Main protagonist of the series. Tobia was a mechanical engineering student on an exchange trip to Jupiter, when he uncovered evidence that Jupiter may have something to hide. He joined the Crossbone Vanguard in order to do battle against them, and eventually became one of their top pilots. Even after the Jupiter Empire's defeat, he continues to work with the Vanguard to aid the Earth Federation from the shadows.(For tropes related to him in Ghost, see Curtis Rothko.)He pilots a wide variety of mobile suits, mostly Zondo Geis and a Pez Batara, not actually getting a Gundam of his own until the Crossbone X3 is rolled out late in the manga. In the sequels, he pilots rebuilt and modified variants of the Crossbone X1.
Ace Pilot: Being a Newtype helps, but he also has a penchant for off-the-wall tactics that few of his enemies see coming.
BFS: The Murasama Blaster, which emits fourteen beam blades from its physical blade when activated. It's also a beam rifle.
Crazy-Prepared: Planted bombs and traps all over his own mothership, just in case he needed to take control of it for himself at some point in the future. This works out quite well when a mutiny is carried out.
Dead Person Impersonation: He's declared dead by Jupiter after the battle at Zeus's Wrath. He actually survives, takes the identity of Europa's old lover Curtis Rothko, and signs on as Tetenith Dogatie's personal bodyguard.
Declaration of Protection: To Bernadette after he learns that she is Jupiter's princess. He makes good on that promise. Repeatedly.
Expy: He has some similarities with Judau Ashta. Coincidentally, he actually meets Judau, by then an old trader under the alias "Grey Stoke."
Genre Savvy: He's familiar enough with the usual Gundam conventions to either subvert or avoid them if the opportunity arises.
Improvised Weapon: Displayed beautifully in his battle on Earth against Death Gale. First he picks up burning trees and throws them at his enemies, then during that moment of confusion, grabs the Quavarze by its whips, swings it around like a flail, and smashes the Abijo with it.
Indy Ploy: A master at this. He has used bits as stepping stones, a Gundam as a decoy, pre-laid bombs and electronic traps, and everything in between.
A young stowaway on board the same ship that brought Tobia to Jupiter, she ends up stowing away on the Mother Vanguard, and joins the Vanguard after being discovered. She has a particular friendship with Tobia.It is later revealed that she is none other than Tetenith Dogatie, princess of the Jupiter Empire and daughter of the Big Bad. However, she strongly opposes her father's plans, and fully throws her support behind the Crossbone Vanguard after her identity is revealed.
Action Girl: Not so much a fighter, but she is a master at stowing away in places she's not supposed to be. As time goes on, she even gets some Mobile Suit piloting experience herself.
The High Queen: Over time, she starts to approach being one. By the events of Ghost, she's become a much more beloved figure among the Jovians than her father ever was. To the point that when "Curtis Rothko" and the Serpiente Tacon were tasked in secret to revive the Crossbone Vanguard, they oblige practically without question.
Lady of Adventure: She's clearly become this since her time with the Crossbone Vanguard. Even as Queen, she not only sets up a survey expedition around the Solar System but joins the voyage as well while still doing her duties.
Rebellious Princess: She was told by her father that Earth was populated by monstrous people with no morals. She wanted to see Earth herself to see if that was true, and after meeting the "pirates", realizes that her father is full of crap. She still tries to talk him down rather than kill him, though, as she believes he's a good person deep down.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: Played with. After her father's death, she stays incognito with the Crossbone Vanguard in the Earth Sphere for a few years. However, this allows remnants of Dogatie's supporters to continue his plans back at Jupiter. Realizing that this cannot be allowed to continue, she seizes control of Jupiter after Steel Seven and claims the throne, determined to lead the now poverty-stricken and war-weary nation properly.
The leader of the Crossbone Vanguard's mobile suit teams, and Berah Ronah's confidante. He has matured both as a person and as a pilot since Gundam F91, and is one of the best warriors the Crossbone Vanguard possesses. He pilots the Crossbone X1 Gundam.After the original manga's end, he takes up his old name and retires to Earth, running a bakery with Cecily.
Ace Pilot: He's only gotten better since F91. He's even able to take down the Death Gale squadron after both the X1's arms have been cut off, by exploiting holes in their attack pattern.
Disney Death: The X1 gets crippled and falls to Earth, leading everyone (except Tobia) to believe him dead. Turns out he used the beam shield to survive re-entry, though he still only survived by the skin of his teeth.
Expy: By the events of the manga, he's become somewhat like a much more stable Quattro Bajeena.
