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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Destiny Altered is a Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Fix Fic, written by author Rosendrache/Drachenritter and set in the Cosmic Era Alternate Universe. It consists of two parts:

  • An Alternate Fate, a single-chapter prologue that is a partial Retcon of certain events of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
  • Gundam Seed: Destiny Altered, the story itself, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It essentially takes the basic plot line of the work it is based on and alters it, shifting the time line approximately a year and a half forward, and then going on to make a series of changes intended to address what the author perceived as flaws in Gundam Seed Destiny.
The primary focus is on the development of new character and main protagonist Shinn Asuka. As a result, Shinn's
Protagonist Journey to Villain from the original series is completely eliminated, and he remains the main protagonist for the entirety of the story. Substantial effort is also put into addressing issues in the series's handling of returning cast members Athrun Zala and Cagalli Yula Athha, with both taking on a more proactive role compared to their canon portrayal.

Some additional changes are made to the cast, and certain story elements and characters are also adapted from side-story material such as the ONA Gundam SEED CE 73 Stargazer.

The story and its prologue are hosted on, links below:

The work is complete.

Tropes used in An Alternate Fate:


Tropes used in Gundam Seed: Destiny Altered:

  • The Ace / Ace Pilot: Most of the main cast, but Shinn Asuka and Athrun Zala are the most notable. Yzak manages to simultaneously be both this and The Captain.
  • Affably Evil: Gilbert Durendal
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Played with in the case Stella Loussier - see Dying Declarationof Love, below
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Destiny Gundam, which takes the canon design and turns it Up to Eleven. Its armament includes(among other things): two really big swords, two massively powerful beam cannons, and a beam saber mounted to each leg. It also has insanely high speed and maneuverability, thus combining all of the Impulse's various Silhouette Packs into a single mobile suit.
  • An Axe to Grind: The beam tomahawks used by ZAKUs, as befits their Expy nature to the original Zaku and their heat hawks. Also, the long-handled beam axe used by certain pilots.
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  • Anyone Can Die: Quite brutally invoked: unlike the original series, Lacus is actually killed by a sniper. It also appears to be the case with Kira and Stella, but both subvert it; Kira survives the destruction of the Freedom, but is left permanently crippled. Stella survives the Destroy's destruction despite near-fatal injuries, and makes a full recovery.And then there's Rey, who initially is also a subversion in that while this appears to be the case when he is supposedly killed by the Freedom, he survives despite near-fatal injuries.. The final battle plays it straight, as he is killed by Shinn.
  • Arranged Marriage: Yuna and Cagalli - discussed in the story, but does not ever actually take place.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Two examples.
    • Lunamaria Hawke, when she finally gets the chance to pilot Mobile Suits alongside her idol Athrun.
    • Meer Campbell, a Naïve Everygirl and self-confessed Lacus fangirl, actually gets to be her idol.
  • Ascended Extra: Yzak is promoted from barely getting a couple of cameos in the series to being one of the story's central characters. Also, Canard Pars, Sven Cal Bayan, Mudie Holcroft, and Lukas O'Donnell, who are pulled from assorted side-stories.
  • Attack Drone: A number of machines have wirelessly-controlled unmanned remote weapons, including the Chaos, Thales, Legend and Destroy.
  • Badass Crew: The Minerva's crew and Phantom Pain are notable examples.
  • Badass Army: The ZAFT and Alliance forces when they are fighting at Heaven's Base.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Lukas O'Donnell, a Natural who is capable of holding his own against Coordinators
    • Sven Cal Bayan and Mudie Holcroft, even more notable for doing so in mook suits for much of the story.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Durendal, as in the series, constantly wears a particularly snazzy white-and-black one.
    • Ezalia Joule wears a slightly less awesome dark blue one, as do most members of the Supreme Council.
  • Battle Couple: Shinn and Stella after her High-Heel–Face Turn. Also Athrun and Cagalli, during the final battle.
  • Becoming the Mask: Deliberately, completely averted with Meer. Not only is she perfectly candid in her first private conversation with Athrun about the duplicity of her act, but at no point does she ever claim to BE Lacus Clyne. On the contrary, near the end of the story she VERY publicly reveals that she is in fact NOT, as well as the fact that the true Lacus Clyne is long since dead.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Heine Westenfluss; off the battlefield, he's just about the nicest, most mellow guy you could ever want to run into. In combat…well, let's just say he's a member of FAITH for a reason.
