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I dig giant robots
We dig giant robots
Chicks dig giant robots
— Chicks Dig Giant Robots
, Opening Theme of Megas XLR
Who needs an Artillery, Armored, Engineer, Mechanized, or Motorized Brigade when you can have a 100-metre humanoid robot
with a glowing sword
and a fist that fires off like a missile?
There's no argument — Mecha
are just infinitely cooler than ordinary vehicles. And when they're really huge, they're even cooler than that! Which is what really matters in the end, right?
Mecha themselves usually divided between the "Super Robot Genre
" and the "Real Robot Genre
", the distinction typically being where they belong on the Mohs Scale of Sci-Fi Hardness
, though there are as many different kinds of settings
for mecha as there are genres.
Mythology as a whole is also replete with artificial humans and similar automatons
, the great bronze automaton built by Hephaestus. Dr. Hell from Mazinger Z
finding an army of Humongous Mecha in a Greek island is, actually, based on that legend), but special mention goes to Hindu Mythology
. One of the three barriers the gods set to protect their elixir, the Amrita, was a robot with rotary saws for hands
For those of you wanting to create your own Humongous Mecha work, we've got you covered
. While not a reality yet or likely to be... Japan is working on it
for the more generic, not-necessarily-humongous supertrope.
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Anime and Manga
- Golden Bat: The Ur Example, dating back to 1930. See Theatre section below.
- Tetsujin #28, or Gigantor as it was originally known in North America, was probably the first "giant robot" anime imported to the United States. This black-and-white series was aired during the 1960s in many markets.
- Go Nagai's Mazinger Z was the first series to feature giant robots piloted by humans, the convention which came to define the entire genre. It also created the Super Robot Genre as we know it, featuring, if not originating, many of the tropes that have come to be associated with the genre. The series, along with sequels Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer, have been aired worldwide.
- The caption for the page image is in fact a good example of Hilarious in Hindsight. Go Nagai, trying to come up with an idea for a giant robot story that wouldn't rip off Tetsujin, was observing a gridlock one day when he mused to himself that the drivers in back must be wishing for a way to bypass those in front. From that idle thought came the concept of a man-driven robot, and the rest is history.
- Getter Robo, the first Transforming Mecha and Combining Mecha, which also features some of the most humongous mecha in the medium. The mecha progressively increase in size and ridiculousness over the series, ending with the Getter Emperor which stands over a freakin' galaxy.
- On the other hand Freeder Bug, also created by the late Ken Ishikawa has some of the least humongous Humongous Mecha in anime or manga, not counting power suits. They're essentially just heads with stumpy limbs and a chair fixed to the back, and are smaller than an adult man.
- The Robot Romance Trilogy -Combattler V, Voltes V and Daimos- developed the Super Robot Genre further, incorporating new tropes -like the Five-Man Band or the Motion Capture Mecha- and themes, using darker storylines (keep in mind the Mazinger series could get pretty dark actually, and Getter Robo in reality is a Cosmic Horror Story) and using more complex characters and villains. They also were aired worldwide, being particularly succesful in Philippines and Middle East countries.
- Planet Robo Danguard Ace was the only foray of Leiji Matsumoto in the Transforming Mecha genre, featuring a spaceship that turned into a giant robot, and with a bigger emphasis on interplanetary war.
- Robotics;Notes is a very unique reconstruction. While the opening features many mechas that look like they belong in a Super Robot Genre anime, the series focuses on a club of students living Twenty Minutes into the Future as they work together to build a Humongous Mecha of their own. Aside from the comic relief moments and the Otaku shut-in, the characters don't feel like mecha anime characters, but ordinary people. The anime also feels much more like a Slice of Life. However, this being by the same people who brought us Steins;Gate, a darker conspiracy soon comes to light and our group of protagonists are pulled into the mix when it becomes clear that the world's leader in robotics is planning on causing a global disaster and wiping out more than half of the human race. Now it's up to them to quickly complete their mecha and save the world.
- The Gundam metaseries launched the Real Robot Genre, and its dozen or so sequels, prequels, and Alternate Universes refined it perhaps more than any other series. The original series had Transforming and Combining Mecha, due to its Super Robot Genre roots, but these were retconned out in the movies. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam brought back Transforming Mecha, and its immediate sequel, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, features a new Combining Mecha, the modular-design ZZ Gundam.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the first Gundam series not set in the Universal Century timeline, swerves back to the Super Robot Genre with designs that get really weird at times, and suits that are practically powered on Hot Bloodedness.
- In Gundam Wing, a bit of Justified Trope goes on for the humongous mechas in the series where Lt. Noin explains that the advent of the mechas came about when the Alliance wanted a physically intimidating weapon.
- Technically, both Transforming Mecha and Combining Mecha have been in most Gundam shows. Gundam, ZZ Gundam, V Gundam, V2 Gundam and Impulse Gundam all use the same principle, with being module based and all. Freedom and Justice can both combine with the METEOR Units, and Exia and Dynames both have the GN-Arms Type-E and Type-D respectively. 00 Gundam also had the 0 Raiser and Arios had the GN Archer. In the Gundam 00 Movie, the large backpack on Raphael Gundam turned out to be an upgraded Seravee Gundam, transformed into a giant weapons-platform.
- As for Variable Mobile Suits, the Z Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Methuss, Re-ZEL, Re-GZ, and a lot other UC Suits qualify. Also, the Wing Gundam, Wing Gundam Zero, Airmaster, Airmaster Burst (the latter two from Gundam X), Aegis, Murasame and Savior (from Cosmic Era (SEED and SEED Destiny)). And Kyrios/Arios/Harute and Gadelaza, Regnant, Empruss, GN Archer, Flag (and variants) Enacts, Hellions, Realdos and Reborns Gundam/Reborns Cannon are all Variable Mobile Suits from 00. And there are probably some that were left out.
- For truly Humongous Mecha, see the Psyco Gundam and Destroy Gundam. Both are 400 tonne Weapons Of Mass Destruction that more or less serve as mobile tactical nukes. And then there's the Devil Gundam, which is also an Eldritch Abomination.
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross (one of the main shows incorporated into Robotech) features some of the earliest transforming mecha, with the Valkyrie jet/space fighters that could turn into humanoid robots and a hybrid semihumanoid/semijet ("gerwalk") form. The Macross itself was a huge spaceship that could rearrange itself into a pointlessly humanoid configuration.
- When SDF-1 performed a Hyperspace Fold at the beginning of the show, its fold drive mysteriously disappeared along with a chunk of other machinery and major powerlines. So, the whole point of the transformation was to reconnect Macross Cannon to the power supply, with the humanoid form being more coincidence than anything else. This, however, was completely ignored in Macross 7, with "Macross" type spaceships always transforming into some pointless humanoid form to fire their main gun. Rule of Cool all the way.
- In Macross Frontier, however, the Macross Quarter and Battle Frontier are both seen firing their primary weapons while still in "ship" mode.
- Also, the humanoid configuration also allows the capital ships to use the Macross Attack without compromising the firepower, safety, or maneuverability of the entire ship.
- Another mech that's particularly iconic to the series is the Destroid Monster, which, along with the other Destroid models, has an appearance and speed that wouldn't look out of place in BattleTech, though that's partly because in the early pre-1995 versions of BattleTech, Macross was one of the various animes it licensednote mecha from.
