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Characters: Mobile Suit Gundam
The Character Sheet for the Gundam series that started in all, Mobile Suit Gundam.

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    Earth Federation 

Amuro Ray
Voiced by: Tōru Furuya (JP), Brad Swaile (EN, TV series), Michael Lindsay (EN, Movies)

"I can pilot the Gundam better than anyone!"

The son of the Gundam's designer, Tem Ray, Amuro is an alienated, antisocial young man who identifies better with machines than he does with people. Climbing into the Gundam's cockpit to save it from being stolen or destroyed, he finds himself serving as the White Base's main line of defence, against his own will. Initially caring only about his own survival, Amuro eventually comes to realise that other people matter too.
  • Ace Pilot: The first Gundam protagonist to reach ace status in the titular machine, and the prototype for all those that follow. By the end of the war he's as feared in Zeon as Char is in the EF.
  • Always Someone Better: To Hayato Kobayashi, especially once the war gets going.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Amuro subverts this at one point. He writes a mess of algorithms for fighting against Zakus, including wild-assed guesses as to their capabilities...but as it turns out, his theories don't mesh with the facts on the ground.
  • Badass: When you go from a nobody high school student to the most feared pilot in the Federation in a couple of months, you qualify.
  • Battle Couple: With Sayla, though it never goes beyond Ship Tease.
    • Not in the anime, at least. In the novels, they have full blown sex.
  • Broken Bird: A male example, considering what he witnesses in this series and how these things keep affecting him during the rest of his life.
  • Brown Eyes
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half either Mexican or Canadian depending on continuity and born in Prince Rupert, BC. Canada. In the novels it's also implied that he may not have any Japanese ancestry at all, since one of the psychic visions he receives as his powers begin to awaken shows his mother cheating on his dad. note 
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no qualms shooting distracted opponents, sacrificing various armaments, and ambushing opponents. He even takes this to the logical conclusion, using the Gundam as a decoy in order to rush to the enemy cockpit and take out Char.
  • Combining Mecha/Mecha Expansion Pack/Transforming Mecha: His Gundam has numerous forms that it can create by combining with the G-Fighter and other parts.
    • Cool Plane: The G-Armour and G-Sky.
    • Jack of All Stats: The Gundam itself. Some Zeon suits are faster. Some are stronger, or more heavily armoured, or better armed. None are as suited for all around combat.
    • Tank Goodness: The G-Bull
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • The Dreaded: Once he becomes good at piloting. He's called White Devil for a reason...
  • Duel to the Death: Once with M'Quve and once with Char.
  • Epic Flail: The Gundam Hammer is a rocket propelled flail intended for use against heavily armoured targets.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Matilda's fiance was expecting someone older when he heard of Amuro.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: The original Gundam example.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With the rest of the crew, most notably Kai and Bright.
  • Forgets to Eat: Tends to get a bit too wrapped up in his job for his own well-being, thanks to the pressure placed upon him by his vital importance to the war effort and the White Base's survival.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, Matilda.
  • Heroic RROD: Once Amuro's Newtype abilities fully awaken, Gundam's control systems begin to break down under the strain of trying to keep up with him.
  • Hurting Hero
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Mathilda and Lalah. He eventually gets over the former; he never recovers from the latter.
  • Impossibly Graceful Giant: The Gundam moves more like a human being than a mecha. It can run, jump, do a roll, you name it.
  • The Insomniac: For much the same reason as the Forgets to Eat entry above.
  • Instant Expert: Justified by the Gundam's tactical computer, which learns alongside him as he fights, and by his awakening as a Newtype.
  • It's Personal: With Char.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Amuro is, in no particular order, paranoid, antisocial, blunt, and prone to angsting about how hard his life is. He's also an unfailingly loyal friend to anybody who manages to get through that facade, and puts his life on the line again and again in order to take down Zeon and its successors.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Gundam is fast, heavily armoured, and freakishly agile.
  • Likes Older Women: His crush on Lieutenant Matilda.
  • Love at First Sight: With Lalah. Likely justified as each was the first Newtype the other had met, and they felt an instant connection that could easily be misconstrued as love.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Amuro's shield is destroyed numerous times over, usually saving his life in the process.
  • Mindlink Mates: With Lalah.
  • No Social Skills/Not Good with People: His Establishing Character Moment was when Frau finds him in his room fiddling with a computer in his home electronics lab — only in his underwear, not having eaten for days, and not realizing that the sirens he'd been hearing were evacuation alerts. And Frau still has to nag him out of his room! Amuro having to learn how to deal with others is a major theme in the series.
  • One-Man Army: By the end of the series, he's pretty much a match for a small enemy fleet on his own. And he's rarely on his own.
    • If you want hard numbers, he's shown, over the course of the series, earning over 130 kills on-screen. This includes several battleships and Mobile Armors. And it's highly likely he's earned even more in off-screen battles.
  • Phrase Catcher: "You should get some rest, Amuro."
  • Properly Paranoid: As observed by Big Name Fan Mark Simmons; examples include "They're gonna take the Gundam away from me!" and (in the original series plan) "Bright's girlfriend is a Zeon spy!" This also extends to Zeta Gundam ("The Federation is watching me through my waitstaff!") and Char's Counterattack ("Char's only pretending to surrender!") What makes him fall under this trope is, he's always right.
  • Psychic Powers: One of the first and strongest Newtypes.
  • Red Baron: Not as famous as Char, but people also know him as White Shooting Star or just Shooting Star. His RX-78 Gundam is nicknamed within the series as the "White Devil", a title that is sometimes slapped on Amuro as well.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Char's blue.
  • The Rival: To Char.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: More so with every episode. He doesn't even begin to recover until the sequel.
  • Ship Tease: With Sayla.
  • Star-Making Role: To his voice actor Tōru Furuya.
  • Sword Fight: With Char in the finale.
  • Teen Gadgeteer Genius: Was depicted as one of these as a civilian, having a knack for electronics and being able to build small robots... like Haro Haro!
    • He becomes so good, he eventually invented his very own Gundam, the Nu Gundam.
  • Warrior Therapist: Starts evolving into one here.

Sayla Mass/Artesia Som Deikun
Voiced by: You Inoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN, TV series), Olivia Bardeau (EN, Movies)

"Big brother? Casval?"

