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Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (JP), Paul Stephen (EN)An Earth Federation pilot who joined up after the One Year War, beginning the series as an aggressor pilot used in testing and training. He quickly ends up Falling into the Cockpit of the GP01 in an attempt to stop the hijacking of the GP02 by Zeon remnants, and begins chasing Anavel Gato across the entire Earth Sphere and beyond.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's quite good at improvising on the spot.
- Badass Normal: Unlike most UC Gundam protagonists, he's not a Newtype, but racks up an impressive amount of kills.
- Butt-Monkey: Even after taking a level in badass, he still suffers this.
- Determinator: For all the bad things that happen to him through the course of the series, he still manages to keep going and prove his badassery further.
- Does Not Like Spam: Carrots. They're rabbit food for pete's sake.
- Ensign Newbie: Subverted. While he is a newly-graduated officer with the rank of Ensign at the start of the series, it's the higher-ranking Lieutenants like Burning and later Monsha who are put in charge of Mobile Suit operations on board the Albion.
- Falling into the Cockpit: Averted. He's already a trained MS pilot when he's forced to use the GP01 Gundam the first time. And unlike the Newtype pilots, he has some difficulty adjusting with the machine at first.
- Grand Theft Prototype: He hijacks the GP03 Dendrobium when the station it's in testing at won't let it go to continue the hunt for the Delaz fleet.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers one early on.
- Large Ham: "GATOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
- Mid-Season Upgrade: He gets this twice. First, when the GP01 is trashed by Cima's Gelgoog Marine after he takes it into a space battle that it's not designed for, it's subsequently turned into the space-use GP01Fb. When that one's destroyed, the crew of the Albion is forced to hijack the GP03 Dendrobium for Kou to use against Gato's Neue Ziel.
- Nice Guy: Even when Nina backstabs him in order to stop him and Gato from killing one another, he doesn't have the guts to shoot her.
- Reverse Grip: Holds his beam sword like this to stab it through GP02's neck. It doubles as a Chekhov's Skill since he actually used this technique against Gato in the second episode as well, against the GP02's shield.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Grows increasingly cocky the more he pilots the Gundam, and after getting called out by Nina regarding this, Kou rushes out into a space battle with the Gundam despite it not being upgraded yet to handle it, wanting to prove that he was the best soldier to pilot the GP01. Not only does he end up wrecking it, but almost dies and has to get bailed out by Lt. Burning.
- Took a Level in Badass: Started off as a rookie who piloted old Zakus for other pilots to test the abilities of newer models, and ended up a MAN OF DESTINY.
Voiced by: Yoshiharu Yamada (JP), Randy McPherson (EN)Kou's best friend and fellow aggressor pilot, he ends up in a GM Cannon II after the GP02 is stolen. Much more laid back and casual than Kou, he's also much less skilled, which makes him something of a Butt-Monkey among his fellow pilots.
- Action Survivor: Surviving a Gundam series as a third-rate pilot with only a few kills is actually quite an accomplishment.
- Beta Couple: With Mora.
- Casanova Wannabe: Mostly with Nina though.
- The Lancer: To Kou.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: He gets an Ace Custom GM Cannon II after losing his Zaku II F2 early in the series.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: When his first efforts to flirt with Nina result in Moira coming on to him instead, he's quite frightened off by the fact she's more imposing than he is in every way. Subverted around halfway through the series, when they are seen going out and it's implied become a couple soon after.
Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (JP), Paul St Peter (EN)A veteran of the One Year War, Lieutenant Burning is the commanding officer of the team that includes Kou and Keith, acting as piloting instructor and general mentor. After the theft of the GP02, he's made the commander of the Albion's entire mobile suit forces, though he generally fails to keep his Military Maverick pilots under control.
- A Father to His Men: To the point that the entire crew of the Albion are genuinely saddened when he's killed in Episode 8.
- Ascended Extra: Particularly in the Super Robot Wars Alpha series, where he becomes a full-blown Drill Sergeant Nasty to the younger and inexperienced pilots over the course of the games.
- Cool Old Guy: By the standards of the frequent teenage Gundam pilots, 33 is pretty old.
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His (apparently) lightly damaged Mobile Suit blows up (thanks to a hit to the wiring and fuel cells) just as he discovers the true purpose of Operation Stardust.
- Informed Flaw: One commander called Burning a pervert in episode 2. We never see Burning act like a lecher. The only time he's with a woman is when the ship docks in Von Braun City. This might just be his old unit's reputation rubbing off on him.
- Younger Than They Look: He's 33 years old, but looks like he should be in his 50s.
The Immortal 4th Team
Bate voiced by: Koji Totani (JP), Michael Gregory (EN)Burning's old unit during the One Year War, consisting of Bernard Monsha, Chap Adel, and Alpha A. Bate (yes, really). Now stationed on the Albion, they join the hunt for the GP02 after Gato successfully escapes Torington Base with it.
Adel voiced by: Yuji Mikimoto (JP), "Jack Hammer" (EN)
Monsha voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Kevin Seymour (EN)
Adel voiced by: Yuji Mikimoto (JP), "Jack Hammer" (EN)
Monsha voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Kevin Seymour (EN)
- Ace Pilot: All of them.
