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  • Americans Hate Tingle: The Gundam franchise is very unpopular in Brazil, since most of Brazilian anime fans dislike mecha series. The only anime aired in the country was Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz OVAs during the beginning of the 2000s in the Cartoon Network, but it was clearly overshadowed by other animations like Dragon Ball Z, Rurouni Kenshin and Yu Yu Hakusho in the channel. Even the Brazilian fansubs don't have interest on it, most of them don't bother subbing any of the series that came before Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
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  • Broken Base: The fandom is generally grouped roughly based on which series brought you into the fandom, though this has died way down since Gundam's heyday in the early 2000s. The original split was between UC purists and Wingers, with a smaller faction of Seedlings arising later. Gundam 00 was divisive due to its much more Super Robot-styled Gundams and the First Contact plot of the movie given that Absent Aliens has long been a hallmark of the franchise. A later series, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, has caused some disagreements over its "kiddie" styling (to say nothing of the writing gaffes it suffered in its last two arcs).
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: The main reason for the shift from the UC timeline to alternate universes.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: Most of the series have a strong anti-war theme, while simultaneously making sure every episode has awesome giant robot battles in it.
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  • Epileptic Trees: Every fans are skeptical on whether the revealed prototype of the kit will be released for general retail, or as a webshop exclusive. Though the results are zigzagged on every new kit produced.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • Go ahead and call the Mobile Suits "Transformers", we dare you. note 
    • Be sure to learn that not all Mobile Suits are Gundams before getting into a discussion with fans, or risk ticking them off by calling suits like Zakus or BuCUEs Gundams.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Even the original Mobile Suit Gundam made it clear that what was shown on screen was simply one small part of a large war. The UC timeline spans over two centuries, and then there are the Alternate Universe series, and that's not even considering fans making their own Gundam AU. There's also less of an aversion to fans making up all-new casts due to the practice of introducing a new lead character for every anime, manga and video game.
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  • Fanon: The fandom is quite good at creating it, given how many Alternate Continuity versions and contradictory source materials there are.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Contrary to popular belief, there is no official words removing G-Saviour from Universal Century. However, its existence is generally ignored by both the fans and the creators.
    • Some fans really want to believe that the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam remake movies have shunted the less-popular Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ out of canon, but that's not the case (see Canon and Continuity Snarl on the main page).
  • Foe Yay: The Hero and the Big Bad / The Rival are prone to this.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Proportionally speaking, the Master Grade line of model kits sells incredibly well in most foreign countries like Australia and the US. This was very likely due to the line's plethora of gimmicks, which consists of of inner frames (If you don't count even older ones), poseable fingers, excellent color separation (current kits), the usage of clear parts etc.
  • Hypocritical Fandom: Every part of the Gundam fandom have their own opinion on which organization or group should they root for or which series is the best in the entire franchise. This usually led to a lot of debates and despite outlining certain negative aspects that their favorite organizations had or flaws which the series presented, there would always be someone who would deny it; specifically:
  • I Am Not Shazam: At least you can find one of the franchise's (inexperienced) fandom referring the other non-Gundam-type Mobile Suits as the said titular name.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Why some fans enjoy the franchise despite finding the plots boring and the characters irritating. It's still got giant robots blowing each other up!
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page, as well.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Yes, the Federation has corrupt leaders. Yes, Zeon has many good, moral people who serve it. Yes, the Titans are bad. That being said, it's a little scary how many fans will knee-jerk a SIEG ZEON for a regime that murdered billions of people and continued to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years "for freedom".
  • Moment of Awesome: The 30th anniversary short "Gundam Perfect Mission", where the protagonist Gundams from every anime up through Unicorn work together to get the Core Fighter into space, where it forms into the original Gundam, the whole thing ending with a "YEAH!" Shot.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Newtype flash.

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