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->''"What the heck? That's a Mobile Suit! '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lvJ6eFcCJE IT'S A GUNDAAAAAAAAM!"]]'''''
-->-- '''{{Mooks}}''' throughout the franchise. It usually ends badly for them.

'''Gundam''' is a [[LongRunners long running]] series of HumongousMecha tv {{Anime}} started by YoshiyukiTomino in 1979, TropeMaker for the RealRobot genre, and basically the Japanese equivalent of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Gundam is a [[CashCowFranchise veritable merchandising empire]], encompassing manga, {{OVA}}s, video games, plastic models, toys, theme park rides and a racing team sponsorship. Its works include:

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (1979 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' (1985 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' (1986 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' (1988 movie)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' (1989 OVA)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' (1991 OVA)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' (1991 movie)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' (1993 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' (1996 OVA)
** ''Gundam Evolve'' (2001-2005 OVA)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO'' (2004-2009 CGI OVA)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' (2010-14 OVA)
** ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' (2015 OVA)
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' (1994 TV series)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' (1995 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' (1997 OVA)
* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' (1996 TV series)
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' (1999 TV series)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' (2002 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' (2004 TV series)
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' (2006 ONA)
* ''Anime/SDGundamForce'' (2003 TV Series)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' (2007 TV series)
** ''[[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer A Wakening of the Trailblazer]]'' (2010 movie)
* ''Anime/ModelSuitGunplaBuildersBeginningG'' (2010 OVA)
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' (2011 TV series)
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' (2013 TV series)
** ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'' (2014 TV series)
* ''Anime/GundamReconguistaInG'' (2014 TV series)

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* ''Franchise/GundamExpandedUniverse''
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Generally, Gundam works are WarIsHell stories, detailing humans who remained on Earth and those who moved out to [[SpaceStation space colonies]] orbiting the planet starting WorldWarWhatever over rights, resources, and other decidedly real world issues. At some point after the war's start, an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ends up FallingIntoTheCockpit of the newest [[SuperPrototype Gundam]] when TheEmpire attacks their [[DoomedHometown hometown]]. The teenager soon proves themselves to be AcePilot, and has to help TheFederation defeat TheEmpire. Along the way, the teen suffers untold mental trauma, as friends, family members, and various other people they care about become casualties of the ongoing conflict. [[AMechByAnyOtherName Mobile Suits]] are thus portrayed as [[RealRobot mass-produced machines of war similar to planes or tanks]]. There's also generally a [[TheRival rival]] who wears a mask and pilots a [[RedOnesGoFaster red]] HumongousMecha. And the hero will receive a MidSeasonUpgrade.

While works continue to be set in the "Universal Century" [[TheVerse verse]] established in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', the franchise also has over a dozen [[AlternateContinuity Alternate Continuities]] that allow the franchise to delve into other genres, such as SuperRobot fighting tournaments, ToBeAMaster modeling competitions, and SavingTheWorld HeroicFantasy.

Lore-wise, the Gundam series (particularly the original Universal Century timeline) are notable for the remarkably consistent fictional technology; in UC, this is based on the original [[MinovskyPhysics Minovsky Particle]]. Also notable is the presence of Newtypes, who are essentially [[PsychicPowers psychics]] akin to "[[StarWars Jedi]] in [[HumongousMecha giant robots]]". Newtypes, or some SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, appear in most Gundam shows.

Creator/KunioOkawara created many of the iconic HumongousMecha designs, including the RX-78 Gundam. However, the franchise has also had mecha designs by Hajime Katoki, Kazumi Fujita, Junya Ishigaki, Mamoru Nagano, Syd Mead and several others.
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!!The ''Gundam'' franchise is the TropeNamer for:

* [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan/{{Gundam}} Bright Slap]] (now GetAholdOfYourselfMan)
* CharClone
* ColonyDrop
* EnsignNewbie
* "Gundamjack" (now GrandTheftPrototype)
* MinovskyPhysics
* MobileSuitHuman
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!!The ''Gundam'' franchise provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAbridgedSeries: There are quite a few ''WebVideo/GundamAbridged''
* AbsentAliens: One of the hallmarks of the show is that there are no signs of extraterrestrial life, which originally made the show stand out from the pack. The only exceptions so far are ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' mentioning a winged SpaceWhale fossil found on Jupiter in passing, [[spoiler: ''CrossboneGundam'' with the microbial "Angel's Call"]], and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', which includes StarfishAliens in [[Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer the movie]].
