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->''"This hand of mine glows with an awesome POWER! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my sorrow! '''SHINING FINGER SWORRRRRDDDD!!! GO! GO! GO!!!'''"''
-->-- '''Domon''', [[CallingYourAttack Calling His Attack]] in the [[LargeHam hammiest]] way possible

''Mobile Fighter G Gundam'' (''Kidou Budouten G Gundam'', lit. "Mobile Fighting Legend G Gundam") is the first AlternateUniverse in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise. Notable as a significant departure from the normal ''Gundam'' saga in that it was essentially a {{Super Robot|Genre}} show. Every ''Gundam'' series before and after has been essentially the prime examples of the RealRobotGenre. ''G Gundam'' has only a few mild relations to the other series besides the name "Gundam." It also takes a lot of inspiration from the {{shonen}} genre. Part of this radical change is that YoshiyukiTomino set aside series director duties after being burned out on ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', and that they instead got the guy who did ''GiantRobo'', Yasuhiro Imagawa, to do the job, resulting in a series less like traditional Gundam, and more like a classic SuperRobot series of yore. Bandai also demanded a ''Gundam'' tournament story in an attempt to increase gunpla sales, which were doing poorly at the time.

''G Gundam'' is set in the Future Century (FC) in which TheFederation, consisting of several colonies corresponding to Earth's nations, has held a robot-battling competition called the Gundam Fight every four years to determine which colony would gain control of the government. The show's story takes place in the year FC 60, the year of the 13th Gundam Fight, and follows Neo-Japan's Gundam Fighter, Domon Kasshu, as he not only fights to win the Gundam Fight but also searches for his missing brother and the Devil Gundam. As the series progresses, Domon fights his way through several powerful opponents, [[DefeatMeansFriendship gains new allies]] and discovers the truth about his brother, the Devil Gundam, and himself.

The show completely embraced the aspects of the SuperRobotGenre and featured, among many other things, a Gundam that not only looked like [[Franchise/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]], but in one episode ''[[http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/7184/gundamglomp.png GLOMPS the main character's Gundam]]''. It is impossible to accept this show without understanding RuleOfCool or NarmCharm, but what keeps this as a proud Franchise/{{Gundam}} series is the nature of the Gundam Fight itself. Without the tournament, Earth would return to its previous habit of resolving conflicts... through war.

This was also noteworthy as the first Gundam series made after the toy company Bandai bought Sunrise.

Compare and contrast ''{{Macross 7}}'' (which premiered on the same year as G Gundam did) in terms of a franchise sequel that differs greatly from the source material. Or ''AxisPowersHetalia,'' which takes the NationalStereotypes, audacity and tone and runs with them.

In 2010, as part of a project to revive interest in the Alternate Universe ''Gundam'' stories, an expanded retelling titled ''Choukyuu! G Gundam'' began serialization in ''Gundam Ace''.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The 2010 manga is a retelling with some altered details and some expansion, such as having Ulube reference Domon's father during the Neo-France storyline.
** The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series also expands Domon's movelist, most notably a combination Sekiha Tenkyoken with Master Asia, dubbed the Sekiha Kyuukyoku Tenkyoken, which is more powerful than the Love-Love Tenkyoken.
* ADayInTheSpotlight: Some of the entourage characters get a few episodes focused on them.
* TheAbridgedSeries: ''GGundamAbridged''
* ActionGirl: Allenby
** Rain can be quite the ActionGirl herself sometimes. Perhaps even more of one than Allenby seeing as she [[spoiler: defeats Allenby when the latter is BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
* AffablyEvil: Prime Minister Wong, who eats pocky, invites the hero to his penthouse for a drink, and even ''cheers his victories'' in his first few matches.
* AfterTheEnd: The Earth itself, but not the colonies.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler: the Devil Gundam, originally named the Ultimate Gundam, was ''intended'' to be used to restore the Earth after the damage it'd taken from the Gundam battles. All it takes is a simple mechanical malfunction for the thing to interpret this ultimatum as "KillAllHumans"]].
* AirVentPassageway: Played straight in Episode 2, where Domon sneaks through the ducts of Madison Square Garden and ambushes Chibodee's boxing opponent so he can take his place. PlayedForLaughs in the 2010 manga. He ''intends'' to go to Chibodee and challenge him, [[IdiotHero but ends up in the opponent's room because he got lost.]] He then tries to play himself off as an autograph hound. It doesn't work, and after knocking the guy out he decides to take his place.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you do the math, you might notice that the "Gundam Fight every four years" thing doesn't quite line up with 13th Fight's date of Future Century 60. The official timeline reveals that after Neo-England's Gentle Chapman won three tournaments in a row, rising international tensions lead to the 12th fight being delayed another four years.
** The information was first published in the "Gundam Fight Round 1 & 2" [=CD=] collection's booklet, though Bandai America later translated those details and posted it on the ''G Gundam'' portion of their [[http://www.gundamofficial.com/worlds/fc/background/timeline.html gundamofficial.com site]].
** The novelization goes into a good bit of detail about the "Finger" attacks. It's explained that the move was invented to adhere to Buddhist tenets of ThouShaltNotKill, and was originally intended to be used by a human. The user channels ki from his palm through his three middle fingers, which is then released into the opponent's head, where it interferes with their motor functions and temporarily disables them. Master and Domon's Gundams were specifically designed to replicate the move (and yes, all of their Gundams have it -- even Master's Shuffle Heart and Kowloon Gundam, though we never see them outside of ''SDGundamGGeneration'').
* AllYourPowersCombined: The Grand Master Gundam, created by the Devil Gundam near the end of the series for [[spoiler:Major Ulube]] to use; it's quite literally Master Gundam (down to the waist) mounted on Grand Gundam's body, with Gundam Heaven's Sword's wings and a copy of the Walter Gundam attached to it, the whole thing held together with green DG Cell tentacles.
** The Shuffle Alliance performs a five-man CombinationAttack, the Shuffle Doumeiken, to defeat the Grand Master Gundam.
* AloofBigBrother: Kyoji Kasshu.
* AmericaSavesTheDay:
** Chibodee attempts to play this trope straight, and manages to pull it off more often than not, though he's more successful as a member of the Shuffle Alliance than he is solo.
** When the Neo America military tries it at the climax, it doesn't work out.
* AmericanRobot: And a Japanese Robot, and a Chinese Robot, and a French robot, and a Russian Robot. To say nothing of a German Robot, a [[{{Fembot}} Swedish Robot]], an Egyptian Robot...
* AncientConspiracy: The original Shuffle Alliance. They're a heroic example.
* AnimateDead: [[spoiler: Devil Gundam can use its nanomachines to animate corpses, turning them into zombies to pilot Death Army mobile suits.]]
** [[spoiler: It even brought back a previous champion who had been killed in a Gundam Fight 40 years earlier... as a mummy!]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: George seems to think that [[spoiler:Chapman]] participating in the finals after being disqualified is more noteworthy than the fact that he came BackFromTheDead.
* ArtifactTitle: Sort of. In the English translation, God Gundam is renamed Burning Gundam, but it's suggested that G Gundam stands for "Gundam of Gundams" (i.e., the winner of the Gundam Fight) instead.
* ArtificialGravity: Played much straighter than most Gundam series, where spaceships have ''some'' gravity but still involve a lot of floating around, and the colonies which do not have the standard round shape that spin to generate gravity. Ships and colonies both appear to have 1G. Most of the action takes place on Earth anyway.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Schwarz Bruder]], at least in his current state.
* AscendedFanboy: Subverted with Chang in Episode 27, who tries to steal Domon's Gundam only to get nearly killed by the Mobile Trace System.
* TheAtoner: Domon enters the Tournament to atone for his family's supposed sins. [[spoiler: However, the true atoner is Dr. Mikamura, who framed Domon's family and, after his HeelFaceTurn, he makes up for it with an HeroicSacrifice ]].
