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

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[[folder:Heliopolis]]
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, they're attacked by Rau Le Creuset nonetheless, and the colony is eventually destroyed. A number of refugees end up on board the ''Archangel'', and become de facto Earth Alliance crewmen despite being citizens of a neutral nation.

!!Kira Yamato
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (Japanese), Creator/MattHill (English)
->''"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."''
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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.
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* AcePilot: He's the main character in a ''Gundam'' show. Yes he ends up achieving this status, and quickly at that.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: The first Franchise/{{Gundam}} hero who has sex mid-series.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Kira has a lot of [[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.
* {{Badass}}: He doesn't ''want'' to be kicking twelve different kinds of ass, but that won't stop him from doing it if he has to.
** BadassBookworm
** HeartbrokenBadass
* BeamSpam: With the Freedom. locking onto and destroying multiple targets at once.
* 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.
* 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/Battle Royale}}''.
* DeathFromAbove: The flight capable Freedom.
* DualWielding: With the Freedom's beam sabres.
* {{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
* TheHero
* 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.
* HeroicBSOD: He pretty much 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.
* LightningBruiser: The Freedom, which more or less combines all the Strike's modes into one Gundam.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Both the Strike and the Freedom feature a shield. Kira makes extensive use of both of them.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad Scientist's Handsome 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.
* 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
* PurpleEyes
* 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
* 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 ''the men he's killed''.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: From Ep 31 of Seed HD Remastered: "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]].
* 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. Mostly.
* 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)
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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.
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* BreakTheCutie
* BridgeBunnies
* 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
* TeamMom: To her posse.
* {{UST}}: One interpretation of [[spoiler:her relationship with Dearka, post FreakOut]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Nice Grade B, Miri!

!!Sai Argyle
!!!Voice Actors: TetsuShiratori (Japanese), BillSwitzer (English)
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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.
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* BridgeBunnies: Their leader in the latter half of the show.
* CoolShades: And by extension SunglassesAtNight.
* [[EasilyForgiven Easily Forgives]]
* HollywoodNerd
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Briefly. He recovers from it very quickly though.
* TheLancer[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Among Kira's group of friends.
* LoveHurts and LoveMakesYouCrazy: He gets better.
* {{Megane}}
* NiceGuy: Which is one reason so many people hate Flay for what she puts him through.
* NonActionGuy
* 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)
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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.
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* 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
* 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
** OffWithHisHead: The Aegis's shield ''decapitates'' poor Tolle as it hits the cockpit. [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Yikes]].
* NiceGuy: Perhaps the friendliest member of Kira's peer group, and the one who most readily rushes to the defence of the others.
* TookALevelInBadass: When he became the pilot of the Skygrasper.

!!Kuzzey Buskirk
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/YasuhiroTakato (Japanese), KeithMiller (English)
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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.
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* 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
* TheLoad: He considers ''himself'' this, though [[HeroicSelfDeprecation no one else seems to]]. He pulls his weight on the ''Archangel'', at least.
* NonActionGuy
* SatelliteCharacter
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Convinced that he's of little use, he leaves at the first chance he gets.

!!Flay Allster
!!!Voice Actors: HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), TabithaStGermain (English)
->''"Why didn't you save him? It's because you're a Coordinator too!"''
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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.
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* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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 backhalf 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.]]
* FilleFatale: Only fifteen and already seducing Kira into doing what she wants.
* {{Foil}}: To both Lacus and Cagali, with her general bitchiness, immaturity, and self-centredness contrasting with both Lacus' forgiving nature and Cagali's insistence on joining the fighting. She's the FallenPrincess to Lacus' AllLovingHero and Cagali's RebelliousPrincess.
* FreakOut: After her father's death. It lasts for most of the show.
* TheGwenStacy: To Kira.
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of, she gets somewhere between a full one and a HeelFaceDoorSlam before her RedemptionEqualsDeath moment.
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Whether she wants to acknowledge it or not.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* UnwittingPawn: Of [[spoiler:Le Creuset]], who uses her to deliver the plans for the N-Jammer Canceller to Azrael.
* {{Yandere}}: She starts off using Kira, but comes to love him for real, which just makes her mental state ''worse''.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Bonafide Grade B.

