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The Gundam multiverse has been running for many years, with many, many series. And it deals with serious themes of philosophy and politics, all with animated mechas. It stands to reason that things will go hilariously wrong from time to time...
The subplot from Sayla's Agony where the White Base is dangerously low on SALT! The chef is clearly worried about the loss of salt, and Frau tells Amuro that salt is as important to the human body as water.
In the first episode, Amuro drops everything he's doing to lie down and read the Gundam's operating manual...in the middle of a battlefield.
The 1979 airing also had quite a few Off Model moments that can look downright hilarious for all the wrong reasons, such as the infamous "wide" Gundam.
The Newtype effects tend to ruin the drama of scenes as it make it look like Amuro is taking drugs rather than being sad.
Char is into little girls. At least that's what the English dub of the movie tells us.
After War Gundam X brings us Garrod Ran, the boy who says, "TIFFA! I BELIEVE IN GOD!" Not a bad line, given the context; but the voice acting is so hilariously overexuberant that it inspires laughter.
Also, when firing off his BFG (pick either version of the Satellite Cannon), he screams the word "HA SHAAAAA!!!!!" in a hilariously high-pitched voice.
Most of the Gundams look like bizarre stereotypes. Neo Mexico may be the worst. It's piloted by a guy named Chico, wears a sombrero, has a mustache, is apparently part cactus, and is named Tequila Gundam.
The Neo American Gundam can take its "Shirt" off. If that's not bad enough, it has built in pecs and abs. Which make it look like a gorilla.
Made even better by Soma telling Allelujah multiple times, in very clear terms, that her name is not Marie, only to be answered with "Marie..."
The subplots between Tieria and Veda are narm. There is an entire subplot in which Tieria tries to become more human; a second subplot is Tieria treating the supercomputer like a lost lover who's been kidnapped. Imagine if Sunrise made a subplot between Nina from Code Geass and the Table.
This series does badly with relationships. Not only is Marie/Soma and Allelujah narm, but so also are Setsuna and his Gundam, Lockon and Anew, and Billy and Sumeragi. The creators of Eureka Seven and Gurren Lagann would Facepalm if they saw how poorly 00 does in the romance department.
"You have controldesu!" from episode six of the second season made a fairly serious Gundam launch hilarious. Allelujah's follow-up, 'I HAVE CONTROL,' didn't help.
Ironically, a real pilot would say "I have control" or words to that effect to confirm that catapult control belonged to them. Then again, it's usually in their own language, and Allelujah spoke in Gratuitous English....
Ribbons and his group are Serious Business, yeah. But their fashion sense? Not so much. Come ON, you guys... pastels and chest windows? And what was Ribbons wearing in the party? Nice frills! And then there's Hilling Care in a tux...
With names like the ones the Innovators possess, it becomes that much harder to take them seriously (try saying "FUCKING RIBBONS!" with a straight face).
Revive Revival is a particular offender. You'd really think they had someone on the production team who spoke English, because their names are, for the most, part real words. The fact that they made such goofy names for these guys is just beyond me.
Anew Returner. Seriously, is there anyone, anyone named Anew?!note It might work if his name was something like Albert New Returner, and he was using the first name's initial. But it's not, and he's not.
Speaking of Anew, Lockon's "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fightagainst her in Episode 45. There are quite a few perfectly reasonable, acceptable ways to try save your Brainwashed and Crazy girl. Tearing off her mobile suit's chest armor while screaming "I'LL MAKE YOU MY WOMAN AGAIN!"? Yeah, that's only going to spark unintentional laughter, not to mention cries of Unfortunate Implications... A simple but heartfelt "You're coming back home with me" would have been good enough, dude!
Episode 14 has visual narm. After Setsuna is shot by Ali and tries to fight him off while wounded, the attempts to make him look like he's in pain only make Setsuna look like he's tripping balls.
The clone army of Bring Stability and the other guy, because there's nothing funnier than a clone army of jobbers all standing around.
Pity. If Ribbons had created a clone army of Ali, then that would have pushed the Holy Shit Quotient of the show through the roof, both for the audience and In-Universe. But no...
Speak for yourself; many people found the little robot's cries increased the drama as everyone slowly realised what had happened. C'mon, even Haro is sad!
The Pixie Dust scene near the end of season two which solves the mental problems of several characters, primarily because only Louise had a difficult problem. The other two have ridiculous problems that could have been solved by just talking it out. One of them is nothing more than Sergei never explaining his actions to his son. Using Pixie Dust to solve that is overkill bordering on Karma Houdini.
Graham Aker's transformation into Mr. Bushido, in which he wears a ridiculous samurai outfit that wouldn't be out-of-place in G Gundam, sadly this is played entirely straight, without any tongue in cheek scenes.
That's only true in the first season. When Billy meets Graham for the first time in season 2, Billy points out how everyone calls Graham Mr. Bushido now. Graham replies, "It's just the name they've given me, to be honest it's quite bothersome". So, while they don't show it, everyone does seem to consider Mr. Bushido a skilled pilot with a ridiculous outfit and persona.
