This is the character sheet for the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''.

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A space colony in Earth's orbit, Heliopolis is part of Orb territory, and is thus neutral in the conflict between ZAFT and the Earth Alliance. Unfortunately for them, Heliopolis is secretly building mobile suits for the Earth Alliance, they're attacked by ZAFT in a raid to steal them, and the colony is eventually destroyed in an ensuing battle. A number of refugees end up on board the ''Archangel'', and become Earth Alliance crewmen after later enlisting, despite being citizens of a neutral nation.

!!Kira Yamato
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (Japanese), Creator/MattHill (English original series dub), Creator/MaxMittelman (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"If you just did nothing because you thought it wouldn't help, than you'd end up doing less than nothing. Because nothing would change."''

->'''Main mecha:''' Strike Gundam, Freedom Gundam

The main character, who was attending a technical college on Heliopolis when the series began. Naturally, he ends up FallingIntoTheCockpit of the Strike Gundam. He's a [[BornWinner Coordinator]], which he attempts to hide at first, but it quickly comes out into the open. Kira undergoes the most CharacterDevelopment of anyone in the series; starting as a somewhat goofy but generally normal kid, he forces himself to become cold and nearly mechanical in order to deal with the realities of war, but eventually breaks out of this and becomes much more idealistic (but no less determined) before the series ends.
* TheAce: Several characters have noted that even amongst fellow Coordinators, Kira stands out as being on a level above them in talent, both in studies and in combat. [[spoiler:This is because he was intended to be this as the Ultimate Coordinator.]]
* AcePilot: He's the main character in a ''Gundam'' show. So of course he ends up achieving this status, and quickly at that. By the time he gets his hands on his first BiggerStick, he is among the most skilled pilots in the entire series, both in ''SEED'' and ''Destiny''.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Kira has a lot of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]]'s personality traits, including social awkwardness, skill with machinery, and a tendency towards trying to do everything himself and losing himself in his work. If there's a difference between the two of them, it's that Kira lacks Amuro's deliberately antisocial behaviour--he wants to interact with others, he's just not that good at it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: As a Coordinator, Kira is genetically modified to have faster learning abilities than Naturals. His most impressive feats using this trope are the battles in the desert, where he was able to adjust the Strike's settings for desert combat and execute impressive combat strategies against more experienced soldiers.
* BadassBookworm: Before he was a mobile suit pilot, he was an engineering student and he stills mainly relies on his brains in battle.
* BeamSpam: With the Freedom, it's equipped with the multi lock on weapon system, allowing Kira to make full use of all of its ranged weapons (a beam rifle, a pair of wing mounted beam cannons and another pair of hip-mounted railguns).
* BettyAndVeronica: Lacus and Flay
* {{BFG}}: The Launcher Striker's 320mm Agni hyperimpulse cannon.
* {{BFS}}: The Sword Striker's anti-ship sword, which is over fifteen meters long.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Being a Coordinator, Kira's a lot stronger, faster, and more agile than he looks, so trying to pick a fistfight with him is a bad idea.
* BigDamnHero: Plenty of times, even moreso after receiving the Freedom.
* BiggerStick: His Gundam, naturally. The Freedom in particular is a top of the line machine that won't be outclassed until the latter stages of ''Destiny''.
* BornWinner: Not just a Coordinator, but [[spoiler:the ''Ultimate'' Coordinator]], and also capable of activating [[SuperMode SEED mode]].
* BrokenAce: Despite being possibly the best pilot in the show, he isn't able to save everyone he attempts to save and experiences a lot of trauma because of it.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Towards Flay. {{Deconstructed}} later on.
* ChickMagnet: Flay, Lacus and even Cagalli before the reveal sort of stopped her from doing anything.
* CelebrityResemblance: Mitsuo Fukuda [[WordOfGod said in a 2003 interview]] that Kira was based on Tatsuya Fujiwara, the actor who played Nanahara Shuuya in the live-action film adaptation of ''Literature/BattleRoyale''.
* DeathFromAbove: The Freedom is the first Gundam shown to be capable of full-flight capabilities under the atmosphere in mobile suit mode in ''SEED'' (most {{Mook}}s and the first Gundams have to use sub-flight lifters).
* DualWielding: Although most Gundams in the series possess two beam sabers, Kira only really starts dual-wielding with the Freedom. He sometimes combine the beam sabers into a DoubleWeapon as well.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]], being a roughly similar character with a slightly warmer personality.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Actually ''thrown'' in by Murrue Ramius in order to save his life during the ZAFT commando raid on Heliopolis.
* {{Forgiveness}}: Forgives both Athrun and Yzak, even choosing to spare the latter (who shot down a shuttle full of civilians) in the middle of a battle.
* TheGlovesComeOff: Against Athrun after [[spoiler:Tolle dies]]. One could make the case that it happens again when [[spoiler:Le Creuset guns down Flay in front of him.]]
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler: His parents are actually his aunt and uncle, but he doesn't find out until much later. Still, he seems quite happy with them and well adjusted before the war breaks him.]]
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler: During the final battle, he fails to save Flay. Despite it obviously effecting him, he goes on to take down the BigBad.]]
* TheHero: It is mainly his choices that ultimately change the course of the war.
* HeroKiller: To ZAFT, as he managed to kill several ZAFT aces (most notably, Miguel Ailman, Andrew Waltfeld, and Nicol Amalfi) as the Strike's pilot. In fact, Athrun gets the highest military award simply on the virtue of being the sole ZAFT pilot to have taken him down.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: In the beginning of the series, Kira has an obvious crush on Flay which later [[spoiler:blossoms into a full fledged sexual relationship]], but it just gets ugly from there. His final love interest has [[spoiler:pink hair]], which might or might not qualify their relationship for this trope.
* HeroicSafeMode: He lives one during the middle part of the series, as he shuts his emotions down in order to cope with the ravages of the war.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: During the series' mid-point it doesn't matter how good Kira is or how much the others praise him: he can't live up to the only person whose standards matter to him, namely, his own.
* HesBack: When he and the Freedom interrupt the Battle of JOSH-A.
* HonorBeforeReason: Sometimes. Not so much during the mid-part of the series.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:Flay, and to a lesser degree, the shuttle that Yzak shot down]].
* ItsPersonal: With Athrun after [[spoiler:Tolle's death]] and Le Creuset after [[spoiler:Flay's]].
* KnifeNut: The Strike's basic form is armed with two Armor Schneider knives, and nothing else. They come in useful a bunch of times though and some of his most critical victories with the Strike are made with them.
* LadyAndKnight: The Knight to Lacus Clyne's Lady.
* TheLadysFavour: Lacus gives Kira her mother's ring before the final battle.
* LightningBruiser: The Freedom, which more or less combines two of the Strike's modes (not counting Sword) into one Gundam plus some.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Both the Strike and the Freedom feature a shield. Kira makes extensive use of both of them.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Handomse Son]]: [[spoiler:Averted. While his father, Ulen, is definitely a MadScientist, he didn't grow up with him.]]
* MartialPacifist: He'd ''much'' rather talk things out than fight over it. This being ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', it doesn't work out that way.
* MechaExpansionPack: The Strike, which is near-useless without one of its three Striker packs.
* MenDontCry: Played straight until he couldn't save Flay from being captured by the Dominion ship and Lacus comforts him and says he should after what he's experienced.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Strike to the Freedom.
* MultiformBalance: The Strike. Aile Striker is more or less a JackOfAllStats, while the Launcher Striker is a MightyGlacier with heavier weaponry but less mobility, and the Sword Striker is a borderline LightningBruiser (not quite as fast as the Aile, but faster than the Launcher) balanced by the fact that it lacks ranged firepower.
* NiceGuy: Which makes the horror show he's thrust into all the sadder. Hell even Natarle and Flay can't help but like him.
* NotQuiteDead: To the ire of his enemies and the relief of everyone else.
* ProHumanTranshuman: There's a few of these around, but Kira's the most notable example, fighting to protect his Natural friends from Coordinator soldiers from the earliest episodes of the show.
* TheProtagonist: The main viewpoint of the series, with Athrun coming in second.
* PurpleEyes: As not only a Coordinator but [[spoiler: the ''Ultimate'' Coordinator]] it definitely fits.
* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: It's revealed later on that he apparently has the same Newtype-esque Telepathy that Mu and Rau have. In his case, it seems to let him connect with anyone else with the ability, as he's able to 'Sense' and talk with Rau, and later Rey in ''Destiny'', as well as being able to 'Sense' Neo as Mu.]]
* ReluctantWarrior: He really doesn't like fighting, but if the alternative is letting innocents suffer, then prepare for ass-kickings.
* RescueRomance: His relationship with Lacus developed from this. In fact, both traded roles of ''rescuer'' and ''rescuee'' in some points.
%%* TheRival: Athrun's.
* SayMyName: Happens a lot.
%%* SeparatedAtBirth: With [[spoiler:Cagalli]].
* ShellShockedVeteran: The war has a very detrimental effect on Kira's mental health, causing him to hit rock bottom around the series midpoint. He recovers to a degree, but is sporting one hell of a ThousandYardStare by the time ''Destiny'' roles around.
* SkilledButNaive: The naivety is wrung out of him after some ''really'' harsh experiences.
* SuperIntelligence: Most Coordinators are smart, but Kira rewrote the operating system for a complex war machine in under a minute, pushing him into this territory.
* SuperMode: SEED mode.
* SuperReflexes: Like most Coordinators, Kira possesses reflexes that are notably superior to those of regular humans. This is one reason why he's able to operate the Strike better than pilots who trained for years to do it--he doesn't require the clumsy OS that would enable a Natural to operate the system.
* TechnicalPacifist: After getting the Freedom and going through a lot of soul searching, he aims to disable MS and spare the pilot, rather than destroying them outright. He will break this rule if he has to though, most notably against [[spoiler:Le Creuset]] who couldn't be stopped any other way.
* TeenGenius: As a Coordinator this is the norm. [[spoiler: As the Ultimate Coordinator, he takes it even further than the norm.]]
* TenderTears: He can be a bit weepy early in the series, though [[MenDontCry only when he's alone]]. Note, however, that he only does this after a battle -- he's not crying for ''himself'', he's crying for ''[[TearsOfRemorse the men he's killed]]''.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: From Ep 31 of Seed HD Remaster: "I am sad."
* TragicKeepsake: The origami flower he was given by a little girl he'd helped protect [[spoiler:and who was later shot down by Yzak]].
* TrueCompanions: [[spoiler:With Athrun once they join the same side]], and eventually the entire Archangel crew.
* UnluckyEverydude: He starts the series doing piles of extra work for his college professor and with an unrequited crush on Flay. His fortunes do not improve.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: By mid-series you will be thinking this. He gets it back. [[ShellShockedVeteran Mostly]].
* WorthLivingFor: In response to Rau's InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves speech regarding the world:
-->'''Kira''': "So what!? This world is still worth protecting!"
* WouldHitAGirl: Gives [[spoiler:Cagalli]] a pretty hefty slap after she took a swing at him and [[spoiler:kills Aisha during his battle with her and Andrew.]]

!!Miriallia "Miri" Haw
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi (Japanese), Creator/AnnaCummer (English original series dub), Creator/CassandraLee (English HD Remaster dub)

One of Kira's friends from Heliopolis. Dates Tolle and serves as Kira's MissionControl, Miri is probably the most level-headed of the press-ganged civilians.
* BreakTheCutie: The death of [[spoiler: Tolle]] hits her hard, on top of the double whammy of [[spoiler: Kira's supposed death.]]
* BridgeBunnies: And the main one to interact with Kira.
%%* BetaCouple: With Tolle.
* {{Forgiveness}}: Forgives Athrun for his role in [[spoiler:Tolle's death]].
* FreakOut: After [[spoiler:Tolle's death]], though she recovers eventually.
%%* GreenEyes
* TheHeart: Plays peacemaker to the rest of the BridgeBunnies, and provides emotional support for everyone she can.
* MissionControl: To Kira and Mu.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: After she tries stabbing Dearka because his words drove her fully into a FreakOut, she snaps out of it when Sai stops her. Which then allows her to see what she was about to become when Flay tries killing Dearka herself mere moments later.]] She spends the next episode in guilt over it before she and Dearka talk at the end.
* NiceGirl: Probably one of the nicest, which makes her FreakOut above even more scary.
%%* TeamMom: To her posse.
* {{UST}}: One interpretation of [[spoiler:her relationship with Dearka, post FreakOut]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Nice Grade B, Miri!

!!Sai Argyle
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TetsuShiratori (Japanese), BillSwitzer (English original series dub), Creator/LucienDodge (English HD Remaster dub)

A friend of Kira's and Flay's boyfriend. He seems to be the unofficial leader of Kira's social clique -- he's the cool, confident guy with the hot girlfriend. Between Flay's issues and Kira's rising importance, this is slowly {{Deconstructed}} over the first half of the series, though Sai's resilient enough to bounce back from it. During the second half of the series, he reprises his leadership role, acting as the unofficial first-among-equals for the bridge crewmen.
* BridgeBunnies: Their leader in the latter half of the show.
* CoolShades: And by extension SunglassesAtNight.
%%* HollywoodNerd
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Briefly. He recovers from it very quickly though.
%%* TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Among Kira's group of friends.
* LoveHurts: His "romance" with Flay doesn't do anything for him.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: He gets better.
%%* {{Megane}}
* NiceGuy: Which is one reason so many people hate Flay for what she puts him through.
* NonActionGuy: Sai's not a fighter.
* TheResenter: Briefly has this attitude regarding Kira. He gets over it fast.
* RomanticFalseLead: A more sympathetic one than usual.
* TookALevelInBadass: Following Kira's apparent death, Sai mans up and takes command of the bridge crew, tells Flay ''exactly'' where she can stick her issues, prevents she and Miriallia from killing Dearka, and essentially becomes one of the most important people on board the ''Archangel'', all without ever changing his rank or official job.
* WomanScorned: Except, you know, [[GenderInvertedTrope male]]. He gets better much sooner than the standard, though.

!!Tolle Koenig
!!!Voice Actors: TakayukiInoue (Japanese), Creator/RichardIanCox (English original series dub), Colin DePaula (English HD Remaster dub)
->'''Main mecha:''' Skygrasper

One of Kira's friends. Dates Miriallia and looks up to Kira. The one to come up with the idea to join the ''Archangel'''s crew, he's always looking to make himself useful. One of the BridgeBunnies at first, he eventually spends enough time in the simulator to graduate to Skygrasper pilot, and begins to help Kira and Mu in battle.
* BetaCouple: With Miriallia who he's been dating since before the series started.
%%* TheBigGuy[=/=]TheLancer: Plays this role to Kira early in the series.
* BridgeBunnies: Is initially another member of the bridge crew.
%%* CoolPlane: The Skygrasper.
* HotBlooded: Tolle is certainly the most enthusiastic of the Heliopolis crew, and constantly pushes to improve himself. Over the course of the series, he goes from refugee, to bridge crew, to combat pilot!
%%* KilledOffForReal: By Athrun.
* NiceGuy: Perhaps the friendliest member of Kira's peer group, and the one who most readily rushes to the defence of the others.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The Aegis's shield ''decapitates'' poor Tolle as it hits the cockpit.]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Yikes]].
* TookALevelInBadass: When he became the pilot of the Skygrasper.

!!Kuzzey Buskirk
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/YasuhiroTakato (Japanese), KeithMiller (English original series dub), Eddy Lee (English HD Remaster dub)

One of Kira's friends, he's something of a minor character compared to the rest of the Heliopolis crew. He's the most average of the clique, lacking any outstanding quality comparable to Sai's confidence, Miriallia's warmth, or Tolle's determination. When the ''Archangel'' reaches Orb, he decides not to stay on.
* TheEveryman: His main role in the series is "the average guy" -- his response to things like TheReveal that Kira's a Coordinator stand in for the "normal" reaction.
* TheGenericGuy: He knows it too.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Sees himself as useless.
* TheLoad: He considers ''himself'' this, though [[HeroicSelfDeprecation no one else seems to]]. He pulls his weight on the ''Archangel'', at least.
* NonActionGuy: As a member of the bridge crew.
%%* SatelliteCharacter
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Abandons the ''Archangel'' after their return to Orb.
* SpacePeople: Kuzzey is the only one born on [[SpaceStation Heliopolis]] and definitely not used to life on Earth.

!!Flay Allster
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), Creator/TabithaStGermain (English original series dub), Creator/EricaMendez (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"Why didn't you save him? It's because you're a Coordinator too!"''