- Ace Custom: They get higher-spec Mobile Suit models like the GM Custom and the GM Cannon II, which are both based on the Gundam Alex.
- All Men Are Perverts: Monsha is enough of a pervert that he could fill the role for the entire Gundam universe.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Monsha is very good at what he does, and he knows it. This also causes him to be a massive dick to newbies like Kou.
- Ascended Extra: Monsha, particularly in the Super Robot Wars Alpha series, and even moreso than Burning. He plays a much larger role than he does in the OVA series, going so far as to become a Drill Sergeant Nasty to the Turn A Gundam cast and Banpresto Original Arado Balanga over the course of the Alpha games.
- Bad Ass Mustache: Both Adel and Monsha have them in the source canon, but Monsha's is rendered more prominently in Super Robot Wars Alpha.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Sure, they're a bunch of perverted jerks. But hey, they're still really good at piloting mobile suits.
- Casanova Wannabe: Monsha towards Nina.
- Four Is Death: Defied, considering they call themselves the Immortal 4th Team. Ultimately played straight, though, as their leader from the One Year War dies late in the series.
- Jerkass: Monsha especially. The Super Robot Wars Alpha games attempt to mellow him out somewhat.
- The Leader: Monsha is the de facto leader of the group.
- No Indoor Voice: Monsha
- Those Two Guys: Chap and Alpha.
Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (JP), Simon Prescott (EN)The captain of the Albion, an older man without much familiarity with mobile suits. Upon being assigned to retrieve the GP-02, he becomes caught up in events, eventually becoming the primary force in opposition to Operation Stardust.
- A Father to His Men: Genuinely cares about the well-being of the people under his command, which the crew of the Albion reciprocate.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He keeps it in the infirmary and has the medic dole it out in manageable amounts.
- Driven to Suicide: Sentenced to death after Operation Stardust succeeds, though we never see whether he actually went through with it.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Unlike a lot of the other Federal Forces officers seen in the series.
- Big Good: The closest the series has to one, being the one responsible for all operations centered on stopping Operation Stardust.
- Foil: To Jamitov. See the entry below.
- He Knows Too Much: He's immediately arrested after finding out about Jamitov's plans.
- Oh, Crap!: His face says it all when he finds out that his superior has decided to side with Jamitov's plans in letting the Colony Drop happen.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: One of the few Federation officers who realizes the danger that the Delaz Fleet poses.
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (JP), Dave Mallow (EN)A high-ranking Earth Forces officer who later becomes the founder of the Titans.
- The Cameo: Shown in Episode 12 intervening in the Federation's plans to stop the Colony Drop.
- Foil: To Admiral Kowen, Synapse's superior. He's the Obstructive Bureaucrat to Kowen's Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Greater-Scope Villain: One of two. He's part of the reason Operation Stardust succeeds.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: He intervenes as much as possible to prevent Federal forces from trying to stop Operation Stardust.
Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (JP), Noah Umholtz (EN)An Earth Federation officer who has close ties with Jamitov. Seen commanding the Federation effort in attempting to stop the colony drop. He's later shown on television during the founding of the Titans organization.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Fits the bill due to being the leader of the attempt at stopping Operation Stardust.
- Goggles Do Nothing: In side materials, it's hinted they're actually used to help him see.
- Scary Black Man: Even in this series, he still shows that he's not someone to mess with. Just look at what happens to Synapse.
- Start of Darkness: While already implied to have issues beforehand, this series shows how he became a member of the Titans.
Ace Pilot known as the Nightmare of Solomon for his part in the Battle of Solomon during the One Year War, Gato reappears to jack the shiny-new nuclear-equipped GP02 as part of an Evil Plan to bring the Federation to its knees. He gains a rivalry with Kou over the course of the series.
- Badass Normal: Like Kou, he has no Newtype powers, but is still a really skilled pilot nonetheless.
- Big Bad: As the instigator and source of the main conflict, but not the one who planned it all (that credit goes to Delaz).
- Breakout Character: Much like Char before him, Gato has gone on to become the most popular character from the OVA, despite being the main antagonist. When it comes to video game adaptations, Gato has been the most represented character from the OVA.
- Char Clone: Averted, surprisingly.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To his superior Delaz, and the Delaz fleet as a whole, on account of leading Operation Stardust in the field and eventually taking absolute command after Delaz's death.
- Grand Theft Prototype: Steals the nuclear-armed Physalis Gundam in the first episode.
- The Heavy: His theft of the GP02 Gundam drives the main plot.
- Large Ham: SOLOMON!! I! HAVE! RETURNED!!!
- Meaningful Name: Anavel is apparently Hebrew for "Humble servant of God" or something like that. Given his near-religious devotion to Zeon and his superiors...
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Gets a massive Mobile Armor called the Neue Ziel, replacing the recently destroyed GP02, just in time for the final battle.
- Noble Demon: One of the biggest examples in the Gundam meta-verse.
