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[-[[caption-width-right:330:[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]] (bottom left) and some of his "clones" throughout the franchise. From top: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Mr. Bushido]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Neo Roanoke]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Rau Le Creuset]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise]], [[Anime/TurnAGundam Harry Ord]], [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Schwartz Bruder]], [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Full Frontal]], [[MobileSuitGundamF91 Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah]], [[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Chronicle Asher]].]]-]

->'''Narrator:''' Anyway, [TheHero] must use this [[EpilepticFlashingLights seizure]]-inducing [[HumongousMecha machine]] to [[SavingTheWorld save the world]]! And/or [[SpaceStation space colonies]].\\
'''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Neo Roanoke]]:''' But to do so he has to get through me, a [[AntiVillain conflicted villain]] who also serves as his [[TheRival main rival]]. Also, I have a [[CoolMask cool mask]].\\
'''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Rau Le Creuset]]:''' Hey, wait a second, you're just copying me.\\
'''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise]]:''' No, you're copying me.\\
'''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Chronicle Asher]]:''' No, both of you are copying me.\\
'''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]]:''' No, '''all''' of you are copying '''[[TropeNamer me]]'''!
-->-- ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUBMTiIk-qc Gundam: A Summary]]''

A Char Clone is a character who has many traits of Char Aznable from the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, who [[FountainOfExpies inspired many copies]]. The ''Gundam'' series was (and is) wildly popular in Japan, with a cultural impact comparable to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' or ''Series/DoctorWho'' in the West. Char, an antagonist in the original ''Gundam'' show ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', became the most iconic character of the series, outpacing even the main characters and the BigBad in popularity. Given the sheer number of characters that [[ShoutOut reference]], {{homage}}, or flat out ''[[{{Expy}} are]]'' Char with a different name, they eventually [[FanNickname became known as]] Char clones.

A brief history of the original Char: in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', he was TheRival to the main character. A mysterious [[CoolMask masked man]] with distinctive [[BlondesAreEvil blonde hair]], he was an AcePilot called the [[RedBaron Red Comet]] with a penchant for piloting AceCustom mecha painted red (which was said to be [[Memes/{{Gundam}} three times faster]] than its mundane counterpart, despite the only visual difference being its [[RedOnesGoFaster color]]). Over the course of the series, it is revealed that Char has a [[HiddenAgendaVillain hidden agenda]] -- avenging his father, who was assassinated by the series BigBad -- and that his [[LongLostRelative estranged sister]] is part of the heroes' crew. In the sequel series, ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', he adopts a PaperThinDisguise and makes a HeelFaceTurn, allying with the good guys and acting as TheMentor for the new generation. His final appearance comes in the appropriately-named ''CharsCounterattack'', where he's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor a villain again]], attempting to [[ColonyDrop drop a giant asteroid]] onto Earth [[WellIntentionedExtremist for the good of mankind]].

Expect to see these traits in a Char clone:
* Blonde or otherwise pale hair. In case his hair is dark, it'll rarely be shown.
* An AceCustom HumongousMecha (or [[CoolPlane plane]]/[[CoolCar car]]/[[CoolBike motorcycle]]/whatever), [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority usually red]] (but occasionally gold, from Char's ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' mecha). May be referenced as being three times better ([[RedOnesGoFaster especially faster]]) than normal.
* A CoolMask, or at the very least face-covering CoolShades. This may be part of a CoolHelmet.
* A RedBaron title, usually referencing their color of choice.
* A LongLostRelative among the cast, allowing for TheReveal at a dramatically appropriate time. Frequently an AloofBigBrother as well.

Other than those universal aspects, these characters tend to fall into one of three aspects, which could be roughly aligning with the three works Char appeared in: ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', and ''CharsCounterattack''. The '''bolded''' parts is mainly the defining role of that character.
* A ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''-style Char clone will be an AntiHero, '''TheRival''' to the main character, a HiddenAgendaVillain and/or a DragonWithAnAgenda and probably many changes between [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor the heroes side and the villains side]].
* A ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]''-style Char clone will be '''TheMentor''' to the main character, OlderAndWiser with a BigBrotherMentor vibe.
* A ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]''-style Char clone will be a KnightTemplar, WellIntentionedExtremist or even a DarkMessiah, and may be a FallenHero as well. The most likely type of the three to be '''[[BigBad The Big Bad]]'''.

Incidentally, Char himself is based off Manfred von Richthofen, ''the'' RedBaron.

