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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Several characters in the Zanscare side get these. Good examples are the kind-hearted pilot that Usso killed in battle and deeply regretted it, the Star-Crossed Lovers Karinga and Kisharl who end up killing each other, and the Battle Couple of Renda and Duker... who mix this with So Cool Its Awesome, as their souls are seen riding together in a Harley towards the afterlife.
    • Arguably Chronicle and Katejina get this too.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite being widely despised by most Western viewers for various reasons, Katejina seems to have a significant fanbase in Japan. She got into 17th place for female characters in Newtype Magazine's female characters poll. Also, Super Robot Wars titles that featured "Victory" tend to make her look a little bit more sympathetic (regaining her moral codes near the end of her life, before she's killed off, or being outright Brainwashed and Crazy), or just make her do Heel Face Turn as in Super Robot Wars Destiny (not Becoming the Mask completely in time). She's also usually the top candidate of representative of Victory other than Usso in other Gundam spinoffs like the Gundam vs. Series or Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2)
  • Broken Base: This is one of the more divisive and polarizing series' in not just the UCverse, but in the entire Gundam franchise. Some people like it just fine, but others really hate it, deeming it one of the worst Gundam shows ever made.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The two openings -- "Stand Up to the Victory" and "Don't Stop! Carry On!" -- are some of the best of the franchise, despite how much they basically lie about the mood of the show.
  • Fashion Victim Villain: Fuala wearing cat bells as earrings alongside a pink pilot suit.
    • Not just as earrings, but pretty much everywhere on her.
    • These wigs. These old fashioned, really stupid looking wigs.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: an old man in ep. 12 mistakes Uso for someone called 'Nicol' - who's one of the youngest characters in Gundam Seed and the first to fall prey to Anyone Can Die.
  • Iron Woobie: The most incredible thing about Uso as a character is that he didn't snap despite the numerous, brutal deaths that happen around him and their consequences.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Chronicle Asher and Katejina Loos have some rare moments of sympathy, as opposed to Tassilo or Kagatie, who do not.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tassilo Vargo is either this or a very highly-functional Smug Snake.
  • Memetic Badass: Uso is often seen as the very first and the king of "Thot Patrol" in the Gundam franchise since an Episode that features bazooka-wielding women in bikini, where he killed them with the concussion of his Mobile Suit and fried some of them with the Beam Saber. (For Context, Uso believes that the women are merely hallucinations during the ambush.)
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nearly all of Katejina's actions after her Face Heel Turn, Arbeo's actions that end up costing Usso's mother her life, Tassilo killing Queen Maria, and Kagatie's entire plan with Angel Halo.
  • Narm: This.
    • Katejina deciding to sicc some bikini-clad assassins on Uso while he is in his Gundam made very little sense, and quickly proved utterly pointless.
    • There's a few others as well: Chronicle's death being ruined by a THUD right before the Eyecatch is a good exemple.
    • Arbeo's isn't better: look at this face ! It's easily one of the few deaths of the franchise that can double as a funny.
    • The Zanscare military meetings become freaking ridiculous when you see either grunts or commanders wearing old-fashioned wigs. We know, it's The Empire, but what the Hell.
      • Note that even today those types of wigs are used in Britain by judges, so it's not completely outlandish.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Deaths in this series are not only sad and very common, but often are utterly anticlimactic. Mueller, Uso's Hot Mom, got the worst: Being decapitated by a mech's tire in the middle of a hostage situation? In front of your kid and his friends, right before a ceasefire, and the only the only thing that remains is your helmet with your severed, bleeding head inside, which is then recovered by said 13 year old son. What the FUUUUUCK?!
  • Purity Sue: Deconstructed horribly. Queen Maria is kind, gentle, naive, a powerful healer and newtype... and a total puppet of The Empire behind her, which causes her lots of pain and drives a good part of the plot.
  • The Scrappy: Katejina gets this from fans for what she later becomes. For some, so does Shakti. And Chronicle.
    • Love to Hate: .........on the other hand, Katejina is also one of the most memorable Gundam villains because of her evilness, and has quite a few fans in Japan and on 4chan's /m/ board.
  • Tear Jerker: Lots, but the most poignant one is probably the one where all the old guys take over the crippled Reinforce Jr. and use it to ram the enemy flagship.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Unfortunate Implications: Anything regarding The "Bikini Babe Assault". Half naked girls trying to kill Uso using their nudity to distract him, but they are all easily killed by his Gundam... Uh, yeah, nothing to see here!
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