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'''''Super Robot Wars W''''' is the first NintendoDS entry of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series.

It is "Space Calendar" (SC) 99. In the previous age, Earth governments formed the "[[TheFederation Federated Earth Nation]]" (FEN) to bring WorldWarIII to an end. After putting down the [[MartianSuccessorNadesico defiant lunar colonies]], the Space Calendar was instituted. To alleviate environmental pressures and overpopulation, the FEN began expanding into space, constructing space colonies and asteroid cities, as well as an [[TekkamanBlade Orbital Space Ring]] around the Earth, and the development and terraforming of the Moon and Mars. This was accomplished in a short time, due to quantum leaps in physics and energy research. But repression of those living in the colonies by the FEN ignited a war between multiple factions in space and the [[MobileSuitGundamWing Organization of Zodiac]], the true leaders of the FEN. This "Revolutionary War" ended in the year 98, with the death of FEN President [[MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]]. From his will, a "New United Nations" was formed, returning power back to the individual states.

But the new Earth Sphere's troubles seems to multiply: Earth is invaded by the [[Anime/TekkamanBlade Radam]], who seized control of the Orbital Space Ring, and the invaders known as the "[[MartianSuccessorNadesico Jovian Lizards]]", who destroyed the Mars Colony. In addition, internal strife, such as the distinction between [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Coordinators and Naturals]], and mechanized terrorism (terrorists in HumongousMecha) seem to be taking the New United Nations to the breaking point. To make things worse, [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Dr. Hell has begun mobilizing with his army of Mechanical Beasts]], destroying the GetterRobo and putting the MazingerZ and GreatMazinger out of commission.

To this point, [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Kotaro Taiga]], head of the "[[{{GaoGaiGar}} Gutsy Geoid Guard]]", works together with his old partner [[TekkamanBlade Heinrich Freeman of the "Space Knights"]] to face this crisis. To this effect, he has also enlisted the "[[MobileSuitGundamWing Preventers]]" organization, and is attempting to get assistance from "[[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Mithril]]", "[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Nergal Heavy Industries]]" and anyone else who is willing to join the fight. As luck would have it, two Preventer agents happened to have hitched a ride from [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Blessfield Ardygun]], a former SpacePirate and an old WorthyOpponent of Taiga and Freeman's, who has become a "Trailer", a space-bourne Jack-of-All-Trades, and his family. They know from first-hand experience that Blessfield happens to carry some heavy firepower, thus it might be time to turn an old enemy into a new friend...

''W'' uses an engine similar to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', and in the case of shared series', many of the same sprites.

Featured series in ''W'' include (debuts are highlighted in '''bold'''):
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* '''''DetonatorOrgun'''''
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''
** ''Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu''
** '''''Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid'''''
* ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo G]]'' (with the characters piloting the Shin Getter Robo)
* '''''[[{{GoLion}} King of Beasts GoLion]]'''''
* ''[[{{GaoGaiGar}} The King of Braves GaoGaiGar]]''
** ''The King of Braves [=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL''
* ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''
** ''Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness''
* ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''
** ''Mazinkaiser: Fight to the Death! The Great General of Darkness''
* ''MobileSuitGundamSEED''
** '''''MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'''''
** '''''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray R''''' (uncredited in the official roster, despite two exclusive mecha and a major antagonist)
** '''''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray'''''
* ''[[MobileSuitGundamWing New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]''
* ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''
** '''''Tekkaman Blade II'''''

Note that with the inclusion of Blade and Orgun, this game is of a ''slightly'' smaller scale than other games in the series, with a larger number of units, both friendly and otherwise, in the "SS" (human-sized) scale. There's also a {{Transhuman}} undercurrent in ''W'', with many characters being either genetically modified, {{Cyborg}}s, or a combination of the two. This is rather important, given the whole Coordinator vs. Natural conflict from ''Gundam SEED''.

