YMMV: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket

  • Base Breaker: One of the most polarizing series in the franchise, with a roughly even split.
  • Complete Monster: While this first Gundam OVA is notable for Grey and Gray Morality, there is no such morality for the smug Colonel Killing, the Big Bad high-ranking Gihren loyalist (and Gihren expy) who took part in Operation Rubicon. He deliberately sabotaged Operation Rubicon (which revolved around stealing or destroying the new Alex Gundam), causing the death of the whole Cyclops Team (only New Meat Bernard Wiseman survived, and only because he got lucky); he did that just to give his superiors an excuse to destroy the civilian colony of Side 6 with nuclear weapons. He's also a firm believer in We Have Reserves, Klingon Promotion and There Is No Kill Like Overkill. When his commander overrides the order to destroy Side 6, Killing shoots him dead and usurps control of the operation, orders the nukes launched, and prompts Bernie's suicidal attack on the Gundam Alex in the hopes of heading off the strike. While the attack fails thanks to a timely intervention of the Earth Federation forces, all the suffering the protagonists of this miniseries go through can ultimately be traced back to him.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Bernie faces down a Gundam in a Zaku and almost wins.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Bernie lifting up Al over his shoulders as they pretend it's an airplane.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: A story about how glorifying war through cartoons and toys is wrong... in a Gundam series. It's likely that 0080 knows this, given the reaction of Al's friends at the end. See the page quote.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bernie cracks a lock on a Fed installation with an electronic thingy that even goes "LOCKOFF"... the Fan Nickname for the second Lockon from Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
  • Memetic Mutation: Bernie's remains looking like "a pile of hamburger" leads to some black humor about Bernie's Burgers within the fandom.
    • When a Gundam-themed restaurant offered Gundam-styled burgers, streaming site Crunchyroll used a shot of Bernie as the thumbnail for the story.
  • The Scrappy: It's been suggested by some fans of the series that Alfred's removal would significantly improve the show, despite the entire thing being a story about the effects of the horrors of war on innocents.
  • The Woobie: Al after the events of the series. His brother figure Bernie dies at the hands of Chris, his sister figure of all people. And he has to keep an iron face so no one will find out that he was working with Zeon.
  • Tear Jerker: The Bittersweet Ending, as well as Benard's recorded message to Al.
  • True Art Is Angsty: It's a testament that even the author found the ending too depressing.