Anime: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
aka: Gundam Age
Three destinies will make history.
"It is the space age, hundreds of years after people began to emigrate to space colonies. The wars that were once fought for control of the Earth Sphere had ended, and it seemed that an era of peace had arrived. But this fleeting peace collapsed. A colony was destroyed by a mysterious enemy that suddenly appeared. The curtain was rising on a new battle that would continue over 100 years."Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
is another part of the Gundam
franchise, which began airing in October 2011 as part of Sunrise's Fall 2011
lineup. This one revolves around three generations of pilots, namely Flit Asuno, his son Asemu, and the latter's son, Kio. A manga, several models, a card game, and a video game are among the merchandise for this incarnation.
The sudden appearance of a hostile force know only as the UE (Unknown Enemy) prompted the Federation to hire Flit Asuno to build the ultimate weapon to beat back the UE: The Gundam AGE-1. As the Hundred Year War rages on between Earth and the UE, Flit, Asemu, and Kio must use the Gundam to defend the Earth.
The first generation begins with Flit, who was allowed to pilot the Gundam
when its intended pilot was injured during a UE attack. The destruction of his second home colony lands him on the Diva
, piloted by a rogue captain who is determined to battle the UE in defiance of the Federation's sluggish response to the threat. Flit uses the Gundam to protect colonies from the UE and in general to be a savior for humanity. It ends in tragedy and a dark revelation about the true nature of The Federation
, and Flit embarks on a lifelong path of vengeance.
The second generation starts twenty-five years later and follows Flit's son, Asemu. He is given the Gundam as a sort of coming-of-age present by Flit on his seventeenth birthday, befriends Zeheart Galette in his last year of school, and is devastated when Zeheart turns out to be a Vagan agent. Although he is kind-hearted by nature, Asemu joins the military to follow and impress his father
. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained as their viewpoints on war diverge and Asemu struggles with his continued friendly feelings towards Zeheart.
The third generation follows Kio, Asemu's son and Flit's grandson, who is only thirteen when he inherits the Gundam. The Vagan reveal their Earth-based sleeper agents on the anniversary of their first attack on the Federation and quickly turn Earth into a battlefield. Flit unveils the AGE-3 and puts Kio into it, having secretly trained him with flight simulators, and the Diva
is brought out of mothballs to fight the new threat on Earth before returning to space.
Two manga side spin-offs were also made: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Treasure Star
(Set during the Flit Arc) and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE: Memories of Sid
(Set after the Asemu Arc but before the Kio Arc). An OVA entitled Memory of Eden
was made after the completion of the show, expanding the story of the Second Generation.
A bit of trivia: Akihiro Hino, the writer of Gundam AGE, is actually the head of the video game company Level-5
. Originally, Level-5 was hired by Sunrise to created a Gundam Licensed Game
. Hino, who wanted to work with the franchise, wrote a plot summary for what would eventually be approved as this anime. The Level-5 game then became an adaptation of the anime and it was released August 30th in Japan (meaning that it was released before the anime finished). It is an Action RPG
for the PSP
that comes in two versions
. Universe Accel
features cameos and Mobile Suits from Universal Century
Gundam series in its sidequests, and Cosmic Drive
features cameos and Mobile Suits from Cosmic Era
and Anno Domini
Gundam series. The game follows the same plot as the anime, but also features more content for the series's history and world
through optional quests
using an original player avatar. It additionally features many more Wears for the AGE suits other than the ones that have appeared in the anime.There is a character sheet with more details. Please
put character-specific tropes there instead of adding them here.
Also notable in AGE is the sheer volume of references and homages to other Gundam timelines, requiring the series to have a separate page for its Mythology Gags
. If you are going to add an Expy
of a mobile suit or character that looks like the RX-78-2
or a Char
, check there first. It's almost certain to have been added already.
Of final note is that this is, objectively, the least-critically-successful and least-popular Gundam
show yet made; it scored record low ratings on television and its later seasons/generations were all but universally panned by critics (and a substantial number of viewers) both inside and outside Japan, which has apparently led to Bandai not even considering attempting to export the show
. All this being said, please remember to keep YMMV tropes in their proper place and to keep any FlameWars
off of the main page. While elements of the show are contentious for many, the main page is not the place to discuss them.
Mobile Suit Gundam AGE comes with the tropes of:
- Fake Longevity: The PSP games. To wit:
- There are innumerable parts that can drop during battle. These parts are necessary for producing blueprints (which in turn let you build the items), producing the items themselves, and also upgrading mobile suit components. Depending on part rarity, this can mean extensively repeating fights over and over again just to get one last part necessary.
- Weapon proficiency only goes up if you land the fatal hit on an enemy with that particular weapon. Upgrading proficiency thus takes a long time even in the event your wingmen don't killsteal.
