This is the story of the Brave men and womennote and robots! who fight to save the human race!
I'll show you... the power of true courage!
— "Cyborg" Guy Shishioh
King of Braves GaoGaiGar (Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar) started broadcast in 1997, as the final installment of the Takara/Sunrise Brave Series.The series opens with the most patently awesome version of the Stork ever as a giant robot lion delivers a human-looking baby to an unsuspecting couple in the middle of a snowstorm, who name the baby Mamoru. Eight years later, in the far flung future of 2005, Mamoru is on a school trip to a garbage island in order to have demonstrated to him the importance of recycling, only to awaken a giant Robeast. He and his classmates are trapped on said robot, and all hope seems lost as the military bombards it with fighter jets, only to have them shot out of the sky. But what's this? A mysterious cyborg swoops in to save them, then jumps into the giant robot lion from eight years ago, turning it into a large robot man. When this proves not enough to save the kids, he fuses it with a bullet train, stealth bomber and drill tank and basically rips its heart out. Just as he's about to crush it however, Mamoru suddenly starts to glow green, wings of light spread from his back, and he flies towards the robot, begging the robot not to destroy the core.Thus goes the first episode of GaoGaiGar, an anime made in the aftermath of Neon Genesis Evangelion that continued the hot-blooded spirit of its venerable "Braves" franchise, gleefully revisiting the old schoolSuper Robot style of brute-force attackswhile declaring each one by name, and action driven by a pretty good plot. The first 25 episodes are Monster of the Week action - Someone gets made into a Zonder, they attack the city, GGG launch to fight it. It doesn't get old, though; new technologies and characters get introduced at a constant rate to keep it interesting and you get the occasional glimpse of what's to come. Then, after the half-way point all hell breaks loose and GGG have to try twice as hard as they were just to stay alive. Courage, friendship and sacrifice, it's everything a growing boy needs. Overall a very solid series. Lots of fun, made for kids without being overtly "kiddy" and with some damn fine robot fights.It proved so popular with the Periphery Demographic that it received a Darker and EdgierOAV called Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar FINAL, which elevated the sheer Over-The-Top-itude several times over, as well as providing a lot more explicit (and occasionally very jarring) Fanservice. FINAL would later be edited into Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar FINAL Grand Glorious Gathering, a thirteen-episode television version of FINAL made to strengthen the series' ties to sister-show Betterman and promote the upcoming next installment of the Brave Corps series, which would have been a sequel to FINAL. Unfortunately by this time, interest in the franchise had waned significantly, and the sequel never came to pass. Another sequel, codenamed Project Z, was also ultimately dropped due to said lack of interest. A petition to persuade Sunrise to rethink this decision can be found here. During the summer of 2011, San Three created a pachinko machine called GaoGaiGar CR based on the original series.Compare to Gunbuster, Diebuster, G Gundam and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, for more examples of COURAGE AND GUTS. Drop by Neon Genesis Evangelion to see what the fuss was about. Be sure to also visit Go Lion and Voltes V who could very much be GaoGaiGar's spiritual grandparents.Now also has an under construction character sheet.This program provides examples of:
Adult Fear: Invoked in #18, when the Zonders manage to brainwash all the Space Federation staff to the extent that Kotaro has to literally beat them off with a stick. Including Mamoru's own dad.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The main heroes are brave and loyal all the way through, but both the Zonder Metal and the Sol Eleven are runaway programs.
All There in the Manual: How did Kaidou make it to Earth in the first place? How did the GGG members first meet? What happened between the first series and FINAL? A ton of stuff that isn't quite explained in the series is fleshed out in the various sourcebooks, mangas, and CD Dramas which came out in Japan. Naturally, none of it is available in English.
Awesome Mc Cool Name: Contra Fall sounds incredibly badass. Unfortunately, it's just the name for a Zonderian strategy, not a character.
Bad Ass: Everyone in the GGG who gets a name qualifies. One of the scientists shown in FINAL. He didn't get to do much in the OVA series, but during the interim manga, he's present when BioNet stages an attack on one of their research vessels. He and Mikoto make a run for the command bridge, but are attacked en route by BioNet's freaky monster mooks. The thing charges them and, without even flinching, the scientist does a judo hip toss on it, slamming it into a bulkhead. He then urges Mikoto to get to the bridge while he, an unmodified human, deals with the monster. Later on, he's shown to have done so and come out without a scratch on him.
BFS. Really, it's a Big Fucking Hammer, two, actually, but the principle applies. Also, in a potential subversion, Guy's personal weapon is a small knife. Albeit a knife that becomes more powerful the stronger Guy's willpower is.
BGM Override: The GaoGaiGar combining theme gets spliced in between that of King J-Der in #42.
Big Brother Instinct: Hurting or threatening Mamoru is a wonderful way to get some super-cyborg fist rammed down your throat.
