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YMMV: Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Louise Halevy, even when it didn't involve her death.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Many.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Two Scrappies in North America, Nena Trinity and Marina Ismail, are two of the most beloved Gundam 00 females in Japan, ranking eighth and tenth (respectively) on a April 2008 Newtype magazine poll for the top ten anime females. They were also the only two females from 00 to rank. While both were supplanted by Feldt Grace during the second season's airing, they still remain quite popular.
  • Broken Base: Other than analyzing the technological aspects of the setting, you'll almost never see any two fans agreeing on anything about this show. Many fans were awestruck by its Super Robot style and emphasis on its message and overtones. Other fans thought it was poorly written with every solution being solved by using a new weapon or power, rather than thinking of a clever solution. And don't get the fans started on the quality (or lack thereof) of the movie...
  • Cargo Ship: Graham Aker/Gundam. Graham's blatant pick-up lines to the Gundams he encounters while generally thinking of the pilot as an afterthought does not help his case.
    • There's also Setsuna F. Seiei, who holds his Gundams in a very high regard.
    • There was also Tieria's relationship with Veda.
  • Complete Monster: Ali al-Saachez and Ribbons Almark. The former's a brutal Yazan Gable expy who recruited child soldiers into doing his dirty work, burned down an entire country, and gloats about being the worst kind of person there is. The latter's a Smug Snake and Evil Overlord wannabe, who orders the deaths of thousands of civilians with a Kill Sat, and rules the world with an iron fist.
  • Crazy Awesome: Anything related to Hallelujah Haptism.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Marie Parfacy's line to Sergei Smirnov in episode 7 of season two: "The Soma Peries inside me has this to say: 'I wanted to be your daughter...'." Also doubles as a Tear Jerker to some fans.
    • Feldt Grace has a couple of these with Setsuna F. Seiei at the end of both seasons right before the final battle. Said scenes are also where Setsuna and Feldt get their massive level of obligatory Ship Tease.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Getting Kenji Kawai to do the soundtrack will always result in this. One great example is "Intervention", which usually plays whenever the Gundams start curb-stomping someone.
    • Any of the opening and ending themes, but especially the final ED "Trust You". Playing it over the loudspeaker system at an anime convention is a good way to garner resounding, sweeping cheers from the entire 'con.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A complaint lobbed against the series at times, especially in the second season.
  • Die for Our Ship: Delusional fans have lashed out at Anew Returner for serving as a threat to the "relationship" between Feldt Grace and Lyle Dylandy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Hallelujah Haptism, Ali al-Saachez, the Trinities, Alejandro, and even Ribbons.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fandom loves Patrick Colasaur, and fandom loves Feldt Grace. What more do you need know?
    • On the Japanese side, Union pilot Joshua Edwards gets a surprising amount of fanart, and is even sometimes paired with Graham Aker in doujinshi. Not bad going for a guy who only appeared in two episodes and got about three minutes of screentime (if that) in total. Oh, and Nena Trinity, [[Americans Hate Tingle in contrast* Fan Dumb: Usually for all subjects related to the Broken Base.
  • Foreshadowing: In franchise, we have a Celestial Being: The Movie in A wakening of the Trailblazer with dragon-like mobile suits, doesn't remember anything....
  • Fridge Horror: The Trinity siblings' whole existence. Their "work" consists of shooting at soldiers, munition workers and the like. Then it appeared later that the Trinities' work is getting shot at, not shooting at people. Their sorties assigned by Ribbons are meant to accumulate hate for Celestial Being, creating a chance for him to deploy the GN-Xs and Innovades. The Trinities had little support from the Ptolemy crew and used inferior machines. They aren't able to fight well if anyone gets KIA since their tactic relied on co-operation heavily. With a bit of luck they're not destroyed in their first contact with the GN-Xs, so Ribbons had to dispose them through Ali. Nena survives, but Ribbons eventually gets her killed as well. So, all the Trinities ever amounted to were pawns for FUCKING RIBBONS! Draco in Leather Pants aside, that's sad.
  • God-Mode Sue: Justified with the 00 Raiser, given that it was intentionally conceived to be precisely that.
    • Though in execution it subverts the trope every bit as much as it plays it straight, if not moreso...
  • He's Just Hiding: Played around. Episode 10 ends with Sergei Smirnov getting caught in the blast of Memento Mori, making people think he bit the dust. Then in Episode 11, the first scene shows him unscathed. He really WAS hiding... At least until Episode 17. RIP, Papa Bear. And, in a literal sense, Aeolia Schenberg � at least until Alejandro finds him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first season, the Irish Republican Army and the Tamil Tigers are mentioned as still fighting, three hundred years later. Barely two years after the episode aired, the IRA ordered an end to its armed campaign and the Tamil Tigers were defeated. But it does say that the fighting has been on and off for years. So maybe justified.
    • The super deformed omake that parodied the preview of season 2 stated that Lockon would be back as a ghost and that Tieria would be revealed as a robot. Did the writers accidentally spoil the series?
      • Not only that, the omake also said that there would be aliens, and Setsuna would become Gundam for real. Movie spoilers?