Living on Heliopolis at the beginning of the series, Flay is the daughter of the Atlantic Federation's Vice Foreign Minister, George Allster. She'd recently begun dating Sai at the beginning of the series, though Kira had had a crush on her for some time. A fairly air-headed type, the war is not kind to her.
* BeautyIsBad: [[spoiler:Starts out bitchy but mellows out.]]
* BecomingTheMask: Pretends that she loves Kira because she blames him for her father's death and wants to make sure he'll die as punishment, but later she finds herself really falling in love with him. Sai [[LampshadeHanging says it]] [[WhatTheHellHero to her directly]].
* BelatedLoveEpiphany: Flay and Kira share a very unhealthy relationship wherein she basically tries to manipulate him onto a path of self-destruction (blaming him for her father's death), but it's not until Kira [[spoiler:is seemingly killed by Athrun]] that Flay realizes she has [[BecomingTheMask fallen for him for real in the meantime]]. That particular subplot [[LoveHurts doesn't end well at all]].
* BridgeBunny: Gets upgraded to this when she works with Natarle in the Dominion, even earning a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when [[spoiler:she tries to tell the ''Archangel'' to retreat during Azrael's horrendous VillainousBreakdown]].
* BrokenBird: The poor girl has, politely speaking, '''massive issues'''.
* CharacterDevelopment: While her BecomingTheMask phase happens earlier on, the more obvious development happens ''very'' late in the series, after [[spoiler:Rau brings her to ZAFT and she spends time with him and Yzak, seeing the conflict from the other side]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: She really doesn't like Kira spending time with Cagalli, and huffs when one of Cagali's caretakers walks her off the ''Archangel'' while wearing a dress. [[spoiler:Of course, she didn't need to worry, since Kira and Cagalli end up being twins, but she had no way to know that.]]
* DaddysGirl: Flay speaks rather fondly about her father. [[spoiler:Also why she takes her father's death so badly]].
* TheDarkChick: Towards Azrael, following her coming aboard the ''Dominion''. Like Badgiruel, she quickly realizes just how mad he is.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Says something along those lines to Kira in the back half of the series.
* EvilRedheads: More ''horribly messed up'' than evil, but still.
* FallenPrincess: From spoiled DaddysGirl to the wreck she spends most of the series as.
* FantasticRacism: Towards Coordinators. She had issues with them even before the war. [[spoiler:Her father's death only made things worse.]] Finally overcomes it towards the end to the point where she's horrified seeing Azrael's genocidal mania.
* FilleFatale: Only fifteen and already seducing Kira into doing what she wants.
* {{Foil}}: To both Lacus and Cagalli, with her general bitchiness, immaturity, and self-centredness contrasting with both Lacus' forgiving nature and Cagalli's insistence on joining the fighting. She's the FallenPrincess to Lacus' AllLovingHero and Cagalli's RebelliousPrincess.
* FreakOut: After her father's death. It lasts for most of the show.
* GildedCage: Rau keeps her in one; even though she's a prisoner she's given a lot of privileges (she's allowed to attend military briefings, is given a military uniform, and is implied to have rather nice quarters.)
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of, she gets somewhere between a full one and a HeelFaceDoorSlam before her RedemptionEqualsDeath moment.
* HeelRealization: It started around the time she realized she was really falling for Kira, then was even further developed during her [[spoiler: time as Rau's captive and saw what it was like from ZAFT's side.]] Meeting Azrael and seeing his [[KillEmAll plans]] firsthand cemented it. Notably in the manga adaptation Azrael asks her "The war will end when the coordinators die. That's what you believe isn't it?" Flay remembers her previous attempt to murder Dearka and breaks down in tears of disgust.
%%* ILetGwenStacyDie: To Kira.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.
* Jerkass: She gets better in the second half but she is this for the first half of the series. Becomes a JerkassWoobie after it becomes obvious that she has fallen in love with Kira.
* KickTheDog: She rebuts Sai's attempt to talk by revealing that she was sleeping with his best friend, and then is rather dismissive of him.
* TheLoad: Despite having volunteered, Flay has no role aboard the ''Archangel'', spending most of her time hiding in her room, complaining about things like a lack of hair care products, and causing emotional trauma in Kira and Sai. She herself acknowledges this during her time on the ''Dominion'', where she insists on becoming a part of the bridge crew, and makes a genuinely heartfelt effort to be useful to Badgiruel.
* LoveHurts: Her feelings towards Kira; notably there's a scene when Birdy lands on Sai just like how he landed on Kira and Flay's visibly cringing at the comparison.
* LoveRedeems: It's growing genuine feelings for Kira that ultimately start her on the path towards redemption.
%%* MagicSkirt
%%* ManipulativeBitch: Post-FreakOut, Pre-CharacterDevelopment.
* TheMentallyIll: Flay's just ''this'' side of going completely insane. She starts to recover near the end of the series, though she's never able to fully rebuild herself.
%%* MsFanservice
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In the manga adaptation Azrael mentions how the war will be over when the Coordinators die and than asks "That's what you believe isn't it." This prompts Flay to remember her attempt to murder Dearka, and break down crying while saying "No I don't."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Her name is Flay as "flaying".
%%* TheOjou: In the beginning.
* ParentalAbandonment: Her mom died when she was a child, [[spoiler:then her dad George died in front of her]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: She wears pink before wearing her Archangel crew uniform.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Flay's attempt at doing the right thing comes too late in the series to save her.
%%* RichBitch
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Tries to warn the ''Archangel'' of Azrael's attack, despite being a member of the ''Dominion'''s crew, and Azrael having a gun trained on her and Badgiruel.
* SixthRanger: To the crew of the ''Dominion''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Flay or Fllay.
* SpoiledBrat: At one point they're in the desert AND are low on water.....Flay wants Kira and Cagalli to buy luxury beauty products while they're doing this.
* StockholmSyndrome: To [[spoiler:Rau Le Crueset]], who reminds her of her dead father, despite the fact that he also subjects her to a BreakingSpeech.
* StockingFiller: As part of the ''Dominion'' crew.
* StuffedInTheFridge: It takes a while, but this is her eventual fate.
* TragicVillain: Despite being horrible it is to be remembered that she's a scared kid who lost her dad. Becomes more pronounced when it's clear that she DID love Kira despite her protestations otherwise.
* TragicKeepsake: Granted it's only for a few episodes but during the episodes on the Archangel before being transferred she keeps Birdy around because he reminds her of Kira.
* UnwittingPawn: Of [[spoiler:Le Creuset]], who uses her to deliver the plans for the N-Jammer Canceller to Azrael.
* VillainousBreakdown: Her emotional breakdown in episode 28 where she starts accusing Kira of pitying her; despite having seduced him to get him killed she unwittingly ends up falling in love with Kira for real; seeing Kira show her pity (or so she thinks) when she's trying to get him killed forces her to face her own cruelty, which prompts her to break down crying and screaming at "how can you pity me?"
* {{Yandere}}: She starts off using Kira, but comes to love him for real, which just makes her mental state ''worse''.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki: Bonafide Grade B.

!Earth Alliance
A military alliance consisting of the nations who funded the construction of the [=PLANTs=], formed when the Coordinators living there declared themselves independent. Devastated by ZAFT's mobile suits, they develop the Gundams with the aid of neutral nation Orb in order to counter this. Initially presented as the more sympathetic faction of the war, they're still no barrel of laughs, conscripting several of the Heliopolis refugees to crew the ''Archangel''. As the series progresses, they become less and less sympathetic as the true nature of the leaders running it is revealed.

[[folder:Captain Ramius]]
!!Murrue Ramius
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (Japanese), Creator/LisaAnnBeley (English), Creator/CarrieKeranen (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"It's becoming more and more difficult to understand who or what we're fighting for."''

A Lieutenant stationed on the ''Archangel'', she's forced to take command after the ZAFT attack on Heliopolis. Though uncertain of herself at first, she eventually grows to be a capable officer and a dangerous opponent to ZAFT. She keeping the ''Archangel'' in one piece through space, reentry, and all over Earth.
* BadassNormal: Probably the best ship commander we meet in either show, capable of outmaneuvering both fellow Naturals and the genetically superior Coordinators.
* BigDamnKiss: Between her and Mu, in episode 38.
* TheCaptain: Of the ''Archangel''. She gains the title following her promotion.
* {{Expy}}: A young lieutenant who initially comes off as unfair and overbearing is forced to take over a brand new assault carrier. They gradually grow into the role of Captain and leader, eventually becoming one of the most respected officers in the fleet, while striking up a romance with one of their senior officers. Are we talking about Murrue Ramius, or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Bright Noa]]? She's practically his DistaffCounterpart.
* FieldPromotion: Lieutenant to Captain.
* {{Gainaxing}}: You know the ''Archangel'''s taken a nasty hit when Murrue gets bouncy.
%%* TheGoodCaptain: Absolutely.
%%* HerHeartWillGoOn: ''Twice.''
* TheLeader: Of the ''Archangel'' crew, Type IV. Ramius is a capable officer and has the full respect of everyone working for her.
* TheMcCoy: Albeit in a primary leadership role; Mu is her [[TheKirk Kirk]], although Natarle (who rounds out the PowerTrio in the superego role) only marginally qualifies as TheSpock.
* HotTeacher: Well, she was before she became a military officer.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: With the Archangel crew whenever a time came when they would be reassigned, but they remained a team throughout the series with a few exceptions.
* LadyOfWar: Calm, collected, feminine, and the best battleship captain in the EA Navy.
* MilitaryMaverick: Though kinder and gentler than most, Murrue doesn't hesitate to trample all over military regulations as necessary in order to protect the people on her ship. This causes problems for her with her NumberTwo, [[SergeantRock Natarle Badgiruel]].
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Men]]: Definitely shows her loyalty to subordinates, even dismissing Kira's Coordinator heritage and looking for Cagalli rather than leaving her as "Missing In Action" when she went missing in Phase 23 and 24.
* OfficialCouple: With Mu La Flaga.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Constantly.
* ShoutOut: Murrue's story is a bit too similar to [[Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober another Captain Ramius]] in command of their military's latest, most advanced vessel who becomes disillusioned with their superiors and defects for their [[NamesTheSame last names]] to be coincidence.
* TeamMom: As the ''Archangel'''s commanding officer.
* TookALevelInBadass: As the show progresses and she gains both confidence and ability.
* TragicKeepsake: Her locket. It's [[spoiler:a memento of her previous boyfriend, a mobile armour pilot]].
%%* WomanInWhite
* YouAreInCommandNow: La Flaga pushes her into command after the ''Archangel'''s commanding officers are killed in Le Creuset's surprise attack. He could have taken the position, as he has seniority, but Murrue is more familiar with the ship and better-suited to the position, while Mu, as the only available pilot other than Kira, is better off not tied to the bridge.

[[folder:Lt. La Flaga]]
!!Mu La Flaga
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), Creator/TrevorDevall (English), Creator/TomWayland (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."''
->'''Main mecha:''' Moebius Zero, Skygrasper, Strike Gundam

One of the few mobile armour pilots to survive the war long enough to appear in the series, he's ''also'' lucky (and good) enough to survive the initial ZAFT attack on Heliopolis. Surprisingly laid back for a guy who's been on the brink of a messy death for months at a time, he provides much needed advice and experience for the ''Archangel'''s rookie crew. Provides support for Kira and Murrue most specifically -- he outranks them both, but having no experience as a ship's officer and being unable to pilot the Strike, he prefers to leave the lead roles to them. Has a rivalry with ZAFT commander Rau Le Creuset, which predates the beginning of the series.
* AbusiveParents: Al Da Flaga was an asshole, all right, and his mother seems to have been a relative non-entity.
* TheAce ''and'' AcePilot: Everyone agrees, in universe and out. Mu is awesome.
* AlertnessBlink: Experiences a Newtype Flash whenever Rau Le Creuset is within a few kilometers. It's one of the few things that point to their having newtype-like abilities.
* AllYourPowersCombined: As of the HD Remaster, he's the first (chronologically anyway) to use a 'Combined' Striker Pack (the Perfect Strike).
%%* {{Archenemy}}: Of ZAFT AcePilot Rau Le Creuset.
* AttackDrone: Has four wire-controlled gun pods on his Mobius Zero.
* BadassNormal: Made even more badass by his status as a Natural in a series where most of the awesome is reserved for Coordinators. Occasional implications throughout the series that he has Newtype abilities may mean he's a subversion, but it's never entirely clear what the extent of those abilities are beyond his instinctive awareness of Le Creuset's presence, and being one of only a handful of pilots between the anime and the Astray who can use Mobile Suits/Armors with [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]] unassisted.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Between him and Murrue, in episode 38.
%%* BigBrotherMentor: To Kira.
* BrokenAce: A milder version than some, but his affable behavior conceals quite a bit of mental and emotional damage, which he willingly acknowledges.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: One of the most laid-back and goofy characters in the show, but still ''extremely'' competent at what he does.
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:With Rau Le Creuset, his father's clone.]]
* CatchPhrase: Of the BadassBoast variety. "I am a man who can [[WeDoTheImpossible make the impossible possible]]!"
* CharClone: A benevolent version, calling to mind Char's "[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro Bageena]]" persona.
* ComingInHot: Mu does this several times, with the Mobius Zero and the Skygrasper. He's in the middle of doing it with the Strike when [[spoiler:he intercepts Azrael's parting shot.]]
%%* CoolPlane: The Skygrasper.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: He meets his end blocking an anti-matter cannon aimed at the ''Archnangel'''s bridge while invoking his catchphrase one more time.]]
* {{Expy}}: He's basically a milder-mannered [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Sleggar Law]] with some aspects of [[CharClone Char's Quattro persona thrown in]].
* AFatherToHisMen: Especially to Kira, but play as kind-figure to the younger crews.
* FamousLastWords: "Didn't I tell you [[CatchPhrase I'm the man who can make the impossible possible]]!"
* GoOutWithASmile: We can't see his face, but we can hear him ''laughing''.
* HeroicSacrifice: During the final battle, Mu [[spoiler:takes a shot from the ''Dominion'''s Lohengrin ''antimatter cannon'' intended for the ''Archangel'']].
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Averted! He's clearly into Murrue from the beginning and boy does he make it clear.
* FieldPromotion: Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Commander.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Gets shot by Le Creuset and keeps chasing him.
* LightningBruiser: The Perfect Strike is shown to be this in Episodes 36-38 when it destroys dozens of Earth Alliance units.
* LonelyRichKid: As a child, via ParentalAbandonment.
* LoopholeAbuse: After his....[[BigDamnKiss bold declaration of his interest in her]], Murrue says she doesn't date mobile armor pilots. With his typical cockiness, he claims he is a mobile ''suit'' pilot [[note]] he received the repaired Strike earlier that day [[/note]]. It's clearly a joke on both sides because they kiss again immediately afterward, and longer this time.
* TheKirk: To Murrue's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]]. He's an experienced soldier who is at home with military regulations, but also understands that there are situations in which one has to look past regulations and make a more practical call. He tends to be the pragmatic midpoint between Murrue's idealism and Natarle's meticulous adherence to protocol, though overall he leans more toward Murrue's side.
* ManInWhite: In his military uniform.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Both [[InvertedTrope inverted]] and PlayedStraight. When the ''Archangel'' touches down on Earth, he is no longer able to use his Moebius Zero due to the fact that it is a SpaceFighter and won't work in atmosphere, so he settles for a [[CoolPlane Sky Grasper fighter jet]] instead, which is a capable craft but lacks the AttackDrone capability of the Moebius. The trope is played straight later on, when after abandoning the Earth Alliance, he gets [[spoiler:to pilot the Strike Gundam.]]
* MildlyMilitary: Despite being the senior officer present for most of the beginning of the series, Mu's not really one for standing on ceremony.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Loses his memories in the process and is captured (and brainwashed) by the Earth Alliance in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Destiny]]. ]]
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: The Strike was already heavily damaged but still came through.
%%* OfficialCouple: With Murrue. Awww.
* ParentalAbandonment: His father [[IHaveNoSon disowned him]] when he was a child, locked him in a BigFancyHouse and [[spoiler:had himself ''cloned'' in order to create a more satisfactory son]]. Then both his parents died in a fire.
* PurpleIsPowerful: His pilot suit.
* PsychicPowers: While it's never given any real focus, he's essentially the closest thing the Cosmic Era has to a Newtype. What this means within the setting is not entirely clear, but it does make him able to sense when Rau Le Creuset is nearby, and vice versa.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Attempted. The top brass had him reassigned from fighting on the front lines to becoming a teacher for pilot cadets. He ultimately ignored it and returned to the ''Archangel'' during the Battle of JOSH-A.
* RedBaron: The Hawk of Endymion.
* SoleSurvivor: Of his Mobius Zero squadron during the Endymion lunar campaign during his backstory, and of the Earth Alliance pilots during the attack on Heliopolis -- though neither really affects his personality much.
* SpaceFighter: His Mobius Zero, which is one of the more realistic designs out there.
* SuperPrototype: The Mobius Zero, which is vastly superior to the mass production Mobius in terms of armament and speed. {{Justified|Trope}} in that only a very few pilots had the level of skill and spatial awareness required to operate the Zero and its {{Attack Drone}}s effectively.
* SuperReflexes: His enhanced spatial awareness, an extremely rare ability among both Naturals and Coordinators, which allows him to control {{Attack Drone}}s.
* SympathyForTheDevil: A poignant scene towards the end of the series has Mu sympathizing with ''[[spoiler:Rau le Creuset]]'' in a conversation with Murrue; Mu is the only character who seems to fully consider what effect his past had on him. He does, however, state firmly that what he's doing can't be excused.
* TakingTheBullet: The fact that it doesn't just [[spoiler:go straight through him and hit its target ''anyway'']] is thanks to Mu's raw badassery.
* TemptingFate: "I'll be right back, with victory in hand."
* TheUnFavorite: To his father, Al. Oddly for the trope, there is no favorite; Mu was an only child, but he looked too much like his mom. [[spoiler:So Dad locked him away and cloned himself. And treated the clone like crap as well.]]

