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%%!!Fellow tropers: TVTropes is a wiki dedicated to compiling ''story and character tropes'', not attesting your fiery hatred for every single aspect of a particular show. So before you add yet another complaint about ''Gundam SEED Destiny'', take a closer look at the list; aren't there enough complaints already? Complaining isn't going to make the show better. Instead, why don't you just pour yourself some chocolate milk, pop a few anti-depressants, and re-watch ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' or another ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series of your choice until your crippling rage subsides.!!

''Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny'' is the sequel to the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' anime series. It is the tenth televised series in the [[LongRunner long-running]] ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise and the second to be set in the Cosmic Era AlternateUniverse. ''Destiny'' has some thematic ties to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', similar to the relationship between ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (though less pronounced that ''SEED'''s pseudo-remake status); these include ''SEED'' characters, now OlderAndWiser, reappearing in ''Destiny'', and a very similar RomanceArc in ''Destiny'' and ''Zeta''.

''Destiny'' takes place two years after the end of ''SEED'', and follows the story of Shinn Asuka, a young [[BornWinner Coordinator]] and ZAFT pilot. A surprise attack on a ZAFT military base and the subsequent Gundamjacking of three of ZAFT's new SuperPrototype Gundams kicks off a sequence of events that results in a second full-scale war between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance. However, things are not as clear-cut as they seem at first, and questions arise over which side of the conflict is really in the right. About halfway through the series, much of the cast from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' returns to the spotlight, and the series gradually shifts to their POV, considerably changing the tone of the series.

While ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' was wildly popular in Japan, the reaction among English-speaking audiences was much less positive. This largely spawns from the mid-show POV-shift, with Western fans typically preferring Shinn to Kira, and feeling that the latter "stole" the show from the former, while Japanese fans are more fond of Kira and thus much more forgiving of the shift. Some displeased fans take this to extreme levels, and the series has a vocal {{Hatedom}}. This has died down some since the inclusion of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. It has its own sidestory in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer''.

''Destiny'' makes numerous appearances in various VideoGames, such as the MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover franchises ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' and ''AnotherCenturysEpisode'', in addition to the ''GundamVsSeries''. Its inclusion in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' is particularly notable for being widely considered something of a FixFic; the story was reworked by Banpresto's writers to fix parts of the plot that had frustrated viewers, and to show both Kira ''and'' Shinn as heroes, which was well received by both sides of the BrokenBase. Destiny characters and mecha also appear in ''GundamFighter'', a Flash-based WebGame featuring nearly the entire Gundam franchise.

On November 16, 2012, ''Gundam Seed Destiny: HD Remaster'' was announced after ''Gundam Seed: HD Remaster'''s run was completed. It aired on March 29, 2013, and finished its run on March 7, 2014.
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!!Tropes used in this ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'':

* TheAce: Many, but Athrun in particular gets this treatment by ''Minerva'''s crew early on, as does Shinn later on.
* AdaptationDistillation: The [[CompilationMovie Special Editions]] manage to be surprisingly improved thanks to editing out some of the more hated elements. Many are hoping that the HD Remaster will do something similar.
** ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestinyTheEdge The Edge]]'' distillates events in the main series from Athrun's POV.
* AffablyEvil: Gilbert Durandel.
* AGlassInTheHand: Shinn, with aluminum cans, on at least three separate occasions.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Stella and Durandal get sad exits. Durandal even goes out surrounded by his family.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Want to know how Athrun feels about Meyrin? Want to know how Shinn was during his school days? Well, you'll just have to buy the drama CD.
* AllYourPowersCombined: In a rare mecha example, the Destiny's design is an AllYourPowersCombined version of the Impulse's (and [[{{Expy}} Strike's]]) various {{Mecha Expansion Pack}}s -- agility, [[{{BFG}} massive firepower]], and a [[{{BFS}} really big sword]] all at once instead of one at a time!
** As it turns out, the Destiny's design was recycled from the original design for the Freedom, which was meant to have the same concept but proved too difficult to animate at the time. This explains why [[FridgeBrilliance it looks like it combines all of the Strike's Striker Packs instead of the Impulse's Silhouette Packs]].
