Mobile Fighter G Gundam (Kidou Budouten G Gundam, lit. "Mobile Fighting Legend G Gundam") is the first Alternate Universe in the Gundam franchise. Notable as a significant departure from the normal Gundam saga in that it was essentially a Super Robot show. Every Gundam series before and after has been essentially the prime examples of the Real Robot Genre. G Gundam has only a few mild relations to the other series besides the name "Gundam." It also takes a lot of inspiration from the shonen genre. Part of this radical change is that Yoshiyuki Tomino set aside series director duties after being burned out on Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, and that they instead got the guy who did Giant Robo, Yasuhiro Imagawa, to do the job, resulting in a series less like traditional Gundam, and more like a classic Super Robot series of yore. Bandai also demanded a Gundam tournament story in an attempt to increase gunpla sales, which were doing poorly at the time.G Gundam is set in the Future Century (FC) in which The Federation, consisting of several colonies corresponding to Earth's nations, has held a robot-battling competition called the Gundam Fight every four years to determine which colony would gain control of the government. The show's story takes place in the year FC 60, the year of the 13th Gundam Fight, and follows Neo-Japan's Gundam Fighter, Domon Kasshu, as he not only fights to win the Gundam Fight but also searches for his missing brother and the Devil Gundam. As the series progresses, Domon fights his way through several powerful opponents, gains new allies and discovers the truth about his brother, the Devil Gundam, and himself.The show completely embraced the aspects of the Super Robot Genre and featured, among many other things, a Gundam that not only looked like Sailor Venus, but in one episode GLOMPS the main character's Gundam◊. It is impossible to accept this show without understanding Rule of Cool or Narm Charm, but what keeps this as a proud Gundam series is the nature of the Gundam Fight itself. Without the tournament, Earth would return to its previous habit of resolving conflicts... through war.This was also noteworthy as the first Gundam series made after the toy company Bandai bought Sunrise.Compare and contrast Macross 7 (which premiered on the same year as G Gundam did) in terms of a franchise sequel that differs greatly from the source material. Or Axis Powers Hetalia, which takes the National Stereotypes, audacity and tone and runs with them.In 2010, as part of a project to revive interest in the Alternate Universe Gundam stories, an expanded retelling titled Choukyuu! G Gundam began serialization in Gundam Ace.
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Adaptation Expansion: The 2010 manga is a retelling with some altered details and some expansion, such as having Ulube reference Domon's father during the Neo-France storyline.
The Super Robot Wars series also expands Domon's movelist, most notably a combination Sekiha Tenkyoken with Master Asia, dubbed the Sekiha Kyuukyoku Tenkyoken, which is more powerful than the Love-Love Tenkyoken.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: the Devil Gundam, originally named the Ultimate Gundam, was intended to be used to restore the Earth after the damage it'd taken from the Gundam battles. All it takes is a simple mechanical malfunction for the thing to interpret this ultimatum as "Kill All Humans".
All There in the Manual: If you do the math, you might notice that the "Gundam Fight every four years" thing doesn't quite line up with 13th Fight's date of Future Century 60. The official timeline reveals that after Neo-England's Gentle Chapman won three tournaments in a row, rising international tensions lead to the 12th fight being delayed another four years.
The information was first published in the "Gundam Fight Round 1 & 2" CD collection's booklet, though Bandai America later translated those details and posted it on the G Gundam portion of their gundamofficial.com site.
The novelization goes into a good bit of detail about the "Finger" attacks. It's explained that the move was invented to adhere to Buddhist tenets of Thou Shalt Not Kill, and was originally intended to be used by a human. The user channels ki from his palm through his three middle fingers, which is then released into the opponent's head, where it interferes with their motor functions and temporarily disables them. Master and Domon's Gundams were specifically designed to replicate the move (and yes, all of their Gundams have it — even Master's Shuffle Heart and Kowloon Gundam, though we never see them outside of SD Gundam G Generation).
All Your Powers Combined: The Grand Master Gundam, created by the Devil Gundam near the end of the series for Major Ulube to use; it's quite literally Master Gundam (down to the waist) mounted on Grand Gundam's body, with Gundam Heaven's Sword's wings and a copy of the Walter Gundam attached to it, the whole thing held together with green DG Cell tentacles.