Also worth noting is that the series listing was the first time in the history of the franchise that all entries were licensed and distributed in the United States at some point prior to the game's announcement, with some (''Gundam Wing'', ''Gundam SEED'', and ''[=GoLion/Voltron=]'') being very popular in the American market. Indeed, a few (''Voltron'' and ''Orgun'', which was an early and much-liked Central Park Media release) are not well-remembered at all in Japan and seemed to have been included primarily to make ''W'' more appealing to an international audience. Despite this, the game is not available in English and no localization plans were ever announced (and given that the game is now solidly [[SoLastSeason last-generation]], [[NoExportForYou it's fairly likely it won't ever be released overseas officially]]).
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''W'' contains examples of the following:
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* ADayInTheLimelight: ''W'' casts the spotlight of the [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Cosmic Era]] on the characters of ''Gundam SEED Astray'', as the game primarily focuses on the characters from the [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray "Junk Guild" and "Serpent Tail"]]. Much of the early plot ''Gundam SEED'' occurs off-screen.
* AIIsACrapShoot: [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Zonders, the Eleven Masters of Sol]] and the [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Database]]
* AscendedExtra: [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Gimlet]] was a weak StarterVillain in his series and a borderline JokeCharacter. In ''W'', he appears during several scenarios, and the players must fight him three times, each putting up some resistance.
** The Junk Guild and Serpent Tail characters earn more screentime than the original ''Gundam SEED'' cast. Additionally, many side characters from ''SEED'' and ''Astray'' make various appearances:
*** [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Miguel]] [[MauveShirt Aimen]] not only [[SparedByTheAdaptation survives the destruction of the "Heliopolis" colony]], he reappears as a sub-boss in several scenarios, including "[[MobileSuitGundamSEED Operation Spitbreak]]" and the ''SEED'' finale.
*** [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Shiho]] [[TheVoiceless Hahnenfuss]], like Miguel, makes several appearances, generally alongside [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Yzak Joule]].
*** [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Jean Carey]] meets the Ardygun family at the [[MobileSuitGundamSEED JOSHUA base in Alaska]] prior to Operation Spitbreak. In fact, [[HeelFaceTurn he's shown defecting directly]] after the event along with the ''[[MobileSuitGundamSEED Archangel]]'' crew, though he doesn't directly join "Wärter".
*** [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Edward Harrelson]] also meets the Ardyguns in Alaska, though he doesn't defect and reappears as an enemy unit during the "[[MobileSuitGundamSEED Battle of Orb]]" and at the [[MobileSuitGundamSEED ''Jachin Due'' fortress]]. However, [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Lowe Gear]] can convince him to pull a HeelFaceTurn.
* BadassArmy: Wärter, later "Neue Wärter", both composed of various {{Badass Crew}}s.
* BadassFamily: The Ardyguns
* BelatedBackstory: [[DetonatorOrgun Archetype Orgun]] and [[DefectorFromDecadence his motives for betraying]] [[DetonatorOrgun the Evoluders]] is explored (and tied in with ''Tekkaman Blade'') in the first half of ''W''.
* {{BFG}}: [[MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam Zero Custom's "Twin Buster Rifle", Heavyarms Custom's Quad Gatling Guns]], [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Astray Blue Frame's Gatling Gun]] and [[WaveMotionGun "Lohengrin" beam launcher]].
* {{BFS}}: [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Astray Red Frame's 150-meter long "Gerbera Straight"]], Astray Blue Frame's "Tactical Arms", Valzacard's "Dimension Breaker", [[spoiler:using the Arm Arcus as a sword hilt]]
* BigBad: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Inference]], [[spoiler:later [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Critic]] on the [[NewGamePlus second playthrough of the game]]]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[TekkamanBlade Aki Kisaragi]] during the TimeSkip, [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Guy Shishioh]], and Tekkaman Blade perform this a lot. This is also the speciality of [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Tetsuya Tsurugi]], who gets a BadassCreed by [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Tsukumo Shiratori]] of all people.