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[[folder: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.

!!Murrue Ramius
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/KotonoMitsuishi (Japanese), Creator/LisaAnnBeley (English)
->''"It's becoming more and more difficult to understand who or what we're fighting for."''
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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.
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* BadassNormal: Probably the best ship commander we meet in either show, capable of outmanouvering both fellow Naturals and the genetically superior Coordinators.
* TheCaptain: Of the ''Archangel''. She gains the title following her promotion.
** TheGoodCaptain: Absolutely.
* {{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.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: ''Twice.''
* TheLeader: Of the ''Archangel'' crew, Type IV. Ramius is a capable officer and has the full respect of everyone working for her.
* {{The McCoy}}: 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]].
* OfficialCouple: With Mu La Flaga.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Constantly.
* TeamMom
* 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.

!!Mu La Flaga
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), Creator/TrevorDevall (English)
->''"I'm the man who makes the impossible possible."''
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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 precedes the beginning of the series. Pilots first the Mobius Zero mobile armour, then the Skygrasper, and finally the Strike.
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* 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.
** BrokenAce: A milder version than some, but his affable behavior conceals quite a bit of mental and emotional damage, which he willingly acknowledges.
* 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.
* {{Badass}}: If anyone can do the exceptional in a grunt suit, it's Mu La Flaga!
** 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.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Kira.
* 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.
* {{Expy}}: He's basically a milder-mannered [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Sleggar Law]] with some aspects of [[CharClone Char's Quattro persona thrown in]].
* HeroicSacrifice: During the final battle, Mu [[spoiler:takes a shot from the ''Dominion'''s Lohengrin ''antimatter cannon'' intended for the ''Archangel'']].
** DyingMomentOfAwesome: One of the most legendary ones in Franchise/{{Gundam}}.
** GoOutWithASmile: We can't see his face, but we can hear him ''laughing''.
** FamousLastWords: "Didn't I tell you [[CatchPhrase I'm the man who can make the impossible possible]]!"
** NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: The Strike was already heavily damaged but still came through.
** TakingTheBullet: The fact that it doesn't just [[spoiler:go straight through him and hit its target ''anyway'']] is thanks to Mu's raw {{Badass}}ery.
* CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest: Subverted! He's clearly into Murrue pretty much from the beginning and boy does he make it clear.
* FieldPromotion: Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Commander.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Gets shot by La Cruset and keeps chasing him.
* LonelyRichKid: As a child, via ParentalAbandonment.
* TheKirk: To Murrue's [[TheMcCoy McCoy]].
* 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.
* 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.
* RedBaron: The Hawk of Endymion.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Rich Bastard's Handsome Son]]
* 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 'Spatial Awareness', an extremely rare ability among both Naturals and Coordinators, which allows him to control {{AttackDrones}}.
* 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.
* 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.]]

!!Natarle Badgiruel
!!!Voice Actors: HoukoKuwashima (Japanese), SarahJohns (English)
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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]].
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* 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 and HeroicSacrifice: [[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.]]
* 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.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: See TakingYouWithMe below.]]
* KilledOffForReal
* 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
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
* 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. She still cares about her subordinates, though.
* 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.]]
* WomanInWhite
** WhiteShirtOfDeath: Complete with blood-stains.
* YouMonster: Said almost word for word to Azrael.

!!Ensign Arnold Neumann
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/IsshinChiba (Japanese), Philip Pacaud (English)
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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.
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* {{Badass}}: Hell yeah! He's the main reason--more so than Kira, or La Flaga, or Ramius--that the ''Archangel'' hasn't been sunk.
** 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

!!Lewis Halberton
!!! Voice Actors: Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese), Richard Newman (English)
-->''"Firing on retreating men? You're a damn disgrace Le Creuset."''
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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.
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* {{Badass}}: Leads his troops in person from his flagship, the ''Menelaus'', and will not demand they make any sacrifices he isn't willing to make.
** BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Richard Newman's deep voice.
** BadassMoustache
** BadassNormal: Like all EA personnel not named Kira Yamato, he's a Natural.
** FourStarBadass
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* TokenGoodTeammate: To the Earth Alliance's high-command.
* WeHardlyKnewYe

