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-> ''"It is the space age, hundreds of years after people began to emigrate to space colonies. The wars that were once fought for control of the Earth Sphere had ended, and it seemed that an era of peace had arrived. But this fleeting peace collapsed. A colony was destroyed by a mysterious enemy that suddenly appeared. The curtain was rising on a new battle that would continue over 100 years."''
-->-- OpeningNarration

''Mobile Suit Gundam AGE'' is another part of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, which began airing in October 2011 as part of Sunrise's [[Fall2011Anime Fall 2011]] lineup. This one revolves around three generations of pilots, namely Flit Asuno, his son Asemu, and the latter's son, Kio. A manga, several models, a card game, and a video game are among the merchandise for this incarnation.

The sudden appearance of a hostile force know only as the UE (Unknown Enemy) prompted the Federation to hire Flit Asuno to build the ultimate weapon to beat back the UE: The Gundam AGE-1. As the Hundred Year War rages on between Earth and the UE, Flit, Asemu, and Kio must use the Gundam to defend the Earth.

The first generation begins with Flit, who [[FallingIntoTheCockpit was allowed to pilot the Gundam]] when its intended pilot was injured during a UE attack. The destruction of his second home colony lands him on the ''Diva'', piloted by a rogue captain who is determined to battle the UE in defiance of the Federation's sluggish response to the threat. Flit uses the Gundam to protect colonies from the UE and in general to be a savior for humanity. It ends in tragedy and a dark revelation about the true nature of TheFederation, and Flit embarks on a lifelong path of vengeance.

The second generation starts twenty-five years later and follows Flit's son, Asemu. He is given the Gundam as a sort of coming-of-age present by Flit on his seventeenth birthday, befriends Zeheart Galette in his last year of school, and is devastated when Zeheart turns out to be a Vagan agent. Although he is kind-hearted by nature, Asemu joins the military to follow and [[WellDoneSonGuy impress his father]]. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained as their viewpoints on war diverge and Asemu struggles with his continued friendly feelings towards Zeheart.

The third generation follows Kio, Asemu's son and Flit's grandson, who is only thirteen when he inherits the Gundam. The Vagan reveal their Earth-based sleeper agents on the anniversary of their first attack on the Federation and quickly turn Earth into a battlefield. Flit unveils the AGE-3 and puts Kio into it, having secretly trained him with flight simulators, and the ''Diva'' is brought out of mothballs to fight the new threat on Earth before returning to space.

Two manga side spin-offs were also made: '''Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Treasure Star''' (Set during the Flit Arc) and '''Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Memories of Sid''' (Set after the Asemu Arc but before the Kio Arc). An [=OVA=] entitled ''Memory of Eden'' was made after the completion of the show, expanding the story of the Second Generation.

A bit of trivia: Akihiro Hino, the writer of Gundam AGE, is actually the head of the video game company [[{{Level5}} Level-5]]. Originally, Level-5 was hired by Sunrise to created a Gundam LicensedGame. Hino, who wanted to work with the franchise, wrote a plot summary for what would eventually be approved as this anime. The Level-5 game then became an adaptation of the anime and it was released August 30th in Japan (meaning that it was released before the anime finished). It is an ActionRPG for the [[PlaystationPortable PSP]] that [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo comes in two versions]]. ''Universe Accel'' features cameos and Mobile Suits from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Univ]][[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam ersal]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Century]] Gundam series in its sidequests, and ''Cosmic Drive'' features cameos and Mobile Suits from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Cosmic]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Era]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Anno Domini]] Gundam series. The game follows the same plot as the anime, but also features [[WorldBuilding more content for the series's history and world]] through [[SideQuest optional quests]] using an original player avatar. It additionally features many more Wears for the AGE suits other than the ones that have appeared in the anime.

[[Characters/MobileSuitGundamAGE There is a character sheet with more details.]] '''Please''' put character-specific tropes there instead of adding them here.

Also notable in AGE is the sheer volume of references and homages to other Gundam timelines, requiring the series to have a separate page for its [[MythologyGag/MobileSuitGundamAGE Mythology Gags]]. If you are going to add an {{Expy}} or ShoutOut of a mobile suit or character that looks like the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2]] or [[CharClone a Char]], check there first. It's almost certain to have been added already.

Of final note is that this is, objectively, the least-critically-successful and least-popular ''Gundam'' show yet made; it scored record low ratings on television and its later seasons/generations were all but universally panned by critics (and a substantial number of viewers) both inside and outside Japan, which has apparently led to [[NoExportForYou Bandai not even considering attempting to export the show]]. All this being said, please remember to keep [=YMMV=] tropes in their proper place and to keep any {{FlameWar}}s off of the main page. While elements of the show are contentious for many, the main page is not the place to discuss them.

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!!Mobile Suit Gundam AGE comes with the tropes of:
* OneHundredAndEight: A.G. 108 is the year Flit's mother dies. It's also the same year that Desil is born.
* TheAce: Woolf "The White Wolf" Enneacle.
* AceCustom:
** Woolf's Genoace Custom & G-Exes in Generation 1 and the G-Bouncer in Generation 2.
** Largan Drace's Genoace count as well after it received some upgrades (better armor, Beam Rifle).
** Obright's Genoace O-Custom and Abis's Clanche Custom in Generation 3.
* ActionDad: Flit and Asemu eventually.
* AdaptationDistillation: ''Memory of Eden''. Rather than focusing on the overall war, it instead is centered around the relationship between Zeheart and Asemu. It skips around the story quite quickly at times, but it also cuts out a lot of the unnecessary fluff that dragged the series down, and explores Zeheart's character in much greater detail, making his actions at the end of the series much more understandable. It also gave him and Asemu a proper final showdown, rather than the embarrassingly short "fight" they had in the series. The end result is a film that ignores the overall war, treating it as more of a backdrop, in favor of more character-driven drama, and it works.
* AdultFear: Lots.
** Generation 1: [[spoiler:Alzack Birmings is forced to watch as his adopted daughter is taken at gunpoint by enemies of the state.]]
** Generation 2: Sending your child off into a war.
** Generation 3: [[spoiler:Having your son/grandson be abducted by your enemy. Watching your child die of an incurable disease. Having your spouse go missing-in-action.]]
* [[ReedRichardsIsUseless The AGE System Is Useless]]: While some the technology the AGE System produces is eventually mass produced, such as the beam rifles and Adele and Clanche mobile suits, some other technologies it produces as far back as Generation 1 are never disseminated beyond the ''Diva''. The most blatant example would be the [[WaveMotionGun Photon Blaster]], which is never installed on any other Federation ship despite the fact that it can annihilate entire enemy fleets. This is averted after the war when the AGE System and EXA-DB technologies are employed in something more useful than mass destruction.
** In the defense of the lack of Photon Blaster mass production, the weapon appears to require connecting to the AGE Builder to employ, which may be a factor into the decision to not mass produce the weapon.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you expect the ''Memory Of Eden'' change the route from the characters, they didn't.
* AlternateCalendar: Years are given in A.G., for Advanced Generation.
* AnimalMecha: The Gafrans can turn into dragons and the Danazine has a dragon design as well.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Kind of, see the bit of trivia above. Given that the video game adaptation was released before the anime was finished, it arguably became this trope for the last few episodes. A common criticism of the series is that it did a lot of things that would be more acceptable in the video game medium but not in the anime medium.
