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Then the various Ancient Conspiracies started executing their plans one after another and nothing was the same anymore. Hell often sent two, three or even more Mechanical Beasts at a time as well.
And the original manga averted it completely. The monsters gang up on Mazinger more often than not. It also was subverted in Mazinkaiserwhere Dr. Hell sends a large number of monsters at once against Z and Great Mazinger, and wins. Averted in Shin Mazingerprobably because it stuck more closely to the original manga.
Hell never just sends one monster out into battle, and usually has backup plans should his monsters fail. Mobile Suit Gundamwhile extremely arc-based, still managed to introduce a lot of new enemy Mobile Suits in a monster-of-the-week fashion.
Mobile Fighter G Gundam is THE best example in Gundambecause this was the entire point behind the series, to draw on the monster of the week fanbase, or more specifically the robot of the week fanbase, because that was how most robot shows were done prior to Gundam.
SD Gundam Force did something like this during early on. Basically, the Dark Axis' Quirky Miniboss Squad would use a Control Horn on a robot in Neotopia, such as a swan ferry or a train, turning it from a helpful Mobile Citizen into a dangerous menace, and it would be the Gundam Force's job to destroy the Horn.
According to the Zako Zako Hourthe Dark Axis or at least Zapper's squad were not very good at making new weapons, so they have to steal everything.
This stopped after Episode 9 as the Dark Axis began sending in better warriors to attack Neotopia. Neon Genesis Evangelion also started like this. From the 13th Angel's attack on, however, even though each monster's still gone at the end of the episode that introduced it, the mental scars its attack leaves behind on the main characters remain Evangelion's cast is on its last legs by the time the 17th Angel kicks the bucket.
Cue The End of Evangelion. For a while in Popcorn Avatarthis is how many of the Asura and their avatars appear in front of Kurando. Integral to the Pretty Cure series. Invariably, they're possessed objects turned rampaging beasts which the heroines fight, defeat and purify, albeit there are cases of animals and even people being possessed.
In the first two seasons the villains summoned ghost-like spirits Zakenna and Uzaina respectively to create the monsters; in following seasons, the bad guys used different tools to achieve the same results, such as masks Kowainaspheres Hoshina from PC5s sequel GO! The exceptions to the rules are the Jikochuus created with the selfish and petty thoughts of a person's heart without the need of possessing anythingThe Saiarks Jumbo-sized Choiarks that take one or two attributes of the Victim of the Weekthe Zetsuborgs Small, gray lock-like creatures whose bodies are formed by the attributes of the Victim of the Week as well.
Kira Kira Pre Cure A La Mode is noteworthy for featuring a spin on this trope by having a group of antagonists, the Kirakiraru Thieves, act like the monsters during the first half of the series.
The second half, however, featured a more traditional yet different take by having every bad guy summon a monster by different means that still involved the possession of a object: One notable example from Doki Doki Pretty Cure. He even gets defeated in the same way like any other Monster of the Week.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica starts out like this. The format gets dropped before the halfway mark. One such monster manages to kill off a major character in the third episode. Played with and used straight by RahXephon. The Dolems mainly show up on a one-a-week basis, although some of them survive their initial appearance and go on to reappear later. Then the anime took it above and beyond with outlandish rivals of the week who used toys, eggs, calligraphy, or even crepes. Only rivals who had preexisting relationships with the cast, such as Ryouga, Mousse, and Ukyou, were given the chance to stick around and become regular characters.
This is the basic structure of Rinne so far, albeit longer than most of the examples on this page — most cases take two or three chapters to solve. The anime adaption continued to be a fanservice-laden comedy into its second season, much to the chagrin of the fandom.
Lampshaded in one episode, where the Big Cheese introduced the robot menace he'd prepared for this episode with "Monster of the week, please enter and sign in. Eggman's randomly-deployed robots, each one with an E- insert number here as their serial number, and the first 11 episodes of the first half of the second series had random Metarex encountered by Sonic and co.
For about the first half of Speed GrapherSuietengu's plan to recapture Kagura is to have his henchmen sic a different Euphoric on Saiga. They never live more than two episodes after being introduced. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann plays this straight.
In the first episode, the Lagann is introduced as well as a minor enemy. Next episode introduces some more mecha, including the Gunzan later Gurren. Third episode introduces the first actually recurring villain, who's more of an anti-hero. By Episode 6, the show actually starts straying becoming more serialized rather than episodic, but maintains its monster of the week standard until Episode 15, where the MOTW is actually the first Big Bad.