* AnAxeToGrind: The beam tomahawks used by [=ZAKUs=], as benefits their {{Expy}} nature to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original]] Zaku and their heathawks.
* AnimationBump: Notable because it happens frequently in several episodes where the animation is not at its best, they'll just always manage to save the best for certain scenes. Episode 32 is a good example, as the episode itself contains pretty good animation that suddenly goes up to excellent quality during the HopeSpot and the scene where [[spoiler: Stella dies]].
* ArrangedMarriage: Yuna and Cagalli.
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Lunamaria Hawke, when she finally gets the chance to pilot Mobile Suits alongside her idol Athrun.
* AttackDrone: The Chaos, and later, the Strike Freedom and Legend, are equipped with second generation attack drones that don't require pilots with high "spatial awareness" (i.e., normal pilots) to use them effectively.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NkbHS7shl8 Fields of Hope]]
* {{Badass}}: Many various examples, but special mention goes to none other than Kira Yamato, who single-handedly enters a battlefield, defeats two armies, including their Aces, thus FORCING them to stop their fighting, all without killing a single soldier. Made more badass that he does this on more the one occassion.
** {{BadassNormal}}: Neo Roanoke, who is a natural that can hold his own against coordinators and gundams using a mook suit. He Even destroyed the Freedom's shield, with a rocket powered exploding kunai.
** {{Badass Longcoat}}: Gilbert Durrandal's Supreme Councilman uniform has one.
** {{Beware The Nice Ones}}: Heine Westenfluss. Off the battlefield, he is the nicest, coolest, most chilled guy in the you will ever meet. On the battlefield, he proves why he is a member of Faith.
* {{BFG}}: The Gunner ZAKU's Orthos beam cannon, Blast Impulse's Kerberos cannons, Destiny's long-range beam cannon, and Strike Freedom's chest cannon.
* {{BFS}}: Sword Impulse's Excalibur and Destiny's Arondight anti-ship swords.
* BeamSpam: If you thought Freedom was the master of this, just wait until you see [[MidSeasonUpgrade Strike Freedom]]. Also, in order: Destroy, Legend, Infinite Justice (with or without the METEOR), Abyss, Blast Impulse, and Yzak's Slash ZAKU Phantom.
* BerserkButton: Played straight with Shinn, and to a more subdued degree by Kira, when the ladies in their lives are threatened.
* BigBadEnsemble: Djibril and [[ManipulativeBastard Durandal]] are on opposite sides of the war, utterly loathe one another, and both need to go in order for the story to end well. Which of them is the more dangerous (and whether Durandal is using Djibril or not) is a matter that's open for debate.
* BigDamnHeroes: Kira. [[spoiler: Especially after he gets the Strike Freedom.]]
* BladeOnAStick: Abyss Gundam's beam lance, which also has actual metal blades.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Del Rey's treatment of the SEED Destiny manga. {{Meaningful Name}}s are butchered to the point of losing their meaning, and ''basic punctuation and grammar'' are ignored.
** This was inherited from Del Rey's translation of the SEED manga, where the same happened to an incredible degree. The second volume of the SEED Destiny manga finally used the official spellings of characters and mecha, but contained a letter at the start of the book essentially complaining about how they had to follow someone else's translations rather than their own. The grammar problems remained, however.
* BodyDouble: Meer Campbell for Lacus Clyne.
* BodyGuardCrush: Athrun and Cagalli in the first eight episodes.
* BridgeBunnies: Meyrin, most prominantly.
* BrokenBird: Stellar Louissier, due to being a TykeBomb. [[TheCaptain Talia Gladys]] also counts.
* CharacterShilling: In ''Destiny,'' Heine Westenfluss is set up as an ace pilot like Athrun as well as charming and a really nice guy. Unfortunately, he doesn't get a chance to live up to his extreme reputation since [[spoiler:he dies too soon.]]
* ChastityCouple: Kira and Lacus; though there may have been doubts at the end of SEED about Kira's feelings, Destiny leaves little question that they are romantically involved.
