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YMMV: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: What was Char's real motivation for all of this? It's generally accepted that he started the entire war so he could have his final battle with Amuro, but the Zeta Gundam game for the Playstation suggests that he honestly wanted to destroy humanity. His ending in said game shows him getting very angry when he senses Kamille getting Mind Raped by Scirocco, and then showing him in his CCA-era uniform and looking particularly unhappy. When you recall Char's attitude that it would be up to Kamille's generation to correct the mistakes of his own and create a new era, the ending serves to imply that he thought humanity was doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past and would never evolve past their petty conflicts.
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: Amuro pushing Axis away from Earth—for both the epic badassness and the emotional value. So inspiring that the other soldiers from both sides joined to steal some glory from him!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: MAIN TITLE. This is Gundam, what did you expect?
  • Fanon: Because Char's sub-commander/lover Nanai Miguel shares a surname with Usso Evin's mother, fans assume that Usso is Char's grand/great-grandson. This one was actually Jossed by Tomino himself as a coincidence.
    • Not to mention they look almost identical. It makes you wonder what they were going for if not that.
      • The plan was originally for Usso to indeed be Char's descendant. But further into production, the writers decided against that and didn't want to lose all the work on character designs they'd accomplished.
      • The writers and Tomino had a conflict. The former believed Usso to be Char's descendant, the latter didn't.
  • Foe Yay: The tension between Amuro and Char is at its highest here, and of course the viewers will tend to warp that into something else.
  • Fountain of Expies: The Nu and Hi-Nu are said to have inspired various later designs, most obvious of which is the Strike Freedom
  • God-Mode Sue: All the comments about "This Nu Gundam isn't just for show!" weren't jokes. The suit is barely damaged in battle and let's not forget it when it pushes Axis away. What's a little scary about it is that the Nu Gundam was incomplete: it was rushed into service due to Amuro needing a powerful mobile suit to compete with the Sazabi. This means that the psycoframe isn't fully integrated and the Fin Funnels are rather sloppily just strapped on the back. The completed version of Nu, known as "Hi-Nu Gundam" appears in the novelizations, and is even more badass.
  • Love to Hate: The most unambiguously evil version of Char to hit the screen. And many people are just fine with that. However, there are those who DO root for Char and treat him as the true hero through.
  • Memetic Mutation: Thanks to the movie, many Gundam games and Tōru Furuya himself, it has been proven that the Nu Gundam isn't just for show! Nor is the Hi-Nu!
    • And according to SD Gundam G Generation Wars, neither is the Shining Gundam.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Several.
    • Char, when he gets his own Colony Drop.
    • Char again, when you examine his manipulations of Quess and Gyunei closely. Playing two emotionally-unstable and very powerful teenagers like violins just to further his own plans? One of them being a kid that he pretty much raised as a Tykebomb for at very least seven years? Yeah, that's gonna work well.
    • Gyunei, with the Hostage Situation that he came up with and which ended in the death of Kayra Su.
    • Quess' defection and subsequent murder of her father was this, especially for people who didn't like her in the first place.
    • Hathaway's murder of Chan is one of these for others.
  • Narm: Because the Greek letter "nu" resembles the English letter "v", when written out, "Hi-Nu" looks like "Hi-v", which is one hell of a weird thing to find plastered on a model kit...
  • Rooting for the Empire: Char has betrayed all his allies, used a kid to do his bidding and even a Colony Drop to get more Newypes... And there are still some fans rooting for him? At least it appears in this appearance in which Char has less followers than ever.
  • The Scrappy: Quess and Hathaway—so very much. Hathaway was partially Rescued from the Scrappy Heap after the "Hathaway's Flash" novel, though.
    • Rescued being a somewhat polite way of putting it, since the novel killed him off.
      • It took an actual retcon by Tomino himself in Gundam Evolve to rescue these two. Still, since the series is not as known as the movie they could remain as that.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • What an Idiot: Amuro during Hostage Situation. Did he really think he could fool Neo Zeon soldiers with the funnels when they have been using the same technology for almost a decade?

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