The second half reversed this, by having the good guys introduce more and more powerful mecha to kick the enemy's ass, most notably after Team Dai-Gurren goes to space. In Umi Monogatarithe first few episodes have Marin and Kanon battling creatures that Sedna summons.
This pattern gets abandoned halfway through the series as it focuses on more personal battles. Witch Hunter Robin got a new witch every week for the first half. Then things changed rather abruptly Each of its 4 episodes are its own stand alone adventure, complete with a different villain, or supernatural horror.
Early chapters of Yu-Gi-Oh! Most notably, The Rival Kaiba started out like this, but then The anime based on the manga, and its spin-offs, have a Duelist of the Week who pops up with a new deck gimmick and quirky personality to challenge the hero.
With very, very few exceptions, these characters will be defeated in a single episode and will never appear again. If they're lucky, they'll get a two-part episode before they vanish. Capsule Monsters has different monsters to defeat for each of the five trials to return home. This trope is very common in some varieties of animeand in anime it tends to take an egregious form that, after watching a few episodes, causes the audience to start asking uncomfortable questions like "Well, why don't the bad guys attack all at once instead of one at a time?
None of the monsters ever survive the episodes they were introduced in, with the only two exceptions being Regulus because Nephrite only used him as a distraction and never summoned him again after that and Cenicienta because the episode she appeared in was a two-parter.
Parodied in this fanart. If there's now an "army" of monsters of the week, why do we only see one at a time? The show and its characters are quite aware of both the futility of these creations as the incantation of "Calling Mistakes" suggests and their formulaic nature in an episode where Misa introduces a small army of them, Sammy dryly says "I've seen all those already". Within the first 24 episodes, Gastly was monster of the week twice: You could also make a point for Team Rocket's mechs.
In Yo Kai Watchwith the yo-kai. Each episode features several sections, with at least one of those sections featuring an odd situation, Nate finding out it's caused by a yo-kai, then beating said yo-kai in some way or another, though he doesn't always defeat it. Sometimes the end of the part is played for laughs with a failed resolution, but this is pretty rare. In the Tournament of Power Arc in Dragon Ball Superthere are episodes that generally involve fighters outside of Universe 6 and 7 that never get heard from again after they are taken out.
For instance, one episode pits 3 Universe 4 warriors against Master Roshi, while one episode pits two assassin warriors in an episode focused on Tien. Even though they are introduced at the start of the tournament, they don't get any real screentime until their respective episodes. Comic Books Many comics tend to have a story with a one-shot villain every now and then.
It would be easier to list comic books and comic strips that DON'T utilize the monster of the week trope. In the old The Dandy comic strip, Jack Silver, the villainous Captain Zapp had a device known as a Duplicator, which could create a living, breathing copy of any picture that was fed into it. Every week, he would use the strange creatures the machine produced to commit crimes, before being stopped by Jack Silver and his gadget of the week.
A common format in the early stories. Fan Works The Lion King Adventures follows this format, featuring an absolute plethora of villains, monsters and aliens. Most chapters of My Brave Pony: Literature In the Animorphs series, whenever Visser Three Big Bad of the series who possesses the same shape-shifting abilities as the titular heroes would personally participate in a battle, he would do so by assuming the form of a new exotic alien creature that clearly outmatched the Earth animals that the Animorphs themselves had taken the forms of.
He stands in disbelief after seeing his entire army wiped out within moments. He loses to Metalder after being struck twice by the Laser Arm attack. Coolgin, Valsky, Geldring, and Dranger, with nine ranks beneath it. From highest to lowest: Tagsky, Tagsron, Galdos, Bridy, and Megadron. Chuubo, Crosslander, Bankora, Darbarbo, and Agmis. Wogger, Jars, Gamadone, and Barbery. Galador, Robinken, Gochak, and Damnen. Jamune, Gebaros, Zakembor, and Strobe.
In the final episode, the helmets of every member with the exception of Ben K were revived to prevent Metalder from reaching God Neros. The heads crash into a wall and explode to damage Metalder.
Tagsky wears red and yellow armor and is an expert with the sword while Tagsron wears green and black armor and is a master of the naginata. Both brothers fight Metalder together and separately.
They first appear in battle in Episode 7 where they attack Metalder together. They demonstrate their combined attack to the Emperor on a repair robot outside the Ghost Bank, destroying it. They are defeated when Metalder tricks them into stabbing each other, causing them to retreat.
