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A Mech by Any Other Name
aka: Mech By Any Other Name
Clockwise starting left: A Megadeus, a Mechanoid, a Mobile Suit, an Armored Trooper and an Armored Soldier

"...So they gave me this spear and I said, 'What the hell am I supposed to do with that if we get attacked by giant robots?' and they said, 'First of all, they're called Guymelefs because that sounds more fantasy like...'"

In fiction, Humongous Mecha are rarely simply called such. This is particularly true in Real Robot-type shows, where the mecha in question are usually numerous. Super Robots are typically one-of-a-kind, and such are only called by their proper names. Powered Armor may or may not fall victim to this as well.

Keep in mind that, in Japan, the term "mecha" means "anything mechanical," rendering it essentially meaningless — the word "mecha" specifically means "giant robots" only in the West. Just because a series has a "mecha designer" doesn't mean it has Humongous Mecha in it — the "mecha" designed can even be something like a Magical Girl's wand (or even the Magical Girl herself, in some settings).

The name used is usually different in just about every series that features Humongous Mecha, unless it's deliberately trying to reference another series.

Similar to Not Using the Z Word, but the naming is often a matter of trademark law as much as the Scifi Ghetto; often, it's also due to Rule of Cool. See also Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp".

(By the way, the Japanese generic equivalent to "mech" or "mecha" is kitai.)


Examples:

NOTE: When adding examples, remember that we're looking for the "generic" name for the mech, not the model designation. In Gundam terms, for example, we're looking for "Mobile Suit" rather than "Zaku", "GM", etc....