CharClone is a character-specific subtrope of FountainOfExpies. Compare ShanaClone, ReiAyanamiExpy, and DarthVaderClone. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with expies of [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard]].


%%Note: only list an example if the character is a deliberate Char expy! A character with one or two vague similarities doesn't count. Characters that came ''before'' Char also don't count, as they obviously couldn't be based on him if they predate him.%%


As expected from the TropeNamer, there is at least one of them among its various {{Alternate Universe}}s:

* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' feature [[TropeMaker the original]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' was supposed to have Char but that was cancelled when ''Char's Counterattack'' was given the green light. Instead they got Glemmy Toto, a blonde, charming [[TeensAreMonsters 17-year old]], who has all of Char's manipulative ability and piloting skill, serves as a rival to two of the main characters, and eventually sets himself up as a rival to the BigBad. He also seems to have Char's predilection for younger girls, although given his own age, that's hard to tell.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'' has Full Frontal, who (despite the unfortunate name) is the Chariest Char since Char himself, [[spoiler:being a cyber-newtype genetically altered to look like Char, with Char's memories implanted in him via the psycoframe]]; to drive the homage even further, he is voiced by the [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda same actor]]. Subverted? Or played ultra-straight? You decide.
*** There were some teases that he might actually be Char in the anime, but these were put to rest in Episode 7 where it's confirmed that he is a clone. One of the things that [[spoiler: convinces him to let Banagher go during their newtype flash is when the spirit of the real Char siding with the latter]].
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'' has KnightTemplar Carozzo "Iron Mask" Ronah as the BigBad, while [[EyepatchOfPower Zabine Chareux]] counts as TheRival.
*** The follow-up manga ''[[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundam]]'' rounds out the triumvirate, with Kincaid Nau (''F91'''s Seabook Arno, formerly something of an Amuro expy) as TheMentor.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' has Chronicle Asher, who isn't as iconic an example as some, but still fits the bill as TheRival.
** ''GundamReconguistaInG'''s [[SpoilerOpening ending theme]] seems to hint that [[spoiler: Luin Lee]] will be this for the series.
* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' can be seen as splitting it three ways, with Schwartz Bruder being TheMentor in an aloof, challenging way that lets him double as TheRival, while Master Asia shares some of Char's ideas and character arc and is TheRival in a more antagonistic sense, and [[spoiler:Major Ulube Ishikawa]] getting the BigBad aspect.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' has Zechs Merquise/[[spoiler:Milliardo Peacecraft]], who combines ''all three'' Char-styles. Somewhat justified, since ''Wing'' has been described as "UC Gundam from [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam MSG]] to [[CharsCounterattack CCA]] compressed into one series", though Zechs switches the sequence of BigBad and TheMentor aspects compared to the one on the original Char.
* ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' has TheCaptain Jamil Neate taking on TheMentor aspect (complete with shades ''and'' sideburns). A more direct example comes from Lancerow Dawell, who is a sort of AlternateUniverse version of Char. The backstory of ''Gundam X'' involves a much more devastating version of UC's One Year War (culminating in ''successful'' ColonyDrop by the truckload), in which Lancerow played the role of TheRival-Char and Jamil played the role of Amuro.
* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' has Harry Ord, whose distinguishing feature is a pair of red CoolShades that [[MakingASpectacleOfYourself look like bug eyes]]. He's TheRival and TheDragon for most of the series, but interestingly borrows a lot more from [[TheMentor Quattro Bajeena]] in appearance, personality, and trappings, including a gold AceCustom rather than the traditional red that the original Char used. In fact, he doesn't have any villainous, ulterior motives other than what he does for his Queen and people.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' splits and merges some of the three aspects into three characters:
** Rau Le Crueset is one of the darkest takes on the trope, being a Char clone who acts as TheRival to AcePilot Mu La Flaga, and is the BigBad and TheManBehindTheMan to the entire series, simultaneously channeling ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack CCA]]''-era Char's plan up to OmnicidalManiac levels.
** Mu La Flaga himself fits the ''Zeta'' style BigBrotherMentor type, particularly to the main character; he does however start with an AceCustom mobile armor instead of a mobile suit, before receiving [[TheHero Kira]]'s Strike.
** Finally, in both ''SEED'' and the first-half of ''SEED Destiny'', Athrun Zala serves as Kira's rival (complete with a red ''Gundam'', instead of as simple AceCustom) [[spoiler:before his HeelFaceTurn]]. On a side note, Athrun's name is Arabic, derived from the Greek word, "erythron", meaning "red".