- Crossplay missions eventually require extremely high point levels to be opened up.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Surprisingly averted in a Gundam series. Even though Flit wasn't intended to be the pilot of the Gundam AGE-1, he built the suit and knows how to use it. In the second generation, Flit gives Asemu the AGE device for his birthday and Vargas leads him right to the Gundam when he needs it. Likewise, in the third generation, the first thing Kio thinks of to repel the Vagan is to the find the Gundam, and Flit brings it straight to him.
- Fanservice: A controversially cartoonish art style doesn't stop this series from featuring this. Episode 18, for example, shows a photo of Romary in her swimwear.◊
- Filler / Side Story: Two of them.
- Treasure Star sets during the Flit Arc and tells the story about Daiki Ryuuzaki and the Space Caravan Group Treasure Star on which they were searching for the "Grand Wings", while fighting against the Vagan. Turns out that the Grand Wings Is a Time Machine and Daiki's Father is from the Third Generation, just got thrown to the past. Of course, this one is questioned if it set in the same universe.
- Memories of Sid explains more about Bisidian and Asemu's disappearance in his last and final mission. And explains more about the EXA-DB and Sid.
- Flash Step: What the Spallow can do.
- Foregone Conclusion:
- It's pretty much a given that neither Flit nor Asemu will be able to end the war with the UE.
- From the physical appearances of Flit's son and grandson, it's pretty obvious who the Official Couples are going to be.
- Foreshadowing: Desil Galette was first introduced in Episode 5 named "The Demon Boy." Guess what Desil turned out to be.
- And one more featuring the same character in the second generation. Episode 22's Gundampedia noted that the Khronos (Desil's personal mobile suit) was rumored to have the ability of controlling allied mobile suits. He uses this ability in Episode 26 to pin Asemu down.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Flit and Woolf.
- Fragile Speedster: The AGE-1 Spallow. It's powerful enough that it almost qualifies for Lightning Bruiser, but its armor isn't much stronger than tofu.
- Gambit Roulette: Aaron Simmons predicted Reina Spriggan's reaction to having her boyfriend killed during a deliberate testing "accident" and a cover-up with surprising accuracy, which sure is handy when her defection and hatred of the Feddies was a key part of his plan to turn Luna Base over to Vagan.
- Generational Saga: The format of the series. In addition to the Asunos, the Gunhales have had a representative in each generation, and supporting characters from the generation previous often return.
- Generation Xerox:
- The three protagonists. Specifically, Asemu and Kio are male xeroxes of their mothers.
- Also, Dique and Wootbit Gunhale. The latter looks exactly like the former did at the same age, only with blond hair, and both fill the same role. Wootbit's just not as friendly to his Asuno counterpart.
- Go Out with a Smile: Any dying character who is remotely sympathetic has 1. a sad smile 2. a hopeful smile or 3. a satisfied smile. There's nine of 'em over the course of three generations.
- Gratuitous English: "Supah Pairotto!" Thanks for that, Woolf.
- Grey and Gray Morality:
- The Federation versus Vagan. The Federation set the stage for war by abandoning their failed Mars colony. Several generations of corruption and editing of history in their favor have now been replaced with Flit's unflinching anti-Vagan sentiments. Vagan, while having a sympathetic cause, began the war without warning, targets civilian colonies, and refuses Federation efforts to negotiate peace.
- On a smaller scale, Euba vs. Zalam in Fardain have a miniature Cycle of Revenge continuing from generations ago. Flit gets them to knock it off.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Asemu in Gundam AGE-1 used a Dorados's severed arm with its beam saber still active to destroyed another Dorados.
- Hair Color Spoiler: See Foregone Conclusion above.
- Happily Married: Flit and Emily in the twenty-five year timeskip between Generations 1 and 2. Asemu and Romary are married in Episode 28.
- Heroic Sacrifice:
- Bruzar sacrifices himself to get Nora's colony core free when it collapses.
- Woolf dies taking the blow from Desil Galette meant for Asemu, saddening all his wingmen and enraging Asemu.
- Remi dies shortly after putting her workloader between Mink's Zedas M and the Diva's bridge.
- Shanalua Mullen's Clanche is crushed when she destroys a Wrozzo that would probably have taken out the Gundam, due to Kio's Heroic BSOD.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Flit tumbles into this at the tender age of fourteen.
- Hidden Agenda Villain:
- Who are the UE? What do they want? No one is quite sure. Grodek seems to figure it out midway through Generation 1, but the audience doesn't get to share. Episode 15 has The Reveal: 150 years before the start of the series, the Earth Federation abandoned support for the human colonies in Mars after an outbreak of a disease. Those who survived felt double-crossed by the Federation and formed the nation of Vagan. YMMV on whether or not their plight is sympathetic enough to warrant their atrocities.
- History Repeats: Near the end of Flit's arc, Yurin is stabbed and killed by Desil, causing Flit to enter an Unstoppable Rage, and slices Desil's suit to pieces, but sparing him. 26 years later, Desil kills Woolf in a similar manner, followed by Asemu going berserk and slashing Desil's suit apart limb by limb and finishing the job by blasting the remains into molten space dust.
