This is still going?
And how did I miss this exchange.
It is pretty easy to have a monster of the week story about an amazing machine that fights the monsters who is pretty unique but not a super robot.(Astro boy, Megaman, Metroid, Swat Kats, ect, ect). Which is supposedly the core concepts of the super robot genre, even though you can do everything in them even if you replace the super robot(the machine) with a different one.(Ridiculously human robot, robot maid, power armor and cool plane respectively)
We're not talking about theory, though, we're talking about reality - and in reality, there are, according to the page, a large number of shows where that "amazing machine" is a super robot - enough that I think it's a valid genre on its own, even if it may be a subtrope of something else. Likewise, as Deboss and I said last page, there are enough distinctive points about "real robot" military SF that it also can be considered a subgenre. "the robots replace everything but The Battlestar" seems to be a legitimate distinction, for instance.
Normally I am better at catching that kind of thing. Anyway, its not a theory to be dismissed when examples are actually given to prove it. You kind of have to falsify the theory, evidence and all, first...oh well, I guess that is what happens when you let a debate go on for two pages before you get involved in it again.