Domon is the perpetually irritated Gundam Fighter of Neo-Japan. He returned home after ten years training to find that his mother was dead and his father was sentenced to cryogenic imprisonment for building the Devil Gundam, which was stolen by Kyoji Kasshu and taken to Earth. The Neo-Japanese government offered Domon a deal: find Kyoji and win the Gundam Fight, and his father would be released. Domon spends most of the early episodes interrupting other people's fights and shoving Kyoji's picture at everyone he encounters, saying "Have you seen this man?"He pilots the Shining Gundam, which uses its distinctive and highly-effective Shining Finger as a finishing move. Its Emotion Energy System also gives it a Super Mode that Domon struggles to control. As he befriends his rivals, makes enemies of others, and has a disastrous reunion with his mentor, Master Asia, Domon learns various lessons about the nature of fighting, the truth behind the Devil Gundam, and starts to soften up... very, very gradually.His Shuffle Crest is the King of Hearts, making him the leader of the Shuffle Alliance.
Big Brother Instinct: Parodied in an SRW 4koma where a bunch of heroines with their big brother on the bad guy's side being dramatic results in Kyoji wondering why he's the only one with a little brother. Domon is not amused.
Blood Knight: Throughout all the character development he gets over the series, one trait that never changes is how much he enjoys a good scrap.
Also, one of Domon's own Calling Your Attacks-style Catch Phrases ("This hand of mine is burning red! It's loud roar tells me to grasp victory!") gets repeated back to him by his opponents frequently in the finals whenever they trade finishing blows.
Neo-America's Gundam Fighter. Chibodee was a street kid in New York City who caught the attention of some boxing scouts after beating up a group of very large men when he was about ten. From there he became a boxing champion and a hero of Americans still living on Earth, something he takes great pride in. Although he's cheerful and boistrous, Chibodee still carries scars from his impoverished past—most notably a crippling fear of clowns thanks to a gang in clown costumes that abducted him and killed his mother when he was little.His Gundam Maxter is as American as you can get: a gun-totin' quarterback that rides a surfboard that can transform into a boxing mode by transferring the shoulderpads to its fists to form boxing gloves. This also manages to make a Gundam that is a Walking Shirtless Scene.He might be the most openly Hot-Blooded member of the Shuffle Alliance apart from Domon, and their battles can get very intense.His Shuffle Crest is the Queen of Spades.
Badass: He's got an unbroken winning streak of one hundred boxing matches before the Fight begins.
Adaptational Badass: The 2010 manga turns it up a few degrees by actually showing his curb-stomping Neo-Iraq's Scud Gundam with one punch, having him completely manhandle Domon in a boxing matchnote in the anime, Domon gets a single cheap shot before they're pulled apart, and getting an actual draw in their Gundam Fightnote mostly due to Domon fighting while still recovering from said boxing match, meaning he passes out before he can finish the Shining Finger rather than surviving only because Domon shows him mercy.
The Lancer: Of the fight-happy, laid-back variety.
Leeroy Jenkins: His solution to many problems is to unleash a powerful attack on it. This nearly destroys the Shuffle Alliance when they infiltrate the Devil Gundam and he attacks probes from its "immune system."
Momma's Boy: He speaks of his mother with obvious love and admiration.
Nice Shoes: He's the only character who wears sneakers, which are blatantly modeled after Converse All-Stars. He has at least two pairs because they switch back and forth from red to black.
Real Men Wear Pink: He has dyed pink bangs and openly admits his Momma's Boy status in canon. Not to mention that his title in the Shuffle Alliance is the Queen of Spades (though at least in the dub, he remarks on how he's not too keen on that title).
How does he find the strength to overcome his coulrophobia and defeat Romario Monini of Neo Portugal in his Jester Gundam? By hearing the Chibodee Gals singing "America the Beautiful" to him over his comm link. That's right. Patriotic Fervor as a Theme Music Power-Up. (Only in the dub, as in the original Japanese it was an old lullaby that's one of his few clear memories of his beloved Missing Mom.)