- In Episode 34, Kio is held by two enemy suits the exact same way that Asemu was by Desil. Asemu shoves him out of the way in the exact same way that Woolf saved him... only he turns around and guts Gratt before he can get stabbed in the back. Woolf would be proud.
- Hope Is Scary: According to Ezelcant, children are the only ones in Vagan who let themselves freely feel emotion. They learn to be stoic and jaded as they grow up, because loving unreservedly is too painful when those people are likely to die of disease and/or poverty.
- Human All Along: The Unknown Enemy, also known as Vagan.
- Humongous Mecha: Gundam series. Duh.
- Hundred Years War: Just like the real one, it was waged for much less time, 64 years exactly. But at least they spent the remaining 36 years rebuilding.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Zeheart is jealous of Asem's chance at getting to fall in love, marry, and have children.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Flit will never get over the fact that he was unable to stop Desil from killing Yurin.
- Idiot Ball: Gets passed around quite a bit, but it's almost an Asuno family heirloom.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The guards who attack Woolf in the factory in Episode 23.
- Improbable Age:
- Despite stiff competition from other series, Flit, the fourteen-year-old weapons designer on the military's payroll, may win the all-time achievement record for Gundam protagonists when it comes to this trope.
- Flit is out done in his own series by the seven year old Desil who not only jacks the AGE-1 for a joyride, but is also the pilot of the UE MS Zedas and commands their forces in one battle. (By generation 2, however, his capricious attitude is too self-destructive for Vagan and he lacks any real authority.)
- Zeheart gets this, too. At age 18, he's put in command of the Earth Occupation Forces. He even outranks his older brother!
- Irony: As the Third Generation rolls in, it's pretty clear that Vagan boasts a technologically advanced military. And then Episode 37 shows life within the actual capital city... which is a primitive, impoverished desert city that shares quite a few similarities to Cappadocia. To call the difference between civilian life and military within Vagan jarring would be an understatement.
- Also at the beginning of the Third Generation, when Flit asks for the launch of the Diva (which is at that point in time an antique and Flit has also left the military, only holding merit as the former commander-in-chief of the Federation), another high-ranking officer puts together a ragtag crew of half-dead pilots and rookies, even giving a complete amateur Nice Girl the position of captain, for it out of pure spite. Genre Savvy viewers should know that the Diva's new crew will likely wind up turning the tide in the war.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Flit and Woolf, Asemu and Woolf, Kio and Seric.
- I Was Quite a Looker: As of Generation 2, Flit has long since kissed his cute boy days goodbye.
- It's Personal: Flit and Desil. Twenty-five years later, the grudge is still going strong.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Yurin's death caused Flit to do this. From age fourteen well into his sixties, his hatred for the Vagan is so strong that his main goal in life is to exterminate all of them. His words.
- The UE/Vagan did this circa A.G. 108, when they started wiping out colonies full of civilians in their campaign to retake Earth.
- Kill 'em All: Many characters get killed off in the series, but the third generation in particular is rather heavy on the character deaths, especially episodes 47-48. To elaborate, every Vagan soldier with a name is dead at the end of 48—save for an Artificial Human who hasn't arrived on the battlefield yet—along with the entirety of the Diva's mobile suit squadron.
- Killed Off for Real: With all the homages AGE pays to previous entries of the franchise, it's only natural that it would be just as eager to kill off its cast.
- Generation 1: Marina Asunonote , Commander Bruzar, Don Boyage, Yurin L'Ciel, Yark Dole.
- Generation 2: Grodek, Woolf Enneacle, Desil, Remi, Daz Roden, The Magicians 8, Froi Olfenoa, Medel Zant.
- Generation 3: Deymon Large, Shanalua Mullen, Gorn Gratt Otto, Lu Anon, Girard Spriggan, Godom, Seric Abis, Deen Anon, Fram, Zanald, Zeheart, Obright, all of the Diva's Mauve Shirt pilots and some Bisidian Red Shirts.
- Kill the Cutie: Because, again, Gundam.
- Generation 1: While stopping Desil from killing Flit, Yurin's UE mobile suit gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and explodes in front of Flit.
- Generation 2: Mink kills Remi Ruth by attacking her unarmed repair unit in episode 27.
- The Laws and Customs of War: Invoked in Episode 44—no, Flit, it is not okay to just shoot all the Vagan prisoners.
- Lensman Arms Race:
- Thanks to the AGE Builder, the Diva is pretty much a one-ship Lensman Arms Race, developing massively powerful new weapons after receiving only a single battle's worth of combat data.
- Likewise, the Vagan seem to be able to produce newer and more powerful mobile suits at a faster pace than the regular Federation forces.