A medical student from Side 7, Sayla becomes one of the White Base's Bridge Bunnies, before graduating to pilot status. She is frequently partnered with Amuro during the latter stages of the war, and the two of them share a good working relationship. She also has some sort of connection to Zeon ace Char Aznable, which is explored over the course of the show. Cool, controlled, and nearly unflappable, Sayla frequently acts as the voice of reason among the ship's crew.
  • Ace Pilot: By the end of the series she's an ace several times over, downing numerous mobile suits, battleships, and mobile armours in what's essentially a fighter plane.
  • Action Girl: The original in the series. Whether it's pulling a gun on Char or shooting down dozens of mobile suits and a battleship with the G-Fighter, Sayla always comes through.
  • Badass Princess
  • Battle Couple: It may not go much further than Ship Tease, but she and Amuro are so very much this. She's his copilot and back-up starting from the moment they introduce the G-Fighter.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Started as one, before hopping into the Gundam and later a Core Fighter
  • Broken Bird: Almost all of the girls in this series have shades of this, and she's no exception.
  • Commander Contrarian: To Mirai during the former's brief tenure as acting captain. Unusually for this trope, she's more or less portrayed as being in the right.
  • Cool Plane: The G-Fighter, which can combine with Amuro's Gundam to form the G-Armour (another cool plane) and the G-Bull (a cool tank).
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite being one of the main heroes of Mobile Suit Gundam, she more or less disappears for most of the subsequent series. Yo Inoue was never available to reprise her role and she later died of lung cancer.
  • Epic Fail: Her first outing in the Gundam, in which she accomplishes nothing but getting its foot sliced off. She improves. Dramatically.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Amuro and Kai.
  • The Medic: Was this more than once, since she was a medical student at Side 7.
  • Mission Control: Her role when she was still confined to the bridge.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Courtesy of Amuro and Char.
  • The Quiet One: Sayla more or less keeps to herself unless she has something important to talk about.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Psychic Powers: Has some limited Newtype abilities.
  • Rebellious Princess: Her real name is Artesia Som Deikun, daughter of the legendary Zeon Zum Deikun. However, she only wants to have a normal life and rejects her heritage as well as her older brother Casval (aka Char)'s grudge against the Zabis.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Sometimes wears sunglasses like Char.
  • Ship Tease: With Amuro.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With her brother, Char. They don't hate each other, but jeez, have they developed different life philosophies.
    • Another example that never made it into the show is that Degwin would have asked her to kill him, so as to end the fighting. Even though Degwin would have by that point fully admitted that Yes he had in fact murdered her dad, she still refuses, saying she's not as vengeful as her brother.
  • Space Fighter: The G-Fighter and G-Armour can operate in both the atmosphere and outer space.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From Bridge Bunny to Ace Pilot. You Go Girl.

Bright Noa
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (JP), Chris Kalhoon (EN, TV series), Wheat St. James (EN, Movies)

"You can't be a real man without taking a few lumps!"

A 19-year old petty officer, Bright is forced to take command of the White Base when all his fellow officers end up dead. The strain of doing so, coupled with his naturally aloof personality, leaves Bright in a state of constant stress and irritation, even as he slowly matures into a fine commanding officer. He has a very rocky relationship with Amuro and the rest of the White Base's pilots.

Frau Bow
Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai (JP), Kristie Marsden (EN, TV series), Melissa Fahn (EN, Movies)

"Amuro! You forgot to eat breakfast again..."

One of Amuro's friends from Side 7, Frau Bow does her best to keep him grounded in reality. Having come aboard the White Base she takes Sayla's place among the Bridge Bunnies. She has a fairly significant crush on Amuro, who simply takes her friendship for granted.
  • Bridge Bunnies: Gets Sayla's position after the former upgrades to fighter pilot.
  • Broken Bird: Somewhat less than Sayla.
  • Can't Catch Up: She's not a pilot, but this is still in effect. Her lack of Newtype potential and inability to aid Amuro in any tangible way sees her cut out of his life from fairly early on in the show.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She crushes on her childhood friend Amuro who honestly couldn't be less interested. She ends up with her other childhood friend Hayato.
  • Cool Big Sis/Parental Substitute: To the orphans. She and Hayato eventually adopt them.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the novels she and the kids are dropped off at Luna II, where she rides out the war studying to be a mechanic.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Full-Name Basis: And given how goofy her name is it doesn't help.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: She's in love with Amuro. Aside from the hand-touch he gives her during Gihren Zabi's speech, he doesn't reciprocate.
  • Magic Skirt: And how. Averted in the first episode, though.
  • Mission Control: To Amuro, Sayla, Kai and the rest of the pilots.
  • No Sympathy: She really goes back and forth on this one. Early on she's rather prone to giving Amuro's lectures on how he needs to do more, when she herself is doing very little. She gets better about this as the show progresses.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Tsundere: A mild Type B.

Kai Shiden
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (JP), Richard Ian Cox (EN, TV series), Eddie Frierson (EN, Movies)

"Dead people don't get pensions."

A civillian from Side 7, Kai is an abrasive young man with a mean streak, and little respect for authority. Recruited into serving as the pilot of the Guncannon mobile suit, Kai constantly gripes and complains about the increasingly dangerous situations that the White Base is thrust into. Despite this, he proves himself to be a capable soldier, and eventually (after a rocky start) becomes good friends with Amuro.
  • Ace Pilot: Reaches this status fairly early on, though you'd never know it from his attitude.
  • Badass Normal: Despite a complete lack of Newtype powers (beyond the baseline sensitivity that the whole crew develops by A Baoa Qu), he's arguably the most reliable pilot on the White Base's roster.
  • Broken Bird: Another male example, and especially after Miharu's death.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kai shoots enemies from behind, blasts them repeatedly to make sure they are dead, gangs up on lone foes with Hayato, and on one occasion, pushed an unsuspecting opponent off a cliff. He's an ambusher, through and through.
  • Commander Contrarian: Kai is fully aware of how screwed they are, and doesn't mind sharing it, especially when it's time to plan.
  • Cowardly Lion: Emphasis on the 'lion' bit. His cowardice mostly consists of incessant grumbling and a 10-Minute Retirement whilst the White Base was safely docked in port - otherwise, he's typically amongst the first into the fray, and serves as a very reliable (if abrasive) soldier throughout the One Year War.
  • The Cynic
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly, much to his crewmates' annoyance.
  • The Eeyore: Apparently incapable of looking on the bright side about anything.
  • Face of a Thug: Kai is not an attractive young man. Luckily for him, he has other talents.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Amuro, Sayla, and Hayato.
  • Foil: To Amuro.
  • Glass Cannon: Guncannon is a powerful artillery suit and nearly as agile as Gundam, but it can't take a hit nearly as well.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Miharu, for a start, and he also has a bit of a crush on Matilda (along with the rest of the crew).
  • Japanese Delinquents: In some continuities the prior heavy machinery experience that allowed him to qualify as a mobile suit pilot was being a bosouzoku who used to street race with trucks.
  • Jerkass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Lancer: To Amuro, with his cynicism nicely complementing the former's idealism.
  • More Dakka: When all else fails, firing the Guncannon's Shoulder Cannons on full auto usually gets Kai out of jams.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Being on a team with Amuro will do that to you.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Kai, enough."
  • The Resenter: Like Hayato, he's this to Amuro. He gets over it a lot faster.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not to the same degree as Amuro, but Miharu's death does some very bad things to him.
  • Shoulder Cannon: The Guncannon mounts two of them.
  • Sour Supporter: For a guy as cranky and pessimistic as he is, he's a remarkably helpful member of the crew.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers (With Miharu/Michelle. Snifffff....)
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes a notably better pilot after Miharu's death, even downing a fair few enemy suits of his own and reaching Ace Pilot status.

Hayato Kobayashi
Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki (JP), Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP, Movies), Matt Smith (EN, TV series), Richard Cansino (EN, Movies)

"It's just like my judo sensei taught me..."

One of Amuro and Frau Bow's neighbours from Side 7, Hayato serves in a number of positions on the White Base acting as the pilot of the Guntank, and as a spare gunner when the situation demands. Possessing an unfortunate tendency towards insecurity, he deeply resents Amuro for doing things better than him.

Mirai Yashima
Voiced by: Fuyumi Shiraishi (JP), Cathy Weseluck (EN, TV series), Leslie Buhr (EN, Movies)

"Maybe you should go a little easier on him, Bright."

