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"I can pilot the Gundam better than anyone!"
Main mecha: GundamThe son of the Gundam's designer, Tem Ray, Amuro is an alienated, antisocial 15-year-old 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 defense, 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 Federation military.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Him and Frau Bow.
- But Not Too Foreign: He has curly reddish hair, a non-Japanese name like "Amuro Ray", and spent his early years in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, if you go by the movie. It's his birth in Japan that was obviously meant to keep him "Japanese enough".
- Celibate Hero: Doesn't kiss anyone, doesn't get into a romantic relationship with anyone, and shows no real interest in either, perfectly happy one-sidedly crushing on Matilda from a distance. Averted hard with the sequel, but by then he's no longer the hero.
- Character Tics: Biting his nails, counting his kills, trying to loosen his collar, clinging to his gun, and tending not to be fully dressed whenever he's working on something mechanical. A bunch, and they all stay consistent in subsequent Gundam installments.
- 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-Armor and G-Sky. Even the Core Fighter, considering how much time Amuro spends in it.
- 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 armored targets.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Matilda's fiance was expecting someone older when he heard of Amuro.
- Falling into the Cockpit: The original Gundam example.
- Fiery Redhead: He's got very dark red hair, but oh yes. Without some sort of weapon he usually runs rather than fights, but he still gets very loud, very fast.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With the rest of the crew, most notably Kai and Bright.
- First Love: Matilda Ajan, very much in a Courtly Love way. He still has her picture years later.
- 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.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself, Woman!: To a hysterical Frau in the first episode.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: With his Hot-Blooded side Amuro throws down easily, and more than once. He even shadowboxes while waiting to go into action.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, Matilda. Also inverted, considering Amuro's a redhead himself, and Frau definitely wants him.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: 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: He may be a massive badass, but his mind and emotions are shattered as time passes.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Lt. Matilda 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.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: The Gundam itself. Some Zeon suits are faster. Some are stronger, or more heavily armored, or better armed. None are as suited for all around combat.
- 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.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Standard anime-black irises, with the same white highlights and pupils as Sayla's and Frau's. This has led to them being depicted as everything from brown to blue to gray to teal. In the official UC timeline, they're still black irises; white pupils, despite Art Evolution. Though he does get one scene in MSG with Blank White Eyes.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Pretty subtle, but they have more of a frowning slant than anyone else's; the effect gives him a bit of a permanently-pissed look on his face 95% of the time. Integral to his character design, and so unusual that no one else in the entire franchise has ever had them.
- Leave Me Alone!: Does this a lot in the first half. It's pretty much all because of intense stress and nerves, but sometimes it's active post-combat fatigue and he needs quiet, and sometimes he's just pushing people away.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Gundam is fast, heavily armored, and freakishly agile.
- Likes Older Women: His crush on Lieutenant Matilda.
- Love at First Sight: With Lalah. Likely justified as each was the first strong 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, having skipped several meals, and not particularly troubled 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.
- Only Friend: At the start of the show and for quite a while, Frau Bow. Makes sense, considering she's the one he originally jumps in the Gundam for.
- Pants-Positive Safety: When Ramba Ral finds the gun he's been toting in his jeans waistband. Sure, it makes him look like a badass and even earns Ral's admiration, but his finger's on the trigger and combined with a bad way of carrying, that's how you get hurt. Absolutely Do Not Do This Cool Thing.
- Parental Neglect/Parental Abandonment: Amuro's Missing Mom let his dad take him to Space about a decade prior to the start of the show, and he hasn't seen her much since. His dad has been completely caught up in his work for months, if not years, leaving Amuro to fend for himself and only Frau Bow to make sure he manages. Actually gets wrenchingly inverted over the course of the show, when Amuro meets, then ends up having to leave both his parents behind in order to keep fighting and protect White Base.
- 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 Mobile Suit Gundam: 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. Irony considering their uniforms.
- The Rival: To Char.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Really not happy at the time. Feels like he's just been made useless. And he's taking his Gundam, too.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: More so with every episode. He doesn't even begin to recover until the sequel.
- Ship Tease: With Sayla. And Frau. And a bit with Lalah.
- Stock Shout-Outs: "You hit me! Not even my own father hit me!" Trope Namer and Trope Maker for this getting used in Japanese media.
- Sword Fight: With Char in the finale.
- Tank Goodness: The G-Bull.
- Teen Genius/Gadgeteer Genius:
- Unknown Rival: It takes Hayato until approximately a week before the end of the show to admit he's been trying to do anything better than Amuro. And he doesn't admit it to Amuro.
- Warrior Therapist: Starts evolving into one here.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: Whatever she sees there, Lalah seems to think that his are gorgeous.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Double Subverted. Tem Ray keeps Amuro's picture with him when he travels... then Amuro literally chases his father twice trying to get his attention. Tem barely notices. Amuro finally realizes that he isn't.
Sayla Mass/Artesia Som Deikun
Voiced by: You Inoue (JP), Alaina Burnett (EN, TV series), Olivia Bardeau (EN, Movies)
"Big brother? Casval?"
Main mecha: G-Fighter (anime continuity), Core Booster (movie continuity)A 17-year-old 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.
- Armor-Piercing Slap/Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Cracks Kai across the face hard and memorably in their first episode. Deconstructed because Kai is weak and Sayla is strong, but she hits him because of her disgust at him not being stronger/being so self-serving.
- Badass Princess: Holds Char up at gunpoint two episodes in, for starters. Her Ojou phrasing doing it makes this all more so.
- 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. In her case, it's not just because of her environment, but for her Dark and Troubled Past as the daughter of Zeon Zum Deikun and sister to Char Aznable.