The Shuffle Alliance performs a five-man Combination Attack, the Shuffle Doumeiken, to defeat the Grand Master Gundam.
Artifact Title: Sort of. In the English translation, God Gundam is renamed Burning Gundam, but it's suggested that G Gundam stands for "Gundam of Gundams" (i.e., the winner of the Gundam Fight) instead.
Artificial Gravity: Played much straighter than most Gundam series, where spaceships have some gravity but still involve a lot of floating around, and the colonies which do not have the standard round shape that spin to generate gravity. Ships and colonies both appear to have 1G. Most of the action takes place on Earth anyway.
Ascended Fanboy: Subverted with Chang in Episode 27, who tries to steal Domon's Gundam only to get nearly killed by the Mobile Trace System.
The Atoner: Domon enters the Tournament to atone for his family's supposed sins. However, the true atoner is Dr. Mikamura, who framed Domon's family and, after his Heel-Face Turn, he makes up for it with an Heroic Sacrifice.
Big Bad Ensemble: General Ulube and Professor Mikamura, who want to use the Devil Gundam for their own purposes and have been manipulating Domon from the beginning. Not to mention Master Asia and Chancellor Wong in season 2.
Big Brother Mentor: Schwarz Bruder, who ends up being a clone of Domon's older brother Kyoji.
Bittersweet Ending: They win, but Domon loses his mother, older brother, mentor, and a clone of his brother due to the fighting. And he almost loses his friends, father, home colony and girlfriend in the process as well.
Bodyguard Crush: Princess Maria Louise crushes like crazy on George, who may or may not love her back.
Body Horror: Saette, Gentle Chapman and/or Kyoji's cases exemplify the horrifying control that the DG Cells can have on someone's body and mind.
Boisterous Bruiser: Chibodee Crocket. Argo Gulskii also counts, but as a more serious version.
Bowdlerization/Market-Based Title: Under orders from Sunrise, the English dub changes several of the mechas' names for various reasons. The most obvious are the God and Devil Gundams, renamed Burning and Dark respectively; this also goes for anything with "Devil" or "Death" in its name - DG Cells, Death Army, etc.
Let's not forget about the hilariously stereotypical even by G Gundam standards Tequila Gundam, which was changed to "Spike Gundam" in the dub.
Some of the name changes, though, had no apparent reason at all. Such as Neo-Canada's Lumber Gundam becoming Grizzly Gundam, Neo-Hong Kong's Kowloon Gundam becoming Haow Gundam, Neo-Germany's Gundam Spiegel becoming Shadow Gundam, etc.
The changes to Spiegel and Lumber Gundams was probably due to Rule of Cool.
Perhaps strangest of all was Neo-Sweden's Nobel Gundam being changed to Noble Gundam, even though it was still pronounced Nobel.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Saette, when under control of the DG cells. George, Sai Saici, Argo and Chibodee, during the Shinjuku arc, when also infused with the Cells. Allenby, during the Battle Royale in Lantau - she was under DG Cells AND Berserker system control.
Canon Foreigner: The SD Gundam G Generation series of games introduced the Devil Gundam Jr., which may be the missing link to the Turn X, and has yet to filter back into G Gundam proper.
The Choukyuu! manga has introduced a couple of new machines, including the JMF1337SD Shading Gundamnote an "evil" Shining Gundam that replaces the goofy-looking Fantoma mobile armor from the anime and Evil Makeover versions of the Five-Man Band during their temporary possession in Shinjukunote Mostly it looks like they have parts of the Death Army tacked on, with Spikes of Villainy and Eyes Do Not Belong There.
The Nether Gundam embodied Neo Holland's...unique...strategy for the Gundam Fight. To avoid getting eliminated in the preliminaries, and thus qualify for the Finals, they decided to not fight at all. The Nether Gundam simply sat among a field of actual windmills for 11 months, going unnoticed and unchallenged, and thus undamaged.
The Gundam for Neo Canada is a lumberjack, Spain has a literal bull face on its chest (think Gurren Lagan), Neo Egypt has a pharaoh theme (for every tournament), Neo France uses flowers as an attack and has a Napoleon hat BUILT IN, the Gundam for Neo China uses Kung Fu and has dragon-head arms, and Neo Germany (one of the least cliche of the bunch) has a Stahlhelm (the Nazi helmet used by the infantry. Stay classy Japan) but is otherwise inexplicably ninja-themed. Viking Gundam and Zeus Gundam are Exactly What They Say On The Tin.
