A page for all of the awesome moments in Sunrise's long-running Gundam
franchise. Some series have their own pages.
Gundam (all of it)
- Bernie certainly deserves a mention for being able to hold his own against the new, insanely powerful, state of the art Gundam for at least a few minutes, despite being only an inexperienced rookie in a battered, mass-produced Zaku. Of course he ends up dying a tragic, horrible death, leading into what can be seen as a subversion of pretty much everything this trope is about.
- One could argue that his death is both an awesome moment and a Tear Jerker.
- Take a moment to process that. He took on a GUNDAM with a ZAKU, and knowing the pathetic odds of success too. That's pretty awesome in this troper's opinion.
- Gato has a few of these, but one of them is iconic: "Solomon, I have returned!" Also, who knew that firing a nuke could actually be cool?
- The Gundamjack of the Physalis. Dressed in a Federation uniform, Gato walks into the Albion, hops into the Gundam, draws its beam saber and cuts his way out through the hull.
- Also later when Gato gives a short speech about seeing the whole picture, and when Uraki responds with "Yes, Sir!", Gato says "I'm the enemy, you idiot!"
- Of course, it would be wrong not to mention the way Kou defeats Cima.
- Even this widely criticized series has its plain awesome moments including, but not limited to Neo Zeon commander Mashymre Celo drawing upon his artificial newtype powers to go out in a flashy blaze of awesome, taking out one of the vastly superior Doven-Wolf suits that had ambushed him in the process.
- It's the fact he doesn't give up even at the end. Haman even goes on to remark he was stronger than she ever gave him credit for.
- And before this moment? He was routing Ple/Puru Two in the Quin Mantha (A giant mech with powerful weapons in a custom mook suit. To say he took levels in badass from his Joke Character days is a pretty big understatement. Especially considering later on the ZZ Gundam itself could barely scratch the Quin Mantha, while the Quin Mantha one shotted two Gundams.
- What about Judau having bombs strapped to the ZZ Gundam, and then strapping grenades to himself? And then, he forces his way into the Neo Zeon flagship with them.
- Then there's his wrath at his little sister being grazed with a bullet. He goes from openly not caring anything about Newtypes to manifesting a skyscraper-sized demonic avatar visible to every Newtype in the city. It is so terrifying that Haman Karn, who was responsible for hurting Leina and is less than ten feet away from him, throws dignity and composure to the wind and runs back to her room as fast as she can, essentially reduced to a terrified little girl desperately trying to escape from a scary monster.
- In the final episode, during his duel against Haman, Judau reactivates the disabled Double Zeta by channeling the strength of the good men and women from the original series, Zeta Gundam, and ZZ, including Elpeo Puru, Lalah Sune, Four Murasame, Katz Kobayashi, Sarah Zabiarov, and lastly Kamille Bidan. He then unleashes a tremendous Wave Motion Gun blast on Haman before their duel ends with a Single-Stroke Battle exchange. This leads to a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, where Haman admits defeat as Judau asks why she didn't use as many funnels as she could've. Haman scoffs that they were conducting a duel and it wouldn't be fair, and dies with a smile on her face anyways, glad she came back if only to meet Judau.
- Judau punching Bright Noah at the end of the series. Awesome for Judau for enacting revenge for all those Brightslaps that Bright handed out over the course of three series. Awesome for Bright because it let Judau vent all his frustrations.
- As long as we're talking about Judau punching people we can't forget when he punched out that obnoxious prick Wong Lee. Made even more awesome by the way it punishes Wong for the way he beat up Kamille back in Zeta.
- "I am Mashymre Celo, Zeon commander!" "I am Judau Ashta...." glances to the left and right "...currently skipping school!" ...although this may be a Crowning Moment of Funny, but let's just say it belongs here.
- The Battle of Dublin is just an awesome sequence because of the way it establishes atmosphere, and the way it just keeps escalating the threats the characters face. The Neo Zeon are attacking Dublin! With a Colony Drop! And they're sending in mobile suits to stop everyone from escaping. And one of them is the Psyco Gundam Mark II!
Turn A Gundam
- The most notable one is in the ending. After defeating Char in battle, Amuro tries to push back the Colony Drop Char was planning throughout the entire movie. Physically. Although this would be a suitable one for Amuro, it's even more of one for the series' mooks. As Amuro struggles to push back to Axis asteroid, which would send the Earth into a new ice age, the rank and file soldiers from both sides of the war charge in and help push the asteroid back, despite Amuro's pleas for them to go and save themselves, due to the fact that atmospheric re-entry would destroy their mobile suits. They gladly continue pushing back anyway, the soldiers of each side sacrificing themselves to save the earth, even as they explode left and right. This troper never thought he'd shed Manly Tears for faceless, nameless mecha mooks like that.
- My favorite was the second time Amuro faced the Zeon Ace Pilot Gyunei Guss, except this time it was a fair fight and Amuro took him out with barely breaking stride. Letting go of the shield in the middle of a smoke cloud and then flanking him was just one of those clever moves Amuro was known for.
- For this troper, Amuro jumping out of a car to crash-tackle a horse-riding Char is the scene that sticks in his mind for the movie.
- Amuro pulls off a nice one when he Mac Gyvers his way through a fight with Char. After leaving the Nu-Gundam to try to speed up the dismantling of Axis from the inside, he stumbles across an ammunition room. In the span of time it takes Char to enter Axis, he sets up multiple radios through which he can hear Char's approach and attempt to remotely blow him up with a well-positioned rocket launcher. The plan fails, but it's awesome nonetheless.