Another civillian, Mirai is the daughter of a powerful Federation politician. Quiet and understanding, she mediates most of the crew's disputes and serves as the White Base's pilot, and as Bright Noa's unofficial second-in-command.
  • Arranged Marriage: With Cameron Bloom. She's less than interested.
  • Bridge Bunnies
  • Broken Bird: She cracks especially badly when Ryu dies and Bright suffers an Heroic BSOD, and the whole deal with Cameron isn't kind on her either.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: With the White Base, to shake off the Gouf attached to it.
  • Heroic BSOD: Suffers a brief but ugly one when she has to take over the White Base while Bright is otherwise incapacitated.
  • Improbable Age: Seventeen or eighteen and the Number Two on a military vessel. Justified by the lack of officers and Bright's implicit trust in her.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: She's the first of Gundam's many assault carrier pilots, and as such, is the first to demonstrate these, perfectly flying a brand new military vessel, despite her very limited pre-war flight time. And that's not taking into account some of the crazy manouveres she pulls of with it.
  • Military Brat
  • Mukokuseki: Mirai is fully Japanese and has quite Asian looks, especially when compared to Hayato and the half-Japanese Amuro.
  • Number Two: Is unofficially this to Bright, due in part to her age, and in part to the fact that she's the pilot. Becomes official during Bright's illness, when she is appointed to take command.
  • Official Couple: She and Bright are one from fairly early on.
  • The Ojou: Her Disappeared Dad is a recently deceased high-ranked Federation officer, and her family had many connections within the colonies. She doesn't like it when people bring it up, though.
  • Only Sane Man: Often plays this role, mediating between hotshot pilots like Amuro and Control Freak Bright.
  • Psychic Powers: A fairly weak Newtype.
  • Ship Tease: With Bright. By Zeta they're an Official Couple.
  • Team Mom: Is nicknamed "the mother of the White Base".
  • You Are in Command Now: When Bright is bedridden, she's next in line.

Ryu Jose
Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (JP), Ward Perry (EN)

"Die, you Zeon scum!"

Bright's best friend and fellow officer, Ryu is one of the few ranking soldiers to survive Char's attack on the White Base. He serves as the leader of the ship's pilots, mentoring Amuro, Hayato, Kai, and Sayla, while trying to keep the pressure on Bright to a minimum.

Tem Ray
Voiced by: Motomu Kiyokawa (JP), Trevor Devall (EN, TV series), Steve Kramer (EN, Movies)

"Get the Gundam on the lift before the evacuees!"

Amuro's father, Tem Ray is a Federation technician who places his work before all else.

General Johann Abraham Revil
Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (JP), Michael Dobson (EN, TV series), Tony Pope (English, Movies)

"Zeon is exhausted!"

Commander-in-Chief of the Earth Federation Forces, and an all around awesome guy, General Revil kept the Federation together when it looked like a Zeon victory was guaranteed. He takes a personal interest in the progress of the White Base crew, and is the mastermind of the Federation victories at Odessa and Solomon.
  • Badass
    • Badass Beard
    • Badass Grandpa
    • Four-Star Badass: Though more verbal than physical, Revil earns major badass points almost every time he opens his mouth. He also believes in leading from the front, and often puts himself at risk to observe battles.
  • Big Good: As CINC of the EFF.
  • The Brigadier: An unusually high-ranking example.
  • Commissar Cap
  • Cool Old Guy
  • A Father to His Men: Plays the grandfatherly commander whenever he can, though if he has to, he will sacrifice his men's lives for the greater good.
  • Foil: To Degwin Zabi. They're both older, experienced leaders who absolutely believe in their side, yet nevertheless care for their people and seek an end to the war. Where they differ is when it comes to backbone, which Degwin lacks and Revil has enough of to spare.
  • Good Counterpart: A case could be made that he's this to Degwin Zabi. Indeed, had Degwin been more like Revil in both morality and spine, most of the series' tragedies could have been avoided.
  • Killed Off for Real: He and Degwin Zabi are killed together when Gihren fires the solar ray.
  • The Obi-Wan
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In the "Zeon is exhausted" speech, he not only acknowledges the Spacenoids' grievances but also admits that the Earth Federation authorities, his own leaders were very much at fault for helping make the One Year War nigh inevitable. Still, he refuses to buy Zeon's shtick and let the Federation or mankind in general get trampled what he correctly sees as a deluded ideology.
  • Rousing Speech: "Zeon is exhausted!". Can be read here
  • The Strategist: CINC of the Earth's defence forces.

Lieutenant Matilda Ajan
Voiced by: Keiko Toda (JP), Sylvia Zaradic (EN, TV series), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, Movies)

A supply officer with the Federation who frequently brings the White Base ammunition, food, and instructions from General Revil. She is much loved by the crew, and is the object of crushes from Amuro, Kai, and several other young men.

Lieutenant Woody Malden
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (JP), Kirby Morrow (EN)

Sleggar Law
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP, TV series), Makio Inoue (JP, Movies), Bill Mondy (EN)

A Federation ace who is assigned to the White Base crew following the Battle of Odessa. Cocky, brash, and none too keen on obeying Bright's every order, Sleggar's arrival causes a fair amount of upheaval amongst the cast, most notably the other pilots, who take an instant dislike to him.
  • Ace Pilot: Was an ace before he was assigned to the ship.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Tries to play this role to Amuro, Kai, Sayla, et al, though his late arrival means none of them are quite sure what to make of him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Custom Uniform: His blue pilot suit, complete with a gold 'S' on the helmet.
  • Danger Deadpan: Constantly.
  • Eagle Land: Mixed. He's brash, cocky, arrogant, and a shameless flirt, but an excellent pilot and a decent guy once you get past his unrefined exterior.
  • Foil: Serves as one to Bright.
  • Handsome Lech: Teases Sayla and Mirai once or twice, earning the former's ire.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In order to give Amuro a shot at taking down Dozle Zabi and the Big Zam.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For a guy as rough as he is, the scene where he deflects Mirai's confession and gives her a good bye kiss and a ring is surprisingly bittersweet. Even more so after he bites it in battle.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Missing Mom: We don't know if Mrs. Law lives or not, but he carries around a ring that belongs to her. He gives it to Mirai before he dies.
  • Sixth Ranger: His arrival really screws with the White Base's dynamic, and particularly irritates Control Freak Bright.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Not a genius by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more intelligent than he appears to be.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies after only five episodes.

    Principality of Zeon 

Char Aznable / (Casval Rem Deikun)
Voiced by: Shuichi Ikeda (JP), Michael Kopsa (EN, TV series), Steve Blum (EN, Movies)

"I'll show you that mobile suit has its limits, my friend."