The Gundam Fighter of Neo-France. George's family makes a point of living on Earth despite their wealth and power, and he styles himself as a knight fighting to uphold the honor of his nation and its Princess Marie-Louise. At first, George is singularly unimpressed with Domon's total lack of manners and refuses to fight someone so uncouth. When Domon (and Marie-Louise) force him into a match, however, George proves that he is as Hot-Blooded as Domon.George's fighting style reflects his craftiness and intellect; his Gundam Rose makes use of rose-shaped bit weapons that can be used as traditional funnels or to create a binding net. But it was his sense of chivalry that won him the right to fight for Neo-France when his rival Mirabeau forced him to concede by positioning himself in front of their unprotected spectators.His Shuffle Crest is the Jack of Diamonds.
Knight in Shining Armor: To a degree. He looks the part quite well, and even has a lady of liegue in Maria Louise, but has hidden honor and insecurity issues. And as he reveals in both his first and last match with Domon, when he's in the midst of battle he is fighting for the fight.
The Gundam Fighter of Neo-China, and one of the youngest at age sixteen. Sai Saici is energetic, brash, and constantly strains the patience of his guardians and Domon. Despite his brattiness, he is also one of the most skilled and dangerous Fighters that Domon meets and forces him to accept a draw in their very first match.Sai Saici's reason for fighting is to restore the Shaolin Temple, which fell into obscurity after the rise of the Chikulin Temple. This was also the dream of his terminally-ill father, who died in this quest when Sai Saici was too young to remember him. His Dragon Gundam showcases his fighting style well and comes equipped with a bag of tricks to entrap and confuse his opponents.His Shuffle Crest is the Ace of Clubs.
Accidental Pervert: When he comes across a skinnydipping Nastasha. Quite deliberate with Rain, though.
Bad Ass: seriously, if it hasn't been made clear just how important it was - this punk forced DOMON to take a draw on their first bout...and with the exception of a very convenient save as well as Plot Armor - almost did him in a second time. Watch the series from beginning to end and you'll see just how much of a big deal this really is.
Cute Bruiser: Small, youthful, strong, fast... and can kick your ass.
Determinator: Well, everyone is, but he deserves special mention for the final match with Domon. You don't get more Determinator than continuing to fight after your Gundam's arms have been ripped off, especially when you take into account how the Mobile Trace System works.
Not even getting impaled by Domon's Burning Finger convinced him to stop fighting. The Emperor of China had to call off the fight to stop him from killing himself trying to keep the fight going.
Guile Hero: His first episode is one big Batman Gambit. With Dragon Gundam stolen, Sai Saici poses as a harmless chef and tricks Domon, tricks the bandits who stole it, tricks Domon again, and repeats until he has the Gundam back. And when he's infected by DG Cells in Shinjuku, he opts to man the subway controls in order to run the cars over Domon, rather than engage him directly like the others.
Idiot Hero: When he isn't fighting or doing fight-related things, he's a pretty goofy, immature kid. Sometimes overestimates his own abilities, too.
Let's Get Dangerous: He's the only member of the Shuffle Alliance who forced Domon to acknowledge a draw, rather than being beaten outright.
This is especially true during his final match with Domon, where he becomes so serious about preparing that his guardians are actually worried about him.
Prehensile Hair: Dragon Gundam has a bladed ponytail that can be used as an impromptu weapon.
Religious Bruiser: He's raised by Buddhist monks and is seen praying before a statue of Buddha late in the series.
Sins of Our Fathers: His grandfather Sai Feilong was Neo-China's Gundam Fighter in the 4th Gundam Fight, where he accidentally killed Neo-Egypt's Dahal Muhammednote the Pharaoh Gundam IV's severed head exploded, destroying the cockpit; when Muhammed is revived by DG Cells, he tries to kill Sai Saici in revenge.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: HATES mummies and anything related to the supernatural. Naturally, Neo Egypt's previous Gundam Fighter has a grudge against his father and, by proxy, him.
He's also terrified of rats.
Voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (Japanese), Stephen Holgate (English)
Neo-Russia's Gundam Fighter. Argo was once a space pirate, although he had a reputation for being merciful towards those he robbed. He even went out of his way to try and rescue a woman from a damaged space station, although his failure caused her husband Andrew Graham to swear revenge. After his capture, he was coerced into fighting with the promise of winning freedom for himself and his pirate crew. Argo doesn't talk much and smiles less, but he is a loyal and supportive friend.His Bolt Gundam is as large and powerful as he is himself, equipped with an iconic ball-and-chain weapon. Most of Argo's strategy, however, lies in wrestling his opponent into submission with brute force, which is something he's very good at.His Shuffle Crest is the Black Joker.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Nastasha, though in a sort-of subversion she's notexactly waifish. It's just that almost everybody looks tiny when they're standing next to the towering, muscular Argo.