!!Muruta Azrael
!!! Voice Actors: NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese), Creator/AndrewFrancis (English)
->''"Misunderstandings create enemies, and when you have enemies, you shoot them."''
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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.
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* 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 would be TheBigBad if [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]] weren't in the story. It's worth noting that of all the contenders for this title in the series he is without a doubt the most evil.
** BigBadEnsemble: Subverted. It appears that the plot is coming down to the war between him and Patrick Zala but in reality [[spoiler:they're both {{Unwitting Pawn}}s of Rau Le Creuset]].
** BiggerBad: In the ''Destiny'' spinoff, ''Stargazer'' where he, and then Djibril, take on this role vis a vis Sven Cal Bayan.
* {{Bishonen}}: Which accounts for his ridiculous popularity with the female fanbase.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* 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''.
* EvilerThanThou: With Coordinator-supremacist Patrick Zala.
* 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]].
* {{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.
* 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. Subverted in that it is intended to make him ''more'' despicable, not ''less''.
* HannibalLecture: Played with. When Badgiruel offers a surrender to the Archangel, he actually mocks her for making such an attempt and says everyone's just better off shooting at each other.
* 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: It's his life's work!
* LackOfEmpathy: Couldn't find it with a compass and a road map.
* TheLeader: Of Blue Cosmos in name and the Atlantic Federation (and therefore OMNI) in everything but. He's a Type IV personality, ruling through charisma and fearmongering.
* LightIsNotGood: Has a [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming religious name]] and [[ManInWhite wears a white suit]], but...
* 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 Non-Action Villain]]: 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. Lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha.
* NukeEm: Tries to do this to the PLANTS ''twice''.
* PlayingAgainstType: NobuyukiHiyama is ''not'' known for this kind of role.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: [[FantasticRacism Ya]] [[HeManWomanHater think]]?
* ThePoliticalOfficer: Practically his role on the ''Dominion'', 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
* 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 clip 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.]]''
* UnwittingPawn: Of [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]]. He never suspects a thing.
* VillainousBreakdown: And how! By the end he's a screaming, ranting mess.
-->''"I can still win. I '''always''' win!"''
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: A curious example. 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]].

!!Captain William Sutherland
!!! Voice Actors: Creator/MinoruInaba (Japanese), Ron Halder (English)
--> ''"For the preservation of our blue and natural Earth!"''
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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.
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* 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''.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* 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
* 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.
* FantasticRacism
* 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
* MugglePower
* 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
* 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 absoultely banal nature of his evil provides for a sharp contrast with his flamboyant boss; he's essentially Adolf Eichmann to Azrael's AdolfHitler.
* OhCrap: Immediately before being [[spoiler:blown up by Yzak]].
* ThePoliticalOfficer: Crossed with ObstructiveBureaucrat.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain
* 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.

!!Clotho Bauer, Orga Sabnak, and Shani Andras
!!!Clotho's Voice Actors: Creator/HiroYuki (Japanese), Creator/AndrewToth (English)
-->''"All I know is, [[SoreLoser I hate losing]]."''
!!!Orga's Voice Actors: {{Ryohei}} (Japanese), Creator/TedCole (English)
-->''"It's really [[BloodKnight not much fun fighting the small fry]]."''
!!!Shani's Voice Actors: ShunichiMiyamoto (Japanese), Creator/RichardIanCox (English)
-->''"[[MinorInjuryOverreaction Did you see what that guy did]]!?"''
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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.
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* 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.
* BadassNormal: Kira thought they were also Coordinators from fighting them several times.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil
* 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.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Orga.
* BloodKnight: Clotho treats war as a game and the other two just love destroying things.
* {{Boxed Crook}}s: In their original backstory they were death row prisoners, offered a reprieve if they agreed to be experimented on.
* {{The Brute}}(s): 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.
* DrugsAreBad
* EpicFlail: The Raider features one in [[TransformingMecha mobile suit mode]].
* EvilLaugh: None of them are afraid to indulge in one.
* EvilRedhead: Clotho.
* {{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[=/=]DeflectorShields: Shani's Gundam, the Forbidden, incorporates both, 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. "Did you see what that guy did?!"
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Calamity, The Raider, and The Forbidden? I think I'm going to be... somewhere else for a while.
* 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 The Pawns]]: 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.
* {{Psycho Prototype}}s: 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. Arguably an example of a SuperPrototype as well given their better combat record.
* 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).
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers[=/=]SoreLoser: When asked why he continues to fight for people who are just using him, Clotho responds with "All I know is that I hate to lose. That's good enough for me."
* 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.
* {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s: 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.
* {{Super Prototype}}s: To the Extended of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. See FlawedPrototype & PsychoPrototype, above, for more details.
* {{Super Soldier}}s
* 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
* 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]].
* 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
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Clotho has orange hair, while Shani has light green.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:ZAFT]]
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.

