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Believe in a sign of Zeta.

"Men are perhaps born to fight each other. And women are perhaps fated to be their tools."
Reccoa Londe.

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (Kidou Senshi Zeta Gundam) is the second, and arguably most well-received, installment in the Gundam franchise. It is also one of the darkest installments. The original sequel to Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam's story follows wangsty Teen Genius Kamille Bidan, who joins the rebellious AEUG out of hatred for the Federation. Following the One Year War, the Earth Federation has created a special, elite branch of the military to police the space colonies and prevent anything like the One Year War from happening again. Unfortunately for all involved, this group, the Titans, are oppressive, corrupt, and elitist, believing that those born on Earth are inherently superior.

Zeta Gundam features a much older and mature new cast; however, this new cast is also supported by many characters from the original series such as Captain Bright Noah, Amuro Ray, and Char Aznable wearing a Paper-Thin Disguise as Quattro Bajeena.


In 2005, a series of movies titled Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation began, which remastered the series' animation and added new animation as well. In addition, the story was given a new, Lighter and Softer Bittersweet Ending that would have apparently retconned Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and possibly Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, if not the entire rest of the Universal Century timeline, out of canon, if not for Tomino explicitly saying it's just an Alternate Universe retelling of Zeta.

Zeta is a mainstay in Super Robot Wars, being in every game until Judgment, where after that all UC was excluded from the handheld titles, but reappears in Z and Another Century's Episode R, as well as returning UC to handhelds in Z2.

During its initial run, Zeta had the highest rating of any Gundam series before and since. The show continues to be extremely popular in Japan, and its model kit sales continually get near the top of the Gundam lists. As a result, the show is also more or less the single most important production, from a meta-textual perspective, in the entire Gundam franchise; while Mobile Suit Gundam kicked the franchise off, it is Zeta Gundam that established the tone and ideal of what "Gundam" should be in the zeitgeist, and every single Gundam show that's followed in the decades since Zeta aired owes something to it. Every single one. Yes, even SD Gundam.


Starting April 6, 2017, the series has been streamed publicly through YouTube in the official channel.note 

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam has examples of:

  • 2-D Space: Usually Played Straight but the series does shake things up. During episode 30 Gady engages the AEUG ships by deploying a team of MS's to attack them front and center while the Titan ships position themselves below the battle and fire at an upward angle.
  • Ace Custom: Amuro's MSK-008 Dijeh, which is basically a souped-up Rick Dias.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: The Audhumla.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Several antagonists get this treatment.
    • Lila who's faith in the Federation had been shaken ultimately falls to Kamille's superior piloting.
    • Mouar who dies defending Jerid from a fatal blow, and visits him in a short vision after death encouraging him to fight on. Even Kamille, their killer, felt bad about having done it.
  • Animation Bump: The Compilation Films, being made twenty years after the original series, feature considerably better animation in some places. Unfortunately Sunrise wouldn't give Tomino the budget to completely re-animate everything, so the new animation is mixed in with hefty amounts of the original footage and there is a stark contrast as a result.
  • Anti-Villain: Jerid Messa is a Jerkass, but if he does come to care for someone else aside of himself, he does so very deeply, and seeing him cry when he loses those persons makes you Cry for the Devil.
  • Anyone Can Die: Chances are if you like a character, Tomino will kill them off as soon as possible. If you don't like a character, Tomino will either let them live or keep them around for as long as humanly possible (see Jerid Messa, Bask Om, Beltochika Irma)
  • Armor Is Useless: Actually something of a plot point. With the widespread use of beam weaponry, conventional armor became largely... well... useless. This resulted in the advent of 'movable frame' technology, where mobile suits were no longer made of big blocks of metal, but freely-moving armor plates over a flexible, agile 'skeleton'. Not only did this boost their maneuverability tremendously, but it eventually led to suit engineers figuring out that you could contort the frame into a non-humanoid shape if you wanted... and thus the Transforming Mecha was born.
    • Finally averted with the PMX-003 The O, which was simply too big and tough for beam guns to make a dent in its armor. Paptimus Scirocco's engineering genius probably helped, too.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Not only Bright, despite what Fanon says. Emma also has something to say about this, slapping Fa twice in the same scene. In the first few minutes, Kamille already gets slapped obviously by a teacher of his.
    • Kamille gets slapped a lot.
    • Kamille managed to punch Char in the face twice and get away with it.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Subverted in episode 3: The Titans send an MS with a white flag to the AEUG. At first, the flag seems to be space. But after it lands on the Argama, there's a shot of the flagpole which shows a set of gasjets de-activating.
  • Ascended Extra: Subverted with Gates Capa who appears in Episodes 42 and 48, and then disappears without a trace. He doesn't die. He's just... gone.
    • Tomino's original plan was for him to be accidentally killed by Rosamia before her final fight with Kamille. Why this was cut is unclear.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Titans walk the path of Zeon not just in their extremist methods but the flashy but counterproductive approach to technology.
    • The Titans research into new experimental weaponry produced a number of powerful Mobile Suits... that saw only limited production. In terms of mass-produced grunt suits, the Titans were significantly lacking, with the GM II outdated before the start of the Gryps Conflict and the Galbaldy Beta and Hi-Zack not being that great in terms of performance (supplementary materials noted that the Hi-Zack's power input was especially poor with the model only being able to wield a beam rifle or beam sword, never both, something which the inferior GM II could do). The Titans produced a handful of powerful prototypes and individual units but one powerful soldier backed by a squadron of subpar grunts wouldn't cut it against the powerful AEUG and Axis mechs backed by grunts that were up to snuff. The Barzam, Marasai, and, to a lesser extent, Asshimar were much better mass-production units, but, like the Principality's Gelgoog's from the OYW, they ended up being produced too late into the conflict.
    • Cyber-Newtypes produced some especially powerful soldiers capable of becoming a One-Man Army when given the right suit. Unfortunately they were unstable, unruly, difficult to control, and most test subjects died before they could be put to use. Jamitov himself considered ending the program because he felt the benefits didn't justify the procedure's poor track record.
    • The Colony Laser. Despite its huge power, the firing angle can't be controlled too precisely, and its loading time is quite long, so getting a direct shot on a target in the middle of a fight would be difficult.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Kamille's parents. His dad's affair weighs heavily on the family but Kamille mentions that his mother was too interested in her own work to care that much.
  • Backup from Otherworld: During the duel with Scirocco, Kamille uses his psychic powers(powered up by the Zeta's bionsensor) to summon the spirits of Four, Emma, Rosamia, Katz, Sara, Reccoa and even Lila to jam Scirocco's mobile suit The O and then ram into it with the Waverider.
