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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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  • 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. Most mobile suits that get stripped down to their frame remove all of their armor, but this design refraining from doing so results in a silly look from its regularly-proportioned head and torso mixed with selectively spindly limbs. Though fans however managed to get the design to work.
  • 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.
  • 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: Merchandise-related: 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 bemoan that, due to the movie's failure, the G-Saviour Space Mode was the only design to get a model kit.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The drama CD carries a lot of interesting information that isn't used in the movie itself, leaving a lack of explanation for a lot of events. Some 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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