The Character Sheet for the Gundam series that started in all, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.

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'''Amuro Ray'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToruFuruya (JP), Creator/BradSwaile (EN, TV series), Creator/MichaelLindsay (EN, Movies)

->"I can pilot the Gundam better than anyone!"
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The son of the Gundam's designer, Tem Ray, Amuro is an alienated, antisocial young man who identifies better with machines than he does with people. Climbing into the Gundam's cockpit to save it from being stolen or destroyed, he finds himself serving as the ''White Base'''s main line of defence, against his own will. Initially caring only about his own survival, Amuro eventually comes to realise that other people matter too.
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* AcePilot: The first ''Gundam'' protagonist to reach ace status in the titular machine, and the prototype for all those that follow. By the end of the war he's as feared in Zeon as Char is in the EF.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: To Hayato Kobayashi, especially once the war gets going.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Amuro subverts this at one point. He writes a mess of algorithms for fighting against Zakus, including wild-assed guesses as to their capabilities...but as it turns out, his theories don't mesh with the facts on the ground.
* {{Badass}}: When you go from a nobody high school student to the most feared pilot in the Federation in a couple of months, you qualify.
* BattleCouple: With Sayla, though it never goes beyond ShipTease.
** [[spoiler: Not in the anime, at least. In the novels, they have full blown sex.]]
* BrokenBird: A male example, considering what he witnesses in this series and how these things keep affecting him during the rest of his life.
* BrownEyes
** WhatBeautifulEyes: Lalah seems to think so.
* ButNotTooForeign: Half Japanese, half either Mexican or Canadian depending on continuity and born in Prince Rupert, BC. Canada. In the novels it's also implied that he may not have any Japanese ancestry at all, since one of the psychic visions he receives as his powers begin to awaken shows his mother cheating on his dad. [[note]]this could simply be the reason why she stayed on Earth instead of going to space with her husband and son.[[/note]]
* CombatPragmatist: He has no qualms shooting distracted opponents, sacrificing various armaments, and ambushing opponents. He even takes this to the logical conclusion, using the Gundam as a decoy in order to rush to the enemy cockpit and take out Char.
* CombiningMecha[=/=]MechaExpansionPack[=/=]TransformingMecha: His Gundam has numerous forms that it can create by combining with the G-Fighter and other parts.
** CoolPlane: The G-Armour and G-Sky.
** JackOfAllStats: The Gundam itself. Some Zeon suits are faster. Some are stronger, or more heavily armoured, or better armed. None are as suited for all around combat.
** TankGoodness: The G-Bull
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* TheDreaded: Once he becomes good at piloting. He's called White Devil for a reason...
* DuelToTheDeath: Once with M'Quve and once with Char.
* EpicFlail: The Gundam Hammer is a rocket propelled flail intended for use against heavily armoured targets.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Matilda's fiance was expecting someone older when he heard of Amuro.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: The original Gundam example.
* FireForgedFriends: With the rest of the crew, most notably Kai and Bright.
* ForgetsToEat: Tends to get a bit too wrapped up in his job for his own well-being, thanks to the pressure placed upon him by his vital importance to the war effort and the White Base's survival.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Specifically, Matilda.
* HeroicRROD: Once Amuro's Newtype abilities fully awaken, Gundam's control systems begin to break down under the strain of trying to keep up with him.
* HurtingHero
* ILetGwenStacyDie: Mathilda and Lalah. He eventually gets over the former; he ''never'' recovers from the latter.
* ImpossiblyGracefulGiant: The Gundam moves more like a human being than a mecha. It can run, jump, do a roll, you name it.
* TheInsomniac: For much the same reason as the ForgetsToEat entry above.
* InstantExpert: Justified by the Gundam's tactical computer, which learns alongside him as he fights, and by [[spoiler:his awakening as a Newtype]].
* ItsPersonal: With Char.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Amuro is, in no particular order, paranoid, antisocial, blunt, and prone to angsting about how hard his life is. He's also an unfailingly loyal friend to anybody who manages to get through that facade, and puts his life on the line again and again in order to take down Zeon and its successors.
* LightningBruiser: The Gundam is fast, heavily armoured, and freakishly agile.
* LikesOlderWomen: His crush on Lieutenant Matilda.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With Lalah. Likely justified as each was the first Newtype the other had met, and they felt an instant connection that could easily be misconstrued as love.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Amuro's shield is destroyed numerous times over, usually saving his life in the process.
* MindlinkMates: With Lalah.
* NoSocialSkills[=/=]NotGoodWithPeople: His EstablishingCharacterMoment was when Frau finds him in his room fiddling with a computer in his home electronics lab -- only in his underwear, not having eaten for days, and not realizing that the sirens he'd been hearing were evacuation alerts. And Frau ''still'' has to nag him out of his room! Amuro having to learn how to deal with others is a major theme in the series.
* OneManArmy: By the end of the series, he's pretty much a match for a small enemy fleet on his own. [[BandOfBrothers And he's rarely on his own.]]
** If you want hard numbers, he's shown, over the course of the series, earning over 130 kills on-screen. This includes several battleships and Mobile Armors. And it's highly likely he's earned even more in off-screen battles.
* PhraseCatcher: [[TheInsomniac "You should get some rest, Amuro."]]
* ProperlyParanoid: As observed by BigNameFan Mark Simmons; examples include "They're gonna take the Gundam away from me!" and (in [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original series plan]]) "Bright's girlfriend is a Zeon spy!" This also extends to ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' ("The Federation is watching me through my waitstaff!") and ''CharsCounterattack'' ("Char's [[ISurrenderSuckers only pretending to surrender]]!") What makes him fall under this trope is, '''he's always right'''.
* PsychicPowers: One of the first and strongest Newtypes.
* RedBaron: Not as famous as Char, but people also know him as ''White Shooting Star'' or just ''Shooting Star''. His RX-78 Gundam is nicknamed within the series as the "White Devil", a title that is sometimes slapped on Amuro as well.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Char's blue.
* TheRival: To Char.
* ShellShockedVeteran: More so with every episode. He doesn't even begin to recover until the sequel.
* ShipTease: With Sayla.
* StarMakingRole: To his voice actor Creator/ToruFuruya.
* SwordFight: With Char in the finale.
* [[TeenGenius Teen]] GadgeteerGenius: Was depicted as one of these as a civilian, having a knack for electronics and being able to build small robots... like [[TeamPet Haro Haro!]]
** He becomes so good, he eventually invented his very own Gundam, the Nu Gundam.
* WarriorTherapist: Starts evolving into one here.


'''Sayla Mass/[[spoiler:Artesia Som Deikun]]'''
->Voiced by: Creator/YouInoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN, TV series), Olivia Bardeau (EN, Movies)

->"Big brother? Casval?"
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A medical student from Side 7, Sayla becomes one of the ''White Base'''s BridgeBunnies, before graduating to pilot status. She is frequently partnered with Amuro during the latter stages of the war, and the two of them share a good working relationship. She also has some sort of connection to Zeon ace Char Aznable, which is explored over the course of the show. Cool, controlled, and nearly unflappable, Sayla frequently acts as the voice of reason among the ship's crew.
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* AcePilot: By the end of the series she's an ace several times over, downing numerous mobile suits, battleships, and mobile armours in what's essentially a fighter plane.
* ActionGirl: The ''original'' in the series. Whether it's pulling a gun on Char or shooting down dozens of mobile suits and a battleship with the G-Fighter, Sayla always comes through.
* [[spoiler:BadassPrincess]]
* BattleCouple: It may not go much further than ShipTease, but she and Amuro are so very much this. She's his copilot and back-up starting from the moment they introduce the G-Fighter.
* BridgeBunnies: Started as one, before [[TookALevelInBadass hopping into the Gundam and later a Core Fighter]]
* BrokenBird: Almost all of the girls in this series have shades of this, and she's no exception.
* CommanderContrarian: To Mirai during the former's brief tenure as acting captain. Unusually for this trope, she's more or less portrayed as being in the right.
* CoolPlane: The G-Fighter, which can combine with Amuro's Gundam to form the G-Armour (another cool plane) and the G-Bull (a [[TankGoodness cool tank]]).
* DemotedToExtra: Despite being one of the main heroes of ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', she more or less disappears for most of the subsequent series. Yo Inoue was never available to reprise her role and [[ActorExistenceFailure she later died of lung cancer]].
* EpicFail: Her first outing in the Gundam, in which she accomplishes nothing but getting its foot sliced off. [[TookALevelInBadass She improves.]] [[AcePilot Dramatically]].
* FireForgedFriends: With Amuro and Kai.
* TheMedic: Was this more than once, since she was a medical student at Side 7.
* MissionControl: Her role when she was still confined to the bridge.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Courtesy of Amuro and Char.
* TheQuietOne: Sayla more or less keeps to herself unless she has something important to talk about.
* PluckyGirl
* PsychicPowers: Has some limited Newtype abilities.
* RebelliousPrincess: [[spoiler:Her real name is Artesia Som Deikun, daughter of the legendary Zeon Zum Deikun. However, she only wants to have a normal life and rejects her heritage as well as her older brother Casval (aka Char)'s grudge against the Zabis.]]
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Sometimes wears sunglasses [[spoiler:like Char]].
* ShipTease: With Amuro.
** RelationshipUpgrade: In the novels.
* SiblingYinYang: With her brother, [[spoiler:Char]]. They don't [[CainAndAbel hate each other]], but jeez, have they developed different life philosophies.
** Another example that never made it into the show is that Degwin would have asked her to kill him, so as to end the fighting. Even though Degwin would have by that point fully admitted that Yes he had in fact murdered her dad, she still refuses, saying she's not as vengeful as her brother.
* SpaceFighter: The G-Fighter and G-Armour can operate in both the atmosphere and outer space.
* TookALevelInBadass: From [[BridgeBunnies Bridge Bunny]] to AcePilot. YouGoGirl.