* BiggerIsBetter: The Valzacard is roughly the size of the ''{{Gunbuster}}''
* BoringButPractical: Any unit with the "Repair" [[note]]Regenerate an adjacent allied unit's HP by a small percentage[[/note]] and "Resupply" [[note]]Refill an adjacent allied unit's EN and ammo to maximum[[/note]] modules, in general, but Aki as a Tekkaman lives on this trope. She lacks a "[[WaveMotionGun Voltekka]]" and her weapons' attack power are relatively low and consists of basic strikes. On the other hand, she has two Spirit Command pools (one for herself, the other for her PowerUpMount), a nice Spirit Command list, a mutual "love" bonus with Blade via the RelationshipValues game mechanic in ''W'' and a powerful, yet cheap CombinationAttack with him, alongside having the best raw stats in the game bar none.
** Using the uncombined [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Ryu robots]] alongside their combined version nets you an extra Spirit Command set to use. While their damage output is weaker than combining throughout a battle, it's made more efficient in the long run.
** [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Volfogg]] will see a lot of use from his basic attacks simply because it nullifies enemy barriers for the rest of the turn after it's used. The challenge regarding enemies that have some form of a barrier is drastically lowered.
** [=GoLion=] has a powerful weapon set and is relatively sturdy, alongside multiple pilots with different Spirit Commands. However, its main draw lies in its ability to abuse its "Flamethrower" attack, which is a dead sentence on most units, including bosses, when one of its pilots has the "Assail" Spirit Command [[note]]Pilot can use any attack post-movement, so long as it's not a MAP weapon[[/note]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: Hilariously played with the Ryu robots. When [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Kazuma Ardygun]] asks whether or not the brothers can combine with the sisters, the four brothers started trying to one-up each other to curry favor with the girls.
* ChekhovsGun: In the opening scrawl of the game, Kazuma relates his sadness regarding how Pluto was demoted from being a planet. Take a wild guess where you fight the FinalBoss.
** Those explosive earrings [[FullMetalPanic Sousuke Sagara]] makes for [[FullMetalPanic Kaname Chidori]]? In ''Full Metal Panic'', they were just a one-off joke; in ''W'', she makes good use of them to escape from her kidnappers on two separate occasions.
* ClownCar: One of the most extreme cases in [=SRW=]. Because of some battleships being reduced to deployable units, such as the "[[MobileSuitGundamSEED Eternal]]" and the "[[{{GaoGaiGar}} J-Ark]]", it's actually possible to deploy units that are larger than the ships they're being deployed from. This includes swapping them in and out during a scenario, meaning they're actually supposed to be inside.
* CombiningMecha: Valguard (mecha + battleship) and Valzacard ([[spoiler:two mecha + two battleships]]). Also, the Shin Getter, [=GoLion=], [=GaoGaiGar=] and 80% of the [=GaoGaiGar=] units
* CoolShip: The Valstork. Notably the only 'Good Guy' OriginalGeneration ship to appear outside the OG-series.
* CutenessOverload: Every time Bonta-kun has pre-fight dialogue with an enemy, they always remark about how adorable it is. Even [[OmnicidalManiac Rau Le Creuset]] feels the darkness in his soul lifting.
* DamselInDistress: Most spectacularly Kaname, who spends the second half of ''W'' being traded around by various enemy factions until you get her back mid-way through the final scenario.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice Prince]]: ''Prince of Darkness''-[[MartianSuccessorNadesico Akito Tenkawa]] via gameplay. The first time you use "[[CombinationAttack Double Gekigan Flare]]", he mutters something. The second time, he starts saying stuff hesitantly; by the third, he returns to full-on {{Hotblooded}}ness.