!!Rau Le Creuset
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese), MarkOliver (English)
->''"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."''
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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. Aways 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, Rau originally pilots a series of EliteMook mobile suits, but eventually upgrades to the [[BiggerStick Providence]].
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* 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'', fighting all of his battles at a distance, and to lethal effect.
* AffablyEvil: 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.
* 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[=/=]CainAndAbel: [[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: With the Providence, which features numerous detachable laser pods.
* AxCrazy: Post SanitySlippage.
* {{Badass}}: To the point where he can fight Kira on an even footing.
** 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: He manages to out-spam Kira while piloting the Providence.
* BerserkButton[=/=]FreakOut: Do not try to take off ([[spoiler:or ''shoot off'']]) his mask. [[spoiler:We're looking at ''you'', Mu.]]
* BetaTestBaddie
* BewareTheSuperman: Makes some comments to this effect where Kira is concerned.
* BigBad: Of the FiveBadBand type, with Athrun, Yzak, Dearka, and Nichol. Also [[spoiler: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.
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* 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 [[BlondeGuysAreEvil evil blonde]] AcePilot with a CoolMask who is also TheRival? Check! [[spoiler:He's a very, very dark take on Char's attitude in ''CharsCounterattack''.]]
* TheChessmaster: He beautifully orchestrates events so that the Earth Alliance will fire [[spoiler:nuclear weapons]] and ZAFT will fire [[spoiler:GENESIS]].
* CloningBlues: More psychological than anything else, though see below. He believes that he has no real identity, and a result his sense of self-worth is more than a little damaged.
** 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.
* CommandingCoolness
* CoolMask: He is a CharClone after all.
* CynicalMentor: To Athrun and Yzak.
* 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.
* TheDragon: He acts as Patrick Zala's right hand man, though [[spoiler:he's really a DragonWithAnAgenda and the series' BigBad]].
** DragonInChief: 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 ben raised by the right people), and Lacus (on a purely philosophical level).
* 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 [[spoiler:[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Olba and Shagia Frost]] would also have [[StrawNihilist a lot to talk about]]]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: As part of the standard CharClone package.
* 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, if 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
* 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.
* 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 big and slow, but the speed with which the Dragoons move more than counterbalances 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.]]
* TheObiWan: In a rare antagonistic example, he acts as Athrun's and Yzak's.
* 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
* 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
* WarForFunAndProfit: If you consider [[spoiler:the end of the world to be a profit.]]
* {{White Mask of Doom}}
* 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]].

!!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.
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* TheCaptain: Of the ''Vesalius''
** TheGoodCaptain: Ades seems like a pretty good guy, despite who he's working for, and gets along well enough with his crew.
* CommissarCap
* FaceDeathWithDignity: 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.
* KilledOffForReal
* NumberTwo: Ades may command the ship, but it's Le Creuset who determines how the missions progress.