'''Bright Noa'''
->Voiced by: HirotakaSuzuoki (JP), Chris Kalhoon (EN, TV series), Wheat St. James (EN, Movies)

->"You can't be a real man without taking a few lumps!"
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A 19-year old petty officer, Bright is forced to take command of the ''White Base'' when all his fellow officers end up dead. The strain of doing so, coupled with his naturally aloof personality, leaves Bright in a state of constant stress and irritation, even as he slowly matures into a fine commanding officer. He has a very rocky relationship with Amuro and the rest of the ''White Base'''s pilots.
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* AFatherToHisMen: Eventually
* AloofBigBrother: To the White Base crew and especially Amuro, pre CharacterDevelopment.
* ArtisticAge: He's supposed to be nineteen. He looks (and acts) like someone in his mid twenties.
* {{Badass}}: Bet your ass.
** BadassNormal: Has no Newtype powers [[spoiler: until he develops a limited sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu]]. Still the best captain in all of the UC verse.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: A very, very downplayed case, [[spoiler: developing a limited level of Newtype sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu and carrying it forward into ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'']].
* TheCaptain: Although he doesn't actually hold that rank at first.
** TheGoodCaptain: He really tries.
* ControlFreak: He has aspects of this early on, but they slowly fade away. It's pretty understandable, given the circumsances.
* FireForgedFriends: With the entire crew, especially Amuro.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: The ''infamous'' BrightSlap.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' he slaps [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinj Ikari]] to great effect. The latter is [[TookALevelInBadass taking several levels in badass]] over the course of the ''Alpha Games'' and slaps in return [[GundamSEED Kira Yamato]] in ''Super Robot Wars Alpha 3'' back to reality. Bright wouldn't be more proud.
* GreenEyedMonster: Whenever Mirai shows any interest in anybody else. To his credit, he largely keeps it to himself.
* HeroicBSOD: In the series, he ''utterly'' breaks down when [[spoiler:his best friend Ryu dies]].
* ImprobableAge: A ship captain who isn't even twenty yet. {{Justified|Trope}} as he's the only ranking officer they have left.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The level of stress that he's under does very bad things to Bright's social skills. He means well, but you could be forgiven for being unable to tell.
* TheKirk: He's trying to play this role, but the problem is that the rest of the CommandRoster is missing.
* ShipTease: With Mirai. By ''Zeta'' they're an OfficialCouple.
* SkintoneSclerae
* SupportingLeader
* TeamDad: To the White Base crew, after CharacterDevelopment.
* TookALevelInBadass: As he grows into his role as captain.
* TookALevelInKindness: As the series progresses he mellows, loses the worst of his ControlFreak tendencies, and builds a working relationship with Amuro, Kai, Sayla, and the rest of the pilots.
* YouAreInCommandNow: After Captain Paolo dies. It ain't easy on him.
* YoungerThanTheyLook

'''Frau Bow'''
->Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai (JP), Kristie Marsden (EN, TV series), Creator/MelissaFahn (EN, Movies)

->"Amuro! You forgot to eat breakfast again..."
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One of Amuro's friends from Side 7, Frau Bow does her best to keep him grounded in reality. Having come aboard the ''White Base'' she takes Sayla's place among the BridgeBunnies. She has a fairly significant crush on Amuro, who simply takes her friendship for granted.
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* BridgeBunnies: Gets Sayla's position after the former upgrades to fighter pilot.
* BrokenBird: Somewhat less than Sayla.
* CantCatchUp: She's not a pilot, but this is still in effect. Her lack of Newtype potential and inability to aid Amuro in any tangible way sees her cut out of his life from fairly early on in the show.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: She crushes on her childhood friend Amuro who honestly couldn't be less interested. She ends up with her ''other'' childhood friend Hayato.
* CoolBigSis[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: To the orphans. She and Hayato eventually adopt them.
* DemotedToExtra: In the novels she and the kids are dropped off at Luna II, where she rides out the war studying to be [[WrenchWench a mechanic]].
* FieryRedhead
* FullNameBasis: And given how goofy her name is it doesn't help.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: She's in love with Amuro. Aside from the hand-touch he gives her during Gihren Zabi's speech, he doesn't reciprocate.
* MagicSkirt: And ''how''. [[PantyShot Averted]] in the first episode, though.
* MissionControl: To Amuro, Sayla, Kai and the rest of the pilots.
* NoSympathy: She really goes back and forth on this one. Early on she's rather prone to giving Amuro's lectures on how he needs to do more, when she herself is doing very little. She gets better about this as the show progresses.
* PluckyGirl
* {{Tsundere}}: A mild Type B.

'''Kai Shiden'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshioFurukawa (JP), Creator/RichardIanCox (EN, TV series), Eddie Frierson (EN, Movies)

->"Dead people don't get pensions."
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A civillian from Side 7, Kai is an abrasive young man with a mean streak, and little respect for authority. Recruited into serving as the pilot of the Guncannon mobile suit, Kai constantly gripes and complains about the increasingly dangerous situations that the ''White Base'' is thrust into. Despite this, he proves himself to be a capable soldier, and eventually (after a rocky start) becomes good friends with Amuro.
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* AcePilot: Reaches this status fairly early on, though you'd never know it from his attitude.
* BadassNormal: Despite a complete lack of Newtype powers ([[spoiler:beyond the baseline sensitivity that the whole crew develops by A Baoa Qu]]), he's arguably the most reliable pilot on the White Base's roster.
* BrokenBird: Another male example, and ''especially'' after [[spoiler:Miharu's death.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Kai shoots enemies from behind, blasts them repeatedly to make sure they are dead, gangs up on lone foes with Hayato, and on one occasion, pushed an unsuspecting opponent off a cliff. He's an ambusher, through and through.
* CommanderContrarian: Kai is fully aware of how screwed they are, and doesn't mind sharing it, especially when it's time to plan.
* CowardlyLion: Emphasis on the 'lion' bit. His cowardice mostly consists of incessant grumbling and a TenMinuteRetirement whilst the White Base was safely docked in port - otherwise, he's typically amongst the first into the fray, and serves as a very reliable (if abrasive) soldier throughout the One Year War.
* TheCynic
* DeadpanSnarker: Constantly, much to his crewmates' annoyance.
* TheEeyore: Apparently incapable of looking on the bright side about anything.
* FaceOfAThug: Kai is not an attractive young man. Luckily for him, he has other talents.
* FireForgedFriends: With Amuro, Sayla, and Hayato.
* {{Foil}}: To Amuro.
* GlassCannon: Guncannon is a powerful artillery suit and nearly as agile as Gundam, but it can't take a hit nearly as well.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Miharu, for a start, and he also has a bit of a crush on Matilda ([[HelloNurse along with the rest of the crew]]).
* JapaneseDelinquents: In some continuities the prior heavy machinery experience that allowed him to qualify as a mobile suit pilot was being a bosouzoku who used to street race with trucks.
* {{Jerkass}} --> JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheLancer: To Amuro, with his cynicism nicely complementing the former's idealism.
* MoreDakka: When all else fails, firing the Guncannon's {{Shoulder Cannon}}s on full auto usually gets Kai out of jams.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Being on a team with Amuro will do that to you.
* PhraseCatcher: "Kai, ''[[DudeNotFunny enough]]''."
* TheResenter: Like Hayato, he's this to Amuro. He gets over it a lot faster.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Not to the same degree as Amuro, but [[spoiler:Miharu]]'s death does some very bad things to him.
* ShoulderCannon: The Guncannon mounts two of them.
* SourSupporter: For a guy as cranky and pessimistic as he is, he's a remarkably helpful member of the crew.
* StarCrossedLovers (With [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Miharu/Michelle]]. [[TearJerker Snifffff....]])
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes a notably better pilot after [[spoiler:Miharu's death]], even downing a fair few enemy suits of his own and reaching AcePilot status.


'''Hayato Kobayashi'''
->Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (JP, Movies), Matt Smith (EN, TV series), Creator/RichardCansino (EN, Movies)

->"It's just like my judo sensei taught me..."
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One of Amuro and Frau Bow's neighbours from Side 7, Hayato serves in a number of positions on the ''White Base'' acting as the pilot of the Guntank, and as a spare gunner when the situation demands. Possessing an unfortunate tendency towards insecurity, he deeply resents Amuro for doing things better than him.
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* ActionSurvivor: Not a hugely skilled pilot (though being stuck with the awkward, primitive Guntank doesn't help), but being a front-line soldier throughout the One Year War and coming back alive every time is an achievement in itself.
* TheBigGuy: Inverted - he knows his martial arts, [[PintSizedPowerhouse but is the shortest of the group]].
* CantCatchUp: To Amuro (or Sayla and Kai for that matter).
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Frau.
* ConspiracyTheorist: At the beginning he's suspicious that the reason construction on Side 7 is progressing so slowly is because the resources are being diverted to some kind of secret military project. [[ProperlyParanoid Obviously, it turns out he's correct]]. He's very suspicious of the government in general and only goes along with being a mobile suit pilot because he knows that Zeon is even worse.
* TheGenericGuy: Starts to see himself as this when compared to Amuro.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation - IJustWantToBeSpecial
* JerkAss: At times he's a bigger jerk than Kai, and his dislike of Amuro can make him truly annoying.
* TheLoad: He isn't, but partway through the series he feels like it.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: He can even throw Ryu.
* TheRival: To Amuro, in Side 7.
** TheResenter: Resents Amuro's importance to the crew, relationship with Frau, ace status, etc.
* TanksForNothing: The Guntank looks formidable, but is darn near useless, and is usually the first machine to be disabled.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: He's supposedly one of Amuro's closest friends. He doesn't really demonstrate it.


