YMMV / Super Robot Wars

  • Awesome Music: An entire page of it.
  • Broken Base: Now with its own page.
  • Character Tiers: An inevitable outcome in most installments due to a variety of invaluable pilot skills and unit abilities, pilot/unit statistics, attack power for weapons, etc. The likes of the Ideon in Alpha 3, Zeorymer in MX and Judgment, and GaoGaiGar and Tekkaman Blade in W stand at the highest tier, while Sol Tekkaman in Judgment are part of the lowest. Note that much of this also stems from each games' mechanics and systems in place that might influence how tiers respond, alongside whether Good Bad Bugs are present.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Aguilla Setme is the cruel head of the School, a brainwashing academy for Child Soldiers. Setme is responsible for the brainwashing and Mind Rape of countless children into heartless soldiers, and she has no compunction sending them to die as cannon fodder, or to kill civilians. The process is portrayed as a painful and traumatic one as well, with Latooni, one of the "graduates" of the School who is saved having what amounts to PTSD and severe issues. When Arado, one of her "children" manages to escape her, Setme shows no remorse in brainwashing his Love Interest Seolla and sending her to murder him. When Seolla is saved, Setme has their beloved big sister figure Ouka brainwashed to kill them, Ouka only freeing herself long enough to destroy Setme at the cost of her own life. Setme even says they're not even people to her, just test subjects to be used and discarded.
    • The Ax-Crazy, sociopathic, Archibald Grims, a Psycho for Hire without a cause, only wants and loves "needless bloodshed, especially from the innocents." He also gleefully forces Elzam to make a Sadistic Choice, whether it's to allow Grims to unleash a deadly nerve gas, killing the entire populace of a colony, or to kill his, Elzam's, own wife to prevent the attack.
    • Lubikka Hakkinen is a brutal, sadistic mercenary who leads attacks on civilian colonies all the while sporting a big Slasher Smile on his face. One of these attacks took the lives of the parents of Tytti Noorbuck, and this wasn't the first atrocity Lubikka had committed. When Tytti exposed him, Lubikka was forced to flee, becoming a mercenary raider who still carried out war crimes, except now he possesses a fixation on making Tytti suffer. He targets her friends and kills her lover Ricardo, all to hurt the one person who escaped him before he plans to kill her as well.
    • Jua-Mu Dalby may not be one at the beginning, but he certainly is an extremely nasty individual despite his youthful appearance. While he's extremely loyal to Al-Van, he completely looks down on Earthlings, insulting them at every chance possible with no chance of even considering them a Worthy Opponent, like Fu-Lu Mulu. He is also responsible for partaking in the destruction of Ashalley Kreutzer facility, mentally scarring his "mentor" Calvina Coulange, and unlike Al-Van, Jua-Mu has no regrets and conflict over it, he just enjoys slaughtering humans over the superiority complex he has as a Fury. When Al-Van is demoted and Jua-Mu took an increase in power via injection of massive Larseium, what remains of his sanity goes away, and instead he punts up his Ax-Crazy Jerkass behavior to the point he's extremely loud in not just insulting humanity, but also personally carrying out mass slaughter on them.
  • Demonic Spiders: Ghost X-9s in Alpha, the Katana clones in Endless Frontier, Dimensional Beasts in the Second Z, certain Elemental Machines throughout Masou Kishin
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sanger Zonvolt began as a sympathetic enemy and late-joining Sixth Ranger type in Alpha Gaiden, but was so popular among fans of the game he was brought back as a major character for Original Generation, as a main character for Alpha 2 and has a prominent role in Alpha 3, then being the representative for SRW in Project X Zone. Being one of, if not, THE biggest badass in the Banpresto multiverse helps.
    • The Ardygun family in W are wildly popular, as well. The fact that they have one of the most iconic Game Breaker mecha in the franchise helped a bit of their popularity (or really, W, in general). For a one-game-only continuity Nintendo DS SRW, it's so well-liked that a sizable part of the fanbase considered it the best installment to date.
    • While there are a plenty of favorites for the franchise's original characters, those appearing exclusively in Original Generation are better received, such as Kai Kitamura of the elite Aggressors and The School children, namely namely Latooni Subota and Ouka Nagisa.
