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[[caption-width-right:250:''CodeGeass'' and ''GurrenLagann'' in the same game? Madness!]]

The first ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' title to be created under Creator/NamcoBandai, ''Super Robot Wars Z'' broke certain precedents and traditions: for example, the number of new series is more than any previous [=SRW=]. Released in 2008, you play as either Rand Travis, a wandering repairman/mechanic, who's partnered with the young Mel Beater, or Setsuko Ohara, a member of "Glory Star", a small military squadron in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Earth Federation]], alongside teammates Denzel Hammer and Toby Watson, as they are pulled through many conflicts.

The primary plot of ''Z'' kicks off with a "[[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Space-Time Oscillation Bomb]]", which fuses an array of parallel worlds ("Plural Worlds") into one called "UCW". This kickstarts the "Plural Wars", which is confronted by many individuals forming the special squad "ZEUTH".

!Series list ('''Bold''' indicates debuting entries):

* '''''OvermanKingGainer'''''
* ''Anime/TheBigO''
** '''''The Big O: Season Two'''''
* ''[[{{Zambot 3}} Invincible Superman Zambot 3]]''
* ''[[{{Daitarn 3}} Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3]]''
* ''CombatMechaXabungle'' (Follows the movie's storyline, since Arthur is still alive)
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation]]'' (Movie compilation)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''
* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam''
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''
* ''MazingerZ''
* ''GreatMazinger''
* ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo G]]''
* ''[[{{Grendizer}} UFO Robot Grendizer]]''
* '''''[[GodSigma Space Emperor God Sigma]]'''''
* '''''GenesisOfAquarion'''''
* '''''[[EurekaSeven Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven]]'''''
* '''''SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss'''''
* '''''SpaceWarriorBaldios'''''
* '''''[[{{Gravion}} Choujuushin Gravion]]'''''
** '''''Choujuushin Gravion Zwei'''''

A PlayStationPortable sequel entitled ''The Second Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-hen'' ("World Breaking Chapter") is the [[EpisodicGame first of a two-part release]], with ''Hakai-hen'' launched in April 2011, and the second called ''The Second Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-hen'' ("World Rebirth Chapter") released one year later in April 2012. The sequel features another merged world called "ADW", caused by a seemingly natural phenomena known as "Space-Time Quakes". Here, old members of ZEUTH from the UCW encounter new allies after arriving in the ADW, forming the group "ZEXIS" to combat the "Broken World Incident" (''Hakai-hen'') and the "War of the Revived World" (''Saisei-hen'').

''Hakai-hen'' returns every franchise from ''Z'', but ''Mazinger Z'' and ''Getter Robo'' have their 1970s-vintage entries (including ''Great Mazinger'' and ''Grendizer'') tossed for the more modern ''ShinMazinger'' and ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo Armageddon]]'', while ''Eureka Seven'' is now represented by its movie adaptation. ''Zeta Gundam'' replaces its ''own'' movie compilation with the TV series, despite using the same movie character designs[[note]]It's still the same Kamille Bidan from ''Z'', however[[/note]], backround music, and a never-before used movie-exclusive attack.

For some reason, ''Gravion'' and ''The Big O'' only have one season each listed in the credits for ''Hakai-hen'': ''Gravion Zwei'' and season one of ''The Big O''[[note]]The Big O still has some of its season two-only attacks in ''Hakai-hen'', thus one can assume the second season was simply grouped with the first for simplicity's sake[[/note]], only for the first season of ''Gravion'' to reappear in the credits of ''Saisei-hen''.

!Series added in ''Hakai-hen'' ('''Bold''' indicates debuting entries):

* ''Invincible Robo Trider G7''
* ''[[GodMars Six God Combination Godmars]]''
* '''''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'''''
** '''''The Last Red Shoulder'''''
** '''''Red Shoulder Document - Roots of Ambition'''''
** '''''Pailsen Files'''''
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing New Mobile Report Gundam Wing]]'' (TV series)
* '''''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' (First Season)'''
* ''{{Dancougar}}''
* ''DancougarNova''
* ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo Armageddon]]''
* '''''[[ShinMazinger Shin Mazinger Impact! Z Chapter]]'''''
* '''''[[{{Dai-Guard}} Earth Defence Enterprise Dai-Guard]]'''''
* '''''[[Anime/EurekaSevenPocketFullOfRainbows Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven: Pocket Full of Rainbows]]'''''
* '''''[[Anime/CodeGeass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion]]'''''
* '''''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''''
** '''''Gurren-hen'''''
* ''MacrossFrontier''
** '''''The False Songstress'''''

!''Saisei-hen'' includes the following:
* '''''[[{{Gigantor}} New Gigantor]] (AKA Messenger of the Sun Tetsujin 28)'''''
* '''Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (Second Season)'''
* ''Dancougar''
** ''God Bless Dancougar OVA''
* ''{{Macross 7}}''
** '''''Macross Dynamite 7'''''
* ''Macross Frontier''
** '''''The Wings of Goodbye'''''
* '''Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2'''
* ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann''
** '''''Lagann-hen''''' (Includes an original story)

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''The Third Super Robot Wars Z'' will be the final part of the series, in a simultaneous release for the {{Playstation 3}} and PlaystationVita. Like ''Hakai-hen'' and ''Saisei-hen'', it will also be a two-parter, with the first half ''Jigoku-hen'' ("Time Prison Chapter"[[note]]''Jigoku'' also means "Hell", thus "Hell Chapter" could work[[/note]]) scheduled for a 2014 release. Notably, this game drops most of the cast from ''Z'' (who were just hanging around by that point), [[Anime/ZetaGundam with]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack only]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny a]] [[Anime/TheBigO few]] [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss exceptions]], in favor of new series.

With peace returning to the world of ADW, members of ZEUTH travel through the "Abyss", the hole left between dimensions, to return to their world of UCW. Little do they know that a new battle awaits them when ''both'' worlds and other {{Alternate Universe}}s are merged into one.

!Series added in ''Jigoku-hen'' ('''Bold''' indicates debuting entries):

* ''[[{{Gunbuster}} Aim for the Top! Gunbuster]]''
* ''Armored Trooper VOTOMS''
** '''''Big Battle'''''
** '''''Shining Heresy'''''
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz]]''
* ''[[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A Wakening Of The Trailblazer]]''
* '''''MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'''''
* ''FullMetalPanic''
** ''FullMetalPanicFumoffu''
** ''Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid''
* ''RebuildOfEvangelion''
** ''Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone''
** ''Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance''
* '''''AquarionEVOL'''''

Note that ''Z'' is designed around ''breaking'' the old tropes previous [=SRW=] installments had, so expect a lot of aversions, inversions, and subversions.
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Tropes pertaining to multiple characters and the entirety of the ''Super Robot Wars Z'' saga are:

