Mecha is dead, according to anime Youtube influencers who don’t watch mecha anime. Gundam and Macross certainly exist, but they’re decades old. Code Geass is nearly fifteen years old. Full Metal Panic nearing twenty.
(Cross-post from Iyashikei)
Characters in fiction tend to represent ideas. Writers use their characters as a manifestation of different concepts. For example, the typical “hero” in fiction is often a combination of several different traits that people tend to see as “heroic.”