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->''You have [[RedPillBluePill two choices.]] You can forget everything you've seen here and go back to Earth... Or you can come with us and learn the truth.''

A {{Manga}} follow-up to the film ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'', written by YoshiyukiTomino and with art by Yuuichi Hasegawa, ''Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam'' takes place ten years after the Cosmo Babylonia war depicted in the movie and follows Tobia Arronax, a space colony-born OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who, during his first visit to the [[WagonTrainToTheStars Jupiter-sphere colonies]], becomes involved with the Crossbone Vanguard, a group of [[SpacePirate Space Pirates]] (utilizing stolen Mobile Suits, along with two powerful SuperPrototype Crossbone Gundams) who are locked in a struggle against the [[TheEmpire Jupiter Empire]], an aristocracy that is secretly plotting to invade the Earth-sphere.

After meeting the Vanguard's AcePilot Kincaid Nau and their [[TheCaptain Captain]] Berah Ronah (actually ''F91'''s Seabook Arno and Cecilly Fairchild under assumed names), Tobia decides to join up with them and stop the Empire's scheme. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when it turns out that the Empire isn't quite up to what the Vanguard ''thinks'' they're up to...

''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'', sometimes called ''[[FanNickname Gundam F97]],'' is one of the most popular spinoffs of the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, on both sides of the Pacific, despite not having an anime (though it has appeared in several crossover video games). The general sentiment is that the series represents ''Gundam'' at its peak: characters, storytelling, action, drama, and comedy all come together well, without the concerns that usually hobble the televised chapters of the saga (such as [[MerchandiseDriven desire to sell toys]]). The fact that it's one of the few ''Gundam'' stories handled by Tomino to avert his usual KillEmAll ways might also be a factor.

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[[folder: The manga ran for 26 chapters in the ''Kadokawa Comics A'' magazine and was later compiled into six tankoubon volumes. It also has sequels: ]]

* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam Skull Heart]]'': Released in 2003, ten years after the original, the series consists primarily of short vignettes detailing the adventures of the Crossbone Vanguard three years after the original manga, with a few trips into the past to see BadassGrandpa Umon when he was a rookie in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam One-Year War]], and to explain how narrator Twink met the crew.
* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam: The Steel Seven]]'': Released in 2006, ''Steel Seven'' introduces Bernadette's step-mother Europa, who flees to Earth to warn the Vanguard that the Jupiter Empire is building "Zeus' Wrath", a giant [[WaveMotionGun colony laser]] in order to destroy Earth. Tobia must race against time and agents of the Empire to recover a means with which to get to Jupiter, and to recruit the best pilots he can muster for what seems to be a suicide mission. This manga ties even more heavily into ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V Gundam]]'' than the original, serving to explain where the V2 Gundam's "Wings of Light" came from.
* ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam: Ghost]]''. The newest chapter in the story, which started serializing in the fall of 2011. It's set in UC 0153 (the same timeframe as ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'') and focuses on a young Gundam enthusiast named Font Baud, who accidentally stumbles on Zanscare's plans for the Angel Halo while on the Internet. As Zanscare hunts him down, he is rescued by the forces of Serpiente Tacon (who later take the name "Crossbone Vanguard"), a Jovian special forces group lead by Curtis Rothko (aka [[spoiler:Tobia Arronax]]) and little girl named Belle. They are trying to retrieve "Angel's Call", an artifact which could make the Angel Halo far more horrific a weapon than anyone ever imagined...

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!!''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' provides examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Jupiter Empire-employed female mercenary Rosemary Raspberry wears her pilot suit like this.
* AceCustom: Burns Gernsback's red [[MechaMooks Batara]], and Federation pilot Harrison Martin's dark blue [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]].
** Later, the Skull Heart and X1 Full Cloth. Even later the entirety of the Steel Seven, with the possible execption of the Angel Diona, whose only purpose is to operate the Ikaros flight wing and carry spare munitions for the others.
** ''Ghost'' introduces the Crossbone X0 Ghost, which was cobbled together out of the wreckage of the X1 Full Cloth, as well as the [=ThouCus=] ("Thousand Custom"), a Jovian squadron of 7 unique units, each of which is said to be able to take on 1,000 enemies at once.
* AcePilot: [[strike:Seabook Arno]] Kincaid Nau and Zabine Chareux for the Crossbone Vanguard; Giri, Rosemarie, and Burns for TheEmpire; and Harrison for TheFederation.
** And maybe five of the seven Steel Seven.
* ActionGirl: Minor Vanguard pilot Yona, who is subpar when at the controls of a Mobile Suit, but kicks serious ass in hand-to-hand combat.
** Bernadette is a milder version - basically useless in combat, but is pretty good at sneaking into places she's not expected to be in (into the Smashion, into the Mother Vanguard, into the Mother Vanguard ''again''...). Eventually lampshaded by Capt. Onmo.
** In ''Ghost'', it seems that Bernadette's daughter Belle has inherited her mother's penchant for sneaking in and stowing away.
* AlasPoorVillain: Dogatie's MotiveRant with Tobia during the final battle reveals that he was originally a honest ruler until he married Bernadette's mother, an Earthnoid girl who alway showed kindness towards people, even a miserable old man like him. After she died in childbirth, Dogatie realised how much the harsh environment of Jupiter had ripped away his humanity causing him to remain unmoved and uncaring even as his people were dying from starvation. That knowledge drove him completely insane and made him wanted to see the Earth and all the people on it burn for reveling such desolation in him.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Callisto (both of them) rubbed this in Giri's face back when they were all in the Jupiter Empire's Newtype Corps. In fact, the revelation that Callisto is in charge of the JE remnants in ''Steel 7'' is what finally convinces Giri to quit saying "This isn't my problem" and join up with Tobia.
* AmazonBrigade: The Diona MS that escort Tetenith's Elegolea are piloted by female Newtypes. It doesn't help them against Tobia. At all.