* ActionGirl: The series showcases a fair number of female ace pilots, with ladies like [[{{Gunbuster}} Noriko]], [[DancougarNova Aoi]], and [[CodeGeass Kallen]] kicking copious amounts of ass alongside the boys.
* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Z'' is this to ''Zambot 3'', which had previously been frequently overshadowed by its sibling series ''Daitarn 3'', as well losing a good deal of its plot to lessen the [[KillEmAll copius deaths]] and child abuse. However, ''Daitarn 3'' in ''Z'' is reduced to a supporting role, while the ''Zambot 3'' plot has a larger presence in the route for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Setsuko Ohara]], with a lot more of the plot retained.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: In Scenario 53 of the "Trust [[CodeGeass Zero]]" route in ''Saisei-hen'', [[MobileSuitGundamWing Chang Wufei]] asks [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Treize Khushrenada]] how many people have died because of him. As per ''Gundam Wing'', Treize states an exact number - 999,822. For the record, only 99,822 people died because of him in the [[MobileSuitGundamWing After Colony]] universe alone, but due to the multiple dimensions and alternate Earths combined to form the ACW, the body count has jumped close to a million.
* AnimationBump: ''Hakai-hen'' compared to ''Z'', even though it's gone from a console to a handheld; animations are smoother, mecha are more detailed and {{Super Move Portrait Attack}}s are more animated.
** Best example hands down is the redesigned [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]] and its "[[AttackDrone Fin Funnel]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWEKrTKhrCs attack]] in the ''Second Z''. There's a reason why the fans say Banpresto [[MemeticMutation blew the animation budget on the Nu Gundam]].
* AntiVillain: ''Every'' OriginalGeneration villain in the ADW to varying degrees, with the exceptions of [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Aim Liard, Anbrorn Jeus and Marilyn Catto]] (even then, the latter two get a PetTheDog moment).
* AscendedMeme: [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina's sunglasses]] become an equippable part in the ''Second Z'', granting its pilot additional Will at the start of a scenario.
* AssKicksYou: [[Anime/TheBigO Jason Beck's Victory Deluxe]] mecha uses this as an attack.
* ArtShift: See {{Retraux}} entry below; classic mecha use a different, very old-school animated art style for their strongest attacks
* ArmorPiercingSlap: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Sumeragi Li Noriega]] delivers one to [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Elgan Laudic]] in the ''Second Z''
* AxCrazy: The BigBad of ''Z'' is more of a ForTheEvulz variety, while [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ L÷wen General]] is a genuine example.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:[[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados]], [[DancougarNova Moon Will]] (thanks to the former), [[GodMars Emperor Zuul]] (technically) and Aim]] in ''Saisei-hen.''
* BadassCrew: ZEUTH and the "[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Chimera]]" in ''Z'', ZEXIS and any returning ZEUTH members in the ''Second Z''
** The Chimera takes the cake: [[spoiler:they play everyone and take control of the world while being consisted only of ''five members'']].
** "Noir 7" in ''Z: Special Disk'', a group of mercenaries from various factions (most of the major villainous human factions in ''Z'') with {{Mook}}-level units, yet are very skilled, and spend their protecting the peace. You get them for one scenario with [[TheBigO Roger Smith]], and they're pretty useful.
* BadassNormal: Any RealRobot pilot without exclusive pilot abilities (e.g., "[[{{Gundam}} Newtype]]", "[[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED]]", "[[GodMars ESP]]", etc.) or unit abilities that augments their piloting skills and/or unit performance. SuperRobot pilots are excluded, as even without specific pilot abilities, their units are (generally speaking) more powerful their real robots. Normal pilots using super robots would fall under ClothesMakeTheSuperman.
** The exception is, of course, DaiGuard, which is a robot piloted by ''salarymen''.
* BagOfSpilling: Every major series character in ZEUTH loses something when they appear in ''Hakai-hen'', either a CombinationAttack (provided they have one) or their unit's strongest attack. Only [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Amuro Ray]] and [[{{Daitarn 3}} Banjou Haran]] avert this, the latter actually ''gaining'' a new CombinationAttack; however, they appear much later in ''Hakai-hen'' than the others. A smaller case occurs in ''Saisei-hen'', notably Dai-Guard and the [[EurekaSeven Nirvash Spec3]] mysteriously devolving into the Spec2.
* BashBrothers: ''Z'' started the tradition of pairing [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka]], one of the many reasons the plot of ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' turns out much better. Also applicable to [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] and [[EurekaSeven Renton Thurston]];[[OvermanKingGainer Gainer Sanga]] sometimes form a PowerTrio with the latter two.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]], Kamina and [[GetterRobo Ryouma Nagare]] in ''Hakai-hen'' [[spoiler:for the short time Kamina's alive]].
** [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Hibiki Kamishiro]], [[FullMetalPanic Sousuke Sagara]], [[MacrossFrontier Alto Saotome]] and [[ShinMazinger Kouji Kabuto]] in ''Jigoku-hen''.
*** Amazingly, Kira and Shinn start showing signs of this trope in ''Jigoku-hen''.
* BigBad: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ The Edel Bernal]] in ''Z'', [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Gaiou]] in ''Hakai-hen'' and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Uther Insaraum]] in ''Saisei-hen'', [[spoiler:until being subverted by Gaiou]].
** BiggerBad: The "inevitable crisis" known as "Ba'al" that all villains in the ADW are worried about, [[spoiler:which was Gaiou's previous mission to fight against]]. Who or what it is has yet to be revealed.
* BigBrotherMentor: In ''Z'', Gainer invokes this towards Renton, but is set back since Renton is an outdoor-type of boy, being more interested in sports such as weightlifting than video games. Double subverted when Renton address Gainer as "niisan" after seeing his prowess in combat.
* BigGood: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lacus Clyne]] and [[Anime/TurnAGundam Diana Sorel]] in ''Z'' and Elgan in the ''Second Z''. To a lesser degree, [[spoiler:[[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch Lamperouge]], when he becomes the Supreme Commander of ZEXIS in ''Saisei-hen'']].
* BlessedWithSuck: Being a Sphere holder is ''not'' fun. Sure, you get amazing powers, but the trigger is NEVER something you would want.
** [[spoiler:Setsuko slowly loses her five senses as a result of using the Sphere of the "Sorrowful Maiden"]].
** [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Rand Travis]] experiences extreme pain due to tapping into the Sphere of the "Wounded Lion", while [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Mel Beater]] can't CantGrowUp, although in her case she had her time stopped to keep her alive]].
** [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Crowe Broust]], upon activating the Sphere of the "Swaying Scales", is locked onto a single thought and cannot break out of it, entering a near-berserker state. Subverted when ZEXIS discovers a way to circumvent this through the sound of a coin drop]].
** [[spoiler:The Sphere of the "Lying Black Sheep" makes Aim a ConsummateLiar]].
** [[spoiler:The Sphere of the "Inexhaustible Gourd" slowly drains Uther's life force the more he uses it]].
** Averted with [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Gadlight Meonsam]]]], who has no problems. [[spoiler:He completely awakened the Sphere of the "Quarreling Twins" and can not only force its effects on others, but he's no longer subject to any side-effects]].
** ''Saisei-hen'' introduces the "Stigma of the Cursed Wanderer": those exposed to the power of dimensional travel repeatedly are marked by the stigma and find themselves drawn to any world where another is manipulating dimensional power, unless that world has a version of themselves already present; this explains why ZEUTH members appear in the world of ADW[[note]]And why the original ''Mazinger Z'', ''Getter Robo'' and ''Eureka Seven'' characters don't[[/note]]. [[spoiler:It also renders one immortal, and is the reason [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Asaskim Down]] cannot die. As of the end of ''Saisei-hen'', all of ZEXIS is marked]].
* BoringButPractical: "[[MacrossFrontier MDE Missiles]]" can be used post-movement and can hit units on any terrain.
* BossInMookClothing: [[ShinMazinger Mycenae Empire]] {{Mook}}s in ''Jigoku-hen'' can move twice, with {{Hit Point}}s in the 10,000 range, and can deal upwards to 4,000 points of damage (more so against {{Real Robot}}s).
* BossRush: This seems to be Emperor Zul's general strategy in the ''Second Z''.
** In ''Hakai-hen'', when you fight him in Scenario 46, he brings along several bosses already defeated, including [[DancougarNova Regulus Alphas]], [[MacrossFrontier Knight-class Vajra]], [[DaiGuard Heterodynes]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Rhino-class Dimensional Beasts]], including two clones of himself. Finally, the ''[[OhCrap real]]'' Emperor Zul appears: there's a reason why this scenario is ThatOneLevel of ''Hakai-hen''.
** Scenario 56 of the "Trust Zero" Route in ''Saisei-hen'': [[GetterRobo Invaders]], [[{{Gravion}} Zeravire]], Heterodynes, [[ShinMazinger Mechanical Beasts]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Mobile Dolls]] appear first, followed by Emperor Zul and Muge Zorbados, along with their lackeys, including TWO Moon Wills, plus the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Cathedral Terra Lazengann]]. When that's over, the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]] [[EvilKnockOff Gurren Lagann]] enters.
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: In a hilarious manner - for the "Sayonara, Idol" DownloadableContent scenario in ''Jigoku-hen'', [[DancougarNova Johnny Barnett]] pull this on Hibiki, so the latter can understand [[DancougarNova Eida Rossa]] and her charm as an IdolSinger. Johnny repeatedly plays ''Anata no haato, ittouryoudan da yo! Chu''[[note]]"Your heart, split into two!", with "chu" the equivalent of a kissing sound[[/note]] from a movie Eida was in. At the end of the scenario's post-demo, Hibiki has DullEyesOfUnhappiness and repeats "Chu! Chu! Chu! Chu!", with Eida saying ''Anato no haato, ichigeki hissatsu da yo! Chu''[[note]]"Your heart, one hit sure kill!"[[/note]].
* BroadStrokes: The series plays fast and loose with the canon events of the previous games. For example, it's stated that Shinn fought for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gilbert Durandal]] to the very end, which occurs in the ZAFT Route of ''Z''. However, Shinn also recalls the promise he made to [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bagina]] to stop him should he ever try to [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack do something radical and similar]]]], which only happens in the ZEUTH Route for ''Z''.
* CallBack: When Amuro receives the Nu Gundam in ''Z'', it's sent with a new pilot suit and a memo, stating the sender is a fan of his, and thinks a white-colored suit fits Amuro better. Players speculated this was [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Chan Agi]]; when she appears in person during ''Jigoku-hen'', the first thing she asks Amuro is whether he picked up the memo and suit.
* CerebusSyndrome: Rand's route in ''Z'' is generally a silly, lighthearted romp until the point where he gets his Gunleon's MidSeasonUpgrade, where everything becomes serious from that point on (not to say the silliness is completely gone, of course).
** In ''Hakai-hen'', [[spoiler:the death of Kamina]] is a turning point where things start getting more serious, especially if the player has been sticking to the Japan Route. However, this trope comes into play when Gaiou appears, but once [[spoiler:Kamina dies]], the mood is a lot less light-hearted.
** Scenario 25 of ''Saisei-hen'', when [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Esther Elhaas]] [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFiiuEPnG1Y turns into a Dimensional Beast]]]].
* CharacterExaggeration: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lunamaria Hawke]] and her accuracy. Thanks to [[NeverLiveItDown an incident]] in ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' where she cleanly misses hitting a ''battleship'' with a beam rifle, she has the "honor" of having the Spirit Command "Strike"[[note]]For one turn, increase accuracy to 100%[[/note]] at the unusually high cost of 30 Spirit Points (normally, it costs about half or a third of that) - a figure only matched by Mr. NoSenseOfDirection [[Characters/SuperRobotWars2 Masaki Andoh]].
** Subverted in the ''Second Z'' if she unlocks her Ace Bonus: ''Hakai-hen'' reduces "Strike" to 15 Spirit Points, while ''Saisei-hen'' allows Lunamaria, when her Will reaches 130 or higher, to ''auto-cast it every turn''.
** Roger talks much more in ''Z'' than in his home series, especially when piloting the Big O and also by exaggerating the frequency of his failures in negotiations and making it something of a RunningGag. To be fair, this ''is'' a mostly text-based game, so Roger is made more verbose to some extent, and his negotiations are sometimes plain impossible. For example, one of the first negotiations we see him do is between a disguised [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Hya]][[GetterRobo kki]] and the [[GetterRobo Saotome Research Lab]].
** The in-game database notes the in-series CharacterExaggeration[=/=]VillainDecay [[SentouMechaXabungle Hola and Gelaba]] went through in the later half of their show.
* ChekhovsGun: Near the beginning of ''Hakai-hen'', Lelouch places a Geass command to force [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Carlos Axion Jr.]], the richest man in the world and president of the Axion Foundation that created Crowe's Brasta, to answer any questions Lelouch has for him so he can steal his financial information to fund the creation of [[Anime/CodeGeass The Order of the Black Knights]]. [[spoiler:However, Carlos is working against ZEXIS, and when they get their hands on him, ZEXIS interrogates him as to Gaiou's whereabouts. When he doesn't comply, Lelouch-as-Zero recalls the Geass command and asks him personally; Carlos instantly reveals Gaiou's location. Everyone else is confused by Carlos' sudden change of heart, since they don't know that Zero is Lelouch or what Geass is]].