Husky Russkie: Plays it straight and subverts it. He's big, strong and relies on brute force, but remains very calm and cool-headed. The Guyana Highlands arc is proof: Argo was the only member of the Shuffle Alliance who wasn't utterly traumatized after being Brainwashed and Crazy due to DG Cells in the Shinjuku arc.
Gentleman Thief: To a degree. He was a space pirate before being caught and forced to work for the Neo-Russian government, but even in his worse times he utterly refused to harm or kill the people he and his crew robbed. In fact, his arch-rival Andrew Graham thought he killed his wife and partner Norma... when Argo had actually tried to save her from being Thrown Out the Airlock, but couldn't reach her in time.
No Sell: Trying to punch or kick your way through Argo is a losing proposition, as Domon and Sai Saici found out. He'll just brush himself off and glare at you.
The enormous Devil Gundam was created by Dr. Raizou Kasshu and his son Kyoji as the pinnacle of their research, possessing the "three great theoretical capabilities" of self-evolution, self-recovery, and self-replication; in essence a living Gundam. It was stolen by Kyoji and brought to Earth, and its infects Gundam Fighters with DG cells to turn them into slaves to its omnicidal will.The truth of the matter is that it was created as the Ultimate Gundam, designed to restore Earth's environment before Japan's military tried to confiscate it for use as a weapon. Kyoji took it to prevent such a thing, but damage from the crash landing caused its AI to decide that the best way to restore Earth was to kill all the humans polluting it.
Master Asia is the man who taught Domon to fight, the champion of the 12th Gundam Fight for Neo-Hong Kong, and the former King of Hearts. He is an incredible martial artist, able to destroy mobile suits with the sash around his waist and move buildings with sheer force of spirit. He teaches the philosophy that martial artists communicate their souls by using their fists.He reunites with Domon in Shinjuku, but soon reveals that he's in league with Kyoji and the Devil Gundam. For the rest of the series, he and Domon fight bitterly, but Master Asia still has some measure of regard for his "idiot pupil." It is only after Domon defeats the Devil Gundam that Master Asia reveals that he wanted to wipe out humanity for the sake of restoring Earth to its natural state.
Absurdly Sharp Cloth: His sash—and honestly any strip of cloth he gets his hands on—can slice through steel girders like they're made of salami.
All There in the Manual: The spinoff manga 7th Fight details his past as Shuuji Kurosu, Gundam Fighter for Neo-Japan
Hypocrite: He's furious when Wong attempts to sabotage one of Domon's matches, and later when Wong builds his own Berserker system to control Allenby during a 2-on-2 match with Allenby and Domon, but he's not seen raising any objections when his underlings sabotage one of George's matches, making it seem that he only really cares about dirty tactics when Domon's involved.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to heal the Earth of the damage that the Gundam Fight inflicted. But he decided the way to do that was to wipe out humanity.
Willfully Weak: While Master Asia never holds back, he never utilized his Shuffle Alliance Mobile Fighter, the King of Hearts, in the series because it's actually more powerful than both God and Master Gundam put together. Instead, he used vastly weaker Mobile Fighters to make his battles more fair.
Domon's villainous older brother. He stole the Devil Gundam for its power and is somewhere on Earth, eventually revealing himself in Shinjuku as a cold and evil man willing to kill his brother as he orchestrates the Devil Gundam's attack. His actions caused the death of his mother and the imprisonment of his father, turning his name into a Berserk Button for Domon.Or so everyone believes. The truth is that Kyoji is one of the biggest victims of all in the story of the Devil Gundam, and he is not its master at all.
Artistic Age: Judging by flashbacks to Domon's childhood and that photo, Kyoji has always been twenty-eight years old.
Empty Shell: He is noticeably expressionless in Shinjuku, apart from an Evil Laugh. This is because he transferred his personality into Schwarz Bruder; the thing in the Devil Gundam is more or less a meat puppet.
Wong is the prime minister of Neo Hong Kong, the current ruling nation of the Federation. After winning thanks to Master Asia four years ago, Wong is determined to win the Gundam Fight through any means necessary, and as the host of the Finals he's well-positioned to do so. However, he isn't just interested in another four years—Wong covets the Devil Gundam's power to become ruler of the universe.
