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I know that the reason why Gundam Wing featured five Gundams and their pilots waging a five-man rebellion against the UESA and OZ was because the original creators were trying to create a follow-up to G Gundam and its Shuffle Alliance, which was essentially just a Super Sentai but with non-combining Gundams instead of the more traditional Super Sentai combining mecha. But because GW was created as essentially a combination of the original Universal Century series' war elements with G Gundam's Super Sentai elements, that it makes me wonder as to why it didn't take the Universal Century route of just building and using one main Gundam instead of five, in this case Wing and Wing Zero rather than either of them plus four backup Gundams and a sixth rival Gundam.

So why would the space colonies and the Gundam scientists build five Gundams, when just Wing and Wing Zero alone would have more than sufficed? Nothing against Altron, Deathscythe, Sandrock and Heavy Arms, and I still like the hero's journey even better when applied to a group setting. It's just that Gundam Wing took place in a galactic civil war setting, not a martial arts tournament like G Gundam, meaning that its mobile suits would have to abide to the laws of physics like real robots, rather than bend and break them like super robots and thus use the Super Sentai formula to incorporate a team of five heroes to reflect the super robot genre. And building five Gundams wouldn't have made sense compared to just building one Gundam and maybe an army of backup mass-production mobile suits like the GMs from the original 1979 series, or the Nemos and Rick Dias' from Zeta Gundam.
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Each Gundam in Wing was a secret project isolated from the others in case any failed or were discovered before they were operational. They were also led by separate scientists and aligned factions with different concepts and ideologies.

It wasn't one master plan but five master plans with the hope that at least one might succeed. The Gundam pilots didn't even know others like them existed, each started as a solo mission and working together was basically done on the fly.

For the show this allowed them to explore how there was no one definitive right answer to the problems they faced, especially juxtaposed against the foil of Relena Peacecraft's near-absolute pacifism (a "pilot" figure who rejects violence).
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