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  • Acceptable Targets: Tons of ethnic and National Stereotypes get mocked to hell and back to add to the show's over-the-top nature, and it is glorious. It helps that the characters tend to be well-written despite the stereotypes and how the writers weren't afraid to throw several stereotypes about Japan into the mix.
  • Awesome Music: Check out the Gundam page for entries from this series.
  • Broken Base: Given how much of an Oddball in the Series G Gundam is, there has been some debate about if it should really quality as a Gundam series or not, or at the very least whether or not that should get in the way of being able to enjoy it.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: All the ethnic and national stereotypes probably would've been more offensive if the series wasn't so over-the-top and silly.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Allenby with the Domon/Rain shippers and Rain with the Domon/Allenby shippers. Even one official manga got some heat from the fanbase for making Rain out to be more of a Clingy Jealous Girl because the mangaka preferred Allenby.
    • Domon, if you ship Rain with George or Chibodee. Because it's not like he has the Freudian Excuse that makes him harsh to everyone, nooooo, he has to be a drunkard and evil Domestic Abuser...
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Hans Holgar from Neo Denmark. He's got a fish-shaped Gundam, but his smarts and and VERY good looks have given him a special place in the fans' hearts.
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    • Master Asia's horse, Fuunsaiki, qualifies: What else can you expect when a horse gets its own Gundam?
    • Neo Holland's Nether / Windmill Gundam shows up a lot when people are describing the series.
    • And Kyral Mekirel, old handicapped badass.
    • In Japan, Mandala Gundam is fairly popular - evidently due to its especially bizarre design. (This backfired when G Gundam toys were released stateside: Mandala Gundam action figures were always the ones left hanging on the shelves.)
    • Not just Fuun Saiki, Master Asia himself is insanely popular among mecha fans. He even finished runner-up in the SaiGAR 2007 tournament!
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: While on the personal level it's happy, on the global scale it may not be as happy as it seems. There's another Gundam Fight coming, though the pilots' resolve to preserve the Earth means that it might not be as ecologically-devastating this time round. The tone of the series and the conversation between Chairman Karato and Dr. Kasshu in the finale seems to strongly imply that they will devise a way to make the system less destructive, especially since Dr. Kasshu himself is now free to have another try at creating something that can restore Earth that won't decide to Kill All Humans if it gets a little dinged up on landing.
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  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Michelo, replete with dark colors and Spikes of Villainy.
  • Fountain of Memes: Goes hand-in-hand with being an Oddball in the Series that runs on Narm Charm.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Blink and you miss it, but the Twin Towers are visible in some of the establishing shots for Manhattan.
    • Andrew's accusation that the report Neo Russia compiled on the accident that killed his wife was a cover-up is a bit painful to hear after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent information war between it and the West.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Neo France apparently uses Neo Francs, even though France stopped dealing in francs when it adopted the euro in 2002.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: Master Asia, seeking to save the Earth's environment, became a willing servant of the Devil Gundam. He used the pretense of the Gundam fight to lure four Gundam Fighters to Shinjuku, where he used DG Cells to brainwash them into becoming protectors of the Devil Gundam. When the Devil Gundam destroys Shinjuku, Master rallies the survivors while secretly leading the Death Army. When Master's student Domon Kasshu comes to Shinjuku to investigate, Master repeatedly lured Domon into traps in the hopes of brainwashing him into another of the Devil Gundam's protectors. Domon's partner Rain revealing Master's duplicity is only a minor inconvenience to him, as he just uses his Master Gundam to easily defeat Domon. Master frequently exploits Domon's anger management issues to bait him into making near fatal mistakes. Master enters an alliance with Prime Minister Wong, who wants to use the Devil Gundam to rule the world. Wong tries to kill Master so he can have the Devil Gundam to himself, but Master outmanuevers Wong. When Domon defeats Master for good, Master realizes that humans are a part of nature and apologizes to Domon for his crimes before he dies, revealing that he is the only character to work with the Devil Gundam without becoming a DG cell infested slave. While Master is ruthless, he remains a man of honor to the end.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Master Asia, who could solo the Gundam multiverse. On foot armed only with a sash.
    • Also Domon and Rain as a "Memetic Sweet Couple", only Garrod and Tiffa edge them out in that regard.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales:
    • Americans Love Chibodee Crocket. He's a Boisterous Bruiser who manages to fit every Eagle Land stereotype imaginable, and his Gundam is a six-shooting cowboy quarterback boxer with a surfboard. He's enormously popular in the United States because he's so damn Crazy Awesome.
    • And Mexicans also love how ridiculous the Tequila Gundam and the Neo Mexico space colony look like.
  • Narm Charm: It's Gundam mixed with hot blood and revolves around a Tournament Arc. It ditches nearly all traces of War Is Hell in favor of pure Super Robot Genre tropes. It's chock full of over-the-top Narm moments, flat-out ridiculous attacks, and not a single line delivered with any subtlety. And yet, this show wouldn't even be half as good as it is if it was any less corny. The narmiest moment was Master Asia declaring he would become: SUPER ASIA.
  • Newer Than They Think: Robot Jox predates this anime by four years and has a similar plot.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Some feel this way about the previous generation of the Shuffle Alliance.
  • Signature Scene: Trapped in flooding ruins, Domon and Master Asia gather up their chi, and proceed to launch a skyscraper into orbit with nothing except sheer Charles Atlas Superpower. It's to the point where it used to be the page picture for Charles Atlas Superpower.
  • So Bad, It's Good: While there's a sizeable amount of people who enjoy G Gundam for exactly what it is, there's also quite a few who think the show is completely ridiculous, seeing as how it is an Oddball in the Series, yet love it just as much.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The English dub hams it up so well that many swear up and down it's far more entertaining than the Japanese audio. On top of that, they kept all of the songs intact.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: G Gundam was very divisive at the time of its release because of how different it is from the rest of the franchise. While most of the works in the franchise are Real Robot Genre series with strong War Is Hell themes, G Gundam is a Super Robot Genre series where the anti-war themes aren't as prominent. Nowadays, more people are willing to enjoy the show despite its odd nature, but this change in heart is far from universal.
  • Vindicated by History: It was the first alternate universe Gundam series, and to this day is the biggest departure from the usual Gundam fare (barring SD Gundam works), and at the time of its release was very divisive for those reasons. As time went on, it has become one of the most unilaterally beloved Gundam series.
  • Wangst: Domon and Rain's relationship slips into this occasionally, notably towards the end of the series.
  • War Is Hell: The purpose of the Gundam Fights is to PREVENT a full-scale war among the colonies.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the Gundam designs are freaking surreal. The director himself said that he was giggling while giving a few of them to the animators. (At least the Skull and Ashura Gundams have a legitimate excuse: they were sent in by kids in a viewer contest.)
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Rain had the misfortune of falling in love with Domon at the end of the series. Cue the cries of "Rain lost coolness because of that" from the fans. They consider her "inferior" to Allenby due to being more traditionally feminine than she is and for being the Ms. Fanservice, ignoring her multifaceted personality. Not to mention, Rain fully demonstrated that just because she doesn't like to fight doesn't mean she's not good at it, especially after piloting the Rising Gundam to rescue Allenby from DG Cell takeover.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Chibodee's nicknames for the other fighters are changed from national adjectives, to simply the names of their countries. E.g., he says things like "hey, Neo-Japan" rather than "hey, Japanese".
    • Also, the song that Rain and Chibodee's crew sings when he fights Romario. In Japanese, it's the end credits song. In English? AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL.
  • World of Ham: This anime is a mile-high ham and cheese sandwich with the works. And it's glorious. Perhaps even more so with the English dub.


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