* ChekhovsSkill: Athrun shows off some incredibly ImprobableAimingSkills on the ''Minerva's'' firing range by scoring headshot after headshot on a series of rapidly deploying targets in Phase 07. Much later, in Phase 46, we see those skills in action for real when he takes out an entire team of hitmen with submachine guns & grenades, using only a handgun.
* ChessMotifs: Durandal is a fan of these.
* ChestBlaster: Notably, the BABI, Abyss, and Strike Freedom all have chest-mounted beam cannons.
** The Destroy Gundam has three, each cannon being bigger and wider than a normal mobile suit. Nearly destroys entire cities in a single shot.
* {{Chickification}}: Cagalli. She ultimately gains her ActionGirl ''and'' leader status back.
* ClipShow: Gundam SEED fans thought the first series had more recap episodes than it really needed - the problem is worse here. Special notice should go to episode 29 which used almost all footage from the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed first show]]!
* ColonyDrop: TheRemnant of Patrick Zala's genocidal anti-Natural faction drop the wreckage of Junius 7 onto the Earth, resparking in full the war between the Alliance and ZAFT.
* CombiningMecha: Impulse follows the basic Gundam mold by being made up of a top, bottom, and fighter plane acting as the cockpit. It can also combine mid-battle with its [[MechaExpansionPack Silhouette Packs]] by way of having them brought out by a remote unit and then docking. Rey uses the concept to great effect in developing Shinn's strategy to defeat [[spoiler:Kira]].
* CompositeCharacter: Shinn is prety much one to both [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille]]. His Impulse is similar to The RX-78 Gundam - a CombiningMecha consisting of legs as one section, upper body as another, and SpaceFighter[=/=]MetaMecha cockpit as the torso, with a very similar red-with-gold-cross design for its shield. Shins' dub voice is Amuro's Zeta dub voice. Shin also has {{Wangst}} UnstoppableRage due to suffering through a TraumaCongaLine, and [[LoveHurts romantic troubles]] with his [[DatingCatwoman enemy-cum-love interest]] just like Kamille.
** Stella is Rosamia Badam, living Four Murasame's life.
* CompressedAdaptation: The manga. The 50-episode series gets condensed into 4 volumes (19 chapters), and becomes incomprehensible at times due to the heavily rushed pacing.
** Subverted with ''Gundam SEED Destiny the Edge''. The manga focuses on the story from Athrun's point of view with some changes and additions similar to the movies.
* CoolCar: The sports car Athrun is seen driving when he first returns to ORB, which appears to be some kind of cross between a Lamborghini and the Starship Enterprise.
* CoolShip: The ''Minerva'' [[spoiler:in addition to the ''Archangel'' and ''Eternal'' making a return later on]]. There's also the ''Girty Lue'', Neo's very cool assault carrier, which can ''[[InvisibilityCloak turn invisible]]''.
* CorporalPunishment: Athrun beats on Shinn for disobeying orders after he attacks an OMNI base during the Lohengrin Gate mission, and then again after Shinn brags about [[spoiler:killing Kira]].
* CrashIntoHello: Shinn meets Stella this way. She crashes into him backwards, so Shinn ends up [[ThanksForTheMammary with two handfuls of flesh]]. Oops. ThoseTwoGuys immediately ask him how it was.
* CurbStompBattle: Any fight involving the Strike Freedom and Infinite Justice.
* CustomUniformOfSexy: Female ZAFT Red Coats use the standard uniform with pants, but Lunamaria inexplicably wears a pink miniskirt. No one seems to mind.
* DeadStarWalking: T.M. Revolution voices Heine Westenfluss, who dies rather quickly; his Miguel Aiman character did the same in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]''. This actually becomes a running gag, since Miguel was said to have had a Orange GINN. Guess what color Heine's GOUF was?
* DecoyProtagonist: Shinn and Kira may both be this for Athrun.
** Made more obvious in the compilation films and the manga ''Gundam SEED Destiny The Edge''
* DemotedToExtra: Fan favorites Yzak Joule and Dearka Elsman. Former secondary characters and Gundam pilots are reduced to piloting EliteMook units and are only given limited roles.
