!Series-specific YMMV
* AntiClimaxBoss: In Alpha 1, the EVA Angels, sadly. They're built up to be incredibly dangerous, and each one has a unique level, but they're all really rather easy, even if you're going for skill points or other secrets. Either that or they're purely for show (Ramiel, for example, doesn't need to be interacted with in a meaningful manner during its mission).
** Particular points for this go to Zeruel; in the show, he's literally an unstoppable death machine. In the game, thanks to Rei's Demoralize spirit command it's relatively easy to take him down without a berserked Unit 1, even. Hell, he hits so soft that it can actually be a challenge to get Shinji ''killed'' for the "canon" play-out of the mission[[note]]and resulting S2 Engine upgrade[[/note]] unless, instead of demoralizing him, you intentionally hit Zeruel with weak attacks just to build up his Will pool.
* DemonicSpiders: [[Anime/MacrossPlus Ghost X-9s]] have INSANELY high evasion rates, making them nigh untouchable to even the most accurate and agile {{Real Robot}}s; it's nearly impossible to hit them without using the "Strike" Spirit Command[[note]]Increase accuracy to 100% for one turn[[/note]]. Thankfully, they don't show up much.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed ZAFT]] seems to enjoy fielding them in ''Alpha 3'', but aside from their evasion rates, they don't hit as hard as they do in ''Alpha Gaiden'', unless you're playing the [[ThatOneLevel first half of the]] [[Anime/MacrossPlus Information High scenario]].
* GameBreaker: See [[GameBreaker/SuperRobotWars here]] for the full list.
* GoddamnBats: The [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} STMC]] and the [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Buff Clan]] in ''Alpha 3''.
** The Aura Battler grunts in ''Alpha 1'' can also be annoying; they all come with an "aura barrier" that can absorb a fair amount of beam-type damage. So far, so what, right? Early on it isn't so much of a concern, but late in the game, the stronger Aura Battler units begin getting a fair amount of armor. As the absorption is calculated ''after'' damage reduction from armor, this means hurting even grunts, never mind boss AB units, with beam weapons can get very annoying. Which leads in to a further problem: most of the grunts are ''S-size''. The best units for clearing them out would be your Gundams - but the Gundams can't damage them reliably. So either your supers and others have to spend tons of SP on Strike, you have to lean ''real'' hard on the Macross and Dunbine units, or just pray that your guys scale faster in damage than the grunts do.
* GoodBadBugs: "Phase-Shift Armor" ability for the ''MobileSuitGundamSEED'' units in ''Alpha 3''. It reduces damage from a lot more things than it says it does, including energy beams that aren't close enough to what would be a considered a "beam" in Gundam terminology. For example, "[[MazingerZ Breast Fire]]" counts as a beam in-game; Phase-Shift says it doesn't.
** FridgeBrilliance: Back in ''Gundam SEED'', [[MobileSuitGundamSEED Kira Yamato]] is able to survive atmospheric re-entry because the Strike's Phase-Shift Armor protects it from the severe heat.
** ''Alpha DC'' has the odd little bug where unit 'Limit' is disregarded - it doesn't actually limit anything. The only reason to upgrade it is to get the unit upgrade bonus.
** There's a funny little infinite cash bug in stage 58 of ''Alpha'' (Playstation version only), where if you cast 'Provoke' on Tashiro, every move your units make will rake in 50k (plus an asston of cash when you end a turn) until someone attacks someone.
* GrowingTheBeard: The ''Alpha'' series as a whole marked the beginning of the complex plot weaving between series that's become iconic with [=SRW=] as opposed to a borderline ExcusePlot for an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny between HumongousMecha it had been before.
* HoYay: ''Averted'' for the ''Alpha'' originals, much like it was in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4''. When choosing the protagonist's (romantic) partner, it ''must'' be of the opposite sex, without exception. The game has no support for same-sex pairings, not even non-explicitly-romantic ones.
** ''Alpha 2'' and ''Alpha 3'' is slightly better about this, since there's definitely room for interpretation with [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sanger Zonvolt]] and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Ratsel Feinschmecker]], [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Ibis Douglas and Sleigh Presty]] and Ibis and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Irui]]. Of course, there is still nothing explicitly stated.
** Naturally, the licensed series can carry over any homoerotic undertones they had: [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari and Kaworu Nagisa]] are a famous example and span multiple games.