* AerithAndBob: There are some very strangely named characters in Gundam, there are also a scattering of people with completely mundane names. If we listed every bizarre name in every series, well... we'd be here all day.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Most of the {{Cool Starship}}s in the series qualify as these. Particularly if you count flight-capable HumongousMecha as 'aircraft'.
* ALighterShadeOfGray: While Gundam usually goes out of its way to show that [[GreyAndGrayMorality both sides of the conflict have good and bad people]], it's generally still the case that one side has the moral high ground.
* AllThereInTheManual: There are loads of supplements like side-stories and model kit manuals. You won't miss vital information by ignoring them... usually.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: There's at least two in a series. She's always an important female character, usually the main character's (possible or {{canon}}) LoveInterest, TheBaroness or the TeamMom.
* AlternateContinuity: TV series, movie trilogies, manga, video games, and novels all retell the same stories... and all slightly differently.
* AlternateUniverse: So far there's:
** Universal Century: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamMSIGLOO'' (January, UC0079), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (September , UC 0079), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' (October, UC0079), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' (December, UC0079), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' (UC0083), ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' (UC0087), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' (UC088), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' (UC0093), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' (UC0096), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' (UC0123), ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' (UC0153)
** Future Century: ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' (F.C. 60)
** After Colony: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' (AC 195), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'' (AC 196)
** After War: ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'' (AW 0015)
** Correct Century: ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' (CC 2345)
** Cosmic Era: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' (CE 70), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' (CE 73), ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDCE73Stargazer'' (CE 73)
** Anno Domini (00): ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' (2307 AD), ''[[Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer A Wakening of the Trailblazer]]'' (2314 AD)
** Advanced Generation: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' (AG 115-201)
* AlternativeCalendar: Used for every series but ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', largely to avoid having to set a definitive "[[ExtyYearsFromNow X years in the future]]" setting. Amusingly, the first few series (from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' to ''CharsCounterattack'') simply filed the serial numbers off by setting them in the year "UC 00XX", where XX was the year in the 20th century that the show was released. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', for example, was released in 1979 and set in UC 0079.
** Not helping things was the fact that ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''ZetaGundam'' had scenes identifying the date as 20XX (as in, 2079 for the original show); these were quietly {{Retcon}}ned out of later releases. In response, fans attempted to pin down a specific year as UC 0001, using a couple of concrete dates[[note]]As in, a specific date AND day of the week[[/note]] from ''{{Gundam 0080}}'' (January 14 falls on a Monday) and ''GundamZZ'' (0088 is a leap year, and by extension so is 0080 and all other UC years that are multiples of 4); the general consensus is that it's 2047[[note]]The last official timelines ever published that include the AD era have 2045 as the last AD year mentioned, with 2047 being the earliest possible candidate after that based on the above dates. Still, it's just theory.[[/note]].
* AmbiguousTimePeriod: The series takes place in the future, but due to the excessive use of [[AlternativeCalendar alternate calendars]] how far in the future is impossible to pinpoint.
* AnyoneCanDie: The series was, after all, [[YoshiyukiTomino created by a man]] who was ''nicknamed'' KillEmAll.
* ArmoredCoffins: In the older series, there's no real way to escape from an exploding mobile suit. Some {{Super Prototype}}s do have ejection seats of some form (i.e. Gundam's Core Block system), but they're typically removed from mass-produced versions.
* AttackDrone: Every continuity has them in one form or another.
* BadassBeard: While several characters qualify, it's worth noting that the red "beard" protrusion is one of the defining features of the Gundam's distinctive faceplate after the V-Fin.
* TheBattlestar: Most warships have impressive firepower in addition to their mobile suit payload... [[PlotArmor which would be nice if they ever hit anything other than mooks]].