!!Athrun Zala
!!!Voice Actors: AkiraIshida (Japanese), SamuelVincent (English)
->''"I can't exactly fight a war with a big smile on my face."''
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Kira's former best friend 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. Pilots the Aegis and then the Justice.
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* AcePilot: Like Kira, he quickly reaches this status.
* 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]].
* {{Badass}}: Few of the people in this series can ''survive'' a fight with [[BornWinner Kira]]. Athrun regularly goes one on one with him, and darn near kills him a couple of times.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* ConflictingLoyalty: His status as a ZAFT soldier and doing as his father wishes conflicts with his friendship with Kira and his feelings 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: God yes.
* DeadSidekick: [[spoiler:Nicol, the only member of Team Athrun to show respect towards it's commander and a personal friend of his.]]
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* DoubleWeapon: The Justice's beam sabre.
* TheDragon: Is NumberTwo to Le Creuset for most of the series' first half.
* GadgeteerGenius: Created the Haros and Birdy.
* TheGlovesComeOff: Against Kira after [[spoiler:Nicol dies.]]
* GreenEyes
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* JadeColoredGlasses: Athrun has a hard time seeing the best in other people.
* 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.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Mad PLANT Chairman's Handsome Son]]
* 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: [[http://www.wrappedcabbage.co.za/ 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 actually 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
* ProHumanTranshuman: Eventually comes around to this viewpoint.
* RedemptionEarnsLife
* 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.
* TearsOfRemorse: [[spoiler: When he cries over killing Kira because Kira killed Nicol.]]
* 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.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Yzak Joule
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/TomokazuSeki (Japanese), MichaelAdamtwaite (English)
->''"Come out and fight, Strike! Or else this pain I feel will never go away!"''
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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. Pilots the Duel.
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* AcePilot: Particularly following the finale.
* AlwaysSecondBest: 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]].
* {{Badass}}: It's easy to forget just how good Yzak is. He goes toe-to-toe with Kira regularly, kills [[spoiler:two {{Super Soldier}}s]] in the finale, saves [[spoiler:Cagali's life]] and even takes down Captain Sutherland, all while using a first generation Gundam.
* 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: Constantly dual wields with the Duel's beam sabers.
* EleventhHourRanger
* 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. After all, if you kill surrendering enemies, the rest will fight to the death, making your job much harder and costing you more casualties.
** That's a bit of a generous conjecture. When he sees the surrendering soldiers getting shot, he merely says, "Where's the fun in shooting soldiers that don't fight back?"
** 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 probably should have been killed 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
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of. He [[spoiler:aids the Three Ships Alliance]], but only against the Earth Alliance.
** EleventhHourRanger: And not until the FinalBattle anyway.
* 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: Never did 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]].
* 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.
** 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.
* MurderByMistake: He thought the shuttle he shot down was filled with fleeing OMNI personnel, and doesn't find out until after the war that they were civillians. Still a war crime, but not nearly as bad a one.
* PragmaticVillainy: A possible interpretation of his EvenEvilHasStandards.
* 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 pretty much over it.
* RedemptionEarnsLife
* ScreamingWarrior: Most often, epic instance when he defeats [[spoiler:Shani.]]
* SociopathicSoldier: A borderline Type I. He gets better by the sequel.
* SourSupporter: Of Athrun.
* TeensAreMonsters: Early on.
* 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.

!!Dearka Elsman
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/AkiraSasanuma (Japanese), Creator/BradSwaile (English)
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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. Pilots the Buster.
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* 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[=/=]TheBigGuy: While he's no dummy, he fills this role in Le Creuset's FiveBadBand [[spoiler:and later the Three Ships Alliance]]. With his {{BFG}} and heavily armoured mecha, Dearka is set to do some ''serious damage''.
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* 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.
* MightyGlacier: With the heavily armoured, heavily armed, but slow-moving Buster.
* MilitaryBrat
* 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
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* {{UST}}: One possible interpretation of his relationship with [[spoiler:Miriallia post-HeelFaceTurn]].
** 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.]]

!!Nicol Amalfi
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/MamiMatsui (Japanese series), Creator/RomiPark (Japanese {{Compilation Movie}}s), Creator/GabeKhouth (English)
->''"Mother... my piano..."''
[[quoteright:259:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Nicol_Amalfi_480.jpg]]

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.
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* 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.
* CrossDressingVoices: In Japanese.
* 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.
* 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.
** TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: How Athrun thinks of him afterward.
* MeaningfulName: A somewhat convoluted example. His name comes from an obscure 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
* TheOtherDarrin: Mami Matsui retired from voice acting after ''SEED'' wrapped, so Nichol has been played by Romi Park in every appearance since.
* 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. See TheDarkChick, above.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

