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  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: For some reason, the video games love to do this... but Heero never pulls apart the Twin Buster Rifles, fires, and starts spinning. Yes, it would be a wave of devastation, but by the time he gets Wing Zero he actually gives a damn about civilian casualties, and the Buster Rifles sure as HELL don't discriminate.
    • To clarify, that scene actually happens in the series, but Heero wasn't the one in the mecha at the time. In fact, all other 6 of the 7 people who pilot the Wing Zero execute this little trick, the odd one out of course being Heero.
    • Possibly a justified usage. In the video games, there is no risk of civilian casualties to speak of; it's giant robots only. And it is quite the powerful attack, so there's no reason for him NOT to do it. Just because his progression through the anime makes him more... Heeroic... it doesn't mean he wouldn't use the attack if he could get away with the whole "no innocents" thing.
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    • Furthermore splitting the rifle and going to town simply isn't Heero's combat style, notably enough he only seems to fire the rifle when it counts.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Heero Yuy's Voice Actor, Mark Hildreth, is a well known TV Actor and voice actor. Unfortunately, he hasn't been asked to return to the role (or, more likely, he doesn't want too) due to some reception issues.
  • Cross-Dressing Voice: In Japan, Quatre was voiced by a woman. Pretty much averted in everywhere else except for the Filipino and Taiwanese dubs. Also, Duo is voiced by a woman in the Taiwanese dub.
  • The Danza: Catherine Bool is voiced by Cathy Weseluck in English, her full name's Catherine. This won't be her last.
  • Demand Overload: When the show first aired in the US on Cartoon Network, Bandai's supply of Wing model kits got exhausted.
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  • Enforced Method Acting: In the English dub, Scott McNeil's Big "NO!" was achieved when he thought back to the most painful moment in his life, when his wife accidentally knocked over his motorcycle with the family minivan.
  • Fountain of Expies: Relena would later serve as the inspiration for Dianna Soreil, Lacus Clyne, Cagalli Yula Athha (who was also based on Sayla Mass), Princess Rele, Marina Ismail, and Kudelia Aina Bernstein, and outside of Gundam, Nunnally Lamperouge and Euphemia Li Britannia, and Asseylum Vers Allusia.
  • The Other Darrin: Catherine Bloom and Sally Po's dub actress was replaced changed after the first 13 episodes.
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  • Prop Recycling: Yes, it can happen in anime; the laser gun used by OZ's Taurus units to defend Barge was originally an Earth Federation 90mm "bullpup" machinegun that pops up in Gundam 0080, Gundam 0083, and The 08th MS Team.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Some of the voice actors in Japanese will later voice characters in Sengoku Basara. Namely, Wu Fei's, Trowa's, and Treize's voice actors.
  • Star-Making Role: This show pretty much launched the careers for Hikaru Midorikawa (Heero), Toshihiko Seki (Duo) and Ryotaro Okiayu (Treize) into great stardom-to-legend status.
  • What Could Have Been: In the original draft, episodes 27 and 28 would have been flashbacks, revealing important moments from the Gundam pilots' and Relena's pasts. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts arose which lead to head writer Katsuyuki Sumisawa quitting the series. The episodes were turned into recap episodes, and the backstories were archived in the manga Episode Zero.
    • The designs of the Gundams went through some odd evolutions. Some versions of Wing don't even have wings, Sandrock at one point had an "eagle claw" similar to Shenlong's dragon fang, and Deathscythe and Heavyarms' "nationalities" were swapped, resulting in early Deathscythes with very European gothic elements. And Heavyarms was, at one point, a flamethrowing clown giant robotnote . In his mecha design artbook, Kunio Okawara admits that he was still in a G Gundam mindset at the time (especially with Clowny-Arms) and had to get away from that before he could work in earnest.
    • The character design notes at the end of Episode Zero reveal that Father Maxwell was originally conceived as much younger before he was changed to an elderly man. In contrast, Sister Helen was originally designed to be older but was changed to a young woman.
    • Meilan's original character was designed with a more "stereotypical Chinese girl" look with Odango Hair before it was changed to look more tomboyish.
    • A few character tidbits:
      • At various points in the production, Wufei was envisioned as Ethiopian rather than Chinese, and was actually a Newtype (with the power to sense evil); the latter one was nixed late enough in production that a few rare pieces of merchandise like pencilboards actually still list him as a Newtype. Additionally, it seems Wataru Takagi was originally cast to play Wufei before being replaced by Ryuzou Ishino; Takagi would turn up as the hero of next year's Gundam.
      • Toshihiko Seki, Duo's voice actor in Japanese, actually auditioned for Zechs. Hilarious in Hindsight when he later voiced another Char Clone in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
      • Everyone knows that Zechs is a Char Clone, but few know that Noin was originally envisioned as a Garma Clone. The only vestige of this in the final anime is the design of the Taurus, which was always intended to be her personal mobile suit, and was designed with the keywords "sleek" and "spiky" in mind.
      • Lady Une was originally conceived as a naive country girl who fell in love with Treize; additionally, Treize's early character designs made him look a lot like Gihren Zabi.
  • Word of God: Director Masashi Ikeda, in an interview with Animerica, said that he didn't intend on a romantic relationship between Heero and Relena because he thought that the political and symbolic relationships between the two were much more important. Yaoi Fangirls love to cite this interview as proof that Heero's gay, Quote Mining it (accidentally or intentionally) to remove the other things Ikeda said. Like the fact that he didn't intend on any romance (straight, gay, or whatever), or him saying that the lack of romance is because of his own inability to write "boy-girl romance", or him saying that that doesn't mean Heero and Relena will never ever become a couple (he even admitted he could see it happening somewhere down the line).
  • One episode features what has to be one of the single most savvy mooks in the history of the franchise. This particular mook, whom this troper seems to recall never even gets a name, comments that "Outer Space has a bad habit of sending menacing objects to Earth"...which summarizes, to some extent or another, not only Wing itself but the vast majority of Gundam series, both before and since.
  • Naoko Matsui explained her involvement in Wing in an interview for the Series Bible books: After Mobile Suit Gundam ZZnote  wrapped, the staff asked her "Say, if Gundam is still going in ten years, would you be willing to come back?" Matsui replied "Sure, why not?" and the rest is history.


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