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-> ''"Believe in justice and hold a determination to fist."''

''Senki Zesshou Symphogear'' (widely translated as ''Swansong of the Valkyries: Symphogear'') is a [[ScienceFantasy sci-fi]] series about {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s who use PowerArmor fueled by ThePowerOfRock to battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.

[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, seriously.]]

Hibiki Tachibana is an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary schoolgirl]] who attends a concert by the IdolSinger duo "Zwei Wing". Unfortunately, the concert is attacked by a group of mysterious {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called "Noise", and Zwei Wing transform using magical PowerArmor- the Symphogear- to battle against them. During the battle, Hibiki is impaled by a fragment of Symphogear armour, which gives her the power to use the armour as well. Recruited by the secret government organization behind the Symphogear, Hibiki must learn how to use her new powers to fight against the Noise on behalf of humanity, alongside veteran fighter and BrokenBird Tsubasa Kazanari.

Originally airing in [[Winter2012Anime January 2012]], ''Symphogear'' was developed by Noriyasu Agematsu (composer of music for games and anime including WildArms and Manga/GirlsBravo), published by [[Franchise/DotHack Kadokawa]] [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Shoten]], and animated by [[Manga/FairyTail Stu]][[Anime/GenesisOfAquarion dio]] Creator/{{Satelight}}. It features an AllStarCast, including Creator/NanaMizuki, Creator/AoiYuuki, Creator/HideoIshikawa and Creator/MiyukiSawashiro.

Compare and contrast ''ArTonelico'', ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' and ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure''.

A second season broadcast in July 2013 with the title '''''Senki Zesshou Symphogear G''''', adding Creator/TomokazuSugita, Creator/AiKayano, Creator/YokoHikasa, Creator/YuiHorie and Creator/YoshinoNanjo to the cast. Taking place three months after the events of the original series, the heroines of the 2nd Division face a new threat when a terrorist group known as "Finé" emerges from the shadows with an army of Noise and their own [[IncrediblyLamePun band of]] [[TheRival rival Symphogear users]].

A third season, titled '''''Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX''''', began airing on 3rd July 2015. Now allied, the Symphogears must fight off a mysterious girl who wishes to dismantle the world's miracles.

Hibiki, Tsubasa, and Chris also appear in ''VideoGame/SuperHeroineChronicle'', though Chris starts out first as a villain.

'''Unmarked spoilers ahead!'''
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AllMythsAreTrue: Many mythologies are represented in ''Symphogear's'' universe. A listing of the major ones are:
** Norse myths: Gungnir - the Spear of Odin, the Second Relic, wielded by Kanade, Hibiki and Maria. Ichaival - Ullr's bow, the Third Relic, wielded by Chris. Also revealed in GX - Dainsleif, the sword crafted by the dwarf Dain, cursed to always draw blood before it can be sheathed, and inflicts wounds which will always be fatal.
** Japanese myths: Ame-no-Habakiri - the blade of the storm god Susanoo, the First Relic, wielded by Tsubasa. Less mythological, but more archaeological: the Shen Shou Jing, the Divine Beast Mirror, a relic wielded by [[spoiler:Miku]].
** Irish mythology: Airgetlam, the silver hand of the mythological king Nuada, wielded first by Serena and then passed to her sister, Maria. The Dur da Bla, or the Harp of the Two Oaks, makes an appearance as the Faust Robe of Daurdabla, and is suitably harp-themed.
** Hebrew/Sumerian tales: Kadingir - ancient name of the city of Babylon, and the name given to the wave motion cannon (which is itself an allusion to the Tower of Babel) designed by Fine. Also, the healing artifact Nehushtan and the demon-binding Staff of Solomon. Kirika and Shirabe's relics, Igalima and Shul Shagana, are also stated to be the twinned weapons of a Sumerian war god/goddess in some translations of Babylonian texts.
** French romances: From the Cycle of Charlemagne, the sword of the paladin Roland, Durandal.
** All mythological creatures and monsters are thought to have existed too, though the majority are theorized to have been Noise.
* AllThereInTheManual: Lots of information regarding Symphogears, relics, and other material can be found in the form of translated key words. They give insight to things that weren't or couldn't be explained by watching the anime alone.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: At the end of the series there's still Noise in the world to be fought and heroines willing to do it. Indeed, the adventure continues in ''G''.
* AnimationBump:
** Within the first episode of the first season, Kanade and Tsubasa' concert features extremely fluid choreography for both characters, something that goes unrivaled for several episodes.
** ''G's'' animation is much more fluid and better-looking than the first season.
** Come the third season and the animation is even more fluid, and impressively consistent. Look no further than the action sequences in ''GX's'' opening. Continuing with tradition, ''GX'' features another duet concert showpiece with Maria and Tsubasa.