'''Mirai Yashima'''
->Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi (JP), Creator/CathyWeseluck (EN, TV series), Leslie Buhr (EN, Movies)

->"Maybe you should go a little easier on him, Bright."
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Another civillian, Mirai is the daughter of a powerful Federation politician. Quiet and understanding, she mediates most of the crew's disputes and serves as the ''White Base'''s pilot, and as Bright Noa's unofficial second-in-command.
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* ArrangedMarriage: With Cameron Bloom. She's less than interested.
* BridgeBunnies
* BrokenBird: She cracks ''especially'' badly when [[spoiler:Ryu dies and Bright suffers an HeroicBSOD]], and the whole deal with Cameron isn't kind on her either.
* DoABarrelRoll: [[ExaggeratedTrope With the White Base]], to shake off the Gouf attached to it.
* HeroicBSOD: Suffers a brief but ugly one when she has to take over the ''White Base'' while Bright is otherwise incapacitated.
* ImprobableAge: Seventeen or eighteen and the NumberTwo on a military vessel. Justified by the lack of officers and Bright's implicit trust in her.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: She's the first of ''Gundam'''s many assault carrier pilots, and as such, is the first to demonstrate these, perfectly flying a brand new military vessel, despite her very limited pre-war flight time. And that's not taking into account some of the crazy manouveres she pulls of with it.
* MilitaryBrat
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Mirai is fully Japanese and has quite Asian looks, especially when compared to Hayato and the half-Japanese Amuro.
* NumberTwo: Is unofficially this to Bright, due in part to her age, and in part to the fact that she's the pilot. Becomes official during Bright's illness, when she is [[YouAreInCommandNow appointed to take command]].
* OfficialCouple: She and Bright are one from fairly early on.
* TheOjou: Her DisappearedDad is a recently deceased high-ranked Federation officer, and her family had many connections within the colonies. She doesn't like it when people bring it up, though.
** Her family has a business in heavy industry; per AllThereInTheManual, they manufactured weapons like the [[The08thMSTeam Ground Combat Gundam]]'s machine gun.
* OnlySaneMan: Often plays this role, mediating between hotshot pilots like Amuro and ControlFreak Bright.
* PsychicPowers: A fairly weak Newtype.
* ShipTease: With Bright. By ''Zeta'' they're an OfficialCouple.
* TeamMom: Is nicknamed "the mother of the White Base".
* YouAreInCommandNow: When Bright is bedridden, she's next in line.


'''Ryu Jose'''
->Voiced by: ShozoIizuka (JP), Ward Perry (EN)

->"Die, you Zeon scum!"
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Bright's best friend and fellow officer, Ryu is one of the few ranking soldiers to survive Char's attack on the ''White Base''. He serves as the leader of the ship's pilots, mentoring Amuro, Hayato, Kai, and Sayla, while trying to keep the pressure on Bright to a minimum.
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: With Ryu's name it's hard to tell where he's supposed to be from or what ethnicity he might be. His looks though, would seem to mark him as black or Latino.
* {{Badass}}
* BigBrotherMentor: To Amuro, Bright and Hayato
* BigFun: Cheerful, easy-going, and noticably portly.
* TheBigGuy
* [[spoiler:BigGuyFatalitySyndrome]]
* {{Expy}}: Of ''GetterRobo'''s Musashi Tomoe. The Guntank's design was even inspired by Getter-3.
* TheHeart: Very much so.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* NumberTwo: Seems to share this role with Mirai.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Acts as one aboard the ''White Base'', often helping to soothe relations between Bright and the pilots.
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLion]]
* StoutStrength
* TanksForNothing: Often pilots the Guntank in lieu of Hayato. He's about as successful with it too, though that's hardly his fault.


'''Tem Ray'''
->Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Creator/TrevorDevall (EN, TV series), SteveKramer (EN, Movies)

->"Get the Gundam on the lift ''before'' the evacuees!"

Amuro's father, Tem Ray is a Federation technician who places his work before all else.
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* [[spoiler:DeathByFallingOver]]
* DisappearedDad: To Amuro.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LaughingMad
* MadScientist: Even more after [[spoiler:he gets brain damage]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: A rather tragic justified example. [[spoiler:[[TruthInTelevision Brain damage from oxygen deprivation can really screw up your personality.]]]]

'''General Johann Abraham Revil'''
->Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP), Creator/MichaelDobson (EN, TV series), Tony Pope (English, Movies)

->"Zeon is exhausted!"
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Commander-in-Chief of the Earth Federation Forces, and an all around awesome guy, General Revil kept the Federation together when it looked like a Zeon victory was guaranteed. He takes a personal interest in the progress of the ''White Base'' crew, and is the mastermind of the Federation victories at Odessa and Solomon.
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard
** BadassGrandpa
** FourStarBadass: Though more verbal than physical, Revil earns major badass points almost every time he opens his mouth. He also believes in leading from the front, and often puts himself at risk to observe battles.
* BigGood: As CINC of the EFF.
* TheBrigadier: An unusually high-ranking example.
* CommissarCap
* CoolOldGuy
* AFatherToHisMen: Plays the grandfatherly commander whenever he can, though if he has to, he will sacrifice his men's lives for the greater good.
* {{Foil}}: To Degwin Zabi. They're both older, experienced leaders who absolutely believe in their side, yet nevertheless care for their people and seek an end to the war. Where they differ is when it comes to backbone, which Degwin lacks and Revil has enough of to spare.
* GoodCounterpart: A case could be made that he's this to Degwin Zabi. Indeed, had Degwin been more like Revil in both morality and spine, most of the series' tragedies could have been avoided.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: He and Degwin Zabi are killed together when Gihren fires the solar ray.]]
* TheObiWan
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the "Zeon is exhausted" speech, he not only acknowledges the Spacenoids' grievances but also admits that the Earth Federation authorities, ''his own leaders'' were very much at fault for helping make the One Year War nigh inevitable. Still, he refuses to buy Zeon's shtick and let the Federation or mankind in general get trampled what he correctly sees as a deluded ideology.
* RousingSpeech: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Zeon is exhausted!"]]. Can be read [[http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/General_Revil#Zeon_is_Exhausted here]]
* TheStrategist: CINC of the Earth's defence forces.


'''Lieutenant Matilda Ajan'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoToda (JP), Sylvia Zaradic (EN, TV series), Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English, Movies)

A supply officer with the Federation who frequently brings the ''White Base'' ammunition, food, and instructions from General Revil. She is much loved by the crew, and is the object of crushes from Amuro, Kai, and several other young men.
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* ActionGirl
* FieryRedhead
* HelloNurse
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler:{{Retirony}}: She died right before she and Woody were about to get married. Lampshaded by Woody himself later.]]
* TeamMom
* [[spoiler:VasquezAlwaysDies: She seemed to be more of an ActionGirl then even Sayla, but then she bit it.]]


'''Lieutenant Woody Malden'''
->Voiced by: Creator/HideyukiTanaka (JP), Creator/KirbyMorrow (EN)

* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler:SacrificialLamb]]


'''Sleggar Law'''
->Voiced by: Creator/TesshoGenda (JP, TV series), Creator/MakioInoue (JP, Movies), Bill Mondy (EN)

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A Federation ace who is assigned to the ''White Base'' crew following the Battle of Odessa. Cocky, brash, and none too keen on obeying Bright's every order, Sleggar's arrival causes a fair amount of upheaval amongst the cast, most notably the other pilots, who take an instant dislike to him.
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* AcePilot: Was an ace before he was assigned to the ship.
* BigBrotherMentor: Tries to play this role to Amuro, Kai, Sayla, et al, though his late arrival means none of them are quite sure what to make of him.
* ChivalrousPervert
* CustomUniform: His blue pilot suit, complete with a gold 'S' on the helmet.
* DangerDeadpan: Constantly.
* EagleLand: Mixed. He's brash, cocky, arrogant, and a shameless flirt, but an excellent pilot and a decent guy once you get past his unrefined exterior.
* {{Foil}}: Serves as one to Bright.
* HandsomeLech: Teases Sayla and Mirai once or twice, earning the former's ire.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: In order to give Amuro a shot at taking down Dozle Zabi and the Big Zam.]]
* HiddenDepths
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For a guy as rough as he is, [[spoiler:the scene where he deflects Mirai's confession and gives her a good bye kiss and a ring]] is surprisingly bittersweet. [[spoiler:Even more so after he bites it in battle.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LanternJawOfJustice
* MissingMom: We don't know if Mrs. Law lives or not, but he carries around a ring that belongs to her. [[spoiler: He gives it to Mirai before he dies.]]
* SixthRanger: His arrival really screws with the ''White Base'''s dynamic, and particularly irritates ControlFreak Bright.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more intelligent than he appears to be.
* [[spoiler:WeHardlyKnewYe: Dies after only five episodes.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Principality of Zeon]]

'''Char Aznable / [[spoiler:(Casval Rem Deikun)]]'''
->Voiced by: Creator/ShuichiIkeda (JP), MichaelKopsa (EN, TV series), Creator/SteveBlum (EN, Movies)

->"I'll show you that mobile suit has its limits, my friend."
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Char_Aznable-Mobile_Suit_Gundam_813.jpg]]