** It's heavily implied that the Diona pilots are neither elite nor Newtypes, and the unit was set up strictly for propaganda purposes.
* AnimalMotifs: Jupiter Empire Mobile Suits and Mobile Armors sport fairly obvious ones. It's... never really explained why.
* AnotherCenturysEpisode: Kincaid (with the Crossbone X-1 Kai) and Tobia (with the Crossbone X-3) are playable in ''R'', with the Death Gale Team showing up as enemies.
* ANuclearError / YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever: Averted/played straight. Faced with the monstrous Divinidad, Tobia guesses that it has several nuclear reactors within it and cuts off its appendages to keep Dougatie (who's psychotic enough to use dirty reactors, rather than Helium-3...) from exploding/self-destructing and spreading their radiation.
** And ''then'' Dougatie reveals the 16 nuclear missiles in its chest... which Tobia promptly cuts, just below the warheads.
* ArcWelding: ''Crossbone'' works to tie ''F91'' and ''Victory'' closer, mostly by hinting at ties between the Jupiter Empire and Zanscare (Fonse Kagatie is said to be from Jupiter and may be connected to Dogatie; the JE's Vagon foreshadows the Zanscare's love of tires, and the Elecopte from ''Steel 7'' uses early beam rotor tech). It also draws an explicit connection between the F91 and Victory Gundams by introducing the F99 Record Breaker, the first Wings of Light-equipped MS, as a "missing link".
** ''Ghost'' further ties into the story of ''Victory'', revealing that Jupiter built Angel Halo (it was originally intended as a giant space colony, not a weapon), and that Jupiter has been working closely with Zanscare in an effort to revitalize their ruined economy, though Jupiter's leaders were unaware of Zanscare's true designs until it was too late.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Or rather, ''Aristocracy Is Evil''. One of the main points of the story.
* ArmedLegs: The Crossbones have anti-MS knives hidden in their calves. The blades can pop out through the soles of the feet for a surprise attack.
* ArtificialStupidity: At one point during ''Skull Heart'', Jupiter Empire remnants use data from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]]'s core fighter to create a brain clone for their SuperPrototype Amakusa. Things were going perfectly until the other remnants showed up to taunt Tobia, at which point the Amakusa started attacking them. It turned out that they used their own MechaMooks against Amakusa in simulation battles and hadn't reset the friend/foe indicator.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: While it does make sense that Jovian colonies would have to be careful with their supplies, water is one thing they should definitely not be in short supply of. Not with Jupiter's moon Europa and its frozen water oceans being so close at hand.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Pez Batara is an anti-ship MS that has a gigantic beam blade running right down the middle of its body; to attack, it ignites the blade and [[RammingAlwaysWorks charges headlong at the enemy]]. On top of the obvious DeathOrGloryAttack element, this means it doesn't possess any other melee weapons. On top of ''that'', said design means its main camera can only cover the right side of its body, meaning that it has an absolutely titanic blind spot. And yet Tobia manages to kick ass in one of these...
* BadAss: Kincaid. It probably helps that he [[TookALevelInBadass Took a level]] or five in the ten years since ''F91''.
* BadassBookworm: Tobia is demonstrably smarter (and considerably more level-headed) than the average Franchise/{{Gundam}} protagonist, coming up with tactics on the fly and applying practical solutions to various problems. This goes as far as him working out calculations to reunite with the Crossbone Vanguard in his head ''while awaiting his execution''.
* BadAssGrandpa: The man known as Grey Stoke, AKA "Uncle Jupiter" aka [[spoiler:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau Ashta]]]],
** Umon Samon is a ''One Year War'' veteran and still kicking ass. Example: When Dougatie is telling the Vanguard how they're all going to die in the Io base, everyone in the room is too shocked to interrupt - except Umon, who's ''hopping mad'' and demanding to know what's going to happen to the thousands of Empire citizens still in the base.
* BadAssNormal: Umon Samon, MS Pilot since the One Year War - and how many ''veterans'', let alone ''active'' pilots, from that are still alive? But then it ends up being subverted, since he's a confirmed Newtype. Kincaid on the other hand plays it straight.
* BarrierWarrior: The X3 has I-Field generators in its forearms. It's basically impervious to ranged beam weaponry, but only for 105 seconds each, AND they have a 2 minute cooldown - so, somewhat impractical. However... Because of where they're located, the X3 can grab Beam Sabers hot pointy end-first as well as force back beam shots at point blank range, causing a blowback.
** Moreso the Full Cloth, since it has four I-field generators rather than the X-3's two, meaning it can indeed be protected from beams 100% of the time. And that's not even mentioning the ABC mantle.
* BeehiveBarrier: Beam Shields are in wide use. The CoolShip even uses one as a sail... and what amounts to a battering ram.
* BecomingTheMask: It's eventually revealed that Berah was fated to die. [[spoiler:So that "Cecily Fairchild" could finally live in peace with Seabook.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Berah shows her soft side in numerous scenes (including ''baking'' when stressed), indicating that she views her persona as the leader of the Crossbone Vanguard as a matter of duty rather than the person she was "born" to be. She seems to view "Cecily Fairchild" as [[SecretIdentityIdentity her true self]] that she hides under [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask an aristocratic fašade]].
* BerserkButton: Just mention that you'll try doing ''anything'' to Bernadette. Tobia WILL kick your ass. Doesn't matter if he's unarmed, surrounded by rifle-wielding soldiers and ''tied to a chair''.
* BigDamnHeroes: Kincaid's specialty.
** Also, ''Sebastian''. Neatly foreshadows a certain episode of Skull Heart as well.
* BittersweetEnding: ''Steel Seven''. [[spoiler:The mission succeeds, but every member of the Steel Seven aside from Suzuki and Rosemary dies, with Tobia MIA. The pair marries and Rosemary pens a book telling the truth about the incident, but the Federation hushes it up. As Bernadette steps up to lead the Empire, she runs into Tobia - blinded in the final battle, but alive and signed on as her bodyguard.]]
