Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack: Okay, Char, you have lost in all of your TV series, but you are popular enough to have your own movie. You now have the chance to win this fight against Amuro. You'd Expect: Finally defeat Amuro and fulfill your desire. Instead: He gives technology to Amuro known as Psycoframe to improve his Gundam and fight fair and square. Amuro defeats Char and uses the Pyscoframe to save the world. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
In the beginning, Garrod doesn't know how to do teamwork. He spaces out while helping to load cargo and someone gets injured, which he feels terrible about. You'd Expect: For him to realize he's not working solo anymore and resolve to pay more attention to his crewmates' safety. Instead: He goes haring off on his own to "make up" for it... to raid a defunct nuclear reactor. He does no scouting beforehand, even though reactors are good targets for Vultures due to the valuable material they have. Ennil El's crew is already there and they get into a fight, so Jamil has to come bail him out. The reactor goes off like a bomb, resulting in injury to Jamil.
After this, Garrod feels even more terrible and Sala thoroughly chews him out. You'd Expect: That he would realize doing reckless things on his own is both foolish and unnecessary so he should try to figure out how to be a good crewmate and not pull any more stupid stunts. Instead: He decides to sell the Gundam. The amazingly powerful Gundam with a Wave Motion Gun that everyone unsavory wants and which should not fall into the wrong hands on account of its ability to turn cities into glass. What makes it worse is that he's smart about how he sells it, ensuring that he can't just be murdered for it, without realizing what a stupid idea it is in the first place!
The Unknown Enemy has in their ranks a young boy with extremely rare precognitive abilities in battle, known as an X-Rounder. He is, however, as capricious as one would expect a young child to be and with a nastily sadistic streak to boot.
You'd Expect: They keep a close eye on him, educate him in the art of war, and send him out with either a babysitter or a remote switch on his Mobile Suit if he gets out of hand.
Instead: They make him a battle commander, where he orders a retreat from a certain victory because he got bored. And then they put him in charge of the second X-Rounder that they conscript. He uses her recklessly in battle and accidentally kills her. It's only after that when he seems to lose his authority.
When Asemu was about to steal the Vagan X-rounder helmet, Dique appeared. You'd Expect: That he would make sure Asemu left first and locked the door behind him. Instead: He puts it back to the glass case and.... leaves Asemu in the room. Cue sound of something breaking.
As a child, Arabel Zoi sees Grodek Ainoa gun down his father. Grodek tells him that doing so was his only purpose in a shattered life, and that Arabel is destined to follow the same path. You'd Expect: That Arabel would not accept the life philosophy handed to him by a stranger who murdered his dad and do something else, if only to spite Grodek. Instead: He devotes his life to getting revenge on Grodek and ends up as an Unwitting Pawn to the Federation in the process. Right after knifing Grodek in the kidneys, he himself is shot by Federation agents.
After Kio Asuno spends time in the Vagan colony, he decides he doesn't want to kill anymore—well and good. His Mid-Season Upgrade is conveniently equipped with a precision weapon that lets him non-lethally detach the head-mounted cockpits of Vagan mobile suits. Unfortunately, this approach doesn't work with enemies like Fram Nara or Girard Spriggan, whose suits are configured differently (and also, they also have funnels and better skills to boot). You'd Expect: That Kio would use some funnels for defense and a few to gradually cut off each limb so they can fight funnel-a-funnel and he can defeat them by degrees, after it becomes clear that talking them down isn't working. Instead: He fights a defensive, losing battle against them while repeating over and over that they need to understand each other, despite them telling him explicitly that they're beyond that point. Even after Girard goes spectacularly psychotic and nearly kills him, Kio is still mad at his grandfather for making the kill shot (the one that saved his life).
