YMMV: Zoids: Chaotic Century

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The music for the anime is some of the best around, and it's used frequently for non-fiction history and military shows in the US.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Raven is an egomaniacal bloodthirsty killer who starts off as Prozen's attack dog, and later goes rogue and becomes a terrorist. He abuses and belittles Shadow, wants to commit genocide against all Zoids, and will even murder his own allies; yet we're meant to feel sorry for this jerk because he has a tragic backstory. Predictably, he has tons of fangirls.
    • His Heel-Face Turn near the end of the series, his sincere grief and regret over his actions when Shadow is killed, and his Pet the Dog moments with Reese probably have a lot to do with this as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: O'Connell has quite the fanbase in the US despite having a relatively minor role.
  • Fan Nickname: "Guardian Force" for the Post-Time Skip episodes. These episodes were still officially titled "Chaotic Century".
  • First Installment Wins: Most fans agree that the best storyline and Character Development happens in this series. The others have their charm but are not as respected. However, Your Milage May Vary.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one instance Fiona is caught by one of Rosso and Fiola's henchmen, who comments that she's cute and will be a "real knocker in few years." Come the timeskip in Guardian Force, we see he was right on the money.
  • Idiot Plot: Chaotic Century suffers from a SERIOUS case, to the point where the plot moves foreward not because of the skill or resourcefulness of the protagonists, but because of the stupidity of the villains.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Hiltz when he merges with the True Death Saurer's Core. Try and even describe what that looks like.
  • Tear Jerker: When Irvine's Command Wolf bites the dust after being hit by Raven's charged particle cannon. More specifically, the monologue that Irvine delivers to the dying Zoid is what pulls the heartstrings.
    • It gets better though, in the form of a Mid Season Upgrade.
    • To this Troper, Rudolph's blood-curdling scream when Van's Shield Liger gets destroyed.
    • Rosso and Viola's romantic exchange in the cockpit of an Iron Kong before it gets electrocuted to hell by Raven's Geno Saurer.
  • Toy Ship: Van and Fiona in Chaotic Century.