One of Zeon's most infamous aces (and the franchise's most iconic character), the enigmatic Char Aznable is responsible for the attempt at stealing the Gundam in the first place. Pursuing the ''White Base'' wherever they go, Char makes it clear that he has his own agenda, even as his rivalry with Amuro Ray develops from a professional one into something both deeply personal and very ugly.
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* AceCustom: Repeatedly slaps red paint jobs and larger engines onto grunt suits. The later Gelgoog was built precisely to his specifications.
* AcePilot: The first ace introduced in the show and the franchise as a whole, a title he retains through two sequels.
* [[spoiler:AristocratsAreEvil: He's the son of Zeon Zum Deikun and about as blue blooded, and is as cold-blooded as you can get.]]
* {{Attack Drone}}s: The Zeong's hands are detachable, and can be flown independently of the rest of the suit. The head can also detach.
* {{Badass}}
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: For most of the series, he's a perfectly ordinary pilot who can outfight anyone else in space. Then he develops his own Newtype abilities in time for A Baoa Qu.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He pretends to be a loyal friend and adviser to Garma, only to call curtains on him later.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: The original Gundam example.
* BreakoutCharacter[=/=]BreakoutVillain: He's essentially become the face of the franchise.
* BrokenAce: Cool, collected, an AcePilot, a brilliant {{Chessmaster}} and ManipulativeBastard... and by Jove, is [[LackOfEmpathy he]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing ever]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder screwed up]].
* CantCatchUp: A subtler example than many, but it is there. Throughout the show Char consistently upgrades to bigger and badder mobile suits, yet is consistently matched or outright defeated by Amuro and the Gundam, who remain one crucial half step ahead of him.
* CharClone: He [[TropeMaker IS]] [[TropeNamer Char]], launching a FountainOfExpies.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Char betrays everyone he's ever worked for. This trend continues into later installments in the franchise.
* ChubbyChaser: Only in the novels, where he hooks up with Kycilia's secretary, a very plump young woman named Margaret Blair and falls madly for her. His anime incarnation's love interests tend to be very thin.
* CoolHelmet
* CoolMask: AND HOLY GODDAMNED HOW!
* CognizantLimbs: The Zeong's head and hands can all be operated separately from the torso, as noted under AttackDrone. The suit has to be destroyed piecemeal to actually take it down.
* CustomUniform: One of the most famous ones out there.
* CyberCyclops: All of his suits, from Zaku II to Zeong.
* DarthVaderClone: Lessee, he wears a creepy mask, is a GeniusBruiser, is a DragonWithAnAgenda, has a surprising relationship to one of the heroes, is the series's equivalent of a Dark Jedi. He checks off most of the boxes.
** Though ''his'' surprising relationship to a hero character was revealed well in advance of ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Empire]]'' hitting theaters, so he has a leg up on Vader on that one.
* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation: According to the manga retelling ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'', the ''real'' Char Anzable was a childhood friend of his whom he closely resembled. When they both tried to reach Zeon, Char to enter the military academy and Casval ostensibly to enter a school there and find a job, Kycilia ordered 'Edward Mass' (Casval) assassinated, destroying the transport he was to take to Zeon. However, Casval had noticed Kycilia's men and convinced Char to switch clothing and papers at the spaceport, so Char died under Casval's not-very secret identity while Casval enlisted in Zeon's military under Char's.]]
* TheDragon: Following Kycilia's hiring him away from Dozle, and the death of her previous Dragon, M'Quve, Char assumes this role to Zeon's princess.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Like the Zabis, he seeks to better Zeon, but that's the only objective they share.
* TheDreaded: The mere appearance of his Zaku panicked Paolo Cassius, the original commander of the ''White Base'' who had kept his cool until then in spite of being mortally wounded. Him summarily trashing the Gundam in spite of the superior performance of the titular robot (and failing to destroy it only because it's NighInvulnerable) would cause a collective OhCrap every time he appeared.
* DuelToTheDeath: Against Amuro. [[spoiler:They both survive.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: To the Zabis. It's obvious from early on that he has his own agenda that is not mutually compatible with their's, but just what he's after, and why he's working for them at all is not explained until near the end.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Doesn't really activate his Newtype abilities until the last couple of episodes. This in turn, allows him to pilot the SuperPrototype Zeong during his final battle with Amuro.
* FingerFirearms: The Zeong's lasers are built into its fingertips.
* FragileSpeedster: His Zaku II is this when compared to Amuro's Gundam.
* GiantHandsOfDoom: The Zeong's hands, which are both remotely piloted, and have lasers in the fingers.
* TheHeavy: Drives the action of most of the episodes in the series, even as Gihren drives the overall plot. They seem to share the role.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Has become more and more like [[spoiler:the Zabis, even as he plots their deaths. By ''CharsCounterattack'' he's become eerily like Gihren himself.]]
* IcyBlueEyes
* ImprobableAge: He's twenty years old, and already one of Zeon's best aces and the captain of his own squadron of ships.
* InformedAbility: He's constantly hyped for destroying 5 ships at the Battle of Loum, but in the series, his only onscreen mobile suit kill is a single RedShirt GM at Jaburo. In the sequels, he has been surpassed by many others in both Newtype and piloting ability. He was never a particularly powerful Newtype and his skill at mobile suit piloting may be due to the newness of the technology (thus not that many aces) during the One Year War.
* ItsPersonal: With Amuro.
* {{Jerkass}}: Even in his most sympathetic moments, Char still comes off as kind of an asshole.
* LackOfEmpathy: Char is good at many things. Seeing other people as more than expendable tools is not one of them.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The trope originator, AKA 'Char Custom Rule' or 'Red = Three Times Faster'. It's worth noting that his final suit, the Zeong, is actually purple with red highlights.
* LightningBruiser: The Gelgoog and especially the Zeong, which is faster, better armoured, and better armed than anything the Federation has to offer.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Repeatedly. Zaku --> Ze'Gok --> Gelgoog --> Zeong.
* MoralityPet: His affection for Lalah is completely genuine, unlike his friendship with almost everyone else.
* OpportunisticBastard: Char's a competent planner, and is able to stay a step ahead of most people, but he's more of a short-term opportunist than a long-term schemer, and more often than not is flying by the seat of his pants. In ''MSG'' he's out to kill the Zabis, but has no real plan for doing it--instead he just hangs around with them, hoping to get the chance to murder them. In the end he's able to get [[spoiler:Garma and Kycilia]] but never even gets a shot at [[spoiler:Degwin, Dozle, or Gihren.]]
* PsychicPowers: His Newtype abilities start to awaken from his proximity to Lalah. He's nowhere near as powerful as she or Amuro though.
* RedBaron: [[ShoutOut Red Comet]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Amuro's red.
* RevengeByProxy --> SinsOfOurFathers: Kills Degwin's family to pay him back for killing [[spoiler:Char's father]], continuing even after the bastard dies.
* TheRival: To Amuro.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* SiblingYinYang: Him and Sayla
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Oddly, Char starts at this and ends at the end too.
* StarMakingRole: To his Japanese voice actor Creator/ShuichiIkeda.
* TheStarscream: To the Zabi family. He wants Zeon to win the war, but he doesn't want them to be in charge of it.
* SuperPrototype: The MSN-02 Zeong, a prototype MS built specifically for Newtype pilots. In terms of performance it outclasses the Gundam in almost all respects.
** FlawedPrototype: The Zeong is only 80% complete, and is missing its legs. This isn't nearly as crippling as it sounds, since the suit's rockets enable it to be fully functional in space without the legs (although going to Earth would presumably cause some problems).
* SwordFight: With Amuro in the finale.
* TheStarscream: Kycilia Zabi [[spoiler:tried to have him killed as a kid]] but after figuring out his identity gave him a job, restored his rank, gave him a promotion (from Lieutenant to Captain) as well as a ship to command and three new mobile suits (Z'Gok, Gelgoog and Zeong). [[spoiler:He repays her with a bazooka to the face.]] In a sense, Kycilia was too pragmatic for her own good; seeing the advantages of Char's abilities and passion yet not recognizing the immediate danger she placed her self in.
* WorthyOpponent: To Amuro, though the personal nature of their rivalry soon drowns this out.
* YouKilledMyFather: His hatred for the Zabis comes from this.

'''Sovereign Degwin Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (JP), Chris Schneider (EN, TV series), Elliot Reynolds (EN, Movies)

->"Have [[EvilPrince you]] ever heard of a man named AdolfHitler?"
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Degwin_Zabi_7880.jpg]]

An associate of Zeon Zum Deikun, Degwin Zabi became Sovereign of Zeon after the latter's death and turned the colonies into his family's personal dictatorship. Now old and tired, Degwin leaves the day to day running of the war effort to his oldest son, Gihren.
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* AdiposeRex
* AristocratsAreEvil
* BaldOfEvil
* BigBad: Until [[spoiler:he's offed by Gihren]].
* [[spoiler:DespairEventHorizon: While his position as the Zabi patriarch ''was'' already undermined by Gihren's thirst for power, Garma's death sent him over the edge. When we get to see him after ''that'', he's a tired and weary old man who believes he's getting too old for all of this and is planning an armistice. [[SelfMadeOrphan Little did he know what Gihren was planning to do]]...]]
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: In the backstory. By the time the show begins, he's developed some standards.
* [[spoiler:DiscOneFinalBoss]]
* DotingParent: To Garma.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even Degwin thinks Gihren's a Nazi. Hence the page quote.
* EvilChancellor: Before obtaining his current position.
* EvilOldFolks
* EvilOverlord: As Sovereign of Zeon.
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Got all of his children high-ranking positions in the Zeon military, largely because he doesn't trust anyone else. As Gihren demonstrates, this may not have been the best move.
* FatBastard: Though he's hardly the most evil character around, Degwin is both quite overweight, and the tryannical ruler of a one-party state.
* {{Foil}}: To General Revil. See Revil's entry for how.
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LargeAndInCharge: Subverted. He's large only in the sense of being overweight, and is only nominally in charge.
* HeavyWorlder: Inverted. He spent most of his youth on the Moon and as a result he suffers from osteoporosis and other health problems.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Degwin came to power ten years ago after the sudden and suspicious death of Zeon Daikun for whom he served as chief of staff. Degwin claims that Zeon, on his deathbed declared Degwin his successor. Given this much, of course Degwin couldn't possibly had anything to do with the highly questionable [[SoapOperaDisease Soap Opera Illness]] that caused Zeon Daikun's untimely passing, could he?
** In the Original 52 episode plan, he would have met Sayla, recognized her as Zeon's daughter and confessed that he had murdered her father.
* NonActionBigBad: He's an old, fat, tired man. No, he isn't really up to doing a lot of fighting.
* ThePatriarch: Initially looks like an evil version of this, but it's quickly subverted as one realises that his kids, and not him, are really running the show.
* PuppetKing: After Gihren was done with him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For a fascist dictator he's a remarkably down to Earth guy. The problem is that he's not really the one in charge.
* [[spoiler:SpannerInTheWorks: His attempt to surrender to the Federation forced Gihren to fire the Colony Laser before it was complete, resulting in Zeon's war-winning superweapon getting trashed after only taking out half of the enemy fleet. Needless to say, the ''other'' half swiftly proved themselves to be very troublesome indeed.]]
* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation: In the novelization trilogy, he is simply said to have been dethroned on Side 3. So he apparently survived the war. The only Zabi to do so.]]
* VisionaryVillain: Once upon a time.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: He's starting to suspect that it might not have been.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Degwin's 62, not the ancient man he appears to be.