Another Kio "classic" moment happens in Episode 38. At that point, Kio is captured by the Vagans and placed under surveillance while he is shown around their home colony. During his stay, he is left to go on his own and eventually comes across a Vagan girl named Lu Anon. After being made aware of her illness and her own desire to live a normal life for however long she can, he asks Ezelcant, the Vagan leader, for something to relieve Lu's suffering. He agrees, on one condition: that Kio gives them the password for the AGE Device in order to complete the Vagans' own Gundam model, reverse-engineered from the AGE-3 Orbital. You'd Expect: The AGE Device has been handed down by each generation of the Asuno family up to this point. As a result, Kio should have fought tooth and nail to keep the device away from the enemy. Or, at the very least, he should have extensively negotiated with Ezelcant before he even began to consider giving this invaluable piece of technology up. Instead: Kio quickly accepts Ezelcant's deal. By revealing the secrets that created war-winning machines, he essentially screwed any advantage his side might have had over the Vagans... at a time when the Vagans are already invading Earth itself. The blood from every life that Ezelcant (and later Zeheart) took with the Gundam Legilis is on Kio's hands because of his idiocy, and, the Gundam fanbase (one that is notoriously broken beyond all comprehension) unanimously agrees that his actions are among the stupidest any Gundam protagonist has ever done in the history of the franchise. Even Worse:Lu dies in the same episode. Congratulations, Kio. In exchange for giving up the most valuable device, all you get in exchange is a handful of pills that do nothing to cure Lu's disease except hide the symptoms. So much for Puppy Love...
The Trinity siblings have been indiscriminately killing civilians in their attacks and even worse, Nena Trinity bombed a wedding party twice just for the lulz. People think that this was done by Celestial Being. You'd Expect: Some kind of statement by Celestial Being that while they are essentially terrorists trying to end war by bombing the hell out of the world's armies, they aren't that crazy, and for them to put a bounty on the Trinity siblings. Instead: Although Celestial Being does try to attack the Trinitys, they make no such statement leading to the nations of the world uniting against them. They reason that this might have been the ultimate plan of their founder, and so while slightly troubled, think that this is a valid way of getting world peace.
Despite having fought the Gundams about 10 times by the end of season 2 and survived blowing up, getting left behind in a desert with pure uranium under the sand and blowing up in space, he still hasn't learnt anything by the time the ELS attack in the movie. You'd Expect: Patrick stays in formation with the rest of the GN-X IV's and carefully destroys the approaching ELS: Instead: Patrick breaks formation as the first pilot and charges at the ELS, shouting "THIS IS FOR MY COLONEL!". This ends with him charging right into an ELS, thus getting his GN-X IV assimilated, but not before Gundam Zabanya rips Patrick out of his cockpit and leaves him drifting around in a pilot suit in the middle of the battlefield.
As expected of Patrick, whenever he talks to his wife, Kati Mannequin, he keeps saying "Colonel". Every time he says this in season 2 and the movie, Kati corrects him.
In the Movie, when Kati is looking at some intel on the ELS late at night, Patrick joins her. She eventually says she has no idea what the ELS are, and Patrick suggests they could be "Evil Space Aliens". Kati responds kiddingly by saying "You idiot. With you, even serious things sound stupid!"
Already a bit after half-way through season 2, when he is piloting the plane with Kati onboard.
Patrick: "Why can't I get to pilot a Mobile Suit?" Kati: "They say you're immortal, right? I want to make use of that." Patrick: "ALRIGHT!"
In season 1, when Patrick arrives a bit too late and gets slapped by his new superior, Kati, for being late. He immediately falls in love with her, despite what one might expect.