- Worth noting that the Humongous Mecha built in this series were specifically built because the Zentraedi they were fighting were giants; the Valkyries and Destroids were built so that humans could fight them on an even playing field. Of course, the Zentraedi have their own mecha, which despite technically being Mini-Mecha still manage to somewhat tower over the human mecha.
- Giant Robo is a descendant of a 1960s live-action series brought to the U.S. as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot.
- Space Warrior Baldios is another example from an eighties giant mecha that kept the spirit of the Super Robot Genre alive during the Gundam age.
- In 20th Century Boys. The Big Bad, Friend, holds a robotics engineer hostage so that he can construct a fifty-foot giant mecha to use on the Bloody New Year's Eve. However, throughout the brainstorming process, the aforementioned engineer is on the verge of snapping because he can't get them to understand that a robot constructed in such a way probably couldn't even stand, much less cause massive havoc and destruction. They eventually make a cheap, pretend mecha that just looks like a humongous mecha instead. Not that everyone else realises this, though...
- Nevertheless, the final arc plays this straight when said robotics expert finally succeeds in making a working one. It's kind of justified in that by then it's been about 20 years since the first time.
- Gasaraki attempts (amidst an incomprehensible mass of mysticism) to show a "realistic" view of giant war robots in a contemporary setting. The "Tactical Armors" of Gasaraki are not much larger than a main battle tank, require extensive support squads, and can have their joints fouled by blowing sand.
- Infinite Ryvius have the characters burst into laughter when they first saw a giant humanoid robot because it seemed so impractical. Needless to say, they were proven wrong.
- Full Metal Panic!, like Gasaraki, attempts to show "realistic" robots in a "modern" setting, but is considerably more relaxed about what constitutes "realistic", and much lighter-hearted. It also acknowledges that man-shaped robotic fighting machines are at the very least unlikely, but promptly handwaves the objection away with a mysterious source of ultra-advanced technology.
If we forget about the question how they actually work, their combat efficiency is not shown as overwhelming (unless using even more ultra-high tech), unlike most examples. In the first episode of the anime taking out Hind helicopter is seen as a show of great mastery, and later, a single tank is designated by AS on-board AI as a serious threat.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion the titular Evas are biological robots in the form of cloned Eldritch Abomination humanoid beings plated in restraining armor and having their spine and nervous system fitted with cockpit housing units. This is important because the Entry Plugs, designed to mentally and physically synchronize the pilot with the Eva in conjuction with LCL, will vary in effectiveness depending on their depth and the pilot's psyche, to the point that going Up to Eleven can and will result in the synchronization transcending metaphysical levels.
- Jet Alone is this trope played straight.
- Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure gently parodies Evangelion and giant robots in general while still having an upbeat and entertaining plot. It features an Ordinary High-School Student who gains The Unwanted Harem when he turns out to be the only male capable of operating a "Core Robot", an apparent real robot, but later updates to a super robot similar in appearance to the mecha of Escaflowne.
- Eureka Seven also uses mecha similiar to Evangelion, where the mecha are more than simple robots. The LFO and KLF units, as they are called, have a form of sky surfing applied to their operation. Additionally, the units are Transforming Mecha, as most can change into land vehicles.
- The immensely popular Martian Successor Nadesico not only features a battle mecha class called the "Aestivalis", but also incorporates a 1970s-style Super Robot Genre anime called Gekiganger 3 as a Show Within a Show. "G3" is a clear homage to the early classic Getter Robo, and manages to hit all the classic melodramatic cliches of the genre.
- The popular Japanese franchise Sakura Taisen employs not-so-Humongous mecha (only about 10-12 feet tall), powered entirely by steam (and empowered by the pilots' psychospiritual ability, or "reiryoku"). The mecha fight demons and evil spirits who, in turn, pilot their own appropriately evil steam-powered robots. The franchise's mecha are entirely super, though, with a whole list of named super-moves and various highly improbable weapons, including a revolver, gun-barrel sword, and giant psychically animated teddy bears.
- Patlabor is likely the most feasible Humongous Mecha anime, featuring short, non-combat robots used for civilian purposes such as construction. The only combat robots belong to the protagonists, the police, who prevent mecha-related crimes and the military, like the Japanese Self-Defense Force.
- Soukou no Strain, which, though it may not be what it seems, is certainly about mecha pilots.
- Utawarerumono has a nation composed of a religious minority who have giant mecha given to them by their god to defend themselves. Considering the rest of the world hasn't even invented gunpowder, this is probably overkill. Then again, their god is a psychotic nihilist.
- Tenchi Muyo!! GXP: the main character Seina, already the captain of his own ship, finds a giant mecha in a late episode, and after using it to trash a few pirate landcruisers, decides, "Ships are great and all, but real men need giant robots!" His giant robot also looks suspiciously similar to one from another anime from the same creator.
- The leaders of the Nobuseri bandits in Samurai 7 are massive cyborgs, with swords the size of houses.
- Sky Girls contains about every cliche in this trope, including female pilots wearing extremely skin-tight and revealing g-suits.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann takes the "humongous" part to ridiculous extremes, with each incarnation of the main mecha being piloted by the smaller mecha. The show starts with the Mini-Mecha, Lagann, which was discovered by Simon. After Kamina hijacks an enemy mecha, which he names Gurren, he combines it with Simon's Lagann to form the regular sized (by mecha standards) Gurren Lagann. Simon uses Lagann to capture Thymilph's Dai-Gunzan, an enormous mecha/warship, which is renamed Dai-Gurren and serves as the base of Team Dai-Gurren. After the Time Skip, Team Dai-Gurren acquires the Arc Gurren Lagann, which is about the size of a city. Then the moon turns out to be a huge starship which is transformed into the appropriately moon-sized Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann. Finally, in the Final Battle, Simon and the Team Dai-Gurren combine their Spiral Power to manifest the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which is confirmed to be ten million light years in height. The second movie, Lagann-hen, does takes it to the next level, but the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is more of an Energy Being - a humanoid figure made out of Spiral Energy flames, with Kamina's cape and Simon's Cool Shades which are actually the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann floating in the middle of the Super TTGL's face. In other words, if you like humongous mecha, this is porn for you.
- GunBuster and its sequel DieBuster have Mecha even more Humongous than most- Gunbuster is two-hundred fifty-meter-tall, and Diebuster is approximately the same height as the Earth itself.
- Probably worth noting that Gunbuster and Diebuster were made by the same studio as Gurren Lagann. In fact the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was probably partly to upstage the Diebuster, which in turn upstaged every other Humongous Mecha that came before (except those from Demonbane prequel novelnote , that is).
- The Xephon from RahXephon, although obviously and definitely not mechanical, follows many of the genre's tropes to a T.
- The Rune Gods/Mashin in Magic Knight Rayearth take form of not just beastly creatures, but also Humongous Mecha based on those creatures. The second half introduces a faction that uses regular mechanical mecha, too.
- All of the Humongous Mecha that Team Rocket wields in the Pokémon anime. One has to wonder where they get the money for all those giant robots, considering that they're both deep in debt and far out of favor with their boss...
- In one episode in the Diamond and Pearl series, it was noted that Team Rocket stole various parts from a factory, which they used to build that episode's mecha. That seems to help keep their expenses down.