'''Gihren Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/BanjoGinga (JP), Hiro Kanagawa (EN, TV series), Doug Stone (EN, Movies)

->"I'll show you how a man who follows in Hitler's footsteps can fight!"
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gihren_1517.jpg]]

Degwin Zabi's eldest son, Gihren is a domineering, ambitious social climber, who runs Zeon's war effort from his position as Commander-in-Chief. Ruthless, controlling, and totally void of empathy, Gihren is nevertheless a skilled organiser and gifted public speaker, whose charismatic personality may be all that is keeping Zeon together. Having isolated his father from the public, he is the real ruler of Zeon in all but name.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: The single most ambitious character in the show actually.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Crossed with NaziNobleman in Gihren's case.
* ArmchairMilitary: Though oddly enough he's not portrayed as particularly ineffective.
* BigBad: He's the ''de facto'' Big Bad for most of the series, [[spoiler:and takes the position in name after [[DiscOneFinalBoss Degwin]]'s death]].
** [[spoiler:BiggerBad]]: In ''The 08th MS Team'', ''War in the Pocket'', and any other series set during the One Year War, Gihren is this by default.
* CainAndAbel: Him and his sister Kycilia. More like [[BigBad Cain]] & [[TheStarscream Cain]] really.
** SiblingYinYang: He and Kycilia are the cold, calculating Blue Onis to Garma and Dozle's Reds.
* TheCaligula: The Zabis are a BigScrewedUpFamily, and evil does seem to be [[InTheBlood in the genetics]], but Gihren's the only one who's totally certifiable.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Does it throughout the Battle of A Baoa Qu.
* CultOfPersonality: The Zabi family cult might extend to the whole clan, but it's Gihren who benefits most from it. His portrait is everywhere, his speeches galvanise the masses, and many of his dedicated followers would rather die than disappoint him.
* DeadlyGas: Deploys it in the opening days of the invasion of Earth.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Gihren is a totally Machiavellian personality, concerned only with establishing his own power, through any means necessary.
* TheDragon: Starts out as Degwin's.
** DragonInChief: By the time of the One Year War, Gihren has reduced his father to a powerless figurehead and made himself the real dictator of Zeon.
** TheStarscream: He doesn't bother hiding his contempt for his father and his policies, and more or less treats Degwin as a relic, accumulating increasing amounts of power for himself. Degwin knows what's happening, but at this point, is powerless to stop it.
* EvilChancellor: His relationship with his father has definite aspects of this, given Gihren's position as his father's Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief, and top advisor.
* TheEvilPrince: He's already cut his father out of the picture and taken most of Zeon's political and military power for himself as of the start of the series. He further isolates Degwin following [[spoiler:Garma's death]], and finally [[spoiler:kills the old man, usurping BigBad status for himself]].
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Gives a little speech to his father about how DemocracyIsBad and that people should have their own will replaced with that of the Zabi family (read as: Gihren).
* TheGeneralissimo: Given that he borrows not only from AdolfHitler but from UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo this isn't really surprising.
* GloriousLeader: The franchise's first and most iconic example. He's got the cult of personality (complete with his portrait being everywhere), the promise of a brave new world, the claim that he's saving Zeon from its degenerate enemies, and the widespread popularity among the people, all of which cover the fact that he's a cold-blooded social dominator who doesn't give a damn about anything but consolidating his own power.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: According to the novels he has a wife (who is never shown or given much description) and is also having an affair with his secretary, Cecilia Irene, who shows up only briefly in the series proper but plays a prominent role in ''ThePlotToAssassinateGihrenZabi'' and other Zeon-focused spinoffs. Cecilia genuinely loves Gihren, but it's doubtful that somebody like him sees her as much more than a tool.
* {{Greed}}: One of the video games in the franchise is entitled ''Gihren's Greed''. That should say it all.
** According to the manga retelling ''Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin'', that's the only reason the war is still being fought: [[spoiler: ''he'' organized Revil's escape from prisony to galvanize the Federation into not surrendering, thus giving him the chance to conquer it. This bit him back in the ass when the Federation recovered]].
* TheHeavy: For much of the series. He and Char seem to split the role, with Char shaping the individual episodes, and Gihren the overall plot.
* ImprobablyHighIQ: 240. Of course this may simply be Zeon propaganda.
* InsaneAdmiral: Zeon's CINC and an utter psychopath. He's not really what you'd call incompetent, but is otherwise barely human, which causes him to make a number of tactical errors later on.
* InsultBackfire: His father compares him to AdolfHitler. Gihren takes it as a complement.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Gihren wants what Gihren wants. Everyone else can go hang.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal: By Kycilia.]]
* KlingonPromotion: Kills [[spoiler:Degwin]] to further his agenda.
* LackOfEmpathy: Char may be empathy-deficient, but Gihren has absolutely none for anybody. If you're in his way, or no longer useful, you die. This actually causes him problems when it comes to predicting his sister, Kycilia's actions: he assumes that she's every bit as ruthless as himself.
* LargeAndInCharge: He's nowhere near the size of his brother Dozle (than again, who is?) but at six foot three, Gihren still towers over most of the characters in the show - as a note of comparison, he's OneHeadTaller than Char and Garma.
* TheLeader: Of Zeon. He's a Type IV personality with a Type I style of leadership.
* {{Lust}}: For power. Basically his defining characteristic when you get right down to it.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MasterRace: Views the people of Zeon this way.
* MeaningfulName: May be derived from the Old German for "brain", making it an appropriate name for a man that ''Gundam Official'' describes as "an intellectual monster."
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: While all of Zeon is PuttingOnTheReich, Gihren's the one who gets explicitly compared to AdolfHitler by his father. Given that he's a hardcore, militaristic SocialDarwinist with genocidal intentions, a load of charisma, and no concept of morality, it's none too surprising.
* NaziNobleman: He's TheEvilPrince ''and'' an enthusiastic SocialDarwinist who sees AdolfHitler as someone to look up to.
* {{NEET}}: According to the (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) prequel manga ''Garma Of The Space Island'', he was one before he became involved in Zeon Deikun's independence movement.
* {{Nepotism}}: He got his job as Zeon's supreme commander because his father is the ruling Sovereign. He's kept it by being an efficent, imaginitive, [[ManipulativeBastard charismatic]], and utterly ruthless psycho.
* NewEraSpeech: Both the "Hail Zeon" speech early in the show, and the speech at A Baoa Qu that he gives after firing the colony laser.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Gihren's what happens when TheEvilPrince meets AdolfHitler [[ANaziByAnyOtherName By Any Other Name]]. In addition to their ideological similarities, he shares Hitler's overconfidence, reliance on superweapons, underestimation of his enemies, oratorical abilities, and willingness to betray those closest to him in order to remain in power. Various sidematerials and sidestories continue to add parallells between the two, with ''The Plot to Assassinate Gihren Zabi'' manga being a direct reference to the RealLife Operation Valkyrie and the television film ''The Plot to Kill Hitler''.
* NoSocialSkills: A variant. Gihren's great at manipulating the masses, but absolutely fails at personal interaction, as evidenced by his conversations with Degwin and Kycilia.
* NonActionGuy
** NonActionBigBad: Following [[spoiler:Degwin's exit]]. Gihren's a schemer and an orator, not a frontline combatant.
* OverlordJr: Of the worst possible type, embracing his father's worst traits and ignoring his good ones, then adding a little bit of TheStarscream for good measure.
* [[spoiler:ParentalAbandonment: Whether ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'''s Glemmy Toto is Gihren's clone or his [[BastardBastard bastard]] is a matter of some debate; what is not is the fact that Gihren dropped him off with a foster family before he was a few weeks old.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Patricide}}]]
* {{Pride}}: Supremely self-confident, thoroughly convinced of his superiority, and suffering from a genuinely Greek sense of hubris.
* ProperlyParanoid: On the subject of Char Aznable, whom he does not trust in the least.
* PuttingOnTheReich: All of Zeon does this, but it's most noticeable on Gihren.
* RousingSpeech: At Garma's funeral and again at the beginning of the battle for A Baoa Qu. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L03K2njcCrM He's pretty good at it.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He may lack his [[FourStarBadass brother]] and [[LadyOfWar sister]]'s [[NonActionGuy fighting ability]], and he's an [[SmugSnake unpleasant guy on top of it]], but no one can claim [[TheStrategist Gihren]] isn't pulling his weight. Between serving as commander-in-chief, organising the war effort and [[RousingSpeech keeping up troop morale]] he makes a definite contribution.
* [[spoiler:SelfMadeOrphan]]
* SmugSnake: A high-functioning one, but one nonetheless. He's arrogant, overconfident, manipulative, has no regard for anyone else's wants (or lives), and condescends to everyone around him.
* SocialDarwinist: Convinced that the weak need to move aside to make power for the strong. Hence his treatment of Degwin.
* TheSociopath: The original ''Gundam'' example. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Azrael]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Djibril]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons]], and all the other psychos in the franchise owe him a tremendous debt. Gihren is emotionally cold, displays a shallow affect, does not understand basic human interaction (though he can manipulate the masses easily enough), is totally amoral and without a concience, and is seemingly without shame or fear. Apparently raising your kids on an ideology of Social Darwinism can be hazardous to their mental health.
* TheStrategist: To Zeon as a whole.
* {{Straw Hypocrite}}: Gihren, like the rest of Zeon's leadership, talks a good game about how humanity has polluted the Earth and must be moved into space. He also gasses millions of people and tries to ColonyDrop the planet in the backstory, before invading the planet with military force. He also gives the lie to his claims of liberating the colonies, when he has several of them gassed, and forcibly relocates the population of another one to create his Solar Ray. {{Justified|Trope}} as Gihren honestly doesn't care about Zeon's political stance--he just wants to be the most powerful man in the world.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Wants Zeon to rule the world and himself to rule Zeon.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Uses the Solar Ray to assassinate ''one person''. Jeez Gihren, ever heard of subtlety? He was also the one behind the ColonyDrop, the gas attacks on Earth and the other Sides, the implementation of the Big Zam Project and the Apsalus Project, and seeks to deploy nukes on several occasions.
* UngratefulBastard: In ''The Plot to Assassinate Gihren Zabi'' it's revealed that Gihren used a failed assassination attempt on himself as an excuse to crack down on the anti-Zabi political factions in Zeon, imprisoning or executing all of them--including the family of David Schiller, the detective who uncovered the plot and saved his life. [[spoiler:Since Gihren himself arranged for the assassination attempt, this isn't that surprising.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Within Zeon. The general public sees Gihren as a great leader, and has no idea about the army of skeletons in his closet. The rest of the world, conversely, has a more accurate appraisal of his morals.
* VisionaryVillain: Gihren has a vision for the future of humanity. It involves the culling of the weak, the destruction of democracy, and the Zabi family dictatorship lording over the Earth sphere for all of eternity.
* WarriorPrince: Gihren's [[NonActionGuy no fighter]], but given how vital a role he plays in the Zeon war effort it would be difficult not to class him as this.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: Gassed vast portions of the Earth, arranged a ColonyDrop, doesn't see the problem with utilising [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]], backs the Big Zam and Apsalus projects, builds the Solar Ray...he's got a definite thing for these.
* WoundedGazelleGambit:[[spoiler:''The Plot To Assassinate Gihren'' reveals that he twice arranged for assassination attempts on himself as a way of gaining public support for clearing out his opposition]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