* BittersweetEnding: By far the most common sort of ending to a Gundam series. Only a handful have unambigiously happy (''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]: Endless Waltz'') or downer (''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'') endings.
* BrokenFaceplate: Usually, but not always, the sight of a pilot's faceplate shattering signals the moment of his or her death.
* {{Canon}}: ''Gundam'' has an unusual take on this, partly because the Western definition of "canon" in regards to fiction doesn't exist in Japan. All animated works are considered "official", while [[ExpandedUniverse everything else]] is "non-official". This means that the various contradictory AlternateContinuity works (namely, the TV shows and their CompilationMovie remakes) are equally "canon", while some non-animated works like ''CrossboneGundam'' are "non-canon" despite being praised for their quality and attention to not mucking up the timeline. This makes it ''completely impossible'' to come up with any kind of "one true version" of events: see ContinuitySnarl below.
* CentrifugalGravity: Seen in everything from individual ships (many of which come equipped with rotating "gravity block" sections) all the way up to the kilometers-long space colonies themselves (whose ''entire structures'' spin along one axis), because Gundam's tech level generally isn't advanced enough to support ArtificialGravity.
* CharClone: With the exception of the {{OVA}}s, there's at least one in every series where the original Char doesn't appear... except ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', where Char was originally ''intended'' to appear, but was scrapped when ''CharsCounterattack'' was given the green light.
* TheCoconutEffect: Consciously averted. When Tomino wrote the original series, he decided to use particle-based weapons rather than lasers specifically because lasers would be invisible, instant-hit weapons and would kill a lot of the drama of battle.
* CollateralAngst: When a protagonist's love interest dies (and [[AnyoneCanDie they do]]), the writing focuses mainly on how the protagonist feels rather than the tragedy of said love interest's life being cut short.
* ColonyDrop: The TropeNamer; Gundam series are extremely fond of dropping large objects onto targets from orbit.
* CompanionCube: Many Gundam pilots either start or come to view their Gundams this way. They may even ask their advice and then ''behave as though the Gundam has given it.''
* CombiningMecha: Comes and goes in phases. The original Gundam had the ability to separate and recombine; this was downplayed later. The CE timeline has this in spades, as the titular mecha combine with "packs" that seem expressly designed to [[MerchandiseDriven ship more plastic models]] of the mecha.
* CompilationMovie: Gundam ''loves'' these. The television series generally get compilation movie ''trilogies'', and even some of the [=OAVs=] have gotten compilation movies of their own.
* ConservationofNinjitsu: In general, the rarity and popularity of said Mobile Suit or Pilot is proportional to how many war machines it can annihilate.
* ContinuitySnarl: By Sunrise's policy, only animated works are truly "official". However, that still makes it impossible to determine a single "real" version of events, given that the franchise's full-length TV series are usually turned into movie triologies, which are AlternateContinuity to a greater (''Zeta'''s movie trilogy retconned its entire sequel series, ''ZZ'', out of existence) or lesser (the ''Mobile Suit Gundam'' movie trilogy just removes some of the wackier SuperRobot influences and replaces shoddy animation with higher quality work) extent... and yet, they're all equally canon in Sunrise's eyes.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Generally averted - the bigger {{Wave Motion Gun}}s can ruin your day with even a near-miss.
* CoolHelmet: Sort of; the Gundams' iconic V crest attached to their heads.
* CoolShip: The main character usually has a ship to haul his Cool Mecha around.
* CorporalPunishment: The main character usually ends up on the wrong end of a punitive beatdown at least once, and that's not even counting the ''[[GetAholdOfYourselfMan therapeutic]]'' beatdowns he's also likely to receive.
* CrapsackWorld: The Universal Century timeline has a ''rough'' couple decades starting in UC 0079 -- the human population is cut in half over the course of a month by {{Colony Drop}}s, [[DepopulationBomb nerve gas]], and [[AtomicHate nuclear]] attacks, and the following 20 years bring multiple repeat performances of all three. It's not until post-''GundamUnicorn'' that things settle down, and then it's merely reduced to roughly one atrocity a generation instead of one every few years.