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Gravion brings us the Gran Divas, the name for the individual parts that make up Gravion, the Gran Kaiser, its central core, and the Gran Troopers, the Real Robot variants that show up in Gravion Zwei.
  • Gundam, of course, started all this when they called theirs Mobile Suits (humanoid mecha) and Mobile Armor (jet- or tank-like mecha)note . A "normal suit", if you're wondering, is a regular spacesuit. (And a "pilot suit" is the Latex Space Suit version, easier to move in and fit into cramped cockpits.).
    • G Gundam adds Mobile Fighters, which mostly differ in their Motion Capture Mecha controls (and the fact that they're Super Robots). Regular Mobile Suits still exist, but they're far less present in the series. They're actually more numerous than the Mobile Fighters (being mass produced for military and police duty), it's just that Mobile Suits are incidental to the story, and absolutely no match for a Mobile Fighter.
    • Gundam Wing adds the automatic Mobile Dolls...
    • ...and Gundam X gives us Mobile Bits, which are like Mobile Dolls except controlled telepathically instead of by computer.
    • Novel Gaia Gear add Man Machine, which look like mobile suit, but with advance technology that's on completely another level.
  • Arm Slaves appear in Full Metal Panic!. Arm Slave is for "Armored Mobile Master-Slave System" and is often shortened to just AS. Arm Slaves essentially mimic the movements of their pilots, so the name actually makes some sense (although you'd think people would come up with a better name for them then that).
    • The established term for this in sci-fi is a "waldo", or maybe "voodoo control". Whether this is better or worse term is dependent on the beholder.
  • B'ts in Bt X, themed mostly for legendary animals.
  • Variable Fighters (Transforming Mecha, with the mecha mode additionally being refered to as a Battroid) and Destroids (Non-Transforming) in Super Dimension Fortress Macross. The Zentraedi also have their Battle Pods. Also, variable fighters are frequently referred to as Valkyries, which was the actual nickname of the first regular production VF.
    • Robotech mostly uses the same names, although they call the fighters and other human transforming mecha Veritechs. It should be noted, however, that the series often did refer to them collectively as "Mecha."
  • Code Geass has Knightmare Frames.
    • Joined later in the series by the Knight Giga Fortress, which is essentially a giant flying cockpit with KMF technology (equivalent to the Mobile Armor in Gundam).
  • Sora O Kakeru Shoujo has QT ARMS (or Quantum Technology Advanced Reinforced Maneuvering Shroud) for the main girls, with the B.O.A.R Ship (Beyond Orbit Azonal Runabout) for two employees of the Space Police, and a mechanised force called Existence who were made to serve the titular Girl Who Leapt Through Space
  • Magic Knight Rayearth In Cephiro, a Rune-God is basically a mecha that's controlled by a Magic Knight's spirit. This is an attempted Woolseyism—the original Japanese Punny Name is "Mashin", both "Demon-God" and "Machine".
  • Mars Daybreak has Round Bucklers. They are further separated into Corded and Cordless, the difference being that the former are remotely controlled through EVA-style umbilical cables linked to a "Seahorse" command craft and the later have a conventional cockpit.
  • Guymelefs in Vision of Escaflowne.
    • Smaller ones were simply known as Melefs but these never played much of a role in the series.
  • The Five Star Stories call theirs Mortar Headds. (No, that's not misspelled.)
  • Megadeuses in The Big O. Their pilots are called Dominus Megadeus.
  • Gasaraki has one side calling their mechs Tactical Armor, (TAs) while the other calls them (Metal) FAKES.
    • Not to mention the giant demoic creatures dressed in samurai armor known as Kugai that both of the above were based on. (though the group that calls their mechs FAKES refer to the Kugai as Originals.)
  • KLFs and LFOs in Eureka Seven. Stands for Kraft Light Fighter and Light-Finding Operation respectively.
  • Its successor, Eureka Seven Ao refers to its mecha as IFOs, which is short for Intelligent Flying Object. Other airborne vehicles are referred to as FPs, for Flying Platform
  • Bubblegum Crisis calls the Powered Armor used by the heroines Hardsuits and their transforming motorbike / exoskeletons Motoroids or Motorslaves. Other armors are Battlesuits, and large mechs are called Battlemovers. Genom's ubiquitous synthetic soldiers are known as Boomers. Or, if you prefer mistranslations-made-canon, Voomers.
  • In Super Dimension Century Orguss, the Chiram faction call mecha Devices.
    • The sequel Orguss 02 simply called them Armor in the original Japanese, while the dub called them Decimators.
  • Soukou No Strain had STRAINs (STRategic Armored INfantry) and GAMBEEs (General Axis Motorized Battle Exoskeleton Equipment).
  • Sakura Taisen calls theirs Koubu (or Kohbu, whichever spelling you prefer); the now-defunct European Star Troupe had Eisenkleids. The English translation of the fifth game calls them S.T.A.R.s.
    • Those are model names. The generic term is Ryoushi Katchuu (bless you), which translates as "psychic particle armor".
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has the Gunmen, while the mass-production Gurren Lagann replicas are called Grappal/Gurapural/Grapearl. However, the word "mecha" is actually used in-show at least once.
