* AntiClimaxBoss: [[Anime/TheBigO Big Fau]] is probably one of the most pathetic bosses in franchise history, rivaling the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit-01]] in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 3]]'', due to fairly weak attacks and such a low accuracy rate players won't need to use Spirit Commands. The only hard part is destroying the [[OvermanKingGainer Overdevils]] which can be done very easily, so long as players are careful. He's followed by another easy battle with unlimited turns in the scenario to get the SR Point.
** Despite being a DuelBoss against whom only [[MobileSuitGundam00 Setsuna F. Seiei and the Exia]] are available, [[spoiler:[[MobileSuitGundam00 Alejandro Corner in the Alvaaron]]]] can be made into this in ''Hakai-hen''. It only has around 20,000 HP, and the Exia with decently upgraded weapons, Setsuna's "Ace Bonus"[[note]]Deal 50% more damage to any units equipped with Solar Furnaces and Gundams[[/note]], and casting his "Soul" Spirit Command[[note]]Deal 2.5 times the damage for the next attack[[/note]], he can easily deal damage in excess of 30,000 with a single attack.
** In the same spirit as the above, ''Saisei-hen'' gives us [[spoiler:[[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Wiseman]]]] as a boss for the second half of the final ''ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS'' scenario between him and [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Chirico Cuvie]]. The anti-climactic part is that he controls a set of [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Blood Suckers]] with about 12,000 HP each, but no special features; these Blood Suckers can be finished in one attack [[spoiler:Of course, this is what Wiseman wants]].
** The FinalBoss in ''Jigoku-hen'' has half the {{Hit Point}}s of the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Grand Zamboa]]. Justified since the scenario takes place in an epilogue, while the ''actual'' FinalBoss for the story's climax is [[spoiler:the Grand Zamboa]].
* BestLevelEver: ''Z'' scenario 36 - "[[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Operation Angel Down]]". Instead of pitting [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Shinn Asuka against Kira Yamato]], it's hero vs. hero for the entire cast. MazingerZ vs. GetterRobo? {{Aquarion}} vs. [[{{Gravion}} God Gravion]]? [[{{Xabungle}} Xabungle and Walker Gallia]] fighting [[MobileSuitGundam Universal Century Gundams]]? Yes, yes and yes.
** In ''Saisei-hen'', just about everyone loves [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDFetkztTIA Scenario 29]]. The battle occurs in the middle of a city on fire and numerous events occur in rapid succession: [[MobileSuitGundam00 Ali Al-Saachez and Graham Aker]] can be fought, [[MobileSuitGundamWing Lucrezia Noin]] joins ZEXIS, [[MobileSuitGundamWing Trowa Barton]] regains his memory and returns to the party, there's a tiny window to play around with the [[MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Epyon]] and [[MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy]] reappears and trades [[MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Marquise]] for the [[MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam Zero]], the [[MobileSuitGundam00 00 Gundam]] gets the [[MechaExpansionPack 0 Raiser]], [[MobileSuitGundam00 Allelujah Haptism and Marie Parfacy]] reunite with new attacks to their units AND Allelujah and [[SplitPersonality Hallelujah]] fuse personalities to become the SuperSoldier.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbvmfDsxP9Q Scenario 24 space route]] in ''Saisei-hen'' has garnered praise from fans for having wave after wave of {{Mook}}s attacking. [[MobileSuitGundamWing Chang Wufei and Duo Maxwell]] also return with the MidSeasonUpgrade to their Gundams, and [[MobileSuitGundam00 Tieria Erde]] gets a new attack for the [[MobileSuitGundam00 Seravee Gundam]].
** The FinalBattle of ''Jigoku-hen''. [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil As expected from the trailers]], the eponymous TengenToppaGurrenLagann is playable; awesome already, [[spoiler:until EVERYONE in Z-BLUE reaches size "infinity" as per the series to combat the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]]]].
* BrokenBase: ''Hakai-hen'' suffered a lot of this. While some found the cast list to be the best thing ever, others hate it for removing the "TRI-Battle System" from ''Z'', having only one protagonist, a lack of {{Secret Character}}s and the inability to save certain characters who players want to survive throughout the course of the series.