Big Damn Heroes: Pretty much sums up Choryujin's whole personality. You can't really argue this point about someone who will put themselves in the path of an apocalyptic asteroid, not to mention your opponent's Finishing Move, without a moment's hesitation.
Also? Mamoru in episode 40, bursting through the floor of the Main Order Room while riding Galeon to rescue the GGG bridge crew from the Ear and Nail Primevals. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the little guy, since he'd mostly been the Tag Along Kid up until that point.
Near the end of episode 4, the real Mamoru shows up while everyone's out of commission and allows Guy to perform Final Fusion. It doesn't help much. In the very next episode, Soldat-J makes his triumphant return
BOOM Headshot: The first use of the Broken Magnum plows straight through EI-02's face, forcing it to take a moment to pull its head back together...just in time to get socked right in the jaw!
By the Power of Grayskull!. Equip, Fusion, Final Fusion, System Change, Symmetrical Docking, among others. The "Perfect Yell" version of the main theme is basically the double full-version song featuring all the major examples of the trope in the series.
Celibate Hero: When you're nothing but a head attached to a walking weapon, it's not like you have much of a choice. We do get subtle hints throughout the series that this is a bit of a problem for Guy and Mikoto.
Subverted After the main run of the series, both Guy and Mikoto become the same species, so it's pretty likely they made up for lost time.
Chest Blaster: The Japanese Dragons' Chest Thriller and Warmer. The Chinese Dragons, though having chest controls for their Feng Dao Dan and Lai attacks, do not actually attack via their chests. The French Dragons have Explosive Overclocking generators in theirs instead, which disqualifies them from the trope.
Colony Drop: Primeval ZX-06 - the brain satellite - tries to drop several asteroids on the Earth.
Combat Pragmatist: When you sucker-punch your enemy before he's had a chance to recover from putting his head back together (and in the first episode, no less), any claims to fighting like a gentleman go right out the window.
Hell, the fact that Guy putlaunched his fist through EI-02's face in the first place pretty well sealed it. But, to be fair, he is fighting for the sake of the entire planet (and, in a way, all life in the universe), so a fair bit of leeway ought to be given to his fighting style.
Combining Mecha: Actually, as the combined mecha mostly act and are treated as separate entities than the combinees, maybe the mecha account for half the cast.
Conspicuous CG: The morphing effects, Mirror Coating - the show was made before CG became commonplace.
Tropes Are Not Bad: The morphing effects add to the alien/otherworldly nature of the Zonders
Cuckoo Nest: ZX-06 tries to trap Gai in an illusion that the entire series to date was All Just a Dream. It lasts for about a minute before he snaps out of it.
Curb-Stomp Battle: GaoGaiGar vs EI-14, Guy/Renais/GaoFighGar vs. Gimlet/Gimlet Empereur, and on the flip side, the first 3 Primevals vs. GaoGaiGar, which is then replaced by King J-Der wiping the floor with said Primevals with minimal effort.)
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: About a third of the way through the series, it's revealed that the Once an EpisodeFinishing Move Hell and Heaven puts too much strain on Guy to be used safely, and they start to use the Goldion Hammer instead, and Hell & Heaven is restricted to only the most desperate situations (in which case it usually fails.) In FINAL, Hell and Heaven goes back to being the Finishing Move after episode 3, when Goldymarg is destroyed by Repli-GaoGaiGar.
Projectile X is also revealed to be one of these during the final battle with EI-01. While giving the Braves the power to overcome and ultimately destroy their (presumed to be, at the time) ultimate foe, they knew very well that they had next-to-no-chance of surviving the use of it, leading to a powerful Tear Jerker moment after the battle.
Determinator: Actually written into the bylaws of the Gutsy Geoid Guard. "Article 5, Section 120: ... Under no circumstances must a GGG member ever give up."
Exemplified by ChoRyuJin MULTIPLE times. Getting GaoGaiGar out of the Grand Nova, stopping the Dino-Killer Asteroid from hitting earth about 65 million years late, using himself to shield Tokyo University from a high-powered cannon shell, putting himself right in the path of Repli-GaoGaiGar's Hell And Heaven...yeah, like I said. Multiple times.
Subverted quite often, actually...usually the core gets ripped out for purification, leaving the hammer's target to survive while Robo-form makes the grand exit from reality. This doesn't apply if you're the Big Bad at the time, however. Not by a long shot.
StraightGao and SpiralGao could also qualify, though they're more of mecha-moles than actual drill-tanks. They serve the same main purpose, though: To become GaoGaiGar's feet and be destroyed in combat.
"Some of"? I'd like to see any other example of a hammer large enough TO CRUSH THE SUN.
LET'S BREAK STUFF!!
Well, when you need to combine three spaceships, just to make the hilt, it's probably time to consider just how dead you want the target to become...
Also, considering that the Goldion Crusher was designed to be used with Ul-Tech Power, and instead got fed with Genesic Aura, it's area of destruction probably increased quite a bit.
