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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Louise Halevy, even when it didn't involve her death.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Many.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Two Scrappies in the US, Nena Trinity and Marina Ismail, are two of the most beloved Gundam 00 females in Japan, ranking eighth and tenth (respectively) on a April 2008 Newtype magazine poll for the top ten anime females. They were also the only two females from 00 to rank. While both were supplanted by Feldt Grace during the second season's airing, they still remain quite popular.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Super Robot Wars Z is including 00... with its plot synchronized with Gundam Wing.
  • Broken Base: Other than analyzing the technological aspects of the setting, you'll almost never see any two fans agreeing on anything about this show.
  • Cargo Ship: Graham Aker/Gundam. Graham's blatant pick-up lines to the Gundams he encounters while generally thinking of the pilot as an afterthought does not help his case.
    • Of course, there's also Setsuna F. Seiei, who holds his Gundams in a very high regard.
    • I can't believe that Tieria's relationship with Veda hasn't already been mentioned.
  • Complete Monster: Ali al-Saachez and (in the second season at least) Ribbons.
  • Crazy Awesome: Anything related to Hallelujah Haptism.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Marie Parfacy's line to Sergei Smirnov in episode 7 of season two: "The Soma Peries inside me has this to say: 'I wanted to be your daughter...'." Also doubles as a Tear Jerker to some fans.
    • Feldt Grace has a couple of these with Setsuna F. Seiei at the end of both seasons right before the final battle. Said scenes are also where Setsuna and Feldt get their massive level of obligatory Ship Tease.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Getting Kenji Kawai to do the soundtrack will always result in this. One great example is "Intervention", which usually plays whenever the Gundams start curb-stomping someone.
    • Any of the opening and ending themes, but especially the final ED "Trust You". Playing it over the loudspeaker system at an anime convention is a good way to garner resounding, sweeping cheers from the entire 'con.
  • Die for Our Ship: Delusional fans have lashed out at Anew Returner for serving as a threat to the "relationship" between Feldt Grace and Lyle Dylandy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Hallelujah Haptism, Ali al-Saachez, the Trinities, Alejandro, and even Ribbons.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fandom loves Patrick Colasaur, and fandom loves Feldt Grace. What more do you need know?
    • On the Japanese side, Union pilot Joshua Edwards gets a surprising amount of fanart, and is even sometimes paired with Graham Aker in doujinshi. Not bad going for a guy who only appeared in two episodes and got about three minutes of screentime (if that) in total. Oh, and Nena Trinity, in contrast to in the West.
  • Fan Dumb: Usually for all subjects related to the Broken Base.
  • Fetish Fuel Station Attendant: Tieria, Tieria, Tieria...
  • Fridge Horror: The Trinity siblings' whole existence. Their "work" consists of shooting at soldiers, munition workers and the like. Then it appeared later that the Trinities' work is getting shot at, not shooting at people. Their sorties assigned by Ribbons are meant to accumulate hate for Celestial Being, creating a chance for him to deploy the GN-Xs and Innovades. The Trinities had little support from the Ptolemy crew and used inferior machines. They aren't able to fight well if anyone gets KIA since their tactic relied on co-operation heavily. With a bit of luck they're not beaten in their first contact with the GN-Xs, so Ribbons had to dispose them through Ali. Nena survives, but Ribbons eventually gets her killed as well. So, all the Trinities ever amounted to were pawns for FUCKING RIBBONS! Draco in Leather Pants aside, that's sad.
  • God Mode Sue: Justified with the 00 Raiser, given that it was intentionally conceived to be precisely that.
    • Though in execution it subverts the trope every bit as much as it plays it straight, if not moreso...
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: A surprising amount: Ax Crazy Complete Monster Ali Al-Saachez, A God Am I Ribbons Almark and his Innovator minions, Cute and Psycho Nena Trinity, and even Wang Liu-Mei...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the first season, the Irish Republican Army and the Tamil Tigers are mentioned as still fighting, three hundred years later. Barely two years after the episode aired, the IRA ordered an end to its armed campaign and the Tamil Tigers were defeated.
    • But it does say that the fighting has been on and off for years. So maybe justified.
  • Ho Yay: Despite it being very much one-sided, the fact that Tieria Erde fell in love with the first Lockon Stratos has been near-unanamously accepted by the fanbase.
    • Over in the Foe Yay corner, there's Ribbons Almark and Tieria Erde. To make matters worse, Ribbons' seiyuu stated that he was told by the directors to deliver the line where he offers Tieria regained access to Veda in a highly erotic manner.
      • There's also that official poster in which they're gyrating their hips together whilst piercing each others' eyes with deep, hate-filled glares of death...
    • Speaking of Foe Yay, there's always Mr. Bushido and "This feeling – it must be love!"
    • Princess Marina Ismail and her lady-in-waiting Shirin Bakhtiar give off significant Les Yay vibes, especially on Shirin's behalf.
    • Saji Crossroad and Setsuna F. Seiei are starting to understand each other very well in the second season. Setsuna even goes as far as to make sure Saji safely reaches out to his girlfriend Louise Halevy in the middle of battle.
    • These scenes from the Special Edition compilation make the hinted Alejandro/Ribbons canon.
      • The Ho Yay, maybe, but that still doesn't change that that's Fucking Ribbons.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Tieria Erde.
    • The Trinity Siblings, as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Regene Regetta who, despite Ribbons Almark being able to read his thoughts, was consistently able to out-chessmaster Ribbons on more than one occasion, even after his "death".
  • Memetic Badass: Prince Ali, mighty is he!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nena Trinity goes over it for a lot of people after killing Louise Halevy's entire family.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Sumeragi Lee Noriega of the Amazing Rack and Wang Liu Mei of the Ever-Changing Wardrobe.
    • Season two gives us the male version of this trope in the form of a certain character crossdressing and later taking an oddly-timed shower...
  • Narm: In general, the characters' tendency to switch to Full-Name Basis during dramatic moments is a rich and delicious source of narm. There are plenty of more specific events as well, though:
    • Marina's song. It's supposed to be very dramatic and heart warming, but most people need to turn down the volume it's so enormously bad.
    • It is similarly moment-killing how, in the conflict at Point ES-8874 (Ep. 18, where Celestial Being has to fend off the pursuing A-Laws fleet), everyone's pent-up emotions about the people they value just had to cap it with the most aloof characters (and the canon Cargo Ship ones, at that!) in the bunch:

 Saji Crossroad: Louise.

Louise Halevy: Saji.

Andrei Smirnov: Mother.

Soma Peries: Colonel.

Allelujah Haptism: Mary.

Lockon Stratos II: Anew.

Tieria Erde: Veda.

Setsuna F. Seiei: Gundam!

  • Replacement Scrappy: In story, Lyle Dylandy was this for a while. In fandom he bounces in and out of the trope, since one part of the fandom likes him, another won't stop whining because he's not a carbon copy of his replacee, and yet another hates him because he's too much like said replacee in the wrong places and feels like They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot.
  • Rescued From the Scrappy Heap: Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy, only to be lovingly tossed into the grinder. Repeatedly. Poor Kinue.
    • Nena Trinity, when she provided back up for Setsuna F. Seiei with her shuttle while facing an Innovade, and solidified when she killed Wang Liu Mei, an even bigger scrappy.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In the first seasons its a little hard to root for Celestial Being with their blithe superiority and judgemental attitude, especially given the awesome of people like Graham and Sergei almost beating the invincible Gundams. The second season makes you think this intentional as its all about Celestial Being fixing what they screwed up.
  • The Scrappy: 00 has a few:
    • In the Western fandom, Nena Trinity, especially after episode 18 of the first season. In Japan, however, she continues to be one of the show's most popular female characters.
    • First part of season two, it looked like Saji Crossroad was thrown back to the heap after his constant ignorance to think that 'Gundams and Celestial Being are bad!' even though they're struggling for the 'good' this time...
      • He got out of the heap again after he decides on his own to pilot the 0 Raiser and then speaks to Louise.
    • Wang Liu Mei is also getting a lot of heat for being a bitter, spoiled Rich Bitch who's all bark and no bite and constantly plays both sides because she hates the world and supposedly wants to "change" it (through destruction, of course).
    • The already not particularly well-liked Andrei Smirnov seems to have got himself a permanent position on the The Scrappy Heap in one fell swoop by killing his father Sergei.
    • Anew Returner is erstwhile described as a blatant Four clone, but that was resolved.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Setsuna/Marina vs. Setsuna/Feldt. The fact that the series itself didn't even bother to pick a winner doesn't help at all.
    • Not anymore! Based on the movie and its manga adaptation, it seems that 00 has finally chosen the winning ship: It's Setsuna/Marina. He uses his ELS traits to restore Marina's youth and eyesight, and Setsuna finally breaks from his Chaste Hero self by marrying the princess.
      • The manga which isn't part of the official canon according to Sunrise's policy they end up marrying and even then the mangaka explicitly stated that their marriage is purely symbolic to their mutual understanding of each other. The movie leaves it ambiguous and can be seen as a son returning to his mother.
  • Stoic Woobie: Setsuna.
  • Tear Jerker: Is it any surprise by now?
    • Season 1, Episode 18: Louise Halevy's loss of her hand and family because of Nena Trinity, especially her breakdown afterwards.
    • Season 1, Episode 22: When Johann and Michael Trinity are killed in front of their little sister Nena Trinity, resulting in said girls breakdown.
      • Johann's speech in the cockpit while Eins is falling apart around him, shortly before it explodes. He just sounds so damn sad and doesn't understand why he had to die.
    • Season 1, Episode 23: Lockon Stratos I's death, particularly Haro's reaction. Many Manly Tears were unashamedly shed by all. Then it was reenacted in Scenario 49 of Super Robot Wars Z 2: Hakai-Hen