Catch Phrase: Frequently overlaps with Calling Your Attacks, but Domon also has a habit of shouting "Rise, Shining Gundam!" and then snapping dramatically in order to summon his mecha from where ever he's hidden it that episode.
Who could forget "Gundam Fight! Ready...GOOOOO!!"
One of Domon's later Calling Your Attacks quotes ("This hand of mine is burning red! It's loud roar tells me to grasp victory!") is notable in that everyone in the Shuffle Alliance (and Allenby) ends up saying it at least once.
Cat Fight: Partially subverted with Rain's fight against Allenby. They're both in the skintight suits, but the battle is a very serious one.
Char Clone: Two, believe it or not: Schwarz (who also has elements of Racer X) and Ulube.
Charles Atlas Superpower: Apparently, one of the main teachings of the School of the Undefeated of the East is doing this. Even compared to other Gundam fighters, what this school does is beyond what normal humans are capable of.
Chekhov's Gunman: Several seemingly one-episode characters either appear again or are mentioned, but most starkly Gentle Chapman and Michelo Chariot, who become major forces driving the plot, despite Michelo seemingly being the Starter Villain who's defeated in episode 1, and Chapman dying. Andrew Graham is another seemingly one-episode character who turns up again, serving a very important role towards the end of the series, saving Argo's life at the expense of his fighting career and setting off the chain of events leading to Allenby's disappearance.
The Chessmaster: Master Asia at first, before the Tournament Arc. Later Wong took this role, introducing a direct chess metaphor with a giant chess set representing the Gundam Fight final battle. He played everyone from Domon to the Devil Gundam itself like pawns.
Chess Motifs: Prime Minister Wong's Gundam chess set with Gundam figures.
Chunky Salsa Rule: Article 1 of the Gundam Fight rules states that a Gundam Fighter is disqualified if his/her Gundam's head is destroyed. Effectively nullified during the Finals, however, when Wong changes the rules to allow unlimited repairs (and even outright replacements) between matches.
Also note that nothing in the rules says that a Gundam has to win a set number of matches to qualify for the finals, just as long as the head is intact. Neo-Holland's Nether Gundam hilariously exploits this loophole to make the finals by disguising itself as an ordinary windmill and making the finals without fighting a single preliminary match. While the Nether Gundam gets trounced in every battle it faces in the finals, simply making it there greatly improved Neo-Holland in the world rankings over their pitiful 66th place finish in the 12th Gundam Fight.
Conveniently an Orphan: Most of the show's cast are orphans and a few have one parent. Can't be tough if you came from a happy family it seems.
Cool Horse: Fuunsaiki, a horse so cool he gets his own Gundam.
Crapsack World: Earth. After centuries of war and pollution, it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful for space colonies and then completely written off by all but a few national governments. Conditions are so harsh in some places that people will do anything to get to the colonies. To make it worse, every four years they have to endure a load of giant robots tearing up the landscape in duels and there is absolutely no provision that they can't do this in population centers or natural landmarks (in fact, Gundam Fighters are legally protected from any responsibility for the damage they cause). Some countries hire criminals and outright killers as Gundam pilots, and others coerce fighters into the job. As a result, most locations in the series looks like they've been run over by a truck five or ten times.
Domon later has to defeat the other Shuffle Alliance members for real in the finals to get them to rejoin him to fight against the Devil Gundam (and to fulfill his promise to go through the finals undefeated).
Drunk with Power: Ulube, who waits about five seconds after Domon's won the tournament to pull a massive coup d'etat, declare himself Dictator of the Universe, and ultimately become an overly-muscled freak. And this is the guy who spent the bulk of the series seeming like the Reasonable Authority Figure who was running interference for Domon against Obstructive Bureaucrat Chairman Karato.
Empathic Weapon: The Gundams. They match whatever movement the pilot makes in the cockpit.
Justified, as they're controlled through a mix of voice commands and an elaborate motion capture system.
Enemy Civil War: Master Asia and Prime Minister Wong start off as partners in crime, begin to distrust and snipe at each other, and by the end each is openly gunning for the other's death. Wong tries to bargain it into going full circle, but Asia openly admits at that point that he'd planned to double-cross Wong the entire time. And Asia would have disposed of Wong sooner if his Incurable Cough of Death hadn't acted up at the exact moment he got really pissed off at his nominal boss.