  • Badass Normal: Hero Killer Yazan Gable has no Newtype powers and doesn't pilot a Gundam. We don't recommend throwing down with him anyway.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: Jamitov and Bask. Initially set up as the main villans, they're soon supplanted by Scirocco.
  • Bald of Evil: Bask Ohm.
  • Battle Couple: Jerid & Mouar, and possibly Jerid and Lyla. neither one ends well.
  • Becoming the Mask: Averted with Char, who tries to become a better person as Quattro Bajina but is unable to rise above his fundamental Lack of Empathy, which alienates Reccoa, drives a wedge between him and Kamille, and ultimately leads him to abandon the AEUG at the end of the series when they need need him most.
  • Beware the Superman: Amuro's exploits during the OYW have instilled in the Federation a healthy fear of Newtypes, to the point where they have placed Amuro under house arrest and have much of the former White Base crew under surveillance. While this results in some unforgivable acts of cruelty, the ambitions and exploits of Paptimus Scirocco and Haman Kahn show the audience what evil Newtypes are capable of.
  • Bird Run: Sarah, in one scene where she imagines she's a civilian.
    • Fa as well. In fact, a shot of her doing this is featured in the opening.
  • Bishōnen: Scirocco combines this with loads of charisma and Newtype powers for a disastrous combo. Also Kamille.
  • Black and White Morality: The AEUG are probably the most heroic faction in all of UC Gundam while the Titans with a few exceptions like Jerid, Mouar, Sarah, and Reccoa are portrayed as group of Smug Snakes and Axis Zeon is shown to be only slightly less worse than the Titans.
  • Bland-Name Product: MacDaniels, a "hamburger restaurant."
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: The Hyaku-Shiki, to Memetic Mutation levels.
  • Blood Knight: Yazan Gable.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Methuss, probably the weakest and least polished of the AEUG's mobile suits, goes on to lend its transformation mechanisms to a variety of superior models like the Guncannon Detector and ZII from the Mobile Suit Variations line, and the ReZEL from Gundam Unicorn.
    • Scirocco's third mobile suit, the PMX-002 Bolinoak Samaan. It's the least striking of his designs and probably the weakest, but it's equipped with a sophisticated surveillance radome which entirely justifies this trope - it's intended to gather information and report back, not engage in protracted conflicts.
    • On the character side, there's Gates Capa, the third and last Cyber-Newtype. He's a stark contrast to Four and Rosamia - while not nearly as powerful as either of them, he's also immune to the mental breakdowns both ladies are cursed by.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Hayato has a functional pre-UC rocket that he uses to send Kamille and Quattro back to space. Justified in that he runs a museum around what used to be the Kennedy Space Center as a cover for his Karaba activities.
  • Broad Strokes: A New Translation to an extent. Many of the story's events still happen over the course of the films, though not quite exactly in the same way it did in the original show. But the most significant departure, however, is the ending that has Kamille surviving his battle with Scirocco in one piece.
  • Broken Bird: Four, Rosamia, Sarah, and Reccoa.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Happens once, at the end of the third movie.
  • Can't Catch Up: Fa, always trying to keep up with the other female pilots and managing to do it only once. The Methuss isn't the best suit, so at least she's skilled enough to survive.
    • And on the other side of the war, there's Jerid. He gets more mobile suit upgrades than any other pilot, but no matter what the Titans give him he can't compete with the Zeta Gundam.
  • Cartwright Curse: Between Jerid and Kamille, Mouar, Lila, Four and Rosamia are killed off. The first three get killed off by their love interest's rival, and the last is simply killed by Kamille to prevent her from destroying the Argama.
    • As a point of interest, this is just one of the reasons Kamille and Jerid become rivals. If one hadn't been born, it's entirely likely that the other would have lived a happier life.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Yazan is apparently modeled on Sting, specifically his role as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in Dune (which came out the year before Zeta); Yazan's famous turtle tattoo is likewise a nod to Sting's album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles", which came out the same year.
  • Chick Magnet: Paptimus Scirocco. He manages to end the series with a harem of Newtype women ace pilots, most of which had defected to his side. He basically makes bishie charm a newtype power.
    • Kamille gets a bit of this as well, with Fa, Four Murasame, Rosamia, Sarah and arguably Emma...
  • Cliffhanger: Kamille's mind is crushed by Scirocco, and even though the Titans have been defeated, Axis Zeon has not. Thankfully, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ gave us a proper conclusion.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beltorchika Irma has all that it takes to be one, but since she is never around the other girls in love with Amuro in Zeta, this doesn't characterize her fully. However she does get jealous when Amuro shows interest in maters not related to her, even snapping at Mari. Fa also is a bit like this.
  • Compilation Movie: Three of them... produced twenty years later; the show is that popular. Being twenty years older than the series they were based on, the new footage demonstrates considerably better animation.
  • Cool Big Sis: Emma. Reccoa was one for Kamille. Until she turned on him, that is.
  • Cool Starship: The Argama.
  • Corporal Punishment: Everyone. The one who gets hit the most would probably be Kamille.
    • "Corrected. That's a military term for hitting someone."
  • Corrupt Politician: The series is loaded with them, Jamitov perhaps being the worst.
    • The Earth Politicians cede more and more power to the Titans which Blex feels shows a lack of care for those suffering in space. Notably Colony Politicians are far more distrustful of the Titans.
    • This trope is Played With in Episode 29. The Mayor of a group of colonies is under extreme pressure when one colony is targeted by the Titans for a gas attack. The Mayor goes full Obstructive Bureaucrat and repeatedly fights the AEUG sympathizing staff in his colony, to the point of having one (non-fatally) shot. He's attempting to reason with the Titans, an act which everyone derides as especially foolish. For all of his actions, the man isn't portrayed unsympathetically, he's acting out of the concern of innocent civilians who're about to be killed (and since he's safe he isn't acting on self interest) and he does have a point in that the AEUG can barely protect them with so few units. The problem is that the AEUG knows if he bows to Titan threats they'll just be submitting to fascists who'll kill them if given the chance. When he reappears during the Titans next attack, he refuses to negotiate with them and keeps faith in the AEUG.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: The Zeta Gundam does this in the final battle as Kamille uses the Biosensor to channel the souls of his deceased friends.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Most mobile suits look like this, since by this point the majority of mobile suit designs are based on Zeon tech.
