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->''"For the rebirth of the ideals of Zeon... For the success of [[ColonyDrop Operation Stardust]]! '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXjaZe3lPF8 SOLOMON! I! HAVE! RETURNED!!!]]'''"''
-->-- '''Anavel Gato'''

''Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory'' is a 13-episode {{OAV}} series that serves as a partial bridge between events that happened between the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''.

Three years after the defeat of the [[TheEmpire Principality of Zeon]], [[TheRemnant remnants]] of their military decide to re-ignite the flames of war by [[GrandTheftPrototype Gundamjacking]] a top secret SuperPrototype, the Gundam GP-02A "Physalis", which is armed with a [[NukeEm nuclear bazooka]]. Rookie Earth Federation pilot Kou Uraki, present during the theft, commandeers another nearby Gundam, the GP-01 "Zephyranthes", in an attempt to recapture the GP-02. Unfortunately, the man Kou finds himself up against is AcePilot Anavel Gato, the infamous [[RedBaron Nightmare of Solomon]], who escapes with the GP-02 intact.

The Federation responds by sending a team to capture or destroy the GP-02, and Kou finds himself assigned to pilot the GP-01 to the task to both recover GP-02 and to go through general testing that was meant for the two Gundams with the designer Nina Purpleton. Thus begins "Operation Stardust", a [[ThePlan plan]] by the Zeon reminants to demonstrate the Earth Federation's impotence and inspire new rebellion against them. Naturally, things are not as simple as they seem at first glance.

The series was released following the success of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'' OAV and the movie ''{{Gundam F91}}''. One of the factors that really makes this series stand out is the [[TechnologyPorn exceptional mecha designs]], which has had a strong influence on how to make HumongousMecha with a militaristic aesthetic. Fan response to the series holds that it does a good job in bridging the gap as a midquel, but the behavior and actions of Gato and Nina were frustratingly underdeveloped.

Not to be confused with the film ''Film/StardustMemories''.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AcePilot - South Burning and his old subordinates in the One Year War were implied to have been fighter pilots before switching over to mobile suits. Which does help to explain some of their mannerisms.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer - The reason for [[spoiler:Cima's]] defection. The full story: [[spoiler:She was tricked into gassing the colony used for Operation British, then her commander Asakura pinned all the blame on her, making the "regular" Zeons hate her. The only people willing to work with her were the Marines who hailed from her home colony, Mahal. Then Mahal was turned into the Solar Ray, and the citizens were forcibly deported, with the person in charge (Asakura, again) didn't keep any records of where people were sent, meaning Cima and her Marines effectively lost their home AND families. And when they tried to retreat to Axis, the other Zeons (including Gato) refused to let them come along, citing the colony gassing, forcing them to spend the next four years hiding around the Earth Sphere.]] The words "TheWoobie" come to mind...
* AllThereInTheManual - Putting aside requiring knowledge of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' to know the backstory, audio dramas expand on why Cima holds such a big grudge against her Zeon superiors, as well as the origin of her SuperPrototype Gebera Tetra as a potential fourth unit in Anaheim's Gundam Development Project that was scrapped by the Feddies and passed along to Zeon -- Oh, and it was test-piloted by [[FountainOfExpies Char Aznable]], hence its red/pink coloring when actually seen in the series.
** Liner notes in the Japanese [=DVDs=] fully explain the final fates of the more important characters.
** In addition, CrossboneGundam Skull Heart finally explains why Gato was considered the "Nightmare of Solomon" even though he never crossed paths with Amuro. He fell victim to suspicions of the Gundam's destruction and left his post to go on the offensive, giving Amuro the opening he needed.
*** This is true as far as it goes, but fails to capture the true ridiculousness of the situation. The reason he thought the Gundam had been blown up? An insane Feddie pilot had customized his [[JokeCharacter RB-79 Ball]] with a Gundam face and when the Zeeks caught sight of it they thought the Gundam had been decapitated. The upshot of all this is that when they finally noticed the actual size of the thing it caused a panic among the Zeon ranks, thinking that the Federation had developed a gigantic 40 meter Gundam, which eventually inspired them to actually go ahead and make one with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s Psyco Gundam.