* MoralEventHorizon: EVERYTHING [[{{Xabungle}} Kashim King]] does in ''Alpha Gaiden''. Of couse, he [[spoiler:brainwashes Elche like in the series, but in the final battle with him, he sends out [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Rosamia Badam]] in the Psyco Gundam MK II after he'd ERASED HER MIND. If you deploy the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] like you're supposed to, you get a TearJerker as [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]] is forced to kill her as she attacks the ''[[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack La Cailum]]'' battleship. Then Kashim [[NukeEm fires a ton of nuclear missiles he dug up and tries to wipe out every non-Innocent off the face of the Earth]]. Kamille flies into an UnstoppableRage and gives Kashim King nearly the EXACT speech he gave [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Paptimus Scirocco]] in his home series, accompanied by a ThemeMusicPowerUp, MidSeasonUpgrade and a whole lot of RammingAlwaysWorks]].
* PlayerPunch: You want Zeta Gundam's exceptionally good final attack in ''Alpha Gaiden''? [[spoiler:Make sure you kill the BrainwashedAndCrazy Rosamia, who can be saved, otherwise]].
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: Natsuki Katou, the voice actress for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Luria Kayitz]] in ''Alpha 3'', admitted to being a big fan of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing New Mobile Report Gundam Wing]]'' in general, specifically [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]]. This is why Heero and Luria have a special battle quote together, despite little to no meaningful interaction between the two within the game itself.
* TheScrappy: [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Katz Kobayashi]] remains as annoying as he is in ''Zeta Gundam''. He even expresses racism similar to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Blue Cosmos]] in ''Alpha 3'' (though Kamille quickly corrects him). No surprises that he keeps getting labeled as "expendable" in various manga adapatations of ''Alpha''.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The destruction of the SRX]] in ''Alpha 3''.
** [[spoiler: Rosamia'sdeath and Magus reverting to [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Sophia Nate]] as she dies]] in ''Alpha Gaiden''.
* ThatOneBoss
** ''Alpha Gaiden'': [[GetterRobo Emperor Gore's Invincible Battleship Dai]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Gym Ghingham's Turn X Gundam]], and [[spoiler:[[Characters/MasouKishin Shu Shirakawa's Neo Granzon]]]]. Notably, the latter was the hardest boss in the entire franchise, until the FinalBoss, ''not the TrueFinalBoss'', in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden]]'' usurped that title.
** ''Alpha 2'': Emperor Gore's Invincible Battleship Dai, [[{{Daitarn 3}} Don Zauser]], [[GreatMazinger The Emperor of Darkness]], [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crux Dogatie's Divinidad]] and [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable's Nightingale]]]]
** ''Alpha 3'': [[GaoGaiGar The Sol Lords' Palparepa Plus/Prajna and Pia Decem Pit/Peak]], [[{{Dancougar}} Emperor Muge Zorbados]], [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Gepelnitch]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Rau Le Creuset's Providence Gundam]], and [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Doba Ajiba's Bairal Jin]].
* ThatOneLevel: The Information High sequence in ''Alpha 3''. Due to the singing by [[MacrossPlus Sharon Apple]], you cannot use Spirit Commands until a certain point in the scenario. The knife-twister? At the very beginning, you have only two units on the field: [[MacrossPlus Isamu Alva Dyson's YF-19 and Guld Goa Bowman's YF-21]]. Worse, you're fighting against Ghost-X9s, so unless you've been pouring money into the mobility stats of the YF-19 and YF-21, you'll be lucky if your accuracy gets above 30%. Getting the Skill Point is also a LuckBasedMission.
** The Turn X scenario in ''Alpha Gaiden''. This is around the time where the game hates you for getting this far: not only is the Turn X, at this point, the strongest enemy in the game with high strength, accuracy and maneuverability, but you'll need to cast Spirit Commands to most of your attacks to both hit it and not die from counterattacks. Unfortunately, the Turn X comes with a high percentage of RegeneratingHealth, flanked by two powerful {{mook}}s with "Support Attack"/"Support Defend" and Gym will cast "Guts" [[note]]Restore HP to max[[/note]] once half his HP is gone (though the latter's due to a triggered event). The field itself has a large group of enemies standing between you and the Turn X, on top of a turn limit of 13 turns.
** The best part? This scenario is the time where the DifficultySpike becomes apparent. Fortunately, in the last few scenarios after that, {{Breather Level}}s kick in, only for the game to be rendered cruel again, particularly scenarios 42, 43 and 45 (ESPECIALLY 43). However, despite its ThatOneLevel status, Turn X is merely a WakeUpCallBoss.