  • Dark Action Girl: Sarah Zabiarov, Mouar Pharaoh.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, which was already pretty dark in itself. Zeta has been called one of the darkest Gundam series ever made, perhaps topped by Victory Gundam and certainly by Thunderbolt. Its darkness is at least partially what makes it a fan favorite.
  • Dating Catwoman: Katz tries this with Sarah. It... doesn't work, to say it lightly.
  • Deal with the Devil: In order to get help in disabling a Titan superweapon before it can destroy Granada, the AUEG is forced to promise Haman Karn their support in restoring the Zabi family to control of Side 3 (Zeon), setting the stage for the sequel series.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Avoided throughout most of the series, but done in the Grand Finale with Emma and Reccoa. Emma wins, but she dies soon afterwards.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Four and Emma both die in Kamille's arms.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The episode where Reccoa is captured by Yazan. It seems like the entire scene is that of a woman getting raped/being beaten. Far from enjoying it, Reccoa seems to stand for abused significant others who have become resigned to what they see as their fate (or who have become victims of Stockholm Syndrome).
  • Dodge the Bullet: Jamitov dodges a pistol shot from Quattro when they accidentally meet at Kilimanjaro.
  • Downer Ending: Although Kamille succeeds in destroying Paptimus Scirocco for good, his brain gets fried in retaliation as well. The evil Titans are finally annihilated for good, but save for Fa, Quattro, and Bright, all the other heroes of AEUG die a horrible death, and Haman Karn successfully gives Zeon a rise to its former power, shadowing the future of Earth once again.
    • The Compilation Movies changed this to something more bittersweet: yes, most of the cast still die. Yup, there's still a lot of bloodshed. However, Kamille doesn't get mind-fried, we see other characters reacting to the news (which includes Amuro, the Kobayashi family and Mirai), Haman retreats and arranges for Mineva to go to school on Earth, and the last scene is of Fa and Kamille hugging in space happily.
  • Dubtitle: On the original Region 1 DVD release. Subsequent re-releases fixed this.
  • Elite Mooks:
    • For the Titans it's the Marasai and the Barzam both much more powerful and maneuverable than their standard machines (Hi-Zacks, GM IIs, and Galbaldys) the Marasai's initially debuted as commander suits. As the series goes on they become much more standard grunt suits, the Titan's previous suits being dated by the start.
    • For the AEUG it's the Rick Dias. The suit's heavily armed and highly agile; surpassing the performances of the standard issue AEUG GM's and Nemos. A number of the named characters utilize it, including Char and Amuro.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Kamille and Four both discuss their names and what they mean to them after they meet.
  • Enemy Civil War: A covert one. Scirocco and his followers disrupt the Titans leadership from within, and Scirocco ultimately kills them and takes over the group.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Scirocco, who starts the series as The Starscream, opposes the actions of his overlords Jamitov and Bask, and even sends his pawn Sarah Zabiarov to disrupt one of their plans. Granted, it was for self-serving purposes...
    • ( Reccoa might be a traitor, but she was real happy to kill Bask as soon as she could. In fact, more than one Titan was NOT pleased to see the effects of the mass gassings: Gady Kinsey even gets a CMOA for managing to bullshit his way out of one and living to tell the tale.)
  • Evil Counterpart: Reccoa, to Emma. The differences in their motives for defecting from their respective factions give a demonstration of the difference between following your heart, vs. simply following your feelings.
    • Scirocco to Kamille as well. They're both ambiguously autistic, mobile suit engineering geniuses, and powerful Newtypes. The difference between them is compassion - Kamille is driven by it, while Scirocco has none of it.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The Psyco Gundam, Psyco Gundam II, and anything designed by Scirocco will subscribe to this trope.
  • Evil Wears Black: The Titans have distinctive black uniforms to emphasize their State Sec nature and military rule, while Haman Karn's black clothing goes with her status as Evil Chancellor of Axis and would-be conqueror of Earth.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After getting captured, Reccoa defects to the Titans.
  • Fanservice: There's a bit here and there, such as the brief shot of Lieutenant Lila in the shower, or Fa being in the shower while trying to wash Qum and Shinta, or Four taking a bath, or Rosamia with her shirt off.
    • There's a little bit for the ladies, as well: Kamille is seen in his underwear a couple of times and is also seen removing his shirt at least once. In addition to that, he gets a short shower scene. Quattro's bare arms might also be considered fanservice by some.
  • Famed In-Story: The surviving White Base crew in general are this, being treated as veterans and war heroes in public. In private however, The Federation see likes of Amuro and Bright as a threat, in part due to and in spite of said reputation.
  • Fantastic Racism: Titans towards Spacenoids, who aren't even a splinter offshoot of humanity like Newtypes, but simply humans who live in space.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: The Titans rival the old Principality of Zeon when it comes to wastefulness and inefficiency. They pump out Super Prototypes by the hangar-full, completely botch their efforts to bring about The Day Of The Jackboot (usually just gassing occupied colonies rather than put them to any kind of use), and spend so much time fighting amongst each other that they squander their early superiority over the AEUG and eventually allow Axis to play them like fiddles. Stupid Evil from start to finish.
  • Faux Action Girl: Reccoa, whose mecha was completely subpar.
  • Fake Memories: Rosamia thinks she's Kamille's long lost little sister, thanks to some brainwashing. She's later brainwashed to believe her upperclassman Gates Capa is her true brother.
  • Final Boss Preview: Scirocco sorties against the Argama crew a couple times early in the series. After that he's not seen piloting a mobile suit again until the last five episodes.
  • First Girl Wins: By default, because every other prospective love interest of Kamille is dead. Not that Fa gets much out of it, because Kamille doesn't come out of the last battle sane.
  • Follow the Leader: The emphasis on Transforming Mecha makes sense when you consider what came out between the original series and Zeta—specifically, Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Transformers (along with its predecessor lines Diaclone and Microman). This posed a problem with the model kits for years as some of the mecha designs were nearly impossible to translate to toy form. Zeta's transformation was a particular problem since it involves the abdomen scrunching together and the arms folding in, a feat that was unable to be pulled off reliably until the Master Grade Zeta 2.0 released in 2004. If anything, the Zeta designs forced model technology to advance rapidly.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The moment that the EF Parliament outlaws the Titans, there is no longer a way for them to win. With nowhere left to turn except Haman Khan (who is simply using them for her own ends), the Titans are going down, no matter who wins out. The question is not if the Titans will lose, but rather how many of our heroes they are going to take down with them.
  • Fragile Speedster: Most of the mobile suits in this series sacrifice durability for mobility. Since beam weapons have become commonplace and can rip through most armor with ease, the mobility to dodge attacks is more important than armor.