**** The canonicity of that scene, at least in relation to the Psyco Gundam and the Zeong (the latter sequence supposedly inspired the Zeeks to make the Zeong that big as well), is up for debate. According to early Gundam manuals, the Zeong was big as it was because early psycommu systems were high energy guzzlers, and larger and more powerful generators were needed in order for them to operate. This wasn't too much of a problem with mobile armors like the Braw Bro or the Elmeth, as they were large to begin with, but when the Zeeks attempted to mount psycommus in Zaku units, they found their MS sized generators too weak and inefficient in sustaining the system, let alone the rest of the MS. As such, the Zeong was made massive in order to accomodate a larger and more powerful generator, and the Psyco Gundam was designed around the same angle, though the latter was made even larger so that it could also house a Minovsky Craft System (basically the thing that allowed the White Base to fly in Earth's gravity). Overall though, this explanation doesn't take away the awesomeness and hilarity of Umon's run with his so-called B Gundam.
** Also, one of the ''GihrensGreed'' games reveals that Cima was the one who gassed [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Shiro Amada]]'s home colony, having been told the stuff was only sleeping gas.
** The designs reveal that the GP-03 has a core fighter, a concept not mentioned in the series because it was redundant with the Orchis/Stamen system.
*** The core fighter is actually an MSV that only appears in the model kits. The Stamen Gundam was designed to be able to swap between the core fighter and a panoramic cockpit, which is what it uses all through the series proper. A design merging both systems wouldn't be developed until ''ZZGundam''.
* AmazonianBeauty / StatuesqueStunner - Less combat-oriented than most, but Mora Bascht is as tall as most of the guys, slightly taller then some, visibly muscular, and [[HaremNanny often has to physically punish Monsha's attempts at hitting on her mechanic team]]. At first, she seems to be an example of NoGuyWantsAnAmazon, but by episode 7 ends up being the female part of the BetaCouple.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign - Anavel Gato's name is a weird mashup of Hebrew & Spanish, despite the fact [[MukokuSeki he looks neither Jewish, nor Hispanic]]. He still gets points for being one of the few Zeon characters to have a name that's made up of real words & not just ForeignSoundingGibberish, though.
* BadAss - Gato and, eventually, Kou.
* [[BFg BFG]] - The YMS-16M Xamiel carries a 680mm artillery cannon. This thing is so big it must be folded in half when not in use, and is actually slightly longer than the mech is tall WHEN folded. And this is a [[HumongousMecha 27 meter tall mobile suit]] in a time when most are still "only" 18 meters!
* BigNo - Gato's [[spoiler:reaction to Delaz' murder]]
* BolivianArmyEnding : For the Delaz Fleet. [[spoiler: Gato tells the mobile suits of the Delaz fleet to rush the perimeter set up by the Federation and make it through to Axis. If only one survives, he says, it will be worth it because they will tell future generations the truth of their struggle. Even if some of them survived, the audience knows that Axis will be long gone by then.]]
* [[BridgeBunnies Hangar Bunnies]] - Mora Bashct's lovely mechanic crew.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday- Kou's brief encounters with Gato at the beginning of the series start him on a quest to become the best Gundam pilot he can be. When he finally confronts Gato in space some months later... Gato only vaguely remembers him.
** But later subverted in that, when Kou and Gato finally face-off again and Kou manages to destroy GP-02, Gato makes it a point of remembering his name.
* TheCaptain - Eiphar Synapse.
* CallForward - The series epilogue show that the events led more or less to the rise of the Titans from [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta]]
* CanonImmigrant - Karius--Gato's second in command--originated in Tomino's novelization of the original series, where he was Char's second-in-command.
* CasanovaWannabe - Bernard Monsha. In his first appearance he expresses disappointment at having to leave a girl to be assigned to the Albion, but once he gets there he is hated by practically all of the women and a fair amount of the men as well.
* CharacterDevelopment - Lots. Kou's maturation from rookie to ace, as well as his relationship with Nina Purpleton, are two of the major subplots.
** Kou actually proves that despite his rookie skills, he demonstrates [[IndyPloy a keen mind for clever improvisation]]. His defeat of Unit 2 against the still superior Gato is evident of this.
* CharClone- Averted. Anavel Gato seems like another Char cookie-cutter character at first glance. But aside from being {{The Rival}} to Kou, he's actually quite different. He lacks Char's smugness, and also lacks the ulterior motives that most Char Clones have; whereas Char and his counterparts are never truly loyal to anyone but themselves, Gato is absolutely devoted to Zeon's ideals, arguably more than any other character in the Universal Century timeline. He also never wears a mask, making 0083 one of the few Gundam series with no masked characters at all.