    • Stella Loussier also counts. Normally, she's a pretty sweet, naive, slightly ditzy teenage girl. In combat, however, is a different story.
  • Beam Spam: Quite a few: the Abyss, Blast Impulse, Freedom, both Saviour Gundams, Destiny, and Legend, as well as the Chaos and Thales. The reigning king of this, however, is the Destroy.
  • Berserk Button: It is highly recommended not to appear like you are even remotely contemplating the thought of harming anyone Shinn Asuka happens to be particularly close to. Very bad things will happen to you if you do.
    • Initially, mentioning Orb and/or the Athhas anywhere within earshot of Shinn is a second one, until Character Development takes place.
  • BFG: Several examples, including the Gunner ZAKU, as well as nearly every unit listed under Beam Spam directly above.
  • BFS: Mudie's Sabre Dagger, from her introductory chapter. The Sword Impulse has two which can be combined at the pommel. The Storm Impulse and Strike Noir also each have two slightly smaller ones. The Destiny has a pair as well that are improved versions of the Sword Impulse's, and retain the ability to combine.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Durendal and Jibril are on opposite sides of the war, utterly hate each other, and both need to die in order for the story to end well. Which of the two is worse is arguable.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Athrun and, briefly, Heine to Shinn. Also very briefly Heine to Athrun himself.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A couple of characters get one, but Kira Yamato and Shinn himself are most notable.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Shinn and Stella get theirs when they are reunited shortly prior to the attack on Heaven's Base.
  • Blade on a Stick: Three examples - the Abyss has a beam lance, which has both a physical and a beam blade; the Falx long-handled dual beam axe used by Yzak while piloting the ZAKU Warrior and DOM Trooper: and the Blast Impulse’s beam javelins
  • Body Double: Meer Campbell, for Lacus Clyne.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Athrun and Cagalli, until the former's departure from Orb.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Unlike in the series, Yuna Roma Seiran is killed this way when a furious Cagalli puts a bullet in his head at point-blank range - an impulsive act which she immediately regrets.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Abigail Windsor, most prominently.
  • Broken Bird: Stella Loussier, SO much. Shinn is a male example.
  • Cannon Fodder: Any mass-produced mobile suit not piloted by a named character is this, for the most part.
    • The Windam is a borderline case, as in at least one instance it is shown to be able to fight almost on par with the Impulse Gundam even when piloted by unnamed mooks.
    • The limited-production Hyperion-G subverts this; it proves itself substantially superior to previous mass-produced mobile suits, and only a couple are destroyed by technologically superior enemy units.
  • The Captain: Several characters throughout the story. Most worthy of mention are Yzak, Natarle, Colonel Todaka, and Original Character Bernard Mc Caffrey.
  • Captain Ersatz: of a sort - Lukas O'Donnell, who replaces the character of Neo Roanoke from the series, and largely fills the same role for the most part. As a result, the entire plot of Neo being a brainwashed Mwu La Flaga is cut, and Mwu is still dead.
    • Abigail Windsor also counts in the same way. Rather than a replacement for Meyrin after the latter deserts, Abigail is onboard the Minerva from the beginning, and Meyrin does not appear at all.
    • Similarly, Yzak replaces Captain Gladys and takes on her role in the story as commanding officer of the Minerva.
  • Character Development: Shinn, oh so much. He starts out, as in the series, angry, self-centered, and irrationally hating the Athhas. As time goes on, he gradually learns to put his own grievances aside and becomes more aware of and mature in dealing with the consequences of his actions, eventually putting the past behind him entirely. Athrun, who plays a pivotal role in this development, even lampshades this in one chapter when he comments on Shinn's dramatically altered stance on Orb.
  • Chest Blaster: A couple of units have these, such as the Abyss. The Destroy has three on its main body as well, which are scaled up in proportion to its massive size.
  • Colony Drop: Wouldn't be Gundam without one. In this case, The Remnant of Patrick Zala's genocidal anti-Natural faction drop the wreckage of Junius 7 onto the Earth, providing casus belli for the Alliance to start another war.
  • Combining Mecha: The Impulse, which follows the standard top/bottom/cockpit fighter formula of several previous Gundams, plus its various Silhouette Packs. Used to extraordinary effect by Shinn to defeat Kira and destroy the Freedom.