  • Foreshadowing: Quattro tells Roberto in the first episode that his overconfidence will get him killed some day. Halfway through the series, he underestimates the new Assimar mobile armor, and gets killed.
    • The second opening to Zeta has a shot of Quattro removing his sunglasses and then has his face framed in shadow, with a contemplating look. Fast forward to Char's Counterattack, and...
    • Similarly, it is quite noticeable how no one in the main cast is smiling (apart from Four Murasame) in the 2nd Opening (even Kamille's gearing up in his normal suit with thumbs up edits the smile away). We all know where they were headed.
  • Four Is Death: Aside from Four Murasame's Meaningful Name, there's also the soundtrack's Four Chords of Death whenever somebody of significance dies (usually).
  • Gender Is No Object: The series showed strong female characters and lampshaded gender equality on both sides. Which would become recurring elements in later Universal Century works and a number of Gundam shows in general.
  • Genocide Backfire: The Titans gas colony after colony hoping to crush Spacenoid dissension, but all it does is outrage those not just in space, but all across the Earth sphere to rise up against them. Most villains stop when they're stupid enough to Create Your Own Hero, but the Titans go one further and Create Their Own La Résistance.
  • Gentle Giant/Genius Bruiser: Henken Beckner, 190cms of The Captain... and Emma fanboy extraordinaire.
  • Gilded Cage: It's revealed that Amuro and a number of the surviving White Base crew are kept under watch by the Federation authorities. That they're given rather comfortable lifestyles doesn't really distract from the overbearing dread.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Char Aznable of Gundam fame changes his usual color from red in the original Mobile Suit Gundam to gold here where he fights for the AEUG, piloting the Hyaku-Shiki under the alias of Quattro Bajeena The idea being that the Gold paintjob as actually an anti-beam coating. He goes back to using red for Char's Counterattack though. Even more iconic about this change is that Char caused an entire trope in part about his normal color scheme.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: The AEUG stealing three Gundam Mk. II early on is the first example of this trope in the series. Notably, their original plan was to take just one, and Kamille's use of this trope allows them to nab all three.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • In the opening: "I wanna have a pure time, everyone's a noble mind!"
    • "Captain Quattro, he is a CHAR!" eventually became a victim of Memetic Mutation.
    • "Believing a sign of Zeta/Beyond the hard times from now"
    • Also, sing along: "Oh, I can't help believe in you..."
      • Of course the way it's actually sung sounds more like "I can't help believing you", which is very fitting for a show where nearly all of the female characters get lied to or even outright manipulated by their love interests through the course of the series.
  • Green Aesop: Played with. For a straight example, it's mentioned that any more nuclear detonations on the Earth's surface could cause irreparable damage to the Earth's ecosystem. note  Other than that, whenever a character is promoting an environmentalist agenda, it's a rhetorical position that's tied in with Zeon Deikun's spacenoid ideology (which holds that humanity should leave the Earth for the space colonies, evolve into Newtypes, and bring an end to warfare), rather than an end in itself.
  • Hate Sink: Whereas the Titan leaders Jamitov and Paptimus are a pair of genuine Well Intentioned Extremists, and Haman Used to Be a Sweet Kid, these four subordinates are far more detestable:
    • Bask Om, the second-in-command of the Titans, is introduced beating war-hero Bright Noah for opposing a dangerous order. Favoring brutality in his army, Bask takes Kamille Bidan's mother as a hostage to retrieve the Gundam MK-II before lying to his soldier to get him to shoot at her capsule, killing her in front of her son. Using the Titans to commit multiple atrocities against them, the Titans use nerve gas against whole space colonies—killing all of their inhabitants—and experiment on teenagers to create Cyber Newtypes, unstable soldiers in semi-perpetual agony. Murderous, hateful and violent, Bask's brutality makes him stand out as the worst of the leadership of the Titans, leading to their being outlawed and eventual downfall. Notably, even the other Titans hate this guy — including fellow Hate Sink Yazan!
    • Jamican Danigan, while not as powerful as Bosque above and not as flamboyant as Yazan below, still stands as one of the most reprehensible characters in the cast and is a fine example of the Titans at their most banally evil. A Smug Snake supporter of Bosque who thinks he's much more clever than he is, Jamaican advances his boss's "Kick the Dog at every opportunity For the Evulz" plans, earning the enmity of fellow Titans Jerid, Scirocco, and Yazan in the process. Those latter two come back to bite him, as Scirocco schemes with Yazan to have Jamaican offed by Unfriendly Fire.
    • Yazan Gable is a sadistic warmonger who joined the Titans to be able to kill people legally. Uncaring about the rules of war, he participates in an attempted Colony Drop on a populated city and later arranges the death of an officer trying to prevent unnecessary bloodshed. Joining Paptimus Scirocco purely for the promise of cash, Yazan kills many heroes from the Anti Earth Union Group—whom he considers "full of women and children"—and even kills one of his own allies while showing no concern at the deaths of his most friendly subordinates. Defeated by Kamille, Yazan survives the battle and several days later, he persuades a group of poor teenagers to infiltrate the Argama to steal the Zeta Gundam, taking the opportunity to kill another AEUG soldier before failing. Pathetically trying several attempts to steal the Zeta Gundam, Yazan joins Neo Zeon's soldiers, betraying the very purpose of the Titans. A beast in the skin of a man, Yazan earns the hatred of both Kamille and Judau.
    • Kamille's father Franklin Bidan is a negligent and abusive workaholic who cheats on his wife. Taken as a hostage by the Titans and saved by the AEUG, Franklin betrays them and tries to escape back to the Titans even after they killed his own wife, wanting to continue his work creating Mobile Suits and being willing to shoot at his own son. A man without concern for anything or anyone but his work, his only passion in life, Franklin is the main reason behind Kamille's notorious anger issues.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Titans were formed to prevent Zeon from reemerging, but they turn to be just as great a threat to the Earth sphere and even go so far as to ally with the Axis Zeon against the AEUG.
  • Hero Killer: Yazan Gable.
  • History Repeats: The story begins with Char and his men infiltrating a Side 7 colony which is housing a new Gundam. A local teenage boy becomes involved in the mess. Very familiar. But instead of fighting back the invaders, our new protagonist helps them steal the Gundam and joins their cause.
    • An ace pilot falls in love with an enemy soldier. During a fight between the aforementioned pilot and his greatest rival, the woman sacrifices herself to save the man she loves. Char and Amuro quote this trope directly shortly afterward.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The bulk of the Titan fleet] is destroyed by [[spoiler:a captured Titan Wave Motion Gun.
