Characters: After War Gundam X
The following are the characters of After War Gundam X and the tropes they embody. To avoid spoilers, characters are grouped with the faction they are initially part of.
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Vultures/Crew of the Frieden
Voice Actor: Wataru Takagi
A mobile suit pilot, black market weapons dealer, and thief for hire, Garrod is initially contracted to kidnap Tiffa from Vultures led by Jamil Neate. After realising that he has been working for the wrong side, Garrod makes a run for it with Tiffa in tow, stumbling onto a GX-9900 Gundam X from the previous war in the process. Forced to pilot the machine in order to save their lives, Garrod joins up with Jamil's Vultures in order to continue protecting Tiffa. Enthusiastic, confident, and with some hideously awful trust issues just below the surface, Garrod matures into an excellent pilot even as he learns that sometimes, it's okay to rely on other people.
- Accidental Pervert:
- He's watching over Tiffa during the Dolphins arc. Then, unaware of his presence, she strips naked and goes skinny-dipping with the 'phins. Whoops? (She doesn't catch him, though.)
- Also in the pilot episode where he accidentally saw Tonya in a Modesty Towel while on a sneaking mission.
- Ace Pilot: Qualifies by sometime around episode two, if you want to get technical, and like all Gundam protagonists, is one several times over by the end.
- All-Loving Hero: Wants to believe the best in everybody by the end of the series.
- Badass Normal: One of the few Gundam leads in the franchise to not have special psychic powers of some kind. He pilots on pure skill. Which makes him really popular among the fanbase.
- Berserk Button: If you even try to hurt his beloved Tifa, he'll either go into a Tranquil Fury or an Unstoppable Rage until he takes you down.
- BFG: The shoulder-mounted Wave Motion Gun on the X is the length of the Gundam itself and can wipe out entire battalions. Following the loss of its sattelite uplink and the upgrade to the X-Divider, this is replaced with a battleship grade beam cannon, wielded like the beam rifle on any other Gundam. The Double X restores the original Wave Motion Gun and adds a twin on the opposite shoulder.
- BFS: The X's beam sabre is roughly the length of the robot itself during its first use. Later apperances tone it down.
- Character Development: He has to learn to be less reckless and interact better with others as time passes.
- Dogged Nice Guy: A little, towards Tiffa. He has a strong crush on her from almost the start, goes Tongue-Tied in her presence and years for her returning his feelings, but he never forces his affections on her, and as he matures he decides to protect her without any second intentions.
- Expy: He and Judau Ashta have a fair bit in common.
- Falling into the Cockpit: While attempting to steal it no less.
- Flawed Prototype: The X series was extremely powerful, but its dependency on external power sources was its weakness, both during the war, and now. The cannon also takes a long time to charge.
- Grand Theft Prototype: At least in the manga version, this is his day job before joining Vulture. This and selling the results, of course. Badass Normal indeed.
- His Establishing Character Moment is jacking a Jenice with just a flashbang, grappling hook gun, and a pistol.
- Guile Hero: This is how he worked before getting the Gundam and he does a good amount of trickery and deception whenever he's not in it (and sometimes when he is, once he becomes a better pilot).
- Idiot Hero: He starts out as this, but drops it more and more as the series progresses.
- Ineffectual Loner: His inability to connect adequately with people causes him quite the trouble at first; Ennil is one of them, as she genuinely liked Garrod before things went From Bad to Worse...
- Hot-Blooded: Like Judau before him, Garrod doesn't take things lying down.
- Kid-anova: Both Tiffa and Ennil have feelings for him. Some fans would add Pala as well.
- Kid Hero: Garrod was born at the end of the last war, which means he's not quite fifteen yet.
- Lady and Knight: The White Knight to Tiffa's Bright Lady.
- Lovable Rogue: Starts out as a criminal. Still one of the heroes.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: All of his Gundam's have had shields. Special mention goes to the X-Divider's shield, which is huge, jet powered, and includes the Harmonica Cannon inside of it.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: From the GX-9900 (Gundam X)—>GX-9900-DV (Gundam X Divider)—>GX-9901-DX (Gundam Double X)
- Power Gives You Wings: Invoked. When the X's Wave Motion Gun is deployed, its signature X-shaped power cells emerge from its back, giving it the appearance of wings.
- The Protagonist: Our hero, for better or worse.
- 10-Minute Retirement: After he accidentally injures one of the crew and then Jamil himself, Garrod decides to sell the Gundam. It almost works, but then the Frost brothers force him back into piloting it by attacking the Freeden.
- Took a Level in Badass: Makes steady growth as a mobile suit pilot throughout the series.
- Shoulder Cannon: His BFS deploys over one of his shoulders when activated. The Double X adds another BFS, deploying over the opposite shoulder.
- Street Urchin: He's hinted to have spent some time as one after he lost his father and only relative at an early age.
- Super Prototype: The X might be salvaged from the last war, but the Double X is brand new, and one of a kind.
- Wave Motion Gun: The X's ace in the hole is a massive microwave cannon mounted over its shoulder. Powered by solar cells on a lunar base, the cannon can wipe out entire mobile suit squads in seconds. The Doulbe X features two of them.
Voice Actor: Mika Kanai
A young girl with strong psychic abilities, Tiffa's future sight makes her a target for the warring factions. Quiet, innocent, and prone to fainting, Tiffa is bombarded by horrible visions of the future, which she often seems determined to make come true. Upon meeting Garrod she realises that she is tied to him for better or for worse, and puts him in the position of having to fly the Gundam X.
- All-Loving Hero: Even more then Garrod, Tiffa believes the absolute best in people.
- Barrier Maiden: Her Newtype powers make her sought after by everyone.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Ennil's Veronica over Garrod's Archie.
