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Toys: BB Senshi Sangokuden
aka: SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors

BB Senshi Sangokuden is a toyline created by Bandai, commemorating the 20th anniversary of SD Gundams, and ongoing from 2007 to 2011.

A continuation of the long-running BB Senshi line of SD Gundam models, this series also draws upon Romance of the Three Kingdoms for its characters, whose designs are all based on classic Gundam models from the Universal Century to the semi-recent Gundam Wing and G Gundam. So far, the story has been divided into three chapters: Fuuun Gouketsu Hen, Eiyuu Gekitotsu Hen and Senjin Kettou Hen. Expanding on this is the sidestory Sangokuden Gaiden: Buyou Gekitou Roku, and now an Animated Adaptation, SD Gundam Sangokuden Brave Battle Warriors, which currently airs after Keroro Gunsou.

Note: This article uses the Japanese version of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and as such "Cao Cao" = "Sousou", "Liu Bei" = "Ryuubi", "Sun Quan" = "Sonken".


BB Senshi Sangokuden provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Affirmative Action Girl: Sonshoukou Gerbera.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Enjutsu Zssa's final moments get dragged out quite a bit. Then his body gets reused as powerup armor.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: The horses of the Nanban Kibatai are bred and trained to traverse the implausible terrain of the untamed Southern regions.
  • Anachronism Stew: Ignoring the whole robot angle for a second, you've got characters armed with swords, spears, polearms mostly, and bows and throwing blades for ranged combat, alongside machine guns, BFGs, mobile artillery... there's also Sekitoba turning into a motorcycle, Kannei's jetski, the list goes on.
  • Animated Adaptation:
    • In the form of The Movie, double-billed with the fifth Keroro Gunsou movie.
    • And now an animated series following The Movie (in 15-minute episodes) is now on air.
  • The Berserker: Bachou Blue Destiny, Shukuyuu Gundam.
  • Bifurcated Weapon and Swiss-Army Weapon: Just about all of the characters (or at least their kits) have one or both.
  • Blade on a Stick: Nearly everybody. (This is Three Kingdoms.)
  • Bling of War:
    • Nearly every set has gold parts (two notable exceptions, Shiba-I and Shuuyu, are the tacticians). A few deluxe sets up the ante with vaccuum metallised gold.
    • Shuuyu IS Bling of War, considering that his actor is the Hyaku-Shiki.
  • Brick Joke: Reactions over one of Ryubi Gundam's twin katanas being "forgotten" for the anime were mixed, but the anime's final arc even goes on to omit one of the twin Phoenix swords that Sousou Gundam gets.
  • Butt Monkey: Chouhi is pretty much the Butt Monkey around these parts. Though in Brave Battle Warriors, Sonken Dendrobium is openly mocked by pretty much everybody, since he has yet to level up.
  • Calling Your Attacks: cranked Up to Eleven in the anime.
  • Camp Gay: The Chou Trio, who speak with overly effeminate overtones and in Brave Battle Warriors, have body language to match.
  • Combining Mecha: from the (heavily reimagined) Yellow Turban brothers to Shuu Neue Ziel with the Black Gyokuji and three sons of Shiba-I.
  • Conspicuous CG: Brave Battle Warriors mixes cel shaded CGI characters (usually leading ones) with normally animated ones, leading instantly to speculation that anyone not in CGI is not getting a model kit made. Jossed with Toutaku Zaku, who did eventually get his own CG model for the last couple episodes he appeared in. Kanpei Gundam turns from cel to CGI in his debut episode.
  • Cool Horse: Practically everyone, at least implied so.
    • Ryofu Tallgeese has the Sekitoba, which turns into a bike.
    • Chou-un Gundam has the Hieisen.
    • Shouretsutei Ryuubi Gundam has the Tekiro.
    • Everyone else gets the generic Hakugin Ryuuseiba, identical to Hieisen.
    • There's also the Nanban Kibatai, Moukaku Gundam's mounted cavalry.
    • The anime introduces Sousou's Zetsuei, a sharp, jet black affair.
  • Cool Shades: Kan-U Gundam, Sonken Gundam, Sosaku Physalis and Sonken Zephyrantes actually have these incorporated into their design. The Shuuyu Hyakushiki model includes an alternate sticker for the eyes intended to invoke this.
  • Deal with the Devil: Heavily invoked when Shiba-En Zaku II tries to summon Shuu Neue-Ziel.