  • Hot-Blooded: To a degree, Katz. Also Kamille occasionally.
    • "Kamille's a man's name, and I'm a man!"
  • Hypocrite/Broken Aesop: For someone who says that violence isn't the answer, Kamille has quite the kill count in the series. Not to mention starting some of the show's more infamous fights.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Bask Ohm tells Reccoa at one point that the Titans want a peaceful Earth Sphere, and their extreme methods are a result of impatience. However any possibility of a spark of goodness is extinguished when he laughs maniacally after firing the Gryps Laser for the first time, killing an entire colony worth of civilians.
  • Idiot Ball: Used liberally to justify many of the deaths at the end of the series. Such as Henken sacrificing himself and the rest of his crew in order to save Emma, his crush. She, naturally, died later anyway, after getting her suit's engines trashed, barely making it back to the ship, and then launching again anyway, still engineless.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Bask assigns Reccoa to "prove her allegiance" to the Titans by leading a gas attack on a colony. She obeys.
  • Improvised Scattershot: Kamille invents the "Beam Confuse" maneuver as a defense against fast but lightly-armored missiles and Attack Drones - he first throws a spinning beam saber then shoots at it with his beam rifle, causing the shot to be deflected and spray outwards.
  • Incest Subtext: On the one hand, Rosammy thinks she's Kamille's little sister, and thinks Fa is his ideal girlfriend. On the other hand, the way she clings to him is very flirty, and Fa doesn't like it one bit. This is all justified by Rosammy not being right in the head.
  • Interservice Rivalry:
    • The regular Earth Federation Forces and the Titans have no love lost between each other.
    • The AEUG and Karaba are, in and of themselves, a faction within the Earth Federation.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: In the first episode, Kamille tells a Titans officer that he doesn't like being bullied by thugs. The Titans' response is to beat him up some more.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Karaba pulls this when the Titans take Amuro, Mirai and Mirai's kids hostage; they surrender to distract the Titans while Kamille deploys in the Gundam to free the hostages.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kamille is an insane Mood-Swinger, but he does genuinely care for others and tries to do what he can for them. Possibly Jerid Messa as well; see Anti-Villain, above.
  • Karmic Death: Jamitov and Bask are both killed by people they tried to manipulate, which can be seen as overdue payback for their manipulations during the Delaz Fleet incident, in ''Stardust Memory. Scirocco was also killed by Kamille when he used the latent powers of various women, including his subordinates, for a final attack with the Zeta.
  • Kick the Dog: Jerid does this during the evacuation of Jaburo, attacking his comrades just so he can board the escape plane.
  • Kill 'Em All: Enforced Trope - Tomino was seriously depressed when he directed Zeta, which ultimately lead to ZZ. The last episodes are the incarnation of this trope. Only worse could have been an 'End of the world' Downer Ending, like he did five years prior.
  • King Incognito: Downplayed. But it's revealed that Emma actually met Amuro a few years earlier while on a road trip on Earth. At the time, she mistook him for a rich kid with a troubled past instead of the famed war hero who piloted the original Gundam, but only realized in hindsight who he was upon talking with Kamille.
  • Klingon Promotion: Scirocco becomes leader of the Titans after killing of Jamitov and arranging Bask's death.
  • Lady of War: Haman Kahn, Emma Sheen.
  • La Résistance: AEUG.
  • Last Villain Stand: Episodes 46-50 can be seen as one for Paptimus Scirocco and the Titans as a whole, as the AEUG, the EF, and Axis all try to find a way to co-opt or destroy what remains of the once mighty elite military force.
  • Latex Space Suit: All of the pilot suits.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The AEUG invokes this with the Rick Diases. The Rick Dias's initial paint scheme is black, with Char/Quattro using a red paint scheme as is his custom. The Titans quickly realize that the red Rick Dias is a greater threat than the black ones and start to realize that the Red Comet has returned. The AEUG responds by painting all of their Rick Diases red to intimidate the Titans.
  • Light Is Not Good: Titan baddie Paptimus Scirocco wears a variant of the standard black Titans uniform - guess what color he picks?
  • Lightning Bruiser: PMX-003 The-O, Scirocco's final mobile suit. It was built to operate in the gravity well of Jupiter, where it would be a Stone Wall, but with its fifty thrusters it becomes this in the Earth sphere.
  • Love Hurts: Char and either Haman or Reccoa, Katz and Sarah, and Kamille and either Fa or Four. Boy, DOES IT HURT.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Bask's logic for the more extreme atrocities he orders (which would result in the death of entire colonies) is that if they violate the laws of war and human decency just this one time, everyone will be too afraid of the Titans to resist them anymore, and the war will finally end. The possibility that even attempting such actions will just anger people into more determined resistance doesn't occur to him.
  • The Magnificent: Scirocco is often referred to as "The Man from Jupiter".
  • The Man Behind the Man: Scirocco.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Scirocco was one of the first in Gundam and is still one of the best.
  • Mauve Shirt:
    • The AEUG's Rick Dias is basically the designated suit for these. One of the Argama's Dias pilots, the unfortunately-named Lieutenant Botty, even manages to survive the show in one piece.
    • Zeta also produced a couple of mauve shirts for this section of the Universal Century with the crew of the Argama. Torres, Saegusa, Astonage, Keithron, Anna Hanna, Dr. Hasan and others become recurring characters throughout this series, ZZ, Char's Counter Attack, and Unicorn.
  • Meaningful Name: Psyco Gundam & Psyco Gundam Mk. II, piloted by Four & Rosamia, respectively. Technically, "psyco" is short for psychic communicator and refers to the machines' OS, but considering what happened to their pilots....
    • Also Four herself, considering Four Is Death.
    • Paptimus Scirocco's first name is a corruption of the Latin word for a baptism, while his last name references the powerful Mediterranean wind.
    • All of Scirocco's Mobile Suits have these: the first, the Messala, is a reference to a Roman charioteer, while the other three are all named in reference to deities.
    • Zigzagged with the Methuss. Most people think it's a reference to Methuselah because it kind of looks like a bent old man, but it's actually supposed to be "me-tasu", Japanese for "many-eyed". The five-eyed mobile suit design that eventually became Yazan Gable's Hambrabi was originally meant to be a support mech for the Zeta Gundam piloted by Fa, using its supernumerary eyes to act as an artillery spotter for it's Hyper Mega Launcher. Tomino (or possibly somebody else on the creative team) decided it was too sinister-looking for one of the most unambiguously good characters in the series to pilot and handed it over to a gleeful Yazan "I'm gonna violate you" Gable instead, sticking the poor girl with the diminutive yellow rustbucket we all know and love, but for some reason they kept the name.
