He's come here to laugh at you. Explanation Comes from this screencap◊ of Char saying as much. It can occasionally be found around the internet, entirely out-of-context, as a reaction image. It's since expanded to other characters from other franchises entirely, all making sure to wear some form of sunglasses.
The Char Custom meme mutates three times faster than any other meme on this page.Explanation In the original series, Char's custom red Zaku moves three times faster than a standard Zaku. The color is the only externally obvious difference between Char's Zaku and the regular ones. Thus creating one of Gundam's most enduring memes, that anything red is three times faster. Blatantly referenced in Gundam 00, where the Gundams have a "Trans-Am" mode that makes them three times faster. Guess what color they change to when it's activated.
When he reappears in Alpha 3; he's 2 years older than when we last saw him, after the major Evangelion events. He's obviously grown a pair by simply fighting alongside the biggest badasses and hot-blooded Super Robot heroes ever. To the point that he's the one who calls out Kira Yamato for being to wangsty. That's gotta hurt, being told to man up by Shinji freaking Ikari.
On yet another Gundam-related note, Acguy is love.
Does anyone even know how that one got started? Never did make any damn sense to me...
No idea, though it might be related to the fact that the Acguy is insufferably cute looking for a giant machine of death.
Big head, stumpy limbs, plump body. Indeed, that fit the quality of cuteness in Disney's book, like baby and hippo.
This has more or less achieved Ascended Meme status as of Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G, where one of the main characters pilots a "Beargguy", an Acguy with a teddy bear-like head. Before you dismiss it as a simple coincidence, Beargguy is the only main mech on the show that isn't a Zaku or a Gundam.
In Japan, Beargguy is subject to a meme all its own: depicting him as Kuma, the 2chan equivalent of Pedobear.
Not to mention there is the original, "This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!" Explanation Yelled by Rambo Ral at Amuro, who had at first assumed Ral's Gouf was a specially painted Zaku like Char's
In Gundam SEED Destiny, Heine, piloting the GOUF Ignited, yelled at Stellar, "This is no ZAKU, pal. NO ZAKU!!" Explanation The Stellar vs. Heine duel in Phase 23 of GSD was a direct homage to the first Amuro vs. Ramba duel.
I'm the enemy you idiot!Explanation Gato lectures Kou as he's trying to run away with the GP-02. This causes Kou, whose still a rookie, to cry out "Sir! Yes, sir!" and Gato to utter out the line in annoyance.
You can't list every meme TV Tropes, not while your soul is still held down by gravity.
Kamille Bidan is SICK OF ADULTS AND THEIR LIES! Explanation Kamille during one of his Angst sessions declares this.
KAMILLE'S A MAN'S NAME!AND I'M A MAN!!Explanation In the very first episode, Jerrid is introduced with the line "Kamille? I thought I heard a girl's name, but that's clearly a man." Cue Kamille going apeshit and punching Jerrid in the face. Keep in mind, at this point Jerrid is a complete stranger to Kamille, and is surrounded by other members of the Titans. Thus is the strange beginning of Kamille and Jerrid's bitter feud that results in them killing off each other's love interests more than once.
Norris Packard's "THATS RIGHT, COWER! BE AFRAID!" speech often gets put under a screen cap of a Mobile Suit pilot (or any Gundam character) with an Oh Crap face, though the end of the speech is modified somewhat to fit the situation.
This Nu Gundam isn't just for show!Original "Nu Gundam wa date ja nai!"Explanation In the Dynasty Warriors: Gundam games, Amuro shouts this just before going to town on some mooks.Further explanation Amuro says this line in the original Japanese version when he begins to push back Axis with his Nu Gundam. Axis being an enormous asteroid, larger than the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, on a collision course with Earth.
This was changed in the English dub to "You're underestimating Nu Gundam!"
AZTEC SPACE NINJAS! Explanation From the infamous Moon Moon episodes of Gundam ZZ
Gundam ZZ is not an anime! Take this to be true! Explanation From the first two lyrics of the Opening: "Anime ja nai! Hontou no koto sa!" ("This isn't an anime! Take this to be true!")