Happy Ending Override: Deliberately averted. This is precisely why Tobia refuses to consider going to him in Steel Seven, as he doesn't want to ruin his and Cecily's happiness.
That Man Is Dead: Played with. Seabook Arno supposedly died in an accident years before the manga, allowing him to take up a new identity by the name of Kincaid Nau. On the other hand, like Berah/Cecily, this is only meant to last for as long as they needed it to be. In fact, by the end Kincaid was conveniently "killed off" so Seabook could finally live in peace with Cecily.
The Mentor: To Tobia, both in MS piloting and in general.
Official Couple: He and Berah maintain a professional relationship in front of the Vanguard, but Tobia and Bernadette quickly deduce the two are in love.
Psychic Powers: Downplayed. He's a Newtype, but on the whole a rather weak one, and his powers don't receive very much attention.
Whip It Good: Adds drill whips to the X1 after encountering the Quavarze, in order to match it in reach and even the playing field.
The leader of the Crossbone Vanguard, and former heiress to the now-defunct Cosmo Babylonia. It was she who managed to repurpose the Vanguard to fighting a shadow war against the Jupiter Empire, after learning that they had secretly funded Cosmo Babylonia in an attempt to destabilize the Earth Federation.After the original manga's end, she renounces the Ronah name and retires to Earth with Seabook.
Action Girl: She still has shades of this, going back to F91.
Blue Blood: Technically her great grandfather purchased the title.
The Captain: She struggles to maintain a composed and iron-willed persona in front of the Vanguard, but there are chinks in that armor every now and again. Most obviously when she heads to the kitchens to bake bread as a way of relaxing.
Cool Big Sis: To Bernadette, especially after they learn Bernadette's identity, as she sees a lot of herself in the younger girl.
Everyone Can See It: Most everyone knows she and Kincaid are an item, despite her attempts to hide it.
Not So Stoic: For most of the series, she stays calm and collected even in the face of insurmountable odds. But though it's shown how straining it could be, the only time that mask breaks is when Kincaid's X1 is falling towards Earth, going so far as to cry out his real name: Seabook.
That Woman Is Dead: By the end of the original manga, she "kills" off her Ronah persona so that Cecily can finally live in peace with Seabook.
Former ace pilot for Cosmo Babylonia, he joined up with the revived Crossbone Vanguard out of loyalty to Berah Ronah, and still holds strong to his aristocratic beliefs. He and Kincaid had a rivalry during the Cosmo Babylonia war, and they still don't entirely trust one another. He pilots the Crossbone X2 Gundam.
Ace Pilot: Formerly the top Ace of Cosmo Babylonia, and now one of the few pilots in the Vanguard on equal footing with Kincaid.
Char Clone: He's still somewhat this for Kincaid, which is carried over from F91.
Face-Heel Turn: He defects to the Jupiter Empire partway through the original manga, because he believes they hold ideals closer to his than the Vanguard does.
Honor Before Reason: To a fault. He never really let go of his nigh-fervent devotion to the aristocratic ideals he joined Cosmo Babylonia for in F91. This comes at the expense of treating most the people around him as anything but lowlifes.
The Rival: As in F91, to Kincaid. Even Kincaid acknowledges that he and Zabine will probably never get along and will always be rivals at heart.
Undying Loyalty: Subverted. While he does profess fealty to Berah/Cecily, it's only insofar as she continued to uphold his ideal for aristocracy.
Weapon of Choice: The shot lancer, notable since he's the only member of the Vanguard to use that weapon.
Captain of the Crossbone Vanguard's second ship, an unarmed freighter called the Little Gray. She uses the cover of owning the civilian freight company "Blackrow Shipping" to supply the Mother Vanguard. As of Skull Heart, the remnants of the Vanguard use her ship as their new home base, since the Mother Vanguard was destroyed.
The Captain: Like Berah, a young female captain, contrasting the usual "captain" archetype in the Universal Century.
Introduced in Skull Heart, Twink is a teenaged girl living alone on an asteroid used by the Jovians as a resupply station between Earth and Jupiter. When the Crossbone Vanguard finds her, she joins up with them. She's also revealed to be the manga series' narrator.
Cloud Cuckoolander: In her initial appearance. She refers to herself as "The Asteroid Princess", calls her asteroid "Neverland", and insists on calling Tobia "Peter Pan". Perhaps justified in that she had been living on her own for ten years with only a few storybooks to keep herself entertained.
Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to notice Harrison's rather obvious attraction to her. Later, when the Vanguard are discussing the progress of Tobia's and Bernadette's relationship, she is puzzled as to what everyone is talking about.