One of Zeon's most infamous aces (and the franchise's most iconic character), the enigmatic Char Aznable is responsible for the attempt at stealing the Gundam in the first place. Pursuing the White Base wherever they go, Char makes it clear that he has his own agenda, even as his rivalry with Amuro Ray develops from a professional one into something both deeply personal and very ugly.
  • Ace Custom: Repeatedly slaps red paint jobs and larger engines onto grunt suits. The later Gelgoog was built precisely to his specifications.
  • Ace Pilot: The first ace introduced in the show and the franchise as a whole, a title he retains through two sequels.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He's the son of Zeon Zum Deikun and about as blue blooded, and is as cold-blooded as you can get.
  • Attack Drones: The Zeong's hands are detachable, and can be flown independently of the rest of the suit. The head can also detach.
  • Badass
    • Empowered Badass Normal: For most of the series, he's a perfectly ordinary pilot who can outfight anyone else in space. Then he develops his own Newtype abilities in time for A Baoa Qu.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be a loyal friend and adviser to Garma, only to call curtains on him later.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: The original Gundam example.
  • Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: He's essentially become the face of the franchise.
  • Broken Ace: Cool, collected, an Ace Pilot, a brilliant Chessmaster and Manipulative Bastard... and by Jove, is he ever screwed up.
  • Can't Catch Up: A subtler example than many, but it is there. Throughout the show Char consistently upgrades to bigger and badder mobile suits, yet is consistently matched or outright defeated by Amuro and the Gundam, who remain one crucial half step ahead of him.
  • Char Clone: He IS Char, launching a Fountain of Expies.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Char betrays everyone he's ever worked for. This trend continues into later installments in the franchise.
  • Chubby Chaser: Only in the novels, where he hooks up with Kycilia's secretary, a very plump young woman named Margaret Blair and falls madly for her. His anime incarnation's love interests tend to be very thin.
  • Cool Helmet
  • Cool Mask: AND HOLY GODDAMNED HOW!
  • Cognizant Limbs: The Zeong's head and hands can all be operated separately from the torso, as noted under Attack Drone. The suit has to be destroyed piecemeal to actually take it down.
  • Custom Uniform: One of the most famous ones out there.
  • Cyber Cyclops: All of his suits, from Zaku II to Zeong.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Lessee, he wears a creepy mask, is a Genius Bruiser, is a Dragon with an Agenda, has a surprising relationship to one of the heroes, is the series's equivalent of a Dark Jedi. He checks off most of the boxes.
    • Though his surprising relationship to a hero character was revealed well in advance of Empire hitting theaters, so he has a leg up on Vader on that one.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: According to the manga retelling Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, the real Char Anzable was a childhood friend of his whom he closely resembled. When they both tried to reach Zeon, Char to enter the military academy and Casval ostensibly to enter a school there and find a job, Kycilia ordered 'Edward Mass' (Casval) assassinated, destroying the transport he was to take to Zeon. However, Casval had noticed Kycilia's men and convinced Char to switch clothing and papers at the spaceport, so Char died under Casval's not-very secret identity while Casval enlisted in Zeon's military under Char's.
  • The Dragon: Following Kycilia's hiring him away from Dozle, and the death of her previous Dragon, M'Quve, Char assumes this role to Zeon's princess.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: Like the Zabis, he seeks to better Zeon, but that's the only objective they share.
  • The Dreaded: The mere appearance of his Zaku panicked Paolo Cassius, the original commander of the White Base who had kept his cool until then in spite of being mortally wounded. Him summarily trashing the Gundam in spite of the superior performance of the titular robot (and failing to destroy it only because it's Nigh Invulnerable) would cause a collective Oh Crap every time he appeared.
  • Duel to the Death: Against Amuro. They both survive.
  • Enigmatic Minion: To the Zabis. It's obvious from early on that he has his own agenda that is not mutually compatible with their's, but just what he's after, and why he's working for them at all is not explained until near the end.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Doesn't really activate his Newtype abilities until the last couple of episodes. This in turn, allows him to pilot the Super Prototype Zeong during his final battle with Amuro.
  • Finger Firearms: The Zeong's lasers are built into its fingertips.
  • Fragile Speedster: His Zaku II is this when compared to Amuro's Gundam.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: The Zeong's hands, which are both remotely piloted, and have lasers in the fingers.
  • The Heavy: Drives the action of most of the episodes in the series, even as Gihren drives the overall plot. They seem to share the role.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Has become more and more like the Zabis, even as he plots their deaths. By Char's Counterattack he's become eerily like Gihren himself.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • Improbable Age: He's twenty years old, and already one of Zeon's best aces and the captain of his own squadron of ships.
  • Informed Ability: He's constantly hyped for destroying 5 ships at the Battle of Loum, but in the series, his only onscreen mobile suit kill is a single Red Shirt GM at Jaburo. In the sequels, he has been surpassed by many others in both Newtype and piloting ability. He was never a particularly powerful Newtype and his skill at mobile suit piloting may be due to the newness of the technology (thus not that many aces) during the One Year War.
  • It's Personal: With Amuro.
  • Jerkass: Even in his most sympathetic moments, Char still comes off as kind of an asshole.
  • Lack of Empathy: Char is good at many things. Seeing other people as more than expendable tools is not one of them.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The trope originator, AKA 'Char Custom Rule' or 'Red = Three Times Faster'. It's worth noting that his final suit, the Zeong, is actually purple with red highlights.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Gelgoog and especially the Zeong, which is faster, better armoured, and better armed than anything the Federation has to offer.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Repeatedly. Zaku —> Ze'Gok —> Gelgoog —> Zeong.
  • Morality Pet: His affection for Lalah is completely genuine, unlike his friendship with almost everyone else.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Char's a competent planner, and is able to stay a step ahead of most people, but he's more of a short-term opportunist than a long-term schemer, and more often than not is flying by the seat of his pants. In MSG he's out to kill the Zabis, but has no real plan for doing it—instead he just hangs around with them, hoping to get the chance to murder them. In the end he's able to get Garma and Kycilia but never even gets a shot at Degwin, Dozle, or Gihren.
  • Psychic Powers: His Newtype abilities start to awaken from his proximity to Lalah. He's nowhere near as powerful as she or Amuro though.
  • Red Baron: Red Comet
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Amuro's red.
  • Revenge by Proxy —> Sins of Our Fathers: Kills Degwin's family to pay him back for killing Char's father, continuing even after the bastard dies.
  • The Rival: To Amuro.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Him and Sayla
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Oddly, Char starts at this and ends at the end too.
  • Star-Making Role: To his Japanese voice actor Shuichi Ikeda.
  • The Starscream: To the Zabi family. He wants Zeon to win the war, but he doesn't want them to be in charge of it.
  • Super Prototype: The MSN-02 Zeong, a prototype MS built specifically for Newtype pilots. In terms of performance it outclasses the Gundam in almost all respects.
    • Flawed Prototype: The Zeong is only 80% complete, and is missing its legs. This isn't nearly as crippling as it sounds, since the suit's rockets enable it to be fully functional in space without the legs (although going to Earth would presumably cause some problems).
  • Sword Fight: With Amuro in the finale.
  • The Starscream: Kycilia Zabi tried to have him killed as a kid but after figuring out his identity gave him a job, restored his rank, gave him a promotion (from Lieutenant to Captain) as well as a ship to command and three new mobile suits (Z'Gok, Gelgoog and Zeong). He repays her with a bazooka to the face. In a sense, Kycilia was too pragmatic for her own good; seeing the advantages of Char's abilities and passion yet not recognizing the immediate danger she placed her self in.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Amuro, though the personal nature of their rivalry soon drowns this out.
  • You Killed My Father: His hatred for the Zabis comes from this.

Sovereign Degwin Zabi
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP), Chris Schneider (EN, TV series), Elliot Reynolds (EN, Movies)

"Have you ever heard of a man named Adolf Hitler?"

