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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Despite flopping on its initial release in Japan, the TV series became a hit in Italy, premiering there in March 1980, just ''weeks'' after the Japanese broadcast finished. There are actually two Italian dubs of the series, the second being made in 2004.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Gihren Zabi's plan to cull Earth's population became this if one had already watched Film/AvengersInfinityWar, [[spoiler: which Banjo Ginga dubbed Thanos--who already shared his same motif albeit in a misguided assumption to save the universe--in Japanese translation. Unlike Gundam, he successfully halved the universe's population thanks to his possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.]]


* MemeticLoser: The entirety of Sydney, Australia is a recurring victim to all topics related to Space Colony Dropping. Then again, it didn't help that the Colony is supposed to aim at Jaburo if it wasn't for the fierce resistance by the Federation fleet, but who cares?


* MisaimedFandom: Yes, the Federation has corrupt leaders. Yes, Zeon has many good, moral, people who serve it. Yes, the Titans are bad. That being said, it's a little scary how many fans will knee-jerk a SEIG ZEON for a regime that murdered, not millions, but BILLIONS of people and continue to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years... FOR FREEDOM.

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* MemeticLoser: The entirety of Sydney, Australia is a recurring victim to all topics related to Space Colony Dropping. Then again, it didn't help that the Colony is supposed to aim at Jaburo if it wasn't for the fierce resistance by the Federation fleet, but who cares?
* MisaimedFandom: Yes, the Federation has corrupt leaders. Yes, Zeon has many good, moral, people who serve it. Yes, the Titans are bad. That being said, it's a little scary how many fans will knee-jerk a SEIG SIEG ZEON for a regime that murdered, not millions, but BILLIONS of people and continue to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years... FOR FREEDOM.


* DracoInLeatherPants: Char.

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* DracoInLeatherPants: Char.Char may be a more complex villain than his boss, but he's still a ''villain'', and his LackOfEmpathy becomes increasingly pronounced. Unfortunately, EvilIsCool, and he was so popular that he basically kept on showing up in all future installments in this particular branch of the franchise, even spawning [[CharClone a legion of attempts to piggyback off his success]].


* MemeticLoser: A country example: The entirety of Sydney, Australia thanks to the country being a victim to Colony Dropping. It didn't help that the country's current weather temperature is 70 plus degrees.


*** In other circles however, he's an EnsembleDarkhorse with a level of popularity that surpasses even Char Aznable. It helps that, come Zeta, he's effectively the Gundam series equivalent of James Bond.


*** In other circles however, he's an EnsembleDarkhorse with a level of popularity that surpasses even Char Aznable. It helps that, come Zeta, he's effectively the Gundam series equivalent of James Bond.



** In other circles however, he's an EnsembleDarkhorse with a level of popularity that surpasses even Char Aznable. It helps that, come Zeta, he's effectively the Gundam series equivalent of James Bond.


