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YMMV: Gundam
  • Big Name Fan:
    • Mark Simmons is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable member of the English-speaking Gundam fandom, and has even done some work for the franchise in helping iron out official translations. He regularly takes part in the fandom, especially in technical discussions, and his website is probably the single greatest source for Gundam info in English, including the official English Gundam site.
    • He's even gotten some nods within the franchise: Mark Simmons is the default name for one of the Create-A-Characters in the video game Encounters in Space, Gundam SEED has a minor character (a mobile suit engineer) named Erica Simmons, and G-Saviour's main character, Mark Curran, has a sidekick named Simmons.
  • Broken Base: The fandom is generally grouped roughly based on which series brought you into the fandom, though this has died way down since Gundam's heyday in the early 2000s. The original split was between UC purists and Wingers, with a smaller faction of Seedlings arising later. Gundam 00 was divisive due to its much more Super Robot-styled Gundams and the First Contact plot of the movie given that Absent Aliens has long been a hallmark of the franchise. A later series, Gundam AGE, has caused some disagreements over its "kiddie" styling (to say nothing of the writing gaffes it suffered in its last two arcs).
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: The main reason for the shift from the UC timeline to alternate universes.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The 30th anniversary short "Gundam Perfect Mission", where the protagonist Gundams from every anime up through Unicorn work together to get the Core Fighter into space, where it forms into the original Gundam, the whole thing ending with a "YEAH!" Shot.
  • Deader Than Disco: Gundam SEED's success would spawn a sequel and a manga spinoff series, and even started talks that the CE timeline could become the new UC. However, Destiny didn't work out so well, and a planned movie to wrap up the saga is in Development Hell, making creators and fans give up on the saga and move on to Gundam 00. Today, if you ask Gundam fans of their opinion of Seed, you will get plenty of contradicting responses, and you certainly won’t find many fans of Destiny.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Even the original Mobile Suit Gundam made it clear that what was shown on screen was simply one small part of a large war. The UC timeline spans over two centuries, and then there are the Alternate Universe series, and that's not even considering fans making their own Gundam AU. There's also less of an aversion to fans making up all-new casts due to the practice of introducing a new lead character for every anime, manga and video game.
  • Fanon: The fandom is quite good at creating it, given how many Alternate Continuity versions and contradictory source materials there are.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Contrary to popular belief, there is no official words removing G-Saviour from Universal Century. However, its existence is generally ignored by both the fans and the creators.
    • Some fans really want to believe that the Zeta Gundam remake movies have shunted the less-popular Gundam ZZ out of canon, but that's not the case (see Canon and Continuity Snarl on the main page).
  • Foe Yay: The Hero and The Big Bad / The Rival are prone to this.
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Why some fans enjoy the franchise despite finding the plots boring and the characters irritating. It's still got giant robots blowing each other up!
  • Magnificent Bastard: Almost every series, from the first Mobile Suit Gundam (Char) to Gundam 00 (Ribbons Almark before Villain Decay) has featured one of these as an antagonist.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Yes, the Federation has corrupt leaders. Yes, Zeon has many good, moral, people who serve it. Yes, the Titans are bad. That being said, it's a little scary how many fans will knee-jerk a SIEG ZEON for a regime that murdered, not millions, but BILLIONS of people and continued to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years... FOR FREEDOM.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Newtype flash.
  • Recycled Script: Quick, which Gundam show am I describing: the main character is a youngster who gets embroiled in the war when it shows up on his doorstep, leading to him Falling into the Cockpit of a Gundam. He ends up reluctantly becoming an Ace Pilot, gaining both a personal enemy and a love interest among the enemy, the latter of which dies tragically. Eventually the hero participates in the war's Final Battle, helping defeat the enemy before retiring to a less martial life. Give up? It's MSG, Z, ZZ, Unicorn, V, Seed and Destiny to a lesser extent, and arguably X and Turn A as well. Whew!
  • Rooting for the Empire: For UC, Zeon has far more vocal fans than the Earth Federation. In CE, just mentioning it in reference to the Earth Alliance or ZAFT is likely to cause a Flame War over who was really the bad guy. Ditto, though to a lesser extent, for Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The same debate over whether Vagan or the Earth Federal Forces is worse in Gundam Age is getting ugly as well.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks / It's the Same, Now It Sucks: The series often gets complaints that the Gundams all look way too similar to each other. Yet when they went with going with a very different design approach in Turn A Gundam by bringing in American Syd Mead, it was met with heavy derision from the community.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Many fans view Tomino's work as this, with anything set in an Alternate Universe very rarely holding up to Tomino's standard. Shows set in Tomino's Universal Century have fared much better, with all of the OV As (none of which had any input or involvement from Tomino) being highly rated by both fans and Tomino himself.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Zeta Gundam, while having one of the bleakest endings in all Gundam, is generally considered to be one of the best of them all. Gundam 0080 is similarly dark, and similarly exalted. On the other hand, Turn A Gundam is also considered to be among the best, and it's arguably the happiest Gundam series. Ditto for Crossbone Gundam another series that avoids the Kill 'em All status Tomino is infamous for. Incidentally, Tomino wrote all three series. Gundam Build Fighters, which is orders of magnitude more lighthearted than anything else in the franchise, also got a very positive response.
  • Wangst: Happens when the protagonist takes True Art Is Angsty too far, which is depressingly frequent for people who just want to watch giant robots fighting.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After numerous failings, Gundam was completely pulled from US markets. However, the success of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn overseas, combined with high ratings on official Gundam Build Fighters streams led to the franchise being picked up by Nozomi Entertainment, with a dub of the anime version of The Origin on the way. Gunpla has also been showing up at select Barnes and Noble retailers, and Bluefin opened up a Tamashii Web Shop in the US, with hopes for a Gunpla Shop. And as if to say "sorry" for leaving before Turn A Gundam could be released during Bandai Entertainment's run, it will be one of the first series to be released by Nozomi. Things are looking for a grand return...

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