* DemotedToExtra: [[{{GoLion}} Emperor Dai Bazaal]] barely shows up until it's time to fight him at the end of the [=GoLion=] plot, despite being the BigBad and a regular in his series. To add further injury, his death isn't even the point of the scenario, as [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Palparepa]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Applicant]] appear after he dies and takes the spotlight. Can be {{justified|Trope}} in that Dai Bazaal's always been mainly an OrcusOnHisThrone and [[TheDragon his son]] [[{{GoLion}} Sinclyne]] is the more active villain. Unfortunately, for any players who don't know much about ''[=GoLion=]'', Dai Bazaal feels like a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
** In an odd way, [[DetonatorOrgun Tomoru Shindo]] get's something like this. The other major characters of the series, Youko, Dr. Kanzuki and Orgun, along with some of the villains, show up multiple times in the first half of the game, with Orgun himself being a major presence, while [[TheHero Tomoru]] himself doesn't show up until about the last third of the game.
* DiscOneNuke: ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' units join early and are extremely good for that part of the game, particularly [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Big Volfogg]] and the Ryu robots. However, the real nuke is the Mazinkaiser, who joins a bit later, but is a LightningBruiser with absurd damage output that puts other units like the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Genesic GaoGaiGar]] to shame. The Kaiser also never diminishes in power nor suffers from TheWorfEffect, as it gains access to the most powerful attack in the game.
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Mu La Flaga]] and the ''Astray'' cast appear early in ''W'', despite the ''Gundam SEED'' plot not starting until the second half. Also, the [[TekkamanBlade Radam Tree]]sequence featuring [[TekkamanBlade Yumi Francois, David Krugel and Natasha Pablociva]] getting swallowed up to become Tekkamen is never seen in ''Tekkaman Blade II'' (it was only mentioned).
** Archetype Orgun shows up several times in the first half of the game, and the player gains control of him during the final battle with the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Z-Master]]. The end of the first half actually kicks off the ''Orgun'' plot, with Orgun being destoyred in a BeamOWar with Inference.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: The finale of the first half, where all allied units begin the scenario at maximum Will, with all ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' units' Will [[UpToEleven notched up to]] '''250'''. The Ryu robots in their "Gouryujin" and "Genryujin" forms with Archetype Orgun and the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} King J-Der]] arrive as reinforcements.
** The Valzacard in the second half of ''W'' is only available near the end of the game.
** Also, [[GaoGaiGar the Goldion Crusher]], one of the three most powerful attacks in the game as well as the largest MAP area attack, is only available in the final two missions.
* EnemyMine, GuestStarPartyMember: At one point, the players ends up controlling [[TekkamanBlade Tekkaman Evil]] who works in tandem with Blade to remove the Zonders, just so the Radam Trees can grow. Another example is [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Aria Advance]], who joins for one scenario in the Arm Arcus (though this is before she reveals herself to be part of the Database), which is by far better than any unit you have access to up to that point.
* [[EvilVersusEvil Evil Versus Evil Versus Evil]]: The Radam, Evoluders, and Zonders have been fighting each other all across the galaxy. They don't get along with the other baddies, either.
* FinalBossPreview: [[spoiler:Inference appears in the Scientia and blasts the heroes just before the TimeSkip. However, the Scientia is actually the second-to-last boss, although Inference does normally pilot the real FinalBoss machine]].
* GraspTheSun: Orgun reaches out to the Earth [[spoiler:as he dies from the wounds sustained from the explosion when he and the Scientia fired their MAP weapons at each other]].
* GratuitousEnglish: The Database MechaMooks only say things like [ATTACK], [DAMAGE], and [SUPPORT]. On one occasion [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Gates Kappa]] also screams "OH! MY GOD!" (sic) on an open channel.
* GratuitousGerman: Wärter and Neue Wärter; "wärter" means "warden" (and is pronounced with a V sound), specifically the "warden of a lighthouse", and "neue" means "new"
* {{Henshin Hero}}es: The Tekkamen and Orgun
* HerdHittingAttack: This instalment has some whoppers. Yumi's "Reactor Voltekka" MAP version hits 41 square grids, while the [[MobileSuitGundamSEED METEOR units' "Full Burst"]] hits 43, and both are FriendlyFireproof, unlike most attacks of this type.
