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    Second Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-Hen 

    Second Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-Hen 
  • In one of the early scenarios, Setsuna F. Seiei in the broken down Gundam Exia goes up against multiple A-LAWS and Suzaku Kururugi single-handedly. After Suzaku critically disables the Exia, things look bleak until ZEXIS arrives, and Setsuna relaunches in the brand new 00 Gundam. Poor Suzaku has nothing on the 00's "Twin Drive System".
  • Lelouch Lamperouge gets one, not as Zero, but as himself as a normal student. Terrorists have a large portion of the student body held hostage, during the heart hat event, along with Lelouch. What does he do? Distract them long enough for everyone to get away, leaving him alone with a bunch of angry terrorists. He then gets saved when several members of ZEXIS burst in from the window.
    • In another moment, this time as Zero, when Esther Elhaas is turned into a Dimensional Beast, Lelouch takes it upon himself to stop her (either launching from the Ikaruga if he is not deployed or moving himself in Esther's path if he is deployed in the Shinkirou), placing a Geass command on her to stop attacking. Made more awesome because Lelouch didn't even think of what he was doing; he's pretty much just trying to stop something over fifty times heavier than him from hurting his allies and friends, and is lucky enough to accidentally Geass her successfully.
  • Carlos Axion, Jr. takes it upon himself to seal a ZONE with a new device invented by Traiya Scott, despite not having a Sphere or being a combat pilot.
  • Elgan gets another one: since he is the Alternate Universe version of The Edel Bernal, he fears he may lose control like his Evil Counterpart did upon learning about the Black Knowledge, thus placed a clause in the Earth Federation's charter when he was the Secretary-General of the United Nations. That clause states no matter what the Federation does, ZEXIS will have supreme authority to police the Earth if it is reformed. Neither the A-LAWS or Organization of Zodiac can overrule this. The best of this is he did this while he was being manipulated by Ribbons Almark.
  • The debut of Dynamite Explosion in scenario 37. Not only does it drive Aim Liard away, but it also sends a wave of Vajra retreating. ZEXIS is surprised by this turn of events (as they were surrounded by the Vajra and Mobile Dolls) and applauds the talents of Basara Nekki. To top it off, Basara manages to emotionally move Chirico Cuvie, who SMILES in response to the song.
  • Any interaraction between Amuro Ray and the Innovades. Banpresto, being themselves big fans of Amuro, play the Actor Allusion tropes from the Gundam 00 plot Up to Eleven by having him in constant, direct argument with Ribbons and the Innovades, going from an entire scenario prologue worth of their debating about Ribbons' plans to the point where Healing Care ends up jealous and flat out accuses Amuro of flirting with Ribbons. Two scenarios feature the best moments of their conversations: Scenario 32 "Assault on Memento Mori", where Amuro returns with the Nu Gundam to aid in the fight with the Innovades, and Scenario 56 "Beyond" which features the final battle from Gundam 00, and both Amuro and Ribbons do battle in their respective Gundams with another load of interesting quotes.
    Amuro: Ribbons! You and I have nothing in common!
    Ribbons: Amuro Ray, THIS is the difference between our powers!
  • When Schneizel el Britannia reveals Zero's identity, the Black Knights are considerably concerned with the revelation. Granted, they just witnessed Suzaku nuke Tokyo with FLEIJA and are furious at Zero. Of all the people to try and reason with the Black Knights, Chang Wufei is the most vocal, calling out the stupidity of Ohgi Kaname and the other Black Knights. He goes on to list all of the things Zero has promised to do and followed up on, including the fact that Zero having the power of Geass is irrelevant, given that half of ZEXIS possess supernatural powers of their own. Furthermore, Wufei reminds Ohgi and the others that Zero is the supreme commander of ZEXIS, meaning if the Black Knights want to betray Lelouch, they have to win over their ZEXIS colleagues (who are doubtful of Schneizel's intentions). Wufei adds that they're obviously confused and emotional following the nuking and are just looking for a convenient scapegoat, which Schneizel gladly provided with his accusations. He rounds it out by saying if the Black Knights want to fulfill their dream, Zero is their best bet to achieving it. Sadly, this piece of dialogue only occurs in the normal route path where the Black Knights go ahead and betray Lelouch, but considering Wufei is normally a Butt-Monkey in the franchise, particularly his frequency of joining enemy factions as per Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, this is without a doubt the single greatest thing he's done yet (until Super Robot Wars L). Also doubles as Shown Their Work for Banpresto.note 
    • Note the above paragraph mentions this scene only triggers in the normal route. Well, if you fulfilled the correct requirements, once you get to the point of Schneizel's reveal, it's up to the player to decide whether or not ZEXIS rebuffs Schneizel and continues to trust Zero! Basically, Banpresto pulled another Gundam Seed Destiny level of Fix Fic and the biggest WTF moment of Code Geass can be completely averted!