* BizarreAlienBiology: In ''Ghost'', it's revealed that "Angel's Call" is in fact an alien microbe found in a derelict ship near Saturn. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the microbe is also deadly lethal to humans. A potential weapon that certain Jovian hardliners are keen on offering to the [[MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanscare Empire]] in their quest to wipe out Earth.]]
* {{BFS}}: Crossbone X-3's Muramasa Blaster -- It mounts ports that emit up to 14 seperate [[LaserBlade Beam Saber]] blades! The Jovians try to mimic it with the Arana Batara's Monza Blaster, which mounts half the number.
* {{BFG}}: Crossbone X-2's Buster Launcher which, in a cute little MythologyGag, is physically almost identical to the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Zanneck]]'s mega beam cannon.
* BodyHorror: The effect Angel's Call has on humans. [[spoiler:It causes the body to break down and ''melt'' into a thick black goop.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the "Satellite of the Apes" chapter of ''Skull Heart'', after telling Harrison about the mecha-piloting monkeys, his commanding officer {{Face Palm}}s and grumbles "What is this, Tony's manga[[note]]Referring to artist Tony Takezaki's parody manga ''Mobile Suit Gundam-San''[[/note]]?!"; Harrison gently admonishes him not to break character.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In an attempt to escape Side 3, Font Baud manages to not only get a Zaku II to run, but also ''survive'' inside it in one piece. Keep in mind that said mobile suit is a ''70 years old relic from the One Year War.'' It helps that the colony also happened to be known once upon a time as Zeon. The fact that said Zaku is too old to register properly in ''Victory''-era computer systems also ment that it could dodge attacks more easily. Hilariously, he's forced to continue flying the Zaku II as the series continues because the Crossbone Vanguard has no spare suits for him to use.
* CallForward: Quite a few, done mostly to connect ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'' to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. For example, the Crossbones have the "eyepatch" targeting sensor latter/earlier seen on the Victory, and X-2 Kai's [[{{BFG}} buster launcher]] is almost identical in design to the Zanneck's cannon. On the other side of the coin, Jupiter's Vagon (which has wheel treads on its body for ground combat) foreshadows Zanscare's use of gigantic tires with their MS, and ''Steel 7'' introduces a mobile armor that uses early beam rotor technology.
* CapedMecha: The Crossbone Gundams have anti-beam coated mantles, which provide protection against five or so beam rifle shots. They're basically extra defense with no energy requirements and are used in a number of clever improvisations throughout the series. The fact that they're dark also makes them appear to be practically invisible at longer distances, as enemies can only see their heads. One of which is black itself.
* TheCaptain: Berah Ronah.
* CharacterDevelopment: Seabook and Cecily didn't have a whole lot of time to develop their characters in ''F91'', but ''Crossbone'' does a good ways towards fleshing them out.
* ChekhovsGunman: A smaller example: Early on, Kincaid and Tobia go undercover in order to steal information from the Jupiter Empire. Tobia gives some extra water to a little girl, which attracts attention and forces Kincaid to beat the snot out of them to preserve their cover. A chapter later, when they're trying to escape, the girl and her mother help out [[{{Karma}} to repay Tobia's kindness]] and because not every Jovian is a fanatical devotee of Dougatie.
* CloningBlues: Dougatie uses cloning extensively.
** We find out in ''Skull Heart'' that the old [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zeon]] research team (apparently under directions from [[spoiler: Garma]] Zabi) dabbled in this as well, churning out ''Newtype chimps''.
* ComfortingTheWidow: [[spoiler:The farmer on Earth implies this happened with him and Berah, though we don't actually know if it's true. She could probably be forgiven after holding out a ''decade'' for her ChasteHero boyfriend (Kincaid seems to view himself and Berah Ronah as separate individuals from Seabook Arno and Cecily Fairchild, bound by common ideals rather than love) and then watching a pretty convincing ''fiery death by atmospheric reentry'' -- though it's also never brought up again and doesn't get in the way of their BabiesEverAfter.]]
* ConspiracyTheorist: Font Baud. His digging into conspiracies around the Zanscare Empire and stumbling upon leaked data regarding the Angel Halo (causing Zanscare [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade to try and get rid of him]]) kick off the events of ''Ghost''.
* ContinuityCameo: Grey Stoke ([[spoiler:AKA [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau Ashta]]]]) previously appeared in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam V Gundam Gaiden]]'', another manga by Yuichi Hasegawa. In that story, his Gump mobile suit has a peg leg; ''Skull Heart'' shows it losing the original leg in the fight with the Amakusa. Stoke himself is called "The Old Man from Jupiter", which is a nod to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' ("The Man from Jupiter" was a derisive nickname among the Titans for Paptimus Scirocco.)
** Interestingly, when asked if he's met Amuro Ray, he flat out denies it; Yuichi Hasegawa, ''Crossbone'''s artist (and the writer for ''Skull Heart'') also did a manga called ''Mobile Suit vs. Giant God: Gigantis' Counterattack'', which is more colloquially known as ''Franchise/{{Gundam}} vs. {{Ideon}}'', and has Amuro team up with Judau to prevent Zeon remnants from reawakening Ideon.
** ''Ghost'' features members of the Shrike Team joining in a battle between [=ThouCus=] and the revived Crossbone Vanguard, piloting black Victory Gundams.
* ContinuityNod: [[ConspiracyTheorist Font Baud]] insists to his friends that [[MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory the GP series of Gundams did exist]], despite there being no official records of them.
* CoolOldGuy: Vanguard pilot Umon Samon. ''Steel Seven's'' Minoru Suzuki as well.
** He's not ''as'' old, but Grey Stoke most definitely counts, seeing as he's [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ been through his share of adventures]].