  • Brain Powerd has Grandchilds or Grand Chers (depending on your translation) on the antagonist side, and the titular Brain Powerds on the protagonist side. Universally, a machine with a pilot is called an Antibody (although the term is also used to describe the pilot himself, sometimes).
  • Flag merely refers to them as Bipdedal Weapons.
  • RahXephon has Dolems, smaller craft called Dotems and the titular RahXephon, often shortened to "Xephon." The humans also field giant Vermillion robots near the end of the series. However, the Dolems and Dotems are not actually mecha, as they are actually made of clay (and one of ice), feature no actual mechanisms and are shown to be completely solid when broken open. The Rah-Xephon itself is made of similar material and seems to operate in much the same way, bar the remote control, so while it shares a lot of mecha characteristics, it is not a mecha as such, though it still qualifies, as it features what amounts to a cockpit.
  • Break Blade features Golems. Only the titular one is a mech in the traditional sense; modern Golems are more magical / psychic in nature.
  • GUN×SWORD calls theirs Yoroi, Japanese for "armor".
  • Zoids has, well, Zoids.
    • Its Spin-Off Soukou Kyoshin Z-Knight start with Armored Titans, six Super Prototype powered by zoid core, Battle Armor which is smaller and entirely built by Earthlings, and Metal Foot which is even smaller and unmanned.
  • Appleseed: Regular Powered Armor are called Protectors, while the larger Mini-Mecha are Landmates. And the giant Spider Gun Platforms are referred to as Land Master at least once.
  • Vandread has the mecha used by the men called Bangata ("Barbarian" - although the translations call them "Van-type" instead) which the women call Vanguards; while the spacefighters that the women use are Dreads. When the two combine...
  • Innocent Venus has Gladiators.
  • Utawarerumono has the (Eva-like) Avu Kamuu or whatever it's spelled.
  • Eidoron Shadow calls them Shadows.
  • Patlabor calls them Labors since they're mostly used for industrial work. The series name refers specifically to police Labors, being a shorthand for Patrol Labor.
  • Overman King Gainer has two different type of mechas, the mass produced Silhouette Machine which are a type of Real Robot, and the Overman which are rarer (usually only one type) and can use the Overskill.
  • Sky Girls has the Sonic Divers.
  • Armored Trooper VOTOMS has Armored Troopers. And VOTOMS actually stands for Vertical One-man Tank for Offense and ManueverS. Or not.
  • Aura Battler Dunbine has Aura Battlers which are humanoid-type Aura Machines. It also has the non-humanoid Aura Bombs and Aura Fighters.
  • Combat Mecha Xabungle has Walker Machines. The titular WM gets the Combat Mecha due to the fact that dedicated combat W Ms are rare.
  • Pluto by Urasawa Tezuka has Brando using a Combat Suit in a war and a Pankration for championship fighting.
  • GaoGaiGar is a Super Mechanoid; its components are a Mechanoid and a set of Gao-Machine vehicles. The related Betterman mecha are called Neuronoids because their power relays and controls are affected by their pilot's nervous systems. The abandoned sequel Gao Gai Go would have featured a hybrid design referred to as a Neuro-Mechanoid.
  • Normal mechs in Gad Guard are called Heavy Metals while the entities created from the titular Gads are called Gadrians. This is futher divided into the living Super Robots the protagonists use which are Techodes, and the a giant monsters called A-Techodes that are created if a Gad falls into unworthy hands,
  • Gaiking: Legend of Daikuu-Maryuu refers to its mechs as Giants of Flame, owing to the fact that their powered by the flames of the pilot's heart.
  • Heavy Metal L-Gaim also call them Heavy Metal.
  • Fang of the Sun Dougram has Combat Armor.
  • Blue Comet SPT Layzner refers to piloted models as Super Powered Tracers and unmanned models as Terror Strikers.
  • In Panzer World Galient, each mech line is classified with the prefix word Panzer. For example, Galient is Panzer Blade, centaur mechs like Promaxis are Panzer Trampler, while flyable Wingals are Panzer Gust. Collectively, they're called Armored Soldiers (Kikouhei).
  • Ginga Hyouryuu Vifam call them Round Vernians. While Earthling use the term to classified all mech, the alien actually call them as "machine".
  • In Space Runaway Ideon, the Buff Clan actually use the term Heavy Mecha.
  • Metal Armor from Metal Armor Dragonar.
  • Megazone 23 has transformable Maneuver Slave.
  • The titular Machine Robos of the Machine Robo franchise.
  • Star Driver gives us Cybodies.
  • Blue Gender has Armored Shrike.
  • GunBuster has the RealRobot Machine Weapons, and the Super Robot Buster Machines.
  • Gigantic Formula has Gigantic Figures.
  • Kiddy Grade has Guard Robots (which double as vehicles), and the (non-pilotable) Genetech Beasts which range from dog-sized to humongous. The Kiddy GiRL-AND Pure manga also has a variety of unnamed piloted mecha and a humanoid Humanic Frame.
  • In the Getter Robo metaseries, the airplane components are known as Getter Machines, while the actual combined unit is known as a Getter Robo.
  • Rinne no Lagrange has Ovids (standard-issue mechas) and the Vox (superpowered ones used by the protagonists).
  • The Galactic Alliance in Suisei no Gargantia uses Machine Caliburs. On Earth, they call similar machines Yunboroids.
  • Buddy Complex uses Valiancers.
  • Aldnoah.Zero gives us Kataphrakts, named after the heavy cavalrymen of the Byzantine Empire and ancient Persia.
  • Shirogane No Ishi Argevollen has Trail Kriegers.