- They also occasionally mention buying cheaper "build-it-yourself" mechas online, especially in the Johto story arc. That's one explanation for why most of the mechas have at least one glaring weakness.
- Played with in an episode of Wolf's Rain in which the wolves accidentally reawaken an ancient defensive mecha while making their way through a ruined city.
- The main villains in Scrapped Princess are capable of transforming into Humongous Mecha. They are forced to use power limiters to maintain a normal human guise until they are authorized to carry out their mission.
- Mecha are part of the central conflict in Code Geass. A one-sided war was won with them, and now they're being used to reclaim the country from The Empire. And in a case of Fridge Brilliance, dodges the whole too-vulnerable-to-having-it's-legs-shot issue by adding landspinners, making the mechas too friggin' fast to target their legs accurately. Or in the case of the Lancelot, target the whole mecha accurately.
- Though most of them are Mini-Mecha, each only being a few meters tall. The truly humongous mecha are Knight Giga Fortresses like Siegfried (which is really the only one) which is 5 times as tall as most mecha in the series, and 8 times as heavy, but is less a robot, and more a flying spiked ball. Gawain is the largest true Knightmare Frame, but is only 6.5 meters tall, when most Knightmares are 4 to 5 meters.
- The Galahad unit used by the Knight of One is 9.5 meters tall and so heavy it's sword sheath needs its own rocket booster. it also wields a BFS about as large as itself.
- In Gad Guard, the mecha aren't piloted, per se. Rather, the person they "belong to" rides around on their shoulder, or some such. While some of them occasionally give their mechs orders (especially the villain), they tend to act on their own. In battle at least...
- The "Endlaves" from Guilty Crown are a more realistic example than most - most prominently, rather than actually being piloted by human beings they are remote controlled via a virtual reality interface by operators that might be sitting kilometers away in a bunker (or just on the edge of the battlefield, in an armored van). They are generally not very tall (with the largest ones appearing no more than 9-10 meters, and most looking around 4), and travel over long distances in a vehicle-like fashion using wheels while keeping close to the ground and hard to target. It's also worth noting that they don't appear to be actual military weapons, but rather, tools of law enforcement/riot control (which goes a great deal to explain giving them a humanoid form in the first place).
- The Armor Troopers from VOTOMS (Verticle One Man Tank for Offense and Maneuvers) are perhaps among the most perceivable (combat based) humongous mecha in real life. They are no taller than 4 meters, do not transform, don't fly, and generally don't have any unique powers. They are more like bipedal tanks than anything else.
- See also many of the other series created by Ryosuke Takahashi, such as Dougram and SPT Layzner. While they're not as realistic as VOTOMS, they are compared to the majority of mecha shows and have a similar gritty atmosphere.
- The protagonist builds an AT from scrap parts several times over the course of the show. They're repeatedly shown as disposable and cheap.
- Geneshaft has a very weird mecha, which looks more like a set of cranes welded together to vaguely resemble a human outline. It is also unclear why it should look remotely human anyway, given its function in the story.
- Funnily enough, Saber Marionette J parodies this when the Imperial Palace eventually transforms into a Giant Robot, who is then used to attack and stop a Giant Bomb.
- The Brave Series franchise is a series of mecha shows each starring a different Super Robot and their respective crews. They will often feature a pair of main characters, rather than a single one (usually a young boy and a grown man, who often serves as a big brother feature). By far the most famous of these is The King of Braves GaoGaiGar, a series which managed to recapture the feel of fun and Hot bloodedness of mecha from the 70's amidst a wave of Darker and Edgier mecha series in the wake of Evangelion. Also had a sequel OVA a few years later which managed to be of better quality (especially the fight scenes!) than most series of its kind. That proved so popular it got a special edition just 5 years later, linking it to Betterman, a much different kind of mecha show from the same company. Also, had a brief Follow the Leader series, Brave Police J-Decker, which featured sentinent, non-piloted robots à la Transformers.
- The Big O puts Victorian-looking giant robots in a creepy retro-future film noir setting reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series.
- Ramrod from Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.
- Dai-Guard turns its focus on the giant robot's pilots and all of the red tape they have to cut through to save the world.
- The robots from Bokurano are freaking enormous. Zearth is half a kilometer tall, and is estimated to be able to destroy the entire military forces of the U.S. in two days. They are also piloted by untrained, inexperienced children which isn't silly as you thought...
- Each of the different nationality random girls in Rizelmine has one, each almost more ridiculous than the last.
- The mecha in Irresponsible Captain Tylor seem to be specifically designed to subvert the "Humongous" part of this trope, in fact most of their pilots are huge and shown to be very cramped inside their mecha. The big butch leader is in a pink one. The general design of the mecha is similar to the squat egg-shaped ones found in Sakura Wars.
- Even a series like Mahou Sensei Negima! has them (maybe the series is just like that). They were created using the Proto Type data from a sealed demon god.
- (Much) Later on, Haruna uses her artifact to create a life-size robot body for Sayo. Sayo can only use the robot body by possessing a small voodoo doll and climbing inside the robot body and piloting it Humongous Mecha style.
- Zoids manages to buck the trend in giant robots by having its eponymous robots patterned after nearly every animal imaginable except humans. This ranges from tractors shaped like beetles to flying battleships that look like whales. A recurring theme through the various editions of the franchise is that the hero tends to pilot a Zoid based on a large feline (usually called a "Liger"), while his rival pilots a robotic dinosaur.
- Its Spin-Off series Soukou Kyoshin Z-Knight feature humanoid mecha developed from zoids. The six Armored Titans, including the titular Z-Knight, are even powered by zoid core.
- In Project A-Ko B-Ko creates these although she is perhaps better known for her Bikini Battlesuit.
- Busou Renkin has an example in the form of Great Warrior Chief Shosei Sakaguchi's Busou Renkin, Buster Baron, which resembles a 57m knight armed with a pair of knuckle dusters and a jet pack and is capable of using giant forms of the Busou Renkin of alchemy warriors who are riding in it.
- The eponymous Escaflowne is a 20-something-foot-tall Magitek mecha that can transform into a dragon-mech.
- Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh, the first of the Eldoran franchise, is a Transforming Mecha-slash-Combining Mecha piloted by untrained, inexperienced children. This concept would be later taken up in the later series, Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger and Nekketsu Saikyo Gosaurer.
- In a MÄR Filler arc, a trio of sisters can summon their mecha 'Rotkappchen Waltzer'.
- Those with ghost ARMs can themselves be considered human-sized mecha as well, as they combine with the person.
- The Atlas-class ship Deucalion (Mecha Form) in Kiddy Grade. Just watch the last 4 episodes (and mind the statistic of the Deucalion) then you'll understand why (one of its design goals being to steal the Earth).
- 6358 fucking kilometers in length. You can't go wrong with that.
- The Cybodies of Star Driver are Motion Capture Mecha that can be operated only by their chosen drivers, who are marked.
- The eponymous mecha of Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger.
- One appears in Moonlight Mile. It's tested underwater first to prevent the dangers of it falling over.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai. In one episode Ikuyo Suzuki demonstrates her latest creation: a giant robot resembling the Loch Ness Monster.
- Voltes V.
- Kotetsu Jeeg.
- Stellvia of the Universe actually provides a justification for its mecha's humanoid form: Infinity and Halcyon were built to be human-like in appearance because they are supposed to become a symbol of humanity expanding into space. Spacecraft that don't have any symbolic meaning attached to them are shaped much more practically.