** [[BeamSpam Blast Impulse Gundam]], despite is 1 of the main Mobile Suit.
* DownerBeginning: We start the show off on a [[SarcasmMode happy note]] with the protagonists family getting killed in what was considered one of the most brutal opening scenes of the franchise at the time of its airing.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Pretty much what happened to the Eurasian Federation. They are offhand mentioned as having been completely defeated by the Atlantic Federation within weeks.
* EasilyForgiven: The Orb/Clyne Faction seems to forgive and allow to join anyone so long as they are sorry for fighting against them. Then again with the "cycle of hatred" being a major theme, this makes a certain amount of sense.
* EvilIsBigger: The Earth Federation, and Blue Cosmos in particular, have a fixation on giant mobile armours, with the Destroy being the most obvious example of this.
* EvilIsHammy: Djibril is without a doubt the most over the top character in show, followed by DirtyCoward Yuna Roma.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler:Durandal]] probably counts, as his Destiny Plan effectively consists of [[spoiler:assigning everyone to their "proper" lot in life via genetic analysis]].
* EvilerThanThou: Between Djibril and Durandal, with the cast (not to mention the planet) caught in the middle.
* {{False Soulmate}}s: Athrun Zala and Cagalli Yula Athha went down this path. Though, this is more due to poor writing and pacing, so who knows what is going on with those two.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: Gratuitously abused; the launch sequence combined with the combination sequence for the Impulse Gundam seemed blocked to eat the maximum possible amount of screen time.
* FiveBadBand:
** The ZAFT characters comprise one:
*** TheBigBad & EvilGenius: Chairman Durandal
*** TheDragon: Rey Za Burrel
*** TheBrute: Shinn Asuka
*** TheDarkChick: Lunamaria Hawke
*** [[spoiler:SixthRangerTraitor: Athrun Zala]]
** Phantom Pain provides another:
*** TheBigBad: Lord Djibril
*** TheDragon: Neo Roanoke
*** TheBrute: Auel Neider
*** TheEvilGenius: Sting Oakley
*** TheDarkChick: Stella Loussier
* FunWithAcronyms: Many ZAFT mobile suits (though some are never explained), as well as ZAFT[[note]]Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty[[/note]] itself, and the numerous [=Backronym=]s for GUNDAM. Of particular note is ZAKU[[note]]ZAFT Armed Keeper of Unity[[/note]], a ''double'' acronym. Most of them indulge in GratuitousEnglish.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Mostly Meer, but several other female characters have that "bounce", too.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Stellar's heartbreakingly adorable "I love you, Shinn" before she dies]].
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Lacus Clyne vs [[DarkMessiah Gilbert Durandal]] vs Lord Djibril.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Explains the series. While there are lots of AlternateCharacterInterpretations, both in-universe and out, all of the characters have reasons for fighting, some with better motivation than others. Infact, the only truly (unquestionably) evil character in the series is Djibril.
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* HeroicBSOD: During his duel against [[spoiler:Rey, Kira]] gives us the OhCrap look for all of two minutes.
* HesBack: [[spoiler:Neo Roanoke, a.k.a. Mu la Flaga. Cagalli and Kira too]].
* HiddenBuxom: Lacus, if the post-commercial intro is any indication. Perhaps Meer was more accurate body double than we thought?
* HotBlooded: [[ScreamingWarrior Shinn]]. Yzak is less so than in Seed, due to his CharacterDevelopment.
* IdiotBall: According to some, it's given to whomever isn't the center of attention during any particular episode. Kira during the second quarter, Athrun during most of the third, and Shinn during the fourth and anytime someone else isn't.
* IJustWantToBeYou: Meer to Lacus.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: You got all day?
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Averted. The GINN High Maneuver Type [=IIs=] used by the zealots instigating the ColonyDrop of Junius Seven carry katanas, but they are eventually outclassed by the beam weaponry of the [=ZAKUs=] sent to stop them.
* KarmaHoudini: Did anyone notice that Neo Roanoke never got questioned once for putting Stella in the Destroy, which led to uncountable deaths in Berlin, after he was rescued by the Archangel? May be justified as the people who capture him have no idea what he's done.
* KickedUpstairs: Yzak and Dearka despite being {{Demoted To Extra}}s. In the {{Compilation Movie}}s, they are kicked all the way to [[spoiler:the ZAFT Supreme Council]].
