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17th May '17 4:40:26 AM Kadorhal
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' doesn't explicitly have a Char clone in Bernie Wiseman, whose only explicit shared attributes are his blonde hair and acting as a {{big brother|Mentor}} figure towards the protagonist - while he is a Zeon pilot, he's actually a really bad one (he's shot down both times we see him in action, and only makes one kill [[spoiler:which comes at the cost of [[TakingYouWithMe sacrificing himself]] to make it]]), and his antagonism towards a Gundam is more being drawn into a ''Literature/MobyDick''-style hunt for the suit itself rather than any sort of rivalry with its pilot - he even gets some ShipTease with said pilot because neither of them know they're on opposite sides. The series does, however, nod towards the concept by having Bernie disguise himself with [[PaperThinDisguise nothing more than]] a pair of CoolShades for the better part of the second half.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' doesn't explicitly have a Char clone in Bernie Wiseman, whose only explicit shared attributes are his blonde hair and acting as a {{big brother|Mentor}} figure towards the protagonist - while he is a Zeon pilot, he's actually a really bad one (he's shot down both times we see him in action, and only makes one kill [[spoiler:which comes at the cost of [[TakingYouWithMe sacrificing himself]] to make it]]), and his antagonism towards a Gundam is more being drawn into stays as a ''Literature/MobyDick''-style hunt for the suit itself rather than evolving into any sort of rivalry with its pilot - he even gets some ShipTease with said pilot because neither of them know they're on opposite sides. The series does, however, nod towards the concept by having Bernie disguise himself with [[PaperThinDisguise nothing more than]] a pair of CoolShades for the better part of the second half.half.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' has a subversion in Anavel Gato. While he has the looks down, and his plan to [[ColonyDrop recreate Operation British]] is similar to ''CCA'' Char's end goal, he has none of Char's personality traits, and no ulterior motives - he's as die-hard a Zeon fanatic as they come. He also doesn't wear a mask, making ''0083'' one of the few ''Gundam'' series to not feature any masked characters. Kelly Layzner is a more typical Char, with the blonde hair, acting as a temporary mentor for the protagonist, and then going into battle with an all-red mobile armor.
14th May '17 1:07:37 PM KZN02
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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'': While he's not in a mecha-series (and thus not a mech-pilot), Godot does meet some of the criteria of a Char Clone. To wit, he's a masked stranger who's introduced as an enigma with quite the reputation, he has an intense rivalry with the main character (if mostly from his side), he's revealed to have been connected to another major cast member ([[spoiler:namely, he and Mia used to be lovers]]), and while introduced as antagonistic he reveals more sympathetic qualities over the course of the story. Earlier concept art actually shows that his mask looked a lot like Char Aznable's before the makers settled on the design seen in the final version.
8th May '17 9:27:40 AM Kadorhal
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' doesn't explicitly have a Char clone in Bernie Wiseman - the only shared attributes are his blonde hair, his being a Zeon pilot (and a really bad one, at that - he's shot down both times we see him in action), and his antagonism towards a Gundam (which is more of a ''Literature/MobyDick''-style hunt for the suit itself rather than any sort of rivalry with its pilot). The series does, however, nod towards the concept by having Bernie disguise himself with [[PaperThinDisguise nothing more than]] a pair of CoolShades for the better part of the second half.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' doesn't explicitly have a Char clone in Bernie Wiseman - the Wiseman, whose only explicit shared attributes are his blonde hair, his being hair and acting as a {{big brother|Mentor}} figure towards the protagonist - while he is a Zeon pilot (and pilot, he's actually a really bad one, at that - he's one (he's shot down both times we see him in action), action, and only makes one kill [[spoiler:which comes at the cost of [[TakingYouWithMe sacrificing himself]] to make it]]), and his antagonism towards a Gundam (which is more of being drawn into a ''Literature/MobyDick''-style hunt for the suit itself rather than any sort of rivalry with its pilot).pilot - he even gets some ShipTease with said pilot because neither of them know they're on opposite sides. The series does, however, nod towards the concept by having Bernie disguise himself with [[PaperThinDisguise nothing more than]] a pair of CoolShades for the better part of the second half.
29th Apr '17 10:41:59 AM CharlesPhipps
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* A rare literary example occurs in the SpaceOpera ''Literature/LucifersStar'' where the protagonist, Cassius Mass, is a blond-haired blue-eyed RedBaron AcePilot (later BrokenAce) in a FeudalFuture. He even has Char's affinity for red outfits both before and after the fall of his homeworld. WordOfGod says he envisioned the character as "Somewhere between Char, Clone Wars Anakin, and Han Solo."
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25th Apr '17 10:22:35 PM KZN02
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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'': While he's not in a mecha-series (and thus not a mech-pilot), Godot does meet some of the criteria of a Char Clone. To wit, he's a masked stranger who's introduced as an enigma with quite the reputation, he has an intense rivalry with the main character (if mostly from his side), he's revealed to have been connected to another major cast member ([[spoiler:namely, he and Mia used to be lovers]]), and while introduced as antagonistic he reveals more sympathetic qualities over the course of the story. Earlier concept art actually shows that his mask looked a lot like Char Aznable's before the makers settled on the design seen in the final version.
22nd Apr '17 5:35:13 PM nombretomado
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* For a series that ''isn't'' about HumongousMecha, ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' has "Meister" Kirisaki, a blond mask-wearing Ace ''Baker'' whose sister is a member of the supporting cast. He also plays a Zeta-style role as Azuma's mentor. The connection then progressed to HilariousInHindsight territory when the anime version was eventually picked up by {{Sunrise}}.