* AnyoneCanDie: Oh yeah. Check KilledOffForReal below for the list.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: According to this show, the rays produced by Mars's magnetic field [[spoiler:cause a deadly, incurable disease]], even though one of the big issues with real-world Mars exploration is that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars#Geology Mars doesn't even have a magnetic field]]. In fact magnetic fields protect organisms from solar radiation--life on Earth couldn't exist without one.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: One of the first battles of the third arc takes place in a desert while the ''Diva'' is moving to rendezvous with the main fleet. Supplementary footage after the next episode preview show the ship's flight path as being currently over northern Canada.
* ArtStyleDissonance: This series is ''notorious'' within the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fandom for pairing a kiddy art style with a rather cynical and mature story.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBookworm: Flit Asuno, his son Asem & grandson Kio all of them being skilled MS pilots & engineers. '''Especially''' Flit, with him being the original creator of the AGE Gundam, and later proving himself a skilled tactician.
** BadassFamily: The Asunos.
** BadassNormal: Woolf Enneacle. No psychic powers, not an X-Rounder, no Gundam to pilot. Just skill & talent when it comes to kicking ass & taking names in an MS.
*** Even more obvious example would be Largan Drace. This ''so-called'' RedShirt manages to hold off a [[MightyGlacier Baqto]] with just a plain-vanilla Genoace for awhile before he was overwhelmed. Cue Flit's BigDamnHeroes moment in the [[MightyGlacier AGE Gundam Titus]].
*** Asemu also ascends into one when [[spoiler: angered by Woolf's death, kills Desil in a duel despite his inability to use X-Rounder powers.]]
** BadassGrandpa: Flit in the third generation, as well as Lord Ezelcant.
* BashBrothers: After some initial friction, Woolf and Flit start heading towards this. By the time the former gets his hands on the [[SuperPrototype G-Exes]], [[BackToBackBadasses they're a downright terrifying team]].
** [[spoiler:Desil and Zehart are a villainous variant easily double teaming the AGE-2 and G-bouncer. Subverted in that they do not get along that well -- Zeheart even let Desil die.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Averted in the first generation, since both Yurin (ShrinkingViolet) and Emily (GirlNextDoor) are ''both'' Betties.
** [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] in the Second Generation: Asemu is the Betty, while Zeheart is the Veronica.
* {{BFG}}: Mukured's Mobile Suit has one.
** The AGE-2 Double Bullet has two shoulder-mounted ones.
** The AGE-3 has one called the [=SigMaxiss=] Rifle.
** And the AGE-3 Fortress has FOUR.
* {{BFS}}: The AGE-2 Double Bullet's shoulder cannons can generate giant beam sabers similar to the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V2 Gundam's]] [[PowerGivesYouWings Wings of Light]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Woolf arriving in the G-Exes and pwning a UE suit with just one sword slash!
** And then again in Episode 13, when Madorna and his friends showed up to stop a piece of the ''Fa Bose'' from ramming the ''Diva''--and stop Ract from performing a HeroicSacrifice.
** Flit returns to the battlefield in episode 22 to to save Asemu and Woolf from Desil and Zehart in the good ol AGE-1 Normal.
* BittersweetEnding: The end of the Second Generation. [[spoiler:Loads of characters die on both sides and the Earth suffered its first Vagan invasion. Flit disposes of numerous traitors within the Federation government--because they were trying to negotiate a peace and Flit wants to exterminate all of Vagan. But Asemu finds resolution to the issues he had and marries Romary.]]
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Both Flit and Lord Ezelcant have extremely polarized viewpoints--Flit wants the death of all Vagans and doesn't care why they've become the enemy. Ezelcant has an insane true plan.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Gundam AGE-3's beam sabers are mounted in its wrists.
* BloodlessCarnage: Played straight in the first two episodes, but averted for the rest of the series, starting with Bruzar in Episode 3. Instead....
* BloodFromTheMouth: The deaths of major characters almost always include this (or a bleeding scalp wound, for variety) along with large globules of blood floating around them in the cockpit of their crippled mobile suit.
* BossInMookClothing: Despite the Genoace II looking nothing more than a recolored Genoace Custom, it has the same armor, armaments and specifications of the original AGE-1.
* ButtMonkey: [[spoiler:Desil Galette in season 2.]]
* CallBack: In Episode 28, the flight schedules in the background list flights to Fardain, Minsry, and Nora.
* CallingYourAttacks: Done only once with the Gundam AGE-1 Titus. '''BEAM LARIAT!!'''
** Done several times more with the G-Exes, though this is likely because Woolf is [[LargeHam something of a Ham.]]
* TheCavalry: Mukured and his Shaldoll forces who destroy a damaged UE warship attempting to ram the Diva.
* CharClone: Zeheart Galette.
* CheerfulChild: Riria. Emily even says so using the exact same wording.
* CheshireCatGrin: Grodek can't help but do this when his forces are about to attack the UE in Episode 13.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Flit and Emily.
* ChildSoldier: Flit. It's perfectly clear he is turning himself into one; the first hint of that is [[spoiler:the sight of the fiery battlefield right after his first kill that [[ShellShockedVeteran saddens him immediately]] in Episode 1]]. Understandably, Emily is not taking it well.
** He also trains his grandson, Kio, into one, with bad consequences for Kio's emotional state.
* ColonyDrop:
** Threatened in episode 27. [[spoiler:Zeheart and Asemu avert it in time.]]
** The Bisidians threaten Vagan this way in Episode 39, except that the asteroids the pirates use are ''fake''.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Just in case anyone has noticed, the Earth Federation units are painted with bright colors, making them look like the "good" side, while the UE [[spoiler:(Vagan)]] ones are generally darkly colored as the "evil" side.
* CombatPragmatist: In Episode 22, rather than fight Desil one on one, Flit brings a squad of Federation mooks along with him to guarantee a win.
-->This is war! I'll defeat you any way I can!
* CombiningMecha: The Gundam AGE-3 heralds the return of the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Core Block System]].
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Part of Bruzar's FinalSpeech to Flit.
* ComingOfAgeStory: [[IncrediblyLamePun Age-related pun aside]], the first two generations follow this, with the third possibly following suit. However, Flit and Asemu have vastly different character development.
* ConspicuousCG: The AGE Builder sequence.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: Fardain. In Episode 5, we see the world inside the colony as a shiny, lavish, and seemingly peaceful commercial center. In Episode 6, however, we see the ugly truth behind the mask: there is a war inside this colony that has raged on since the past history in spite of the peace treaty that apparently ended the slaughtering between the two sides, cue Universal Century, and there are also a mass of people living in poverty in an underground ghetto while enduring the rich people who keep being fooled by ideologies or even don't give a damn about the warfare, cue ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
* CrapsackWorld: Yark Dole reveals the entire story to belong to this trope, with its darkness competing with that of the Universal Century timeline all of a sudden.
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:Flit made a battle simulation program for Kio to play, giving him adequate skills for his first sortie in the Gundam!]]
* CreditsRunningSequence: The second ending have Asemu running to a tunnel towards the AGE-2 throughout the sequence. In a more subtle example, Flit, Emily and Dique are briefly shown running in the first opening.
* CurbStompBattle:
** The first battle involving the G-Exes and Gundam AGE-1 Titus. Both of them curb-stomp a so-far invulnerable Gafran.
** Happens again in Episode 10. When Gundam AGE-1 receives the Spallow upgrade, it has very little difficulty in tearing the Zedas limb from limb.
** Again in Episode 14 after [[spoiler:Desil kills Yurin. Flit [[FlashStep Flash Steps]] in the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Spallow and curbstomps Desil in just a few moves]] despite it having lost an arm and a leg]].
** Once again in Episode 26. [[spoiler:The victim is the same as the one immediately above, only this time it's Flit's son serving out the curb stomping. And he does what his father couldn't: kill the bastard.]]