** Much of the complaints were rooted in hardware issues, as a UMD can only hold so much data. The fact the ''Second Super Robot Wars Z'' was split into two parts resulted in certain things being wound up on the cutting room floor.
** People were rejoicing that ''[[{{Gigantor}} Tetsujin #28]]'', essentially the [[UrExample great grandfather of]] HumongousMecha, is at long last showing up in [=SRW=], only it's the 1980s remake and not the original, which has some people happy ''Tetsujin #28'' is showing up at all, some wishing it was the original, and some happy it's that version.
** The arrangements for some of the songs in ''Hakai-hen'' had fans either cheering (such as "[[ShinMazinger Kanjite Knight]]" and "[[GetterRobo HEATS]]"), or outright wanting to murder the composer in cold blood, with "[[Anime/DancougarNova Tori no Uta]]" being the largest offender. It wouldn't be that big of an issue had not the same track been used in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL'', giving fans something to compare.
*** Also, fans were upset certain songs were NOT in the game, such as "Yuusou" (the theme of the "Stoner Sunshine" event from ''[[GetterRobo Getter Robo Armageddon]]'') as well as "New Frontier" and "Angel Voice" from ''[[{{Macross 7}} Macross Dynamite 7]]''.
*** Not just music: let fans watch and compare the animations of the ''Anime/DancougarNova'' in ''L'' and the ''Second Z''. People ''will'' argue which one is better (recall ''L'' is on the NintendoDS while the ''Second Z'' is on the PlayStationPortable). Same thing can be applied to the ''MacrossFrontier'' animations.
*** The use of synth violins ("[[MacrossFrontier Triangular]]" and "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi]]" the biggest examples); in all fairness, this is a near universally hated thing when it comes to [=SRW=] music.
** The plot of [[spoiler:''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'']] doesn't end in ''Saisei-hen'', and [[spoiler:the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann]]]] isn't playable, despite the [[spoiler:[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Cathedral Lazengann]]]] appearing. While it's an obvious setup for a SequelHook, this annoyed certain players.
*** Technically it ''has'' ended[[note]]Banpresto made an original [[spoiler:"Anti-Gurren Lagann" piloted by the Anti-Spiral]][[/note]], so they can still continue it into ''Jigoku-hen''[[note]]That said, [[spoiler:the Anti-Spiral simply up and leaves]], stating ZEXIS will live a little longer[[/note]].
** The fact that [[spoiler:[[CodeGeass Euphemia li Britannia]] turns out NotQuiteDead]] in the "Trust Zero" Route, but [[spoiler:[[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] and [[MobileSuitGundam00 Lockon "Neil Dylandy" Stratos]] stay dead]] annoyed some players. To be fair, [[spoiler:Euphemia being alive]] has less negative impact to the overall plot (for ''Saisei-hen'' and ''CodeGeass'') than having [[spoiler:Kamina and Neil]] come back would.
** ''Jigoku-hen'' removes certain series like ''EurekaSeven'', ''OvermanKingGainer'', ''AfterWarGundamX'' and ''TurnAGundam'' in favor of new series; like ''Hakai-hen'', it is but part ONE of the ''Third Super Robot Wars Z'', making these complaints feel redundant.
*** Upon the reveal of screenshots for ''Jigoku-hen'', certain players were upset Banpresto wasn't taking full advantage of the PlayStation3 and PlaystationVita by going the 3D route for maps, instead opting back for the heads-down display as the ''Second Z'' did. Grumblings of LazyArtist were abound, since both systems have the hardware and power to do it, especially when the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation]]'' could.
*** The second promotional trailer revealed the plot of ''MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' is happening, which irked some players, particularly since [[MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bagina]] said he wouldn't let it happen. Not only does this make [[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char Aznable]] a {{Hypocrite}} and liar, {{Colony Drop}}ping Axis has been done too many times in previous [=SRWs=], especially when [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn another character who looks like Char (Full Frontal)]] could be the one to do it in place of the man himself, a theory most players felt positive about when ''Jigoku-hen'' was announced. [[spoiler:Turns into {{Superdickery}} when Full Frontal ''is'' the one performing the drop, whereas Char is working behind the scenes to prevent it, going so far as to pull a XanatosGambit in case the ColonyDrop occurs]].