Big Bad Wannabe: Gets trashed by Allenby and then taken over by DG cells himself.
The Chess Master: He uses a giant chessboard with miniature Gundams on it to set matches.
Evil Overlord: Of the Federation. He got there legally; he wants to remain there illegally.
Faux Affably Evil: He puts up a front of being friendly and a fan of international cooperation, but nobody really buys it.
Hoist by His Own Petard: He has Allenby infected with DG cells, puts her into a Berserk state, and ships her off to Lantau Island... then the fight with Rain brings Walter Gundam right up to his office, whereupon Allenby blasts him through the window. The DG cells grab him and install him in the Walter Gundam after that, and he is Killed Off for Real by Domon.
Yellow Peril: A political leader from China's mainland (although Hong Kong is a distinct city-state here) who is trying to secure power for himself using underhanded and mafia-like tactics. Japanese works aren't immune to this trope either.
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese)
Neo-Britain's Fighter and pilot of John Bull Gundam (Royal Gundam in the dub). Gentle Chapman once won the Gundam Fight three times in a row, which nearly caused a war between the colonies and resulted in the suspension of the 12th Gundam Fight. Although he was once a powerful fighter in his own right, his age and battle scars pushed him into taking dangerous medications to remain a fighter, and his wife does her best to rig matches in his favor.His match with Domon fatally injures him, but he reappears in the Finals, having been resurrected by DG Cells. Even though that is a clear violation of the Gundam Fight regulations due to John Bull's head section being destroyed! His Gundam can also transform into one of the Devil Gundam's four Kings, Grand Gundam.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Chapman's return from death is a minor detail to the protagonists... what really grinds their gears is that he's back in the Fight after being disqualified.
George de Sand: Tell me something, Chapman. How can someone return from the grave and then participate in the finals?!
The Big Guy: Grand Gundam is the biggest of the four Kings by a country mile.
Came Back Wrong: Revived through DG Cells. He's pretty much just a mindless brute afterward.
Dented Iron: His injuries from fighting the previous three Gundam Fights took a serious toll on his body.
Fallen Hero: Won three Gundam Fights in a row for Britain and was renowned for his British sense of chivalry. By the beginning of the series, he relies on steroids(?) and trickerynote His wife Manon pumped in sensor-jamming fog and launched several unmanned Mobile Suits to fight his side, which gets him called out by George and Domon. His reason being that he has to keep being a hero, both for himself and for his country.
Flat Character: Only after his return via the DG Cells... he literally has no lines other than to growl menacingly. This is intentional, however: he's meant to contrast with the obnoxious, motor-mouthed Michelo. Also, he's, y'know, kinda dead.
The Gambler: He seems to run an informal casino in his home. Domon challenges to a game of cards to fight him.
The Mean Brit: After his revival - a common side effect of being infected with DG Cells, apparently.
Nigh Invulnerable: Grand Gundam doesn't even need it's Healing Factor. It's so tough that dropping a giant rock the size of the Gundam itself on its head only served to slow it down for a few seconds. Only a direct hit to the cockpit could stop it.
Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: His main strategy. It gets even worse when he reappears in the finals and holds the entire audience hostage when he and Chariot threaten to shut off the barrier around the arena.
Apparently she had to be dropped, as having her around as a character meant that they'd have to explain his sudden, complete change in character. Not that they ever provide any explanation for where she goes in the actual show. Possibly she buried him, left for Mars, and didn't watch the Gundam Fight Finals on television.
Voiced by: Kyousei Tsukui (Japanese), Jonathan Love (English)
Neo-Italy's pilot. Michelo Chariot and his Neros Gundam had the distinction of being the first to be defeated by Domon in the series. Michelo is violent, unprincipled, and ruthless, and still runs a criminal gang despite being selected as a Gundam Fighter.Although he was arrested after losing to Domon, he shows up again in the Finals to get revenge on Domon for the humiliation of his defeat. He's also infected with DG Cells and serving the Devil Gundam to do so, and his Gundam transforms into Gundam Heaven's Sword (Soaring Raven Gundam in the English dub) one of the Devil Gundam's four Kings.