  • Composite Character: As in the series, Shinn is basically one for both Amuro Ray and Kamille Bidan, though he more closely resembles the latter.
    • Stella is also one, being basically Rosamia Badam, living Four Murasame's life - except for the fact that Stella actually survives in this version.
    • Athrun might qualify, in that the role he fills vis-à-vis Shinn blends characteristics of both Amuro and Quattro Bajeena/Char Aznable.
    • Three mecha examples:
      • The semi-original Knight Saviour, which as an upgraded Saviour Gundam, combines this with elements of the Infinite Justice(which it replaces).
      • Altered's version of Legend Gundam is essentially a mix between its canon counterpart (itself a refined version of Providence Gundam) and Strike Freedom, and the canon Shiranui Akatsuki(the latter two are entirely absent from this version).
      • Likewise Altered's titular Destiny Gundam combines elements of its canon counterpart, the Infinite Justice Gundam, and the Strike Freedom.
  • Cool Ship: Several. To whit, The Archangel, until its destruction; The Minerva; The Izumo-class, of which there are a total of four; and the Niranjan-class, which can turn invisible. There are two of these, one of which is commanded by Natarle Badgiruel. The Eternal doesn't appear much, but it also counts.
  • Corporal Punishment: Athrun to Shinn, twice. Once for disobeying orders during the Indian Ocean battle, and once after Shinn brags after apparently killing Kira.
    • Shinn also finds himself once on the receiving end courtesy of Yzak, following a particularly insubordinate comment after Shinn returns Stella to the Alliance, and tells Yzak - his commanding officer - that as far as he's concerned, he's no better than the Alliance
  • Crash-Into Hello: Shinn meets Stella this way. She crashes into him backwards, so Shinn ends up accidentally groping her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost any fight between the Minerva pilots and enemy mooks. Apart from that, the most notable examples are:
    • The second and final battle between the Freedom and Saviour ends up this, with the Saviour being badly beaten in seconds. It is later implied(and eventually confirmed) that the Saviour had been sabotaged, which contributed to this.
    • Impulse v. Freedom during Operation Angel Down, as in the series; especially notable because the Impulse is inferior in almost every respect to the Freedom, yet the latter is on the receiving end.
    • Almost any fight involving the Destiny, but especially the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown delivered to the Thales in Phase 31.
    • Most of the combat engaged in by the Minerva itself, especially early on, tends to avert this due to the fact that the enemy fleets' usually overwhelming numerical superiority mean that the ship's crew has to fight hard for its wins, even with their substantial firepower advantage. As a result, instances in which the ship does not take substantial damage from enemy attacks are rare.
  • Custom Uniform of Sexy: Lunamaria, who wears a really short pink miniskirt with her uniform. Nobody seems to comment.
    • On the Alliance side there is Stella, whose uniform consists of a uniform jacket with the shoulders cut open over a sleeveless dress that's about as short as Luna's skirt; then there's Mudie. Her uniform features a sleeveless, midriff-baring jacket that is open to reveal her cleavage, no shirt, and a skirt that is even shorter.
  • Death by Adaptation: Lacus. Kojiro Murdoch, the chief mechanic onboard the Archangel, is also killed in the ship's destruction.
  • Deflector Shield: Almost literally with the Positron Reflector Shield used by the Atlantic Federation. The Hyperion-G is equipped with an earlier form of the technology.
    • ZAFT introduces its own Beam Shields, which use different technology to attain the same result. Seen on the Knight Saviour, Destiny, and Legend Gundams, as well as the DOM Trooper.
    • Interestingly, the Knight Saviour, Destiny and Hyperion-G both retain a physical shield (which, in the former two's case, mounts a beam shield on top), but the Legend does not. The Atlantic Federation units, being non-humanoid mobile armors, do not have physical shield either.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Shinn tries this with Stella on a couple of occasions, the first occurring after he inadvertently used her Block Word shortly after saving her life. The last is during the battle against the Destroy, and he would have succeeded if not for the Freedom. Stella is later permanently defused by Dr. Kinney, who judging from her treatment of Stella throughout the story, saw the Extendeds more as the children they were rather than the weapons they were meant to be. Defecting for Love / High-Heel–Face Turn ensues soon afterwards.
