* AntiClimaxBoss:
** The fight between Banagher and Loni, and [[spoiler:the fight between Unicorn and Banshee against Neo Zeong]] were somewhat underwhelming for some fans.
** Those expecting a glorious final battle between the ''Nahel Argama'' and ''Rewloola'' probably didn't expect [[spoiler:the latter being blown up by the Colony Laser for simply being in the way.]]
* [[AwesomeMusic/{{Gundam}} Awesome Music]]: Music/HiroyukiSawano's score is probably the most intensely cinematic of any ''Gundam'' series, OVA, or movie so far, which says quite a bit when you consider that past composers include YokoKanno, Shigaeki Saegusa, Toshihiko Sahashi, Ko Otani and Kenji Kawai.
** "Unicorn" - the one used during Banagher's ''very'' first sortie in Episode 1 - is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnaC0RgEPCw especially kickass]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwktIkvRBI8 Mobile Suit]] [[spoiler:- Played during the Kshatriya's first appearance,]] counts as well.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkvwkM2a39g Banshee]] [[spoiler: The theme of the mecha of the same name piloted by [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Marida]] (and later [[TheRival Riddhe]]).]] One of the most ominous pieces in the entire soundtrack, and that's saying something.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcY1EBuzn_A Full-Frontal]] is definitely no slouch in this department, it being [[spoiler: the Leitmotif of its namesake character.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: A mild example in the official Spanish subtitles: Banagher address Marida in Spanish as ''Señora Marida'' (Mrs. Marida), when the correct way to address her in Spanish should be ''Señorita Marida'' (Miss Marida), since, while she's older than Banagher, she's still young and also unmarried. (The Spanish honorific ''señora'' is only used for older and married women)
** Another annoying flaw in the Spanish subs is the fact the translator seems to translaste the Japanese language's honorific forms almost literally. The most egregious example of this is how Riddhe address Banagher, as he speaks to him as he is a complete unknown to him, making the Spanish subtitles to sound as extremely rude as he already is in Japanese.
* BaseBreaker: Everything surrounding the yet-to-be-revealed contents of Laplace's Box: [[spoiler:The original Federation charter that granted more rights to spacenoids as well as confirming the idea of newtypes. However it was stopped by a terrorist attack instigated by more extreme Federation elements who re-wrote the charter to give the Federation more control over the colonies. Some people see this as adding even more to the general GrayAndGrayMorality of the Universal Century while others see it as a case of trying to canonize the general [[MisaimedFandom Zeon Is Right]] mentality thereby dismissing it (and the series in general) as "fanwank"]].
** [[spoiler:However, the series tries to elaborate on this more by saying that the charter was made completely independent of Zeon's motives, since it was drafted decades before the rise of the movement. Also, Zeon's rise actually made the situation ''worse'', since what started out a simple coverup turned into something that could potentially legitimize Zeon, causing the Federation to clamp down even harder on the Box. Also, when Mineva reveals the original charter to the world, she specifically says she is not seeking to legitimize Zeon's ideals.]]
* BrokenBase: To a certain extent, the whole OVA series. Since the OVA is based on the novel instead of original work, a number fans aren't pleased to see some important (and some awesome) contents were cut out, making the OVA series seem like [[MerchandiseDriven a long Gunpla promotion video]], which becomes worse as the OVA goes on. [[spoiler:For example, Marida is supposed to have a ''much larger role'' during the fight against Full Frontal in Episode 7, has a literal (and better) HeroicSacrifice, and Riddhe's change of heart is less odd as it's shown]]. Let's not get into the issue of [[spoiler:the superpowered Unicorn in the last Episode; it's significantly ''more powerful'' than its novel counterpart.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The unnamed Stark Jegan pilot who nearly owns the Kshatriya in the first 6 minutes of the first episode.
** Not only did he manage to hold his own against the Kshatriya, but the Stark Jegan's HGUC manual implies that he was one of the guys that attempted to help Amuro push back Axis three years prior. The guy was a true hero.
** The unnamed Byarlant Custom pilot in Episode 4.
*** He ''is'' named — [[AllThereInTheManual it's Robin Diez]].
*** The Byarlant Custom is actually a tactically inferior suit, with only two guns (which double as beam sabers) and its claws. Its sheer speed and maneuverability (and gigantic claws) make it one of the best combatants in the anime.
** The nameless female aide in Cheyenne seen in Episode 7, who seems to convey everything without ever ''doing anything.'' So much that fans have dubbed her as ''Unicorn'''s equivalent to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Kergerenko]].
* FoeYay: Let's just say Banagher sure looks fascinating for [[http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ifjLUPauDLe5sM:http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd328/ZeonsSilverStar/1229633.jpg&t=1 Full Frontal]] and Marida. And even Riddhe (which swings between this and HoYay, depending on his alignment; his interactions in [[Funny/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn the final few minutes of Episode 7]] didn't help either.)