Asskicking Equals Authority: The Italians hate him as much as everyone else. The only reason he's given such leeway and is the Gundam Fighter is because, as Domon said, "He's strong".
Evil Redheads: It goes white on his defeat, but it's red again when he comes back.
Psycho for Hire: He doesn't ever mention anything about Italy or its prospects in the Gundam Fight; he seems to be in it purely for beating people up.
Starter Villain: He's blatantly evil and has his own specialty technique, plus he has a lot of Mafia muscle. Doesn't save him from the Shining Finger.
Took a Level in Badass: When he shows up in the finals, he's suddenly able to fight evenly with Domon's God Gundam thanks to being infected with DG Cells. And this is even before he transforms into Gundam Heaven's Sword.
Would Hurt a Child: He kidnaps a little girl to force Domon into the open and drops her from a huge height.
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (Japanese)
Pilot of Jester Gundam and Neo Portugal's representative. Seemingly a harmless-looking clown with a goofy-looking Gundam, but he turns out to be a formidable fighter who's specialty is copying the special techniques of other Gundam fighters. He's also apparently into psychological warfare, as evidenced when he looked into Chibodee's past and exploited his fear of clowns and the traumatic event surrounding it to his advantage.
Beware the Silly Ones: He might be a clown, but he managed to take down George and gave Domon a tough time in the circus ring.
Expressive Mask: His face is apparently a mask (as evidenced when it's shown falling to the ground and breaking when he's defeated,) but it still has as much expressive abilities as a normal face.
The Faceless: His mask falls off after his defeat, but the audience never gets to see his real face.
Obfuscating Stupidity: He certainly plays the fool most of the time, even pratfalling in his Gundam during his pre-fight entrance.
Out of Focus: After his defeat, he joins Michelo and Chapman to get revenge on Domon and the Shuffle Alliance alongside Neo Greece and Neo India's fighters, but his last contribution to the plot is attempting to kill Sai Saici by pushing him into traffic. After that, he just sits on the sidelines, and is almost immediately defeated (and possibly killed) off-screen in the final Battle Royale.
Ulube is part of Neo-Japan's Gundam Fight committee and head of their military. At one time he was their Gundam Fighter, known for his ingenious fighting techniques, but in the finals he was defeated by Master Asia. After that humiliation, he encountered the Devil Gundam and made a Deal with the Devil to help its resurrection so that he could Take Over the World. From that day on he bided his time until Domon's victory, which gave Ulube the opportunity to steal the Devil Gundam, force Rain to be its core unit, and declare himself ruler of the universe.Since he does this roughly four episodes before the end, after posing as a Reasonable Authority Figurefor roughly 90% of the series, everything is a spoiler.
Fallen Hero: He was Neo-Japan's Gundam Fighter in the 12th Fight. Would've possibly remained a good guy if not for his humiliating defeat to Master Asia; after that, it's implied that he never was the same again.
Voiced by: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Jennifer Holder (English)
Rain is Domon's long-suffering partner and childhood friend. She is both his mechanic and personal physician, and he makes it equally difficult to keep the Gundam and himself in working order. She was called to join Neo-Japan's crew right out of college thanks to the Devil Gundam affair and her father being the designer of the Shining Gundam.Rain is quite unlike Domon; compassionate and level-headed to most everyone (apart from her infuriating partner) with a tendency to treat hostage situations as a social faux pas on the part of the kidnapper. Though she's not a combatant by trade, she still handles herself pretty well in dangerous situations and can pilot a Gundam at need. Her friendship with Domon gradually deepens over the course of the series as they bail each other out of dangerous situations and uncover more of the truth about the Devil Gundam... which leads Rain to discover some unpleasant truths of her own.
Action Girl: Ends up coming close to Allenby in this department. She's also been known to use a stun gun when Domon gets in over his head.
Heroic BSOD: When she finds out what her father did to the Kasshu family.
Hostage Situation: Ends up in these a couple of times, usually from people trying to force Domon to fight them. Fortunately, they aren't truly malicious and she treats the situation largely as an annoyance.
It's All My Fault: She feels as though her father's crimes have stained her too and leaves Domon after his victory because she feels her presence would be a constant reminder of the injustice done to his family.