** Episode 47: [[spoiler: After Zanald kills Deen, Kio accesses [[SuperMode FX Mode]] and completely pwns him with minimal effort.]]
** Episode 48: [[spoiler: Asemu and Zeehart's final battle can barely be described as such. Since Zeehart has lost his Sanity at this point, he's far less effective and despite being in the [[SuperPrototype Gundam Legilis]], Asemu pwns him in the AGE-2 Gundam Darkhound despite it being 30 year old tech at that point.]]
* CycleOfRevenge: The CentralTheme of the show is that vengeance begets vengeance.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** The UE seems to be this, at least in the first episode. One Gafran camps outside the hatch to a hangar, firing at the sortieing Genoace before it has a chance to get out. When the Gundam takes down one Gafran, rather than fight it, the rest retreat and start bombing the colony from outside, after destroying the one that Flit managed to down to prevent it from being analyzed.
** And in the second episode, when Vargas sends the new Beam Rifle to the Gundam in a capsule, the Garfran immediately tries to shoot it down rather than wait and see what was in it.
** In Episode 4, we get to see a huge mothership and dozens of purple Gafran, as they show up during a mock-battle between Flit and Woolf. They waited for the right time and launched an excessive force to deal with the Gundam and Genoace Custom, when they only carried non-lethal weapons.
** For Episode 10, the UE knows that the EnemyMine between Euba and Zalam is already a strained one, so part of their strategy is to invoke friendly fire to cause infighting between the two sides.
** In Episode 19, after losing soldiers to the Gundam AGE-2, the Vagan take a soldier hostage to prevent the Gundam from shooting them. Additionally, the Vagan positioned themselves so that the Gundam would hit the Diva if he shot at them.
** In Episode 27, it appears all is well with the destruction of the Vagan flagship. However [[spoiler: [[BatmanGambit they'd actually counted counted on that]], using the explosion to disguise their drop pods down to Earth as wreckage.]]
** In Episode 30, when Kio receives an upgrade to his [=SigMaxiss=] Rifle, Zeheart immediately recognizes the danger and orders all of his mobile suits to concentrate on the Gundam before the rifle can charge. One episode later, the Three Phantoms also try to prevent the AGE-3 from receiving its Fortress wear. In both cases, the Federation pilots are equally genre-savvy and successfully protect the Gundam.
* [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday Dangerous Seventeenth Birthday]]: On Asemu's 17th birthday, Vagan mobile suits infiltrate and attack his home colony.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** After episode 15. The series veers right into UC-style tragedy and gets grimmer from there.
** The {{Novelization}} of the first generation. See [[http://archive.foolz.us/m/thread/7356767#7357316 here]] and [[http://archive.foolz.us/m/thread/7356767#7357467 here]] for details.
* TheDeadHaveNames: Zeheart makes it a point to remember the name of every pilot under his command, especially the ones that are killed in action
* DeadPersonConversation: Zehart in ''Memory of Eden'' talk with [[spoiler: Desil, Magicians Eight, Yark Dore and see many other Vagans dead]];
** Flit in final episode with [[spoiler: Yurin, Woolf, Goldrek with X-Rounder power of Kio]].
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Flit suffers a painful one [[spoiler:when Yurin dies. This makes him reject the Vagans' humanity and swear revenge.]]
** The citizens of Vagan have to endure this '''as a way of living.''' The trauma of the poverty, sicknesses, and deaths these citizens go through could put many entries on the DespairEventHorizon page to shame. A space colony without any natural life, those living in Vagan have to live with scarce resources and high crime. Anyone, rich or poor, can be struck with the terminal Mars Rays disease. As children get older, they tend to shut down their emotions because loving unreservedly is too painful. Because of the hopeless nature of their lives back at home, it's no wonder why so many Vagans resent the Earth Federation.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:Asemu.]]
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler:The final scene is set on the centennial of The Day Angel Fell. Gundam AGE-1 is now part of a museum exhibit, and Asemu and Kio, now 78 and 50 years old respectively, are paying a visit to a statue of Flit erected in his honor.]]
* DoomedHometown: Flit's birth colony as well as his current home colony.
** Averted in the second generation. Although Asemu's hometown takes significant damage in a UE attack, neither it nor the colony is destroyed.
** Played nearly straight in the third generation. Kio's hometown isn't totally destroyed, but it is subjected to a brutal attack on its civilian quarters.
* DownerEnding: The final episode of the First Generation. [[spoiler:Despite destroying the Ambat fortress, Grodek gets sentenced to life for committing treason and the Earth Federation covers up the evidence of the crew's findings about Vagan. Millais, Woolf, and Adams are all shell-shocked from finding out that the UE were people all along while the Earth Federation reveals genocidal motivations by renaming the first battles against Vagan as the War of Bat Extermination, and also showing they haven't learned a damned thing since the year they abandoned the Mars colonists. Moreover, Yurin's death instills an everlasting hatred for the Vagans in Flit and Emily is overhears him grieving over his inability to save anyone. Most importantly, however, Sir Ezelcant's forces are alive and well as they prepare for the next step of the war against Earth Federation.]]
** in ''Memory of Eden'' [[spoiler: If you consider Zehart as a VillainProtagonist from this OVA and [[AllThereInTheManual they didn't get the Eden]], except the tombstomb is on Earth with the name from Fram Nara]].
* DualWielding: Asem's fighting style when he first deploys in the Gundam.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being a goddamn hero and the former commander in chief of the Federation, Flit is not taken seriously by the Federation commander stationed in Olivernotes.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The ultimate ending of the series. [[spoiler:Flit is finally able to let go of his lifelong hatred, the long war is brought to an end, and the Vagans return to the Earth Sphere where a cure for their disease is eventually found]].
* EnemyMine: Zeheart and Asemu work together to stop the ColonyDrop in Episode 27.
** In the final episode: [[spoiler:''everyone'' teams up to stop La Gramis's self-destruct from taking Second Moon down with it, and then both Vagan and Federation suits help Kio fight the berserk SID Gear.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The AGE-1's DODS Rifle fires a beam that spins, increasing its penetrating power.
* EvolvingCredits:
** OP 1: The silhouette of AGE-1 Normal is replaced by Titus and Spallow after respective forms appeared. Eventually the Diva is replaced by the silhouetted Gundam AGE-2 Normal in G-Strider mode starting in Episode 12.
** ED 2: The Gundam AGE-2 Normal is replaced by the Double Bullet starting in Episode 24.
** OP 3: The Dark Hound is not shadowed and Captain Ash is added starting in Episode 34. [[spoiler:Legilis throws away it's silhouette by Episode 39.]]
** ED 3: Captain Ash appears starting in Episode 34.
%%If you are going to add an {{Expy}} entry for a Gundam machine, plot point, or character, it actually belongs on the Mythology Gag page.
* FakeLongevity: The PSP games. To wit:
** There are innumerable parts that can drop during battle. These parts are necessary for producing blueprints (which in turn let you build the items), producing the items themselves, and also upgrading mobile suit components. Depending on part rarity, this can mean extensively repeating fights over and over again just to get one last part necessary.
** Weapon proficiency only goes up if you land the ''fatal'' hit on an enemy with that particular weapon. Upgrading proficiency thus takes a long time even in the event your wingmen don't killsteal.
** Crossplay missions eventually require extremely high point levels to be opened up.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Surprisingly averted in a Gundam series. Even though Flit wasn't intended to be the pilot of the Gundam AGE-1, he built the suit and knows how to use it. In the second generation, Flit gives Asemu the [=AGE=] device for his birthday and Vargas leads him right to the Gundam when he needs it. Likewise, in the third generation, the first thing Kio thinks of to repel the Vagan is to the find the Gundam, and Flit brings it straight to him.