* FridgeBrilliance:
** The Laplace Incident, while a tragic beginning to the Universal Century, is arguably the best thing to happen for the Earth Federation. By pointing to terrorists and insurgencies as the culprits of that disaster, the Federation has a solid base on which to justify its existence and right to rule over all humanity. It also explains why they even have a standing military force in the first place, from which the EFSF, Titans and Londo Bell would later emerge from...despite there being nominally no outside enemies to fight until the One Year War.
** At the same time, the event was also the Federation's curse. As Episode 7 reveals, once Zeon and the Newtype theory came into the scene, it was no longer enough to simply hide Laplace's Box under the rug or point fingers. The Federation felt threatened by the very ''notion'' of Newtypes as it would both validate the secrets of the Box ''and'' their fears of Spacenoid independence. But in their efforts to squash them all into irrelevance, the Feddies found themselves digging an ever deeper, and darker hole to the point that they've become little better than their enemies.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In Episode 7, Bright and Chairman Marcenas find common ground as fathers, and how they shouldn't act in a way that would make their children ashamed of them. This is especially tragic if you consider ''Hathaway's Flash'' canon.
** If you've seen ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' or ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'', both of which take place decades after the events of ''Unicorn'', you'll know that [[spoiler:the opening of Laplace's Box]] will ultimately be in vain. [[spoiler:But at least there's consolation in that there's possibility again.]]
* HellIsThatNoise: More unsettling than jarring, but '[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmNBaG36T0A&feature=related Marida]]' is ''seriously'' uncomfortable listening.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA4DQani_w0 MARTHA]]" is no slouch in this department.
* HilariousInHindsight: "Full Frontal" might seem odd as the name of a general, but if you've ever seen ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', it's nothing compared to General Butt Fucking Naked. (He, in turn, is based on a very real and very vicious African general, Butt Naked, but that's a little less Hilarious and more Harsh.)
* MemeticMutation: What may be a record, an image from the fourth episode's trailer shows Bright [[StrokeTheBeard stroking his chin]], which is ripe ImagineSpot fodder.
** The Kobe Byarlant.
** Angelo [[http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/861/roflbot6.jpg gracefully bowing out of the battle]] at the end of episode 5 is quickly becoming a meme.
** The new mysterious red mobile armor revealed in the trailers for episode 7 has been mocked a little for it's thruster "legs", such as replacing them with soda cans or just generally being confused how the hell it's model is going to keep balanced.
** [[spoiler:Banagher channels [[Manga/FistoftheNorthStar Nanto Suichoken]] against Full Frontal]] in the last episode. [[http://s16.postimg.org/ggott3o6b/uc2.jpg No, really.]]
** [[SuperDeformed BB Senshi]] [[spoiler: [[MetaMecha NeoZeong]] ]]Have recieved a lot of modelers [[http://gundamguy.blogspot.com.br/2014/06/gundam-funnies-fun-with-neo-zeong.html replacing Sinanju by another things....]]
* {{Narm}}: Okay... seriously, Full Frontal?
** The name, though extremely narmy, likely has some kind of ironic and fairly witty symbolism. Full Frontal implies being "bare naked" or "fully exposed" ([[MaleFrontalNudity *COUGH*]] ...Which really doesn't help the Narm factor) while in reality the character wears a mask and is very mysterious.
** Also, Full Frontal, "full frontal assault,"[[note]][[FullFrontalAssault ...Not that dammit]][[/note]] as in a full-on, all-out assault, so it also doubles as a shout out to the missing-in-action Char Aznable's combat style.
** On the other hand, he ''is'' aping a guy who spent a couple years going by the name Quattro [[note]]Vagina[[/note]] Bajeena.
** Let's face it, ''Gundam'' has a history of...[[AerithAndBob eccentric naming conventions]]. You could really mistake some of them for names of ''StarWars'' characters.
** A rare few moments in the surprisingly competent English dub sounded somewhat phoned in, particularly Marida Cruz's VA's reading of the line "So heavy." being utterly narm-tastic. (Although that might have to do with the line being an awkward one in-and-of itself, being a direct translation of the Japanese audio.)
*** Episode two looks to continue this tradition further. "That's the See-non-jew."
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e3nIB9-fDY Angelo Sauper's English Voice is even more Narmish]].
* NarmCharm: Banagher's rather cringe-worthy reaction to [[spoiler:Marida's death by point-blank beam shot]] may seem over-the-top, but really serves to highlight just how powerful a Newtype he is, not to mention how heavy [[spoiler:her]] death weighs on him.
* OlderThanTheyThink: One might suggest that ''Unicorn'''s verdict on the existence of Newtypes (i.e. [[spoiler: they don't exist, or at least are still too human to be considered a new species entirely, in contrast to long-standing Zeonic ideology and Federation paranoia]]) was pretty much the point made in the climax of ''AfterWarGundamX''.
