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* FranchiseKiller: Fortunately not for the Gundam franchise as a whole, but because of the show not meeting sales expectations, as well as Tomino undergoing the aforementioned CreatorBreakdown and deciding to step away from the animation side of the franchise for a while, it led to the end of the Universal Century on TV for a while and instead
all future ''Gundam'' TV series were set in Alternate Universes - it wouldn't be until the TV edit of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' that another TV series set in the UC timeline would air; all future animated additions to the UC timeline would either be in the forms of OVAs or movies.

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* FranchiseKiller: Fortunately not for the Gundam franchise as a whole, but because of the show not meeting sales expectations, as well as Tomino undergoing the aforementioned CreatorBreakdown and deciding to step away from the animation side of the franchise for a while, it led to the end of the Universal Century on TV for a while and instead
instead all future ''Gundam'' TV series were set in Alternate Universes - it wouldn't be until the TV edit of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' that another TV series set in the UC timeline would air; all future animated additions to the UC timeline would either be in the forms of OVAs or movies.

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* FranchiseKiller: Fortunately not for the Gundam franchise as a whole, but because of the show not meeting sales expectations, as well as Tomino undergoing the aforementioned CreatorBreakdown and deciding to step away from the animation side of the franchise for a while, it led to the end of the Universal Century on TV for a while and instead
all future ''Gundam'' TV series were set in Alternate Universes - it wouldn't be until the TV edit of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' that another TV series set in the UC timeline would air; all future animated additions to the UC timeline would either be in the forms of OVAs or movies.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: By some accounts, the plot was originally going to be a slightly re-worked version of Tomino's earlier novel ''Gaia Gear'', including the main character being a descendant of Char. By the time they'd finished editing the only vestige of this that remained was Usso's mom's StrongFamilyResemblance to Nanai Miguel.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: By some accounts, the plot was originally going to be a slightly re-worked version of Tomino's earlier novel ''Gaia Gear'', ''Literature/GaiaGear'', including the main character being a descendant of Char. By the time they'd finished editing the only vestige of this that remained was Usso's mom's StrongFamilyResemblance to Nanai Miguel.


* CreatorBacklash: This show is rather infamous for how much Sunrise and Bandai tried to wrestle creative control away from Tomino and was filled with ExecutiveMeddling. As a result Tomino doesn't have the highest opinion of the show.

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* CreatorBacklash: This show is rather infamous for how much Sunrise and Bandai tried to wrestle creative control away from Tomino and was filled with ExecutiveMeddling. As a result Tomino doesn't have the highest opinion of the show. Tomino has also made no secret of the fact that ''Victory'' was produced at a time when his depression was at its worst, and has repeatedly spoken of having regrets about making the series too bleak and negative in its outlook.


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* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: Tomino has later admitted that one the main of the reasons why ''Victory'' is so dark and bleak, is because his severe CreatorBreakdown made him weary of working on the ''Gundam'' franchise, and as a result he deliberately tried to make the series as unpleasant a viewing experience as possible in a bid to destroy the franchise by turning its fans against it.

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** He also never said "This series is garbage, don't waste your money on it", despite the persistent rumor that he did say on a Laserdisc interview in which he actually simply discusses his mindset while making the series.


* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino never said this. The actual quote was that he "wanted to give Katejina a punishment heavier than death" -
and even ''this'' was a misquote from [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ this interview]], where the actual quote is that he wanted to give her a punishment heavier than the ''blindness'' that was ultimately decided upon. Tomino pitied Katejina, and insisted that though he was obligated to punish her at the end, he wanted to leave her alive so that she has the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.

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* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino never said this. The actual quote was that he "wanted to give Katejina a punishment heavier than death" -
death", and even ''this'' was a misquote from [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ this interview]], where the actual quote is that he wanted to give her a punishment heavier than the ''blindness'' that was ultimately decided upon. Tomino pitied Katejina, and insisted that though he was obligated to punish her at the end, he wanted to leave her alive so that she has the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.


* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino pitied Katejina[[note]][[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ as shown in interviews like this one]][[/note]] and gave her a FateWorseThanDeath at the end because he needed to punish her for her actions, but "the easy way out" was referring to the fact that dying means Katejina won't have the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.

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* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino pitied Katejina[[note]][[https://wavemotioncannon.never said this. The actual quote was that he "wanted to give Katejina a punishment heavier than death" -
and even ''this'' was a misquote from [[https://wavemotioncannon.
com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ as shown in interviews like this one]][[/note]] and gave interview]], where the actual quote is that he wanted to give her a FateWorseThanDeath at punishment heavier than the end because ''blindness'' that was ultimately decided upon. Tomino pitied Katejina, and insisted that though he needed was obligated to punish her for at the end, he wanted to leave her actions, but "the easy way out" was referring to the fact alive so that dying means Katejina won't have she has the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.


** Katejina Loos was meant to come off as [[TragicVillain much more sympathetic]] than she did, but according to Tomino, he was [[ExecutiveMeddling not permitted]] to portray the relationship between her and Chronicle and subsequent corruption of her mind and soul the way he intended, in which it would have been clear that she was being made crazy through Cyber Newtype enhancements. He also wanted Uso and his side to suffer a penalty at the end as well as Katejina, such as Uso potentially losing a limb, and he also wanted Katejina's penalty to be ''more'' severe than in the final product - badly burned over her body as opposed to blindness. [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ Source.]]