* FanService: [[ArtStyleDissonance A controversially cartoonish art style]] doesn't stop this series from featuring this. Episode 18, for example, shows [[http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8928/romaryswim.jpg a photo of Romary in her swimwear.]]
* {{Filler}} / SideStory: Two of them.
** Treasure Star sets during the Flit Arc and tells the story about Daiki Ryuuzaki and the Space Caravan Group Treasure Star on which they were searching for the "Grand Wings", while fighting against the Vagan. Turns out that the Grand Wings [[spoiler:Is a Time Machine and Daiki's Father is from the Third Generation, just got thrown to the past.]] Of course, this one is questioned if it set in the same universe.
** Memories of Sid explains more about Bisidian and [[spoiler:Asemu's disappearance in his last and final mission. And explains more about the EXA-DB and Sid.]]
* FlashStep: What the Spallow can do.
* ForegoneConclusion:
** It's pretty much a given that neither Flit nor Asemu will be able to end the war with the UE.
** From the physical appearances of Flit's son and grandson, it's pretty obvious who the {{Official Couple}}s are going to be.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Desil Galette was first introduced in Episode 5 named "The Demon Boy." Guess what Desil [[AxCrazy turned]] [[BloodKnight out to]] [[EnfanteTerrible be.]]
** And one more featuring the same character in the second generation. Episode 22's Gundampedia noted that the Khronos (Desil's personal mobile suit) was rumored to have the ability of controlling allied mobile suits. [[spoiler:He uses this ability in Episode 26 to pin Asemu down.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Flit and Woolf.
* FragileSpeedster: The AGE-1 Spallow. It's powerful enough that it almost qualifies for LightningBruiser, but its armor isn't much stronger than tofu.
* GambitRoulette: Aaron Simmons predicted [[spoiler:Reina Spriggan's reaction to having her boyfriend killed during a deliberate testing "accident" and a cover-up with surprising accuracy, which sure is handy when her defection and hatred of the Feddies was a key part of his plan to turn Luna Base over to Vagan]].
* GenerationalSaga: The format of the series. In addition to the Asunos, the Gunhales have had a representative in each generation, and supporting characters from the generation previous often return.
* GenerationXerox:
** The three protagonists. Specifically, Asemu and Kio are male xeroxes of their mothers.
** Also, Dique and Wootbit Gunhale. The latter looks exactly like the former did at the same age, only with blond hair, and both fill the same role. Wootbit's just [[{{Jerkass}} not as friendly to his Asuno counterpart]].
* GoOutWithASmile: Any dying character who is remotely sympathetic has 1. a sad smile 2. a hopeful smile or 3. a satisfied smile. There's nine of 'em over the course of three generations.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Supah Pairotto!" Thanks for that, Woolf.
* GreyAndGrayMorality:
** The Federation versus Vagan. The Federation [[spoiler:set the stage for war by abandoning their failed Mars colony]]. Several generations of corruption and editing of history in their favor have now been replaced with Flit's unflinching anti-Vagan sentiments. Vagan, while having a sympathetic cause, began the war without warning, targets civilian colonies, and refuses Federation efforts to negotiate peace.
** On a smaller scale, Euba vs. Zalam in Fardain have a miniature CycleOfRevenge continuing from generations ago. Flit gets them to knock it off.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Asemu in Gundam AGE-1 used a Dorados's severed arm with its beam saber still active to destroyed another Dorados.
* HairColorSpoiler: See ForegoneConclusion above.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Flit and Emily in the twenty-five year timeskip between Generations 1 and 2. Asemu and Romary are married in Episode 28.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Bruzar sacrifices himself to get Nora's colony core free when it collapses.
** [[spoiler:Woolf dies taking the blow from Desil Galette meant for Asemu, saddening all his wingmen and enraging Asemu.]]
** [[spoiler:Remi dies shortly after putting her workloader between [[EliteMook Mink's Zedas M]] [[TakingTheBullet and the Diva's bridge.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Shanalua Mullen's Clanche is crushed when she destroys a Wrozzo that would probably have taken out the Gundam, due to Kio's HeroicBSOD.]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Flit tumbles into this at the tender age of fourteen.
* HiddenAgendaVillain:
** Who are the UE? What do they want? No one is quite sure. Grodek seems to figure it out midway through Generation 1, but the audience doesn't get to share. Episode 15 has TheReveal: [[spoiler: 150 years before the start of the series, the Earth Federation abandoned support for the human colonies in Mars after an outbreak of a disease. Those who survived felt double-crossed by the Federation and formed the nation of Vagan. YMMV on whether or not their plight is sympathetic enough to warrant their atrocities.]]
* HistoryRepeats: Near the end of Flit's arc, [[spoiler:Yurin is stabbed and killed by Desil]], causing Flit to enter an UnstoppableRage, and slices Desil's suit to pieces, but sparing him. 26 years later, [[spoiler:Desil kills Woolf in a similar manner, followed by Asemu going berserk and slashing Desil's suit apart limb by limb and finishing the job by blasting the remains into molten space dust.]]
** In Episode 34, Kio is held by two enemy suits the exact same way that Asemu was by Desil. [[spoiler:Asemu shoves him out of the way in the exact same way that Woolf saved him... only [[SubvertedTrope he turns around and guts Gratt]] before he can get stabbed in the back. Woolf would be proud.]]
* HopeIsScary: According to Ezelcant, children are the only ones in Vagan who let themselves freely feel emotion. They learn to be [[TheStoic stoic and]] [[JadeColoredGlasses jaded]] as they grow up, because loving unreservedly is too painful when those people are likely to die of disease and/or poverty.
* HumanAllAlong: [[spoiler:The Unknown Enemy, also known as Vagan.]]
* HumongousMecha: [[SelfExplanatory Gundam series. Duh]].
* HundredYearsWar: Just like the real one, it was waged for much less time, 64 years exactly. But at least they spent the remaining 36 years rebuilding.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Zeheart is jealous of Asem's chance at getting to fall in love, marry, and have children.]]
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Flit will never get over the fact that [[spoiler:he was unable to stop Desil from killing Yurin.]]
* IdiotBall: Gets passed around quite a bit, but it's almost an Asuno family heirloom.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The guards who attack Woolf in the factory in Episode 23.
* ImprobableAge:
** Despite stiff competition from other series, Flit, the fourteen-year-old weapons designer on the military's payroll, may win the all-time achievement record for Gundam protagonists when it comes to this trope.
** Flit is out done in his own series by the seven year old Desil who not only jacks the AGE-1 for a joyride, but is also the pilot of the UE MS Zedas and commands their forces in one battle. (By generation 2, however, his capricious attitude is too self-destructive for Vagan and he lacks any real authority.)
** Zeheart gets this, too. At age 18, he's put in command of the Earth Occupation Forces. He even outranks his older brother!
* {{Irony}}: As the Third Generation rolls in, it's pretty clear that Vagan boasts a technologically advanced military. [[spoiler:And then Episode 37 shows life within the actual capital city... which is a primitive, impoverished desert city that shares quite a few similarities to [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Cappadocia.]] To call the difference between civilian life and military within Vagan jarring would be an understatement.]]
** Also at the beginning of the Third Generation, when Flit asks for the launch of the Diva (which is at that point in time an antique and Flit has also left the military, only holding merit as the former commander-in-chief of the Federation), another high-ranking officer puts together a ragtag crew of half-dead pilots and rookies, even giving a complete amateur NiceGirl the position of captain, for it out of pure spite. GenreSavvy viewers should know that the Diva's new crew will likely wind up turning the tide in the war.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Flit and Woolf, Asemu and Woolf, Kio and Seric.