This hand of mine is burning red! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory! ERUPTING! BURNING! FINGER! And now... HEAT END! *kaboom* Explanation Domon's call for the upgraded version of his signature move.
Take this! My love! My anger! And all my sorrow! SHINING FINGER SWOOOOOORD!
"No. No machine-gun for him. Shoot him down!" from the dub's first episode. Followed immediately by the pilot trying to shoot Heero down with a machine-gun. The original Japanese dialogue was more along the lines of "There's no point firing a warning shot. Shoot him down."
"Tiffa! I believe in God!" Explanation In an early episode, Garrod's attempting to get the Gundam X to work. As he does, he utters that if he can get it to move, he'll start believing in God. He gets it to move and he goes on to tell Tiffa that line.
When a man strays from the right path, a kind man needs the courage to raise his fist and correct him.Explanation Jamil Neate's verbal formulation of the infamous "Bright Slap."
"I am selling this Gundam!" The question is: is that Garrod, or Bandai?
The Moonlight Butterfly. Your argument is invalid.Explanation A reference to how absurdly and apocalyptically destructive the Moonlight Butterfly is. In fact just mentioning the Turn A and/or Turn X in pretty much any mecha tread amounts to it winning by default.
I know we're supposed to be done listing Gundam memes... but at this moment, Cagalli is crying her heart out!Explanation Cagalli was known for crying throughout the first half of GSD, and Kira used that as an excuse on why he interferes in battles. Kira said that line in Phase 28 of GSD.
*Above thread gets Savioured* Explanation Referring to Kira's one-sided defeat of Athrun, piloting his Saviour, in the same episode.
Chairman Dullindal is Space Commie Naraku, and the Destiny Plan is space communism.
Nicol was fifteen! He loved the piano! Explanation Athrun's explanation to Cagalli on why he "killed" Kira in their last duel, after Nicol took Kira's attack and sacrificed himself to save Athrun. Also, Nicol, being an expy of Quatre from Wing, loves music, and is a talented piano player and composer.
Kira swung first!Explanation People's response to the scene where Nicol runs onto the Strike Gundam's blade to his death in the HD Remaster version, unlike the original where Kira actually killed him in self-defense. It has gone to "HAN SHOT FIRST!" levels.
Madoka Titus Explanation Someone posted a picture of the Age-1 Titus parts on a Kaname Madoka figure, which created a surge in fanart featuring the combination.
Desil is Nena's and Ali's child. Explanation The fans' explanation as to why Desil Galette is such a screwed-up Blood Knight. He does somewhat resemble Nena Trinity in looks.
Left: Loveless Marriage. Right: Happy Family.◊ Learn the difference, it can save your life. note The left side is a screen-cap of grown-up Emily and Flit from episode 15. The right side, however, is a fan-work from (very bitter) Flit/Yurin shippers that show a grown-up Yurin with a much happier (and mustache-less) Flit on the right. It actually brings HORRIFYINGLY creepy Unfortunate Implications about the bitter fans projecting their views of Flit's lost love and wife on him, as noted here.
See? Her hair is a bird. Your arguments are invalid.◊ Explanation Among the rainbow of hair colors found in Gundam AGE is Mink Leiden's sky-blue hair. The fans played with this by editing the screen caps to show her hair flying away from the ship. Although given the way she parts her short hair, it does somewhat resemble the twitter bird...
Asem is better than a Newtype, he's a Supah Pairotto!Explanation Asem's total lack of Psychic Powers makes him almost unique among Gundam protagonists, and he's encouraged to become a "Super Pilot" by his mentor. The above bizarre spelling is what happens when the Japanese try to pronounce "Super Pilot."
His being a pirate leader in Generation 3 has mutated this into: Asem Asuno, Super Pirate!
Kio is the Second Coming of Jesus Yamato! Explanation Kio takes up a pacifistic attitude much like Kira's near the end of AGE. Given Kira's nickname among the fans, the "Second Coming" jokes practically wrote themselves.