* AttackHello: '''[[LargeHam ANSWER ME, DOMON! THE SCHOOL OF THE UNDEFEATED OF THE EAST!]]'''
* AwesomeMcCoolname: In the 2010 manga at least, Chibodee's boxing opponent from episode 2 is named "Zapp Funk".
* AWizardDidIt: Don't bother trying to make sense of most of the action scenes, the show is as [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robotty]] as it can possibly get.
* AxCrazy: Michelo Chariot from day one. He's later joined in his murderousness by [[spoiler:FallenHero Gentle Chapman, who CameBackWrong thanks to DG cells]].
* {{Badass}}: most of the cast, but especially Domon, Schwarz, and Master Asia.
** BadassBookworm: Kyoji is hinted to be one of these.
* BadassBoast: Domon. See ThrowingDownTheGauntlet below.
* TheBaroness: Though not evil, Natasha. She has much of the Sexpot type.
* BattleStrip: [[spoiler: Ulube]].
* TheBerserker: [[spoiler: Allenby, when under the control of the eponymous Berserker System]]
** Domon shows traits of this when he uses anger to enter Shining Gundam's SuperMode.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The Devil Gundam itself]].
** BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler: General Ulube and Professor Mikamura, who want to use the Devil Gundam for their own purposes and have been manipulating Domon from the beginning]]. Not to mention Master Asia and Chancellor Wong in season 2.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler: Schwarz Bruder, who ends up being a clone of Domon's older brother Kyoji]].
* TheBigRottenApple: New York City is now this. (The Times is still in print, though!)
* BittersweetEnding: They win, but Domon loses his [[spoiler: mother, older brother, mentor, and a clone of his brother]] due to the fighting. And he almost loses [[spoiler: his friends, father, home colony ''and'' girlfriend in the process as well.]]
* BladeReflection: Variation in the opening.
* BodyguardCrush: Princess Maria Louise crushes like crazy on George, who may or may not love her back.
* BodyHorror: Saette, Gentle Chapman and/or Kyoji's cases exemplify the ''horrifying'' control that the DG Cells can have on someone's body and mind.
* BoisterousBruiser: Chibodee Crocket. Argo Gulskii also counts, but as a more serious version.
* {{Bowdlerization}}[=/=]MarketBasedTitle: Under orders from Sunrise, the English dub changes several of the mechas' names for various reasons. The most obvious are the God and Devil Gundams, renamed Burning and Dark respectively; this also goes for anything with "Devil" or "Death" in its name - DG Cells, Death Army, etc.
** Let's not forget about the hilariously stereotypical even by G Gundam standards [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/g/gf13-049nm.htm Tequila Gundam]], which was changed to "Spike Gundam" in the dub.
** Some of the name changes, though, had no apparent reason at all. Such as Neo-Canada's Lumber Gundam becoming Grizzly Gundam, Neo-Hong Kong's Kowloon Gundam becoming Haow Gundam, Neo-Germany's Gundam Spiegel becoming Shadow Gundam, etc.
*** The changes to Spiegel and Lumber Gundams was probably due to RuleOfCool.
*** Perhaps strangest of all was Neo-Sweden's Nobel Gundam being changed to Noble Gundam, ''even though it was still pronounced Nobel''.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Saette, when under control of the DG cells. George, Sai Saici, Argo and Chibodee, during the Shinjuku arc, when also infused with the Cells. [[spoiler: Allenby, during the Battle Royale in Lantau - she was under DG Cells AND Berserker system control]].
* BrokenPedestal: Master Asia, Kyoji
* CainAndAbel: Kyoji is the Cain, Domon is the Abel. [[spoiler: Or so we think.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: As you'd expect from it being a [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot]] series. See page quote for one of the most extreme examples (in the series) ''ever''.
** Domon, in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' and ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' at least, will even yell out "VULCAN" to fire them.
* CanonForeigner: The ''SD Gundam G Generation'' series of games introduced the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/ggf/jdg-010.htm Devil Gundam Jr.]], which may be the missing link to the [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn X]], and has yet to filter back into ''G Gundam'' proper.
** The ''Choukyuu!'' manga has introduced a couple of new machines, including the JMF[[LeetLingo 1337]]SD Shading Gundam[[note]]an "evil" Shining Gundam that replaces the goofy-looking Fantoma mobile armor from the anime[[/note]] and EvilMakeover versions of the FiveManBand during their temporary possession in Shinjuku[[note]]Mostly it looks like they have parts of the Death Army tacked on, with SpikesOfVillainy and EyesDoNotBelongThere[[/note]].
* CaptainEthnic: And how! However, unlike other examples out there, this [[TropesAreNotBad does not stop anyone from being awesome]]. Hell, [[DudeNotFunny it would be offensive]] [[RefugeInAudacity if it were less awesome.]]
** But just to illustrate: America's Gundam Maxter is a [[GoodOldFisticuffs boxer]] with [[{{Cowboy}} six-shooters]], [[SurferDude a surfboard shield]], and [[AmericanFootball a football helmet]], and its pilot [[{{Eagleland}} constantly goes on about the American Dream]]. However, he's also a kind-hearted fellow who looks out for the little guy and is immensely loyal to his friends, believes in the American Dream because he's a SelfMadeMan on top of being a total {{Badass}}.
** The Gundam from Neo Mexico wears a freakin' ''sombrero.'' ''It's just that awesome.''
*** A ''[[WeaponizedHeadgear machine gun-laden]]'' sombrero, to be precise. [[MoreDakka With ten vulcan cannons in it]].
*** It also has a cactus shoulderpad and forearm guards and is named Tequila Gundam in the original Japanese (renamed Spike Gundam in the English dub.)
** The Gundam for Neo Holland ''is'' [[TransformingMecha a freaking windmill.]] ''That can reposition its blades beneath it to fly!''
*** The Nether Gundam embodied Neo Holland's...unique...strategy for the Gundam Fight. To avoid getting eliminated in the preliminaries, and thus qualify for the Finals, they decided to ''not fight at all''. The Nether Gundam simply sat among a field of actual windmills for 11 months, going unnoticed and unchallenged, and thus undamaged.
** The Gundam for Neo Canada is a lumberjack, Spain has a literal bull face on its chest (think Gurren Lagan), Neo Egypt has a pharaoh theme (for [[LegacyCharacter every tournament]]), Neo France uses flowers as an attack and has a Napoleon hat BUILT IN, the Gundam for Neo China uses Kung Fu and has [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragon-head arms]], and Neo Germany (one of the least cliche of the bunch) has a Stahlhelm (the Nazi helmet used by the infantry. Stay classy Japan) but is otherwise inexplicably {{ninja}}-themed. Viking Gundam and Zeus Gundam are [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Exactly What They Say On The Tin]].
* CatchPhrase: Frequently overlaps with CallingYourAttacks, but Domon also has a habit of shouting "Rise, Shining Gundam!" and then ''snapping'' dramatically in order to summon his mecha from where ever he's hidden it that episode.
** Who could forget "Gundam Fight! Ready...'''''GOOOOO!!'''''"
** One of Domon's later CallingYourAttacks quotes ("This hand of mine is burning red! It's loud roar tells me to grasp victory!") is notable in that everyone in the Shuffle Alliance (and Allenby) ends up saying it at least once.
* CatFight: Partially subverted with Rain's fight against [[spoiler:Allenby]]. They're both in the skintight suits, but the battle is a very serious one.
* CharClone: Two, believe it or not: Schwarz (who also has elements of [[Anime/SpeedRacer Racer X]]) and Ulube.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Apparently, one of the main teachings of the School of the Undefeated of the East is doing this. Even compared to other Gundam fighters, what this school does is beyond what normal humans are capable of.