- 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-Armor (another cool plane) and the G-Bull (a cool tank).
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To everybody who's not her Aloof Big Brother. More or less her character arc over the show.
- 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. A Justified Trope of sorts: You Inoue was very rarely 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.
- Icy Blue Eyes: To go with her Ice Queen persona, when she's wrathful.
- 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.
- The Ojou: Sayla hasn't had it easy for years, but she can't hide how refined she is. Ramba Ral even addresses her as "Princess".
- 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: Sayla may be quiet and reserved, but she doesn't let things get to her for too long.
- 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. Also Kai.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With her brother, Char. They don't hate each other, but jeez, have they developed different life philosophies.
- Space Fighter: The G-Fighter and G-Armor can operate in both the atmosphere and outer space.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To her brother.
- Took a Level in Badass: From Bridge Bunny to Ace Pilot. You Go, Girl!.
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 officer candidate, Bright is forced to take command of the White Base when everyone higher-ranking ends 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.
- Aloof Big Brother: To the White Base crew and especially Amuro, pre Character Development.
- Artistic Age - Younger Than They Look: He's supposed to be nineteen. He looks (and acts) like someone in his mid twenties.
- Badass Normal: Has no Newtype powers until he develops a limited sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu. Still the best captain in all of the UC verse.
- The Captain: Although he doesn't actually hold that rank at first.
- Control Freak: He has aspects of this early on, but they slowly fade away. It's pretty understandable, given the circumstances.
- Empowered Badass Normal: A very, very downplayed case, developing a limited level of Newtype sensitivity shortly before A Baoa Qu and carrying it forward into Zeta Gundam.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With the entire crew, especially Amuro.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: The infamous Bright Slap.
- The Good Captain: He really tries.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Whenever Mirai shows any interest in anybody else. To his credit, he largely keeps it to himself.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: In the series, he utterly breaks down when his best friend Ryu dies.
- Improbable Age: A ship captain who isn't even twenty yet. Justified as he's the only ranking officer they have left.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The level of stress that he's under does very bad things to Bright's social skills. He means well, but you could be forgiven for being unable to tell.
- The Kirk: He's trying to play this role, but the problem is that the rest of the Command Roster is missing.
- Meaningful Name: As in "Noah's ark".
- Ship Tease: With Mirai. By Zeta they're an Official Couple.
- Skintone Sclerae: Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Supporting Leader: Amuro is The Hero of the series, but in practice Bright is the one handling the rest regarding the Base.
- Team Dad: To the White Base crew, after Character Development.
- Took a Level in Badass: As he grows into his role as captain.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As the series progresses he mellows, loses the worst of his Control Freak tendencies, and builds a working relationship with Amuro, Kai, Sayla, and the rest of the pilots.
- Was Too Hard on Him: Nope. ("Hate me if you want, I don't care.") Bright is very firmly about the needs of the many and sees whatever he does as necessary. It falls to Ryu or Mirai to bring this up from time-to-time.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Seriously, Bright? (Makes a little more sense when you realize akarui mirai is Japanese for "bright future".)
- You Are in Command Now: After Captain Paolo dies. It ain't easy on him.
Voiced by: Rumiko Ukai (JP), Kristie Marsden (EN, TV series), Melissa Fahn (EN, Movies)
"Amuro! You forgot to eat breakfast again..."
Amuro's longtime best friend from Side 7, 15-year-old Frau Bow does her best to keep him grounded in reality. Taking several noncombatant roles aboard White Base, she ends in charge of the ship's communications. Frau genuinely loves Amuro and serves as his confidante and emotional support, hoping the war won't take him beyond her reach.
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten Amuro or his safety or well-being around her.
- Break the Cutie: Watching Frau cry in the very first episode of Gundam is heartwrenching. Amuro ends up piloting some giant mobile suit because of it. She literally picks herself back up again and goes on.
- Bridge Bunnies: Takes Sayla's position after the former switches to fighter pilot.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: To Amuro, constantly, and with Hayato, once. Most explicitly demonstrated in "Fly, Gundam".
- Can't Catch Up: She's not a pilot, but this is still in effect. She mentions how the war is taking Amuro farther and farther away from her, then later says he seems to have gotten much too strong and scary for her...
- Childhood Friend Romance: She loves her childhood friend Amuro. Neither of them seem inclined to actually do anything about it, at which point she seems to be turning to her other childhood friend Hayato.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Subverted, rather amusingly — she does literally grab Amuro's arm trying to make him stay with her at one point, but otherwise she's polite to everyone, remains caring and unthreatened, and goes about her business. It can't be stressed enough how mature she is.
- Cool Big Sis/Parental Substitute: To Katz, Letz and Kikka, who stay glued to her side. Also effectively Amuro's Parental Substitute with making sure he eats/sleeps/stays clean and sane, etc.
- Custom Uniform: A modified version of the standard female enlisted tunic as a minidress, with a bright yellow neckerchief. Meant to demonstrate she isn't a regular soldier and gets Lampshaded when she meets Ramba Ral. She keeps it even after formally enlisting.
- Fiery Redhead: Her hair is a subdued auburn and she's usually good-natured and well-behaved, but she does have bursts of temper. Downplayed.
- Full-Name Basis: On a regular basis. There's no explanation for why.
- Girl Next Door: So much so.
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: She's in love with Amuro. His feelings are far less clear.
- Magic Skirt: And how. Averted in the first episode, though.
- Meaningful Name: "Frau" is German for both a grown woman (as opposed to an immature girl) and for "wife".
- Mission Control: To Amuro, Sayla, Kai and the rest of the pilots.