** In addition, Gato has considerably less respect for his adversaries than Char is demonstrated to have. Gato believes that most of the Federation rhetoric is drivel (irony considering Delaz's speeches) and that the Federation soldiers don't value anything. In the very least, Char is more even-handed in his opinions about the Federation, going as far as to work for them in Zeta.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact'', [[spoiler: he gets to join your group after Quattro convinces him]] because he realizes that Quattro Bajeena is [[spoiler: Char]].
** He even joins Char in his ColonyDrop of Axis in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'' if [[spoiler: you convince him]]
** [[spoiler:Kelly Layzner is more of a Char, since he is a temporary mentor to Kou, has blond hair, and pilots a red mobile armor.]]
* ColonyDrop - The true objective of Operation Stardust.
* CombiningMecha - GP-01 has the original Gundam's Core Fighter system. GP-03, being designed for colony defense purposes, can dock with a ''massive'' weapons platform.
* ComingInHot - The memorable scene in which a totaled GP-01 crashes into the Albion's hangar.
* CompilationMovie - The Afterglow of Zeon
* CoolShip - The Albion mainly, but the Cima Fleet's Lili Marleen is a villainous version.
* CoolBigSis - Mora plays this role.
* CyberCyclops - Pretty much every Zeon mecha except for the GP-02A (which is technically a Federation suit).
* DeusExNukina - GP-02 nukes the Federation naval inspection.
* DiscOneFinalBoss - [[spoiler: Gato and the Delaz Fleet ultimately serve as this. The ''true'' antagonists go on to formally establish the Titans, with no one still alive the wiser.]]
* DrivenToSuicide - [[spoiler: The Anaheim Director. And Gato, who kamikazed into one of the Federation's many ships.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim - [[spoiler: Burning. And how.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Nina backstabs Kou (for stupid reasons, even Gato showed him more loyalty), preventing him from doing anything about the colony or Gato. The Colony drops onto Earth in the American Mid-west, destroying the crops there for many years. The bad guys' plan is a complete success. The Delaz fleet are all wiped out by the Federation Forces and their actions only give justification for the creation of [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam The Titans]]. Kou and Captain Synapse are court-martialed for stealing GP-03, Kou is sentenced to one year in prison, Synapse is sentenced to death (it's unknown if he actually got executed in the end). The Albion crew all become Titans. The Federation decides to delete all of the data on the Gundam Development project and drop the charges against Kou. He is re-instated in the military but he loses his rank. Kou gets assigned to a base in Colorado where he meets all of his old friends, and Nina, again.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo - We get a foretaste of the bastardry Jamitov Hymem, Jamaican Daninghan, and Bask Ohm would commit in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' with their appearances here. Haman Karn also has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo.
* EnergyWeapons - Wouldn't be Gundam without 'em.
* {{Expy}} - Oh come on, like you didn't think too that Nina is a [[http://theblemish.com/images/2009/04/kelly-mcgills-top-gun-500x381.jpg clone]] of [[Film/TopGun Charlie Blackwood]]...
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Despite the fact that Nina was clearly into Kou she vehemently denied it early on. A good example would be when Mora asks Nina whether she likes Kou or the Gundam better. She responds 'The Gundam'. By the end of the episode, it's pretty obvious that she meant to say Kou.
* EvilPlan- It's heavily implied that those in TheFederation who would become the Titans engineered (or magnified) parts of the crisis to justify forming themselves as an official body at the end of the show, and the show implies that the Federation government is already starting the decay in influence that allowed the Titans to take over in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''. By the end, however, it's blatantly obvious, as [[spoiler: Jamitov had Admiral Cowen, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure silenced, Jamacian makes it quite obvious the civilian leadership is held in blatant contempt by himself and the EFSF who support the dominance of the military, and Bask blatantly informs Synaspe Cima Garahau was working with TheFederation to purposely screw over the Delaz Fleet (and by extension the good guys)]]
* [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange Expository Paint Job]]: The original color scheme of Gundam Unit 1 matches the classic RX-78-2 Gundam. One it is upgraded to the spaceworthy Full Vernien, its colors are rearranged to match the Zeta Gundam (from a pre-existing series, set after this show).