  • Demoted to Extra: Rey. While he initially remains present as part of the supporting cast and is still someone Shinn is very close to, his role is severely reduced compared to his canon counterpart by way of putting him on a bus, though he returns just in time to be Killed Off for Real in the final battle.
  • Double Weapon: The Sword Impulse, Knight Saviour, Legend, and Destiny all have paired swords that can be combined at the pommel to form one.
  • Dying Declarationof Love: Seems to be played heart-wrenchingly straight with Stella, when she confesses her love to Shinn as she goes out following the Destroy's defeat.. The next chapter actually subverts it, since she is immediately revealed to be Not Quite Dead, and ultimately survives.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Unato Ema Seiran is crushed by a falling mobile suit - which was Yuna's fate in the series.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Shinn, who has gone through a Trauma Conga Line that began when his entire family was horrifically killed right before his eyes when he was just fourteen, and continues through to the end of the story.
  • Eureka Moment: Yzak, when he discovers close-range beam weapons e.g. Beam Sabers, Beam Axes can cut through a Positron Reflector Shield.
    • A more subtle one occurs much earlier when Shinn is able to identify a vulnerability in the enemy mobile armor's Positron Reflector, which he exploits to disable it. Athrun later replicates the same move.
  • Evil Is Bigger: The Atlantic Federation seems to have a fixation with progressively bigger mobile armors, leading up to the Destroy. They get smaller again afterwards with the Thales and the Euclid.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Jibril, Yuna Roma Seiran.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Jibril and Durendal, with everyone else caught in the middle.
  • Expy: The entire New Millennium mobile suit line is both this and a Shout-Out to the Zeon mobile suits of the original Gundam, right down to using the same names.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Atlantic Federation, of course, and Big Bad Jibril and his cohorts. Mudie(of the Eurasian Federation) also counts initially.
  • Four-Star Badass: Yzak, hands down.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The story, like the series it's based on, is filled with it: GUNDAM, ZAKU(Bonus points for nested acronyms, as the Z stands for "ZAFT"), GOUF, DOM, as well as DRAGOON, and the mobile weapon designation codes used by all factions(ZGMF, MBF, GAT, TSX, etc...). Also OMNI, PLANT, ZAFT, FAITH, and SEED, of course.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Subverted. See above under Dying Declaration of Love.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: Throughout; the only truly, unarguably evil character is still Jibril.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Stella, the only female Phantom Pain pilot, who defects to ZAFT to be with Shinn. Doubles as Defecting for Love
  • Hot-Blooded: Shinn. Also Yzak, to a slightly lesser degree due to being older and more experienced.
  • Hurting Hero: Shinn occasionally shows shades of this. He is haunted by having witnessed the particularly gruesome death of his family as a result of a shot from the Freedom during the evacuation of Orb, and the apparent death of Rey, severe injuries suffered by first Heine, then Athrun, and Stella's near-death at Hamburg only serve to make things worse. Later on, he is shown on one occasion to be suffering from violent nightmares brought on by the things he has seen and done over the course of the war.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: All over the place. Kira and Shinn are the main examples, and this is in fact one of the things that drive the actions of both throughout the story.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This seems to very much be Shinn's thing. For instance, he kills Auel Neider, who takes a beam javelin to the gut, just like in the series. Also, the Freedom, by the Storm Impulse. Also used occasionally against enemy mooks too. In the final battle, he defeats and kills Rey in this manner by impaling the Legend's torso.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Averted - The GINN High-Maneuver Type II used by the zealots instigating the Colony Drop use katanas, but they are hopelessly outclassed by newer beam weapon-equipped mobile suits. The only reason they last as long as they did is that each and every one of them is an experienced veteran, while all but a handful of their opponents are rookies.
  • Karma Houdini: During her rampage across Eurasia in the Destroy, Stella levels three cities and kills several million people. This is never brought up following her Heel–Face Turn. Possibly justified because A. she was manipulated into doing so by Lukas, and B. Very few people actually know that she was the pilot.
  • Killed Off for Real: Lacus Clyne, who is killed in her second appearance with a 12.7x99mm rifle round Also Rey, and most of the villains.