- Ms. Fanservice: In a more subtle and downplayed fashion than you'd think, but she is the "pretty girl in the miniskirt" of the crew. The Trope Codifier for the rest of the franchise.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The Jazz Age movie star Clara Bow (also Ms. Fanservice); specifically her role as Girl Next Door Mary Preston in Wings.
- Nice Girl: She's as sweet and compassionate as she is strikingly mature.
- No Sympathy: Played with. Early on she's rather prone to giving Amuro's lectures on how he needs to do more, when she herself is not in combat. They're usually justified, as Amuro really does need to be doing whatever. Also the only one with any sympathy for Amuro, frequently, and his biggest defender.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: Might be one of the Trope Codifiers for this, since she predates harem anime.
- Plucky Girl: Very few things keep this girl down.
- She's Got Legs: And a miniskirt and high boots to keep showing them off.
- Ship Tease: With Hayato towards the end.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: On White Base, and the answer is 'a need to stay busy'. She monitors supplies, then she joins the medical staff, then she ends as the bridge comm, all while keeping an eye on three rambunctious kids and Amuro. Amuro even lampshades this in a late episode by saying it's terrible how much she has to do.
- Will They or Won't They?: The entire show is more-or-less this for her and Amuro, intensity of a raging war varying. The answer is he finally refers to her very affectionately in the Grand Finale with his Psychic Powers, but we don't know. Maybe Ever After.
- Women Are Wiser: Frequently shown as this to Amuro.
- Youthful Freckles: Has these like a few of the cast, though they seem to forget to draw hers half the time.
"Dead people don't get pensions."
Main mecha: GuncannonA 17-year-old civilian 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.
- Character Development: Tragic as Miharu's death was, it definitely caused Kai to become a better person, and a better fighter.
- 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: About twelve layers deep, over a slightly more fragile and nicer core. But mostly this.
- Dangerous Deserter: Ends up endangering the people he meets in Belfast and the people he's left behind, though it's not with any real intent or malice.
- 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 Char, of all people. Kai's a punk and a nobody; Char's an ace officer with every advantage society has to offer, but they're both highly amoral nihilists with red mobile suits, sneaky tactics and no particular loyalty to the sides they're on, casual betrayals included. Kai, however, meets a desperate girl and has his eyes opened a bit to the realities of war for everyone, as well as gradually gaining powerful ties of friendship and family to the people he serves with — very different to Char's lonely agendas of bloodlust and vengeance. Importantly, Kai is also capable of genuine remorse. You Are What You Hate, but it's fairly significant that in most other continuities (the novel, the sequel, even the newest manga retelling of the sequel), Kai is the one who refuses to cooperate with Char.
- 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).
- Hypocrite: In a painful Psychological Projection, Kai goes on repeatedly at one point about Amuro likely selling White Base out to Zeon. Guess what's the first thing he does after jumping ship.
- 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: He begins as a cowardly, snarky jerk and kinda The Friend Nobody Likes. Later he's still a snarky jerk, but his heart of gold shines through.
- 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.
- Right Behind Me: Lt. Matilda, just when he's talking about her as his ideal girlfriend.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Northern Ireland. It only lasts overnight.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not to the same degree as Amuro, but Miharu's death does some very bad things to him.
- Ship Tease: With Defrosting Ice Queen Sayla. Gets to the point where he has no problem saying he loves her.
- 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. 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. Not to mention his colorful career as a sleuth and journalist after the war.
- Welcome Back, Traitor: We're so deep into the war at this point that Kai doesn't even get any time in the brig, let alone any interrogation for harboring a spy on-board or passing information to her.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Alternates between being genuinely intimidated by Sayla and this.
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..."
Main mecha: Guntank, Guncannon (movie continuity)One of Amuro and Frau Bow's neighbours from Side 7, 15-year-old 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.
- The Big Guy: Inverted - he knows his martial arts, but is the shortest of the group.
- Can't Catch Up: To Amuro (or Sayla and Kai for that matter).
- 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.
- The Generic Guy: Starts to see himself as this when compared to Amuro.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation - I Just Want to Be Special
- Jerk Ass: At times he's a bigger jerk than Kai, and his dislike of Amuro can make him truly annoying.
- The Load: He isn't, but partway through the series he feels like it.
- Love Triangle: Hayato —> Frau —> Amuro. Whether it's All Love Is Unrequited or anybody gets their affection returned in-series is open to interpretation and Ship Tease.
- Pint Sized Power House: He can even throw Ryu.
- The Resenter: Resents Amuro's importance to the crew, relationship with Frau, ace status, etc.
- Ship Tease: With Frau.
- Tanks for Nothing: The Guntank looks formidable, but is darn near useless, and is usually the first machine to be disabled.
- With Friends Like These...: He's Amuro's neighbor. Except for a stress-induced fistfight, they work together pleasantly enough and with no controversy despite Hayato being The Resenter, but...
- Unknown Rival: He suddenly bursts out late in-series that he's been trying to "beat Amuro" the whole time.
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 civilian, 18-year-old 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 helmswoman, and as Bright Noa's unofficial second-in-command.
- Arranged Marriage: With Cameron Bloom. She's less than interested.
- Brainy Brunette: Smart, with a good instinctive grasp of enemy tactics. It's part of why she's the Number Two from the get-go.
- Bridge Bunnies: Technically, as she's the one who handles the helm of the White Base
- Break the Cutie: She cracks especially badly when Ryu dies and Bright suffers an Heroic B.S.O.D., and the whole deal with Cameron isn't kind on her either, leaving her absolutely shattered when Sleggar goes out a hero.