* IWasQuiteALooker: As of Generation 2, Flit has long since kissed his cute boy days goodbye.
* ItsPersonal: Flit and Desil. Twenty-five years later, the grudge is still going strong.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler:Yurin's death caused Flit to do this. From age fourteen well into his sixties, his hatred for the Vagan is so strong that his main goal in life is to exterminate all of them. His words.]]
** The UE/[[spoiler:Vagan]] did this circa A.G. 108, when they started wiping out colonies full of civilians [[spoiler:in their campaign to retake Earth]].
* KillEmAll: Many characters get killed off in the series, but the third generation in particular is rather heavy on the character deaths, especially episodes 47-48. To elaborate, [[spoiler:''every'' Vagan soldier with a name is dead at the end of 48--save for an ArtificialHuman who hasn't arrived on the battlefield yet--along with the entirety of the ''Diva's'' mobile suit squadron]].
* KilledOffForReal: With all the homages AGE pays to previous entries of the franchise, it's only natural that it would be just as eager to kill off its cast.
** Generation 1: Marina Asuno[[note]]Flit's mom[[/note]], [[TheObiWan Commander Bruzar]], [[spoiler:Don Boyage, [[ShrinkingViolet Yurin L'Ciel]], Yark Dole.]]
** Generation 2: [[spoiler:Grodek, [[AcePilot Woolf Enneacle]], Desil, [[WrenchWench Remi]], Daz Roden, [[SuperpoweredMooks The Magicians 8]], Froi Olfenoa, Medel Zant.]]
** Generation 3: Deymon Large, [[spoiler: [[CoolBigSis Shanalua Mullen]], Gorn Gratt Otto, [[IllGirl Lu Anon]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Girard Spriggan]], Godom, Seric Abis, Deen Anon, Fram, Zanald, Zeheart, Obright, all of the Diva's MauveShirt pilots]] and some Bisidian {{Red Shirt}}s.
* KillTheCutie: Because, again, Gundam.
** Generation 1: While stopping Desil from killing Flit, [[spoiler:Yurin's UE mobile suit gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and explodes in front of Flit.]]
** Generation 2: Mink kills [[spoiler:Remi Ruth by attacking her unarmed repair unit in episode 27]].
* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Invoked in Episode 44--no, Flit, it is ''not'' okay to just shoot all the Vagan prisoners.
* LensmanArmsRace:
** Thanks to the AGE Builder, the ''[[CoolShip Diva]]'' is pretty much a one-ship Lensman Arms Race, developing massively powerful new weapons after receiving only a single battle's worth of combat data.
** Likewise, the Vagan seem to be able to produce newer and more powerful mobile suits at a faster pace than the regular Federation forces.
** Implied to have been taken to an even farther extent in the previous wars, where a pilot could control ''hundreds'' of mobile suits at once, and it's been mentioned that a single mobile suit from that era could probably outclass every currently existing armed force in both the Earth and Mars spheres.
* LightningBruiser:
** The G-Exes. Fast and maneuverable, can take it and dish it out pretty good thanks to good armor, a strong shield and two hideously powerful beam-sabers.
** The bad guys have the Zedas, piloted by [[AxCrazy psycho-child Desil Gallete]] which is as fast & strong as the AGE-1 Spallow.
** Generation 2's Vagan has the Zeydra, specifically designed to keep up with Zeheart's X-Rounder abilities.
** The Gundam AGE-2 Normal can be considered one due to being fast & strong. But the one that takes the prize would be the MidSeasonUpgrade of AGE-2, the [[DualWielding Double Bullet.]]
** The Gundam AGE-3 in its entirety is this. Despite being the physically largest of the three regular Gundams, it has surprising agility and maneuverability (able to glide around melee strikes on a city street) and excellent speed thanks to its massive thrusters, and is also armed with a miniaturized version of the [[CoolStarship Diva's]] [[WaveMotionGun Photon Blaster Cannon]]. The Fortress equipment gives it hovering abilities for gliding across the ground at high speeds, and is armed with ''four'' [=SigMaxiss=] Cannons. The Orbital equipment is the fastest yet, matching the Ghirarga for speed and armed with a rifle that fires homing [[SwordBeam sword beams]].
** The Gundam AGE-FX, full stop. Specifically mentioned to have been built to be as fast as possible, and armed with a multitude of extremely quick [[AttackDrone C-Funnels]]. It's also armed with the Stangle Rifle, which has two firing modes... and the weakest of which is on par with the Gundam AGE-3's Sigmasis Rifle. Taken UpToEleven with [[SuperMode FX Burst]],it managed to reflect Xamdrag's well.... Xamdrag cannon.
** SID. The Mobile Armor has more firepower than a warship and moves so fast that even the Gundam Legilis and AGE-2's Strider mode can barely keep up with it.
* LighterAndSofter: Averted. The "kiddy" art style doesn't stop the show from featuring its fair share of deaths or depict the Federation as still a corrupt organization. The scenes of large-scale battles throughout the series are no more sanitized than those in other Gundam shows either.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Flit and Yurin.
* LoveHurts:
** First Generation: [[spoiler:Flit and Yurin, and ''Good God'' does it hurt.]]
** Second Generation: [[spoiler:Obright and Remi, '''AND HOW.''']]
** Third Generation: [[spoiler:Kio and Lu. '''OH MAN''', Kio and Lu.]]
* LoveTriangle:
** Flit with Emily and Yurin. [[spoiler:Emily wins. Though it's doubtful she'd revel in the victory... I mean, is it really winning when your love rival--the one Flit seemed to have more romantic feelings for--is killed? And considering the scene with Flit and Yurin's pink ribbon, the girl's very aware of it, and not exactly happy? Something of a PyrrhicVictory, really.]]
** For the Second Generation, Romary with Asemu and Zeheart. [[spoiler:Romary wavers a lot but eventually chooses Asemu and they marry in episode 28.]]
* LostTechnology[=/=]OmniscientDatabase: [[spoiler:EXA-DB. It contains information on every weapon used prior to the Silver Chalice Treaty. Vagan's mobile suit and warship technology comes from a fragment that Ezelcant found decades ago.]]
* MauveShirt: The ''Diva'' mobile suit squadron of Generation 3. Rather than the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits oddball trio]] of G1 or the NewMeat squad of G2, they are simply competent, experienced pilots and come off as generic thanks to their lack of screentime ([[GuileHero usually]], [[TheMole at]] [[TheStoic least]]). [[spoiler:They're all dead by the penultimate episode.]]
* MeetCute: Yurin for Flit. Romary for Asemu. Lu for Kio.
* MidSeasonUpgrade:
** Woolf replaces his nearly out-dated Genoace Custom during the middle arc of the first generation with the G-Exes.
** Asemu gets an example of this, too, when he switches from the Gundam AGE-1 to the AGE-2, then to the Double Bullet.
** And on the villains' side, Zeheart upgrades from the Zedas R to the Zeydra.
** Kio then upgrades from the AGE-3 to the AGE-FX.
** The fourth opening shows that [[spoiler:the AGE-1 is going to get a "Full Armour" type upgrade so Flit can keep up with the younger members of the Asuno family.]]
** In Episode 44, [[spoiler:Zeheart inherits Lord Ezelecant's Gundam Legilis.]]
* MightyGlacier: The AGE-1 Titus is right out of the textbook: hits like a brick wall with fists in ground combat, easily outmaneuvered by nimbler units in space battle.