** Though not ''quite'' old yet, it's pretty clear that Curtis Rothko [[spoiler:(aka Tobia Arronax)]] is on the way to becoming this in ''Ghost.''
* CoolShip: The ''Mother Vanguard'', a mecha-scale {{Pirate}} ship. Complete with a full-body Beam Shield and a golden figurehead of a woman on the prow.
** Later, in ''Skull Heart'', the ''Little Gray''. It actually ''transforms'' from a civilian delivery ship into a part-time pirate ship.
* CrashIntoHello: Tobia and his eventual LoveInterest Bernadette Briette run into each other twice in just as many chapters.
* CripplingOverSpecialization: The Death Gale squad's Mobile Suits each exceed the capabilities of the Crossbones, but in only one area each. One is a GlassCannon, another is a FragileSpeedster, and the third is a StoneWall. Kincaid successfully plays their weaknesses and wins against them. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Despite having both his Gundam's arms blown off beforehand]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Tobia upon interrupting the Jovians at the beginning of ''Steel Seven''.
-->'''Jovian''': Crossbone! Why do you always always always ''always'' get in our way!?
-->'''Tobia''': I dunno. It might just be because you guys are evil.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Curtis Rothko claims that he miraculously survived the battle at the end of ''Steel Seven'', albeit with amnesia. [[spoiler:He's Tobia Arronax, using Curtis's identity to hide his own. It's worked for the most part, but some of Curtis's old friends have begun to catch on.]]
* DemotedToExtra: For a ''looooong'' time, ''Crossbone'' was severely shafted in appearances in mecha games; SRW had only featured it once in Alpha 2 and it has only just begun to make an appearance in the GundamVsSeries and AnotherCenturysEpisode.
* DistressedDamsel: Bernadette becomes this when she gets "reclaimed" by the Empire. (She stays behind when Tobia effects his [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMoA]] rescue and escape, to try and talk her father out of warring with Earth. And then he puts her in a Mobile Armor...)
* TheDreaded[=/=]LegendaryInTheSequel‎: While the Crossbone Vanguard's reputation was well-known if not infamous during the events of the manga, by ''Ghost'' (which is set around the same time as ''MobileSuitVictoryGundam''), even the Zanscare Empire dreads its supposed rebirth.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Giri and Barnes]] in ''Steel Seven'', the former [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming the Colony Laser]] and the latter TakingTheBullet to ensure he can. If that doesn't seem like much, see SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale below.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Drake[=/=]Derek from ''Steel Seven'' reveals near the end that his first name is [[spoiler:Mitchell, or perhaps Michelle, depending on [[SpellMyNameWithAnS how you romanize it]]]]. When the rest of the Steel Seven react in shock, he remarks "That's why I go by my middle name."
* EnfantTerrible: Death Gale squadron leader Giri, who is a completely amoral 14-year old TykeBomb. (He grows out of it by ''Steel Seven''.)
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Bernadette turns out to be [[spoiler:Tetenith Dogatie, Crux Dogatie's daughter and princess of the Jupiter Empire]]. This causes some problems down the line, both expected and unexpected.
** Tetenith's daughter Belle takes up this role in ''Ghost'', since Tetenith herself is now Jupiter's Queen.
* EyepatchOfPower: Zabine's. The Crossbone X-1 and X-2 have a flip-down targeting sight that appears to give them one. And Kincaid is forced to wear a head bandage that results in this for most of the endgame.
* FaceHeelTurn: Zabine eventually betrays the Vanguard (whom he was only allied with out of convenience in the first place) in order to chase his aristocratic ideals under Dogatie.
** The man himself denies this, saying that he was NotInThisForYourRevolution and made that fact known many times; [[CassandraTruth the other CV characters thought he was just posturing until it was too late]].
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Averted. Tobia is a mechanical engineering student with a MS license when he first leaps into a cockpit - only intending to serve as an extra flak gun, rather than fight at melee-range - and actually passed up a chance to get to a shelter to do so. He then gets his grunt MS sliced in two, and isn't a good pilot until halfway through the second chapter.
* FuroScene / ShowerScene: Berah and Bernadette have a few over the course of the series. Europa as well in Steel Seven.
* GenkiGirl: Captain Onmo of the ''Little Gray'' (and, later, president of Blacklow Delivery) has the best claim to this throughout the series.
** Belle in ''Ghost''. It helps that she's never been around other people anywhere near her age, so she's excited to meet Font and make her first real friend.
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Wonderfully averted in Steel Seven. Bernadette has the chance to save a falling Tobia and Europa with the X1 like this, but thinks better of it. She then uses the X1's cape and mouth exhaust to save them with an impromptu hot air balloon.
* GloryDays: Side 3 as a whole in ''Ghost.'' While not exactly a backwater and is shown as an electronics and research hub, even the leads find it hard to believe that it was once known as ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zeon]].''
* GoodIsNotNice: After hearing about the original Crossbone Vanguard, Tobia wonders aloud how anyone could support something as crazy as the Nobility Principle. Berah, who was standing nearby, [[DopeSlap gently bops him with a book]] and points out that quite a few members of the crew still believe in it, and he shouldn't say things like that so casually or he might get killed. [[spoiler:Presumably, these are the crewmen who join Zabine during his FaceHeelTurn in Volume 3.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Kincaid is revealed to have gotten a scar over his right eye after removing his [[MaskPower mask]].
* GratuitousSpanish: The Jovians are fond of naming their mobile suits in Spanish and Portuguese.
* GundamVsSeries: ''Gundam Extreme Vs.'' adds Crossbone to the mix, with Kincaid's X-1 Kai (with Tobia's Pez Batara as an AssistCharacter), Zabine's X-2 Kai, and Tobia's Full Cloth (Giri's Vigna Ghina II as a FinishingMove) as playables. The Jovian moon Io is ''CB''[='s=] stage, and the Batara and Divinidad are enemy-exclusive machines in the {{Playstation 3}} release (and in ''Full Boost'', the X-2 Kai gets a Batara kamikaze attack as its FinishingMove). ''Full Boost'' added Tobia's X-3 as well.