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' deconstructs and reconstructs this trope ''again'' to a certain extent:
** Neo Roanoke ([[spoiler:actually the NotQuiteDead Mu la Flaga]]) fills the role of TheRival, while Athrun acts as TheMentor to Shinn, at least in the beginning. Then they ''swap'', [[spoiler:both of them (re)joining Kira. Neo/Mu loses the mask, gets the [[BlingBlingBang golden mobile suit]] and acts as the OlderAndWiser figure to Kira and Athrun, while Athrun gets yet another red MS and ends up as TheRival to Shinn]].
** Rounding up the triumvirate is [[spoiler:Gilbert Durandal]] as the WellIntentionedExtremist-Char (he even has [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda the same seiyuu]] as the original).
** The series also has an ungodly number of Char references, from [[AceCustom Lunamaria's red ZAKU]] to Athrun's PaperThinDisguise as "Alex Dino" (consisting almost entirely of CoolShades).
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has Graham Aker, who starts as a more general example of TheAce and TheRival, challenging the Gundams with lesser mobile suits like the Flag, but is upgraded to a full-blown CharClone in the second season, where he gains a [[GoodScarsEvilScars Char-scar]] and puts on a CoolMask. He also takes on a new name ("Mr. Bushido")...though it turns out that it's just a nickname other pilots gave him for his increasingly [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai samurai-like]] tendencies, and he went with it. Like so much in 00, he's a bit of a deconstruction: He doesn't wear the mask to hide his identity, but rather because of scars given to him by the ostensible hero of the series.
** He does drop the mask in time for [[Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer the Movie]], served as TheAce/[[TheMentor Mentor]] to the Solbrave Squadron, then briefly as TheMentor to the Hero (even delivering a DareToBeBadass speech).
* ''ModelSuitGunplaBuildersBeginningG'' reveals Boris Schauer. Because the story takes place in the real world, Boris may just be a Char fanboy. Nevertheless, his similarity to Char is more than just cosmetic, as no ordinary fanboy will ride a CoolHorse just to mimic Char.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE]]'' has Vagan AcePilot Zeheart Galette. His mask manages his PsychicPowers, which are powerful enough to ''require'' a custom (red) suit that is 3 times faster than normal Vagan suits. Although he isn't related by blood to any of the heroes, he is Asemu Asuno's former best friend and becomes TheRival. [[spoiler:He never had interaction with Kio in the third arc, not counting their bouts in their mobile suits.]]
** On the ''Quattro'' side of things, we have the 3rd Generation's Federation mobile suit team leader [[BigBrotherMentor Seric Abis]].
* Before the release of ''GundamUnicorn'', a probably out of continuity novel called ''Gaia Gear'', which took place a few centuries after ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', featured the main character Afranshia Char - a "memory clone" of the original Red Comet.
* ''[[Anime/GundamBuildFighters Gundam Build Fighters]]'' has the StudentCouncilPresident Tatsuya Yuuki as the closest character to the Trope. He's nicknamed the Crimson Comet, and pilots the Zaku Amazing, (a highly customized Zaku II Char Custom); he only falls short for want of blonde hair and a mask. By episode 5, we also learned that he's up to something more than just Gunpla Battle.
** He later dons a pair of [[CoolShades Quattro-style shades]] and takes on the name [[spoiler:Meijin Kawaguchi]].
** It should be noted that the Gundam franchise exists within the Build Fighter universe. With him being a fan, Tatsuya is most likely invoking this trope deliberately.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

* ''GenesisOfAquarion'' has Sirius de Alisia.
* ''ArmoredTrooperVotoms'': Ypsilon is this series' Char clone.
* ''AuraBattlerDunbine'': Bern Bunnings from this show is an obvious Char. Rival status, fake moniker, wears a mask, extreme respect from his underlings, and grudging respect from his superiors.
* ''{{Bakugan}}'': Spectra Phantom wears mostly red (including a mask), is blonde, is TheRival, [[spoiler: and is actually named Keith Clay, the older brother of Mira Clay.]] Also, Masquerade doesn't have a thing for red nor does he [[spoiler: err, she]] have a younger sister, but he is mostly this trope.
** Emperor Barodius and Dharakinoid in ''Gundalian Invaders'' are Chars of themselves in ''Mechtogan Surge'', now [[spoiler: Mag Mel and Razenoid.]] They've been so warped by evil, they've cast off their old identities.