An associate of Zeon Zum Deikun, Degwin Zabi became Sovereign of Zeon after the latter's death and turned the colonies into his family's personal dictatorship. Now old and tired, Degwin leaves the day to day running of the war effort to his oldest son, Gihren.
  • Adipose Rex
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: Until he's offed by Gihren.
  • Despair Event Horizon: While his position as the Zabi patriarch was already undermined by Gihren's thirst for power, Garma's death sent him over the edge. When we get to see him after that, he's a tired and weary old man who believes he's getting too old for all of this and is planning an armistice. Little did he know what Gihren was planning to do...
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: In the backstory. By the time the show begins, he's developed some standards.
  • Disc One Final Boss
  • Doting Parent: To Garma.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Degwin thinks Gihren's a Nazi. Hence the page quote.
  • Evil Chancellor: Before obtaining his current position.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Evil Overlord: As Sovereign of Zeon.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Got all of his children high-ranking positions in the Zeon military, largely because he doesn't trust anyone else. As Gihren demonstrates, this may not have been the best move.
  • Fat Bastard: Though he's hardly the most evil character around, Degwin is both quite overweight, and the tryannical ruler of a one-party state.
  • Foil: To General Revil. See Revil's entry for how.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Large and in Charge: Subverted. He's large only in the sense of being overweight, and is only nominally in charge.
  • Heavy Worlder: Inverted. He spent most of his youth on the Moon and as a result he suffers from osteoporosis and other health problems.
  • Implausible Deniability: Degwin came to power ten years ago after the sudden and suspicious death of Zeon Daikun for whom he served as chief of staff. Degwin claims that Zeon, on his deathbed declared Degwin his successor. Given this much, of course Degwin couldn't possibly had anything to do with the highly questionable Soap Opera Illness that caused Zeon Daikun's untimely passing, could he?
    • In the Original 52 episode plan, he would have met Sayla, recognized her as Zeon's daughter and confessed that he had murdered her father.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He's an old, fat, tired man. No, he isn't really up to doing a lot of fighting.
  • The Patriarch: Initially looks like an evil version of this, but it's quickly subverted as one realises that his kids, and not him, are really running the show.
  • Puppet King: After Gihren was done with him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For a fascist dictator he's a remarkably down to Earth guy. The problem is that he's not really the one in charge.
  • Spanner in the Works: His attempt to surrender to the Federation forced Gihren to fire the Colony Laser before it was complete, resulting in Zeon's war-winning superweapon getting trashed after only taking out half of the enemy fleet. Needless to say, the other half swiftly proved themselves to be very troublesome indeed.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the novelization trilogy, he is simply said to have been dethroned on Side 3. So he apparently survived the war. The only Zabi to do so.
  • Visionary Villain: Once upon a time.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: He's starting to suspect that it might not have been.
  • Younger than They Look: Degwin's 62, not the ancient man he appears to be.

Gihren Zabi
Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (JP), Hiro Kanagawa (EN, TV series), Doug Stone (EN, Movies)

"I'll show you how a man who follows in Hitler's footsteps can fight!"