* AnyoneCanDie:
** Kanade and the main heroine, Hibiki in the very first episode. That said, it turns out Hibiki wasn't actually dead.
** Of diplomatic importance, Japanese Defense Minister Hiroki is assassinated in ''Symphogear'' E5.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Even though it's been handwaved that somehow the Symphogears allow communication and survival in space, how on earth (or above it) do the 2nd Div trio survive the heat of an orbital re-entry?
* BadassFamily: The Kazanaris. Tsubasa is a Symphogear trained since childhood to become a warrior (or a sword[=/=]sentinel according to herself), and her uncle, Genjuro, is a BadassNormal who punches boulders and gets all his training from watching action movies. By extension, the latter is also Chris' legal guardian, who reveals herself to be another powerful Symphogear user.
** In ''GX'', we're introduced to Yatsuhiro Kazanari. While not a physical fighter like Genjuurou or Tsubasa, he's hinted by Genjuurou and Shinji to be scarily competent in negotiating in international law.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Subverted. The last thing you will see in ''Symphogear's'' OP is the interlocked hands of two girls against a starry sky. This is elaborated further in the finale, and it is also the last thing you will in that episode. After Hibiki's return to Earth, she and Miku get to see the meteor shower, holding hands.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Becoming extremely prominent in ''GX''. Previously, the transformation sequences used to be rather tame, as described in the {{Fanservice}} entry below. With the newer, more, "elaborate" transformation sequences, the camera seems to do quite an unnecessary amount of zooming and spiralling, resulting in clearer shots of the girls temporarily naked before they don their Gears.
** Played quite literally with Micha, as the SuperMode she enters when Kirika and Shirabe activate their IGNITE mode burns off her shirt, revealing that her chest looks exactly what you'd expect a puppet's chest to look like.
* [[BashBrothers Bash Sisters]]/BattleCouple: Shirabe and Kirika get this treatment in the ''GX'' OP, where they are never seen fighting without the other.
* BeachEpisode: In ''GX'' E7. It's a government-owned beach, however, necessitating several trips to the nearest convenience store for food. This turns out to be plot-important later.
* {{BFS}}: [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Durandal]]. Hibiki activates it in episode 5, which she promptly uses to demolish an entire chemical plant in a single attack.
** Tsubasa's special attacks get bigger and bigger each season. ''G'' had multiple Heaven's Wrath dropped in succession when running from [[spoiler:Miku]]. In ''GX'' E1, Tsubasa gets a modified variant of her Flash of the Wight's Blade attack, just without the motorcycle. It's big enough to carve through an entire forest.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Tsubasa for Maria, in ''GX'' E1.
** Kirika and Shirabe for Chris in ''GX'' E3.
** [[spoiler: Chris and Tsubasa, in their newly repaired Gears, for Kirika and Shirabe]] in ''GX'' E5.
* BlandNameProduct: They weren't even trying to hide it.
** For instance, Ryoko's car's logo is the same as the Toyota logo, ''upside down''.
** At the cinema that Hibiki, Miku and Tsubasa go to, there's a movie poster for the caped and spandex-clad "Suppaman", [[BlatantLies who is most definitely not]] {{Franchise/Superman}}.
* BloodierAndGorier: While there's plenty of HighPressureBlood instances, Tsubasa is even shedding TearsOfBlood at the end of Episode 4.
* BookEnds:
** Just as Hibiki did in the first episode, in the last episode Miku rescues a girl under Noise attack, they run, she falls, a heartbeat is heard...
** The whole graveyard scene serves as book ends.
** The final episodes (of the first season) bring back the following songs: Synchrogazer (as an ending theme specifically) and Gyakkou no Flügel (the insert song from the first ep, now the series ending theme).
** Done again in the final episode of the second season with: Vitalization (as an ending theme for 12) and Niji Iro no Flügel as the series' ending.
* BodyHorror: Noises' mere touch turns people into ashes quickly, but not quick enough for the victims not to feel it.
* BreatherEpisode: A ''well-deserved'' one, at that. Episode 9 is a "girl's day out", and Creator/NanaMizuki [[ShoutOut performs karaoke on an]] ''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Enka]]'' song.
* BusmansHoliday: ''GX'' E7. The "training" session at the beach is really an excuse for the girls to relax, at least until [[spoiler:Garie shows up.]]
* CallBack: Turns out that Hibiki's berserker mode is a function of the Symphogear, after all. Elfnein grants the 2nd Div trio [[spoiler: the power to unlock it at will and keep it under control with the IGNITE module.]]
** ''GX'' E6 serves as a huge callback, thematically, to both Symphogear and Symphogear G. During the [[spoiler: IGNITE module activation sequence, Tsubasa and Chris are forced to relive painful memories and emotional wounds, with many of their character development episodes referred to. Also, while they use different weaponry and are designed differently, Carol's adult form and mannerisms are extremely reminiscent of Fine in her Nehushtan Armor, right down to them having {{Stripperific}} forms and dangerous ranged attacks.]]