* Though just a minor character, [[ShoutOut it's obvious who]] [[http://images.wikia.com/bleach/en/images/a/a0/Findorcarias.png Findor]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is modeled on. Also his name vaguely sounds like one of Char's made-up cover names.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Schwartzwald. A masked character with his own agenda, consistent rival to the lead, pilots '''three''' red mechs, and they are more maneuverable (three times faster).
* ''Anime/BrainPowerd'' has two, Baron Maximilian as the political force with a mask ([[spoiler:also a rare female example]]), and Johnathan Glen in the blonde [[TheRival rival]] AcePilot department.
* ''BraveRaideen'': Actually a ''reverse'' of this trope; the character Prince Sharkin is who Char Aznable was modeled after. For all intents and purposes, however, it can also qualify.
** Sharkin's successors in the [[CombattlerV Romantic]] [[VoltesV Robot]] [[{{Daimos}} Trilogy]] also qualify. Bonus points for the latter for having his sister [[StarCrossedLovers romantically involved with the hero]].
* ''CodeGeass'': Split between the show's main character, [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]], who gets most of Char's backstory (estranged son of nobility, works under a fake name and wears a mask, has a younger sister who doesn't realize who he is, seeks revenge for his parent's murder), and [[ActionGirl Kallen]], who gets his action role (AcePilot with speedy red mecha, TheRival of Suzaku on the battlefield). Also worth a mention, is that WordOfGod indicates Lelouch was initially going to be a [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white-haired pretty boy]], and thus would have looked the part even more. In fact, co-creator and head writer Ichiro Okouchi himself said that Zero was designed specifically to wear a mask because he felt that it wouldn't be a Sunrise show otherwise!
* ''DancougarNova'': A masked blonde woman who pilots the red mecha R-Daigun against Dancougar. She turns out to be [[spoiler:the IdolSinger Eida]].
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'': [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Knight Schumacher]][=/=]Osamu Sugo is TheAce, TheRival, has CoolShades, his younger sister is in love with the hero and drives a white and red formula car (in the TV series). And he's the [[LongLostRelative long-lost brother]] to said little sister.
* ''GaoGaiGar'': Soldat J is blond, wears a face obscuring helmet, is rival to main character, is faster than the main character on foot and in his smaller mecha, [[EnsembleDarkhorse and is incredibly popular.]]
* ''GearFighterDendoh'' has Altair (the mask-wearing bad guy), who is the brother of one of the main characters and TheRival of the protagonists (though [[BrainwashedAndCrazy not by choice]]). He also uses a palette-swap of Dendoh, the Knight Gear Ogre.
** Vega resembles Char in his Quattro phase: she's a mysterious mentor with blonde hair and a mask. Also, [[spoiler: she is secretly the mother of one of Dendoh's pilots and Altair's sister.]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has a Char homage in a first season filler episode, where the man in question is the leader of a JerkJock team of mecha pilots. This ended up getting LostInTranslation[[note]]whether by accident or intentionally to avoid lawsuits is unknown[[/note]], but if you know what to look for it's blatantly obvious -- especially his last line of the episode, where he starts to quote Char's famous "mistakes of youth" speech before Kaname {{Dope Slap}}s him.
** For bonus points, he's voiced by Creator/TetsuInada, who's covered this ground before in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' (Harry Ord) and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (Elzam Von Branstein).
* ''IsekaiNoSeikishiMonogatari'': Dagmyer. Handsome blonde who wears a mask in the first episode, inspiring leader and idealist fighting against the system, ManipulativeBastard... he hits most of the criteria for both original recipe and Counterattack-era Char, except that he uses a blue Seikishin. And that he's hopelessly outmatched by his [[TheRival rival]], [[TheAce Kenshi.]]
** Ulyte, the male of [[TwoTeacherSchool the two teachers in the series]], also qualifies; acting as a male confidant for HaremHero Kenshi and as a [[NumberTwo second]] for the Big Bad, while [[HiddenAgendaVillain playing both sides against the middle for the sake of his own mysterious agenda]]. [[spoiler:And he/she even has the mask aspect covered as Neizai.]]
* ''LastExile'': Tatiana Wisla - blonde AcePilot with a red vanship.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': Nanoha's basically a Gundam disguised as a magical girl, so is it any wonder her [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first-season]] rival Fate is a blonde whose fighting style is geared for speed? Especially when she gets her Sonic Form in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', which makes her [[MemeticMutation three times faster]]! And even faster with her [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Shin Sonic Form]]! Fate is referred as the "Ace of the Navy," "God of Speed," and "Golden Flash."