[[folder:Lt. Badgiruel]]
!!Natarle Badgiruel
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), Creator/SarahJohns (English), Creator/LisaOrtiz (English HD Remaster dub)

Originally an Ensign on the ''Archangel'', she graduates to Murrue's NumberTwo after the attack on Heliopolis. Harder and more pragmatic than Murrue, Badgiruel remains loyal to the Earth Forces, and is eventually named captain of the ''Archangel's'' EvilCounterpart, the ''Dominion''. A professional soldier, she buries any doubts she has behind her ironclad faith in the military, even when forced to work with [[TheSociopath Muruta]] [[FinalSolution Azrael]] and his [[AxeCrazy squad]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Whenever she's placed out of her depth (aka out of regulations and military decorum) she immediately starts stuttering and even ''[[LuminescentBlush blushing]]'' at times.
* BadassNormal: In much the same vein as Murrue Ramius, proving that as a ship captain she's more than capable of taking on supposedly superior Coordinators.
* TheCaptain: Was briefly acting captain of the ''Archangel'', before passing the role to Ramius. She later becomes the actual captain of the ''Dominion''.
%%* CommissarCap
%%* CommanderContrarian: Towards Ramius.
* ConsummateProfessional: Aims to be the perfect professional soldier.
* CryCute: In the ''second episode'', when she realizes she's the SoleSurvivor of her original crew.
* TheDarkChick: She and Flay play this role to Azrael and the Earth Forces after she becomes captain of the ''Dominion''.
%%* DefrostingIceQueen: Eventually.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:She ultimately rises up against Azrael, trapping him on the bridge of the ''Dominion'' with her after ordering the rest of the crew to abandon ship.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: She does end up caring for Kira despite herself, and is somewhat uncomfortable when Sutherland tries to blame Kira for Heliopolis (to say nothing of her disgust towards Azrael).
* FantasticRacism: IS leery of coordinators but still doesn't buy into Blue Cosmos ideology (and she does care for Kira whether she wants to admit it or not.)
* FieldPromotion: From Ensign to Deputy Captain.
* GoingDownWithTheShip: Stays aboard the ''Dominion'' to make sure that Azrael goes down with it.
* GoOutWithASmile: Smiles as Ramius opens fire on her and Azrael.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:See TakingYouWithMe below.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Very principled and by the rules, but often shows worry or sadness for those hurt or in danger. See her [[CryCute reaction]] to finding herself the (apparent) sole survival of the Heliopolis attack on the Archangel and her concern for Kira in ep4 despite showing misgivings about him being a Coordinator and civilian just the previous eps. She also shows a soft touch for children in ep18. [[spoiler: Her "caring commander" aspect is most probably why she turns on Azrael when he hurts Flay.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Dies while trying to save the ''Archangel'' from Azrael.
* MilitaryBrat: Her FreudianExcuse.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: She visibly becomes increasingly uncomfortable with the actions of the Earth Alliance under Blue Cosmos, but remains a loyal military officer.
%%* NumberTwo: To Murrue at first.
%%* PowerHair
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Badgiruel turns on Azrael just a little too late to save herself.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Turns on Azrael at the end, deciding that his orders conflict with what is right.
* SergeantRock: Believes that military regulations and the mission take precedence over helping people. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold She still cares about her subordinates, though.]]
* SenselessSacrifice: She saves Flay from Azrael....only for Rau to murder her and the rest of the people on the bridge to fuck with Kira.
* ShowerScene: Gets one before [[spoiler:taking command of the Dominion.]]
* SoleSurvivor: Of the ''Archangel'''s original crew.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In ''Gundam SEED: Tomo to Kimi to Senjou'' you can save Natarle if you set her up with Arnold Neumann.
%%* StockingFiller
* SuddenPrincipledStand: [[spoiler:Turns on Azrael after he assaults Flay]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:She locks down the bridge of the ''Dominion'', trapping both herself and Azrael as it's destroyed]].
* TragicHero: [[spoiler: Had to side against the ''Archangel'' because she kept following orders, and was killed by it because Azrael wouldn't quit.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Complete with blood-stains.
%%* WomanInWhite
* YouMonster: Said almost word for word to Azrael.

[[folder:Mr. Neuman]]
!!Ensign Arnold Neumann
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/IsshinChiba (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English), Creator/BenPronsky (English HD Remaster dub)

The soft spoken helmsman of the ''Archangel'', Mr. Neumann is one of the unsung heroes of the show. Taking on a leadership role among the ship's NCO's in times of crisis, Neumann's greatest contribution to the survival of the ''Archangel'' is without a doubt his insane piloting skills.
* BadassNormal: The best helmsman of the Cosmic Era, Natural or Coordinator.
* FieldPromotion: From Chief Petty Officer to Ensign.
* HiddenDepths: Neumann keeps to himself and rarely speaks, but when the ''Archangel'' is in lockdown aboard Artemis, he's the one who rallies the crew and organises the breakout. Supplementary materials suggest that he may have had a crush on Natarle Badgiruel as well.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Good Lord yes! This man flies a several thousand tonne battleship as though it were a freaking fighter plane. Doing a barrel roll to point the ship's guns down or circumvent an enemy battleship? No problem. Recovering from a botched atmospheric re-entry? Not even worth a mention. Dodging beams and guided missiles alike between the time they are fired and the time they reach his ship (many times maneuvering so quickly it looks like the crew would surely be turned to red paste against the walls)? All in a day's work.
* LoveHurts: In some of the video games based on ''SEED'' it is revealed that Neumann had a thing for the ''Archangel'''s NumberTwo, Badgiruel. This means that he had to [[spoiler:help kill her when Ramius ordered the ''Dominion'' sunk.]] Ouch.
%%* ManInWhite
* TheQuietOne: Looks and acts like an older Athrun.
%%* TheStoic
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

[[folder:Admiral Halberton]]
!!Lewis Halberton
!!! Voice Actors: Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)
-->''"Firing on retreating men? You're a damn disgrace Le Creuset."''

The commander of the EA's 08th Fleet, Admiral Lewis Halberton was the commisioner and mastermind behind the G-Weapons' project that created the Gundams. A capable battlefield commander, and a mentor Captain Ramius, Halberton is one of the few high-ranking OMNI officials to have any sympathy for the Coordinators, and Kira Yamato in particular.
* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Richard Newman's deep voice.
* BadassMoustache: Sports a very impressive moustache and is one of the EA's most renowned admirals.
* BadassNormal: Like all EA personnel not named Kira Yamato, he's a Natural.
* TheBrigadier: The first officer we meet to have any sympathy for the ''Archangel'', and one of the rare OMNI personnel to understand Kira's position.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* {{Expy}}: He's a more active take on ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s General Revil.
* AFatherToHisMen: Leads his troops in person from his flagship, the ''Menelaus'', and will not demand they make any sacrifices he isn't willing to make.
* FourStarBadass: A world-famous admiral who leads from the front.
* FrontlineGeneral: A fleet commander who puts his flagship in the thick of the action.
* GoingDownWithTheShip: Goes down with the ''Menelaus''.
* HeroicSacrifice: Sacrifices his ship to buy the ''Archangel'' time to escape.
* KilledOffForReal: Dies buying the ''Archangel'' time to escape.
* MeaningfulName: Not Halberton himself, but his ship, the ''Menelaus'', which is named after a Greek king, whose wife was kidnapped, starting a war. Given that ''SEED'' opens with the G-weapons that Halberton had built being stolen, it seems likely that this is more then a coincidence.
* TheMentor: To Captain Ramius, who was one of his students at the military academy.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Acts a mentor to Ramius, and dies fairly early on in the series.
* MutualKill: With Captain Zellman of the ''Gammow'', as it and the ''Menelaus'' sink one another.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: He tries to be one anyway, and regards officers like ZAFT's Le Creuset as the lowest of the low.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Notable in that he's one of the only members of the Earth Alliance High Command who isn't a racist asshole.
%%* TokenGoodTeammate: To the Earth Alliance's high-command.
%%* WeHardlyKnewYe

!!Muruta Azrael
!!! Voice Actors: Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese), Creator/AndrewFrancis (English)
->''"Misunderstandings create enemies, and when you have enemies, you shoot them."''

The leader of the anti-Coordinator terrorist group Blue Cosmos and a powerful figure in the Atlantic Federation. Boyish. Charming. Takes his evil UpToEleven. He joins the crew of the ''Dominion'' with his squad of modified soldiers, more or less subverting Badgiruel's position as captain.
* AttackAttackAttack: He rarely considers a retreat. Justified after ZAFT fires Genesis and he wanted his recuperating forces to keep fighting, before ZAFT fired on Earth.
* AxCrazy: You get hints about just how crazy he is throughout the show. Then the last few episodes hit and ''[[VillainousBreakdown holy]] [[BadBoss crap]]''.
* BadBoss: Controls Shani, Clotho, and Orga through drug addiction, and everyone else through fear. Really starts to show after his VillainousBreakdown.
* BigBadWannabe: A truly nasty--and very competent--one. He's the real leader of the Earth Forces and seems to be [[BigBadEnsemble heading the war opposite Patrick Zala]], is stated to have been responsible for the nuking one of the PLANTs. However, [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset is really playing both of them]]. It's still worth noting that of all the contenders for this title in the series he is without a doubt the most evil.
* {{Bishonen}}: Which accounts for his ridiculous popularity with the female fanbase.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Huh. So you wanted to kill all Coordinators because some of them bullied you when you were a kid?
* DrivenByEnvy: Heavily implied by his backstory. He's less angry about the Coordinators being better than humanity than he is about them being better than ''him''.
* EvilIsPetty: A condescending sexist and all around jerk, as well as a genocidal madman. Better yet, even his genocidal intentions are rooted, not in ideology, but in childhood grudges. He's petty all through.
* EvilLaugh: Gives an epic one when he receives the plans [[spoiler:to ZAFT's defenses and N-Jammer Cancellers]].
* EvilVersusEvil: With Coordinator-supremacist Patrick Zala.
* {{Expy}}: It's not as obvious as with Patrick, but Azrael's charismatic personality, dynamic leadership, public popularity, and utter goddamn sociopathy are all derived from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s Gihren Zabi. They even share a passion for [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill overkill]] and WeaponsOfMassDestruction. In the meanwhile, his appearance, enthusiasm, excitableness, creepy interactions with women, and manipulation of the Extended, all call to mind Gihren's clone/bastard son [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Glemmy Toto]]
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: The page picture should nicely demonstrate both sides of that; a handsome face and shining blonde hair, but that sinister expression reflects something ugly.
* FantasticRacism: His motivation. Worst of all, he can't understand why everyone else doesn't feel the same way he does.
* FauxAffablyEvil: His polite mannerisms and excitable personality only serve to enhance how much of an [[SmugSnake arrogant]] [[TheSociopath psycho]] he is.
* FinalSolution: Plans to [[NukeEm nuke]] the Plants, ending the war, and killing every Coordinator in existence in the process.
* FreudianExcuse: See above. Inverted in that it is intended to make him ''more'' despicable, not ''less''.
* GreaterScopeVillain: In the ''Destiny'' spinoff, ''Stargazer'' where he, and then Djibril, take on this role vis a vis Sven Cal Bayan.
* HateSink: Azrael's psychopathic, misogynistic xenophobe with the personality of a murderous teenager. He's there to make Patrick Zala and Rau Le Creuset look sympathetic by comparison.
* HeManWomanHater: Has some aspects of this. He's openly contemptuous of Badgiruel after finding out she's a woman, condescends to her because of her gender ("Listen to me, woman!") and is the only character in-series to use the word "bitch" to describe a female character.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Genetically modifying fetus' to create {{Born Winner}}s is evil! Using drugs and mental torture to create {{Super Soldier}}s out of children is not! It's also hinted that his hatred of Coordinators is a case of DrivenByEnvy, making him an even bigger hypocrite.
* ImprobableAge: He's a successful businessman, the head of a global terrorist organisation, and TheManBehindTheMan to the entirety of OMNI at the age of thirty.
* KarmicDeath: Dies knowing he's lost, at the hands of a woman he's just murdered, and another woman whose boyfriend he has killed. It doesn't get much more karmic then that.
* KickTheDog: His first scene is about how "unfair" it is that Orb claims neutrality in the war and how the "fair" thing to do is to push it off the fence or burn it to the ground. He kicks more dogs as the series continues.
* KnightOfCerebus: His appearance in the series kicks off a new level atrocities as he shows he will go to any lengths and destroy anything to get what he wants.
* LackOfEmpathy: Orb is neutral? Burn them to the ground for convenience sake. My super soldiers are in pain? Good, it'll convince them to fight better.
* TheLeader: Of Blue Cosmos in name and the Atlantic Federation (and therefore OMNI) in everything but. He's a Type Charismatic personality, ruling through charisma and fearmongering.
* LightIsNotGood: Has a [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming religious name]] and [[ManInWhite wears a white suit]], but he's a genocidal madman.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To the Atlantic Federation president. Think of him as a very powerful businessman and lobbyist... who just happens to head a combination KKK and Nazi Party.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: His fashion sense is one of his few redeeming qualities. Come to think of it, it's about his ''only'' redeeming quality. He does look good in that blue suit.
* MugglePower: His mom didn't make him a Coordinator, so no one gets to be one.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: He's named after the ''Angel of Death''.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Here's a hint people--if it looks like a Nazi, and talks like a Nazi, and acts like a Nazi, chances are, it's a Nazi.
* NonActionBigBad: Toyed with. He's no fighter, but he's certainly willing to go to the front and place himself in the line of fire.
* NotSoDifferent: From Patrick Zala. It's lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha that they driven by the same ideals, i.e. "exterminate the other guy".
* NukeEm: Tries to do this to the PLANTS ''twice''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Calling female characters "bitch" [[HeManWomanHater purely for their gender]] is ''the least'' [[FantasticRacism of his problems]].
* ThePoliticalOfficer: Practically his role on the ''Dominion'', is to make decisions that further his agenda but make no sense on the battlefield, thus making sure his plans are fulfilled.
* PsychopathicManchild: Azrael's smarter then most characters of this type, but still has the attitude, reacting like a spoiled child when he doesn't get his way. "You'll pay for treating ''me'' like this!"
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: Azrael is taking a little too much enjoyment in watching people get nuked.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Prioritises destroying the Plants over stopping [[WaveMotionGun Genesis]], and you know, saving the human race.
* SharpDressedMan: Azrael's always dressed to kill.
* ShutUpKirk: Played with. When Badgiruel offers a surrender to the Archangel, he mocks her for making such an attempt and says everyone's just better off shooting at each other.
* SmugSnake: Ungodly arrogant, and self-assured to the point of suicidal overconfidence. It's worth noting that simply holding a conversation with him can be a trying experience for characters like Badgirel.
* TheSociopath: Hits every requirement on the checklist. Heck, just read the page quote.
* SoreLoser: Goes out ranting and screaming about how he always wins.
* StepfordSmiler: Type C. An odd example in that he's not hiding his evil (which is public knowledge), but just how [[AxeCrazy unstable]] he is.
* StrawHypocrite: It's heavily implied that Azrael's {{muggle power}} rhetoric is just that; his real motivation is jealousy and childhood grudges.
* StrawNihilist: When Badgiruel opens communications for a chance for the enemy to surrender, he mocks her with a speech that includes the character quote above.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Why settle for defeating your enemies through strategy when you can just NukeEm? And then there's putting an entire magazine into [[spoiler:Natarle]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Does it to Flay. While backhanding her.
* ThrowingDownTheGauntlet: After mocking Badgiruel in her attempt to negotiate with the Archangel, he declares war against it.
-->''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Calamity, Forbidden and Raider launch!]] [[BadassBoast Today we destroy the indestructible Archangel.]]''
* TheUnfettered: There is nothing Azreal won't do. He will start wars against countries populated by Naturals if he thinks it will aid his goals.
* UnwittingPawn: He didn't realize that he was being used by [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]] until it's too late.
* VillainousBreakdown: And how! By the end he's a screaming, ranting mess.
-->''"I can still win. I '''always''' win!"''
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Played with. His racism is well known and publicised, but in the Earth Forces, [[FantasticRacism anti-Coordinator sentiment]] is hardly uncommon. He's all but worshipped by the OMNI high command, and is a well-respected figure in the Atlantic Federation. What he's hiding from everyone is what an [[AxeCrazy utter]] [[TheSociopath psycho]] he is, and the fact that he [[LackOfEmpathy couldn't care less]] about [[WeHaveReserves individual Naturals]].
* WeHaveReserves: Azrael doesn't give a damn about casualties, and goes so far as to classify Shani, Cortho, and Orga as equipment, rather than soldiers, making them totally expendable. After GENESIS is revealed, he still prioritises destroying the colonies over stopping GENESIS and saving the world.
* WesternTerrorists: Blue Cosmos got its start as a terror group that assassinated prominent Coordinators, and despite Azrael's public legitimacy, he's still one of these at heart.
* WouldHitAGirl: Bitch slaps Flay, tries to strangle Badgiruel, and then [[spoiler:empties his gun into her]].

