Trivia: Super Robot Wars Z

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    Second Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-hen 

    Second Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-hen 
  • Gurren Lagann uses an original story to its plot involvement in Saisei-hen (Banpresto didn't use the TV or the movie endings: the original director made a new, unresolved conclusion exclusively for this game). In Scenario 54, Simon uses the titular Humongous Mecha to rescue Nia from the Anti-Spiral, who uses a unit called the "Anti-Gurren Lagann". The Arc Gurren Lagann only appears as a final attack for the Gurren Lagann, while the Super Galactic Gurren Lagann does not appear until Jigoku-hen.
  • The translated version of the speech Uther Insalaum recites during the Insarius Arclinus' his strongest attack is as follows:
    As the sun shines upon all creation,note 
    a king's love is for his subjects.note 
    You who walk a foolish path.note 
    By the light of Salvation, Thou shalt be saved.note 
  • The one who handles the make-up for Tieria Erde when he cross-dresses to infiltrate the A-LAWS is Bobby Margot.
  • Wiseman is one of the people to snap C.C. out of her amnesic state.
  • Kamille acts as a mentor for Setsuna during those trippy scenes when the eponymous machine of Gundam 00 allows the latter to sense the feelings of all combatants in the battlefield.
  • Heero is the only non-Code Geass protagonist to know Zero's identity is Lelouch Lamperouge before the big reveal. When Jeremiah Gottwald returns in Scenario 38, Heero and the Wing Gundam Zero is the only unit with the Code Geass cast while everyone else, including the rest of the Gundam Wing characters, head to the Dark Continent.
    • Saji Crossroad is the second person that comes closest to learning of Zero's identity thanks to his job delivery pizza to Ashford Academy and C.C., but never actively gets any concrete evidence. Also, he's aware something is up with Rolo Lamperouge, because having left the academy following the end of Hakai-hen, his memories weren't rewritten, thus he recalls Nunnally Lamperouge is Lelouch's sister, but he decides to keep this to himself out of nervousness, and also since he has no idea what it means.
  • Celestial Being is the one who repairs (and upgrades) the Sandrock to the Sandrock Custom after Quattre Rabarba Winner goes on an emotional rampage with the Wing Zero.
  • Pierre is a big Basara Nekki and Fire Bomber fan. This is because Ozma lent Pierre his Fire Bomber CD collection.
  • The Kedora event from Shin Mazinger traps every ZEXIS member in their dreams, not just Baron Ashura and Kouji Kabuto. This is why various events from each respective series occur.
  • Like the Protodevlin, Dimensional Beasts are affected by Basara's singing, damaging them in the process. Likewise, the Vajra are demoralized by Basara's songs; this explains why Grace O'Connor loses control over Ranka Lee in the Macross Frontier finale. In regards to Gaioh, whatever Basara's songs are doing is heavily affecting his abilities to control dimensional energies.
  • Ribbons Almark has character-specific dialogue for Kamille, Quattro Bagina ("Or should I say 'Char Aznable'?"), Amuro (several unique battle quotes directly referencing him), Heero (though he's just talking about the "Zero System"), the colony Gundams as a whole, the Gundam DX and Turn A Gundam (he refers to them as the "world-destroying Gundams"), the Destiny, Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice (he brings back the "Freedom, Justice, Destiny" motive The Edel and The Edel Bernal had back in Z), Shinn and Kira Yamato. Note that Ribbons refers to Amuro, Kamille, Shinn and Kira by their full names.
  • Kallen gets a lot of interaction with the Gundam 00 cast. Not only does she visit Saji in his cell on the ''Ptolemios, she gradually gets it into his thick skull about the situation of the ADW. Notably, when he repeatedly calls her out as a terrorist, Kallen doesn't accepts the accusation. Later, she's also responsible for motivating Sumeragi Li Noriega to return, rather than Setsuna, as he promptly leaves her with Kallen, who he thinks can talk to her better because "they're both women". While Kallen believes this is the dumbest thing she's ever heard, she manages to convince her when she tells Sumeragi the story of her mother.