Dynamic Entry: Two epic examples occur practically back-to-back in episodes 39/40. First, Soldato-J inadvertently saves Guy by riding a missile through a wall to fight the Arm and Eye Primevals. In the opening sequence of the very next episode, Mamoru bursts through the floor of the Main Order Room riding Galeon to rescue Mikoto and the GGG bridge crew from the Nail and Ear Primevals.
Hell, Soldato-J's first appearance in the anime was a hell of a Dynamic Entry. The first 3 Primevals stand over the tattered, defeated remains of the titular mecha, seemingly invincible...and then a single volley of the J-Ark's lasers completely frags one of them. J even comments that said volley may have been too much.
Engrish: A fair bit used throughout the series, especially for the stock sequences and weapon summons/approval sequences. Swan and Mic do it as well, and there's one episode beginning, taking place in America, where the actors are all speaking very bad Engrish instead of Japanese.
Now the written English is a different story. All technical information (like statistics) is written in English and is surprisingly good. It's easier to use the Roman alphabet on digital screens than kana, as seen in . Words like "DANGER", "EMERGENCY", "READY", "GO", "STOP", etc. are easy to understand for the Japanese.
...But, then we get stuff like the " Ultra Technorogy Laboratory" in the eyecatches. (Hey, what's a Super Robot show without Engrish)
Enthusiasm vs. Stoicism: The show explicitly runs on the idea that "courage erases the first two letters from 'impossible'" and Gutsy Geoid Guard has "never give up" written into their bylaws, but no one's silly enough to allow a 30 meter tall robot run around Tokyo without a really good plan behind its actions.
And then there's Hyoryu and Enryu's argument over which one of them would be better at guarding Mamoru in public, which sounds like a textbook example of the trope.
Evolutionary Levels: Near the end of the series, the G-Stone supposedly turns both Guy and his girlfriend Mikoto to the "final evolution of humanity", called "Evoluders." Both their new powers are quite vaguely defined, in any case.
At the end of FINAL, Guy was taken even further. After performing Final Fusion between Genesic Galeon and the Genesic Machines to create Genesic Gaogaigar, he became a Genesic Server, with circuits of white flashing across his body at regular intervals, leading to his eyes - every time a pulse traveled along his body into his eyes, the pupils would flash with a G symbol. And this actually was defined as being his link to Genesic's systems - when Guy activated one of the Gadget Tools onboard Gadget Gao a pulse would flow out of his eyes and along his body just before the tool activated.
To drive the point home his full designation is Soldato J 002.
One could also argue that Liner Gao is a shout-out to an older Braves series, Brave Express Might Gaine, in which the entirety of the team could transform into trains, primarily Shinkansen-style ones. (Not surprising given the hero of the series was a 15-year-old train magnate billionaire.)
Not to mention that the robots look so much like Generation 1 Transformers they're often mistaken for Autobots by those not familiar with the series. For good reason, though – about the only thing missing is the red insignia and the 5-tone transformation sound.
Eyecatch: Combined perfectly with Schematized Prop, telling you anything and everything you could want to know (unless it's classified) about everything from Swan's mini-bus to the titular mecha to the Orbital Base...even a number of the villains! Carried over to FINAL as well.
Eye Scream: Guy finishes off Palparepa by ripping the Loud G-Stone out of his right eye socket.
Actually, what happened was Guy slammed his G-Stone into Palparepa's Loud G-Stone, and Minovsky Physics did the rest.
Foreign Fanservice, Fanservice, Ms. Fanservice (Swan White, the American member of GGG, starts to pick up a fanservice role around the same time the show matures. FINAL also has a good deal more fanservice than the regular series, with several of the female characters wearing skimpy clothing or being depicted nude-with-hair covering the good bits at various points. Not to mention the fact that one of the major antagonists of FINAL is very explicitly a dominatrix... It also had another bit of FrenchForeign Fanservice in form of the (literally) hot Renais.
And said dominatrix's treatment of Renais is high grade Fetish Fuel.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Zonuda shows up practically out of thin air in the final episode with little foreshadowing. The "almost" is only there because the last On the Next hinted that the fight wasn't over just yet.
To say nothing of the fact it's made clear early on in flashbacks that Mikoto's parents were killed when Pasder crashed into her house and she was attacked by him and is mysteriously fine for no reason.
Gone Horribly Wrong: Zonder Metal was invented as a method to control negative emotions. After an accident, it became a device that fed off of negative emotions, turning the victim into a bio-technological lifeform in the shape of the source of their distress, or whatever vehicle/device they integrated into their form.
To clarify, the victims seem to all be under considerable stress at the time that they're Zonderfied, and noticeably stress-free after getting Purified. (In one case, a grossly overweight man gets slimmed down in the process - none of the other victims had a stress source that was both internal and physical.)
Grand Finale: Three, actually-two in the series, then one in FINAL.
