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Are the AT-AT's from "Empire Strikes Back" a deliberate reference to Mecha?

No; they are based on real-world concepts for walking vehicles. Joe Johnston described how he and and Ralph McQuarrie came up with the design for the AT-AT: "The snow walkers were from a brochure ...
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TV show from 70s or 80s where jets join together to make giant robot

The show was Starvengers (Original Japanese title: Gettâ robo Jî) YouTube video of the opening credits: Description from IMDB: Soon after the events of the first ...
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Anime movie played on Adult Swim, guy gets enrolled in a mech program to fight against blue crystals

This might not be it, but your description reminds me of the seminal anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Or more likely, Rebuild of Evangelion, a series of movies (three so far, with a fourth in ...
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Anime with a girl stuck on top of a huge mech that was walking towards a city; she had to disable (or enable) a bomb by remembering a phrase

That may be the 2004 adaptation of Masamume Shirow's Appleseed manga (namely, a mashup of volumes 1 and 2, with a different core story). Shinji Aramaki, the designer of Bubblegum Crisis, directs, ...
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Anime short about two girls shooting each other with guns from their mouths

I suspect you're looking for I Can Friday By Day!: It features all the things you mention - a brown-haired girl girl controlled by small animals (squirrels), another ...
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1980s mecha anime. Main character has a suit comprised of three smaller robots

This is the 1979 anime TV series Gordian. The protagonist of the anime pilots the robot Protesser, which nests itself inside the larger robot Delinger, which finally enters the largest robot, Garbin, ...
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Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded

Could this be Angelic Layer (2001), AKA Battle Doll Angelic Layer...? From Wikipedia: Angelic Layer (Japanese: エンジェリックレイヤー, Hepburn: Enjerikku Reiyā) is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp. The ...
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Mecha anime with a mecha that takes different forms depending on three different pilots

This could be "Albegas" ("Kōsoku Denjin Arubegasu", also known as Arbegas or Arebegas in the different dubs). It originally aired in Japan from 1983 to 1984; in the following years,...
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Why do Jaegers have swords?

Not only would a sword provide additional reach to dismember a kaiju, but it is also more effective. To rip a body part off would require both hands of the jaeger to be on the kaiju for the length of ...
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Looking for a science fiction omnibus where one of the stories had mock combat games for political purposes

You should look for When the People Fell and We the Underpeople, both published by Baen Books around 2007. This is the complete Cordwainer Smith corpus, and will contain both stories that you've ...
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Mecha anime where 2 girls fight with mechas

What you saw was not an anime, but a trailer for a mobile game called Honkai Impact 3. Here it is. I am afraid I've never played the game myself so I can't tell you anything more about it. (I won't ...
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80s Mecha anime/cartoon about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form

This is a long shot but it's possible you're conflating two different animated series, which I recall often aired together around that time period in the US. (though you didn't say where you saw this) ...
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Early 90s mecha anime where the mecha was like Voltron in that each pilot controlled a portion of the mecha that would merge into a bigger mecha

Voltes V is the movie I was looking for. I found Combattler V on the page FuzzyBoots linked. It has similar art to, and is the precursor of, Voltes V. An armada of horned humanoid aliens known ...
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Anime with little dolls which look like girls in mecha suits fighting as commanded

I can think of two very similar anime that match your description, both of which involve tiny human-like robot girls who are owned by humans and fight each other for sport. The first to come out (2012)...
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Trying to find an older anime about a man who morphs into a robot/mecha suit

Well... thankfully I posted this to Facebook, where my little sister who was barely even ONE when I was watching this show, saw it and answered it CORRECTLY. It was Tekka Man - The Space Knight. The ...
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Mecha anime with a mecha that takes different forms depending on three different pilots

This is very likely either Getter Robo which has three forms Getter-1, commonly used for all situations, with an extra edge in aerial and even space combat due to anti-gravity cloak Getter-2, its ...
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90s or 2000s anime with a white, human-sized mech suit

With not much to go on, is there any chance it's Tekkaman Blade, also known as Teknoman? The similarities: The main character transforms into a white power-suit, but there was a time limit on how ...
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Why doesn't Voltron just stay Voltron?

Most of the time it's never addressed and it largely depends on continuity. According to the Voltron Wiki, (in the Japanese series) Golion was once a unified robot that only sought to do battle. ...
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Looking for Anime with a prince faking being mentally handicapped hiding a giant mech suit wreaking havoc

Super Dimension Century Orguss 02, the prequel to Super Dimension Century Orguss From a review of Episode 5: "Destroyer" As they ride an elevator down, Perion tells Manning that he pretended for ...
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Help me identify 90s or early 2000s japanese 2D turn based PC game with RPG elements that has mech fighting

Since this isn't apparently a Front Mission game, I did a Google search for other games similar to Front Mission and found this listing. Focusing on things with simpler graphics, I found Zone of the ...
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TV show from 70s or 80s where jets join together to make giant robot

It could be Vehicle Team Voltron. From Wikipedia: This Voltron Force consists of fifteen members, divided into three teams of five, known respectively as the Land, Sea, and Air Teams. Each team is ...
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Anime with boy who can see fighting mecha robots in parallel world

This is Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure. Kazuki is regarded as a pariah by his classmates because he periodically has visions of giant robots battling in the city. After being accidentally ...
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Looking for a mecha anime where a boy is crushed by a robot, but brought back to life?

Sounds like Kurogane no Linebarrells aka Linebarrels of Iron. The protagonist Kouchi is killed when the eponymous mech Linebarrel falls on top of him out the sky, to paraphrase. I remember distinctly ...
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Anime/cartoon with kids battling with robots in a game

I may be wrong, but I think you're describing the travesty that is BASToF Lemon. Most of what you say could be from the first episode. There is a girl with pink hair, a boy with black hair, a second ...
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A 90s anime/cartoons/ with a main character who has a red mecha suit with a weapon like a spear

This could be "Tekkaman: The Space Knight" / "Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman" (the English wikipedia page does not have a lot of details, the Italian and Spanish ones are quite richer). ...
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Mech fighting anime where the good guys deliberately lose

This could be Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, the fourth series in the Full Metal Panic! anime franchise. It first aired in April 2018, so you could have seen it no sooner than two years ago. ...
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Windows PC Game with pseudo-3D action in a maze with two mechs trying to kill each other

Thanks to Razmodian's answer, I was able to find the game, Megatron VGA. It is available to play online at the Internet Archive, which also has a better description: In Megatron VGA the player sits ...
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Retro mecha-esque anime where a girl visits a garage, and exits it in a red mech/vehicle hybrid

Sounds like it could be Rideback, where the mechs are transformable motorcycles. Plot synopsis from Wikipedia: In the year of 2025, an organization called the GGP has taken control of the world. Rin ...
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Looking for the name of an anime where the robot head is also an airplane

Video Warrior Laserion (1984-1985)? According to the Manga Wiki: Takashi sits down behind a computer which has a program written in advanced BASIC. He then merges with virtual reality to become a ...
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80s robot cartoon, I think Japanese, where a boy uses a medallion to call a robot

This could be "Astroganger" (アストロガンガー, Astrogangā). It's a series originally aired in Japan in 1972; dubbed versions were broadcast in the following years in many countries. The protagonist ...
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