!!Lacus Clyne
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/RieTanaka (Japanese), Creator/ChantalStrand (English dialogue), JillianMichaels (English singing)
->''"I'd like you to inform them: from now on, Lacus Clyne will be singing the song... of peace."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LacusClyne_9869.jpg]]

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.
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* 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
* 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.
* CryCute[=/=]CryIntoChest: After [[spoiler:her escape from ZAFT and her father's demise]], she collapses in tears into Kira's chest.
* GuileHeroine: Necessary, given that she's not a combatant of any type. Between her father's political allies and her own status as an IdolSinger, she's got... resources.
* 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.
* 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 not being a queen, only [[strike:minor royalty]] the daughter of a democratically elected leader.
* 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. [[SubvertedTrope Not so much]].
* InnocentFanServiceGirl: She dresses up in front of Kira ''without'' hesitation.
* LadyAndKnight: She's the Bright Lady to Kira Yamato's White Knight
* 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 [[http://imgur.com/m6Zzm0u Lalah Sune's exit from Char's shuttle]] in episode 34 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''.
* NiceGirl
* 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
* PoliticallyActivePrincess
* ThePollyanna
* PrincessesPreferPink: So very 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.
* SuperMode: SEED Mode.
* TakeAThirdOption: Founds the Clyne Faction and later [[spoiler:The Three Ships Alliance]] as a counter to Patrick and Azrael.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The GirlyGirl to Cagalli's {{Tomboy}}.
* {{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 intstead to overhaul the series' morality and try for something better.
* VoiceOfTheResistance: Under the Zala regime.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Unfortunately for the villains, the Clyne's family business that Lacus was very devoted to was not singing, but ''politics''.

!!Patrick Zala
!!!Voice Actors: KinryuuArimoto (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."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Patrick_Zala_2689.jpg]]

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.
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* AbusiveDad: See WhatTheHellDad, below.
** ArchnemesisDad
* 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 would be a prime candidate for TheBigBad if [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]] weren't in the story.
** BigBadEnsemble: Subverted. It appears that the plot is coming down to the war between he and Muruta Azrael but in reality [[spoiler: they're both {{Unwitting Pawn}}s of Rau Le Creuset]].
** 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]].
* 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.
* 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 AdolfHitler InSpace
* NotSoDifferent: From Azrael. Lampshaded by Uzumi Nara Atha.
* PerpetualFrowner: More so even than Athrun. In his time on screen Patrick never 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]].
* WhatTheHellDad: Patrick treats Athrun like any other subordinate, except when he's making sure that Athrun lives up to his high standards. Athrun seems to hold him no ill will, however; it may be that he ''was'' a warmer father figure prior to the Bloody Valentine tragedy.

!!Siegel Clyne
!!!Voice Actors: YosukeAkimoto (Japanese), DonBrown (English)
->''"You still fail to grasp the underlying truth, Patrick. We [Coordinators] didn't evolve."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Siegel_Clyne_620.jpg]]

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.
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* BadassMoustache
* 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
* BigGood: Tries to be, but thanks to Patrick he really isn't in control of the war effort anymore.
* CoolOldGuy
* TheHeart: Of ZAFT as a whole.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:By Patrick]].
* NonActionGuy
* OnlySaneMan: To the ZAFT Supreme Council.
* ProHumanTranshuman: 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), Lee Lau (English)
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ezalia_Joule_1373.jpg]]

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.
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* 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[=/=]EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted. 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: See SuperiorSpecies below, and Patrick Zala's entry for the details.
* MyBelovedSmother: To Yzak. Which makes her a damn sight better than [[WhatTheHellDad 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]].

!!Andrew Waltfeld
!!!Voice Actors: 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."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Andrew_Waltfeld_603.jpg]]

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. He pilots a [=BuCUE=] and then the [=LaGOWE=] command unit.
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* 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.
* AntiVillain: He's about as sympathetic as they come.
* ArtificialLimbs: After [[spoiler:his fight with Kira]].
* 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.
* {{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.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* ItGetsEasier: He discusses it with Kira and Cagalli. Unlike Mu, he considers it to be a negative thing.
* MustHaveCaffeine
* 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]].
* ProHumanTranshuman: Not very prejudiced, and ends up siding with the Three Ships' Alliance.
* RedBaron: The Desert Tiger
* ShoutOut: To [[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
* TurnTheOtherCheek: When he meets with Kira again after their battle, he tells him he doesn't hold any ill will against him at all.