    • Valsione could count, being one of the best examples of Humongous Mecha Robot Girl in fiction. In a similar vein, Lamia Loveless, though she's more Ridiculously Human Robot.
    • Shu Shirakawa is pretty popular, mostly stemming from his infamous Granzon/Neo Granzon in older appearances. When his EX route is carried over into Original Generation via Downloadable Content called Dark Prison, his status continues to elevate.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: There are a number of fans who will readily admit that that they find the strategy gameplay So Okay, It's Average and merely a vehicle for attack animations. Indeed, the concept of mecha anime series crossing over is the main draw of the series.
  • Game Breaker: See entries here
  • Goddamned Bats: Barrelions from Original Generation, nearly all Mooks in Destiny
  • Hell Is That Noise: Some of the musics, while awesome, can also be this at the same time, highlighting the direness of the situation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
  • It's Hard, so It Sucks: The general opinion among the fandom seems to be that a game that is "too easy" is preferable to a game that is deemed to have "unfair" difficulty. Installments that are difficult beyond of a handful of troublesome scenarios tend to elicit complaints, A Portable being the most notable example. Common arguments against more difficult SRWs are that one-sided battles promote unit variety and thus Rule of Fun, and that beautiful animations and well-written cross-series interactions are more important than challenging gameplay.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some only become interested in a given SRW based on certain series making the cut, which is understandable given the nature of the franchise. Particularly noticeable when popular series such as Code Geass and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann are included. This becomes literal when Godzilla himself made an appearance in Super Robot Wars Cross Omega.
  • Memetic Mutation: No SRW meme has been more profilic sin-"Trombe!"
    • A scene in the final episode of Divine Wars about the characters' facial reactions on Lefina Enfield in a Playboy Bunny outfit became a meme on its own, usually having them get surprised about other "WTF" scenes in media. This went recursive by reacting to the reaction panels of its "Gaijin Yonkoma" predecessor.
    • "Real Men Ride Each Other"
    • Never be surprised if you suddenly see Mist Rex inserted in newly announced SRW screenshots, be it a licensed series or not, he won't be in. He's just that hated, the Trolls are using him to agitate fans into thinking he's in the next title.
    • One that existed since Alpha, only to be brought back via Original Generation, is "Sore mo watashi da!" ("That was me as well!")
    • Whenever Nu-Gundam makes obligatory appearances, it will be well animated for every SRW. This led people to claim this whenever it appears: "Did they blow up the budget to animate Nu-Gundam!?"
  • The Scrappy: An inevitability, given an individual's preference to particular Humongous Mecha series
    • Any series for installments that are simply included to round out the cast, usually by way of Post-Script Season or they simply take most of the spotlight from their peers. Mazinger Z and its various incarnations are the biggest offenders.
    • Martian Successor Nadesico and its sequel movie "Prince of Darkness" for the early-to-mid 2000s. They made an abnormal number of appearances for a series that wasn't one of the "mainstays" (one of which is a Video Game Remake of a trilogy that didn't have Nadesico) and were fairly important in all of them. Judging by the reaction to its inclusion in BX, the eight or so years away from SRW were sufficient to rescue the series.
    • The trio of Dancougar Nova, Macross Frontier, and Gundam SEED Destiny. Although Nova missed Operation Extend and SEED Destiny wasn't in NEO (nor any Real Robot series), these three have, otherwise, been included in every traditional SRW since their respective debuts. The fact that Frontier and SEED Destiny are included in order to generate sales doesn't help matters. That being said, Frontier is generally considered the worst of the three, as fans do enjoy seeing the writers revamp the plot of SEED Destiny, and Dancougar Nova isn't very plot-intrusive for crossovers. This position is emphasized with BX, which gives SEED Destiny and Nova a break, but still includes Frontier.
    • Sometimes a series' Leitmotif can be bashed due to its frequent use: take "Last Impression" from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, for example. Certain fans have grown weary of the tune due to it serving as the only musical theme for Endless Waltz through its years of obligatory appearances.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Playing modern, better-polished and more-refined games in the series first is an excellent way to ruin the much more-primitive early entries. It's really hard to be motivated to get through the Excuse Plot of the Nintendo Hard original Super Robot Wars when there's little to no battle animations, the lacking of any ability to skip them, being able to choose how to react to an enemy attack when it happens (instead you have to make one choice for the whole party), etc.

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