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Prince Gihren Zabi]] is [[TheEvilPrince the eldest son]] of the Zabi family and de facto dictator of the Principality of Zeon. A cold, Machiavellian personality who takes being compared to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a compliment and fully believes that DespotismJustifiesTheMeans, Gihren doesn't care about anyone's lives, including those of his own family members, and is willing to do anything to conquer the world. He turns his little brother's funeral into a political rally while the rest of his family looks on in horror; preaches a philosophy [[StrawHypocrite which he doesn't buy into himself]]; uses a ColonyDrop to exterminate vast swathes of Earth's population; deploys chemical weapons against the very colonies he claims to be liberating; and later blasts his own father and General Revil into oblivion just so they won't reach an armistice. When his sister Kycilia, no angel herself, confronts him about what he's done, Gihren's sneeringly offhanded disregard for her anger cements his status as an utterly hollow psychopath. Had he won, he admits that he would have reduced Earth's population to less than a billion and kept it that way so that they could never rise up against him. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Side]]-[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamThePlotToAssassinateGihren stories]] involving him only add to his list of crimes--he helped Ginias Sahalin and his [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Apsalus Project]]; and arranged, through his secretary, Cecilia Irene, two elaborate false assassination plots with himself as the supposed victim in order to frame Kycilia and garner public support for clamping down on his political opposition. When Det. David Schiller became an UnwittingPawn in one of these schemes, he was rewarded by seeing his entire family, members of the anti-Zabi faction, imprisoned or executed. Decades after his introduction, Gihren remains the standard to which ''Gundam'''s other monsters aspire to, with numerous equally-monstrous expies influenced by him.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Prince Gihren Zabi]] is [[TheEvilPrince the eldest son]] of the Zabi family and de facto dictator of the Principality of Zeon. A cold, Machiavellian personality who takes being compared to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler as a compliment and fully believes that DespotismJustifiesTheMeans, Gihren doesn't care about anyone's lives, including those of his own family members, and is willing to do anything to conquer the world. He turns his little brother's funeral into a political rally while the rest of his family looks on in horror; preaches a philosophy [[StrawHypocrite which he doesn't buy into himself]]; uses a ColonyDrop to exterminate vast swathes of Earth's population; deploys chemical weapons against the very colonies he claims to be liberating; and later blasts his own father and General Revil into oblivion just so they won't reach an armistice. When his sister Kycilia, no angel herself, confronts him about what he's done, Gihren's sneeringly offhanded disregard for her anger cements his status as an utterly hollow psychopath. Had he won, he admits that he would have reduced Earth's population to less than a billion and kept it that way so that they could never rise up against him. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam Side]]-[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamThePlotToAssassinateGihren stories]] involving him only add to his list of crimes--he helped Ginias Sahalin and his [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Apsalus Project]]; and arranged, through his secretary, Cecilia Irene, two elaborate false assassination plots with himself as the supposed victim in order to frame Kycilia and garner public support for clamping down on his political opposition. When Det. David Schiller became an UnwittingPawn in one of these schemes, he was rewarded by seeing his entire family, members of the anti-Zabi faction, imprisoned or executed. Decades after his introduction, Gihren remains the standard to which ''Gundam'''s other monsters aspire to, with numerous equally-monstrous expies influenced by him.


* MEmeticLoser: A country example: The entirety of Sydney, Australia thanks to the country being a victim to Colony Dropping. It didn't help that the country's current weather temperature is 70 plus degrees.

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* MEmeticLoser: MemeticLoser: A country example: The entirety of Sydney, Australia thanks to the country being a victim to Colony Dropping. It didn't help that the country's current weather temperature is 70 plus degrees.

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* MEmeticLoser: A country example: The entirety of Sydney, Australia thanks to the country being a victim to Colony Dropping. It didn't help that the country's current weather temperature is 70 plus degrees.


* NeverLiveItDown: [[DeadpanSnarker Kai Shiden]] is labeled a DirtyCoward by most of the crew early in the series for his bitter complaints about the situation they're in, despite the fact that he repeatedly undertakes dangerous assignments when necessary.[[note]]And after the war, he's left the danger of a MS cockpit for the safe career of ''war journalist''[[/note]] While the other characters eventually realize their mistake, the majority of the ''fandom'' seems to have ignored that and consider him a spineless jerk.

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[[DeadpanSnarker Kai Shiden]] is labeled a DirtyCoward by most of the crew early in the series for his bitter complaints about the situation they're in, despite the fact that he repeatedly undertakes dangerous assignments when necessary.[[note]]And after the war, he's left the danger of a MS cockpit for the safe career of ''war journalist''[[/note]] While the other characters eventually realize their mistake, the majority of the ''fandom'' seems to have ignored that and consider him a spineless jerk.jerk.
** Bright Noa slapping Amuro, which is eventually seen as a trademark "GetAHoldOfYourselfMan" move to whiny crew members.


* {{Narm}}: The crew crying and blaming themselves for [[spoiler:Ryu]]'s death. Changed for the [[CompilationMovie compilation movies]], fortunately. In the movies, Amuro just beats up Hayato for letting Ryu go into battle.