** With ''Jigoku-hen'' released, players weren't pleased to discover some attack animations have taken a step back against [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLVdkgwbHdc previous]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopzdml43n8 titles]], especially when new animations are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsDKOj6n-Os given better treatment]]. While this base is always broke regarding Banpresto's bias towards different titles (particularly debuts), ''Jigoku-hen'' seems to be the worst yet.
*** The plot for ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' is not concluded in ''Jigoku-hen'', pulling another ''Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'' delay via ''Hakai-hen''. This is especially bad when comparing with its debut in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', where their machines have a healthy amount of weapons available ''even before'' the final battle against the [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer ELS]] (for that matter, just ask anyone who's played ''UX'' about the [[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer Raphael Gundam and the Brave]]).
*** In addition, ''Jigoku-hen'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen cut a lot of content]] made from the ''Second Z'' duology, such as visual effects and {{Combination Attack}}s, when they're perfectly adaptable for this game and hardware (as seen for certain units from returning series like ''Code Geass''). Cue fan outcry of LazyArtist and accusations of Banpresto being too concerned about their financial budget, leading to this occurring.
** With the reveal of ''Tengoku-hen'', fan rage intensified on the Internet when they found out ''Anime/SpaceWarriorBaldios'', ''Anime/GodSigma'', ''King Gainer'', ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}'', ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', ''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'', and ''Eureka Seven'' are no longer part of the roster, particularly the latter, as its plot had the most impact in the first two ''Z'' installments. [[OlderThanTheyThink While previous games in the franchise have shafted older series for new debuts]] (such as ''Anime/BrainPowerd'' and ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' for ''Alpha 3''), some fans claim such series removal in this {{Continuity}} will be a detriment to the overall storyline.
*** Since ''Tengoku-hen'' is slated to be the final ''Z'' installment, the plot of ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' potentially ending off as a {{Cliffhanger}} via ''3.0: You Can (Not) Redo'' or using something entirely new (a la ''Gurren Lagann'' in ''Saisei-hen'') isn't sitting well with some people, especially when "4.0" is still in production.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: When a rumor that "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-O1X9GDJD4 Back Alley Space Boy]]" wouldn't be the theme to ''Anime/DaiGuard'' was disproved, the Internet went nuts, given it's probably one of the best instrumentals in ''Hakai-hen''. The same can be said of the arrangement for "HEATS" and "Kanjite Knight".
** While the {{Leitmotif}} for [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Crowe Broust]] in ''Hakai-hen'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQzaLOZwnMI Close Game Life]]", is a little underwhelming, his MidSeasonUpgrade theme "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5aaddvtbgs&feature=related The Unbreakable]]" in ''Saisei-hen'' more than makes up for it.
** On the villains' side, we have [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Asakim Dowin]] and his incredibly catchy "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O_1WNsvGZM Black Stranger]]". Likewise, there's the strangely heroic-sounding "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAl-MxsHFpk Unture Crystal]]", as well as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y2dL3LAstk various]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM0y7KpuauQ Ark]]-[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNusv4Wu-cY&feature=related Saber]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcwW_hYlULY&feature=related themes]], [[AndZoidberg plus]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpNYYJfHhV0&feature=relmfu The Song of the Homicidal Doll]]". Finally, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Uther Insaraum]] and "The King's Love is for His People" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCUeVmboXtk&feature=relmfu may be one of the best]] boss {{Leitmotif}}s in [=SRW=] to date.
** For participants of ''Saisei-hen'', "[[ShinMazinger The]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdN1wx6UzxE Guardian]]", "[[MobileSuitGundam00 TRANS-AM]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMEGOLNQp50 RAISER]]", "[[CodeGeass O]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Kqxo0kqlOg 2]]" and others soon became fan favourites.
*** Special mention goes to Scenario 29 of ''Saisei-hen'', where a background music named "The Advance of Warhorses" pop up at the beginning, which makes Chirico go nuts. This song is remade from the original ''Red Shoulder March'' of ''Armored Trooper VOTOMS'', since Banpresto couldn't purchase the song's license, but this version is very well-conceived. [[LongSongShortScene Too bad players only get to hear it in a few scenarios or so]], nor can they set it as a unit's music.