- Blessed with Suck: She's a Newtype, which naturally means that all sorts of factions want to abduct her for her powers (or kill her). And her precognition is always depressing.
- Character Development: Similarly to Garrod, Tiffa has to gradually learn that she can't be alone all the time.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Tiffa temporarily lets her Rapunzel Hair down and loose when possessed by Lucille Lilliant
- Fainting Seer: She can see the future. And almost anything she sees is, well, not pleasing. After Tiffa helps Garrod use the Satellite Cannon for the first time, she has an epic Heroic BSOD - which includes her screaming at the top of her lungs and then massively collapsing; Jamil explains to Garrod that this happened because she, among other things, can sense the pain and death of people in the battlefield. OUCH.
- Friend to All Living Things and Innocent Fanservice Girl: Newtype dolphins ring a bell?
- Ill Girl: Played with. Though Tiffa's a bit delicate, the one time she was seriously about to die happened when Olba Frost, right after her Heroic BSOD in the beginning, injects her with poison.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Tiffa's big blue eyes sort of scream "trusting" don't they.
- Hime Cut: A part of her hair is rather short-ish whole the rest if Rapunzel Hair-levels. Likely to make her look more poised.
- Lady and Knight: The Bright Lady to Garrod's White Knight.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Only once, though: when possessed by Lucille's spirit.
- Mysterious Waif: Who and what Tiffa is are only slowly revealed.
- Playing with Syringes: It's strongly implied that Tiffa spent her early years as a lab rat, due to her powers.
- Proper Lady: As she starts shredding her phobia of people away, she evolves into a quiet yet powerful figure among her group.
- Rapunzel Hair: It hangs well past her waist.
- Seers: Tiffa's ability to see the future. Subverted, however, because Garrod goes out of his way to make sure her terrible visions don't come true.
- Spider-Sense: The bulk of Tiffa's powers.
- Shrinking Violet: Very, very shy.
- Soul Jar: Briefly acts as one for Lucille's soul.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: A lot smarter then a girl her age should be.
Voice Actor: Kenyuu Horiuchi
A one-time Federation ace, Jamil Neate is now the shellshocked captain of the Freeden, a landship filled with Vulture junk scavengers. Determined to ensure that no Newtypes ever endure what he went through, Jamil brings Tiffa onboard to protect her from the scientists who wish to exploit her talents. Unfortunately, in doing so, he makes the Freeden a target for every political and corporate faction around...
- A Father to His Men: It takes a lot to get him to show it, but Jamil cares deeply for the people under his command.
- Ace Pilot: In the backstory. He hasn't actually flown in years.
- Big Good: As captain of the Freeden Jamil ends up occupying this role, while Garrod acts as The Hero proper.
- Brought Down to Badass: He was a Newtype, but lost his powers after the Colony Drop. Still, as Episode 13 proved, Jamil's skills more than make up for any lost powers.
- Cheerful Child: When young. But after the Colony Drop, he becomes a Broken Bird as an adult.
- Composite Character: Mix one part Zeta-era Amuro Ray, one part post-Zeta Kamille Bidan, one part Quattro Bajeena and one part Bright Noah in a blender and set to liquefy. Add Hotblooded Sideburns to the result.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Which is slowly explored throughout the series.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: The pimp hand is strong with this one.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars Has one across his eye, covered by his shades.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Kenyuu Horiuchi aka "Mashmyer Cello"
- Hotblooded Sideburns: He had those even as a kid! He's not Hot-Blooded on the outside, but when he overcomes his cockpit phobia it shows.
- Kid Hero: Used to be one... and it psychologically scarred him to the point that he simply could not pilot a mobile suit for 15 years.
- Likes Older Women: Somewhat in his backstory. Unfortunately, All Love Is Unrequited. And she was was sealed in a capsule.
- Psychic Nosebleed: A variant; his ears bleed when he tries to mindcall Tiffa in the first episode.
- Rated M for Manly: Scars? Check. History as a badass pilot? Check. Hot blooded sideburns? Check. Cool Shades? Check.
- Retired Badass: In terms of piloting. As a captain, however, he is very badass.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The last war has left him very, very burned out, and he considers himself heavily responsible for the mass Colony Drop, as he was the one who pulled the trigger and called the Colonies' bluff.
- Still Got It: Episode 13, when he sorties in the X-Divider, and puts Carris Nautilus in his place, without even using his Newtype powers.
- Sunglasses at Night: For the most part. Hell, he wears his shades during surgery and post-op recovery! He ditches his Cool Shades at series' end, though.
- Supporting Leader: Like most Captains in the franchise, he's in charge, but not The Hero.
- Team Dad: Acts as a father figure to Garrod (to whom he's The Mentor) and Tiffa (to whom he's a protector).
- The Stoic: Emotion is not something Jamil displays a lot of.
- Zen Survivor: Jamil's pretty burned out.
Voice Actor: Yumi Kakazu
Jamil's second-in-command, Sala has a fairly obvious crush on her boss, which she does her best to keep under wraps. Increasingly aware of just how screwed up Jamil is, Sala tries to lighten his load, though her curiosity about his past, and desire to keep him away from other potential love interests sometimes sabotages her.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: She gives Garrod a good hard smack after he went haring off to raid a nuclear reactor on his own, which resulted in Jamil getting severely injured to rescue him.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: She really wants to be the Gentle Girl to Jamil's Brooding Older Man.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She showed jealousy towards Tiffa at first and was rather curious about what Lucille meant for Jamil, but she eventually got over it.
- Expy: She's probably what Nanai Miguel would have been if she was more level-headed and less-jealous of her captain's Phlebotinum Girl.
- Number Two: Jamil's deputy captain.
- Odd Couple: She's good friends with Toniya, but Sala is serious and straightlaced while Toniya is... not.