** '''THE SCHOOL OF THE UNDEFEATED OF THE EAST!'''; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-EdzUul8gg Master Asia is shown to be capable of destroying mecha with his bare hands]] (and scarf!), and Domon can block mecha-sized weapons with a rusty katana.
** '''[[UpToEleven THEY PUNT A SKYSCRAPER THAT WAS BURIED SEVERAL STORIES UNDERGROUND.]] [[HolyShitQuotient WITHOUT THEIR GUNDAMS.]]''' And Master Asia had a ''sprained ankle'' at the time. This moment once provided the image for this very trope, and triumphantly at that.
* ChekhovsGunman: Several seemingly one-episode characters either appear again or are mentioned, but most starkly [[spoiler: Gentle Chapman and Michelo Chariot, who become major forces driving the plot, despite Michelo seemingly being the StarterVillain who's defeated in episode 1, and Chapman ''dying''.]] Andrew Graham is another seemingly one-episode character who turns up again, serving a very important role towards the end of the series, [[spoiler: saving Argo's life [[HeroicSacrifice at the expense of his fighting career]] and setting off the chain of events leading to Allenby's disappearance.]]
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Neo France attempts to pull this off during George's match in the Finals with Domon, but George won't have it.
* TheChessmaster: Master Asia at first, before the TournamentArc. Later Wong took this role, introducing a direct chess metaphor with a giant chess set representing the Gundam Fight final battle. He played everyone from Domon to the Devil Gundam itself like pawns.
* ChessMotifs: Prime Minister Wong's Gundam chess set with Gundam figures.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:Domon Kasshu and Rain Mikamura.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Chibodee, who flirts with Rain gratuitously but only in good fun, and when it's needed is fiercely protective of her ''and'' his FourGirlEnsemble.
* ChunkySalsaRule: Article 1 of the Gundam Fight rules states that a Gundam Fighter is disqualified if his/her Gundam's head is destroyed. Effectively nullified during the Finals, however, when Wong [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem changes the rules]] to allow unlimited repairs (and even outright replacements) between matches.
** Also note that nothing in the rules says that a Gundam has to win a set number of matches to qualify for the finals, just as long as the head is intact. Neo-Holland's Nether Gundam hilariously exploits this loophole to make the finals by ''disguising itself as an ordinary windmill'' and making the finals without fighting a single preliminary match. While the Nether Gundam gets trounced in every battle it faces in the finals, simply making it there greatly improved Neo-Holland in the world rankings over their pitiful 66th place finish in the 12th Gundam Fight.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Not the Gundams themselves but the pilot's mobile trace suits
** Domon - Black
** Chibodee - Blue
** George - Red
** Sai - Yellow
** Argo - Green
** Rain - Pink
* CombatByChampion: Essentially the whole concept of the Gundam fight.
* CombatCommentator: Practically ''anyone'' watching the matches, from little children to the authorities.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Episode 22 that's for sure.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Most of the show's cast are orphans and a few have one parent. Can't be tough if you came from a happy family it seems.
* CoolHorse: Fuunsaiki, a horse so cool he ''gets his own Gundam''.
* CrapsackWorld: Earth. After centuries of war and pollution, it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful for space colonies and then completely written off by all but a few national governments. Conditions are so harsh in some places that people will do anything to get to the colonies. To make it worse, every four years they have to endure a load of giant robots tearing up the landscape in duels and there is absolutely no provision that they can't do this in population centers or natural landmarks (in fact, Gundam Fighters are legally protected from any responsibility for the damage they cause). Some countries hire criminals and outright killers as Gundam pilots, and others coerce fighters into the job. As a result, most locations in the series [[SceneryGorn looks like they've been run over by a truck five or ten times]].
* CurbStompBattle: Episode 2 shows Chibodee defeating the "[[UsefulNotes/GulfWar Scud Gundam]]" in one punch; the 2010 manga expands on the battle but keeps it as this trope by having the Scud fire off a WorfBarrage MacrossMissileMassacre. [[SmokeShield After the smoke clears]], Chibodee says "NowItsMyTurn" and, again, lays Scud out in one punch.
* DamselInDistress: Subverted with Maria Louise. She ''really'' wants to play the part, but...
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: To a degree, Schwarz. It's... complicated.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: And so, apparently, does a draw.
** Domon later has to defeat the other Shuffle Alliance members for real in the finals to get them to rejoin him to fight against the Devil Gundam (and to fulfill his promise to go through the finals undefeated).
* DiminishingVillainThreat: Prime Minister Wong, in rather [[DroppedABridgeOnHim anvilicious]] fashion [[spoiler: to make way for Ulube's last-minute [[TheStarscream Starscream Gambit]]]]
* DisappearedDad: Chibodee's MissingMom is seen in a flashback, but nothing is ever mentioned about his father
* DistaffCounterpart: Noble Gundam looks suspiciously like a MagicalGirl version of God Gundam, color scheme and all.
* DrunkWithPower: [[spoiler: Ulube, who waits about five seconds after Domon's won the tournament to pull a massive coup d'etat, declare himself Dictator of the Universe, and ultimately become an overly-muscled freak. And this is the guy who spent the bulk of the series seeming like the ReasonableAuthorityFigure who was running interference for Domon against ObstructiveBureaucrat Chairman Karato.]]
* DubNameChange
* {{Eagleland}}: Chibodee Crockett, his bedtime lullaby (in the dub) was America the Beautiful... seriously.
** It's notable that his Gundam is a surfing, football-playing cowboy.
*** When about to use his finishing move, his Gundam also becomes a boxer. His footballer shoulderpads transform into boxing gloves.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam]] makes a brief appearance in the final assault on the Devil Gundam. It would have a much larger role in the next series.
* {{Earworm}}: Every song in the series, but particularly the first theme song. On the drama [=CD=] "Gundam Fight: Round 3", [[ItMakesSenseInContext even Domon finds the song catchy]].
* EarthIsABattlefield: Sort of. It's not covered by battles, but the Gundams can fight anywhere. "Earth is the ring."
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter
* EiffelTowerEffect
* EldritchAbomination: The [[BigBad Devil Gundam]] itself.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Gundams. They match whatever movement the pilot makes in the cockpit.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] as they're controlled through a mix of voice commands and an elaborate motion capture system.
* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler: Master Asia and Prime Minister Wong start off as partners in crime, begin to distrust and snipe at each other, and by the end each is openly gunning for the other's death. Wong tries to bargain it into going full circle, but Asia openly admits at that point that he'd planned to double-cross Wong the entire time. And Asia would have disposed of Wong sooner if his IncurableCoughOfDeath hadn't acted up at the exact moment he got really pissed off at his nominal boss.]]
* EnergyWeapon: It wouldn't be a Franchise/{{Gundam}} series without them.
* EnthusiasmVersusStoicism: The Meikyou Shisui requires that the user be able to channel ''both'' sides at once.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Master Asia and Wong]]
** [[spoiler: Prime Minister Wong and Domon are equally horrified when Master Asia reveals his intent to let the Devil Gundam wipe out humanity.]]
** [[spoiler: Master Asia becomes increasingly frustrated at Wong's blatant disregard for fair play and meddling with the finals for his own amusement.]]
* EvilPlan: A few people have plans that drive the plot and the heroes must fight against, but the most notable are [[spoiler: Master Asia's well-intentioned plan to help the earth, and Ulube's plan to rule TheFederation.]] At times it feels like [[GambitPileUp the plans are hijacking each other.]]
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Look no further than Neo France's George de Sand.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Maria Louise of Neo France, despite the fact that the series was made well over a century since the last time France was a monarchy, and her father's title is President.
* EvilRedhead: Michelo Chariot, subverted by the fact that he apparently ''dyes'' his hair that color
* ExcitedEpisodeTitle: G Gundam is one of the few series to feature these. As if to make up for it, ''almost every episode title is an example''. For example, "Shocking! Shining Finger Defeated!" or "Fight, Domon! Earth is the Ring."