    Comic Books 
  • Spitfire and the Troubleshooters, from Marvel's original The New Universe series, revolved around the team's escapades with the M.A.X. (Man-Assisted eXperimental) Armor.
    • Warren Ellis' rebooted newuniversal series reimagined this with the H.E.X. (Human Enhancement eXperimental) Initiative, a project to create a robotic battle suit and hunt metahumans.
  • For DC Comics, there's the Rocket Red Armor, Soviet-based Powered Armor built by Green Lantern Kilowog.
  • Doesn't matter how tall they are or if they're piloted or not, those mutant-hunting robots that give the X-Men hell are all known as Sentinels

    Film 
  • Star Wars usually calls them Walkers or ATs (Armored Transports).
  • The Matrix series has APUs, standing for Armored Personnel Units. Though looking at them, 'armored' is somewhat less than accurate.
    • A more heavily armored version is seen during "The Second Renaissance: Part 2" in The Animatrix. However, the armor did it little good as it was cut open by a robot's laser and the pilot was forcibly torn out, screaming for help as his arms and legs were still trapped in the suit.
  • In Avatar they are known as Amplified Mobility Platforms, or simply AMP suits.
  • Pacific Rim calls its mechs Jaegers which is German for "Hunter".

    Literature 
  • Going a fair ways back, H. G. Wells simply called his Fighting Machines. They're also frequently refered to as Tripods, although the original book rarely used the name.
  • There was also the novel named Warstrider that called its, guess what...
  • Dale Brown's Act of War duology had CID or Cybernetic Infantry Device. Other books had a skinsuit colloquially called Tin Man, or officially BERP (Ballistic Electro-Reactive Process), because its inventor has a juvenile sense of humor.
  • Mechs in The History of the Galaxy series by Andrey Livadny are officially called serv-machines. Alternatively, they are often referred to as "walking machines".
    • Oftentimes, they are simply referred to by their class, with the two most famous ones being the "Phalanxer" (heavy, long-range mech) and the "Hoplite" (lighter, scout mech). Others are sometimes mentioned, such as the "Raven" (between a "Phalanxer" and a "Hoplite") and the "Golden Eagle" (a discontinued model).
  • The mecha used by the Japan Self-Defense Force in Stone King are known as titans.
  • Mechs in The Osmerian Conflict are simply known as mechina.