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Kira Yamato is forced to kill Stella Louissier to prevent any more tragic death of Berliners, much to the anger of Shinn.]]
* LandSeaSky: First half of GSD featured with Earth Alliance's [[TransformingMecha transformable]] [[SuperPrototype Gundam]] [[PowerTrio trio]] : ground combat Gaia (transform into dog-like mode), aquatic combat Abyss (transform into stingray-like mode), and aerial/space combat Chaos (transform into bird-like mode) representing [[CaptainObvious land, sea, and sky respectively]]. The first two even bearing MeaningfulName.
* LargeHam: Lord Djibril. Just read his [[ChewingTheScenery page quote]].
* LatexSpaceSuit: The pilot suits.
* LighterAndSofter: Only in comparison to its [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED predecessor]], as it's still darker than most of the other AU shows.
* MaskPower: Neo Roanoake.
* MassOhCrap: Pretty much the whole cast's reaction when [[spoiler:the Destroy reveals that yes, it's a mobile '''suit''', not a mobile '''armor''']].
* MeaningfulName: Freedom vs Destiny. [[spoiler:The Destiny Plan would result in a society without freedom]].
** It can also mean that devotion to follow your own destiny results in the loss of freedom to decide for your own.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: ''Every'' named pilot that's not dead by mid-season gets a new machine.
* MilestoneCelebration: ''Gundam SEED Destiny'' was released during the 25th anniversary of the ''Gundam'' franchise.
* ModestyTowel: {{Invoked}} by Meyrin to ensure that the ZAFT soldiers looking for a runaway Athrun are DistractedByTheSexy. She wasn't even naked under the towel!
* MusicForCourage: Lacus sings for the children she takes care of during the Break The World catastrophe. This is also part of the point behind Durandal's plan to have Meer impersonate Lacus.
* MythologyGag: Numerous!
** Many of the mecha designs are based on mobile suits from earlier Gundam shows. The Impulse has quite a few similarities to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam RX-78-2 Gundam]], what with being a CombiningMecha consisting of legs as one section, upper body as another, and SpaceFighter[=/=]MetaMecha cockpit as the torso, and a very similar red-with-gold-cross design for its shield. The ZAKU, GOUF, and DOM aren't even subtle about it, using the ''same names'' as their ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' counterparts (with [[FunWithAcronyms added acronyms]]). The Akatsuki, Destroy Gundam, and BABI are also very similar to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s Hyaku-Shiki, Psyco Gundam, and Hambrabi, respectively.
** The Destroy Gundam is basically a combination of the Psycho Gundam and the Big Zam.
** The Strike Freedom's design is reminiscent of the Hi-Nu Gundam (which appeared in the novel version of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'').
** Since they were already reusing GOUF and ZAKU, they couldn't resist having Heine (in a GOUF) use Ramba Ral's classic "This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!" line from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. The battle between Heine and Stella in general is very similar, down to ''camera angles'' in some instances.
** In reference to ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s Kai Shiden making a cameo appearance in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' as an investigative reporter, Miriallia (a character from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'') first shows up in ''Destiny'' as a photojournalist. The two characters are otherwise completely dissimilar.
** At one point, they used a piece of stock footage from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'''s Strike Gundam in place of the Impulse. Since it was nearly a FreezeFrameBonus, it's ''generally'' assumed to be an in-joke by the staff rather than a genuine mistake.
** Kira disabling 25 [=ZAKUs=] and [=GOUFs=] in under three minutes were a deliberate nod to Amuro destroying nine Rick Doms in under three minutes.
** Neo Roanoke's mask was designed after [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Merquise]]'s mask. Interestingly, they were both voiced by Creator/TakehitoKoyasu.
** Copernicus City (in episode 46) is designed after the city Gaingnham, which appeared in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Athrun was ostensibly meant to be TheMentor to Shinn, but most of his interaction consists of punching him or calling him an idiot; not once did Athrun give Shinn any form of positive reinforcement or encouragement. Perhaps if he had, the poor kid could have gotten some '''positive''' CharacterDevelopment...
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Nice job getting Kira to come out of retirement after [[spoiler:a failed assassination attempt on his girlfriend]], Durandal.