[[folder:Captain Sutherland]]
!!Captain William Sutherland
!!! Voice Actors: Creator/MinoruInaba (Japanese), Ron Halder (English)
--> ''"For the preservation of our blue and natural Earth!"''

A member of the OMNI General Staff and a card-carrying member of Blue Cosmos, Captain Sutherland is a key member of Azrael's network and provides his link to the upper echelons of the Earth Forces' military. The mastermind behind the use of the Cyclops system at JOSH-A, Sutherland sees to it that the worst of Azrael's proposals are made a reality by the military.
* ArmchairMilitary: Surprisingly, no. Sutherland is every inch the ObstructiveBureaucrat in terms of personality, but at the Battle of Jachin Due he's on the frontlines in the Earth Forces' flagship, ''The Doolittle''.
* TheCaptain: Though as a General Staff officer he wields far more authority than the title would imply. He becomes a more traditional example after taking command of the ''Doolittle''.
* CommissarCap: As is typical for EA officers.
* TheDragon: He's the closest thing that Azrael has to one, being of the "detail-oriented administrator" variety.
* EvilGenius: As Blue Cosmos' strategist and a member of the General Staff he does double-duty as both this trope and TheDragon to Azrael.
* {{Expy}}: To Bask Om and Jamitov of Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam.
* FantasticRacism: He's a member of Blue Cosmos, and is part of Azrael's plan to exterminate the Coordinators.
* FinalSolution: He's the one who approves the use of nuclear weapons at Jachin Due; like Azrael he wants every last Coordinator reduced to radioactive ashes.
* GeneralRipper: Absolutely. He fully supports Azrael's [[FinalSolution agenda]] and works to make it a reality.
* InsaneAdmiral: He's quieter about it than say, Patrick Zala, but yeah, he's still a madman.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:When Yzak destroys the ''Doolittle'']].
* KnightTemplar: The most charitable interpretation of his character. Unlike Azrael (who's DrivenByEnvy) he genuinely seems to believe that the Coordinators need to be exterminated in order to save the Naturals.
* ManInWhite: Wears a white EA uniform.
* MugglePower: Blue Cosmos is dedicated to wiping out Coordinators in order to "protect" the Naturals.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: In the same way as his boss.
* NonActionGuy: He's a General Staff officer, so he doesn't become personally involved in combat. His willingness to go to the front captaining ''The Doolittle'' keeps him out of ArmchairMilitary territory though.
* NukeEm: Commands the nucelar attack on ZAFT.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He acts as one during his initial appearance, where he heads the investigation into the ''Archangel'''s actions, and even after his InsaneAdmiral status is unveiled, clearly has the heart and soul of a pencil-pusher. The absolutely banal nature of his evil provides for a sharp contrast with his flamboyant boss; he's essentially Adolf Eichmann to Azrael's UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* OhCrap: Immediately before being [[spoiler:blown up by Yzak]].
* ThePoliticalOfficer: Crossed with ObstructiveBureaucrat. He acts as Azrael's man on the General Staff and enforces Blue Cosmos' bigotry on everyone else.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: A racist jackass, just like his superior.
* SmugSnake: Much like his boss, though with less AxeCrazy and more ObstructiveBureaucrat.
* TheStrategist:: All those [[MoralEventHorizon horrific plans]] you see the Earth Forces implementing? Blame this jackass.
* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: He's the one who decided to use the Cyclops system, and turns the key to activate it, while giving a little speech about preserving the Earth's purity.
* WeHaveReserves: Like his boss, Sutherland doesn't care too much about individual lives. At JOSH-A he deliberately sacrifices the lives of thousands of his allies in order to halt ZAFT ''and'' weaken Eurasia's influence.

[[folder:Clotho, Orga, and Shani]]
!!Clotho Bauer, Orga Sabnak, and Shani Andras
!!!Clotho's Voice Actors: Creator/HiroYuki (Japanese), Creator/AndrewToth (English)
-->''"How should I know!? [[SoreLoser I only kill because otherwise I'll be killed]]! That's my ONLY reason!"''
->'''Main mecha:''' Raider Gundam
!!!Orga's Voice Actors: {{Ryohei Odai}} (Japanese), Creator/TedCole (English)
-->''"It's really [[BloodKnight not much fun fighting the small fry]]."''
->'''Main mecha:''' Calamity Gundam
!!!Shani's Voice Actors: ShunichiMiyamoto (Japanese), Creator/RichardIanCox (English)
-->''"[[AxeCrazy No one takes a shot at me]]!"''
->'''Main mecha:''' Forbidden Gundam
[[caption-width-right:225:Top to bottom: [[NotAGame Clotho]], [[PsychoticSmirk Orga]], [[AxeCrazy Shani]]]]

Three "biological [=CPUs=]" brought in by Azrael to pilot his shiny new Gundams during the attack on Orb, Clotho Buer, Orga Sabnak, and Shani Andras are the Earth Alliance's most powerful weapons during the final weeks of the war. Fed a steady stream of drugs that are both performance enhancing and highly addictive, it's unclear whether this is what drove them nuts or if they were always that way. Regardless, the trio are capable of taking on Coordinators in superior mobile suits toe-to-toe and coming out on top more often than not, despite being completely and utterly psychotic. Clotho pilots the Raider; his primary hobby outside of battle is playing {{Shmups}}, and he's fond of shouting gaming-inspiring phrases like "game over!" in combat. Orga is assigned to the Calamity; outside of battle, he's usually found reading paperback novels. Shani pilots the Forbidden, and spends his downtime ignoring the rest of the world by [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation listening to music on his headphones]]. He cultivates his PeekABangs to hide his heterochromia.
* AscendedExtra: Clotho to an extent. He tends to get the camera focus in combat, actually manages to disable Kira one time, manages to outlive the other two and even Azrael for at least one episode, and is the only one of the trio to actually attempt to speak to Kira and Athrun. Granted all he really does is reiterate to Athrun that he's totally nuts but still.
* AxCrazy: At least in combat; outside of battle they tend to ignore everyone around them. Shani is probably the worst.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: The hell that Blue Cosmos put them through has left them unstable, psychopathic wrecks.
* BerserkButton: Okay, they're all pretty unstable, but Shani's even more likely to snap than usual if someone whom he considers weak tries to stop him.
--> "No one takes a shot at me!"
* TheBerserker: Any one of them can snap at any time in battle if they get ticked off at the wrong moment.
* {{BFG}}: The Calamity is a flying artillery platform, and after the Buster, features the largest cannons seen in series.
* BloodKnight: Clotho treats war as a game and the other two just love destroying things.
* BoxedCrook: In their original backstory they were death row prisoners, offered a reprieve if they agreed to be experimented on.
* TheBrute: The three of them serve as Azrael's Brute squad, providing the Earth Forces with [[AxeCrazy vicious]], [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] muscle.
* CatchPhrase: Orga loves to say "Hey, hey, ''hey''!" when firing at MechaMooks.
* ChestBlaster: The Calamity's energy cannon.
* DeathFromAbove: The Raider and the Forbidden are both flight capable. Typically Clotho provides fire support, while Shani closes with the target.
* DeflectorShields: The Forbidden's shield which doesn't absorb [[EnergyWeapon beam damage]], but bounces it away at another angle.
* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler:Clotho outlives Azrael]] but he's left a broken, insane mess, who just gives one last ditch effort to kill the heroes before [[spoiler:dying himself.]]
* DrugsAreBad: Psycho serum is, anyway.
* EpicFlail: The Raider features one in [[TransformingMecha mobile suit mode]].
* EvilLaugh: None of them are afraid to indulge in one.
* EvilRedhead: Clotho is a redheaded enforcer for a racist hate group.
* {{Expy}}: Not as individuals, but as the group the pre-Extended trio have a lot in common with the Cyber Newtypes of the UC era.
* FlawedPrototype: They manage to be this and SuperPrototype at the same time. While it's true that they have far superior combat skills to their successors in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Extended]], they're also [[PsychoPrototype highly unstable emotionally]], cannot be trusted with any jobs outside of piloting, and have a two hour time limit on combat that is absolutely crippling when it comes to usability. The later versions essentially swap out the better piloting skills for increased loyalty and versatility, and a far longer time limit (they only have to be maintained once a day).
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Orga]] is bisected by Athrun.
* HorrorHunger: The withdrawal symptoms are fatal, and exceedingly painful.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Shani]], courtesy of Yzak.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: A LaughingMad Clotho tries to attack the disabled Buster towards the end of the Jachin Due battle.
* KilledOffForReal: All three of them, eventually.
* LackOfEmpathy: All three have got it bad. Clotho views it all as some sort of real-life [[NotAGame video game]], Orga doesn't care who he mows down with his {{BFG}}s and Shani... Shani's an out-and-out ''[[AxeCrazy psycho]]'' who kills enemy soldiers for ''fun''.
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:Clotho]] following the deaths of [[spoiler:Shani and Orga]] is left a laughing, EmptyShell.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Shani's Gundam, the Forbidden, in the form of a pair of shields attached to the superstructure that redirect beam weapons away from his Gundam.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Shani does this for his ''Gundam'', going ballistic when it's damaged to the point where Orga has to cool him off.
-->'''Shani''': "But... but that guy!"
-->'''Orga''': "We have to leave right now! What if they don't give us THAT again!"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Calamity, The Raider, and The Forbidden? I think I'm going to be... somewhere else for a while.
** The three of them have the surnames of demons in the ''Ars Goetia,'' a tome of demonology. Clotho is based on President Buer, Orga on Marquis Sabnock, and Shani on Marquis Andras. Notably, Marquis Sabnock is a lion-headed soldier who constructs towers full of weapons, a reasonable description of the blond Orga piloting the Calamity, while Marquis Andras is far and away considered one of the most dangerous, unpredictable, and violent--pretty evocative of Shani.
* NotAGame: Clotho seems to have trouble understanding that he isn't playing a video game. He keeps right on killing, not out of patriotism or loyalty, but because he hates to lose.
* TheQuietOne: Shani's this outside of battle. During battle he's a cackling lunatic.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Substitute "quirky" for "psychotic and persistent" and you've got them.
* ThePawn: They're well aware Azrael is using them for his profit, but are happy enough to continue being [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]].
* PeekABangs: Shani's help to enhance his rather emo appearance when he's out of combat.
* PowerTrio: Orga's the Ego, Clotho's the Superego, and Shani's the Id, although all three are certifiably insane.
* PsychoPrototype: It's revealed in [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny the sequel]] that they are the forerunners of the Extended program. The Extended might have issues, but compared to these three, they're pillars of stability.
* PsychoSerum: Used partly to increase combat performance and partly to ensure loyalty; the effects of withdrawal are ''fatal'', precluding any attempt at desertion.
%%* PsychoticSmirk: Orga often features one.
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: All of them, but especially Shani.
* RestrainingBolt: Their PsychoSerum serves as one. The effects of withdrawal are fatal, firmly anchoring their loyalty to Azrael.
* SanitySlippage: A little more with every episode.
* SayMyName: Shout each other's at regular intervals (typically because one of them has just tried to shoot the others).
%%* SinisterScythe: Shani's Gundam features one.
* SlasherSmile: All three, but most frequently Shani.
* SlaveMooks: They're only loyal to Azrael because they will die without frequent doses of PsychoSerum.
* SociopathicSoldier: Type II. Despite being virtual slaves, hating their [[BadBoss boss]], and being designated as ''equipment'' rather than personnel, they still ''really'' enjoy their work.
* SoreLoser: Clotho, who rants about how much he hates to lose at one point. Clearly the boy has spent too much time around Azrael.
* SuperPrototype: To the Extended of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. They have a better combat record, but [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity with such metal liabilities]] that the Extended [[SanityHasAdvantages dialed it back]].
* SuperSoldier: Chemically-enhanced soldiers intended to take on the Coordinators.
* TeensAreMonsters: If you go off of their original backstory, they were already monsters long before they became {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: None of them are team players, which occasionally devolves into them fighting ''each other'' instead of their enemy. Orga is rather careless about what he's shooting at, Clotho hates it when his teammates need to hitch a ride on his flight-capable Gundam, and Shani prefers to ignore his teammates' existence entirely during combat. Still, when they do cooperate, it really sucks to be the other guy.
* TransformingMecha: Raider switches between a normal MS mode and an almost bird-like flight mode, while The Forbidden features a retractable superstructure and deflector shields.
* UnfriendlyFire: On several occasions Orga comes very close to hitting his partners.
* VerbalTic: Orga's "hey, hey, hey," and Clotho's fondness for shouting "Game over!"
* VillainousBreakdown: When they start to go through withdrawal, it gets ''ugly''. Clotho gets ''[[UpToEleven worse]]'' after [[spoiler:losing Shani and Orga]].
-->'''Clotho''': You know what...? I'm gonna...!
* VitriolicBestBuds: They may not like each other very much, but they hate the rest of the world far more, and are pretty dependent on one another for emotional stability. [[spoiler:When Shani dies, the other two freak]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The best pilots the Earth Forces have to offer, they've essentially traded in their emotional stability for the ability to fight at the same level as the Coordinators.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Clotho has orange hair, while Shani has light green.

The group representing the Coordinators living in the [=PLANTs=], its military arm is the primary antagonist at the beginning of the series. Fighting for independence from the Earth nations that built the [=PLANTs=] they live in, their fight is far more complicated than an idealistic crusade against tyranny. Their presentation changes drastically during the course of the series, managing to become both more and less sympathic at the same time.

[[folder:Commander Le Creuset]]
!!Rau Le Creuset
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese), Creator/MarkOliver (English), Kevin T. Collins (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"Suspicion, ignorance, prejudice, the dark emotions directed at those who can be loved. If love is the brightest light, then are these emotions created from the shadow it casts? Things that are different, things we don't understand, differences that foster anxiety, leading to hatred, and ultimately...confrontation."''
->'''Main mecha:''' CGUE, DINN, [=GuAIZ=], Providence Gundam

Athrun's commanding officer and Patrick Zala's right-hand man, Le Creuset is a feared ZAFT ship captain and mobile suit pilot, renowned for his ability and his ruthlessness. He is assigned to hunt down the ''Archangel'', and is later given command of the assaults on Alaska and Panama, and the defence of Jachin Due. Always masked, Le Creuset is an enigmatic figure with a grudge against Mu La Flaga, and his own agenda, which he keeps entirely to himself. A very dangerous man.