    Live Action TV 
  • Power Rangers has Zords, named for the sage Zordon from the early seasons (though seasons with no connection to Zordon and company also call their Humongous Mecha "zords," and even seasons that don't still call the combined forms "Megazords.") Since Bruce Kalish came along, villain-used mecha are just called 'giant robots'. More specifically, "Zord" was originally a shortening of "Dinozord", a play both on the sage who had created them and the ancient animals on which he had modeled several of his designs.
    • The Super Sentai source material doesn't have a standardized name for all the mecha (and some seasons even neglect to add that name), but in some amusing Mythology Gags, Mirai Sentai Timeranger featured a villain mecha called the G-Zord, and Tokumei Sentai Go Busters classifies all of their villainous giant robots as "MegaZords" (with that capitalization).
      • Come the climactic battle in the Go-Buster/Gokaiger crossover movie, both teams are given the ability to use MegaZord Keys to transform their mecha, using the term for several previous series' robos, as well
    • However, The Super Sentai Battle Dice-O card game classifies all forms as Mecha, while the individual forms are called Machines and the combined forms are called Robos.
    • Not for ALL the mecha, but each season tends to use a different one. Vehicular mecha are sometimes called 'Machines', bestial ones are 'Animals' or '-Ju' (meaning animals), and combined mecha are sometimes called 'Robo' (usully tech-themed seasons) 'King', or the Japanese '-Oh' (meaning 'king') or 'Jin' ('god', both in the mystically-aligned seasons). There's lots of single-season terms sometimes lampshaded in the season title, like 'Kidenjuu' (Gosei Sentai Dairanger), 'Bakuryu' (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger) 'Majin' (Mahou Sentai Magiranger), and 'Origami' (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger). Sometimes it gets rather inconsistent ('Vehicles' referred to the regular vehicles in Dekaranger and the mecha of Boukenger.)
    • In an aversion of the usual naming system, the celestially-derived mecha of Tensou Sentai Goseiger are called GoseiMachines.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech often actually does call them 'Mechs, short for a variety of giant robot applications, but usually meaning Battlemechs or Omnimechs. Civilian 'Mechs for agriculture, Agromechs, and industrial, no canonical name ever given, versions also known to exist.
    • They actually hold the trademark for the term "mech", which is why one runs into "mecha" frequently.
    • The very first edition was called BattleDroids, but someone else held the trademark for that term.
    • Actually, IndustrialMechs exist. It's just that they are so varied that there really is no one "category" of IndustrialMechs. You have LoggerMechs, LifterMechs, I mean the list is pretty long (They even have CattleMechs). They have a partial list in one of the older Tech Manuals.
    • That would be the 3025 Tech Manual. Which, because of the Unseen designs, was redone and all the IndustrialMechs went away for "Star League Era" designs from the even more out of print 2750 TRO. More recent manuals have a short list of some of the IndustrialMechs you might see modified for battle or in use. (Such as the SalvageMechs designed to haul damaged Battle Mechs back to base.)
    • In addition to various sorts of Mechs, both sides also use Battle Armor, and the Clans field Mini-Mecha called Protomechs.
  • The title of Mekton is also the default name for mecha in it, though plenty of others exist on a 'verse by 'verse basis.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has tons, enough to spawn the Titan Legions Gaiden Game:
    • The Imperium refers to enormous walking war machines as Titans. Imperial Titans range in size from the 15-meter-tall Warhound Scout Titan to the gargantuan Imperator-class Titan, a 55-meter walking cathedral-fortress able to house a company of soldiers and sporting weapons rated against capital ships. Knights are smaller, one-man "mini-Titans" approximately nine meters tall, usually deployed in squadrons based on the feudal households of the Knight Worlds. Dreadnoughts are Mini-Mecha about four meters tall, in the Imperium's case piloted by a mortally-wounded Space Marine's life-support sarcophagus.
      • The Imperium will use these designations when referring to other races' war machines, such as Tyranid Bio-Titans or Eldar "Dreadnoughts" (which the Eldar call Wraithlords, and are actually piloted by the Spirit Stone of a departed warrior. The Eldar don't seem to have a different name for their own Titans, though).
    • Orks call their Titan-sized walking junkheaps Gargants, refer to roughly Knight-sized walkers as Stompas, and have Deff Dreads or Killa Kans for their Dreadnought analogues. That said, Ork design is so non-standardized that there's a bit of overlap between these categories.
    • The Tau consider Titans to be Awesome, yet Impractical, and favor using Mini-Mecha-sized Battlesuits that at 2.8 meters tall are a bit smaller than an Imperial Dreadnought. However, they're recently begun fielding the twice as large XV104 "Riptide" Battlesuit that comes closer to an Imperial Knight.
  • Exalted calls their mecha Warstriders.
    • Variants include the Colossus (actually Alchemical Exalts who, at an age of over 100, have grown to mecha-scale) and the Hellstrider (which is a warstrider made from living demons).
  • Jovian Chronicles had Exo-Armors (battlesuits are referred to as Exo-Suits), and Heavy Gear and Gear Krieg had Gears in Dream Pod Nine's series of mecha Tabletop Games. HG's bigger mecha are called Striders.
  • Engels from Cthulhu Tech, which have more in common with Evangelions than they do anything else on this list.
  • Bliss Stage has the ANIMa, or A lien N umina I nversion Ma chine. It's not literally a giant robot, though.
  • Warmachine gets its name from its big, steam powered robots called Warjacks. The predecessors to modern warjacks were the much-larger Colossals, which were obsolete for a while but have started being produced again as of the most recent book.
  • Rifts typically uses the term Robots to refer to piloted humanoid combat machines, though the lines between them and Powered Armor are frequently blurred. The training skills are referred to as "robot combat" and the most prominent series of designs is the IAR; Infantry Assault Robot.
  • GiantGuardianGeneration has the General Enforcement Anthropomorphic Robot, or Gear.
  • The CAMELOT Trigger setting for the Fate Core System (contained in the second "Fate Worlds" supplement) simply calls them Armor. Complete with British spelling to match its obvious inspiration.