* NGOSuperpower: Despite getting it's butt kicked in the previous series, Blue Cosmos remains a dangerous and influential threat. LOGOS is also this [[spoiler: considering that Blue Cosmos was merely a catspaw for them]]. And of course, the Clyne Faction/Three Ships Alliance. from the previous series.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: [[spoiler:Kira and the Freedom's explosion and Athrun and Meyrin when their GOUF was totaled by Shinn]].
* NukeEm: The Earth Forces' try to do this to ZAFT again.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Rey's Gundam, the ZGMF-X'''666'''S Legend.
* OffScreenTeleportation: It seems the quickest way for someone to get back on board the Archangel is to get in a mobile suit and let Shinn impale it with his {{BFS}}. By the looks of it, you only run a one-in-three chance of getting any injuries.
* OlderAndWiser: The original ''SEED'' cast. The "wiser" part is disputed between the fandom and hatedom.
* OnceAnEpisode: If a battle spans more than 1 episode, all Mobile Suits will return to their ship by the end of one episode, only to launch again in the next. Also, every episode has at least one Gundam sortie. Except when they forget it in one, and make up for it by having 4 or 5 sortie in the next episode.
* OneManArmy: Kira, Athrun, Shinn, Stella in the Destroy, and Neo in the Akatsuki.
* OnlySixFaces
* PaperThinDisguise: Athrun's "Alex Dino" identity at the beginning of ''SEED: Destiny''.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:Athrun carrying Meer, and Shinn carrying Stellar]].
* PosthumousCharacter: A few of the deceased ''SEED'' cast serve this role, including [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]], who may or may not be a hallucination.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The view many fans (and Shinn's voice actor) take to its handling in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games. ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' in particular is seen as one of the best versions of the story, although Fukuda himself was [[DisownedAdaptation less than happy]].
* PrecisionFStrike: In the English dub, Lunamaria says "[[OhCrap Oh fuck]]" upon being told that they're going to have to fight underwater, where her WeaponOfChoice beam cannon is no good.
** Also, in Phase 12, as well as the first TV Movie, Shinn says, "Aww, shit!" when a Zamza-Zah grabs Impulse's leg. You can see it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2ZpTzmNnik here]].
* PraetorianGuard: FAITH (Fast Acting Integrated Tactical Headquarters), a ZAFT elite force that only answers to Durandal, and which many of the protagonists are members. While they're not the Chairman's bodyguards full-time, they do end up protecting him during the Armory One attack, and serving him during the Battle of Messiah.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Phantom Pain.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: It's really ''not'' that uncommon for people to keep things like answering machine messages and old family videos featuring people that have died. When Shinn does it, he's viewed as a sick freak by his HateDumb.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Shinn.
* ReplacementScrappy: Lord Djibril is an in-universe example, lacking the [[SmugSnake charisma]] and intelligence of his predecessor, Muruta Azrael.
* {{Retcon}}: A FlashBack at the beginning of the 1st episode implies that Kira may have accidentally killed the Asuka family. Later on, another FlashBack clearly shows that Kira was not at fault. However, they are inconsistent with one another.
** Actually, the official cause of death of Shinn's family was that they were caught in a crossfire between the Freedom and Calamity, which was restored in TV Movie 1.
* RightHandCat: Djibril is occasionally seen stroking a cat while contemplating acts of villainy that have been set into motion.
* TakeAThirdOption: The leftover members of the Three Ship Alliance take this route when they determine that both ZAFT and ORB are heading towards less than ideal futures.
* SayMyName: Athrun's agonized cry when [[spoiler:Kira is apparently killed in his climactic duel with Shinn]]. The English version is especially gut-wrenching.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In one battle, Shinn breaks off combat in order to free civilian prisoners of the Alliance; when Athrun administers CorporalPunishment afterwards, Shinn responds with this trope.
* ShipSinking:
** Athrun/Cagalli, possibly, much to the rage of many a rabid shipper (with the rage being greatly enhanced by unconfirmed rumors that it happened due to the writers not getting along with Cagalli's voice actress, Creator/NaomiShindo).