  • Death by Origin Story: Played straight in the anime. Lu Zhi GM Cannon and Tao Qian GM, we hardly knew ye.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Seiryu and the Shou kingdom consistently sticks dragons on everything.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: The "spinoff" SD Sengokuden Bushin Kourin Hen.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Pretty much the point of the Spin-Off Sangokuden Gaiden.
  • Expy:
  • The Four Gods: As symbols and motifs for the different factions instead of actual characters.
    • Seiryuu, in blue, represents the kingdom of Shou and Ryuubi Gundam.
    • Suzaku, in red, represents the kingdom of Giga and Sousou Gundam.
    • Byakko, in yellow rather than white, represents the kingdom of Gou and Sonken Gundam.
    • Genbu, in purple rather than black, represents Toutaku Zaku's unnamed forces (though their flag carries the kanji for his name. And the soldiers are all in green for some reason.)
  • Five-Bad Band: The Five Giga Generals:
  • Five-Man Band: Ryubi's Five Shou Generals:
  • Four Is Death: The Nanban Four Kings, based on the Walter, Grand, Heavens Sword and Master Gundams from G Gundam.
  • Gratuitous English: the anime trades the Fuun Gekitotsu etc. subtitle for "Brave Battle Warriors."
  • Heel-Face Turn: Several. Most of them even keep the motif of whichever faction they defected from (see The Four Gods above). With the notable exception of Kyou-I F91, who goes through an Expository Design Change.
  • Historical Beauty Update: This may be the only Three Kingdoms adaptation that DOESN'T depict Zhang Fei and Meng Huo as The Big Guy Boisterous Bruisers. And Dong Zhuo is above average in size but NOT fat.
  • Historical In-Joke: The descendants of Sima Yi may have won in the end, but here they've only seized control of a dark version of the Imperial Seal, and it's not been doing them any favors..
  • Homage: The characters (and some MacGuffins) draw their design not only from classic Gundams, but Koei's treatment of the Three Kingdoms characters in all their Dynasty Warriors games. Lu Bu's pheasant feathers? Ryofu Tallgeese has 'em. Ma Chao's wild hair? Bachou Blue Destiny has ARTICULATED hair. Sun Ce's giant tonfa? Wait till you see what Sonsaku Physalis' shoulder boosters double up as.
  • Hour of Power: The Five Shou Generals experience this with the Ryuukihou.
  • IKEA Weaponry / Swiss-Army Weapon: Seveal. The box for Kakouen Daras even proclaims "6 different weapons in 1".
  • Legacy Character: Several, particularly in Sangokuden Gaiden. Ryuhou and Choubou even carry weapons identical to those of Ryubi and Chouhi respectively.
  • Like That Show but with Mecha: Romance of the Three Kingdoms with classic Gundam models.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • MacGuffin:
    • The Tengyokugai, Tenkaisyo and Ryuukihou double as IKEA Weaponry. The Black Gyokuji may be based on Psycho Gundam but acts as a MacGuffin instead of a character.
    • And there's the Gyokuji, the Imperial Seal that ignited the whole war in the first place.
  • Mecha Expansion Pack
  • Mega Neko:
    • Sonken Gundam's Goutaitei upgrade involves the Kourinpaku, a massive tiger-shaped coat of arms.
    • Apparently the gate of Korou Fortress is shaped like one.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Reaches an egregious level when the new Kiba Breaker toyline, featuring our heroes on motorised mounts that are basically Weaponised Cars with horse heads, make it into the anime.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade:
    • Invoked at different points with Ryuubi Gundam, Sousou Gundam, Koumei Re-GZ, Sonken Gundam, Ryofu Tallgeese and Shiba-I Sazabi.
    • The anime does something similar after Tengyokugai is awakened and a brief Time Skip is invoked - our heroes use the time to upgrade into Ryousou (Dragon-Armor) Ryubi, Ogasou (Demon Tusk-Armor) Kan-U, Raisou (Thunder-Armor) Chouhi, Gurensou (Red-Mantle) Sousou and Mokousou (Tiger-Armor) Sonken. All this is placed chronologically before the ones stated above.
  • Military Mashup Machine: Lampshaded with Moukaku Gundam's elephant cavalry (the use of elephants in war is Older Than Feudalism) that transform into tanks (their more contemporary equivalent).
  • Mooks: The Butaihei, modelled after the RX-79 GM (for Shou, Gou, Giga), Zaku-1 (Toutaku Zaku and maybe Giga), and Leo (Ryofu Tallgeese's personal army). Moukaku Gundam has the Nanban Kibatai.