* CrossoverShip: Shinn Asuka and [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Setsuko Ohara]], and through that, Shinn has actually mellowed enough to [[FixFic fix some of his more objectionable personality problems]] from his home series. It helps they still care for each other [[spoiler:when they meet again in ''Saisei-hen'']].
** [[CodeGeass Kallen Kouzuki]] and Chirico, of all people. They had much chemistry since ''Hakai-hen'', spent much time fighting along together, and even some ShipTease moments (some in front of [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Fyana]], even).
* DemonicSpiders: Or "[[IncrediblyLamePun DAMONic]] [[FanNickname Spiders]]", as the case may be. Dimensional Beasts have high HP, barriers, can inflict StandardStatusEffects, good accuracy/evasion rates (and will only go higher due to their "[[CriticalStatusBuff Prevail]]" skill[[note]]The lower the HP, the greater the increase to accuracy/evasion/critical/armor stats[[/note]]) and HP/EN regeneration. As someone on SomethingAwful put it, "It's like someone decided [[MacrossPlus the Ghost X9]] should be [[UpToEleven more annoying]]".
** DifficultySpike ensues when facing those Dimensional Beasts with MAP weapons in ''Hakai-hen''. In the last scenario, a few carry stats akin to a MiniBoss and their MAP weapons ''[[FriendlyFireproof do not hit allies]]''.
** Thankfully in ''Saisei-hen'', Bull- and Rhino-type Dimensional Beasts have less HP, don't have HP/EN regeneration and barriers. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck That is, until the Artificial-type appear mid-game]], as the weaker ones are even ''stronger'' than the old Rhino-types.
** ''Saisei-hen'' Scenario 15 introduces the Axio Burglars. Each are equipped with a "Jamming Device" which makes allied units two grids around them given accuracy/evasion rate increases by 10%, ''and'' these bonuses stack if they're adjacent to one another. This makes evasive {{Real Robot}}s like [[OvermanKingGainer King Gainer]] or a [[ArmoredTrooperVOTOMS Scopedog]] very prone to their strong attacks (their strongest even reduces Will), while it's almost impossible to hit them without using Spirit Commands. [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Marilyn Catto]] in her Axio Burglar/Pearl Fang only makes it worse, since she's always there to lead them and boosts their/her accuracy/evasion rates with her "Command" pilot skill[[note]]Unit projects a command field; allies within the field receive accuracy/evasion bonus rates depending on the distance from the unit.[[/note]] ''and'' her unit's own "Jamming Device".
** One ''Saisei-hen'' scenario pits players against a large number of Blood Suckers. Unlike the ones Chirico faces later, these Blood Suckers are surprisingly accurate and agile, especially if players make the mistake of not taking them down in one shot, allowing their "Prevail" to kick in. The fact the scenario takes place indoors, rendering any unit bigger than a size "M" non-usable, doesn't help.
** In ''Jigoku-hen'' this honor goes to the MP Bigs from ''[[TheBigO The Big O]]''. While most mooks in the game are easily killed in one shot by a strong enough robot, the MP Bigs will easily endure attacks even from fully upgraded ones thanks to their large size and enormous Armor and Defense stats. They also come in hordes, particularly on their last stage.
* EarWorm: "GAN GAN LEON, GUNLEON! GAN GAN LEON, GUNLEON!"...and all the respective {{Ear Worm}}s of the various franchises, as usual.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Shiony Regis]] from ''Hakai-hen'' is a mostly non-combatant villain who's a SmugSnake at times, but she utterly ''dominates'' the ''Second Z'' fanart.
** The BigBad from ''Z'' is also well liked by fans for being a villainous AscendedFanboy, having an entertaining, insane personality, with liberal use of GratuitousEnglish.
* GoddamnedBats: In ''Saisei-hen'', any enemy faction aligned with the Earth Federation will get [[MobileSuitGundamWing Mobile Dolls]] with "Support Defend"[[note]]Unit can provide defensive support to an adjacent ally[[/note]] and most have barriers like "Planet Defensors"[[note]]Nullify damage below 2000[[/note]]. Attacks will constantly be blocked if players haven't been upgrading their units' weapons, not to mention the Dolls hit hard with the "Ignore Size Modifier" pilot skill[[note]]Negate damage penalties when attacking larger units[[/note]].