Le Creuset is a WalkingSpoiler, so read with caution.
* AccentAdaptation: Gets a nice transatlantic one in English from Creator/MarkOliver to go with his formal manners and theatrical tastes (and a very fine dub performance).
* AceCustom: Flies several heavily modified mobile suits, all of them painted white. These include a high-manouvere GINN, a CGUE command suit, a DINN, and one of the new production [=GuAIZ=]'s, which had just come off the line, and incorporates an OS based on the one in the stolen Gundams.
* AcePilot: One of the few snipers in ''Gundam'', he fights all of his battles from a distance to lethal effect, and unlike other pilots who seem to focus solely on ranged battles, Rau is fully capable of taking on very strong Coordinators like Kira in close range combat provided his mobile suit could keep up.
* AlertnessBlink: Experiences a Newtype Flash whenever Mu La Flaga is within a few kilometers. It's one of the few things that point to their having newtype-like abilities. Interestingly he also receives it under other circumstances than Mu's arrival, suggesting that his Newtype powers are stronger than Mu's.
%%* {{Archenemy}}: To Mu and later Kira.
* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler:Cloned from La Flaga's father, and meant to serve as a replacement son, he could easily be seen as fullfilling either trope]].
* AttackDrone: The Providence features the DRAGOON System, which is basically this trope. The Gundam possesses 3 large pods and 8 smaller ones, the former equipped with 9 beam guns each for a wideshot, the latter with 2 beam guns each for a normal shot. Together, the Providence carries a total of ''43'' beam gun nozzles.
* AxCrazy: Post SanitySlippage. Given that his series-long plan of destroying all life is about to come into fruition, why hide it anymore?
* BadassNormal: He may be a [[spoiler:clone of Al La Flaga]], but that doesn't give him any special abilities- aside from the hints that he and La Flaga may be Newtypes (see AlertnessBlink above). Yet he's still good enough to fake being a Coordinator.
* BeamSpam: Not normally, but with the Providence, Rau is the worst offender of this trope through out SEED, even managing to destroy the Freedom's METEOR Unit.
* BerserkButton: Do not try to take off ([[spoiler:or ''shoot off'']]) his mask. [[spoiler:We're looking at ''you'', Mu.]]
* BetaTestBaddie: He's essentially a byproduct of the Ultimate Coordinator project, created by Hibki in order to secure the funding needed to produce Kira.
* BewareTheSuperman: Makes some comments to this effect where Kira is concerned.
* BigBad: Of the FiveBadBand type, with Athrun, Yzak, Dearka, and Nichol. [[spoiler:He is also the BigBad of the entire series, though it's not obvious at first.]]
* BiggerStick: The Providence, which is from the same line as the Freedom and the Justice.
* {{Bishonen}}: His mask obscures it, but he's quite the pretty boy.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Providence's [[LaserSword beam sabre]] is built into its wrist.
* BreakThemByTalking: Rau makes a habit of this -- particularly with Flay, Mu, and Kira. His effectiveness varies.
* BrokenAce: A villainous example, to say the least.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's not so much "quirky" as he tends to act on his own initiative more than his superiors might wish. And then there's the whole "constantly wearing a mask" thing. Damned if he doesn't get results, though.
* CharClone: An evil blonde AcePilot with a CoolMask who is also TheRival? Check! [[spoiler:He's a very, very dark take on Char's attitude in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack''.]]
* TheChessmaster: He beautifully orchestrates events so that the Earth Alliance will fire [[spoiler:nuclear weapons]] and ZAFT will fire [[spoiler:GENESIS]].
* CloneDegeneration: Rau's telomeres are too short, leaving him effectively dying of old age at 28 years old. He's forced to take increasingly large doses of drugs to counteract this, and is subject to seizures at irregular intervals as his body breaks down.
* CloningBlues: More psychological than anything else, though see above. He believes that he has no real identity, and a result his sense of self-worth is more than a little damaged.
* CommandingCoolness: Like most ZAFT officers he holds the generic rank of "commander".
* CoolMask: He is a CharClone after all.
%%* CynicalMentor: To Athrun and Yzak.
* DarkIsEvil: As an iconic 'evil Gundam', his Providence uses a much darker version of the traditional red, white, and blue colour scheme. It makes a striking contrast with his earlier white and pale grey suits, too - the fact that he starts piloting it shortly after being revealed as a nihilistic OmnicidalManiac is almost certainly not a coincidence.
* DeathSeeker: Wants to die, with the caveat that [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum everyone else goes first]].
* DoubleAgent: Serves as ZAFT's best field commander, while passing state secrets along to Azrael. [[spoiler:His ultimate goal is for both sides to go extinct.]]
* DissonantSerenity: He's perfectly happy to dole out cheerful {{Breaking Speech}}es in the midst of battle. Particularly jarring in the last episode, but this may be due to his [[SanitySlippage questionable sanity]] at the time. Mu is fond of [[LampshadeHanging sticking lampshades]] ''all over'' this.
* DragonInChief: He acts as Patrick Zala's right hand man, though [[spoiler:he's really the series' BigBad]] and Patrick wouldn't have gotten anywhere without Le Creuset pulling his strings.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Upgrading to the Providence in time for the finale.
* EnigmaticMinion: To Patrick Zala. From the beginning it's clear that Le Creuset has his own agenda, but just what that agenda is remains a secret until the end of the series.
* EvilCounterpart: To no fewer than ''three'' characters: Mu (as his [[spoiler:cloned "brother" and fellow {{Mentor}}]]), Kira (they're both results of [[spoiler:GeneticEngineering experiments]], with Le Creuset showing how badly Kira could have turned out if he hadn't been raised by the right people), and Lacus (on a purely philosophical level).
* EvilIsBigger: While it's the standard height for a military mobile suit, his Providence is the bulkiest Gundam in the show, with a backpack to emphasise its imposing build. Even its other weapons such as beam rifle and beam saber are larger than the standard, with a beam rifle the size of a beam ''bazooka'' and an-arm mounted beam saber that is as long as an anti-''ship'' sword. Even the Freedom and the Justice, which comes from the same line of Gundams, look positively delicate next to it.
* EvilIsHammy: Rau is rather understated at the beginning of the series; it's not until his real plans come out that he starts ChewingTheScenery.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[CharClone Char Aznable]], obviously enough. He and the [[spoiler:[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Frost brothers]] would also have [[StrawNihilist a lot to talk about]]]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Early in the series, he comes off as a genuinely friendly and understanding commander, barring occasional episodes of [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]]. It's only later that his true nature becomes clear.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Was cloned by a JerkAss father whose first words upon seeing his new son were "this is me, right?" Said father went on to [[ParentalAbandonment abandon]] and possibly abuse him. Add in his CloneDegeneration, and the fact that he's a dying man at twenty-eight, and his actions become much more understandable, but not excusable.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: Well, he ''did'' think [[spoiler:everyone else was going to be following along shortly]].
%%* IcyBlueEyes: Beneath the mask.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: Part of his philosophy; [[spoiler:he believes he's just speeding up the process]].
* InsaneAdmiral: He masks it well, but Le Creuset is the single most insane character in the series.
* KickTheDog: Makes one into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he gets a gun-toting Flay to put down her weapon by totally destroying her self-esteem with a well-aimed TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. He subsequently [[spoiler:kills her, just to hurt Kira.]]
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler:His life's goal.]]
* LargeHam: So much in the last episodes.
* TheLastDance: The entire plot of the series is revealed to be winding down to his.
* LightIsNotGood: He [[ManInWhite wears white]], pilots mostly white mobile suits, has a name meaning "The Crucible", and eventually pilots The Providence. ''Definitely'' not a good guy.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Or rather, [[spoiler:Mu, I am your father's clone]].
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Constantly wears a mask and is one of the worst people in the series.
* ManipulativeBastard: Beautifully manipulates ''everyone'', from his subordinates to his superiors to his enemies, to further his goals.
* ManInWhite: His suit is white, he flies white mobile suits and there's something very off about him.
* MaskOfSanity: Throughout the series seems to be a calm, efficient ReasonableAuthorityFigure who just happens to be working for the bad guys. This made the revelation of how seriously twisted he really is all the more shocking when he started ranting and raving in front of Kira and Mu. And then he goes right back to being calm and collected in public after said confrontation. Bonus points for actually wearing a mask all the time, and it only comes off when he's at the height of his crazy episode.
* MeaningfulName: "Le Creuset" is French for "crucible". [[spoiler:Doubly meaningful, as he chose the name himself once he discovered what he was.]]
* MercyKill: Seems to believe [[spoiler:he's performing one on the human species as a whole]].
* MidSeasonUpgrade: Le Creuset upgrades his suits throughout the show, starting with a Ginn High Manouvere Type, than flying a CGUE, a DINN, and the first of the new [=GuAIZs=]. It's not until the finale, however, that he gains a Gundam, in the form of the Providence.
* MightyGlacier: Averted. The Providence is pretty big and slow compared to the Freedom and Justice, but the DRAGOON AttackDrones move with enough speed to counterbalance this defect, and as his sword-fight with Kira shows, the suit's still quick where it counts.
* MisanthropeSupreme: [[spoiler:Firmly believes that HumansAreBastards, and therefore, need to die.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: His life, such as it is, has left him thoroughly convinced [[spoiler:that we've all got to go. He may only be trying to KillAllHumans, but it's quite omnicidal in context]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Briefly hinted at in the anime; brought up explicitly in the adaptations.
* ThePhilosopher: See StrawNihilist + BreakingSpeech.
* PlayingBothSides: Sells information to the EA while acting as one of ZAFT's top commanders.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: Catching sight of his reflection is enough to send Le Creuset into a murderous breakdown.
* TheResenter: Towards La Flaga[[spoiler:, Kira, and the entire human race.]]
* TheRival: To Mu at first, though Kira gets added eventually.
* SanitySlippage: In the last six episodes.
* SelfMadeOrphan: His flashbacks rather heavily imply that [[spoiler:the fire that burned down Al La Flaga's home was ''not'' an accident]].
* SuicidalCosmicTempertantrum: [[spoiler:He wants to die, but he wants everybody else to go first]].
* StrawNihilist: [[spoiler:His life has more or less convinced him that all existence is fundamentally meaningless.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Tall blonde and snarky anyway.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: The ZGMF-X'''13'''A Providence.
%%* TheUnfettered
* TheUnreveal: Done in the televised show whenever he's shown maskless, even when the protagonists get to see his face. Even in the CompilationMovie, his face is only ever shown in one shot, and for just a few seconds at that. There isn't even anything odd about his face, which is the point. [[spoiler:He only wears the mask to cover the face of the man he was cloned from, the man he despises most in the world.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Inverted. Previously calm and collected, Le Creuset suffers from some ''serious'' SanitySlippage in the final episodes, due to [[spoiler:his belief that his plan has ''succeeded''. After all, if it's all going to end, why pretend to be sane anymore?]]
* WalkingSpoiler: Nearly every trope about him is revealed in a WhamEpisode near series end and redefines what he is and his role in the story.
* WarForFunAndProfit: If you consider [[spoiler:the end of the world to be a profit]].
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: That white mask doesn't signify anything good.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Le Creuset's been hurt so badly that he's convinced that we all gotta go.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Quite possibly. We don't know how much his condition has sped up his aging and maturation]].

[[folder:Captain Ades]]
!!Fredrik Ades
!!!Voice Actors: Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japanese), Creator/MichaelDobson (English)

The captain of the ''Vesalius'', Ades is Le Creuset's right-hand man and a capable officer in his own right. Sometimes taken aback by Le Creuset's penchant for acting without orders, Ades nevertheless follows his superior's instructions loyally. Despite his secondary role on the ship, he seems to command the respect of the Le Creuset team's pilots.
* TheCaptain: She serves as the captain of the ''Vesalius''.
%%* CommissarCap
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Stands on the bridge, saluting Athrun, Yzak, and Dearka as the ''Vesalius'' is engulfed in flames.]]
* GoingDownWithTheShip: Stays aboard the ''Vesalius'' while the rest of his men make their escape.
* TheGoodCaptain: Ades seems like a pretty good guy, despite who he's working for, and gets along well enough with his crew.
%%* KilledOffForReal
* NumberTwo: Ades may command the ship, but it's Le Creuset who determines how the missions progress.

!!Athrun Zala
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/AkiraIshida (Japanese), Creator/SamuelVincent (English original series dub), Chris Hackney (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"I can't exactly fight a war with a big smile on my face."''
->'''Main mecha:''' Aegis Gundam, Justice Gundam

Kira's former BestFriend and one of ZAFT's elite pilots, he spends the first half of the show trying to capture Kira and the Strike. Much more cynical than Kira, he considers himself the realist of the two, and believes Kira is being manipulated by the Naturals. He too grow progressively darker and more bitter as the series progresses, culminating in a [[TheGlovesComeOff brutal fight]] between he and Kira in the middle of the series.
* AcePilot: Like Kira, he quickly reaches this status, he is in fact the only one who can match Kira toe to toe for most of the series. It's also worthy to note that he is the pilot with ''the'' most potent [[SuperMode SEED Factor]], being the only one who can activate it at will in ''SEED'', and has never even been defeated ''once'' he activates it.
* AntiVillain: Though not a bad person by any stretch, he's still trying to capture Kira and destroy the Archangel, [[spoiler:until he joins the heroes later in the story]].
* ArrangedMarriage: With Lacus Clyne, as set up by their respective fathers. They both seem okay with the arrangement, even if it does [[spoiler:end up becoming a moot point when they both fall for other people]].
* BestFriend: Despite ending up on the opposite sides of the barricades, Athrun remains the closest friend Kira has ever had. [[spoiler:Whenever they team up, they move mountains together.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Le Creuset comments that Athrun is too soft for his liking and indeed it shows because Athrun never tried to fully engage Kira trying to talk with him to join the Coordinators instead. Until after the battle when [[spoiler:Kira kills Nicol, Athrun is able to effectively ground the Archangel and go one on one with Kira, and actually destroys the Strike.]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Aegis features beam sabres in both wrists and both ankles. This allows it to ''quad-wield'' four of them at once.
* CharClone: Shares the other attributes of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam ''MSG''-era Char]] Le Creuset doesn't have, like piloting red mobile suits and a rivalry with the hero. [[spoiler: Until he switches sides that is.]]
* CombiningMecha: The Justice is comprised of two units - the main Gundam and a glider unit backpack, which gives it full-flight capabilities in Earth's atmosphere. It is armed with two beam cannons and two pairs of machine guns and can be remotely deployed to attack enemies on its own. The Justice can ride on it for high-altitude flight, and Athrun loves to ram it directly on his opponent's face in combat.
* ConflictingLoyalty: His status as a ZAFT soldier and doing as his father wishes conflicts with his friendship with Kira and his desire of actually ending the war peacefully. [[spoiler:He sides with Kira when he saves the Freedom with BigDamnHero moment during the battle of Orb.]]
* TheCynic: Bitter, unhappy, and convinced things are only going to get worse.
* DeadSidekick: [[spoiler:Nicol, the only member of Team Athrun to show respect towards it's commander and a personal friend of his.]]
* DeathFromAbove: The Justice's backpack allows it to fly under Earth's atmosphere, and if it is riding on it, it can fly at even higher altitudes.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Easily the most important character after Kira.
* DoubleWeapon: Although the Justice carries two beam sabers like other Gundams, Athrun almost always combines them together into a double-bladed beam saber.
* TheDragon: Is NumberTwo to Le Creuset for most of the series' first half.
* ForeheadOfDoom: The [[BonusMaterial omake]] SuperDeformed Character Theatres even poke fun at it, in them he doesn't seem to mind though.
* GadgeteerGenius: Created the Haros and Birdy.
* TheGlovesComeOff: Against Kira after [[spoiler:Nicol dies.]]
%%* GreenEyes
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:After Lacus plants some doubts about ZAFT's (and, more to the point, his father's) end goals and practices in his head, he decides to see for himself what the proper course of action is to take. This ends with him joining Kira and the crew of the ''Archangel''.]]
* JadeColoredGlasses: Athrun has a hard time seeing the best in other people.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Is about to pull this when it seems Cagalli about to choose Kira over him. [[spoiler:Luckly she finds out Kira is her twin, before this happens.]]
* KnightInSourArmour: Big time. He's bitter, cynical, and depressed, but he really does want to make the world a better place.
* TheLancer: To [[spoiler:Kira, post-HeelFaceTurn]]
* LightningBruiser: With the Justice, which is optimized for close range combat, with two beam boomerangs to complement its arsenal.
* MeaningfulName: Athrun is Arabic, derived from the Greek erythron, which means red. [[CharClone He is a CHAR]] after all.
* MidSeasonUpgrade: The Justice
* MilitaryBrat: His dad is the head of the ZAFT military.
* MissingMom: Killed in the Junius 7 incident. Her death forms a major part of his motivation.
* MrFanservice: [[ This site]] is totally crazy about him.
* MutualKill: Narrowly averted during his and Kira's midseason throwdown.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: [[spoiler:Subverted. He thought he could just continue following orders until the war was over then realized that wasn't going to happen unless he made an effort to seek it out, which is why he joined Kira.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Though he "wins" the final fight against Kira and the Strike]] he was very shaken up by the event and it caused him to begin questioning what he was really fighting for. [[spoiler: eventually lead to his HeelFaceTurn]].
* PerpetualFrowner: Athrun rarely smiles.
* ProHumanTranshuman: Eventually comes around to this viewpoint.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Survives the war after switching over the Three Ships Alliance.
* ReluctantWarrior: The quote says it all really. Though it needs to be said that in contrast Kira's vocal protests, Athrun generally opts to suffer in silence.
* TheRival: Kira's.
* SayMyName: Like Kira, he does this a lot.
* SkySurfing: With the Justice, when it's in Earth's atmosphere.
* ShellShockedVeteran: He's quieter about it than Kira, but yeah. The war slowly wears away at the better aspects of Athrun's personality, and by the time the sequel comes along he is [[BrokenAce pretty damn broken]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:He reasoned that he had to kill Kira because he couldn't convince him to join his fellow Coordinators and Kira was killing his comrades.]]
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Repeatedly accuses Kira of being impressionable and idealistic, and refuses to believe that his and Lacus' idealism will solve anything in the long run. [[spoiler:This changes after the revelation that he's the one being used]].
* SuperMode: SEED mode, which he can even activate at will. Athrun is effectively invincible with it active.
* TearsOfRemorse: [[spoiler:When he cries over killing Kira because Kira killed Nicol.]]
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Justice in fact invokes this by having two beam boomerangs as a throwing weapon, which are basically modified beam sabers.
* TransformingMecha: The Aegis.
* TrueCompanions: [[spoiler:With Kira.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Shown in flashbacks and invoked by Lacus. The bitter and cynical Athrun we all know and love is rather different from the nice kid who believed Earth and the PLANTS would never go to war.
* WellDoneSonGuy: While he sincerely wishes to end the war with as few victims as possible, he also fights to earn the approval of his father, whose own agenda is [[FinalSolution much less benevolent]]. This clouds his judgement from time to time. [[spoiler:Lacus]] calls him out on it towards the end of the series.
%%* WhenHeSmiles
%%* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Yzak Joule
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese), Creator/MichaelAdamthwaite (English original series dub), Daman Mills (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"Come out and fight, Strike! Or else this pain I feel will never go away!"''
->'''Main mecha:''' Duel Gundam