- Implied to have been taken to an even farther extent in the previous wars, where a pilot could control hundreds of mobile suits at once, and it's been mentioned that a single mobile suit from that era could probably outclass every currently existing armed force in both the Earth and Mars spheres.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- The G-Exes. Fast and maneuverable, can take it and dish it out pretty good thanks to good armor, a strong shield and two hideously powerful beam-sabers.
- The bad guys have the Zedas, piloted by psycho-child Desil Gallete which is as fast & strong as the AGE-1 Spallow.
- Generation 2's Vagan has the Zeydra, specifically designed to keep up with Zeheart's X-Rounder abilities.
- The Gundam AGE-2 Normal can be considered one due to being fast & strong. But the one that takes the prize would be the Mid-Season Upgrade of AGE-2, the Double Bullet.
- The Gundam AGE-3 in its entirety is this. Despite being the physically largest of the three regular Gundams, it has surprising agility and maneuverability (able to glide around melee strikes on a city street) and excellent speed thanks to its massive thrusters, and is also armed with a miniaturized version of the Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon. The Fortress equipment gives it hovering abilities for gliding across the ground at high speeds, and is armed with four SigMaxiss Cannons. The Orbital equipment is the fastest yet, matching the Ghirarga for speed and armed with a rifle that fires homing sword beams.
- The Gundam AGE-FX, full stop. Specifically mentioned to have been built to be as fast as possible, and armed with a multitude of extremely quick C-Funnels. It's also armed with the Stangle Rifle, which has two firing modes... and the weakest of which is on par with the Gundam AGE-3's Sigmasis Rifle. Taken Up to Eleven with FX Burst,it managed to reflect Xamdrag's well.... Xamdrag cannon.
- SID. The Mobile Armor has more firepower than a warship and moves so fast that even the Gundam Legilis and AGE-2's Strider mode can barely keep up with it.
- Lighter and Softer: Averted. The "kiddy" art style doesn't stop the show from featuring its fair share of deaths or depict the Federation as still a corrupt organization. The scenes of large-scale battles throughout the series are no more sanitized than those in other Gundam shows either.
- Love at First Sight: Flit and Yurin.
- Love Hurts:
- First Generation: Flit and Yurin, and Good God does it hurt.
- Second Generation: Obright and Remi, AND HOW.
- Third Generation: Kio and Lu. OH MAN, Kio and Lu.
- Love Triangle:
- Flit with Emily and Yurin. Emily wins. Though it's doubtful she'd revel in the victory... I mean, is it really winning when your love rival—the one Flit seemed to have more romantic feelings for—is killed? And considering the scene with Flit and Yurin's pink ribbon, the girl's very aware of it, and not exactly happy? Something of a Pyrrhic Victory, really.
- For the Second Generation, Romary with Asemu and Zeheart. Romary wavers a lot but eventually chooses Asemu and they marry in episode 28.
- Lost Technology/Omniscient Database: EXA-DB. It contains information on every weapon used prior to the Silver Chalice Treaty. Vagan's mobile suit and warship technology comes from a fragment that Ezelcant found decades ago.
- Mauve Shirt: The Diva mobile suit squadron of Generation 3. Rather than the oddball trio of G1 or the New Meat squad of G2, they are simply competent, experienced pilots and come off as generic thanks to their lack of screentime (usually, at least). They're all dead by the penultimate episode.
- Meet Cute: Yurin for Flit. Romary for Asemu. Lu for Kio.
- Mid-Season Upgrade:
- Woolf replaces his nearly out-dated Genoace Custom during the middle arc of the first generation with the G-Exes.
- Asemu gets an example of this, too, when he switches from the Gundam AGE-1 to the AGE-2, then to the Double Bullet.
- And on the villains' side, Zeheart upgrades from the Zedas R to the Zeydra.
- Kio then upgrades from the AGE-3 to the AGE-FX.
- The fourth opening shows that the AGE-1 is going to get a "Full Armour" type upgrade so Flit can keep up with the younger members of the Asuno family.
- In Episode 44, Zeheart inherits Lord Ezelecant's Gundam Legilis.
- Mighty Glacier: The AGE-1 Titus is right out of the textbook: hits like a brick wall with fists in ground combat, easily outmaneuvered by nimbler units in space battle.
- The Mole: Over the course of the war, the Vagan have infiltrated countless moles and sleeper agents into the Federation. Zeheart initially started as one, and Shanalua Mullen turns out to be a Federation native working as one.
- Multiform Balance: The Gundam AGE-1's Normal, Titus and Spallow modes.
- My Greatest Failure: See I Let Gwen Stacy Die.
- Narrator All Along: Flit.
- Ninja: The Gundam AGE-1 Spallow.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ezelcant delivered not one, but two major ones to Kio in Episode 39 with his new Gundam Legilis.
- Not Worth Killing: Despite the Zedas outpacing Gundam Titus, Desil gets bored and orders the UE to retreat.