** Athrun/Meyrin, due to the rumor of Athrun labeling her as his little sister in the CD dramas.
** The [[CompilationMovie Special Editions]] try to stress that Shinn viewed Stella entirely as a surrogate sister and nothing more, which some fans consider BlatantLies given their [[ThanksForTheMammary first]] ''and'' [[NakedFirstImpression second]] encounters.
** After Miriallia rejoins the crew of the ''Archangel'', someone asks her what happened to Dearka. Her response is that she ''dumped him.'' Shippers everywhere were outraged.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The nightmarish images of the Junius Seven ColonyDrop set against Lacus's "Fields of Hope".
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Kira objects!
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Not as bad as many ''Gundam'' series, but the fansubs had fun with Gilbert Durandal/Durandel/Dullindel/etc, apparently not getting [[PublicDomainArtifact the reference]].
* SpoilerOpening: The second opening shows us that [[spoiler:Mu La Flaga survived]] before it was even close to being revealed.
* StateSec: Downplayed with Phantom Pain. Though having personnel of the Earth Alliance military, the special ops group was controlled by Blue Cosmos [[spoiler: and [=LOGOS=] ]].
* StockFootage: There is ''so much'' reused footage in this series, especially towards the end, that it actually earned the director the derogatory nickname of Mitsuo "Flashback 'Em All" Fukuda. To make matters worse, some of footage came from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED its prequel]].
* StrangeSalute: ZAFT military.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Meer's outfits.
* SuperMode: SEED Mode, the ill-explained phenomenon that turns [[BornWinner random people's]] piloting abilities UpToEleven via a psychedelic vision of a seed exploding and MindControlEyes.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Poor Meer dies as she takes a bullet meant for Lacus]].
* TheAbridgedSeries: One on Website/{{Youtube}}, plus Fanfic/TheTypicalGundamSEEDDestiny.
* TheReveal: A rather understated (and generally unsurprising) one concerning Rey's origins. Another regarding the true purpose of the Destiny Plan.
* ThemeNaming: Most of the ''Minerva'''s weapons are named after Wagner operas.
* TransformationSequence: Impulse Gundam's launch sequence, debuting with a music track lasting well over a minute.
* TransformingMecha: The Savior, Chaos, Gaia, and Abyss Gundams all transform into various Mobile Armor forms (ironically, the Impulse is more of a CombiningMecha), as do several other ZAFT designs.
* TriggerPhrase: The Phantom Pain pilots have at least two; one that acts as a BerserkButton and one that calms them back down again. They're seen using them on ''each other'' occasionally. [[spoiler:Shinn]] accidentally uses ''both'' on [[spoiler:Stella]] when they first meet.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Shinn, Rey, and Lunamaria and Sting, Auel, and Stellar. Meyrin and ThoseTwoGuys from the Minerva may also count.
* TykeBomb: All three Extendeds.
* TheUnreveal: We never learn whether the Asuka family was killed by a stray shot from Kira, the [[FanNickname Druggies]], or something else entirely.
* UnwantedHarem: At its peak point in the series, there are no less than four hot young women who are vying for Athrun's attention.
* UST: in the last episodes, Cagalli has removed Athrun's ring, while she still wore it when they fought on opposing sides.
* VillainsNeverLie: [[spoiler:Gilbert Durandal]] pulls this off with his speeches of good doing in the beginning.
* WaveMotionGun: The Tannhauser and Lohengrin positron cannons affixed to the Minerva and Archangel, respectively. The Destroy has one that it combines with BeamSpam. The Requiem is another example, albeit turned UpToEleven. Messiah Base also features Neo-Genesis, a scaled down version of the Genesis from the first series as part of its defences.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: The [[NukeEm nukes]], the Requiem, Neo-Genesis, and the Destroy all count.
* WeddingSmashers: Kira crashes Cagalli and Yuna's wedding to kidnap/rescue her. Cagalli is ''not'' amused, at least initially.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Dearka and Athrun returned to ZAFT despite defecting in the last war. Dearka at least gets busted down from Red[[note]]the uniform color given to top graduates of the ZAFT military academy[[/note]] to Green[[note]]the uniform for common soldiers[[/note]] and apparently isn't allowed AceCustom colors for his ZAKU until the very end of the series.