* CerebusRollercoaster:
** ''Symphogear'' episode 1 is very dark. Episode 2 is far brighter, focusing on Hibiki's induction as a Symphogear candidate; then episodes three and four go back to being serious... until the very last minutes of episode four suddenly turn into a goofy {{shonen}} TrainingMontage. Overall the tone of the series gets LighterAndSofter as the series progresses (Episode 8 even relies on ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship ''as a plot point'') with the international conspiracy subplot and Chris' DarkAndTroubledPast being the only "edgy" elements left by the finale.
** ''G'', on the other hand, goes back to the dark tone of the first 4 episodes, and even more.
** ''GX'' starts out light, with life apparently having gone back to normal. Then [[spoiler:Carol, the Auto-scorers and the Alca-noise attack, and Tsubasa and Chris lose the use of their Symphogears temporarily. Hibiki gets hung up over the fear of hurting others with the Gungnir and is unable to sing, forcing Maria to borrow the Gungnir to fight on her behalf. Just when Hibiki gets back into the game to protect Miku, her relic gets broken and she gets majorly injured in that same fight. GX E4 ends with all the original 2nd Div Symphogears down and out for the count, and the FIS Receptor Children unable to fight without [=LiNKER=]. In the post-ED scene of E4, Tsubasa and Chris are about to embark on a Symphogear enhancement described by Elfnein as a "great risk in return for a great reward".....]]
* ChekhovsGun: ''Symphogear'' and ''G'' have had at least one major one that was fired during their respective finales.
** [[spoiler:Second Division's headquarters is described as being dug extremely deeply into the ground, and designed by Ryoko. The finale of ''Symphogear'' reveals it to be Kadingir, the wave motion cannon designed by Ryoko/Fine to shoot the moon.]]
** [[spoiler:Serena's shattered Gear pendant Airgetlam is saved by Maria as a keepsake. It ends up giving Maria a Gear to don after Hibiki steals Gungnir from her, and half of the Vitalization combined attack is formed from Airgetlam. Come ''GX'', Elfnein is able to repair it, and Airgetlam becomes Maria's battle Gear after losing the Gungnir to Hibiki.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The little girl Hibiki saved during ''Symphogear'' E1 plays a role in the finale.
** [[spoiler: Elfnein herself is one. At first, her role in the plot is to "atone" for Carol's misdeeds by bringing Dainsleif to SONG and upgrading the Symphogears accordingly. However, when Carol revives in episode 8, it's shown that she can see, hear and communicate through Elfnein.]]
* CliffhangerCopout: Tsubasa and Hibiki's fight never happens: old man Genjuro comes out of nowhere and stops Tsubasa with his BARE FIST.
* ColonyDrop: This was Finé's last ditch effort as she grabbed a piece of the moon and pulled it towards the Earth. ''G'' reavealed that [[spoiler:the moon itself is heading towards the Earth]].
* ContinuityNod: ''G'' has many nods to the first season.
** There is at least one DeadStarWalking character, who dies in episode 1 of both seasons.
** At the end of the respective first episode, a new Gungnir user appears, followed with Genjuro's reaction "Gungnir datto?!"
** In season one, Hibiki breaks off the heels of her Symphogear outfit because they're in the way. Season two has Tsubasa accidentally break a heel of her idol outfit when fighting Maria.
** When Hibiki tries to prevent Tsubasa and Chris from fighting in episode 4, they say "Shut Up! This is a battlefield!". This happens again in ''G'', this time it's [[spoiler:Shirabe and Kirika]].
** Episode 12 from both seasons start with the ending theme and end with the opening theme. At the end of the episode, Hibiki transforms and she yells "SYMPHOGEAR!" and "GEKISŌ ・ GUNGNIR DA!" in response to Finé and Maria, respectively.
** The first season ends with the song ''Gyakkou no Flügel''. ''G'' ends with ''Niji Iro no Flügel'', a remix of the former.
* CreatureHunterOrganization: The Mobile Disaster Response Corps, being the ones with Symphogear users who are the only ones with a fighting chance against the Noise.
* CreepyDoll: The ending features a lot of "gutted" mannequins, [[FauxSymbolism for no discernible reason]].[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar It somehow got past the radar]] with its explicit pictures.
** The Autoscorers might qualify as well, even though they're human-sized: their actions and behaviour are distinctly unhuman, with at least 2 of them displaying CuteAndPsycho traits.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The fate of those attacked by Noise: they get reduced to carbon compounds over the span of a few seconds.
* DeconReconSwitch: At first it seems the series is going to play the MagicalGirlWarrior as strategical weapons, villains being honestly deadly, heroines never getting a break and lacking PlotImmunity. By the final three episodes, the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfRock trumps all. [[MoreDakka It's quite epic]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Other than Tsubasa, Hibiki and Miku, all other presently allied Gear users started out as enemies.
* DescriptionCut
-->'''Tsubasa''': "''Smiles have no meaning where we're going.''"\\
{{Beat}}\\
Cue the next scene having the bureau celebrating Hibiki getting there.