  • Kill the Cutie: Averted with Stella. Though Kira attempts to kill her to stop the Destroy's rampage, he is prevented from delivering the finishing blow by Shinn. Despite extremely severe injuries, Stella ultimately survives. However Lacus definitely counts.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The aerial-combat Chaos, amphibious Abyss, and ground-combat Gaia, in the first part of the story. One is a mobile armor, the other two are transformable mobile suits each with appropriate Meaningful Name.
  • Large Ham: Jibril, a specialist in Chewing the Scenery. Durendal also has his moments.
  • Latex Space Suit: The pilot's flight/space suits, as usual.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: SOP in every single ship-to-ship engagement: Although both conventional and beam-firing naval artillery is present and used, the primary strategy of most naval forces on both sides is to launch massive numbers of missiles at whatever they're targeting.
    • Used to absolutely devastating effect by Yzak very early in Operation Angel Down: He predicts that the Archangel will evade his attack by rolling to the side, and when it does unleashes every single one of the Minerva's port-side missile launchers as well as most of its top-mounted cannons, hammering at the same spot on the relatively vulnerable underside of the Archangel's hull over and over as it passes and dealing it a crippling blow.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Pretty much the whole cast's reaction when the Destroy first appears. And again when Requiem is fired(both times). And again when Meer publicly reveals that she is an impostor on a WORLDWIDE broadcast.
  • Meaningful Name: Several examples, some of which have been noted above.
    • The Destiny's two BFS are named "Moralltach", which is Gaelic for "Great Fury". Now consider Shinn's temper for a moment.
      • The Destiny also features a single smaller beam blade mounted to its shield called "Beagalltach", or "Little Fury"
    • In the series, Jibril is simply referred to by his surname or as "Lord Jibril". In this version, he has a first name: Teivel, which means exactly what it sounds like.
    • The Kerberos BuCUE, named after the three-headed hellhound of Greek mythology. Guess what it looks like.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Every named pilot that's not dead by the middle of the story. Shinn and Yzak each get two.
  • Mythology Gag: Numerous
    • The Impulse, to both the original Gundam and Gundam MkII.
    • The Destiny Gundam, to the Zeta Gundam, the V2 Gundam, the Gundam F91, and Tallgeese II
    • The Akatsuki, to the Hyaku Shiki
    • The Destroy, to both the Big Zam and, in the case of the first one, the Psyco Gundam, due to its color scheme and pilot.
    • Heine Westenfluss, to Ramba Ral; Heine pilots a Gouf, and even reuses Ramba Ral's classic line about his machine being NO ZAKU! Ironically, Yzak's GOUF Ignited is the one that is in the original's blue colors, while Heine's is bright, two-tone orange. The mass-produced model, meanwhile, is in dull-brown colors inspired by the Gouf Flight Type
    • Though the two characters are completely different in nearly every aspect, Miriallia Haww's cameo as a freelance photojournalist still references Kai Shiden's similar cameo in Zeta Gundam
    • Shinn and Stella, as mentioned under Composite Character above.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kira, as pointed out by both Cagalli and Athrun; his abduction of Cagalli is what allowed the Seirans to extend their influence and send the Orb Fleet to aid the Atlantic Federation.
    • A case could probably be made for Shinn, as well; his decision to return Stella to the Alliance immediately led to her being made the Destroy's pilot and sent on a rampage that cost millions of lives.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Big Bad, Durendal, for getting Kira to come out of retirement by assassinating his girlfriend. Nice Job.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: Blue Cosmos/Logos.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Played with in the case of Kira and the Freedom's explosion. He does survive, but is crippled for life. Also Rey, who nearly died before being rescued following his ZAKU being shot down, and was left horribly scarred.
  • Not Quite Dead: Stella, who is critically injured but survives the Destroy's destruction. Later revealed to have been the case for both Rey and Kira as mentioned above. Lukas O'Donnell also does this, only to be Killed Off for Real in his next combat sortie a couple of chapters later.
  • No-Sell: The Hyperion-G is equipped with a cannon specifically designed to fire through its own reflector field, making it the ONLY mobile suit capable of attacking a reflector-field equipped mobile armor from long range.
    • Phase-Shift Armor is a severely downplayed example due to the ubiquity of beam weapons, but it remains highly effective against shell-firing weapons and conventional explosives, which are still in wide use.