* FaceHeelTurn: Whereas the crew of the White Base stayed in the regular forces or went civilian to help Karaba during the Gryps Conflict (many of them ended up in the AEUG regardless), the crew of the Albion had a much darker fate: they became Titans.
* FailureHero: See below.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption[=/=]DoomedByCanon[=/=]ForegoneConclusion - This show sets up why the Titans was established. Yeah.
* FantasticRacism: While not very overt, it's shown that Earthnoids (or at least the older generations) tend to call Spacenoids "space-men," not too dissimilar to the "Chinaman" slur for the Chinese.
* {{A Father to his Men}}: Lt. Burning. The Commander even lampshades this by asking Burning "how are the kids?" when inquiring about his underlings.
* FemmeFatale - Cima Garahau has traces of this.
* FlauntingYourFleets - The Federation Fleet Review
* ForWantofaNail - If Lt. Burning's mobile suit hadn't exploded for a few more seconds, he could've told everyone about the true purpose of Stardust and maybe actually averted it.
** Similarly, if the Albion had just been a ''little'' bit more accurate with its mega particle cannon shot when Gato prepares to leave Earth, GP-02 would've never even made it to space.
* GrandTheftPrototype - Performed by Gato in the first episode.
** Heck, the former [[TropeNamer Trope Name]], "Gundamjack", is the official English title for the first episode. The translated version just calls it something along the lines of "Stolen Gundam".
* GratuitousFrench - Aiguille Delaz's given name means needle in French.
* GratuitousEnglish - Both opening themes. The full-english versions of both OP themes, renamed ''"Back to Paradise"'' and ''"Oblivion"'', skirt between this and the SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Cima is killed by Kou for her betrayals despite being ostensibly being on the same side.]]
* HotScientist - Nina Purpleton is the prime example, but the other girls working at Anaheim Electronics are far from homely.
* HumongousMecha - Duh. However, the series provides two of the biggest mechs in early UC, the Neue Ziel and the GP-03 Dendrobium.
* Hypocrite - Delaz and Gato come across this way. They act outraged that the EF broke the Antarctic Treaty when Zeon broke it first (M'quve's little stunt with the nuke at Odessa); they hate Cima for gassing the colony even though Gihren gave the order, and they trumpet the cause of independence even though their cause involved brutally murdering the very people they claimed to liberate, and they attack the Federation's ethically dubious realpolitik while preparing to engage in a war crime that will kill millions more.
* ILetYouWin - Even Gato starts to speculate that even with Kou and the Albion's constant attempts to stop him, it seems too easy. [[spoiler:And he's right.]]
* IdiotHero - Kou, mostly for trashing Unit 1 for little reason, it hadn't been modified for space combat yet and in the end he had to be saved himself. He did it because of pride and trying to prove himself.
* IdiotBall - The Federation knows Zeon remnants are running around with one of their extremely powerful nukes, they also know the naval inspection is one of the prime targets. Nobody does a damn thing. Might be justified though if [[spoiler: Jamitov]] was influential enough to stop too much from being done about it. Still...
** A popular theory is that the people who would become the Titans purposely let the nuking happen, so they could use the incident as justification for their rise to power. Knowing Jamitov, that's not too unbelievable.
* IndyPloy - Kou becomes quite good at this.
* {{Jerkass}}- Lt. Bernard Monsha, at first. He gets better, and his ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' portrayal usually either downplays his asshole tendencies or show his character by the end of 0083 (where he was far more likable)
** It's probably important to note that Monsha never stopped being an asshole, the later episodes simply stopped focusing on him in light of the many events that were transpiring.
* KilledOffForReal - [[spoiler:Burning, Delaz, Cima, Gato, and Synapse.]]
* KnightTemplar - Anavel Gato
* LargeHam - "SOLOMON! I HAVE RETURNED!" and of course [[RunningGag "GATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"]]
* LatexSpaceSuit - What with being gundam and all, the pilot suits.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage - Not exactly between her and Kou, but Nina's actions at the end of the story frustrated many fans. She went from being a fairly bland {{Tsundere}} with a dash of WrenchWench to TheScrappy in record time.
* MeaningfulName - Neue Ziel is German for "New Goal".