* IncrediblyLamePun: One of the {{Yonkoma}} has [[MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Peacecraft]] say that she's going to join the heroes by becoming a Tekkaman. In the last panel she puts on one of Dr. Hell's {{mook}} helmets, prompting [[MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] to respond "No, that's a Tekkamen"[[note]]"Iron Mask"[[/note]].
* InSpiteOfANail: The United Nations bombing on the moon that gave the nations of Earth an excuse to start the "[[MobileSuitGundamSEED Bloody Valentine War]]" is prevented in one scenario, but they end up declaring war and attacking the [=PLANTs=], anyway.
* {{Irony}}: Crossed with CallBack and IronicEcho. During the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Zonuda]] event, Tetsuya is the one who points out that it's the choice of one's life ([[spoiler:[[{{GaoGaiGar}} Mikoto Utsugi]]]]) versus the lives of everyone on Earth. This is ironic when you realize Tetsuya faced the same problem during his first battle after his debut in the ''GreatMazinger'' manga.
* JokeCharacter: It's possible to beat ''W'' with any unit in the game...except [[TekkamanBlade Sol Tekkaman Unit-1 and Sol Tekkaman Unit-2]]. Doing so with these two is possible, but is generally considering difficult and time consuming.
* LightningBruiser: Anyone from [=GaoGaiGar=] eventually becomes one of these, thanks to their exclusive ''Brave'' skill, effectively Newtype on steroids that increases evasion, accuracy, armor and even critical rate.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Shirogane/Sven, [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Papillion]] (both versions of her), Bernard and [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Leo Shishioh]] (although he dies during the events of ''[=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL'' rather than the end of the TV series)]]
* KillerRabbit, LethalJokeCharacter: [[FullMetalPanic Bonta-Kun]]
* NamesTheSame: Meet Gai [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Daigoji]], Gai Shishioh, and Gai [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray Murakumo]]; however, their names are rendered differently from each other.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: More than once does Wärter defeat an enemy or retrieves an artifact only for the Database to immediately swoop in and steal it away for themselves.
* MagikarpPower: [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Mic Sounders the 13th]] begins with only "Disc P" and "Disc M" as his attacks until midway through the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Primevals]] segment of the ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' plot, where he gains MAP versions of both attacks, plus the powerful "Disc X" and itss respective MAP attack, the "Solitary Wave". Post-TimeSkip, mic gains "Disc F", his most powerful attack.
** Just like ''Judgment'', Sousuke and the [[FullMetalPanic ARX-7 Arbalest]] is an AceCustom of his team's mecha with middling weapon range, evasion, and low armor alongside relatively low attack power, especially compared to the powerhouse {{Super Robot}}s in Wärter. The addition of a {{Nerf}}ed "Lambda Drive" increased its durability and attack power into a level that is simply par of the course for {{Real Robot}}s, which is made even worse since its strongest attack, while cheap on EN cost, is a CombinationAttack that forces you to deploy rather mediocre units alongside the Arbalest. However, upgrade its weaponry and defenses a bit, while placing on ammo-enhancing equippable parts, and you get a unit that can spam its strongest non-CombinationAttack, with nice durability and evasion. It helps that the Arbalest has an extremely versatile weapon set.
* MidSeasonTwist: The last scenario before the TimeSkip, as you'd expect. [[spoiler:The Ryu robots and Mic are out of commission, Tekkaman Blade is presumed dead, [[TekkamanBlade Miyuki "Tekkaman Rapier" Aiba]] is KilledOffForReal if you don't meet the requirements to recruit her, Archetype Orgun is dead and Blessfield is rendered missing-in-action]].
* NamesTheSame: {{Lampshaded}}; after meeting the third "Gai" in the game, Kazuma muses on how everyone he meets named "Gai" is a different kind of {{badass}}. For the record, Guy Shishioh is "courageous", Gai Daigoji is "passionate" and Gai Murakumo is "cool".