- The Gilga-Zamune of Metal Armor Dragonar.
- Neo Ranga.
- Jinki Extend.
- In Genesis of Aquarion the Humongous Mecha "Aquarion" is a combination of three Vectors (machines each piloted by one person).
- The Paranoid dynamech (among others) in Gall Force.
- Eita Touga of 12 Beast has some of these in his army, piloted by small, adorable golem girls.
- Space Runaway Ideon features unusually large mecha for its time, with the Ideon being 105 meters tall. While the most numerous Mooks, Adigo, are 48 meters tall when standing straight, and considered as small class mecha, most of the Elite Mooks are taller than Ideon.
- Valvrave the Liberator is an anime that would not be inaccurate to describe as very Gundam like (it's animated by the the same studio but with a nano-tech vampire for a protagonist.
- Suisei no Gargantia opens with high tech mecha battles in space but quickly switches to an After the End water world Earth where the mecha are more along the lines of highly advanced forklift-truck/submarine mash ups in vaguely humanoid form. The more advanced mecha - Chamber - actually has a highly developed A.I. and 'he' can make his own conjectures and decipher scenarios faster than his pilot Ledo usually can; making him very close to sentience almost certainly making the leap to self awareness by the last episode.
- Green vs. Red introduces us to a Humongous Mecha in a Big Lipped Alligator Moment in order to rescue the Yasuo-Lupin. The Mecha is piloted by the Nabeshin-Lupin.
- Galilei Donna has them. Kind of overshadowed by the fish-themed airships, though.
- The "Ikusa Yoroi" ("War Armors") in Nobunaga The Fool; their designs seem to range from Midieval knights (like in Escaflowne), to samurai (fitting, given the setting of the Western and Eastern Planets).
- Buddy Complex.
- Predating Patlabor, most mecha in Combat Mecha Xabungle, with exception of few models (like the Xabungle), are actually working machines used for digging mineral. However, the savage Wild West-ish setting means pretty much every mech is also armed with a weapon.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In Season 8, Dawn fights a Mecha-Dawn—complete with a tail— in Tokyo while still a giant.
- X-Men has the Sentinels, mutant-hunting Humongous Mecha. They started out small (when compared to Evangelion, Super Sentai, etc.) but worked their way up to standard mecha size. Much worse (in terms of design impracticality) is that they were created in a "Master Mold," which is actually a much larger Sentinel. There is no good reason for a factory to take this shape. Since A.I. Is a Crapshoot, Sentinels are known for getting out of their creators' hands in short order (Especially Master Molds, Sentinel-shaped factories which wouldn't need any decision-making ability.) The Literal-Minded AIs in fact point out their creators' fallacies - "Hunt mutants? You do know that there are some mutations in every life form? Humans are mutants."
- In Marvel Comics, the Kree possess a series of giant robots called Sentries.
- First Comics' Dynamo Joe? (Sometimes scripted by Phil Foglio.)
- The BGY-11 of The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot is secretly a humongous mecha; the world at large and Rusty in particular assume that it is a sentient robot, and maintaining this secret complicates several episodes.
- Back when Marvel had licensed Godzilla as a character, they also created the Red Ronin giant robot to fight him. Godzilla has faded away from the Marvel Universe, but the Red Ronin still shows up. Occasionally.
- In Earth X, Tony Stark has secretly redesigned the Red Ronin into a Transforming Mecha that spends most of its time as his "Iron Avenger" factory. We don't know this till the end of the story (making Tony appear to be a useless recluse), when he pilots it into battle against the even larger Celestials, who are energy being versions of the same—their energy bodies need Humongous Mecha to give them shape.
- Iron Man also built one to fight Megatron in a crossover between the Avengers and Transformers. He also has his various designs of the Hulkbuster armor which approach this trope and War Machine's satellite turns into this trope.
- Marvel also, for a short time, ran a Shogun Warriors comic, featuring the Super Robots Combattler V, Brave Raideen, and DangardAce
- The Godkiller, a mecha designed by a race called the Aspirants to fight the Celestials, is almost five miles tall.
- Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet features a house which sprouts arms and legs and starts walking.
- Warren Ellis' Tokyo Storm Warning.
- The Man-Robots from the Disney Comics story "The Giant Robot Robbers" by Carl Barks.
- Jack Hawksmoor of The Authority can actually turn cities into Humongous Mecha. As in, walk into the middle of Tokyo, ask it very nicely, and come out wearing battle armour made of concrete and skyscrapers.
- The Guardians in Gear. Nothing quite like mecha being piloted by anthropmorphic cats who look like they could have easily been extras on Steamboat Willie
- Doug Tennapel seems to like this trope, because he used it again in Ghostopolis, where Kid Hero Garth transforms into one.
- In the Crapsack World of the Kingdom Come series, an aged Batman fielding an army of computerized mecha is the reason why Gotham City, along with The Flash's Keystone City (constantly patrolled by the Flash at ultraspeed), is one of the only safe places for a normal human to live.
- Though rare, giant robots do show up on occasion in Judge Dredd. The majority are from Hondo City, appropriately enough.
- Whether S.T.R.I.P.E. is a Humongous Mecha or a suit of Powered Armor depends on the writer and the situation, although it started out as a Humongous Mecha in the Stars and Stripe series.
- In S.H.I.E.L.D. Infinity, the Colossus of Rhodes was a Humongous Mecha, piloted by Archimedes to battle a Kree Sentry.
- In the Crapsack World of Give Me Liberty, the "Fat Boy" fast-food chain uses a humongous mecha mascot in their war to raze the Amazon rainforest into farmland.
- In Transmetropolitan, The City has numerous humongous disabled mechas reminiscent of Evangelions called Gladiators that stand their ground scattered all about, towering over the landscape. They are at least 200 years old and there was no record of these being ever used. Spider Jerusalem remarks that their steel penises fell off thirty years before, killing numerous civilians.
- Doctor Doom briefly had one, The Doomsman.
- In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, a a Samurai-themed robot, named Red Ronin, is constructed to fight Godzilla.
- Superlópez: One made of chewing gum is the villain of the short story Chiclón ataca (Chiclón is a pun derived from the spanish words for chewing gum (chicle) and cyclone (ciclón)).
- Several advertisements for the Citroën C4 feature the car transforming into a Humongous Mecha.
- There's also a Singapore Army ad featuring a Navy Cruiser Transforming Mecha. Now that's firepower!
- In the same spirit as the Singaporean ad, this commercial for the Republic of China's army promises recruits that they'll get to ride mechas to combat.
- One Vonage ad showed a man using his laptop to pilot the walking machine he was riding, which consisted of an armchair and two stilt-like legs.
- Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race has Gamma, which was built to stop Wily for good. It also has Project G-2, AKA The Mad Grinder. Dr. Wily built it as a war machine, and it lives up to his expectations by almost killing Mega Man.
- Rise Of Empress Midnight has Mecha Spike, a small dragon minion of the titular villian that pilots a massive dragon that's larger than most dragons that spews molten metal.
Films — Animated
- Most of WALL•E's robots are smaller than the average human (let alone the obese humans of the future), but at one point we meet two giant versions of the eponymous trash compactor robot.
- The Iron Giant The title says it all.
