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So, for the longest time, I assumed the mobile suits in Gundam had cameras in their eyes for the pilot to see from inside the closed cockpit. However, I learned that, in fact, the camera was in the little green spot usually on the forehead. This left me wondering if there was an in-universe explanation for why Gundams have eyes, then, since a lot of the series does seem to focus on technical details.

  • Not all Gundam have those eyes. A lot of them only have one. Though I can't explain why, or why some of them have two. – Zibbobz Jan 22 '15 at 14:56
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    I'd chalk it up to an after thought. The same way they use swords and stand as bipeds when these things seem like they would only hinder a giant robot. The builders just like to make things more human is all. – Kai Qing Jan 23 '15 at 0:22
  • It is mainly because gundam are not robots, they're bipeds kinda like humanoids even. So the features are as close as possible to the humans. However, the eyes are not necessarily useless, they could be filled with different sensors for instance that are crucial for in flight command perhaps, may be even they're used to harvest power. if they're the most exposed area to the sun. – yondaime008 Jan 23 '15 at 8:42
  • One of the other answers is half right about not having 2 eyes. basically when the person is sitting in the cockpit they get a 360 pano view of everything around them. the eyes or eye in the front are cameras, sometimes the the yellow V fin on top of the head are cameras too not all, also sometimes back up cameras on the chest – user69791 Aug 5 '16 at 1:45

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