* DownerBeginning:
** It was rather shocking to watch ''Symphogear'' E1 where a main character dies and another is seemingly handed a death sentence (not to mention the villains slaughtering a whole concert hall).
** In ''G'', it's a {{Flashback}} DownerBeginning... [[StartOfDarkness for the girl who later become a villain]]. Complete with CreepyChildrenSinging.
* EagleLand: ''Extremely'' obvious by the phone call and the assassination of Hiroki [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed by an]] [[TheTerminator Ahnuld]] [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed look-alike]]. -- In-universe, Japan and America relations are tense due to sheer competition and its authority present around the world. At least until it is revealed that America and Japan were working together to get information about Ryoko.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Kadingir was designed for blowing up the Moon. And it has some success at that.
* EldritchAbomination: The Noise are mysterious monsters created by mankind that kill people just by touching them.
* [[EmpathicEnvironment Empathic Music]]: Since singing songs is a key idea in the anime, the background music changes depending on [[{{Leitmotif}} who is currently singing and/or in their Symphogear]]. It is rare for songs to be pure orchestra.
* EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLQzENPvVI This series loves spinning.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: {{Subverted}} by the IGNITED Symphogears. While they cause the Symphogears to change to sleeker black forms, the Symphogear wielders don't turn evil just by using them.
** Also {{Subverted}} by Maria when she temporarily wields Gungnir once more in ''GX'' E4. Her Gungnir's still black, but she's definitely fighting for good this time. {{Justified}} because, unlike the other 5 Gear users, she hasn't possessed her relic since ''G'''s ending and hence her Gear form would not change.
* EvolvingCredits:
** Chris is added to the final group shot in the OP in episode 11.
** In ''Symphogear G'', Episode 5 adds portraits of the legends the gears are based on and episode 10 adds [[spoiler:Miku with her Symphogear]].
* {{Expy}}: The Noise; they're [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} the Gnosis]] in all but name. Namely, they resemble featureless humanoid or animal-like abominations, shapeshift, can go right through walls and conventional projectiles, turn humans into swiftly crumbling statues on touch, and may only be harmed in the split second while they attack - unless specialized weaponry based on ancient artifacts is used. Never mind that Chris strongly resembles Kos-Mos with her signature dual gatling guns.
* {{Fanservice}}: The series has added more and more fanservice over the seasons. ''Symphogear'' kept the henshin sequences simple with just coloured outlines of the girls "slamming" into their Gear form. ''G'' added much more detail to the sequences, mostly how armor was manifested, and took the opportunity to have Hibiki's chest area do a bounce. Come ''GX'', Chris' sequence gets in on the bouncing, and there are a lot of [[{{PantyShot}} panty shots]] in both Chris' and Tsubasa's sequences.
** Some of the girls end up covering their chest with one hand while looking at the camera. This crosses over into {{Squick}} with Shirabe's sequence, where she cups her chest with both hands and bends over to look at the camera. Mind you, this is a ''14-year old'' girl we're talking about.
** During the sequence where [[spoiler:Phara intercepts and cuts Maria's and Tsubasa's taxi in half]], there's a close-up sequence on how close [[spoiler:Phara's Sword Breaker]] comes to cutting Maria herself, resulting in quite a fair bit of bouncing.
** When [[spoiler: Carol herself takes the field in ''GX'' E6, she morphs into her adult form when donning the Faust Robe of Daurdabla, after Tsubasa and Chris indirectly object to beating up a child. After she transforms....]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Carol''': ''(cupping a breast experimentally)'' "This should suffice, I assume?"]]
* FauxFluency: The beginning of episode 5 has a conversation over the phone done in full English. And it's ''very'' obvious the voice actors aren't very fluent in the language. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TXTpik5wf4 Watch it here]]. {{Invoked}} on the Japanese side of the conversation: she was performing that gratuitousness as an ''insult'' to her American interlocutors.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler:
** We see the tombstone of a main character a minute into the first episode. Midways through that episode another main character is dead, becoming a PosthumousCharacter.
** Similarly for ''G'', we see the moon cracked open and the competing Idol against Tsubasa having a fragment of Gungnir ''and'' being TheDragon.
* {{Flanderization}}: The OVA exaggerates some traits of the characters. Justified, it's a gag series.
** Hibiki being dumber than usual.
** Miku's love for Hibiki is less ambiguous.
** Tsubasa's stoic {{Samurai}} personality reaches freaky levels.
** Chris' HairTriggerTemper is even shorter. Even though the character design for the OVA is simple and SuperDeformed, Chris is noticeably shorter than most characters and is shown to have (big) breasts. (The other character with noticeably big breasts in this OVA is Maria.)
** Kirika's VerbalTic is basically a CatchPhrase. And she is shocked very easily and that happens everytime to her.
** Shirabe displays even less emotion than normally.
** Maria's role as the TeamMom and CoolBigSis is much more pronounced, as well as her low self-esteem.
** Ogawa is willing to do a lot more stuff to make Tsubasa more popular, whether or not he has Tsubasa's co-operation.
* {{Flashback}} : The first episode has an extended flashback to Kanade's death.