** Fate has an older brother among the good cast. Except that they weren't siblings before she was adopted by Chrono's mother in the second season.
** Vita is a FieryRedhead knight, completely clad in red. She serves as Nanoha's rival in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs second season]], and after her HeelFaceTurn, she is one of the instructors of the Forwards in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS third]]. The red knight holds the title of the "Knight of Iron Hammer."
** Nove was initially designed to be Subaru's rival in the third season, but somehow they don't end up as such, though the former is clearly antagonistic towards the latter. She's a FieryRedhead who is faster than Subaru thanks by having lighter [[RollerbladeGood rollerblades]]. Also, Nove turns out to be the [[spoiler:a genetic clone of Quint like Subaru and Ginga]], being a biological younger sister to the latter two. After her HeelFaceTurn, she later becomes the trainer and BigSisterMentor of Team Nakajima (Vivio, Einhard, Rio and Corona) in the [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid fourth season]].
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'': Masked blonde Gepelnitch leads from aboard the red Varauta Flagship.
* ''MetalArmorDragonar'': Meio Plato, the AcePilot rival with the nickname Blue Hawk, his character design resembles ''[[CharsCounterattack CCA]]'' Char, his sister is a major character on the protagonists' side, and he has his own AceCustom Metal Armor.
* In ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' based on a video game of the same name the Char clone is a black ''teddy bear'' with an EyepatchOfPower and red bandanna, voiced by the original [[Creator/ShuichiIkeda Char]]. To top it off, he is a friend turned rival to another teddy bear Toppi, who is [[RelationshipVoiceActor voiced by]] the original [[Creator/ToruFuruya Amuro]].
* ''SchoolRumble'': Harry [=McKenzie=] is a [[http://youtu.be/eddOULZyxMs?t=1m13s parody of this trope]], being a Char in a non-mecha setting.
* ''SoukouNoStrain'': While officially ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' [[RecycledInSpace in space]], has been described as "''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' starring Sayla." Actually, both Ralph and his main character sister Sara have elements of Char-cloning (though Sara's mech is ''pink''...). Amusingly enough, Ralph looks 99% identical to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Zechs Merquise]], the biggest difference being a [[GoodScarsEvilScars large scar over one eye]].
* ''TheFiveStarStories'': Vralgo "[[RedBaron Testarossa]]" Kentauri is definitely a Char, even wearing a mask (and a fake beard, of all things) while posing as the mercenary knight "Boowray Red". Unlike most Char clones, he only lasts a single story arc before his final battle with his own arch-rival, King Colus, comes to a mutually fatal conclusion similar to the original's. Interestingly his and Colus' descendants become allies in a later story arc.
* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'':
** ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'' has Naomi Fluegel, who pilots an AceCustom red Gunsniper, and is even ''called'' the Red Comet in-universe. Her {{Leitmotif}} is even titled "Here Comes the Red Comet!", a reference to the original Char's theme song, "Here Comes Char!".
** Leon Tauros also pilots a custom Red Blade Liger, and is the older brother of Leena, one of the regulars.
** ''Anime/ZoidsGenesis'': Zairin of Zaltz is quite the Zoid prodigy. He seems to be quite a familiar character, no?
* ''{{Berserk}}'': Griffith in the Golden Age arc. He's the BigBad, wears a cool silver helmet, has white hair, is an [[TheAce ace swordsman]] and TheRival to [[TheHero Guts]], and acts as both the DarkMessiah and the FallenHero.
** Also from the Golden Age arc, we have Samson Corbowitz, who is specifically mentioned to have armour three times THICKER than normal and is a (very brief) antagonist to Guts and Caska.
* ''InfiniteStratos'' has Charlotte Dunois, the pilot of an orange-coloured AceCustom IS under the disguise of a guy named Charles. Before the [[UnsettlingGenderReveal gender reveal]], she served briefly as TheMentor of sorts to Ichika; after the reveal though, she immediately became TheRival to the viewpoint of the other main female characters.
** She is certainly [[BreakoutCharacter one of, if not the most popular]] among Ichika's harem, being more of a NiceGirl rather than a domineering ClingyJealousGirl like others (although she tends to be one on certain occasions). This is made explicit later in the first season when he calls her "Char" as an InSeriesNickname.
