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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 ''{{Dangaioh}}'' and ''{{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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* ''CombattlerV''
* '''''DancougarNova'''''
* ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu''
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''
* ''[[MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]''
* '''''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Fight!! Iczer-One]]'''''
** '''''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Adventure! Iczer-3]]''''' (a.k.a. ''Iczer Reborn'')
* ''[[KotetsuJeeg Kotetsushin Jeeg]]''
* '''''LinebarrelsOfIron'''''
* '''''MacrossFrontier'''''
* ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''
** ''[[{{Mazinkaiser}} Mazinkaiser vs. The Great General of Darkness]]''
* '''''RebuildOfEvangelion'''''
** '''''Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone'''''
** '''''Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance'''''
* ''ShinkonGattaiGodannar''
** ''[[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 [[KotetsuJeeg Jama Kingdom]] and the lack of resources on Earth due to the space colonies seizing most of it. Around 15 years ago, the [[RebuildOfEvangelion Second Impact]] occurred, to which forces such as the [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Darius Empire]], the [[LinebarrelsOfIron Katou Organization]] and the [[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 [[ShinkonGattaiGodannar Mimetic Beasts]] and although victory was achieved, tensions mounted following a [[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, [[{{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 [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Mycenae Empire]] allies defeated, peace returns; soon afterwards, 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:

* AIIsACrapshoot: [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold]] and [[DancougarNova Moon Will]]. So, it comes as no suprise that they [[VillainTeamUp join forces]] to KillAllHumans.
* AlasPoorVillain - Compared to his rather unceremonious death in his original series, [[spoiler:[[GundamSeedDestiny Sting]]]] gets a fairly touching sendoff.
* AlienInvaders - [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu The Darius Empire]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold and her forces]].
* AlternateUniverse - 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 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 - [[RebuildOfEvangelion Second Impact]] is a Class-4
* 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
* AssimilationPlot - [[spoiler: [[MacrossFrontier Grace O'Connor's]]]] plan
* 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]]
* CharClone - [[GundamWing Zechs Marquise]], [[GundamSEEDDestiny Neo Roanoke]], [[MacrossFrontier Brera Stern]] and [[spoiler: [[DancougarNova Eida]]]]
* CuttingOffTheBranches - Since 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 - [[KotetsuJeeg The Jama Kingdom]]
* [[DemotedtoExtra Demoted to Extra]] - Isn't it sad, [[spoiler: [[RebuildofEvangelion Mari, Kaworu]] and [[GundamSEEDDestiny Auel]]]]?
* DualWielding - Straybird's Pheasant Cutter, in addition to many other units: Shoulder Slicers, Iczer-3 and Atros' twin light sabers, Linebarrel's two swords, [[LinebarrelsOfIron Verdant's]] quad wield, Tsubaki-Hime's dual wielding chainsaws
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu - [[RebuildOfEvangelion The Angels]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Big Gold and Neos Gold]], [[DancougarNova Moon Will's Original Dancouga]], [[Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu Proist's King Darius the 18th]], [[KotetsuJeeg Susanoh]], [[LinebarrelsOfIron Central]], [[spoiler: [[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.
* 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 [[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 [[Film/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:[[MacrossFrontier Michael]], [[{{Godannar}} Ken]], [[Anime/{{Iczer}} Atros]] and [[LinebarrelsOfIron Soubi]]]] all can be saved from their canon deaths. Interestingly enough, you can also save [[spoiler:[[GundamSEEDDestiny 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
* GeckoEnding: How the game resolves the issue of ''RebuildOfEvangelion'''s arc.
* GlassCannon - Surprisingly enough, [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Boss Borot]] is this rather than a ([[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal]]) JokeCharacter. Also, the [[ShinkonGattaiGodannar G Gunner and Core Gunner]]
* 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 - [[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=] (the name of the heroes in this game), particularly during [[spoiler:Operation Angel Down]].
* HeroicSacrifice - [[spoiler:[[GundamSEEDDestiny 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 [[GundamSEED Duel Gundam AS (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 GundamWing]]. 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 - [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Kouji Kabuto]], [[GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]], [[KoutetsuJeeg Hiroshi Shiba and Kenji Kusanagi]]
* IdolSinger - [[DancougarNova Eida]], [[MacrossFrontier Sheryl Nome, Ranka Lee]], [[GundamSEEDDestiny Meer Campbell]] and [[GundamSEED Lacus Clyne]]. Amusingly, [[GundamSEEDDestiny Gilbert Durandal]] tries to use at least three of them in his plans
* [[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, [[GundamWing 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
* LeeroyJenkins - [[KuroganeNoLinebarrel 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; exceptionaly 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 [[MacrossFrontier SMS]] meeting [[RebuildOfEvangelion NERV]] and the [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Photon Labs team]] meeting the [[KoutetsuJeeg Build Base team]] and the new Gaiking. All of these meetings already occurred in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' with their prequel series
** The way they handle RebuildOfEvangelion, using only part of its plot, is exactly how they did in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4 Super Robot Wars F]]''.
** [[spoiler:[[LinebarrelsOfIron Soubi]]]] being a secret character is a nod to the original Linebarrels manga, where [[spoiler:he eventually becomes the team's SixthRanger]].
* 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.
* 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 - ''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.
* {{Robeast}} - Mimetic Beasts, [[KotetsuJeeg Haniwa Genjin]] and the [[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.
* 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]]
* SupernaturalGoldEyes - [[LinebarrelsOfIron Machina]] pilots whenever their Machina enters into its SuperMode
* 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 intented 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 Federation. [[spoiler: Too bad it ends when she gets abducted by the [[MacrossFrontier Vajra]]]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable - [[DancougarNova Aoi]]'s reaction to [[spoiler:[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Neos Gold]] [[MoralEventHorizon killing]] [[JerkassWoobie Atross]].]]
* WakeupCallBoss: [[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 - [[MacrossFrontier Macross Quarter's Macross Cannon]] and at the tail end of the Straybird's Flood Assault
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