- Do a Barrel Roll: With the White Base, to shake off the Gouf attached to it.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers a brief but ugly one when she has to take over the White Base while Bright is otherwise incapacitated.
- Improbable Age: She's 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: As said below, she is the daughter of a very high-ranked Federation officer who died months before the series took place.
- Mukokuseki: Averted. Like Hayato, Mirai is fully Japanese and looks quite Asian.
- Nice Girl: Mirai manages to be both composed and caring most of the time. Everyone on the ship appreciates this, and her genuinely lovely demeanor makes her an Ensemble Darkhorse in- and out-of-show.
- 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 Sick Episodes, when she is appointed to take command.
- 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.
- Her family has a business in heavy industry; per All There in the Manual, they manufactured weapons like the Ground Combat Gundam's machine gun.
- Only Sane Man: Often plays this role, mediating between hotshot pilots like Amuro and Control Freak Bright.
- Psychic Powers: A fairly weak Newtype.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Not hard by contrast to Bright. Usually works, but not when she has to be The Captain.
- Skintone Sclerae: Like Bright's.
- Ship Tease: With Bright, specially when he gives her an Anguished Declaration of Love in the movies. A bunch with Sleggar towards the end, complete with a kiss and a ring. By the sequel she and Bright are an Official Couple.
- Team Mom: Is nicknamed "the mother of the White Base".
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: She's not meant to be pretty. She's also a shining example of this, and that's why she's in the middle of a Love Dodecahedron.
- You Are in Command Now: When Bright is bedridden, she's next in line. Doesn't like it much at all.
"Die, you Zeon scum!"
Main mecha: GuntankBright's best friend, 18-year-old 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. All There in the Manual says he's ethnically descended from Black Argentinos.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Amuro, Bright and Hayato
- Big Fun: Cheerful, easy-going, and noticeably portly.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: He's both the biggest member of the crew and the one keeping them emotionally stable. He had to go, sadly
- Expy: Of Getter Robo's Musashi Tomoe. The Guntank's design was even inspired by Getter-3.
- The Heart: Very much so, since he's more mentally/emotionally grounded than the others (Bright included) and so he does his best to help them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Rams a fighter that was attacking Amuro from behind, saving both Gundam and White Base in the process.
- Multi-Ethnic Name: A Japanese first name and a Spanish surname.
- Number Two: Seems to share this role with Mirai.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Acts as one aboard the White Base, often helping to soothe relations between Bright and the pilots.
- Tanks for Nothing: Often pilots the Guntank in lieu of Hayato. He's about as successful with it too, though that's hardly his fault.
"Get the Gundam on the lift before the evacuees!"Amuro's father, Tem Ray is the engineer who created the Gundam and a highly-placed Federation technical officer who places his work before all else.
- Death by Falling Over: Implied in the series, confirmed in the movies. During the battle of Solomon, he fell off a flight of stairs and soon died of his injuries.
- Disappeared Dad: To Amuro. Sadly, for most of the show, it's Amuro's fault.
- Foil: To his own son. Tem's work with the project that created the Gundam and the Federation's mobile suits is just as important (if not more so) than Amuro piloting it. Both are hardcore engineers who get extremely wrapped-up in their work and while sympathetic to others are not the best at expressing it. Amuro finding a surrogate family on White Base and choosing to strengthen his association with people is contrasted with Tem essentially cutting all ties by the end.
- Mad Scientist: Even more after he gets brain damage.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: A rather tragic justified example. Brain damage from oxygen deprivation can really screw up your personality.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Despite a lot of Parental Neglect and accidental abandonment, Amuro really loves his dad. To the point of bringing Tem a gift basket with a ribbon when there's nothing else he can do.
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 Grandpa: He's in his 60's and knows all the tricks of Zeon and the Federation. If not for him...
- Big Good: As CINC of the EFF.
- The Brigadier: An unusually high-ranking example.
- The Chains of Commanding: He's aware of the burdens and risks that come with his rank.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the few Federation higher-ups who isn't corrupted, cowardly, etc.
- Empowered Badass Normal: It's implied that Revil is also a Newtype, making him the oldest known character to be one. Though he doesn't particularly make explicit use of his latent abilities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Last Name Basis/Only One Name: He's just called "General Revil" in-series, in materials and for many a decade beyond. Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin gave him a full name.
- Officer and a Gentleman: It's mentioned in other media as being of British descent.
- 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 defense forces.
Lieutenant Matilda Ajan
Voiced by: Keiko Toda (JP), Sylvia Zaradic (EN, TV series), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English, Movies)
"I think perhaps you might be psychic..."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.
- Fiery Redhead: Has bright red hair and SEES quite a lot of fire in combat, but she's a very cool and steely sort, appropriate for her job as a high-ranking military aide.
- Hello, Nurse!: Matilda's extremely competent and the show emphasizes her sense of duty and professionalism, right down to her very short hair. She's also extremely pretty and Kai complains when a mob of guys want their picture taken with her, because his camera only makes twelve copies.
Lieutenant Woody Malden
"Yeah, it's sad, but that's war."
Main mecha: G-Fighter (anime continuity), Core Booster (movie continuity), GM (Origin)A Federation ace who is assigned to the White Base crew following the Battle of Odessa. Cocky, brash, and none too keen on obeying every order, Sleggar's arrival causes a fair amount of upheaval amongst the cast, most notably Bright, who takes 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.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: A rather amusing aversion. The story goes that Tomino was a fan of Rocky and wanted Sleggar to look "like that American movie star Sylvester Stallone". The problem was that character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko has no idea what Stallone looked like and because of the show's infamously tight production schedule he was unable to procure a decent reference photo before the deadline. Eventually he just threw up his hands and drew the most generic American movie star-type character he could think of and the rest is history.