** ''GX'' E2 adds two flashbacks from Maria, Kirika and Shirabe to show HowWeGotHere after the Frontier incident.
* TheFuture: Not terribly far into the future, but more than {{Twenty Minutes|Into The Future}}.
* GenreBusting: The above description is correct: a music-themed ScienceFantasy MagicalGirl series.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: A subtle example in the second season. Chris' Gear design was changed (just like everyone else's), and it now has more white trims instead of black ones. It also reflects in her default civilian clothes (when she's not wearing the school uniform) that are now a brighter shade of red, lose the black parts and are overall less stripperiffic.
** ''GX'' also goes this way but far more blatantly, with Kirika and Shirabe getting redesigned Gears with more white on them. Maria takes it UpToEleven, as she switches out the Black Gungnir from ''G'' for Serena's white Airgetlam.
* GratuitousEnglish:
** The subtitle for the logo is "Meteroid-falling, burning, and disappear, then..." This is supposed to reference shooting stars, [[TheCameo which show up]] in Episode 3 as a Website/{{Youtube}} video.
** In ''G'', the subtitle is "In the distance, that day, when the star became music..."
** ''GX'' continues the tradition with "Believe in justice and hold a determination to fist."
* HairContrastDuo: Kanade (orange), Hibiki (creme) and Kirika (blond) are cheerful, Tsubasa (blue), Miku and Shirabe (black) are calm.
** Specifically, the applicable duos are: Kanade and Tsubasa, Hibiki and Tsubasa, Hibiki and Miku, and Kirika and Shirabe.
* HeadbuttOfLove: In GX episode 8, between Shirabe and Kirika.
* [[{{Heartwarming/Music}} Heartwarming Music]]: Not that it is even seen in ''Symphogear G'', but the single for the ''G'' ED Next Destination has Creator/AyahiTakagaki, Chris' {{Seiyu}} singing [[http://en.musicplayon.com/play?v=961626 "Memory"]] from Andrew Lloyd Webber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. When you listen to it, imaging Chris is the person singing this song will be the way to see this as a JustifiedTrope.
* HeroicBSOD: ''Symphogear'' E7 is a good contender for the ''most [=BSODs=]'' in one episode.
** Hibiki has one at a crucial moment in ''GX'' E3. After three episodes of attempting to hold to her belief that the Symphogear is meant for protecting people and not fighting, despite multiple challenges to that belief, she finds herself [[spoiler:unable to transform when Garie corners her and her friends after school.]]
* HighPressureBlood: Any meaningful impact will release a humongous burst of blood, as seen for example when Hibiki gets hit in the first episode.
* HoldTheLine: Shirabe and Kirika team up to defend S.O.N.G.'s power generator against Micha and an army of Alca-Noise. [[spoiler:Even though they eventually fall, they manage to stall her long enough for Elfnein to upgrade Tsubasa's and Chris's Gears.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Hibiki is finally able to sing and transform thanks to a speech from Miku, and she gets fired up enough to curbstomp Micha. However, she gets fooled by an illusion created by Garie, and the actual Micha breaks her Relic Pendant.]]
* IAmYourOpponent: Garie declares this to Maria, when the latter intervenes with the [[spoiler: Black Gungnir after Hibiki and friends are attacked.]]
** Garie's declaration is just making blatantly obvious what the OP hinted at and which was confirmed after episode 5 aired: each Symphogear has a designated opponent for ''GX''. The pairs are Garie vs Maria, Micha vs Shirabe and Kirika, Phara vs Tsubasa, Leiur vs Chris and Hibiki vs Carol.
* ImageSong: Runs off this trope. Even minor characters get image songs in ''G''.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: In ''G'' E12, no less than three characters suddenly find themselves naked in various circumstances. Two of them are even displayed in their glorious nudity to the whole world!
** Taken UpToEleven in ''GX'', where ''all'' the Symphogear users (except Maria thus far) have been forcibly stripped of their Gears, winding up naked in the immediate aftermath.
* InvincibleMinorMinion: The Noise are truly dangerous {{Mook}}s. They can actively adapt, morph, mutate, and combine to form some of the strangest kinds of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. The concert scene destruction in the first episode, for example, was comprised ''fully'' of {{Mook}}s and several {{Boss in Mook Clothing}}s. Episode 4 is the first episode to actually show a MookMaker and a Boss, if you would call it that.
** Noise are nigh-unbeatable for anyone who doesn't have a Symphogear. They can kill in a single touch, and are only vulnerable to conventional weaponry within the split second in which they need to physically interact with their target.
** Taken UpToEleven in GX, where the Alca-Noise are also now capable of [[spoiler:affecting the Sypmhogears, even though they remain vulnerable to them.]]