      • The Hambrabi itself, meanwhile, is named for Hammurabi, the ancient Mesopotamian king best known for developing the first codified laws in recorded history. Combined with its blue coloration, multiple cameras and the distressingly phallic design of some of its weapons, it stands as a living embodiment of the oppressive police state the Titans hoped to create.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Titans have an extraordinary array of suits, but the humble RMS-106 Hizack is the most common and iconic. Being based on Mobile Suit Gundam's legendary Zaku II helps, too.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Titans vs. AEUG vs. Axis Zeon. This situation was so memorable that homages to this set up appear numerous times in the franchise as a whole.
  • Mentor Ship: Jerid crushes on Lila, who's teaching him a few things about piloting. Lila is okay with the idea and uses it as a carrot to help turn him into a real soldier. She dies before this goes anywhere.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: This is the first ever animated Gundam series where the protagonist switches from one Gundam to another, superior one mid-season. Kamille first piloted the Gundam Mk-II and then later on, the Zeta Gundam.
  • Mildly Military:
    • A dark variation. The Titans, being a State Sec organization, have no respect for any military protocol that isn't their own; Bright Noa is beaten half to death for trying to bring them into line.
    • The AEUG meanwhile are a more benign example. It's also justified as a way to maintain order given how it's comprised of various groups in addition to disgruntled Federation personnel.
  • Mind Rape: Scirocco hits Kamille with one of these as he dies. It works in the series, not the movies.
    • Also implied to be a part of the training for the Cyber Newtypes. Considering what happened to Four and Rosamia, it's very likely.
  • More Than Mind Control: Scirocco's modus operandi seems to be this. In addition to his immense reserves of personal charisma he can use his Newtype abilities to influence the emotions of others, as seen with Reccoa in Jupitris Infiltration.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Amuro's relationship with Clingy Jealous Girl Beltorchika baffles both Char and Kamille. Subverted in that Amuro knows all this very well, and is only involved with her because she provides an excuse for him not to go back into space - which, after all he went through in the original series, he fears considerably more than sacrificing his personal freedom.
    • And also, after being Put on a Bus, Beltochika's clinginess is toned down when she briefly reappears as an Intrepid Reporter in episode 37, and even earns a CMOA by recording a brutal Titans skirmish, which lets Char show the world how horrible they are.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite being called the Anti-Earth Union Group, the AEUG is in fact a faction within the Earth Federation.
  • Not So Different: Jamitov and Scirocco, apparently. While the former appears to be little more than a figurehead of thuggish Earthnoid supremacists, in reality his goals are apparently the same as those Scirocco espouses: mass human migration from the Earth and into space. The difference between them is one of approach: Scirocco considers himself an "observer" who is content mostly to watch and only pulls strings when he thinks he has to, while Jamitov takes a more active and brutish hand. This is ultimately why Scirocco turns against him and kills him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yazan's Crew. After the general incompetence of Jerid and Adol's doomed attempt, it comes as quite a shock how brutally efficient Yazan, Dunkel and Ramsus are.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: In the final battle between Kamille and Scirocco, the spirits of the dead Newtypes join forces with Kamille. Sarah, however, still stands for Scirocco, but is taken aside by Katz.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: Amuro gives Katz the very same gun he shot at Char to force Quattro and the Hyaku-Shiki onto the vessel bound for space. Katz even mentions that he's a bigger danger with a live gun since he's never handled one before. Quattro just waits till they're on board to casually mention how far off he was.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: Bombings, taking of hostages, murdering of hostages, usage of chemical weapons, deliberate bombardment of civilian targets, a Colony Drop... For all that the Titans call the AEUG terrorists, they're the ones who default to terrorist tactics.
  • On The Next Episode Of Catchphrase: "You will see the tears of time."
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Jerid acts like a model Titan, but in truth he really doesn't care about their ideology. Interestingly enough, very few Titans actually do, to the point where one wonders if Bosque Ohm is the only Titan who actually believes in being a Titan.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Kamille is such a good pilot that he makes everyone else in the AEUG look like Red Shirts, even if Apolly, Emma, and Reccoa are all good pilots taken on their own merits and Quattro is only hampered by his Redemption Demotion. And on the Titans side, Jerid looks like nothing but a joke for losing over and over again, but as his rare performances when not going up against Kamille (he almost sinks the Gwadan in an Unstoppable Rage during one mission and even Haman is intimidated by his pressure), he's not so much a bad pilot as cursed to go up against one of the best of them in the entire Universal Century history.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kamille is one really tragic version of this.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Char. Has a lampshade hung on it when Haman outs Char in front of the rest of the AEUG. While all the other present AEUG members seem shocked by the revelation, Kamille's reaction is basically just to say "Yeah yeah, real big surprise there." Probably because he saw Hayato confronting Char with the infamous letter.
    • One should keep in mind though, that the disguise is only paper thin to the viewer... the AEUG is genuinely surprised, since Char normally wore a mask during most of the One Year War, so there are only a handful of people who know him by looks.
      • Given Char's penchant for Red (Quattro always wears red and initially pilots a red mobile suit) and his piloting ability, it probably still counts as a paper-thin disguise. The first hint of his real identity is that everyone who fought in the previous war who sees him fly is reminded of the Red Comet.
  • The Plan: Scirocco pulls these off with frightening ease. Jamaican... not so much.
  • Playing Both Sides: Axis is allied with both the AEUG and the Titans at the same time, and they end up on top after both sides are exhausted.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Both Psycho Gundams are not so much vehicles as they are drone weapons that have Artificial Newtypes wired into them in order to take advantage of their Psychic Powers.
  • Psychic Powers: Newtypes have these, though most of them are not very in control of their abilities. Haman Kahn and Paptimus Scirocco represent two of the only Newtypes who are in control of their gifts, and their appearances show the Muggles of the UC world why they should Beware the Superman.
  • Psycho for Hire: Yazan Gable, a Sadist who joined the Titans simply to have an outlet for his Sociopathic Soldier tendencies.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Titans. At one point, Bright even calls them a reincarnation of Zeon.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: For being the Captain of White Base and his service in the One Year War, Bright found himself granted the "honor" of being the captain of a transport ship for the Earth Federation's high-ranking officials, while his wife and children are forced to live in Jaburo to guarantee his loyalty. In other words, reduced to a glorified chaffeur for the Feddies' elite (and getting beaten close to death by the Titans) until deciding to join the AEUG. Still, his status as a war hero is renowned enough to earn fans, including Kamille.