* FacePalmOfDoom: The Shining Finger, Darkness Finger, and God Finger from G Gundam. It even got two [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] in its franchise.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: Gentle Chapman]]
* FemaleGaze: Domon Kasshu, making [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot]] fanboys everywhere [[StupidSexyFlanders vaguely]] [[FetishFuelStationAttendant uncomfortable]] since 1994.
* {{Fembot}}: The Nobel Gundam.
* FightingFingerprint: Domon figures out that a cloaked stranger is Master Asia after he uses a piece of cloth for a weapon and strikes his signature pose.
* FightingSeries
* FinishingMove: Shining Finger and its derivatives
** Lampshaded in an episode where Marcelot angrily says to fighters also beaten by Domon that he wins by constantly using that "dirty technique".
* FiveBadBand: Of the Devil Gundam team:
** BigBad: The Devil Gundam itself.
** TheDragon: The Master Gundam.
** TheBrute: The Grand Gundam.
** TheEvilGenius: Prime Minister Wong.
** TheDarkChick: The Walter Gundam.
* FourIsDeath: The Four Heavenly Kings
* FourGirlEnsemble: Chibodee's Angels, of course
* FutureSpandex: All of the pilots wear skin-tight body suits as part of the interface for their mobile suits. The substance is sort of like spandex, but they have transformation sequences (not always shown) that make it look like plastic wrap. Nearly all of the pilots are male, but we do get to see Rain suit up a few times, and Allenby as well.
* [[GaiasVengeance Gaia's Vengeance]]: "As the Devil Gundam saw it, the problem with the world was humanity, and eliminating mankind became its number one priority."
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Ulube pulls a frighteningly good and convoluted one to have Domon and Rain doing his dirty work and use ''the whole Gundam Fight'' to his profit, even incorporating the plans ''others''' into his {{plan}}. All while appearing to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who wasn't even a participant in the GambitPileup.]]
* GenerationXerox: The manga ''Fight 7th'' plays this up pretty heavily. TheProtagonist is Neo-Japan's Fighter in the 7th Fight, who [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriends (through combat)]] the Neo-American, French, Chinese, and Russian Fighters, gets schooled by the Neo-German Fighter, goes to train in the Guyana Highlands, and then saves the planet from an insanely powerful machine. [[spoiler:If it wasn't obvious enough, the ending reveals that this was the genesis of Master Asia and the previous Shuffle Alliance, as well as being where he developed the Sekiha Tenkyoken.]]
* GenkiGirl: Allenby is very perky. Thought subverted [[spoiler: since she's also a {{Berserker}} {{Tykebomb}} and NOT happy about that.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Rain's very... um... "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything interesting]]" squeals whenever she puts on the [[LatexSpaceSuit Mobile Trace System]]. There's also the fact that, while others occasionally do seem to struggle when the system is activated, she's the only one to be brought to her hands and knees by it.
** In Episode one when the villain opens his Gundam's fist to reveal a hostage, you'll notice the suit only lift's up its middle finger. Yeah.
* GondorCallsForAid: Nearly every friend and foe throughout the series comes together to face the final threat of the Devil Gundam.
** Including [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the RX-78-2]]]] and [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam]], [[EarlyBirdCameo whose series hadn't even aired yet]]]]. There's slightly under a dozen [[spoiler: cross-series Gundams]] that show up in the crowd scenes of episodes 48 and 49.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Domon has a cross-shaped scar on his face. [[spoiler: Ulube uses his [[MaskPower metallic mask]] to cover the one that the Devil Gundam gave him as a proof of their DealWithTheDevil]]
* GossipEvolution: One of the drama [=CDs=] has a variant; in the [[ShowWithinAShow movie]] the cast is watching, The Shuffle Alliance and Master Asia engage in the standard shouting match...except that Master is standing on Tokyo Tower's observation deck while the guys are at the tower's base. Because of this, the banter quickly degrades into confusion.
-->'''Movie!Chibodee:''' I said, "After this, we're coming for you! Prepare yourself!"\\
'''Movie!Master:''' What?! Did you say "crazy balding shitty old man"?!
* GovernmentConspiracy: Neo Hong Kong, and [[spoiler: Neo Japan]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Chibodee Crockett
* GratuitousFrench: An unintentionally hilarious bit in episode 4: George tells Domon he understood the kidnapping was faked because he could never have written a note in French that good. The thing is, it is written exactly like a French note written by a Japanese guy would look like: pretty badly.
* GundamVsSeries: God/Domon and Master/Tohou Fuhai show up in ''Gundam vs Gundam'', Devil Gundam is its final boss; Domon also receives Shining Gundam in ''NEXT''. Spiegel/Schwarz and Nobel/Allenby debut in the sequel as well. ''Extreme Vs.'' brings God and Master back while adding Sai Saici/Dragon to the mix.
* GunsVsSwords: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the backstory]], the world's nations will flip-flop between favoring melee and ranged combat depending on whichever won the last Gundam Fight. After Gentle Chapman won three Fights in a row, everybody started fixating on long-range sniping...only for Master Asia to dethrone Chapman in the 12th Fight using martial arts, which is why the 13th has such an emphasis on melee combat.
* HamToHamCombat: Just about every Gundam Fight match. And every non-Gundam fight, too.
* HandicappedBadass: Kyral Mekirel of Neo-Nepal. He was one of the world's top competitors in the 11th Gundam Fight, ranking very highly but losing in the finals when his opponent accidentally blinded him. He makes a comeback in the 13th Gundam Fight...by assassinating his opponents before the fights so that he can win by default. But this ''still'' requires a blind man armed with only a sword to take out world-class martial artists. [[spoiler:After he fails to kill Domon before their scheduled match and is defeated in a fair fight, he makes a HeelFaceTurn and proves that, even without his sight, he's ''still'' one of the world's top Gundam Fighters.]]
* HandshakeSubstitute: The greeting of the School of the Undefeated of the East ends with what is arguably the most epic brofist in all of Franchise/{{Gundam}}.
* HealingFactor: The Devil Gundam's first Theoretical ability, self recovery. Can bestow this power onto others via DG Cells.
* HeelFaceTurn: Though never a real villain, Natasha's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=FQV0RU5HKnI#t=604s change of heart]] at the end fits the bill quite nicely.
* HeroicSacrifice: used straight and subverted very often
* HitmanWithAHeart: Kyral Mekirel
* HonorBeforeReason: all the Shuffle Alliance fall prey to this trope now and again, but none more so than Domon
** Particularly in the Finals, where Chibodee and George feel compelled to demonstrate their new finishing moves, Machinegun Punch and Rose Hurricane, to Domon before their fights, which allows him to develop the God Shadow and God Slash Typhoon ''specifically'' to counter them. Sai Saici, the youngest of the group by far, is ironically the one who has the sense to ''not'' show off his ultimate attack before his fight with Domon...not that it helps. (He almost shows it while sparring with Allenby, but he stops the fight before going through with it.) Argo also doesn't explicitly show off his technique to Domon, though Domon is able to witness him using it against Andrew in a match.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Chairman Karato [[spoiler:, who inexplicably puts the deranged Ulube in charge of Neo Japan's military. D'oh!]]
** Considering that [[spoiler: Ulube]] is [[ManipulativeBastard THAT good at lying]] ''and'' [[spoiler: was one of the best Gundam Fighters in the whole world until he was defeated by Master Asia]], it ''may'' be not that surprising.
* HotBlooded: ''Everyone'', even the French gentleman, the technician, and ''a horse''
* HotbloodedSideburns: ''Many'' characters, though Master Asia's are particularly epic.