A member of the Le Creuset team, he's the most bloodthirsty and callous of the group. He has little respect for anyone he considers weak, and absolutely ''zero'' respect for Naturals as a consequence. He's close friends with Dearka, who shares many of his views, and has a developing rivalry with Athrun. He has no particular hate for the Earth Alliance (just contempt) until he's wounded during a battle with the Strike. After the resulting [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars scarring]], he develops a massive [[ItsPersonal hate-on]] for Kira. Extremely temperamental and impulsive, he's the member of the group most loyal to ZAFT as a whole and Le Creuset personally.
* AcePilot: Understated, but Yzak remains one of the best pilots in whole series (mostly held back by his lack of BiggerStick), particularly following the finale.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Back in his days in the military academy, he was this to Athrun.
* AntiVillain: He's a {{Jerkass}}, but his worst KickTheDog moments aren't intentional, and he ''does'' really [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold care about his friends]].
* ArmourIsUseless: Averted. The Armour Shroud saves Yzak's life during his final run-in with [[SuperSoldier Shani Andras]].
* TheBrute: Of Le Creuset's FiveBadBand: he's the most aggressive and bloodthirsty of the team.
* DisappearedDad: We never see his father. Given that his mom apparently got knocked up at 17, this is not exactly surprising.
* TheDragon: To Le Creuset, following [[spoiler:Athrun and Dearka's defections]].
* DualWielding: Almost always dual-wields both of the Duel's beam sabers, without the Assault Shroud at least.
* EleventhHourRanger: And not until the FinalBattle anyway.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While not very high standards, he still has them. He is ok with shooting down a fleeing enemy shuttle (after all, the enemy that runs away will come back to fight you another day), but shooting down the enemy when they are helpless and trying to surrender? That makes him frown.
** He's genuinely upset in the sequel when he discovers that the shuttle he thought was filled with fleeing soldiers was actually filled with civilians, commenting that he should have been executed as a war criminal for that.
* {{Expy}}: His character design bears a striking resemblance to Henri Claytor from another one of Fukuda's series ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' (sans the red streak on the strand of the bangs). He's also got a lot in common with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''s Jerid Messa, in terms of his characterisation as a HotBlooded pilot who CantCatchUp, and has the personality of a stereotypical JerkJock. Also like Jerid, Yzak initially serves to remind us that his side are the villains with his aggressive, vicious behaviour, only for the situation to change so much that by the end, he's serving as a reminder that some of them are human beings.
%%* FantasticRacism
* HairTriggerTemper: He gets angry at even the slightest provocation.
* HeelFaceTurn: Downplayed. He [[spoiler:aids the Three Ships Alliance]], but only against the Earth Alliance.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Dearka
* HotBlooded: Of a particularly vicious sort.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Towards [[spoiler:Nicol]]. Despite not having much respect towards him, he is still outraged that his comrade was killed.
* ItsPersonal: With Kira and the Strike.
* JerkassFacade: Much of his attitude towards the rest of the team is this, especially as the show progresses.
* KarmaHoudini: He didn't get punished for [[spoiler:shooting down the civilian shuttle]]. In the aftermath, he ''did'' get tried for the crime and supposedly sentenced to death, but got pardoned by [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Durandal]]. He's certainly sorry about it, if nothing else.
* KickTheDog: He has a few, such as mocking Nicol as a coward early in the series. His biggest is undoubtedly when he [[spoiler:destroys a shuttle full of refugees during atmospheric reentry]] for ''being in his way'', though in his (partial) defense, he didn't know [[spoiler:it was filled with civilians]]. WordOfGod is that he was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] when he learned the truth.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The Duel featurs a shield. Yzak's not a big fan of it (preferring to dual wield) but it saves his life during his encounter with Shani.
* MagneticWeapons: The railgun attach on the Duel's shoulder.
* MilitaryBrat: His mother Ezalia is a member of the PLANT Supreme Council.
* MurderByMistake: The reason behind his biggest KickTheDog moment. He thought the shuttle he shot down was filled with fleeing OMNI personnel, not [[spoiler: civilians]]. WordOfGod states he was ''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]]'' when he found out about this after the war.
* MyBelovedSmother: To a slight degree, though mostly {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that the few interactions we see between them is just after Yzak has returned from the front lines and will be heading back into combat soon.
* PragmaticVillainy: A possible interpretation of his EvenEvilHasStandards. After all, if you kill surrendering enemies, the rest will fight to the death, making your job much harder and costing you more casualties.
* PetTheDog: His reaction to [[spoiler:Nicol]]'s death helps to humanize him. He later yells at the Freedom and the Justice to [[spoiler:get out of the way of Genesis' blast]].
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: He keeps his disfiguring facial scar to remind himself of his need for {{revenge}} on the Strike and its pilot. By the sequel he's had it removed.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's certainly picked up some of his mom's FantasticRacism. Unlike Ezalia, however, Yzak's manifests more as contempt for the Naturals than out-and-out hatred, and when [[spoiler:he finds out about the FinalSolution she and Patrick Zala have cooked up]] he's less than happy. By the sequel he's over it.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: In ''Destiny''.
* ScreamingWarrior: Most often, epic instance when he defeats [[spoiler:Shani.]]
* SociopathicSoldier: A borderline Type I. He gets better by the sequel.
* SourSupporter: Of Athrun. He hates the guy's guts, but he did accept Athrun's transfer to a more elite unit after defeating the Strike with an approving, if begrudging, handshake.
* TeensAreMonsters: Early on, before he realizes the true horrors of war.
* UnknownRival: To both Athrun and Kira. The former seems to be unaware that Yzak heckles him out of jealousy, the latter knows him only as the pilot of the Duel.
* WeakButSkilled: Played with: The Duel on paper looks like the lowest-spec Gundam in the series, lacking any special role (Artillery, Stealth, Agility, Multi-Role), and its normal weaponry is basically the Aile Strike minus the maneuverability boost. However, the lack of gimmicks is due to the fact that it's the first of the Gundams ever produced, and is in fact Seed's version of the RX-78-2, and as a result of lacking special features and being a testbed for the other 4 suits, it both carries no weaknesses overall and is incredibly physically powerful in comparison to its siblings. And the reason for it's limited armaments? It's main weapon (an incredibly powerful bazooka) was stolen by the pilot of the Gold Frame (who fired the aforementioned bazooka and not only tore open a hole in the colony, but tore off the Gold Frame's right arm in the process. Note this is something the Duel is built to be able to withstand firing repeatedly). And when the unit is upgraded with extra armor, it barely gets slowed down by the excess weight. Despite that it's clearly outclassed by its sibling units and becomes woefully underpowered during the course of the series, Yzak gives Kira no end of trouble in the first half of the series, and takes out two of the Alliance's {{Super Soldier}}s (the very same ones that could fight Kira and Athrun on even footing). The Duel eventually becomes the only one of the original five Gundams to survive the war in one piece.

!!Dearka Elsman
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/AkiraSasanuma (Japanese), Creator/BradSwaile (English original series dub), Creator/JohnnyYongBosch (English HD Remaster dub)
->'''Main mecha:''' Buster Gundam

A member of Athrun's team, he, along with Yzak Joule, formed the darker half of the foursome. Snarky and condescending at times, Dearka often has to act as the more impulsive Yzak's conscience. An artilleryman at heart, he prefers to engage his opponents at range, while mocking their inability to touch him.
* AntiVillain: Like the rest of his team. His main problem seems to be that he's forgotten that Naturals are people too. [[spoiler:When he's [[WhatTheHellHero reminded of this]], he makes a HeelFaceTurn]].
* {{BFG}}: The Buster is an artillery mech after all.
* BlackBestFriend: Arguably, to Yzak.
* TheBrute: While he's no dummy, he fills this role in Le Creuset's FiveBadBand [[spoiler:and later [[TheBigGuy the heroic version]] in the Three Ships Alliance]]. With his {{BFG}} and heavily armoured mecha, Dearka is set to do some ''serious damage''.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Dark skin, bright blond hair.
* DeadpanSnarker: Unfailingly surly and sarcastic, especially early on.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:He joins Athrun in his desertion of ZAFT, having similar doubts about ZAFT when he's told what they've been up to.]]
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Seeing Mirillia's FreakOut then her saving him is what makes him realize what a tool he had been and that he doesn't really know what he's fighting for.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Yzak.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's not nearly as nasty as he pretends to be. Like half the cast, he's just found a poor way of coping with the war.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: [[spoiler: His relationship with Miriallia has shades of this. She tried to stab him with a knife, but then seconds later saved him from getting shot by Flay.]]
* MightyGlacier: With the heavily armoured, heavily armed, but slow-moving Buster.
* MilitaryBrat: His father is a member of the ZAFT Supreme Council.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Though his racism largely extends to agreeing with Yzak's remarks. Once he meets some Naturals he starts to get over it.
* ProHumanTranshuman: After losing the worst of his racism.
%%* PurpleEyes
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Switches over to the Three Ships Alliance and survives the war.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* {{UST}}: One possible interpretation of his relationship with [[spoiler:Miriallia post-HeelFaceTurn]].

!!Nicol Amalfi
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MamiMatsui (Japanese series), Creator/RomiPark (Japanese {{Compilation Movie}}s), Creator/GabeKhouth (English original series dub), Casey Mongillo (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"Mother... my piano..."''
->'''Main mecha:''' Blitz Gundam

The youngest and most sensitive member of the Le Creuset Team. He looks up to Athrun, but is often bullied by Dearka and (especially) Yzak. He pilots the Blitz, and pulls his weight in combat despite the fact that he's not as skilled as the rest of the team. A genuinely NiceGuy, Nicol's only real character flaw seems to be his belief in MyCountryRightOrWrong.
* AntiVillain: More so than the rest of the Le Creuset Team, even.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Gets a bad case while [[spoiler:being cut in half]] during the WhamEpisode. Ouch.
* TheDarkChick: On a team consisting of a ManipulativeBastard, a cynical [[TheStoic stoic]], a HotBlooded {{Jerkass}}, and a DeadpanSnarker, Nicol's a genuinely NiceGuy. Moreover, his caution, use of the Mirage Colloid, and reliance on planning and technology (which would normally make him the EvilGenius) leave him the odd man out on a team that isn't noted for its sense of tact.
* EvilCounterpart: Serves a very similar role to Athrun as Tolle does to Kira, though he's not "evil" in any meaningful sense.
%%* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He is killed attempting to draw away the Strike from finishing off Athrun.]]
* InvisibilityCloak: His Gundam's Mirage Colloid system.
%%* InTheBack: Tries it on Kira.
* KilledOffForReal: During the mid-series climax, he [[spoiler:gets offed while attempting to stab Kira InTheBack to save Athrun]]. It's not pretty.
* MeaningfulName: A somewhat convoluted example. His name comes from an obscure UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem game called ''Ai Senshi Nicol''. ''Ai Senshi'' is also the title of the second CompilationMovie of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', which features several characters [[spoiler:making a HeroicSacrifice or otherwise being KilledOffForReal in the Earth-arc]].
%%* MilitaryBrat
* NiceGuy: He lacks Yzak's brutality, Dearka's surly nature, and Athrun's bitterness, generally presented as the most even-tempered, pleasant kid on the team.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Subverted. The Blitz has a red-and-black color scheme with its Phase Shift on, but Nicol is very much an AntiVillain.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Yzak calls him a coward and he's mostly quiet, self-effacing and unsure of himself as well as more reliant on technology than the others, but he soloed Artemis ''by himself''. Yes, he earned that red uniform.
* TokenGoodTeammate: He lacks Athrun's cynicism, Dearka's [[JerkassFacade snark]], and Yzak's anger issues, making him the only member of the team who's even remotely capable of being objective.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: How Athrun thinks of him afterward.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair.

!!Lacus Clyne
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RieTanaka (Japanese), Creator/ChantalStrand (English dialogue, original series Dub), Creator/JillianMichaels (English singing, original series dub), Creator/StephanieSheh (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"I'd like you to inform them: from now on, Lacus Clyne will be singing the song... of peace."''