** The Gerbera Tetra. "Tetra" is the Greek cardinal prefix for the number four, fitting with the unit's originally planned role as the fourth Gundam of the project.
* MeaninglessVillainVictory - [[spoiler:Operation Stardust pulls through. Unfortunately, neither Gato nor Delaz, let along a good chunk of the Delaz fleet get to savor it before dying horribly. In the end, the ones who really make the most of their victory are the ones behind the emergent StateSec known as the Titans.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade - When the GP-02A was destroyed, Gato was given the powerful Mobile Armor Neue Ziel. Kou got it twice: First when he wrecked the GP-01 and had it upgraded to the space use FB version, and when it's destroyed the Albion crew jacked the GP-03 Stamen for him.
** Cima upgrades from her custom Gelgoog Marine to the Gerbera Tetra.
* MinovskyPhysics - again, Gundam verse.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName - The Zeon remnants, but particularly Gato, whose devotion borders on fanatic levels.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: For all the efforts of Gato and the Delaz fleet, their actions don't seem to have much effect on the Federation except for making them angrier and more totalitarian and thus allowing people far worse than the ones they were fighting against to gain political ground. TruthInTelevision as this is the typical government response to terrorist attacks, personal freedoms get smaller as a response to violent threats.
* NukeEm - The whole reason GP-02A was built.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo - People are ''not'' pleased to know of the existence of the nuke-launching Gundam, and said nuke's detonation is possibly one of the most terrifying events to watch in the entire Gundam franchise.
* OlderAndWiser - Burning to Kou.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Near the end Gato asserts that he's the only one who can beat Kou in the GP-03. [[spoiler: Turns out he was right, but Gato ends up saving Kou's life by moving them both out of the range of the Solar System's beam]].
* OutGambitted - Subverted. [[spoiler: When Gato finds out that Cima's duped him and Delaz from day one, he goes ''batshit'' insane and still tries to screw over the Federation by dropping the colony anyways. In spite of many obstacles, he succeeds... but then Bask just uses all of that for more justification that the Titans should be made.]]
* OverShadowedByAwesome - Kou ends up being an amazing pilot, but his abilities can seem trivial when going up against the Nightmare of Solomon.
* PairTheSpares - Chuck Keith and Mora Bascht, although there is enough coverage of their relationship to bump them towards official BetaCouple.
* PlotHole - Clearly the writers thought up the whole Nina/Gato pairing much later because if she knew who Gato was, why did she let him take a Gundam with a giant nuke equipped?
** To elaborate, when Gato is stealing GP-02A, Nina looks him dead in the face and doesn't recognise him. There's nothing to suggest that Nina even knew him by anything other than reputation until the final four episodes, where her love affair with Gato was simply a contrivance to generate drama and prevent Kou from foiling Gato's plans.
* PreMortemOneLiner: See above Quote.
* PsychicPowers - Averted. 0083 was the first UC Gundam to lack anything even remotely related to Newtypes. In fact the initial episodes demonstrate that Kou is not proficient in handling the Gundam, and is prone to making stupid mistakes despite mobile suit training, converse to his Newtype counterparts who automatically know how to operate a mobile suit despite never having used one.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: See above quote again.
* RecursiveAmmo - [[MacrossMissileMassacre Missiles that shoot more missiles out of the side are quite useful]].
* RedBaron - Anavel Gato, the Nightmare of Solomon.
* TheRemnant - Delaz Fleet. Cima Fleet seems this way too, [[DefectorFromDecadence but...]]
* RetCon - Used InUniverse. [[spoiler: All the data on the Gundam Development Project is deleted and Kou's prison sentence is revoked so that the Federation can pretend that they didn't violate the Antarctic Treaty.]]
* RunningGag - Carrots. Seriously. ''They're rabbit food!''
** This is apparently in reference to Ryo Horikawa, who also does not like carrots. It may also be a double reference to his most [[Anime/DragonBallZ famous role]][[note]]Horikawa plays Vegeta, who hates/does not like Goku, or Kakkarot, which is a pun on carrot[[/note]].
* TheMenFirst- Gato's attitude throughout the show, especially at the end, making him a VERY NobleDemon.
* TheRival - Gato to Kou.
* SayMyName - [[OverUsedRunningGag "GATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"]]
* {{Spoiler Opening}}: Episode 8 includes the debut of a new opening sequence, featuring all the regular cast members, aside from the conspicuous absence of [[spoiler: Lt. Burning.]] Guess who's dead by the end of the episode?