In Episode 10, they appear again. This time they fight Rhapsody in the Ghost Bank and are non-fatally defeated when he breaks both of their weapons. These two returned in Episode 23, during the Four Army relay race. Tagsky weeps at learning of his brother's defeat, and then seeks vengeance. Before he can do so, he is defeated after landing on a landmine in Episode The two are shown wearing their armor in the background of the Ghost Bank during Episode 27 these warriors are either different from those seen before or perhaps this episode aired out of order.
Although Tagsky is killed earlier, his armor is given to Mai's brainwashed father to wear in Episode Tagsky's armor is scrapped afterwards. Koga and fights Metalder in his first battle. He fought Metalder for a second time in Episode 19, only to be defeated by his Metal Tornado move. He is restored soon afterwards, only to finally be destroyed by Metalder's Laser Arm attack in Episode 37, standing as the final guardian of God Neros.
His entire body looks like a collection of grey tubes. He accompanies Chuubo in his attack on Dr. Koga, which also leads to his first battle with Metalder. In Episode 14 he gains a chance to battle Metalder again, though this time alongside Madonna.
He is the first to admit being impressed by Madonna's battle skills and the first to inform her about her promotion. In battle, he discharges electrical energy from the tip of his spear, as well as manipulates enough wind to generate a sandstorm. He imprisons Metalder in a deep ditch by using this sandstorm attack, and tries to bury him alive, with the help of some projecting and imprisoning bars. After escaping from the trap, Metalder uses one of the bars as a weapon and causes Wogger to lose his footing.
In a classic feint, he calls out to Metalder for assistance. When Metalder approaches him, Wogger unleashes more aggressive attacks, until Metalder realizes he was a lost cause and uses his Laser Arm attack to slice Wogger in half. In Episode 27, Wogger II first appears.
He is summoned to lead the hunt for a triad of biological experiments called Gorigons which had escaped from the Ghost Bank. He was restored and makes his final appearance, in battle, in Episode 37 while searching the Kirihara building for Metalder and Top Gunder.
He is destroyed for good by Metalder's Laser Arm attack. He also attacks Wisdom in that episode when she fails to defeat Metalder. In Episode 15, he is assigned by Coolgin to capture Wisdom.
He appears in Episode 23, during the Four Army relay race. In Episode 24, he uses all his magical talents to fight Metalder, until he is defeated by Metalder's Laser Arm attack.
Restored to full function, he appears in Episode 33, but loses to Top Gunder during an interrupted training exercise. He appears in Episode 37, his final appearance, after being restored, while searching the Kirihara building for Metalder and Top Gunder. He is destroyed for good by Metalder's Laser Arm. He appears in episode 14, falsely attacking Madonna so that Metalder would come to her rescue and fall into a trap.
He appears in Episode 14 performing a sneak attack against Metalder. Robinken has the rare mentality of not caring about rank. During the Four Army relay race in Episode 23, he captures a camera-toting youth wandering in the area reserved for the race. Robinken leads Metalder along a circuitous path to the Four Army finish line. When Metalder escapes with the hostage, Robinken gives chase, coaxing Metalder into a trap-laden course of his own design. The traps ultimately failed and Robinken is destroyed by Metalder's Laser Arm attack.
In battle, he can launch his boxing glove-shaped fists at his opponents. In Episode 8, he is Barlock's lackey, helping him retrieve the scientist hostage that the Neros Empire had taken. He appears in episode 14, falsely attacking Madonna so that Metalder would come to her rescue and fall into a trap, and sneaks an attack on Metalder later. He also appears alongside Chuubo in Episode In Episode 21, he battles Metalder one-on-one.
Metalder defeats him by discovering his weak spot in his legs and knees. Metalder defeats Jamune with his Metal Tornado move, which knocks Jamune into a lake and out of the battle. He was restored to full function in Episode 33, but was defeated by Top Gunder during an interrupted training exercise.
In Episode 37, he was restored again and made his final appearance while searching the Kirihara building for Metalder and Top Gunder. He was destroyed for good by a fatal shot from Top Gunder.
Mukimukiman has a muscular build and is dressed in white battle gear with white hair; Fuufuuchu is obese and wears a large black helmet and red vest. In the first episode, they fight Metalder during his first battle and are pummeled and tossed aside.