- The same thing happens in Episode 20 when Zeheart defeats Asemu.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain:
- Probably the most twisted example ever with Flit versus Desil. The former is a maturing fourteen-year-old kid aware of his own limits; the latter is an arrogant and selfish 7-year-old Ax-Crazy Blood Knight.
- Averted with Asemu and Zeheart in the Second Generation. They are exactly the same age. until they put Zeheart on cold sleep and they follow the trope in the Third Generation
- Inverted with Kio vs. Zeheart. Also inverted with Kio vs. Ezelcant.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: In the opening crawl for the Third Generation.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase: "Three destinies will form history..."
- Perspective Flip: Asemu in first part and Zehart in second part from Memories of Eden.
- Power Trio: Flit (id), Asemu (ego), Kio (superego).
- Psychic Powers: The X-Rounders, which at first seem to be a fairly basic and near identical Newtype equivalent. And then people start talking about it being a regression in humanity, rather than the next step in their evolution.
- Punny Name: The Adeles have the ability to use the AGE-1's add-ons. Unless you're one of those people who thinks they're named after a famous singer.
- Puppy Love <- -> Star-Crossed Lovers: Kio Asuno (Earth) and Lu Anon (Vagan) from the Third Generation, both of whom are only 13 years old when they meet. Sadly, it doesn't make them exempt from Gundam's Love Hurts tradition, as seen by Lu's heartbreaking death in Episode 38.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Third Generation Diva crew.
- Ramming Always Works:
- Narrowly averted. Madorna's Shaldolls destroy the fragment of Fa Bose left, stopping it from ramming the Diva.
- Also averted for Ract, who was actually going to ram his own Mobile Suit into the fragment's engine, to stop it so it wouldn't hit the Diva.
- Rescue Romance:
- Flit's and Yurin's meeting leads to this.
- This is played with in the Second Generation, as Romary is saved by both Asemu and Zeheart at different times. Asemu rescues Romary when she's injured during a Vagan attack, and Zeheart rescues Romary from getting hit by a wrench. She distinctly blushes at the latter.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Aaron Simmons suffers a Karmic Death at the hands of Fram after she finds out he murdered two Vagan guards to escape the Federation assault on Luna Base.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Seems to run through the Asuno bloodline, specifically:
- Flit tearing into Desil after he kills Yurin. Though he spares him rather than strike a finishing blow.
- Asemu, also against Desil, this time after he kills Woolf. No mercy is shown to him this time.
- Kio unleashes FX Burst on Zanard after he kills Deen. Like his grandfather, Kio spared his enemy at the last second.
- Zeheart goes on one in episode 48, after he sees the Gundams had survived the attack he sacrificed a good deal of his forces, including his closest Lieutenants, to pull off. Unfortunately for him, his does not go nearly as well as any of the Asunos'.
- Rule of Three
- Satellite Love Interest:
- Emily, and to a lesser extent, Romary. Emily's only concern seems to be Flit, and she barely even interacts with her grandfather. Romary has more screentime, but her role is overshadowed by the rivalry between Asemu and Zeheart. Their absence in subsequent generations makes it painfully obvious that they were only included for their ovaries.
- Wendy is the presumed love interest for Kio, but only through various love interest signal flags shared with her predecessors (her appearance in the ED and prior friendship with Kio) and not any kind of actual romantic expression. Or screentime. However, her role is somewhat expanded in the -UNKNOWN SOLDIERS- side story. She is now providing support by controlling Gundam AGE-FX A-Funnel Equipment Type's eponymous weapons and working on improving their AI system.
- Secret Keeper: Romary to Asemu.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Fram's sacrifice in order to lure the Gundams into the La Gramis' Wave Motion Gun fails utterly when they manage to escape the trap anyways. Zeheart does not take this well.
- Serial Escalation: What will be the next evolution of AGE System?
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Grodek, Flit as of Episode 14, Woolf in Generation 2, Obright and Shanalua in Generation 3.
- Kio shows some pretty major signs of PTSD as the war comes to a close, including staring numbly at the devastation left behind by the Photon Blaster during the final battle, culminating in finally breaking down and crying after his fight with Deen.
- Shoulders of Doom: The Gundam AGE-1 Titus has those. Notice the 4 holes in each of its shoulder-pads? Those are actually Beam Spikes stored in the shoulders, placed ideally for tackling the enemy.
- In Episode 13, Woolf quotes Kamina.
Largan: "Woolf, do you...Do you have a girlfriend?"
Woolf: "A girlfriend? Of course I do. She's a pure white princess (probably referring to his G-Exes here)."
Largan: "Then, make sure she won't get hurt."
- The revelation of the UE actually being people fighting for Vagan is strikingly similar to the big reveal in Martian Successor Nadesico.
- Flit's Second Generation portrayal is already being compared to Gendo Ikari.
- It's not hard to find yourself comparing Romary to Mary-Jane Watson.