- The monstrous heroes of Monsters vs. Aliens face villain Gallaxhar's enormous Robot Probe. The Probe withstands a military strike and destroys half of San Francisco in its conflict with the monsters before being destroyed by Ginormica. It's later revealed that Gallaxhar has an army of Robot Probes at his command, but when he orders them to destroy Ginormica, they end up smashing into each other like dominoes.
- The Incredibles: The bad guy makes giant robots to destroy all the Supers, improving his design each time a super manages to destroy one.
- Rugrats in Paris: The Movie features a Humongous Mecha Reptar.
- In FernGully, we have the Leveler. It's a bulldozer, a tank, a tractor, and an automated factory all in one. It has two huge arms with giant claws for hands, chainsaws on its "elbows", and a "mouth" with backwards-facing "teeth" that pull unfortunate trees inside it, all topped off with a control room that looks like a single wide cyclopes-like eye. Basically, it's a monster of a machine.
- The LEGO Movie; Once he unlocks his Master Builder powers, Emmet builds one from scratch using some nearby wrecking balls and other construction equipment.
Films — Live-Action
- Spaceballs has Spaceball One/Mega Maid, which is apparently so big it can take the entire atmosphere of a planet. It is also a Transforming Mecha.
- The Star Wars AT-STs and the AT-ATs are among the most visually distinctive mecha in popular culture.
- And then there's the Transformers: Crossovers toy line which features an AT-AT which transforms into a giant robot.
- In Canon: AT-ATs move close to 60 kph. They look slow, but the 12 tons of mecha doesn't slow or stop easily. When Luke latched onto one, he got jerked off his feet.
- The AT-TE seen in Attack of the Clones, despite being "older" technology, has a much more sensible beetle-like design, with six legs and a low profile for stability.
- The explanation is that the AT-TE was far too vulnerable to mines, being only a few feet off the ground.
- And remember, AT-ST soccer games are strictly against Imperial Army proctocols (668).
- The live-action Transformers movie series, also played straight with Transforming Mecha.
- Mechagodzilla and Kiryu from the Godzilla series. There are also Mechani Kong, M.O.G.U.E.R.A. and Jet Jaguar (though Jet Jaguar doesn't start out humongous).
- The Matrix Revolutions: Humanity fights off a flood of enemy machines with 20' tall humanoid mecha. The pilots are almost completely exposed in the suits, making them pretty worthless once the machines get close. Word of God explains that the machines tore through armor like butter, meaning there was no point it keeping it there if it was just going to be useless anyway.
- Robot Jox was a low budget western attempt to exploit this genre. In a dystopic future, wars are resolved by duels between two giant mecha, much like a sporting event.
- Aliens: Ripley in the Power Loader, leading to a Crowning Momentof Awesome.
- Similiar in size to Aliens' Power Loader, but far more militarized, were the AMP Suits from Avatar, from the same director. With a giant freakin' mecha combat knife equipped. Colonel Miles Quaritch used one in the final battle for The Tree of Souls.
- The climax of District 9 features a rampage by a highly mobile, heavily armored and DEVASTATINGLY well armed Mini-Mecha in the main character's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- A rare, non-humanoid example: in the 2005 version of The War of the Worlds, it's revealed that the aliens piloting the giant tripods look like human-sized versions of their death machines, making them the extraterrestrial equivalent of humongous mecha.
- A giant Transforming Mecha appeared in Terminator Salvation to snatch some people.
- The climax in We Are the Strange has a giant mecha fighting a giant monster.
- There is a giant robot that guards the gates to the Goblin City in Labyrinth
- The 20 story-tall Jaegers from Pacific Rim, which are tasked with fighting powerful Kaiju.
Some things you can't fight. Acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you have to get out of the way. But when you're in a Jaeger
, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win.
- Empire, by Orson Scott Card.
- Built in secret by evil liberal ''pacifists'' to slaughter U.S Service personnel out of naked hatred for American men-in-uniform, no less.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe, again, features lots of big walking war machines aside from the AT-AT and AT-ST models.
- Perhaps, collectively, the army of giant golems in Making Money.
- Moist also introduces the idea of thirty foot killer golems, since "If you don't invent thirty-foot killer golems first, someone else will".
- The Sholan Alliance Series has a unique version featured on the cover of the eighth book. Apparently, it is also given some page time.
- William Keith's Warstrider series.
- The Martian machines from The War of the Worlds is almost certainly one of the key Trope Makers.
- The Evil Librarians of the Alcatraz Series has giant robots as part of their army, as well as flying robotic bats known as robats.
- Older Than Dirt: Parts of the Sanskrit Rig Veda appear to describe air-to-air missiles traded between flying mecha and floating cities.
- Most of the books by John Ringo have these.
- Dangerous Fugitives have giant animal robots instead of giant human ones.
- Deconstructed by a simulated Humongous Mecha battle that takes place between two diplomats in the Dream Park novel The Barsoom Project. Their battle is staged in the middle of a simulated city, complete with tiny terrified civilians who die in droves every time the robots make a move, as a psychological ploy to get the bickering diplomats back to the negotiating table.
- In The Parasol Protectorate, a steam powered octopus version called an octomaton is used to raid the Westminster Hive after Madame Lefaux goes Mama Bear.
- A few of these guys have appeared in the Captain Underpants books, mostly Played for Laughs.
- Also by Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants books, we have the Mighty Robot of the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series.
- "Mark Elf" by Cordwainer Smith. The titular mecha is a manshonyagger - an German killing robot continuing it's mission long after the fall of civilization.
- Kaiju Rising Age Of Monsters makes it clear that regular military forces are, with one exception, useless against monsters. The only which can beat a giant monster is a giant robot (or another giant monster). Even then, it's often in doubt as this is a horror anthology.
- The Planetfall Defense Bots of Andromeda
- In live-action, giant transforming and combining mecha have been a staple of the Super Sentai franchise since its third installment, Battle Fever J, having borrowed the concept from a live-action Japanese adaptation of Spider-Man. Yes, that Spider-Man.
- Later installments of the franchise (from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger onwards) would be adapted into Power Rangers, which terms all its mechas as "Zords" and the combined forms "Megazords", with "Ultrazord" occasionally used when their entire arsenal combines.
- The absolute biggest would have to be Daijinryu/Serpentera. To make it clear: Dairenoh/Thunder Megazord is 54 meters tall, Daimugen/Tor the Shuttlezord is 95 meters, and the Brachiosaurus/Brachiozord (the tallest in the franchise to be controlled by a Ranger) is 112 meters. Daijinryu/Serpentera is 500 meters long and 345 meters tall when standing.
- To make it clearer, we once got a distant shot of Serpentera standing in the city, and buildings were about the size of one claw. In its shadow, day becomes night. If it were to lie down, its head could be downtown and its tail could be in a suburb. In franchise history, its size has yet to be topped. (That's probably bigger than 500 meters, but when it's All There in the Manual stats versus the Rule of Cool, cool wins out.) This led to an infamous case of Your Size May Vary in "Forever Red".
- The 2014 Sentai parody Kanpai Senshi After V have their own giant robot, with a design reminiscent of early 80s robos, particularly DaiDenzin and Sun Vulcan Robo.
- Doctor Who had a 100-foot tall Steampunk Cyberman in The Next Doctor. It was also an actual mecha, because it didn't have a human brain in it.