The show itself is one to the Brave Series.
Gratuitous English: "Goldion Hammer! Safety Device RELIIIIIEVE!!" Also Gratuitous French, by Renais. The entirety of NASA speaks in heavily accented English. Mic Sounders the 13th, being a product of NASA, lapses into English quite often.
In fact, Mic Sounders the 13th speaks english more frequently than he speaks japanese, at least during battles.
Inverted into Gratuitous Japanese in the dub, where Mic Sounders' power-boosting song is changed into Japanese when he normally speaks exclusively in English.
Guy Can Breathe in Space: At least four characters were shown in space without having space suits to protect them with no problem. Then again, by FINAL, everyone who has survived is justified by having powers and abilities far beyond the human norm.
Justified with Guy. He's a cyborg who doesn't need lungs. (He does, however, need air, and carries a limited supply just in case - it's enough to survive a few minutes in a vacuum.)
Not so much justified with Hyuuma, being able to survive only wearing his standard uniform and a helmet. He doesn't wear a full space suit. Only the helmet.
Hair Colors: Somewhat justified with Guy. He is a cyborg, after all. And Mamoru is an alien.
Definitely justified with Guy. After he becomes human again, his hair color reverts to brown.
Healing Shiv: "ERASER HEAD! XL!" And in a reversal, the Gatling and Bolting Drivers are offensive takes on what was introduced as an extremely versatile support tool, the Dividing Driver.
Slight mix-up here. In-universe, the Bolting Driver was the original, and the Dividing Driver's derived from its data.
Heroic BSOD: After everything that happens in the first 5 episodes of FINAL, including having to destroy Mamoru and Galeon, finding Cain in league with the enemy, GaoFighGar's destruction, being turned into a mind-controlled puppet for the enemy, annihilating the duplicates of the Robo Corps against his will, and nearly killing his sweetheart with a duplicate Goldion Hammer, Gai's reaction is pretty understandable...
Subverted with Mamoru partway through the series. You'd think that having his ability to sense and purify Zonders being useless against the Primevals would be a huge downer for him, but his reasoning and reaction to it in his classroom comes off more as relief, even though he'd still like to be able to help his GGG friends. Galeon and Cain take care of that problem a few episodes later.
Of course, then a few episodes later, he finds out what we already knew from the very beginning: that he's not human. Screws him up somewhat worse for a while, until he decides that, regardless of what he is, he's gonna protect the people important to him. From that point on, I would not recommend ever trying anything to piss that kid off. Especially if it involves Hana.
Hoist by His Own Petard: This happened prior to the series to the people of the Purple Planet. The Zonder Metal was originally intended as an anti-depressant and stress-reliever. And it would've worked, if they hadn't made it sentient too.
Done again in FINAL episode 8. To both sides, even. First, the Sol Masters are beaten up thoroughly. This causes Pisa Sol to use all its energy to create hundreds of replicants of the Sol Masters. However, doing this weakens Pisa Sol's defense, allowing Guy to go in with and obliterate the sun with the Goldion Crusher... Which in turn causes the universe to start collapsing, trapping the heroes in an alternate universe with no escape...
Done more personally to Palparepa during the events of FINAL, when he tries to take down the titular mecha with a bio-tech computer virus...only to find out that Guy's Evoluder powers enable him to rewrite said virus and infect him right back.
At the beginning of FINAL, we are introduced to hotblood king Koutarou Taiga's replacement as GGG chief, Yaginuma. He existed so that Taiga could make a dramatic return at the appropriate moment while still having someone to approve GaoFighGar's Final Fusion and Goldion Hammer, but... did they have to make him slow, quiet, understated and analyzing? The contrast is genuinely shocking.
Still, you gotta admit, slow and cool-blooded as he was, you can't help but like the guy.
Also a slight Take That to the average section chief staple figure in the average Japanese company.
Iconic Logo: The "GGG"◊, logo of GGG and of the Gutsy Geoid/Galaxy Guard. It even precedes the intro for every episode, accompanied by a shock cord.
Inconsistent Dub: Pinchernone's laugh note BREEEEE vs a rapidfire HAHAHAHAH, the amount of vocoding used by the Mecha members, and pronunciation of names note GaoGaiGar is often pronounced Gao Gai"Ger" vary between episodes in the English dub.
It's Personal: Technically it was personal from before the beginning of the series, after EI-01 slammed into the shuttle Guy was piloting, nearly killed him, and did kill his girlfriend's family. Forty-eight episodes later, the force behind the Zonders has been destroyed ... and thenhis girlfriend became the next evolution of Zonder-esque machine life-form.
Leitmotif: Pretty much every robot (and several villains) has one, including Guy, Renais, Mamoru, Arma, and Soldat J.