Everything's Better with Princesses: Maria Louise of Neo France, despite the fact that the series was made well over a century since the last time France was a monarchy, and her father's title is President.
Evil Redhead: Michelo Chariot, subverted by the fact that he apparently dyes his hair that color
Excited Episode Title!: G Gundam is one of the few series to feature these. As if to make up for it, almost every episode title is an example. For example, "Shocking! Shining Finger Defeated!" or "Fight, Domon! Earth is the Ring."
Future Spandex: All of the pilots wear skin-tight body suits as part of the interface for their mobile suits. The substance is sort of like spandex, but they have transformation sequences (not always shown) that make it look like plastic wrap. Nearly all of the pilots are male, but we do get to see Rain suit up a few times, and Allenby as well.
Gaia's Vengeance: "As the Devil Gundam saw it, the problem with the world was humanity, and eliminating mankind became its number one priority."
Gambit Roulette: Ulube pulls a frighteningly good and convoluted one to have Domon and Rain doing his dirty work and use the whole Gundam Fight to his profit, even incorporating the plans others' into his plan. All while appearing to be a Reasonable Authority Figure who wasn't even a participant in the Gambit Pileup.
Generation Xerox: The manga Fight 7th plays this up pretty heavily. The Protagonist is Neo-Japan's Fighter in the 7th Fight, who befriends (through combat) the Neo-American, French, Chinese, and Russian Fighters, gets schooled by the Neo-German Fighter, goes to train in the Guyana Highlands, and then saves the planet from an insanely powerful machine. If it wasn't obvious enough, the ending reveals that this was the genesis of Master Asia and the previous Shuffle Alliance, as well as being where he developed the Sekiha Tenkyoken.
Gossip Evolution: One of the drama CDs has a variant; in the movie the cast is watching, The Shuffle Alliance and Master Asia engage in the standard shouting match...except that Master is standing on Tokyo Tower's observation deck while the guys are at the tower's base. Because of this, the banter quickly degrades into confusion.
Movie!Chibodee: I said, "After this, we're coming for you! Prepare yourself!" Movie!Master: What?! Did you say "crazy balding shitty old man"?!
Gratuitous French: An unintentionally hilarious bit in episode 4: George tells Domon he understood the kidnapping was faked because he could never have written a note in French that good. The thing is, it is written exactly like a French note written by a Japanese guy would look like: pretty badly.
Gundam Vs Series: God/Domon and Master/Tohou Fuhai show up in Gundam vs Gundam, Devil Gundam is its final boss; Domon also receives Shining Gundam in NEXT. Spiegel/Schwarz and Nobel/Allenby debut in the sequel as well. Extreme Vs. brings God and Master back while adding Sai Saici/Dragon to the mix.
Guns vs. Swords: According to the backstory, the world's nations will flip-flop between favoring melee and ranged combat depending on whichever won the last Gundam Fight. After Gentle Chapman won three Fights in a row, everybody started fixating on long-range sniping...only for Master Asia to dethrone Chapman in the 12th Fight using martial arts, which is why the 13th has such an emphasis on melee combat.
Ham-to-Ham Combat: Just about every Gundam Fight match. And every non-Gundam fight, too.
Handicapped Badass: Kyral Mekirel of Neo-Nepal. He was one of the world's top competitors in the 11th Gundam Fight, ranking very highly but losing in the finals when his opponent accidentally blinded him. He makes a comeback in the 13th Gundam Fight...by assassinating his opponents before the fights so that he can win by default. But this still requires a blind man armed with only a sword to take out world-class martial artists. After he fails to kill Domon before their scheduled match and is defeated in a fair fight, he makes a Heel-Face Turn and proves that, even without his sight, he's still one of the world's top Gundam Fighters.
Handshake Substitute: The greeting of the School of the Undefeated of the East ends with what is arguably the most epic brofist in all of Gundam.
Healing Factor: The Devil Gundam's first Theoretical ability, self recovery. Can bestow this power onto others via DG Cells.
