YMMV / SD Gundam Force

  • Broken Base: Amongst Gundam fans, the series is highly polarizing.
    • When it first premiered a lot of fans despised it, dismissing it as a Lighter and Softer kids show. While the backlash has since curbed, many still disparage the series, accusing it of bad animation and unfunny humor.
    • The series does have a dedicated fandom who feel that the show was and still is unfairly judged. The series does have some smart Mythology Gags, rounded characters, and flashes of depth that too many dismiss. Even the Lighter and Softer premise is praised, as it gives helps to give the franchise some variety.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: A lot of Gundam fans like to pretend that this series doesn't exist.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Many SD Gundam Force fans are also Transformers fans, probably thanks to the fact that most of the main characters of SD Gundam Force are sentient robots (a trait not uncommon in various Japanese mecha animes). In some fanfiction, you'll see a lot of Transformers terminology slipped into the story (especially robot curses such as "Slag!" and "Scrap!"). However, this has lead to...
    • Fandom Rivalry: Quite a few of the fans find the Transformers references to be incredibly annoying and highly inaccurate to the show's existing Gundam terminology. This has managed to cause small rifts among some small groups in the fanbase.
  • Growing the Beard: It got better when they began introducing the story elements of Lacroa and Ark which are Darker and Edgier than the saccharine Neotopia. The depth to their stories are justified because those two are in the same world as Dark Axis and had been in a conflict with them for far longer. The last half is particularly strong with the sub-plots about the Superior Dragon, the Warring States in Ark, and the motivations of Deathscythe and Gerbera.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • While General Zeong may have been conceived as an Expy of the Perfect Zeong, its bright red coloring, attack drones, ridiculously powerful abilities and status as the Final Boss make him serve as Production Foreshadowing to Neo Zeong.
    • Professor Gerbera also has pincer hands like the Shamblo (auxiliary ones with the former) and similarly shaped "shoulder pads" more so than the mobile suit he's named after.
    • Among the tracks in Gundam Unicorn's OST is MAD NUG just like Gerbera's real name.
  • Most Annoying Sound: WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE SHUT THAT GRIFFIN UP?!
  • Nightmare Fuel
    • The Expies of Heavyarms, Sandrock, and Shenlong were melted down to provide General Zeong with Gundanium armor. Princess Rele even comes across what's left of them! Remember, these are living beings we're talking about here.
    • Shute's brainwashing at the hands of General Zeong takes place in an illusion of his worst nightmares. It's a world where the Dark Axis have won, his older self urges him to give up, and Captain's last actions before finally kicking the bucket is to nearly kill Shute.
  • Older Than They Think: The roots of this series have been around since at least the 1980s. Lacroa and Ark are the default universes for the Knight Gundam and Musha Gundam storylines respectively, and the designs for most of the Neotopian Gundams and Dark Axis characters are lifted wholesale from the Game Boy game SD Gundam G-Arms.
  • Toy Ship: In season 2, Princess Rele crushes on Shute and is eager to spend time with him.
  • Villain Decay: The Quirky Miniboss Squad were all dangerous when they appeared initially, but were reduced to being completely harmless later. Tallgeese also suffers from this.
    • Cobramaru also. He first appears with a reputation for bringing down nine castles in Ark, but time and time again success is juuust pulled out from under his nose by Shute and Captain. Eventually, Kibaomaru decides to just fire him.
    • This trope is lampshaded by the Zako Soldiers during the Zako Zako Hour.
  • What an Idiot!
    • Destroyer Dom. He spent an entire battle taking advice on how to work his gun from the enemy, and was surprised when it blew up in his face.
    • Bakunetsumaru occasionally falls into this trope as well, like when he falls for some Zakos' Paper Thin Disguises
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