The Gundam Fighter of Neo-Sweden. Allenby meets Domon at the finals in Neo-Hong Kong and strikes up an instant friendship thanks to their mutual enthusiasm and skill in fighting. They find common ground in their circumstances; Allenby is not a Fighter by choice, but an orphan put into a military program to create a perfect fighter. When Domon breaks the Berserker system, allowing her to fight on her own rather than as part of a machine, she starts to fall in love with him.Allenby accompanies and helps the Shuffle Alliance investigate the shady dealings in Neo-Hong Kong and becomes Domon's training partner for his subsequent fights. Just before the final battle, she is abducted by Wong and infected with DG Cells, becoming the berserker pilot of the Walter Gundam.
Action Girl: Fights Domon at his level when she first meets him, after sweeping everyone else who challenged her in a battle simulator. It ends in a draw because the arcade machine can't keep up with them.
Anguished Declaration of Love: A variation. She doesn't declare it to Domon, but begging him not to leave her alone and saying that she loves him with all her heart while under mind control and while Rain is trying to "defuse" her definitely counts as anguished.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Somehow she's able to perform the Erupting Burning Finger, despite the Nobel Gundam not being equipped to do so, just from watching Domon use it.
Determinator - Plucky Girl: Refuses to bow down in defeat after Domon wrecks the Berserker system; she insists on a final exchange of blows. Later, she refuses to withdraw after being soundly beaten by the opposing fighters in their tag-team match.
Love Hurts: Subverted for once in a Gundam series. Rain is able to defeat her without killing her and surgically removes the DG cell infection, returning Allenby to normal. Good thing the Rising Gundam was perfectly equipped for precision strikes, and Rain is skilled at archery.
Neo-Germany's masked Gundam Fighter, who arrives to help Domon at the end of the Shinjuku arc for reasons unknown. He follows Domon into the Guyana Highlands to help him train and unlock the serene state of mind that Domon needs to unlock his "true" Super Mode. He is a much better fighter than everyone except perhaps Master Asia and can beat Domon with ease.Throughout it all, Schwarz does not explain why he's helping Domon, nor does he take off his mask. It's only after their battle in the Finals that Domon and Rain learn that he is a clone of Kyoji created through DG Cells overwriting the original Schwarz Bruder's body, after he died fighting the Devil Gundam.
Batman Gambit: He uses motivational ones on Domon—leaving him to fight alone in Guyana in the hopes that Domon wouldn't fight recklessly did not work and inviting Rain to join his crew to get her and Domon back together did work. Sometimes it ends badly for him.
Char Clone: Masked and secretly the hero's brother... kinda, although he doesn't bear nearly as much physical resemblance as others in the series. He does fill the roles of The Rival (inasmuch as any other Gundam Fighter) and The Mentor to Domon. He's about as much an Expy of Racer X as of Char.
Also a case of Shown Their Work, since his voice actually is slightly muffled from wearing the mask over his mouth. (Hori apparently did this by putting a sheet of paper over the microphone whenever it was needed)
McNinja: The poster boy for this trope (and yet, not quite a true example — unless the Kasshu's are secretly German). Or rather, Schwarz should have been called von Ninja.
The original, deceased Schwartz Bruder was, however, a straight example.
The DVD interviews with the director state that Schwarz was their idea of America's idea of what a ninja could do.
Meaningful Name: His name means Black Brother in German. Guess who he turns out to be?
Subverted with the original, for whom the name was a coincidence with no meaning whatsoever. Kyoji was just incredibly lucky with names, clone-wise.
Mysterious Protector: To Domon, particularly at the end of Shinjuku and during the Guyana Highlands. He starts becoming more of The Mentor during the latter so that Domon can take on Master Asia and the Devil Gundam himself.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Rain asks the German crew about Schwarz's true nature, they said that the committee had confirmation he was human. One might infer that this has been a problem for them in the past.
Technicolor Ninjas: You would think that dressing himself as the German flag would make him less stealthy. It doesn't.
Voiced by: Mari Yokoo (Japanese), Onalea Gilbertson (English)
Nastasha is the head of Russia's secret prison facility for imprisoning rival Gundam Fighters and stripping their technology. After Bolt Gundam is completed, Nastasha travels with Argo to keep him on his leash and directs his battles. Over the course of the series, she begins to respect and even feel affection for her prisoner.
Lima Syndrome: She eventually starts warming up to her prisoner, Argo. In the final episodes, she frees him and his crew without authorization and presumably joins him after the defeat of the Devil Gundam.