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: In ''G'', Hibiki and Chris' battle to secure the by-train delivery service of a relic is rendered moot when the Noise attack the party who receives it just as those two leave. Both the relic and the scientist who handles it (Dr. Ver) are missing. Episode 3 says that this was intentional, and that Dr. Ver is actually in league with the BigBad. No, he ''is'' the BigBad.
* MagicFromTechnology: The relics are explained as ancient supertechnology by Ryoko. Then again, she's a reincarnated Sumerian priestess who wants to break the CurseOfBabel.
** {{Subverted}} in ''GX'', which states that alchemy is a hyper-advanced technology from before science and magic diverged.
* MeaningfulName: Chris' mother; a singer was named Sonnet Yukine.
** [[spoiler:The four Auto-Scorers have surnames derived from the Turkish tarot, and use the suits of the tarot (cups, swords, coins and polo sticks) as their weapons. Their first names are corruptions of the names of 4 Archangels in the Abrahamic religions, and the elements they wield correspond to the element their namesakes are said to wield in esoteric traditions of magic.]]
* TheMenInBlack: The government agency handling the Symphogears actively keep their existence from the public eye, as they are considered a strategic resource. But their tactics are pretty nice and polite, like making witnesses sign Non-disclosure agreements.
* MonumentalBattle:
** The fight in episode 10 takes place around the Tokyo Tower.
** In season 2 episode 7, the battle between Nastassja's group and the US military takes place in what is obviously Tokyo Sky Tree, probably as a ShoutOut to fellow MagicalGirl anime ''Anime/DokidokiPrecure'' and ''Anime/VividredOperation''. [[spoiler:The tower blows up [[WhamEpisode with Miku still inside]].]]
** ''GX'' opens with a more natural version, when the Symphogear team attempts to save a shuttle from crashing... but not without some collateral damage.
-->'''[[BridgeBunny Sakuya]]:''' The K2 is now the third highest mountain in the world!
* MoodWhiplash: It's extremely hard to keep a straight face when transitioning from an Idol concert to a BloodierAndGorier battle in under 12 minutes and then to high school SliceOfLife.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: Symphogears invoke the AU variant to activate and power themselves. The idol performances also bring in Diegetic elements.
* MusicForCourage: In the DarkestHour, the school's anthem rallies the forces of good.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler: Even after Carol seemingly dies by self-immolation in ''GX'' E6, the Auto-scorers continue to attack, something pointed out by Shirabe in the following episode. All the Auto-Scorers seem to be aware that part of their mission is self-sacrifice to further power Carol's plan, and we're shown the resulting changes in the Chaffeau des Tiffauges every time one is destroyed.]]
* NeverFoundTheBody: {{Invoked}} for the short duration when the 2nd Division Symphogears are declared legally dead after the ending of ''Symphogear''.
* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfEnergy: Dr. Ver exclaims that the energy released [[spoiler:by Nephilim's heart that will vaporize the earth]] exceeds 1 trillion joules. This is roughly equivalent of 1 kiloton of TNT, or a third of the energy released in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Of course, he does have a few screws loose so his thinking could be off...
* OffModel: Episode 3 has a walk scene that looks animated in UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash. The animation studio working on ''LightNovel/BodaciousSpacePirates'' in the same season (especially when Mouretsu Pirates has so much CG scenes in them), plus having the OP single delivered post-haste and a budget slash might explain these animation issues.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Notably, given how notorious anime is for this trope, it's averted for the most part. Maria and Serena do have bright blue eyes, but lack the blonde hair that's also typically associated with Americans and other Anglophone countries. Nastassja, Dr. Ver, and [[ButNotTooForeign Chris]] all lack both the stereotypical hair and eye color. Background characters who are said to be American aren't overwhelmingly blonde and blue eyed either. However, it's played straight in regards to Finé once you realize that she was apparently blonde and fair skinned even though she lived in ''Ancient Mesopotamia'' - located where Iraq stands today. It makes more sense while she's using Ryoko's body if you take PowerDyesYourHair into account, but she has the same hair and skin even when you see the real Finé during flashbacks and when she speaks to Shirabe from within her mind.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Normally, Shirabe and Kirika are reckless and tend to act without orders. However, once they realize the reasons behind the scoldings they have been receiving in ''GX'' E8, they apologize, leaving Genjuuro and Chris speechless.
* ProductionThrowback: The show loves referencing Akifumi Kaneko's other brainchild, the ''Franchise/WildARMS'' series. From simply reusing mythological references in similar context (Ka Dingir or Airgetlám come to mind), to borrowing quotes and catchphrases (Hibiki's ''heiki hecchara''/"it's okay, it's fine" comes straight from [[VideoGame/WildARMS2 Lilka]]), to outright references (such as the ''Your Honest Self'' book from ''WildARMS3'' making an appearance, the later forms of ''G'''s Nephilim looking more and more like recurring BonusBoss Ragu O Ragula, or ''GX'' turning the 2nd Division into an international intervention team called SONG in a blatant shout out to [[VideoGame/WildARMS2 ARMS]])
* RealityEnsues: PlayedForLaughs when Miku tries to record the shooting stars for Hibiki. Nothing shows up on the video, because stars, shooting or otherwise, are much too faint for a phone camera to detect.