* GunsAreWorthless: Standard MS weapons in UC 133 tend to be focused around long-range beam gun/rifle battles, with beam shields in wide use and related tactics/strategies. The Crossbone Gundams are designed to take advantage of this with overpowering melee abilities (their Beam Zambers can easily cut through standard beam shields). The guns themselves aren't worthless here, but they're overused to the point of liability.
* GunshipRescue: When things look bleakest in the final chapter of Crossbone, [[spoiler:the Colony armed forces arrive to act as the cavalry. Seeing droves of Zaku descended Mobile Suits helping the Federation fleet destroy seven titanic Mobile Armors about to end all life on Earth is a special kind of awesome.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Curtis Rothko is capable of expertly piloting mobile suits despite being blind, due to a specially designed cockpit that converts visual data into audio. However, he has difficulty facing new machines, because the computer can't recognize them and gives him only a vague outline. He's still good enough to fight off no fewer than three Victory Gundams at once in a twenty-year-old Crossbone Gundam.
* HappilyEverAfter: Yes, in a Gundam story!
** ...After ten years of hard work and conflict, Kincaid and Bera go off into the sunset, hand in hand, leaving their old names behind. We find out in ''Skull Heart'' that they got married, opened a bakery, and had a boy.
** When Tobia goes to ask Kincaid for help in ''Steel Seven'', he finds out they now have ''two'' kids, and plays the trope out all the way by not meeting them, since he doesn't want to destroy their happiness...
* HeelFaceTurn: The Death Gales, in ''Steel Seven'' - Barnes wasn't particularly happy with his lot in the first place, Rosemary was in it for the money, and Giri... got his buttons mashed by Callisto.
** The entire Crossbone Vanguard, between ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'' and this, though perhaps not completely. In one chapter Umon tells Tobia about the old Vanguard's Nobility Principle[[note]]Namely, the idea that aristocrats should be in charge because they're just better people[[/note]]; Tobia remarks on how stupid that is, and Bera [[DopeSlap bops him on the head]] and remarks "Most of the crew still holds those beliefs to some extent; badmouthing them so carelessly could get you killed."
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Given the timeframe ''Ghost'' takes place in, [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Uso Evin and the League Militaire]]'s war against the Zanscare Empire might end up being in the background to the Crossbone Vanguard's exploits. On the other hand, more recent chapters do have the Vanguard and the League Militaire eventually crossing paths as well as another Shrike Team.
* HiddenDepths: In ''Steel Seven'', we discover that Giri is a cook - and a damn good one, to Tobia's shock.
* {{Homage}}: "The Strongest Soldier" chapters of ''Skull Heart'' have a few to ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', particularly the ending where Tobia escapes from an exploding asteroid base because he heard a voice calling to him.
* HotBlooded: Tobia. Becomes especially clear just prior to his stealing the X3 for its maiden sortie.
** Umon comes off as this as well. It's what's been keeping him alive after 50+ years in a cockpit.
* HumongousMecha: RealRobot, of course, with a couple of giant Mobile Armors thrown in for good measure.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Tobia repeatedly dismisses the idea that being a Newtype makes him anything special.
* ImprovFu: The protagonist Tobia Arronax makes extensive use of this, thanks to his being a very quick thinker. His bag of tricks includes including throwing logs ([[GrievousHarmWithABody and enemy machines]]), using a re-entry pod to disguise his attacks, and in one memorable instance [[ItMakesSenseInContext crafting a balloon shaped like a bunch of bananas to distract a group of psychic monkey pilots]].
* IndyPloy: Tobia, when formulating plans on his own, is the poster boy of this amongst Gundam protagonists. Lampshaded by Giri in Steel Seven, noting that Tobia's reaction to seeing him for the first time in a few years was "Wow, you got tall" (keeping in mind that they were mortal enemies the last time they met). Subverted in that he's not at all good at strategic planning - he really just reacts to the moment.
** The Crossbone Vanguard, after the destruction of the Mother Vanguard.
* InformedFlaw: The official profiles for the Crossbone Gundams say that because they're melee fighters, they have thick armor that retains a lot of heat, which needs to be vented often and makes their vents a potential weakpoint. Nobody ''ever'' thinks to exploit this in the entire run of the manga and its spinoffs.
* {{Irony}}: ''Crossbone'' was written between 1994 and 1997, during the period where YoshiyukiTomino was said to be the most frustrated and burnt out on ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' thanks to all the ExecutiveMeddling that influenced ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. However, it manages to avert his usual KillEmAll tendencies and maintain a fair level of humor, being possibly his most upbeat ''Gundam'' series until ''[[Anime/TurnAGundam Turn A]]'' came along two years later.
* KidHero: Tobia, starting out at age 15 or so at the oldest[[note]]he is explicitly 18 by ''Steel Seven'', 3 years after the ''end'' of the Jupiter Empire war[[/note]]. He's still considerably more level-headed than most examples of the trope.
* KillEmAll: Averted to the extent possible in a Gundam series (a subversion for Tomino himself?) - none of the characters die, and Barnes even lampshades this after the Death Gales are beaten on Earth.
* TheLastHorseCrossesTheFinishLine: In ''Steel 7'', Tobia reveals himself to Harrison...who asks "Who are you again?", earning a FaceFault. Tobia reminds him that they met during the "Asteroid-E" incident[[note]]The "Satellite of the Apes" chapter of ''Skull Heart''[[/note]], and Harrison responds "Oh, that's right! ...Wait, why's a civilian in the pirates' Gundam?", netting ''another'' Face Fault.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Two of the most hilarious examples in all of Gundam.