** Early on in ''Saisei-hen'', [[MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon Stratos]] flips a coin and notes how Crowe suddenly reacts to it. Later on, they try it again with something else to see if Crowe would react in a similar fashion; he doesn't. Crowe explains he can tell how a coin really sounds like, and only that will garner him a reaction. [[spoiler:Cue the "Coin Drop System" in his Li-Brasta MidSeasonUpgrade]].
*** In the same game, Zero accidentally places a Geass on [[spoiler:Esther, after she turns into a Dimensional Beast, commanding her to stop when she attacks the [[CodeGeass Shinkirou]]]]. A few scenarios later, Crowe believes [[spoiler:Esther cannot be turned back into a human]]; when he is attacked, Zero reissues the same command he placed, [[spoiler:proving to Crowe Esther isn't completely a Dimensional Beast, and still retains her humanity]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Xine Espio]] appears early in ''Z'' as a generic {{Mook}} who attacks [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Kei Katsuragi]] right after he primes the [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Space-Time Oscillation Bomb]]. She uses a generic {{Mook}} pilot portrait and name; the only thing that gives any hint to her identity at that point is her voice.
* ChekhovMIA: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Athrun Zala]] and Lunamaria are conspicuously absent in ''Jigoku-hen'', despite both being playable characters in previous installments. On the other hand, they aren't forgotten about like those from absent series in ''Jigoku-hen'', as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Kira Yamato]] mentions them frequently. [[spoiler:In fact, both have been secretly working with [[MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]] colonies for linking people of Earth and colonies together for stopping [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Axis]] with [[MobileSuitGundam00 GN Particle]] emitters, in the event [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Full Frontal]] betrays him and {{Colony Drop}}s Axis]].
* CherryTapping
** In ''Saisei-hen'', the Nu Gundam gets a new attack that involves GoodOldFisticuffs, with its "[[ThereIsNoKillLIkeOverkill Dynamic Kill]]" closing with a barrage of vulcan firepower[[note]]Traditionally, vulcans on a {{Gundam}} in [=SRW=] are its weakest weapons[[/note]].
** Taken to ludicrous heights with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqAmzPj9bLE the Dynamic Kill animation]] for the [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Burglary Dog]] in ''Jigoku-hen'': [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Chirico Cuvie]] opens the cockpit and ''fires a round from his pistol'' to destroy his target.
* ClimaxBoss: [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Grand Zamboa]] in ''Jigoku-hen''
* ClippedWingAngel: Despite its showcasing from its home series, the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Do-Ten-Kai-Zan]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duf_39yHrnE Scenario 44]] of the Earth Route in ''Hakai-hen'' has a boatload of {{Hit Point}}s, but only one attack.
* CloseOnTitle: Scenario 32 of ''Hakai-hen'' are [[spoiler:Kamina's FamousLastWords]]
* TheComicallySerious: ''Z'' enjoys placing deadpan characters in the middle of comedic situations. Roger comes to mind, with jabs at his constant failures at "negotiation" and having to resort to force. Taken UpToEleven in ''Jigoku-hen'' (see RunningGag).
* ContinuityNod[=/=]MythologyGag: [[MacrossFrontier Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee's CDs]] are equippable parts. However, there is another CD in the game from [[MacrossSeven Fire Bomber]].
** In ''Hakai-hen'', the Dynamic Kill of the Nu Gundam's Fin Funnel attack [[InternalHomage ends with it performing]] the "Last Shooting", the term used for the "firing straight upwards" pose Amuro uses with the original [[MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2 Gundam]] to finish off Char in the [[MobileSuitGundam Zeong]].
** Any originals and series not returning in the ''Second Z'' are directly referenced, although the only series that don't come back are ''Mazinger Z'', ''Grendizer'', ''Getter Robo G'' and ''Eureka Seven'' TV series. One example includes Kamille asking the current Kouji how [[UFORoboGrendizer Duke Fleed]] and [[GreatMazinger Tetsuya Tsurugi]] are doing, before realizing this Kouji has never met them. [[spoiler:In regards to ''Eureka Seven'', its ADW-counterpart being different becomes a PlotPoint]]. Still, it helps prevent the problem that was present in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' games, where a series appearing in one game and didn't appear in subsequent ones (''GiantRobo'' and ''BrainPowerd'') aren't mentioned at all, as if they were ExiledFromContinuity.
** In an interesting nod, during the "[[MacrossFrontier Seikan Hikou]]" event, [[GenesisOfAquarion Apollo]] gets into the song so much he almost wants to do the memetic "KIRA ☆!" bit from it. In ''[[AnotherCenturysEpisode Another Century's Episode: R]]'', where ''Genesis of Aquarion'' and ''Macross Frontier'' are in the game, Apollo repeats this line near-verbatim during the same event.
** The ''Shin Mazinger'' plot in ''Jigoku-hen'' takes ideas from ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'', such as speculation regarding what would happen if Kouji loses control of the Mazinger or if the Photon Power keeps leaking. There's also a mention about Tetsuya, while [[ShinMazinger Professor Yumi]] states there's another Mazinger existing in the world.
** If the player unlocks the [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Byalant Custom]]]] in ''Jigoku-hen'', [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame]]]] will be its pilot. {{Irony}} abounds because [[spoiler:a [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Byalant]] is the very machine that kills her in the ''Zeta Gundam'' TV series]].
** If [[RebuildOfEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] reaches ace pilot status in ''Jigoku-hen'', the enigmatic "AG" re-enacts the "Congratulations Shinji!" scene from [[NeonGenesisEvangelion the original TV series]].
** In Jigoku-hen it's Orguss's Kei that convinces everyone to believe in ZEN Fudou (who's also GEN from the first Z game) saying he knows him best. This is completely correct because Kei is the only full time member of the outsider group which the first Aquarion was part of in the first Z game. Roger joined after the route is half complete, while Kira only joined for a short while towards the end, and everyone else from that route doesn't appear in Jigoku-hen. So out of everyone in the game, Kei spent the most time with GEN Fudou.
* CruelTwistEnding: ''Hakai-Hen'' averts the DownerEnding of the first season of ''Gundam 00'' and the second episode of ''Getter Robo Armageddon'', and the end sequence plays out with it looking like everything's fine. The credits roll, until all the bad stuff starts to happen.
* CrutchCharacter: [[spoiler:Kamina]] in ''Hakai-hen''; [[spoiler:if he didn't bite it]] halfway through the game, he would've been a GameBreaker.
** To elaborate, he has extremely high stats for a SuperRobot pilot, gains the Spirit Command "Hotblood"[[note]]Deal twice the amount of damage for the next successful attack[[/note]] the earliest out of any character in the game, and his Ace Bonus raises maximum Will by 30, which, combined with the "Will Limit Break" pilot skill[[note]]Raise maximum Will to 170 instead of 150[[/note]], would set his maximum Will to 200. Should players decide to LevelGrind, he'll learn the Spirit Command "Soul"[[note]]Deal 2.5 times the damage for the next successful attack[[/note]], making it likely he can outdamage even Ryouma.
** This is suddenly inverted if the player {{Level Grind}}s Simon to achieve his Ace Bonus: while the Ace Bonus for [[spoiler:Kamina]] raises maximum Will, Simon's bonus raises Will by 30 ''at the start of a scenario'', [[SimpleYetAwesome meaning he begins each stage with an advantage in power, durability, and the use of all of the Gurren Lagann's attacks out the gate]].
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: When a unit gains a new attack (such as [[spoiler:Crowe's Brasta and its "[[AttackDrone SPIGOT VX]]"]]), it may debut with an animation showcasing it dealing heavy damage to, if not, destroying a five-digit-HP boss in one hit. It rarely works that way when the player actually uses it.
** Inverted in Setsuna's duel against [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundam00 Alejandro Corner]]]] in ''Hakai-hen'': even if the [[MobileSuitGundam00 Exia]] is fully upgraded, it's entirely possible to OneHitKill the boss [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with plenty of damage to spare]], which immediately triggers a cutscene where he performs the same attack, yet barely deals enough damage to destroy it.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Setsuko's route in spades for ''Z''; one of the reasons why some prefer her route to Rand's. It's like the game separates DarkerAndEdgier and LighterAndSofter into two concentrated masses of [[TearJerker suck]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny fun]].
* DeadpanSnarker, LemonyNarrator: Whoever wrote the database entries for the various characters and units sure has a sense of humor. Highlights include wondering how [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Neo Roanoke and his Windam]] [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat falls from high altitudes and does not explode]], Kira [[PlotArmor surviving a nuclear-powered Freedom's destruction at the hands of Shinn]] and poking fun at [[TheBigO Beck The Great RX-3]] for [[EpicFail getting destroyed in two seconds]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny after taking forever to combine and pose]] by pointing out "it was totalled within seconds thanks to the Big O's merciless onslaught with its O Thunder weapon". It also gives out nods to EpilepticTrees such as Banjou being a [[{{Daitarn 3}} Megaborg]] himself and has a very loving description of ''Mazinger Z'', which goes to detail its attacks and point out its impact on the SuperRobotGenre.
* DegradedBoss
** In ''Z'', [[OvermanKingGainer the Overdevil]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Psyco Gundam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Destroy Gundam]], [[Anime/TheBigO Big Fau and Big Duo]]
** In the ''Second Z'', the original Dancouga, Destroy Gundam, Face Metal Beast, Beast Gore and Burai, and Branch Robot 5
* DemotedToExtra: Despite being one of the most powerful leaders and Newtypes in Universal Century, [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Khan]] gets shafted into playing second-fiddle to [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] and Durandal in ''Z''. When it seems she's about to make her move, she's suddenly PutOnABus, [[spoiler:unless the player takes the secret ZEUTH Route split, allowing her to be recruited (or more accurately, lets her force her way into ZEUTH)]].
** [[MobileSuitGundam00 Soma Peries and the GN Archer]] only appear as an attack for [[MobileSuitGundam00 Allelujah Haptism and the Gundam Arios]] in ''Saisei-hen''; likeweise, [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Athena]] for Kei. In contrast, [[Anime/CodeGeass Nagisa Chiba and Shogo Asahina]] go from attack-only units to full-fledged units in this game.
** [[CodeGeass The Knights of the Round and Jeremiah Gottwald]] do appear in ''Jigoku-hen'', but are not playable. Instead, they are tasked with rescuing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Peacecraft]] and other important figureheads during scenario 49. Likewise, Athrun and Lunamaria, but are instead a ChekhovMIA.
* DifficultySpike: Scenario 15 of ''Saisei-hen''; until this point, the game's a cakewalk, especially if it's imported a save data from ''Hakai-hen''. However, this stage pits the player against [[spoiler:Marilyn and her Firebug Squad]]. Not only are they powerful, accurate, and mobile, Marilyn has a high level of the "Command" pilot skill[[note]]Pilot emits an aura boosting accuracy/evasion rates to allies; the higher the level, the greater the aura, and the closer to the pilot allies are, the greater the accuracy/evasion rates[[/note]], granting adjacent enemies immense accuracy/evasion boosts. Several other scenarios also qualify, particularly ones where [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Geraud Garce Bantail]] appears.
** The Space Route in the first route split of ''Jigoku-hen'' gives you the ZetaGundam units (who have typically been some of the weakest units in SRW history), Hibiki, and [[GundamSeedDestiny the Destiny Gundam]], and then pits you against a bunch of real robots with conspicuously high HP and evasion escorting the [[GundamUnicorn Kshatriya]] (who must be defeated in a set number of turns to receive the stage bonus), and... [[ThatOneBoss Haman]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck freakin']] [[OhCrap Karn]], with her trademark Quebeley and a massive leadership aura to make fighting her mooks even harder.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The [[MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Mariemaia Army]] serves as this for the ''Gundam'' characters in ''Jigoku-hen'', prior to fighting the [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Neo Zeon]], who have been secretly backing their revolution.
* DiscOneNuke: In ''Jigoku-hen'', the [[GundamUnicorn Delta Plus]], with its decent stats and a post-movement Range-5 ALL attack, is a godsend for your UC pilots, especially [[ZetaGundam Kamille]] and [[CharsCounterattack Amuro]], who are stuck with really crummy mook units for half the goddamn game.
* {{Dissimile}}: According to Kamina, the Dimensional Beast "Moby Dick" looks like a bigger pig-mole with horns, able to shoot fireballs, tends to charge for an attack [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and is white in color]].
* DoomedByCanon: In ''Hakai-hen'', there is nothing the player can do to save [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjfVMZggw44 Kamina]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUe83vpiKC0 Neil "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy]] and [[Anime/CodeGeass Euphemia]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-UV1sk8ZNo li Britannia]]]], given the importance of their deaths to the plot from their respective series. [[spoiler:Averted with the latter in ''Saisei-hen'', who becomes NotQuiteDead, provided if the "Trust Zero" Route is taken]].