- In Episode 20, Zeahart uses an Inazuma kick.
- Some have also compared it to a Rider Kick.
- And still others would have called it a RED HOT KICK either way nice.
- In the First Generation, Flit wanting revenge on the UE/Veigan for the death of his mother is very similar to Tetsuro Hosino wanting revenge on Count Mecha for the death of his own mother.
- In Episode 26, the Diva uses a weapon system called the "Photon Ring Ray", which is a large ring used to amplify the beam fired by the Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon. It is basically a lower-tech version of the Double Shooting Warship Takehaya's Reflector Cannons.
- Another: In Episode 29, Kio is told to push the G-Button to combine the Core Fighter with the G-Ceptor, and does it exactly like Utsugi Mikoto would do it; by hitting it as hard as possible.
- The Ghirarga's bits look a bit too much like Axel Shooter to be a coincidence.
- There seem to be a number of references to Space Runaway Ideon:
- Signature Style: There are numerous parallels one can find between AGE and Hino's previous game Jeanne d'Arc. For starters, the fact the conflict is called the Hundred Years War.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: The first parts of Generations 1 and 2 seem geared more towards silliness, with lots of comic relief and hijinks interspersed between battles. The end of those arcs turns firmly into Serious. Generation 3 has some initial silliness with the Diva's ragtag crew, but is mostly serious.
- Space Pirates: Bisidian.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Depending on who you ask, the protagonist's name is either Frite or Flit (the official translation seems to be the latter).
- Also, fans are having trouble deciding if the antagonists' nation is named Vagan, Veigan, or Vegan.
- The Second Generation's protagonist has conflicting spelling as well. Some say it's Asem, others say it's Asemu.
- Legilis/Regulus Gundam.
- Wendy's last name is either Hearts or Hertz, depending on who you ask.
- Sid/Shido/Cid. Oddly, Gundam Info uses Sid while the subs use Shido.
- Stealth Pun: All that talk about aliens in the series. Well turns out the UE really are Martians.
- Stock Sound Effects
- The Gundam AGE-1's Beam Spread Gun uses the laser-firing sound effect from Star Wars.
- The Gafrans wield beam vulcans that fire with the same sound as the plasma pistols in Halo.
- For once, Sunrise actually didn't reuse the same few sound effects from the original series.
- The Photon Blaster Cannon makes the exact same noise as GENESIS.
- This should come as no surprise though, since AGE uses the same sound effect setnote as those used in SEED and the later.
- They Call Him Sword: in Memory of Eden we have Asemu piloting Gundam AGE-1 Swordia.
- Suicide Mission: Fram is given one to lure the Gundams into the La Gramis' Wave Motion Gun, a mission that would get her in the way of the cannon's fire. She does so, all so she could get Zeheart to change back to the kind man she knew. It doesn't work.
- Super Mode: The AGE-FX has one: FX Burst Mode. The machine glows blue and beam sabers erupt out of every conceivable point on its frame. It gains a tremendous speed boost and near immunity to beam attacks, as the numerous beam sabers apparently generate some kind of interference field. The problem is that it cannot be activated for very long, and that its destructive potential is too great: Kio doesn't want to use it because it's too difficult to disable the enemy without destroying them while it's active.
- Super Prototype: The Gundams, of course, as well as Woolf's G-Exes.
- Surprisingly Good English: For once, a Gundam series has this. Yurin says "Nice catch" in episode 14 and it's just as well that it's this rather than Gratuitous English, as it's shortly before her death as well as most of the written English text throughout.
- Moreover, Lu's diary about her future memories not only has beautiful sketches, it also contains entries written in grammatically perfect English. Here is a heartwarming entry.◊
- Taking You with Me: Daz attempts to do this to Flit in Episode 27 after having his mobile suit split in two. He almost succeeded. On the other hand, Godom and Fram had more success with this on Seric and Olbright.
- Teen Genius: Flit Asuno.
- There Are No Therapists: Young Flit, Asemu, and Romary (among others) seem in desperate need of one. Too bad this is Gundam.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Flit declares that he will never forgive the UE for using and killing Yurin.
- Time Skip: There are twenty-five years between each generation, but there's also a three-month timeskip between the end of episode 39 and episode 40.
- ˇThree Amigos!: Flit, Emily, and Dique. Asemu, Romary, and Zeheart are strongly implied to have been this during their last years of school, with the photo montage in the second ED.
- Three Successful Generations: Flit as The Patriarch, Asemu as the Self-Made Man and Kio as the promising rookie.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Asemu throws a beam saber to distract a Dorado before finishing the said Vagan mobile suit with his other beam saber.
- Trailers Always Lie: At the end of Episode 8, we are shown a new UE model hiding in the factory that builds customized mobile suits including G-Exes, leading the audience to suspect that it has been working for the UE all along. In the next episode, however, it is revealed that the crew has been UNKNOWINGLY working for the UE until they realize something is dead wrong in the combat record of the UE model. They get better after this.