** The B Gundam, Umon's unit from the One Year War. It's a Ball with a Gundam-looking faceplate (which makes it actually worse than a regular Ball because the plate ruins the balance of the machine). In its sortie at the battle of Solomon, it not only managed to destroy ''six'' [[EliteMook Doms]], but also turn the tide of the whole battle ([[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Anavel Gato]] left his post because of reports of the Gundam's severed head floating around, allowing Amuro to sneak in) and making all of Zeon believe that the Federation had a 40-meter tall Gundam, all thanks to Umon's guts and a lot of luck.
** "Project E", a Zeon experiment that everyone forgot. Long story short : [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys NEWTYPE MONKEYS]]. Piloting legless, four-armed Zakus. And proving themselves to be actual threats. Good lord.
* LightIsNotGood: The angelic looking Divinidad mobile armor has enough nukes to wipe out most life on earth, and is piloted by the BigBad Emperor himself. [[spoiler: Even worse, there's more than one of them!.]]
** Angel's Call is an extraterrestrial microbe that is both extremely contagious and lethal to human beings.
* LightningBruiser: The X1 Full Cloth. Combines the high-power weapons and agility of the Full Cloth and stacks all the remaining Anti-Beam Coating equipment available to the Pirates with 4 I-Field generators onto the shoulders - in short, it's damn near unstoppable. (Only its lack of a Newtype-powered all-range attack keeps it from being a GameBreaker, really.)
* {{Lolicon}}: The Crossbone Vanguard pirates suspect that Harrison is one, given how smitten he becomes with Twink.
** There are hints of this in ''Ghost'' with Font and Belle. Belle is too young to have romantic feelings for anyone, while Font seems to be a little ''too'' strenuously denying having any attraction to her.
** In the original manga, Tobia asks Kincaid if he's one after seeing the latter treat Bernadette like a [[{{Irony}} princess]].
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: ''Steel Seven''. 1 Commander, 2 teams of Close-, Support, and Long-Range MS'. Explicitly referenced as an {{Homage}} when Suzuki remarks "I love Kurosawa movies!" while discussing the plan.
* MaskPower: Kincaid wears a mask of bandages during the last few chapters after barely surviving a duel with Zabine. All of the [=ThouCus=] pilots also wear masks, apparently because they are all convicted criminals.
* MayDecemberRomance: Dogatie reveals to Tobia that he was once forced into a political marriage with a woman who was somewhere between ''50-60'' years his junior at one point in order to foster relations with the Earth. The fact that he seemed to genuinely love her causes Tobia to rebuke Dogatie's own claims of being a pure evil.
* MeaningfulName: "Serpiente Tacon" means "The Serpent's Feet". Snakes, of course, do not have feet. It's all a StealthPun on the fact that ST is a group that doesn't officially exist.
* MeleeATrois: In ''Ghost'' volume 2, a four-way battle erupts among the Crossbone Vanguard, Zanscare, [=ThouCus=], ''and'' the League Militaire.
* MegaCorp: By the time the original manga takes place, Anaheim Electronics had fallen on hard times, having been eclipsed by SNRI. [[spoiler:On the other hand, it's strongly implied that they reversed engineered the remains of the F99 Record Breaker, which in time would lead to their resurgence in ''Victory'' as the League Militaire's true backers.]]
* MidSeasonUpgrade: More like Last Volume Upgrade. The X-1 is outfitted with [[ThisIsADrill drill]]-[[WhipItGood whips]] to counter an enemy with a range advantage.
** And then the X-1 gets upgraded into the Skull Heart and X-1 Full Cloth versions...
** Subverted with the X2 Kai; while it's got about a dozen more thrusters than the original, the technical overview at the end of Volume 5 notes that its performance is basically unchanged since the Jupiter Empire wasn't familiar with SNRI's tech and had to base the modifications entirely off of second-hand info (namely, the data they collected from their battles against the Vanguard). Not to mention the fact that it loses its [[EjectionSeat Core Fighter]]...
* MinovskyPhysics: Given less than its usual emphasis, however, and barely even mentioned. This is increasingly emphasized however in the sequels leading up to ''Victory Gundam.''
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A partially non-romantic version; in their final duel, Zabine says that Bera falling in love with a "commoner" (Kincaid) made her lose sight of the Crossbone Vanguard's original goal of creating an aristocratically-controlled nation, and thinks that killing him will put things back on track. [[CaptainObvious Kincaid disagrees. Vehemently.]]
* NoisyNature: Tobia grew up on a colony and has trouble sleeping during his short time on Earth, due to ambient sounds. (He is also under the impression that the wild animals he meets there are free-range pets.)
* NonActionGuy: Font Baud. He can fly a mobile suit to some extent, but he mostly stays out of battles, never taking an active role. His expertise is in hacking.
* NonLethalWarfare: The Crossbone Vanguard practices this, to the extent that the situation allows. They take steps to avoid killing enemy pilots, and this is what allows Tobia to join them. The Jupiter Empire has no such qualms.
** Unfortunately, their nobility is misplaced, as the Jovians execute the survivors for wasting resources.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat / NotQuiteDead: Kincaid barely survives being the first person to reenter the Earth's atmosphere with a Beam Shield.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The Skull Heart and the Crossbone Gundam X1 Full Cloth. The former is the Crossbone X1 augmented with parts from the X3. The latter uses ''all'' the remaining Crossbone Gundam parts to build what is easily the most defensive Gundam ''ever''.
** Played with with the F99 Recordbreakers. There were indeed backups and plans stored away in the base, but the Jovians took care to destroy those too.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: One comment in the ''Gundamn!'' podcast's review was: ''Crossbone Gundam means never having to say "I'm kidding".''
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: As it turned out, [[spoiler:Garma Zabi's]] pet project (i.e. Newtype monkeys that can ''pilot Zakus'') [[GoneHorriblyRight turned out to be a success]].