Courtesy of Domon Kasshu, and here's one of the more egregious ones: Schwarz Bruder has been teaching Domon how to unlock the true potential of his Super Mode by achieving a serene state of mind, rather than the Unstoppable Rage that leads Domon to accidentally activate it. Master Asia arrives before Domon's training is complete and goads Domon mercilessly to get mad and use his Super Mode to fight. You'd Expect: Domon to listen to Schwarz and not rise to Master Asia's bait. Master Asia is very definitely Domon's enemy and every action he's taken since revealing his Face-Heel Turn has been against Domon. If he's telling Domon "Get mad! Get mad! Get so mad it drives you mad!" while Schwarz is desperately pointing out exactly what Master Asia is doing and that Domon needs to keep his cool, Domon really should listen to the latter. Instead: Domon gets mad and activates his supermode. The Result: Master Asia completely curbstomps Domon, forcing Schwarz to go Big Damn Heroes and incur serious injury.
Another shiner from Domon. After the tag team match with Argo, Graham, and Allenby ends in disaster, medivac crews are called in. Domon tells Rain to stay with Allenby, but the EMTs brush her aside and take off without her, in full sight of everyone present. When they visit the hospital later, Allenby has vanished. You'd Expect: That Domon would ask Rain to search for her and enlist the help of the Shuffle Alliance. Just that. That's all he had to do. Instead: He flips his lid and blames the entire thing on Rain, bawling her out in the middle of the hospital and saying she's worthless as a doctor and a crewmate. Even though, as mentioned, he saw everything as well.
Not surprisingly, Rain feels horrible after this and, having been told that she not worthy of being on Domon's crew, resigns from his crew. Unfortunately, the next match is against Schwarz Bruder, who nobody has beaten. You'd Expect: That Domon would realize what a jerk he was and go apologize to Rain. Instead: He's utterly dumbfounded that she would leave the crew and treats it as a huge betrayal (even before she turns up in a German flag mask) and sulks like a five-year-old, refusing to work with Rain's replacement Akino, a person who has absolutely nothing to do with all of this melodrama. This results in a key flaw in God Gundam going undiagnosed until the middle of the match, when it's too late to do anything. Luckily, Schwarz set up a Batman Gambit to get Domon to realize what a moron he was being and Rain is able to fix the Gundam, but it still ends with Schwarz nearly dead. Again.
In the episode "The Treize Assassination," the Gundam pilots have been tricked by Treize into destroying a shuttle full of pacifist Alliance leaders, guaranteeing a vacancy and justification for OZ to lead a takeover and escalate hostilities. They retaliate, and Wufei reaches Treize's civilian ship first to see Treize waiting with a fencing foil. You'd Expect: That Wufei would toast the guy. Instead: He gets out of his Gundam to fight a duel with swords, gets beaten, and flees back into his Gundam. The episode ends with him sinking into the ocean to brood. Also, Trowa fails to finish the job, leaving Treize free to pursue his agenda. Bonus points for this incident being a Gambit Roulette on Treize's part. If one of the other pilots had reached him first, they might just have fulfilled the episode title.
When Quatre flips his lid and starts attacking satellites and colonies with the ZERO Gundam, Trowa (who is undercover as an OZ pilot) and Heero are sent out to stop him. When Trowa and Heero reach him, Quatre has annihilated a resource satellite and a civilian colony. Heero warns that he might not be an ally right now. Quatre is ready to destroy a third one and warns Trowa to stay away or he'll shoot. You'd Expect: That Trowa wold be cautious about the situation, since the Gundams were built to protect the colonies and not nuke them out of the sky. Plus, the new Gundam is insanely powerful. Instead: He continues to assume that Quatre is still the same nice guy he's always been and ignores Quatre's warning. Quatre proceeds to blast half of his mobile suit off.
It's just after the boys had defeated both Oz and White Fang and everything seems peaceful for now.. You'd Expect: They'd put the Gundams away somewhere safe just in case they're ever needed again. Instead: Four out of the five load their Gundams in a rocket and launch it towards the sun. Meanwhile, a new group of bad guys pops up, takes Relena hostage, and starts wrecking havoc. On top of that, the one Gundam pilot who didn't go along with the hair-brained idea to launch them into the sun, JOINS THE FREAKING BAD GUYS!