* CyberCyclops: The "bad guy" mobile suits tend to have a single, [[GlowingMechanicalEyes glowing camera]]; they're typically referred to as "mono-eyes".
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Usually the main character, when they're the OvertAgent type. The {{Ordinary High School Student}}s tend to have dark and troubled ''presents'' instead.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Most of the series have a strong anti-war theme, while simultaneously making sure every episode has awesome giant robot battles in it.
* DoomedHometown: The main character's hometown, frequently a space colony, is usually wrecked early in the series. Sometimes directly leads to FallingIntoTheCockpit.
* DownerEnding: Less common than the BittersweetEnding, but more common than the HappyEnding. See ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''{{Gundam 0083}}''.
* DualWielding: Ever since the original series, the classic melee loadout for a Gundam has been a pair of beam sabers, and if there's a variation from this formula, it's usually because the suit in question is fitted with even ''more'' blades as well.
* EnergyWeapons: FrickinLaserBeams, {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, {{Laser Blade}}s, and everything in between.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' and GundamAGE are only TV series that are totally devoid of a princess (or a princess-in-exile, or the daughter of an important official, be it government or a scientist) in a major and/or supporting role.
* EvolutionaryLevels: Used, subverted, and played with. Newtypes from the UC timeline are initially presented as this, but they ultimately don't seem to have much effect on the world beyond a handful of ridiculously skilled {{Ace Pilot}}s. ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' has an ending that explicitly states Newtypes are nothing of the sort, though since it's an alternate universe it's still an open question for the UC timeline. The CE timeline's Coordinators are a mixed bag -- some of them consider themselves this, but many do not. ''{{Gundam 00}}'''s Innovators are the concept played completely straight. The X-Rounders of ''GundamAGE'' are still on the fence; on the one hand, both sides are trying to cultivate them, but one of the series' most powerful considers them to be an evolutionary ''throwback'' rather than advancement.
* ExpandedUniverse: Sunrise's policy divided non-animate works in two categories. If the work doesn't contradict with official animate "white" works, then it's "gray", somewhat acceptable add-on to the timeline (just don't expect Sunrise to support the events). Whatever contradict with official works is "black", outright non-canon. Note that the "gray" status isn't permanent, new animate work may push the work to "black" by add new events that contradict it, or make it "light gray" by has some of TheCameo (the story is still gray, but whatever appear on screen is "white").
* {{Expy}}: To say the franchise is addicted to this trope is an understatement. There's [[CharClone a Char]] in ''every single series''.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: A popular way to select new crack Gundam pilots.
* TheFederation: The Earth government is usually one.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: Pretty much everyone announces their name and which mecha they're using before launching from the CoolShip.
* FiveManBand: The Universal Century was slightly more dynamic, but it came into full swing in GGundam and GundamWing.
* GatlingGood: The head gatlings, another iconic weapon for Gundam-type suits. Mostly used for dealing with small, fast threats like planes and missiles.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Bright Noa, the TeamDad of the UC timeline, is the king of this trope. So much so that it was originally called the Bright Slap. Used in several other timelines as well.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Usually played straight.
* GlowingMechanicalEyes: Mobile suit cameras (positioned in their heads like eyes, naturally) ''always'' glow when activated.
* GrandTheftPrototype: Previous TropeNamer. Highly advanced Gundams featuring experimental technology and extremely high combat performance get stolen with alarming regularity in the franchise.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Gundam is notable for rarely portraying either side of a conflict as faceless, mindless evildoers -- there are good people and bad people on all sides of a conflict. That said, the protagonists' faction will usually be ALighterShadeOfGrey.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Whilst their enemies often get more exotic melee weapons, the hero's suit ''will'' have a beam sabre or two.
* HeroicSacrifice: From both throwaway and major characters; a side effect of AnyoneCanDie.
* HumongousMecha: Obviously.
** AMechByAnyOtherName: They're called "mobile suits" in general, though different timelines have variations like "mobile fighters", "mobile dolls", and "mobile bits". Non-humanoid versions are usually called "mobile armors".
