anime, his first meeting with the two took place a few days after his first battle. While in the game, the two arrived almost immediately after he called out his name.
* [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Jack Smith]] [[Anime/{{Iczer}} and the Iczers]] [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Can Breathe In Space]] - Justified; in Jack's case, [[spoiler: his body is a [[HollywoodCyborg human-sized Arma]]]]. For the Iczers, they are alien androids.
** Furthermore, Jack's rating for space-based terrain is B, while everyone else in his series has an A, clearly showing he's not made for space. Jack still kicks ass, of course.
* KamehameHadouken - Rushbird's Light Blazer, albeit a one-handed variant.
** [[spoiler: Until you unlock Rushbird's Dimension Storm attack, which is a two-handed, considerably stronger, version of the above.]]
* LazyArtist - For the most part averted: yes, there are some recycled sprites/animations from J/W/K, but there are also just as many touched-up, altered or just plain re-animated attacks from returning series.
** For example, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise's]] cut-ins are all redone from W. Here, he's wearing his Preventers' jacket while in W, he was wearing his normal suit. In addition, he gains a brand new cut-in for the Tallgeese III's [[WhipItGood Heat Rod]] attack.
** A much more obvious example would be [[Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar Godannar TDM]]'s Heart Breaker dynamic kill animation. [[https://youtu.be/8f0RK2tWMIQ?t=38s Here's the animation in K]], compare that with [[https://youtu.be/uRof2PMzjkg?t=5m53s the one in L]].
* LeeroyJenkins - [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Kouichi]] is AI controlled on stage 37 and will recklessly charge right into the middle of the enemy formation, and needless to say you have to keep him alive. This rapidly turns into ThatOneLevel if he's underlevelled or Linebarrels hasn't been upgraded much.
* LethalJokeCharacter - Boss Borot; exceptionally good list of Spirit Commands between the three pilots, attacks are stronger than they look and ALL his moves are morale debuffs.
* LightningBruiser - Iczer-1, high end Machina such as Linebarrel and Gaiking the Great.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - TropeNamer is here in full force.
* MythologyGag - The teams of Voltes V and Combattler V meeting Dancougar Nova, the [[Anime/MacrossFrontier SMS]] meeting [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion NERV]] and the [[Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} Photon Labs team]] meeting the [[KotetsuJeeg Build Base team]] and the [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu new Gaiking]]. All of these meetings already occurred in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' with their prequel series
** The way they handle ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', using only part of its plot, is exactly how they did in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4 Super Robot Wars F]]''.
** During [[spoiler:[[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Eiji Kiriyama]]'s coup]], the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NERV headquarters]] is briefly taken over by autonomous Jinrais, just like how it was attacked by [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Mobile Doll]] [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Gundam Mk. IIs]] during the events of ''End of Evangelion'' in VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha. Also, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Logos]] is revealed to be a puppet of [[TheOmniScientCouncilOfVagueness SEELE]], just like its predecessor, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED the Blue Cosmos]], in ''Alpha 3''.
** [[spoiler:[[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Soubi]]]] being a secret character is a nod to the original Linebarrels manga, where [[spoiler:he eventually becomes the team's SixthRanger]].
** Throughout Soubi's subplot, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Wufei]] was vital in helping him regain his desire for justice, and one of three characters that can [[spoiler:convince him to join]] (a first in Super Robot Wars history, since they are from two completely unrelated series). Since Soubi no longer believes in justice because of his wife's death, while Wufei did not believe in justice until his wife's death, as seen in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: [[EpisodeZeroTheBeginning Episode Zero]]''.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Heero in the Wing Zero]] intervenes during the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny assassination attempt on Lacus Clyne]], just like in ''SRW: Scramble Commander the 2nd''.
* OnlySixFaces - Character portraits of the Linebarrel and SEED Destiny characters. It isn't as bad as comparing [[Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor Fafner]] and Destiny in ''K'', but still fit this trope
** All of the above series have character designs by Hisashi Hirai, who is ''infamous'' for the use of this trope.
* PinballProtagonist: The subplot about Ichitaka and Alice investigating [=GreAT=]'s involvement in Professor Graife's kidnapping ends with them hitting a dead end. For the rest of the game, they mostly just wait for [=GreAT=] mooks to show up while doing something completely unrelated.
* OriginalGeneration - Ichitaka, AL-3 Alice, Yuunagi and HL-0 Haruno for the characters, Rushbird and the Straybird for the mecha
* PostScriptSeason - Endless Waltz, Mazinkaiser, Combattler V and Voltes V are all post-series in ''L''
* PragmaticAdaptation - ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''[='s=] finale was originally accompanied by the "Nyan Nyan Service Medley", a 7-minute medley of various songs from all over the series. ''SRW L'' handles this simply by playing a different ''Frontier'' song each turn during said battle.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Machina]] pilots whenever their Machina enters into its SuperMode.