Lensman Arms Race: Linked with the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. As the Zonders got progressively more powerful over the course of the series, 3G started busting out bigger and flashier tech to counter them. This gets taken to its logical conclusion in FINAL with the debut of the Goldion Crusher, a weapon specifically designed to kill planet-sized enemies like the Big Bad of the TV series.
The Magnificent Seven Samurai: Inverted in the second half of the series when the seven most powerful villains show up to challenge the heroes. The fan translation of the series even refers to them as the "Magnificent 7 Machine World Primevals".
Manly Tears: At the end of the TV series, as Mamoru and Galeon leave Earth, presumably to stop the 11 Sol Masters in FINAL, Hyuuma's salute cannot hide these.
Meaningful Name: Guy Shishioh means "Triumph/Victorious" and "Lion King" respectively. Soldato means "Soldier." Mikoto means 'command' or 'prince, and can be read as 'inochi', meaning 'life'.
Interestingly enough, episode 48, the one where Mikoto is turned into the New Machine Species, Zonuda, is actually named 'Inochi'...
And, as his father points out late in the series, Mamoru means "to protect".
Never Tell Me the Odds: Over and over and over. Koutarou Taiga kicks it off in the first episode with the iconic line, "With courage, even 1% becomes 100%!"
Let's face it. There's no "odds of success" for GGG. If they have any chance in hell of victory, victory's guaranteed.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Good work hoarding all the Primeval cores, Soldat-J, even with GGG on your side. Not like the enemy only needs to hit you hard enough just to take them all back in one fell swoop...
Once Pisa Sol is destroyed in FINAL, everything it created vanishes as well, including all of the other Masters Of Sol, Repli-Earth, Repli-Papillion, and the entire universe it was currently residing in.
Not So Different: Episode 7 opens with the GGG staff and their counterparts in the Zonder top tier basically having the exact same discussion.
Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: When the Primevals use a portal to send an asteroid that could mimic the one that killed the dinosaurs, Chouryujin's Heroic Sacrifice cause him to push the asteroid back up the portal and back in time, so that it DOES kill the dinosaurs.
Guy: GEMU! *punches with right fist* GIRU! *punches with left, both fists now crackling with energy* GAN! *right fist again, now glowing red* GO! *left fist, now glowing yellow* GUFO! *smashes Palparepa's face in with a right* *smashes his hands together, and finishes the move properly* VITAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!!
Ramming Always Works: Yes, the J-Phoenix is technically covering the J-Ark in a flame when doing so (basically burning its Generating Armor), but it doesn't change the fact that the technique was essentially just ramming them.
Also Hell and Heaven to a degree, since it's basically just smashing into an opponent fists-first.
DaiKaiTen-DaiMadan also falls under this category, since it's basically just Big Volfogg putting on a full-strength Mirror Coating and then charging through an opponent.
Hyuuma has a bad habit of resorting to this tactic way too quickly after the Primevals show up. The first time he wants to go for it, he's cut off by the series' ultimate He's Back moment, aka the triumphant return of the Mobile Unit, while the second time....it just plain doesn't work.
Mamoru and Guy to Ikumi/Alma and Soldato-J is ironic, since the ones who glow red are the Blue Onis while the ones who glow green are the ones who should be the Red Onis.
Red-Headed Hero: Guy. To the extreme. The intro song even calls it a "red mane". Because, you know, lions.
Red Shirt Army: The Mic Sounders brigade exists mainly to be brutally destroyed. Several times. Funnily enough, the only one of them that is red is part of the main cast and is the only one to make it to the end..
Robeasts: Zonder Robos, and a number of the Earth-bound Primevals.
Inverted in Final. The heroes push themselves to the limit to destroy the other Sol Masters knowing full well that they'd be revived by Pisa Sol, but it turns out it was all a Batman Gambit to make Pisa Sol use up her energy, leaving her vulnerable to Goldion Crusher.
Several to Ultra Seven. Ayame's custom phone is Dan Moroboshi's Ultra Eye henshin device, the scene in Episode 48 where Hana reveals to the class that Mamoru is the green-haired boy is almost line-for-line from Ultra Seven's final episode, as is Kaidou's conversation with Hana in Episode 3 of FINAL.
Take a look at GaoGaiGar. It's clear to see its design was based off of a Gundam. No wonder GaoGaiGar curbstomped the Zaku.
Also, the fact that Kunio Okawara, the Lead Mechanical Designer for most Gundam-series, designed GaoGaiGar and pretty much anything else, explains the Real Robot-ish designs and transformation sequences (no parts disappearing or showing up from out of nowhere).
This probably isn't a true case of Something Person, as the character's name is Gai, pronounced about the same as 'Guy'. Thus, if his name had been Bob, it would have been Cyborg Bob. The fact that his name happens to be a synonym (and homonym) for "man" is a coincidence.