* TheMole: Over the course of the war, the Vagan have infiltrated countless moles and sleeper agents into the Federation. Zeheart initially started as one, and [[spoiler:Shanalua Mullen]] turns out to be a Federation native working as one.
* MultiformBalance: The Gundam AGE-1's [[JackOfAllStats Normal]], [[MightyGlacier Titus]] and [[FragileSpeedster Spallow]] modes.
* MyGreatestFailure: See ILetGwenStacyDie.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:Flit.]]
* {{Ninja}}: The Gundam AGE-1 Spallow.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Ezelcant delivered not one, but ''two'' major ones to Kio in Episode 39 with his new Gundam Legilis.]]
* NotWorthKilling: Despite the Zedas outpacing Gundam Titus, Desil gets bored and orders the UE to retreat.
** The same thing happens in Episode 20 when [[spoiler:Zeheart defeats Asemu]].
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain:
** Probably the most twisted example ever with Flit versus Desil. The former is a maturing fourteen-year-old kid aware of his own limits; the latter is an arrogant and selfish 7-year-old AxCrazy BloodKnight.
** Averted with Asemu and Zeheart in the Second Generation. They are exactly the same age. [[spoiler: until they put Zeheart on cold sleep and they follow the trope in the Third Generation]]
** Inverted with Kio vs. Zeheart. [[spoiler:Also inverted with Kio vs. Ezelcant.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: In the opening crawl for the Third Generation.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchPhrase: "Three destinies will form history..."
* PerspectiveFlip: Asemu in first part and Zehart in second part from ''Memories of Eden''.
* PowerTrio: [[KillThemAll Flit]] (id), Asemu (ego), [[MartialPacifist Kio]] (superego).
* PsychicPowers: The X-Rounders, which at first seem to be a fairly basic and near identical Newtype equivalent. And then people start talking about it being a [[SubvertedTrope regression]] in humanity, rather than the next step in their evolution.
* PunnyName: The Adeles have the ability to use the AGE-1's add-ons. [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Unless you're one of those people who thinks they're named after a famous singer]].
* PuppyLove <- -> StarCrossedLovers: Kio Asuno (Earth) and Lu Anon (Vagan) from the Third Generation, both of whom are only 13 years old when they meet. [[spoiler:Sadly, it doesn't make them exempt from ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'s'' LoveHurts tradition, as seen by Lu's heartbreaking death in Episode 38.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Third Generation ''Diva'' crew.
* RammingAlwaysWorks:
** Narrowly averted. Madorna's Shaldolls destroy the fragment of ''Fa Bose'' left, stopping it from ramming the ''Diva''.
** Also averted for Ract, who was actually going to ram his ''own'' Mobile Suit into the fragment's engine, to stop it so it wouldn't hit the Diva.
* RescueRomance:
** Flit's and Yurin's meeting leads to this.
** This is played with in the Second Generation, as Romary is saved by both Asemu and Zeheart at different times. Asemu rescues Romary when she's injured during a Vagan attack, and Zeheart rescues Romary from getting hit by a wrench. She distinctly blushes at the latter.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Aaron Simmons suffers a KarmicDeath at the hands of Fram after she finds out he murdered two Vagan guards to escape the Federation assault on Luna Base.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Seems to run through the Asuno bloodline, specifically:
** Flit tearing into Desil after he [[spoiler:kills Yurin. Though he spares him rather than strike a finishing blow.]]
** Asemu, also against Desil, this time after he [[spoiler:kills Woolf. No mercy is shown to him this time.]]
** Kio unleashes [[spoiler:FX Burst on Zanard after he kills Deen. Like his grandfather, Kio spared his enemy at the last second.]]
** [[spoiler:''Zeheart'' goes on one in episode 48, after he sees the Gundams had survived the attack he sacrificed a good deal of his forces, including his closest Lieutenants, to pull off. Unfortunately for him, his does not go nearly as well as any of the Asunos'.]]
* RuleOfThree
* SatelliteLoveInterest:
** Emily, and to a lesser extent, Romary. Emily's only concern seems to be Flit, and she barely even interacts with her grandfather. Romary has more screentime, but her role is overshadowed by the rivalry between Asemu and Zeheart. Their absence in subsequent generations makes it painfully obvious that they were only included for their ovaries.
** Wendy is the presumed love interest for Kio, but only through various love interest signal flags shared with her predecessors (her appearance in the ED and prior friendship with Kio) and not any kind of actual romantic expression. Or screentime. [[spoiler: However, her role is somewhat expanded in the -UNKNOWN SOLDIERS- side story. She is now providing support by controlling Gundam AGE-FX A-Funnel Equipment Type's eponymous weapons and working on improving their AI system. ]]
* SecretKeeper: Romary to Asemu.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Fram's]] sacrifice in order to [[spoiler:lure the Gundams into the La Gramis' WaveMotionGun]] fails utterly when they manage to escape the trap anyways. [[spoiler:Zeheart]] [[VillainousBreakdown does not]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge take this well]].
* SerialEscalation: What will be the next evolution of AGE System?
* ShellShockedVeteran: Grodek, Flit as of Episode 14, Woolf in Generation 2, Obright and Shanalua in Generation 3.
** Kio shows some pretty major signs of PTSD as the war comes to a close, [[spoiler:including [[HeroicBSOD staring numbly]] at the devastation left behind by the Photon Blaster during the final battle, culminating in finally breaking down and crying after his fight with Deen.]]
* ShouldersOfDoom: The Gundam AGE-1 Titus has those. Notice the 4 holes in each of its shoulder-pads? Those are actually Beam Spikes stored in the shoulders, placed ideally for tackling the enemy.
* ShoutOut:
** In Episode 13, Woolf quotes [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]].
---> '''Largan:''' "Woolf, do you...Do you have a girlfriend?"
---> '''Woolf:''' "A girlfriend? Of course I do. She's a pure white princess (probably referring to his G-Exes here)."
---> '''Largan:''' "Then, make sure she won't get hurt."
---> '''Woolf:''' "[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Who the hell do you think I am?]]"
** The revelation of the UE [[spoiler:actually being people fighting for Vagan is strikingly similar to the big reveal in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico.'']]
** Flit's Second Generation portrayal is already being compared to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]].
** It's not hard to find yourself comparing Romary to [[Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} Mary-Jane Watson]].
** In Episode 20, Zeahart uses an [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} Inazuma kick]].
*** Some have also compared it to a [[KamenRider Rider Kick]].
*** And still others would have called it a [[ViewtifulJoe RED HOT KICK]] either way ''nice''.
** In the First Generation, Flit wanting revenge on the UE/[[spoiler:Veigan]] for the death of his mother is very similar to [[Manga/GalaxyExpress999 Tetsuro Hosino wanting revenge on Count Mecha for the death of his own mother]].
** In Episode 26, the Diva uses a weapon system called the "Photon Ring Ray", which is a large ring used to amplify the beam fired by the Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon. It is basically a lower-tech version of [[Anime/GaoGaiGar the Double Shooting Warship Takehaya's Reflector Cannons]].
*** Another: In Episode 29, Kio is told to push the G-Button to combine the Core Fighter with the G-Ceptor, and does it exactly like Utsugi Mikoto would do it; by hitting it as hard as possible.
** The Ghirarga's bits look a bit too much like [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs Axel Shooter]] to be a coincidence.
** There seem to be a number of references to SpaceRunawayIdeon:
*** Guavaran's eating habits are the same as those of Hannibal Gen, a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Buff Clan General Of The Week]].
*** Obright and Remi's talk of a family aboard the ''Diva'' is similar to conversation between Moera and Rapoh on the Solo Ship. Their stories end [[HeroicSacrifice more or less the same way]].