** During the last scenario resolving the ''ShinMazinger'' and ''MobileSuitGundam00'' plots, Missile Mechanic Beasts and Gaga, respectively, appear by the numbers. While they aren't particularly hard to destroy, their {{Suicide Attack}}s are quite accurate. In fact, players won't earn any {{Experience Point}}s or credits if they're destroyed this way.
* GoodBadBugs: ''Saisei-hen'' has two that [[GameBreaker trivializes the game]]. The first one is available so long as clear data from ''Hakai-hen'' is present, and players choose to start a new game via data linking. Progressing to the screen where it asks if the player wants to continue, then back-tracking to the title screen causes 500,000 credits to be added to the link data credit total; this can be repeated indefinitely.
** The second one is a minor, but significant one. In the ''Second Z'', it's possible to leave space on the sub-order menu before enacting sub-orders, thus a player is allowed to go back and fill those spaces and activate orders for them if they wish to. In ''Hakai-hen'', filled rows are locked out, but in ''Saisei-hen'' it's possible to visit an unfilled row, switch to a filled row (by pressing the L or R buttons while holding down the triangle button), then swap out one pilot for another who hasn't been given orders yet. This means the player is no longer forced to choose who gets sub-orders when the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast becomes too large]].
* HilariousInHindsight: An image from ''Z'' made the rounds during the game's initial release, showing a man in a black and gold outfit with a full face mask, talking to [[MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gilbert Durandal]] and saying "They call that man 'Orange'." [[CodeGeass Guess what series]] debuts in ''Hakai-hen''?
** ''Hakai-hen'' included a [[MacrossSeven Fire Bomber]] CD as an equippable part as a ContinuityNod to the fact several ''Macross Frontier'' characters (particularly [[MacrossFrontier Ozma Lee]]) are fans. We get to see them {{Squee}} in person, since ''{{Macross 7}}'' is in ''Saisei-hen''.
** Famitsu once posted a hoax article for a fake entry called "Super Robot Wars U" as an AprilFools joke. Among the series listed was ''Anime/DaiGuard''. Cue the cast listing for ''Hakai-hen''.
** The term "Char's Counterattack" has always been a bit of a misnomer in that movie, since Char and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Neo Zeon]] are the aggressors. [[spoiler:The spin on this in ''Jigoku-hen'' makes this no longer a case]].
** [[http://i.imgur.com/TylcPSK.jpg This]] {{Yonkoma}} from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' featuring the [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Tuataa De Danaan]]. Again, this is no longer the case in ''Jigoku-hen''.
* HolyShitQuotient: A playable Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in ''Jigoku-hen'' already set the tone following its reveal in the promotional trailers, but to transform into the [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]? '''WOW'''.
** The entire Axis ColonyDrop event in ''Jigoku-hen'': sure, multiple [=SRWs=] have used it before, but to see [[spoiler:Char reveal he's not the one dropping the asteroid, use Axis to perform space-time recovery, ''lead'' all of Z-BLUE in stopping its descent, '''AND''' pull a XanatosGambit in case it happens]]? All this is done as "[[MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Beyond the]] [[AwesomeMusic Time]]" plays in the background.
* MemeticMutation: Shiony has probably become the most memetic character in the entire franchise, only rivaling [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsK Mist Rex]] for the top slot. Look at how much fanart exists for her compared to how little there is for the other ''Hakai-hen'' originals. Unlike Mist, Shiony's memetic status is due to the fanbase realizing how she acts tough while being a ShrinkingViolet, overreacting to just about anything; in turn, the fandom latched onto her personality quirks and ran with it, as opposed to being the result of an accidental rumor in Mist's case. WordOfGod even acknowledged her memetic status by using her portrait in ''Saisei-hen'' for a civilian met in-game. Some fans actually find her {{Moe}} due to being an IneffectualSympatheticVillain (she's upstaged by her villainous partners, nor is she that hard of a boss).
** It can be debated as she mainly appears in the ruins of the country she used to lead. Same goes for the fanart amount, with [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Marguerite]] [[GagBoobs Pistail]] being the close second.