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Averted all over the place. Dogatie's Divinidad mobile armors mount ''sixteen'' nuclear missiles (and he has a total of eight Divinidads, on top of that). The heroes themselves are willing to use nukes if the situation is critical enough, as seen in ''Steel Seven'' when most of the eponymous heroes carry miniature nukes in order to stop the colony laser.
* NukeEm: Dogatie's true objective is to drop thousands upon thousands of nukes upon the Earth, wiping out TheFederation and at the same time, rendering the planet of no use except as a mining resource for the aristocracy.
* OddNameOut: The Jovian mecha and ships have a running ThemeNaming using Spanish and Portuguese; the sole exception is the Elgolela, which was submitted for a design contest.
* TheOjou: Sherindon "Sherry" Ronah, Berah's cousin. Bernadette is supposed to be this to the Jupiter Empire, and her absence after the war was a major factor in allowing the events of ''Steel Seven'' to transpire in the first place.
** Belle from ''Ghost'' is noted to be from Jovian nobility (later confirmed to be [[spoiler:Tetenith's daughter, and therefore princess of Jupiter]]).
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Zabine says this several times to Kincaid.
* PacManFever: Subverted. The "Satellite of the Apes" chapter of ''Skull Heart'' shows that Zeon's Project E was sparked by [[spoiler:Garma]] Zabi witnessing some monkeys playing ''PacMan''; however, a margin note from Hasegawa suggests that he just used ''PacMan'' as a shorthand for whatever video games they would have in UC 0079.
* ParentalAbandonment: Played with. Tobia's parents were colony engineers who died when he was young, but he has an aunt and uncle who treat him like a son; when given the option of returning to Earth (his third chance thus far!), he says he wants to see the mission through to the end, and that their son will take care of them.
* PercussiveMaintenance: On a stubborn Unit X-3 that refuses to reactivate after repairs on Earth.
* PirateParrot: Berah's pet parrot --named '''"Haro"'''-- is a flapping, squaking ShoutOut to other UC Gundam series.
* PileBunker: Shot Lancer, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 again]].
* PlayfulHacker: Font. His accidentally stumbling on the plans for the [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Angel Halo]] gets him wrapped up in the conflict.
* PsychicPowers: What would UC Gundam be without Newtypes? ...[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Don't answer that]].
** Belle is revealed to be able to let Curtis share her vision, granting him the ability to see through her eyes. It's unclear how she knew she could do this, given that it was a complete surprise to Curtis when she does it.
* PuniPlush: Not that blatant, but it's there.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The quest to choose the "Steel Seven", even though it's a mixed group from the three sides that were fighting in the last war.
* RebelliousPrincess: Bernadette, though she's hardly an ActionGirl. Rather, she escaped to learn more about the Earth that her father tried to teach her to despise and, finding that it wasn't nearly as bad as he claimed, joined the rebellion against ''him and everything he stood for''.
** She doesn't stop even after [[spoiler:becoming Jupiter's queen. In ''Ghost'', she authorizes Serpiente Tacon to go against the politicians in Jupiter and oppose Zanscare, even urging them to retake the name "Crossbone Vanguard" as an act of defiance.]]
* RedRightHand: Kincaid sports a prosthetic right hand after coming back from his duel with Zabine.
* ReentryScare: After losing the duel with Zabine, Kincaid gets kicked into Earth's gravity well. He's basically dead for 3 chapters, until he comes roaring back to save Tobia from certain death. Turns out, he's (probably) the first one to try reentry with a Beam Shield.
* SayMyName: Fairly often, but particularly notable is when Berah screams out an anguished "[=SEABOOK=]!" after Kincaid loses his duel with Zabine and plummets to Earth.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Averted in ''Steel Seven''. [[spoiler:Giri [[RammingAlwaysWorks rams the colony laser]], which the Jovians initially write off as foolhardy suicide. However, the 0.1% divergence in alignment he caused will add up as it travels the 600,000 miles from Jupiter to the Earth Sphere, meaning it misses Earth by a long shot.]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Harrison runs into this one a lot, given how slow the Federation is to react to... er, everything. [[spoiler: He gets retired for it and goes to work for Blaclaw Transport.]]
* TheScrooge: The Jovians tend to be extremely anal when it comes to resources like air, water, and machinery; the only resource they're not strict about is [[WeHaveReserves people]]. Early on, the Vanguard learns that releasing captured pilots isn't such a good idea, since the Empire punishes them losing their MS with execution.
* SettlingTheFrontier: This was how the Jovian colonies originally came to be, in addition to serving as an end-point for the ''Jupitris''-class freighters carrying their precious cargo. But while they're self-sufficient and isolated to the point of being under the Federation InNameOnly, it's clear that life is considerably harder and ''different'' than in the Earth Sphere.
* ShoutOut: Haro frequently delivers classic UC Gundam lines, including "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Do You Know Char Aznable]]?" and "[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Purupuru]]!~"
** Also to SentouMechaXabungle, of all things. Notably during the chapters on Earth.
*** As well, it turns out that Minoru Suzuki's nickname is "the Federation's Blue Flash" (Aoi Senkou) - which Tobia [[LampshadeHanging thinks he's heard of somewhere]].
** In Steel Seven, it's revealed that Kincaid and Bera's bakery is called "Donkey Bakery" - [[Anime/TurnAGundam which should sound familiar...]]
** ''Skull Heart'' has the chapter "[[PlanetOfTheApes Satellite of the Apes]]", which is about Newtype monkeys.
*** "'''''DAMN DIRTY APES!!'''''"
* ShutUpHannibal: "[[SocialDarwinist That]]... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis is]]... [[PrecisionFStrike BULLSHIT]]! I'm not letting you KILL! ANYONE! ELSE!"
** The latter half of the line kinda got bootstrapped into being Tobia's {{Catchphrase}} in the games, but without the PunctuatedForEmphasis bit.