Speaking of dear Setsuna... He would like you to know that "He is Gundam." except when "He is not Gundam."
Worse is when in the dub he says "I am...Gundam." The problem is that he's voiced by Brad Swalie, so most likely what you'll be hearing in your mind instead is "I am...Kira!"
Which is doubly ironic, given that he's voiced by Mamoru Miyano in Japanese as well...
Which also makes any scene in both languages where Setsuna claims there is no god hilarious considering that the last person their VA's played never stopped proclaiming themselves god.
The scene where the Gundam Meisters all take off while saying the names of their loved ones. Setsuna says "Gundam."
One episode of the English dub had Daryl Dodge screaming "YOU DIIIIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!" at another character; if memory serves, it was Patrick. The delivery of the line broke the emotional tension.
Daryl is full of unintentional humor in the English dub because Scott McNeil (his English VA, who also voices Ali-Al Sacheez) gives him a hilariously bad stereotypical black guy voice. For the record, Scott McNeil is a white man from Australia.
Allelujah's transformation into Hallelujah during episode 5, complete with his hair flipping sides by itself and over-the-top screaming.
Honestly, it's kind of hard to take a lot of scenes seriously when suddenly the female characters' breasts take up the whole screen. Especially Sumeragi and her, um, "outfits."
Wait, we haven't mentioned the memorable second season scene in which Allelujah is shown in a straitjacket and with a face mask on? Hannibal Lector vibes, people?
And what about Marina's song? It was supposed to be very dramatic and heart warming, but its Anvilicious lyrics and obnoxious singing from children just made most people laugh at the song and/or turn down the volume. On top of that, it prevented Setsuna from finishing Ali Al-Saachez, something that could've saved Celestial Being a lot of grief.
Katz's death in Zeta Gundam: death by asteroid pinball.
When Kamille and Katz were away from their mobile suits during a fight in a city, Katz gets knocked over by a nearby explosion during the fight. The scream he makes while falling is so hilarious that it's hard to take the scene seriously.
The sheer number of times people start spontaneously beating each other in this show. Seriously, it's like punching people replaced a simple "hello" somewhere along the line.
Kamille for almost no reason (Jerid was surprised that Kamille was a boy because of his name) decides to take on about five Titans, screams "I'M A MAN", proceeds to get his ass kicked, and ends up unconscious when Jerid lightly taps Kammile's forehead with a kick.
Another exaggerated scene involves Kamille punching Quattro while screaming about his adultophobia. The focus changes to a extreme close up of Quattro's face with the hair blowing and shedding tears.
Char Aznable's Paper-Thin Disguise. Did Char really think that calling himself Quatro and wearing '80s sunglasses was going to fool anyone into thinking that the AEUG's Ace Pilot was not the famed Red Comet?
This was so bad that Gundam SEED Destiny parodied it: Athrun tried to disguise himself as "Alex Dino," but is found out very quickly because all he did was put on a pair of sunglasses.
Kai Shiden's letter revealing Char's true identity would have been a lot more poignant if not for this infamous phrase: Captain Quattro. He is a CHAR.
Paptimus Scirocco's death involves him being pierced by Zeta Gundam in the chest making a huge derp face as blue fire sorrounds him. This scene has been renade several times in Japanese giving us instances in which it appears the actor was victim of a Groin Attack. Interestingly, in all of these Scirocco is still talking and remembers he has the power to mindrape Kamille at the last second.
General Septem from Gundam Wing has a hilariously awful dub voice that is scratchy and poorly acted.
One character is named Dr. J. It's nearly impossible to keep from chuckling through any conversation involving him.
From the very first episode:
"No machine-gun for him!"
The name "Mobile Doll".
In one of the earlier episodes, it seems like almost every character adds 'in space' to almost everything they say.
Duke Durmail looks like the bastard child of George Washington and Colonel Sanders. Everyone else from the Romefeller Foundation looks like they just came from a Society for Creative Anachronisms convention.
"GET HIM WITH THE CANCER!"
Every scene Stellar is in after she meets Shinn in Gundam SEED Destiny. The most hilarious is when she dances right off a cliff. When did it seem like a good idea to keep putting a Psychopathic Manchild into a powerful giant robot?
Speaking of which, this Youtube gem exposes just how narmtastic Shinn is, especially during Stella's demise.
Shinn and Lunamaria's hooking up, which takes place one episode after Shinn blew up a mecha with Athrun and Luna's sister still in it. Accepting or forgiving a man for killing your sister, when you know that she's a traitor, is one thing. Jumping into his arms is another.
As someone else on this very wiki said:
"Shinn, you killed my sis and boyfriend...HOLD ME!"
Any scene with Shinn screaming for extended periods of time, including the mental breakdown scene where you basically go inside Shinn's head and see how screwed up he is, especially the Mayu message.