* HotScientist: Rain Mikamura
* HowDoIShotWeb: Domon initially has trouble adjusting to the Burning Gundam's controls
* HumansAreBastards: [[spoiler: Master Asia's motivation for becoming a [[KillAllHumans genocidal maniac]]. He gets better [[TearJerker before dying]].]]
* HuskyRusskie: Slightly subverted with Argo Gulskii. While he's [[TheBigGuy VERY big]] and possesses ''enormous'' strength, he's also remarkably mature and level-minded. [[spoiler: Enough to be the only one in the Shuffle Alliance who did ''not'' show any signs of emotional trauma after being BrainwashedAndCrazy via DG Cells]]
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point, George starts berating Chibodee for being irresponsible enough to store whiskey in his Gundam's cockpit before quickly remembering that he does the ''exact same thing'' with champagne -- while [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger Giving Him The Pointer Finger]] with said bottle, no less. Hey, at least he picks the quality stuff.
** George was more going on about the quality than the fact that Chibodee had alcohol at all - they both intended to save the drinks for after they had won the Gundam Fight, [[spoiler:but instead pour one out before going toe-to-toe with the Grand Gundam, thinking they won't survive. They do, but barely.]]
* IdiotHero: Domon. Oh so much. Chibodee and Sai Saici also have their moments, but they're nowhere ''that'' bad. The 2010 manga retelling enhances it a good deal.
* IGotYouCovered: During the Devil Gundam vs. Everyone Else fight
* IHaveTheHighGround
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Domon does this *thrice* in the series. [[spoiler: First, he tried it to snap his friends from DG Cell brainwashing in the Shinjuku arc, but failed. Second, towards the BrainwashedAndCrazy Allenby during the Gundam Fight. And later, to Rain, who had been turned into the Devil Gundam's Seitai Unit by force during the GrandFinale]].
* IllGirl: Gina, the little sister of Chico from Neo Mexico. Complete with IncurableCoughOfDeath. [[spoiler: She doesn't die on-screen, but it's clear in the end of the episode that she's gonna fall victim to her illness ''very'' soon]]
* InsufferableGenius: [[spoiler: If. Dr. Mikamura is to be believed, Domon and Kyoji's father was a prime example. He ''still'' didn't deserve what was done to him.]].
* InvincibleHero: Domon will win unless he's fighting a [[BrokenPedestal mentor]] [[BigBrotherMentor character]] for the purposes of an [[ThePowerOfLove Aesop]].
* IUhYouToo: Domon has a few of these with Rain
* JapaneseRanguage: Whenever Chibodee says something in English in the original Japanese dub. Also, in a rather hilarious oversight, when Chapman was locking onto George's Gundam with his rifle, instead of saying "LOCK ON", the HUD instead said "ROCK ON"!
** The "ROCK ON" thing seems to be in just about every anime where that situation occurs, which leads one to conclude that they either did deliberately or they just don't care. This particular example, though, [[MemeticMutation has become a bit of a meme]] among American fans - mainly because "Rock on!" is a hilarious TotallyRadical phrase that's completely inappropriate in context.
* JerkAss --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Domon, a huge JerkAss at the beginning, but [[CharacterDevelopment he * does* change with time]] and we still love him
* KickTheDog: Master Asia has several of these in the first half of the series.
* KillAllHumans: The Devil Gundam's top priority
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Schwarz Bruder and Master Asia. Dr. Mikamura as well]].
* LargeHam: Nearly every character epitomizes this trope, but Master Asia and Domon take it to a whole new level. If it's possible for {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s to enhance your hamminess Master Asia certainly figured out how and passed the technique onto Domon.
* LatexSpaceSuit:: Arguably this Gundam series seems to have the [[FanService tightest]] space suits ever to appear in the franchise - which is surprising as the huge majority of the pilots wearing them [[FetishFuelStationAttendant are]] [[StupidSexyFlanders male]]. There are exactly ''two'' female characters who are seen wearing the mobile trace suit.
* LighterAndSofter: Than all UC Gundam series and movies that proceeded it. Has an EarnYourHappyEnding where the main cast all get to live and ThePowerOfLove is shown to conquer all.
* LostInTranslation: One possible explanation for the unusual names of the Devil Gundam's Four Kings; each is linked to a specific environment, and Grand and Walter might be corruptions of '''Ground''' and '''Water''', their respective elements. Averted by '''Heaven's''' Sword, and not really an issue with Master.
* LoveHurts: Averted for a Gundam series! [[spoiler: By the end of the series most if not all the main characters have someone who could be called their significant other, the degree to which each is considered as such but both involved varies. Combined with [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earn Your Happy Ending]] for Domon who manages to rescue Rain from [[AFateWorseThanDeath Being the organic core of the Devil Gundam]] ]]
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: HUGE subversion: [[spoiler: We all thought Domon was the Mad Dictator's Handsome Son, but he wasn't. THEN we thought he was the Psychotic Killer's Handsome Younger Brother, but he wasn't that EITHER. Rain, on the other hand... ]].
* [[MagicalGirl Magical girl er, boy]]: A group of friends must save the world from an evil monster. they go through a stock transformation sequence to gain incredible powers. Eventually the power of friendship and love (literally) saves the day.
* MagicalSecurityCam: When Domon, Allenby and Wong meet for the first time, Wong starts summarizing Domon's life story while a holographic video screen pops up behind him. Said video screen not only plays a clip from one of Domon's flashbacks where he's in the wilderness with Master Asia and nobody else should've been around to record it, but it also opens with a clip from the '' series' first OP''.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Ulube, Wong, Master Asia]].
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: Master Asia's death]] invokes this.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Prime Minister Wong
* MaskPower: Schwarz Bruder and Ulube Ishikawa
* McNinja: Schwarz Bruder, the master of "German Ninjutsu". He even provides the page image.
* TheMeanBrit: Gentle Chapman, after [[spoiler: he dies and is revived ''as a zombie'' by the DG cells. Holy CameBackWrong!]]
* MeaningfulName: Schwarz Bruder is German for "Black Brother"
* TheMedic: Rain
* MeditationPowerup
* MegaManning: One specialty of Jester Gundam and its pilot, copying other characters special techniques (the other is apparently using psychological warfare against his opponent, as evidenced by his fight with Chibodee.)
* MerchandiseDriven: the Gundam Fight was created so that Bandai could sell a ton of models
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The eponymous God Gundam. The ''Choukyuu! G Gundam'' manga [[CanonForeigner introduces]] upgraded versions of the Maxter, Dragon, Rose and Bolt as well.
** The original manga gave Allenby the Super Nobel Gundam, though that one was more like an EleventhHourSuperpower.
* MightyWhitey: The Japanese version.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Episode 6, when Domon is drugged and forced to watch an holographic re-enaction of his family's downfall to see if he can really use his SuperMode, which is supposed to be powered up [[UnstoppableRage through anger-fueled]] Heroic Resolve. For worse, much later we find out ''it was all a lie'']].
* MissingMom: Chibodee's mom got kidnapped and maybe killed by clowns.
* MsFanservice: Rain when she suits up, Allenby when she suits up, Natasha during the Guyana highlands arc.
* MonsterClown: Romario Monini, the pilot of Jester Gundam.
* MoodWhipLash: After the first several, very lighthearted episodes, we get to one where Domon is revealing [[spoiler: what later turns out be a fabricated version]] of the events of the Devil Gundam incident, revealing that he's brother went rogue with what was effectively a weapon of mass destruction and his mother died. Later in the series, we have another case Chidobee appearing terrified of the circus and clowns (along with the episode the features the Jester Gundam, probably the silliest design in the series), which is initially PlayedForLaughs, then it starts getting PlayedForDrama and we find that he's terrified of laughing clowns was because of gang of lunatics with machine guns dressed up as clowns held him hostage and started a riot that he lost his mother in. It was implied that she most likely died as a result of the incident.