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* For a series that ''isn't'' about HumongousMecha, ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' has "Meister" Kirisaki, a blond mask-wearing Ace ''Baker'' whose sister is a member of the supporting cast. He also plays a Zeta-style role as Azuma's mentor. The connection then progressed to HilariousInHindsight territory when the anime version was eventually picked up by {{Sunrise}}.Creator/{{Sunrise}}.
21st Apr '17 10:23:32 AM SullenFrog
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'': Veniczar Arcadius wears a face-concealing elf mask, pilots a red[[note]]although to be fair, all PACT vessels are red[[/note]] AceCustom [[AMechByAnyOtherName Ryder]], is searching for [[AbusivePrecursors ancient Ryuvian]] LostTechnology for unknown purposes, and is related to the Sunrider’s chief engineer Chigara Ashada [[spoiler:by dint of them both being [[ArtificialHuman Prototype]] clones]]. And, as the charismatic dictator of the People’s Alliance for Common Treatment and a GalacticConqueror, [[SamusIsAGirl she]] is definitely the BigBad type of Char Clone. The sequel shows that [[spoiler:Alice, the primary Arcadius, also has [[CloningBlues issues with]] [[BetaTestBaddie being a]] [[ArtificialHuman Prototype]] and an omnicidal, misanthropic hatred of humanity]], effectively making her a genderswapped Rau le Creuset.
12th Apr '17 6:37:18 PM Kadorhal
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' was supposed to have Char but that was cancelled when ''Char's Counterattack'' was given the green light. Instead they got Glemy Toto, a blond, charming [[TeensAreMonsters 17-year old]], who has all of Char's manipulative ability and piloting skill, serves as a rival to two of the main characters, and eventually sets himself up as a rival to the BigBad. He also seems to have Char's predilection for younger girls, although given his own age, that's hard to tell.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' was supposed to have Char Char, but that was cancelled when ''Char's Counterattack'' was given the green light. Instead they got Glemy Toto, a blond, charming [[TeensAreMonsters 17-year old]], who has all of Char's manipulative ability and piloting skill, serves as a rival to two of the main characters, and eventually sets himself up as a rival to the BigBad. He also seems to have Char's predilection for younger girls, although given his own age, that's hard to tell.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' doesn't explicitly have a Char clone in Bernie Wiseman - the only shared attributes are his blonde hair, his being a Zeon pilot (and a really bad one, at that - he's shot down both times we see him in action), and his antagonism towards a Gundam (which is more of a ''Literature/MobyDick''-style hunt for the suit itself rather than any sort of rivalry with its pilot). The series does, however, nod towards the concept by having Bernie disguise himself with [[PaperThinDisguise nothing more than]] a pair of CoolShades for the better part of the second half.



* ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' has TheCaptain Jamil Neate taking on TheMentor aspect (complete with shades ''and'' sideburns). A more direct example comes from Lancerow Dawell, who is a sort of AlternateUniverse version of Char. The backstory of ''Gundam X'' involves a much more devastating version of UC's One Year War (culminating in ''successful'' ColonyDrop by the truckload), in which Lancerow played the role of TheRival-Char and Jamil played the role of Amuro.

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* ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' has TheCaptain Jamil Neate taking on TheMentor aspect (complete with shades ''and'' sideburns). A more direct example comes from Lancerow Dawell, who is a sort of AlternateUniverse version of Char. The backstory of ''Gundam X'' involves a much more devastating version of UC's One Year War (culminating in ''successful'' ColonyDrop {{Colony Drop}}s by the truckload), in which Lancerow played the role of TheRival-Char and Jamil played the role of Amuro.



** Finally, in both ''SEED'' and the first-half of ''SEED Destiny'', Athrun Zala serves as Kira's rival (complete with a red ''Gundam'', instead of as simple AceCustom) [[spoiler:before his HeelFaceTurn]]. On a side note, Athrun's name is Arabic, derived from the Greek word, "erythron", meaning "red".

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** Finally, in both ''SEED'' and the first-half first half of ''SEED Destiny'', Athrun Zala serves as Kira's rival (complete with a red ''Gundam'', instead of as simple AceCustom) [[spoiler:before his HeelFaceTurn]]. On a side note, Athrun's name is Arabic, derived from the Greek word, "erythron", meaning "red".



** The series also has an ungodly number of Char references, from [[AceCustom Lunamaria's red ZAKU]] to Athrun's PaperThinDisguise as "Alex Dino" (consisting almost entirely of CoolShades...and not even having the benefit of his real face being relatively unknown, since unlike Char he never wore a mask).

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** The series also has an ungodly number of Char references, from [[AceCustom Lunamaria's red ZAKU]] to Athrun's PaperThinDisguise as "Alex Dino" (consisting almost entirely of CoolShades... and not even having the benefit of his real face being relatively unknown, since unlike Char he never wore a mask).



** Another minor example of an ''MSG''-style clone is in ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' with the Z.O.E. planes. Being that, at least in [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy the remake]], they're an AI and thus has no physical attributes to share with Char, they do share the predilection towards all-red aircraft (as well as gradually upgrading as you shoot them down, eventually getting a unique fictional "superfighter" similar to Char's Zeong), and essentially forces their way into being TheRival by being not only the sole recurring named enemy in the game, but also ''the'' single most aggressive one, always seeking you out from the beginning of a mission instead of waiting for you to get close on your own.