* {{Nerf}}: The Arbalest isn't the same beast it was back in ''Judgment''. Much of the nerf stems from its damage output.
** The nerf isn't that signifcant: Sousuke and his Arbalest, after receiving the Lambda Drive for good, is still going to deal high amounts of damage for a unit of its size, thanks to Sousuke's stats and Lambda Drive's boost to offense. When you realize that ''W'' [[GoodBadBug doesn't take the size difference mechanic into combat calculations for defending units]], the ''real'' nerf comes from Sousuke not having the "Accelerate" Spirit Command [[note]]User gains +3 to movement for one turn[[/note]] like he did in ''Judgment''. Instead, he gains the "Drive" Spirit Command [[note]]Increase pilot's Will by 30[[/note]] in ''W'', which allows him to activate the Lambda Drive immediately.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Because [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsW Akane Ardygun]] is a huge fan of [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Uppo-Kun]], [[{{GaoGaiGar}} EI-13]] nearly gets retconned from existence. Unfortunately, Sousuke shows up in his Bonta-Kun outfit and causes trouble, which results in the creation of EI-13, anyways]].
** The reveal that [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundamSEED George Glenn]] gave [[MartianSuccessorNadesico the Jovians]] his Gekiganger collection, effectively starting the conflict between them and Earth. Whoops]].
* NoExportForYou: Rather typical for the franchise, though it's a little more surprising for ''W'' since every series in the game was licensed for distribution at the time of release, and a couple series (''[=GoLion=]'', ''Orgun'' and ''possibly Tekkaman Blade'') seem to have been included more to appeal to an American audience than any fan demand in Japan (which is particularly non-existent for ''[=GoLion=]''); idle speculation formented the idea that this was done to increase international appeal, but the game still never crossed the Pacific officially.
** Ironically, it probably had to do with ''[=GoLion=]/''Voltron'', since there are discussions about the ownership of the series for the American market.
* NoSell: All Database units have an ability that makes them immune to StandardStatusEffects, [[spoiler:with the exception of the Valarm when Applicant pulls his HeelFaceTurn]].
* ObviouslyEvil: This is Blessfield and Kazuma's opinion of [[{{GoLion}} Honeruba]] when they first meet her. They pretty much unilaterally decide to commit Earth to war with the [[{{GoLion}} Galra Empire]] on the spot because of it.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Gai Daigoji looks much younger [[spoiler:post-TimeSkip]].
* OriginalGeneration: The Ardygun family and the Database
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Akito Tenkawa]], which especially stands out considering he's he protagonist of his series. In the first half his stats and machine aren't that special and the Ryoko/Hikaru/Izumi trio are much more useful with their [[CombinationAttack Team Attacks]]. He'd be better in Part 2... except that he isn't usable until the last two missions of the game.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Many units that stop upgrading in the first part will be this by stronger units in the second half. A particularly notable example are the ''Gundam SEED'' units (other than Freedom and Justice), which are overshadowed by the Astrays thanks to their not-so-notable performance and late arrival, and the [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Aestivalises]], which are solid units as a whole but are relatively worse in terms of mobility, when compared to something like the Tekkamen.
** During the "Reactor Voltekka" event of ''Tekkaman Blade II'', David {{lampshades}} the fact that a Reactor Voltekka given to Natasha means he's destined to be put in this position.
* PaperFanOfDoom: Kaname's paper fan is an actual equippable part in the game [[note]]Unit's weapon critical hit rate is increased by 30%[[/note]].
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: In the six month TimeSkip, [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Science Officer Ruri Hoshino]] transforms into her older Captain Ruri Hoshino of the ''Nadesico B'' battleship. {{Lampshaded}}, then {{Handwave}}d as "puberty".
* PostScriptSeason: The Getter Team are shown as post-''Getter Robo G'' and using the Shin Getter Robo, instead.