  • Red Shirt: The AEUG's Nemos serve this purpose admirably.
  • Redemption Demotion: In the previous series MSG, Char Aznable was The Rival to the main character and probably the second best pilot in the entire series. Here as Quattro Bajina he's a much less effective presence, due partly to the narrative not wanting him to overshadow Kamille and partly because, unlike the Zeon, the AEUG doesn't have a bottomless pit of Super Prototypes to throw at him.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The Titans to the Earth Federation. Once they were exposed by the AEUG, the group goes full renegade.
  • Retcon: The third Compilation Movie gives us a Bittersweet Ending instead of the original Downer Ending: Kamille survives the duel with Scirocco more or less unscatched and is reunited with Fa and the rest of the Argama crew. Also, additional footage includes the reactions of characters like Amuro, Beltochika, Fraw, Retsu, Kikka, Mirai, Sayla and Kai. Despite some fans' insistence, Word of God is that this does not retcon ''Gundam ZZ out of existence.
    • There's an even earlier example of this: originally, all the fancy stuff the Zeta did (like the mile-long beam saber) was just Kamille's raw Newtype power. Later on it was retconned that the Zeta has a device called the biosensor that amplifies Newtype powers and causes incredible phenomenae, such as freezing Scirocco's Mobile Suit and making it so that the Zeta Gundam can ram into it without being crushed by the impact. Scirocco's The-O was also retroactively given a biosensor, for all the good it does him.
    • Several mobile suits gained ancestors from later animated productions. For example, the AEUG's Nemo was made into a descendant of the GM Sniper II, while the Rick Dias incorporates elements of the Gundam GP02 "Physalis".
    • The New Translation movies in general also retconned some of the more infamous scenes out (like the absurd number of "people punching/slapping each other" scenes), possibly reflecting Tomino's more upbeat tone since ∀ Gundam.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: AEUG.
  • Rule of Symbolism: In retrospect, it might be quite on the nose, but the fact that a significant majority of the mobile suits and mobile armors used by the Titans, nominally a Federation force, have integrated Zeonic aesthetics (most notably the debuting RMS-106 Hizack) is also a short-hand to the growing moral and institutional corruption/oppression inside the Federation.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Subverted: Kamille hesitates when his father Franklin tries to kill him in battle, so someone else had to do it; it's implied to be Quattro in the original, and the Titans in the movie remake.
    • Though his theft of the Mk-II is directly responsible for the circumstances that lead to his mother's death.
      • His poor handling of the hostage situation is even more directly the cause of his mother's death.
  • Sequel Hook: Anything to do with Haman and Axis/Neo-Zeon, who are the main antagonists in ZZ. Even the New Translation version of events have Haman's forces pulling back from the Earth Sphere along with some AEUG and Titan sympathizers.
  • Smug Snake: Jamaican Danigan, from the Titans, and Ben Wooder.
  • So Last Season: Mobile Suit production moves quite quickly in the series and models are often left in the dust. The GM, while a fairly disposable suit, was one of the key weapons in the Federation arsenal that ultimately won the war against Zeon. In this series, the GM II (which was made to outperform the GM in every way) is hopelessly outdated in the face of all of the new and better Mobile Suit technology. The Titans largely rely on the Hi-Zacks or any other late developed suit and even the AEUG tends to field Nemos, which are upgraded and heavily modified versions of the GM, instead.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": One of the worst offenders in anime history - pick any character on the cast, and you're guaranteed to find at least three different variations on his or her name. Special mention goes to Quattro Bajeena, whose last name has been romanized in a very... interesting way on occasion - see some of the Gundam video games for the PS1 to see what I mean.
    • As for mecha, the Psyco Gundam gets mistakenly identified as Psycho Gundam a lot; the name is a contraction of "psychic communicator", not a descriptor of its unfortunate pilots.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Paptimus Scirocco's personal ride, the PMX-003 The O. Yes, those two 'the's were intentional.
  • The Starscream: Paptimus Scirocco, who actually succeeds in his plans and supplants the big bads Jamitov and Bask.
  • State Sec: The Titans started out as this.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Yazan Gable is a mean-spirited example, given his very sexist treatment of women. Kamille is a much milder example, though that's mainly due to him wanting to keep his female comrades out of harm's way.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: In the Compilation Films at least, Amuro is shown to have developed this towards the "attendants" at his Gilded Cage. Though he's perfectly aware that they're all Federation minders tasked with keeping an eye on him, he's come to consider them as family.
  • Taking the Bullet: Happens quite a lot.
    • Mouar for Jerid
    • Four for Kamille.
    • Sarah for Scirocco.
    • Apolly for Fa.
  • Terrible Trio: Yazan's crew are a particularly competent and scary example.
  • Team Mom: Emma Sheen and Reccoa Londe. Fa is also a bit of this towards the Bratty Half-Pint orphans, though she only takes up the Team Mom mantle full-time in Double Zeta.
  • Teen Genius: Kamille was famous for winning several suit design contests before going to the AEUG, and in fact he actually designed the Zeta Gundam.
  • Theme Naming: Scirocco likes naming his custom mobile suits after deities. Pallas Athena is named for the Greek war goddess, Bolinoak Samaan is named for a Mesopotamian god, and The O is a play on Theo, a name derived from the Greek word for 'God'.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When the Hyaku Shiki takes a shot for Kamille and are forced into an uncontrolled re-entry, Quattro comments, "I don't think this is gonna end well."
  • Time Bomb: Several of these appear during the story to endanger our heroes. In all cases, they are unable to disarm them, and only survive by fleeing before they explode.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Possibly "too oldtype to connect" (or "too crazy to care"), but Yazan shakes off the Newtype images projected from Reccoa as being illusions.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Katz, who the AEUG never should have put in uniform. He's a reasonably skilled pilot in the G-Defenser, but he's still a child playing at being a soldier, and ultimately Reality Ensues hits him in the face hard.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: Let's see, Jerid did eventually come to even footing with Kamille in some parts of the show and eventually became a personal bodyguard to Jamitov. Also Kai became freaking James Bond! Hayato got a level too, he pretty much become a cool and confident Team Dad for Karaba on Earth. Amuro himself has taken a few notches despite being under house arrest and not having set foot in a mobile suit for several years.
  • Transforming Mecha: The Zeta Gundam and the greater majority of Mobile Suits; in fact, Zeta still holds the record of having the largest percentage of transforming robots in the entire saga.