  • Ryouma Nagare, Hayato and Benkei are trapped in the Mind Rape dimension made by the Shin Dragon and forced to confront their sins (Musashi is confirmed to have died off-screen). With the help of Michiru Saotome, they escape being finished off by Professor Saotome. The Invaders wonder aloud what could be interfering with the space that they created whe both Professor Saotome and Anti-Spiral!Nia suddenly scowl with hatred at the Aquarion.
    Apollo(nius): "Ba'al... you really are beasts. You who cannot fathom the love and compassion of Man do not deserve to exist beneath the Sun. Ba'al, the Mechanical Angel Aquarion hereby refutes your existence! Behold! The power of mankind... and the power of life!"
  • Scenario 54, full stop. ZEXIS is facing Nia in her Anti-Spiral unit and things are looking grim, as she's about to drop the Cathedral Lazengann on Earth when suddenly the Shin Dragon punches a hole through space/time and not only does it appear next to Nia, but it brings along some allies you thought sacrificed themselves earlier in the game. That's right, folks: Rand and Setsuko are back!
    • The IF route version is even better: Nia's about to drop the moon, but Holland Novak (who's been absent all game) appears. Not much help, except Holland can't even finish his Big Damn Heroes speech before Gino Weinburg and Anya Alstreim appear as friendly reinforcements, deciding they'll stick with their friend Suzaku after all. Next is Ozma Lee and Luca Angelloni, finally catching up with the Frontier fleet after their adventures looking for Space Whales. Finally, the Shin Dragon arrives with Rand and Setsuko in tow. That's four simultaneous Big Damn Heroes at once.

    Third Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-Hen 
  • Count Brocken has taken Suzune and several of Kaname's classmates hostage inside a Mechanical Beast. Taunting Kouji, Brocken actually gives away the Robeast's weakpoint(s), laughing that Mazinger Z's weapons are too clumsy to hit them. Unfortunately for Brocken, Kurz and Michael are both on the scene, and easily hit the targets.
  • As per Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Banagher Links loses control when the titular machine's NT-D Mode is activated. Fortunately, Kamille Bidan is around to disable the Unicorn. The fact Neo Zeon aces are rushing to take Banagher away, yet have a tough time targeting Kamille while he's piloting a ReZel (not his Zeta Gundam) tells us just strong he is.
  • The Axis ColonyDrop event from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack is handled differently compared to previous SRW outings. As the asteroid begins its descent, Z-BLUE attempts to push it away, with Kamille and Banagher activating the Zeta and Unicorn's respective Biosensor and Psycoframe systems, focusing on human will. This leads to several scenes showing Z-BLUE's non-combatant allies on the planet realizing what's happening in space, sending their desires to them. As Banagher begins to falter under the pressure, the rest of Z-BLUE do what they can to support each other: Amata Sora and Noriko Takaya hold onto the Gundams, Shinji Ikari, Sôsuke Sagara and Hibiki Kamishiro protects them with their units' barriers, and Heero Yuy and Lelouch vi Britannia use the ZERO and Druid Systems in the Wing Gundam Zero Custom and Shinkirou, respectively, to coordinate everything. True Companions, indeed.
    • Worth noting is Jigoku-hen plays with the event as much as possible, as Char Aznable never intended to drop Axis; Full Frontal is the one doing it. Essentially, Char fooled the entire Neo Zeon faction into taking advantage of the asteroid so he could use it as a Singularity Point in an attempt to fix the dimensional disruptions occurring in the Earth Sphere and break them free of the Time Prison. Sure, this setup counts as Superdickery, but the fact Char doesn't neglect what he said in Z regarding not allowing the Black History from occurring is a sign his Character Development is consistent and not Retconned by the events of Char's Counterattack.
      • Taken to further heights as the Colony Drop continues. Char reveals his Xanatos Gambit: in the event Axis cannot be physically stopped by Z-BLUE, he had Athrun Zala and Lunamaria Hawke build devices fitted with GN Drives across the globe and link them together via the Quantum System in order draw on the willpower of all mankind as a physical force, holding Axis back long enough for Traiya Scott to activate a mechanism involving Fold Quartz Crystals, Z-Chips and the remains of the Insaraum ZONE System to teleport the asteroid to a safe location. It works.