Degwin Zabi's eldest son, Gihren is a domineering, ambitious social climber, who runs Zeon's war effort from his position as Commander-in-Chief. Ruthless, controlling, and totally void of empathy, Gihren is nevertheless a skilled organiser and gifted public speaker, whose charismatic personality may be all that is keeping Zeon together. Having isolated his father from the public, he is the real ruler of Zeon in all but name.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The single most ambitious character in the show actually.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Crossed with Nazi Nobleman in Gihren's case.
  • Armchair Military: Though oddly enough he's not portrayed as particularly ineffective.
  • Big Bad: He's the de facto Big Bad for most of the series, and takes the position in name after Degwin's death.
    • Bigger Bad: In The 08th MS Team, War in the Pocket, and any other series set during the One Year War, Gihren is this by default.
  • Cain and Abel: Him and his sister Kycilia. More like Cain & Cain really.
    • Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Kycilia are the cold, calculating Blue Onis to Garma and Dozle's Reds.
  • The Caligula: The Zabis are a Big Screwed-Up Family, and evil does seem to be in the genetics, but Gihren's the only one who's totally certifiable.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Does it throughout the Battle of A Baoa Qu.
  • Cult Of Personality: The Zabi family cult might extend to the whole clan, but it's Gihren who benefits most from it. His portrait is everywhere, his speeches galvanise the masses, and many of his dedicated followers would rather die than disappoint him.
  • Deadly Gas: Deploys it in the opening days of the invasion of Earth.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Gihren is a totally Machiavellian personality, concerned only with establishing his own power, through any means necessary.
  • The Dragon: Starts out as Degwin's.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: By the time of the One Year War, Gihren has reduced his father to a powerless figurehead and made himself the real dictator of Zeon.
    • The Starscream: He doesn't bother hiding his contempt for his father and his policies, and more or less treats Degwin as a relic, accumulating increasing amounts of power for himself. Degwin knows what's happening, but at this point, is powerless to stop it.
  • Evil Chancellor: His relationship with his father has definite aspects of this, given Gihren's position as his father's Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief, and top advisor.
  • The Evil Prince: He's already cut his father out of the picture and taken most of Zeon's political and military power for himself as of the start of the series. He further isolates Degwin following Garma's death, and finally kills the old man, usurping Big Bad status for himself.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Gives a little speech to his father about how Democracy Is Bad and that people should have their own will replaced with that of the Zabi family (read as: Gihren).
  • The Generalissimo: Given that he borrows not only from Adolf Hitler but from Hideki Tojo this isn't really surprising.
  • Glorious Leader: The franchise's first and most iconic example. He's got the cult of personality (complete with his portrait being everywhere), the promise of a brave new world, the claim that he's saving Zeon from its degenerate enemies, and the widespread popularity among the people, all of which cover the fact that he's a cold-blooded social dominator who doesn't give a damn about anything but consolidating his own power.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: According to the novels he has a wife (who is never shown or given much description) and is also having an affair with his secretary, Cecilia Irene, who shows up only briefly in the series proper but plays a prominent role in The Plot To Assassinate Gihren Zabi and other Zeon-focused spinoffs. Cecilia genuinely loves Gihren, but it's doubtful that somebody like him sees her as much more than a tool.
  • Greed: One of the video games in the franchise is entitled Gihren's Greed. That should say it all.
    • According to the manga retelling Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin, that's the only reason the war is still being fought: he organized Revil's escape from prisony to galvanize the Federation into not surrendering, thus giving him the chance to conquer it. This bit him back in the ass when the Federation recovered.
  • The Heavy: For much of the series. He and Char seem to split the role, with Char shaping the individual episodes, and Gihren the overall plot.
  • Improbably High IQ: 240. Of course this may simply be Zeon propaganda.
  • Insane Admiral: Zeon's CINC and an utter psychopath. He's not really what you'd call incompetent, but is otherwise barely human, which causes him to make a number of tactical errors later on.
  • Insult Backfire: His father compares him to Adolf Hitler. Gihren takes it as a complement.
  • It's All About Me: Gihren wants what Gihren wants. Everyone else can go hang.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Kycilia.
  • Klingon Promotion: Kills Degwin to further his agenda.
  • Lack of Empathy: Char may be empathy-deficient, but Gihren has absolutely none for anybody. If you're in his way, or no longer useful, you die. This actually causes him problems when it comes to predicting his sister, Kycilia's actions: he assumes that she's every bit as ruthless as himself.
  • Large and in Charge: He's nowhere near the size of his brother Dozle (than again, who is?) but at six foot three, Gihren still towers over most of the characters in the show - as a note of comparison, he's One Head Taller than Char and Garma.
  • The Leader: Of Zeon. He's a Type IV personality with a Type I style of leadership.
  • Lust: For power. Basically his defining characteristic when you get right down to it.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Master Race: Views the people of Zeon this way.
  • Meaningful Name: May be derived from the Old German for "brain", making it an appropriate name for a man that Gundam Official describes as "an intellectual monster."
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: While all of Zeon is Putting on the Reich, Gihren's the one who gets explicitly compared to Adolf Hitler by his father. Given that he's a hardcore, militaristic Social Darwinist with genocidal intentions, a load of charisma, and no concept of morality, it's none too surprising.
  • Nazi Nobleman: He's The Evil Prince and an enthusiastic Social Darwinist who sees Adolf Hitler as someone to look up to.
  • NEET: According to the (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) prequel manga Garma Of The Space Island, he was one before he became involved in Zeon Deikun's independence movement.
  • Nepotism: He got his job as Zeon's supreme commander because his father is the ruling Sovereign. He's kept it by being an efficent, imaginitive, charismatic, and utterly ruthless psycho.
  • New Era Speech: Both the "Hail Zeon" speech early in the show, and the speech at A Baoa Qu that he gives after firing the colony laser.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Gihren's what happens when The Evil Prince meets Adolf Hitler By Any Other Name. In addition to their ideological similarities, he shares Hitler's overconfidence, reliance on superweapons, underestimation of his enemies, oratorical abilities, and willingness to betray those closest to him in order to remain in power. Various sidematerials and sidestories continue to add parallells between the two, with The Plot to Assassinate Gihren Zabi manga being a direct reference to the Real Life Operation Valkyrie and the television film The Plot to Kill Hitler.
  • No Social Skills: A variant. Gihren's great at manipulating the masses, but absolutely fails at personal interaction, as evidenced by his conversations with Degwin and Kycilia.
  • Non-Action Guy
    • Non-Action Big Bad: Following Degwin's exit. Gihren's a schemer and an orator, not a frontline combatant.
  • Overlord Jr.: Of the worst possible type, embracing his father's worst traits and ignoring his good ones, then adding a little bit of The Starscream for good measure.
  • Parental Abandonment: Whether Gundam ZZ's Glemmy Toto is Gihren's clone or his bastard is a matter of some debate; what is not is the fact that Gihren dropped him off with a foster family before he was a few weeks old.
  • Patricide
  • Pride: Supremely self-confident, thoroughly convinced of his superiority, and suffering from a genuinely Greek sense of hubris.
  • Properly Paranoid: On the subject of Char Aznable, whom he does not trust in the least.
  • Putting on the Reich: All of Zeon does this, but it's most noticeable on Gihren.
  • Rousing Speech: At Garma's funeral and again at the beginning of the battle for A Baoa Qu. He's pretty good at it.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He may lack his brother and sister's fighting ability, and he's an unpleasant guy on top of it, but no one can claim Gihren isn't pulling his weight. Between serving as commander-in-chief, organising the war effort and keeping up troop morale he makes a definite contribution.
  • Self-Made Orphan
  • Smug Snake: A high-functioning one, but one nonetheless. He's arrogant, overconfident, manipulative, has no regard for anyone else's wants (or lives), and condescends to everyone around him.
  • Social Darwinist: Convinced that the weak need to move aside to make power for the strong. Hence his treatment of Degwin.
  • The Sociopath: The original Gundam example. Azrael, Djibril, Ribbons, and all the other psychos in the franchise owe him a tremendous debt. Gihren is emotionally cold, displays a shallow affect, does not understand basic human interaction (though he can manipulate the masses easily enough), is totally amoral and without a concience, and is seemingly without shame or fear. Apparently raising your kids on an ideology of Social Darwinism can be hazardous to their mental health.
  • The Strategist: To Zeon as a whole.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Gihren, like the rest of Zeon's leadership, talks a good game about how humanity has polluted the Earth and must be moved into space. He also gasses millions of people and tries to Colony Drop the planet in the backstory, before invading the planet with military force. He also gives the lie to his claims of liberating the colonies, when he has several of them gassed, and forcibly relocates the population of another one to create his Solar Ray. Justified as Gihren honestly doesn't care about Zeon's political stance—he just wants to be the most powerful man in the world.
  • Take Over the World: Wants Zeon to rule the world and himself to rule Zeon.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Uses the Solar Ray to assassinate one person. Jeez Gihren, ever heard of subtlety? He was also the one behind the Colony Drop, the gas attacks on Earth and the other Sides, the implementation of the Big Zam Project and the Apsalus Project, and seeks to deploy nukes on several occasions.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In The Plot to Assassinate Gihren Zabi it's revealed that Gihren used a failed assassination attempt on himself as an excuse to crack down on the anti-Zabi political factions in Zeon, imprisoning or executing all of them—including the family of David Schiller, the detective who uncovered the plot and saved his life. Since Gihren himself arranged for the assassination attempt, this isn't that surprising.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Within Zeon. The general public sees Gihren as a great leader, and has no idea about the army of skeletons in his closet. The rest of the world, conversely, has a more accurate appraisal of his morals.
  • Visionary Villain: Gihren has a vision for the future of humanity. It involves the culling of the weak, the destruction of democracy, and the Zabi family dictatorship lording over the Earth sphere for all of eternity.
  • Warrior Prince: Gihren's no fighter, but given how vital a role he plays in the Zeon war effort it would be difficult not to class him as this.
  • Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Gassed vast portions of the Earth, arranged a Colony Drop, doesn't see the problem with utilising nuclear weapons, backs the Big Zam and Apsalus projects, builds the Solar Ray...he's got a definite thing for these.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:The Plot To Assassinate Gihren reveals that he twice arranged for assassination attempts on himself as a way of gaining public support for clearing out his opposition.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Dozle Zabi
Voiced by: Daisuke Gouri (JP), Tessho Genda (JP, compilation movies and, starting with Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, every game where his dialogue is newly recorded, French Tickner (EN, TV series), Peter Spellos (EN, Movies)

"Once we mass-produce the Big Zam, the Feddies will be dead before they know what hit them!"

Degwin's third son (the second, Salso, was killed before the series starts in a car bombing, which is also where Dozle got those scars), Dozle Zabi is everything his older brother Gihren is not. An aggressive fleet admiral, Dozle commands Solomon Base and leads his troops from the front. A dedicated family man, he cares a great deal for his father, his brother Garma, and his wife and daughter.

Kycilia Zabi
Voiced by: Mami Koyama (JP), Michelle Porter (EN, TV series), Bambi Darro (EN, Movies)

"We will lead the Principality of Zeon to a decisive victory and gaurantee ourselves complete control of the masses after the war is over."