A bit of dub-specific Narm. During the fight between Shinn and Kira, Shinn is charging the Freedom Gundam with a BFS. In the Japanese, Kira makes a noise that, while difficult to describe, could be called a verbal flinch (the subtitles translate it as "What!?" but it's hard to say if he's saying "nani" or just making a similar noise). In the dub, however...
Applicable to the original Japanese-language versions of both Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny: Kira Yamato's soul-rending attempts at crying, which produce a sound that words cannot describe. It's seriously wince-inducing. This seems to be a problem with Soichiro Hoshi in general, since it's also present in his work as Keiichi in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
There's a considerable difference between the crying from the Gundam Vs Series, he has less of a gargling pitch.
It's toned down, but it's still hard to take seriously, and to avoid wincing over something that can easily be mistaken for gargling, gagging, and choking. It is especially jarring when he breaks down after a WIN.
In the HD Remastered version, Nicol Amalfi's death was changed to an accident, he RUNS INTO STRIKE'S BLADE AND DIES. You heard that, he RUNS INTO STRIKE'S BLADE, unlike the original, where Kira swings at Nicol in self-defense.
While Meer's Heroic Sacrifice for Lacus is a Tear Jerker for the most part, the first does this... weird sort-of mix between a pirouette and a spin right between Taking the Bullet for the latter and then collapsing on the ground. It makes the scene quite funnier than it should be.
The name Full Frontal in the generally more serious UC setting. Try not to chuckle at the name: it's supposed to signify his favorite kind of attack... no, not that kind!
The hero's name is Banagher Links, which would make an awesome name for a golf course.
Full Frontal also sports a curled mullet, which looks ridiculous in a sci-fi setting. How were we supposed to take this character seriously?
The show gives '80s Hair to everyone. Given how some scenes have a sense of weightlessness to them, this can get crazy for those bearing a massive 'do. Micott Bartsch has quickly risen to meme status due to this.
The English cast's difficulty in pronouncing Mobile Suit names is back in Unicorn, with such gems as "JAY-GAN" (Jegan), "RESEL" ([ReZEL]), and "SEE-NANE-JUU" (Sinanju). The only name they manage to pronounce right is Khsatriya's!
And we shall not forget that the Mobile Suit in which Yurin gets stashed and then sent off to her death is... pink. "Hello kittymare", anyone?
Also, the Strider mode of the AGE-2. It's hardly thefirsttimea Gundam has been able to transform into a fighter, but, unlike previous transformable Gundams, the AGE-2's head sticks out right on top. Way to be subtle, Asemu.
Arguably, the reunion of Asemu, Zeheart and Romary in episode 24 thanks to bad writing. When Zeheart offers to continue their friendship on the condition of Asemu abandoning the Earth Federal Forces, he rejects because he has nothing else in his life. Zeheart then pulls out his gun and says "If you're in the battlefield, I can't be myself." Add Asemu looking like he's about to goSuper Saiyan and Romary cranking a Nina Purpleton, and you got one of the franchise's most unintentionally hilarious scenes yet.
Zanald's and Ezelcant's pilot's suits make any moment involving them in mobile suits hard to take seriously.
Heck, any suit for Vagan MS pilots can spark unintentional laughter. Their bubble-shaped helmets and pants with codpieces define Fashion-Victim Villain.
At one point during the fight between the AGE-3 and the Gundam Legilis, Ezelcant gives off a face that makes it look like he was on drugs. It doesn't help that he fiddly shakes the controls at that point.
Girard's death. It would have been alot better, since she had all the Attack Drones of the characters, if she was not shot down by the AGE-1, OF ALL THINGS.
The destruction of Leil's green Ghiranga and Fram's Fawnfarsia. Not the pilot's deaths, but the destruction of their mobile suits from Obright. Yeah, a mook unit takes out two Ace Customs in roughly 2 minutes can turn a serious fight to a laughable one.
Can we count the Gundam Legilis's destruction too? A NEW AND ORIGINAL GUNDAM GETS RIPPED TO SHREDS 40 SECONDS INTO THE BATTLE BY A 20-40ish? MOBILE SUIT.
Zeheart's Villainous Breakdown. Considering who voices him, one may expected him to yell, I'M IN DESPAIR! THE FACT THAT MY OWN INCOMPETANT SUBORDINATES WERE KILLED BY MY STUPID ORDERS HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR
Because this show is Darker and Edgier, the unintentional humor in Victory Gundam is even funnier. Of note is a scene in episode 23, wherein the mobile armor Sandhoge grabs hold of the Victory Gundam and begins bludgeoning it with one of its mechanical limbs. This would be fine, except the mobile armor is basically kicking the Victory in the crotch. We have this action◊, repeated over and over, all while sad music is playing in the background. To make matters even worse, it's not even a particularly dark, tragic scene in-story - Uso is up against a bunch of bumbling bit-part villains, and manages to deal with them by non-lethally disabling their ride shortly afterwards. How did nobody realize how funny this was?
Cronicle's death can be pretty funny, especially due to the camera angle. "Maria..." *THUD*