      • As a final bit, in Char's Counterattack, just before the Psycoframe in the Nu Gundam overloads, Char incredulously wonders "Is this the light of the human heart?" In Jigoku-hen, this very question becomes a Meaningful Echo, a rallying cry for Z-BLUE, with Char answering his own question as "the power of hope for the future".
  • The Invaders reappear in Jigoku-hen out of blue, taking Ryouma by surprise and eating the Black Getter. Ryouma is taken to a point between dimensions, the same place seen in the last episode of Getter Robo Armageddon, and greeted by another incarnation of himself, who tells him the truth about fighting the Invaders for eternity. Reinvigorated, Ryouma reawakens, bursts out of the Invader's stomach ready to fight them all; at the same time, Hayato and Benkei arrive with the Shin Getter Robo in tow.
  • As a nod to when Mazinkaiser was formed when Getter Robo blasted Mazinger Z with Getter Rays, Getter Robo blasts the Chouginga Dai-Gurren with Getter Rays to jumpstart its transformation into Chouginga Gurren Lagann
  • Baron Ashura is Driven to Suicide and the Shin Mazinger ending is re-enacted. Kouji Kabuto becomes slim pickings for The Emperor of Darkness as the latter decimates the Mazinger, but Kouji gives one last effort with a Big Bang Punch. It doesn't work and the God Scrander is destroyed, with the Mazinger falling and powering down. Cue Zeus appearing to give Kouji a hand.
  • Leonard Testarossa orders multiple Neo Zeon mobile suits to surround the Tuatha de Danaan, but Z-BLUE has prepared a contingency in the event this occurs. The battleship suddenly lifts off from sea and launches into outer space. That's right: Banpresto goes ahead and turns the Tuatha de Danaan into a flight-capable, space-faring battleship.
  • A Plan-1051 Behemoth appears and attacks Heero and Sousuke. Despite its Lambda Driver, Shunsuke Akagi wrestles the Humongous Mecha with his Dai-Guard to the ground through sheer determination, giving the former two enough time to get back to their respective mecha.
  • As a TakeThat, the Anti-Spiral yells at Shinji, when he says he isn't going to listen to what the Anti-Spiral has to say, that Shinji is averting his eyes from reality. Shinji retorts that Anti-Spiral is the one doing that and tells him he shouldn't run away.
  • The final DLC side stage. Ultimate Battle. In the short while before going to face the Anti Spiral, AG says he's compiled a final training program for everyone to get ready for the battle. It turns to be your entire roster minus secret characters, with Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann as the battleship...vs EVERY major boss character not named Anti Spiral,(except Big Venus because she instakills her opponents which wouldn't be fair, or Char, because he's in your roster at that point). Gadlight, Frontal, Haman, Hades, Izumo and Mikage, Gauron, etc. With lessened HP to keep things balanced. And everyone starts at 130 will. Go nuts. Not only is it a cool fight, but gamewise it also means you can use the strongest characters and fight the final bosses whenever you feel like without having to replay the whole story. If any DLC is worth it, it's this.
  • If the Unit 03 debacle happens, Shinji plans to attack Nerv HQ as in the film. Whereas some of your more lawful members try to talk him out of it while others think that's too excessive even for Gendo, Ryouma essentially says "Let him kill the bastard." and lets him go on his way and is surprisingly enough backed up by Roger Smith, who while not one to endorse needless violence has decided Gendo is no longer to be trusted.
  • Izumo decides Lacus Clyne is the best Rare Igura to save Altair. When he announces this Kira goes nuts and wrecks his Ahura Gnis despite Izumo easily defeating the Aquarion Evol. This is alot more impressive when you realize that Izumo's unit can canonically absorb and reflect all ranged firepower and beam energy (though this isn't an ability it has in game) which means Kira's seemingly beating Izumo up purely with Strike Freedom's rather basic melee arsenal despite Altair units being at least 3 times as large as a Mobile Suit.
    • This partially serves as a Call-Back to Kira's more aggressive days back in Gundam SEED, where he often made use of the Aile Strike's beam sabers. Shinn's shocked by Kira showing such a side (being used to his GSD attitude).
