Creator Breakdown: Gundam SEED Destiny was produced while head writer Chiaki Morosawa was undergoing a hysterectomy to treat her uterine fibroids and an ovarian cyst, as well as her battling a severe case of depression, according to her 2008 interview with Animage Magazine.
To be honest, I'm not very happy. The original story is complete as it is, so it's outrageous to add or modify the images and script. However, games are a different media so I think it's fine. The thing I hate most about the games are that even though they use the name (Gundam SEED Destiny), the contents are totally no good... There are many people who think that way, and there are many staff members who work really hard on making (these games), so I don't object. However, spare me from the people who come and go "Director, you're happy too aren't you?" — Mitsuo Fukuda
Director Mitsuo Fukuda is sometimes known as "Flashback 'Em All" or "Clip Show 'Em All'', due to his constant use of flashbacks and recap episodes, and in reference to Yoshiyuki Tomino's "Kill 'em All" nickname.
Mu La Flaga, The Zombie of Endymion, based on his original Red Baron moniker and the fact he came back from the dead with nothing more than a cool scar.
Captain Todeka is the Gundam Universe's Bruce Ironstaunch after he lets the Archangel go after they kidnap Cagalli and repeatedly taking Yuna to task for his grasp of tactics.
One of the Destiny's weapons, the Palma Fiocina, is called the "Destiny Finger", in reference to Domon Kasshu's finishing move, the Shining Finger/God Finger.
Flip-Flop of God: Fukuda is frequently accused of these. How much is actually true, how much is the result of bad fan-translations of interviews he's given is, and how much is the result of fake translations made up by haters of the series up for debate. (It IS pretty much widely accepted that his wife Chiaki Morosawa's supposed "interview" was a fake.)
The Strike Freedom's technical info seemingly gets RetConned every time a new model kit or MS design book is released, to the growing frustration of the fans. At this point there have been approximately five different explanations for its golden joints. To make matters worse, this doesn't apply to Infinite Justice; its joints are silver only to make them a matched set.
Recycled Script: Destiny copied plot lines (with variations) from the last Gundam show, Gundam Seed, some examples being: Shinn and Stella's encounter in a cave (in Destiny) being similar to Athrun and Cagalli's (in Seed), while the final battles in both shows are nearly identical, with the only difference being that in Destiny, the Three Ships Alliance's victory was a Curb-Stomp Battle (and in the TV version, a Flawless Victory).
Troubled Production: Very much describes the second half to the final thirds of the series, production-wise. Arguably the cause of a lot of the problems, especially the haphazard pacing, facing the series. The fact that Chiaki Morosawa was perpetually late with the scripts for a nasty cancer + depression combo, which forced the other writers to come up with quite the padding to fill in, really didn't help.
What Could Have Been: Shiho Hahnenfuss was to have been voiced by Nami Tamaki (who sang one of the theme songs in both SEED and SEED Destiny), but she declined the role.