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->"''With high expectations, human beings leave Earth to begin a new life in space colonies. However, the United Earth Sphere Alliance gains great military power, and soon seizes control of one colony after another [[SarcasmMode in the name of justice and peace]]..."''

->''"The year is After Colony 195...''"

''Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing'' (lit. "New Mobile Report Gundam Wing"), or simply ''Gundam Wing'', is one of the more (in)famous of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' {{Alternate Universe}}s. Aired in Japan in 1995, this 49-episode series was brought to the United States (and eventually worldwide) in 2000 on Creator/{{Toonami}}, which helped push Gundam into the Western mainstream.

In the year [[AlternativeCalendar After Colony 195]], the [[TheFederation United Earth Sphere Alliance]] rules the Earth Sphere (the Earth, the Moon, and all associated space colonies) with an iron fist by way of HumongousMecha known as mobile suits. [[LaResistance Rebellious elements]] within the Space Colonies decide to fight back by sending five powerful mobile suits -- Gundams -- down to Earth so they can wreak havoc on the military forces.

[[LonelyRichKid Relena]] [[TheOjou Darlian]], the teenage daughter of an important colonial diplomat, accidentally discovers the identity of a Gundam pilot who was shot down during his entry to Earth: a teenage boy named Heero Yuy. Because she can positively identify him, Heero tracks Relena down and swears to kill her [[IneffectualDeathThreats (something he never quite gets around to doing)]]. From there, Heero and the other four Gundam pilots find themselves having to blast their way through the various groups in power behind the UESA (and eventually their own force) while Relena fights in her own way to bring about peace between the Earth and the colonies amidst various political power shifts caused by the Gundam rebellion.

After the series ended, it received an "epilogue" via a three-part OVA, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', where the mastermind of Operation Meteor try one more time for [[TakeOverTheWorld World Domination]]. The OVA was later [[ReCut re-cut]] into an extended movie version that added nearly twenty minutes of new footage between various scenes and an almost-completely overhauled WhereAreTheyNow ending to create a more fully-realized story.

Aside from a number of prequel and sequel mangas, an official sequel, the novel ''New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop'' was published in August of 2010. ''Frozen Teardrop'' takes place on Mars (and uses the Mars Century calendar to keep track of the orbital differences) a few decades after the events of ''Endless Waltz'' and sees the children of various ''Wing'' characters end up embroiled in battles and political intrigue right alongside their parents and mentors. The novel's story also fleshes out the backstories for Heero Yuy and Treize Khushrenada. Running simultaneously (staring in September 2010), ''New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers'' serves as a retelling of the TV series, while tying in with ''Frozen Teardrop'', incorporating elements from the other side stories, and using Hajime Katoki's redesigns of the Gundams from ''Endless Waltz'' and the model lines.

The series was brought to Western shores via Creator/{{Toonami}} in 2000 and became a smash hit right from the start. Cartoon Network aired two versions of the show during its initial run: a slightly-{{Bowdlerised}} version that omitted some violence and dialogue, and the uncut version shown during the "Midnight Run" (which was likely the inspiration for the Creator/AdultSwim programming block introduced just a year later). The combined success of both this series and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' (which ran back-to-back with ''Gundam Wing'' for a long damn while) is often credited as the source of the major Anime boom in the 2000s.

With a cast full of attractive male characters and the Gundams themselves mixing practical military designs with aesthetic appeal, ''Gundam Wing'' is often credited[=/=]blamed for introducing [[MrFanservice female fans]] in the West to the genre of {{Mecha Show}}s.[[note]]In Japan, female fans of the mecha genre got started early with shows like Anime/BraveRaideen and the original Anime/MobileSuitGundam. Even Creator/YoshiyukiTomino, creator of both shows, [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cr2UJnvVMAEk6es.jpg acknowledged]] their dedication.[[/note]]

!!The show contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: If a character's grandparents are shown in ''Frozen Teardrop''[='s=] {{Flashback}}s, they're guaranteed to be revealed ''at least'' {{Jerkass}}es. Treize's dragged their daughter away from her husband and forced her into a political marriage, while Relena's forced one of their daughters to live locked away in a single room with her cat as her only companion (and, to a lesser extent, made the other live with the Darlian family regardless of whether she wanted or not).
* ActionGirl: Noin, Sally, Hilde, Une, Cathy Bloom, and to a more limited extent, Relena (who is [[GirlsWithGuns a pretty decent shot]] when under pressure).
* AdaptationExpansion: ''Glory of Losers'' can best be described as the TV series rewritten with full knowledge of all the After Colony stories. In Chapter 2 alone, we get Duo's ''Endless Waltz'' flashback, scenes from ''Episode Zero'', and Zechs' Leo was retconned into a prototype Leo named Greif, a pre-series mobile suit from ''Frozen Teardrop''.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Heero invokes this trope against the Mobile Dolls. He makes them target ''a'' Leo suit, at which point the Dolls assume that ''all'' Leo suits are enemies, causing them to wipe out all of OZ's mobile suits in that colony. Then, for an encore, he does the same thing with ''spacesuits'', causing the Dolls to blow up their controllers in the hanger.
* AlphaStrike: The Heavyarms has one of the most impressive alpha strikes in anime history. Hand-held [[GatlingGood gatling guns]], ''ChestBlaster'' gatling guns, head-mounted [[MoreDakka vulcans]], and a [[MacrossMissileMassacre swarm of missiles]] all going off at once. Good times!
* AlternateHistory: It's mentioned that the After Colony calendar started with the first colony sent to space...''in the 1970s''.[[note]]Both the Americans (Skylab) and Soviets (Salyut) launched their first space stations in the 1970s.[[/note]] This could explain the AnachronismStew down the line.
** Specifically, the diverge from our time came sometime in the 1950's, around the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Several minor characters, either in the military or with OZ/Romefeller, are shown as willing to sell out their country, murder surrendered soldiers, or other equally horrible acts in the name of advancing their careers or making a name for themselves. They usually reap their [[AssholeVictim just rewards]] for such attitudes as well, but not always.
* AnachronismStew:
** This series takes UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era fashion and technology, and combines it with that of TheNineties, and [[RecycledInSpace the Space Age.]]
** There's also a pronounced European flavor going on. It's a mix, though, from the different parts of the early-mid 20th Century.
** And not to mention the mooks on both sides dressing like [=WW1=] or [=WW2=] soldiers (or fighter pilots in the case of those using mobile suits).
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The "Eve Wars" StoryArc took place during Christmas Eve.
* AnimationBump: The Gundams are very complex, detailed machines...except usually they're not drawn that way because it would send the budget for fight sequences through the roof. While you can make out every scratch, joint, and piece of weaponry on the Gundams in the opening sequences, in the show proper their designs are heavily simplified whenever they're moving...and then when they're standing still for extended periods, they're all detailed again. However, a few important plot-altering battles (especially the {{grand finale}}) treat us to fully detailed, animated Gundams in all their glory.
** On the other hand, the movie gives us consistently detailed Gundams throughout, and actually redesigns them so they're even MORE complex.
** Granted it's not actually animated but the ongoing ExternalRetcon manga adaptation ''Endless Waltz: Glory Of Losers'' is even more detailed in both the mobile suit designs(since it uses the all the redesigned versions of the Gundams by Hajime Katoki) and made all the battles and destruction even more intense.
* ApocalypseHow: Zechs and the White Fang attempt to cause either a Class 5 or Class 6 through a ColonyDrop.
* AristocratsAreEvil:
** The Romefeller Foundation.
** Subverted with the Peacecraft Royal Family, and a rare few others like Marquis Weridge.
* ArmiesAreEvil: The series' two organized military forces, the United Earth Sphere Alliance and OZ, both have shades of this. Sometimes they're tyrannical (such as the Alliance destroying the Sanc Kingdom for opposing its expansionist goals, and OZ threatening the colonies with missile attacks in order to get the Gundams to cease their assault in Episode 10. Other times they can be noble.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In the final encounter between Wufei and Treize, Wufei breaks Treize's speech about the loss of civility and pomp in Mobile Doll warfare by asking him if he knows how many people have died for him. Treize deflects this trope beautifully by giving Wufei ''an exact figure.'' And then commenting that he ''knows the names of every single one off the top of his head''.
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* ArmorPiercingSlap:
** Noin, on a fresh OZ recruit.
** Lady Une, on Noin herself -- she tries it ''twice'', actually, but the second time Noin stops her.
** Relena, on Mariemeia.
* ArrangedMarriage: The marriage between [[spoiler:Wufei]] and [[ActionGirl Meiran]] in the Episode Zero manga.
%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Chang Wufei, all the way.
* ArtificialStupidity: Heero and Duo manage to wipe out a fleet of OZ forces by tricking the automated Taurus mobile dolls to register their own forces' mobile suits as hostile targets.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Averted with Wufei's flamethrowers, as [[http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/in-space-flames-behave-in-ways-nobody-thought-possible-132637810/?no-ist fire can spread in weightlessness]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride burn]] without oxygen.
* ATeamFiring: Whenever Heero or any of the other Gundam pilots get a hold of an assault rifle or submachine gun and shoot at enemy soldiers, they never manage to kill them. [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Not that the other side is any better]]; every on-foot shootout in the series accomplishes absolutely nothing except wasting bullets for property damage.
* TheAtoner:
** Quatre, after [[spoiler:blowing up an evacuated colony and almost killing two of his best friends]], spends the second part of the show trying to make up for it.
** After blowing up Field Marshal Noventa and his assistants, [[spoiler:Heero]] travels around the world looking for Noventa's family to atone for his sins. He gives each of them the opportunity to shoot him. Sylvia in particular refuses to do it on the grounds that he's trying to take the easy way out by having her kill him.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: The upper ranks of [=OZ=] and Romefeller dress like military leaders from the 18th Century and give themselves old aristocratic titles -- Duke Dermail, Count Zechs, et cetera.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** Wing Gundam's Buster Rifle is incredibly powerful but it can only fire three shots, or as many cells as the Buster Rifle is capable of carrying. Katoki's version has these 'gliders' that attach to Wing's arms during bird mode -- these gliders carry extra cells for the Buster Rifle. Wing Zero's Twin Buster rifle does not have this limitation however, due to it drawing power directly from the suit's own reactor.
** The Tallgeese was the first ever mobile suit and remains one of the most powerful ones in the series. However the suit was built purely for raw power and the intense physical stress and g-force experienced by the pilot can cause him to black out and suffer a heart attack, if not outright kill him. On top of that, all of that power was deemed unnecessary, so the design was dumbed down into the Leo.
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: Unlike other ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series, ''Wing'' eschews full-on warships and carriers in favor of vehicles that serve as rapid troop transports. Presumably this is because the main opposition to the Alliance are small resistance groups, so warships would be expensive and inefficient.