- Custom Uniform: His blue pilot suit, complete with a gold 'S' on the helmet.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Probably has something to do with being entirely based on the image that runs through a Japanese person's head when he hears the words "American movie star".
- Missing Mom: We don't know if Mrs. Law is alive, but he carries around a ring that belongs to her. He gives it to Mirai before he dies.
- Outranking Your Job: As a Lieutenant JG, he's serving under Mirai, who's an Ensign and the ship's first officer. The job he's actually performing (pilot) is perfectly suited to his rank, but he's technically the senior officer aboard White Base and ranks equally with The Captain. There is an apocalyptic war going on, though; these things happen.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Yasuhiko wanted him to look American and he certainly succeeded.
- 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), Keith Silverstein (EN, Origin movies, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep.7), Karen Strassman (EN, Origin movies, child)
"I'll show you that mobile suit has its limits, my friend."
Main mecha: Zaku II Commander Type (red), Z'Gok (red), Gelgoog Commander Type (red), ZeongOne 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: While he's almost always shown as a jerkass, Char is shown to be an even more heinous figure in Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin. Not only is his smug condescension cranked up, but Char is even more sociopathic and manipulative as he persuades several impoverished Amazonians into helping Zeon while falsely promising not to infringe on their cultural ways. Even as a boy, he shows no empathy or horror over brutally killing his enemies, much to the horror of his sister.
- 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.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be a loyal friend and adviser to Garma, only to call curtains on him later.
- 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 A 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- False Friend: Char was Garma Zabi's classmate from military academy. Garma considered Char his best friend, while Char repeatedly attempted to,and eventually succeeded in, arranging Garma's death in the war against the Federation.
- Finger Firearms: The Zeong's lasers are built into its fingertips.
- 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).
- 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 Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack he's become eerily like Gihren himself.
- Icy Blue Eyes: A very important part of his past: The real Char Aznable, whom Casval resembled and whose name he took after the former was killed, had brown eyes. Since they looked exactly alike in every way except for their eyes, Casval wears a mask to hide his eyes when he joins the Zeon military as "Char Aznable".
- 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.
- Jerkass: Even in his most sympathetic moments, Char still comes off as kind of an asshole. Hell, his Origin background pretty much cranks up his callousness and depicts him being ruthless enough to send innocents to their deaths in order to sever any loose end that would jeopardize his path of vengeance.
- 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 armored, and better armed than anything the Federation has to offer.
- 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.
- Named After Somebody Famous: The French/Armenian singer Charles Aznavour. It's more obvious when one looks at the phonetization (Shā Azunaburu).
- Never My Fault: One thing about Char that remains consistent across all of his appearances is his absolute refusal to accept responsibility for his actions. He blames Amuro for Lalah's death, ignoring the fact that it was he himself who decided to turn a traumatized teenage prostitute into a Super Soldier (which is Amuro's reason for blaming Char as much as himself). He blames Haman Khan for what Axis-Zeon becomes, rather than acknowledge his own role in it. He blames humanity for "making" him Colony Drop them in CCA, ignoring the fact that he's just acting his own issues. Char's fear of being held accountable is almost pathological, and admitting that anything is his own fault just might break him.
- 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: Desires to kill Degwin's family on his father's behalf, as Degwin murdered his father; he pursues the result even after the bastard dies.
- The Rival: To Amuro.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His initial incentive to fight alongside the Zabi family is to take power out of their hands, by any means necessary. This is because Degwin - the Zabi family head - both murdered his father and claimed that said father's last words were "to nominate him as the next prime minister of Zeon", while Char is almost certain his father's last words were "I know it was you who killed me". Char understands the need for patience and saving face to achieve this result, and he gets very close to realizing it.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Him and Sayla.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name is pronounced as "Shar", there's no C sound in it. Justified since, like "Charlotte", it stems from the original French pronunciation.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Oddly, Char starts at this and ends at the end too.
- 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. Garma Zabi suffers first, as Char, playing as a friend and adviser in his pursuit of the White Base betrays him at the last and most crucial moment by leading Garma's vessel in front of the concealed White Base and exposing his rear wall to a fatal strike from the Federation vessel. He also betrays Kycilia atop the highest stakes for both sides of the war. 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). This fails to loosen the intent to destroy her and her family from his head, and 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his sister Artesia.
- 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.
- Sword Fight: With Amuro in the finale.
- 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), Simon Prescott (EN, Movies)
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: An overweight tyrant.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Head of Zeon's most important aristocratic family, big bad at least in name.
- Bald of Evil: Degwin's hair is long gone.
- 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: Murdered by his own son when he attempts to negotiate a peace with the Federation.
- 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: Into his sixties. Still the dictator—at least in name—of Zeon.
- 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: Big glasses, absolute dictator.
- Killed Off for Real: Once Gihren has the Wave Motion Gun "accidentally" fire on his vessel when he was going to make peace with the enemy.
- Large and in Charge: Subverted. He's large only in the sense of being overweight, and is only nominally in charge.
- Lightworlder: 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?
- Non-Action Big Bad: Degwin has very little to do with the war effort and in fact his position is much more that of a figurehead, with Gihren having taken the position of ruler and de facto Big Bad.
- 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 Degwin wanted to change the world for the better.
- Was It Really Worth It?: He's starting to suspect that it might not have been.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin puts an additional emphasis on this aspect of him. Which may make his probable involvement in Deikun's death more sympathetic, given how Side 3 was at the time in no shape or form ready to take on the Earth Federation.