Sorting Algorithm of Evil: The Zonders start out threatening to destroy city hall and move upwards from there; by the show's halfway mark 3G is warding off The Tokyo Fireball nearly every episode. The Primevals up the stakes yet again by threatening large-scale climate change, meteor impacts, and similar Apocalypse How nastiness before being one-upped once and for all by the Sol Masters and their plan to regenerate the Trinary Solar System by destroying our universe.
Spoiler Closing: The ending theme song to the TV series actually foreshadows Mamorou's leaving Earth at the end of the series. There's even an image of him and Ghaleon on an alien world which must take place after the end of the series since he has his pendent, and the sequence ends with a shot of his parents waiting for him to come home.
There's a retroactive spoiler of sorts in the second version of the opening, as well. Thankfully, you won't realise it's always been there until around the final battle, and even then, it's pretty minor. During the first opening, the part where they're singing about the G-Stone uses the word "mamoru"note protect, which is the name of a character. During the second opening, the part describing the G-Stone no longer uses Mamoru's name... but instead uses "kizuna"note bond. See the Fridge Brilliance page for more info.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Volfogg is fond of these. The fact he's a friggin' GIANT ROBOT and is able to pull them off is a testament of how mindblowingly awesome he is.
Stock Footage: A lot, but used intelligently for once. You really start to suspect Mic's motives when he's going through GGG's Zonder footage, for example.
On the other hand, one episode has ChoRyuJin fire more than 10 Eraser Heads. We don't have to see them all, though, but watching the same animation 5 times in an episode... it gets old.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: Actually, if you look closely you'll see that the Eraser Heads get progressively larger as the episode goes on. He starts with the standard ES-99 and by the end he's firing an ES-9999.
Fusion, Final Fusion, System Change, Symmetrical Docking and Sanmiitai all have their own stock-footage as well.
Just about every single attack ever used, even by some of the bad-guys.
Super Mode: Actually, Hyper Mode in Cyborg Guy's case. One tug of the battery-canisters on either side of his head and BAM, 3 minutes of high-octane ass-kicking. Demonstrated numerous times to be able to work on GaoGaiGar as well, especially at the end of FINAL, when we find out, via a split-second showing, that Genesic's "hair" is actually a few million of those same canisters.
Similarly, the G-Stone and J-Jewel can activate each others' Super Modes, demonstrated in FINAL with J and Renais.
Super Robot: By the end of FINAL, about half the cast are robots. Hyoryu, Enryu, Volfogg, Mic Sounders, Rairyu, Fuuryu, Soldat-J (Cyborg, but close enough), Renais (also a cyborg), Galeon, Guy, Koryu, Anryu, Gun Glue, Gun Dober (albeit not having a single line throughout the entire series).
Guy may disqualify, since he's an Evoluder, and not a Cyborg any longer.
Technology Porn: Where do we start? It's a highly epic toy commercial, so all the robots are made of this. On top of that, the Narrator also lovingly describes how every one of the Hero's devices operate.
Well, except when he's using it to help out Repli-Mamoru by knocking out Swan/Raiga/Stallion or riffing it out on the Tower Bridge to destroy Pericurio.
There's also "Yuuki aru Tatakai", which is pretty much the signal for the heroes to unleash hell (with the expectation that they won't survive it). Most notably used when Projectile X powers up everyone for a final showdown with Pasder and in FINAL during Genesic Gaogaigar's No Holds Barred Beat Down of Palparepa.
When Final Fusion starts playing, evil is about to be assbeaten by the POWER OF COURAGE!!!
There's J for when Soldat-J uses J-Phoenix in FINAL.
Theme Naming: Pasder, Polonaise, Pizza, Primada, Pinchernone, Pagliaccio, Palparepa, Pillnus, Pia Decem, Palus Abel, Pei La Cain, Pisa Sol, Percurio, P-Vater, Polturn, Puranus, Ptulone. In fact, there's exactly one character whose name starts with "P" that isn't a member of a villainous team.
What about Papillon? (note: that's the one)
True... she is only around from the 3rd episode on due to the actions of the villains.Hmmmmm...
There were 2, actually. Let's not forget background support maid-mecha Piggy.
Also, note the names of many of the good guys: Guy Shishioh, Leo Shishioh and his brother Liger, Kotaro Taiga, etc...
Swan White and Stallion White. A swan is a bird and a stallion is another term for a mount (typically a horse).
The Brave Robots also count. Enryu, Hyoryu, Fuuryu, Rairyu, Koryu and Anryu's names mean (Element) Dragon. Wolfogg's name is derived from the word "Wolf" and the word "fog". Mic Sounders... Well, Mic's the only one who doesn't qualify for this, as his name doesn't contain an animal.
The Virus: The mere presence of Zonders, Zonder Metal, Zonderians, or Primevils slowly turns nearby organic lifeforms into Zonders, due to their emission of Elementary Particle ZO.
Tokyo Tower: Pasder and the 4 Machine Kings hang out under here.