* MotionCaptureMecha: Using the Mobile Trace system. Also taken to a [[UpToEleven ridiculous extreme]]; you can ''dislocate your shoulder and the suit's arm will also dislocate''.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The six-armed Ashura Gundam.
* MultinationalTeam: The new Shuffle Alliance.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Neo Nepal, which opts out of sportsmanship in favor of sending their Gundam Fighter to kill the competition before the match.
** They have a ''Buddhist Monk'' chewing out their fighter for failing an assassination attempt.
* MythologyGag: episodes 48 and 49 pit [[spoiler:a Rain-powered Neo Japan-sized Devil Gundam]] against every other nation's Gundams in space, and then some. Among them include [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original Gundam]], [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam the Zeta]], [[StardustMemory GP01Fb and GP02]], [[MobileSuitGundamF91 F91]], [[CrossboneGundam Crossbone X-1]], [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory 2]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Gundam]]. Keep in mind that Gundam Wing wouldn't start airing for another few weeks yet.
** ShoutOut: A few non-''Gundam'' machines show up, like ''Anime/{{Zambot3}}'', ''Anime/{{Daitarn3}}'', ''[[Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim L-Gaim Mk-II]]'', and ''[[Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner Layzner]]''.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: The Rising Gundam, based off of Domon's Shining Gundam, is designed with a [[HotBlade heat naginata]] rather than the original's [[LaserBlade beam sabers]] (as well as a [[GuysSmashGirlsShoot Rising Arrow]] rather than a [[FacepalmOfDoom Shining Finger]]. It winds up being piloted only Rain Mikamura in a DesignatedGirlFight.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye [[spoiler: Rain and her close classmate Saette. Domon and his mother, but he ''does'' get to say goodbye to Kyoji and later gets his father back.]]
* NeverSayDie: In the dub. The fact that people are dead is acknowledged, but the characters go through varying degrees of verbal gymnastics to avoid the actual word: return from the grave, pass away, lose his life, etc....
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands:
** Arguably Domon in the Battle Royale arc, where he comes up with several AssPull attacks that are never used again to defeat his partners' various ultimate techniques.
** Oh damn. God Shadow to a T. Nice hax there, Domon.
** Played rather straight when the God Gundam appears in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. Most if not all of these attacks are either special attacks: God Slash Typhoon, God Field Dash, support abilities: God Shadow, or a prerequisite for learning the [[{{FinishingMove}} Sekiha Tenkyoken]], which is a bit of FridgeBrilliance - when on board his Gundam, Domon uses the Seikha Tenkyoken with both hands.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Taken to its absolute limit. For example: mecha-piloting cyborg zombies.
** One of them was a freaking ''mummy'' instead of a zombie. An Egyptian Cyborg Mummy Zombie.
* [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed No Prisons Were Harmed]]: The Russian island prison was designed off of a paper model of Alcatraz that Imagawa bought from the museum's gift shop.
* NoEndorHolocaust: A Gundam Fight match frequently levels entire city blocks, and the world's governments simply accept this. This is pointed out by [[spoiler: Master Asia]] in his MotiveRant about how everyone calls the Gundam Fight an "ideal war" even though stuff like this still happens.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Domon is callous, [[NoSocialSkills abrasive]], and generally a bit of a cad, due to ten years of rough training while growing up. He gets better in the second half, mainly through some timely PetTheDog moments and even some Moments Of Heartwarming.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Prime Minister Wong. But he [[KilledOffForReal dies for real]] roughly five minutes later]].
* NotJustATournament: The Gundam Fight occurs regularly every four years. However, in the 13th Fight we have the Devil Gundam getting lose and trying to destroy the planet, while several nations vie to find and take control of it for their own purposes.
* OddlyNamedSequel: One of the very few Gundam series (along with ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' and ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'') to not have Mobile ''Suit'' in the title. Unlike those two examples, this is because a Mobile Fighter is a distinct class of machine that is operated quite differently from an [=MS=], which appear mainly in the hands of construction workers and military police.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Rain patches up both people and giant robots with the same level of skill.
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath: A sunrise version.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Every episode ended with one.
* PhenotypeStereotype: There is a good lack of stereotyping for the human cast. Surprisingly, Domon, Rain, and Kyoji, the Japanese characters, all fall under this trope. The only one who sticks out more than the others is Allenby, the Swedish fighter with sea-green hair.
** The Gundams themselves, on the other hand, play this trope ''painfully'' straight to a degree of hilarity. The exceptions are the Shining and God/Burning Gundams (which instead follow the typical "main character Gundam" design ethos, though they also follow the samurai motif that allegedly inspired the design of the original RX-78 Gundam), and the Nobel/Noble Gundam. The Noble Gundam is feminine in appearance, though, in keeping with the stereotype of Sweden being the land of hot blondes.
*** Neo Japan itself does make up a bit for the lack of blatant stereotyping on its own part [[spoiler: when the entire colony is taken over by the Devil Gundam, effectively becoming a giant tentacle monster.]]
* PlayingCardMotifs: The Shuffle Alliance. They're a quintet of Gundam Fighters who have playing card themed titles. Who chooses the Shuffle Alliance isn't clear; the current generation simply seemed to have the crests of their title appear on the back of their hands, and the old Shuffle Alliance knew they had to take over.
* PluckyGirl: ''All'' the females, in one way or another. Special mention goes to Cécile Holgar, a [[MoeMoe sweet-looking moeblob]] who stands up against punks in her very first scene and doesn't hesitate to bitchslap her boyfriend when he has an HeroicBSOD.
** And to Maria Louise, the blonde and frilly TomboyPrincess who [[spoiler: handles Molotov cocktails and machine guns near the end of the series.]]
* {{Polyamory}}: Chibodee has ''four'' love interests.
* PowerDyesYourHair: Hyper Mode turns your hair bright yellow, [[DragonBallZ Super Saiyan-style.]]
* PowerGlows: "This hand of mine glows with an awesome POWER!" "This hand of mine is burning red!" And so on...
** The Shuffle Alliance members and their Gundams take on a golden glow when they enter Hyper Mode.
* PowerIncontinence: Domon's inability to control his Super Mode in the first half of the series.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Domon certainly didn't enter the tournament to make any friends, but he ends up doing so with the fighters destined to join him in the Shuffle Alliance, and when fighting together they can take on nearly any foe. Still, there are some situations where it's not enough, in which case Domon can call upon...
* ThePowerOfLove: To the point where the ''King of Hearts'' himself is summoned. Also the most ''extreme''ly awesome portrayal.
** In his first fight with Domon, Chibodee is about to give up before the cheers of his fellow New Yorkers rouse him to get his second wind.
* PowerOfTheGodHand: Or rather, Power of the God Finger. Similar premise, however, as the God Gundam is so named because of its obscene power. Averted entirely in the English dub, which changes it to [[{{Bowdlerise}} Burning Finger]].
* ProtagonistPowerUpPrivileges: Domon's Shining Gundam is the only one to have a Hyper Mode for the first half of the series. When the other [[FiveManBand Shuffle Alliance]] members unlock theirs, Domon gets the entirely new [[MidSeasonUpgrade God (Burning) Gundam]], and then proceeds to eliminate his teammates one by one during the TournamentArc with relative ease.
* PsychoForHire: Michelo Chariot.
* PunchParry: Especially whenever Domon and Master Asia fight.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Most of the first half of the series, once Master Asia does his [[FaceHeelTurn thing]].
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Usually between Domon and Master Asia, but Allenby and Chibodee do, too. George has rapid fire sword thrusts; Sai Saici and Michelo have rapid fire kicks; Schwarz Bruder has rapid fire shuriken and kunai throwing.
* RatedMForManly: "'''LOOK! THE EAST IS BURNING RED!!!'''"