Even better is the fact that after realizing that even if they defeat all the enemies they know, there may be more enemies hidden and they may need the Gundams to fight again... You'd Expect: They would have learned from the lesson they just finished receiving and put the Gundams away somewhere safe just in case they're ever needed again like they JUST WERE. Instead: They go through with their initial plan and self-destruct all their Gundams. Not even another "slowly toss them into the sun" thing like last time that was the sole reason they could get them back, they just blow them up right away. The only guarantee we're given that another group didn't throw down before the next Christmas is the narrator claiming that "weapons called mobile suits, including the Gundams, were never seen again." Guess which series got an official sequel in 2010?
When Katz meets the enemy Fake Defector Sarah, he's immediately attracted to her. All the adults he talks to warn him about trusting her, because they're still unsure of her intentions and she's still being vetted to find out if her information and intent are for real. When a battle starts, she offers to teach him how to pilot her mobile suit (because he's frustrated with not having his own), which of course means letting her out of the brig and taking her to the mobile suit bay. You'd Expect: That he would, you know, not do that. Instead: He does what she asks, and she promptly takes her mobile suit back and escapes.
Kamille has followed Char, Haman, and Scirocco into the theater on the colony laser. After waxing philosophic, they all leave. You'd Expect: Kamille would trash the enemy Mobile Suits before he went into the theater. Instead: He doesn't destroy them, setting up the plots of the next three or so installments of the UC timeline.
Kira disarm Nicol, leaving the Blitz completely helpless except for his mirage colloid and a dart lancer. You'd Expect: Nicol to cloak the Blitz and impale the Strike from behind, while Kira is busy with Athrun. Instead: Nicol rush forward toward the Strike and decloak, removing his advantage. Kira reacts defensively with his sword and slice the Blitz. Nicol gets cut in half and dies. The HD remaster version make this scene even worse. Kira tries to dodge the Blitz instead, but it still end up destroyed, making Nicol even more stupid.
The Earth Alliance launches its final assault on the PLAN Ts, with the intent of launching hundreds of nuclear missiles at the colonies to wipe out the Coordinators. Then all of a sudden, ZAFT leader Patrick Zala pulls out his trump card and decloaks the Genesis particle cannon. Genesis fires and wipes out half the EA fleet, and the beam destroys the lunar base on the moon. You'd Expect: The Earth Alliance leadership to realize this big honking laser needs to be destroyed NOW and to launch every nuke they have at it. Instead: The fleet's commanders Murata Azrael and Donald Sutherland are blinded by Fantastic Racism and decide to proceed with their original plan... which is to use their nukes to hit the colonies instead of the big space laser cannon.
Protagonist Shinn Asuka and his family are attempting to escape the Orb Union when the Earth Alliance is attacking it back in the original Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. In the process, the cell phone his sister Mayu has slips out of her back and down a hill. She stops and demands to get it back. You'd Expect: Mother dearest to smack some sense into the kid and keep running. Instead: Shinn goes down to fetch it, the family standing there as an attack by the Calamity Gundam and Freedom Gundam obliterates them, thus causing Shinn's hatred of Orb.
Lunamaria has just seen Shinn shoot down the mobile suit her crush Athrun and her sister Meyrin were on. She then witnesses Durandal claim that they evidence that the two of them had been giving information to the Earth Forces. Lunamaria was the one who assigned to follow Athrun and record his actions, so she knows that he was actually trying to convince Kira and the crew of the Archangel to stay out of the fighting. Also she should know that Durandal's claims don't match anything that she knows about Athrun or Meyrin or anything she's ever seen them do. You'd Expect: Her to do something. Anything. Straight out tell Shinn this, reconsider her loyalty to a government clearly willing to frame and murder people or even just mope that her government appears to be far more corrupt than she realized. Instead: She throws herself into Shin's arms (the guy who apparently killed her crush and her sister) and cries about how Athrun and Meyrin must have been tricked.