    Video Games 
  • Custom Robo
  • City of Heroes have the Malta's Titans (Hercules, Zeus and Cronos class) Vanguard has their HVAS (Heavy Vanguard Assault Suit) and the Longbow have their Cataphract (it's equivalent, the Arachnos Heavy Blaster, is a Spider Tank instead)
  • Zone of the Enders has two names, Laborious Extra-Orbital Vehicle (or LEVs for short) and Orbital Frame. The differences are the construction and the level of technology used.
  • Virtuaroids in Virtual-ON.
  • Wanzers (Short for the German: Wanderung Panzer, which means "Walking Tank") in the Front Mission series.
    • Which would be a really bad translation, as "Wanderung" is the word for the group activity. "Wanderpanzer" would be gramatically correct, though "Laufpanzer" would be the actual german term, as it's unlike to be supposed to be a tank that is "going for a walk".
  • Armored Core has... well, Armored Cores. They're subdivided further into MT ("Muscle Tracer") which are precursors to Armored Cores, Normals, which are the average Armored Core until Armored Core 4, and Nexts which use the series' newest Phlebotinum Kojima Particles to make them vastly more powerful.
    • Interestingly, the term Armored Core is actually a nickname-turned-regular term for the AC. Originally, the units were called Armored Muscle Tracers, or AMT's.
  • The Gungriffon series has the AWGS which stands for Armored Walking Gun System.
  • The Star Siege / EarthSiege series has HERCULANs (Humaniform-Emulation Roboticized Combat Unit with Leg-Articulated Navigation).
  • Xenogears has Gears, while Xenosaga refers to them as A.G.W.S. (Anti-Gnosis Weapon System), A.W.M.S., E.S.' and such.
    • In Xenoblade, they're called Face Mechon, or Faces for short. You later learn that this is meant to differentiate the purely-robotic regular Mechon from those that are piloted by converted Homs.
  • In Gunparade March, they're called Humanoid Walking Tanks, or HW Ts.
  • Metal Gear
    • Metal Gear?!
    • Early Kojima nomenclature (Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2 and Snatcher) made Metal Gears a subgroup of mechs as a whole, which were referred to as Heavy Walkers. The presence of Metal Gear Gustavs, a rejected boss from Metal Gear 2, suggested that the term "Metal Gear" was just an affectionate nickname for Heavy Walkers. Metal Gear Solid 4 clarified the issue by saying that the difference between a Metal Gear and a Walking Tank is that the Metal Gears are useful in terms of the global nuclear map, and Walking Tanks (like the Gekkos) are simply weapons. This was probably brought into the canon because the main Metal Gear of Metal Gear Solid 2 was more of a submarine.
  • Policenauts, another Kojima game, referred to its mechas as Extravehicular Mobility Police Suits or EMPS, which are named as such because they're piloted by members of the Advanced Police unit of the Beyond Coast Police.
  • Ring Of Red (An early Playstation 2 game, not that problem with your Xbox 360) called them AFW's (Armored Fighting Walkers).
  • In addition to most of the above (i.e.: you may have Mobile Suits, Variable Fighters, and Arm Slaves in the same universe), Super Robot Wars also gives you Personal Troopers (derived from the Gespenst series, which may or may not have started as Powered Armor) and Armored Modules (derived from jet fighters, with the early models being essentially planes with arms).
    • SRW is pretty much the king of this. They also have Dynamic General Guardians, Elemental Lords, Supermechanical Gods, War Machine Dolls, Assault Dragoons, Assault Scouters, Valkyries, Multi Walker and more that we've definitely missed. They invented the terms [Super Robot Genre Super Robot]] and Real Robot to provide a more general term for the units, and when they need an all-encompassing name they just go ahead and call them mechs.
    • Although justified in that these names are assigned to them by their manufacturers. Personal Troopers were developed by Mao Industries, the Lion series are manufactured by Isurugi Heavy Industries, the Grungust super robot-types originated from the Tesla Leicht Institute, Fremont Industries built Assault Dragoons while Z&R Company develop Valkyries.
    • The Masoukishin subseries is a more straight example, with inhabitants of La Gias using Magitek mecha called Masouki ("magically-clothed machine", usually translated as Elementals), and referring to any outside mecha they see by that name. There also exist four Masoukishin ("magically-clothed machine god", translated as Elemental Lords) and the Chou Masouki (Super Masouki) Duraxyll.
    • And in Endless Frontier, denizen of Kagura Amahara use term Karakuri to call all mechs.
  • In Total Annihilation, the infantry units (which are essentially mechs) are called KBOTs.
    • Which stands for Kinetic Bio Organic Technology
    • Its spiritual sequel, Supreme Commander, features numerous variations of mechs, all called Bots. Except for the one who actually have human pilots. Those are called ACU and sACU. It stands for (support) Armored Command Unit.
  • The One Must Fall series of robot fighting games called 'em H.A.Rs (Humanoid Assisted Robots), though most characters in-game still referred to them as just robots or "'bots."
  • The SNES game Battle Clash called their mechas Standing Tanks (or S.T.'s for short)