- Playing Against Type: This was the debut role of a then barely teenaged Yumi Kakazu. Yes, THAT Yumi Kakazu.
- Properly Paranoid: Is one of the few who thinks they shouldn't trust Olba when he's brought onboard. Her objections are shot down, but she's ultimately proved right.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It should probably be Sara(h).
- Subordinate Excuse: To Jamil, whom she obviously harbours feelings for.
- Team Mom: Tries to be this, but doesn't always succeed.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jamil. Her crush on him helps in this regard.
Voice Actor: Takumi Yamazaki
A freelance mobile suit pilot in the employ of Jamil Neate, Roybea is a consumate ladies' man with a healthy respect for his own skin, and a history of friendship with Witz Sou. Piloting the Leopard Gundam, Roybea acts as fire support for Garrod, Witz, and the rest of the team, using its substantial arsenal to lay down suppressive fire.
- Ace Pilot: Already a feared mercenary when the show starts, Roybea's an ace many times over.
- Alliterative Name: Unless you think his last name is "Loy".
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards Garrod—mainly with advice on how to woo Tiffa, but more serious matters too.
- Bishōnen: Another in a long line of Gundam pretty-boys. Seriously, look at that picture.
- The Casanova: Though an admirably well-intentioned one. Roybea hits on every girl he meets, but fully intends for them to have as good a time as he does.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Is The Casanova, yeah, but he genuinely cares for every single girl he pursues: a Girl Next Door, an Ill Girl, a dead lady who gave him his Gundam and is hinted to be his first great love, the Femme Fatale from La Résistance who is shot to death and perishes in his arms, Sala whom he'd rather let go to Jamil, than losing her friendship and respect and Ennil whom he hooks up with in the end.
- Gatling Good: The Leopard Gundam comes equipped with two of these—one on the wrist and the other carried as a weapon. It also has a Vulcan cannon in the chest to complete its complement of multibarreled weapons.
- Heroic BSOD: After resistance fighter Yurina is suddenly killed, he flips out and tears through the enemy to rejoin the Freeden, and is ready to go all Leeroy Jenkins on the entire Federation army even though his Gundam has been beaten to hell on the way.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Takumi Yamazaki aka "George de Sand"
- Hired Guns: Roybea's a mercenary and a good one at that.
- Lady Killer In Love: He eventually gets hit with this when he falls for Sala and even more so, for Ennil.
- The Lancer: To Garrod, in battle, acting as second command and fire support.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Leopard is very fast, and very heavily armed/armoured. What stops it from reaching Game Breaker status is that it cannot fly.
- Love Hurts: It's a Gundam show; someone has to get hit with this. First, it's part of his backstory, and later, he falls for a resistance spy/fighter named Yurina who is shot dead in front of him.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Why settle for bullets, when you can also unload every conceivable missile type on the planet?
- More Dakka: With built in gatling guns, grenade launchers and missiles, Roy's Leopard is set to do some damage.
- Mr. Fanservice: Along with being the resident bishonen, he also wears a tiny speedo in the Beach Episode.
- Only in It for the Money: Roybea is a mercenary, which means he has to live to spend the money he makes. Therefore, other considerations tend to come second, at least early on in the show.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Witz's Red, which somewhat translates into the color of their mobile suits (in Japanese, the characters for blue and green [ao] are curiously interchangeable). When he learns to be more headstrong and committed in battle, the Leopard Destroy similarly upgrades to a red paintjob.
- Second Love: With/to Ennil after they both lose out on their first choices.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Witz's Manly Man.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Roybea Roy? Loybea Loy? Roybea Loy? Loybea Roy?
- 10-Minute Retirement: He doesn't approve of fighting for a government in the Estard arc and heads off on his own, settling down with a woman named Yurina for a few days. After she is killed, he rejoins the crew.
- Tragic Keepsake: His Gundam itself is one. His first, lost love gave it to him.
- Walking Armoury: Even for a Gundam, the Leopard is loaded for bear.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks and acts like he's in his mid-20's, but he's just eighteen.
Voice Actor: Kazuya Nakai
Another mercenary, Witz is good friends with Roybea, whom he tends to partner with on contracts. Piloting the Airmaster Gundam, Witz acts as the team's air support, hitting opponents from above. Always the first into a fight, Witz hates to run away. He has a complicated relationship with his mother, and siblings, and frequently pretends to be a far bigger jerk then he really is.
- Ace Pilot: Holds this status long before the show starts, and earns it over and over again throughout it.
- Badass: He and Roybea take out an entire Vulture mobile suit force in episode 3, by themselves, firmly establishing their badass credentials in the process.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch Witz's money. The three guys who do discover that he's not joking when he says he'll "follow you into the depths of Hell!"
- Big Brother Mentor: Like Roybea, he sometimes gives brotherly advice to Garrod.
- The Big Guy: In battle. Witz doesn't think. He just charges right in, relying on Jamil, Garrod, Roybea, etc, to worry about the tactical details.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He has some elements of this, ordering Roybea to stay back at one point so that he can have some fun.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Bickers constantly with Toniya, beginning in their first appearance together. They Do
- Disappeared Dad: Both his father and older brother were killed. They were also mobile suit pilots, so Witz's own choice of career is a source of tension between him and his mom.
- The Dutiful Son: Has problems with his mother because he refuses to stay at home on the farm.
- Guns Akimbo: The Airmaster wields one laser pistol in each hand when in robot mode.
- Hired Guns: He and Roybea are both on contract with Jamil to act as guards.
