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Like That Show but with Mecha
You can't fit even one giant robot in a Victorian boarding housenote , but you can fit plenty in an interstellar warnote .

IMPORTANT: This has to be a direct recycling of a premise, or follow up to a work. Simply having some similarities to another show is not this trope.

Whenever a work isn't about Humongous Mecha, a work might redo the premise (usually a Spinoff, Spiritual Successor, or Follow the Leader), that is largely about them.

Say there is an old fairy tale about a good spirit that has to stop a horde of The Fair Folk from invading a village. Then someone makes an adaptation where the fair folk are aliens that pilot giant robots, and the good spirit turns out to be the only one who can pilot the Super Prototype and save Earth.

Note that almost all other mecha related tropes can apply, as long as the previous/source work did not have mecha.

A Sub-Trope of Recycled Premise.

A Sister Trope to Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha and Rent-a-Zilla, Recycled In Space.


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Lightswitch SurpriseExample as a ThesisLike You Would Really Do It
Inspired ByDerivative WorksLiterary Necrophilia
Leader Forms The HeadMecha TropesMachine Empathy
Soukou no StrainImageSource/Anime and MangaSoul Eater
A Little PrincessImageSource/Live-Action FilmsThe Little Rascals

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