- Loran using the last two nuclear missiles in existence to stop a space colony from destroying a city on the moon.
- UNIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERSE! Enough said.
- Loran Cehack. End of Episode 8. That is all.
- Dianna Soriel. End of Episode 10. That is all. Also qualifies as a Tear Jerker and a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
- The final battle between Loran Cehack and Gym Ghingnham at the end of the series, not the final battle between Turn A and Turn X Gundams but these two. After the two Gundams are locked in each others Moonlit Butterfly attack Gym throws Loran a sword and asks him if he ever used one before, Loran replies that he did once and then proceeds to unleash Tranquil Fury upon Gym until Gym is swallowed by the twin Moonlit Butterflies.
Mobile Suit Gundam École Du Ciel
- Gundam Nadleeh's first on-screen appearance. After jettisoning Virtue's armor with enough force to send his attackers flying, Nadleeh grabs Virtue's Shoulder Cannons, crosses its arms in front of itself and fires a single shot from each over the other shoulder. That single shot instakills all six Tierens who were holding it down. Even resident Colonel Badass Sergei Smirnov was sufficiently intimidated by it to order a retreat... for the three remaining members of his squad. This incident cemented that if Tieria switches over to Nadleeh, he's serious; too bad he screwed it up by bawling his eyes out over how he wasn't supposed to reveal Nadleeh this early in the plan, breaking down to the point he stopped using masculine pronouns altogether.
- Setsuna's final battle in the first season. He had just beaten the Big Bad of the first season, his Gundam is damaged and he's exhausted. Then out of nowhere Graham Aker shows up in his custom Flag... except that his Flag has a GN Drive tacked on it and is toting a beam saber! The two summarily proceed to tear each other's mobile suit to pieces in a short but very violent battle, trading Motive Rants back and forth all the while.
- Allelujah never really liked when Hallelujah took over his body and went to kill stuff. So when Allelujah's Gundam is heavily damaged with the enemy actively searching the area for him, what do they do? They team up and temporarily merge, of course! We get to witness a hyper-awesome two-on-one Curbstomp Battle where Doublelujah utterly owns Soma and Sergei at the same time.
- The 00 Raiser's first battle. Devine comes quite close to taking it down by stabbing it with a beam saber... only to find out the hard way that the 00 Raiser in Trans-Am mode can create a quantum wormhole and shunt itself through it; what she hit was only a post-teleportation afterimage. By the time she realized what happened, Setsuna destroyed her weapon with a surprise attack. Then she tried to cut him again... only for him to teleport once again (this time with an awesome shot of the Gundam materializing into existence from glowing particles) and deliver the coup de grace from behind. Even Ribbons was completely floored by it...
- Possibly the greatest moments of the second season were in the 17th episode.
- First, Celestial Being got the 00 Gundam into space with a two-stage acceleration by flying vertically upwards in the Ptolemaios and using the momentum to launch the 00 and the 0-Raiser, the two combining in mid-air and flying forth on their own. In the upper atmosphere, the Empruss ambushed and almost killed them... then the 00-Raiser went Trans-Am and not only blew the Empruss away with a single shot but used the particle beam as a gigantic beam saber hundreds of kilometers long. The enemy's reaction was simply priceless when the beam came out of nowhere, turning into a Hope Spot as it closely missed their Kill Sat... then the beam started sweeping.
- This is what happens when you give a Wave Motion Gun to the man who always pilots the melee-focused mobile suits of his team: he turns it into a Laser Blade Improvised Weapon. Crazy Awesome in droves!
- When the Memento Mori's dying shot hit the orbital elevator, the good guys called out to everyone on the battlefield that the fragments of the elevator are going to hit heavily populated areas and kill millions. Cue Celestial Being, Katharon, the Federation army and even A-LAWS deciding to shoot the falling debris instead of each other with what is probably the largest furball of mobile suits gathered at one time in the whole series. Not just Gundams and A-LAWS' state-of-the-art mobile suits but even obsolete mooks like Flags and Tierens from the first season, all working together to save those lives.
- In an early episode of the second season, Setsuna is swooping down on an enemy aircraft carrier with intent to kill... then out of nowhere appears Graham Aker and crash-tackles Setsuna's Gundam in mid-air.
- An absolute hilarious moment was Devine trying to jack the 0-Raiser... only to find out the hard way that Saji's Haro hitched a ride in the cockpit! The Haro promptly went into Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball mode, pinballing around the cockpit and hitting Devine a few times before landing on the control panel and initiating a docking sequence with the 00 Gundam. It has to be seen to be believed.
- The final fight of the series: Setsuna piloting the Exia versus Ribbons piloting the 0 Gundam. Why is it awesome? Just consider who is Ribbons' seiyuu and take a look at his machine◊. Looks familiar? Damn right it does; it's a goddamn RX-78! It is simultaneously a touching homage to the original Mobile Suit Gundam and (through Setsuna's victory) a symbolic Passing the Torch to the newer Gundam series.
- Then came The Movie, chock-full of awesome moments.
- Asuna in Volumes 8-9...
- First, pilots a mobile suit with no arms through a raging battle to get to the Le Cygne...
- Second, when she gets in the Le Cygne, an MS she's never piloted before, using minimal movement to dodge cyber-newtype Erisia's shots by a hair...
- And finally, when Erisa tries going into close combat, demonstrating just why the staff nicknamed the Le Cygne "Kunoichi Gundam".