* TheScrappy: Riddhe, [[spoiler:at least until his HeelFaceTurn in the latter part of episode 7]]
** Angelo, too. Notwithstanding the previous roles of both [[Creator/TetsuyaKakihara his]] [[MichaelSinterniklaas VA's.]]
* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Gundam Unicorn'' currently has a lot of acclaim, and it's one of the darkest works in the franchise so far.
* TheUntwist: From the moment the first details about the novel came out, people already knew that Audrey was [[spoiler:a teenaged Mineva Zabi]], thanks to factors like her appearance, her age matching up with [[spoiler:Mineva]]'s, the latter's [[spoiler:mysterious disappearance at the end of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'']], and the [[ShoutOut obvious]] [[Creator/AudreyHepburn alias]].
** Another contributing factor is that the score playing when Audrey escapes the Sleeves ship in the first episode is titled "[[spoiler:Mineva]]".
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The animation in ''Unicorn'' is really, really nice.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The novel's portrayal of Zeon and the Federation have been construed as metaphors for Imperial Japan and the Allied Forces, respectively. A more justified instance, considering the author's outspoken rightwing views.
* WinBackTheCrowd: The reception of the first half of the series was... good, in contrast to the views on ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00]]''. We're [[BrokenBase not even mentioning]] ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny SEED Destiny]]''.
** Though some have snarkily suggested that this is solely due to it being a Universal Century work, and that [[DoubleStandard were it set in a different continuity those same fans would be railing against it]].
** By the time the second half aired however, it falls back to the BrokenBase territory.
* TheWoobie: Marida Cruz needs so many hugs. ''So many hugs''. [[HatesBeingTouched Assuming, of course, that she's OK with that.]]
* WTHCastingAgency: Not casting exactly, but the fact an avowed Japanese Imperialist author like Fukui is writing the novels is rather odd considering the blatant anti-war & anti-Axis themes of previous UC series. For perspective, it's a bit like having a sequel to ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'' written by the guy who did ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries''.
** Not a ''full'' WTH, but fans were rather confused when it was discovered that Creator/ChiekoHonda would '''not''' be voicing Marida Cruz, despite the fact that 1) she played [[spoiler:both Purus in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'']], and 2) she was still doing voice acting (even [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX older women in Gundam]]) when they started production of the OVA... .
*** The fact that [[spoiler:the Puru clone in question is now an adult and thus have a somewhat different voice]] may have something to do with it.
*** This was sort of resolved into a case of TheOtherDarrin now, upon news of her death...
** The same thing happened for [[spoiler:Mineva/Audrey]]'s VA in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' (Creator/MikiIto), though this is rather because of scheduling conflicts. Still, many fans rather preferred Creator/MikiIto to play [[spoiler:Audrey]].
* UnfortunateImplications: Some feel that the show has not been particularly female-friendly. Marida, the only female pilot in the show, was a sex slave; Riddhe feels compelled to tell Audrey to not butt in between a promise amongst "men", despite the fact that the promise was to keep her safe; and Martha goes on a tirade about how Audrey's stringing Banagher along, and about all the natural weapons "women" have. Of course, this is hardly unusual fare for UC Gundam (or Gundam in general, actually), but one would have hoped that in a franchise that's over thirty years old, they'd have managed to step up their game a bit by now.
** Though one could also argue that Audrey herself is shown to have the pants in the relationship, so to speak. Especially when compared to Banagher.
*** And Martha IS the one pulling all of the strings. So...
** Averted with Episode 4. The novel version had Mahdi Garvey, Loni's father alive and was not a Zeon soldier. He was a wealthy businessman that used Neo Zeon to attack Dakar. He was a xenophobe with the distrust of the "White Men" of the Federation that are oppresing the Arab people. Neo Zeon was not exempted in his distrust. The novel has him attack Dakar as revenge against the Federation and smashed buildings in a manner similar to the September 11 attacks. As the OVA was going to be released around the 10th anniversary of the attack, the story has been modified to prevent the Unfortunate Implication.
** Similarly, in Episode 7, [[spoiler:the series cuts out the portion of the Charter that grant was supposed to grant all colonies independence in the novels, presumably because the writers feared that keeping that clause would make Zeon the good guys, [[MoralEventHorizon which they certainly are NOT]]. Instead, the series only keeps the clause mandating that Newtypes be allowed to get involved in the Federation government.]]
** One of the criticism of the novel is its frequent use of RapeAsBackstory to what some would say tasteless levels; many of the major Zeon-affiliated characters have experienced it (Marida, Angelo) or witnessed it in their backstories (Loni, Zinnerman). Thankfully, the OVA cuts down on a lot of it.
*** On a related note, given that much of it is perpetrated at the hands of Federation soldiers and Fukui's Imperialist views, many see it as being this trope for a different reason, namely a WriterOnBoard attempt to whitewash Japan of its atrocities during World War II by portraying its counterpart as a LighterShadeOfGrey.

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