* BadassArmy: The Maganac Corps, whose teamwork and ability make them an awesome force. OZ as well.
* BadassBeard: The [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/SC/SC09/vlcsnap-221127.jpg one picture]] we see of King Peacecraft (Relena and Zechs' father) makes him look like a blond, bearded {{Superman}}. A little-known short comic named Gundam Wing Chronicle [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/Pending/chronicle6.jpg shows a flashback to the fall of Sanc]], with King Peacecraft and his beard being quite badass.
%%* BallroomBlitz: The episode entitled ''Party Night''.
* {{BFG}}: The Wing Gundam's and Wing Gundam Zero's Buster Rifle and Twin Buster rifle, among others.
* BatmanGambit: OZ baits the Gundam pilots into killing the UESA leadership that had actively been seeking peace with the colonies, which in turn prompts the surviving leadership to declare war on the Gundams and their colonial allies and thus deny the Gundams their credibility to the rattled public. This all gives OZ the legitimacy it requires as they move to usurp control of Earth from the now shattered and disorganized UESA and continue their own campaign against the colonies.
* {{BFS}}: Epyon's beam sword, powered by a direct connection to its fusion reactor, can grow to battleship-cleaving proportions.
* BifurcatedWeapon: Wing Zero's Buster Rifle can split in two smaller guns or combine for full {{Wave Motion Gun}} firepower.
* BigNo: Done by Duo, to the point of MemeticMutation.
* BigOlEyebrows: Dorothy Catalonia, whose brows actually have tufts. Also Treize, but not to ''that'' extreme. Incidentally, they're related (but according to Frozen Teardrop, so is everyone).
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* BlindIdiotTranslation: All of these examples are from the English dub.
** When Wing Gundam's Buster Rifle is airlifted to Heero in an episode, Quatre refers to it as the "Beam Gatling," which is Gundam Heavyarms's weapon.
** In the first episode, Zechs confusingly says "No machine-gun for him!" just before his subordinates use a machine-gun to try to shoot down a target. What the Japanese script actually said was, "No point in firing a warning shot. Shoot him down!" which makes a lot more sense.
*** "Machine Gun" is actually military slang for a warning shot (as in firing a machine gun over their heads to freak them out). It's a bit too obscure of a term for Wing's intended audience, however, especially at the time when the show aired.
** Soldiers have a tendency to erroneously address Lieutenant-Colonel Une as "Lieutenant" instead of as "Colonel".
* TheBlank: OZ's production mobile suits almost all feature a square, featureless mono-eye (the Aries being a slight exception), which matches their rather utilitarian aesthetic even when compared to other ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series' production weapons.
* BloodierAndGorier: Not the show itself, which is one of the least gory Gundam shows ever, but the manga adaptation ''Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers''.
* BodyguardCrush: Heero and Relena -- even though Heero said he wanted to kill her shortly after meeting her.
* BookEnds: The first episode ends with Heero ripping up an invitation to Relena's birthday party. One year later, the final episode ends with Relena ripping up a birthday card from Heero, saying he should have given it to her in person.
* BraidsOfAction: Duo is a GenderFlipped example of this with his long hair kept shorter in braids.
* BrokenBird: Dorothy Catalonia is revealed to be this under her RichBitch facade. Like Treize, she believes that the world needs a BIG war to see how fighting sucks... especially after she loses a beloved family member.
* ButtMonkey:
** Those poor, poor Leos. Funnily, data specs shows that it's actually quite an impressive suit performance-wise, and even in-universe it's shown as being highly adaptable for practically any fighting environment with a simple change in gear. Shame that doesn't mean much when all of your enemies tend to be Gundams or mobile dolls that massively outclass it.
** Duo usually suffers at the hands of his fellow gundam pilots, usually because he's the only relatively sane and well adjusted guy among them. Highlights include having his own Gundam being butchered for parts without him knowing, said Gundam being blown up to the delight of the masses, being beat up to cover up the reconstruction of Deathscythe and Altron, and generally every single time he screams "no" at something.
* CaptainObvious: "Lieutenant Colonel Lady Une! Gundam still attacking on the ship!"
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: It's quite odd that all five scientists independently decided that a pretty 15 year old male was the best pilot for their guerrilla war with a state of the art weapon. ReverseHarem situations are averted, however, due to the gender balance of the cast including secondary characters.
* CatchPhrase: Heero is pretty focused on only a couple of things.
-->'''Heero''': Mission accepted/complete.\\
'''Heero''': [[IllKillYou I'll kill you]]. ([[IneffectualDeathThreats Which he never does]].)
* [[CaughtTheHeartOnHisSleeve Caught the Heart on Her Sleeve]]: This happen in the Blind Target manga (written by series scenario/scriptwriter Akemi Omode). Relena tells Heero that though she knows he's a strong person, she wishes he'd let her worry for him more and turns to leave. Cue Heero grabbing her sleeve and pulling her in for what is implied to be an offscreen kiss.
* CelebrityResemblance:
** Relena is modeled on Creator/AudreyHepburn, [[WholeCostumeReference right down to the Queen of the World dress]] being lifted directly from ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
** In interviews, the show's staff outright said that Heero is modeled on Japanese actress [[http://www.jap.co.jp/yuki/ Yuki Uchida]].
* CharClone: Zechs Marquise serves as an embodiment of all three incarnations of the original Char in the span of a couple of years, though with a variation in that the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]''-style BigBad run comes ''before'' the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta]]''-style BigBrotherMentor bit.
%%* CharacterDevelopment: In different degrees.
* CharacterFilibuster:
** The political majority of the show, mainly with Relena, and quite a few of the battles as well, sometimes also done by Relena.
** Heero's seemingly endless monologue which is finally interrupted by an impatient teacher.
* CharacterTics: Since the Gundam pilots switch suits quite often in this series, it's interesting to see the fighting styles of their respective Gundams translated into other suits. Examples:
** When Trowa used Wing, he held the buster rifle like an actual rifle instead of [[FiringOneHanded shooting it like a pistol]] like Heero usually does. He also dual wields the Taurus' default beam rifle and cannon. In ''Endless Waltz'', his signature jump flip enabled Heero to identify him when using an enemy MS, and his usual tactic of standing in place and unleashing MoreDakka let Duo identify him as well.
** When Heero used the Heavyarms, Trowa outfitted it with a beam saber, which worked better for the former than the Heavyarms' default knife.
** When Quatre used a Taurus, he dual wields beam sabers.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While most characters' personalities were established quickly and firmly, the first episode shows Heero [[BloodKnight laughing after killing enemy soldiers]] and Relena thinking her father doesn't care about her birthday minutes after she saw him try to get away from work by saying he needed to get things ready for her [[LogicBomb birthday party]].
* ChildSoldiers: The median age for the Gundam pilots is 15 in the series, and many of them have been training and fighting since childhood (as documented in the supplementary manga "Episode Zero").
* ClipShow: The [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] ''Operation Meteor'' OAV series, and episodes 27 and 28 of the series.
* CoDragons: Treize and Tuberov to Duke Dermail.
* ColdSniper: Trowa, unless around Cathy. More of a Cold ''[[GatlingGood Minigunner]]'', really.
%%* ColonelBadass: Treize, Une, and Zechs.
* ColonyDrop: Wouldn't be ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' without it! [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the finale when [[spoiler:Heero manages to stop it]].
%%* CombatAestheticist: Treize Khushrenada.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Sometimes, more enemies for the Gundams to face just means more beat up {{Mooks}}, instead of representing an increased threat. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that most of the enemy mobile suits can't compare to the advanced strength of the Gundams. Later [[AvertedTrope averted]] in one the last episodes when Mobile Dolls manage to actually overwhelm the Gundams.
* ContemplateOurNavels: All over the place, though Treize in particular loved this.
* CoolCodeOfSource: In one episode, a screen displays part of the Photoshop 6 manual as a purported readout from a medical scanner.
* CoolStarship:
** Although Wing was quite scarce in iconic vessels compared to other series, it nonetheless introduced the ''Peacemillion'' - arguably the largest starship in the entirety of the franchise with an overall wingspan of 3000 meters. Definitely not something to sneeze at.
** Then in the later episodes, the series one-upped itself with the 3500-meter colony-sized battleship ''Libra''.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Subverted by the Epyon. It's the only mobile suit without ''any'' ranged option whatsoever, not even the machine guns to shoot down incoming missiles which are standard issue even on mook units (although Zechs later added the weapon after he defects to the White Fang). But its [[CombatClairvoyance Zero System]] more than compensates for any deficiency, making it one of, if not the most powerful mobile suit of the series, tied with Wing Zero.
* CurbStompBattle: More than a few examples, but memorably when Wufei attempted to kill Treize early on, and gets completely dominated. Also counts as LaserGuidedKarma, since the [[AffablyEvil latter]] is almost everything the [[{{Jerkass}} former]] isn't.
%%* DarkActionGirl: Dorothy
* DarkIsNotEvil: The demonic-coloured Deathscythe series is this as it is being piloted by one of the series' nicer and more idealistic pilots who's practically a [[Keet]] compared to the other Gundam pilots.
* DaysOfFuturePast: The Earth of AC 195/6 is at times reminiscent of the early and mid-20th Century. The fashions, preserved towns and UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-esque uniforms don't help. The colonies meanwhile tend to look more modern.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: For the Gundams, "self-destruct" is apparently code for "It'll take a couple extra parts to fix."
* DeathSeeker: After being tricked into killing a plane full of Alliance leaders leaning towards peace, Heero seeks out every single family member and loved one with pistol... and offers them the chance to shoot him. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They all refuse and forgive him.]]
* DeflectorShields: The "Planet Defensers" in the Mercurius mobile suit, and the Virgo and Virgo II mobile dolls, as well as Deathscythe Hell's Active Beam Deflection Cloak wings.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Throughout the show, characters refer to OZ as "The OZ Organization". OZ stands for "Organization of Zodiac", so they are almost always calling it "The Organization of Zodiac Organization".
* DetectEvil: In early drafts, Wu Fei was a Newtype with the ability to sense evildoers.
* {{Determinator}}: When it comes to completing missions, Heero definitely is this. He actually snaps his broken leg back into place and ''keeps working'' once, prompting wincing from Duo.
* DeusAngstMachina: What triggers [[spoiler:Quatre's FreakOut]]. [[spoiler:First the colonies betray him, then his dad [[SenselessSacrifice gets himself killed in a rather pointless manner]], then his sister was knocked unconscious by bumping into a wall, all in rapid succession.]] Some people just ''cannot'' catch a break.
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* DistressedDamsel: Relena Peacecraft gets captured a few times in the most polite manner possible.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Happens a few times throughout the series. The ones who did this include Quinze and White Fang (twice, with the second time done with Zechs), Lady Une (on the final episode), and in ''Endless Waltz'', Mariemaia and Relena.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: This happens if a pilot loses control of the zero system: maddened by the visions, he tries to clear his head by getting rid of all possible threats, and the system obediently keeps finding him new targets. There was at least one case where the pilot's allies had to abandon the attempts of calming him down and quickly vacate the area.