Degwin Zabi's only daughter, Kycilia is a bright but cold young woman who serves as one of Zeon's best admirals. Capable of inspiring great loyalty in her subordinates, Kycilia is nevertheless without scruples when it comes to the conduct of the war. She is in charge of Newtype research, and has an intense rivalry with her eldest brother, Gihren.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: One of the rare Evil Princesses in fiction.
  • Badass
  • The Baroness: She's got the icy demeanour, the militaristic attitude, the hardcore fascism, and dominating personality all associated with the trope.
  • Big Bad: Briefly graduates to this status when she kills Gihren halfway through the penultimate episode.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Char kills her off.
  • Cain and Abel: With her older brother, Gihren. It might be fairer to say that they're both Cain, with Kycilia being the slightly more sympathetic of the two.
    • Sibling Yin-Yang: She and Gihren may hate each other, but they've got a lot in common personality wise. The family basically splits in two, with Kycilia and Gihren being icy and calculating, and Garma and Dozle being hot blooded and passionate.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Cool Helmet: Wears one that's almost identical to Char's actually.
  • Cool Mask: Often wears a mask over the lower parts of her face when she enters battle. No explanation is ever given.
  • Custom Uniform: Her purple uniform, mask, and cape are nearly as distinctive as Char's.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She's far from childish or spoiled, but Kycilia still fits the trope, sharing her father's philosophy and remaining loyal to him even after his death.
  • Dark Action Girl: Kycilia isn't afraid to take the field when she has to, as her first appearance (fighting alongside M'Quve in the Adzam) attests to.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: She and her brother share this outlook on life. Like Gihren, Kycilia is willing to do just about anything to ensure that the Zabi family gains control of the Earth Sphere.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Inverted. Kycilia's love of her father is one of her few redeeming traits.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She's not an especially warm person, but she definitely cares about her father, and looked rather sad when Garma's death was announced.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She was planning to move against Gihren for a long time, and it's implied that his psychopathy is a motivating factor. That's not to say that she isn't pretty damn awful herself.
  • Evil Genius: Of the Zabi family and Zeon as a whole. She's one of their better strategists and admirals, and is in charge of Newtype research, and the new mobile suits and mobile armours that come with it.
  • The Evil Princess: Very evil (though noticeably less so than her older brother, Gihren) and not averse to climbing to power the old-fashioned way.
  • Evil Redhead: More like Magnificent Bitch redhead. Only Char could upstage her.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Kycilia may not have a biology degree, but she's the one who funded the Newtype research that led to the creation of Cyber-Newtypes. She also seems to share Zeon Zum Deikun's belief that Newtypes would eventually supplant the rest of humanity, although whether she's just using this as part of her political agenda is unclear.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Briefly becomes Sovereign of Zeon, following the deaths of her brothers and father. It doesn't last for long.
  • Improbable Age: An admiral at twenty-four? Justified by her familial connections, aristocratic rank, and demonstrable competency.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Klingon Promotion: Kills Gihren and takes his position.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Kycilia, unlike Gihren, realises that the battle for A Baoa Qu is lost, and attempts to flee, planning on rallying the forces in the homelands, rather than dying at the base.
  • Lady and Knight: The Dark Lady to M'Quve's Black Knight.
  • Lady of War: Gundam's first example.
  • Lean and Mean: Notably skinnier than other women in Mobile Suit Gundam, due to Tomino finding it unattractive.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Than her oldest brother. She's still a fascist dictator but a more palateable one, possessing some empathy for her family, and a willingness to work with other people rather then lord it over them. It makes it possible, if just barely, to root for her as she and Gihren manouvere for position.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Runs in the family.
  • Nepotism: How she got her position. How she's kept it is another story.
  • Politically-Active Princess: In addition to being an admiral, Kycilia is a major political figure within the Principality, with her own factions in the bureaucracy and the upper brass. Much of the political conflict within Zeon consists of the competition between her party and Gihren's loyalists.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Kycilia knows when to cut her losses, treats her men well in order to ensure their loyalty, and positions herself as a more reasonable, less extreme, alternative to her brother Gihren. This doesn't make her good at all; just rational.
  • Princesses Rule: Is still addressed as "Princess" or simply "Lady Kycilia" after seizing control of the nation from Gihren, mostly because she hasn't had time to formally promote herself. Personality wise it's still a case of God Save Us from the Queen!
  • Promotion to Parent: Because Nalisse Zabi died in childbirth, Garma looks up to her as a mother figure.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's a Rear-Admiral in the Zeon fleet and takes an interest in research and development, eventually masterminding much of the defence of A Baoa Qu.
  • Secret Keeper: For Char. She regrets that.
  • The Starscream: As M'Quve's activities in Europe showed, she was preparing to move against Gihren for quite a while before he fried their father and staged a coup. She may well have been involved in The Plot To Assassinate Gihren Zabi, and doesn't make her dislike of her brother, or her belief that she could do a better job of running the war effort a secret. And then she kills him.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: You could cut glass on them.
  • Warrior Princess
  • We Have Reserves: Kycilia has no problem with leaving her men to die if it serves her purposes, going so far as to order the destruction of a lost base with her own troops still inside.
  • You Killed My Father: Why she wastes Gihren
  • Younger than They Look: She's just 24.

Garma Zabi
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori (JP), Brian Dobson (EN, TV series)

"Don't laugh, the men are watching."

Degwin's youngest son, Garma serves as leader of the Earth Invasion Force under his sister Kycilia. Desperate to win his family's respect, he is perhaps the most human member of the family, and is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Icelina. He and Char Aznable go way back, having been friends since their days at the military academy.

Ramba Ral
Voiced by: Masashi Hirose (JP), John Payne (EN, TV series), Michael McConnohie (EN, Movies)

"This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!"

An affable Zeon ace, Ramba Ral came to Earth following Garma Zabi's defeat at the hands of the White Base crew. Meeting Amuro Ray while both were off-duty, Ramba Ral struck up a friendship with the boy. He would later lead a number of attacks on the White Base crew.

Crowley Hamon
Voiced by: Yumi Nakatani (JP), Lenore Zann (EN, TV series), Dian Andrews (EN, Movies)

Ramba Ral's girlfriend and Number Two, Crowley Hamon is the brains of the Blue Giant's outfit, planning strategy while he leads from the front. Quiet, composed, and always graceful she makes quite the contrast with her Boisterous Bruiser boyfriend.

M'quve
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (JP), Masahiko Tanaka (JP)

"Come if you dare!"

