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General Examples

  • 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. The newest series, Gundam AGE, has caused some disagreements over its "kiddie" styling.
    • When it comes to designers, there's a very minor debate on whether Ippei Gyoubu (Gundam Reconguista in G, Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, Moon Gundam) is worthy to become a mechanical designer for the franchise.
  • Continuity Lock Out: The main reason for the shift from the UC timeline to alternate universes.
  • Crowning 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.
  • Deader Than Disco: Gundam Seed's success would spawn a sequel and a manga spinoff series, and even started talks that the CE timeline could become the new UC. However, Destiny didn't work out so well, and a planned movie to wrap up the saga is in Development Hell, making creators and fans give up on the saga and move on to Mobile Suit Gundam 00. Today, if you ask Gundam fans of their opinion of Seed, you will get plenty of contradicting responses, and you certainly won’t find many fans of Destiny.
    • Though the newly remastered version of Seed that's currently coming out may change that.
  • Fan Dumb: Probably one of the reasons why the Gundam's international fanbase is the worst thanks to overzealous AU fans.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Mainly between Universal Century fans and Alternate Universe fans.
  • Fanon: The fandom is quite good at creating it, given how many Alternate Continuity versions and contradictory source materials there are.
  • Foe Yay: The Hero and The Big Bad / The Rival are prone to this.
  • Hype Aversion: In general, many fans, especially older ones, are not interested in Alternate Universe installments despite the hype, with them waiting for a "proper" Universal Century TV series instead. (In fairness, most of the AUs tend to suffer from decreasing quality in most second seasons/cours.) 
  • Hypocritical Fandom:
  • 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!
  • Magnificent Bastard: Almost every series, from the first Mobile Suit Gundam (Char) to Gundam 00 (Ribbons Almark before Villain Decay) has featured one of these as an antagonist in addition to a Complete Monster.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • In general, nearly every Gundam-type units (mainly from the latest installments) pretty much falls into this given their varying power levels, though they're usually glorified for a lot of wrong reasons.
  • Memetic Mutation: Enough to have its own page.
  • Memetic Loser:
    •  In 2020, any of the characters who had an obsessive relationship with other characters will be immediately labeled as "Simping"  (A 2020 definition for White Knighting/Stalking someone). Known examples such as:
      • Kou Uraki to Nina Purpleton (0083 Stardust Memory)
      • Riddhe Marcenas to Audrey Burne (Unicorn)
      • Riku Mikami to Sarah (Gundam Build Divers)
  • 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, not millions, but BILLIONS of people and continued to wipe out metropolitan centers every few years... FOR FREEDOM.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The Newtype flash.
  • Never Live It Down: A fair number of international fans claimed that the franchise is long dead for good, as they pointed out the slow decline in quality of the recent Gundam shows (mainly in the mid 2010s).
  • No Yay: Any of the Mobile Suit (whether it was popular and/or obscure) getting a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive kit treatment.
  • Recycled Script: Quick, which Gundam show am I describing: the main character is a youngster who gets embroiled in the war when it shows up on his doorstep, leading to him Falling Into the Cockpit of a Gundam. He ends up reluctantly becoming an Ace Pilot, gaining both a personal enemy and a love interest among the enemy, the latter of which dies tragically. Eventually the hero participates in the war's Final Battle, helping defeat the enemy before retiring to a less martial life. Give up? It's MSG, Z, ZZ, Unicorn, V, Seed and Destiny to a lesser extent, and arguably X and Turn A as well. Whew!
  • Rooting for the Empire: For UC, Zeon has far more vocal fans than the Earth Federation. In CE, just mentioning it in reference to the Earth Alliance or ZAFT is likely to cause a Flame War over who was really the bad guy. Ditto, though to a lesser extent, for Mobile Suit Gundam 00. The same debate over whether Vagan or the Earth Federal Forces is worse in Gundam AGE is getting ugly as well.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny:


The Model Kits (Gunpla)