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Series Naming]]: Almost all of the Gundam TV series (as well as ''GundamF91'', which was ''[[ExecutiveMeddling intended]]'' as a TV series) are named after one of the protagonist's mobile suits. The OddNameOut is ''GundamSeed'', which doesn't contain a Seed Gundam.
* InfoDump: Happens in some spots, e.g. the introduction of the Specials in ''GundamWing''.
* LatexSpaceSuit: For use by both males and females, though only pilots; other crew get bulkier, more conventional space suits.
* LongRunner: 35 years (as of ''Build Fighters'') and counting. BigNameFan Burke Rukes once pointed out on his old website that if one were to watch all of Gundam from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam MSG]] to [[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn A]], it would take about a week, and that was ''without'' counting work, sleep, and bathroom/meal breaks. And mind you, this was long before ''[[GundamSeed SEED]]'', ''[[GundamSeedDestiny Destiny]]'', ''[[{{Gundam 00}} 00]]'', ''[[{{Gundam Unicorn}} Unicorn]]'', ''[[GundamAge AGE]]'' '''and''' the aforementioned ''[[Anime/GundamBuildFighters Build Fighters]]'' came out.
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: A staple of the series, as part of the standard LoveHurts {{Aesop}}.
* LoveHurts: Very, very rarely does a romance with a Gundam pilot work out for anyone.
* LoveTriangle: Almost all series have this!
* MadeOfIndestructium: Gundams are typically made of this; in UC it's named "Gundarium" in honor of the Gundam which was the first to use it[[note]]it was initially named "Lunar Titanium" in the original series, as it was an artificial alloy of Titanium discovered by Lunar scientists[[/note]]; in AC it's called "Gundanium" and the Gundams are named after ''it''; and in AD the Gundams use "GN Composite Armor", which is just normal armor reinforced with AppliedPhlebotinum.
* MadeOfExplodium: Frequently what mook mecha are made out of. HandWaved in UC with MinovskyPhysics, but GundamWing (and it's classic MechaMook the Leo) are most infamous for it.
** To elaborate: UC era mecha semi-regularly cause nuclear explosions when their reactors are breached.
* {{Magitek}}: Newtype technology, designed to augment and be augmented by a pilot's PsychicPowers.
* MaskPower: TheRival and/or CharClone usually wear one.
* MechaMooks: Dozens of variants in the franchise, usually limited to two or three examples per series. The bad guys usually have one that's influenced by the original Zaku II from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', with the "[[GasMaskMooks gas mask]]" face and its iconic [[CyberCyclops mono-eye]]. In fact, the word "Zaku" is even derived from "zako" which means "mook" in Japanese.
* MegaCorp: Anaheim Electronics from the UC Timeline is a quintessential example.
* MegaCrossover: The GundamFighter Flash game, with over 80 Gundam characters from various shows.
** ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'' also features crossovers from the various universes, and the later entries in the ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' have gone this direction as well.
* MeleeATrois: First introduced in ''Zeta Gundam''.
* MerchandiseDriven: Much, ''much'' more money is made on Gundam modeling kits than the anime itself.
* MilestoneCelebration: Happens regularly at the 10 year marks.
* MilitariesAreUseless: In numerous Gundam series, the military units are composed of weaker "grunt" mobile suits that are largely ineffective and are destroyed in large numbers by the much more powerful Gundams and other "hero mechs", which are always piloted by the main characters (protagonists and antagonists) of the narrative. The "grunt" mobile suits are always piloted by characters who don't have major narrative roles, assuming they are ever seen at all.
* MilitaryBrat: Nearly all series have characters that are children of military personnel.
* MindlinkMates: In the UC continuity, powerful Newtypes of the opposite sex, particularly teenagers, tend to instinctively gravitate toward each other and form psychic and romantic bonds, particularly when the PhlebotinumGirl with NoSocialSkills [[StarCrossedLovers meets the dashing Newtype hero]], [[LoveMartyr gives her loyalty to the cold-hearted Newtype villain]], or [[LoveTriangle both]]. Unlike most portrayals of lovers with psychic bonds, however, [[LoveHurts the probability of it ending well is approximately zero]].