* ShoutOut: When Cima first appears she intentionally crashes some of her ships into the allied fleet just to annoy its leaders. Kamjin Kravshera from Macross, who Cima is often compared to, did the exact same thing in his first appearance.
* StartOfDarkness - For the Titans. Even more tragic is who joins them: [[spoiler:the crew of the Albion are all shown donning Titan uniforms.]]
* SuperPrototype - All three Gundams, as well as Cima's Gebera Tetra and the Neue Ziel.
** This series takes the concept and it becomes the primary focus of the story. Unit 2 should not have been built in the first place and is the instigator for the whole thing event. Most other Gundam series (with at least [[GundamUnicorn one exception]]) the actual mobile suit storyline is secondary to the actual war.
* SupportingProtagonist - Kou and the Albion crew are ultimately this. The focus is decidedly more on Gato and the Delaz Fleet. [[spoiler:Not to mention the masterminds behind the Titans.]]
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars - Appears in quite a number of SRW games, starting with ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3'', where you can reenact Gato stealing the GP-02A. Unit 2 usually gets stolen by someone.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The English version of "The Winner," "Back to Paradise," used in episode 1 and halfway through the series.
* SwordFight - The climactic battle between the GP-01 and GP-02A.
* TechnologyPorn: The quality of the mecha animation in ''0083'' would not be equaled by any subsequent Gundam production until ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Unicorn]]''.
* ThemeNaming - All three Gundams are named for flowers (GP-01 = [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zephyranthes Zephyranthes]], GP-02A = [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis Physalis]], GP-03 = [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrobium Dendrobium]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchis Orchis]] (The weapons platform) / Dendrobium [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamen Stamen]] (The actual Gundam). The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerbera Gerbera]] Tetra is too, since it was originally intended to be the GP-04.
** Meta example, both ''0083'' and the preceding [=OVA=] (''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket 0080]]''), used the years within the UC calendar in their title. Combined with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam 08th MS Team]]'', you could say that all UC Gundam [=OVA=]s made in the 90's had the number 8 in the title.
* TookALevelInBadass - Kou starts out as a grunt. Thirteen episodes later, he ''is'' a ''Man of Destiny''.
* {{Tsundere}} - Nina, to ''[[TheScrappy terrible]]'' levels. In fairness, she's not really bad until a certain scene in the last episode.
* UnknownRival - Kou to Gato. After losing GP-02 against him, it's a genuinely mutual rivalry.
* UnwittingPawn - Technically speaking, ''everyone'' in this entire series, with the exception of [[spoiler: Cima Garahau, Jamitov Hymem, Jamacain Daninghan, and Bask Ohm]], were duped from day one.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: The GP-02A "Physalis" Gundam (prototype) versus the GP-01 "Zephyranthes" Gundam (upgrade). The former is a new prototype version Gundam designed to deploy a nuclear warhead at close range, the later is a simple refinement of earlier Gundam designs. The Physalis is [[GrandTheftPrototype stolen in the first episode]], and the Zephyranthes is deployed as part of the hunt to reclaim it.
* WideEyedIdealist - Despite being the bad guys, Delaz and Gato both hold an ideal of Zeonic pride that prevents them from seeing [[spoiler:Cima's]] betrayal of their cause coming.
** Gato was practically the embodiment of this trope, as his whole character revolved around trumpeting the "glory of Zeon". When he wasn't bashing Kou around, he was either lamenting his side losing the war or telling the "Just Cause of Zeon and Spacenoid Independence" on the mountain. Delaz was more grounded, though his speech on reigniting the "Zeon War for Independence" showed how much of a (blind) idealist he was, as if abandoning A Bao A Qu in the wake of Gihren's death didn't make it obvious.
* WorthyOpponent: Gato acknowledges Kou as his rival after their duel over Konpei Island. Kou is also briefly mentored by Kelly, in spite of their opposing sides.
* WrenchWench - Mora.
** Every person we see in Anaheim Electronics Mobile Suit division is a woman. This might explain why all of the GP series are named after flowers.
* YouAreNotReady: Said by Gato to Kou just before the former leaves after their first battle.
* YouAreTooLate - [[spoiler: Type 6, multiple times]]
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