  • The telepathic conversation Alto, Ranka and Sheryl Nome have during the Macross Frontier finale is facilitated by Setsuna using the TRANS-AM Burst in the 00 Raiser.
  • In one of the route splits mid-game, ZEXIS is watching Ranka's concert. Setsuna and Heero are talking about the power of Ranka's song, but Lacus Clyne corrects them and explains her song is not about power but rather a feeling. Unfortunately, both are slightly confused:
    Setsuna: "Do you know what she's saying?"
    Heero: "Not in the slightest."
  • Crowe and Marylin Catto's relationship is pretty much a Hilarious in Hindsight if you take into account their voice actors portrayed Keitaro Urashima and Mutsumi Otohime, respectively.
  • Sumeragi wrote a thesis back in university about combat with unmanned units. This ends up as the concept behind the Mobile Dolls, which is what led Sumeragi to quit the Organization of Zodiac. They decide to put them in stuff found from the UCW.
  • Saisei-hen ties Charles zi Britannia and C.C. to the plot by making the Code be a mark of the Black Knowledge. After Charles dies in the Sword of Akasha, Lelouch and C.C. discover the ultimate end of the universe, with the former at least trying to think of a way to avert it.
    • Also, the power of Geass is revealed to share the same roots as the Overmen, an ability that exists so that humans may protect themselves from "Ba'al".
  • "The Abyss" is a rupture in the dimensional boundary line that connects the various UCW, ADW and other worlds. It only opens at specific times and conditions, but allows safe passage between worlds with correct timing. The Eternal battleship is able to use it to travel to the ADW on instructions from Gen Fudou, who appears to be the only person capable of moving between worlds at will. The Abyss is also responsible for triggering the Anti-Spiral's "Human Extinction System". Because the Abyss is currently acting as a conduit between the UCW and ADW, the system calculates both worlds' human populations together. With a combined total exceeding ten billion (rather than one million from Gurren Lagann), it initiates the second phase.
  • Every person with access to the Black Knowledge is trying in their own way to resist fate:
    • Dr. Hell wants to conquer the ADW so he can use all of Earth's means to fight against it.
    • Wiseman wants humanity to evolve through conflict in order to fight the Ba'al and, failing that, for Chirico to inherit his powers and knowledge to fight in his stead.
    • Lord Genome knows that the Spiral Nemesis is part of the Ba'al, thus works with the Anti-Spiral to suppress all Spiral beings.
    • Charles and V.V. aim to convert all of humanity into a single consciousness so they can survive it.
  • It appears the Zero System is also part of the plans created by Aeolia Schenberg. This implies the system was designed over 200 years ago along with VEDA. In a way, this appears to be a Homage to the Isaac Asimov Foundation trilogy, where the Zero System functions as the "Second Foundation" or backup for VEDA should the plan ever get derailed. This is displayed in Scenario 58 of the "Trust Zero" Route: when Tieria regains control of VEDA, Ribbons is Dangerously Genre Savvy enough to quickly re-board his Reborns Gundam and destroys the Seravee Gundam before Tieria can finish using the machine's "Trial System" to shut down all enemy Gagas. Heero uses the Zero System to interface with VEDA and disable the Gagas.
  • The five Gundam professors put an end to the Libra and Quinze by activating the Self-Destruct Mechanism of the satellite. Before they die, they reveal they used to work with Celestial Being but left due to disagreements. The Zero System was initially conceived to work in tandem with the "Twin Drive System".
  • Kira has unique battle dialogue (while attacking and evading, possibly taking damage, too) when fighting Gino Weinberg and Brera Stern, where he refers to them by name; Gino returns the favor (instead, he refers to Kira by his full name). All three characters are voiced by Soichiro Hoshi.