'''Dozle Zabi'''
->Voiced by: DaisukeGouri (JP), Creator/TesshoGenda (JP, compilation movies and, starting with ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam 3'', every game where his dialogue is newly recorded, French Tickner (EN, TV series), Peter Spellos (EN, Movies)

->"Once we mass-produce the Big Zam, the Feddies will be dead before they know what hit them!"
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Degwin's third son (the second, Salso, [[PosthumousCharacter was killed before the series starts in a car bombing]], which is also where Dozle got those scars), Dozle Zabi is everything his older brother Gihren is not. An aggressive fleet admiral, Dozle commands Solomon Base and leads his troops from the front. A dedicated family man, he cares a great deal for his father, his brother Garma, and his wife and daughter.
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* AcePilot
* AntiVillain
* AFatherToHisMen: He does a LastStand in order to get everyone in Solomon out safely.
* FourStarBadass: Dear ''Lord'', yes.
* TheBrute: Of the Zabi family, though he averts the stereotype by being a:
** GentleGiant: His interactions with his family are particularly d'aww-inducing, and he genuinely cares about his men.
** GeniusBruiser: Around 7 feet tall. A fearsome battlefield commander. An excellent pilot. ''BadAss''.
* DefiantToTheEnd: When the Big Zam is rapidly getting turned into scrap he gets out and start firing a gun at the Gundam.
** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Scaring the hell out of the]] [[TheDreaded ''White Devil of the Federation'']] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the process]].
* DeflectorShields: The Big Zam comes equipped with them, making it impervious to beam weapons.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "Big Zam's Last Stand" is one giant one for him.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife, daughter, father, and younger brother. Given his antivillain status, it's not that surprising.
* GiantEqualsInvincible: The nigh-indestructible Big Zam which puts the "humongous" back in HumongousMecha.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a HUGE one on his chin, which apparently comes from the explosion that killed his other older brother, Sasro.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: To his wife.
* TheJuggernaut: In the Big Zam.
* KilledOffForReal: In an epic DyingMomentOfAwesome
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Dozle recognises that the Battle of Solomon is lost and orders his men to retreat before heading out in the Big Zam to by them time.
* LargeAndInCharge: Both he and the Big Zam are enormous.
* LastVillainStand: Defeated at Solomon, Dozle sorties in the Big Zam to give his men time to escape. An example of a LastVillainStand that is also a regular LastStand.
* {{Nepotism}}: How he got his job. He's kept it by being a total {{badass}} and a superb commander to boot.
* OneManArmy: In the Big Zam.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For the bad guys.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's an Admiral in the Zeon Navy, and one of their best fleet commanders. He's definitely doing something.
* SiblingYinYang: He and Garma are the Red Onis to Kycilia and Gihren's Blues. Hell, he and Garma even choose to face [[spoiler:their deaths the same way.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: On his shoulder pads.
* SuperPrototype: The Big Zam, which is never mass-produced.
* UglyGuyHotWife: With his wife, Princess Zena. Also a case of [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Husband Tiny Wife]].
** UglyGuysHotDaughter: By the time of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', his daughter Mineva is quite a looker, too.
** Supplementary material also states that he had a mistress named Marlene Karn (Maharaja Karn's daughter and [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Haman Karn]]'s older sister) who was supposedly quite the looker as well.
* WalkingTank: The Big Zam is a weapons platform on legs, with a shape that isn't even remotely humanoid.
* WarriorPrince
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: The Big Zam is a piloted WMD. Dozle's able to use it to solo the Federation fleet at Solomon.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He is 28.
* YouShallNotPass: Done to the whole Federation fleet at Solomon.

'''Kycilia Zabi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MamiKoyama (JP), Michelle Porter (EN, TV series), Bambi Darro (EN, Movies)

->"We will lead the Principality of Zeon to a decisive victory and gaurantee ourselves complete control of the masses after the war is over."
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Degwin Zabi's only daughter, Kycilia is a bright but cold young woman who serves as one of Zeon's best admirals. Capable of inspiring great loyalty in her subordinates, Kycilia is nevertheless without scruples when it comes to the conduct of the war. She is in charge of Newtype research, and has an intense rivalry with her eldest brother, Gihren.
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* AristocratsAreEvil: One of the rare Evil Princesses in fiction.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassCape
** BadassPrincess
** FourStarBadass
* TheBaroness: She's got the icy demeanour, the militaristic attitude, the hardcore fascism, and dominating personality all associated with the trope.
* [[spoiler:BigBad: Briefly graduates to this status when she kills Gihren halfway through the penultimate episode.]]
** [[spoiler:BiggerBad: In ''WarInThePocket'' the Zeonic forces involved belong to her fleet, though it's worth noting that BigBad [[InsaneAdmiral Colonel]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Killing]] is actually a Gihren loyalist.]]
* [[spoiler:BoomHeadshot: How Char kills her off.]]
* CainAndAbel: With her older brother, Gihren. It might be fairer to say that they're both Cain, with Kycilia being the slightly more sympathetic of the two.
** SiblingYinYang: She and Gihren may hate each other, but they've got a lot in common personality wise. The family basically splits in two, with Kycilia and Gihren being icy and calculating, and Garma and Dozle being hot blooded and passionate.
* TheChessmaster
* CoolHelmet: Wears one that's almost identical to Char's actually.
* CoolMask: Often wears a mask over the lower parts of her face when she enters battle. No explanation is ever given.
* CustomUniform: Her purple uniform, mask, and cape are nearly as distinctive as Char's.
* DaddysLittleVillain: She's far from childish or spoiled, but Kycilia still fits the trope, sharing her father's philosophy and remaining loyal to him [[spoiler:even after his death]].
* DarkActionGirl: Kycilia isn't afraid to take the field when she has to, as her first appearance (fighting alongside [[TheDragon M'Quve]] in the Adzam) attests to.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: She and her brother share this outlook on life. Like Gihren, Kycilia is willing to do just about anything to ensure that the Zabi family gains control of the Earth Sphere.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted. Kycilia's love of her father is one of her few redeeming traits.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She's not an especially warm person, but she definitely cares about her father, and looked rather sad when Garma's death was announced.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She was planning to move against Gihren for a long time, and it's implied that his psychopathy is a motivating factor. That's not to say that she isn't pretty damn awful herself.
* EvilGenius: Of the Zabi family and Zeon as a whole. She's one of their better strategists and admirals, and is in charge of Newtype research, and the new mobile suits and mobile armours that come with it.
* {{The Evil Prince}}ss: Very evil (though noticeably less so than her older brother, Gihren) and not averse to climbing to power the old-fashioned way.
* EvilRedhead: More like MagnificentBitch redhead. [[spoiler:Only ''Char'' could upstage her.]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Kycilia may not have a biology degree, but she's the one who funded the Newtype research that led to the creation of Cyber-Newtypes. She also seems to share Zeon Zum Deikun's belief that Newtypes would eventually supplant the rest of humanity, although whether she's just using this as part of her political agenda is unclear.
* [[spoiler:GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Briefly becomes Sovereign of Zeon, following the deaths of her brothers and father. It doesn't last for long.]]
* ImprobableAge: An admiral at twenty-four? Justified by her familial connections, aristocratic rank, and demonstrable competency.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* KlingonPromotion: Kills [[spoiler:Gihren]] and takes his position.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Kycilia, unlike Gihren, realises that the battle for A Baoa Qu is lost, and attempts to flee, planning on rallying the forces in the homelands, rather than dying at the base.
* LadyAndKnight: The Dark Lady to [[TheDragon M'Quve]]'s Black Knight.
* LadyOfWar: Gundam's first example.
* LeanAndMean: Notably skinnier than other women in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', due to Tomino finding it unattractive.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Than her oldest brother. She's still a fascist dictator but a more palateable one, possessing some empathy for her family, and a willingness to work with other people rather then lord it over them. It makes it possible, if just barely, to root for her as she and Gihren manouvere for position.
* ManipulativeBastard: Runs in the family.
* {{Nepotism}}: How she got her position. How she's kept it is [[EvilGenius another]] [[LadyOfWar story]].
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: In addition to being an admiral, Kycilia is a major political figure within the Principality, with her own factions in the bureaucracy and the upper brass. Much of the political conflict within Zeon consists of the competition between her party and Gihren's loyalists.
* PragmaticVillainy: Kycilia knows when to cut her losses, treats her men well in order to ensure their loyalty, and positions herself as a more reasonable, less extreme, alternative to her brother Gihren. This doesn't make her good at all; just rational.
* [[spoiler:PrincessesRule: Is still addressed as "Princess" or simply "Lady Kycilia" after seizing control of the nation from Gihren, mostly because she hasn't had time to formally promote herself. Personality wise it's still a case of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen]]
* PromotionToParent: Because Nalisse Zabi died in childbirth, Garma looks up to her as a mother figure.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's a Rear-Admiral in the Zeon fleet and takes an interest in research and development, eventually masterminding much of the defence of A Baoa Qu.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:For Char. She regrets that.]]
* TheStarscream: As M'Quve's activities in Europe showed, she was preparing to move against Gihren for quite a while before [[spoiler:he fried their father and staged a coup]]. She may well have been involved in ''The Plot To Assassinate Gihren Zabi'', and doesn't make her dislike of her brother, or her belief that she could do a better job of running the war effort a secret. [[spoiler:And then she kills him.]]
* VillainousCheekbones: You could cut glass on them.
* {{Warrior Prince}}ss
* WeHaveReserves: Kycilia has no problem with leaving her men to die if it serves her purposes, going so far as to order the destruction of a lost base with her own troops still inside.
* [[spoiler:YouKilledMyFather: Why she wastes Gihren]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: She's just ''24''.