Honor Before Reason: all the Shuffle Alliance fall prey to this trope now and again, but none more so than Domon
Particularly in the Finals, where Chibodee and George feel compelled to demonstrate their new finishing moves, Machinegun Punch and Rose Hurricane, to Domon before their fights, which allows him to develop the God Shadow and God Slash Typhoon specifically to counter them. Sai Saici, the youngest of the group by far, is ironically the one who has the sense to not show off his ultimate attack before his fight with Domon...not that it helps. (He almost shows it while sparring with Allenby, but he stops the fight before going through with it.) Argo also doesn't explicitly show off his technique to Domon, though Domon is able to witness him using it against Andrew in a match.
Husky Russkie: Slightly subverted with Argo Gulskii. While he's VERY big and possesses enormous strength, he's also remarkably mature and level-minded. Enough to be the only one in the Shuffle Alliance who did not show any signs of emotional trauma after being Brainwashed and Crazy via DG Cells
Hypocritical Humor: At one point, George starts berating Chibodee for being irresponsible enough to store whiskey in his Gundam's cockpit before quickly remembering that he does the exact same thing with champagne — while Giving Him The Pointer Finger with said bottle, no less. Hey, at least he picks the quality stuff.
George was more going on about the quality than the fact that Chibodee had alcohol at all - they both intended to save the drinks for after they had won the Gundam Fight, but instead pour one out before going toe-to-toe with the Grand Gundam, thinking they won't survive. They do, but barely.
Idiot Hero: Domon. Oh so much. Chibodee and Sai Saici also have their moments, but they're nowhere that bad. The 2010 manga retelling enhances it a good deal.
I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Domon does this *thrice* in the series. First, he tried it to snap his friends from DG Cell brainwashing in the Shinjuku arc, but failed. Second, towards the Brainwashed and Crazy Allenby during the Gundam Fight. And later, to Rain, who had been turned into the Devil Gundam's Seitai Unit by force during the Grand Finale.
Ill Girl: Gina, the little sister of Chico from Neo Mexico. Complete with Incurable Cough of Death. She doesn't die on-screen, but it's clear in the end of the episode that she's gonna fall victim to her illness very soon
Insufferable Genius: If. Dr. Mikamura is to be believed, Domon and Kyoji's father was a prime example. He still didn't deserve what was done to him..
Japanese Ranguage: Whenever Chibodee says something in English in the original Japanese dub. Also, in a rather hilarious oversight, when Chapman was locking onto George's Gundam with his rifle, instead of saying "LOCK ON", the HUD instead said "ROCK ON"!
The "ROCK ON" thing seems to be in just about every anime where that situation occurs, which leads one to conclude that they either did deliberately or they just don't care. This particular example, though, has become a bit of a meme among American fans - mainly because "Rock on!" is a hilarious Totally Radical phrase that's completely inappropriate in context.
Large Ham: Nearly every character epitomizes this trope, but Master Asia and Domon take it to a whole new level. If it's possible for Charles Atlas Superpowers to enhance your hamminess Master Asia certainly figured out how and passed the technique onto Domon.
Latex Space Suit:: Arguably this Gundam series seems to have the tightest space suits ever to appear in the franchise - which is surprising as the huge majority of the pilots wearing them aremale. There are exactly two female characters who are seen wearing the mobile trace suit.
Lost in Translation: One possible explanation for the unusual names of the Devil Gundam's Four Kings; each is linked to a specific environment, and Grand and Walter might be corruptions of Ground and Water, their respective elements. Averted by Heaven's Sword, and not really an issue with Master.
Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: HUGE subversion: We all thought Domon was the Mad Dictator's Handsome Son, but he wasn't. THEN we thought he was the Psychotic Killer's Handsome Younger Brother, but he wasn't that EITHER. Rain, on the other hand... .
Magical girl er, boy: A group of friends must save the world from an evil monster. they go through a stock transformation sequence to gain incredible powers. Eventually the power of friendship and love (literally) saves the day.
Magical Security Cam: When Domon, Allenby and Wong meet for the first time, Wong starts summarizing Domon's life story while a holographic video screen pops up behind him. Said video screen not only plays a clip from one of Domon's flashbacks where he's in the wilderness with Master Asia and nobody else should've been around to record it, but it also opens with a clip from the series' first OP.
Mega Manning: One specialty of Jester Gundam and its pilot, copying other characters special techniques (the other is apparently using psychological warfare against his opponent, as evidenced by his fight with Chibodee.)
