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.
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.
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 this could simply be the reason why she stayed on Earth instead of going to space with her husband and son.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Action Survivor: Not a hugely skilled pilot (though being stuck with the awkward, primitive Guntank doesn't help), but being a front-line soldier throughout the One Year War and coming back alive every time is an achievement in itself.
Conspiracy Theorist: At the beginning he's suspicious that the reason construction on Side 7 is progressing so slowly is because the resources are being diverted to some kind of secret military project. Obviously, it turns out he's correct. He's very suspicious of the government in general and only goes along with being a mobile suit pilot because he knows that Zeon is even worse.
"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.
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.
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.
Ambiguously Brown: With Ryu's name it's hard to tell where he's supposed to be from or what ethnicity he might be. His looks though, would seem to mark him as black or Latino.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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.
Genre Savvy: Degwin's attempt to insult Ghiren by comparing him to Hitler does backfire as Ghiren takes it as a compliment. Neverthless, Degwin muses to himself that "Hitler's own followers eventually wanted to kill him".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 HitlerBy 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
Death by Pragmatism: She's right about Char being an invaluable war asset for Zeon, and despite knowing that he's a member of the Deikun family, puts him to the best use she can. Problem is, that "best use" leaves him a clear shot at taking her down.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anti-Villain: He is easily the most sympathetic member of the Zabi clan.
Demoted to Extra: Since the novels leave out the whole story arc set on Earth, Garma appears instead in charge of the Zeon forces that intercept White Base en route to Luna II. Things don't work out any better than the anime and he dies within ten pages of his first appearance.
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.
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.
Tank Goodness: Crowley actually gets some mileage out of her Magella Attack Tank, and was about to destroy the Gundam (too busy keeping a land battleship laden with explosives from ramming and destroying the White Base to defend itself) when she was stopped by Ryu.
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.
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.
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.
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 GundamInterquelChar'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.
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.
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.
Psychic Powers: The most powerful Newtype to appear in Mobile Suit Gundam, Lalah has been trained to exploit this as a weapon. Her very presence is enough to awaken Amuro and Char's latent powers as well.
Unskilled, but Strong: Her complete lack of piloting experience is balanced out by being the most powerful Newtype in the show, complete with a mobile armour designed to maximise her abilities.
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.
Anti-Villain: She just was a naive young girl who happened to be on the wrong side of the war.
Moral Myopia: It's okay for her to collaborate with Garma, who's trying to help his father and utter psychopath of a brother Take Over the World, but the people who killed Garma are monsters and deserve to die.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her attempt to earn some money for her siblings ends up leaving them worse off than before, with their only caregiver dead and them completely alone in the world. And if you take Kunio Okawara's MS Collection as canon, that quickly becomes the least of their worries...
Only in It for the Money: She badly need the money to support her younger siblings and doesn't really care for the two warring factions.
Promotion to Parent: Has two little siblings, Milly and Gill, whom she takes care of after their parents died in the war.
Punch Clock Villain: She's got absolutely zero grudge against the Federation - she just needs to feed her family, and Zeon pays well for information.
Gil and Millie RatokieMiharu'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.
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.