*** [[spoiler:Girard]]'s almost-last words are the same as BridgeBunny Hatari's.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: The first parts of Generations 1 and 2 seem geared more towards silliness, with lots of comic relief and hijinks interspersed between battles. The ''end'' of those arcs turns firmly into Serious. Generation 3 has some initial silliness with the ''Diva's'' ragtag crew, but is mostly serious.
* SpacePirates: Bisidian.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on who you ask, the protagonist's name is either Frite or Flit (the official translation seems to be the latter).
** Also, fans are having trouble deciding if the antagonists' nation is named Vagan, Veigan, or [[UnfortunateImplications Vegan.]]
** The Second Generation's protagonist has conflicting spelling as well. Some say it's Asem, others say it's Asemu.
** Adeles/Adders.
** Sparrow/Spallow.
** Farsia/[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Farseer]].
** Visidian/Bisidian.
** Legilis/Regulus Gundam.
** Wendy's last name is either Hearts or Hertz, depending on who you ask.
** Sid/Shido/Cid. Oddly, Gundam Info uses Sid while the subs use Shido.
* StealthPun: All that talk about aliens in the series. Well turns out [[spoiler:the UE really are Martians.]]
* StockSoundEffects
** The Gundam AGE-1's Beam Spread Gun uses the laser-firing sound effect from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** The Gafrans wield beam vulcans that fire with the same sound as the plasma pistols in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
** For once, Sunrise actually ''didn't'' reuse the same few sound effects from the original series.
** The Photon Blaster Cannon makes the ''exact'' same noise as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed GENESIS]].
*** This should come as no surprise though, since AGE uses the same sound effect set[[note]](Everything from Beam weapons, gatling guns, vernier thrusters and explosions)[[/note]] as those used in SEED and the later.
* TheyCallHimSword: in ''Memory of Eden'' [[spoiler:we have Asemu piloting]] Gundam AGE-1 Swordia.
* SuicideMission: [[spoiler:Fram is given one to lure the Gundams into the La Gramis' WaveMotionGun, a mission that would get her in the way of the cannon's fire. She does so, all so she could get Zeheart to change back to the kind man she knew. [[SenselessSacrifice It doesn't work.]]]]
* SuperMode: The AGE-FX has one: FX Burst Mode. The machine glows blue and beam sabers erupt out of every conceivable point on its frame. It gains a tremendous speed boost and near immunity to beam attacks, as the numerous beam sabers apparently generate some kind of interference field. The problem is that it cannot be activated for very long, and that its destructive potential is too great: Kio doesn't want to use it because it's too difficult to disable the enemy without destroying them while it's active.
* SuperPrototype: The Gundams, of course, as well as Woolf's G-Exes.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: For once, a ''Gundam'' series has this. Yurin says "Nice catch" in episode 14 [[spoiler:and it's just as well that it's this rather than GratuitousEnglish, as it's shortly before her death]] as well as most of the written English text throughout.
** Moreover, [[spoiler:Lu's diary about her future memories not only has beautiful sketches, it also contains entries written in grammatically perfect English.]] Here is [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-VBHADApy-OQ/T_Aa5D6_TNI/AAAAAAACx-Y/08IM2Vqpkh4/s1600/111.jpg a heartwarming entry.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Daz attempts to do this to Flit in Episode 27 after having his mobile suit split in two]]. He almost succeeded. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Godom and Fram]] had more success with this on [[spoiler: Seric and Olbright]].
* TeenGenius: Flit Asuno.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Young Flit, Asemu, and Romary (among others) seem in desperate need of one. Too bad this is Gundam.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Flit declares that he will never forgive the UE [[spoiler: [[ItsPersonal for using and killing Yurin]].]]
* TimeSkip: There are twenty-five years between each generation, but there's also a three-month timeskip between the end of episode 39 and episode 40.
* ThreeAmigos: Flit, Emily, and Dique. Asemu, Romary, and Zeheart are strongly implied to have been this during their last years of school, with the photo montage in the second ED.
* ThreeSuccessfulGenerations: Flit as ThePatriarch, Asemu as the SelfMadeMan and Kio as the promising rookie.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Asemu throws a beam saber to distract a Dorado before finishing the said Vagan mobile suit with his other beam saber.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: At the end of Episode 8, we are shown a new UE model hiding in the factory that builds customized mobile suits including G-Exes, leading the audience to suspect that it has been working for the UE all along. In the next episode, however, it is revealed that the crew has been UNKNOWINGLY working for the UE until they realize something is dead wrong in the combat record of the UE model. They get better after this.
* TransformingMecha: The Gafrans.
** The Gundam AGE-2 as well.
** The Gundam AGE-3 too, sort of. It doesn't transform as much as the AGE-2, rather the arms and legs fold up into a flight-mode, stretching out to become the body which the Core Fighter then transforms into the Head and Cockpit for.
** The Federation's new Clanche is a straighter example, being developed directly from the AGE-2.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: In Episode 31 "Tremble In Fear - Ghosts of the Desert", this trope is averted as while Kio performs the mid-air conversion with the G-Hopper, the bad guys attempt to shoot them down while they're doing it. However, Flit intervenes and the conversion is successfully executed.
* ThePurge: The second generation ends with one of [[spoiler:Vagan collaborators within the Federation]] as part of a coup.
* TheUriahGambit: When [[spoiler:Desil disobeys orders during the battle at Nortrom and engages the Gundam, Zeheart deliberately withholds reinforcements, which leads to Desil's defeat and death.]] His subordinates then accuse him of invoking this trope in order to conveniently get rid of him, but he points out that they probably would have ended up as CanonFodder if he'd allowed them to assist.
** In Episode 30, the Olivernotes commander deliberately assigns the worst crew he can find to the ''Diva'', as well as promoting an inexperienced lieutenant into captaincy long before she is ready for such responsibility. He seems to this all for the purpose of spiting Flit.
** In Episode 48, [[spoiler:Zeheart fires La Gramis' cannon, knowing that Zanald, who has proved himself to be a traitorous bastard, would be caught in the blast.]]
* TheUsualAdversaries: The UE.
* UnstoppableRage: Each protagonist does this once, in each case on the enemy who just killed someone important--Flit to Decil, Asemu to Decil, and Kio to Zanald. [[spoiler:Kio, however, subverts it with Stoppable Rage and doesn't deliver a death blow.]]
* UnfortunateNames:
** From Wootbit Gunhale to Natola Einus, Generation 3 is a ''major'' offender.
** There are the Vagan names as well. It's hard to take Desil and Zeheart's last names seriously when their last names are desserts.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** Desil Galette]] does not take losing well at all. Just look at the mess he made in his room after losing to the Gundam Spallow in Episode 10!
** [[spoiler:Even worse after Desil killed Yurin; he brings out Flit's full potential in the Spallow. Meaning he gets [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped.]] Especially worth noting because he's an AxCrazy BloodKnight, and Flit's counterattack ''[[FateWorseThanDeath reduces him to a sobbing mess]]''.]]
** [[spoiler: Aaron Simmons, who when it looks like the Federation has even breached the base, hands control of the base to subordinate claiming he will return, then proceeds to [[BadBoss kill two guards to escape the base]] all while ranting how he doesn't want to die after his successful GambitRoulette. ]]
** [[spoiler: Zeheart, after failing to kill the Gundams with his final La Gramis blast that annihilates all in its path, friend and foe alike, snaps and tries to take out the Gundams with Legilis and meets his own demise.]]