** Another, larger, variant turns up in ''GX''. A space shuttle, with all systems and controls failed, is still going to come in hot, never mind all the abilities of the various Symphogears used to slow it down.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: Episode 11, complete with a WeirdMoon.
* TheReveal: An InUniverse example: Miku sees Hibiki in Symphogear form fighting off against Chris in Episode 6. This [[HeroicBSOD easily changes]] her perspective on how Hibiki has been acting.
* RunningGag: Genjuro's reaction to a relic being activated, usually the Gungnir, is usually done the exact same way. The name of the relic pops up on their [[MissionControl central monitor]], then [[ChewingTheScenery cut to Genjuro yelling the name of the relic in surprise]].
** This was actually played with a few times. They used it to announce a special event after the credits of the final episode of season 1, and Genjuro's reaction changes from a yell of surprise to quietly repeating the name of the Relic with a worried look at one point in season 2, when [[spoiler:Hibiki's uses her Gungnir when it could kill her]].
* SceneryPorn and SceneryGorn: On both sides of the spectrum, and can change at any moment. Transitioning from a vibrant laser-show concert that ended with a sunset to a battle-stricken concert under that same sun is animated very beautifully.
* ShesBack: [[spoiler: In episode 4, after being unable to sing and transform, Hibiki finds her reason to fight[=/=]protect and is able to activate Gungnir. It still ends badly for her, though, when she becomes the third victim of the enemy's Symphogear-disintegrator.]]
** [[spoiler: Comes into play also for Tsubasa and Chris, when their destroyed pendants are reconstituted by Elfnein just in time to play BigDamnHeroes for Kirika and Shirabe.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Hibiki? Kanade? Noise? Mephisto? [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Why does it sounds so familiar?]]
*** Second season adds up 'Maria' and 'Shirabe' in the shout-out to said familiar series.
** When Tsubasa bleeds from eyes and mouth when she executes her Ultimate Song against Chris, she looks almost like [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Miki Sayaka]] during her [[IAmAMonster "I'm such a fool"]] moment. Jarring, because Tsubasa normally doesn't make ''that'' kind of face, her [[TheStoic emotional spectrum]] considered.
** At one point during the episode 4 TrainingMontage, Genjuro is dressed exactly like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma/Gouki]]. Considering his {{Badass}}ery, it's not exactly inappropriate. Hibiki is also wearing Makoto's clothes.
*** The TrainingMontage of the second season, on the other hand, is a full-blown ShoutOut to Film/{{Rocky}}, complete with punching frozen carcasses and the library staircase. Meanwhile, Genjyuro and Hibiki sing "Hero Story", the theme song of the Police Story series.
** Chris's armor the Ichaival is a nice one to ''Franchise/WildArms''.
*** Let's not forget "pagan technology", the "Ruins of Memory" and Kadingir, a tower to reach the heavens.
** Music/{{MEGADETH}} PARTY. In episode 10, she transforms into the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Dendrobium Orchis.]]
** Maybe it's just coincidence, but if you take Toyosatomimi no Miko from ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' and wear those hair ears down, she looks a lot like Hibiki.
** Berserk Hibiki has some interesting similarities to [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Asura]], completely with being shrouded in darkness with ominous glowing eyes.
** It seems that Noise have started manifesting [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou outside of Shibuya]].
** [[spoiler:Miku's Sympohogear form is a pretty much a [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Murokumo unit]], mixing elemnts of Nu-13 and Lambda 11 (the [[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Anubis-like]] head gear and visor) with elements of Mu-12 (having special devices that allow beam spam).]]
** Kirika's jump at the end of her ''G'' TransformationSequence looks a lot like of [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Cure Pine's]].
** The [[spoiler:Frontier]] resembles ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', especially the generator room.
** The final episode of G. [[spoiler:Vitalization? They might as well have called it [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Hell and Heaven]]!]]
* StartsWithTheirFuneral: The first few minutes of the first episode reveals under GraveClouds that Hibiki is already dead and buried. The series then flashbacks to two years ago and then forward two years again (though some time before the initial scene, since Hibiki's still alive) to show it got to that point. Also doubles as a ForegoneConclusion.
* TakeThat:
** In season 1, Genjuro states that Japan has the upper hand over the crisis-ridden Europe (i.e. the 2008 financial crisis), and thus the Durandal will be kept by the Japanese.
** In season 2, Genjiro states that the USA can't be trusted. One wonders whether it's because the mess was kickstarted by the American relic lab, or due to the sheer extent of the US' surveillance state in RealLife.
* TemptingFate: Pretty much all of the first half of episode 10. "Boy do I like my school! I sure hope nothing happens to it!" Well guess what?
