Mamerto Adan is a feature writer who is back in college once again. Science is one of his favorite topics.
In terms of mecha standards, a typical Gundam is a middleweight. Well, they don’t have muscles so we will use the term bulk instead. And when we talk about bulk, a Gundam is neither hulking nor lean. Yes, they are still way bigger than the heavyweight bodybuilder when reduced to human size. But we are talking about robot standards here, not human standards. Looking at the usual frame of Transformers, a Gundam tends to be sleeker. But some Gundams took it a step further and they made some super robots look wimpy. I saw a Gundam that boasted epic shoulders, large arms, and chest armours. There is even one that sports massive legs. And recently, we have been introduced to a new line that flaunted monstrous appendages. The engineers seem to feed steroids to these guys because they are virtual freaks. Yes, the various Gundam series are not bodybuilding contests, but points are given if the mecha looks impressive. And what could be more impressive than seeing an army of wide-framed beasts wrecking each other? Modelers also favor bulky suits as they look good on the shelf. And below are some of the most jacked up suits that thundered in their way in the Gundam universe.
Just in case you are hoping, you won’t see a Gundam Virtue or Seravee here. Articles like this tend to be subjective, and my subjective taste tells me that Gundam Seravee looks fat and not ripped. With that said, you might understand why I never included the Gundam Gusion as well. At the same time no Psycho Gundam here. They are just huge but their bulk looks average when they shrink into normal Gundam size. Gundam AGE-1 Titus is a good choice here, but it is just a modified form. And lastly the highly unrecognizable and misshapen Grand Gundam won’t be in the list.
ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex
As what a bodybuilder friend said, to look bigger you need large shoulders. Exactly what the Barbatos Lupus Rex achieved. In terms of bulk it never gets near the scale of the others in the list. The suit looks lean and with an armoured waist area. But its demonic frame of arms and large feet made it look far more imposing. This is the mobile suit version of a man-beast; humanoid machines with animal features. And in terms of arm size proportions, it is not only long but pretty thick. I really love how they gave it a blunt weapon, as an Ultra Large Mace made it more demonic.
MSA-0011［Ext］ Ex-S Gundam
I love this suit, my personal favorite in fact. This one is an upgraded version of the S Gundam and man what an upgrade! This creature bristles with an array of weapons and armor and some parts are larger than normal. Yes it is not as well-proportioned as the other beasts in this list, but the parts enlargement looks good on it. At the same time it never looked as bulky as the rest here and the vast frame seems to convey weightlessness. And like most in this list the unit is armed with an up sized weapon. Just look at that Beam Cannon.
GF13-013NR Bolt Gundam
Gundam G was the second series I saw after Gundam Wing. I got so used to the sleek and streaking mechas of Wing that I’m a bit surprised to see this huge and hulking beast. It had thicker frame, especially around the shoulders and leg areas. Despite of that the Gundam is well proportioned without any oversized body parts. The leg is huge but it goes well with the rest of the limbs. In short it is big but not plump. It is scary enough unarmed but wait till it swings its Graviton Hammer.
RX-93-ν2 Hi-ν Gundam
Most of the winged units in the Gundam world are lean. Yet in the case of this suit, it’s more like a flying tank. The Hi-ν Gundam boast thick legs, vast chest area, wide shoulders and thicker arms. And based from the illustration it even has a triceps! Yet this machine is no fat turkey. Again the proportion of this suit is great and the massive frame goes well with the wings. It brings in mind a B-52 bomber. And yes, it comes with extra add-ons (Heavy Weapon System) that turns this flying tank into a battle fortress.
ZGMF-X13A Providence Gundam
This bad boy was a perfect foil to the titular Freedom Gundam. I could say it is an anti-Freedom Gundam in many ways. It sports dark coloration that contrasted greatly with the lighter scheme of the Freedom. It prefers to duel at a distance, firing its Judicium beam rifle and DRAGOONs while the Freedom slug it out in mostly closed quarters. I don’t know if the creators meant it that way, but the wider frame made it more villainous. It has the usual frame of a jacked up Gundam; wide shoulders, large core, thicker legs and heavier weapon. Between the Freedom and the Providence, the Providence is one mobile suit I don’t want to come across.
JDG-00X Devil Gundam
In my previous article, it never made to the demonic list despite being called the Devil. I mentioned how it belongs to a separate class and it ought to join the Big Gundams league. I mean look it, it reminds me of a pro wrestler. It has a snaking waist but the shoulders, arms and legs will make Brock Lesnar proud. In one glance you will know it will make short work of any second rated mobile suits.
MSZ-010 ΖΖ Gundam/ MSZ-010S Enhanced ZZ Gundam
As what I observed the UC world seems to have a penchant for jacked up mechas. The titular units of Mobile suits Gundam ZZ are living proofs. They are blocky and vast, wider than most units that came before it. And these guys never missed a leg day. Proper body proportions are the key here, and believe me; you don’t want to see lack of proportions on blocky mobile suits like them. Even the beam sabres look jacked up.
RX-78GP02A Gundam Physalis
This Gundam should join the Expendable cast. An 80’s action star will come to mind when you saw it. Ironically this beast possesses a rather feminine name. Physalis is actually a flowering plant, not a fitting name to this big boy. When I watched how it duelled with the titular Gundam Zephyranthes, I thought Kou Uraki was toasted. The Physalis is larger and boasts the biggest leg in terms of proportion. Strap in some massive booster and an Atomic Bazooka and you got a very macho mobile suit.
Green on January 15, 2018:
Psyco Gundam MK II needs a spot here.
Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on December 30, 2017:
Thanks Isaac. And yes I think you got a point.
isaac on December 30, 2017:
welp, i'd have put dendrobium orchis but is a somewhat nice list
Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on December 27, 2017:
Thanks for stopping by!
JsonIggI on December 27, 2017:
Would agree most on Barbatos Lupus Rex and of course, freaking Devil Gundam.
For Lupus Rex, i would say it is more spiritually imposing when you saw how it fight during the battle, you'll be terrified that you are standing opposite in stead of side by side.
Well, Devil Gundam... what can i saw, it is imposing as it is just by showing itself. it is a gundam that resemble a FACE...