* RealMenWearPink: George is a bishonen and loves roses, but can fight as well and as passionately as the others. Chibodee has pink bangs and is a self-admitted MommasBoy.
** Flashbacks imply that Chibodee's hair is naturally all-blue, meaning he ''purposely dyes'' his bangs pink.
*** Not to mention that his title in the Shuffle Alliance is the ''Queen'' of Spades, something he embraces fully with no one ever doubting his heterosexuality. (It helps that his predecessor with that title was also male.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Subverted and later played straight with Karato. [[spoiler: Starts out as ''very'' incompetent and leaving almost every matter to Ulube and Dr. Mikamura, but by the end of the series it's hinted that he ''does'' have the potential to become a true leader and intends to do so.]].
* RebelliousPrincess: Maria Louise of Neo France. She looks cute and sweet, but isn't afraid of either plotting her own kidnapping to attract her Knight's attention, or using a molotov cocktail to aid said knight when he's in a pinch.
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Chibodee Crocket recruited his ''entire support team'' this way; they were {{Street Urchin}}s who'd been caught trying to stowaway on a spaceship just as he walked by. Apparently they had a glint in their eyes which reminded him of himself.
* RedBaron: Doesn't get much better then "Undefeated of the East."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Once Wong's glasses start to slip is the part when the audience realizes he's a villain.
* RedHerring: Early on, [[spoiler:Karato and Dr. Mikamura]] seem more than a bit shady, as if they might have some villainous plan that they're worried Domon might get in the way of. Wrong. [[spoiler:Ulube]] on the other hand seems like a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who seems to be looking out for Domon and for Neo-Japan's best interests. [[BigBad Way wrong]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Master Asia, after spending most of the series as a CardCarryingVillain, recants his dastardly deeds on his deathbed.]]
* {{Rewrite}}: The 2010 manga version of Domon vs Chibodee is more even-handed than the anime version was. In the boxing match before the Gundam Fight, Chibodee [[CurbStompBattle dominates]] Domon; during the actual Gundam Fight, Domon has it won, but since he forced himself to fight through his earlier injuries, he's too roughed up and tired to finish Chibodee off, resulting in an actual draw.
** On the flipside, George gets it worse. In the manga, he rescues Princess Maria Louise from the Neo-Cubans and brings her into the Gundam Rose's cockpit, which messes with his synchronization. Eventually Domon lands the Shining Finger, and Maria leaps onto George, apologizing for causing all the trouble while herself getting hit with the feedback. Rain begs Domon to stop before the feedback harms the princess, which he does.
* [[spoiler:RoboticReveal]]: [[spoiler: Kyoji, while in the hospital unconscious]]
* RoguesGallery: Michelo assembles a team of antagonists in Episode 32 on behalf on Wong
* RuleOfCool: Oh damn, yeah. The series director explicitly said in a DVD interview that he decided early on not to worry about whether or not anything made sense as long as it looked cool.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Admist all the RuleOfFun thematic Gundams are the ''slightly'' more serious God and Devil Gundams. The Ultimate Gundam [[FallenAngel fell to Earth]] and became the [[{{Satan}} Devil]] Gundam, turning into a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything many-headed monster that corrupted people]]. Rather than the Judeo-Christian [[{{God}} God]], the [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers enlightenment-powered]] God Gundam's [[SuperMode golden glow]], mandala, and [[FinishingMove threateningly open hand]] evoke the statue of a Buddhist warrior deity.
** The Dub name Burning Gundam picks up a ''lot'' of meaning once you realize how much the Mandala looks like wings, 6 wings, which are a trait of the Seraphim, also known as ''The Burning Ones''.
* SayMyName: "Raaaaaaain!" "Domoooooon!" "Chibodeeeeee! Geooooorge! Argoooo! Sai Saiciiiii!" "MASTER ASIA!", and of course the ever-so-popular '''''KYOOOJIIIIIII!!!!!'''''
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Wong ''lives'' for this trope. [[spoiler: They even get recreated by the Walter Gundam's DG cells after his NotQuiteDead moment.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Prime Minister Wong, so much so that he could well be the trope namer.
* ShiningGoodness: The Shining Gundam
* ShoutOut: The Nobel Gundam looks a lot like a mecha [[Manga/CodenameSailorV Sailor V]]
** A rather surprising ShoutOut for an anime: the name of the MS piloted by George's butler Raymond is "Butler [[MurderByDeath Bensonmum]]". Similarly, the Neo-American MS is named "[[Franchise/{{Robocop}} Murphy]]".
** The Maxter's color scheme greatly resembles [[{{Transformers}} a certain other giant robot popular in America...]]
** Neo-Japan's space ships have a design similar to the [[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]], except with spherical main sections making them resemble the ''[[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Olympic_class Olympic]]''-class. Director Imagawa is an unabashed ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan, and even [[CreatorCameo appears in the second opening]] in a ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG-era]]'' uniform: he's in the crowd during the shot of Argo.
** The whole character of Saette, from his past background to even his name, is taken from a Turkish film that Imagawa saw and said that he personally felt touched by.
** The Master Gundam is basically the [[{{Patlabor}} Griffon with Type-Zero]]'s extending claws.
* ShownTheirWork: Imagawa put a ridiculous amount of effort into portraying Hong Kong realistically, even going there with the animation team so that they could experience themselves first. That strange drink Allenby had that he couldn't identify the taste? It was one Imagawa had while there.
* ShutUpHannibal: Domon, all the time.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Dahal Muhammad and his Pharaoh Gundam IV get revived by DG Cells and try to kill Sai Saici, because his grandfather Sai Feilong accidentally killed Muhammad during the 4th Gundam Fight. [[spoiler:Subverted; Sai ''assumed'' Muhammad wanted revenge, but in reality he just wanted to have the Gundam Fight he was denied by his untimely death.]]
** Let's not forget [[spoiler: Dr. Mikamura]].
* SlouchOfVillainy: Wong in his ridiculously awesome floating chair.
* SnoopingLittleKid: Chang, the orphan who tries to steal Domon's Gundam in Episode 27.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Domon considers the God/Burning Gundam to be the Shining Gundam in a new form, after all they've been through together. And as tribute to the sacrifice the machine made.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Domon Kasshu throws huge wrenches into the plans of every major villain, from Master Asia, to Prime Minister Wong, and finally derailing [[spoiler: Ulube]]'s EvilPlan.
* SpeakInUnison: The two Shaolin monks that raised Sai Saici have a habit of doing this. When the rest of the members of the Shaolin temple show up during the finals, they ''all'' do this.
* StandardPowerupPose: Used often whenever someone entered their SuperMode.
* TheStrategist: Rain, Ulube, Natasha
* StreetUrchin: Chibodee used to be one, as did his support crew.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The Mobile Trace System does this to you. Surprising since most of the pilots are guys. Holy StupidSexyFlanders!
* StupidSexyFlanders: The majority of the Shuffle Alliance, but especially Domon.
** Doesn't help ([[FemaleGaze or hurt]]?) that the camera zooms in on his butt while it's getting shrinkwrapped.
* SuckMyRose: George and the Rose Gundam
* SunglassesAtNight: Wong, who wears his signature shades around in dimly-lit underground hangars and even the privacy of his own home. RuleOfCool, indeed.
** [[spoiler:The DG Cells/Tentacles even ''form into sunglasses'' when he jumps into the Walter Gundam in the end]].
* [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot]]: Mobile Fighters, the Gundams, are, though there are [[RealRobotGenre Real Robot]] examples, such as the Death Army robots and the few Mobile Armors that are still being used.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: It's in the Game Boy version of ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 2]]'', as well as ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4 F, F Final]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Impact]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX MX]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance A]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal R]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment J]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Shin|SuperRobotWars}}'', ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64 64]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsNEO Neo]]''. ''Neo'' is unique in that Domon and God Gundam are the ''only'' Gundam representatives in the entire game. 64 is special because [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9AsDCHGTiw Master Asia can fight Albert the Shockwave]] and Axis gets infested by the Devil Gundam.