  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • The "No-Grade" kits is greatly disliked by a few foreign fans, mainly due to their preference to Master Grade kits.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Some of the kits (such as the current RGs, and the MGEX Unicorn Gundam) comes with solid fixed hands as opposed to the poseable hands.
  • Better Than Canon: "Third Party" Gunplas, depending on who you ask.
    • Also, unofficial Resin models.
  • Broken Base:
    • Katoki's RX-78-2 redesign.
    • The Reborn-One Hundred (RE/100) line: Fans view it as a needless alternative for the Master Grade line, while others think that the lineup is a cost-effective way to produce large/expensive/obscure units.
    • Which decals are better? Normal, dry-transfer, or water-slides?
  • Crosses The Line Twice:
    • Aside from reusing the figurine from the OVA release of the kit, The MGEX Unicorn Gundam also comes with an additional Cardeas Vist figurine in his "blown away" pose. Thought this was meant to mortalize his final moments in the series, some fans are bemused that such figurine exists.  
  • 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 inner frames (If you don't count even older ones), poseable fingers, excellent color separation (current kits), the usage of clear parts, etc.
  • Hype Aversion: For some, one would say that a new Gunpla that disinterests them is passable.
    • Depending on who you ask, one of them may eventually lose interest in the entire Gunpla line given Bandai Hobby's questionable marketing strategy.
  • Internet Backdraft: Mention both "Premium (or P)" and "Bandai" together, and watch the fandom burn.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks:
    • At least you can find one fan who is completely tired of Bandai repeatedly milking of several molds (MG/HG SEED Astray/Unicorn Gundam kits).
    • The fans also had this reaction on most of the Iron-Blooded Orphans kits.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Loser: When it comes to unreleased/yet-to-be made kits:
    • At least three from Gundam AGE: The MG Gafran, AGE-3 Normal, and AGE-FX, gained their notoriety as an unreleased item after 7 years of their reveal at Gunpla Expo World Tour 2012 Japan.
    • The hypothetical YG-111 G-Self from Gundam: Reconguista in G ultimately takes the cake: Despite the unit winning first place in Gundaminfo's official "Next MG Ver. Ka" poll in 2017, the kit has yet to receive an MG Ver. Ka treatment 3 years later. G-Self's reputation later increased ever since the release of the MG FAZZ Ver. Ka, and the reveal of the Wing Custom Zero being the next Ver. Ka in the Bandai Hobby Next Phase. (In all fairness, a hypothetical Gundam Virtue is not even made even after it won the poll back in 2014)
  • Never Live It Down
    • According to many foreign Gunpla builders, Premium Bandai exclusive model kits are just unnecessarily-rare and expensive releases that could have been sold as general retail instead. This ignores how Premium Bandai is often used as a way to give mobile suits or add-ons that would otherwise be impractical for regular release (either because of the suit's popularity or release circumstances) a way to get into the market.
      • Recolors are popular for P-Bandai because most people who already bought the original release may not be interested in buying what is essentially the same kit and most new molds released through P-Bandai tend to be of very obscure mobile suits or ones that have legal issues tied to them that limit their capacity for mass production. Having a more limited production run based around how many pre-orders are made helps to make this less of a problem.
      • Even though this was averted as they finally released in the West in April 2020, people are still soured by the idea of many of the kits being Premium'd.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny
    • Foil stickers: In spite of the improvements in most modern kits regarding molded detail and color separation, Many fans are sick of some kit's uncolored details being compensated with those stickers.
    • C-clip connections, especially when it breaks if one handled them roughly.
    • Tthe 3+1+1 poseable fingers, notably for the 1/100 (and sometimes 1/144) scale kits. Even with the molded tabs developed to secure its gripping connections, the individual fingers can easily become loose over time, permanently weakening the grip. Thankfully, recent kits opted for the swapping feature on the index-to-pinky fingers.
    • Pre-assembled inner frames, as they lower the complexity and the challenge of building them.
    • If this isn't obvious enough, the exclusivity of the kits counts as well for many foreign fans.
    • Depending on who you ask, No-Grades, as most of them became obsolete once their MG counterparts are produced.
    • Speaking of MGs, the inner frame's simplified construction, as it lowers the fans' experience to the building complexity, and it also loses the signature gimmicks such as the working piston features.
  • The Scrappy
    • The High-Grade Universal Century 1/144 RX-78AN-01 Gundam AN-01 "Tristan" Gunpla from Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight Axis. In-series, the "Tristan" was built from the remains of the RX-78NT-1 Gundam NT-1 "Alex" from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket. Apparently, Bandai decided to do the same with its model. The end result is a 2017 model using 2004 parts, and had the articulation to match. While it isn't uncommon for Gunpla to reuse old runners, as many of the Gundam Build Fighters-based series have done, Bandai got lazy and reused the A-Runner from the old kit. The problem is that this is the runner that defines the kit's articulation. The Tristan actually lost functionality compared to the original Alex, as it couldn't hold its beam rifle well (which is also inexplicably incorrectly colored, something Bandai can do because the HGUC Nu Gundam is identical and color-accurate), no longer had the snap-on Chobham Armor, and couldn't use the Alex's signature wrist-mounted gatlings. All this and the figure's MSRP was higher than the Alex.
    • The High-Grade After Colony Gundam Geminass 01, mainly due to the C-clip joint being used on the elbows, which can weaken over time after many poses or carrying heavier weapons. Not helped that the kit is also released as a Bandai Hobby Online Shop exclusive.
  • Snark Bait: Again, Bandai Hobby also earned its scorn from the fanbase for a variety of reasons.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Among the trivial reactions, these examples are the ones that are worth mentioning:
    • The Bandai Hobby Next Phase Week reveals that the Wing Gundam Zero Custom of all units is confirmed to be made as to the next Ver. Ka MG instead of what the fans hoped: G-Self. (Though the confirmation was likely to commemorate the show's (Gundam Wing) 15th anniversary.)
    • The Master Grade Extreme (MGEX) Unicorn Gundam, which is another 1/100 scale iteration of the titular unit. It likely got worst as the kit also features a newly molded and somewhat half-hearted inner frame (notable points include the bicep frame connection, which is not an inner frame) to accommodate the thin LED strips and reusing at least two runners (with a single-colored V-fin) from the 2007 MG kit. Slightly averted as in-hand reviews pointed out that the frame is durable enough, and it comes with solid, non-poseable hands.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In general, any previously displayed/unreleased Gunplas back in the 2000's (such as the MG versions of the remaining Shuffle Alliance Mobile Fighters and Rising Gundam) count.
    • Some fans felt that the 1/100 Zaku II Kai/FZ kit would've been a Master Grade (which also results in a simultaneous production with the 2.0 version of the MG Alex kit) instead of a Reborn-One Hundred kit, though this was averted and slowly warmed up.
      • The Nightingale from CCA: Bertorchika's Children also gets this reaction, as some believed that Bandai would've revived the previously unreleased MG.
    • Five words: Master Grade G-Self (Ver. Ka).
    • Similarly, any of the hypothetical "Revive" Versions of the 0079 Mobile Suits such as the GM, Z'Gok, Gogg, Gelgoog, and many more.
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