  • Stage 58: The Quarreling Twins has several. For one, it is about Gadlight's last stand where he pincers Z-BLUE between his troops and a hoard of Space Monsters and Invaders. Simon as response to this summons the Cathedral Terra, and tries to combine with it. Gadlight tries to prevent this but Ryouma helps Simon by shooting a Getter Beam at him, giving Simon enough of a boost to create the Chouginga Gurren Lagann and one shot a Space Monster causing Gadlight to have a Villainous Breakdown. Later on in the mission where Hibiki's Genion shuts down before being able to finish Gadlight, Advent purposefully provokes Gadlight into killing him to break Gadlight's control over the Sphere, which allows Hibiki, out of his sheer rage and determination following Advent's death, to take the Sphere as his own and finish Gadlight with his new ultimate attack.
  • The final stage, with the glory that is the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The fact that this thing is playable is amazing enough, but the rest of Z-Blue go size infinity to join it in kicking Anti-Spiral ass.

    Third Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku-Hen 
  • Berserk Shinji makes an appearance in this game. No, we don't mean a Berserk Unit 01 from the original series; We're talking about the utterly terrifying Shinji from the end of 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance when he went absolutely apeshit against the 14th angel, Blood-red eyes and all.
  • Girtar sics a bunch of bioroids on the team. Chirico destroys them with his gun. When Girtar demands to know how he took them down with "just a handgun", Chirico clarifies that it's an Armour Magnum.
  • Sousuke uses Chirico's Armour Magnum to take out Leonard's Λ Driver.
  • Shinji shows up to help when you're fighting Amalgam and everybody goes "how did you get permission from Gendou?" and Shinji just goes "I argued with him until he gave up and gave me the OK."
  • Everybody applauds Hibiki for overcoming the Sphere's curse, and he thanks Land for the help. Mer notices that Land is bleeding after taking that last hit from Straus, and Land asks her if she's alright. Because what hurts him most of all isn't wounds of the heart or the body, but the thought of her getting hurt. And he feels a bit pathetic about it, but ever since they started fighting on the Green Earth he's been worried. He still doesn't know what that anxiety is about, but that he can't get the idea out of his head that the world's coming to an end. The same anxiety that Hibiki's been feeling. But Land says that as long as he's got Mer's smile, he'll endure any pain. Land flashes the Heat Smile, and for once nobody makes fun of it. Everybody begins chanting "The Heat" and Land gets pumped up. Everybody here is doing everything they can to live, and he's not going to sit back and let Sidereal ruin that. He tells Straus that he definitely felt that last one, and now that Hibiki's shown his strength, it's his turn. He unleashes The Heat Crusher on the bridge of the Pleiades Taura.
    • Shinji can feel Land's heat boiling inside of him, and Kaworu comments that he and his power to withstand pain are wonderful. Everybody can feel a warmth flowing into them, and Roger surmises that Land has finally reached the Third Stage and achieved his Sphere Act. Land asks Straus how he liked that one, and Straus replies through his smashed helmet that he's gonna feel that one in the morning. His armour, smashed to bits, falls to the floor. And he, is revealed to be a she, an extremely buxom blonde. And the unarmored Straus's going to pay back from that last hit.
    • She lands a terrific hit on Land, and commends him for remaining standing after taking it. Straus reintroduces herself by her full name and title: Elunaruna Banstraus, leader of the galaxy's strongest force Hyades and commander-in-chief of the Gaia Empire.
  • Hibiki starts succumbing to the Twins' curse again, to Barbiel's amusement. He's trapped between the hope of saving his loved one and the despair of possibly dying by her hand, and Barbiel notes dryly that Hibiki appears to have been born under an ill-fated star to be constantly betrayed by the people he loves. Barbiel tells Ambriel to hurry up and throw Hibiki out of the cockpit, but she tells him not to give her orders. Crow decides to take this opportunity to rush to Hibiki's aid, but Shikuu saw through that plan and intercepts him. Shikuu states that this will be a fine opportunity to rid himself of the Swaying Scales for good. Crow asks if it's the same as Setsuko and Barbiel, an issue of Sphere compatibility.
    "It has nothing to do with Spheres. I simply dislike you."
    • Crow praises Shikuu for finally expressing some kind of emotion. Barbiel yells for Shikuu to hurry up, but it's too late. Advent arrives on the scene, to save Hibiki. Crow tells Advent to keep away, that they don't need his help. The Swaying Scales finally awakens, and Crow apologises saying that it's really not his style for others to protect him. He intends to move forward under his own power. Shikuu resentfully states that he finds Crow's strong will disturbs him, but not perhaps as much as what comes next.