- Younger Than They Look: Degwin's 62, not the ancient man he appears to be. That said, he has a lot of health problems.
Voiced by: Banjo 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.
- Cain and Abel: Him and his sister Kycilia. More like Cain & Cain really.
- 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.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He is technically subordinate to Degwin but 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.
- 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 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: In The 08th MS Team, War in the Pocket, and any other series set during the One Year War, Gihren is this by default.
- Greed: One of the video games in the franchise is entitled Gihren's Greed. That should say it all.
- 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 I.Q.: 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 compliment, though it should be noted that it doesn't appear that Gihren even knew who Hitler was outside of "some great conqueror from the Dark Ages".
- 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: Gihren manipulates Zeon's public with ease, constantly drumming up support for the war.
- 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 Historical Figures 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 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.
- Not So Different: In addition to the comparisons to Hitler, flashback arc in Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin has Degwin noticing how much Gihren is similar to Zeon Deikun himself, to the point of calling him a "fiend possessed by Deikun's grudges." Which foreshadows him succeeding in winning over Deikun's loyalists later on by the time Char confronts him.
- 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: Murders his father to keep the war going.
- 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.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin reveals that in addition to being a ruthless, sociopathic if competent dictator, he's also an avid gardener. Of course, a good Social Darwinist needs a test sample to test his ideas on...
- 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: Although Kycilia sees to it that he doesn't live much longer himself.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Kycilia are the cold, calculating Blue Onis to Garma and Dozle's Reds.
- 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 conscience, 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 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.
- The Strategist: To Zeon as a whole, he stays at the top of the command chain and comes up with an overarching plan. Individual battles seem to be of less interest to him and he will assign more tactical matters to his siblings for them to complete.
- 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 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: His hair is a light shade of blue.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (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!"
Main mecha: Big ZamDegwin'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.
- Ace Pilot: One of Zeon's most dangerous pilots as evidenced by his sortie in the Big Zam.
- Anti-Villain: Most definitely on the wrong side of the Earth-Zeon Conflict, but he shows a great deal of nobility in his concern for his men all the same, and cares deeply for his family.
- A Father to His Men: He does a Last Stand in order to get everyone in Solomon out safely.
- Four-Star Badass: Dear Lord, yes. Dozle's an admiral and gives Amuro one of his hardest fights.
- The Brute: Of the Zabi family.
- Defiant to the End:
- Deflector Shields: The Big Zam comes equipped with them, making it impervious to beam weapons.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: "Big Zam's Last Stand" is one giant one for him.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife, daughter, father, and younger brother. Given his antivillain status, it's not that surprising.
- Genius Bruiser: Around 7 feet tall. A fearsome battlefield commander. An excellent pilot.
- Gentle Giant: His interactions with his family are particularly d'aww-inducing, and he genuinely cares about his men.
- Giant Equals Invincible: The nigh-indestructible Big Zam which puts the "humongous" back in Humongous Mecha.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a HUGE one on his chin, which apparently comes from the explosion that killed his other older brother, Sasro.
- Heel Realization: In Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, it's shown that for all his bravado and gusto, he's perfectly (and bitterly) aware that he has the blood of multitudes on his hands and would be tried as a war criminal should Zeon lose. But he still commands Zeon's forces regardless out of protecting his family and homeland as well as in the hopes of redeeming the Zabi name though his wife and Minerva.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: To his wife.
- The Juggernaut: Oh, hey! Big Zam.
- Killed Off for Real: In an epic Dying Moment of Awesome
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Dozle recognizes that the Battle of Solomon is lost and orders his men to retreat before heading out in the Big Zam to by them time.
- Large and in Charge: Both he and the Big Zam are enormous.
- Last Villain Stand: Defeated at Solomon, Dozle sorties in the Big Zam to give his men time to escape. An example of a Last Villain Stand that is also a regular Last Stand.
- Nepotism: How he got his job. He's kept it by being a total badass and a superb commander to boot.
- One-Man Army: Wrecks much of the Federation fleet in the Big Zam.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For the bad guys.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's an Admiral in the Zeon Navy, and one of their best fleet commanders. He's definitely doing something.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He and Garma are the Red Onis to Kycilia and Gihren's Blues. Hell, he and Garma even choose to face their deaths the same way.
- Spikes of Villainy: On his shoulder pads.
- Super Prototype: Hey, Big Zam! which is never mass-produced.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: By the time of Gundam Unicorn, his daughter Mineva is quite a looker, too.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife:
- Walking Tank: The Big Zam is a weapons platform on legs, with a shape that isn't even remotely humanoid.
- Warrior Prince: Holds the title of Prince, leads his fleet from the front.
- Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Oh look, Big Zam! An example of a piloted WMD. Dozle's able to use it to solo the Federation fleet at Solomon.
- Younger Than They Look: He is 28.
- You Shall Not Pass: Done to the whole Federation fleet at Solomon.
"We will lead the Principality of Zeon to a decisive victory and gaurantee ourselves complete control of the masses after the war is over."
Main mecha: AdzamDegwin 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: As if she wasn't evil enough, Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin portrays her as an outright sadist who is more than happy to backstab members of her own family and threaten Deikum's children.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: One of the rare Evil Princesses in fiction.
- Badass Bookworm: She understands that the psychic powers Newtypes posses are worth exploiting for combat use, as opposed to just using them for propaganda-fuelled speeches like Gihren does.
- Badass Cape: As part of her custom uniform.
- Badass Princess: The rare villainous example. Kycillia holds the title of Princess and is a capable pilot and excellent commander.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: Plans her moves out very carefully. Given that she's going up against Gihren she doesn't have much choice.