  • Vanguard Bandits had All-Terrain Armored Combatants (A.T.A.C.s).
  • Steel Battalion has the Vertical Tanks (VT). This includes Heavy Armor, which otherwise has a very different setting, down to computer-less VTs that actually look more like Walking Tanks.
  • Exteel has Mechanaughts.
  • Although largely forgotten later on in the series, Mega Man X had the Ride Armors.
  • The old BioWare game Shattered Steel had Planet Runners.
  • Battlefield 2142 has Battlewalkers, or just Walkers for short.
  • PlanetSide has the BFRs, fully known as Big F— err, I mean, Battle Frame Robotics, and nicknamed Biffers by players.
    • And the Mechanized Armored Exo-Suit PoweredArmor, abbreviated as MAX
  • Pox's Big Willy.
  • Shogo: Mobile Armor Division has MCA, Mobile Combat Armours.
  • Robot Alchemic Drive gives us Meganites for the human controlled robots. The enemy aliens are all called Volgara, but this is more a species name than a type of mech.
  • HOUNDS of Chrome Hounds. Doesn't actually stand for anything, it's a reference to the way squads of them act like a pack of hounds.
    • HOUNDS are actually evolutions of Advanced Combat Vehicles or ACVs, which act as the game's Mecha-Mooks.
  • Power Loaders in Power Dolls, because these vehicles were built upon, well, heavy loader's chassis.
  • The mechas in Armored Warriors and Cyberbots are called Variant Armors (also misromanized "Valiant Armors").
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition has the Vital Suit, or VS. Models range from simple open-cockpit machines to advanced quadrupedal models that can turn into tanks and ones with arms (with hands and mounted chainsaws) and hover jets. Lost Planet 2 adds multi-seaters, tamed Akrid, and even one that can combine with another! Lost Planet 3, being a prequel, uses Rigs, which are much cruder and meant for exploration and mining.
  • Golems in the Wild ARMs series, which have much more in common with Humongous Mecha than, well, Golems.
  • Senko no Ronde has Rounder.
  • Bumpy Trot aka. Steambot Chronicles has Trotmobiles.
  • Metal Fatigue has Combots.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic IV has Dragon Golems as one of the two top tier units of the Order faction. A huge mechanical dragon piloted by dwarves may be called a Golem, but it is a Humongous Mecha.
  • Half-Life 2 and the Episodes have classic HG Wells tripods known as Striders. However, seeing as Dog ripped the brain out of one in Episode 2 they might not be mecha so much as an engineered organic weapon.
    • Nearly all Combine forces are species that have been previously enslaved, surgically implanted with weapon systems, and forcibly evolved around them. These various types of semi-organic enemies are collectively referred to as "synth."
  • Final Fantasy VI has Magitek Armor as the most recognizable, but others exist as well.
  • Anise Tatlin of Tales of the Abyss carries a small doll ("Tokunaga") on her back which transforms to mecha-sized proportions when deployed and is controlled by Anise for fighting. Interestingly, there's a wide variety of dolls to be found and equipped for different effect, but Anise will ride Tokunaga even when stripped of all equipment. This is because she cannot otherwise fight (even though she can be equipped with a melee weapon).
  • Demonbane has two types. A mundane Destroyer Robot and Magitek-based Deus Machina.
  • The security robots in Mass Effect 2 are simply referred to as mechs (although only some of them are humongous). The geth in both games use humanoid troopers, four-legged Armature support, scaled-up-humanoid Destroyer units for melee combat, and lizard-like Stalkers for ECM support.
  • In Jak II: Renegade, we have the Titan Suit.
  • Metal Warriors for the SNES has Battledroids.
  • Dolls in Heavy Nova.
  • Metal Brigade Tactics calls them Vertical Armor.
  • StarCraft: Sometimes used, sometimes not.
    • In StarCraft I and the single-player campaign of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the manual uses "mech" for the Goliath.
    • StarCraft II calls the Viking's ground mode an "assault walker". The Thor and its story-only Super Prototype the Odin don't actually get a description like this, but are best described as self-propelled artillery pieces.
    • In its introductory mission in the campaign, the Odin is described as a "superheavy siege walker" (the less-humongous Thors are presumably merely "heavy"). In general, such units are referred to as "walkers" because "mech" is a metagame term for "mechanical" as a general class, and therefore includes tanks and other vehicles too.
  • G-Nome has the Heavily Armored Weapons Chassis, or HAWC.
  • The Atari Jaguar game Iron Soldier is named after the Iron Fist Corporation's Iron Soldiers (abbreviated IS), 42-foot tall humanoid robots with a single pilot and a modular weapons system. The player is a member of La Résistance who has stolen a prototype IS and is out to fight through the IFC's armies of tanks, helicopters, and Soldiers.
  • Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force has Slave Gears.
  • Terran Empire from Ground Control II: Operation Exodus have Combat Striders and Missile Striders.
  • Iron Brigade, true to its WWI roots (and its former title, Trenched) has Mobile Trenches.