    • Crow hits the Shiseiten with the Unbreakable Fulcrum, and Shikuu reacts with outright shock for the first time. Crow's Sphere Act resonates through the area, and Hibiki starts to come around as a result.
  • Stage 50 has one where Graham, if the player saves him, is about to perform his Heroic Sacrifice as seen in the movie till both Setsuna and Heero stop him from doing that. Because both the Zero System and the Twin Drive System are supposed to be paired with each other as noted by the scientists in Z2, both Heero and Setsuna proceed to dive towards the ELS base with Heero supporting Setsuna even when influenced by the ELS.
  • Kamina returned as a spirit to fight alongside Simon and Z-Blue in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • When the entire playable cast attains "Shinka". Let's just say awesomeness ensues.

  • NeoSaint has a Let's Play for Saisei-hen with a number of "Arranged Battles": movies made by editing the attack animations into coherent battle scenes. They begin with simple beatdowns on the bosses, but as the game progresses, get better and more detailed, telling the story of each battle in their own way. By the time the Shin Mazinger battle against Dr. Hell, he's actually hacking the game and re-editing the game map to make attacks that are impossible to perform in the game (such as Tetsujin #28 and Dai-Guard throwing Missile Mechanical Beasts back at the villains). The finale is particularly epic, with the Rocket Punch 102 Rapid fists (Dancougar Nova and the Sol Gravion get their fists in edgewise), ending with a "Big Bang Punch"-"Giga Drill Break" cross-up.
  • Zxyu0369 also makes good arrangements, the best one being Zero Requiem, with ZEXIS vs Emperor Lelouch vi Britannia. Knowing the characters, the battle greatly delivers on tension and drama, as both sides are fighting each other for peace through different ideals and methods. Duels include Kallen vs. Suzaku, Heero Yuy vs. Zechs Marquise, Setsuna vs. Mr. Bushido, and ultimately many members of ZEXIS against Lelouch himself.
    • ""Flash!! The End of Evolution!" is another fantastic battle that focuses on ZEXIS against the Invaders. Whether it be in the middle of the video where Kira, Athrun Zala, and Simon among others blasting the hell out of the Invader armies or the end of the battle where Athrun, the Big O, God Gravion, and the Getter Team are charging and unleashing their strongest attacks against the boss, utterly decimating it, everything is done to the tune of "HEATS".
  • With Jigoku-hen announced, Getter Robo Armageddon, Gunbuster and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann will be in the same game, making this potentially one of the most Hot-Blooded SRW least until other series are included in the yet-to-be-released Jigoku-hen sequel.
    • Double for Studio Gainax fans, as this will be the first time the latter two are sharing the same game with their fellow stablemate Neon Genesis Evangelion in its Rebuild iteration. Naturally, some fans are proclaiming this the "second Holy Trinity".
    • The actual Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann will be a playable unit, with its strongest attack turning into the Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. It also features perhaps one of the most beautiful deliveries of the Giga Drill Break ever, with highly detailed and well animated visuals backed by some of Gurren Lagann's most iconic, Manly Tears-inducing imagery. This has led to the additional fandom joke that the rest of the budget got blown on the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
      • When Team Dai Gurren start using their Gunmen in Lagann-hen, it's a curb-stomp battle. In Super Robot Wars, it's a special attack of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann that shows them all completely demolishing whatever you aim them at. Of course, the next attack Takes It Up To Eleven, but it's wonderful to see the combo attack they planned all the time...
    • Then, they decided to top this by dropping in Diebuster for Tengoku-Hen.
  • Jigoku-hen is one of the few times(if not the first) where pilots are able to pilot machines not just from another series, but another franchise entirely. The funny thing is, they used such an occasion to put Heero Yuy and Chirico Cuvie in Bonta-Kun.
  • The Super Robot Wars Z manga has a story where The Edel Bernal sets Zeuth up to battle...THE ALPHA NUMBERS (circa Alpha Gaiden)! This includes Mirror Match moments between ∀ Gundam and Gundam X, as well as having the Zeuth versions of Kouji Kabuto, and the Getter Team face off against their Alpha counterparts in Mazinkaiser and Shin Getter. Especially of note is where Sanger's Thrudgelmir stops the Mugen Punch effortlessly with one hand.

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