** Despite ''Hakai-hen'' FINALLY allowing [[GetterRobo Musashi Tomoe]] to use the [[GetterRobo Shin Getter 3]], he still plays this straight once ''Saisei-hen'' begins, as per the events of ''Getter Robo Armageddon'' (though not under the same circumstances), [[TheyKilledKenny as per the norm in SRW]].
** Though they survived the events of the ''Second Z'', [[spoiler:[[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Fyana]] and [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kittan]]]] in ''Jigoku-hen''. The former is DemotedToExtra for the game, while the latter dies before the final scenario.
* DownerEnding: The bad ending of ''Z'', where the The Edel Bernal [[spoiler:successfully kills [[EurekaSeven Eureka]], the [[TurnAGundam Black History]] is initiated [[GroundhogDayLoop again]] and ZEUTH gets stuck in a [[{{Gotterdammerung}} terrible battle until the worlds are split apart and their lives/memories are erased as the totality of existence]] [[ResetButton is sent back to square one]]]].
* EarWorm: [[InvokedTrope Invoked with]] the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KS6Rm9ctMY Seikan Hikou event]] in ''Hakai-hen'' Scenario 34-B
* EldritchAbomination: According to Asakim, [[spoiler:the Spheres are the creation of the ''Taichi'' (太極, alternatively ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiji taiji]]''), an entity that controls the fate of all universes by manipulating the "Origin Law"]].
* EliteMooks: Mechanical Beasts in most of the games serves as mere {{Mooks}}; in the ''Second Z'', thanks to the stone statues from the first episode of ''Shin Mazinger'' taking this role, they gets promoted to this.
** Marilyn's Firebug Squad is made up of customized Axios, and are much, ''much'' tougher than the Axios fought throughout ''Hakai-hen''.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Setsuna with the "Innovator" and [[CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]] with the "Curse of Geass" pilot skills, respectively. The "[[MobileSuitGundamWing Zero System]]" unit ability, however, functions more as an AmplifierArtifact.
* EnemyMine: Scenario 43 of ''Z'' forces [[Anime/TurnAGundam Harry Ord]] and Kira to align with [[TurnAGundam Gym Ghingham]] in order to save Queen Dianna from the clutches of [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam the Titans]].
** Upon being warped into the ADW and being confronted by an army of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Beastmen]], [[{{Xabungle}} Jiron Amos and Timp Shaloon]] form a (very brief) alliance to fight them off.
** Roger Smith manages to persuade Jason Beck to help him out in one scenario of ''Hakai-hen''.
** Any time Asakim assists the player, although with Asakim, it's usually because [[HiddenAgendaVillain he has his own agenda]].
** The first game has the [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Battle of Berlin]] where the Renegade ZEUTH members appear with the ''[[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Archangel]]'' battleship to assist the [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny ZAFT]]-aligned ZEUTH forces (who had a falling out thanks to certain events). Unfortunately, poor communication results with them being unable to rescue [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Stella Loussier]]]].
** In ''Saisei-hen'', the [[MobileSuitGundamWing Organization of Zodiac and White Fang]] towards the end of the game.
** Variation in ''Jigoku-hen'': if [[spoiler:Char and his Neo Zeon]] forces assists Z-BLUE, they'll have a mirrored version of their enemy sprites[[note]]They will use their weapons left-handed; these units typically wield weapons on the right-hand, shields on the left[[/note]]. If [[spoiler:Char]] permanently joins, the [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterAttack Sazabi]]]] will have a corrected sprite to indicate it as an ally.
* EpicFail: Played with - poor Lelouch is the only protagonist of a series in [=SRW=] history to miss his target and get shot down in the AttractMode of ''Hakai-hen''. In his own series, his piloting skills are mediocre, relying on ambushes, misdirection and squad tactics. In the demo roll, however, he's using a customized, obsolete [[CodeGeass Knightmare Frame]] against one of the two best pilots from ''Code Geass'' in an advanced Knightmare Frame.
* EvilVersusEvil: [[Anime/ShinMazinger Hades]] in ''Jigoku-hen'' doesn't care about mankind like [[Anime/ShinMazinger Zeus]] does, but is considered an enemy of Ba'al since he took part in the war eons ago, as well as not being on so good terms with Mykage.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: About the time [[{{Zambot3}} Butcher]] starts pulling out the "[[MoralEventHorizon turn people into walking bombs and detonate them]]" scheme, a few members of the alliance he's a part of wonder if taking over the Earth is really worth working with such a lunatic.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: ''Hakai-hen'' folds all the school plots together, thus Heero, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Duo Maxwell]], Relena, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy]] all attend [[Anime/CodeGeass Ashford Academy]]. [[https://danbooru.donmai.us/data/361e16715d7928db10b70f398709201b.jpg This is how Saji and Louise would look like in uniform]].
* ExtraTurn: In addition to series staple Spirit Commands "Awaken"[[note]]User gains an additional action for one turn[[/note]] and "Enable"[[note]]Allow any allied unit an additional action for one turn[[/note]], the ''Second Z'' introduces the "Continuous Action" pilot skill[[note]]At 120 Will, pilot can perform an additional action if he/she successfully destroys an enemy; this can only be done once per turn[[/note]]. ''Saisei-hen'' adds the "Platinum Emblem" equippable part[[note]]Pilot gains an additional action during the player phase[[/note]].
** ''Jigoku-hen'' removes Continuous Action and Enable, but introduces the "''Multi-Action'' Tag Command"[[note]]Team can act again if its next attack destroys an enemy team[[/note]] that can be activated any number of times in one turn, so long as the team's "Tag Tension" gauge is filled.
** A few enemies (mostly late-game bosses) have the skill Double Action, which allows them to act twice per turn. Gadlight from ''Jigoku-hen'' has ''Triple'' Action.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the originals; NewMeat Setsuko has military training and Rand was using the Gunleon for years prior to ''Z''. Crowe takes it further by being a [[RetiredBadass former member]] of the [[CodeGeass Britannian]] [[AcePilot Firebug Squad]]. Hibiki, however, plays this straight, as his first experience with a HumongousMecha is with the Genion.
* FlameWar: Have an urgent need for supernova-grade heat? Go on a forum (preferably GameFAQs) and ask the dreaded question "Who's better: Rand or Setsuko?" or just mention them both in the same sentence and hide in a nuclear shelter.
** When ''Hakai-hen'' was released, complaining about the inability to save [[spoiler:Kamina, Lockon and Euphemia]] was enough to release [[InternetBackdraft A LOT of heat]]. For a while, fans of old school ''Mazinger'', who has [[WolverinePublicity appeared in every SRW]], were upset ''Shin Mazinger'' is the one appearing in the ''Second Z''.
* FlashbackNightmare: [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayezowZz52U The prologue to Scenario 39]] in ''Hakai-hen'' is Chirico reliving the events from the ''Pailsen Files'' OVA]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Loads of it; try playing the game after beating it once. You'll be stunned at the amount of hints done between the lines or in plain sight.
** At the epilogue of ''Hakai-hen'', [[spoiler:[[DancougaNova Aoi Hidaka]] starts getting headaches and feeling pain. This is the calling card of Muge Zorbados]].
** In the epilogue of ''Jigoku-hen'', [[spoiler:[[{{Gunbuster}} Noriko Takaya]] states protecting Earth is her duty, regardless if it takes her away for another 12,000 years, a possible teaser for ''Anime/DieBuster'']].
* ForgottenFirstMeeting: Played with in ''Jigoku-hen'' - Heero states when he was an assassin, one mission involved guarding the "Tiger of Helmajistan", a charismatic leader of a guerilla force ten years ago, whose real identity is [[FullMetalPanic Majid, the "Tiger of Badakhshan"]]. Setsuna notes he and other ChildSoldiers were sent to assassinate Majid on orders from [[MobileSuitGundam00 Ali al-Saachez]]; Sousuke also chimes in, claiming he was there to fulfill the same objective as Setsuna. Hearing this, Hibiki is shocked at the odds three separate soldiers might have ended up in the same region as enemies.
* FragileSpeedster: ''Orguss'' units, all the way, although nowhere near [[{{Megazone 23}} the Garland]] on the "fragile" end of the scale. The Orguss is a weakly-defended unit in ''Z'', but is extremely powerful due to its high attack power and mobility, coupled with Kei's amazing skill stat and default pilot skill set, which is designed to make use of it. It even comes with a very strong CombinationAttack later in the game.
** [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Armored Troopers]] and Knightmare Frames are as extreme in this trope as the Garland was back in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny''. How fitting, since almost every series in ''Destiny'' is in ''Hakai-hen''.
* FriendlyFireProof: Played with - one scenario's "SR Point" requirement is to destroy Kira in the Freedom, despite the fact he's a "neutral" unit and you can't attack neutrals. However, most [[AreaOfEffect "MAP" attacks]] don't discriminate friend or foe...
* FunWithAcronyms: In ''Jigoku-hen'', the default faction name is "Z-BLUE" ('''Z'''-'''B'''usters '''L'''ink '''U'''niverse & '''E'''arth).
* GambitPileup: The plot of ''Z'' can be summarized as the separate and intricate machinations of the Chimera, Durandal, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Lord Djibril]], Scirocco, Haman, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX the Frost Brothers]], Gym, [[EurekaSeven Dewey Novak]], [[Anime/TheBigO Alex Rosewater]], [[OvermanKingGainer the Siberian Railroad Company]], [[GenesisOfAquarion the Shadow Angels]], [[GetterRobo the Hundred Demon Empire]], the [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Chirams]] and the alien alliance of the [[{{Grendizer}} Vegan Empire]], [[{{Zambot 3}} Gaizok]], Zeravire, [[GodSigma Elda]] and the [[SpaceWarriorBaldios Aldebaron Army]] all barreling towards each other at breakneck speeds, [[spoiler:which is exactly what The Edel Bernal wants]].
** Goes UpToEleven in ''Hakai-hen'' by adding in Lelouch, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]], Treize, and [[MacrossFrontier Grace O'Connor]], not to mention the team of [[SpannerInTheWorks spanners]] that comprise the entirety of Team Dai-Gurren. Then ''Saisei-hen'' introduces the [[KnightTemplar Anti]]-[[EldritchAbomination Spirals]]...
* GameplayAndStorySegregation
** Since ''Saisei-hen'' doesn't inherit pilots' kill counts from ''Hakai-hen'' ([[DiscOneNuke for obvious]] [[GameBreaker reasons]]), it invariably makes the player feel weird when [[GodMars Takeru Myojin]] isn't a Super-A Class psychic, or Gainer ceases to become a Game Champion and others, despite ''Saisei-hen'' occurring one year after ''Hakai-hen''. The same can be said about former ZEUTH members from ''Z''.
** In ''Jigoku-hen'', a concentrated volley by [[MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Serpents]] wipe out an entire team, save Heero and [[CodeGeass Kallen Kozuki]]. Some might wonder why Shinji, [[RebuildOfEvangelion Rei Ayanami]] and Hibiki don't use their respective machines' barriers to block the attack at all.
* GenreSavvy: ''Xabungle'' characters, of course, along with the Siberian Railroad soldiers. Gainer, being the gamer he is, also throws in a few LampshadeHanging. For the originals, Rand shows impressive levels of this by deciding to not bother with a RunningGag, among others (despite having one major GenreBlind moment when he trusts [[ObviouslyEvil Asakim]], though he ''is'' his partner's savior at the time, thus it's a bit justified). The all-time champion, however, is The Edel Bernal, whose first action in the final battle is calling another two versions of himself, averting MookChivalry ''[[ThatOneBoss by a mile]]''.
** Before the start of scenario 59 in ''Jigoku-hen'', Alto states that if he [[LoveConfession confesses his feelings to Sheryl or Ranka]], it would be like a death sentence.
* GlassCannon: Several super robot pilots, notably [[{{Gravion}} Touga Tenkuuji]], come with few or no natural ranks of the pilot skill "Potential"[[note]]The lower the HP, the greater the increase to accuracy/evasion/critical/armor stats[[/note]], crucial to keep super robots from being this. However, there is no such way to keep the Dai-Guard from falling into this category; in fact, the unit is probably the best example for the entire franchise to date[[note]]In its debut, it has an armor rating of 200, less than a quarter of the second most frail unit in ''Hakai-hen''. Even after the scenario, it reaches a rating of 1200, lower than the [[ShinMazinger Aphrodite A]][[/note]]. While the Dai-Guard has multiple attacks that can pierce barriers (especially in a game where enemies with damage-reducing barriers are astoundingly common) and can take out [[DemonicSpiders Dimensional Beasts]] better than nearly any other unit, it always remains one of the most fragile units in the party[[note]]The 200 armor rating is {{Justified|Trope}}, as the Dai-Guard wasn't used in-universe for several years and didn't have time to swap out of its paper-thin armor when it is thrown into battle[[/note]].