- 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.
- In the novelization, she wears it as a good luck charm in battle. In-universe, rumor has it that the only time she didn't wear it in a fight, someone next to her got a headshot and she got his brains in her mouth.
- 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 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.
- Four-Star Badass: Has the rank of Admiral, is a competent Dark Action Girl.
- 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.
- Greater Scope Villain: In Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket the Zeonic forces involved belong to her fleet, though it's worth noting that Big Bad Colonel Killing is actually a Gihren loyalist.
- Improbable Age: An admiral at twenty-four? Justified by her familial connections, aristocratic rank, and demonstrable competency.
- Killed Off for Real: Char offs her via a rocket launcher to the head in the finale.
- 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. Like Gihren, she has a knack for manipulating the public.
- Nepotism: How she got her position. How she's kept it is another story.
- Oh Crap!: Her reaction when she sees Char pointing a bazooka directly at her face.
- 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 defense of A Baoa Qu.
- Secret Keeper: For Char. She regrets that.
- 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 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, 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.
- 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.
"Don't laugh, the men are watching."
Main mecha: DoppDegwin'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.
- Adaptational Villainy: Garma's given a few Kick the Dog moments in Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, showing the darker side of his desire to be a "proper" Zabi. But like Dozle, he's still the most innocent and heroic of them.
- Anti-Villain: He is easily the most sympathetic member of the Zabi clan.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Among the Zabis; he is noticeably the most conventionally attractive as well as sympathetic of his siblings.
- Bishōnen: The original anime's art style doesn't make his attractiveness as obvious, but side material and later illustrations indicate that he's meant to be quite pretty in comparison to other characters.
- Character Tics: Has a habit of playing with his hair when concentrating.
- Dark Chick: To the rest of the Zabis.
- Death by Childbirth: This is what happened to his mother, according to most sources.
- Defecting for Love: He tells Icelina that if his father doesn't approve of their marriage after winning him the White Base and Gundam, then he'll leave the Principality of Zeon to be with her. He's killed before we can find out how sincere he is.
- Defiant to the End: "All Glory to the nation of Zeon!"
- 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.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Better believe it. Maybe it's Dozle's influence.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Poor guy actually thought Char was his friend. He ends up dying after Char tricks him into an enemy ambush, even calling Garma up as his ship's being blasted to hell just to rub salt in the wound.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of his older siblings, particularly Kycilia.
- Improbable Age: Is running the Earth Invasion Force at the age of twenty. Justified by nepotism.
- Killed Off for Real: The first member of the Zabi family to meet his death.
- Nepotism: Got his position this way, and is determined to prove that actually deserves it.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Leads the Earth Invasion Force.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Go ahead and contrast his poncy looks and antivillainous attitude with his sister and eldest brother. He and Dozle, on the other hand, have a fair bit in common.
- Spoiled Sweet: For a certain definition of sweet.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With his girlfriend Iselina.
- Stepford Smiler: Shows signs of being a Type A.
- Taking You with Me: Once it becomes clear escape is impossible, he tries to go out honorably in a failed kamikaze attack against the White Base.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He is well beloved and popular among the Zeon citizens. His publicity was so good that Gihren was able to convince the rest of their grieving family to use Garma's funeral as a rally for propaganda to bolster their country's morale.
- Warrior Prince: Really wants to be, though his competency is questionable.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Knowing that he had his military position solely because of his dad, he desperately craved the approval of his father and older siblings, especially Kycilia.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
"This is no Zaku, boy! No Zaku!"
Main mecha: GoufAn 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.
- Avenging the Villain: Comes to Earth to avenge Garma.
- Badass Moustache: It was The '70s. Actually sports one of the few we see in-show.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Has definite aspects of this.
- Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to his girlfriend's Brains.
- Colonel Kilgore: Though not a particularly unpleasant or unsympathetic one - he just really likes war.
- Determinator: When M'quve "loses" the Doms he was supposed to supply Ramba Ral with, the ace just puts on a commando suit and leads his men in a boarding action to capture White Base.
- Heel Realization: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin reveals that he was part of the gassing mission that led to Operation British. But while he sulks in hiding with Hamon for a time, like Dozle he continues to fight for Zeon, though not for the Zabis.
- Full-Name Basis: Though sometimes just called "Ral".
- Opposites Attract: With Crowley Hamon. He's loud, cheerful, and leads from the front. She's quiet, graceful, and The Strategist.
- Red Baron: Blue Giant
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novels he's a secret service agent instead of a pilot and is one of the comparatively few named Zeon characters to survive to the end.
- Whip It Good: The Gouf's Heat Rod, which he uses to good effect during his battles with Amuro.
- Worthy Opponent: Alternates between considering Amuro this and saying it's the Gundam.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With his girlfriend and second-in-command, Crowley Hamon.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Hamon.
- Younger Than They Look: He's only in his 30s, but looks much older thanks to his Badass Mustache and greying hair.
Voiced by: Yumi Nakatani (JP), Lenore Zann (EN, TV series), Dian Andrews (EN, Movies)
"I really did like you, kid."
Main mecha: Magella AttackRamba Ral's devoted 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 partner.
- Ascended Extra: While a major character in her own right, Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin expounds her role considerably. Not to mention showing her role in getting Char and Sayla out as well as her time as a Glamorous Wartime Singer.
- Avenging the Villain: She targets the White Base due to their role in Ramba Ral's death, and even before then, sought, alongside Ral, to avenge Garma Zabi.
- Brains and Brawn: The brains to Ramba Ral's brawn.
- Despair Event Horizon: Doesn't care if she lives or dies following Ral's death.