* TheDragon: Lady Une to Treize.
* DragonInChief: Treize. At first he's the Dragon to Dermail, but after leaving Romefeller he proves how influential he was when the troops loyal to him break away to form the Treize Faction. Romefeller is divided until he returns and becomes their leader.
* TheDreaded: The Gundams and their pilots quickly become this to everyone.
* DrivenToSuicide: Heero tries to kill himself twice [[note]] [[NeverLiveItDown Yes,]] ''[[NeverLiveItDown only]]'' [[NeverLiveItDown twice]][[/note]] in the series.
* DualWielding: Quatre's Sandrock Gundam wields a pair of massive heat [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shotel shotels]] as its primary weapons.
* DubText: The Latin-American dub makes Quatre ''canonically'' in love with Trowa.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Quite a bit of role reversal with the main male cast based and modeled after women, while the female cast is much more masculine then you'd see in other anime.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Wing Gundam made an appearance towards the end of [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam the series prior]]. Much like in this series, [[spoiler:it gets destroyed.]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While largely the same as the rest of the series, the first episode had a few odd moments such as Heero laughing when he shot down an enemy mobile suit.
* EasterEgg:
** When Heero is [[spoiler:disabling the [[SelfDestructMechanism self-destructing missile]] at New Edwards Base]], the front of the casing has a little badge that reads "Intel Outside."
** There's another egg hidden in the Wing's schematics seen when Heero's in the hospital. It names the Gundam's composition as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam "Gundarium theta"]].
** Sandrock's OS apparently makes use of the ALICE System from ''Manga/GundamSentinel''.
* EasyLogistics: Averted. The Gundam pilots clearly have a support network to keep them in spare parts and munitions that was put in place well before they arrived on Earth, and the first wave of attacks in Operation Meteor target not OZ units, but the infrastructure that OZ needs to replace combat losses.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: The Specials[=/=]OZ, whose characters play important roles, and feature more in battle than the Alliance military in the first episodes.
* EliteMooks: The Specials (who received better equipment and training) was this to the regular Alliance. This caused a bit of [[InterserviceRivalry friction between the two groups]]. Despite this, OZ barely stood a chance against the Gundams. Eventually, OZ does develop more advanced mobile suits that prove to be more of a match.
* EmpathicWeapon: Several of the Gundams show signs of intelligence over the course of the series. Sandrock acts on its own when Quatre [[spoiler:triggers its self-detonation device, urging him to get out of the cockpit.]] Heero also often addresses Wing Zero as though it were intelligent and capable of holding a conversation. Overlaps into EvilWeapon whenever the ZERO System gets involved, especially with Epyon.
* EmpathyDollShot: The teddy bear shows up in these instances: In the first opening, where Relena is brushing away snow from a teddy bear at an attack site (which was revealed to be [[spoiler:the scene in which the boy who would become Heero Yuy destroyed a military base in ''Endless Waltz'']]), in episode 36, when the Sanc Kingdom is under attack, and in the final episode, where Heero gives Relena a teddy bear for her birthday.
* EnemyCivilWar: Two examples in this series:
** The first between the United Earth Sphere Alliance and OZ. OZ ultimately ends up winning and either forcing them to surrender, or destroying the last remnants of any holding out.
** Later within OZ itself between the Treize Faction and Romefeller, which occurred largely because Treize was against Romefeller's use of unmanned combat drones that minimized the sacrifices that human soldiers made in war.
* EnfanteTerrible: Most of the main cast in some form or another.
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* MrFanservice: Particularly Heero, Duo and Zechs, but the other boys have their own strong following as well. This show singlehandedly brought thousands of female fans not only into the Gundam franchise, but anime in general. Rumor has it they purposefully made the pilots more appealing to broaden their demographic and garner female interest; it worked. The massive amount of yaoi fangirlism this show has spawned is staggering.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: A few examples:
** Lady Une's first attempts at stopping the Gundams drew this reaction from Treize. First she tried to have the ICBMs at St. Edwards base self-detonate, then tried to force the Gundams to surrender by threatening to blast the colonies with missiles.
** In episode 13, Zechs and two OZ troopers are attacking a holdout Alliance base. After a brief skirmish, he orders them to surrender, and they initially agree, but the other two OZ troops continue to open fire on the surrendering soldiers. The Alliance then launches a last ditch attack, which kills one of the OZ soldiers, and the other one turns on Zechs for not being ruthless enough against their enemies by slaughtering them all. Zechs, partly due because he has to defend himself, and also because he's appalled at the two trooper's lack of decency towards surrendering soldiers, destroys the second mobile suit himself.
** When the mobile doll technology is on the verge of mass production, Treize protests this decision by the Romefeller Foundation, and resigns his position, because he feels taking humans out of the battle diminishes the sacrifices and the roles they play in those conflicts. Consequently, many OZ troops believe in this as well, and split off to form the Treize Faction.
** For a given definition of evil, the five Gundam engineers drew the line at two things: [[spoiler:building the Wing Gundam Zero and the original Operation Meteor.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Heero and Relena, with a good portion of the main cast noting it. In fact, in Episode 46, when Heero travels to The Libra to rescue Relena, the other Gundam pilots that stay behind talk about it.
* EveryoneIsRelated: ''Frozen Teardrop'' takes it to an extreme; not only is every single character of relevance in the Mars Century era related to one of the original cast, but the flashbacks take great pains to draw new connections; pretty much noboy expected [[spoiler:Trant flipping Clark]] to be revealed as [[spoiler:Heero's uncle]].
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: ''Frozen Teardrop'' shows that the real Heero Yuy, Doctor J, and Quinze's brother were classmates in college, and that Heero introduced J to Relena's future mother and aunt. Not to mention J developing the first ZERO System back then and using data from the Peacecraft sisters in its development.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Relena, although she becomes TheHighQueen for a few episodes, until a coup.
* EvilLaugh: Heero does a particularly memorable one in the first episode (especially in English). And Quatre gets one of the creepiest ones period in episode 21, courtesy of Brad Swaile.
* {{Expy}}:
** Zechs is a CharClone, Relena is [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Sayla Mass]], Mariemaia is [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Mineva Lao Zabi]], and both the original Heero Yuy and King Peacecraft were based on [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zeon Zum Deikun]].
** Quatre seems to be a younger version of Film/LawrenceOfArabia. A pretty, white haired, sensitive warrior-poet who reluctantly leads an Arab army in a guerrilla war. Not to mention their BewareTheNiceOnes scenes. Or the HoYay.
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' gets a bit absurd with this, combining it with GenerationXerox to have a story set 30 years later but with effectively the same cast as the TV series.
* FalseFlagOperation: OZ commits multiple terrorist acts with the intent of blaming them on the pro-independence faction of the space colonies.
* FamousLastWords:
** "It's a Gundam!" - Many, many RedShirts.
** Treize, after Wufei does terminal damage to the Tallgeese II.
* TheFederation:
** The United Earth Sphere Alliance
** The [[spoiler:Earth Sphere Unified Nation]], despite its OneWorldOrder connotations turns out to be a pretty benevolent one, much more so than the UC Earth Federation at any rate.
* FictionalCountry: The Sanc Kingdom, which official sources identify as Denmark.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The title card in the series' first opening, "Just Communication". [[spoiler:It's the colony from the last episode where Une's speech on war is given, where the colony representatives are.]]
** In one scene in the second episode of the series, Quatre is looking out at the landscape and wondering if "They" know how beautiful the Earth really is. It sounds like sentimentality, but fast forward to ''Endless Waltz'' where we learn what [[ColonyDrop Operation Meteor originally involved]], and the line becomes a lot more chilling.
* {{Forgiveness}}: Sylvia Noventa calls Heero a coward for apologizing and offering his victims a chance for revenge but her grandmother (Field Marshall Noventa's widow) forgives him, writing a letter that says (paraphrased): "You shouldn't beat yourself up for your mistake; it's unfortunate but that sort of thing happens in war. My husband died trying to create a world where young people like you could live in peace, so please try to make his dream a reality."
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: The main Gundams all have shields with offensive capabilities. Wing Gundam's shield can be used as a stabbing weapon; Wing Zero has the same, except it actually extends to be more effective; Deathscythe (and its upgrade. Deathscythe Hell) has a Buster Shield, which opens up and produces a blade and is then launched at an enemy, Heavyarms' shield is integrated into its Beam Gatling; Sandrock's shield can be combined with its weapons and jetpack to create a superweapon and can be used as a blinding flare, and Shenlong can throw its shield to destroy a mobile suit. Yet other than the Heavyarms, these offensive capabilities were each used precisely once by the suit over the course of the series (though Deathscythe used its Buster Shield once, and Deathscythe Hell used its Buster Shield once as well).
* FriendToAllLivingThings:
** Despite being a terrorist, Trowa seems to get along with the animals of his circus very well. One of his first episodes has him fearlessly reaching for a caged ''lion'', which acts like a kitty towards him after some seconds as he explains that it's all about showing fear.
** One often ignored scene has ''Heero'' playing fetch with a pair of dogs while smiling, and encouraging Quatre to do the same.
** Relena is also implied to have this trope in the ending where she's around various animals. Including rhinos, which remarkably do not gore her for pulling on their tails to set up a photo op.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: The backstory for Duo Maxwell gives him a non-swearing example of this. During a conversation with the priest and nun who raised him, he says he doesn't believe in God, but he does believe in [[{{Shinigami}} the God of Death]], because as he puts it, "I've never seen any miracles, but I've seen lots and lots of dead people!" The nun admonishes him gently, but the priest laughs and admits the boy has a point.
* FunWithAcronyms: The "ZERO" in ZERO System stands for "'''Z'''oning and '''E'''motional '''R'''ange '''O'''mitted". Meanwhile, the "Doll" Mobile Doll system stand for "'''D'''irect '''O'''perational '''L'''ead '''L'''abor".
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Treize and Zechs engineer the war between the Earth Nation and White Fang as part of their WellIntentionedExtremist plan. The manga version is a lot more explicit on this point, with Zechs confessing the truth to Heero, but the anime strongly implies the same. The thing is, it just gets hard to follow exactly what they are doing.]]
* GatlingGood: Gundam Heavyarms is almost the personification of this trope. Never mind the Heavyarms Custom in ''Endless Waltz'', which uses ''four gatling guns simultaneously''. Plus ''four more of them'' hidden in its chest.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Has a primary cast of seven men (Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, Wu Fei, Zechs, and Treize), and seven women (Relena, Hilde, Catherine, Dorothy, Sally, Noin, and Lady Une).