The daughter of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman Siegel Clyne, Lacus is an extremely popular IdolSinger and political activist, and is engaged to her friend Athrun. Early in the series she is picked up by the ''Archangel'' and meets Kira, an event which will come to define the rest of both their lives. The public face of the "Clyne Faction" (those moderates who support her father's policies), Lacus is a pleasant, friendly, idealistic girl, who is a heck of a lot smarter than you'd think.
* AllLovingHero: She holds no grudges and instead shows compassion to everyone.
* ArrangedMarriage: With Athrun Zala. Seems to have been a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage before the war broke out, though in the end [[spoiler:it's rendered moot when they end up with different people]].
* BigFancyHouse: It's especially a sign of high status in the [=PLANTS=] which are man-made habitats.
* BigGood: Inherits the position after [[spoiler:her father is assassinated and she uses his power base combined with Orb's to TakeAThirdOption in the war between OMNI and ZAFT]].
* CelebrityResemblance: Mitsuo Fukuda [[WordOfGod said in a 2003 interview]] that Lacus was based on Creator/AudreyHepburn.
* CryIntoChest: After [[spoiler:her escape from ZAFT and her father's demise]], she collapses in tears into Kira's chest.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Two very important ones early on in the show. First, asking Mu if he knows her father because he mentioned his name, giving us the impression she is ditzy and a little too innocent. The second, and far more important, happens two episodes later, where she reprimands ''Rau'' of all people for trying to start a battle, showing us that she [[ObfuscatingStupidity is more than she appears.]]
* {{Expy}}: She's a more influential, kinder and more intelligent [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Relena Darlian]]/[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz Peacecraft]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Orders Le Creuset of all people to stand down during her rescue, providing an early hint as to just how much steel she has in her.
* GuileHeroine: Lacus isn't a fighter, but she doesn't have to be. With her political connections, oratorical ability, and flawless public image she's set to completely upset Patrick Zala's agenda.
* HairDecorations: Lacus has her distinctive barrette.
* HiddenDepths: She appears innocent, unfailingly kind, and a bit naive. [[spoiler:She really is that kind, but that naive exterior hides a sharp mind and an iron will that few see coming from her.]]
* TheHighQueen: Despite being the daughter of a democratically elected leader, [[TheOjou she is treated as if she were royalty]]. In ''Destiny'', Durandel refers to her as "The White Queen".
* IdolSinger: Very popular in the PLANTS and she uses that popularity to her advantage.
* TheIngenue: She ''seems'' sheltered and none-too-bright, at least at first but [[SubvertedTrope there's more to her than that.]].
* InnocentFanServiceGirl: She strips in front of Kira ''without'' hesitation.
* LadyAndKnight: She's the Bright Lady to Kira Yamato's White Knight. She's his lady-love and inspiration. After the first one blows up, she provides him with gundams like a medieval romance counterpart might plate mail. Her goal is peace on Earth and in the colonies.
* TheLadysFavour: She gives Kira her mother's ring before the final battle.
* TheLeader: Charismatic Type to the Clyne Faction and [[spoiler:Three Ships Alliance.]]
* MagicSkirt: Despite having a ''very'' short skirt (in ''space'') at the end of the series, she doesn't have any {{Panty Shot}}s[[note]] except in the CompilationMovie[[/note]]. Well, and that one deliberate one [[InnocentFanServiceGirl due to extenuating circumstances]] earlier in the series.
* MartialPacifist: She wants this war over ''now'', and if that means leading her own army against ZAFT and the Earth Forces, so be it.
* MissingMom: Unlike Athrun's, hers is simply never mentioned.
* MythologyGag:
** In episode 20, Lacus draws a ''Anime/TurnAGundam''-like moustache on her navy-blue Haro.
** [[HomageShot Her exit from her escape pod]] at the end of episode 7 and the beginning of episode 8 was a nod to [[ Lalah Sune's exit from Char's shuttle]] in episode 34 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
* NiceGirl: A pleasant and friendly girl but BewareTheNiceOnes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: More like "Obfuscating Innocence", her biggest advantage is that virtually everyone underestimates her. While it's never stated, it's hard to believe that she didn't deliberately cultivate that image.
* PluckyGirl: Going into exile doesn't dampen her spirit. Though she understands the severity of the situation, she doesn't give up.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: ''de-facto'' princess of ZAFT who can influence social events and high level politics with her voice.
* PrincessesPreferPink: So much that Mu La Flaga even calls her "The Pink Princess".
* ProHumanTranshuman: Lacus wants a peace treaty that's good for Natural and Coordinator alike.
* RescueRomance: Her relationship with Kira developed from this. In fact, both traded roles of ''rescuer'' and ''rescuee'' in some points.
* RoseHairedSweetie: She's innocent and naive (at first), and she's definitely nice and sweet. Bonus points for being engaged to Athrun before the war.
* SilkHidingSteel: Despite her initially seeming to be TheIngenue, she's made of sterner stuff than most of the rest of the cast.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Her relationship with Kira, the knight in gundamium armor.
* SuperMode: [[spoiler:SEED Mode.]]
* TakeAThirdOption: Founds the Clyne Faction and later [[spoiler:The Three Ships Alliance]] as a counter to Patrick and Azrael.
* TalkingYourWayOut: [[spoiler:Athrun]] once had her at gun point and she convinced him not to shoot or capture her.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The GirlyGirl to Cagalli's {{Tomboy}} because of her feminine style of dress and desire to talk things out peacefully if possible.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Begins her trek towards this status in ''SEED'', reaching it in ''Destiny''. While everyone else tries to play by the cynical, realpolitik of the Cosmic Era, Lacus flat out rejects the premise, choosing instead to overhaul the series' morality and try for something better.
* VoiceOfTheResistance: Under the Zala regime, she sends out messages of hope and defiance. She's seen ushered to and from safe houses by subordinates a couple times.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Unfortunately for the villains, the Clyne's family business that Lacus was very devoted to was not singing, but ''politics''.

[[folder:Chairman Zala]]
!!Patrick Zala
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KinryuArimoto (Japanese), AndrewKavadas (English)
->''"We Coordinators are very different. We should view ourselves as a completely new species. There's no reason to coexist with Naturals."''

Athrun's father, Patrick Zala was one of the founding members of ZAFT alongside Siegel Clyne. At the beginning of the series, he's the head of ZAFT's armed forces. Patrick is a stoic but driven man, throwing himself into the execution of the war to the exclusion of all else -- including his son. Patrick's fanaticism comes from the loss of his wife Lenore in the Bloody Valentine tragedy, which has left him with a deep-seated hatred of Naturals. He believes that Coordinators are a new species, distinct from (and superior to) Naturals.
%%* AbusiveParent:
* ArchnemesisDad: To Athrun by the end of the series.
* AlasPoorVillain: It's possible to feel some pathos for Patrick as he dies, unable to let go of his hate even in the end.
* BadBoss: Don't question Patrick's orders. It won't end well.
* BigBadWannabe: He's the leader of ZAFT and appears to be in a BigBadEnsemble opposite Blue Cosmos leader, Muruta Azreal but they're both really [[spoiler: being played be Rau Le Creuset]].
* BloodFromTheMouth: After being shot in the back.
* BrokenPedestal: For Athrun, as the full extent of his madness becomes clear.
* EvilerThanThou: With the Coordinator-bashing Muruta Azrael.
* {{Expy}}: He's a slightly more sympathetic [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gihren Zabi]], right down to the [[PuttingOnTheReich outfit]], the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName politics]], and [[RousingSpeech oratorical skill]]. The only real difference is that Gihren's MasterRace philosophy is a facade, while Patrick's paranoia and bigotry is very real.
* FantasticRacism: He ''really'' hates Naturals.
* FinalSolution: He intends to fire Genesis at Earth, wiping out all the Naturals.
* GeneralRipper: What happens when one of them becomes Supreme Council Chairman.
* TheGeneralissimo: Continues to appear in his uniform as Chairman, and effectively transforms ZAFT into a military dictatorship, using the army to suppress all dissent.
* GloriousLeader: Becomes closer and closer to the archetype as the show progresses and he becomes convinced that only he can save his people.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: When his BadBoss tendencies backfire on him. [[spoiler:He shoots one of his underlings for questioning his orders. Said underling, wounded but alive, draws his own sidearm and kills Zala with it.]]
* InsaneAdmiral: CINC of the army and a genocidal GeneralRipper.
* InTheBack: Shot from behind by a man he failed to kill.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: They keep setting you up to think that Patrick's going to show his nice side, only to promptly dissapoint you.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: First he runs against, and defeats, his old friend and former political ally for the position of PLANT Supreme Council Chairman. Then he [[spoiler:has said friend framed for treason and assassinated]]. It only gets ''worse'' from there.
* KarmicDeath: Shot in the back by a wounded man he's just tried to murder.
* KnightOfCerebus: What we see of both sides of the war made both of them look sympathetic early in the series. When Patrick shows up, we start to see both sides are being led by genocidal lunatics who will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of the other.
* KnightTemplar: Genuinely believes that only the most extreme methods can save his race.
* TheLostLenore: His appropriately named wife.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: His StartOfDarkness was his wife Lenore's death.
* MasterRace: UpToEleven. Patrick views Coordinators as a full on SuperiorSpecies, and sees the Naturals as deserving only of extermination.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Brags about Coordinators being a MasterRace that deserves to rule the world? Plots the genocide of his Natural adversaries? Wins an election and then promptly suspends the democratic process? Why yes, he is a Nazi. In fact, he's basically UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler InSpace
* NeverMyFault: Blames Lacus and her father for his strategy to end the war failing, because he can't admit that Naturals outsmarted him.
* NonActionBigBad: Of ZAFT. Patrick may be a military man, but he's never in combat, is only ever shown in a command role and [[spoiler:fails to do a proper job the one time he tries to kill someone]].
* NotSoDifferent: From Azrael. Lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha.
* PerpetualFrowner: More so even than Athrun. In his time on screen Patrick never genuinely smiles. Not even once.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[FantasticRacism Big]] [[FinalSolution time]].
* PresidentEvil: The voters wanted a [[FourStarBadass hardline military leader]]. They got a [[GeneralRipper genocidal madman]].
* PropagandaMachine: Has one that's engaged in a constant battle with Lacus' VoiceOfTheResistance.
* PuttingOnTheReich: All of ZAFT does this, but it's most noticeable on Patrick.
* RousingSpeech: Gives a great (if totally evil) one on the anniversary of the Bloody Valentine.
--> "Who exploits the Coordinators?!"
* SmugSnake: Fueled by his FantasticRacism and belief that Coordinators are a SuperiorSpecies.
* StartOfDarkness: It's implied that he was a warmer father figure and a better human being prior to Lenore's death at Junius 7.
* SuperiorSpecies: Convinced that Coordinators are far superior to "unevolved" Naturals.
* UnwittingPawn: Though less of a pawn than most, [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]] is using him to [[spoiler:help drive humanity to extinction]].

[[folder:Former Chairman Clyne]]
!!Siegel Clyne
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/YosukeAkimoto (Japanese), Creator/DonBrown (English)
->''"You still fail to grasp the underlying truth, Patrick. We [Coordinators] didn't evolve."''

Siegel Clyne is Lacus's father. He helped found ZAFT with Patrick Zala, and is the PLANT Supreme Council Chairman at the beginning of the series. Leader of the moderate faction of Coordinators, he and his allies believe in coexistence with the Naturals, but they're steadily losing ground to the radical faction that favours all-out war. Eventually voted out of office and replaced by Patrick Zala, he attempts to remain a voice of reason, earning him the enmity of the radicals.
%%* BadassMoustache
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Patrick's goon squad guns him down]].
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Unlike Patrick Zala, he's a pure politician, not a soldier. His contribution to the war effort is to try to ride herd on the ZAFT Supreme Council's rather quarrelsome members.
%%* BigFancyHouse
%%* CoolOldGuy
* TheHeart: Of ZAFT as a whole since he insists on diplomacy, cooperation and rational thinking as opposed to hatred.
%%* NonActionGuy
* OnlySaneMan: He is the only one on the ZAFT Supreme Council to realize how the war is escalating, how costly it has already become, and tries to slow things down.
* ProHumanTranshuman: He thinks favorably of naturals and wants peace with them. He is, after all, the one that Lacus got it from.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He's the leader of the ''moderate'' faction for a reason.
* TheScapegoat: Patrick blames the Clyne Faction for holding up the war effort, and tries to make sure that Siegel goes down in history as a traitor.
* SuperiorSpecies: Averted. He's not sure the Coordinators should even be there, and points out their falling birth rates to Patrick. Patrick isn't listening.
%%* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth

!!Ezalia Joule
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (Japanese), Alison Matthews (English)

Yzak's mother, and a member of Patrick Zala's faction on the ZAFT Supreme Council, Ezalia is his [[NumberTwo second-in-command]], and is even more ardent than Patrick in her belief that Coordinators are a new, superior species. Proud of her son's military service, Ezalia nevertheless worries about his safety, and can be quite controlling -- if well-meaning -- in her interactions with Yzak.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: She's 33. Her son, Yzak, is 16. That means she was 17 when she gave birth to him. In real life, it's unlikely for a woman like this to have success in politics. In a country with an aggressive pro-birth policy, [[FridgeBrilliance it makes sense]].
* DissonantSerenity: Patrick rants and raves about how the Naturals have to be exterminated. Ezalia takes it as a simple fact.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It's her love for her son Yzak that humanises her and makes her less of a monster than her boss.
* EvilMatriarch: Neatly avoided. Her status as Yzak's mom is her one redeeming quality.
* FantasticRacism: At times she's scarier than Patrick.
* FinalSolution: She fully endorses Patrick's plans for a Natural genocide.
* IcyBlueEyes: Ezalia's eyes are as cold as her personality.
* KnightTemplar: Only a Natural genocide can save the Coordinators!
%%* MasterRace:
* MyBelovedSmother: To Yzak. Which makes her a damn sight better than Patrick.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Her politics are of the same radical bent as Patrick's and she supports his policies wholeheartedly.
* NumberTwo: To Patrick Zala. From a political standpoint she's practically TheDragon.
%%* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* RousingSpeech: Gives one to the troops during Boaz, exhorting them to show the Naturals who the true MasterRace is.
* SuperiorSpecies: Share Patrick's belief that Coordinators are inherently superior to Naturals.
* UnwittingPawn: Like Patrick, she's a pawn of [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]].

[[folder:Commander Waltfeld]]
!!Andrew Waltfeld
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RyotaroOkiayu (Japanese), Creator/BrianDrummond (English)
->''"At what point do we put an end to [war]? When every single one of your enemies has been destroyed? Perhaps then."''
->'''Main mecha:''' [=BuCue=], [=LaGOWE=]

Known as "the Desert Tiger", Waltfeld is a feared ZAFT commander operating in the Libyan desert. He serves as the first major opponent Kira faces other than Athrun and his team, and poses a serious threat to the ''Archangel'' and her crew, despite being a pretty decent guy. Meeting him forces Kira to further reevaluate his moral stance on the war.
%%* AcePilot
* AffablyEvil: It helps that he's more affable than evil.
* AnimalMotifs: He takes his "tiger" nickname to heart, complete with orange and black striped pilot suit.
%%%%%%% "He's about as sympathetic as they come." is not context. How is he sympathetic?
%%%%* AntiVillain:
* ArtificialLimbs: After [[spoiler:his fight with Kira, he has a prosthetic arm]].
%%* BattleCouple: With Aisha
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He takes his food and especially his coffee very, ''very'' seriously. He is however, most effective.
* TheCaptain: He doesn't have the title, but he serves as CO of the ''Eternal'' after [[spoiler:Lacus steals it.]]
%%%%%* CommandingCoolness: He is [[{{Expy}} modeled on]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Ramba Ral]] after all.
* CoolOldGuy: Despite not being that old, he's this when compared to others in the cast, who are mainly teenagers. He has experience, wisdom and steel nerves that they lack.
* {{Expy}}: Of Ramba Ral, fullfilling a very similar role in terms of story and personality.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: [[spoiler:After he turns up alive]], he has a very visible scar where his left eye used to be.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:He joins Lacus after his apparent death. It helps that he was shown to have a similar, or at least compatible, outlook on war to her own.]]
* ItGetsEasier: He discusses it with Kira and Cagalli. Unlike Mu, he considers it to be a negative thing.
* MustHaveCaffeine: He is regularly seen drinking and/or brewing coffee. The only exception is inside his mobile suit.
* NobleDemon: Burns down a town ''after'' letting the civillians evacuate, leaves the areas he's conquered in relative peace, lets Kira and Cagalli escape when he could have captured them... it's no wonder he [[spoiler:couldn't stomach the Zala regime]].
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: What [[spoiler:Kira does to his mech kills Aisha but not him]].
* ProHumanTranshuman: Not very prejudiced, and ends up siding with the Three Ships' Alliance.
* RedBaron: The Desert Tiger
* ShoutOut: To [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Erwin Rommel]]. Has a nickname similar to "The Desert Fox", not to mention being courteous and honorable to his enemies. Bonus points for the fact he even gives the civilians of a town time to evacuate before leveling it, which is something Rommel would have done.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Coffee. Trying new brews is a running gag with him.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: When he meets with Kira again after their battle, he tells him he doesn't hold any ill will against him at all.

!!!Voice Actors: Creator/VivianHsu (Japanese series), Creator/FumiHirano (Japanese {{Compilation Movie}}s), Creator/SaffronHenderson (English)
->''"You're taking this rather well. This is difficult for you, isn't it? I can tell you're really fond of him."''
->'''Main mecha:''' [=LaGOWE=]

Girlfriend of Andrew Waldfeld, the Desert Tiger, and a capable pilot in her own right. Just as sympathetic a character as Andy, she's rather friendly toward Kira and Cagalli when they encounter each other.
* BattleCouple: With Andy, fighting with him in his mobile suit.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: She died in the battle with Kira.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: When she's not being sweet and understanding, she's making full use of her snarking abilities. Her best moment is probably her response to [[HotBlooded Yzak]]'s claim that he and Dearka have more experience against the Strike than she and Waldfeld do: "Losing experience doesn't count."
%%%%%% "Played for tragedy." is not context.
%%* DisposableWoman:
* {{Expy}}: She's the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Crowley Hamon]] to Andy's Ramba Ral - though [[spoiler:he ends up outliving her in a reversal from the original series]].
* HimeCut: Long hair, sidetails and even bangs; yes she looks the trope and her sweet and understanding personality goes along with it.
%%* LadyOfWar
* SatelliteCharacter: Her presence in the show revolves entirely around the Tiger.
%%* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly girl, especially when compared to Cagalli.