- Hot-Blooded: Witz charges into fights with even more reckless abandon then Garrod.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care for his friends and family, despite how rough around the edges he is. He drops off a mobile-suit sized stash of gold to his family so they can have a good life until he comes back home
- Only in It for the Money: Witz's goal is to get rich so that his family will be secure. Anything else comes second, at least early in the show.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Roybea's Blue, which somewhat translates into the color of their mobile suits. When he begins to learn how to become a bit more focused and tactical in battle, the Airmaster Burst similarly upgrades to a blue paintjob.
- Spiky Hair: You start to wonder if it's jelled after a while.
- Transforming Mecha: The Airmaster transforms into a fighter jet.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Played with. He visits home expecting everything to be like it was since his father's death, but he's unhappy to learn that his mother has started a new relationship and she's not happy with his being a pilot, but they work it out.
Voice Actor: Kotono MitsuishiOne of the Freeden's bridge crew. Toniya is always joking (or bickering with Witz) and enjoys flirting, but she still takes her job seriously and is loyal to Jamil.
- Bridge Bunny: Acts as communications officer on the Freeden's bridge.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Witz, whom she constantly bickers with. They Do
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Flippant, flirtatious, but good enough at her job to stay on the crew.
- Cool Big Sis: To Tiffa and Garrod, giving them both some badly needed guidance.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Seems to have a permanent tan, along with her very blonde hair.
- Ms. Fanservice: Busty? Check. Dark-Skinned Blonde? Check. Nice legs? Check...
- Odd Friendship: With Sala. Toniya is a flirt who takes nothing seriously. Sala's a dedicated officer, who takes everything seriously. They get along quite well.
- Shipper on Deck: Actively supports Garrod's romantic attempts towards Tiffa.
- Women Love Shopping: During one pit stop she uses her time off to do some extensive window-shopping. This is how she meets and befriends Ennil El.
Voice Actor: Daiki Nakamura
- Bridge Bunnies: The pilot of the Freeden. He doesn't get very many lines.
- Mission Control: Spends most of his time relaying information to the pilots.
- Nice Guy: His distinguishing feature is his pleasant nature and ability to get along with other people.
- Non-Action Guy: Not a fighter.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: There's nothing very special about Shingo.
- Shipper on Deck: Garrod/Tiffa fanboy.
- Badass Pacifist: While he takes his profession's oath to "do no harm" seriously, he and Ennil manage to incapacitate and escape from the UNE forces at one point, using a faux Fanservice scene.
- Dichter And Denker: Has a German-sounding surname and is both a skilled physician and knowledgeable about prewar poetry and literature.
- Frontier Doctor: Fills this role in post-apocalyptic America, providing medical aid for the Vulture crews.
- Non-Action Guy: Given that he's their doctor, this makes sense.
- The Medic: The only member of the Freeden's medical team that we actually meet.
- Shown Their Work: A large number of Texans are of German descent, which is something not many people outside of Texas, let along the US are aware of (unless maybe they watch a lot of King of the Hill, since this fact comes up in a few episodes).
- Spell My Name with an "S": We have lost count of how many different spellings his name has.
- Warrior Therapist: Very gooes with words, and quite the Action Survivor.
Voice Actor: Motoko KumaiThe Freeden's teenage mechanic. He takes his job very seriously and his team regard him with hero-worship. Garrod initially considers him a brat and the feeling is mutual, but they gradually get used to each other. Still, he never stops calling Garrod "Gundam Boy."
- Child Prodigy: He fixes Gundams with all kind of efficients and is, like, 12 years old tops?
- Cross-Dressing Voices: His seiyuu is Motoko Kumai, who also voiced Li Syaoran.
- Determinator: He stabs himself in the leg so that the pain will keep him awake while he upgrades the Gundams.
- The Gadfly: He really has fun getting under Garrod's skin and (despite shipping them) being a third wheel between Garrod and Tiffa.
- Gadgeteer Genius - Mr. Fixit: Really good at fixing almost anything.
- Improbable Age: Everyone else on the mechanic team is an adult. They practically worship him.
- Non-Action Guy: Not exactly your frontline warrior.
- Shipper on Deck: Another Garrod/Tiffa shipper.
New Earth Federation
Voice Actor: Shin Aomori
The President of the New Earth Federation, Bloodman seeks to reestablish a global state under his control, while reducing the Newtype population to nothing more than servants of the state.
- Bald of Evil: As part of his Obviously Evil image.
- Dark Messiah: Sees himself as the saviour of humanity, an idea that the Frost Brothers encourage.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Shin Aomori's gravelly performance.
- Evil Old Folks: Somewhere in his sixties, to look at him.
- Fat Bastard: Really strains the suit he's wearing.
- Heel Realisation: Perhaps. He's certainly more affected by the conversation with DOME than Rasso was, and was reconsidering his position on Newtypes.
- Man in White: Dressed all in white, which just serves to emphasise how ugly he is.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: With a name like "Bloodman" it's hard not to be villainous.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Toyed with. Bloodman's no fighter, yet he insists on leading the attack on the colonies in person from his flagship. In his own words, it is his duty as the new leader of humanity.
- Obviously Evil: An ugly, overweight, bald man in a white suit? And he's evil? You don't say.
- President Evil: He conquers small countries by stirring up old ethnic conflicts, has no problems with the Frost Brothers' tactics, and is otherwise unsympathetic (and definitely not interested in actual democracy).
- Puppet King: Shagia and Olba Frost are thoroughly manipulating Bloodman.
- Take Over the World: His objective. He pretty much pulls it off too.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Surprisingly yes. Bloodman really does think that the world would be better off unified under his leadership.
Voice Actor: Toshiyuki Morikawa
A confident young man with a flair for tactics, a talent for piloting, and his own fair share of secrets, Shagia Frost and his brother, Olba, operate as freelance mercenaries, taking work for whoever will pay them. Initially contracted to recapture Tiffa from Vulture, Shagia is slowly revealed to have his own agenda where Newtypes and the oncoming war are concerned. He pilots the Visago Gundam.