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  • Girl Genius has Clanks, which are a steampunk version and vary in size from passing-as-a-pocket-watch to roughly-human all the way up to terrifyingly-large. The most common ones are humanoid, but there have also been examples of animal shaped (both normal and mythological) and there was even an entire circus caravan of trailers that sprouted limbs (and/or wings) and brought the pain on some very surprised soldiers.

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    Western Animation 
  • Exo Squad calls theirs E-Frames. This was originally short for Exo-Frames, but then the writers found out that Centurions used the name first, and compromises were made. The fact that the pilots are visible from outside is somehwat of a rarity.
  • Transformers has quite a few...
    • First up, Transformers are generally sentient robots that can transform into vehicles and animals, although in the films and Transformers Animated they're not referred in such words (save for the second film, when the former Sector 7 guy calls them that).
    • Vehicons are soulless, mass-produced models controlled by a single commander.
    • Autroopers are similar, but are each partnered with a girl who can kiss it to merge with it and increase its power. Seriously.
    • Targetmasters are a type of Powered Armor that can transform into a Transformer-scale gun.
    • Transtectors are (generally) lifeless bodies that must combine with a smaller being, often of the organic variety, to function.
    • Headmasters in the American continuity are much the same as standard piloted mechs, with the exception that the mech itself has its own mind and soul, which can cause trouble if the body and the pilot don't get along. In the Japanese continuity, it is simply the fusion a (generally) human-sized robot which forms the head of a Transformer-sized Transtector.
      • The Headmasters in the Japan-only Transformers Masterforce manga plays like the American version above: the robots' bodies are Transtectors, and the Headmasters are the humans who transforms into their heads.
      • In Animated the Headmaster unit is something else entirely: namely, a robotic head that cuts off other robots' heads to take over their bodies (and can turn into a small full robot in emergencies).
    • Powermasters (Western name) and Godmasters (Japanese name) are similar to the Masterforce Headmasters, but instead of heads, they transforms into the Transtectors' engines.
    • Similarly, the Japanese Transformers Victory series has Brainmasters, where the smaller driver/pilot becomes the face (and brain) of the larger robot.
  • Beyond the Powered Armor in the Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, there exist the Marauders, relatively small mechs in two forms - ape or chicken. More of a Mini-Mecha though.
  • The giant robots in Robotix were called, well, robotix. It's a non-pluralizing word.


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