* TheDayTheMusicLied: Twice in episode 4 of GX. [[spoiler:Maria's image song, "Fierce Spear ・ Gungnir" gets cut off when Garie just manages to block her attack, and then quickly forces Maria to retreat. Hibiki's image song, "G-Beat", gets cut off when the Micha she was fighting turns out to be an illusion and has her Symphogear Pendant destroyed]].
** The Auto-Scorers have a really nasty habit of doing this, especially given the justification in story that Symphogear users need to sing to continue getting the energy to fight. Micha does this to Shirabe and Kirika's "Just Loving X-Edge" duet as well in episode 5.
* [[ThoseTwoGirls Those Three Girls]]: Aside from Yumi, Shiori and Kuriyo, there are also three girls in Chris' class that want to be her friends and help her break out of her shell.
* TitleDrop: The collective name of the anti-Noise armor is the name of the show. And the Ultimate Songs are translated from the the Japanese word "Zesshou". Also, [[spoiler:each season title-drops its opening theme as the final, ultimate attack for that season.]]
** Which, if the trend continues, inspires a bit of FridgeHorror at what kind of attack could conceivably be titled "Exterminate".
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Japan as a whole consists of the Research Facility underneath the school, at least three Symphogear users in two locations, and (potentially) two weapons, one of them being {{BFS}} Durandal. Doesn't look like Japan will hand over Durandal to the EU, what with Episode 5's revelation that Hibiki can use it as part of her song.
* TowerOfBabel: The tower Fine built to reach God is obviously supposed to be it, despite being unnamed within the show. But since she mentions the CurseOfBabel too, it's obvious. Finé even transforms into the semblance of the Whore of Babylon when she goes OneWingedAngel, with apocalypse dragon included.
* TrainingMontage:
** Hibiki trains with old man Genjuro during the credits of episode 4. BruceLee and ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' make appearances.
** Also in season 2 episode 9. This time, all three Symphogear users are training under Genjuro. And Genjuro also ''sings''!
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Shown in episode 12, when Hibiki starting her transformation into her new Symphogear creates a shockwave that pushes Finé away.
** Inconsistent throughout the whole of the series, however. Generally, the transformations into the default Symphogear form are played straight, as there have been at least two instances where the transformation was activated before initiating an attack, yet completed only after the attack connected. However, PlayedWith in regard to the IGNITE module - the transformation into the IGNITED state clearly takes time in the middle of a fight, yet the villains don't exploit the time taken.
* UnmovingPlaid: Sometimes the school uniform skirts move but the fabric pattern doesn't.
* UnusualUserInterface: The consoles in the control room include features such as virtual faders/drawbars and turntables.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Frontier has all the trappings of one. It's a mini-FloatingContinent, the main characters are StormingTheCastle into it and [[spoiler:FightingYourFriend]], the FinalBoss has taken OneWingedAngel form and is waiting inside, and so on. [[ClicheStorm Glorious!]]
* WarIsHell[=/=]HumansAreBastards: The Noise were created by humans in order to fight against rival humans during the [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy early ages]].
* WaveMotionGun: Kadingir is not a [[TowerOfBabel tower]] - Finé even references the biblical Shinar - even though it is referenced as such, but an humongous energy cannon with the intention of ''shooting the moon''. It works, but not as expected.
* WeirdMoon: It... has a massive dent and a ring surrounding it as shown early on in the second season.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 11; the BigBad and her plan is revealed, bad guys change sides or turn to have been TheMole for the good guys all along.
** ''G'', episode 5: [[spoiler:The moon is on a collision course with earth, and Hibiki loses an arm to the Nephilim.]]
** ''G'', episode 7: [[spoiler:Maria didn't inherit Fine...but ''Kirika'' does.]]
** ''G'', episode 9: [[spoiler:Miku was brainwashed by Doctor Ver and '''armed with her own Symphogear.''']]
** ''G'', episode 10: [[spoiler:Hibiki and Miku are apparently killed, The Frontier is risen by their fight, and as a last shot '''Chris shoots Tsubasa in the back while saying "Goodbye"''']]
** ''GX'', episode 2: [[spoiler:The Noise come back, which is a big enough Wham moment considering the events of the ''G'' ending. Then, they demonstrate the power to at least disintegrate Gears (if not severely damage the Relic Pendant(!)), and are revealed by Leiur and Phara to be Alca-Noise. Exactly what Alca-Noise are is still unknown.]]
** ''GX'', episode 4: [[spoiler:Hibiki lost the ability to activate Gungnir from the last episode, forcing Maria to take it up again for a battle. Hibiki gets better but Gungnir is ultimately damaged by Micha, causing Hibiki to plummet back to earth in an almost dead state as Miku screams.]]
* WholeCostumeReference: During Hibiki's aforementioned training montage with Genjuro, there's a brief still where Hibiki dressed like Makoto (the red cloth strip is on her neck and her gi isn't sleeveless) and Genjuro dressed exactly like Akuma, both characters of StreetFighter fame.
* XMeetsY: ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' meets ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Or ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' meets ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''.
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