** It should also be noted that Dai-Guard is a RealRobot in a SuperRobot genre anime, and thus combines the worst aspects of [[RealRobot Real Robots]] (poor armour and health) and [[SuperRobot Super Robots]] (poor evasion and speed), and given a bunch of other serious disadvantages (terrible terrain ratings and horrible attack range). Chances are the Dai-Guard is the first unit you'll be slapping parts on to increase its efficiency. Once you do, it becomes a not-so-terrible unit. There's also the fact that it has three pilots, all of them with healing spirits.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: [[ShinMazinger Boss Borot]] manages to pull this off in the first ''Saisei-hen'' preview. Considering its the ''Shin Mazinger'' counterpart, it's not [[TookALevelInBadass too much of a surprise]].
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Despite early fears about Char breaking his promise in ''Jigoku-hen'', he doesn't want to ColonyDrop Axis, stating he's learned too much from Treize to do this. In an attempt to fix the issues in space-time, Char turns Axis into a singularity point. To do this, he assumes leadership of Neo Zeon to make them and Axis a prime target for mankind to oppose. Meanwhile, he secretly communicates with Athrun to setup GN Particle generators throughout the world. The combined will of humanity, expressed in GN Particles, will fix some of the constant dimensional problems set in the series. Essentially, Char wants to replicate what happened back in ''Z'' where humanity's will did something similar]].
* GracefulLoser: After being defeated by Z-BLUE in ''Jigoku-hen'', [[ShinMazinger Garadoubla]] praises their strength and says they have earned his title of "hero" before passing on.
* GratuitousEnglish: The theme song for ''Z'', ''Crest of Zs'', has some of this (''FLYING TO THE BURNING SKY AND ROLLING THUNDER RIDE!''))
* GuestStarPartyMember: A few in ''Hakai-hen'', such as Suzaku (who joins ZEXIS for a few scenarios at Euphemia's request, only to leave once the [[CodeGeass Special Administrative Zone incident]] occurs); [[MacrossFrontier Brera Stern]], [[MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]], Timp, Beck, Fyana, the [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Barcoff Squad]] in a flashback scenario, and [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Gregor Galosh]]. Suzaku, Brera, Fyana and Gregor join ZEXIS officially in ''Saisei-hen'', while Zechs continues to be a guest. Similarly, [[{{Dai-Guard}} Kokubogar]] in both games, but he never joins permanently.
** To a lesser extent, Rand and Setsuko in ''Saisei-hen'', since they spend a short story arc getting to know Crowe before getting sealed in a Zone. However, they return for the last few scenarios.
** [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Gyunei Guss]] in ''Jigoku-hen'': like [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Quess Paraya]] and [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Marida Cruz]], he will assist for a few scenarios, only to leave. [[spoiler:While the latter two are possible {{Secret Character}}s]], Gyunei isn't; similarly, [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Graham Aker, Andrei Smirnov and Patrick Colasour]]. [[spoiler:However, Graham becomes a permanent ally, Andrei does not re-appear and Patrick is another SecretCharacter]]. Despite her antagonism, Haman will help for one scenario.
* GuideDangIt: Mixed with LyingCreator - infamously, series director Takanobu Terada stated there's "only one secret" in ''Z'', and ''boy was he lying''. The game's known for having a very large number of secret units, a route split depending on an "invisible" point system, and another point system determining the MultipleEndings, ''also'' invisible to the player. Woe befall any attempting to get the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX G-Bits and Tifa Adill]] without a guide, though worse is trying to [[spoiler:keep [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Rey Za Barrel and Talia Gladys]] alive]]. Managing to do the latter requires you to take the secret ZEUTH Route split, accessible only by amassing a certain amount of the invisible points obtained by performing certain actions over a number of scenarios, some of those even going against what happens in the actual series (e.g. [[spoiler:Shinn and Rey fighting Athrun, but NOT destroying his unit; instead, waiting it out until the fourth turn]]) or might seem flat out nonsensical (such as ignoring specific enemy units). To make it worse, the ZEUTH Route is much, much better than the ZAFT Route (where most first-time players will get to without aid) and gives access to a number of secrets ([[spoiler:Haman, for one]]).
** Averted in NewGamePlus, where the point system is dropped, making it a player's choice.
** This is repeated in ''Saisei-hen'', where the only way to prevent [[spoiler:the Black Knights from betraying Lelouch]] is to go to the ZEXIS Route split. Like ''Z'', it's accessible only by amassing a certain amount of the invisible points such as [[spoiler:preventing the death of [[CodeGeass Shirley Fenette]]]], a mystery in itself.
* HandsomeLech: Kei, [[MacrossFrontier Mikhail Blanc]], [[GenesisOfAquarion Pierre]] and [[OvermanKingGainer Gain Bijou]] form their own group of four skirt chasers. By ''Jigoku-hen'', [[FullMetalPanic Kurz Weber]], [[{{Dai-Guard}} Keiichirou Aoyama]], Lockon and Andy are added into the mix.
* HarderThanHard: "EX-Hard Mode" of ''Z'' lives up to its name by banning unit and weapon upgrades, unlike previous incarnations that only prohibited the latter. Moreover, {{Combination Attack}}s aren't as abundant or potent as they were in other games in the series and damage is generally lower.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Char still has the unfortunate habit of switching sides in the ''Z'' series and coming back if the conditions are right. He sides with one half of ZEUTH in ''Z'', aligns with [[MobileSuitGundam00 A-LAWS]] in ''Saisei-hen'' and returns to the Neo Zeon for ''Jigoku-hen''.
* HeManWomanHater: [[spoiler:L÷wen's true personality is this]]. Also, Crowe dislikes beautiful women, though it's more that he just doesn't trust them too much, [[WorkOffTheDebt probably because he doesn't want to get conned out of his money]]. ''Saisei-hen'' reveals the distrust is to due to his [[ColonelKilgore former commander of Firebug Squad]], [[AxCrazy Mari]][[CuteAndPsycho lyn]].
* HotBlooded: The ''Z'' series is one of the most tightly concentrated masses yet in [=SRW=]. Jiron, Harry, Apollo, Shinn, [[{{Gravion}} Eiji Shigure]], both versions of the [[GetterRobo the Getter Team]] and Kouji, [[{{Dancougar}} Shinobu Fujiwara]], Kamina and ([[TookALevelInBadass later]]) Simon, [[DaiGuard Shunsuke Akagi]], etc; even people who aren't normally this trope go nuts here.
** With ''Macross Dynamite 7'' in ''Saisei-hen'', [[MacrossSeven Basara Nekki]] and his songs, which, due to in-game mechanics, can make all playable characters even more HotBlooded than usual.
* HowUnscientific: How the crew of the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ptolemaios]]'' battleship reacts upon seeing the [[GenesisOfAquarion Aquarion]]. [[MobileSuitGundam00 Tieria Erde]] asks [[GenesisOfAquarion Sirius de Alisia]] how the machine works and ends up even more confused.
* HumanPopsicle: Noriko and the Gunbuster are thawed out of a block of ice in ''Jigoku-hen''. [[spoiler:It's suggested she's a survivor of the previous civilization (of fire; the current one is that of the sun) destroyed 12,000 years ago. [[{{Gunbuster}} Kazumi Amano]] is missing-in-action, and Noriko's last memories were that of detonating [[{{Gunbuster}} Buster Machine #3]]]].
* HumanSubspecies: The backstory of ''Jigoku-hen'' reveals [[spoiler:the Mycenae Empire and [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Uchuu Maou]] are humans who overcame the 12,000 year loop, ascending to higher beings via evolution. Their role is to guide their younger counterparts (humanity), but Hades and his allies decided to conquer the universe instead. In fact, Chirico compares the aura of the Mycenae to the one emitted by [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Wiseman]]]].
* InTheBack: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw9mYmB8QfM When Char decides to head to the front lines in ''Jigoku-hen'', he confronts Amuro face-to-face. As they are talking, Full Frontal attempts to destroy the latter by flanking him]].
* JAMProject: Like usual, they sing the opening and ending themes to each installment
** "Crest of Z's" and "Cosmic Dance" for ''Z''
** "Noah" and "Negai" for ''Hakai-hen''
** "Hagane no Resistance" and "The Advent of Genesis" for ''Saisei-hen''
* KilledOffForReal: Several, including [[spoiler:Kamina, Neil "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy and possibly Euphemia, provided the player doesn't take the "Trust Zero" Route in ''Saisei-hen'' for the latter]].
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:L÷wen post-FaceHeelTurn goes from a demure, gynophobic {{Bishounen}} into a hammy, screaming warrior whose insanity and AxCrazy nature have no limits]].
** [[{{Gravion}} Klein Sandman]] and [[GenesisOfAquarion Gen Fudo]] are [[UpToEleven even more hammy than they were in their own series]]. The ham level of Gym and [[OvermanKingGainer Asuham Boone]] have also gone off the scale; they even try to out-ham each other in one of the save-quit intermission dialogues, and they're [[TakehitoKoyasu voiced by the same person]].
** Lelouch and Kamina in ''Hakai-hen''. The PlayStationPortable will be able to spit out roast hams after that game is inserted. Turned UpToEleven when Kamina [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hijacks Sheryl's concert stage]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: For reasons unexplained, multiple characters in ''Jigoku-hen'' do not recall certain members from absent series. Whenever one attempts to remember them, they are instantly struck with this trope, forgetting what triggered the thought. Inverted for Z-BLUE when Kei appears in the game, as they do not recognize him until a sudden headache triggers their memory of their former comrade. Played straight immediately when Kei himself remembers the ''Aquarion'' cast upon seeing the eponymous ''Aquarion EVOL'', only to instantly forget about the former.
* LaughablyEvil: Jason Beck, of course. The Edel Bernal is one for the OriginalGeneration, whose GenreSavvy nature and [[AscendedFanboy eerily accurate comments to ZEUTH]] make him a rather amusing villain, leading to him being considered one of the "best" [=SRW=] villains simply due to an unabashed, unapologetic nature.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Like his ''AnotherCenturysEpisode'' counterpart, Gain and his trusty [[OvermanKingGainer Gotchko]]. While not as overpowered as it was in that game, it's infinitely more useful than it seems in ''Z'' and can make the first half of a playthrough an utter joke if correctly set up.
** This can be accurately said about Gain himself, who is WeakButSkilled. Although not much of an Oversense person like Gainer, he makes up for it with ImprobableAimingSkills. The fact the Gatchko will turn become the [[OvermanKingGainer Emperanza]], a very powerful [[AMechByAnyOtherName Overman]] early in the game, doesn't hurt Gain's cause (though by that point, he's gone beyond a "joke").
** The [[AfterWarGundamX Jenice Kai Enil Custom]] in ''Z'' has weak attacks (no "ALL" attack, in fact), can't fly, and has the lowest stats of all available ''Gundam X'' units; on top of that, the player must purchase it from the bazaar. Its saving grace is in its post-movement "TRI" attack, the only one in its series among allied units.
** Renton in ''Z'' starts out a lousy pilot, until the Nirvash becomes the Spec2 and gains the "Seven Swell" MAP attack. If used correctly and at the right time, the player will start bringing in enough "[[TechPoints Pilot Points]]" to raise his stats well above everyone else's.
* LetsPlay: Saint-ism has one for ''[[http://www.saint-ism.com/lets-play-super-robot-wars-z2/ Hakai-hen]]'' and ''[[http://www.saint-ism.com/lets-play-super-robot-wars-z2-saisei-hen/ Saisei-hen]]'', the latter featuring "arranged battles" where attack animations are edited into into extended battle sequences.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Subvertedin ''Z''; ZEUTH splits up for a while mid-way, which is pretty standard for the franchise, [[spoiler:but it turns out to be [[LetsYouAndHimFight a very bad idea]]]].
** Counts as a {{Deconstruction}} of the usual trope scenario, since a RealLife group formed of military types and civilians will probably end up in the same way ZEUTH's factions did. Just look at [[EurekaSeven Holland Novak]] and his musings during the first half of ''Z'': even when ZEUTH is together, not everything is smooth-sailing, making it a rare deconstruction of the TrueCompanionship inherent in [=SRW=].
*** Happens again at the end of ''Hakai-hen'': Zero orders ZEXIS to disperse and go their separate ways, as their mission to destroy Gaiou is complete. However, Lelouch is doing this because his crusade against Britannia isn't over. Again, this becomes another bad idea because the "[[CodeGeass Black Rebellion]]" fails without ZEXIS's support; the Black Knights are captured (aside from Kallen and [[CodeGeass C.C.]]), while Zero is apprehended and {{Brainwashed}}. Celestial Being and [[MobileSuitGundamWing the colony Gundams]] are promptly targeted with their protection from the United Nations revoked, rendering the former nearly wiped out, with the ''[[MobileSuitGundam00 Ptolemaios]]'' battleship and most of its Gundams destroyed, and scattering the colony Gundams. The ZEXIS forces on the Dark Continent are understaffed and unable to stop [[GetterRobo Professor Saotome]]. ZEUTH Gundam pilots are forced to turn to the Organization of Zodiac for protection and shelter, and the rest of the ADW is helpless to stop the rise of the A-LAWS and the hegemony by [[MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]].
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Aside from the trope listed above, one scenario starts with you fighting ''against'' the main character, either Rand or Setsuko!
* LightningBruiser: Baldios throughout the games is an LL-sized mecha with the unique "[[FlashStep Subspace Rush]]" unit ability[[note]]At 130 Will, the unit disregards all terrain when moving and has a 25% chance of evading any enemy attack[[/note]]; do the math. There's nothing more fun than putting Baldios some distance away from an enemy and just start slinging around "Thunder Flashes".