- Badass Longcoat: Favours a trenchcoat over his frilly clothes.
- Bash Brothers: He and Olba are a literal example, using their Psychic Link to coordinate their assaults.
- Beta Test Baddie: He's a Category F Newtype and resents everyone with greater talents and stronger Psychic Powers.
- Big Bad: Takes on this role by the end. At times he and Olba seem to be a Big Bad Duumvirate (and they definitely think of themselves as such), although Shagia is undoubtedly the senior partner.
- Bishōnen: Not to quite the degree of say, Roybea, or god forbid, Carris, but still very effeminate.
- The Chessmaster: Shagia doesn't like to leave things to chance. His establishing character moment involves him discussing tactics while playing with a chessboard.
- Chest Blaster: The Visago's most powerful weapons is the beam cannon mounted on its chest. The recoil alone is so strong, that it has to anchor itself with its arms before firing them.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Probably the biggest example in the whole Gundam franchise, which is saying a lot.
- Co-Dragons: To Fixx Bloodman alongside Olba. Though they're actually the Big Bad Duumvirate manipulating Bloodman.
- Combination Attack: He and Olba do this frequently.
- Creepy Twins: The warped relationship between he and Olba is just plain disturbing at times.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His love for his brother is one of his few humanising traits.
- Evil Is Petty: See Freudian Excuse below
- Final Solution: All Newtypes must die.
- Freudian Excuse The reason why he and Olba wanted to start a war that would kill everybody? They're mad at the world for being considered worthless failures, as they were born as Category Fs and not "proper" Newtypes. This leads them to despise the very concept of Newtypes as inherently superior humans. Ironically, he and his brother are the only major characters not present when D.O.M.E., the "original Newtype", reveals that the idea of Newtypes as the next step in human evolution is complete bunk. (This is actually why the Frost Brothers are more popular among western Gundam fans than in Japan. Japan found them to be disappointing because they were expecting some big dramatic master plan by them, or something showing them to be characters along the lines of Scirocco. When it was revealed that they were simply two brothers who were angry at the world because of their own insecurities and out of sheer pettiness, that fell through. However, Western fans found it made them feel more human and believable as antagonists, and was refreshing compared to the constant "master plan" villains.)
- Hand Blast: The Visago mounts a laser in between the claws on its hands.
- Hired Guns: Presents himself as a mercenary in order to switch sides as often as necessary.
- I Just Want to Be Special: A part of his Freudian Excuse.
- Its All About Me And My Brother: They don't give a damn about any other person beyond their use as puppets.
- Karma Houdini:He's crippled but still alive at the end.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays both sides like a fiddle.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Kills the only two people who really wanted a war, which lets the Freeden put a stop to it.
- Straw Nihilist: Convinced that all life except for Olba and his is worthless.
- Obviously Evil: The Visago is a huge blood red mobile suit, with demonic wings, clawed hands, and a decidedly devilish appearance. It's even named for a demon in the Ars Goetia.
- Psychic Link: With Olba. They see what one another see, hear one another's thoughts, and can do so over vast distances.
- Twin Telepathy: The reason he and his brother are considered inferior is because this is the only psychic power they possess.
- The Resenter: Towards Newtypes and all those who support them.
- Sibling Team: The twins are always together
- Siblings in Crime: With Olba, his partner in piloting, treachery, and the plotting of genocide.
- Smug Smiler: His facial expression rarely varies from his trademark half smile.
- Smug Snake: Whether Shagia is one of these, or a genuine Magnificent Bastard is a matter of some contention among the fanbase.
- The Starscream: Betrays everyone who trusts him (except for Olba, of course; see Even Evil Has Loved Ones above).
- Taking the Bullet: Does it for Olba in episode 12, intercepting the blast from Garrod's Harmonica Cannon.
- Teens Are Monsters: He's 19, and a totally amoral mercenary who happens to be the Big Bad.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Initially this is how he and Olba come off. They're actually far more dangerous than that.
- Villainous Breakdown: Absolutely freaks out when he sees his plan is failing.
- Wave Motion Gun: Mounted on the Visago's chest.
- War for Fun and Profit: Shagia sees the war as a way to quietly exterminate all Newtypes and those who believe in them, making himself and Olba look better in comparison.
- Younger Than They Look: Looks considerably older than his brother but they're actually fraternal twins.
Voice Actor: Nozomu Sasaki
The younger twin brother of Shagia Frost, Olba is his brother's confidant, right-hand, and coconspirator. Totally devoted to Shagia, Olba suppresses his own personality and hopes in order to make his big brother's dreams a reality, leaving himself rather unstable beneath the surface. He, like Shagia, is a talented mobile suit pilot, and operates the Astaroth, a transformable Gundam with a mobile armour alt-mode.
- Ace Pilot: A top-notch pilot, with plenty of kills under his belt before the series even begins, Olba cements his status by taking on the Leopard, Airmaster, and X-Divider in a three-on-one match after Shagia is hurt, and not only performing well, but emerging all but unscathed.
- Ax-Crazy: Both brothers are dangerous, but Olba is the one who tends to go berserk.
- Bash Brothers: He and Shagia are an unusually literal take on the trope. Thanks to their Psychic Link they are able to coordinate their attacks to near-perfection.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Shagia in any way will send Olba into a frothing rage.
- Beta Test Baddie: He and Shagia feel that the existence of Newtypes has led to their own talents being overlooked.
- Big Brother Instinct: Inverted: he's the younger one (if only by a few minutes). His seiyuu) even got sick of saying the phrase "nii-san" (big brother) when the series finally ended.
- Bishōnen: Olba is arguably even more effeminate then his big brother.