** Crowe's million-dollar debt is slowly reaching this level.
** "Wrong Tetsujin!" stemming from the fan reaction to the 1980s series being used over the original or 2004 one.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Shikuu]] crosses it [[spoiler:when he kills the pregnant [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Annalotta Stohls]], causing the Geminides race to go extinct]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: "[[EurekaSeven MOKYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN]]!" Whoever decided the [[EurekaSeven Nirvash]] should do that ''every time it attacks'' should be shot.
** "Main Theme" for ''Dancougar Nova'' is so over-the-top serious it quickly gets annoying. Then there's the delayed yell in the Dancougar Nova's final attack, courtesy of [[Anime/DancougarNova Aoi Hidaka]] (more specifically, a young Aoi[[note]]In the show's FinalBattle against [[spoiler:the original {{Anime/Dancougar}}, when they use the "Dankuudangaiken", it shows a young Aoi. The other pilots helped her out of a HeroicBSOD where she was imagining herself when she was a little girl]][[/note]]).
* MostWonderfulSound: The sound the "[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Twin Satellite Cannon]]" makes when it locks on, right before it fires is absolutely ''glorious''.
** [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]] and his shout of "[[ThisIsADrill Giga Drill Break]]", [[spoiler:particularly in the ''Jigoku-hen'' finale of the ''Gurren Lagann'' plot while using the titular galaxy-sized HumongousMecha]].
* NightmareFuel
** [[spoiler:[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ The Edel Bernal's]]]] ultimate attack: first he creates a rip in the fabric of spacetime, briefly showing off a rather ominous looking eye before a massive, rainbow-colored horde of evil...somethings...burst out in a massive stream, with the boss' mech leading them like some demented band leader, and with the horde making a cacophony of creepy impish giggling. They swoop up, grab the hapless victim(s) and carry them into a dimension of pure rainbow insanity. They then get swarmed by a mass of blobs which is then assails by giant sperm, then eaten by a much larger one-eyed blob, which then collides with MORE one-eyed blobs, zooming out all the while, until suddenly the mass is blasted by at least a dozen lasers, until finally the final boss' mech looms large, [[spoiler: The Edel]] makes a rather wiggly cut-in, completely with a disturbing expression of pure elation and with a "BYE-BYE", before finally ending the madness by ramming his gigantic spear into the whole mess. Definitely a contender for creepiest attack in the series, tied with the BigBad in ''Alpha 3''.
** Dimensional Beasts increasingly become this.
* NightmareRetardant: Shikuu's {{Leitmotif}} would actually be scary if the distorted voice playing in the background didn't sound like someone burping.
* PlayerPunch: [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFiiuEPnG1Y Esther Elhaas becomes a Dimensional Beast]] in ''Saisei-hen''. She gets better, though]].
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap, alongside AuthorsSavingThrow and TookALevelInBadAss: When ''Anime/TheBigO'' debuted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'', it was [[TierInducedScrappy near useless]] by that game's [[GameBreakingBug broken standards]] and many players were pleasantly surprised after seeing it in action in ''Z'', where it's one of the best units and becomes better through weapon management, making it a nigh-GameBreaker with its high defense, range, and Roger Smith's high stats (more accurately, his skill set, allowing him to make use of the "Attack Again" pilot skill[[note]]If the defending 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]]). It seemed like the developers were issuing an apology for its sheer shafting in ''Destiny''.
** Anime/{{Godmars}} as well, which was a scrappy unit in the same game due to the same bug and if it was destroyed, it was an instant game over. Although the same "game over" situation is in ''Hakai-hen'', Godmars is rendered as an ass-kicking tool of destruction that's nearly unstoppable. One fan on the {{GameFAQs}} board described it as "two trucks duct-taped together with an atomic bomb", [[EarthShatteringKaboom which is an oddly accurate description of Godmars itself]]. It also helps that after the ''Godmars'' finale, the bomb is disposed of safely and there's now no game-ruining risk involved with using it.
