YMMV / Mobile Suit Victory Gundam

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Does Katejina actually remember Shakti and Karl in the final scene of the series and that is why she cries, or does she truly have amnesia and is the crying thus a reaction from her buried subconscious, as her confused reaction to it indicates? And furthermore, whether she consciously remembers or not, what is behind her tears - is it remorse for betraying them in the past, or is it her feeling upset that Shakti forgives her even after all she's done?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite being widely despised by most Western viewers for what she does, Katejina seems to have a significant fanbase in Japan. She got into 17th place for female characters in Newtype Magazine's female characters poll. Also, Super Robot Wars titles that featured "Victory" tend to make her look a little bit more sympathetic (regaining her moral codes near the end of her life, before she's killed off, or being outright Brainwashed and Crazy), or just make her do Heel–Face Turn as in Super Robot Wars Destiny (not Becoming the Mask completely in time). She's also usually the top candidate of representative of Victory other than Usso in other Gundam spinoffs like the Gundam Vs Series or Dynasty Warriors: Gundam.
    • She also has quite a few fans in the west who like her because Evil Is Sexy, even if that evil is also batshit insane and murderous.
  • Awesome Music: The two openings, "Stand up to the Victory" and "Don't Stop! Carry On!", are some of the best of the franchise, despite how much they basically lie about the mood of the show.
  • Broken Base: This is one of the more divisive and polarizing series' in not just the UCverse, but in the entire Gundam franchise. Some people like it just fine, but others really hate it, deeming it one of the most unwatchable Gundam shows ever.
  • Complete Monster: Fonse Kagatie, the elderly Prime Minister of the Zanscare Empire, cynically exploited the messianic, psychic Maria Armonia's harmless pacifist cult to create a brutal military dictatorship, with Maria as his powerless figurehead. As the de facto ruler of Zanscare, he was responsible for green-lighting all of its atrocities, which included the mass execution of dissidents by guillotine, burning entire towns to flush out the League Militaire, and genocide by giant motorbike. His worst act was creating and deploying the Angel Halo. The Final Solution to Zanscare's war with the Earth Federation, the Halo was a psychic Doomsday Device designed to wipe out all intelligent life on Earth by shutting down their minds, allowing Kagatie's empire to move in and take the planet unopposed. The power source was Maria (later replaced by her eleven-year-old daughter) and thousands of her followers, whom he tricked into believing that they were broadcasting messages of peace and goodwill rather than orchestrating a total planetary genocide. This also meant that they served as human shields for the Halo, ensuring that every bit of damage it took was measured in innocent lives.
  • Critical Backlash: Katejina is a character example. The hatred that the fandom has for her is so extreme that, once you've been exposed to it, you may well find yourself noticing her good points, particularly in the first half of the series prior to her Face–Heel Turn, since you are taking her evil for granted. Word of God himself has been misquoted to prove how evil she is, when in fact Tomino has expressed pity for the character and maintains that was meant to be a Tragic Villain.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Victory Gundam is one Tomino's most violent series next to Space Runaway Ideon; however, unlike Ideon which became famous thanks to its over the top and violent finale, Victory tends to be criticized for its focus on torture, incredibly mean-spirited characters and even misogyny, which as a whole tend to make the series a chore to watch for some people.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Fuala wearing cat bells as earrings alongside a pink pilot suit.
    • Not just as earrings, but pretty much everywhere on her.
    • These wigs. These old fashioned, really stupid looking wigs. Wigs have been a fashion statement for centuries, and are still used today in British courtrooms, but they generally look considerably more stylish than the ridiculous, spidery affairs the Zanscare elite are afflicted with.
      • Note that the bells are explained as being linked with crazy!Fuala's obsession with the guillotine (they were the same kind of bells worn by the ones to be executed).
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: an old man in Episode 12 mistakes Uso for someone called 'Nicol' - who's one of the youngest characters in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and the first to fall prey to Anyone Can Die.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Due to Executive Meddling, the first 4 episodes were aired Out of Order so that the titular Gundam could be shown in the first episode. Tomino's next series, on the other hand, not only didn't show the titular Gundam until episode 2, it didn't even call it a Gundam for a good chunk of the series.
  • Iron Woobie: The most incredible thing about Uso as a character is that he didn't snap despite the numerous, brutal deaths that happen around him and their consequences.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Chronicle Asher and Katejina Loos have some rare moments of sympathy, as opposed to Tassilo and Kagatie, who do not.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tassilo Vargo is either this or a very highly-functional Smug Snake.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Arbeo's actions that end up costing Usso's mother her life. And Tassilo killing Queen Maria. And Kagatie's entire plan with Angel Halo.
  • Narm:
    • Katejina deciding to sicc some bikini-clad soldiers with Anti-MS weaponry on Uso while he is in his Gundam. This may make some sense in that she wanted to traumatise him further by forcing him to see who he killing as well as triggering all his sexual neuroses, but it may just have been indicative of how far gone Katejina was by that point. It also shows how horribly brainwashed the few remaining forces of the Zanscare are for even being willing to participate in such an attack.
    • There's a few others as well: Chronicle's death being ruined by a THUD right before the Eye Catch is a good exemple.
    • Arbeo's isn't better, for the face he pulls. It's easily one of the few deaths of the franchise that can double as a funny.
    • The Zanscare military meetings become freaking ridiculous when you see either grunts or commanders wearing old-fashioned wigs. We know, it's The Empire, but What the Hell.
      • Note that even today those types of wigs are used in Britain by judges, so it's not completely outlandish. Still weird for non-Brits, though.
    • In general, due to just how dark this series is, a lot of the unintentional humor is a lot funnier than it would be otherwise.
  • The Scrappy: Katejina, for what she later become. For some, so does Shakti.
    • Love to Hate: ...on the other hand, Katejina is also one of the most memorable Gundam villains because of her evilness, and has quite a few fans in Japan and on 4chan's /m/ board.
    • Chronicle has gotten his fair share of hate for being one of the more incompetent yet smug Char clones in the franchise.
  • Tear Jerker: Lots, but the most poignant one is probably the one where all the old guys take over the crippled Reinforce Jr. and use it to ram the enemy flagship.
    • Kate Bush's death; nuff said...
    • The many deaths of Shrike Team.
  • The Woobie: All of the Shrike Team because of how none are left alive at the end of the series. Hell, the first member to die, Helen, was killed off one episode after they debuted! Even worse is how the last member, Connie, proclaimed she's protect Uso as the last surviving member of the team only to be unceremoniously killed by Katejina moments later.
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