Sazaki and his obsession with the Gyan has lead to a lot of fan art of him getting excited next to model kits with the Gyan's head photoshopped onto them.
UC STRONK!Explanation The fact that mobile suits from the Universal Century tend to do better than Mobile Suits from other timelines. Not true in every case, but enough that the Western fandom took notice.
This week on the Meatbun Chronicles...Explanation Fan Nickname for the relationship between Reiji and Aila, due to their Meet Cute moment involving meatbuns.
"Ameijin" being used as an adjective.note A pun based on Tatsuya's (aka Meijin Kawaguchi III) habit of piloting mobile suits nicknamed "Amazing", which in Japanese is pronounced identically to "a Meijin." That and an in-universe pun where one fan asks "Is the Kampfer Amazing because he's a Meijin?"
E-Sports Anime and Gundam E-Sportsnote Fans have noted how much the setup for the series about a supposed "children's" hobby turning into a serious competitive enterprise complete with large prizes, sponsorships and players playing simply to make a living.
One more... when the Japanese Agriculture Ministry caught two of his employees editing That Other Wiki'sGundam page on company time, they issued the statement that Gundam does not fall under the purview of the Japanese Agriculture Ministry.
In a recent episode, Soul Bro was asked if there were any Soul Bro's Women. He replied that the qualifications were different for women — he only likes men wimpy. He likes his women to be BadassAction Girls, his favourite being Emma Sheen.
For Gundam AGE, Chris and Neo declared Dique to be Soul Bro's Man, over Soul Bro's objections.
Other Gundamn! memes include "Gundam 00 Season 2 sucked!" (not what they really believe, but mocking the trolls who claimed this), "Gundam Unicorn does not exist" (refusing to report on it while it was still an unconfirmed rumor, which trolls exaggerated into them claiming this), and "Kill all the Vaygans!" (Chris agreeing with Flit's attitude towards Vaygan).
"Crushing hopes and dreams!" — since some of the fanbase tends to get... unrealistic expectations, they often feel it necessary to inject them with a sometimes-lethal dose of reality.
"Zaku test" is derogatory slang for a pentester tutorial program that takes a very basic understanding to crack.
Wow... although it is the page quote, there is no actual mention of the "IT'S A GUNDAM!" down here.
Subverted quite amusingly in Gundam 00, with everyone from mooks to major characters uttering the infamous phrase or variants of it, and usually surviving.
Never fall in love with a Gundam pilot, it will only end in disappointment (or an early funeral). Explanation The Gundam series' penchant at Kill 'em All endings of the main cast is infamous.
The "Cardboard Box Gundam", which came from an extremely cheap (and bold) cosplay. Not that memetic here, but Big in Japan.
Mutated further when 00 came out, in which after Setsuna's catch phrase, many a fan art appeared of him wearing a cardboard box over his regular attire, with the word "Gundam" scrawled on the front of the box.
Chinese Gundam fans, who were the ones spreading the renovation first, already took the task of calling it Gunzafu.
In Gundam Build Fighters, there's a character named China (although pronounced differently). Coincidence?
When vaginas FLY! Explanation Wackymodder84, a fan of Gundam who rants on the unoriginality of some Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny Mobile Suit designs, went into a 6-hour debate against the Church of Jesus Yamato and made a video to counter their arguments. When a cultist claims the Strike Freedom Gundam can destroy the Turn A Gundam, he says this phrase.
"OPPA GUNDAM STYLE!"Explanation K-pop sensation PSY's "Gangnam Style" really caught on with Gundam fans since "Gangnam" and "Gundam" sound almost identical when said out loud. Wearing a cardboard Gundam head is required for the dance.
AngryMike/Wavehawk, please make ______ Explanation From the Gundam Australia forum. Several times in succession a member called AngryMike (or Wavehawk on the animesuki forum) decided to make a custom model, only for Bandai to announce an official model kit of the mobile suit in question while or soon after he made it, much to his frustration. Naturally, members started requesting him to make models of suits they wanted to see Bandai make kits of.