* GenderIsNoObject: Played straight for the most part. Gender differences and double standards are brought up a few times, but men and women serve together in the various military groups, fight together in the battles, and there are both male and female high ranking military and political leaders.
* GenerationXerox:
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' takes this to the point of absurdity. Sally's daughter Kathy, Duo's son Duo (Jr?), Quatre's sister Katherine, and even Trowa's seemingly unrelated protegee Trowa Phobos all look and act pretty much identically to their counterparts from the anime.
** The real Heero Yuy as a young man; not only did he look exactly like Heero the Gundam Pilot (someone ''completely unrelated to him''), but he had a romance with Katrina Peacecraft (who had a twin sister, Sabrina Peacecraft), who looks exactly like her future granddaughter Relena. This is of course not even mentioning Relena's mother, another Katrina Peacecraft, who also looks just like her daughter, but at the very least that was teased at in one episode by Marquise Weridge's comments to Relena. (He's strongly implied to be one of her relatives, or a family friend.)
** Duke Dermail and his granddaughter, Dorothy.
** Relena also looked very similar to Darlian's wife Maureen, which is partly why Relena refused to believe they weren't her real parents at first.
%%* GeniusBruiser: Trowa Barton.
%%* GenkiGirl: Hilde Schbeiker, also a {{Shorttank}}
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Noin slaps a cadet in this fashion in episode 4, at Victoria Base.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Peace-loving [[spoiler:Lady Une.]]
* GrandTheftPrototype: Wouldn't be Gundam without them:
** In episode 34, when Zechs steals the Wing Zero from OZ before they got a chance to destroy it.
** When the rebel faction, White Fang, captured OZ's Lunar Base, which, at the time of the raid, was developing the Virgo II mobile dolls. They also captured OZ's battleship, ''Libra'', which became their base of operations.
** After stealing critical data on ''Libra'', Hilde did a Taurusjack and escaped the battleship, before she was attacked by the mobile doll versions of Mercurius and Vayete, which were programmed with Heero and Trowa's combat data, respectively. She was saved by Duo.
** In episode 47, when Zechs was about to fire Libra's main cannon at Treize, [[spoiler:Lady Une wakes up from her coma]] and steals the Wing Gundam. [[spoiler:Une]] then knocks Treize out of the way and [[TakingTheBullet takes the blast]] for him. Only the lower body was destroyed, and [[spoiler:she survived]].
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Hoo BOY. Well one of the reasons for the series rather complex morality is there are no real continued factions that last the entire show. The Gundams unlike other series are not connected to any governing body or a group. They are simply all guerrilla soldiers who at first aren't even technically on the same side. As such their enemies change from OZ to Romefeller and then finally the White Fang. As such the war is more between individuals who have their own points and faults. At times, it's ''very'' easy to view the series from the perspective that ''the Gundam pilots themselves'' are the real evil.
* GuiltComplex: Quatre. Lampshaded by Duo in ''Endless Waltz'':
-->'''Duo:''' Oh, man, Quatre loves to blame himself for everything if you let him. I wouldn't be surprised if one day he starts saying his lack of effort is the reason there's no air in outer space.
* VideoGame/GundamVsSeries:
** Wing Zero ([[AssistCharacter Assist]]: Vayeate) and Heavyarms Kai (Assist: Mercurius) show up in ''Gundam vs Gundam''; Deathscythe Hell (Assist: Sandrock Kai), Tallgeese (Assist: Noin's Aries), and Epyon (Assist: Virgo II) join the fun in the sequel, and the movie versions of Wing Zero (Assist: Deathscythe Hell EW) and Altron (Assist: Trowa's Serpent) are PSP-exclusives. ''Next''[='s=] opening calls the hypothetical ''Wing''-themed Vs. game ''White Fang vs. OZ''.
** ''Gundam Extreme Vs'' has Wing Zero EW (Assist: Tallgeese III), Heavyarms Kai EW (Assist: Sandrock Kai EW), and Tallgeese III (Assist: Noin's Taurus), with Deathscythe Hell EW (Assist: Altron EW) and Relena (as a navigator) added later. The sequel ''Full Boost'' brings back Epyon and the TV version of Wing Zero.
* GunsAkimbo:
** The ''Endless Waltz'' version of Heavyarms carries a dual-barreled gatling cannon in each hand in the final battle.
** Wing Zero's Twin Buster Rifle is two guns that can either be wielded separately (done on multiple occasions) or joined into one gun that can fire an even more powerful shot.
** Trowa does this once in a Taurus.
* HandshakeRefusal: When future rivals Heero and Zechs meet face-to-face for the first time, Zechs offers his hand. After a pause, Heero accepts the gesture while remarking that he's never shaken hands with anybody before. This could be because Zechs has shown himself to be very honest and honorable, especially for a member of OZ.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Throughout the series Zechs, Treize, and the Gundam pilots can't seem to decide if they're supposed to be allies or enemies.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler:Once the Gundam pilots return to space, they've found that OZ has made peace with the colonies and turned them against them.]]
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Heero attempts one in episode 10 when OZ threatens to shoot down the largely peaceful space colonies. Dr. J then intervenes, calls Lady Une out on her bluff, tells him that he was fighting them on his own, and wouldn't hand over the Gundam to them. Cue Heero blowing up his Gundam to follow Dr. J's orders. Even Zechs and Treize were appalled by what Une threatened to do.
** The [[spoiler:Gundam Engineers]] sacrifice themselves to prevent [[spoiler:the Libra and Peacemillion from doing a ColonyDrop on Earth]] in the final episode.
* HeterosexualLifePartners:
** Depending on the viewer's POV, the closest is Trowa and Quatre, and maybe even Zechs and Treize. Enough to provide legitimate [[ShippingGoggles fodder for the fans]].
** Maybe Zechs and Treize? Treize [[HoYay sounds like he is coming out]] in episode eighteen "come back to me Zechs."
*** Further supported by the fact that the manga hints that a young Zechs went to live with Treize's family after the fall of Sanc. So they've probably been living together since they were young teenagers, at least.
** Due to the normally socially implacable Heero, his surprisingly close friendship with Duo was all [[OddCouple the stranger.]]
** Quatre and Heero understand each other and get along surprisingly well in the second half of the series for such little interaction in the first.
* HiddenDepths: When Treize isn't waxing poetical about the state of warfare, he's actually a very competent mobile suit designer, having designed Epyon, Tallgeese II and III, and the Serpents.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Heero, so much. [[spoiler:According to ''Episode Zero'', he takes it after his father, Odin Lowe]]. This may also apply to Trowa, who was [[spoiler:planning to infiltrate OZ and assassinate Treize at one point]].
* HollywoodHealing: At one point Heero breaks his leg, then sets and splints it himself, and is fit to pilot the next day (after pulling an all-nighter repairing his Gundam). On the other hand, after [[spoiler:blowing up Wing Gundam with himself in it]], he ends up unconscious for a month and his wounds are still reopening several episodes later.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: PlayedWith. In episode 10, Quatre clutches his chest and doubles over in apparent pain when Heero tries to sacrifice himself to destroy Wing Gundam. It turns out to be psychosomatic; Trowa is able to snap him out of it.
-->'''Quatre:''' The pain... my body... my heart...
* HonorBeforeReason: Wufei had a perfectly good opportunity to kill Treize with his Gundam, but chose to accept a challenge to a sword duel instead. Treize wins the duel and had a perfectly good opportunity to capture or kill a Gundam pilot and take his ultra-advanced suit, but chose to let him leave. Wufei then could've gotten back in his Gundam and blown away Treize where he stood, but chose to simply leave.
** To be fair, both men have a strong sense of honor. Treize let him go because Wufei accepted his sword duel challenge, and then lost fair and square, when he could have easily smashed Treize's cabin just moments earlier. In Wufei's case, he likely wouldn't be able to live with himself had he killed Treize in such a cowardly way after having been beaten in a fair fight, further evidenced by his HeroicBSOD in episode 12. Plus, Endless Waltz's novelization points out that if Treize was killed back then, OZ would have descended into chaos with its leader dead, escalating the conflict even further.
** Played almost stupidly with Zech's personality. He won't defeat an opponent if it isn't a fair fight. This translates to, he can disarm them in mid-combat, then spare them because he was no longer armed with a weapon. His need to be honorable certainly seems to cloud any sense of priority, as he will give his rival a Gundam, just so they can have a fair duel, while in the middle of a war.
* HumanPopsicle: In ''Frozen Teardrop'', we learn that Doctor J designed a cryogenic stasis pod, which has the side effect of damaging the subject's memory. [[spoiler:Heero and Relena were both frozen, hence the title.]]
* IcarusAllusion: The ''Glory of Losers'' chapter "The Lament for Icarus", which likens the Gundam pilots (especially Heero) and Zechs to Icarus.
* IconOfRebellion: The Gundams become a symbol of colonial resistance. White Fang tries to convince Duo to join, but he tells them to LeaveMeAlone; [[spoiler:they're much more successful with Zechs.]]
* IfYouCanReadThis: In one early episode, the computer screens with Heero's medical data show text from the readme file for Photoshop's TWAIN plugin.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: An OZ officer tests the loyalty of new recruit [[spoiler:Trowa Barton]] by asking him to destroy [[spoiler:Gundam Deathscythe]]. The recruit being tested asks for a weapon powerful enough to do the job and then complies.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: First, [[spoiler:Trowa towards the maddened Quatre under the effect of the ZERO System]]. Works only partially, as Quatre blows his suit up yet ''does'' snap back to sanity.]] Later, [[spoiler:Quatre is the one who tries pulling Trowa out of his own ZERO System-induced craziness; he fully succeeds, keeping Trowa from blowing up a whole colony.]]
%%* IllKillYou: see IneffectualDeathThreats
* ImageSong: Pretty much the entire primary cast of the show (with the notable exception of Noin) gets at least one.
** What's even more notable is that Noin is voiced by Creator/ChisaYokoyama who has sang quite a lot of image songs for various characters she has played.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: It is shown most egregiously in a scene where a squad of Leos have two Gundams surrounded, while being a fairly short distance away. They all open fire at once... ''and completely fail to hit anything.'' The two pilots even have a short exchange of dialogue while their enemies fire enthusiastically in a circle around their feet.
* ImprobableAge:
** The Gundam Pilots are all 15. Some of them were doing this kind of thing even earlier than that. Possibly even more improbable is that Zechs, Lucrezia, and Une are only 19 and Treize is 24, despite them all acting and looking like they're in their late 20s to early 30s.
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' acknowledges the very young age of most of the characters, and attempts an explanation: since medical technology had increased the human lifespan, the world's leaders had no reason to give any authority to their children, and indeed fought and "oppressed" that generation so they could keep their power. By the time they were ready to retire, their grandchildren were just starting to come of age, and the 2nd generation was too stagnant and unused to wielding power that they thought it would be better to hand power to the bright young minds of the 3rd generation.