 Lockon! Lockon!! Lockon!! Lockon!! Lockon!

    • Season 1, Episode 24: The destruction of the Ptolemaios, which leads to Lichtendahl and Christina Sierra's deaths.
      • Made especially cruel for providing a Hope Spot.
    • Season 1, Episode 25: "Now I can finally go to where you have gone... Lockon..."
    • Season 2, episode 17: Andrei Smirnov, under the mistaken belief that his estranged father was in league with Hank Hercules, snaps and takes out all his years' worth of resentment on Sergei, killing him. It doesn't help one bit that the ED is both a Tear Jerker and Soundtrack Dissonance.
    • Season 2, episode 20. Anew Returner's death and Lockon Stratos' resulting Heroic BSOD. Then the above-mentioned ED starts playing and it becomes even more of a Tear Jerker.
    • Season 2, episode 21. Louise Halevy's breakdown after avenging her family is utterly heartrending.
      • Season 2, episode 21. Nena Trinity's death at the hands of Louise. The whole thing was pointless and didn't make anyone happy; Louise even breaks down after realizing her parents are still dead and nothing has changed. Makes it even more sad that neither Nena nor Louise fully seemed to understand what they were doing or even knew who the hell each other truly were.
    • Season 2, episode 23. Patrick Colasaur's Heroic Sacrifice... even though he lives. This is Patrick The Immortal Colasaur, after all.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some argue that much of what made the first season so great, such as three well-defined factions with their own internal politics and Anti Villains, was largely discarded in the second season with one united Earth government controlled by Ribbons that simply seems like a carbon copy of the Earth Federation from Universal Century, and few sympathetic characters outside of the few left over from the first season.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Saji Crossroad and Louise Halevy, who were used to provide the "normal civilian" view of Celestial Being's world-changing events, at least until episode 18 of season one.
    • Marina Ismail seems to be this for the entire run.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Memo to Lockon II - there are quite a number of perfectly reasonable, acceptable ways to try to rescue your Brainwashed and Crazy girlfriend. Ripping off her mech's chest armour whilst yelling 'I'LL MAKE YOU MY WOMAN AGAIN!' is not one of them.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Hands up whoever thought Tieria Erde was a girl before they heard his voice? In fact, many of the Innovades are guilty of sparking debates far and wide as to their true genders.
    • It doesn't help that Word of God likes to play cute about the issue in interviews, either.
    • Ribbons Almarks' Opposite Sex Clone of sorts, Hiling Care, is an even worse offender of this, but in reverse: despite being flat-chested and showing up at a party wearing a tux, her voice and pronoun usage all indicate that she's female... and it's not until episode 13 of season two that she wears something tight enough to contrast against her AA-cups.
    • The English dub either ran into this problem or decided to have that last little bit of fun at the viewers' expenses, and made roughly half of them explicitly female.
  • Villain Decay: Ribbons Almark went from being a Magnificent Bastard to a Smug Snake with a God complex.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Gundam 00 went a long way towards reversing the damage done by Gundam SEED Destiny.
  • The Woobie: Pretty much all Marina does, having her country nearly destroyed by a civil in war the first season, in season 2 she's arrested for having met Setsuna, and then later goes and finds that her country was burned to the ground.
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