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  • Awesome Music: The opening theme, "Yuusha Oh Tanjou" ("The King of Braves is Born", literally) which is sung by Endoh Masaaki. Especially the FINAL Grand Glorious Gathering version.
    • Some of the Stock Footage music is also noteworthy - in particular, "Final Fusion" is one of the most heroic Theme Music Power-Up tunes in the series, and "Goldion Hammer" is basically music for "Kiss your ass goodbye, villain!"
    • POWER OF DESIRE and "Let's Final Fusion!", the latter sung by both Masaaki Endoh and Hironobu Kageyama.
    • The aptly named Yuuki Aru Tatakai, practically the musical cue that the villains are about to get their sh*t wrecked in a truly epic way. Most of the series's best moments have this song accompanied them (the showdown with EI-01, the final battle with the Z-Master, GaoGaiGar vs Zonuda and Gai's EPIC beatdown of Palparepa)
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    • King J-Der's Utsukushiki Hikari no Tsubasa (Beautiful Wings of Light). Plenty of Super Robots have Hot-Blooded Rock themes. How many have a fricking OPERA? And sung by a legendary stage actor best known for playing The Phantom of the Opera in the Japanese production?
    • Another Theme Music Power-Up is "Dividing Driver". All the more true during the activation of the Goldion Crusher.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Mikoto's photo album in episode 37 inexplicably has live action photos in it, including a woman performing a henshin pose and a shiba inu. Also of note is the conspicuous also live action hand holding the page for one shot.
  • Broken Base: The darker tone present in FINAL divides quite a few fans. Some view it as out of place and think that it results in the show losing some of the charm the original's kid-friendly ethos gave it, while others welcome it and feel that it was a logical next step for the series and that there wasn't really any way to escalate the villains beyond the Z-Master without dipping into territory that was unavoidably non-kid-friendly.
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  • Cult Classic: One of the biggest examples among the English-speaking anime fandom. Not everyone has heard of it or watched it, but those who have tend to fall in love with it without reservation.
  • Growing the Beard: The first 20 or so episodes are fairly standard monster-of-the-week-beaten-with-new-GGG-gadgetry fare and reveal the show as the Merchandise-Driven kid's show it was... but around episode 27 or so, the quality of the story, the acting, the animation, the hot blood, and the absurdity all takes a sharp uptick and the show grows ever more entertaining from there.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • "Made in China" stamps on Fuuryu and Rairyu toys.
    • When Fuuryu and Rairyu act under UN orders and storm GGG in FINAL, they deploy in deep space which causes them to appear gray. There are bootleg toys of them in that color.
    • "THE POWER" is the exact same name as both the premiere and finale of Regular Show.
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    • The unfortunate looking hot air balloon in episode 8 looks a lot like the poop emoji.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Symmetrical Docking" became a Fan Nickname for two women pressing their breasts together after a memorable Super Robot Wars Yon Koma gag comic as seen here
  • Narrowed It Down To The Guy I Recognise: In FINAL, Kotaro is replaced with this old bugger in the command chair, and the UN makes its move to acquire GGG's resources, which they're planned for some time. Turns out the old guy wasn't part of their plan - he even ends up holding the line.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Penchinon. Oh dear GOD Penchinon.
    • Pasder himself also counts as this, due to his menacing appearance, with his red, bulbous eyes, and his grimacing mouth, as well as his deep, menacing voice, combined with how he's constantly squirming and pulsating, which even includes his eyes, give him a truly freaky and unsettling appearance.
    • In episode 3, the government decides to send a full assault squad and helicopter to "retrieve" little Mamoru, after the kid transformed and purified another monster. They have at least five guys yank the kid, thrashing and crying for his parents, off of his feet. All while saying that they didn't want to hurt him.
    • Also the previews for episode 31. A satellite drifting quietly in space, a close-up of a small rock beside it... spooky music? And then BOOM! FULL-SCREEN PASDER, complete with evil laugh and Pagliaccio DEVOURING HIM WHOLE. And just to top it all off? Episode 31's title: Farewell, GGG.
    • Episode 16: a university festival vanishes into a fireball, with little warning, leaving nothing but a massive crater. What would give small children nightmares is the way the attack is presented - it's very reminiscent of Sarah Connor's dream sequence in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and unlike any other so far, we see the injured and the scale of the disaster, implying that people actually died this time.
    • Guy's BRUTAL Beatdown of the Zounda. Sure, it seems awesome, but when you hear Guy's anguished and enraged shouts as he destroys the beast that contains Mikoto by ripping it apart, even after GaoGaiGar starts falling apart, you can't help but shiver. Watch and Listen... He doesn't even resort to using any of his attacks, just shouting in rage and tearing it limb from limb. And when it comes to the core...he just rips it out, no Hell and Heaven.
  • Padding: Especially prevalent in the first half of the series, the mediocre first half would have much shorter episodes if not for the constant blabbering and long transformation sequences during the battles.
  • Periphery Demographic: The TV series was originally aimed at kids, yet suffered poor TV ratings (from a combination of franchise fatigue - a Brave series had been on air every year since 1990, making GaoGaiGar the eighth in as many years - and running directly into the electric-mouse-powered buzzsaw that was the original Pokemon anime). Its popularity actually came from massive DVD sales to older otaku and mecha fans, who were highly impressed with the show's second half.
  • Sequel Displacement: GaoGaiGar is the most easily recognized of the eight Brave Series, particularly outside of Japan. All but the hardest-core Anglophone mecha fans will react with a blank stare and "Wait... there was a series?" when the Brave Series is brought up in the context of GGG.note  This was all compounded by the fact that, for ages, only three other Brave Series (The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird, The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn and Brave Police J-Decker) had been fully-subbed in a coherent way, though by 2019 much of The Brave Express Might Gaine, Brave Exkaiser, The Brave of Gold: Goldran, and Brave Command Dagwon and its OVA had fan-made subtitles available, and an internet meme was born based on The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird, giving awareness even without it entering Super Robot Wars
  • Spoiled by the Format: The Z-Master is destroyed in episode 47, but there are two more episodes left. Uh oh...
  • Superlative Dubbing: Damn the dub is awesome. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that it was canceled halfway through, just when the show itself was entering its strongest arcs (and thus were going to give the actors even better material). Apparently low sales sealed the dub's fate and season 2 was released subtitled only.
  • Toy Ship: Mamoru and Hana. Driven home with a big golden hammer at the end when their school friends present Hana to Mamoru in a wedding dress, veil and all, before he leaves.
  • Values Dissonance: Child characters appearing naked. Not a big deal at all in Japan (where nakedness in that context just indicates innocence) but raised some eyebrows in the West.
  • The Woobie: It's hard to not feel incredibly terrible for Mamoru after all that happens to him in FINAL.

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