** Kallen and the [[Anime/CodeGeass Guren]] in the ''Second Z'': fast movement and good mobility, with abilities letting it tank if it needs to.
** Chirico in the ''Second ''Z'', if his low-HP pilot skills are triggered correctly, can tear through any enemy in what is basically a ''3-meter-tall grunt unit'' (with customization).
** Nirvash Spec3 in ''Z'', provided the player builds Renton correctly.
** If the player builds the ''Aquarion'' pilots by taking advantage of the "Element System"[[note]]When the Aquarion's primary pilot reaches 130 Will, align the stats of all three pilots based on the highest values of each stat[[/note]] correctly, they can turn the different Aquarion configurations into these.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Z'' contains over 20 different series, each bringing in numerous characters. The sheer amount of characters by itself is more then enough, but the ''Second Z'' takes it UpToEleven by bringing the series count to ''over 30'', resulting in one of the largest series headcounts in the franchise.
* LoopholeAbuse: Unusually, ''Jigoku-hen'' puts Heero and Chirico in [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Bonta-kun]], despite [=SRW=] disallowing cross-series piloting. Since Bonta-kun's operator is ShapedLikeItself, complete with its own stats and Spirit Commands distinct from Sousuke, both characters appear in the same scenario using it. When Sousuke asks who its operator is, Heero or Chirico answers "I am".
* LoveTriangle: Several of them. There's:
** [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto, Sheryl and Ranka]].
** [[Anime/MacrossSeven Mylene, Gamlin and Basara]].
** [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Sousuke, Kaname and Tessa]].
** [[Anime/AquarionEvol Amata, Mikono and Zessica]].
*** Alternatively, Mikono, Amata, Kagura.
** [[Character/SuperRobotWarsZ Hibiki, Suzune, Maki]].
* MagikarpPower: [[TurnAGundam Turn A]] in ''Z'' is a not-very-useful unit with limited weapons and bad anti-air stats, with [[Anime/TurnAGundam Loran Cehack]] being its so-so default pilot, until in-game events lead to it gradually getting upgraded, culminating in its "Moonlight Butterfly" attack (including a MAP variant) among others, making it one of the best units in the game. In another example, Renton's (and Loran's) stats grow at a much faster rate after they pass level 40-45s.
** [[OvermanKingGainer King Gainer]] is fragile, small and really hard for Gainer to use, particularly increasing his Will to use the machine's "Overskill" ability. Doing some investment in choice pilot skills like "Attack Again"[[note]]If the enemy's skill stat is 20 points lower than the pilot's skill stat, the pilot may initiate a second attack in the same combat phase[[/note]] (by taking advantage of his "Gamer"/"Game Champ"[[note]]At 130 Will, +10 to skill stat; +30 to skill stat for Game Champ[[/note]] pilot skill), "Ignore Size Modifier"[[note]]No accuracy or damage penalties incurred when attacking a unit of a different size[[/note]] and some Will-boosting techniques, he becomes ''quite'' good. It helps the King Gainer constantly upgrades like the Turn A and Nirvash through event-driven scenarios.
** Dai-Guard in ''Hakai-hen'' due to Shunsuke's "Salaryman" pilot skill[[note]]Upon level up, for every 10 enemy units destroyed or completing the map, pilot earns +3 Pilot Points[[/note]].
** Although Chirico is far from a bad pilot, early on in ''Hakai-hen'', the [[MechaMook Scopedog]] is an unimpressive unit with only three attacks, each with extremely limited ammo and cannot be used post-movement. After a while, he acquires the "[[MoreDakka Red Shoulder Custom]]", providing more attacks (even if a few still lack ammunition) with a downside in mobility and movement. During the end of the Woodo Arc, Chirico gains the "Turbo Custom", which sacrifices its ammo-scarce weaponry for better stats. Finally, when the Turbo Custom earns weapons put back on it for ''The Last Red Shoulder'', if the player fulfills the requirements, the [[SerialEscalation "Scopedog Turbo Custom ISS" is unlocked]].
* MarathonLevel: Quite a few, but especially Scenario 50 in ''Z'', which is rather long on its own, but after it's finished, there's a long exposition sequence, which thrusts the player back into combat against the Frost Brothers and Gym. The final scenario also counts since it's a three-parter and ends with you fighting the BigBad doubling as ThatOneBoss[[note]]A breakdown of the latter is part 1) Fight [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Edel Bernal]] with an army of {{Mook}}s; part 2) Get Renton to a certain square while fending off 50 squads of [[EurekaSeven Coralians]]; part 3) Fight the BigBad[[/note]].
** In ''Hakai-hen'', one scenario recreates the ''Gundam 00'' finale (along with some ''Gundam Wing'' and ''Code Geass'' thrown in): ZEXIS faces off against an army of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 GN-Xs]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Tauruses]], and the commanders of every major faction in the ADW. At a certain point, the ''Ptolemaios'' gets dragged off to a second map along with the Celestial Being Gundams facing off against another army of grunts, with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali-Al-Saachez]] and [[spoiler:Alejandro Corner]] along for the ride (the rest of ZEXIS shows up later). Finally, a third map comprises of Setsuna in the Exia against [[spoiler:Alejandro]] in the [[MobileSuitGundam00 Alvatorre]].
** Scenario 54 in the "Don't trust Zero" Route of ''Saisei-hen'' opens with a fleet of Anti-Spiral units. Once those are taken care of, enemy reinforcements arrive in the form of the Anti-Spiral Gurren Lagann, Muge Zorbados with some of his own units and Zeravire. The final portion involves Team Dai-Gurren leading a small strike team inside the Cathedral Terra Lazengann to destroy the Anti-Spiral Gurren Lagann and its {{Mook}}s.
* MidseasonUpgrade: One of the very few [=SRWs=] averting this for the originals. Rand and Setsuko gain this halfway through ''Z'', but Rand's Gunleon earn two new attacks and a new unit ability, while Setsuko's Virgora gets [[MechaExpansionPack a new gun and a set of wings]], capping off a chain of gradual upgrades that began midway through the game's first act.
** Played with in ''Hakai-hen'': Crowe's Brasta earns the SPIGOT-VX with no physical changes. Played straight in ''Saisei-hen'' regarding the Li-Brasta. The catch is the player decides whether it's a melee-SuperRobot or a long-ranged RealRobot.
* MightyGlacier: Baldios and Daitarn 3 by virtue of being size LL, but the Big O's a better example due to its nigh-impenetrable defense and varied, strong arsenal which gets expanded as you progress through ''Z''. The Gunleon also counts, something not noticeable at first, [[OhCrap until the player is forced to fight Rand for a few turns]] using [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Roybea Loy and Witz Sou]], experiencing first-hand how hard its defenses are.
* MoreDakka: The new "Tri-Battle System" in ''Z'' allows an entire squad to unleash a volley that makes the "Squad System" from the ''Alpha'' games look dated and underwhelming. More traditionally, various units such as the Orguss have an AlphaStrike-based attack that pulls this off.
* MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers: If the player chooses to activate the [[RebuildOfEvangelion Evangelion Unit 03]] in ''Jigoku-hen'', [[spoiler:[[RebuildOfEvangelion Asuka Langley Shikinami]] leaves the party and [[RebuildOfEvangelion Mari Illustrious Makinami]] stays for the rest of the game]].
* MultipleEndings: One of the more deviously-hidden GuideDangIt elements that manages through its own hidden point system in ''Z''. Should certain conditions be fufilled, the player can choose to [[spoiler:give up the protagonist's memories and live in [[Anime/TheBigO Paradigm City]] until the Black History takes place, [[BadEnding ending all of civilization]]]]) Additionally, depending on the chosen protagonist, around half of the game is unique to that person.
* {{Nerf}}: Certain Spirit Commands in ''Jigoku-hen'', like Valor, are taken away from many characters, while the "Invincible" Spirit Command is changed to automatically reduce total damage taken to one-eighth instead of the minimum ten points of damage.
** "Ignore Size Modifier" in ''Jigoku-hen'' has multiple skill levels rather than cover the entire size spectrum[[note]]An S-sized unit must purchase additional levels to negate penalties against units with size L or higher[[/note]].
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Zigzagged - in a non-TimeTravel variation, ''Z'' explains that multiple counterparts of the same person cannot exist in the same universe, in order to justify why the original ''Mazinger Z'', ''Getter Robo'', and ''Eureka Seven'' don't show up in the ''Second Z'', yet subverted with The Edel Bernal back in the first game via Rand's final scenario. The ''Second Z'' implies it ''can'' happen between the same person, provided the individual can jump between dimensions by themselves; the Stigma of the Cursed Wanderer merely ''pulls'' them in.
** In the case of ''Grendizer'', some fans believe it's not in ''Hakai-hen'' due to ''Battle of the Flying Saucers'' potentially being part of the line-up ''Saisei-hen'' (both shows are created by GoNagai, with the latter considered a prototype for the former). Once ''Saisei-hen'' was revealed, Banpresto stated they apparently forgot about ''Grendizer''.
* NoIndoorVoice: In the ''Second Z'', Harry Ord, with his infamous "[[CatchPhrase UNIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEERSE!!!]]" scream in his voice clips, with the last of them being "Did you say Princess Dianna's butt? CURSE YOU!!!"
* NoSell: In Scenario 49 of ''Jigoku-hen'', Heero is able to resist the effects of [[spoiler:Gadlight's Sphere of the Quarreling Twins]] due to his affections for Relena. Although impressed, [[spoiler:Gadlight]] states he is JustOneMan and alone, while the rest of Z-BLUE are affected. Fortunately, Heero covers Setsuna long enough for the latter to acquire the [[Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer 00 Qan[T]]] and activate its "TRANS-AM Burst" effect, restoring Z-BLUE to normal.
* NonStandardGameOver: In ''Z'', losing Scenario 44 ([[SpaceWarriorBaldios failing to stop the Artificial Sun]] or losing the Gravion) results in a special play on the DownerEnding from ''Baldios'', where the massive tsunami occurs and the words "GameOver" instead of the "END" kanji from the original ending.
** In ''Hakai-hen'', if the Godmars is destroyed, the bomb from its home series will be activated upon Takeru's death. [[TemptingFate How powerful is it]]? Enough to, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlOqNWMkTl0 after showing you a shot of a dead Takeru]], ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom destroys the world]]'', with a return of the familiar "GameOver" from the non-standard one in ''Z''.
* NotHisSled
** [[spoiler:The ''Z'' version of the Black History is actually a BadFuture [[NiceJobBreakingItHero brought about by ZEUTH]], rather than the distant past[=/=]''Gundam'' MegaCrossover the original series is known for]].
** [[spoiler:Whatever the contents of the [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Box of Laplace]] are, it won't be the original charter to the Earth Federation regarding autonomy of the space colonies, since it'd be useless in the combined world of ''Jigoku-hen'']].
* OffModel: The character portraits during combat show signs of this, primarily in ''Jigoku-hen''. Shinn's "[[SuperMode SEED Mode]]" portrait is drawn differently than in the previous games.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: "Chrono" is an organization that exists in multiple worlds and they are the ones behind the assassinations of [[MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] (the original) and [[MobileSuitGundam Zeon Zum Deikun]]. [[spoiler:In fact, Chrono has been working to ensure the eponymous "time prison" is placed to protect Earth from the Ba'al]]. At one point in ''Jigoku-hen'', Char attempts to weed out its members within the Earth Federation.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Boss has his "My alias is Boss! Not even the author knows my name." quote from ''Shin Mazinger''
* OnlySaneMan: Crowe, Lockon, Keiichirou and Duo. Being the jokers of ZEXIS who can find time to crack a laugh during free-time unlike the rest who are either TheStoic, way too serious or apparently busy doing something else.
* OhCrap: So Rand and the [[MightyGlacier Gunleon]] are upgraded and it's making life easy by tanking everything thrown its way and walking ([[ImprobableWeaponUser or, "wrenching"]]) over legions of {{Mooks}}? Let's see how it feels when he becomes an enemy unit, with the same skill, stats, and upgrades given to him, using only you gave him, no less) using only Roybea, Witz, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Carris Nautilus and the Freeden]] un-upgraded and under an instant GameOver condition if one of them dies. Although it lasts a few turns, this doesn't make it any less horrifying.
** [[SarcasmMode Better still]]: if doing this on NewGamePlus, and the player pimped the hell out of the protagonist's stats and mecha (such as putting on multiple "Haro" equippable parts[[note]]Increase movement +2, mobility +25, weapon accuracy +25, weapon range +1[[/note]]), it's entirely possible to make this {{Unwinnable}}.
* OriginalGeneration
** Rand, Mel, the Glory Star, the Chimera, Crowe, Traiya Scott, Esther, the Neo Empire Imperium, the Holy Kingdom of Insaraum, Elgan, Aim, Marilyn, Hibiki, Suzune Saijou, Geminis, Sidereal and Ba'al.
** For the HumongousMecha, the Gunleon, Virgora, Shurouga, Eliphas, the Chaos machines, Brasta, the Arksaber machines, Arietis, Genion and Geminia. ''Z: Special Disk'' contains an original Overman called the "XAN".
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: A variation, though not exactly a straight example, either - Quattro is, statistically, one of the best pilots in ''Z'' but never gets his own top-of-the-line mobile suit, relegating him to the so-so [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Hyaku Shiki]], which has nothing on the more powerful units later in the game (unless he's placed in the Turn A as most players do).
** Kira and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Strike Freedom]] in ''Z'': unless the player has been deliberately saving credits in Rand's route to upgrade the Freedom in the two or three scenarios he's with ZEUTH, by the time the Strike Freedom is available, it will have a paltry three bars of upgrades and Kira will have bonus Pilot Points to use, yet the player's squads are likely filled up with specifically designated leaders.
* ObviouslyEvil: Just take a look at Asakim and tell us he isn't evil. For starters, the man's completely clad in black, the Shurouga ''looks'' evil, and its attacks are sadistic, with Asakim commenting similarly so. Makes one wonder how ''anyone'' can trust him in the first place, even though he only acts so [[spoiler:for the sake of gaining freedom from being a Cursed Wanderer and seeking death]].