They were developed from the same technology used to create Metalder. Galdos can discharge electricity through tentacles that sprout from his forehead. In episode 6, Metalder destroys him. He is rebuilt again, appearing in Episode 15, when he leads the initial attack on Metalder until Hedogross Jr.
In Episode 30, he leads the initial scheme. He is destroyed in battle, during the same episode, by Metalder's Laser Arm attack. He fancies himself as one of the best, but has ideals on morality very different from Top Gunder's, who he succeeded in the army.
A master marksman who wields twin pistols, he worked with American terrorist organizations, killing government officials and receiving a promotion from Explosive Fighter to Violent Spirit before coming to Japan to kill Metalder and deal with Top Gunder.
He also obtains a handgun custom-made for battling Metalder. Crosslander loses his first encounter with Top Gunder, but in their second encounter, he defeats and damages the traitor. He originally wore a winged snake ornament on his forehead, but Metalder damaged it during their first encounter. His second, upgraded head is also damaged, this time by Top Gunder, even though it was equipped with a secret blaster that Top Gunder also damages.
In Episode 23, he hides in the tall grass near the finish line of the Four Army relay race and shoots Strobe down each time he tries to become airborne.
In Episode 11, he rats out Gochak when the robot helps Bigwayne escape. In Episode 15, he fights Metalder as part of the Empire's initial assault that day.
He also attacks Metalder briefly in the Ghost Bank in Episode In Episode 22, he battles Metalder and leads the day's attack. He is accompanied by Goblit, Dedemos, and Gebaros. Metalder's Metal Tornado move defeats him. He is restored to full function in Episode 33 when he is defeated by Top Gunder during an interrupted training exercise. His signature move is putting his opponents in headlocks and twisting their heads off, which he demonstrates to the Emperor, in the Ghost Bank, on Damnen.
Metalder was losing in battle against him, but managed to gather his last bit of power to crack Gochak's face. Metalder snaps off Gochak's arms and tears off his head. After being beheaded, Gochak sproutd a cannon head. Metalder destroys Gochak for good with a Laser Arm, but collapses after the fight. Gochak was presumably rebuilt, as he reappears in Episode 11 when he tries to help the rebellious Bigwayne escape from the Robotic Warrior Army and the Armored Army.
Jars rats him out to Valsky and he is chained up by the others for treason. He escapes too late to help Bigwayne. He turns Bigwayne's spot of destruction into a memorial mound. In Episode 15, he joins Galdos' group during the initial attack on Metalder.
In Episode 19, he attacks Metalder in the Ghost Bank. He is decapitated by a blast from Top Gunder in Episode He can turn his right hand and forearm into a sword blade and his left hand into pincer claws. He accompanies Chuubo to kill Dr. Koga and fight Metalder.
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He fights Ben K for the chance to fight Metalder. Ben K smashes his robotic head open with his giant hammer, resulting in a destructive loss. This damage was presumably fixed, as he appears in Episode He also attacks Metalder in the Ghost Bank, in Episode In Episode 22, he participates in the Four Army relay race. In Episode 18, he had a dream in which Metalder brings down the Ghost Bank.
Zargen's scheme to prevent that involves the public abduction of a scientist transporting a briefcase containing valuable information. Metalder takes the bait and retrieves the briefcase. The scientist was a fake, however, but the bomb inside the case fails to destroy Metalder.
Before his next battle with Metalder, Zargen asks God Neros to implant him with an explosive device, in order to guarantee his victory. If Metalder struck him directly in close combat, the bomb would destroy them both. During the battle, he lodges his armblade into Metalder's right shoulder and attempts to finish the task with an electric discharge from the spikes on his head.
To Zargen's surprise, Metalder severs his own arm to put distance between them. Metalder then throws his severed arm at Zargen's torso, triggering the bomb and destroying him. She aids Valsky before his final battle with Metalder in Episodes 36 and For most of the series, she remains a background character and does not gain her first real mission until Episode 36 when she is chosen to analyze and store all of the data of the robots' fights.
Both are Light Fighters. Goblit is black and silver and armed with a bayonet while Dedemos was blue with horns and uses a handgun and a drill. They appear again, alongside Jars and Gebaros in Episode In Episode 23, these two both appeared in the Four Army relay race and in Episode 30, to help Galdos.
In Episode 35, they appear one last time in battle with Geldring, assisting him, only to be destroyed together by Top Gunder. After being killed, they tend to melt into a puddle of green slime: Bridy is extremely ferocious and uses his claws and fangs to attack Metalder.