!Character-specific YMMV
!!Ryusei Date
* HoYay: Mainly with Rai, especially to the point it becomes a RunningGag for fans.
** {{Robosexual}}: The other RunningGag is he seems more interested romantically with HumongousMecha than human girls. Oddly, this doesn't extend to {{Artificial Human}}s though, like [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lamia Loveless]].

!!Raidiese F. Branstein
* HoYay: It should be noted Ryusei's by far [[{{Seme}} the more aggresive of this]] in the {{running gag}}s.
** And if it's not that, Rai's usually geting pegged as a {{Lolicon}}.

!!Ingram Plisken
* [[spoiler: MagnificentBastard]]
* [[spoiler: ThatOneBoss]]: [[spoiler: R-Gun Rivale in ''Original Generation''. In spite of the machine having more health than the game displays, the scenario it appears in grants it powerful, low-cost weaponry, RegeneratingHealth and a protective Warp Field that halves all damage. Worse, in order to achieve the Battle Mastery for the scenario, you must lower its HP to zero in seven turns. What most players find so difficult about the Rivale isn't so much that it's ThatOneBoss, but there was never any build-up to it appearing at all]].

!!Kusuha Mizuha
* [[AmericansHateTingle Americans Are "Meh" About Kusuha]]: The majority of the international fanbase only know Kusuha via the ''Original Generation'' games via the GameBoyAdvance, where not only is she unpopular due to her constant DamselInDistress issues, but is statistically a below-average pilot. A fair cop in that context - Kusuha basically gets into trouble like the "partner" character from ''Alpha'', rather than the protagonist, thus her skill set and stats aren't what they were in ''Alpha''. This also frustrates those more familiar with the franchise, because they know she's much more capable in her own games (or even in the ''Second Original Generation'').
* {{Moe}}: A popular opinion about her, particularlyamong Japanese fans. In the ''Alpha'' games, this often makes something of a contrast to her [[BadassAdorable quiet, yet relentless badassitude]].

!!Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield
* RetroactiveRecognition: After years of Creator/TomokazuSugita shaping himself up as the ur-DeadpanSnarker voice actor (like [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Kyon]] and {{Manga/Gintama}}) and a lot of {{Badass}} roles (such as [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna the Bloodedge]]), it'll be a surprise that Bullet is one of his earlier roles, and he's more or less a meek, occasionally shy everyday guy who's often the ButtMonkey.

!!Leona Garstein
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: In the ''Divine Wars'' TV series for ''Original Generation'', Leona participates in the final battle between the Earth Federation Army and United Colony Corps; in the games, she's ordered not to by her commander [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Julia Heinkel]].
** Additionally, in the manga ''Record of ATX'', Leona and few surviving members of the Troye Unit make the decision to join up with the ''Hagane'' and ''Hiryu Custom'' battleships right before the Divine Crusaders invades Geneva, Switzerland (Federation government headquarters). While Leona does the same thing in ''Divine Wars'', only after the DC has been defeated in Geneva does she wind up aligning with the heroes (in this case, her cousin Elzam had to persuade her).