* {{Synchronization}}
* SuperMode: A {{Hot Blooded}} hero cannot be without his Super Mode, its even called "Super Mode."
** Domon and Master Asia have/gets a second one called ''Meikyou Shisui'': Clear Mirror, Still Water. This carries over to ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' and is superior to the standard "Super Mode."
*** Director Imagawa specifically says that while the Gundam's Super Mode is the machine at its full potential, the Meikyou Shisui/Hyper Mode is the pilot's full potential.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Allenby, who becomes 120% stronger when she goes nuts on the Berserker System. The downside is that she doesn't use any techniques in this mode, just brute strength.
* SweetTooth: Wong, whose passion for sweets rivals that of L from Death Note
* SwordBeam: ERUPTING BURNING SLASH!
* TheTeam: The Shuffle Alliance, All of whom are competent fighters
** TheLeader: Domon, HotBlooded and very serious. He's the one that pulls the others together and leads the final charge.
** TheLancer: Chibodee Crockett is the cheerful, fight-happy type. Clashed with Domon over his seriousness.
** TheBigGuy: Argo who is ''huge'' and tough enough in person that Domon has a hard time even hurting him.
** CulturedWarrior: George is a gentleman fighter who uses finesse and can fill the team in anything society related if need be.
** YoungGun Sai is the youngest, but never-the-less part of the team proper. He is hot-headed and impatient, but a strong warrior.
* TeamMom: Rain to the Shuffle Alliance.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: At the opening ceremonies for the finals in Neo Hong Kong, Domon boldly declares that he will win ''every single one'' of his matches, much to the surprise of his Shuffle Alliance friends, and the consternation of the rest of the Gundam Fighters. Naturally, this prompts Wong and Master Asia to pit Domon against only the most powerful opponents, including the rest of the Shuffle Alliance. [[spoiler: Domon wins them all, of course]].
** The first time he meets George, Domon demands a Gundam Fight with him. The problem with that Gundam Rose is already engaged in a fight with Neo Cuba's Gundam at the time. George not only reminds Domon of the tournament rules stipulating one-on-one matches only, but expresses his disgust for Domon's rudeness, and initially refuses to fight Domon at all.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Shuffle Alliance members all take a few levels before their final fights with Domon. [[spoiler: Michelo Chariot takes one as well when he suddenly shows up for the finals, going from an easily-defeatable StarterVillain to putting up a good fight against God Gundam even ''before'' his Gundam transforms into one of the Devil Gundam's four Kings.]]
* TooLongDidntDub: Certain attack names are left untranslated in the English version.
* TournamentArc: Almost the entire last half of the series, save the final four episodes, falls under this.
* TransformingMecha: Some of the weirdest in giant robot history. Highlights include Mermaid Gundam (a fish), Mandala Gundam (a Buddhist Temple bell), Matador Gundam (a giant flying cow head) and the ever popular Nether Gundam, who, as befitting his Dutch origins, becomes a windmill: unlike the others, though, there was a point to this. Since all one had to do to qualify for the finals was survive until enough combatants had been eliminated from the tourney, hiding in plain sight to avoid being attacked, while not guaranteeing victory, was able to significantly increase the country's standing. Domon's Gundams may also count, being robots that turn into more powerful robots.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: Ulube, to Domon and Karato.]]
* {{Tykebomb}}: [[spoiler: Allenby]]
** DefusingTheTykebomb: [[spoiler: Domon does the first part. When Allenby is BrainwashedAndCrazy, Rain finishes the job.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Implied to be Domon, who left home at an early age because he was BookDumb and couldn't measure up to his much older brother Kyoji, a BadassBookworm, in his father's eyes. Subverted, since Dr. Kasshu isn't shown as ''evil'' towards his younger son, so Domon still cares for him more than enough to make his dad one of the causes why he's fighting. [[spoiler: And the first time they talk in the series towards the end, when the old man stops being a HumanPopsicle and tells Domon [[SoProudOfYou how proud he is of him]], qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.]]
* UnstoppableRage: Subverted: Rage is eventually stoppable... ''[[TranquilFury calm]]'' is truly unstoppable. However, this does not mean "calm" cannot be HotBlooded. Yes, HotBlooded TranquilFury.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Master Asia for Wong's EvilPlan, Domon for Ulube's. Later subverted when Domon tears Ulube's scheme down around him.]]
* TheVirus: DG-Cells. It also doubles as TheCorruption for Gundam pilots, as the stuff also grants their mechs some of the Devil Gundam's regenerative abilities.
* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: Slightly inverted. The first episode all but states that it's the Colonies that rule Earth. Ironically, Neo Hong Kong, the current ruling nation has no space colony of its own.
* WarriorTherapist: Roughly half the point of the series. NotGoodWithPeople? No problem; just fight against them, and the two of you will figure it out. Referred to as "communicating with your fists" in the series.
* WeaponizedLandmark: The ''Statue of Liberty Cannon''!: Part of the ''Manhatten Battle Zone''! Both on the Neo-American space colony.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Master Asia.
** Even moreso, [[spoiler:the Devil Gundam - or rather, the Ultimate Gundam. It was built for the purpose of repairing the Earth's damaged ecosystem, but its AI was damaged when it landed on Earth and it decided the best way to heal the planet was to KillAllHumans]].
* WhipItGood: The Nobel Gundam's main weapon is a beam ribbon, used like a whip
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In episode 9, Gentle Chapman's wife Manon is instrumental in his Gundam Fight matches and even gives a speech in the end on the fate of warriors. When Chapman [[spoiler:is revived with DG cells later]], she's nowhere to be found.
** [[FridgeHorror She doesn't know.]]
** Also, Andrew Graham (and his feud with Argo), after [[spoiler:he is sent to the hospital by BrainwashedAndCrazy Allenby.]]
* WorthyOpponent: Domon has a habit of becoming this for a lot of people, including the rest of the Shuffle Alliance members, Allenby and Master Asia.
* TheWorfEffect: There are several points where George or Argo get trounced by an opponent before Stalker's monologue to prove how hard it will be for one of the others to defeat him.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Domon's confession to Rain at the end of the series.
* WorldOfBadass: Everyone in the Gundam Fight, and everyone close to the people fighting in said fight.
* WorldOfHam: See {{Wuxia}} below.
* WorldTour: Domon Kasshu travels around the world to fight other Gundam Fighters.
* {{Wuxia}}: With Giant Mecha. No wonder this show is both [[NarmCharm awesome and cheesy]].
* XanatosGambit: Some strategies during the Gundam Fight. For example [[spoiler: Kyral Mekirel decided to assinate his opponents before the match. If he succeeds, great, he wins by default the next day. If he fails, he'll fight as normal with insight on how his opponent will react to his style.]]
* XMeetsY: The description of this show in 10 words is: Franchise/{{Gundam}} meets {{DragonballZ}} with shamelessness and [[TearJerker manly tears]].
** Or possibly, ''AxisPowersHetalia'' with giant robots... ''before'' ''AxisPowersHetalia''.
** Maybe even ''Gundam'' meets Franchise/SuperSentai, specifically ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' (playing card theme, like the Shuffle Alliance) and ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' (five national warriors, though ''Battle Fever'' has Kenya instead of China).
** ''Gundam'' meets ''StreetFighter''.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Gina Rodríguez, the Neo-Mexican IllGirl.
* {{Zeerust}}: Critical data on the Devil Gundam is stored in a 3.5 inch floppy disk.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Cécile, in her normal attire. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVt2sK3LdIk Rain, when she suits up]]. Suited-up!Allenby is a curious case: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNvUzpGFRAw one of her "boots" is much longer than the other...]]
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