Bridy can shoot webbing to bind his victims. He is among the monsters sent to capture Top Gunder. At one point during that battle, Springer bites him, once freed of imprisonment. He battles and bites Metalder in Episode 23, frying his circuitry. During that same episode, he participates in the Four Army relay race, which the Monster Army wins through heavy cheating. In Episode 28 he reveals he can launch his claws like sharp missiles as well as shapeshift into a humanoid form via the power of a special diamond.
He was thought defeated in Episode 28, melting into a puddle of slime. Restored, he appears in Episode He appears with his parasite in Episode 34 when Metalder learns of this weakness and kills the parasite during their final battle with his Laser Arm attack. This kills Bridy and he dissolves into slime.
He can spew acidic saliva from his mouth and he can teleport. He loses, but survives by forfeiting. He is one of the monsters sent to capture Top Gunder.
He later appeared to snag a hostage for Hedogross. He fights Metalder and Springer in the Ghost Bank, only to be viciously attacked and bitten by Springer. He competes in the Four Army relay race in Episode During the battle in Episode 35, he fights alongside Geldring.
He is eventually destroyed for good when Metalder binds him with his own arm and then sends him flying with his G-Kick, causing him to collapse and explode. He can also produce green slime on his tongue and spit it at opponents, as well as turning his right hand into a crab-like claw and breathing fire.
In Episode 4, he is injured by Metalder when the hero yanks out one of his internal organs and knocks him into the water. He survives and is seen fighting Hedogross Jr. In Episode 17, he kidnaps Mai to lure Metalder to him and tries to make love to her. He then battles Metalder again and is destroyed by his Laser Arm attack. He fights Gochak for the privilege of fighting Metalder in Episode 2, but loses when his head was twisted backwards by Gochak.
Battling Gochak, Damnen reveals he can blast lightning-bolt like lasers from his eyes. Even though he loses to Gochak, he survives. He appears in Episode 5 with Zakembor to spy on Top Gunder. Both are caught and punished by Valsky and Geldring. He is one of the monsters hunting Top Gunder. In Episode 8, he helps Hedogross fight Metalder. Damnen is badly injured fighting Hedogross Jr. In Episode 32, he appears alongside Geldring in the hunt for the rare plant.
He is destroyed when Metalder kicks him off a cliff and explodes after landing at the bottom of the quarry. He can emit sonic waves by flapping his wings and spit a green, acid-like liquid. He accompanies Chuubo who kills Dr. Koga and first fights Metalder. He and Damnen sneak away to spy on Top Gunder in Episode 5.
Both are caught and punished by Valsky and Geldring for sneaking off. In Episode 8, he helps Hedogross battle Metalder. Zakembor fights Hedogross Jr. Later, he fights Metalder and Hedogross Jr. He also has cannons for fingers. He appears during the hunt for Bigwayne in Episode 11 as well as assisting Chuubo in Episode In Episode 20, after the weapons test, he formulates the plan to use the Armament Army's prototype machine against Metalder.
He is destroyed alongside Bulchek in Episode He has missile launchers on his chest and shoulders. In Episode 8, he trains with the other members of the Empire.
In Episode 9, he and Bulchek interfere in Hedogross' battle by firing on him and Metalder. In Episode 10, he destroys Rhapsody after the violinist fails to destroy Metalder. He appears in Episode 11 during the hunt for Bigwayne and again in Episode 19 as backup to Chuubo.
In episode 20, he acted as controller of the artillery robot and is used by Metalder to destroy it shortly thereafter. In Episode 24 he helps even the odds during Metalder's clash with Galador.
In episode 37, he is destroyed by the second volley fired by Metalder, after the Ghost Bank had collapsed. He is mobile and red and grey. He is armed with a spear gun. In Episode 4, he self-destructs in an attempt to blow up Metalder on a boat. He was presumably rebuilt, as he appears briefly in Episode 11, during the hunt for Bigwayne. He takes over for Bulchek midway through the relay race in Episode 23, but has some difficulty, as he is better suited for water than land.
He is destroyed with Darbarbo, in Metalder's second volley, after the Ghost Bank collapses in Episode He shoots explosive missiles from his wrists. His first encounter with Metalder in Episode 2 results in a mid-air collision which damages him considerably.
Barbery is spared by God Neros and ordered to be repaired.