* WhatTheHellHero: Shinn pretty much blames all that happened at Orb on Cagalli, and he isn't exactly subtle about revealing his opinions. In fact, Shinn calls out Cagalli so much it's nearly a OncePerEpisode deal.
** Kira also gets called out twice by Athrun for trying to communicate with Orb stating he is just making the battlefield worse. Although even Kira thinks he is wrong in the Special Edition he notes that this is the only thing he can do whereas in the TV series Murrue supports him.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Stellar once she's forced into the Destroy Gundam. She starts tearing up the countryside, blowing up cities and killing scores of people... because they ''scare'' her. Rau Le Creuset's status as such is also brought up again in the flashback episodes.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: A very unusual version. The rights to the ''Gundam'' anime and the ''MSV''[[note]]Mobile Suit Variations[[/note]] design series are separate from one another; to get around this, ''Destiny'' introduces the Forbidden Vortex and Geo-[=GooHn=], based off of two ''MSV'' machines[[note]]the Forbidden Blue and [=GooHn=] Underground Mobility Test Type[[/note]] but changed just enough so they don't have to pay extra for the use.
* XanatosSpeedChess / GambitRoulette: Whether you think Durandal is behind ''everything'' (including the [[spoiler:ColonyDrop]], the [[spoiler:attack on Lacus]] et al) that happens in the series or is just ''very'' good at altering his {{plan}}s to take advantage of events as they occur has a lot to do with whether you think he's a villain or not.
* ZenSurvivor: The original characters from ''SEED'', especially Athrun to the Minerva's pilots.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Lunamaria, thanks to her [[CustomUniformOfSexy custom miniskirt]]. Meer Campbell, though just once.

!!Tropes used in ''Stargazer''

* AcePilot: Sven Cal Bayan is probably the highest scoring Natural ace of the war.
* BittersweetEnding[=/=]DownerEnding: Depending upon whether you think [[spoiler:Sven and Selene survived]]. Either way, the space station is in ruins and a whole lot of people are dead.
* TheCameo: Has cameos from Muruta Azrael, Sting Oakley, Stella Loussier, Neo Roanoke, and The Destroy.
* DuringTheWar: The action that Sven and his team are involved in takes place behind the scenes or just to the side of the major events of the Second Bloody Valentine War.
* FreudianTrio: The Blue Cosmos trio. [[TheStoic Sven]]'s the Superego, [[AxeCrazy Myudi]]'s the Id, and [[TheLeader Shams Couza]] the Ego.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Sven]] following his rescue by Selene. Made more explicit in the manga.
* HeroicNeutral: The researcher team that Selene belongs to had no interest in becoming involved in the war, and were working on research into deep space exploration. Blue Cosmos and the Atlantic Federation don't give them a choice, and eventually launch an attack on the station. When that happens, they show just how well they can defend themselves.
* NGOSuperpower: Demonstrates the full power of Blue Cosmos better than any other entry in the CE 'verse, showing that they were able to set up fully staffed training facilities, complete with their own researchers, training staff and mobile suits. How much the Atlantic Federation government and EA as a whole helped isn't explained.
* PaletteSwap: The Strike Noir, Bleu Duel, and Verde Buster for the original Strike, Duel, and Buster. Justified by being upgraded suits produced by the same company for the same army.
* RedOniBlueOni: Sven and Shams become this following [[spoiler:Myudi's death and the latter's SanitySlippage]].
* SpaceStation: The space station where Selene [=McGriff=] and her research team are building the Stargazer.
* TrainingFromHell: From what we see of Sven's flashbacks, he, Myudi, and Shams all went through this as part of Blue Cosmos' training regime. Both the mental and physical regimens were aimed at destroying empathy and building the perfect soldier.
* VillainProtagonist: Sven, Shams, and Myudi are a Blue Cosmos strike team and the show makes few excuses for them, yet they are ultimately portrayed in a fairly sympathetic light.
* WarMemorial: In the DVD-only extended ending, the three main couples of the series visit a memorial to the fallen in the recent two wars and give their respect to the dead.
* WesternTerrorists: Both Blue Cosmos and the ZAFT terrorists from the start of the OVA.
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