- Co-Dragons: To Fixx Bloodman alongside Shagia. Though they're actually the Big Bad Duumvirate manipulating Bloodman.
- Combination Attack: This is the brothers' signature.
- Creepy Twins: There is something deeply unsettling about the brothers' closeness.
- The Dragon: To Shagia; at times they're closer to a Big Bad Duumvirate, though with Olba as the junior partner.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Shagia is probably the only person on earth that Olba gives a damn about. Of course, given how screwed up Olba is, even that emotion takes on some iffy connotations.
- Final Solution: Like Shagia, Olba wants a Newtype genocide.
- Freudian Excuse: See Shagia's entry for the full details.
- Hired Guns: He and Shagia use mercenary work as their cover story.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Its All About Me And My Brother
- Karma Houdini: Survives the end of the show unscathed, although he does have to watch his brother get crippled.
- Straw Nihilist: Shares Shagia's opinions on the worth of life.
- Obviously Evil: The Astaroth is a huge, dark grey machine with pincer claws, and a demonic design.
- Psychic Link: With Shagia. They can feel one another's presences, read one another's thoughts, and possibly sense what one another hear/see.
- Twin Telepathy: Can read his brother's thoughts.
- Psycho Supporter: Of his brother. In addition to being an Axe Crazy Straw Nihilist, Olba's brother complex is so strong that he more or less subordinates his entire identity towards making his brother's dreams become a reality.
- The Resenter: Of Newtypes, their fans, and the rest of the world.
- Sibling Team: With Shagia.
- Smug Snake: While Shagia might have shades of magnificence, Olba is an arrogant prick to the core.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes translated as the more sensible-sounding Oliver Frost. May actually be a corruption of Orobas, another Goetic demon.
- Spider Tank: The Astaroth's vehicular mode bears a strong resemblance to a crab or lobster, especially after it's upgrade.
- Teens Are Monsters: Also 19. Also exceptionally dangerous.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Initially this is how he and Shagia come off. They're actually far more dangerous than that.
- Transforming Mecha: The Astaroth transforms from Gundam to giant crab like mobile armour.
- Undying Loyalty: To his older brother. It's probably Olba's only good trait, and without a doubt his defining one.
- War for Fun and Profit: See Shagia's entry.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Really, really wants to have his beloved older brother's approval.
- Yandere: Apparently, one of the rare male examples. Could be a case of Never Live It Down, though.
Voice Actor: Koji YusaA strange New Earth Federation pilot and candidate Newtype, Griffe is the first of the officers under Shagia and Olba Frost's command to be sent out against the Frieden and its crew. He favours lightweight suits, specifically his NRX-007 Correl, and the colour white.
- Ace Pilot: Had this status before getting sent out to face Garrod.
- Badass: Nearly takes out the Double X using only a lightweight mech and a knife.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An effective pilot, though his love of the colour white makes him decidedly eccentric.
- Fragile Speedster: The Correl is amazingly fast, and insanely agile, but lacks even the most rudimentary armor, and can only carry a knife.
- Knife Nut: His Correl is so lightly armoured that it can only use a single knife as its main weapon.
- Man in White: Dresses all in white and paints his mobile suit that colour as well.
- Red Baron: "White Death".
- Sociopathic Soldier: Enjoys killing just a bit too much.
- Villain of the Week: Villain of Episode 26.
Voice Actor: Kyousei Tsukui
A New Earth Federation mobile suit pilot, Draid is one of several candidate Newtypes placed under Shagia and Olba Frost's command. The pilot of the gigantic NRX-010 Gable, Draid is an adrenaline junkie who admits that he is looking to die.
- Ace Pilot: Already had this status.
- Badass: Takes on the entire crew of the Frieden at once, and barely loses.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In a sense, yes. Draid might not have defeated the Frieden's crew, but he got exactly what he wanted: a soldier's death on the battlefield, after his best fight yet.
- Death Seeker: Draid admits outright that his goal in life is to keep pushing the envelope until somebody kills him, allowing him to experience that final rush before death.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies smiling as he finally gets to experience that final rush.
- Mighty Glacier: The Gable is huge and slow, but virtually indestructible.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The Gable's shielding renders it immune to almost all ranged weapons, and most close up ones. It takes close range fire from heavy projectile weaponry to even come close to damaging it.
- Red Baron: "Killing Machine". Doubles as Names to Run Away From Really Fast.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Draid is pretty indifferent to the carnage he causes. He'll do anything if it pushes his enemies towards killing him.
- Villain of the Week: The villain of Episode 28.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light blue.
Space Revolutionary Army
Voice Actor: Kazuhiko Kishino
The new leader of the SRA, Rasso has transformed the colony of Cloud 9 into a Police State. Claiming that Newtypes can only emerge in space, Rasso preaches that the colonies have an inherent right to conquer and rule the world.
- Bad Boss: Has Nichola executed for suggesting peace negotiations.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He and Bloodman and the Frost Brothers compete for the position of Big Bad of the show as a whole.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: Rasso wants a war more than anybody except maybe the Frost Brothers.
- Expy He's Gihren Zabi without the charisma.
- Fantastic Racism: Against people from Earth; naturally he calls them Oldtypes.
- Glorious Leader: He's fond of New Era Speeches about the superiority of spacedwellers and the Newtype master race, plans to kill the people who have managed to survive on Earth, and comes down ruthlessly on any dissent.
- Ignored Epiphany: Registers DOME's lecture on how Newtypes are not the Master Race, then goes right back to claiming that they are.
- Kill Sat: Tries to deploy one against Earth.
- Master Race: Claims that Newtypes, and therefore space colonists, are this. He rejects Tiffa because an Earth-born natural Newtype would conflict with his propaganda.