Merchandise-Driven: the Gundam Fight was created so that Bandai could sell a ton of models
Mid-Season Upgrade: The eponymous God Gundam. The Choukyuu! G Gundam manga introduces upgraded versions of the Maxter, Dragon, Rose and Bolt as well.
Mind Rape: Episode 6, when Domon is drugged and forced to watch an holographic re-enaction of his family's downfall to see if he can really use his Super Mode, which is supposed to be powered up through anger-fueled Heroic Resolve. For worse, much later we find out it was all a lie.
Missing Mom: Chibodee's mom got kidnapped and maybe killed by clowns.
Ms. Fanservice: Rain when she suits up, Allenby when she suits up, Natasha during the Guyana highlands arc.
Mood Whip Lash: After the first several, very lighthearted episodes, we get to one where Domon is revealing what later turns out be a fabricated version of the events of the Devil Gundam incident, revealing that he's brother went rogue with what was effectively a weapon of mass destruction and his mother died. Later in the series, we have another case Chidobee appearing terrified of the circus and clowns (along with the episode the features the Jester Gundam, probably the silliest design in the series), which is initially Played for Laughs, then it starts getting Played for Drama and we find that he's terrified of laughing clowns was because of gang of lunatics with machine guns dressed up as clowns held him hostage and started a riot that he lost his mother in. It was implied that she most likely died as a result of the incident.
Never Got to Say Goodbye Rain and her close classmate Saette. Domon and his mother, but he does get to say goodbye to Kyoji and later gets his father back.
Never Say "Die": In the dub. The fact that people are dead is acknowledged, but the characters go through varying degrees of verbal gymnastics to avoid the actual word: return from the grave, pass away, lose his life, etc....
Arguably Domon in the Battle Royale arc, where he comes up with several Ass Pull attacks that are never used again to defeat his partners' various ultimate techniques.
Oh damn. God Shadow to a T. Nice hax there, Domon.
Played rather straight when the God Gundam appears in Super Robot Wars. Most if not all of these attacks are either special attacks: God Slash Typhoon, God Field Dash, support abilities: God Shadow, or a prerequisite for learning the Sekiha Tenkyoken, which is a bit of Fridge Brilliance - when on board his Gundam, Domon uses the Seikha Tenkyoken with both hands.
One of them was a freaking mummy instead of a zombie. An Egyptian Cyborg Mummy Zombie.
No Prisons Were Harmed: The Russian island prison was designed off of a paper model of Alcatraz that Imagawa bought from the museum's gift shop.
No Endor Holocaust: A Gundam Fight match frequently levels entire city blocks, and the world's governments simply accept this. This is pointed out by Master Asia in his Motive Rant about how everyone calls the Gundam Fight an "ideal war" even though stuff like this still happens.
Not Good with People: Domon is callous, abrasive, and generally a bit of a cad, due to ten years of rough training while growing up. He gets better in the second half, mainly through some timely Pet the Dog moments and even some Moments Of Heartwarming.
Not Just A Tournament: The Gundam Fight occurs regularly every four years. However, in the 13th Fight we have the Devil Gundam getting lose and trying to destroy the planet, while several nations vie to find and take control of it for their own purposes.
Oddly Named Sequel: One of the very few Gundam series (along with ∀ Gundam and After War Gundam X) to not have Mobile Suit in the title. Unlike those two examples, this is because a Mobile Fighter is a distinct class of machine that is operated quite differently from an MS, which appear mainly in the hands of construction workers and military police.
Phenotype Stereotype: There is a good lack of stereotyping for the human cast. Surprisingly, Domon, Rain, and Kyoji, the Japanese characters, all fall under this trope. The only one who sticks out more than the others is Allenby, the Swedish fighter with sea-green hair.
The Gundams themselves, on the other hand, play this trope painfully straight to a degree of hilarity. The exceptions are the Shining and God/Burning Gundams (which instead follow the typical "main character Gundam" design ethos, though they also follow the samurai motif that allegedly inspired the design of the original RX-78 Gundam), and the Nobel/Noble Gundam. The Noble Gundam is feminine in appearance, though, in keeping with the stereotype of Sweden being the land of hot blondes.