- The K-1 robot from Robot eventually grew into one of these.
- Double The Fist gives us the shortlived Depot in Series Two.
- The Swiss-army knife that is Drago from Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, which manages to fit every category (excpet 'mini...' but then again, they're inside computer systems, so maybe it counts, too!) It can transform from plane to dragon and back, combine with Servo to make Phormo, split to make Tor and Jam, and Jam alone can transform into the Dragon Cannon to be used by Servo. The toy probably had to be a freakin' jigsaw puzzle.
- If anything, its counterpart, Xenon, was the jigsaw. Vitor folded about 8 billion different ways depending on whether you wanted it in jet form, Xenon form, or Synchro (Servo combination) form. Borr, the Drill Tank, split into 4 different parts to make Synchro's shoulders/fists, and to change Tracto from Xenon's legs to Synchro's you had to turn it inside-out. Adding insult to injury was the fact that not only that did its Xenon form hate staying together, but that it looked like a really lousy Optimus Prime knock-off.
- Super Robot Red Baron and the sequel Super Robot Mach Baron are Toku focus on Humongous Mecha.
- Dick Tracy had TRAZE-R, a thirty-foot high robot Dick Tracy that fought an enemy robot to the death. Like everything else about Dick Tracy, TRAZE-R was absolutely bugnuts insane.
- Brick Bradford faced a remote-controlled robot about ten stories high in Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster (02/13/1939–03/16/1940).
- Space 1889 has a steampunk version of this. There are two prototype giant steam robots in the adventure Tom Fleet and his Steam Colossus in Challenge 61.
- The classic western Humongous Mecha tabletop game is BattleTech, and its RPG spinoff, MechWarrior. Both series feature everything from 3-meter tall battle frames to hulking 25-meter tall Humongous Mecha, and had Transforming Mecha before their botched design licensing contract fell through with Harmony Gold. Originally created by FASA Corporation in 1984, it was sold to Wiz Kids in 2000, and has been owned since 2003 by Topps.
- Possibly the weirdest Humongous Mecha RPG is the Dungeons & Dragons-based Steampunk / Magitek crossover DragonMech.
- Combining Cthulhu Mythos, SuperDimensionFortressMacross, Guyver and Neon Genesis Evangelion, you get Cthulhu Tech. Irony, while it's even more weird than Dragon Mech, it has too much Captain Ersatz and thus not as unique.
- Exalted's Warstriders.
- Also, high-Essence Alchemical Exalts...until they turn into cities.
- Also also Hellstriders. They're made of demons.
- Every race in Warhammer 40,000 has at least one type of giant mech, though the Tyranids' uses Organic Technology; the sizes grow from Space Marine Dreadnoughts and Tau Battlesuits about thrice as tall as a man to at least 150 meter tall (the accounts contradict each other; some claim the heights go all the way up to 2km) Emperor-class Titans mounting cathedrals, housing a full company of troops in their legs and able to pull ground-to-orbit duty against enemy spaceships. It is said there are mechs large and powerful enough to metaphorically mop the floor with even Emperor-class Titans. The Apocalypse-class.
- It's been said that an Emperor Titan, built to scale with the actual Space Marine figures, would be the size of a 10-year-old. Anything large enough to take down an Emperor is probably large enough that if a model was ever made, with a bit of work with power tools you could wear it to a tournament.
- The Imperial Guard has specialist tanks designed for anti-Titan work. Shadowswords are armed with a Volcano cannon, which is itself a Titan gun. Titans are somewhat less impressive when a tank on the ground vaporises one of its knee joints...
- Here's a size chart for the most popular huge Ork vehicles. This is only a guideline, not a limit. Far from a limit. These are 4-k Orks.
- Strangely, mostly averted by the Animesque Tau. While battlesuits are widely used, the Tau do not use any Titan-equivalents. It is presumed that they either don't have the manufacturing base to build them, or they realise the Awesome but Impractical nature of such a weapon and refrain from using them. In either case, when faced with Titans, the Tau use specialized heavy bombers with railguns normally fitted to spacefaring vessels. They're rather effective to say the least.
- Well, it was averted, until the Tau started facing Ork Gargants, and Imperial Guard Super-Heavy Tanks and Imperium Titan Legions, which impressed them simply by the sheer firepower they could put out. Then they suddenly realized "Hey, you know what, we like giant robots too", and decided to create the XV104 Riptide battlesuit, which stands taller than most Dreadnought class mechs. And it mounts enough firepower to destroy entire units on it's own.note
- Even Dungeons & Dragons gets in on the act with the Eberron campaign setting. The warforged are a playable race. Their "ancestors"—or more accurately, prototypes—called warforged titans, are not.
- Some golems can get pretty humongous, as well, in particular the iron, mithral, and adamantine golems. However, the biggest autonomous constructs are undoubtedly the colossi, 100-foot tall humanoids of stitched flesh, hewn stone, or cast iron, only ever created by the mightiest wizards.
- Dating back the the first edition Dungeon Master's Guide is the Mighty Servant of Leuk-o, something of a giant mecha which is controlled from a cockpit containing something like one hundred unlabelled levers, each with a different function.
- Also in old D&D, an obscure module called "Earthshaker", which was set in and around a gigantic gnome-crewed robot.
- D&D's sister product, d20 Modern goes for the direct route. The magazine supplement Mecha Crusade puts forth options for mecha that go from large Powered Armor all the way to true Humongous Mecha (or, in game parlance, "Colossal Mecha"). These rules were later touched up slightly (the highlight being conversion to D20 Modern's built-in economy instead of the clumsy level-based Point Buy System used by Mecha Crusade) and included as a chapter of D20 Future.
- Heavy Gear, which features smaller robots than BattleTech's average, but which are definitely more than just body armor.
- Rifts features a wide variety, from the Triax Devistator which can step on things up to the size of a two-story house, to designs such as the Ultimax and Terror Trooper which stand about twice the height of a man and blur the line between powered armor and mecha.
- And the famous Glitterboy, which is fairly small for a mecha but has to use built-in drills to secure itself to bedrock in order to not fall over from firing its ground-to-orbit "Boom Gun" railgun.
- GURPS Mecha gives players the wherewithal to design and build every example on this page and then some. Some finds that doing this results in a quite startling mix of Tech Levels for any but the simplest battlesuit (GURPS Mecha defines a "battlesuit" as powered armour where the pilot's arms and legs extend into the suit's arms and legs. A "mecha" is piloted from a cockpit. So the Iron Man armour is a battlesuit, while an AT-AT is a mecha).
- The Pyramid Magazine adventure for GURPS Discworld "A Little Job For The Patrician" features a Discworld Mecha. Based on a design by Leonard of Quirm, adapted by a brilliant Agatean nobleman whose narrative causality tends towards anime tropes, and powered by five trolls. The trolls even go through an Invocation as the thing assembles ("Other leg troll, put it together!"), although since they're trolls in a warm climate, it's possible they'd forget which one went where otherwise.
- The mix of Tech Levels makes sense. Steel (TL 3) is still quite common as a building material today (TL 8).
- GURPS Magic Items 3 includes rules for "mechagolems", and a brief sketch of a setting where The Fair Folk use these in ritual battle with one another.
- Mekton is a tabletop RPG that is meant to run any humongous mecha. Admittedly, there is no size scale for something on par with the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but still...