* MiniMecha: While HumongousMecha take all spotlight, several series do include small mecha, usually doing labor work in the background. The first that appear in anime is Junior Mobile Suit from ''Zeta Gundam'', unless you count Ball from first series as one.
* MinovskyPhysics: Yet another TropeNamer, in the UC Timeline, but implemented in really every timeline more or less.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: MS Girl is originator of Mecha Musume.
* MoralMyopia: Common among the antagonist factions, who will often ''immediately'' resort to warcrimes in order to avenge fallen comrades.
* MythologyGag: While there are often indirect references to the original series in any given show, they often take this an step further by using the ''sound effects'' of the original series; this can range from the White Base's alert klaxon, to various booster/vernier sounds, to the classic "Pfeeew!" of the RX-78-2's beam rifle.
* {{Novelization}}: All of the anime series except ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' has at least one. ''Beltochika's Children'' is rather amusing case; it was originally Tomino's rejected plot of ''CharsCounterattack'' which, in turn, is adapted from Tomino's novel ''Hi-Streamer''. In other word, it's novelization of TheFilmOfTheBook, with all three by same author!
* NuclearOption: Notable for averting the NuclearWeaponsTaboo. The UC and CE timelines, in particular, are fond of throwing nukes around. UC generally treats them as dangerous and powerful weapons but not necessarily evil incarnate (the ''good guys'' use ''illegally obtained'' nuclear missiles on at least one occasion), while CE is rather less forgiving.
* OfficiallyShortenedTitle: Works within the ''{{Gundam}}'' universe are typically given a long-form title ''Mobile Suit Gundam [Title]'', which is shortened to simply, ''Gundam [Title]'' in most usage; eg, ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' is called ''Zeta Gundam'', and ''MobileSuitGundamSeed'' is called ''Gundam Seed''. They occasionally mix things up a bit (eg, ''G Gundam'''s full title is ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', since the MotionCaptureMecha used by the heroes in that series are [[AMechByAnyOtherName called mobile fighters]] as opposed to conventionally-piloted mobile suits), and works with especially long titles may have more than just "Mobile Suit" cut from the short version (eg, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' is usually rendered as just ''Char's Counterattack'').
* PhlebotinumGirl: Ubiquitous. In fact, the proposed name for the trope was "Newtype Girl".
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements: Various types of Mobile Suits can only be piloted by Newtypes.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Which is why so many female pilots, from ZetaGundam all the way through to GundamAGE, have pink mobile suits (or, at least, suits with pink highlights).
* PointDefenseless: Is it a hero ship? If not, a whole armada's flak screen might as well be made of fireworks.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Does it ever.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In many video game crossovers, established mobile suit performance is pretty much thrown out the window. In fact, the RX-78 from the original series is usually not just keeping up with other units, but a powerful one due to PopularityPower.
* PowersDoTheFighting: A minor staple in the franchise. If a mobile suit has AttackDrones, expect them to do this once in a while.
* PsychicChildren: Pretty much every ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' universe, with the exceptions of ''GGundam'', ''GundamWing'' and ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' prominently feature many youngsters with psychic powers of one kind or another, most of whom end up getting turned into as ChildSoldiers because of them.
* PsychicPowers: Newtypes and their various [[{{Expy}} Expies]] from other timelines.
* PyrrhicVictory: Pretty much a given in the Universal Century. The Earth Federation usually wins in the end, but it's badly ravaged in such a way that will set it up for the next crisis.
* RealRobot: It invented the genre, though it's always been stuck somewhere between the RealRobot and SuperRobot styles.
* RecurringElement: Haro.
* RedBaron: It's usually the enemy {{Ace Pilot}}s that get awesome nicknames (starting with Char as the Red Comet), but occasionally allies do as well. Oddly, the main character almost never gets this treatment. In fact, out of all the series the franchise has spawned, only ''two'' main characters have titles in their respective series: UC's Amuro Ray, known to many as "The White Devil" (actually the moniker for his Gundam which gets attributed to him as well) and FC's Domon Kasshu, known to the world as "The King of Hearts."