!!Sanger Zonvolt
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: So many to list that he's Banpresto's walking embodiment of it.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Oh, so very much. He cements his popularity as the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' representative for ''ProjectXZone''.
* MemeticBadass: Contributes to how fans hail him
** MemeticMutation: "Real men ride each other", but also "[[http://daitrombe.net/image/tag?tag=daicensor Daicensor]]"

!!Ibis Douglas
* MemeticMutation: "Ibis is love", and on certain {{imageBoard}}s, threads featuring Ibis are called "Love Threads".
* MoeMoe: Actually '''won''' the 2006 ''Saimoe'' RPG tournament!

!!Sleigh Presty
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: ''The Inspector'' AnimatedAdaptation took steps to rewrite her portrayal in ''Original Generation 2'', including her rivalry with Ibis. After escaping from the Tesla-Leicht Institute, [[spoiler:Sleigh sticks around to not only protect the [=TLI=] transports from the [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic Inspectors]] (as Ibis' Calion is shot down in the previous episode and Kusuha decides to not deploy in her Grungust Type-3), but to later witness Ibis handle the Astelion with considerable talent. Sleigh realizes Ibis is more committed to Project Terrestrial Dream than she is and chooses to join up with Ratsel on the ''Kurogane'' battleship instead of [[WhatTheHellHero fleeing to the Neo Divine Crusaders]]. When Sanger and Ratsel assault [=TLI=] to liberate it from the Inspectors, Sleigh assists them; however, she opts to retreat back to the ''Kurogane'' instead of joining up with Ibis and Tsugumi]]. Most players agree ''The Inspectors'' handled this much better than ''Original Generation 2''.
* FoeYay, LesYay: With Ibis; a source of frustration for her as her odds at landing a guy aren't looking good when she's surrounded by plenty of girls.

!!Arado Balanga
* OT3: The fandom likes to pair Arado, Seolla and Cobray together as a...er, "happy trio".

!!Seolla Schweizer
* OT3: Some fans present Seolla as someone who doesn't mind... "switching" between her long-time partner Arado and their friend Cobray.

!!Irui
* [[spoiler:CrowningMusicOfAwesome]]: [[spoiler:"Twin Icon", a {{Leitmotif}} designed to strike the fear of a PhysicalGod in you]].
* LesYay: With Ibis
* {{Moe}}: No one can say they don't want to hug her when she smiles.
* [[spoiler:UncannyValley]]: [[spoiler:In her persona as Nashim Gan Eden, when she opens her eyes, they become unusually big]].

!!Touma Kanou
* CounterpartComparison: With Bullet; lampshaded in ''Alpha 3'', wherein upon completing all routes in the game, a special scenario featuring the OriginalGeneration has [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Minaki Tomine]] and Kusuha notice the vocal and facial similarities between the two, wondering if they're related.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoVgtqzSnLw "Shippu Jinrai"]] ("Swift Wind, Divine Thunder"), his second {{Leitmotif}} upon receiving the [=DaiRaiOh=] and one of the best tracks in the game.

!!Cobray Gordon
* {{OT3}}: Gets paired up with Seolla in fan works, and sometimes Arado is there "assisting" them.

!!Selena Recital
* EpilepticTrees: "Who exactly IS she????" barely covers the numerous questions about her identity and involvement in ''Alpha 3''.

!!Ze Balmary Empire
* MemeticBadass: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Baran Doban]] is second only to Sanger for being the badass of ''Alpha''.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:Keisar Ephes]]..."End of the Galaxy" final attack: AAAAAHHH!!!
** [[spoiler:The [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Ideon]] Ending plays up the ''Be Invoked'' movie, but instead of AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, Keisar Ephes swoops in, corrupts [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Messiah]] and takes over every soul, condemning them all to his personal Hell as his playthings. No MindScrew here: what's clear is that you're going to Hell]]. '''YIKES'''.

!!Euzeth Gozzo
* FridgeBrilliance: The reason he acts so calmly and laughs at his impending death in ''Alpha''? [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration He knows]] [[MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning this isn't the end for him]]]]. His death quote even {{lampshades}} it:
--> "[[spoiler:[[AllAccordingToPlan Hah hah hah, excellent, it's all according to my plan]]]]."
* MagnificentBastard