  • Mikhail Blanc doesn't think Lyle Dylandy is fit to replace Lockon since he isn't a dedicated sniper, moreso since Mikhail takes it upon himself to pick up the slack after Neil dies. Following the scenario where Mikhail, Gain Bijou and Lyle need to destroy a Dimensional Beast from long-range, Lyle comes through perfectly and decides he's fit to take over after all.
  • The death of Nena Trinity in Saisei-hen can occur in different scenarios depending on whether the player chooses to trust Zero or not. If the former is chosen, she dies in Scenario 51; if not, Scenario 52. What makes her death different from Gundam 00 is Setsuna wonders what she's doing at the abandoned satellite where he's supposed to rendezvous with Wang Liu Mei (in the anime, the appearance of the Throne Drei was a surprise). ZEXIS witnesses Nena assassinate Liu Mei as she proclaims the real relationship between Liu Mei and Hong Long (in the anime, no one finds out about this). Even her dying words are slightly different, as Louise Halevy tells Nena she knows she doesn't want to die this way AFTER dealing the lethal blow, while Nena is coughing up blood.
  • During Scenario 27, when the main ZEXIS force arrives, attacking Heero in his Wing Zero with specific pilots will result in special dialogue where they either briefly manage to get through to him (resulting in Heero receiving a Will decrease) or enrage the Zero System further (Heero gets a boost in Will):
    • Characters who decrease Heero's Will.
      • Quatre, Kamille, Basara
    • Characters who increase Heero's Will:
      • Lelouch, Setsuna, Crowe
  • Emperor Muge Zorbados and Emperor Zul use the power of darkness to bring the Zeravire into the ADW, though the Black Knowledge may have some part in knowing how to create them.
  • Getter Energy is what the Gods from Shin Mazinger use to power their armor.

    Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen 
  • The dimensions and the corresponding series merged in Jigoku-hen are as follows:
  • The movie within a movie from A Wakening Of The Trailblazer is parodied in Jigoku-hen, with a unique map, characters and units (such as Mazinger, Gurren Lagann and Shin Getter), but is non-playable. In-Universe, viewers are under the impression Celestial Being has access to Super Robots - if they see something like Godmars in Real Life, they'd believe it's part of the organization. Jigoku-hen also gives names to the pilots in the movie: Setsuna -> Michael; Lockon = Warren; Allelujah = Jennifer; Tieria = Olson.
  • Beck the Great and Kan Yu are working alongside Gauron. At the same time, surviving members of the Firebug Squad from the Second Z are also under Gauron's payroll.
  • The Whispered knowledge from Kaname Chidori also gives her foresight into the Black History. She's the first person to mention the Axis Colony Drop, even before the likes of Char. ZEUTH members make a Call Back about seeing this in the Black History in Z.
  • Due to Laser-Guided Amnesia, Z-BLUE cannot remember characters from any absent series in Jigoku-hen. However, only memories in the combined world in this game are affected: only when Kei and the Orguss arrive from an interdimensional rift into the world of Jigoku-hen does Z-BLUE recall he is their comrade. Played for Laughs regarding Apollo near the end of the game - when told he was a "dog", Z-BLUE agrees, a Call Back to his scruffy appearance and feral demeanor.
  • As a parallel to his Super Robot Wars Alpha counterpart, Shinji Ikari converses with Mikono Suzushiro about feeling "useless", yet Z-BLUE actively praises Shinji's efforts, such as the fight against Ramiel. Misato Katsuragi, who's usually around with the Dai-Guard characters, has Shunsuke Akagi become Shinji's Big Brother Mentor in Jigoku-hen.
  • Graham Aker takes a page from Zechs Marquise and calls himself Preventer "Lightning", a Shout-Out to Zechs' own Preventers Code Name "Wind". If Graham is in a support attack with Zechs, he'll refer to the latter as Fuujin ("God of Wind") and himself as Raijin ("God of Thunder").