* IneffectualDeathThreats:
** Heero is pretty much the patron saint of this trope; if he threatens someone with death, you can bet top dollar he won't go through with it.
%%** Maybe justified... if you really intended to kill someone, why would you ''warn'' them?
%%** This is pretty much the reason no one really believes it's going to happen in ''Frozen Teardrop'', despite him saying it ''again''.
*** If anything, Heero's death threats seem to be either a warning for people to [[SuperHeroParadox stay the hell away from him]] (Relena in episode 1) or an attempt to convince ''himself'' that killing people he's come to care about (see: Relena, Duo, Quatre) is [[ItsTheOnlyWay the only option]]; the fact that it always fails shows that he's [[HitmanWithAHeart got a heart]].
* InvisibleBackupBand: Trowa's and Quatre's duet ("Hearth throbbing Melody") from "The Victoria Nightmare."
** They're so awesome at their respective instruments that Quatre's violin keeps playing after he stops, and Trowa's flute starts playing long before he does.
* IOweYouMyLife: Quatre openly says that if not for Trowa, he'd be either dead or nuts.
* IronicEcho: In the first episode, after Relena gives Heero an invitation to her birthday party, he tears it and threatens to kill her. In the final episode, [[spoiler:Heero (disguised as a mechanic) leaves Relena a birthday card, and she tears it, telling him, "Next time, hand it to me in person!"]]
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Noin describes [[spoiler:both Relena and Zechs]] as "reckless" and "very difficult to control".
* [[ItsRainingMen It's Raining Mobile Suits]]: A recurring sequence features numerous drop ships opening and a ton of mobile suits emerging.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Tallgeese and Tallgeese II both evoke knightly imagery with their dazzling white paint and heads like a knight's helmet. Rather fitting considered they're piloted by a king and an aristocrat, respectively.
* KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand: After killing the Alliance peacemakers, Heero goes around to their families, apologizing and offering them the opportunity to kill him in {{Revenge}}.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Being part of a circus as his cover, Trowa performs in this act as the target. At one point, he doesn't react to a knife hitting close enough to nick his temple.
* LaResistance: The five space colonies would bring together five former, disillusioned OZ scientists to build five Gundams and train their respective pilots in guerrilla warfare, in order to prepare them for their rebellion against a corrupt Earth-based government. White Fang (and in some regard, the Treize Faction) would eventually represent a corrupted version of the very rebellion the space colonies and their respective Gundam pilots staged against Earth.
%%* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Trowa Barton]]
* LastNameBasis: Noin, Une, and Dermail.
* LeaveBehindAPistol: The Romefeller Foundation's response when Treize turns on them over their use of mobile dolls is to confine him to their headquarters and give him a fancy single-shot pistol.
%%* LeaveNoSurvivors: Alex and Mueller's mentality.
* LeaveTheTwoLoveBirdsAlone: Something to this effect happens towards the finale of the series. Heero goes to rescue Relena from the Libra and Duo wonders if he'll be alright on his own. Cue Quatre telling him he'd just "be in the way" while smiling in a way that suggests a ShipperOnDeck.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Each of the Gundam Pilots has one, but Heero and Relena are special cases as the core elements of their songs ("The Wings of a Boy Who Killed Adolescence" and "As Relena Peacecraft" respectively) appear in a few others ("Heero's Time of Decision" and "The Pain That Should Be Thrown Away Long Ago" for him, "Soft Hair, Clear Eyes" and "To Beauty, To Elegance, And To Noble-Mindedness" for her}.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Infighting among the Gundam pilots is frequent.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to other Gundam shows, with fewer major deaths and horrific disasters and war crimes in this one, complete with a happy ending. To make up for that there's little humor, and a heck of a lot more ContemplateOurNavels moments.
* LightIsNotGood: The angelic, brightly-coloured Wing Zero, a terrifying engine of destruction that is responsible for some of the worst massacres in the series, and has a nasty habit of [[MindRape mind-raping]] its pilots.
* LightningBruiser: All five Gundams. They are fast and resistant to most beam weapons. The Tallgeese and its variants are also this.
%%* LonelyRichKid: Relena, so much.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: The five Gundam pilots are sent to Earth independently without being told of the existence of the others, and only realize there are other Gundam pilots when they run into each other during missions by chance. Had they been briefed and trained to operate as a unit, things likely would have gone a lot differently. This was a side effect of the Earth Alliance restricting travel and communication between colonies, which prevented the five teams who designed the Gundams and trained the pilots from coordinating with each other.
* LostInTranslation:
** The infamous "No machinegun for him!"; more egregious but lesser known is "Prince of the Stars".
** The English dub show is actually riddled with all sorts of weird translation mistakes and lines that just don't seem to make sense the way they're said. And in a plot this complicated... God help you if you want to understand it through the first viewing.
%%** The 'machinegun' line is actually more a case of SmallReferencePools. 'Machineguns' is, in military terms, giving a warning shot. Zechs was ordering NOT to give Heero a warning shot and to shoot him down immediately, since he knew of the incoming Operation Meteor. Naturally, anyone that doesn't know that slang would be confused by this. In addition to that, the "Prince of the Stars" line is a reference to Zechs and Relena's Episode Zero chapter, so that's more a case of AllThereInTheManual than LostInTranslation.
%%*** It's still LostInTranslation: "Prince of the Stars" is the Japanese title for ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'', which actually ''is'' an apt comparison since from Relena's perspective, Heero is a boy from space who rode a "shooting star" (his Gundam) to come to Earth. "Prince of the Stars" just makes her sound kind of [[TheDitz ditzy]].
%%*** In some newer versions, the "Prince of the Stars" has been changed to "Is he a 'Little Prince'?" which clears at least that particular issue up.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Odin Lowe is Heero's biological father. Sadly, it seems Heero was never made aware of this.]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Heavyarms. Not used quite as extensively compared to its MoreDakka functionality, but it's definitely there when [[strike:some]] everything needs to get blown up right away.
* MadeOfExplodium: If any mobile suit takes any sort of damage (other than those piloted by protagonists and central villains) the suit will explode immediately.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Duke Dermail to Treize. First played straight when it's revealed that Treize and Oz are serving the Romefeller Foundation. However, after Treize steps down it's inverted with Treize proving just how influential he was when the Oz soldiers still loyal to him break away from Romefeller resulting in Treize becoming DragonInChief when he returns to Romefeller.
* MarketBasedTitle: The original Japanese title is ''Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing'', the first part translated as "New Mobile Report", "New Mobile History", or "New Mobile War Chronicle" in various sourcebooks. The decision to use "Mobile Suit" may have been to avoid the headache of all these conflicting translations, or to tie it closer with the older series[[note]]Until 2002's ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'', only Universal Century shows used "Mobile Suit"; the other Alternate Universe shows had their own pre-titles.[[/note]]
* MasterSwordsman: Treize, Heero, Dorothy, and Quatre all demonstrate incredible feats of swordsmanship at one point or another.
* MeaningfulName
** Relena and Miliardo "Peacecraft".
** Heero Yuy, who was [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named for the colonies' peaceful and charismatic leader]]. Also, Heero? It doesn't get more obvious than that.
** Duo Maxwell, named for the two biggest influences on his young life: Solo, the leader of his group of street urchins and his childhood best friend, and the Maxwell Church (and Father Maxwell), which was his home after the urchins were caught and put up for adoption.
*** Meanwhile, in ''Frozen Teardrop'', Duo names himself [[spoiler:Father Maxwell]] while [[spoiler:an "orphan" from Sister Hilde's orphanage who [[GenerationXerox looks exactly like the original Duo]], probably Duo's kid with Hilde]] is also named Duo Maxwell.
* MechaMooks: Mobile Dolls. They're also EliteMooks compared to the Leos.
* {{Meganekko}}: Lady Une, in "glasses mode". Played with in that when she WEARS the glasses she's a cold hearted bitch. With them OFF shes got a sweeter and kinder attitude which is what comes with Meganekko.
* MicroMonarchy: While Sanc Kingdom is probably the size of Sweden, compared to the other states in the setting, which not only extend over the entire Earth but also into space, it's pretty tiny.
* MidSeasonUpgrade:
** All of the Gundam pilots got upgraded Gundams around the mid point of the series. Part of this was the need to take the conflict into space and none of the original Gundams (except for Wing) were designed with space combat in mind, and advancing mobile suit design was [[SoLastSeason making them a little outdated]] (mobile dolls in general, Vayeate and Mercurius in particular). Wing Zero is [[SuperPrototype technically a precursor to ALL the Gundams]], but in design and style is seen as a revamped Wing Gundam. Interestingly, Wing Zero passed through just about every pilots hands before Heero claimed it for himself as he was the only one who could handle the Zero system. Deathsythe and Shenlong were upgraded from the damaged original models into Deathsythe Hell and Altron. Heavyarms gained an extra gatling gun and other mild upgrades. Sandrock was previously destroyed but rebuilt with space combat capabilities, otherwise only having a few cosmetic changes.
** Zechs piloted the Talgeese for much of the series until it was destroyed. He piloted other mobile suits, including Wing Zero for a time, before Epyon came along as his official upgrade. In ''Endless Waltz'' the Talgeese III (Talgeese II being only piloted by Treize Khushrenada) appeared to be a hybrid of the Talgeese design with some of Epyon's weaponry.
* MilitaryAcademy: The Lake Victoria Military Academy that Zechs and Noin went to and where Noin is an instructor when she's first introduced.
* MindRape: Happens to pretty much everyone who tries to use Wing Zero or Epyon due to how the system works. Some of them get over it, some of them don't.
* MookHorrorShow: The first solo outing of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathscythe Hell]].
* MookMobile: The Leo suits, the basic mass-productions models that gets mowed down in droves by everyone else. The Aries may also count.
* MoreDakka: Heavyarms. And Trowa can't seem to leave a battle without emptying every single clip he has.
%%** Worth noting that the Heavyarms, and its variants, don't fully achieve this, as its various Gatling Guns were actually Beam Gatling Guns, therefore, not actually ballistics.
%%* MuggedForDisguise: Heero does it in episode 40.
* MultinationalTeam
** Heero Yuy: Japanese
** Duo Maxwell: American
** Trowa Barton: Unknown, even to himself. If we accept that Cathy is his birth sister, it's ''still'' vague because official sources have alternately labeled him or her Latino, Russian, or simply "European".
** Quatre Raberba Winner: Arabic of Berber descent.
** Chang Wufei: Chinese
%%* TheMutiny: Operation Daybreak. Also, the Treize Faction.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Several characters go through this, most famously Heero when he accidentally killed the main Alliance leadership as well as the ones clamoring the most for peace with the space colonies such as Marshall Noventa.