    • Paptimus Scirocco's Messala is in fact the first transformable mobile suit ever seen in a Gundam series.
  • Truce Zone: Not respected. The Titans don't mind starting fights in neutral colonies, or even intentionally attacking them.
  • Tsundere: Fa Yuiri is a Type B aka Type Dere: mostly cute and gentle, unless around Kamille.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Four and to a greater extent, Rosamia.
  • Unfortunate Names: Quattro Bajeena, Jamitov Hymem, and Paptimus Scirocco's "The O" mobile suit.
    • The official English spelling of Quattro Bajeena in Japan is Quattro Vagina.
    • As bizarre as it sounds, this may actually be Theme Naming. The disfunctional, controlling relationships between men and women are a major theme of this series, made explicit by Reccoa's Famous Last Words. Three of the most disfunctional, controlling main characters having names based on female anatomy actually kinda fits.
    • While Jamitov and Quattro might be theme naming, Gundam Historica 11 confirms The O is named for Theo, a name which derives its meaning from the Greek word for God. Similarly, Scirocco's unfortunate first name is apparently a corruption of the latin word Baptisma (a subtle reference to his Dark Messiah role) despite English speakers thinking of a certain term women are likely to hear from their gynecologists when they hear it.
  • Unusual Euphemism: From the Zeta-to-English dictionary:
    • Correct (verb): To beat the crap out of a subordinate for reasons ranging from gross incompetence to tardiness.
    • Recreation (noun): Having a screaming row with your tsundere girlfriend for the third time that morning.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Four Murasame dies very tragically, once again showing that if you fall in love with a Gundam protagonist, you can expect love to hurt, then you die. Emma doesn't make it, either. Fa Yuiri, on the other hand, is quite broken by the events of the series, but recovers and helps Kamille get better from Scirocco's mind rape.
    • As far as this series goes, it may as well be renamed Newtype Always Dies. Recall that that last person mentioned is NOT a newtype, and keep in mind which young girl survives ZZ... Also kind of note how they die. It seems becoming a Newtype gives you an inescapable urge to leap in the way of dangerous objects if you're Ho Yay or female.
  • Vertical Mecha Fins: the Rick Dias, Hyaku Shiki, and several other mobile suits sport large back-mounted fins. Justified as Wing Binders, extra limbs to aid in AMBAC.
  • Victory-Guided Amnesia: In a borderline and probably one of the most sad examples of this trope, Kamille gets his mind broken by Scirocco in the finale, not only making him forget everything that had ever happened to him, but also diminishing his mental capabilities, making his mental state somewhere between a vegetable and a young child.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: The Titans gained power and prominence by riding on anti-Zeon sentiment and presenting themselves as the saviors of humanity. By the start of the series however the peoples' goodwill is waning. The space colonists view the Titans as thugs and fascists, and the AEUG and Karaba are at least partly formed from former Federation officers sick of them. Gradually the people of Earth lose faith in them as well and the series ends with the Titans lose all Earthside support, forcing them to propose an alliance with Axis (the exact sort of faction they were created to destroy).
  • We ARE Struggling Together: As Quattro puts it, "there are a lot of people who wanna be in charge" of the AEUG.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Most of the Argama crew, and the AEUG in general, didn't really have too many ace pilots. Most of the pilots were at best, average. Yet, Fa held her own in the Methuss, Roberto actually had some really great kills early on, and Apolly managed to save the day a few times, most notably sacrificing himself for Fa and bringing the Zeta Gundam to Kamille.
  • Wham Episode: Literally happens when Katz slams into a piece of space debris and dies. This begins the mass culling of the cast in the Kill Them All ending of the series.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?:
    • Yazan's wingmen, Dunkel and Ramsus. Despite being little more than Those Two Guys, and their boss being a sadistic Sociopathic Soldier, Yazan surprisingly loses his shit when they are killed.
    • Kamille admits to having an aversion to killing pilots and the times he goes for headshot could be considered him trying to take down the mech without killing the person inside. It's especially clear during the attack on Jaburo where he looks distressed when a disabled GM's cockpit bursts into flame and relieved when a Federation Pilot escapes a Gouf that he had just shot down.
    Kamille: "These days I spend a lot of time thinking about the pilots who died at my hands."
    Emma: "Do you pray for them?"
    Kamille: "Yes, but in my own way."
    Emma: "If you're sincere, it'll work one way or another."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Rosamia and her fear of Colony Drops. "The sky is falling! NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!" It is a known problem in this universe, but the poor girl panics at the slightest provocation.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Again, Four and Rosamia. They're artificial Newtypes, so that's expected in a sense.
  • Worf Effect: Char, ultimately. Despite being one of the most experienced pilots, he is usually knocked out or suffers damage. Hell, despite being arguably a better pilot than either Haman or Scirocco, he can't score ANY decisive blows on them. It doesn't help that his mobile suit, the Hyaku Shiki, is a failed prototype (Delta Gundam) that, while a high performance unit, is also plagued with frame defects from being an experimental transforming mobile suit.
    • Char has more experience than Haman and Scirocco, but the two of them are both stronger as newtypes, and their respective mobile suits were each superior to Char's Hyaku Shiki. Also, they initially double-teamed him, and by the time Kamille entered the fray Hyaku Shiki was already heavily damaged.
  • World Half Empty: This show was cynical even when compared to the rest of the UC Gundam series. Considering how UC is most of the time, that's saying a lot.
  • Yandere: Just about any woman who encounters Scirocco, but most notably Sarah and Reccoa.
  • You Are Not Alone: In a very depressing way of playing this straight, Emma tells this to Kamille at the very start of the last episode. The depressing part about this is that up to that point, Kamille has lost his mother, his father, his lover, his (sort-of) little sister, and almost all of his friends and comrades. To top it off, Emma says this while dying. The important thing to note is that Emma is completely right - the Zeta Gundam's biosensor, coupled with Kamille's Newtype powers allow him to channel the powers of the dead to defeat Scirocco once and for all in the finale.
  • You Are Number 6: Four.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Rick, as in Rick Dom, actually comes from the word "reconstructed". The Rick Doms were Doms which have been reconstructed with vernier jets to work in space. The Rick Dias, on the other hand, is not a reconstructed version of any mech.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Franklin Bidan, Kamille's father, has a mistress named Margarita. Everyone, from Kamille to Bask Om, brings her up in the few episodes before he dies.

You will see the tears of time.

Alternative Title(s): Zeta Gundam


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