"...Just remember that you and I are made from the same stuff: taxpayer dollars, American pride and the sweat of an honest day's work."
Welcome to Eagleland
! We're rich, industrious, militarily powerful
and burningly patriotic
! How to show that in fiction? Why with Giant Robots
of course. An American Robot, in short, is any super fighting machine
up the USA to the power of eleven
. Expect them to be decked out in the stars and stripes
and packing the heavy artillery
(as well as having a burning American pride).
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Anime and Manga
- Heroman. "AMERICA BANZAI!" Aside, Heroman's giant red white and blue motif, complete with the hot-blooded IN AMERICA style (with a Phenotype Stereotype controller) is this trope to a T.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam has Chibodee Crockett's mech Gundam Maxter, which is a surfing cowboy American Football-player Giant Robot boxer. Most countries have equally stereotypical gundams, but they usually don't have quite that many different stereotypes combined. Also, his crew is a bunch of Wrench Wenches.
- In the early design phases for Gundam Wing, the original plan was to follow the National Stereotypes motif started by G. However, in an interesting twist, Gundam Heavyarms, originally designed as an American Robot by painting it in bright colors and stacking on tons of missiles and a huge gatling gun was eventually given to the European member of the core cast.
- Getter Robo: Texas Mack, the revolver-toting, lasso-throwing giant robot cowboy guardian of the USA, piloted by an Engrish-spouting cowboy and his sister. Also has its own giant robot horse, piloted by Jack King's ranch dog. The version in Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo is slightly more awesome than stereotypical, especially the high-powered cannon it keeps stored inside a giant coffin in the White House lawn (with a duplicate inside the US Embassy in Japan).
- The American robots in the manga tend to be pretty normal looking, at least until Hien where the Statue of Liberty itself is a giant cannon/jet piloted by a Humongous Mecha.
- The Big Guy, of The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, which is justified, as the whole program was an over glorified publicity stunt. He's partnered with an Expy of Astro Boy though.
- Atomic Robo reeks of the trope, especially with his classical 20th century American values. His inventor is the immigrant Serbian Nikola Tesla.
- DC Comics' G.I. Robot (aka J.A.K.E.).
- The Iron Patriot armor, built and worn by Norman Osborn during Dark Reign, is meant to be a mixture of Iron Man and Captain America. He liberally uses Tony Stark's blueprints to fashion his suit (s).
- The Detroit Steel armor, developed by Hammer Industries. Huge, loud, with ridiculous amounts of guns and weaponry (including chainsaws) and painted with the colors of the American flag (though he's first and foremost a corporate tool and other "Steelmech" models can be painted to whatever the buyer wants). Matt Fraction conceived him as a mix between the jingoism of Team America and Tony Stark's worst nightmares about his tech being completely corrupted by the military industrial complex.
- Short Circuit Johnny Five, as of the epilogue of the second movie.
- In the Iron Man movies:
- Subverted in Iron Man 2: Justin Hammer tries to pass off his Hammer Droids as this. They come in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine models no less. Every model has a specialist weapon or device attached to it - an anti-armor cannon for the Army, missile launchers for the Navy, high-speed flight systems for the Air Force, and close-range machine guns for the Marines. Too bad the Renegade Russian in charge of AI sets them on rampage...
- In Iron Man 3, War Machine gets Norman Osborn's paint job on his armor to become the Iron Patriot, the top dog of US defense. But Rhodey makes sure to note he still prefers the name War Machine.
- In Pacific Rim, all the jaegers are designed to reflect some aspect of their nation's character. Gipsy Danger, the American jaeger, is therefore a big blue thing with a boxer's physique and a couple of strategically-placed stars. The plating of the jaeger is also designed to resemble that of an aircraft carrier.
- While no patriotic American mechs have been built (yet!), that doesn't stop American companies and individuals from dressing up their cars and other equipment in red, white, and blue. The American Motors Corporation made several outlandishly patriotic paintjobs for their high-end cars; The Rebel Machine◊ and Rambler Scrambler◊ both came out of the factory with fluorescent red and blue stripes and decals on a white body, and both had 6.4 liter V8 engines. The AMX and Javelin AMX raced with red-white-and-blue liveries in the SCCA.
- While America is leading the way in terms of unmanned and robotic weapon systems such as bomb disposal robots and UAV's like the predator and Global Hawk UAV's, they are a downplay of this trope rather then a straight example since this trope is about a American "super robot".
- The title Metal Wolf of Metal Wolf Chaos. Its alt forms are even more patriotic.
- Fallout 3 gives us LIBERTY PRIME, the anti-Chinese, anti-Communist giant robot. It might not be flag-themed, but he throws nukes like they were footballs, and is constantly spouting anti-Communist, pro-America propaganda, such as "DEMOCRACY IS THE SOVEREIGN RIGHT OF EVERY AMERICAN" and "AMERICA WILL NEVER FALL TO COMMUNIST INVASION".
- BioShock Infinite feature Motorized Patriots, animatronic bots designed to look like previous US presidents armed with pepper mills.
- Code Guardian, an an awesome web-original video production of a giant American Robot defeating a giant Japanese Samurai Robot and a Giant Nazi Robot in an Alternate (mech-based) Pearl Harbor.
- In Sinfest, being the President of the United States apparently involves piloting one of these.
- A robot introduced in the last few episodes of Sym-Bionic Titan was the Homeland Mobile Emergency Robot or HMER (pronounced hammer). Commanded by General Steel. Commanded, not piloted, because it has a large a crew as a battleship. Not patriotically colored, instead it goes for a traditional army green. It also is more of a Real Robot than a Super Robot, it is very slow and resource intensive. There are multiple shots of all of the tank shells it expends when it fires its machine guns.
- Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: the BGY-11 in this version is just really patriotic because it's his job to defend the country, rather than as a publicity stunt. He's also not really a robot.