- Transforming Mecha: The Gafrans.
- The Gundam AGE-2 as well.
- The Gundam AGE-3 too, sort of. It doesn't transform as much as the AGE-2, rather the arms and legs fold up into a flight-mode, stretching out to become the body which the Core Fighter then transforms into the Head and Cockpit for.
- The Federation's new Clanche is a straighter example, being developed directly from the AGE-2.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: In Episode 31 "Tremble In Fear - Ghosts of the Desert", this trope is averted as while Kio performs the mid-air conversion with the G-Hopper, the bad guys attempt to shoot them down while they're doing it. However, Flit intervenes and the conversion is successfully executed.
- The Purge: The second generation ends with one of Vagan collaborators within the Federation as part of a coup.
- The Uriah Gambit: When Desil disobeys orders during the battle at Nortrom and engages the Gundam, Zeheart deliberately withholds reinforcements, which leads to Desil's defeat and death. His subordinates then accuse him of invoking this trope in order to conveniently get rid of him, but he points out that they probably would have ended up as Canon Fodder if he'd allowed them to assist.
- In Episode 30, the Olivernotes commander deliberately assigns the worst crew he can find to the Diva, as well as promoting an inexperienced lieutenant into captaincy long before she is ready for such responsibility. He seems to this all for the purpose of spiting Flit.
- In Episode 48, Zeheart fires La Gramis' cannon, knowing that Zanald, who has proved himself to be a traitorous bastard, would be caught in the blast.
- The Usual Adversaries: The UE.
- Unstoppable Rage: Each protagonist does this once, in each case on the enemy who just killed someone important—Flit to Decil, Asemu to Decil, and Kio to Zanald. Kio, however, subverts it with Stoppable Rage and doesn't deliver a death blow.
- Unfortunate Names:
- From Wootbit Gunhale to Natola Einus, Generation 3 is a major offender.
- There are the Vagan names as well. It's hard to take Desil and Zeheart's last names seriously when their last names are desserts.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Desil Galette does not take losing well at all. Just look at the mess he made in his room after losing to the Gundam Spallow in Episode 10!
- Even worse after Desil killed Yurin; he brings out Flit's full potential in the Spallow. Meaning he gets curbstomped. Especially worth noting because he's an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight, and Flit's counterattack reduces him to a sobbing mess.
- Aaron Simmons, who when it looks like the Federation has even breached the base, hands control of the base to subordinate claiming he will return, then proceeds to kill two guards to escape the base all while ranting how he doesn't want to die after his successful Gambit Roulette.
- Zeheart, after failing to kill the Gundams with his final La Gramis blast that annihilates all in its path, friend and foe alike, snaps and tries to take out the Gundams with Legilis and meets his own demise.
- Voodoo Shark: A major one surfaces in Generation 3. Halfway through the planning period for the show, the writers seem to have noticed that Lord Ezelcant's two stated objectives (reclaiming the Earth for Vagan and testing the worthiness of the Federation's citizens) didn't exactly gel. Consequently, they had him reveal his real plan, which was even more nonsensical and self-contradictory (evolving humanity into a peaceful, utopian master race by killing most of them off).
- The War of Earthly Aggression: Once the Gundam became the Diva's ace-in-the-hole, the Earth Federation rebranded their war against the UE (aka Vagan) as the War of Bat Extermination and went into open warfare.
- Was It All a Lie?: Asem demands this of Zeheart, who wishes they could have remained friends.
- Wave Motion Gun: The Diva's Photon Blaster Cannon is definitely one.
- Big Ring's Photon Ring Ray is a Wave Motion Gun powered by the Photon Blaster Cannon.
- The AGE-3's SigMaxiss Rifle is a smaller, MS-mounted version of the Photon Blaster Cannon.
- And then the AGE-3 Fortress tops it by combining all four of its SigMaxiss Cannons to form a shot similar to the Satellite Cannon.
- And because that just wasn't enough, it gets a one-shot upgrade into an even bigger gun to kill a Vagan battleship.
- Vagan reveal one of their own in Episode 29, which decloaks and vaporizes the Big Ring in about two seconds to kick off their invasion of Earth.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Both Flit and Ezelcant can be considered these. Ezelcant is willing to do anything to take Earth for the Vagan, while Flit is certain the only way to protect Earth is the complete extermination of all Vagan.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Asemu enters mobile suit contests and excels in school so he could attract his father's attention. When he joins the Federation, he focuses on being just as good of a mobile suit as his father in order to impress him. Woolf tries to teach Asemu to be his own man and not to be confined by his father's accomplishments.
- Wham Episode:
- Episode 8's last scene of a UE being built in a facility was but an appetizer to how big episode 9 would be. A UE Zedas outclasses the Titus, making a new Gundam obsolete in record time. Moreover, the episode reveals that Desil's calling the shots for the UE and, most importantly, Grodek convinces his crew to break off from the Federation's forces. Talk about a dramatic buildup!