- Smug Snake: An arrogant slimeball who is outwitted by Garrod and Pala and betrayed by his subordinates.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Rather than reconquer the rebellious colony at Satelicon, he has it obliterated with photon torpedoes.
A one-time enemy of Jamil Neate's, Lancerow lost his Newtype powers during the waning days of the war. Currently an instructor and Captain in the new SRA, Lancerow has some serious doubts about Siedel Rasso's goals.
- Ace Pilot: One of the best pilots of the previous war.
- Antivillain: Which is why he ultimately switches sides. He's friendly to Tiffa while she's in the SRA's Gilded Cage and doesn't buy into Rasso's philosophy.
- Bishōnen: A less extreme case than many on the show.
- Brought Down to Badass: He lost his Newtype powers in the final battle of the war, but is still a dangerous and effective pilot even without them.
- Char Clone: Averted. He's got a lot in common with MSG Char, but lacks the blond hair, sunglasses/mask, and jackassery associated with most of them... and at least visually looks more like an unmasked Chronicle Asher or a Palette Swap of Treize Khrushrenada.
- Expy: An interesting variant. His personality is modelled not on Char (who was essentially a complete jackass), but on the Draco in Leather Pants version of Char that exists in the fandom. He's not so much as expy of Char as he is the realisation of who the fandom wanted Char to be.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: At the last minute he turns around and starts fighting for the Freeden crew.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: The only character in the show to meet this description and he's a pretty key player.
- Punch Clock Villain: Lancerow's a good guy, who happens to be on the wrong side.
- The Rival: To young Jamil. The two of them went at it frequently during the backstory, acting as their world's version of Amuro and Char respectively.
- Worthy Opponent: To Jamil and Garrod, albeit briefly, respecting both of them as pilots.
- Zen Survivor: Like Jamil, the last war did bad things to Lancerow's atttitude.
A wandering mercenary who crosses paths with Garrod and the Frieden on multiple occasions. Humiliated by her defeat to Garrod, she works with various factions with the aim of taking down Garrod and the Frieden.
- Action Girl: A damn good pilot.
- Alliterative Name: They both start with "E".
- Badass Normal: Did we mention her signature machine is a customized Jenice, and she manages to be a very tough opponent it it?
- Bare Your Midriff: Not that it's the only thing she's baring.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Tiffa's Betty. She's new and dangerous. Tiffa's sweet and safe. Both of them are after Garrod.
- Broken Bird: Ennil's pretty damaged, though she puts on a tough facade.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: She keeps a gun handy even in the shower.
- Can't Catch Up: Although an excellent pilot, she's relegated to defending the Frieden in the Final Battle because she's in the least powerful machine.
- Crazy-Prepared: Hid a flashbang in her Victoria's Secret Compartment at some point in case she'd ever need it.
- Dark Action Girl: Pre-Heel-Face Turn.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Ramba Ral. See expy, below.
- Expy: Blue machine? Bonds with a protagonist over drinks? Connections to the Space Colonies due to her father being a high-ranking war hero? Ennil is either this series's equivalent to Ramba Ral or her Disappeared Dad Nada El was this series's equivalent to Ramba Ral.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Toys with this around the middle of the series, working in a bar and having a tentative romance with a civilian while being tempted with a new mobile suit. She chooses piloting and later learns that her would-be fiance was executed when the Feddies took over the place.
- Last Minute Hookup: She gets together with Roybea Roy at the very end.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: To both Tiffa and Toniya, in different degrees.
- Ms. Fanservice: Dark Action Girl style before her Heel-Face Turn.
- Pet the Dog: She strikes up a genuine friendship with Toniya (not knowing she's from the Frieden), showing that she's more than an immoral enemy pilot and that she's not entirely happy with what her life is. She also tries to get Toniya protected after tipping off the Feds to the crew's escape attempt when captured.
- Revenge Before Reason: She teams up with Nomoa Long and other unsavory types in her attempts to get back at Garrod.
- Sixth Ranger: Eventually joins up with the heroes.
- Stalker with a Crush: Sneaks into Garrod's room to try and convince him to sleep with her, and when he shoots her down, takes the rejection very badly, following him everywhere and plotting to kill him for rejecting her. (She gives it up after befriending Toniya.)
- Stripperiffic: Her costume has very little actual material in it.
Voice Actor: Yuko Mizutani
An Artifical Newtype created by Nomoa Long, Carris initially acts as a villain, seeking to unite the world and clashing with Garrod because of it. After his defeat, he realises how wrong he was, and pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- Anti-Villain: Carris sincerely believes he's the good guy.
- The Atoner: After realising that he's helping an evil man, and that he's only a Cyber-Newtype because dozens of other experimentees died.
- Attack Drones: Given that the Vertigo is an expy of the Qubeley, this isn't real surprising. They're deployed from under the wings and controlled by his mind.
- Back for the Finale: He returns in the final arc to help the Frieden's crew get into space and stop the war.
- Bishōnen: To the point of Viewer Gender Confusion.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Or start out that way in his case.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Trashes Garrod, Roybea, and Witz in their first encounter, leaving the X in pieces, Garrod unconcious, and the Leopard and Airmaster damaged.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Pretty much the only way to get that high, soft voice of his.
- Expy: Spear Counterpart of Ple Two. His mobile suit Vertigo is a dead ringer for the Quebeley, though in Haman Khan's colors.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Actually volunteered to become an Artificial Newtype because he wanted power.
- I Surrender, Suckers: He fakes this, pointing an unloaded gun at Garrod when Garrod opens up the Vertigo's cockpit, because he wants Garrod to kill him.
- Ill Boy: He is an artificial Newtype, and boy does it suck to be one. He does, however, seem to accept his fate by series' end.
- Interrupted Suicide: After his suicide by cop fails, Carris crawls out into the snow, planning to die of exposure. Garrod intervenes before this can happen, however.