- Lady of War: Establishes herself as one after Ral's death, piloting one of Zeon's tanks during her revenge strike on the White Base.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone calls her Hamon, including Ral. Her first name is only All There in the Manual.
- Like a Son to Me: Per Word of God, since she never had any children with Ral, this is the basis for Hamon taking an interest in Amuro.
- Near Villain Victory: Leads the second most successful attack on the White Base, and is within seconds of destroying the Gundam and then the ship before she is defeated.
- Tank Goodness: She 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.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ramba Ral.
- Unholy Matrimony: This or Ral's Dark Mistress.
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (JP), Masahiko Tanaka (JP), Michael Benyaer (EN, TV series)
"Come if you dare!"
Main mecha: Adzam, GyanKycilia 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 Heroism:
- In the movies and their supplementary material, he's a mildly snooty Anti-Villain with none of his nastier actions are shown, and he even carries out a Heroic Sacrifice to save Dozle's wife and infant daughter.
- Done again in The Origin manga where he refuses to obey an order to launch a nuclear holocaust after the fall of Odessa, and instead takes his custom suit on a suicide mission.
- 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 favor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Black Tri-Stars
Main mecha: DomThe 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 while Gaia and Mash are merely plain, 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 armored 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.
Main mecha: ElmethA Newtype from one of Zeon's labs, Lalah Sune's potential was recognized 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 armor. During this time, she also meets and forms a connection with Amuro.
- Attack Drone: On the Elmeth.
- Broken Bird: The biggest example in the series.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Skirts the trope sometimes.
- Facial Markings: Has a bindi on her forehead.
- Hero-Worshipper: Of Char. He can do no wrong in her eyes.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Before being picked up by Char.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: For both Amuro and Char.
- I Owe You My Life: Lalah was a teen prostitute before being found and recruited by Char.
- The Ingenue: Definitely comes off this way, complete with an overly simplistic, black and white view of the world.
- Love at First Sight: She and Amuro instantly feel a connection, courtesy of their Newtype abilities.
- Love Triangle: The center of one involving herself, Amuro, and Char (and arguably a point on one involving Amuro and Sayla as well). It ends horrifically for everyone involved.
- Mind Rape: Strongly hinted at and confirmed in Char's Counterattack that she suffered this at the hands of Char and the Flanagan Institute.
- Moral Myopia: Courtesy of being mentored by Char. Everything she and Char do is right and justified, anything anybody does to them is "evil".
- One Woman Army: She devastates an entire Federation squadron in her first appearance, before fellow One-Man Army Amuro runs into her.
- Orphan's Ordeal: After her parents die in the war, her life is very rough.
- Person of Mass Destruction: One Zeon officer states that, with her powers and the Elmeth, she can take down an enemy battle squadron single-handedly. In her first outing, she does.
- Phlebotinum Girl: The Trope Maker, with Four Murasame as the Trope Codifier. She's slightly better-adjusted than later examples, and has a better relationship with her handlers (well, mostly Char), but is still an appropriately tragic figure.
- Psychic Link: With Amuro and Char.
- 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.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Amuro. It ends horribly.
- Stepford Smiler: Considering her messed up past and how she's treated as a weapon by Zeon, yet remains seemingly cheerful at first. It isn't until she and Amuro have a Psychic Link that she begins to break down and finally asks "Why did you come so late in my life?", hinting that she knows she's screwed.
- Taking the Bullet: Takes a blow from Amuro's beam sabre to save Char.
- Undying Loyalty: To Char. Anyone who attacks him is "evil" in her book.
- 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 armor designed to maximise her abilities.
Voiced by: Keiko Han (JP, TV series), Shiho Nagoshi (JP, Movies), Marjorie Malpass (EN, TV series), Lara Cody (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.
- Avenging the Villain: Aims to avenge Garma.
- Break the Cutie: Oh, does this kid get broken...
- Broken Bird: After Garma's death.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her fat-cat father hates the Zabis and Zeon. Her dad's not a pleasant guy, but to be fair to Mr. Eschonbach, in plenty of Real-Life examples, if you go out with a soldier or an officer from an invading military force, you're liable to get a lot more than just your father angry at you.
- Death by Falling Over: Combined with Disney Villain Death, though she could hardly be described as villainous. She manages to survive long enough to crawl out of her downed ship and aim her gun at Amuro, but collapses, presumably due to injuries sustained during the crash, and dies from the resulting fall.
- 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.
- The Ojou: Complete with servants, a Big Fancy House, a party, a pretty dress... and everything else on this list. Being so sheltered ended very badly for her.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Subverted. It doesn't achieve much.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is pronounced either "Iselina" (English) or "Iserina" (Japanese).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Her death is cut from the Compilation Movie trilogy.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Complete with two feuding sides. She's the last thing Garma sees.
- What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: Her revenge is futile and sad, and she ends up dead. Amuro doesn't even know who she is or why she was after revenge at the time of her burial.
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (JP, TV series), Hiroshi Isobe (JP, Movies), David Mackay (EN)
A Federation civilian and Zeon spy, Miharu strikes up a friendship with Kai, eventually accompanying him aboard the White Base.
- Becoming the Mask: Is sent to spy on the White Base. However, she falls in love with Kai and sees that the crew has children among their protegees, and starts questioning herself...
- Heel–Face Turn: A pretty rapid one. Some people just aren't cut out to be spies.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: For Kai.
- Innocent Flower Girl: She sells pastries and not flowers, but otherwise fits in perfectly.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Heart Warming Orphan: Their original appearance borders on Glurge.
- 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.
- You Are Number 6: Gil is rechristened as Three Murasame.