* TheRemnant: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] in the Universal Century continuity. The Principality of Zeon is defeated in the One Year War, but the various Neo Zeon factions continue to be the standard villain for most of the later UC series, with their last holdouts only falling in 0123; ''Unicorn'''s adversaries get bonus points for being TheRemnant of ''another'' Remnant.
* {{Retcon}}: Between all the AlternateContinuity versions and {{OVA}}s, they're inevitable. They're usually not too bad, but exceptions (such as ''{{Gundam 0083}}'''s ColonyDrop) do occur.
* RingworldPlanet: Helped popularize the "[=O'Neill=] cylinder" design.
* SensorSuspense: Tends to do this by having stuff suddenly appear immediately before they come under attack. The BridgeBunnies suddenly yelling "Heat source detected!" out of the blue usually means bad things are about to happen.
* SeriesFranchise
* SeriesMascot: Aside from the Gundams themselves, there are the Haros.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Most tend to hover between "Know Your Place, Woman!" and "Men are More Equal" if not "Almost Perfect Equality." A recent trend of the franchise leaned towards the former.
* SoLastSeason: The [[FanNickname Mid-Series Upgrade]] has been a staple since ZetaGundam, and even Anime/MobileSuitGundam had a limited version of it.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Whoo boy. Too many examples to list, but common to a greater or lesser extent in basically every series. The most infamous examples are probably the Principality (Duchy/Archduchy/Grand Duchy) of Zeon (Zion/Jion) and Mu (Muu/Mwu -- though thankfully no Moo) la (ra) Flaga (Fllaga/Fraga). And then there is Quattro Bajeena, whose name has on at least one occasion been translated as "Quattro Vagina", due to the katakana used in his name. (And given Jamitov "Hyman"[[note]]say it aloud[[/note]], it's very possible it ''is''... uh, meant to, be spelled with a "V"...)
** None of this is helped by the fact that Sunrise is, at this point, absolutely ''infamous'' for coming up with names [[AerithAndBob that are meant to sound "foreign" and "sci-fi future" to Japanese audiences,]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign but are often absolute nonsense that aren't informed by the zeitgeists or cultural memetics of any real-life civilization]]. For the Spacenoids, this can sort of work since they're meant to be very different and their own thing anyway (who says some dude born in space can't be named "Zeon Zum Deikun"?) but when Earth folks are ''meant'' to be named things like "South Burning", "Milliardo Peacecraft" and "Lady Une" (with Lady as a ''first name''), and when the kana interpretations for what the creators ''wanted'' the names to be end up all over the place, the result is a ton of confusion.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Happens fairly often with AU series. To wit:
** ''Wing'' to ''G'' (MultinationalTeam in five garish, SuperRobot-style Gundams), and the last story arc to ''Char's Counterattack'' (CharClone tries to blow up the Earth).
** ''X'' to the original series, sort of, being an alternate BadFuture to the One Year War.
** ''Turn A'' to ''X'' (post-apocalyptic stories set mostly in America and on the Moon whose title Gundams are equippedd with terrifyingly powerful and exotic weapons).
** ''SEED'' to the original ''Gundam'' (first major Earth/Colonies war) and ''Destiny'' to ''Zeta''.
** ''00'' Season 1 to ''Wing'' and Season 2 to ''Zeta''.
** ''AGE'' to the entire Universal Century from the original through to ''Crossbone''.
** ''Gundam Build Fighters'' to the ''Gunpla Builders'' OVA series, which itself is to an obscure manga called ''Plamo Kyo Shiro''.
* StandardSciFiHistory:
** Many series features Stage 1: Exploration and Colonization of Space. And then jump right into Stage 2: World War changing the world.
** The Universal Century subverts the standard progression. The rather idealistic founders of TheFederation definitely thought they would bypass Stage 2 into something akin to ''Star Trek''. Instead, the timeline is marked by multiple Stage 2 scenarios that by the time ''Victory'' takes place, it's just barely functional.
* StealthPun: BigNameFan Mark Simmons observed that SNRI, the rival to Anaheim Electronics, was created shortly after '''S'''u'''nri'''se bought the rights to ''Gundam''.
