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  • Awesome Music: The movie has a beautiful soundtrack courtesy of John Debney. Even those who hate the movie think that the main theme from the Japanese version is fantastic.
  • Bile Fascination: This movie is infamous among the Gundam fandom, and some can't help but want to know why.
  • Complete Monster: General Garneaux is the Big Bad. While appearing to be a man trying to save his people, he is later revealed to be the opposite. Desiring a special serum that will save CONSENT from starvation, he plans on destroying it in order to implement a policy of selective starvation, all for the sake of power; he orders Lt. Col. Jack Halle to kill the Illuminati when they break into a Hydrogen rig to steal the serum. Heading to Gaia to acquire the serum from Mark and Cynthia, he starts a war between CONSENT and Gaia as a distraction, using Mark’s fiancée Mimi as a spy.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Contrary to popular belief, Word of God has not removed G-Saviour from the Universal Century. However, everyone treats it like it has, and the creators of the franchise rarely acknowledge the film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The fact that this estabilishes that the Earth Federation will eventually collapse a few decades before the events of the film may cause this while viewing the Universal Century shows.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Let's see:
    • A mobile suit named Freedom, and an Anime Theme Song titled "Orb". Ring any bells? Also, the GINNs in SEED look a hell lot like the Bugus. For that matter, one of the pilots in this film is played by Samuel Vincent, who would go on to play Athrun.
    • Guess which of the generic characters from another anime gets a similar denial-based reactions (albeit ironic) from fans?
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    • This isn't be the last time Enuka Okuma plays a character from Gundam.
    • Sunrise announced that they're working on another live-action adaptation of Gundam as announced in 2019.
  • Memetic Mutation: Gundam: A Netflix Original/Netflix's Gundam Explanation 
  • Narm: The battle of Side 8. Even without the "awful non-action scenes", it's still pretty narmy.
    • You'll either react with laughter or a Flat "What" upon learning that the mook CONSENT mobile suit is named "Bugu". No, really.
    • The G-Saviour's Origin Mode.
  • Never Live It Down: This film has forever tainted the idea of live-action Gundam for many fans of the franchise, to the point where many brought it up when the Legendary Pictures film was announced.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: A rare example of the video game being much better than the movie it's based on.
  • Special Effect Failure:
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    • It's clearly raining in the airbase, yet all of the actors are completely dry.
    • Then there's the CGI mobile suitsnote . While they look pretty decent (Key word being "look"), their slow movements and actions (when compared to other Gundam shows or games) murder the awesomeness of the battle scenes.
  • So Okay, It's Average: When detached from the Gundam franchise and viewed as stand-alone, G-Saviour isn't horrible, but nothing to write home about either.
  • Squick: Mark and Cynthia escaping the morgue through a chute, taking them to a bin full of bags of human remains and not reacting about it.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Mark and Cynthia. The man already has a girlfriend in the form of Mimi and decides that after snogging Cynthia, he doesn't love Mimi anymore and wants to be with Cynthia instead.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: A lot of fans really feel like the Mobile Suits got the short end of the stick. There are those that un-ironically like the mobile suit designs and think that they didn't deserve to be in such a mediocre movie.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The movie is brimming with this, the main issue being that nothing gets an explanation. The vast majority of things happen in the film simply because why not, and there is naught explaining as to why anything turns out the way they do. Whatever is there is as flimsy as possible or extremely dull. Some who have explored the movie and the untranslated drama CD suggest that one should watch the movie and listen to the drama CD to understand the bigger picture.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Just about everyone. The actors (except maybe Brennan Elliott), the director, producers, the writer, and even Sunrise, to the point that the latter created tie-ins for the film.
  • Woolseyism: The Japanese version. Not only did it feature dubbed (and sometimes changed) dialogue, it also featured a completely new intro, and recut some of the scenes, for better or for worse

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