* PoweredArmor: Tekkamen, [[DetonatorOrgun Birdmen]] and the Sol Tekkamen suits. Bonta-Kun might count, as well
* PowerGivesYouWings: The Valzacard grows glowing energy wings during some of its attacks, [[spoiler:as does the Sapientia]].
* PowerOfRock: Mic Sounders turns out to be one of the best support characters in the game, especially after his upgrade gives him an ''area of effect'' Will boost.
* PowersAsPrograms: The Database
* PowerUpLetDown: [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Aestivalis Customs]] lose the ability [[MechaExpansionPack to change frames]] and the barrier-ignoring "Field Lancer" as per the plot of ''Prince of Darkness''.
** Averted: it carries the positives of every frame, minus having a MAP weapon and is more powerful. The Field Lancer does low damage, which doesn't match up against the Aestivalis Customs' CombinationAttack. Their actual problem is the fact their CombinationAttack is locked for the majority of the second half.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: In the first half of the game, it's just the Valhawk's "Heat Edge Exploder", [=GaoGaiGar=]'s "Hell and Heaven" and the Aestavelis who follow this trope, but in the second half, they're joined by King J-Der's "J-Quath", Mazinkaiser's "Kaiser Nova", Shin Getter Robo's "Shin Shine Spark", [[{{GaoGaiGar}} GaoFighGar]]'s "Hell and Heaven" and Genesic [=GaoGaiGar=]'s "Genesic Hell and Heaven".
* {{Robeast}}: Mechanical Beasts, Zonders and the [[{{GoLion}} trope namer]]
* RecurringExtra: Kaname's class takes good advantage of the expansion ''W'' gives with lots of field trips (even to the Moon!), usually arriving shortly before a battle breaks out there.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Surprisingly, the game does this to [[spoiler:Tekkaman Evil; rather than dying after waking up from Radam control, Blade's younger brother says his thanks by transforming back into a Tekkaman and [[YouShallNotPass blocks off a horde of Radam beasts alone]], [[BolivianArmyEnding allowing Blade to confront Tekkaman Omega at cost of his life]]]].
* RespawningEnemies: As usual for [=SRW=], many scenarios feature multiple waves of enemy reinforcements. One of the ''Mazinkaiser'' scenarios has infinite respawns, as does the second-to-last ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' scenario (though the enemies who respawn are Eviluders) and the final scenario. The concluding mission of the ''Endless Waltz'' storyline ''appears'' to have endless reinforcements, but they stop after fourteen waves.
* RocketPunch: (Genesic) [=GaoGaiGar=]'s "Broken Magnum", [=GaoFighGar=]'s "Broken Phantom", Aestavelis' "Wire Fist", [=GoLion=]'s "Hundred Ton Punch", Mazinkaiser's "Turbo Smasher"
* SempaiKohai: Heero and Sosuke, respectively. Interestingly enough, Heero is the "sempai", despite being a few years younger than Sosuke.
* SixthRanger: Though he politely declines an official invitation (complete with LampshadeHanging), Guy plays this role with the [=GoLion=] crew a number of times.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Tetsuya. The [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Mycene Empire]] did not expect Tetsuya to be such a massive threat to their plans to defeat Kouji and the Mazinkaiser. As a result, he manages to foil their plans by being a distraction to [[{{Mazinkaiser}} Ankoku Daishogun]], who respects Tetsuya for his outstanding performance.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: A lot of people, particularly the cast of ''Gundam SEED'', but subverted with [[spoiler: Leo, who survives his canon death only to be killed by Palparepa during the events of ''[=GaoGaiGar=] FINAL'']].
** [[spoiler:Gai Daigoji, who survives to go through the events of ''Prince of Darkness'': he even gets a character redesign and an Aestivalis Custom! However, he does not receive an updated SuperMovePortraitAttack until he and Akito unlock their Aestivalis Custom's version of the Double Gekigan Flare. Only then will his new cut-in appear, but exclusively for that attack]].
** It's possible to save [[spoiler:Tekkaman Rapier]], though doing so requires you to ''bust your ass'' when fighting Tekkaman Evil in his "[[SuperMode Blaster]]" mode within a set number of turns.