* MythologyGag:
** Classic ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series get a few subtle nods, such as the [[PsychicPowers Newtype]] "flash" sound being used a few times. Worth noting because in early drafts, Wu Fei was a Newtype. In episode 41, the blonde female cannon operator aboard Barge bears a resemblance to Sayla Mass.
** There's the date, April 7th. Within the series, this was when the original Heero Yuy was assassinated in AC 175, when Relena was born on AC 180, and on AC 195, when Operation Meteor was launched. In the real world, April 7th was when ''Gundam Wing'' was first broadcast on Japanese television in 1995, and when ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' was first broadcast on Japanese television in 1979.
** The Tallgeese being three time faster than the Aries is a reference to Char's Zaku being three times faster than a regular Zaku.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous:
** Trowa is named after Creator/TimBurton, whom director Masashi Ikeda is a big fan of.
** In-universe, Heero Yuy is named after the pacifist leader of the colonies. Out-of-universe, his name was designed to be evocative of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]].
* TheNameless: "Trowa Barton" was seperated from his family as a baby and raised by a band of mercenaries, who never named him. He remains nameless his entire life until the eve of Operation Meteor, when he lifts the moniker of the man originally trained to pilot the Heavyarms Gundam. After [[TheMovie Endless Waltz]], considers himself nameless once more, until Duo and Quatre convince him to keep it.
* NaziNobleman: The Romefeller Foundation in general seems to be made up of them. And given their shadowy background, it wouldn't be surprising if they supported the Nazis themselves at one point.
* NecessaryDrawback: The ZERO System gives pilots an unprecedented combat advantage by presenting them with the best possible course of action but can drive the pilot insane.
** This is justified by implying that the system doesn't only present the best course of action, it lists out all possible approaches and outcomes and points out the most efficient/effective one. Given that the human mind is only equipped to consciously process one major train of thought at a time, the sheer volume of data being forced into the pilot's brain by ZERO is what makes the user's psyche snap like a dry twig.
** Also because it focuses on battle data, which is why you have to push all non-essential thoughts out of your head. When Zechs lost focus and thought about Peacemillion, he saw himself blow it up. The same thing happened to Duo when he thought about the colony where Hilde was. Nice tear jerker, but it was all a dream, thankfully.
* NeverFoundTheBody:
** [[spoiler:Zechs Merquise was presumed to be dead at the final episode, but he returns in the OAV, Endless Waltz.]]
** [[spoiler:The novelization ends by remarking on the status of the seven Gundams, mentioning that Epyon is at the bottom of the ocean and nods to the idea that Zechs escaped.]]
* NeverSayDie: In the ''Toonami'' afternoon run edit, "The God of Death" is called "The Great Destroyer", and references to "death", "kill", etc. are removed and replaced with "destroy". The midnight showing was aired unedited for content.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The Toonami trailer exaggerates a bit, as the narrator states "...Mankind has reached the stars, but the galaxy is troubled." In the show, most of the action really takes place on Earth or the Earth-Moon system, and humanity haven't even left the solar system.
* NoNameGiven: Because the Gundam pilots almost never speak the names of their craft anywhere that a witness could repeat the names to OZ (or sometimes at all), OZ troops spend a good part of the series referring to them by arbitrarily assigned numbers.
* NumericalThemeNaming: For most of the cast. Heero gets the themeiest name of them all; WordOfGod from the character designer says it's based off of the words "''hitotsu''" (Japanese for "one" or "first"), "''yuitsu''" (Japanese for "alone" or "only"), and "hero", and was made to be evocative of the name "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]]".
** With Heero being First, the rest of the main cast follows the numerical naming: Duo (2, obvious), Trowa (homophone to the French pronounciation for 3 "Trois"), Quatre (French for 4), Chang Wufei (Wu is chinese for 5) and Zechs (homophone for Sechs, which is German for 6). The show in fact really likes naming characters using either the outright French word for a number (Quatre, Une (1), Treize (13), Quinze (15), Milliard (Billion)) or a homophone for one (Trowa, Trant (30)).
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Heero]]: Heero unwittingly killed a bunch of pacifist Earth Sphere leaders, allowing OZ to execute their EvilPlan and seize control of the world.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Once the bad guys take over the planet, they install Relena as their figurehead queen, for the good PR. This backfires, as they didn't expect her to be quite so savvy or charismatic, so that lots of powerful people actually ''listen'' to her.
* NightmareFuel: Used in-universe when Heero and Duo jump out of the hospital window, and Heero (at first) aims head-downwards, intending to commit suicide.
--> '''Duo:''' ''Hey, are you crazy?! Hurry up and open your parachute!'' ...damn, I'm gonna have nightmares over this one!
* NGOSuperpower:
** The Romefeller Foundation, a secret league of aristocrats who funded the Alliance and plotted to take over the world. They had enough clout to form The Specials, an elite mobile suit corps that served as the front for OZ.
** The Barton Foundation, which had ambitions to take over the world, and the resources to attempt to do it ''twice''.
* NoHuggingNoKissing:
** Aside from Blind Target, where Heero (possibly) kisses Relena, relationships in Gundam Wing are noticeably asexual. Even Zechs and Noin, who are an official couple, demonstrate little, if any, physical affection for each other. It's probably because a lot more focus was given to the politics and combat in the story.
** Then again, Zechs and Noin get a serious DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything moment in Episode 4, when Noin taps her sword against his while he's on the phone.
* NoLovesIntersect: Each of the pilots has a single, solitary female potential LoveInterest and that pilot is their only LoveInterest. However, due to NoHuggingNoKissing almost none of the couples are resolved at the end, giving shippers free reign to do as they choose.
* NonIndicativeName: The heat rods used by the Epyon and the Tallgeese III are not in fact rods, but segmented whips.
* NoSell: The standard issue firearms issued to Leo mobile suits are incapable of penetrating Gundanium armor. This, combined with the fact that the weapons issued to Gundams can wreck Leos with casual ease, makes the Leo look like an absolutely useless MookMobile.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: If the ICBM's at New Edwards were to go off, the blast radius is speculated to be in the ''hundreds of kilometers''. [[note]] The UniverseBible, released as part of the Sunrise Art Book Series, clearly labels the missiles as [=ICBMs=] [[/note]]
* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: Had Zechs not intervened, Heero would have opened the war by shooting down a civilian spacecraft for no reason other than the fact that this would be easier than dodging it. OZ commits quite a few of its own later on, including terrorist bombings, deliberate assaults on non-combatants, and gunning down people who had surrendered (granted, most of these are performed by a handful of members - primarily Lady Une - to the outright disgust of the rest).
%%* OfficerAndAGentleman: Treize and Zechs.
* OfficialCouple:
** Zechs and Noin.
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' adds a couple more, including [[spoiler:Duo and Hilde]] and [[spoiler:Heero and Relena]] (though the former couple got divorced somewhere in the interim).
* OhCrap: More generally, throughout the series various characters (major, minor and nameless) have this reaction when they see that they're fighting a Gundam. Panicked shouts of "IT'S A GUNDAM!" abound.
%%* TheOjou: Relena, Sylvia Noventa. Dorothy is a slightly twisted version.
* OneManArmy: The Gundam pilots in general. As demonstrated by several instances (including one in which Heero and Quatre took out an entire carrier battlegroup with just a transport plane and a pair of sub-machine-guns), the HumongousMecha are ''entirely'' optional.
* OneSteveLimit:
** Averted. In one episode Dorothy delivers a little speech comparing Heero Yuy the colonial leader to Heero Yuy the Gundam Pilot, to try and rile him up and make him reveal his identity. After she's done, he responds "I don't know what you're talking about. There must be at least two guys here named Heero Yuy besides me." This [[FridgeBrilliance actually makes sense]], seeing as how important and popular the original Heero Yuy was.
** The name "Catherine" pops up in several different forms throughout the series and its spin-offs: Cathy Bloom (Trowa's "sister"), Katrina Peacecraft (Relena's birth mother), Katherine[=/=][[SpellMyNameWithAnS Quatrina]] Winner (Quatre's mother), and in ''Frozen Teardrop'' [[spoiler:Kathy Po (Sally's daughter) and Katrina Oud Winner (Quatre's younger sister, named for their mother)]].
* OverrankedSoldier: Zechs and Une; Ranks? Lieutenant Colonel. Ages? ''19.'' Treize; Rank? Colonel. Age? ''24.'' It's good to have connections.
* PastelChalkedFreezeFrame: Featured in the episodes "Catherine's Tears" and "Takeoff into Confusion".
* PeekABangs: Trowa, and to a lesser extent, Noin and to an even lesser extent Hilde.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: One sidestory has a subversion with the so-called Perfect Peace People. Despite all their constant rhetoric about how pacifist they are they are little more than terroists who brainwash people and use violence to enforce their peace.
* PhraseCatcher: '''"IT'S A GUNDAM!"''' is very, ''very'' frequently said ([[Memes/{{Gundam}} even for a Gundam series]]), to the point of it becoming a [[DrinkingGame/MobileSuitGundamWing drinking game]].
%%* PimpedOutDress: Relena, when made queen.
* {{Prequel}}: The ''Episode Zero'' manga, which was written by the anime's head writer. Because of this, it is more or less canonical.
%%** Considering Episode Zero was meant to be animated as episodes 27 and 28 of the anime (but was cut out due to behind-schedule production and replaced with 2 [[RecapEpisode Recap Episodes]]), it ''is'' canon.
%%*** Whether it's canon is debatable, mostly due to the head writer admitting in interviews that he "quit" (in Japan, this could mean was fired) around the time those episodes were made. He also wrote the new illustrated novel Frozen Teardrops, which contradicts some elements of Episode Zero itself.
%%*** Sunrise's policy is usually to consider non-animated installments of a series non-canonical, which is especially fortunate considering Frozen Teardrop's American reception.
* PropagandaMachine: One of the pilot's major weaknesses is that their enemies have have access to the media while they do not, which allows OZ and Romefeller to turn public opinion against them.
* PsychicPowers: Quatre has latent Newtype abilities. In the original concept for Wing, Wufei also had the Newtype ability to sense evil-doers. Depending on how similar the Zero system is to Gundam F91's Bio-computers (which improve anybody's combat performance but function best when used by a Newtype), Heero and Zechs may very well have some Newtype ability.
* PurpleProse: Treize speaks and thinks in this.
* RapunzelHair: Dorothy and Duo's reaches below their calves (Duo's is less obvious because he keeps it braided); Relena and Zechs' reaches the small of their backs.
* RealMenWearPink: Who'd think that the waifish guy in a pink shirt would be the more dangerous one? And hey, the BigBad likes to take rose-scented bubble baths, as well as listen to opera music.