- Ahem. Excessive scale. Page 113.
- The scaling system in Mekton Plus is used to build five main scales of vehicle (of any kind): 1/10 (human), 1/5 (roadstriker - motorbikes and cars), 1/1 (Imperial Guard tanks, Gurren Lagann, most Transformers), 10/1 (really big combiners, mecha that turn into buildings for concealment, Dai-Gurren, Imperial Titans, the Millennium Falcon), and 100/1 (the Space Battleship Yamato, the Transformer Metroplex, Arc Gurren-Lagann). There are rules to expand this scaling system to take care of "mecha bloat", so you might use a 1000/1 or 10000/1 scale to build a moon-sized structure like the Cathedral Terra or Unicron, or a 1/100 scale to build Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. Excessive Scale is reserved for the really, really unbelievably big things...as written, it would be used for Unicron and up, but for a TTGL-style game, it's probably best to reserve it for light-year scaling. You can invest in huge amounts of Expanding Plasma to turn your Optimus Prime figure into a galaxy-sized war engine.
- The Mutants & Masterminds supplement Mecha & Manga has a chapter devoted to creating your own Humongous Mecha.
- The satirical game Macho Women With Guns had an enemy called BattleWarMechBots. It lampshades how ridiculous the whole concept is militarily, physically, and technically, noting that they were abandoned in favor of good old tanks once everybody realized that they just don't work.
- The Iron Kingdoms game WARMACHINE is overflowing with (artifically-intelligent, rather than piloted) mecha, though most only qualify as Mini-Mecha. The Colossals, however, fit this trope quite well; the models are mounted on bases the size of a CD, in game where a human is 30mm tall. Unusually, the setting actually brings up the issue of the inefficiency of Humongous Mecha: The Colossals were the first warjacks to be created, but were abandoned for more efficient designs after the Orgoth were overthrown. The current Colossals are a recent development, with a whole book dedicated to their release.
- The G.U.A.R.D. in Monsterpocalypse use these to fight Kaiju.
- The Ubercorp faction uses robotic versions of kaiju to fight kaiju, and their services are for sale.
- Dust combines this with Stupid Jetpack Hitler and Ghostapo. Nazis find a Cool Ship while drilling for oil and adapt the tech into mechs, flying wing planes, bio-engineered cyborg gorillas, and zombies.
- In Magic: The Gathering, during the Invasion block storyline, Urza created mecha to fight the Phyrexian invasion. They can be seen on such cards as Urza's Rage and Pledge of Loyalty and despite the name are represented on the card Power Armor.
- Adeptus Evangelion, obviously.
- The Singularity System features Humongous Mecha as part of its vehicle combat system. Due to their unique designs, they are treated more like large-scale human combatants than vehicles.
- The Nazis have these in Rocket Age.
- LEGO Exo-Force is LEGO's incredibly animesque foray into the genre, a take on the standard tropes and themes of a Humongous Mecha series.
- BIONICLE: Mata Nui is a Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann-sized robot containing the entire "Matoran Universe" within himself. It was inhabited and piloted by a "Great Spirit", also named Mata Nui, who was exiled by Makuta when he committed Grand Theft Me. Makuta apparently had plans to use this new body to conquer the universe, but they... kinda fell through.
- During his exile on Bara Magna, Mata Nui has found an older giant robot of nearly the same type, an early prototype for his former body, which the inhabitants had used as a shelter without knowing what it was. Mata Nui retrieved its power source, reassembled it, and activated and inhabited it to confront the approaching Makuta. It kinda didn't work.
- The Great Spirit robot actually carried two about human-sized pilots in its control center, placed there in case the robot malfunctioned or if Mata Nui lost control over his own body. Unfortunately, they died during the Great Cataclysm, which was caused by Mata Nui falling into coma and crash-landing on a planet. Beyond this tidbit, though, the fact that he had manual controls never came up in the story.
- Kotobukiya's Frame Arms. The background story provide that the Frame Architect was originally suppose to be labor machine in grand scheme known as Project Re Sphere. After 10 years of trial and error, they finally get Frame Architect 001 which can mimic human movement perfectly and can use in all environment by swapping parts. Unfortunely, Project Re Sphere doesn't get launch and Frame Architect instead got turn into weapon known as Frame Arms by various nations.
- Hero Factory appears to be exploring this territory now. Finalized pictures of the Winter 2014 wave feature smaller-scale versions of the characters piloting mecha to battle huge subterranean monsters.
- In the furry series stolen generation by Kitfox Crimson the marsupials have a handful of mech's that are controlled by the pilots nervous system
- Xuan, R2, and Sanna discover that their guardian is a mecha in this page of Between Two Worlds. Xuan then becomes the mecha's pilot.
- Webcomic subversion: In Mechagical Girl Lisa ANT, the A.N.T is a Humongous Mecha... for ants. To a human, it looks more like a Powered Armor.
- In MegaTokyo, the police cataclysm division (which facilitates cataclysms like 'zilla, zombie, and alien attacks, as long as they are done in an orderly fashion) employs mecha. They turn out to be less effective than robot-girl Ping.
- In this Loserz strip. Just for fun, in this case.
- Sluggy Freelance parodies this a few times, most notably in the GOFOTRON arc
- The VanGuard in Deviant Universe stands at 250ft.
- Girl Genius has plenty of them, given that Sparks love to build stuff like that.
- Molly's robot lion from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
- Chicanery has the might of The 2000" TV's Frank.
- Sarah Bryant's alien robot Adrastus.
- Jayden and Crusader has a steam powered mecha flying a giant Union Jack
- War golems◊ in Drowtales.
- The Gyeoknoho in Panthera.
- Galactic Maximum: The opening fight
- In The Specialists, Max originally intended it to be a robot, but he coudl not get it to move right. solution: Mecha. (And he calls it a golem.)
- Titanzer, the main character's robot and title of the webcomic.
- Stubble Trouble once showed a giant robot tearing up the city while fighting several superheroes. Guests from another webcomic (in a crossover appearance) wondered why nothing this cool ever happened in their town.
- In Sinfest a one-shot Genre Shift strip.
- Deconstructed in this◊ Life With Spam strip.
- Mechateuthis in Episode Two of Space Kid
- Transformers and the various series showcase a Western version of the archetypical transforming mecha. It's especially notable because unlike the usual mecha show, there are no pilots or crew to be the stars - the mecha themselves are the stars, being sentient robots.
- It has been speculated that the on-and-off popularity of Transformers in Japan is because it lacks pilots or other very important human characters... usually. When annoying kids are put in, the American fanbase, which is much larger and more consistent, shudders.
- The Japanese versions of Transformers appear to support the theory that giant transforming robots without pilots are alien concepts in Japan. While the Western series give reasons for their alternate modes (disguise, protection from radiation, etc.), the Japanese series, such as Transformers Armada, generally disregard them-although, as the series exist to advertise toys, they transform anyway. This reached ridiculous heights in Transformers Energon, where the Transformers, capable of flying around in space in robot mode, transform and drive in space. The Japan-only G1 sequels were better about it.