!!Aisha
!!!Voice Actors: VivianHsu (Japanese series), FumiHirano (Japanese {{Compilation Movie}}s), 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."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Aisha_Gundam_Seed_370.jpg]]

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.
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* ActionGirl
* BattleCouple: With Andy.
* 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."
* DisposableWoman: Played for tragedy.
* {{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
* KilledOffForReal
* LadyOfWar
* SatelliteCharacter: Her presence in the show revolves entirely around the Tiger.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly girl, especially when compared to Cagalli.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Orb]]
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)
->''"That's right, I'm a girl. What is it with you guys?"''
[[quoteright:230:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/230px-Cagalli_057_6518.jpg]]

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. Pilots a Skygrasper and then the Strike Rouge.
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* ActionGirl
* 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
* 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''.
** In Phase 48, [[spoiler:she was the only Natural who can go into SEED Mode.]]
* BadassPrincess
* {{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?]]
* FuroScene: Retconned into a ShowerScene in the special edition.
* HappilyAdopted: Very much so. 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]]
* 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
* PrincessesPreferPink: Well, the Strike Rouge ''is'' pink.
* RebelLeader: Leads [[LaResistance a cell of Arab freedom fighters]] against the Desert Tiger.
* RebelliousPrincess: And a very angry one at that.
* 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).
* SuperMode: The only Natural to activate SEED mode.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The tomboy to Lacus' girly girl
** [[spoiler:TomboyPrincess]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Though regarding her main target -- [[spoiler:Athrun]] -- she is ''extremely'' justified, given the circumstances of their meeting.
* {{Twincest}}: [[spoiler:She at first appears to be falling in love with Kira. They discover their true relationship before it goes too far.]]

!!Lord Uzumi Nara Attha
!!!Voice Actors: Creator/ToruOkawa (Japanese),
->''"We can't leave Orb, or this world, in the hands of those bastards."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lord_Uzumi_3306.jpg]]

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.
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* BadassBeard
* BigGood
* DefiantToTheEnd
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Combines it with TearJerker
* FaceDeathWithDignity: And ''holy shit'' how!
* FamousLastWords: See the page quote.
* MessianicArchetype: At times he's more this than Kira and Lacus put together. [[{{Jesus}} He even looks the part]].
* NonActionGuy: Politican, not a solider.
* ParentalSubstitute: He and his wife adopted Cagalli when she was a baby
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* SoProudOfYou: To Cagalli. "I feel very fortunate, to have been your father."

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Others]]
!!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."''
[[quoteright:225:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/George_Glenn_5350.jpg]]

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.
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* 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
* BornWinner
* BrainInAJar
* 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.
* RenaissanceMan
* TooCoolToLive: An in-universe example. People were so pissed at how awesome he was that they ''assassinated'' him!
* 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.

!!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.
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* ChurchMilitant
* EyesAlwaysShut
* NonActionGuy
* ParentalSubstitute: To a whole mess of orphans.

!!Al Da Flaga
!!!Voice Actors: ? (Japanese), MarkOliver (English)
->''"Laws can be broken after all. They're only made by humans."''
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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 any sense of identity, which ended with his death in a "mysterious" fire. Whoops.
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* 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.
* AbusiveDad: 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]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Indeed.
* ControlFreak
* 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.
* {{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

!!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."''
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A very brilliant, very ambitious, and totally amoral scientist who was behind the Ultimate Coordinator project.
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* AbusiveDad: 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.]]
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* DomesticAbuser: If you think that stealing your wife's unborn child for a science experiment qualifies you, than, yes.
* 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

!!Via Hibiki
!!!Voice actor: 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.
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* BrainyBrunette
* HotScientist: Mostly implied
* GiveHimANormalLife: [[spoiler:She tells her younger sister Caridad to take Kira and Cagalli in, before she dies alongside Ulen and Al Da Flaga.]]
* PosthumousCharacter
* TenderTears


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

Kira's mother. Actually, [[spoiler:his maternal aunt. She and her husband Haruma raised Kira, who has no idea]].
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* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler:For Kira.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

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