Took About 50 Levels In Badass: Mamoru of all people. At the start of the series this grade-school kid only has the power to purify Zonder Cores. By the end, he's not only strong enough to purify Primeval Cores as well, but take on Primevals directly, and was putting up a good fight against Zonuda with Galeon's help. And then, of course, he tops it all off in FINAL by taking on Pe la Cain and handing him his ass on a platter. Considering the Pas Q-Machine's replicants are of equal strength, I guess the fact that he's capable of piloting the titular mecha counts too. Too bad his replicant was turned evil and thus had to be squashed by Guy. Oh well!
Trailers Always Spoil: Mic's gear gets shown off during one of the eyecatches, and his hoverboard is labeled the "Gusty Galaxy Guard" version... in episode 30, two episodes before the Galaxy Guard are introduced and even before the Wham Episode that could make you think the Geoid Guard gets completely annihilated. Interestingly, this was printed in English originally, so it's a little hard to know just how many people picked up on the spoiler in the original broadcast.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Not even close. The G-Energy tornado that GaiGar (yellow for GaoFar in FINAL) generates at the beginning of the Final Fusion sequence is made to serve as a defense against outside interference. In the very first Final Fusion sequence, the Zonder Beast immediately tries to stop the transformation, thus justifying the tornado. Later enemies, particularly EI-15, showed that it wasn't a perfect defense; if one can get through it, the titular mecha is a sitting duck. Add in the fact that performing Final Fusion at all requires authorization from the GGG command center, and it's about as far from a free action as you get.
That said, transforming often is a free action for the other mecha.
Transforming Mecha: Over a third the regular cast could be mistaken for Autobots; which makes sense considering the franchise was made by the same people, and they even recycled a couple of designs from it throughout the various Braves series.
Trash the Set: The 31 Primevals destroying the GGG's old base in minutes.
Underwater Base: The Gutsy Geoid Guard's headquarters is the underwater "Harbor Reef Base" located underneath the Japan Aeronautics headquarters. Later, after the 31 Primevals trash both the Aeronautics headquarters and the base with their attacks, they relocate to an orbital space station base and become the multi-national Gutsy Galaxy Guard.
Weaponized Landmark: The Primevals end up possessing and transforming the Great Wall of China, the Sphinx and several moai to do battle with the heroes. Later on, we see Weaponized Planetoids when they possess the moons of Jupiter.
Well, Renais' rebuilding was done unnecessarily, against her will, by a criminal arms-merchant megacorporation. Her dad just fixed their screwups as best he could, and even then he couldn't correct everything without killing her, thus her heat problems.
Weirdness Magnet: Whenever the Zonders didn't have a specific target, they always seem to attack wherever Hana happens to be at the time, even if it's miles away from anyone else.
Might not be as accidental as folks think. The Zonderians eventually come to know that Mamoru is a major threat to them. If they were aware of their relationship, she'd pretty much have a bulls-eye on her. This may go into Fanon territory, however, as the Pasder's Zonderian council never talks about her directly.
The Zonderians just want to relieve everybody's stress by turning them into machines, which can't feel stress, albeit who can't feel anything else as well.
Likewise, the 11 Masters of Sol from FINAL are just trying to rebuild the Trinary Solar System after it was destroyed by the Zonderians. It just so happens that they're using the rest of the universe as construction material.
Although they did find use for DrillGao and StealthGao regularly (as armaments for GaiGar), finding a use for LinerGao was usually an obvious attempt to make it useful outside of being GaoGaiGar's shoulders. The Pliers also fit, in that their specific ability of being able to pull apart dimensional disturbances wasn't exactly helpful when there weren't dimensional disturbances to pull apart... at least they managed to be helpful in using Goldion Hammer before Goldymarg was built. By the end of the series, though, they show what they're good for. Building stuff quickly, and disassembling a barrage of missiles headed towards the Orbit Base.
The Pliers manage to escape this trope entirely when they're upgraded to the ultimate construction force, the Carpenters. Even get their own CMoA when they charge headlong into a massive missile barrage and, almost nonchalantly, disassemble each and every one.
Yin-Yang Bomb: The Green Planet's "two powers into one" spell, built into GaoGaiGar as Hell and Heaven. Also Cho Ryu Jin's FINAL attack.
You Shall Not Pass: Probably one of the most ridiculous examples in all of fiction, when the Dimension Pliers block Pizza's attack in episode 27, taking a beating but allowing GaoGaiGar to penetrate the Contra Fall in the process.
Zettai Ryouiki: With white socks (see above picture). And on Swan White.
Battle in the Rain: FINAL #2, Gai in GaoFiGar vs Mamoru in the old GaoGaiGar. Or so it seemed.
Bittersweet Ending: The way FINAL ends certainly qualifies. Despite having defeated the 11 Soul Masters and destroyed the Pas-Q Machine, thus saving our universe, the heroes are trapped where the Repli-Trinary Solar System was, and they can only send Mamoru and Arma back to Earth to reunite with their families and friends. And even if GGG were to find a way back to our solar system, they have already been banished from it by the UN. In other words, no matter what happens next, the heroes have lost.