** In addition, her IS is an expy of [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyousuke Nanbu's Alt Eisen]], considered by many to be a Char machine.
* For a series that ''isn't'' about HumongousMecha, ''YakitateJapan'' has "Meister" Kirisaki, a blond mask-wearing Ace ''Baker'' whose sister is a member of the supporting cast. He also plays a Zeta-style role as Azuma's mentor. The connection then progressed to HilariousInHindsight territory when the anime version was eventually picked up by {{Sunrise}}.
* Anyone watching ''{{Ozuma}}'' will see a particularly familiar figure. Gido Gairaa is an aloof villain-like character with a white mask who can be summed up as the bastard child of [[SpacePirateCaptainHarlock Harlock]] and [[MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]].
* Hiro from ''{{Beyblade}}'' is a Char clone: he wore a mask at the start and switched to shades by the end; he played TheMentor to the protagonist (who is his little brother) and later to [[FinalBoss Brooklyn]]; his bit-beast Metal Driger is basically an AceCustom of the original Driger.
** Phoenix from ''BeybladeMetalFusion'' dresses in red, has blonde hair[[note]] it's a wig, though[[/note]] and wears a silver mask. He also has an [[AceCustom unusual and very powerful Beyblade]] and is [[spoiler:the protagonist's [[LongLostRelative father, thought to be dead]]]].
* Parodied in ''EurekaSevenAO'': In episode 20, Elena starts wearing a mask after [[spoiler: defecting to the United States]]. Early in episode 21, she decides it's irritating to wear it, and throws it away.
* [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]] and [[TroubledAbuser Souther]] from ''FistOfTheNorthStar''. Both are [[BlondeGuysAreEvil blonde]], members of a rival martial arts school of the protagonist, and both rely on speed rather than brute force in combat.
* Subaru Okiya of DetectiveConan is a Char clone...he's blonde (at least for his keyhole), he drives a red car (white in some instances) with suicide doors, he wears glasses and squints most of the time and [[spoiler: his LongLostRelative is Masumi Sera]]. Considering he's actually [[spoiler: Shuichi Akai]]...

[[folder:South Korean Animation]]
* ''SpaceThunderKids''' Space Black Knight ''is'' Char Aznable in a black costume. In fact, most the cast are recoloured ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' characters.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Commander Farsight of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', with his red and white Commander battlesuit and MysteriousPast.
* Ranho Garand from ''JovianChronicles''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' spin-off RPG ''MSSaga'' introduces Captain Hal Vizardt. He hits all the Char high notes: blonde, masked, ace pilot, acts as a mentor to TheHero, pilots red MS (for extra points, he specifically pilots Char's), and is secretly the older brother of another party member in disguise.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'': It wouldn't be much of a stretch at all to assume Proto Man was a Char (or more specifically, a Quattro). CoolShades and a helmet that hides his identity, ''is'' a red robot with considerable speed and agility advantages over Mega Man, has a not-initially-disclosed relation to a main character (and as an AloofBigBrother no less), sometimes an enemy, sometimes an ally, and usually set up as a rival or mentor as the plot requires (and sometimes both). It's also worth noting that Inafune gave him the very distinctive boat-tailed Gelgoog riot shield that tapers to a point at both ends.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': [[WordOfGod According to Inafune]], Zero was inspired by Char.
** Dynamo from ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX5 X5]]'' is also built up as such, particularly the old-fashioned ''MSG''-style rival (although he's more of a FriendlyEnemy). He wears black instead of red, but otherwise exhibits most of the traits associated with Char clones. He has the white hair, a visor on his helmet that covers his eyes, and is even said to have skills equaling or perhaps surpassing that of a [[RankInflation Special A]] Class Hunter [[note]] X and Zero are respectively B and Special A [[/note]]. Despite possessing abilities similar to X and Zero's combined skillset, his threat level diminishes throughout ''X5'', as he's soundly defeated by X/Zero twice and [[VillainExitStageLeft retreats each time.]] By the time of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX6 X6]]'', Dynamo is considered little more than a nuisance by the Maverick Hunters; that being said, [[GenreSavvy he's still smart enough to know]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere when to call it quits.]]
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': He's not the Char-iest, but Ken Masters definitely qualifies; [[WordOfGod Yoshiki Okamoto has stated]] Ryu's opposite was purposely given a Char look.
** Vega/Balrog/Claw probably qualifies as well. Blonde hair, CoolMask. More towards the BigBad end of the scale.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': The irony being that since the series is a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, you will often find several Char clones alongside Char ''himself'' in the same game!