* RealRobotGenre:
** Despite borrowing the [[{{Sentai}} five Gundam]] concept from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'''s [[PlayingCardMotifs Shuffle]] [[MultinationalTeam Alliance]] (which were {{Super Robot}}s, by the way), and being built out of a [[{{Unobtainium}} fictional metal]], the six Gundams used in this series were much [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness more bound to the laws of physics and thus more grounded in reality]]. As such, they would require tons of maintenance, repairs, and logistics like any other real robot.
** The [[MechaMooks majority of OZ mobile suits and mobile dolls]], even some of the {{Super Prototype}}s like the Tallgeese, [[StoneWall Mercurius]], and [[GlassCannon Vayeate]], probably even more so than said six Gundams.
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses: Inverted in-universe. Dorothy is shocked at then news of [[spoiler:Treize being killed]] but doesn't cry to which Trowa says to her, "That's sad. A woman who can't cry."
* ReassignmentBackfire: Duke Dermail has Relena made Chief Representative of the Romefeller Foundation, in order to justify Romefeller's invasion of the Sanc Kingdom and hoping to use her as a symbolic puppet to consolidate Romefeller's power. However, Relena proves herself extremely influential and manages to steal most of Dermail's supporters, leaving him powerless.
* RebelliousPrincess: Relena, who after being made [[TheHighQueen Queen of the World]] refuses to just play along with Romefeller [[spoiler:and, when checkmated, chooses to leave things to the more experienced Treize rather than bowing to them]].
* RecapEpisode: Two of them; Ep27, "The Locus of Victory and Defeat", is told from Relena and Heero's perspective, and Ep28, "Passing Destinies", is told from Treize and Lady Une's perspective.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: Inverted - Once the Treize Faction splits from [=OZ=], the Romafeller Foundation becomes increasingly villainous.
* {{Retcon}}: According to WordOfGod, the fancy Hajime Katoki-designed Gundams from ''Endless Waltz'' aren't further {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s but rather the exact same machines as Creator/KunioOkawara's {{Mid Season Upgrade}}s from the show. This has been emphasized by shifting their names from "Custom" (primarily used for models and toys) to "EW Version" or just "EW" (and occasionally "Ver. Ka", a common modifier for model kits based on Katoki's [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam various]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam redesigns]], though in ''Wing'' context "Ver. Ka" is more typically used to refer to Katoki's redesigns of the original pre-upgrade versions of the Gundams).
** ''Glory of Losers'' makes this a little clearer, retelling the TV series' plot but using the ''Endless Waltz''-styled Gundams throughout. Later on they brought back Okawara's Wing Zero, renamed Proto-Zero and designated the prototype for Katoki's angel-winged version.
** Originally the EW redesigns were problematic in that they removed several iconic weapons and key features (such as the Zero's wings described above), which made it hard to simply replace the originals with the new Katoki desgins (as per WordOfGod) without creating plotholes. Bandai and Sunrise rectified this by having Katoki redesign ALL of the suits from ''Wing'' for ''Glory of Losers'' to include all the features that were left off of the OVA versions and release them as Master Grade model kits (for instance, the new Heavyarms includes a flip-out knife on the right arm; a weapon that was left off the OVA design but played a critical role in several battles in the show.) The current EW lineup is now functionally the same as the one from the show, the suits are just more elegant and detailed and ''look'' a lot nicer.
* RetroUniverse: The After Colony timeline is also known for its strange AnachronismStew as mentioned above. Elements of both TheFifties and TheNineties mix with space colonies and mobile suits. While Trieze and the Romefeller Foundation seem straight out of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* RichBitch: Dorothy. She even has her own gold limousine, her own space shuttle, and a transport truck in ''Endless Waltz''.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Operation Meteor would have gone a ''lot'' smoother if the scientists had had the Gundams coordinate from the beginning.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Quatre starts to go on one with Wing Zero after [[spoiler:his father and sister are killed]], taking his anger out on everything in outer space.
* RousingSpeech: Treize and Zechs take turns giving a "rally the troops" speech before the final battle.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Relena and Milliardo Peacecraft [[spoiler:/Zechs Marquise]].
* SarcasmMode: In the English dub, the way the narrator says "in the name of justice and peace" when referring to the Earth Sphere's take over of the Space Colonies in the original episode intro is dripping with sarcasm.
* SayMyName: Relena's famous or infamous, depending on your POV, "HEEERRROOOO!" cry, which is done three times throughout the series (four in the dubbed version). Heero would also say Relena's name very often.
** The series tends to emphasize their connection with a non-comical variation of the SneezeCut, often showing one say the other's name before cutting to the other looking up and reacting as if they just heard something.
* ShoulderCannon: Heavyarms has missile launchers on its shoulders. The manga adaptation gives it honest-to-goodness shoulder cannons.
** In the series proper, the Tragos has them, and the Leo has an optional set of beam cannons.
* ShoutOut:
** A rather surprising one, at that; according to WordOfGod, Zechs' mask is modeled on the one from ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise''.
** Gundanium's official designation is Gundarium Theta, making it a distant relative of the Luna Titanium used to build the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original Gundam]]. Much like the original Gundam, Wing's Gundams seem all but indestructible when up against normal heavy artillery or blunt force. However, unlike the original, Gundanium seems to have a degree of resistance to heavier artillery and beam weaponry as well.
** And let's not forget that one of the Gundam scientists is name Doctor J.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming:
** There are several references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': ''Dorothy'' Catalonia and her gold-plated vehicles, the organization ''OZ'' (whose emblem is a ''lion''), the Specials' emblem looking like the ''Tin Woodsman'''s head in profile, and, in episode 34, the OZ commander's callsign is "''Scarecrow'' 5".
** In episode 38, the screen pan to the caged animals in the circus: a lion, a tiger and a bear.
* SecretKeeper: At the beginning of the series, only Treize, Noin, and Otto knew [[spoiler:Zechs's SecretIdentity.]]
* ShipSinking:
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' appears to sink the Wu Fei/Sally ship with the introduction of Sally's daughter Kathy Po, and a 'Father Maxwell, who will run and hide but never tell a lie' with ''his'' son, Duo.
** It's confirmed as of Chapter 7 that Duo and Hilde married ([[spoiler:but got divorced because she thought he was irresponsible]]). It's unclear whether Duo Jr. is their biological son or not due to Duo/Father Maxwell being an UnreliableNarrator.
** Not to mention, [[spoiler:since Heero and Relena spent the last 30 years on ice, the odds are extremely slim that they'll get with anybody except each other.]]
* SinisterScythe: The Gundam Deathscythe (and Deathscythe Hell)'s beam scythe.
* SixthRanger: Noin teams up with the Gundams at the end of the series but Milliardo is more of a legitimate sixth ranger for being the sixth to pilot a Gundam, his rivalry with Heero and [[spoiler:his support in ''Endless Waltz''.]]
* SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence: The pilotless mobile dolls fall somewhere at the brick level, a problem when they're all armed to the teeth. [[spoiler:Heero easily tricks a group into attacking their own battalion, including suits parked in the hanger, and then into just firing at anyone in a spacesuit]]. Somewhat averted with their successors, the Virgo [=IIs=], whose AI software was constantly developed, especially with the adoption of the ZERO System into the Mobile Doll program. This proved to be very challenging for even the Gundam pilots.
%%* SmugSnake: Duke Dermail, Dekim Barton, Quinze, Tsubarov.
* SociopathicSoldier:
** Several on all sides. At beginning of the series before their CharacterDevelopment, the Gundam pilots are misanthropic loners that can kill people without a second thought (Quatre seems to be the only one that regrets having to kill people), while in episode 12 Wufei and Major Sally take on a trio of Alliance soldiers that started trashing a restaurant because [[EvilIsPetty the shopkeeper dared to ask them to pay for the food they ate.]] They then try and justify it by saying that they protect the country, so what right does the shopkeeper have? Their commander isn't any better, deposing the country's original, peace-advocating leader and eventually conspiring to hand the country over to OZ.
** There's also the 2 OZ pilots Zechs killed for breaching war etiquette by firing at surrendering enemies. One of them even has an EvilLaugh.
* SoundtrackDissonance: [[ThemeTuneCameo The show's second opening theme, "Rhythm Emotion"]], is played at the end of episode 36, after Relena surrendered to Romefeller and during Heero's ZERO System-induced rampage aboard Epyon, and in episode 41, when the Gundam Team and White Fang launched an assault on Barge, ending with [[spoiler:Zechs singlehandedly destroying the space station with Epyon]].
* SpaceIsAnOcean: Averted completely, the Earth Alliance and Oz does not attack using warships but rather relying on mobile suits deployed from asteroid bases and space stations and from carriers which carries limited araments.
* SparklingStreamOfTears: As demonstrated by Trowa, Quatre, Relena, and Catherine (especially in the aptly-titled episode "Catherine's Tears"), and in episode 48 by Dorothy and Wufei.
* SpeechesAndMonologues: Many characters give speeches both during combat and during more expected times such as having an audience while preparing troops for battle.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Heero/Hiiro Yuy/Yui, Relena/Ririna/Lilina Darlian/Dorian/Dorlian/Derlian (the latter which appears in the Operation 4 soundtrack), Wufei/Wu Fei, Zechs Merquise/Marquise/Marquis, Milliardo/Milliard/Milliald, Lady Une/An/Ann/Anne, Hilde/Hirde, Tubarov/Tuberov/Tsubarov, and Quinze/Quines/Kanz/Kans.
* SpinOffspring: ''Frozen Teardrop'', with (so far) Duo Maxwell (Jr), Kathy Po, and Katrina Oud Winner, alongside their parents/siblings and the original cast. Considering the UterineReplicator deal within the colonies and how ''all'' of Quatre's sisters are test-tube babies, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Cathy being Quatre's sister is not as unreasonable as it seems at first.]]
%%* SplitPersonality: Lady Une, so much.
* StateSec: [=OZ=] zig-zags the trope. It starts off as a official elite force of the regular Alliance forces, but was really a covert military branch of the Romefeller Foundation. [[spoiler:And once Romefeller takes over the world, [=OZ=] becomes the regular military.]]
* StartXToStopX: Zechs' desire to cause such intense devastation to Earth that war loses all appeal.
%%* TheStoic: Heero and Trowa.
%%** NotSoStoic: Trowa, at his most emotional.
* StolenGoodReturnedBetter: After OZ get their hands on some of the Gundams, they are rebuilt just in time for the heroes to take them back.
* StupidEvil: Dekam's plan to drop MULTIPLE colonies on the Earth when one would wipe out most of it.
* SuperPrototype: Wouldn't be Gundam without this, either!
** Wing Zero/Proto Zero is the SuperPrototype to all of the other Gundams. Its signature ZERO system being too much for all but two certain pilots to handle. Anyone else who tried to pilot it is driven into an insane berserker state, unable to tell between friend or foe.