* PaintingTheMedium: In the ''Second Z'', the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Deathscythe]] and its MidSeasonUpgrade [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Deathscythe Hell]] have the "Hyper Jammer" and "Hyper Jammer ECM Suite" attack, respectively, making use of their stealth jammers, causing the screen to flicker and static-up for the duration of the attack.
** In ''Hakai-hen'', at the setup menu immediately after [[spoiler:Kamina dies]] and in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrQaHJ74doQ Scenario 33 until he gets motivated enough]], Simon's character portrait shows him absolutely [[DespairEventHorizon dejected]].
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Pretty much all of the cast give these
* PluckyComicRelief: Crowe, Lockon, Duo, and Keiichirou. When they group up, they start telling bad jokes, even when they're alone (such as in the Scenario 7 intermission before battle, while at the Ashford Academy, Duo laughs at Kallen for acting like a weak little lady). For example, whenever the Dai-Guard gets hit, Keiichirou asks [[{{Dai-Guard}} Ibuki Momoi]] if she'd like to gamble whether the next attack will hit or miss. In another instance, Lockon hangs out with Crowe and laughs at one another's dry humor.
** In Scenario 48 of ''Hakai-hen'', during the intermission, Setsuna is using the long-distance communication device when Crowe wonders if he is going to send a message to his "girlfriend" [[MobileSuitGundam00 Marina Ismail]]. Setsuna responds with [[TheStoic the usual stare]]; Crowe jokingly asks if it's to his boyfriend and Setsuna's answer remains the same, this time with a glare. Lockon notes how Crowe's bad jokes don't work on Setsuna, to which Crowe states "They don't work on Chirico, Zero, Heero, [[MobileSuitGundamWing Trowa]], [[MobileSuitGundamWing Wufei]] and [[CodeGeass Toudou]], either."
* PostScriptSeason: ''Mazinger Z'', ''Great Mazinger'' and ''Xabungle'' in ''Z''. All series returning from the ''Z'' in ''Hakai-hen'' are this as well, along with ''Dancougar'' and ''Trider G7''. In ''Jigoku-hen'', Noriko informs Z-BLUE [[spoiler:she is from 12,000 years in the past, meaning the events of ''Gunbuster'' have already passed, yet she has no idea how Kazumi disappeared after the detonation of Buster Machine #3]].
* PosthumousCharacter: Despite Treize's death being used as a case of martyrdom martyr for the Mariemaia Army and Wufei's usual FaceHeelTurn from ''Endless Waltz'' in ''Jigoku-hen'', Treize's actions in ''Saisei-hen'' have an impact in the game, [[spoiler:particularly Char, who opts to save humanity by using Axis as a singularity point to unite mankind because he has learned much from Treize, whose dying words is to inform Char not to make the same mistakes as he did]].
* PowerLimiter: An odd case in ''Hakai-hen'' - as long as Kamina is in the party, Simon is unable to learn the "Hotblood" or "Bravery"[[note]]Gain the effects of "Accelerate" (+3 to movement), "Valor", "Invincible" (The next enemy attack will deal only 10 damage), "Strike", "Spirit" (+10 to Will) and "Fury" (The next successful attack ignores enemy barriers, defensive skills and size modifiers) Spirit Commands for one turn[[/note]] Spirit Commands. This never comes up in normal play since Kamina will be absent later and is around ten levels before Simon should learn either Commands, but it plays up his status as a CrutchCharacter.
* PowerupLetdown: So the player has waited forever and toughed through the early scenarios using the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X Divider]], wondering when they'll get to use the "[[{{BFG}} Satellite Cannon]]" again, and when it's finally available, reality strikes hard - the weapon's AwesomeButImpractical, since it requires a full 3-4 turns before it's able to fire once until the next 3-4 turn recharge like ''Destiny''. However, ''Z'' ensures the {{BFG}} only functions in scenarios where ''the moon is visible through a line-of-sight'', meaning the [[AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]] cannot use it indoors or in many other stages where there's no moon. JustifiedTrope, because the [[AfterWarGundamX Gundam Double X]] carries the "Twin Satellite Cannon", the strongest attack in ''Z'' bar-none, and will deal a lot of damage to most bosses. While it might be a single-use in most scenarios, it's enough to be a boss-killer.
** Another example (albeit not as severe) is Renton and the Nirvash Spec3: although its stats are much better and its attacks pack a bigger punch, the reason anyone uses the Spec2 is its Seven Swell MAP attack, which the Spec3 loses, making it less useful against hordes of {{Mook}}s. [[EleventhHourSuperpower The Spec3 having as much raw power in its basic attack as the finishers of some super robots]] alleviates the pain, though. The real letdown is the ''Second Z'' counterpart of the Nirvash doesn't have the Seven Swell attack at all; even after its upgrade into the [[EurekaSeven Nirvash Spec-V]], it becomes weaker than the [[EurekaSeven Terminus B303]].
** Deathscythe Hell's Hyper Jammer ECM Suite attack in ''Saisei-hen'' loses its built-in "accuracy down" status effect of the original Deathscythe's Hyper Jammer attack, making it stronger but less useful, overall.
* ThePsychoRangers: ''Z: Special Disk'' gives us "Death Squad 13", Edel Bernal's attempt at forming a ZEUTH-style RagtagBunchOfMisfits. It begins as a unit composed of [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Phantom Pain]] and Titans members under the orders of Neo Roanoke, then gains more members from mercenaries like Timp or Jason Beck, and others like the Frost Brothers and Gym tagging along for fun. It doesn't work nearly as well (most members are nuts, after all) and the squad ends up disbanded without ever meeting ZEUTH in combat once.
* RecurringBoss: [[Anime/BigO Jason Beck]], in every game so far. He's basically the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Yazan Gable]] of Z, which might as well be a CastingGag.
* {{Retraux}}: Mixed with DoingItForTheArt - older {{Super Robot}}s such as Baldios, God Sigma and Getter Robo get some retro-looking animations in their strongest attacks, complete with choppy animation and trippy retro "laser backgrounds" and pastel-frame explosions. This is a first for the franchise and a great moment for fans who weren't excited about ''Z'' initially, which also demonstrates the degree of love the designers have for the older shows, preserving them in their glory.
** This trend is continued in ''Hakai-hen'' with God Mars, notorious for its lack of animation during fight scenes in it home series. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrLF5GaAcmA#t=1m16s Its strongest attack reflects this perfectly]].
* RedemptionDemotion: While the usual issue of boss characters turning [=PC=]s losing tens of thousands of HP and boss exclusive abilities like Extreme and double movement is in effect, it's even more notable with Roze, Anew, and Kagura who don't even get to keep their units. Roze and Anew are demoted to subpilots, and while for Anew this isn't that big a deal, Roze has higher stats than the main pilot of the Cosmo Crusher AND like Takeru has the ESP ability but is none the less forced to be Kenji's SP tank instead. Kagura at least gets to pilot, but he's a melee character as his brutal attacks as an enemy show, and despite having two different powerful melee centric units as an enemy, as a PC he's forced into the Aquarion Gepard, which has only ranged attacks, making his stats totally wasted. Averted with Jin, who like Kagura loses his Abductor unit in favor of Gepard, because his stats suit it anyway.
* {{Retcon}}: ''Z'' completely writes out ''Char's Counterattack'' in favor of keeping Char in line with his ''Zeta Gundam'' persona. Still, it's odd since ''Char's Counterattack'' is only in ''Z'' to give Amuro the [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterAttack Re-GZ]] and eventual Nu Gundam, while Char gets stuck with his Hyaku Shiki and doesn't get the Sazabi. Nevertheless, the moment where he and Amuro learn about the possible future and Char wholeheartedly declaring to stop it from happening is a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]].
** One of the things ''Z'' is known for is its handling of the ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' plot in a way that is believable and more enjoyable.
* RunningGag: Rand being called "[[RedBaron The Crusher]]" by others. Lampshaded by him repeatedly and eventually, [[GenreSavvy he gets tired of trying to object]]. Early on in ''Z'', he points out that someone was doing it just to piss him off.
** Also, whenever Rand does his "Heat Smile", everyone will make the same comment towards it, including [[Anime/TheBigO R. Dorothy Wayneright, Alan Gabriel and Alex Rosewater (!)]], Princess Dianna Soreil and Harry Ord, [[OvermanKingGainer Cynthia Lane]] (!), various Universal Century and ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' pilots, enemy generals, even the Shadow Angels, the Hyakki and alien forces. For the unfamiliar, Rand's a large CoolOldGuy with an intimidating "special service smile" called the "Heat Smile". Those who see it always, ''always'' comment on it being "stuffy" (or "atsukurushii" in Japanese), either loudly or to themselves, even in the middle of dire, life-or-death situations.
** Kamina's tendency to come into conflict with everyone he meets is his way of making friends, such as Ryouma, Zero and Sheryl.
** Chirico, Heero, Setsuna, Sousuke and Hibiki in ''Jigoku-hen'' they're even titled "The Sullen Five", all stoic characters, typically respond with "...." in conversations. There are entire conversations of silence where they can communicate meaningful dialogue or complex battle plans, with the rest of Z-BLUE wondering if they're psychic. Hibiki takes this gag further where he's oblivious to himself being TheStoic; whenever this group is mentioned, he assumes it doesn't include himself, but for someone such as Suzaku, Allelujah or Rei.
* SequelHook: Plenty all over the place, from throwaway comments along the lines of "our battle has just begun" to unresolved plot threads (e.g. the Holy War, since the remaining Sphere holders have yet to appear or the EldritchAbomination)
** Some of the explicit hooks include Kouji watching the Black History recording and talking about seeing a [[ShinMazinger "Mazinger-like" machine he doesn't recognize]], Ryouma getting shocked after watching the same recording and asking "Is that machine with the fearsome movements a Getter?!" (really, the Shin Getter), with his remarks in the final scenario about sensing the presence of another version of himself that [[FutureMeScaresMe flat-out scares him]] (none other than fan-favorite "[[CrazyAwesome Batshit]] [[SlasherSmile Ryouma]]" from ''Getter Robo Armageddon'' and the ''Getter Robo'' manga) and Banjou deciding to leave for Mars and talk about "his true battle just beginning".
** Unfortunately, when it comes to a follow-up on ''Shin Mazinger'', the storywriters may or may not have written themselves into a corner...[[note]]The show ends with [[spoiler:Dr. Hell's defeat, but it only gives rise to the Mycenae Empire on Earth]].[[/note]]
** In ''Saisei-hen'', [[spoiler:the Anti-Spiral says it will return one day]].
** At the end of ''Jigoku-hen'', [[spoiler:a second Earth appears]], as numerous enemies swarm Z-BLUE. This is followed with a snippet montage of:
*** Shinji proclaiming he will protect [[RebuildOfEvangelion Rei Ayanami]] no matter what, as Kira, Shinn and Athrun are speaking of how the [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny PLANTs]] are heading down a road of destruction. [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Audrey Burne]] and [[FullMetalPanic Kaname Chidori]] bid farewell to [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Banagher Links]] and Sousuke, respectively, and Char discusses the contents of the [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Laplace]] [[MacGuffin Box]] with Full Frontal.
*** Setsuna is rendered in a coma as [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Feldt Grace]] and Graham look on, [[AquarionEVOL Amata Sora and Kagura Demuri]] state they will take back the Sun and Chirico is summoned before an unknown person. Inside the [[GetterRobo Shin Dragon]], [[GetterRobo Gou Saotome]] claims about unlocking the true power of Kouji and Ryouma's machines, but the latter refuses to bend to the will of the [[GetterRobo Getter Rays]].
*** Kei and [[SuperDimensionCenturyOrguss Olson D. Verne]] are finding ways to fix space-time, Noriko is stranded somewhere in the far reaches of the galaxy, [[spoiler:Suzune reveals the truth behind the Genion to Hibiki and Asakim is told to reawaken by a mysterious entity]].
* ShipperOnDeck: All of ZEXIS takes sides over the LoveTriangle of ''Macross Frontier''.
* ShoutOut: "[[strike:[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Starlight Breaker]]]] The Glory Star! FULL BURST!!".
** In ''Hakai-hen'', Kamina references the "[[{{Gunbuster}} Super Inazuma Kick]]" with one of the Gurren Lagann's attacks. [[spoiler:Even after he dies, Simon does the same when using the same attack]].
** There is a chance Sandman in ''Z'' when using the [[{{Gravion}} God Sigma Gravion]] will say "I have no name to give to the likes of you!", just like a certain character from ''MachineRobo''. He also does this in Hakai-Hen as he beats up PMC soldiers who tries to take Eida and her manager in.
* ShutUpHannibal: As per usual, with the best one when ZEUTH confronts [[{{Zambot 3}} Computer Doll No. 8]] ([[spoiler:Gaizok]]) in ''Z''. The malevolent AI rants about how its decision to destroy humanity is a perfectly logical one - that HumansAreBastards who do nothing but evil to each other and no one on Earth really cares about ZEUTH and their efforts to save the world. ZEUTH tells the AI there's no way they're going to let an [[AIIsACrapshoot emotionless computer determine their fate]] and vow to prove that it's the true evil for spreading strife across the galaxy. ZEUTH proceeds to destroy the AI, [[EliteMooks Red Knight Deathcain and Blue Knight Heldyne]].