** Particularly of note is [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Elzam von Branstein]]: his mecha all follow the [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black-and-red color scheme]] and are ridiculously fast (so much so that his insane evasion skills make him an excellent ''tank''), and takes to wearing a pair of sunglasses to take a secret identity (which nobody actually falls for). He even shares a [[Creator/TetsuInada voice actor]] with Gundam's Harry Ord. Which comes full circle with a ShoutOut, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DX_IaXs5YQ "Ratsel, he is an ORD."]][[note]]For those who don't get it, Elzam[=/=]Ratsel is quoting Ord with his "[[{{Kiai}} UNIVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE]]" line.[[/note]]
** Done again with Sleigh Presty, who pilots a high-speed red mech and gains the nickname of the "Scarlet Comet." The characters were actually going to call her something starting with "Re-", but one of them [[BreakingTheFourthWall breaks the fourth wall]] to stop them, saying they'll be sued. And once again, you can have her face off against the real "Red Comet" in her debut game.
** Kyosuke Nanbu. Pilots a red, horned mech? Check. Acts as TheRival (From another point of view) and TheMentor? Check. Has blonde hair? Semi-checked. Lampshaded in one of the 4koma's where Quattro confronts Kyosuke that the blonde bangs at the tip of his hair are actually a fail attempt to dye his hair blonde so that he can become a complete CharClone.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'' gives us Applicant, who wears a mask, commands a red battleship, and is [[spoiler: the main character's father reborn in android form.]] In-story, he is considered one of the most dangerous enemies you ever face.
* ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'': Shadow Red is based on Char, to the point of being voiced by Creator/ShuichiIkeda.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'': Bart is pretty Char-y. He's a exiled nobleman's son, and pilots a red AceCustom mecha, though he substitutes an EyepatchOfPower for CoolShades. Unlike most Char clones, though, he's not exactly a powerhouse in combat.
* Rick Addison from the [[Creator/AliceSoft Rance]] series is a patriotic masked blonde bishonen clad in red armor who is considered to be the greatest warrior in his nation, and serves as the WorthyOpponent to the main character. Knowing [[AffectionateParody the series]], however, he's most likely intended to be a parody.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'': From [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia the first and third game, and their respective remakes]]: Camus is a blond-haired, high-skill anti-villain. In the the third game, Sirius, a masked, blond-haired, high-skill hero who you have totally never met before joins your party. Sounds familiar?
** Notable: Camus himself is a clone target... a "Camus" is, while only [[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Eldigan and Ares]] retain being direct Char clones (albeit, maskless Char clones), a recurring archetype for anti-villain characters. They typically fall under "MyCountryRightOrWrong", and sadly are usually killed off.
** "Marth" from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' is another example. Mask? Check. Mysterious? Check. Better version of the hero's weapon? Check. Related to a major character? [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl She]]'s the [[TheHero main lord]] Chrom's [[KidFromTheFuture daughter from the future]].]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Relius Clover fights with a red robot [[spoiler:who is really Carl Clover's mother]], wears a mask that resembles ThePhantomOfTheOpera, is blonde, is TheRival to [[spoiler:his son, Carl]], is co-[[TheDragon Dragon]] to the Imperator Librarius (alongside [[spoiler:Hazama/Terumi]]). Yep. Relius is definitely a Char.
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma Chrono Phantasma]]'' took this even further by having a PaletteSwap of his that's a reference to the ''original'' Char. [[note]]Either him, or Full Frontal.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': The masked man is a dead ringer for Char.
* Regulus from ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64'' and its sequel is TheRival to the titular hero, uses a fake name and is an EnigmaticMinion in the sequel [[spoiler:(even killing one of his own allies and going against the BigBad!)]], and is always seen wearing his CoolMask.
* ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'' series features several Char clones, as well as Char himself. The original, if memory serves, only has Char and Milliardo. The Sequel adds more of Char himself and adds Athrun. #3 adds Full Frontal and Shwartz Bruder to the player's options, and features Milliardo and Char fighting on the same side. Mr. Bushido is available as DLC.
** Lampshaded by Duo Maxwell in the third game upon meeting Full Frontal.
---> "How many people with goofy masks could there possibly be?"
