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  • The pilots can be heard screaming their friend's names when they get blasted. One example includes Athrun of Gundam SEED getting all pissed off as his friend gets shot down, even though he and his friends were conducting a sneak attack against a civilian outpost of a neutral nation (granted, it was supplying weapons to their enemies), which involved killing dozens if not hundreds of enemy personnel with large explosions, including non-combat ones.
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  • He does it again in episode 29, in which Kira kills Nicol Amarfi, and Athrun flies into a rage because Kira slashed Nicol in self-defense, as he forgets that he's the one chasing after the Archangel and the Strike, and not the other way around.
  • Special mention goes to Shinn, who snaps because his family was killed during the Earth Alliance invasion of Orb. Two years later, his response is to lead a ZAFT invasion of the same country; the irony of the situation and the fact that he could be creating other children just like him completely escapes his notice.
    • Shinn also has a Freak Out when Kira Yamato kills Extended pilot Stella (who was burning down Berlin) and vows revenge. Yet Shinn himself kills two other Extended pilots while railing about how both are monsters who had it coming. The difference? He knew Stella personally.
  • In S2 of Gundam 00 Nena Trinity seeks to avenge her brothers by killing Ali and those who employ him. An understandable objective, sure... but there's just one thing worth noting: earlier, she strafed a wedding and killed an entire family of innocent people purely because she didn't like the idea of other people having a good time when she wasn't. So, she sees no problem in killing the families of innocent people for kicks, but if anyone kills her family, she sees them and everyone associated with them as monsters.
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  • In a case of a dramatic irony, the girl who survived that onslaught, Louise, goes on to target Nena and all associated with her for revenge, developing the exact same Moral Myopia in the process. Karma ends up hitting them both, as Nena dies at Louise's hands, and Louise suffers a complete mental breakdown that, as The Movie shows, she can never fully recover from.
  • Another example earlier in the series where an A-Laws pilot tries to get revenge on Setsuna for killing some of his comrades in battle. Nevermind the fact that he had just loosed a dozen killer robots in a space station full of unarmed prisoners.
    • Setsuna himself isn't any better. During Season One, he condemned the Thrones for being excessive in their interventions, to the point that he claimed they weren't Gundams (that's huge from Setsuna). What did the Thrones do exactly? Well, outside Nena's random slaughter of the Halevy family, they attacked weapons factories and research plants like MSWAD; you know, the places where the Big Three conceive and manufacture weapons, which in the real world are considered legitimate targets (just ask any World War II bomber crew) and would have otherwise gone a long way in eliminating war from the 00 universe. And what did Setsuna's group do in comparison? Attacked whole countries at random, crippled national economies (see Moralia), incited at least one global terrorist attack and came no closer to accomplishing their main objective than when they first started. And yet the Trinitys are the bad guys?
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  • In Zeta Gundam, Kamille and Jerid go back and forth with killing people important to the other (sometimes unknowingly, as with Jerrid killing Kamille's mother by crushing the capsule she was in), and both regularly accuse the other of being a cold-blooded murderernote . Kamille also gets this hilariously Narmful quote, directed at Blood Knight Yazan Gable: "How can you kill people so easily?! DIE!!"
  • Icelina Eisenbach of the original Gundam thinks that it's perfectly okay for her to betray her country to help pretty boy Garma impress his father, sister, and brother by taking over the world. When Garma's killed, she absolutely freaks out, declares the Earth Federation troops to be monsters, and leads a futile attack against them that gets her killed. It's sad, but not as sad as the creators want it to be, and it's entirely due to this trope being in full effect.
  • Char Aznable is perhaps the poster boy of this trope, even outside of Gundam. In the original series, he took active revenge against the Zabis for his father's murder and their corrupting his vision for their purposes. In Zeta Gundam, he spoke out against the Titans for committing wanton acts of genocide and other heinous crimes against the whole of humanity, all for the purpose of their vision. So what does Char do in Char's Counterattack? He drops asteroids on the Earth in the hope of creating a complete nuclear winter and killing billions in the process, all so that humanity would be forced into immigrating into that wonderful utopia known as space. And he does so claiming he's fulfilling his father's vision, when in reality Zeon Zum Daikun promoted immigration to space so that the Earth could heal from human presence.
  • Zeon has this in spades. While there are legitimate issues with the Federation, Zeon is far from tackling the issues in reality. A group that says its fighting for "all spacenoids" decides its first target are other spacenoids. Also, using oppression to fight oppression is not freedom fighting.

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