** Tallgeese was a super prototype to the Leo suits, with its major flaw of being a little too powerful for normal pilots to handle. The extreme G forces it puts the pilots under when in flight (due to its weight and EXTREMELY powerful jetpack) causing anything from unconsciousness to broken bones and cardiac arrest, often all three.
** Mercurius and Vayeate were practically this to the Virgo mobile dolls. When combining both prototype mobile suits' capabilities into the Virgo, OZ reduced the amount of the Mercurius' planet defensors from ten to four, in order for it to wield a less powerful version of the Vayeate's beam cannon. Eventually, they were rebuilt into mobile dolls, using Heero Yui and Trowa Barton's combat data to help them fight on-par with the Gundams.
* SuperRobot: Has a certain amount of this mixed in. The Gundams tend to curb stomp everything else and get treated with borderline religious reverence. A battle of attrition is not good for them, however.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: In the midst of intense duels and firefights, the pilots often wax philosophical on [[WarriorPoet life, war, destiny, and the nature of mankind.]]
%%* TeamMom: Lucrezia Noin and Sally Po.
* TechnicolorEyes: Not a literal example, but the official biographies for the characters seem to list the ''paint'' colors used for the animation, resulting in oddly specific examples such as Heero's Prussian Blue eyes and Quatre's Platinum Gold hair.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Yes, this shelter is secure. Nothing could possibly break in and stop Mariemaia. Oh, there's Heero with Wing Zero, sure, go ahead and fire and realize how helpless--BOOM!]]
* ThemeNaming:
** The main characters are named after numbers.
** While most mass-produced mobile suits are named after Zodiac constellations. Not all names are direct; the HoverTank Tragos (Greek for "goat") is a stand-in for Capricorn, while the Gundam [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Aesculapius/Asklepos]] from ''G-Unit'' represents the "13th constellation" Ophiuchus (Aesculapius is the man holding the serpent in the constellation[[note]] The ''serpent'' part of Ophiuchus is represented by the Serpent mobile suits from ''Endless Waltz''[[/note]]). The only constellation not represented in any of the original media is Sagittarius (which appears in ''Frozen Teardrop'' as a LandBattleship in the pre-Operation Meteor era).
** OZ stands for [[AllThereInTheManual Organization of the Zodiac]].
** The theme naming even extends to the SpinOff media: Odin Lowe from ''Episode Zero'' and Adin/Odin Barnett from ''G-Unit[=/=]Last Outpost'' both derive their names from the Russian word for "one", while the little-known mini-manga ''Tiel's Impulse'' stars Tiel Nombreux, whose surname is French for "numerous".
* ThemeTuneCameo: The show's first opening theme, "Just Communication", played at the ends of episodes 3 and 49, and the second opening theme, "Rhythm Emotion", played in episodes 36, 38, 39, and 41. In the cases of episodes 36 and 41, it's a case of Soundtrack Dissonance, and in episode 49, it's a LastEpisodeThemeReprise.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Zechs, while talking to a portrait of his father, gives this as the reason why he can't [[spoiler:lead the Sanc Kingdom and why Relena should]], saying "My hands. They are too stained with blood."
* ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: Deathscythe's buster shield is specifically designed to be a weapon, mounting a beam blade and rocket thrusters that make it a flying drill. Wu Fei throws Shenlong and Altron's shields once or twice as well, aided by their discus (or perhaps ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'')-like shape.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Sandrock throws its shotels on a few occasions, to make up for its lack of ranged weapons. Quatre still does it when he gets a beam submachinegun with Sandrock's MidSeasonUpgrade.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Noin and Hilde (Tomboys) with Relena and Dorothy (Girly Girls). While Lady Une [[spoiler:is both with her two personalities]].
* TooDumbToLive: Minor OZ soldier Trant Clark. Once he has Heero captured what does he do with him? He forces Heero to test the ZERO System while in a ''functional Gundam''. Admittedly he didn't know about the insanity-inducing side effects of the ZERO System but he was still relying on the presence of hostages to keep Heero under control even though those were the same hostages the Gundam pilots had been trying to kill just episodes earlier.
* TransformingMecha:
** Wing and Wing Zero Gundams, Taurus and Pices mobile Suits. Don't forget Epyon, the red Gundam introduced halfway (or thereabouts) through the series, which has possibly [[RuleOfCool one of the most pointless but cool-looking transformations in Gundam history]].
** Epyon's transformation is dead identical to that of the Hambrabi from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', possibly constituting a ShoutOut.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance:
** Relena is recognized at a dinner party by an old friend of her family's due to her resemblance to her biological mother, Katrina. We never see her mother, so [[TakeOurWordForIt we just have Weridge's word on this]].
** ''Frozen Teardrop'' shows that as a teenager Katrina looked identical to her future daughter (and on top of that, so did her twin sister Sabrina); of course, this also fits with the novel's extensive use of GenerationXerox.
* UndersideRide: Heero rides underneath an ambulance before hijacking it.
%%* UnexplainedRecovery: Heero should be its poster child.
* {{Unobtanium}}: The Gundanium alloy used to build the five Gundams. The reason for this is because Gundanium alloy is rare, expensive, and can only be synthesized in space. The Gundam scientists were the only people who had knowledge of how to synthesize it, up until they were captured by OZ and forced to synthesize it to build the {{Super Prototype}}s [[StoneWall Mercurius]] and [[GlassCannon Vayeate]], both of which eventually spawned the [[MookMobile mass-produced Virgo mobile dolls]].
* UnwittingPawn: The Gundam pilots are tricked by Treize into wiping out the Alliance's leadership just as they were about to disarm and open peace negotiations with the colonies, thus ruining any chance of peace and granting OZ control of the Earth Sphere.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight:
** The Tallgeese is an in-universe SuperPrototype from which all other mobile suit designs originated, but was deemed too dangerous for the pilot and became nothing more than a museum exhibit and collector's curiosity. When the Gundams start raising hell of all kinds, the bad guys decide to BreakOutTheMuseumPiece. The Tallgeese proves itself quite capable on the battlefield repeatedly afterwards with a good pilot inside it.
** The Wing Gundam Zero is a subversion in that in-universe its design is 15 years old, but the suit wasn't built until during the series because the engineers originally thought it was too dangerous to build. The plans instead were passed on to each of the scientists and each made modifications to form the 5 subsequent Gundams. Its first major battle pitted it against a pair of mobile suits built to surpass the original five Gundams and it was ultimately used against the Epyon, which was built based on combat data of the original five.
* UterineReplicator: For several generations, normal pregnancy was impossible for colony dwellers and this was the only means of reproduction. While this has been largely overcome by the time the series starts, some groups are still struggling. Quatre's entire family - including his ''twenty-nine'' older sisters - are laboratory born. [[spoiler:His mother wanted to concieve a child normally, and paid with her life to deliver him]].
%%* VillainousBreakdown: Tsubarov
* [[LaserSight Visible Laser Beams]]: In Episode 8, the pilots break into a facility and are confronted by a dark bunker full of "explosives with infrared red sensors", which pretty much look like the classic red laser-lines booby traps. They are undeterred.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Relena and Dorothy, when Dorothy isn't Relena's {{Rival}}.
%%* WarForFunAndProfit: The Romefeller Foundation (specifically, Duke Dermail and Colonel Tubarov).
* WarriorTherapist: NOBODY SHUTS THE HELL UP. A spoken version of TextPlosion which ties in to the {{Speeches and Monologues}} section up top.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: What Treize and Zechs bring about. It works... for a year.
* WaveMotionGun: The Buster Rifle, Barge's and Libra's beam cannons, Vayeate's beam cannon, and the Tallgesse III's mega cannon.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: This happens a ''lot''. The five Gundam pilots have various allies but don't necessarily network, and OZ and the Alliance look exactly the same for a while because they use the same mobile suits. Consequently there is a great deal of friendly hostility going on, though at least the good guys are generally able to talk things out.
* WeHaveReserves: The Mobile Dolls make this easy to invoke, as they provide the people who control the factory an infinite supply of disposable mooks. At one point [[spoiler:Zechs]] tries to use this against the Gundam pilots - since he has an unlimited supply of mooks and they have a finite supply of spare parts for the Gundams, all he has to do is send enough waves of automated soldiers programmed well enough to do ''some'' damage on each attack and sooner or later he'll wear them down. The only reason it failed was the arrival of a third faction, who drew off enough Mobile Dolls to make the attrition strategy impractical.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Zechs and Treize later in the show, where they believe that humanity needs to witness one really horrible war in order to drive the desire to fight out of them. And it works. Also, Relena, for her extreme stance on Absolute Pacifism, to the point where she would rather surrender her kingdom and let it fall so that fighting can be avoided.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Quatre's sister Iria, who appears in one episode and ends it unconscious (or worse), but never reveals which. In the manga adaptation she dies, [[spoiler:which just contributes all the more to Quatre's FreakOut]]. ''Frozen Teardrop'' finally answers the question by saying [[spoiler:she's alive and helped raise little sister Katherine, who becomes Quatre's {{Expy}} in the plot.]]
* WhipItGood: The Epyon's and, in ''Endless Waltz'', the Tallgeese III's heat rod.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: In episode 3, another example of LostInTranslation:
-->'''Bonaparte:''' What idiot would challenge this [base's] security?!
-->'''Zechs:''' Here come the idiots!
-->''(enter Heavyarms)''
%%* WillNotTellALie: Duo Maxwell. Or so he says.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Wufei reveals that he doesn't like fighting women because he considers them weak. Also, Dorothy brings up this topic while fencing with Heero, but he quickly shows that [[WouldHitAGirl he doesn't have such hang-ups]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Nearly every character in the show is named after a number, though in various different languages. The Gundam pilots also refer to each other by the number OZ gave their Gundams when in captivity.
* YouHadUsWorriedThere: At the end of the last episode, we're not sure whether Heero made it, but then he comes in with his signature, "Mission Accomplished".
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: General Septum, who is used by OZ to blame the Colonies for the deaths of the alliance leadership, then thrown out of a plane by Lady Une. [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Then shot on the way down]]. ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills In the head.]]''
* YouKilledMyFather: Zechs kills the man responsible for attacking the Sanc Kingdom years earlier in episode 9. And privately talks alone with a painting of his father, saying his hands were too bloodied to lead their kingdom, and would have to pass that responsibility to his younger sister, [[spoiler:Relena.]]
* YouKnowTooMuch: Heero seems ready to shoot Relena when she returned from the space colony and kept pressing to know him more, until she mentions Doctor J, which startles him. He later saves her from some falling debris when OZ shows up to try and kill her.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters:
** In many ways, this is the crux of the show's first half -- the Gundam pilots are fighting an oppressive regime, but are under orders to murder ''any'' witnesses.
** Comes back again near the end of the series with White Fang. [[spoiler:They ostensibly have the same goal as the Gundams; to free the colonies, but at this point they're the villains, unintentionally enacting the original Operation Meteor.]]