    • On the opposite end, the Akatsuki's "Yata-no-Kagami" not only no-sells beam weapons, it reflects them back at the attacking mobile suit. The caveat is that it only works with long-range beam weapons. As Shinn promptly demonstrates, a beam saber will still cut through its armor like butter. Additionally, it is highly vulnerable to shell-firing weapons, though this comes up only once in the story.
  • Nuke 'em: The Atlantic Federation tries to do this to PLANT again - it doesn't end well.
  • Older and Wiser: The returning Seed cast, and especially Athrun, who acts as a Big Brother Mentor to Shinn, with significant impact on the latter's growth over the course of the story.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Kira and the Archangel, like canon believe this, before Cagalli rips them a new one when she's abducted. Athrun later calls Kira out on their actions as well
  • One-Man Army: Anyone piloting a Destroy - mostly. Also, Kira in the Freedom; Athrun and Shinn, especially after their Mid-Season Upgrade. Rey, in the couple of times he sorties in the Legend, counts as well
  • Original Character: Several, a couple of which are also shout-outs. Most notable original characters play only a supporting role: Captain Bernard Mac Caffrey, the scientists Martin Rice and Megan Kinney, and President Baum and Vice-President Marshall of the Eurasian Federation are the main ones.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted and played straight on separate occasions with Athrun's "Alex Dino" identity and the attendant disguise, which basically consists of a pair of Cool Shades. At the beginning of the story it lasts precisely until the moment he opens his mouth, at which point he is instantly recognized by first Yzak, then Dearka. Later on he runs into Miriallia, who plays this straight as she does not recognize him until he removes the aforementioned shades.
  • Precision F-Strike: Yzak frequently does this, as well as the occasional Cluster F-Bomb. Also, Shinn on one occasion.
  • Praetorian Guard: FAITH (Fast Acting Integrated Tactical Headquarters), a ZAFT élite Special Forces unit that only answers to Durendal and the Supreme Council - in practice, mostly Durendal.
    • The Eurasian Federation has the analogous Blackbird Squadron/501st Autonomous Mobile Corps.
  • Put on a Bus: A couple of characters. In most cases, The Bus Came Back eventually.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Shinn Asuka.
  • Red Shirt: Contains the usual subversion in the case of ZAFT red coats such as Shinn, Lunamaria, Rey, and Heine, who are among the most highly skilled pilots in the series.
  • The Reveal: A couple of minor ones concerning first Athrun, then Meer learning about Lacus's assassination. More major ones occur when Durendal is revealed to be the Big Bad, and almost immediately afterwards when he is deposed in a bloodless coup and exposed as a Manipulative Bastard to the entire world.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shinn during Operation Angel Down, which results in the destruction of the Freedom and apparent death of its pilot.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Unlike her canon counterpart, Cagalli is very proactive in undermining or circumventing the Atlantic Federation-sympathetic Seirans at every opportunity, with help from Rondo Mina Sahaku. She is not always successful, but of her most significant three attempts to do so, two are successful.
  • Say My Name: A few examples, including: Athrun, when Kira is apparently killed by Shinn. Also, Kira, when Lacus is assassinated.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Shinn, during the Indian Ocean battle, breaks off combat to level an Alliance base and free civilian prisoners being used as forced labor. When Athrun administers Corporal Punishment afterwards, Shinn responds with this trope. And gets slapped again.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Several examples. Excluding the prologue, notable ones are Heine Westenfluss, Colonel Todaka, Meer Campbell, and Stella Loussier
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Shinn and Stella, who are on opposite sides of the least initially. After she nearly dies, they do get their happy ending though.
  • State Sec: Phantom Pain, though kind of downplayed, much as in the series. Technically an Atlantic Federation Special Ops unit, the 81st Independent Battalion. In actuality, it is controlled by Blue Cosmos/Logos.
  • Stripperiffic: Most of Meer's various outfits and all three entries under Custom Uniform of Sexy, above(especially Mudie's).
  • Super Mode: SEED mode, the ill-explained ability of certain characters to suddenly turn their abilities Up to Eleven, which usually(but not always) immediately precedes a severe beatdown. There appears to be two methods this ability activates:
    • Unstoppable Rage: Shinn, to a T. At least early on, up to and including Operation Angel Down, mentioned previously. Afterwards, his character development leads to the same transition Kira and Athrun already experienced in Gundam SEED to the second method.