- After much tension of the first part of the battle, Episode 13 gives the audience one more sudden shock by revealing Yurin as a manipulated X-Rounder soldier by the UE at the end. (Unless you've seen enough Gundam shows to know what happens to the newtype-y love interest. Then it's more of a Foregone Conclusion.)
- Two words: Episode 15. We finally realize that the UE are actually people belonging to the nation of Vagan, but also learn the reasons why they are fighting against the Earth Federation. After watching this episode, you may find yourself sympathizing with those from Vagan.
- Episode 29. First, Big Ring is destroyed. This signals the Vagan forces sent to Earth in Episode 27 finally reveal themselves, rapidly turning Earth from a peaceful paradise into a battleground.
- Episodes 37 and 38. We finally get to see what life within Vagan is like. Prepare yourself for the series' most sobering episodes yet.
- Episode 39. The truth behind Ezelcant's Project Eden is revealed. Gundam Legilis is also introduced, giving the AGE-3 not one, but two No-Holds-Barred Beatdowns.
- Episode 48. To whit, Zeheart fires La Gramis' cannon again to destroy the Gundams, but also taking out a significant portion of his own forces who are in the way, ordering Fram and Leil to keep the Gundams from fleeing, even though this means their deaths as well. The Federation is forced to abandon the Diva so it can be used as bait to draw the cannon's fire. Obright makes a Heroic Sacrifice that ends up killing Fram as well, and the three Gundams work together to escape the laser blast (which incidentally also takes out Zanald). When Zeheart realizes he's just sacrificed the bulk of his forces-including his two loyal subordinates-for nothing, he snaps, and enters the battle in Gundam Legilis, where he is quickly and swiftly defeated by Asemu, reconciles with his friend, and then dies as Legilis explodes.
- Wham Line: Zeheart at the end of episode 43:
Zeheart: We're heading back. Second Moon has reached the Earth Sphere.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Some characters seem to have been completely forgotten about after every generation change, such as Largan...unless you read Memories of Sid.
- Speaking of Memories of Sid, we have Wivik in the 3rd Generation. Now, just where the hell is he?
- In Generation 3, Laparaly Mardona seems to be running the business without Murkured, so some fans have hypothesized that he died of old age between generations.
- What Measure Is a Mook?:
- Episode 15 has a heartbreaking example when Woolf runs into a dying Vagan soldier. Learning the truth about his people and befriending him, Woolf is given a Vagan necklace just before the soldier dies in his arms. Sorry, I got something in my eye...
- In Generation 3, Zeheart makes a point of knowing the names of soldiers who die under his command.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The three Asunos lash this out against one another in the fourth arc, with Flit despising Asemu for turning into a pirate, and Asemu and Kio questioning Flit's Messiah work by exterminating all the Vagans.
- Worf Effect: While Asemu is perfectly capable of handling Vagan mooks, the early Second Generation episodes show him continually getting curbstomped by Zeheart.
- A lot of Federation mobile suits that aren't the Gundam or piloted by Woolf fall victim to this too. They're somewhat less hopeless in Generation 2 and more on the level in 3, most likely due to the Federation being caught off-guard by the Unknown Enemy in the first place.
- The "Magicians' Eight", a squadron of elite Vagan X-Rounders, spend most of the episodes they show up in getting continually and rather easily picked off and killed by the protagonists.
- By the point of the Third Generation, the Defurse, which was able to give the Gundam AGE-1 a tough fight, is easily one shotted by the AGE-3.
- Big Ring, which is the lynchpin of Earth's final line of defense, easily holds off a massive Vagan offensive in the 2nd Generation. However, come the Third Generation, the station is quickly destroyed in the opening minutes of Episode 29.
- World Half Full: Subverted like whoa from Episode 15 onwards.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Happened during Episode 14 after Flit lost it when Yurin dies in the hands of Desil.
Flit: Desil....Why did you.....Why did Yurin have to die?
Desil: There was no reason! It just means I've lost one of my playthings!
- Wrestler in All of Us: The Gundam AGE-1 Titus's weapons loadout is specifically built around giving wrestling moves that little extra kick, making it perhaps the only Humongous Mecha in existence to utilise the 'beam lariat'.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Arabel's fate. Shortly after he stabs Grodek he is shot by unknown people as part of their cover-up of something within the Federation. The one that shoots him tells him they don't need him anymore.
- You Killed My Family:
- Flit's (initial) hatred of the UE comes from watching his mother die during an attack on their colony.
- Grodek's wife and daughter were killed in the very first UE attack, and he has no other purpose in life but to avenge them.
- Arabel's attitude towards Grodek. Grodek is also Genre Savvy enough to know that Arabel will ruin his own life in order to pursue revenge, which he eventually does in Episode 24.