  • Mythology Gag: For starters...
    • Shouretsutei Ryuubi resembles the Hakuryu Taitei Gundam, acknowleging the nobility of his bloodline
    • Chou-un, the youngest of the Five Shou Generals, being based on the V2 Gundam
    • Bachou's Red Eyes, Take Warning mirrors the effect of the Blue Destiny EXAM system
    • Moukaku, bearing the title Ashurao, not only resembles the Gundam Ashurao but mimics the Ass Kicking Pose normally adoped by Shining or G-Gundam in their boxart
    • Shukuyuu is known to fly into a Berserker Rage just like Allenby
    • Sonsaku Physalis is possessed by Shuu Neue Ziel late in the storyline - both are based on Anavel Gato's mecha
  • Nice Hat
  • Omake: This seems to qualify.
  • Only One Female Mold: All the female models are the exact same build, regardless of age, while males come under regular, Toutaku, and Ryofu Tallgeese.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Glaringly obvious with the three factions' footsoldiers, all based on the RX-79 GM and only differentiated by color.
    • Among the named characters, there's Gien Gundam, identical to Kochu Gundam but based on the 'Titans' recolor into which their archetype, the RX-178, was also recolored.
    • Shiba-I Sazabi goes through one for his promotion to Giga Taifu, particularly notable as he gets recolored INTO the Sazabi's normal colors (white to red).
    • This happens more often with the merchandise of course - not just straight recolors, but the Kanpei Gundam and Shuusou Doven Wolf sets include recolored Ryuubi parts.
  • Plug 'n' Play Technology: several cases thanks to the model kits' interchangeability. The Ankoku Gyokuji in particular is capable of combining with different characters to become Expies of One-Winged Angel-class mecha from different Gundam continuities.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Several. Notably Kyou-I Gundam upon assuming his full F-91 form.
  • Power Trio:
    • Ryubi = Superego, Kan-U = Ego, Chouhi = Id.
    • Going by the factions themselves we have Shou = Ego, Gou = Superego and Giga = Id.
  • Punny Name: the Nanban Kibatai. 'Kiba' can mean both 'fang' or 'horseback riding', but this mounted cavalry carries standards with the kanji for 'fang'.
  • Put on a Bus: Ryofu Tallgeese in the first chapter. Ryuubi Gundam and Sousou Gundam at the end of the second chapter.
  • Real Is Brown: Take a look at the recolored Koumei Re-GZ and Shuuyu Hyakushiki for the tie-in with the live-action movie Red Cliff.
  • Rule of Three
  • Sailor Earth: the number of unused Three Kingdoms or even Dynasty Warriors characters, coupled with the immense amount of leftover Gundam mecha provide prime fodder. Xiao Qiao Methuss, Cao Zhi Airmaster, Cao Ren Leopard...
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Sonken Zephyrantes and his Chousa Four Riders have been retconned with these in the anime. Bright red. Can't miss 'em.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Several.
    • Particularly the Ryukihou whether it's on Shuuretsutei Ryubi or the Five Shou Generals. The Brave battle Warriors version of Shuuretsutei Ryubi has the added option of swapping his regular shoulderpieces (Kan-U and Chouhi's) with all the ones the other Five Generals would use.
    • Shuu Neue Ziel is almost all giant shoulders.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Smurfette Principle:
  • Spared by the Adaptation: A select few, most notably Chousen Qubeley.
  • The Strategist: Koumei Re-GZ, Shiba-I Sazabi, Shuuyu Hyakushiki.
  • Take Up My Sword: Most notably Sonken Zephyrantes (Sun Jian) to his second son Sonken Gundam (Sun Quan).
  • Theme Music Powerup: Episode 50 full stop.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Kyou-I, from smalltime Giga field tactician based on a Zaku-II to heavily-armed Shou general based on the Gundam F91.
  • Transforming Mecha
  • Turtle Power: Ryofu Tallgeese, the only model kit under the turtle emblem of Toutaku Zaku's forces, and still the biggest Badass. He'll be joined in the toyline by his superior Toutaku Zaku, who's covered in guns for no reason other than to be covered in guns.
  • The Worf Effect: Kouten The.O, the Yellow Scarf Rebellion's most powerful weapon, goes down almost immediately to make way for Toutaku Zaku's forces.
  • You Have Failed Me: See Put on a Bus above. Guess what Sousou Gundam does upon his return.


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