Neo Japan itself does make up a bit for the lack of blatant stereotyping on its own part when the entire colony is taken over by the Devil Gundam, effectively becoming a giant tentacle monster.
Playing Card Motifs: The Shuffle Alliance. They're a quintet of Gundam Fighters who have playing card themed titles. Who chooses the Shuffle Alliance isn't clear; the current generation simply seemed to have the crests of their title appear on the back of their hands, and the old Shuffle Alliance knew they had to take over.
Plucky Girl: All the females, in one way or another. Special mention goes to Cécile Holgar, a sweet-looking moeblob who stands up against punks in her very first scene and doesn't hesitate to bitchslap her boyfriend when he has an Heroic BSOD.
And to Maria Louise, the blonde and frilly Tomboy Princess who handles Molotov cocktails and machine guns near the end of the series.
Power Glows: "This hand of mine glows with an awesome POWER!" "This hand of mine is burning red!" And so on...
The Shuffle Alliance members and their Gundams take on a golden glow when they enter Hyper Mode.
Power Incontinence: Domon's inability to control his Super Mode in the first half of the series.
The Power of Friendship: Domon certainly didn't enter the tournament to make any friends, but he ends up doing so with the fighters destined to join him in the Shuffle Alliance, and when fighting together they can take on nearly any foe. Still, there are some situations where it's not enough, in which case Domon can call upon...
The Power of Love: To the point where the King of Hearts himself is summoned. Also the most extremely awesome portrayal.
In his first fight with Domon, Chibodee is about to give up before the cheers of his fellow New Yorkers rouse him to get his second wind.
Power of the God Hand: Or rather, Power of the God Finger. Similar premise, however, as the God Gundam is so named because of its obscene power. Averted entirely in the English dub, which changes it to Burning Finger.
Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Usually between Domon and Master Asia, but Allenby and Chibodee do, too. George has rapid fire sword thrusts; Sai Saici and Michelo have rapid fire kicks; Schwarz Bruder has rapid fire shuriken and kunai throwing.
Real Men Wear Pink: George is a bishonen and loves roses, but can fight as well and as passionately as the others. Chibodee has pink bangs and is a self-admitted Momma's Boy.
Flashbacks imply that Chibodee's hair is naturally all-blue, meaning he purposely dyes his bangs pink.
Not to mention that his title in the Shuffle Alliance is the Queen of Spades, something he embraces fully with no one ever doubting his heterosexuality. (It helps that his predecessor with that title was also male.)
Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted and later played straight with Karato. Starts out as very incompetent and leaving almost every matter to Ulube and Dr. Mikamura, but by the end of the series it's hinted that he does have the potential to become a true leader and intends to do so..
Rebellious Princess: Maria Louise of Neo France. She looks cute and sweet, but isn't afraid of either plotting her own kidnapping to attract her Knight's attention, or using a molotov cocktail to aid said knight when he's in a pinch.
Recruited From The Gutter: Chibodee Crocket recruited his entire support team this way; they were Street Urchins who'd been caught trying to stowaway on a spaceship just as he walked by. Apparently they had a glint in their eyes which reminded him of himself.
Red Baron: Doesn't get much better then "Undefeated of the East."
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Once Wong's glasses start to slip is the part when the audience realizes he's a villain.
Red Herring: Early on, Karato and Dr. Mikamura seem more than a bit shady, as if they might have some villainous plan that they're worried Domon might get in the way of. Wrong. Ulube on the other hand seems like a Reasonable Authority Figure who seems to be looking out for Domon and for Neo-Japan's best interests. Way wrong.
Rewrite: The 2010 manga version of Domon vs Chibodee is more even-handed than the anime version was. In the boxing match before the Gundam Fight, Chibodee dominates Domon; during the actual Gundam Fight, Domon has it won, but since he forced himself to fight through his earlier injuries, he's too roughed up and tired to finish Chibodee off, resulting in an actual draw.
On the flipside, George gets it worse. In the manga, he rescues Princess Maria Louise from the Neo-Cubans and brings her into the Gundam Rose's cockpit, which messes with his synchronization. Eventually Domon lands the Shining Finger, and Maria leaps onto George, apologizing for causing all the trouble while herself getting hit with the feedback. Rain begs Domon to stop before the feedback harms the princess, which he does.