  • When the Mariemeia Army kidnaps Relena Darlian, they also take with them Nunnally vi Britannia. This leads to Zero and Suzaku Kururugi infiltrating the Brussels Presidential Bunker and saving the hostages.
  • The plot of Shin Mazinger in Jigoku-hen takes certain ideas from Shin Mazinger Zero, such as what would happen if Kouji loses control of the Mazinger and if Photon Power keeps leaking.
  • As a Shout-Out to Zeta Gundam, Kamille becomes upset when a student from the karate club at Jindai High calls him a girl. He proceeds to beat him senseless, a reference to him doing the same thing to Jerid Messa.
  • Since Katz Kobayashi survived the events of Z, he returns in Jigoku-hen as part of Londo Bell and becomes a Big Brother Mentor to Hathaway Noah. In contrast to his Alpha counterpart being The Scrappy, Katz has matured and is less obnoxious about others, particularly about Char being Obviously Evil with regards to Neo Zeon.
  • Neo Zeon in Jigoku-hen is primarily based on Char's faction from Char's Counterattack. This causes problems with Marida Cruz, as she comes from the original Neo Zeon faction created by Haman Karn in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, which doesn't appear in the Z series. Instead, Marida is more or less a "prototype" of Elpeo Ple; her history as a sex slave is glossed over.
  • In-Universe, conspiracy theorists state the Mineva Lao Zabi representing Neo Zeon is a fake because she's too young, given the time frame between Z and Jigoku-hen. Naturally, any person who has read Gundam Unicorn or watched its Animated Adaptation knows Audrey Burne is the real Mineva.
  • The reason Vajra Mooks appear as reinforcements for Towano Mykage is due to his Brainwashing via his songs. In one scenario, Mykage kidnaps Ranka and Sheryl and proceeds to use their songs to empower the Aquarion's Evil Counterpart.
  • The first time Jin Muso comes into contact with women are those among Z-BLUE. Since there are no women in Altair, given what he sees in the female Z-BLUE members, he believes all women are immortal, are able to command battles while drunk and violent, and hard to understand.
  • The original Aquarion is no longer buried beneath the surface of Vega. Instead, it's stored in Central Dogma within NERV along with Lilith.
  • Like the start of the second season of The Big O, Roger Smith spends a good portion of Jigoku-hen wandering around Paradigm City with no memories of what he has done in the previous games until R. Dorothy Wayneright finally finds him. When he sees her, Roger returns to his senses and takes on the role of the "negotiator" again.
  • It's implied that Gadlight Meonsam partially influenced Angel into transforming into the Megadeus Big Venus. Also, Big Venus is involved with an incident 12,000 years ago, to which Zero and Gendo Ikari are aware of: Paradigm City is a "trial run" of the eponymous "time prison". The wasteland seen outside the city dome is the result of the nuclear winter successfully caused by the Axis Colony Drop from a parallel universe Char.
  • In the Alternate Space Labyrinth, Z-BLUE experiences their idealized world. In a twist, the Labyrinth forces Gundam characters to experience nightmares; for the most part, these are the worst elements from their shows' respective storylines:
    • Setsuna in despair
    • Shinn's fury over Kira mortally wounding Stella Loussier
    • Amuro and Char bickering against one another during the Axis Colony Drop
    • Heero being given the order to assassinate Relena
    • Paptimus Scirocco successfully Mind Rapes Kamille before the former dies
  • In order to combine into the Super Galactic Gurren Lagann, Ryouma fires a blast of the "Getter Beam" from the Shin Getter at the Gurren Lagann to give it the boost required.
  • As per its series, the eponymous Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the size of a galaxy. To justify how the rest of Z-BLUE can fight the Anti-Spiral and the similarly, galaxy-sized Grand Zeboma, Spiral Power affects all of their respective Humongous Mecha, rendering them into galaxy-sized versions of their normal units. This is designated in-game with an infinity symbol as unit size.