* ReverseMole: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Trowa]] joined [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Phantom Pain]] as a mercenary, pretending that he's a Blue Cosmos member who stole the Heavyarms Kai. He was instrumental in tracking down Lord Djibril's location.
* {{Robeast}} - Mimetic Beasts, [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Haniwa Genjin]] and the [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Angels]]
* RobotGirl - AL-3 Alice and HL-0 Haruno, copilots for [[{{TheHero}} Ichitaka]] and [[{{TheRival}} Yuunagi]], respectively. Also Iczers 1 through 3 and [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Atros]]. On the enemy side we have [[EvilCounterpart HL-1]]
* SealedEvilInADuel[=/=]ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman - The Rushbird's most unique feature is absorbing the energy from beam attacks and the like, while getting a small EN boost in the process. In some cases, such as fighting the Angels, a viable tactic is to let the Rushbird attack and keep it busy while everyone else clears the map.
** Do note this won't work if the attack is strong enough, as Laplace Barriers absorb attacks only to a certain damage threshold. The same mechanic is applied to the AT fields of the Angels and Evangelions.
* SetSwordsToStun: Unlike previous games, "killing" boss units won't show animation of it get destroyed. They simply escape afterwards for most of time, and explode only if it's actually destroyed in regards to deaths within the plots of the respective series. Unfortunately, this also means you rarely see dynamic kills on boss characters.
* SiblingRivalry - Ichitaka and Yuunagi are brothers, and fight several times during the course of the game. [[spoiler:They eventually reconcile and join forces against the BigBad]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift - Most characters' portraits change whenever they switch sides. Sometimes literally - if the "evil" portrait was facing right, the "good" one will face left or vice versa. This is most noticeable with [[spoiler: [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Katou Hisataka]]]] and his followers.
** On a smaller note, Izuna and Shizuna have nearly identical portraits until Kouichi gives Shizuna his tie clip to pin her hair up.
* SomethingWeForgot: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny The Minerva]] doesn't have the laminated armor or the ability to recharge Impulse with the Deuterion Beam. The former is especially strange, since the Archangel has the laminated armor ability.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In addition to the unlockable characters, [[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Kyo Misumi]] survives the game no matter what.
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Raramia]] survives the Macross Frontier plot, and is even seen on the Vajra homeworld after the finale, since she only appears as part of Klan's Pixie Team attack.
** Unlike in the show, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Captain Talia Gladys]] sides with the protagonists when Durandal reveals the Destiny Plan for the sake of her son's future. She also never had an affair with Durandal, and did not join him to die on the Messiah.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Meer Campbell]] not only survives the destruction of the Messiah, but also receives the blessing of Lacus herself, as well as encouragement from [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Sheryl Nome]]. She reveals her identity as a doppelganger and becomes an idol singer on her own in the game's ending.
** Just like in ''K'', [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Yuna Roma Seiran]] survives the invasion of Orb, though he's still arrested for treason by Cagalli.
* SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity: The game gives you the full upgrade bar (10 stages, as opposed to the five you begin with) right before Stage 24, where you have to face [[spoiler:[[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Proist's]] [[OhCrap Chou Maryu Dborak.]]]]
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids - AL-3 Alice, who was originally intended to simply clean and maintain the house...until she reveals she can [[spoiler:channel trans-dimensional energies to unlock Rushbird's strongest attack]].
* ThemeTuneCameo - Happens frequently thanks to inclusion of Macross Frontier. To give an example, in one scenario, Ranka sings "Seikan Hikou" as your units battle [[strike: rogue Zentradi]] the Earth Alliance. [[spoiler: Too bad it ends when she gets abducted by the [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Vajra]]]].
* TheMole - [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Rey]] acts as [[BigBad Durandal]]'s inside man in LOTUS, which is most likely why Durandal allowed the Minerva team to join LOTUS in the first place. He eventually tries to convince the entire LOTUS to support Durandal's Destiny Plan, it didn't work though.
* ThisIsUnforgivable - [[Anime/DancougarNova Aoi]]'s reaction to [[spoiler:[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Neos Gold]] [[MoralEventHorizon killing]] [[JerkassWoobie Atross]].]]
* UnexpectedCharacter: The [[spoiler: pink hippo from [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Gaiking]]]] appears as one of [[Manga/LinebarrelsOfIron Ishigami]]'s many, many tests. Unlike the one from the show however, this one isn't a hallucination.
* WakeupCallBoss: [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Sachiel]], encountered in Scenario 11, is a noticeable cut above the boss units fought before that point. Powerful attacks it can spam easily, high HP and EN regeneration, and of course, the AT Field that will outright negate most of your attacks. To make matters worse, it'll also snipe away at your units as they fight the weaker enemies to build up morale, and there's really not much you can do about it until you've built up enough momentum to kill it.
* WaveMotionGun - [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Macross Quarter's Macross Cannon]] and at the tail end of the Straybird's Flood Assault.
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