** [[spoiler:Tsukumo survives the events of his death and forms a family with [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Haruka Minato and Yukina Shiratori]]]].
** Given the ending of ''[=GoLion=]'', the Earth itself. In fact, after meeting the princess and acquiring the [=GoLion=], the team takes advantage of this and heads straight back to find allies.
* SuperMode: "Blaster" mode, "[[{{Mazinkaiser}} Mazin Power]]", "[[MobileSuitGundamWing ZERO System]]", "[[MobileSuitGundamSEED SEED Mode]]", and "Lambda Drive"
* SuperpowerLottery: An odd example regarding Yumi. The reason she got the "Reactor Voltekka" is due to some form of programming malfunction, when it was supposed to be given to Natasha. As a result, Yumi becomes the most powerful Tekkaman of the team.
* SuperTitleSixtyFourAdvance: Makes more sense when you realize the Japanese use the letter "W" as a short-hand for "Double", or in this case, "'''D'''ual '''S'''creen".
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Ruri invokes this by playing the ''Gekiganger3'' theme during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e02RkB6FxXc a key battle]], giving everyone the extra dose of hotbloodedness they need to save the day. Sousuke and Heero try to resist this, as they must be TheStoic.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: One of the Astray Red Frame's attacks involves tossing its 150-meter long Gerbera Straight.
* TimeSkip: A period of six months, at which point the plots of ''Gundam SEED'', ''Detonator Orgun'' and the sequels kick in. The ''[=GoLion=]'' and ''Tekkaman Blade'' storylines are also finished up.
* TransformingMecha: Valhawk, [[MobileSuitGundamWing Taurus]] and the Birdmen, which are transformable PoweredArmor.
* TheUsualAdversaries: Any mission that doesn't start with you fighting the Radam has an even chance of getting crashed by them later. To a lesser extent, the Evoluders, particularly towards the end of the game.
* VillainTeamUp: Dr. Hell + Galra Empire, [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Amalgam]] + [[MobileSuitGundamWing Mariemaia Army]] + [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Blue Cosmos]], [[MobileSuitGundamSEED ZAFT]] + [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successors]] + Amalgam, Database + Galra Empire + Eleven Masters of Sol
* WaveMotionGun: Wing Gundam Zero Custom's Twin Buster Rifle, ''Nadesico's'' "Gravity Blast", ''Nadesico B's'' "Phase Transition Cannons", ''Archangel's'' "Lohengrin Positron Cannon", ''Valstork's'' "Dual Proton Cannons", the Tekkamen's Voltekkas, and Orgun's "P.E.C. Cannon"
* WeirdnessMagnet: [[{{GaoGaiGar}} Mamoru Amami, Hana Hatsuno]] and Kaname; the latter {{lampshades}} this by noting that every time she runs into Mamoru and Hana, something bad happens. This is right before the [[{{GaoGaiGar}} EI-01 (Pasdar)]] tries to turn half the population of Tokyo into Zonders and the Radam trying to turn the other half into Tekkamen.
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: The only thing that seems to keep the world going out early on is the fact that 80% of the villains don't like each other at all. Justified more strongly than usual: several of extraterrestrial armies aren't in the Earth Sphere to fight humanity - they're here to fight [[EvilVersusEvil each other]].
* WorthyOpponent: Tetsuya is one to Ankoku Daishogun, just like the classic series.
* YouWannaGetSued: Upon seeing Lowe use the "Thunder Ball" energy attack (due to an accident with the Astray Red Frame's power distribution), Gai Daigoji is about to call it the "[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Shining Finger]]", until [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Saburota Takasugi]] stops him mid-sentence. Doubles as a HilariousInHindsight, as Saburota is voiced by Creator/ShinichiroMiki, voice actor for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ryusei]] [[AscendedFanboy Date]], and Gai is voiced by Creator/TomokazuSeki, [[MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]].
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