Parental Abandonment: Her parents were miners working on the asteroid when the Jovians forcefully repurposed it for their resupply base. Twink's parents were killed in the struggle, but Twink herself was left alive, and seemingly ignored by the Jovians for the most part.
The leader of the Jupiter Empire, an old man who harbors a deep hatred of the Earth Federation. It was he who funded the Cosmo Babylonia uprising, as well as numerous other small pockets of warfare around the Earth Sphere, in preparation for launching his own assault on Earth.
Actually A Doom Bot: The Crossbone Vanguard thinks they've cornered him in Vol. 3. Surprise! It's an android controlled by one of nine copies of his mind into different bio-computers. Similar copies pilot copies of his own Mobile Armor, the Divinidad.
Bigger Bad: Of Mobile Suit Gundam F91, since he funded Cosmo Babylonia. His philosophies also inspired the Big Bads of the Crossbone sequels and even Fonse Kagatie (who may or may not be related to him) from Mobile Suit Victory Gundam... in short, his influence dominates the late UC era much like Zeon did in the earlier UC shows.
Crazy-Prepared: The mere fact that he essentially had backup copies of his mind made in bio-computers (which also control lookalike androids) on the off-chance that someone or something would kill him. Not to mention having said copies have versions of his own Mobile Armor, the Divinidad...which itself has a payload of several nukes.
Evil Old Folks: He's a very old man who remembers migrating to the then-new Jovian colonies several decades before the events of the manga. Needless to say, he's long since gone off the deep end.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: His old grudges against the Earth Federation in his youth over time turned into an utter hatred of the Earth's mere existence.
Love Makes You Evil: He is noted to have been a fair ruler in the past, but the pure kindness shown by his Earthborn wife revealed just how cold he had become by comparison, hence his hatred for the Earth. Tobia takes this as proof that Dogatie still did have a human heart, twisted and broken though it was.
May-December Romance: Though his first marriage was politically-motivated, and with a woman nearly sixty years his junior, it seems the two of them did love each other to some extent.
Nuke 'em: He's very fond of nuclear weapons. His Divinidad has no fewer than sixteen warheads within it.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: He has many faults, but laziness certainly isn't one of them. He is credited with the Jupiter colonies' survival for the decades he's been their ruler (how much of this is Jovian propaganda is up for debate), he's the one who militarized Jupiter, he's very active as a diplomat to the Earth Sphere, and he even personally flies the big superweapon into battle in the end. Oh, and he does all this while being so old that he's on constant life support.
A high-ranking Jupiter nobleman, and one of Dogatie's most trusted agents. He puts Jovian Newtypes through Training from Hell to become expert pilots. He was considering Tobia for one of his students, and continues to try to get Tobia to join him throughout the series.
Graceful Loser: To Tobia's surprise, he uses the last of the Nautilus's power to shoot down a half-dead enemy behind Tobia, who was preparing to shoot Tobia in the back. Karas explains that Tobia won the fight, and as the losers, his team had no right to try to take that away from him.
The Rival: Becomes something of Tobia's main rival throughout the story, often crossing paths and doing battle with him.
Crux's second wife, and Bernadette's stepmother. She is introduced in Steel Seven when she arrives at Earth to inform the Federation of the Jovian Colony Laser, "Zeus's Wrath".She signs on as a member of the "Steel Seven", and takes overall battlefield command from her Angel Diona.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Her exact age is not revealed, though she certainly appears to be in her twenties. If true, this would make her only ten years older than her stepdaughter.
Defector from Decadence: A pretty nice person overall, and she and Tetenith have a warm relationship despite not being blood-related. Surprising, coming from Jovian nobility.
Killed Off for Real: In the colony laser's explosion. She uses the last of her strength to try to throw Tobia clear.
Manchurian Agent: Not by choice. Her brothers can read her mind, so they deliberately allowed her to make contact with the Crossbone Vanguard, so they'd have a perfect spy in place.
Shotacon: Borderline. She falls in love with Tobia, who is at this point 18 years old but also young-looking for his age. In any case he is much younger than she is.
Europa's younger twin brothers, who have assumed leadership of Jupiter since Dogatie's death, and plan to continue his goal of annihilating life on Earth. They are considered one person in two bodies due to constantly being mentally linked with one another. The two are individually referred to as "Callisto's Light" and "Callisto's Shadow".
Ace Pilot: Callisto's Shadow, in the Cornigs, takes no fewer than three very experienced pilots to bring him down, and all three of them got trashed in the process. Both brothers pilot the Dictus and Digitus units in the final battle as well, and are personally responsible for all of the deaths among the Steel 7.