- Nuke 'em: He does this to 2/3 of the Federation fleet with the GP02's nuclear bazooka.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the sense that his plan had very different consequences than he truly intended. Had he not dropped a colony on Earth then the Titans would never have come to power and things would have gone very differently in the Universal Century. Instead of reviving Zeon, he just made the Federation worse. Though, in the long run, he did succeed in eventually convincing other Zeon remnants, namely Axis, to begin their own movements against the Federation, as Zeta shows us.
Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (JP), Milton James (EN)The leader of the Delaz Fleet and the ultimate mastermind behind Operation Stardust, Delaz represents the largest group of Zeon loyalists left in the Earth Sphere. Utilizing his limited resources to the greatest possible effect, he works with Gato and Cima to achieve his goals.
- Bald of Evil
- Evil Plan: He's the brains behind Operation Stardust, the plan in question.
- Greater-Scope Villain: One of two, alongside Jamitov. He's Gato's commanding officer, and part of the brains who conceived Operation Stardust.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Cima while convincing Gato to push through with Operation Stardust, which the latter does.
- The Mentor: To Gato. He's the one who tells him in the prologue to continue living and wait for a day when Zeon "shall rise again".
- Non-Action Big Bad: Unlike his underling Gato, he leads from the rear.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Considering what happens later in the UC timeline with regards to the Zeon remnants...
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The same reason that Gato is also one.
Voiced by: Mari Mashiba (JP), Carol Stanzione (EN)A Zeon commander loosely allied with Delaz, she works with him for now, but obviously serves only herself. Brash and ostentatious, both Delaz and Gato dislike her intensely, but are forced to work with her because of the forces she commands. For her part, she's not too fond of them, either.
- Anti-Villain: Type II, although you have to look into supplemental material to really see it.
- Boobs of Steel: Has one of the biggest busts in the show, and is one of the most powerful mobile suit pilots.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gets one in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, although only via All There in the Manual. She's the pilot of the colony-gassing Zaku I that appears in Shiro's flashback. In one of the games, there's a Reaction Shot where she ineffectually screams that she'd been told it was knock-out gas, not a nerve agent.
- Dark Action Girl: One of the biggest in Gundam.
- Defector from Decadence: Cima is sick and tired of Zeon's evil ways, and spends the entire series secretly collaborating with the Federation. Alternate Universe materials that have her survive show her eventually leaving the Titans for the same reasons.
- Four Is Death: It's in the name of her second Mobile Suit, the Gerbera Tetra (which means "Four").
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: Kou is the one to take her down despite the fact she's on his side.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is at the receiving end of the main cannon from Kou's Dendrobium.
- Hero Antagonist: Notably, it's the Albion that keeps getting in the way of her plans to save lives and stop the colony drop, and she manages to put an end to Delaz before Kou shows up to kill her while she's trying to help stop the falling colony.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: From her Ace Custom Gelgoog Marine to the Gerbera Tetra, actually converted from one of the Gundam Development Project prototypes.
- Poor Communication Kills: Completely averted. Kou knows that she's on his side and that he has explicit orders not to fight her. He does it anyway, because he wants revenge.
- Obligatory War Crime Scene: In 08th MS Team, though she wasn't aware of it at the time. Both having been duped into performing such a crime, and the fact that the rest of Zeon's remnants hold her in contempt for it anyway, eventually fuel her defection.
Haman KarnThe appointed leader of Axis Zeon.
- The Cameo: Gets a brief speaking role in Episode 9.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), Richard Miro (EN)Gato's right-hand man who has fought by his side ever since the One-Year War.
- Berserk Button: Treat her creations well. If you don't...
- Easily Forgiven: Even after backstabbing Kou for Gato at the end of the series, Kou still forgives her for the entire thing. Though it's implied it took months or even a few years for them to come to terms when they meet again in the ending.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Only in her early 20s and is already a whiz when it comes to anything related to the Gundams.
- She's Got Legs: Lt. Monsha even uses his mobile suit's camera to zoom in on them in Episode 4.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Mora's tomboy.
- Tsundere: Very. To say that she's this to Kou is a huge understatement at best.
takes an interest in Keith early on, and the two can be found in each other's company frequently throughout the series.
- Amazonian Beauty: Tall and muscle-bound, and very charming in a tomboyish way.
- Beta Couple: With Keith.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She stands head and shoulders over Keith. Of course, she's taller than most guys on the ship in general.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy with Nina's girly girl.
- Wrench Wench: Nina's the programmer and designer, but she's the one who actually builds and repairs the tech.
- Char Clone: While not as much as the others, he is a blond who pilots a red mech. Not to mention being a mentor to Kou.
- Giant Enemy Crab: His Mobile Armor Valvaro has a definite crustacean feel to its design.
- Handicapped Badass: He manages to skillfully pilot the Val Varo even after three years of being handicapped, thanks to redesigning it to be piloted with one arm.
- Mentor Archetype: Briefly is one to Kou.
- Retired Badass: By the time of this series, between his side having lost the war and him losing his arm in the process. He's not happy about it in the slightest, though, and his role in the plot is attempting to get back into the action by joining Cima's fleet.