'''Garma Zabi'''
->Voiced by: KatsujiMori (JP), Creator/BrianDobson (EN, TV series)

->"Don't laugh, the men are watching."
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Degwin's youngest son, Garma serves as leader of the Earth Invasion Force under his sister Kycilia. Desperate to win his family's respect, he is perhaps the most human member of the family, and is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Icelina. He and Char Aznable go way back, having been friends since their days at the military academy.
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* AntiVillain: He is easily the most sympathetic member of the Zabi clan.
* {{Bishonen}}
* CharacterTics: Has a habit of playing with his hair when concentrating.
* DarkChick: To the rest of the Zabis.
* DeathByChildbirth: This is what happened to his mother, [[AllThereInTheManual according to most sources]].
* [[spoiler: DefiantToTheEnd]]: [[spoiler: "All Glory to the nation of Zeon!"]]
* DemotedToExtra: Since the novels leave out the whole story arc set on Earth, Garma appears instead in charge of the Zeon forces that intercept ''White Base'' en route to Luna II. [[spoiler:Things don't work out any better than the anime and he dies within ten pages of his first appearance.]]
* [[spoiler: DyingMomentOfAwesome]]: [[spoiler: Better believe it. Maybe it's Dozle's influence.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Of his older siblings, particularly Kycilia.
* ImprobableAge: Is running the Earth Invasion Force at the age of twenty. Justified by nepotism.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* {{Nepotism}}: Got his position this way, and is determined to prove that actually deserves it.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Leads the Earth Invasion Force.
* SiblingYinYang: Go ahead and contrast his poncy looks and {{antivillain}}ous attitude with his [[TheBaroness sister]] and [[TheSociopath eldest brother]]. He and [[TheBrute Dozle]], on the other hand, have [[UnholyMatrimony a fair]] [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes bit in]] [[HotBlooded common]].
* SissyVillain: Lord yes.
* SpoiledSweet: For a certain definition of sweet.
* StarCrossedLovers: With his girlfriend Iselina.
* StepfordSmiler: Shows signs of being a Type A.
* WarriorPrince
* WellDoneSonGuy: Knowing that he had his military position [[{{Nepotism}} solely because of his dad]], he ''desperately'' craved the approval of his older siblings, especially Kycilia.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

'''Ramba Ral'''
->Voiced by: MasashiHirose (JP), John Payne (EN, TV series), Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (EN, Movies)

->"This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!"
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An affable Zeon ace, Ramba Ral came to Earth following Garma Zabi's defeat at the hands of the ''White Base'' crew. Meeting Amuro Ray while both were off-duty, Ramba Ral struck up a friendship with the boy. He would later lead a number of attacks on the ''White Base'' crew.
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* AcePilot
* AlliterativeName
* AntiVillain
* AvengingTheVillain: Comes to Earth to avenge Garma.
* BadassMoustache
* BoisterousBruiser: Has definite aspects of this.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The Brawn to his girlfriend's Brains.
* TheBrigadier
* ColonelKilgore: Though not a particularly unpleasant or unsympathetic one - he just really likes war.
* {{Determinator}}: When M'quve "[[RightHandVersusLeftHand loses]]" the Doms he was supposed to supply Ramba Ral with, the ace just puts on a commando suit and leads his men in a boarding action to capture White Base.
* FullNameBasis: Everyone calls him Ramba Ral.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* OppositesAttract: With Crowley Hamon. He's loud, cheerful, and leads from the front. She's quiet, graceful, and TheStrategist.
* RedBaron: ''Blue Giant''
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the novels he's a secret service agent instead of a pilot and is one of the comparatively few named Zeon characters to survive to the end.
* WhipItGood: The Gouf's Heat Rod, which he uses to good effect during his battles with Amuro.
* WorthyOpponent
* UglyGuyHotWife: With his girlfriend and second-in-command, Hamon Crowley.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's only in his 30s, but looks much older thanks to his BadassMustache and greying hair.

'''Crowley Hamon'''
->Voiced by: Yumi Nakatani (JP), Lenore Zann (EN, TV series), Dian Andrews (EN, Movies)

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Ramba Ral's girlfriend and Number Two, Crowley Hamon is the brains of the Blue Giant's outfit, planning strategy while he leads from the front. Quiet, composed, and always graceful she makes quite the contrast with her BoisterousBruiser boyfriend.
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* ActionGirl[=/=]LadyOfWar
* AntiVillain
* AvengingTheVillain: She targets the ''White Base'' due to their role in Ramba Ral's death, and even before then, sought, alongside Ral, to avenge Garma Zabi.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The brains to Ramba Ral's brawn.
* DespairEventHorizon: Doesn't care if she lives or dies following Ral's death.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LadyOfWar: Establishes herself as one after Ral's death, piloting one of Zeon's tanks during her revenge strike on the ''White Base''.
* NearVillainVictory: Leads the second most successful attack on the ''White Base'', and is within seconds of destroying the Gundam and then the ship before she is defeated.
* {{Ojou}}
* OppositesAttract: With Ramba Ral.
* TheStrategist: Of Ral's group.
* TankGoodness: Crowley actually gets some mileage out of her Magella Attack Tank, and was about to destroy the Gundam (too busy keeping a land battleship laden with explosives from ramming and destroying the ''White Base'' to defend itself) when she was stopped by Ryu.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Ramba Ral.

'''M'quve'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KanetoShiozawa (JP), Masahiko Tanaka (JP)

->"Come if you dare!"
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Kycilia Zabi's right-hand man, the aristocratic M'Quve represents his mistress on Earth, commanding her troops in the desert, and leading Zeon's forces at the Battle of Odessa. Totally loyal to Kycilia, M'Quve has an ingrained distrust of Char Aznable. Despite all appearances, he is a skilled mobile suit pilot.
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* AceCustom: The YMS-15 Gyan kind of qualifies; it was M'Quve's pet project and was intended to replace the Zaku II as Zeon's main mobile suit. However, its focus on melee and need to partner with another MS (intended to be the Rick Dom) made it lose out to the self-sufficient Gelgoog. Only three Gyans were made, with M'Quve claiming one for his own personal use. The ''Gihren's Greed'' games have a M'Quve Custom Gyan which is covered in gold filigree.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Inverted in the movies and their supplementary material, where he's a mildly snooty AntiVillain - none of his nastier actions are shown, and he even carries out a HeroicSacrifice to save Dozle's wife and infant daughter.
* AgentPeacock: M'Quve is a swishy snob with an upper class accent, effeminate hobbies (including antiquing), and an ascot. He's also one of the few characters in this (or any series in the franchise) who can give Amuro Ray something approaching a decent battle.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Invoked by his wealth, obvious connections to the Zeon upperclass, and total ruthlessness.
* ArmchairMilitary: In the movies his two attempts at engaging the Gundam directly in combat (first with the Adzam--copiloted by Princess Kycilia!--then the Gyan) were excised because it was thought to be out of character for him.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Analyses the Gundam thoroughly before trying to engage it.
* BoobyTrap: Liberally booby-traps the Texas Colony before his duel with Amuro.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: At first he appears just a sissy villain. Then the ''White Base'' finally gains his personal attention... And he ''swats it out of the sky''. The ''White Base'' was not completely destroyed only because he was too much in a hurry to finish the job...
* CampStraight: Most likely, given the nature of his relationship with Kycilia.
* TheChessmaster: M'Quve doesn't leave a hell of a lot to chance.
* CloseRangeCombatant: His Gyan is meant primarily as a close combat suit, with excellent reflexes and agility, and a primary armament of a beam rapier.
* CombatPragmatist: Has zero understanding whatsoever of the concept of 'fighting fair'.
* CulturedWarrior: Despite being an overconfident SmugSnake, he's actually a pretty competent pilot and strategist, as his final battle with Amuro attests to. Even Char admits that "M'Quve's putting up quite a fight," and it takes the first full-fledged activation of Amuro's Newtype powers for the Gundam to gain a decisive advantage.
* CyberCyclops: The Gyan.
* DuelToTheDeath: Deliberately lures Amuro into one of these, and carefully rigs everything in his own favour.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He's an awful person, but his devotion to Kycilia is unquestionable.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Looks quite shocked and actually objects when Kycilia orders him to blow up a mine that still has some of his men in it.
* EvilBrit: His dub voice is vaguely British, and is most definitely evil.
* FakeBrit: Has aspects of this in the dub.
* [[spoiler:FamousLastWords: "Deliver that antique vase to Lady Kycilia. It's very valuable."]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Affects an upperclass attitude and tone, but at his core is cold-blooded and ruthless.
* ForeheadOfDoom
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Like Kycilia, M'Quve knows when he's beat. He doesn't like it, but he's aware of it.
* LadyAndKnight: The Black Knight to Kycilia Zabi's Dark Lady. He is utterly loyal to her, right unto death, and the Gyan is even designed to resemble a knight.
* LeanAndMean: As skinny as his boss.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Gyan comes equipped with round buckler shield, itself equipped with missile launchers.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Gyan's shield is equipped with fifty-six missile launchers, enabling it to create one of these with ease.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: One of Zeon's richest commanders, and a connosieur of fine art - antique vases in particular.
* MeanBoss: Among other things, M'Quve sees funeral rites for fallen comrades as a meaningless waste of his soldiers' time.
* NukeEm: After losing the Battle of Odessa he fires an ICBM at the Federation forces.
* OutdatedOutfit: Resembles a refugee from the 18th century.
* RichBitch: M'Quve is very well off and enjoys demonstrating that wealth to everyone.
* RoyalRapier: M'Quve's a fencer and the Gyan comes equipped with a [[LaserSword beam rapier]] for this very reason.
* SissyVillain: He's got the fancy clothes, swishy wrists, mincing motions, and cultured tone of voice one associates with this villain type.
* SmugSnake
* TheStrategist: He leads the ''White Base'' around by the nose for quite a while.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the films, his final battle with Amuro in the Texas Colony in the fancypants fencing Mobile Suit Gyan was one of the many things cut for being too SuperRobot-y and was replaced by Char & an early appearance of his MS-14S Gelgoog. However, the [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]] {{Interquel}} ''Char's Deleted Affair'' has him die at the helm of the Gyan in a different manner, in a desperation attack on The Federation to cover the retreat of Zeon forces from A Baoa Qu.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Earlier transliterations spell his name as "Makube", meant to be pronounced "Mah-Koo-Bay" with inflection on the first syllable. The official transliteration since the beginning of the 2000s was M'Quve, pronounced "Muh-Koo-Vay" with inflection on the second syllable. This second spelling and pronunciation is odd for a number of reasons. Most notiecably, it makes his name appear to be Swahili in origin. But given ''Gundam's'' tendency for characters of ambiguous race or ethnicity, M'Quve, despite his European looks, could very well be a mixture of anything.
* SubordinateExcuse: Possibly towards Kycilia, whom he was ''very'' devoted to.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Kycilia; [[spoiler:with his last words he instructs one of his subordinates to deliver his prized Ming vase to her.]]
* VillainousCheekbones
* WeHaveReserves: Was willing to nuke his own men at Odessa, though only after the battle had been lost.
* WickedCultured: See ManOfWealthAndTaste above.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple actually.