** This results in an unnerving sequence where, even as it's getting blasted to bits, it continues to repeat its statements over and over, telling [[{{Zambot 3}} Kappei Jin]] his battle is empty and meaningless. Hell, the whole sequence is the stuff of nightmares starting from what it did to Kappei when it turns him into what a boy his age would be in such a situation, leading to him crying and begging to be saved [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome before he snaps at the insane AI and tells it to shove it, all the while speaking through his tears and declaring even as a scared little boy, he won't forgive its existence]].
** Ultimately and shockingly subverted in the final battle, where various members of ZEUTH try to do this to The Edel Bernal, only to have him reply with lines such as "Why is it wrong?", shocking ZEUTH to no end and makes them realize he's [[AxCrazy too far gone]] to listen to reason.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: At one end, Rand's route includes the ''Xabungle'' and ''King Gainer'' characters; at the other, Setsuko. Ever wanted to see what kind of social ''and'' physical damage a 50-meter HumongousMecha leaves in its path? That's why there's ''Zambot 3''.
** That's not to say Rand's route [[GrowingTheBeard is all laughs and giggles]] either, but Setsuko's route just keeps the DarkerAndEdgier coming.
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Again, Rand's story more or less gets all the breaks; in Setsuko's, you have to ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding work]]'' just to get a few happy notes in an otherwise depressing series of events.
** ''Hakai-hen'' is also rather cynical, since all the storylines occur during the first season of a two-part series where good people died for nothing and the situation is pretty bad throughout the ADW. However, like Crowe [[spoiler:being powered by fortune and misfortune]], ''Saisei-hen'' is much more optimistic.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Euphemia, Shirley and [[CodeGeass Rolo Lamperouge]]]] in ''Saisei-hen'', provided the player picks the right route. Also, [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Anew Returner]] and [[ShinMazinger Lorelei]]]] are {{Secret Character}}s.
** [[spoiler:Nia]] is spared this go-round.
** [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundam00 Wang Liu Mei]]]] survives what killed her in the show if the normal route is taken, [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope only to be abandoned on the exploding Damocles by Emperor Lelouch]]]].
** [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lordgenome]] returns to being a bio-computer aboard the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Cathedral Terra]] rather than being destroyed by the Grand Zeboma's "[[WaveMotionGun Infinity Big Bang Storm]]".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'' series, particularly ''Alpha Gaiden'', due to similar series used (''Gundam X'', ''Turn A Gundam'', ''Xabungle''), overall difficulty and the use of a "bazaar" to purchase playable units.
* {{Superdickery}}: [[spoiler:Char never had plans of dropping Axis on Earth in ''Jigoku-hen'', as he reaffirms his loyalties with Z-BLUE. Unfortunately, the ColonyDrop goes as planned, as Full Frontal and his allies intend to see the asteroid hit Earth]].
* StealthPun: The titles of the ''Second Z'' two-parter plays around the themes of death and rebirth. Since ''Jigoku-hen'' is a pun regarding {{Hell}}, there's a likely chance the second-part of the ''Third Z'' will have a theme of {{Heaven}}.
** The subtitles for these games use common Japanese words, but with one kanji altered to change the meaning: ''Hakai'' goes from "destruction" (破壊) to "break world" (破界), ''Saisei'' from "rebirth" (再生) to "regen world" (再世), and ''Jigoku'' goes from "Hell" (地獄) to "time prison" (時獄). Crosses with BilingualBonus for non-Japanese fans.
* TheStrategist: In order to represent his tactical prowess, Lelouch gets the unique pilot skill "Tactical Command", allowing him to give up his turn in order to grant the commands "Offense"[[note]]+15 to melee and ranged, +20 to accuracy[[/note]], "Defense"[[note]]+20 to defense and evasion[[/note]] and "All-Out Attack"[[note]]+30 to melee and ranged, -40 to defense and evasion[[/note]] to allied units for one turn. This makes up for him not being that great of a pilot, statistically speaking.
* StylisticSuck: Beck the Great RX-3 is a ''horrible'' machine, but the sheer camp of using its one and only attack makes up for it.
* TimeSkip: One year between ''Hakai-hen'' and ''Saisei-hen'', four months after the UCW and ACW merge in ''Jigoku-hen''
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y47snC3G6Iw Scenario 18-A]] of the third route split in ''Hakai-hen'', which takes place during a concert in the ''Macross Frontier'' storyline, Sheryl's song "Iteza Go Go Kuji Don't Be Late" pumps up ZEXIS so much they instantly shoot to 130 Will. After defeating the initial enemies, [[ShinMazinger Baron Ashura]] arrives with some Mechanical Beasts; this causes Ranka to take the stage and sing her song "What 'Bout My Star?", which increase Kamina and Simon's Will further, to the point that Kamina debuts the Gurren Lagann's famous "[[ThisIsADrill Giga Drill Break]][[SpellMyNameWithAnS (er)]]", nearly obliterating [[ShinMazinger Mechanical Beast Taros D-7]] with it.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mazinger Z's "[[EyeBeams Koushiryoku Beam]]" is usually the weakest attack it has. However, in the ''Second Z'', it surpasses its "[[ChestBlaster Breast Fire]]" in damage potential, making it one of Mazinger's most powerful attacks. Why? Because that's what ''Shin Mazinger'' strongly suggests.
** [[MobileSuitGundamWing Sandrock/Sandrock Custom]], while a decently armored RealRobot with sufficient attacks in past appearances, earns a "Full Upgrade Bonus" of +300 to armor rating (including the "Resupply"[[note]]Restore EN and ammo to maximum to any adjacent allied unit[[/note]] unit ability for the Sandrock Custom). Its armor rating becomes higher than any other mecha (barring those choosing to boost their armor rating as their Full Upgrade Bonus) and when combined with [[MobileSuitGundamWing Quatre Rabareba Winner]] and his high level of "Prevail" and the Sandrock carrying a shield to reduce damage, the unit effectively becomes a StoneWall.
* TrueCompanions: ''[[{{Deconstruction}} Gleefully]]'' toyed with, but [[OlderThanTheyThink this isn't the first time]] - back in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64'', Wufei will leave the party if the player decides to join the Organization of Zodiac, while ''Destiny'' forces the player to [[EnemyMine align]] with the Neo Zeon to fight the aliens. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', actual fistfights occur between [[MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]] and [[{{Daimos}} Kazuya Ryuuzaki]]. Still, ''Z'' takes it to a whole new level, [[spoiler:with half of ZEUTH in ''Z'' split into sides ready to kill each other]].
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: In ''Jigoku-hen'', Hibiki asks what the relationship between [[GetterRobo Kei Minamikaze and Benkei Kuruma]] is, and Ryouma replies they are father and daughter. Suzune overreacts, leading Benkei to comment she's a little ''too'' surprised, given Kei is his adopted daughter, and the only real parent Kei has ever had.
* UnitsNotToScale: While an [=SRW=] standard via size rating, the ''VOTOMS'' finale in ''Saisei-hen'' subverts this - due to the scenario being set in an underground base, it's impossible for the player to deploy allied units larger than an M-sized unit[[note]]The player can deploy [[GodMars Gaia]], but not combine it into the L-sized Godmars[[/note]]. Of course, the final scenario in ''Jigoku-hen'' [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale throws everything out of window and replaces all size ratings with the infinity symbol]], but FridgeLogic raises further questions, thanks to Chirico and the Burglarydog, whose final attack involves Chirico opening the cockpit and firing a round from his armor magnum to finish off his target.
* VillainTeamUp
** In ''Z'':
*** Gym, the Frost Brothers and Dewey Novak
*** The Vegan Empire, Gaizok, Zeravire, Elda and the Aldebaron Army
*** The Siberian Railroad Company and the [[CombatMechaXabungle Breakers]]
** In ''Hakai-hen'':
*** [[ShinMazinger Dr. Hell]] and the Gishin Empire
*** Emperor Zul is pro-active in this regard: he spends a lot of the game trying to gather allies from the other villains, including [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lordgenome]], Moon Will and Professor Saotome. When the player fights Zul, he even brings along a few bosses previously defeated.
*** The [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Red Shoulder Battalion]] cooperates, most of the time, with the Britannian Army.
*** Timp and the Beastmen
** In ''Saisei-hen'':
*** [[Anime/CodeGeass Emperor Charles zi Britannia]] lets Ribbons do whatever he wants to the ADW, since Charles is more concerned with [[spoiler:the Ragnarok Connection]]. Of course, Ribbons has an alliance with [[spoiler:[[MacrossFrontier Grace O'Conner]]]], previously {{Foreshadowed}} in ''Hakai-hen''. In fact, they become a DualBoss in one route.
*** Emperor Muge Zorbados and Emperor Zul
*** [[spoiler:Whatever Ba'al is, it includes the Invaders, [[{{Gunbuster}} STMC]] and the Anti-Spirals]].
** In ''Jigoku-hen'':
*** [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn The Sleeves]] and Neo Zeon
*** The Anti-Spiral, [[AquarionEVOL Altair]] and Uchuu Maou
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Most of the teenage cast winds up transferring to [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Jindai High]] in ''Jigoku-hen'', forming a "Campus Defense Force" with a nearby elementary school where Watta Takeo and [[{{Gigantor}} Shoutarou Kaneda]] are attending, including assistant janitor Ryouma. Played with when they start collecting a lot of unexplained absences, forcing Kaname to create a volunteer club, draft the pilots, and peg Suzune as club advisor.
* WhamEpisode[=/=]TheReveal: Many from the various franchises, such as the nature of the Elda, but the biggest one is the revelation [[spoiler:the Black History is not just the past, but the possible ''end of the multiverse'', brought about by ZEUTH]].
** In terms of stages/episodes, Scenario 50 is a megaton-wham since it begins as a mission to get back [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX D.O.M.E]], cuts to the above reveal [[ExpositionBreak in a lengthy story sequence]], then goes on to introduce the [[Anime/TurnAGundam awakening of the Moonlight Butterfly]], complete with its ominous Black History {{Leitmotif}}.
** [[spoiler:Scenario 49 of ''Hakai-hen'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTPWJABzfEY it turns out those pesky Dimensional Beasts ZEXIS has been fighting]] [[WasOnceAMan were once humans]]]] (although this particular development was {{Foreshadowed}} to hell and back by [[spoiler:nearly half of the dialogue from [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Marguerite Pistail]]]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Kira gets flak in ''Z'' for his OmniscientMoralityLicense of disabling other pilots in combat and putting himself in danger from Harry Ord.
** Shinn gets two or three himself in the same game: from Amuro, for letting his anger drive him in battle and for being a little too happy to hate and kill the enemy (while Amuro knows it's necessary, he also believes killing isn't something that should be done lightly, and restraint is important), from Holland for being more sympathetic to Stella than his allies in ZEUTH, even though Stella was an enemy and destroying Berlin, and from ''everyone'' in ZEUTH if he sides with Durandal.
** Another example is [[spoiler:what each side of ZEUTH believed they were doing in the ZEUTH vs ZEUTH battle]].
** In ''Saisei-hen'', Wufei delivers this and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Black Knights if they decide to not trust Zero (see CrowningMomentOfAwesome header).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: If the player chooses the ZAFT Route at around Scenario 45 of ''Z'', Haman simply [[LostForever vanishes from the plot after a certain point]]. [[spoiler:Fortunately, this doesn't happen if the player manages to take the ZEUTH Route, where she's playable]]. However, [[TheBusCameBack she's back]] for ''Jigoku-hen''.
** The whereabouts of [[GenesisOfAquarion Touma]]: as per the finale from the series, he, Apollo and Sirius [[spoiler:seal themselves away with the Aquarion for the next thousands of years to keep the [[GenesisofAquarion Tree of Life]] from dying]] at the end of ''Z''. While the latter two reappear in ''Z: Special Disk'' and stay for the ''Second Z'', Touma is absent and not mentioned at all.
* WesternZodiac: The Spheres all correspond with the twelve constellations in the Western Zodiac.
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: [[spoiler:The Chimera in ''Z'' splits ZEUTH against each other by altering video footage to make it look like Rand's party has joined TheFederation while Setsuko's group works with ZAFT. Neither side suspects these are fake until Olson and Banjo show each group their own video]].
** [[spoiler:Although there were other factors, such as natural personality conflicts, the actions of the ''Archangel'' in antagonizing Setsuko's team, but siding with Rand's causes one group to detest the crew of the battleship and the other to defend their new friends. In addition, Duke Freed appears at a poor time to witness the cast of ''Zambot 3'' taking out their anger on an alien enemy, and mentions to the other team the report of ZAFT's side being violently anti-extraterrestrial seems to be true. The faked reports are only the tip of the iceberg]].
* WhatIf: Done in ''Z'' with the plot of ''Gundam SEED Destiny'', in ''Saisei-hen'' with ''Code Geass'' and ''Jigoku-hen'' with ''Aquarion EVOL''. In the first two cases, the alternate storylines are accessible via an invisible points system related to the respective series, resulting in the last fifth of each game being an entirely different set of scenarios.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The Black History is a major plot point throughout the ''Z'' series. However, since ''Turn A Gundam'' isn't included in ''Jigoku-hen'', the Banpresto writing staff gets around this by adding a single hiragana to the name, changing it from ''Kuro Rekishi'' (黒歴史) to ''Kuro'''i''' Rekishi'' (黒い歴史), which has exact same meaning.
* XMeetsY: Due to the nature of multiple universes, different incarnations of the same person and the merging of dimensions into one, the ''Z'' series is effectively ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' meets ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
* YouHaveNoIdeaWhoYoureDealingWith: Hades hints at the true nature of Getter Rays to Ryouma in ''Jigoku-hen''
-->'''Hades''': "You who use that destructive power, dares to oppose me!? You have no idea what the Getter Rays can do!"\\
'''Ryouma''': "Shut up! I'm tired of false gods! I believe in the Getter Rays! Unlike you, I'm not afraid of them!"\\
'''Hades''': "Getter Rays will be the end of us all!"
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