** [[GetterRobo Getter-3]] in ''Hakai-hen'' is no longer a situational unit (at best): it's actually pretty good unit.
** If there's one pilot and unit people ragged on out of the ''Gundam 00'' pilots it's the Allelujah and the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Kyrios Gundam]] for not being quite up to snuff with the other Celestial Being Gundams. Cue a 180 with the Arios in ''Saisei-hen'' winning fans over with better specs, having what many consider the best opening "[[SuperMode TRANS-AM]]" animation, an eventual ability to unleash Hallejuah and watching the machine jump between [[TransformingMecha jet/robot configurations]] in detailed animations.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Nena Trinity]] in the ''Second Z'': while she's still an evil psychotic bitch, what made her so hated in her home series ([[spoiler:killing Louise Halevy's family at a wedding on a total whim]]) is altered: she and her brothers bomb a political party [[spoiler:Louise's parents happened to be at]], apparently under orders. Nena's still the culprit, but doesn't hold '''sole''' culpability, and it being politically-driven rather than done ForTheEvulz makes her come off as less reprehensible.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Quess Paraya]] loses most of her {{Yandere}} traits, while [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Gyunei Guss]] doesn't take to his DragonWithAnAgenda situation from the film as much, [[spoiler:so much so that he assists Z-BLUE with pushing Axis back]].
* ScrappyWeapon: Gurren Lagann's "Troidel Burst" MAP attack consumes a lot of EN, can only hit five enemies at most, cannot be used post-movement, nor is it available in space-based scenarios, and can't hit enemies in the air unless the Gurren Lagann has an equippable part allowing flight. Unfortunately, most players feel the machine performs at sub-optimal in the air.
* TearJerker: Many from the various franchises, but especially [[spoiler:the death of [[{{Zambot 3}} Aki]], which can be averted through GuideDangIt by getting invisible "points", putting her in stasis until a method to stop the bomb in her is discovered]]. Also doubles as PlayerPunch, as many players mercilessly slaughter [[{{Zambot 3}} Gaizock]] forces responsible for it in revenge. [[{{Zambot 3}} Kappei]] even changes character portraits from his usual smile to an angry expression for the rest of the scenario, along with a change in character description in the encyclopedia.
** [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjfVMZggw44 Kamina]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-UV1sk8ZNo Euphemia]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUe83vpiKC0 Neil]]]] in ''Hakai-hen''. The worst part is [[spoiler:while Aki can be SparedByTheAdaptation (which is canon in the ''Z'' games) and Euphemia is alive in ''Saisei-hen'' (provided players take the "Black Knights Route"), Kamina and Neil remain KilledOffForReal]].
*** ''Jigoku-hen'' {{Retcon}}s [[spoiler:Euphemia being NotQuiteDead, where events reveal [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch Lamperouge]] was defeated by the [[Anime/CodeGeass Black Knights]], thus following the normal "Zero Requiem Route" where Euphemia is KilledOffForReal]].
*** Even "[[AxCrazy Batshit]]" [[GetterRobo Ryouma Nagare]], of all people, screams for [[spoiler:Kamina]] in the same manner he does whenever [[GetterRobo Musashi]] bites the dust.
** Before heading off to fight the FinalBoss in ''Jigoku-hen'', Z-BLUE uses the teleport/warp points inside the [[spoiler:[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Super Galaxy Dai-Gurren]]]] to go home and visit their friends. Everyone gets to have what could be their last time with the people they love, the exception being [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} Noriko Takaya]]. Although the party is quick to brighten her spirit, it's still a sad moment [[spoiler:considering [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} Kazumi Amano]] isn't present in ''Jigoku-hen'']].
* ThatOneBoss: The Overdevil, [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn X]] and [[EurekaSeven Dewey Novak's flagship Ginga-gou]] in ''Z''
** ''Hakai-hen'' has the dreaded big three of [[Anime/{{Godmars}} Emperor Zul]], [[Anime/DancougarNova Moon Will's original Dancougar]] and [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Lord Genome's Lazengann]]. All of them can and will deal a OneHitKill on allied units if players aren't careful.
** [[spoiler:Level 99 Gaioh in ''Saisei-hen'', provided the player is progressing on hard difficulty and picked the second of a particular conversation choice]].