Kycilia Zabi's right-hand man, the aristocratic M'Quve represents his mistress on Earth, commanding her troops in the desert, and leading Zeon's forces at the Battle of Odessa. Totally loyal to Kycilia, M'Quve has an ingrained distrust of Char Aznable. Despite all appearances, he is a skilled mobile suit pilot.
  • Ace Custom: The YMS-15 Gyan kind of qualifies; it was M'Quve's pet project and was intended to replace the Zaku II as Zeon's main mobile suit. However, its focus on melee and need to partner with another MS (intended to be the Rick Dom) made it lose out to the self-sufficient Gelgoog. Only three Gyans were made, with M'Quve claiming one for his own personal use. The Gihren's Greed games have a M'Quve Custom Gyan which is covered in gold filigree.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Inverted in the movies and their supplementary material, where he's a mildly snooty Anti-Villain - none of his nastier actions are shown, and he even carries out a Heroic Sacrifice to save Dozle's wife and infant daughter.
  • Agent Peacock: M'Quve is a swishy snob with an upper class accent, effeminate hobbies (including antiquing), and an ascot. He's also one of the few characters in this (or any series in the franchise) who can give Amuro Ray something approaching a decent battle.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Invoked by his wealth, obvious connections to the Zeon upperclass, and total ruthlessness.
  • Armchair Military: In the movies his two attempts at engaging the Gundam directly in combat (first with the Adzam—copiloted by Princess Kycilia!—then the Gyan) were excised because it was thought to be out of character for him.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Analyses the Gundam thoroughly before trying to engage it.
  • Booby Trap: Liberally booby-traps the Texas Colony before his duel with Amuro.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: At first he appears just a sissy villain. Then the White Base finally gains his personal attention... And he swats it out of the sky. The White Base was not completely destroyed only because he was too much in a hurry to finish the job...
  • Camp Straight: Most likely, given the nature of his relationship with Kycilia.
  • The Chessmaster: M'Quve doesn't leave a hell of a lot to chance.
  • Close Range Combatant: His Gyan is meant primarily as a close combat suit, with excellent reflexes and agility, and a primary armament of a beam rapier.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has zero understanding whatsoever of the concept of 'fighting fair'.
  • Cultured Warrior: Despite being an overconfident Smug Snake, he's actually a pretty competent pilot and strategist, as his final battle with Amuro attests to. Even Char admits that "M'Quve's putting up quite a fight," and it takes the first full-fledged activation of Amuro's Newtype powers for the Gundam to gain a decisive advantage.
  • Cyber Cyclops: The Gyan.
  • Duel to the Death: Deliberately lures Amuro into one of these, and carefully rigs everything in his own favour.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's an awful person, but his devotion to Kycilia is unquestionable.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Looks quite shocked and actually objects when Kycilia orders him to blow up a mine that still has some of his men in it.
  • Evil Brit: His dub voice is vaguely British, and is most definitely evil.
  • Fake Brit: Has aspects of this in the dub.
  • Famous Last Words: "Deliver that antique vase to Lady Kycilia. It's very valuable."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Affects an upperclass attitude and tone, but at his core is cold-blooded and ruthless.
  • Forehead of Doom
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Like Kycilia, M'Quve knows when he's beat. He doesn't like it, but he's aware of it.
  • Lady and Knight: The Black Knight to Kycilia Zabi's Dark Lady. He is utterly loyal to her, right unto death, and the Gyan is even designed to resemble a knight.
  • Lean and Mean: As skinny as his boss.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: The Gyan comes equipped with round buckler shield, itself equipped with missile launchers.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Gyan's shield is equipped with fifty-six missile launchers, enabling it to create one of these with ease.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: One of Zeon's richest commanders, and a connosieur of fine art - antique vases in particular.
  • Mean Boss: Among other things, M'Quve sees funeral rites for fallen comrades as a meaningless waste of his soldiers' time.
  • Nuke 'em: After losing the Battle of Odessa he fires an ICBM at the Federation forces.
  • Outdated Outfit: Resembles a refugee from the 18th century.
  • Rich Bitch: M'Quve is very well off and enjoys demonstrating that wealth to everyone.
  • Royal Rapier: M'Quve's a fencer and the Gyan comes equipped with a beam rapier for this very reason.
  • Sissy Villain: He's got the fancy clothes, swishy wrists, mincing motions, and cultured tone of voice one associates with this villain type.
  • Smug Snake
  • The Strategist: He leads the White Base around by the nose for quite a while.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the films, his final battle with Amuro in the Texas Colony in the fancypants fencing Mobile Suit Gyan was one of the many things cut for being too Super Robot-y and was replaced by Char & an early appearance of his MS-14S Gelgoog. However, the Zeta Gundam Interquel Char's Deleted Affair has him die at the helm of the Gyan in a different manner, in a desperation attack on The Federation to cover the retreat of Zeon forces from A Baoa Qu.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Earlier transliterations spell his name as "Makube", meant to be pronounced "Mah-Koo-Bay" with inflection on the first syllable. The official transliteration since the beginning of the 2000s was M'Quve, pronounced "Muh-Koo-Vay" with inflection on the second syllable. This second spelling and pronunciation is odd for a number of reasons. Most notiecably, it makes his name appear to be Swahili in origin. But given Gundam's tendency for characters of ambiguous race or ethnicity, M'Quve, despite his European looks, could very well be a mixture of anything.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Possibly towards Kycilia, whom he was very devoted to.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kycilia; with his last words he instructs one of his subordinates to deliver his prized Ming vase to her.
  • Villainous Cheekbones
  • We Have Reserves: Was willing to nuke his own men at Odessa, though only after the battle had been lost.
  • Wicked Cultured: See Man of Wealth and Taste above.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple actually.

The Black Tri-Stars
Voiced by: Issei Masamune (JP, Gaia), Ichirō Nagai (JP, Mash), Issei Futamata (JP, Ortega)

The nickname of Gaia, Ortega, and Mash, a trio of Ace Pilots famous for capturing General Revil at the start of the war. They're currently serving under M'quve, and have been assigned Zeon's deadly new Dom suits with which to hunt down the White Base.
  • Ace Pilot: Amongst the first Zeon aces Amuro faces.
  • Badass Beard: Gaia, the team leader, has a fairly impressive one.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: Their 'Jet Stream Attack', which uses their Doms' superior speed and manoeuvrability to land several hits on an enemy suit in rapid succession. Unfortunately for them, Amuro figures out the pattern after the first time they use it on him, and turns it to his advantage.
  • Gonk: None of them are exactly male-model material, but Ortega has a face only an elephant seal could love.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Mash has one over his right eye.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Dom is Zeon's heavy assault suit, an armoured battering ram floating on two powerful thermonuclear thrusters. It's fast, tough, and a lot more heavily-armed than the Zaku.
  • Southern-Fried Private: The dub gave them all thick Southern accents, which became canon from then onwards.
  • Terrible Trio: They're on the more competent end of the trope, though it doesn't save them against Amuro.

Lalah Sune
Voiced by: Keiko Han (JP), Willow Johnson (EN, TV series), Lia Sargent (EN, Movies)

A Newtype from one of Zeon's labs, Lalah Sune's potential was recognised by both Char Aznable and Kycilia Zabi. She is eventually recruited to serve as the pilot for the MAN-08 Elmeth, a Newtype-specific mobile armour. During this time, she also meets and forms a connection with Amuro.

    Others 

Icelina Eschonbach
Voiced by: Keiko Han (JP, TV series), Shiho Nagoshi (JP, Movies), Marjorie Malpass (EN, TV series), Deanna Morris (EN, Movies)

The daughter of an Earth Federation official, Icelina falls in love with Garma Zabi when he occupies her hometown. Completely unsuited for war, and profoundly ignorant of just how the world works, Icelina gets herself into a lot of trouble after Garma dies.

Cameron Bloom
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (JP, TV series), Hiroshi Isobe (JP, Movies), David Mackay (EN)

Miharu Ratokie
Voiced by: Satomi Majima (JP), Kelly Sheridan (EN, TV series), Bridget Hoffman (EN, Movies)

A Federation civilian and Zeon spy, Miharu strikes up a friendship with Kai, eventually accompanying him aboard the White Base.

Gil and Millie Ratokie

Miharu's younger brother and sister. They don't have a very big role in the series proper but according to two (possibly non-canon) books, one a design album by mecha designer Kunio Okawara as well as the novel Four's Story: And To A Soldier..., they were taken in by the Federation military after Miharu's death and eventually wound up in the custody of the sinister Murasame Newtype Lab...

On a lighter note they also appear in the parodic Gundam San series, in which they try to use the money the Zeons paid the family to open a business.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Turned into human guinea pigs because their sister helped some enemy spies.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gil is mentioned in an MSV segment to have been killed off-screen in a training accident with the Psycho Gundam Zero, though he later gets a major role in Four's Story. Millie doesn't even get that much, having apparently been one of the many test subjects who couldn't survive the process of becoming an Artificial Newtype.
  • Jossed: After Kunio Okawara's MS Collection revealed that the children were taken in by the Murasame Lab it was generally assumed, based on Gil's number and his role as test pilot of the Psycho Gundam's immediate predecessor that Millie had grown up to be Four Murasame, but according to Four's Story Four is a different war orphan and Millie is dead.
  • Heart Warming Orphan: Their original appearance borders on Glurge.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Whoa, daddy...
  • Psychic Powers: Not in the original series, but later on.
  • Super Soldier: Gil is turned into one against his will. And he was the lucky one.
  • Tyke Bomb
  • You Are Number Six: Gil is rechristened as Three Murasame.


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