Except the very last frames shows that there might still be hope left. The last thing we get to see in FINAL is nothing less than the Galeoria Comet, that sent them to the Repli-Trinary Solar System in the first place. And as we learned in the beginning of FINAL, the Galeoria Comet passes Earth once every 8 years. So there is still hope for the heroic GGG, if they can survive for those 8 years.
A bit of Guide Dang It would show that they may not have even had to wait anywhere near that long: one of Genesic's abilities that was never shown is called the Galeoria Road. Most speculation on it is that it emulates the dimension-travelling power of the Galeoria Comet, meaning that the key to their salvation is already at hand.
Book End: In the first episode, EI-02 takes a Broken Magnum to the head, and regenerates, just to take a punch right in the jaw. In the last episode of FINAL, Palparepa takes a Broken Magnum at point-blank range, right in the head, and regenerates, just in time to get a socked right in the jaw.
In fact, this also happens during the battle against Zonuda.
The entire final battle between Genesic GaoGaiGar and Palparepa Prajna is almost identical to the battle between GaoGaiGar and Zonuda. At least the part after a bright explosion of light and a silhouette of GaoGaiGar with rocks floating upwards. The dialogue is changed, though.
Continuity Nod: The GaoGaiGar vs. Palparepa match at the end of FINAL was basically a big throwback to the last fight of the original series (the one against Zonuda). Except for the "punching the enemy during regeneration" bit, that relates to the very first episode.
Darkest Hour: FINAL episodes 4/5. 3G has been laid low by Palparepa's chemical nanomachines and manipulated into shutting down the Brave Robo Corps. Arma and Renais have been defeated by the Sol Masters, but Guy and GaoFighGar have been utterly curbstomped by Palparepa; GaoFighGar has been reduced to scrap metal, and Guy appears to be dead. All hope seems completely lost... and then Mamoru comes back, Renais finds Soldato-J, the J-Ark flies again, and the story begins to pull itself back from the Despair Event Horizon.
Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Renais is French, and is very hot... well, literally and figuratively. Look but don't touch—her skin temperature runs hot enough to burn on contact.
The French Dragons are the only female robots in the series, making them Hot by default
Also subverted from the very beginning - Swan White, GGG's resident Ms. Fanservice, is American.
First Church of Mecha: Rather fitting in that Genesic GaoGaiGar is also referred to as the God of Destruction. Rightly so, too.
Fitting its title, the final battle in FINAL sees Genesic's Protect Shade pretty busted up. In fact, all the damage dealt to Genesic is on the Protect side, while the Broken side remains unscathed, even when Genesic is hurled into a building.
He's Back: Episode 6 of FINAL completely undoes Gai's Heroic BSOD, topping his triumphant return off with him, now in control of Genesic GaoGaiGar (aka The God Of Destruction), ending the episode by handing the Sol Masters nothing short of a DEATH SENTENCE.
Big Damn Heroes + this trope = Episode 34. After being put practically into stasis from their battle with EI-01 and having their base annihilated by the first 3 Primevals, Volfogg, HyoRyu, EnRyu, Goldymarg, and the King of Braves himself all come roaring back and show the new Big Bads that messing with the Gutsy Galaxy Guard was a HUGE mistake.
Hope Spot: Episodes 31 and 46, the start of FINAL episode 5, and then subverted back and forth like a ping-pong ball a few times inFINAL episode 8.
Mood Whiplash: Thanks to the replacement for Kotaro being this old bugger who takes his own time over the Final Fusion commands.
Palparepa: Total victory... this is the right of God. Guy: I'll show you... THE POWER OF TRUE COURAGE! Genesic GaoGaiGar stands and powers up to excessive levels. Palparepa: Go ahead and show me!
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Genesic GaoGaiGar is refered to as "the God of Destruction". Of course he's one of the good guys, but that is certainly not the name of something most people want to mess with.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Guy and Palparepa are fond of throwing these at each other in FINAL. Palparepa is particularly fond of mocking Guy for his mortality and claiming that "lesser beings" like humans can never match immortals like himself. After hearing this for half the series, Guy finally makes his rebuttal in the midst of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in episode 8:
Guy: The reason you tried to seal off GGG...! The reason you couldn't come close to the G-Crystal...! The reason you isolated GaoFighGar...! The reason you didn't come to directly attack our Earth...! It's all because you feared us! The G-Stone's power can only grow and surpass the power of the Loud G-Stone! This is the energy BORN FROM COURAGE!!
Super Prototype: Genesic (I.E. Original) GaoGaiGar is more powerful than GaoGaiGar and GaoFighGar. Could be justified in that Earth's technology wasn't quite advanced enough to fully replicate the Green Planet's Gao Machines.