* VoodooShark: A major one surfaces in Generation 3. [[spoiler:Halfway through the planning period for the show, the writers seem to have noticed that Lord Ezelcant's two stated objectives (reclaiming the Earth for Vagan and testing the worthiness of the Federation's citizens) didn't exactly gel. Consequently, they had him reveal his ''real'' plan, which was even more nonsensical and self-contradictory (evolving humanity into a peaceful, utopian master race by killing most of them off).]]
* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: [[spoiler:Once the Gundam became the Diva's ace-in-the-hole, the Earth Federation rebranded their war against the UE (aka Vagan) as the War of Bat Extermination and went into open warfare.]]
* WasItAllALie: Asem demands this of Zeheart, who wishes they could have remained friends.
* WaveMotionGun: The Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon is definitely one.
** Big Ring's [[KillSat Photon Ring Ray]] is a WaveMotionGun ''powered by the Photon Blaster Cannon.''
** The AGE-3's [=SigMaxiss=] Rifle is a smaller, MS-mounted version of the Photon Blaster Cannon.
*** And then the AGE-3 Fortress tops it by combining all four of its [=SigMaxiss=] Cannons to form a shot similar to the [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Satellite Cannon]].
*** And because that just wasn't enough, it gets a one-shot upgrade into an even bigger gun to kill a Vagan battleship.
** Vagan reveal one of their own in Episode 29, which decloaks and [[spoiler:vaporizes the Big Ring in about two seconds to kick off their invasion of Earth.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[NotSoDifferent Both Flit and Ezelcant]] can be considered these. Ezelcant is willing to do anything to take Earth for the Vagan, while Flit is certain the only way to protect Earth is the complete extermination of all Vagan.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Asemu enters mobile suit contests and excels in school so he could attract his father's attention. When he joins the Federation, he focuses on being just as good of a mobile suit as his father in order to impress him. Woolf tries to teach Asemu to be his own man and not to be confined by his father's accomplishments.
* WhamEpisode:
** Episode 8's last scene of a UE being built in a facility was but an appetizer to how big episode 9 would be. A UE Zedas outclasses the Titus, making a new Gundam obsolete in record time. Moreover, the episode reveals that Desil's calling the shots for the UE and, most importantly, Grodek convinces his crew to break off from the Federation's forces. Talk about a dramatic buildup!
** [[spoiler:After much tension of the first part of the battle, Episode 13 gives the audience one more sudden shock by revealing Yurin as a manipulated X-Rounder soldier by the UE at the end. (Unless you've [[GenreSavvy seen enough Gundam shows]] to know what happens to the newtype-y love interest. Then it's more of a ForegoneConclusion.)]]
** Two words: Episode 15. [[spoiler:We finally realize that the UE are actually people belonging to the nation of Vagan, but also learn the reasons why they are fighting against the Earth Federation. After watching this episode, you may find yourself sympathizing with those from Vagan.]]
** Episode 29. [[spoiler:First, Big Ring is destroyed. This signals the Vagan forces sent to Earth in Episode 27 finally reveal themselves, rapidly turning Earth from a peaceful paradise into a battleground.]]
** Episodes 37 and 38. [[spoiler:We finally get to see what life within Vagan is like. Prepare yourself for the series' most sobering episodes yet.]]
** Episode 39. [[spoiler:The truth behind Ezelcant's Project Eden is revealed. Gundam Legilis is also introduced, giving the AGE-3 not one, but ''two'' [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown No-Holds-Barred Beatdowns.]]]]
* Episode 48. To whit, [[spoiler: Zeheart fires La Gramis' cannon again to destroy the Gundams, but also taking out a significant portion of his own forces who are in the way, ordering Fram and Leil to keep the Gundams from fleeing, even though this means their deaths as well. The Federation is forced to abandon the ''Diva'' so it can be used as bait to draw the cannon's fire. Obright makes a HeroicSacrifice that ends up [[TakingYouWithMe killing Fram]] [[MutualKill as well]], and the three Gundams work together to escape the laser blast (which incidentally also takes out Zanald). When Zeheart realizes he's just sacrificed the bulk of his forces-including his two loyal subordinates-for ''nothing'', he snaps, and enters the battle in Gundam Legilis, where he is quickly and swiftly defeated by Asemu, reconciles with his friend, and then dies as Legilis explodes.]]
* WhamLine: Zeheart at the end of episode 43:
-->'''Zeheart:''' [[spoiler:We're heading back. Second Moon has reached the Earth Sphere.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Some characters seem to have been completely forgotten about after every generation change, such as [[spoiler:Largan]]...unless you read [[AllThereInTheManual Memories of Sid]].
** Speaking of Memories of Sid, we have Wivik in the 3rd Generation. Now, just where the hell is he?
** In Generation 3, Laparaly Mardona seems to be running the business without Murkured, so some fans have hypothesized that he died of old age between generations.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook:
** Episode 15 has a heartbreaking example when Woolf runs into a dying Vagan soldier. Learning the truth about his people and befriending him, Woolf is given a Vagan necklace just before the soldier dies in his arms. Sorry, I got something in my eye...
** In Generation 3, Zeheart makes a point of knowing the names of soldiers who die under his command.
* WhatTheHellHero: The three Asunos lash this out against one another in the fourth arc, with Flit despising Asemu for turning into a pirate, and Asemu and Kio questioning Flit's Messiah work by exterminating all the Vagans.
* WorfEffect: While Asemu is perfectly capable of handling Vagan mooks, the early Second Generation episodes show him continually getting [[CurbStompBattle curbstomped]] by Zeheart.
** A lot of Federation mobile suits that aren't the Gundam or piloted by Woolf fall victim to this too. They're somewhat less hopeless in Generation 2 and more on the level in 3, [[FridgeBrilliance most likely]] due to the Federation being caught off-guard by the Unknown Enemy in the first place.
** The "Magicians' Eight", a squadron of elite Vagan X-Rounders, spend most of the episodes they show up in getting continually and rather easily picked off and killed by the protagonists.
** By the point of the Third Generation, the Defurse, which was able to give the Gundam AGE-1 a tough fight, is easily one shotted by the AGE-3.
** [[spoiler:Big Ring, which is the lynchpin of Earth's final line of defense, easily holds off a massive Vagan offensive in the 2nd Generation. However, come the Third Generation, the station is quickly destroyed in the opening minutes of Episode 29.]]
* WorldHalfFull: Subverted like '''whoa''' from Episode 15 onwards.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: [[spoiler:Happened during Episode 14 after Flit lost it when Yurin dies in the hands of Desil.]]
-->'''Flit:''' Desil....Why did you.....[[spoiler:Why did Yurin have to die?]]
-->'''Desil:''' There was no reason! It just means I've lost one of my playthings!
-->'''Flit:''' Lives...'''''ARE NOT TOYS!!!'''''[[spoiler: ((Cue an MS-sized ExtremeMeleeRevenge by Flit on Desil))]]
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: The Gundam AGE-1 Titus's weapons loadout is specifically built around giving wrestling moves that little extra kick, making it perhaps the only HumongousMecha in existence to utilise the 'beam lariat'.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Arabel's fate. Shortly after he stabs Grodek he is shot by unknown people as part of their cover-up of something within the Federation. The one that shoots him tells him they don't need him anymore.]]
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Family]]:
** Flit's (initial) hatred of the UE comes from watching his mother die during an attack on their colony.
** Grodek's wife and daughter were killed in the very first UE attack, and he has [[ByronicHero no other purpose in life]] but to avenge them.
** [[spoiler:Arabel's attitude towards Grodek. Grodek is also GenreSavvy enough to know that Arabel will ruin his own life in order to pursue revenge, which he eventually does in Episode 24.]]
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