    • Tranquil Fury: Kira and Athrun. In the last third or so of the story, Shinn as well - best exemplified by his reaction to the destruction of Stella's Storm Impulse(she escapes unharmed in the Core Splendor). Instead of flying into a rage, he instead delivers a perfectly calm Pre Ass Kicking One Liner before proceeding to brutally and completely curb-stomp the one responsible.
  • Super Prototype: The Gundams, of course. Also, the Alliance fields a series of very large Super Prototype mobile armors. The DOM Trooper technically is one as well.
  • Technical Pacifist: Kira, who almost exclusively aims for the head and limbs of any mobile suit he attacks. This comes back to bite him in the ass hard during Operation Angel Down, when Shinn exploits this tendency to his own advantage and soundly defeats the Freedom while piloting the significantly inferior Impulse, destroying it and leaving Kira permanently crippled.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Most of the weapons of the Minerva have names derived from Wagner operas and/or Norse mythology, as does the Wave-Motion Gun "Nibelung". The same theme is present with the Archangel and the Izumo and Niranjan classes.
    • Nearly all BFS in the series are named after mythological swords from British or Gaelic mythology.
      • The Impulse's Excalibur and Caliburn(wielded by the Sword and Storm Impulse respectively), and the GOUF Ignited's Carnwennan are named after weapons wielded by King Arthur - the first two being swords, while Carnwennan was a dagger.
      • The Destiny's Moralltach(Great Fury) and Beagalltach(Little Fury) are named after the swords of Gaelic mythological hero Diarmuid Ua Dhuibne.
      • The Strike Noir's Fragarach is named after the sword of the Gaelic mythological King Nuadha Airgetlám, though it had other wielders including Manannán mac Lir and Lugh Lámfada.
      • The "Caladbolg" beam saber wielded by the Sabre Dagger is named after the sword of Gaelic mythological figure Fergus mac Róich.
    • A thematically similar non-sword example: The Blu Duel's "Gáe Bulg" linear bazooka is named after the spear of Gaelic mythological hero Cú Chulainn
    • The Blast Impulse's Kerberos beam cannons(and the Destiny's related Megálos Kerberos) and the Gunner ZAKU's Orthros are named after the Greek mytholical three-headed hellhound and its two-headed sibling.
  • Transforming Mecha: Several: the Saviour Gundams, the Gaia, Abyss, and Murasame.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted occasionally with the Impulse's Silhouette Packs. In at least two instances, enemy units attempt to attack the Silhouette Pack while it is en route towards the Impulse, but are prevented from doing so by someone else intervening.
  • Trigger Phrase: The Extendeds each have a pre-programmed "Block Word", which functions as a Berserk Button of sorts.
  • Tyke Bomb: The Extendeds, or "Biological CPU": they are put through Training from Hell practically from birth in order to create human weapons, and are generally regarded as little more than expendable parts used to control mobile suits. Dr. Kinney and Captain McCaffrey are exceedingly rare exceptions to the norm, as they actually see them as the children they are rather than as living weapons.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Mentioned in Phase 23 as Shinn ponders how he feels after defeating the Freedom
  • Villains Never Lie: Gilbert Durendal, with his speeches in the early part of the story
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Multiple examples, including the Tannhauser and Lohengrin positron blaster cannons; The Destroy, which beam-spams them; Then there's Nibelung and Requiem, which are this turned Up to Eleven.
  • Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The nukes, Requiem, Nibelung, and the Destroy
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Dearka and Athrun. However, both are stripped of their élite status and required to re-enlist (which was the case only for Dearka in the series)
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Shinn blames what happens to his family on Cagalli, and he is very obvious about it. He is called out a number of times on it, and eventually gets over it.
    • Shinn is also called out by Heine on his rather naïve decision to return Stella to the Alliance.
    • Kira is called out by Athrun on the fact that his interfering in battles actually makes things worse, resulting in MORE casualties rather than stopping the fighting.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Stella, who is put into the Destroy and goes on a city-destroying rampage, destroying everything in sight and killing millions because she is terrified that they will kill her.
  • Xanatos Gambit / Xanatos Speed Chess: Whether Durendal is behind everything that happens in the series or is just very good at altering his plans to take advantage of events as they occur is up for debate for much of the story. It turns out to be a little of both.
  • Zen Survivor: Athrun to Shinn and the other Minerva pilots.


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