An island nation in the Pacific, Orb has a high-tech industrial base but little in the way of resources; they built Heliopolis primarily as a way to mitigate this strategic weakness. A very idealistic nation, their stance in international politics is one of aggressive neutrality; though they will not attack others, they will vigorously defend themselves against any attacks. The war between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT has strained this position to its breaking point, especially after the destruction of Heliopolis.

!!Cagalli Yula Athha
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/NaomiShindo (Japanese), VanessaMorley (English original series dub), Creator/CheramiLeigh (English HD Remaster dub)
->''"That's right, I'm a girl. What is it with you guys?"''
->'''Main mecha:''' Skygrasper, Strike Rouge

The adopted daughter of Uzumi Nara Atha, Chief Representative of the Orb Union. Also a rebel leader, guerilla soldier, and a capable, if brash, politician. Hates ZAFT and distrusts the Earth Forces. She provides the military backbone of the Three Ships' Alliance.
* AllYourPowersCombined: [[spoiler:The Strike Rouge IWSP. Notably the first 'Combined' Striker Pack, though it's also the only one that hasn't made an appearance in the series, despite being repeatedly teased in the HD Remaster Openings.]]
* BadassAdorable: Just watch when she cries or gets angry. It's adorable. She also held her own in gun fights with coordinators.
* BadassNormal: Despite being a Natural, she doesn't hesitate to take on Coordinators. Even when they're in mobile suits and the most heavily armed thing she has is a ''jeep''. [[spoiler:She was the only Natural who can go into SEED Mode.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Many people thought she was a guy until she says something. Kira managed to identify her as a girl correctly after hearing her talk.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has gold hair and gold eyes.
* CryCute: Aww, [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe can I take her home with me?]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: While not her first appearance, the first time she does anything meaningful within the series revolves around taking a man-portable weapon in a jeep against a ''lupine humongous mecha''. Things only ramps up when she actually gets a war machine of her own.
* {{Expy}}: Of Sayla Mass from the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Though, in a twist, [[spoiler: she's actually related to TheHero Kira rather than to any of the resident [[CharClone Char Clones]] ]].
%%* FuroScene:
* HappilyAdopted: Her relationship with Uzumi is incredibly loving, especially compared to what characters like Athrun and Mu have (had) to endure with their actual birth fathers.
%%%* JackOfAllStats: [[spoiler:The Strike Rouge]]
* LoveTriangle: involved in a couple minor ones. The first between Kira and Flay, then Kira Arthrun. She seems to almost choose Kira [[spoiler:befor she discovers hes her twin.]]
%%%%* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Averted. [[spoiler:See Kira's entry.]]
* NiceGirl: Violent tendecies notwithstanding, Cagalli is the ''first'' person to be unambiguously kind to Kira in the series, without professional distance or ulterior motives; notably in the form of a ''much'' needed hug when he was on the verge of a suicidal breakdown. She is also consistently considerate, warm hearted, compassionate, and ''openly'' expresses kindness without consideration to maturity or social appropriateness.
* PoliticallyActivePrincess: It's shown that she took her position as the political leader of Orb very seriously. Whether or not she was actually good at it depends upon the scene...
* PrincessesPreferPink: Well, the Strike Rouge ''is'' pink but she hates being called a princess and didn't pick the color.
* RebelLeader: Leads [[LaResistance a cell of Arab freedom fighters]] against the Desert Tiger.
* RebelliousPrincess: Her father and country as a whole are devout pacifists. ''She'' ran away to join a resistance cell in another country.
* RetiredBadass: This is a princess who often took to the field in a HumongousMecha. However, near the end of Destiny she reasonably gives this up, fully taking on her political duties. It helps that almost everyone she knows is a badass pilot.
%%* SeparatedAtBirth: [[spoiler:With Kira]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Not that she was ever considered ''ugly'', mind you, but get her in a dress and not scowl about it and she goes from cute in a {{Tomboy}}-ish way to really beautiful (as the 3rd and 4th Openings show).
* SiblingSenioritySquabble: [[spoiler: When she tells Athrun she's glad to have Kira for a little brother, he teasingly asks her if he might not be her big brother instead. She grumpily insists that she was born first.]]
* SuperMode: [[spoiler:The only Natural to activate SEED mode.]]
* {{Surprise Incest}}: [[spoiler: She falls for Kira who she discovers is her twin.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The tomboy to Lacus' girly girl given her more masculine manner of dress, speech, and more violent manner of problem solving.
* TomboyPrincess: She has a noted distaste for fancy dresses and formal clothing, preferring simple and practical casual wear. She is also quite at home on the front lines of the battlefield, rather than commanding from the rear as would be expected.
* {{Tsundere}}: She tends act like this. She worries about Kira one moment and slaps him the next.
* {{Twincest}}: [[spoiler:She at first appears to be falling in love with Kira. They discover their true relationship before it goes too far.]]

[[folder:Lord Uzumi]]
!!Lord Uzumi Nara Atha
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese), John Novak (English)
->''"We can't leave Orb, or this world, in the hands of those bastards."''

The leader of Orb and Cagalli's adopted father, Lord Uzumi is completely dedicated to maintaining Orb's neutral stance. This becomes ever more difficult as the war spirals out of control. Faced with increasing pressure to choose a side in the ZAFT-Earth Alliance conflict, he refuses to compromise his nation's ideals.
%%* BadassBeard
%%* BigGood
* CycleOfRevenge: Give this one to Cagalli about how her belief in fighting against enemy will bring unending hatred by others. [[spoiler: Also a {{Foreshadowing}} to eventual death of [[TokenGoodTeamMate Nicol]] and [[NiceGuy Tolle]] that further fueled hatred between Athrun and Kira respectively.]]
* DefiantToTheEnd: When it became clear that Orb was going to lose its fight against the Earth Alliance, he chose to blow up the very resources the EA had come to the country to seize, rendering their invasion a waste.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Igniting a self-destruct that blows up Orb's mass driver and himself in the process, effectively trapping the Earth Forces on earth.]]
%%* FaceDeathWithDignity:
* FamousLastWords: ''"We can't leave Orb, or this world, in the hands of those bastards."''
* TheGoodKing: Or the Gundam Seed's equivalent; he kept the neutrality of the country even with the threat of invasion from Earth Alliance and actually treat his subjects--both Naturals and Coordinators--fairly.
* MessianicArchetype: At times he's more this than Kira and Lacus put together because of his insistence on neutral, avoiding the cycle of revenge, preaching goodwill and understanding. [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} He even looks the part]]. [[spoiler: He also makes a heroic sacrifice.]]
* NonActionGuy: Politican, not a solider.
* ParentalSubstitute: He and his wife adopted Cagalli when she was a baby
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Consider the amounts of GeneralRipper and ANaziByAnyOtherName, his benign nature stands out well.
* SoProudOfYou: To Cagalli. "I feel very fortunate, to have been your father."

[[folder: Ledonir Kisaka]]
!!Ledonir Kisaka
!!!Voice Actors: Isshin Chiba (Japanese), Adam Henderson (English)

An officer in Orb military and bodyguard to Cagalli.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Though he may have been from North Africa, but his Japanese last name and Russian first name leave his ethnicity up in the air.
* BadassNormal: He is a Natural after all but he never matches skill with a coordinator.
* BodyguardingABadass: He may bodyguard Cagalli, but she's not your average helpless VIP.
* {{Expy}}: His resistance outfit is based on {{Rambo}}.
* ImmigrantPatriotism: He is originally from North Africa but he is loyal to ORB.
* LaResistance: Part of Desert Dawn until he left for ORB.


[[folder:George Glenn]]
!!George Glenn
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/HideyukiHori (Japanese), Creator/MichaelDobson (English)
->''"I have a body capable of greater strengths and a brain capable of acquiring greater knowledge than a human being who was born naturally."''

The original Coordinator, he gained international fame and fortune excelling at basically everything ever (from professional sports to cutting-edge scientific research); he eventually revealed that his spectacular success was largely due to having been genetically engineered. He released instructions for his enhancement process to the public, inadvertently coining the term "Coordinator" at the same time. Eventually assassinated by Blue Cosmos.

In the ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]'' side stories it is revealed that his brain was kept alive inside the "GG Unit", a device resembling a very large futuristic boombox, which eventually came into the possession of the Junk Guild. Equipped with a holographic avatar to interact with the living, Glenn now serves as the captain of the salvage ship/Gundam carrier Re-Home.
* TheAce:
** A brief overview of the man's accomplishments: earning a [=PhD=] from MIT at 17, winning a silver medal at the Olympics, becoming a football star, an ace air force pilot, and a world-renowned aerospace engineer (in that order), travelling to Jupiter and back in a ship of his own design (releasing the information on how to make Coordinators to the public as he left), and designing the [=PLANTs=] during his free time on the trip. George Glenn is TheAce ''UpToEleven''.
%%* AlliterativeName
* BornLucky: Because he was engineered to be the best at everything during birth, you could say that his creator effectively rigged the genetic lottery in his favour.
* BornWinner: A main reason why he and all subsequent Coordinators are hated by "naturals", as they would be given a head start many people born naturally can never have.
* BrainInAJar: More like Brain in a Capsule. When his body was killed, his mind was preserved, deemed too valuable to lose. Fortunately, the capsule contains a holographic projector and the ability for him to speak and see, averting a AndIMustScream situation.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In the Astray series, Glenn expresses regrets over the events he started by revealing the process to make Coordinators. Resulting in racism, war and genocide. He also regrets that people took his term "coordinators" to name genetic engineered humans, since it was never meant to name a race but simply people who can lead humanity into a better future which is not related to their genes.
* PosthumousCharacter: In the main series, he has been dead for several years.
* RenaissanceMan: He was skilled at absolutely he tried, from Olympic level sports to [=PhD=] engineering to the no-doubt extremely complicated process that creates coordinators like himself.
* TooCoolToLive: An in-universe example. People were so pissed at how awesome he was that they ''assassinated'' him!
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: While he expected everyone to aspire to him and the subsequent Coordinator "race" as an example to lead into a better future, instead people resented him and all Coordinators for having a leg up in life that they, by their literal births, were denied.
* VirtualGhost: Though technically still alive, Glenn's only physical presence aside from the unwieldy life-support system containing his brain is an [[Series/RedDwarf Arnold Rimmer]]-style holographic projection of his old self in a captain's uniform, complete with goofy white skipper hat.

[[folder:Reverend Malchio]]
!!Reverend Malchio
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KazuyaNakai (Japanese), Creator/BrianDrummond (English)

A blind monk who is one of the few individuals trusted by both the Earth Alliance and ZAFT, he acts as a mediator on the rare occasions that the two sides get along well enough to discuss anything. Among other things, he also maintains an orphanage on Earth. There is a fair bit more to him than meets the eye.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Is never seen without the look of serene bliss on his face.
* FriendToAllChildren: He took care of the orphans after all.
* GoodShepherd: He's one of many decent characters in the show and ran an orphanage on the island.
* HiddenDepths: In the exterior as a blind preacher, he is actually a powerful individual with connections and resources from all organizations (Junk Guild, PLANT, and EA).
* NonActionGuy: He never takes part in any battle and is often the first one to be hurried off if the conflict comes to him. This allows him to be one of the few mediators between the two sides, as everyone knows he does not have any violent motives.
* ParentalSubstitute: To a whole mess of orphans.

!!!Voice Actors:

Cagalli's nanny who has cared for her since she was a child.

* BrawnHilda: She's plump but quite strong; She one of the few people who can tame Cagalli.
* ParentalSubstitute: More or less the woman taking care of Cagalli's since her adoptive mother passed away some time ago.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Cagalli and her family overall.

[[folder:Al Da Flaga]]
!!Al Da Flaga
!!!Voice Actors: Kozo Mito, Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Special Edition) (Japanese), Creator/MarkOliver (English)
->''"Laws can be broken after all. They're only made by humans."''

Mu La Flaga's deceased father. He considered his son too weak to be his true heir, and is later revealed to have cloned himself in an effort to gain a more worthy successor. He went on to deny said clone [[note]]which grew up to become Rau Le Creuset[[/note]] any sense of identity, which ended with his death in a "mysterious" fire. Whoops.
* AboveGoodAndEvil: How he saw himself. If the few quotes we have from him are a fair representation, he honestly seems to have thought he was something more than merely human.
* AbusiveParent: Anyone who effectively disowns his young son because said son ''has his mother's genes'' is not going to win any Father of the Year awards, to say nothing of [[spoiler:his treatment of Rau]].
* ControlFreak: To the point that he disowned his own biological son for not having the ''exact same genes'' as him.
* DomesticAbuser: Cut Mu out of the will for sharing his wife's genetics. That probably qualifies him.
%%%* FinancialAbuse: Of Mu and his wife.
* {{Jerkass}}: Not ''evil'' per se, but definitely a colossal douche.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Is dressed in a suit and tie in all of his few appearances, such as [[spoiler: twisting Dr.Hibiki's arm into illegal cloning through the promise of funding.]]
* {{Narcissist}}: In fact his abusive style of parenting is what psyciatrists terms "narcissistic abuse." He disowned Mu for daring to be something more than a vehicle for his own ego, and upon seeing his [[spoiler:clone, the first words out of his mouth are "this is me, right?"]] Al seems to have been incapable of viewing people as anything more than extensions of his own personality, and that's without getting into his [[AboveGoodAndEvil delusions of]] [[{{Ubermensch}} grandeur]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Of ''both'' his sons, one after the other. Jackass.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dies years before the series begins, but is nontheless an enormous part of the plot, given that he not only inadvertently created the BigBad, but also funded the Ultimate Coordinator project, the process that eventually led to [[spoiler:Kira and Cagalli's births]].
* {{Pride}}: In addition to being a textbook narcissist, Al's hubris knew no bounds. Le Creuset calls him out on it posthumously in a rant to Mu.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: [[spoiler:Cloning humans]] is illegal. Al doesn't care.
* SmugSnake: In contrast to his sons who are respectively TheAce and [[spoiler:one hell of a MagnificentBastard]].
* {{Ubermensch}}: He certainly ''thought'' he was one, but at the end of the day he's little more than a rich creep with an ego the size of a planet.
%%* TheUnfettered

[[folder:Dr. Hibiki]]
!!Dr. Ulen Hibiki
!!!Voice actor: EijiYanagisawa (Japanese), FredHanderson (English)
->''"The urge to make things better has always driven progress, and then that is what brings about happiness."''

A very brilliant, very ambitious, and totally amoral scientist who was behind the Ultimate Coordinator project.
* AbusiveParent: How abusive? [[spoiler:When he needed a test subject for the project, he used ''one of his own soon-to-be-born twin babies''... Kira Yamato.]]
* DomesticAbuser: If you think that stealing your wife's unborn child for a science experiment qualifies you, then yes.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Wether it's this or PragmaticVillainy, he's still the one who points out to Al Da Flaga that [[spoiler:cloning him]] would be illegal. Implying that he only agreed to do so [[OnlyInItForTheMoney to receive the funding he needed]].
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Not only did he work on the Ultimate Coordinator project, but he is also the one who [[spoiler:cloned Rau le Creuset and Rey za Burrell.]]
* ForScience: His motivation is progress for its own sake.
%%* HotScientist
%%* MadScientist
%%* PosthumousCharacter
%%* SmugSnake
%%* TheUnfettered

[[folder:Via Hibiki]]
!!Via Hibiki
!!!Voice actor: Creator/HoukoKuwashima (Japanese)

Ulen Hibiki's wife, also implied to be his scientific partner. She ''does'' have standards, though, as she's horrified when he goes too far with his experiments.
%%* BrainyBrunette
* GiveHimANormalLife: [[spoiler:She tells her younger sister Caridad to take Kira and Cagalli in, before she dies alongside Ulen and Al Da Flaga.]]
* MotherlyScientist: Her scenes in the anime showcase her maternal concern for the subjects of the Ultimate Coordinator project, [[spoiler: beyond the one that happens to be her son. Incidentally, Kira was the only one to survive.]]
%%* PosthumousCharacter
%%* TenderTears

[[folder:Caridad Yamato]]
!!Caridad Yamato
!!!Voice actor: Creator/KikukoInoue (Japanese), Creator/RebeccaShoichet (English)

Kira's mother. Actually, his maternal aunt. She and her husband Haruma raised Kira, who has no idea.
%%* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:For Kira.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: A very loving and caring mother for Kira, who doesn't seem at all stunned by the horrific war her boy goes through.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: [[spoiler: Which is one of the first tips she isn't Kira's biological mother.]]