A pilot who befriends Tobia when the latter sneaks into the Jupiter Empire. He later becomes a member of "Death Gale", an elite piloting team created specifically to destroy the Crossbone Vanguard. He pilots the large, defense-oriented Tortuga.He retires to the countryside after the war, but is recruited as a member of the Steel Seven, piloting the Barra Tortuga with his old Death Gale team.
Heroic Sacrifice: Takes the bullet for Giri in the battle at Zeus's Wrath, to allow him to accomplish their mission.
Grey and Grey Morality: He's the first to explain to Tobia the Jovian peoples' motivations in the war: namely, they're running dangerously low on resources they need to survive, while the Earth Sphere gets to enjoy comparatively unlimited resources. The Jovians feel like they need to take what they need in order to survive. Tobia finds it hard to argue with that, after seeing the supply rationing among the Jovian civilians.
Leader of the Death Gale squadron. Though young, he's a powerful Newtype soldier who is meant to become one of the ruling elite in Dogatie's new order. He pilots the Quavarze, Death Gale's attack-oriented mobile suit.After the war, he becomes a cook, but is hired back as part of the Steel Seven. He pilots a Vigna Ghina II in the final battle.
Glass Cannon: The Quavarze is quick and powerful, and is Death Gale's frontline fighter. However, its armor is pretty weak.
Heroic Sacrifice: Rams Zeus's Wrath at the last second, throwing its aim off by a tenth of a degree... which equated to it missing by more than 600 million miles.
It's Personal: Callisto always derisively refers to him as "Number 2", since Callisto was the top graduate of Karas. Giri resents this.
Not in This for Your Revolution: He makes it quite clear he doesn't give a damn about Earth, the Federation, or Jupiter. The only reason he joins up with the Steel Seven is the chance to ruin Callisto's well-laid plans.
Whip It Good: His main weapon is beam buzzsaws mounted on the end of long whips, giving him long reach in close combat.
Voice Actor: Mari Maruta
The third member of Death Gale, and the only female member of the team. Her job is to limit the enemy's movements and prevent their escape. She pilots the Abijo.In Steel Seven, she is recruited as one of the team, piloting the Alana Abijo. She is one of the few that survives the battle.
An engineer for SNRI, he is the original designer of the F99 Recordbreaker units. In Steel Seven, he is recruited as one of the eponymous Steel Seven to go against Jupiter's new Colony Laser, piloting a leftover F90 Gundam.
Ace Pilot: In his youth. His piloting skills aren't quite what they used to be anymore, but they are still formidable.
One of the F99 Recordbreaker test pilots. Since he is just a test pilot and not a soldier, he has a tough time going into battle because he isn't used to killing others. He conquers this fear in order to become one of the "Steel Seven" and defeat Jupiter, flying an F91 Gundam.
Ace Pilot: He's an excellent pilot, but isn't used to actually fighting, which hinders him in battle.
Diabolus Ex Machina: He takes down Callisto's Shadow almost on his own, and avenges the deaths of his old team. Then C's Shadow shoots him in the back with the last of his power.
Berah's cousin, and one of the survivors of the Ronah clan since Cosmo Babylonia's collapse. She maintains some measure of political power and wishes for a Newtype aristocracy to come to pass in the Earth Sphere, believing that this is the only way humanity will ever be at peace.
An old, mysterious Jovian trader who runs his own Jupitris-class vessel and owns a beat-up looking mobile suit called the Gump. He meets Tobia in order to help him stop Jovian extremists from exploiting Amuro Ray's combat data in Skull Heart. It's also revealed however that he and the Gump have seen their share of adventures. He also reappears in a Victory Gundam sidestory alongside Usso Evin.
Psychic Powers: He's among the top 3 most powerful Newtypes to ever live, and has been steadily developing his powers since the age of 14. Though he doesn't really show off his powers until the events of Victory Gundam, when fighting a Zanscare Newtype squad. Notably, he also displays far more fine control over them than any other Newtype in the franchise, to the point that he has casual and deliberate telepathic conversations with his Newtype crew members.
Retired Badass: Downplayed. While his days as Judau are long over, he's clearly kept himself (and the Gump) busy over the past decades.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By the time the events of Victory Gundam roll around, it's revealed that he and a community full of Newtypes decide to ditch the Earth Sphere altogether and use a modified colony as a Generation Ship bound for Proxima Centauri, where they could finally live in peace. In other words, this is Judau's attitude at the end of ZZ taken to its logical conclusion.