Reasonable Authority Figure: She eventually grows disgusted with the Russian government for their denial of the Devil Gundam situation and the means they use to control Argo.
The Strategist: This is her job as Argo's handler. Whenever there's a multinational team-up, she automatically takes over the planning.
Ma'am Shock / Oba San: She's not thrilled to be called "old lady" when rescued by one of the fisherman's grandchildren after a huge wave swamps Neo-Russia's observation boat.
Princess Maria Louise of France
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (Japanese), Chris Simms (English)
Marie-Louise has stars in her eyes for George de Sand, and very much wants him to feel the same—so she arranges for Domon to "kidnap" her to force George to fight solely for her. Although her headstrong nature and strong moral compass sometimes puts her at odds with her father, she's unquestionably brave and always tries to put on a smile on everything.
Domon's father. He was a brilliant scientist at one time, working with his son Kyoji to create the Ultimate Gundam, but Kyoji's betrayal caused Raizou's wife to be killed and himself to be arrested and sentenced to a cryogenic state for creating such a weapon. Domon fights to have him released.In truth, Dr. Kasshu was betrayed by his friend Dr. Mikamura, who brought Colonel Ulube to confiscate the Ultimate Gundam and turn it into a weapon against its original purpose. He's brought out of stasis near the very end and assists the Shuffle Alliance in fighting the Devil Gundam.
Hot Shoujo Dad: An older example, but doesn't look halfway bad for being around his mid 50's.
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (Japanese), Byron Close (English)
Rain's father and the designer of both the Shining Gundam and God Gundam. Dr. Mikamura is a pretty reasonable guy, who is supportive of his daughter. At one time, he was friends with Dr. Kasshu.So about that... Mikamura actually betrayed Kasshu, having him arrested because he just couldn't stand how much better Kasshu was at Gundam engineering. He only realizes how awful his actions were when Rain rejects him after learning the truth. From then on he's wracked by guilt and tries to make amends.
What Could Have Been: Was supposed to have become a Big Bad alongside Ulube towards the end, but Imakawa (the director) just couldn't imagine him as a bad guy with that voice of his. Thus, he got some small measure of redemption instead.
What the Hell, Hero?: When Domon complains about Rain leaving the Neo-Japanese team, Dr. Mikamura imediately and accurately tells him that he's full of shit and that it's his own fault.
Karato is the head of the Gundam Fight committee, with aspirations of one day being Neo-Japan's Prime Minister. Initially, he comes off as a ruthless politician who will do anything to replace Domon with a more cooperative pilot. Later, however, he seems more exasperated and hapless to control Domon—and while still a politician, he's one who's more of a decent person.
Characterization Marches On: In Episode 6, he's the jerkChairman of Japan's Gundam Fight committee who tries to rig a simulation to defeat Domon and replace him with another Gundam Fighter. Later in the series he's pretty ineffectual and hopeless when it comes to trying to keep Domon (and sometimes his friends) in line.
There's a hint of this in episode 12, where he sends Domon and Rain to Shinjuku - which is under siege by the Death Army - without any hesitation. And some Foreshadowing about Ulube's true face, since he's dismissive of an Earth-based crisis.
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Shibamoto (Japanese), Ryan Luhning (English)
Body Horror: It's through his horrible situation that we learn about the true extent of the DG Cells.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the effect of the aforementioned Cells - he was blacking out from time to time in the cockpit.
Heel Realization: Gets two of them. The first comes when he realizes while dangling from a precipice with Rain in his cockpit that he's done the exact same thing to Domon what Andrew thinks Argo did to him, and the second comes when he watches Argo and Domon's duel during the finals, and realizes through Argo's fighting that he was genuinely trying to save Norma when his ship collided with the security outpost.
Retirony: Moments before the accident that claimed Norma's life, she and Andrew were discussing starting a family when they return home in a week's time.
Revenge Before Reason: Is willing to use the Gundam Fight to get a chance to kill Argo, despite it not only being a blatant violation of the regulations, but also being grounds for a first-degree murder charge. And when Nastasha procures a report that states that Argo was trying to save Norma, he refuses to believe it, preferring to continue pursuing Argo.
Took a Level in Badass: During the flashback, Andrew appears to be an average man — in stark contrast to the big, brawny man he is in the present. In terms of brute strength, he's roughly equal with Argo now.