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** Katejina Loos was meant to come off as [[TragicVillain much more sympathetic]] than she did, but according to Tomino, he was [[ExecutiveMeddling not permitted]] to portray the relationship between her and Chronicle and subsequent corruption of her mind and soul the way he intended, in which it would have been clear that she was being made crazy through Cyber Newtype enhancements. He also wanted Uso and his side to suffer a penalty at the end as well as Katejina, such as Uso potentially losing a limb, and he also wanted Katejina's penalty to be ''more'' severe than in the final product - badly burned over her body as opposed to blindness. [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ Source.]](Source.)]]


** Katejina Loos was meant to come off as [[TragicVillain much more sympathetic]] than she did, but according to Tomino, he was [[ExecutiveMeddling not permitted]] to portray the relationship between her and Chronicle and subsequent corruption of her mind and soul the way he intended, in which it would have been clear that she was being made crazy through Cyber Newtype enhancements. He also wanted Uso and his side to suffer a penalty at the end as well as Katejina, such as Uso potentially losing a limb, and he also wanted Katejina's penalty to be ''more'' severe than in the final product - badly burned over her body as opposed to blindness.

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** Katejina Loos was meant to come off as [[TragicVillain much more sympathetic]] than she did, but according to Tomino, he was [[ExecutiveMeddling not permitted]] to portray the relationship between her and Chronicle and subsequent corruption of her mind and soul the way he intended, in which it would have been clear that she was being made crazy through Cyber Newtype enhancements. He also wanted Uso and his side to suffer a penalty at the end as well as Katejina, such as Uso potentially losing a limb, and he also wanted Katejina's penalty to be ''more'' severe than in the final product - badly burned over her body as opposed to blindness. [[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ Source.]]


** As noted above, due to ExecutiveMeddling, the first 4 episodes were aired out of order. Suppose they were in the correct order?

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** As noted above, due to ExecutiveMeddling, the first 4 episodes were aired out of order. Suppose they were in the correct order?order?
** Katejina Loos was meant to come off as [[TragicVillain much more sympathetic]] than she did, but according to Tomino, he was [[ExecutiveMeddling not permitted]] to portray the relationship between her and Chronicle and subsequent corruption of her mind and soul the way he intended, in which it would have been clear that she was being made crazy through Cyber Newtype enhancements. He also wanted Uso and his side to suffer a penalty at the end as well as Katejina, such as Uso potentially losing a limb, and he also wanted Katejina's penalty to be ''more'' severe than in the final product - badly burned over her body as opposed to blindness.


* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino pitied Katejina[[note]][[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ as shown in interviews like this one]][[/note]] and gave her a FateWorseThanDeath at the end because he needed to punish her for her actions, but "the easy way out" was referring to the fact that dying means Katejina won't have the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourOwnHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.

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* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino pitied Katejina[[note]][[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ as shown in interviews like this one]][[/note]] and gave her a FateWorseThanDeath at the end because he needed to punish her for her actions, but "the easy way out" was referring to the fact that dying means Katejina won't have the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourOwnHappyEnding [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.

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* GodNeverSaidThat: For years, fans used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino pitied Katejina[[note]][[https://wavemotioncannon.com/2016/11/08/interview-hideaki-anno-vs-yoshiyuki-tomino-animage-071994/ as shown in interviews like this one]][[/note]] and gave her a FateWorseThanDeath at the end because he needed to punish her for her actions, but "the easy way out" was referring to the fact that dying means Katejina won't have the chance to work hard to [[TheAtoner atone for her evil deeds]] and [[EarnYourOwnHappyEnding earn her happy ending eventually.]] Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she ''is'' redeemable, rather than the opposite.


* CreatorBreakdown: Can be considered the low point of Tomino's depression.

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* CreatorBreakdown: Can The production of the series coincided with what can be considered the low point of Tomino's depression.depression, and it shows, being easily the darkest Gundam series, even surpassing ''Zeta'' at times.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: By some accounts, the plot was originally going to be a slightly re-worked version of Tomino's earlier novel ''Gaia Gear'', including the main character being a descendant of Char. By the time they'd finished editing the only vestige of this that remained was Usso's mom's StrongFamilyResemblance to Nanai Miguel.

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* OutOfOrder: Due to ExecutiveMeddling, the order of the first 4 episodes was rearranged in order to show the eponymous Gundam in the first episode, which does confuse the viewer. While the TV Edit of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' was also edited to show the titular Gundam in the first episode, in that case, the Gundam is shown in a FlashForward at the start of episode 1, and then the story is told the same order it is told in the OVAs; here, it starts with what is chronologically episode 4, and flashes back in episode 2 - the second, third, and fourth episodes are chronologically the first, second, and third.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: By some accounts, the plot was originally going to be a slightly re-worked version of Tomino's earlier novel ''Gaia Gear'', including the main character being a descendant of Char. By the time they'd finished editing the only vestige of this that remained was Usso's mom's StrongFamilyResemblance to Nanai Miguel.Miguel.
** As noted above, due to ExecutiveMeddling, the first 4 episodes were aired out of order. Suppose they were in the correct order?


* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: While the series itself is most likely fated to stay in Japan, various Gundam games featuring characters and mobile suits from this series have made it to the West. Examples being the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' games and ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn''.

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* MarthDebutedInSmashBros: While Despite the series itself is most likely fated to stay in Japan, not being released outside of Japan until ''2016'', various Gundam games featuring characters and mobile suits from this series have made it to the West.West beforehand. Examples being the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'' games and ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn''.

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