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* {{Narm}}: The crew crying [[EverybodyCries crying]] and [[ItsAllMyFault blaming themselves themselves]] for [[spoiler:Ryu]]'s death. Changed for the [[CompilationMovie compilation movies]], fortunately. In the movies, Amuro just beats up Hayato for letting Ryu go into battle.


** Even Gihren Zabi gets it himself in some circles of the fandom, especially the Japanese fan circles. That is despite him being behind the bulk of Zeon's war crimes in the One Year War and taking comparisons to Hitler as a compliment. There are even games allowing Zeon to win that envisions a Earth Sphere led by Gihren as a glorious future!

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** Even Gihren Zabi gets it himself in some circles of the fandom, especially the Japanese fan circles. That is despite him being behind the bulk of Zeon's war crimes in the One Year War and taking comparisons to Hitler as a compliment. There are even games allowing Zeon to win that envisions a an Earth Sphere led by Gihren as a glorious future!



** Rambal Ral; the man has such a dignity and likability about him that it inspires a strong RootingForTheEmpire. His Gouf is similarly popular.
** The mobile suit [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/msgundam/msm-04.htm Acguy]] has a large number of fans who consider its big head, stumpy limbs and plump frame to be UglyCute. Its derivatives, the even more bizarre looking Agg, Juagg, and Agguguy, aren't horribly unpopular themselves considering they were never actually on the show.
** Sleggar Law appeared in only a handful of episodes yet is incredibly popular. In fact legendary anime director Noburo Ishiguro loved Sleggar so much that he admitted to modelling Roy Focker from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' after him.

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** Rambal Ral; the man has such a dignity and likability about him that it inspires a strong RootingForTheEmpire. His Gouf is similarly popular.
** The mobile suit [[http://www.mahq.net/mecha/gundam/msgundam/msm-04.htm Acguy]] has a large number of fans who consider its big head, stumpy limbs limbs, and plump frame to be UglyCute. Its derivatives, the even more bizarre looking Agg, Juagg, and Agguguy, aren't horribly unpopular themselves considering they were never actually on the show.
** Sleggar Law appeared in only a handful of episodes yet is incredibly popular. In fact fact, legendary anime director Noburo Ishiguro loved Sleggar so much that he admitted to modelling modeling Roy Focker from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' after him.him.
** The Gyan was also pretty popular, especially for a one-off suit. It had a pretty out there design and a cool fight with the Gundam; with many seeing it synonymous with M'Quve himself. Its removal for the movies is a common complaint and both Kazuhisa Kondo's manga adaptation and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's [[Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin Gundam Origin]] brought it back. Its High-Grade Revive kit released in 2016 was often considered one of the best that year.



** Zeon gets a lot of love from the fanbase. From its rhetoric to its frequent and impressive weapons. Even the Zakus, as disposable as they are, really have a cool warlike design that endures to this day.

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** Zeon gets a lot of love from the fanbase. From its rhetoric to its frequent and impressive weapons. Even the Zakus, as disposable as they are, really have has a cool warlike design that endures to this day.



** Gihren Zabi. There's such a charisma and depravity to him that he really stands out as the series's most evil character.

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** Gihren Zabi. There's such a charisma and depravity to him that he really stands out as the series's most evil character.


* FanDislikedExplanation: Despite the fact that Amuro decided to pilot the Gundam because ''Fraw Bow convinced him to'', many of them swept away that fact since they ultimately prefer Bright's (infamous) slap as a ''real "helping" hand'' (no pun intended) for him instead, as he said that Amuro "can't be a real man without taking a few lumps".

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* FanDislikedExplanation: Despite the fact that Amuro decided to pilot the Gundam because ''Fraw Bow convinced him to'', to'' (and later [[spoiler:Ryu's Death]] coped him to become a pilot), many of them swept away that fact since they ultimately prefer Bright's (infamous) slap as a ''real "helping" hand'' (no pun intended) for him instead, as he said that Amuro "can't be a real man without taking a few lumps".

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