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** Another minor example of an ''MSG''-style clone is in ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' with the Z.O.E. planes. Being that, at least in [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy the remake]], they're an AI and thus has have no physical attributes to share with Char, they do share the predilection towards increasingly-higher-spec, all-red aircraft (as well as gradually upgrading as you shoot them down, eventually (eventually getting a unique fictional "superfighter" similar to Char's Zeong), and essentially forces their way into being TheRival by being not only the sole recurring named enemy in the game, but also ''the'' single most aggressive one, always seeking you out from the beginning of a mission instead of waiting for you to get close on your own.
6th Apr '17 7:45:28 PM Kadorhal
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** Another minor example of an ''MSG''-style clone is in ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' with the Z.O.E. planes. Being that, at least in [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy the remake]], they're an AI and thus has no physical attributes to share with Char, they do share the predilection towards all-red aircraft (as well as gradually upgrading as you shoot them down, eventually getting a unique fictional "superfighter" similar to Char's Zeong), and essentially forces their way into being TheRival by being not only the sole recurring named enemy in the game, but also ''the'' single most aggressive one, always seeking you out from the beginning of a mission instead of waiting for you to get close on your own.
5th Apr '17 2:29:04 PM Kadorhal
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CharClone is a character-specific subtrope of FountainOfExpies. Compare ShanaClone, ReiAyanamiExpy, and DarthVaderClone[[note]]The fact that many traits are shared between these two character archetypes is [[FollowTheLeader not entirely coincidental]][[/note]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with expies of [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard]].

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CharClone Char Clone is a character-specific subtrope of FountainOfExpies. Compare ShanaClone, ReiAyanamiExpy, and DarthVaderClone[[note]]The fact that many traits are shared between these two character archetypes is [[FollowTheLeader not entirely coincidental]][[/note]]. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with expies of [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard]].



* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has Graham Aker, who starts as a more general example of TheAce and TheRival, challenging the Gundams with lesser mobile suits like the Flag, but is upgraded to a full-blown CharClone in the second season, where he gains a [[GoodScarsEvilScars Char-scar]] and puts on a CoolMask. He also takes on a new name ("Mr. Bushido")...though it turns out that it's just a nickname other pilots gave him for his increasingly [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai-like]] tendencies, and he went with it. Like so much in 00, he's a bit of a deconstruction: He doesn't wear the mask to hide his identity, but rather because of scars given to him by the ostensible hero of the series. That and he personally hates the Mr. Bushido nickname and is suffering from depression.

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* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has Graham Aker, who starts as a more general example of TheAce and TheRival, challenging the Gundams with lesser mobile suits like the Flag, but is upgraded to a full-blown CharClone Char Clone in the second season, where he gains a [[GoodScarsEvilScars Char-scar]] and puts on a CoolMask. He also takes on a new name ("Mr. Bushido")...though it turns out that it's just a nickname other pilots gave him for his increasingly [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai-like]] tendencies, and he went with it. Like so much in 00, he's a bit of a deconstruction: He doesn't wear the mask to hide his identity, but rather because of scars given to him by the ostensible hero of the series. That and he personally hates the Mr. Bushido nickname and is suffering from depression.



* ''[[Anime/GundamBuildFighters Gundam Build Fighters]]'' has the StudentCouncilPresident Tatsuya Yuuki as the closest character to the Trope. He's nicknamed the Crimson Comet, and pilots the Zaku Amazing, (a highly customized Zaku II Char Custom); he only falls short for want of blond hair and a mask. He later fully embraces the archetype by donning a pair of [[CoolShades Quattro-style shades]] as Meijin Kawaguchi III - the current inheritor of the title [[spoiler: given to the metaverse's master Gunpla Builder.]] Throughout the series run, he basically is the FriendlyRival to the main characters, before briefly plunging into the role of the Decoy BigBad FinalBoss [[spoiler: due to being BrainwashedAndCrazy]].

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* ''[[Anime/GundamBuildFighters Gundam Build Fighters]]'' has the StudentCouncilPresident Tatsuya Yuuki as the closest character to the Trope. He's nicknamed the Crimson Comet, and pilots the Zaku Amazing, (a a highly customized Zaku II Char Custom); Custom; he only falls short for want of blond hair and a mask. He later fully embraces the archetype by donning a pair of [[CoolShades Quattro-style shades]] as Meijin Kawaguchi III - the current inheritor of the title [[spoiler: given to the metaverse's master Gunpla Builder.]] Throughout the series run, he basically is the FriendlyRival to the main characters, before briefly plunging into the role of the Decoy BigBad FinalBoss [[spoiler: due to being BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
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