* SocialDarwinist: Karas is one.
* SpacePirate: The Crossbone Vanguard, natch. Granted, they use this only as a motif while they wage a guerrilla war with the Jupiter Empire - but are seen as a straight example by the Federation.
** The actual Skull and Crossbones on the X-1 and X-2's foreheads was Umon's idea, on the theory that a little intimidation goes a long way.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Kincaid/Kincado/Kinkedo Nau.
** ''Ghost'' had an even worse example of this with the new Jovian MS. In one chapter its name appears to be written as "Circus", but in the very next Curtis explains that it's short for "Thousand Custom"[[note]]Since it can supposedly take on 1,000 enemies at the same time[[/note]] and therefore is probably meant to be "[=ThousCust=]", which doesn't match the katakana at all.
** Later scenes imply the ambiguity with "Circus" was intentional on the writers' part, as [=ThouCus=] seems to have taken a circus motif.
* SpiderSense: Umon Samon is at least convinced that he has this.
* SubsystemDamage: The Abijo's Needle Gun works this way, damaging an MS's internal systems and slowing it down for the other Death Gales to finish it off.
* SuperPrototype: All three Crossbones. X-3 in particular has all kinds of cutting-edge tech that makes it a cut above many of the other units in the series. They even complete the weaker production model portion of this trope with the XM-10 Flint, the only production model in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' history to possess a Core Fighter.
** ''Steel Seven'' introduces the F99 "Recordbreaker", a descendant of the F91 and Crossbone series (the Crossbones are techically F97s) that are the first MS to use the Wings of Light later seen in [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Usso Evin's V2 Gundam]].
* SurgicalImpersonation: [[spoiler:It has been extremely heavily implied that Tobia had his outer appearance altered to resemble Curtis Rothko, in order to take on the new identity.]]
* SwordAndGun: Crossbone X-1, using its Beam Zanber and Beam Buster, which appropriately look like a LaserBlade cutlass and a flintlock pistol that fires FrickinLaserBeams.
* ThemeNaming: The Jupiter Empire's mecha, which are primarily derived from Portuguese - Batara = Batallia "soldier", Erebado = Elevado "elevated", etc.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kincaid, as mentioned above. Tobia takes a few over the course of the series.
* {{Tsundere}}: ''Giri'', of all people, is specifically named as one in ''Steel Seven''.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Karas, who starts out as Tobia's teacher, but is revealed rather quickly to be a zealous supporter and hypercompetent secret agent for Dogatie.
** Fonse Kagatie for the Jupiter Republic in ''Ghost''. Tetenith allied with him in order to help get Jupiter back on its feet financially, but didn't realize what exactly his plans were until it was too late.
* TykeBomb: The Newtype Squadron under imperial agent Karas is made up entirely of [[TykeBomb Tyke Bombs]]. Giri is their most famous allumni. Tobia was supposed to join them...but he politely declined.
* UpToEleven: You thought a [[The08thMSTeam Ball taking down a Zaku was impressive]]? Umon Samon took down 6 Doms in one.
* UseYourHead: Tobia resorts to headbutts quite often; victims include Karas, Zabine and Giri. For a while his main MS, the Pez Batara, is pretty much centered around this (see AwesomeButImpractical above).
* WagonTrainToTheStars: Sort of. In ''Ghost'', it's revealed that Bernadette commissioned and took part in a manned expedition to the Solar System's outer planets [[spoiler:which was also in part an excuse for Tobia to find the remaining Gundam parts from ''Steel Seven'']]. It was on this voyage that the crew discovered "Angel's Call" [[spoiler:and that Bernadette gave birth to Belle.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Normally the Vanguard [[NonLethalWarfare allows enemy pilots to escape]], but near the end of the first volume Tobia learns that the Jovians execute the survivors for wasting resources. When Kincaid reveals that he's well aware of this, Tobia angrily demands to know why they bother. Then Kincaid explains that everyone '''except''' Berah knows, and they're hiding it from her so as not to further burden her and damage her resolve to keep fighting.
* WeHaveReserves: Standard operating procedure for the Empire, using the logic that while there are lots of pilots, the air and water they take up, as well as the mecha they pilot, are costly to manufacture. Quite a few of their mecha (particularly the Batara and the Kangrijo) were specifically made to be cost-effective above all else.
* WeakButSkilled: Tobia during the middle part of the manga, as he pilots a grunt MS made solely for taking down battleships and generally comes out on top. Umon mentions having destroyed six Doms while piloting a [[JokeCharacter Ball]] during the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Battle of Solomon]] - and has been working as a mercenary ''continuously'' since then.
** ''Skull Heart'' shows how Umon did it, with a modified Ball called the 'B-Gundam' - basically a regular Ball with a heavy mask on the front. Half of those kills were through the power of intimidation (the B-Gundam looks like the ''head'' of a ''40 meter tall'' Gundam), and the other half were a combination of blind luck and [[BerserkButton rage]] at his CoolBigSis commander being threatened.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: A major source of angst for Berah Ronah, who must sacrifice her personal happiness as long as she remains the leader of the Crossbone Vanguard. Kincaid is implied to have taken up his alias to try and make it easier for her to cope, as well as to fight for the day when they could return to their former names and the relationship they left off when events overtook their personal lives.
* WorthyOpponent: Kincaid and Harrison come to view each other as this - the latter even promises to find the former a good lawyer when they finally catch him.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Gloriously averted when Tobia [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta]] [[MemeticMutation Punches]] Sherry after hearing her spiel about how Newtypes will inherit the future and thus shouldn't get involved in the dealings of Oldtypes. [[CrazyAwesome And then he cuts his arm with a knife]], to remind her that they're both human.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: When Tobia finds Rosemarie in ''Steel Seven'', she's performing in a burlesque show, where she wears nothing but panties, garters, and a [[CensorSteam strategically-placed feather boa]].
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