- Playing Against Type: Yuko Mizutani is generally known for action girls, and little sister figures, not antivillainous boys.
- Psychic Powers: Can read minds, mind link with other Newtypes, and psychically control the Vertigo's drones.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Garrod
- The Smart Guy: When he joins the group.
- Super Soldier: Engineered to be one by Nomoa Long.
- Suicide by Cop: He sets himself up to get shot by Garrod to atone for all the people that died to create him. Garrod does shoot him, but it's not fatal and he immediately gets Caris medical treatment.
- Teens Are Monsters: At first.
- Tyke Bomb: Prepped to be a super soldier since a very early age.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Nomoa Long.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: See Well-Intentioned Extremist, below.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely wants to bring peace to the world. But the means he'll use are... rather extreme.
Voice Actor: Kazuhiro Nakata
Formerly a scientist with the Space Revolutionary Army, Nomoa Long (once Professor Dorat) hides out on Earth under an assumed name. Having become Mayor of Fort Severn, he plots his revenge on the United Nations Earth for defeating the SRA.
- Arc Villain: Is independent of the other villains, and serves as The Big Bad of a multiepisode arc.
- Bad Boss: Tries to shoot Ennil for being a defeatist when she announces that they've lost.
- Driven to Suicide: With his project in ruins, Nomoa decides to kill himself rather than surrender to Garrod.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Out to engineer the perfect super soldier.
- Former Regime Personnel: Was an officer in the Space Revolutionary Army during the war. After its end he was abandoned on Earth, defected, and took on a new identity.
- For Science!: Seems to be his motivation
- High-Class Glass: Has the monocle and the look, though as events show, there's nothing classy about him.
- Mad Scientist: He's the one behind the Cyber Newtype project in this universe, making Carris what he is today.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Carris, who is his creation and his pawn.
- Manipulative Bastard: Preys on Carris' hopes of saving the world in order to get him to do what he wants.
- Mayor Pain: Nomoa acts as the mayor of Fort Severn, planning to use it as a stepping stone in his plan to reunite the world under Carris Nautilus. A lot of the town's funds get diverted to his private projects, which ultimately destroy much of Fort Severn upon activation.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Subverted. Nomoa has the rank and the look one associates with this (complete with High-Class Glass), but is one of the most flat out insane characters in the show.
- Revenge: Seeks vengeance on the Earth Federation for the defeat of the colonies.
- Revenge Before Reason: Refuses to abandon his project even as it becomes apparent that they are losing the battle. This results in Garrod capturing the control centre.
- Smug Snake: As standard for Gundam's evil scientists. He's arrogant, condescending, and generally unpleasent.
- Alliterative Name: "L" in this case.
- And I Must Scream: Kept inside a capsule, in a forcibly induced coma, for 15 years.
- Barrier Maiden: Poor woman is wanted by everyone due to her massive Newtype powers.
- Cool Big Sis: To young Jamil
- Fan Disservice: She's seen naked during the whole time she's been locked inside her capsule. While Lucille's extremely beautiful and we don't see stuff usually related to Fan Disservice (fluids, blood, guro, etc.), it's not fanservicy because as mentioned above, she's basically unconscious all the time and the circumstances surrounding her nudity are terrible..
- Girl in a Box: Kept in a capsule in an undersea laboratory.
- Grand Theft Me: A rare heroic example., when she possesses Tiffa.
- Rapunzel Hair: Goes down to her hips
- Hime Cut: The exact "cut"
- Action Girl: A capable pilot in the G-Falcon.
- Distaff Counterpart: She looks and acts like a female version of Garrod, enough that you might think she's a long-lost sibling.
- Doomed Hometown: Satelicon is bombed into oblivion while she watches.
- Genki Girl: Nothing gets Pala down for long, and she's constantly hyperactive.
- Plucky Girl: Relentlessly cheerful, even after Satelicon is destroyed.
- Shipper on Deck: She quickly jumps on the Garrod/Tiffa boat, although by that point it was almost official anyway.
- Shorttank: Right down to the arguments with Garrod.
- Spell My Name with an "S" Pala, Paula, Perla...?
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Tiffa, playing Action Girl to her Mysterious Waif.
- Wrench Wench: Good enough to impress Kid, actually.
DOMEThe automatic defense system for the Microwave Generator on the Moon that supplies power to the Satellite Cannon. It was built out of the body of the first Newtype to ever appear, and his mind is still active within the system.
- Brain Uploading: Apparently unintentionally. The Old Federation just wanted his Newtype powers for the system, but wound up getting his consciousness as well.
- Evolutionary Levels: Thoroughly debunked. DOME is very strongly of the opinion that Newtypes are neither more evolved nor any different from any other human being: they just happen to have special talents. DOME further states that the ideal of a "Newtype" is nothing more than a fiction made up by people desperate for a "savior", and they are not an existence that will solve humanity's problems.
- Heroic Neutral: It attacks anyone, be they from the Federation or Space Army, who comes near the lunar facility, because it knows they only want its power for destruction. Given that it has a small army of G-Bits equipped with Satellite Cannons at its disposal, most don't dare attempt an attack. It only allows the Frieden crew (and representatives from the other powers) into the base because it sensed, through Tiffa, their strong desire for peace.
- Psychic Powers: DOME's human body has long since been lost, but its Newtype powers are still there. It is by far the most potent Newtype seen in the show.
- Transhuman: It doesn't appear to consider itself a human being anymore. Emphasized by its "appearance" as a small ball of blue light, rather than anything resembling the human form.
- Walking Spoiler: It is only first mentioned about seven episodes before the end, and almost nothing about it is revealed until the final two episodes. The characters meeting with DOME also triggers the end of the main conflict.