- Speaking of those, it's an interesting inversion: Headmasters, Targetmasters, and Powermasters are, in America, humans or humanoid aliens in Powered Armor that transform into the heads, weapons, or engines (respectively) of larger Transformers, coming as close to making the T Fs piloted mecha as possible (do we have to tell you how that went over? Of course, now, those eras are sacred for being part of G1 instead of those sacrilegious later series.) In Japan, though, the armored forms of Headmasters were now small robots and the larger partners were unliving "Transtectors," built by the small robots to combine with for greater power. Not a squishy "organic" in sight.
- Even in a show of humongous mechas, some of them were EXTREMELY humongous. There was Sky Lynx and Omega Supreme, who were overshadowed by the fortress-bots Metroplex and Trypticon, who were in turn dinky compared to the city-bots Fortress Maximus and Scorponok. To say nothing of the Chaos Bringer, Unicron, or the Transformers' creator god, Primus, who are freaking planet-sized Transformers.
- In Transformers Animated, the aforementioned Omega Supreme (and apparently, every other Greek letter Supreme) are Humongous Mechas driven by Transformers. Giant robots driving giant robots, yes.
- Voltron was, for a time, the best-known example in America. It was an amalgamation of two fairly obscure and almost completely unrelated shows, Go Lion (Lion Voltron) and Dairugger XV (Vehicle Voltron), along with some Lion Voltron episodes produced by Toei especially for the American market.
- Hanna-Barbera got in on the Super Robot style early, with Frankenstein Jr. back in 1966, in The Kid with the Remote Control mode
- Cartoon Network's Megas XLR is possibly the best Western parody, with an alien robot from the future crash-landing in a New Jersey junkyard, where the main character, Coop, buys it for two bucks... which he never actually pays.
- Parodied occasionally in Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls.
- Parodied in Total Drama Island, where Duncan, while trying to catch a raccoon, faces a horde of raccoons forming a huge machine-like army by standing on top of one another. Duncan comments that it's "more than meets the eye!"
- Parodied again during Action. Harold and Beth have to fight in ones during the Kung Fu challenge, but they turn out to be very simple, giant versions of Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots with Duncan and Courtney controlling them.
- As another American example, Codename: Kids Next Door had too many mecha count, probably because its creator is an anime fan. These are normally possessed by their enemies, especially the Delightful Children from Down the Lane, who have a seemingly inexhaustible supply. However, Numbuh Three (who is, incidentally, of Japanese descent) has her own mecha, Hippy Hop (A robot bunny). Then again, Hippy Hop never seems to get the chance to do anything each time it's deployed.
- South Park
- Chef's giant plasma TV transforms into a humongous mecha at the end and goes on the rampage.
- Barbra Streisand transforms into a humongous mecha and goes on the rampage. However, it's not a not humanoid but a godzilla-like machine. The word 'mecha' is used in the episode to describe Ike, who's merely giant and not mechanical in any way.
- Brian Boitano traveled through time to the year 3010, fought the evil robot king and saved the human race again
- Challenge Of The Go Bots
- Futurama got in the act after Nixon got re-elected.
- The Mobile Oppression Palace.
- Giant Bender in "What if" episode.
- The Batman episode "Artifacts" features a future version of Mr. Freeze using one.
- Mighty Orbots.
- Insektors had Koa the Frog/Operation Frogbucket, which resulted in an army of giant mechanical frogs.
- Aladdin: The Series: Clock Punk inventor Mechanikles must have read this entry, because most of his giant mecha are based on arthropods. One exception was a Humongous Mecha shaped like himself, but he soon lost it to a boy who fell into the cockpit.
- Kim Possible has plenty of giant mechas. Examples the robot from the pilot, the robots from The Movie, the robots from the Grand Finale and a big flamingo.
- Parodied in Pinky and the Brain: Brain and his archnemesis Snowball the hamster are battling in their robotic human disguises when suddenly Snowball's suit transforms into a Humongous Mecha, complete with rockets blasting out of its shoulders...
- In an homage to Lex Luthor's Powered Armor, resident Rich Bitch Alexis apparently built her own (relatively small) mecha-suit on Legion of Super Heroes.
- The Lizard Slayers in Godzilla: The Series.
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is about a kid and a bunch of robot monkeys who live in a Mecha.
- Parodied in The Venture Bros.. Season 1's "The Trial of the Monarch" features Hank & Dean's fanciful retelling of a battle with the Monarch in which they become "Mecha-Shiva". Season 3's "The Lepidopterists", Jonas Jr.'s team form a Voltron like mecha to take on the Monarch.
- Nox's Giant Spider Clock Fortress in Wakfu.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heloise has several, including a spider-shaped one named Angela.
- ReBoot had one that was a parody of Power Rangers which was used to battle a Godzilla parody.
- Generator Rex:
- Episode 19 reveals that Rex can turn into one.
- In "End Game", The Meta enhanced Consortium can merge into one.
- The Eager Young Space Cadet gets one in Duck Dodgers.
- Cartoon Network's Sym-Bionic Titan
- In the short cartoon DC Super Friends, The Joker gets one.
- Sushi Pack: Kani built one out of bamboo, but since the Pack are bite-sized themselves, it's only as big as a normal human.
- When Animaniacs did a Power Rangers parody, the water tower was the main trio's Megazord.
- Just as in the Comicbook entry above, the eponymous Big Guy from Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot is one of these, though the public are under the impression that it's fully automated.
- The mecha tanks in The Legend of Korra were created by Hiroshi Sato for the Equalists. Team Avatar and even Tenzin have to try and fight them throughout the latter half of Book 1. And in the end, Asami Sato gets into a final showdown with her father with this machine, which she said works like a "Future Industries forklift".
- They get an overhaul in Book 4, with actual legs and flamethrowers, coming closer to Powered Armor. Later, there's also a two-man "hummingbird" variant capable of flying. Near the end, Kuvira unveils the Colossus, a proper Humongous Mecha roughly 25 stories high armed with a Wave Motion Gun fueled by spirit energy.
- Space Ghost episode "The Challenge". Zorak creates a giant robot that has powerful beam weapons and a force field and challenges Space Ghost to fight it.
- Code Guardian, set during WW2, has a giant German mecha duke it out with a giant American mecha as the former tries to destroy a naval ship yard only to have a giant Japanese samurai mecha show up at the end.
- Destroy The Godmodder 2 uses these as the basis for the godmodder's armies fairly often, usually in the shape of Minecraft mobs.
- There are lots of others, Optimus Prime and Redeemer Hitler being two examples.
- UNMD First Contact is based around using these to fight Kaiju.
- Some kind of weaponized excavator would come pretty close to a more feasible version of the same concept, as demonstrated on one double-length Scrapheap Challenge special (albeit with smaller excavators then you'd need to really be this trope).
- A company called Boston Dynamics developed a four-legged Mini-Mecha capable of carrying 88 pounds and withstanding significant force without falling over.  It's a bit... unsettling.
- Though not a military vehicle, the civilian-made, six-legged Timberjack Walking Machine probably deserves a mention. 
- Carlos Owens, a former army mechanic, spent four years and $25,000 to build an 18-foot tall steel mecha. No, really.
- California-based Mechanized Propulsion Systems is working on designing and building a humanoid bipedal mecha within the next 25 years.
- Japanese artist Kogoro Kurata has made one called the Kuratas. This has a diesel-powered wheeled spider-tank lower body instead of legs, travels up to 6mph, can be piloted or controlled with a smartphone, and has water-bottle-firing gatling guns activated by the pilot smiling! You can build your own for $1.5 million. Photo gallery here