* StockFootage: And plenty of it. More of a problem for some series than others (the CE timeline was particularly infamous for indulging in it), and generally less of an issues in the movies and {{OVA}}s. ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', and ''{{Gundam 00}}'' are also notable for largely avoiding it. There are some scenes reused (as in, you could count them on one hand), but much of the time it's a two-second clip that's only reused once, or it's just a split-second explosion to change scenes.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Partially subverted. Every series has female pilots, but they're almost always outnumbered by male ones, and (with the exception of the manga ''EcoleDuCiel''), they're never the main character. Well, it is {{Shonen}}, after all...
* SuperPrototype: Just about anything with the word "Gundam" in its name, and a lot without it.
* SuperweaponSurprise: In the UC timeline, and the CE that mirrors it, mobile suits are these, with the subversion that they're used to ''attack'' instead of defend. The first Gundams in both universes are this ''again'', in that they're BiggerStick mobile suits that catch the other side by surprise too! More typical examples also appear in most timelines, as well.
* SwordFight: Only with HumongousMecha and {{Laser Blade}}s!
** Save for the iconic fencing duel between [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro and Char]]. Then [[Anime/TurnAGundam Loran and Gym]] have a sword duel as well!
* TelepathicSpacemen: Newtypes from the Universal Century and Innovators from Anno Domini.
* TransformingMecha: Varies between series, with some series chock-full of such mecha, and others devoid of them. ZetaGundam springs to mind as the Gundam series with the most TransformingMecha, which includes the title mech.
* TranslationConvention: In Japan, the Army and Navy use the [[CommonRanks exact same ranking system]], which has caused a good deal of confusion over what to use in the US dubs -- for example, is [[{{Gundam0083}} Kou Uraki]] an Ensign or 2nd Lieutenant? Typically, this is handled by treating the Space Forces as a Navy, and the rare few series that focus on ground combat forces (like ''{{The 08th MS Team}}'') use Army ranks.
* UnitedSpaceOfAmerica: Given its generally Western aesthetic and at times American norms, the Earth Federation nominally tries to be this on paper. It definitely doesn't apply for Spacenoids however, given their general status as second-class citizens and their nigh-perpetual frustration.
* UnstoppableRage: In the Universal Century, Newtypes' psychic abilities are boosted by strong emotions, and an angry Newtype pilot is pretty much the scariest adversary you could ever hope (not) to face.
* VestigialEmpire: The Earth Federation during the Late Universal Century. It's still the central power of the solar system, and even manages to expand a bit and briefly annex Jupiter, but it's mired in economic depression, red tape and civil war, and by the time of ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', it's such a mess that only a ''civilian militia'' is left to defend the Earth.
* VillainousValour: It's not uncommon to see highly courageous behaviour from Gundam adversaries, whether ordinary mooks or major villains.
* WarIsHell: A recurring theme.
* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: The most recurring theme in the series, and the one that generates most conflict overall.
* WarriorTherapist: TheRival tends to be one, resulting in [[TalkingIsAFreeAction philosophical debates]] during running mecha battles.
* WaveMotionGun: There's always at least one, whether mounted on a suit, a ship, or a space station.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: In the Universal Century, [[TheRemnant Neo Zeon's]] default answer to any sufficiently serious problem is [[ColonyDrop 'ram Axis into it']]. Sometimes, 'it' even extends to [[EnemyCivilWar 'other people from Neo Zeon']].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Most of the antagonists of a series are usually -- or at least can be argued to be -- this.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Most cyber newtypes and their alternate universe expies are not known for rationality or mental stability.
* WonTheWarLostThePeace: The One Year War was both a PyrrhicVictory and this. The Federation took one year to defeat Zeon, but between spacenoid agitation, the growth of a tyrannical StateSec, and a failure to properly suppress the various remnants of Zeon, the aftershocks lasted for a total of ''twenty'' years before the Earth Federation finally regained full control of the Earth Sphere.
* WorldHalfFull: ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'', ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]].'' Subverted with a vengeance in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]''. For the Universal Century, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn]]'' could be considered a subversion as well, given that its more hopeful ending still takes place before ''F91'' and ''Victory.''
* {{Yandere}}: Started to appear in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''.
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