Seen It All: He's been around for so long and witnessed enough of the previous UC events that it's actually making him tired of all the bloodshed going on in the Earth Sphere.
Still Got It: Time hasn't really dampened his piloting skills or Newtype powers. And for an old machine with many jury-rigged parts, the Gump is very much the ZZ Gundam it used to be.
What the Hell, Hero?: By Victory Gundam, Usso Evin calls him out on this for his decades-long plan of leaving Earth and the rest of humanity behind. Grey Stoke himself even admits that the plan is really a long-shot and likely to end up repeating the same mistakes of the past, but nonetheless believes that it would be a first step to better things.
Serpiente Tacon (revived Crossbone Vanguard)
The protagonist of the story. He's an amateur hacker living on Side 3 that happened to stumble on leaked information regarding Zanscare's Angel Halo. He has joined up with Serpiente Tacon for their protection.He pilots an ancient Zaku II that he stole in a hurry from a museum.
Conspiracy Theorist: He thinks that Anaheim Electronics' disavowed GP series from 0083 existed, which by then had long since been forgotten. He also believes that the Angel Halo is something utterly sinister. He's right on both counts.
Lolicon: Possibly one in denial. He certainly seems to be romantically attracted to Belle, but he insists to himself that it's just friendship.
Non-Action Guy: He can pilot a mobile suit to some degree, but given it's a seventy-year-old junker he doesn't take part in combat.
Playful Hacker: He doesn't seem to be involved in anything illegal, and he puts his computer skills to good use for the new Crossbone Vanguard.
The leader of Serpiente Tacon. Although blind, he is a formidable mobile suit pilot and an exceptional strategist. In reality, known only to Tetenith Dogatie, he is Tobia Arronax, who had to take up a new identity to live in the Jupiter Sphere, and is Belle's father.He pilots a leftover Crossbone Gundam found in a derelict ship, the X0 "Ghost". It has been outfitted with a specialized cockpit that delivers information aurally instead of visually, allowing him to pilot it despite his blindness.
Ace Pilot: While blind, he still took on three Victory Gundams at once and held his own, in a 20 year old, partly jury-rigged Gundam, no less.
Bodyguard Crush: On Tetenith Dogatie. The two aren't officially married, but they did have a daughter together.
Dead Person Impersonation: He covers up the real Curtis Rothko's death by claiming that he barely survived the battle that killed him and has amnesia about his past. This is enough to fool Curtis's old friends, but they begin to get suspicious of him over the years...
Deadpan Snarker: He's definitely become one over the years, staying casual and nonchalant for the most part. The moment he drops the snark however, things really get serious.
Older and Wiser: He's definitely grown up since the events of the original manga, though he still keeps his casual, easygoing persona.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted. While there's still enough of Tobia that's recognizable, he's clearly done quite a bit of work to keep up appearances. On the other hand it doesn't work for everyone, as certain people who knew the original Curtis Rothko years before eventually start suspecting him.
Surgical Impersonation: He's brown-skinned and black-haired, compared to Tobia's white skin and light brown hair, suggesting that he used this to increase his disguise's effectiveness.
The young princess of Jupiter, who is now travelling with Serpiente Tacon after stowing away aboard their ship. As she was born in the middle of a voyage to Saturn, she has never been around other people her own age, and is very happy to meet Font, whom she considers her first real friend.
Action Girl: Like her mother before her, she has a habit of stowing away and sneaking around where she isn't supposed to be. She's not much of a fighter, but she is brave when faced with danger.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Being princess and all, she's never been mistreated. But everyone she's ever known has been at least twenty years older than her, so she feels lonely regardless.
Parental Abandonment: From her perspective. She's been kept in the dark as to who her father is, but she suspects (correctly) that it's Curtis.
Psychic Powers: Can mentally link with Curtis and allow him to see through her eyes.
The first member of ThouCus met by Serpiente Tacon, Friday pilots the Desphys mobile suit, which he claims has the ability to take down 1,000 mobile suits on its own.
Blood Knight: Loves combat. He will even turn on his allies if they interrupt a battle.
A prominent figure in the Zanscare Empire. He has a strong interest in acquiring "Angel's Call" and the services of the ThouCus in order to forward the Empire's ultimate plan for the Angel Halo as well as his own ambitions.
Bad Boss: He clearly doesn't give a single damn about people he deem as being of no use to him. To the point that the men he sent to meet the ThouCus wind up as target practice on his orders just to seal the deal.
Bigger Bad: Closest thing the series has at the moment. He's the one Quo Gray is directly bargaining with.