  • If Ryouma, Kouji or Simon engages the Anti-Spiral, dialogue reveals the latter is an ally of the Mycanae Empire and is supposed to guard the titular "time prison" to ensure organizations like Z-BLUE does not exist.
  • Jigoku-hen is the first SRW since Super Robot Wars Compact where the Final Boss is not an Original Generation (Shikuu is the Post Final Boss), but the Anti-Spiral with the Grand Zamboa, due to it being the authority behind a "battalion" of the Ba'al, having half of the antagonists in the game under its command. Essentially, Jigoku-hen is a lead-up to the encounter with the Anti-Spiral.
  • The Mayan prophecy's mentioned throughout Jigoku-hen. Blood of Beasts (Team D), Fellowship of Water (Aquarion), Destination of the Wind (Simon), Civilization of Fire(Newtypes) and the Brilliance of the Sun (Tetsujin-28). Each of them is an age, representing a step in evolution that eventually leads to transcendence (such as beings like Fudou, Kaworu and others have attained).
  • Full Frontal acknowledges the existence of other Char Aznables and compares their actions to the one in the Z series.
    • The Char who remains as Quattro Bajeena = Classic Timeline Char
    • The Char who becomes the enemy of humanity = Super Robot Wars Alpha series Char
    • The Char who surrenders to an alien force = Shin Super Robot Wars Char.
  • Lockon and Kurz get a skit where they argue about who's best sniper until Aoyama stops them and all three conclude that if they want to nail something it's the girls's hearts

     Third Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku-hen 
  • The dimensions and the corresponding series merged into the Green Earth are as follows:
    • Area 11: Crowe
    • Diebuster
    • Correct Century: Gundam X, Turn A Gundam, Rand and Mel
    • Cosmic Era: Daitarn 3, Zambot 3, Setsuko, Olson
    • Suisei no Gargantia revealed to be a part of the Correct Century
  • According to current SRW producer Takenobu Terada, the creators of Gargantia are fans of the franchise. When it aired, Terada knew he wanted it in the Z series before its television run was over, and is largely included for Tengoku-hen because of this.
    • To give an idea of this, during recording of the radio show that announced Tengoku-hen, Tomokazu Sugita asked the staff whether the Chamber K6821 will have more attacks in the game. Terada claimed the developers had already decided what will be available for the unit while the show was still airing.
    • Gargantia's entrance was already confirmed since Kaito Ishikawa (Ledo's VA) did the voice recording for Sakito from Masoukishin F. Terada mentions to him that he'll see him soon again which he had no clue what he meant during then.
    • Sugita looking forward to the yakiniku event. Hoping lots of characters from other series joins the party.
    • Ledo has 4 types of voice record depending on his story progress.
    • Chamber and Laevatein might have support attack and/or defense quotes.
    • Garrod (Gundam X) will first appear in Gargantia Ship. Kicking with the Gargantia crew like one of his own member.
  • Amuro is seen piloting the Alpha Azieru at some point in the game.
  • Alberto Vist has a skit with Garrod Ran, as they are both voiced by Wataru Takagi.
  • Melty's guy ranking:
    • Hot: Ledo, Alto, Michel
    • Not: Garrod
    • A bit too hot (as in warm) for her taste: Land
    • Hot but you should definitely stay away from him: Crow
  • If you move him into the Zeta Gundam, Riddhe uses some of Kamille's lines when using the Biosensor attacks.
  • AG references Char's Deleted Affair when you ace Hamaan Karn in Tengoku-hen.
  • The three MP Bontas posing with Sosuke in the Dynamic Kill animation are wielding a paper fan, sniper rifle, and assault rifle - Kaname, Kurz, and Mao's favored weapons.
  • Someone says Duo is pretty similar to Crow, and Crow says that probably means Duo is going to end up in massive debt someday. Karen warns Hilde that if that happens he'd probably come crying to her, so watch out. This is a reference to Frozen Teardrop.
  • The Al "Am I human scene" and ALWAYS STAND BY ME are both voiced events.

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