** [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]] in ''Jigoku-hen'', during the "[[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Day of the Unicorn]]" event, thanks to god-like evasion rates and having no one on the allied roster with accuracy-increasing Spirit Commands at their disposal.
** [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Gauron]], [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment as]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW usual]]; he may be worse this time if simply due to, but not limited to, the fact he has the "Ignore Size Modifier" pilot skill.
* ThatOneLevel: The final scenario for [[Characters/SuperRobotWars Rand Travis]] on EX-Hard Mode is ''insanely'' annoying, both because of its length and the sheer DifficultySpike the BigBad is compared to the previous scenarios. SaveScumming is almost a must to avoid an {{Unwinnable}} situation.
** Some of the special scenario requirements are near impossible to beat without a great deal of luck and SaveScumming. The only real way to beat ''Z'' on EX-Hard Mode while getting the SR Points and hidden ending points and such is LevelGrinding repair units (making Rand's route a little easier since the Gunleon has this ability) to high levels as soon as you get a scenario without a time limit.
** Just about any stage in ''Hakai-hen'' with Dimensional Beasts is a pain in the ass, especially Scenario 50. This doesn't get any better when Artificial-class Beasts present themselves anywhere in ''Saisei-hen''.
** Scenario 35 of ''Saisei-hen'' (of both routes, no exception) begins with all allied characters getting [[MindRape their heads messed with]] through an event, starting them off at 70 Will, no use of Spirit Commands while hordes of Artificial-class Dimensional Beasts close in, dealing high damage to units while taking paltry amounts in return due to the low Will.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The ''Second Z'' being on a handheld attracted a large number of complaints, as well as the removal of the "TRI-Battle System". A combination of these two things has also limited returning series to their key cast members and units only. Additionally, the fact [[WhatCouldHaveBeen it was planned to be a PlayStation 2 game]] had some fans upset, as the [=PSP=] is seen as a downgrade in terms of graphical capabilities.
** Replacing the ''Eureka Seven'' TV series with the not-so-well received movie in ''Hakai-hen'' had fans crying it was ruined now that the Nirvash is no longer broken, since many consider the film version of the machine as garbage. With ''Eureka Seven'' totally removed from ''Tengoku-hen'', nearly all players agree this is not a step in the right direction regarding the ''Z'' series.
** ''Macross Frontier'' units are rendered size "M" rather than "S" in ''Hakai-hen'', and no longer have their "Pinpoint Barrier" unit ability[[note]]Nullify damage below 1000[[/note]] from ''L'', which means they're no longer {{Game Breaker}}s. Naturally, people complained; however, the barrier does return in ''Saisei-hen''.
*** What's funny is ''L'' [[MisBlamed got the size wrong, too]]: the [[MacrossFrontier VF-25 Messiah]] is roughly the same height as medium-sized mainstays Mazinger Z and the [[MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2 Gundam]], making it too large to be considered "small". ''L'' worked them in due to a lack of small units (it only had the [[KotetsuJeeg Jeegs]] and the Anime/{{Iczer}}s), but ''Hakai-hen'' has enough small units to restore them to their original size.
** Part of the fanbase complained "Tori no Uta" and "[[MacrossFrontier LION]]" (and by extension, the entire soundtrack of ''Macross Frontier'') is much better in ''L'' than it is in the ''Second Z''. Don't even try to mention "[[FinishingMove Absolute Nova Beast Attack]]" for the ''Dancougar Nova''. Likewise, ''Macross 7'' gets a bit of a flak for not including some of their songs, mostly "Angel Voice" and "Holy Lonely Night". This may have been the reason why ''Jigoku-hen'' began allowing custom [=BGMs=].
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Although [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Advent]] and his Asclepus wind up rescuing [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsZ Hibiki Kamishiro]] in dynamic moments, he pulls a HeroicSacrifice to imbalance the "Sphere of the Quarreling Twins", allowing Hibiki to acquire it for himself]].
* TheWoobie: Setsuko; Uther might've surpassed her for this status in ''Saisei-hen''.
* UpToEleven: ''Saisei-hen'' is the only [=SRW=] to date to surpass the [[http://akurasu.net/wiki/Super_Robot_Wars/Z2.2/Series number of series in a single game]] previously set by ''Alpha 3''.
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