** The number of Char clones in the game becomes truly absurd by the time of ''Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn'', which features Char Aznable/Quattro Bajeena, Anavel Gato, Glemy Toto, Full Frontal, Schwarz Bruder, Millardo Peacecraft/Zechs Marquise, Athrun Zala, Rau Le Creuset, Mu La Flaga/Neo Roanoake, Rey Za Burrel, and Graham Aker/Mister Bushido. ''All'' of these guys are playable characters to boot, which is just asking for a free-for-all mission to determine the Char-iest of them all. The closest the game gets is the random chance of a three-way fight between Char and two of his clones ([[AndZoidberg or Johnny Ridden]]) happening in almost any Ultimate Mode mission, prompting you to intervene to give one of them the win in the argument.
* Yasha from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has a bit of this going for him, with a cool personality, a mask of sorts and overall has more speed, skill and precision based combat to be a counterpart for Asura's raw power and strength. The color scheme is blue instead of red, to compliment him being the Blue Oni to Asura's Red Oni.
** Plus, Durga, Asura's (dead) wife, is his sister, making him Asura's brother-in-law.
* Gai, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/BangaiO'', has a few of these traits. He pilots a robot similar to the title one (with red wings added onto it, for good measure), not only sharing the same abilities, but also able to activate temporary invincibility ''[[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard at will]]''. He is also somewhat calmer than [[HotBlooded Riki]]. [[spoiler: On top of all that, the ending reveals Gai to be the long-lost brother of Ban, Riki's father. Which makes him Riki's uncle!]]
* Doujin game ''SuperCosplayWarUltra'' has Masa, who cosplays as the Red Comet and uses Char's voice clips (his theme song is also Char's theme from one of the ''Super Robot Wars'' games). He also fits the AceCustom trope by being a more powerful version of one of the standard {{Mook}} types that cosplay as Zakus (the mobile suit type from which the Red Comet was derived from).
* ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' has Nineball/Hustler One, the highest ranking person in the arena. His AC is [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]] and is better than you in every way. This is mostly because [[spoiler:he's an AI]], and when he reveals this, he gets an AceCustom. He is so iconic in the ''Armored Core'' fanbase that every game after his initial appearance either uses him for TheCameo or has an {{Expy}} of him.
* [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Ash Crimson]] is an odd example of this archetype in that he embodies the traits of all three variations of Char at once. He wears red, sports platinum-blond hair, essentially upstages the entire collective cast at every turn (no, really), and schemes to steal the powers of the ''[[PublicDomainArtifact Three]]'' [[PublicDomainArtifact Sacred Treasures]] (Kyo, Iori, and Chizuru; he succeeds in depowering [[spoiler:the latter two]]). He's set up as a {{Hidden Agenda|Villain}} VillainProtagonist, [[spoiler:but is shown to be a WellIntentionedExtremist, working to counter-act his time-hopping [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Ancestor]] in order to keep his best friend/older sister figure/rival Elisabeth safe.]]
* ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' features the main rival pilot Viola Gyune piloting red LEV mechs.
* In ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'', Elder the White Phantom is the reigning trotmobile champion, with a trotmobile that is way more powerful than anything else in the game. He wears a white mask to hide his identity. [[spoiler: He is also the leader of the Bloody Mantis, the terrorist organization that is trying to destroy modern society, and a former member of the band you joined, whose little brother was also a band member before he was killed.]]
* While not from a mecha-game (and thus not a mech-pilot), Godot from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' does meet some of the criteria of a Char Clone. To wit, he's a masked, white-haired stranger who's introduced as an enigma with quite the reputation, he has an intense rivalry with the main charcter (if mostly from his side in his particular case), he's revealed to have been connected to another major cast member ([[spoiler:namely, he and Mia used to be lovers]]), and while introduced as antagonistic he reveals more sympathetic qualities over the course of the story. Earlier concept art actually shows that his mask looked a lot like Char Aznable's before the makers settled on the design seen in the final version.

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* ''{{Operator}}'': Just about the only named enemy character is blond-haired HumongousMecha ace Jaeger, who incidentally wears red and seems to exist purely to fight the main character one-on-one.

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* ''{{MegasXLR}}'': Evil Coop from the show's series finale. His Mecha #14 had a strong resemblance to Char's Sazabi, while his army resemble [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zakus]] (and of course, as Coop, he's blonde).
* Amon from ''TheLegendOfKorra''. Interestingly enough, while it turned out that he was someone's older brother, it turned out to be of [[spoiler: Tarrlok, one of the other antagonists of the series]].
->''[[Music/{{Eminem}} Will the real Red Comet please stand up?]]''