'''The Black Tri-Stars'''
->Voiced by: Issei Masamune (JP, Gaia), Creator/IchiroNagai (JP, Mash), Creator/IsseiFutamata (JP, Ortega)

The nickname of Gaia, Ortega, and Mash, a trio of {{Ace Pilot}}s famous for capturing General Revil at the start of the war. They're currently serving under M'quve, and have been assigned Zeon's deadly new Dom suits with which to hunt down the White Base.
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* AcePilot: Amongst the first Zeon aces Amuro faces.
* BadassBeard: Gaia, the team leader, has a fairly impressive one.
* AttackPatternAlpha: Their 'Jet Stream Attack', which uses their Doms' superior speed and manoeuvrability to land several hits on an enemy suit in rapid succession. Unfortunately for them, Amuro figures out the pattern after the first time they use it on him, and turns it to his advantage.
* {{Gonk}}: None of them are exactly male-model material, but Ortega has a face only an elephant seal could love.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Mash has one over his right eye.
* LightningBruiser: The Dom is Zeon's heavy assault suit, an armoured battering ram floating on two powerful thermonuclear thrusters. It's fast, tough, and a lot more heavily-armed than the Zaku.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: The dub gave them all thick Southern accents, which became canon from then onwards.
* TerribleTrio: They're on the more competent end of the trope, though it doesn't save them against Amuro.

'''Lalah Sune'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoHan (JP), Willow Johnson (EN, TV series), Creator/LiaSargent (EN, Movies)

->"[[ShoutOut I can see]] [[{{Dune}} through time...]]"
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A Newtype from one of Zeon's labs, Lalah Sune's potential was recognised by both Char Aznable and Kycilia Zabi. She is eventually recruited to serve as the pilot for the MAN-08 Elmeth, a Newtype-specific mobile armour. During this time, she also meets and forms a connection with Amuro.
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* AntiVillain
* AttackDrone: On the Elmeth.
* BrokenBird: The biggest example in the series.
* CloudCuckooLander: Skirts the trope sometimes.
* FacialMarkings: Has a ''bindi'' on her forehead.
* HeroWorshipper: Of Char. He can do no wrong in her eyes.
* HeyItsThatVoice: In English: A woman who gets caught up in a messed up love triangle. [[InuYasha Kikyo]], is that you?
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Before being picked up by Char.
* [[spoiler:ILetGwenStacyDie]]: For both Amuro and Char.
* IOweYouMyLife: Lalah was a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold teen prostitute]] before being found and recruited by Char.
* TheIngenue: Definitely comes off this way, complete with an overly simplistic, black and white view of the world.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: She and Amuro instantly feel a connection, courtesy of their Newtype abilities.
* LoveTriangle: The centre of one involving herself, Amuro, and Char (and arguably a point on one involving Amuro and Sayla as well). It ends horrifically for everyone involved.
* MindRape: Strongly hinted at and confirmed in Char's Counterattack that she suffered this at the hands of Char and the Flanagan Institute.
* MoralMyopia: Courtesy of being mentored by Char. Everything she and Char do is right and justified, anything anybody does to them is "evil".
* MysteriousWaif
* OneWomanArmy: She devastates an entire Federation squadron in her first appearance, before fellow OneManArmy Amuro runs into her.
* OrphansOrdeal: After her parents die in the war, her life is ''very'' rough.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: One Zeon officer states that, with her powers and the Elmeth, she can take down an enemy battle squadron single-handedly. In her first outing, [[OneWomanArmy she does]].
* PhlebotinumGirl: The TropeMaker, with [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Four Murasame]] as the TropeCodifier. She's slightly better-adjusted than later examples, and has a better relationship with her handlers (well, mostly [[IOweYouMyLife Char]]), but is still an appropriately tragic figure.
* PsychicPowers: The most powerful Newtype to appear in ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', Lalah has been trained to exploit this as a weapon. Her very presence is enough to awaken Amuro and Char's latent powers as well.
** PsychicLink: With Amuro and Char.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Amuro. It ends horribly.
* StepfordSmiler: Considering [[TheWoobie her messed up past]] and how she's treated as a weapon by Zeon, yet remains seemingly cheerful at first. It isn't until she and Amuro have a PsychicLink that she begins to break down and finally asks "Why did you come so late in my life?", hinting that [[DespairEventHorizon she knows she's screwed]].
* SuperPrototype: The Elmeth
* [[spoiler:TakingTheBullet: Takes a blow from Amuro's beam sabre to save Char.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Char. Anyone who attacks him is "evil" in her book.
* UnskilledButStrong: Her complete lack of piloting experience is balanced out by being the most powerful Newtype in the show, complete with a mobile armour designed to maximise her abilities.
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[[folder:Others]]

'''Icelina Eschonbach'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KeikoHan (JP, TV series), Shiho Nagoshi (JP, Movies), Marjorie Malpass (EN, TV series), Deanna Morris (EN, Movies)

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The daughter of an Earth Federation official, Icelina falls in love with Garma Zabi when he occupies her hometown. Completely unsuited for war, and profoundly ignorant of just how the world works, Icelina gets herself into a lot of trouble after [[spoiler:Garma dies]].
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* AntiVillain: She just was a naive young girl who happened to be on the wrong side of the war.
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:Aims to avenge Garma.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Oh, does this kid get broken...
* BrokenBird: After [[spoiler:Garma's death]].
* [[spoiler:DeathByFallingOver]]
* TheIngenue
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* MoralMyopia: It's okay for her to collaborate with Garma, who's trying to help his father and utter psychopath of a brother TakeOverTheWorld, but the people who [[spoiler:killed Garma]] are monsters and deserve to die.
* {{Ojou}}
* [[spoiler:RoaringRampageOfRevenge]]: Subverted. It doesn't achieve much.
* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation: Her death is cut from the CompilationMovie trilogy]].
* StarCrossedLovers: With Garma.
* [[spoiler:WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: Her revenge is futile and sad, and she ends up dead.]]


'''Cameron Bloom'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KanetoShiozawa (JP, TV series), Hiroshi Isobe (JP, Movies), David Mackay (EN)

* ButtMonkey
* CowardlyLion: Becomes this when he [[spoiler: uses his own shuttle to escort the White Base out of Side 7. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome During a battle]]'']]
* RomanticFalseLead
* TalkingToHimself: Voiced by Creator/KanetoShiozawa, who also voiced M'Quve. In the original series, they even get to briefly interact, with [[spoiler:Cameron calling M'Quve out on his bullshit before leaving.]]


'''Miharu Ratokie'''
->Voiced by: Satomi Majima (JP), Creator/KellySheridan (EN, TV series), Creator/BridgetHoffman (EN, Movies)

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A Federation civilian and Zeon spy, Miharu strikes up a friendship with Kai, eventually accompanying him aboard the ''White Base''.
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* AntiVillain
* [[spoiler: BecomingTheMask: Is sent to spy on the White Base. However, she falls in love with Kai and sees that the crew has children among their protegees, and starts questioning herself...]]
* GirlishPigtails
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn: A pretty rapid one. Some people just aren't cut out to be spies.]]
** [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler:ILetGwenStacyDie: For Kai.]]
* InnocentFlowerGirl: She sells pastries and not flowers, but otherwise fits in perfectly.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* [[spoiler: TheMole]]
* NaiveEverygirl
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Her attempt to earn some money for her siblings ends up leaving them worse off than before, with their only caregiver dead and them completely alone in the world. And if you take ''Kunio Okawara's MS Collection'' as canon, that quickly becomes the least of their worries...
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: She badly need the money to support her younger siblings and doesn't really care for the two warring factions.
* PromotionToParent: Has two little siblings, Milly and Gill, whom she takes care of after their parents died in the war.
* PunchClockVillain: She's got absolutely zero grudge against the Federation - she just needs to feed her family, and Zeon pays well for information.
* SlipknotPonytail: Her GirlishPigtails come undone when [[spoiler:she's knocked out of the Gunperry by the backblast from its missiles, falling to her death]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Miharu or Michelle?
* StarCrossedLovers: With Kai.

'''Gil and Millie Ratokie'''

Miharu's younger brother and sister. They don't have a very big role in the series proper but according to two (possibly non-canon) books, one a design album by mecha designer Kunio Okawara as well as the novel ''Four's Story: And To A Soldier...'', they were taken in by the Federation military after Miharu's death and eventually wound up in the custody of the sinister [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Murasame Newtype Lab]]...

On a lighter note they also appear in the parodic ''GundamSan'' series, in which they try to use the money the Zeons paid the family to open a business.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Turned into human guinea pigs because their sister helped some enemy spies.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Gil is mentioned in an ''MSV'' segment to have been killed off-screen in a training accident with the Psycho Gundam Zero, though he later gets a major role in ''Four's Story''. Millie doesn't even get that much, having apparently been one of the many test subjects who couldn't survive the process of becoming an Artificial Newtype.
* {{Jossed}}: After ''Kunio Okawara's MS Collection'' revealed that the children were taken in by the Murasame Lab it was generally assumed, based on Gil's number and his role as test pilot of the Psycho Gundam's immediate predecessor that Millie had grown up to be Four Murasame, but according to ''Four's Story'' Four is a different war orphan and Millie is dead.
* HeartWarmingOrphan: Their original appearance borders on {{Glurge}}.
* OrphansOrdeal: Whoa, daddy...
* PsychicPowers: Not in the original series, but later on.
* SuperSoldier: Gil is turned into one against his will. And he was the lucky one.
* TykeBomb
* YouAreNumberSix: Gil is rechristened as Three Murasame.

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