  • Ho Yay: Despite it being very much one-sided, the fact that Tieria Erde fell in love with the first Lockon Stratos has been near-unanamously accepted by the fanbase.
    • Over in the Foe Yay corner, there's Ribbons Almark and Tieria Erde. To make matters worse, Ribbons' seiyuu stated that he was told by the directors to deliver the line where he offers Tieria regained access to Veda in a highly erotic manner.
      • There's also that official poster in which they're gyrating their hips together whilst piercing each others' eyes with deep, hate-filled glares of death...
    • Speaking of Foe Yay, there's always Mr. Bushido and "This feeling � it must be love!"
    • Princess Marina Ismail and her lady-in-waiting Shirin Bakhtiar give off significant Les Yay vibes, especially on Shirin's behalf.
    • Saji Crossroad and Setsuna F. Seiei are starting to understand each other very well in the second season. Setsuna even goes as far as to make sure Saji safely reaches out to his girlfriend Louise Halevy in the middle of battle.
    • These scenes from the Special Edition compilation make the hinted Alejandro/Ribbons canon.
      • The Ho Yay, maybe, but that still doesn't change that that's Fucking Ribbons.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Tieria Erde.
    • The Trinity Siblings, as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Regene Regetta who, despite Ribbons Almark being able to read his thoughts, was consistently able to out-chessmaster Ribbons on more than one occasion, even after his "death".
  • Memetic Badass: Prince Ali, mighty is he!
  • Moe: Louise Halevy in Season 1.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nena Trinity goes over it for a lot of people after killing Louise Halevy's entire family.
  • Narm: In general, the characters' tendency to switch to Full-Name Basis during dramatic moments is a rich and delicious source of narm. There are plenty of more specific events as well, though:
    • Marina's song. It's supposed to be very dramatic and heart warming, but most people need to turn down the volume it's so enormously bad.
    • It is similarly moment-killing how, in the conflict at Point ES-8874 (Ep. 18, where Celestial Being has to fend off the pursuing A-Laws fleet), everyone's pent-up emotions about the people they value just had to cap it with the most aloof characters (and the canon Cargo Ship ones, at that!) in the bunch:
    Saji Crossroad: Louise.
    Louise Halevy: Saji.
    Andrei Smirnov: Mother.
    Soma Peries: Colonel.
    Allelujah Haptism: Marie.
    Lockon Stratos II: Anew.
    Tieria Erde: Veda.
    Setsuna F. Seiei: Gundam!
    • Setsuna's obsession with Gundam counts as both Narm and Narm Charm due to how he often repeats it. For example, in the first season's finale Setsuna makes heartwarming speech only to finish with "We are all Gundam!"
    • Lyle's "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight against Anew falls right into this thanks to some hilariously out-of-place rape imagery. See Unfortunate Implications below.
    • Hallelujah/Allelujah's voice in the English Dub can be a bit unintentionally hilarious especially if the VA himself voiced InuYasha. Brad Swaile as Setsuna F Seiei can sometimes be this too for some fans in certain dramatic scenes.
    • This can count as Narm Charm. Considering Americans have the reputation of celebrating individuality the most, apparently the show uses this on the Over Flag fighter pilots for their American flavor. (Of note is how they have been albeit-briefly shown not wearing any headgear, giving each more distinct recognition than the generic Red Shirts which are the other soldiers.) The flavor gets a little rich at the moments when one of them gets killed off and a surviving teammate (usually Daryl) has to shout out the just-been-killed-off pilot's name.
  • Never Live It Down: See if you can talk to anyone about Nena Trinity and not have "the wedding incident" come up. So much that one of the victims (Louise) evolved into a character that isn't unlike Nena in the second season.
    • On a very similar note, the first thing one will say about Andrei is probably that he committed patricide.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A surprising amount: Ax-Crazy Complete Monster Ali Al-Saachez, A God Am I Ribbons Almark and his Innovator minions, Cute and Psycho Nena Trinity, and even Wang Liu-Mei...
  • Replacement Scrappy: In story, Lyle Dylandy was this for a while. In fandom he bounces in and out of the trope, since one part of the fandom likes him, another won't stop whining because he's not a carbon copy of his replacee, and yet another hates him because he's too much like said replacee in the wrong places and feels like They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy, only to be lovingly tossed into the grinder. Repeatedly. Poor Kinue.
    • Nena Trinity, when she provided back up for Setsuna F. Seiei with her shuttle while facing an Innovade, and solidified when she killed Wang Liu Mei, an even bigger Scrappy.
      • She also fares better in certain adaptations that alter her notorious Moral Event Horizon crossing to not be as bad: such as the manga where it actually is an accident (one she shrugs off and feels no remorse for, but still not deliberate) or in Super Robot Wars where all three Trinity siblings kill Louise's parents in attacking a political event under orders, rather than Nena attacking a wedding on a whim.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Saji and Louise in the second season. While it made sense in the first season, it can be argued that they overtook most of the plot in Season 2 with both becoming pilots, and taking time away from other characters that may have benefited more from getting their stories explained.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In the first seasons its a little hard to root for Celestial Being with their blithe superiority and judgemental attitude, especially given the awesome of people like Graham and Sergei almost beating the invincible Gundams. The second season makes you think this intentional as its all about Celestial Being fixing what they screwed up.