Shown Their Work: Imagawa put a ridiculous amount of effort into portraying Hong Kong realistically, even going there with the animation team so that they could experience themselves first. That strange drink Allenby had that he couldn't identify the taste? It was one Imagawa had while there.
Sins of Our Fathers: Dahal Muhammad and his Pharaoh Gundam IV get revived by DG Cells and try to kill Sai Saici, because his grandfather Sai Feilong accidentally killed Muhammad during the 4th Gundam Fight. Subverted; Sai assumed Muhammad wanted revenge, but in reality he just wanted to have the Gundam Fight he was denied by his untimely death.
Throwing Down the Gauntlet: At the opening ceremonies for the finals in Neo Hong Kong, Domon boldly declares that he will win every single one of his matches, much to the surprise of his Shuffle Alliance friends, and the consternation of the rest of the Gundam Fighters. Naturally, this prompts Wong and Master Asia to pit Domon against only the most powerful opponents, including the rest of the Shuffle Alliance. Domon wins them all, of course.
The first time he meets George, Domon demands a Gundam Fight with him. The problem with that Gundam Rose is already engaged in a fight with Neo Cuba's Gundam at the time. George not only reminds Domon of the tournament rules stipulating one-on-one matches only, but expresses his disgust for Domon's rudeness, and initially refuses to fight Domon at all.
Took a Level in Badass: The Shuffle Alliance members all take a few levels before their final fights with Domon. Michelo Chariot takes one as well when he suddenly shows up for the finals, going from an easily-defeatable Starter Villain to putting up a good fight against God Gundam even before his Gundam transforms into one of the Devil Gundam's four Kings.
Tournament Arc: Almost the entire last half of the series, save the final four episodes, falls under this.
Transforming Mecha: Some of the weirdest in giant robot history. Highlights include Mermaid Gundam (a fish), Mandala Gundam (a Buddhist Temple bell), Matador Gundam (a giant flying cow head) and the ever popular Nether Gundam, who, as befitting his Dutch origins, becomes a windmill: unlike the others, though, there was a point to this. Since all one had to do to qualify for the finals was survive until enough combatants had been eliminated from the tourney, hiding in plain sight to avoid being attacked, while not guaranteeing victory, was able to significantly increase the country's standing. Domon's Gundams may also count, being robots that turn into more powerful robots.
The Unfavorite: Implied to be Domon, who left home at an early age because he was Book Dumb and couldn't measure up to his much older brother Kyoji, a Badass Bookworm, in his father's eyes. Subverted, since Dr. Kasshu isn't shown as evil towards his younger son, so Domon still cares for him more than enough to make his dad one of the causes why he's fighting. And the first time they talk in the series towards the end, when the old man stops being a Human Popsicle and tells Domon how proud he is of him, qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
Unwitting Pawn: Master Asia for Wong's Evil Plan, Domon for Ulube's. Later subverted when Domon tears Ulube's scheme down around him.
The Virus: DG-Cells. It also doubles as The Corruption for Gundam pilots, as the stuff also grants their mechs some of the Devil Gundam's regenerative abilities.
The War of Earthly Aggression: Slightly inverted. The first episode all but states that it's the Colonies that rule Earth. Ironically, Neo Hong Kong, the current ruling nation has no space colony of its own.
Warrior Therapist: Roughly half the point of the series. Not Good with People? No problem; just fight against them, and the two of you will figure it out. Referred to as "communicating with your fists" in the series.
Weaponized Landmark: The Statue of Liberty Cannon!: Part of the Manhatten Battle Zone! Both on the Neo-American space colony.
Even moreso, the Devil Gundam - or rather, the Ultimate Gundam. It was built for the purpose of repairing the Earth's damaged ecosystem, but its AI was damaged when it landed on Earth and it decided the best way to heal the planet was to Kill All Humans.
Whip It Good: The Nobel Gundam's main weapon is a beam ribbon, used like a whip
What Happened to the Mouse?: In episode 9, Gentle Chapman's wife Manon is instrumental in his Gundam Fight matches and even gives a speech in the end on the fate of warriors. When Chapman is revived with DG cells later, she's nowhere to be found.
Xanatos Gambit: Some strategies during the Gundam Fight. For example Kyral Mekirel decided to assinate his opponents before the match. If he succeeds, great, he wins by default the next day. If he fails, he'll fight as normal with insight on how his opponent will react to his style.