  • The Scrappy: 00 has a few:
    • In the Western fandom, Nena Trinity, especially after episode 18 of the first season. In Japan, however, she continues to be one of the show's most popular female characters.
    • For the first part of season two, it looked like Saji Crossroad was thrown back to the heap after his constant ignorance to think that 'Gundams and Celestial Being are bad!' even though they're struggling for the 'good' this time...
      • He got out of the heap again after he decides on his own to pilot the 0 Raiser and then speaks to Louise.
    • Wang Liu Mei got a lot of heat for being a bitter, spoiled Rich Bitch who's all bark and no bite and constantly plays both sides because she hates the world and supposedly wants to "change" it (through destruction, of course). Considering her mistreatment of her loyal brother, in addition to never explaining why she wants the world to change, it wasn't a sad moment when Nena blew her up.
    • The already not particularly well-liked Andrei Smirnov seems to have got himself a permanent position on the The Scrappy Heap in one fell swoop by killing his father Sergei.
    • Anew Returner is erstwhile described as a blatant Four clone, but that was resolved.
    • Even with Louise Halevy's heartbreaking tragedy, she lost some sympathisers by giving into He Who Fights Monsters and joining the villainous A-LAWS. In other cases, some fans don't like her either because she killed Nena, tried to kill Saji, or became a love interest to Andrei for a time. Of course, given the events during the two's only encounter in Season 2, a few fans wound up hating both Nena and Louise in the end.
    • Marina Ismail seems to be disliked as well considering her Suicidal Pacifism.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Setsuna/Marina vs. Setsuna/Feldt. The fact that the series itself didn't even bother to pick a winner doesn't help at all.
    • Not anymore! Based on the movie and its manga adaptation, it seems that 00 has finally chosen the winning ship: It's Setsuna/Marina. He uses his ELS traits to restore Marina's youth and eyesight, and Setsuna finally breaks from his Chaste Hero self by marrying the princess.
      • The manga which isn't part of the official canon according to Sunrise's policy. They end up marrying, and even then the manga author explicitly stated that their marriage is purely symbolic, representing their mutual understanding of each other. The movie leaves it ambiguous and can be seen as a son returning to his mother.
  • Stoic Woobie: Setsuna.
  • Tear Jerker: Is it any surprise by now?
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Even for those that despise her, there had to have been a point for Nena Trinity to survive Season 1. During the few moments she was seen in Season 2, it appeared that she was developing a conscience and becoming less insane, albeit through a process of ego and seeing even worse individuals, and even did some good for a change by helping Celestial Being destroy Memento Mori and killing Wang Liu Mei. Unfortunately, the Nena/Louise dynamic was never fully explored beyond all the ways Louise wanted Nena to suffer, and ultimately, instead of a grand confrontation where either Nena realizes the horror that others have been put through or Louise realizing the folly of wanton revenge before it was too late, we saw Louise figuratively stuff Nena into a fridge with ease, which makes you wonder what was the point of even developing Nena's character in the first place.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some argue that much of what made the first season so great, such as three well-defined factions with their own internal politics and Anti Villains, and a protagonist group of Well Intentioned Extremists against them, was largely discarded in the second season with one united Earth government controlled by Ribbons and his personal group of followers that simply seems like a carbon copy of the Earth Federation from Universal Century, and few sympathetic characters outside of the few left over from the first season.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy, who were used to provide the "normal civilian" view of Celestial Being's world-changing events, at least until episode 18 of season one.
    • Marina Ismail seems to be this for the entire run.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Memo to Lockon II - there are quite a number of perfectly reasonable, acceptable ways to try to rescue your Brainwashed and Crazy girlfriend. Ripping off her mech's chest armour whilst yelling 'I'LL MAKE YOU MY WOMAN AGAIN!' is not one of them.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Despite a series of unfortunate events hitting them, Louise and Nena ended up being this due to their questionable portrayals throughout the series, especially during season 2.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Hands up whoever thought Tieria Erde was a girl before they heard his voice? In fact, many of the Innovades are guilty of sparking debates far and wide as to their true genders.
    • It doesn't help that Word of God likes to play cute about the issue in interviews, either.
    • Ribbons Almarks' Opposite-Sex Clone of sorts, Hiling Care, is an even worse offender of this, but in reverse: despite being flat-chested and showing up at a party wearing a tux, her voice and pronoun usage all indicate that she's female... and it's not until episode 13 of season two that she wears something tight enough to contrast against her AA-cups.
    • The English dub either ran into this problem or decided to have that last little bit of fun at the viewers' expenses, and made roughly half of them explicitly female.
  • Villain Decay: Ribbons Almark went from being a Magnificent Bastard to a Smug Snake with a God complex in the last few episodes.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: They had a lot of fun with the "Celestial Being" thing.
  • The Woobie: Marina to the people who don't hate her. Her country is nearly destroyed by a civil in war the first season, and in season 2 she's arrested for having met Setsuna, and then later goes and finds that her country was burned to the ground.


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